In a magazine that portrays the broad and varied activities originating within the School or involving both boys and staff, as well as parents and friends, there is no need for a lengthy editorial. This edition of "Pharos" reflects those facets of the School's life that participants or observers were prepared to put into words - or pictures. With a deadline to meet the Editor has, at some time, to cease his clamouring for contributions, even when certain omissions are obvious. In my efforts to get' copy' from as many, and as varied, sources as possible, I have been greatly helped by some enthusiastic and willing sub-editors, especially Messrs. Weymouth, Home and Cooke of last year's fifth form. For layout and art work I am indebted, in Mr. Carter's absence, to Mr. Bewick and members of 6F, who hopefully have gained a little experience and pleasure before embarking on professions in art and design.
As new Editor I am grateful for all contributions and help in a time-consuming, yet challenging task. I hope you feel our efforts have been worthwhile.
The most encouraging support given to the School's Development Fund shows that many Old Boys and parents are willing to do all they can to ensure that standards are maintained. It is clear that the present financial restriction will make us work hard at all expenditure. But this is not to be feared. The active involvement of all parents is much to be desired in ways that go far beyond financial aid. Boys spend only a minority of their time in School and therefore, if education is to mean more than just the passing of exams, School and home must work together. This year, the Parents and Friends Association A.G.M. will be an occasion when detail of the curriculum, games and societies, careers advice and disciplinary procedures will be displayed. I should like to make attendance compulsory but at least I hope to fill the Hall.
On a similar issue, I wish that each Old Boy could be known as an Old Pharosian irrespective of the payment of his subscription. Naturally, I would hope that all Old Boys would recognise the sterling work carried out by the officers and committee of the Society and clearly the Newsletter, which is always most interesting, would have to be specifically paid for, but I believe that all boys should remain part of that community which they joined at eleven. Doubtless Old Pharosians and Old Boys will make their views clear to me.
K. H. RUFF ELL
Ken Ruffell has retired after 42 years of service - a
lifetime devoted to the good name of this School. His excellent scholarship and driving energy brought the Geography Department to the highest academic level and he carried his share of the administrative burden of the School with calm and efficiency as Deputy Head. Staff and boys, however, will remember him as a person, as a man who gave advice clearly and fearlessly since all he said reflected his own convictions. In and out of School he was admired as a man of intellect, warmth and generosity. He cared for his pupils as he cared for the members of his department and, in these recent years, the whole staff. He stood his ground but a private chat with masters and boys was always a first priority. He has retired to a well-earned change of life and I am certain Mrs. Ruffell will welcome more of his time, but it is only a change of direction. Already, he has offered to edit the Old Pharosians' Newsletter and old and present pupils will not ask for advice in vain whether at cricket, Geography or just life.
We thank them both and wish them the greatest of good fortune.
W. H. JACQUES
Bill Jacques joined the School in 1946. He was probably the most distinguished Applied Mathematician that the School has enjoyed. Much more than this, however, he was a man of unshakeable integrity whose example turned boys into men. He was meticulous, admirably prepared and firm. He knew what he was talking about and was, accordingly, listened to and respected. He gave bright boys a challenge but he worked with the weak. He shared their difficulties with real interest and no condescension.
With Mrs. Jacques, he remained a constant supporter of all the life of the School. They attended all the social functions but beyond this, he would always invigilate a sick boy or help in such practical ways.
He led a dedicated life. Our sympathy goes out to his wife, family and friends in their loss but he remains an inspriration to us all.
R. C. COLMAN
The choir and orchestra have performed Handel's "Messiah" in Dover Town Hall and Kingsdown Church; given a recital at Deal's Astor Theatre; and sung in Tower Hamlets' Methodist Mission Centenary service.
The Royal Marines Band gave a concert in the Hall. Some seventy boys visited the Severn Valley Railway with Messrs. French, Haines and Nunn. Drama Club performed at services in Canterbury
Cathedral. Hordes of people, including boys, parents, friends
and staff presented "Oliver!"to packed houses. ES trips were arranged to Canterbury, Deal,
Sandwich and Boulogne. French and German exchanges took place - in
both directions. A fourth form descended into the bowels of the
earth at Betteshanger Colliery. Geographers and geologists were joined by members of the Girls' School for a field trip at Selworthy, Somerset. The Music Department, in its various guises, organised visits to Boosey and Hawkes, the Royal Opera and arranged lunch-time recitals. Boys went ski-ing in Austria; Youth Hostelling in Derbyshire; visiting art galleries in London; night exercising with the CCF; boating on the Kent cruise; camping with the CCF in France and Germany; and climbing in Snowdonia.
The Ball was held in May; Guests attended the School in November; Charlton Parish Church, again, welcomed the School for our annual Carol Service.
RN Cadets sailed and RAF Cadets flew: one by jet
to Cyprus. Table tennis players received a long-awaited table
and grew to become Dover's largest table tennis club. The TS Department saw work begin on the longsought mezzanine floor; everyone noticed the bright, clean, refurbished Tower; excesses of snow and shortages of fuel forced DGSB to close its doors early, to the great delight of hundreds.
We lost a Fraulein Sommerauer but gained a Mrs. Hill.
We said" goodbye" to Messrs. Ruffell, Styles, Partridge, Smith and Nunn; au revoir to Mrs. Wake and M. Marc Larguier; auf wiedersehen to Mrs. Hill.
We welcome Messrs. Bewick, Coltman, Dyche, Gabriel, Lodder and Skelton and Mrs. Shackell. We extend equally warm greetings to Herr Reinhard Auer and M. Jean-Marc Poux.
A unique Christmas buffet luncheon was provided by Prefects and Middle Sixth Formers in their festively decked common room.
This year has seen a slightly smaller group of lads starting at bronze level, but this has had two distinct advantages. Firstly, the loss of Martyn Styles at Christmas left a considerable gap in the number of people helping with the scheme. Martyn provided considerable help and expertise with the expedition section and we shall miss him. We offer him our best wishes in his new post. Secondly, a smaller group has enabled the lads to work much more as a unit, and this has proved generally more enjoyable. All twelve bronze award lads undertook police service, but as always, the interests taken up in the interest section were very varied. A successful expedition in the Lyrriinge Forest has almost concluded the work for the bronze award and so, hopefully, all twelve will be receiving awards at the presentation ceremony to be held in November.
Work towards silver award has been much slower with the pressure of O-Ievels. Special mention must, however, be made of Tony Hoy, who not only gained his adult First Aid Certificate from the Red Cross in April, but also gained a distinction in both the oral and practical parts of the exam. The practice camp at Kearsney for the bronze award participants was considerably enlivened by some ingenious initiative exercises organised by a small group of silver award lads. It always pleases me when those who have already gained awards are prepared to give something back in return. Work on the silver award starts in earnest in September with our expedition to the New Forest at half term. Wet weather and forest navigation should provide quite a challenge.
Once again a weekend camp for all award participants in the division was held at Nonington College in July, and once again the event proved to be a great success. The fine weather helped considerably, but it was the spirit of the ninety youngsters taking part that made the weekend into what it was. It is this spirit which the Award Scheme seems to bring out that makes me and many others who operate the scheme feel that all the work is worthwhile.
Award winners this year were:
R. N. SECTION
This has been a year of great activity when members of the Section have taken passage in H.M.S. Intrepid, H.M.S. Avenger and H.M.S. Jersey, the fast two being two of the newest and most modern ships in the Royal Navy. In addition cadets have been away on courses at Plymouth, Portsmouth and the RN Air station at Yeovilton.
The most disappointing event was the intersection competitive weekend at RM Deal when, due to lack of support, the section came last. However, the section may do better when we compete for the "Lucas Tooth Trophy" again in October.
The great success of the year has been that more proficiency certificates have been gained this y_ar than for many years, and for the first time senior cadets have attended the RN Leadership course at H.M.S. Royal Arthur at Corsham. The reports on this course are that it is better than any they had previously attended. Despite having been allocated a second boat last year, the section has done less sailing and boating than usual. This can be attributed partly to the weather and partly to a series of mishaps to the boats - one dinghy suffering severe damage after being used by a visiting foreign yacht.
The SE Area C. C. F. Regatta was held in Dover Harbour for the first time when teams from six schools competed. Despite a glorious, sunny day, the winds were very strong and it was only possible to sail two races, Tonbridge School proving to be best adapted to rough conditions.
At the time of writing, 12 cadets are looking forward to a week at sea in a 75ft. Fleet tender, the Cawsand.
Finally a word of appreciation for the work that Sub-Lieutenant R. A. Cox has done during his time with the section. He will be missed as a result of his departure for Germany. This leaves the RN Section with no officer in charge.
This year has seen a revitalisation of the RAF Section under the new leadership and control of relatively young cadets in key positions. The section has been active not only in the School, but also on many excursions throughout the UK and Europe.
The new intake of 17 cadets at the beginning of the year was lower than in previous years, but their enthusiasm has been reflected throughout the section with only a few cadets leaving during the year.
The first excursion was the now annual trip to the RAF Museum at Hendon and the new Battle of Britain Museum. A number of the younger cadets went to France with Cmr. Kaufmann on a camping expedition before the weather turned. After Christmas a two-day visit to RAF WYTON and USAF ALCONBURY, to see Canberras and Phantoms respectively, turned into a three-day survival exercise in the snow, but everyone enjoyed it. At Easter two camps were arranged. The first, which six cadets attended, was to RAF LAARB RUC H in W Germany. This was partially a sight-seeing camp with visits to the splendid Philips Science Museum in Eindhoven, the War Museum at Arnhem and many other places of interest. The second was the annual camp at RAF L YNEHAM. The section put up an excellent performance and won the camp trophy. They went flying in a Hercules C-130 transport aircraft and did some shooting with .303 and SLR weapons. The smallness of the team put out by the section for the weekend competition at RM Deal cost us dearly as many events were won by us, but the larger army team eventually came away with the trophy.
As usual we have had a number of visits to RAF MANSTON for flying. Although bad weather cut the flights down most RAF cadets have flown at least once this year. W/O Marsh was awarded an overseas flight to Cyprus in June in a VC-10 from No. 10 Squadron at RAF BRIZE NORTON.
The section would like to thank Major Hoeren and F/L Scriven for their hard work, encouragement and guidance throughout the year.
W 10 Marsh
MY FIRST YEAR IN THE CCF RAF SECTION
In the first term many of the twenty or so new third year cadets passed their proficiency exams enabling the section to concentrate on more enjoyable activities and also giving the officers a wider choice of promotion prospects. During bad weather cadets went to the RAF Museum at Hendon providing a useful chance to see its large collection of aeroplanes. Twenty-four cadets intended on going to RAF WYTON for two days but due to snow had to stay there for three. Nobody complained! The highlight of this trip was a slap-up meal, American-style, at USAF ALCONBURY, where we went to see Phantom F-4 jet fighters.
The annual camp at RAF L YNEHAM was also a great success where the DGSB Section won almost everything in sight. The cadets had the chance of flying in a Hercules, shooting and taking part in other interesting activities.
On top of these two camps the section has had an overnight camp, a weekend at RM Deal and several cadets have camped in France and Germany. We are looking forward to new recruits, new ideas and another year.
Cdt Richards 3 Frith
The past year has seen a dramatic change in the section, from being the smallest in size and reputation to one of the biggest and certainly the best. In one year all of our recruits have passed the APC exams and most have attended two annual camps and two weekend ones.
In October 1978 the section spent a weekend on St. Martin's Plain and parents were invited to see the standard of their son's training. It was a very successful venture which we hope to repeat in future years. A few weeks later Sgt. Kissock, Sgt. Condon and L/Cpl. Buchanan attended an NCO's course, again at St. Martin's Plain, where, by now, we were familiarfaces.
In March our claim to be the best section was proved when 41 Commando, RM Deal played host to the contingent for a competitive weekend for all three sections. The Army section was the only one to field a complete team; indeed it was so complete that three Army cadets had to join the RN and RAF sections for the weekend. Despite this we won the" Lucas Tooth Shield", which was presented by the Commanding Officer 41 Commando.
Our Annual Inspection by Brigadier M. Atherton took place on July 9th and the section provided displays which, we hope, impressed him. On July 21st we concluded the year by travelling to Proteus training camp in Nottingham for our annual camp. It was a completely enjoyable week with the programme including three combat exercises, watermanship at Welbeck College, shooting with SLR and .303 weapons and a day's rock climbing and abseiling. This proved a fitting end to a successful year for the section.
Owing to the many school activities, the Stamp Club has not been very active during the past year, however, much credit is due to Brian Saunders. The annual visit to Stampex in London was as enjoyable and profitable (and expensive!) as usual.
A stamp identification competition was held and the school collection continues to grow slowly.
After the election of new officers meetings began with varied guest speakers being given the chance to air their views and opinions on many subjects. Topics ranged from the influence of art on the community to the Australian Educational System. Two first-year university students provided a memorable evening, recounting their experiences at Cambridge and Leeds, two vastly differing institutions. Who could forget the exploits of the members of C.U.B.E.S. (Cambridge University Breaking and Entering Society)? Even our mathematical speaker, Mr. S. Lyle, confessed that it was members of his department who were found lurking on rooftops!
The prQgramme of events was interrupted in the winter months by periods of bad weather, but as soon as Spring appeared our meetings were resumed.
It only remains for us to thank Mr. Benson for allowing us the use of his home with its warm and friendly atmosphere, and to Mrs. Benson for her everpresent refreshments.
S. A. Beck (President) P. A. Beecham (Secretary)
THE CHRISTIAN UNION
At the start of last Autumn term two or three lads were in a box room praying that people would be turned to God. God did not fail. The box room was soon outgrown and a larger venue was sought. Meetings moved to the top of the Tower. We eventually moved into a temporary home in the middle school hut.
The CU has enjoyed a full programme. We had a prayer meeting Monday dinner times attended by Astor school as well; on Tuesdays a combined meeting was held at Astor School; on Thursdays, after school, the Boys and Girls Grammar Schools combined with Astor with an alternating venue; finally on Fridays there was another dinner-time prayer meeting.
We enjoyed hearing visiting speakers and one dinner time had a gospel concert by Steve Flashman, the attendance at which was phenomenal. We visited Wembley Stadium to hear American ex-gang leader Nicky Cruz, who had turned to Christ.
A residential weekend one half term at Capel, "A time for adjustment", resulted in changed lives of all who went which were dynamic, helping us to appreciate one another more fully to God's glory.
The oversight of Mr. Payne and Mr. Haines has been much appreciated in directing our zeal and we would especially like to thank Mr. Bird for helping us to find somewhere to meet. We hope, with much prayer, and with people whose lives are submitted to Christ, that the CU will continue to grow in the spirit in which it has become established: the Holy Spirit.
SEVERN VALLEY STEAM RAILWAY TRIP
At 6.30 a.m., on a rather cool May morning, some sixty five boys and three masters descended upon Dover Priory Station to begin their seven-hour journey to the heart of the Worcestershire countryside. Our aim: to visit one of the few remaining standard guage steam railways still in operation in this country.
Lunchtime saw our arrival at Worcester station and our transfer to scheduled coaches for a somewhat lengthy journey to Bridgnorth, at the far end of the Severn Valley line. Here there was plenty of time to shop in the village and look around the railway yard home of "Gordon the Big Engine", famed for his role in the Rev. W. Audrey's much-loved books about steam engines.
At 15.30 we boarded the train, pulled by a black steam locomotive No. 6445, and wound our way through the glorious verdure of the Severn Valley. On arrival at Bewdley we returned, by coach, to Worcester and after several minor BR delays finally set off for home at 19.15. A points failure at Kemble added to our lateness and left a fraught courier telephoning Faversham to keep the Dover train waiting for us! We arrived back at Dover Priory Station towards 1.30 on Sunday morning.
Despite our minor misfortunes, the day was felt by us all to have been a great success and the party looks forward to many similar events in the future. Our thanks are due to Messrs. Alan French, Brian Haines and Michael Nunn for organising such an enjoyable and memorable outing.
S.P.M. and P.A.B.
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BOULOGNE TRIP - JULY 1979
Two separate trips, one by hovercraft and the other by steamer, were arranged for the first years to enable them to visit the ancient city and port of Boulogne-surMer. The following extracts from some written work following the event capture some of the more important moments of their visit. . .
"On the boat, Hengist, we had a great time eating and feeling sick. . . On reaching Boulogne we were shown around the harbour, which stank. I nearly vomitted. We put forward our watches and were greeted by an army of dead fish. . . We then walked to a patch of grass and had lunch. . . We were allowed to look around the old town which was infested by grotty old pedlars and tinkers selling expensive trash. . .Sore feet ensued as we rushed around the town. While in the town a loo was visited, really just a hole in the ground . . . We visited a large supermarket. After dragging a few people from the drinks section. . . all the teachers and parents had at least a glass of wine in an Irishlyowned bar. My Dad and Mr. French finished off the bottle. .. By six most people were down by the beautiful beach soaking in the sun. . . We all went chasing after Mr. Goldthorpe and stuffed sand and soggy chips down his trousers. Returning to the Chantilly we docked late and set forth on the intrepid journey through customs where only one member of the party fared badly! Everyone enjoyed the trip and was thoroughly enjoyable!"
With apologies to Stephen Cass, Peter Cornelius, Robin File, Stephen Gabriel, Andrew Griffiths, Michael Halliwell, Mark Herbert, Fergus Maguire, Steven Moss, Nicholas Oliver, Bradley Shrubsole, Neil Sparkes and David Wailer. 1 Priory.
SKI TRIP TO VILLACH - FEBRUARY 1979
A party of 25 boys left Dover, with four members of staff, on February 23rd bound for Villach via Luton and Trieste Airpots.
Villach is a spa town of c70,OOO in the Carinthia district of Austria, some 12 miles from the Italian border. Our hotel was a modern complex, totally selfcontained, providing all the necessary entertainment, ranging from a traditional Carinthian evening to discos, and a very revealing pyjama party!
At 8 a.m. each morning a ten-minute bus ride brought us to the ski-ing area: the Villacher Alp (7110 ft.). The slopes were superb and well maintained. The uT-bar" ski-lifts posed some problems, but these were soon conquered. The main run was 4 Y2 miles long, containing many seemingly sheer slopes. This run not only produced plenty of adrenelin but also a curious burning sensation in the legs on reaching the bottom.
Shrove Tuesday, a public holiday, provided some local colour. Locals, and some of us, donned fancy dress for a day's ski-ing! It was an amazing sight with clowns, smurfs and red indians speeding down a mountain amongst the magnificent Carinthian scenery.
As usual, the final day arrived too soon, and after
taking British ski tests, we took part in slalom races, organized by our instructors from the Austrian ski school. Credit must go to Andrew Brown and Richard Pepper for winning their respective sections, against competition from many other schools.
Unfortunately, our return trip took place overnight, so it was a bleary-eyed party that arrived at Pencester Road at 7 a.m. on Saturday. Our thanks must go to Mrs. Hill and Messrs. Elliot, Hutchinson and Henneker, for organising a memorable holiday.
DOVER BOYS' AND GIRLS' GRAMMAR SCHOOLS' GEOGRAPHY AND GEOLOGY TRIP 1979
This year's area of study was contained within the counties of Devon and Somerset. The entire party stayed at Holnicote House - a Holiday Fellowship Hostel - near Selworthy, Somerset. The girls stayed in the main house while the boys were settled in three separate buildings well away from the house.
Each day coaches, supplied by a local firm, would pick us up and rush us from place to place. However, on the first two days two long walks were kindly arranged by Mr. Ruffell. The second, while studying the valley of the East Lyn River, took place in blazing sunlight. We had a quick tour of the Valley of the Rocks on the journey back - drive in, round a roundabout and straight out again! At this point rain had caused the windows to mist over and so little of the valley or the Lynmouth Delta could be seen.
On the third day, Sunday, no work was to be done. A visit to the impressive Cheddar Gorge was made less enjoyable by rain; however, Wookey Hole more than compensated for this. Day four was plagued by accident rather than weather: one boy fell off Hay Tor while others later splashed among the huge boulders of Becky Falls.
The final day dawned overcast and by noon a large group had become soaked to the skin while following Steve Bailey's" short cut" in pouring rain. That evening Dave Pudney presented Mr. Ruffell with a gift as a token of our appreciation for his effort in organising the trip. This last night ended late, punctuated with sudden splashes from the direction of the swimming pool amid a chorus of yells and protests.
A varied selection of music, both choral and instrumental was performed at Mr. Ruffell's farewell concert on the penultimate evening of summer term. The Choir sang well after the hard work involved in the recital at Walmer and rehearsals for the" Songs of
Praise" recording of the previous week. Although the first orchestra did not contribute the second orchestra performed, in addition to the jazz group, wind band, BaroqueEnsemble,SeniorBrassGroupand
Renaissance Suite. Clarinet and recorder trios performed as well as solo items played on such diverse instruments as the violin, , cello, piano and guitar. Two anthems were sung by the Choir before the evening was concluded by a short musical extract from "O/iver!" and a presentation was made to Mr. Ruffell.
One highlight of the School's year was the production of "O/iver!" that seemed to fill the hall with cheering people, clearly appreciating the months of hard work that had culminated in four nights of performances. The local press reviewed the show most favourably. Now, almost a year later, the rest of the School can discover how much work went into the production. This article has been specially written to spot-light the behind-the-scenes work that led up to the performance and that which kept the production going during the performances themselves. Read on. Perhaps this side of school theatre is more your style than "treading the boards".
Soon after school started in September there were several planning sessions. The original idea involved a rickety revolving stage, but this was later abandoned on practical grounds: it made too much noise as it trundled round the stage.
The real hard graft began after Guest Evening with much of the work being carried out during Wednesday afternoon activities by six muscle-bound lads. We were beginning to realise that what seemed to work in theory did not necessarily work in practice, so the scenery was, at this time, continually changing - to the dismay of the Producer.
By early January the set was taking a slightly more permanent shape and the eight-foot high balcony had been constructed, only to be reduced to a more workable four feet a week later: should one of the work, ouse boys decide to take a leap. . .
As the proposed date for completion loomed nearer things grew progressively more hectic, even to the point of the cast singing over the sounds of saws and hammers being hastily used in the background. This state of affairs persisted almost until the first performance, which was four weeks later than planned, thank goodness.
The set remained in one piece, almost, during the performances, but several parts worked loose as bodies flew around the stage, especially during the capture of Oliver, resulting in several hasty "badge-ups". But, in the end, the eight months hard work and frustration were worth it, especially when we were rewarded with some brilliant acting.
The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain was formed in 1956 by a group of enthusiastic boys and their school teacher who wanted to carry on their dramatic interests during the long summer holidays. The teacher in question, Michael Croft, is now Director of the NYT. Since that first year growing numbers of young people, aged 14 to 21, have been welcomed into the NYT. Auditions for membership are highly contested. From the start it is obvious that the NYT is not only concerned with one's dramatic ability, but also one's personality and ability to remain good-humoured under periods of strain and stress. Six pupils from the School were lucky enough to be accepted this year, and those that took up this opportunity, Simon Marples, David Hogg, Paul Becque and myself, enjoyed the experience immensely.
Normally this experience would have taken the form of working in a major production in the Jeannetta Cochrane Theatre, the Shaw Theatre or the Round House. However, due to an extensive alteration scheme in the Shaw, major productions were limited to two only, and instead drama courses were provided for new members.
My own experience was of taking part in a Senior Drama Course, three weeks in duration and culminating in one production, the expected standard of which was very high!
Week One of the course was mainly concerned with getting to know people, and we indulged in many pastimes and games to achieve this. We soon got to know the other thirty or more members on the course. Soon attention was given to the more strenuous areas of vocal range and articulation exercises, and most strenuous of all, the physical exercises. Each day started at 10.30 a.m. with 1 % hours of solid exercises, ranging from press-ups through ballet to miming and improvisation.
In the early part of the second week we got into the text of our play, set in Dublin in 1916 during the Easter Uprising: a moving and, with the Mountbatten and Warren Point tragedies, a very topical subject. Eventually, after a lot of trial and tribulation, a cast list was finalised and rehearsals began. They did so with comparative ease and progress as no major hitches or disagreements arose from the assortment of varied members. It was this company spirit, which our Director took care to nurture, that made our production a success.
Time flew by and the performance was soon upon us; it was soon behind us as well. It was a great success. The only signs of three weeks hard work were a few bags under the eyes: hardly surprising when we worked till 9 p. m. every night.
A sign of the intensity of our activities could be seen by anyone attending the group's final fling in the " Adelaide". Many tears were shed on parting and although some may have been stimulated by alcohol, all were sincere.
I learnt much about drama during those three weeks; I also learnt much about living. Friendships are won and lost, but I am positive that friendships made on the course will remain with me as long as any dramatic qualities I may have gained. This area must not be passed over lightly for the NYT stress, themselves, that the social sides of the organisation are equally as important as the theatrical aspirations which it encourages.
A gap in the smoke revealed a large, grey tiger tank roaring forwards. White tracer carved a path through the grey wall and pattered around the edge of the entrenchment. Sergeants Williams and Brown dug their nails into the wet, clay earth. The clanking grew louder and louder. Smoke burnt at their throat and eyes. Heat waves enoulfed them. There was a flash.
"Oh fiddly-diddly-sticks," cried Merlyn. "Blast
him by the Ephiodicles." "Funny lookin' seagulls," said Wart. "Look like
humans in silly clothes to me." "By Gad, sir," cried Sir Watchum. "Them's
Watchum charged forward, sword in hand.
" Look out, Bert!"
Williams deftly side-stepped the lunge and brought
the butt of his rifle crashing down on the back of Watchum's neck.
"Oh good show!" cried the crowd. "Fine stroke,
sir. " "Merlyn, I didn't know Saracens spoke English,"
said Wart. "They're not Saracens. They're soldiers of the
future," said Merlyn thoughtfully. The crowd gasped, took two steps backwards, and
then surged forward to get a better look. "Eh, welcome to . . . to. Now, gents," said Sir
EctoL "Have a pleasant journey?"
"Yes. Thanks," said Bert.
"Do stay for tea," cried Kate.
"For longer," cried Wart.
"S' pose we ain't goin' nowheres," replied Bob.
"I'm Sergeant Bob Brown and this' ere's Sergeant Bert Williams."
"Well, well. I'm Sir EctoL This is Kate, Merlyn,
Arthur, and that was Sir Watchum." The two soldiers were led into a vast hall, decorated only with a row of various shields, many of them broken in some way. "They belonged to those defeated in combat by
our ancestors," explained Wart. They sat down at a long, wooden table. It was covered with food from all over the world. Pork, beef, hamburgers, rice, potatoes, bread, peas, baked beans, carrots, apple sauce, Worcester sauce and tomato ketchup.
"Bert, I thought Raleigh discovered spuds in the fifteen hundreds."
"He did," said Merlyn. "What year is this then?" "1123%. I think."
Bert and Bob shifted uncomfortably in their seats. All was soon forgotten as they enjoyed "tea". Afterwards, they said their goodbyes and stood on the lawn with Merlyn.
"Are you ready?" asked Merlyn.
"Yes," they replied.
"Hickstead, Wimbledon, Wembley," cried Merlyn.
There was a bang and it started to rain. "Christmas, Easter, Half-term," screamed Merlyn. Two trees caught light.
"Bristol, Manchester, Londinium," roared Merlyn in a frenzy, "and a pinch of salt." The sky flashed, Bob and Bert were thrown back
wards. They lay in a muddy field, bodies strewn everywhere. In front of them was the burnt-out wreck of a tiger tank. A. Breur 3 Priory
Snow falls, glistening white.
It covers everything with a lonely blanket, a blanket so thick yet untouchable.
It brings dangers, troubles:
yet most like it.
People think snow's soft.
It is, in a way.
But not all ways are the same.
It has plagued man through the ages, from the captors of Rome
to the modern London Transport.
There are always strikes and protests which affect the world today;
but snow grinds everything to a halt.
It stops trains, buses, even people.
It's more effective than any union. Finally the sun comes
and gradually melts the snow,
once soft, untouchable:
now hard and watery.
A nation's dream fades.
But oh! For a winter's day
we must all but wait.
Philip Payne 1 Frith
WAITING FOR PEACE
Oh! Let the gunners light their fuses
For the battle must commence,
Though I care not who wins or loses. Who will the mourning recompense? Which General will replace the dead? No! New recruits won't do.
Who'll see the family clothed and fed - With tarnished medals too? They're gone for ever. Died in vain. To them, what use is fame or glory? Wasted lives - it's all insane.
Can't Man write a peaceful story? Please end Man's violent maternity. Let the new-born child stay here
To remain in our hearts for eternity. . . . Peace
is the only idea. John Allingham 5H
Sitting still, in long, dry grass.
Unmoving, watching, waiting for a chance of an easy meal.
Silent, muscles tensed, ready to pounce on his unsuspecting prey. His legs are strong, built for running. His slender body, poised for attack. His head upwards, and
tail stretched out behind him.
He is ready, something moves,
he sees it. An easy meal.
Slowly he rises, no sound is made. He runs, accelerates, faster and faster, pounces, kills, comes to rest.
The hunt is over.
Greg Somerville 3 Park
1st XV RUGBY REPORT
This season we lost considerably more matches than we won. An obvious conclusion to draw from this would be that we were a weak side, able only to beat weaker sides. Inconsistency in our play throughout the season resulted in our beating so-called 'good' teams, and losing to less proficient ones.
Numerous rugby enthusiasts from the fifth and sixth years meant there was tough competition for 'places in the 1 st XV, and although the team suffered many injuries and exams disturbed us, on nearly all occasions a potentially good side was fielded. When we lost it was invariably due to bad tackling and poor ballhandling. Martin Michael, as captain, worked well, encouraging us to fight back, setting an example by his imaginative and proficient moves.
There is insufficient space to mention all who played well during the season, but thanks must be given to Malcolm Grant, whose frustrated efforts were not always outwardly appreciated. Mention should also be made of the success of Tim Toole in playing for the County Under 16 XV in four games: the first time we have produced a County player for some years.
Colours were re-awarded to M. Michael and D. Smithard, and newly awarded to M. Clarke, A. Hodges, R. Fletcher and J. Cameron. Representative ties were awarded to A. Carver, S. Woods, M. Goddard, T. Toole, K. Bean, M. Janaway, N. Carver and P. Plews.
1st XI CRICKET REPORT
The team enjoyed moderate success in a season in which it was often a struggle to raise eleven players. A fairly effective bowling side was spearheaded by Chris Penn, whose unflagging service frequently made up for inconsistencies in other bowlers. The side missed another really consistent pace bowler.
In the earlier part of the season Penn was the deciding factor in a brittle batting side which was often lacking in concentration. Our best performance was against Selsted where the School made 163 for 8, Penn 78, and bowled Selsted out for 69, Robertson 6 for 26. Some excellent catching also played an important part.
Next season we look for a more consistent performance from all of the players so improving this season's record of winning two and drawing one of the nine matches played.
Colours were awarded to Chris Penn and Richard Hopkinson, with representative ties being awarded to Malcolm Goddard, Martin Michael and Mark Janaway.
1st XI FOOTBALL REPORT
The season started well with a 3-2 win over the Old Boys' XI, but continued with a series of defeats by local schools. This was mainly due to our inability to maintain a regular, consistent team for both Wednesday League and Saturday games. The team, however, had a few notable victories over St. Edmunds, Dane Court and Geoffrey Chaucer Schools, and a 6-1 win against Wye College. Of the 13 games played, five were won and eight lost.
In the Wednesday League our successes did not follow, but with the added strength of Messrs. Bailey, Hill and Raine we managed to beat Immigration' A' by four goals to two. In the League we won one and lost three of the four games played.
Special mention must be made of Richard Dowle, Andy Stokes and Andy Young who were selected to play for the Kent Schools U19 teams: the first time that three boys from the School have been called to represent the County.
Eee - aye - addio, we won the cup!
In fact the School's A team won all three B Division
titles in the Dover League, and the G team almost carried off the Ron Edwards Handicap Trophy too, losing 5-3 in the final against a team of A Division players who represent Dover and have strings of past titles to their credit. The other five teams all played well: even the C team, who were promoted to the B Division against their wishes, managed to push two teams below them in the points table.
Kalvin Clapson has improved beyond all measure and seems to have won, or nearly won, almost every trophy in the area; but perhaps it is more significant for the future that a number of fourth years have distinguishedthemselvesincompetitions,and
disconcerted experienced players who expected an easy time against them: Nigel Solomon, Andy Stuart, Kevin Arman, Simon Greenwood and Simon Pearson all promise great things next season. The present second years are talented too, and it is partly with this in mind that the Club has applied for ten teams next season, which will make us easily the largest club in Dover.
Finally, we would like to congratulate Alan Beer on his election to the Committee of the Dover T. T. A., thank Jack Kremer for playing so well in the B team, upon his return to competitive table-tennis, applaud the regular support of Mr. and Mrs. Solomon at matches, and thank Mr. and Mrs. Pearson for the extremely generous gift of shields to be awarded to the Senior and Junior Champions.
Div. BPWDLPts for Pts agst.
Colours - K. Clapson (B Division Singles Champion)
Representative Ties - S. Pearson, A. Beer, S. Phillips and A. Kremer.
1979-80 Secretary - S. Phillips
1979 Senior Champion - S Phillips
Runner-up - P. Skelton
1979 Junior Champion - I. Hart Runner-up - N. Waters
The popularity of the Chess Club in the past year was shown both by the membership total of almost 150 and by the numerous occasions on which over 30 boys were packed into Room 10 at lunchtime. Indeed the waves of prospective chess players at times threatened to overwhelm an already overloaded ship. However the haven of 1.45 pm was always reached in safety!
The School teams did quite well achieving the success that might have been theirs. The best result occured in The Sunday Times competition where the team narrowly lost in the zone semi-finals. Overall 15 of the 23 games were won.
A notable feature of the year was the House Chess Competition which produced several hard-fought matches. Priory emerged as victors after fighting off a strong challenge trom Frith.
The playing of bridge has become an increasingly popular pastime within the School with three lunchtime sessions being held each week. The number of contracts bid, played and either won or lost over the past year must be phenomenal. Although there is great interest in the game, what is most encouraging is the developing skill that most players, often many of the younger ones, are displaying. With Mr. Kemp's easy-toread guides many lads are learning the finer points of bidding, and practice of playing the hand increases confidence.
A notable feature of the year was a sponsored bridge session that raised a sizeable sum towards the Fifth Form Recreation Hut Appeal.
Under 12 XV
Despite a slight hiccup in the last two matches the team had a successful season. This was a very enthusiastic and dogged team with a great deal of character. However, they need to develop a greater awareness of the use of the pass. The backs were always willing to run as far as they could - on one occasion, Mitchinson, too far/ The progress of the pack was illustrated by their late-season dominance of a heavy Astor pack, which had earlier thrashed them. All in all it was a highly enjoyable season, in which 6 games were won and 3 were lost with no draws.
Under 13 XV
In spite of bad weather the team was able to play all but two of its fixtures and won more games than were lost: five out of the nine played. Towards the end of the season a local 7-a-side competition was entered at Folkestone, which we lost against strong opposition. We were hampered by injuries but had a strong squad of promising and enthusiastic players. All can look forward to an improved performance next season.
Under 14 XV
The season was another outstanding
one for a team that played fast, open and attractive rugby. The side possessed many skillful performers, but they blended together extremely well and the teamwork and spirit of the players was always first class. Emphasis had always been placed on the basic skills of handling and running and to attack the opposition at every opportunity.
Whilst some of the teams encountered were not up to our standard we enjoyed the tougher games, notably against Kings School, Rochester Maths and Geoffrey Chaucer. The latter school was the only team to inflict defeat on the side and indeed it was the first match to be lost in two years. Our playing record stands at 7 wins and 1 defeat out of the 8 matches played, with 337 points scored and 34 against.
Under 15 XV
For a number of reasons the team never settled down or worked together. The side always revolved around a hard core of keen individuals. The pack and the threequarters line never worked together as units: possession, therefore, was very often lost against better organised opposition. Combined with poor tackling and covering and a lack of any practice commitment, most of the opposition was found to be too well organised for us to overcome.
After something of a shaky start the squad settled down and team practices were well attended. Individual skills improved a great deal over the season.. 9ur major weakness was not gaining possession of the ball but rather an inability to score points. A lot of practice is still needed. With more intense practice the future, we hope, is assured.
Despite the fact that we could rarely raise more than six players for any match, we enjoyed a relatively successful season. Out of eight matches played, four were won, and four were lost. Having a very small squad meant that we never had any scope to experiment, either in practices or in actual matches. However, we do have some skillful players and with three years of experience at the game we now play as a team and not as five individuals. We should have a good season this year if we can build up a larger and stronger squad.
Owing to the nearness of GCE examinations the senior team of fifth and sixth formers only took part in three competitions: soundly beating Dover College in an all-track fixture, and producing some fine individual performances in the SE Kent Championship. In the Seven-Schools' match the two age groups divided with the sixth formers coming fourth and the fifth formers being narrowly beaten into second place.
The junior teams had a fuller season, recording one first place, four second places, one third and one fifth place. The School was represented in the Kent Schools' Championship by Conway and Thomas of the third year, Allingham and Woods of the fifth, and Henderson, Roberts and Smith of the sixth form.
The School was represented at the Kent Schools' Championship at the Crystal Palace by Saynor of the fifth form and Roberts. They both produced personal best performances, the former in the 800 metres and the latter in the 1500 metres.
This year saw the re-introduction of standards evenings in which any boy could participate and earn points for his house. These were well supported by the lower and middle schools, but the seniors, once again hampered by examinations, did not turn out in such numbers. Senior Sports Day was re-established this year and it saw a convincing win for the reigning House Champions, Priory. The winner of the Junior Sports Day was Park.
Under 12 XI
Owing to the weather and certain other difficulties, only six matches were played this season and of these, four were won, one drawn and one lost.
The whole team played well, and their fielding was particularly good. Jamie Sadler and Simon McBride both scored 100 runs, and Paul Hignett took 14 wickets.
Under 13 XI
This season has been extremely promising for the players and has been Olle which has seen not only the development of an excellent team spirit but also the rapid progress of certain individuals. The strength of the side was always the very high standard of bowling and fielding, and whilst the batting often lacked consistency there were some good individual performances. The opening pair, leivers and Smale, were solid and dependable and many of the totals were built around them. Michael Couzens, who captained the side very well and always led by example, showed signs of developing into a useful all-rounder. Of the other players, Shaun Thompson and Richard Field deserve a special mention.
Undoubtedly there is the nucleus of a very talented team and if the side can learn to bat with more authority and confidence then they can look forward to a very promising future.
Under 14 XI
The season was fairly successful both in terms of results, winning six and losing three of the nine matches played, as well as in the development of some of the squad. The side was well led in the earlier part of the season by Pepper whose own batting was one of the season's highlights. later in the term McBride was called upon to take over the captaincy because of Pepper's frequent appearances for the Kent Under 14 side, for which he is to be congratulated. This weakened the batting while Britton's absence through illness weakened the bowling. There were, however, compensations in the performances of Duggan and Jones with the ball, and from Sanders and Wilson with the bat. Early in the season Sanders took over behind the stumps and did a tidy job.
Although there were occasions when fielding a full team was difficult, a good spirit was evident and an enthusiasm for the game, both of which were encouraging.
Under 15 XI
After a slow start to the season the second half of the term saw many interesting games played in which team spirit was always excellent.
Fielding was always of prime importance, especially in Iow scoring matches, and in this respect the side's performance was always good, and at times was first class.
For the first time in many years the School has been fortunate in having two genuine tennis players in Mick Donovan and Rodney Haddrell, and a number of useful fifth formers. However, the season, which promised much, petered out rather sadly.
An Under 16 team lost a home match against Brock Hill School in constantly pouring rain and occasional snow showers. In an away match against Simon langton the School was overwhelmingly beaten by a very strong side. In this match, as in the Ame's Cup, the Dover side proved more interested in hilarity on court than in winning.
The Ame's Cup, a mixed doubles competition for schools from Ashford, Canterbury, Folkestone and Dover, was the climax of the season. The three practices with the Girls' School were most successful in forming three good partnerhips and a friendly team spirit. After many years of mediocre tennis the Dover side had a team capable of winning the tropy, yet, on the day we fell away to lesser opposition and were eventually placed third for the fourth consecutive year. Credit should go to Mick Donovan and his partner for winning all of their matches.
FOOTBALL Under 12 XI After some very keen and competitive trials at the start of the season, a squad of eighteen boys was selected which formed the basis of the team. The side quickly knitted together and became a formidable unit playing some very attractive football. The emphasis was always on attack and the team had the players to make full use of all their skills. Perhaps the one weakness in the side was that on occasions players tried to do too much, but this will disappear once experience has been gained. Without a doubt there is a nucleus of a very fine side for years to come. Five boys, Sadler, Wailer, Hart, Stephens and Mitchinson, have all represented Dover, to their credit.
Of the eleven matches played only one was lost, with no draws. With 60 goals scored and only 16 scored against the team, the record is commendable.
Under 13 XI
In a very successful season 15 of the 17 games played were won, one drawn and one lost, with 108 goals scored and 31 against. Our sole defeat, by Harvey, was later avenged by a convincing 6-1 win in the Area Final of the Kent Cup, and this was repeated later by a 5-3 win!
Team spirit was good and many thanks must go to the large pool of reserves who regularly came to practices knowing they had little chance of a place in a very strong team. The all-round strength of the team was reflected in the fact that eight of the team were in the Dover Boys' Squad.
Under 14 XI
After a fine run throughout the Autumn Term the team suffered a reversal of results in their last few games. This should not detract from the team's overall performance, which at all times, was constructive, attacking football. There is no doubt of the ability or skill possessed by the players, but on some occasions the temperament and commitment had been lacking.
The side was well-led by Julian Wilson, a captain who always led by example and who had the backing from the players around him. The team could form the basis of a strong senior side within a few years if they continue to play with enthusiasm and determination. During the season Wilson, Podmore and Todd represented the Dover Boys' side and the former pair reached the final trial for the Kent U14 team.
The playing record was: won 10, lost 4 and drawn 2, with one hundred goals scored and 57 against.
Under 15 XI
After a poor start, losing 7-1 at Norton Knatchbull, four successive victories ensued. These included wins of 8-2 and 92 against St. Edmunds and Wyndgate respectively. Good team spirit was soon built up but towards the end of Autumn Term this fell apart when results started to go against us. As a result several matches were played with one or two players short. Inevitably heavy defeats were suffered. Those members of the team who played through these difficulties are to be congratulated. It is hoped that those who failed to turn out realised how much they let down their team mates as well as the School.
The playing record was: won 5, lost 6 and drawn 2, with 51 goals scored and 65 against.
Despite the loss of Mr. Styles, who aided the development of Outdoor Activities in the School, there has been a continuation in a wide range of activity.
The fourth years had an excellent week in Snowdonia with two members of staff, and had to contend with snow and ice nearly all week. Several D. of E. award participants have made expeditions to the Challock Forest, the Wye and Crundale Downs and the Lyminge Forest. Boys have also organised and carried out their own expeditions as far apart as Hadrian's Wall, Offa's Dyke and the Pennine Way.
After Martyn Styles had left there was some doubt as to the future of the club but Kevin Raine kindly gave up much of his free time and school sailing sessions persisted, though with. Iow attendances. However, more experienced members of the club have been most enthusiastic, entering as many competitive events as possible. Hopefully, this will encourage members lower in the School.
In a season of adverse circumstances members are to be congratulated for their good showing and good results. The School came second in the Southern Area heat of the National Schools Team Racing Championship, to gain a place in the finals. Our sailors have also performed well in club and open events locally. We swept the board in the Invicta Regatta: Tim Toole won the Juniors and gained first place overall, Adrian Smith won the Seniors and was second overall with Marc Pearce third. In the Downs Mirror Open Meeting Gary Barlow and Adrian Smith were second. Chris Nicholas and Robert Smith were the winners, by a narrow margin, in the Lock Trophy which was held in light conditions.
Andrew Thomas and Marc Pearce were selected for the Kent Team after trials held in disappointing conditions at the Blue Circle Sailing Club. Another notable success was in the KSSA Regatta at Bewl Bridge, where Mark Baker and John Blowers were first in the Enterprise class, with Adrian Smith and Fiona Taylor second.
Shortly, the National Schools Finals will be held at Northampton Reservoir where Dover Grammar will be represented.
The juniors competed with their usual enthusiasm in a series of fixtures against five other schools, despite the weather which cancelled senior events. The first year team finished second in all but one race, promising well for future seasons. The second years were consistently third, whilst the unpredictable third years finished in every position from first to fourth.
The junior' A' team finished third in the SE Kent Schools Championship with Mercer third, whilst the intermediate team won their section with Allingham and Solomon first and second respectively. In the Powell Trophy, Astor won the junior and intermediate age groups, Priory the senior, yet Astor were the overall winners.
John Allingham SENIOR CROSS-COUNTRY
The senior school cross-country team competed in four matches in spite of the build-up to external examinations. The first was the South-east Kent Championships where the school fielded the only senior team, therefore a good run by C. Roberts was rewarded only by the defeat of his three team mates/ J. Allingham ran well to win the intermediate title, and a good team performance saw Dover Grammar win convincingly. Unfortunately this was not maintained as the senior team lost in their next three races.
Roberts ran well again making 14th place at Harvey, and, other than Allingham (53rd), no team support was offered. The same was true at the Duke of Yorks where Roberts missed the course record by a few seconds in the middle of a storm, followed by Allingham in second place. A similar race emerged at Dover College where Roberts succeeded in breaking the course record and Allingham finished third.
C. Roberts, J. Allingham and M. Baker representedS. E.KentintheKent
Championships; Roberts went on to represent Kent in the Inter-Counties Championships where he finished 17th: a performance which earned him his Kent colours.
Colours were re-awarded to C. Roberts, and newly awarded to M. Baker and R. Hogben. Representative ties were awarded to J. Allingham, T. Hoy and J. Saynor.
TECHNICAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT
The year has been a very full one where the TS department, consisting of Messrs. Smith, Partridge, Goldthorpe and Large (not forgetting Mr. Styles who left at Christmas), have been involved in more activities than usual. Much of this was centred upon preparation for a major exhibition in connection with the School's 75th Anniversary Development Appeal. The exhibition was designed to show parents, governors, old boys and local industry the variety of work carried out within the department.
At the time of writing construction has begun on a mezzanine floor in the woodwork shop to house a drawing office of 100O sq. ft. The School's contribution to the cost is put at £10,000.
The exhibition showed work from the first to the sixth form and included many working models, metallurgical and engineering science apparatus, fifth and sixth form course work and projects from Project Technology.
Fifth formers showed a determination to complete their '0' Level coursework and worked many hours in the workshops after school, which became a hive of activity. This overtime included woodwork and technical drawing. Many of us look forward to further work in the sixth form.
Stephen Groom and Christopher Payne 5P
M. J. STYLES
Martyn Styles was in the third year when I joined the School in September 1959. Even at that time his ability in technical subjects and his competence in sailing were well-developed. Ernie Large and I had the pleasure of teaching him until he left from the Sixth Form in the summer of 1963. His contribution to the development of the school sailing club, to the encouragement and teaching of junior boys and to the maintenance and building of sailing dinghies cannot be overstated.
On leaving the school he spent three years at Shored itch College training to teach technical subjects and then taught for two years in Essex. A vacancy occurred in the TS Department and the Headmaster was pleased to appoint Martyn Styles to the post and added to that the responsibility of establishing a new department of education in tough outdoor pursuits.
In his years as a master in this school he displayed a real concern for the education of boys who were his successors. His TS lessons were well-planned and interesting and his leadership in expeditions unswerving. It was through his success in this latter field that the School lost his services to the wider needs of the County, when he was appointed teacher adviser on outdoor education for Kent.
On leaving he took with him the best wishes of the School and the hope that we shall see him, his wife and family at future School functions.
OLD PHAROSIANS ASSOCIATION
The Old Pharosians Association was founded 60 years ago: the present membership numbers some 400, comprising life and annual members. They meet annually to elect a President; past Presidents are listed on the Honours Board in the Hall.
A social, particularly for recent schoolleavers, has become a new venture and is an opportunity to meet your contemporaries. Another recent development is for Prefects to wear the Old Pharosian's tie.
Every member receives two newsletters per year. The present editor, Mr. E. H. Baker, a former school secretary, is about to retire and Mr. K. H. Ruffell is to take up the editorship.
Probably the most significant items provided by the Old Pharosians are the School organ and memorial window in what was the School library, now the Staff Room.
If you would like more information write to: Colin Henry (Hon. Sec.)