DOVER GRAMMAR SCHOOL. FOR B0YS
TEACHING STAFF 1971-72
R. C. Colman. M.A.
T. S. Walker, B.Sc.
P. A. Baillie B.Sc.
K. F. Best F.R.C.O., A.R.C.M.
I. W. Bird B.A.
J. A. Bradbury B.A.
K. H. Carter B.A.. F.R.S.A.
R. J. Crisp St. Luke's, Diploma in PE.
J. Cunnington B.A.
B. W. Denham B.Sc.
A. O. Elliott Carnegie Diploma in P.E.
M. J. Fry M.A.
D. C. Hagell B.Sc.
B. Haines B.A.
Mrs. P. J. Harling Dept. of Education Teacher's, Cert.
N. S. Horne B.A.
N. Illger B.A.
J. H. Jenkin M.A.. F.R.C.O., I.R.A.M.
I. D. Killbery B.A.
W. G. King B.Sc. (Econ.), B.Com
A. J. Knowles B.Sc.
E. C. Large Handicraft Teachers' Diploma
J. P. Marriott B.A.
R. P. Mermagen M.A. M.A. (U.S.A.)
R. W. Murphy M.A.
D. C. Page B.Sc.. A.R.I.C.
R. H. Payne B.D.
Miss B. Phillips Cert. in Education
P. Piddock B.Sc.
M. E. Quick M.A.
J. B. Quinn B.Sc.
Mrs. F. A. Rogers B.A.
K. H. Ruffel1 B.A.
P. Salter B.A.
H. Seeds B.A.
N. A. Slater M.A.
M. H. Smith Handicraft Teachers' Diploma
M. J. Styles Dept. of Education Teachers' Certificate
C. Templeman Dept. of Education Teachers' Certificate
L. Thomas H.N.C.(Mech)
R. A. Wake B.Sc.
A. G. Walker B.Sc.
R. N. Woollett B.A.
T. E. Archer M.A.
Mrs. J. A. Golding
W. H. Jacques M.A.
Srta. M. S. Jimenez
Herr G. F. W. Sehle
Mlle. F. Thibaudin
NEW FORMAT 2 1972
|The School Council||Gymnastics|
|School Choir and Orchestra||Cross-country|
|Combined Cadet Force||Judo|
|Androcles and the Lion||Badminton|
|Le Cercle de Langues Vivantes||Athletics|
|Swanage, Easter 1971||House Championship|
|Paris, Easter 1971||Successes|
|Ski ing in Austria 1971||Old Pharosians|
With the division of "Pharos" into two parts, we
decided to leave production of the literary section until after this, the record
section, had been printed. This seems to us a logical move for, whilst time has
no particular significance as regards the former, it is obviously desirable to
print the latter as quickly as we can so as to make it still relevant.
This is perhaps the moment to answer those people who complain about the length of time taken to produce "Pharos". We would like to point out that many articles are handed in late and that much of the preparatory printing work is done outside the school. The Art Department - staff and boys - give up a great deal of their time to the work of production, and we would like to thank Mr. Carter in particular. We would also like to thank Mr. Marriott for all that he has done for the magazine.
K. Russell, R. Stafford, M. Errington.
(Sixth Form Editors)
Valete Members of Staff who have left
Mr. A. E. Coulson. A.R.C.Sc.. B.Sc.(Lond.). (January 1928 - July 1971)
A. E. Coulson joined the staff of the
school in January 1928 in the Frith Road premises under the first Headmaster,
Mr. F. Whitehouse. He had gained an Honours Degree at Imperial College
and taken his Teaching Diploma at the London Day Training College.
His servicc in the school therefore exceeded forty-three years, teaching physics and mathematics as his main subject. Some might say that to spend such a long school life in one place would indicate a comfortable rut, but nothing could be further from the truth in his case. He took charge of mathematics when the school was evacuated to Ebbw Vale, and he has since been in the vanguard of new developments in the teaching of his subject, and was responsible for the introduction and development of Computer Science, being accepted as an authority in this field. Evidence of this is found in the fact that he was a member of the British Computer Society's Schools Committee and serves on the Executive Committee, is chairman of one of their working parties, and has been called upon to lecture on the subject in many places from Durham to Southampton. As a result he has been elected to membership of Darwin College as an honorary lecturer in the University of Kent.
Not that he forsook mathematics; he has published two successful sixth-form textbooks, is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, is a member of the Mathematics Association of America, and chairman of the Kent Branch of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics. I know that he would like to place on record the help and encouragement he has had from Mr. Hinton and Mr. Colman.
For many years he has been active on bodies concerned with professional matters, having been chairman of the East Kent Branch of the A.M.A. and the Kent Advisory Committee of Teachers.
In spite of these widespread activities, nobody has had more concern for the good reputation of the school. He held a commission in the Army Cadet Force for over twenty years, about ten as Commanding Officer of the School Company, during which he fully maintained the very high reputation of the unit. He never misses an Old Pharosians Function, and his memory for Old Boys' names and faces and activities is phenomenal.
There is also the private side to his life as a human being and a friend. He is not fluent with words of sympathy, but has a deep feeling for those in adversity which he shows by deeds rather than words.
The School owes a great debt to him, and all will wish him many years of active retirement.
Mr. S. Brooks. Dept. of Educ. Teachers' Cert.
We were sorry to lose the services of
Stephen Brooks at the end of the Summer Term
after his brief period in the school as Technical Drawing teacher.
Trained at Christ Church College, Canterbury, Mr. Brooks joined the Grammar school staff in the Autumn of 1970 for a one-year appointment, to take over the work of Mr. D. S. Bray in the Drawing Office.
His arrival at school in his own diesel-engined London taxi endeared him to his pupils from the first, and his subsequent interest in the C.C.F. motor-cycles and help with motor-cycling instruction further established him as an agreeable companion both to boys and staff.
He accepted the formidable task of teaching Technical Drawing throughout the school with a cheerful optimism which was subsequently justified by the good examination results of his "O" and "A" level candidates.
We had hoped that Mr. Brooks would stay a little longer to consolidate his initial success in the school, and it was with regret that we learned towards the end of the year that his itching feet were directing him to a post in industry.
Rev. E. H. Yates. M.A.(Dunelm.).
Rev. E. H. Yates served the school from 1961 to 1970. He played an important
part in a variety of activities, and was highly respected in the staff-room for
his integrity and ability. He is a most versatile teacher: having taught several
Arts subjects here, he has gone on to take Science and become chaplain at St.
Stephen's, Broadstairs. Quite apart from his academic attainments, he is able to
share with his pupils all kinds of recondite knowledge - from heraldry to
steam-locomotion and to lighten the occasion with humour.
Mr. Yates assisted various churches in the neighbourhood, and, with the kindly cooperation of Mrs. Yates, who herself often helped at the school, played pastor and host to Sixth Form societies, such as CEM and Phoenix. He had the satisfaction of seeing his son John pass through the upper school and proceed to success at university. Towards the end of his stay here he took over the editorship of "Pharos".
As well as Scriptural studies in the junior forms, Mr. Yates had responsibility in his Divinity work for arranging special courses for senior groups: in his typically thorough way he introduced a range of speakers from a number of denominations. One could sum up by describing Eric Yates, with gratitude, as an excellent colleague. Always ready to listen, he maintained an amiable attitude to men and boys, without ever compromising his own high standards and personal loyalties.
Mr M. J. S. Bayley. N.D.D. A.T.D.
Michael Bayley joined the staff of the school in September 1965 at a time when the Art Department had but recently moved into new accommodation. He came to us from Bicester Grammar School in Oxfordshire having formerly studied at Hornsey College of Art. During his stay with us he did much to broaden the range of activities in the studio and to raise the general standard of creative work throughout the school. Scrupulously fair in his dealings with everyone, and meticulous in his teaching, he devoted considerable energy in particular to developing Pottery. Indeed, he assumed complete responsibility for this craft and evolved courses leading to O and A level G.C.E. In addition he regularly undertook responsibility for the designing of stage sets for dramatic productions. His Sets of "The Redemption", and "The Pirates of Penzance" in particular will live long in the memory. He was conscientious in the extreme and gave his free time unstintingly to the work of department. It was precisely because he cared so much for the welfare of each individual in his charge that he eventually decided to extend his own creative capacities and seek refreshment in a year's secondment. Accordingly he has spent the 1971/2 session at Brighton Polytechnic following an Advanced Course in Art Education which will admirably prepare him for his next appointment. We wish Mike, Judith and their family good fortune in their new venture.
Miss B. Phlllips Cert. in Educ. (Bristol)
It is not always easy to find staff of the right calibre to take up a one-year appointment as a replacement for someone on secondment. We were therefore fortunate indeed to obtain the services of Barbara Phillips. Having studied at Bath Academy of Art and qualified with a Teachers' Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol she came to us from Bishop Bright Grammar School in Warwickshire - a small, denominational, coeducational school, newly founded. During her four years there she had the satisfaction of building up the Art Department, of which she was the Head, from scratch. How incredibly different she must have found us: And yet she stepped into the breach with considerable aplomb. Her zest is infectious, and the creative atmosphere in the studio owes much to her understanding and gentle guidance. Nor should it be thought that she has restricted her activities to the school alone; she has participated in the life of the Arts Centre, Folkestone, and has become a member of the Folkestone Orchestral Society, in which she plays the violin. We congratulate her most warmly upon her marriage in April 1972, thank her for all that she has done for us, and wish her and her husband every happiness.
K. N. Shultis. M.Sc. (U.S.A.)
Mr. K. Schultis arrived from Canada in September 1970 to take up a temporary appointment for one year to teach biology. We were pleased to have someone of his stature and experience to fill the gap left by the departure of Mr. R. Hayton. There was certainly a new approach to biology, and certain words took on a new meaning as well as a new accent. The game of badminton and the British climate took their toll on his health during the year. We hope that on his return to Canada to the remote queen Charlotte Island he will once more enjoy good health and look back on his stay in Dover with treasured memories.
The School Council
As always, the Council has, during the
past year, made many useful contributions to various sides of school life, but
there has been an alarming amount of apathy, especially among the senior
representatives. Certain lower and middle school representatives have shown much
keenness, but if the Council is to continue to justify its existence all members
must be regular in their attendance.
The Council has continued its financial support of school societies, making contributions to the Fencing, Judo and Chess Clubs for the purchase of equipment. In addition the Lent Charity Appeal raised £50 for the Pestalozzi Children's Home under the guidance of the Charity Sub-Committee and its chairman Peter Wheeler.
Matters discussed have included the provision of new tennis-courts, the problems caused by the drinks machine, the school buses and those two hardy annuals, school uniform and the use of Christian names; by an even larger majority than last year the Council called for the use of Christian names in the classroom, but though some staff took the hint the majority were unmoved.
I should like to thank all the officials for their help during the year, and Mr. Colman for his constant co-operation.
William R. Fittall
School Chair and Orchestra
Throughout the last year, the School
choir and Orchestra has taken part in many notable events. In October, the choir
participated in an organ recital in St. Mary's Church, Dover, and contributed
anthems by Byrd, Vittoria and Mathias, and, accompanied by a small group of
instrumentalists, the trebles sang Britten' s setting of Psalm 150.
As usual, there were a number of musical items at the school Guest Evening, which opened with the orchestra playing the "Sleigh Ride" by Mozart, and the "Marche Militaire" by Schubert. The evening closed with the choir singing two madrigals by Weelkes, and Lawson's arrangement of "Li'l Liza Jane". Towards the end of the Autumn term, the choir sang five carols at the annual carol service, held at Charlton Church, including Ord's "Adam lay ybounden" and arrangements of "The Holly and the Ivy", by Davies, and "King Jesus hath a garden" by Wood.
The Spring term was spent in preparation for the important events of the Summer: the School concert, a recital in Deal, and the School Open Day. The School Concert, in May, included both ensemble and solo items. The Orchestra opened the occasion with three short pieces which included an arrangement of Berlioz's "Hungarian March". The first item by choir was sung by seniors alone, who, in four parts, sang "You gentlemen of England". Many of the audience later commented that the performance of this ambitious work, made possible by exceptionally strong tenor and bass sections, was brought off very successfully. The trebles then sang "Three Shakespeare Songs" by Arne, in which they were accompanied by a full instrumental ensemble.
Later the full choir sang "Evervbody Sang" by Horrocks, "The Silver Swan", a beautiful madrigal by Gibbons, and "Just as the Tide was flowing", arranged by Vaughan Williams. The concert ended with a number of Gilbert and Sullivan items, including pieces from the "Yeomen of the Guard", played by the choir and orchestra, and judging by the applause, these last items were particularly well received.
In June, the choir contributed some songs in a concert at Deal Methodist Church for its annual gift day. The next month, a short concert was presented for the School's Open Day in the hope that parents of new boys would encourage their sons to participate in the musical life of the school. The orchestra played Smetana's "Czech Rustic Dance" and other short items, and the choir sang "Jesu, joy of Man's desiring" by Bach, Britten's "Jubilate", and two popular Negro spirituals, "Swing Low" and "De Gospel Train".
The choir is, by all accounts, going from strength to strength, although in order to maintain its reputation, it will need new recruits, especially in the tenor and bass sections to replace the present members as they leave the school. As regards the orchestra, although more opportunity for joining has been provided by the school's acquisition of several new brass instruments, it nevertheless needs much more support
in the other sections as well. It is hoped, however, that young players still struggling to
learn an instrument, one of the most demanding yet rewarding of hobbies, will one day provide a good standard of orchestral performance.
Combined Cadet Force
Towards the end of last Summer Term the
outlook for the Naval Section did not appear bright. However, a replacement was
found for Lt. Dicks,
in the form of Lt. Salter, making a welcome return to the section. Under his
enthusiastic leadership, the section has regained much of its vitality. Numbers
have risen, and rumours of its impending closure have receded so far into the
background that the talk is now of expanding the section, with
a second officer, Mr. A. G. Walker, to assist.
The Army and the R.A.F. sections have also been re-invigorated and together have gained twenty-five recruits. These have joined the Navy recruits for an introductory training course which forms part of the Apex works. 2nd. Lt. Styles is in charge of this work and his recent commissioning means that there are now six officers on the strength, with a seventh shortly to be added.
The Army section have continued to hold weekend camps at Crowborough each term and the last one, held in almost arctic conditions at the end of November, was a great success.
Last Easter a party went on Adventure Training - the first for several years - to the Isle of Man. The trip was a great success and provided valuable experience for those senior cadets who went. The next training of this type will take place in the Lake District in August 1972.
The Army camp was held this year at Cultybraggan, near Stirling, and despite appalling weather and a series of vehicular mishaps this was a highly successful camp. We hope for better weather when we revisit Cultybraggan in July 1972.
The R.A.F. section spent a very pleasant, if rather quiet, week at Old Sarum (Salisbury) in April, and a Field Day visit was spent at Crowborough in March. The Field Day in June was spent at the Royal Tournament, and a most interesting tour of the Cutty Sark and the Maritime Museum was undertaken in October with the Navy Section. Air Experience Flying has continued. A. K. Warr was sent on an overseas experience flight to Cyprus and G .R. G .Nye went to Malta to a Joint Services Camp. It was a pity that more cadets could not afford this trip.
In addition to these activities, a number of cadets have attended various courses. Two cadets obtained their A and B gliding certificates. Two cadets attended a signals course at Blandford. Four cadets are going on a P.T. course in the Christmas holidays, and further courses have been booked for the future.
Flt. Lt. Templeman and Major Bird gained their Primary Glider Certificates in August - the latter being voted the outstanding aviator of the course. Therefore the primary glider - not used for two years - has been "exercised" on four occasions in the Autumn term. Few who saw it will forget Lightman's dramatic and totally unexpected flight which provided the comic highlight of the year, as, grim-faced and white, he made a perfect landing, while the ground crew collapsed in helpless mirth.
Six naval cadets attended camp at H.M.S. Daedalus (Lee-on-Solent) and all of these passed the course in rotary wing aircraft and enjoyed varied activities, including about one hour's flying time in a Wessex helicopter and half an hour in a Sea Dove Aircraft.
In the summer term extensive use was made of all the five boats, and here the new outboard motor proved a great asset. The sailing activities culminated in a memorable excursion to St. Margaret's Bay in the 16½' sailing dinghy.
During the summer holidays a group of cadets passed a week at sea, mostly on H.M.S. Hardy, a frigate attached to the NATO western fleet. All cadets who attended this course were eligible for the Sea Certificates awarded by the Ministry of Defence.
1972 promises much. Various camps and courses are lined up, including a trip to the
Channel Islands in the motor fishing vessel Bembridge.
To sum up, it seems that all three sections have taken on a new lease of life, and with the increasing assistance from members of the staff the prospects for the future are bright.
SEEN IN FOLKESTONE
A parked car in reasonable condition apart from a crumpled wing. Beside the damaged area the owner (presumably) had simply painted in large red letters the word "Ouch!"
and the lion
by George Bernard Shaw
|THE LION||Christopher Bulow|
|ANDROCLES a Greek tailor||Michael Court|
|MEGAERA his wife||Ross Stafford|
|THE CENTURION||Kevin Warr|
|THE CAPTAIN||Roger Cornish|
|MENAGERIE KEEPER||Nicholas Clarry|
|THE EDITOR||John Pearce|
|RETIARIUS Gladiator||Richard Ball|
|SECUTOR Gladlator||Ronald Stretton|
THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY 9th, 10th &
11th DECEMBER 1971
In the course of this year's eight meetings,
members have been treated to a wide variety of interesting and entertaining
talks. Subjects ranged from the trials and tribulations of being Borough
Librarian to the works of the philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, from the
Bank Society", to the music of such composers as Schönberg and Webern, not
forgetting the talks on America in 1971, Renaissance Italy, the Innkeeping
trade, and 78 r.p.m. records, the last-mentioned being the longest and
latest-finishing meeting ever held. Discussion was always lively, often
wandering far beyond the original subject.
Again, members owe a great deal to all the masters and other kind hosts who invited the society to share the comfort and hospitality of their homes. All who attended the meetings, at venues as far apart as St. Margaret's Bay and Folkestone, appreciated the hospitality extended to them, and the meetings benefited as a result.
I would like to thank Mr. King, on behalf of the society, for his untiring work and interest; his contribution is greatly acknowledged by all members. Thanks are also due to the chairman, David Powell, for his leadership during the year, and to his successor, Peter Wheeler, not only for running the Society but also for his guidance to me when I became secretary.
In all, the Phoenix Society has had a very successful year, and will continue to flourish, it is to be hoped, with the influx of new members and fresh opinions in the coming year.
The Christian Education Movement is a body whose aim is to promote the
discussion and understanding of Christian ideals within schools. It tackles its
task in many ways, particularly by providing pamphlets for use during school
courses, and by arranging inter-school conferences. Our School regularly sends
a contingent to the annual conference of the Dover and Folkestone region, held at
a selected host school; the last was held at the Duke of York's, the next will
be at Harvey Grammar School. The annual conference provides an opportunity for
discussion of a central theme, on a very broad basis, in both large plenary
sessions and small groups; the main theme is often amplified through such media
as film and literature.
At this year's conference the main theme was "Freedom" and the visiting guest chairman was Dr. John Mull. To open the session several detailed papers were delivered, each by a different school, exploring various aspects of the principal theme, which were subsequently discussed in the large group. Following this, the smaller groups, especially constituted in order to ensure maximum variety of opinion, assembled.
The day alternated between the large group and the small groups, and in the afternoon two films were shown: "Summerhill", about A. S. Neill's school, and "The Draft Card Burners", about a group of young Americans who decided to opt out of the Vietnam war when the government encroached upon their freedom. The conference was concluded by a pooling and summarising of the main ideas which had been put forward.
At a recent planning meeting for the next conference, attended by both students and staff representing the participant schools, it was decided to choose a less abstract theme than previously, and to spend more time in the small groups, as it was felt that this would be more profitable than time spent in the large group. The chosen theme was "Living with others", and two excellent C.E.M. publications discussing this theme are available for school use. The provisional programme was arranged to include a greater variety of items than before. After a five-minute introduction by the chairman to open the meeting (due to begin at 10.00) there is to be, as well as an exhibition in the entrance hall, singing, drama and readings, all calculated to illuminate the theme. The conference is to be limited to 140 participants who have done preparatory work so that best use may be made of the time available at a conference which will be both interesting and profitable.
The hopes expressed by last year
secretary that further interest in the society would be provoked by the arrival
of new masters were fulfilled by more meetings this year, and good attendances. We also
invited, and were invited in return by, the Girls' Grammar School History
The year began with R. Baker, an Old Boy, on "Machiavelli and Augustine", and this was followed by a talk on "The Visit of Czar Alexander I to England in 1814". Mr. Carter then spoke on "Tudor Arts", lavishly illustrating his talk with slides, and the term closed with a talk by C. Flood, now at Oxford, on "Causation" , followed by a Middle Sixth seminar on "The Causes of the American Civil War".
Mr. Mermagen opened the Spring Term with a talk on "The Development of the American Character", which provoked much discussion. An interesting meeting was provided by four boys, K. Russell, J. Sherrell, W. Harcourt and M. Ellis, who all presented talks on different aspects of the causes of the French Revolution. K. Russell and M. Ellis later repeating their talks at the Girls' Grammar School.
Although no meetings were planned for the summer term, the Eisenstein film classic "Battleship Potemkin" was shown, attracting over one hundred people, and in July, a party went to London to see Robert Bolt's play "Vivat, vivat Regina". We also attended talks at the Girls' Grammar School, where Professor Anstay talked on "The Slave Trade", and Mr. Langhorne on "The Causes of the First World War".
Our thanks go to the history staff for all their help in organising meetings and pouring out cups of tea!
K. Russell (Sec.)
Le Cercle de Langues Vivantes
Au cours de Cette annee nous avons eu
quelques reunions tres interessantes. Mademoiselle Ligaon nous a
fait deux exposes, l'un sur
Camus, et l'autre sur Sartre, ce que nous a aides a etudier nos nos textes au programme. L'assistant allemand, Herr
Röttinger, a raconte sa vie dans une universite
De temps en temps, un des membres de la societe nous a parle. Robin Terry nous a montre ses timbres francais, et William Fittall nous a passe des diapositives au sujet de la Suisse.
Nous tenons a remercier Mr. Woollett de son organisation energique du programme, et aussi de nous avoir parle plusiers fois de ses nombreux sujets d'interet.
J'espere que, l'annee prochaine, la societe pourra attirer un plus grand nombre de membres. Tous ceux qui connaissent un peu la langue francaise seront les bienvenue.
Last season saw yet another increase in the club's membership, which now stands
at over sixty, making it the largest school society. There was, however, a great
lack of senior boys, which meant that despite the outstanding personal
record of D. Powell, the school senior team did not get far in any competition,
being defeated in the Sunday Times Tournament in the second round and in the
Kent Schools Senior League in the first round. Fortunately, there were a few
sixth formers who regularly devoted their lunchtimes to supervising the club.
However, the junior team, captained by J. Gillespie, provides much hope for the future, and was unlucky to have to lose to Kent College in the quarter-finals of the Kent Schools Junior League by the toss of a coin. A large number of friendly matches were also won.
A junior competition, which attracted over thirty entrants, was won by J. Gillespie. Other regular players for the school were L. Sherrell, J. Woolhouse, G. Rogers, P. Sweby, J. Wann and C. Cottingham.
D. Powell played for Ashford with much success, and K. Russell was unbeaten over eight matches for Dover.
Thanks to the efforts of Mr. Slater, the new chess master, the club acquired grants of money for much needed chess clocks and match sets, and these should be of great benefit to the juniors.
During the year the Christian Union has
continued to hold a number of varied meeting despite the loss of M??. ??????,
one of our founder members, whose voluntary hard work and good humour have been
praised. At the beginning of the year a few meetings were rearranged especially
for new boys, two of which, a treasure hunt around the school and evening
barbecue on the Western Heights, produced large numbers. Many who took part in
these activities have not as yet become regular members of the Christian Union,
but we now have a faithful number of Christians drawn from all levels of the
school rather than from only certain parts as was formerly the case.
Discussions and a quiz were held and at one meeting an opportunity was given for some impromptu acting of Bible stories. We welcomed two local clergymen, Rev. Victor Price from St. Martin's, who spoke of his life as a policeman before his ordination, and Rev. Campbell Snow from St. Mary's, who outlined his work in the Bank of England before his ordination. Some members of the Deal Free Evangelical Church came to one meeting to show us the film "Black Gold", which tells of the work of the famous evangelist T. L. Osborne in West Africa. Later in the year, during the summer term, some members of another local church, the Apostolic Church at Stonehall, joined us for a barbecue on Plum Pudding Hill. Two of the most interesting ventures were joint meetings held with the Girls' School, one at Frith Road and one at our school. On both occasions discussions livened up after timid starts.
We would like to thank Peter Wheeler and David Powell for their help and support not only this year but in all the years since the setting up of the Christian Union in 1965. Our best wishes go with them and with all the other members who have now left for universities and colleges. Finally, the thanks of all our members go to Mr. Fry, whose dedication and enthusiasm never seem to fail.
William R. Fittall.
Swanage, Easter 1971
There are a number of prerequisites
that have to be satisfied in order to ensure that
any outdoor venture is successful: 1) an interesting area to be studied; 2) efficient and thoughtful planning and organisation; 3) fine weather.
The Isle of Purbeck was chosen because of its wealth of features which would interest all the sections of the party. The varied topography provided interest for the geomorphologists among us; a conveniently tilted stratification of the local beds allowed the geologists to study rocks differing in age by as much as 150 million years within only ten miles; the various types of settlement excited the interest of the urban geographers, whilst the prodigious ascent of the north face of the Isle of Portland provided food for thought for the budding and the not so willing mountaineers in our midst.
The second consideration was a foregone conclusion when handled by Messrs. Ruffell, Cunnington and Knowles, whilst the third was considerately provided by Mother Nature.
Each day included something different, yet each was individually absorbing. If we weren't trudging over sand dunes and chalk downs, then we were scaling shingle ridges on Chesil Beach; if we weren't knocking lumps out of Kimmeridge Clay at Chapman's Pool or the Jurassic Strata at Osmington Mills, then we were sampling either Iron Age life at Maiden Castle or the market-town life of Dorchester; and if we weren't admiring the immensity of Cheddar Gorge, then we were observing the classic coastal features of Lulworth Cove, Stair Hole or Durdle Door. However, it struck me that for most people, one day stood out above the other four, in so much as it was this day that aroused most geographical interest. The morning was spent making a quantitative goemorphological study of the river valley which leads down to Chapman's Pool - a piece of work apparently conceived by J. C. in conjunction with A. A. Milne; whilst in the afternoon we made our way to Lulworth Cove. Having been briefed the previous evening at the daily "harangue" and at many earlier lessons on the coastal features around Lulworth, including the Cove and Stair Hole, many felt that they might well have been disappointed when seeing them. However, it was obvious that very many were impressed, especially by the sheer dimensions of the Cove and the evidence of the destructive power of the sea as shown at Stair Hole and hurdle Door.
The one day spent away from the Isle of Purbeck was a visit to the Mendip Hills. Here, many were impressed by the sheer size of the Cheddar Gorge and the subterranean features of the Cheddar Caves and of Wookey Hole. However, this day may well be remembered by many for quite a different reason: on the return journey to
the hostel at Swanage, the rugby-playing contingent of one coach provided the rest with some vocal entertainment. This was made more notable by one master who, by his punctuation of some of the lines with absolutely irrelevant Snippets of geographical information over the coach's P. A. system, in an attempt, perhaps, to save the ears of some of our "gentler" companions, revealed a surprisingly good acquaintance with some of the songs.
Thus, this field trip proved to be very successful: new friendships were established, old ones strengthened; hidden talents were exploited and previous ones improved; and so I think I can speak for everyone when I say that the trip was enjoyed immensely. In conclusion, then, on everyone's behalf, I should like to thank Messrs. Ruffell, Cunnington and Knowles, and Misses Brooks and Littlehales, for all the time, trouble and effort they devoted to making the trip such an obvious success.
Paris, Easter 1971
The holiday in Paris was a huge success,
due mainly to the combined efforts of Mr. Woollett, Mr. Illger, Mr. Payne and
Mr. Denham. We left Dover on Tuesday 6th April and returned on Tuesday 13th
April, and for the week's events
I shall use a day-by-day account, taken mainly from my diary.
The seven days holiday was full of laughs, excitement and mishaps, and the first Tuesday of the Easter holiday included all of these. Unfortunately the rail go-slow was on at the time, and as a consequence the ferry left the harbour half an hour late. I remained on deck for some time; a strong wind was blowing. I saw several large slicks of oil in the Channel, presumably from the recently stranded oil tanker "Pantha". About half-way through the crossing, we were invited by the Master of the "Invicta", Captain Bodiam (an Old Boy of the School) to look round the bridge. We all found this a fascinating experience, and we would like to thank the captain and crew for the trouble they took.
The train at Calais was also late, and so after 2¾ hours of hard, upright sitting, we arrived at the Gare du Nord at nearly 6 o'clock. A coach got us to the Foyer just in time for the evening meal, and afterwards we unpacked, tired after a day of travelling.
On Wednesday we got straight down to the business of sight-seeing with a coach tour of Paris, during which we saw the famous buildings and stopped to have a look at Napoleon's tomb in the Invalides. In the afternoon we did an exhausting walk round the district, stopping for a game of football halfway.
Thursday meant the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre. I found the first two very exciting, and my camera was clicking regularly, but in the Louvre we were pushed for time, it was crowded and very hot and art is not my favourite subject. On Friday we visited Notre Dame, the Sainte-Chapelle and other places whose stained-glass windows are real masterpieces. Versailles, too, was impressive; but crowded, and unfortunately a crane featured in most snapshots of the gardens. It was on Friday too, that I realised how much I was missing my cornflakes for breakfast!
On Saturday we went on a shopping expedition in the massive "Printemps" store. I was soon attracted to the record department, where there was a truly fabulous choice. If I had had more money with me I would have bought five or six records, but I could only afford three.
The day-trip to Fontainebleau was fantastic. Five coaches took everyone at the Foyer for the one-hour run down the autoroute, during which each coach-driver tried to lead the others while their passengers waved cheerfully to the occupants of the coach being overtaken. I believe we arrived in second place. Fontainebleau, although built on the same lines as Versailles, was much more homely, and felt "lived-in". The time spent in the forest was undoubtedly a highspot of the week; chasing round the massive rock outcrops in the leaf-mould was marvellous.
Suddenly Monday was here, the last day of our stay, but we set out on the Seine in a river-boat to enjoy ourselves, and this we did. The Basilique du Sacre Coeur was not our best visit. It was hot and crowded on Easter Monday, but we struggled round the Place du Tertre, a colourful sight with its many artists - a hectic end to an excellent holiday.
Ski ing in Austria 1971
At 5.25 p.m. on March 29th, fourteen boys and two masters, Mr. P. Piddock and
Mr. A. O. Elliott, set off on the cross-channel ship "Cote d'Azur". On arrival
at Calais ninety
minutes later, we boarded the Calais-Innsbruck train.
During our sleep we passed through Sedan, Strasbourg and Basle, to name but a few of the principal towns. Most of us woke up at about five in the morning just in time to see Zurich. At Innsbruck we changed trains and headed for Kitzbuhel, where we were met by the hotel proprietress. The hotel at Aurach was some three kilometres from Kitzbuhel, a pleasant ride but a laborious walk for those who missed their bus later on. The hotel was quiet and very homelike, and totally ours until Americans invaded it two days from the end. The food was tasty and different, and most people sampled everything.
We all had a daily ski lesson with our Austrian instructor. The beginners learnt on a small slope just behind the hotel, progressing to a steeper one higher up the hillside, while the senior skiers increased their skills by exploring most of the ski runs in the neighbourhood. Later in the holiday, the whole party went up two mountains, at Pass Thurn and the Kitzbuheler Horn. We experienced a great variety of lifts the cable car, the chair lift, and drag lifts with T-bars and without. Unfortunately, it was one of these machines, the T-bar which caused the party its only casualty, a knee injury to C. A. Nash.
After skiing, one could go for a walk on the valley sides above the hotel, ride into Kitzbuhel to buy presents or have a swim in the modern indoor pool, have a drink in the bar, play darts, table tennis or cards, or play the local boys' at football. Thus there was always something to do.
Our journey home was lengthened by the train being diverted through Reims because of a derailment. We missed our boat at Calais, but another, the "Chantilly", was waiting for us. We settled down in the restaurant to eat a very welcome meal about eighteen hours after leaving Kitzbuhel.
The whole trip was well organised, combining pleasure with sport.
SEEN IN A LONDON LAUNDERETTE
Notice above the Drying Machine:
"Please allow people coming out of washing machines to go in first".
The results of School matches played in the Autumn and Spring terms, 1970-71, were as follows:
|U. 16 XI||7||7||0||0|
|U. 15 XI||9||2||2||5|
|U. 14 XI||10||3||2||5|
|U. 13 XI||11||10||1||0|
|U. 12 XI||11||8||2||1|
The above figures show that School teams played a total of 94 matches and lost only 22, the Under-16 and Under-13 teams being unbeaten. The first team's record was very satisfactory, partly because they could always draw capable reserves from a successful 2nd. XI, which came to be known as the Pope's private army. 1st.XI colours were re-awarded to P. Nash and R. Hall and newly awarded to C. Clewlow, M. Warden, S. Welburn, R. Hastie, W. Benge, B. Taylor and S. Pratt.
This School's record in the Kent Invicta competition for under-16 teams is
We reached the final or semi-final in each of the past four seasons, and this
year the team won the final by an aggregate score of 4-1. The Under-13 team
also had a successful season, winning the final of the Dover Schools Competition
by 5-2 against Aylesham.
In the House Championship, points were awarded as follows:
Frith 15½, Priory 21, Park 48, Astor 65½.
Astor therefore won the Coles Cup.
The 1st XV final record was as follows:
The final tally of more losses than wins
shows that although the team played some good rugby it was too often marred by
poor tackling. Enthusiasm ran high as usual, thanks to the
example set by Towe, Clark and Stubbs in training, and we were always able to
produce a team from
the numbers available, despite the distractions of
Next season we have a good fixture list, and with a good percentage of boys returning we should be able to build on this year's experience. Colours were re-awarded to D. Towe and C. Clark; representative ties to A. Banks, P. King, O. Sansum, G. Granger, I. Spencer, B. Burr, R. Coles, N. Towning, D. Stubbs, P. Cooper, N. Leonard, W. Harcourt, S. Fagg, D. Prescott, B. Twist and J. Fox.
Other results were as follows:
The Under-15 team suffered from a lack of numbers. Two of their games were
cancelled and one was played in a howling gale. Aylesham beat us and highlighted
the team's principle weakness - failure to gain good loose ball and poor
tackling. Comfortable wins were obtained against less well organised teams.
Hunnisett played a leading part in all games, as befits the captain. The
Under-14 team played with enthusiasm and vigour to register some good wins, with
Morgan outstanding. The Under-13 team scored some good victories and played on
level terms with Manwoods and the Duke of York's, but relied heavily on good
individuals. Finally the Under-12 XV won their only fixture and typified the
pleasure gained by all boys playing rugby in the School; their numbers might be
few but their enthusiasm was great.
The initiation of a House seven-a-side competition proved an enjoyable success. Points were awarded as follows: Astor 46, Frith 45, Priory 34, Park 25. Astor therefore won the Ebbw Vale Cup.
The House competition, held in the Autumn term, was disappointing. Four of the
twelve matches were won by default, one the
teams being unable to produce five Players.
Frith won the senior section Priory the junior.
With the results combined, points were shared
as follows: Astor 9, Priory 9, Frith 16, Park 16.
Most of the School's matches were lost, although only after hard struggles, and often by a very slender margin. Our record for the season was as follows:
Under-14s won 3, lost 4; Under-15s won 2, lost 2; Under-16s won 5, lost 5; Seniors lost 3.
Pharosians II won 1, lost 17; Pharosians won 6, lost 14.
The Under-16 team reached the final of the Kent Schools Tournament. R. Hall, J Hopkins, and D. Williams played in the Kent Schools Senior Team, and S. Cann and T. Hunnisett in the Kent Schools Under-15 Team.
Colours were awarded to R. Hall, J. Hopkins and D. Williams, and representative ties to W. Benge, P. Birbeck, G. Bodell, G. Campbell, J. King, P. King and S. Oxenham.
In the House Competition, held in the Spring Term, Frith won the junior section
and Priory the senior. House points were shared as follows:
Astor, Frith and Park each 22, Priory 34.
G. Wilson was awarded the Pascall Cup for the best senior performance.
School teams acquitted themselves well, although without any Particular success, in the Kent Gymnastics and Trampolining Competitions. C. Woolnough and A. Mummery were selected for the Kent trampoline teams; they took part in two matches against Surrey, and in the national championships, where both finished among the first fifteen places.
The school team took part in a few races
and came last on each occasion. This made us popular and we were asked to come
again in 1971-2; this we intend to do, and we hope to surprise our opponents by
moving up a few places.
The Powell Cup Race, re-instated in the House Championship produced a turn-out of 120 runners. The senior race was won by M. Mummery of Priory, the middle-school race by Smye-Rumsby of Frith, the junior race by Ritchie of Frith. Points were awarded as follows: Park 10, Astor 20, Priory 33, Frith 37.
Representative ties were re-awarded to Mummery and newly awarded to G. Borg.
This sport continues to attract new entrants
and went on throughout the year as a Wednesday
afternoon activity. The addition of a canvas covering
for the mats did much for the confidence of
beginners and aided the progress of the more ex
perienced. A number of matches were played,
with good performances by Hardy and Catt. Colours
were awarded to J. Stone.
Despite a bad start to the season when a
team of four players was knocked out of the Kent Schools Cup, badminton was very successful,
with five wins from five matches. The team was picked from about ten players, and although some club nights were sparsely attended, the enthusiasm of the Sixth Form did not wane too much as the season progressed. Fifth form badminton, however, slowly sank into obscurity, with numbers decreasing each week after an encouraging start. From the ashes arose a fourth form group, whose interest could provide a basis for a team to enter for a knock-out cup in 1971-2.
Members of the Fencing Club were fortunate in recei ving tuition from a visiting expert from the Junior Leaders staff, Mr. L.Welharn. Apart from this, the bulk of the teaching was undeI'taken by senior boys, and in this respect special
mention should be made of Laird illld J ones. The Club won tlle East Kent Fencing Championships and was placed second in the Kent Schools team championships. Jones was placed fourth in the South-East Region Schools foils championships. Easton was awarded a representative tie. The House Fencing Competition resulted as follows: Priory 20, Frith 15, Astor 10, Park 5.
School Matches resulted as follows: P W D L
1st. Xl 13 4 5 4
2nd. Xl 6 2 2 2
U . 15 XI 6 1 0 5
U . 14 XI 10 2 0 8
U. 13 Xl 7 5 1 1
U . 12 XI 3 3 0 0
Totals 45 17 8 20
The 1st. XI began badly but gathered confidence and experience as the season pro
gressed. Towe, who got his colours last year,
and Sherrell, who was awarded colours this year, would be good enough for the 1st XI of any school anywhere, and they will both be here, with others from the team, to see that in 1972 a good start
is made and maintained.
The 2nd. XI have a record which could be described as "breaking even"; the under-IS XI played with enthusiasm and contributed three players to the Dover Schools XI j the under-14
XI were experienced and good-hearted losers; the under-13 XI won almost all their matches, and the under-12 XI won every game they played.
In addition to Sherrell, full colonrs
were awarded to Gal vin, and representative ties
to Fielding, Gretton, Kennett and Redsull. -
.. In the House Championship, points were
dl vlded as follows:
Frith 28, Astor 33, Priory 33, Park 56.
Swimming used to be a feature of the House Championship, but it has not been possible to hold a swimming sports since our time at the baths was restricted. As all the First Forms had swimming instruction this year ,however, it was decided to hold a swimming sports just for them. It is hoped that this will be a regular feature of future summer terms. The result was:
Frith 64t. Park 73-h Astor 80t, Priory 109t.
The House Athletics championship was
spread over the whole of the Summer Term. Senior
standards and Sports Day occupied the first half, followed by a similar programme for the juniors
in the second half. With all the results combined,
the points were -fairly equally shared: Park 33,
Astor 38, Priory 39, Frith 40. Frith, therefore,
won the Graham Piggott Memorial Trophy.
Against other schools our performance
in matched was most encouraging. As the number
of teams taking part and the combination of age
groups varied from match to match, it is not
possible to summarise our results simply on the
numbers won and lost. For instance, in our first
match, a team of senior and under-16 boys was
pI aced second out of four, and in the last one, a
combined under-14, under-I5 and under-16 was second out of eleven teams. We were, perhaps,
most successful in two-sided matches where we won four out of our six encounters.
Colours were re-awarded to Tranter and
newly awarded to Meehan, Sansum, Alvery, Clark
and Towning. Representative ties were awarded to
Errington, Fenner, Gisby, Harcourt, Mummery,
SpenGer and Stubbs. Seven boys were selected to
represent South-East Kent in the County Championships:
Webb, Burton, A.S.W.Smith, Meehan, Sansum,
Towning and Tr anteI'.
The first team won one match and lost three. The second team had two matches against the Duke of York I s School, winning one and losing
the otlter. It is hoped to incre"s,_ the number of fixtures in 1972 to enable the team, which will be a young one, to get more match practicej a strong team should be possible for the next few years.
Three of the first team, with their partners from the Girls' School, won second place in the Ames Cup mixed doubles tournament.
C. Stevens and his partner won the Dover Schools mixed doubles title at the tournament held at
Astor School, beating M .Harrison and his partner in the final.
The School senior tournament was won by M. Harrison and the junior tournament by N .Stevens. The House tournament was won by Astorj points were awarded as follows: Astor 17, Frith 13,
Park 13, Priory 7.
Full colours were awarded to C.Stevens,
P. Wheeler, P. King and J. Dean; representative ties to M. Harrison and D. Weymouth.
The Summer Term was very active, with 60 enrolled members. Generally the weather was kind, enabling 250 sailing turns to operate outside school time in addition to the sailing done in game s periods. On the racing scene, the action was varied and widespread, at meetings of the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club, at the Kent Schools
Regatta where we entered eleven boats, and at Deal.
The Bevan Trophy for single-handed sailing was won convincingly by S.R.Clare and there w'ere
a number of races for junior helmsmen, the
winner of tne series beiny N. S,nither.
Several members of the Club competed
in the National Schools Sailing Regatta at Portsmouth. F.Catt and W.Hardy, and C.Stubbs and T.Pearce put up a good show in the Enterprise class, whHe N. Smither and C .Danican deserve special mention for a good result in the Mirror class in their first season. F .Catt was awarded
an Qwen Aisler Award and spent the first week of the Autumn Term living with the gentry in Cowes.
The Lock Trophy and J ohnson Cup events were closely contended. J. Lorimer Won the Lock Trophy while D.Culmer took the first year helms award, the Johnson Cup.
Certificates awarded: Helmsmen: M.Ashton, M. Easton, C. Oanican,
lkpre;;entative colour';;: P. Elms.
Astor Frith Park Priory
Football (150) 65t 1St 48 21
Basketball (50) 9 16 16 9
Cross-country (100) 20 37 10 33
Rugby ( 150) 46 45 25 34
Gymnastics ( 100) 22 22 22 14
Fencing (50) 10 15 5 20
Tennis (50) 17 13 13 7
Athletics (150) 38 40 33 39
Cricket (150) 33 28 56 33
Totals 2601 231-1 228 230
This result is remarkable for the c:loseness of the fiIlal scores and also for the fact that Astor won the championships for the first time for many,
OVERHEARD IN SCHOOL
lat_ arrival coni',,'nteu O} th_ nnst_r r_sponsiblc ror his
registration:"Oh nt! RI )OU etre, Sir_"
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In former times, when schools were
smaller and everyone learned Latin, school magazines used to publish a complete list of leavers, headed "Valete" (and even a list of new boys, headed "Salvete").
Space does not permit us to continue
this ancient custom. We confine ourselves to
names of those who have "proceeded to Higher Education", and among them, to those whose destination is known. (Of many more we have
only intentions, so far unconfirmed). We apologise in advance for any omissions or mistakes, and we shall of course be delighted to hear from any of last year's leavers who care to let us know where they have finally found a place in College or University.
Andrews R. D. University College, Lon
Ashwell P. G. Bath Academy if Art.
Barrett R. (transferred to Varndean
Grammar School, Brighton, 1970). .Canterbury College of Art.
Birbeck P. Cambridge College of Arts
Brain G. J. Croydon College of Art.
Clare S. R. University of Surrey.
Davies T. W. University of Leeds.
Flood C. R. History Scholarship at
St. Edmund's Hall, Ox
GavinS. J. Kingston College of Art.
Granger G. A. Alsager College of
Hopkins J. University of Wales,
King P. J. Bath Academy of Art.
Kitchener J. R. University of Manchester.
Mitchinson J. (left 1968, to go to Kingston
College of Art).. .Scholar
ship to Royal College of Art.
Paling J. H. Canterbury College of Art.
Penney A. S. University of Leeds.
Smallwood F. J. ... University of Wales,
Stone I. M. Borough Road College of
Thacker A. University of Leeds.
Towe B. K. North-East London
Wheeler J. R. Goldsmiths College,
Wheeler P. L. University of Durham.
Williams R. G. Croydon College of Art.
Wilson R. University of Newcastle.
President for 1971-2:
Mr. R. Russell.
Mr. B. A. Harrison.
Mr. H. R.Slater, Meadow Cottage,
Whitfield Hall, Whitfield.
Rev. W. Kemp, The Rectory, Denton,
Hon. Editor of the Newsletter:
Mr. E.H.Baker, 24 Downs Road, Penend_m Heath, Maidstone.
The Association exists to bind together those who have an affectionate interest in this school.
Boys leaving school are invited to join at a first annual subscription of l5p. This entitles them to receive issues of the Newsletter twice a year, to attend Annual General Meetings, lunches, dinners and dances and to play in Old Boys' sports teams against the school.
Mr. Ruffell is one of the representatives of the Association; names, addresses and subscriptions may be given to him.
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Mr. K. Coles, 90 Station Road, Walmer. -_
Hon. Secretary: '_1!!!
Mrs. B. Harrison, 87 Lewisham Road, Ri"...
Mr. G. Davies, 24 Coxhill Gardens, Riftr. Committee:
Dover: Mrs. Aslett, Mr.Clark,Mrs.Gill,
Mr. Pearce, Mr. Stevens.
Deal and Walmer: Mrs. Coles
Country: Mrs. Court, Mr. Dale.
School: Mr.Colman,Mr.Walker,Mr.Payne, Mrs. Parfitt.
The Association continued to give its
services at most school functions and donated
various sums of money for purchasing equipment
for the boys. A committee of Middle School
parents organised various functions during the
year; and these and fund-raising efforts by the
boys raised over £700 for the Middle School Club