|VOL. XIV.||SPRING 1956||No.5|
|SCHOOL NOTES||147||THE FARADAY LECTURE||155|
|WORLD CITIZENSHIP AGAIN||149||BADMINTON||157|
|ALL RIGHT ON THE NIGHT||151||STANDARD SPORTS||162|
|SCHOOL SOCIETIES||152||HOUSE NOTES||165|
A. F. HOWARTH: Modern Subjects (History and Economics) Scholarship at University
R. LOVERSIDGE: Natural Science Scholarship at St. John's College, Oxford.
A. F. COOPER: Exhibition in Classics at Jesus College, Oxford.
R. BOOTH: Rayner Scholarship for Electrical Engineering at Nottingham University.
R. G. HOLDEN: Nottingham Co-operative Society Scholarship for Chemistry at Nottingham University.
W. E. PEAT: Entrance Exhibition in Agriculture at Nottingham University.
J. D. HEMINGWAY: Scholarship in Chemistry at Durham University.
E. C. WRAGG: Exhibition in German at Durham University.
J. E. NOTT: Drapers' Company Arts Scholarship in Classics at Queen Mary College, London.
D. BARRON: Drapers' Company Exhibition in Classics at Queen Mary College, London.
The following have been accepted for admission:
J. K. FERGUSON, at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.
P. JACKSON, at University College, Oxford. T. J. SAUNDERS, at Merton College, Oxford. P. D. FELLS, at Oriel College, Oxford.
Definitely accepted for University Entrance in 1956:
J. D. BRADSHAW, A. A. GREAVES, G. NUTTALL, B. A. WATKINS-at Nottingham.
R. D. PORTER, D. A. E. SPALDING, P. L. TWIGGat Sheffield.
N. R. BROOKES, D. J. F. CLINTON-at Bristol.
R. J. KENT, A. L. G. McKEE-at University College, Leicester.
J. P. CATCHPOLE-at Birmingham.
S. R. K. COX-at Leeds.
C. F. MIDDLETON-at Manchester (College of Technology).
22 others have provisional acceptance subject to performance in A Level examination.
In the Hispanic Council Competition for schools, J. H. BATES won a Second Prize in the Senior section, and J. B. READMAN a First Prize in the Junior Section.
R. U. WATSON has passed with Distinction in Grade VIII Pianoforte (not Grade III, as erroneously reported in last term's Magazine).
E. P. SUTTON (1935-42) has been appointed Assistant Director of Research in the Department of Engineering, Oxford.
G. W. TORY (1923-31) has been made Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George, for work in the Diplomatic Service in Australia.
THE School corridors in the evening are unpleasant; they have the emptiness, the tight echoing quiet of a football ground when the crowds have gone. Words fade into the air and the sound of footsteps goes unanswered. The opaque bulbs shaded by plain white plastic throw a dull flat light, which hardly penetrates the irregular lines of battered dark wooden desks or light-brown square tables in the unlit rooms.
It is then that the School is best understood. Without the blue blazers, the soiled grey flannels, the rush, the shouts, the laughter and the quarrels, the measured tread and the sweep of a black gown, there is nothing. There is no such thing as a school: only the boys and masters and the ideas they have in common. The shell around them is only of wood and stone.
A school should not be like a church, where self is forgotten in the loving but awed and silent worship and obedience of an unknown, immeasurable Deity. It changes with those who are past of it, and nobody can stay for ever. Tradition, the successive inheritance of certain ideas, is what makes a great school; but to be content with that, adding and changing nothing, can only result in self-destruction.
This School is not merely an institution where masters teach boys; for the boys learn most of the valuable lessons from each other. The masters arouse and guide our interests; their time is too restricted for them to have real control over our education. Nowhere is the old truism more applicable: the more you put in, the more you take out. " Putting in " is not just attending society meetings, playing games, obeying school rules, although these form a mechanical basis. It is the gift of a personality, which never diminishes in the giving. The worst crime a boy can commit against the School, and the only one which cannot be forgiven, is to live completely outside it, to regard it as a factory. " Taking out " is not only obtaining a number of G.C.E. passes or a university scholarship, or acquiring a quota of factual knowledge. It is the enrichment of what has been given, a deepening and widening of understanding and wisdom. But it is only a first awakening: it cannot be more.
Leaving school is not sad, although a spurious sentimentality usually sets in during the last few days. It is not sad, because it is a physical liberation from something which we inevitably outgrow. In our minds we can never leave it, because it is now part of us. The little white lion on its back legs may disappear from our blazer pockets; but its spirit will remain with us throughout our lives.
(Presented by the Dramatic Society on March 24th, 26th and 27th.)
IT was no false calculation of the two-thousandth anniversary of the Ides of March, but the demands of Ordinary Level, that focussed the attention of the Dramatic Society on Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. The usual major difficulty had to be surmounted, an apparently intractable Hall, unsuited for stage productions; but troubles were further increased this year by lack of time in an already overcrowded and tiring term and by the most unfortunate illnesses which beset the School's senior dramatic experts, Messrs. Claypole and Watling, on the eve of the first performance. But these difficulties were triumphantly overcome.
The production was envisaged on an Elizabethan pattern, and a large number of the costumes, designed by Mrs. Miller, were made by the parents. Under the direction of Messrs. Surguy, Hersee and Shaw, with many willing helpers, a " modified Elizabethan" stage was constructed which demanded the minimum of property changes and enabled the action to be continuous. The co-ordination of so much activity was most impressive and bears eloquent testimony to the vision and direction of Mr. Claypole and his undaunted deputy, Mr. Chalmers.
The first aim of a school production of Shakespeare is to give the actors an insight into the richness of the poetry and the dramatic technique of the poet, and to provide them with an opportunity to experience the discipline of the stage. One must judge the result on the standards of audibility, diction and stage-sense achieved. Few could be faulted on the first of these counts, but it would have been remarkable if several had not occasionally found it difficult to vary the pace of their lines without losing their words in a laudable striving for emphasis. On the other hand, everyone knew how to make the test use of the stage, even if some were not always sure as to where to put their hands. The audience never failed to appreciate the vigour and enthusiasm that the cast tried to convey. The crowd made a brave show and contained some individuals whose sympathetic acting will no doubt be put to good use on future occasions.
The principals performed a difficult task creditably. Brutus and Cassius tended to neglect the variety of their separate personalities, but displayed an admirable grasp of their essential character. Despite odd lapses into gloomy monotony, E. C. Wragg gave us a sincere and purposeful Brutus, while S. G. Linstead showed a fine cunning and petulance as Cassius. In N. G. Wellings we had a suave and confident Antony, an orator at home in every situation. D. Barron ably brought out the infirmities of Caesar, and J. Miller and P. J. Quarrell found no difficulty in representing the parts of Portia and Calpurnia. Tribunes, conspirators, and soldiers alike gave convincing portrayals of their separate roles.
We owe our thanks for lighting, music, and effects to Messrs. Mace, Hetherington and Barnes; for the smooth stage-management to Mr. Arthur; and for the imaginative programme design to Mr. Helliwell. Finally we must congratulate the producer once again for giving us a thoroughly enjoyable show.
(During the Christmas holiday a party of seven from K.E.S. attended the annual C.E.W.C. Conference at Westminster Central Hall. The title: " We. determined." The subject: "The United Nations Organisation.")
IT has now become an accepted fact that the School is represented at this Conference, and lest the custom lapse, it is felt that a few reflections inserted in this Magazine would provide a stimulus for anyone thinking of attending. I feel that I can speak with some authority on the value of these gatherings both for the economics specialist and for those with other careers in view, as I have the experience of two conferences behind me and a scientific training stretching ahead. It is difficult, I know, to leave the festivities of Christmas for a wearying train journey, for a week spent in a hotel or hostel where the amenities are poor or the cost high (or both), and for a frantic lunch-time rush to find a cafe which will provide more than a bowl of soup for your three-and-sixpence; but these inconveniences fade into the background as the conference proceeds.
The function of the conference is to educate the future world-citizen and it uses the three media of lecture, discussion, and concert. The lectures occupy the morning sessions; meetings of the discussion groups and recitals of dancing, singing and instrumental music are held in the afternoons. This year's course of lectures was a slight departure from the normal scheme whereby one country is made the subject, for it was thought that after ten years of United Nations this was a convenient time to take stock. The lectures were notable for their very high standard of presentation, for as the field was so extensive it was possible to find men with distinction as public speakers rather than the usual succession of embassy officials who, it would appear, find it difficult to manage more than a five-minute after-dinner speech.
Armed with a book list, a questionnaire for the discussion groups, a prospectus, ticket forms, concert tickets, and many memories of last year, we faced the thirteenth Christmas Conference.
We got off to a good start with Mr. Selwyn Lloyd and Lord Attlee as the principal speakers. Unfortunately the formidable array of questions was not answered quite satisfactorily and the reporters of the Daily Worker were quick to notice. The Communists are always very active at these conferences, and it is possible to collect a dozen different pamphlets and your copy of Challenge as the week passes. They also hold lunch-hour meetings in Alliance Hall, where hecklers provide sparkling entertainment until they are removed. The Dance at St. Pancras Town Hall pleasantly ended a crowded first day.
The second day began with a lively discussion; but after the " Rhodes Professor of Race Relations" had read his one-and-a-half-hour paper, those who had not fallen asleep relieved the tension with a rousingly ironical cheer. In the afternoon a concert was held where a man with a hideous red mask walked up and down for a quarter of an hour; a musician who had to have two chairs (one for his instrument and one for himself) spent five minutes apparently tuning up his eighteen-stringed instrument and then bowed and walked off; and a mixed team from Indonesia performed a candle dance in complete darkness.
The two lectures on Social Progress were perhaps the most interesting of the whole conference. We learnt here how to farm fish, to ventilate an igloo, to irrigate a rice field, to find our way when lost in the desert, to tap a rubber tree and to design a boomerang. In the evening Dame Margot Fonteyn opened the International concert where we had songs in Israeli, Irish, Russian and West Indian, and dances from as far apart as Africa and Scandinavia.
We were disappointed not to have Mrs. Pandit to address us on the last day, but the substitute was both interesting and amusing. After the discussion group leaders had given their reports, there was the U.N.O. Quiz final which ended in a tie, and the frantic auctioning of a dozen autographs of our prima ballerina. The conference ended with the traditional cheers and paper aeroplanes, and we left in a lighthearted and jovial mood. Those who went this year hope that our successors will have_ as enjoyable a time among the " World Citizens " at Westminster Central Hall next Christmas.
J. M. F. G.
FOR the first time for a number of years there was no public concert at the beginning of the Lent Term, but this has not meant any diminishing of musical activity. Choir and Orchestra got quickly to work on their extensive commitments for the Jubilee Concert. That they have striven well was proved by two excellent joint rehearsals at the end of term which augur well for the success of this event. That some fifty instrumentalists and a hundred and twenty singers in Choir and Madrigal Group have the enthusiasm to attend rehearsals regularly in their own time throughout the year is something for a school to be proud of. It is even more remarkable that a few perform in all three bodies.
An account of the Music Club's Lunch-hour activities appears elsewhere. Here it may be said that the standard of live performance has improved and the number of listeners has been gratifying. Some of our audience have had to be told that it is not good manners to enter or leave the hall while a piece is actually in progress or to swap stamps noisily while someone is negotiating a difficult arpeggio, but again there has been an improvement here.
Four trumpeters and a woodwind group recorded the music for Julius Caesar, but this had to be done on the school's tape-machine, which, owing to the slow tape-speed, did not do full justice to their efforts (or the composer's). A most affecting moment in the production was Nicholson's singing of Dowland's Ayre, "Weep you no more sad fountains," to his own " lute " accompaniment.
A number of our musicians take an active part in music outside the school. Our best singers are known to be prominent in other choirs, and in this connection we note that McKee took the part of Jesus in Passion music at Ranmoor with good success and that Whitehouse appeared as the Youth in " Elijah " for a Philharmonic Singers' performance at Loxley, for which we also provided instrumentalists. Beckett is now a member of the Singers. Bomber played the clarinet at two days' notice for a joint meeting of the Bach Society and the Organists' Association, while the Philharmonic Orchestra at the concert arranged for schools in the City Hall included Pinion and Kenning (horns) and, in the " kitchen " department, the effective combination of C. J. Barnes (cymbals) and Mr. N. J. Barnes (bass drum). The two last-mentioned virtuosi had never played these two instruments up to an hour or so before the performance, so that some furtive and frantic practising in the Memorial Hall up to the last minute was necessary. An ex-member of the school orchestra, A. L. Williams 'bassoon), is in increasing demand locally and played in the Bach Society's choral concert and in the University's production of Haydn's " Seasons." Many others make their considerable contribution to music in Sheffield.
N. J. B.
DURING the Lent Term 1,945 books were borrowed; if allowance is made for the shortness of the term, this indicates a continuance of the increased turnover which we have seen this year.
In response to the appeal, a bound volume of the early numbers of the School Magazine has been returned by post, and we now have the original set intact again. The mind behind the deed found such an elaborate method of returning the book anonymously that it has been quite impossible to send a letter of thanks, and gratitude has had to yield to wonder at the ways of some readers.
Just why is it that they do not return their books within a reasonable time? When, after great delay, the book comes back, have they really read it at last? Maybe in their muddled spirits they believe that to own a book is to own what is in it, and knowledge being infinitely valuable they cannot afford to part with the volume. Perhaps they take the opposite view, that a mere bundle of paper and cardboard is of so little value that it is surely beneath the original owner's dignity to expect them to return it. Have these never looked at the prices in publishers' catalogues? Or do they have a secret misgiving that the rest of humanity may not be so worthy as they to have this book, not so responsive to its beauty, not so skilled to interpret it, not so wise in criticising it? Do some, like the pilgrim who puts dried peas in his shoes, need an irritant to their conscience, so that the voluptuous sight of a purloined book reminds them of their virtuous intentions, their dedication to learning? Is there an instinctive thirst in them for the loving forgiveness and affection they feel sure of receiving from the relieved owner when they give him back his book? If so, perhaps they feel that the longer they keep it, the greater will be the glory of their reinstatement.
In short, do the people who make the end-of-term stocktaking in the Library so difficult suffer from warps and kinks of the mind, or are they just too busy... busy busy?
The following are thanked for their gifts: J. B. Crapper, Mr. C. Hague, Mr. T. Hawkins, G. Hessey, C. C. Peat, D. M. Parfitt, R. V. Sallis, C. M. N. Vere, D. Wolstenholme.
(An Old Edwardian, GORDON NORNABLE, back on incidents of two days in the life Maquisard, some fifteen years ago.)
WE are waiting on the landing ground at Izernore. Only a handful of us know that there is a plane expected. To pass away the hour before dawn, we try to guess what type of aircraft will come and how many passengers there will be. We know full well the dangers that the pilots undergo in order to deliver their precious cargo.
A faint droning in the distance breaks in on the conversation. Immediately the torches, spaced at intervals of a hundred metres, shine their beams towards the sky. There she is! At least a hundred metres up. Lower and lower she comes and seems to touch the crest of the hills. What moments of suspense! At last she grounds and rolls a little, looking huge in the moonlight.
The engines stop and passengers start to climb down, uneasily at first and then happily with relief. They are all officers-British, French, Canadian, American. A dozen of them. One old French colonel is very moved. It is the first time that he has been on his native soil for seven years. All personal kit is loaded on trucks and our visitors are taken to headquarters. The aircraft is steered towards a small wood. In less than two hours it is so cunningly camouflaged that the next day one looks for it for a while in vain.
At the Chateau de Werle (later burned to the ground by the enemy) a meal awaits us. Over it are discussed with vehemence our future plans and intentions. Later, in the small hours, a room is found for each of the newly arrived. For the reception committee there can be no sleep. We set to work, detailing arms, ammunition and stores, unloaded from the plane. Our concern is still the same: have they at last sent us mortars and machine guns? The next day, the officers set off on their respective missions, some having to journey two hundred miles. We drive with the aircrew to witness a parade of maquisards at Maillat. The personnel of two of our camps file past, dressed in khaki shorts and shirts. Evidently the daring Commandant Chabot has once more made a successful raid on supplies destined for the Germans! The men of the Maquis march by, bronzed, solid and in good order. Pitiable, in a corner, thirty-five German prisoners, captured the day before by the Plutarque company, during their attack on the Tunnel at Viriev, look on with bewilderment.
The pilot of the plane (an American colonel) places a wreath on the village war memorial and then inspects the Maquisards. The crowd of village folk, who have all turned out in curiosity, applaud loudly and we hear cries of "Vive l'Angleterre! Vive l'Amerique! " These are the first allied service people that they have seen in uniform.
That evening, after dinner, the colonel expresses his satisfaction, and that of his crew, at having seen at last those whom his squadron are revictualling. He promises to further our cause on returning to London, and finishes this hopeful speech by saying in French, and with a very pronounced accent, "Vive le Maquis! "
IT is 4.15 p.m. one Thursday evening towards the beginning of term. School is over for the day but many scholars pause motionless by their lockers. For a brief moment the whole school is silent and everyone is listening, waiting as it were for the second shock. Then from somewhere on the second corridor rises a Iong, drawn-out and soulful whine. The orchestra is beginning to tune up. Rehearsal is about to commence.
Realising with relief what is happening, the rest of the school hurry away, inwardly embarrassed by their momentary fears as to the source of the sound. The whine turns to a wail as the woodwind join the strings in their common endeavour to find that elusive "A". The brass join in with a B-flat here and there, or an A-sharp, and then wander off into snatches of popular tunes, jazz and general pandemonium. This goes on for a while and all disinterested persons hurry from the building with little or no hesitation.
When a note has been decided upon, which we for convenience will call "A" (or La, if you prefer sol-fa), the orchestra quietens considerably till at last the tapping of a stick becomes audible above the persistent moan of the third trombone. Instantly all eyes are directed towards the raised baton, and a whisper passes round from the first desk of violins as to what we are about to play.
" One, two, three says the voice of authority, and several violins begin to play. More tapping on the rostrum is replied to characteristically by the first, second and third trombones who, realising what is happening, have begun to play and resent having to stop. " Everybody this time," says the voice, and we begin again. " This time " we seem to be progressing quite well.... but no, we are once more called to a halt. All the trumpets are asked to play an "A", and I am informed that I am sharp. That seems odd to me, since I was flat the week before, and I am usually consistent. Nevertheless I pull out my tuning slide as far as I can, and we carry on, only to find that when the trumpets are next required there is one short since I have blown my tuning slide right out. However, the absence of one trumpet among six is not noticed and the rest of the orchestra continue-a little more tunefully perhaps.
When it is apparent that the composer must have turned in his grave at least once, we leave that particular tune, which would probably have died a natural death sooner or later. Then on to the next piece. During one of many bars rest throughout this piece, my attention is caught by a painter at one of the windows. He is holding his nose! One would think that by now he would be used to the smell of paint, or has he some other sinister reason? Where are we now? Oh yes, three bars before letter C, marked " trumpet ff " (very loud). one two, two two, three two, play! The brazen notes of the third trumpet sound somehow out of place. I realise that this tune is in three-four time. We stop-a glare-nothing else. We play on and I play very softly. Crescendo coming up now. Will I reach the top note? Yes yes (I gasp and perspiration runs down my forehead) yes no. I skip it-but someone sitting immediately behind me has tried and failed miserably.
" Cacophonium" bawls the voice. The euphonium pleads not guilty, passing the blame onto the all too vulnerable trombones. An argument follows which results in all the heavy brass having to make certain alterations to their respective parts. It is now the turn of the woodwind to fall foul of the " baton," which they do successfully, in their own characteristic, rather feminine, way. A clarinet gets ahead of the beat followed by a desperate flute who, it seems, is fleeing from an onslaught by a somewhat unmelodious oboe. One can almost imagine the following sing-song conversation
Clarinet (singing): " I'm the leader of the band."
Flute (squeaking): " Wait for me, for me, for meee-eee."
Oboe (like a clarinet with a cold in the head) " I'm coming-I'm coming-look out, look out."
Bassoon (a deep sonorous voice-like soft brown velvet): " Drorp dead!! " (A snigger from the violins).
The voice suggests that the dulcet tones now being emitted by the woodwind are not unlike those of a certain " knocking-off whistle " somewhere in town. (A further snigger from the violins). Gradually one by one the members of the string section fall out, then the woodwind (having concluded their race to the end of the tune), and finally most of the brass, till all that remains is the incorrigible third trombone and one trumpet (who shall remain anonymous) still trying to find that elusive "A".
It is half-past five; the rehearsal is over.
F. D. LOXLEY.
The three meetings held in the Lent Term were again notable for wide participation in discussion and eager debate. In the fourth week of term, K. Jackson introduced a discussion on Communism and its relation with and attitude to Christianity. Heated opinions were expressed on both sides and the meeting as a whole was lively. Continuing our plan of discussing the various sects and divisions within the Christian Church, we asked Mr. Powell to explain some points on Nonconformity in general. Addressing a very small meeting (which clashed with an important play rehearsal) Mr. Powell was most interesting and helpful. Finally a joint meeting was held with the Economics Society, when Canon Wickham expounded the aims and methods of Sheffield's Industrial Mission. Although some of his methods were criticised, members were able to appreciate and understand the spirit which prompted the movement. During the term there was a S.C.M. Service in the Cathedral which was unfortunately poorly attended by our members.
At the beginning of the Lent Term, K. Jackson was appointed Secretary in succession to C. M. N. Vere. The opening meeting of the term provided members with an opportunity of hearing about the C.E.W.C. Annual Christmas Conference in London. A. S. Pope, R. W. Waterhouse, D. M. J. Allen and A. G. Bruster in their reports covered topics ranging from purely C.E.W.C. business to cultural and social activities with an international flavour. Many of those attending the meeting came away hoping that next Christmas would see them in London, but how far this was due to international interest or to recognition of social possibilities is not quite clear. Incidentally, the 1956 Conference is to be on the theme: " North America-continent without frontiers."
On February 6th, Mr. Robinson talked on the Middle East situation. That this was the first time he had addressed the Society since his arrival at the School nearly two years ago is indicative of our success in obtaining outside speakers. Mr. Robinson's " maiden speech " was informative and much enjoyed. It was not possible to hold another meeting until March 13th, owing to the calls of examinations and unfortunately these left their marks upon the attendance which was doubly regrettable because Professor Armytage, from the Department of Education. gave a fascinating talk on " The American Frontier in English History," in which he brought out relationships between the United States and Great Britain during the nineteenth century which one had never suspected before. The small audience of I.D.G. and Literary and Debating Society members enjoyed a very stimulating discussion.
The annual attraction of a joint debate with the High Storrs Girls' School was held the following week, and the difference in attendance was almost suspicious! A large and lively audience heard the motion " That this House approves of the abolition of capital punishment " proposed by N. S. Waite and seconded by Miss Toni Pollard. J. How and Miss Patricia Platt provided the opposition and the main speakers were followed by some thoughtful and informative contributions from the floor, though there was a tendency amongst some speakers to reiterate well-known arguments and to use rather warm invective at times. The motion was finally approved by 28 votes to 24, with 7 abstentions: a very interesting replica of the recent results in the House of Commons.
The Lunch-hour Lectures in the City Hall have continued to be well attended, especially by members of the Science Sixth.
At the end of the Autumn Term a visit was paid to Silverwood colliery, which was notable not only for the general enjoyment of all who took part but also for the useful purpose it served in providing some background of human experience to animate facts and figures. The internal sensations while the " chair " plummeted downwards, and the crawl along the coal face on hands and knees, trailing ponderous lamps (supplied especially for visitors) and through choking clouds of dust, were unforgetable experiences for the not so youthful members of the party. As a guide to future careers, it was interesting to note that a young trainee-manager possessed a degree in law.
Two meetings have been held at school. Mr. W. Thornhill, lecturer in Economics at Sheffield University, gave an interesting, if necessarily tentative forecast of the future of nationalisation and expressed the view that it would tend to increase despite the more recent gestures of de-nationalisation. A joint meeting with the S.C.M. addressed by Canon Wickham, the driving force behind the Sheffield Industrial Mission, concluded the term's activities. He particularly stressed the Mission's function as an attempt to give a practical relevance to life, which was more easily achieved in the factory than among the heterogeneous Church congregation. The application of Christian principles to industrial problems formed the basis of a keen discussion which embraced the parables and wage differentials.
It seems to be a regrettable feature of the Lent Term that attendances at Society meetings fall off alarmingly. This is particularly unfortunate when distinguished outside speakers give up their time to come to the School. We hope for greater sustained interest from members next year.
We were grateful to Mr. Turberfield for securing four eminent outside speakers to address us this term. A link between Classical and Biblical studies was provided by Professor Bruce, who talked with such fire and enthusiasm that he persuaded us the "Cretans are always liars." By contrast Professor Laughton's talk on Varro left us with the delightful picture of the old scholar sitting in meditation within his wonderful aviary. We were glad of an opportunity to invite the Scientific Society to hear Dr. Miller discuss the urgent problem posed by the need for increasing the number of scientists and preserving the educational values of the Humanities. At the final meeting Mrs. Henry interested us in Seneca's tragedies by illustrating features of his style and his impact on Elizabethan literature. We owe many thanks to all these speakers for giving us such a full and varied programme.
L. J. Y.
Illness and the more acceptable incursion of an extra day's holiday for academic successes reduced our programme in this short over-crowded term. At our first meeting a dramatic reading of the one-act Un Ami de Jeunesse by Edmond See provided an enjoyable evening; the taut structure, emotion and biting irony thoroughly justified the choice. Mr. T. A. Murphy next gave us the benefit of his intensive study of the great but exasperating Victor Hugo-a most able condensation of a vast subject. Our final meeting heard Mr. O. R. Johnston's admirably lucid exposition of " Luther and the German Reformation " which evoked interesting and prolonged discussion. Since the cancelled programme items are fortunately still available, we have a real embarras de richesses to offer next term.
A. A. G., E. V. B.
The first talk of the term was given by Stevens, of 6Sc1, on " The History of the Motor Car," a topic of general interest which attracted a large attendance. On February 6th Mr. A. F. Taylor, F.R.P.S., F.R.I.C., an Old Boy of the School, gave a lecture on " Birds of the Night," illustrated by a large number of slides which he had personally prepared. This proved to be a most interesting meeting. Another highly successful lecture was that of J. M. F. Gagan, of 6Sc2, on "Colours in Chemistry." The bench in the L.L.R. was completely covered with chemical apparatus by means of which the lecturer was able to demonstrate various aspects of his subject-at least one every half-minute! Although the talk overran its time, it kept our attention throughout and the demonstrations were particularly successful. The final talk of the term was given by Mr. Mackay on " James Watt and the Development of the Steam Engine." It is a pity that so few people were able to attend such an excellent talk.
The Society also combined with the Classical Society on February 13th to hear a talk by Dr. Miller on " The Place of Science in Education."
Thanks are due to all the lecturers and assistants who helped to make a very successful term.
One meeting was held on 15th February when Mr. Mackay gave a talk on Synthetic Fibres. The making of rayon from cellulose was dealt with in detail, and the molecular structure of cellulose outlined so as to explain why cellulose was suitable for use as a fibre. The building up of long molecules from simple ones was discussed, as for nylon, and this was concluded by an account of the processes used in the manufacture of Nylon.
In the final term of this chess season the attendances have been very good, and as usual the juniors turned up in large numbers, two even wishing to join the club in the week before we finished. It was pleasing to note the increase in seniors attending. Two inter-form matches were arranged; in one the scientists of the 1st year Sixth beat the Modern Studies, and in the other the 2nd year Sixth beat the 1st year Sixth. Both matches were very enjoyable. The School again participated in the National Chess Week by sending five players for the " Teenagers v. Old Stagers " match, which was won by the Old Stagers, held at the Y.M.C.A.
The Senior team has maintained the promise shown last term and has won three of its four matches. Unfortunately two other fixtures had to be cancelled. The juniors have won their only match. I hope that more fixtures will be arranged for this team next year and that it will have more support.
|Dronfield, won 4.5-1.5.||v. Firth Park, drawn 3-3.|
|v. De La Salle, won 6-0.||v. Nether Edge, won 4-2.|
|Juniors: v. Firth Park, won 2.5-1.5|
E. M. S.
On January 25th, J. Miller gave his long awaited lecture on " The excavation of the Ring Barrow at Lodge Moor," a most interesting account of modern archaeological methods, in which he stressed the importance of careful work. At our second meeting D. Dawson gave a lecture on " Some Great English Cathedrals," in which he concentrated on the Mediaeval, Norman and Gothic examples in which this country is so rich. Dawson's lecture was carefully prepared, amply illustrated and worthy of a larger audience.
On February 22nd, Mr. J. Barwick of the City Museum gave a talk on "Prehistoric Man in Scandinavia," which was illustrated by Swedish film strips. We had a very good audience at this meeting. Our film meeting had to be postponed, but we hope to show the film, "Mediaeval Castles and Monasteries " on the first Wednesday of the Summer Term. We also hope to make the following trips: on April 28th to Chatsworth and Castleton; on June 9th to Sheffield Manor or Castle; and on June 23rd to Lincoln.
N. D. W.
An interesting programme of activities was arranged and largely carried out by the Society during the Lent Term. Mr. Henry's lecture on J. M. Synge had unfortunately to be postponed. Mr. May read a paper on Modern Poetry, to be followed at the second meeting by K. Jackson, who gave a critical review of the works of Bernard Shaw; and finally another joint meeting was held with the I.D.G., at which Professor W. H. G. Armytage gave a fascinating lecture on the American Frontiers on English History. The attendance at this last meeting was distressingly low and all greatly regretted that such a helpfully interesting evening should have been missed by so many. Society members would wish me to stress again the fact that meetings are for all members of the Upper School and not merely for certain Modern Subjects specialists. May we hope that wider support will make the Society one of the most culturally active and interesting in the School.
P. R. M.
Three well-attended meetings were held. At the first, a spontaneous discussion of various subjects took place, a most lively and enjoyable meeting. A debate, " That this House Approves the Abolition of the Death Penalty," proposed by Sara and Quarrell and opposed by Benton and Cox, formed the subject of the second meeting. The motion was narrowly defeated. Finally, because of the success of the impromptu discussions of the first meeting, a similar meeting was held to round off the term, and was again markedly successful. We now look forward with interest to next term's Mock Trial, which promises to be most entertaining.
P. R. M., P. S. H.
It was decided early in the term to form a group which would meet to read and discuss mainly modern poetry, it being felt that such a group might provide wider opportunities for members of the Upper School to come into contact with, and to enjoy, the more recent developments in this field of literature. Three meetings have so far been held, all of them proving successful, and providing much enjoyment and help, and we look forward to further meetings in the Summer Term. Any member of the Fifth and Sixth who wishes to attend these Tuesday lunch-hour sessions will be welcome.
P. R. M.
Throughout the term the Tuesday lunch-hour concerts have been given more regularly and have provided a greater selection of music both " live " and recorded than in the previous term. The response to the request for performers was quite gratifying, and the number of people willing to present recorded music of their own choice has made possible several very interesting programmes. One of these was of music from Mozart's operas, presented by Mr. Hersee in celebration of the bicentenary of the composer's birth. One performance worthy of mention is that of vocal duets from the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, This is the only occasion on which singers from the Senior School have appeared in these concerts, but it is hoped that other talented vocalists will be inspired by their example to offer their services in the near future. The coming term promises a considerable variety, and with several offers of recorded programmes already received, and given less shyness amongst senior musicians, we can look forward to an interesting series.
P. J. S.
Once again we have had a full but happy term during which concerts of recorded music have been ably arranged by J. G. Robinson on alternate Wednesdays. These have been quite well attended and have been very successful. Thanks are extended to all who have loaned records and presented programmes. Although live programmes have not been given as frequently as could be wished, those arranged have shown a distinct improvement in the standard of performance. As more instrumentalists proffered their services than in the previous term the demand upon pianists was not so very heavy. Considerable promise was displayed by enthusiastic violinists and flautists and we were especially pleased when a viola player, B. D. Needham, shamed his timorous fellows by giving a highly successful performance. We hope to hear him many times again. Once again we thank Mr. Barnes for his suggestions, help and guidance, and look forward to another busy term.
J. D. C.
We have continued the policy of having papers read by our own members. Doris, of 2(1), started the term well with a clear and interesting study of comets, in which he drew on historical as well as purely astronomical information. Smith, of 2(t), followed with an interesting and well illustrated account of the development of the theory of heliocentricity. The President, in his paper, studied the galaxies outside the Milky Way and the theory of the expanding Universe. A further talk by Robinson, of 3(1), entitled " The Signs of the Zodiac," had to be postponed because of illness. Early next term we are hoping to visit the Sheffield Astronomical Society's observatory at Norton. We are also planning our own small magazine, proceeds from which will be put to the construction of our own telescope.
B. C. A.
" PINK tickets downstairs," was the first cry that met our ears as we entered the City Hall and took our seats half-an-hour early, arriving in the middle of an organ voluntary. At 7.30 precisely the Stage Party arrived, and the short formalities began.
Mr. B. L. Metcalf, who was to address the very sizeable audience, was hurriedly introduced by the Lord Mayor and forthwith embarked on a very lively and eventful lecture. One or two of the demonstrations apparently did not run quite to schedule, but nevertheless the lecture was well illustrated by timely film extracts and demonstrations. A mannequin " interrupted the proceedings to demonstrate the use of a foreman's stick as a " walkie-talkie " aerial and a ghostly figure pierced the eerie gloom and feverishly sprinkled gunpowder over a candle flame to little effect, but this mild entertainment was soon to be outdone by a voluminous explosion of methane.
The lecture, sponsored by the Sheffield Sub-centre of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, was, all in all, a very lively and creditable memorial to Faraday. It was, in fact, two hours of very high class entertainment.
J. T. BORWICK.
A RATHER late New Year's party, held on the first day back at school, opened our activities for the Lent Term. This proved rather disastrous for certain members, who had short memories or full diaries and who forgot to bring any nourishment. Otherwise the party was most enjoyable. At half-term, a wide game was arranged, but unfortunately had to be postponed owing to the presence of three feet of snow on the proposed site.
During the Easter holidays a two-days hike was also arranged for members who had survived " Bob-a-Job " week; its purpose being to test three recently acquired hike tents. The expedition was led by an individual who is notorious for getting lost; he endeavoured to chase a bus in a car, which was not adequately suited for the purpose, but he eventually succeeded in joining the party. At the end of the first day, two members returned home, but the remainder camped out. The site proved to be a lucky one, as boiling water was obtainable from the farm, eggs and milk were free, and a hen-house (plus twenty hens) was available if necessary (address and grid reference on application).
Two new members joined the Troop during the term; we wish them good scouting. Congratulations to R. F. Laughton on gaining his 1st Class badge.
H. S. S.
THE outstanding event of the term was our eviction from the Den. We were given only a few hours notice, but by a combined effort with the help of " A " and " C " Troops the evacuation was successfully completed, and not much was left behind! So far, our efforts to find a new den have been unsuccessful.
Several First Class badges have been gained during the term, and other badge work and scouting activities have progressed satisfactorily. A Senior Patrol was placed third (by a very narrow margin) in the Holmstrom Trophy competition. We must also mention a minor triumph of the term: of the £8 won by the Group in the Punch Matchbox competition, " B " Troop gets more than half!
We look forward to next term and campingat Newstead Abbey for Whitsun, and near Dartmouth in the summer.
J. W. H.
THE life of our Troop is a glorious mixture of the traditional and the totally unexpected. Thus at Christmas the Christmas Party was held with the usual festal splendour, most ably directed by the Seniors. The term began as usual and gave no hint of the staggering events to come. In theory, the middle term of the year should be a sort of breathing space. The recruits, having been taken in, are being digested. No one except the Court of Honour and the S.M. are thinking of camps yet.
The first unique event was " Operation Kropotkin," in which the whole Troop, heavily disguised, attempted to save the most important buildings in Sheffield from being blown up by deadly micro-nuclear devices. The anarchists, heavily disguised, were only too successful in their efforts. There was only one clash with the police and this happily involved our most innocent-looking tenderfoot, not the P/L who looked so like the last Fuhrer that his patrol may well tremble to think of the coming camps.
The second event was the sad and unexpected loss of the Den, at what amounted to eight hours notice. We are on the look-out for another room in the neighbourhood of the School. The third event which broke all records was the jumble Sale, at which we made more than £70. Warmest thanks are due to parents as well as to all Scouts for their untiring efforts.
Among the more regular happenings were the award of four more First Class badges and a meeting at which an Old Roan tie had to be discovered in Broomhill, and later a fire had to be carried over an eight-foot wall. Easter brings us hikes, a Court of Honour camp, a Tiger Patrol hike camp and "Bob-a-Job " week. And next term we are back in our native element again for most of the time, once more to experience the truth of the adage that only two things should ever come between a Scout and the open sky: a Scout hat and the canvas of a tent.
UNFAVOURABLE weather in the short Lent term severely limited the number of games played, but in spite of this the standard of play continued to improve. In a most enjoyable and hard-fought game against Nottingham High School much valuable match-play experience was gained. Victory in a school game is still awaited; if the present improvement is maintained, however, this should not be long delayed.
v. Nottingham High School, at home; School lost 7-5.
v. The Staff, at home; School won 10-2.
P. D. A.
BADMINTON continues to gain in popularity; at the beginning of the year the demand was so great that membership of the Club had to be restricted to 5th and 6th Forms. The total of 45 members was a record for the Club. At the end of the term a number of these left and several 4th Formers have been admitted, so that at present the membership stands at 40.
The chief event of the Lent Term has been the Club Singles Knock-out. By the luck of the draw, four team members reached the semi-finals, where Bradshaw beat Gagan and Loversidge beat Twigg. Bradshaw won the final for the second successive year, beating Loversidge 15-10,15-6. The Club has been able to field a very strong team which has won 6 games and lost 5. Victories have been recorded against Leeds G.S., our old rivals Mount St. Mary's School, Crookes Congregational B.C., Nether Green B.C. and St. Matthias B.C. (twice). The team has lost to Nether Green with a weakened team and twice to Ranmoor B.C. against far more experienced players. The highlights of the season have been the two closely contested matches with the Staff, both of which were narrowly lost. The second of these matches, a six-hour marathon, was the finest of the season. With the two teams very well matched, the result was in doubt until the very last rubber. The team has usually been selected from: J. D. Bradshaw, R. Loversidge, P. L. Twigg, J. M. F. Gagan, R. S. Andrews, B. J. Horsefield, J. W. Roxburgh. Our thanks are due to Mr. Sinclair for all the time he has spent encouraging and coaching the team.
|v. Leeds G.S. (Home), won 9-0.|
|v. Crookes Congregational B.C. (Away), won 6 3.|
|v. School Staff (Away), lost 4-5.|
|v. Nether Green B.C. (Home), lost 4-5.|
|v. Nether Green B.C. (Away), won 5-4.|
|v. St. Matthias B.C. (Home), won 6-3.|
|v. Mount St. Mary's School (Home), won 6 3.|
|v. St. Matthias B.C. (Away), won 5-4.|
|v. School Staff (Home), lost 4-5.|
|v. Ranmoor B.C. (Home), lost 1-7.|
|v. Ranmoor B.C. (Away), lost 1-8.|
THE second half of the season has produced a mixed bag of results and individual performances. However, the general record, if not as fine as last season's, has been of a high standard, with honours going to Timperley for his unfailing enthusiasm and consistently meritorious performances. There has been a great team spirit and every man has pulled his weight, occasional sub-average performances being due only to illness or injury. Full colours have been awarded to P. Jackson, H. A. Nicholls, and M. D. Rowland (and re-awarded to J. M. Timperley); half colours have been awarded to R. B. Darwin and J. A. Gould.
This season we bid goodbye and good luck to Jackson, Timperley, Rowland, and (for the fourth time) to Nicholls; all of whom we sincerely thank for their services. The team next season will, naturally, be weakened by these departures, but we have promise of reliable material in Darwin, Bradshaw, Gould, and Nodder.
The fortunes of the Junior Team have been as varied, but not quite so bright as those of their elder brethren. Sheasby, as Captain, has set a fine example which, unfortunately, has not always been followed by his team-mates. Brothers, slightly more inconsistent, has also taken it upon himself to put in several noteworthy displays. The packing, however, has ranged from poor to non-existent, and weak performances have been contributed by boys from whom better displays and more effort were expected. Discovery of the season has been Dungworth, in whom we vest some hopes for the future; and Vinall, occasionally rising from the depths of apathy, has shown that he has considerable ability, even if this is not soundly backed by his will.
Finally, a word of appreciation for" Old Coll " (who shall remain nameless). We have all benefited from his experience, encouragement and advice; his Maltesers, too, have been a never failing source of incentive.
|Home.||Ecclesfield G.S. Won 20-37.|
|Away.||City Training College. Won 27-66.|
|Away.||Staveley G.S. (3rd), Tupton Hall G.S. (2nd).Won 28-62-106.|
|Home.||Bradford G.S. (2nd), Rotherham G.S. (3rd). Won 25-63-107.|
|Home.||Rowlinson School. Won 10-40.|
|Home.||Sheffield University 2nd VIII. Won 22-63.|
|Away.||Ecclesfield G.S. Won 26-60.|
|Home.||High Storrs G.S. (1st), Manchester G.S. (2nd). 3rd 45-54-77.|
|Away.||High Storrs G.S. Lost 24-33.|
|Away.||Roundhay School (3rd), Bradford G.S. (2nd), Huddersfield College (4th). Won 60-65-75-III.|
|Home.||M. A. R. Johnson's VIII. Won 34 44.|
|Away.||Manchester G.S. Lost 32-47.|
|Sheffield and District Championships. 2nd, 43 points.|
|Home.||City Training College (3rd), Woodhouse G.S. (2nd). Won 29-62-103.|
|Home.||Doncaster G.S. (2nd), Nether Edge G.S. (3rd). Won 27-55-89.|
|Yorkshire C.C. Championships. 4th, 104 points.|
|Home.||Roundhay School (2nd), Leeds G.S. (3rd), Huddersfield College (4th). Won 20-64-67-77.|
|Away.||Woodhouse G.S. Won 28-52.|
|Northern Schools C.C. Championships. 7th, 194 points.|
|Home.||D. A. Elliott's VIII. Lost 44 34.|
AGAIN the 1st XI has to report a generally unsuccessful playing record, but happily we managed to wind up the season on a somewhat brighter note. Owing to bad weather only nine games have been played this term, but these have been most exciting and full of interesting incident, as will be seen on an examination of the scores in these games.
We opened the term with a fixture against a formidable Training College XI, containing four Football League players, which had only been beaten narrowly by a strong Sheffield United team. At half-time we were leading 1-0 and with 20 minutes left we still held the lead at 3-2. We looked all set for an outstanding victory but a typical piece of misfortune befell us; Kent, our left-half, was injured and in the remaining minutes our stronger and more experienced opponents added six goals against our depleted but valiant forces. This game exemplifies the ill luck with which we have had to contend all the season.
Four other games this term are deserving of mention. At Rotherham before a highly partisan home crowd and on a snow-covered pitch we went down 6-5. Our first victory of the term was a most noteworthy one, as we defeated High Storrs G.S. 4-2, with ten fit players, thus destroying their record of having been unbeaten at home for the last three seasons. In probably the finest game of the season, we drew with Manchester G.S. 5-5, victory for K.E.S. only being prevented by a thrilling last-minute goal by the Manchester centre-forward. The sweetest victory of the year was recorded against the School Staff, despite having to play after a hard afternoon of Standard Sports.
The personnel of the XI has been almost the same as that of the Michaelmas Term. Bailey regained his place in goal and, although having an unhappy game at Manchester, he redeemed himself completely with a brilliant display against Firth Park. Bradshaw and Longden have been sound, constructive full-backs, although the latter has occasionally caused alarm by "steaming" down the wing, showing a speed rarely evident in full-back play. Rutledge has steadily improved at centre-half and should be a force there next season. Hague, at right-half, has improved beyond recognition, and in the later games the side has benefited by the cool resource of Watkinson, the 2nd XI captain, in the other wing-half position. Farnell, without being quite the force of last term, has again led the forwards splendidly and has been given more support. The Newsum-Evison wing is becoming devastating and Powell seems to have taken a new lease of life at inside-left. Youle, Sallis and White have all contributed to the power and penetration of the line at various times.
Adverse criticism of the team would be unfair in view of the tremendous efforts made throughout the season. The season's heavy grounds have not been to the liking of our small side, as strength has been lacking in moving the ball through the cloying mud. Like Hungary we reserve our best displays for drier surfaces! Most of this year's team will be available next year, when the experience gained this season will be of immense value. I therefore look forward to seeing K.E.S. regain its rightful position as one of the leading Soccer powers in the county.
|v. City Training College||(H)||Lost||3-8|
|v. Barnsley G.S.||(A)||Lost||3-5|
|v. Rotherham G.S.||(A)||Lost||5-6|
|v. Chesterfield G.S.||(A)||Lost||0-6|
|v. Sheffield Falcons||(H)||Lost||4-6|
|v. High Storrs G.S.||(A)||Won||4-2|
|v. Manchester G.S.||(A)||Drawn||5 5|
|v. School Staff||(H)||Won||6 3|
|v. Firth Park G.S.||(A)||Drawn||2-2|
Full Colours have been awarded to: Farnell, Longden, Kent, Youle.
Half Colours have been awarded to: Powell, Rutledge, Hague.
Leading Goal-scorers: Farnell 36, Evison 21.
Season's Record: Played 25, Won 7, Lost 14, Drawn 4. Goals for 82, against 103.
ALTHOUGH our efforts for the second half of the season do not appear to have been so successful as in the previous term, nevertheless the fixtures that have survived the severe weather have provided robust football and exciting encounters.
The first two matches were against heavier and more experienced teams. The game at Nether Edge was played throughout in driving rain, and although defeated the eleven was in no way disgraced but fought back sternly against persistently dangerous and thrusting forwards. The Training College was visited next, where the greater strength and stamina of the older team showed itself in the second half. Although 'handicapped by the loss of Downes, the School side showed plenty of spirit. Marking left much to be desired at times, and the forwards were not always as direct in their attacks as they might have been. Two hard-fought games against Barnsley and Chesterfield Grammar Schools provided excellent experience in the hazards of football in muddy conditions, whilst the following match with High Storrs took place on a fairly thick covering of snow, when the standard of team passing and accuracy was praiseworthy. The final games were played in better conditions with mixed fortunes, although the standard of team-work was quite high. The defence was sound and the forwards often dangerous and crafty.
On the whole the season has shown two weaknesses: a lack of desire to head the ball, especially in attack from a corner; and a tendency to wander in towards the centre of the field, consequently making the opposition's problem of marking a much more simple matter. With these elementary points corrected, next year's prospects appear rosy and we look forward to renewing the encounters that have provided us with so many pleasurable hours this season. The following are to be congratulated on being awarded their half-colours: Watkinson, Cooper, Downes, Howarth, Allen, and Saunders.
B. G. H. G.
|v. Nether Edge 1st XI||(A)||Lost||2-8|
|v. Training College||(A)||Lost||2-6|
|v. Barnsley 2nd XI.||(H)||Lost||3-4|
|v. Chesterfield 2nd XI||(A)||Lost||4-5|
|v. High Storrs 2nd XI||(H)||Won||5-0|
|v. Manchester G.S. 2nd XI.||(H)||Won||3-1|
|v. Firth Park 2nd XI||(H)||Lost||2-3|
Season's Record: Played 21, Won 13, Lost 5, Drawn 3, Goals for 81, against 48.
As so often happens during the Lent Term, the weather has been our main enemy; three of the matches have had to be cancelled. Yet we have enjoyed some interesting tussles, notably with Dronfield G.S. 1st X I and Greystones 1st XI. It was no disgrace to be defeated by Dronfield 3-1, for they promptly went on to deliver the coup de grace to High Storrs 1st XI the following Wednesday. The return match with Greystones gave the team its first victory for several weeks and reversed the previous decision against a very good side. Two hard-fought draws-against Manchester G.S. 3rd XI and Brunswick Trinity Methodistsended an enjoyable season, in which the team is to be congratulated on facing as varied an assortment of elemental conditions as only Castle Dyke can offer! Particularly pleasing this term has been the improvement in the defence; McLeod has been a great source of strength at centre-half and he was particularly unlucky to break his ankle in the final game of the season; whilst Searle, on the few occasions when he has kept goal, has shown real promise for the future. The attack has been reorganised several times during the term in order to find new talent and it has been interesting to notice the progress made by Foster and Tyas on the wings and Pike as an inside forward. Once again, we have drawn on a large number of players, who have always given of their best under Baxter's capable leadership, and many of them will be offering a strong challenge for places in the Senior sides next season.
Half-colours have been awarded to: Baxter, McKee, and Nuttall.
|v. Dronfield G.S. 1st XI||(A)||Lost 1-3|
|v. Greystones 1st XI.||(A)||Won 2-1|
|v. Central Technical School||(H)||Lost 0-5|
|v. Manchester G.S. 3rd XI||Drawn 1-1|
|v. Brunswick Trinity Methodist||Drawn 2-2|
Season's Record: Played 16, Won 5, Drawn 4, Lost 7, Goals for 39, against 42.
IT was a pity that such a fine record had to be shattered right at the end of the season, but the team has only itself to blame. Quicker and more accurate shooting could have secured the match against Firth Park by half-time. The score is perhaps not a fair reflection of the play as goals were given away in the closing stages of the game in a desperate attempt to equalise. The record is still one of which the team can be justly proud Little need be added to the comments on players made last term. Board in various capacities-and for various schools!-has proved himself perhaps the most improved player of the year; with a little more speed he could be sure of a regular place. If possible the whole team should be kept together next season. It would be a pity to sacrifice the team-work and understanding in which they excel, in the interests of individual advancement.
D. J. W., B. D.
|Barnsley G.S.||(H)||Won 8-0|
|Chesterfield G.S.||(H)||Won 7-2|
|'High Storrs G.S.||(H)||Drawn 3-3|
|Manchester G.S.||(H)||Won 11-3|
|Firth Park G. S.||(H)||Lost 1-4|
Season's Record: Played 16, Won13, Drawn 2, Lost I, Goals for 113, against 18.
Leading Scorers: Gilbert 25,Andrew 23, Dakin, Dalton 14.
THE number of games played has been considerably cut down by the weather; of the five matches three were lost and two were won. The season's record of six games won out of sixteen is not impressive at first glance, but there has been a steady improvement in the standard of play all through the season and a number of the XI are beginning to show promise. The pleasing feature of the team has been that all its members have always tried hard and never failed to do their best; when matches have been lost it has usually been the result of lack of shooting power in the forward line. The defence has been consistently steady if not spectacular, and the team spirit has always been encouraging. Dixon has been an efficient captain.
|v. Barnsley G.S.||(A)||Lost||6-2|
|v. Chesterfield G.S.||(H)||Lost||3-1|
|v. High Storrs G.S.||(A)||Lost||0-1|
|v. Manchester G.S.||(A)||Won||6-2|
|v. Firth Park G.S.||(A)||Won||2-0|
Season's Record: Played 16, Won6, Lost 9, Drawn 1, Goals for 43, against 57.
ONLY two matches were played in the Lent Term; the weather caused the cancellation of a further three fixtures. Lack of practice was responsible in the main for a standard of play which was poor relatively to that of last term, but both games were certainly exciting. Manchester G.S. all but avenged their defeat of the previous term by holding us to a draw 4-4. De la Salle College, in the second match of the term, were all out to beat us and did so, 4-1, after a strong game. In both games the defence was suspect but Woolhouse distinguished himself in the match against De La Salle.
The season's results therefore are as follows played 7, won 3, drawn 2, lost 2. The team has been selected from: Buckle, Wileman, Woolhouse, Jinkinson, Ridgway, Nosowski, Tranmer, Bennett, Parker, Cottingham, Pike, Newton.
B. C. A.
WE can now see in perspective a season which for the first time can be called reasonably successful. The XV is now playing fast, lively rugger. It is working together as a team and we have seen enterprising teamwork which has resulted in many a try. The forwards now move as a body and the three-quarters, if lacking somewhat in penetration, are always in close support of one another. The problem position has been that of full-back, and we have had three full-backs, which tends to throw the harmony of the team out of key.
Unfortunately the weather this term has spoilt far too much rugby. Injuries and illness have also contrived to weaken the team and make the record not as good as we had hoped. However it was on the question of practice that we were worst hit by the weather. It prevented us from any practice for too long a period, consequently on playing a fast match the team's performance fell away in the second half and its former smooth working precision, although occasionally resurrected, never achieved the pitch to which we have grown accustomed.
Daglish and Avison, the two prop-forwards, have played well but both must learn to jump in the line-outs and be quicker to react generally and in particular to cover across. These are faults common to most of the team, costing us many points. The two second row locks, Norburn and Vickers, have been prominent and Vickers now possesses a keen rugger sense and he should be of great use to the team in the future. The back row of the scrum this season have been the best we have seen. Beynon, apart from the last match, has played consistently well, most ably supported by Belk. They have been the bane of all our opponents' half-backs. Between them these two can claim the lion's share in the points scored. The forwards have been well served by their hooker and leader, Roebuck, who is to be congratulated on his fine line-out play.
Behind the scrum Dean and Anderson have worked harmoniously but Anderson must learn to pass the ball more quickly. This lack of speed in passing, also common to the rest of the backs, has resulted in a loss of advantage more than once. The outstanding three-quarter of the season has been Cox whose breaks and dummies are a joy to behold. The other three-quarters have moved up well and lack nothing in determination. But failure of the backs to tackle and of the forwards to corner-flag has accounted for far too large a number of points scored against us.
The team's failures have come from lapses, not by any one member of the team, but by the forwards one week and the next by the backs. Fielding the ball could also be improved and a better standard of kicking would be welcomed. However with only forty boys in the senior school playing rugger we have a just claim to be proud. Considering the conditions, this season's First XV is a good team.
As always our thanks are due to Mr. Harrison and Mr. Towers who have done so much for the team this season. Theirs is also the success the First XV can claim this year.
Bad weather prevented most of this term's matches from being played and only three fixtures were completed. A very hard game at Rowlinson Technical School at the beginning of term resulted in a draw; at Stockport; where Bruster retired with a broken finger in the opening minutes, the match was lost; and a defeat was suffered against Thorpe after a very closely fought and robust game.
It is impossible to speak of progress made during the term, but it has been pleasing to see Fearne emerge as a promising winger and Daglish and Davison return to something like their earlier form. It is to be hoped that the enthusiasts will, before next season, spread the "gospel" to members of next year's Fifth Form where the shortage of players is likely to be felt most strongly.
E. R. W.
|Sept. 14||v. Old Edwardians||(H)||Won 9-0|
|Sept. 24||v. Old Edwardians||(H)||Lost 27-11|
|Oct. 15||v. Barnsley G.S...||(A)||Lost 19-3|
|Oct. 22||v. Mount St. Mary's 2nd||(H)||Won 23-9|
|Nov. 19||v. Worksop 3rd||(A)||Lost 8-6|
|Dec. 3||v. Lady Manners School||(A)||Lost 27-0|
|Dec. 10||v. Sheffield Under 18 Colts||(H)||Won 23-6|
|Dec. 14||v. Dronfield G.S.||(A)||Won 6-5|
|Jan. 14||v. Stockport G.S. 2nd||(A)||Won 6-0|
|Mar. 7||v. High Storrs G.S.||(Abandoned with 20 mins. to play and with 1st XV winning 6-0).|
|Mar. 10||v. Lady Manners School||(A)||Lost 18-3|
|Mar. 17||v. Thorpe G.S. 2nd||(H)||Lost 11-9|
|Played 12, Won 5, Lost 6, Abandoned 1, Cancelled 5.|
|Sept. 24||v. Hartley Brook School||(A)||Won 11-10|
|Oct. 15||v. Rowlinson School||(A)||Lost 8-3|
|Oct. 22||v. Coleridge Road School||(H)||Lost 14-13|
|Nov. 19||v. Worksop College||(A)||Lost 12-3|
|Dec. 3||v. Rowlinson School||(H)||Drew 3-3|
|Jan. 14||v. Stockport Colts||(A)||Lost 19-5|
|Mar. 17||v. Thorpe G.S. Colts||(H)||Lost 18-9|
Played 7, Won 1, Drawn 1, Lost 5, Cancelled 6.
This has probably been the most memorable term on record! Not only did the wind demolish our Castle Dyke pavilion but the School's 1st Soccer XI actually beat the Staff, who in a weak moment consented to this very pleasant return fixture. On all sides the atmosphere has been a most happy one; excellently fought games, of a very high standard; a better outlook on Wednesday afternoons, with far fewer "sudden headaches" developing at lunch-time; and, very pleasing indeed, the noble efforts of everyone in attempting the nine, to many competitors seemingly impossible, standards in the sports.
The weather, as previously noted, did its worst. One outstanding afternoon, with the Rugger XV on its way to a splendid victory, Castle Dyke became a typhoon centre and the entire cast retreated to the trembling shelter of the pavilion, which the following evening was gone with the wind. The Knock-out Final, decided on a treacherous snowbound surface, saw Haddon move in majestic manner to a 5-I victory over Wentworth. In an even more invincible way, Haddon captured the House League trophy; unbeaten throughout the season, they indeed are a major soccer force in the School at the moment, and earn our warm congratulations.
The Rugger Sevens competition, three practices short and long delayed, was eventually won by Arundel, who beat the holders, Lynwood, by 9 points to 0. Again it is pleasing to see a new name on a trophy and this keen competition only reflects the common spirit throughout the year. But wait-what is this? Clumber swim to a convincing victory in Limb Valley in the Senior Cross Country and run out easy winners by 70 clear points, having four men home in the first eleven-ample recompense for a disappointing Soccer season.
And so, the elements conquered, we move into kinder climes-yet, as this is written, the memory of three bitter, cold, bleak afternoons of Standard Sports crowds into the mind and we do indeed look forward to Whiteley Woods under its mantle of blue summer skies-and all the glory of England's most cherished game, Cricket!
1. J. N. Shillito (Wel). 2. J. M. Timperley (Wen). 3. R. B. Darwin (Cl). 4. P. Jackson (Cl).
House Points: 1. Clumber 125. 2. Lynwood 195 3. Haddon 252. 4. Wentworth 260. 5. Arundel 281. 6. Welbeck 314. 7. Chatsworth 347. 8. Sherwood 483.
Despite much interference from weather-less than half the appointed number of days have been fit for play -our outstanding commitments have been completed. The House football league became a Knock-out and in the Final Haddon emerged from the mists as winners by 2-o against Welbeck.
The Cross Country provided Sheasby with a comfortable win in good time and Welbeck are to be congratulated on their team victory by the margin of nearly 100 points. To have four boys between 14th and 23rd in a field of 120 is remarkably good pack-work. Standard Sports have been held for the last two afternoons of the term, and although the underfoot conditions have not been ideal the results were reasonably satisfactory.
1. D. H. J. Sheasby (Ch). 2. M. Vinall (Sh) 3. D. R. T. Findlay (Lyn).
House Points: 1. Welbeck 147. 2. Chatsworth 231 3. Sherwood 258. 4. Haddon 259. 5. Clumber 273. 6. Arundel 293. 7. Lynwood 349. Wentworth 514
Every year we return after Christmas with plans for football, cross-country running and athletics, and every year the weather reduces them to a detestable scramble to complete the cross-country championships and the standard sports. Fortunately, this year we had a fine afternoon for the Cross-Country. The time of the winner gives a false impression, as the run was considerably longer than usual. In fact, the race was quite notable for the high standard set by at least the first dozen home; and when one considers the large number of first-year boys in the early finishers, the prospect for future cross-country running in the School is bright.
H. T. R. T.
1. G. Tranmer (Wen) (21 min. 52 secs.). 2. P. S. Wileman (Sh). 3. I. F. Parker (Lyn). 4. B. Bennett (Wel). 5. J. R. Miller (Wel). 6. R. J. Nosowski (Lyn). 7. A. C. Rhodes (Ar). 8. J. R. Gunson (Lyn). 9. A. E. Senior (Had). 10. D. Nell (Wel).
House Points: 1. Lynwood 181. 2. Welbeck 209. 3. Arundel 216. 4. Haddon 258. 5. Wentworth 294. 6. Clumber 295. 7. Sherwood 378. 8. Chatsworth 382.
CONTINUED difficulty has been experienced in securing fixtures during the Rugger and Soccer seasons. Two matches were held in the Spring Term. The School lost to Manchester G.S. away on January 28th by 31 points to 43.. At home on Friday, March 2nd, a match was played against the Old Edwardians as a part of the year's Jubilee celebrations. This resulted in a School victory by 37 points to 26. The Old Edwardians, however, splendidly won the subsequent Water Polo match by 7 goals to 2.
The summer swimming programme is more extensive, including fixtures against Manchester, Retford, Nottingham, Doncaster and Leeds. It is therefore to be hoped that a keener view of training will be taken. It is still to be regretted that the opportunities of Saturday morning swimming are inadequately used by the Speed Club.
J. B. A. B.
The Sports were held before a full audience on Friday, 16th March, at 7.30 p.m. The standard cf swimming was creditable and four records were broken. Members of the School Senior Team swam an exhibition race, and the evening ended with a spirited and evenly matched duel between Clumber and Haddon in the House Water Polo Knock-out competition. After extra time Clumber proved the victors by 5 goals to 4. The Senior Sports will be held on Friday, 6th July, at 7.30 p.m., when the presentation of trophies will be made by Alderman A. Ballard, C.B.E., Chairman of the Governors.
The principal results were
UNDER 13: I length Free Style: I. B. Cheetham (Cl); 2. G. G. Dodds (Sh); time 19.'7 secs. (Record). I length Back Stroke: I. B. Cheetham (Cl); 2. C. S. Beresford (Wt); time 26.5 secs. 1 length Breast Stroke I. B. Cheetham (Cl); 2. D. M. Eborall (H); time 29.8 secs.
UNDER 14: 2 lengths Free Style: I. B. R. Wood (H); 2. P. J. Quarrell (Sh); time 46 secs. (Record). 1 length Free Style: I. B. R. Wood (H); 2. R. A. Ashford (Wel); time 21.'7 secs. I length Back Stroke:,.J. F. S. Daglish (Wel); 2. W. H. Abbott (A); time 22.9 secs. I length Breast Stroke: I. W. H. Abbott (A); 2. J. M. Ellis (A); time 23.2 secs. (Record).
UNDER 15: 100 yards Free Style: I. A. G. Wagstaff (Wel); 2. G. D. Broad (A); time 80.8 secs. 2 lengths Free Style: I. A. G. Wagstaff (Wel); 2. I. H. Neilson
(L); time 49.5 secs. 2 lengths Back Stroke: I. G. D.
Broad (A); 2. M. J. Platts (Wt); time 56.8 secs. 2 lengths Breast Stroke: I. J. D. Davison (L); 2. R. H. Gilbert (L); time 52.4 secs. (Record).
JUNIOR DIVE: I. B. R. Wood (H); 2. B. Cheetham (C1).
UNDER 14 HOUSE RELAY: I. Lynwood; 2. Arundel; 3. Sherwood; Time 95.4 secs.
HOUSE POINTS: Arundel 94; Lynwood 88; Welbeck 66 Haddon 6o'; Clumber 54; Sherwood 42; Wentworth 36; Chatsworth o.
Clumber headed the League Table after completing seven games without defeat. The standard of play was quite good but House Captains should try to see more of their boys in practice games.
After a good beginning, the weather as usual intervened and opportunities for attempting standards were reduced. In addition, football competition and the School Play called a number of boys at various times. Considering all things, the results were an improvement on last year. Hurdle races for Middle and Senior sections were originally included in our plans for this year's Sports, but bad weather caused the cancellation of these. Another innovation was to remove the limit of 5 standards per boy only to count. Our records still show that a few boys do not try very hard to win points and we should like to see this matter remedied next year.
House placings (points per boy competing)
I. Arundel 3.49. 2. Lynwood 3.12. 3. Chatsworth 2.9'7. 4. Sherwood 2.95. Haddon 2.84. 6. Clumber 2.87. Wentworth 2.67. 8. Welbeck 2.49.
E. L. K.
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The last few months have seen several notable achievements, both sporting and academic. Following up their last year's success on the Soccer field, our juniors have now won the Swimming Sports with a total of 94 points, setting up one new record. They were placed a respectable third in the Cross-Countty, a noticeable feature being the admirable packing. In the Standard Sports they are as yet overshadowed by the Seniors, who are making a fine attempt to retain the trophy won last year. Congratulations to the Water Polo team for coming third in the League; they look forward to a number of friendly matches in the Summer Term. A strong team of regular players carried off the Rugby Sevens cup, without conceding a point. We are glad to see Pinion and Briggs, our Captain and Secretary, destined for Cambridge, Cox to Leeds, with Kent and McKee to Leicester and Catchpole to Birmingham. The future of Arundel seems bright; our officers have given energetic leadership, by both precept and example, and have thus produced improved results. These might be much further enhanced if some of our members would overcome their reluctance to turn out for training!
The term has not seen any marked improvements in the House's sporting activities. The only bright feature was the Middle School Cross-Country, in which the House was placed 2nd with 232 points. Sheasby must be congratulated on his fine performance in winning the individual title. The Seniors were sixth with 347 points and the Juniors last with 382 points. In the Water Polo League, the House finished sixth after a disastrous start to the season, but all hopes of success in the Knock-out were dispelled by a first-round defeat to Haddon. The first round also proved the last in the Rugby Sevens, and Junior Swimming Sports shall be passed over without comment. The juniors this year have been very disappointing, and a much stronger effort is required of them for the Summer Term, both for the House's sake and for their own. In conclusion, we must congratulate our House Captain, A. F. Howarth, on his Open Scholarship in History and Economics at University College, Oxford, and wish him all success for the future. During his term of office, he has shown himself to be a capable and efficient leader, and the House has responded well to his efforts to revive the House spirit.
The winning of the Senior Cross-Country championship was perhaps the outstanding achievement of the term and was an object lesson in just how much a whole-hearted effort by every member of the team can achieve. Darwin, Jackson and Bradshaw were all among the first six home and laid the foundations of success. The Swimming season once again showed Clumber in a dominant role. The Water Polo team won the trophy undefeated and, having overwhelmed the opposition in the earlier rounds, retained the Knock-out Cup by beating Haddon in a most keenly fought final. In the Junior events, while the points total was respectable, largely due to the efforts of Cheetham, there were disappointingly few other finalists. The Football competitions have, by contrast, produced little to enthuse over, while the Rugby Sevens team made little progress in the tournament, largely because injury and illness deprived the House of key players. In the academic field, success was repeated, and we offer congratulations to R. Loversidge and N. L. Glass on being awarded Scholarships in Natural Sciences and History respectively at Oxford. Next term it is hoped that everyone will produce that little extra determination which can bring added success in Standard and Athletic Sports and Cricket.
It is not often that a House can record such a number of successes as we can this term; our comparatively bare cupboard should be well stocked at last. Both the Senior and Middle School league trophies were won, and after a few narrow escapes in the earlier rounds we coasted to a 5-1 win over Wentworth in the Knock-out final. Hollingworth too is to be commended for leading a somewhat unfancied Water Polo team into the Knock-out final, a game which they almost won in extra time. We congratulate the many members of the House who have played for School teams, and we thank all those others who have played a part in making this a memorable year. Among these we would include the runners, who had no hope at all but packed well to give an air of respectability to our placing. We hope now that a successful Cricket season will await us. Finally we congratulate Barron, Cooper and Clarke on gaining awards at London, Oxford and Cambridge, and we wish them all success.
With the progress of the term, the capabilities of the House became more discernible. The Juniors proved themselves to be individually talented while possessing commendable esprit de corps; the Middle School is our weaker section and seems to forget that enthusiasm can redeem lack of skill; the Seniors, owing more to House and team spirit than to personal talent, have acquitted themselves well. Our congratulations to the juniors on their winning the junior Cross-Country and their performances in the Swimming Sports, dominant personalities being Parker, Davison (who broke the record for the Two Lengths Breast Stroke) and Nosowski. The Rugby Sevens trophy, for the first time since its initiation, leaves Lynwood, despite the fighting qualities of the team, notably Rutledge, which defied popular opinion by reaching the final in the absence of Wellings. Academically Lynwood has achieved an almost unprecedented success, with Spir, Downes, Humphries, Lee, Wragg and Booth, gaining six out of the School's twenty scholarships.
Among the various activities of the Lent Term, there has been evident a change for the better in the fortunes of the House. The Football team maintained its form of last term and finished in third position in the table, a great improvement on the last two years and a result which is due in no small part to the efforts of Watkinson, Buchan and Allen. The Senior Cross-Country team, however, again failed to achieve any success-similarly with the junior team, but Wileman is to be congratulated on his performance. It is an outstanding achievement for a first-year boy to be placed so high on the list. Had he had a little more support from other boys, the position of the House would have been much higher. In the Middle School run, as a result of an excellent effort by the whole team, the House obtained second place. Renewed effort has been the keynote of this term's activities and not the least among the members in this respect has been Waite, who leaves us this term. We shall certainly miss him and we wish him every success in his future endeavours.
The Lent Term has been very heartening for the House. One thing is now very obvious-the Middle School are much superior to their elder brethren in most aspects of sport. They carried the day easily in the Cross-Country final to win with the excellent score of 148 points, the second place going to Chatsworth with 232 points. This Middle section, under the competent leadership of Andrew, should in the future form the backbone of the House. The Junior School has again disappointed, although some effort is being maintained in the Swimming Sports. Another redeeming feature was this section's capable performance in the Cross Country, in which they were placed second. The Seniors have had a moderate term. The Water Polo team managed to reach the semi-final of the Knock-out, a near miracle for this House. Daglish is to be congratulated upon the determined effort which he has shown in his fight to gain the House some prestige in this sphere. It was thought that the Cross-Country team might finish well when Shillito came in first; however, this was not to be, thanks to some dense packing around the sixties! Finally we congratulate J. E. Nott on his Scholarship in Classics at Queen Mary College, London, and R. Holden on his Co-operative Scholarship at Nottingham.
This has been a generally uneventful term for the House, though it has not been without some success. The twice postponed Knock-out, which we knew would be a stern struggle, became more one-sided than ever when Bradshaw was unable to play. A very powerful School XI named Haddon went on to win by 5 goals to 1. In the circumstances, especially as we more than held our own for most of the game, the team can be proud of its display, and in particular Horsefield must be commended for his fine performance at centre-half. Cross-Country saw us reap only individual honour, that of Tranmer in the Junior race. The team was placed fifth, and unfortunately our later arrivals arrived later than was expected and did not back up the Junior Captain's magnificent effort. We were placed fourth in the Senior race, where Timperley (2nd) and Houghton (8th) did very well. The Middle School failed miserably; this section must show more spirit and determination to make up for lack of skill-or perhaps they all play tennis and cricket well. The Water Polo team came second in the League, but, being perhaps overconfident, was defeated easily by Haddon in the Knock-out semi-final. We congratulate Peat on his Scholarship at Nottingham University, and Bradshaw on his victory in the Badminton Singles and retention of the Cup for yet another year. It is rumoured that our Head Boy is spending a quiet holiday watching a local soccer team and recovering from nervous strain after the demands of the School's Soccer year. Finally we say goodbye to two of our members, Biggs and Roxburgh. Each in his way added colour to Wentworthian tradition and prestige; our Water Polo, Rugger, and Tennis will be the poorer for their going.