1984

FIAT LUX.

CONTENTS.

The Headmaster's Notes   The Grammar Weevil
Editorial   Six-a-side league
R.A.F.   Staff v Prefects
Army   Sports Day
R.N.   Swimming
Navy Days   Cricket
Guest Evening   House Notes
Junior Prizegiving   The School Council
Chess Club   The Darkest Hour
Cercle Francias   Music
Wargames Club   Focus on Nuclear Power
Stamp Club   The Octopus
C.F.   The Battle
Loire Valley Trip   Haiku
Geography   From Anonymity to Notoriety
Royal Tournament   Word Search
Biology field Trip '83   Technical Studies Clubs
Jamboree '83   Phyllis the Fish
Trenches   A Letter from University
Crossword   Bits and Pieces
Football    

THE HEADMAS!la'S
BO!IS
On Guest Evening, Surgeon Commander Jolly
who was in command of medical services in the Falklands, asked boys to be true to themselves and
to aim high. There can be no firmer base for right education than the true humility of a good scholar coupled with optimism. The modest, hard-working boy who respects his friends can reasonably aim high because his services will always be needed. Even in these difficult days of high unemployment, lively, cheerful people who are honest about themselves and friendly towards others create excellent first impressions which put their paper qualifications into their proper perspective.
There are good prospects now of a cleaner, brighter school as the first decorations for many years begin. We also hope to expand our facilities for electronics and for computing.
In the first and last, however, it is character and personality which will count,whether it be at school or afterwards.
IDI!OaIAL
For a number of years "Pharos" has been the guinea-pig in a series
of experiments to produce a magazine that would be acceptable to the school as a whole, fulfilling its very many and varied roles. The magazine has, traditionally, recorded the events and activities in which members of the School have taken part. This aspect of the School's life may be found in abundance within the covers of this edition. There has always been a contribution of a more creative kind, either prose or poetry, from both staff and pupil alike, and this element is yet again present - indeed, reflecting the high literary standards achieved in the School. Furthermore, the boys themselves have shown the desire for a less formal content: the word searches, crosswords and quizzes of our most recent editions of "Pharos" have been imitated here, by popular reques t.
The format of this current edition of "Pharos", the return to a glossy covered magazine, more formal in appearance, is the result of much di scussion amongst the boys on the so-called "edi torial board" a nucleus of very keen and enthusiastic young men and boys - and a
lengthy discussion at a School Council meeting. We feel we have the correct format, smart in appearance and something that looks as if it may be worth storing for the future. Furthermore, the balance within its pages, the recording of past history, the reflection of present
achievements, and the relaxation afforded by our more
light-hearted puzzles, offer something for
everyone, be they parents, governors,
teachers, or most importantly,
the boy_ themselves.





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During the past year the RAF Section has been very busy with internal re-organisation. The Cadet Hut has been organised so that new cadets can be
taught more easily and in an interesting atmosphere with new training aids, including a model of a NATO airfield, a flight line model and a mock-up of a
Dominee cockpit. Many of these models were made by cadets working for their Advanced Badae to qualify as a Senior Cadet. This year a record ten cadets were presented with their advanced badges on parade.
At Easter and during the Summer Term, four cadets, F/S Richards,
Sgt Ashbee, Sgt MacDonald and Cpl Crew, passed their Gliding Scholarship which included going 'solo'. All cadets have had more than their normal flying time
in Chipmunks and other aircraft including at least two flights at our Annual Camp at RAF Cosford. After a gap of eighteen months, a group of cadets visi ted our affiliated station, RAF Honington, which has recently received the new MRCA Tornado. This was enjoyed by all who attended.
Our thanks go to Ft. Lt. Philpott and Major Hoeren for their support throughout the year.
WO Michael Evans
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We owe a vote of thanks to Chris Saunders,
'Bill Thomas, Dave Carter and Mick Smallwood, the four senior NCOs who left a capable and enthusiastic Section last July. The Senior NCO Selection Course, kindly adjudicated by FIt. Lt. Philpott, proved a great success, and Sgt Moore and myself obtained our present positions as 2i/c and ilc of the Section.
Our claim to be the best Section was justified when RH Deal hosted an inter-section competition which we won convincingly. The Section's
\ wholehearted congratulations go to Cpl Thorpe who left in July to join the much acclaimed Parachute Regiment as a Junior Para. Vince is over
half way through his basic training and still going strong.
The new intake this year has been the largest for a long time
and with the aid of our present
NCOs and those provided by Old
,Park Barracks, it is our hope the Section will live up to the high standards laid down by our predecessors.
SISgt Paul Morris
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B..:C
The only field day this year was a visit to the Maritime Museum and the Royal NS¥al College at Greenwich. The Royal Navy was viewed in the light of
past and present eras; from cannons and huge sail areas to the sophisticated technology of Polaris, Exocet and Ikara. It was a day to be remembered.
Five NCOs travelled to Portland to join 500 other cadets from all over the country in the Naval Air Command's "Operation CCF Air Day". All the Navy's aircraft were on show: Sea Harrier, Buccaneer, Wessex, Gazelle, Sea King, Lynx and Wasp. The day's highlight was a flight in a Wessex.
A number of cadets took advantage of courses offered in the Easter and Summer holidays: power boat handling, climbing, sailing, communications, or a general course consisting of a variety of activities. A short summer camp was held at St Margaret' s Bay, when most of the time was spent boating and canoeing. There was also a night exercise and a group of initiative tests.
Two cadets, LISea Gabriel and AB Abbot_ were privileged to be engaged
for ten days in preparation for Plymou_h Navy Days.
Special thanks must be given to the officers of our section: Cdr Kauf
mann, Lt Cartwright, Sub Lts Jolliffe and Thomas, without whose dedication to the Section we should not have the very high standard of ability and efficiency as was shown in the recent rescue in Dover Harbour.
PO Martin Sheehan
lfAVY DAYS
In August LISea Gabriel and AB Abbott travelled to Plymouth with Lieut. Cartwright to spend ten days assisting the preparations for Plymouth's Navy Days. We were accommodated in HMS Drake, the Royal Navy's Training Base. Our tasks varied from collecting a great number of chairs, to painting posters and carrying messages to and from ships moored in the River Tamar and the Dockyard.
My most interesting experience was to act as guide to a thirty year old man who had been blind since birth. After a day with him 1 realised how perceptive the blind can be. On one occasion HE explained to ME what a Lynx helicopter was
doing during the Air Display. -- -
The highlight of the trip was, for both of us, when we were given a conducted tour of the Royal Navy's newest big ship, HMS Illustrious. On this, and other ships we visited, we were allowed to take photographs, so we have a permanent record of Plymouth Navy Days 1983.
AILISea Mark Gabriel


GUIST
IVINING
It seemed appropriate that on the day that had marked the end of hostilities in 1918 and that had been remembered for so long as a day of remembrance. the guest speaker and distr_buter of prizes at the School's Guest Evening on
Friday November 11th 1983 was Surgeon Commander R. T. Jolly OBE, Royal Navy.
Our speaker had been the surgeon interviewed on television shortly after an Argentine air raid on the Falklands during which a couple of unexploded bombs had lain in the field hospital where emergency surgery was being conducted. Clean shaven and washed. as he joked, he appeared before us.
His speech was short. yet very much to the point. After cap turing his audience with a few light-hearted quips he spoke of the courage and determination of his fellow soldiers, sailors and airmen who had been involved in the conflic t in 1982. Commander Jolly advised the boys present. "Set your targets, go for them wi th determination and when you achieve them be proud." he said.
He stressed this point. that we should all be proud of our achievements, whether
these be academic or practical. It struck me that he was the first speaker in many years,. untrained in public speaking as he was. who had been able to keep
his audien_e' s attentio_ He was an excellent Guest Speaker.
Mrs Colman presented Merit Certificates to the following boys for their performapce during the Fourth Year:
Antonio Aitkin Mark Carlton Steven Coleman
Lawrence Fisher Mark Gabriel Duncan Gregory
Martin Jones Simon McPherson Simon Miller
Lee 0' Brien Graham Reed James Reet
Kevin Streater Paul Stokes Andrew Webb
David Williams James Woodcock Peter Yarwood
Fourth Year academic prizes were awarded to:
Christopher Cook Leslie Lane Martin Ruck
Fifth Form prizes were awarded to the following:
Alec Coveney Memorial Prize for Technical Drawing Andrew Kenchington
Lewis Robt. Kennedy Memorial Prize for Engineering Edward Kembery
Roy Sutton Memorial Prize for English Christopher Button
and Mark Wilson
Patrick Elworthy Prize for French Steven Moss
Tunnel Memorial Prize for History Andrew Kenchington
Sidney Clout Junior Music Prize Peter Comelius and
Alexander Nice
Frederick Ashman Memorial Prize for Mathematics Steven Moss
Physics Steven Moss
Biology Philip Keates
Thomas Memorial Prize for Chemistry Alexander Nice
Geography Matthew Mann
Art Daniel Rees and
Stephen Cass
German Christopher Button
and Robert Shepherd
The Jubilee Prize John Monger
Sixth Form Prizes were awarded to the following:
pfizer Prizes for Mathematics Christopher Richards
Physics Marc McBride
Biology Andrew Carter
Chemistry Richard Davey
English Literature Eric Jones
Geography Eric Jones and
Julian Wilson
Senior Music Stephen Yarrow
and Andrew Devine
Avo Prizes for Engineering John Robertson
Engineering Drawing Ian McRobbie
History Carl Jepson
German Eric Jones
Computer Science Martin Greenland
John Tomlinson Memorial Prize for Mathematics Martin Greenland
Art David Carter
Latin and Ancient History Loris Segol
Pudney Prize for Economics Darren Wilmshurst
Other prizes were awarded to the following:
The Bulow Prize for Music Barry Cook
The Whi tehouse Memorial Prize for RE Andrew Kenchington
Martin Broom Memorial Prize for Special Endeavour Andrew Griggs
Rookwood Prize for Drama David Willoughby
The Old Boys' Cadet Prize David Comelius and
Christopher Saunders
The Robt. Michael Brown Prize for RAF Cadets Clive Richards
The Magazine Prize Andrew Bu.tton
The Staff Prize Paul McBride
The Town Mayor of Dover Prize for Good Fellowship Barry Cook
Presentation Trophies were given to Mark Gabriel who won the Lavlih Cup as the best junior RN Cadet and the Arnold Shield.
The House Challenge Shield was awarded to Park House and was collected by Richard Field, Park House Captai_
The musical parts of Guest Evening were varied. The School Orchestra, notably lacking many strings, played a selection from Sullivan's "Iolanthe". The Concert Wind Band, ably led by Peter Comelius, belted out two pieces, reminiscent of the former Jazz Group. After the School's Head Boy, Richard Soppi tt. had proposed a vote of thanks for Surgeon Commander Jolly, the School Choir sang two pieces: "Kumbaya", with muted humming accompanying a treble solo for the first and last. verses, and they ended with a spirited version of Handel's triumphant Coronation Anthem "Zadok the Priest" in which it is justified to let all the stops out and sing with gusto.



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t. II1 GIVI.'
Junior Prizegiv1ng was held on the afternoon of Wednesday September 21st 1983 vi th Hrs Barbara Ruffell presenting the prizes and merit certi fica tes. The afternoon's proceedings included some fine playing by the School's Third Orchestra which performed two popular short pieces from television programmes: "Eye Level" and the theme to "Steptoe and Son". A short french play was per
formed by members of the second year, whose fluency put many older boys and even adults to shame. Stephen wadey's trombone solo was an accomplished performance. The Choir sang the cantata "Daniel", an amusing and lively
piece that they obviously enjoyed doing.
Academic Prizes were awarded to the following:
First Form Neil Ottaway 1 Priory
Second Form Simon Gibbons 2 Priory
Thi rd Form Martin Smi then 3 Park
The K. H. Ruffell Prize for Geography Martin Smi then
The Environmental Studies Prize NeilOttaway
The French Trip Diary Prize Paul Young
The Alan Paddock Memorial Prize for Middle
School Fellowship Matthew Pennington
The Nigel Pointer Prize for Special Endeavour Kevin Bailey
The following CCF Cadets received awards:
Armey Section - The Pay ton Cup Roger Watson
RAF Section - The Bridlington Cup Jeremy Hermer
The Staff Prize Daniel Beard
Merit Certificates were presented to the following boys:
1 Astor - Andrew Burns, Richard Champion, Gregan Lofts
Edward Needham, Simon Reason and Paul Young.
1 Frith - Russell Bourner, Andrew Broad, David Harris,
Richard Pascoe and Dean Sabin.
1 Park - Stephen Austin, Matthew Conyers, Colin Jervis,
Andrew Marshall, AlIen Maxted and Andrew Running.
1 Priory - Timothy Dawson, Paul Grigsby, Bruce Mann,
Chri s topher Ma rgeson and Guy Sou th.
2 Astor - Stephen Barry, Jonathan Hassell, Dominic
Manners and Mark Svinerd.
2 Frith - Mark Burrows, Christopher Morgan, Peter Ratcliffe,
Marc Ri ley and Lee Swinerd.
2 Park - Liam Cuttell, Stuart Disbrey, Stephen Holmes
and Jasper Trevelyan.
2 Priory - John Buckett, Andrew Pope, Steven Martin,
Robert Thacker and Nicholas Watson.
3 Astor - Richard Harlow, Michael Lawrence, Christopher
Newall and Murray 1\1rner.
3 Frith - Steven Cooke, lan Harris, Christopher Howitt,
John Pain and Andrew Slater.
3 Park - Nigel Bainbridge, Daniel Beard, Richard Ficken
and Andrew Rowing.
3 Priory - Kevin Broad, Jonathan Grilli, Matthew Pennington
and Benjamin Turner.
The following boys read reports of societies and lists of prize winners: Ma rk Bu t ton, Nei I Cas tIe, Paul Cas tIe, Duane Dedman, J eremy Hermer, Andrew Lawrence, Dominic Mahon, Clive Nayler, Frank Taylor,
Michael Willoughby, Laurence Woodward and Paul Young.

 

SOCII!IIS
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CBI SS CLUB
Following Mr Francis' departure Chess Club has continued to operate most lunch-times at a slightly lower level of activity. Teams have turned out willingly and with some success. The Senior team, after only managing to draw with St Edmund's in the Cup, got off to a good start in the League with convincing victories over Dover College and the Duke of York's. At the time of writing all now hangs on the match at Harvey. The U16 team has won two and lost two, and the U13 team, after a shaky start, won 4-1 against St Edmund's. Thanks
to Martin Greenland, our Senior No. 1, one of whose matches lasted four hours, and congratulations to Antony Bean who has played successfully for the Senior as well as the U16.
G. L.
CBRCLI
rRAB9AIS
French Club is held once a week for half an hour. We hold different activities associat- J ed with France. We practise our French during "\ games, quizzes and while seeing slides. Last year we sampled 'croque monsieur'which is a cheese
and ham toasted sandwich. We also had a game of "boules" which is popular in France. A group of men can usually be seen on the village square or in a park playing boules. The game uses a jack
or "cochon" and two metal balls for each player. The boule is thrown towards the cochon. After all the boules have been thrown the player nearest the jack wins.
The Club encourages members to take one meeting by himself, or in a group. New members are always welcome, especially boys in the lower school. A large French vocabulary is not essential. Many thanks are due to Mrs Roberts for arranging events and activities.
Darren Appleton 3 Park
.ARGAIIIS CLUB
The Wargames Club has started again this term with the help of Dr French
and has had a good response within the School. There are now more than a dozen members and meetings are held on Thursday after School. Many different wargames are played but favourites include "Seastrike", "Dungeons and Dragons", "Car Wars" and "Coldi tz", as well as many others. New members are always
made welcome.
Simon Edwards M6
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The Wargaming Club, established in September, may be popular with boys from
the first forms right up to the sixth form, but many have no idea what Wargames are, so a specially written article may help clear some of the cobwebs away.
There are two branches to the hobby of wargaming. These are board gamiag and figure gaming. There is, in addition, role playing. Boardgaming, the first to be considered, uses cardboard die-cut counters marked with symbols and numbers. The game may be played on a board which is usually marked with a superimposed hexagonal grid. A board game will usually simulate a particular battle or war. Its great advantages over figure gaming are the price, for board games are much cheaper, and the scale, for boardgames do not need to be quite so large as a battlefield with model scale participants.
Figure gaming is usually carried out on a large table with miniature
lead alloy figures. It is one step beyond the pastime which every young boy seems concerned with at some stage with 1/32 scale plastic Airfix figures. If
you can afford it, a ten foot by eight foot table, covered with brightly painted figures can enable you and a partner refight the battles of Waterloo, or Gettysburg.
Role playing games are ones involving character development, simulating the process of personal development commonly called 'life'. Each player acts a role in a fantasy environment, just as he might act a role as a character in a play. In fact, when played with just paper and pencil on the game board of the players' imagination it has been called "improvisational radio theatre". If played with metal or plastic figurines, it becomes "improvi sa tional puppet thea tre". However it is played, the primary purpose is to have fun. This is the view taken from the official rules of RUNEQUEST and "What is a fantasy role playing game?" It
may sound confused. But simply it means that a player in RP (the abbreviation for Role Playing) or FRP (Fantasy Role Playing) first randomly generates how
strong, intelligent, tough_ dextrous, and so on his character is to be. This is done with the aid of dice. Then he develops his personality in that character. One player is the Game Master, who sets up the world in which the other players conduct their adventures.
Perhaps it may sound very complicated and it is difficult to explain. The easiest way to learn is to come along on a Thursday evening, after school in the English Room and have a go.
Steven Holmes 3 Park




$t..., CLUB
'c. . " !:ach Tilesday lunch-time has seen a collection of boys, mostly from tl lower school swapping and selling stamps. The School Collection, which has _ow been added to, is beginning to take shape. Pages needed for recent iss\ ..re purchased during the holidays and the album is bursting at the seams. will have to extend the Collection into two volumes when the 1983 pages are
added. There are many stamps that are surplus to the School collection whi<
are available at very reasonable prices, so we can afford to buy the next bl of album pages. If you collect stamps, whether Great Britain, the rest of 1 world, or whatever; or if you are interested in philately come along and jot in. Apart from showing videos produced by the Post Office, it is hoped to arrange local visits in the near future.
A.J. F.
C.l.
The Christian Fellowship meets twice a week, with a joint monthly meet
ing at the Girls' Grammar School. Recently. we have been encouraged by a dramatic answer to prayer: our numbers have tripled. More importantly, however. we have been consistently challenged to forget about ourselves and learn to lean on God and to become channels of His Holy Spirit.
Simon Edwards M6 and Richard Soppitt M6
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It is some while since a report of the Duke of Edniburgh's Award Scheme has appeared in Pharos. and this has been quite deliberate since the Scheme is
not a School club or society. and neither is it an organisation in its own right like the CCF. The Scheme provides a set of standards for young people between the ages of fourteen and twenty-five years to aim at within a balanced programme of activities within the community. All who enter do so entirely voluntarily and work for an award is undertaken outside school time. Those who run or help
to run the Scheme also give their time voluntarily.
It is right. however, that the School should be informed from time lo time of the achievements of those who have completed awards, and these are listed below. Particular congratulations should go to Simon and Ian Carter who are now Old Boys of the School. and who were presented with their Gold Awards at a
ceremony at Buckingham Palace in July of 1983.
Gold Award:- Simon Carter and Ian Carter.
Bronze Award:- Jeremy Carter. James Brown. Philip Buddle, Peter Cornelius,
Steven Moss, Robert Osborn and Ian Donald.
P. N. B.
LOIBI VALLIY !BIP
It was Tuesday June 28th when forty-four boys and four members of staff
boarded a Volvo coach bound for Paris and the Loire Valley. We sailed to Calais and some were allowed on the bridge during the journey. After a scenic ride through northern France and Paris we found ourselves outside the Fiap Hotel in Evry. to the south east of the capital.
On Wednesday we saw Evry was a modern town, so modern in fact it was not even finished: We visited Paris that day, seeing the Eiffel Tower but, unfortunately, the third and top floors were being converted into a restaurant so only the lower two floors were open. We also visited Sacre Coeur Church, the Pompidou Centre, a museum of modern art, and Notre Dame Cathedral.
The next day we moved on to the Loire Valley. On the way we visited Chartres Cathedral, passing the Le Mans
racing circuit en route. \"e stayed at
the Abbaye de St Maur, near Saumur.
Th_ next day we went to Ackerman-Laurance
wine cellars where Ackerman' s sparkling
wine is made. There is only one way to
sample the true delights of a wine cellar
and tha t is by tas ti ng. We then staggered
back to the coach and went to see a trog
lodyte farm. Troglodytes cut their homes
into a cliff or bank and live underground.
Some former troglodyte dwellings have been
re-inhabited recently and people use them
as a second home. Some families farm the
land above to become self-sufficient.
Troglodyte dwellings have the advantage
of being cool in summer and warm in win
ter. After practising our French while
shopping nearby in Les Rosiers, we went
back to the Abbey.
The next morning we went to Saumur market to see how it differed from
an English onL After dinner we set off for the castle at Angers. Unfortun
a te ly we had to come back to Eng land the nex t day, bu tit had been a good tri p and had been well worth the money. Thanks must be given to Dr Jackson, Mrs Roberts, _'r Jolliffe and Mr Chambers for putting up with us, and above all, for making the trip possible.
Paul Young 2 Astor
GIOGBAPRY
The Geography Field Trip took place in early May and was in Swanage, Dorset. Fifteen lower sixth formers, accompanied by _1essrs Bailey, french and Bird, travelled down to the Gainsborough House Hotel. The area is geologically interesting because of the many different types of rock found in a small area. The party visited many different places, all of which were very striking. Some of the most memorable to me were the bleak, exposed limestone rocks of Winspit Quarry, or the black, slimy, shoe-eating clay of Chapman's Pool; there was also the wave-defying Old Harry Rocks, enormous Chesil Beach, and perhaps the most striking, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.



We also visited the widely contrasting
villages of Corfe Castle and Worth Matravers,
as well as the market town of Wareham, and had
a trip through the housing types of Swanage.
One day a visit was arranged to the oil field
at Wytch Farm.
When the work was over a few hours were
spent in the holiday resort of Swanage, which
was just opening up for the summer. There was
also plenty to do there: the pool room in the
I'everil Inn and a quiet corner in the Red Lion.
We wish to thank Mr Ellis for arranging
the trip, even though he was unfortunately unable to accompany us, and _Ir Bird stepped in at short notice. Thankyou, too, to Mr French and _lr Bailey for explaining the_features and for making it such an excellent field trip.
Andrew Pearson M6
BOYAL fOU.RAIIIRf
On the morning of Thursday July 21st, members of the School, staff and
parents set off for Earls Court Arena, London. On arrival we were allowed to wander around the many stalls and exhibitions set up by the three services.
The theme of the show this year was the London blitz during the Second '..!orld I<ar. We watched mock air-raids, displays by the Royal _larines, Royal Artillery and the Metropolitan Police as well as the London Fire Brigade, all coping with explosions, fires and casualties as a stick of bombs exploded up
the centre of the arena. The traditional Royal Navy Field Gun Competition and the _Iusical Drive by the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery were both seen, along with RAF Display Team Motorcyclists. The Finale involved an enormous sing-song of wartime favourites. During this, members of the audience, including many from our own party, were hauled into the arena by burly _arines to join i_
Thanks must go to the members of staff, Dr French, _ls _lira, l':r Haines and _lr Taylor, who made this a very enjoyable visit.
c;tuart Disbrey 3 Park
BIOLOGY fIELD fBIP '83
In October, eight intrepid biologists, a pink inflatable bunny rabbit
and an able leader, Mr Quinn, set off in pouring rain for the exotic, sun
_lessed and totally obscure Field Studies Centre in the middle of nowhere "alha'" Tarn, In fact, Malham Tarn is a calcereous lake of some 150 acres
that happens to be higher than any other in the country. I t is internationally renown in the scientific world.
After six hours of Mr Quinn' s driving and a _lalham dinner we were thrown in at the deep end. ',e re-organised our lives so we worked until 11 pm and then enjoyed the night life of the centre till dawn. Our tutors were "Dr Disney",
a deep thinker who had travelled everywhere and had done everything, with the help of rubber stamps and headed notepaper: His specialist subject dealt with flies and his many jokes were as deep as the bogs through which we were dragged
daily; "Uncle Judith" - affectionately known as "The Witch",was the other tutor and it was she who was responsible for our near death from triple pneumonia when dragged out in torrential rain and hail storms by her. Some were left on the bleak, windswept wilderness, at the mercy of the elements, while Mr Quinn and
the rest of the party, in the comfort of the minibus, took a short cut. The brave survivors courageously slogged the one and a half miles back on foot.
Host free time was spent mixing with the girls from an Epsom school and
wi th a mob from Hagley, learning 1001 useful things to do wi th dustbin liners.
On our last night these new skills were put into practice, serenading Centre Staff while adorned in binliners. In all, there was a good balance of work
and fun, which would not have been pos_ible without the patience, enthusiasm and good humour of Mr Quinn.
Richard Soppi tt M6
lAMBOBIB '83
Martin Jones of the Fifth Form was a representative of Kent at the Fifteenth
WorldJamboree of Scouts at Alberta, Canada earlier in 1983. He gives here
some idea of his experiences.
The Kent troop consisted of forty scouts, venture scouts and leaders and we left for Canada on July 1st. We were taken to Langley, twenty-five miles from Vancouver. Thence we went by coach through the Rockies. The view was fantastic, travelling past glacial lakes and through valleys with snow-capped mountains looming high above us.
The Jamboree site was at Canmore, 4,000 feet up in the eastern Rockies. We arrived in the heat of the afternoon to find we had another kilometre to walk to our sub-camp called Otter. Finally, puffing and pantin& we reached our goal and after having carried our equipmen4 pitched our tents before trying to rest in the unbearable heat and being pestered by flies. The following day saw the opening ceremony and on our way to this the skies let loose hail and driving rain. On our return to our camp we found the weather had taken its toll: tents had been blown down and the Swiss camp had water up to their knees.
Many activities were arranged: visits to the Calgary Stampede, hiking and leather work. One of the Jamboree's attractions was mixing with people from different countries, swapping badges. To our surprise we found most
could speak at least a few words in English. I was able to take part in a two-day hike. We climbed 7,900 feet on the first day in fine drizzle and
camped by a picturesque lake. Within a few minutes the temperature dropped to well below zero after we awoke the next day. Snow fell and steadily got worse. Our only heat came from a fire lit using fuel from one of our stoves. The
Ranger came and lead us back to camp where bad weather was predicted: hurricanes and hailstones the size of golf balls, all of which did not materialise. The
hike was a good end to the Jamboree, though.
The next day we set off for Calgary to catch a DCI0 to Toronto, thence
a DC9 to Montreal. After being entertained by local scouts we flew back home on July 23rd arriving at Gatwick at 9am. The Jamboree was over. It was a chance in a lifetime.
Martin Jones SS




The distant rumble of heavy artillery mingled with the sound of falling rain, which splashed into puddles and flooded foxholes. An eerie mist swirled around the battlefield debris in "no man's land", clinging to the churned-up
ground, drowning the remaining vegetation in a sea of cloudy grey. At first sight it was hard to spot the trenches, but their parapets gave them away. Their interiors were black and sinister, and a sense of foreboding hung about them. Further out the dreaded barbed wire lay strewn across the open ground;
it was a death trap to anyone who became entangled on it - they would be caught in murderous crossfire. On the sharp wire crumpled, rain-soaked bodies lay silently in their death agony, faces twisted into grotesque, ghastly expressions. Around them scavenging, starving crows hopped, searching for scraps of food amongst the dead, which lay rotting in stagnant pools of water.
The mist began to lift and the sky became visible - a yellow haze, full
of dark, threatening clouds. On the horizon flashes could be seen as the massive enemy guns pumped shell after shell towards the British forces dug in at Ghent. Suddenly, a machine gun opened up, piercing the tranquility of the early morning. Bullets whipped up clods of earth along the parapet of the forward observation trench, but nobody was hurt: they had just been warning shots.
In front-line trenches British infantry were preparing to launch an attack on German positions that lay a thousand yards away. Men put on their equipment, struggling in knee-deep mud which threatened to suck the weary under, never to be seen again. Up on the parapet lay an observer, studying the German positions through binoculars. Without warning a rifle shot echoed through the dank air. The man was flung against the rear wall of the trench. He clawed in vain at his shattered face as he slid down the wall, disappearing beneath the
slimy mud. Other men looked at each other with expressionless faces: they had seen death before and had lost all sense of emotion. As the men prepared for
the attack the heavy rain began to ease off. Here and there a sparrow could
be seen hopping from puddle to puddle, prodding the drenched earth. When the British machine guns opened up these quickly dispersed into the relative safety of the air, which was soon to fill with hissing lead and red hot shrapnel.
In their trenches the British troops were ready, waiting for the signal to attack. Silence hung over them, each man was lost in his own thoughts. Many knew they would never live to see another day. They would fall in the attack, struck down by enemy guns. The silence was broken by the sound of detonations from behind the British lines as heavy artillery began its "softening up" procedure. There was a whooshing noise as the first shells passed overhead. Then all hell broke loose as they landed short of the German lines: great piles of earth and debris were spewed out as the shells exploded on impact. The noise
was deafening and the incandescent flashes were blinding. Five minutes later the firing stopped as abruptly as it had begun. The assault troops climbed labouriously up ladders onto the parapet, poised ready for their suicidal attack. A flare shot up into the dull sky and exploded with a resounding crack:
the a t tack had begun.
The first wave poured over the top. Weighed dow., by their heavy equipment, the men slipped and stumbled on the uneven ground and mud. Before they had gone ten yards German machine guns started firing. The first line of men was caught in a deadly volley of bullets that tore into them as they charged recklessly into "no man's land". Screams and unrecognisable shouts could be heard as men fell to the ground, never to rise again. But the attackers charged on towards their goal. Men scrambled mindlessly over the bodies of fallen comrades as bullets sliced through the crisp morning air. More men fell prey to enemy guns as they became bogged down in the deep, slimy mud. Hundreds were trapped on the jagged barbed wire and were picked off unceremoniously by German snipers, as they tried, vainly, to free themselves. Still the attackers pushed on in a masquerade of courage and glory which could lead only to death and destruction.
The enemy were waiting with bayonets fixed in the dark recesses of thei:
trenches. As the first wave of attackers drew near the Germans scrambled over the parapet to meet them, Here there was no mercy: it was every man for himself. Bayonet clashed with bayonet, and men used rifle butts to kill their enemies. The British, drenched with fatigue after thei"r foolhardy charge, wer. no match for the German defenders who were well prepared. Many a brave man fell that morning as the British attack became bogged down. As soon as a Germ. fell there was another to take his place. Both sides fought like savages, but the British were outnumbered, If a gap was forced in the enemy line, it was immediately plugged, but British reinforcements were repulsed.
By ten o'clock the situation was hopeless, both sides had suffered
heavy losses, and thousands of men lay dead or dying on the open ground. The British had sent forward six waves of infantry - thousands of men in each, but they had still not achieved their objective. The battle was still raging when the order to retreat was given. Shattered British troops poured back towards their lines, with Germans close on their heels. Stragglers were struck down mercilessly by their pursuers; men were cut down by their own machine guns in a frenzy of slaughter. As the British reached the welcome safety of their own lines it was the turn of the Germans to run as they were picked off by British marksmen and lead-spitting Maxims, reaping a harvest of death. Soon the battlfield was empty again, save for the thousands of bodies littering the landscapl Cries of agony carried to men in trenches who listened helplessly as their fel ow countrymen lay dying in the stinking mud.
Now, all is quiet. Sixty-six years have passed since the Battle of
Passchendaele. Lush, green grass now blows in a gentle breeze where, once, _
so many fell, I t is now that men realise the old lie: "Dulce et decorum est
pro patria mori" (Horace) - "How sweet and fitting it is to die for one's
t
country", _
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9) An officer's assistant 10) A message carrier
12) A clothier
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Devised by Colin Claw 2 Astor
. rOO!BALL - rIBS! XI
This has been a successful season for the 1st XI. The team
came very close to winning one of the major school honours. Good organisation in defence and a blend of skill and tactical awareness meant that we were a match for the best teams. One reason for our consistency was the good attendance at the Monday lunch-time fitness and coaching sessions run by Mr. Chambers and Mr. Bailey. Right from the start we were encou_aged to attack and this philosophy led - to us scoring 62 goals.
In the schools League we finished 4th but could easily _ve finished higher. We lost 2 - 0 to Harvey (who won the League);
2 - 1 to Norton Knatchbull (who came second); and 3 - 2 to Howard (who came third). All of these games were away and were as close as the scorelines suggest. In fact, we only lost one game at home all season (to Maidstone Grammar 3 - 2) and gained creditable draws from a strong Old Pharosian's team and a good Christ church College team.
In the County Cup we lost in the Quarter Final to Tunbridge Wells, after a good win against Kelsey Park, Orpington OAst year' s County Champions) 6 - 1 in the previous round. It was our best all round performance of the season.
Steve Gabriel, Ramon San EIIIeterio, Matthew Mann and John Monger went for a County Trial, and Matthew and John were selected. We were lucky vi th injuries this season and were able to keep a good nucleus of the team right through all of our fixtures. Lee BraDkley had a good season as captain, setting a fine example. John Monger has developed into one of the school's best ever goalkeepers, and he was very ably protected by the defence of Michael Cousens,
Mick Johnson, Zany Langley, Jamie Sadler and Jez Abbott. We played four men in mid field for most of season with Andrew Kenchington and Steve Blake playing with great effectivenes. In attack Raaon and Matthew proved a powerful strike force scoring 41 goals between them.
One problem that we had, however, was that we were vulnerable to midfield attacks where players ran through when there was not enough cover due to too many of our players in attack. Six of the team will stay on next year _o hopefully we can remedy this problem in the light of experience.
Playing Record
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19 11 3 5 62 34
Colours Awarded to:
Jeremy Abbott, Steve Blake, Matthew Mann, Ramon San Emeterio, Steve Gabriel, Jam_ Sadler, John Monger
Representative Ties:
Andrew Kenchington, Michael Langley, Sean Danes Colours Reawarded to:
Lee Brankley, Micky J ohnson and Michael Couzens



SIX-A-SID 11 L 11 AGUI
The revolutionary Six-a-side League came about as a result of a friendly
match between some members of Staff and some Sixth-formers in October. Due to the interest shown by other potential players and spectators, the League was set up, with entrance restricted to Fifth and Sixth Formers and the Staff Team only. Hatches have taken place on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes, with two matches per day each lasting twenty minutes. There are eight teams in the League and each team will play the others once. At the time of writing most teams have two games left.
Thanks are due to Hr Bailey, Hr Hurray and Hr Benjamin for making it possible
for the League to run.
Hichael Couzens H6
Final positions have been allocated for the Six-a-side League and these appear'
below:
Team P W D L F A Points
B 7 6 1 0 25 6 13 A 7 5 1 1 22 11 11 C 7 4 1 2 25 13 9 D 7 3 2 2 13 15 8 H 7142686 F 7 2 2 3 11 19 6 G 7 1 1 5 13 24 3 E 7 0 0 7 6 25 0
Six - a - side League Teams
A - J. Monger, M. Mann, R. San Emeterio, C. Adams, S. HcBride and D. Waller. B - A. Leivers, M. Johnson, M. Langley, J. Howitt, S. Blake and L. Brankley. C - B. Philpott, R. Crew, D. Myhi 11, J. Cooper, A. Kenching ton and S. Gabriel. D - M. Couzens, J. Sadler, J. Abbott, S. Thompson, R. Virgin and M. Gabriel.
E - J. Flower, S. Beggs, S. Cough, D. Willoughby, M. Newall and J. Griggs. F - Do U 1 wo en, A. Johnson, A. webb, B. Hea th, A. Pod..ore and H. Castle.
G - P. Morris, S. Davies, L. Wakefield, G. Moore, R. Harvey and M. Shepherd
H - Staff selected from:- S. Bailey, S. Bamford, D. Benjamin, 1. Burgess,
K. Chambers, D. Mi 11 er, D. Murray and K. Raine.
STArry PBlfECTS
The match between the Staff and Prefects resulted in a resounding 1-0 thrashing of the Staff. The goal was a pr6duct of a three man move starting in the Prefect's penalty area with Tim Johns. He passed to Mick Couzens who hit a throughball to Steve Blake who comprehensively beat Kev Raine at the near post. By half time the absence of floodlights was becoming increasingly noticeable and a hunt for oranges ensued.
In the second half the Prefect's keeper, Andy Leivers, was rarely troubled, and in fact the Staff's only likely scoring chance was a rebound off Danny Hiller which just went over the bar. Mick Johnson was a driving force in midfield where


the Staff's supremo was Mr Burgess. Valiant efforts were also matE by Jez. H., Tommo, Spud, Killer, Giles, Bob, J.P., and Hugh for the Prefects; for the Staff there were valiant efforts made by Cordon Jolliffe, Eddie Shoestring, "send' em off" Benjy, Chippy, Boris, Muz, Monsieur Garby and the unfortunate Simon Bamford, who suffered a severe scratched leg.
Michael Couzens M6
SPOBTS DAY
The Senior School Sports Day was held just before half-term and the response
from the Houses was good. Park won quite convincingly but very few points separated the others. As usual, the junior teams were involved in several inter-school fixtures, including the Powell Trophy, and they had an enjoyable and successful seasonIn the South East Kent Schools' Championships there were some encouraging performances, particularly from Barry Philpott in the Intermediate 1500 metres, Mark Lindsey in the Intermediate High Jump, David Ratcliffe in the Junior Shot and Chris Newall in the Junior 100 metres. All of these were selected to represent the area in the County championships.
Finally, the Junior School Sports Day provided an interesting climax to the season. This year there was an extra age group competing, Under 15, which meant
wider competition and this seemed to generate much more excitement and involvement from the spectators- There were some excellent performances from Jeremy Hermer (Park), Michael Hollobon (Astor) and David Healey (Park), but probably the outstanding individual performance came from Andrew McBride (Park) who decimated the opposition in the Under 16 800 and 1500 metres.
The final result of the House athletics, which included both Sports Days and
the standards was as follows:
1st Park 44- 5 points
2nd Priory 38.0
3rd As tor 34' 0
4th Fri th 33.5
Colours were awarded to Barry Philpott and were re-awarded to Steven Blake.
K.A. C
SWI..I.'
For the last four years the School has held the Dover Inter-School Swimming Trophy. In 1983 we held the title by beating Archers Court, Astor, Castlemount and St Edmunds. The Dover Grammar team comprised:
Ian Clarke, Graham Coe, Adrian Friend and David McCulloch (First year);
Kieron Buffery, Richard Champion, T_mothy Dawson, Louis Martin and Stuart Tait (Second year);
John Buckett, Martin Lane and Steven Martin (Third Year);
_tichael Hollobon (Fourth year);
Russel Crew, Jeffrey Crew, Nevil Naterwalla (Captain), Alex Nice and Mark Soppitt (Seniors).
Unfortunately, at the end of last summer the pump used for the School pool broke down and we were unable to hold our annual School Swimming Gala.
Louis Martin 2 Priory
CBICKII'-fIBST XI
Although in terms of results the season was not particularly successful,
there were encouraging aspects of play. In particular, forceful batting by Jamie Sadler, combined with the consistency of Andrew Leivers and some excellent bowling by Stuart Watson, in spite of a leg injury- The strength of the side was the bowling which would have been better with more enthusiasm from certain nonchalent fielders. Some players seemed not to have the correct temperament or ability to concentrate for more than twenty minutes. However, off the field, the spirit was admirable- Only three players scored more than a century: Leivers, Sadler and Michael Couzens, the Captain. Overall, batting lacked concentration and application. Many more games would have been won if the batsmen had given the bowlers more support and scored more runs.
Next year we will only loose three regular players and this augers well for the future. In order to be a force to be feared the team must improve its
levels of concentration. The amount of support in the past was disappointing and it is likely that the team will respond to encouragement given by more parents.
Thanks are due to Mr Grant for putting up with the team and for his tire
less efforts on and off the field
Colours were awarded to Stuart Watson and Michael Couzens.
Representative ties were awarded to Michael Couzens, Andrew Leivers,
Simon and Marc _icBride, Richard Field, Jeremy Abbott, Jamie Sadler, John Monger, Matthew Mann, Jeff Cooper, Ramon San Emeterio and John Shepherd.
1st XI - batting averages
. Inn- Times Total
Name ings N.O. runs Best Average
J. Sadler 9 1 168 *57 v Dane Court 21-0
A. Leivers 12 - 179 59 v Dane Court 14-9
M. Couzens 13 2 158 56 v Old Pharosians 14- 4
J. Shepherd 7 2 71 24 v Old Pharosians 14- 2
R. Field 7 2 50 14 v Dover Cricket Club 10.0
S. Wa tson 11 5 54 *10 v Dover Cricket Club 9- 0
R. San Emeterio 5 1 35 *21 v Duke of York's 8- 8
J. _longer 11 1 87 1,34 v Sir Roger Manwood' s 8- 7
J. Abbott 9 1 66 14 v Simon Langton 8- 3
M. r1ann 8 2 38 11 v Old Pharosians 6- 3
J. Cooper 7 - 29 12 v Dartford Grammar School 4- 1
S. McBride 10 - 39 17 v Chatham House 3-9
M- McBride 10 - 25 8 v Dane Court 2- 5
" Not Out
1st Xl - bowling averages
Name Dvers Mal d- Runs Wick- Bes t A ve rage
ens ets
J. Sadler 23.0 4 57 6 4-25 v Harvey 9-5
S. McBride 75- 5 13 235 20 4-19 v Chatham House 11-75
M. Couzens 42.0 8 149 11 4-27 v Roger Manwood' s 13' 6
S. Watson 130'3 34 342 24 5-32 v Dover College 14-3
J. Abbott 79.2 16 220 15 7-26 v Simon Langton 14-7
R. Field 53'4 9 135 8 3-12 v Dartford GS 16-9
Playing Record:- Played 12; Won 2; Drawn 5; Lost 5.


BOUSI IIO!IS
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AS!OB
Once again Astor finished a creditable second in the Championship. Of the three terms, the first was the most disappointing. We slumped to a miserable last place in football,but although we didn't win any of the individual inter-year basketball competitions we managed to attain second place overall. In the Spring Term our first win was achieved thanks to the efforts of our
chess team and more points were put onto the score board due to some valiant running by all House members in the cross country, in which we finished second, and to our third place in rugby - with the fourth year scoring our only
individual success. The Summer Term saw fine wins for both the fourth year and seniors in cricket, making a respectable second place overall, but it also saw the worst aspect of the House, especially amongst the seniors, namely the lack of response to the standards for yet another year. Greater efforts are necessary in order to help our bid for this year's Championship, and combined with the skill that is within the House, Astor - champions 1983-84 seems a feasible prospect.
Michael Couzens, House Captain, M6
PABK
The House has now won the Championship five out of the last six years
and in doing so has clearly established itself as the house to beat. The
third and fourth years, once again, provided us with our best results, pract
ically clearing the board in the major events, but strong support was provided by the seniors, notably in rugby, basketball and athletics. However, the main strength of the House remains in dedication and determination to do well, even
when skill is perhaps lacking. This desire to win is exemplified by the manner in which the House "ran away" with the Powell Cup and by the strong support given to the House standards in athletics. All in all, a very successful year
and one that bodes well for the future. Many thanks go to all the staff involved but particularly to Mr Burton, whose tireless enthusiasm remains an example
to us all.
Richard Field, House Captain, N6
PBIOBY
During the last year Priory did well in some sections, notably cricket and athletics. However, the winning margins were small. Where we did not do
so well we were often many points behind. So we finished fourth. So far this year results seem to have improved and a full team has always been fielded. The importance of this point cannot be over-stressed: winning is made the more difficult without it. We welcome the first years to the House and hope that they,
like all other years should, will go out onto the field and try. This year we have a new system of a House Captain and several deputy house captains.
If any team requires a practice, then if they see me I can arrange one. The best of luck to all teams, and I am confident that Priory will win the Championship this yea_
Andrew Pearson, House Captain, M6
'BI!B
Despite some poor performances over the past year there has been a
notable increase in both enthusiasm and sporting ability from the junior forms. Mention must be made of the present third form who have yet to lose
a single game, be it football, rugby or cricket. For a House that has sometimes suffered from a general unwillingness to compete, this augers well for the future. If the seniors can match the skill and spirit shown by the younger members of the House, then success will not be long in coming.
Jeremy Howitt, House Captain, M6
TBI
SCHOOL
COUIICIL
The School Council has met six times in the last year and some fruitful, if not always quiet, discussions have taken place. Probably the main point has been the Lenten Appeal. It was brought to the Council's attention that _:elbourne School could use some equipment for its disabled pupils, and this was the charity decided upon for our supnort. Altogether the appeal raised just
over £1,150.
Contract buses are a repetitive problem and it is hoped that a representative of the East Kent Road Car Company will be invited to a special meeting to iron out some of the problems. The bicycle racks are another matter that has
been long discussed. They are available from Christchurch College, but there
has been no visit to see or collect them. Other matters discussed have includ
ed a second hand bookshop, vending machines, a school photograph, hot air hand driers, and canned drinks in the dining hall. All of these have been, or are being, acted upon.
The meetings are well publicised in Assembly and it is important that all forms send a representative, or a deputy. I t helps if matters to be discussed
are written down and submitted in the bag provided for that purpose in the Prefects' Room.
Andrew Pearso_ Secretary to the School Council, M6



Atkins awoke. As he opened his sleep-filled eyes it seemed that he was still asleep, it seemed to make no difference. He struggled from the foetal position, the warmth-keeping huddle that kept a man alive through the cold of the night. As his eyes grew accustomed to the darkness, Atkins became aware of other sleeping forms, the khaki battledress blending into the brown earth and eternal blackness of the trench. Seven foot walls, they reminded him of something else, and he shuddered.
Fourteen men had fallen the day before. Their bodies still lay on the field, covered in mud and blood, red, black in the night. Silent rifles stood, propping up the walls of the trench, others gripped, deathlike in the hands of their sleeping owners. Atkins stood up, his legs ached from the cramp, and he brushed mud, dried and caked from six hours of pressure, from his clothes. The stars above still twinkled like they did in England, but they were cold and unromantic: perhaps the war had hardened them.
From the makeshift ledge Atkins could just get his head and shoulders above the edge of the trench. Head and shoulders, all Jerry needed. An accurate sniper could hit the head, fracture the skull and penetrate the brain. One second, one fraction of a second, between life and death.
As he walked along the boarded ledge, Atkins tried to whistle but the merry tune came out cracked, with no bounce to it, so he stopped and tried humming. There were no guns firing, or men crying, no crump of heavy artillery or frustrated neighing of cavalry horses. It was so quiet. A man had to have some sound or he would go mad. With too much noise he might get shell shock. Atkins almost laughed at the irony of it.
Ten yards away a match was struck. For an instant it cast a flickering glow upon a pair of hands, a rugged face. He made his way over to the
erect form. Two stripes stood out in the darkness and a small point of orange light turned in his direction.
"Mornin', Tommy, " said the corporal.
"Hello, mate," replied Atkins, although his name wasn't Tommy, and he
did not even know the bloke.
"Want a puff?" offered the man, thrusting forward the glowing tube. Atkins declined the generous offer at first, but the man insisted. "Co on, Tommy. It's my last. Finish it off. I don't want it."
Atkins accepted the cigarette and held it with shaky fingers between his pursed lips. The corporal watched for a moment as the cigarette glowed like a hot coal, then turned away and stared into the darkness. He cursed. Atkins jumped and dropped the remaining half inch of the cigarette. The corporal
spoke.
"They done in me mate yesterday." The cockney accent rasped through his hate-filled mouth. "Ran' im through, they did." He cursed again and placed his hands around his stubbled chin. He spoke again, "And that rat Captain Pollet didn't even wince when I told' im."
"I knew him at school," Atkins said in passing. "He was a prefect while
I was a third former."
"Ha: A megalomaniac from an early age, eh? What school did you go to?"
The corporal paused, delving back into his past history and Atkins
quickly replied telling him that it had been Crowhook Grammar.
"Oh." That monosyllable seemed to end the conversation. Both men
lapsed into thoughtfulness. The corporal tried to break the silence by
saying, "Nice old field, ain't it?"
The weary Atkins gazed out at the strip of mud, grass and craters. 'One hundred yards of stinking mud and corpses,' he thought. He almost
cried. More calmly he added, "I fit had some flowers and some grass "
He trailed off as the image of a similar field entered his mind. A meadow
of sweet smelling buttercups and grass, an English field in the heart of
Kent. Atkins sighed as his thoughts wandered. He wondered about Elizabeth. The fiancee with hair as black as ebony and a laugh that could make every
body smi le.
"Here we go:" cried the corporal and Atkins saw the brilliant white
flare rise up from the opposing front line. Bells began to ring and weary shells of men rose like helpless automatons. Like fighting dummies, not knowing the enemy, or even the cause for which they were fighting. Atkins hurried to his post as the sun crept up the eastern sky like an orange
spider ascending a web. A distant machine gun clattered like a mad woodpecker, orders were flung from all sides. Dirty men moved to their pos
itions not knowing whether they would live or die.
It suddenly occurred to Atkins what he was fighting for. It had been there all along, buried in his subconscious, but now had risen like a cork to the surface of an ocean. James Stephen Atkins, member of the British Empire, was striving bravely to retain that field, the sweet smelling meadow in the heart of Kent. He was keeping the enemy from getting their dirty hands on it, destroying it. Atkins loved that field, he loved Elizabeth, he loved England. But most importantly, he loved living. As the hun reared its ugly steel head over the edge of its stinking pit, Atkins pumped away the bullets, knowing what he was doing, and why.
Peter George 3 Astor

 





MUSIC
This has been a year in which much "new" musical talent has emerged in the lower and middle schools. Some two hundred boys now learn a musical instrument or sing in the Choir; several play two or more instruments. In July the Choir presented Haydn's "Creation" in both Dover and Faversham, the latter on what must have been the hottest day of the year. We enjoyed the excellent solo singing of Elizabeth Weaver, Peter Booth, John Ravenhill and Geoffrey Cornelius, together with the assistance of several friends within the choral ranks. Among the other
engagemen ts undertak en by the Choi r, the vi si ts to Wes tmi ns ter Abbey and S t Pau I' s
Cathedral provided a particular thrill, and how splendidly these occasions were supported by parents, Old Boys and members of the public. It was a great honour
to sing Matthias' Royal Wedding Anthem in the very setting for which it was composed.
A notable event has been the production of the School Record, after several months of preparation. This seems to capture the School Choir at its
best, and includes some fine offerings by the Chamber Choir, Baroque and Recorder ensembles. Thanks are due to Christopher Sewell, our Recording Engineer, for the very high quality of his work.
Our brass players have had an encouraging year, being invited to play
at the War Memorial, Dover, on Remembrance Sunday, and a special Trinity Sunday thanksgiving at Dover Parish Church. Recently they took part in a Master Class with top-class professional trumpeter John Wilbraham.
The School Concert featured a broad mix of styles and skills, and it was encouraging to see the number of lower school musicians who performed with authority and confidence. Highlights of the evening were the trebles' rendering of "The Daniel Jazz" and the Senior Orchestra's "Carnival of the Animals", in
which William Marshall and Stephen Yarrow were the featured piano soloists. Stephen has recently taken up a place at the Royal Academy of Music, while Bill has been elected Organ Scholar of Selwyn College, Cambridge.
The Friends of DGSB Music, formed last year to assist the music of
the School, has gone from strength to strength, and a number of enterprising events have been arranged. One was a most enjoyable Music Quiz, in which a
team led by Paul Taylor narrowly missed victory over Simon Mold, and everyone discovered the delights of the flexitone.
A.K. B.
.UCLIAB
POWI B
An evening of inquiry into the various issues of nuclear power proved to be
a worthy peak for a week of well-arranged displays, films and commentaries. Despite the rather notable absence of the avid supporters of American Supper barn dances, the evening when the nuclear debate was opened beyond school pupils was technically and expertly laid out and executed.
As though a week of lunchtime films and an organised visit to the reactor at Dungeness were not more than could be expected, the low attendance at the evening meeting did not detract from the quality of presentation. A lecturer, a nuclear physicist from British Nuclear Fuels Ltd., spoke about the principles behind nuclear power and nuclear reactors, and then about nuclear waste. The level of the lecture was carefully balanced to be interesting to all levels of prior knowledge about the nuclear industry. Those who knew little were led rapidly through the simpler issues so that all could understand the relevance of the technical details of the volume of nuclear waste, and the comparisons of cost and efficiency with other energy producing industries. The later question and answer session moved through discussion of some of the more contentious issues of safety and disposal of waste, political expediency and risk. In more informal discussion after the lecture had faded from lectern and assembly hall into a circle of interested conversation, the lecturer was only too ready to continue giving information and combatting crossexamination on all levels of issues.
Perhaps the only person to leave the meeting feeling no wiser, or more
aware of the choice to be made between fuel efficiency and danger, than he already was, would have been the Head of Physics, Mr Burton, who had taken so much trouble
to arrange the wholely worthwhile intricacies of the week on nuclear power.
Andrew Brown M6
Entertainment, provided by a tape recorder belonging to Andy Leivers, brightened up an otherwise dull journey to Dungeness. On reaching the power station we were shown a short film explaining the basics of nuclear fission, and were shown some of the inaccessible areas of the power station. So boredom was bani shed.
Before embarking on our guided tour we were given some biscuits and coffee, which tasted as though it may have come from the de-contamination pond. We were then shown around Dungeness 'A' station - its control rooms, which to my surprise are not computerised, the turbines and reactor buildings.
Dungeness 'A' power station is the sixth in Great Britain's first nuclear power programme. Work began in 1960 and the station was completed in 1965. It has a capacity of 550 mega watts and supplies power to London and the South East. The station has two reactors, surrounded by three metre thick concrete shields and the cores of which each contain over 27,000 uranium fuel elements. Dungeness 'B' station is now nearing completion and will be the most powerful of its kind in the world, with a capacity of 1,200 mega watts.
Our thanks go to Mr Burton for arranging this interesting visit and
to Mr Bird for driving the School Bus.
Steven Osmond L6




POETRY
u [HHE (ill _ If (DJ [p) (UJ _
It warily waved its suckered tentacle,
Searching, searching;
Moving its wide eyes at a high speed,
Peering, peering.
A silver fish darted from the weeds,
Weaving, weaving.
The oversized squid moved its arm,
Slowly, slowly.
Its bulbous head swivelling round,
Cautiously, cautiously.
Then it swipes with speed and grace,
Catching, catching.
It grasps the streak of slippery silver,
Clasping, clasping.
The fish ferociously thrashes its tail,
Fighting, fighting.
The arm rises to the mouth,
Nearing, nearing.
It widens with enormous ease,
Opening, opening.
The arm flicks, throwing the prey,
Swishing, swishing.
It lands inside the dark mouth,
Motionless, motionless.
Then the creature slumps to the seabed,
Resting, resting.
Its eyes close slowly like massive shutters,
Sleeping, sleeping.
Christopher Margeson 2 Priory
The army's arduous advancement was drawing to an end, The scout went on ahead to survey the enemy's strength, The tactics of the battle would depend on his report. The chief shouted, "Charge:" and cheered the soldiers on, Scattering the enemy and putting them to flight,
The sound of bloody battle echoing loud and long.
The morning mist moved to reveal the sorry sight,
Of bodies burnt and broken and horses lost and lame. But the calls of the conquerors carried across the land, As they marched victorious homeward once again,
As they marched victorious homeward once again.
NeilOttaway 2 Priory
* * *
Look: Look at the lonely sea
Splashing against the grey shore,
[}{]MIR!Jffi]l_[ffi Seeming to eat the beach.
Matthew Clackett
The gliding snail
Glides gently along
__(OJIMW[lW The silvery trail.
Cameron Thompson
Once there was a large forest,
But chainsaws had their way
And now I'm all alone.
Joe Marchand
The tiny little rose, [l(ill[Rj]_[lJ[f_j][E__
In the big green flower pot,
Wishes he was with the others.
'_ichael Jones


Many would advocate that he
was a man spewed forth
from the mouth of humanity.
A bilious and diseased wretch
who had to be
vomited from the body of society
in order that the rest
could remain untouched by his impurities.
Yet he was young once,
and enjoyed the childish exuberance for life - together with his hopes and fears.
Keith Chambers
Concord(e) Foxba t Harrier Hellcat Junkers Lancaster Mirage Sabre
Spi tfi re Vulcan
Richard pascoe's word search contains ten famous aeroplanes.
rOVER DEAL
ALKHAM AYLESHAM BRIDGE
CAP EL DENSOLE EL HAM ELVlNGTON EYTHO RNE EASTRY FOLKESTONE HAWKINGE HYTHE
KI NGSOOWN LYDDEN MA RGA TE
NONINGTON
RI NGWOULD RI PPLE RIVER SANDWICH WHI TFI ELD WI NGHAM
WYE
WOO TON
The twenty-six local places are all hidden in the grid above - can you fi nd them all?
Devised by Andrew Pope 3 Priory



Bacon Beans
Beef Cabbage Cheese Chi ck en Chips Crab Cri sps
Eggs Jam Ham
Mince Peas
Pie Pizza Pork
Rice Sausages Spam
Steak Trou t
All boys think of their stomachs at most times of the d_y: This word search, devised by C. Hobbs and
S. Rickards of 2 Priory, contains the twenty-two digestible items listed. Can you find them?
TICHBICAL S!UDIIS
CLUBS The Technical Studies Clubs (Engineering, Metalwork
and Woodwork) offer opportunities for pupils to solve problems of manufacture and to develop manual skills by continuing work begun in class or by starting on a new venture.
The opportunity to use the equipment and seek teacher guidance, when necessary, breeds enthusiasm and enjoyment in the work. Owing to the large demand separate age groups attend on different nights of the week. We are lucky that the school enjoys very good workshop accommodation and that all the departmental staff are involved.
Nigel Bainbridge and Richard Ficken 4 Park.
PHYLLIS !HB rlSH
The Senior Biology Lab's tropical fish tanks have been cleaned out and re
planted, being made habitable for us fish. We started off in February with nine guppies and three cleaning fish. With the Open Day some more exotic fish were borrowed and in the holidays we all went to the Pet Shop.
This September we started up with new fish and now have one male and four female guppies: Sparrow, Margaret, Quinnivere, Gloria and myself, Phyllis. There is also a pair of dwarf gouramis. We are accompanied by four cleaner fish. In the tank below there is a fine collection of cold water fish, including a hideous Black Moor. We all like the tank and like to see people watching us. We love our daphnia on Mondays.
Phyllis the Guppy
(It is with regret that we have to announce Phyllis died soon after this article was written.)



After a strenuous thirteen hours of lounging in trains, buses, taxis and station buffets, I finally arrived at the sunny coastal resort of St Andrews, 12 miles from Dundee, 60 miles from Edinburgh, and a mere 500 miles from home. Collapsing off the bus, beneath a pile of suitcases and bags, the words of the Principal, read in the prospectus echoed in my head:
"St Andrews is an ancient insti tution and full of tradi tions, yet it
continues to be a lively place "
Surveying the bare expanse of the golf course beside me I was desperate for reassurance! I had got off one stop early owing to a little eager
ness on my part, so spent the next hour hauling myself along North Street to my hall of residence. Never before had a quarter of a mile seemed so exhausting.
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St Salvator's Hall, my home for the next few years, loomed towards me at the end of the drive. The architect had visited Dover and seen the building on the hill with the tower - give or take the odd minor variation, with a little scaling down, one might forget one has left home.
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Having lived in "Sallies" for ten weeks the slightly austere nature of
the. hall, with all its stone work and wood pannelling, has given way to a wel
coming retreat, from the weather outside, which tends to be a little cold. The
large rooms, wlth.plush wall-to-wall fitted wooden floors, have also been give_
a new breath of life as students try their hand at redecoration, in the form of posters and so on, in an attempt to cover the odd crack. Apart from a flood o_ C Floor, the collapse of some plaster in a room aided by a none too sober student,. and the Warden finding a large, sleeping rugby player in his room, life carrIes on normally.
What happened in Pre-Sessional and the nine weeks that followed can only be described as a bluL With the introductions, tours, Scottish country danc
ing, talks, film shows and finding the cheapest pubs in town, Pre-Sessional was far from sedate. Once the old "What's your name and what are you studying?" syndrome had passed, friendships were quickly established.
Arriving in St Andrews, a relatively small university with only 3000 students, you are immediately struck BY the town's compactness. You are never more than a few minutes' walk from a Hall or lecture theatre. Also, you soon get to
know lots of people, so many that there follows a period in which you tactfully
try to put nC',mes to faces: "How do you spell your name again?"
"S-M-I-T-H:"
"Oh." Worth a try::
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Having taken A-levels you are at an advantage over those from the land of tartan and haggi. Scottish Highers are not quite to the same level so the pressure for English students doesn't really start till the end of the first year. This is not to say that no work is done. Even I have been known to cram in the
odd essay or tutorial talk into an already busy schedule of club meetings, visits
to Dundee and Edinburgh, walks along the West Sands, coffee mornings and other important functions. Mind you, having three months off during the summer and
suddenly being confronted with a philosophy essay is not a pleasant experience:
There is, of course, Raisin Weekend. Each new student, a "bejant" or "bejan tine" depending on thei r gender, choses academic "parents" from the thi rd
and fourth year students. These are supposed to lead their bejants along the right path though, from my experience, I wonder what path some of them may be leading: In the seventh week comes Raisin Sunday - exit ten thousand inhabitants of St Andrews and enter 25 extra police drafted in from Dundee. On Raisin Sunday the "fathers" take their academic "families" on a grand tour of hostelries.
That's all I remember. On Raisin Monday the "mothers" dress up their children in anything from cardboard boxes to bright pink bloomers - I unfortunately received the latter: A little before 11 am everyone meets in the Quad (Ah, yes - we have
one as well) all looking suitably cold and embarrassed. On the stroke of 11 all hell is let loose: shaving cream, flour, eggs, blue porridge and the odd bit of
offal thrown in for good measure. Once that is over you can consider yourself a
fully-fledged member of the universi ty. Phew.
*... ... *
So this is St Andrews. Despite its size and isolation, being built on
the wind-swept coast of Fife, you can never be bored. If it's not a meeting
of some kind, it's a play or an exhibition, and if you really get stuck you
can always pop into the library and browse through the 750,000 books and maybe
even read one:
Or, if you are really feeling desperate, you can put on your bright red
gown and hold up the traffic, as in the local bye-laws, three students or more,
wearing gowns, constitutes a vehicle, for which everyone must give way.
All in all, the last ten weeks won't be forgotten in a hurry. Wi th another two terms and three years to go, prospects are looking good.
Eric Jones



Mr Burgess and Mr Benjamin have joined the Staff after we bade farewell to
Hr Francis and Mr Birchley - both of whom visited the School on Guest Evening.
Chris Newall ran in the Junior 100 metres, representing SE Kent in the County Athletic Championships, as did David Ratcliffe (Junior shot), Mark Lindsey (Intermediate high jump) and Barry Philpott (Intermediate 1500 metres).
Barry Philpott recorded a personal best time of 4 minutes and 32 seconds in
the County Championships 1500 metres.
Members of the Sixth Form who left in July 1983 have entered, or are to enter, university, polytechnic or college:
Richard Lester - Imperial College, London (Physics)
Stephen Yarrow - Royal Academy of Music, London
Julian Wilson - York University (Psychology - 1984)
NeE Waters - Queen Mary College, London University (Engineering - 1984)
John Blowers - Plymouth Polytechnic (Psychology)
Eric Jones - St Andrews Uni versi ty (German)
Martin Podmore - Warwick University (American Studies)
Clive Thomas - University College, Swansea (Management Science)
Andrew Carter - University of East Anglia (Ecology)
Richard Davey - Loughborough University (Chemical Engineering)
Darren Wilmshurst - Bristol University (Computer Science and Mathematics)
Loris Segol - Kings College, London University (English and French Law)
Jeremy Haddock - UMIST (Electronics)
Philip Hough - Queen Mary College, London University (Computer Science and
electronics)
Timothy Lineham - Exeter University (Applied Geophysics and Engineering Geology)
William Marshall - Selwyn College, Cambridge (Music - Organ Scholarship)
Marc McBride - Imperial College, London (Chemical Engineering)
Richard Pepper - Leicester University (Economics)
Sean Sanders - Sou thamp ton Uni versi ty (Law)
Clive Deverson - Queen Mary College, London (Biology)
Gary Hall - UMIST (Mechanical Engineering)
Apdrew Devine - University of East Anglia (Computing Studies)
Geoffrey Henderson - Bath University (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
Paul Saunders - Bristol University (Aeronautical Engineering)
Adrian Smith - Sussex University (Law and Social Sciences)
Andrew Steele - Westfield College, London University (English)
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The followinR have helped in the production of P}ffi:_S: Hrs G. r,. S'1ville and 11rs N. Gay
C"rtoons:- S. CaBs, S. Osmond and P. Gilliot
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