1985

FIAT LUX.

CONTENTS.

The Headmaster's Notes   The Ski trip
Editorial   RAF Annual camp
Navy   House Notes
Army   The School Council
R.A.F.   Soccer
Guest Evening   Rugby
Junior Prizegiving   Cricket
Christian Fellowship   Athletics
Sailing Club   Short Story "The Big One"
Stamp Club   Blockbusters
Wargames Club   Take two
Dungeons & Dragons   Music
Chess Club   Quizzes
Technical Studies Clubs   Poetry
Model railway Society   Short Story, "The Leap"
Trips and Visits   Mr. A. O. Elliott
The Royal Tournament   Mr. B. W. Denham
French Exchange   Bits and Pieces
French Trip    

IN MEMORIAM
On Friday March 15th 1985
Bernard Denham died. The interview contained in this edition of "Pharos" is, therefore, dedicated to the memory of a fine teacher.




The Headmaster_ s
Notes
"Pharos" is part of our history. 1 ts pages reveal
a wealth of detail, not only about the School, but about the people of Dover, Deal and Sandwich.
It was not written as 'history' and, therefore,
rings true and personal. It really is what the ordinary person felt and believed at the time. The excitement and pride produced by so many events, carefully described, provides much to delight and interest.
Many Old Boys search copies to recapture what is easily forgotten, even within one generation. The last Old Pharosian's Reunion Dinner included a display of what the."Pharos" said about the School generation of the President, Ken Lott.
In time to come, this edition will be searched with equal interest. It is a fitting tribute to the contributors that they have qualified for the
gra ti tude of posteri ty.
E ditor;al
Within the limitations imposed upon us, of
time, talent and money, we try to produce a magazine that reflects the many varied aspects of life in the School. We believe that we have succeeded wi th this edi tion of "PHAROS", the end result of many hours of hard work by a dedicated band of eager helpers. They have proof-read and helped with lay-out and artwork,
as well as chase up contributors. This is very much a magazine produced by the young men of Dover Grammar School for their peers, parents and friends.
1 hope you will feel their efforts have been worthwhile. Within these pages 1 hope you will find something to inform, to entertain, to enjoy.
A.J. French



Combined Cadet Force
Navy
Durill& the past year the Royal lIaY)' Section has been busy, both on the water and ashore. The Cadet Hut has been organised so that cadets lIay be taught
IIOre easily, and lIodela of Dover Harbour and ships are now in the ini tial stages of MiD& aade to count towards the cadets' lIanl PJ:oficiency for promotion. The s-er tem was spent _stly in Dover Harbour to illprove the proficiency of youD&er cadets in sailiD&, canoeiD& and -tor boat handliD&.
The Section' s Field Day durine the su_er tera was a IIOSt enjoyable and educational visit to our affiliated ship illS Cardiff, a Type '42 4estroyer.
This is one of the "Sheffield" Class destroyers, eaployed in ai r defence.
Many cadets took advantage of the courses offered duriD& the Easter and
Summer bolidays: power boat handliD&, sailio&, white-water canoeiD&, communications and a general course consisting of a variety of activities. These were held at BRNC Dartmouth, where all Naval officers undergo their initial training. A number of cadets also visited RNAS Portland for the annual "Operation CCF Air Day'. All Naval aircraft were on display, and our cadets were privileged to be shown arouna a Lynx helicopter by HRH The Prince Andrew.
DuriD& the sUllller holiday PlO Sheehan gained a Royal Navy FlyiO& Scholarship. This consisted of 30 hours flyiD& financed by the MoD, giving him an opportunity to attain the extra eight hours flyiD& required to be awarded his Private Pilot's Licence. The Section's wholehearted coD&ratulations go to
PlO Carter who attained a Sixth Form Royal NaY)' Scholarship. He will be going to BRNC Dartmouth after his A-levels to train for a full career as a seaman officer.
Our recent Field Day was a visit to RH poole to undergo amphibious training. The highlight of the day was driviD& around Poole Harbour in fast rigid raider craft used in assault missions, and helming landing craft vessels used to transport men and equipment from ships to shore. Our thanks go
to Cdr K_ufmann, Sub Lt Joliffe and Sub Lt Thomas, without whoae tireless enthusiasm and dedication to the Section we would not have the high standard of ability that was shown at the recent Annual Inspection.
plO Martin_ehan. i _
Army _,;_
The highlight of the year was the Annual CaIlP at Penhale iD. CornwalS; 'tit
1 joined after attendiD& a leadership course at Frillley Park. All, '"
of the Section showed uturity and enthusia. dariD& our we. in tb. S.. west, tackliD& diverse activities rangiD& from N.B.t. warfare atollulatioG
a gruelliD& three IIUe tab and shoot.
The main nucleus of the Section is strong and williD&, and attendance on
Friday evenings has been goill& up as a new and challeD&iD& trainine progr...e
CO8les into beiug. We welc:oee the new recrui ts who have joined this year and
1 hope they get as much pleasure out of the Section as 1 have done.
Annual Inspection was a great success for everyone with Brigadier Lee showio&
a keen interest in the Section' s activities. Our thanks go to Captain Wilkins
for temporarily taking over the Section at such short notice and with such
enthusiasm, and to tomllander Kaufmann, who retires next year as eollundine Officer of the CCF. Wi th Sergeant Moore and myself both leaviug next year we feel confident that the present NCOs will fulfill the responsibility they have to assume.
SISgt Paul Morris
R.A.F.
Just four years ago 1 joined the CCF as a raw recruit and though 1 hoped,
1 never believed 1 would be given the privileged position of NCO in charge of the RAF Sec tion. This year has been a very turbulent tille wi th the leadership of the Section chaugiD& three tilles since Christmas. These
leaders have been Michael Evans, John Ashbee and, at the present, Michael Pain.
1984 has been a particularly busy year with a great deal of ChiplluDk flying. We were lucky to gain gliding courses and Neville Naterwalla, Kevin Woods
and Mu\<. Lindsey were successful in fly1ug solo for the first time. In the
Easter holidays the Section arrauged a very successful adventurous traiDiD& week in the Peak District, though none of this would have been posssible without the expertise of Mr Raine.
Our Annual Camp, for a chaD&e. was held at RAF Benson which is the HQ of
the Queen's Flight Squadron. The schools involved were:- Sevenoaks, Wells
and DGSB. FIt Sgt "shbee and lIyself calle first and second in the section competitions. The RAF Section also took the initiative in organisiD& a very enjoyable weekend orienteering exercise in the Calais area. We
invited Sevenoaks Scbool to joinua and they proved to be good cO8lpetition, but it was the group led by Sgt McDonald that managed to complete the twenty-seven aile course.
There is a great deal to look forward to, with the possibility of Cpl WOods
gaining his flyiD& scholarship. In the Easter holiday there will be aaother
adventurous weekend in Snowdonia for senior cadets and a chance to visi t the "sharp" end of the RAF in Germany, which will be the clillax of IIY five years in the RAF Section. 1 IIUSt thank FIt Lt Philpott and Major Hoeren for their
support, for if they did not give up their free tiae very little would
happen. Finally 1 wish those takiD& over the Section's leadership in
Easter good luck and 1 hope they enjoy leadiD& the Section like 1 have.
u n MI_h..1 P.ift


Guest Evening
11Ie lIualcal contributions to Guest Evenina were, as usual. qui te varied and
of a high standard. A brass fanfare opened the pl'Oceedinas. heraldina the National Anthm. 11Ie Cha8ber Orchestra then played three extracts f1'Oll
Walton's "Facade", with an additional instrollent that was not necessarily
lIeant to have been either heard or understood (not the case at this perfomance) pl'Ovi dad by PI r Sewell. Tbe Ch..ber Choi r "na superbly well. wi th resonant tone and obvious enjo,.ent. A large ensmble. known collectively
as the Concert Wind Sand, blew away any cobwebs wi th spi ri ted rendi tions of "Down Ho8e" and "Alexander' s Ragtiae Sand". Tbe Choir collpleted the evening with two spirituala: "L'11 David" and "De Gospel Train". It was in the
latter that S08e of the 8Gre serious lIusicians were observed to ..ile when sinaina the deeply lIuningful lyrics "choo.' choo: ".
In her address Miss Lilian Kay had plenty of good advice for the boys of
Dover Grs..ar School. She was sure tha tit was essential for each boy to get to know himself. to assess his own qualities and temperament. honestly. Each boy should have respect for every other hUlleD being. includina those in auth
ori ty. those of a different race and those providing a service. I t was the use of the two ..all words "please" and "thaDkyou", words that cost nothing. that Mhs Kay _ented upon - they were not used often enough.
In her adllonishment to distinguish between the good and the lIediocre. it was
suggested that the best use be lIade of tille. "Do not spend all your tille watching televialon," she advised. Alona with the suggestion that hollewoIlt should not be skillped in order to go and woIlt for a little IIOney to buy sollething that was not worthwhile. R81ainding those present of the Girls' School lIotto. they were urged to hold to the best in the world and to ..ile. Miss Kay had succeeded in keeping her audience's attention and had pl'Ovided many pertinent points for the boys. and others present. to ponder.
Fourth Fom Merit Certificates were awarded to the followina:
Nigel Sainbridge. Daniel Surd, Steven Cooke, Simon Cullen, Richard
Drydeu, Richard Goodwin, Richard Harlow. Christopher Howitt. Ian
Harris. Guy Jowett. Michael Lawrence, Robert Neil, Christopher Newall. MaIlt Pallier. John Pain, Matthew Peuninaton, Andraw Rowing. Martin SlIi then and Michael Willoughby.
Fourth Year Acad_ic Prizes were awarded to:
Daniel Seard, Martin SIIi then and John Pain.
Fifth Fom Prizes were awarded to the following:
Alec Coveney M_orial Prise for GeO8etrical Drawing Kevin Streater
Lewis Robt. K8DD._ M_rial Prise for EDain.erina 011vu Sa,_., . I I
Thorn EKI Inatrulleats Prise for Technical Drawing Andrev Clari W
Roy Sutton Mmorial Prise for EDalish Christopher _
patrick Elworthy Mmorial Prise for French Christopher _
'I\1nnel Me80rial Prize for History Jason Gibbons
and Leslie Lan.
Sidney Clout Junior Music Prize David H.aley
and ttartin Ruck
Frederick Astaan ttemorial Prize for Mathmatics Martin Ruck and
Andrew McBrid.
Latin Si8Gn Killer
Physics ttartin Ruck
Siology Lee Leatha8
11I_as Memorial Prize for Chmhtry Lee Leatham
Art Lee Leatham
Geography Phi Up Stucken
Geman Carl W118On
Tbe Jubilee Prise Laurence Fisher
Sixth Form Prizes were awarded to the following:
Pfher Prizes for Mathematics Paul Col_an
Physics MaIlt Newall
Biology Siaon Matthews
Cheaistry Paul McSride
English Literature Jonathan Manners
Geography Andrew Law
Senior Music David Lawrence
French Jer_y Taylor
History Nicholas Farrell
German Shaun Tb08pson
Computer Science Sruce Stephens
John tb-Unson tt_orial Prize for Mathematics Sruce Stephens
The Clatworthy Prize for Classics Gary Goldfinch
The Pudney Prize for Ec:onoaics Harvey H8llmonds
Art David Willoughby
and Robin PeIltins
Le. Large M_orial Prise for EDaineerina Drawing Jer_y Howi tt
Tborn EKI Instruants Prize for EDaineerina Si_on Edwards
Other Prizes were awarded to the followina:
The Sulow Prize for Mualc Richard Soppi tt
and Paul McSride
11Ie Vbi tehouse M_orial Prize for RE Laurence Fisher
11Ie Old Soys' Cadet Prise Martin Sheehan -
Tbe Robt. Michae1 Brown Prise for RAF Cadets Michaal Pain
The Staff Prize nllothy .Johns and
Andrew Pear8On
The Old Soys' Outdoor Activities Prize Jer_y Carter
The tbwn Mayor of Dover Prise for Good Fellowship Richard Soppi tt
The Aruold Shield was presented to Paul Stokes.
Tbe House Challenge Shield was awarded to Priory House and was collected by Neville Naterwalla. PriOry House Monitor.



Junior Pr/zeglvlng
CDe.t of hoaour et Junior Pri.egiviDl. held oa the afteraooa of WedBesday.
October 3rd 19840 ws Mr Arthur EIUoto who retumed to the School to preseat the pri.e. aDd Meri t Certifies tea. For the fi rat ti.e. the Music Pri.e .as awarded. MiDI giY8D for outstaadiDl .ernce to the Mualc Deparbleat or for olltataadiDl elaaawlk ia the subject of .uale. 'lbe aftemooa beaaa vi th the School'. 'lbird Orchestra playiDl two popular piece.: "'lbe Yellow Su.ariae"
aDd "Jolmay Todd" the th_e fro. the old TV seri.. "Z Cara". Solos were also pedoned by Scott Farrell (orgaa). Matthew Howlaad (recorder) aDd Bnce HeaD (tn.pet). 'lbe Choir saDl a caatata called "JoD8h" whicb had beea writtea by
the u.e _poser who wrote the si.ilar wlk perfol'8ed at pri.egiriDl a year before. "Daaiel".
II8porta of the various actirities aDd clubs. as well as ...es of pri.ewiDDers. were reed well by a _ber of boys fr08 the Lower Schools
Chri.topher Beeso.. Devid Butler. Justia Coe. JuUaa Crush, Joaatbaa Hold... Kristiaa Miller. Michael Padfield. Matthew Stepbeaa. Derroa
Wadey aDd JuUaa Willtiaao..
Acad_ic Pri.es were awarded to the follovi..:
First FOD Barrie Wilsoa 1 Palk
Seeoad Fon Russell Boumer 2 Fri th
'lbird FOD Si80a Gibboas J Priory
'lbe K. H. Ruffell Pri.e for Geography Si_a Gibboaa
'lbe Enriro-eatal Studies Pri.e JustiD Alle.. Cbristopber Beeso..
Neil Carter aDd Nicbolas DixoD
'lbe Freach Trip Diary Pri.e Neil Carter
'lbe Mualc Pri.e Mattbew HowlaDd
'lbe Nigel Pointer Priae for Special Endeavour GaviD SY80D
'lbe AlaD Paddoc:lt M_orial Pri.e for Middle
School Fellowship Li.. CutteU
'lbe followi.. CCF Cadets also received awards:
Any Section - 'lbe Paytoa Cup Steyea Loc:lt_d
RAF Section - 'lbe BridUDltoD Cup Stuart Disbrey
'lbe Lavih Award Junior RN Cadet Guy 'IbotIpSOD
'lbe Staff Pri.e Neil Ottaway
Meri t certificates were preseated to the foUoviDl boys:
1 Astor - Malk Crawford. Nicholas Dixo.. Cbrhtiaaa Raalebos.
ADdrew Rush aDd Christopber Watts.
1 Fritb - JustiD Alle.. Peter Boumer. AdriaD Fri'ead.
Joaathaa Marchaod aDd Kristiaa Miller.
1 Palk - .eil Carter. Matthew Clalk. Malk Easterby.
Peter Fialey aDd laD Medgett.
1 Priory - Asbley Baker. Martia BaroweU. Cbristopber
BeesoD aDd Derid Scope..
2 Astor - ADdrew Buras. Richard Cbupio.. Stey.. GreeDer.
ADdr.. Lawreaee aDd Laureace WOOdward.
2 Frith - Lee Dewes. StayeD Fisber. David Harris.
Cbristopber JosUa aDd Malk Owe..
2 Palk - StepheD Auste.. Kevia Bailey. Robert Faidax.
Colia Jems. AllaD Maxted aDd Aadrew Tbo8as.
2 Priory - Paul Grigsby. JOD8thaD Holde.. ShaUD 1U81ey.
Cbristopber MargesoD aDd Neil Ottsway.
3 Astor - Fraak Barry. Stepbea Barry. Peter George
aDd J..es Pal.er.
3 Fri tb - AlaD FaulltDer. Christopher MorgaD
aDd Lee SviDerd.
3 Pan - Paul Betts. Li.. CutteU. Stuart Disbrey. StepbeD
GoldfiDch, StepbeD Hol.es and Jasper Treyelya..
3 Priory - Si_n Gibbons. Andrew Pope. Marlt Preece
and Beaedict Newton.




SOCIETIES
Christian Fellowship
11Ie Dew school year posed the Cbristian Fellovship vi tb aany probl.s, chiefly those of leadership _d foraat. We nov aeet every 1Uesday in the Old Prefects' 1IooIa, and also once a _nth, for a joint aeetiq, at the Girls' School. OUr a.bership has r_ained fairly constant, and ve enjoy our. unity and fellowship vi tb Christ.
The cliaax of our activities vas a week of ass.blies, in vhicb ve told of our thougbts as Chrhtians on such topics as the Church today, and our role in society. 1111.8 vas a success for it led aaay peopl e to coaaeat CODS truc ti vely oa vhat bad been said.
"artia Joaes L61
Sailing Club
Sai1l.q Club haa seen very few Dew a.bers froa this School over the last
year, aDd since -st of the sailors are ia the fifth aDd sixth years at present, Dew talent Deeds to be encouraged froa the lover parts of the
School if the Club 1.8 to prosper ia the years to coae. However, oa the first Friday of the Dew acad.ic year a large aU8ber of second years
joined froa the Girls' Gr_ar, aost of vboa are nov fairly regular
a.bers. Unfortunately, clue to adverse weather coadi tiona this autU8n,
races for the Lock Tropby aDd the JohDsoa Cup were not held, aDd theae
have been postponed until the sailiq sea80a recoaaeaces next. Easter.
For all those DOn-sailors ia the second year and above, the viater 1.8 aa
ideal tiae to join as it h cluriq thh period that theory lessona are beld at the Girls' Gr_ar oa Friday eveniqs, which give the added confidence to novices before they actually begin to sail.
11Iallks .st go to "r Raiae aDd "r Gabriel for their help ia the orgaahatioa aDd instruction ia last year' a sailiq.
Christopher Cook UPg (Captain DGSSC)
Stamp Club
A ...11 band of dedicated philatelists aeets ia Roo8 16 each 1Uesday lunch
tiae, to svap and sell staaps, eager to find the one needed to coaplete a
set, or just to look at other people' s collection,. It 1.8 not surprisiq that with so aaay hoae coaputers aDd BKX bikes there is little tiae, or interest, for stop collectiq. Yet it 1.8 rea..uriq to discover the hobby has DOt lost its appeal. It is aa passionately practised DOV as it vas soae years back. It CAD provide aany hours of enjoyaent and fascination, as well as beiq of DO little educational value. If you are interested, coae 81oq.
A. J. F.
Wargames Club
11Ie warg..es Club vas dhcoatiaued clurlq the _inatioa seasoa last year bUt, at the first aeetiq of the Dew year,
everyone vas back as usual, aDd full of ide.s. AD extr.-ly daqerous Duqeoas aDd Dragoas c..paiga has heeD °raaahed ia a hidden, underground reala, cu18inatiq ia a
battle agaiast Lolth, De8Oa queen of Spidera, oa her 0
plane - or aa igDOble death for the foolhardy:
lruce Locke viII start soae "Laserbum", science-fiction varg..iq, thougb details are yet to be aDDOunced. 5O8e
"1I:Ip Secret" spyiq vas observed ia the first week, but I
va8 too involved in gettiq blasted to Uabo by _e aagicvieldiq vizard of the afore-aeatioaed Locke to notice aucb de tail.
The Warga.es Club .eets ia the Geograpby 11008 one eveaiq a week, straight after School. It is usually a 1Uesday.
See you there.
Steven Hol.es 4 Parlr.
Dungeons & Dragons
11Iird Year Duqeoas aDd Dragoas Club started last tera ia
the lunch hour, aeceui tated by the vi thdraval of late bus passes. There are about half a dozen ..bers at the _eat, but vi tb only one set of books, expaasioa is 1I.ai ted.
As .aay people vill knov, the basic al.. of Duqeoas aDd Dragoas (tbe original fantasy role-playiq gue) 1.8 to venture into duqeoas, kill hideous .on8ters, get lots of treasure aDd re8cue kiqs, queens and beautiful.aideas froa the clutches of evil wizards. As you kill .ore _asters and get aore treasure, so you gain experience points aDd better abilities.
Our expeditious into fantasy are under the watchful eye of "re "iddleton, vho aekes sure we adventurers get back ia
tiae for afternoon registration:
navid Hards 3K


Chess Club
Last year the Cb..s Club. under the leadership of Hr Lodder and Hr B..ford,
pRepared. '!here..re ..ny ..bers who joined, and three chess t...s were
"knoc:ked up". For the sea1or ..bers i t wae the best year for ages. 11Iey c:ue joint first in the Kent Schoola Sea1or Lequ.. and of the twenty c..es they played, their resul ta were as folloV8:
Won 14 Lost 3 Drew 3
For the V16s it V8S a year that put th. fourth in the V16 Leacu.. hnlq 1IOn t1IO of the six I-ea played, draviq t1lO and loslq the other t1lO. For the V13s it w.. a dhappointinc year. 'l'hey c..e sixth in the Leacu.. haviq - only one of the six g.es played, losiq all the r.aiDiq fiye.
All in all, it has been a fairly succeuful year, however. 'l'he Club always we1":08es new ..bers under the new leadership of Hr Lodder and Hr Callacher.
Steyen Fisher 3
Technical Studies Clubs
All dubs vi thin the Deparment (woodtlOlk, .eta11lO1k and eucineeriq) .eet
regularly throughout the year. 'l'he 1IOlkshops are open three days each week, fn. 3.40 to 5p8, to all boys who visb to ":o8e. 'l'he sessiona are well attended but rec:ently, oviq to the withdrawal of late bus pa..es for boys 11",. iac in the Deal area, the n_bers have di.iDished. We 10 to the Clubs vi th
a variety of interesta: hobbies, personal pnjecta, school c:ours_1k and,
for .e and .y c:ont.porades, the necessary ti.e to c08plete the project for GCE 0 level Eaaineeriq Wolkshop 1'beory and Practice (EW1Id').
Recently we saw a d_natration of a CHC "<:08puter _edeally c:ontrolled)
lathe. 'Ibis 18 an interestiq .achine and a s..ll version of the .achines
used in _dem industry. We have been told that this new topic will appear in the 1987 syllabus for EW'IIoP, but it raaina to be seen if the .oney ean
be found to purc:hase this ..chine.
Finally, we an appreda te the help of the s tatf, Hess re SIIi th, Gabrie1, Fieldvic:k, Goldthorpe and Paul Skelton, and for their &aidance.
Mild Bainbriqe 5 Palk
Model Railway Society
'!he HIS beaan life at the start of Aut_n TeDl vi tb a notice in Aas.bly, afte
which ve vere delaled with enquiries. Aa a result, we now haye approxi..tely three ..ben. We .eet eacb Honday and Weduesday, to swap trac:k and handy
hinta. '!he Soc:1ety has an ad tiq prolr_e abead: a visi t to the
Ma tional TraiD Club. and a visi t to the Blue Peter 1ayou t, where
Si-n has pr08hed a de8Onstration of trac:k layiq and
carriale restoratiou. OD a s.aller seale .. ha" talks
on such topics as syst. desiln and the i.portance of ,:;;
_del traina in the Bd thh eco_y.
TD8 Taak-lII&iDe L68R
TRIPS and VISITS
Clutchinl eases and passports, we entered the hotel lobby, to be further
loaded with salted bread and a carnation, accordiq to Bulladan cust08.
Under the leadership of Hr Owen and Dr French, we had crossed the 1 ron Curtain and found ourselves in Plovdiv, Bulcaria's second dty. It se.ed
as thoul_ \alf the city'. population was ..ployed in constructiq new roads and house., and one could only ass-e the other half was involved in takiq down the s..e, as prolress was not evident. Walls, roads and paths all ended abruptly in piles of sand.
Lydia, our luide for the week, bad a fetish for Hr OWeD'S green c08b, which 1IOuld often vanish froll his bad poc:ket. Neslto, the coach driver, was obviously under the impression that be could overtake loq vebicles on blind
corners of lIountain roads - and be frequently did: _
Our stay in Plovdiv was spent vhitiq the
Ethnolraphic Huse_, touring and shoppiq.
11Ie Roman ..phitheatre in the shoppiq
precinct looked out of place as it was
almost complete. Hany friends were .ade
and addresses swapped after a visit to the
Plovdiv BDalish Laquage School, where
!I
les.ons begin at 7.30 am with IJllnastics, and all are taulht in EnaU.h. An international soccer .atch ended in a 6-5
diplomatic defeat for Enaland. _
At Velilto Turnovo, the c:api tal of .edieval
Bulgaria, we saw the fortified holies of
wealthy Bulgarian merc:hants.
"I t' s a bi t lilte Pompeii, really," was
_rron's considered opinion of a pic:tur
esques village. Arbansssi, built by Bullar
hns in the hills above Velilto Turnovo
duriq the fiye hundred year period of
Tulkhh rule. Few others agreed. Huc:h
wa. .aid of life under the "Tulkish yoke"
throulhout the tdp. Plac:ards to the
"heroic: liberators", "the Russians, were a
regular road-side feature, ..iliq down on
-en digliq up roads vi th pic:kaxes, and
on shepherds or peasants ploughiq fields
vi th horses. Our hotel in Plovdi y had . .. .. - ".....
been overlooked by a _n_ent to the Russians. and the Bulcadan flag was always acc:_panied by the ha_er and sic:kle flal of the Soviet Union.
11Ien we were off to lIodern Bullada' s eapi tal. 'l'he cobbled streets of Sofia were the busiest encountered. Huc:h skill w.. needed in dodliq tr..s and trolley buses, as well .. the watc:hful eye of aDled lIili ti..ent, who would
whistle at British jaywalkers. One of the .ost ._rable silhts w.. the c:haqiq of the guard at Di.i troy' s Hausole... We tried to go in but it was c:losed. Shops, swi_iq poola, ice riaks and .ausole_. wer.. it se..ed, always dosed. "1 t is not wortdq," Lydia would .ay. In one shop, eyen though open, they
refused to sell us loods that were on display.




'lbe 18l1&ua&e also presented a few problss. Askill& for IIOre chairs at a disco was difficul_ When they did arrive our DOdding heads resulted in their beill& taken away again. A nod means "no" in Bulgaria:
'lbe weather in Sofia had been disappointill&. Yet we spent much of our
time photographill& others takill& photographs of others in the rain. Illness also struck the party, but a doctor was called and medicine prescribed. 111ere was, however, so much to see, perhaps the most rematkable being the magnificent Alexander Nevsky Memorial Church, and the September the Ninth Square. We were sad to leave. Many Bulgarians had become our friends it's true to say that they are uncolllllOnly friendly towards the Soviet Union, but when one considers their history this is probably justified. We all look. forward to an exchange vid t when a party frolll Plovdi v come to stay in East Kent.
Our thanks ..ust go to Mr Owen and Dr French for organising and leading
such an enjoyable and valuable insight to life in a communist country. 1bariks also to Mr Wadey for his invaluable help in getting us to and fro.. Gatwick, despite power failures, bomb scares and temporarily lost luggage:
Simon Matthews formerly M6P
The Royal Tournament
111e response by parents and boys to the 1984 Royal Tournament was much greater
than in previous years. So it was in three coaches that we made our way to the arena at Earls Court in London. On arrival, after a relatively uneventful journey, we had an hour ro wander around the many stands and sideshows. Among these were a Harrier GRJ aircraft of the RAF, and a group of Royal Army Medical Corps personnel making fake "wounds". Many of our boys left this stand with nasty gashed fingers and other gory injuries to their person.
111e show itself wss "Dawn to dusk", a day in the life of a Royal Navy ai rcraft
carrier. 111e recorded narrative was read by HRH 'lbe Prince Andrew, himself a
naval officer. 111e displays included in the show were varied. 111ere was the Royal Navy Displsy Taam manning a mast that towered high above the floor of the arena; there were the Royal Air Force Police dogs and the Royal Corps of Signals "Whi te Helmets" motorcycle display riders. 'lbe tradi tional Royal Navy Field Gun Competition and the Musical Drive of the Queen's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery were also part of the show.
All in all the day was a great success and everyone enjoyed it. Thanks go to all members of staff who made the visit possible: Dr French, Mr Haines, Mrs Middleton, Mrs Seville, Mr Owen and Mr Thomas.
Stuart Disbrey 4 Park
French Exchange
For the first ti.e for saveral years an exchall&e took placa with a school in
France. Just before Easter seventeen third and fourth formers and two staff
joined fifty-two (:) girls and their teachers from tbe Girls' School for
twehe days in Descartes, France. 111e progr-e included a visit to the
capi tal ot the departsent, Tours, and two days in the French school, a ..all C. Eo S. (c_prehen8ive). Host boys adjusted quickly to French food and faUy life, and seemed to enjoy the c_pany of their French partners.
In Hay we welcomed the French chUdren back and two excursions took place, one to London and one to Leeds Castle and Rye. 'lbe French pupils also visited our school for a day.
Although the joint venture aeans the exchall&e is a ..ssive undertskill&, needill& three coaches for excursions, we very much hope the Girls' School will invite ua to participate again next year.
G.L.
French Trip
At 6.15 in the morning on Monday July 2nd a group of forty boys and parents
waited excitedly for the coach at the bottom of the School hill. It finally arri ved and we said our las t goodbyes. We were taken to Dover Eas tern Docks and"'lbe Pride of Free Enterprise". We arrived at Calais at 9.45, French ti.e. We finally arrived at Paris at 3 pm. We entered the City, .skill& our way to
the Sacre Coeur on Monmartre, the only hill in Paris. On the way we passed the Arc de Triumphe and were all amazed at the size of i_ After dinner we went to the Hotel Arcade at Evry, a modem town outside Paris.
On 1\aesday we returned to Paris via the Boulevard Pedpherique, the Paris ring
road. \le went onto the "l'Ile de la Cite", the island on which Notre Dame
Cathedral is built, which we toured. We went to "the second stage of the Eiffel Tower, which was the highlight of our tour, wha t we had all been _i till& for. After a while most people went to the very top where the view was aagnificent. 111en we went on a river boat up the Seine to Notre Dame and back.
On Wednesday we visited Chartres Cathedral, in which the windows were brillian_ On 111ursday morning we went to a market at LoII&ue. A french .arket is very different from an English one. At lunch we had s_e snails, which 1 thought were delicious. In the afternoon we went to Sau.ur hypermarket. Afterwards we went to the Veuve Amiot wine caves and tried a_e wine. On Friday we walked round Sau..ur. In the afternoon we went to the Chateau de BoUllois. On Saturday we returned home and finally got to the School at 8.30 pm English
ti.e.
Thanks must be given to Hr Lodder, Hr Hiller, Hr and Hu Slater and Halcol..,
the coach driver, without who. the trip would not have been possible. We
all thoroughly enjoyed the week.
lieU Carter 2 Park





The Ski Trip _
Last Boxina Day thirty-six 8Dbryonic Kl...ers
suuared to School ben.. th the weiaht of
talkey, Chri u.as puddina and sui tcases. '11Ie
Iona days of savina, payina and trainina had
finally c_e to an end. '11Ie as..ult on
Europe had beaun.
'11Ie Sally Line aroaned beneath a thousand
Giles cartoons, but delivered us safely, to
travel throuah the niaht; savourina .usic,
videos, .ince pies, snores and achina bodies.
Journey' s end vas the Swi.. resort of lnter
lsken, that nestled varaly between its two
lakes. Li tUe snow vas in evidence en
route through the Alps, so anxious eyes
peered throuah the coach windows on our first
journey to the Junafrau region. Our spirita
rose as white landscapes appeared above the
broVl1 vall"s. 11Ie old .ountain railway vas
our daily transport up to Klodne Scheideu
from ei ther Grindelvald or Lauterbnnnen,
slowly windina ita way upwards. '11Ie scenery
was brea thtakina, as indeed were the al ti t
ude and exercise.
We skied in the shadow of the Eiger Mountain,
benea th the fuous North face. Snow condi t
ions were not ideal, tendina to be icy in the
.ornings and best around lunchti.e. Many of the runs were inco.plete, which
resulted in da_ge to skis. Many returned to their .sker, their sol.. havina departed: '11Iis year we failed to i.port any plaster of Paris - one twisted knee being the only obvious physical injury.
Skiing standards i8Iproved rapidly durina the week, thanks to excellent tui tion by British instructors. Styles varied fr- the cautious to the crazy, fro. the preeise to the uncontrolled - but eventually, all were confidently .halkina upon difficult red runs, and the occasional black ones.
Everyone will have lastina ..ories of the week, even if only the Swiss idea
of a cheese sandwich, or the sonorous sound of clanaina cowbells. Most look forward to repeatina the adventure in the future, and so.e are lucky enough
to be going to Kitzbuhel next Februar_
.....--J. B. Q.
RAF Annual Camp RAF Section Annual Ca.p 1984
'11Ie RAF Annual Caap in 1984 was a t RAF Benson, Oxfordshi re. boIIe hase for the
Queen' s Flight and 115 Squadron. With the boys fro. Dover were s_e fro.
Wells Cathedral School, and boys and girh fro. Sevenoaks School. Durina our week's stay at RAf Benson, .ixed sections from the three schools took part in a gym co.peti tion, initia ti ve tea to night eltereise and flyina a t RAF Abinadon. In addition we saw fire-fightina, air-traffic control and visited aircraft .aintenance on the hase. Several boys went on lenathy flights in Andover aircraft, and everyone had a chance to fire the SLR or Lee-Enfield rifles on the range.
11Ie ca.p was a resounding success with .any friends being .ade. and all present gained experience about life on an ac.tJ..ye RAf hase. 'DIanks go to
Flight-Lieutenant Philpott (Caap eo_andant), Major Hoeren, and the staff of
the two other schools, who all .ade the week so enjoyable.
Stuart Disbrey 4 Park






HOUSE NOTES
Astor
This year has seen an obvious decline in the standards achieved within Astor House. Unfortunately, we have dropped to bottoll posi tion in the House Cha.pionships thh year. Thh result can be attributrd to the lack of outstanding athletic ability within the Houae as co.pared with others, and also to problems of participation. Had the required numbers of boys attended
the standards events in the summer, we would have achieved a higher final position. However, individual efforts were co..endable in the standards and during Sports Day. Wi th thh sort of effort. and wi tb a better
standard of representation at sports events, there is no reason why we could not do considerably better next term.
Jeremy Carter
Frith
For too long mubers of Frith House have been using the old "spirit is
willing but the flesh is weak" ploy. In .ost cases the reverse of this would be IIOre truthful. For many members of Fri th who rolled out for last sua.er' s athletic standards the flesh was weak but the spirit vas willing, and all credit to them: However, if we are to make anything of our potential we must exercise it to the full on the playing fields, instead of rotting in front of the television. Currently lying third in the House Ch..pionship, Fri th has, in the words of the reports -of many boys, "plenty of room for improvement". We have the abi li ty, so le t' s pu tit to WOD..
Paul Morris
Park

The House 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 soccer overall, although our seniors were individual winners. Even though we did not win any of the baskethall matches, we came third overall. The spring term saw fine performances by all teams in rugby, but particularly the seniors. Our own tradition within the House, of determination and dedication, wu exuplif1ed by the manner in which er "ran away" with the Powell Cup. The su_er term followed with second place in cricket and a defeated fourth in swil8!ing. However, we convincingly won the a tbletics reflecting
on both individual talent during sports day, and our strong support given by all members of the House during standards. Greater efforts are necessary by all in order to help our bid for this year's Championship, and I .. sure that this year wi 11 put PaD. House at the top of the board, where we belong. Many thanks go to all staff concerned, but particularly to Mr Burton. whose tireless enthusiasm remains an exuple to us all.
Martin Sheehan
Priory
For the first ti.e in .any years Priory has won the House Champio_p,
Throughout the whole of last year the motivation and enthusiasm of the Priory te..s, coupled wi th considerable potential, have COI8bined to give creditable performances in all sports at all ages. This does not mean. however, we can put our feet up, for PaD. have proved to be close ri vala and I am sure they will put up a strong challenge for 1984-5. The secret of success has been both the willingness to participate and the spirit of every .emher of Priory House. Great credit .ust go to the efforts of the former House Captain. Andrew Perason. and special thaaks to the House Haster, Dr A. J. French.
Si80n Hdride
The School Council
When our School Council was set up in 1962 it enjoyed a short period of pop
ularityand then drifted quietly fro. the headlines into the backwaters of
the School' s attention. The School Council could not have been accused of
doing nothing, however. It had its own funds to allocate. and at one ti.e
the Games Staff and House representatives were involved, such that School
sports events were arranged with the help of the <Duncil. In fact the Council
was more centrally involved in School life than it is at present.
'n"day, the Council has no funds of its own. the Cues eo.mi t tee runs sepa ra te
ly, and even the Council's power of recoaaendation is limited as it is not
taken seriously. Despite this, the Council is still active, only the emphasis
has shifted from organising things to the production of ideas on which action
needs to be taken. This has developed into a si tuatioD where the number of
useful ac ti vi ties undertaken by the Counci 1 has been reduced. However, the
Council has been producing new ideas continuously, hut a different approach is needed to implement them. Previously, staff cue to the Council for its
help bu t now it mus t be the reverse, .embers should seek the support for thei r
ideas outside the Council. This means that instead of raising a point at a
meeting and expecting the senior boys running the Council to get something done, the matter should be pursued between .eetings. An example of bow such
things can be done is the recent installation of a secure bike rack in the
School. This had been brought up at Council .eetings for the last five years,
but by pressing the metalwoD. staff for their generous help, and for a few
spending a little ti.e on it, the first part was coepleted fairly easily.
So the Counci 1 is no longer centrally inYOl ved in the 0 rgani sa tion of the
School, but it is in a position to be active. providing boys become IIOre
involved. In the words of a new, and _ewbat sceptical representative, who
attended his first Council meeting and found it enjoyable:
"But I thought the Council was supposed to be boring:"
Steven Hoss - Secretary to the School Council



Soccer - 1 stXI
In every vay this has been a very lI_orab1e season for the 1st XI. There is little doubt that this has been the strongest and IIOSt balan_ed side to have represented t_e S_hool for many years. Right at the beginning of the season it vas _lear that ve had a very large squad of experien_ed players, and it
has been possible to sele_t three strong tealls .ost Wednesdays.
The 1st Xl's most notable su__ess has been the winning of the Kent S_hools' League for the first tille. This was settled in the last week of last tera with an eIIphati_ 4-1 win at Maidstone Gramllar S_hool. The League perforaan_e vas even lIore remarkable be_ause of the fev goals _on_eded - only four in ten galles. In fa_t the League playing re_ord is:
Played 10 Won 9 Lost 1 Goals for 33 Goals against 4
This shows _learly the ex_ellent defensive re_ord that the team ha_ a_hieved, and the outstanding _ontribution made by John Monger in goal. There have been other reasons for our good performan_e this year:
Firstly, there have beenexperien_ed players in key positions, John Monger in goal, Jamie Sadler in the _entre of the defence, Andrew Kenchington and Steve Blake in .idfield, and Matthew Mann and Ramon San !meterio as strikers.
Then se_ondly, the rest of the team has been made up of talented fifth formers, like David Rat_liffe, and solid rugby players, su_h as Jock M_Bride and Kevin Hall.
Thirdly, we have had three players representing Kent - Matthew Mann, _aptain of the 1st XI, who has been the first Dover player to play for the Kent Schools 'A' team; Ramon San !meterio who plays for the 'B' team, with Jason Oliver
who is the first Under 16 player to play for the Kent Under 19 team. There is also 11 tt1e doubt that Jamie Sadler, Andrew podmore, and John Monger _ould aho have played at County level.
Another reason for our su_cess has been the willingness of the team to train. On Monday lun_htimes there has often been over tventy boys at fitness training. Similarly, the six-a-side league has raised the overall standard of all players, and improved fitness.
Finally, & per.haps most important, there has been good _over when injuries
have o__urred. Ra.on broke his jaw at half-term, and Matthew Mann badly twisted his ankle. Both players missed several games and the ease with whi_h 2nd Xl players Andrew Johnson, John Murphy, Mark Castle and Mark Gabriel, stepped in to fill the places, was very impressive. It is possible that without these transfers the 2nd Xl lIay have won their League as veIl.
Our only two defeats vere to SillOn Langton at home in the League, 2-0, and in the first round of the County Cup, 2-1 after extra tille against Rainham Mark Grammar S_bool. Sin_e then, we have beaten the County Cup finalists, Oakwood Park. Anotber fine vin was against a very strong Old Pharosians side, 4-2,
to win the Andy K r_er Cup.
Most of the team will leave this year, but next season the team viII again
be fairly strong vith the influx of this year's 2nd Xl players.
Over all, of the fifteen .at_bes played, thirteen were won and two lost. S4 loals vere s_ored and there vere only eight against. TOp loBI s_orers vere:
Ma ttbev Mann - 13; Ramon San !meterio - 12; John Murphy - 8
Colours vere re-avarded to:- Matthew Manu, Raslon San EIIeterio, Steve Blake, John Monger and Jamie SadlerJ Colours vere awarded to:- Andrev Ken_hington, Jock M_Bride, Kevin Hall, Jason Oliver, David Rat_liffe and Andrew Podmore; Rep Ti.s vere awarded to:- John Murphy and Andrev Johnson.


Rugby - 1stXV
In spi te of conaiderable potential, the perfomanc:e of the 18t xv last
aeason tended towards inc:onahtenc:y. At ti... play vaa quite outstandilll, the baeka .akilll good use of po..eadon won by a api ri ted pack. Whilat
_re I-ea had been won than lost, and in .any vaya it had been a auc:c:e..ful A-SOD, the tea. had not alvaya played witb that authority that arhea fr08 consistent and intelligent trainilll. 'lbat vaa tbe t...' s veakn.a aa prac:tic:es that were poorly attended resulted in si.ilar te- performanc:ea.
The dps are good, however, for next s..son if the outatandilll perfomanc:e aga1nat the Old Boya (a twenty all drav) is anythilll to go by. In that matc:b the te.. played with c088iblent, the kind of c:_ibleat of vhic:b the Sc:hool c:an be proud.
Colours tie. were awarded to:
M. Ad..soD, P. "orris, J. "oilier, J. Gri"a, R. Field, S. "c:Bride and J. "i tc:hinson.
Repreaentative ties were awarded to:
A. webb, H. LaughtoD, D. Healey, P. Comeliua, J. Sadler, S. Cough, H. Shepherd, D. Vybom and H. HaDD.
2ndXV
The Sc:hool 2nd XV Rugby team vas able to field a full side in every g-e last seasoD, despite the fact that they vere plagued with injuriea in the 18t XV so our players vere taken to fill their gaps. Te- c:o-ordination val difficult to.achieve. because of this, and ve did not win too .any gamel. However, the tea. played with a good spirit at all timea. The arrival of the new set of Ihirts vas greeted vith entbusia.. and, with a Itrengthened tea.. ve lDanaged to win our next gue.
The thanks of the whole teu .ust go to Hr Hurray and Hr ChalDbers for their enthusiaam and lupport throughout the aeason - they encouraged ua to do our best in what vere too often lodng battles.
Representative tiel were avarded to:
Paul 0' Flaberty, Si_n Hiller, Jalon Wall, "arlr. Nicholal, Andrew Hc:Bride, Rodney Dnpater. Stephen Blake, Harlr. Herbert, Peter Daulby, David Rs8aD, Dave Waterfield, 'nMI Wilk.1naoD, Philip Keates and Ted Paraonl.
1 st XI Cricket
Overall the last leaaon vaa a successful one and, in part, thh vaa due to the vell attended practic:.. and nett at the start of the leaaon. At ti.es the battilll vas extr_ely good, in particular, Andr.. Po_ore .ade s-e
exc:ellent innillls, leading the battilll averag.. with 30 runl per iDD1l11s, and .aking his bighelt score of the season againlt the Old Pharosiana, a fine 74. Useful contributions with the bat vere also .ade by Andr..
Leivers, Hatthev"ana, Hic:hael Couzena, John Corless and J_ie Sadler.
l11e teaa suffered vi th the annual - probl- and two key ..bers bad
broken bonel, one openilll bovler and tbe vicket keeper. Despi te tbese setbads the dde worlr.ed well together vith Hic:hael Couzens doilll a
fine job as Captain.
Certainly there were ar_s in vhich the side could i.prove, in particular accurate fieldilll and improvilll the penetration of tbe bowlers. A c:areful look. at the bovling figures revealed too many expensive wickets, and thil needs to be worlr.ed on next leason. Provided further practice is taken on improving the areal of weakn..s, the team .ay look. forward to a succ:eslful future.
The teu played eleven .a tches, winnilll four, losilll two and dravilll the r.ainilll five .atcbea. The average ruDe .ade per match were 124.
Colourl were re-awarded to:
Hichael Coulenl
Colourl vere awarded to:
Andr.. Po_ore, Richard Field, Andrew Leivers and J...ie Sadle_ Representative ties were avarded to:
John Corle.. and Kevin Hall
Athletics
Houae standards began the School's athletic: activities and there were four
senior aeasions before half term. The turaoU.t vas, hovever. very dilappointing vi th very few seniors attending. Queltions .ust nov be asked into the vaU.ity of such aessionl in their contribution to the Houle syat..' The junior standards were .ore aucceslful and in the sixaesaions after half tem partic:ipation was particularly enc:ouraging. It onc:e again gave an opportunity for the leas athletic to make a positive contribution in a DOn-co.petitive situation.
Senior Sports Day vas held just before half tem and Parlr. Houae won in convinc:1111 style over neares t ri vala Fri tb. B.. t performanc:.. included a nev school high jUlDp record by Harlr. Lindley and an equalling of the school javelin throw retord by J..h Sadler. Jer_y Hi tch1nsoD, And rev Hc:Brlde and David Healey also recorded excellent firsts in their respective events.
Junior sports vas particularly h..pered by the teachers' atrike and even though lix athletiC:1 standards vent ahead, competitive meets invariably were called off. The Povell Trophy val also .i,sed due to ita coinc:idence with school ex..s. In the one local meet that did occ:ur the lover school in particular did very veIl, and thia bodes well for tbe future.
In the South Eaat Kent Cha.pionahip the School vas excellently represented and Andrew I1c:Brlde vaa outstanding when winning the 400.. and the 800., so he vas cholen to represent the area in the Kent CbalDpionship. Also delervedly choaen were David Healey(lolll jump). ADdrev Pope(lSOo.) and Steven Hain(800.).




'I1Ie cU..x to a busy internal athletic s.a80n .as, of coura., the Junior and fUddle School sports. N.w school records went to Cuy Hill for the High J-p; S.an Findlay-ScuIUon(dhcus) and Jer_y Hemer(1.500.). With fair weather and Iteeo CO8petl tlon Putt House eYeDtually ran out the vi_era followed doaely by Priory House.
SHORT STORY "The Big One"
They were often down at the bay, even at low tide, when the crests of miniature waves raced playfully to the shore. They were also there in those winter nights when fearful gales whipped the sea to a frenzy of screaming spray. Yes, they were always there, rods cast out deep, standing, watching patiently, eyes alert, fixed on the ends of those fishing rods. Even when 1 spoke to them, the aan and the boy never looked straight at me. Their gazes were constantly fixed on the ends of the rods, or out to sea.
The man must have been about thirty-five years of age, and the young boy was obviously his son, little more than ten, as far as 1 can remember. Within
the flickering glow of a hissing lamp, on a windy night, they would stand together, the father often retelling stories of giant fish that had been seen, or of that dreadful day the "big one" sUpped the hook. The little boy always listened, cheeks aglow, hands thrust deep into his pockets and arms pressed tightly to his body for warmth, feet stomping. When the tale WAS over he
would turn back to his little rod and stare again out to sea, but with added,
vi taU ty and hope.
It seemed to me that they were forever waiting for the day when a rod would thump itself over and the sea would finally give up the "big one". 1 was right. They were wai ting, but for how long? 1 don't know; eterni ty and
longer, perhaps. 1 think only they, and the sea, really knew how long. Some might wonder how they managed to keep patient, to cast, and recast, each time winding in the line only to find it stripped clean of bait, time after time. But 1 think, now, 1 know.
It was a foggy evening, early November, a couple of days after Guy FaWkes Night. They were down there again. This time the tide was out, the carpet
of cold, darkened water had been pulled back across the shingle, and way out, four hundred yards or more across the damp sands, ribbed by the perchance flow of the receding sea. 1 could only just see the light from their lamp, glowing dimly through the fog as 1 walked along the line of weed and driftwood left high by the last tide. It was not very late, about eight o'clock and 1 was in no hurry. So 1 decided to walk out to th... and see how their luck was going.
1 knew that it was the man and his son because they seemed to be the only
ones to fish in that spot in those days.
As 1 drew near the man recognis44 me, and greeted me, as always, a cheerful smile flitting across his face, lit by the lamp's yellow diffusion.
"Not the best of nights, is it?" I said rather lamely. Not the best found
ation for a conversation, I thought to myself.
"I've seen worse, though," replied the man, and 1 believed him.
"Any luck then?" I offered to the young boy.
"No," he returned. "Not yet." His hopes never seemed to be dashed, even at the end of an afternoon's fishing, his disappointment would be wiped away by the thought of another chance, next time.
"Tonight's the night, though. 1 can feel it in my bones," said fa ther, pausing



a _ent to pour tea frOll a thenos. "I know it."
"Oh, yes. How many times have I heard that?" 1 joked.
"About as many times u I've said it. or _re 1 should this:" ha laughed.
and offered the steuhg tea to his son. "Be careful now, it' s hot." he continued. "FaDCY a cup?" he asked. tuming to me. "I t' s a bi t cold tonight."
"Why thankyou very much. You're right. it is a bit nippy. Weathemen say there'll be snow before Christlllas."
"OIJ good:" cried the boy. "I like snow at Christ8as time. We can build a
snow man and have snowball fights."
"11Iat sounds fuu," 1 replied. accepting the lIug of tea.
'lbe man .iled proudly at his son, and 1 sensed the strong fa ther-son bond between th.. spark suddenly. 'lbe sea was hissing quietly as the waters crept
towards the line where the circle of luplight marked the boundary between security and the cruel loneliness of the foggy night. I sipped my tea thoughtfully and looked out at the fishing rods. One was tall and strong, the other was fresh, new and sensitive, big and small, father and son. 'Ibe man was using an aging reel, long past its prime but still useful. He had been wanting to buy a new one foe a long time. The boy had a bright shiny red reel, an expensive model that lay the line in neat coils for you as you wound it in. As I ran my eyes up the rod 1 saw that the rings were new, fixed on and vamished with care
and devotion, by the father of course. From the tips of both rods a thin be.. of green-glowing fishing line shone like a ray and disappeared into the fog a few yards out. It was tightly stretched, bending the end of each rod ever so slightly, slowly moving them as the tide rolled in.
Suddenly a high voice broke the silence. 1 t was the li tHe boy.
"Ouch: Ow, it bumed me:" he cried.
"I told you," reproved the fa ther. "Sip it slowly."
"You'll have to be careful, or you'll bum your tongue off," 1 added. 1 t was thl
that I felt something happening. The man had fallen still, froze_ like a living statue, the tea still steaming in his clasped hands. 1 followed his line of gazl to the tip of the rod. "A bi te?" 1 asked.
- No reply, except thE boy hissing me to silence. He was also staring at the roe
I could see no movement. 'lben, bang: 'lbe rod bent double. 1 swear to this veil day that the fishing rod bent itself right over and nearly fell from its stand. A second later the man exploded into a flurry of action. Dropping his cup to
the sand, he jumped forward and grasped the rod, wai ting a moment. seeing the rOt straighten then bend again before snatching it froll its rest and pulling it way back over his head.
"Is it 'u, Daddy? Is it on1"Clamoured the boy.
"Yes 1 this so:"
"Co on bring him in:" 1 cried exci tedly as the man began winding in the line,
fast and furious, reeling in so far and bringing the rod down, then whipping it up high agaiu, before repeating the process.
"Get the net, sou. Hake sure he doesn't get away:" he said to the boy. And the li ttle lad was rushing out into the darkness wi th the net. I hurried after him, catching sight of his large green boots flopping around his knees as he splashed through the shallow water towards the point Where the thin fishing line strained from the surface.
"Be careful:" 1 cried after him, but 1 doubt if he could hear me for his exci ted shouts.
"I can see i _ Daddy, here: Wind hi. in: Faster:" 'tben he had it netted and was straining to lift it from the water. 1 waded over to try and help him, and wa. surprised to hear hi. say, "Leave it: 1 t' s ours:"
'lbe father bad left the rod now, and had rushed through our wake to lift the
net. 'lbe w_ter in the net was thrashed and foamy as a silvery shape twisted
wi thin it. a b8&e, heavy fish. I t took a .inute or two to haul tbe catch back
to tbe shore and d_p it onto the sand. There it lay, four feet 10111 at least. and shout a quarter as wide.
"I t'. a cod:" said the .au, "And a beautiful one at that."
A silver-scaled 8Onster of the sea lay panting, tail and fins twitchiDl slightly as its life ebbed away witb the tide of nsture.
So I left th.., the father and sou, happy together. Their hours of patient
wai ting fulfilled. tbe sea tales cOlle true at last.
But now c-es the hardest part of the story to believe. Take.y word. the story remains true, for when I reached the shingle I tumed to look back into the clearing fog. The light fr08 the lup had gone, and by the light of the -on
and stars I could see no trace of tbe fisheman and his sou, tbeir rods or their gear. They had completely disappeared into the night. I don't know why, but I searched that beach for _re than an hour, wondering whetber they could have packed and left in such a short time wi thout me seeilll'
It is twentyfive years aince that night and I have never seen anybody fishiDl there slain. I often this about th.. in my twilight years, and wonder whetber
I i.agined it all. The prize catch was never mentioned in the local paper. For all I know it had been the fi rs t fish they had ever landed. I had never se811
them catch anything before. But. though I never saw tMm again I u not sad. 10r s_e strange reason I am happy for them. I cannot explain it. but I u
sure that night. s_ehow connected with the catch and the disappearance of
the .an and his sou, something, something inexplicable wU fulfilled.....
Peter George 4 Astor



B LO C K BUS T E R S
At the begillniue of Autll8n Ten 1984 a group of boys, .ainly fro. the Lower
Sixth, took part ill preli.i1l8ry audi tions for entry to Central Televi sion' s
progra..e "Blockbustera". Froa these eager hopefuls a te.. of six was selected:- Chrh Bundy, Chris Cook, Lawrence Fiaher, Peter Jordon, Kevin
Streater and !lark Whipp. It was this select group that .et at Dover Priory
to go to London for the real auditions, being held at a hotel in St John's
Wood. The Senior Researcher for the progr...e, Liz Dawes, who is a friend of
!lr Owen, was in charge. Unfortu1l8tely the weather had not bee.n killd to us,
and those without waterproofs had been soaked in the walk of only a few min
utes frOl8 the Underground station to the hotel. However, arriving early
.eant we could cal. our nerves with. cups of coffee at 90p each. Even at that price it se..ed worth it:
We exchanged glances of fearful excitement with a group leaving the interview room as we entered. Each of us was tested by Liz and we all agreed afterwards how simple facts se.. to remain hidden in the depths of the mind when under such tension. For the hour-loue interview our every reaction, our speed at answering, our expressions and ..otions were noted down by a second researche_
to see if we were the right type of people for the progr_e. We left the
hotel cursing those easy questions we had failed to answer and praising ourselves for the difficult ones to which we had, so.ehow, been able to respond. We would have to wait and see who, if any, were to go on an expenses-paid
trip to Nottingha..
It was first thiue on the morning of October 18 th that Hr Owen informed Chris Bundy and myself that we had been the lucky ones chosen. In the followiue few weeks numerous letters and telephone calls confirmed the arraueements. On Honday November 12th we set off with our travel warrants at 7.03 am. AnlnterCi ty 125 took us from St Pancras to Nottingham, where six other Blockbusters
were .et, and a bus took us to the studios. Haviue been assigned our dressing rooms we were taken for a lovely, very cheap, pre-paid lunch, where cups of
tea only cost 4p: Then we went to the "playroo." where forty other contestants were met. Here we met Hickey Brennen, an entirely pleasant and amusing member of the production tea., who .ade a good job of keeping us cal. and relaxed. Then we entered the studios to record the shows from 2.30 till 5.30 in the afternoon, and again fro. 7.30 to 9.30 in the evening. A third of the audience consisted of those of us waiting to take part, while the rest were works outings and school parties.
It was trulyamaziue the allOunt of work that went into the recordings. Everythiue had to be perfect. If not parts were re-recorded. This occurred many
. times, even for the slightest hi tch. After half past ten we all took the .inibus to "The Victoria", a four star hotel in the centre of Nottiuehu. All forty-five of us contestants packed into one room to watch a Yideo. This ended at half past midnight. Then we all squashed into an even s.aller roOll to watch a film on remote control, cable TV.
Contestants knocked out the previous day were woken at 7.30 to go hoI8e. 'DIose of us left had breakfast an hour later. New arrinls replaced those who had
left and, after lunch, it was the afternoon Chris and'I appeared. You could not tell when you would be caUed. So.e had stayed ten days. This was a record we all loueed to s.ash, as it .eant a loueer stay in the hotel. We appeared at the end of the first recordiue on TUesday afternoon with a girl who had just completed he fourth "Gold Run". Suffice it to say that we each
finished up wi th a80, as well aa a 3588 SLR c_era and, of course, the inevitable "Blockbusters" dictionary and sweatahirt. Fortunately, we were not sent hotse that afte_n, but another not-to-be-.iased night at the hotel ensued. We left NottluehM the next day, with two eirls knocked out in the evenine recordines. Of c:ourse we were pleased wi th our sudden weal th, but aad to leave our newly-made friends, and the wonderful ataGsphere of the show, wi th all its tri_ines. Thoae two days were certainly s_ethine tha t neither of us will ever foreet. All that remains is to thank Hr Oven for eettine us on the progr.-e - wi thout his enthusia.. none of this would
have happened.
Chris Cook L6Pe
(The proer_es in which the two Christophers appear are scheduled to be transaitted on Saturday February 9th, Wednesday February 13th and Thuraday
February 14th on TVS between 5 and 5.45 p.)
-Take Two.
When the news c-e that the BBC Television te- was (:O8ine to fil.
"Take Two" at the School there was a .assive response. Thirty-seven boys.
were chosen to have audi tions by Hr Thomas and Hr Oven, which .ust have been a difficult job to 1I8rrow them down to a handful for final audi tlollS.
The bays eventually chosen were Daniel Porter, Giles Guest, Rhodri Edwards,
Paul Price, Stuart Edwards and Hark Lintott, fro. the first forms; with
Ashley Bakef, David HcCulloch, 5i8On Sharp, Peter Thomas, Kristian Hiller and Hichael Padfield from the second forms.
The progr_I8e was fil.ed in the Junior Library on November 30th. I t was
broadcast on Sa turday December 29th, during the mornine. The boys' comaents
were given on two .ajor BBC Childrens' TV programmes "Tripods" and "The Box
of delights". They ca.e across very well, confident and clearly spoken
a credit to th.selves and the School.
David Scopes and Justin Coe 2 Priory




Music
l1Ie past year has been characteristically bu.y for the Music Deparment. 'lbe
Choir, the aainstay of School ausic, has auna choral evenaong at Canterbury, IIDchester and Chlcheater Cathedrah. and via1. ts to Norwich, Coventry and St
Paul's Cathedrah are pr08ised for the year ehead.
l1Ie first aajor "endurance teat" for new Cho1.r -_bare la alvays Chriamaa.
and laat year vas typically hectic, vi th five concerts in aa aany daya, four involving the full Choir. 'lbe School Carol Service vas eapecially good. coabiDing a good pedoraance vi th the eaaential sense of worship. More recently,
the Choir has aho aung at St Mary's Church 1.n Dover. and at St Ceorge's
Church in Deal.
l1Ie Senior Orcheatra and Concert Wind Band heve enjoyed a auccessful year of concerts and red tah. culainating in a poU.hed rendi tion of Saint-Saena' "Carnival of the Aniaah" by the Orcheatra a t the S_er Miscellany. Nev
groups fonaed this paat year include a lover school recorder conaort and a
aiddle school "dixieland jazz" enaeable. vhich &i vea younger boya the opportunity to try their hands at a slightly different type of ausic:
Interesting concerta to note in the last year include the Indian Evening. in January, in vhich the Choir tried its hand at Hindu chants. vith soae succeaa.
and the Old Boys' Concert in April. in vhich -any past ausidans froa the School demonstrated their talents once aore. However. the undisputed highpoint of the ausical year auat be the two performances of Yerdi' a "Requiea". iD vhich Mr Boynton took. charge of a choir of a hundred and an orcheatra of fifty
to produce, vhat for aany people, audience aod perfonaers alike. vere extreaely IIOving occasiona.
l1Ie Chamber Choir, c08bining senior boys and &i rla from the two Gra...r Schoola. has had a very full year, cU.axing in a three-day visit to St Oaer in France in April to pedora iD the town' s Featival - an enjoyable tiae vas had by all. l1Ie Choir aho sang at Dover Castle and Goodnestone Parlt.
Other events of the year connected vith the Music Deparment vere the Muaic Quia in May. a light-hearted conteat betveen two tea.s of ataH, parents and boya. and the Su.aer Fete in July, at vhich a cona1derable sua of aoney vas raised for general funds.
On a sadder note, last year aho sav the departure of Mr Taylor. a greatlyvalued .eaber of the Choi r and of the School. We appreda te Ch e worlt he did for the Choir and vish hi. vell in his nev job in Norwich. 1banks aust aho go to
Mr Boynton for hie boundle.. energy. his inaaUable desire for perfection, and his general enthusiasm vhich aakes our music deparment so auccessful.
Martin Ruck L6
QUIZZES
11Ie day of the aicro haa dawned.
Hov .any coaputer key worda can you find in thia word aearch, deviaed by Christopher Joalin? Included, aoa_here. are:
DATA: END: GET: ooSUB: 00'1'0: IF: INPUT: LIST: LOAD: NEW: P(]{E: PEEX: PRINT: READ: RE1URN:
\lJN: SA YE: STEP: WAX T, KEEP
Hov many countries can you .atch vith their capitals?
l1Iis quiz, vi th a geographical flavour, vaa devised by navid Scopea.
, . 1 Bogota
2 Caracas
3 Georgetown 4 Paramaribo 5 Cayenne
6 BruiUa
7 Qui to
8 Lima
9 La paz
10 Sandhgo
11 Buenos Aires 12 Montevideo
13 Asundon

 


Drinking Str_vberry Kilkshake
Tb. other day I had a ddalt,
"My goodft... gracious," said the pretty gi rl behind the couDter with a plaIt dress Oft.
I veftt back on SuDday, no, i t vas
Moftday. I t vu raining ha rd.
There she was, my salad-day girl
.aking tea aftd saDdwiches.
"I'll have a strawberry mUk shake, please,
wi th fluffy bi ts OD top."
"Would you like some ice
wi th thaU"
"No thankyou very much
iftdeed."
"that' s forty-two peftce, please,
sir. "
I gave her forty-three.
"Aftd what do you do wheD the SUft goes doWtl.?"
my better half eftquired.
"Wash IIY hair like all good girh, stay up
aDd read till ftifte."
"that' s nice," I said, aftd took my drink
away with.e to hide.
Was greed or need, or lapse recline that tries to joift the rag, or walking doWtl. the coughing lifte with lIisty eyes, asked in la.eftt? Outsiders unhooked groping cobble stones.
Let lie ftever know of things which I did
DO t kftov.
"Seveft thirty toftight, the!!.," said a rounded pink dress.
I looked up at her aftd she smiled a gefterous s.ile,
her tongue ift cheek.
Paul Morris M6H
POETR Y
Alofte but DOt abaftdofted
Alofte Oft the beach, s.arching for MUll.
My miftd is aching, ,y legs are ftlll8b,
From walking iD circles across the smooth saDd.
People are everywhere, suDburaed aftd tanoed.
Somewhere she' s there, calling for .e.
Out OD the saDd, or out iD the sea.
Is that her talking to ,y friend' s dad,
Saying she' s lost .e? Oh, I do feel bad.
I ran over to her aftd apologised.
"DoD't get lost agal!!.," she said as she looked iDtO my eyes.
She thea starts her ... Never agaift....
... aloDe OD the beach.
StepheD Hemstock
Short Story
-The Leap - A Futurefantasy. _ Lodder
Note: ID Computersoc, ma.hiDes aDd processes are desigasted DOt by full descriptiODS, but by Deologis.s formed of the first syllables such descriptions might require s.g.
PersyaDcom - E!!soDal P!lcho-_lytical _uter
Schilcond - _oid _ditioDing (adjusbDeDt to split personality)
Others should be deducible.
The Sceae: Landmatrix One. The Year: 0084.
I t was rumou red al8Ongs t the pUo ts tha t su rvt vo rs of the Leap had rega rded those 8. 5 seconds as the freest, .ost exhilarating, most coDsciousness-heightening 8'5 seconds of their lives, ss a RIOmeDt which had liveD their lives Dew .eaning. Andros'
Persyancom had confirmed this dudng their last session. "Try it just once," it had advised. "I t' s just like catching an overhead pass, except you're the ball. Elphys 1 stuff in theory, - a cadet could do it, with practice." ("But can I get it right first ti.e," he'd thought.) "And iSD' tit worth the risk, to prove yourself the equal of Gacom, to speDd 8.5 seconds completely off-line in the only uon-controlled environment lefU Give it a go - Cacom will give you every chance:"
Later, he had wondered what a computer knew about catching a ball. But now, as he prepared for the afteraoon' s Game, the words. came back to him. Theoretically, it vas Dot impossible to release your gdp on the guide-bar, free-fall for those magic 8.5 seconds and grasp the guide-bar of a free and, effectively, stationary enemy plane
but it had to be done belov parachute height (for effect) and above the low-level areas where the mesh would save you (so as DOt to interfere). And Gacom could not compeasa te for any error you made - that was the point, the decision was yours alone;
al though it would keep the target on a steady course for you. The margin of error
was a fraction of a second, less thaD a metre - but it could be doDe, of that he was certai!!., even though it was DOW years since anyone had succeeded. 1'0 be a survivor:
The thought of attaining such status gave him a psybuII the Game itself had long
since lost for him. 1 t was DOt just ordinary EIIotoids who came to watch the Calle in
the hope of finding a hero, even Fantasts, the most integrated members of Collputersoc, were among the spectators. Because it was DOt 100_ safe, if the Players so chose,
the Game was the ODe low-level involvement activity these superainds allowed themselves in their few !DOmeDts' real time. Despite their computer-implants, their Sch1zcondboosted minds, their addiction to Holofan mock-heroics which seemed to meke them virtually indistinguishable from the Holoroles they endlessly fought, evea they recognised a Survivor. "AI though I bet they'd all be watching the screens," he muttered.
"Hey, partner, Reahcreen beats real scene," said a woman' S voice behind him. It
was Elena, his Groundaasistant aDd ex-lipsos" "I'm glad you're cool enough to be thinking about the spectators. Let's hope Cenco.'s too busy to register that subversive sarcasm, or we'll be grounded for re-progra..ing."
"Players are licensed subversi ves - or didn't you kDOW? Oue of us is going to
prove himself the equal of the C08pU ter one day."
"You mean the Leap? Don't think of it, fdead. After three safe-plays you'd do
better to conceatrate on kDOcking out a target and getting dowa to make it count.
And anyway, ve veren't so bad that I wouldn't miss you."
"Good of you to say so. Let' s prove ve_.re still a team in the GaIIe - by which I
.ean for Intini ty' s sake latch me onto a target le.. than ti ve seconds ahead this ti.e. If you don't, what chance have I got of getting GaC08 to approve a strike?
this isn't some Holofan autoglory Superaa.e - this is supposed to be a r...easctlleat, with rules. A re-eaactllent of what I'm not sure, but the tech .ust have been pretty
* An acronym, not one I've _de up. 1.ive-!n .e.artner !.a.e or !!pposite !.ex.



low, since it's obviously pre-laser even."
"<I<, this ti8e I'll keep you up there until you get one - if you promise not to try
anything stupid. And, of course, yeu IIUSt lIanage not to get striked yourself."
"Leave the avoidance pattern to me. And 1 pro.ise - Leaps, Survivors, that Death-or
Glory stuff vent out with vell, with History," he lied.
Andros looked down on the green, tree-dotted patchwo_, the lIass of people on the
concrete ribbons of the twin spectavays. Strange how this old-world landscape had
been carefully preserved in this corner of Landllatrix. One,corner, just to provide
an enviroDlDent for the lo_level stages of the Game. Only the mesh, strung between
the trees to save Players knocked out in low-level co.bat, and the huge screens for
sillulplay of high-level action had been added below the low, still-wooded hills
whose 20-mile circle formed the perfect arena. Again he wondered what strange event
in the past the Ga.e vas based on - but CencolI had wiped its collective hUllan .eaory
subsidiary when it became clear that ex_stence would always be as it vas nov - it had
been thought illogical to preserve a record of what had once been.
He felt a psybuzz of anticipation for the first time in ages as he manipulated his
lIonoglide-fighter into its place in the curious cross-vith-aras pattern which vas
their eableR. The opposition had a harder job in the pre-.atch display with their multi-coloured roundel, but it did not se.. to increase their skill in the GaIIe
itself. What vas he thinking about? What did 'skill' matter, when Gacom determined
the overall result. Was it really true that probability theory lIeant this could be done without over-riding any individual Player's moves? He had found it illpossible
to ingest CencolI' s outline disk. Suddenly he saw them on the horizon, in attack
forma tion, checked vi th Elens and broke forma tion. The trick vas to stay on the
edge, and only break into the dog-fight once the ini tial skinaishes were over. (Was
this Galle-specific vocabulary archaic, or invented, he suddenly wondered.) Mo tille for speculation - they were wheeling below hill, Elena vas calmly feeding hill target
data, Gacom keeping his screen blue for safe. "The one going for a kill nov at 1400,"
said Elena, slightly less calmly. "I t'll lIiu and veer up for another dive. Anticipate,
and he's yours. w' He followed her instructions - if she vas right, his opponent would
move into his path so quickly he would not have a chance to react to the red warning
on his screen. He switched on his Targetcom, barely registering the streall of data
in his ear, listening for the all-important "s seconds, separation", which would be
wrong before COllplete. "Seven, Sixer, Fiv...," he pressed - and the pilot released
his grip and fell, as GaCOII confirmed the strike instantaneously to both attacker
and target - a flashing screen for the former, a finger-burning shock to the latter,
who would have recovered before his parachute brought hill down - even in the Galle,
you had to want the risk. He weaved to avoid an opponent' s sillilar move, and looked
for the eapty plane nov heading fer the _no-go' area between parachute-height and
mesh-depth. If he could get on to it quick enough, the Leap vas on - a few seconds
too late, and GaCOII would have 'to alter its course to avoid the net. But it vasa' t
the 'vindo_ he vas worried about, narrow though that vas - Gacoa would flash up any illminent change of direction. No - the Leap vas a .atter of anticipation, as veIl as calculation.
Nov the ellpty plane levelled off slightly, and straightened its course as it calle
out of the melee. Behind and above, catching up at a constant rate, Andros vas sure the conditions were right. Soon his targetcolI vas counting down the separation distance, "'lVelv-er, 'lev-en, tey-en, ni..." The split-second ti.ing vaa his. He
released the guidebar and floated into a world of electronic ailence. A strange rushing sound filled his ears, he auddenly!!!! something - it reainded hill of the
tille CencOll had adjusted the air-coRd overnight, only more intense - there had to be a word for it, or had to have been one once - soaething that did DOt feel like air
forced itself into his open lIOuth - why had this never happened when he had parachuted
to' safety? He rea-bend: 'a DOn-controlled envi roDlunt'. A feeling which vas IIOre than a psybuzz gripped hi. aa his fingers groped for the approaching guidebar. He
had judged it right - bo th 'windov' and Leap. Suddenly he fel_ it and grasped it,
aav the screen flash back into life as Gaco. resUlled display tranuission. He'd done
it: The first Survivor in decades:
'!ha the ficur.s on the acre. stopped. A pauae1 Gaco. never paused: A sensation
he knew vas fear anticipated the shock which for_ed his fingers to release their
grip. 'lbe parachute fluttered ineffectually as lie crashed through the lIesb. The
crowd tamed froll the sillulplay screeDS on which they had seen hi. leap, lrasp and
.iaa to screa. in terror at the reali ty of death.
"So I lied," flashed the CoIIputer to the one qUeltion Elena, who had seen, had tille
to ask before the re-procr-ers arri ved.


Mr A. O. Elliott
In 1953 Hr Eniott spent his first day at Dover Gr_ar School for Boys, after
servilll in the RAF for fh'e years and .oae tiae teachilll at "artford. At that
tiae tbe boys vere very well behaved, be remembered, not questionnilll rules so
aucb as they tend to novo Hr Elliott vu the only full--tiae PE teacher, vi th
some assistance froa Hr Bird, vho taught a few leasons a veek. When the School
began to crov, soae sn'en years later, another full-tiae PE assistant vas needed.
In Hr Elliott' s early days there vere two lye clubs: one for juniors and another
for the seniors. He used to cIo a tremenclous ..ount of gye woIlt" , vhich included
trampolinllll coapetltlons. Basketball vas another sport In vhlch Hr Elliott vas
Interested. The senior team ran out of other schools to coapete against, so
joined the East Kent Hen's League, becoaing the "Pharoslans".
Another club that Hr Elliott remellbers is the aad81nton Club. This used to
aeet in the Astor sports hall till 5.30 pm. Then Hr Elllott would return for
basketball flO8 1 to 10.30 pm.
It vas In 1914 that Hr Elllott gave up PE because of knee problems and he began
to teach Geography and!S. He also taught soae English and German. In 1918 he
became Head of Lover School, the second holder of the post vhlch had been intro
duced In the 1960s. Hr Elllott then went on to teach Haths as veIl: In the
early days of being Head of Lower School surnames were alvays used. "I cIon't
think 1 ever knew a boy's chrhtlan name, or bothered to know It," Hr Elliott
told us. Caning was also not very COIIIIOn. When I t was used the cane was given, on the" backside, In the Staff Cloakrooa. Hr Elllott vas always sorry vhen It
came to caning as he regretted I t having to becoae so serious a problem. If a
boy reali sed he deserved the cane, however, he vas glad to get I t over and clone
wl th there and then. After the caning the boy concerned would not repeat his
actions, and his classmates would be law-abiding for a vhile: Hr Elllott did
agree that caning should be phased out because of the change in relationships
betveen teachers and pupils. today.
The school Ileal system was also very different. In Hr Elliott's earlier years
everybody would walk into the dining, hall in silence and stand behind their
chai r. The Duty Haster would say Grace and then everybody would sit clown. The
head of each table would serve out the food. At the end of the aeal plates would be taken back to the servery. When the plates vere all back and the
tables wiped everybody would stop talking aut08aticall_ They would say Grace
again and be dismissed. Assemblies were also different. These would include
a hymn, a reading and a prayer. They were also auch better in the lIornlng,
according to Hr Elliott.
Hr Elliott nnbhed by saying, "When you're getting on a bit you look forward to retirel8ent and missing all. the hastle and pressure." He was not sad that
he has left, but if asked to stand In for anyone he would gladly accept. So
we may yet see more of Hr Elllott.
Hr Elllott was interviewed by "avid Scopes, Justin Coe and Hartin Jones.
Mr 8. W. Denham
Hr Denbam joined Dover Gra-ar School for Boys in September 1949, vhen there vere only some five hundred boys anet about tventy-five staff. His a-ories of the School, In vhich he has been a teacher for thirty-five years, vere
expreased In an Interviev clurilll Hr Denhaa's last term.
The first question sprung on him caused a lengthy silence as Hr Denham re
collected the aajor changes he had vi messed In the School. The ansver v.a, however, the pupils. 1 t seems it has been the boys who have changed 8IOst over
the years, not the School. In the 19SOs the smaller classes aeant that the
teacher knew most of the boys, and also their cunning vays. Over the years, Hr Denham has noticed that boys mature mentally at an earlier age. Instead of
taking a year to 8ettle Into the system, first years now do this In a matter
of weeks. New pupils stand up for themselves more, they do not like to be
ridiculed, or made an example of by an older boy. Also, the days of caps and
short trousers have given vay to football scarves and flourescent socks_
It seems that the appearance of the School has altered little over the years,
except for the addition of buildings such as mobiles, art block and music
room. Vivid memories still remain, though, of rovs and rows of bicycles
littering the top field where the pool nov stands. This 8IOde of transport has
been supeueded by the contract bus and motor car. Although life vas more
formal then, in the' SOs and' 60s, Hr "enh.. fe! t tha t boys trea ted the School
more as a second home. There vas never a surge to evacuate the grounds at the end of the day. Insteac\ boys reaained behind to attend clubs vhich now have
to be run during lunchtimes, or not at all.
Over the years Hr Denham can recall several trips to London, made by the
whole School on a chartered train. Examples were given: to visit the Festival of Britain In 1951; to celebrate the School's Golden Jubilee in 1955. _ mark
the Diamond Jubilee in 1965 a fila about Dover Grammar was made, "The School
on the Hill" with which Hr "enhaa was heavily Involved. He had also been very
interested in drama, carrying out set lighting for productions from 1949 until 1974. High quality plays, such as "Trial by Jury" and "The Fire Raisers" were
produced. There were, however, the occasional mishaps. 1 t appears that in
one production the curtains becaae entangled with the lighting batons, so showering actors and props with clouds of dust.
With regard to his retirement, Hr "enham said that as an honorary life member
of the Old Pharoslans he did not feel he would lose all his connections with
the School. Even so, he was looking forward to his freedom and confessed,
wi th a li ttle chuckle, that he would miss his homework marking.
Hartln Jones L6B


Bits and Pieces
. ,
DIJ.ri '09 the l...st ::Iel.r IAle have seen the deP".rture of a nlJ.lllber of st".ff:
Mr P".ul T"._lor, t_ho went to _1,:)rIAlichj
Mr Simon BamfordJ who went to German_j 11r Ar.thur' Ell iott, 'Alho retired ._.nd
Mr Bernard Denha_, who also retired.
_je 3,lso gr.eeted a nlJ.lllber of ne',) lIIelilbers of st",ff:
Mr A. Page, Mr S. Callacher and Miss A Elliott. We also enJo_ed the
cor,)P ",Tt_ of Mr's J. l.jes ton, _,'ho br i ghtened IJ.P O'J,t' 1 i ves for ._. te'r'lil.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
The f,:,llo,.,lin9 ::!olJ.'f19 IIlen left the :::;b:trl Forlll in 1984 f'Jr' Uni',/et'::,it_:
I'_. D. Ada.r_son - - - - - 11<",nche'st,er' (EI:on,:,lIlics)
A.T.Brown - - - - - Oxford (PPE)
I.C.Clover - - - - - London (Biochemistr_)
P.S.Colelllan - - - - - Oxfc_d (Mathematics)
M.K.Couzens - - - - - Warwick (French Studies)
G.R.N.Dal::! - - - - - Lancaster (French & German)
M.H.Evans - - - - - London (Chemical Engineering)
N.P.Farrell - - - - - Oxford (Modern Histor_)
M.Greenland - - - - - Warwick (Mathematics)
M.Greenwa_-Stanle_ - - London (Ph_sics)
H.Hammonds - - - - - Warwick (Mat_ematics)
S.P.HarroP - - - - - Hull (Philosoph_ & Ph::!sics)
J.Howitt - - - - - - Bath (Aeronautical En9ineering)
T.P.G.Johns - - - - - Leicester (Law)
A.Law - - - - - - - Leicester (Law)
D.K.Lawrence - - - - Warwick (Education & Mathematics)
J.M.Manners - - - - - Birmingham (Law & Politics)
S.P.Matthews - - - - Bangor (APPlied Biolo9_)
P .1'1. C.I1cBride - - - - Edi nbur9h 01edid ne)
M.J.Newall - - - - - Durham (Geolo9_ & GeoPh_sics)
J.B.Pennington - - - - Leeds (Histor_)
C.J.Richards - - - - Brunel (ComPuter Science)
J.D.Sheather - - - - Bristol (Mathematics & Statistics)
C.A.Skinner - - - - - Leeds (Biochelllistr::! & Microbiolo9::!) F.:._j.SoPPitt - - - - - Bir'l_in9ha.m (Medidr,e)
B.F.:.StePhens - - - - Bristol (Mathematics)
A.P.J.Stucken - - - - East An91ia (EuroPean Histor::!)
1'1. R. Tatalll - - - - - Bra,dfor'd (Pel,ce St').dies)
J.t1.E.Ta_1'Jr - - - - _h,nJick (Fre"ilch :3t').dies)
:::;. D. Th'JI_psCon - - - - t1a.nl:hestet' (Frenl:h & Ge-r'man)
A. J .l,j<". 1 dre'(l - - - - - Lei.:ester (Ph!lsics)
D.H.Wri9ht - - - - - Hull (Chemistr!l)
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CREDITS:
M_n!l bo::!s have helPed in the PrePar_tion of this issue. The few whose na_es
aPPear below have been most helPful _nd deserve a _ention:
Martin Jones, David ScoPes, Justin Coe
Illustrations have been dr_wn b::!: SteP hen Cass, Paul Oilliot, Si_on Findla::!
Scullion, John Gri9sb!l, Martin Jones, David ScoPes, O.Saville and A.French.