No. 131. 1961-62. VOL. LIII.
|Editorial||Phoenix Society Report|
|In brief||Cercle Francais|
|Mr. W. W. Baxter||History Society|
|Mr. B. Peach||S.M.C. Report|
|First job||Junior Fellowship|
|Cleaning the Brass||Orchestra Notes|
|A Chip Off the Old Block||The Middle School Literary and Debating Society|
|This Modern World||The Dramatic Society|
|April in Paris||Historical Unit|
|What Is The Matter||Chess Club|
|Intermezzo||The General Knowledge Club|
|Too Late||Sailing Club|
|A Man Cries||The Guild of Printers|
|Fragments From a Poem||Fencing Club|
|Field Geology Course, August 1961||Badminton Club|
|A Field-Day to Study the Canterbury Area||Sports Day, 1962|
|S.C.M. Work-Party in Hitchin||Soccer|
|The Merry Wives of Windsor||Cricket|
|Talks to the Sixth Form||Athletics|
|National Savings||Valete, 1960-1961|
|Speech Day 1961||House Notes|
|Prizes 1960-61||Old Pharosians|
|Combined Cadet Force||The Parents' Association|
|Library Notes||Examination Results|
This new layout will no doubt come as a shock to many readers, making as it does such a complete break with the Pharos tradition, but we feel sure that it will come as a pleasant shock. The whole design, interior and exterior, is the work of Mr. Carter to whom we are greatly indebted for the vast amount of time and effort he has spent on it.
Unfortunately we have found it very difficult to find material of such a high as the design seems to demand. This year the lack of enthusiasm and support for the magazine is particularly noticeable, although it has never been entirely absent (one has only to look at a few past editorials land has manifested itself not only in the scarcity of articles but also in the very unfruitful reply to a request we made in the year for volunteers willing to help in the writing of the sports section of the magazine. To the few volunteers who gave in their names we extend our thanks but we cannot use their services until we have a few more. If anyone else would like to help we should be grateful if he would give his name to one of us or to Mr. Horne. At the same time we renew our annual plea for articles of all descriptions (not only short stories) in the hope that next year we can produce a magazine the contents of which are worthy of the design.
P. MUSKETT (M.6 M.)
M. HUNTLEY (M.6 M.)
Art Editor A. HAIG (L.6 M.)
We are sorry to have to bid farewell at last to Mr. Baxter who has been with the school since 1915. We wish him every happiness in retirement. We are also sorry to see that Mr. Peach is leaving and going to Stevenage Grammar School. We hope he will be happy in his new appointment.
We are very pleased to greet Mr. P. Salter who has come from Oxford and Bristol Universities to teach Modern Languages, Mr. M. J. Fry from Oxford University to teach Physics and M. Labrouche to teach French.
During the Autumn Term there were dancing classes in co-operation with the Girls' Grammar School.
On October 10th a party from the Sixth Form went to a C.E.W.C. conference on the Common Market at the Girls' Grammar School.
In November Mr. Leney took a party from the Sixth Form to the Old Vic to see 'Dr. Faustus'.
On December 1st La Troupe Fran็ais gave a performance of Jean Anouilh's 'Antigone' at the school.
On December 19th there was a carol service in St. Mary's Church.
In January a party from 6M. went to the London Planetarium for an illustrated lecture on the astrology of Chaucer's 'Franklin's Tale'.
On February 16th Major M. Mason inspected the cadets.
On February 19th a theatre group called 'Tomorrow's Audience' performed an anthology of play extracts and other dramatic literature entitled 'The Prisoners'.
During the week beginning the 2nd March a travelling exhibition of paintings, pottery, woodcarving and design work by the students of Folkestone School of Art was displayed in the Visitors' Room.
On the 13th March His Worship the Mayor of Dover visited the school to view the entries for a Chalk Sculpture Competition which he had sponsored within the school. A. Haig was awarded first prize and M. Nice and N. Murr were jointly awarded second prize. R. West was awarded a consolation prize.
On March 16th Dr. Hinton took a party to Wye Agricultural College.
On March 21st a large party from the Sixth Form went to the S.C.M. conference at the Duke of York's R.M. School. The same day the school's chalk sculptures were featured on B.B.C. television in the programme 'Town and Around'.
On March 31st a party of senior boys visited the National Gallery, where they saw the Da Vinci cartoon; the Quantas Gallery; the Courtauld Collection and the Tate Gallery.
On May 8th the school's chalk sculptures were entered for a competition at the Town Hall. This was open to all Dover schools and in the category for which we entered N. Murr won first prize, A. Haig won second prize and M. Nice won third prize. Their carvings were shown on Southern Television's 'Day by Day' that evening.
On May 10th a party from 6M. went on a geography fieldwork expedition to Canterbury. The same day Mr. Field, District Organizer of the United Nations Association, spoke to the Sixth Form on the Association's aims.
The following visiting speakers have lectured to the Sixth Form: Mr. J. F. Spalding on 'Intelligence and Heredity'; Professor H. W. Miles on 'Appreciating the Countryside'; Mr. A. D. Hewlett on 'Unorthodoxy'; Mr. A. Gould on 'Delinquency and the Borstal System'; Mr. R. T. Proudler on 'A Trip to Russia'; Mr. R. E. Letch on, 'The Work of the British and Foreign Bible Society'; the Rev. D. M. Ryle on 'Two Years in Palestine'; Mr. R. J. Parry on 'Some Comments on Some Careers'; Mrs. C. Horton on 'Which?' Mr. C. H. Rieu on 'The Beat Generation'; Mr. W. A. Gibson Martin on 'The Iron and Steel Industry Today'.
There will be about 700 boys in the school at the beginning of next term.
Mr. W. W. Baxter
W. W. B. after a short stay at Gosport and Ashford joined the School in September 1915, and after two years left to join the Royal Naval Air Service, returning to Dover in March 1919. In 1950 he retired from full-time teaching following illness but continued for the next 12 years as 'the old gentleman who only comes in the mornings'.
The old photographs in the School Dining Room show how he entered into the life of the School in those early days-not a touch line coach but a member of the team.
Later he was Editor of the Pharos and his special interest was concerned with Old Boys.
While the School was evacuated to Ebbw Vale he played a large part in maintaining cordial relations with our hosts, going so far as to learn to speak in Welsh and assist at services in Chapel in the native language.
His service has covered all stages in the development of the School; Ladywell, Frith Road and Astor Avenue, including the introduction of Sixth Form Studies.
His energy in everything he did was evident to all, and the boys of that time soon adapted a well-known advertising catch-phrase to 'That's Billy, that was!'.
The School owes a debt of gratitude to the last of that notable band of men who laid such sound foundations, and all will join in wishing him many years of active retirement.
Mr. B. Peach
The school in general and the Physics department in particular have been fortunate in having the services of Mr. B. Peach for the past two years. He came to us in 1960 after completing three years' service at March Grammar School, prior to which he had taken his degree in Physics and Philosophy in the new University of North Staffordshire.
This training has enabled him not only to impart with enthusiasm a knowledge of physics to the middle and upper school, but also to initiate sixth formers into the mysteries of logic and the history of science.
He is a man of many interests-a great lover of nature but with a keen interest in mechanical things. He is equally at home in greasy overalls hidden beneath a car, with trowel in hand building a garage, with a fishing line on Shakespeare Beach, or with gun under his arm waiting to shoot wild duck in the fens. Many of the fifth form will also remember the occasion when he was highest scorer of goals in their soccer match against the staff.
In the Physics Laboratory he will be remembered for his prowess in glass cutting. Many decapitated jam jars, victims of his and now in frequent service as voltameters, will long stand as memorials to his skill.
He leaves us to join the staff of a new Grammar School in Stevenage where he has
the difficult task of organising the Science course and of fitting out the
laboratories. We wish him every success in this new venture.
"Good morning. You're Muskett, I suppose?" The tone suggested a vague hope that I might not be Muskett, but sadly acknowledged the inevitable. "By the way, we usually use the back door," the voice went on. Since I was at the intermediate stage between 'us' and 'them' it felt on rather unsafe ground, and this observation hovered uncertainly on the brink of criticism. It held back; the ground needed preparation.
I was introduced to the rest of the staff. Though I was hardened to unecstatic welcomes this was quite new; beneath a sympathetic 'we are all in this together' spirit there was an underlying contempt that I had not had the sense to keep out.
My responsibilities were outlined over the next few days; changing the calendar, changing the blotting-paper, filling the inkwells (which were never used), and the peak of ambition for a junior bank clerk, guarding the key to the postage drawer. Each had its own ritual; when I changed the figures on the calendar I was performing a function beside which the adoption of the Gregorian calendar paled into insignificance; in short, the day could not come into being until I deemed it so.
There were other, subtler lessons to be learnt, such as how to make a cup of tea, how to extend a coffee break indefinitely and how to appear busy. This last involves a phenomenon peculiar to those in authority; their concern is not whether you are busy but whether you look as though you are. It is an inverted persecution mania; they love to be hated for it reassures them that they are in control.
After four months of date-changing, blotting-paper-changing, tea-making, light-bulb-changing and, in the cold weather, snow-clearing, the momentous decision was at last reached. I was to learn something about banking. Accordingly I was dispatched to London on a return ticket to join up with a small, but, I am sure, extremely gallant band, to undergo a course, during which I was able to display my characteristic initiative, enthusiasm and all-round incapacity.
"Begin typing practice." Five minutes later I am asking myself 'Why type, it's quicker for me by longhand'. Such logic is irrefutable but unpopular. "No, Mr. Muskett, you don't seem to have anything on your sheet, do you? Perhaps it would be better with the carbon paper the other way round."
"Today we are to start on statements. You all have your sheets ready? I'll be with you in a moment, Mr. Muskett! First empty your registers." The registers are duly emptied. "Now press your return one, put in the credit, return two, stop, and motor bar." There is a resounding clatter and the machine goes berserk, roaring backwards and forwards along its carriage and spilling out streams of figures which obliterate everything already printed. Finally it shudders to a halt and slumps exhausted amidst a pale blue smoke. "Mr. Muskett, you hit your motor bar too hard."
The dinner bell sounds to put a temporary stop to my sabotage and I make my way to the basement and food. It is served canteen style; a long, shuffling queue of etiquette fighting desire, and dull grey aluminium plates carrying dull grey meat and veg. There is a rigid caste system in the dining hall based on length of attendance. Firstly the advanced course; they know the routine and they know each other, or, more precisely, they are familiar with one another and are not interested in further penetration. Then there is a step down to the basic course and the gradations of fourth week, third week, second week and us. One girl talks, another tries talking, but conversation is limited and does as little for the food as the greening effect of the neon lighting.
Three weeks are up and we qualify for the speed and accuracy tests. I prove to be uncannily accurate but am told that at the speed I go it would be difficult to be otherwise. I am a failure, and have this firmly impressed on me, in the most sympathetic way of course. I am sent back to live out my days at home where my destructive instincts are curbed by thinly veiled threats about' references'. But to them I am little more than a corpse, for not to be a member of the in-group is to be dead according to its own group-thinking which tries to conceal its own embalmed condition.
P. MUSKETT (M.6 M.)
AMBER IN MY STREET
My waking was slow in the light
And rustled sheets clung to me.
Gone in my shy and new born day,
For the light faded in my room,
The amber in my street.
Laxness bends the straight and pictures slant,
For in the light fear is born
And life creeps out to meet its
The pools of green grow strange and melt to black,
While the sky shudders with the growl
As the storm rolls in.
ON THE TRIAL OF GENERAL SALAN
No nameless deaths: a day of hate;
Appear as strangers; we murmured discontent
While a thousand faces to the earth he sent,
And gave to France a
hardened, bloody might.
Remembers, too, a lofty and unchallenged youth
That now ebbs and fades too fast;
As decision whispers in a hollow breath.
ELEVEN JUST MEN
N. OLDMAN (5 G.)
Cleaning the Brass
I just cannot face it again this week; the very smell of the polish makes me ill, but after all rather the door-knob, keyhole and knocker than the silver! The only solution is to start my list of dodges again. The first one now. . . . let me see. It's one that requires a sunny day-hmm-sunny enough.
"Susan, would you like an ice-cream?"
"Oh no you don't!" interrupts Mother, "going down to the town and then since it's such a lovely day running off to the woods on your bicycle and saying that you couldn't resist a beautiful day. I'm not getting caught by that one again."
Hmmm . . . that was a failure!
"Mother, you know I had a cold last week?"
"Yes," says Mother suspecting something.
"Well, wouldn't it be bad for me to go out on a windy day like this? It'll come back worse than ever."
"No it won't. Now get outside and start cleaning."
Oh well, anything is better than last week! I was left all alone in the house and the wind was bitingly cold although the sun was shining. I had just gone outside when I discovered that I had carelessly shut the door and locked myself out, with the key on a shelf only two yards away but on the other side of the door. Finding that I had left the polish inside I sat down thankful that I did not have to do the cleaning. The wind was too cold, however, so I thought that I would break in. But then I should be in reach of the polish and I should have to clean the brass! I should at least be moving, though, and even polishing is better than freezing, so I went round to the back of the house and across the garden to a window the latch of which I knew was broken. I opened it and climbed in, took the polish and reluctantly went outside again taking the key with me.
When Mother returned she opened the door which I had just cleaned and naturally put finger-marks all over the brass-work of which I had been quite proud. Into the dining room she went and then she saw it. Mud! The mud I had left when I climbed in the window.
"Scrub the floor," she commanded. My heart sank. No football today. "Clean the window-sill and while you're about it the paintwork and the panes as well." I almost died where I stood.
"But Mum," I protested. . . . Oh no good, it would only be worse. I had better begin.
A. LACEY (3 A.)
A Chip Off the Old Block
"Ding, ding, ding, ding." The clock on the mantle-piece struck nine o'clock and young Jimmy Pearce looked at it slyly out of the corner of his eye, and then went back to the book he was reading. Jimmy's father had also noticed the time and was now waiting patiently for his son, who seemed to be concentrating so hard, to make a move. Finally Mrs. Pearce, who sensed her husband's mounting anger at his son's audacity, said: "Come on, Jimmy, you know your bedtime. You won't want to get up in the morning".
"Aw, Mum, I was just getting to an exciting bit. Can't I stay up for a little?"
He shot his father a pleading glance, but the latter just pointed to the door leading to the stairs.
"O.K." Jimmy closed the book, kissed his mother goodnight and left the room.
Mr. Pearce went back to his paper and his wife resumed her sewing. This happened every night. Jimmy was always 'at a good bit' and his father always pointed to the door.
Jimmy climbed slowly up to his bedroom, closed the door and sat down in a chair beside the window. Parents were all the same! They never thought that kids were getting enough sleep. "Huh!" said Jimmy aloud, "I expect it's because they want to get rid of me". He looked out of his window and watched the bright lights as they twinkled and shone down in the valley. Jimmy's house was perched all by itself on the top of Lakey Hill, and he would often sit there and imagine what it would be like to be allowed to stay amongst the noise and bustle of the town after dark. After a while he got up and slowly began to undress. His clothes flopped down in a heap on a chair and he pulled his creased pyjamas from under his pillow, got into them and sat down on his bed. "Cor, I'm starving! Wish I'd had a sandwich before coming to bed," thought Jimmy, and then he remembered the cupboard in the front room. It was his mother's store cupboard and she kept extra groceries there for, as she put it, 'an unexpected emergency'. The emergency was usually when Jimmy's aunt and uncle dropped in for a cup of tea and finished up with a spread fit for a king. Jimmy remembered that the previous day his father had opened a packet of biscuits he had 'borrowed', taken several and put the packet back. Now, a few more wouldn't be missed!
Jimmy crept silently down the stairs, cringing every time there was a creak. He reached the foot and stealthily went along the hall and opened the front-room door. Once inside he turned on the light, and then he had the shock of his life. His father was sitting in an armchair eating the biscuits. "Dad, oh no!" gasped Jimmy, and then, on the spur of the moment: "Does Mum know you're here?".
Mr. Pearce was just as amazed to see his son as the latter was to see him, and then he explained everything. His wife had slipped out for a while to take the dog for a walk and he, feeling peckish, had looked in the larder for something to eat. However, it was Thursday and Mrs. Pearce did her shopping on Fridays so the larder was practically empty. He had, therefore, decided to finish off the biscuits, which was what he was doing when Jimmy interrupted him.
"Look," said Mr. Pearce, "I'll forget about your coming here, if you forget you saw me, O.K.?"
Jimmy agreed and, with a handful of biscuits, he went back to his room. Hardly had he jumped into bed when he heard his mother's angry voice; his father had been discovered. "Oh well," thought Jimmy, "Hard luck, Dad. I forgot about the biscuits, but Mum didn't." And with that thought in mind he fell asleep.
N. MUMMERY (3 X.)
This Modern World
Modern science has provided the world in which we live with many comforts and the Welfare State makes sure we can take advantage of them. But do we ever stop to think of others who are less fortunate than we are, who had the misfortune to be born in a country which somehow has been missed in the sharing out of scientific discovery and the benefits of civilisation? Such a country is Yugoslavia. Only recently, under the mantle of communism, has this infertile, rather poor country been able to free its peasants from the shackles of poverty and starvation. However, not all the problems have been settled.
I met one such problem while returl1ing by rail through Yugoslavia from Greece. At Belgrade I witnessed a sad parting between a small, wrinkled peasant in a soiled, crumpled suit, with an under-sized trilby perched on his head, and a large crowd of women, children and other wrinkled men adorned with black moustaches. Everyone was wailing and clinging in turn to the small man, who soon struggled from their arms onto the already crowded train, which promptly departed with an indignant wheeze and a heavy blast of steam. He entered our carriage, his dark eyes glistening and his hands shaking from the recent emotional parting. He soon recovered his composure and began shyly to talk to our fellow passengers. I was surprised to learn that he had just bidden farewell to his wife and family for three years. He was going to Germany to earn enough money to buy a cinema projector, with which he hoped to set up a cinema on return to his home village in Yugoslavia. The amazing fact was that he was travelling to Germany with a suit-case full of food and his total assets on his back. His family were to live in poverty until his return because he had sold his farm-a vegetable garden by our standards-to pay his rail fare to Germany, and be would have to enter that country on pretence of going to see a doctor because it is forbidden to Yugoslavs to leave the country to find work.
Such was the vile necessity that had caused this man to leave home, family and friends to go friendless and penniless to a foreign country to find work. His faith in the future was wonderful to see and an example to all of us who are so complacent about our present work and our comfortable future in the arms of our Welfare State.
P. J. BURKE (V. 6 M.)
April in Paris
My trip to Paris during the last Easter holidays was my first abroad, so I naturally tend to idealise everything I saw there-but this is hardly a bad thing, for Paris is a city that deserves every compliment that it receives.
The purpose of the visit to Paris was mainly educational, and the three of us, Huntley, Willcocks and myself, certainly learned a great deal during our stay at the Lyc้e Michelet in Vanves, one of suburbs. We formed part of a contingent of 300 British pupils who had come to increase their knowledge of France; people, language, and literature. We attended lessons in the morning from 9 o'clock until 11, and then there were lectures for three-quarters of an hour. The afternoons were usually taken up with cultural visits to various parts of Paris, and everyone was free in the evening. However, because of the activities of the O.A.S., we had to be back inside the Lyc้e by 9.55 p.m., and 'lights out' was at 10.30 p.m. (or so it said in the book of rules!). Before I leave the subject of the course, I must mention the meals that were served to us. At first they were rather hard on the stomachs of the uninitiated, but after a short period of acclimatisation, everything went well. Bread was the staple diet, being served with all meals. Breakfast was typically French, and consisted of coffee and bread, and on alternate days, butter and jam: lunch was rather more substantial, but sometimes less digestible, when we usually had an hors-d'oeuvre, the main course (some kind of steak, ravioli or chicken) and then fruit. Dinner in the evening was similar to lunch, and with both these meals we could drink red wine if we so wished, though on Easter Monday, we had the alternative of champagne, which everybody gladly took.
We visited the famous monuments of course, and were struck by the fact that they are much more beautiful than they appear on picture postcards. Every single place seems to have an atmosphere all of its own, especially Montmartre and Sacr้ Coeur, which are the places I shall most remember in Paris. When you have toiled up the hundreds of steps to the Place du Tertre, you almost feel in another world as you watch the artists at work. Most of them are in the impressionist school, but there are several modernists who tend to be a bit gimmicky. There is one thing, however, that we all agree we did not like about the monuments of Paris; that is, the little shops that have been set up inside the famous Churches, such as Sacr้ Coeur and Notre Dame-the proprietors of these 'Junk stores' appear to have little or no respect for religion, and even carry on their dubious business when there is a service in progress!
Not least of the assets of this Easter Course was its social life. There was dancing nearly every night, and on Easter Monday a concert and a "Beatnik Ball" were organised. All of this leisure time may have been to compensate for our not being able to see Paris at night because of the Organisation de l'Arm้e Secrete, which caused a little trouble in the Vanves area, blowing up one car, and giving the gendarmerie cause to be out in force with their machine-guns.
We were fortunate in other respects, though, for there was quite a bit of sport taking place in Paris during our stay. I managed to see the France-Ireland rugby international in driving rain, and at Stade de Princes, a group of us saw Rouen play Stade Fran็ais in the French championship.
I could go on talking about Paris for hours on end, but unfortunately space does not allow. It is very hard to sum up in a few lines what happened in twelve days, but to use an old but true phrase, Paris is not just a city; it is a feeling.
M. TRITTON (M. 6 M.)
What Is The Matter?
Qrpppz pressed the last button on the computer and then let his gaze fall on the soft, green grass that surrounded his laboratory. Now that the last calculations were finished, his thoughts roamed back over the years of intensive study and work. It was strange to think that Earthmen were so similar to himself. For forty years, every broadcast on Earth had been picked up on tape. The professors of Bvglpp University had managed to break the barriers of language and now all details of Earth were known. It had surprised Qrpppz to learn that beings so advanced as Earthmen should take Einstein's law, that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light, for granted. Einstein, having discovered the secrets of the curvature of space, must have come very near to the methods of super-drive. Qrpppz's planet, to Earthmen, was still 4.1 light years away. They gave it the outlandish name of Proxima-Centuri. Qrpppz shuddered; he was sure he could never spell it. He sat down with a sigh. Instead of taking 4.1 light years, a journey from Proxima-Centuri to Earth would take 4.1 weeks. About four years ago, an Earthman called Shephard had solved their last problem, that of re-entry into the atmosphere. The news had just reached them. With these final details known Trbffs, their great leader, decided on an expedition to Earth. A week tomorrow, the finest assembly of super-drive space-ships they had ever known would blast off for Earth. Qrpppz had done his work; Grp, his assistant, had done his work; and below them countless numbers of other scientists had done their work, filling in all the details. It was a pity Qrpppz could never like Grp; but then, you were never at ease with someone who found fault with your best work.
The day of the blast-off dawned gloriously. Xlgn, the expedition's commander, shook hands with Trbffs and then embraced his wife Zbyl. He climbed into one of the eleven space-ships. Each one was silvery-grey in colour, and was designed to carry one hundred and forty three men. They were saucer-shaped. A loud roar broke forth as the vehicles lifted off the ground. When the super-drive engines were switched on, they vanished from sight. The crowds that had collected gradually dispersed.
The day before the expedition was due to reach Earth, Qrppz and Grp were talking about it.
"Have you thought of Earth being made of anti-matter?" asked Grp. "You remember the discovery?"
"What discovery?" asked Qrpppz. "I hope you are not criticising again."
"Ha!" laughed his assistant. "You a scientist, and yet you don't even know about it!"
"Either explain what you are talking about or shut up," came the shouted reply.
"In the year Earthmen call 1930," explained Grp, "it was discovered that the particles of an atom must have an anti-particle. For instance, take a proton, shoot it at an anti-proton and they cease to exist. They cancel each other out and that will happen on Earth. It's like ten added to minus ten."
"I remember reading about it somewhere," said Qrpppz. "It never crossed my mind."
The sarcastic voice of his assistant rang out again. "In other words you were too busy about facts which proved to your benefit. Not those that endangered the lives of your fellow beings."
Qrpppz was furious! His best work was being criticised to the finest point by a mere assistant. Yet his rival might well be right! If Earth was made of anti-matter, when the rockets hit the atmosphere both the rockets and part of the atmosphere would cease to exist.
Down on Earth representatives from all over the world were meeting for the 1965 Disarmament Conference held as usual at Geneva.
Suddenly, to everybody's surprise, a deep red glow lit up the northern sky. It lasted for about two seconds and then died down. Five minutes later it happened again. The expressions on the faces of the representatives were those of utter bewilderment. The process carried on for about an hour. The redness of the flashes showed how very far away the disturbance was. Obviously it was matter and anti-matter colliding.
This, however, was not known on Earth, and Russia blamed America, and America blamed Russia and we are now in World War Three.
D. FISHWICK (1A.)
The restless murmur of the swaying branches,
Ceaseless trilling of chattering
And crunching on gravel of tyres.
Halting on a hill, sitting on a bank,
I gaze at the serenity before me extending
At the peopleless hamlet hiding in the trees,
Couched in the lap of the surrounding hills;
At the ribbons of road desperately clinging
To the flanks of those same
great masses of green.
Seething forward "en masse", millions upon their millions,
The corn, not yet half-grown, bending with the wind
Sending shivers of shadow scudding over its surface.
To the dazzling blue of the sky.
M. A. HUNTLEY (M. 6M.)
Stanley Bramford climbed up through the skeleton of a building under construction. He had been with the "Brookes Contracting Firm" for several years, and had got along very well with it. He climbed higher and higher, to the twenty-ninth storey, rested, and looked. . . down. Far below him cars, lorries, 'buses, bicycles, all sped along the main thoroughfare, and people, scurrying in different directions, were tiny blobs of colour to the worker. It was nearly mid-day, but Stan had already eaten his lunch since he started early in the morning.
He swung himself onto a platform of boards and looked around. It was then that he saw the rope. Frayed! He knew what the precious load was, and how many men depended on it. Fear of the consequences gripped him. He ran, along a narrow ledge, up a bendy ladder, swaying as he touched it. Stretching out, he grasped the rope. A crowd gathered. He swayed recklessly, breathing heavily after yelling out a warning.
But it was too late. The tea. . . . his tea. . . . plummeted to destruction.
W. VALLANCE (3 A.)
A Man Cries
The blood and blackness
Of the shark-tooth sky
Surge over the tree,
Gaunt, T-shaped tree.
Till you die, till you die."
Shrike, butcher bird, shrieks,
And a man cries.
Fragments From a Poem
Life's a candle
To flicker, splutter in taunting, warring draughts,
Now bright, now dim, but gouging blindly, grimly down and down,
Until one feeble flutter at
the end, and darkness.
Is fading of the light of sorrow and
Statue cut in flesh,
Naked and still.
With stodging strips of flesh;
Imprisoned with cracking yellow cage.
J. WOOLFORD (L. 6 M.)
Field Geology Course, August 1961
Last August, I spent what I like to call an educational holiday at Shrewsbury in Shropshire with H. G. Littlehales, until recently a member of this school. We were members of a geology course organised by a body known as The Field Studies Council which has a number of centres in England and Wales and organises outdoor courses in such subjects as painting, geology, geography, archaeology and biology.
As we are only interested amateurs where geology is concerned, we were more than a little apprehensive as to who our colleagues were going to be. We were half expecting a group of doddering old men who would dismiss us as ignorant youngsters, so you can imagine our delight when we found that four young girls had come on the course as part of their study for Advanced Level. Of the remainder of the course of sixteen, only one was what we termed professional, i.e. a true geologist, the rest being like us, ignorant amateurs. Most of them, students apart, were schoolteachers of varying ages, mainly from secondary schools.
This is not the place for a geological survey of Shropshire, but I propose rather to talk about life at a field study centre. We lived in a large country house which had during its history been a country mansion, a remand home (I am sure the beds are a relic of those days), and finally a Field Studies Centre. H.G.L. and I slept with another student from Wiltshire in a dormitory at the top of the house, and we three were always first up in the mornings (7.15 a.m.) or else the hot water was gone and we had to shave in cold water which, as the initiated are aware, is most unpleasant. Breakfast was at eight a.m., and we took it in turns to wash up. We were free until nine a.m., which time we spent making beds, writing letters, etc. At nine a.m. we used to collect our lunch and tea of sandwiches, change into our outdoor rig and gather in the lab. at the back of the house. There our tutor, a young Welshman fresh from university whom we called Gareth or 'Evans the Rocks', would brief us about the route we were to follow that day.
We used to travel around the Welsh borderland in three vehicles, a dormobile belonging to the Field Centre and two rather ancient cars belonging to members of the course. The car H.G.L. and I travelled in often had to be given a helping hand up the steeper hills, and its driver had a habit of racing over hump-backed bridges. In the back seat we needed crash helmets and strong stomachs. The transport was used to get from one rock exposure to the next, the exposures generally being in quarries but also in roadsides, stream beds and open hillsides. We would attack the rock with our hammers, trying to break off a small specimen for our collections and hunting for fossils. H.G.L. soon acquired a reputation as a maniac for he would climb high above everyone else and shower them with rubble and occasional boulders.
We returned to the hostel at about six p.m. and had time for a shower and a change into respectable clothes before dinner at seven p.m. After dinner we gathered in the lab. and Gareth explained to us the geology of the area we were to visit the next day.
After this we were free to use the lab. for cleaning and labelling our specimens until bedtime. Lights went out at eleven p.m. The course lasted for ten days, and its success was due, I think, to the spirit of fraternisation. Sex and age were ignored, and we became one happy band out to enjoy ourselves. The spirit of fraternisation continues, for H.G.L. and I still correspond with several members of the course.
In conclusion, I should like to recommend a Field Studies Council Centre for any senior boy who would like to attend an outdoor course. Mr. Ruffell could put him in touch with the Council authorities, and financial aid is given by the Kent Education Committee.
C. GRAVES. (D. 6 M.)
A Field-Day to Study the Canterbury Area
This year the annual South-East Kent schools' geographical field-work expedition was held in the Canterbury Area and twelve boys from the school attended it. On a day of very changeable weather we were fortunate in being able to dodge the showers and be out of the coach when the sun was shining.
When we arrived at Canterbury we were given a very useful and complete guide, provided by the master organising the fieldwork, and this enabled us to cut notes to a minimum and pay full attention to what was being explained to us.
The Forest of Blean, a few miles to the north of Canterbury, was the first place visited. Here the Forestry Commissioner explained the difficulties of his job: why certain types of trees are grown; how long it takes them to mature; and how close together they have to be grown so that the wind will not break them off at the top and so that they do not hinder each other's growth. We were allowed to look over the sawmills at the camp, and also saw two old crafts associated with forestry: flawing (taking the bark off oak-trees for tanning leather: the bark is sent to Yorkshire) and gate-making. It was amazing to see the speed and dexterity of the wood-cutter, well into his sixties: one of the real old English craftsmen.
Having returned to Canterbury we were led up to the top of Bell Harry Tower, the main tower of the cathedral. From this vantage point we could see the walls surrounding much of the old city and the clear division between the old, narrow streets of north Canterbury and the tall, new blocks of houses of the shopping centre. Further away to the north-west are the orchards of the valley of the Stour, while to the east are the growing industrial area and housing-estates of Sturry and Broadoak.
In the disastrous air-raids of 1942 a large section of the south-east part of Canterbury was destroyed. When the excavation of the area began in 1945 various Roman remains were found, especially in Butchery Lane. This was the next place visited. The depth of the remains below the road, some eight feet, indicated the way in which rubbish and human waste had accumulated since Roman times. A tessellated floor, a hypocaust (or Central-Heating Chamber), the skeleton of a baby, a hoard of bronze Roman coins, and a quadrangle have all been found here, and are on show with busts and coins, of the first four centuries A.D., found elsewhere in Canterbury.
For those of us taking Geology the next place was particularly interesting. A geologist employed at a chalk quarry just south of Canterbury showed us various fossils found in the Upper Chalk: Sea-Urchins, Belamites, Micraster Corranguinum, Spinus Spinorus, Conulus Conicus, Marcasites, and the palated tooth of a ray fish. The quarry was situated where the chalk of the North Downs had just begun to dip below the Thanet Sands, brickearth and London clay of north-east Kent and there was a layer of about five feet of Thanet sands on top of the chalk. In places the Thanet sands pierce a further five or six feet into the chalk in what are called solution hollows, which can be explained briefly as slight faults in the chalk into which a solution of the sands has gathered and crystallised.
We ate our packed lunches at Simon Langton School before splitting up in the afternoon into three groups to visit three local farms: a "mixed" farm, a large fruit farm, and a small fruit farm. At the mixed farm, which I visited, we were impressed by two points applicable to all farming today, as well as by a few primary necessities such as crop-rotation (grass and clover, cereals, potatoes) and the avoidance of frost-hollows. Firstly, the enormous cost of farming. Two combine-harvesters, used for only a few weeks a year, each cost ฃ5,000, while the several tractors on the farm each cost ฃ2,000. Most striking of all was the cost of wiring for the hop-fields: ฃ400 for each of the thirty acres.
Secondly, the tendency towards greater mechanisation and less labour that has resulted in a smaller variety of crops being grown. Only in recent years has there been any evidence to show that the drift of labour from country to town has slowed down. That is has retarded is just as well, for while obviously more labour could leave the farms it would be extremely difficult for farming to become more mechanised than it is now. Today we have about the right balance between mechanisation and labour.
After returning to Simon Langton's to rejoin the other two parties, we left Canterbury, in the early evening, tired, but satisfied with a varied and enjoyable day's fieldwork. It is this sort of outing, more than any number of lessons, that really impresses itself upon the memories of those taking part.
N. A. T. GODFREY (L. 6M.)
S.C.M. Work-Party in Hitchin
During the Easter holidays I went with a Student Christian Movement Work-Party to Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Our intention was to restore the long-neglected graveyard of Tilehouse Street Baptist Church to all its former glory, and to work for people who were too infirm to work for themselves. We arrived at Hitchin late on Thursday evening, 12th April, after a tiring, six-hour car journey. We were immediately welcomed with a hot meal by our hosts, in the church hall where we were to stay, which gave us the early impression that this would be no work-party but a rest-cure.
My dreams were rudely shattered on the next day when we spent eight hours ripping off the top layer of matted grass and roots. This work continued for one week in like manner with only two days of relaxation from our labours, and one day spent gardening for a 91 year old Yorkshireman by way of change.
On Saturday we wandered over the Pegstone Hills with a party from the local youth club. On Sunday, after church, we went to various homes for lunch and tea, and returned to the Baptist Church for a performance of Maunder's 'Olivet to Calvary'.
Tuesday afternoon was spent in Cambridge, examining King's College Chapel, the American War Cemetery and the Mullard Radio-Astronomy Research Station. I was impressed by the quiet beauty of the colleges and the quality of the carving in King's College Chapel, and was rather sorry to return to the inferior charms of the modern church on which we were working.
Wednesday, our last day in Hitchin, was one of those cold, wet, April days, in which it is a pleasure to work outside. The mud was inches thick and we felt like hippopotami wallowing in our private hollow of glorious mud.
That night, we joined our blistered hands to those of local maidens in revelry and dance at the farewell party organised by the Baptist Church. We sang for them our song of mud and gravestones and bade them farewell.
On Thursday I returned from Hitchin by car, to learn on arrival at Deal that, after a week of manual labour in a graveyard, I was expected to repair the ravages of time in my own garden-wilderness. So now, at risk of disturbing the fairies, I am building blister upon blister in a despairing effort to restore order in what has always been an impressive array of weeds.
P. J. BURKE (D. 6M.)
Twenty-eight boys and five assorted adults assembled in the high spirits usual to such occasions at Dover Marine Station on the 25th August. Nothing occurred to lessen those spirits on a very smooth crossing, or in the transition to an express heading for south-east Europe. The majority of the party had couchettes but seemed unwilling to put them to their proper use before midnight somewhere in the Rhineland.
The mists of early morning revealed that southern Germany had been reached and as the mountains came into view the sun came out for the day and for every day of our week's holiday.
Oberammergau stands in a pastoral hollow among Alps whose summits rise sharply a thousand metres above the town. Forested slopes provide material for the town's famous wood-carving industry. We visited a workshop where craftsmen worked on statues and panels for churches in such distant places as California and Glasgow. Craftsmanship is further exemplified by the frescoes on the outer walls of many hotels and houses in the town; and in the elaborate baroque interiors of most of the region's churches.
Above all, Oberammergau's repute rests on its Passion Play. We visited the theatre where 1,400 players, drawn solely from the town's 5,000 people, perform before a total of half a million visitors every tenth year. We saw the costumes, sets and properties for this triumph of local spirit and devotion.
Visits were made to fanciful castles erected with reckless extravagance by the monarchs of Bavaria and to Innsbruck and Munich where ancient city walls, towers and halls mingle with modern tourism and trade. We walked among mountains and swam in the loveliest of swimming pools.
What are the benefits of such a holiday? There is the experience of travel, with new sights and pleasures. There is direct contact with geography and history; with art and architecture in many forms; with foreign languages which become alive, real and necessary. What mastery comes with the ability to say "Zwei Coca Cola bitte"!
Perhaps of greatest value is the realisation that peoples of other nations are much as ourselves, whatever their politics or politicians. War against such peoples is seen to be absurd, the sport of politicians and the agony of man.
K. H. R.
The Merry Wives of Windsor
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Shakespeare's play, "The Merry Wives of Windsor", is a good illustration of the timelessness of the English sense of humour, for though it was probably first performed in 1599, traditionally by the royal command of Queen Elizabeth I, as a note in the attractively designed programme informed us, its brand of comedy finds a spontaneous reception to-day, judging from the enjoyment of the first night audience at the presentation of this play by the boys of Dover Grammar School. Here are all those well loved figures of farce-the "funny" foreigner, Dr. Caius, the "funny" parson, Sir Hugh Evans, the practical joke man, the Host, the foxy old soldiers, Bardolph, Nym and Pistol, the comic lover, Slender, the jealous husband, Ford, all revolving round that "whale ashore at Windsor", and the two sprightly ladies whom he hopes to woo and win.
To succeed with this comedy, the playing needs to be robust and full blooded, with an energy and rumbustiousness that is never allowed to flag, and for this to be achieved, three other qualities are needed-pace, clarity of diction and a real understanding of the text, which has to be expertly pointed if the comic situation-sometimes couched in archaic terms-is to be put across to a modern audience. On these four counts Dr. Hinton and his cast acquitted themselves triumphantly and the result was that the comedy sprang from the text and not from extraneous business, though where the producer allowed himself to be less controlled by the play, the result was often a riot, such as the duelling practice of the hot tempered Dr. Caius, whose vigour caused the blade of his sword to stick in the wall, so liberating his terrified servant, Rugby, who dodged clear underneath while the going was good. But generally, the intelligent treatment of the text itself gave us the full measure of the comedy and, thanks to the ingenuity of the set and the expertise of the stage management, not for one moment was our interest allowed to sag by delays while the scenes were changed. This was done by stage hands in Elizabethan costume, but so quickly were the alterations made and the furniture re-arranged in the brief black-out between one scene and the next, that their presence was remarkably unobtrusive as we passed from Windsor street to the Garter Inn, from the houses of Caius, Page and Ford to Windsor Park.
In the main, the stage was backed by an attractive arrangement of Tudor architecture-black beams and white plaster work, with a door at the top of some steps which provided different acting levels skilfully used to enhance the grouping, but the really intriguing feature of the set was the window bay, which by a simple process of revolving could turn the street into one of the houses themselves, with a recessed window seat, which when covered by an arras, gave Simple and Falstaff their comically artificial hiding places. Then for the scenes in Windsor Park, we had a delightful back-cloth of trees in spring foliage, surmounted by the noble mass of the round tower of Windsor Castle itself, an admirable setting for the duel between Dr. Caius and Parson Hugh, and later for the third and final discomfiture of Falstaff before Herne's Oak. Here the visual side of the production achieved its climax with a company of sprites carrying lighted tapers and executing dances in wheel formation, which suggested more the steps of a corps de ballet than of the highly drilled members of the lower school, aided by costumes which successfully eliminated still further all signs of schoolboy gaucheness. Despite the subdued lighting for this scene of deep midnight, it was a further achievement for the producer that the passwords "Mum" and "Budget" uttered by the irrepressible Slender and the postmaster's Boy, and the spiriting away of the two fictitious Annes in addition to the elopement of Fenton with the real Anne, were all clearly heard and seen thanks to careful grouping and the resourceful use of exits and entrances, in spite of the visual distractions of the stage itself.
The most uproarious part of the comedy concerns the efforts of Falstaff from the most ulterior of motives to make love to the two wives, and their equal determination to punish him for his brazen effrontery by enticing him on to calamity after calamity until he has really learnt his lesson, so in the hatching of the plots and in the Buck basket and Herne's Oak scenes, a tremendous amount depended upon the acting of M. Nice as Falstaff and J. Bishop, J. Lusk and P. Lyons as the Merry Wives. This Falstaff had no pretensions to an aristocratic background, but he was certainly the hard-living, hard-drinking habitu้ of the Garter Inn, imperious in command, irascible in disposition with a voice that was as penetrating as a fog horn and as rasping as a saw. He may have been" two yards and more" as Pistol quipped, and he certainly found it difficult to bend down to retrieve the incriminating letter to Mistress Page, but on other occasions he strode across the stage with an agility that belied both his age and his figure, and did not seem altogether consistent with them, yet it was a powerful presentation of a most difficult part for any young actor to essay. The Wives were delightfully contrasted-one tall and the other short, one fair and the other dark, and not only did they manage their unfamiliar clothes with great dexterity, but they communicated an infectious merriment as they proceeded from one device to the next, a feat which must have been hard to maintain, and which was largely responsible for the zest of their scenes. Drawn into these scenes were the two husbands, Page and Ford, and R. Medhurst in particular gave us the benefit of his excellent speaking voice and varied facial contortions as he portrayed the jealousy of the suspecting husband, Ford, and the incredulity of the master Broome disguise, learning from his victim how escape from under his very nose had been effected in the Buck Basket, and as the Witch of Brainford.
The secondary plot deals with the trials and tribulations of Dr. Caius, the French Physician, Master Slender and Master Fenton, as well as the Welsh parson Sir Hugh Evans, for the love of Anne Page, aided and abetted by the Host, Justice Shallow and Mistress Quickly, and here again, the actors stepped right into their parts, reacting as much when they were merely listening, as when they were the centre of attraction. Whenever he appeared, R. Armstrong as Master Slender caused bursts of laughter by his gawky movements and plaintive protestations, though he was perhaps a little lacking in the good breeding that he was at pains to explain to everyone except Anne, before whom he was completely tongue tied. F. Conley made an energetic busybody out of Sir Hugh Evans, though his Welsh intonation might have been stronger, and C. Edwards was well made up as Dr. Caius, and gave us the irascible temperament but perhaps not enough of the excitability of the voluble French physician. C. Stewart managed to convey the senility of the aged country justice Shallow, and P. Relf made a presentable Fenton. As for the other two "ladies", R. Stocks played Mistress Quickly with too much delicacy for that" foolish carrion" and raddled women of the world and D. Fleming made Mistress Anne a little too colourless for the girl who seemed to have set all Windsor on fire, but they were noble efforts all the same, and the fact that one was not conscious that these were boys taking women's parts was a great tribute to their acting and a great asset to the production.
Finally there were all the supporting parts which though small in themselves added impressively to the total effect of the Play, for in Shakespeare, all the characters, minor and major are important. Falstaff's cronies were a rough and ready lot, who had obviously arrived from the city underworld, and in their drinking bouts and general loutishness, they struck as much terror into the beholder as their Master himself. And Falstaff must have had the cheekiest page (D. English) ever impressed into service: he missed nothing as he listened attentively to all the things that were not intended for his benefit, and a broad wink to the audience made it clear how much more he knew of "this world's wickedness" than ever his elders gave him credit for. Very different was the slow-witted, lugubriously spoken Simple (M. Styles) a highly appropriate serving man for the foolish Slender, while the other servant, Rugby (W. Batty or P. West) never seemed to know whether he was coming or going, such was the effect of serving so unpredictable a master as Dr. Caius.
In every way this was in fact a most satisfying production, and all who saw it have cause to be grateful to Dr. Hinton and the Masters and boys associated with him for ushering in the Christmas season with so much of the merriment that is implicit in our enjoyment of this festival.
On the 1st December, 1961 the Troupe Fran็aise offered us a change from the usual diet of Moli่re and 19th century comedy. Their production of "Anti gone", by Jean Anouilh, a living writer almost as well known in this country as in France, attracted a large audience-surprisingly so, for it is a sombre play with little comic relief and very little action.
In the exacting role of Antigone, Pamela Stirling proved again what a talented actress she is-she could not convince us that she was a girl of twenty, but she did convey the essential tragedy of Antigone and she held the attention of the audience whenever she was on the stage. Beside her, the other principal character, Creon (played by Jean-Fran็ois Dupas) seemed ineffective-a weakness which upset the balance of the main scene of the play. Ismene (Ines Nuzi่res) could not be blamed for not being blonde as the author intended, but seemed to find difficulties other than the colour of her hair in the part of Antigone's sister. The only other character worthy of mention (in this production) was that of the Garde, excellently acted by Jacques Alaniesse. His scene with Antigone had just the right mixture of light relief and pathos.
The experiment was well worth while, especially for those who knew the play beforehand, but one feels that the Troupe Fran็aise-and their audiences-are happier with Moli่re.
Talks to the Sixth Form
Space will permit no more than a brief look at a few of the lectures given to the Sixth Form by visiting speakers. The complete list of talks will be found in In Brief.
In the first term Mr. Johnson, the Chief Education Officer of the English Electric Co. spoke interestingly and humorously about the nature of engineering. He made us realise that although engineering had often been thought of as a dirty job in fact true engineers were not dirty, they were rather creators, like artists. He went on to describe the education of an engineer and to discuss especially what was required of an engineer concerned with manufacturing, as here art and science met.
Professor Miles from Wye College, in his lecture "Appreciating the Countryside" pointed out with the aid of slides the effect geology and climate had on the landscapes of certain well-defined regions. He dealt with Ingleborough Forest, a massive pavement of carboniferous limestone, where the few plants that managed to survive did so in the cracks where a little dust had accumulated. He then showed slides of the Channel Islands, where the warm and sunny climate manifested itself in large areas of greenhouses to produce out-of-season crops. Finally he dealt with the Massif Central and the Pyrenees, showing pictures of stunted fruit plantations in bloom against a background of snow-capped mountains.
Mr. Proudler, the local dental surgeon, spoke of his travels across East Germany, Russia and other communist countries. He, too, used coloured slides, and these clearly showed the contrasting life of East and West Berlin. The East was sti1llying in the ruins of the 2nd World War whilst the West was rebuilt with the skyscrapers and other features common to western cities. He talked about the life and customs of the Russians and told how western people were subject to numerous restrictions on their movements in the cities of the communist block.
The Reverend D. M. Ryle described the two years he spent in Palestine as a soldier. The country at this time, 1946-48, was a British Protectorate and his unit was stationed about 40 miles from Jerusalem to keep peace between the Jews and the Arabs. What struck most people, he said, was that Jerusalem was not today at all like its description in the Bible. Starting from the Mount of Olives he visited many of the Latin and Greek Churches, amongst which were the Church of Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Church of the Nativity. Although they were often not as he would wish it was yet possible to see through the ornamentation and to get a true picture of the places in Christ's life.
Finally, Mr. A. Gould, Governor of the Dover Borstal, impressed upon us that there existed a great deal of misunderstanding on the part of the public about the Borstal institutions. The Borstal was not, as many supposed, a prison in itself; it existed, in fact, to keep young offenders out of prison. He told us that boys living in rural areas were able to "let off steam" more easily than city boys and consequently a larger proportion of the latter were in the institutions. His greatest problem of all, however, was to gel the offenders settled down after their two year period of supervision.
A highly successful Concert, organized by the Parents' Association, was held at the School on Friday, 6th April. It consisted of vocal and instrumental items by the Choir and Orchestra, together with violin, clarinet and piano solos. In all cases the standard of performance was extremely high. The orchestra provided much pleasure for an appreciative audience and the happy blend of instruments was indicative of consistent hard practice. The warmth of the applause rewarded the soloists for their performances and encouraged them to further activity. The Choir, singing with infectious gaiety and enjoyment, made an immediate impact. After having created an atmosphere of boisterous fun with their first song, the Choir delighted its listeners with a combination of technical excellence and sensitive interpretation. The Concert ended in fine style and undoubtedly made a lasting impression on those present. The film which followed, the hilarious comedy "Genevieve", was well received and provided a fitting conclusion to a really first rate evening.
J. W. PHILPOTT (M. 6M.)
Over-ambition was, perhaps, almost the downfall of Open Day this year. There was so much going on and everything was spread over so much ground. It would have saved a few hundred pairs of sore feet if everything had been more concentrated. The displays themselves were interesting, particularly the Model Railway exhibition, probably the biggest crowd-puller, and the Science and Art Displays. The visitors' shooting was an excellent idea but owing to the weather nobody could find the school glider. The gymnastics display was extremely good, with Nice and Crick outstanding.
3A/3B's short French play 'L'Inspecteur' was a success in spite of language difficulties. In contrast the Dramatic Society's production, 'The Reunion', was I suspect picked for its size rather than its quality. As it was they made a commendable attempt at a poor play.
And so our visitor departed, weary, aching, loaded with 'Opinion', 'Interest' and a variety of railway magazines pressed eagerly upon him, with a school tea rumbling' his stomach, but convinced that they must do something at that school.....
In the period 1957 to 1962, membership of the National Savings Group increased from 92 to 122, and the annual amount "saved" increased from ฃ215 to ฃ347. This is not a startling achievement, but it is progress in the right direction, and the School has been congratulated by the District Commissioner. Thanks are due to form monitors who have performed their duties reliably and efficiently, collecting sums of ฃ2 or more each week and distributing stamps without losing a penny or tearing a stamp.
We must also congratulate Conley, Owen and O'Donovan who were placed first in their age-groups in the local National Savings Handwriting Competition, and especially O'Donovan who was first in his age-group in the South-East Kent Constituency, and also in the South-East Region, the whole area over which the competition was held.
Speech Day, 1961
An old boy of the School, Professor G. Curry, travelled from South Carolina to give the address this year, and was accompanied by Mrs. Curry who distributed the prizes. He called upon all members of the school to take an active part in voluntary organisations and especially in local and national government; although the School had produced senior civil servants it had not yet produced an M.P. The next 25 years would see tremendous changes both nationally and internationally and it was up to everyone to see that the Government worked for the people, not the people for the Government. Society expected something in exchange for all it did for us. In the course of his speech Professor Curry announced that he and his wife were to award an Anglo-American prize each yearthe award first going to W. Knowles for outstanding academic achievements.
In his address Dr. Hinton revealed plans for a School Council which would give boys experience in leadership and in democratic procedures and spoke of the fundamental principles of the amended curriculum which were that every boy should be introduced to as many fields of experience as possible, that he should see that no one field was so important as to exclude all others and that he should take an external examination only when ready and when it was necessary.
The Good Fellowship Prize
(given by the Right Worshipful the Mayor of Dover)
|R. G. Thorp|
|The Whitehouse Memorial (Scripture) Prize||J. R. Greer|
|The Robert Michael Brown Memorial Prize for R.A.F. Cadets||C. W. Lewis|
|The Old Boys' Cadet Prize||R G. Thorp|
|The Rookwood Prize for Dramatics||W. K. Hutchison|
|The School Magazine Prize (given by an Old Boy)||M. A. Huntley|
|The Staff Prize||W. K. Hutchison|
|The Headmaster's Prize||G. P. Ayres|
|The Upper School Reading Prize||M. R. Nice|
|The Middle School Reading Prize||E. J. Dane|
|The Lower School Reading Prize||J. Bishop|
The Alan Paddock Memorial Prize
(Middle School Good Fellowship, given by Colonel A. Andrews)
|D. A. Raines|
The Middle School Special Endeavour Prize
(given by the Parents' Association)
|J. W. Drynan|
The Lower School Special Endeavour Prize
(given by the Parents' Association)
|I. C. Wade|
UPPER SIXTH FORM PRIZES
|The English Literature Prize||P. Jeremy Burke|
|The Tunnell Senior History Prize||M. F. Hendy|
|The Geography Prize||H. G. Littlehales|
|The Pure Mathematics Prize||J. D. Gardner|
|The Applied Mathematics Prize||R. C. May|
|The Edward Ryeland Memorial (Physics) Prize||G. P. Ayres|
|The Thomas Memorial (Chemistry) Prize||J. D. Cox|
The Pudney Prize for Economics
(given by E. W. Pudney, Esq.)
|P. John Burke|
|The Sydney and Ethel Clout Prize for Music||R. G. Thorp|
|The Engineering Drawing Prize||P. J. Smith|
|LOWER SIXTH FORM PRIZES|
|The English Literature Prize||P. D. T.Muskett|
|The Divinity Prize||P. E. Relf|
|The French Prize||M. Tritton|
|The Clatworthy Senior Latin Prize||M. Tritton|
|The History Prize||P. D. T. Muskett|
|The Geography Prize||P. D. T. Muskett|
|The Mathematics Prize||D. A. Burton|
|The Zoology Prize||C. F. Clements|
|The Physics Prize||M. A. Player|
|The Chemistry Prizes||C. F. Clements|
|M. A. Player|
|The Art Prize||D. N. Pettet|
|The Economics Prize||L. N. Cowling|
FIFTH FORM PRIZES
|The Divinity Prize||J. R. Lemar|
The Roy Sutton Memorial Prizes for English
(given by Mr. and Mrs. N. Sutton)
C. S. Edwards
S. M. P. Surzyn
The Patrick Elworthy Memorial Prize for French
(given by Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Elworthy)
|A. D. Piqu้|
|The Clatworthy Junior Latin Prize||B. J. Hardey|
|The Tunnell Junior History Prize||W. Larkins|
|The Geography Prize||N. A. T. Godfrey|
The Frederick Ashman Memorial Prize for Mathematics
(given by Mr. & Mrs. H. Ashman)
|J. W. Thorpe|
|The Physics Prize||B. J. Hardey|
|The Chemistry Prize||F. Jezzard|
|The General Science Prize||A. C. Haig|
|The Biology Prize||G. Gabriel|
The Lewis Robert Kennedy Memorial Prize for Metalwork
(given by Mrs. Mercer)
|C. J. Boys|
|The Woodwork Prize||V. Atkins|
|The Geometrical Drawing Prize||C. M. Roberts|
|The Art Prize (given by the Parents' Association)||B. J. Hardey|
|The Music Prize||K. L. Tutthill|
FOURTH FORM PRIZES
|The 4 A Form Prizes||J. Newman|
|The 4 B Form Prizes||B. Shinfield|
|A. S. Ellis|
|The 4 G Form Prizes||M. V. Aylen|
|P. R. Miles|
|The 4 T Form Prizes||M. J. Styles|
|J. D. Dry|
|The Divinity Prize||E. J. Dane|
|The English Prize||P. A. Lyons|
|The History Prize||J. Woolford|
|The Geography Prize||B. Shinfield|
|The Modem Studies Prize||D. Belfield|
|The French Prizes||T. P. Carroll|
|The Latin Prize||J. Newman|
|The Mathematics Prize||A. Revelt|
|The Physics Prize||D. E. Hopper|
|The Chemistry Prize||D. F. Johnson|
|The General Science Prize||F. J. A. Harrison|
|The Art Prize||N. J. L. Hall|
|The Metalwork Prize||M. J. Styles|
|The Woodwork Prize||M. J. Styles|
|The Technical Drawing Prize||G. Nolan|
THIRD FORM PRIZES
|The 3 A Form Prizes||S. Zographos|
|D. W. Fleming|
|The 3 B Form Prizes||P. Howard|
|M. S. Reid|
|The 3 C Form Prizes||S. R. Friend|
|B. P. Jarvie|
|The Divinity Prize||R. S. Gregory|
|The English Prize||D. W. Fleming|
|The History Prize||D. W. Fleming|
|The Geography Prize||D. W. Fleming|
|The French Prizes||D. W. Fleming|
|The Latin Prize||S. Zographos|
|The Mathematics Prize||C. Sanders|
|The Science Prize||S. Zographos|
|The Art Prizes||C. D. Dunster|
|J. R. Fozard|
|The Metalwork Prize||A. J. Lewis|
|The Woodwork Prize||C. Sanders|
SECOND FORM PRIZES
|The 2 A Form Prizes||A. J. Brooks|
|B. H. C. Ashbee|
|The 2 B Form Prizes||S. Lawrence|
|G. C. Friend|
|The 2 X Form Prizes||P. R. West|
|R. J. H. Owens|
|The 2 Y Form Prizes||K. W. Belfield|
|C. G. Baker|
|The Divinity Prize||A. J. Brooks|
|The English Prizes||A. J. Brooks|
|B. H. C. Ashbee|
|The French Prize||N. L. Collard|
|The Latin Prize||G. S. Trice|
|The History Prize||K. Hardy|
|The Geography Prize||A. J. Brooks|
|The Mathematics Prize||B. H. C. Ashbee|
|The Science Prize||G. S. Trice|
|The Art Prize||K. Knight|
|The Metalwork Prize||K. W. Belfield|
|The Woodwork Prize||I. S. Leiper|
FIRST FORM PRIZES
|The 1 A Form Prizes||P. Newman|
|J. P. Nokes|
|The 1 B Form Prizes||J. P. Cooper|
|M. C. L. Webster|
|The 1 X Form Prizes||C. S. Hambleton|
|R. A. Horth|
|The 1 Y Form Prizes||R. A. Betts|
|N. M. Smith|
|The Divinity Prize||A. E. Chapman|
|The English Prize||P. M. Andrews|
|The French Prize||M. G. Lewis|
|The History Prize||J. R. Willman|
|The Geography Prize||J. L. Pay|
|The Mathematics Prizes||D. J. Torr|
|L. M. G. Harvey|
|The Science Prize||P. Newman|
|The Art Prize||J. P. Nokes|
|The Metalwork Prize||K. Murton|
|The Woodwork Prize||M. V. Knott|
SCHOLARSHIPS AND OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS
|R. G. Thorp||Open Scholarship in Science at Balliol College, Oxford.|
|W. Knowles||Open Exhibition in History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.|
|J. D. Cox||Ministry of Education State Scholarship. J Distinction in Physics, Advanced Level G.C.E.|
|G. P. Ayres||Distinction in Physics, Advanced Level G.C.E.|
|P. Jeremy Burke||Distinction in English Literature, Advanced Level G.C.E.|
|W. J. Glanville||1st in 200 Yards Hurdles, Kent Schools' Championships.|
|P. D. Hemmings||1st in Under 13 Backstroke, Kent Schools' Swimming Championships.|
|M. J. Hudsmith||Played Soccer for Kent Grammar Schools.|
|J. Bishop||1st Prize in Essay Competition organised by the Association of Men of Kent and Kentish Men.|
House Challenge Shield-Frith House (House Master, Mr. W. H. Jacques, House
Captain, W. K. Hutchison).
The Tunnell Memorial Sports Cup-M. J. Hudsmith.
Combined Cadet Force
R. N. SECTION
Midway through the Autumn Term the new intake completed their A.B. syllabus and all passed their ensuing examination-Howard with 85%. During the Spring Term seven cadets passed the Ordinary Naval Proficiency examination (Belfield and Styles 84%) and five passed the Advanced Naval Proficiency examination.
During the Easter holidays, 27 section members attended Annual Training at H.M.S. Sultan, Gosport. The programme included range practice, sailing, pulling, an initiative exercise and interesting excursions to H.M.S. Corunna, Vernon, Dolphin and Battleaxe. A day-trip through the Solent and up Southampton Water in an M.F.V. proved to be most instructive and exciting.
After Easter, the section made hasty preparations for the Annual Inspection, on 25th May, by Lieutenant-Colonel Kyte. The inspecting officer complimented the section on its parade and activities (communications, drill, ropework, chartwork and navigation).
On the 8th June a presentation, following a parade, was made to Mr. Archer on his retirement from C.C.F. work in recognition of his 21 years' service. During this term outdoor activities, including boatwork, were prevalent.
R. Eade (P/O Instr.)
ROYAL AIR FORCE SECTION
Ater 21 years with the Air Cadets Sqn./Ldr. Archer retired in June. His work for the Section has been long and hard, but at the same time there is no doubt that he has enjoyed it. He has seen the C.C.F. as a way of encouraging initiative and leadership and also of providing cadets with some practical experience outside the classrooms of the School. The opportunities provided by the Air Cadets in particular are very wide and he has always ensured that cadets have made the fullest use of them. The whole Section would like to take this chance of thanking him for many years of service and for all that he has done.
The most notable acquisition of the Section has been the Primary Glider. Training has proceeded from two stages of mere assembly and flying on the static stand to ground slides and even the occasional and unintentional hop. The launching crews have stuck to their laborious task very well, and with fine weather in the Autumn Term more progress should be made.
Six Cadets went to R.A.F. Hawkinge last Summer on gliding courses. F./Sgt. Castle and Cpl. Clements are to be congratulated on qualifying for their 'A' and 'B' Certificates. Three more cadets are going to R.A.F. Swanton Morley this Summer and they should be able to gain both the valuable experience of glider flying and the enjoyment of one of the great privileges of the R.A.F. Section.
Achievements in R.A.F. examinations have been quite good over the year. At the Advanced Proficiency stage there were 2 passes, Sgt. Henson gaining a Credit, and at the Proficiency stage all cadets achieved successes, some at the second attempt. Congratulations must be given to Cpl. Walder on gaining a Distinction.
The annual training at R.A.F. Gaydon was enjoyed by all cadets. The station arranged an extremely interesting and varied programme, the highlight of which was the inspection of the Victor and Valiant bombers. Cpl. Strank was lucky in having the chance of a three-hour flight in a Valiant, but all cadets had plenty of flying in Chipmunks and in the station Anson. The only criticism was that we had to return to Dover in time for the start of term.
F/Sgt. Castle has led the Section well throughout the whole year and the Section put up a very creditable showing at the Annual Inspection in May. We welcome a new intake of 14 cadets from the Basic Section and hope that they will start their training with great enthusiasm.
Hail the conquering heroes. Yes they're back again, the Army Section; those towers of strength armed to the teeth, the thin khaki line to which our country will turn as a very last resort.
We had all of two members last year and they were regarded as instructors for the Basic Section, rather than Army Cadets. But now the wind of change has blown through our school and we have a nucleus of fourteen stalwarts around which we can build a really excellent section.
The beginning of the year saw our lads fresh back from a most enjoyable camp at Stoney Castle, as guests of the Scots Guards. We look forward to the happy hunting grounds of this year's camp to be held in the backwoods of Norfolk.
The Section has rapidly progressed in knowledge and smartness, a feat which we most gratefully attribute to the efforts of R.S.M. Haig and C.S.M.I. Forest of the D.Y.R.M.S. and S.S.I. Hackett of Dover College.
Early May saw our lads hard at it doing Cert. A Part 11 Proficiency Examination with almost 100% success. This was the first major event for our keen band. Then followed the Annual General Inspection on 25th May by Col. Jarrett who was pleased with the entire parade. The Commonwealth Youth Sunday Parade followed, and our smart young section did not disgrace the school by any means.
In closing this report on a more sober note I have the last of the term's parades to mention. This was the final Parade of Sqdn. Ldr. Archer who so ably led us as C.O., since the formation of the C.C.F. We should like to add our thanks and congratulations to a man most worthy of them.
S. J. ALLERTON (C.S.M.)
MOTOR TRANSPORT SECTION
The M.T. Section was started in February 1962 as a post proficiency activity open to cadets from the three senior sections.
From the beginning it was decided that practical experience was the first essential and that everything was to be done by the cadets themselves. With this in mind a rather dilapidated 1938 Rover Saloon was purchased and a select group of amateurs set to work with a will to pull it to pieces, aiming to put it into good working order.
At the time of writing these notes, the section has been working for two terms and already a lot of valuable experience and know how has been gained. For example we have learnt more about the fuel system of a car by stripping and reassembling an A.C. petrol pump and a Solex and S.U. carburettor than we could ever learn from books.
The main work so far has consisted of grinding in valves and polishing ports but we are gradually approaching the stage of reassembling the engine. When it is running to our satisfaction we shall be re-lining the brakes, checking the steering and making one or two minor adjustments.
We are already beginning to look forward to the Ministry of Transport test and, if the car passes this, Mr. Bird has promised to give us driving lessons.
This year's basic section was organised into two platoons each of two sections.
Section leaders and 2 I/C's were appointed for these sections at the end of the Christmas term, providing early opportunities for leadership.
Annual inspection and the Commonwealth Youth Sunday Parade provided valuable experiences for those who participated.
The Basic test was held on 29th June and 32 cadets took the examination. The result was extremely gratifying, there being no failures and three credits (Cdts. Beney, Lacey and Morgan).
It has been encouraging to note in this year's basic section a smartness which indeed rivals that of the three senior sections.
A. C. HAIG (Sgt.)
With the Bliss Classification now reigning, work this year has been almost placid, despite 5 A's vocal efforts. The new Encyclopaedia Britannica, so badly needed, graces the shelves with its royal blue binding, and we hope soon to match it with a new Chambers' Encyclopaedia. The mountain of rebinding which confronted us three years ago is now reduced, if not to a molehill, at most to a foothill. Extra shelving supplied last August is already in full use, and there is very little room left for more. It is little comfort to learn that, although we are entitled to a Library twice the size, we are unlikely to get it in this decade.
It is less comfort still to realise that VI Form boys have been just as casual as ever in their attitude towards Library books and magazines; indeed, in many cases, instead of 'casual' one is tempted to write 'dishonest'. Even the form using the Library more than any other took hardly any pride at all in its appearance. (Is the VI Form a realm in which privilege is grabbed and responsibility shirked? It often seems so).
There are, happily, exceptions; in particular we owe a considerable debt to Graves, C., Graves, R., and Littlehales, H.C.; not only have they given freely and cheerfully of their time, but each has, like Riley, S., presented a book to the Library. Others who have been glad to use Library facilities might well offer a similar acknowledgement.
We have had fewer recruits this year. Normally, we expect to have new helpers from Lower VI and IV A in particular. This year, only one each from L. VI Modern and L. VI Science and none at all from IV A have helped; we were therefore all the more grateful for help from IV B.
Phoenix Society Report
This year has seen no dramatic changes in the Phoenix Society programme, although the list of members has altered somewhat in the course of the year. The most memorable meeting must be that at which Mr. Shenton explained the Zetetic Approach to Cosmological Matters, when the accepted theories of gravitation and the structure of the universe were discussed at length, although not objectively, since religion was linked to scientific thought in such a way as to make those who did not accept the Flat Earth Society's claims seem atheists.
Mr. Payne gave an interesting lecture on "The Proper Study of Mankind", and G. Littlehales a more controversial talk on "Geography and Geology in the Service of Man". Mr. King talked on "The Society of Friends".
Mr. Greer delivered his farewell lecture on "Pierre Taillard de Chardin" in fine philosophic form, and the following discussion ranged from the exploding universe to the prospect of there being eventually a perfect society, and the limited evolutionary process now at work in man.
The last lecture in the Easter Term was delivered by J. Gardner on "The Future of Asia". This lecture began with a general survey of Asian history and went on to consider Asia's possible future progress.
At the Phoenix Society meetings, the discussion has always been as valuable as the lecture, in that freedom of expression is then granted to every member. The society, this year has fulfilled its aim of promoting the reading of papers and consequent discussion of philosophical, artistic, and scientific interest. It is to be hoped that it will continue so.
P. J. BURKE (U. 6 M.)
The programme of the Cercle Fran็ais this year has covered a wide variety of subjects.
We have been given talks ranging from "Brittany" by Mr. Woollett and "The Tourist in France" by Mr. Wallace, to "The Philosphers and the French Revolution" by Mr. Lister, as well as papers on "Le March้ Commun" by M. Tritton and "Blaise Pascal" by M. Huntley. The best attended meeting was on 5th April when a colour film entitled "March้ Fran็aise" was shown. This was a survey of French history through the medium of the Arts, the final section of which gave a good insight into everyday life in modern France.
Our play readings also proved quite popular. Extracts from Moli่re's "L'Avare" and Anouilh's "L' Alouette" and "Antigone" were read by members and interesting commentaries given by Mr. Woollett, M. Huntley and Mr. Marriott respectively.
Our programme is planned to interest all fifth and sixth formers. We welcome particularly those who are not specialising in French and hope for greater support from the senior part of the school in the future. We shall be glad to receive any suggestions for next year's activities.
M. A. HUNTLEY (M. 6 M.)
The History Society has had a successful second year and average attendances at over a dozen per meeting, have remained high for a group of this type. Unfortunately the members of the Lower Sixth have been reluctant to show any interest, and what perhaps is more serious is the difficulty that is being encountered in recruiting boys from that year to fill the various offices of the society. It must be said that unless this situation is rapidly altered the future looks rather black.
The fact that the talks given to the society this year have been, without exception, interesting and informative makes our failure to bring in new members all the more disappointing. Topics covered have included the histories of the Nonconformists, the British Press, Castles, Celtic Ireland, and Criminal trial in England. In addition we have had talks on "Looking at History" and "Elections 150 years ago", the former having been given by Mr. Peacock and the latter by the Headmaster. Other speakers have included two old boys, C. Binfield, B.A., and J. F. Mummery, who proved that the school is capable of producing historians of the very highest order.
During the year the society lost two of its founder members, Greer and Littlehales.
We shall always be grateful to both of them for the work they have put in and hope that they will continue to be interested in the development of the society.
L. N. COWLING (M. 6 M.)
The School S.C.M. group has been unusually lively this year, with activities outside its normal range. The meetings have been consistently well attended and discussions have ranged widely on such topics as "A Publicity Campaign in Church", "The Ministry of the Church", "A Priest's Training", "Contemporary Cathedral Life", "The Incidence of Boredom and the proper use of Leisure Time" and "Modern Religion".
Two of the meetings were combined meetings with the Bible Study Group from the Girls' Grammar School. These proved popular, and we hope they will continue to flourish.
The activities of the group have not, however, been limited to discussion. At Christmas some members assisted in the distribution of parcels to senior members of the Dover community, and at Easter, P. J. Burke went with an S.C.M. work party to Hitchin to work on a church and among the old and infirm there.
It is to be hoped that such activities will become a regular part of the society's programme.
The S.C.M. Conference at the Duke of York's School on the 21st March was attended by 59 boys from this school. The main speakers were Mr. Ragg from Oxford House, Bethnal Green, and Mr. Gould from Her Majesty's Borstal, Dover. The subject was" Operative Christianity", and, although the groups were rather large, discussion was keen, and the conference as a whole, useful.
The S.C.M. Conference has always been a highlight in the group's year and only shows what a successful year this has been when I say that this is but one of the many happy memories I shall retain of our meetings.
P. J. BURKE (D. 6 M.)
We started work in September on clay models for a Nativity scene and a number of favourable comments about these were passed to us by members of the staff and by visitors. On the last day of term the display was transported to Buckland Hospital where we set it out.
Spring Term brought forth the making of murals and stained-glass windows which were about Easter-tide.
During the last year we have had a number of interesting meetings, three of them being: a film about the British and Foreign Bible Society, some colour slides of the Barbary coast shown to us by J. P. Morgan of 3 X, and a talk about missionary work by Reverend J. A. J. Binks, an old Pharosian.
We also enjoyed two films about the Dr. Barnardo's Homes shown to us by Mr. Brian Ellery. As a result of this, some of us joined the Dr. Barnardo's League to help out with their work.
K. BARRACLOUGH, P. FRY.
The School Choir sang at the Christmas Service in St. Mary's Church and also at the Concert in April, organized by the Parents' Association. Although the time at our disposal to prepare for this Concert was extremely limited, the Choir responded well, and touched its old form once more. We sang a popular selection, including a pleasing arrangement by our conductor of the folk song "Robin Adair". Doubtless many members of the Choir will be singing in 'Patience' which the School is producing in December, 1962.
We shall be particularly sorry to lose from our ranks M. J. Hudsmith and P. Jeremy Burke, who are leaving at the end of the summer term.
J. W. PHILPOTT (M. 6 M.)
Despite the old advice that self praise is no recommendation the Orchestra can indeed be pleased with itself, for although R. Thorp and D. Brennan were "sorely missed" as the last Pharos predicted, the performance of individual members has improved greatly so that this Spring, our ranks supplemented by boys from the former Junior Orchestra, we at least equalled the standard attained a year ago.
Mr. Best chose some easier selections mainly to help the less advanced members and these pieces were heard on Open Day in the Dining Hall. On the whole the Orchestra has progressed and expanded steadily-we now have a second clarinettist and hope that another flautist will soon join us-so that once again we have the groundwork for further concerts. May we maintain, if not surpass, the standard we have set ourselves over the past few years.
P. E. RELF (M. 6 M.)
The Middle School Literary and Debating Society
The society had varied meetings this year, ranging from a light-hearted debate on Teachers' Pay (the first meeting) to the School Nativity Film (the last meeting of the Autumn Term). Among the other subjects were a talk on the British Constitution by W. Lacey (L. 6 M.), criticism and praise of poetry and prose by members of the school and a debate (following the Nativity film) on whether Christmas is losing its spirit and significance.
As might be expected, attendance started off well, 15 members being present at the first meeting, but, despite efforts to attract new members, it fell away (at one meeting only 4 members attended) but towards the end of the second term began to rise again.
The club missed the secretary, D. Fleming, during his indisposition, as he was always ready to join in a discussion with some lively comments. Now we (the Chairman and Secretary) sit back and let others contract nervous breakdowns trying to run the club smoothly.
The Dramatic Society
At the beginning of this year a new society was added to the school calendar; the Dramatic Society, founded by the Headmaster held its first meeting on Monday, 17th January. A committee of six members was formed from various sections of the school, and following this meeting the committee drew up the Society's constitution. Not unnaturally the principal aims of the Society are to maintain an interest in, and improve the standard of, dramatics in the school, and there have been several other meetings since then in which we have attempted, through play readings, to achieve these aims. Of course, as a new society it has plenty of time, under the committee's guidance, to develop its activities to the full, but as this entails full support I should like to point out that membership is open to the whole school.
R. MEDHURST (L. 6 M.)
Work this past year has centred on collecting information from Old Boys and many others, firstly for the Register and secondly for the Old Pharosians' News Letters. We have so far found it very difficult to get details of the first 70 pupils of the School and have managed to gather satisfactory information of only about twelve of them. Indeed there have been few encouraging results of our labours and a revision is likely in our approach to the Register. The lack of support for the Unit within the School causes some anxiety and boys from the Middle and Upper Schools are especially invited to share our now more interesting work, particularly since we have been given the opportunity to work through the files of the Dover Express. Tutthill of 2 B. has been doing some very valuable work in this connection.
P. E. RELF (M. 6 M.)
This year the meetings of the club were held throughout the Autumn and Spring terms on alternate Thursday evenings in the Junior Physics laboratory. The attendances at the majority of meetings have been most disheartening, and next year I hope for much better support from the junior school, to whom we always have and will look for the hard core of our regular members.
During the latter half of the Spring Term the annual chess competition was held.
Out of a large entry of fifty, the chess cup was finally presented on Sports Day to M. Meehan L. 6 Science.
K. E. HOPPER (M. 6 Sc.)
The General Knowledge Club
The club has changed greatly since its inauguration. At the outset, it was formed because many boys liked "quizzes". Now, members prepare speeches and many of these are of a high standard and on varying subjects which entail quite a deal of research.
At the first meeting of 1961 there were 21 members but by the beginning of the 3rd term this had risen to 41 and new members are still joining. Several of the older members have come forward with ingenious plans to attract new members, such as guessing identities of staff from recorded speeches.
On 18th May the Headmaster gave an interesting talk on Undergraduate life at Oxford. Mr. Wallace gave a talk on the work of a District Officer in Nigeria. In spite of all the above attractions, quizzes still hold an interest for all and the certificates awarded to winners are highly prized.
I should first of all like to thank on behalf of the members of the Club, the masters who do the organising, the boat minders and their assistants for maintaining the dinghies in racing trim, the people outside the Club who have lent their craft for several school activities, and finally the adults who have trailed the dinghies to Open Meetings.
During the summer holidays the school dinghies went to the Heron National Championships at Herne Bay where they were competing against adult entries from all over Britain. Helmed by W. K. Hutchison, C. J. Goldsmith and M. J. Styles the boats obtained the noteworthy positions of two seconds and a seventh, while on aggregate Invicta was fifth and Pharos was eleventh out of eighty-three entries. C. J. Goldsmith, particularly, distinguished himself with an eighth in the Single-handed Championships held in rather choppy seas.
A few days later school helmsmen again distinguished themselves, this time in the British Moth National Championships at Dover, which attracted a few French entries besides many from all parts of Britain. M. J. Hudsmith obtained a very creditable fifth and W. K. Hutchison seventeenth in this very 'hot' class.
On the return to school M. J. Hudsmith again shone with a good win in the School Single-handed Championships for the Bevan Cup. K. Hollett was second.
During the winter attendance at the theory classes was fairly good. After much work scraping and painting the boats were launched in April. Weather at first was poor but the R.C.P.Y.C. Regatta was held in fine conditions. In the Heron Class J. Gray was second and K. Belfield third. M. J. Hudsmith regained the Moth Cup after his absence last year and P. Hemmings in his new boat, a "Fleetwing" class dinghy, won the Handicap Cup.
At the beginning of July six dinghies entered the Kent Schools' Regatta at Whitstable. P. Hemmings was again prominent and won the Ramsgate Cup for the best performance. In the Heron Class, school boats helmed by M. J. Styles, K. Belfield and J. Gray and crewed by C. Baker, B. Thornton, and I. Felvus took the first three places. As a result of this Regatta P. Hemmings with R. West as crew and M. J. Styles and K. Belfield went at the end of the term to Northampton for the All-England Championships.
The Results of the School Lock Trophy held in late July follow in the next edition.
M. J. STYLES (Sailing Capt.)
The Guild of Printers
The past year has been a most successful one in every respect for the Guild. Our business has increased threefold, we have made appreciable additions to our stock, and we have extended our activities to embrace a 'Junior' section.
Of the thirty jobs which the Guild now handles on average each term headed stationery has undoubtedly been our most popular 'line'. We have catered for numerous parents and their friends, and our notepaper is being used as far afield as Cornwall, Sussex, Berkshire, Hampshire and Lancashire. Besides serving the School and the Parents' Association on many occasions by printing letter-headings, tickets, handbills and programmes, the Guild has also under taken the printing of certificates for the Boy Scouts' Association, official crested notepaper for the C.C.F., honey-pot labels for local beekeepers, and tickets for the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club, Dover Hockey Club, St. Augustine's Golf Club, and the British Red Cross. Our biggest single job, however, has been the printing of copious literature for the Christian Stewardship Campaign at St. Peter's Church, River.
Although the cost of materials has risen, the very considerable increase in business has enabled the Guild to maintain its moderate charges unchanged. From the proceeds new rollers have been bought for both presses, and further supplies of 10 pt. Times New Roman type and spacing material have been added to stock. The Guild has also bought picture frames, thus enabling boys' work to be hung in the corridors, two sets of booklets for the Art Room bookshelves, a second hand Cottage Loom for the Art Room, and has paid a year's subscription to the B.B.C.'s 'Picture of the Month' Art Appreciation Scheme.
Samples of our work have been entered for an Adana Printing Competition and it is possible that these may be exhibited at the Tenth International Handicrafts and 'Do It Yourself' Exhibition to be held at Olympia, London, in the Autumn.
When membership of the Guild was extended to the Lower and Middle School the response was overwhelming and, at the outset, the 'Junior Guild' was very heavily oversubscribed. These new 'apprentices' have been receiving instruction in type-setting and presswork from two 'master printers' R. Medhurst and M. Nice, who have been with the 'Senior Guild' since its formation. Our thanks are due to them for their assistance.
We should also like to thank all those who have brought business, and the many boys who have assisted Guild members when we have been working under pressure. We are especially indebted to Mr. Peal for the gift of a small printing press, to Mr. D. Weaver for the gift of an upper and lower type-case, and to C. Roberts and V. Atkins of 6 G. who have kindly made several more type-cases in the Workshop.
The 'Senior Guild' meets regularly throughout the year on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and on Fridays at 3.20 p.m., and the Junior Guild meets during the lunch break, also on Tuesdays and Fridays. Anyone wishing the Guild to undertake a job should contact the 'Jobbing Foreman' (see Main Notice-board) from whom a 'Job Sheet' may be obtained.
When completed this should be returned to the 'Jobbing Foreman' whereupon an estimate will be given.
This was started to provide an activity for those who had few interests in sporting activities so far. By the hard practice of a few boys, however, we reached a high enough standard to fence against two other clubs, the Junior Leaders Battalion and Dane Court Technical School, Broadstairs. Both matches we lost, one narrowly the other decisively.
Special mention of Watts (Captain), Horth and Burtenshaw is deserved and also of Bushell who proved the most successful in the team. Horth and Burtenshaw both entered for the S.E. Kent Championships for foil.
A badminton club was started in September 1961 with a view to finding out what enthusiasm and ability there might be for the game. Enthusiasm was evident from the outset although the number of players dropped a little when it became necessary to make a small charge (3d.) for purchasing shuttlecocks.
It was not intended to invite other clubs to compete against us until we knew our possible strength. However, two schools wrote to us asking for matches and to this we agreed. We played against Sir Roger Manwood's School and Simon Langton School and whilst losing both matches we did not entirely disgrace ourselves. Towards the end of the season a staff team played the boys and after a close match the staff won five games to four.
The aims of the club are to provide facilities to play, for those who already play the game, and to teach anyone who would like to learn to play.
Owing to the high cost of travelling to away fixtures it is not proposed to play any matches against other clubs.
To provide some form of competition it may be possible to arrange house matches.
Membership of the club is open to fifth and sixth formers and the new season opens in September with meetings on Thursdays at 4 p.m.
Sports Day, 1962
A warm although slightly blustery afternoon greeted the opening of Sports Day.
Attendance was poor at first, probably owing to the early start, but it picked up well later on. Three records had already fallen: the Under 12ฝ Cricket Ball to Hover (Astor), the 12ฝ-14 Javelin to Duffield (Priory) and the Over 16 Discus to Hudsmith (Astor) whose Herculean throw added over 20 feet to the existing record.
Something was missing from the very startthere was no competition. Frith had already taken an unassailable lead of nearly 100 points over Priory and Astor, who in turn were 70 points clear of Park.
The first track event was the intermediate half-mile, which was just won by Waters (Astor) from Woolford (Priory). In the intermediate 100 yds. Borley (Park) and Glanville (Priory) both ran very well, Borley just coming home first in 10.8 secs. In the senior dash Hudsmith had a tremendous run and would easily have beaten the record had he not slowed down over the last few yards; as it was he only equalled it in 10 secs. Duffield took his second record in the 12ฝ-14 Hurdles, winning in 11.8 secs. Meanwhile three field events had been taking place, in one of which Hudsmith beat his own record in the Hop, Step and Jump.
There were no surprises in either of the furlong events, Glanville duly winning the 14-16 race in 25 secs. and Hudsmith taking the senior in 23.2 secs. In the next track event, the 14-16 200 yds. Hurdles, Sollis (Priory) built up a tremendous lead, only to slip on the last bend. He recovered his feet, however, glanced round and still won comfortably, never losing his lead. Hudsmith took his third first of the day, and his fourth altogether, by winning the senior 200 yds. Hurdles in 24.8 secs., equalling the record. Then, in the next race, Sanders (Park) won the 14-16 400 yds. in his easy, almost lazy, style.
The climax of the day was, of course, the Mile, in which Gardner (Astor), as expected, won without much trouble from Haig (Priory) in 4 mins. 48 secs.
Miss P. Elnor, having received the traditional bouquet, presented the trophies, the winners of which were
|Ewell Cup (Over 16 Long Jump)||Bostock (Frith)|
|West-Oram Trophy (Over 16 440 yds.)||Burke (Park)|
|Gambrill Cup (Over 16 880 yds.)||Gardner (Astor)|
|Junior 100 Cup (12ฝ-14 100 yds.)||Hemming (Priory)|
|Wood Cup (Over 16 100 yds.)||Hudsmith (Astor)|
|Gutsell Cup (Over 16 120 yds. Hurdles)||Bostock (Frith)|
|Henney Cup (Over 16 High Jump)||Jones (Priory)|
|Venables Cup (14-16 220 yds.)||Glanville (Priory)|
|Glack Cup (Over 16 220 yds.)||Hudsmith (Astor)|
|Blackman Trophy (12ฝ-14 Cricket Ball)||Murton (Priory)|
|Reynolds Cup (Over 16 Weight)||Warren (Priory)|
|Lady Crundall Cup (14-16 440 yds.)||Sanders (Park)|
|Farley Cup (Mile)||Gardner (Astor)|
|Betteshanger Cup (Over 16 Relay)||Frith|
And so another Sports Day passed off without major calamity. If they are to be remembered as anyone's, the 48th Annual Sports will be remembered as Hudsmith's.
J. P. LUSK (3 A.), W. VALLANCE (3 A.)
The soccer 1st XI of 1961 did not quite come up to expectations. We had three goalkeepers, each of whom played well on occasions. The two full-backs were very good indeed, hard-working and dependable. At centre-half Jeremy Burke was highly intelligent and completely sportsmanlike in his play; and if the wing-halves were young, they always gave of their best and played with style.
In the forwards Hudsmith was magnificent wherever he played. He scored most of the goals and imparted a drive to proceedings without which we should hardly have won a match. Nadin characteristically gave of his best but the other forwards were generally below 1st XI standard in intelligence, skill and determination. The recent World Series on television must have opened British eyes to the value of these three qualities.
Full colours were awarded to Hudsmith (re-awarded), Graves, Bostock, Burke and Nadin.
Representative colours were awarded to Pratt, Shinfield, Revell, Beer, Ernes and Gerrard.
RESULTS:Played 12, Won 5, Lost 6, Drew 1.
As the results indicate, the 2nd XI enjoyed a highly successful season. Well led by Clements, the side generally played with gusto and no little skill; moreover, despite the loss of several players to the 1st XI early in the season, the team continued to function smoothly. Strong-tackling half-backs continually broke up opposing attacks and created openings for a nippy forward line which was well served at centre forward and on the wings.
The team had their stiffest test playing against Harvey Grammar School (away).
Previously, the school had defeated them at home 7-3; however, on this occasion, it was evident from the start that Harvey meant business, and the School defence had an anxious time in the first ten minutes. After twenty minutes Emes gave Dover a 1-0 lead, but a few minutes later Harvey equalised with a penalty.
In the second half Dover gradually took control, but ten minutes from time they allowed Harvey to break away and score. School came back with a vengeance and levelled the score through a hard drive by Kettle, just before the final whistle. The unbeaten record remained intact!
RESULTS:Played 9, Won 8, Drawn 1.
UNDER 15 XI.
After making a good start in the Chadwick Cup Competition by beating Walmer, the team lost to Archer's Court who were themselves beaten in the final.
Apart from this defeat, the tea only lost against older sides-Canterbury Tech. and another Archer's Court team' At centre forward, T. Glanville was undoubtedly the team's outstanding player and earned a regular place in the Kent team.
RESULTS:Played 8, Won 3, Drawn 2, Lost 3.
UNDER 14 XI.
"Reckon we ought to charge for admission," one of the forwards was heard to say (letting the others get on with the game). The remark came when a sixth adult appeared on the touchline of Leney Two, not to mention a married couple peering from the Avenue and supporting Simon Langton's.
This Junior XI deserved its crowds: they are just at the age when they play neatly and are given scope to do so. Ground conditions this year were also favourable, while protracted summer-time allowed regular practice after school during the first half-term.
In consequence, though there were disappointing phases in most of the games, the referee and those few loyal parents were treated to some clever patterns of attack, while the defenders always tried to push the ball constructively, even when the situation called for something quite different.
It would be a pity to point the merits of several players and so appear to reflect on those omitted, in a team which played well together and behaved so amiably. Three names might reasonably be given, one from each' line': Anderson, the right-back, knows how to clear with either foot, but usually did far more than that, turning defence into attack, finding the right man, and moving up behind the forwards when occasion allowed: Leiper, the captain, tackled and headed strongly; he is the sort of pivot to give confidence to a side: Heard, moved from his favourite wing position to centre-forward to meet the needs of the team, led from behind in the approved modern style; he controlled the ball well, made some splendid through-passes and was up in the middle for the finish of a movement.
These examples illustrate the relative quality of this team, an unusually good one, and may also hint at the value to the game as a whole of first-class matches on television; some of these boys have watched pretty closely, presumably after homework was finished.
The team was selected from the following :Gilbert, Anderson, Tolson, Pullan, Duncan, Leiper, Petts, Bishop, Morgan, Heard, Best, Palmer, Sollis, Sheppard and Allen.
RESULTS:Played 8, Won 7, Lost 1.
UNDER 12 XI.
This was the season of all seasons! It was not an outstanding XI but the members were very enthusiastic and played well together as a team. Eight matches were played and all were won. At the end of the season the Under 12 XI played the Under 13 XI and a draw was a very fair result. Finally, to round off a successful year, the members sat down to an enjoyable tea in the dining Hall. The Headmaster and Mr. Ruffell were the guests.
The regular members of the team were :-Durrant (Capt.), Hover, King, Bent, Johnson, Terry, Biggs, Pearce, Brothwell, Wood and MacMahon. Reserves were Langley and Tubb.
RESULTS:Played 8, Won 8.
It is impossible to describe the fortunes of the 1st XV in the usual superlative language of past reports. The team, although the results might indicate it, were not bad in the usually accepted sense of the word; it was rather that the opposition was good, in cases out of the 1st XV's class. There was a definite improvement as time passed; the "pack" played more as a unit instead of the previous eight men, the backs ran and passed with more assurance, and the kicking was more reliable.
Much of the team's "success" can be ascribed to Bostock who, playing his first season of rugby, supported the team efficiently at full-back. Wilson, Nadin and Burke deserve mention for they all three played well and kept up the team spirit during the season when defeats were in the predominance over victories.
The team was selected from: Wilson (Capt.), Allerton, Beer, Binge, Bostock, Boys, Bradley, Burke, Castle, Davidson, Gardner, Graves, Hopper, Horth, Howard, Hunt, Johnson, Jones, Nadin, Pratt, Thomas, Warren and Watts.
Wilson, Bostock and Graves were awarded full colours. Allerton, Binge, Boys, Burke, Davidson, Gardner, Hopper, Hunt, Johnson, Nadin, Pratt, Thomas, Warren, and Watts were awarded representative colours.
RESULTS:Played 10, Won 0, Drawn 1, Lost 9.
S. J. PRATT (L. 6 Sc.)
UNDER 16 XV.
The under l6's enjoyed a very successful season, losing only one of our seven matches, against teams which were on the whole older and bigger than ourselves but we never let this worry us, and with accurate passes and well-manoeuvred attacks overcame this disadvantage. Probably the match most to be remembered was our first game against Deal Secondary School who came to our ground not having been beaten for a whole season. They were older than us and we began with the wind behind us, and took first blood when the Deal three-quarters dropped the ball; Bradley was quick to intercept and with a well-judged kick ahead sent Hopper over for an easy try in the corner. We were now on top and when we had come close to the Deal line the ball was passed along to Revell who dropped a splendid goal. Then Deal gave away a penalty and from 50 yards out Hopper kicked a perfect goal, bringing the score of 9-0 at half time. In the second half Deal scored a hotly-disputed try but after Revell and Hibbert had come near to scoring Jones went over under the posts leaving Hopper with an easy kick to make the final score 14-5.
The Junior Leaders proved tough opposition, but nevertheless we beat them twice while Pilgrims School and King's School U 15's were convincingly defeated. We also entered a sevens tournament at Deal, but with little experience, we were knocked out in the semi-final by the Duke of Yorks' Hibbert at scrum-half served the three-quarters well with Bradley and Revell frequently kicking ahead and using the speed of Hopper and Jones outside them. Jones was a fearless tackler, and in the forwards Jewkes and Gould formed the spearhead to an eight-man battering ram. Raines handled the ball safely at full-back, and the team spirit was kept at a high level under the efficient captaincy of Bradley.
Those who played were:Azoulay, Blunt, Bradley (Capt.), Christie, Drake, Drynan, Gould, Hibbert, Hopper, Jones, Meehan, Raines, Revell, Russell, and Webb.
RESULTS:Played 7, Won 6, Lost 1. Points for 163, Points against 11.
D. E. HOPPER (5 A.)
UNDER 15 XV.
The team enjoyed a highly successful season in which we maintained an unbeaten record by winning nine and drawing two of our eleven matches.
In all of these the three-quarters received good service from the forwards, Cork and Jarvis being outstanding, but a complete three-quarter movement was rare because of continual kicking. However, enough were seen to show that they had the potential and Glanville and Millar, combining well on the right wing, scored many tries. These were not often converted early in the season, but Glanville came into great prominence in the final games.
We had several tough games but those against Dane Court were undoubtedly the toughest. In the first, we had the territorial advantage but could not reap any benefits from it although a drop-kick from Williams in the final stages hit the cross-bar and bounced back into play leaving the final score-sheet blank. In the away match, there was little in it territorially and again the match resulted in a draw, Cork having equalised an early try.
We also took part in a seven-a-side tournament at Deal in which we reached the final.
Throughout the season the team was well-captained by Jarvis who was ably deputised in the final match by Williams.
Those who played were:Jarvis (Capt.), Atkins, Bennett, Cork, Dunster, Gibbs, Kay, Lewis, Marsh, Millar, Murray, Ratc1iffe, Saunders, Snashall, Williams, Woolford.
RESULTS:Played 11, Won 9, Drawn 2.
UNDER 14 XV.
This team had a very successful season, and did in fact remain unbeaten. This was mainly due to the team work of the players, especially the pack, who never looked like being outplayed in any game, and gave their best displays in the very heavy conditions. The three-quarters added their speed and agility to the team and were responsible for many tries.
Pond as captain and Sollis as vice-captain led the team well, the former being the outstanding player in the team.
Team:Anderson, Allan, Leiper, Johncock, Mercer, Bishop, Morgan, West, Crombie, Sollis, Pond, Cook, Hemmings, Rebbeck, Pullan.
The record is undistinguished and unusual in having no victory. The team, however, was young, seven of them expect to be at school next year and hope springs eternal.
Brown has batted very well indeed, with a final average of 26. The others have all done their share in averting defeat but have not had enough positive skill to search for victory.
The bowling has been immature, coltish and without penetration.
In one respect only has the team been highly commendable. No matter on what part of the ground the ball was picked up it went full pitch into the wicket-keeper's gloves.
Full colours were re-awarded to Nadin the Captain and newly awarded to Brown.
Representative colours go to Beer, Blunt, Bostock, Bradley, Eade, Graves, Howard, Lemar and Revell.
Snashall has kept score for the team in each match, a valuable service cheerfully performed.
RESULTS:Played 8, Drawn 6, Lost 2.
The second XI has had a less distinguished season than usual, although an improvement was obvious in the later games. This was probably due to the irregularity of the first fixtures and net practices most of which were spoilt or cancelled because of rain and consequently a poor start was inevitable.
Wilson was again a most experienced and valuable captain, who kept the team spirit alive throughout. elements proved the most consistent member of the side, providing the back-bone of both batting and bowling. Godfrey was perhaps a little unlucky with "seamers", and his analysis is no reflection on his worth.
The team's batting on the whole was unreliable, and at all times a collapse seemed imminent. The bowling was the better department of the two, being workmanlike and efficient if sometimes erratic. The ground-fielding tended to be weak, but the catching above average.
The team was selected from: Wilson, Pratt, Haynes, Cowans, elements, Smith, Gubbins, Hopper, Hibbert, Pique, Dry, Dyer, Godfrey, Hunt and Russell.
RESULTS:Played 6, Won 3, Lost 3.
S. J. PRATT (L. 6 Sc.)
UNDER 15 XI.
The under 15 XI enjoyed a reasonably successful season, winning two matches, losing three with one tied. Amongst the batsmen Palmer and Glanville were the most reliable but unfortunately did not receive adequate support from those further down the order.
Atkins and Mitchell bowled particularly well. The former improved in control and direction as the season progressed and his best performance was 6 wickets for 9 runs against Sir Roger Manwood's School. Mitchell showed considerable promise with his leg breaks and Atwood, who came into the side later in the season, helped to strengthen our attack.
The fielding was good and at times excellent. Gibb was an efficient wicketkeeper and Wellard a popular and capable captain.
The most exciting match was the game against Sir Roger Manwood's. After dismissing our opponents for 56, we made a good start and had scored 31 for 2 wickets, of which Palmer made 17, when a collapse set in with eight men out for 42, the outlook was gloomy. However some good off-drives by Dyer raised our spirits and the scores were level when, in attempting to hit the winning run, Dyer was caught at cover. The result was also remarkable for the fact that last season the corresponding under 14 XI's, composed of largely the same boys, also tied-at 29 apiece!
The following played in one or more matches:Wellard (Capt.), Atkins, Atwood, Bishop, Dyer, Gibb, Glanville, Gore, Heard, Kay, Leverington, Mitchell, Morgan, Palmer, Philpott, Piqu้.
RESULTS:Played 6, Won 2, Lost 3, Drawn 1.
UNDER 14 XI.
This was a rather unsuccessful season spoilt in two cases by rain. Although runs were few, most (not all!) of the matches were close. The matches were played in a friendly spirit, and even the erratic bowling seemed tame. The averages at the end of the season were, not surprisingly, low, and wicket-keeper/batsman Gilbert emerged top of the batting averages whilst Andrews found himself top of the bowling averages, both by narrow margins. One main aspect of the season was the number of catches dropped. There were eight in one match! Let us hope that next year a better and more successful team will be compiled under the title of the Under 15's.
Team from:Russell (Capt.), Cooper, Shepherd, Andrews, Flood, Gilbert, MacMahon, Chapman, Liddell, Whiteoak, Powney, Shiel and Greame (Scorer).
RESULTS:Played 5, Won 1, Lost 4.
UNDER 12 XI.
The following boys represented the school in one or more matches: Hover (Capt.), Briggs (Vice-Capt.), Coleman, Durrant, Pearce, McDade, Brothwell, King, Richardson, Terry, Kinsley, Weymouth, Wood, Johnson, Bent, Tubb.
RESULTS:Played 4, Won 1, Drew 1, Lost 2.
Enthusiasm and fitness from all members of the team combined to make this our most successful season for many years.
We started in October with a victory against Sir Roger Manwood's School over our own course, but, alas, this early fitness suffered under the strain of Christmas pudding so that our performance in the A.A.A. County Championship at Dartford on the 6th January was well below our best. However, by the 1st February and the S.E. Kent Championships, we were in better shape. Woolford was 4th in the Junior race, and Humble and Taylor were 4th and 8th respectively in the Intermediate race; there was no senior race.
Our intermediate team was placed second overall and Woolford, Humble, Taylor and Gardner were chosen to represent S.E. Kent in the Kent Championships at Swanley. This was held over a fairly flat course that will be remembered for the large expanse of icy water and mud that we had to splash through, especially by those who missed their footing. There were over a hundred runners in both the Junior and Intermediate races and sixty in the Senior, but Woolford finished 16th in the Juniors, Humble 11th in the Intermediate class and Gardner 9th in the Seniors.
By far the coldest race of the season was the Inter-Schools Match at Harvey Grammar School. Here, despite a small blizzard and knee-deep iced mud, our team was placed second to Dover College out of eleven teams from various parts of Kent. Revenge soon came; only three days later we narrowly beat Dover College to win a match held at the Borstal, in which 9 teams took part. In the Individual placings Gardner was second and Clements was third. After a very fine tea Mrs. Gould presented the trophies, our team receiving a silver cup and each member a medal.
We finished the season with three victories. On the 28th February we defeated Sir Roger Manwood's School on their own course, but the individual winner was Bolton of Manwood's who broke their course record by over a minute. On the 14th March we won a home match against Simon Langton's School and on the 21st March we beat Harvey Grammar School, again on our own course.
Next year should prove equally successful, for the majority of the team will still be at school to start a new cross-country season.
Full colours were re-awarded to Gardner (Capt.) and newly awarded to elements, Woolford, and Humble. Representative colours were re-awarded to Haig and Taylor, and newly awarded to Styles and Catt.
J. GARDNER (U. 6 Sc.)
In a busy athletics season with more matches than usual, there has been rather more success than failure and some fine individual achievements.
Out of six matches, the senior team have scored four firsts and two seconds. The various junior teams have had one first, two seconds and three thirds in their competitions.
The season's individual honours must belong to the athletics captain, M. J. Hudsmith. His brilliant performances in the 100 yards, Discus and Triple Jump will long be remembered in the school and also in the district. In matches, he could usually be relied on for maximum points in his three events, and also to put the team in a strong position by an electrifying burst in the relay. Competing against men in the Kent County A.A.A.
Championships, he was placed third in the Triple Jump with 43 ft. 7พ ins., and wherever he has performed, he has broken records.
In the 880 and the Mile, Gardner has had a steady string of successes, often winning both events in the same. afternoon. Haig was never far behind in the 880, having trained harder than anyone. Other prominent team members were Burke in the 440 and 220, and Bostock in the 440 and Long Jump. But the interesting feature of the team was often the success of substitutes who performed far better than expected when examinations or early leaving caused the absence of regular team members.
Full colours were re-awarded to Hudsmith, Gardner and Burke, and newly awarded to Bostock and Haig.
Among the juniors, Glanville has put up some good performances in the sprints and Triple Jump. The general standard has shown a steady rise as the season progressed and promises well for the future.
19th May. MATCH v. MANWOOD'S AND SIMON LANGTON AT DOVER.
Result: Senior: D.G. 111, R.M. 76, S.L. 42.
Junior: S.L. 78, D.G. 71, R.M. 65.
Hudsmith won his three events, the 100 yards in 9.9 secs. with the aid of a following wind. Gardner won the 880 in 2 mins. 11.4 secs.
In the Junior section, Glanville won the 220 in 25.7 secs., and Gergory the Long Jump with 14 ft. 9 ins.
The school won both of the relays.
23rd May. MATCH v. DUKE OF YORK'S, HARVEY AND MANWOOD'S AT GUSTON.
Result: Senior: D.G. 135, R.M. 114, H. 104, D.Y.RM.S. 87.
Junior: D.Y.RM.S. 123, D.G. 97, RM. 95, H.88.
The School won all the senior track events with the exception of the 220 and Hurdles.
In the Juniors, Glanville won both of the sprints, and Sollis the 440.
1st June. SOUTH-EAST KENT SCHOOLS' A.A. CHAMPIONSHIPS AT ARCHER'S COURT.
This is the principal event for all the Under-15 teams of local schools, and this year there were eleven schools taking part. The school team was placed third behind the Duke of York's and Castlemount, and the following earned selection for the S.E. Kent team to compete in the County Meeting:
Glanville 1st 220 yards 24.9 secs.
Pond 2nd Discus 118 ft. 2 ins.
Martin 2nd High Jump 4 ft. 9 ins.
20th June. MATCH v. SIMON LANGTON'S AND HARVEY AT CANTERBURY.
Result: Senior: D.G. 60, S.L. 37, H. 25.
Junior: S.L. 47, H. 39, D.G. 36.
The outstanding performance was that of Hudsmith, in the Triple Jump. Ground conditions were favourable, and he cleared 44 ft. 1ฝ ins., his season's best.
Haig won the 880 in 2 mins. 11.8 secs. and Styles the Mile in 4 mins. 58.5 secs.
In the Juniors, Glanville won both the sprints and the Triple Jump.
23rd June. KENT SCHOOLS' A.A. CHAMPIONSHIPS AT BROADSTAIRS.
In a very full day's athletics, the S.E. Kent team was well placed in all three sections.
Our individual successes were:
Hudsmith 1st Triple Jump Senior 43 ft. 7พ ins. (New County Record).
Bostock 2nd 200 yds. Hurdles Senior
Glanville 3rd 220 yds. Junior
Pond 3rd Discus Junior
Haig 3rd 880 yds. Intermediate
Gardner 4th Mile Senior
27th June. MATCH v. H.M. BORSTAL INSTITUTION AT DOVER.
Although the school team showed a number of new faces and our visitors won the
sprints, the result was narrowly in our favour by 70 points to 52.
7th July. THE DUKE OF YORK'S CUP AT GUSTON.
After the team's recent successes, it was hoped that we would regain the cup that we held for four successive years, from 1956 to 1959, but we failed by the narrow margin of a single point. St. Lawrence were the winners out of the seven schools competing.
Hudsmith set up new records in the 100 yds. (10 secs.) and the Discus (135 ft. 8
THE POWELL TROPHY AT ASTOR SCHOOL.
The School managed to retain the cup which they won at the inaugural meeting last year. After trailing for most of the afternoon, the team edged their way into the lead in the last few events, holding off their nearest rivals, Castlemount, by one point.
Out of the thirty events we were allowed to enter, the team scored ten firsts, six seconds, six thirds and four fourths, and in only one event was our representative unplaced in the first six.
Our best performances were those of Sollis, who won the 80 yds. Hurdles in 11.0
secs., Heard in the 440 (58.2 secs.), Pond in the Discus (115 ft. 2 ins.) and
the Under-16 Relay team who won in 49.0 secs.
14th July. MATCH V. DOVER COLLEGE AND CHATHAM HOUSE AT FARTHINGLOE.
We were placed second in the Senior section and third in the Juniors.
With a few absentees from the team and some indifferent performances from others who seemed to have passed their peak, the team showed glaring weaknesses. Although Chatham House and ourselves had some brilliant athletes, Dover College had the best balanced teams and well deserved their win in both sections.
Hudsmith won his usual three events with meeting records, rounding off his athletics season with a searing 9.8 secs. for the 100 yards.
When the season opened in the Autumn term with the House competition, Frith appeared to be favourites. They won their first two matches by convincing margins, but their victorious progress was blocked by the solid defence of Park, who were undefeated.
For the first time, the competition was extended to include junior house teams. Park could not manage a single win in this section and as Frith won all their three matches they became overall champions.
The final placing was: 1st Frith, 2nd Park, 3rd Astor, 4th Priory.
Without having the height advantage of recent school sides, this season's school team was more skilful than usual. As the season progressed, an all round improvement was evident, especially in the attack. In the defence, lapses in concentration often gave away vital points, but against the ponderous dribbling of many of their opponents, the team's quick passing style of attack showed up well. Beer and Roberts formed the two main prongs of the attack and were principal points scorers. In defence, Hudsmith was always prominent, and his huge leaps secured possession of the ball in many dangerous situations.
Full team colours were awarded to these three players and to Nadin, and team colours to Bradley, Emes, Gerrard, Godfrey, Hunt and Russell.
The team lost twice to Dane Court, the first time by a fair margin and the second time by an odd point, the result depending on a missed free throw just on time. All of the other ten matches against Harvey, Simon Langton, Sir Roger Manwood's, H.M. Borstal, Duke of York's and Old Boys were won.
When the Old Boys' team assembled, it included several members of recent school teams who are keeping up an active interest in the game. The captain was Periton, who plays regularly in one of the premier teams of the Canterbury League; Whetton is secretary of his College club, and May is playing at Southampton University.
The sport of gymnastics has continued to make progress in the school with a larger following in the gym clubs, more competition and with work of a wider scope and higher standard being attempted.
Gymnastics in schools has traditionally been based on the Swedish system and it is only in recent years that the Olympic work of German origin has gained respectability and popularity in educational circles. In the school, an attempt has been made to follow this trend, especially as all competitions organised by the Amateur Gymnastic Association are run on Olympic lines.
Two visits to London have greatly stimulated interest. The first was when an Under-15 team took part in the preliminary round of the Southern Counties Vaulting and Floorwork Competition at Wood Green. Rubins, Palmer, K. Wells, Crick and Kearon all had practised hard and performed well. They were placed third, above the only other Kent team taking part, and profited by seeing other more experienced competitors in action.
The second visit was to the finals of the National A.G.A. Championships at the Royal Albert Hall. Here the country's finest gymnasts were on show, providing an exciting spectacle and an inspiring example.
In the House gymnastic competition, Frith were the champions. Already firm
favourites for the title, they had made the result certain by thorough
preparation under the capable leadership of Roberts their captain. Their
turn-out was immaculate, and the competition was virtually between the other
three houses. Davidson was a worthy individual champion. His work throughout
showed good form and flow, and culminated in a highly complex and original
floor-work routine. The work of Roberts, Nice and Raines was also of a high
standard sufficient for the award of colours. Rubins deserves mention for his
fine back somersaults, and Crick for achieving such a good standard at such an
In the junior competition, Astor were the winners, with Peall as the individual champion.
Overall, the placing was as follows:
1st Frith, 2nd Astor, 3rd Priory, 4th Park.
In the summer term, a first form team competed successfully against Sandwich Secondary School and showed good promise for the future. Practice has continued in preparation for Open Day, and next season's competitions are looked forward to with keen anticipation.
By kind permission of the Commandant, visits to the Duke of York's School Bath have again continued throughout the year.
More attention than usual has been given to the learners and non-swimmers with the valuable aid of Davidson, Nice and Pettet as group instructors. There have been few candidates for proficiency tests, but a group consisting of Cork, Mercer, Revell, Ruranski, Stark and Waters was successfully prepared for the Bronze Medallion of the Royal Life Saving Society by Pettet, who was awarded his Instructor's Certificate.
In the Swimming Sports, there was practically a full entry for all events, the house captains making strenuous efforts to fill last-minute gaps. The organisation of the Park team by Burke proved the most successful. At the end of the individual events, Park were one point behind Frith, but a first and two seconds in the relays put their total well ahead. Six records (indicated by asterisks below) were broken, two each by Nice, Pettet and Hemrnings, all three actually improving on their own existing marks.
|25m. Free Style:||Bonnage, Fancourt, Swatton, Grieg||23.5s|
|50m. Free Style:||Hemmings, Queen, Blackman, Drayson||37.8s.*|
|25m. Breast Stroke:||Whiteoak, Nokes, Hambleton, Buhlman||23.7s.|
|25m. Back Stroke:||Hemmings, Falconer, Dixon, Taylor||19.5s.*|
|Relay:||Park, Frith, Astor||90.0s.|
|25m. Free Style:||Carter, Stark, Cork, Ebel||17.8s.|
|50m. Free Style:||Pond, Stark, Dane, Couchman||39.8s.|
|100m. Free Style:||Pond, Dane, Gray, Rebbeck||97.6s.|
|50m. Breast Stroke:||Pond, Carter, Mercer, Ruranski||48.3s.|
|50m. Back Stroke:||Ruranski, Dane and Cork, Mercer||52.3s.|
|Relay:||Frith, Park, Astor||81.4s.|
|25m. Free Style:||Pettet, Davidson, Johnson, Revell||15.1s.*|
|50m. Free Style:||Nice, Hollett, Henson, Clark||32.5s. *|
|200m. Free Style:||Nice, Burke, Davidson, Hollett||2m. 11.8s. *|
|50m. Breast Stroke:||Pettet, Drake, MacFarlane, Sencicle||41.9s. *|
|100m. Breast Stroke:||Pettet, Burke, Stocker, Underhill||96.4s.|
|50m. Back Stroke:||Davidson, Burke, Pettet, Hollett||45.9s.|
|Relay:||Astor, Park, Priory||69.5s.|
|25m. Butterfly:||Nice and Burke, Dixon||19.4s.|
Early in the summer term, we took part in a home match against Simon Langton.
After being comfortably ahead on points, one of our team was disqualified and the visitors won both relays so that our eventual lead was small. The return match in the outdoor pool at Canterbury was unfortunately cancelled on account of the arctic summer weather.
In the annual relay race for the Coronation Shield organised for the Under-15 teams of local schools by the Dover Lifeguard Club, our team of Hemmings, Pond, Bennett and Whiteoak was second to Astor. This has been our position in the race for the past five years.
School colours for the season were awarded to Nice and Pettet.
Abrahams, A. C. (O.L. 6). Prefect, School 2nd XI Cricket, Leading Seaman Instructor C.C.F., Geog. Soc.
Austin, K. House football, C.C.F. To N.C.B. Appren. Electrician.
Beer, D. E. (O.L. 6; A.L. 2). Prefect, 1st XV Rugby, 1st XI Cricket, 2nd XI Soccer, Basketball, Corporal RAF. Section C.C.F.
Bell, P. G. (O.L. 6; A.L.1). Vice-Capt. School 1st XI Soccer, School 2nd XI Cricket, House Basketball. To Teachers' Training College.
Bing, A. C. (O.L. 4). School 1st XI Cricket, House 1st XI Cricket, House 1st XI Soccer, House 2nd XV Rugby.
Bloomfield, W. F. (O.L. 7; A.L. 2).
Briggs, D. M. To Deal Secondary Modern School.
Briggs, T. G.
(O.L. 1). School Under 14 Soccer, School Under 15 Soccer, House 1st XV Rugby, House P.E. To Army.
(O.L. 4). French Club. To Hotel Management Course, Thanet Technical College.
Cackett, J. R.
School Under 12 Soccer, School Under 12 Cricket, Unicorn Club, Chess Club. To Malta.
Cairns, J. C.
(O.L. 4). 1st XI Soccer, 1st XI Cricket, 1st XV Rugby, RAF. Section C.C.F. To R.A.F. Apprentice.
Carr, P. M.
To Astor Secondary School.
Chapman, M. D.
Chittenden, P. A.
(O.L. 3). To Southampton School of Navigation.
Cox, J. D.
(O.L. 9, A.L.; State Scholarship). Prefect, Captain 1st XI
Cricket, 1st XI Soccer, House XV Rugby. To King's College, London.+
Cranham, G. H. R.
(O.L. 7, A.L. 1). To Folkestone Technical College.
Croskerry, P. G.
(O.L. 6, AL. 2). School Basketball. To Lab. Assistant
Crouch, J. A.
To Prince of Wales Sea Training School.
Delahaye, M. R.
Dixon, M. J.
(O.L. 5). School 2nd XI Soccer, House 1st XI Soccer. To British Railways Clerk.
(O.L. 3). R.A.F. Section C.C.F., Stage Carpenter, Guild of Printers. To R.A.F.
Duffield, C. R.
(O.L. 8, AL. 3). Prefect, School 1st XI Soccer, 1st XV Rugby, Leading Seaman C.C.F. To Fleet Air Arm.
Dunt, R. S.
To Royal Navy.
Fairclough, D. H.
(O.L. 2). To R.A.F. Apprentice.
Fittall, W. A.
(O.L. 4). R.A.F. Section C.C.F. To R.A.F.
Fretwell, H. S.
Garrod, H. D.
(O.L. 6). Library Assistant, French Club. To Training College.
Gittens, I. J.
(O.L. 1). House Soccer.
Glanville, W. J.
(O.L. 2). School 1st XI Soccer, School 1st XI Cricket, 1st
XV Rugby, School Basketball, School Athletics, School Record in 220 yds.
Godden, D. J.
(O.L. 6, A.L. 2). Phoenix Club, French Club, Geog. Club.
Godden, D. R.
(O.L. 7, A.L. 1). School 2nd XI Soccer, French Club, Chess Club.
Goldsmith, C. J.
(O.L. 1). House 1st XI Soccer, House 1st XV Rugby, Sailing Club.
Gooda, S. W.
(O.L. 6). Under 16 XV Rugby, Navy Section C.C.F. To Engineering Apprentice.
(O.L. 2). Navy Section C.C.F. To Apprentice Draughtsman A.E.!. Rugby.
Greenwell, D. J.
(O.L. 6). Corporal C.C.F., Stage-hand. To Medway College of Technology.
Grilli, P. R.
(O.L. 3). To Liverpool.
Hamilton, K. A.
(O.L. 7, A.L. 3; State Scholarship). S.C.M., History Society, Printer, Art Club, Phoenix Society. To London School of Economics.
Hannaford, J. T.
(O.L. 4). School Under 16 XV Rugby, R.A.F. Section C.C.F. To Radar Apprentice R.A.F.
Hart, J. E.
(O.L. 6, A.L. 1). House 1st XI Cricket, Stage Carpenter. To Engineering Apprentice Rugby.
Hendy, M. F.
(O.L. 5, A.L. 3). Prefect, Library Prefect. To Queen's College, Oxford.
Hill, R C.
(O.L. 4). R.A.F. Section C.C.F.
Hook, T. M.
Hutchison, W. K.
(O.L. 8, A.L. 3). Prefect, Captain Cross-Country Team,
Captain Sailing, School Athletics, Choir (appeared in " Trial by Jury"). To RN.
James, R M.
Jarvest, C. J.
Choir. To Ashford, Middlesex.
Jones, K. J.
(O.L. 1). To Police.
Judge, A. E.
Kitchen, R. A.
(O.L. 6, A.L. 2). Corporal R.A.F. Section C.C.F. To G.E.C. Sandwich Course, Brighton Technical College.
(O.L. 7, A.L. 4). Open Exhibition Emmanual College, Cambridge. Prefect, Phoenix Society, S.C.M., History Society, Orchestra. To Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
Langley, R. J.
(O.L. 2). To Apprentice Draughtsman Kenex.
Law, W. P.
To Cross Channel Boats.
Lewis, C. W.
(O.L. 8, A.L. 2). 1st XV Basketball, Gym. Club, Fl/Sgt.
RA.F. Section C.C.F. To Borough Road Training College.
McDonald, C. D.
(O.L. 6, A.L. 4). Prefect, Cross-country. To King's College,
Macfarlane, J. A.
(O.L. 5). 1st XI Soccer, 1st XI Cricket, Swimming Champion. To Smye-Rumsby.
Maclachlan, M. S.
To H.M.S. Worcester.
Mantle, R. J.
Martin, A. J.
Mason, K. G.
To Automobile Engineering Apprentice.
May, R. C.
(O.L. 7, A.L. 3). Prefect, 2nd XI Cricket, Phoenix Society, S.C.M., Dramatic Society. To Southampton University.
Mitchell, M. G.
Morgan, H. T.
(O.L. 2). To R.A.F. Apprentice.
Morgan, L. G.
To Lipton's, Deal.
Mullins, M. T.
Mylchreest, C. R.
(O.L. 4). 1st XI Soccer, School Cross-country, House
Cricket, House Rugby.
Noy, G. A.
C.C.F. To Carmarthen.
(O.L. 7). School 2nd XI Soccer, House Soccer, Rugby, Cricket and
Athletics, Under 15 Cricket, Naval Section C.C.F. To Apprentice B.R.
Page, R. W.
(O.L. 7, A.L. 3). House Rugby. To Prudential Assurance Co.
(O.L. 3). To Southampton School of Navigation.
Perkins, A. K.
Phillips, A. R.
Choir. To Farnborough.
Piqu้, A. D.
(O.L. 6). House Cricket, Rugby and Soccer, Naval Section C.C.F. To Southampton School of Navigation.
Ramsay, D. K.
(O.L. 4). House Cricket and Rugby, Geog. Society, Naval Section C.C.F. To Folkestone Technical College.
Rees, D. J.
(O.L. 8, A.L. 1). 1st XV Rugby, 1st XI Soccer, 1st XI Cricket, Captain Basketball, R.A.F. Section C.C.F. To Fleet Air Arm.
Rehaag, G. C. R.
To Tollington Grammar School.
Robinson, E. T.
Ross, D. J. W.
(O.L. 7). French Club, Chess Club, Naval Section C.C.F. To Clerk, Universal Furniture Products, Aylesham.
Rowlands, J. D.
(O.L. 8, A.L. 2). Prefect, 2nd XI Soccer (Capt.), Cricket
2nd XI, Tennis, Senior Gym. Champion. To Goldsmith's Training College.
Ruranski, A. F.
To Chatham House, Ramsgate.
(O.L. 4). 1st XV Rugby, 1st XI Soccer, Basketbal, Athletics, 2nd XI Cricket. To Borough Treasurer's Office.
Smith, J. A. J.
(O.L. 5, A.L. 1). House Cricket, Soccer and Rugby. To Training College in 1962.
Smith, P. J.
(O.L. 7, A.L. 2). Gym. Club, Choir, Sgt. R.A.F. Section C.C.F. To Canterbury School of Architecture.
Smith, T. F.
(O.L. 5, A.L. 3). Phoenix Club, To Technical College.
Spicer, D. R.
To Hetes School, Exeter.
Stephens, A. R.
(O.L. 2). House Cricket, Model Club. To Gloucester.
Stone, J. C.
(O.L. 1). Naval Section C.C.F. To R.N. Apprentice.
Sutton, C. J.
To Harvey Grammar School.
Terry, J. R.
To International Stores.
Thompson, D. R.
Thorp, R. G.
(O.L. 8, A.L. 4). Open Scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford. Head Prefect, Priory House Captain, Leader School Orchestra, Phoenix Society, S.C.M., P/O Naval Section C.C.F. (Senior Cadet). To Balliol College.
Thwaites, K. F.
Naval Section C.C.F. To Hereford H.S.
Tun, R. A.
(O.L. 6, A.L. 1). S.C.M., History Society, Geog. Society,
R.A.F. Section C.C.F. To Training College.
Van der Wal, G. T.
To Boot and Shoemakers, Piccadilly.
Vivian, J. A.
(O.L. 1). To Engineering Apprentice G.E.C. Rugby.
Gym. Club. To Dane Court School.
(O.L. 7). R.A.F. Apprentice.
Ward, E. F.
(O.L. 6). Stage-hand. To King Edward VII School of
Warriner, M. J.
House Rugby, Naval Section C.C..F. To Messboy aboard Trinity House Pilot Cutters.
Westhead, M. W.
(O.L. 2). To Prince of Wales Sea Training School.
White, D. J.
(O.L. 8). To Purbrook Grammar School, Hants.
White, P. C.
Choir, C.C.F. To Purbrook Grammar School, Hants.
Wilkinson, R P.
(O.L. 5). House Basketball, House Gym., Naval Section C.C.F. To Folkestone Technical College.
Williams, A. S.
Williams, P. L.
Yates, J. H.
(O.L. 4). Geog. Society. To Wokingham.
At the conclusion of this year's House competition we find ourselves battling for second place with Priory. If our efforts in the major sports had only been as good as in P.T. and cross-country we should not be far behind the winners, Frith.
The junior section must endeavour to make a greater effort next year, since this
year the House will be losing many of the seniors who have been so useful.
More willingness must be shown in attending heats and standard tests, and greater care in watching notice boards. Losing is not disgraceful if every effort has been made to prevent it.
M. J. HUDSMITH, J. D. GARDNER.
Congratulations to the sportsmen of the house. We have maintained our superior position as House Champions for yet another year, by teamwork, enthusiasm and skill.
We have, in the course of the past year, come first in every sport, except swimming and cross-country in which we came second and third respectively. This is an exceptionally good record, when considering the fine sportsmen and athletes in the other three houses.
Congratulations once again Frith House, but we must not sink into complacency, for we will not win next year's Championship, without an effort by ALL.
S. J. ALLERTON.
It is with mixed feelings that I review this year's activities. In general, the efforts of a few have consistently been ruined by the laziness of the majority. One bright spot in the dark night of despair was our startling victory in the swimming sports. But even this failed to compensate entirely for our defeats in basketball, football, rugby, athletics. . . need I go on?
I hope next year that the House may rise again, freed from its burden of laziness in the upper crust. At least, it cannot do much worse than this year.
P. J. BURKE.
Burke's jeremiad should not leave us believing that all is lost; we have had a number of successes in Middle and Lower School events, and these augur well. What is wanted now is sustained determination that Park shall do better-much better.
At the moment of writing we are jostling with Astor for second place in the House Championship. With cricket still to come it seems likely that we shall emerge the victors since we are fortunate in having numerous members of school XI's.
Looking back over the year there seems to have been a general lack of enthusiasm amongst the seniors and intermediates which resulted in our coming last in swimming and third in Gymnastics and soccer.
Basketball also proved disappointing despite the zeal of all the players, the senior team losing all three games and the juniors winning two of theirs. It just seems to be a question of lack of skill in this direction.
We managed to win the Powell Cup. Surprising since well over half the house refused to run for some reason or another, although in all fairness praise must be given to the juniors who gained most of the points.
Athletics provides a somewhat brighter note. We were placed second to Frith, although here again we were forced to rely on a few people for standard points and entry forms were received from less than one third of the house!
We are sufficiently well supplied with talent to win the championship next year if only the senior and middle schools put in the same effort as the juniors.
Thanks are due to captains of various teams and their helpers and also to C. Graves who captained the house this year. We wish luck to him and our other leavers.
A. C. HAIG.
Founder The Late F. Whitehouse, Esq., M.A.
President Mr. A. H. Gunn.
Vice-President Dr. R. Pelham.
Chairman of Committee The Headmaster.
Hon. Treasurer Mr. W. T. Smithen.
Hon. Secretary Mr. H. R. Slater, Meadow Cottage, Whitfield Hall, Whitfield.
Hon. Assistant Secretary Mr. P. A. Slater, 55 Minnis Lane, Dover.
Hon. Assistant Secretary Mr. L. G. Webster.
for Deal 212 St. Richards Road, Deal.
Hon. Sports Secretary Mr. R. W. Winter.
Hon. Auditor Mr. W. H. Jacques.
Staff Representatives Mr. K. H. Ruffell, Mr. B. W. Denham, Mr. R. Peacock.
Committee Messrs. C. C. Bailey, P. Janaway, P. E. Marsh, A. Tolputt, D. Weaver, S. Wenborn.
The Parents' Association
Chairman Mr. L. Tutthill, 75 Barton Road, Dover.
Hon. Secretary & Treasurer Mrs. Hudsmith, 8 Vale View Road, Dover.
Committee Dover Mrs. Knowles, Mr. Blunt, Mr. Fish, Mr. Thorp.
Deal Mrs. Azoulay, Mrs. Bushell.
Other Districts Mrs. Ward, Mr. Smithen.
The School Dr. Hinton, Mr. Archer, Miss Beets, Mr. Payne.
The Social Evening held in November was well attended, and though it is difficult to cater for all at this type of function, a very enjoyable evening seemed to be had by those present. The Committee would appreciate any suggestions members may like to make as to future social functions.
A substantial sum was added to the funds from the proceeds of the Concert and Film Evening held in April. We are grateful to Mr. Best for arranging the concert, and as usual the singing of the Choir was much enjoyed, as were the orchestral items from a much improved orchestra. Since this concert we have purchased an adjustable music stool, an item which for some time the committee have felt was needed.
The Tuck Shop proved very popular on Sports Day, and the Public Address Equipment provided by the Association, enabled parents to follow the events easily.
This year at the New Parents' Evening we arranged an outgrown clothing and sports-gear stall. Although there were not many items received for sale, most articles were quickly sold at a reasonable price. This we feel is a useful service to all concerned, as boys seem to outgrow uniform very soon in the first two forms.
Repairs are still proceeding with the Stage and, the list of requirements being a long one, the committee are considering making another donation to this fund. There are rumours that new Honours Boards are needed. Perhaps the Parents' Association will be able to help!
The Committee sincerely thank you for your co-operation in their efforts for the boys and school.
The Annual General Meeting will be held on October 4th, at 7.30 p.m. and we hope Parents will make a special effort to attend this business meeting.
G. H. HUDSMITH, Hon. Sec./Treasurer.
Results of the University of London Examination for the General Certificate of Education at the ADVANCED LEVEL, 1962:
(Candidates passed in the subjects indicated)
|B. M. Beardsell||Pure and Applied Maths, Physics|
|R. Binge||Economics, History|
|P. F. Bostock||Metalwork|
|P. John Burke||Geography|
|D. A. Burton||Pure Maths with Distinction, Applied Maths, Physics|
|A. N. Bushell||Physics|
|J. A. Castle||Physics, Chemistry|
|C. F. Clements||Physics, Chemistry with Distinction, Zoology with Distinction|
|J. M. Cooper||Geography, Economics, History|
|L. N. Cowling||Geography, Economics, History|
|J. D. Gardner||Applied Maths, Physics|
|J. D. Gerrard||Economics, Economic History|
|T. I. Goodfellow||Economics|
|R. Graves||Pure Maths, Applied Maths, Physics with Distinction|
|A. C. Haig||Art|
|J. Harper||Engineering Drawing|
|G. F. Henson||Pure Maths, Physics|
|N. F. Hill||Pure Maths, Applied Maths, Physics|
|K. E. Hopper||Pure Maths, Applied Maths, Physics|
|M. Houlton||Pure Maths, Applied Maths, Physics|
|K. W. Hunt||Physics, Chemistry|
|M. A. Huntley||English, French, Latin|
|F. W. Jenkins||Physics|
|W. Littlehales||Pure and Applied Maths, Physics, Chemistry|
|R. Medhurst||Art, Engineering Drawing|
|N. L. Murr||Art|
|P. Muskett||English, Geography, History|
|M. R. Nice||Chemistry, Zoology|
|D. N. Pettet||Physics|
|P. C. Pierrot||Art|
|M. A. Player||Pure and Applied Maths with Distinction, Physics with Distinction, Chemistry|
|P. E. Relf||Religious Knowledge|
|S. D. Riley||History, Religious Knowledge|
|E. Ryley||Geography, Economics, History|
|A. Sencicle||Applied Maths, Physics|
|R. F. Summers||Pure and Applied Maths, Physics with Distinction, Chemistry|
|M. Tritton||French, Latin|
|A. D. Walker||Economics, History|
|A. F. Walton||Chemistry|
|S. A. Willcocks||Geography|
|S. R. D. Wilson||German|
State Scholarships have been offered to C. F. Clements and D. A. Burton on the results of these examinations.
Results of the University of London and the Associated Board Midsummer Examinations for the General Certificate of Education, ORDINARY LEVEL:
(Numbers of subjects in which the candidates passed are indicated in brackets)
6TH FORM (additional subjects)
|S. J. Allerton (1)||R. E. Armstrong (1)||V. J. F. Atkins (1)|
|R. C. Blackburn (1)||C. J. Boys (I)||M. J. Butcher (2)|
|F. Contey (1)||E. J. Dane (1)||R. C. Eade (1)|
|G. G. Gill (3)||R. Graves (1)||G. F. Henson (1)|
|J. D. Hood (1)||K. E. Hopper (1)||M. Houlton (1)|
|R. Howard (1)||D. Humble (1)||K. W. Hunt (2)|
|M. A. Huntley (1)||R. W. Hurst (2)||F. Jezzard (1)|
|R. A. Jones (2)||D. Lambert (1)||G. N. Laslett (4)|
|P. R. Madge (1)||J. Newman (1)||M. R. Nice (1)|
|M. A. Player (1)||S. D. Riley (1)||G. Russell (4)|
|E. Ryley (1)||R. Stacker (4)||M. W. Taylor (3)|
|M. J. Thomas (2)||J. W. Thorpe (1)||K. D. Tritton (1)|
|M. Tritton (1)||K. L. Tutthill (1)||R. W. Underhill (2)|
|A. D. Walker (1)||A. F. Walton (1)||S. R. D. Wilson (1)|
|J. Woolford (1)|
|M. C. Azoulay (5)||L. G. Bird (5)||A. D. Booth (4)|
|C. M. Borley (4)||R. A. Bradley (3)||T. P. Carroll (5)|
|J. W. Drynan (4)||S. C. Elphick (5)||P. J. Fish (3)|
|R. H. Frayne (7)||D. Hannent (4)||M. J. Hibbert (3)|
|D. E. Hopper (4)||R. Hoskins (4)||P. Jarvis (4)|
|I. Jenkins (4)||P. T. Jewkes (6)||D. F. Johnson (4)|
|P. Jones (7)||C. A. Keith (8)||P. A. Lyons (6)|
|P. J. Matcham (3)||K. J. Murphy (2)||J. T. Strank (4)|
|N. J. Tigwell (4)||W. J. Walder (3)||A. R. Williams (8)|
|D. B. Yandell (6)|
|P. R. Champion (4)||C. Chenery (4)||B. J. Chidwick (3)|
|M. J. Cook (5)||R. D. Curd (5)||I. S. Dean (3)|
|B. C. Dunster (1)||A. S. Ells (6)||H. D. Galley (5)|
|S. Gould (1)||B. Harding (5)||R. E. Keating (2)|
|D. J. Langley (5)||B. Marsh (1)||G. J. Millar (5)|
|C. C. Mundy (4)||D. F. Murphy (4)||K. J. Palmer (4)|
|S. Philpott (3)||G. A. Pratt (3)||D. A. Raines (4)|
|A. Revell (6)||P. M. Ruranski (4)||B. Shinfield (5)|
|C. J. Smithen (3)||D. H. Stark (4)||M. J. Webb (6)|
|W. R. Wilkie (3)||D. G. Young (6)|
|M. V. Aylen (6)||A. K. P. Brown (4)||M. J. Christie (1)|
|R. J. Cork (2)||J. Cowan (1)||B. S. Edwards (3)|
|I. T. Felvus (3)||R. F. Gore (2)||J. Gray (2)|
|N. J. L. Hall (4)||F. J. A. Harrison (2)||M. A. Healy (3)|
|G. J. Kennett (2)||D. M. McRoberts (2)||P. R. Miles (3)|
|B. J. Neal (5)||N. Oldham (2)||J. W. H. Ovenden (5)|
|D. M. Parry (4)||C. A. Phasey (3)||R. M. Smith (2)|
|K. E. Stankiewicz (1)||J. K. Warren (2)|
|D. N. Allison (4)||R. D. Bedwell (3)||D. J. Belfield (4)|
|C. Bowley (1)||J. Clarke (4)||J. D. Dry (3)|
|J. E. Dyer (2)||R. T. Evans (3)||M. K. Goodwin (2)|
|T. S. Harding (3)||W. A. Meakin (4)||J. L. Murr (4)|
|G. J. C. Nolan (3)||I. G. Orriss (5)||D. G. Peall (4)|
|M. J. Styles (6)||G. Thomas (2)|
|R. W. Atkins (1)||D. C. Burridge (1)||R. E. Cook (1)|
|B. J. Cork (2)||R. A. Couchman (1)||N. J. Davies (1)|
|A. W. Dew (1)||K. Easley (2)||P. Easton (1)|
|B. S. Edwards (2)||D. T. File (1)||L. L. Finnis (2)|
|D. W. Eleming (2)||J. R. Fozard (2)||I. S. Fullarton (1)|
|T. N. Glanville (1)||G. B. T. Goodwin (1)||R. S. Gregory (2)|
|R. A. Heaps (1)||L. M. Huntley (1)||R. W. Lister (1)|
|J. R. Lodge (2)||E. J. Newton (1)||M. S. Reid (1)|
|C. Sanders (1)||H. J. Yates (1)||S. Zographos (1)|