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King Edward VII School Magazine,
Vol XXI, 1971 No 1

EDITORIAL

King Edward, whose impassive portrait has watched over one of the Glossop Road staircases for many years with dignified immobility, might have noticed a change or two recently. Knowing his reputation, the presence of young ladies on his staircase cannot have escaped his notice and might even have brought the ghost of a smile to his lips. But after all, these new delights are only the outward symbols of greater changes in our brave new educational world. For instance, one might be forgiven for thinking that parts of the playground at Glossop Road and Darwin Lane are more reminiscent of Clapham Junction than a staff car park. It's all symptomatic: perhaps we are not yet "progressive", but we are most assuredly on the move.

SCHOOL NOTES

At the end of the summer term, we said farewell to three members of the Mathematics department, Mr. A. H. Wilcox, Mr. J. M. Sharpe and Mr. D. M. Wilkie. Mr. Wilcox has taken up a post in Carlisle, Mr. Sharpe has joined the enemy, an examining board in Cambridge, and Mr. Wilkie has joined the staff of Lady Manners in Bakewell.

At the end of the Christmas term, Mr. W.Birkinshaw, the Head of the Mathematics Department, retired. He will be missed by staff and pupils alike. We wish him a long and happy retirement.

7Another departure at Christmas was Mr. M. T. J. Axford, head of the English Department, enthusiastic producer of many school plays, organiser of the school magazine and many memorable theatre trips to Nottingham and beyond. He has joined Her Majesty's Inspectorate in Scotland and his surge, urge and organising drive will be much missed.

Our thanks go to Mrs. Sellars and Mrs. Sandoe who temporarily joined the staff in the Christmas term to cover the absence of Mr. P. Farmery.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. G. N. Chapman on the birth of Sarah, to Mr. and Mrs. Davies on the birth of Emma, to Mr. and Mrs. Watson on the birth of Nicola and to Mr. and Mrs. Wood on the birth of Nicholas James.

STOP PRESS: Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. A. G. Jones, the proud  new parents of twin girls, Rachel and Helen.

In August, Mr. R. Vickerman sacrificed his bachelor status for married bliss. Contrary to rumour, the blushes of the bride were spared and he arrived on time.

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PRIZE DISTRIBUTION

The Prize Distribution was held in the City Hall on 21st January. Guests of Honour were Dr. J. H. Chesters, Director of the British Iron and Steel Research Association and an Old Edwardian, and Mrs. Chesters, who gave away the prizes.

Dr. Chesters, in his address, stressed that life should be fun and provided ample humour to illustrate the point. He at once endeared himself to his audience by recounting a tale of school­masterly clanger dropped during his own days at KES, which showed, as he pointed out, the importance of thinking for oneself. He laid emphasis on the values of freedom and friendship; both, he insisted, were worth fighting for. In reminding us that there was no correlation between happiness and a bank balance he suggested that we should all strive for the basic luxuries of life - a wife, a bath and continuous hot water.

In his report the Headmaster welcomed, among others, representatives of the newly-established Board of Governors. He stressed the variety of interests served by the school and highlighted the academic success enjoyed during the last year, pointing out that the '0' and 'A' Level pass rate continued to be well above the national average. The report ended, however, on a cautionary note. There was still a crippling shortage of money for books and equipment. Moreover, it would ease the present difficulties of commuting between two buildings if such burdens could be seen as a temporary measure in the context of some broad and clear educational strategy - preferably one which provided for a one-site school in the foreseeable future.

The Latin Oration was given by Osborne with studied panache. Dr. Chesters, an angler, was well and truly hooked by the Head Prefect's request for the usual holiday, suitably abetted by Izaak Walton, and the evening ended with the customary Musical Entertainment.

THE JUNIOR PLAY

This year's Junior Play was a production by Mr. R. D. Winder of James Saunders' The Travails of Sancho Panza, which, as the title suggests, is loosely based on the seventeenth-century Spanish masterpiece, Cervantes' Don Quixote.

The interest of the novel centres largely around the interplay between the characters of the noble but anachronistic Knight, Don Quixote, and his simple-minded squire Sancho Panza. Saunders' play attempts to give a concentrated, abridged version of the complicated psychological intricacies of Don Quixote and it is in this that its primary weakness lies, for the result is a relative surfeit of monologues and dialogues, tinged with pathos, but insufficiently explained to compensate in the audience's eye for slowing down the action.

A pity this, for the play has several of the elements which make for success when young actors are playing to an audience of children and sympathetic adults. A character such as Sancho - "I'm a simple man" is how he describes himself in the play - is ideal for this sort of situation and David Webster - surely the slimmest Sancho Panza ever seen! - made sure that the opportunities presented were not wasted. It is Sancho's lot patiently to bear the ramblings of Don Quixote. Understandably, he is somewhat bewildered by what he sees happening around him; for example

Quixote:           Look Yonder.

Sancho:            What am I supposed to be looking at?

Webster's portrayal of this sense of bewilderment was most convincing.

Don Quixote - "Oh, he's mad all right, but educated mad", says Sancho - presents a very complex picture and Charles Teale tackled his task with infinite energy and vigour, in a portrayal which showed considerable promise, despite a tendency to overact a little.

If these were the two around whom the bulk of the action was centred, there was still room for several other assured performances from some of the less prominent characters. Of these, Kevin Charlesworth's portrayal of Nicholas the Barber, a man totally unsympathetic to Don Quixote's demented wanderings, who spares no effort in attempting to lure Don Quixote back home, and Matthew Bannister as the Innkeeper, led the way. Charlesworth also, proved a very amusing Princess Micamica when the occasion demanded. Kim Walters as the Innkeeper's wife, Susan Moody as Maria and John Tindall as the gruff Carrier also gave very competent performances.

One of the great successes of the production, however, came from outside the play itself. Peter Clark, billed as the Visual Aids Operative enlivened the scene changes with his witty remarks - as well as keeping the audience informed as to the locality of the subsequent scene. His introduction of the cast at the end of the performance, following, as he said, in the best tradition of Michael Aspel, proved a tidy and effective way of solving the problem that our uncurtained stage has presented to numerous School Play producers in the past.

The performance as a whole, if lacking in pace on occasions, was enlivened by some wonderfully boisterous scenes, of which two in particular, the bedroom scene at the inn, and the scene following Don Quixote's slaying of the supposed Giant, stand out in the memory. One's sole regret is that it was not possible to include more scenes like these: the actors' obvious enjoyment and the audience's appreciation of them are features of which future Junior Play producers could well take note.

HISPANUS.

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FOURTH YEAR MUSICAL SURVEY

A survey to find the musical preferences of fourth formers was prepared by the members of 4X who decided that it should take the form of a questionnaire to be distributed to four of the eight forms in the fourth year.

The first question was designed to determine whether people preferred Classical or Popular Music - or neither. 76% preferred Popular Music and 5% Classical; a mere 2% did not like music at all. Surprisingly 17% liked both Classical and Popular Music.

Question Two attempted to classify the type of Popular Music preferred. Almost 50% of the sample preferred Progressive. Soul, Folk, Blues, Commercial Pop and Reggae were definitely not as popular. As might be expected, the favourite single record was 'My Sweet Lord', the national favourite at the time of the survey.

Favourite Singles:

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My Sweet Lord

 

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Push-Bike Song

 

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Ape-man

 

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Black Night

 

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Ride a White Swan

 

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Stoned Love

 

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Voodoo Chile

 

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Resurrection Shuffle

 

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Bridge Over Troubled Water

Stevie Wonder and George Harrison were the two most popular vocalists. There was a curious variety of preferences for other vocalists, ranging from Frank Sinatra to Joe Cocker and Clive Dunn to Elton John. We assume that the nomination of Gracie Fields was the product of warped humour. Deep Purple and Pink Floyd were the favourite groups - perhaps because of their recent concerts at the City Hall.

The last question was ambiguous and misleading. 'Who do you scream at?' provided a staggering diversity of names, some of which it would be indiscreet to mention. But to safer ground: were Clive Dunn and Jimmy Young screamed at in ecstatic rapture or deep disgust? Alas, we shall never know.

CHESS

The chess team had it's usual success coming first and second in the League, however being knocked out of the Sunday Times League by a Birmingham team. At the end of the winter team three of our first team left school, having helped u: win the Yorkshire Schools Championship for the second successive year. The first team is top in the League again under the captaincy of M. V. Lodge whose team reached the zonal final of the Sunday Times. Many thanks are due to G.Y.A. who finally, after his threats to do so, has retired as master in charge of chess, he is replaced by P.F.B. who has kindly taken over his responsibilities.

MODERN MUSIC SOCIETY

A relatively new venture, the Modern Music Society aims to provide contemporary music player on the school's excellent stereo equipment and to give more, who may be unfamiliar with the kind of music, an opportunity of acquainting themselves with it. At first open only to seventh and eighth forms, the format has recently changed and now includes the sixth form. Another change has been to hold meetings every Tuesday, not alternate Tuesdays, in order to produce as wide a range of music as possible. The past term has included sounds varying from the force of Hendrix and the Nice to the humour and satire of the Bonzo Dog Band.

A lighthearted interlude during the 2nd year outing to Hardwick Hall

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LODGE MOOR

It is now eighteen months since the first Youth Action band made its way to Lodge Moor Hospital. At that time there were four of us; now there are eight, and we have befriended many of the old ladies of 'North 3' and also Dennis (see picture) who has lived in an iron lung in the hospital for over twenty years. Dennis is now in the process of badgering the 'authorities' - it appears successfully - for the use of an articulated bus. Soon we all hope to go with him on journeys into town and the surrounding countryside so that he can see what changes have taken place over the years.

There are many accusations that Youth Action is a one-sided activity. Certainly we have found that Dennis, with his courage, his encyclopedia-like knowledge of psychology, literature and music (all acquired while in hospital) and his endless Telegraph Crosswords revives our spirits rather than the other way round. We have found that through visiting regularly we have really got to know the patients and understand their problems. We hope that the Wednesday afternoon visits go some way towards relieving the monotony of long-term hospital life.

Margaret Young.

CHRISTIAN FORUM

This last term, our nucleus had swelled to fourteen or fifteen. We have had very interesting talks by Rev. Mcgregar-Brown on "Godliness", and by Rev. Ian Chisholm on "Drugs". We also organised a discussion on "Marriage" which attracted about fifty people. In all we have had a very successful term, and we hope to build on this foundation during the rest of the year.

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THE AGONY OF PURSUING A RUNAWAY PONY by Rhiannon Owen

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A WORLD BEYOND COMPARE by Nicola Walker

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THE NEW SHEFFIELD THEATRE

The new theatre, now nearing completion, is the latest imaginative step that the 'City on the Move' has taken. This one million pound project will be yet another attraction that Sheffield has to offer.

The original idea did not include a thrust stage but was going to be a theatre similar to the Playhouse but on a larger scale and with more facilities. The New Sheffield Theatre Trust decided that the latest trends in stage production, changes in social habits, and the recent explosion in communications media all pointed to the thrust stage. So the idea of a promontory stage for 'The Crucible' - as it has been named - was born. It is already being successfully employed in several theatres in America.

The building itself will contain a ground level grill bar, and in the lower foyer the booking office, a theatrical bookshop and a large buffet bar. There will be two auditoria. The main one will seat a thousand spectators in one steeply rising tier surrounding three sides of the stage. This is acoustically designed and will be air-conditioned. The small auditorium will seat two hundred and fifty; this will be used to provide a base for the work of children in the city.

Access to this low-proportioned, honey-coloured theatre will be from a new civic concourse in front of the theatre. This will be the main entrance, but a second entrance will give access from the Pond St. multi-storey car park and bus station.

The project is supported by Sheffield Corporation and the Arts Council; it is a bold venture and deserves every success.

D. Pollard. 4E

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VISIONS

I'm in a small leafy ditch and I can see a worm slowly moving along, creeping past me. But how can it be a worm when it is so massive? It has great rings all down its body. What would happen if one came away, I think. There's a woman standing over me. She's got a mole on her neck. Her eyes appear large and prominent. But how can it be a mole when it's the size of a penny? There's a crowd around me now and their feet are live mountains. I feel sure that one must tread on me. Their faces are familiar but I don't know who they are! Their voices echo and echo, playing on my brain. I can see one man inspecting my bike, but he is too big to be a man. He must be a giant. All the people are giants too, are they? An ambulance is here, a man is helping me into the ambulance. I can feel my head drifting into nothingness          

Paula Skelton

ISLE OF MAN 1970

A party of 20 school scouts, with the Scoutleader and Philip Hetherington spent a fortnight camping at Ballafayle on the east coast of I.O.M. in August. The weather will hardly be remembered for its blue skies and sunshine, though we were able to take advantage of the beaches and sea occasionally. Those who had not previously camped in driving rain and heavy mist certainly learned from the experience!

All this drove us to investigate fully the facilities of the island. We took to the boats and joined in a carnival in Ramsey, witnessed a disappointing Viking festival in Peel, completed a round tour of the island, spent free days in Douglas or climbing Snaefell and North Barrule, as well as running camping and sports competitions in camp. Others will remember the night wide games involving the kipper smugglers and Coger Rasement, not to mention those who defected to a Bradford troop with a minibus. After our return many found it difficult to sleep at night without the geese and calves round the tents, without the Manx Electric Railway, and above all without the fog horn at the lighthouse.

Particular thanks are due to the Patrol Leaders (Chris Litherland, Martin Breese, Peter Nixon, Keith Shivers) for their co-operation over the extra quarter-master duties imposed on them, and also of course to Ric. - that indefatigable tester of aerial runways, and domino champion supreme.

M.J.H.

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FELL-WALKING CLUB

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Plans for the future include an attempt on the fifty-two mile Fellsman Hike in May, and the forty mile Lyke Wake Walk over the North Yorkshire Moors in July.

S. J. Lavender

1 EVERLY HAPPY AFTER

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G. J. Nicholson

HANDS

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Andrew Marper

THE SUN

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D. Guest

CLOUDS

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Julie Pettinger.

THUNDERSTORM

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Mary Wildsmith

WINTER
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Susan McCarthy

9 HEAT

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Philip Sutherland

TIME

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M. Booker

THE BATTLE

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P. M. Spink

THE WINTER MOON

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Elizabeth Tomlinson

SUMMER SUN

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D. Noton

AUTUMN FOG

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Gina Price

 

David Johnson

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John Kot 1(2)

HOUSE REPORTS

ARUNDEL: The House's greatest success in the Summer was in Athletics, where the House was placed 1st, equal with Sherwood, the Juniors in particular playing a large part in this achievement. The House also secured the Swimming Cup last year principally due to the efforts of Henry and girls from Darwin Lane who won nearly every race for which they were entered. In cricket the Juniors did not lose a match and scored over 90 runs in every game despite being placed 3rd in the League. The Middle-school have shown outstanding talent in football with Stacy and Henry scoring 38 goals between them out of a total of 57 in only 7 matches. However despite these successes a notable lack of enthusiasm has regrettably been prevalent in House meetings and activities.

CHATSWORTH: During the Summer term the House won the distance swimming and had 2 individual successes in the Sports; Charlesworth (Hurdles), and O'Brien (400 metres). The 3rd years were unlucky to lose by 7 runs in the Cricket K.O. final. The winter term was one of unrewarded effort for Chatsworth the best result being 2nd in the 3rd year football league. The Middle-school have now won 2 football matches in a row and are still improving.

CLUMBER: The Summer term was reasonably successful for the House. At tennis Roebuck and Brown won the Junior Doubles, whilst Seal and Brown were both in Singles' Finals. At Sports Day, Lake, and Pegg achieved individual successes. Thanks are due to Morton for his services as secretary and Swimming Captain.

HADDON:      This last term has not been a good one for Haddon as far as sporting achievements is concerned. However, although the successes have been few enthusiasm and team spirit have been prominent, especially in the Water Polo games played. In the football games played so far, the 2nd year team did exceptionally well in winning the knock-out competi­tion; and the middle-school team were very unlucky not to win the House League. A. F. Thomson won the 1500 metres event in the Athletic Sports finals.

LYNWOOD: The House has enjoyed success only though the efforts of the individuals during the Summer and Autumn terms, the success of Wendy Theaker in the sports events, Smith and Noble in the senior tennis competitions, and the appointment of Lavender as 1st XV Rugby Captain were achievements not matched by any team efforts.

SHERWOOD: We welcome Mrs. J. F. Sharpe to the House; she has already given us fine support and it is hoped that she will enjoy and profit from her experiences as being Sherwood's first House Mistress.

We have experimented with Folk Hymns in House Prayers this year. The undertaking has been the sole responsibility of the girls and one is impressed by their enthusiasm and indeed quality. It is anticipated that in the near future that we should have the whole House using some of these popular and manageable hymns in Prayers.

Sherwood's games record is still commensurate with the reputation of the House. We have at this stage reached the final of the Water Polo Knock-Out Competition. The Senior Soccer team reached the Semi-finals of the House Knock-Out in both the Vll's and XI's. In the Middle School competition we won the XI's. This is all the more creditable when one considers the grave difficulties with which we are faced by the paucity in numbers in the Upper School and the diversity of the sporting activities of our members. The rugby football competitions have yet to be held - with typical fighting spirit, the captains assure us that we shall win all that there is to win. The spirit of Sherwood is not dead.

7WELBECK: The summer sports season produced an effort of all round enthusiasm from the House. In the swimming sports, Thorpe was 1st in backstroke among the Juniors, and Davison 1st in the Senior Dive. Amongst the newcomers, Andrews was 1st in the Junior girls' Dive and Breaststroke, and Brearley 1st in middle-school girls' breaststroke. The overall House position was only moderate in the Athletic sports, but individually, Wood became Senior Athletics champion. More recently, the Middle-school football team are to be congratulated on finishing 2nd in the House League.

WENTWORTH: The House's main successes this season have been achieved by the Senior Soccer teams who have reached the 11-a-side knock-out final, and won the 7-a-side knock-out competition. In the Athletic sports the House recorded several individual and team victories, the most noteworthy being: Jeanette Fletcher's success in a record time in the girls' (Intermediate) 200 metres; M. J. Jepson's victory in the Javelin; and the victory of the girls' (Junior) relay team.

1st XI CRICKET, 1970

The stark statistic of only four wins in a good summer is probably too uncharitable a summary. The XI's apologists could fairly describe it as a year for team-building; 1969's three principal wicket-takers had all left, while Cummins, the only spinner remaining, was unavailable till June through playing Rugby out of season. Nevertheless, results matching individuals' talent can be achieved at school level only when good practice facilities are regularly available and are used frequently in a constructive, disciplined manner.

No excuses could hide the lack of a sustained combative spirit, especially with the bat when a challenge needed to be either offered or responded to. Subsequently the limited bowling reserves often had too few runs to bowl against and too little use could be made of Cummins's well-controlled left-arm slows. The greatest boon was the arrival of Chantry, the team's outstand­ing all-rounder. His left-arm slant admirably complemented Hawkins's untiring efforts with the new ball and his crisp driving and pulling sometimes bolstered the middle of the batting. Another left-hander, Barrott, unsure about his run-up and handicapped by the sudden plethora of similar bowlers, has yet to fulfil his promise.

Despite the cares of leading a young and relatively unsettled XI, Wallis headed the batting figures, in both aggregate and average, and occasionally took the challenge to the opposi­tion in a way that belied his otherwise cautious captaincy. He was particularly strong in the mid­wicket area and showed a refreshing belligerence against slow bowling, but nobody successfully followed his example. Only twice did the middle or lower order achieve anything approaching a rescue act, and too often batsmen assumed that the conditions of early May prevailed throughout the season.

Of the seniors neither Mower nor Murfitt scored the expected runs, while Dabbs, short of technique for indoor nets and "green tops", lost his place before he could enjoy the harder wickets. At the top of the order D. A. Smith rose to the occasion against sterner opponents, but at other times fell victim to his own introspection. By July the most promising and reliable batsman was S. R. Mann, one of our three representatives in the Sheffield Schools under-15 team. Introduced into the team for the East Anglican tour, he soon showed the concentration and temperament necessary in an opening batsman.

Most credit should perhaps go to the team's efforts in the field, notably Loukes's work in the covers, the splendid close catching of the captain and Smith at slip and gully respectively, and the wicket-keeping of Mower, who held 27 catches, compared with six the previous year. Last, but not least, mention should be made of R. M. Russell, who over the past two years has given invaluable service by scoring and documenting the performances of both individuals and team.

RESULTS:

Played 21

Won 4

Lost 8

Drawn 8

Abandoned 1

2nd XI CRICKET REPORT

The 2nd XI enjoyed a very successful season, not only because of the matches won but also because of the great enthusiasm shown in every game.

Only one game was lost out of nine matches, that against Queen Elizabeth, Wakefield, when the fielding was not up to its usual high standard.

Probably the most exciting game was that against Manchester G.S., where we failed to win by two runs, and the game was drawn. Gilbert the outstanding batsman of the season scored 80 not out, and finished with an average of 54.

The most consistent bowlers, were Lynn W. and Banks who both took 5 wickets each in the first game. They bore the brunt of the bowling but were ably supported by the occasionally erratic Lamb and over-speedy Jeavons, who also established himself as a very solid opening batsman.

Unfortunately, the slower bowlers were unable to display their abilities very often but when they did Rusby and Sivil did well, and they proved to be the all rounders in the team.

The difficult task of wicketkeeping was undertaken by Thompson who in his first year behind the stumps kept wicket efficiently.

Wood with his many pleasurable performances and Berman who never quite overcame his fitness fight, both proved valuable members of the team. The team was also fortunate in having the services of Dabbs, who besides being the hardest hitting batsman, was also the fastest scorer.

Perhaps the best win of the season was achieved against Myers Grove 1st XI when those two likely lads Lynn A. on one leg and Verhaert, with his running commentary, held off a hostile attack to win by three wickets.

Our thanks must go to the reserves who played whenever called upon, and especially to Mr. Meredith for his patience and encouragement throughout the season.

M.J.J.

Much of the credit for a successful and most enjoyable season must go to Jepson, who both on, and off the field, set an excellent example to his team.

D.M.M.

U-15 CRICKET 1970

It was not as successful a season as the team had previously enjoyed in the U-13's and U-14's.

The season started with the team losing to Stockport, although Higginbotham took 8 for 13. In the next match, however, we achieved our highest ever score, 155 for 9 dec. against Hymers College, Hull. We then proceeded to bowl Hymers out for 27.

Then, after one more match, we lost Mann, and later in the season Higginbotham, both to the first XI, but the reserves who replaced them all played well.

Other notable individual performances besides Higginbotham's 8 for 13, were Exley's 8-12 including a hat-trick against Pontefract, in the same match Higginbotham's very quick 45, and Greatorex's 40 against Hymers College, Hull.

Congratulations to Higginbotham on being chosen to play for Yorkshire.

Our thanks to Mr. Winder for giving up his Saturday afternoons to umpire and for his excellent coaching.

Results:-           Pl. 11   W 5     L 3       Dr. 1

Team from:-     Exley (Capt.), Higginbotham, Mann, Turner, I.D., Turner, M.J., Ford, Slack, Scriven, Greatorex, Warwick, Palmer, Ellis, Ibbotson.

U-14 CRICKET REPORT

The season was a successful one. We started the season with a fairly easy win at Chesterfield by 5 wkts. Ibbotson bowled very well with figures of 6 for 6.

Of the next four matches two were won and two drawn. The second half of the season was less successful. Two were won and three were lost. 'The two victories were quite convincing with a nine wicket win over High Storrs, Phillips scoring 37 not out, and beating Ecclesfield by 45 runs. In this, a twenty overs match we batted first and scored 123 for no wicket, Rhemen scoring 67 not out and Phillips 48 not out. Ecclesfield replied with 79 all out Rheman taking 8 wickets.

The star of the season was obviously Rhemen, ably supported in batting by Phillips and bowling by Hetherington, as the opening bowlers. Whilst these two bowled well, Ibbotson proved to be the best bowler. All round the fielding was good with Crookes outstanding.

RECORD - Pl. 10        W. 5    D. 2     L. 3

Team chosen from :­

Parnell (Capt.), Ibbotson, Phillips, Mohgul, Hetherington, Mower, Butt, Hanwell, Clarke N, Parker, A.N., Tummons, Barratt, Warwick, Little, Rollinson, Kilpatrick and Slack.

D. J. Parnell.

U-13 CRICKET REPORT

The team enjoyed a fairly good season, losing only three out of its ten matches. These figures were due mainly to the excellent bowling of Stacey and Blake, who were ably supported by Dean and Mitchell. It was Stacey who achieved the best average of the season by a mere 7/100ths of a run, but he was apt to bowl the odd six byes, which he claimed 'slipped'.

As well as his bowling, Dean turned out to be a competent batsman, and it was his 25 not out which spurred us on to one of our best victories of the season against Ecclesfield.

Batting proved to be the biggest problem for the team, as there was no one who played consistently and this made it very difficult to produce a batting order. By the end of the season, however, this was achieved.

Our best victory of the season was against High Storrs, which we won by 10 wickets, and our heaviest defeat was at the hands of Rotherham when we lost by 8 wickets.

Our thanks go to Mr. Shenstone whose coaching made our progress possible.

Results:-           P 10     W 7     L 3

Players:-           Aplin (Capt.), Stacey, Charlesworth, Dean, Blake, Eccersley, Hudson, Parr, Webster, Easton, Rogers, Smith, Cowley, Manterfield, Mitchell, Blackburn, Crabbe, Nohavika.

BASKETBALL

As an experiment a team from the school was entered in the Sheffield Schools Under 14's League.

A high standard of performance was required and this was made clear in the first match when we lost 96 - 8 to Wingfield School, Rotherham. The team has improved since then and they recently recorded their first win, beating Earl Marshall 18 - 14. However, much has to be done if we are to achieve a respectable position in the League.

Team: I. Boam, J. Boam, A. J. Capener, P. N. Bramwell, R. D. Mitchell, R. V. Martin, P. J. Crabbe, A. Anderson.

Reserves: A. T. Moreton, S. C. Thorpe.

UNDER 16: The U.16 team is still in existence under the guidance of D.M.M. and Herr Mattheus the Baverian wunderbasketplunker whose vocal cords have done much to 'motivate' the fifth year enthusiasts.

They will soon be playing friendlies against Tapton and other schools in the area.

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1970 INTER-HOUSE ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

TRACK

 

EVENT

WINNER

HOUSE

Time/Dist.

 

12 yr. Boys

D. Guest

S

11.6

 

12 yr. Girls

S. Andrews

WL

11.9

 

Jun. Girls

D. Cooper

A

12.0

100 m

Jun. Boys

D. Perks

H

13.0(R)

 

Jun. Girls

M. Douglas

CH

14.1

 

Inter B

E. Exley

S

12.0(R)

 

Inter G

W. Theaker

L

13.7 (R)

 

Sen. B

N.P. Wood

WL

12.2

200m

Jun. B

D. Perks

H

27.3

 

Jun. G

M. Douglas

CH

30.4

 

Inter B

E. Exley

S

25.0

 

Inter G

J. Fletcher

WT

28.3(R)

 

Sen. B

N.P. Wood

WL

25.2

400m

Jun. B

P. Stacey

A

 
 

Jun. G

J. Ellis

CH

71.6(R)

 

Inter B

R. O'Brien

CH

60.8(R)

 

Inter G

J. Simm

A

69.6(R)

 

Sen. B

N. A. Marshall

A

56.7

800m

Jun. B

P. Stacey

A

2.26.6.

 

Jun. G

A. Prince

A

2.45

 

Inter B

N.D. Hopewell

H

2.24.8

 

Inter G

J. Simm

A

2.45.3

 

Sen. B

N. A. Marshall

A

 

1500m

Jun. B

P. Stacey

A

 
 

Inter B

N. D. Hopewell

H

2.24.8

 

Sen. B

A. F. Thomson

H

4.47.3(R)

Hurdles

Jun. B

K. N. Charlesworth

CH

13.8

 

Jun. G

J. Wardle

L

15.5

 

Inter B

S. P. Lake

CL

17.2

 

Inter G

W. Theaker

L

13.8

 

Sen. B

D. G. Loukes

S

16.0

Relay

Jun. B

Arundel

 

56.6(R)

 

Jun. G

Wentworth

 

63.0

 

Inter B

Clumber

 

55.6(R)

 

Inter G

Clumber

 

66.0

 

Sen. B

Sherwood

 

50.0(R)

1970 INTER-HOUSE ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

FIELD

 

EVENT

WINNER

HOUSE

Time/Dist.

Rounds

Jun. G 1=

C. Dallas

WT

156"1

Ball.

1=

M. Douglas

CH

 

Jav.

Jun. B

D. Henry

A

94"2%"(R)

 

Inter B.

Borrowdale

H

100"10"

 

Inter G

G. Newton

A

 
 

Sen. B

M. Jepson

WT

77'21/4"

Dis.

Jun. B

C. J. Priestman

A

72'2"(R)

 

Inter B

Ridgeway

 

113"9"

 

Inter G

J. Bellamy

S

 
 

Sen. B

J. Skelton

S

88"10"

Shot

Jun. B

A. J. May

L

31"2%"(R)

 

Jun. G

S. Moody

S

23'3"

 

Inter B

I. V. Viola

CH

39'2"

 

Inter G

J. Bellamy

S

 
 

Sen. B

C. M. Wragg

H

33"1

Long Jp.

Jun. B

D. Perks

H

15'6"

 

Jun. G

D. Thompson

H

12"2'h"

 

Inter B

E. Exley

S

19'4"

 

Inter G

D. Williams

S

16"6" (R)

 

Sen. B

N. P. Wood

WL

17'8"

High Jp.

Jun. B

Jones

A

4'3"

 

Jun. G

D. Hodson

CL

 
 

Inter B

S. P. Lane

CL

4"9'/2"

 

Inter G

H. Roach

S

4'1"

 

Sen. B

Pegg

CL

4"11

CHAMPION ATHLETES                                                     

 

Sen. Boys

N. P. Wood

WL

 
 

Inter Boys

E. J. Exley

S

 
 

Inter Girls

W. Theaker

L

 
 

Jun. Girls

M. Douglas

CH

 

FINAL HOUSE POSITIONS                                 

1 =

Arundel

263 points

5

Wentworth

138 points

1 =

Sherwood

263 points

6

Haddon

137 points

3

Clumber

169 points

7

Welbeck

98 points

4

Chatsworth

143 points

8

Lynwood

77 points

1970 INTER-HOUSE ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

No less than fourteen new records were set. Ten in the boys' section and four in the girls' Junior and Inter. sections.

Notable performances occurred in the Long Jump with D. Williams clearing 16'6" in the Inter girls and E. Exley missing the school record by 1%" with a leap of 19'4" in the Inter boys' section.

Several pupils represented the City team in 1970, and with the return of Alan Deakin after his arm injury, the school team should be a strong contender in the 1971 Track and Field League.

GIRLS

ROUNDERS

Two teams played regularly throughout the season. The second-year team was chosen from :­

C. Brown, M. Douglas (Capt.), J. Bates, P. Priest, C. Dallas, K. Nichols, A. Glossop, A. Bottom, S. Marsden, A. Jackson, S. Faulkner.

The first year team was chosen from :­

S. Moody, J. Lewis, S. Houghton (Capt.), G. Littlewood, A. Prince, J. Green, H. Walford, J. Woodhouse, P. Daykin, S. Andrews, K. Walters, A. Hartley, C. Dowe.

Analysis of matches

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Second year team

6

3

0

3

First year team

6

3

0

3

There was an enthusiastic approach to the game throughout the season and both teams improved considerably. The second year team played well in the annual schools' tournament, reaching the quarter finals.

TENNIS

Although tennis has been played throughout the school, this was the first season that a girls' team has been formed. This team was made up of third year girls and although they lost both their matches, their improvement during the season gives promise for next year.

Team:-

J. Street

J. Millsom

M. Peacock

J. Grainger

 

K. Gresswell

J. Bradbury

J. Woodhouse

 

ATHLETICS

This proved to be a busy season for athletes with Junior and Intermediate teams; competing in the track league, district sports, friendly matches, club relay matches and the Amateur Athletics Association's five Star Award Scheme. There were some notable achievements by both teams and individuals results are recorded below.

The following represented the school in the junior team :­

S. Andrews, D. Turner, J. Garnett, D. Cooper, K. Nichols, S. Gorner, L. West, M. Douglas, S. Houghton, S. Marsden, J. Ellis, P. Cooper, A. Prince, G. Littlewood, W. Theaker (Capt.), P. Skelton, J. Moulson, L. Fearn, C. Heathcote, S. Hunter, S. Moody, P. Daykin, J. Harrison, A. Mappin, W. Simpson, J. Green.

The following were selected for the Intermediate team :­

S. Carmichael, D. Williams, J. Simm (Capt.), J. Fletcher, N. Rose, D. Morgan, S. Blow, J. Bellamy, H. Roach, R. Tarrant.

Track League Results

April 25th

Junior team placed 4th (8 teams competing)
Intermediate team equal 3rd (8 team (8 teams)

April 29th

An under 15, three cornered friendly match.
Results: Westfield 97 points, KES 86 points, Newfield 77 points.

June 19th

Junior team 3rd (10 teams competing)
Intermediate team 2nd (7 teams).

4th July

(Track League Finals) The Intermediate teams finished 4th (8 teams competing).

District Sports

May 11th

The Intermediate team (mixed) were placed 3rd (10 schools competing).

June 17th

The Junior Team (mixed) were placed 3rd (10 schools competing).

City Finals

July 18th

E. Heathcote - City Champion, Junior Girls Discus J. Simm 6th Intermediate 800 metres. W. Theaker 3rd Junior Girls Long Jump. S. Andrews 6th First Year 80 metres. A. Prince 10th Junior Girls 800 metres.

AAA AWARD SCHEME

The following girls gained 5 star awards in their own age groups :­

D. Williams, J. Simm, J. Fletcher, W. Theaker, J. Moulson, P. Skelton, J. Ellis and M. Douglas.

"WAG"

9Mr. Waghorn, the groundsman at Whiteley Woods, who is shortly to retire, had the dubious distinction of being born in the local hostelry at Robertsbridge, Sussex where his father was known as "Old Wag", his elder brother as "Big Wag" and Mr. Waghorn himself, as "Little Wag". However, for many years he has been known to almost every­one, including his wife as simply "Wag".

"Wag" joined Sussex C.C.C. at the age of fifteen and played for the County for five years before joining the staff at Lord's, where he bowled at many distinguished cricketers including Larwood, Rhodes and the great Bradman. While there "Wag" broke his knee playing football and it has been held together ever since by silver wire. It was feared that he might never walk again and "Wag" was advised to walk as much as possible. Thus, he has walked between Whiteley Woods and his home four miles every day since he became groundsman on April Fool's Day 1935 and in doing so has clocked nearly 53,000 miles.

There have been many changes at Whiteley Woods since "Wag" first became groundsman; the roller is no longer pulled by a badly behaved horse wearing football cases on its hooves and neither is it necessary to clear "cow flops" off the cricket pitches which were originally in a farmer's field. Furthermore, it has rarely been necessary in recent years, for "Wag" to remove goal posts from Wire Mill Dam after they had been put there by vandals.

"Wag's" exploits on the cricket field have been of a varied nature. On one occasion, while playing for the O.E's at Rochester, he dared a fast bowler to bowl a ball at him, which although driven strongly enough, stuck firmly to his bat.. On another, the school's opponents failed to arrive and "Wag" played and defeated the First XI single-handed.

In addition to being a groundsman and a cricketer, "Wag" has filled many other roles ranging from rescuing rotund obstacle racers from barrels and pig-nets to explaining why the showers fell down on the head of one of the school's previous headmasters, Mr. Graham. Members of High Storrs school who took short cuts across Whiteley Woods lived in mortal fear of "Wag's" huge dog, one Jasper, and soon scurried away when he threatened to call it out. Indeed, he was still scaring boys by threatening to call the dog out for four years after it died. During the war "Wag" was a fire-watcher

with the lady teachers of K.E.S., but the potential dangers of the Luftwaffe never prevented him from coaching the ladies' team in the middle of the night.

And so with the retirement of "Wag", the school has lost one of its great characters and will be the poorer for it. The good wishes of all who have known him go with him when he retires to a house only a quarter of a mile from where he was born in Sussex.

M.W.H.

TENNIS REPORT 1970

An excellent season was enjoyed by the first team, as the record shows. The success of the team was largely due to the fact that the team had virtually two first pairs. Actually, the second pair, Seal and Codd, finished the season with a better record than the more stylish but erratic first pair, Mowforth and Noble, due to their more consistent play. Sorby, Gatti and Cooper battled for the places in the third pair, which saved the team from defeat on more than one occasion.

The team was defeated by Nottingham, who won the Glanville Cup, and Manchester.

We would like to express our thanks to Mr. Anderson for his large and enthusiastic contribution to a good season, to Mowforth for his able captaincy and to Sorby for the extremely full and attractive fixture list that he arranged. Next year's captain will be Seal, and Codd will be secretary.

For the record :            Played 14         Won 12            Lost 2

1970 INTER-HOUSE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

In the first mixed House Swimming Gala two records were set in the boys' section by K. D. Shivers (Lyn) in the Inter. Back Stroke, and A. W. Gravestock (Lyn) in the Inter. Butterfly.

In the girls' events, V. Hurt and J. Simm established themselves in the record book by becoming the first Junior and Senior champions.

Boys Junior Swimming Champion

A. W. Gravestock

Lynwood

Girls Junior Swimming Champion

V. Hurt

Wentworth

Boys Senior Swimming Champion

D. G. Loukes

Sherwood

Girls Senior Swimming Champion

J. Simm

Arundel

Champion House

ARUNDEL

 

SHEFFIELD SCHOOLS SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

In the individual events, N. A. Marshall became the 16 to 19 years 100 yards Back Stroke champion, and in the U.16 section A. W. Gravestock came second in the 100 yard Butterfly. In the team events, the trio of Shivers, Turner, and Gravestock became U.16 Free Style champions, and the Medley team of Shivers, Twelves, Turner, and Gravestock achieved a well earned second place.

SHEFFIELD SCHOOLS BOYS BIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIP

An Intermediate and a Senior team were entered for the running and swimming biathlon championship. They were held at Abbeydale Grange School and Woodthorpe Baths respectively. These two events form the basis of the modern pentathlon in the Olympic Games and it was with a view to arousing interest in this event that the competition was held.

The swimming involved a 300m freestyle sprint, to be completed in six minutes or under; the running event was held the next day to give competitors a rest, and took the form of a 300m Cross-Country race to be completed in under fifteen minutes. Points were awarded for the time by which the two limits were beaten.

The Intermediates team were placed third with 3,820 points and the Senior team second with a total of 4,288 points. The Senior team captain, Neil Marshall, was awarded the Senior Individual's cup for his performance in gaining 2,100 points.

TEAMS:

Intermediate:

Kilpatrick

Senior:

N. H. Brown

 

Rollinson

 

N. A. Marshall

 

Kelly

 

A. F. Thomson

 

Henry

   

Because of the interest shown within the school it is intended to hold an Inter-House Biathlon Competition in the near future.

N.A.M.

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