No. 109. JANUARY, 1950. VOL. XL.
|Speech Day, 1949||Betteshanger Sports (A.A.A.)|
|Ye Chronycle of Ye Welle||Physical Training|
|1st Cadet Coy. C.P. (F.) R.E.||Swimming|
|Air training Corps||Cross Country Running|
|The benevolent Society Accounts||Inter-School Athletic Sports|
|School Orchestra||Form Notes|
|Stop Press R.U.R.||House Notes|
|Recorded Music Club||Forty Years On|
|Chess Club||From "La Mort Du Loup"|
|Choir||What the Life of a Master is like|
|Library||How can you see Fish|
|A Concert by the Windrush Orchestra||Salute to Them That were|
|Madam Butterfly||A Rainy Day|
|Philatelic Society||A Form Census|
|Table Tennis Club||Old Pharosians News|
|Debating Society||News of Old Boys|
|A Trip to Paris||Parents Association|
|A Trip to Austria||Salvete|
This term ends on Friday, March 31st, and the Summer Term commenses on Tuesday, April 25th.
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We record with pleasure the resurrection of the Parents Association. Annual subscription, 2/6, payable to Mr. Taylor, 5, Shakespear Road, Dover.
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The next issue of The Pharos will appear about July 1st; and contributions should be submitted not later than May 30th
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P. F. Hogg and M. J. Bates have both gained a bursary to the Worcester-the Thames Nautical Training School, Greenhithe.
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Congratulations to Clive Bailiff on being awarded the King's Scout badge.
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In addition to the Ph.D. awarded to J. W. Menter at Cambridge, as mentioned elsewhere, we learn at the last moment that B. A. Bilby has been awarded his Ph.D. at Birmingham for a Thesis dealing with Stresses in Materials, and M. W. Feast his Ph.D. (London) for a thesis dealing with Astro-Physics.
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Bilby ii (Clive T.) has been awarded an Exhibition in Physics at Peterhouse, Cambridge, at which college his brother was a scholar.
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Photographs of the school teams and of. the Dramatic Society are by Lambert Weston, Folkestone; those of Mr. WIllis, Mr. Constable, the Prize-Giving and the Old Pharosians Cricket Team are by the Dover Express, who also kindly lent the blocks. The Dover branch of the R.A.F. Association kindly lent the block of Keith Gilman, by the courtesy of B. Ashby, Esq.
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We acknowledge with thanks the receipt of The Ashfordian, The Bordenian, The Anchor, The Manwoodian, The Langtonian, The Ruym, The Harveian.
By the time this appears, to wish you a Merry Christmas will be superfluous; however we hope the New Year will prove happy and prosperous to all our readers—some of whom will be attempting to make examiners believe that their knowledge is much wider and deeper than in fact it is! '
For once the editorial staff has no complaint about lack of contributions—we have had a record number, including several from old boys. However, we have so much routine matter to print that many very good contributions must perforce wait their turn.
One event of great significance this term is the resuscitation of the Parents Association. The prime movers are to be congratulated; it is with especial pleasure that we note that the first post-war president is an old boy of the school, Mr. A. J. Gunn, and that a member of the committee is Mr. G. Plater, another old boy. Whilst on this subject, I should like to mention the presence on the platform at the Prize Distribution, of Mr. Cheeseman, yet another old boy of the school. All of which prompts a suggestion: has any old boy a ledger-like book to serve as a Visitors Book? It would be of great use to record some of the many visits we receive and visitors might he tempted to put down news of other old boys for publication in the Pharos. You will note in this issue a much larger budget than usual. This is to a large extent the work of Mr. Ruffell. Now then, Old Pharosians, forward any news you may have to Mr. Ruffell or to me (for the time being!) at school.
I have the usual acknowledgments to make—assistant editors come and go!—first to Bradley and Weaver whose task has been reduced to one of a supervisory nature and then to Horsfield, the new Assistant Editor, and his staff drawn from Lower VI Arts. I must mention our official reporter, J. R. Martin, whose duty it was to report the prize-giving.
Finally, a word of explanation about one of our illustration pages. The portraits of our "semi-retired" Mr. Constable and Mr. Willis will bring many and varied reactions to many generations of old boys. I am indebted to the Benevolent Association of the R.A.F. for the honour of printing the third photo on that page. Most of the present boys are too young to recall the R.A.F. poster of the early days of the war and not all old boys will recognise the features of the Battle of Britain Pilot scanning the sky before taking off to defend this little corner of our land. It is right that all should know that the officer shown is our own Keith Gilman, who one day intercepted a squadron of enemy planes over Dover and was last seen chasing them back across the Channel. We proudly salute his memory which we hope to preserve by this reproduction.
SPEECH DAY, 1949.
Speech Day was held this year on the afternoon of Wednesday, the
The address was given by Mr. R. W. Moore, Headmaster of Harrow, Mrs. Moore
having the task of distributing the biggest number of prizes since the school
was founded. As usual the Rev. Stanley Cooper presided, supported by the
Governors and a representative each from the Old Pharosians and the newlyformed
The programme Opened in the usual way with selections on the organ, played by Mr. Willis, and promptly at 2.35 proceedings opened with "Land of our Birth." In his opening speech, the Rev. Stanley Cooper mentioned the semi-retirement of Mr. Willis. and spoke with regret of Mr. Rowland's illness, which was not quite so serious as it might have been.
The Headmaster then welcomed Mr. and Mrs. Moore in the name of the school and congratulated the Governors on their untir ing efforts and sacrifices for the improvement of the school. He was pleased to see the enthusiasm with which the Parents Association had been formed and hoped the time would come when it had 100 per cent. membership £ 676 had been raised for the Old Pharosians’ War Memorial Pavilion, although circumstances would prevent its early erection. He extended a hearty welcome to Mr Lister and Mr. Denham, who had just joined the staff.
As regards the school year, it had been an ordinary one as far as work and health were concerned, apart from Mr. Rowland’s illness from Infantile Paralysis. Fortunately his case was not as serious as it might have been and the school was looking forward to his return.
He praised the co-operation of all pupils and was impressed by the standard of school sport. The athletics team, although keen, had to be content with 3rd place in the inter-schools contest, but several school records had been broken. There were many school societies, such as the choir and chess club, while many smaller societies had been formed.
He was proud of the success of Brian Ashby, who had gained distinction in his entrance examination to Dartmouth, and he con cluded by praising the staff for their untiring efforts with visual and other educational aids.
The interval was filled by the choir, after which Mrs. Moore distributed the prizes. Once again the choir was called upon, after which Mr. Moore rose to give his address—a speech which will remain long in the memories of those who heard it.
Mr. Moore opened with an appreciation of Mr. Booth. He had known him from youth, when he had the fortune to study history under Mr. Booth’s able guidance. He urged all boys to stay on to the VIth Forms and get the most out of school life, which offered many assets, valuable in later life.
He warned boys not to imagine that science alone would suffice for a full life and stressed the need to practise tolerance and develop personality. The most important thing, however, was school spirit, which applied equally to modern Grammar Schools, and to those schools founded centuries ago. This school spirit would play an important part in the coming struggle, the contest between the collectivist, Marxist philosophy” and the “humanist Christian philosophy.”
“A school,” he said, “is not the bricks and mortar, not the scholars, but a procession of souls, passing through time to eternity and set for some ideal.”
In conclusion, Mr. Moore congratulated the school on its present performances and wished it every success in the future.
Mr. D. Bradley proposed a vote of thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Moore, in which he voiced his appreciation of Mr. Moore’s address and commented favourably on the warmth of welcome extended to Mr. Moore, particularly the spontaneous Kentish Fire.
The past president of the O.P. proposed, and the Secretary of the P.A. seconded, a vote of thanks to the Rev. Stanley Cooper and Governors. Proceedings closed with “Forty Years On,” the National Anthem was sung and parents and boys filed out of the
J . R.M.
PRIZE AWARDS, 1948-49.
|Special and VI Form Prizes|
The Good Fellowship Prize
(given by His Worship the Mayor)
|D. C. Belsey|
The School Certificate Prize
(given by Captain F. R. Powell)
|R. E. Davey|
The Special Endeavour Prizes
|The School Certificate Art Prize||R. P. Cooper|
|The Whitehouse Memorial (Scripture) Prize||N. F. Holyer|
|The Edward Ryeland Memorial (Physics) Prize||R. Walford|
|The Thomas Memorial (Chemistry) Prize||C. Bilby|
|The Clatworthy Senior Latin Prize||J. R. Kenway|
|The Clatworthy Junior Latin Prize||M. J. Laker|
|The Tunnel History Prizes (Senior)||M. J. Bax|
|The Tunnel History Prizes (Junior)||R. E. Davey|
The Alan Paddock Memorial Prize
(Middle School Good Fellowship,
given by Colonel A. Andrews)
|J. E. Halsey|
| The Cecil Cox
Memorial Prize for Civic Responsibility
(given by Major I. C. Austin)
|J. P. Rooks|
The Roy Sutton Memorial Prize
(School Certificate English, given by
Mr. and Mrs. N. Sutton)
|J. D. Mills|
The Lewis Robert Kennedy Memorial Prize
(Craft and Engineering, given by
Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Kennedy)
|J. V. D. Hancock|
The Patrick Elworthy Memorial Prize
(School Certificate French, given by
Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Elworthy)
|M. L. Crooks|
|The Frederick Ashman Memorial Prize (School Certificate Mathematics. given by Mr. and Mrs. H. Ashman)||K. E. Archer|
|The Sidney Fermor Memorial Prize (School Certificate Chemistry, given by Mr. and Mrs. C. Fermor)||N. F. Holyer|
The Pudney Prize for Economics
(given by E. W. Pudney, Esq.)
|B. J. Harris|
The Reynolds Prize for Higher Certificate Geography
(given by Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Reynolds)
The St. Bartholomew Prize for
Scripture in the Middle School
|J. A. Makey|
|The Rookwood Prize for Dramatics||L. Borley|
|Upper School Reading Prize||L. Borley|
|Middle School Reading Prize||F. Fisher|
|Lower School Reading Prize||J. Freer|
|The Old Boys' Cadet Prize||D. C. Belsey|
|The Staff Prize||J. Davison|
|The Headmaster’s Prize||R. Freer|
|The French Prize||A. W. Bradley|
|The Pure Mathematics Prize||R. Freer|
|The Applied Mathematics Prize||C. Bilby|
|The Biology Prize||J. H. Stevens|
|VI Arts Form Prize||A. T. Davies|
|Upper VI Science Form Prize||C. J. Henry|
|Lower VI Science Form Prizes||
R. T. Jackson
|VI Economics Form Prize||J. P. Rooks.|
|School Certificate Prizes|
|The Geography Prize||J. Kremer|
|The Physics Prize||R. Brown|
|The Geometrical Drawing Prize||G. C. Paxton|
|Remove V Form Prize||G. Bailey|
|Upper V Form Prizes||P. J. Crouch|
|A. R. Horsfield|
|R. J. Jenkins|
|Middle V Form Prize||F. R. B. Tracey|
|Lower V Form Prize||R. H. Clement|
|Middle School Prizes|
|The English Prize||B. D. Reader|
|The History Prize||M. E. Marsh|
|The Geography Prize||J. R. McManus|
|The French Prize||J. E. Halsey|
|The Latin Prize||K. A. K. Lott|
|The Mathematics Prize||A. J. Burton|
|The Physics Prize||A. G. Jacobs:|
|The Chemistry Prize||J. P. McCalden|
|The Art Prize||R. B. Francis|
|The Craft Prize||R. E. Vickery|
|Upper IV Form Prize||N. R. Street|
|Middle IV Form Prize||J. C. Atkins|
|Lower IV Form Prize||L. T. G. Kelly|
|Upper III Form Prizes||D. N. Jervis|
|L. M. Manning|
|J. R. Taylor|
|Middle III Form Prize||D. A. Allison|
|Lower III Form Prize||B. Foord|
|Lower School Prizes|
|The English Prize||O. R. F. Philpott|
|The Languages Prize||D. C. Skinner|
|The Mathematics Prize||R. P. Holland|
|The Science Prize||A. G. Fillbrook|
|The Art Prize||S. W. Pascall|
|Upper II Form Prize||D. A. Austin|
|Middle II Form Prize||R. H. Beer|
|Lower II Form Prize||B. Lane|
|Upper I Form Prizes||J. R. Booth|
|J. W. Maynard|
|Middle I Form Prize||M. R. Evans|
|Lower I Form Prize||R. L. Nutter|
1948-49 CERTIFICATE LIST.
London Higher School Certificate.
|*M. Bax,||xD. C. Belsey,||xC. Bilby, Distinction in Physics|
|L. Borley||A. T. Davies||xJ. Davison|
|xR. Freer. Distinction in Pure Maths||xJ. Gourley||B. J. Harris|
|xC. J. Henry||G. Horne||J. R. Kenway|
|xF. J. Pain||J. P. Rooks||°J. H. Stevens|
|R. Walford, Distinction in Physics.|
x Exemption from Intermediate Science.
* Exemption from Intermediate Arts.
London General School Certificate.
|B. Abbott,||*K. E. Archer||M. W. Ayling|
|G. Bailey||P. J. Barraclough||T. W. E. Beer|
|D. S. Belford||R. Bellamy||D. R. Bird|
|F. R. Blackah||C. J. Bromley||*R. M. Brown|
|R. Byrne||C. E. Chapman||R. H. Clement|
|R. P. Cooper||*M. L. Crooks||*P. J. Crouch|
|B. G. Crush||*R. E. Davey||*F. Davison|
|D. R. Eade||F. R. Grabham||L. G. Grant|
|*M. R. Grover||P. A. Hall||P. E. Hammerton|
|J. V. D. Hancock||C. D. Hawkes||A. F. Hewitt|
|*P. F. Hogg||*N. F. Holyer||*A. R. Horsfield|
|K. J. Hyam||*R. J. Jenkins||B. C. Kemp|
|R. D. Knott||J. Kremer||*M. J. Laker|
|J. R. Lester||*B. D. McPherson||P. A. D. McVey|
|*J. R. Martin||E. W. Miller||J. D. Mills|
|P. L. Newson||*A. A. Norman||E. J. Oakley|
|G. C. Paxton||J. K. Peers||G. G. Plater|
|G. Price||J. E. M. Pursey||L. N. Reynolds|
|E. I. Richmond||S. C. Ruck||L. Sangster|
|*G. A. Seaman||*D. G. Simmonds||B. N. Simmons|
|M. D. Singer||F. S. Smith||D. P. T. Storey|
|J. P. Sutton||R. A. Taylor||*F. R. B. Tracey|
|E. Turner||B. Watts||D. T. Webster|
|D. W. Whall||P. J. E. Wraith|
* Denotes exemption from Matriculation.
House Challenge Shield.—Park House (House Master, Mr. W. W. Baxter; House Captain, L. Borley).
Ebbw Vale Rugby Cup.—Park House (House Master, Mr. W. W. Baxter; House Captain, L. Borley).
The Tunnell Memorial Sports Cup.—J. P. Rooks.
Senior Championship Trophy.—D. G. Simmonds.
Junior Championship Trophy.—R. Pressnell, G. Ramsden.
YE CHRONYCLE OF YE WELLE
Agayne ye scribe taketh his cwille to record ye grate and mighty doinges of ye knights and varlets. Dide not ye quire swetely entune in hir nostriles, "Boueux is mine maistre visage"? And dide not ye lightening eek glisten therein—al for ye delight of Maistre Plus? And do not ye dramatical rogues et varlets erren thro ye château cryinge in hir distresse "Ah thou art"? Dide not ye artful knights versen ye joustinge into a draw? Certes, a sorry quippe, butte myne own. For to telle of ye Sixartes eftsoons hir abode is above ye awfulle Baronoir aude sooth to sayen ye crie sooth. Hem leofeth, studyen hir dauncinge than hir bookes. Alsoe ye blanche tablettes bringeth terror unto ye varlets who woulde cry, "It bringeth back wol be" for, mutatis mutandis, ye libraire nowe striketh back.
Ther been many advantageous thinges I wot of but ye mot read of them elsewhere in ye grete booke. Pharos, for now ye scribe mot reascende his laddre enjoyble.
== SCHOOL SOCIETIES= =
1st CADET COY. C.P. (F.) R.E.
In spite of the many activities carried on at School during this term, the School Corps has held its own, the lowest attendance at any parade being nearly 30.
The term commenced with a 24-weeks' training programme for certificate "A," with which we are making good progress. We have also held a promotion exam., the result being very gratifying.
Earlier in the term we took advantage of the lighter evenings and completed a short course in elementary drill and field-craft, the darker evenings being reserved for simple tactical movements on the magnetic blackboard and in the sand-tray. This proved both popular and instructive.
We also had lectures on the rifle, and a start was made at company drill. We are unfortunate to lose so valuable an N.C.O. as Sergeant Freer, who put in much time and energy for the Corps. Our good wishes go with him for every success ill the future.
The following promotions have taken place during this term:—
Cpl. Watts, to C.Q.M.S.; L./Cpl. Freer, to Sergeant; Cdt. Blackah, to Cpl.; Cdt. Hewitt, to Cpl.; Cdt. Dewar, to L./Cp1.; Cdt. Cozens, to L./Cpl.
B. WATTS, C.Q.M.S.
AIR TRAINING CORPS.
The annual camp was held this year at Thorney Island R.A.F. Station and was, in general, considered better than the previous year's camp at Tangmere.
At the beginning of the term the flight was divided into two squads to train for the First Class and Proficiency Exams. The Proficiency Exam. and also the Annual Inspection will be held after Christmas.
On the 22nd October cadets were taken to Lympne and had flights in either an Anson or an Auster. In the near future a few of the senior cadets will commence a week-end gliding course at Hawkinge with the object of obtaining “A” Gliding Certificates.
On Remembrance Day a large number of cadets attended an open-air service at the War Memorial.
Members of the School who are fourteen or over and wish to join the A.T.C. should go to the Geography Room after school on any Tuesday or Friday when parades are held. The R.A.F. attaches considerable importance to A.T.C. qualifications, particularly the Proficiency Certificate, and a number of privileges are granted to cadets when they join the R.A.F., either for National Service or on permanent engagement.
THE BENEVOLENT SOCIETY ACCOUNTS, 1948-1949.
Subscriptions.—Autumn 1948, £16/3/6; Spring 1949, £91 19/-; Summer 1949, £6/15/5½; balance 1948, £43/14/11. Total £76/12/10½.
Donations.—T.B. Fund, £2/10/-; Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital, £4/10/-; Victoria Hospital, Dover, £10/10/-; Buckland Hospital, Dover, £5/5/-; Victoria Hospital, Deal, £6/6/-; General Hospital, Ebbw Vale, £2/2/-; K.C.A. for Blind, £2/2/-; C. of E. Children’s Society, £2/2/-; Hospital for Sick Children, £2/2/-; St. Dunstan’s, £2/2/-; Princess Louise Hospital, £2/2/-; Dr. Barnardo’s Homes, £2/2/-; International Help for Children, £2/2/-; Mayor of Dover’s Fund, £10/-/-; “Old Guards” Christmas, £1/1/-; Mission to Young Lepers, £2/2/-; Treloar Cripples’ Home, £2/2/-; French Child War Victims, £5/-/-; S.S.A.F.A., 10/-; London Assoc. for Blind, £2/2/-; balance forward,
Audited and found correct, (sgd.) F. L. KENDALL. No v.18th, 1949.
After the summer “recess” the Orchestra resumed rehearsals as usual in September. During the Christmas Term the event of chief importance was the Dover Schools’ Music Festival, for which we were joined by the Girls’ School Orchestra, who several times came up from Frith Road, with instruments, music-stands and music, in the teeth of wind and rain. At the Town Hall, about forty-five players were packed on the platform, but in spite of some “congestion” we managed to play quite successfully. Our thanks go to Miss Gambrell for arranging with Mr. Willis this very successful venture, which we hope will be repeated in the future.
The chief deficiency in the School Orchestra, a lack of bass instruments, the correction of which has caused our pianists sore left hands; has now, we hope, been remedied. A double-bass has been acquired, but has not yet become fully operative while the brass section has been strengthened by Mr. Denham's trombone. However, there could still be more "body" in the orchestra and if any boy, or master, is thinking of learning an instrument let him seriously consider the viola, 'cello or even the bassoon. An oboe would, of course, always be a very useful addition to the orchestra!
The Orchestra also played before, and during the interval of, the Dramatic Society's production of "R.U.R.", when we were helped by Miss Burney, Mr. Magub, and others, to whom go our thanks.
Watts, who has been responsible for the percussion section since Marsh's departure, left during the term, and was succeeded by Blackah, whom we hope will prove as efficient as his predecessors.
We are very grateful to Mrs. Baker, who has attended most practices, and also to Mr. Willis for the training of the orchestra; we sincerely hope he will be able to lead, train and conduct us for a long time to came.
The play chosen for production this year is certainly no easy one. Bearing this in mind one must give great credit to the actors, and to all departments of production for combining to make the first performance very satisfactory.
The first two acts, which lack "action" compared with the last two, and which are devoted rather to building up an atmosphere of suspense, were especially successful.
Although one feels it is invidious to single out individuals, the performance of Imrie deserves particular mention, especially in the closing stages of the play.
RECORDED MUSIC CLUB.
We have been seriously handicapped during this term by the absence of a suitable reproducing instrument. It is sincerely hoped that this is the cause of the rather poor attendances.
As before, we have had comparatively large audiences to the "Jazz" sessions, items such as "Git off the floor Ma" being received with great enthusiasm and applause.
We have tried to build up the popularity of the club by keeping to the very well known classics, the most ambitious work being Grieg's piano concerto in A minor.
Last term, under the guidance of Mr. Cowell, we ran a quiz, composed of records which had been played previously, the idea being to see how many were recognised. The result, although far from perfect, showed that some boys were reaping some benefit from the club.
To provide a little variety, we persuaded the school pianist, E. J. Oakley, to play for us during one of the meetings. His rendering of the first movement of Beethoven's "Pathetique" sonata was particularly pleasing, and we hope he will come and play to us again.
Our thanks are due to Mr. Willis, as chairman of the club, to Mr. Cowell, who has patiently presided over the meetings, and also to the Headmaster for allowing us the use of the school pick-up.
The committee elected at the beginning of the season is as follows: Watts, Paxton, Webber, Reid.
This term is to be noted for a liaison with the Dover Chess Club. A loan to the School Club of eight chess books was soon followed by a match between the two clubs, and although the school lost by 2 matches to 6, our opponents were the first to admit that we gave them a hard fight. As a result of this liaison several of our strongest players joined the Dover Club. Later on Mr. Benning, the Captain of the Dover team, came to the school and gave a very instructive talk. One of his points can be very well repeated: "Chess problems found in the newspapers are useless to chess players,." The Captain's team v. Vice-Captain's team match resulted in a win for the latter team by 6½-2½ points. Two matches have been played against Simon Langton and the club's success, plus the fact that three members have received invitations to play for the Kent Junior Team is an indication of the very high standard of chess attained by some of our leading players. The results are: Match at Dover, on October 22nd, D.C.G.S., 3½ points; Simon Langton, 2½ points; match at Canterbury, on November 26th, D.C.G.S., 4½ points; Simon Langton, 1½ points. An innovation is a postal chess match against the chess club of Chatham House School, which is occupying our top three boards.
A. ROGER HORSFIELD, Hon. Sec.
At the prize-giving the Choir sang “April is in my mistress face,” an old madrigal, “Or let the merry bells ring round,” from Handel’s “Allegro,” “Peaceful Night,” “To the tap of the drum,” from Rossini’s opera “William Tell,” and “The song of the chase." This difficult programme was attempted with enthusiasm, though not with complete success. The audience were however very appreciative of our efforts.
The usual carol service at the end of the Christmas term was brightened by two well-known choruses from “Messiah”: “Glory to God” and “And the Glory of the Lord.”
The choir would like to take this opportunity of expressing their thanks to Mr. Willis for his indefatigable energy and patience. May we have him with us for many years yet, for the school choir without Mr. Willis is unthinkable.
Gradually a greater degree of discipline is being enforced in the Library after the lax periods in the upheavals of the past few Years. The rule that no boy should have a book in his possession for more than a fortnight—a generous limit—has largely been adhered to~ thanks to “reminders” sent out each week to any offenders. It is maintained that even with the press of pending examinations nobody can read more than one book at a time; there fore at the most two reference books on loan to anyone individual should suffice-another rule which we are imposing for the good of all users of the Library.
To facilitate the return of junior books a monitor in each form has been delegated. Their assistance has proved invaluable.
At the beginning of the school year the staff was further increased to cope with the extra work. G. Bailey, A. R. Horsfield and R. J. Jenkins were appointed as assistants. J. P. Rooks left us last summer for the army. We should like to thank him for the valuable time has so unstintingly gave to the service of the Library, and to wish him every success in his future career.
Many new books have been added recently. Valuable presentations have been made by A. H. Sabin, Esq., A. A. Coveney, Esq., B. Watts, J. Freer, S. Pascall, and R. T. Burbridge, to all of whom We are deeply grateful. The following is a selection of the most important additions:
003/7, Oxford Classical Dictionary.
33/41, ed. Carleton, etc., Schafer's Essentials of Histology.
51/23,24, Churchill, Gathering Storm, Their Finest Hour.
73.5/68,9, Cobbett, Rural Rides,
Vols. I. and II.
81/33, McSpadden, Opera Synopses.
D. GIRAUD WEAVER.
This term has seen the beginning of a new enterprise initiated by B. Lane. The object is to provide those boys interested in the world of nature with better opportunities of learning about their favourite hobby.
We have had a lecture on Lepidoptera-Butterflies and Moths, that is-by A. W. Twyman, which, given by a lifelong enthusiast, was most interesting.
This was followed by a talk on the Bee by Mr. Voysey-Martin, who is an expert on the subject and who, beside teaching us much, gave us a glimpse of what a lot more there is to know.
Both these meetings were not too well attended and if other speakers are to be invited to the school we must be assured of more support. If you are interested in any nature topic and want to learn more about it you are asked to support all the lectures.
A CONCERT BY THE WINDRUSH ORCHESTRA.
During the Winter term the School was visited by the Windrush Orchestra; this consisted of the usual string quintet (two violins, viola, 'cello and double-bass), and the four main woodwind instruments of the modem orchestra. The object of the concert was to demonstrate the use of these, and it was achieved most successfully. The main part of the programme was the playing of four "concertos" for flute, by Bach; for oboe, by Cimarosa; for clarinet, by Tartini; and for bassoon, by Mozart. In these, the individual skill of the solo players was evident to any, however unmusical. The orchestra also played a movement from Mozart's G minor symphony; Senaille's well-known "Allegro Spiritoso"; and an arrangement of "All on a Summer's Day," by Arnold Foster. The ensemble playing was of an extraordinarily high standard and appreciated by the audience, whose only regret was that more could not be played.
On November 30th, a party of over thirty boys spent an interest ing afternoon at the Pleasure Gardens Theatre, Folkestone, seeing the imperial Opera Company give a performance of “Madame Butterfly,” by Puccini. Although it must be conceded that parts of the dialogue bordered on the ridiculous, and perhaps the atmosphere of the Japanese setting was not very noticeable, all agree that several scenes conveyed to the audience a vivid impression of great beauty and wild emotions. The action of this 19th Century love affair between a Japanese lady and an American naval officer, took place in Nagasaki, and the irony in selecting this unfortunate town as the background to an American’s heartless treatment of his wife, added to the story, a twist, which Giacomo Puccini could not have even dreamt of. The volume of the music tended to be weak but to judge by the various roars and whistles, on the way home, it made a deep impression on some members of the party.
A. ROGER HORSFIELD.
This term has been one of the most successful in the history of the Society, now one of the most flourishing “little Societies” in the school.
"Exhibitions" have proved popular, especially among the Lower School, and have drawn large attendances, which, under the able presidency of Mr. Hull, have left no doubt as to the future of the Society.
A new catalogue has been added to our library.
A cordial welcome is extended to all interested in Philately to join the Society. It will prove worth their while.
P. F. HOGG, M. J. LAKER (VI. Arts).
TABLE TENNIS CLUB.
In response to a universal demand by VIth Formers, for some form of organised table tennis, a club was established. Two “ladders” were created with approximately 16 VIth Formers in each, and there has been great enthusiasm among members to attain high positions. In addition a number of inter-club and VIth Form matches have been played.
A. ROGER HORSFIELD.
We were very sorry to lose some of our staunchest supporters, both at the end of the school year and also during the winter term. On the other hand, it was very pleasant to see Mr. King continuing his very much appreciated work as Chairman of this Society this term, with the aid of an Assistant Secretary, Mr. A. W. Bradley.
A committee having been elected, the agenda for the winter term was discussed and compiled, the result being a plentiful supply of material for debates, discussions and other more novel forms of entertainment. It was unfortunate that the keen Inter-House matches forced us to commence our programme comparatively late in the term, while the competition and number of other societies kept attendance at a rather low level, although it was more encouraging than the previous term.
Members enjoyed a debate on the very controversial subject of professionalism in sport, in which we gained the services of a sportsman whose departure we deeply lament. A discussion on novel reading provided a technical theme for the more intellectual members. A pleasing attendance greeted the debate on State Lotteries, which provided much discussion and controversy for members. The final item was a “Mock Election,” which unfortunately did not prove as great an attraction as was previously expected, and in which there were rather few candidates.
Our greatest deficiency, so far this year, has been a lack of speakers, which threw most of the work on to the same members. It is hoped that any member wishing to take a more active part in the meetings will not hesitate to come forward.
M.J.E., Hon. Sec.
The large number of boys who visited the Continent during the summer holidays, mentioned by the headmaster in his address at Speech Day is reflected in the following three articles.
“A TRIP TO PARIS.”
The very first thing I noticed when~ I arrived in Paris on holiday with my father recently was the speed of the traffic. There seems to be no regard for the speed limit, and the French policeman does not seem to bother very much about using his authority to ensure that motorists understand the meaning of the words “Safety First.”
Food of all kinds is unrationed in France and, although it is very plentiful, the poorer class of people are unable to get a fair share because of the very high price.
The Eiffel Tower is a marvellous feat of engineering and to get to the top one must take three separate lifts, at a cost of 75, 110 and 150 francs. From the top we could see practically the whole of Paris. There are even shops and a Post Office at the very top.
Versailles is the old Palace where at one time in history the poor people marched in protest to show the King their poor state. It has many beautiful gardens and over one thousand fountains, which play on the first Sunday in every month.
Brabizon is a village on the outskirts of Paris where years ago many great artists journeyed to paint. “The Angelus” was painted by Millet there and to-day it is a modern School of Art.
Another famous palace is Fontaineblean, where Napoleon Bonaparte was in residence for a great part of his reign. In the gardens there is a pond which is famous for its carp, some of which are said to be three hundred years old. If a piece of bread is Thrown into the water they will jump clean out of the water to get it.
There were many places which I was unable to visit but what I did not was very interesting and I had a most enjoyable holiday.,
PETER MEE L.2.
A TRIP TO
August September, 1949.
I had no idea I might have a holiday in Austria until one day, entirely out of the blue, I was asked if I would like to go. There was only one answer! I found out later that there were four others from Dover, one from each secondary school, and we were going to Austria in return for hospitality extended to Austrian children in England.
One Sunday, about a month later, and two days after having tea with the Mayor, we embarked on a cross-channel boat with forty-five other children from Preston, Liverpool and Halifax. At Boulogne we boarded a through train to Austria, but, due to two cracked wheels, we had to change three times on the way. The journey was by far the worst part of the holiday; the sun blazed down all day, while at night we froze under our few blankets. Sleeping was not exactly facilitated by the fact that the compartment was somewhat overcrowded, especially as its ten occupants included the five Dovorians, who were the biggest in the party. We finally arrived at our villa in the Austrian Lake District at about midnight, after travelling for thirty-eight hours.
Next morning, as a special treat, we were allowed to stay in bed until 8.00, but most of us were wandering round, exploring the villa, at 6.00. We did not have many more chances to stay m bed so late! That day we walked three miles into Bad Aussee, the nearest town, for baths at the Spa Baths there. The first mountain-climb was attempted later that week, and soon we were rushing up mountains like experienced mountaineers, more or less (and in my case more less than more). During the trip we climbed several mountains higher than Ben Nevis as well as climbing a long way to the world-famous ice-caverns of Obertraun. We were able to go swimming and rowing on the Grundlsee almost every day, as we had only one rainy day during the entire holiday.
The whole party went on some interesting trips, including a visit to a salt mine and factory, and an excursion to the Schafberg (6,000 feet), from the top of which we could see twenty-one lakes (poetic licence; actually it was rather misty, so that we could see only ten).
Although we could not manage to visit Vienna, we had a day in Salzburg, and two days in Graz. At Salzburg we saw most of the sights, getting drenched on the way in some water-gardens, devised by an Archbishop with a nasty sense of humour, and hardly had a spare moment the whole time. Our visit to Graz was much more badly arranged. There we nearly had to sleep in a badly bomb-damaged building, but fortunately we were transferred to a children’s home before night. When we arrived there I was suddenly asked to answer a speech of welcome. I can only hope that I did not do it too badly.
The holiday seemed to rush by, and when the time came to go home none of us could believe that we had been there for six weeks. We shall all remember our Austrian holiday for the rest of our lives.
J. R. TAYLOR, Upper IV.
IN GENOA (July 4th, 1949).
The first thing I saw the morning after I arrived in Genoa was a great fountain standing almost in the centre of the city. Into this fountain people throw money which is collected after 15 days and given to the Mayor, not for charity I was told, but for himself. Next I saw a great Roman Catholic Church, the Church of St. Lawrence, in the roof of which there are three great domes, all in stained glass. During the war an English bomb was dropped on it. The bomb smashed through the wall and into the floor, but did not explode. It is now in the church with these words written under it: “This great bomb should have exploded, but God, by a miracle, saved this church.” I also saw other beautiful churches. When I was on my way home I saw the house where Christopher Columbus lived and spent his childhood. The harbour of Genoa is very big and, in an aerial view, it stands out in an extraordinary way.
The houses of Genoa are almost all divided into flats. On the top of these houses there are flat roofs and most people have their own little garden there. Each of these houses has at least six flats. There are exactly 50 cinemas in Genoa and some of these are open-air cinemas, only showing pictures at night.
We had only three meals a day in Italy—breakfast, dinner and supper. For breakfast we had a cup of coffee and a roll, then for dinner three courses usually, and to finish up, some fruit. In the evening we had another dinner about half-past seven. The chief food is macaroni and spaghetti. Very few people drink tea or cocoa, always coffee.
In the Mountains.
Up in the mountains people live a peasant’s life. Where I was there were no shops, cinemas or brick houses. It was seven kilo-metres to the nearest village, in which there are four shops, one telephone, one barber and one public house. The best meal I ever had while I was living there was frogs’ legs, with potato pie. The frogs tasted like chicken, only on a smaller scale; all you eat are their legs. My two friends and I went out one afternoon and connected thirty or forty lovely fat frogs. The next day we were told to make them ready. I was told to take the frogs out of the bag and give them to one of the others, then he would chop their heads off and the other would skin and gut them. When the last frog had been skinned we had to clean up the mess and prepare the rest of the dinner. As there were five of us to dinner there was not much to go round. We were going to have snails also but we could only find about a dozen.
Well, I honestly enjoyed myself in Italy, and I would like to go back there again sometime.
== SCHOOL SPORT ==
The team has been a credit to the school and has fully maintained the soccer tradition of recent years. At the time of writing it remains undefeated, though later it is to meet the Old Boys twice and the Canterbury City “A” team.
Harvey G.S. and Simon Langton are the only schools who have offered testing opposition. A very enjoyable drawn game was played against a 47th Coast Regiment Battery team, which included four of their regular Regimental players. The match against the Staff was also drawn, principally on account of a guest artist of skill and renown, whose presence set the crowd a problem of divided loyalties.
In referring to individual players, Norman must be mentioned for intelligent defensive play, while Peers has always shown good football in various positions. Simmonds has been an outstanding centre-forward, using his speed and shooting ability to score two-thirds of the team’s goals. Evans has been a good captain, courteous and willing off the field and a tireless worker wherever he has played.
The school now enjoys a good soccer reputation. It remains for boys in the present Middle School to see that the soccer tradition is not allowed to decline.
K. H. RUFFELL.
RESULTS OF GAMES UP TO NOVEMBER 26th.
Sept. 17—School 4. Harvey Grammar 2.
Sept. 24—School 6. D.Y.R.M.S. 1.
Oct. 1—School 6. D.Y.R.M.S. 2.
Oct. 8—School 4. No. 4 Battery, 47th Coast 4.
Oct. 15—School 6. Ashford Grammar 1.
Oct. 22—School 4. Faversham Grammar 2.
Oct. 27—School 3. Staff 3.
Nov. 12—School 3. Harvey Grammar 2.
Nov. 19—School 8. Canterbury Technical 2.
Nov. 26—School 5. Simon Langtons 3.
Played.—Peers, Watts, Simmonds, Argent. Chapman, Norman, Grabham, Jackson, Gilday, Oldham, McManus, Price, Killip. Davies, Evans.
With two matches still to be played the team’s record is a very good one in view of the fact that, due to the demands of the 1st XI, no fewer than 20 boys have turned out for the 2nd XI. It was impossible to field the same team in two consecutive matches and equally impossible to achieve a high standard of team work. In spite of this handicap only two games were lost.
The defence has played well, but the marking and covering was not close enough. Halsey, a very capable goalkeeper, Bailey and Jenkins were the pick of the defence. The wing halves combined well with both attack and defence, Wright being outstanding for his constructive play.
The attack lacked a marksman, but White and Margeson showed admirable opportunism, and Wraight played well on the wing. Many opportunities were wasted by over-elaboration near goal, but the midfield play was very good.
The whole team played with enthusiasm and spirit up to the last whistle.
Team: Halsey; Bailey, Fisher, Oldham; Eade, Jenkins, Wright; Margeson, Grover, White, Killip, Wraight, Plater, McManus.
Miskin, Smith, Southey, Byrne, Carley, Gilday, and Storey also played.
P. H. OLDHAM.
RESULTS OF MATCHES PLAYED UP TO DECEMBER 3rd.
Sept. 17—School 3. Harvey Grammar 1.
Oct. 8—School 0. Dover Youth Club 5.
Oct. 15—School 7. Ashford Grammar 2.
Oct. 22—School 5. Faversham Grammar 0.
Nov. 12—School 2. Harvey Grammar 5.
Nov. 19—School 10. Canterbury Technical 2.
Nov. 26—School 5. Simon Langton 3.
Dec. 3—School 4. Ashford Grammar
At the time of going to press our enthusiastic band of newly fledged footballers have not yet formed a match-winning team. Though defeated more than once rather heavily they have not been disgraced. It is to be hoped that they will still fight on, undaunted by the superior weight they sometimes have to face. Aware of the fact that this is the cradle from which the future success of school football must spring, we are anxious to give every promising youngster a chance, but we badly need more weight.
Mention must be made of our captain, R. J. Miller, who has set his team a splendid example by his thrusting, tireless, game.
This season has been more successful than last. The results might have been better had the strongest possible team always been available, but the Dover Boys' trials and matches made frequent demands on several of the regular team. The most disappointing feature of the play was, yet again, reluctance to go in to the tackle and to recover possession of the ball. A new heresy was that opponents should be allowed unlimited freedom for the first twenty minutes, in which they were to build up a lead simply that the Colts might demonstrate their ability to battle to victory against odds. Except on one deplorable occasion, team spirit was strong, and Kelly, the captain, did much to foster it. Perhaps the most noteworthy individual achievement was that of Piggott in scoring three hat tricks.
Regular members of the team Were: Litchfield; Ashdown, Sellars, T.; Kelly, Burville, Knights; Sellars, B, Francis, Piggott, Kirk, Pain.
Others who played were: Margeson, Ibell, Flower, Reader, West, Forward; and Stevens, Rogers and Barrett of U. II
|Sept. 17 v. Harvey||2||3|
|Sept. 24 V. Duke of York’s||5||4|
|Oct. 1 v. Duke of York’s||1||4|
|Oct. 8 v. Dover Youth Club||3||8|
|Oct.15 v. Sandwich Modern||5||1|
|Nov. 5 v. Harvey||5||4|
|Nov. 12 v. Sandwich Modern||2||2|
|Nov. 26 v. Simon Langton||6||1|
v THE SCHOOL.
23rd July, 1949.
Two cricket matches were played, each side winning a match by a wide margin, so that honours could be said to be even. The sun shone as warmly as it has ever done in this most glorious of cricketing summers and a good company of old boys, wives, intended wives and just friends lent colour to the occasion. Everyone was delighted to see Mr. Tomlinson and Mr. Darby in company with many of the present masters, to whom Mr. Baxter—plus Français que les Français—lent distinction by appearing in what we assume to be national dress.
The School 1st XI won the toss, and, hoping that a warm sun would react upon a Saturday lunch, put the old boys in to bat. The School bowled well and heartily, but fielded, with a few exceptions, like old men. When will boys realise that fielding is every bit as enjoyable as the more personally glorious occasions of batting and bowling? For the Old Boys, J. Hall and P. Lester made useful scores, and N. Sutton made strokes worthy of a President, and scampered for his runs like a two-year-old. The tail-enders flailed away and the score rose to 115.
The School batted appallingly. In the close company of press, bankers, city traders and similar pillars of law, order and instruction, they played back to half volleys and forward to short balls. P. Lester and R. Winter divided the wickets between them for a cost of 32 runs. It should be added that the Old Boys showed the School how to field.
The game between second elevens on the upper field went in entirely contrary fashion. The School have a strong second team this year and they batted first to score 150 for 9 wickets; Hedgecock hitting strongly for 52. Against good bowling by Jackson and Hopper the Old Boys were dismissed for 27.
To those of us who love being on cricket fields when the sun shines it was a very good day indeed.
Stop Press, 16-12-49.—On going to press we learn that the Old Pharosians beat the School at Soccer by 5-2.
Sports Day was held on a humid and oppressive day in July. Throughout the early afternoon a steady stream of parents and sympathisers had flowed on to the top field and occupied the rows of chairs. This great social and athletic occasion, into the preparation of which so much had gone, seemed to start accidentally, and parents were still diagnosing “little Johnny’s cold” when it was announced that Simmonds had established a new School record for the 120 yards hurdles. Simmonds was the outstanding figure of the meeting, creating two School records and equalling another, but Forster—the winner of the “mile”—stole much of the limelight. The putting of the weight (or “the tossing of the ball,” as one parent exclaimed) roused considerable interest, and was won by Carran, with a mighty record-breaking putt.
A medium-sized crowd remained to watch the Rev. Stanley Cooper distribute the cups, and in a short speech Mr. Booth thanked parents for coming—a suitable ending to a very pleasant afternoon.
Throwing the Cricket Ball.—Open, under 14: 1 P. Wilberforce, 2 R. Pressnell, 3 G. Ramsden. Distance—52 yds. School Record, 80 yds., A. Gilday, 1948. Open, over 14: 1 E. Berry, 2 F. Pain, 3 A. Gilday. Distance—72 yds. 2ft. School Record, 121 yds., E. C. Pelharn, 1936.
Long Jump.—Open, under 14: 1 G. Ramsden, 2 R. Pressnell, 3 G. Spurgin. Distance—13 ft. 9½ ins. School Record 16 ft. 8 ins., J. Sharp, 1924. Age 14-15: 1 A. Gilday, 2 J. Makey. Distance—13 ft. 0½ in.
Long Jump.—Age 15-16: 1 B. Abbot, 2 R. Jenkins, 3 L. Sangster. Distance—15 ft. 2 ins. Open, over 14: 1 D. Simmonds, 2 E. Berry, 3 F Pain. Distance—17 ft. 11½ ins. School Record, 20 ft. 2 ins., G. S. Peyton, 1926.
High Jump.—Age 14-15: Standard—A ft. 1 L. Kelly, 2 J. Makey, 3 J. McManus. Height—4 ft. 4 ins. Age 15-16: Standard—4 ft. 2 ins. 1 R. Jenkins, 2 R. Clement, 3 A. Harrison. Height—4 ft. 8½ ins.
880 yards.—1 Rooks, 2 Southey. 3 Forster. Time: 2m. 11 1/5s.
120 yards hurdles.—Open, over 14: 1 Simmonds, 2 Hearn. 3 Pain. Time: 16 1/5s.—record. School Record—16 2/5s., E. C. Pelham, 1936.
80 yards.—Age 11-12: Standard, 12 2/5s. 1 Latham, 2 Birch. 3 Maynard.
80 yards.—Age 12-13: Standard, 12s. 1 Mockeridge, 2 Reynolds, 3 Bryan.
100 yards.—Open. under 14: 1 Ramsden. 2 Mockeridge, 3 Maslen. Time: 12 1/5s. School Record—11 3/5s. J. R. Harrow, 1935.
100 yards.—Age 14-15: Standard, 13 2/5s. 1 Grieves, 2 MeManus, 3 Gilday. Time: 11 3/5s.
100 yards.—Age 15-16: Standard, 13s. 1 Greenstreet, 2 Jacobs, 3 Jenkins. Time:
100 yards.—Open, over 14: 1 Simmonds. 2 Berry, 3 Southey. Time: 10 1/5s. (equals record). School Record, 10 1/5s., L. W. Goodfellow (1932), W. G. J. Blackman (1935), D. F. Crouch (1948)
220 yards.—Open. under 14: 1 Ramsden, 2 Pressnell, 3 Mockeridge. Time: 27 1/5s. (record). School Record, 27 2/5s., S. Gale, 1932.
220 yards.—Age 14-15: Standard, 32s. 1 Walker, Grieves, 3 Gilday. Time: 28 1/5s.
220 yards.—Age 15-16: Standard, 30s. 1 Hewitt, 2 Jacobs, 3 Jenkins. Time: 26s.
220 yards.—Open. over 14: 1 Simmonds, 2 Southey, 3 Berry. Time: 24s. School Record. 23 4/5s., L. W. Goodfellow, 1935.
High Jump.—Under 14: 1 Imrie, 2 Pressnell, 3 Kennison. Height: 4 ft. 2½ ins. School Record 4ft. 8 ins., R. Jenkins, 1947.
High Jump.—Open, over 14: 1 Rooks, 2 Hearn, 3 Peers. Height: 5 ft. 1¼ ins. School Record—5 ft. 4 ins., E. C. Pelham, 1936.
House Relay.—Under 14: 1 Priory, 2 Park.
House Relay.—Age 14-15: 1 Park, 2 Priory.
House Relay.—Age 15-16: 1 Frith, 2 Priory.
House Relay.—Open: I Frith, 2 Priory.
440 yards.—Opcn, 15-16: 1 Jacobs and Jenkins (dead-heat), 3 Francis. Time: 59 1/5s.
440 yards.—Open. over 14: 1 Simmonds, 2 Rooks, 3 Wright. Time: 54s. (record). School Record—57s., R. P. Peyton (1930), D. F. Crouch (1948).
Putting the Weights 1 Carran, 2 Berry, 3 Watts. Distance: 36 ft. 10 ins. (record). School Record—34 ft. 3½ ins., W. Collard, 1947.
440 yards.—Open, under 14: 1 Kennison, 2 Pressnall, 3 Imrie, Ralph. Time: 1m.
9 1/5s. School Record—1m. 5 2/5s., F. Brown, 1922.
440 yards.—Age 14-15: Standard. 1m. 10s. 1 Walker, 2 Grieves. 3 Gilday. Time: 1m. 6s.
Mile: 1 Forster, 2 Burley, 3 Jackson. Time: 5m 5 2/5s. School Record—5m. 0 3/5s., V. E. Carr, 1948.
BETTESHANGER SPORTS (A.A.A.)
On the afternoon of August Bank Holiday a party of enthusiastic athletes, under the guidance of Mr. Marriott, attended the sports meeting at the Mill Hill Ground, Deal.
The standard of performance was fairly high, and in the mile and half-mile, Rookes, although outclassed both in age and experience, ran well to finish fourth and fifth respectively. In the junior 440 yards, Southey gained a fine victory, but the highlight of the afternoon was the 220 yards final. Both Berry and Simmonds had qualified, and although running against older and more experienced opponents, Berry quickly obtained the lead. He was unable to keep up the pace however, and Simmonds, coming up from behind, finished brilliantly to win by inches He added to his laurels by winning the Open 100 yards as well.
The school team ran well in the junior relay to retain the cup won by the previous year’s team. It has been decided that each member will hold, it in turn for three months each. As this is only the second year of its presentation we hope for a “hat-trick” this year. The event concluded when Killip, the unofficial member of our “team,” came second in the obstacle race!
J. R. MARTIN, VI Arts.
The Inter-House competition was held in the Gymnasium on
Tuesday, 26th July, and the results were:—
|1st Astor||572 points|
|2nd Frith||567 points|
|3rd Park||562 points|
|4th Priory||507 points|
Despite a wider range of activities and the inclusion of more advanced vaults, the standard of performance was pleasingly higher than in the two previous competitions. Astor’s win was due mainly to a good all-round performance and again emphasised the value of organised House training prior to the competition.
The same House also had the distinction of providing the winner of the Pascall Cup for the best individual performance.
|1st R. B. Francis||73 points|
|=2nd K. T. Carran||71 points|
|=2nd E. Berry||71 points|
We were again greatly indebted to the Commandant of the Duke of York’s School for the use of the School swimming bath on Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the Summer Term. Numbers attending the bath for each session had to be restricted, but fortunately the weather was so good that none of our allocations had to be cancelled.
On Wednesday, 6th July, the School swimming team competed against the Duke of York’s School. The “Dukies” enjoy the use of their bath all the year round, so it was hardly surprising to find their swimming of a higher standard than ours. Despite this, the School team raced hard and the Seniors were only a matter of inches behind the winners in the Senior Relay.
The finals of the Inter-House competition were held on Thursday, 21st July.
1 Length, Free Style, under 14.—Wilberforce, Davies, Ibell.
1 Length, Free Style, 14-16.—McPherson, Grover, Glynn.
1 Length, Free Style, over 16.—Byrne and Carran, Henry.
2 Lengths, Free Style, under 14.—Wilberforce, Ibell, Davies.
2 Lengths, Free Style, 14-16.—Kime, Grover, McPherson.
2 Lengths, Free Style, over 16.—Carran, Bailiff, Henry.
1 Length, Breast Stroke, under 14.—Barrett, Wilberforce, Clark.
1 Length, Breast Stroke, 14-16.—Kime, Reader, Glynn.
1 Length, Breast Stroke, over 16.—Pain, Rooks, Webber
1 Length, Back Stroke, under 14.—Ibell, Cheeseman, Evans.
1 Length, Back Stroke, 14-16.—Kime, Glyan, Reader.
1 Length, Back Stroke, over 16.—Baliff, Webber, Rooks
4 Lengths, Free Style, 14-16.—Kime, Glynn, Grover.
8 Lengths, Free Style, over 16.—Carran, Byrne, Bailiff.
Junior Relay.—Priory, Astor.
Intermediate Relay.—Astor, Frith.
Senior Relay.—Priory, Astor.
|House Championship:||1. Astor.||96 points|
|2. Priory||58 points|
|3. Frith||50 points|
|4. Park||36 points|
|Under 14 Championship:||1. P. Wilberforce||16 points|
|2. R. F. Ibell||12 points|
|14-16 Championship:||1. A. B. Kime||24 points|
|2. R. T. Glynn||12 points|
|Senior Championship:||1. K. T. Carran||17 points|
|2. C. R. Bailiff||12 points|
CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING.
Captain: A. G. Wright. Vice-Captain: P. G. Hearn.
Cross-country running has again proved itself to be a popular recreation among the more athletically inclined members of the Upper and Middle School. With the onset of colder and darker evenings, however, attendance has somewhat declined, which is rather surprising, as no able-bodied person, unless suffering from children's, or laziness, can possibly fail to derive benefit from a run, whatever the weather conditions. There will, however, probably be a period of grave doubt concerning this somewhat bold statement immediately after staggering into the changing rooms. It may be pointed out that, besides being an interesting competitive sport, cross-country running also provides excellent out-of-season training for summer track events.
Much of the popularity of the sport during the Autumn Term was due to the wide variety of runs devised by Mr. Ruffell. Combined with ordinary training runs, these included a handicap race, won by Simmmonds; a “hare and hounds,” not entirely successful, but nevertheless enjoyable; a race between the combined beams of Frith and Priory, and Astor and Park, won by the former, Jackson being first home; and a mystery run, of which perhaps the less said the better.
By the time this edition is published the School cross-country team will have had its first race, against a team of Old Boys. The Spring Term will see a number of inter-club races, and it is therefore essential that all boys who think they have any chance whatsoever of obtaining a place in the School team should turn out regularly for training runs. Those who do not fancy their chances as a representative of the School should bear in mind that valuable points can be contributed to their House totals in the Inter-House race at the end of the term.
INTER-SCHOOL ATHLETIC SPORTS.
The Inter-School’ Athletic Sports for 1949 were held at Chatham House, Ramsgate, in weather which provided a complete contrast to that of the previous year. Although many of our representatives did better than at our own sports a week earlier, D.C.G.S. succeeded in taking only third place, Chatham House yet again showing their supremacy at athletics.
For us, the highlights of the programme were Simmonds’ 100 yards in 10.6 seconds (a time which incidentally was bettered in the Junior 100 yards); the 120 yards hurdles, in which Simmonds and Berry came first and second respectively; and the Senior Relay, providing the climax of the afternoon, won by D.C.G.S. after a splendid recovery from third place by Southey and a magnificent finishing run from Simmonds.
But any spectator, whatever team he4 supported, could not have failed to cheer the all-round performance of Tanner (Chatham House), the jumping of Denton (Dover College), and the gigantic putting of the weight by Jackson (C.H.S.), who exceeded forty feet, which achievement rather overshadowed the performances of Carran and Watts, in both breaking the School record made by Carran the previous Saturday.
So ended another Inter-School Sports, which showed that our best is not quite good enough, although in a contest of this nature the final result is relatively unimportant when compared with individual standards and team-spirit. Our main weaknesses appeared to the observer to lie in the 440 and 880 yards, and in the jumping, a fact which must be borne in mind next year, when with several of our team (including Simmonds) still available, let us hope that we achieve a less lowly position.
100 yards, Senior: 1 Simmonds (D.C.G.S.), 2 Pascoc (C.H.S.), 3 Brimmell (C.H.S.) Time—10 3/5 secs.
100 yards, Junior: 1 Tanner (C.H.S.), 2 Brown (C.H.S.), 3 Wilson (D.C.). Time 10 2/5 secs.
Putting the Weight: 1 Jackson (C.H.S.), 2 Carran (D.C.G.S.), 3 Watts (D.C.G.S.). Distance—40 ft. 5 ins.
880 yds: 1 Keens (C.H.S.), 2 Ambler (D.C.), 3 Jones (D.C.). Time—2 min. 7 3/5 secs.
Long Jump, Senior: 1 Denton (D.C.), 2 Hill (D.C.). 3 Gilham (D.C.G.S.). Distance—18 ft. 9½ ins.
High Jump, Junior: 1 Tanner (C.H.S.), 2 Jenkins (D.C.G.S.), 3 Owen (D.C.). Height—5 ft. 6 ins.
440 yards, Senior: 1 Hill (D.C.), 2 Constable (C.H.S.), 3 Lane (D.C.). Time—54 2/5 secs.
Hurdles: 1 Simmonds (D.C.G.S.), 2 Berry
(D.C.G.S.), 3 Vitoria (D.C.). Time—
17 1/5 secs.
440 yards, Junior: 1 Kirby (D.C.). 2 McNaught (C.H.S.). 3 Jacobs (D.C.G.S.). Time—56 3/5 secs.
Mile: 1 Belsey (C.H.S.), 2 Forster (D.C.G.S.). 3 Ward (C.H.S.). Time—4 mins. 56 secs.
High Jump, Senior: 1 Denton (D.C.), 2 Brimmell (D.C.). 3 Rooks (D.C.G.S.). Height 5 ft. 7½ ins.
Long Jump, Junior: 1 Tanner (C.H.S.). 2 Kirby (D.C.). 3 Brockman (C.H.S.). Distance—18 ft. 5 ins.
Relay, Junior: 1 C.H.S., 2 D.C.G.S., 3 D.C. Time—1 min. 18½ secs.
Relay, Senior: 1 D.C.G.S.. 2 C.H.S., 3 D.C. Time—1 min. 39 secs.
Total Points: 1 C.H.S., 96: 2 D.C., 79; 3 D.C.G.S.. 73.
== FORM NOTES==
Judging from the Form Notes, nothing particularly melo-dramatic.
has happened recently in the School.
Our representative in Remove reports the following conversation, in which we see the impact of logic on the minds of these "ex-certists."
“Sir, should I be punished for something I haven’t done?”
“No, of course not; why?”
“Well, sir, I haven’t done your homework.”
A. Gilday, of Middle 5, notes with mingled feelings of satisfaction and regret that he and his colleagues are no longer classed as "boys," but either "young men" or "idiots."
D. N. Jervis, of Upper 4, wants to know where the A.T.C. keeps the School aeroplane and whom the Army Cadets shoot with their Lwis gun. We understand that our representative is plotting a rebellion!
Our Lower 4 representative claims that his form has given birth to a new idea—work. Apparently this new idea is being applied with enthusiasm by Upper 3, whose form motto is “Labor ipse voluptas,” but all the evidence prompts us to believe only apparently. Our Upper 2 representative illustrates his form’s attitude to work by a description of the persecution of the Homework Monitor ("Bumping" was the technical term used).
Lower 2 claim that their top goal-scorer for the season (Fletcher) scored twenty-nine goals. Perhaps their form-master was in some way connected!
To round off this brief summary we quote our Lower 1 represenative: “Our opinion of the School is that it is a very big place.”
SIX ARTS FORM NOTES.
It is indeed fortunate that the members of this illustrious form. can be described to the readers of the “Pharos,” for they will certainly make marks in the world—even if it is only to chalk Liberal slogans across its face. We have among us reformers of the present systems of spelling, French pronunciation and science. Science most of all, for we supply the history, our gaseous friends the science, thus by a well-known principle the development of the history of science is assured. We have not a single member of the first eleven among us—an inestimable advantage—but we are not decadent; indeed, we are so healthy and strong that we can condescend to encourage our one under-developed member to greater efforts. We were rather shaken when the long arm of the law took one of us; the old lags cannot see how he4 slipped up. The gentle chiding, often heard all over the building, is the result of an injudicious reference to a certain name, but, as he tells us frequently, that is all over now. We are now all collecting lists of books—I have got 38 so far. There is much more to be said, but as it is entirely libellous, now must I close.
UPPER VI SCIENCE FORM NOTES.
Correspondents have sent in the following reports:
Report from the Biology Lab.
A deep depression is said to have settled over the Air Ministry.
We are reminded by the Education Authority that Biology periods are reserved for that subject.
Father Christmas was a little early last year!
After much laborious research it was finally proved that Vebba is not a robot.
it smells sweeter every day!
|Report from the Chemistry Lab.
H2S, Chemi, practical,
Someone hurry, open the door,
Look at those bodies on the floor.
Some time ago we were treated to a beautiful fire which was greatly appreciated by all, including a real Kemiste.
We are now the proud possessors of a bucket of sweet smelling sand.
We have prepared a new reagent guaranteed to react with anything. The constitution of this may vary if any new chemicals are made available.
".............. who says I can’t bend a penny?”
Report from the Physics Lab.
The quantity of plaster detached from the Prefects’ Room ceiling confirms our suspicion that Economics are again occupying the fiat above.
On one occasion, however, the situation was reversed and we were visited by a Royal messenger.
We wish the best of luck to the dear departed and constantly hope for bulging food parcels from some far off land.
The suggestion to paper our walls with collected impositions was rejected on compassionate grounds.
As most boys are wearing grey flannels with their black jackets, the question is whether to wear black shoes for the black jacket or brown shoes for the flannels? Why not wear one brown and one black shoe?
Grunting noises during a P.S. proved to be one of our number attempting to wrench a radiator from the wall.
Disappearance of bulbs leads to such mutterings as: “Surely they don’t want to play football with them?”
The Western Heights Rambling Club will soon begin its new season. N.B. Membership is strictly limited.
Several cases of quavering knees have been experienced, usually in the early morning.
N.B. Blood rushing to the head facilitating thought is not the explanation of feet up during a P.S.
Many and varied are the opinions concerning the installation of traffic lights in the corridors.
Several new words and phrases have been introduced. Here is a short glossary:
Foul great—of large dimensions—not small.
VI. Economics—the new Shangri Ia.
Hordes and hordes of—pertaining to more than one.
Hentschel and Cook—two new boys becoming increasingly Popular.
Galvanised tank—as applied to concentrated acids.
Buffer solution—an old solution which keeps making a nuisance of itself.
Formalin—by the left quick march!
Smith—he sayeth thatte ae spade ist notte ae spade butte ae forke with the prongs filled inue.
That’s the end of this edition of Upper Sixth Science Form notes.
........... Play for service!
And as the sun sinks slowly in the west we hear the chanting the natives in the distance.. . . "We want a film strip, we want a film strip!"
I must point out that on Thursday evenings the brown one is the double bass.
After our long summer recess we returned to School to find that we had to move from our old abode to make room for the larger and quieter(?) Sixth Arts Form. (If you want to know if they are quieter, then you had better ask the one man in the School who ought to know.) However, the School's eminent archaeologist soon managed to establish us in another and, according to him, less desirable residence.
I am sure you will all appreciate the fact that, without our form, the smooth running of the School could not be carried on—we have the captain of the cross country running team among us. But seriously, what would the School do without Sixth Economics? It might help you to realise what a lot we do for the School if I make out a catalogue of the positions held by some of the inmates of the form.
SIXTH ECONOMICS, 1949-1950.
Item: Two prefects—now what would you do if there were no prefects? No, don't
Item: One head prefect—I won't say anything about him because he sits just behind me.
Item: Two House captains—if you are in either of their Houses you should know all about them.
Item: Two members of the Dramatic Society—if you saw "R.U.R." then I expect you have seen enough of them.
Item: Six choristers—they are not all so base as you might think.
Item: One joanna tinkler, and one gut scraper—don't misunderstand me—they are in the School Band. I never was good at remembering names of musical instruments.
I must stop now, because it is five to four and our museum is about to close and the archaeologist wants to dust us.
(Signed) SIXTH ECONOMICS.
(With apologies to Rudyard Kipling)
If you can swot, and not be tired of swotting;
Captain: C. R. Bailiff. Vice-Captain: M. J. Bax.
Although the old name of Maxton is still cherished in the senior part of the House, the name Astor is gradually being adopted.
Towards the end of the last School year we had a short burst of success in Inter-House competitions.
In the Inter-House P.T. competition our team, captained by R. Jenkins, came first, and R. Francis is congratulated on winning the cup for the best individual performance in P.T.
Our other success was in the Inter-House Swimming competition, when the House was placed first with a good points lead. Kline is congratulated on winning the Intermediate Swimming Championship.
Although we did not have very much success in Athletics, we started with a points lead, as many of the House members had gained standards.
We have not had a very successful soccer season, but in spite of our losses there is still the keen spirit which I am sure will be carried into the rugger season.
I am glad to see that there are some enthusiastic cross-country runners in the House, but there is still room for more, so what about it?
Captain: P. G. Hearn. Vice-Captain: P. H. Qidham.
The departure of J. P. Rooks at the end of the Summer Term was a great loss to the House. He will be remembered for his achievements in many branches of School sport. His place as House Captain was taken by G. L. Miskin, who, although his term of office was of short duration, proved himself to be a competent leader. We wish them both the best of luck in their future careers.
In Soccer the 1st XI did well, their only defeat being at the hands of a strong Park XI. The 2nd XI were less successful, and in the Coles Cup we were defeated in the first round. Juniors are reminded that the East Cup Competition has yet to be decided.
On Sports Day we were forced into second place by Park, or perhaps it would be better to say by Simmonds. The House was also placed second in the P.T. competition.
The two main sporting activities this term, are Rugger and Cross Country Running. At present our prospects in the former are not very promising, but if more members will give their support to Oldham, the House Rugby Captain, we may be able to hold our own. The Inter-House Cross Country Run, to be held at the end of the term, promises to be a close race between all four Houses. A little extra effort therefore on the part of the senior members of the House may add valuable points towards the House Championship.
We welcome all newcomers and hope they will give their whole-hearted support to the House.
Captain: D. G. Simmonds. Vice-Captain: A. G. Wright.
Since the last edition of the Pharos we have acquitted ourselves reasonably well in gaining the House Shield once more. But, there are still a number of results that can be improved.
The results of the inter-house cricket matches were somewhat disappointing, as was that of the P.T. competition, although we managed to rise one place on the previous year’s. Swimming was again our weakest point and the House came a very bad fourth. Remember, the Duke of York’s baths are open once a week, in the summer term, to any boy who wishes to discover whether he can swim or sink.
The athletics in which 1st place was reached may be looked upon with some satisfaction. But it will be remembered that the winning margin was not very large, and greater efforts will most probably. be required next year, especially on the part of the senior school.
To make sure of the House Shield this year we must put ourselves out to a much greater extent. The cross-country representatives are still very few, and one instance last term will be particularly remembered. Masters concerned realize that the difficulty for most boys is in getting home afterwards, but surely one evening a week could be spent in cross-country running.
On the brighter side it can be said that the House 1st and 2nd XIs have already won all their football matches, and it now remains only for the junior members to repeat the seniors’ success. This term we turn from association to rugby, the most strenuous of all school games. Park House won the Ebbw Vale Rugby Cup last year, and there is no reason why we shouldn’t win it again this year. Rugby has been introduced into the third form this year, so, "Fly at it juniors!"—in two or three years’ time you will be representing the House.
D. G. SIMMONDS, H.C.
Captain: P. K. E. Imrie. Vice-Captain: K. T. Carran.
We would like to extend a hearty welcome to all new boys of the House and hope that they will soon settle down and give as much assistance to the House as possible.
A few years ago it was acknowledged that the House that would occupy the bottom position in all activities would be Town. Recently, under our new name of Priory House, we have been more successful.
During the past year we became House Cricket Champions. This was due in a large measure to the excellent records of our members in the Lower School.
In Soccer, Rugby, Swimming and Dramatics we gained second places. Congratulation to K. Carran for winning the Senior Swimming Championship for the second successive year. A word must be said about the lack of enthusiasm amongst the Senior and Middle School boys to enter for the House and School Swimming Trials. We hope to see a better turn-out this summer.
At the School Sports we came third in the championship. We should congratulate K. Carran on setting up a new school record for putting the weight and also Ramsden and Pressnell for becoming joint holders of the Junior Championship. With regard to Athletics, it is noticeable that many embers of the House cannot be bothered to try for standard times or distances on training nights. We want more backing from you, the boys in the Middle and Senior Forms.
In the P.T.. Competition we were once, again last. This is due to the complete lack of interest and co-operation on the part of the boys in the higher forms. This summer we want to see about twenty boys in the gym. at practices.
In Rugby we came second, this is much better than we have done in the past, but we want to win the Rugby, so just put that little extra something into your playing, and we might do it.
FORTY YEARS ON.
“A school magazine should be a means for communication, for expressing views, and finally for making those preliminary flights in literary effort which the editor of the outside world, irrecoverably blind, must reject, which in school—that stage intermediate between the family and the world—may be leniently regarded.”
Forty years is a long time. But, judicious readers, do realise that that is nearly the age of “The Pharos’ ‘—in fact it celebrated its forty-first birthday last Christmas. It seems that now is an auspicious moment to cast our eyes back into the “good old days” (or “bad old days” as your opinions persuade you) of Edwardian Dover. What was happening at the School in those far-off days? Unfortunately as the official history of the School is not yet ready, my material must come entirely from “The Pharos.”
Even then it seems the School was leaving its mark in the world.
In 1908, our cricket enthusiasts will be gratified to hear, a boy distinguished “himself and the School by good batting and bowling at
Monte Video.” A mordacious article, obviously by a master (the
general characteristics of those in the teaching profession never
change), is directed against those boys and girls—for the School
was then pupilled by both sexes—who travelled on the Deal train.
It will be remembered that at about this period, Lord Baden-Powell’s Scout movement was, though still in its infancy, a growing force. The School in 1909 followed the example of Simon Langton’s in forming a troop, which for many years flourished. The Orchestra “with the kind assistance of Miss Lawrie . . . composed partly of School students reached the rehearsal stage” in 1908.
In the first issue of “The Pharos” appeared eight letters from, old students reporting on their experiences at College. One relates the thrill of first seeing a clock which, although it “indicates the correct time, the hands are motionless.” But the tell-tale wire betrays its secret—”Electricity is up to its tricks again.”
Form Notes—and in this issue the Juniors’ Notes are suppressed,—give some information. We learn, for instance, that there was a form made up of pupil teachers. Perhaps the most interesting point is that during the Christmas Term, 1908, Form VIa moved from the “Dungeon” to the “Well.” Later, with the increasing scope of the School a VI Arts was formed and the “Well” was assigned to them. After assimilation and regurgitation it became “Ye Welle,” which name has remained ever since—much to the consternation of the poor junior looking for the title, “VI Arts” on a door.
An interesting letter signed “Yours faithfully, A Girl,” and addressed to the Editor of “The Pharos,” propounds an impediment in the path of the magazine. “I think that one of the greatest difficulties in the way of ‘The Pharos’ is that it will have to be run almost entirely by the Girls’ School. Can you imagine boys writing magazine articles? The idea is absurd.” However, “The Pharos” has survived as the magazine not of the Girls’ but of the Boys’ School. And you should have seen the spate of articles contributed this time!
January, 1909, saw the formation of the Old Students’ Association under the secretaryship of Mr. Clout, who was President of the Old Pharosians in 1947-8.
Socialism was forty years ago in roughly the same esteem in England as Communism is to-day. Then “Socialists would have us spend money on ephemeral schemes for the benefit of mankind, leaving our shores open to the ever-waiting enemy,” states one article. Now Communists . . . . Forty years hence . . . .
Christmas Term, 1909, was eventful. The Prince of Wales opened the new Dover Naval Harbour, to say nothing of the sensations created by that new fangled invention, the aeroplane. It was in July, 1909, that Bleriot crossed the Straits. Strange as it may seem, “The Pharos” did not report the event, but dwelt on the courage and determination of Latham, whose aeroplane made repeated attempts to fly from Sangatte to Dover.
At the Prize Giving of 1909 a marble clock was presented to both the Boys’ and Girls’ departments by the Pupil Teachers, Bursars, and Scholarship Holders. the Boys’ clock now resides on the mantelpiece in Mr. Booth’s study.
It does not take long to amass a history—traditions take longer. But after forty years, tradition is beginning to play a large part in school life. May it continue and “The Pharos” with it to enhance the life of the School. Fiat Lux. Vivat “Pharos.”
FROM “LA MORT DU LOUP”
by Alfred de Vigny
Alas, I thought we boast of being men,
WHAT THE LIFE OF A MASTER IS LIKE.
The master scrambles into the school ‘bus at the Town Hall only to find he has a standing seat. He smiles at one boy and the boy at once knows what the master wants, and so the master obtains a seat.
The ‘bus arrives at the school five minutes late, and all the boys let the master alight from the ‘bus before them. He hurries into school because it is his custom to take off his coat and have a, smoke before going to prayers. After he has smoked his pipe he hurries to his form room only to find all the boys have gone to prayers by themselves, and so he wanders after them.
After prayers he has a free period so he goes into the staff room and lights up his pipe again. Then he sinks down into a soft easy chair with silk cushions and pulls it up to the fire. Instead of marking books he puts his feet up and closes his eyes.
As he walks in the form which he is taking next he is surrounded by boys asking him to contribute to their hospital fund. He jingles a few coppers in his pocket and says that he already has a form of his own. It is a bitterly cold morning but still he orders all the windows to be opened; and while the boys sit shivering he goes and stands with his back to a radiator.
First of all he gives the boys a boring talk on work, saying as long as the boys keep working they will always get on well in life. Then he sets them a composition on work, and while they are writing he sits down and reads a book entitled “The Mystery of the Bloodstained Sausages.” Towards the end of the lesson he says that boys tire him, but he brightens up when he sees the tea and buttered scones pass along the corridor. He lets the boys out a minute early and hurries along to the staff room for his tea and scones.
For the next lesson he has booked the geography room to show a film. The film was to last all the lesson so the master could have another sleep. He knew what the film was about because he had already shown it three times the week before. He sets the projector up and sets it going. He was just drowsing off when he became aware that all the boys were shouting at him, the projector had broken down. So that shows the life of a master is just one long period of fun, comfort and happiness!
D. W. CORNELIUS, Upper III.
HOW CAN YOU SEA FISH?
or COMING FRESH WATER FISHING?
The youth plodded doggedly on through the driving rain. A gale had sprung up and one could plainly hear the pounding of surf
on the nearby breakwater. On his shoulder he carried a thick canvas
cylinder while a huge wicker basket hung from his left arm. His mackintosh was saturated with water, his hair was plastered over
his forehead. At last he spoke. “Not a bad day,” he said.
By the time he had reached the pier, the storm had dispersed and the sun was shining once more. Surprisingly the gale had dropped to a strong breeze, which twitched playfully at the corners of his coat. lifting them up and letting them drop again with a plop, vaguely, reminiscent of a dead fish being dropped on a fishmonger's slab. A car tearing by splashed him and he shouted wrathfully after it. On the pier he found several allied beings, whose catches ranged from ill shrimp to a small dab. He assembled his contraption and by brute force he managed to fling his anchor. . . sorry! hook into the sea. He felt a bite, and pulled up. "Drat these crabs," he cried, smashing the offending creature vindictively on the concrete.
About this time, two cheerful athletic youths were swinging blithely on their cycles. (From the following conversation you will deduce that they are anglers. "But why cheerful?" you will say. "The other. . . " But peace, my children, time will tell.)
"Glad this rain's stopped," said one.
"Yes. Should be a good day. Fish'll be on the bite," remarked the other. They sped swiftly along, slowing slightly when climbing the hills. The wind beat on their faces, exhilarating in its freshness, as they raced along on their bikes. One moment they were in the cool, calm depths of a valley, the next they swooped wildly over the crest of a hill, where the wind tore fiercely at their clothing and the countryside spread out before them like a map, until it was lost in the distance. . . .
Down into a valley they coasted. Its green floor rose up to meet them and soon they were cycling by the side of a brook, whose waters, crystal clear, dropped into a deep pool before continuing their unobtrusive course to the sea. Fish of all sizes could be seen in its depths, for this was one of the best fishing spots in the county. In this valley they seemed apart from this world, its calm silence contrasting strangely with the soughing of wind in the high tree tops, their only link with the outside world.
Each quickly assembled his slight willowy rod and fitted the neat reel with its gossamer thread. Each cast in. Soon one was into a fish. His rod bent dangerously, but after half-an-hour of skilful play the fish reposed on the bank.
"Pity pike are not edible," murmured one sadly, "he's easily over twenty pounds. Still... back he goes. . ." The fish, thus released, swam swiftly away. They fished on . . .
As they entered the town again, they met the youth. His clothes still bore traces of his battle with the elements, his coat was encrusted with salt and a cold was coming on.
"Any luck?" they called.
"Four crabs and a pouting," he replied. "What's yours?"
"Oh; we've got five decent roach and two big perch, besides a twenty-pound pike and some small dace which we threw back. Want one?"
From the youth's expression he was clearly cogitating deeply. Pride in his "art" bade him refuse, common sense and hunger urged him to accept. At last he appeared to have made a momentous decision; he had, on his face, the martyr-like expression that one would expect from an early Christian when going to the stake.
"Thanks," he said, "I'll have one."
The street was silent and deserted except for the man in the raincoat who had stopped under a street lamp. He stood and looked up into a clear frosty sky where the stars stared silently down on the sleeping city. Again he felt the odd detached feeling coming over him. It was as if he were looking through a haze; everything had a slightly unreal air.
As the man watched he noticed that one of the stars seemed
bigger and brighter than usual. Even as he looked it grew larger
and more bright. Fascinated he stared upwards and saw it grow
larger and larger till its fiery glare blinded his eyes and cast harsh
black shadows on the ground. There was a roaring sound as the
meteor entered the atmosphere. With a thundering crash it struck
the sleeping city. The earth shuddered at the impact. The man
was stunned by the noise but as he stood, the sound returned, it
came as a low indescribable rumble, punctuated with countless tiny
human screams. Through a haze he saw a solid mass of fire on the horizon staining the clouds crimson. Above the noise of the
fire, above the rows of flattened houses, rose the sounds of the stricken city. The beat of distant human voices and the staccato notes of screaming made a sort of pattern that rose and fell continuously. The shrieks of sirens wove the sounds into a terrible symphony of wild inhuman beauty. Then all sound faded as the man sagged against the post and hid his eyes from the terrible sights before him......
When he recovered his senses all was quiet. He stood again in the deserted street with the stars shining clearly above. He tried to steady his reeling mind, to think clearly. It was all a dream; he had imagined it. But it was no use. He knew that it was true, that what he had just seen would happen in the future. For one short moment the mists o~ time had cleared. He only of all men knew that danger threatened the city. He alone, and he could do nothing.
SALUTE TO THEM THAT LEARN
With apologies to R. W. Moore, Esq
And varied are the works of our superiors in us,
Multi-lateral and many sided are the affairs of our School (as are our prefects),
Of diverse natures are our activities.
Are our most eloquent instructors;
For them we thank the powers that be (and the Board of Governom).
Polyglot is the language of our form-rooms.
Artist, Musician, Craftsman mingle their jargon over glasses of milk.
Spacious is our domain (as are steep the staircases)
And joyous the vision from our multitudinous windows.
Disport themselves on the firm terraces of our
While devotees of Ceres till our fields.
A RAINY DAY
The birds flew home, and the sun went in;
W. McEWEN, M.z.
A FORM CENSUS
The following is the result of a census I made among the members of last year’s Upper V. I can vouch for its accuracy:
|Do you smoke?||25||3||22|
|Do you swim?||25||15||10|
|Do you play tennis?||25||16||9|
|Do you play cricket?||25||25||0|
|Do you play football?||25||25||0|
|Do you play chess?||25||14||11|
|Do you dance?||25||5||20|
|Do you keep pets?||25||9||16|
|Could you identify a blackbird’s egg||25||11||14|
|Have you read any Shaw?||25||8||17|
|Do you go to church regularly?||25||11||14|
|Do you go to the cinema at least once a week?||25||13||12|
Average age of Form: 16 years.
A. ROGER HORSFIELD.
OLD PHAROSIAN NEWS
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The annual general meeting of the Association was held in the Council Chamber, Dover, on Friday, 4th November, 1949, and was presided over by Mr. N. V. Sutton, the retiring President. The meeting was well attended there being about 50 members present, including several past and present members of the Staff.
The Secretary, in his annual report, spoke of the various activities of the Association during the past year, and was pleased to be able to announce that the membership had now reached 199.
The Treasurer’s report showed a reasonably sound financial position. A few of the members, however, had failed to renew their subscription for the past year, and he hoped that this oversight would soon be put right.
Mr B. W. Taylor proposed the following amendment to the Constitution “That the Immediate Past President be an ex-officio member of the Committee and that a Vice-President be elected annually.” After considerable discussion, this proposition was adopted.
In proposing that Mr. R. H. Cuff be elected President for the ensuing the retiring President said that Mr. Cuff was a much respected Old Boy who always had the well-being of the Association at heart. This proposition was carried unanimously. On occupying the Chair, Mr. Cuff thanked the members for the honour they had bestowed on him, and promised to do his best for the Association during his term of office.
Mr. E. F. Prescott was elected Vice-President and President-Elect for 1951.
A full list of officers and members of the committee elected at this meeting is given on the inside of the back cover.
Mr. J. C. Booth reported a steady increase in the War Memorial Fund at that time the total stood at £674. A sub-committee was formed to consider the design of the Memorial Sports Pavilion which it is proposed to erect on the lower playing field at the School.
A summary of the year's sports activities was given by Mr. R. W. Winter, and the meeting closed after a lengthy discussion of future activities.
NEWS OF OLD BOYS
C. A. HART (1915-1920) has, we understand, been appointed the first Vice-Chancellor of a new All-India University in Roorki, to take up the appointment in March next. He is presumably relinquishing his duties at University College, London, where he was the first to occupy the Chair of Photogrammetry, which deals with mapping by air survey.
H. B. GARLAND. MA.. Ph. D., University Co1lege of the South-West, Exeter. We quote from" The Times" Educational Supplement: .. Besides dealing critically and appreciatively with the plays, lyrical poems, and ballads, Professor Garland gives us Schiller's life, background, and social, political, and intellectual environment. A happy understanding is evident of Schiller the poet and dramatist, and Schiller the historian and philosopher." It may be mundane to add that there are 280 pages for fifteen shillings net.
J. W. MENTER (1932-1940) has obtained his Ph. D. for a thesis dealing with electron microscopy, and a substantial grant for two years from the Warren Fund of the Royal Society to enable him to carry out further research. Both Dr. Menter and
G. L. BAILEY. Ph.D. (1925-1934), at London University, are occupied with electron cameras, and from both the School Physics Lab. is receiving photographs showing magnifications of 10,000-40,000. Dr. Bailey is chief physicist with British Non Ferrous Metal Company.
E. C. PELHAM (1929-1937) has now left the Agricultural College at Cirencester and is lecturing at the Essex Institute of Agriculture, Chelmsford.
D. J. MOORE (1946-1948) is a scholar at the Royal College of Science, London, where he is reading physics.
J. W. HANCOCK (1941-1948) is an Exhibitioner at Queen Mary College, London, studying chemistry.
J. S. GRANGER (1940-1948) is at Jesus College, Oxford, reading French, while
R. EFEMY (1939-1946), after 8Crvice with the Red Cross in China and Paris, is
also reading French as an Exhibitioner at Ballio!.
R. S. N. BAX (1936-1943) is at the London School of Economics reading Economic History, where
E. E. WOODHOUSE (1938-1945) is taking a General Degree with geography as his main subject.
J. WOODHOUSE (1941-1947), his younger brother, is now at University College, London, studying for a degree in geography, where he follows
G. A. CHATFIELD (1938-1945) at the same college engaged on the same subject, but now in his second year of the finals course.
B. SEDGEWICK-JELL (1934-1942) has been promoted to Consul, and is stationed at Harar, Ethiopia. He was married last year to Barbara Pritchard, of Ebbw Vale, who is now out there with him.
B. G. RAMPE (1940-1947) has been released from the Army. He was a Corporal, Instructor in Radar at Lydd, and is now at Loughborough studying for B.Sc. in Physics.
A. REAY (1939-1946) is also there taking a P.T. Course with a view to qualifying
as a schoolmaster.
P. H. WEBB (1932-1939) called 16th September. He did scientific research work during the war, and is now at the University College of North Wales, Bangor, studying forestry (and, in his spare time, Welsh 0, hoping to secure an appointment with the Forestry Commission.
L. A. HOBBS (1945-1948), after a period of teaching at Castlemount School. is now at . Goldsmith's College, London, preparing to take the Teachers' Certificate.
A. C. ALLIN (1935-1946), son of the late" Ferdie" Allin. is now at Southampton University College in company with four other Old Pharosians and Dr. R. A. Pelham.
S. D. BRADLEY (1933-1943) has proceeded from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, to King's College Hospital, London, to continue his medical studies. He has taken his Finals recently.
J. H. STEVENS (1948-1949), who took his First M.B. Examination at School last year, is now at Bart's.
E. F. FIELD (1935-1945) is at Trinity College. Dublin. taking an Honours Degree in History. He had two years service with the R.A.F. in Egypt.
Dr. E. R. S. WINTER (1927-1931) has relinquished his post as Lecturer at the Royal College of Science to take up an important industrial appointment at Birmingham.
D. E. TOMKINS (1939-1946) has been released from the RAF. and is reading Physics at the Royal College of Science. He is lodging with
H. W. IVORY (1938-1945). who is studying at Battersea Polytechnic.
M. W. FEAST (1939-1944) is doing research in Astro-Physics at the Royal College of Science.
P. LESTER (1936-1943) is studying at the Medway Technical College.
W. H. FOX (1909-1913). chief clerk and cashier at Tilmanstone Colliery, has been
admitted a Chartered Secretary and Certified Accountant.
W. E. COLLARD (1941-1947) called at School in July. He is taking advantage of a training scheme at Ford's, Dagenham. and hopes to take a post in the firm after one more year. He has thoroughly enjoyed the course, and recommends it for boys prepared to engage in practical as well as theoretical engineering.
B. A. BILBY (1931-1940) also called in July. He hold, a Fellowship at Birmingham University. Papers written by him on stresses in materials have recently appeared in the scientific press.
J. MOORCROFT (1937-1947) after leaving his studies at the Medway Technical College, has taken an appointment at the Atomic Research Station in Cumberland.
F. E. DAVIES 0935-1942) is to be congratulated on his appointment as organist at St. Mary's Church. Dover.
E. OLBY (1915-1921), on hearing the news about his class-mate. "Jimmy" Hart, wondered whether the latter remembers a certain Saturday afternoon when the Cadets paraded in the Art Room at Ladywell.
E. J. AMBROSE (1931-1937) writes from Motherwell to say he has. "as an expression of gratitude for many favours received. enrolled the School for 1950 in the National Gallery Schools Scheme." When last the editor heard from him he was in Ceylon.
MARTIN WATTS (1935-1945) is in Sudbury, Ontario, in a. nickel mine; is
married and very worried about devaluation! Be qualified at the Royal College of
Mines, London, and his frequent visits to School were a great help to the
School's collection of geological specimens
J. M. FALCONER (1928-1936) and
H. B. S. BRABHAM (1936-1943) work together as Research Physicists with the G.E.C. Arrangements are being made for them to visit School in the near future to test television signal strength in this area.
I. E. PENGELLY (1928-1934) visited School in November prior to his departure (with his wife and three children) for Australia, where he is taking up an appointment as Post Office engineer.
C. A. SCARLETT (who left about 1924) visited Dover recently. As an Area Superintendent of the Milk Marketing Board, he now lives at Derby, and is much concerned about his daughter's prospects for H.S.C.
C. G. BLACKFORD (who also left about 1924) told us interesting stories of his work as Transport Control Officer :n Germany. Veteran Cadets will be interested to know that during School holidays he takes his three sons camping in the country around Hanover.
Mr. J. WILLIAMS, father of Dr. J. Williams, reports that when he visited Hong Kong recently he was made free of the colony by
ERIC PUDNEY (1913-1918), who is British Commissioner there.
Capt. A. HENNEY, O.B.E. ("Alex") who commands the m.v. "British Prudence" of the British Tanker Company, wrote from Sydney, New South Wales, on 20th July, 1949. He is now living at Bexhill, and is so Kind as to say that he finds much of what he learned at School to be still useful, and regrets he is prevented by distance from sending his son to D.C.G.S.
R. CAIN (1942-1948) has written several letters since he went to sea, all of them most interesting. He last wrote when loading sugar in Cuba to take to Philadelphia after which h., expected to come home. In his latest letter he sends us an account of crossing the Gulf of Aden. "On our first evening it was noticed that as the sky grew darker the sea grew lighter, By midnight we were sailing on what seemed to be a sea of pure white. For miles around the sea looked as if it were snow, The captain and chief mate tried to examine the water under a searchlight, but when the light was focussed on it, it reverted to its normal colour. Only one man aboard had seen anything like it-fifteen years ago in the Java Sea. Although it was obviously caused by an extraordinary amount of phosphorescence in the water, it started a lot of discussion among the crew."
REPORT FROM FIJI
Whilst on tour among the islands I visited a small township called Ba, on the island of Viti Levu. I was invited to a party which was attended by most of the Europeans in the district. During the festivities I thought I heard the mention of a name which, although rather unusual, stirred some faraway memory. On approaching the owner of the name I was again struck by something vaguely familiar. After a moment's thought I addressed him. and the conversation went something like this:
"Excuse me . . . Mr. . . . er . . . Rouse, isn't it?
"You are from England, I believe?"
(In amazement) "Y-e-e-es."
"Dover County School?"
(Gasping) "Good grief! . . . That's right!"
"You used to sit near the bottom of the class?"
(He nods, speechless.)
"I used to it next to you!"
It was E. T. B. Rouse, one of my contemporaries at School, formerly with the Shell (Pacific Islands) Company, and now an engineer at Vatukoula Gold Mines, Viti Levu! We had not met for twenty-two years.
The arm of the D.G.S. is indeed long.
H. H. MADAMS.
>From a letter received from Capt. P. J. McVey, 14, Bateman Street, Cambridge:
"The Army has sent me up here to take the Mechanical Science Tripos. It is a two
years' course, but, to judge from previous results, there is every possibility
of getting the push at the end of the first. Naturally I have been having no
little difficulty with the mathematics and kindred subjects—and in
particular with static". You have doubtless experienced the type of schoolboy
who spends his working day experimenting in impossible balancing feats with pens, rulers,
rubbers, and pairs of compasses. The gentleman who wrote my book on statics was
just such a one, and was clearly frustrated in early youth, with the result that
his experiments have continued into late manhood. His equipment is as limited as
when he was at school—he has smooth cylinders, smooth vertical walls, uniform
jointed rods of weight W, and a peculiar piece of apparatus called a weightless,
inelastic string. Equipped with these, he juggles with the carefree gaiety of
youth, and the virtuosity of a performing seal. According to the laws of
Permutations and Commutations, there is a limit to the possible arrangements of
such a few articles (I am, alas as yet unable to calculate the exact value of
the limit) and so I continue in the faint hope that one day the limit will be
reached, and that I shall be able to sigh with relief and say, "This is where
we came in." I am having a clause inserted into my will to endow a home for
these people, responsible for such books, where they may spend their declining
years inventing machines with efficiency greater than one, or in discovering
perpetual motion. They will be provided with pens and paper, but only invisible
T. E. LADD (1941-1948) called on 25th November, after signing on for" Seven and Five." He has completed training as a sick bay attendant, and expects to go to Bermuda.
Brigadier A. BOND (1912-1918), R.A.S.C., is about to take up an important task in Germany. He should meet C. Blackford, a few years his junior, who is managing she German State Railways for the Commission.
P. D. ALEXANDER (1945-1948) is in Hong Kong with the Pay Corps, and showed financial acumen derived from Sixth Economics by persuading his parents to pay his Old Boys subscription.
L. R. STEGGLES (1943-1948) is employed on clerical duties and plans, after release from Service, to go to college and study History with a view to becoming a schoolmaster.
F. ALLEN (1945-1948) is now stationed near Nottingham and is negotiating for admission to the London School of Economics to study for a degree in geography.
M. J. DRURY (1945-1948) called at School on 26th September. when on the point of being seized from the wholesale grocery business for service in the R.A.F., commencing as so often happens in the salubrious neighbourhood of Warrington.
S. WILSON (1943-1948) called at School on 16th October. He is a RAF. apprentice at Halton, studying electricity on a three-year course. He has signed on for twelve years.
R. C. REEVES (1942-1948) called at School on 30th September. He is at West Mailing training for clerical duties.
Squadron-Leader L. OVENDEN (1930-1933) is stationed at Leighton Buzzard, but frequently plays cricket in Dover at summer week-ends.
Flight-Lieut. R. D. PILCHER (1936-1943) is in the Far East Communications Squadron, R.A.F.. Charpi. Singapore, flying V.I.P.s all over the Far East. His long letter is to be used in the geography classes!
LESTER BORLEY and JACK DAVISON are together at West Kirby R.A.F.
The formatioti of the Lodge is now complete.
The Founders have presented their petition to the Grand Lodge of England, and it is hoped that formal recognition will be given early in the New Year.
Following a meeting of interested parents after the Annual Sports, when a temporary Committee was formed to draw up provisional Articles of Association, a General Meeting was held at the School on October 20th, 1949. Despite very inclement weather more than 100 parents were present. The provisional Articles were with slight amendments agreed to, the main items being: the object of the Association shall be to promote the general welfare of the School as a whole; the provision of prizes and the organisation of periodic functions; the Association year shall he from August 1st to July 31st of each year; the annual subscription shall be a minimum of 6 per parent; the parents of past and present pupils shall be eligible for membership; and that the Annual General Meeting shall be on the first Thursday in October.
The Executive Committee, elected by ballot, consists of Messrs. A. H. Gunn, A. R. Taylor (Hon. Sec. and Treasurer), G. R. Plater, L. Jacobs and Mesdames Sutton and Lott (Dover), Mesdames Cheeseman and Cozens (Deal and Walmer), and Mr. Dawson and Mrs. Belford (other districts), together with one member of the Staff: and one other to be co-opted by the Committee. The Headmaster is an ex-officio member. Mr. Gunn was later elected Chairman, and we have been able to persuade Mr. F. Landrey, who was Secretary in pre-war days, to serve.
The Association has this year provided three prizes and organised the School's Christmas Parties. As the funds were not enough to bear the whole cost an appeal had to be made to parents. but it is hoped that in the future this will not be necessary.
We have more than 100 members and look forward to the time when all parents will
belong. We hope to organise Socials and Whist Drives in
the New Year and look for the support of members.
|A. R. Adams||C. M. Bailey||B. F. Bates||K. O. Bonnage|
|J. P. Bowles||G. J. Bradley||B. F. Buddle||R. A. H. Carr|
|J. E. Churchill||M. J. Cole||J. V. Deal||J. R. Dedman|
|F. Duffy||D. C. Dutnall||B. R. Gough||G. R. Hill|
|J. E. Hyder||E. J. Jones||T. Lang||C. A. Laslett|
|J. McEwan||W. Moad||G. W. Newson||M. Northcutt|
|J. Penfold||R. J. Richards||J. B. Saunders||B. E. Sherwood|
|B. P. Willson||L. C. Abbott||P. J. Abnett||F. W. Allison|
|R. A. Bach||M. A. Bell||J. F. P. Bradley||D. A. Brivio|
|M. V. Bullen||H. G. Callow||J. H. Coleman||D. P. Dawkins|
|M. E. Down||D. W. Featherstone||R. C. Gilliott||R. H. Gray|
|D. W. Hollands||G. F. Long||A. E. Marsh||J. F. Mummery|
|J. Nixon||A. Penry||G. A. Phillips||B. M. Rollinson|
|M. Roome||C. A. Skinner||J. E. E. Spain||M. R. Underhill|
|D. J. Watkins||R. A. E. Webb||K. D. Andrews||P. Archibald|
|D. Baldwin||L. J. Bell||J. E. Blaxland||E. Button|
|C. J. Carey||P. C. Clements||P. B. Doohan||B. J. Dowle|
|D. B. Ellis||B. J. Gate||M. L. Genny||J. Hayward|
|D. J. Middleton||R. Napier||M. R. Palmer||R. Papa|
|D. C. Price||D. N. Rimell||W. T. Sholl||R. S. Smith|
|K. A. Yonks||M. R. Weakley||M. Whiddett||B. H. Wicks|
|H. E. Wright||P. J. Wyatt||C. J. Theobald|
D. C. BELSEY. Entered 1941. Senior Prefect; Captain. Astor House; C.S.M., Cadet Corps; School 1st XV.. Rugger (1948-49) (Capt., 1949) (Colours. 1949); School 1st Xl. Cricket (1948-49): School 2nd XI. Soccer (1947-48) (Capt., 1947-48); School Athletic Team (1947-49); School Cross-country Team (1948); House Swimming; PT. Team; Debating Society (Committee); Dramatic Society; Choir; School Cert. (Matric. Exemp.), 1946; Higher School Cert. (Exemp. Inter. B.Sc.), 1949. To National Service.
J. DAVISON. Entered 1941. Prefect; School 2nd XV. Rugger (1949); House 1st XI. Cricket; Soccer; PT. Team (Capt.); Swimming; Cross-country; Flight Sgt., A.T.C.; Dramatic Society (Committee); Choir; Debating Society; School Cert. (Matric. Exemp.). 1946; Higher School Cert. (Exemp. Inter. B.Sc.). 1949.
R. FREER. Entered 1947. Senior Prefect; School 2nd XV. Rugger (1949); School Athletics Team (1947); Chess Club (School Team); Orchestra; Debating Society (Committee); Dramatic Society; House 2nd XI. Soccer; Cricket; Cross-country; Sgt.. Cadet Corps; Higher School Cert. (Exemp. Inter. B.Sc., Distinction in Pure Maths.). 1949. To Melbourne University.
C. J. HENRY. Entered 1945. Prefect; Captain, Priory House: School Swimming
Team (Capt.); School Cross-country Team; House 1st XV. Rugger; 1st XI. Cricket; 2nd XI. Soccer; P.T. Team; Dramatic Society (Committee): Debating Society; School Cert.. 1947; Higher Cert. (Exemp. Inter. B.Sc.), 1949. To Military Service.
G. L. MISKIN. Entered 1944. Prefect; Captain, Frith House: School 1st XV. Rugger (1948-49); House 1st XI. Soccer; Cricket; Cross-country; Choir; Debating Society; Dramatic Society; School Cert. (Matric. Exemp.), 1947. To Military Service.
J. H. STEVENS. Entered 1948. School 1st XV. Rugger (1949); School 2nd XI. Cricket (1949); House P.T. Team; Choir; Higher School Cert. (Exemp. 1st MB.). 1949. To St. Bart’s Hospital, Medical School.
B. A. SOUTHEY. Entered 1942. Prefect; Vice-Captain, Frith House; School 1st XL Cricket (1949); School 2nd XV. Rugger (1949); School Athletics Team (1948-49) (Secretary); School Cross-country Team (Vice-Captain); House 1st XI. Soccer; Swimming; Debating Society; School Cert. (Exemp. Matric.), 1947. To Meteorological Department of Air Ministry.
R. B. WALFORD. Entered 1944. Prefect; School Swimming Team (1948-49); House 2nd XI. Cricket; Soccer; 2nd XV. Rugger; Cross-country; Library Committee; Dramatic Society; Debating Society; School Cert. (Matric. Exemp.), 1947; Higher School Cert. (Exemp. Inter. B.Sc.. Distinction in Physics), 1949. To R.A.F. as Officer Cadet.
L. BORLEY. Entered 1942. Prefect; Captain, Park House; School 2nd XV. Rugger (Captain, 1949); School Cross-country Team (Committee, 1949); School Athletic Team (1949); House 1st XI. Soccer; Cricket; P.T. Team; A.T.C.; Dramatic Society (Hon. Secretary); Geographical Society; Debating Society (Committee); Library Committee; Choir; Assistant Editor, “Pharos”; School Cert. (Exemp. Matric.), 1947; Higher School Cert., 1949; Kent Higher Exhibition, 1949. To R.A.F.
A. T. DAVIES. Entered 1945. Deputy-Prefect; School 1st XI. Soccer (1949); House 1st Xl. Cricket; 1st XV. Rugger; Cross-country; Swimming; P.T. Team; Choir; Dramatic Society; Debating Society (Committee); Arts and Crafts; School Cert., 1947; Higher School Cert.. 1949. To Aberystwyth University.
G. D. F. HORNE. Entered 1944. House 1st XI. Cricket; Soccer; 1st XV. Rugger; P.T. Team; Cross-country; Choir; Geographical Society; Philatelic Society; School Cert. (Matric. Exemp.), 1947; Higher School Cert., 1949.
J. P. ROOKS. Entered 1946. Prefect; Captain, Frith House; School 1st XL. Soccer (1946-48) (Captain, 1948) (Colours, 1947-48); School 1st XV. Rugger (1948-49) (Vice-Captain) (Colours, 1948); School Athletic Team (Captain); School Cross-country Team (Captain); School Swimming Team; House P.T. Team; Assistant Librarian, Debating Society (Committee); Dramatic Society (Committee); Geographical Society; Choir; School Cert., 1947; Higher School Cert., 1949. To R.A.O.C.
E. C. V. BERRY. Entered 1943. School 1st XI. Cricket (1948-49); School 1st XI. Soccer (1948); School Athletic Team; School Swimming Team; House 1st XV. Rugger; P.T. Team; Choir; School Cert., 1948.
B. WATTS. Entered 1940. Captain, Priory House; C.Q.M.S., Cadet Corps; School 1st XI. Cricket (1947-49) (Colours, 1948-49); School 1st XL .Soccer (1947-49) (Colours, 1948); School 2nd XV. Rugger (1949); School Athletic Team; House P.T. Team; Choir; Orchestra; School Cert., 1949. To Military Service.
B. J. HARRIS. Entered 1942. School 2nd Xl. Soccer (1948); School 2nd XI. Cricket (1949); House 2nd XV. Rugger; P.T. Team; School Cert., 1947; Higher School Cert., 1949. To Pay Corps.
J. GOURLEY. Entered 1945. School 2nd XV. Rugger (1949); Debating Society;
Choir; School Cert., 1947; Higher School Cert. (Exemp. Inter. B.Sc.), 1949. To
McGill University, Toronto.
F. J. PAIN. Entered 1945. School 1st XV. Rugger (1948-49); School Athletics Team (1948-49); School Cross-country Team; School Swimming Team; House 1st XI. Cricket; Soccer; P.T. Team; Debating Society; School Cert. (Matric. Exemp.), 1947; Higher School Cert. (Exemp. Inter. B.Sc.), 1949. To Military Service.
P. F. HOGG. Entered 1945. House 2nd Xl. Soccer; Cricket; 2nd XV. Rugger; Swimming Team; Philatelic Society (Hon. Tressurer); Choir; Cadet Corps; School Cert. (Exemp. Matric.), 1949; Marine Society Scholarship to Thames Nautical Training College, H.M.S. “Worcester.”
P. E. HAMMERTON. Entered 1948. Chess Club Team; School Cert., 1949.
C. JAMES. Entered 1949. To Weights and Measures Office.
M. W. AYLLNG. Entered 1943. School 2nd XL. Soccer (1949); School 1st XV. Rugger (1949); House 1st Xl. Cricket; School Cert., 1949.
T. W. E. BEER. Entered 1942. School Boxing Team; House P.T. Team; Orchestra; Dramatic Society; School Cert., 1949. To father’s business.
C. J. BROMLEY. Entered 1945. A.T.C. (1st Class Cadet); Choir; Geographical Society; Arts and Crafts; School Cert., 1949. To Fawcett Martindale, Architects, Deal.
R. P. COOPER. Entered 1943. Arts and Crafts; House Dramatics; School Cert., 1949.
R. BELLAMY. Entered 1945. School 2nd XV. Rugger (1949); House 1st XL. Soccer; Cricket; Cross-country; P.T. Team; School Cert., 1949. To School of Art, Dover.
J. A. BUCHAN. Entered 1945. House 2nd XI. Cricket; Soccer; Cross-country Team., Gardening Club: Geographical Society. To Swanley Horticultural College.
J. V. D. HANCOCK. Entered 1945. Arts and Crafts; School Cert., 1949. To Dove Yacht Company.
J. KREMER. Entered 1943. School 1st XI. Cricket (1949); School 1st XI. Soccer (1948); School 1st XI. Rugger (1945): School Cross-country Team (1949); House P.T. Team; Geographical Society; Choir; Arts and Crafts; School Cert., 1949. To Reynolds and Lane, Chartered Accountants, Folkestone.
P. A. D. McVEY. Entered 1945. Arts and Crafts; School Cert., 1949. Dental Mechanic.
M. E. BODIAM. Entered 1944. House 2nd XI. Cricket; Soccer; 2nd XV. Rugger. P.T. Team; Geographical Society: Arts and Crafts; Debating Society; Philatelic Society. To King Edward VII. Nautical College, London.
P. J. CROUCH. Entered 1944. School 1st XI. Cricket (1948-49) (Colours, 1949);. School 1st XV. Rugger (1949); School Athletics Team (1948-49); House 1st XI. Soccer; P.T. Team; School Cert. (Matric. Exemp.), 1949. To Agriculture.
F. DAVISON. Entered 1944. School 2nd XV. Rugger (1949); School 2nd XI. Cricket I (1949); House 1st XI. Soccer; Swimming Team; Arts and Crafts; Dramatic Society; Geographical Society; School Cert. (Matric. Exemp.), 1949. To G.P.O. Research Station.
L. G. GRANT. Entered 1944. House 1st XV. Rugger; 2nd XI. Cricket; Soccer; Geographical Society; School Cert., 1949. To Ordnance Survey, Chessington.
D. HAMMOND. Entered 1944. School 2nd XI. Soccer (1949); House 2nd XI. Cricket; Geographical Society.
B. D. McPHERSON. Entered 1944. House 2nd XI. Soccer; Cricket; House Dramatics; Geographical Society: School Cert (Matric. Exemp.), 1949.
L. F. MAXTED. Entered 1944. House 2nd XI. Soccer; Cricket; Arts and Crafts; Geographical Society.
S. C. RUCK. Entered 1944. House 1st XV. Rugger; 2nd XI. Cricket: Arts and Crafts; Geographical Society; School Cert., 1949.
D. R. BIRD. Entered 1945. House 2nd XV. Rugger; Dramatic Society; School Cert., 1949. To L.G. Service, London.
A. I. DAVIDSON. Entered 1944. House 2nd Xl. Soccer; Cricket: 2nd XV. Rugger; Choir. To School of Navigation. Southampton.
D. I. GATEHOUSE. Entered 1945. School 2nd Xl. Cricket; House 1st XI. Soccer; 2nd XV. Rugger; Cross-country Team; Arts and Crafts. To British Railways (Apprentice).
W. G. NEILES. Entered 1945. House 2nd XI. Soccer; Cricket; 2nd XV. Rugger.
J. E. M. PURSEY. Entered 1944. Arts and Crafts; Photographical Society. Gardening Club; Geographical Society; Dramatic Society; School Cert., 1949. To Market Gardening.
B. N. SIMMONS. Entered 1945. House Cross-country Team; A.T.C.; Arts and Crafts; School Cert., 1949.
R. J. SINCLAIR. Entered 1943. House 2nd XI. Cricket; A.T.C.; Philatelic Society. To Parker Pen Company.
R. A. TAYLOR. Entered 1944. A.T.C.; House Dramatics; School Cert., 1949.
D. E. BROACH. Entered 1945.
K. R PENFOLD. Entered 1945. House 2nd XI. Cricket.
A. J. SALISBURY. Entered 1944. House 2nd XV. Rugger: 2nd XI. Cricket.
W. A. SCOTT. Entered 1944. Dramatic Society.
J. S. STANLEY. Entered 1944. A.T.C.
C. NEWBY. Entered 1944. House 2nd XV. Rugger. Trades Apprentice. Army.
I. J. McPHERSON. Entered 1949. Transferred to Belfast.
C. S. PEPPER. Entered 1945.
A. W. HACKET. Entered 1945. To Granada Cinema. Dover
F. A. E. BUCKINGHAM. Entered 1945. Dramatic Society.
P. HUGHES. Entered 1945. To Canada.
D. H. GROSSMAN. Entered 1948. Transferred to Liverpool High School.
M. G. DAVIES. Entered 1947. Arts and Crafts; Dramatic Society. Transferred to Harvey G.S., Folkestone.
J. FREER. Entered 1947. Junior Dramatic Society. To Melbourne, Australia.
D. MORGAN. Entered 1946. Transferred to Deal County Secondary School.
R. SIMMONDS. Entered 1948. Transferred to Morley G.S., Leeds.
B. H. MAHON. Entered 1948. Transferred.
C. W. R. LATTER. Entered 1948. Transferred to Harvey G.S., Folkestone.