PHAROS Spring 1983
When accepting Mr French’ s plea for
help in the production of “Pharos”, I
did not appreciate fully my under-
taking. Editing the Magazine is not
easy. In fact finding people to con-
tribute can be a tedious and iinrewarding
activity, especially when people are
Although the task was a demanding one,
it was a challenge to be met, and I hope
something that will provide pleasant
reading for all has been produced. Many
thanks are due to the-first and second
years,. without whose enthusiasm this
Edition would-never have got off the
I hope that in the future people will
be more enthusiastic towards “Pharos’
and contribute articles. It should be a
forum for debate and discussion, not only
an account of the School’s activities.
If interest is shown, then the more
interesting the Magazine will become.
THE HEADMASTER’S NOTES
The great educational debate rages on. Many press
for a return to the 3Rs and the imposition of stern
discipline. For most, perhaps, this is self—evident
and all that needs to be said. Such people, however,
fail to appreciate the complexity of a child until
they consider their own.
From the earliest years, a child resists all that
is forced upon him and searches for routes of his
own. Well—trodden ways are dull but excitement and
challenge lie where no one has been. These precious
qualities of curiosity and courage inspire self—
discipline and respect for others. Imagination and
excitement bring confidence and unknown resources
This is the tradition of this School, from
Whitehouse to 14. E. Pearce. I believe that we can
be worthy of them.
R. C. Colman
On the afternoon of Thesday March 29th the
entire School witnessed the exciting spectacles
of the Prefects versus the Staff rugby match.’
Played at a tremendous pace, the presence of
some six hundred screaming fans made for a
superb atmosphere. The Staff, with a little
help from their friends, came out winners by
twenty points to nine. Scorers for the Staff
were Sean Chaffey, Keith Chambers, Bryan
Coltman and George Monk. Kevin Raine converted
two tries, having missed two from in front of
the posts. The Prefects’ points were scored by
Julian Wilson, with three sweetly struck penalty
Thanks to the fine weather and good support a
thoroughly enjoyable afternoon was had by all,
enjoyment which continued late into the night.
John Shepherd Upper Sixth
This has been a relatively quiet period for the
Army Section with only two camps. The first was
the Annual Camp at Proteus, near Nottingham, which
included three night exercises. The highlight of
the camp was a fifteen minute flight in an RAF
Chinook helicopter as part of the last exercise,
which also included handling and using plastic
Many thanks to Mr Bird who organised the other
camp at St Martin’s Plain which also involved a
night exercise, though the temperature was much
lower; as was the standard of Cpl Jim Flower’s
The Platoon also joined other cadets to go to
the ranges at Lydd. We out-shot the RAF and Navy
put together. Some of the younger cadets also
attended a battlecraft course held by IJLB .at
Shornecliffe and are, at present, attending combat
engineering and signals courses at REJLB at Old
Park Barracks. Yet the highlight of the year has
definitely been our victory in the contingent
competition weekend at RN Deal. We lost the
shooting, orienteering, PT and swimming, though
not through lack of effort, but won the general
knowledge quiz and the drill by such vast margins
that we took the overall title.
Before the senior NCOs Sgts Bill Thomas, Dave
Carter and Nick Smallwood, and myself leave our
aim is to hand over an efficient, strong and
enthusiastic platoon. We’ 11 be on the lookout
for new recruits, so if you are interested speak
to any army cadet.
WOl Chris Saunders
ROYAL NAVY SECTION
During the summer holiday 1982, the Section -
spent a week on HNFT Bembridge, a fleet tender
of the Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service. Fleet
tenders are used for moving men and stores between
ships and the shore in large harbours. We each
took turns in navigating, taking the helm and
watch keeping, whilst travelling from Portsmouth
to Torquay and back.
Some of the Section spent a few days on a camp at
St Margaret’s Bay during the summer, and although
they were all exhausted at the end, the cadets enjoyed
themselves orienteering, sailing, swimming and
canoeing, and so on.
In September we had a new intake of recruits who
have started off well, getting promoted after one
term, which is the quickest for three years. I hope
they continue to do well and receive all they
During this Spring Term we are starting to work
on getting our canoes and sailing craft and gear
ready for the summer when most Friday evenings will
be spent in the harbour sailing, pulling, canoeing
and, if the water is warm enough, swimming.
I would like to conclude by thanking Commander
Kaufmann, Sub-Lieutenant Jolliffe, Lieutenant
Cartwright and the senior cadets for their help
and support throughout the year.
Senior Cadet David Cornelius
R A F SECTION
Under the leadership of Flight Lieutenant I. N.
Philpott, 1982 has been a busy year for the RAF
Section. Interlaced with our normal training we
undertook several other activities. The first
event was the Inter—CCF competition, held each
year at RN Deal. Despite coming third the
Section put up a creditable challenge under
difficult condi tions.
The next two main events occured at Easter.
Firstly, a contingent went for Annual Camp at
RAF Wittering, the main UK Harrier base. Those
cadets who went had an opportunity to see the
various activities needed to keep an operational
base running and to examine the Harrier GR3s and
T4s. The School Section also won the inter-
section competition held at camp between the three
The second event was a camp at RAF Cutersloh in
Germany. Five cadets were able to visit this RAF
base, fifty miles east of the Rhine, closest to
the East-West border. Thus a “front line” air
base could be experienced at first hand. The trip
was both revealing and very worthwhile.
The winter term commenced with a field day trip
to RAF Northolt where a flight in an Andover
transport plane was possible, and a trip to the RAF
Museum at Hendon was arranged. In October the
Commanding Officer and two cadets took part in the
Windsor Great Park 25 Mile March, organised by
British Airways, and they completed the course.
The Section also had numerous opportunities to fly,
mainly at RAF Manston. It also participated in
a night exercise with the senior cadets of the Army
Section, which was both instructive and exciting.
To conclude, viewing the year in general, it could
be said that it has been a highly interesting and
fulfilling one, and I would like to extend my
thanks to the two RAF Section officers, Flight
Lieutenant Philpott and Major Hoeren, for
endeavouring to make 1982 as lively, informative
and enjoyable as possible.
Flight Sergeant Clive Richards
Christian Union SOCIETIES
It has been an exciting year of real growth, both
in numbers and, more importantly, in our attitudes
to God and each other. We strive to be “shining
lights” in a darkened, disillusioned world, meet-
ing wherever possible to learn from God’ s Word to
us all, to pray for the needs of the people around
us, and to really enjoy ourselves in worship -
usually in competition with a heavy rock band just
There are three main meetings which help to feed
a growing “stream” of Christian love which will
challenge the School. Christ has set us all the
perfect example to follow: for those who do this,
in His strength, “life in all its fullness” turns
from a Bible quotation into a living reality.
Richard Soppitt Lower Sixth P
Le Club Franqais
Le Jeudi, a une heure et quart, les membres du
Club FranSais se rencontrent dans la salle de
classe, numgro quinze. Ils jouent des jeux en
fran~ais, essayent des recettes fran~aises,
regardent des dias et parlent de la France.
Pourquoi ne pas venir y participer aussi? Vous
serez les bienvenus
French Club is held every Thursday lunchtime, in
Room 15, at 1.15 pm. We hold different activities,
all associated with France. We play’French games
to practise our French. We also sample French
recipes, have films, slides and quizes about
France and its people. Each member of the Club
is encouraged to take one meeting himself, or in
a group of two or three. New members are always
welcome, especially first years. Do not be
afraid if your French is not too goods
Many thanks are due to Mrs Roberts for putting
up with us and for arranging the activities.
Matthew Pilcher 2 Park
Metalwork and Woodwork Club
Metalwork and Woodwork Club is held on Monday,
Tuesday and Thursday evenings from the end of
school until five o’clock. It is an opportunity
‘to get on with, or finish, class work, or you
may start your own piece of work. You can use
any of the tools and all facilities at the two
The teachers who run the Club are Messrs Smith,
Gabriel, Goldthorpe and Fieldwick, and we thank
them for their help . The Club welcomes any
member of the School to come along and enjoy
Darren Appleton 2 Park
March 1982 saw the excellent production of “My
Fair Lady”, after two term’ s hard work. Three
schools joined forces for this, the Boys’ and Girls’
Schools and Astor. The Music Department and
Dramatic Society united, the latter forming the
backstage core. Because of the large number of
people involved, there was a lot of work. Thus
it culminated in a marvelous production, that
reflected very high standards all round.
During the summer holidays the National Youth
Theatre again featured strongly in the Society.
The Youth Theatre received three new members,
Ralph Buddle, John Meredith and Damion Napier.
All three completed summer courses, while Damion
took a part in the Youth Theatre’s production of
“Macbeth” and later secured a BBC Television pan
as Beaver in “The Baker Street Boys”. Meanwhile,
two members, David Willoughby and Christopher
Button, returned for their second seaso.ns to;
take part in London productions. So the Society
continued to perform a useful function during
the summer holidays.
September 1982 saw the beginning of rehearsals
for another Shakespeare play “Julius Caesar”,
following the success of our own “Macbeth” two
years ago. Because of the complexity of the
work, which took two terms to rehearse, the
play was performed in March. Thanks are due to
Mr Owen and Ms Mira, who helped in-production.
Our aims for the summer are directed to the
“Miscellany” and we aim to uphold our own very
Christopher Button5 0
- The weeks before the production of “Julius
Caesar” were very strenuous and had an effect on
everyone involved. Unfortunately we found ourselves..
getting rather behind schedule, and there was the
added worry that tickets were not selling well. Then
we realised what the situation was and everyone
seemed to work on the production with fresh
vigour. Each lunchtime stage-managers were busy
on stage, erecting the set, under the guidance of
Mr French, or painting it under the supervision of
Mr Bayley, or arranging props. Actors would also
be rehearsing with Mr Owen while Ms Mira was busy
trying to sell tickets.
The •run of the play, and the. two dress rehearsals
followed. There were problems, though none that
could not be rectified. The play improved contin-
uously and so, after the cast had settled down, the
play went exceedingly well. - The Friday performance,
in front of a full house, surpassed even the previous
evening’s opening night and, surprisingly, turned out
to be the best of all the three performances. On Satur-
day there may have been a problem as a result of over-
confidence. Part One of the play seemed to drag, lack-
ing sparkle. In the Second Part, however, we went at it
with energy and so finished on a high note. Two term’s
work had ended in a great ~uc~
DEBATING SOCIETY REPORT 1983
“A Debating Society? What a good idea. Darren,
will you arrange it?”
“Who, sir? Me, sir9 er, yes, sir.”
And so, in the beginning was the idea, and the
idea was with me. But where do I begin?
A Debating Society in conjunction with the
Girls’ School seemed a good way to strengthen
diplomatic ‘relations’ between the two schools -
well that was my excuse.
Contact was made through patrons interested in
furthering the cause of both schools. Fortunately
the response seemed extremely favourable. However
full co—operation was needed from both heads of
state : Mr C and Miss H. A tricky bout of neg-
otiations ensued, leading to an all-night con-
ference. After five hours of talks we emerged
triumphant — the future looked promising.
The day of the first debate was set for
January 27th, a Thursday.
And so the idea became reality...
It was decided that the first debate would be
on the highly provocative subject of unilateral
nuclear disarmament, with two girls speaking for
the motion and two boys against. Thisiwas to be
changed to mixed teams — a better state of affairs.
The day arrived and the hour knocked at the door -
very metaphorical — but the boys were outnumbered
by three to one. Unperturbed by this massive majority
the debate turned out to be a rather lively affair
after the girls overcame their shyness.
The debate was deemed to have been successful
and a committee was formed consisting of Carl
Jepson, Clive Thomas, three girls and myself,
to decide on motions for forthcoming debates to
be held every other week. Topics would include
the death penalty, Creation, the Falklands and
As its popularity and acclaim grew, so numbers
swelled and the arguments became more forthcoming.
So the idea lived for a while among us...
We are extremely grateful to Mr Philpott and
Mr Dyche for keeping an eye on us throughout
Darren Wilmshurst Middle Sixth
Ac ro s s
1 Kentish Cinque Port
9 Sea bird with big appetite
10 Are you of age?
11 Faster than walked
12 It appears to be in good taste
1 Up the Mississippi without a paddle
2 Guide the ship
4 Foot soldiers
5 Corps Diplomatique
Compiled by Stuart Disbrey 2 Park
1) Succeed in doing; 7) Automobile Association;
8) Artificially produced radioactive metallic
element; 11) King’s Counsel; 12) In the same
degree or similarly; 13) Member of Parliament;
15) Beat wings; 18) Post—script; 19) Uneven;
20) The same as physical education; 21) Sniall
venomous snake; 22) Light up; 25) Carry beyond
1) Mode of transport; 2) Male bird; 3) Human
being; 4) Greek for leg; 5) Plant with sword
shaped leaves; 6) Half sphere; 9) Highest
common factor; 1O)Valve to stop or vary the
flow of a liquid; 14) Potential difference;
16) Long player; 17) Expressing position;
18) Starting price in reverse; 23) Piece of
meadow, arable or pasture land; 24) Amateur
He stands there,
Thinking of how it used to be,
When the birds could be seen
And the grass was green.
Now there is nothing.
Not a bird,
Not a blade of grass,
Black, dismal buildings.
Outlines in the dark sky.
The figures around him are cruel.
They are unknowing,
Mean, thoughtless people.
They do not know,
They cannot tell
How it used to be.
Steven Price 1 Frith
Whisper it lightly
As I enter, my body is subjected
to a cacophony of noise.
One is greeted the same way as the
flag seller is by an Aberdonian - grudgingly.
What is this mass of youth before me,
whose faces contort in various stages of bewilderment?
The air is not filled with anxiety or expectancy,
merely the usual adolescent dialogue
about their own unique sub-culture.
The realism of the situation soon descends
upon this cosmopolitan gathering.
They sense that something is amiss —
the mood becomes sober,
the atmosphere like a morgue.
That oppressive and loathsome activity
is received; unquestioning1” ~
vociferously by others.
At speed it is soaring,
The engines roaring,
Too fast to follow with the eye
As it tears across the sky.
Altimeter, speedometer up to precision,
Radar preventing a collision.
Streamlined for the utmost speed,
In-flight computer, so there’ s no need
For the pilot to take all the strain,
But he must fly it all the same.
Instruments? A vast array,
Blinking, flashing and winking away.
A crackling microphone in the cockpit,
An ejector seat on which the pilot sits.
Sleek undercarriage, bright landing lights.
Soon the runway comes into sight.
Falling, slowing, then touching down,
The jet lands firmly on the ground.
A final roar and then it halts,
An aircraft without any fault.
Stuart Disbrey 2 Park
My Squashed Hamster
I used to have a hamster
So I decided to call her, Fred.
I used to cuddle her every morning
And at night I would put her to bed.
I fed her lots of sunflower seeds
And gave her lots of water.
I saved up all my pocket money,
And that is how I bought her.
One day, as I was taking Fred out for a walk,
She started to run away.
I was that upset about her,
I didn’ t know what to say.
She ran onto the road
And started to chase a cat.
Then a steam-roller came along,
And all I heard was “Splat”
I used to love my little hamster
And I thought I wouldn’t get another,
But today I looked into her cage
And found she was a mother.
I’ve got another hamster
Mark Button 1 Frith
The tiger’s breath hangs in the cold, Siberian air like a wisp of smoke.
His shaggy coat keeps him warm, while the men in the clearing are shivering.
He moves down the hill to the clump of trees around the men’s camp.
A musky smell and a nearby rustle
Alert the two men,
Who reach for their rifles,
But too late.
With a mighty roar,
Bounds from the trees and fells one man with a swat of his big paw.
His teeth sink into the neck of the other man and the man’ s windpipe is broken.
The tiger is joined by his mate and two cubs.
Their stomachs full,
Blood dripping in the snow.
Two skeletons are left.
Russell Bourner 1 Frith
At night lots of things can happen,
noisy things and sudden movements.
Shadows jump and dance about.
The town lights flicker on and off.
A cat scampers across the light on the pavement and into the darkness.
A tramp lies down to rest under a railway bridge
after having too much to drink.
An owl hoots as it s on its evening prowl.
A screech from the telly as the police chase the robbers.
At night lots of things go on.
Fodos Joannides 1 Frith
TRIPS and OUTINGS
GEOGRAPHY FIELD TRIP - 1982
The 1982 Field Trip was to the Isle of Purbeck
in Dorset, with boys from the L.ower Sixth and
three Masters, Messrs Ellis, Baileyand Smith.
We stayed at a guest house in Swanage from which
we made excursions to various places of geo-
graphical interest in the area. The Isle of
Purbeck is an interesting area from the geo-
grapher’s point of view because of its varied
geology, which leads to variations in certain
aspects of the physical and human geography. If
you pass from north to south across the Isle of
Purbeck you will go through four different geo-
logical outcrops in a matter of four miles.
During the week we made extensive studies of
the coastal features and in doing this visited
Lulworth Cove. We also studied settlement in
the region and in particular carried out urban
studies of Wareham and Swanage. Journeys were
made in the trusty school minibus, Mr Smith’s
Saudi registered Volvo and Mr. Ellis’ speedy
Allegro. By the week’s end both Mr Smith and
his car were looking slightly worse for wear.
The Saudi registered Volvo was driven onto
Chesil Beach, thinking it was sand that he had
been used to in Saudi and not shingle. It
promptly got stuck and it took all of us to
push him, and it, off. Despite this, everyone
had a good time.
Tim Lineham Middle Sixth B
DOVER HARBOUR TRIP
It was a snowy December day and all first
years set out for Dover Harbour where we were
split into two groups. One went to the Eastern
Docks while the other went to the Western. We
were shown the Control terminal, and were taken
on a coach tour of the dock complex.
At the. Western Docks, amid a snow storm, we
visited warehouses and were told of all the cargoes
coming in and out of the Docks. We saw a ship come
into the Wellington Dock and another unloading in
the Granville Dock. In one warehouse we saw grape-
fruits ready for the Christmas rush. Eventually
we got back onto a warm coach and came back to
school after an enjoyable morning.
Andrew Broad 1 Frith
Dover Castle’s main defence has been the Moat as
attackers would have to get siege machines down the
steep slopes. -Constable’s Gate, through which the
first year E.S. boys entered, is made up of six
towers and forms a very strong gatehouse. There have
been many changes since it was built including the
building of windows, a balcony and lights.
An ancient hill fort existed on top of the hi].l -
long before the castle was built, where the Pharos
stands. The Saxon church there has been restored.
Inside the Keep the well is 400 feet deep and
a lighted rag was dropped down it. When under siege
water could-be obtained from it. Outside, the Norfolk
Towers replace the old North Gate which was under-mined
in the siege of 1216. The Fitzwilliam Gate is claimed
to have been constructed to let the King in or out in
secret, without getting the guard out at Constable’s
Gate. It is a fascinating treasure trove, full of
Christopher Scott 1 Frith
KENT CI~JISE - 1982
The 1982 Kent Cruise began at 5 am on 24th February
when the School’ s party set off. By 1. 30 pm we had
arrived in Venice. By lunch time the next day all
forty-six school parties had arrived on board the
SS Uganda, and we set sail.
One and a half days later we reached Corfu where we
spent a morning on an excursion and looked round the
town in the afternoon. After a further two days of
sailing we had crossed the Mediterranean and arrived
at Alexandria on the coast of Egypt. A long day’s
travelling took us to Cairo, then on to Giza to see
the Sphinx, the Pyramids and to haggle for camel
whips. Dean Chatburn got eleven for £1 Another
day’s sailing brought us to Haifa in Israel. Ont&
a coach again which took us to the Dead Sea for a
swim before Jerusalem. After visiting the Garden
Gethsemane, the Wailing Wall and many other famous
places we travelled onto Bethlehem to see Christ’s
A day and a half later we saw Santorin, a volcano.
The next day we arrived at Ythion in Southern Greece
but the sea was too rough to land so we sailed on to
Split on the Yugoslav coast. We arrived a couple of
days later, the end of the cruise. Our plane left
in the late afternoon and we arrived back in Dover
at 2 am on ~1arch 10th, nearly two weeks after leaving.
The cruise was an educational one and on days at
sea there were classes, six lessons a day. These
were games, private study, lectures on places of
interest and classes with our teacher. Cruise 273
was one of the last of the SS Uganda before she was
requisitioned for service ~n the Falklands. The
cruise was most definitely an experience of a life
As almost everyone
knows, the 1983 ski
trip got under way
at 3 am one Monday
ly, it was a tired,
but excited party
that arrived at the
Hotel Winterer, at
later that same day~.
After unpacking our
bags and a refreshing
shower, the party
retired to the dining room where Mr Birchley laid
down a few ground rules regarding meals and sleeping
arrangements, skiing, work and trips. When he had
finished and the tone of the holiday had been set,
we got down to enjoying ourselves.
The skiing itself was varied and challenging to
all. Though the snow and weather conditions were,
at times, rather poor, everyone improved their
skiing sufficiently to take home a British and an
Austrian award. Congratulations are due to the
few who attained an advanced level: Dave Russell,
Dickie Humbach and Richard Field.
The apres ski was equally entertaining, ranging
from a sports evening of football and basketball,
to an evening of Louis Armstrong and Simon and
Garfunkel, put on by the fifth and sixth year
contingent. No prizes for guessing which evening
was more appreciated
Commiserations to Paul Castle, who unfortunately
broke his leg — but at least the plaster identified
him from his twin brother, Neil. Terry Clear and
Mrs Quinn both had minor accidents and were pre-
vented from skiing part of the time. Thanks go
to the staff present, Mr Elliott, Mrs Roberts,
Mr Quinn and Mr Birchley, who were responsible
for seventy boys yet still managed to enjoy
Richard Field Lower Sixth Fh
The grid square from which bird’s name starts
is given thus: the first figure is the letter
along from left to right; the second is •the
letter down the columns from top to bottom.
Blackbird (13,2) Chaffinch (5,6)
Crow (14,1) Cuckoo (6,6)
Dove (15,8) Hawk (8,12)
Kingfisher (12,4) Owl (2,1)
Pigeon (15,15) Puffin (15,14)
Robin (2,13) Rook (12,6)
Sparrow (7,9) Starling (1,1)
Swift (12,7) Thrush (6,9)
Across 1)Sandwich. 6)End. 7)Envy.9)Gannet.
Down 1)Steamers. 2)Navigate. 3)We. 4)In—
Across 1)Accomplish. 7)AA.8)Technetium.
11)KC. 12)As. 13)MP. 15)Flap. 18)PS. 19)Odd.
Down 1)Automobile. 2)Cock. 3)Man. 4)Pae.
5)Iris. 6)Hemisphere. 9)HCF. 1O)Tap. 14)PD.
16)LP. 17)At. 18)PS. 23)Lea. 24)AAA.
RON ANI A
Surrounded by grey wolves, watched by a man-eating
bear and stared at by the glaring eyes of the wildest
boar I’d ever seen, we sat down to eat our Dacian
meal of yellow maize porridge, garlic sausage and
burnt strudel. We were introduced to the animals of
the Carpathians high in the Transylvanian Alps, at
the tiny village of Poiana Brasor. They were stuffed.
The restaurant was authentic Dacian, 2000 years old.
The waiters wore Dacian costume of leather jerkins and
goats’ skin, and we ate off wooden platters, drank from
wooden mugs and were serenaded by wooden gypsies. The
cymbalon seemed to be one tune behind the violin. I
suppose that was how the Dacians liked it, 2000 years
The Romans left Dacia in 256AD and since then
anyone who’ s anyone has trampled over the land. The
Romanians seem to have borne the strain well and cash
in on their heritage. Though grey wolves look on,
these days it is Big Brother to the north, Russia, •that
watches with jaws agape.
In Pitesti there was an air—raid warning. It was
9.25 and we’d finished dinner. The sirenswailed,
each calling the other in plaintive echoes across the
darkened city. There was a blackout, total and absol-
ute. Mind you, the enemy could have found us by sonar,
as the dogs yelped and growled. No one had told them
it was manoeuvres. Armed militia patrolled the streets,
machine guns ready, bayonets fixed. All vehicles were
stopped, lights extinguished and ID cards checked.
Stephen thought he’ d whistle down from the hotel
window: he was only being friendly, he said. The mil-
itia were angry and the moment was embarrassing. Mind
you, we had a laugh....later.
Back in Transylvania we visited Dracula’s Castle.
It stood high on a rock outcrop, fingered turrets
pointing to the sky, half hidden by trees casting
their own lugubrious shadows over the Ca±le of the
Un-dead. It cost an extra 2Sp to take photos: The
original vampire was Count Vlad the Impaler - a nasty
way to impose law and order, but he soon made his
point and it was safe to travel the highways. That
was 400 years ago. It’s not so safe now. Though it
depends on the driver of your coach. If it’s Russ
you soon realise the European convention of driving
on the right is optional in modern Romania.
In Bucharest we saw the Socialist Republic at its
best — closed for stock—taking, or so it seemed every
time we went to buy something. We all cheered when
we passed the British Embassy, though that was closed
too: We went to Romania’s Parliament, high on a hill.
It was closed as well. After all, as Bobby our guide
said, when there is only one party there’ s not a lot
to discuss. It opens six days a year. The rest of
the time it stands a silent mausoleum to the democ-
racy that once was and has yet to be.’
Memories kaleidoscope — Kieron losing his hotel
key and being fined; Stephen embarrassing the Hungar-
ian Ambassador at lunch; travelling on Romania’ s only
motorway to disc over part is a military runway; snow-
balling at 6000 feet after a chair lift to the top of
Mt Virful cu Dor; photographing the President’ s res-
idence and being shouted at by armed guards; playing
soccer with Romanian teenagers and drawing 4-4.
We were sorry to leave. Bobby had become a friend.
Romanians are allies in their hearts. Their language
is western, they learn English and they watch “Top of
the Pops” and “The Muppets”. They fear the ‘friends’
•who wish to dissect their homeland — Moldavia to the
USSR, Transylvania to Hungary. There are no foreign
troops on their territory yet, and theirs do not
train on foreign soil. Romania is more independent
than we think and we want to go back. Maybe, one
day, we will.
We assembled at the bleary—eyed hour of 5.30 am and
despite a prompt start, a well-timed ‘phone call and
a quick dash across Boscombe Down were required to
ensure we got the only sailing of the day from
Weymouth. We emerged at Cherbourg somewhat queasy
after a rough crossing that was wet and dismal, and
that was to remain all week.
The hotel in Dinard, squashed onto the end of a
street of small, dismal shop.s and, grey terraced
houses, proved to be comfortable but slightly
cramped at times. The first night’s meal was at best
revolting, sickly meatballs that oozed blood at every
poke of a fork. However, the meals improved, though
the bread seemed to become progressively staler with
each passing day.
On the first day the football team played a wet,
slightly disappointing match that ended in a 4—0
defeat. Our better hopes were justified in the next
game in an exciting, flowing affair that resulted in
a 5-0 victory. This could have seen more goals,
particularly from a missed penalty by Jeremy Baines.
Between matched the party captured some of the
flavour of France with trips to a market in Dinan,
a tidal dam on the River Rance at St Malo and the
historical site of Mont St Michel. On Thursday we
celebrated the birth of Mr Chambers’ first child
and on Friday saw Mr Jolliffe’s birthday celebrated
in fine style with a trip to the beach in which he
unaccountably found himself sitting waist deep in
the sea, with several other members of staff and
boys. That afternoon also saw the first rugby match-
es being won in appallingly muddy conditions. After
wards the pitch had more in common’ with the Somme
than a rugby field.
After a three hour coach journey on Sunday the road-
weary rugby team took part in another tournament in
which two matches were won, and one narrowly lost.
Despite these good results the team finished in the
middle of the table, our position not justifying the
effort put in by the team, few of whom had played
together as a team before.
An early rise on Monday and a short journey to
St Malo, in which the coach had a narrow scrape with
a parked car, led to a nine-hour sea crossing through
turbulent seas. Several times we found ourselves
pressed flat against walls, unable to move because
‘of the rocking of the boat. Nothing else could go
wrong after this. Alas, not so. A problem with
fuel meant an hour—long wait at Barham Crossroads.
A fittingly hectic end to an unusual holiday
Our thanks must go to Messrs Murray, Chambers, -
Miller, Jolliffe and Coltman for organising such
an enjoyable and memorable trip, and to Brittany
Ferries fo.r the ready supply of sick bags:
Jeremy Howitt Lower Sixth B and
Simon Miller 4S
PEAK DISTRICT TRIP - 1983
It was a wet group of nineteen fourth formers
that boarded the mini-buses ready for the Peak
District Expedition this Easter. Indeed, the bad
- weather was to persist, getting steadily worse as
we went northwards. It snowed most days in fact,
but we were lucky in that we were caught out in the
open during severe conditions on only two occasions.
One of these was on the first day when conditions
reached near blizzard and forced us to take shelter
for a while. The second was on top of Kinder Scout,
the highest mountain in the Peak District. Kinder
Scout is a plateau of peat bogs. These were covered
with snow some eighteen to twentyfour inches deep
and we “yomped” for a good three miles over them.
The most exhausting day was the second. We went
on a particularly tiring sixteen mile trek along
the border between Derbyshire.and York-shire. The
best moment for me, though, was abseiling fifty
feet down a sheer drop of boulder rock. -
In spite of the blisters, bruises and even the
invasion by a hippy colony on Easter Monday, we
were all sorry to enci’ such an exciting trip. We
were all cheered up, though, on our return journey
by the spectacle of a rucksack falling off the roof-
rack halfway down the Ml and two boys racing down
the hard shoulder to retrieve it.
Thanks for such a well-planned and enjoyable
expedition must go to Mr Raine and Mr Grant, without
whose training and organisation the trip would not
- have been possible.
Keith Medgett, 4R
The music of the School: Easter ‘82 — Easter ‘83
As usual, the Music Department has been very busy
over the past year, performing an increasing variety
of music in an interesting mixture of locations.
Choral music by composers from Purcell to Rossini,
and from Bruckner to Stainer, has been sung in var-
ious churches around the county, to the delight of
large and small audiences alike. The customary pan-
orama of Christmas carol concerts, church services
and smaller recitals has been dealt with, but perhaps
the most obviously successful engagements have been
the great celebrations of Evensong in the great
cathedral churches. Most recently we have visited
Chichester and Westminster Abbey, where the Choir
spent a very enjoyable three days.
The year has also been a varied one in the
instrumental line. The 50th Anniversary of the
building of the school organ was celebrated in high
style with a concert of mainly keyboard music given
by Sheila Randell, Mervyn Cooke and the school
organists. Keyboard music also figured greatly in
a concert given by Mrs Rosalind Runcie in aid of the
East Kent Hospice. The Summer Miscellany and the
recent Spring Concert both showed the more varied
musical diet now on offer. Performances of Saint—
Saens’ “The Carnival of the Animals” and the “Daniel
Jazz”, along with many solo performances, including
many by first formers, serve only to highlight
One of the most important developments over the past
year has been the formation of the “Friends of Dover
Boys’ Grammar School Music”. This body, containing a
cross—section of staff, parents, boys and friends, has
become a moving force behind the organising of gala
concerts and other events, money from which goes to
help our musical life.
Probably the crowning achievement of this year’ s
work has been the final recording, production and sale
of the School Record, which was released at Christmas.
This long-player, now also available on cassette,
encapsulates examples of a selection of choirs and
ensembles, and is of superb quality. It is a fine
reminder of the hard work which the staff, Mr Boynton
and Mr Taylor, parents, friends and, of course, boys
put into the School’ s music.
Paul McBride, - Lower Sixth P
AS TO R
After winning the overall championship last year
Astor had two options:either remain at the top or
slump to a lower position. Within the first term
it became apparent that the lower position was
emerging as the strong favourite. Yet Astor is
not easily defeated and winning performances in
the senior cross-country and fourth year rugby
showed that the fighting spirit was not dead.
Other performances have not gone so well although
second place positions were picked up by senior
rugby and third year basketball.
It must be said that Astor members have not “let
the side down” by lack of enthusiasm, but have not
been able to couple this with the skills required
to win competitions regularly. The year has pro-
gressed less well than last, but even so, a lot of
support has been given to the House by the pupils.
A mention to Mr Page and Mr Murray is in order for
their time, help and advice.
dared Foulds, House Captain
F RI TH
Once again 1982 was unsuccessful for Frith. This
is, I believe, not through lack of sporting ability
but a general absence of any enthusiasm and willing-
ness to participate in every aspect of House activ-
ities. We seem to have the uncanny knack of being
“pipped at the post in a situation where a little
more application would have secured the~victory.
We must become more clinical in our performance
and introduce a new will to win. If we achieve
this I am sure success will come our way this year,
and for years to come.
Richard Pepper, House Captain
P A RK
After a lapse last year Park is re-establishing
its superiority in all years. The fourth year have
achieved the best results, practically clearing the
board in rugby,’ football and basketball. However,
the main reason for success has been determination
and dedication shown in years where Park has less
than its fair share of skill, especially the third
year where they came out on top in rugby after taking
the wooden spoon in soccer. Special thanks go to all
the Staff who have been only too pleased to be invol-
ved, and to Mr Burton who continues to lead success-
fully and who is always there to solve the inevitable
Neil Waters, House Captain
Since last year the character of the House has
varied greatly. When my responsibilities began
there was a steady performance from most years, with
the usual enthusiasm from the junior forms. Unfortun-
ately, the talent was not always equal with the enthus-
iasm. Yet surely inter—House competition is for the
challenge and participation, and not just winning.
With the new academic year the new first years gave
the usual boost to. morale. To our disappointment
they commenced with one or two extravagent defeats
in football, in which senior years did surprisingly
well to compensate. We were first in senior soccer
and second in fourth form soccer. We were also
second in senior basketball. Really, all that was
needed was time to allow everyone to get in their
stride. With athletics looming ahead we are reminded
to attend at least two House standard evenings after
school, then I’m sure Priory will do well.
Clive Thomas, House Captain
First Eleven Football
with a squad of goad players, led by a sturdy captain, it was easy to see why
early season expectations were very high. The whisper in the changing rooms was
that of the League and Cup double. But ian’ t football a funny game: After winning
nearly all our games before half—term, the team had problems both stopping goals
going in and scoring them at the other end in the second half of term.
The manager, Mr S. Bailey, auggested the half term break had been one where
players, instead of concentrating on football skills and fitness, had been “living
it up” at parties and the such. “Well, I for one missed Out,” was the remark made
by a rather portly, glazed—eyed, slow Dean Lucas.
Players who shone in the early games of the season were Dean Lucas, Julian Wilson
and Jared Foulds. The latter, the captain, showed goal scoring touches at both
ends. Perhaps the biggest disaster, however, came halfway through the season when the
weather changed for the worst, with the effect that Julian Wilson refused to play after
having been to the hairdresser’s. In the end it was a good season with more games won
th&n lost.. The team ended third in the League and were knocked out of the Cup in
the Third Round.
Thanks go to the Manager, Mr S. Bailey, and the Trainer, Mr K. Chambers, and that
Jared Foulds, Middle Sixth My, 1st XI Captain
After a very successful season in 1981 we lost several of our top sailors and
had to concentrate on developing new talent. 1982 brought in a large influx of
both boys and girls which has given the Sailing Club a promising future. Philip
Hough, in his Laser, kept up the School’s presence in the Kent Schools’ Sailing
Team, performing well against tough opposition. However, our best achievements in
1982 were in team racing where we won the Kent Schools team racing and came third
in the Nationals. These results came about with the skill of the three main helms-
men, John Blowers, Philip Hough and Robert Smith, but credit must also be given to
the excellent crewing of Matthew Lorrimer, Daniel Beard’ and Chris Choules, who should
go on to be successful in future years as helmsmen.
Better things are expected in 1983, especially in the team racing, but with a
newly refitted Enterprise the School should do well in future individual events.
Domestically, the Locke Trophy was held last autumn and provided some exciting
racing in one—design Toppers. John Blowers came 1st and 2nd in two races, as did
Robert Smith and so a match race was held. Robert won this race and thus was the
1982 Locke Trophy Champion.
Thanks must go to ~ Paine and Mr Gabriel for their invaluable help in the
organisation and instruction of last year’s sailing.
John Blowers, Middle Sixth Fh
As usual this year Chess Club has been ~very popular, with well over one hundred
~embers from the first three years of the School. In winter months it has proven to
e especially popular, providing a warm haven. Because of this overcrowding there
~ave not always been enough sets to go round.
The School Under Sixteen team, though successful in beating other ‘schools in the
area, were unfortunately knocked out in the first round of the knockout. Chess
Ladders have proved to be very popular within the School. In the first year the
Leader is Richard Pascoe of 1 Frith, while Christopher Choules of 2 Frith and
Jeffrey Green of 3 Priory lead their respective ‘ladders.
Jeffrey Green and Nigel Margeson, 3 Priory
Cover design: John Blowers
Printing: Andrew Button
Typing and supervision: Alan French
Many of you may not realise this, but your
School has its own BOOKSHOP. Staffed by ded-
icated, helpful and amiable megalomaniacs, it
is there for YOUR use and benefit, SO USE IT.
There is a wide range of stationery available
(including “smelliest’) and a great variety of
books, from Shakespeare to James Herbert, D. H.
Lawrence to Milligan. In fact there is prob-
ably something suited to everbody’ s taste.
OPEN EVERY DAY (Well, almost )
11.20— 11.30 All week
12.50— 13.10 NOT Wednesday or Thursday
Why not save a visit to town and drop in?
Cloy Gum, Sellotape, Spiral bound art pads, ink
killers, cartridges, ink bottles, Pentel markers,
Smelly pencils and rubbers, refil pads, ring
binders, Pritt Sticks, pencils, pens, rubbers
and rulers. rub down transfers, stencils, Tippex,
Bic biros, etc., etc., etc., etc., etc..