No. 132. 1962-63. VOL. LIV.

FIAT LUX.

Contents

Editorial Orchestra
In brief Choir
Mr. M. G. Downs The Music Listeners' Society
Darkness The Dramatic Society
"...Till You Are Dead" or The English Rope Trick Chess Club
Those Black and Dirty Miner-Men Middle School Literary and Debating Society
A Visit to The SouthernTelevision Studios The Society for Experimental Physics
Farmer Turvey - A Sequel to Walter de la Mare's "Off the Ground" Radio Club
The Otter Junior Scientific Society
Peace Historical Unit
The Broken Church Junior Fellowship
Things I should least Wish To Do Without Camera Club
Aikin's How Stamp Club
Blue Streak Railway Society
Corrida (Bull-Fight) Model Railway Club
Ney Nonny Nonington Model Club
The Headmaster's Prize The Guild of Printers
Geography Field day Fencing Club
Talks To The Sixth Form Sailing Club
School Visit to Paris Sports day 1963
Patience Soccer
La troupe Francaise Rugby
National Savings Cricket
Speech Day, 1962 Cross-Country Running
Open day, 1963 Athletics
Combined Cadet Force Basketball
Library Gymnastics
Phoenix Society Swimming
S.C.M. Tennis
History Society House Notes
Cercle Francais The Parents' Association


Editorial

Last year's layout, though an innovation, was extremely successful and is therefore being continued in this year's edition with minor modifications for the sake of economy. The absence of Valete, of the prize winners' list  and of the examination results is intended not as an attack on tradition but as a saving of space and therefore of money.

Some of the opinions expressed in articles and even the number of sports reports written by boys may seem a departure from the usual nature of the magazine but we feel that Pharos should be more than just a report of the school year and that it should have the right to express some opinion of its own if the occasion be appropriate.

D. FUMING (L. 6 M.)

K. EASLEY (L. 6 M.)

Art Editor A. C. HAIG (M. 6 M.)


In Brief

 

We are sorry to have to bid farewell to Mr. M. G. Downs who has been with the school since 1961, and who is going to Canterbury Technical School. We wish him every success in his new post.

We are also extremely sorry to say goodbye to M. J. F. Labrouche, our French exchange teacher. A native of the South-West"France au Nord de la Loire, c'est un pays tranger"he came to us from Prigueux in the Dordogne. He appeared in a remarkable number of rleslecturer to the Cercle Franais, organiser of the Junior European Club, member of the staff Cricket XI, photographer and even a participant in the C.C.F. training weekend at Crowborough. We wish him the best of luck in his next post.

We are glad to welcome Mr. H. Seeds, from St. Edmund's School, Dover, who will teach mathematics, and Mrs. V. J. Bayly of the Dover School of Art, who will take some periods of art.

During the Autumn Term there were dancing classes in co-operation with the Girls' Grammar School.

On 3rd December, La Troupe Franaise performed "La Poudre Aux Yeux" and "Les Precieuses Riducules".

On 17th December there was a Carol Service at St. Mary's Church.

There was a visit from the Mass Radiography Unit on 22nd January.

In February a party of sixth formers went to the Aldwych Theatre to see "King Lear", and another went to the France v. England rugby international at Twickenham.

On 13th March a large party went to the S.C.M. Conference at Folkestone.

On 10th April the film of T. S. Eliot's play "Murder in the Cathedral" was shown to a large proportion of the school.

Through the Summer Term preliminary readings of "Hamlet", to be produced by the School in April 1964, have been held.

On 6th June a School photograph was taken.

Open Day was held on 20th July.

The following visiting speakers have lectured to the Sixth Form:Reverend D. N. Jenkins, M.A., on the "Society for the Propagation of the Gospel"; R. F. Duncan Hall, Esq., of the National Blood Transfusion Service; Headmaster of Dover College on "Public School-Grammar School"; Dr. D. Hall on "Your Life and Mine"; Reverend F. J. Cooper on his experiences as a prison chaplain; M. Shaw, Esq. on "Congress and Parliament"; W. J. Pusey, Esq., M.B.E., on "Proceedings In The House of Commons"; J. Bunyan, O.P., on his work as a surgeon.

The following cin-films have been shown in the Art Department during the past year: "Rembrandt, Painter of Man"; "China Clay"; "Vincent Van Gogh"; "1848"; "Artist's Proof"; "Ballet by Degas"; "Should every picture tell a story?"; "Henry Moore"; "Artists must live"; "John Piper"; and "Matisse". In addition, H. E. Busby, Esq., A.R.C.A., Head of School, Dover School of Art, gave a most interesting talk about the problems of photographing works of art in situ in England's stately homes, which he illustrated with a number of his own colour transparencies.

On 4th July, James Martin, Esq., D.A., F.R.S.A., Principal of Canterbury College of Art, addressed 5th and 6th Form boys on "Attitudes to Industrial Design since 1900".
 

We have with deep regret to record the death of W. H. Darby, Esq., a master at this School from 1908 to 1937 and from 1940 to 1944. A full obituary will appear in the Old Pharosians' News Letter.


Mr. M. G. Downs

VIEW PICTURE

 

We must say goodbye and wish every success to Mr. Downs, who is taking up an appointment at Canterbury Technical School.

He arrived at the School two and a half years ago armed with an Indian Arts Degree and a Bristol Science Degree to teach Maths. After a while he stole quietly off to get married, but not before he had been presented with a collapsible chair, on which he is reputed to sit for hours in the middle of Woo1comber Street sketching the' White Horse' and Dover Castle beyond. Since that date, too, members of School have received very kind treatment from a certain lady in the Town Reference Library.

Mr. Downs brought enthusiasm to all he did. Members of the Under Fifteen XI will witness that he was as proud of their exploits as of those of his beloved' Spurs'. The tennis and badminton players will testify to the fury of his smashing.
His colleagues will miss his good-natured exuberance and his Indian anecdotesafter all who else could tell you "Your mother is a washer-woman" in such a charming mannerand get away with it?


Darkness

 

The ring of leather-soled shoes rebounds from the sparkling pavement; the night clothes the landscape like a vast, black blanket which belongs only to you. The darkness is an escape; not the synthetic kind to be got from drink but the natural kind in which the mind is happy and alert and the vision clear.

The only evidence of humanity shows itself in the street lights defying the night, and the glow from the house windows which suggests a homeliness and comfort that is repulsive and that serves merely to conjure up an image of naive village life, with its moralism, gossip and gardening. The large, dry leaves scuttle noisily along the road like a plague of restless rats, the varnished sign of the , Royal Oak' swings in the wind with the monotony of having no purpose and raucous laughs radiate from the frosted windows with the smell of beer and tobacco. Round the corner roars an impatient juggernaut and for a moment its vast, yellow eyes look you over, as if critical of your dress, before racing into the night leaving only a diminishing red light and the smell of petrol fumes hanging in the air.

The tone of the slow footsteps changes but the leaves still slide and bounce in the wind, the sound magnified by the nocturnal tranquillity. Round the corner the river appears in the night as if from an underground source; it stretches like a broad, silver ribbon into the gloom under the stark, sad trees which are bending as if through age, their black fingers feeling the thin, white fleece above the water. A full moon glows, a vast, yellow eye haloed by a rainbow like a ring of tempered steel, and is occasionally obscured by the sombre, urgent clouds racing across the black sky.

Stop a minute and gaze across the old mill pond where the river's attitude changes from one of placid indifference to uncontrollable mirth as it descends through the huge but toothless mill. The night is not quiet, but the noises are those of nature, the frustrated cry of the water hen, the splash of feeding trout and the grunt of the somnolent swan. It is funny to think that you are the only one who is appreciating this experience, for most people are at home saturating their brains with the synthetic entertainment from radios, television sets and record players. A bat darts over the glistening water and up to the roof of the great, white mill, gaunt and distinct in the moonlight. You sit for a moment on the white barrier of the river and search for a packet of cigarettes, undo the transparent wrapper and remove the rough but glistening paper. There is something aesthetic about a packet of cigarettes and it is half the reason why people smoke-they enjoy opening the packet. For a second the darkness is illuminated, revealing the sharp reality of the surroundings, but the night closes in again leaving a bright red firefly at the end of the white stick. 'Seniors' have a taste of their own, like black coffee on a Sunday night, smooth yet distinctive. The white smoke drifts like a ghost in the fresh night air before it dissolves in the darkness or is snatched by the wind and tom into shreds.

Further down the road the multicoloured lights of the council estate are visible over the dark pines, in reality a collection of pathetic' prefabs', in the darkness some vast industrial conurbation.

The wind stirs the trees and the shadows dance eerily on the road. The cigarette end hisses as it strikes the water. The night air is now cold and the hospitality of those lighted windows becomes more inviting. The footsteps are more rapid as they bounce from the cold streets.

The wrought iron gate squeaks in annoyance and the blinding light greets you with domestic warmth. Sleep awaits, but the night will again tempt you out of the gaudy light of reality.

P. HOWARD (5 B.)


" . . . . . Till You Are Dead" or The English Rope Trick

 

Coarse noose slips snakily around my naked neck;

Solemn warder steps aside,

Priest creeps up, mournful-eyed;

Don't know why, it's not round his neck.

 

Black, long-robed, dog-collared, Bible-clutching, soap-smelling, tea-drinking priest;

If he's right I'm destined for a hot place.

 

Meaningless prayers are regurgitated in a low, monotonous drone from his half-shut mouth;

Someone crying at the back,

Soon the rope won't be slack.

 

Wonder what it'll be like.

Quick I hope.

Some blokes hang for ages so I'm told, like sacks of spuds,

Tied with bits of string, with drooping, swollen tongues, drooping arms, contorted faces,

Stubborn necks.

We are re-planted deeper than spuds though.

 

Ah well, be bold,

Be bold, mate, you'll be dead in a minute.

 

Black-capped judge, crying mother,

Weeks of waiting, no reprieve,

Now I leave this life for another,

I hope.

Ah well, everyone dies in the end.

The python squeezes.

B. SHINFIELD (L. 6 M.)

 


Those Black and Dirty Miner-Men

 

My dad worked in this pit all his strife,

And so did I.

He was proud of me, and so was she,

My mam that is.
Now I'm trapped, face-down, beneath this rubble;
The roof caved in, it all went black,

A prop caught me and crushed my back;

But now it's quiet and still,

Except for the occasional curious, wide-eyed, long-whiskered mouse;
They're not afraid of me any more.
All my mates have died and left me alone:
Some just swore and cried, and swore and cried,

Until they died.
Some prayed.
Some shouted and shouted.
Until their voices bounced off every lump of coal,

And they went mad.
Taffy sang a bit, until he stopped forever.

It won't be long now, I can smell gas.
Glad I didn't get married.

B. SHINFIELD (L. 6 M.)


A Visit to the Southern Television Studios

 

Every Saturday since May 1962 I have been going to the Dover Express Office for the Historical Unit. In that time I have got to know the people who work there and one Saturday morning Stan Wells asked me if I would like to go along to the Southern Television Studios on the next Friday evening to see how' Sports Desk' is televised. So on the 21st June I met Stan Wells at the Express Office and we went along to the studios in Russell Street.

I sat down behind the panel from where everything is worked. When I arrived the two cameramen were also sitting behind it watching the Lone Ranger and making various comments that the B.B.C. would not have been pleased to hear. At 4.55 p.m. the producer, a Mr. Clark, came to start the rehearsal. In front of the desk where the producer sat were five monitor sets; two of them showed what was going on in the studio, another showed what was on Southern Television, another on B.B.C. and the other was blank. A little further behind that was a glass panel which showed through into the studio.

A young lady came to sit down next to the producer and immediately made a 'phone call to Southampton. She is called the production assistant or P.A. She keeps a permanent link with Southampton throughout the proceedings and is in contact with the P.A. at the other end for cueing, which in a job like this has to be split-second. A rehearsal was taken and the necessary alterations were made to the script to get it into the If minutes allotted to the' Sports Desk'. Just before they finally started I saw someone whom I thought I knew, but I could not name him. Later I discovered that it was Peter Williams who often appears on ' Day by Day'. Back to the Sports News where the tension was mounting. Stan had been given the two minute stand-by, and the counting now began: 30 . . . 20 . . . 15 . . . 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Camera one, the only one in use, was closed in to about three feet, where it stayed until the end. For the timing two stop clocks were used, one for timing Stan, the other was in agreement with Southampton.

Beside me were two big boxes. One recorded the vision and sent it to Southampton, the other did likewise to the sound. After the recording Stan came out, only to find that the lead had broken at Southampton and the whole recording had to be done again.

After this had been completed, successfully this time, Peter Williams made a sound track to a film he had done earlier about Charles Dickens. This was later shown on television in 'Day by Day'. It was after this I was allowed to go into the studio to have a look round, and in particular to examine one of the cameras. A cameraman called Hughie showed me over it. On top of the camera was a long, thin, red light which showed which camera was being used. The picture is sent through a cable from Dover-London-Southampton-Hougham-Dover. This may seem a waste of time, but it is to show other stations what is happening and they are able to make inserts in other programmes. I then sat in Stan Wells' seat, and noticed the brilliance of the lights; they have to be bright, of course, for the same reason that you have to use flash for indoor photographs. Another thing that was shown to me was the lens. In all there are four, of 2, 3, 5 and 8 cms. focal length. All the men were wearing ties which had on them the Southern Television starrather attractive, I thought.

So ended my visit to the Southern Television Studios which I am sure I shall remember for a long time.

G. TUTTHILL (3 B.)


Farmer Turvey-A Sequel to Walter de la Mare's

"Off the Ground"

 

Farmer Turvey's companions had stopped on the seashore but he carried on. At first he did not realise he was going into the sea, and in fact he was several miles out before he realised where he was. When he had first stepped into the sea it was cold, grey and murky, but here it was warm, clear and turquoise blue. Instead of shingle on the sea bed there were red, blue, green, yellow and pink shades of coral. He was standing in a basin-shaped palace of coral of the most exquisite hues. Mermaids sat on rocks softly playing their harps. As he walked on he grew more and more amazed. It was like a tropical isle on the earth above. Soft, white coral sand went round in a wide circle, fringed with palm trees. They were like ordinary ones but instead of leaves there was seaweed. As he looked round he could see the sea within the lagoon. It was of the deepest ultramarine and where it hit the jagged reef an almost perfect oval of pure snow-white surf was visible. Outside the lagoon was the tranquil emerald green sea shading down to a deeper green and finally merging into purple-black. He realised that he was witnessing one of Nature's marvels. Every colour of the artist's palette was represented, each one a patch of brilliance fading into tones of unimaginable softness and incomparable loveliness. Deep violet sea-plants thrust long, delicate rose-pink antennae into the waving seaweed. The leaves and flowers swayed, showing pale blue and mauve sponge-like foundations beneath a cream and lemon tracery where the sun shone through. It was hard to see where the coral ended and the floor of the lagoon began. Beneath him fish of incredible colours and unbelievable shapes, singly and in small shoals, floated, seemingly in space, aimlessly and with effortless ease. Then he saw an ancient ship encrusted with rust from countless years below the sea. He swam over and peered inside. Miraculously tables were set out with strange, exotic foods, which he had never seen, let alone tasted. The maritime musicians beckoned him to sit down. There we must leave him feasting and singing. For all we know he may still be there.

G. C. RITCHIE (1 A.)


The Otter

 

As the morning opens she leaves;

Quick as the lightning flash she swims,

Ripples encroaching upon the river before her.

No freak of nature has malformed her infinite senses

Which sharp as the wind have scented a trout.

One pounce through the water;
What animal so fast as this who grieves for none

But her cubs at home?

B. D. FISHWICK (2 A.)

 


Peace

 

The guttering flame of the misshaped candle,

Restless, seeking,

Splits in two, becomes one,

Unites, divides,

For ever uncertain.
Till the flame is extinguished,

Candle burnt-out,

Peace will escape it.

So perverse Man,

Wavering, uncertain,

Dividing, uniting,

In this life will never find peace.
Peace is his pipe-dream,

Elusive, evasive,

Found only in death.

M. HUNTLEY (U. 6 M.)
 


The Broken Church

 

Upon Military Hill there is a system of earthworks, part of the defences against Napoleon, some thirty feet deep. There is only one road across this system and it passes over two bridges and goes through one tunnel. The walls of these earthworks are lined with flints, supported by six or seven rows of bricks at the bottom, one row one third of the way up, another two thirds of the way up and another six or seven rows at the top, and a column of bricks on every corner. Whenever I walk in or near these moats a feeling of gloom comes over me and I fall into one of those moods in which I observe nothing of my surroundings, and if I reach a certain place I am usually at a loss to know how I got there, though I may remember entering the tunnel and be able to work out my path.

On one occasion, when I was taking my dog for a walk, I decided to go up and see the old church which was being pulled down. I say the old church but I know neither its name nor its history, save that it was used as a munitions store during the war. It was built of grey stone rather like crazy paving, and on the western end, instead of a tower, the gable was extended upwards about fifteen feet in two pillars which met at the top and from the apex of which was suspended a bell. This bell could be clearly seen miles away since the church was on a hill. On moonlit nights it was silhouetted against the sky, and although I never actually heard it ringing I could imagine its baleful note calling the people to church on Sundays. This was pure imagination since its remote position indicated that it was a garrison church. I went through the tunnel and was plunged into a meditative mood in which I continued on past the path to the church and down a road which leads to Shakespeare Cliff. I awoke from this mood, realised I had passed my goal, and, since I hate walking back along the same road by which I have come, chose a path which, although it would mean a slight detour, would take me back to the church.

On my way I came to a fenced-off depression by the side of the road in which was a low, circular wall, broken for about five feet on the eastern side to incorporate a rectangle.

This rectangle was about ten feet by five, and the area enclosed by the circular wall was about twice that enclosed by the rectangle. This low wall is the remains of a Saxon church, the rectangle being the place where the altar was. There is no plaque to tell the passer-by what the remains are, but one of my friends told me about it.

I continued to the church which was being demolished; its roof was completely destroyed, and part of one of the walls had been torn down. I entered the church, or what was left of it, by one of the legitimate entrances. The inside had been completely cleared; of the flooring and the pews nothing remained, but a few of the pillars that had supported the roof lay strewn on the ground. Where the altar had stood the walls were painted with fleurs de lis while the other walls were painted red and cream; they were very dirty and in places had become blackened. In the main entrance, the western end, eight pieces of wood projected from the walls about two feet up, and above them was the notice "Provision for four buckets" evidently a fire precaution during the war. The rope that had been used to ring the bell which I had seen so often was dangling through the rafters of the entrance. The scene was one of entire desolation. Owing to the modern appearance of the architecture the church could hardly have been used for more than a score of years. I could imagine the idea of the church in the minds of the servicemen; organisation and planning followed the idea, and then the actual building of the church; next came the consecration and the appointment of a priest. I could imagine righteous women scolding rebellious children into obedience. Why the church was closed I do not know, but soon it was to be completely destroyed and forgotten.

At least there would always be the low wall that was the remains of the Saxon church, and people would notice it and find out from their friends what it was, but of this church there would be nothing. I am no Christian, but the complete obliteration of a building in which people had tied up their lives seemed to me to be a wrong of a shameful nature.

I left the building and began to make my way home. Near the church some outbuildings had also been demolished, and in the process a water pipe had been severed, and the water rushed out and trickled amongst the rubble. Surely the sound of the water running between the stones was like bells chiming?

R. HEAPS (5 B.)


Things I Should Least Wish To Do Without

 

I should least wish to do without a bus conductor's ticket machine; not through any desire to waste away my life issuing East Kent Road Car Company tickets to imaginary passengers, but because it is representative of a great many concepts.

The idea of motion has always fascinated me, and a ticket machine serves to remind me that the large masses of humanity buy a loaf of bread in exactly the same frame of mind as they buy something so intangible as a displacement of their relativity, without giving the process a second-or even a first-thought.

A ticket machine also reminds me of the economy of daily living, for although no-one wants your services in Kearsney there is land for houses which is not available in Dover, so each day you sacrifice some of your time and some of the earnings made in your employed time in travelling where your services are required. This raises the question why there is work a few miles away in Dover, and here I have to recall some of Mr. Ruffell's graphic and rather disquieting pictures of immense cracks being formed in the chalk downs which resulted in the sitting of a town called Dover in the valley so formed.

The machine reminds me as well of the East Kent Road Car Company's faith in the stability of human habits, for they understandably believe that on the ninth day of November half the population of Canterbury will not suddenly be possessed with a burning desire to visit their relatives in Dover. No doubt the General Manager is saved by the fact that the uglier sex are traditionally logical in their thought-processes and do not indulge in impulse-travelling.

A ticket machine is symbolic, too, of an organized civilisation, in that people will go to an agreed site and wait, with no guarantee whatsoever, for transport which they are convinced will arrive, barring an act of God or a contretemps with the unions. But the real value of a ticket machine is in reminding me of the existence of bus conductors. The diurnal vagrancies of a bus conductor represent a return to the rootless, nomadic life of the Early Bronze Age, and it is amusing that modern society has forced certain of its members to descend the ladder of evolution to the earliest times to satisfy its demands.

The second object I should least like to do without is the skull of a pretty woman.

I must emphasise that this is in no way a sadistic choice but a melancholy one. That a living creature so exquisitely formed, so delicate and graceful, should be reduced to a gaping, grinning, calcined contortion is, even with the leavening of a little Christianity, a striking phenomenon. It would form a suitable reminder of theology and a most effective prompter of one's devotions.

Edward Bulmer Lytton composed his diligent historical romance' The Last Days of Pompeii ' from the skeletons on the site.

"As the excavators cleared on through the mass of ruin, they found the skeleton of a man literally severed in two by a prostrate column; the skull was of so striking a conformation, so boldly marked in its intellectual, as well as its worst physical developments, that it has excited the constant speculation of every itinerant believer in the theories of Spurzheim who has gazed upon that ruined palace of the mind. Still, after the lapse of ages, the traveller may survey that airy hall within whose cunning galleries and elaborate chambers once thought, reasoned, dreamed and sinned the soul of Arbaces the Egyptian." Perhaps I, too, would be permitted to weave a romance about my skull.

The third object would be a keepsake of our unique Civil Service. I should place a request through the usual channels for one, just one, horseshoe from the fifty tons the War Department now possesses. I myself feel that an international agreement to limit the stock-piling of horse-(and mule) shoes is long overdue, and a matter of urgent necessity if we are not to give our all in the name of modern warfare. I must admit that perched on seventy-five tons of horse-shoe nails (suitable also for mule-hoofs) Whitehall is in a powerful bargaining position, though an uncomfortable one on grounds of anatomical comfort alone.

Holding my horse(or is it mule?) shoe in my hand, I could visualise the scene in the House of Commons. The Defence Minister of the day is drawing to the climax of his oratory:

"and so, in conclusion, I predict-pause-that the next war will be fought notpausein the stalemated arena of nuclear weaponspausebut with horseshoes, yes, horseshoes, and therepausethere Whitehall will dominate the world." He sinks onto the green plush front bench to a standing ovation interspersed with cries of "You are Mosley's deputy" from a few supporters of the League of Empire Loyalists who were expecting a debate on The Common Market but are determined not to be deprived of their right to heckle.

I would also desire some symbol of Britain's onetime might, such as a gun-boat, or a flint arrow-head, or Dover Castle. This would not be inspired by desperate chauvinism at the prospect of the declining power of Britain, but would be intended rather as an acknowledgement that Britain's spheres of influence in the world have changed to less prominent fields.

Finally, to make such a selection bearable, I should include a bottle or two of Bollinger '29.

R. SUMMERS (V. 6 Sc.)


Aikin's How

 

A long green hummock against a low grey sky;
A cool wind playing through the short fell grass;
And the soft, soft sighing of a laid-down sword.
The sword was once as the wave-flame bright,

As it swung and sang in the glory of its brother-hand,

Swung and sang, rose and fell,

Through the blood, through the thick red blood,

Of those who fell,

Aikin's dead.

For the life that was once, as the sword,

Bright and shining,

Is dulled and forgotten in the dullness of a mound,

A mound that lies grey-stark against the sky.

Glorying in the freedom, the freedom of the fells,

Was Aikin like the war-bird,

The cruel bird, the black bird,

The bird whose wings spread, free-bold,

On the black banner, the raven banner,

The banner of the Viking kind.
For known was the banner, as known was Aikin,

Among the friendless, those who came uninvited,

To the fine and bloody holmganging

Of the Road,

The Road that lead to Nowhere.

But that's gone and now forgotten,

Forgotten but for those who glance above

And see the Helm-wind, with spilling sleet upon its wings,

Come thrusting through the twisted oaks,

And say: 'Tis Aikin's wind, the wind of those

Who fight alone.'

Alone among the slain,

Alone among the fells,

Alone among the weapons

In Aikin's How, the mound that lies

Long and forgotten against the dull, grey sky.

A. E. CHAPMAN (3 A.)


Blue Streak

 

From the middle of a 10,000 acre area of open country twenty miles north-east of Carlisle echoes an almighty roar and a huge white cloud is emitted from a 120 feet high tower made of concrete. This is a static test of Blue Streak, Britain's largest rocket, at Spadeadam in Cumberland, and the white cloud is water vapour formed when the hot exhaust gasses of the two Rolls Royce RZ2 engines impinge on a water-cooled steel deflector bucket at the base of the tower. The water passes through this deflector at the tremendous rate of 26,000 gallons per minute. On the other side of the world in Woomera, Australia, a similar sight can be seen, only this time the firing towers are situated at the end of a causeway hanging over the side of a cliff; from there rockets can be launched 1,250 miles downrange to the north-west coastline. The site at Spadeadam cost twenty million pounds to construct, so it is well worth looking into the type of rocket tested here.

Blue Streak is basically a cylinder 10 feet in diameter and 70 feet long, manufactured by the de Haviland Aircraft Company, and powered by two Rolls Royce RZ2 engines. These engines, being gimbal mounted, can move in two planes to control the vehicle in yaw, pitch and roll. The amount of swivel for each engine is 7 degrees of conical movement. Each delivers a thrust of 137,000 pounds using liquid oxygen (called lox) and kerosene as propellants, and the maximum duration is 180 seconds if the tank capacities are 60 tons and 26 tons respectively. The tanks are pressurised by (in the case of the lox) vaporisation of the contents and (in the case of the kerosene) nitrogen gas: just as fruit juice will not leave a tin unless another hole is made for air to rush in and fill the space vacated by the juice, so rocket propellants will not leave their tanks unless something else takes their place. Each engine has its own pumps and turbine so that if after launch one system fails the other engine can keep going and prevent the vehicle from crashing back onto the pad. The turbines, which through a step-down gear train rotate the pumps, run on a fuel rich mixture of lox and kerosene and turn at 30,000 r.p.m. The step-down gear train provides a 1-5 ratio for the pumps, which thus turn at 6,000 r.p.m.: the turbine gear boxes also serve as pumps for providing hydraulic pressure at 3,000 lb./in.2g to swivel the motors. The gasses from the turbines pass out of the rocket by two pipes near the main engine outlets. The fuel from the tanks, before entering the combustion chamber, passes through the hollow stiffening bands around it to cool the metal: this technique saves having to carry the extra weight of water. The propellants are ignited by means of an electric spark produced by the 115 volts A.C. supply of the vehicle.

Moving further up the rocket we come to the tank bay, which has an overall length of 46 feet and contains the lox and the kerosene tanks. These are constructed of an aluminium alloy and the walls are only 0.019 inches thick to minimise the launching weight of the rocket.

Now for any rocket,

 

                            M1

 V = 2.3 C log10   
                                M2
where V = velocity (in feet per second) reached by rocket when it has used all its fuel

C = jet velocity

M1 = total launch weight of rocket

M2= final weight when all the fuel has been burnt

 

For Blue Streak, M1 = 92.2 tons

M2= 6.1 tons

C Ω 10,000 f.p.s. (this is rather larger than the actual value and has only been taken to simplify the calculation)

\ V Ω 2.3 x 10,000 x log10 92.2/6.1 f.p.s.
Ω 23,000 log10 15.1 f.p.s.
Ω 27,000 f.p.s.

 

It can be seen from this equation that if M2 is large in comparison with M2 (i.e. the rocket has a large 'dead weight') then the R.H.S. of the equation will become smaller,

i.e. as M2Μω
then V
0

 

To place a satellite in orbit round the earth, V must be at least 17,000 m.p.h.

17000 x 22/15 f.p.s.

Ω 25,000 f.p.s.

 

Then say, for example, that Blue Streak is to be used to place a satellite in an Earth orbit. Assuming that the satellite weighs very little (that is M2 remains practically the same as in the above calculation), then Blue Streak would in theory be capable of achieving its mission (in practice it would require a second and third stage). However, if it carried an excess dead weight due to bad design (i.e. M2 is large) then V 0 and it would no longer be capable of placing a satellite in orbit: thus it can be seen how important it is to keep the weight of the vehicle to a minimum.

At the very top of the vehicle are situated the chemical batteries, the transistorised radio receivers and the telemetry transmitters. It is hoped that the complete vehicle, in a modified form, will be the booster for the European satellite, along with the French second stage (using nitrogen tetroxide, N2O4, and asymmetrical dimethyl hydrazine,

                CH3

H2N: N

                CH3

as propellants) and a third stage which has not yet been decided. Thus, although Blue Streak has been abandoned since 13th April, 1960 as a military project, its usefulness as a space booster in peaceful roles has only just begun.

B. J. CORK (L. 6 Se.)


Corrida (Bull-Fight)

 

Out of snug, deceptively safe, hot-water-bottled bed, reluctantly leaving intangible, already half-forgotten dream-world (carefully open the squealing-hinged door) into the harsh reality of cold morning. I trudge hurriedly and alone with sedulous steps through the white, shoe-clinging entrails of feather mattresses. Flaky, fluffy feathers still float softly from a grey sky almost completely hidden by a thick blanket of fog. My throat is dry (no time for a cup of tea), my nose is running. I must get out of here quickly or my warm blood will spill out to speckle this cold, pure, washing-powder snow, sending up a hiss-hiss of steam, and I shall be sucked into an early grave.

Snow and ice are packed like bulging bags of solid sleeping cement at the sides of this silent, silent road.

I am alone.

A single, stalwart lamp-post looms up menacingly out of the fog, but at its apex a friendly, depleted light lackadaisically blinks its awakening to me and this snow-bound, fog-found day with ineffectual pencil-rays of mellow, unwanted light, soon engulfed, swallowed and digested by the hungry, gently swirling fog.

White breath streams from my nostrils like the final exasperated breath of a frantic, once frisky, young Spanish bull cornered and alone in the cruel ring. The strength and joy of a lifetime are drained gradually and expertly from him in one agonizing, tormented hour in the cruel ring, until the end when he is reduced to a pair of doleful eyes, pestered by flies, and a bright-red, swollen tongue drooping from a pulp of flaccid bones and flesh inside a black, red-splodged, torpid, formless, sweat-glistening sawdusted-bag, which is dragged off under the triumphant but relieved eyes of a meticulously preened matador.

I, too, am cornered, enclosed by drably uniform faades which whisper importunately, "Beware, my boy, beware." I caress my precious, bulky brief-case once more.

A lost traveller walks resolutely towards me. Perhaps he will politely ask the way and pass on to be lost again. Grave sort of bloke. Another appears simultaneously from a shrouded alley. Two more. Another behind me. The glint of a gun tells me they are my matadors. Swords for the bull-guns for me. The barrel stares covetously at my unprotected heart. I run in desperationit would be ridiculous to charge. If I can just reach the murk on the other side of the street. Engulf me fog. Swallow me. Digest me. The conspiring snow grips my frantic feet, but I'm nearly. . . . .

MY BACK. My young back. MY BACK.

More bull-dozing bullets rip unmercifully into my soft flesh, shatter my stubborn ribs. Goodbye cold morning. I fall helplessly to the white sawdust. The bloody briefcase is hastily snatched.

My train whistles, hisses, grunts and chugs off. A single shivering, scrawny sparrow complains with a pathetic squawk. The bloodthirsty cries of frenzied spectators die away.

E. SHINFIELD (L. 6 M.)


Hey Nonny Nonington

 

Anticlimax?yes I think so, for there was no barrage of applause-no rank upon rank of strings and woodwindno tier upon tier of voicesin fact, nothing grand, epic or de luxe about the evening at all. But here was a standard, economy-size programme for an audience appreciative in their own way. The building looked exactly a typical village hallwith stacking chairs, fluorescent lighting, whitewashed walls, well-worn floorboards, a scrap of paper above a door declaring "Gents", ancient photographs in dusty frames, trestle tables and, of course, the inevitable stage-curtain that pulls right across "except for a foot gap in the middle".

Into this rustic setting rushed a hoard of city-dwelling boys, all boasting school uniform. In no time at all grease-paint was out. Boys were talking about everything and succeeding in getting in the way; masters were losing everything. . . . and succeeding. The music-stands found their better halves and were placed carefully on the stage. (The strange phenomenon of music stands is that no matter how diligently they are arranged, they appear to have been dumped in haste). The piano was found to be in reasonable condition with Middle C gracious enough to play during the second half of the proceedings. One delightful aspect of the pianowhich must surely increase its valuewas the rearrangement of the pedals, with the sustaining pedal on the LEFT.

The orchestra scraped its way enthusiastically through the National Anthem and the remainder of its pieces, and the pianist was grateful for the occasional drum-roll which camouflaged his wrong notes. The choir sailed gaily through their "Hey nonnies", certain of rapturous applause from their cheerleader and the staunch members of the village of Nonington. "De Gospel Train" chugged to a halt in a glorious volume which impressed everybody, and perhaps even the conductor. The play soon had the audience's attention firmly held, although the village hall probably had more in its history than tragedy. A brazier which looked far from warming was placed under a presumably symbolic red light, hanging ungraciously from a girder, and some of the audience, determined not to be "taken in by this acting business", found an imaginary hot coal falling on a character's foot, highly amusing. The determined effort of schoolboys trying to adapt themselves for the evening, was summed up in the word "Curtain!" hoarsely whispered at the end of the excellently performed play.

Both clarinettist and percussionist knew the truth of the proverb "Necessity is the mother of Invention". The performance of excerpts from "Patience" proceeded with a clarinet carefully elongated to conform with the piano pitch, and a percussion section enlarged by a metal balanced on a tin for cymbal effect and a spoon "triangle"! Thumping ensured that all the piano notes played, but the gentle sway assumed by the whole of the worm-eaten monster became hazardous, and a tinkling pianissimo prevailed for much of the evening. Extracts from "Patience", sung in oratorio fashion, lacked all the glamour of the Christmas performances and the audience seemed slow in picking up the few crumbs of Gilbertian humour. Even though it had been in cold storage for 4 months, the opera kept its sparkle, and as usual the bah's, pooh-pooh's and ha-ha's poked at the unsuspecting villagers received loudest applause. Lady Jane was clearly still in good voice and her top notes swamped the darkened hall. It is doubtful if Nonington will hear a voice like that again.

Anticlimax?yes, but what an anticlimax!

P. RELF (M. 6 M.)


The Headmaster's Prize

 

In order to raise the standard of public speaking in the school, and to provide an incentive to senior boys to interest themselves in this subject, Dr. Hinton this year began the system whereby the Headmaster's Prize is awarded according to the results of a public speaking competition held in two rounds. In both rounds, the order of speaking was decided by lot and the notes were limited to those which could be fitted onto a post-card; the criteria upon which judgment was to be based were declared to be the "organisation and interest of the subject matter and the delivery of the speaker". In the first round, the time allotted to the speeches was from four to six minutes "on a subject of personal interest", and choice of the three contestants to go into the final round was made by the sixth forms; the speeches in the second round, "on any contentious subject", were permitted from nine to eleven minutes, the judging being done by a panel of three members of the staff.

The response was poor in this inaugural year of the contest; moreover, the absence of two speakers reduced the number involved in the first round, held on Wednesday, 20th February, to five, one of whom, after a most promising beginning, felt obliged to withdraw. All the speakers were clearly audible, but there was a marked lack of gesture for effect, and the stance of the speakers left much to be desired. The speeches themselves were not well organised; all the speakers overran their time except Mr. Summers, who could not develop his theme to fill the appointed four minutes. In none of the speeches was there any attempt at argument: Mr. Conley's talk on "French Ship-designs" was too much of a catalogue although, in view of the bad throat which had made him wish to withdraw, his presentation was quite acceptable; Mr. Summers' speech on alcohol and the law appealed to his audience, but it must be felt that only his subject matter carried him through into the final round and that it would have been better had he attempted to draw some conclusions from the amusing facts which he related; Mr. Lacey's speech on the subject of Mr. Khruschev was a chronological summary and, but for a warning that only half a minute remained to him, threatened to overrun considerably: Mr. Aylen's speech on the Holiday Fellowship was informative and the best ordered of the four, if in places too full of figures.

The panel of judges in the final round held on Wednesday, 27th March, consisted of the Headmaster, Mr. King and Mr. Ruffell.

Mr. Aylen's talk on "Some Fallacies of Marxist Communism" was a disappointment after his effort in the first round; it lacked clarity and had no overall cohesion. Mr. Summers' speech on "The Beeching Report" was a very creditable piece of work, particularly when it is considered that this report was made available only some two hours before the speech was delivered, although it had been speculated on by the newspapers, and that the speech itself was not a mere summary. In its context, organisation and vocabulary this speech was by far the best in the contest, even if some of the grandiloquent phrases sounded somewhat contrived and out of place and there was an excess of rhetorical questions. As the Headmaster said, the talk on "Britain Today" given by Mr. Lacey "Didn't seem to have a skeleton". The prize was awarded to this competitor because of the confidence of his delivery and the way in which he had judged his audience; these were, in fact, the only points in favour of Mr. Lacey's talk. It had no intrinsic merit in itself: the view which he gave of this country was badly balanced, and the argument consisted of a few pleas for greater national pride placed among the jokes and anecdotes of which the speech was mainly composed, the lack of maturity and originality of which rendered them wholly undeserving of the response which they received, the more so as they were largely irrelevant to the argument, such as it was.

In view of the lack of enthusiasm with which this contest was met, and the low quality of many of the speeches, in its first year this competition cannot be judged a success.

It is to be hoped that a better response will ensure greater success in the future.

A. D. WALKER (V. 6 M.)


Geography Field Day

 

About 9.30 on a fine, hot May day, a motley collection of 12 Sixth Form geographers met at Effingham Crescent, together with a party of Sixth Formers from Dover College. The occasion was the East Kent Schools' Sixth Form Geography Field Day 1963, arranged this year by Mr. Ruffell. By the time ten o'clock came the other group in our party, from the Duke of York's School, had still not arrived-it turned out that their vehicle had broken down. Our luxury transport arrived, however, one ancient-looking army lorry somehow obtained from the Junior Leaders.

We met the other parties of Sixth Formers at the top of Folkestone Hill, albeit a little late, and 'work' began in earnest. After walking to the cliffs above the Warren and being told by Mr. Ruffell of protective measures being taken there, we commenced a two and a half mile walk along Crete Road, overlooking Folkestone, behind Castle Hill, to a brickworks. During the course of this walk Mr. Ruffell twice halted us, first to comment on the geological structure of the area we could see and to explain why Folkestone grew where it is, and secondly to tell us about the formation of a coombe. At the brickworks, while most of us were content to rest our tired feet, some went to the quarry to look for fossils, getting covered in gault clay in the process. It was then back to the coaches and lorry in which we headed for Newington, where the landlord of the Star Inn had about 150 boys invading his premises to have lunch.

After about an hour we staggered back to our transport-it was surprising to see how much food had been consumed in that hourand set off for for Summerhouse Hill, where Mr. Ruffell pointed out an example of river capture, and a river which apparently flowed straight at a line of hills (it actually cut through them). Once more back in the bus we progressed another three miles to Postling Wents, where we examined the soil of the district. Next stop was Lympne, and stop we didfor about 15 minutes behind a flock of sheep. Eventually we reached our target, a disused Kentish rags tone quarry with plenty of fossils and plenty of ants. Then followed a short walk to a position halfway down a hill overlooking the Roman Portus Lemanisthe first Lympne castle. Here Mr. Ruffell pointed out reasons for its existence and also the springs which emerge from the sandstones here and flow down to West Hythe and the sea.

We boarded our lorry and coaches for the last time as the party finally split up to head for various parts of East Kent. We had covered a lot of ground in the day but it had well served the purpose of making us more aware of the county in which we live.

L. L. FINNIS (L. 6 M.)


Talks To The Sixth Form

 

The complete list of lectures given to the 6th Form this year will be found in "In Brief" and space will only permit us to look at four of the talks in any detail.

In the first term Mr. Cobb, the Headmaster of Dover College, gave a lecture on the public school system and the differences between public and grammar schools. Somewhat hastily Mr. Cobb then added that he had not as yet found a suitable definition of a public school, but it had been said that "at a Grammar school you work, at a public school you spend five years". He considered why parents pay so much on a private education when they could easily obtain it free and in reply to the comments from the floor that public school boys had probably failed their eleven-plus, Mr. Cobb pointed out that this was not so. He emphasised the similarities between public and grammar schools, finding few major differences.

In the Spring Term the Reverend Jenkins from the Society for the Propagation of the Gospels gave us a talk on the "Divided World". He spoke first of the division of mankind into the two sexes and in addition of how family life is changing its pattern to one of family unity instead of being composed of near-isolated members. Speaking of wider divisions he mentioned political and social breaches, saying that the difference between Communism and Capitalism was the biggest political split. Referring to religion he told of the various conferences striving towards Christian unity, such as the synod of all churches held in Delhi, and the Buddhist Congress. He considered that apartheid was one of the world's most detestable divisions. The climax of the talk came when he spoke of the relations between God and man and how Christians can help break down the barriers. Discussing vocation the Reverend Jenkins thought that the world had real need of ambitious people.

One of the most interesting and entertaining people who gave a talk was another Vicar, this time the Reverend F. J. Cooper, Vicar of Eastry, who spoke of his experiences as a prison chaplain. He displayed an acute insight into the spiritual needs of prisoners and related many amusing and penetrating anecdotes appertaining to their daily life. He revealed a deep sincerity tempered with a dash of healthy scepticism and gave an absorbing account of the voluntary classes he held for prisoners who were attracted by the Christian way of life.

A competent but controversial talk was given by Mr. Bunyan, a distinguished Old Boy of the school and now a Harley Street dental engineer. He began his talk with an outline of his career and gave a more detailed account of the treatment of burns, a matter in which he specialises. Mr. Bunyan's views on the Public Health System were extremely right-wing and there were many who did not agree with him. Mr. Bunyan's hobby is collecting antique microscopes and he showed colour slides dealing with this and also with the treatment of burns.


School Visit to Paris

 

On Thursday, 11th April, a party of pupils and three masters arrived at the Ecole du Montcel just outside Paris where there were also parties from Yorkshire, Essex and Skye.

The following week was packed with visits to interesting places and glimpses of French life. At one moment the party was gossiping in the village caf and at another eating a several-course lunch in a Paris restaurant; once they were at Barbizon where there are the studios of many famous impressionist painters and later they were watching the street artists and musicians in the Place du Tertre in Montmartre; they toured Paris by night and went on a trip round the Ile de la Cite in a bateau-mouche; they walked along the quays of the Seine and shopped in the Galeries Lafayette; they visited the Chateaux at Fontainebleau and Versailles and the great churches of Notre Dame and Sacr Coeur; they toured the Louvre and ascended the Eiffel Tower; they went to the Vincennes Zoo and the Renault car factory. The following is a personal impression of a few incidents written by a member of the party:

One of the comforting thoughts that accompanied us as we alternately jerked and glided our way up the Eiffel Tower was that a man had thrown his wife from the top the previous week. With a sudden bump we reached the fourth and final stage, 985 feet above Paris. We stepped gingerly onto the large glass-covered platform, which gave an all-round view of the city, and admired the majestic buildings stretching out to the distance. If I achieved nothing else while in Paris I ate a hot dog (costing the equivalent of two shillings) at the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Looking around us, we were able to see most of the sights that we had visited during our week's stay; Les Invalides, where we learnt that Napoleon's ashes had been interred in four coffins, now looked a miniature; the Champs Elyses and the Arc de Triomphe proudly lived up to their names.

As we slowly moved round the platform the Sacr Coeur and Montmartre came into view. I remember that fateful Easter Sunday all too well. The newspapers in the following week announced that over the Easter week-end there had been 15,000 tourists in Paris. I am sure that a majority of these must have been going to the same place as we, for not only did it take a long time to reach the Sacr Coeur but when we reached there it was so crowded that we did not bother to enter it. Still we received a consolation in that we were able to walk round the Place du Tertre and see the many artists at work.

After about three-quarters of an hour "on top" some of us began to demand our withdrawal from the tower, so we climbed back into the lift and descended at what seemed a terrific speed, and stepped out onto the firm earth.

If I had to say which sight gave me the most pleasure I must again return to the Eiffel Tower; only this time at night.

We intended one evening to have a coach trip round the city to see the illuminations and so we did. We toured the Pigalle district (equivalent to London's Soho), though unfortunately we were not allowed to stop and get out. The time passed quickly and as a result at midnight, an hour after we should have been back in bed, we stopped at a cafe. After a cup of black coffee we resumed our journey in the coach until we reached the Eiffel Tower. High powered spotlights from each corner of the base silhouetted it out in the dark but clear sky, making it a wonderful sight. We finally returned to the school by half-past one, after having one of our numerous spirited songs along the route.

Every school party has its language difficulties when abroad and ours was no exception. Several of us, one night while on a roundabout route to the nearest cafe, came upon what appeared to us a French labourer. Somehow we began a conversation and much to our amazement he came out with an American phrase, "Okay bean." Thinking that he must know a little English we began to talk to him in a mixture of English and French. He began to look rather mystified after a while, and we wondered whether we had said something wrong. Then, some bright lad discovered that he was Portuguese; so with the phrase "Adios amigos" (it was the closest we could get to his language) we departed, still the best of friends.

So the week in Paris passed until on the last day we found ourselves packing our bags and on the way home. Admittedly it was good to be home with the usual food but I could think of no better way of spending Easter than in Paris.

J. BISHOP (4 A.)


Patience

PICTURE 1 PICTURE 2 PICTURE 3 PICTURE 4

 

An enthusiastic audience of parents, friends and lovers of Gilbert and Sullivan braved the elements to be treated to a feast of impressive singing by a choir of 150 boys drawn from the first and second years. Their delightful rendering of a group of four English songs exhibited tone, attack, balance and a good sense of timing. This recital, however, was but an aperitif to the repast which was to follow, a sparkling production of 'Patience', which far surpassed that of 'Trial by Jury'.

The targets Gilbert chose in 1881 for the satire in this new opera were affectation, extravagance and aestheticism, as duty had been the theme of 'Pirates' and discipline that of 'Pinafore'. The smartly groomed, high-booted chorus of dragoons emphasised the situation clearly as they desperately attempted to recapture the affections of the twenty languid, lovesick maidens, so skilfully made-up that they were easily accepted as girls. Their solemn, immobile but melodic introduction to the plot contrasted powerfully with the virile, well-drilled officers and men of the 35th. Heavy Dragoons, who had obviously been tough, smart men of the world since 'the first time they put their uniforms on', although they always enjoyed their toffee. The magnificently engaging trio of Major, Colonel and Duke should have fluttered the hearts of these lovesick maidens, as indeed it did those of the audience.

Many of the challenging musical settings, particularly the sestet, the quintet and the lyrical songs and duets of Bunthorne, Grosvenor and Patience, among the most delightful melodies of the whole production, exhibited pleasing qualities of tone and good articulation, qualities which were especially noticeable in the voices of D. Bushell, R. Evans and R. Armstrong. Although one occasionally felt the need for a string or two apart from the 'cello, the orchestra's contribution, a carefully sustained blend of piano, percussion, clarinet and recorder, was always adequate and never obscured the singing of either soloist or chorus. The expertly designed set, too, added depth and realism to the courtyard scene and in Act Two created a sylvan atmosphere to Never Never Land, where realism had no place. I One wonders, though, why the producer had not introduced a contemporary target to be broad-sided, for even today Gilbert's acid satire could be effectively aimed at the teddy boy and girl, the beatnik and the swooning teenager, as whim succeeds whim, fancy succeeds fancy and craze succeeds craze. However, here was a production upon which the School was to be congratulated, especially both teams of principals, another polished performance and outstanding success amply rewarding months of hard training and rehearsing.

R. W. WINTER.


La Troupe Francaise

 

Les Prcieuses Ridicules de Moliere.

La Poudre aux Yeux de Labiche et Martin.
 

Suivant une tradition bien tablie, la Troupe franaise a donn sa reprsentation annuelle au Dover Grammar School for Boys devant une assistance nombreuse.

Au programme, "Les Prcieuses Ridicules" de Molire reprsentait la tradition classique et "La Poudre aux Yeux" de Labiche, la comdie lgre sans profondeur relle, si apprcie en France la fin du sicle dernier. Toutefois le choix de ces deux pices fort diffrentes surtout par leur valeur littraire trouve sa justification dans le fait que toutes deux ridiculisent l'orgueil et la pretension de la bourgeoisie aise.

Dans l'ensemble, l'interprtation fut bonne et les acteurs semblrent tout particulirement leur aise dans la pice de Labiche. On peut toutefois regretter que Gaston Richer n'ait pas fait de son personnage de Mascarille le bouffon traditionel, mais le seul personnage intelligent de la pice.

En ce qui concerne la diction des acteUr3 il est dommage que leur dbit soit parfois bien trop rapide, surtout pour un public peu habitu, malgr tout des sonorits trangres. La diction de certains acteurs peut mme sembler confuse pour les spectateurs placs au fond de la salle.

Enfin, il est regrettable que, sans doute par manque de moyens et d'acteurs, plusieurs scnes des "Precieuses" et plusieurs personnages aient du tre supprims.

Mais, ces quelques critiques de dtail mises part, ce fut une reprsentation agrable et dans l'ensemble russie.

J.F.L.


National Savings

 

For the first time for many years there was a decline in the membership of the Group and in the value of saving stamps sold (95 members, 264; compared with 122 members, 347, in 1961-2). The chief reason for this was lack of interest shown by Form I, where few new members were recruited.

However, we have just begun a new scheme, which has made a promising start, with 43 members and 40 subscribed in the first 8 weeks. Under this scheme the School has its own Post Office Savings Bank account, and each member has a subscription book in which his contributions are recorded. As the contributions of any boy reach 1, he can have this transferred, if he so wishes, to his own Post Office account. Individual accounts are opened at the Post Office for boys who do not already have them. Money may be withdrawn in cash at any time if a week's notice is given.

It is hoped that this scheme will appeal to boys who are interested in long-term saving, but it can, of course, be used by those who wish to save for holidays or other special purposes. The sale of savings stamps will continue for those who prefer that method.

We hope to have a large number of new members in September.

J.P.M.


Speech Day, 1962

 

The speaker on Speech Day was a distinguished Old Boy of the School, Sir Clifford Jarrett, Secretary of the Admiralty: Lady Jarrett presented the prizes. In the absence of Mr. David Bradley, who was unwell, Miss Elnor acted as chairman.

Sir Clifford began his Speech Day Address by looking back on his old School days and thinking of the great debt that he owed to the school. He spoke of the need for loyalty and integrity, mentioning that in the future boys from grammar schools would play an even bigger role in the management and government of this country, so that the "people and institutions of Great Britain" would depend on the qualities of ex-grammar school boys. Speaking of the Royal Navy, Sir Clifford said that it was an interesting career which was of great benefit to the country as a whole, but he declared that he had no secrets to give which would show a certain path to success. The Headmaster told of the startling increase of boys at the school, mentioning also that of the 700 boys attending the school over 150 were in the 6th Form. Dr. Hinton mentioned as well that the 264 boys entered for external examinations during the year had gained nearly one hundred A level and over four hundred and seventy O Level passes. Speaking of the overcrowding in the school he said that the school was in need of another gymnasium and of a dozen other various rooms. The climax of the Headmaster's speech was reached when Dr. Hinton said that he blamed the nation as a whole and not the Kent County Council or the government: he said that the government represented the people and thus the people must take the responsibility for the faulty national system of priorities. Education would be at a severe disadvantage until the nation could be persuaded to treat the State system properly. Turning aside from education and politics Dr. Hinton stressed the need for day school pupils to take a part in the life of the community, for boys who contribute to school life are usually those who help society when they grow older. He concluded by saying that during the year the School Council had established itself as a fundamental part of school life.

K. EASLEY (L. 6 M.)

D. W. FLEMING (L. 6 M.)


Open Day, 1963

 

Open Day 1963 fell on Saturday, 20th July, and, perhaps somewhat unexpectedly, the day was fine and warm.

The first display started at approximately 2.30 and at the same time the cricket matches, the School 1st XI versus the Old Boys and the School 2nd XI versus the Parents, were begun. These matches lasted throughout the afternoon and finished close on 7 o'clock, the 1st XI having lost by 30 runs and the 2nd XI having defeated the Parents by only 10 runs in a closely fought contest. The cricket was followed by a number of fans, most of them watching the 2nd XI versus Parents match on the Top Field: unfortunately the 1st XI game was followed by few people as it was held on the Terrace Pitch and so was unknown to the great majority of visitors. Flying displays by the R.A.F. section of the C.C.F. were also held on the lower fields at 2 and 4 o'clock but once again there was only a sprinkling of spectators, because this display was away from the main body of events. The gymnastics at 3 o'clock were undoubtedly the outdoor success of the afternoon and were watched by a large number of spectators, who certainly seemed to enjoy the performances given by the Senior and Junior Gym Clubs, the pyramids of the junior boys being especially well received by the watching crowd. Among the older gymnasts Raines, Kearon, Rubens, and Wells were outstanding, but it can be said that Raines was perhaps too ambitious in his choice of exercises. Near to the Gymnastic Display was the shooting contest held by the Army section of the C.C.F. where it was evident that the shooting, not surprisingly, attracted many men and almost no women. The Naval Section of the C.C.F. gave displays of naval equipment and skills.

Many of the people who came to Open Day stayed to view the outdoor displays on the hot summer afternoon, but most wandered through the school buildings themselves, looking at the numerous varied indoor displays: the model railway exhibition was without doubt one of the main crowd-drawers of the afternoon, as indeed it is every year. It was apparent that much work had gone into the building of this layout and even the most minute details, such as cattle on the hillsides, had been attended to. Models were also the highlight of the display given by the Latin and History Department and perhaps somewhat unexpectedly this exhibition attracted almost as many people as did the Model Railway: the models on display were well made and yet again much hard work had evidently gone into their construction. The best work in this exhibition was done by the younger members of the school who are the most enthusiastic at Open Day and most of the other school functions. Of the many other displays and exhibits on show throughout the school the best were to be found in several of the Science Laboratories and in the Mathematics department, although the majority of the visitors looked in baffled awe at the mathematical calculator. The library is one of the most pleasant rooms in the school and the new books bought by the school were on display there, as well as a rather incomprehensible 3-dimensional chess game. "Cromwell and the Levellers" was presented in the Assembly Hall by 2 A. and played to what was seemingly an audience of friends and relatives. The actors were not really good enough to perform without scenery and lacked expression and depth of feeling.

Considered as a whole Open Day 1963 was a success. Many people came and the only real disadvantage in this year's planning was that the displays on the lower fields were seen by only a meagre scattering of the people present.

K. EASLEY (L. 6 M.)


Combined Cadet Force

 

During the past year the senior N.C.O's. of all three sections have held meetings together several times a term to discuss the future policy and activities of the Corps. This innovation is intended to promote a better understanding and more co-operation between the sections. It is also hoped that the formation of an adventure section will help to further these ends.

New cadet regulations have recently been published which will alter considerably the structure of the Corps. The basic section is to be abolished and those wishing to join the Cadets will be able to join the section of their choice in the Fourth Form. However, we shall be starting a pre-entry section to take the place of the basic section. This will be open to third-formers who will be introduced to the more interesting aspects of cadet training without having to wear uniform.

Very soon we hope to be issued with radio sets and a signals section will be formed.

The Annual Inspection on the 24th May went very smoothly and all the sections received favourable reports from the inspecting officers.

A. C. HAIG (C.S.M.)


R.N. Section

During the Autumn Term we concentrated on theory and examinations because of the dark evenings and in all 5 O/S passed the A/B's test, 13 passed Ordinary Naval Proficiency and 5 L/S passed Advanced Naval Proficiency. This was an encouraging start to the year, although we were very sorry to say goodbye to Lt. Lister. He had been with the section for many years and in appreciation of his service the three sections presented him with a pewter tankard. When Lt. Lister relinquished his command S/Lt. Salter took over the section. Squad drill had to be brushed up for two or three Fridays before we went to the Royal Marine Barracks, Deal for the day. There we did arms drill, P.T. and helicopter ditching drill in the swimming bath; then after a 'pussers' dinner we saw a recruiting film and for the rest of the afternoon enjoyed some very interesting instruction on the self-loading rifle, rocket launcher and the new bren gun. Recently we have been over to the Royal Marine range at Kingsdown and fired fifteen rounds each from the S.L.R., after having an evening's instruction on this rifle the previous week.

During the Easter holidays six senior ratings spent a week on board the submarine depot ship H.M.S. Adamant where we learnt a tremendous amount as well as having the tremendous experience of living on board ship. Our programme included visits to submarines of our squadron, a day at sea on H.M.S. Gay Charioteer, a visit to H.M.S. Ark Royal, the use of teleprinters and short-wave radios, sailing in whalers and a whaler-pulling race, swimming, practical instruction and films on wire splicing, general seamen's duties, the maintenance of torpedoes and periscopes, navigation and life in the Royal Navy. In the Summer 10 boys are going on board H.M.S. Urchin for training.

After Easter the effort was concentrated on preparing for the Annual Inspection when we turned out as usual an immaculate section. After the march past and general salute we rigged sheerlegs, performed a combined signals and navigation exercise while six ratings went down to the harbour to sail. After this sailing was arranged every Friday and many boys have benefited from it.

On Open Day we did our part by rigging sheerlegs again, showing films and exhibiting some of the equipment we use throughout the year.

The main emphasis in the Cadets has been on the word combined, and as a result 3 ratings and 1 officer went to an all-arms camp at Crowborough. There are now 4 ratings in the newly-formed Adventure Section and all of them survived without blisters or loss of morale after a couple of days training in July. In the Summer several ratings are going to the army camp on Dartmoor. The Naval Section joins in everything!

L/S. RAINES.


R.A.F. Section

This term we bade farewell to F/Sgt. Henson whose impression on the life of the flight will doubtless persist long after the memory of his shining boots (and the imprint made by their heel) has faded from the minds of cadets. As appears to be customary sloppy drill prevailed until the last minute before Annual Inspection, when the section's turn-out was reasonable-almost as good as that of the Naval Section. However the Naval Section has nothing on our glider and what has been achieved with itit remains a miracle that our star pilots have not yet landed on the allotments or Tower Hamlets housing estate.

Annual camp was lacking in some of the facilities to which we have grown accustomed but the station was nevertheless interesting. But for the bad weather earlier in the year flights would have been available in Provosts, but as it was a Chipmunk air-experience flight was available at a nearby airfield. The accommodation and food at Leeming was as usual unequalled and the excellent gymnasium was very well equipped.

Apart from F/Sgt. Henson, Sgts. Munn and Gray have left along with several other N.C.O's. all of whom contributed to the running of the Section. We must now turn our attention to the new intake and make full use of the term ahead.

FLT./SGT. LACEY (M. 6 M.)


Army Section

The Army Section is now larger than it has been for several years and nearly two thirds of this year's Basic Section have chosen to continue their cadet training with us, a fact that has added to the enthusiasm and spirit shown by all our members.

During the Easter holidays Cpls. Graeme, Jarvie and Burtenshaw attended an Eastern Command Cadet Leadership Course, an experience which all three seem to have enjoyed judging by their enthusiastic accounts of training with motor-cycles, helicopters and weapons of various types, not to mention the exhausting manoeuvres which tested their mental and physical stamina to the full. These courses are invaluable and we hope to send as many cadets as possible to them in future.

Annual Inspection took place on Friday 24th May and the inspecting officers seemed well pleased.

Four of our N.C.O's. are now members of the newly-formed Adventure Section. This year's camp is to be held on Dartmoor and this rugged area should provide us with some memorable experiences, especially since newly-acquired camping equipment will enable us to widen the scope of our exercises.

It has become more and more our policy to concentrate on adventure training rather than parade-ground soldiering, but cadets must realise that high standards of discipline and turn-out are absolutely essential to the efficiency and indeed the morale of a cadet unit.

A. C. HALE. (C.S.M.)


Adventure Section

The newly-formed Adventure Section is open to all ranks of all Sections. This project is a combined effort for those who feel the C.C.F. has even more to offer than the two hours of specialised training on Friday evenings. It was formed after a weekend of arduous training at Crowborough, which was enjoyed so much by those who took part that they felt that they would like to make it a regular activity. Its primary aim is to encourage initiative and leadership.

The very first activity of the Section was to enter a team in the 50 mile walk from Dover to Maidstone, the enthusiasm and outcome of which were very encouraging. At the time of writing we are looking forward to a two-day course of training towards the end of term. The Section will march to Reinden Woods and bivouac in this area, using it as a base for initiative exercises.

The Section is restricted to 12 cadets and competition for membership is already keen. It is hoped that in the near future all our members will take advantage of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme.

C.S.M. HAIG.
L/S. RAINES.


Post-proficiency First Aid Classes

When I was first asked to give first aid classes to the post proficiency cadets, there was a certain amount of apprehension in my mind, but looking back on the course and its results, I can now see that this was not justified.

The syllabus was of the usual nature, artificial respiration, internal and external haemorrhage, shock, unconsciousness, sling and dressings, transport etc., and my task was made much easier by a goose which never refused to lay golden eggs when called upon, the cadet funds. With its help, various teaching aids have been purchased, the most valuable being a "mouth to mouth" artificial respiration training mask.

To terminate the first session, I was asked to arrange two small exercises for the annual inspection. Having constructed two" incidents" my long-suffering companion Tutthill and I spent a few hectic weeks trying to consolidate the team's knowledge. Our wildest dreams came true and the cadets put on an excellent show, which made the course seem really worth while.

I should like to take this opportunity to list the people to whom I owe thanks: first and foremost Tutthill whose help was invaluable and whose renowned prowess behind a steering wheel did much to make the exercise the success it was, the army section for putting up with us so bravely and for its help, the naval section for providing one of the highlights of the exercise, sheerlegs (which gave us some hair raising moments), and last of all those two courageous beings, Broome and Holman, whose performance as casualties in the exercises was excellent, despite the all too obvious hazards which they had to face. I hope that next year's course will be as rewarding.

D. J. LANGLEY.


Basic Section

Once more a highly successful year for a basic section which fully deserved the praise it received from the inspecting officer at annual inspection. The basic test was taken several months earlier than it has been in previous years and although no credits were gained, there were no failures. At the end of the Summer term a cup was presented to cadet Batty as the outstanding recruit of 1962-63.

A. C. HAIG (C.S.M.)


Library

 

Losses might well have dominated these notes, but enough has been said and done for the School to be fully aware of the seriousness of the matter; the restrictions which must, unfortunately, be imposed will underline it.

With no major project to deal with (for the second year running), we had hoped to push on with revision of the card index and to begin the compilation of a Subject Index; but after a moderately good start, the work faltered for lack of labour. Had it not been for the dedicated services of Bishop, Hopper and Hoskins and, in the first two terms, of Snashall and Constable, we should have fallen behind even with current work. Offers of service from 4 A. were sometimes more vocal than real, but they did give help which we appreciated; and this is more than can be said for some forms, notably a Sixth form, whose chief contribution was to leave the Library a litter-strewn chaos for others to tidy up. However, desperate efforts in the last fortnight of term enabled us (and 4 A.) to complete the Card Index revision. We await, with confidence, revelations of errors and inadequacies.

Despite depredations, the shelves are much too tightly packed for efficiency, and if we must wait till 1970 for a new (and barely large enough) library, we may well have to consider some form of decentralisation-perhaps a separate room for Junior Fiction.

The Art Section is looking more attractive these days; there are so many beautifully produced books on Art that we might well spend a quarter of the allowance on them. But Science Books too are streaming from the presses, so that the problem of selection becomes more acute every year and is, indeed, insoluble without the knowledgeable help of masters. Paper-backs have become almost an industry in themselves; they are now far too many to be rebound immediately but they survive schoolboy treatment quite well. Certainly they make the shelves more attractive in appearance; the 30 or more Libres de Poche recently added are particularly colourful.

By the time these notes see print, we shall have completed our purchase of Keesing's Contemporary Archives (from 1931 to the present-day); they make an impressive shelf and offer an impressive amount of information. We had hoped to buy Chambers's Encyclopaedia this year, and there was even a pipe-dream of the Oxford New English Dictionary, but these hopes must remain unrealised while we make good the other deficiencies.

R.W.M.


Phoenix Society

 

At a meeting held in September for the election of officers, Mr. W. G. King was elected President, Mr. J. W. Philpott Chairman, and Mr. M. A. Huntley Secretary.

During the year papers have been read by several members: Mr. Cowling spoke on "McCarthyism", Mr. Huntley lectured on "The Perennial Philosophy", Mr. Player gave a talk on "Cosmology", Mr. Relf delivered an illustrated lecture on "The Life and Music of Stravinsky" and Mr. Summers' paper was entitled "The Boundaries of Science".

The Society was privileged to welcome to its October meeting the Reverend Fr. T. E. Tanner, whose subject was "An Introduction to Jungian Psychology". Fr. Tanner's talk aroused so much interest that we were unable to question the speaker fully in the time available. Fr. Tanner very kindly invited members to his home, where the subject was pursued in greater detail.

Mr. Bernard Budd, the prospective Liberal Parliamentary Candidate for Dover Constituency, was invited to speak at our summer meeting in May. He was unfortunately unable to come on the date suggested and other dates were found to be unsuitable to members. Mr. Budd has, however, promised to speak on a later occasion.

Our grateful thanks are due to Dr. M. G. Hinton, Mr. K. H. Ruffell and Mr. W. G. King for their generous hospitality during the past year.

J. W. PHILPOTT (M. 6 M.)


S.C.M.

 

All S.C.M. meetings this year have been held out of school hours at members' and masters' homes, and at the Girls' Grammar School.

The programme has certainly been varied. An illustrated talk on the "Iona Community" made a fine beginning. Mr. Southey (from Manwood's) outlined the history of Iona and gave considerable details not only of his own experiences in voluntary work there but also of the aims and accomplishments of the Community. In October, Mr. Singer showed us that there was far more to the Boys' Brigade than a band of youths wearing pill-box hats, whilst J. W. Philpott (M. 6 M.) read an excellent paper entitled "A defence of Anglicanism." Unfortunately all but two of those present were Anglicans and the ensuing battle was more a case of the Low Churchman defending himself against the High and vice versa.

In November slides and a tape recording of work done by the National Children's Homes were followed by a discussion in which Mrs. Booth, a former sister of an N.C.H., answered several queries about the atmosphere and conditions at the Homes.

The whole of the Christmas meeting was conducted with its usual informal gaiety, so that the wide variety of Christmas readings and music were interspersed with chatter, cups of coffee and some highly controversial non-alcoholic wine.

In January Reverend C. H. Teal struck a more serious note in his talk "Congregationalism and its part in Church Unity", stating that it was his opinion that full Christian co-operation between denominations was in essence church unity. Then "Psychology and Religion" was an excellent talk by Father T. E. Tanner, in which he declared that psychology was the handmaid to religion in that it dismantled man and reorganised his mind, so helping to show the force of Christ in him. Next M. F. Hendy, an Old Boy of the school, gave the substance of the report"Conversations between the Church of England and the Methodist Church". The biased opinions of the speaker certainly prompted discussion, and after much theorizing on heresies by certain members, there was the first really heated argument of the year-on practical difficulties of church unification.

The year was brightened on two occasions by joint meetings with the Girls' School, the seconda talk on "The Holy Shroud"provoking less enthusiasm than the first "We are the Lambeth Boys"a film and discussion evening.

The S.C.M. Conference at Folkestone was quite valuable in some respects, not least in its theme of "Belief and Action", but the usual criticism of not answering the question was levelled at one of the two speakers, and group leaders were plagued with the annual outcries of "Should divinity be taught in schools?" and "Why should we be forced to go to Church?" The groups were large, represented a cross section of schools rather than religious beliefsone group was entirely Anglicanand were often so badly placed that discussion was virtually impossible.

A new venture in the school was an internal conference, held in July, when the Headmaster spoke on "God" and the Reverend E. H. Yates presented some aspects of "Life and Death". Ample time was given for discussion and questions and the morning closed with a Brains Trust. Those who faced the questions under the chairmanship of Dr. Hinton, were Mr. Ruffell and Mr. King and two staunch members of the S.C.M., J. W. Philpott and A. N. Bushell.

The past year has certainly been full of many thought-provoking meetings, but the one plea I make is for more heated argument. On only one occasion did discussion approach boiling point, and more often than not, members were content to swallow some deliberately outrageous suggestions. S.C.M. meetings are not afternoon-teas-with-the-vicar but opportunities for lively expressions of ideas.

P. RELF (M. 6 M.)


History Society

 

For various reasons only four meetings have been held since September last. Topics have included "The Reformation", "The Dead Sea Scrolls", and "Mediterranean Trade in the Middle Ages", the last being given by Mr. M. F. Hendy, an undergraduate at Queen's College, Cambridge, and a founder-member of the Society.

The final meeting was in the nature of a revivification of the Society. The old constitution having proved unworkable, it was decided that a new one ought to be formulated.

A meeting was therefore held, it was decided to increase the size of the committee, and this was duly done. The officials of the Society are now:Chairman; a Vice-Chairman; a Secretary; five Committee Members; and a Staff Representative, which post Mr. Lister, having resigned from the C.C.F., declared himself ready to fill.

In conclusion I should like to repeat, on behalf of the Committee, the perennial invitation to the Fifth Form, and to the non-historical Sixth reminding them that membership of the society is open to them, not only to the sixth-form history set.

F. CONLEY (M. 6 M.)


Cercle Francais

 

Our main activity this year have been play-readings. Among the plays read have been "La Poudre Aux Yeux", a light nineteenth century comedy later performed by the Troupe Fran<raise, and two twentieth century plays, a drama "Les Mains Sales" by Jean-Paul Sartre and a comedy "Knock" by Jules Romains. At other meetings we listened to recordings of French poetry from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries, with a commentary by M. Labrouche, who also gave us on another occasion an excellent talk on "Impressionism in French Art, Music and Literature". Woolford (M. 6 M.) read a paper on Balzac's novel "Eugenie Grandet" and we should certainly welcome more contributions of this kind from members.

Our thanks go particularly to M. Hundey for his services as secretary and to M. Labrouche for his much appreciated help throughout the year.

D. W. FLEMING (L. 6 M.)


Orchestra

 

This year the orchestra has been presented to the public twice only, at the Parents' Association's concert and film evening and at a concert at Nonington. Although our repertoire has been small there is good groundwork for some excellent playing next term and the music folders promise some delightful times ahead for both players and listeners alike. The orchestra is losing its leader, 'cellist and pianist this year, but each is being replaced by younger blood, so for once there are no last minute anxieties to bother the conductor. The orchestra has, in fact, during the current term consisted of six first violins, seven seconds, one viola, 'cello, flute and four clarinets. Most of these players are taught in the School by visiting teachers from the Kent Rural Music School.

P. RELF (M. 6 M.)


Choir

 

Rehearsals for the School Opera precluded any Choir activity during the Autumn Term. In January the re-formed School Choir commenced work on a group of songs which were sung at the well-attended Concert, Play and Film Show, organized by the Parents' Association. We next sang at an Easter Service held in St. Mary's Church at the end of the Spring Term. This proved to be a deeply moving and impressive occasion to which the whole School contributed.

In May the Choir sang at a Concert in Nonington Parish Hall organized by the Rural District Council. We repeated the programme given on an earlier occasion and were also called upon to resuscitate "Patience". The evening was as entertaining for the performers as for the twenty or so villagers who came to listen. Preparations are now being made for Open Day, and in spite of the general exodus after the exams., items will be sung by the full Choir as well as two-part songs by the Trebles. The bold and imaginative choice of music should be of great interest to the audience.

In September the Choir will be without several senior boysA. N. Bushell, K. L. Tutthill, R. E. Armstrong and J. W. Philpottwho have been members since the first form. Mr. Best wishes to express his gratitude and appreciation for the loyal and valued support they have given during their time at the School.

J. W. PHILPOTT (M. 6 M.)


The Music Listeners' Society

 

This society, formed at Christmas, has been well supported. We have met once a week during Thursday lunch-hours to listen to records chosen by Mr. Best and ourselves in an attempt to broaden our appreciation of music. Records have included organ music (Bach), piano music (Mozart and Beethoven), and some orchestral works (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Sheiker and Elgar).

From time to time informal concerts have been given, which have been extremely interesting and of a high quality. One of these received the first public performance of, Overture to a Cuckoo' by P. Relf, one of our Sixth-formers.

We shall continue this society next term when we hope more people will be able to share their love of music with us.

D. JOHNSON (L. 6 Sc.)

C. SANDERS (5 B.)


Dramatic Society

 

The Dramatic Society is now firmly established among the numerous other school organizations. Play readings are held twice every term and authors whose plays have so far been subjected to this form of torture vary from Sheriff to Shaw and from Goldsmith to Flecker.

Many members have availed themselves of the opportunities of theatre-going, travelling in the Chairman's Utilabrake in varying degrees of comfort. Parties have attended performances of' School for Scandal' at the Haymarket, London, 'Coriolanus' played in modern dress at Margate and 'The Cocktail Party' at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury.

Boys have also had the chance of acting themselves in one-act plays produced by members of the Society, and in the school play.

The Society is open to anybody who is interested in drama and new members are always welcome.

E. J. DANE (M. 6 M.)


Chess Club

 

This year's season has been rather a poor one in so far as members are concerned with support coming mainly from the junior forms.

Although poor in quantity the chess has been quite good in quality, with two more interesting aspects of the season being the chess cup competition and an experiment in a different form of chess. The cup competition provided much excitement with the nightmarish result of a first former winning, Houstoun of 1 A. The experiment was in 3-dimensional chess and provided some interesting problems for those playing it. Next season it is hoped that there will be enough support for some of the more interesting aspects of chess to be tried, the continuation of 3-D chess and experiments in blindfold chess.

J. T. STRANK (L. 6 Sc.)


Middle School Literary and Debating Society

 

Although attendances this year never rose beyond fifteen, the Chairman and Secretary may compliment themselves on having introduced a much wider and more comprehensive range of subjects. Animated debates on The National Press, and The Common Market, a talk on Modern Art illustrated by colour slides, a discussion on Music and a film about the effects and protective measures which should be taken in the event of H-bomb war, have made us consider changing our name from The Middle School Literary and Debating Society since this hardly covers our extended range of topics. It has also been suggested that our comparatively small attendance may be due to the Society's name, which could equally well be possessed by a society whose sole interest was in turning the pages of ancient books smelling strongly of dust and glue. We think we can boast that those who have attended consider their time at our meetings well spent. Next term may find us trying to right our public image by using some publicity stunt and by changing our name, but we hope to obtain more recruits than usual from the new third year whether or not we decide to adopt these measures.

J. P. LUSK (4 A.)
R. HEAPS (5 B.)


The Society for Experimental Physics

 

The Society for Experimental Physics was formed to give senior boys more opportunity for experience in experimental physics; it is also the aim of the Society that it should go on occasional excursions in order to see Physics at work in everyday life, as we did at Hougham Television Transmitter Station.

The membership is now open to boys above the fourth forms and all concerned seem to get down to interesting work such as that of constructing a mercury glass thermometer, a linear motor, Joly's steam calorimeter and a magneto-hydrodynamic generator.

D. A. RAINES (L. 6 Sc.)


Radio Club

 

The Radio Club was formed in June 1961 with six members. Our most successful efforts last year were the Open Day stands, on which such items as a two-way intercom, an R.F. high-voltage generator, a receiving station and a closed-circuit television were operating. The intercom worked well during the whole afternoon, as did the high-voltage generator, which lit a pair of Geissler tubes brilliantly. The closed-circuit television also worked well after the mains plugs had been reversed, the cause of a dark bar running across the centre of the picture. The pictures were recognisable, even if they were not of B.B.C. quality.
This year we were hoping to be able to run a transmitting station, but our application for a licence has been refused by the G.P.O. However, among the items expected to be displayed are several constructed by members of the Club, and a 1925 receiver renovated and in working order.

The Club is open to any boy in the School genuinely interested in radio, television, and anything electronic. We meet in the Senior Physics Laboratory on Fridays at 3.20 p.m.

G. TRICE (4 A.)


Junior Scientific Society

 

The J.S.S., now in its second year, continues to cater for the" boffins" of the lower school. The programme for the Autumn and Spring terms was a series of films and lectures on a variety of subjects. The most memorable films were probably "Beaver Valley" and "Gallapagos", while three very interesting lectures on the Biology of Space Travel, Butterfly Rearing, and Insect Collecting spring readily to mind.

Throughout the summer term outdoor activities are undertaken, and it is hoped to arrange a visit to the sea shore, and Hougham pond before the end of term.

D.M. FRY (4 T.)


Historical Unit

 

What a year we have had! Last September we had an average attendance of one, and then it rose to about a dozen, until we came to the membership which we have today, of five or six.

What have we done? Well, firstly, and this is the thing that we have been working on mainly, we have produced and published with the kind help of the Guild of Printers the first part of the Old Pharosians' Register, and again we have provided material for another News Letter which was packed with information about the achievements of Old Boys of the School.

What do we hope to do in the future? We hope to publish more news about more Old Boys for the register, and this is where you can help. We have now gone beyond the bounds of our information, and we appeal to you, yes you, if you have any information about Old Boys of the School, even if it is only an address, please see either Mr. Horne or myself, and we shall be pleased to listen.
Now a word to the School Leavers. Once you have a job, and we hope rise to the top of your profession, don't forget that we shall be pleased to hear from you whatever the news, and most important of all, if you move away from Dover, please notify us of your new address.

G. L. TUTTHILL (3B.)


Junior Fellowship

 

We started work in September on a stained glass window containing a Christmas scene. This was erected in the Visitors' Room and later transported to Buckland Hospital.

Easter brought on the making of an Easter garden. An exhibition in aid of the Freedom from Hunger Campaign was held in the Physics Lab. which, it was said, has never been so full. Over a pound was raised for the fund.

At the time of writing an exhibition for Open Day is in course of preparation.

Any member of the Lower School is welcome at our meetings, held every Wednesday in the Art Room.

K. N. BARRACLOUGH (4 T.)

D. M. FRY (4 T.)


Camera Club

 

The club was formed in November 1962 for the Third Forms at their request. We began with a talk by Hannent (L. 6 M.) explaining the construction and working of various types of camera, then Sanders (5 B.) tackled the subject of developing and at the next meeting M. Labrouche showed us his slides and gave a few hints on taking photographs.

The following week members were asked to give a talk and Nobbs (3 B.) and Frampton (3 Y.) described the practice of flash photography and enlarging. A competition, won by Nobbs, was held during the term for the best black and white photograph illustrating the subject 'Autumn'.

At meetings held in the Spring Term, Hannent gave a slide show and organised a quiz, Weir (3 Y.) and Evans (3 Y.) gave talks on the history of photography and infra-red respectively and M. Labrouche commented on the competition entries. The subject of the competition was' Water', and the first prize was won by Frampton (3 Y.). Two meetings were held in the Summer Term; a film of the Norfolk Broads was shown and Mr. Ruffell showed his filmstrip about South East Kent, explaining how it was made.

Considerable interest was shown in the activities of the Club and next year membership will be open to Third and Fourth Formers.

D. HANNENT (L. 6 M.)


Stamp Club

 

Despite certain allegations made in a contemporary of Pharos the activities of the Stamp Club are open for all to see and for all 1st to 4th formers to attend, with Mr. Downs again in charge this year. Attendances have varied a lot during the year but we have maintained a steady nucleus of philatelists around which others come and go. Attendances were hit particularly by cross-country running in the Spring Term and this resulted in a change from Tuesdays to Wednesdays which did improve matters somewhat. In September Roser and Woodland of 2 B. were made chief officers of the club, with Finnis to help them. The club has run smoothly since something has always been arranged to pass any spare time. New members are always welcomed sowhy not you?

L. L. FINNIS (L. 6 M.)


Railway Society

 

The highlight of the Railway Society's year was undoubtedly a successful trip to the Transport Museum at Clapham on the Thursday before Easter, arranged with the help of British Railways. The meetings held throughout the year always had reasonably good attendances which were boosted by the occasional films borrowed from British Transport Films and here thanks must be given to Mr. Wallace for operating the projector and to Mr. Ruffell for permission to use the Geography Room. At one of the more unusual meetings members' records of steam locomotives were played, an event which may be repeated in view of the large number of such recordings now available. Throughout the year we have had the guiding arm of Mr. Yates, our Hon. President, to help us, and to him go many thanks for enabling the Club to run smoothly.

New members interested in railways are always welcomed to the Society's meetings.

L. L. FINNIS (L. 6 M.)


Model Railway Club

 

The Club has made quite a lot of progress since September, 1962. At first we had a fair amount of track which had been left behind from previous terms, but most of this was reclaimed by its rightful owner just after the start of the Spring Term. During that term, therefore, the Club almost went out of existence, but in the Summer term, we were lent rails by Mills of 1 B., Slater of 1 A. and Smith of 3 A., who also provided rolling stock. The Club now has a good layout and is helped by subscriptions, which are given voluntarily and which pay for small accessories.

A. SMITH (1 A.)


Model Club

 

The Model Club has met every Friday this term in the Art Room and attendance has varied between two and twenty. This discrepancy is partly because first-formers lose their indiscriminate enthusiasm for school activities after the first half-term, and partly because modelling is largely seasonal, thriving in the long winter evenings.

However, an oasis in the model-less desert of summer is Open Day. At the time of writing a model railway so huge as to make Dr. Beeching wince is under construction.

It is being built by the railway section of the Model Club (not to be confused with the model section of the Railway Club, or with the Model Railway Club).

The Model Club welcomes all modellers, whether they start from scratch or assemble kits, whether they fly their models, sail them, run them or put bangers in them.

H. J. YATES (5 A.)


The Guild of Printers

 

The past year began badly for the Guild. Most of the Master Printers left School the previous July, and the training of new apprentices is time-consuming. Arctic conditions in the Press Room during one of the worst winters on record provided a further set-back, for attendances were erratic, and it was altogether too cold for comfort. However, the Guild began to flourish once more in the Spring and it has indeed been a record year regarding production, despite our earlier difficulties.

Undoubtedly our most ambitious job to date has been the printing of 'A Register of Old Pharosians', a loose-leaf register containing single-page biographies of Old Pharosians which have been compiled by the Historical Unit. The first edition, which was published in May, ran into six hundred copies each of which contained about twenty biographies. The Guild also printed handbills, tickets and programmes for the School production of ' Patience'; several hundred Christmas Cards; one thousand prayer cards which are to be issued to new boys for use in assembly; handbills for St. Mary's Church, Capel-Le-Ferne; and ream upon ream of headed notepaper for parents, governors and staff. In fact, our Job Sheet has been so full that we have constantly had a back-log of work. Our commitments while printing the Register of Old Pharosians were such that we were unable to complete any other jobs during those months and we should like to apologise to the many customers who waited very patiently until we could eventually attend to their order. Although costs continue to rise, our ever-increasing business enables us once more to maintain our very moderate prices. The funds so raised are used to buy further stock, to cover the cost of replacing old, badly-worn type, and for the benefit of boys using the Art Room; donations are also made to charity.

Finally we should like to thank the anonymous parent who bequeathed to us a set of brass setting-rules, and ask all prospective customers to let us have their orders, whenever possible, early in the term so as to spread the load and avoid peak periods.

K.H.C.


Fencing Club

 

This was the Club's second year, and although not a large club the keenness was very noticeable. Under the captaincy of Horth a team of fencers thoroughly beat the Junior Leaders (our first ever win) and lost narrowly to Aylesham Secondary School and Westbrook House. Three members, Horth, Burtenshaw and Beney represented the School in the Schoolboy Championships, all doing well, Horth going on to fence in the Southern Area Schoolboy Championships.

D. M. HORTH (M.6 Sc.)

P. J BURTENSHAW (SE.)

 

Sailing Club

 

During the past season there has been a considerable improvement in the sailing but more care with the boats and their gear, particularly on the beach, is still required. The junior members of the club continue to flourish and are beginning to form a very strong nucleus. They have put in much hard work and together with the boat-minders, P. Matcham and B. Thornton of "Pharos", D. Hannent and R. Fancourt of "Invicta", M. J. Styles and P. Brothwell of "Vixen" and plenty of assistance from D. J. Belfield and D. Raines got the boats ready for the beginning of the season.

Brothwell and Hogg and Aylen should all be congratulated upon passing their helmsmen's tests and I hope they will be joined by more in the near future.

This year has also been a good season as far as racing goes.

In the team races against local schools the results were:

Maidstone G.S. away. 21 to M.G.S. 18 to D.G.S.

Kent College away. 10 to K.C. 6 to D.G.S.

 

KENT SCHOOLS SAILING ASSOCIATION REGATTA 1962

Herons 1st M. J. Styles "Invicta"

2nd K. Belfield "Bantam"

3rd J. Gray "Pharos"

 

Handicap 1st P. Hemmings Fleetwind "Scallywag"

M. J. Styles and P. Hemmings with K. Belfield, R. West and J. Gray as crews later represented the county at the All-England Championships at Northampton.

 

WHITSTABLE WEEK (August Bank Holiday week)

Handicap Class 2nd M. J. Styles and K Belfield.

 

BEVAN TROPHY, 1962

School Single-handed Races

1st M. J. Styles

2nd K. Hollett

 

HERON SOUTHERN AREA CHAMPIONSHIPSDover, June, 1963

50 entries 15th M. J. Styles and P. Brothwell in "Vixen"

 

R.C.P.Y.C. REGATTA, July, 1963

Heron Class 3rd K. Belfield "Invicta"

Fleetwind Class 3rd P. Hemmings "Scallywag"

 

FOLKESTONE YACHT CLUB REGATTA, July, 1963

Fleetwind Class 1st P. Hemmings "Scallywag"

 

KENT SCHOOLS' SAILING ASSOCIATION REGATTA, 1963

Heron Class 1st M. J. Styles "Vixen"

2nd R. Fancourt "Invicta"

3rd P. Matcham "Pharos"

Firefly Class 1st K Belfield "Mirylis"

Overall Results 3rd K Belfield "Mirylis"

4th M. J. Styles "Vixen"

5th D. Belfield "Zoom" (Fleetwind)

M. J. Styles and K Belfield will represent the county at Pitsford Reservoir, Northampton from 29th July to 1st August sailing respectively British Moth and Firefly dinghies. P. Hemmings will crew the firefly.

 

LOCK TROPHY, 1963

1st K. Belfield JOHNSON Cup, 1963

1st P. Brothwell (It was most unfortunate that Hannent and Hogg were ill and unable to compete).

 

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

21st September Bevan Trophy

Sept., 1963 Start building Enterprise

19th October Season Ends

 

Any boys interested in joining the Club should contact Mr. E. C. Large, Woodwork Shop, M. J. Styles, Prefects' Room, or D. J. Belfield, Senior Physics Lab., for further details.

M. J. STYLES. (L.6.Sc.)


Sports Day 1963

 

Sports Day this year began in the morning in an attempt to make events follow less swiftly after each other and it was fortunate that the fine weather enjoyed over Whitsun persisted; the absence of the public until the afternoon was a disadvantage in that three of the four records broken this year were missed.

Glanville of Priory won the 14-16 Triple Jump with a leap of 38 ft. 7 ins; King of Astor added four feet to the 12-14 Javelin record, raising it to 111 ft. 2ins., while Pond of Frith was victorious in the 14-16 Discus with a throw of 131 ft., considerably in excess of his previous best. The edge was taken off the competition in the afternoon, as in many previous years, by the fact that Priory had obtained a lead of over 60 points over their nearest rivals, Frith. The events of the morning saw both successes and upsets for the favourites, and unexpected was the win of Jones of Priory over last year's winner in the Senior Long Jump, and also the win by Dunster of Frith in the Intermediate Pole Vault, with a vault of 8 ft., 3 ins. higher than the senior height! Later in the morning there was a foretaste of future excitement when Haig of Priory just held off Styles in the Senior 880. Astonishing, too, was the sight of Bishop of Frith running the Intermediate Mile and winning in the comparatively fast time of 5 mins. 4 sec.

The afternoon opened with the Senior Hurdles in which Bostock of Frith, after building up a seemingly unassailable lead over the remainder of the field, tripped on the last hurdle, the victory going to his House colleague, Davidson; in the 14-16 event Sollis of Priory was only t second outside the record, winning in fine style. In the sprints which followed Chenery did the first half of a senior double which he followed later with a record-breaking Triple Jump. The Senior Mile provided what was probably the best finish of the day and this time Styles reversed the position of the morning, winning in 4 min. 52 secs., just in front of Haig. No records were broken in the House Relays, but the runaway victories of Priory and Frith in the Intermediate and Senior events were enthralling to watch, even if there was little real competition. Senior, Intermediate and Junior Championships were won respectively by Nadin of Frith, Sollis of Priory and Bruce of Park. All of these based their victories on a large number of standard points, plus several victories on Sports Day itself. Noted for this were Nadin and Bruce, both of whom scored only one short of the maximum standard points possible. The House Trophy went to Priory, who finished nearly 70 points ahead of Frith. Mrs. Bradley, wife of the Chairman of the Governors, presented the prizes.

K. EASLEY (L.6 M.)

D. W. FLEMING (L. 6 M.)


Soccer

 

1ST XI

Moderate success was achieved during the season. Of the fourteen games played, losses and victories were equal in number.

In the early matches it became obvious that the defence was prone to disastrous lapses, which often led to the burden of a two or three goal deficit. On the other hand, the forward line blended well from the first, and generally played with great energy and skill. Glanville was often brilliant and shared with Nadin in scoring most of the School's goals. Gibb, too, at outside left, proved himself a clever footballer.

As the Season advanced, the defence gradually became more compact, thanks mainly to the fine tackling and covering of Bostock and Revell. Pratt performed adequately in goal.

Full colours were re-awarded to Nadin (Captain) and Bostock, and were newly awarded to Revell, Glanville and Gibb.

Representative colours went to Emes, Shinfield, Pratt, Eade, Bradley, Thomas M. W., and Smith G. L. A.

Revell has been re-appointed captain for 1963-4.

RESULTS:Played 14; Won 7; Lost 7.

W. NADIN (M. 6 M.)


2ND. XI

The 2nd. XI played thirteen matches and won ten of them so the team can be congratulated on a highly successful season.

Goalkeeping was well above usual 2nd XI standards and most of the defenders marked both hard and intelligently. The forwards were quite clever operators, Kay scoring 22 goals by being in the right place at the right time.

Blunt captained the side for most matches, Lemar taking over when Blunt was injured.

They both took their duties seriously and helped keep the team happy and efficient.

RESULTS:Played 13, Won 10, Lost 2, Drew 1.

K.H.R.


UNDER 15 XI

The School's present Under 15 team is regarded as one of the finest the School has ever had. It has had a very good season without losing a game. As the season progressed the team has seemingly gone from strength to strength, and Anderson, who always plays a sound game, held the defence together and they kept most forwards out. Heard, Leiper and Palmer were among the marksmen of the forwards.

Four members of the team were also members of the Dover Under 15 team, Heard, Leiper, Gilbert and Anderson. Two of these, Heard and Leiper, went to the County Trials and Leiper was selected to represent Kent.

Those who played were: Leiper (Capt.), Anderson, Heard, Attwood, Whiteoak, Tolson, Gilbert, Duncan, Allen, Petts, Dyer, Morgan, Palmer and Pullan.

RESULTS:Played 7, Won 6, Drew 1.

I. S. Leiper (4T.)


UNDER 14 XI

This was a season of fluctuating fortunes. Although many of the boys had great potential they seldom played together as a team. There were two good examples of this. In the match against Simon Langton we performed really well and were leading 3-0 when the second half began, but then, after the shock of a quick goal scored by the opposing centre-forward, the team went to pieces and we ran out 5-3 losers. Away against Harvey Grammar School nothing went right and we went down 10-0.

Among the more successful games was a 6-0 win against Canterbury Technical School at home, and the last match of the season against Simon Langton's School which it seemed certain that we should lose since they had previously well beaten us. In fact the team won 9-0 in a game in which Smith proved himself a competent goalkeeper.

Those who played were: Smith, Chapman, Liddell, Ellis, Flood, Andrews, Duffield, Falconer, Knight Anderson, McMahon, Dunster, Pay and Rutherford.

RESULTS:Won 5, Lost 4.

P. LIDDELL (3A.)


UNDER 13 XI

On the whole this season proved highly successful, and an improvement could be seen over the team which played the previous year as the Under 12 XI. The members blended well together and all the games were won. Although the team was down at first in its hardest game of the season it overcame the deficit and won. After we had won seven games we rounded off the season with a two goals to nil victory over Aylesham in the Intermediate Cup final, a feat only achieved by the School on one other occasion.

The regular members of the team were:-Briggs (Capt.), Hover, King, Johnson, Terry, Pearce, Brothwell, Wood, Durrant, McMahon. Reserves were:-Parkinson, Tubb and Langley.

RESULTS:Played 8, Won 8.

L. D. BRIGGS (2A.)


UNDER 12 XI

Owing to the inclement weather, the team was deprived of five matches, and, as this was a very enthusiastic team, the disappointment was considerable. Only two matches, therefore, were played during the whole term.

RESULTS:Won 2.

A.S.P.


Rugby

 

1ST XV

Owing to the prolonged "Big Freeze" the number of school first XV games this season was cut to four.

The first, against Ashford B at Ashford, was played in pouring rain and when after a few minutes Godfrey strained a leg muscle and had to be carried off, the school was really up against it. Ashford, with a much stronger pack, kept the school on the defensive for nearly all the game, and it was not until J ones picked up a sliced kick ahead from Bradley that the school received any reward. Then with the score at 10-3 against, Hopper, with the wind behind him, kicked a penalty goal from the half-way line only for Ashford to reply with another push over try making the final score 13-6 to Ashford.

Our second game, against Canterbury Extra A, was played in perfectly dry conditions but the strong cross wind seriously hampered any long kicks for touch. Although the score in this game was also 13-6 against, a fairer result might have been a draw. The forwards, playing under Allerton the Captain, fought well but were once again up against a better pack. When, however, the ball did come back to the three quarters, some excellent passing and hard running, especially from Jones, Bostock and Grey nearly brought us victory, Bostock scoring one try, Jones the other.

In the game against Dane Court, the story was much the same, the school losing by 11-3. The points in the game were scored by Raines who wisely linked up with the three-quarters and left us with an overlap.

As is the custom, the school's final game was played against the Old Boys, and perhaps because of this, or the fact that for once in the season we had more than Mr. Denham watching, the school pulled off its best team game of the season. Right from the start the forwards schemed for the ball and wisely fed it out to their three quarters. Jones and Bostock ran as powerfully as ever, and they, as well as Hopper and Cork, were each rewarded with tries, two of which were converted so making the final score 17-7 to the school. A good win, but by no means an easy one.

Full colours go to Allerton (Capt.), Jones, Bostock and Bradley and representative colours to Pratt, Blunt, Gould, Cork, Webb, Dryman, Jarvis, Hibbert, Hopper, Grey and Raines.

R. BRADLEY (L. 6 Sc.)


2ND XV

In a season shortened by the long winter the 2nd XV won two of its five matches. Not only did the weather play havoc with the fixtures but it also reduced practice time to two hours before our first match, that against a Junior Leaders' 2nd XV which had been considerably reinforced with first-team players. Not surprisingly we lost 17-0.

We beat Pilgrims School 6-0 in our second match, and then lost to Dane Court 12-6, after an early lead. The season finished with two matches against Deal Secondary School the first of which we lost 8-13 after a mistake which gave away a try under the posts.

This result was reversed the next week when we won 8-3 with fourteen men.
Those who played were:Azoulay (Capt.), Bent, Borley, Burtenshaw, Chenery, Cook, Drake, Fingland, Flemming, Gibbs, Glanville, Henson, Hollett, Jewkes, Lodge, Marsh, Meehan, Millar, Ratcliffe, Webb, Williams and Woolford.

RESULTS:Played 5, Won 2, Lost 3.

M. Azoulay (L. 6 Sc,)


UNDER 15 XV

Owing to the arctic conditions this winter we were unable to play all our games. In fact we only played five games in all, of which one was drawn and two were won. Our first match was against Hillside whom we beat nine points to nil. This was the first test of our new team arrangement, with Cook and Hoskins in the second row. It proved successful and the latter of the two, an Australian player, was a great asset to the team for the rest of the season. Sollis was moved from prop forward to inside centre and he, Bishop and Morgan played as a good trio.

After fighting gallantly against Pilgrim's first XV and Dane Court's third we entered two teams in the Sevens Tournament at Deal Secondary. The second team was put out earlier on but the first team was narrowly defeated by their hosts in the final. Bishop's place kicking was also a great asset to the total score.
R. Pond was selected to play second row for Kent Colts XV, and maintained his position throughout all the County games.

RESULTS:Played 5, Drawn 1, Lost 2, Won 2.

Those who played were:-Hutchings, Crombie, Allerton, Garrity, Hoskins, Cook, Hemmings, Friend, May, Lord, AlIen, Mercer, Sollis, Pullen, May, Guthry, Pond (Capt.) Morgan, Bishop, Johncock.

J. R. POND (4G.)


UNDER 14 XV

The Under 14 XV produced a vigorous but unpo1ished pack, which generally proved too strong for the opposition. The team as a whole lacked cohesion and there were far too many individual sorties, which failed through lack of support. The results were therefore not as good as they should have been but the team played enthusiastically and enjoyed the few matches the weather permitted.

The following played:Falconer, Duffield, Rutherford, Queen, Chapman, Newing, Hambleton, Andrews, Goodburn, Noakes, Batty, Swatton, Jones D., Anderson, Smith M., Williams, W., (Capt.).

RESULTS:Played 4, Won 2, Lost 1, Drawn 1.

P.S.


UNDER 13 XV

Though full of individual promise the side never reached its full potential because of lack of experience and match practice.

Without gaining a victory they improved with every game, and were very unlucky to be deprived of a moral victory by the last kick of the match, a penalty which struck the crossbar and upright before dropping over.

In the three-quarter line Bruce caught the eye with some determined runs, and strong tackling. Parkinson as outside half did many clever things, while A1cock in the forwards used his weight and strength to advantage.

RESULTS:Played 4, Drew 2, Lost 2.

D.H.C.


Cricket

 

1ST XI

This year's 1st XI has been distinctly better than usual.

Nadin, the Captain, remained with six other team members from last year's XI and his experience, example and will to win have been of great value.

Bradley has become an all-round player of high ability, spirit and physical fitness. His batting is very correct and his bowling a searching test for any recipient. He headed the bowling averages with 28 wickets at a cost of Jess than 7 runs each. Bade headed the batting averages.

All team members have been co-operative, good humoured and reasonably energetic at practice, quite good in the field and, as far as is known, worthy representatives of the school on all occasions.

Colours were re-awarded to Nadin and newly awarded to Bradley, Bostock, Eade and Lemar. Representative colours go to Revell, Godfrey, Wellard, Blunt, Glanville and G. L. A. Smith.

Snashall has again scored for the team, a valued service cheerfully performed.

Lemar has been elected captain for 1964 with Bradley as vice-captain. It is likely that five other members of this year's team will still be at school and there is some splendid cricket material coming along in the 15 year old age-group.

RESULTS:Played 9, Won 4, Drawn 3, Lost 2.

K.H.R.


2ND XI

A win by 6 wickets against Simon Langton's School made an encouraging start to the season for the hurriedly reconstructed 2nd XI.

Particularly in the first 2 games Gibbs (a new recruit from Castlemount School) created a good impression and scored runs confidently as opening bat. Otherwise, the batting lacked solidity and whenever Gibbs failed runs were hard to come by. Good fortune, however, enabled one or two batsmen to collect useful scores against Faversham and Harvey G.S.

Mediocre bowling, by individuals misguidedly striving for speed at the expense of length and direction, was relieved by Fleming's consistent and accurate off-spinners. But success was distributed most unfairly at times.

The team was well served by 2 wicket-keepers (Gibb and Leverington) both of whom deserved regular places, and they were supported by fielding of a standard well above normal; this together with the enthusiasm engendered by Pratt's captaincy and his capable direction of the games accounted for the creditable record achieved.

Team:Pratt (Capt.), Haynes, Tritton, Hopper, Atkins, Hibbert, Dyer, Webb, Kay, Gibb, Gibbs, Leverington, Fleming and Galley.

RESULTS:Played 7, Won 4, Lost 2, Drawn 1.

S. J. PRATT (M. 6 Sc.)


UNDER 15 XI

This year the Under 15 XI enjoyed a most successful season and remained undefeated after their seven matches, including two sporting encounters with the masters' XI. The season opened with a quick seven wickets win over our visitors, the Duke of York's School.

In the next match some fine bowling by Mitchell put Faversham out for only 19 and another match was well won. The biggest success of the season came when we bowled out the Duke of York's for only 11 runs in our return match on their ground. Morgan took 6 wickets for two runs and we won by 9 wickets.
The only set-back in the season was yet another tie against Sir Roger Manwood's School, the third in successive years. This time Manwood's were dismissed for 28, Mitchell taking 5 wickets for 8 runs. Their opening bowlers, however, soon had our batsmen in trouble and the score slumped to 20 for 9 wickets. Sollis and Bishop were then together.

Some hopeful swings by Sollis and two shots off the edge by Bishop brought us within one run of victory. Then the umpires decided it was time for tea! After tea the innings only lasted three more balls and Bishop was out l.b.w. with no further score. A thrilling finish to a match that had looked' in the bag' after Manwood's low score.

In the last match of the season we beat Harvey Grammar School by 8 wicketsa rare achievement. Harvey scored 31, Mitchell and Russell taking the wickets. Palmer (20 not out) was the backbone of the winning effort.

Palmer deservedly finished top of the batting averages. Mitchell was the best bowler, being able to change when necessary from fast bowling to slow leg breaks. Russell, Morgan and Atwood gave him good support. A word of praise must also go to wicketkeeper Gilbert, who made few mistakes and finished with a total of 11 dismissals.

The team was chosen from: Russell (Capt.), Palmer, Dyer, Mitchell, Gilbert, Morgan, Atwood, Bishop, Heard, Sollis, Powney, Hosking, Anderson, Knight, Stevenson, Jones and Crombie.

RESULTS:Played 7, Won 6, Tied 1.

R. RUSSELL (4 B.)


UNDER 14 XI

The Under 14 XI played six matches, of which three were won and three lost. Faversham G.S., Harvey G.S. and Pilgrims S. were beaten, and Simon Langton's G.S., the Duke of York's R.M.S. and Sir Roger Manwood's S. were victorious over us. The batting was not too strong, Durrant, with 57 at an average of 11.4 topping the list with Murton with an average of 9.25. The bowling was a different story. Lidell headed the averages, taking eleven wickets for an average cost of only 1.7 runs. Murton (4.1), with 11 wickets for 45 was second and Andrews, the Captain, was third, and took the most wickets, 23, for an average of 4.2. The fielding was good and the team spirit excellent.

The following played for the team :-Andrews (Captain), Anderson, Cooper, Durrant, Ellis, Flood, King, Kinsley, Langley, Liddell, Murton, Parkinson, Pay, Pearce and Smith.

RESULTS:-Played 6, Won 3, Lost 3.

P. ANDREWS (3 A.).


UNDER 12 XI

On account of bad weather only one match was played. In this the School were 33 all out and the Duke of York's School made 34 for 7.

The boys who formed the team were:Beeden (Captain), Warren, Skingle, Dry, Durrant, Thomas, Bowyer, Meehan, Mills, Cunliffe, Ford, Luff and Brown.

A.S.P.


Cross-Country Running

 

The School cross-country team had a fairly successful season on the whole but was plagued by injury and absence, so that the services of Gregory and Cork who filled in the gaps thus caused are gratefully acknowledged. Matches against Simon Langton's School, the Junior Leaders, the Duke of York's School and Harvey Grammar School were won outright, and we were placed second on two occasions while competing against 11 other teams. The only match lost was the first one against the Junior Leaders when we were desperately short of runners, but we had our revenge for Styles and Humble came in joint first in the return match against them. The race against the Duke of York's School was memorable for the fine win of Catt, and the final race of the season, a crushing victory, will be remembered because Woolford, Catt and Haig came in joint first in a new school record time of 28 minutes. Styles ran extremely well to gain third place out of 88 runners in the Inter-schools match at Folkestone, our first man home-indeed he was running superbly before his unfortunate Injury.

In the course of these matches several younger boys, including Bishop (4A), Ratcliffe (5T) and Gray (5T) were run, all successfully although Bishop was outstanding, and it is hoped in this way to provide a solid basis for future teams. Special acknowledgement should be made of the services of Haig, who is leaving after three years in the team-it is fitting that he should have won his last race. Taylor too, having served the team so long, is leaving. However, the amount of talent lower down the School encourages the hope of success in future seasons.

Full colours were awarded to Woolford, Catt, Styles, Haig and Humble and representative colours to Taylor and Gregory.

J. WOOLFORD (M. 6 M.).


Athletics

 

This season has brought fewer matches than usual with mixed success and good personal achievements.

The senior team has had two seconds and one fifth out of three matches and the junior team has scored two firsts and two seconds in their four matches.

The season's individual honours must go to the determined athletics captain, Bostock. In school matches he usually could be relied upon to take the 440 yds. and Long Jump and had reasonable success in the 120 yds. High Hurdles. He was chosen to represent Kent in the All-England Championships, competing in the 200 yds. Hurdles. In the junior team Sollis deserves praise. He holds the Kent record for the 80 yds. Hurdles and it was in this event that he represented Kent in the All-England Championships.

In the 880 yds. and the Mile, Styles and Haig have generally been invincible. As in the previous year the interesting feature is the ability of the substitutes to fill the places of the regular team members with success.

It is the juniors that give hope for even more success next year. The general standard has steadily risen as the season progressed and promises well for the future.

 

18TH MAY. MATCH V. SIR ROGER MANWOOD'S AND SIMON LANGTON AT CANTERBURY.

Result: Senior: R.M. 37, D.G. 20, S.L. 19.

Junior: S.L. 36, D.G. 21, R.M. 16.

Despite lack of success in the senior sprints the school won the relay. Bishop was first in the Mile.

 

7TH JUNE. S.E. KENT SCHOOLS' A.A. CHAMPIONSHIPS AT ASTOR.

This is the major meeting for all junior teams from local schools. The school team was placed 1st of 12 teams and the following were chosen to represent the area at the County Championships.

Heard 1st 440 yds. 56.4 secs. (Record)

Jones 1st 220 yds. 25.7 secs.

Sollis 1st 80 yds. Hurdles 11.5 secs.

Murton 1st 880 yds. 2 mins. 17.3 secs. (Record)

Pond 1st Discus 110 feet

Bishop 2nd Mile 5 mins. 2.6 secs.

Hosking 2nd High Jump 4 ft. 11 ins.

 

22ND JUNE. KENT SCHOOLS' A.A. CHAMPIONSHIPS AT CHATHAM.

This provides the climax of the season's athletics and, in an entertaining day's sport, the school's individual successes were creditable.

Bostock 1st 200 yds. Hurdles Senior.

Sollis 1st 80 yds. Hurdles (Record) Junior.


3RD JULY. MATCH V. DUKE OF YORK'S RM.S. AT HOME.

Result: Senior: D.Y.R.M.S. 76, D.G. 68.

Junior: D.Y.R.M.S. 69, D.G. 62.

In a very close match both the school teams were narrowly beaten. However, the school showing was extremely good and the keen competition brought fast times and good distances. Sprinters were unlucky but the school runners, Bostock, Sanders, Haig and Styles had a stranglehold on the 440 yds. 880 yds. and Mile.


13TH JULY. POWELL TROPHY MEETING AT ARCHER'S COURT.

The School junior team, who have never lost the trophy, retained the prize yet again although competition from the other eight teams was keen. Out of the thirty events we were allowed to enter, the team scored twelve firsts, seven seconds and three thirds.

Of our best performances, Pond, who won the Discus with 123 ft. 3ins., Cook in the Shot (35 ft. 3 ins.) and Sollis who won the Hurdles in 11.0 secs. had notable successes.


13TH JULY. INTER-SCHOOL MATCH AT D.Y.R.M.S.

It is surprising that, with the small number of athletes available for the match, the school was able to do so well. The team was rearranged but was unable to cope with the demanding standard of this match.

C. CHENERY (L. 6 Sc.)


Basketball

 

Being incurable optimists about their climate, the English persist in organising outdoor functions in July which are washed out by torrential rain, and attempt to plough through long fixture lists of winter games under appalling weather conditions.

At least the basketball player in this country is a realist, and when he takes up this indoor winter game he can be confident of being secure from the elements.
This was very much the case during this year's severe winter: most sporting activities were completely knocked out, but as far as school basketball was concerned it can be said that "we never closed". The school team completed a fixture list often matches against Harvey, Simon Langton, Sir Roger Manwood's, H.M. Borstal Institution, Dane Court and the Old Boys. All matches were won except one against Dane Court, a side that we have never quite managed to beat. Total points scored were 411 against our opponents' 203. In his position of pivot, Bradley was invariably top scorer; his individual tally was 147.

The team consisted of Nadin (Capt.), Ernes, Bradley, Bostock, Eade, Godfrey, Jarvis, Jewkes, Jones, and Williams. Colours were re-awarded to Nadin and newly awarded to to Ernes and Bradley.

The Under-fifteen team made a shaky start, but their play improved with each game. They played six games of which three were won and three lost.


EAST KENT SCHOOLS' TOURNAMENT.

This new venture organised at Broadstairs provided an enjoyable day's play for fourteen teams. The school entered both sections. The Under-sixteens won their morning section, and were second to the Frank Hooker school in the afternoon. The senior team also finished second, again losing to Dane Court.

A.O.E.


Gymnastics

 

Gymnastics in the school during 1962-63 has been very encouraging and exciting. We started the Autumn well by getting many boys through the Amateur Gymnastic Association Award Scheme at 3rd Class level and later getting some through the 2nd Class award.

On 9th February, Peall Jnr.), Crick, Rubins, Wells, Davidson and Raines entered for the London and S.E. Counties Vaulting and Agility Preliminaries at the L.C.C. College of P.E., the last two gaining 7th and 8th places respectively to go forward to the Final at Slough College. This competition was very nerve racking and of a very high standard, so Raines and Davidson were well satisfied with 10th and 11th places.

The previous week, however, we saw not only vaulting and agility but the use of the whole six pieces of gymnastic apparatus when Mr. Elliott took a party of 12 to the Albert Hall for the Men's and Women's Gymnastic and Trampoline Championships of Great Britain. Much was inspiring and exciting, especially Nick Stuart's floor-work which we had seen previously at the Dukies when he gave a jovial yet exacting display with a team of P.T.L's from Aldershot.

The D.Y.R.M.S. was also the host for the Kent Schools' Rebound Tumbling Championship in which we entered two teams of six and came 4th and 17th, Condon coming 2nd in the Juniors and Raines 5th in the Seniors, which also gained him the Kent Standard for Trampolining.

In the Junior Gym Competition, Priory came 1st, Frith 2nd, Astor 3rd, and Park 4th. Tubb well deserved his individualist with consistently good composition, especially in his voluntary floor-work. Briggs worked hard to gain 2nd place but it was even more encouraging to see Coles come 3rd in his first year. 1st on the Trampoline was that bundle of laughter, Dry, whose style is already quite good.

In the Senior Competition, Frith upheld their supremacy by 30 marks clear of Astor who were followed in third place by Priory. Davidson with his typical Frith zest showed his supremacy by winning 5 out of the possible 7 sections. It is encouraging to see Peall with his style and Crick with his ability well up although the individual results were1st Davidson, 2nd Rubins, 3rd Raines, and 4th Wells.

Colours were re-awarded to Davidson and Raines and newly awarded to Rubins, Wells, Mallinson, Gabriel and Blackburn.

I think it is clear from what has been said that Gymnastics is really looking up now, and with all the promise and ability down the school, we can certainly expect much greater things in the next year or two. Also I should like to thank Mr. Singer and Mr. Elliott for giving up so many dinner hours and evenings to get the seniors and juniors enjoying themselves.

D. RAINES (L 6 Sc.)


Swimming

 

The usual weekly sessions have been held during the year with the exception of the spring term when bad weather forced the Duke of York's School to suspend the use of their bath by outside organisations. In the autumn term, all boys who wished to improve their swimming were accommodated in the group by taking upper school and lower school boys on alternate weeks. Work in the summer term has been directed towards selecting and practising house teams for the swimming sports, but there were few outstanding performances after the record breaking of recent years.

RESULTS:-   UNDER 14    
25m. Free Style:   McHugh, Kinsley, Reason, Richardson   21.9s
50m. Free Style:   Blackman, Buhlman, Catt, Jones   46.7s.
25m. Breast Stroke:   Buhlman, Nokes, Greig, Dunkley   26.6s.
25m. Back Stroke:   Clark, Jones, Richardson, Skingle   23.3s.
Relay:   Park, Frith, Priory, Astor   89.7s.
Junior Champion:   Buhlman    
14-16
25m. Free Style:   Hosking, Whiteoak, Couchman, Waters   16.4s.
50m. Free Style:   Hemmings, Pond, Bodiam   36.8s.
100m. Free Style:   Waters, Ebel, Turner, Woolley   114.3s.
50m. Breast Stroke:   Hemmings, Pond, Whiteoak   47.9s.
50m. Back Stroke:   Hemmings, Waters, Whiteoak   45.2s. *
Relay:   Priory, Frith, Park   75.4s. *
Intermediate Champion:   Hemmings    
OVER 16
25m. Free Style:   Davidson, Stark, Jones, Drynan   15.6s.
50m. Free Style:   Ruranski, Hollett, Cork, Gould   39.9s.
200m. Free Style:   Davidson, Stark, Gould, Dane   3m. 45.3s.
50m. Breast Stroke:   Drake, Carter, Horth   45.3s.
100m. Breast Stroke:   Drake, Cork, Horth, Hollett   116.0s.
50m. Back Stroke:   Davidson, Ruranski, Dane, Gould   46.1s.
Relay:   Priory, Park, Frith, Astor   73.9s.
Senior Champion:   Davidson    

* Record.

 

We were again invited to take part in a match against Simon Langton School in their open air bath. It was late in the term and only a junior team was available, and although we had won easily on the last two similar occasions, this time we were well beaten.

In the local schools' relay race, however, organised by the Dover Lifeguard Club, we managed to beat Astor School who had won for the previous five years and bring home the very large, impressive Coronation Shield. The team was: Hemmings (Capt.), Blackman, Dixon and Whiteoak.

A.O.E.


Tennis

 

This season has unfortunately been one of little activity, the school team having played in only two matches, the Ames Cup, at Simon Langton Girls' School, which is a mixed doubles competition in which we joined the Girls' Grammar School to enter a team, and the Staff match. The former resulted in a sound defeat although we all enjoyed ourselves.

At present, school tennis facilities, although an improvement on last year, do not permit us to entertain hopes of home and away matches.

It is interesting to observe, however, the enthusiasm in the lower school and this is a promising sign for the future.

Next year it is hoped that matches both mixed and men's doubles can be arranged with at least three other schools.

I should not like to conclude without giving our sincere thanks to the Headmistress of the Girls' Grammar School for permission to use their courts on Wednesday evenings; one can only hope that more boys will make use of this facility during the next Summer term.

M. V. AYLEN (L.6.M.)


House Notes


ASTOR

As was feared, Astor have made no improvement on last year's performance, but with the resources which we have it has really come as no surprise. We are in third position. However our cricketers are not entirely devoid of talent and so have enabled usthough only by a determined effort-to finish a few points above Park.

With so many of our best performers having left last year there were few memorable moments for Astor in this year's championship. Only our gymnasts and our 1st XV team performed really creditably, the latter team beating Park and Priory and losing gallantly to Frith with only twelve men. Our soccer was poor and our basketball even worse.

However, we cannot, I feel, reproach ourselves too harshly since we now have so few people with real sporting ability. Those who have, notably Pratt and one or two senior boys, have certainly done all that could reasonably be asked of them, and although there is a distinct lack of keenness in the House, especially amongst the senior boys, it must in all honesty be admitted that had some of those with little athletic ability been sufficiently keen to do their best they could hardly have improved our position.

J. R. LEMAR.


FRITH

Another triumphant year for Frith. We have carried off the coveted House Championship for the fourth consecutive year. Although this is a superb achievement the House must not consider itself invincible.

In the Autumn Term our seniors were shown how over-confidence can lead to defeat and were it not for our 100% record at basketball our efforts to keep the House Championship might have proved too great for us even at this early stage.

However, during the Spring Term a more positive, determined and enthusiastic effort was made throughout the House and credit must be given to members of the House gymnastic, rugby and cross-country teams for it was during this term that Frith ensured her supremacy for another year.

The Summer Term has brought no real surprises; we have been second in the athletics and third in the Swimming Sports but here again a more positive attitude could have been shown by many members of the House. As so often happens we looked towards the cricketers to provide us with the few points needed to clinch the House Championship for another year.

As for the future I am afraid that our senior section is not as strong as one might hope and we must call upon the junior and intermediate sections of the House to make a supreme effort if Frith is to remain the Champion House.

Finally I am sure that all members of Frith would like to thank Mr. Jacques and all other House masters for the co-operation and support they have given.

P. F. BOSTOCK.


PARK

It was not so much through lack of effort as through lack of individual ability that Park once again finished last in the House Championship. More people gained standards for Park, in all four age-groups, than for any other house; but unfortunately few people gained more than one or two, while three senior boys in Frith gained more standards than our entire senior section. Our victories in other sports have likewise been due not to the efforts of brilliant individuals but rather to good team-work. The reason for our failure must be not so much laziness as the phenomenal bad luck that has given the House such a poverty of talent.

But there is real hope for the future. It has been our senior section that has disappointed and many of them will soon be leaving. It was only after five fourth-formers had been introduced into the senior football team that it won its last two matches. One of our main tasks must be to promote a new enthusiasm amongst the senior section of the House, and to maintain the enthusiasm of the younger sections of the House, as they progress through the school. Senior boys must be prepared to coach the junior and intermediate sections, particularly in sports like rugby, basketball, and cross-country which are relatively new to them. It is obviously vitally important to establish an early superiority in these sports, for year after year throughout the school the same teams play each other, and results are nearly always similar. Such advantages as a good kicker in rugby, and an organised five-man defence in basketball, fundamental requirements in both games, can only be gained by practice before the house matches themselves.

Finally, I should like to congratulate Luff for his success in the junior section of the Powell Cup, Bruce for becoming Junior Athletics Champion, Emes for his all-round effort throughout the year, Elphick for retaining for the house the cup awarded for special endeavour and the swimming team for the House's one major sports victory.

N. A. T. GODFREY.


PRIORY

Now cricket has been completed, the House is seen to be only a few points behind Frith. We can congratulate ourselves on a highly successful year of sport. We gained victories in soccer, cross-country, and athletics, and were placed second in the remaining sports, with the exception of gymnastics in which we came thirdnot I might add, for lack of trying.

Again, the juniors must be credited with much of our success, but at last the seniors and intermediates have emerged from the state of lethargy which has proved to be our downfall in recent years. If this encouraging trend continues, I see no reason why Priory should not dominate inter-house sport for some time to come.

I should like to thank team captains and also the house masters who, in giving up their time and energy have helped enormously in our success.

A. C. HAIG.


Results of House Championship
 

Frith 321 points.

Priory 307 points.

Astor 184 points.

Park 139 points.


The Parents' Association

 

Chairman Mr. L. Tutthill, 75 Barton Road, Dover.

Hon. Secretary & Treasurer Mr. D. F. Grosse, 76 Mount Road, Dover.

Committee Mrs. Sanders, Mrs. Yates, Mrs. Williams, Mr. Fish.

Deal Mrs. Bushell, Mr. Franklin.

Other Districts Mrs. Waters, Mr. Smithen.

The School Dr. Hinton, Mr. Archer, Miss Beets, Mr. Payne.

 

The membership of the Association during the year 1962/63 totalled 567. This is an all time record, but in this age of record breaking we are hoping to achieve 600 members during the coming year.

Among the larger items provided by the Association for the School are, an Honours Board, some Stage Lighting Equipment, and a donation to the school's Film Club. These three items alone account for approximately 110.

Many services have been provided by the Association, for example, light refreshments at the Annual General Meeting, the Autumn Social, the School Play, the Concert and Film Show, and the New Parents' Evening. In addition, Tuck Shops on Sports Day and Open Day proved popular. The committee are indebted to the regular" volunteers" for the time they have freely given.

Obviously none of this work can be untaken without funds, and this year the Association's fund raising activities have been well supported. The Committee sincerely thank all parents for co-operating in their efforts for the boys and the school. A special "thank you" is given to the many parents who have made donations.

The Annual General Meeting will be held on October 3rd, 1963, at 7.30 p.m. and we hope Parents will make an extra effort to attend this meeting.

D. F. GROSSE Hon. Sec./Treasurer.