No. 133. 1963-64. VOL. LV.
|Visits, Reviews & Reports||Other Sports|
|Speech Day||House Notes|
M. G. HINTON, M.A. Ph.D.
T. S. Walker, B.Sc.
T. E. Archer, M.A.
K. F. Best, F.R.C.O., A.R.C.M.
I. W. Bird, B.A.
K. H. Carter, B.A., F.R.S.A.
M. J. Carver, B.A.
D. H. Comber, B. Sc.
A. E. Coulson, A.R.C.Sc., B. Sc.
A. A. Coveney, City & Guilds Handicraft Certs.
B. W. Denham, B. Sc.
A. O. Elliott, Carnegie Dip. in P.E.
C. L. Evans, B.A.
J. A. Field, M.A., B.Sc.
M. J. Fry, B.A.
M. J. Hopkins, Min. of Ed. Teachers' Cert.
N. S. Horne, B.A.
W. H. Jacques, M.A.
F. L. Kendall, M.A.
W. G. King, B.Sc.(Econ.), B.Com.
E. C. Large, Handicraft Teachers' Dip.
E. W. Lister, B.A.
J. P. Marriott, B.A.
A. Melville, N.D.D., A.T.D.
R. W. Murphy, M.A.
D. C. Page, B.Sc.
R. H. Payne, B.D.
R. Peacock, M.A.
K. W. Pickering, A.L.C.M.
A. S. Pitceathly, B.A.
C Rowlands, Board of Ed. Art Teachers' Cert.
K. H. Ruffell, B.A.
P Salter, B.A.
H. Seeds, B.A.
C. P. Singer, Dip in P.E.
E. G. Smith, B.A.
M. H. Smith, Handicraft Teachers' Dip.
R. A. Wake, B.Sc.
R. N. Woollett, B.A.
Rev. E. H. Yates, M.A.
Having survived the ordeal of producing our first magazine we have found the task even more difficult this year. It seems all too often that either there is no interest in Pharos or that budding writers consider it an unworthy outlet for their talents. We did, however, receive a considerable number of articles (significantly few, though, from the Middle and Lower School) but in all frank reality few were of outstanding merit—those here included have picked themselves. Too many brickbats are thrown without efforts being made to right the allegedly outrageous faults of the magazine. No apologies are made for provocative words, for they are meant to result in worthwhile action to the benefit of the standard of Pharos.
D. FLEMING (M. 6 M.)
K. EASLEY (M. 6 M.)
We are very sorry to have to bid farewell to Mr. T. E. Archer who has been with the School since 1924. We wish him every happiness in his retirement. We are glad to learn, however, that he is returning to teach part-time.
We are also sorry to say goodbye both to Mr. J. G. Wallace who joined the staff in 1961 and is travelling to Nairobi to work for the British Council, and to Mr. Shaw who is leaving to train as a priest.
We welcome Mr. J. A. Field, M.A., B.Sc., who is to be in charge of the Science Department and to teach Biology, Mr. M. J. Carver, B.A., who is to teach Geography, Mr. R. A. Wake, B.Sc., to teach Physics, Mr. K. W. Pickering, A.L.C.M., who is to teach English and specialize in Speech and Drama, and Mr. A. Melville, Nat. Dip. in Design and Art Teachers' Dip., to teach Art part-time.
During the autumn term there were dancing classes in co-operation with the Girls' Grammar School.
On the 7th October La Troupe Française performed "Cyrano de Bergerac".
On the 18th October the School Book Sale in aid of St. Joseph's College, Chidya, Tanganyika, raised £28.
On 5th November a party of juniors, accompanied by several members of the Staff went on a sightseeing tour of London.
On 18th and 19th December the film "Hamlet", starring Lawrence Olivier, was shown to the school.
On 20th December there was a Carol Service at St. Mary's Church.
On 19th February a party from the school attended the Speech and Drama gathering at Archer's Court School.
On 11th March the annual S.C.M.S. Conference was held at the school; the topic under discussion was "The New Morality".
After more than a year of preparation the School Play, "Hamlet", was acted, with great success, from 17th-21st March.
On 25th March F. Conley, speaking on the "Freedom of the Press", won the Public Speaking Prize. The other contenders were J. P. Lusk, C. S. Foster and B. Ashbee.
On 22nd May a party from the school went to the Speech and Drama Festival at the Girls' Grammar School.
On 15th July a party from the school saw a performance of "Golden Splendour" by the Dover Players at Dover Castle.
The School Fête—an innovation in place of Open Day—was held on 22nd July.
The following visiting speakers have lectured to the Sixth Form:—Rev. T. Tanner on "The Vatican Council"; Dr. B. Ordish, who showed a film on Italy and added his comments on this country and its people; W. A. Gibson Martin, Esq.; A. I. Polack, Esq., on "The Meaning of Tolerance"; Rev. J. A. Wainwright on "Christian Unity"; Lieutenant-Commander L. A. Wintle of the Navy League who spoke on marine warfare generally and on submarines in particular; Miss M. T. Rhys, H.M.I.; Canon L. G. Appleton; B. Budd, Esq. on "Monopoly"; D. Ennals, Esq.; Mrs. P. Clarke on the American Presidential Elections; J. H. Whitehead, Esq. on "Youth Hostelling". H. Pitceathly, Esq. gave a recital of songs.
Mr. T. E. Archer
It would be presumptuous for one who has known Mr. Archer for a shorter time than most of those who read these words to assess his contribution to the school which he has served for so long. I shall attempt no such thing. Instead I shall concentrate on a subject on which I am well qualified to write—Mr. Archer's work as Deputy Head.
Take a basinful of discipline, well leavened with common sense; add an intimate knowledge of school routine and a deep understanding of human nature; stir in a large dash of the milk of human kindness, and season with loyalty and integrity and devotion; garnish with a bark which stuns an ill-doer at twenty paces, a gimlet eye which extracts truth as a cork is extracted from a bottle, a trim, compact form the sight of which can quell a class or a common-room with equal facility; bake in the burning fiery furnace of a large boys' school—and you have an end-product which every boy, every master and every old boy will recognise.
But there is much more to Tom Archer than this. There is a fund of wisdom which
draws precedents from forty years of school history but which never assumes that
the customs of the past will necessarily meet the needs of the present. There is
the measured judgment which looks for the virtues in both plans and people, and
regards their weaknesses as nothing more than obstacles
to be overcome. There is the mature mind on which both colleagues and boys rely in times of dissension and perplexity. There is the human sympathy never far below the surface, which leads those who have encountered him as mentor to regard him too as valued friend.
Many of the duties of a Deputy Head arc administrative—essential, if often trivial. Mr. Archer has discharged his functions in this respect with conscientious efficiency; but not as his chief love. Nor has the maintenance of discipline taken first place in his mind-though the errant and evil-doers might well come to an opposite conclusion. It has been to teaching-in the widest sense of the word that he has dedicated himself, and no less to the maintenance of harmony and good relations between the members of the common-room on the one hand, and between the staff and the Head on the other. In both respects he has achieved conspicuous and glorious success.
My own debt to Mr. Archer is inestimable. How much he has taught me not even he knows. He has been at once a brake and a buffer, a perfect lieutenant and a pilot with an unerring eye for shoals ahead. The mistakes he has mitigated have been outnumbered only by the mistakes he has prevented. My sense of gratitude to Mr. Archer is too deep to be conveyed adequately on paper; but I have the consolation of knowing that in this respect I am one of many.
Was it really forty years ago? Yes, indeed it was; and we who met for the first time that day, and who were to sing the school song many times during succeeding years would have found difficulty in believing that we should be greeting one another 'Forty years on'.
We needed a young science master for our Junior School, one who could adapt himself to the exceptionally difficult conditions obtaining at Ladywell. He came, and quickly became one of us, keenly participating in such activities as our limited premises permitted. We had no playground, no cars, nor were there school buses: but he accompanied us and our small boys to Longhill daily, where several who later found their way into First Class Cricket developed their love of the game. We were growing in numbers, and it was inevitable that the happy breed from Ladywell should lose their identity in the new school. But before this, the increasing demand for the study of Biology gave Mr. Archer his opportunity of teaching his special subject, which he has done with great success. We arc proud of our doctors and dentists.
The ample playing-fields at Astor Avenue invited experiments; but somehow, there was stubborn resistance to the new. Hockey just did not go, though we tried hard. T.E.A., himself a fine player, formed and trained what looked like a promising team; but his enthusiasm brought little success. Happily, 'Rugger' met with a rather better fate. His personal recreation was Golf, and the Dover Club owed much of its success to his energy, tact and skill—his handicap was 4—and his keenness was so infectious that for some time the game was the principal topic for discussions in the Common Room!
During the difficult war years he gave of his best, helping many a home-sick boy to forget his exile and get down to work. In 1941 he formed and led our first Air Force Cadet Unit, which developed successfully under his command and became in 1950 part of the Combined Cadet Force.
His appointment to the Deputy Headship was well deserved. Throughout his service his kindly nature has not modified his ideas of discipline, which have made so valuable a contribution to the success of the School. Primus inter pares cannot always be an easy position; but the loyal co-operation of his colleagues and the whole-hearted support of the Head have enabled him to carry out his duties with efficiency and zeal. And now he is leaving us, taking with him the affection and goodwill of hundreds of boys and their parents. Fortunately he is not leaving Dover, and we shall hope to see him often. May his years of retirement bring him a double portion of that happiness and contentment he so richly deserves.
"Come here, boy", a voice of thunder resonated down the corridor and brought me to a standstill. I turned to meet for the first time the man who will remain one of my best memories of Dover Grammar School. Things were a little different in those early days, however. His stern expression quickly shattered my confidence and instilled instant obedience. Yes, Mr. Archer was rather a frightening figure to most younger schoolboys; he appeared as an antagonist to all our natural inclinations, a strict disciplinarian, a man demanding and achieving respect and intolerant of misbehaviour and foolishness. It was hardly surprising that he was not considered the most popular of masters and it was not until later that we began to appreciate the value of his methods.
Mr. Archer was an excellent teacher. His reputation ensured our attention and alertness. Before the Sixth Form the only time he taught me was in the third year. Biology was of little interest to me then but Mr. Archer's teaching plus the fear of the consequences of slacking ensured that I had some knowledge for later. I remember that even then his teaching was basic, straightforward and clear and without excessive detail. He encouraged us to think and continually stressed the importance of understanding what we were learning and also that the simple, obvious things are often the most important. This was especially so in the Sixth Form when we were apt to wander to more obscure things. This advice is particularly important in medicine and lecturers remind us of Mr. Archer's warnings repeatedly-the obvious facts are too often overlooked.
It was in the Sixth Form that the qualities of Mr. Archer really became apparent to us. The man who had seemed unapproachable now became one of the friendliest masters of the Staff. Humour, good nature and advice flowed from him. Very few masters use Christian names when addressing pupils but he did not hesitate in discarding the convention of surnames. Advice on all topics was always forthcoming, and his keen interest in our out-of-school activities only increased our confidence in that advice. He helped me to make the final decision about my career. Owing to his guidance I was well-equipped to deal with the general questions which came up at 'S' level and he always encouraged us to work hard.
The booming voice of the squadron leader which put fear into our young hearts will perhaps no longer be heard, but the Mr. Archer I knew in the Sixth Form will continue to be a good friend to us all. Enjoy your retirement, Sir!
C. F. CLEMENTS.
Mr. J. G. Wallace
Gordon Wall ace came to us in September 1961 immediately after taking an Honours degree in Geography at Oxford.
He was then about thirty years old, having previously received a general degree at Glasgow and followed this by service with the Army in Malaya and with the Colonial Service in Nigeria.
He thus obtained a varied experience of particular value in teaching geography. His interest in the subject could be described as at once highly academic and genuinely practical; he read authoritative writers and tested their views by his own observational experience.
He regarded boys as responsive individuals deserving unfailing courtesy. This is teaching the hard way, but it is the only way in which the ideals of education can bear fruit.
Now he leaves us to take a post with the British Council. We are very sorry to lose him and we wish him well.
Mr. M. H. Shaw
It is with regret that we must say goodbye to Mr. Shaw, who is leaving us to enter Lincoln Theological College in preparation for ordination into the Anglican ministry. A graduate of Leeds University, trained in chemistry, he has been teaching general science in the lower half of the School. Although his time spent with us has been the necessarily brief period of twelve months we believe it has been as happy for him as for us. Although not perhaps a born gardener he undertook with enthusiasm the leadership of those Middle School boys who were anxious to re-found the Gardening Club.
We wish him every blessing in his new
Because there are no charts, and our books are full of dust,
Because the sun was evening the hill hung over the house,
In the stillness after the rain the dusk disfigured the shadows,
Held my body,
And I was silent as the clouds cloaking the garden;
In the darkness I knew I was alone.
I waited for everything to stop,
And let my heart beat above my head
In the stilling of all sounds, in the opening of my mind
To the swinging centre of the unconscious;
For this fulfils our being, in this we meet ourselves,
Know ourselves truly; now is the ultimate in our conception,
An oasis for the caravanserai of our ideas.
Once known, there is no more deception,
No more dreams to live, or to closet among our memories in the herb cupboard.
A. E. CHAPMAN (4 A.)
An Encounter with a Dragon
It was a warm evening in the spring as I strolled along, with a school cap on the back of my head. I must have looked for all the world like someone in a dream. I had been reading a story about the old days when knights and dragons were supposed to have roamed England. lost from all the realities of the outside world I dreamed on.
The opening looked just big enough for me to squeeze through, and beyond the opening a passage followed a gentle slope, dipping and curving through a confusing honeycomb of shorter passages. I made marks on the wall with a piece of chalk for the return journey. Straining my eyes I peered forward, trying to see before me. The light showed at times where the evening sun managed to fll1d chinks in the rocks. All at once a rather creepy feeling took possession of me. Something was approaching, slowly and deliberately. The sounds echoed with an uncanny force. For a moment panic seized me, and I made a bolt for the nearest passage. My name being the same as St. George's, I took a grip on myself and fumbled my way forward. Suddenly the walls around seemed to shake, and the ground rocked beneath my feet and a long, deafening roar dinned in my cars. Only a few yards from the place where I had crouched the ground broke away sheer into a gaping pit. I peered down, sick with terror, and a foul and loathsome sight met my eyes. A grey-white head and two glaring eyes were gazing upwards. Breathing out fire and poisonous fumes the creature lashed about with its tail, looking like a giant lizard, with the scales on its head gleaming in the rays of the dying sun. "It can't be true," I kept telling myself. I couldn't face a thing like that. A wave of faintness engulfed me, and I felt myself slipping. The scales of the dragon crashed and made a great noise as he moved across the pit. The fumes from his hot breath rose upwards. "Hang on, son," a voice called, and the slim but supple figure of a young knight in shining armour, carrying a silver shield with a red cross on it, jumped down into the pit. With a roar full of anger, the dragon came at the knight, dragging its great scaly tail and breathing fire so that the air shook. Sword upraised, shield before him, the knight stood his ground. He gave the dragon a wound and then a second wound across the first. Now the dragon's wounds looked like the sign of the cross. Blood flowed from the gaping wounds. Seeing this the knight went in for the kill, and struck off its head. Wiping his sword carefully the knight climbed out of the pit and with a wave of his arm he strode away. Something stung my face. It was a rope.
"Wake up, dreamy," my little sister's voice came from over the fence. "please hurry and play with me. I want to learn how to skip."
Feeling rather hot and sticky, and slightly sick, after my encounter with the dragon, I drew a sigh of relief. Thank goodness it had been no more than a dream.
G. DIXON (IX.)
The spider was staggering up the bath wall
M. LANGLEY (IX).
Oh! a slow-worm
Now I must
kill it! my instinct tells lies about it—
The Night Was Misty. . . . .
The night was misty and the bellowing fog-horns in the distance made a sound which was hideous in its monotony. The light from the mercury vapour lamps was reflected by the wet pavements as a white glare. Footsteps, slow and steady like those of an old man, were heard descending the road. Yet they did not belong to an old man; they belonged to an adolescent youth, whose damp, bedraggled hair hung in curls over his forehead. His hands were in the pockets of his 'shortie' overcoat, the collar of which was turned up at the back. His face was expressionless, except that he seemed to stare in front of himself as though there was someone else walking at the same speed as himself and about ten yards ahead; but there was no-one else. He was alone as he passed the semidetached houses and rounded a corner. He came to his own house, opened the metal gate, and descended the steps on the other side of it.
He went indoors, and to his mother's question had he had a nice walk responded 'Yes' in a voice which betrayed no emotion. He ascended the stairs and dropped a pinch of fish food onto the surface of his tropical aquarium, took off his coat and picked up Constance Garnet's translation of 'Anna Karenina'. He lay on his bed and began to read, but put the book down after having read a paragraph. The book, which he had found so interesting the day before, seemed to be dry and colourless. He switched on the record player and selected Beethoven's 'Eroica' from his collection. He listened carefully to the lively tunes of the first movement, which distracted him for a while. When he heard the solemn but beautiful themes of the second, however, he angrily turned the automatic control on the record player to 'reject'. Then he paced the small room for several minutes, put on his coat and, taking half-a-crown from the box in which he kept his money, went out into the night again.
He caught a number ninety seven bus into town, stepped off the bus when it stopped in the Market Square and walked briskly into a coffee bar. He sat down at a vacant table and ordered a large coffee from the waitress. Taking out his diary be began to examine the various entries he had made that week. He was distracted, however, by the conversation of a group of teenagers at the next table. They were laughing and discussing which of the parties which were being held that Saturday they should go to. He sneered at their foolishness in wasting their time in that way. His coffee was brought, and he made notes in his diary whilst he drank it. Then he asked for his bill and, picking it up, walked towards the cash desk; but as he passed the group of teenagers his diary fell from his hand onto the floor. A young lady picked it up and handed it to him with a smile. He returned the smile, and suddenly longed to sit and talk and laugh with them. But he turned away, and as he walked home past the gloomy, terraced houses a pitiful loneliness seemed to engulf him.
R. HEAPS (L. 6 Se).
130 years ago Charles Babbage invented his Analytical Machine, the first computer, little realising the tremendous potentialities of such machines. There can be few people today who have not heard, however vaguely, of computers, and of their tremendous development, and this in itself is a clear indication of their importance. Even so, few people have any clear idea of the way in which they work and, perhaps even more important, of their inherent limitations. They think of them almost as some sort of super-brain, to be feared, rather than as an extension to the human faculties. Science fiction is largely to blame for this attitude, and a great deal of harm has been done by stories of bug-eyed monsters and rebellious super-brains. This type of story is usually churned out by writers who have little or no scientific training, and not the least idea of modern trends and developments.
In actual fact a computer can almost be regarded as little more than a glorified adding machine, since anything it does eventually boils down to four basic arithmetical operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. What gives the computer its great power is the fact that it can complete a tremendous number of these operations in a very short time without outside interference. To do this, the computer has to be told, step by step, exactly what to do, and these instructions, the programme, are punched out on special paper tape in a code the computer can understand. It then obeys these instructions and, if the programmer has made no mistakes, the results arc also punched out on tape by the computer, and converted into letters and numbers by a special typewriter which reads the holes in the tape and prints the corresponding letter. The speed at which the computer can read the input is really fantastic, some scanning the tape at the rate of eight feet a second. The point that cannot be too highly stressed, however, is that computers can, by their very nature, only do what they are programmed to do, and have no ability to think in the way that human beings do.
Computers can be programmed to play draughts and chess, but this is not a sign of intelligence. The machine is told the current position of the pieces, and it then checks every possible move that it can make, giving each a certain score; finally it makes the move which has the highest, or lowest, score. If the programmer has enough skill and patience, the computer can be made to check its own move, then every possible move its opponent can make, and finally its own best move in view of the opponent's probable decision. The style and ability of the machine is determined by the skill of the programmer, and everything depends on the original scoring system, and not on any intelligence on the part of the machine which actually does the calculations involved. These could just as well be done by pencil and paper work, but the labour involved would be fantastic. Computers can also be used to solve logical problems by using a special type of mathematics called Boolean Algebra, which expresses logical choices and operations by means of mathematical symbols; but again it is the programmer who provides the mathematical background, not the computer.
It should be obvious by now that there is no fear of the world being taken over by some sort of super-brain, but, even so, computers will dominate our lives more and more in the coming years. Already they are extensively used in such fields as civil engineering, space research, and even medicine. Soon your income tax returns will be checked by computer, making it very difficult to get away with any fiddling. Computers will compile your daily weather forecasts from data received from automatic weather stations all round the globe, and from satellites orbiting high above the earth. As a result, they will be much more reliable than anything possible today.
Computers also have another great use apart from their arithmetic power, and this is their great storage capacity. Any information in the machine is available almost instantly, without any effort on your part. Whole libraries can be stored on magnetic tape and, given the appropriate command, the computer will search right through its store and give you every piece of information it has at its disposal. Not only this, but it will probably do the whole job in less than a minute.
Once a world-wide computer network is established, as it certainly will be, all sorts of information will become readily available to the general public. This will include the current weather in Outer Mongolia and the latest cricket scores, both developments which Babbage could not have foreseen when he started work on his analytical machine!
S. C. ELPHICK (M. 6 M.).
Is History a Science?
Most prominent among the manifested sophistications of our modern-day Western civilization are the cravings for abstract theory and classification. A novelist today will feel impelled to antedate the publication of his masterpiece by an elucidation of that theory of the universe which led him to write it; nor will a respectable composer so much as scribble a note before the evolution of a system to which to adhere—Schoenberg, a popular example of the latter, derived the basis of his music from no system already in use but one that sprang fully-grown from his own formidable intellect. This is typical of modern thought, self-conscious, intellectual, proud of both these attributes, yet looking with a certain envy as well as rational contempt at the un-self-conscious entertainers of the past such as Bach, Shakespeare and Mozart. By their failure to invent arbitrary systems, these great men left it to later generations to discover such things in their work. Intellectual resentment of this envied, now unobtainable, artistic innocence is expressed in the attempt to systematize and fossilize it in the devil's new strait-jacket of labelling and classification. They think to explain Beethoven by writing him 'romantic-classic' or Homer 'traditional epic'. Self-consciousness demands that the ends shall be defined; only after their expository justification of the ends of science can some scientists bury themselves in the delights of their subject. The dangers of this explain themselves: the definition of one's ends at the outset drastically curtails the possibility of transcending them; the conscience of a 'realistic' novelist is not likely to allow him to write 'Alice in Wonderland'; whatever his real talent he bows down to rules that are made only to be broken. There is found a multitude of subjects where the arts-science categorization is so obvious as to impose little restriction upon the practitioner; it is unfortunate that history is not among this number. The mental dichotomy invented by western man between art and science cleaves history in its centre; and in a world where, as exemplified in our school system, science is science and art is art, this subject is something of a lame duck.
That science is 'practical', art and culture 'abstract' is almost a conditioned reaction in minds which, though not with Oscar Wilde in declaring that "all art is perfectly useless", look upon it as sugar for the leisured rich. Moreover, a man in a science job is likely to feel that sense of being of practical value which 'artists' find difficult; thus no-one has been more anxious to place history among the sciences than a number of historians, finding the idea that history is a mere branch of literature untenable if not unbearable.
The argument is that history may be respectably scientificated by a demonstration of those attributes which it shares with science as opposed to literature. Thus are neglected those which it shares with literature as opposed to science. There is a case, however. We are told that science and history are partners in the search for truth (overlooking the validity of literature's search for subjective truth). This indisputably holds in the case of method: historian and scientist must find the most objective facts possible for a framework; but the word 'fact' is so vague as to conceal the almost total divergence of historical fact from any sane conception of a scientific fact. The latter is that which is observed, and observed not once, but sufficiently frequently to trigger the generalization that given identical conditions the same phenomena wil1manifest themselves; a fact unverified is unacceptable. Turning to the realm of historical fact we find all is shadowed and chaos. Where a scientific fact is 'that which is observed', a historical fact is 'that which has been observed'; it is in the difference between these that lies all the difference between history and science. The questions immediately raised by any historical fact are made inadmissible in the case of a scientific fact. "Who observed this!" "Who verified in" "Was either biased!" "If so, in what direction!" There is all manner of doubt! It may be conceded that this is true of a scientific fact, but to an infinitely lesser degree, since scientific fact may be verified where historical fact may not. Imagination calculates the distortion to which a historical fact may be subjected in its fragility as doubly underlined in '1984'. Events may be forgotten, overlooked, lost, presented in any number of different ways to bear any number of different interpretations; moreover, whereas science has to a large extent evolved its own objective language, history shares its language with literature, employing words not neutral but tinted and enriched by poetry and by the image-patterns of human experience; for men think and move in the framework of a language employed by both history and literature.
At best, the historical medium of language may be called unscientific; the act of historical communication itself is downright artistic. The most dedicated of scientific historians would be disgusted and, more important, bored by a history book aiming at a catalogue of facts, be those facts as near concrete as history can achieve; boring and pointless would such a history be called. Yet in the lending of interest and point to history is entailed not only the use of literary methods (implying the selection of facts and stress upon facts and the use of stylistic devices and grossly unscientific imagery) but also writing with some purpose in mind, which involves further selection and imbalance: a history book must be organized; yet all organization is open to the exercise of bias. There is needed common-sense; neither an over-literary style nor excessive pattern-construction is wanted any more than is a catalogue.
Nothing is explained or condemned by its origin; yet, viewed in the light of their origin, certain phenomena acquire a particular tint or taint. The origins of history and of science are fundamentally alien. Both seek truth. But where the scientist concerns himself with the application of what he finds, the historian is less concerned with this than with truth for its own sake. A 'pattern' historian may indeed believe that truth about the past affects the present and future, but even such would not, as would a scientist, search for the immediate application of this belief. Even the weary platitude 'experimentia docet' has succumbed in the last sixty years to a flood of contrary evidence; history cuts the ground from under its own feet by demonstrating that men do not learn from history-there is not even that grape of comfort left. A study of early history exposes its literary origin. No more it was in the beginning than a string of tales for amusement gilded by narrative imagination, turned this way and that by inventive minds. It is true that it soon acquired a purpose—it is difficult for men to indulge in any pleasurable occupation without some solemn justification-but this was no scientific purpose. On the opposite side it was, in the hands of the Jews, the search after theological patterns in the course of events—a scientific nightmare. On the other hand, in Egypt and Babylon, science was utilized for no more than its practical applications. Both of these time has modified; while history has adopted scientific procedure, science has its abstraction and idealism; yet each retains a coat of its original colour, literary with history, practical with science.
History deals with human cause, science with mechanical cause. Though a superficial glance at the past may detect a few broad categories of motivation, any closer examination reveals the enormous complexity of any historical process. This is roughly equal to the complexity of human motivation, about which modern psychological investigation has shown us how little we know. Every historical event reverberates throughout history, illuminating and being illuminated by sequent events, being illuminated by and itself illuminating what has gone before. The difficulty is that this illumination is so unsystematic and capricious that every historical event must, sufficiently examined, be called unique. Circumstances never recur; chance, corresponding to free will in man, plays its part also, with the result that nothing in history is clear or simple. Carried to its ultimate this means that history is inexplicable, since it is impossible to know everything.
I have attempted no more that to penetrate to a few of the basic issues involved. I have understood 'science' throughout in its old sense of the definable and concrete; I am aware that very modern science realises what an elusive thing is a fact, the impossibility of objectivity. This may mean that the question "Is history a science/' eventually loses any significance as art becomes involved in science and science in art. 'History is a dialogue between the historian and his facts' I have been told. When science becomes a dialogue between the scientist and his facts human knowledge will at last have unified itself.
J. WOOL FORD (U. 6 M.)
Come then Youth and let us drown
B. ASHBEE (L. 6 M.).
Extensions to the School-Art Department
An art department is a feature which has long been lacking in this school. The present art room was not intended as such, and is consequently quite unsatisfactory. Accommodation is cramped, and the lighting is often poor. Further, the facilities for more specialised techniques, such as printing, clay modelling and chalk sculpture, are insufficient in the extreme.
This situation is typical of schools built contemporary with ours. The visual arts, music, even subjects such as technical drawing and P.E., were considered inferior to academic subjects. Art and music were not regarded as 'respectable', but as the exclusive pursuits of long-haired dilettantes and fashionable young ladies. Therefore the school has no music room, a poor art room, no drawing office, and a cramped gymnasium. Even today, technical drawing is only gradually being accepted as worthy of the attention of grammar school pupils, at any rate those in the top streams, and universities and colleges, for all their enlightenment, rarely accept an '0' level pass as a qualification.
Only in the last twenty or thirty years have these subjects come to be recognised as equal in importance to academic work'. It is this progressive trend in the attitude of educational authorities, together with the increase in numbers in schools, that has made possible such welcome projects as the new art department, and the exciting opportunities for the exercise of fresh techniques that it should provide.
Whereas many people may complain of the contrast between the new building and the old, I feel that this is an unavoidable result of the environment into which the new off-shoot of the school was born. The architect of the older buildings seems to have regarded his commission as an opportunity to materialise his zeal for architectural history (or to have suffered some sort of aberration at the drawing board), rather than as an exercise in rational design. I see no justification for the in corporation in the design of the school of ten centuries of architectural development, particularly when the pseudo-styles in question are but poor copies of the original, and lacking in their most laudable characteristics. The 'Romanesque' arches of the changing-rooms fail even to suggest the massiveness and solidity of Norman structures, resembling rather the blind arcading to be found under London railway viaducts; the 'Gothic' cloisters are devoid of the horizontal and vertical emphases of the perpendicular style from which they were copied, whilst the form of the science block defies definition. And what is the significance of the featureless concrete wall which separates it from the cloisters? The Hall, a vaguely Tudor shell pierced with windows in the Decorated style of the previous century, is the least offensive part of the school.
The architect of the extensions has apparently taken the only course open to him—to ignore the old buildings, and to allow his design to be shaped by the needs and requirements of a body of working artists. The form of the new building has aroused a certain antipathy in the school; comparisons drawn between it and woodsheds, chicken batteries and even (by one confirmed reactionary) public lavatories are not unknown. But it is impossible at the best of times to make so specialised a building acceptable to all tastes, particularly when the factors liable to detract from its beauty are so pronounced as they are on this site. Moreover, and more to the point, the form of the building has obviously been dictated by its purpose. The blank walls are clearly intended to keep light out, allowing the north lights to provide all the illumination; and what better method of introducing north lighting than by sloping the roof? In criticising the design, one should realise also that the art department will eventually be only a part of a greater whole, and that it will then have to be assessed in relation to the rest of the extensions.
But for the moment, we are left with the simple, clearly-defined form of the art department. The separation of the senior art-room from the rest of the block is a particularly pleasing feature; had the department been one continuous unit, a certain monotony would have resulted, but the effective relation of the senior room to the main part of the department has created an interesting contrast of proportions.
The choice of material for the new building, the red-brown brickwork, constitutes something of a concession to harmony with the rest of the school, in that it is ostensibly of the same colour as the brick used in the old building. The lesser details of the new building are themselves of a certain interest. The rather ugly wood facing on the corridor on the south side of the department has offended many people, and so it is only fair to point out that this timber-work is purely temporary; the further extensions, when built, will adjoin this wall, and the timber will then be torn out. The critics of this wall should look at the cedar panelling over the end of the corridor, which provides a pleasing textural contrast with the surrounding brickwork. A puzzling feature is the strange form assumed by the gutter outlets of the new building, massive concrete blocks with a channel through the centre. Perhaps the architect intends to introduce a decorative element by having them carved into gargoyle-like faces. It is unfortunate also that so admirable a design should appear to be unfunctional, for during heavy rain it seems that water merely runs over the edge of the outlets, and down the wall, leaving an ugly stain.
But upon one point I think all will agree; that the layout and equipment within the new department are most admirable. Mr. Carter made the original specifications here and, although certain modifications have since been made by both the architect and the various authorities involved, they remain virtually unchanged.
The art section is to be divided into four parts, a general art room, a 'dirty art' bay, a senior art room and a printing area. The general art room is to accommodate comfortably thirty boys, and the 'dirty art' bay will, in effect, be a sub-division of this room, in order that a group may be split into two parts whilst remaining under the supervision of one master. The 'dirty art' bay is to have a colourful quarry-tiled floor, and will be equipped with three potter's wheels and an electric kiln. Other 'wet' work, such as clay modelling, will also be possible. There is to be a separate room to accommodate thirty senior boys; this is a flexible term, but will probably include the fourth to sixth forms. This room will also be accessible through the general art room. A separate area for printing, and possibly bookbinding, will be divided from the senior room by a portable but lockable partition. Lighting in all the art rooms, and in the two large drawing offices also housed in the building, is to be principal1y from above, through clerestory windows in the upper part of the north wall. This will leave the rest of the wall surface, largely covered with fibre-board, free for display purposes. Display will be an important feature in the life of the new department; cases for this purpose are apparently to be provided, and one of these may be replaced in a main corridor, in order that more will see it. The Projection of films and filmstrips has also been given more consideration than it received in the old department. Efficient blackout blinds are to be fitted to al1 the windows, and portable projection screens are to be used.
The art department is but the first of an ambitious, and welcome, series of additions to the school, which is, I believe, a music room or rooms, to rescue Mr. Best from the lonely wastes of the assembly hall, a new geography room, further form rooms and a new library. If the school's present rate of growth continues, these extensions will become necessities in an extremely short time, and although I shall not be here (I hope) to suffer the consequences of this population explosion, I trust that their erection will not suffer from the usual delays.
I. JENKINS (M. 6 M.).
Brathay Exploration Group
If anyone had told us before we went that we should have to climb up a five hundred yard 1 in 2 'slope' with 50 lb. packs on our backs, we should not have bothered! The casualty list at the last count was:
1 pair of boots—dead.
1 pair of spectacles—one lens A.W.O.L.
1 tent-missing, presumed dead.
We arrived in the middle of nowhere (nicknamed Ambleside) at 6.00 p.m. on a Thursday and caught the first stage to Brathay Hall, which is even further from civilization. When we had humped our luggage another half mile from the bus stop, and were ready to drop flat out on our bunks, a fiend in human form crept up on us from behind and announced, "Hello! I'm Mr. Smith". (The names have been changed to protect the innocent). When we had got up (reflecting on a leaflet about the course: ". . . .. . not only much fitter into the bargain") he, offered to shake hands and, in an innocence, we accepted—and we've still got the bruises to prove it!
He was a very nice bloke, though—if you like that sort of thing—and we were soon made to feel at home, and given a hot meal "to keep us going" (none of this, "You must be very tired after your long journey" nonsense).
Anyway, on the following day, the spectacles gave up the ghost after being tackled rather heavily when going for goal, but, apart from this, no other events of importance occurred until Sunday, when we left on our so-called three-day expedition.
We thought we were going to have it easy when the local coalman (Yes, they're past the peat burning stage) turned up with an animal which went under the alias of a lorry, and transported us and our packs about 8 miles from the H.Q. before dropping us at a point which was, we were told, only a mile from where we were to pitch camp. We ought to have known better by now, but, gullible as we were, we accepted this information in good faith-until we turned the first bend. When we saw the slope, which we have already mentioned, we sat down, laughed hysterically and begged our leader not to make us climb it, but eventually he won us over with his little endearments ("C'mon you lazy xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx") and, forced at the point of a Benson pole, we shouldered our packs and marched on courageously. (Benson poles were originally meant for probing the depths of peat bogs, but many other uses were found for them I). It was several hours before we were able to escape reality and fall into the merciful oblivion offered by sleep.
The next day was taken up in wandering up and down fells (no puns, please), going knee-deep in peat bogs, and digging up samples from these same bogs to carry back for some female botanist (It had to be a woman!) at Leicester University, who wanted to find out how long ago there were trees on top of the fells.
Seriously though, even if the objects of the course were a little doubtful in their validity, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves (we could not help but laugh when the tent blew away in the middle of the night), and would recommend the course to anyone who has a yearning for physical fitness and a good laugh. There is only one absolute essential for those intending to take part in the course—a good sense of humour!
I. DEAN (L. 6 M.).
H. GALLEY (M. 6 M.).
Geography Field Day
The V and VI Forms' Geography Field Day was held this year on the 21st March. We were joined b! "A" level Girls' School students under Miss Swain and at 10.00 on a rather damp, misty morning the coach drew out of Pencester Road.
Our first stop was on Creteway Downs behind Folkestone. Here on a fine day we should have seen the chalk cliffs of the Pas de Calais and the Weald of Kent, but as visibility was down to about IO yards everyone thought it much more interesting to look at an outcrop of Lenham Beds by the road. There beds were laid down in Pliocene times, when the sea covered the chalk, and they are thought to mark an ancient shoreline.
Back in the coach we descended the scarp by way of Waterworks Hill, stopping next on the A20 at Summerhouse Hill, a very good example of a chalk outlier. Beside this hill, river capture once took place and now instead of flowing straight down the Gault Clay Vale into the Pent at Folkestone the river chooses to turn southwards through the Sandstone into the Royal Military Canal between Sandgate and Hythe. Proceeding along the road a little way, we next stopped at Postling Wents where the Postling Road joins the main A20. In some recent K.C.C. roadworks the soggy blue gault was seen and looking around, we could see drainage ditches round most of the fields. We pushed on to Postling itself and here started the Geography Field Day proper-to trace the course of the Stour. The village of Postling is composed of a number of small cottages all huddled around a very picturesque, spired church lying sheltered in a small hollow, or coombe, in the scarp. Just near here rises the East Stour which joins the West Stour at Ashford (this rising at Lenham, near Maidstone) and forms the main Great Stour. Postling is on the spring line i.e., it is at a point where water drains through the chalk but cannot drain through the impervious gault clay so comes out of the chalk as a spring. This is why Postling grew up where it did, because of the constant supply of water. The East Stour "gushes" out of the hillside just outside the village, and after flowing under Pilgrims Way, falls into a hollow which has been worn away by constant movement of the water upon it. The river then makes its way to Ashford, en route picking up smaller tributary streams. We by-passed Ashford and stopped at Wye. Here the river has already started to meander across the broadening flood plain, the village being just above this in case of flood. The current is still quite swift and an old mill still grinds corn beside the river.
By this time, sandwiches and wrappings were beginning to fill the coach and someone at the rear tried to sing and eat while at the same time the rain began to fall The singer was quickly sat upon. Then the sun came out once more as a sign of celestial approval.
Chilham, the next village, is most interesting. We left the coach and crossed a small footbridge over the river, noticing the watercress beds, a mill on the left bank and a river cliff on the right. Lying above this scene is a Neolithic Long Barrow that could prove of great interest when excavated. Before leaving Chilham, the village itself was found to be worth examination, especially the village square. Cobbled, it is surrounded by Tudor buildings, Chilham Castle and an old Norman Church built of Kentish Ragstone.
We were in Canterbury by 1 p.m. and after half an hour's freedom we met the Cathedral sacristan, Fr. Talbot, in the precincts and many minutes passed before we had climbed up to the top of Bell Harry Tower.
On a clear day there must be a superb view from up here but as it was still foggy our view was greatly restricted. Away to the S.W. (the direction from which we had come), the Stour could be seen, and to the N.E. meandered towards the sea. Just as we were coming out of the Cathedral a down-pour occurred and everyone got a good soaking.
By the time we arrived at the Viking ship, Pegwell Bay, most people had got back to normal although that person at the back of the coach did attempt to sing 'jolly Boating Weather" despite being mobbed once more by certain "less studious" members of the fifth. Away on our right the Stour drained across the marshes and flowed quite gently across the flats of the bay. At last we came to that favourite place of many a geography master, known as Cliffsend. Here the chalk dips under Pegwell Bay, rising once more at Walmer. A thin layer of brick earth (alternatively known as limon or loess) was to be seen on top of the chalk.
There was one last stop at Sandwich, where the tide was on the turn and the river was flowing backwards! The once great cinque port, which from Richborough ran a train ferry service to Zeebrugge until 1914, is reduced now to little more than a bridge town handling one timber ship a week.
On to Dover and the end of another very enjoyable Geography Field Day. The weather could have been a lot better but not many people minded this.
I feel sure that all those who went would wish me to thank Mr. Ruffell for organising the trip.
J. F. HENDY (L. 6 M.).
Talks to the Sixth Form
The complete list of lectures to the 6th Form this year will be found in "In Brief" and space will only permit us to look at a few of the talks in any detail.
In the autumn term the Reverend J. A. Wainwright, Education Secretary to the British Council of Churches, talked on "Christian Unity". Examining the attitude of people to Christian Unity, Mr. Wainwright maintained that the predominant feelings were either frustration or apathy; the former is evident in those who have been working for Christian Unity for many years and now feel little real hope for its ultimate achievement. This feeling is prevalent among the various church youth organisations—a rather depressing outlook for the future it would seem. The Reverend Wainwright sees apathy as one of the major hindrances to Christian Unity and maintained in his talk that many do not see the point of the movement; it is really a matter of priorities, Christian Unity comes last whereas it should come first. Some people, however, are satisfied with the present progress; rehabilitation of refugees, unification of missionaries and churches acting together. With refreshing dry humour, the Reverend Wainwright remarked that although the Beaverbrook press is set against Christian Unity optimists take the view that they will achieve their desired end within 200 years. The speaker argued that the major task of the Church is first to spread the Gospel and second to help others.
Early in the spring term Mr. Bernard Budd, the prospective Liberal candidate for
Dover in the
coming election, spoke to us. The first half-hour of his lecture on "Monopoly"
was perhaps the most interesting part of the talk: in these 30 minutes Mr. Budd
touched upon the history of patents and their
legal use, while he described and defined the term "Monopoly". He clearly knew
and treated this subject well and skilfully but in the latter part of the talk he turned aside rather clumsily to the far-sighted policy of the Liberal party. It seems appropriate, at this point, to remark that Mr. D. Ennals, the prospective Labour candidate for Dover, made a fine speech which did not mention the Labour party in regard to the other political parties and answered with finality and alacrity the points raised by members of the school.
A very fine speech was also undoubtedly made by Lieutenant-Commander L. A.
Wintle, of the
Navy League, whose speech was as premeditated as his composure and, indeed, his
whole manner. With easy nonchalance and a knowing air, Lieut.-Commander Wintle
talked for 4o minutes on
marine warfare, mainly on submarines: the audience listened and asked questions
during this time
and would obviously have listened to the speaker for a great deal longer. The charm of this speech, although remarkable for its sweeping generalisations on various aspects of submarine warfare, lay in the Lieut.-Commander's command of language, his manner and the atmosphere which he created; these factors enabled him to carry over several points which seem questionable when considered rationally later and he indubitably made a lasting impression on the minds of his audience. The speaker's casual and cynical air, his quick lively retorts and remarks were all in harmony and added to the impression which the talk was probably intended to give.
K. EASLEY (M. 6 M.).
The Jeremiahs who waste their energy and our time in deploring the short-comings of modern youth should have watched a performance of "Hamlet" at the Dover Boys' Grammar School at Easter 1964. They would be forced to admit initially that this prodigiously difficult undertaking was superbly done. If they remember that this was additional to ordinary and advanced levels, university scholarships, rugby matches, cross-country runs, school societies, magazines ad lib, ad i/!fil1ittll/l, they would agree that the boys and girls of today are as good as, if not better, than their parents. It seems to depend on the extent of the demands made of them. . . . .
My own reaction to the news that 'Hamlet' was in production was derisive. It was colossally pretentious, disproportionate alike to the resources and the time-table of a boys' grammar school, too easily assured of loyal parental applause however wretchedly miscast and mis-spoken, a tribute by juvenile philistines (and their masters) to Culture and the Bard. I have seen it before—in Dover—and resented the uncritical applause for mere memorising and childish hamming. I was quite wrong. This was different.
My qualifications as critic? I "did" 'Hamlet' for Higher School Certificate (in 1935) and still know the bowdlerised text (ed. Verity) then considered safe for sixth-formers. I have watched Gielgud with Peggy Ashcroft at the Haymarket during the war, Olivier on the screen, and at least two others at the Old Vic and the Oxford Playhouse. I know my Bradley, my Freud and my Leavis and I know my Tudor and Jacobean Periods (like A. L. Rowse) as a historian. In other words I am informed, opinionated and prejudiced. I don't much care who does what to 'Trial by Jury' or 'Patience', still less to W. W. Jacobs's 'Monkey's Paw'. I should not blame any producer for playing safe with the relative obscurity of Ben Jonson, Webster or Kyd. But playing 'Hamlet' is asking for troubles, not single spies but in battalions. The fact that four hundred years have passed since Shakespeare was born is no excuse for making a hash of him.
The cold, austere school hall is not a masterpiece of architectural or acoustic design and the tiny, tall platform is an unworthy stage for so great an object, pitifully inadequate alike as castle, court or graveyard. The total blackout preceding the rise of the curtain was perhaps too long for hushed expectancy. The music—Sibelius's 'Tapiola'—might be grotesquely inappropriate for Stuart England or medieval Denmark. Was the lighting in the first scene too dim, with silhouettes for soldiers and yet a Ghost of too, too-solid flesh? The table with its cloth barely did service for a royal council. . . . . But the use of the side door for the processional entry of the court was a touch, I do confess, and the stage seemed to swell with the number of players it contained. Did Claudius lack majesty as he bluffed and apologised through his exposition of the basic situation? Was Gertrude's queenliness that of a schoolgirl pretending to be grown-up in grown-up clothes, Was Voltemand a credible ambassador? One fought with disbelief, began to make allowances, settled down to the excusable inadequacies of yet another school play.
And then it happened! There was Hamlet himself, posed and poised in customary suit of solemn black, biting through his first immortal line. A posturing schoolboy, self-conscious and vain of election to the theatre's greatest role, No! Here was something authentic, mature, superbly right. Here was indeed a young man, handsome, gifted and endowed, yet deeply troubled and sick from unavoidable causes, cleft between aversion and duty but ultimately of the deepest integrity. As he learned with prescient horror the tale of Horatio, as he fought off the restraining arms of his companions, as he confronted the Ghost with his crucifix-sword, as he enforced the swearing of the oath one incredulously recognised that quality of utter rightness which transforms craft into supreme artistry. And when he forgot his torment to rant with the Player and jest at Polonius, one knew that his endowment for the part was as near perfection as makes no matter.
Not that this was the end of all doubt. The excision of Polonius's advice to Laertes was wicked. Did it betray less than full confidence in the player's ability? Were liberties being taken with the order of the scenes? Where was the most famous soliloquy of all? Was the text being slashed into a travesty to finish in time for the last bus? Certainly Handel's 'Water Music', mjestic or not, was incongruous in a Jacobean setting and the scene painting did not match the colourful splendour of the costumes.
Happily the important doubts were resolved. If the text had to be cut it could have been less sensitively done and the alteration in the order of scenes did not mar the sense of the plot. The soliloquies, indeed, were mainly there, flung with flashing eyes and physical transports (not unrestrained) at the audience and Hamlet thought, fought and declaimed himself through every nuance of fooling and outrage till flights of angels sang him to his rest. Whether he insulted aphelia with a nunnery, gloated over the conscience-caught king, taunted and terrified his mother, dragged Polonius off to the worms, jousted with words to gravedigger or with swords to Laertes, advanced to kill the shrinking king or lamented the impotence of his vengeance, John Dane as Hamlet was infinite. If he proposes to follow other than a theatrical career he must have good reasons indeed.
But it was not a one-man show. Apart from the combination of many talents in scene-shifting, make-up, lighting, music and effects, ushering, refreshments and the like, not one member of the large cast failed to take his opportunity. Claudius, for instance, plotted like a Machiavel with Laertes after a contemptuous dismissal of the angry and vengeful young man. In his one soliloquy he agonised, nay writhed with guilt. If plotter and agoniser do not quite fit, the fault is Shakespeare's not Paul Cox's. Polonius doddered as self-importantly and as euphuistically with Claudius and Gertrude as he could have done with Laertes in the missing scene. With Hamlet he was the perfect foil. The dialogue on clouds was a detail of delight when he briefly switched from archness to apprehension and finally forced a somewhat timid audience to laugh. Once dead, his immobility until dragged off was another judicious detail in the total effect.
Before he too lay dead, Laertes had convincingly thrown Hamlet's irresolution into high relief with his own impetuous wrath, courage and ready tears. His brotherly and filial love and grief and his ultimate nobility of character shone through his brief involvement in royal perfidy. His wrestling and sword-fight with Hamlet, notably the exchange of weapons, was more than usually convincing. It did great honour to whoever briefly taught the combatants to fence.
The voice of the Ghost was both beautifully clear and deeply sepulchral, his gait becomingly grave. Horatio was faithfully and admirably stolid, Fortinbras both martial and regal, Rosencrantz and Guildenstem spongily compliant, even villainous. The mummerset of the gravediggers was comic without being over-done and the first of them had indeed a pretty wit. Osric deserves a special commendation. His short scene of courtly extravagance would have been scene-stealing with anyone less than Hamlet himself. Not only were his posturings a humorous parody of Elizabethan court behaviour but he acted through all the court scenes in which he had not a word of dialogue. We shall see (and hear) a lot more of him in future productions.
What of the ladies? For Gilbert and Sullivan it is fitting enough that boys should masquerade, but for Shakespeare, despite the precedent of Tudor practice, it would have been foolish. The idea of sending across the road to the Astor Secondary School was inspired in principle (Down with Segregation!) and triumphant in practice. Gertrude was dignified and suitably imperious until Hamlet ravished her into an awareness of guilt. Thence, though still her husband's servant, she was broken. aphelia was of disarming innocence. She was not quite too meek under her brother's prudish chiding: the primrose path was delicious. But her submission to father as well as lover was sufficient to encompass her madness. The quietness of her madness was as convincing and pathetic as many a wilder-eyed aphelia. The understudies who doubled as ladies of the court wore their dresses and made their courtesies with becoming dignity. It was a happy collaboration of schools.
And finally the production. The refusal to permit a curtain call was marked and clearly displeased the audience. It was a tiny fault. The onlooker cannot know what the precise shares of idea and inspiration have been, what the actors contribute of their own skill and what they have been drilled to do. But there can be no doubt as to the pervading control of respected authority, as to the endless patience and dedication over more than twelve months towards the brief perfection of five performances. The best tribute to Dr. Hinton's skill was his own quiet presence in the audience (as host to His Worship the Mayor). Whatever may be wrong with English Secondary Education, there is much that is right in the devotion and skill at Dover Boys' Grammar School that can bring forth so great an object. The readiness is all.
A. J. WOOLFORD.
Producer's Note: There was in fact no alteration in the order of scenes. The text used was that of the Penguin edition, which is based on the Folio version of the play.
The School Fête
A fête is the difference between organised theft and begging; it has its own Good Cause which in turn supports its own public who bring their money to the gathering. The School's fete had the Parents' Association, and all those who came spent most freely, and by all their endeavour made, in cliché, the fete the success it was.
Part of a fête's attraction is in knowing and being known by the people on the stalls. We, as showmen, beg their favours; we, as patrons, graciously give it, and in this respect a school is lucky. It has many links of obligation, and even the smallest thing's worth is heightened above face value.
There was a large crowd thronging very professionally across the field and serving the stalls with its shillings. Articles were sold to be stored for the next fete and crockery was smashed with the ease of long practice, while the masters moved rather warily, taken from their natural environment of chalk and small boys. In its good-natured way the crowd ate School teas, heard the School choir and saw formidable gymnastic displays, enjoying each on its own merits and leaving at the end of the day generally well satisfied with itself and the proceedings.
The School fete achieved its success by being unpretentious and typical of its kind. It found people willing to like the School for itself, although no doubt generalising about its benefits, and gained the distinction of being solidly, pleasantly average.
A. E. CHAPMAN (4 A).
Speech Day, 1963
The speaker this year was K. W. Donald, Esq., D.S.C., M.A., M.D., D.Sc., F.R.C.P.E., F.R.C.P., F.R.S.E., Professor of Medicine, University of Edinburgh, a distinguished Old Boy, and Mrs. Donald kindly consented to present the prizes.
Professor Donald began his Speech Day address by remarking that Dover never looked smaller when he returned and that his immediate memories were of tolerant, patient teachers to whom he owed so much. He spoke of the greatness of Dover, of its historical and natural riches, and of its great value to young people. He encouraged the School to enjoy all aspects of its life, mentioning that the time-honoured system of 'a little work frequently' brought the best results, results which opened up great opportunities for the exploitation to the full of natural talents. Finally Professor Donald emphasised the need for extensive reading and for the 'taking of television in small doses'.
The Headmaster again spoke of increased numbers in the School, but was able at last to announce that work on the long-promised £29,000 extensions had at last begun. Dr. Hinton also mentioned the greatly improved standards in external examinations, which he believed to be derived partly at least from the widening of the Sixth Form syllabuses. Continuing with reference to the Sixth Form he spoke of the Upper Sixth, a sign of a future time when every boy entering the School would stay on in the Sixth Form for two if not three years before moving on to some form of higher education.
D. FLEMING (M. 6 M.).
Combined Cadet Force
This year I have been asked to write a combined report, which seems very appropriate as the emphasis has been on combined activities such as parades, exercises, the Ten Tors competition, the Field Day, the trip to the Royal Tournament and the Senior N.C.O's meetings which have brought much closer liaison between Capt. Bird and Senior N.C.O's.
Under the watchful eye of S/Lt. Salter, the R.N. Section has had a very active and successful year both in the lecture room and in the practical field, the latter being tackled immediately proficiency examinations ended and the light evenings started. For this purpose the Section was divided into two watches with two parts of watches in each for sailing, shooting, pulling and rigging sheerlegs. In the spring term a party of cadets went to see the launching of the Canadian submarine Ojibwa, and this term five boys are going to a seaday demonstration on H.M.S. Diamond. Sea experience was also gained at Easter when ten boys on annual training living on board the frigate H.M.S. Undaunted in Portland were offered a day at sea on H.M.S. Murray. The whole week on Undaunted was more of an experience than actual training as we lived in the mess decks with the ratings. Training included splicing, gun drills and tours of the engine room, ops. room, bridge, auxiliary steering position and an R.F.A. vessel which was of paramount interest to every cadet. Many keen boys have entered the Section and with L/S. Huntley as next year's Senior Cadet the Section can look forward to another interesting and successful year.
It has not been an easy year for the Army Section. With its N.C.O. commitment in the Pre-entry Section, the remaining instructors have been hard put to cope adequately with the training syllabus. However, the burden was eased at the beginning of the summer term by help from Mr. Hackett of Dover College. The Army Section owes a great debt to him for his help over the last ten years. He has also supervised the Tuesday evening shooting for those cadets who have been keen to shoot regularly.
Our thanks are due to those Army N.C.O's L/Cpls. Holman, Davies and Hyland who have worked so hard with the Pre-entry Section. They have had a very successful year and have sent into the service sections a nucleus of young, enthusiastic cadets who will be a great asset to the Corps.
Congratulations must go to Sgt. Burtenshaw who was awarded an Army Scholarship to R.M.A. Sandhurst for 1965 and who has steered the Section through a difficult patch.
L/Cpls. Turmaine and Sollis attended the Eastern Command Cadet Leadership Course in Norfolk during the Easter holidays and received very satisfactory reports. The course is a particularly strenuous one and is designed to test leadership, endurance and initiative in selected cadets.
Next September the Section will be starting a new Advanced Training Syllabus which should add considerable interest to the training programme. The emphasis is on the practical side of training and there will be many more map reading exercises like those used for the Combined Field Day. The aim is for all cadets to reach a very high standard in map reading and compass work. In addition to advanced handling of platoon weapons, the syllabus recognises the growing importance of expedition training and lightweight camping and the test at the end of the course is an expedition at the "Silver" level of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. When cadets have passed all tests they will receive a badge of which they can be rightly proud.
The Section is now preparing for Annual Camp at Stanford P.T.A., Norfolk and looks forward to an active enjoyable week in the open air.
The R.A.F. Annual Camp was as usual the high spot of the year's training. Although the Section was split between two R.A.F. stations, both camps proved as interesting as ever. At R.A.F. Lindholme, the Bomber Command Bombing School, the main features were the radar station, and flying. In fact the 11 cadets of this Section had never had so much air experience before. Flights were made in Shackletons and Varsities as far as the Isle of Man and the Wash.
At R.A.F. Swanton Morley 10 cadets had the privilege of attending the first gliding camp arranged by the Air Cadets. This was a splendid opportunity of experiencing a sport which is unfortunately restricted to few people. In addition to other activities all cadets had up to 10 launches. The Section is very grateful to Captain Bird who was in charge of the party. Three of the most successful cadets have been invited to the station in the summer to continue their training up to the British Gliding Association A and B Certificates. At the same time two other cadets have been invited to R.A.F. Manston to undertake similar training.
Congratulations must go to F/Sgt. Bradley who has been in charge of the Section during the year, and to Sgt. Bent who has won an R.A.F. Scholarship to Cranwell for 1965. In the meantime he will be going to a "Star Camp" at R.A.F. Syerston in the summer and then he will return as FfSgt. next year. The Section has also gained 8 passes in the Proficiency Exam., a fact which reflects great credit on the N.C.O. instructors.
The move of No. 1 Air Experience Flight to Manston has proved very beneficial to us. Flying in Chipmunks has been arranged once each term and we hope that this practice will be continued. Our members have remained around the figure of 26 during the year, but with all these achievements it is to be hoped that the Section will rise once more to 30 next term.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme is now under way although the Pre-entry Section is the main Section doing it. With the War Office restrictions on Cadet Forces, it is encouraging to have a keen Pre-entry Section from which many boys have now gone into their respective Sections.
As for myself, I have in the main enjoyed my year as Senior Cadet and would like to thank the Cadet Masters very much for their support and co-operation, although the attitude of some Senior N.C.O's was rather negative at times when others were working hard on their own initiative.
D. A. RAINES (Under-Officcr).
Thanks largely to the unobtrusive but efficient organisation of work by D. Bishop and D. E. Hopper, we have now completed all the major projects made necessary by reclassification a few years ago. The last was the revision and completion of both Subject and Author card-catalogues, which involved the writing or re-writing of some 7,000 cards. Without the direction of R. Hoskins and the remarkable industry of a team largely composed of boys from 3A who worked through every dinner-hour for two terms as well as at least one evening a week all year, it might have taken another year to complete.
The library itself has been much tidier and the books better cared for, because of the constructive attitude of most forms (not least 3A), but there is still room for improvement, especially in the treatment of outsize books. It is to be hoped that the irresponsibility of a very few Sixth Form boys is not reflected in other directions.
Shelf-room is becoming seriously inadequate; it makes almost impossible the effective display, classification and consultation of books. We hope to fit more shelving within the next eighteen months; but it will be no more than a palliative measure, and may well necessitate removing the periodical racks to another room. The periodicals themselves may have to be drastically reduced in number, for costs are rising much faster than income.
Two books presented this year have given special pleasure, not least because they were the gifts of boys who had contributed so much to the School life already:
'Modern Physics' by Cars and others, presented by M. Hudsmith (1954-1962), and 'The Ashley Book of Knots', presented by D. Bishop (1960-1964).
Mr. J. R. Taylor (1947-1953) has generously presented to the library a copy of each of his published works, the latest being 'Cinema Eye Cinema Ear'. The long-cherished dream of a school Collection should be realised within the next few months.
By no means least is a set of seven books on mathematics from the collection of the late Mr. J. Tomlinson, M.Sc., B.A., one-time Second Master of the School; uniformly bound in royal blue, they are a valuable and attractive addition to the shelves.
This year, we have had in effect a completely new society, with only Mr. King, the president, Mr. Dane, the chairman, and Mr. Newman, the secretary who had attended a meeting before.
The majority of the papers this year have been read by the Society's members: Mr. Dane spoke about "Father Borelli"; Mr. Woolford spoke at some length on "The Relationship of Art to Man and Society"; Mr. Newman endeavoured to assess "The Role of the Historian and his place in Culture"; and Mr. Blunt gave a talk on 'Jazz" which was especially illuminating to non-jazz enthusiasts present. Mr. A. D. Walker came and spoke to the Society before going up to Oxford on "Fascism and the Rise of National Socialism". We were also privileged at our October meeting to hear Mr. Bernard Budd, the prospective Liberal Parliamentary Candidate for the Dover Division, speak to us on "Grimond as a Prophet of the Sixties", and afterwards to cross-question him as to the meaning of modern Liberalism.
Mr. Pinnock has been elected Secretary for 1964-65, and apart from Mr. King, the president, and Mr. Pinnock, there will be a completely new Society consisting not so much of third year sixth formers as this year's, which should lend more variety to their discussions.
Looking back over the minutes of previous years, the Society in 1963-64 has been one of the most successful since the new constitution was drawn up three years ago, lacking perhaps in the scope of subjects discussed—there has been no talk on science this year for instance—but making up in depth, and lack of frivolity compared with previous years. We hope that next year's society may hold meetings as enjoyable and as rewarding as ours have been.
Once again our grateful thanks are due to Dr. Hinton, Mr. Ruffell and Mr. King for their generous hospitality over the past year.
J. NEWMAN (U. 6)
It has become usual for the retiring secretary to offer a panegyric upon his period of membership of the society. . I shall be slightly unorthodox in saying that this last year, and in particular one meeting, has far surpassed the others in my experience.
The outstanding meeting was one at which part of the S.C.M. study outline "The Christian Life" was introduced and discussed. Discussion, which had verged on the flippant at earlier meetings was on a uniformly high level and the group was a truly Christian one, rather than a slightly off-beat debating society, to which it can easily degenerate. This particular meeting resolved many difficulties put forward by those in the dark as to the Christian faith, and the combined thoughts of allied to general clarification of faith.
I am afraid that I have appeared diffuse in describing this occasion,. but the others of the year can be dealt with more briefly. The first was devoted to an anthology of music ranging from Bach to Beaumont, and Beaumont and the C.N.D. also formed the basis of the next meeting: discussions on both merely convinced each side of the validity of its own arguments and the obstinacy of the other side. Mr. M. Shaw introduced the subject of Science and Religion at the following meeting: discussion on that occasion was rather inhibited.
The latter adjective could certainly not be applied to the joint meeting with the Girls' School, at which the Reverend D. G. Spilman introduced J. D. Salinger's novel "The Catcher in the Rye". Discussion ranged over wide fields, and contained many startling elements, but in general this meeting proved very enjoyable.
I must also comment on this year's S.C.M. conference, held at the school. The subject "The New Morality", was introduced by Canon Douglas Rhymes, author of "No New Morality". Judging by reviews of this work, the Canon speaks better than he writes, since the lead which he gave throughout the day provided much material for discussion: all in all this was the best of the three which I have attended.
I make no apology fur the disproportionate length given to the first meeting which I discussed and to the conference. To my mind they are the true purpose of an S.C.M., not the comparative (I stress the adjective lest advocates of American novels, C.N.D. or Geofirey Beaumont should descend wrathfully upon me) trivialities of the other subjects discussed.
F. CONLEY (U. 6).
The past year has been very successful for the Society, with the high standard of talks being matched by high attendances, with an encouraging proportion from the Lower Sixth and the Fifth Forms.
The year opened with an examination of the indictment against Richard III for the murder of his nephews, an enquiry ably conducted by P. A. Lyons. He came to the conclusion that Sir Thomas More, on whom much evidence has been based, was guilty of perjury, and that the most credible evidence is as applicable to Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham, as to Richard. This lecture was notable for the dismissal of Shakespeare's 'Richard Ill' as 'a bustling melodrama'.
The first of the year's external lecturers was A. J. Woolford, M.A., whose talk on 'Satire and Society' attracted an attendance unprecedented in the annals of the Society. Beginning with Egypt and continuing to the beginning of the nineteenth century he developed what he termed the 'sociology of satire' with many amusing and mordant examples.
At the third meeting, on the history of portraiture, C. A. Keith came to the somewhat gloomy conclusion that the art of portraiture had been killed by the invention of the camera.
J. Woolford, in his lecture, took a more general view of art, with an examination of the psychological impulses behind it from a historical point of view. He condemned utilitarian art and said that the true reality lay within the artist himself. He dealt principally with literature as being the most accessible of the arts, and ignored music, although the highest art, as being too large a subject. M. Shaw, B.Sc., certainly dealt with a vast subject in his lecture, nothing less than the history of scientific thought until 1543. He considered changes in the climate of scientific philosophy from the earliest scientists, Egyptians and Baby Jonians, to Vesalius and Copernicus at the end of the period. The year's proceedings ended with a meeting at which the committee for next year was elected, a body under which the Society will, I am sure, continue to flourish.
F. CONLEY (U. 6).
The activities of the Cercle have been as wide as possible this year, yet response generally has been somewhat disappointing, partly because of the clashes which occurred with other activities and partly it would seem, through the apparent apathetic attitude of senior students towards French outside class.
Play readings havc again been prominent among our activities, including "Cygnodc Bergerac" by Rostand and "La Machine Infernale" bv Cocteau but there have also been films of interest, one would have thought, to many other than French students, e.g. on the painter Utrillo and the architect Le Corbusier, and general quizzes which were probably the most stimulating and popular section of activities. The lack of papers by members is to be regretted and yet perhaps understandable: maybe those coming back for a third year or boys in Lower Six, neither group facing exams, will venture next year.
Our invitation to all interested in any aspect of France is cordially renewed.
D. W. FUMING (M. 6 M.).
The orchestra has been presented to the general public only once during the past year—whether on the principle of least said soonest mended, or of familiarity breeding contempt, is a matter for debate. However, these barren months have probably been of great benefit to audience and players alike. The former has had a chance to fortify itself against future attacks, and the latter have been able to practise playing together seriously and to encourage the juniors who will form the backbone of the orchestra next year.
A few senior string players, with our pianist, C. Sanders, at the organ, played a Mozart 'Epistle Sonata at one Music Listeners' Concert. If the flesh was a trifle weak, the spirit was more than willing.
The School play during the spring term, and standards and athletics during the summer term depleted our members somewhat, and it is a long time since the orchestra met in toto. However, there appear to be plenty of keen players in the string and woodwind, not to mention the brass, sections to carry on next year under their new leader M. Azoulay.
B. J. DANE (U. 6).
The never-failing 'Concert and Film' organised by The Parents' Association and the Christmas Service held in St. Mary's Church have provided almost the only opportunities so far this year for the Choir to justify its existence. The Concert was not a success, chorally speaking. Insufficient opportunity for practice was one cause, but it was also evident that seniors were missing those old-stagers who had left in July, and the first-year boys, just admitted, were not as sure of themselves as they might have been. Nevertheless, the group of varied songs was obviously enjoyed by the audience.
The services held in St. Mary's Church during the past few years (I hope that by now they are definitely established) have all been a great success and inspiration, and last Christmas's gathering was no exception. The Choir led the massed voices of boys and parents in some enthusiastic carol and hymn singing. However, the high spot of the service from the Choir's point of view was the performance of 'Hodie Christus Natus Est', a six-part anthem by Sweelinck.
Upon being invited to contribute a choral item in the school Assembly at the end of the Spring Term the Choir responded with the great five-part anthem by the 16th century Thomas Weelkes, 'Hosanna to the Son of David'.
As usual Mr. Best is battling valiantly against the post-examination rush from School, and the School Fete will see, and hear, the Choir once more in action, with the treble section slightly more in evidence than usual. The full Choir will sing madrigals and part songs while the trebles will sing Shakespeare songs (with recorders) by the 18th century Thomas Arne.
B. J. DANE (U. 6).
Music Listeners' Society
A variety of music has been presented each week and all age-groups have been we]] represented in the Society.
Of late, members themselves have been presenting programmes of recorded music of their own choice. Among contributors have been Dane (who gave illustrative talks), Woolford (with Bartok), Jarvie (with organ music), Conley (with modem duets for piano), Lyons (with symphonic poems by Franck). wheeler (with Beethoven). Vardon and Horth. These programmes were presented interestingly, and allowed a large range of music to be covered during the year.
The Society has continued to hold informal concerts twice each term, and we are glad when people come forward to offer their services as performers, even though they are not members of the Society. Items in these concerts have included Vardon, Pinnock and Conley on the organ and piano, and selections of music by the Recorder Club and clarinet quartets. Recently the more advanced players of the orchestra attempted an epistle sonata for organ and strings by Mozart. Mr. Best has also given an organ recital each term, when we have enjoyed hearing the organ at its best played by an expert.
The Society can welcome people who enjoy broadly the subject of serious music as full members.
D. F. JOHNSON (M. 6 Sc.)
The School play at Easter occupied most of the Society's time during the first part of this year and, consequently, meetings were reduced to a minimum. We did, however, manage to cover a fairly wide range of plays, from the lightweight comedies 'The White Sheep of the Family' and 'Blithe Spirit' to the more ambitious and, for many, more rewarding dramas 'Luther' and Juno and the Paycock'.
Theatre visits have included trips to the Dover Operatic and Dramatic Society's performance of 'The Rape of the Belt' and the Marlowe Theatre production of Some net Maugham's 'The Circle'. Unfortunately the proposed visit to Chichester had to be cancelled, so that still remains as a treat in store for next year's members.
Finally, I must include the perennial statement that the Society is open to everyone, and those interested in dramatics are always welcome.
B. J. DANE (U. 6).
This year the Chess Club has lacked support from the Lower and Middle School, and it is to be hoped that next year more enthusiasm will be shown from these forms. Despite this lack of support the meetings were lively and enjoyable and the experiments into other forms of chess have continued.
J. T. STRANK (M. 6 Sc.)
Social Studies Society
This, the newest school society, was started this year and has held, at the time of writing, two meetings. The first was a discussion on morality, at which attendance was poor, and the second, much better supported, was a lecture by R. Murray on Communism, followed by a discussion which began well but degenerated into arguments about British Railways and Dr. Beeching.
Next term we shall hold regular monthly meetings at which we hope to cover the widest possible range of subjects. We also hope to establish a research unit to carry out at least one .social survey; the success of this venture depends largely on whether enough people will Join the Unit and help prepare questionnaires and analyse results.
One disappointment so far has been that we have attracted people mainly from the modern side. We hope that in the coming year we can interest all senior boys, whatever their speciality, in the wide range of interesting subjects covered by the term 'social studies'.
J. P. LUSK (L. 6 M.)
The Guild of Printers
It seems that the School press will never rest idle; each year business increases and during the past year the pressure of work has proved to be more than the Guild could effectively handle and therefore something of an embarrassment. Whilst some customers have had to suffer long delays before receiving their orders, others have had their orders turned down altogether. The Guild very much regrets this situation, the more so since it has sometimes had to turn away jobs which were not only within its capabilities but also promised some opportunity for exercising a sense of design. This unfortunate state of affairs has come about because the Guild has, at the time, been committed to printing what experience now shows to be excessively long runs of less stimulating material. This would, therefore, seem to be an opportune moment to make a statement about Guild policy particularly since by the time this appears in print we shall have moved into our new premises and it will be common knowledge that the Art Department has a bigger press.
The Guild of Printers is perhaps unique among School Societies in that it can be of direct service to the school. All our business does, in fact, stem from either parents, Old Boys or Staff. The Guild is very happy to be of service in this way; moreover, the carrying out of a specific job gives a purposefulness to the Guild's work which is of inestimable value. At the same time, however, the Guild's activities are—or can be—of considerable educational value to those who actually participate. Although, in a sense, any job is valuable in this respect in that it provides opportunities for type setting, dispersal and press-work, Guild members will derive the maximum benefit from their work in so far as their jobs are many and varied and afford an opportunity for exercising a sense of design. It is, of course, the actual setting and display of movable type that is so valuable and not the operating of the press in treadmill fashion—indeed this tends quickly towards monotony. For this reason, whilst welcoming all purposeful design, the Guild feels that, in future, it must decline to print runs in excess of a few hundred copies. The Guild also wishes patrons would consider carefully whether the job they have in mind could be just as effectively done if duplicated on a Gestetner machine. By losing such jobs the Guild hopes to be able to give increased satisfaction both to its customers who, though perhaps now fewer in number, will be assured of a better job, and to Guild members themselves whose work will now be more varied and stimulating. Mass production never will be the concern of the Guild, and for this reason it should be noted that the new press which we have acquired is a proofll1g press which should enable the Art Department to undertake more varied work, much of it experimental in nature, in graphic design. It certainly is not intended to be used by the Guild as a means of mass-producing the "same mixture as before".
Middle School Literary and Debating Society
The subjects at our meetings have been varied; there was a debate on classical music; a talk on the future of public transport, presented by Torr and Walker; a f11m and talk on the future Channel Tunnel and a balloon game.
As for attendance, the support for certain meetings was disappointing. The pop and classical music debate had by far the best attendance. As certain societies constantly clashed with ours we held one meeting together, with the Railway Club; this was the Channel Tunnel debate.
Next year the Society will most probably be given a much larger reference, and it is to be hoped that interest in meetings will be more regular and extensive.
R. HORTH (4 A.).
This year, as always, has been a busy one. We have been collecting information on Old Boys who have either died or retired, and another eight biographies have been compiled for the second edition of the Register of Old Boys (we must thank the Guild of Printers for printing them). Another Newsletter came out in June which contained news of some Old Boys who arc still thriving.
We have started two new pieces of work this year; the first is the extraction of information from the Services about Old Boys killed during the world wars, and this has brought a certain amount of success; the second is that we have searched through our registers for all the Old Boys of St. Martin's School, for their own honours book.
We must also thank the staff of the Dover Express for allowing us to continue searching their files for articles about our Old Boys, and we must thank them for passing on the information that they themselves receive.
Now we ask you for help. Our attendances have averaged about five or six, but we could do with a few more members. Don't let the name 'Historical Unit' put you off—we only deal with the history of old Boys of this school. We should also like a lot more information about Old Boys, so if you have any please see either Mr. Horne or myself and we shall be very grateful.
Finally a word to the leavers. Please keep us informed of your progress. We'll have a card in the files on you in any case, but a blank card is useless!
G. L. TUTTHILL (4 B.).
In the autumn term we made a Christmas exhibition for the visitors' room, which included a series of silhouettes made by all members, drawings by E. Hoskins, D. Grieg and J. Smith, and cuttings from Christmas cards arranged on a black backing.
In the spring term we started making things for the school fete. These included a mat made by M. Durrant and others, drawings for framing by E. Hoskins and those previously mentioned, a set of ten-pins by R. Bishop, fret-work by T. Wright, and many other things. We hope to show a profit by selling most. This work is being continued at the time of writing.
As usual we invite any members of the Lower School to join us as there is room for all. Meetings arc held weekly on Wednesdays at 4.00.
T. F. J. WRIGHT (3 B.).
The Railway Club has met on alternate Thursdays in the Junior Physics Laboratory. Attendance has been good, considering the Club's specialised nature. It has enjoyed a varied programme, which has included films, quizzes, illustrated talks and gramophone records of train noises. The latter were considered extraordinary enough to merit mention in the Headmaster's Speech Day report.
Undoubtedly the highlight of the Club's year was a visit to London, when we obtained permission to look over Nine Elms locomotive depot. It was a building of great character, a black cavern with enormous locomotives of varying antiquity just discernible through the gloom. We found, photographed and climbed over 84 locomotives, many of them once familiar in Dover. We eventually returned with full notebooks, used films and filthy clothes.
For the future, the Club has recently decided to rename itself the Transport Club and widen the scope of its activities accordingly.
H. J. YATES (L. 6 M.).
This year the Model Club has met on Fridays in the Art Room. Support has come, as would be expected, mainly from the Lower School. Attendance has fluctuated according to the amount of work to be done.
In the earlier part of the year the Club held several competitions. More recently we have concentrated on building a control-line model aircraft and an electric model car racing circuit. The latter is the club's biggest permanent project yet and it is hoped to demonstrate it at the Fête. During construction, membership has fallen off, but when model car racing starts in September attendance should rise considerably, and we shall widen the scope of our activities accordingly.
H. J. YATES (L. 6 M.).
Model Railway Club
We started off uneventfully with a vast amount of track, belonging to M. Smith of 4A.
At the A.G.M. it was decided to re-elect A. Smith, of 2A, as Hon. Sec., and to have P. Harrison, of 2B, as Treasurer.
In the spring term two unfortunate things happened. The first was the loss of our treasurer, who owing to his brother's accident had to return home early each afternoon, and the second the loss of Smith's track. The second has been put right by another loan, but we are still without Harrison.
Finally, we shall welcome any new first formers, and remind them that they do not have to have a model railway to join.
J. A. LINGE (2 Y.).
Junior Astronomical Society
This society was formed in January and has since held meetings every Tuesday. On alternate weeks films were shown in the geography room; on other weeks talks on varied subjects were given. At present there are twelve members from, unfortunatc1y, only two forms, 1A and 2A. Boys from 1A have shown considerably more interest and initiative than their second form counterparts, four having given accurate and intelligent talks. One unintentional consequence that has arisen from later meetings is the likelihood that a Rocket Society will be formed. It is hoped that this term the much-promised and long-overdue construction of a scale model of the solar system will begin. Lastly our thanks go to Mr. Evans and more recently Mr. Bird for being responsible for this Society.
D. F. MURPHY (L. 6 Sc.).
The club is now well established and the rewards of all our labours can be enjoyed. There have been times, however, when things have seemed virtually at a standstill. One of these was when Mr. Marks, a rural studies adviser, came from Maidstone, and we had high hopes of getting a tractor to do the backbreaking work for us, but this hope was never fulfilled. Considering the whole site was covered with grass at least a foot high though, I think our members have done extremely well. The Headmaster paid us a visit last term and spoke highly of us. Everyone is now nicely settled down with a plot of his own and good crops are being harvested. We are always ready to receive new members, whom we will all help to get started. I should like on behalf of the club to thank Mr. Shaw very much for all he has done to help us.
D. V. WESTON (3 Y.).
Junior Stamp Club
This club was started at the beginning of March. During the fortnightly meetings talks were given on various subjects such as 'The purpose of collecting' and 'The limitations of a general collect ion'. Out of the nine members, five gave quizzes with unusual and often difficult questions; these proved, without exception, to be the most popular items. Apart from the talks and quizzes, time was set aside for exchanging and selling stamps, and three competitions were arranged during the term. Although entries for the latter were low, the standard reached was unusually high.
This term it is hoped to have meetings every Monday, instead of the previous inconvenient fortnightly meetings. Finally our thanks go to Mr. Salter who has been in charge of this club.
D. F. MURPHY (L. 6 Sc.).
This year proved to be most successful for the School fencing team, although the Club in itself was not a real success. Perhaps the fall-off of members throughout the year results from members wanting to fence each other before grasping the basics of the sport, such as the 'on guard' position and the 'lunge' which require a great deal of training to develop properly. One may be able to play other sports from the word go but one hour a week is not enough for the teaching and under standing of fencing principles. A reasonable standard of fencing may be achieved (as the school team well know) by attending the school club, where basics can be learned, and the local (Dover) fencing club, where time allows these basic principles to be put into practice under capable guidance. Higher standards can be reached by fencing in local and county competitions and in matches.
Entering the Kent Senior Schoolboys' Team Foil Championships for the first time this year, the school team beat Dane Court School, the holders, in the first round, and King's School, Canterbury and Tonbridge School in following rounds to win the championship and gain school colours for the team, T. Beney, P. J. Burtenshaw and D. M. Horth. Teams for matches were chosen from these three and Finch and Hopper. Perhaps next year's club may have enough able younger members to enter a team in the junior section of the above championship. In the Kent Schoolboys' Individual Championships Beney, Burtenshaw and Horth fenced well, as did Burtenshaw and Horth in the South East Counties Schoolboys' Championships, Horth managing to gain a place in the Kent Schoolboys' Team and reach the National Schoolboys' Finals.
Thanks are due to Mrs. Mallard (instructress of the local club) who encouraged and coached the team while they attended the local club.
D. M. HORTH (U. 6).
The past season has been the best for many years. So £1r the weather has been £1irly kind and the large number of new members have made good progress. Congratulations must go to J. Morris, R. Bruce, A. Mitchinson and S. Hosking for passing their helmsman's tests.
In the racing world P. Brothwell has been the man to watch and on many occasions this season he has shown his elders the way. However, P. Hemmings and K. Belfield seem to be in top form in the Fleetwind class and they have won several local regattas.
Racing in School matches has been very good. The away fixture against Kent College was inconclusive, but in home waters we won by 23 minutes. In a match against Maidstone G.S. at Mote Park with conditions rather light and flukey the School team won by six minutes. In the Kent Schools' Regatta at Margate the School retained the R.C.P.Y.C. Trophy and as a result of the meeting will be providing four members of the Kent team of ten for the National Schools' Championships at Burnham towards the end of term. The results of the Kent Championships were: 1st: M. J. Styles and P. Brothwell sailing 'Vixen'; 2nd: P. Matcham and R. Fancourt in 'Pharos'; 3rd: D. Raines and J. Aylen in 'Invicta'. Racing in the Handicap Class K. Belfield and S. Hosking in 'Zoom' were 2nd.
Other important events during the season were the National Heron Championships at Herne Bay and the Fleetwind National Single-handed Championships. In the former event M. J. Styles and P. Brothwell in 'Vixen' were placed 5th out of 7° entries, while in the Fleetwind event P. Hemmings sailing 'Scallywag' was placed 4th on overall results.
Sailing colours were rewarded to M. J. Styles and newly awarded to P. Hemmings. Representative colours were awarded to P. Brothwell, D. J. Belfield, P. Matcham and K. B. Be1field.
M. J. STYLES (M. 6 Sc.).
Sports Day 1964
It would perhaps be somewhat cynical to remark that this year's Sports Day was distinguished by the weather and little else; be this as it may, records seemed fewer than in previous years, while standards generally, though high, were probably affected by the fact that more boys entered for the maximum number of events than ever before. The edge was taken off the prospect of any keen House competition by the news that Priory had already achieved an unassailable lead after the totalling of standard points; the main excitement of the day lay, rather, in the extremely close struggle between Park and Frith for second place, a struggle so close that both led at various times, while they were equal twice during the afternoon. It was, then, an afternoon of House competition rather than of the more spectacular personal rivalries or achievements which have been so evident in previous years and which often make Sports Day a notable event. Even so, the events of the afternoon no doubt impressed and entertained the large number of parents and friends present, but the absence of boys among the spectators was obvious, perhaps the result of choosing Saturday afternoon, which even meant a reduction in entries at the last moment.
In the events already decided honours had gone to Hopper, of Frith, who had won both discus and long jump (over 16) and to his 12½-14 House-fellow, McMahon, who won four events in all and carried off the junior championship. Breaking all previous records, Weymouth (Astor) vaulted 7 feet in the junior age-group; his height was, in fact, only a foot less than that of the winner of the senior event. Murton (Priory) ran the intermediate mile in under five minutes, setting up a new record, and finished second only to the senior winner, Styles, in the combined senior-intermediate half-mile, another intermediate record; a successful afternoon, indeed, for this promising runner. In the sprints doubles were recorded by Chenery (over 16), Ritchie (12½-14) and Flood (under 12½), and Chenery crowned his personal triumph by raising his own triple jump record to 41 feet 8 inches. Pullan (Priory) won the intermediate low hurdles in record time and also won the javelin. Stevenson (Priory) won the intermediate 220 yards besides setting a 440 yards record, anchoring the luckily victorious Priory relay team and carrying off the intermediate championship. The senior title went to Jones, of Priory, who, in five events, had three first places and two seconds to add to a large number of standard points.
Priory won the House Trophy and finished some 160 points ahead of Park, which in turn defeated Frith when all three of the latter's relay team were disqualified. The Hudsmith Trophy for special endeavour was awarded to Revell, the Priory House Captain, a good example it would seem to those who elected him.
The trophies were presented by a member of the Board of Governors, Mrs. B. Evenson.
K. EASLEY (M. 6 M.).
D. FLEMMING (M. 6 M.).
The team won eight matches, drew two and lost five. In a total of fifteen matches 65 goals were scored against 46. This record yields averages per match of four goals scored against three goals conceded; and from these averages a very fair picture is obtained of the team's strength and weakness.
The forwards were always likely to score goals, Leiper getting 17 and Glanville 16. Leiper was a forceful thruster except on the few occasions when he decided that it was not his day. Glanville directed operations with much skill, though he also at times decided the fates were not on his side. Perhaps professional teams of the future will carry a psychologist as well as a trainer.
The defence was hard-working but rather young and lacking in both size and experience. Injuries caused many changes so that there was a consequent lack of confidence and coherence. All who played were skilful and many will remain at school for a couple of years. Pratt, in goal, was exciting, enthusiastic, gymnastic and always worth watching.
Revell was a thoughtful captain who did a difficult job very competently. This was not an easy team to hold together. He and Glanville have played regularly for the Kent Grammar Schools' XI.
School colours are newly awarded to Pratt, Bradley and Gillibrand; representative colours to Alien, Anderson, Attwood, Blunt, Eames and Williams.
J. Wright acted as linesman throughout the season, at home and away. He changed for every match, and by his appearance, enthusiasm and effciency brought credit to the School.
RESULTS:—Played 15, Won 8, Lost 5, Drawn 2.
The record of this year's 2nd XI-ID won, 2 drawn, I lost-has been a fair reflection of the skill and determination of the team.
The defence, with Aylen a reliable goal-keeper, Pullen, Gray and Tolson forceful and hard-tackling half-backs, and Kemp a very constructive full-back, conceded only twenty goals. On the other hand, the attack went from strength to strength in understanding and quality of play, eventually scoring 57 goals. Morgan and Lemar were forceful at inside-forward, Whiteoak had several very good games on the left-wing, and centre-forward Kay was top goal-scorer with 22 goals.
The home-fixture against the Junior Leaders typified the team's spirit and skill. By thirty minutes
from time the soldiers—a tough, fit side—led 3-0. Then with our half-back line taking control of the mid-field play, the team began to fight back. With the forward-line tearing apart the opposing defence, Kay scored two quick goals, Whiteoak twice hit the bar, and the Junior Leaders' goalkeeper made a series of outstanding saves. Finally, however, justice was done; the goalkeeper fumbled a high lob from Lemar, and Wellard was on the spot to equalise.
RESULTS:—Played 13, Won 10, Lost 1, Drawn 2.
J. LEMAR (U. 6).
UNDER 15 XI
The Under 15 team enjoyed reasonable success during the season, winning two and drawing one of five matches played. The two games that were lost were played against teams which were older and heftier than ourselves. The first such game was against Canterbury Technical School at home. We lost 4-2. The other was against St. Edmund's, also at home. Although we lost 5-3 it was probably our best performance of the season, against older and stronger opponents.
In the first match of the season we played out a 1-1 draw at Ashford. A few days later the team was greatly satisfied with a 3-1 victory over old rivals, Astor, on their ground. As last season, the team ended on a high note, thrashing Ashford in the return match 4-1.
Those who played during the season were: Smith, Falconer, Knight, Rutherford, Chapman, Hoyle, Pay, McMahon, Liddell, Flood, Ellis, Andrews, Cooper.
RESULTS:—Played S, Won 2, Lost 2, Drawn 1.
P. LIDDELL (4 A.).
UNDER 14 XI
The season started badly but as it got under way the team showed great improvement, although it failed to continue the tradition set up in the last two seasons of not losing a match. Bent, as Captain, set a good example by his play at left-back. Throughout the season the defence remained solid but unfortunately the forward line has not proved to be as successful as that of previous years.
Four boys were selected for a Dover trial and three, Hover (goal), Briggs (right-back) and Bent (centre-half), gained positions in the team.
The team was chosen from: Bent (Capt.), Hover, King, Terry, Durrant, Johnson, Pearce, Brothwell, Briggs, Wood, McMahon, Tubb, Langly, Wright.
RESULTS:—Played 12, Won 7, Lost 3, Drawn 2.
D. BENT (3 X.).
UNDER 13 XI
The Under 13 team started with a convincing win, but lost more than they won of their remaining games. Thomas scored many opportunist goals, and the forwards were well led by Flood. At centre-half Dixon showed tremendous keenness. Marsh played steadily at full-back.
This team were in the local final at Crabble (Intermediate Cup); four of them were called upon by Dover Boys.
The team was chosen from: Skingle, Marsh, Mills, Dower, Dixon, Davies, Luff, Dyer, Beeden, Durrant, Flood, Phillips, Thomas.
RESULTS:—Played 7, Won 3, Lost 4.
C. DIXON (2Y.).
UNDER 12 XI
The team only had two matches during the spring term. Both were won by our boys. Against Castlemount the score was 12-0, against Archer's Court 6-0.
The following represented the School: Summers (Capt.), Barling, Thomas, Kemp, Morris, Amos, Elder, Sedgewick, Nash, Russell, Hinton, Bannister, Silk and Flood.
RESULTS:—Played 2, Won 2.
Without fear of contradiction this team may be labelled the most successful 1st XV which the School has fielded for a great many years, if not the best ever. To add 10 this, or rather to effect this, the team spirit shown by everybody was admirable and all must be congratulated on their contribution to a most enjoyable and rewarding season.
The members of this 1st XV showed much individual skill and acquitted themselves worthily when a more brutal brand of rugby was required, but essentially they were a team. This was borne out by the fact that fourteen players were awarded full colours and those who received 'reps' did so only by virtue of having played too few games. Even so several players merit individual mention; Bradley for his tactical play, Revell for his effective place-kicking and general reliability at open-side wing-forward, Davidson for his effective distribution of the ball and penetrative running, Blunt for giving us more of the ball than usual from the 'tight', Jarvis for his line-out play (particularly in evidence against King's), Gillibrand for his sensible touch-kicking and accurate service and Gray for his try-scoring from the wing. Finally I should like 10 thank and congratulate Snashall for his work as touch-judge.
A most praiseworthy season!
Colours were rc-awarded to Bradley and awarded to Pratt (Capt.), Blunt, Davidson, Drake, Fingland, Gillibrand, Gray, Hosking, Jarvis, Pond, Raines, Revell and Sollis.
Representative colours went to Cook, Jewkes and Woolford.
RESULTS:—Played 7, Won 6, Lost 1.
S. J. PRATT (U. 6).
This year the 2nd XV had a successful season, winning six out of eight matches and scoring 133 points against 60 points.
The first match, on an ice-hard pitch at Dane Court, was won by 25 points to 17, mainly owing to some excellent forward play, which was evident throughout the term. Unfortunately the ground was too hard and slippery for the 'threes' to exhibit their potential. The next match, against Pilgrims School, was played in perfect conditions and we won 37-8, with the backs scoring five tries. The next week the School won 11-0 against the Junior Leaders and followed this with a 13-3 victory over Deal Secondary School to complete the calendar for the first half-term.
The second half of the term started with a game against King's School, when the team, weakened by the demands of the 1st XV, lost 14-0 after being level at half-time. The following week cross country and 1st XV injuries weakened the 2nd XV to the extent of 7 reserves for the match against Dover 'B', but our fate was scaled by two 1st XV players who turned out for the club when their match was cancelled. We lost 15-8.
The season was finished with victories over Pilgrims School (31-0) and over Deal Secondary School (8-3), leaving Hopper, who had kicked reliably all the season, as top points scorer, and M. J. Cook as leading try scorer.
Those who played were: Allen, Azoulay (Capt.), Bishop, Burtenshaw, Cackett, M. J. Cook, Crombie, Drynan, Garrity, Grosse, Harris, Hemmings, Hibbert, Hopper, Jewkes, Lodge, Lord, Mercer, Millar, Morgan, Neal, Raines, Ratcliffe, Webb and Woolford.
RESULTS:—played X, Won 6, Lost 2.
M. AZOULAY (M. 6 Sc).
UNDER 15 XV
Because of various injuries the Under T) XV won only four of 9 games. In the third match of the season Falconer took a nasty fall, the result of which was a broken wrist. This unfortunate incident left the team searching for a fly-half to replace him.
Swatton was prominent in the pack, as he used his weight and build to full advantage. He was helped along by the front-row-forwards, Batty, Warm an and Goodburn, who tried gallantly, although often unsuccessfully, to force the ball over the opposition's goal line. Lovett and Williams played with great determination on their positions, scrum-half and wing-forward respectively.
Those who played were Anderson, Barrett, Batty, Chap man, Duflicld, Falconer, Goodburn, Holmes, Jones, Lovett, Queen, Rutherford, Smith, Swatton, Warman and Williams (Capt.).
RESULTS:—Played 9, Won 4, Lost 5.
W. WILLIAMS (4B.).
UNDER 14 XV
The team was somewhat flattered by their results as they played some weak opposition. They were, however, never afraid to throw the ball about and scored some good tries. Bruce in particular showed great determination and was very difficult to stop. The team 'as a whole were inclined to become disjointed under pressure and their tackling was never satisfactory.
The team was chosen from:—Wright, Pearce, Bent, Clark, McMahon, Parkinson, Rrothwell (Capt.), Dunkley, Briggs, King, Bardett, Robinson, Allcock, Dunford, Durrant, Wood, Langley, Hover, Bruce.
RESULTS:—Played 6, Won 5, Lost 1.
UNDER 13 XV
Although the team lacked experience it proved to be a formidable combination, improving with every game and obtaining three very convincing victories, in which the captain, Ritchie, deserves praise for his scoring in the three-quarter line. Our giant-sized forwards did well, winning a lot of possessions from scrums and line-outs and cannot be blamed for any of the defeats.
Our first match was our greatest victory, in which we beat Aylesham 37 points to 0! However, a notable match was against Hartsdown Under 14 XV which we lost 14-6. Some good tackling and skilled movements were brought off by both sides and the winning scores came when we were reduced to fourteen men in the last five minutes.
The overall points were 122 for and 38 against. Players who deserve a special mention are:—Rainsley, Williams, McHugh, Hall and Marsh.
RESULTS:—Played 6, Won 4, Lost 2.
J. D. G. WILLIAMS (2 A.).
It was anticipated that this would be a very good team and indeed they had their moments of high achievement. On the Duke of York's ground they bowled the home side out for 27, and on Crabble, against the Dover Club, Revell hit the stumps three times with successive balls and the Club's score stood at 70 for 7. Men who had not batted for weeks were putting on their pads. Yet when the School came to bat themselves they performed like infants whose eyes had yet to open.
Rain washed out several matches that were keenly anticipated and then
examinations prevented practice and early-leaving caused the team to
Colours were re-awarded to Lemar, the captain, who was conscientious and competent in his duties, and to Bradley, who is a splendid all-round cricketer, heading both the batting and bowling averages. Colours are newly awarded to Revell and Blunt, who have both been in the team for three years, and to Wellard, who has made himself into a useful wicket-keeper.
Representative colours go to Mitchell, Palmer, Glanville, Hopper, Morgan and Gibbs.
This is the third year that Snashall has scored for the 1st XI and we are very grateful to him.
RESULTS:—Played 6, Won 2, Lost 2, Drawn 1, No result 1.
This year the 2nd XI has been highly successful, winning four of its five games and drawing the other. The only match the team ever looked like losing was against Ashford Grammar School. However, thanks mainly to some tight bowling from Reader and Russell in the final overs we managed to salvage an honourable draw. Thc other four matches were all won by handsome margins.
The batting has, on the whole, been good although the low scores hardly reflect this. All the established batsmen have 'come good' at some time or other during the season, Russell, Kay, Edwards and Dyer all turning in some good scores.
The bowling honours have been fairly evenly shared between Reader, Russcll, Fleming, Kay and Atkins, each bowling really well on at least one occasion.
Fielding has not been the team's strong point, yet it has always been passable. Both Dyer and Fleming deserve mention in this department.
Apart from the first match, for which last year's captain, Pratt, was available, Atkins has skippered the side. Team spirit has been excellent throughout the season despite the unavoidable discontent caused by those matches ruined by rain.
Players included Kay, Reader, Fleming, Russell, Edwards, Galley, Dyer, Anderson, Hendy, Burtenshaw, Hibbert, Newman, Lusk, Pratt and Atkins.
A special vote of thanks goes out from the team to Long, who has scored efficiently and well in every match.
R. W. ATKINS (L. 6 M.).
UNDER 15 XI
This has been a disappointing season for the under 15 XI as five matches have been lost and one abandoned because of rain. The chief weakness has been in the batting, for once early wickets have fallen the remaining batsmen have offered little resistance. The bowling has been reasonably good, with Murton, Flood and Liddell the best performers. The standard of fielding has been about average but some important catches have been dropped. Falconer proved an efficient wicket-keeper and Andrews captained the side well and was the steadiest of the batsmen.
The team has been chosen from Andrews, Murton, Liddcll, Flood, Cooper, Sandham, Falconer, Shiel, Smith (4B.), Ellis, Anderson, Pay and Farmer.
RESULTS:—Played 6, Lost 5, Abandoned 1.
UNDER 14 XI
A very good season, and with one match still remaining at the time of printing, the team has only lost once. As usual the weather prevented some games from being played, and another was abandoned half way through. However, this did not deter the team's spirit which remained high throughout the season, despite a lot of reshuffling of players, which even included the introduction of a first year boy, who, I might add, played very well. The reason for the changes was not so much injuries, as athletes who were required for school events.
The highest number of runs scored in an innings was 104 for 7 (against Ashford), and the best bowling figures were 6 for IS. Top of the batting averages was Durrant, R., with an average of 68, and the best bowling was that of Hover, whose average was 7.
Teams members included: Durrant, R. (Capt.), Langley, Hover, Richardson, Coleman, Parkinson, Pearce, King, Durrant, M., Bowyer, Goodwin, Brown, Kingsley, Summers and Bowley.
RESULTS:—Played 5, Won 4, Lost 1.
R. DURRANT (3 A.).
UNDER 12 XI
Although we had three matches only it has been a successful season. Unfortunately there was only one bowler who could do any real damage and therefore, our opponents were usually "Shot out" at one end. This bowler was Summers, the Captain, who has also played for the under 14 XI. Flood (Vice-Capt.), Hinton, Ames and Barling have all shown signs of cricketing ability.
The following boys have represented the School:—J. Summers (Capt.), C. R. Flood (Vice-Capt.), C. M. Hinton, S. Silk, M. Amos, K. K. Smallwood, B. R. Duncan, A. G. Burgess, M. H. Pickering, C. J. Barling, P. L. Kemp, D. Ridgwell, P. D. Piddleston.
RESULTS:—Played 3, Won 3.
Enthusiasm and fitness from all members of the team combined to make this a very successful year. J. Woolford, B. Gray and J. Bishop had a very good season and could always be relied upon to give that little extra when necessary. J. Woolford's unfortunate injury put him out of action for the S.E. Kent Schools' Championships held on our own course, but B. Gray and J. Bishop ran extremely well in the County Championships with Gray being placed 12th in the senior event and Bishop 3rd in the intermediate race. Many thanks must go to K. Easley, I. Jenkins and B. Cork who were always willing to fill gaps at the last moment.
Full colours were re-awarded to M. J. Styles and newly awarded to B. Gray and J. Bishop. Representative colours were aw:1rded to Woolford, Gregory, Elphick, Cork, Easlcy, Fisher, Jenkins, Ratcliffe and Dyer.
RESULTS:—Four matches were won outright, in one we were second out of twelve teams, in one third out of eleven, and in another, the Kent A.A.A. Championships, seventh out of fourteen.
M. J. STYLES (M. 6 Sc.).
The school :1thletics te:1m this year started well but towards the end slumped badly.
We have some good athletes, however; Chenery in the two sprints and Styles in the 880 and Mile arc noteworthy. There arc also some good Juniors coming along: Stevenson in the Javelin and 440 yards, Murton in the 880 yards and Hosking in the High Jump.
The first match of the season was on our own ground on 28th April against Simon Langton's Boys' School from Canterbury. We won this match by quite a comfortable margin in both the Senior and Junior classes. None of the times or distances were outstanding but Styles set his pattern for the season by winning both the 880 yards and the Mile. Chenery won the 100 yards and the Triple Jump. On the whole at this match against rather poor opposition our team showed up favourably.
The next match was also at home against Harvey and The Borstal. We won this match too, the opposition however, not being much stiffer than before.
The next match was at the Duke of York's against the home team, Harvey and Simon Langton. Here on the new track and pits the competition was fiercer and School was placed second to the Duke of York's. Hosking did 5ft. 6ins. in the High Jump.
Next came the South East Kent Sports on 29th May and 3rd June, the track events being held on our ground. Our school came 8th in the Juniors and 2nd in the intermediate.
On 27th June the Kent Sports were held at Gillingham. Here South East Kent did well, winning the three boys' sections. Hover was 3rd in the Discus, Stevenson 2nd in the 440 yards, Murton 2nd in the 880 yards, Chenery 2nd in the 100 yards and Jewkes 3rd in the Hurdles.
The last two matches of the season were failures because we were only able to raise scratch teams, the best people having left after their A-Level examinations. These matches were the Triangular Match held this year at Ramsgate. The Powell Cup was on the same day, 4th July, and suffered because a lot of the intermediates were at Ramsgate. We came third in the Triangular Match and 6th in the Powell Trophy. At Ramsgate Styles won the 880 yards in 2 min. 4.9 secs. and the Mile in 4 min. 42.5, both excellent times.
The last match was the Duke of York's Cup at the Duke of York's where a team of 7 managed not to come last but 6th out of 7.
Colours were re-awarded to Styles and Chenery and newly awarded to Hopper. Representative colours went to Davidson, Jewkes, Jarvis, Hosking, Johncock, Grosse, Murton, Pond, Sanders, Sollis, Stevenson, Jones, Bishop.
C. SANDERS (L. 6 Sc.).
If this season is to be taken as evidence then basketball must surely be rapidly becoming the most popular sport. The demand for basketball has resulted in the formation of a league for the third forms and above, all of which games were keenly competed and well supported. The third form league was won by 3 X; the fourth and fifth form league by 4 B; the sixth form league by M. 6 Se.; and the knockout competition by 6 G.
The house matches played in the autumn term, provided many exciting matches in which considerable skill was displayed, and resulted in the following points being awarded towards the house championship.
Frith 40, Priory 30, Park 20, Astor 10.
The school team has had its most successful season ever. But for one marginal defeat by a rather fortunate Dover College side, every game was won convincingly. Jarvis and Bradley were outstanding in attack while Jones and Williams marshalled the defence consistently well. The school scored 655 points of which Jarvis was responsible for 158, Bradley and Emes also topping the hundred mark. The standard of play generally was very high and all the members of the team deserved and were awarded full colours. One of the highlights of the season was the match with the Old Boys, when a depleted school side defeated a very formidable team in extra time.
The school side formed the backbone of the South East Kent team which performed creditably to finish second in an inter-regional tournament at Gillingham, and Jarvis, Bradley and Emes went on to represent the Kent Schools' side.
The School team consisted of Emes (Capt.), Williams, Jarvis, Bradley, Jones, Jewkes, Borley, Gibbs, Revell and Pond.
RESULTS:—Played 14, Lost 1, Won 13. Points for 655; Points against 399.
An under-sixteen team was fielded which lost only one of its four matches, and that against an older and more experienced Borstal side. The success of the team was due largely to the efforts of Pond, who was the principal points scorer.
EAST KENT TOURNAMENT.
Four school teams were entered in this year's competition, all of which acquitted themselves well.
In the senior section the opening match featured the school's "A" and "B" sides and the second string almost recorded a shock win. Having passed this first obstacle the "A" side went on to win, and the "B" side were placed third after being edged out of second place in an exciting match with the Frank Hooker team.
In the junior section the Under-fifteen and Under-sixteen teams dominated the morning games to finish top in their respective sections. In the afternoon, however, for some mysterious reason both teams lost their rhythm, and finished only second and fourth.
G. R. EMES (U. 6).
UNDER 15 TEAM
The Under 15 basketball team had a most successful season, winning all but one of their games and coming fourth in an under 16 tournament held at Broadstairs. Anderson and Duffield were especially noted for their accurate shooting, Duffield being top scorer for the team. Peaall was a great asset by both scoring and making baskets frequently. The team played well as a whole, gradually improving in every game. In the basketball tournament held at Dane Court School we came top of our pool in the morning and lost only two games in the afternoon, but were placed fourth at the end.
Those who played were: Anderson, Aldridge, Duffield, Swatton, Peall, Murton, Smith, Queen, Folwell, Dunster, Williams (Capt.).
RESULTS:—Played 8, Won 7, Lost 1.
W. W1LLIAMS (4 B.).
Junior and senior clubs have continued as usual, although the main senior work at the beginning of the year was concerned with trampolining in order to prepare school teams for the Kent Schools' Championships.
After weeks of practice and countless thousands of bounces, two competent
trampoline teams eventually emerged, and travelled up to Orpington for the
competition. But it was not the most successful of days and one mishap followed
another. Both journeys were delayed by breakdowns on the railway, and tedious
extra hours had to be spent on the trains. The event itself was impressively
organised, so much so that our competitors appeared overcome by the occasion.
Well rehearsed routines were suddenly forgotten, and no one did himself justice.
Since the previous year, the standard of the best teams had improved by "leaps and bounds", and there were some most polished displays. Our junior team was placed fifth and the seniors were third.
In the spring term, approaching house gym. competitions were responsible for a good deal of energetic practice-not always well directed. There was a general hope that it would be all right on the day, and endless repetition of work already well known seemed to be preferred to what was really in need of attention. Performances showed no general improvement on the previous year except perhaps in the juniors' floor-work and the seniors' ring exercises and trampolining. Davidson's work had not progressed during the year, but he was still in good enough form to retain the Pascall Cup. He set something of a record by winning it for three consecutive years.
Davidson, Raines and Gabriel were re-awarded colours. They were newly awarded to Crick and Kearon.
SENIORS: Frith 651 points, Priory 561, Park 510, Astor 440.
Individual: Davidson 117.1, Crick 114.2, Gabriel 108.9, Kearon 106.1.
JUNIORS: Frith 1035, Astor 885, Park 876, Priory 779.
Individual: Dry 128, Thomas 127, Coles 124, Edwards 121.
Aquatic activity was again confined to the weekly hour at the Duke of York's School bath, but by dividing would-be swimmers into upper and lower school groups it was possible to accommodate them all on alternate weeks. No tangible achievements can be reported, but all enjoyed the exercise and became more skilful in the water.
During the early part of the summer term, the accent was on competitive swimming and groups were organised on a house basis so that captains could select teams for the swimming sports. In spite of this preparation, some houses were unable to muster complete teams on the day, although only twelve representatives were required.
The results of the swimming sports were as follows:—
25 m. Frec Style: McHugh, Fagg, Kinslcy, Hall 20.4s.
50 m. Free Style: McHugh, Jones, Buhlman, Dry 42.4s.
25m. Breast Stroke: Buhlman, Dry, Greig, Whitehead 24.0s.
25m. Back Stroke: Reason, Skingle, Kemp, Robinson 24.3s.
Rclay: Park, Astor, Frith, Priory 84.4s. (Record)
Junior Champion: McHugh.
25m. Free Style: Stevenson, Summerscll, Condon, Player. 16.9s.
50m. Free Style: Hemmings, Fancourt, Dunkley 37.5s.
100m. Free Style: Dixon, Blackman, Grosse, Akehurst 92.0s.
50m. Breast Stroke: Hcmmings, Nokes, Summerscll, Condon.. 45.8s.
50m. Back Stroke: Hemmings, Dixon, Clark. Summersell 47.1s.
Relay: Priory, Frith. 79.4s.
Intermediate Champion: Hemmings.
25m. Free Style: Hosking, Davidson, Kemp, Drynan 15.8s.
50m. Free Style: Herman, Ruranski, Bishop, Horth . . . . 34.7s.
200m. Free Style: Hosking, Davidson, Bird. 3m. 37.8s.
50m. Breast Stroke: Carter and Bishop, Woolford, Kemp 49.1s.
100m. Breast Stroke: Pond, Carter, Horth. 1165.s.
50m. Back Stroke: Davidson, Ruranski, Carter, Drynan . . . . 45.5s.
Relay: Frith, Park 72.3s.
Senior Champion: Hosking.
25m. Butterfly: Hosking, Dixon, Ruranski. 22.3s.
House points: Priory 62.5
Junior and Senior teams travelled to Canterbury for the usual match with Simon Langton School. After fighting hard, they were well beaten. The result might have been closer had it been possible to select our strongest side, but at this time of the year so many seniors were busy with examinations or more important post-exam pursuits.
A team took part in the local schools' relay race organised annually by the Dover Lifeguard Club, and again won the Coronation Shield. McHugh won the captain's race.
It has been a disappointing year for Astor and Old Astorians will raise their eyebrows when they learn that the House is bottom in the Championship tablc. The results have been poor owing to an undoubted lack of skill and lack of enthusiasm. The majority of the members of the Upper School contributed little to our uphill fight in the House Championship. If in next year's competitions we are to lift ourselves from the bottom a much greater effort will be needed from these older boys. It is they who should set an example to the juniors.
Members of the Lower School must be congratulated on their successes throughout the year, especially on the number of standards gained in athletics. This promises well for the future. It is up to these boys to foster the House and team spirit and to see that our present position is only temporary.
Mr. T. E. Archer, who was House Master for many years, is retiring at the end of the summer term. We all wish him a long and happy retirement.
These notes would not be complete without recording our thanks to Martyn Styles who is leaving this year. His boundless energy and enthusiasm in all School activities have been outstanding, and his contribution to the School in this way must be a source of inspiration to the House. We wish him every success in his new work.
For the fifth year running Frith has won the House Challenge Shield—an excellent achievement. We won the first five sports outright. In football we did unexpectedly well and, as in many sports, our juniors contributed most to our success; our basketball teams had 100% success in both sections and in gymnastics there was never an y doubt as to our position since we won both the senior and junior sections easily and took first and second individual places in each; our cross-country runners put a great deal of effort into the Powell Cup Race and were rewarded with first place; again at rugby we won nearly every match throughout the School and this increased our lead immensely.
Unfortunately the athletics result was not so happy for us. This was mainly the fault of our fourth and fifth year boys who could not be bothered to turn up for standards, and this let us down badly in the final totals. In swimming we came much closer to Priory than expected and were, in fact, only just beaten into second place. With just another cricket match to complete our position is invincible.
Besides the many people who joined, when asked, in various games and activities, there are a few I should like to thank especially; Bradley, for outstanding play in all the major games; Bishop and Johncock, who were willing to try anything and everything when asked; and J. McMahon and his third form colleagues who made a success of everything they entered.
Finally, I should like to express my thanks to Mr. Jacques and the other masters in Frith, and wish you all the best of luck in next year's House competitions.
J. M. DAVIDSON.
This year has been a much better one for Park. Although still handicapped by a considerable poverty of talent, a commendable show of vigour and enthusiasm has at last lifted us from the position at the bottom of the House Championship which we have monopolised for so long.
It is significant that although placed last in actual Sports Day events our high score in standard points enabled us to achieve second place in athletics. A similar pattern can be seen in the results of other sports; almost invariably our victories were the result of concerted team effort rather than individual skill. Throughout the year time and time again our determination has beaten the teams of other Houses apparently much stronger in individual talent.
Although the improvement to third position is an achievement not to be underestimated we cannot afford now to relax our efforts. Future prospects look distinctly brighter than they have done for some time, for although this year we shall Jose many of our best senior boys, our junior contingent promises extremely well. Combined with the sort of enthusiasm which has been awakened this year these improved resources can only result in further improvement in our position in the House Championship, but if enthusiasm should falter they will only go to waste.
I should like to thank everybody in the House who has contributed to this year's efforts, especially those who have helped in the organization and training of teams, and in particular Borley and Gray whose labours have been unceasing.
G. R. EMES.
Once again we have to congratulate Frith on winning the House Championship. At the time of writing the cricket matches have yet to be played, but except for the swimming sports and athletics which we won most convincingly we have had to be content with second place behind Frith in a]] the other competitions. This has, however, been a fairly successful year, and if it were not for the lack of skill, not the lack of keenness I might add, of the Lower School I feel that we should have topped the Championship quite easily.
The senior and intermediate sections have been very efficient and have done much to put us in our present high position. Their efforts in football, rugby and athletics have been especially gratifying, not only for the results achieved, but also for the way in which they so readily turned out at a moment's notice on man y occasions. It is difficult to single out any one person for praise, but I feel that Jones deserves a special mention for his untiring work in both gymnastics and athletics. In the latter, particularly, he was an inspiration to us all, and fully deserved his award of the Senior Championship.
Looking at the prospects for next year I think the House will have to make an all-out effort to maintain its present position, but if everyone pulls his weight and really appreciates the fact that he is a member of Priory House I feel success will be obtained.
Finally I should like to thank Mr. Kcndall for his support and hard work over the last year, and I wish next year's House Captain the best of luck.
Result of House Championship
1st Frith 341⅓ points.
2nd Priory 299 points.
3rd Park 217⅓ points.
4th Astor 142⅓ points.
The Parents' Association
Chairman: Mr. L. Tutthill, 75 Barton Road, Dover.
Hon. Secretary and Treasurer: Mr. D. F. Grosse, 76 Mount Road, Dover.
Committee: Dover: Mrs. Bishop, Mrs. Campbell, Mrs. Sandcrs, 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 rose to 578 during the year 1963-64. So far, this is the highest figure reached but still leaves room for improvement. The more members there are, the greater the funds, and the more the Association can do for the School.
This year, approximately £120 has been spent on items provided by the Association for the School and the services of the Association have been evident at the Concert and Film Show, School Play, Sports Day, New Parents' Evenings and will be prominent at the School Fête.
Whilst on the subject of the School Fête, the response to the appeal for offers of help has been quite staggering and it is nice to know that all members are 'active' ones.
The Chairman and Committee thank parents for their co-operation and support and look forward to a full attendance at the Annual General Meeting to be held on the 8th October, 1964, at 7.00 p.m.
D. F. GROSSE,
Hon. Secretary- Treasurer.