THE PHAROS No. 129. VOL LI
1959 - 1960
|In Brief||Phoenix Club|
|Dr. M. G. Hinton||Library Notes|
|J. C. Booth (Headmaster)||Unicorn Club|
|Some first impressions||S.C.M.|
|Filming Nativity||Choir and Orchestra|
|The Mouse on the scroll||Cerçle Francais|
|Never!.. Maybe!.. All Right||Chess Club|
|The day we swept the chimney||Sailing Club|
|Staying at school for the Concert||Soccer|
|The child of imagination||Rugger|
|Caught||Cross Country Running|
|Round the clock at the docks||Sports Day - Wednesday, 1st June, 1960|
|Heraldry and its meaning||Swimming|
|A field-day to study Dungerness and Romney Marsh||Basketball|
|Ski-holiday at Samnaun||House Notes|
|An evening's entertainment||Valete|
|The Christmas Concert||The Old Pharosians|
|Speech Day||Parents' Association|
This edition of the Pharos
will no doubt come as something of a surprise to present boys and Old Boys
alike, and we feel that some explanation is perhaps necessary for the rather
drastic changes that we have made. We decided that it would be better to publish
one large issue of the magazine each year, rather than the two smaller volumes
which have hitherto appeared, as this would enable us to introduce a completely
new format which we hope will give more encouragement to potential contributors.
The most obvious feature of this is, of course, the cover, for which we are
again indebted to Mr. Rowlands. The size of the page has also been increased and
allowance has been made for wider margins, which it is hoped will improve the
appearance of the printed page. To this end also we have decided to incorporate
a large number of small illustrations of a humorous nature, for which we have to
thank M. Nice (5A), W. Bloomfield (U.6 Sc.) and P. G. Crosskerry (U.6 Sc.).
Finally, we must stress that it is impossible to prepare an edition in a fortnight—there is a whole year for articles to be written.
W. KNOWLES (U.6 A.).
D. STUBBS (U.6 A.).
Mr. C. Rowlands, who has
been here as Art Master since 1932, is retiring but, we are delighted to learn,
will continue to teach part-time, so that we do not yet have to wish him
Mr. K. H. Carter who has come from the William Fitt Secondary School, Walthamstow, will take Mr. Rowlands' place and Mr. Peach from March Grammar School will be joining the staff as a Science Master.
On 1st February, Mr. King took a party of sixth formers to the Ford works at Dagenham.
On 3rd March, Mr. E. B. Mackay from Wimpey's engineering firm gave a talk on the Channel Tunnel; on 4th February, Mr. M. J. Campbell from the Colonial Office gave a talk on the work of the Colonial Officer with special reference to Nigeria, and on 4th April, Mr. C. R. Young from Fawley Refinery gave talks to sixth formers on the geography and refining of oil.
On 1st April, the whole school visited the Essoldo cinema to see Sir Lawrence Olivier's film of "Hamlet" in the morning, and the same day was Open Day.
On 17th March, a party of sixth formers went to Harvey Grammar School for an S. C. M. Conference.
On 12th March, a party from Sixth Arts went to London where, in the morning, they saw at the Academy cinema a film of "Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme." In the afternoon the party divided, some going to the Old Vic to see "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and the rest to the Savoy to see "Berenice."
On the 31st March, Mr. A. M. Leney took a party often to the Old Vic to see "Richard II." On 14th July, some sixth formers went to a book exhibition at the Girls' Grammar School. On 15th July, those boys who were leaving attended a service at St. Mary's.
DR. M. G. HINTON
We are pleased to be able to welcome Dr. M. G. Hinton, our new Headmaster, who joined the School in January. He was educated at Bristol Grammar School and from there, following in the footsteps of our two previous Headmasters, he went to study at Oxford—at Merton College. He spent a year at the Institute of Education at London University, taught at Reading School until 1953, and since then has been Senior History Master at Lancaster Grammar School.
J. C. BOOTH Headmaster, (View)
January 1937—December 1959
On behalf of the Governors I welcome the
opportunity to record a brief appreciation of
Mr. Booth in this issue of the Pharos.
Throughout the twenty-three years of the Headship, the Governors were conscious that the welfare of the school was in safe and steady hands; they knew that Mr. Booth had dedicated himself to the service of the school and that he had kept round him a staff of able men who shared his unselfish spirit.
The Governors remember that Mr. Booth had not been Headmaster for very long when he was faced with war conditions and the immense task of evacuation to Ebbw Vale; this he carried out with courage and success. When the people of Ebbw Vale bade farewell, they did so with a profound respect and admiration for the Headmaster whose school had gained there such a good name.
Since the return to Dover the school has grown greatly; it has had an excellent record and there have been many high distinctions in the various spheres of work and sport; it has become one of the finest Grammar Schools in the country.
I was privileged to attend Mr. Booth's final Assembly at the school; it was indeed impressive; the whole school was recognizing how much their Headmaster had meant to them and to the generations before them.
Mr. Booth has surely been "one who owes his strength to the truth of the faith he has absorbed and the sound teaching he has followed."
The Governors would also wish me to pay a tribute to Mrs. Booth for all that she did in countless ways and in so charming a manner; her presence and friendly help will long be remembered not only by the boys in the years since 1937, their parents and the staff, but also by all the Governors.
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When J. C. Booth came in to bat the openers had taken the shine off the ball and
laid the foundation for a good score. As one would expect, having got to know
him, there were no fireworks in his first overs—he played himself in carefully,
always considering the team.
He had just nicely got his eye in, when the wicket changed to a real 'sticky dog' with a vengeance. And then his true qualities were evident for all to see—a real captain's innings. No matter what came down, each ball was treated on its merits, and he pulled the side through where many failed.
Then, when the devil had gone out of the wicket, still he showed a keen eye, quick footwork
and straight bat, carrying the side along with him, and always ready to give credit and applaud good strokes at the other end.
A MEMBER OF STAFF.
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It is hard and rather embarrassing to have to write an appreciation of one's
former headmaster on his retirement. It is hard because it seems inconceivable
that a man who remains
as youthful as Mr. Booth should ever dream of retiring; and it is embarrassing
boys are often cruel and inconsiderate, and it is only with the hindsight of
being an "old boy"
that one can appreciate many of Mr. Booth's deeper qualities.
All headmasters gather nicknames around them that are more or less appropriate. "The Baron" was one such that was aptly given to Mr. Booth. The school was his windswept and mountainous barony and he was its baron—not, mercifully, the fiercesome autocrat of fiction and tradition but a gentler, more scholarly baron whose own example and Christian faith earned respect from the most unlikely of his pupils.
Not that he could not be truly angry on occasion—snowballing on the school—hill, fights, rowdiness on school 'buses, inconsiderate behaviour to visitors or kitchen staff, undue noise at Assembly, all would arouse a considerable wrath against which none of us would dare to venture. Yet even so, the picture that will surely remain with us is of a courteous and retiring Mr. Booth mixing with parents at Open days, Sports days, School concerts, or modestly reading the achievements of the past year at Speech Day: a very modest "Baron" showing off his not unworthy domain.
It was in the fifth and sixth forms that we came into contact with him more as a teacher than as a headmaster. We already knew of his love of sport—cricket seemed his natural passion, but one had only to stand next to him at a football match to hear a subdued but vigorous commentary as the game progressed. Now, however, we met him in the form-room for Scripture or English History: and so came to appreciate more fully his scrupulous fairness and his sense of humour. Indeed he would treat the most unfounded statements in one's history essay with a flattering deference, correcting where necessary with a dry humour that one would call donnish were it not more kindly.
Perhaps, in the event, it is his wife and family that have kept him so young. It still seems impossible to believe that he has retired: and because of this one would prefer to wish Mr. and Mrs. Booth many full, happy and prosperous years of leisure and recreation, rather than retirement.
AN OLD BOY.
SOME FIRST IMPRESSIONS
I fell in love with Dover the first time I saw it from my study window. The town
one aspect for those who see it habitually in terms of a narrow, crowded and
street; it bears quite another for us, who see it below us, crouching under the
of the Castle, and hemmed in by hills and the sea.
Not that the view from my window is always the same. I have in six months seen town and port brilliant in sunshine, dismal amidst whipping squalls of rain, half-hidden in mist, and peppered with the lights of evening. I have also seen them cloaked in snow. That was the most beautiful sight of all, worth the long slogs through the slush which bulked large in my first weeks here.
But Dover does not lie directly below my window. As a deafening clamour three or four times a day reminds me, that place is reserved for the quad. I will not write of all I see going on there (I sometimes wonder if boys realise how open it lies to the eye of authority), but I have learned a good deal in the past months about games previously unfamiliar to me. What I lack is a knowledge of their names. Whatever, for example, do you call that game which calls you into a tight circle, foot touching foot, until the escape of the ball disintegrates the group and exposes the innocent passer-by to the danger of a full-tilt collision?
The sights beyond my window are a constant temptation, but I am learning to resist it. Necessarily so. I find plenty to do; and I am very thankful that my predecessor handed over so smoothly running a machine into my inexperienced hands. Others can write with greater knowledge and authority than I about Mr. Booth; but it seems to me that his benign shade haunts the corridors still. Long may it do so. Twenty-three years of devoted service have left an atmosphere of friendliness, of kindness and of consideration which we cannot afford to lose.
Nor are we likely to lose it while the veterans of the staff remain. Coming as I do from a school where it was usual to have six or seven new masters yearly, I find it hard to adjust myself to a situation where five years will hardly lift a master from the bottom of the table of seniority. We reap the harvest of this long service in the classroom. Experience has little to learn about either discipline or technique. It is comforting too to know that the games, societies and activities in which we are so rich are in safe and unchanging hands.
It is as well most of the staff have been here for many years, since newcomers must infallibly get lost! I confess that the geography of the school buildings baffled me at first. It was not so long ago that I turned into the staff room firmly convinced that I was entering my study. But with growing familiarity has come growing affection. It is surely a unique school which has six floors of which five are on the ground level. Nor do the stairs which this arrangement involves hold any terrors for me. I have for so long been used to spending my days on pilgrimage from one building to another, dashing in rain, groping in fog and sliding in snow, that the luxury of a school built as a single unit far outweighs the disadvantage of the number of levels we are required to traverse. Indeed the levels are a positive blessing, providing us with a whole series of vantage points from which to look at athletics, building operations, Dover, or simply the busy currents of school life.
I may seem to be exposing a fundamental unsuitability for the duties of my office if I admit that the boys here have made less impression upon me than the town or the staff or the buildings. My defence would be that there is a much greater variety among towns, teachers and buildings than among boys considered in the mass. The great blocks of faces at assembly differ in no perceptible respect from those I was accustomed to see at Bristol, Reading and Lancaster. Nor do the forms differ greatly. Everywhere first and second forms mean enthusiasm, thirds disillusion, fourths rebellion, and fifths an alternation between despairing effort and effortless despair. Every form at every stage contains the boy who has stepped out of a band box and the boy who has clearly spent the night in a dust bin; the boy who knows all the answers and the boy who thinks he does; the boy whose appearance of rapt attention is a carefully calculated camouflage for a mind far away with Cheyenne or the Spurs, and the boy who doodles and fidgets while his concentration never falters. It is only when one meets the individuals behind the types that a true differentiation takes place. Some boys I now know as persons. Like all persons they are unique. But it must necessarily take time before many individuals emerge clearly from the amorphous mass of boy-dom, and the true richness of local character makes the impression it should. When that day comes I shall feel myself a true Dovorian.
M. G. HINTON.
At nine thirty on a Sunday
morning during the last half-term of autumn a casual observer could have noticed
a group of boys lounging at the junction of Stembrook and Castle Street, holding
heavy-looking bags and cases, and discussing football and girl-friends. Shortly
afterwards these boys, and I was one of them, piled into the cars of Messrs.
Ruffell and Hudsmith and disappeared in the direction of Castle Hill.
When we arrived at Appleton Manor Farm, near Martin, we were shown into a large garage—our dressing room—where we unpacked. As soon as we were ready the innkeeper and I were rushed to the 'make-up girl', while angels, shepherds and kings settled down to a game of cards. We soon re-emerged, smothered in crepe—hair and greasepaint wrinkles, amid a shower of unoriginal quips. After a hasty search through telephone directories, followed by a trip to Deal, it was discovered that one of the shepherds was indisposed; the farmer's wife got busy with blankets, and soon one of our electricians emerged from the house as a bespectacled Jew.
Our cameraman was filming Indians with forged passports for a B.B.C. newsreel, and so while we waited for him to arrive from the Marine Station, we drank some coffee, tried to make friends with the donkey, and held some rehearsals—all under the critical gaze of the farmer's two dogs. The innkeeper and I had had several practices at school, so we soon knew what to do, but the donkey was an unco-operative amateur. It seemed he lived in a field with some horses, and having seen the kings' mounts arriving, he decided that it was essential to welcome them; fortunately he thought that walking to the inn door was a step in the right direction, but we had great difficulty in making him go back and do it again; he was a typical donkey. A further difficulty was that he had a 'knife-edge' back, and Mary, the farmer's daughter, was apt to slide off unexpectedly. However, when Mr. Warner arrived the scene was shot with very little wastage of film, and almost before he was out of range of the camera the donkey trotted off to join his beloved horses.
Meanwhile the kings, who had by far the most difficult task in the film, had been having their first-ever riding lessons. The result was very convincing; they claimed to be continually afraid of falling off, but they dismounted before the Palestinian stable-with-a-corrugated-iron-roof as though born to the saddle. However, they had to lead their horses away from the stable because one of the animals refused to stand still while his royal master remounted. The noble steed objected to a sweeping red cloak, and at the end of the sequence he compensated himself by standing on it.
Much to the astonishment of everyone except Mr. Ruffell, we stopped for dinner still on our tight schedule. Then an alarming discovery was made; it was almost impossible to eat our sandwiches without consuming long strings of crepe-hair beard. Some people just ate some sausages which, as Mr. Ruffell had prophesied, were provided by, the good lady', and then decided to starve for the rest of the time; others of us, who were hungrier, had very, 'moth-eaten' beards before we had finished. To make matters worse our make-up was starting to rub off, and we were beginning to look more like schoolboys than Biblical characters.
At two o'clock, Mr. Warner and Mr. Ruffell returned with their families, and the cast drifted towards the interior of the stable. This was really an open yard, filled with calves who were supposed to make the scene more realistic, but they retreated defiantly into the farthest corner and after several fruitless attempts to drive them back to the crib they were filmed separately. The crib contained a large and uncompromisingly functional lamp at which the actors had to stare, and the shawl was in constant danger of singeing. Further lighting was given by four unromantic floodlights which overloaded the system, and at regular intervals the supply cut out and we had to wait for it to cool.
The sequence was completed without mishap by late afternoon, and a number of the cast went with the donkey to the shingle banks beyond Deal, to shoot the brief scene where Joseph and Mary see Bethlehem in the distance. We went by car in full make-up and costume, attracting many stares when we stopped at the traffic lights in Deal. The scene was enacted before an audience of boys on bicycles, who were greatly amused by the donkey's behaviour; he refused to walk more than a few paces at a time, stopping so suddenly that Mary slid off several times, and finally he trod on Joseph's toe. In spite of these technical hitches, we managed to get a number of shots which were later pieced together like a jig-saw puzzle. We then had to get the donkey back into his horse-box, an operation which required the combined weight of seven people. I then removed my beard and head-dress, and felt much happier on the way back.
Meanwhile the shepherds had been collecting wood, and as dusk fell they gathered round their fire, while the rest of us tried to drive sheep into the background. We were not very successful, and some who saw the film later thought they were fast-moving cars, but there were some perfect shots of shepherds crouched round a huge fire fed with celestial paraffin. Then the angel Gabriel appeared, his face lit up by car headlamps, and his wings standing out against the winter sunset and supported behind by Mr. Ruffell's daughter.
We were taken home by car after a highly enjoyable and worthwhile day. Although other scenes were shot to form an introduction, and the stable scene had to be filmed again in a better light, the whole enterprise cost only twenty-five pounds and took only two days to make. In the first few showings after its release it more than repaid its cost, and it will be a lasting monument to one of the school's most successful ventures.
H. LITTLEHALES (L.6 A.).
THE MOUSE ON THE SCROLL
There once lived in the
Chinese city of Peking an artist called Li Pong, whose paintings were so
exquisite that people came from all over the world to buy them. Now one would
have thought that Li would have become very rich, because he sold his pictures
by the foot, but Li did not care about money and did not like strangers very
much, so he would never part with his precious works unless he took a fancy to
the buyer. Of course this made things very difficult for Li's wife, who had the
home to run and many orphans to feed. Li loved children and had a special place
in his heart for orphans. However, Li's wife understood his feelings, and found
her own way out of the difficulty.
When Li was out on the Western Hills, contemplating the beauty of the dawn, which he often did to get inspiration for his work, she would slip down to the market with one of his paintings. She always hoped that he would not miss it, and in the market would exchange it for vegetables and other things to meet the household needs, but Li Pong, knowing about his wife's little scheme, always pretended not to notice. He much preferred his pictures to be exchanged in the common market rather than to be sold to a lot of greedy foreigners he did not like.
Li's studio stood at the back of the courtyard around which his house was built. The studio had white-washed walls and at one end was a large, black, glass-topped table where he worked. On this were arranged rows of small, white porcelain bowls, each containing different coloured paints. Beside them stood exquisitely carved jars holding brushes of different sizes, and one candlestick.
One evening, when Li came back from wandering on the Western Hills, he found a mouse was eating the candle-grease that had dripped from the candle. She did not run away as Li entered, but looked at him calmly as if he were an old friend, and then went on with her meal. Li Pong was so amused that he painted a picture of the mouse. In the meantime the little mouse went home and, because the candle-grease did not agree with her, died.
Now this was very sad because she was newly married, so her husband decided to eat the candle-grease and end his life. However, when he went to the table that night there was no candle-grease left, but, by the light of a moonbeam, the mouse saw the portrait of his wife. He thought that a miracle had happened, and at once promised the good Mouse Buddha that he would not take his life. He sat there gazing at his wife's portrait feeling very comforted, and every night after that he used to come and stay with her portrait until the moon went down.
One day some visitors came to Li's studio, and because they made him laugh he decided to sell them some of his pictures. Amongst them was a man from England, and because he liked the picture of the mouse so much Li Pong sold it to him. When that evening came and the mouse crept in, his little heart sank, for the portrait of his wife was no longer there.
Now one evening, as I was sitting by the fire in my small London flat, a mouse crept out of the cupboard. He looked very old and tired. Although my lamp was lit and the mouse saw me, he did not run away. He hobbled round the room as if looking for something. His tameness reminded me of a picture I once bought from an old artist in Peking. The next day I rummaged through my treasures and found the picture and hung it on the wall. That evening the old mouse limped into the room again, but this time he suddenly stopped beneath the picture. I saw his little eyes glued upon it as if spellbound; he did not stir even when I went to bed.
The next morning he was still there, peacefully asleep. Now his happy little soul had joined his wife's in the heart of the great Mouse Buddha.
D. YANDELL (3A).
NEVER! . . MAYBE! . . . . ALL RIGHT
I hope I never see him
again, and if I do I'll treat him as if he wasn't in my sight. If I have to go
out of my way to upset him I will. No cup of tea for him at seven o'clock in the
morning. There will be no more "Fetch me my slippers," when he comes home from
work, and if the car lights need switching on, he can exert himself for a change
and put them on. If I want the television on, I'll have it on whether he likes
it or not. He can get his own ounce of 'St. Julian Empire Blend' tobacco, or
send someone else to do his dirty work for him. If the lawns need cutting, he
can put his shilling back in his pocket, and bend his own back doing some work!
I've had no pocket money for a month now, and it does not look as if I shall ever buy those jeans I was saving up for. I haven't been near the Sergeants' Mess lately. It seems that he must have got someone else to fetch his slippers for him, make him an early morning cup of tea, cut the lawns and run round to the shop. He seems to like every programme I like on television. Blow this for a lark!
I made it up yesterday. It was hard, but it came through all right, and I have started paying for my jeans again. When I come to think of it, it doesn't exactly kill me to run round to the shop now and again. The extra shilling for cutting the lawns goes towards odds and ends that I am always needing. I go with him to the Sergeants' Mess every Sunday after church. This is the life!
M. REID (2B).
|In the town of Dover, England,
On the hill that's named of Noah,
Named of Noah, great in flood time,
Named of Noah, great Ark-builder,
Lived a group of savage heathens,
Lived a group of savage schoolboys,
Lived a form of thirty 3 Cs.
Dreadful blockheads in their lessons,
Dreadful in their lack of learning,
All the masters could not curb them,
Could not curb that form of slackers.
Of their bad and evil habits,
Smoking, drinking, reading comics,
All these things and many others,
Did those boys get used to daily,
Never would they read their text books,
Never lift their pens to paper,
But just sit there doing nothing,
Nought but thinking of their dinner.
B. S. EDWARDS (3C).
THE DAY WE SWEPT THE CHIMNEY
One summer, a few years ago, my brother, then a little imp of three, decided to
discover the whereabouts of Father Christmas in the summer-time. So, with his
pet woolly dog, he stuck his head and shoulders up the living room chimney. When
he came trotting into the kitchen, as black as a nigger minstrel down to the
waist, my mother, when the first shock was over, decided that the chimney must
be swept before it was time to start having fires again.
As we were living in a bungalow it appeared to be a relatively simple task, and so that evening I was sent to borrow a set of rods and brushes from a neighbour. The living room was cleared and Father proceeded to put a succession of rods and brushes up the chimney. For a little while all went well, but suddenly there came a slight hitch. The brush, which had been obediently moving upwards as each rod was added, now refused to budge. I was sent outside to see if by any chance it had pushed its way out of the chimney-pot, but no, it had not. It was obvious that it was lodged somewhere in the chimney itself. My father decided that if the brush would not go up, it might come down, and so he pulled and twisted, and finally, with a shout of triumph, started pulling rods back down the chimney. He had, however, shouted too soon, for the last rod appeared, in a cloud of soot, minus the brush. The situation was now desperate for someone else's valuable brush was stuck up our chimney. Much prodding and poking failed to dislodge anything but further showers of soot. At last Father, his mouth and eyes full of soot, decided to tackle the problem from above, and so he went off to borrow a ladder to climb up to the roof. Once more he poked and prodded with a variety of gardening implements, calling down the chimney at each attempt, but no progress was reported. He dug up a little gooseberry bush, one of my mother's prize specimens, hoping that this, lowered on a rope, would catch the brush and enable him to pull it up. The bush, however, must have found the same hiding place as the brush, for it disappeared completely. Next he tried some bricks on the end of a rope, and this extra load caused all the contents of the chimney to descend at a rush. With no warning at all vast quantities of soot and debris, with brush and bush, cascaded into the living room.
We were relieved that at last the chimney was clear, but oh what a mess met our eyes next
J. NEWMAN (3A).
STAYING AT SCHOOL FOR THE CONCERT
The master was sitting at
his desk, forefinger on his mark-book, pen scribbling quickly. The exercises
that he had set were growing tedious; time seems to drag so when I am looking
forward to anything. A master upstairs let forth a bellow which echoed round the
corridors. The experience of staying at school by myself for a couple of hours
would be quite a thrill. The clock ticked another half minute, and from
downstairs came a low murmur that gradually increased to a roar as hundreds of
feet stampeded along the corridor. The door of an adjacent classroom opened and
the top of a head made its way, whistling, along the corridor, followed soon
after by more heads, all adding their quota to the noise. The signal came and we
too were free for a weekend. There was a crash as a desk was closed violently on
top of the exercise books, and from then on there was pandemonium. A chorus of
voices rose above the scraping of chairs, demanding to know the homework, and
they were answered by a badgered monitor. A cry of "See ya Monday!" came through
the din, a budding Cliff Richard began his own inharmonious form of celebration
at being released from the ties of school for two days, and the response from
the form was instantaneous. In the corridor an invisible space-wagon piloted by
a first-former whizzed through the atmosphere to be greeted at the end of its
first run by an atomic blast by a master. The duty-master gave his advice in
loud tones: "Keep to the left! Walk! Not so much noise!"
I had time to waste, so, wandering slowly through the corridors, I gained a much more exaggerated impression of the speed of the hordes than I should have done if I had been running with them. Eventually I completed a circuit and returned to the form-room. I felt surprised that everything had gone quiet so quickly. I got from my satchel the sandwiches that were to suffice until I reached home and started my tea. A head appeared round the door and the duty master asked why I had to stay. He obviously remembered being told before when I
reminded him that there was a concert, and disappeared.
An hour later, with only forty-seven and a half minutes to wait, I decided to wander round again. How vastly different everything was! The clicking of my heels on the parquet flooring was the only audible sound. Only a few lights were on, leaving dark shadowy patches in corners and crevices. It was cold, too, but there was a warm draught rising from the gap under the study door. A thin beam of light filtered out as well, playing on the window pane. The smell of coffee came from the dining-room where refreshments were being prepared, and from the visitors' room the smell of new books came from a large pile of stock.
Once again I entered the form-room and found, to my surprise, that the door squeaked, a phenomenon that had gone unnoticed during the noise of the day. I sat down by the window and the chair creaked loudly. Below, the lights of the town and harbour flickered incessantly; I got a book out. The wind whispered through the railings and a 'plane passed overhead, throbbing steadily on its way.
The door opened and another chorister came in. We exchanged greetings and began to chatter. Before we had realised it the school was alive again; a door banged loudly, a bold whistle came up the corridor and, one by one, more people arrived, shouting, laughing, talking..
R. STOCKER (4A).
THE CHILD OF IMAGINATION
|Born of convention,
Yet tiring of its kind,
The child of imagination
Is seeking his own define;
Rebuked by sterile instinct,
His birth has oft been shunned,
The mind has made him exiled
Within the world of some;
And yet, we see his being,
His beauty and repose,
In the labours of the master,
In painting, verse and prose.
N. OLDMAN (3D).
The tall helmeted figure stepped out of the green glare of the neon-lit street
into the dark cobbled alley. Seeing a smaller figure in the shadows of the old
buildings on either side of him he stopped and tapped him on the shoulder. The
small man turned, startled, and the glowing stub of the limp cigarette which had
been hanging from his lip dropped to the ground.
"Ev-evenin', guv. Wet ain't it? "
"Yes, it is," returned the other in a deep, cultured voice. "Chaps like you shouldn't be out at this time on a night like this."
"Just waitin' fer a chum," returned the small man with the Cockney accent, nervously fingering the wavy brim of his weather-beaten trilby and glancing sidelong at the policeman.
With twitching fingers he rolled another cigarette, pushed it between his lips and lit it.
"Haven't you lost one of your gloves, sir?" asked the policeman, looking at the other's one bare hand.
"Nah, me 'and's bad. I've ter keep a glove on it."
The policeman looked around, wondering if the small man really was 'Just waitin' fer a chum.' Noticing a shop with a bared window he said with a slight note of sarcasm in his voice: "Do you always wait for your friends outside a jeweller's shop at one o'clock in the morning?"
"What? Hey, guv., you ain't tryin' ter pin nothing' on me, are yer?"
"It all depends," said the other, staring fixedly and sternly into his face. "If you will show me what that is in your pocket there, and take your glove off and show me your bad hand, I'll be satisfied."
Sweat broke out on the other's forehead; he was defiant now.
"Ain't none of yer business what I got in me porcket, an' I can't take me glove off; it'd 'urt me 'and too much."
The constable remained calm. "You just rolled and lit your cigarette, using that hand," he said grimly. His voice became firmer. "Unless you show me, I'm afraid I'll have to take you in for questioning. I think I know who you are. Smith's the name, isn't it? Harry Smith, otherwise known as 'Sparklers'?"
The small man was really frightened now. He moistened his thin lips and made a strange guttural noise. He raised his bare wrist and glanced quickly at an imaginary watch.
"I better be goin' now, guv.," he stuttered. "Don't look like me pal's comin'."
"Oh no, you don't!" replied the constable, placing one hand on 'Sparkler's' shoulder, and with the other placing his torch in his own pocket and removing the rubber' cosh' from his captive's pocket. "Come on," he said, and led the small man into the glare of the street lights.
C. S. EDWARDS (4A).
It was a fine summer day. The light breeze left the sea unruffled, although an
still moved the surface of the water. The cliff rose massively into the sky,
challenging the sea
to do its worst to try to swamp the land. The cliff was a massive grey bastion
of chalk tested
by millions of years of existence, yet softened in aspect by the clinging
grasses and plants
which miraculously found nourishment in its inhospitable rock.
The cliff challenged the sea; it also challenged two boys, who stood looking up at it. They were on holiday. They wore blue jeans, whose cleanness witnessed that the boys had just arrived, and open-necked shirts, one red and one yellow.
"We're here," said Red. Yellow was looking up at the cliff.
A pause. "Er, yes. We are."
"Come on, then, let's get started."
"Yes." Yellow looked up at the cliff again. Pause for meditation. "It's jolly high."
"Cor, yes, I should say so; never thought it'd be as good as this; those photos back home made the cliffs look like molehills."
"Yes." A slow nodding of the head.
"Climbing this is going to be the best part of the holiday."
"Come on, then!"
"Supposing we fall?"
"We shan't." A thought struck Red: "You aren't scared?"
"Who? Me? Scared? What an idea!"
"Well, then, come on."
And Red began to scramble up the cliff. Yellow hesitated, then followed. The first part of the climb was relatively simple; a narrow, rough path was cut slantingly in the cliff face. After a few minutes, climbing the boys had reached forty feet; and the end of the path.
"Now starts the best bit: a hundred feet of almost upright cliff with only those bushes to hang on to. Just think of it!"
Yellow thought. The sight of the cliff made him dizzy. He glanced down; the sight of the ground made him dizzy. There was a cold breeze even at that small height; Yellow quivered.
"Hadn't we better go down now, and come again tomorrow, 'cos we want experience before we do anything big, and we've got experience coming this far, and we don't. . . well, you know what I mean."
Red knew. "All right, lily-livered, you go down if you're too scared. I'm going to get to the top."
Yellow considered. He had been insulted. His pride would suffer if he descended. He would have to go down alone. But he would be safe on the ground. He began to scramble down.
A short time later Yellow reached the warm, safe ground. He looked up at the cold cliff, and was surprised to see Red perched just where he had been before. He had not got to the top.
Yellow was a thinker. And he decided that Red was now afraid; he had no-one to project his own fear onto, now. He had to keep it within himself. Yellow wondered if Red would come down and prove his theory.
A minute later both boys stood together on the ground. Yellow looked questioningly at Red.
"Well, I thought, that is . . . well, I sort of thought I'd better come and see if you were all right; I mean, well. . . "
"Come on," said Yellow, "let's go."
They left the cliff to challenge the sea. They returned to the warm, quiet, sweet-scented land.
M. A. PLAYER (4A).
Time drags on
Time ticks tediously by.
M. O. WILLIAMS (U.6 A.).
ROUND THE CLOCK AT THE DOCKS
An old bell rang emptily in
the still of the early morning, its sound carrying across the silent docks. The
green water lapped gently against the hard, brown-fringed dock walls, and a
fog-horn wailed far away like a deep-throated banshee. A boat creaked wearily in
the dock as the thick salty mist was swirled by a restless gust of sea air. The
cobbled walks of the dock held the sleeping water, and the bleak dock gates
stood unmoved by the ripplings and soft gurglings of their cold prisoner. The
unseeing store-houses and marine offices stood enveloped by the mist that linked
them with the grey-brown sky.
Suddenly the massive, black iron lock on the massive, black iron gate clanked, and the rusty hinges squealed as the gate swung open. A heavy-soled boot ground the gravel of the walk and awoke the dock to the business of the day.
By early afternoon the scene was transformed into one of intense activity. A giant crane hauled a coarse wooden case from the sombre depths of the cargo hold of a soot-stained tramp steamer, swung it over the heads of the cloth-capped, leather-skinned workers below and dropped it in front of two open store gates. The once bleak dock gates had stirred the sea into foam at high tide to let in two great cargo vessels, and now the walks were crowded with burly red-faced men unloading, reloading and refuelling them. Some struggled with bulky packing cases full of bananas; some operated the fuel pump which stood behind the smaller store-sheds, and others guided the pipes on to the ships.
At the end of the day the men trickled away through the gates, and the machines stood silent again. The dock gates were once more locked, as the tide fell and the mist crept back in. Once again the cobbled walks were dead and hard, and the brown seaweed could be seen clinging above the water. The heavy man walked to the black iron gates, swung them together, and clanked their lock. The murky water merged with the grey mist and the darkening sky; a foghorn wailed; the water lapped against the dock walls, and the old bell in the tower rang thickly in the fast falling night.
V. S. LOTT (5T.).
HERALDRY AND ITS MEANING
Heraldry is a survival from
the days of long ago when it was used in order that the retainers would
recognise their lord when rallying to him in battle, by his emblem or symbol on
his garments and trappings or by his banner borne aloft. Very often the symbol
would have direct reference to the lord and his descendants; for instance, if he
had had an ancestor who was killed by a lion he would perhaps depict a lion on
his coat-of-arms, or if he was famous for falconry he might depict a falcon on
his shield. If, however, he had a humorous mind he might have on his shield a
canting, that is, representing his surname by a symbol; if for instance I wanted
a coat-of-arms and I had decided to have a canting, I would try to bring the
shape of a cork into the design. In time these coats-of-arms were painted on
walls, ceilings and other places. A good example of these shields being brought
into the design of the ceiling is at St. George's Chapel, Windsor.
When a member of a family with a coat-of-arms married a member of a similar family their two coats-of-arms were combined and the result was usually a most attractive design. After two or three such marriages the coat-of-arms became much more complicated and a great deal of ingenuity was needed when designing such a shield; thus the science of heraldry was born.
They had to be designed according to certain rules; a colour could not be placed directly on another, a metal could not be placed on another metal (there is one exception to this rule, that is in the Arms of Jerusalem which comprises five gold crosses on a silver background; to be heraldically correct it could have the crosses superimposed on slightly larger crosses on another colour, thus making it metal, colour, metal). Two colleges have been set up in the British Isles to grant coats-of-arms; they are in England, the College of Arms and the Scottish equivalent the Lyon Office in Edinburgh. They kept records of all coats-of-arms as well as granting them.
This may be thought a dull interest but I assure you it is most interesting delving into local history and looking up these arms, but not all coats-of-arms are old and musty and I doubt whether you could find a more up-to-date institution to have a coat-of-arms than the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, whose coat-of-arms was granted in 1958.
If this subject appeals to you as it does to me, the assistant at the local public library' I am sure, will be most helpful and willing in recommending further books of reference.
R. J. CORK (3C).
As he walked along the road
he was thinking very carefully about what he must do. He had thought of it
often; the desire had come at odd times. Sometimes he woke up to find his hands
clenching and unclenching, hot and sweating, as they involuntarily mimed his
dream; or his palms itched and his fingers tightened on his rod as he was
fishing; or, when he was riding his bicycle, he found himself thinking of the
matter and felt his fingers clench on the grips. Whatever the reaction the image
was always the same, always clear and compelling.
He turned the corner and walked down the slope towards the grassy dunes close beside the ruined castle on the shore. He felt very hungry. There was a girl standing outside the cafe, young but pretty; she smiled at him as he went by, and as he passed he felt her turn and look after him. But thoughts of her soon left him as he leapt from rock to rock on the beach.
He stopped on the breakwater, balancing and feeling the power of the heady weightlessness of it. He leapt headlong onto the shingle, his mind alive with darting tongues of unconnected thought; he lay there and wept with the pain of it.
The sun was just going down and was staining everything a pale orange with light reflected from the bowl of the sky. The clouds were lining up in the east to cloak the moon as she rose from her sleep in slight tremors of silken light. The sea was huge and stretched forever, dark, deep, and secret, groaning and sighing with a great impassive strength. The birds were silent and flew hurriedly and low over the water and land sensing something not to be understood. In the town a dog howled miserably.
He lay on the shingle for nearly an hour, and then moved with a jerk. He got up and ran objectively down the beach at speed, but realizing he was making a noise he stopped and became a sinister shadow gliding along the banks of shingle thrown high by the sea. He made for a lantern swinging from the stern of a small boat drawn up just below the castle. The mist slowly moved in from the sea, and the wind grew in gusts, scorning the protection of his thin clothes and caressing his body with cold fingers as if he were naked. He crept toward the boat and snaked down behind it. He was leaning against the other side of the boat; the person he hated, despised, and feared; the person who had always despised him, bullied him, taken advantage of his slight build, and who had always beaten him in everything and who always succeeded. His smiling, arrogant, scornful face was in his mind when his fingers closed over the heavy piece of flint, carefully weighing it and settling it into the palm of the hand: it was that image that was in his mind as he rose silently up from behind the boat then raised the flint purposefully. . .
And then it was all over and he felt warm and sickly. He ran along the beach wiping the sticky sweat off his hands. He felt different and happy, happier than he had ever been for a long time. His hair was wild in the wind, his shirt was open. He turned up the road towards the town: everything was different now with him, he was changed and free: he knew that he was free and everyone would soon know that he was. As he went up the slope he slowed down and walked. His heart was beating like a frightened animal's and he was trembling. As he passed under the street lamp he became purple, and he noticed his hands were trembling. His fingers were stuck together and there were deep stains on them and on his trousers and shirt. He walked slowly on, not understanding himself now that he was changed. As he passed the cafe a young girl smiled sadly at him.
D. BRENNAN (L.6 A.).
A FIELD-DAY TO STUDY DUNGENESS AND ROMNEY MARSH
Romney Marsh really starts
at Hythe, and straightway we are involved in the mystery of this area, for Hythe
means 'haven' just as Lympne, three miles west of the town, is derived from the
Roman 'Portus Limanus'. The puzzle is that neither of these settlements now has
any semblance of a harbour, it being nearly an hour's walk from the coast to
Lympne. To discover what caused those and many other places in this region to be
stranded in this manner was the reason a school party went there on 5th May,
The first halt was called at the eastern end of the Dymchurch sea defence wall. This wall has been built along the line of the shingle bar which has pushed across the mouth of the bay to link Rye to Hythe. This in itself is a logical development of the coastline owing to the long-shore drift N.E. up the Channel. What is very difficult to explain is the growth of the great spit of Dungeness out into the sea for no apparent reason. At the time of the Roman conquest the shingle ridge had not entirely dammed the bay, but had left an inlet into which the River Rother probably flowed along the face of the cliff. On this sheltered stretch of water were founded Hythe and Lympne and the small port of West Hythe. The probable diversion of the Rother by the Romans and the encroachment of the shingle gradually reduced the haven, however, until in the sixteenth century Cambden reported that 'Hythe can hardly maintain the name (of port) against the heaps of sand which shut out the sea a great way.' Hythe was never so prosperous as the other cinque ports and seems always to have been ill-treated by the fates. Apart from the general silting-up taking place the town suffered greatly from French raids and in 1400 a fire destroyed the greater part of the town, whereupon the occupants were barely dissuaded from leaving altogether.
The Dymchurch wall on which the party stopped is essential for the protection of the Marsh. For this reason it has from the earliest times been reinforced in every way possible. As early as 1258 Henry de Bathe laid down the duties of the marshmen in this respect and two corporations were set up to administer the affairs of the 24,000 acres of marsh land with complete power even to appointing J.P.'s. Cambden waxed eloquent as to the splendid work of these bodies which 'are now become a pattern to all places in the whole realm.' The wall did not take its present form until the master-builder, Rennie, transformed it in 1804. It is from 15 to 20 feet high from the redoubt to within a mile of New Romney, and is built sloping down to the sea in stages so as to break the force of the waves before they reach the crest of the wall. An added protection are the groynes which hold the shingle in place.
The land behind the wall is very different from that which the ninth century writer Nennius saw there. His description, though perhaps a trifle fanciful, gives some idea of the maze of channels and islands it once was. 'The first named is Limen Marsh, for in it are 340 islands with men living on them. It is girt by 340 rocks and in every rock is an eagle's nest and 340 rivers flow into it; and there goes out of it but one river which is called the Limen (Rother).' Now the alluvial flats stretch for 15 miles, rich green grass supporting the highest concentration of sheep in the world; over 100,000 sheep on land that was, not a thousand years ago, a swamp.
After being shown in a very practical way how long the wall was, the party reboarded the bus and travelled to the tip of Dungeness. The scenery is astonishing. There is just shingle, miles of shingle, littered with dirty converted railway coaches. One of the questions which has always puzzled geographers is where all the flints have come from, and more important, where they are still coming from at the rate of 8 or 10 feet a year, and this with the water rapidly approaching the 60ft. mark. Quite why the shingle spit first began to work out to sea is not yet known for certain, although there are a multitude of theories, but even a cursory glance at the position of the lighthouse built in 1854 and now 50 yards from high water is conclusive proof of the great forces of nature at work.
The desolate nature of the point, completely bare of vegetation, though perhaps ideal for an atomic power station is not conducive to high spirits, and we were all glad when we returned inland to the rich green grass and the life of Romney Marsh.
W. R. HAMBIDGE (U.6 A.).
SKI-HOLIDAY AT SAMNAUN
Samnaun is a
remarkable place, six thousand feet up at the end of a valley against the far
eastern frontier of Switzerland. In fact, to reach the valley you go into
Austria and then come back beside the turbulent River Inn and then up a mountain
jeep track to arrive at Samnaun.
The valley is such an outlandish place that no tax-gatherers get there, and many of the good things of life can be bought for what they cost to produce. The place is, therefore, getting known and much visited, particularly at Easter when snow still lingers at this height.
The nursery slopes are first class and the instructors most tactfully encouraging. These chaps work the four months of summer on their pastures, and the eight months of winter on the ski-slopes. Their faces, therefore, take on the colour of fumed oak, with blue Nordic eyes as clear as their command of English is hazy. They became our very good friends.
Learning to ski is an interesting business. You dress in colourful costume and fasten your feet onto boards the shape of a banana but much more slippery. You then laboriously flap your way up a slope by a method rather like a penguin's progress. You turn round at any height ambition and courage dictate, and let her go. You may fall over after five yards: how easy it is to fall; how hard to rise again. You may with luck and skilled management savour the joys of acceleration with some ability to steer but not, alas, to stop. One does see silver medallists hurtle down slopes and whip around in a sudden flurry of snow crystals to a spectacular stop. One also sees legs and arms in plaster at every hotel in the place.
Our school party of twenty-four boys suffered no serious injuries and over half of the boys obtained bronze medals of the Swiss Ski School. All experienced the pleasures and annoyances of foreign travel; the inspiring wonder of Alpine scenery; the need for some command, however simple, of foreign languages if you want to get acquainted with those German girls from the hotel across the square.
New pleasures are tasted in new surroundings. One day you come in from the ski-slopes as warm, weary and thirsty as from an afternoon on a cricket-field in high summer, and next morning you wake to a white world with six inches of new snow fallen over-night. Above all, how nice it is to have omelettes and wine and no washing-up.
We are looking forward to a good response for our next trip which will be in the Christmas holidays of 1961-2 or Easter 1962.
K. H. RUFFELL.
AN EVENING'S ENTERTAINMENT
A very successful evening's
entertainment was enjoyed at the School on Friday, March 5th, under the auspices
of the Parents' Association. The event was organised in aid of the Trophies
Engraving Fund and was so well attended that the unfortunate lack of space in
the Hall, aggravated by the large floor area needed for the gymnastic display,
became all too obvious, and some late-comers found that they had to stand.
The proceedings were in two parts, divided by a most acceptable break for refreshments. The first part, which passed all too quickly, consisted of a display of physical education by the boys of the school and showed the true value of those gruelling P.T. lessons which we are expected to survive unscathed week by week. The second forms showed great enthusiasm in minor games and must have brought back memories to many members of the audience, boys and parents alike, of carefree periods in the gym. Then both Junior and Senior Gym. Clubs gained well deserved applause from the audience, who often appreciated from personal experience the agility of the performers, and sixth formers laid aside differences of Science and Arts to show us just how exhausting circuit training can be. Finally, several first formers made their debut with an impressively competent display of Morris Dancing.
Suitably refreshed and considerably augmented in numbers, visitors returned to the Hall after a short interval to watch that classic escape film "The Wooden Horse" which proved yet another illustration of the adage that 'fact is stranger than fiction,' and, in this case, more exciting.
M. O. WILLIAMS (U.6 A.).
F. J. FRIEND (U.6 A.).
THE CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Christmas comes when man most needs something to celebrate. The winter days get
shorter, darker, damper and drearier, as our forefathers who lived in the open
around Stonehenge were well aware. They feasted the end of the darker days and
the beginning of better times; and we who call ourselves Christians, we who have
divided history at the coming of Christ, revive anew each year some of the
colour and warmth that linger on from childhood. The mood can be a mainspring
for so much creative art, in carols and plays and other expressions of human
This year's Christmas concert was, in a way, a Christmas card to a departing Headmaster, so the first part consisted mainly of two scenes from Shakespearean plays performed at school during Mr. Booth's time. The Garden Scene from 'Twelfth Night' was very well staged and played with a mobility that brought out the humour. The Murder of Caesar offered an admirable contrast to the previous piece, was equally well staged and, while the conspirators could have been more conspiratorial, gave dramatic opportunities that were notably well taken by the boys playing Caesar and Anthony.
Part 2 of the concert was a seasonable dish of carols, sung by two choirs, between Bible readings by boys, a master and old boys. The second choir of youngsters made a splendid impression by their youthful vigour and disciplined good-will. Christmas certainly means much to the young in heart.
The concert ended with a showing of the school's silent, colour film of the Nativity, filmed during the term at a nearby farm, church and other locations. There is much to be said for a silent film that leaves the viewer more free to think his own thoughts; no-one stirred at the end, as though not wishing to break a silence that meant so much more than many words.
The hall was full on both nights and receipts exceeded eighty pounds. At a season when we recall that once there was no room at the inn, it is well to bear in mind that many today have no room they can call their own. Over fifty pounds were sent to the Mayor's fund for refugees.
This year Speech Day was held on Friday, 27th November. Since Mr. Booth was
about to retire after 23 years as Headmaster it was to be expected that this
should be in everybody's mind. Mr. David Bradley, Chairman of the Governors,
told us that Mr. Booth had all the qualities of a true sportsman, and this,
particularly during the stress of war and evacuation, had brought out the best
in everyone; he was retiring with the respect of boys, Old Boys and staff. He
also spoke of Mrs. Booth and what an ideal headmaster's wife she had been; both
had done splendid Christian work in Dover.
In his address, Mr. Booth mentioned how he had fondly imagined that his last year with the school might be a record one but in reality it had been a typical one. After referring to the general work of the school, he spoke particularly of the efforts of G. Kuti, a Hungarian refugee, who had reached Advanced Level in several subjects and had been awarded the Special Endeavour Prize. Mr. Booth said that one of the most important functions of a grammar school was to link science studies with the demands of modem technology and to bring boys into touch with the outside world. In concluding his report, he paid tribute to those who had helped him during his years with the school and emphasized the vital importance of the work done by the Parents' Association.
Professor A. V. Murray, late President of Cheshunt College, Cambridge, and Emeritus Professor of Education at Hull, presented the prizes and spoke of the value of spiritual wealth which could be shared with so many and which gave so much more enjoyment than mere material possessions.
After the votes of thanks to Professor Murray and the Chairman of the Governors, there were three cheers for Mr. Booth.
* * * * *
Prize Awards, 1958-59
|The Good Fellowship Prize (given by the Right Worshipful the Mayor of Dover).||I. Murton.|
|The Whitehouse Memorial (Scripture) Prize.||R Dearden.|
|The Cecil Cox Memorial Prize for Civic Responsibility (given by Major I. C. Austin).||R G. Booth.|
|The Robert Michael Brown Memorial Prize for R.A.F. Cadets.||I. G. Hopper.|
|The Old Boys' Cadet Prize.||W. P. Shepherd.|
|The Rookwood Prize for Dramatics.||R. F. Jarvest.|
|The School Magazine Prize (given by an Old Boy).||J. M. Davidson.|
|The Upper School Reading Prize.||R. G. Booth.|
|The Staff Prize.||J. F. Burkimsher.|
|The Headmaster's Prize.||C. J. Mackie.|
Sixth Form Prizes (Advanced Level)
|The Edward Ryeland Memorial (Physics) Prize.||R. H. D. Strank.|
|The Thomas Memorial (Chemistry) Prize.||D. A. Bevan.|
|The Clatworthy Senior Latin Prize.||C. C. Turner.|
|The Tunnell Senior History Prize.||R. G. Booth.|
|The Clout Prize for Music.||D. Stubbs.|
|The Pudney Prize for Economics (given by E. W. Pudney, Esq.)||J. E. Woodcock.|
|The Reynolds Prize for Geography (given by Mr. & Mrs. C. L. Reynolds).||J. Goodban.|
|The French Prize.||C. C. Turner.|
|The English Literature Prize.||D. J. Clipsham.|
|The Pure Mathematics Prize.||I. Murton.|
|The Applied Mathematics Prize.||R. H. D. Strank.|
|The Engineering Drawing Prize.||A. Loveard.|
|The Art Prize.||P. J. Chatfield.|
|The Special Endeavour Prize.||G. Kuti.|
|The Upper VI Arts Form Prizes.||G. J. Catt.|
|F. J. Friend.|
|The Lower VI Ants Form Prizes||W. Knowles|
|The Upper VI Science Form Prizes||D. A. Bevan|
|J. F. Marsh|
|W. P. Shepherd|
|The Lower VI Science Form Prizes||G. P. Ayres|
|R. G. Thorp|
|The Lower VI Economics Form Prize||D. R. Thompson|
Fifth Form Prizes (Ordinary Level)
|The Clatworthy Junior Latin Prize||S. R. D. Wilson|
|The Tunnel Junior History Prize||K. W. Hunt|
|The Sidney Fermor Memorial Prize for Chemistry (given by Mr. & Mrs. C. Fermor)||M. J. Hudsmith|
|The Roy Sutton Memorial Prize for English (given by Mr. & Mrs. N. Sutton)||D. J. B. Brennan|
|The Lewis Roben Kennedy Memorial Prize for Craft and Engineering (given by Mrs. R. C. Kennedy)||D. J. Rees|
|The Patrick Elworthy Memorial Prize for French (given by Mrs. & Mrs. H. A. Elworthy)||J. Duffy|
|The Frederick Ashman Memorial Prize for Mathematics (given by Mr. & Mrs. H. Ashman)||R. C. May|
|The An Prize (given by the Parents' Association)||C. W. Lewis|
|The English Literature Prize||P. Jeremy Burke|
|The Geography Prize||P. D. T. Muskett|
|The Physics Prize||S. R. D. Wilson|
|The General Science Prize||D. J. Godden|
|The Scripture Prize||S. D. Riley|
|The Geometrical Drawing Prize||R. Anning|
|The Remove Form Prize||T. F. Smith|
|The V A Form Prizes||R. Graves|
|J. R. Greer|
|H. G. Littlehales|
|The V B Form Prize||J. D. Gardner|
|The V T Form Prize||F. R. Johnson|
Middle School Prizes
|The Alan Paddock Memorial Prize (Middle School Good Fellowship, given by Col. A. Andrews)||J. A. Castle|
|The Special Endeavour Prize||D. C. Catt|
|The Middle School Reading Prize (given by the Parents' Association)||R. E. Armstrong|
|The Scripture Prize||E. Ryley|
|The English Prize||A. D. Walker|
|The Geography Prize||B. M. Beardsell|
|The History Prize||L. N. Cowling|
|The French Prize||J. T. Hannaford|
|The Latin Prize||C. F. Clements|
|The Mathematics Prize||K. E. Hopper|
|The Physics Prize||M. R. Nice|
|The Chemistry Prize||M. R. Nice|
|The Art Prize||D. Burkimsher|
|The Craft Prize||T. H. Manton|
|The IV A Form Prizes||J. A. Castle|
|C. F. Clements|
|A. J. Hutt|
|The IV B Form Prize||T. I. Goodfellow|
|The IV T Form Prize||P. F. Bostock|
|The III A Form Prizes||D. A. Burton|
|M. A. Player|
|The III B Form Prize||J. W. Thorpe|
|The III C Form Prize||M. A. Healy|
Lower School Prizes
|The Special Endeavour Prize (given by the Parents' Association)||A. J. Martin|
|The Lower School Reading Prize||E. J. Dane|
|The English Prize||J. Woolford|
|The Languages Prize||F. Conley|
|The Mathematics Prize||D. F. Johnson|
|The Science Prize||J. Newman|
|The Art & Craft Prize||R. T. Evans|
|The II A Form Prizes||F. Conley|
|D. E. Hopper|
|The II B Form Prize||P. W. Taylor|
|The II C Form Prize||A. S. Ellis|
|The II D Form Prize||C. J. Green|
|The I A Form Prizes||M. R. Delahaye|
|The I B Form Prize||R. W. Lister|
|The I C Form Prize||L. M. Huntley|
|P. C. White|
|D. A. Bevan||Royal Science Exhibition, Imperial College of Science.|
|R. H. D. Strank||Ministry of Education State Scholarship.|
|C. C. Turner||Ministry of Education State Scholarship.|
1958-59 Certificate List
General Certificate of Education-Advanced Level
|D. A. Bevan||F. J. Friend||A. Loveard||J. J. Pirt|
|R. G. Booth (*History)||J. Goodban||A. J. McCaig||F. A. Prue|
|W. D. Brady||K. A. Hamilton||C. R. McCarthy||D. E. Relf|
|J. F. Burkimsher||I. G. Hopper||C. J. Mackie||W. P. Shepherd|
|G. J. Catt||I. R. Hopper||R. C. Mansey (*Physics)||R. H. D. Strank (*Applied Maths. & Physics)|
|P. J. Chatfield||M. R. H. Horsfield||J. F. Marsh|
|R. G. Clark||R. F. Jarvest||M. W. A. Moore||M. N. Thacker|
|D. J . Clipsham (*Latin)||D. H. Johnson||M. Morris||D. J. Todhunter|
|R. Dearden||P. S. Johnson||I. Murton (*Physics)||C. C. Turner|
|G. C. Dobbs||G. Kuti||S. A. Osborn||A. J. Wellard|
|A. D. Fordham (*History)||L. A. Lock||E. R. Pepper||M. O. Williams|
|J. E. Woodcock|
General Certificate of Education-Ordinary Level
|B. P. Abate||P. J. Fouet||P. G. Johnson||D. J. W. Ross|
|A. C. Abrahams||D. Friend||J. E. M. Jones||J. D. Rowlands|
|A. R. Adams||A. C. F. Futcher||R. Z. Kitchen||A. Sencicle|
|R. Anning||B. A. Gammon||G. Kuti||L. J. Sewell|
|G. P. Ayres||J. D. Gardner||C. W. Lewis||A. T. J. Shepherd|
|G. C. Beardsell||H. D. Garrod||R. V. Lewry||B. W. F. Sheppard|
|P. G. Bell||J. D. Gerrard||H. G. Littlehales||J. A. J. Smith|
|S. D. Bell||K. Gill||A. Loveard||P. J. Smith|
|B. H. Bevan||P. J. Gillingham||C. R. McCarthy||T. F. Smith|
|W. F. Bloomfield||D. J. Godden||C. D. McDonald||R. H. Steer|
|M. Bott||D. R. Godden||J. A. Macfarlane||B. J. Stevens|
|D. J. B. Brennan||M. Graham||C. J. Mackie||M. J. Stocks|
|P. Jeremy Burke||M. O. Grant||M. McManus||C. B. C. Taylor|
|P. John Burke||C. Graves||R. C. May||N. A. Thacker|
|H. L. Butcher||R. Graves||P. F. Mercer||R. D. Thomas|
|E. J. T. Clark||J. R. Greer||P. J. Mitchinson||D. R. Thompson|
|R. G. Clark||M. H. Gubbins||N. L. Murr||R. G. Thorp|
|J. C. Coles||D. F. Hadley||P. D. T. Muskett||R. Z. Tutt|
|R. F. Constable||W. R. Hambidge||M. J. Oliver||J. P. Watts|
|G. E. Corby||M. S. Harrow||S. W. M. Padfield||M. S. Webb|
|J. D. Cox||W. J. Hayward||R. W. Page||D. R. Wellard|
|G. H. R. Granham||M. F. Hendy||P. J. Pennington||R. D. H. Wheeler|
|R. W. Dixon||M. J. Hopper||A. H. Pepper||O. White|
|G. C. Dobbs||B. Hotham||E. R. Pepper||C. Williams|
|J. Duffy||R. Howard||A. P. W. Periton||K. Williams|
|P. S. Dunn||M. J. Hudsmith||M. J. Pettet||S. R. D. Wilson|
|A. S. Eckhout||K. W. Hunt||P. Piddock||K. C. Woods|
|J. E. Fagg||J. T. Husk||T. R. Pitcairn||A. A. C. Woollaston|
|R. R. Fagg||W. K. Hutchison||D. J. Rees|
|M. F. M. Farrow||K. W. Jarvis||S. D. Riley|
|A. J. Forsyth||F. R. Johnson||P. G. Roberts|
House Challenge Shield—Priory House (House Master, Mr. F. L.
Kendall; House Captain, I. Murton).
Ebbw Vale Rugby Cup—Priory House and Park House (House Masters, Mr. F. L. Kendall and Mr. R. W. Murphy; House Captains, I. Murton and I. G. Hopper).
The Tunnel Memorial Sports Cup—I. G. Hopper.
Senior Championship Trophy—R. G. Booth.
Intermediate Championship Trophy—R. D. H. Wheeler.
Junior Championship Trophy—J. M. Davidson.
Putting the Weight—I. Murton.
The Bevan Cup for Single-handed Sailing (Inaugural Presentation)—C. J. Goldsmith and M. J. Hudsmith.
The Johnson Cup for Junior Helmsman (Inaugural Presentation)—C. W. Larkins.
1959-60 Certificate List
General Certificate of Education -Advanced Level
(Candidates passed in the subjects indicated)
|G. P. Ayres||Physics with Distinction, Pure Maths, Applied Maths, Chemistry.|
|D. E. Beer||Geography.|
|W. F. Bloomfield||Physics, Art.|
|M. Bott||History, Geography.|
|M. W. Bryan||English Literature, French, Latin.|
|P. J. Chatfield||Pure Maths, Physics.|
|R. F. Constable||Physics.|
|J. D. Cox||Physics with Distinction, Pure Maths, Applied Maths, Chemistry.|
|G. H. R. Cranham||Art with Distinction.|
|P. G. Croskerry||Physics, Zoology.|
|G. C. Dobbs||History.|
|A. D. Fordham||History, Geography.|
|F. J. Friend||French, History.|
|M. Graham||Economics, Economic History.|
|D. F. Hadley||Geography, Biology.|
|W. R. Hambidge||History, Geography.|
|K. A. Hamilton||History, Economics.|
|B. Hotham||Pure and Applied Maths, Physics.|
|J. T. Husk||Geography, Economics, Economic History.|
|K. W. Jarvis||History, Geography.|
|L. A. Lock||Physics, Chemistry.|
|R. A. Kitchen||Physics.|
|W. Knowles||English Literature, French, History, Latin.|
|C. W. Lewis||Art.|
|V. A. Lewis||Economics, History, Economic History.|
|C. R. McCarthy||Geography|
|C. D. McDonald||Physics, Engineering Drawing.|
|R. C. Mansey||Physics with Distinction, Pure Maths, Chemistry.|
|P. D. Parry||Physics.|
|A. P. W. Periton||Geography.|
|P. Piddock||Pure Maths, Physics.|
|J. D. Rowlands||Physics.|
|B. J. Stevens||Economics, Economic History.|
|D. Stubbs||English Literature, French, Latin, Music.|
|N. A. Thacker||Economics, Pure and Applied Maths, Economic History.|
|D. R. Thompson||Geography, Economics, Economic History.|
|R. G. Thorp||Physics with Distinction, Pure Maths, Applied Maths, Chemistry.|
|J. H. Whetton||Economics.|
|M. O. Williams||English Literature, French.|
As a result of the above, A. D. Fordham, K. A. Hamilton and R. C. Mansey were awarded State Scholarships.
General Certificate of Education-ordinary Level
|S. J. Allerton (3)||B. D. Gibbs (2)||B. F. McConnell (3)|
|B. M. Beardsell (7)||T. I. Goodfellow (4)||R. Medhurst (3)|
|J. R. Beer (3)||A. F. Gordon (3)||C. R. Mylchreest (3)|
|A. C. Bing (2)||R. Graham (4)||W. Nadin (4)|
|R. Binge (4)||C. W. Gregson (2)||M. R. Nice (7)|
|W. C. Bonnage (1)||M. R. Grigsby (6)||J. Pearson (3)|
|P. F. Bostock (4)||P. R. Grilli (3)||A. K. Perking (1)|
|A. D. Brown (3)||J. T. Hannaford (4)||D. N. Penet (7)|
|H. Bruton (3)||J. E. Hart (4)||J. W. Philpott (5)|
|D. Burkimsher (3)||D. M. Harvey (2)||D. K. Ramsay (3)|
|A. N. Bushell (4)||G. F. Henson (5)||M. S. Redman (4)|
|J. C. Cairns (4)||N. F. Hill (6)||P. E. Relf (7)|
|J. S. A. Callingham (1)||R. C. Hill (3)||E. Ryley (7)|
|B. D. Camfield (1)||D. B. Hills (3)||K. Shinfield (2)|
|J. A. Castle (7)||K. E. Hopper (7)||G. L. A. Smith (3)|
|C. F. Clements (8)||M. Houlton (7)||M. J. Smith (2)|
|D. Conyers (3)||I. A. Howell (2)||M. Stewart-Young (3)|
|J. M. Cooper (5)||A. J. Hun (8)||R. F. Summers (7)|
|N. J. Cooper (1)||L. T. Ingle (1)||A. D. Walker (6)|
|S. J. Cowans (4)||C. J. Jarvest (1)||A. F. Walton (5)|
|L. N. Cowling (7)||F. W. Jenkins (6)||E. F. Ward (5)|
|M. J. Dixon (5)||L. R. H. Kettle (2)||D. J. White (3)|
|M. Dudfield (3)||R. D. Kingsnorth (3)||R. P. Wilkinson (4)|
|R. C. Eade (2)||J. A. Kinnaird (1)||S. A. Willcocks (6)|
|D. H. Fairclough (2)||R. J. Langley (2)||A. S. Williams (1)|
|W. A. Finall (2)||P. J. Loader (2)||M. J. Woodruff (2)|
|S. C. Franks (4)||V. S. Lon (1)||J. H. Yates (4)|
|G. P. Alvey (1)||P. J. Gillingham (3)||D. J. Rees (1)|
|P. G. Bell (1)||D. F. Hadley (1)||S. D. Riley (1)|
|S. D. Bell (2)||M. J. Hopper (2)||P. G. Roberts (1)|
|M. Bon (1)||R. Howard (3)||D. J. W. Ross (2)|
|D. J. B. Brennan (1)||P. G. Johnson (1)||A.Sensicle (4)|
|P. John Burke (2)||J. E. M. Jones (2)||B W F Sheppard (1)|
|E. J. T. Clark (2)||L. H. Knight (2)||J. A. J. Smith (1)|
|P. S. Dunn (3)||R. V. Lewry (2)||C. B. C. Taylor (4)|
|A. S. Eekhout (2)||L. A. Lock (1)||D. R. Thompson (1)|
|R. R. Fagg (3)||J. A. Macfarlane (1)||R. D. Thomas (1)|
|J. D. Gardner (2)||N. L. Murr (2)||J. P. Watts (1)|
|J. D. Gerrard (4)||P. J. Pennington (1)||A. A. C. Wollaston (5)|
|K. Gill (4)||M. J. Penet (1)|
Soon after the start
of the Spring Term the new intake completed their theoretical examination, all
passing. All classes then went on to more advanced theoretical work until early
March when the Ordinary Naval Proficiency class took their examination, all
passing—Graham with 86%.
During the Easter holidays P/Os. Stubbs and Thorp attended a navigation course at H.M.S. Dryad, L/S Duffy and Cadet Beer attended an aviation course at H.M.S. Ariel and other members completed the painting of the section's boat under the supervision of L/S Hutchison.
The summer term has started well with a fairly constant large attendance which has enabled senior members to arrange classes easily for drill, boatwork—including sailing in school dinghies—semaphore, morse and rigging of sheerlegs.
On the 29th May, 18 members turned out for the Empire Youth Parade and gave a satisfactory account of themselves.
During June and July the section has joined in a number of Combined Parades in preparation for the Annual Inspection on the 15th July, when the Mayor, Alderman Mrs. D. Bushell, will inspect the C.C.F. After this all uniforms will be returned to the Admiralty in exchange for a new issue, which combined with the new intake from the Basic Section, will see a neater and larger R.N. Section next term.
P. J. CHATFIELD (P/O.).
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Since the last notes were published, the Proficiency Class has completed
training under the revised syllabus and is now awaiting examination. New
entrants will be interested to note that the syllabus has again been amended to
include more R.A.F. subjects and now all cadets
will be tested in Drill, Weapon Training, Navigation and either Meteorology or
Principles of Flight.
In the Advanced Examination in March all four cadets passed with credit, an outstanding achievement.
On Open Evening the Section put on a display, the highlight of which was a large model aerodrome built by N.C.O.'s and Senior Cadets.
26, out of a strength of 29, attended Annual Training at R.A.F. Bassingboume. In addition to a full programme of lectures and demonstrations on the work of an R.A.F. Station, cadets were flown in Ansons and Chipmunks, the average flying time being nearly two hours per cadet. In addition, three cadets were given flights in Canberra jet bombers.
Cpl. Wilson, Cpl. Smith and Cdt. Rees attended a gliding course at East Dereham in Norfolk and all gained "B" certificates.
Following a course in Aircraft Recognition, a competition was won by Cdt. Hill, with Sgt. Bloomfield second. In the National Competition for Cadet Forces, our team put up a creditable performance, the most encouraging aspect being the high marks gained by younger members.
The turnout for Empire Youth Sunday was not a credit to the Section.
The outstanding successes of the year have been gained by F/S. Jarvis. During the Easter Holidays he began training at Rochester Aero Club on a Flying Scholarship and has now been awarded a Civil Pilot Certificate. In addition, he has been selected against very keen competition for a Reciprocal Visit to the D.S.A., and we look forward to his account of the trip.
We wish him Good Luck when he enters Cranwell in the Autumn, and our good wishes also are extended to Cdt. Harrow who began training for flying duties in the Fleet Air Arm in May. (Incidentally, C. Wilson has just paid us a visit, so that he could show us with pride his pilot's brevet in the F.A.A.).
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Nineteen cadets have completed their Basic Training and passed the Basic Test, and next term will go into the R.N. or R.A.F. Sections. While we congratulate these cadets, it is a matter of regret that just as many joined the Section last September but have failed to stay the course. Next year, cadets will be required to sign an undertaking to remain effective members until the end of the year.
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At the end of the summer term the whole contingent was inspected by the Mayor,
and on the same occasion Jarvis gave a display of aerobatics in a Tiger Moth
aircraft, a feat unique in the history of the School and one which we hope
others will be able to follow.
Hutchison and Lewis represented the School at a parade at Buckingham Palace on the occasion of the centenary of the cadet forces.
C.C.F. Rifle Team
The rifle team was formed from the three sections of the C.C.F. in the autumn term so that we could enter the Country Life Schools Rifle Shooting Competition. It consisted of two classes: 'A' class using match sights, and 'B' class using sights as issued. The school team entered 'B' class with 49 other teams, and came 43rd with the following scores:
This result was not particularly outstanding but it was only the team's first competition. Nevertheless, those in the team who felt they could have done better can derive some comfort from the fact that Dover College—whose range we used—came 31st.
P. J. CHATFIELD (P/O.).
Six meetings were held in the spring term at none of which the attendance was
higher than 14 members; however, there was not the lack of enthusiasm among
those present that the committee had regretted at the end of the autumn term.
The term opened with a talk by Mr. Nice on mythology which, since it took a somewhat extreme attitude towards religion, provoked an interesting discussion. Later in the term a debate on the motion that, Britain should ban the hydrogen bomb as an example to other nations' had a similar success, but it was found impossible for the last meeting of the term to form even a ministry for a parliamentary debate and we had to fall back on a discussion on the boycott of South African goods which was led by Mr. Friend.
For the rest of the term we had to rely on those members who could be cajoled into giving talks; Mr. Stubbs was interesting on "Trends in Modern Music" while Mr. Clipsham introduced Ibsen's 'An Enemy of the People' for a play-reading. A film on the United Nations' building completed the term's programme.
W. KNOWLES (U.6 A.).
During the past year more than 500 new books have been placed in the library,
and now make up an easily visible proportion of the books on the shelves. A
considerable number of books have been rebound, but it has been necessary to
discard about 300 of the more tattered volumes. Work continues on the new author
card index, and the long and tedious task of reclassification according to
In July, the annual stock check took place, and unfortunately, as usual, a large number of books was missing. The school must develop a greater sense of responsibility towards the library.
Once again we must thank the library assistants who throughout the year have done so much to ensure the smooth functioning of the Library.
M. F. HENDY (L.6 A.).
The first meeting of the year was held solely to elect officers. Then, during
the autumn term, Caroll gave an illustrated talk on 'Humorous Cards', Conley
spoke on 'Hougham Church' and Woods
lectured on 'Ants.' Two films were shown; the first, called "Bars of Silver"
was concerned with fishing and marketing, while the second, 'Twilight Forest',
was about the timber industry in Africa. The last meeting of the term was
devoted to Christmas items and included a play presented by 2A and a mock trial.
During the spring term three lectures were given; by Edwards on 'Slaughtering', by Lister on 'The Isle of Man' and by Chaplin on 'Languages'. Next we held two debates: 'That Modern Youth is Spoilt' and 'That This is the Best Historical Age in which to Live'. The final meeting of the year had the title 'Take Your Pick'.
Meetings will begin again in the autumn term, and all first, second and third year boys will be welcome.
F. CONLEY (3A).
This year's programme was designed to give opportunity for the individual to
express his personal opinions in the discussions. The theme of the year's
meetings was "Church Unity" and we were fortunate in having a number of speakers
who possessed personal knowledge of the various branches of the Christian
Church. The movement also put on a successful display for Open Evening, and a
party went to the Sixth Form Conference at Harvey Grammar School.
10th Feb. "Church Unity" by Mr. Payne.
18th Feb. Film "Like Paradise" showing plight of refugees in Hong Kong.
24th Feb. "Congregational Church" by Mr. Whetton.
9th Mar. "The Anglican Church" by Messrs. Greer and Knowles.
17th Mar. Sixth Form Conference at Harvey Grammar School.
23rd Mar. "The Society of Friends" by Mr. King.
1st April. Open Evening.
17th May "The Teenager in the Modem World" by Reverend C. Elliott.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Hinton for the use of his study on two occasions, 23rd March and 17th May. Also we should like to thank Mr. Whetton for his invaluable assistance as Treasurer and it is through his efforts that a contribution was sent to the S.C.M. Headquarters in London. Generally, the Meetings were well attended, although there is still room for improvement here and we should like to extend a welcome to all fifth and sixth formers to attend our meetings.
W. KNOWLES (U.6 A.).
After the Christmas Concert, when the Choir sang two Morley pieces and a
selection of eight carols, not only was there a big change round in the choir
itself but the choir was joined by many 'lay' members of the School so that we
had 210 to sing the Passion Music from the Messiah and the Hallelujah Chorus.
The junior choir, which had sung four carols at the Christmas Concert, now sang
the recitatives and arias. They repeated these at a Sunday evening recital at
the Town Hall and the senior choir also gave five Easter carols.
At present we are learning an interesting group of part songs for future use and soon we shall be preparing for the Carol Service at St. Mary's Church.
The whole choir is in the cast of 'Trial by Jury', which is to be produced at Christmas and already excitement is growing. Unfortunately, next term we shall be without several senior members who have supported the choir since the first form; Bryan, Hotham, Piddock, Sheppard and Stubbs have come to be regarded as permanent members.
W. KNOWLES (U.6 A.).
The highlight of our year was certainly the performance of much of Part 2 of
the 'Messiah' and the 'Halleluyah Chorus', when we accompanied four of the
choruses, leaving P. Relf, our pianist, to accompany the arias and recitatives.
The orchestra showed its strength against the gargantuan choir for, though its
size is a constant source of anxiety, it continues to grow and we now have a
wind section of three. However, we are losing two of our 'cellists and we all
have to wait for reinforcement until the members of the junior orchestra are
ready to Join us.
Our next concert is to be at the end of the summer term at the Parents' Association's American Supper, when it is intended that we shall play a Mozart Church Sonata, one of Dvorak's Slavonic Dances and that old standby, the Handel Minuet from 'Samson'.
W. KNOWLES (U.6 A.).
Meetings during the second
half of the autumn term and the spring term once again covered a varied range of
subjects and were well supported. Our assistant, M. Mede, gave an interesting
introduction of Edmond Rostand's poetic drama 'Cyrano de Bergerac' and
outstanding scenes were read by members. At the next meeting, Mr. Best gave a
most interesting survey of French Organ Music, which he illustrated by playing
pieces by composers from the 16th century to the 20th century. This was highly
appreciated. At another meeting, a talk on Cezanne and the French Impressionists
was given by Mr. Marriott. Reproductions of paintings were projected on the
epidiascope and an interesting discussion ensued.
We were also privileged to have visits from Madame Matley, who spoke on the work of the modern French dramatist, Jean Giraudoux, and, on her second visit, on Jean-Paul Sartre and his influence on post-war France. Madame Matley's visits are arranged through the Lecture Department of the French Embassy, to whom we are always most grateful.
In contrast to the prevailing literary and artistic nature of these subjects, we finally had an admirable lecture on the Development of French Aviation, given by K. W. Jarvis of Upper 6 Arts, who showed a most detailed knowledge of his subject and gave us a very interesting evening. Such contributions by members of the activities of the Cercle are always welcomed and we hope to have more such efforts in the coming year.
F. J. FRIEND (U.6 A.).
Throughout the autumn and spring terms the club held meetings on Monday nights in the Library. Early meetings were well attended by all years of the school but as usual numbers dwindled and the lower school, as in previous years, formed the hard core of the regular members. A large entry, well over forty, was received for the annual chess competition.
N. TRACKER (U.6 Se.).
A Middle School Literary
and Debating Society has been formed and the first meeting will be held on the
first Thursday in October.
The Cine Club, open to senior boys, has just started. We hope, by this time next year, to have produced the first School film. We are indebted to the Parents' Association for the gift of our camera.
The History Society was formed to encourage an interest in history throughout the sixth form though it is only to be expected that Sixth Modern will make up the bulk of the membership. Meetings are to be on 6th October, 3rd November and 1st December, when papers will be read by members. It is hoped that later we shall, also be able to invite outside speakers. At a general meeting at the end of the summer term Mr. Knowles was elected chairman and Mr. Greer secretary.
There will also be a Geographical Society and a General Knowledge Club.
The season has been one of mixed weather and fairly satisfactory results.
There are now fifty-seven dinghies 'on the books' at the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club, and in most classes starts of seven or eight dinghies have been common most week-ends.
In the Handicap Class, in which all boats compete—the faster boats having a 'Time on Time' Handicap—boys from the School have gained six firsts and five seconds, and in the class racing where dinghies only compete against boats of their own type we have had eight firsts and two seconds. There have been two Allcomers Handicap Races in which twenty-five boats competed, and we won one of these and came second in the other.
In the R.C.P.Y.C. 'Under 19' Championship School helmsmen are first, second and third. Our record in Team Racing is not outstanding.
When we provided the team for the R.C.P.Y.. against Herne Bay Cadets we were beaten boat for boat, but one of the Herne Bay helmsmen committed a minor offence in not permitting one of our team to sail past without altering course although it had the right of way. On protest the Herne Bay boat was disqualified, giving the R.C.P.Y.C. (and the School) the winning points. Although 'protesting' is the correct procedure it is not a very satisfactory way of winning races.
We had one fixture of our own against Dover College and won this in the approved manner of finishing before our opponents. Two races were sailed, and although we had a slight deficit at the end of the first race (excuse—a broken rudder before the start), we won the second by a fair margin to scrape home with a victory of 38½ to 37½ on aggregate for the two races.
Two other races in which we provided some of the Home Team were those against Maidstone at Mote Park in which we won in Moths and lost in Herons and Enterprise, giving an overall loss; and at Folkestone at Home and Away where we won in both cases.
I suppose the best Team Race of the season was against Maidstone at Dover, where we were out for revenge. It was blowing a hard easterly of Force 5 or 6, and there were 3 Moths, 3 Herons and 3 Enterprises in each of the teams. The Herons started first, but by the first buoy two had retired, one had broken a mast and three had capsized. In the Enterprise all three of the visitors capsized and all three of the Home team finished. In the Moths four retired after capsizing numerous times, and the two that did finish had capsized a total of seventeen times between them! In the afternoon only eight of the eighteen starters finished and Dover won the match 121½ Points to 78.
The regatta was sailed in good weather for the first time in six years, and boys from the School Club came second, second and third in the Fleetwinds, Moths and Herons respectively on the Saturday, and second, second, and first on the Sunday, this last giving us the 'pot'. Mr. Large's 'Seagoon' came third and first to win the Enterprise cups for both the aggregate of the two days and the Challenge Cup for the Sunday race.
This season for the first time in the history of the Club we shall shortly have three first year helmsmen, and I'm glad that I shall not have to race against them in a few years' time since their theoretical knowledge is embarrassingly good.
The School dinghies are all getting a bit old now, and as breakages become more and more frequent we shall have to cut down on the amount of sailing done in heavy weather. It might be said here that the two boats built at the school are recognised as the fastest Herons in Dover, but they have none of the show-boat sheen on them now.
The final of the 'Lock Trophy' race, having been postponed three times due to heavy weather, will, if not decided this term, be sailed in the Autumn. The Johnson Cup for First Year Helmsmen is also awarded for this race.
The single handed races for the Bevan Cup will also be sailed in September after this has gone to print.
W. K. HUTCHISON, Sailing Captain.
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From the Workshop
'Hutch' has covered the
season pretty well. I join with him in congratulating the First Year boys who
have, for the first time, shown us that no one is too young to learn to sail. K.
Belfield particularly has shown remarkable aptitude and enthusiasm, not only in
sailing but also in his help with boat maintenance, whilst Messrs. Hemmings and
Rebbeck (also helmsmen now) have shown equal persistence in taking their sailing
It is thanks largely to the work of the sailing Captain and Instructing Helmsmen that these boys have learned so fast, and we are grateful to them for their winter training and the time they spend on the beach.
True, the dinghies are getting a bit frail, but they still win! Repairs this season have been heavy, but in most cases are the result of legitimate hard usage, and not the result of negligence. Generally Boat Minders and Helmsmen are able to make repairs themselves, but even the materials for new masts, broken rudders, centre plates and tillers are expensive, whilst the demands on Workshops' very limited time are sometimes excessive and as the Sailing Captain says, we shall have to recognise that the dinghies will no longer 'take it' in heavy weather.
There seems to have been less time for building new boats this year. W. K. Hutchison has finished planking the Moth dinghy which was started last year, and hopes to finish the boat in the holidays. J. Hood has made a very good job of the hull of a sixteen foot plywood canoe, and that, too, should be at a stage where it can be taken home before the holidays end. J. Aylen has waited patiently to get on with his canvas covered canoe, but Hood has occupied the stocks so long that there is not much hope that he will be afloat this season.
Next season, with two extra work benches in the Woodwork Shop, it is feared that the boatbuilding programme will have to be somewhat curtailed, since there simply will not be space for more than one dinghy at a time. Already we have requests from four would-be builders, and it seems that we shall have to evolve some system of mutual help so that the part-completed hulls are not on the stocks too long.
The Sailing Season usually finishes in October, and often the Autumn provides the best weather. It is hoped that we shall welcome a few new members from the first forms in September so that there is plenty of competition for the Johnson Cup in 1961.
E. C. LARGE.
The 1959 1st XI will not be
remembered as a great side but they made reasonable use of the talent available
and managed to win more matches than they lost.
They began the season badly and took a long time to settle down. When the team had taken final shape it won four of its last six matches, losing a finely contested, even game with St. Edmund's and the annual charity match with the Old Boys.
Prue captained the side with enthusiasm and did much to hold the team together. Colours were awarded to him and to Graham, the vice-captain; and they were re-awarded to Hudsmith, the outstanding player of the team. He will be here next year with a fair number of the present side, including some who have made a notable advance this year.
|10th Oct.||Junior Leaders||Away||Won||4-2|
|12th Nov.||St. Edmund's||Away||Lost||2-1|
|28th Nov.||Simon Langton||Away||Won||5-1|
|12th Dec.||Old Boys'||Home||Lost||8-4|
|14th Nov.||Simon Langton||Home||Cancelled.|
|Played 11;||Won 6;||Lost 5;||Goals For 31;||Goals Against 34.|
The following have played: Prue, Graham, Thacker, Hudsmith, Padfield, Rees,
Hodgkinson, Shinfield, Fagg, Futcher, Fordham, Williams, LudIam, and Lewry.
* * * * *
The Second Eleven had a
most successful season: of nine matches played, six were won, two drawn and one
Well led by Clark, the team generally played with the utmost dash and enthusiasm. In defence, Duffy was a tower of strength. At centre-forward, Fagg netted consistently until he was claimed for duty with the First XI. His replacement, Nadin, certainly did not let the side down, scoring some brilliant goals, particularly in the game against St. Edmund's. Futcher and Stevens are also worthy of special mention for their efforts.
While the relative success of the team must be attributed primarily to football ability, dogged determination, so often lacking, was no mean contributing factor.
|19th Sept||Borden Grammar School||Away||Drew||3-3|
|26th Sept.||Harvey Grammar School||Home||Won||7-2|
|7th Oct.||Junior Leaders' XI||Home||Won||6-2|
|10th Oct.||Royal Marines 1st XI||Home||Won||4-2|
|17th Oct.||Faversham Grammar School||Home||Won||9-2|
|24th Oct.||Harvey Grammar School||Away||Drew||3-3|
|12th Nov.||St. Edmund's School||Home||Won||8-1|
|14th Nov.||Simon Langton Grammar||Cancelled|
|21st Nov.||Royal Marines 1st XI||Away||Lost||2-6|
|28th Nov.||Simon Langton Grammar||Away||Won||10-1|
* * * * *
Under 15 XI
After the successes of last
season, this team's record is dismal. The only match won was against a reserve
Under 15 side from Ashford, although in their defence it must be admitted that
the St. Edmund's side was a year older and the Royal Marines much older still.
The team was never settled but relied on a stalwart nucleus of Jones, Beer, Packman, Gittins, Brown and Clements, whose efforts deserved better support. Jones in particular was a tireless worker, attacking and rallying the defence with equal zest.
The team was chosen from: Pratt, Smith, Willis, Hart, Brown, Eade, Russell, Briggs, Gittins, Beer, Packman, Clements, Warriner, Thorpe, Bishop and Horth.
|Royal Marines Deal||Home||Lost||1-8|
The school again carried
off the trophy, the experience of Hodgkinson and Woodruff, two of last year's
victorious team, proving most valuable.
Our early rounds were not always as easy as the scores suggest. Many of the goals came towards the end of the games.
In the final, our opponents looked the better side in all departments except in goal and at inside forward. This proved to be the deciding factor.
|1st Round||Archer's Court||Won||5-0|
* * * * *
This team was well led and organised by Shinfield and Revell. Many goals came from the skilful play of Dunt in the centre, and the foraging and opportunism of Nash at inside-right. There was also some good play behind, with Clarke always in the game, but on the whole the defence was too adventurous; in the early games strong opponents exploited the gaps.
|Played 7;||Won 4;||Lost 3;||Goals For 37;||Goals Against 23.|
Players: Walker, Aylen, Willis, Borley, Millar, Clarke, Revell, Shinfield, Raines, Gubbins, Nash, Dunt, Glanville, Briggs, Bradley, Dyer, Pique, Galley.
* * * * *
Under 12 XI
The following boys played during the season: M. Campbell, K. Knight, D. Larkins, R. Petts, P. Jones, I. Leiper, E. Anderson, A. Shirley, M. Gilbert, G. Heard, C. Sutton, J. Cackett, G. Best, R. Sollis.
Judged by results this was
not a very successful season but, apart from the match against Thanet Wanderers
when a much depleted team had to be fielded, all the matches were very keenly
contested. Territorially the team had the better of most matches, but lack of
experience often prevented a scoring movement from being developed.
An almost new team had to be built up as no Colours were left from the previous year, but they settled down well.
In the tight scrums, although Lewis gained a fair share of the ball, the forwards did not maintain the push of which they were capable. In the loose Duffy set an excellent example, always being up with the play and tackling well, but the majority of the pack were rather slow into the loose mauls and in backing up. Whetton and Hunt jumped well in the line-out, while Lewis covered the front of the line efficiently.
Potentially there was a fast and capable back division but they did not get many opportunities to act as a line. Prue, at scrum-half, was somewhat hampered by a slow heel from the pack, but he had a tendency to kick when it would have been more advantageous to get the ball out to his three-quarters. As it was, they had to rely mainly on individual efforts in which, at various times, they all showed their ability. Their defence improved considerably as the season progressed.
At full-back Rees at times appeared a little casual, and some of his forays upfield ran into difficulties, but in defence he tackled well and generally inspired confidence in the rest of the team.
The place kicking was rather variable, some easy kicks being missed and difficult ones being converted, and it was left to the last match for Hodgkinson of the Under 16 to show how kicks should be taken.
On the whole the team went a long way to overcoming their inevitable inexperience by sheer enthusiasm and, in this, they were set a good example by the captain, Prue, who handled the team well.
Teams were selected from: Prue (Capt.), Bloomfield (Vice-Capt.), Ayres, Duffy, Fordham, Graham, Hodgkinson, Hudsmith, Hunt, Lewis, Loveard, McDonald, Birt, Rees, Stevens, Thomas, Whetton, Williams and Wilson.
Colours were awarded to: Prue, Bloomfield, Ayres, Duffy, Hudsmith, Rees and Williams.
|Royal Marine Boys||Won||0-9|
|Junior Leaders' Regt.||Lost||3-13|
|Thanet Wanderers "A"||Lost||37- 3|
|King's Under 16||Lost||6-12|
|Royal Marine Boys||Won||5-3|
|Canterbury Extra "A"||Lost||11-0|
|Played 8;||Won 3;||Lost 5.|
* * * * *
Under 16 XV
The Under 16 XV had a first
class season. All nine matches were won and in several cases victory was
achieved by a convincing margin. The team's advantages were a fast and energetic
pack in which Hodgkinson, Grigsby and Johnson were always evident, and a fast
moving three-quarter line. Woodruff at stand-off made some fine runs and was
very adept at making the break down the centre. The team as a whole were well
led by Alvey from his position at hooker. The highest points scorer was
Hodgkinson, whose place kicking deserves special mention. Some of his kicks from
the touch line were magnificent.
Team: Shinfield, Nadin, Hutt, Castle, Glanville, Woodruff, Fairclough, Dunn, Johnson, Dixon, Boys, Smith, Grigsby, Alvey (Capt.), Hodgkinson, Kinnaird.
|Royal Marine Boys, Deal||Home||Won||47-0|
|Deal Secondary School||Home||Won||21-8|
|Dane Court Technical School||Away||Won||9-3|
|King's School, Canterbury||Away||Won||11-3|
|Royal Marines Boys, Deal||Away||Won||45-0|
|Junior Leaders' Regt., R.E.||Away||Won||17-6|
|Dane Court Technical School||Home||Won||13-3|
|Junior Leaders' Regt., R.E.||Home||Won||23-0|
|Deal Secondary School||Away||Won||13-8|
* * * * *
Under 15 XV
Although enthusiastic, this
team was handicapped by inexperience and lack of knowledge of the game. With so
few opportunities for practice, the players acquitted themselves as well as
could be expected but were just unable to prevent the more determined of their
opponents from scoring.
The team was chosen from: Allerton, Beer, Blunt, Borley, Bradley, Davidson, Dunt, Bade, Godfrey, Graham, Hannaford, A. Jones, P. Jones, Kettle (Capt.), Larkins, Loader, Pique, Pratt, Smith and Towell. One heartening fact is that five of the players were under fourteen and should form a useful backbone for next year's team.
|Walmer Secondary School||Away||Won||11-10|
CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING
The School cross-country
team this year had a poor season. We were unsuccessful in both our matches, on
the 24th February coming 9th out of 10 schools (although Hutchison was 5th and
Constable 17th out of 80 runners) and on 9th March losing to Dover College 51-31
(Hutchison and Constable equal second).
On the 27th February we sent two runners to the Kent Schools Championships, and Hutchison was 15th in the Intermediate division and Constable 17th in the Senior division.
Hutchison was awarded school colours.
The 1st XI this year has
been reasonably successful. Under Thacker's captaincy there has been unusual
enthusiasm for practice in the nets, and a proper desire to win on the field.
This was Thacker's fourth year in the team, and we shall long remember his
bowling action, which has been a model of its kind.
Parry came to the school for one year and brought maturity and dependability to an otherwise fragile batting order. He is in every respect an adult cricketer.
Even an adult cricketer is helpless on bad wickets, and everyone should co-operate to improve all the wickets used in this school. Our reputation throughout the district is abysmal in this matter.
Fielding has been quite good, with Fordham, Woodruff and Dunn outstanding. No game could be silent or dull while Dunn is fielding.
There has been much good humour amongst the team who have represented the School honourably.
A last word must be written about Redman, the scorer, who has given his services for the third successive year, a record greatly appreciated.
Full colours have been re-awarded to Thacker, and newly awarded to Fordham, Lewry, Parry and Woodruff. Representative colours are awarded to Cox, Dunn, Graham, Nadin, Howard and Rees.
|Home||School 116 for 9 dec.||v.||Simon Langton 48 for 10|
|(Parry 49)||(Thacker 5 for 11)|
|Home||School 82 for 9 dec.||v.||Faversham G.S. 83 for 9|
|(Dunn 5 for 25)|
|Home||School 85||v.||Duke of York's 58|
|Home||School 123 for 8 dec.||v.||Brittanic House 124 for 4|
|Away||School 81||v.||King's 2nd 83 for 7|
|(Parry 5 for 40)|
|Home||School 91 for 6||v.||Manwood's 113 for 7 dec.|
|(Woodruff 33)||(Parry 4 for 46)|
|Home||School 103||v.||Ashford G.S. 104 for 1|
|Away||School 109 for 5||v.||Harvey G.S. 108 for 6 dec.|
|(Lewry 37 not out)||(Graham 4 for 35)|
|Home||School 65 for 3||v.||Parents 64|
|Away||School 67 for 8||v.||Duke of York's 105 for 8 dec.|
* * * * *
Although we had every
reason to expect to improve our position, the scratching of the last
two matches left the team with a very average record.
All the games were enjoyable and at least four particularly exciting in the final stages. The Duke of York's were beaten by one run, their last four wickets falling for seven runs (D. Beer's last two overs accounting for three of the wickets). King's, Canterbury 3rd XI won in the last over after a scramble to make the necessary 100 runs. Harvey G.S's. last wicket held out for more than half an hour, incidentally increasing the score from 40 to 57 though that was of secondary importance. Although morally beaten, Faversham held out obstinately and pulled off a draw.
The batting was never very confident and was only redeemed by the success of one or two different individuals in each game. Wilson, who led the side well and established good relations with his team and opponents, was rarely in a position to make a declaration before tea. The best performance was on the good wicket at King's when Macfarlaine carried his bat for 33 while May and J. Beer scored 24 and 25 respectively.
Bing proved the most useful bowler and had one or two very successful days, but Bell also came off well at the end of the season with a notable 6 for 18 against Harvey G.S. D. Beer and Cairns each claimed one good performance but both were often erratic and expensive in byes when they were difficult to score off.
The fielding was less agile than we expect and included a balanced mixture of inexplicable lapses and spectacular catches.
|Lost||School 71||v.||Simon Langton 113|
|Drawn||School 72||v.||Faversham 49 for 9|
|Postponed||School||v.||Junior Leaders' Regt.|
|Won||School 108 for 8 (dec.)||v.||Duke of York's 107|
|Lost||School 101 for 6 (dec.)||v.||King's 3rd 102 for 7|
|Lost||School 60||v.||Manwood's 61 for 6|
|Won||School 64||v.||Ashford 54|
|Won||School 79||v.||Harvey G.S. 57|
|Cancelled||School||v.||Junior Leaders' Regt.|
|Cancelled||School||v.||Duke of York's|
Under 15 XI
The under 15 XI had a
moderately successful season. One match was won, one drawn and two lost. The
bowling, although steady, was not usually hostile enough to dismiss our
opponents cheaply, while the batting, with the exception of Brown, Blunt and
Lemar, was never very reliable. However, the fielding was always keen and the
team showed a good spirit throughout. It was gratifying to be able to conclude
the season with a win.
Revell was the most reliable medium fast bowler and when Blunt develops a more consistent length he should become a quite effective spin bowler. The best bat was undoubtedly Brown. His highest score was 53 and, in addition to his batting, he was a useful change bowler. He captained the side very efficiently. Lemar developed into a reliable opening bat and Blunt also batted well, including a particularly good innings of 34 against Sir Roger Manwood's. Warriner improved as wicket-keeper as the season progressed. We were grateful to Russell for his help as scorer.
The team included the following regular players: A. Brown (Capt.), B. Blunt, J. Lemar, D. Packman, K. Haynes, D. Humble, S. Pratt, M. Warriner, D. Hopper, A. Revell, H. Galley, R. Gubbins.
|Lost||School 86||v.||Duke of York's 87 for 7|
|Drawn||School 70 for 5||v.||Sir Roger Manwood's 116 for 9 dec.|
|Lost||School 24||v.||Harvey G.S. 65|
|Won||School 121||v.||Duke of York's 27|
* * * * *
Under 14 XI
7th May, 1960, was a
red-letter day in the recent annals of the Under 14 XI-they won a match! After a
blank season last year this was indeed an event.
The victory was not achieved without the usual nerve-racking crises. With Simon Langton dismissed for 50, mainly thanks to Dyer (5-11) and Bradley (4-12), and the School score at 41-2, all seemed set fair. However, the score soon became 45-6 and it appeared that the match was going the usual way of Under 14 matches, until Dyer made contact with a couple of swings and the game was won amongst much cheering.
Heartened by this success, the team next visited Faversham where, having scored 87, they were unable to dismiss the opponents, in spite of one of several spectacular catches made by Leverington during the season. The Faversham last man survived three overs, leaving the score at 58 for 9.
Against the Duke of York's, the School had 7 wickets down for 19 but Briggs and the tail-enders managed to increase this to 45. It was touch and go throughout the Duke of York's innings until, with 3 runs needed for victory, their last man holed out to Bradley, leaving the School victors by 2 runs.
The one convincing victory of the season was against Sir Roger Manwood's. Thanks to an innings of 50 not out by Wellard, the School scored 112 for 8 dec. and then dismissed Manwood's for 56, Borley taking 5 for 9.
It was back to the usual form against Ashford who scored 43. The School score went from 31 for 4 to 34 for 9 and then, in a thrilling last wicket stand, Boys, with the help of Dry, connected with sufficient balls to hit the winning run.
The team suffered their first defeat of the season against Harvey in what turned out to be the last match, the Duke of York's having to cancel the remaining fixture. Harvey scored 65 and the School could only manage 44 in reply.
Bradley made a very good captain, being enthusiastic and setting a good example, whilst the team was complimented on several occasions on its fielding and catching. They were well supported by the "permanent officials" Kayas 12th man and Marshall as scorer, who carried out their duties efficiently and cheerfully.
On the whole the team can retire to their pop bottles and tennis balls on the county ground well satisfied with the season, while B.W.D. retires to count the additional grey hairs produced by another year with the Under 14 XI.
Teams were selected from: Bradley (Capt.), Boys, Borley, Briggs, Dry, Dyer, Gobb, Glanville, Jewkes, Leverington, Pique and Wellard.
|Played 6;||Won 4;||Drawn 1;||Lost 1.|
* * * * *
Under 12½ XI
When the trials were held
at the nets it was soon seen who the members of the team would be. Considerable
enthusiasm was shown and two good batsmen emerged, Palmer and Dyer. Heard,
Mitchell and Morgan formed a good attack.
The team was chosen from the following: Heard (Capt.), Palmer, R Jones, Harris, Anderson, Dyer, Solis, Sheppard, Russell, Mitchell, Morgan and Beney.
|Home||School 80||v.||Duke of York's 36|
|Away||School 50||v.||Duke of York's 48|
In a long and varied season
there has been competition at many levels-school, inter-school, area, county and
inter-county. As usual, the unpredictable English climate has taken a hand.
Conditions for Sports Day were ideal but the Duke of York's match was washed out
and the triangular match at the end of term proved a wet and windy ordeal.
For most of the school, the bulk of athletic activity has been with the tests for standards. This year, two standards—A and B—were set for each event, the B standard providing an incentive to further achievement and being the qualification for entry in the school sports. A total of 387 boys gained one or more standard points which counted towards the House championship on Sports Day.
Compared with past years, school teams have shown a general weakness in the track events especially at the longer distances and our relay teams have not enjoyed their usual successes.
Colours were re-awarded to Bloomfield, Hudsmith and Whetton, and newly awarded to Williams, Hodgkinson, Woodruff and Fordham.
London Athletics Club Schools' Meeting at
the White City on 23rd April.
With scant preparation, two boys competed and made a promising start to the season. Bloomfield was third in the Pole Vault and Whetton 8th in the High Jump.
Kent A.AA. Championships at Eltham, 28th
Five boys took part and enjoyed the experience as well as being able to watch some of the
experts in action.
|Two were placed:||W. Bloomfield||1st||Junior Pole Vault||10ft. 3ins.|
|J. Whetton||3rd||Junior High Jump||5ft.9ins.|
Kent Youths' Championships at Erith, 11th
This turned out to be a pleasant meeting without the pressure of a large entry. All of our competitors gained A.A.A. standards and the following were placed:
|M. Woodruff||1st||110 yds. Hurdles||15.0 secs.|
|M. Smith||2nd||Javelin||148ft. 8ins|
|J. Castle||4th||Pole Vault||8ft. 6ins.|
|P. Hodgkinson||5th||Weight||39ft. 11 ins.|
South-East Kent Schools' Championships at
Walmer, 2nd June.
Our junior team exceeded expectations and were placed second out of the ten schools competing: but for a dropped baton in the final relay they might have carried off the trophy. This year, more events were run for the upper age groups and more candidates for the S.E. Kent team had to compete for their places.
|Individual successes:||A. Jones||1st||Javelin||135ft. 6ins..|
|M. Davidson||1st||High Jump||4ft. 10ins.|
|C. Borley||1st||220 yds.||25.6 secs.|
|M Taylor||2nd||80 yds. Hurdles|
|T. Hook||4th||100 yds.|
|C. Chenery||4th||220 yds.|
Kent Schools' Championships at Paddock
Wood, 25th June.
After a very full day's athletics, the results achieved by the S.E. Kent team for which eighteen of our boys were competing were most heartening. S.E. Kent were first in the Junior and Senior sections and third in the Intermediate.
|Senior||J. Whetton||1st||High Jump||5ft. 10ins.|
|(equals county record).|
|M. Williams||4th||100 yds.||10.5 secs.|
|Relay||1st||S.E. Kent||46.7 secs.|
|Intermediate:||J. Castle||1st||Pole Vault||9ft. 6ins.|
|M. Woodruff||3rd||110 yds. Hurdles||15.0 secs.|
(having equalled county record in his heat).
|M. Smith||3rd||Javelin||153ft. 8ins.|
|C. Mylchreest||3rd||Pole Vault||8ft. 9ins.|
|Junior:||M. Taylor||3rd||80yds. Hurdles||11.8 secs.|
|C. Borley||3rd||220 yds.||25.3 secs.|
Inter-Schools Match versus Dover College
and Chatham House at School, 13th July.
What is often a highlight of the season turned out this year to be a battle with the elements. But the programme was completed and for this alone the organizers, officials and competitors must be congratulated.
Dover College forged steadily ahead in the Senior section and we were well beaten into second place. In the Juniors, we were just in the lead at one point but eventually finished a close second to Chatham House.
Our only winner on the track was M. Woodruff. Pushed by the wind, he floated over the 110 yds. Hurdles in 14.5 secs., a new record, and was closely followed home by M. Taylor. Whetton gained his customary win in the High Jump with a new record of 5ft. 8ins. with A. Periton second. M. Hudsmith deserves mention for winning two events-Discus and Hop, Step and Jump.
All-England Schools' A.A. Championships
at Shrewsbury, 22nd July.
J. Whetton was selected for the Kent team and achieved the distinction of 4th place in the Senior Boys' High Jump. His height of 5ft. 10ins. was the same as that of the second and third boys and two inches behind the winner.
The school has been placed near to the bottom of the list for the two years we have made an entry in the competition. Nevertheless, we have had the satisfaction of gradually improving our score, showing a slight but encouraging measure of progress. This year our score advanced from 30.2 to 31.7 and when the results are published we hope to find that we have edged ourselves up a notch or two. As far as individual achievements are concerned, M. Hudsmith must surely rank high throughout all the five or six hundred competitors taking part. He easily outscored any of our competitors in the last three years with the following three performances:
|440 yds.||53.2 secs.||60 points|
|200 yds. Hurdles||24.6 secs.||58 points|
|Discus||156ft. 6ins.||59 points|
SPORTS DAY - WEDNESDAY, 1st JUNE, 1960
A dazzling sun shone in the
sky when Sports Day opened, with Priory slightly in the lead from the Standard
Points results and from the finals run previously. Hudsmith had already broken
the Hop, Step and Jump record with a distance of 40ft. 5½ins., Hodgkinson had
set up a new Shot record of 42ft. 9ins. and Hutchison had won the Mile in 4 mins.
54 secs, as was expected after his Powell Cup success.
This year, Sports Day was earlier than usual and it had been decided by those in authority to hold the meeting on a Wednesday afternoon, thus pleasing those not in authority. At precisely 1.30 p.m. Mr. Ruffell's voice boomed out over the public address system announcing the first event, the Senior Pole Vault. Bloomfield, Kent Schools' Champion and third in the all-England Championships, did not start vaulting until all the other competitors were out. He knocked the bar off for the first time at 10ft. 6ins. but succeeded in clearing 10ft. 9ins., a foot above the existing record.
Meanwhile, other events were being run and records were falling, the competitors being noisily supported by the rest of the School. In the heats of the 12½-14 100 yds. Borley had clocked a time of 10.4 secs., faster than the winning time for the Senior 100, but in the final owing to a head wind and to tiredness, he could only produce 11.7 secs. In the Intermediate 110 yds. Hurdles the record was lowered to 15.4 secs. by Woodruff, who had no competition for his speed, and Borley to the fore again, clipped 1.7 secs. off the existing 12½-14 220 yds. record to make it 25.3 secs.
|J. H. Whetton||
Picture by Lambert Weston
All this time the High Jump
had been continuing steadily in the background, with Whetton jumping well from
the new fan-shaped cinder run-up. In reaching 5ft. 9ins. he beat the existing
record by 3ins. and earned amazement and admiration for his easy, relaxed style.
He has since come first in the Kent Schools' Sports with a jump of 5ft. 10tins.
which equalled the Kent record.
On the track the wind hindered the sprinters, although Borley ran as expected to break two records, the 100 yds. by 0.2 secs. and the 220 yds. by 1.7 secs. In the Senior track events Hudsmith won both the 100 yds. and the 220 yds., but broke neither record.
After fairly slow Senior and Intermediate Half Miles the climax of the day came with the relay races. An innovation, the Under 12½ relay, was won in 59.1 secs. (which will stand as a record). The next race, the 12½-14, provided great excitement when Borley caught up from some 20 yds. behind to win for Park in the record time of 55.4 secs. The Intermediate Relay was keenly contested but the record remained intact in Frith's victory. Then came the last event, the Senior Relay. The hopes we had of seeing the Astor team of Hudsmith, Parry, McDonald and Williams breaking a record were realized when Astor won in the amazing time of 46.3 secs. The second team itself managed to equal the old record.
|Mrs. Booth presenting the prizes
Photo by Lambert Weston
The day ended in this
atmosphere of excitement. Priory were announced winners of the competition with
629 points, a clear lead of 46½ points over Frith, their nearest rival. Mrs.
Booth, the wife of our former Headmaster, presented the Graham Piggott Memorial
Trophy to Priory's captain, A. Fordham. Hudsmith, who won four events and came a
close second in another, was awarded the Senior Championship. Woodruff won the
Intermediate Championship mainly on the strength of his good Hurdles
performances. Borley won the Junior Championship, as was expected. The cups for
particular events were then presented.
Thus another Sports Day ended; the excitement of record breaking performances and the presentation of cups was over for yet another year.
|P. J. BURKE (L.6 A.).|
|J. R. GREER (L.6 A.).|
|D. BRENNAN (L.6 A.).|
|H. G. LITTLEHALES (L.6 A.).|
School swimming has again been almost wholly confined to a favoured few. A
selected group of thirty boys has taken part in the weekly sessions at the Duke
of York's School bath. The majority have made full use of this privilege and
their successes in the examinations of the Royal Life Saving Society and Amateur
Swimming Association has been ample proof of their progress. On the other hand,
it is disturbing that a number have attended irregularly or left the group
altogether, not only wasting their own opportunities but denying them to others.
The following awards have been gained;
Amateur Swimming Association-Schools' Medallist Award.
Bennett, Carter, Dobby, Dunn, Drake, Ebel, Friar, Hollett, Howell, Johnson, McFarlane, Mercer, Stocker, Waters.
Royal Life Saving Society.
Award of Merit—McFarlane, Nice, Watts.
Bronze Cross—Davidson, Gibbs, Lock, Pettet.
Bronze Medallion—Drake, Howell, Johnson, Stocker.
Intermediate Certificate—Hollett, Carter, Ebel, Friar, Hemmings, McFarlane, Mercer.
In addition, M. Nice gained his R.L.S.S. Scholar Instructor's
Certificate. He gave a most competent performance in the examination, having
successfully trained four candidates for the Intermediate Certificate.
The Swimming Sports produced many pleasing performances. Nine new records were set up and the general standard was higher than usual, although only Frith House managed to put out a complete team with a representative in every event.
Butterfly stroke was introduced this year as an open event and all four competitors showed a good style. The most noteworthy event of all was the senior long distance race. Loveard led in the early stages and appeared likely to repeat his win of last year, but very little separated all four competitors and eventually McCarthy came through to win in record time.
|25m. Free Style||Dane, Ebel, Waters, Burtenshaw||20.2 secs.|
|50m. Free Style||Hemmings, Larter, Ruranski, Dry||42.7 secs.|
|25m. Breast Stroke||Mercer and Carter, Cork||25.3 secs.|
|25m. Back Stroke||Hemmings, Cork, Mercer, Dobby||22.7 secs.|
|Relay||Priory, Frith, Astor, Park||88.3 secs. *|
|25m. Free Style||Davidson, Pratt, Ward||17.5 secs.|
|50m. Free Style||Hodgkinson, Drake, Graham, Hollett||35.7 secs. *|
|100m. Free Style||Hodgkinson, Graham, Callingham, Law||89.6 secs. *|
|50m. Back Stroke||Pettet, Davidson, McFarlane, Godfrey||49.7 secs.|
|50m. Breast Stroke||Pettet, Drake, Davidson||43.2 secs. *|
|Relay||Astor, Frith, Priory||84.5 secs.|
|25m. Free Style||McFarlane, Cairns, Gardner, Johnson||15.8 secs. *|
|50m. Free Style||Bonnage, Watts, Gibbs, Rees||35.0 secs. *|
|200m. Free Style||McCarthy, Nice, Burke, Loveard||3m. 30.0 secs. *|
|50m. Breast Stroke||McFarlane, Nice, Cairns, Whetton||49.6 secs.|
|100m. Breast Stroke||McFarlane, Cox||114.7 secs.|
|50m. Back Stroke||Loveard, Watts, Gardner, Henson||40.7 secs. *|
|Relay||Priory, Astor, Frith, Park||69.2 secs. *|
|25m. Butterfly||Burke, Loveard and Nice, Watts||17.9 secs.|
In the annual inter-school relay race for the Coronation Shield organised by the
Dover Swimming Club, the school team of Davidson, Carter, Dane and Hemmings was
placed second to Astor. Hemmings was second in the individual race: with three
more years under the age limit he should do well in this event in future years.
Four boys—Burke, Hodgkinson, Nice and Pettet—travelled to Beckenham as Dover's only entry in the Kent Schools' Championships. They swam valiantly, but unsuccessfully in the Senior Medley Relay event.
The usual Junior and Senior Gymnastic Competitions were held towards the end of the Spring Term. Mr. P. Baxter, K.E.C. Adviser in P.E. was again kind enough to act as judge for the seniors.
The real test in these competitions takes place before the actual day. With the work being prescribed and ample training opportunities given, efficient team selection and practice count for a great deal. This year, there were keen individuals but purposeful team training and effective leadership were lacking. Some of the work on fixed apparatus selected by the house captains was over elaborate and under rehearsed, and much preparation was left to the last minute.
After several lean years, Frith House found itself with a wealth of talent and was able to win the Senior section by a clear margin. D. Rowlands was a deserving champion having worked hard to achieve the graceful, fluid movement characteristic of the trained gymnast.
|Individual (Pascall Cup):||D. Rowlands.|
In 1891, when Dr. James Naismith sat down to invent an indoor game to keep the
students of Springfield College, Massachusetts active during the winter, he can
have had no idea that the game would spread to more than fifty countries and
become one of the world's most popular games.
The game has a wide appeal. Many people have admired the uncanny skill of the famous Harlem Globetrotters. Played by experts, the game is a bewildering succession of passes, shots, feints and dribbles with both players and ball moving round the court at high speed. Yet in its simplest form the game can be readily enjoyed by the complete novice. The ball itself is large and easy to catch and throw. There is no violent bodily contact and the fundamental footwork is easily mastered.
Although the game has been played in the school for some years, this year was the first time that a regular list of fixtures was undertaken. There was much enthusiasm and a noticeable improvement in play as the season progressed. Defence became tighter and there was less tendency to waste passes, to try wild shots and to lose the ball in a dribble. Personal fouls, which often occur as a result of poorly controlled body movements, greatly decreased.
A. Periton was prominent in all the games. He was top scorer and most accomplished in all departments. The team brought credit to themselves and the school by their good humour and sporting conduct in all matches—a feature not always evident in the tense situations of this exacting game.
|Sir Roger Manwood's||Home||Won||44-40|
|Sir Roger Manwood's||Away||Lost||20-21|
Colours were awarded to Periton (Capt.), Rees and Hotham, and representative colours to Bell, Croskery, Graham, Beer and Whetton.
This year has been, on the whole, a rewarding one from Astor's point of view. In spite of competition from our own third formers, whose attitude was rather apathetic, we gained a good start to the year in the soccer season, running second to Priory. Then, under the capable leadership of the House Captain, F. A. Prue, who unfortunately left at Easter, we won the Ebbw Vale Cup for rugger. These successes, aided by some outstanding running in the Powell Cup cross-country race, gave us a useful lead in the overall championship placings.
After Easter, M. O. Williams was appointed House Captain with M. J. Hudsmith and C. D. McDonald as Vice-Captains. An awakening interest on the part of our middle-school members during the standard tests and a fast run by the Senior Relay team of McDonald, Parry, Hudsmith and Williams on Sports Day, served to strengthen our position. Hudsmith won the senior Victor Ludorum.
Mention must also be made of the Junior P. T. team who failed by a very narrow margin to beat Priory. We congratulate Rubins on becoming Junior P.T. Champion. Some fine team-work also helped us into first place in the Swimming Sports.
At the time of writing most of our cricket matches are still before us, though our Under 12½ XI have already won their first two games. If the House continues to pull together for the remaining weeks, there is no reason to suppose that our existing lead in the championship will be greatly reduced. This could, and should, be our year.
M. O. WILLIAMS.
Thanks to the splendid efforts of all its members this year, the House has just managed to gain the Championship Shield. We have had very few shirkers and I have found the senior members of the House more than willing to share the work of organising teams for the various competitions. In both the P.T. Competition and the Powell Cup Race we were outstanding, having a 50 mark lead over Park in the former. Most boys in the House realised that the House competitions were organised solely for their enjoyment and not as another burden of school life. The consequence was that the team spirit was so high that we won many of the events we were expected to lose.
Frith can look forward with optimism to next year's competitions for our talent and spirit
should enable us to repeat our success.
C. R. McCARTHY.
This has been another disappointing year for the House, the more so since the failure need not have been so complete. A little extra effort in Rugby might well have transformed defeats—never by more than 6 points—into victories. In P.T., too, if the effort of the captain who became senior P.T. champion—had been emulated, our position would have been higher than third.
In Athletics, most of the more gifted boys did everything that could have been expected of them; the real trouble lay with the 12½-14 and the 14-16 groups, more than half the House, which together only just managed to scrape together as many standard points as the over 16 group. Sports Day entries were also low (the lowest among the Houses) although many boys had qualified.
If all those who can help do help, there is no reason why we should not once more become Champion House within a very short time. But the effort must not only be complete: it must be sustained throughout the year.
P. J. CHATFIELD.
With only several cricket matches remaining in the inter-house competition I have sadly to report that inevitably Priory will lose the House Shield which has been its proud possession for three years. Last year the House clinched victory in the final cricket match; this time, while cricket should improve our position at present, we cannot hope to overhaul both Astor and Frith. While endowed with less luck than in the previous year, which we can take as something of a consolation, we must try to be unselfish and remember to congratulate the eventual winner. The championship race has all along been exciting; the winner always uncertain.
The year has been far from a disappointing one for Priory, and, examining the results, we find bright hopes for the future. Thanks mainly to our second and third formers, Priory retained the football cup. Our rich ability at soccer was reflected in the spring term when the under-14 team carried off the East Cup. At rugby we gave Astor, the favourites, the shock of their lives by finishing just one point behind them. A. Jones, who won the 2nd XV matches almost single-handed, deserves a mention here. We scored another second in P.T. where the seniors just failed to hold the lead given to them by the juniors. In athletics, commendable efforts in the standard tests put us in a strong position even before Sports Day and this was duly improved upon when the day came to assure victory. Woodruff, the Intermediate Champion, and Bloomfield, Priory's all-England pole-vaulter, were outstanding amongst the House's fine athletes. While finishing third in swimming, we were not far behind the winners and should have done better; Hemmings, the Junior Champion, was our best performer and, only a first former, should be a great asset for many years.
Cricket could well bring us another first. If only the seniors can equal the efforts of the younger boys, who once more have shown a fine example, we should win handsomely.
These results are worthy of a champion House any time, but as has been the case ever since I can remember, cross-country running has weakened Priory's position. Despite considerable efforts before the race to improve our performances this year, the House turned out the smallest team on the day and inevitably only gained 11% (4% more than in the previous year). We managed to recover our lead in the championship last year; but our opponents have taken fuller use of their advantage this time and our position is irretrievable. Success in the championship requires good results in every sport, and so it is really a great pity to fail in one, having done well in all the others. I hope my successor has better luck.
I feel that very shortly Priory will once again be the leading House. As I have emphasised already, our juniors have done remarkably well this year and it is significant that they were not engaged in the Powell Cup, the event in which we fared so badly. If they do not lose their often exuberant enthusiasm as they grow older they will succeed in bearing their increased responsibilities.
My thanks go to those who have helped throughout the year with the selection and captaincy of the various teams.
A. W. FORDHAM.
(N.B. At the time of going to press the 1960 examination results were unknown)
(G.C.E, O., A. = General Certificate of Education, Ordinary, Advanced Level—Passed in number of Subjects shown in parentheses).
AYRES, G. P. (1953). G.C.E. (O.) 8. Prefect; School Cricket 1st XI, Soccer 1st
1st XV; House Soccer and Rugger Captain; School Athletics; Unicorn Club, Choir. To University.
BEER, D. E. (1953). G.C.E. (O.) 4. House Soccer, Rugger, Cricket, School Basketball, House Swimming, C.C.F. (RA.F.), Phoenix Society, Chess Club. To King's College, London.
BELL, S. D. (1955). G.C.E. (O.) 7. School Basketball, House Soccer, Cricket, Rugger. Phoenix Society. To Training College.
BOTT, M. (1953). Phoenix Society, Dramatic Society.
BRUTON, H. (1955). Sailing Club. To Industrial Photography.
BRYAN, M. W. (1953). G.C.E. (O.) 6. Phoenix Society, Cercle Français, S.C.M., Choir. To Civil Service.
CHATFIELD, P. J. (1952). G.C.E. (O.) 7, (A.) 3. Prefect, House Captain, C.C.F. (Sen. Cdt.). House Cricket 1st XI. C.C.F. Rifle Team. To Naval Architecture.
CLARK, E. J. T. (1953). G.C.E. (O.) 4. School Rugger 1st XV, House Cricket, School Basketball. Unicorn Club, Gym. Club.
CUPSHAM, D. J. (1952). G.C.E. (O.) 8, (A.) 4. Phoenix Society, Cercle Français,
Society, Film Society. To Pembroke College, Oxford.
CONSTABLE, R. F. (1953). G.C.E. (O.) 7. School Cross-country (Capt.), School Basketball, House Cricket, Soccer, Rugger, Athletics. Chess Club, Dramatic Society, Phoenix Society. To Banking.
DOBBS, G. C. (1955). G.C.E. (O.) 5, (A.) 2. Prefect. S.C.M., Phoenix Society, Dramatic Society, Chess Club. To University.
DUNN, P. S. (1955). G.C.E. (O.) 3. C.C.F., Unicorn Club. To Norwood Technical College.
EEKHOUT, A. S. (1954). G.C.E. (O.) 6. To Accountancy.
FAGG, R G. (1953). G.C.E. (O.) 1. School Soccer 1st XI, House Cricket and Rugger.
FORDHAM, A. D. (1952). G.C.E. (O.) 7, (A.) 3. Head Prefect, House Captain. School Cricket, Soccer, Rugger, Athletics, Basketball. Cercle Français. Secretary of Games Committee. To University College, London.
FRIEND, F. J. (1952). G.C.E. (O.) 7, (A.) 3. Prefect. Library Prefect. Phoenix Society, Cercle Français (Sec.), Dramatic Society, S.C.M., Film Society. To King's College, London.
GERRARD, J. D. (1954). G.C.E. (O.) 1. S.C.M., Unicorn Club. To Banking.
GILL, K. (1955). G.C.E. (O.) 3. School Cricket 2nd XI, House Rugger 1st XV. Phoenix Society. To Insurance.
GILLINGHAM, P. J. (1954). G.C.E. (O.) 3. Puppet Club. To Dover Gasworks.
GRAHAM, M. (1953). G.C.E. (O.) 7. School Cricket, Soccer, Rugger, Basketball. Chess Club, Phoenix Society. To Insurance.
HADLEY, D. F. (1957). G.C.E. (O.) 5. Phoenix Society, Chess Club, S.C.M.
HAMBIDGE, W. R. (1953). House Rugger, C.C.F. (RN.), Sailing Club, Unicorn Club, S.C.M.
HAMILTON, K. A. (1957). G.C.E. (O.) 6. Phoenix Society, S.C.M. To Folkestone Art School.
HILLS, D. B. (1955). To Farming.
HOPPER, M. J. (1954). G.C.E. (O.) 3. To Banking.
HOTHAM, B. (1953). G.C.E. (O.) 8. School Soccer 2nd XI, House Cricket, School Basketball. Choir, C.C.F. To Electronics.
HUSK, J. T. (1953). G.C.E. (O.) 8. Phoenix Society.
HUTT, A. J. (1955). School Athletics. Chess Club, Gym. Club, Unicorn Club. To Sir Roger Manwood's.
JARVIS, K. W. (1953). G.C.E. (O.) 8. Prefect. House Cricket, C.C.F. (R.A.F.) (Flt./Sgt). Dramatic Society, Cercle Français, Puppet Club, Phoenix Society. To Cranwell.
LANES, J. E. M. (1954). G.C.E. (O.) 3. C.C.F., Unicorn Club, S.C.M. To Folkestone Borough Parks Dept.
KINGSNORTH, R D. (1955). To R.N.
KINNAIRD, J. A. (1955). House Cricket, Soccer, Rugger. To R.N.
LEWIS, V. A. (1953). G.C.E. (O.) 3. House Soccer, Rugger. To Insurance.
LEWRY, R V. (1954). G.C.E. (O.) 4. School Soccer 1st XI, Cricket (Vice-Capt.), House Rugger. Phoenix Society.
LOCK, L. A. (1952). G.C.E. (O.) 6, (A.) 2. School Sailing, House Swimming. Phoenix Club, Sailing Club, Film Club. To Leeds University.
LOVEARD, A. (1957). G.C.E. (O.) 5. School Swimming Captain, School Athletics, House Rugger. Dramatic Society, Phoenix Society.
MANSEY, R C. (1952). Prefect. Phoenix Society, Film Club. To Birmingham University.
McCARTHY, C. R (1957). G.C.E. (O.) 6. Prefect. House Captain. House Swimming Captain, House Cricket, Soccer, Rugger, School Basketball. Phoenix Society, S.C.M. To Loughborough Training College.
MACFARLANE, J. A. (1958). G.C.E. (O.) 3. School Cricket, Soccer 2nd XI, Swimming, S.C.M. To Banking.
PADFIELD, S. W. M. (1953). G.C.E. (O.) 7. School Soccer, Rugger, Cricket 2nd XI, Athletics, Cross-country. Phoenix Society, Dramatic Society.
PARRY, P. D. (1960). G.C.E. (O.) 10, (A.) 2. School Cricket, Rugger, Athletics.
PEARSON, J. (1955). House Rugger. Choir, Orchestra, Phoenix Society. To Merchant Navy.
PERITON, A. P. W. (1952). G.C.E. (O.) 6. School Soccer, Athletics, Basketball (Capt.), Tennis (Capt.), House Cricket, Rugger. Cercle Français, Phoenix Society. To Canterbury College of Architecture.
PIDDOCK, P. (1953). G.C.E. (O.) 8. Prefect. Choir, Orchestra, C.C.F. To University College, London.
PIRT, J. J. (1958). G.C.E. (O.) 8, (A.) 2. School Rugger, Cross-country, Soccer 2nd XI. Phoenix Society, Chess Club. C.C.F. (R.N.). To Durham University.
PRUE, F. A. (1952). G.C.E. (O.) 5, (A.) 2. Deputy Head Prefect. House Captain. C.C.F. (Army) (Sen. Cdt.). School Rugger (Capt.), Soccer (Capt.). Gymn. Club, Phoenix Society, S.C.M., Film Society. To Culham Training College.
SCARNELL, D. (1958). G.C.E. (O.) 8. Phoenix Society, Chess Club, Orchestra. To Liverpool University.
SHEPPARD, B. W. F. (1954). G.C.E. (O.) 2. House Rugger, C.C.F. (R.N.). Choir, Sailing Club, Puppet Club. To Draughtsmanship.
STEVENS, B. J. (1953). G.C.E. (O.) 7. School Rugger, Soccer 2nd XI. Phoenix Society, Chess Club. To Banking.
STUBBS, D. (1953). G.C.E. (O.) 7. Deputy Head Prefect. C.C.F. (R.N.) (P.O.), Choir, Orchestra, Phoenix Society, Cercle Français, Dramatic Society, Gymn. Club, Puppet Club. To Bede College, Durham.
THACKER, N. A. (1954), G.C.E. (O.) 9. Prefect. School Cricket (Capt.), Soccer, House Rugger. Chess Club (Sec.), Phoenix Society. To London School of Economics.
TODHUNTER, D. J. (1952). G.C.E. (O.) 5. House Swimming. Phoenix Society, Film Club, Gym. Club. To Training College.
WHETTON, J. H. (1958). G.C.E. (O.) 4. School Rugger, Soccer 2nd XI, Cricket 2nd XI, Athletics, Basketball. Phoenix Society, S.C.M. (Treasurer). To Borough Road Training College.
WILLIAMS, M. OSBORNE (1958). G.C.E. (O.) 10. Prefect. School Athletics Captain, House Captain, School Rugger, Athletics, Soccer 2nd XI. Cercle Français, Phoenix Society. To Southampton University.
(Founder: The Late F. WHITEHOUSE, Esq., M.A.)
SIR CLIFFORD JARRETT, C.B.E.
MR. A. H.GUNN
Chairman of Committee:
MR. R. D. CLARKE
MR. H. R. SLATER
Meadow Cottage, Whitfield Hall, Whitfield. Kearsney 2033
Hon. Assistant Secretary:
MR. P. A. SLATER
55 Minnis Lane, Dover
Assistant Hon. Secretary for Deal:
MR. L. G. WEBSTER
212 ST. Richards Road, Deal
Hon. Sports Secretary:
MR. R. W. WINTER
MR. W. H. JACQUES
MR. K. H. RUFFELL, MR. B. W. DENHAM, MR. R. PEACOCK
MESSRS. C. C. BAILEY, P. JANAWAY, P. E. MARSH, A. TOLPUTT,
D. WEAVER, S. WENBORN
Old Pharosian Notes
The Annual Re-Union held on 31st December, 1959 was one of the most enjoyable
for some years. It was not so well attended as had been hoped but, no doubt,
this was owing to its being held on New Year's Eve, never a good night for Old
Pharosian functions. It was very pleasing to see so many members of the staff
present, quite like Re-Unions of the past. The presence of the Mayor and
Mayoress (Alderman and Mrs. Eckhoff) added to the spirit of the evening. Just
before the close of the year the President presented Mr. J. C. Booth with a
television set as a mark of appreciation from the old boys of the school. In his
reply thanking all those whose appreciation had made the gift possible, Mr.
Booth referred to his love of cricket and anticipated many pleasant hours during
H. R. S
Owing to a change in policy the "Pharos" will in future be published only once a year and so these notes have to forecast a long time ahead.
This year it is hoped to hold the A.G.M. and Annual Dinner on Saturday, 29th October. So many people enjoyed last year's Dinner that I hope even more will be able to attend this year. The times will be 8 p.m. for the dinner and 6.45 p.m. for the A.G.M. Do let me know if you can come. It is a very pleasant evening.
The Re-Union will be held on Tuesday, 27th December, 1960 at the School. It is hoped that a bar of some sort will be possible, most likely soft drinks, but I am not sure yet. The attendance over the past few years has been very disappointing to the Committee. If you can think of any way of improving the Committee's arrangements please let me know. There is one suggestion I am sure will be put forward so I will mention it now. The Association, basing its estimate on attendance over the last five years, cannot afford 15 guineas for the Town Hall, 15 guineas plus a band and a bar running at a loss. To cover these expenses tickets would have to be 15/- each at least.
Both these dates will be sent to you again. Make them memorable meetings.
Old Pharosian Notes
The Annual Re-Union held on 31st December, 1959 was one of the most enjoyable
for some years. It was not so well attended as had been hoped but, no doubt,
this was owing to its being held on New Year's Eve, never a good night for Old
Pharosian functions. It was very pleasing to see so many members of the staff
present, quite like Re-Unions of the past. The presence of the Mayor and
Mayoress (Alderman and Mrs. Eckhoff) added to the spirit of the evening. Just
before the close of the year the President presented Mr. J. C. Booth with a
television set as a mark of appreciation from the old boys of the school. In his
reply thanking all those whose appreciation had made the gift possible, Mr.
Booth referred to his love of cricket and anticipated many pleasant hours during
H. R. SLATER, Hon. Secretary.
THE OLD BOYS' RUGBY MATCH
The Old Boys' Rugby match will take place at the school on 25th March, 1961.
NEWS OF OLD BOYS
J. Bowles and T. Lang called in July, having both obtained 1st class degrees in
Electrical Engineering at Imperial College, London. Bowles is staying on to take
a higher degree, being sponsored by English Electric, while Lang is taking up a
Graduate Apprenticeship at Loughborough.
P. Brockman, who teaches French at a Secondary Modem School in Ilford, was married at St. Margaret's, Westminster. His friend, D. Philpott, had to be content with St. Andrew's, Buckland.
J. R Buss has been awarded a First Class General degree in the Arts faculty at Southampton University.
F. A. Cockfield is to be Managing Director of Boots Pure Drug Co. next year at the age of forty-three. He left school in 1933 and went to the London School of Economics where he gained his L1.B. and B.Sc.(Econ.). In 1942, he was called to the Bar but he entered the Civil Service and eventually became Director of Statistics and Intelligence to the Board of Inland Revenue. He left the Civil Service in 1952 to join Boots.
A. S. Conyers is with the Ellerman Line and has just got his 2nd mate's ticket. He studied for a term at the Nautical School in London, where Mr. Chase, an Old Pharosian, is Principal.
George Curry, usually at the University of North Carolina, is lecturing this summer at Oxford.
J. C. Dawson called at school as he was completing his training to be a Teacher of Handi crafts. He has secured an appointment in a Secondary School at Swanley.
J. W. Dilnot is leaving Selwyn having obtained his degree. He is going for two years to Cuddesdon Theological College, Oxford, to complete his training for the ministry. He recently attended a conference of ordinands at Westgate and met Canon Clayson, P. Wyatt, Turner and Maynard, all Old Pharosians.
C. A. Hart's distinctions appeared in the Times in a notice concerning the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, of which he is Principal. They read: C.M.G., T.D., D.Sc., Ph.D., M.I.C.E., M.I.Mech.E., F.R.I.C.S., A.M.I.Struct.E.
Alexander Henney (1917-22) is Master of one of B.P.'s greatest oil tankers. He was chosen last Armistice Day to represent the Merchant Navy and lay a wreath at the Cenotaph.
J. G. W. Hogbin, studying at Nottingham University, has been appointed to the General Council of the Student Christian Movement.
C. Jarvie, now a research student at the London School of Economics, received an award in January from the hands of Mr. R. A. Butler. The Conservative party's Bow Group offered the prize for an essay on "Priorities for Tory Reform" and Jarvie wrote on the British Colonial system in Africa and elsewhere.
Ambrose Johnson, who left in 1919, is manager of Lloyds Bank, Bromley and C. Francis, son of the school's former art master, is manager at Barclay's Bank, Folkestone.
The Reverend Eric Mercer gave the Epilogue on B.B.C. T.V. on Sunday, 12th December, 1959.
R J. Richards called at School just before Easter. He is at Imperial College, London, where he is reading Chemical Engineering. He spent eight weeks of the last summer holiday in Norway working for a wood-pulp firm.
B. N. Rogers is a pilot of Coastal Command, generally in command of a Shackleton flying over the Atlantic.
D. G. Simmonds had an England rugby trial in December, 1959.
B. Skinner has got a commission in the R.A.F. and is serving with Transport Command as a Co-pilot.
C. M. R. Tyrell (1926-32) has been promoted Detective Inspector in the plain clothes branch of the C.I.D.
C. Wilson, who left two years ago to join the Fleet Air Arm, has got his wings as a Fighter Pilot. He called at school in June and gave a delightfully fresh account of his experiences.
N. Woolhouse, who works at Buckland Hospital, and takes part in athletics for the Dover A.C., won the Kent Triple Jump Championship and went to the White City, London, to represent Kent in the English Championships.
DOVER GRAMMAR SCHOOL FOR BOYS
MR. W. SMITHEN
Forge House, South Alkham, Dover
Hon. Secretary & Treasurer:
8 Vale View Road, Dover
|DOVER||MRS. KNOWLES, MR. BLUNT, MR. FISH, MR. TUTTHILL, MR. THORP|
|DEAL||MRS. AZOULAY, MRS. CATT|
|OTHER DISTRICTS||MRS. WARD, THE HEADMASTER|
|THE SCHOOL||MR. ARCHER, MISS BEETS, MR. PAYNE|
Membership of the Association is open to parents of Past and Present Pupils and to the Staff
The Annual Subscription is 2/6 per parent
At the Christmas concert, Mr. Thorp, on behalf of the Association, made the
presentation of a Picnic Set to Mr. Booth on his retirement. It was a small
token of our appreciation of the help we have received from him as Headmaster
and as a member of the committee of the Association. In January, the committee
had the opportunity of welcoming Dr. Hinton, and we left that meeting with the
assurance of his co-operation in our efforts to help the school and boys.
The P.T. Display and Film evening was a great success, and our thanks are due to Mr. Elliott and all members of the staff for the help they gave in arranging this function. The object of the evening was to raise funds to cover the cost of engraving the school trophies. To bring them up to date some 400 names needed to be added. Mr. A. Gunn, an Old Pharosian generously offered to meet 50% of the cost, an anonymous donor gave £5, and together with the proceeds from the display (of over £30) we are happy to say that this work is now completed. Here, I should like to thank the Headmaster's secretary for the work she did in compiling the list of names. We also made a donation of £12 towards the cost of bringing the Honours Board up to date.
At Open Evening our usual sale of outgrown clothing and sports gear was arranged and quite a number of parents joined the Association.
The Jumble Sale was very successful and we thank all who helped by sending "Jumble", and at the stalls. The proceeds of £22/5/0 were given towards the purchase of a Cine-Camera for the school. We have promised to give £25 each year to cover the cost of producing a film of the School Events.
The Public Address Equipment provided by the Association on Sports Day was much appreciated by all, and this year we shall also supply it for the Triangular Sports.
We have not achieved our ambition of raising the percentage of membership on last year, only 115 boys being represented out of over 600. I appeal to all non-members to JOIN, and help us to do more for the school and activities of the boys. The Annual subscription is 2/6 and may be sent direct to the school or to me.
G. M. HUDSMITH, Hon. Secretary/Treasurer.