|VOL. XV.||MAY 1959||No. 2|
|MR. C. A. P. GILLMAN||35|
|TEXT-BOOKS AND TAUROMACHY||36|
|THE SQUARES IN THE MILE||37|
|S. R. G. S. O. B.||39|
|HISTORY PROJECT COMPETITION||39|
|CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING||44|
A very early Easter reduced the Lent Term to unusual brevity, so that the opening April weeks of Summer Term, largely dominated by the Dramatic Society's production of St. Joan seemed more like a rounding-off of Spring activities. With the exception of the report on the play, however, this Magazine, in conformity with our usual custom, is concerned in the main with events up to March 25th.
An interesting and notable event of the last week of term was the arrival of men and machines to tear up and level part of the Close for the construction of three tennis courts, and this work is now approaching completion a gratifying victory and reward for the staff and boys who have kept the tennis flag flying, under difficult conditions, for several past years.
We have said farewell though possibly only a temporary farewell to Mr. Kopcke, who has been seconded to an appointment as Senior Geography Master at the Windsor School, Hamm, a British school under B.A.O.R. in Germany. We wish him a very happy and successful sojourn, and shall remember very gratefully his manifold services to school work, sports, hobbies and travel, and the recent development of a Careers bureau. In his place for the Summer Term we welcome Mr. P. M. Turner.
We congratulate the following on their University awards:
D. M. BOWS : Open Exhibition in Classics at Brasenose College, Oxford.
M. A. J. WILLIAMS : Open Exhibition in Geography at Selwyn College, Cambridge.
V. COCKER : Open Exhibition in Economics at Nottingham University.
F. M. H. JONES : Open Exhibition in Science at Durham University.
J. S. NOBLE : Open Scholarship in Mathematics at Durham University.
M. J. SANT : Shell Scholarship at Leeds University.
Places at Oxford awarded on scholarship examinations : R. E. Bardgett, Keble; E. Fisher, Corpus Christi; N. D. Worswick, Wadham; D. E. Young, Lincoln.
F. Baldock was awarded Second Prize in the Intermediate section of the Hispanic Council competition.
The following have received definite acceptance for University entry in 1959:
Durham : F. W. Darwin, J. B. Readman, M. F. Roddis. Imperial College of Science: M. J. Averill. Leeds : M. W. Gordon, M. J. Sant, D. R. Williams. Leicester : J. H. Hemming. London School of Economics : D. J. M. Sheasby. Manchester : D. R. T. Findlay. Nottingham G. D. Broad, C. Gillott, A. Lewin, B. H. Marsden, G. J. Spencer. Southampton : R. Jordan.
Financial limitations have always, or at least in recent years, restricted the space available in this Magazine for original literary work. The production last term of " The Phoenix ", a typescript magazine of 22 items, was a successful and well-justified venture. A school printing press is the obvious requisite to make a more permanent and worthy form of production economically possible.
June 19 Swimming Sports.
June 29-July 3 School Internal Examinations.
July 6-18 A. Level Examinations.
July 6-24 O. Level Examinations.
July 24 Summer Term ends.
Sept 8 Autumn Term begins.
WHEN I was a choirboy I sang the part of Cupid, and that of the Shepherdess in Purcell's Masque in Dioclesian. Later, as an Organ Scholar, I conducted it at an Eights Week concert and, in the days when concerts took place in the crowded conditions of our Assembly Hall, the School choir and orchestra performed it here (Cupid at that performance ended his school career by singing the Bass solos in our Messiah performance). So it is with reminiscent pleasure that I have presided over the carollings of Bacchanals, Dryads and Naiads at choir practices this term. This production at the Concert on May 12th will be in celebration of the tercentenary of Purcell's birth. The Choir have also been preparing two of his unaccompanied partsongs, and the Golden Sonata for two fiddles, 'cello and continuo is also in preparation as a tribute to one of England's greatest composers. It is also, of course, the bi-centenary of Handel's death. Some of his oratorios are well known, but the operas hardly at all. Choir and Orchestra will present three choruses from the operas in Sir Henry Wood's arrangements.
Thursday lunch-times have seen the maturing of the Mozart Horn Concerto movement (Kenning) in the hands of a small group of strings and woodwind, and the full orchestra have in hand a Handel Organ Concerto (Thompson), Weinberger's Polka from Schwanda the Bagpiper, and the choral accompaniments.
The only public musical event of the term has been the appearance of the orchestra and Madrigal Group at the Schools Concert in the City Hall. The orchestra gave the concert a rousing send-off with Vaughan William's Sea Songs March and Meyerbeer's Coronation March (Le Prophete). The brass group took full advantage of their opportunities in the latter, and justified the efforts and enthusiasm generously expended on them by Mr. Williams. Perhaps the day will come when schools like this have on the strength a wood-wind expert and a string expert to train those orchestral groups as well. The Madrigal Group again produced their customary high standard in some very difficult and complex pieces, finding the full hall more helpful to tuning than the empty one at rehearsal.
After the concert next term we shall hope for good performances in the Music Competitions, and shall look for new strength for next year's orchestra from the hard-working string classes and other instrumentalists who are no doubt ready to join us.
N. J. B.
THE year has been a busy one. A party of staff and boys visited Stratford in November to see Tony Richardson's wonderfully clever production of Pericles. There was general agreement that the toils of the journey were justified by the experience of seeing one of Shakespeare's weakest plays transformed into a memorable, if not strongly dramatic, occasion by an unusually conceived production and imaginative settings and costumes.
Soon after, the Second, Third and Fourth Forms presented their evening of One-Act Plays, noticed in the last issue of the Magazine. This not only provided an evening's entertainment but enabled some boys to try out their reactions to the stage before undertaking more difficult roles in St. Joan . The Middle School players are also to be thanked for providing the Dramatic Society with a new wardrobe for the storage of costumes.
In the major production of St. Joan the cast stood up well to the difficulty of keeping their parts under control throughout the Easter holiday, and it is no small merit to have maintained a three-hour play of complex argument for four nights without once calling upon the prompter's services. A notice of this production appears in this Magazine from the hand of a former member of the school Dramatic Society. The producer, though he cannot comment on individual performances, must express his gratitude for the remarkable teamwork shown by this cast. A more mature approach to the stage is shown by the realisation that no actor is concerned exclusively with the solution of his own problems but can help everyone on the stage by his attention and support.
The Society is particularly grateful this year for the help given by mothers in putting so much expert work into the costumes, and to Mrs. Harold Miller for her faithful and beautiful designs. Much of the success of a production will depend on costumes which an actor will feel to be both apt and made for his individual needs; the Society can count itself fortunate in having so many good friends who are ready to spend much of their time on this work.
R. B. C.
AMONG all the changing currents of educational theory and practice, one good old British bastion stands firmthe school caretaker. Headmasters may come, assistant masters may go, prefects may leave and grow beards, but school caretakers seem to carry on for ever.
It was never very clear to us what position Mr. Gillman officially held. He was at once caretaker, janitor, porter, postman, circulator and friend. In his journeys about the school he must have climbed more stairs than Jacob ever dreamed of, walked along more corridors than did Chaplin, and carried enough lists to delight the heart of Koko. A fine military figure in his neat uniform, shoes brightly polished and hair neatly brushed, it was not surprising that, as an ex-soldier, he had strong views on discipline, dress and deportment. His retirement at Easter seems to mark the end of an era in the history of the school.
He will be remembered chiefly for his cheerfulness, amounting at times to a boyish exuberance. One never met him on the corridors without a cheery greeting or a little burst of song to accompany the sympathetic query " Are you happy in your work ? " or the triumphant, cryptic command " When available! " Even when most exasperated and what school caretaker never gets exasperated ? he never lost his temper; the strongest adjective ever heard from him was " flipping ". He was firm to the boys, courteous to the staff, courtly to the ladies, and never presumed.
He had been with us for 21 years anddifficult to realisehe will be 70 in August. To him and to Mrs. Gillman, a lady of quiet gentleness and gracious manner, we wish a long and happy retirement. They have moved to 14 Scawby Mills Road, Scarborough, and will be delighted to see any old friends who visit them.
E. L. V.
LAST term saw 1,910 books lent out, by recent standards a good total for so short a term. The habit of some boys of removing books from the Library without troubling to have the titles noted on their Borrower's Card continues to give rise to distressing losses. The boys who do this have an excessive confidence in their own good intentions, for a proportion of these books never return to the Library. The published figures for missing books are in course of time reduced by the re-appearance of the wanted titles, but the final result varies greatly from term to term. The figure for losses from September 1957 to July 1958 now stands at 8. Last term's stocktaking produced a list of 13 missing books. May we hope to see these returned ?
We are grateful for gifts from S.S. Hector and from J. C. Clark.
" As far as I'm concerned, you can keep Spain ", said the hotel proprietor in London at the start of my journey. And now, here I was, standing in brilliant sunshine on the station platform at Cartagena. It was the second Sunday in March (1958). I had come to take up a temporary appointment as a `native teacher' of English in a local language institute, and was to spend just over six months here. Two hours earlier, on the train, I had met Joe, another Englishman, who had come for the same purpose, but for only four months. At the station we were met by the Director, who took us to the institute for a short briefing, ready to take up our duties the next day.
I had had no experience of teaching and very little of speaking Spanish. Everything would be all right, I was told, if I followed the text-book and taught in English. Things went quite smoothly for about a month, until I realised that the less advanced students could hardly understand a word of what I said. By then, however, I had become sufficiently fluent to teach in Spanish, although I continued with the direct method for the advanced groups.
The classes were extremely variedone hour a day with draughtsmen and other office workers in the shipyard, three hours with senior naval officers (mostly captains, some of whom addressed me as " Sir ") and the rest of the time in the institute itself, teaching general classes. One rather unruly set proved to be from the local co-educational grammar school. As the average number in each group was about seven or eight and the majority of the students were roughly my own age or else considerably older, I was able to teach them as friends rather than pupils, and in fact made several close friends in this way.
Among the occasional diversions from the daily routine was an afternoon spent some twenty-five miles to the north along the coast at the Academia del Aire, where Prince Don Juan Carlos, the intended future king of Spain, is at present being trained as an Air Force officer. Unfortunately he had not yet started when I was there. After a few weeks came Holy Week, with its slow processions, full of rich colours and beautifully decorated floats. The steady rhythmical drum-beats and the strange processional music gave a magnificent impression of ceremony, in contrast with the sight of the occasional float-bearer or Roman soldier disappearing into some nearby bar for a coffee or brandy as a fortification against the cold night air. The week ended, on the Sunday night, with the burning of an effigy of Judas, and a firework display.
In May, the football season closed amid great excitement, when the disallowance of a goal (which photographs proved to have been a fair one) prevented the local club from being promoted to Division 2. At the end of the match, the referee escaped only after the Civil Guard, with rifles at the ready, had made a charge at the angry crowd. I, of course, had no violent intentions, but in my bloodthirsty determination to have a good viewit might be the only lynching I should ever have a chance to see!I was threatened with arrest by the Civil Guard. About a fortnight later I was in fact arrested as a suspected spy in the Submarine Base, on my way to give a lesson there.
As the summer advanced, swimming and boating at the Yacht Club became regular pastimes and I made several excursions, some alone and others with friends. The two bull-fights I saw neither made me a fan nor revolted me. I found the Spaniards extremely patriotic and always full of spontaneous generosity, although they never invite anyone to their homes. In spite of reports in the British press that the present regime was in danger of being overthrown, there was no sign of any disturbance in the south-east. Almost all the people I met had tremendous confidence in General Franco and great admiration for him, even though Cartagena was the last city to surrender to his forces at the end of the Civil War.
In the last few weeks, I was accepted into a typical " tertulia ". We would sit talking on the terrace of the bar from eleven o'clock at night until one, two or even three in the morning, and I was plied with revealing questions. " How can England be a free country if it has such restrictions as licensing hours ? " " How is your police force efficient without a complete record of everyone's fingerprints ? " " Why are Englishmen so comically cold and unemotional?" And of course there was Gibraltar.
Finally, in mid-September, I set out for a very packed fortnight touring Southern Spain, before hurrying back to England for the start of the University year.
" As far as I'm concerned, you can keep Spain." And as far as I'm concerned, he can keep his London hotel. If I can possibly find the means, I shall be back in the Peninsula this summer.
J. H. BATES.
AFTER a peaceful journey down on the Thursday night of half-term, the Trafalgar Square Lyons had its first taste of us, fourteen budding economists and their two guides. We then entubed to our hostel at Earl's Court and having solved the mysteries of the sleeping bags we went downstairs for an " early " breakfast.
Friday was mainly educational, with a taste of local government, high finance, banking, trade unionism and Swedish candles. The evening was free; the elite oozed to the Royal Festival Hall, some to the Whitehall Theatre, some to the Odeon, Leicester Squareand the Top Boy orbited to the Planetarium.
The following day, when the clock ticked round to 7.30, the Shavers invaded The Dorm and were greeted by one select member with a drowsy "Hi ".
We did " the " City in the morning, but as the afternoon was free some spent their time kicking around Chelsea Football Ground, others passed their time away on the Tube, and two bibliofoyles bought second-hand history books, got lost in the purlieus of Charing Cross Road and hobnobbed with a Communist paper-seller for half an hour. In the evening Culture Vultures sampled the Old Vic to see Shakespeare's only thriller, " The Witches' Curse ", while those who did not desire to further their cultural education went to other places.
On Sunday we were relieved from education and saw the sights with sight-saw feet. Monday, however, found us at the Treasury for a cup of tea, after which we progressed to the Houses of Parliament for a tour led by Mr. Mulley, M.P. for Park. It was doubtful whether all the party would be able to secure seats for the debate until one Socialist Samaritan came to our rescue. Question Time ranged from Russian boots to the date when work would begin on the construction of the cut-off channel of the Great Ouse Flood Protection Scheme. The debate, however, was rather flat (rents and revaluation) and the Labour Front Bench seemed to think so toooccupying its time looking at a stamp album.
At 5.0 p.m. we circumambulated to St. Pancras station, after a short but most interesting sejour in the Tourists' Paradise. Our sincere thanks are due to Thos. Cook, Travel Agents, and Mr. Robinson for organising this Outward Bound Coursewhich is highly recommended for the physically phyt.
THE LYON EATERS.
EACH Christmas, over two thousand delegates from schools all over the country meet at the Central Hall, Westminster, for the annual conference of the C.E.W.C. This year, when the topic was " Asia and the West " and " The resurgence of Asia ", K.E.S. sent eight delegates. The most celebrated speaker was Dr. Arnold Toynbee, who talked on " Asia and the West " and forcefully answered the subtle questions put to him by the delegates. Two diplomats lecturing were Their Excellencies Leon ma Guerrero and Dr. Sukarno, the ambassadors of the Philippines and Indonesia respectively.
An amusing, if effete, feature of the conference was the discussion groups, who tackled problems in four fields : political, economic, social and cultural. Each group presented its report on the final day of the conference. Had the delegates taken the trouble to read about the problems and acquire some background knowledge, the discussions would have been of more use.
Among the extra-mural activities of the conference were various political groups, such as the Young Communist Party, the Catholic Action Group, the Socialist League of Youth, and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. This last group gained four converts from K.E.S., who have since set up a cell within the school. The entertainments laid on by the C.E.W.C. included a Concert of International Music and Dancing, the highlights of which were wild dances from Ghana and the Ukraine. Also very popular were the West Indian Calypso, a Samoan Hula dance, and a flirtatious troupe of Maori dancers (two-thirds of whom seemed to be of English descent).
The topic for next year's conference will be World Population Problems, suitable for democrats, idealists, Darwinians and Neo-malthusians.
A. A. SAMPSON.
THIS occasion will be remembered with delight by all who participated in it; and since the whole production was mounted with little or no outside help, the satisfaction will be shared by far more than a small nucleus of actors. Settings, makeup, costumes, were entirely produced by the school; the cast numbered fifty-nine; backstage helpers, set architects and builders, lighting assistants together numbered almost as many, and the mothers of the cast who helped in turn were innumerable. All are to be congratulated on a fine performance, and particularly Mr. Chalmers in being able to give the pleasure of sharing in a successful project to so many.
The play was produced on an open stage rising from floor level in a series of steps and platforms. The single setting, a solidly built arrangement of three gothic arches across the back of the stage, was varied as tent, palace, chapel or court by curtains, portable stage furniture, and such simple devices as a hanging cross banner, a stained glass window, or a picture. This proved a bold and completely successful solution; the furniture was changed, in most cases unobtrusively and swiftly, during black-outs or more naturally by the people about to use it in a scene.
Costume was similarly simple and effective. The plain dress of the monks was well done, but when simplicity would be out of place, as in the case of Warwick, and the coronation dresses of Joan, the Archbishop and the Dauphin, the costumiers excelled. Perhaps in the trial scene, with so much Dominican black in evidence, Joan needed differentiating visually in some way, although symbolically the black was undoubtedly appropriate.
In performance, although the actors were easily and clearly audible, the chief weakness was a marked lack of variety in the way the lines were spoken, as if the actors knew and understood their lines themselves and did not feel the necessity to project them. The result was a loss in impact, especially in the longer speeches, where variety is most important. This was more apparent in the first half of the play; the West Wind scene, for instance, did not have the full miraculous effect Shaw hoped for. The second half was the more absorbing, and perhaps the more rehearsed, for both actors and audience were able more sincerely to lose themselves in it. The opposite fault, of overacting, was avoided; gesture, movement and grouping were unobtrusively effective.
That there were individual excellences is indisputable. Stephen Linstead as the Bishop of Beauvais and David Cartwright as the Inquisitor were relaxed, sincere, and lent enormous strength to the scenes in which they appeared. The Bishop was totally credible as a subtle, ascetic looking, and zealous churchman in whom sincerity is so important if the trial scenes are not be be overbalanced in favour of Joan. Similar undoubted sincerity, for dramatic reasons, is required of the Inquisitor; Cartwright gave us a bland, firm yet just portrait with some originality in interpretation; he carried his long speeches extremely well.
It is difficult to remember that Joan was played by a thirteen-year-old boy with hitherto small experience. David Mingay's performance was such that we must judge him by mature standards. He showed us Joan's diabolical pride and natural humility without slipping too far into adolescent pertness or conceit, and the balance here is difficult to strike. He was at his best in the second half, in the cathedral scene, the climax of the trial, and the epilogue. One felt that he would deepen his faith and improve the variety of his speech as the run proceeded. His natural fineness of accent was perhaps a little too fine for Shaw's near-peasant girl (when she calls the Dauphin " Charley " she is using language comparable in its undiscriminating warmth to the " love " of a Sheffield bus conductress). It is a part of her humility that cannot be overlooked. Life is so simple to Joan; her accent cannot be sophisticated.
Warwick was played with diplomatic polite determination, as the one man who knew exactly what he wanted and felt about Joan, by P. Johnson. D. Rogers as the Chaplain de Stogumber gave us a bluff patriotic portrait which was the light relief intended without being too ridiculous; and J. Thorp as Ladvenu had a belief in Joan which made us quite forget the actor behind it. Philip Kenning's Dauphin succeeded from the start in showing us a weakling who grew strong as the play progressed, and Michael Sara's swift portrait of an English goddam was a delight. Michael Lodge, as the frank friend Dunois, had a good voice and stage presence.
The handling of the crowd scenes was good, particularly in the way such large numbers of monks found conversations to make with one another and appropriate but dramatically tidy reactions in the court scenes. It is a marvel how such numbers were quickly manoeuvred on a small stage; the exit with drawn swords " to Orleans ! ", using the floor area in the open-stage tradition, was most effective. Some difficulty, however, was found in the adaptation to an open stage of a play designed for proscenium production. The smooth flow from scene to scene, which one expects in these conditions, was not always apparent, and one could not always see the reason for pauses. When Shaw himself had to foil criticism that the whole play is too long, this matter becomes doubly important. Three hours is a long time anyway, and long scene breaks are a serious disadvantage.
Having said this, however, on recalling the pleasure St. Joan gave so successfully to so many participants, criticism seems rather redundant. As a whole it was certainly a most ambitious and rewarding production.
ARNOLD THOMPSON, who died on January 27th, 1959, at Skipton, aged 82, was a science master at K.E.S. from 1906 to 1936, having previously taught at the Friends' School, Saffron Walden, and at Bootham School. He was a gentle and patient teacher, and concealed with modesty his eminence as a national authority in the study of mosses, having been Secretary and President of the British Bryological Society.
The death occurred on February 12th, 1959, of COMMANDER GEOFFREY G. TURNER, G.C., G.M., R.N.V.R. (K.E.S. 1911-21). His awards of the George Cross and George Medal were gained " for great gallantry and undaunted devotion to duty " and "for great bravery " in minesweeping operations of which the details, owing to the need for secrecy, were never made known.
Many present members of the School will have felt shocked at the death of NEIL SAXTON (K.E.S. 1950-56) in a tragic and mysterious affair at Rotherham Technical College, where he was a student in engineering. Our deep sympathy goes out to his relatives.
IT is interesting to report that under Rule 5 of this (Over Seventy) Society's charter seven members gathered at the Royal Victoria Hotel, Sheffield, on 16th January last, on the invitation of a Founder Member, Sir William Souter, Chairman of the Sheaf Steam Shipping Co. Ltd., Newcastle, for a re-union luncheon. The headmaster of K.E.S. also accepted an invitation to join the members as their guest, under Rule 6. The Sheffield Star gave a factual and humorous account of the Society, and this memorable re-union, along with a photograph, on the same day.
The Society consists of S.R.G.S. Old Boys, of 1890-1900 vintage, established in 1953 with eighteen members. Rule 5 provides that the members shall meet for a symposium, if and when they desire, and shall wear the K.E.S.-O.B.A. tie (which they have adopted) on these occasions. Under Rule 7, the toast, " King James the First the wisest fool in Christendomand his Most Excellent Grammar School in Sheffield," was duly honoured.
The seven members present were : Sir William Souter, Messrs. Harold Middleton (President), Otto Glauert, William Ragg, Archibald Allison, Edgar Carlisle and Colin Cooperwhose combined ages total 541 years. Of these, four are now retired, and three still gainfully employed as Chairmen of their respective enterprises. Time was only too short for reminiscences, etc., especially for those who had not met for 60 years.
H. W. M.
THIS competition produced a number of interesting entries and it was obvious that careful research had been undertaken. Many of the entries were well illustrated and attractively presented, and the best showed a feeling for the history of the subject.
Prizewinners were : 1stJ. R. Gunson, The Water Supply of Sheffield. 2ndJ. M. Booth, Castles in Cornwall. 3rdM. A. Hall, Some Customs, Legends and Traditions of England. 4thJ. Cawthorne, Three Monasteries in the Region of Sheffield. Highly commended : P. S. Mattam, The Last Days of Joan of Arc.
T. G. C.
There have been fewer meetings than usual owing to the fact that a great many examinations have had to be squeezed into a very short term. D. E. Rodgers gave an interesting talk on modern religious art, with examples of the work of Graham Sutherland, Salvador Dali and the " Monk of Art," Georges Roualt. Mr. Johnston confounded some of our sceptics with an illuminating talk on Luther and his contribution to present-day Protestantism. B. Hilton Tapp introduced a short discussion on the possibility of Church unity; it seemed only natural that the discussion should quickly lapse into an attack on, and a spirited defence of, papal infallibility. S. G. Linstead concluded the term's activities with a well argued exposition of the History of Toleration. Our gratitude is due to Mr. Vout for his help and constant interest, and to our efficient Chairman and Treasurer.
At lunch-hour meetings on Fridays various passages from the Old and New Testaments have been studied. Membership has stayed at a fairly steady level, but we should be pleased to see more boys from the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth forms. As well as the lunch-hour studies we have seen a film, Time and Eternity, after school, and also met to hear Rev. G. W. Hart, M.A., on The Relevance of Bible Study Today. We should like to thank Messrs. Johnston, Shore and Surguy for their regular support of our activities.
SENIOR. In a Fifth Form Balloon Debate, A. R. Williams as Louis XIV narrowly defeated the only woman in the balloon, J. C. B. Turney as Boadicea. In a general debate the motion, " That education is the only means to social regeneration," was carried by a narrow margin; contrary to usual practice, all the speeches were on a serious level. A literary discussion by four speakers dealt with four novels (from Charlotte Bronte to J. D. Salinger), and a play-reading of " Men Without Shadows " (J.-P. Sartre) was very successfully given, with the readers seated behind the audience. The society has a limited support but a consistent nucleus of keen members. With the interested and enthusiastic support of Mr. Points, it has a promising future.
MIDDLE. A motion, " That this house believes that 1959 will be a disastrous year for Britain," supported by Beasley and Grimsditch, and opposed by Pressley and Gunson, was defeated by a large majority. In a combination of " Any Questions " and " Any Answers," R. Mingay, Culley, Bell and Cunningham were plied with the usual school topics as well as questions on the British Monarchy and relations with elders. Their views were freely criticised by other members. At the third meeting, a modernised version of " The Harrowing of Hell " (a medieval mystery play) was performed by a large cast, among whom Satan and his Devils were particularly convincing.
JUNIOR. A Balloon Debate resulted in the survival of Sherlock Holmes (Cooper), to the obvious consternation of many of those present. A General Knowledge contest was won by a combined team from 1(3) and 1(4); 2(1) and 2(2) were outclassed in the final. One competitor, not in the winning team, thought the Scottish National Anthem was Haggis Cha-Cha ! In a double bill on March 17th, Morley's one-act comedy, A Faulty Alibi provided weird characterisation and a variety of accents; a discussion followed in which Blake leapt to the defence of that perennial nuisance, trainspotting. Despite his impassioned defence, many of the audience remained vociferously unconvinced of its merits.
Throughout this unprecedently short and chaotic term, the society has been disturbed by recurring echoes from Aldermaston. These can, as usual, be traced to the influence of London, where seven of our members attended the C.E.W.C. Annual Christmas Conference. This was the theme of our first meeting; reminiscences varied from the solemnly sublime to the humorously ridiculous ...
We soon found that two meetings were essential to do justice to Nuclear Disarmament. At the first, Bailey and Linstead attracted a record attendance of over fifty, while Cave and Bailey later submitted to intensive questioning from the floor. Cartwright presented an admirably balanced account of British Colonial policy in Africa, and his suggestion that our paternal system of administration had failed in British Somaliland was received with considerable interest.
A lucid analysis of the German Problem Today, given by Mr. Mark Gibbs at an inter-schools C.E.W.C. meeting, completed the term's proceedings. It was a pity that the threat of examinations kept many people away.
In concluding, we thank those many Fifth Formers whose support has been unfailing, while exhorting them to cast aside their reserve and make a more vocal contribution to our meetings next term.
The emphasis in this short Lent Term has been on " prospects." The highlight was the penetrating analysis of Budget Prospects 1959 by Professor D. C. Hague of Sheffield University, who continues to impress by the clarity of his analysis and by his use of otherwise unavailable statistics. We look forward eagerly to see the accuracy of his judgement, and would suggest to future Secretaries that he might be persuaded to repeat his talk while he remains in Sheffield. Another up-and-coming young economist, one Cocker (of Exhibition fame), showed that he too could use figures skilfully in an illuminating talk on " Prospects of the Russian Economy." Owing to the conflicting demands on time, our only other meeting was that at which Fisher (not E. Staples, as has been wrongly reported elsewhere) struggled manfully to explain the meaning of Sterling Convertibility. However, at the time of writing, we look forward to our last meeting of the term, when Hemming will speak on " The Prospects of Free Trade."
The society has been addressed by two notable speakersProfessor Walliss-Hadrell of Manchester University and Mr. I. W. Maxwell of the University of Sheffield. Professor Hadrell's lecture, being in school time, received a great deal of support, but at Mr. Maxwell's talk (of interest to both historians and geographers) a larger audience would have been welcome. Although this is necessarily an academic society, any gentlemen with serious or humorous historic aspirations are invited to give to the secretary any suggestions or objections they may wish to make.
JUNIOR. The first meeting of the term took the form of a contest among members representing historical personages for a medal which the society awarded for an outstanding contribution to history. In spite of hot competition from notable figures like Nero, P. J. W. Grimsditch's advocacy of the case
of Louis Pasteur gained him the support of the largest section of the audience. At later meetings, M. A. Hall gave a talk on Oak Apple Day and customs associated with it; P. S. Mattam spoke on the last days of Joan of Arc; J. A. Cunningham gave an illustrated lecture on Kedleston Hall, Thoresby Hall and Belvoir Castle, and a film on Welsh castles was shown. We are indebted to M. R. Edwards for his attractive publicity which has helped to secure good audiences at the meetings this term.
The response to this society has been overwhelming and audiences have been both large and appreciative for talks on The Waste Land, The Satire of Pope, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and a programme of recorded poems by Dylan Thomas. A full programme has been arranged for the Summer Term and it is hoped that the present high standard of both speakers and audience will continue.
SENIOR. Attendances have been regrettably smaller than before, but all four meetings have been very interesting. Mr. C. Helliwell gave an illustrated talk on Greek Sculpture; Mr. Cowan introduced recordings of two of the B.B.C. series of talks on The Making of Classical Greece. The third meeting was a balloon debate and the series ended with Mr. Watling's useful advice and recordings of spoken Latin verse and prose. We are glad to welcome Dr. G. Jameson to the classical staff in place of Mr. Wimshurst.
JUNIOR. Mr. Watson-Liddell gave a very interesting talk on Sicily, illustrated with his own photographs. This was followed by a much appreciated talk by Mr. Barwick of the Sheffield City Museum on Life in Roman Britain. Tape-recording was employed for the commentary of Bell and Hall of 3(1) on a film-strip on The Roman Wall, and in the production of a comedy Tranio, partly in Latin, by members of the Society. Attendance has remained fairly steady during the term and should improve still further.
The Senior section held four meetings at which attendances were small but listeners appreciative. G. C. Talford introduced the less well-known movements of Handel's Water Music Suite, and C. J. Barnes gave a talk on Rachmaninov's First Piano Concerto with a recording made by the composer. The only live programme was a piano recital of music by Grieg, Chopin and Rachmaninov by R. J. Thompson. M. R. Robinson presented a record programme including Prokofiev's Classical Symphony and an interesting setting of Goethe's Erlkonig by Loewe, preceded by the better-known setting of Schubert.
The junior section's three meetings were all live concerts by musicians in the Second, Third and Fourth years respectively. The Second Form's programme was a varied one and included demonstrations of the trombone (Housley) and Tenor Cor and French Horn (Hensby), with pianists and a singer (Plant). The Thirds featured violin and piano, and the Fourths in their turn included 'cellists and the trombone.
With continued support the chess team has enjoyed better success in its five league matches. The standard of play has shown considerable improvement and the progress of B. D. Needham and J. D. Harris on the lower boards is particularly encouraging. The club itself would profit from more older members and we hope next year to extend activities again with Junior fixtures. We are again indebted to Messrs. Redston and Taylor for their valuable support and assistance.
Team : P. W. Cave (Captain), J. G. Lucas, L. G. Smith, A. A. Sampson, D. E. Young, B. D. Needham, J. D. Harris.
v. De La Salle (Home), won 3.5-2.5.
v. Firth Park (Away), won 4.5-1.5.
v. Abbeydale (Home), lost 2.5-3.5.
v. Ecclesfield (Away), draw 3-3.
Continuing with Mr. Bridgwater as President and Billington as Secretary, assisted by Singleton, four meetings have been held on Mondays. Talks have been given by Billington on The Moon, Singleton on Telescopes, Beckman on Comets, and Broad on Rockets. Work on our telescope has continued.
Though there have not been many meetings, those that have been held have been well attended, most of the club, now numbering about fifty, being present. A " chuck-glider " competition was held on the Close, and this was followed by an interesting talk by R. H. Harrison on Model Internal Combustion Engines. A combat competition, held one Saturday morning, was interfered with by the influenza epidemic and was not attended by many members. As well as the usual trouble with the weather, we are faced with the problem of flying space, now that the Close is being partly converted to tennis courts. It has been suggested that we move across the road to a nearby stretch of grass !
It is with regret that we say goodbye to Mr. Kopcke, who is leaving to teach in Germany. We would like to thank him for his patience and helpfulness in running the club.
A stamp auction on January 14th produced a large attendance and extensive sales. On February 11th Mr. Mackay gave a thematic display of Scientists on Stamps, and the meeting on March 23rd was devoted to British and Foreign Postal Stationery. Attendance is very satisfactory and the enthusiasm of the younger members is a very encouraging sign.
Now the Pilot's come aboard us,
And Blue Peter's down at last;
And the last farewell's been shouted
From the Pierhead as we passed.
Now the old familiar landmarks
Drop behind us, one by one;
With the wild sea-horses tossing
Now the voyage has begun.
South, far south below the Forties
Race the rollers round the world.
Now the wind is lashing fiercely
At our bellying sail unfurled.
We have hobbled into harbour
With our canvas split and torn,
Waiting for the coming daybreak,
Waiting for the light of dawn.
But new orders came this morning;
Tramp the capstan round and round.
Give it lip, and with a will, lads,
Till the anchor leaves the ground.
Now we're on our homeward journey,
Rolling home across the sea;
Rolling home to dear old England,
Rolling home, dear land, to thee.
I. R. SARGINSON.
TROOP activities continue unabated, from investigating the water supply at Bamford on a Troop wide game to the more sober work of training in the Hut and at Scout Headquarters. Short though the term was, it has been long enough to take in further recruits and invest them as Scouts, and for John Holland to gain the Scout Cord.
Patrol activities now include a monthly project competition, launched in fine weather, which has run through modelling, cryptic messages and hiking. Some at least of the results have made the scheme worthwhile. The Easter holidays will teem with activities, foremost of which will be a camp for older scouts, Bob-a-job collection and patrol hikes.
It is good to have the sites fixed for Whitsun and Summer camps. The earlier one is at Walesby, a Scout Association site in Nottinghamshire, the later at Little Langdale, near Ambleside, a site only five miles from one occupied by the Troop eight years ago.
The Seniors in Mitchell patrol have directed their attention during the term to two things. First, in making arrangements for going abroad in the summer, and secondly in giving most helpful assistance at Troop meetings. One of their number has brought further honour to the Troop in being selected to go to Windsor for the St. George's Day parade.
The Troop now has the support of two A.S.M's, Howard Simpson and Ronald Treeby, both of whom have long association with "A" Troop. Best wishes to them.
V. A. V.
THE Lent Term is always rather a quiet one; the excitement of camp has not begun and meetings are usually spent in steady training. Although the term has been a short one a good deal of progress has been made and the Troop is better qualified than ever before; about 60% of the Scouts have First Class.
The Seniors have also made good progress on the Badge trail and several of them are very near the Queen's Scout badge. Much of their time has been occupied with preparations of one sort or another for their trip to France. Passages are now booked and the final route is being worked out. To help them with the finances for the camp the Seniors organised a Dance at half-term. The evening was a very successful one both socially and financially.
The Jumble Sale was held as usual in Broomspring Lane and was very successful. Our takings again showed an increase on last year's and amounted to £53. We look forward to the camping season and more outdoor Scouting next term.
J. W. H.
THE term has been a quiet one. New Patrol leaders have taken over, five in the Boy Scout Troop and three in the Seniors; all are shaping as well as their predecessors. Attendances have not been as good as we normally expect, but this has been mostly due to illness, primarily the dreaded 'flu. At the Jumble Sale we took just over £60, rather less than usual.
In the Scout Troop, meetings have included two of the ever-popular " rounds " and practice in elementary Morse, which we hope to develop. The Seniors, 15 strong, have visited the Central Library, heard an expert on local archaeology, run two Troop meetings, made surrealist tape-recordings and discussed summer activities at inordinate length. Plans are now well in hand for a Wye canoeing party and a lightweight camp group, while the Scout Troop will be just over the hill from England's only genuine surviving giant. Excellent sites have also been discovered for Whitsun camps for both sections.
We look forward, then, to these camps, to 100% attendance at them (a regular Troop tradition at Whitsun and very nearly so in the summer) to renewed activity in the test-passing field (this has lapsed of late) and to all that next term offers. And we have welcomed the presence of Dr. Jameson, who will soon, we hope, be irremediably infected with the " C " Troop spirit.
THE Lent Term results have not altered the final score-card to any great extent. Illness and bad weather have caused the cancellation of a number of fixtures but it now remains to review the season as a whole.
The Junior School is particularly weak; only a few boys have put up consistently good performances. The nucleus of the team was provided by Hughes, Cook and Rees, and under their leadership it is hoped that next year's score-card will be considerably improved. The main task facing next year's Junior captain is the building up of a regular and well trained team. As it is they have shown that they are incapable of running as a team and too often they have relied on the occasionally good performances of odd members.
The Senior team has had a moderate season, winning just over half its matches. In the early stages of the season it was thought that future successes were assured; although this did not prove to be so, it is noticeable that we lost only one home fixture. The score-card has proved that the school team is unsuited to mass starts and inter-school meetings organised on a large scale. Both the Netherthorpe and the Northern Schools meetings proved this weakness in our running.
Cocker, in his first and only season, has proved himself a useful performer. A strong, consistent runner, he has been an asset to a team often weakened by other variable members. Tomlinson and Roddis have come through the season cheerfully and in good spirits. At times their performances have been enough to turn defeat into victory. Cash has run particularly well as second string, although tiring towards the end of the season, whilst Goodacre, on the occasions when he ran for the school, showed himself to be a runner of exceptional form. Guite, who will probably be the only member remaining from this team next year, shows both keenness and ability. Some of his performances have been very creditable in view of his lack of experience in senior competitions. Lastly we cannot omit Kingman and Noyland, both of whom have run well on their occasional appearances and will provide adequate material for next year's Senior team.
My own impression after three years of Senior running is that the fixture list is too crowded for regular good performances by all runners. When the team is running as often as twice a week in competitive matches, staleness and fatigue are almost inevitable. With a more carefully chosen fixture card the team would be able to prepare itself more fully for major competitions.
Finally our thanks must go to Mr. Green who has been a constant inspiration to both Senior and Junior members. When a master shows as much interest in each member of the team it is difficult not to respond with enthusiasm and keenness.
D. J. H. S.
It is a tradition at this school that the Cross Country captain indisputably holds the first place in any competitive running over the course from Whiteley Woods. Sheasby has maintained this very fine record throughout the whole of the two years that he has been Captain. Furthermore, last year he broke the course record at Doncaster, and this year came within 20 seconds of the course record at Ecclesfield. His easy relaxed running style has been an inspiration to the team.
As most of the senior team are leaving this year, there will be every opportunity for boys with running ability, and also the determination to reach the high standard that running now demands, to prove their worth.
E. J. G.
THE Water Polo league was held as usual and on Friday nights the fervent voices of House supporters could be heard across the Close. This year the teams were limited to 6 players and consequently more goals were scored and given away. Clumber and Lynwood battled towards the top position and finished level after having played 7 games. In the play-off Clumber were surprisingly superior after we had expected a close match.
The Swimming Team went to Manchester Grammar School for the first match and were successful by one point. The Junior Relay team was disqualified for a faulty take-over and they must be careful in future.
On March 17th at K.E.S. Baths the School team, numbering about 30 boys, won the Weston Trophy for the school gaining most points in the Grammar Schools Gala. Each year the competition becomes stronger and we did not gain many first places. Our points total depended on second and third places. More training is required.
We look forward to a well attended School Gala on June 19th and a successful swimming season.
D. B. H.
THIS season has not been the most successful the Club has seen. The team in general has lacked experience and practice, in spite of several coaching lessons which Mr. Lockett gave the team. However, the results are not a true indication of the team's performances, for several of the matches were closely contested and with additional practice the School might have won several of these. Dixon and Sheridan as first couple produced the best performances but even they in several matches were disappointing, while Roddis and Ellis as second couple performed consistently throughout the season. The third couple, chosen from Hague, Tomlinson and Wolstenholme, and later in the term Dench, who showed considerable promise, never really settled down. In the knock-out competition held this term, Dixon was a worthy winner and proved too good for his opponents with some fine play.
Finally we must thank Mr. Sinclair for his unfailing support and advice, and Mr. Lockett for his coaching in, on the whole, a rather disappointing season.
J. M. E., F. A. D.
v. High Storrs (Away), lost 8-1.
v. High Storrs (Home), won 5-4.
v. Greystones (Home), lost 4-3.
v. Leeds (Away), lost 5-4.
v. Firth Park (Home), won 5-4.
v. Ranmoor (Home), lost 7-2.
v. Nether Green (Home), lost 6-2.
v. Jessop's (Away), lost 6-3.
v. Greystones (Away), lost 5-4.
v. Firth Park (Away), lost 7-2.
v. Leeds (Home) lost 7-2.
v. Jessop's (Home), won 5-4.
v. Crookes Congregational, lost 9-0.
THE 1958-59 season has been one of which the team and the School can be justly proud. The essence of our success has been the presence of a fine team spirit, even when hard pressed, and a great deal of enthusiasm, as shown at the practices. Combined with this has been a fair amount of footballing skill, and also a good standard of physical fitness, thanks to Mr. Arthur's practicesand " polos." We have been fortunate in suffering very few injuries, and were only affected right at the end, when our centre-forward Newton had the misfortune to break his leg. We all hope he will soon recover and continue his footballing undeterred.
The season began well with a win, but the following week we suffered our one and only defeat, at the hands of a tough Old Edwardians side. We have never allowed this result to be repeated, however, though on occasions we have given Mr. Arthur a nerve-shattering time by seeming to lose the initiative and sometimes the lead we had gained. Our scores have ranged between a good 13-0 over Bootham and 11-0 over Mexborough to a 6-6 draw with Woodhouse, and on our own ground at that ! The weakness has been that the team has taken about ten minutes to get going, in which time the opposition may have scored; but once in the game the team has usually overcome all opposition. The whole team is an attacking side, supposedly the best form of defence, and everyone except the centre-half, who had some near misses, has scored. We have also been given some good lessons on how to dribble into a right foot shooting position, if you haven't got a left foot, as certain of the team apparently haven't.
The two wingers, Crowson and Grist, have been very quick to move, invariably beating the back for speed; and with Crowson's hard shooting and cornering and Grist's very good centering, the inside men, Tranmer, Ellis, Newton and Needham, have been well served, although there has been a lack of real hard shooting from these players. At half-back, Powell has proved inexhaustible, a mainstay of the team, supported well by a capable, though at times slow centre-half, Findlay, and a hard tackling left-half, Pike. All these are extremely good at heading and dispossessing the opposition.
The full-backs, Board and Hancock have been very sound, covering very surely so that goals have been avoided which looked certain. Board is very cool and sure and clears slowly but effectively. A noticeable feature of the whole defence has been its good heading, but marking has sometimes been poor. In goal, Dixon has proved safe in handling and anticipation, though by advancing too far he has been beaten by lucky long shots.
The highlights of the season were the two seven-a-side competitions. At Ecclesfield the K.E.S. `A' team defeated all opposition, by superior skill, fitness and stamina, to win the cup for the first time. At Leeds, later in the season, our senior team was narrowly defeated in the semi-finals, 5 points to 4, by the eventual winners. Although this team was not the one we expected to send, owing to injuries, we were credited as being one of the best sides thereindeed high praise !
The whole team would like to thank Mr. Arthur again for all his hard work and encouragement. He has given the team a lot of his time, both during the week and at the weekends, and has seen to all the arranging, and we are extremely grateful. We all wish next year's team the same success; and please may we appeal for more boys to come and support home gamesyou can help us a great deal !
Played during the season : Dixon, Hancock, Board, Powell, Findlay, Pike, Lord, Crowson, Andrew, Raynes, Ellis, Needham, Tranmer, Grist, Gillott, Newton, Bennett.
7-a-side teams : EcclesfieldDixon, Hancock, Board, Powell, Crowson, Raynes, Andrew. LeedsDixon, Hancock, Board, Powell, Crowson, Findlay, Parker.
v. Sheffield University (Home), won 4-2.
v. Sheffield Falcons (Home), won 3-2.
v. Chesterfield G.S. (Home), won 3-0.
v. Q.E.G.S., Mansfield (Away), drawn 3-3.
v. High Storrs G.S. (Away), won 5-1.
v. Grimsby G. S. (Home), won 4-2.
v. Mexborough G.S. (Home), won 11-0.
v. Sheffield University (Away), drawn 3-3.
v. Huddersfield Amateurs (Away), won 3-1.
v. De La Salle College (Away), won 3-1.
Season's record : Played 22, won 17, drawn 4, lost 1,. goals for 94, against 35.
Scorers : Andrew 13, Raynes 13, Dixon 4, Hancock 1, Board 2, Powell 4, Pike 1, Crowson 22, Ellis 6, Needham 6, Tranmer 7, Newton 4, Grist 2, Gillott, 4, own goal 2.
Full colours : Dixon, Hancock, Board, Powell, Findlay, Crowson, Pike, Needham.
Half colours : Ellis, Newton, Gillott, Grist, Tranmer.
THERE have been many changes this term, particularly in the forward line. It is understandable therefore that the team's performance was not up to the standard of last term. Swift took over the captaincy from Bailey. He proved to be competent without being outstanding. Bennett gradually regained his confidence and showed a marked improvement over last term. He should be a very promising player next year. Ball, Simpson and Bows shared the full back positions. Again they proved to be sound defenders but their standard of play did not improve as much as one would have hoped.
The half-back line remained as strong as ever. Mayland was introduced at left-half and played some very sound games. His distribution of the ball was quite pleasing.
Ashford and Smith often combined well to make a useful right wing. Their best game was undoubtedly that against Dronfield. It was a pleasure to watch them sweeping towards goal. Newton played several good games before he was lost to the 1st XI. We hope he soon recovers from his broken leg which he received whilst playing in the last school match. Hodkin was a lively menace on the left wing. He is small and light but a clever ball player.
The team had a successful season and produced good entertaining football at times. We hope that the younger members will find places in the 1st XI next season. Half colours have been awarded to Swift, Bennett, Bows, Parker and Newton.
T. K. R., D. F. W.
v. Rotherham G.S. (Home), lost 2-3.
v. Chesterfield G.S. (Home), won 4-0.
v. Mansfield G.S. (Home), won 3-0.
v. Dronfield G.S. (Home), won 3-0.
v. Grimsby G.S. (Home), won 2-0.
v. Firth Park G. S. (Home), lost 3-4.
v. Mexborough G. S. (Away), won 4-0.
Season's record : Played 18, won 15, drawn 1, lost 2, goals for 65, against 27.
THE second half of the season opened dismally with the cancellation of the first two matches. This most unfortunately prevented our carrying out the reorganisation of the side, so necessary at the time, after the promotion of several boys to the 2nd XI. This is admittedly an annual upheaval and must be accepted as such. However, this year the calls were particularly heavy and we lost the services of four forwards, two half-backs and one full-back. In endeavouring to fill these gaps we found, not infrequently, that our first and even second choices were victims of the 'flu epidemic.
Thus it was with a considerably weakened team that we faced our strongest opposition in the form of the Central Technical School's 1st XI. The result was that we sustained a very heavy defeat, losing by 12 goals to 1. Before the return game we had a breathing space in which to rebuild the side. Newcomers had two games against less formidable opposition in which to settle down and reach a better understanding. Both these games were won by creditable margins and a general pattern and style of play began to emerge. The second game with the C.T.S. again resulted in a defeat, but this time by the considerably reduced margin of four goals to one.
The fixtures were concluded by a game against the Gregg School. This was played under miserable conditions and it was pleasing to note that even when the wind and rain were at their worst no request to shorten the playing time was made by any member of the side, nor did play become any less whole-hearted. Indeed, keenness has been a characteristic quality of the team throughout a season which has, in the main, been a successful one.
Beckett and Simpson have captained the side this term and both have led the team well. Sant has been the regular goalkeeper and has formed a most consistent last line of defence. Wood and Woolhouse have been other " ever presents " who helped the side through its difficult passages.
J. A. B.
v. Huddersfield `A', cancelled.
v. Rowlinson School, cancelled.
v. Central Tech., lost 12-1.
v. Westfield, won 7-1.
v. Owler Lane, won 8-3.
v. Central Tech., lost 4-1.
v. Gregg School, won 7-0.
Season's record : Played 11, won 9, lost 2, goals for 59, against 30.
THE Lent Term games have been more successful, culminating in a very satisfactory performance in the Yorkshire Schools Seven-a-side competition. Despite injuries to two key players before the contest, our team succeeded in passing through the preliminary rounds. The defence has remained steady this term, whilst the forwards have succeeded in scoring much more frequently. The only exceptions to this were the Mansfield match, where the forwards just could not find the net, despite having much of the game, and the customary heavy defeat at the hands of Chesterfield. Whether winning or losing, the team has always played in a scrupulously fair manner and whilst it is invidious to pick out names from a team, the captaincy of Wileman has been outstanding.
J. C. H., J. B. L.
v. Oakwood Technical H.S., lost 3-0.
v. Rowlinson School, won 7-1.
v. Chesterfield G.S., lost 10-0.
v. Mansfield G.S., lost 3-0.
v. Mexborough G.S., won 2-1.
Season's record : Played 13, won 4, lost 9, goals for 22, against 40.
Played : Wileman, Batty, Foster, Dennis, McAughey, Horler, Hall, Betts, Ogden, Blythe, Hirst, Williams, Britton, Styring.
IN last term's Magazine it was emphasised that lack of ability, mainly in the forward line, must be made up for by spirit and vigour. This has happened only twice this term, when Owler Lane was defeated (the only win of the term) and when a draw was forced with Grimsby. The rest of the results were defeats, two of them by the odd goal and four by considerable margins.
There are some extenuating factors. In the middle of the term there was considerable absence through illness, and weakened teams paid a heavy price. Emergency changes had to be made, and a few new players of some merit were discovered as a result, but the team as a whole had little chance to try out new combinations of its playing strength. Even so, too many goals were given away through slack covering and irresolute tackling. On the credit side, play, was clean and defeats were taken in good spirit. Some new players were discovered, and some of the old players found new positions which seemed to suit them. The past season's experience will be valuable if it is kept in mind for next season.
G. H. C., F. D. A. B.
Played 8, won 1, drawn 1, lost 6, goals for 13, against 45.
v. Owler Lane (Home), won 3-1.
v. Rowlinson School (Away), lost 9-2.
v. Chesterfield G.S. (Away), lost 10-0.
v. Mansfield G.S. (Home), lost 7-1.
v. Grimsby (Home), drawn 0-0.
v. High Storrs G.S. (Away), lost 5-4.
v. Mexborough G.S. (Away), lost 4-3.
v. Marlcliffe School (Away), lost 9-0.
OF the four matches played this term, one was drawn and three lost. Despite these defeats the team should profit from its experience of inter-school football. Both Marsh and Morgans have acted as captain in the absence of Sallis. The team has been selected from : Lewis, Linfoot, Morgans, Cockroft, Marsh, Hutchinson, Brook, Blake, Seymour, Ellis, West, Roxburgh. Sarginson has acted as linesman.
J. E. T.
v. Oakwood (Rotherham) (Away), lost 10-0.
v. Chesterfield G.S. (Home), drawn 1-1.
v. High Storrs G.S. (Away), lost 4-2.
v. De La Salle College (Home), lost 4-2.
Season's record : Played 10, lost 9, drawn 1, goals for 16, against 57.
Played 17, Won 13, Lost 4, Points for 249, Against 94.
THIS has been our best season so far. A strong pack has welded itself into a useful scoring unit. The three-quarters have not matched the forwards in speed or determination and consequently the forwards have kept possession rather more than is usual. The stamina which stems from regular practice was not so apparent after the Christmas break and in future we hope the XV will continue to train regularly throughout the season.
SARA : A lively intelligent captain who has set the team a good example by his energetic play. His attacks have been direct and penetrating, his defence sound. He has used his voice to good effect in encouraging the team. A competent goal-kicker.
WILKES : A solidly built forward who has played well at lock. In the loose he has dominated many a rush and can move quickly in attack. Has a tendency to over-run the ball.
WALLER : A tireless loose forward who has improved considerably this year. Always up with the play, his defence could be made stronger.
SHARPE : The vice-captain and a very good second row forward. He dominates the line-outs and plays very intelligently in the loose. His defence is quite sound. He is the leading try-scorer.
ABBOTT : A second-row forward who uses his weight to advantage and scored many tries by breaking through the opposition. Rather slow in defence.
LEE : A well-made front-row forward, strong and a good worker. He needs a little more speed in attack.
LAUGHTON : Probably the most improved player in the team. He has learned a lot this year and has led many a forward rush with intelligent dribbling. His defence has been sound.
WAGER : A bundle of energy and a good hooker. He works all the time, attacking and defending tirelessly. Has saved the line many times by quick covering.
ROSS-BROWN : A fearless scrum-half who can take plenty of hard knocks. His pass is rather short but he can move quite quickly and his defence is good.
HARTLEY : A promising player with a strong determined run, but his passing could be improved. Tends to run into trouble.
ROWBOTHAM : A fast winger who has not developed his talents as yet. Can tackle very well at times and when he decides to go for the line he makes a lot of ground. He tends to stop and change direction.
WHITELEY : A newcomer to Rugby this season who has settled down very well and is full of enthusiasm for the game. He is learning fast and his running and handling improve with every game. His tackling could be more forceful.
FEARNE : A good utility player who has served in many positions this year. Can make a break quite often but tends to spoil his final pass by looking at his opponent.
SYKES : Has played well as a centre three-quarter in nearly every game. He can tackle as well as anyone in the team, but his attack lacks imagination and ideas.
MARSHALL : The full-back for nearly all matches. He has played some good games and his tackling is very sound. He must go to the ball rather than wait for the bounce.
D. B. H.
ONLY one match has been won by the Under 14 and Under 15 XVs, but the knowledge gained by playing against older and more experienced teams ought to be useful next season. Co-operative movements have been all too rare, and have broken down almost as soon as they have begun, whilst matches and practices have been seriously curtailed by the weather.
The side has been built around a few boys, notably Stringer and, before he was ill, Lucas. D. Booth must also be congratulated on his consistent performances at full-back. The three-quarters have had an unfortunate season, but it must not be imagined that this has been due to lack of enthusiasm. It has been the tendency for them to follow the ball, and not keep in position, marking their opposite numbers. Ashcroft promises to be an incisive centre, and J. Booth and Ainsworth have kicked and tackled well on the wing. Whyman's fast breaks have brought their reward. Holland, at fly-half is quick to take advantage of openings, and Wood has effectively filled the scrum-half position.
The forwards have had a fairly satisfactory season. Harrison has hooked well, but must be a little more vigorous. He has all the makings of a first-class hooker, whilst Parson has at last found his metier at wing-forward, his work in the loose and reliable kicking being of great value to the side. Edwards can always be depended upon, and the other forwards have followed the ball well.
There is enough ability and promise for this team to enjoy a much more successful season next year, and keenness and practice ought to ensure this. Grateful thanks are due from the team to Mr. Arculus, Mr. Wastnedge and Mr. Harrison, who have given up so much of their time for us.
M. A. H.
M. A. Hall has captained the two Middle School XVs throughout the season and has shown himself capable of bearing that responsibility. He proved to be a successful and vigorous leader who has rallied the team in the face of strong opposition, and has never failed to set a good example. He is becoming a good judge of a player and has been most helpful in the choosing and training of the team. With this year's experience to draw upon, next year's Colts XV should, under Hall's leadership, prove to be successful.
E. R. W., P. D. A.
WEATHER disrupted our programme in the Lent Term, two matches having to be cancelled and valuable practice time being lost on Thursday afternoons. Sickness also played havoc with regular team positions. Despite these difficulties, of three games played one was won and the season's record stands at 7 games played, 6 lost, 1 won.
The team next season should be much stronger as it will be possible to choose it almost entirely from second-year boys. P. B. B. Turney has ably captained the team both on and off the field; P. M. Cowan has been an energetic leader of what was too often a lethargic pack, and J. K. Baker has been a tower of strength as full-back-cum-three-quarter.
v. Doncaster G.S. (Away), lost 21-11.
v. High Storrs G.S. (Home), won 11-5.
v. Mount St. Mary's College (Home), lost 0-21.
WEATHER has interfered with many of our activities in the short Lent Term. A planned Imitation Knock-Out had to be abandoned after only one round had been played and a proposed House Seven-a-side Soccer tournament has had to be put off until another year. We did however complete the Cross Country championship. Sheasby (Chatsworth) was again the individual winner with a time of 27.50. F. Parker (Lynwood) belied his size by returning second position (29 minutes) and Cocker (Chatsworth) was third (29.20). Clumber were the House champions, with Chatsworth a close second.
The positions were : 1Clumber 178, 2Chatsworth 181, 3Welbeck 206, 4Sherwood 258, 5Lynwood 268, 6Arundel 294, 7Wentworth 357, 8Haddon 405.
The ever-popular Standard Sports have just about been completed and, on the very last day of term, when one has a right to be tired, Clumber carried the Rugby Seven-a-side Championship, beating Chatsworth by 8 points to 5.
B. C. A.
THE Lent Term was a very satisfactory one in which all the competitions were completed and in which the standard achieved was quite high. A Rugby Sevens Knock-out competition, in which many Soccer players took part, and which was won by Arundel, was a feature of the term.
In the Cross Country championship P. S. Wileman of Sherwood beat the previous record time by almost half a minute.
J. C. H.
1Arundel 122, 2Haddon 18721, 3Clumber 2341, 4Wentworth 280k, 5Sherwood 312, 6Welbeck 326, 7Chatsworth 367, 8Lynwood 402.
Individual placings : 1Wileman (Sh.) 23m. 58s., 2Hall (Wel.) 24 m. 44s., 3Blythe (Cl.) 25m. 10s.
WE have been much luckier in the weather and have enjoyed as many fine Thursdays as in the much longer Autumn Term. The House League ended with victories for Arundel in the 1st XI competition and Wentworth in the 2nd, both after play-off matches, as Lynwood and Chatsworth were equal with them on points.
The Cross Country championship was run under excellent conditions. It was won by S. J. Hughes (Clumber) in 23.5 minutes; D. Brook (Chatsworth) was 2nd and P. Rees (Clumber) 3rd. This year the Second Forms held their own, but there are many promising youngsters in the First Year, notably J. Pye (Clumber) and P. Dennis (Arundel), who finished 9th and 10th. House results are appended.
The Standard Sports were completed but no results for First and Second years are available They will be included in the general results.
Finally, preliminary heats of the Athletic Sports were decided, and the First Form football championship completed. This was won by 1(2) with the remarkable total of 31 goals for, and nil against. No Second year contest could be held owing to so many boys being required for F. A. coaching.
Cross Country Championship : 1Arundel 109, 2Welbeck 182, 3Clumber 195, 4Chatsworth 251, 5Sherwood 325, 6Haddon, 382, 7Lynwood 383, 8Wentworth 389.
|1st XI||2nd XI|
|1. Arundel||7||6||0||1||12||1. Wentworth||7||6||0||1||12|
|1. Lynwood||7||6||0||1||12||1. Chatsworth||7||6||0||1||12|
|3. Chatsworth||7||5||0||2||10||3. Sherwood||7||5||0||2||10|
|5. Haddon||7||3||0||4||6||4. Haddon||7||2||1||4||5|
|6. Welbeck||7||2||0||5||4||4. Lynwood||7||2||1||4||5|
|7. Wentworth||7||1||0||6||2||7. Welbeck||7||1||2||4||4|
|8. Sherwood||7||0||0||7||0||8. Clumber||7||1||1||5||3|
|Play-off: Arundel 10, Lynwood 1||Play-off : Wentworth 14, Chatsworth 2|
H. T. R. T.
After an encouraging football season the House continued to enhance its reputation by an excellent show in the Cross Country championships, for which the Middle and Junior sections were mainly responsible. The former were highly placed in their event, whilst the latter in winning the Lower School trophy afforded a perfect example of what ability coupled with team spirit could achieve. Their captain, J. K. Baker, is to be congratulated on leading his team to such a memorable victory.
The Water Polo team has shown marked improvement this season both in co-ordination and swimming ability; they have met with some considerable success and it is to be hoped that the valuable experience gained in the League matches will enable them to win the Knock-out competition.
Two of the House's most stalwart members, F. M. H. Jones and D. A. O'Shea, leave at Easter. The first is to be congratulated on his scholarship at Durham University, and the latter on his scholarship at Oxford. We would like to extend our thanks to both of them for the willing and useful roles they have played in the work of the House. J. E. Beckman, in winning an Open Award to Jesus College, Oxford, has upheld the best traditions of the House.
In a term of mixed success the most encouraging feature was the performance of the Senior Cross Country team which came in second in the championship. Sheasby was once again the individual winner; Cocker and Goodacre were third and fourth. With a little more packing we might easily have won. Cocker and Goodacre have left us and we give them our thanks for all they have done and wish them every success for the future. Eggington has been appointed Junior Swimming Captain. We hope his labours will not be in vain but will give us a greater degree of aquatic success in the future.
We congratulate Cocker on his Exhibition in Economics at Nottingham University, and our Junior Athletics captain, Brook, on another excellent performance in the Junior Cross Country race.
Once again we can look back on the term as being one of some fine successes, surrounded by periods of unrewarded effort. Perhaps our finest hour was when the Senior Cross Country team narrowly defeated Chatsworth after 4.5 miles of gruelling running. Although our Middle and Junior teams did not win, they each managed third place; individual efforts by Blythe, Hughes and Rees, must be highly commended. The Water Polo team were able to avenge their defeat by Lynwood earlier in the season, and by beating them 8-3 retained the League Cup. The services of I. R. Parker in this field must again be mentioned.
On the football field performances have been indifferent, the most successful side being the Junior First XI who, under Hopkinson, finished as third equal in the League. Middle and Senior teams have again lacked quality and quantity owing to the increasing demands from the Rugby and Cross Country sections. Our Rugby Sevens team with three First XV and two Second XV players lived up to the promise expected of them and won the competition for the first time since its inauguration by defeating Haddon, Sherwood and (after a very hard game, when extra time was almost as long as the scheduled game itself) Chatsworth. This was a fine team effort and rounded off a fine term in the Senior section.
Our congratulations go to R. E. Bardgett upon obtaining a place at Keble College, Oxford, and to M. A. J. Williams on his Open Exhibition in Geography at Selwyn College, Cambridge.
The Lent Term has brought mixed results. The Senior Cross Country team finished last, but on the other hand the Water Polo team won its last three games convincingly to finish third in the League. The Middle School football team defeated Welbeck 2-1 in the League play-off and thus promise well for the future. In the Cross Country championship, too, our Middle School team finished second, thanks to packing from rather ordinary runners. The Middle School Rugby Sevens team reached the final but were defeated by the only try of the game. The juniors came sixth in the Cross Country race but they finished in the halfway position in their football league. We would like to congratulate Noble most heartily on his award in Mathematics at Durham University, and to wish good luck to Grist and Bedford who are leaving us.
The term has been a poor one for the House. The Cross Country teams in the Junior and Middle School were very disappointing. The Middle team was placed eighth, and there seems to be a complete lack of House spirit or any desire to pull their weight by the members of this section. The Seniors were placed fifth; F. I. Parker deserves praise for being placed second to Sheasby. In the football leagues the House did better than was expected. In the junior play-off, a team heavily depleted by the ravages of influenza lost to Arundel and consequently were placed second. The Seniors were placed fourth and the Middle team fifth. We hope to retain the Rugby Sevens cup once again, although it will be a hard fight, as the standard of Rugby in the school is higher now than it has ever been.
Perhaps our best team this year has been our Water Polo team, under the captaincy of Findlay. In the last Magazine it was reported that we had beaten Clumber, and consequently hoped to win the championship. However, we lost to Haddon, and so a play-off with Clumber was necessary. Our team, with the loss of Raynes, did not do so well as previously and we lost to Clumber by 8 goals to 3. Our congratulations go to the team for a good persistent display throughout the season.
This term we lose one of our able House Tutors, Mr. Kopcke, who is taking up an appointment at Windsor School at Hamm, on the Ruhr. We would like to wish Mr. Kopcke all the very best, and thank him very much for his services to Lynwood. The House contributed to a leaving present.
On the whole the term has proved to be uneventful but by no means disappointing. In spite of a somewhat renewed effort on the part of most members, resulting from recent changes for the better in the House's position, we have as yet been unable to add further trophies to our cupboard. In the Cross Country, the Senior School team was placed fourth; the Middle and junior teams maintained a good standard, and P. Wileman was individual winner in the Middle School, breaking the record for the course. Although our results in the Water Polo league leave much to be desired, they are not altogether disappointing, showing a marked improvement on our recent standing. With more support from the younger elements this upward trend has good chances of being continued next season.
We extend our hearty congratulations to M. J. Sant on his award of a Shell Scholarship in Mining Engineering tenable at Leeds University.
The mixed results show that Welbeck's teams in their respective leagues have never performed with the ability that was expected of them. The actual positions were : sixth in the Senior, fourth in the Middle and sixth and seventh in the junior leagues. Despite the failings on the football field, the results in the Cross Country were more heartening. The Seniors were well led by Guite, who finished fifth, and the House team was placed third; in the Middle School, however, the team did not follow up the success of A. Hall (second) and was placed sixth; in the Junior School some close packing headed by M. V. West (sixth) allowed the team to finish second. As usual, Water Polo has continued throughout the term, but the results for us have been disappointing; Welbeck finished fifth in the league; despite this we hope to see some improvement in the Knock-out next term.
We congratulate P. G. Hibbard on his appointment as sub-prefect, and also I. Wiggett who has been made Head of the House. His appointment follows the departure of M. B. Hill, to whom we send our best wishes in his career at Keble College, Oxford. We also thank for their services to the House, J. G. McNaught, who has left to teach before taking up his Hastings Scholarship at Queen's College, Oxford; E. Fisher, who has gained a place at Corpus Christi College, Oxford; and G. Lord who has left to enter an insurance company.
A term of losses : first, W. Bailey, our ageing captain, and then practically everything else. Whether or not these are connected is a matter of opinion; W. Bailey certainly thinks so. Our football teams were, with a definite exception, moderately successful. The Senior team won most of their games, some by a wide margin, and the Juniors won some of their games easily. What will happen to the Seniors next year of the year after is a problem; the present Middle School team lost almost all their games by ludicrous marginsnine, twelve, and even sixteen.
Perhaps the summer will bring a change in our fortunes. We could have fared worse, no doubt, than we did in the Cross Countryalthough in the case of the juniors it is difficult to see how. The Senior team, perhaps through lack of training, though probably through lack of talent, came one place higher than the juniors. Next year we shall do better, and we could hardly do worse.
As we have said, we have lost Baileyspared for one term longer than usual by the idiosyncrasies of the Oxbridge system. And we are about to lose D. Woodhouse, captain of Wentworth Rugby, to Oxford, too. It is a very sad Wentworth that collects its books and returns for the Easter recess after this term of losses. But perhaps the cricket season ... ?