|Editorial||To Me Alone|
|W. W. Baxter||Tucson, Arizona|
|The Combined Cadet Force||The Barracks Blackboard|
|The School Council||The Fall of Troy|
|The Phoenix Club||The Day the Tide went Out|
|Christian Education Movement Conference||Playroom|
|Christian Union||The Good Samaritan|
|Natural History Society||Rugby|
|Cercle Des Langues Vivantes||Basketball|
|School Stamp Club||Cross-country|
|The School Choir and Orchestra||Gymnastics|
|Outing to Bluebell Railway||Outdoor Activities and Duke of Edinburgh's Award|
|Field-work Party, Easter 1974||Athletics|
|Visit to Glyn Padarn||Cricket|
The last edition of "Pharos" appeared belatedly in 1972 and covered the academic
year 1970-71. All the material for the year 1971-72 was collected but was never
printed, because of increasing costs and also because the Art Department had not
the time or the boy-power to cope with the work. Now, thanks to a generous grant
from the Old Pharosians and to a system whereby the work of production is shared
between the School and a printing firm specialising in this kind of work, we are
able to produce a record of the School's life in the year 1973-74.
Even so, the amount of material for which we have space must be limited, and we apologise to those contributors whose articles have been omitted or curtailed. The School's activities are so varied that one cannot be sure that everything is mentioned or that individuals receive the credit due to them. As for the literary contributions, we thank all those concerned. No doubt there is plenty of talent not reflected in these pages; if you feel that you can do better, let us have your contributions for the 1974- 75 edition.
The noble volumes of the "Pharos" preserve the living tradition of the School,
but like so many worthy institutions, shortage of money threatened to block
their continuity. Nearly half the Voluntary Fund was devoted to the publication
of the annual edition. The Head of Art stepped in with an offer to print the
next volume within the school, and two lively and attractive versions followed,
but even here, costs have now risen to almost £200, and the time needed cut into
that required for normal teaching. This year, however, the committee of the Old
Pharosians generously voted £100, which makes it possible to maintain the link.
So much has happened, and it is pleasant to reminisce, but I must pick out those notable events which have left their powerful mark on the fabric of the School.
Nearly half the Staff have been with us for over ten years, but they have provided more than stability, for their distinguished service has been marked by imagination and foresight. Following closely in the tradition of men whose scholarship and influence were of national significance, the Staff have accepted new demands with new energy and maintained a professional devotion which their predecessors would have admired. Such a man was Tom Archer who gave over 40 years of delight and inspiration to countless boys. His death, coming so quickly after his retirement, was a tragedy which touched us all, but the standard he set lives on in his colleagues and friends. A. E. Coulson retired during the period covered by these notes, leaving a wealth of new ideas
to be developed. Among them, the new department of Computer Science was led from the start by Old Pharosian Peter Piddock, who also has left—to bring Dover's experience to South Wales. Another Old Boy, Martin Styles, runs the Department of Outdoor Pursuits, having qualified in Wales and Scotland to lead boys through the harshest terrain. Several members of Staff have left to become Heads of Department elsewhere, and so long as the flow of men and women is adequate, this process must be good for the School.
For four years now, we have had to live with the prospect of reorganisation in line with the government's policy to establish comprehensive schools. This has not been allowed, however, to interfere with the continued lively growth of the School or with the interests of the boys here now. The Staff, the boys, the Old Boys and the parents have worked together to ensure that neither politics nor the economic crisis shall deny us the essentials we require. In the last two years, over £7,000 has been raised for the School, and the Kent Education Committee has responded by extending our buildings.
The initiative was taken by Mr. P. Wilson-Haffenden, Chairman of the Governors. He contributed over £3,000 towards the cost of our Swimming Pool and, beyond this, worked almost every Saturday and Sunday morning with a small team of masters and parents to build it. It was an exciting enterpise and the unfailing good humour and confidence of our "foreman" kept it going. Now, this fine heated pool is intensively used throughout the season.
It was another Governor, Mr. Lawton, who persuaded the K.E.C. to accept our offer of £2,000 towards the cost of a Music Room. The Staff want many improvements, but nowhere was there clearer unanimity than that which stressed the need for a Music Room. Our fine musical tradition, led now by Mr. Kenneth Best, was gravely limited by lack of facilities, but now a large and attractive room gives the right atmosphere for boys to enjoy their music, and a K.E.C. grant of £1,000 has helped us to buy several new instruments.
Above the Music Room is the new Advanced Biology Laboratory which meets the expansion of Science teaching in the School and, faced with all this bright new equipment, the Divisional Education Officer has agreed to redecorate most of the Science Block.
One of the most interesting developments from the original ban, now slightly lifted, on the extension of our buildings, has been the completion of a new Economics Centre some 200 yards from the main school. It is a fitting tribute to the 40 years service of Gordon King, who established our Department of Economics. It contains a large Lecture Room and a smaller one for seminars together with an office, and we have been encouraged throughout by the interest of Sir Arthur Cockfield, O.P., Chairman of the Prices Commission.
Below the Economics Centre is the new branch of the County Library, established with a full-time librarian to serve both Astor School and ourselves. Already some £4,000 has been spent on new books, and other resource materials such as films and filmstrips will be available. The opening of the Library will make it possible for the Staff to move into the old School Library and thus gain reasonable accommodation. It will also free the old Staff Room, to form a Medical Room and a Careers Room. During the period under review, we also acquired an Audio-Visual Language Laboratory and suitable facilities to teach Spanish. Beyond this, the boys have built a School Shop and established a Tuck Shop. On a piece of levelled ground below the Art Room, a Recreational Hut is rising with the aid of the Junior Leaders Regiment. This will provide profitable employment for many boys to learn the arts of painting, decorating and glazing.
Such are some of the events of two lively years, but all this effort is designed to encourage the life of this community which is our School. I believe that all those involved have enjoyed the association, and I am delighted to note a marked expansion in the membership both of the Parents' Association and of the Old Pharosians. We know little of the future but, at least, we can be sure that these efforts will have been of great value to the boys here now.
Mrs. Bailey, the School Secretary, retired this year after 26 years of excellent service. Her conscientious efficiency and consistent good humour have provided a healthy focus for the School's administration. Everyone wishes her well and we shall look forward to welcoming her as a guest.
W. W. BAXTER
From VI Arts room we would watch him coming briskly down Frith Road, swinging
his walking-stick. We looked forward to the joke or illuminating remark that was
sure to arise in his lessons. He taught French with crisp and humorous urgency,
often calling upon his student experience in Paris to illustrate some point:
how, for example, when ordering a stove by telephone he was gratified at its
cheapness but found a frying-pan delivered at his flat—he had not realised that
the one was 'le' and the other 'la poêle'; or, on tipping, how he had dismissed
a cheeky errand-boy with, 'Va chercher ton pourboire dans la rue!' One remembers
him breathing vigorously on his pince-nez before polishing them for a lesson,
his tattered B.A. gown and the smart M.A. one that replaced it.
It was working for his M.A. that led to some of his most stimulating VI Form teaching. He had to master the development of the French language and, since he thought it good background for our own Inter—B.A. and scholarship work, he passed on much of it. For him, and consequently for us, it was a voyage of discovery. I recall his excitement when he found, apropos of Chaucer's Prioress who fed her dogs on 'wastel bread', that by applying the laws of phonetic change one could show that 'wastel' became 'gâeau'. The Prioress was, in fact, feeding them on cake! Great also was his delight when he overheard Midland miners say about a tunnel, 'We haben thirlt (drilled) thru!' 'Virtually Anglo-Saxon!' he declared.
He had a nice turn of phrase. An enthusiastic angler, his word for school-play publicity was 'ground bait'. He taught some grammar rules as if they were immutable and when exceptions at length arose would admit that he gave out 'medicated lies' to beginners. Words fascinated him. 'Some people think it odd,' he said, 'but I can read a dictionary for hours'.
Such was our relationship that he brought his M.A. 'French to English' paper for us to discuss. 'When I saw this,' he said ruefully, 'I knew my chances of a First were gone.' Then we went through it and I can still see his mock chagrin when one of us translated a word which had baffled him. Only a generous man would have brought the paper.
Almost daily I use a Petit Larousse, one of a dozen or so he got for us at 2/6 each when the franc fell in 1920. Like Billy's teaching, it belongs in a sense to the past but the richness and stimulus of both remain.
L. R. Phillips (1915-1923)
(We are glad to print the above tribute by an Old Pharosian to a former member of Staff who is still remembered with affection by many of us.—Ed.)
President: R. W. Winter, Esq.
Secretary: B. A. Harrison, Esq.,
87 Lewisham Road, River.
Treasurer: Rev. W. F. Kemp,
The Rectory, Denton, Canterbury.
Editor of the Newsletter: E. N. Baker, Esq.,
24 Downs Road, Maidstone, ME14 2JN.
This Association, founded by the School's first Headmaster, exists to foster
friendships formed at school and to link the School with former pupils, giving
them the opportunity to continue their interest in, and give support to, the
An annual general meeting is held in September and this year there is also to be a social gathering on Saturday, 14th December at 7 p.m. in The Eagle Hotel, London Road, Dover.
The Old Pharosians share in the annual May Ball, the Carol Service and many other school functions during the year. Old Boy football and cricket, basketball and tennis teams play against the School.
A great majority of school-leavers join the association, paying in their first year half of the normal annual subscription of 50p. Life membership costs £7.50.
The active interest of Old Boys has been shown in two significant developments:
(1) The W. E. Pearce Memorial Fund which stands at over £200 and is used to finance Project Technology;
(2) The Diamond Jubilee Trust with Capital Assets of £1,700.
This issue of the Pharos has been aided by a gift of £100 from the Diamond Jubilee Trust.
THE COMBINED CADET FORCE
The contingent continues to thrive with a full establishment of Officers and a
strong nucleus of very able NCOs.
Stephen Graves of the Army Section has been appointed Senior Cadet and we congratulate both him and Trevor Pearce of the RAF Section on their promotion to Under Officer.
The following cups were presented by the Headmaster at the Final Assembly:
The most efficient Senior Cadet—U/O S. Graves.
The most efficient Junior Cadet—Cpl. G. Monk.
The Initiative Cup-Sgt. K. Welch.
It is always sad to say goodbye to old friends and we are sorry to lose Flight Lieutenant Chris Templeman who is moving to Leeds Grammar School where he will be taking over the RAF Section.
In addition to all his hard work and enthusiasm in building a live, active RAF section here, Flt./Lt. Templeman has also been the contingent Adjutant and has devoted many hours to the efficient administration of the Unit. We shall certainly miss him but we wish him success and happiness in his new job.
On the credit side we have been fortunate this year in having the services of Major R. A. Hoeren, USAAF, and Lt.-Cmdr. N. H. Kaufmann, RN, who have brought new energy and a wealth of experience to their sections. We also extend a warm welcome to Mr. M. R. Grant who is joining us in September for service with the Army Section. His keen interest in adventurous activities will be of great value to the contingent.
As a school activity we exist mainly to provide opportunities for leadership and responsibility. Cadets carry out all the instruction in their Proficiency syllabus, plan their Training Programmes, organise special activities and exercises and gain experience in administration. But, like any other activity, mere attendance is of little value. The more you put into it, the more you gain from it. It was therefore encouraging to learn that Senior NCOs from all three Sections wished to be responsible for planning the programme for the Annual Inspection on the 29th March. They are to be congratulated on a very fine effort. The Inspecting Officer, Captain T. B. Homan, Royal Navy, and his accompanying Staff Officers were most impressed by all they saw and we have had another quite outstanding report.
No account of the year's activities would be complete without a mention of the Easter Adventure Training Expedition. This year five officers and twelve senior cadets went to Snowdonia, where, under the competent leadership of Lt. M. J. Styles, much valuable experience was gained in rock climbing, mountain navigation and survival in varying weather conditions.
In conclusion, with so many capable Seniors and a large intake of enthusiastic junior cadets, the prospects for the coming year are bright.
This has been a year of consolidation with more time spent on training for
leadership. Nearly all our 3rd and 4th year cadets have had cadre training and
there have been recent promotions to cope with an increase in the number of
We now have three authorised Service sections—a Signal Section, a Combat Engineering Section and a REME Section with four motor-cycles.
For our summer camp in 1973 we were guests of the 3rd Battalion The Light Infantry in Germany. This was a particularly memorable experience as half the camp was spent in the Soltau Training area taking part in a battle group exercise. Among the highlights of the camp were a morning patrol searching for OPs, a day spent in tank hunting, a night navigation exercise in APCs and a morning learning to drive them. We also visited the Moehne Dam.
This year's camp was at Leek in Staffordshire where activities included canoeing, rock climbing and abseiling, watermanship, shooting, swimming, and a 36-hour expedition in the Peak District.
The Platoon competition was won by 3 Platoon (Sgt. Heafey), and each member received a Papermate ballpoint pen as a prize.
The standard of .22 shooting has improved considerably with the weekly visit to the Dover College indoor range.
Week-end camps have been held at St. Martin's Plain, Lydden and Acrise. Two week-end camps have been planned for the Autumn Term, one at St. Martin's Plain at the end of September and the other at Crowborough, Sussex, at the beginning of November.
The Section is very short of NCO instructors. However, it has been an active
year, all recruits having passed the AB's test, but particularly in sailing.
Full advantage was taken of 'Enterprises' in Dover Harbour in the Michaelmas Term, and in the Summer Term we have had a Montague whaler on loan from the Royal Marines.
In the first S.E. Area CCF Regatta held at Chatham in July, David Thomas sailed well to tie for first place in the ASC dinghy class.
The highlight of the year was the Summer Cruise undertaken jointly with Oundle School CCF in the 38ft. cutter-rigged STC Gauntlet—One of the Royal Navy's sail training yachts based on the Royal Naval Engineering College, Manadon.
During the week's cruise the Channel was crossed four times and in 100 hours under way over 500 miles were covered. Salcombe, Alderney and L'Aberwrach (on the Brittany coast) were visited.
The return from Alderney to Plymouth—normally taking about 16 hours—took nearly 36 hours due to near gale-force Westerly winds. There was good compensation for this rough and hard leg in the return trip from Plymouth to L'Aberwrach when we had delightful sailing weather.
In L'Aberwrach all enjoyed a superb and typical French meal, the high spot of the cruise. It included spider crabs, crayfish, oysters, prawns, mussels and winkles, followed by snails, quail and more usual items like steak and lamb cutlets, rounding off with ice-cream, cheese and fruit.
We sailed at 0500 on Friday for the final crossing to Plymouth in ideal conditions.
The stay in the Officers' Mess before sailing and the conducted tour of some of the college laboratories and workshops on return were interesting features of the visit to the engineering university of the Royal Navy.
The Section has made steady progress in several important ways. Less time is now
spent in the classroom preparing for Proficiency exams; this year we have had
three week-end camps, much more .303 shooting, walking, Air Experience Gliding
as well as regular Air Experience Flying and visits to RAF stations.
Junior NCOs are now making a valuable contribution to the running of the Section—in checking and arranging stores and in preparing talks and lectures.
Fifteen cadets attended Annual Camp at RAF Cosford in 1973 and six cadets flew to Germany to spend a week on an RAF station.
Our summer camp this year was held at RAF Cranwell where, in addition to a varied and interesting programme, there was plenty of flying for all cadets.
Since summer 1972, seven cadets have gained their A & B gliding certificates on courses culminating in three solo flights.
Under Officer T. Pearce attended the Frimley Park Leadership Course.
Finally, a word for the future. Of the twenty-four 3rd year recruits in September 1973, twenty still remain as active members and should provide the NCOs of the next two years. With thirty-five cadets before recruiting takes place, the section should be larger than it has been for some time. Above all, the section exists to provide opportunities. Those cadets who are prepared to work hard will find that there are plenty of rewards.
THE SCHOOL COUNCIL, 1973-4
The year started well under the leadership of Mike Court, and continued after
Christmas in the able hands of Tim Hunnisett. Members' attendance was, on the
whole, good, except at the end of the year, when in two meetings less than a
As in past years, the Council has thrived on contributions from both junior and senior members, the younger voices bringing a welcome breath of fresh air, the older ones providing a steadying influence.
Matters discussed during the year have been many, varied and, to many people, very important—the Tuck Shop, the Deal buses, The School Magazine, the new dinner system; the constitution was amended; the Lent Charity returned after a long absence, resulting in worthwhile sums going to the Cyrenians social action group and to the Dover Schools Community Service Scheme. Innumerable smaller matters were discussed, from caged rats to coat-hangers.
A number of grants were made to some of the many societies in the school—an important part of the work of the Council. The recipients included the Sailing Club, the Christian Union, the Badminton Club and also encouraging newcomers like the Stamp Club and the War Games Club. The Council can count it a privilege to be able to help such clubs from the funds it receives.
Steve J. Whaley, Secretary
THE PHOENIX SOCIETY
The Society held five meetings during the past year, listening to talks by
Michael Court, Les Bastable, Simon Cork, Mr. King and Mr. Hoeren.
At the last meeting Mr. King announced that he was retiring as President of the Society, and that Mr. Slater would be his successor.
Mr. King was active in the Debating Society before the war, and in 1950 was prominent in founding the Phoenix Society, which rose from the ashes, as it were, of the Debating Society. His presence at meetings will be greatly missed, and all past and present members of the Society will wish Mr. King a long and happy retirement.
P. J. Harding
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION MOVEMENT
CONFERENCE: 21st November 1973
The subject at this conference was "Suffering", but we felt at liberty to enjoy
ourselves just the same. Sixth Form delegates attended from several schools in
the area, and were made very welcome at the Girls' Technical High School,
The main discussions were in small groups, but there was a general session in which their particular approaches to the problem of pain and trouble in the world were explained by three visiting speakers—a Buddhist, a Christian and a Marxist.
In 1974 the venue will be the new Salem Baptist Church in Dover, and "Justice" becomes our theme. With any luck, various "Workshops" will produce during the day practical contributions—in art, drama, literature and dance.
A. Renouf, L6
Since the last report, the Christian Union has undergone several changes. We
have lost one master and gained another, formed a committee which runs financial
and administrative affairs, changed premises from the J.P.L. to Room 12 where we
meet on alternate Wednesdays, and obtained a grant from the School Council.
We have had many more talks, both informative and challenging, covering a wide range of topics from social work to the occult, mainly by guest speakers, many more meetings with other local schools, fewer formal "bible-debates", and more active participation by members.
Our plans for the future are to continue in much the same pattern as before, but with more joint meetings and member participation, aided by the addition of two new members of staff who will help Mr. Haines in the task of controlling the masses. Thanks finally to all our members who are leaving this summer, who have helped so well during their time at the school, and to Mr. Haines for his dedication and untiring assistance.
Mark Hibell, Secretary
The Society had a very well-attended meeting when the film "Culloden" was shown.
As a result of its
reputation as a rather sanguinary film, members of the Lower School were
particularly in evidence. Some Grammar School girls also saw the film, and some
boys went to very interesting meetings at the Girls' School, including a talk
called "Guy Fawkes, Plot or Plant?" and one about 18th century Kent.
Next year it is hoped we will have more meetings than in the past year.
J. Parry, L6
NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY
Since its formation in September 1972, the society has gradually increased in
strength and now has a very large membership in the Lower and Middle School.
Our activities have been many and varied including outings to Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory, Dover cliffs, Barton-on-Sea, Shepherdswell, Folkestone Warren, Canterbury, Dover Harbour and West Hougham, a summer camp, two barbecues (which formed part of other activities), various talks, discussions and film shows, and practical work within the school and school grounds such as the erection of nest boxes and a number of attempts to set up a nature trail.
The aims of the Society are to give boys a chance to develop their interest in natural history, to encourage a feeling of responsibility for the preservation of the environment and its inhabitants and to do something constructive towards this end. In the past year, special attention has been paid to conservation, the study and collection of fossils, bird observation, butterflies, botanical life and plankton. At the present time some of our members are in the process of completing a project on pollution of our coastline, which project is to be entered in a national competition and with which the boys have been helped by the very kind encouragement of our local M.P., Mr. Peter Rees. We are also busy collecting tokens which will help with contributions to the World Wildlife Fund. This scheme is organised by the manufacturers of Smith's Crisps, and by the closing date of 30th November we aim to have collected at least ten thousand tokens. A study has also begun of some badger setts which have been discovered not far from the school grounds.
The Society is a corporate member of the Kent Ornithological Society and receives the monthly bulletin and publications of that organisation. It is hoped that this membership will be continued during the coming year and that we shall, perhaps, be able to participate in some of the activities of that society.
Members of the society are entitled to wear a badge, designed by Simon Macgregor; proceeds from the sale of badges are used for financing our activities. In all our activities we have enjoyed the support and assistance of many parents and friends; to them, and to members of the staff who have helped us, we are very grateful. We were very pleased to have the opportunity of displaying some of the fruits of our work at the Spring Fair. In the coming year we hope to welcome many new members, and a number of activities are already planned, including an outing to Sheppey, a visit to the Nature Trail at Canterbury, and possibly a second camp.
CERCLE DES LANGUES VIVANTES
Nous voudrions remercier bien sincèrement Mademoiselle Saltron et David Jones de
nous avoir organisé cette année un programme si varié et intéressant.
Mademoiselle Saltron nous a fait une causerie illustrée sur le Midi et sa région de France--le département du Tarn. A la prochaine réunion elle a Passé une série de disques des chanteurs français moddernes, y compris Charles Aznavour, Jacques Brel et le célèbre chanteur-poète Georges Brassens.
Frau Ascher nous a, au cours de deux autres réunions, parlé de son pays, l'Autriche. Son expose a été iIlustre par de trés belles diapositives qui nous ont emmenés â travers les montagnes et la campagne autrichiennes et qui nous ont présenté les deux viIles de Vienne et de Salzburg.
David Jones nous a parlé ensuite de ses vacances passées dans la région de la Dordogne. Une 'quiz' ou jeu de questions sur la France et la lecture d'une piéce 'L'Anglais tel qu'on le parle' ont été le sujet de deux autres réunions.
Le nombre des participants aux réunions a été très variable, mais il y a eu chaque fois une atmosphère trés agréable et on a toujours apprécié la tasse de thé et les biscuits qui ont accompagné chaque réunion.
Pendant le trimestre d'été nos membres ont été invités â trois réunions organisées par le Cercle Français du Lycée de Jeunes Filles de Douvres. Ils y ont pris un vif plaisir, et nous espérons inviter les jeunes filles â notre tour â assister â nos réunions le trimestre prochain.
SCHOOL STAMP CLUB
This new society has been added to the many activities already running in the
school. To avoid conflicting too much with other interests the society meets
alternate Mondays after school and Thursday at dinner time.
Several competitions and displays have been held and most notable was a small display of stamps of Great Britain by David Thomas. The information given was very extensive and the presentation of his material first class.
Short talks on Perforations, writing up a collection, Thematics, etc., have been received with interest by the members.
A visit to Philympia was arranged but had to be cancelled due to national travel difficulties at the time of the exhibition. However, a visit to the sorting office of Dover GPO proved to be of great interest. There were sighs of anguish when our guide deliberately tore up foreign stamps that had become dislodged from their envelopes!
THE SCHOOL CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA
The choir and orchestra both contributed to Guest Evening and the School
Concert, with the choir also performing in the December Carol Service and in a
recital in Deal in May.
The musical highlight of the year was undoubtedly the School Concert which was given to mark the opening of the Music Room and included items by former pupils of the School. Especially memorable were the piano playing and fluent verbal introductions of Peter Relf, the two Easter Dances specially composed for the occasion by Alan Smith and played on the organ by William Fittall, and the singing of John Newman, who overcame his own shyness and the inhibitions of many of the audience to involve everyone in his songs. The choir contributed songs varying from the 16th century "Filles de Lyon" to the light-hearted "Ould John Braddleum", and the orchestra rose above its obvious shortcomings in playing a symphony by Stamitz.
The quality of the choir was reflected in the size of the audiences at both the carol service and the Deal recital. The carol service has rapidly become a popular annual event and Charlton Church was packed, whilst the Deal recital attracted over 100 people. The latter event included a performance of Alan Ridout's "Sacred Songs for Treble Voices" which showed the discipline of the younger boys in the singing of a difficult contemporary work without a conductor.
The musical activity of the past year bears witness to the hard work put in by Mr. Best and the response of the boys under his baton; the new Music Room is the long overdue reward for a school with such a high musical reputation.
The past year has been one of consolidation in our use of the R.Y.A. teaching
system. In the winter many took part in theory classes, with special credit
going to the hardworking seniors, David Thurston, Nic Smither, Chris Stubbs and
David Culmer, who took the lectures and prepared the tests.
Boat maintenance went well, with some sterling work by a band of girls on the ropework and lads on paint and varnish. Our trailers and trolleys also got a lick of paint, which helped us have things well prepared.
Sailing started in April with the Kent Schools selection trials, where Chris Stubbs and Anthony Smither, John Lorimer and Judy Stubbs, and Nic Smither and Andrew Martin were selected to represent Kent at the Nationals in Plymouth during the summer holidays.
School sailing went well on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with fifteen to twenty people on each occasion. Gordon Goodall, Adrian Smith and Marco Pearce deserve particular credit for "picking up the ropes" quickly.
At the Whitsun break we ran the Singlehanded Bevan Cup in stiff N.W. conditions and the Mirror sailed by John Lorimer won, with Dave Culmer, also Mirror, second. Our usual armada to the Kent Schools Regatta, this year at Herne Bay, took place in mid-June; Nic Smither and Andrew Martin made convincing work of the Enterprise class, with three wins in three races. The school team also retained the Whitstable shield for their combined efforts in the competition.
Unfortunately the weather towards the end of the summer term was not particularly suitable for the juniors' Wooden Tub competition, but the Gill cup for junior and middle-school sailors was again won by Peter Blackman, sailing his Mirror "UFO" with Nic Dean-Webb.
Looking to the future, we have the coming term filled with special school racing events, but our eyes are all on the new Enterprise, a glass and wood machine. Under the careful guidance of Mr. Large, this has received much attention. We are particularly thankful to Mr. Mike Igglesden, an Old Pharosian dinghy sailor visiting from Australia, for the many hours he has given the club during the past year, on the water and in the workshops.
Bevan Cup: J. Lorimer.
Gill Cup: P. Blackman.
Sailing Colours: Chris Stubbs, Nic Smither.
Representative Colours: Dave Culmer, David Thurston, Andrew Martin.
This club is now beginning to increase in popularity, and we hope our numbers
will be increased by joinings from the new First Forms. The group meets at 4
p.m. each Monday and membership is quite free. Work is at present in hand on the
construction of a model railway layout measuring about eight feet square, and,
at the time of writing, the baseboard construction is complete and plans for the
actual layout are being drawn up by the boys. Several discussions and
slide-shows have been enjoyed by members during the past year.
Our first full-day outing took place recently—a combined visit to the Bluebell and the Kent and East Sussex Railways. This proved a great success and we were blessed with perfect weather. As well as enjoying the thrills of riding on trains hauled by steam engines, the boys also had several chances of examining steam engines at close range and were particularly fascinated by those which were at various stages of overhaul and reconstruction.
It is hoped that similar visits will be possible in the coming year. We are particularly fortunate in this area since Kent and East Sussex have an ever increasing number of private railways run by preservation societies. Indeed, one of our members can be found assisting with the running of the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway during the summer holidays.
This report would not be complete without a mention of our thanks to those parents who support us in our work, and, in particular, to Mrs. Heathwood who very kindly donates a monthly copy of the "Railway Modeller" to the society. We are extremely grateful to her and can assure her that the magazine is very popular indeed among our members who take it in turns to borrow it each month. We would also like to record our thanks to Messrs. Nice and Large, without whose support and help the construction of our layout would not be possible. To them, and to all our friends, we say, sincerely, "Thank you".
K.R.J., RH., N.H.K.
OUTING TO THE BLUEBELL RAILWAY
From Dover, we made our way by car to the Sheffield Park station of the Bluebell
Railway Preservation Society. Here we had a quick look round the station and
then boarded an old S.E.& C.R. coach for the journey to Horsted Keynes. The locos
came down from the shed and coupled to the front of our train. We were very
lucky, as two special trains were run in the afternoon for a party of 500 Girl
Guides. The two locos were an Adams 4-4-2T tank engine built for the L.S.W.R. in
1857, and a B.R. standard class "4" tender built for secondary passenger
We left the station in fine style. After about four miles of climbing up the fairly steep Freshfield Bank we arrived at Horsted Keynes. We then walked down beside the line to a good vantage point for taking photographs. We saw the "Adams" go down bunker first towards Sheffield Park. When it came up again we got some fine pictures. We ate our lunch and then walked to the station to catch the train back. We decided to pay 5p supplement to travel in the observation coach. Back at Sheffield Park, we looked round the engine-sheds and bought souvenirs. We then went in the cars to another vantage point, near a bridge, to watch the special come past—and a fine sight it was.
We then went by car to the Rolvenden headquarters of the Kent and East Sussex Light Railway. We had a quick look at the engines and then went up to Tenterden Town Station, from where some of us had a return journey to Rolvenden and back behind an old LB.& S.C. "Terrier" class engine.
P. Flint, 2 Priory
In spite of fuel surcharges, the floating pound, a miners' strike and other
difficulties, thirty-six of the original fifty-four hopefuls eventually set out
from Dover on February 13th, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Large, and Messrs.
Grant, Styles, Hagell and Elliott.
We flew in great comfort by Swissair from Heathrow to Geneva, where a coach took us to our hotel in Habere Poche, a tiny village in the French Alps in Haute Savoie.
During the next six days, everyone skied morning and afternoon under the tuition of our French instructors, who were most complimentary about the rapid progress made by their English pupils. Few English had visited the valley, and we were something of a novelty. It gave us the chance to see if our French lessons really worked.
For an afternoon excursion, we were taken along the shore of Lake Leman, and across the Swiss border to Montreux. But all too soon we were taking our ski tests, and packing up for the homeward flight. We had the satisfaction of having improved our standard in this fascinating sport and the interest of living in a new community. Not least of all, everyone came home in one piece!
DOVER GRAMMAR SCHOOLS' SIXTH FORM GEOGRAPHY AND GEOLOGY FIELD-WORK PARTY, EASTER 1974
This year's area of study was in the region of the Cotswolds. A party of thirty
girls and sixty boys from the two schools stayed there from the 1 st to the 6th
April, some of the boys at Stratford-upon-Avon, the remainder of the boys, and
the girls, at Bourton-onthe-Water. The week's work was weIl planned by Mr. Ru
ffeIl , aided by Mr. HageIl, Miss Brook and Mrs. RusseIl, and proved of interest
to geographer, geologist and historian alike.
During the week many sites of historical interest were visited, e.g. Blenheim Palace, the city of Gloucester, the Iron Age hill fort on Herefordshire Beacon, and Chedworth Roman villa.
The geologists in the party were given ample opportunity to exercise their field knowledge in the many quarries visited in the Cotswolds and Malverns. For the geographers there was a study of the River
Windrush, the Forest of Dean, the city of Cheltenham; and by walking along the Malverns and up the steep scarp slope of the Cotswolds, all gained an excellent idea of their height. It was rather a pity that, having reached such heights, no one could see anything because of the thick fog-which caused some of the party to get lost on Bredon Hill.
The week ended with many of the party acquainting themselves with the geology of the River Wind rush by paddling in it at 10 p.m. on the last evening.
Stephen Madge, L6R
The Eiffel Tower, the Metro, the French way of
cooking (?) meat, Prisunic, the Forest of Fontainebleu-each of the twenty-one boys who went to Paris last Spring will have his own particular memoriesperhaps all those rivets or all those coffins or, more likely, all those steps!
Whatever they may be, they are all part of the places, the people, the way of life of Paris and of France and we tried to absorb as much of this atmosphere as we could in a week.
We hope that all the boys had an interesting and enjoyable time but also that the trip will add substance to France and things French in their minds, perhaps improve their spoken French and give them a wish, in years to come, to explore the city and the country further.
Judging by some of the exceIlent diaries produced, our hopes should be fulfiIled.
VISIT TO GLYN PADARN
The Fourth Year Outdoor Activities group visit to Uanberis at Easter provided a
week of varied weather conditions and activities equally varied. Glyn Padarn is
a converted house with accommodation for twentysix people, and is situated on
the side of Uyn Padarn; the lake was ideal for skimming the flat slates to be
found round the edge. One brave soul even had a quick (!) swim.
On the first day, the group were issued with equipment and set off in one of the Centre minibuses to go to the Ogwen Valley for an introductory walk to Uyn Ogwen and up to the Devil's Kitchen, a rock fissure on the edge of the Glyder Range, over the top and down into the Uanberis Pass, where the minibus waited to return the group to the Centre.
The Tuesday activities included a map and compass session, and as no one was lost the exercise was presumed to be fairly successful. The afternoon rockclimbing proved to be one of the most popular activities of the week. Everyone had the opportunity to try one or two climbs of varying difficulty and an abseil. Even the more hesitant members of the group seemed to enjoy themselves.
The overnight camp planned for Wednesday was postponed for 24 hours, as the weather was very poor, but everyone enjoyed the walk in the snow (yes, in May!) round Uyn Uydaw and back to the welcome coffee in the cafe at the top ofthe Uanberis pass.
On Thursday the party set off in two minibuses for the Gwynant Valley; the weather was kind during the walk up to Gladstone Rock and tents were pitched in dry conditions. Some of the group then practised their rock-climbing on a nearby outcrop while the rest of the party explored the immediate area. Supper proved to be an interesting experiment for some who had little previous practice in cooking meals. During the evening an old slate-mining area provided interesting exploration, and a roaring camp-fire finished off the evening. During Friday morning the party walked up towards Snowdon and soon reached the snow-level, which made walking more challenging and interest
ing. After a three-hour walk the party returned to camp, packed up and walked back down to the road to be collected by minibus.
The remaining hours of Friday were spent in cleaning up equipment, stowing gear, etc.; there was also a discussion on the value of the various activities and a slide-show. The return journey on Saturday provided an opportunity to doze and, as we neared London, to cheer (or jeer) at the various Cup Final spectators that we passed.
P. Bennett, 4K
A further group of a dozen geography and geology students went to Snowdonia with
Mr. J. Weeks, Mr. M. Styles, who holds a Mountain Leadership Certificate, and
Mr. A. Parrett.
The party experienced good weather and got to the top of Snowdon on their first day. They then spent four more days of field-work between Harlech and Anglesey.
|Cruel staring eyes,
Streamlined body designed to kill.
A swift silent death.
Hide no knife can pierce,
As rough as sandpaper.
The tell-tale dorsal fin that swimmers dread. Always alert for the smell of blood,
Predator hastens to its victim's doom.
Strong jaws quick to accomplish the gory deed. Ruthless annihilator.
M. Gill, 3 Priory
TO ME ALONE
|So-called friends! You see them
Every day and though you have learned
To speak in a similar way,
Your words are dust in the sun's gaol.
And though with happy tears they churn Their childish memories that soon trail Under the pregnant heat of desire.
Are you there? No, no.
Stretch, stretch, stretch, starved of love!
Yes, you, who are known to all
By name alone, and liked by none.
You that hide your grief to most,
Hint it to but a loved, unloving few,
And in the whirling warmth of your bed Discharge it to no ears but your own.
When will you write your story?
Will it be in the crowded room
Of boys who with their mirth compete to be first? Or in the souls of men whose faded verse
Is pinned with care to the table to die again, Amidst "clouds of glory" and pain?
Or perhaps in the controlled caress
Of a brush, or in the strict lips
Of some mindless child, or . . . ?
No, no more does your mind reel
Nor do your petty limbs feel
Any hunger whatsoever.
Yet you want. . .
N. W. Clarry, 1.6
|On a hill that rose in Dover
In a place that they called Kent
Stood a school they called the Grammar, Stood a school they called the snob-house, Stood a school where boys were tortured. In this school was housed a rabble, Housed a rabble called 3 Priory.
On the eastern hill of Dover
Stood a lighthouse called the Pharos, Called the Pharos by the Romans, Builded by the Ancient Romans
To light their galleys home to haven. Later on in after ages
Came the black-robed master Whitehouse; He it was who took the Pharos
As the symbol of the building,
As the symbol of the learning,
As the symbol of the future
For the snob-house on the hilltop
As a symbol to the pupils,
To the pupils in the rabble,
In the rabble 'called 3 Priory.
On the western hill of Dover
Stood the brother of the Pharos;
Now it is a heap of rubble,
Bredenstone the name they call it.
There they chose the noble. Warden, Warrior to guard the havens
Of the Cinque Ports of the Channel.
M. Slater, 3 Priory
In Arizona's Sonoran desert, one of the "richest" in the world, July is the
hottest month, temperatures reaching the fantastic height of 120 degrees F. Yet
on the same night it could be down to a mere 60 degrees. The advantage of the
desert is that the humidity remains low; it is dry (to say the least). Thus,
with a cool, dry breeze, one fails to realise fully what heat one is putting up
with; nevertheless, it is best to frequent the shade.
Lack of rain goes virtually unnoticed; at the moment most people are content to drain the huge (but not inexhaustible) reservoirs which have, through
millions of years, accumulated under the desert.
However, rain is not completely unknown; it is certainly rare before the end of June-and then this wet phenomenon is well worth avoiding. Rain is not just something to damp the ground; it is a drenching, flooding hazard, heralded nearly always by the most violent electrical storms one could imagine. To contend with this, roads are even built like drains, channelling off all chance of flood-which means that a short drive could unexpectedly turn into waterskiing.
In the winter, snow collects on the mountains, and
tourists collect in the gift-shops, picking up any bit of junk they can lay their lands on. Yes, Arizona's winter eighties consti_te the tourist season, which (thankfully) we missed by four months. We had planned to stay in Tucson about six weeks including the whole of
May, but got somewhat longer, thanks to Los Angeles Airport.
One of the most interesting features of a trip to another country is to "analyse" the people, and Americans are not particularly easy to analyse. The main point to make clear is that people from Virginia or Florida are about the same as the British to the Arizonans-DIFFERENT! So theoretically America is one country, but in practice it obviously is not.
Tucson is situated in the south of Arizona, the northerly region ofthe Sonoran desert which stretches down into Mexico. Despite little rain and terrific heat during the day, this desert is very rich in vegetation, notably cacti. Of all the world's cacti the Sonoran must hold the largest and most interesting; it is the saguaro and it even has its own national monument near Tucson. This cactus grows abundantly over the desert, towering fifty feet above the parched land, like an exceptionally prickly telegraph pole. When it rains, a ten-ton specimen will collect about two tons extra weight of water, which is stored in the huge "branches". A lSO-year-old might have as many as ten branches, all pointing upward, giving a candlestick effect.
Then come the smaller cacti such as the Arizona pincushion, hedgehog cactus, teddy-bear cholla,
pencil cholla, staghorn cholla, prickly pear and barrel cactus. The latter has two-inch fish-hook barbs in each clump of prickles. Other plants are shin dagger (rather a discouring name to hikers), Spanish bayonet or yucca (again with a vicious ring to it), ocotillo, palo verde, creasote bush and mesquite. The last three are bushes which can attain a height of ten to twelve feet near a "wash", the course of the July rains across the desert.
There is also a wide variety of animal life: mule deer, mountain lions, "jack rabbits", squirrels, chipmunks (in the mountains), skunks, javelinas (a sort of wild pig), coyotes (friendly, fox -like wild dogs), prairie dogs, lizards, rattlesnakes and tarantula spiders. The small but deadly black widow spider now exists. in numbers only too large. Unfortunately, however, the world's only two poisonous lizards, the Gila Monster (pronounced Heela) and the Mexican beaded lizard, both of which inhabit only the Sonoran, are fast dying out.
One may think that thetre is little to see in such an area as Arizona, but that would be completely incorrect. The mile-deep Grand Canyon, one of the seven wonders of the world, takes the Colorado across the northern part of the state. There are many other spectacular canyons with sheer walls in which the Indians of prehistoric times found almost inaccessible caves in which to build. Indian ruins are the only really' old buildings in Arizona and many, although dating back many hundreds of years, are still intact. Also in northern Arizona are such awe-inspiring places as Monument Valley, Meteor Crater and the very beautiful Painted Desert, where the original plateau has been worn right down in places to expose the various layers of rock in red, pink, brown, grey, white, orange and yellow shades. Thus there is much spectacular scenery.
All such places of interest are either national parks or monuments. These seem to be the pride of America and indeed 'they deserve all admiration. Each will have either a Visitors' Centre or a Museum which not only explains the whole "set-up" of the place but also illustrates the points of interest. Many even have special film-shows as well as scale models, maps, explanatory wall-charts, trails, hikes and well organised guided tours. The whole thing will be designed almost perfectly not only to attract but to educate the tourist.
Tucson is a very pleasant and interesting city overall; the roads are in a grid-pattern, which is very useful if you get confused over your whereabouts. The houses are, for the most part, one-storey and built crudely but solidly; they are very well designed inside, however, which is probably a reflection of the American way of life-if something is not perfected you can guarantee that they will look into it. Many new ideas begin in America.
In fact most of the houses actually in Tucson are apartments like the one we stayed in; the actual residents tend to live in somewhat larger dwellings on the fast-expanding outskirts. If you have a plot of land you can build what you like on it without any permission of any sort-which is rather unfortunate for the environment. Most people have swimming-pools; swimming is Arizona's most popular sport, NOT baseball!
For the last week of our stay we went on a strictly American tour of the northern half of Arizona; an 800-mile drive and a speedy look at just about everything there is to see. Such distances sound far smaller to an American than to us because the people there are used to travelling long distances between points of interest. Roads are either very good or more closely related to dirt-tracks, for, as yet, there has been comparatively little road development in Arizona.
In our lightning tour we encountered Apache country and the White Mountains, the Petrified Forest, a number of very spectaclar canyons including the Grand Canyon (at the bottom of which we just managed to catch a glimpse of the Colorado), many
Indian ruins, Sunset Crater (an extinct volcano), and
the Navajo Indian Reservation, at least the area of Britain and - the largest in America. There are 100,000 Navajo Indians who mostly live in poor conditions, are treated badly and drop fantastic amounts of litter-all very noticeable. Just south of
Tucson we visited two Indian Missio_s where the Spanish priests taught the natives to be slaves in preAmerican days. Such churches have a sad at
mosphere, probably due to comparisor! between the
proud tribes of old and the neglected "Jrop-outs" of
I found the American people quite Jifferent from the type of character I had imagined, b_t then such a
large group can never have just one _haracter! To
describe them all under one headi_g would be completely impossible.
S. ale, 3 Astor
|Grass in teeth, with sun on my face
Beside a lamenting ash amid Buttercups.
Ahead, shivering hedgerows point out The route of returning fields.
Fields, their yellow and green
Appear as an enlarged reflection
From dappled clouds,
Whose cow-colour pronounces the blue Between.
Birds skip amongst them, to land
On galleon-trees with oars of
A drift of hay-hank scent surrounds me While distant crows remind me
Of the time.
B. Ratcliffe, L6R
THE BARRACKS BLACKBOARD
|The soldier's question was how the turret swung.
He patiently explained it to him, to the point of the
Raising the unasked question, and leaving it unan
The wantonmerries on the back row sobered, Then grimaced at the misfortunes ofthe hideous foe, As the sobering niggle was transplanted to yet another
almost impenetrable refuge.
The universal army's question of humanity
Of the sights ona rifle barrel being merely a cross on a
Had been asked and pushed aside by everyone of
Knowing that the dissolution of his place in the line
would follow further free thought,
And another reflection would arrive to wait for the
whites of their eyes And play the "how well can you hide it, soldier" game.
N. Harvey, L6
THE FALL OF TROY
All of us were getting tense now. Outside we could hear old King Priam and the
Trojans feasting and drinking, awaiting nightfall, although it had been night
for us for hours. Sweat was thick on my skin; it was hot inside the horse,
stifling, the only fresh air coming from the horse's nostrils.
Soon I heard King Priam call for the feasting to cease, so that a sacrifice could be made to Poseidon. We knew this moment would have to come.
Would we be thrown over the cliff as the Trojans'
sacrifice? I wondered.
We heard nothing for a while, and then a cry of exultation. We let out the breath we had held for so long. We were not the sacrifice.
Then the feasting continued, with the minstrels singing and everyone enjoying themselves, except us. Some of us were becoming restless now, and fidgeting. I peered at Ulysses; with expressionless face, he was just staring into the gloom. King Menelaus looked anxious, worried-but he always did.
Slowly the noise ceased and after a while we realised that the Trojans were sleeping. We waited for about an hour, to make sure the Trojans were in deep sleep, and then came the moment to move. It was King Menelaus who opened the door, silently. Now his face shone with hatred. He had a good reason; Helen had been his wife before Paris stole her away, and Paris had killed Achilles, Greece's greatest warrior.
We climbed down from the horse. My legs were
stiff, as I had sat for many a long hour. Slowly we made our way across the large courtyard, towards the oak and iron gate. We heard a muttering voice on our left. There stood a lone Trojan, Eagerly Menelaus dealt with him. Soon we reached the gates and opened them. They creaked; we looked round. Luck was with us; no one had heard.
Outside, the Greek forces had assembled, after coming back round the point. King Agamemnon led them in, and then the killing started. The Trojans were taken by surprise and many were killed in their beds.
After every last Trojan, including Priam and Paris, had been slain, we razed Troy to the ground, and its power was no more.
P. Moore, 3 Priory
THE DAY THE TIDE WENT OUT
The world had been speculating about the American nuclear bomb test for many
weeks, some agreeing, but the majority of the population had a strong fear that
this test could bring the end of existence on the planet Earth.
Writing in the weekly British newspaper The London Herald. I expressed my view that this forthcoming event would neither be a great disaster nor dramatically change the world's status. But when, as a journalist, I attended the launching at the Nevada Nuclear Site, I could foresee a great catastrope from the start. All had begun well with the rocket hurtling skyward; soon it was a minute speck in the sky; then-things went wrong. On the controllers' master switchboard, two malfunction lights indicated that the directional control of the bomb was badly amiss.
Instead of detonating in the outer reaches of our atmosphere, the rocket was descending toward the Pacific Ocean at unchecked speed.
Suddenly a shattering explosion rent my ears; the thunderclap of noise continued for many minutes. The Chief Controller and his anxious-looking scientists begged us not to transmit our knowledge to the outside world; then, two hours later, he announced his findings, the results of which left us gasping with dismay. One German journalist burst into tears, sank to the ground and grovelled in complete despair.
"Gentleman, it is my unpleasant duty to relay to you what we have discovered, but please do not contact anybody outside these walls about this. The
rocket has entered the Pacific Ocean fifty-four miles off our coast; it detonated on the sea-bed and dug a
cavernous hole that has sunk into the far reaches of the earth. All the water the earth contains is now being drained into the hole and is being evaporated by the intense heat down there. Within hours the earth will be completely parched and drained of water. This means the end of human life on Earth. Our top scientists have examined this problem and cfln see
only one solution-to anticipate this death sentence. In ninety minutes thousands of long-range bombers will take off from their various bases situated round the world; they will disperse a newly-developed nerve gas which will put all men to sleep, everywhere. They will never wake up . . . "
In the 90 minutes that remained of my life I sat rigid, my mind a blank, hardly believing what I had heard. Then high above, a droning sound could be heard: slowly it faded into the distance. My vision began to jump and blur, my head was growing heavier, I found myself swaying to and fro, the sounds became a hazy jumble. Vaguely I thought of the simple cavemen of long ago, who could never have
done this thing, destroyed their own world. I . . .
I. McKenzie, 1 Astor
When the air is filled with waste,
and the ends of plants we haste,
then the sea, that dumping ground,
a choking death for itself will have found.
When the land has bid us Goodbye, perhaps some will ask the question why, and when at last, man has died,
let it only be known as genocide.
The room was marked for life with reminders of the children's boisterous
activities. Chunks of plaster lay on the floor, having been removed long ago by
an indoor cricket match. Tattered posters of Dougal and Florence were liberally
deposited on the floor, walls and ceiling, whilst Elvis stood helplessly pinned
to a door.
Once-white paintwork had, over the years, become scuffed and tarnished to such a degree that it hardly differed in colour from the stained floor-boards. James Bond, Biggles, William, Katie and Heidi all had prominent positions on a huge, wall-mounted bookcase. Dilapidated "Concordes" and dust-covered "Apollo 16s" hung precariously from the ceiling on frayed cotton, giving the impression of a bombed-out airfield.
Standing across one corner was the pride of all the children. Too old to take out, but a marvellous statussymbol, was their very own 1890 penny-farthing. The wheels were so corroded that they would not even have turned, and the pedals were missing.
The one item that compared with this bicycle was an antique Regency couch in which were stuffed secret documents or the like. The upholstery was motheaten, and what should have been velvet looked more like Nottingham lace.
The whole room at its tidiest still resermbled an Inner London breaker's yard. Pieces of outgrown clothing had been carefreely dispersed in all directions to assemble pirate's or Indian's kits. The parts of the floor that were visible were covered in ink-blots, spilt orange-juice or cake-crumbs. The chaotic atmosphere of a children's playroom is an experience-the ex
perience of a life-time; indeed one would not wish to face it more than once in a lifetime.
S. Marples, 2 Frith
Along Shakespeare beach just off-shore, Is the outlet from the town's sewer.
If to swim you decide,
at the turn of the tide,
you'll find yourselfrather impure.
THE GOOD SAMARITAN
Old Josh Williams staggered out of the "Red Lion" just before closing-time. Due
to the fact that it was his sixty-ninth birthday, he had really celebrated, and
was now what his friend Mac would describe as "stewed to the eyeballs".
Wobbling and swerving down Gasworks Lane, losh suddenly stumbled and fell into the gutter. He cursed and attempted to rise, but found the task too difficult.
Looking up he saw himself surrounded by five'longhaired denim-clad teenagers, and then oblivion shrouded his vision as the youths battered him nearly to death.
Not five minutes ofter the youths had left the battered and bleeding body a Mercedes 220 Executive passed by, carrying the Mayor from his inagural banquet. The chauffeur slowed down to see who it was, but on recognising him to be only old losh, he drove on.
Soon afterwards a bus-load of football supporters drove along Gasworks Lane. Someone spotted the body, and when they saw it was old losh they threw empty bottles and cans at him and jeered at him, as they drove on.
Half an hour later, a young student, returning to his room at the local college, saw losh. Stopping his motorbike he ran across to the old man, and after making him more comfortable he ran further down the road to a telephone kiosk, where he 'phoned for an ambulance.
The following afternoon when losh finally regained consciousness, he found himself in hospital, and could hardly bring himself to believe that it was a longhaired denim-clad teenager who had saved him.
Bruce Barrett, 3 Priory
The visual material in this issue was contributed by the following
G. Bullock, S. Cork, N. Clarry, A. Dalley,
K. Day, M. Elvy, P. Freathy, N. Hall, P. Lightman, K. Minnoek, C. Nash,
N. Webb, J. Webster.
SPORT AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, 1973-74
(Editor's Note: Space only allows us a summary of results and achievements. We apologise to any team or individuals who find that this record is incomplete.)
Results of School Matches:
Playelll Won Drawn Lost
Under 12 4 3 1
Under 13 6 2 1 3
Under14 8 6 2
Under 15 6 3 2 1
Under 16 1 1
2nd XI 13 5 2 6
1st XI 24 12 2 10
- - -
Totals 62 31 7 24
(It should be explained that 14 of the 1st Xl's matches were played in the East Kent Wednesday League. against adult sides; of these matches, 7 were won and 1 drawn; goals for: 52, .against: 37.)
P. Norris was chosen for the Kent "A" team, p, Fox for Kent "B", L. Bastable for Kent "C". N. Robbins, G. House and P. Norris played for Kent Schools in the Inter-county competition at Easter.
Colours were re-awarded to Pete Norris and Mike Robbins and newly awarded to Graham House. Representative ties to: Colin Croft, Clive Towe, lan Blaskett, Dave Clay, Paul Fox, Russell Friend, and Anthony Donovan.
Results of School Matches:
Played Won Drawn Lost
Under 12 2 1 1
Under 13 9 3 6
Under14 11 9 2
Under 15 4 2 2
"B" XV 3 1 2
1st XV 15 3 12
Colours re-awarded to Tim Hunnisett. newly awarded to Jeff
Niblett and Nick Taylor. Ties to: K. Alvey, K, King, 1. Wann, K. Thomasson, M. Jones, S. O'Regan, C. King, N. Hopkinson. D. Clay.
Results of School Matches:
Played Won Lost
Under 14 13 11 2
Under 15 15 9 6
Under16 12 11 1
Pharosians n 22 5 17
(Our senior team, "Pharosians n", played in the East Kent League, mainly against older and more experienced players. The improvement in their play over the season was reflected in the fact that they won four of their last five games. They were greatly indebted to their coach, Mr, Pat Grove, for the generous amount of time and trouble he devoted to them.)
Colours were awarded to: Dave Burton, Kevin Minnock, Andy Sladden, and Adrian Greenwood. Ties to: Andy Smith, Steve Spittles, Gary Reed, Stewart Reilly.
The senior team beat Archers Court. w_s narrowly beaten by Harvey on two
occasions and was placed first in the South-East Kent trials, in which the
junior "B" team was second in its event. Three juniors, three intermediates and
six seniors were chosen to
represent S,E. Kent in the Kent Championships. In a match against
Harvey and Astor, our First and Third Year teams were first and our Second Year team third.
Colours to: Lawrence Smye-Rumsby, Julian Marshall and Chris
Gill. Ties to: Paul Heaffy, Graham IIIsley and Robert Clay.
P. Conatty and J. Dale took part in the Kent Schools Champion
The Gym Club had an enthusiastic following, especially in the
Spring Term, when a display was put on for the Spring Fair.
In the House Competition, Paul Connatty won the Pascall Cup for best individual performance for the second year running.
In the South-East Kent Championship, the junior team was
placed second, and P. Bailey and N. Rosbottom reached the semi
finals of the individual competition. In the Kent Boys' Individual
Foil Championships, A. Dalley, N. Rosbottom and P. Bailey
reached the semi-finals. In the Frank Page Trophy competition,
Alan Dalley came fifth and David Bailey reached the semi-finals.
The school team had a resounding victory against Sevenoaks
Bronze Proficiency Awards to: B. 1. Gillham, J. Carey, N. A.
Cooper, A. Hodges. P. Wicks.
In the South Foreland Tournament, Alan Keohane beat John Jackson in the Under
-15 Final, and Alistair Milroy was runner-up in the under-13 group.
Results of School Matches:
Played Won Drawn Lost
Senior Boys 7 2 1 4
Junior Boys 8 6 2
Senior Mixed 5 1 4
Junior Mixed 3 2 1
Representative ties: re-awarded to Drew Smith, newly awarded to Phil Hughes.
Outdoor Activities and Duke of Edinburgh's Award
At Easter a 5th and 6th year group staying at a climbers' cottage in North Wales
tackled several high ridges, including the wellknown Snowdon Horseshoe. A few
weeks later, a 4th year party in the same area were hampered by a surprising
amount of snow, unusual for May.
In the summer term, nine groups visited various farm camp-sites in S.E. Kent in connection with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
The A ward Scheme was started in the school in autumn 1972. To date, one silver and elevent bronze awards have been gained, and twenty 4th Formers who started in September 1973 have almost completed their course for the bronze award. Activities for the award include those done in school (e.g. Pottery, Chess) and outside (e.g. Sailing), and also those done in outside clubs and societies. Each boy also attended a course of Public Service (e.g. the Fire Service, the Police, the Coastguard Service, the St. John's Ambulance Brigade).
Results of School Matches:
1st VI: Played 4, Won I, Lost 3.
2nd VI: Played 2, Won 2.
The Lower School Tournament was won by Rodney Haddrell.
In the annual seven-sided competition at the Duke of York's School, the school
team was placed third, and in the South-East Kent Championships second of eight
teams. In two-sided matches, we lost to Dover College and Simon Langton but won
three of our four matches against Astor.
Colours were re-awarded to A. Mummery and newly awarded to N. Taylor, A. H. Smith and L. Smye-Rumsby. Ties to: G. Wills, D. Burton, T. Pearce, J. MarshalI, T. Hunnisett, S. D. Hunnisett.
D. Welham and S. Talbot were selected to represent S.E. Kent in the Kent Championships. S. Talbot won the 400 metres and went on to represent Kent at the All-England Championships at Shrewsbury, where he finished 4th.
At our Junior Sports Day, postponed because ofrain, six records were broken, including three by S. Talbot, in the lOO, 400 and 800 metres; the others by N. _yrett in the Long Jump, S. Masters in the High Jump and M. Janaway in the Shot.
Like other summer sports, swimming was affected by the cold weather; numbers voluntarily using the pool were well down on last year. We produced a junior team to swim against Dover College, but unfortunately for us their team included several Hong Kong champions; however, Boyd Davies did win the backstroke. In the House swimming sports, the winning House was decided by the final relay race.
Results of School Matches
Played Won Drawn Lost
Under 12 5 4 1
Under 13 7 7
Under 14 7 1 6
Under 15 7 1 6
2nd XI 3 3
1st XI 11 1 5 5
Colours to: R. Herrett(Captain), M. Robbins, D. Aslett and P.
Fox. Ties to: D. Clay, L. Towe, N. Hopkinson, A. Smith and J. Anderson.
HOUSE CHAMPIONSHIP, 1973-74
Points awarde:! were as folIows:
Astor Frith Puk Priory
Basketball (SO) 16 13 8 13
Football 0 SO) 32 48 25 45
Rugby 0 SO) 40 SO 30 30
Cross-country 000) 21 32 19 28
Badminton (SO) 16 14 16 4
Gymnastics 000) 24 28 26 22
Tennis (50) 15 10 10 15
Swimming 000) 24 29 20 27
Cricket 050) 25 48 48 29
Athletics 050) 41 36 40 33
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Totals 254 308 242 . 246
As can be seen from the above figures, the House Championship Shield was convincingly won by Frith House, with the other Houses very close to one another. (Last year, Priory House won by a narrow margin.)
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