No. 115. SPRING, 1953. VOL. XLIV.
|The Commemoration Service||Film Society|
|The Commemoration Ball||Phœnix Club|
|Mr. W. H. Mittins||Arts and Crafts Society|
|Bird Migration||Stamp Club|
|A Journey from New Zealand to England||Unicorn Club|
|Railway Stations||Gym Club|
|A Shadow in the Night||Library|
|Ignorance Brings Bliss||Gamesmanship in the Geography Room|
|Fast?||Combined Cadet Force|
|Mid-day Fantasy||Visit to London|
|My Thoughts||Benevolent Society's Accounts, 1951-52|
|How they brought the Good News from Dover to Deal||House Notes|
|Scamp's Progress||Old Pharosians|
|A Day in the Life of an Average Schoolboy||Old Boys' Notes|
|Speech day||Old Boys' Re-union Dance|
|The Rivals||Annual General Meeting|
|Pieces Françaises||Parents' Association|
During the Autumn Term of 1952 the School had been celebrating in many ways the 21st anniversary of the opening of the present School buildings, and these celebrations have provided a unique opportunity for re-consideration and consolidation. Generally, the only contact present boys have with the past is found in the visits of Old Boys, who invariably express the opinion that " the old School is not what it used to be" (while, of course, the usual number of boys develops the healthy conviction that it never was). Old Boys are notoriously untrustworthy as a guide to the development of the School, regarding, as they do, their own period through rose-tinted spectacles, and are therefore never to be taken very seriously. Thus we tend to treat the past with as little seriousness as we do the Old Boys who give us such glorified accounts of it.
It is only at such times as this anniversary that we can pause and try seriously to estimate the contribution of the past to the present and the future: to seek the continuity of tradition amid the comings and goings of masters and boys. Perhaps some of us have discovered for the first time that this tradition does indeed exist; usually we do not notice it, for we are part of it. We may hesitate to admit the fact, and the conception may well appear on ordinary occasions rather sentimental. Indeed, since the future seems more relevant to our lives than the past, we take a greater interest in the possibilities of future achievement than in the recollection of past glories. It is only on extraordinary occasions such as the Commemoration Service in St. Mary's, when the physical surroundings, the form of the service itself, brought us into contact with the School of twenty-one years ago, that we became conscious of this vital and vitalising tradition, this comforting awareness of the continuity of school life. With this awareness comes the realisation that tradition is not something which smothers originality and enterprise, but rather something from which we can draw fresh strength for our new ventures, a firm foundation of the past on which future achievement must be built.
J. R. T.
On another page we say farewell to Mr. Mittins, who has taken up the duties of Lecturer in Education at King's College (Newcastle-upon- Tyne), in the University of Durham. We welcome Mr. N. S. Horne, of University College, Southampton, who has come to us from Ilford.
Congratulations to J. R. Taylor (Upper VI Arts) on being awarded an Open Exhibition at Jesus College, Cambridge.
In October Mr. W. A. Gibson Martin, F.R.G.S., visited the School on behalf of the British Iron and Steel Federation and lectured on "Steel and Current Affairs."
The Troupe Françise, directed by Miss Pamela Stirling, presented two plays in French on November 27th. A report on these appears on another page.
In a competition organised by the local branch of the United Nations Association, M. A. Davidson (Middle V) won the prize for his age group with an essay on "The Need for International Friendship."
We acknowledge with thanks recent issues of Manwoodian, Anchor. Dovorian, Ruym, and the magazines of the Girls' Grammar School and Faversham Grammar School.
For our illustrations we are indebted to Mr. Cowell (for the photograph of Mr. Mittins) , to Mr. Rowlands (for the drawing of the Library), to J. N. Holyer (for his drawing of birds), and to R Bolton (for his drawing of the Horse Guards).
Back copies of the "Pharos" are available at 1s. 6d. each.
The next issue of the " Pharos" will appear early in September. Contributions should be submitted by mid-July.
THE COMMEMORATION SERVICE.
On Tuesday, December 9th, a Thanksgiving Service was held at the Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin, on the occasion of the twenty- first anniversary of the opening of the present School buildings, and was attended by the Mayor and Corporation, all members of the School. Old Boys, parents, and friends.
The service was conducted by the Rev. A. Stanley Cooper, and the Lord Bishop of Dover gave the address. The Bishop was escorted by the Rev. W. Uncles and the Rev. Llewellyn Langley. The Lesson was read by the Head Prefect and the singing was led by the School Choir, which also sang Mozart's anthem "I will give thanks." The organ was played by Mr. S. F. Willis.
In his address the Bishop first outlined the history of the School, and commented on the long and loyal service given by its staff. The presence of the Mayor and Corporation, he said, showed the interest taken in the School by the town. The School, he continued, had a good name, which it owed to the lives of boys who had left the School and had become useful members of the community. That was what education did: it prepared boys for the life ahead.
He believed that the disturbing feature of life to-day was not that there was a large increase in crime among young people, but that there was no belief in a moral law.
The order of the service was the same as that of twenty-one years ago; that, the Bishop thought, showed that those who arranged the service still believed in the same principles, and he hoped they would continue to do so.
THE COMMEMORATION BALL
This was the second of a series of events organised to commemorate the twenty-first anniversary of the opening of the present School buildings in Astor Avenue. (The first was the American Supper.) A Committee composed of representatives of the Old Pharosians, the Parents' Association and the Staff made preliminary arrangements and then handed over to a sub-committee, and, where all performed such yeoman service, it would be invidious to mention individuals.
The Ball took place on November 14th, and was reminiscent of many earlier annual re-unions in being held in the Town Hall. About 230 were present, covering all generations of scholars, and including some from the first School in Ladywell, some who were prominent at School twenty-one years ago, and others who are quite new Old Boys.
It is perhaps sufficient to say that the usual atmosphere of our re-unions prevailed, and that the reminiscences of " Five Engineering" and their fate in after life were the highlight on this occasion.
The Dance Band of the Royal Marines, Deal, provided the music with a definiteness of rhythm which was very welcome to those who are not as nimble as they were.
The profits, which are expected to amount to about £35, will be devoted to the War Memorial Fund.
Mr. W. H. MITTINS. (Picture)
If the cartoonists who depict the bourgeois king with his inevitable umbrella were to present to us the sketch of a man carrying a thick, heavy walking-stick and wearing a large-peaked cap jauntily askew over heavily horn-rimmed spectacles, we would know at once that we had before us a likeness of Mr. W. H. Mittins. A caricature to be cherished; but he will be remembered, not only for those external characteristics but also for the varied interests outside and the solid work inside the School with which he has been associated.
After reading in the Honours School of English at King's College, London, Mr. Mittins accepted the post of Senior English Master at the Jamaica College, British West Indies, in 1937, before which he had been tutor to the son of Count Serenzi of Vacyduka, Hungary, and after which he served in various areas in Europe as a Captain, R.A.E.C., until, in 1946, he came to us to undertake work in senior English studies.
These involved more than classwork, and Mr. Mittins always had several activities under his direction. The textbooks used in the subject were of his choice; from his own experience, Mr. Mittins had evolved a scheme of English study, exemplified in his book "Pattern in English," which has helped to clarify many points that present difficulty to candidates at G.C.E. The Library came within his sphere; after the return from South Wales, what labour, time, and thought were needed to re- catalogue, replenish, and re-build! And the scheme has been so simplified that the youngest boy can, with advantage, use the catalogues and indices. The Dramatic Society was a heritage which must have been difficult to accept, with its tradition of hard work and high achievement; all will agree that the tradition was more than maintained in the three years during which he was in charge of it. He went on to become Editor of the " Pharos," and it was at his suggestion that the design and form of the magazine were altered and improved. Finally, he did much to revive and sustain interest in the Phœnix Society, which owed much to his initiative and originality.
Outside the classroom, Mr. Mittins took an active part in School games and athletics. Not only is he a reliable umpire and effective referee, but he is also a player of no small repute; he represented the Staff in its football and cricket matches; he was a regular playing member of leading local tennis and cricket clubs. Apart from the School clubs, he directed a Dramatic Group in the town, was a member of the Dover Players, and participated in several public Brains Trusts. In addition, professional associations benefited by his industry and knowledge; these included the Joint Four Committee, the I.A.A.M., and the Graduate Teachers' Association. A man whose time has been fully occupied.
Mr. Mittins himself: of cultured scholarship, with the power to see into the heart of a problem, to seize on fundamentals, and incisively to express his ideas. He has a deep fund of humour, is quick at repartee, yet all is in good spirit and fine jest.
He has now taken up the post of Lecturer in Education at King's College, University of Durham, and will make his home in Newcastle. The School win miss him; the various societies will miss him; certainly the Staff Room will seem depopulated. All will desire to express their sincere wishes for further achievement and future happiness to Mr. and Mrs. Mittins and their son, and hope that they will retain happy memories of their connection with the Grammar School for Boys, Dover.
In the most northern parts of Europe, when the brief summer ends and the first flurries of snow herald another winter, large numbers of birds nesting there are forced southwards. They migrate in their millions, and although many pass down the western side of the continent a large proportion move southwards via the Faröes, Shetlands, and Orkneys, and eventually down the coasts of Scotland and England to pass once again on to the Continent.
On the Kentish Coast the autumn migrants first appear in August as a small trickle of warblers, notably the small yellow and green Willow Warblers. By day they rest and feed, and can be seen flitting about in bushes and trees, but at night they rise and fly many miles in the dark before dropping again into cover at the coming of the light. At this time of the year migrating birds can be seen passing through the beams of lighthouses, and dead birds are found from time to time at the base of the light, having struck it during the night.
Towards the end of August the pace quickens, and the numbers of migrants may become very large, as many young birds join them. At times it will be noticed by a competent observer that their numbers suddenly increase when the wind blows from the east—in other words, from the Continent. Numbers remain high if the wind blows consistently off the Continent, since birds migrating down the western side of the Continent are blown off their course and consequently land on our coasts, while birds still on our coasts are held up by the adverse winds, as many of the smaller birds find it difficult to fly into a headwind for any distance.
At such times birds can be seen almost anywhere, and many species appear in the most unusual places. They can be seen in almost any cover—in overgrown gardens, masses of barbed wire, clumps of weeds, in fact, any where that offers shelter and easy capture of insect food.
The majority of these birds are the Phylloscopine and Sylvian Warblers. The Phylloscopine Warblers, of which the Willow Warbler is one, are a group of small warblers coloured yellow on the under sides and green on the upper sides. The Sylvian Warblers, including the Common Whitethroat and Blackcap in their ranks, are usually inconspicuous as they shun open spaces. Amongst these there is usually a sprinkling of the Acrocephalus Warblers—small warblers with light buff under sides and olive-brown upper sides—which frequent, in their breeding season, wet, reedy places, and conse quently bear such names as Reed and Sedge Warblers.
There is usually a small number of Flycatchers, Shrikes, Redstarts, Turtle Doves, and others, among which one may sometimes find a rare and unusual bird, miles off its normal migration route, which has been " picked up" by a flock of migratory birds from the Continent.
By October most of the Warblers and other summer visitors have left us. Amongst them are the Swallows, Sand and House Martens, known col lectively as the Hirundines. These, some of which start their journeys in late July, reach their peak numbers, as far as migrants are concerned, during September, but stragglers still pass during October, and odd birds may be seen as late as the first week of December. In the rearguard of our departing visitors come the Thrushes, Larks, Finches, Starlings, and Pipits (the dainty lark-like birds) in their countless thousands.
In October also one may often hear a "seep, seep," the call of Redwings—birds similar to Song Thrushes—migrating during the night. The chatter of Blackbirds and the harsh chacking of Field Fares may also be occasionally heard among the seeping of the Redwings. During the half- light of the early morning, the early riser can see the silhouettes of migrating flocks of finches. These flocks usually consist mainly of Chaffinches, but a person who knows their calls could no doubt identify among them a few Goldfinches, Linnets, and Brambling, the latter a somewhat gaudy type of Chaffinch.
During the days that follow, weather conditions permitting, large numbers of Starlings and Larks can be seen streaming in off the sea. With them there are usually a few Blackbirds and Buntings which have been caught up in the flocks as they leave the opposite side of the Channel. Moreover, it is at this particular time of the year that most birds are killed at the lighthouses, as movement during the night proceeds on a fantastically large scale. When the night is dull and overcast the numbers of birds killed by hitting the light can be very high. Most birds pass on, but many are our winter visitors, and are soon followed by others fleeing from the hard conditions within the Arctic Circle and in Central Europe. Although numbers differ from year to year, there are always, scattered about the Channel coasts, large flocks of ducks which have flown southwards via the Scottish Isles and the West Coast. Sometimes flocks of rare birds appear, such as the beautiful Waxwings, which delight in feeding on hawthorn and cotoneaster berries.
During March and April the winter visitors disappear, and the first Wheatears appear. In our district this bird can be seen on the downs, on golf courses, in fields, and on rough ground. It is easily recognised by its dazzling white rump and tail edged with black as it flies away when disturbed. These are soon followed by the early migrants, including the yellow and green Chiffchaffs and the brown and white Sand Martens, and before long there is a steady stream of birds passing along our coasts, and they may even appear in our gardens for a few hours before passing on.
By early May most migrants have returned, and have already started nesting, but there may still be a few belated birds moving northwards. At the same time rare, semi-tropical birds, which have over-shot their normal breeding grounds, are likely to appear.
In order to observe this double migration there are many observatories dotted along our coasts: on Fair Isle, on the Isle of May, and at Spurn, Cley, Dungeness, Skokholm, and many other places. Here ornithologists observe the movements of migrants, and contrive to catch a number of them in large Heligoland traps. They weigh and measure them and let them go, carrying around one leg a light aluminium ring bearing a serial number, so that if they are picked up abroad their migration routes can be traced. In this way much knowledge on migration has been obtained, though with some birds, particularly Warblers, the percentage recovery of ringed birds may be below 0.5 per cent.
A. PETTET, Upper VI Se.
The art of thatching is nowadays very specialised, but is really relatively simple. The purpose of it is to provide a thatch which will protect the building or stack it covers from the elements, particularly from the rain. It is therefore necessary to use a long, straight sub stance of a tough, hard-wearing nature. Reeds, as found in Norfolk, make the best thatching, but in this part of the country wheat straw is used. A good thatch of wheat straw provides a tough impervious roof, off which water is able to run freely. In fact, a well-built wheat stack should almost thatch itself and keep relatively dry inside. This is not so with a stack of oats or barley, which are both soft and soak up the water, and have to be thatched after they are built. For similar reasons, oats and barley straw cannot be used as thatch.
To thatch a stack at least two men are employed, a thatcher and his mate. The mate's job is to arrange the straw in suitable bundles for the thatcher to lay on the stack. This may sound very easy to do, but is in fact very hard work. He first shakes up his straw into a rectangular heap known as a ted. The purpose of shaking the straw is to ensure that it lies fairly lightly in the ted, and most of it is pointing across the ted. The straw is then wetted, using quite a lot of water, the amount depending on the climatic conditions. Wet straw is soft and pliable, as it must be for the next operation. This involves pulling handfuls of straw from the bottom of the ted and laying them in a row alongside the ted. The straw is straightened as it is pulled from the ted, and lies straight across the row.
The mate then stands at one end of the row of straw, and, by patting the straw towards him alternately to the left and then to the right, knocks out the straw into a thick mat known as a fid. Each fid is about eighteen inches wide, with the straw parallel to the long axis, the characteristic of a good fid being that when it is picked up the straw in the centre, which is not being held in the hands, will not fall out. After each fid has been made it is transferred to a tool known as a dog. A dog is made of two thick sticks about a yard long and fastened together by strong rope so as to leave two free ends, to one of which another longer length of rope is tied. The mate lays his dog out with the length of rope nearest him, and the fid across the stick to which both lengths of rope are tied. He then makes another fid and lays that on top of the first, but at a different angle from the first, so that they look like an X; this makes it easier for the thatcher to separate the fids on the stack. Six fids are thus laid across the stick, the second stick is then turned over the pile, and is pressed down, being tied tightly to the stick underneath the fids. The loose straw is pulled from the ends of the fids and all odd pieces in front of the ted are scraped up before another row of straw is pulled out.
The thatcher's mate now shoulders the dog of fids and carries it up the ladder to the thatcher. As a dog weighs between one and two hundred-weights, he requires a good sense of balance to get safely up the swaying ladder that leans against the stack. The dog is put on the stack roof about half-way up, and rested against a broken fork so that it cannot fall off.
It is said that thatching is done on the ground, and it is true that the speed at which the thatcher can work and the quality of the thatch depend upon the way in which the fids are knocked out.
The thatcher unties the dog and takes off one fid, which he takes to the bottom of the stack roof. He gathers one end in his hand, and thrusts the fid into the stack itself. It is essential that this bottom fid is firmly in place before the others are laid, and that the free end over hangs the eaves. He then lays the remaining fids so that the lower end of each lies on top of the one below it. He works each row of fids into its neighbours so that a continuous surface is made. The fids are patted into place and the loose straw removed by a long straight stick or by a special sort of comb. The thatch is tied down to long spindles, which are hammered into the stack.
The final task is to clip the thatch just below the eaves, with the points of the shears pointing towards the centre of the stack at an angle of 45 degrees; even poor thatching is improved in appearance by clipping. A newly-thatched stack often has an unsightly unevenness of surface, but this is flattened and smoothed by the first heavy shower.
J. L. WARREN, Upper VI Se.
A JOURNEY FROM NEW ZEALAND TO ENGLAND.
The ship's siren emits a long, drawn-out blast, the noise from the crowd on the quay at Wellington increases, and more coloured streamers streak from the deck and disappear into the crowd. From the ship a record plays " Now is the Hour," and farewells are shouted all round. The tiresome procedure of Customs and embarkation has been accomplished, and the voyage ahead is cheerfully anticipated by all. Another blast from the siren, the tremble of the ship as the engines begin to drone, though still almost drowned by the babble of voices; the jolting movement of the anchor as it rises, dripping dirty water, and eventually reaching its place of rest on the side of the ship, which slowly starts to sidle away from the quay. The last of the streamers snaps, and the ship begins to move slowly and majestically into midstream, leaving many large liners to leeward.
Such was the scene as we set off. We were on our way, and soon Monday, 14th, would be left behind. Or would it? The next morning we awoke to find ourselves beginning Monday, 14th, again, and learned that we had crossed the 180th meridian in the night.
All went smoothly for a while. We lazed around in deck chairs, swam in the swimming bath, played deck tennis and other boat games, and ran madly round the "prom" deck.
We stopped at Pitcairn Island and watched the boats of the dark- skinned islanders appear from the rocks. We watched them come aboard, and maybe bought from them some pineapples and bananas, or a few ornaments. Then, as they sailed away, we listened to their melodious voices drifting back over the water before continuing on our journey.
Previously it had been cold, but now it was very hot, and we spent even more time in the swimming bath. Some flying fish skimmed the water, and a few even flew in through the portholes, or on to the decks. A safe distance away from the ship a school of porpoises continually leapt up and down, while occasional ugly triangular fins announced the presence of sharks. Once we even saw a whale spouting in the distance.
As we crossed the Line, King Neptune and his retinue "came aboard." One of the retinue was armed with a distemper brush, with which he proceeded to lather the victim's face, while another scraped off the lather with a wooden " cut-throat" razor, about two feet long, and dripping with blood. The luckless wretch was then hurled bodily into the swimming bath, ducked, and left to clamber out. On doing so, he was given a proclamation stating that he had attended the "High Court of King Neptune" and braved the perils of the bottomless deep.
As we neared Panama we saw many albatrosses and similar birds, which surrounded the ship and dipped towards the sea for the unwanted food which was thrown overboard.
When we arrived at the Port of Balboa, in Panama, sixteen days after leaving Wellington, we left the ship, with instructions to be back by 4 a.m. the following day for the ship to start early through the Canal. We set out down a lonely street, on either side of which were coconut palms and wooden houses on stilts. After an hour of walking we came to a town, and eventually found a café. We went in, ordered an orange squash and a choc-ice, and received a delicious orange drink of some kind, but the ice was sickly and uninviting, and we ate only half of it.
After wandering for a few hours, and buying plenty of bananas, we found a bus to take us back to the ship, and sleepily went aboard.
We awoke next morning at the sound of the tug's sirens, and discovered that we were about to start through the Canal. We journeyed on slowly, and eventually reached the Miraflores Locks, where we were towed by engines into the locks and raised 58 ft. We then passed through the Pedro Miguel Locks, travelled up Gaillard Cut, where we saw alligators moving sluggishly through the muddy waters, and finally through Gatun Locks into the Atlantic. Altogether we had been raised 170 ft., and the journey through the Canal had taken seven and a half hours.
We left the Panama region, and within two days found ourselves at Caracas Bay, Curaçao. During the short time available, we visited the old Spanish forts, and also saw the fruit boats drawn up to the road. Highly-coloured fish could be seen in the clear water, and lizards were to be found in abundance on the rocks.
We left Curaçao after the ship had re-fuelled, and within twelve days we saw our destination—England! And not before time, too, because by now we were all tired of the sea.
The boat drifted slowly towards the quay amid the shouts of the waiting people, and, as we made our way down the lowered gangway, we decided that though our journey had been full of interest and excitement we were very glad, after all, to be back in England again.
T. DOVE, Middle V.
At important railway stations
The porters shout all day.
" Platform Six for Paddington.
And four for Swansea Bay."
Expresses roar through once an hour.
Doors rattle, bang, and slam.
As prams and bags ,are loaded
Into the luggage van.
But at little country stations
Birds are singing in the trees
Growing by the sandy platforms
And swaying in the breeze.
A tiny tank with just one coach
Comes slowly to a halt
At these tiny branch-line stations
Through which no expresses bolt.
The bustle of city stations
To some people has its charms;
But I like the country station
For its quiet and its calm.
(This poem, and the next two, are printed by kind permission of the Editor of "La Revue de la 5ieme A "—Form Magazine of Upper Two.)
|A SHADOW IN THE NIGHT.
The night was dark
The air was keen.
A light in the distance
Could be seen.
Toward that light
A shadow crept.
While folk in the cottage
With stealthy tread
The shadow moved,
Seeking the home
Of the ones he loved.
Then, all of a sudden,
A clucking and squealing!
The shadow from the hen-house
A fat hen was stealing.
"Snap, snap," went his jaws,
Then off with the hen
The fox dashed away
Full speed to his den.
Behind the far horizon
The fiery sun sinks low,
Whilst, cawing, to their elm tree tops
The black rooks homeward go.
Small purple clouds are darting
Across the sunlit sky,
And great grey ones are floating
As night draws slowly nigh.
And as these clouds are floating,
Floating across the sky.
I think they resemble many things,
As they go sailing by.
The sun-god in his chariot.
A huntsman with his spear.
A squirrel with his bushy tail,
Or, maybe, a timid deer.
But gradually, most gradually
The sky turns grey from red.
And the black night comes creeping on,
And the whole world goes to bed.
IGNORANCE BRINGS BLISS.
(With apologies to Charles Lamb.)
We are told that in the sixteenth century servant problems were much the same as they are to-day, But from this bad state of affairs came one good thing.
A man of the ruling classes (known as a baron) had a wench employed on culinary duties who was much unmindful of her work and exceedingly impertinent. In time things came to such a pass that the unlucky baron was forced to dispense with her services. The girl, feeling that this was not meet recompense for her labours, designed a cunning form of revenge.
Now the baron was inordinately fond of herrings; in fact, so much did he dote on the flavour of these succulent fish that it was his custom to feast on them whenever they were available. He had just purchased a large number of them, and it was with these that the wench planned her revenge. She set to work to thwart her master's hopes of a piscatorial supper on the following evening. Having removed their entrails, she meticulously rubbed all the fish with salt and hung them in the chimney, believing that the smoke would make them completely inedible. She imagined those firm shining skins twisted and black, and the soft white flesh yellow and cracked. At the thought of her master's chagrin when he saw the fish so incinerated, her exuberance was so great that she danced a fandango round the kitchen. Having satisfied herself that her revenge would be complete, she absconded with the silver.
There being a shortage of servants, a scullery girl was promoted from washing the dishes. One morning, when she was lighting the fire, she saw the fish in the chimney. But instead of being shrivelled cinders they were a rich golden brown; being inexperienced, she had not supplied the fire with sufficient fuel, and it had ceased to burn, thus smoking the herrings instead of scorching them. She guessed that these were fish that she had to prepare for supper, and assumed that this was the way her master liked them (she was a very ignorant girl). She made a large fire and soon had those fish sizzling hot. A hissing, spluttering platterful was then conveyed to the baron, who, though surprised at the unusual appearance of his favourite dish, could not resist its delicate aroma, and the girl produced them in such a proud manner that he believed she had found some foreign way of cooking them. He tasted them; licked his lips: sampled a large mouthful; ordered three dozen more, and began in earnest. He was fascinated by the sweet sensation this new delicacy produced on his gastronomic juices.
Thus, from the spitefulness of a cook and the ignorance of a Scullery maid, came forth—KIPPERS!
W. GULLIVER, Upper V.
"In a modern world like ours," began Professor Giegelstein, as he addressed his fellow scientists, "everybody seems speed conscious; they want machines capable of terrific speeds; even supersonic speeds seem to be a common topic of conversation.
"Take that young scamp Jones, who lives across the road," said the Professor, with some distaste. "He's always bragging about the speed he gets from his new motor-cycle. If only he, and many more like him, realised the truth about this matter. For instance, if Jones were asked how fast his machine could travel, he might say that its maximum speed was in the region of seventy miles per hour. By this he means, whether he realises it or not, that if the motor-cycle were to continue at this speed for an hour in a straight line, it would traverse seventy miles of the earth's surface. . ."
"But," interrupted Professor Longstaff, "the earth is spinning so fast that a stationary object on its surface is actually moving at 700 miles per hour; therefore, if Jones is travelling due west he is actually, moving at 630 miles per hour backwards."
Mr. McMillan chuckled quietly, and added: "Even then you are not taking into account that the earth travels once a year round the sun in an orbit of ninety-three million miles radius. The earth is therefore travelling at the rate of 43,000 m.p.h., and, if the time is mid-day, this carries Jones and his beloved motor-cycle forward at the rate of 43,000 - 630 m.p.h., or 42,370 m.p.h."
"I am afraid that is not strictly true, sir," put in Dr. Ellington. You will no doubt recall that the whole solar system is drifting through space towards the star Vega at 45,000 m.p.h., consequently the speed of the motor-cycle would be 87,730 m.p.h."
"That would seem quite satisfactory if we were certain of one thing," said Professor Longstaff, after some thought. "But are we sure that the stars are really still? Suppose they are moving away from us at 20,000 m.p.h. Then we must be moving 20,000 m.p.h. quicker than even we imagine! But one thing is definite—the motor—cycle is moving."
The faint tremor grew to a grumble, the grumble to a rumble, soon the whole room was shaking and heaving as thunderous poundings echoed through it from above. The air was dense with falling plaster, and books and papers rained thick and fast; window panes shattered to the ground below; two inkwells performed a fast quickstep across the top of the desk. The big clock on the wall leapt from its fixing, turned a double somersault, and crashed to the quivering floor, its whirring interior issuing forth in a volcano of cogs and springs. Bookcases over turned; radiators were uprooted.
In the midst of the chaos, clinging in desperation to his prancing chair, the Occupant was undergoing an acute attack of high blood pressure. He stared glassy-eyed at the swinging light, hypnotised by its swaying motion. The inevitable question haunted him again—would or wouldn't the worst happen? Would the source of this violent disturbance crash through the roof in murderous descent? Such wonderings were abruptly abandoned as a fast-moving picture-frame swept by, carrying all before it. The carpet took fright and fled up the chimney. Then. . . silence fell; the dust and debris settled—Sixth Arts had settled down to afternoon school.
D. PHILPOTT, Lower VI Arts.
Don't do it! No matter how tempting the promises of rehearsals in school time, and of homework to be escaped, don't do it—it's not worth it!
In the School there are, or were, two masters who, through long experience, have become expert at snaring innocent boys into doing various stage-staff jobs. Moving walls and throwing furniture about is not such a bad way to spend time, but on no account allow yourself to be coaxed, persuaded, cajoled, or forced into prompting.
The prompter sits behind the curtain on a very hard chair. He is cramped into a very small space, and is trampled on by actors and stage-staff alike.
When one of the actors jumps a mere half-dozen pages in the course of a speech, the other people on the stage always start by trying to make it sound right, but always end up in the middle of the stage wearing worried frowns and apparently listening for the drop of the proverbial pin. During this time the poor prompter, prodded by any near-by stage hands, is scuffling through the whole of the act in a vain endeavour to find the place. After about a minute's complete silence (in remembrance of the writer's soul) the prompter arrives at the conclusion that the last two or three speeches are not in the play at all. Then, in sheer desperation, he gives an entirely irrelevant prompt. The actors ignore it, for one of them has just discovered the source of his verbal wanderings, and has started from where he left the text.
During rehearsals the prompter's life is no easier, for after stopping the play in the middle of a line to explain something tactfully to one of the cast, the producer suddenly roars, "PROMPTER! Start 'em! " It is not unknown for a prompter to be blamed because the furniture is not in the right place or even because some of the lights are not functioning.
Even off-stage the prompter has little peace, for he is continually waylaid by temperamental actors who tell him that the first, and the last seven, prompts that he gave were not necessary, or that he "forgot that pause again."
So, when next a play is near to presentation, beware of soft-spoken, persuasive gentlemen who come from the direction of the stage.
D. M. G., Remove.
As I look from my form-room window
And gaze across the sea.
I think of my ambition:
A sailor I would be.
The bold white cliffs of Dover
Will always be home to me.
And though I travel to many lands.
That's where my thoughts will be.
Many a ship I've seen pass by.
Defying winds and storms;
I hope some day I'll sail by, too,
When I'm free of masters and forms.
M. PALMER, Middle IV.
HOW THEY BROUGHT THE GOOD NEWS FROM DOVER TO DEAL.
I sprang to the saddle, and Horace, and he;
I pedalled, Dick pedalled, we pedalled all three.
From Dover we pedalled far into the night.
Our dynamoes shedding a pale yellow light.
We pedalled tin Ringwould we managed to reach;
Then out of the night we heard Dickie's brakes screech—
He'd swerved past a man and had mumbled " I'm sorry,"
But he hadn't avoided that station'ry lorry.
So we were left pedalling, Horace and I
Past buildings outlined by the moon in the sky.
But sad to relate. Horace hit a brick wall.
And, like Humpty Dumpty, he had a great fall.
I pedalled alone, now uphill, and now down,
Till I found myself right in the midst of the Town.
I pedalled up High Street and to the Town Hall,
For this was the place at which I had to call.
The old Mayor met me, and called me "Good Boy";
The councillors danced in a circle of joy.
What was the news that made them so gay?
Two vanloads of fireworks were arriving next day.
N. WALLIS, Middle IV.
Music hath charms,
So people say;
But I'm not so sure,
For the other day
I happened to hear
The School Orchestra play.
A. D. DUNCAN, Upper III.
At first in Form One bright and new,
With satchel, ruler, pencil. too.
A tiny mite with hopeful heart
On Grammar School career did start.
He tried most hard in all his work,
In Third Form just an idle scamp,
When Fourth Form came and slowly went,
So like a Trojan bent in toil.
And so, with years full five behind,
W. S. McEWEN, Middle V.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN AVERAGE SCHOOLBOY.
|Roll up||Next one,||Last one|
|Minute late||Double Maths.||P.T.|
|No cap—||No books—||Over buck—|
|What a fate!||Master's wrath.||Break knee.|
|Day starts,||Grub up.||Stay in|
|English Lit.,||Dining Hall.||Afterwards.|
|Throw a fit!||Windfall!||Curse the gods.|
|Then break:||Then Craft.||Get home|
|Buy a bun.||Don't linger.||Best as may.|
|Bell rings—||Rip saw—||That's all—|
|End of fun.||No finger!||Normal day.|
R. BIRCH, Middle V.
== SCHOOL REPORTS ==
The Speech Day proceedings this year showed no departures from the traditional pattern of events. After a short address by the Chairman of the Governors, the Headmaster surveyed the School year, stressing the width and scope of the programme followed and drawing attention to the School's successes in all fields. He mentioned particularly the scholarship successes of the previous year, and commented on the effects of the new examination regulations as far as these can be judged at present.
The prizes were presented by Sir William Nottidge, Chairman of the County Council. In the course of a most entertaining speech, Sir William told the audience that he had been present twenty-one years before at the opening of the new School buildings, and gave a vivid account of the ceremony. He concluded his address by encouraging members of the School to take an active part in national life, and to serve on committees and councils when the opportunity arose: "It is becoming more and more difficult to get young men to come forward and shoulder these burdens. The country is now run by voluntary labour, and if it came to a time when it would be run by officials—although I am not running down officials—the country would not be the same as it is now."
A vote of thanks to Sir William was proposed by the Mayor of Dover, Councillor W. H. Fish, and seconded by Councillor G. E. Cheeseman, of Deal. Mr. A. H. Gunn, Chairman of the Parents' Association, proposed a vote of thanks to the Chairman of the School Governors, the Rev. Stanley Cooper, which was seconded by the Head Boy (K. E. Lott).
Musical interludes were provided by the Choir, conducted by Mr. Dale, who also played selections on the organ.
Prize Awards, 1951-52.
|The Good Fellowship Prize (given by the Right Worshipful the Mayor of Dover)||R. J. Jenkins|
|The Whitehouse Memorial (Scripture) Prize||J. E. Newton|
|The Cecil Cox Memorial Prize for Civic Responsibility (given by Major I. C. Austin)||J. E. Halsey|
|The Rookwood Prize for Dramatics||J. W. Dilnot|
|The School Magazine Prize (given by an Old Boy)||D. N. Jervis|
|The Old Boys' Cadet Prize||R. E. Davey|
|The Staff Prize||K. A. K. Lott|
|The Headmaster's Prize||A. W. Bradley|
|SIXTH FORM PRIZES (Advanced Level)|
|The Edward Ryeland Memorial (Physics) Prize||N. F. Holyer|
|The Thomas Memorial (Chemistry) Prize||N. F. Holyer|
|The Clatworthy Senior Latin Prize.||M. E. Marsh|
|The Tunnell Senior History Prizes||A. W. Bradley|
|A. R. Honsfield|
|The Pudney Prize for Economics (given by E. W. Pudney, Esq.)||J. E. Halsey|
|The Reynolds Prize for Geography (given by Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Reynolds)||J. E. Halsey|
|The Upper School Reading Prize.||J. A. Makey|
|The French Prize.||B. D. Reader|
|The English Prize||J. A. Makey|
|The Pure Mathematics Prize.||G. A. Seaman|
|The Applied Mathematics Prize.||K. E. Archer|
|The Biology Prize.||A. Pettet|
|The Upper VI Arts Form Prize.||M. E. Marsh|
|The Lower VI Arts Form Prizes.||D. N. Jervis|
|J. R. Taylor|
|The Upper VI Science Form Prizes.||J. P. Sutton|
|A. G. Jacobs|
|The Lower VI Science Form Prize.||G. R. Piggott|
|The VI Economics Form Prize.||R. G. Gibbs|
|FIFTH FORM PRIZES (Ordinary Level)|
|The Powell Prize (given by Capt. F. R. Powell)||J. E. Newton|
|The Clatworthy Junior Latin Prize||D. C. Skinner|
|The Tunnell Junior History Prize||R. P. Holland|
|The Roy Sutton Memorial (English) Prize (given by Mr. and Mrs. N. Sutton)||G. J. Davies|
|The Lewis Robert Kennedy Memorial Prize for Craft and Engineering (given by Mrs. R. C. Kennedy)||W. G. Lee|
|The Patrick Elworthy Memorial Prize for French (given by Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Elworthy)||D. R. E. Philpott|
|The Frederick Ashman Memorial Prize for Mathematics (given by Mr. and Mrs. H. Ashman)||R. D. Clark|
|The Sidney Fermor Memorial Prize for Chemistry (given by Mr. and Mrs. C. Fermor)||A. G. Fillbrook|
|The Art Prize (given by the Parents' Association)||B. Sheppard|
|The Geography Prize||J. N. Hollyer|
|The Physics Prize||G. J. Davies|
|The Geometrical Drawing Prize.||B. W. Bomfrey|
|The Remove Form Prize||R. G. Biddles|
|The Upper V Form Prize||D. A. Austin|
|The Middle V Form Prize.||T. R. Wells|
|MIDDLE SCHOOL PRIZES|
|The Alan Paddock Memorial Prize (middle School Good Fellowship) (given by Col. A. Andrews)||D. J. Ivory|
|The Special Endeavour Prize (given by the Parents' Association)||B. H. Wicks|
|The St. Bartholomew Prize for Scripture in the Middle School||R. E. Findlay|
|The Middle School Reading Prize.||P. C. Clements|
|The English Prize.||J. R. Booth|
|The History Prize.||B. Stevens|
|The Geography Prize.||R. J. H. Obree|
|The French Prize.||J. W. Maynard|
|The Latin Prize.||D. H. Doble|
|The Mathematics Prize.||D. H. Doble|
|The Physics Prize.||J. W. Maynard|
|The Chemistry Prize.||P. E. D. Morgan|
|The Art Prize.||P. W.Graves|
|The Craft Prize||K. J. Fells|
|The Upper IV Form Prize.||G. Barrett|
|The Middle IV Form Prize.||P. J. Collard|
|The Lower IV Form Prize||J. A. W. Hopper|
|The Upper III Form Prizes.||R. J. Richards|
|The Middle III Form Prize.||T. Lang|
|The Lower III Form Prize.||P. J. Abnett|
|LOWER SCHOOL PRIZES||M. R. Palmer|
|The Special Endeavour Prize (given by the Parents' Association)||M. Morris|
|The St. Bartholomew Prize for Scripture in the Lower School.||J. Amos|
|The Lower School Reading Prize.||J. C. G. Binfield|
|The English Prize.||J. Amos|
|The Languages Prize.||D. Constable|
|The Mathematics Prize||K. V. Randall|
|The Science Prize||S. J. Garrow|
|The Art and Craft Prize||J. F. Horton|
|The Upper II Form Prizes.||L. M. Jones|
|I. S. Westie|
|The Middle II Form Prize||W. Johnson|
|The Lower II Form Prize.||R. H. Cuff|
|The Upper I Form Prizes.||R. G. Booth|
|R. H. D. Strank|
|The Middle I Form Prize||B. F. W. Ballard|
|The Lower I Form Prize||J. W. Newell|
|Open Scholarship in Modern History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.||A. W. Bradley|
|Royal Science Scholarship at the Imperial College of Science||N. F. Holyer|
|Open Scholarship in Modem Subjects at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.||A. R. Horsfield|
|State Scholarship at the London School of Economics.||J. E. Halsey|
|"G. D. Thomas" Memorial Scholarship at the University of Bristol.||J. P. Sultan|
|1951-51 CERTIFICATE LIST|
|London General Certificate of Education—Advanced Level|
|K. E. Archer||R J. Jenkins||E. I. Richmond|
|M. J. Cheeseman||K. A. K. Lott||G. A. Seaman|
|H. C. L. Devonshire||J. A. Makey||J. P. Sutton|
|P. R. Freeman-Horne||M. E. Marsh||P. Taylor|
|R. G. Gibbs||A. Pettet||W. Walking|
|J. E. Halsey||E. T. Phillpott|
|A. G. Jacobs||B. D. Reader|
London General Certificate of Education—ordinary Level
|R. Austin||J. G. B. Goldfinch||L. C. Painter|
|D. A. Austin||D. M. Gunn||A. T. Potter|
|R. H. Beer||R. P. Holland||G. R. Piggott|
|R. G. Biddles||J. N. Hollyer||T. R. Pressnell|
|B. L. Blissenden||D. A. Humphreys||G. Ramsden|
|B. W. Bomfrey||D. A. E. Imrie||A. F. J. Reynolds|
|F. J. Boyne||A. G. Jacobs||R. L. Scanes|
|R. D. Clark||R. A. W. Johnson||J. B. Sellars|
|C. Clayson||R. F. Jones||P. S. Shenton|
|D. J. Cook||O. T. Kenway||B. Sheppard|
|D. W. Cornelius||M. J. Killick||G. R. D. Spurgin|
|F. G. Dagger||R. C. Kirk||P. E. Stiff|
|B. Davidson||J. Ledner||J. G. Waters|
|G. J. Davies||W. G. Lee||R. W. Waters|
|J. W. Dilnot||M. G. Linton||T. R. Wells|
|G. Don||E Litchfield||R. S. West|
|J. E. Ellis||M. McGrath||R. D. Whitaker|
|J. H. T. Farrell||M. L. Manning||P. W. Wilberforce|
|B. C. Fenwick||J. S. Maslen||L. G. Wilcox|
|A G. Fillbrook||D. E. Meakin||N. M. Woolhouse|
|T. W. E. Friend||P. Mockeridge|
|R. G. Gibbs||J. E. Newton|
House Challenge Shield—Astor House (House Master. Mr. T. E. Archer: House
Captain, R. J. Jenkins).
Ebbw Vale Rugby Cup—Astor House (House Master, Mr. T. E. Archer; House Captain, R. J. Jenkins).
The Tunnell Memorial Sports Cup—R. J. Jenkins.
Senior Championship Trophy—R. J. Jenkins.
Intermediate Championship Trophy (given by Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Rhodes)—E. E. G. Girdler.
Junior Championship Trophy—L. Lees.
"THE RIVALS" (Picture)
It was in January, 1775. that Richard Brinsley Sheridan's Comedy "The Rivals" was first produced in London. Since then the play must have been performed many hundreds of times by companies and societies up and down the country, and it is worthy to note that Dover Grammar School for Boys Dramatic Society has chosen "The Rivals" for the second time in the past twenty years. Previously staged by them in 1935, it was revived at the School on Wednesday and Thursday, December 10th and 11th.
If good wine improves with age, then surely this is equally true with a good play. The value of learning and speaking the lines is of the utmost benefit, and, in their turn, the listeners derive edification as well as pleasure.
The key-note of the latest production was the excellence of the team work by all concerned—the cast, the stage staff, the orchestra, and the audience, too. It is not always readily appreciated how vital, to the actor, is receptive listening by the people in the auditorium.
It was obvious that a great deal of time and attention had been devoted to the staging of this play, which demands several scene changes in each of the three parts into which it was divided. After a praiseworthy note had been struck by a prompt rise of the curtain, each scene change was performed speedily and noiselessly. The general effect of each scene was pleasing to the eye, and was helped by good use of curtains, effectively designed flats, and that most attractive back-drop for King's Mead-Fields. The furnishings were, on the whole, adequate.
Little variation in lighting effects was called for in the action of the play, so the well-lit stage was all that was desired.
The costumes generally looked well, especially those worn by the "ladies," though much more attention could have been given by dressers to fitting and fixing before entrances were made. Whilst the difficulties are fully appreciated, similar remarks may be applied on the all- important subject of make-up. Again, the female section was good, and Sir Anthony was made to look his age with the right florid complexion and grey hair. For the remainder it is suggested that the men might have been given less rosy cheeks, paler lips, and softer lines. Sir Lucius O'Trigger, in particular, could have been aged to make this character more effective.
Very great credit must be given to the producer (Mr. Murphy) for his determined direction, which resulted in fast tempo and well-balanced playing. Much more effect would have been obtained by a study and application of the modes and manners of this stylised period. The occasional use of a fan and a lorgnette were effective, but the introduction of an eye-glass and a snuff box would have helped the men. With the exception of Sir Anthony, the men were left standing with insufficient opportunity to develop their respective characters.
The groupings, generally, were good, though more effect could have been obtained by breaking up straight lines and giving more attention to positioning.
Some "asides" should have been more pointed and spoken more directly to the audience.
It would have been surprising indeed if a play of this difficulty had gone through without an occasional prompt. The point to note is that prompts were given clearly and were taken up without disturbance to the action.
Captain Jack Absolute. J. W. Maynard looked well in the part, and used good voice. His scenes with Sir Anthony and with Mrs. Malaprop were effective enough. To Lydia, Absolute first appears as plain Ensign Beverley—the man with whom she wished to elope. In these scenes a slight change of character would have enhanced an otherwise commendable performance.
Lydia Languish. J. F. Mummery gave a most natural performance, which fitted in with the various moods called for by this part. A good piece of acting, played with expression and feeling.
Sir Anthony Absolute. It was quite obvious that J. W. Dilnot had taken pains to understand the character he was playing. He acted forcibly with voice and action, and listened with attention.
Mrs. Malaprop. "Faith, she's quite the queen of the dictionary"! This difficult part was well handled by D. C. Brooshooft, who gave a suitably restrained and well-timed portrayal.
Sir Lucius O'Trigger. This was a splendid character study by D. C. Dutnall, built up with care and thought. The pleasing accent was well sustained throughout the play.
Julia Melville (J. P. Bowles) and Faulkland (B. D. Crush). Rightly contrasted in relation to the other main characters. These two did some good work in the play, though both could have acted with more conviction and feeling.
Bob Acres. G. Barrett gave a lively and humorous performance. He showed complete confidence and understanding of the part and obtained the right degree of reaction from the audience. Greater variety of tone and action would have helped.
Lucy. P. C. Clements gave a clever and convincing character study. This he sustained throughout, and at the same time maintained the right degree of restraint. His voice, together with his costume and make-up, were in harmony. During the soliloquy he might with advantage have taken the audience much more into his confidence and demonstrated the lack of simplicity.
Fag (P. D. Morgan) and Thomas (R. Bolton). Both did very good work, and helped the play by making a bright and confident opening.
David (R. J. Carless). Just right for the part.
A Boy (C. A. Skinner) and A Maid (J. E. Churchill) contributed well by their brief appearances.
Cette année la Troupe Française nous a présenté une pièce de Molière et une pièce de Courteline. Bien que le "Médecin malgre Lui" soit de 1666, année où Molière a atteint l'apogée de son génie dans le "Misanthrope," c'est une pièce bien inférieure, comme littérature et comme divertissement, au "Malade Imaginaire" que nous avons vu l'année dernière. C'est en effet une farce toute pure; à la lecture, son comique nous semble quelquefois un peu forcé et même ennuyeux. Mais c' est pour la scène que Moliere a écrit; jouée avec entrain, cette farce peut faire rire aux éclats des spectateurs qui, en la lisant, ne feraient guère que sourire.
C'est ce que nous a prouvé la Troupe Française. Les acteurs ont joué sans contrainte, avec une verve admirable, comme s'ils jouissaient de leurs rôles et comme si les situations invraisemblables de la pièce représentaient pour eux une vie réelle dont ils faisaient partie. Citons surtout Louis Brezé qui a joué si bien ce "pendard" sympathique de Sganarelle, et Pamela Stirling qui, du rôle relativement petit de Martine,a créé un personnage bien vivant et bien comique. Seule la Lucinde de D aphne Craig nous a déçus ---dans le passage où elle "recouvre" le parole elle n'a pas dominé la scène comme on s'y serait attendu.
"La Paix chez Soi." pièce en un acte de Courtelaine, écrit en 1903, 'est d'un tout autre genre. Cette conversation à deux manque forcément d'action, et une grande partie du dialogue était incomprehensible pour ceux qui n'avaient pas lu la pièce. Mais là aussi Pamela Stirling, par ses gestes, par le jeu de son visage, par les inflexions de sa voix, a su en tirer tout le comique possible. On peut se demander quand même si c'est une pièce bien choisie pour un auditoire composé d'élèves étrangers.
Ces visites de la Troupe Française nous offrent une excellente occasion de voir jouer des pièces françaises tout comme on les joue dans les meilleurs théâtres de France, et il est bon que tant de nos élèves aient pu en profiter. C'est avec un très vif plaisir que nous attendons ce qu'on va nous offrir l'année prochaine.
THE HORSEGUARDS. WHITHALL R. BOLTON UPPER 5.
The Choir's programme this term has been unusually heavy, but Mr. Dale, our new conductor, undertook his task without hesitation. As usual, the Choir took a prominent part in the School Speech Day, at which the works performed were "Art Thou Troubled?" by Handel, "Linden Lea." by Vaughan Williams, the chorus "With Drooping Wings," from Purcell's opera" Dido and Aeneas," and finally a sixteenth century madrigal, " You that won to my pipe's sound," by Thomas Morley. The Choir also led the congregation in the hymns and psalms at the Commemoration Service in the Parish Church, and sang the anthem " I will give thanks," from Mozart's "Twelfth Mass."
During this term a faithful but diminished company of players met each week to rehearse several pieces for performance at the School Play. It was agreed that less music should be attempted this year: the centre piece of our programme was the Minuet and Trio from Haydn's "Clock" Symphony, and the other works performed were "The Sailors' Dance," from " Dido and Aeneas," and the March from "Scipio," by Handel.
We must here express our gratitude to members of the Girls' School Orchestra, notably Miss Burnie, Miss Fells, and Miss Kay, who kindly gave very necessary aid to our sadly small orchestra. It is hoped that our numbers will be increased by a violin class this term, and that the Orchestra's strength will then give a more cheerful picture of musical interest in the School.
G. E. R.
Our increased membership is seldom realised at meetings. This is mainly because some of our stalwarts have talents in other directions: in the Christmas Term especially they were mouthing eighteenth century oaths, to great effect.
It is regrettable that there have been no recruits from the Fourth Forms. This can yet be remedied. Indeed, anyone in the Senior School who is keen to lead, join, or just listen to discussions which imply a religious interpretation of life, will be welcome. Our constant aim is to be not just a School society but a friendly group.
In addition to discussion there was, in early December, a presentation of two missionary films. One, about an Indian village, was particularly good; up-to-date, vivid, moving, but never "pious."
R. H. P.
Although there were unavoidable clashes with other School activities, the Society has enjoyed continued success during the Autumn Term. Of the three films, "The Lady Vanishes," "Nous Les Gosses," and "The Search." the last was undeniably and rather surprisingly the most successful. One suggests, with some hesitation, that this indicates an improvement in film appreciation in the School.
M. L. M.
During the Christmas Term the Phœnix Club has continued its activities, though under considerable difficulties in the form of rival interests. To overcome this it was arranged that the Club should meet on alternate Wednesdays and Thursdays, but even so it was unavoidable that attendance should be poor on occasion. Despite all our difficulties, a nucleus of staunch supporters took part in various stimulating discussions, notably two on artistic matters based on the book "Art and Everyman," and a consideration of life in post-war Germany, introduced by Mr. Dixon. Other sessions were held on the film "The Search," shown by the Film Society, and on the virtues and defects of the School. This has not been, perhaps, one of our most successful terms, but we may hope for improvement during the spring, when there are fewer distractions.
J. R. T.
ARTS AND CRAFTS SOCIETY.
The activities of this Society, one of the earliest founded in the School, continue to make a wide appeal. In the past term the Art, Woodwork, and Metalwork rooms have been filled to capacity on Tues day evenings, and many boys were unfortunate in having their applications turned down.
One of the many interests in the Art room has been the making of puppets. This activity appeals to all age groups, and becomes more and more fascinating and intriguing as the time approaches to "pull the strings."
The Woodwork and Metalwork Sections welcome also those who do not take Craftwork in School time. On the assumption that the winter would be a hard one, with plenty of snow, sledge-making has been very popular.
A. A. C.
We have had a very profitable term. We have been meeting regularly on Thursdays, and, later in the term, on Mondays. Lucky dips, quizzes, and talks on various subjects have been on the programme. Mr. Hull has been able to get first-day covers of the new reign for the boys who wanted them. We have many new members from the First Forms.
R. H. C.
This has been an encouraging though not completely satisfactory term. Membership has gone up and enthusiasm has increased, but we cannot feel much satisfaction at having been conceded a game in the East Kent Trophy Competition because of the misfortunes of the Duke of York's. And, although the result of our match against Kent College is not yet decided, the most we can conceivably hope for is a draw.
Our chief need is for members who have the time and keenness to do the reading and seek the practice necessary to become good players. Anyone who can should join the Dover Chess Club.
We thank all those who have played in matches or in leagues, and are particularly grateful to Doble, who has had the thankless task of organising the leagues.
D. N. J.
The Unicorn Club held five meetings during the term, the first of which was a debate on the motion "The town is a better place to live in than the country," proposed by Hopper and opposed by Shelton. The motion was defeated 39 to 1. The most successful meeting of the term was a mock trial, attended by 72 members, at which Wannacott was found guilty of "Wilfully kicking the ball into his own goal." Other meetings included a talk on Sea Angling, by Amos, a Brains Trust, and talks by Roberts on Paris and by Thorpe on Trains. The term as a whole has been very successful, and attendance has increased greatly, so that we may hope for continued success next term.
The Gym Club began its activities at mid-term. At the beginning there was good attendance, but this showed a marked decrease, particularly in the Senior Group, towards the end of the term. It is hoped that there will be more enthusiasm in the New Year.
The aims of the Club are twofold: to improve gymnastic ability and to provide recreation. The idea is not merely to extend class work, but to spend an hour enjoying favourite games and activities.
G. J. B.
During the Autumn Term 175 books were added to the Library, including about 50 for the French Section. This increase, however, is offset by the large number of books not yet returned, and by the inevitable losses from wear and tear. Even so, the shelves are becoming crowded, and we look forward to the promised new shelving.
The School owes Mr. Mittins a debt of gratitude for all the hard work and time he has given to the Library during the last few years. Mr. Murphy has succeeded Mr. Mittins as Master in charge of the Library. Friend and Dilnot have been appointed Library Assistants in place of Kirk and Gibbs.
Among noteworthy additions to the Library are two books pre sented:—"The Model Shipbuilder," by Hutchinson and Portch, pre sented by Mr. P. H. Downs, and "Classic Art," by Heinrich Wolfflin, presented by A. W. Bradley; and the following:—
|Oxford Junior Encycloprædia, Vol. VI.|
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|32/61||Gregg||Surface Chemistry of Solids.|
|601/172||Ritchie||Companion to French Studies.|
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The members of the 1952 soccer team have a record greatly to their credit. They began very badly with a 1-5 defeat from Harvey Grammar School on our own ground. By a certain amount of thought and determination they reversed this result with a 6-1 victory at Folkestone against the same team. The other matches have all been won, except for an off-day, when they lost a poor game to Ashford.
The team has been sound in all departments, and, when need arose, has been admirably supported by players drawn from the 2nd XI. Sellars has been outstandingly the best footballer in the side. Credit for a winning side must reflect upon the efficiency of the captain: Piggott has done his job in a most pleasing fashion.
Colours have been re-awarded to G. Piggott and B. Sellars, and
have been newly awarded to C. Clayson. Others who have played include W. McEwen, J. Ellis, R. West, T. Heaver, D. Eade, R. Austen, E. Jones,
J. B. Saunders, W. G. Lee, L. G. Dunford, and J McCalden.
|Home||Harvey Grammar School||1||5|
|Away||Ashford Grammar School||7||5|
|Away||Simon Langton's School.||6||1|
|Away||Harvey Grammar School||6||1|
|Home||Ashford Grammar School||2||3|
|Home||Simon Langton's School||4||2|
|Won 6, Lost 2.|
The 2nd XI showed mixed form this term, as the results indicate. Weaknesses were apparent at times, both in attack and in defence. Austen and Fletcher were consistent performers, and Brooshooft was a conscientious captain.
The team was chosen from: Hall, Brooshooft, Dawson, Austen, Heaver, Rogers, Fletcher, Kirk, Stevens, Nadin, Barrett, Davidson.
|Home||Harvey Grammar School||4||3|
|Away||Simon Langton's School||6||3|
|Away||Harvey Grammar School||4||5|
|Home||Simon Langton's School||1||7|
|Won 2, Lost 2.|
Under 15 XI.
This eleven had a short but successful season, being the only
unbeaten School team. The only point dropped was against Ashford Grammar School at Ashford, but on the inclusion of Rogers in the defence
and Weakley in the forward line the draw was avenged with a resounding victory. It was again through the firmness of Rogers and the quick-wittedness of Weakley that Sandwich Modern School were narrowly
|Away||Ashford Grammar School||4||4|
|Home||Sandwich Modern School||2||1|
|Home||Ashford Grammar School||6||3|
September found us with very few of last year's team young enough for re-selection, so that a rather hectic period of talent hunting ensued. By the time the team was chosen, there was little opportunity for training, so that the first match, against Harvey Grammar School, showed up pronounced weaknesses in the defence, especially bad marking.
As will be seen from our results, both defence and attack improved after further practice games, though the forwards retained a tendency to bunch round the ball, when more open tactics, with longer passes, would have paid. They did, however, show themselves capable of good thrusting movements at times.
The team suffered remarkably little change during this season. Marjoram, as captain, has been most energetic and reliable, while Sutton deserves special mention for his dogged yet thoughtful defence.
Team: Standing; Greenstreet, Dawkins; Marjoram, Laslett, Sutton;
Roome, Papa, Taylor, Roberts, Abbott.
|Home||Harvey Grammar School||4||14|
|Home||Simon Langton's School||2||4|
|Away||Harvey Grammar School||10||2|
|Away||Simon Langton's School||4||0|
|Won 2, Lost 2.|
GAMESMANSHIP IN THE GEOGRAPHY ROOM.
The annual table tennis match between Staff and Prefects was this year won 5-3 by the challengers, the Prefects
The bare outline of the scores was:—
|Singles.||Prefects 3||Staff 1|
|Doubles.||Prefects 2||Staff 2|
The closest and most exciting games were in the Doubles, where the guile and gamesmanship of the Staff were a match for the Prefects' experience of the table and of playing together. Two of the keenest-fought contests involved the new partnership of Messrs. Dixon and Ruffell, who played with great elan and considerable success. One of their games went to 32-30, and the other they just lost 29-31.
The Prefects' best singles player was Archer, who won both of his games, one by 21-11 and the other by 21-15. He had clearly given a lot of thought to strategy since last year's match.
The Staff are going to put in some extensive practice for next year. So, Prefects, you have been warned! And perhaps next year's match should be played in the Staff Room!
COMBINED CADET FORCE.
Routine work and training has been the programme this term, except for a visit by twenty-four Cadets on November 4th to R.A.F. Manston for flying. We have been fortunate to have the services of F/Sgt. Clegg, of No. 61 Group Headquarters, for instruction in Power Units and Principles of Flight. Such services are in great demand by many schools, and it behoves us to take full advantage of this opportunity. The next examination for Proficiency and Advanced Training will be in March.
About twenty Cadets in the Basic Section will be taking Cert. A. Part I, on January 23rd, and, if successful, will then transfer to Army or R.A.F. Sections. This brings us to a disappointing feature, the falling off of Cadets before they have reached even the first hurdle. As the Headmaster stated on Speech Day, it does seem surprising that a school at Dover, with its past history, should not have a Royal Naval Section.
At least fifteen Cadets must have their Cert A, Part I, before we can begin such a Section. Surely this number of boys with seafaring aspirations is well within the School's compass.
Will all Old Boys now serving in R.A.F. and Army please send particulars of their service careers to me at the School?
T. E. ARCHER,
VISIT TO LONDON.
A number of Sixth Form boys this term enjoyed a tour of London organised by the Economics Association for Grammar School boys studying Economics. On the morning of Friday, January 16th, the party, drawn from several Grammar Schools, met in Westminster Hall, and were shown round the Houses of Parliament by Mr. Robinson, the Labour Member for North Hammersmith, who told us much about the history and traditions of the Houses. One member of the party, unfortunately, broke the unwritten law that visitors shall not sit down in the House of Commons, and was quickly called to order by a constable. After lunch the party split into groups, one going to the Ministry of National Insurance, the other to the Ministry of Labour and the Board of Trade. Both groups were given very interesting lectures, and, of course, some Civil Service tea, which, they were assured, never interrupted an afternoon's work. In the evening the party again broke up, some members going to shows while others returned to the Youth Hostel.
On Saturday morning, having carried out hostel duties, we split into three groups. One was shown "the City" by Mr. D. Taylor-Smith, a bill broker, who said that he dealt only with small sums of money, like £150,000; a second group, guided by Mr. C. D. Morey, Secretary of the Stock Exchange Council, found the Exchange very interesting, although no business was then being transacted; and the third visited the headquarters of Westminster Bank, with Mr. R. J. Clark, of the Economic Intelligence Department, who gave a general account of the Bank's work. Saturday afternoon was passed according to individual taste, but everybody succeeded in finding the Old Vic Theatre to see "The Merchant of Venice."
The night was again passed at the Youth Hostel, and we returned home on Sunday.
We are most grateful to Mr. W. G. King for arranging for us so interesting a week-end.
T. D. HEAVER.
D. A. HUMPHREYS.
Upper VI Arts.
Winter. 1952—approaching the last lap.
"Ah!" groan the Prefects, thinking of cloakroom corridors crammed with boys. "How we wish it would rain!"
"Oh!" cry the scholarship candidates, the rings under their eyes growing rounder and blacker every day, "that the days were longer or that there were more of them."
The others lurk in corners over hoards of file paper or caches of library books, weeping with over-work, or chuckling over the one joy left to them in life—the Goon Show.
Outside the fog swirls, and the pigs squeal. Over the radiators we huddle, trying to think whom to bring to the Prefects' Dance, or who is left to lend us coffee money. Soon. We know, we must leave even the comparative warmth of the Library; someone will say: "Gi' art, we go' Speech Trainin'." or it will be time to make the trek to risk life and limb playing basketball, or facing our tables at dinner.
Yes, our fate is hard: but our hearts are high. The holidays approach, and every holiday task, though not having a silver lining, has an end. Advanced Level will come, and go, and by the time you read our next Form Notes Upper VI Arts will no longer exist as a composite form. But, as we bear the White Man's Burden in Kenya, or begin to savour the delights of the University, or even as we relapse into the comparative inactivity of the Third Year Sixth, we will have our regrets for Upper VI Arts.
We shall remember the sparkling conversation, the systematic collaboration in work, the friendly advice in affairs of the heart; we may quarrel, we may hate each other some of the time, we may manœuvre to get someone else chosen for translating or for reading a seminar, but at heart we are one happy family. Our dearest wishes are to write magazine articles, to volunteer for extra work, to give in our work on time, to write legibly—in fact, generally to gladden the hearts of each other, and of our mentors.
In short, we are a jolly good set of fellows.
D. N. J.
Upper VI Science.
This select body is divisible into three groups, at least one of which is homogeneous:—
a) Super-Super Upper VI Science, numbering 1;
b) Super Upper VI Science. numbering 3; and
c) Just Plain Upper VI Science, numbering 7.
We who write these notes can assure you that group (b) is composed only of those of the highest quality. It has been generally agreed by the honourable members of the Staff that group (b) are making remarkable progress, and that the School is fortunate in that its tone is dependent upon the fine qualities of so admirable a trio of Prefects. To show our capabilities, particularly those developed in our advanced studies in English, we offer the following:—
If I should ever fail in my exams.
Think only this of me,
That there's some corner of a Chemy lab
Where I shall ever be.
Perhaps there shall be at some future date
A mind which will inspire
Me to strive harder at my work
And so obtain four passes at the Advanced Level
in the General Certificate of Education.
In groups (a) and (c) there is some latent academic ability which awaits development, but they have developed remarkably well in other directions. We have revelled in the ardent and capable coaching of "Cappy," who plays Rugby for everybody in general and nobody in particular.
During the last term we appear to have developed in our midst a number of cartoonists. Thus, along the back wall of the Form Room, are a number of drawings, which after careful scrutiny are recognisable as caricatures of prominent people, like Mr. J. Stalin and Professor Reardon. Things have been running very smoothly: we have created a record by achieving only one caning and four broken chairs as the results of all our hard work.
In the School 1st XI we have three of our members. Sellars, Dunford, and Lee, who between them have scored 29 of the School's goals—11, 10, and 8 respectively.
We all expect to work even harder next term, and hope to finish withhalf-a-dozen canings and a few more broken chairs.
After reiterated requests, interspersed with sundry hints of impending punitive measures, I have volunteered to submit to the Editor (who I am sure is really a very nice man) these recordings of the more remarkable of the recent happenings in this Form, so aptly named Upper V.
The past term appears to have been substantially the same as its preceding fellows; that is to say, your humble servant has been victimised more than anyone else, by everyone else. The mid-day repast provided by the School, while produced with the usual amount of culinary skill, has been predominantly of stew and rarely of piscatorial dishes.
Among the more remarkable events was the Prefects' Dance; this gems to be a misplaced appellation, for it was attended more by our worthy tutors than by our Prefects. It is suggested that the former were in evidence to provide the evening's entertainment. Numerous though the masters were, they were far outnumbered by the representatives of the numerous denominations of the Fifth Form, who, it behoves me to say, thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
You will have noticed the depreciatory remarks about School dinners, as advised by the Secretary of the Pharos Writers' Union, and I hope you have got as much enjoyment out of this as the Form did from my being made to volunteer to write it.
Although we have no Cadets, no Choir boys, no members of Arts and Crafts, seven of our members are stage staff, who miss all the lessons but do little work. Several of us now play table tennis, and we all unite to persuade Mac that he can't. We are also busy picking out careers for Form members; one is certain to become a preacher, however incredible that may seem, and another is already book-making on the side.
Most of us play Rugby, in spite of being, according to one of the censors of this report, literary types. However, we have two goalkeepers in what optimists are pleased to call the 1st and 2nd Soccer teams; one of them has a fake D.R. hair-cut—the other never turns up. It is almost certain that by Easter we shall be able to tie another member's hands behind his back with his own hair; our little invertebrate is now curled up in his corner in a state of complete hibernation.
It should be mentioned that not only are we literary types, but we are also individualists; perhaps this explains away our belonging to so few societies.
Anticipates with some anxiety the hazardous trials of
February and June.
Many members of the brotherhood of Muff, the Middle IV mule, received quite a shock on moving to their new stall on the top corridor. Some complained of the number of stairs that they now had to climb.
The mule is maturing: only a few of the honourable brotherhood have joined the Film Society, and the Arts and Crafts Society has gained additional supporters who think that it offers more manly occupations.
On the other hand Saunders, the official head of the mule, has shown the brotherhood an even more interesting, if less masculine, form of "entertainment" for its off-duty moments.
The majority of the Form feel they are in a better position next to the Study than opposite the Staff Room.
Congratulations to two of the Form who were chosen to play for Dover Schools XI. We wonder why Speech Training comes in the Fourth and not in the First Form. We are thrilled by a master's remark: "Lower IV worked last term—at least once."
The Form's activities in football have been confined to a
limited number of games because several members of the Form have held
regular places in School teams. The Form became. for several weeks in
the term, a group of enthusiastic electricians with crystal sets. The wall
magazine has greatly improved, although still more contributions would
be appreciated. The future looks bright, and who knows, one day we
may even find the window key without the help of the shady individual's
We have now been at School a term. During that time we have learnt our way round most of the School, and now know most of the masters. I think most of us were impressed by the labs., the wood and metalwork rooms, and the many playing fields. We are hoping that it will not rain quite so much next term, so that we may enjoy more foot ball.
BENEVOLENT SOCIETY'S ACCOUNTS, 1951-52.
|Spring Term||9||0||10||Princess Louise Hospital||1||10||6|
|Summer Term||9||14||8||Dr. Barnardo's Homes.||2||2||0|
|Balance brought forward||8||13||8½||K.C.A. for Blind||2||2||0|
|Queen Elizabeth Hospital||2||2||0|
|Royal Victoria, Dover.||4||4||0|
|Ebbw Vale Hospital.||2||2||0|
|C. of E. Children's Society.||2||2||0|
|Hospital for Sick Children.||2||2||0|
|T.B. Care Committee.||2||2||0|
|Homes for Blind Babies.||2||2||0|
|Save the Children Fund.||1||1||0|
|Balance in Hand.||7||9||1|
|F. L. KENDALL||J. SLATER.|
- HOUSE NOTES -
Astor.—I should like to take this opportunity of welcoming all new members of Astor House, and trust they will always try to make the welfare of the House one of their primary considerations while they remain at the School, and, by their endeavours, help to maintain its present eminent position.
There is little excuse for the disappointing performances of all the Soccer teams. Every team was capable of winning at least two of its three matches, and failure in this respect cannot all have been a matter of bad luck.
Our prospects for Rugger next term are fair, and with sufficient sup port we can retain the Ebbw Vale Cup. Vocal encouragement from the junior members of the House will always be a welcome spur to our efforts, and I hope all the non-players will avail themselves of this means of showing their enthusiasm.
Last year's failure to field a team in the annual Cross-country Race nearly cost us the Championship Shield. I would therefore like to see more seniors on the practice runs. I want at least a dozen runners in the final.
Prospective members of the P.T. team should make every effort to attend the P.T. Club, so that we can repeat last year's fine performance.
Only by constant endeavour, unflagging determination, and real enthusiasm can we hope to win the Championship Shield for the second year in succession, and I hope that every member of the House will work unselfishly to make this wish a reality.
Frith.— This year our prospects in the House Championship Com petition appear much brighter, and Frith should not occupy the last position, as it has done in the past two years. The Soccer programme has been completed, with the rather disappointing result that Frith was placed third. There has been, however, marked enthusiasm, especially among the House Third Formers, who are to be congratulated on their unbeaten record. The House 1st XI also did well, their only defeat being at the hands of a strong Priory team.
The main sporting activities of the Spring Term are Rugby and Cross-country Running, and, provided the House is supported by all of its senior members, there is a good chance of a high position being obtained in both activities.
K. E. A.
Park.— The Soccer results have been encouraging, but the fact that the House has moved from third to second position is due mainly to the achievements of the junior members, especially the Second Form XI, who conquered all three opponents. On the other hand, there has been a noticeable lack of fight among the senior members; better results could have been obtained if all privileged to represent the House had been "on their toes" and doing their utmost all the time. It is essential for all members to realise that it is their duty to play their part with all the determination possible, and not to leave a few willing members to do all, perforce inadequately.
With the approach of Rugger and Cross-country Running this is all the more important. Even though there is a lack of outstanding ability among our Seniors, a good effort can be made if all are determined to do their best. The junior members are encouraged to take full advantage of their ability and go all out for the East Cup.
J. L. W.
Priory.—Members of the House have reason to be satisfied with the Soccer results this season, Priory having gained a well-earned win. Credit for this is due mainly to the 1st and 2nd XIs, who did not lose a match; although junior teams did not meet with much success, it was pleasing to see more enthusiasm being shown by the Lower School members.
Next term, as Rugby and Cross-country Running are the main interests, the Upper School members will have most work to do. This is no reason for juniors to start slacking, however; they can do their bit by turning up at Rugger matches and giving their support.
In conclusion, may we urge members of Priory House to put in just a little more effort during the next two terms and bring that Shield back again—remember, only half a point separated Astor from Priory at the final count last year; and that extra effort can make all the difference. So, go to it, Priory, and see what you can do.
(S. 1, 2—School 1st, 2nd Team. H. 1, 2—House 1st, 2nd Team. G.C.E. O, A—General Certificate of Education, Ordinary, Advanced Level; Passed in number of subjects shown in brackets.)
BEER. H. H. (1947). C.C.F. Orchestra. Choir. Geography. Arts and Crafts.
Film. G.C.E. O (3). R.A.F. Apprentice.
COADE, A. B. G. (1948). Soccer (H.2). Arts and Crafts. Cross-Channel Steward.
FLETCHER, E. J. (1948). Soccer (S.2, H.1). Film. Cross-Channel Steward.
IMRIE, D. A. E. (1947). Form Captain. Soccer (S.2). Gross-Country (S.). Cricket (S.2).
Rugger (S.2). Athletics (S,). Geography. Choir. Orchestra. P.T. Meteorology. Arts and Crafts. G.C.E. O (4). Merchant Navy, Engineer Apprentice.
LEE. W. G. (1947). Form Captain. Soccer (S.1). Cross-country (H.). Athletics (H.). P.T. (H.). Swimming (H.). Arts and Crafts. Geography. P.T. Film. Choir. G.C.E. O (5). Craft Apprentice.
=== OLD PHAROSIANS.===
OLD BOYS' SPORT.
Two Soccer matches were played against the School, one on December 6th and the second game just before Christmas Day. For the first game the Old Boys were rather below strength, and, after a very even first half, they fell away, and finally lost 2—4. For the second game the Old Boys had recruited a stronger team, including several on holiday from the Universities. The weather was dreadful, with a true Astor Avenue gale, driving rain, and a water-logged ground, but everyone put on a brave show of wanting to play, and the game was played through to a victory for the Old Boys by 5—2.
As a result of generous action by a number of Old Boys, the Association now possesses jerseys and stockings of correct colours that can be worn by Soccer and Rugger teams. Mr. R. Winter has been appointed secretary for matters relating to sport, and there are hopes of an increase in Old Pharosian sporting activities generally.
It is planned to enter an Old Pharosian cricket team in the local Charity Cup knock-out competition. Anyone who would like to play in this team should write to Mr. Winter or Mr. Ruffell at the School.
The Old Boys' Soccer team has indicated its willingness to defend the Kent Old Boys' Cup they won last year, and there will be an Old Boys' Rugger match against the School on March 21st. Mr. Jacques, at School, is collecting names for this game.
OLD BOYS' NOTES.
A. C. AKIN is doing a post-graduate year as "assistant" in a college at Lille.
D. A. AUSTIN has joined his father, himself an Old Pharosian in Germany, and is
attending King Alfred's School at Plön, B.A.O.R. 16.
L. A. C. BIRD, D.R., is with the R.A.F. at Ismailia.
C. C. BRADBEER, of the Royal Dental College, Leicester Square, this year passed
finals in L.D.S. R.C.S. Eng.
EDDIE CRUSH was among the first group of cricketers to qualify as coaches under
the new M.C.C. scheme. He has ideas and plans for finding and bringing on
cricketers in Dover and other parts of Kent.
K. CRUSH is newly appointed consultant engineer for North-East England to the
of Reynold, Tritton, and Farmers.
D. F. DANDO is a Pilot-Officer under N.A.T.O. training for his pilot's wings and
learning American tactics in Texas.
R. FEA, who left in 1928, is in the Canadian Bank of Commerce in Lombard Street.
He was prompted to write by meeting P. E. STIFF. of Deal, who left last year to
join the same bank. Fea is living in Knole Park.
MAX HELLER called at School in September. He is with the Bendex radio firm at
Baltimore, U.S.A., and travels widely in the States on his firm's business. He
drove down from London to look at Dover and the School.
R. MENTEREY passed his B.Sc (Eng.) examination with honours. He has been
staying at Brighton Technical College.
J. E. MEGG has obtained his B.Sc. degree in Economics.
C. G. JARRETT, a Permanent Under-Secretary to the War Office, visited Mr.
He has been awarded the C.B. to add to his previous C.B.E.
B. S. JELL has moved from frying-pan to fire—British Consulate Sofia to Hanoi.
P. C. T. JONES finished his thesis for Ph.D. and has now convinced the Medical Researoh Council that his
researches into the cause of cancer are worth while.
The Council has granted him a three-year subsidy for research at King's College,
J. R. McMANUS wrote from Bulawayo, S. Rhodesia, where he is in the Civil
Service. He began promisingly: "You will no doubt remember me for my efforts on the
soccer field and lack of effort in the classroom." He then gave a most useful
interesting description of conditions out there, and accompanied it with a
booklet. Other outpost-of-Empire men please copy.
J MILLS and J. G. GOLDFINCH both called at School in October when they were on leave. They are at a school for National Service men and are learning Russian.
E. W. J. MOSELING has been headmaster of a school near Warminster, and has now been appointed Head of Elms Grove County Primary School,
taking up his duties in the Summer Term. He says he will be blessed with a
K. NEWING and P. HALL called on the last day of the last term. Newing is at
College, Cambridge, and Hall at Winchester Training College, where P. JANAWAY
is also a student.
E. W. PEACOCK has obtained his D.Sc. degree in Chemistry.
L. R. PHILLIPS writes from Bognor Regis to say that he has taken up an
at the Training College there as lecturer in Divinity.
S. PRICE is one of three translators at the International Labour Office, Geneva,
is on permanent contract.
R. D. TRITTON called at School before Christmas. He is an apprentice, training
an R.N. Artificer at H.M.S. Fisgard, Tor Point, near Plymouth.
R. A. N. TURNER writes: "Since successfully completing my two years' course
last July at Shoreditch College and passing my Teacher's Certificate
I have been appointed as a metalwork master of the new school opened last
month in Redditch. I took the fatal dive last April and got married. . . ."
164. Plymouth Road, Redditch. Worcestershire.
A. VINCE last year obtained a B.A. Honours Degree in Modern Languages, and has
now passed Part II of the Intermediate Examination for B.Sc. (Economics).
REV. W. F. KEMP. now at Stoke-on-Trent, expects to become Vicar of the parish
of Gosberton Clough (Lincs.) during April. He sends best wishes to all Old
S. F. BLAXLAND, living at Letchworth, has completed 25 years' unbroken service in the electricity supply industry.
OLD BOYS' RE-UNION DANCE.
The re-union was held at School on New Year's Eve. Each year the Committee considers the date very carefully, the choice lying some where between Christmas and the New Year. This year's choice was justified by the number present, which was over 250, more than at any other post-war re-union.
Mrs. King did the catering. This is putting the matter as simply as Possible, the truth being self-evident that she and her staff had taken an enormous amount of trouble over detail and decoration, far beyond anything that could be expected of them. There was a birthday cake to mark the twenty-first anniversary of the School's present buildings, a cake in whose provision Mrs. King. Mr. Marsh, and Mr. and Mrs. Booth all had a hand. The spirit of Christmas was everywhere in evidence. Too many people turned up to be accommodated at supper, but those who stood up in the kitchen did uncommonly well for themselves.
The band was lively and the dancers willing. The New Y ear was recognised as a healthy infant, and the first hour of its life was spent in cheerful activity. Given this good start, perhaps 1953 will be a good year for the Old Pharosians, under the Presidency of Mr. George Plater who did much to ensure the success of this re-union.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.
Forty years after he had joined the School, Mr. G. R. Plater was elected President of the Old Pharosians at the Association's annual general meeting at the Town Hall, Dover, on November 20th, 1952.
There were about forty members present at the meeting. It was announced by the Hon. Secretary (Mr. T. A. Sutton) that membership of the Association had reached 215—the highest figure yet.
Events of the Association's year recalled by the Secretary were the re-union at the School, rugger, soccer, and cricket matches versus the School, the American Supper during the summer, and the ball at the Town Hall. It was also reported that the Association had won the Kent Grammar Schools' Old Boys' Soccer Trophy.
The names of officers and committee members elected at the meeting are recorded on the inside of the cover of this magazine. (Click here)
With the arrival of the new boys there has been an increase in membership. As a new departure, the mothers of the new boys we invited to a conducted tour of the School and the Kitchens, followed by a talk by Mrs. King and by refreshments in the Dining Hall. It was attended by a large number of mothers, who voted it a great success.
At Christmas we arranged parties for the Lower and Middle School. Thanks are due to the Masters, to Mrs. King, and to the ladies of the Committee for their help in making the parties so successful. We must thank particularly Mr. Bailey and Mr. Walton for organising the games on both evenings. We have as usual provided prizes and the band for the Prefects' Dance.
There was a large attendance at the Annual General Meeting where the vexed question was raised whether or not parents should pay excess fares. Representations have been made to the authorities, and the matter is now under consideration.
A. R. TAYLOR,