Naval Children's School Magazine 1951  

           contributed by   John Walker

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                    From the Editors' Desk 3   Ave atque Vale 4   Staff Changes 4   Examination Results 5   School Notes 6

                    Visit of His Excellency The Governor 7   The Christmas Concert 1950 7   An Uncomfortable Experience 8  

                    On the Naval Children's School Ghost 9   School in Germany 9   Walking the Plank 10  Personal Encounter 10

                     The Care, Maintenance and Use of a Box Camera 11   Sicily 1951 12   A Week-end at Gozo 13

                    The Kingfisher 13   Spring 14   Autumn 14   Misapplied Quotations 14   Football 14   Netball 15   Cricket 15

                     Competition Results 16 and 17   Cross Country Running 18   Hockey 19   Annual Athletic Sports 19

                     Combined Secondary Schools' Athletic Meeting 20    Swimming Sports and Life Saving 21   Scouts 23                    

                    First Naval School Cubs 24  Guides and Brownies 25  Drake House Notes 25   Nelson House Notes 26

                    Stephenson House Notes 26   White House Notes 27

                                                                               Printed in the Office of the British Naval Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Station


From the Editors' Desk

It is customary for a magazine to open its pages with some remarks from the pen of its Editor. We, the Editors of the Naval Children's School Magazine, although our identity may be known to but a select few, wish to attract attention to ourselves and catch your eye for Just a few moments before you become absorbed in the principal contents of this journal. Why?

We have certain views about School Magazines, although our views are not really at all extraordinary. We believe our magazine should give as faithful a picture as possible of life at the School; we believe it should be interesting and attractive ; we believe that it should serve as a medium whereby those boys and girls with a gift for writing can have some of their best work printed, and those whose gifts lie in the direction of organising can play their part in getting the magazine published. In short, if our magazine is to serve these and other purposes we think it should serve, it must be very much better than it is. (We hope you will notice that it is the Editors themselves who are saying that the product of their energy falls short of what is desirable!)

You will now begin to see what we are getting at - we are not confident that this magazine is the best that a school of nearly 1,200 children, whose ages range from 5 to 19, can produce. We think it should be of a much higher quality - we know it could be and we shall therefore work to that end.

In the first place, we propose shortly to have established an Editorial Board on which will serve several boys and girls in senior forms. With this stone we hope to kill many birds !

It has been suggested, and with the

suggestion we have much sympathy, that the magazine be published either every term or twice a year. Since the average period at the school for any boy or girl is about two years, and since what happened in January seems very stale news indeed by December, we should like to see the magazine appear more frequently than once a year.

We wish to see a higher standard achieved in the illustrations. We have several talented wielders of pen and brush (or is it carvers of lino?), and a Camera Club is now focusing the enthusiasm and talents of the School's amateur photographers.

Finally, we wish to destroy the notion that the School Magazine is something we begin to think about early in October, and then there is a mad rush to scrape together sufficient material to fill the space between the covers before the Christmas term comes to an end.

This is our challenge to you, members of the School. We are going to act. What are you going to do about it ? Can we count on your co-operation to produce a journal of which we can all be proud?

While we still have the space, we should like to announce our competition for the next issue. We offer two book prizes for the best pieces of original work submitted for publication in our next issue. (Prose or verse - not Illustrations this time.) One prize will go to the boy or girl under 12 on the 31st December, 1952, and the other to the boy or girl over 12. Closing date 15th March, 1952.

Our address, by the way (and we like receiving letters) is :—

The Editors, Naval Children's School Magazine, R.N. Children's School, Tal Handak, Malta. 

Ave atque Vale

January of this year brought a change in the hand at the helm of the School when Instructor Commander A. H. Miles,OBE RN, was relieved by Instructor Commander A. J. Bellamy,MA RN., in the post of Headmaster,

Commander Miles had had considerable experience of the School in its earlier phase as the Dockyard School before the war, so that it was fitting that he should steer it through the difficult period following the re-opening in May, 1946. The School then numbered 55 pupils and was housed in the two villas at Ta'Xbiex. As it subsequently developed under Commander Miles' guidance to 1,000 children in the present premises at Tal Handak and Verdala, it needs no words of mine to point out what a tremendous task was carried out by Commander Miles during his 44 years as Headmaster. His unsparing effort was recognised by the award of an O.B.E. in the Birthday Honours List of 1951 and on this we congratulate him heartily,

At a short ceremony on his last day at Tal Handak, Maureen Knight presented to Commander and Mrs Miles a silver Gozo boat as a token of the regard in which they were held by the children, and a similar presentation was made at Verdala. Subsequently Commander Miles spent most of his leave in Malta and left to take up an appointment at the Boys' Training Establishment, H.M.S. "Ganges", with our best wishes for a very happy commission there.

It seems a little late to say "Welcome" to Commander Bellamy as he has now been our Headmaster for close on a year. He is no longer the "new boy" that he announced himself to be when he first addressed the School. He is in fact, only too well aware of the intricacies and pitfalls involved in the smooth running of that vast organisation, the Naval Children's School. However, belated though it is, this is our first opportunity to record our

wishes that he will spend a happy commission in Malta. While there is no question of his being faced with the 1800</c expansion which occurred during Commander Miles' term of office, equally difficult problems will always be arising in a School such as ours and he need not fear stagnation. In fact, never was there an institution to which the phrase "never a dull moment" applied more aptly.


The year 1951 has seen a large number of staff changes, many arising from the Admiralty policy to give us an entirely civilian staff apart from the Headmaster and Senior Assistant Master.

In January reluctant farewells were said to Instructor Lieutenant and Mrs Mclntosh who had both been original members of the staff when the School reopened in May, 1946 and to Instructor Lieutenant B. Beresford, after four years' service. Instructor Lieutenant H. S. Peters returned to U.K. in September. Fortunately rumours current for some time that Instructor Lieutenant Parr, now our oldest inhabitant, was also to leave us have proved false as the Admiralty, it is believed, have found it impossible to find a suitable relief for him.

Two of the teachers who arrived in Malta in 1950 for three year engagements have already departed. Miss Fage. who had charge of the Infant Department at Verdala, was forced to resign on account of ill-health, and Mrs Fletcher (nee Jones) left shortly after her marriage. Other departures during the year include Mrs Straughan. Mrs Cook, Miss Churchill and Mrs Carey. All take with them our very best wishes for their "new commissions".

The policy of seconding new teachers from U.K. schools for three years has been carried a stage further and new arrivals include :—

Mr T. C. Edgell, MA, London, from the Southern Grammar School, Portsmouth (as Senior History Master!.

Mr F. H. G. Ruoff, B.Sc., (Hons.), London, also from the Southern Grammar School, as Senior Geography Master.

Miss Ilona Madorin, Miss Nancy Brittlebank and Miss Margaret Robertson, MA., all for the Infants Department at Verdala.

Mr T. E. Knight and Mr R. C. Walker to teach Maths, and Science in the Secondary Modern School.

Other new recruits to the staff include :—

Mrs Britton and Mrs Winterbottom, Mrs White, Mrs Betty Smith, BA. (Hons.), London, as Latin specialist, Mrs Edgell. Mrs Meredith, BA. (Hons.), Bristol, Mrs Austin and Mrs Gully, BSc., (Hons.) Bristol. Valuable help has also been given during periods of sickness by Mrs Shaw. Mrs Roper and Mrs Johnston.

The teaching staff of the two Schools now numbers 42, a number which will soon prove inadequate if the number of Children attending the schools continues to increase as it has done during 1951.


The familiar titles "School Certificate" and "Higher" now belong to the past. The old examinations were abolished at the end of 1950 and have been replaced by a new examination called the General Certificate of Education in which papers are set at various levels. At the ordinary level, the papers are of the same standard as the old School Certificate papers and the pass mark is approximately that of the old "credit". The advanced level papers two years work beyond the ordinary level differ little as yet from the old "Higher" papers.

One big difference between the new and the old certificates is that everyone can now get a certificate by passing in at least one subject. The certificate records the subjects in which passes are obtained, whereas previously a certificate was issued only if five subjects were passed. Potential employers are not likely, however, to be impressed by certificates recording only one or two passes.

At the same time, the requirements for Matriculation exemption have been increased, and to achieve this, it is now necessary to pass advanced level papers. The old distinction mark has also been abolished.

In the U.K. a major bone of contention has been the fact that nobody may take the examination under the age of 16. Here in Malta no such age limit applies and some of our candidates this year have been able to get a jump ahead of their contemporaries in England by sitting while still under 16. Indeed the best results in the Ordinary level papers were obtained by Robin Leale, who was 15.

Detailed examination results are as follows :—

Oxford School Certificate - December 1950 Audrey Twelves, 5 credits G.C.E. (Advanced) - July, 1951 Prudence Beaumont-Hembrow, passes in English, French and Art.

David Thomas, passes in Pure and Applied Mathematics and Physics.

G.C.E. (Ordinary) - July, 1951 Robin Leale, 8 passes. Jennifer Cock, 6 passes. Railton Williams, 6 passes and Oral French. Sheila Hall, 5 passes and Oral French. Denis Bradshaw, 5 passes. Stuart Pearce, 4 passes. Jacqueline Hoskin, 4 passes. Susan Burt 4 passes arid Oral French. John Gimblett, 4 passes. Roslyn Campbell-Watson, 4 passes. Joan Hopkins, 3 passes. Patricia Gavin, 3 passes. Patricia Carpenter, 2 passes. Barbara Rolls 2 passes.

Only one candidate at each of ordinary and advanced levels failed to pass in any subject

Other examination results :•—

British Council Prize Essay Competition

Prudence Beaumont-Hembrow, 2nd Prize

Dockyard Apprentices Entry Examination

John Gimblett 2nd

Clive Ferrier 6th

Michael Bloom 80th

John Henley 80th

Michael Rees 120th

David Grieg 135th


School Notes

New appointments as Head Boy and Head Girl were made by the Headmaster in September. Joseph Palmer and Rosemary Davenport were the first pupils to hold these offices.

Prefects during the Spring and Summer terms were David Thomas, Clive Enevoldsen, Joseph Palmer, Raymond Fewtrell, Denis Bradshaw, David Palmer, Railton Williams, Robin Leale, Maureen Knight, Prudence Beaumont-Hembrow, Cynthia Beavis, Rosemary Davenport, Jean Elford, Jennifer Cock, Cynthia Seymour and Patricia Gavin.

The following became prefects in September :—

John Mallon, Stuart Pearce, Colin Hammond, Anthony Overton, Sheila Hall, Dorna Bayliss, Joan Hopkins, Patricia Carpenter and Susan Burt.

The following Admiralty lecturers visited the School during the year and addressed audiencies which normally consisted of 5th and 6th forms :—

Dr. Andrew Brown on "Korea".

Dr. A. B. Childs on "Experiments with Light" and "Drama".

Professor J. G. Bullocke on "European Affairs" and "Life at Sea in Nelson's Day".

Brigadier Bowerman on "India" and "China".

Major Max Vivier on "France To-day".

We were visited in March by Miss Gwilliam, on the Educational Staff of the Secretary of State for the Colonies.

At the beginning of the Summer term the running of the Tuck Shop was taken over by Form 3M, under the guidance of Lieutenant Peters. The new firm achieved a record profit in its first term of operations.

A Secondary School library was opened in the Summer term on the ground floor of the Administrative Block. The library is well stocked with fiction and reference

books and is open during every lunch hour. The members of Form 4G act as librarians. A Junior School library has also been formed in 4aJ class room.

A major development in the life of the school has been the provision of late transport every evening to enable children who so wish to stay until 5 p.m. This has given impetus to the Art Club, Needlework and Puppet Clubs, Dramatic Society and Music and Dancing Circles, all of which had previously to function in the very crowded lunch hour.

School visits by one or more classes have been made to the Government Farm, the Roman Villa at Rabat, the Governor's Palace in Valletta, the Rediffusion Studios, Calder's Brewery and the Hypogeum.

The numbers attending the two schools have increased from 1010 at the beginning of the year to about 1190 at the time of going to press. Approximately 660 are at Tal Handak and 530 at Verdala.

Mr Fuller an Old Boy of the school visited us in July and talked to Forms 3G and 3M about his experiences in hitchhiking to Malta across Europe.

About 150 children visited the Malta Amateur Dramatic Club's summer production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream". There could be no more perfect setting for this play than the grounds of San Anton Gardens with the Palace buildings behind. It was greatly enjoyed by all and we are much indebted to the Club for arranging a special performance for the School.

Work on the hall at Tal Handak was completed in the Summer holidays when a new gymnasium floor was laid. The old floor of wooden blocks had cracked very badly, but this was a blessing in disguise, as it was unsuitable for gymnasium work. We now await the arrival from England of more gymnastic apparatus.

The fourth block at Verdala School which until this year had been used as a store and previously as a prison, was taken over by the School and so far three classrooms have been brought into use. Further rooms will, it is hoped, come into service next year as soon as the work of demolishing the old cell walls is complete.

It is hoped to provide hot mid-day meals at Verdala School early in 1952, thus avoiding the awkward bus journeys to and from the Corradino Canteen.

Open days were held in the Autumn term, having been postponed from the Summer term owing to cases of Poliomyelitis. Tal Handak was invaded on two afternoons and Verdala on one by several hundreds of parents. This year there were no displays of any sort to interfere with the prime objective of Open Day, that parents should meet and get to know members of the staff. There is no doubt that this type of Open Day proved most successful. Even without any distractions some members of the staff found it extremely difficult to meet all the parents who wished to see them, and it was a very jaded staff who came to school after the Open Days, so that the half-term holiday which followed was more than usually welcome.

Visit of His Excellency the Governor to Tal Handak School

On Friday, 16th March, His Excellency The Governor and Lady Creasy visited Tal Handak. On arrival Sir Gerald and Lady Creasy were met by the Headmaster and the Fleet Instructor Officer. The distinguished visitors visited all the classrooms where pupils were at work and the staff were presented to them. This was followed by a visit to the Dining Halls where senior girls were busily helping the infants with their meals. Meanwhile the remainder of the School was lining the School drive to say farewell to Sir Gerald and Lady Creasy who drove away to three very loud cheers.

We are now looking forward to His Excellency's promised visit to Verdala School.


The Christmas Concert 1950

The Christmas Concert was held in the new hall on two successive days. Before the curtain went up Commander Miles spoke a few words to the many guests and said how sorry he was to be shortly leaving. The first half of the programme was devoted to the Infants and Juniors who delighted everyone with their spontaneity. I do not think it is any exaggeration to say that every child from this section of the school played some part on the stage.

The curtain went up on "The Fairy who Lost her Star", a delightful sketch by the Infants. The Juniors then gave a series of sketches which showed a variety of talent; the first was a display of Modern Movement, this was followed by a Nativity Play in which the younger Juniors took part. The three Kings were specially worthy of notice as they spoke out well, bringing their gifts to the Babe of Bethlehem to the accompaniment of carols.

Two action songs "The Teddy Bears' Picnic" and "The Saucy Sailor", were next on the programme. In these the Juniors showed their dramatic skill. I think a word here is due to the parents who cooperated nobly in the preparation of the most effective costumes. The same can be said of the sketch of "Old King Cole".

The Senior girls' choir sang extracts from "The Flower of Bethlehem". This fine performance was a fitting reward for many dinner hours' practice.

After a short interval, there came the last item on the programme - "Robinson Crusoe" a pantomime, the scenes of which were mostly laid on board the good ship "Tal Handak". I do not think it would be amiss to mention that this show was organised in record time as the delayed opening of the School had at one time almost made it seem that an entertainment at Christmas would be impossible.


                                                                                                             Old King Cole            (Photo by Malcolm Shykles added)

The pantomime atmosphere was preserved by the very creditable acting of the Demon King, the Dame and the Principal Boy. These parts were taken by Robin Leale, Joseph Palmer and June Kester respectively. The rest of the cast, Sailors, Native Girls, Cannibals and last but not least, Man Friday, all contributed in no mean way to the success of the production.

In conclusion, a very great deal of credit must be given to those pupils and staff who worked behind the scenes, with the result that the whole show went off without any hitch.

An Uncomfortable Experience

When we reached Port Said in September, 1948, we went straight to our flat, which Daddy had already obtained for us. It was a large, roomy flat, and we were all very pleased with it. Then rumours about it reached us.

There had been, we heard, a murder committed in the flat, and we were the first people to have taken it since the murder had been committed ten years ago. It seemed that a Jewess had lived there, and she kept an Arab servant - a rather strange combination for the Jews and Arabs are by no means friendly as a rule. However this seemed to be the exception to the rule, until one night, about two o'clock in the morning, a knock was heard on the door, and the woman, hearing that it was her servant, opened the door, thinking there was something wrong. Her servant chopped off her head with a hatchet.

On hearing this story, we were rather peturbed at first, but we decided not to let it worry us, and the incident was more or less forgotten. However, we were not to be left in peace, and we were to have two rather bad scares before we really did forget the" incident.

The first scare was not really very bad, but it was enough to set our imaginations working. One evening one of my sisters and I were sitting down in the dining room doing our homework, waiting for the

rest of the family to come in, and I heard a key being turned in the lock. I did not say anything, but mentally told myself that the family had returned. Minutes passed and no one came in, so I thought I had been mistaken. Margaret, however, had heard the same thing and had deduced the same answer from it. She voiced her thoughts, and we were really worried when the sound was heard again, We knew that it could not be Mummy and Daddy and the other children, as we usually heard them coming up the stairs. The person outside was trying to be as quiet as possible. We sat rooted to our seats, hardly daring to breathe. At last the noise ceased and we heard someone walk softly downstairs.

An hour later, the family returned and treated our story as a joke, though I believe Mummy was worried at the time. It so happened that that night Daddy was on duty, and so our fears were increased. (Before I go on with the story, I must mention that we had acquired a new Sudanese servant a few days before, and as he could speak no English, we had rather a difficult time with him, especially over trying to tell him at what time he was to come the following morning.) I did not sleep very well that night, and was awakened at four o'clock in the morning by Mummy, who was calling for me out in the corridor. Once in the corridor I nearly died of fright. Our servant and two other Sudanese were standing there. At that moment my mind was revolving around one thought - the story of the murder. How we managed to get them out I will never know. Our servant turned up again at seven o'clock with another friend, who could speak English. It seemed that the poor servant had mistaken the time he was to come.

Needless to say, we got rid of him, and lived in terror for the next few days. However, we received no more scares and for the rest of our stay in Port Said we had no cause to feel dissatisfied with the flat.

Rosemary Davenport Upper Vlth


On the Naval Children's School Ghost

Have you ever met the ghost or spirit which seems to haunt the Naval Children's School, Tal Handak ? (I do not know whether the same one or another haunts Verdala as well.) It is far from the usual type of ghost which generally wanders about at night, through locked doors and thick walls, making eerie noises and sounds like rushing winds.

This school ghost haunts the School mostly during the day. Some haunting, also, is done at night. It has a flair for removing property from their poor owners. How often have I heard the remark that "I left it on my desk a few moments ago and now it has gone". Which means the ghost has been at its pranks again.

Whether or not there is only one ghost at the School I do not know and I have yet to find out, but some ghost seems to go home in the School Bus with somt children and during the night takes some book out of the owner's case and travels back to school next morning, so that when the unfortunate (or as I sometimes think, fortunate) child is present at lessons, he or she has to tell the master or mistress that it must be at home, although they remember putting it in their cases before they left.

Another ghost is able to make rubbers and many other objects move across from one side of the room to the other, and there is another which removes garments from pegs or from the backs of chairs and takes them to other classrooms where no-one ever thinks of looking for them.

Many other pranks are performed by these ghosts, but this is just to warn teachers that it is REALLY not the children's fault but the unpleasant ghosts'.  Prudence Morgan Form V Grammar

School in Germany

The only British school in Germany in 1947, was a boarding school for all

English children over 11 years of age. It was "Prince Rupert School", at Wilhelmshaven, formerly a naval base. The school had its own railway line which was attached to the main line about half a mile away. There were five houses, Howe, Drake, Collingwood and Matthew. Nelson was the Dining Room which had the Headmaster's flat above. Churchill was the Assembly Hall, the foundation stone of which had been laid by Miss Mary Churchill.

The houses were arranged in blocks and in each house, the boys slept upstairs and the girls downstairs. There were no more than four in a bedroom. At the top of the house was a common room. No person was allowed in another house without permission. In each house there were two house-mistresses and a house-master; the house matrons slept downstairs in their respective houses but the school matron had a flat near the sick-bay.

Lessons took place in the morning and three times a week in the evening. In the afternoons organised activities took place; there were games twice a week and on other afternoons, pupils went to the different clubs in which they were interested, such as riding, music, dramatics, Guides, Scouts, handwork and a variety of others. On Saturday afternoons house matches took place and all the school went by bus to watch as the games were played on a field about a quarter of an hour's ride away.

On Saturday evenings each house in turn gave a social in the Hall. When there was no social, a school dance was held. At Christmas, juniors and seniors were given a party by the Headmaster. On Sunday morning everyone went to church and after that they had the day to themselves; no prep to bother about because that was done every evening in the classrooms under the eye of a prefect. On Sunday evenings, gramophone recitals were sometimes given in the Hall or games were played in the House common-room.

Owing to the fact that the school was located far from the pupils' homes, surrounded by a civilian populace whose friendliness was very doubtful, movement outside the school grounds was extremely limited ; it was therefore necessary to live a very communal life within the school. I can now see that this must have thrown a very heavy burden on the teachers, who, as usual, responded nobly.

Ann Goodger  Form V Grammar

Walking the Plank

This does not involve pirates, it is merely a tale concerning a number of girls who tried to walk the plank. The scene is a co-ed school, rather ancient and only a few minutes walk from Clarence Wharf in Gosport. A number of planks and nearly submerged logs lie a few inches from the shore, which are left high and dry when the tide goes out.

Going to school on a rainy morning is not a pleasant experience but once there, the fun begins. It was just such a morning in the Autumn term of my second year at the Grammar School—I am not always a law abiding scholar and this rainy Wednesday morning was one of my lawless days.

Wearing our coats and berets, six or seven of my class mates and I strolled down to Clarence Wharf during the morning break. This was not then out of bounds but since my escapade it is. The tide was in and so our favourite log was half submerged. This was rather disconcerting since we normally sat on it : but the rather dismal state of affairs was v soon altered'. A certain young schoolgirl dared someone to walk along the log. One would go if another went first, was the retort. I volunteered joyfully. Carefully, I stepped onto the log, and, balancing precariously on the none too safe surface I began my promenade; arriving half-way, I asked someone to follow. They did but too heartily.

The log swayed from side to side as we walked along. I had reached the end and was turning to come back when it wobbled violently. I lost my footing, plunged into the icy water and it was now I who was half-submerged. I managed to clamber out, losing my school beret in the effort (four and sixpence they cost too) but it was with trepidation that our solemn little troop returned to the school buildings. The Senior Mistress met us in the front porch. Honoured were we not by being met by the Senior Mistress ?

Alas, she did not regard it as a pleasure. She was shocked beyond words and hurried me into the Staff Room where I was stripped of my wet clothes and put into bed. Someone was sent to my home to inform my parents and fetch some fresh clothes. At the. end of morning school I went home and elaborated the information which my parents had already received.

I would like to add, that if anyone should find a green beret with a galleon badge, would they please return it to me.

Thank You.  Angela Small  Form V Grammar

Personal Encounter

The octopus is generally 'regarded as a dangerous creature, but it is only after a personal encounter that one realises the deadliness of this dweller of the deep.

During my 1950 Summer vacation some friends and I decided to set up a five day camp on the seashore in the area of Fort Maddalena. After the usual bustle of settling-in had died down, when the campers had tired of the novelty of camp cooking, swimming and under-water fishing came into their own. It was during one of those fishing periods that I came into close contact with an octopus.

Whilst slowly swimming round with a home made harpoon in my hand, I spied what appeared to be an octopus resting on the bottom. Without further ado, I dived down and speared it. The harpoon went straight through it and it appeared to be dazed for a moment from shock. Then, to my horror it started to pull itself up the shaft of my harpoon by its tentacles. I was petrified with fear for what seemed to me to be a lifetime but what was in reality only a second or two. When I had gathered my senses, I dropped the harpoon and surfaced, praying that my legs would not come in contact with the octopus on the way up. To my profound relief, I made the shore, poorer by one harpoon but richer in experience.

From this little experience, my advice to all swimmers is : if you sight an octopus, let the fact that you have seen one suffice, and seek safer waters.

Colin Hammond  Form V Grammar

The Care, Maintenance and Use of a Box Camera

Most of the readers of this magazine possess a camera, that can give them very good results en quite a wide range of subjects. At this most of them will protest mentally. "Oh no," they will say, "I hav'n't. all I have got is a box camera." This, however is the instrument indicated, as the ideas of most young box camera owners are simple and incorrect.

All you have to do, they believe, is to ask for a 620 film, put it in the camera, (and that is done more by luck than good management) wave the camera about, until you catch a glimpse of your subject in the little tiny window and press the trigger. Quite simple, isn't it ? And what sort or results are obtained ? Not so hot as a rule. As records of Mum and Dad in an awkward looking pose with frozen "cheese" on their faces they are possibly passable, but as pictures they are hopeless and the purpose of this article is to teach young camera users how to handle a camera.

In the first case, a camera needs proper care and attention if it is to yield good results. You can probably all produce snaps showing a lovely set of little black dots or pinholes on them ; this is caused by the dust inside the camera settling on the negative. So obtain a fairly large, soft paint brush (not from the Art Room) and carefully dust the inside of the camera paying special attention to the corners, This done, shut the camera and keep it shut even when it does not contain a film. This dusting, by the way, should be done every time you change the spool.

Next comes the lens. This should, of course, never be touched with the fingers. If there is any dust on it, remove it very gently with the corner of a handkerchief or with the tip of your paint brush. Never polish the lens even if it has some dust still on it; a small amount does not matter.

As for the outside of the camera, the black leather parts can be cleaned with black boot polish and the chrome parts with "Windowlene".

Now for the films. The normal film used in box cameras is 620 size Selochrome or Verichrome. These are both good films for normal subjects but if you are going to take any photographs on a dull day, buy a spool of "Ilford" H.P. 3 in the same size. This is a faster film and will give better results in a poor light. Always load the film carefully and make -sure 'it is running straight on to the other .spool, before closing the back.

Wind the film to number- 1 and you are ready for the first picture. Now, instead of lining up your subjects like victims to be shot, try, to get them looking interesting. Have one of them doing something, with the others looking at him or her. Don't get them gaping straight at the lens but away from you. It will look far more natural. Another point is "smiling"; if you tell most people you are going to take their picture they put on their camera smile ; usually an inane grin with a face full of teeth. So don't tell them about .it, catch them unawares while they are looking interested in something and the print will look far more like the subject. Try and get an attractive background as well, not a distracting mess but something plain ; the sky and sea are the best natural backgrounds. The sun is another thing to watch, don't get it behind or directly in front of your object but rather shining at them from the side front. "The sun off your shoulder" is the way to remember it.

If you note and follow these points, your prints should improve. Of course, there is far more than this in producing a good picture, but these points should help you to produce better snaps.

One last point is the way to hold the camera. Don't wave it round in mid air. about two feet from you, and then savagely jab the button. Press it to your tummy and hold your breath, then steadily squeeze the trigger and watch your subject to see that the horizon is level and don't let telegraph poles or trees grow out of Mum's head—it does not suit her.

So bear these points in mind next time you take a picture, then compare your results with previous snaps ; if there is not an improvement come and tell me. Happy Shooting.  Anthony Overton Form V Grammar

Sicily, 1951

For nine long months we of the late Fifth Form worked well in preparation for the General Certificate Examination - only to find that the total time spent in taking the exam was less than two whole days. The exam over, there followed a month of anxiety during which we waited the results. At last they came and our elation at passing exceeded any previous doubts or fears experienced during the seemingly endless period of waiting.

To celebrate the great occasion, and also two greater events—the anniversaries of my parents' births—the family decided to take a trip to Sicily.

The day we arrived at Syracuse, we deposited our baggage at our hotel and took a stroll along the main street. Sicily, like Malta, being a land of sunshine, the

rain absolutely poured down ; and, incidentally, the rain was not the only thing that soaked us. But, nevertheless, we enjoyed the walk, and, after an excellent dinner, we went to bed.

Next day we walked around Syracuse "looking at the shops", and, as I suggested above, we found the prices were extremely high. After lunch we had a really enjoyable experience—we went by train to Taormina. This was the first train we had been in since we spent a holiday in England two years ago, and the trip was really a change from travelling in Messrs. Gasan's and Sultana's buses.

Taormina is a really beautiful spot, and we made the most of our time there, walking round and enjoying the wonderful scenery. We could see Mount Etna in the distance, and the undulating country so very different from this island gem. We visited the Teatro Greco which is a great affair comparing favourably, in size, with many London theatres. The public gardens too, are very fine, and we were sorry when we had to leave.

Back in Syracuse we met a very friendly Italian guide who had lived for some years in Malta, and he took us to the Roman Theatre outside the city. Next to the theatre is a great cavern which was used by a certain Roman general as a prison. It is shaped like an ear, and the accoustics are such that the general, when listening through a hole at the top, could hear every word that the prisoners spoke. It is said that he kept only a dozen prisoners at a time in this vast place so that he could recognise each voice. Finally, we visited the simple cathedral, built on the site of an old pagan temple. It was the second church to be built after Christ's followers were first called Christians at Antioch.

Our friend the guide told me that I should remember these ancient monuments all my life. There is another thing I shall remember too—the delicious clear soup served with little macaroni "wheels" and grated cheese. The dish is very filling and would do credit to Lewis Carroll's mock turtle.

One thing that impressed itself upon our memories was that Sicily, one of the defeated countries at the end of the war, has made great progress. Shops and houses have been rebuilt and very few battle scars are still visible. This is a fine record which should be copied elsewhere and if we ever return to Sicily, which we hope to do, it will be with the expectation of- seeing that country even nearer full recovery.

R. C. Williams  Lower Vlth

A Week-End at Gozo

Mrs Colsell rents a house at a small village called Marsalforn in Gozo. Last Summer, she very kindly said that some of us could spend a week-end there if we wished. On Friday, June the twenty-ninth, Ann Hugman, Gillian Trenhaile, Angela Norman and myself, accompanied by Miss Leppard, left Malta by the ferry-boat "Bancinu" to spend the week-end there. We were all carrying bags in which were tins of food, swimming costumes and various other things.

Marsalforn is on the sea front and the village spreads round a small bay from where the fishing boats set out. There is no electricity in the whole village so oil lamps are used.

As soon as we arrived, we laid the table for tea and then, because the sea looked so inviting, we went for a swim. Unfortunately Gillian was in such a hurry to get into the water that she cut her foot on a rock.

The next day we went for an early swim to gain an appetite for breakfast, and later, leaving Miss Leppard who was painting a view of the bay, we went for a walk taking our lunch and swimming costumes with us. We soon came to another small bay where we swam, had lunch and sunbathed, and Angela took some photographs of us. On our way back to the house, we saw a woman making lace and it was most interesting to watch her.

That evening we set the alarm clock to go off at about half past eleven so we could go for a midnight swim. Of course when the alarm went off, no one felt like going, but once we were in the sea, it was marvellous, the water being quite warm although it looked so cold and black. We were going to take a hurricane lamp with us but as it would not work we took a torch which we left on the rocks while we were swimming.

The next morning, we were rudely awakened by a dog barking on the sea shore. After breakfast we went for a very long walk along the shore to Ramla Bay. Sometimes the rocks were too steep to cross, so we walked over the hill slopes, passing through fields in which were growing blackberries, apples, oranges, pomegranates and grape vines. After our swim at this bay we took a short cut back to Marsalforn and after lunch we packed our bags and tidied the house. We then walked into the village to catch the bus to Rabat from where we went to Mgarr where we took the ferry back to Malta after having had a very enjoyable weekend due to the kindness of Mrs Colsell and also to Miss Leppard who accompanied us.

Pauline Parrack  Form V Grammar

The Kingfisher

He dives and swoops in the water clear He hunts for fish in pond and mere ;

His breast is many colours bright Of red, blue, green and a speck of white

His nest is near the water's edge,

In hiding on a cosy ledge, And growing near are lilac trees

Where cluster swarms of busy bees.

Sheila Senior Form IIAM


Spring once more has come along

And I can hear the birds' sweet song ; All the flowers have something new

Of green and gold and every hue. Blue skies are here and snow is past,

The green is springing up at last; The trees that are so very bare

Will soon have garments green and fair.

E. M. Stonehouse Form IVJ Verdala


The autumn leaves are falling, The weather is getting cold : The trees in the apple orchard Now are turning gold. Jack Frost will soon be coming, As Christmas time draws near ; The flowers will all be sleeping So that they cannot hear.

J. Cobley Form IAJ Verdala

Misapplied Quotations

RAY'S IDEAL COMMONWEALTH "No occupation; all men idle; and
women too". (The Tempest)

EXAMINATION CANDIDATES  "Some malady is coming on us : we
await our destiny". (T. S. Eliot)

MATHS "Ceaseless intrigue, combinations of unendurable problems". (T. S. Eliot)

STAFF DISCUSSING EXAMINATION  CANDIDATES  "Pondering the qualities that we
lacked". (T. S. Eliot)

HEADMASTER  "So rare a wonder'd father, and wise makes this place paradise." (The Tempest) 

CHANGE OF LESSONS "One tramped at a rat's pace One crawled like a snail".

(Christina Rossetti)

HOUSE MATCHES  "Horribly stuffed with epithets of war" (Shakespeare)

ARRIVAL OF SCHOOL REPORT "O wonderful son, that can so astonish a mother". (Shakespeare)

MR. W "When he lifts up his voice, he says something - definitely something".

(Sir Thomas Beecham)

MR.G  "He trudged along, unknowing what he sought, and whistled as he went, for want

of thought". (Dryden)


"They have been to a great feast of languages and stolen the scraps".


12.20 P.M. "The Tocsin of the soul - the dinner bell". (Byron)

SCHOOL DINNER "Oh horrible, Oh, horrible, most horrible". (Hamlet)

MEN'S STAFF ROOM "Infinite riches in a little room". (Henry V)

THE PREFECTS "and some have greatness thrust upon them."  (Twelfth Night)

OCTOBER'S WEATHER   "......the soft refreshing rain". (Harvest Festival Hymn)

THE MORNING ASSEMBLY HYMN "Never did I hear so musical a discord, such sweet thunder" .(Midsummer Night's Dream)


  • Football — 1950-51 Season 

  • Although there has been no apparent improvement in the quality of our football there has been a great increase in the number of players. On some Saturday mornings at Manoel Island we have had 100 senior boys and half that number of juniors taking part in exciting matches from 9 o'clock until 12 noon. In addition, several inter-form matches were played on the Tal Handak ground during the midday interval. Great credit is due to all the masters who regularly referee and supervise these games. 

                                     ( Photo from David Spear added)

    The House Championship was in three parts ; two in the Autumn Term and one in the Spring Term so that the final placings were based on nine matches. The conflicts were fast and keen with the championship in doubt until the very end. Nelson eventually held the first position leading Stephenson by one point. White were always dangerous and their third position was a sound one. Drake had very few senior boys and their struggle was particularly hard.

  •                                                                                                        Results in the Combined Secondary Schools' League

  • Seminary Lost 4-0

    St. Albert's Lost 8-0

    Imriehel Technical Lost 9-0
    De La Salle Lost 5-0

    Lyceum Lost 10-3

    Stella Marls Lost 5-0

    This is only the second season that we have entered a School team in the local Maltese League and the experiment has been far from successful. Results have been worse this season mainly due to the loss of our goalscoring forwards and goalkeeper of the previous year. However the high scores against us are not indicative of the balance of play. It is hoped this season to play more matches on our ground as the quality of the local grounds leaves much to be desired. The Maltese boys with constant daily practice on these hard fast grounds have abundant energy, are much quicker on the ball, have a fondness for dribbling and shoot at every opportunity. There are lessons to be learnt from these observations. Regular members were Chambers, Hammond, Hayston, Wilson J, Owen, Nicholson, Nettlefold and Warr.

    School Colours for football were awarded to Joseph Palmer, Raymond Fewtrell, Colin Hammond and Michael Chambers.

    Netball — 1950-51 Season

    Netball practice began at the beginning of the Autumn Term and was played enthusiastically until Easter. The four houses had a day each week in which to select and train a team, and after Christmas there were keenly fought contests for House Champion. Drake House won every match and thus gained six points, Stephenson was second with three points, Nelson third with two points and White fourth with one point.

    We took three teams to the Convent of the Sacred Heart, but failed to score a win in either the home or away games. Our teams played valiantly, but lacked the skill and combination shown by the opposing side.

    Our first team was more successful against the Kalafrana W.R.N.S. and the Whitehall W.R.N.S. We played two matches against each of these teams, and won all of them.

    This year we are having School practice on Thursday evenings, and hope to give a more polished performance in our future matches.


    The time available for cricket in the Summer Term was limited by the late finish to athletics and by the claims of Certificate examinations. The usual programme of House matches was carried through, but only one School match was played. .

    White House pulled off the House Cricket Championship by winning all three of their games. Nelson House was second and Stephenson may be accounted unlucky to finish with three losses to their credit



    We publish in this issue the winning translation of Charles d'Orlean's "Rondeau".

    A number of illustrations were submitted, all of which had artistic merit but many of which failed to bring out the contrast between Winter and Spring as A. Overton has done so strikingly.

    The translation proved more difficult than had been anticipated, entries being few. Perhaps Christina Davenport's attempt showed the highest poetic feeling, but the winning translation by Susan Burt is very much more faithful to the wording of the original.

    Book prizes have been awarded to the winning competitors. We hope to repeat this type of competition in some future issue of the magazine.


    Le temps a laisse son manteau De vent, de froidure et de pluie, Et s'est vetu de broderie

     De soleil luisant, clair et beau.

    II n'y a bSte ni oiseau Qu'en son jargon ne chante ou crie : Le temps a laisse son manteau

    De vent, de froidure et de pluie.

    Riviere, fontaine et ruisseau ; Portent en livree jolie Gouttes d'argent d'orfevrerie ; Chacun s'habille de nouveau

    Le temps a laisse son manteau De vent, de froidure et de pluie, Et s'est vgtu de broderie De soleil luisant, clair et beau.

    Charles d'Orleans (1391 - 1465.)



    Return of Spring

    The Earth has shed its mantle Of wind and cold and rain, And donned a gleaming garment Of sunshine once again.

    There is no beast or bird But chants the same refrain : The Earth has shed its mantle Of wind and cold and rain.

    The rivers, streams and fountains In beauteous iivery Of jewelled silver droplets Dress each in finery.

    The Earth has shed its mantle Of wind and cold and rain, And donned a gleaming garment Of sunshine once again.

    Susan Mary Burt  Form V Grammar

     [cricket continued]

    as on two occasions they lost by the narrow margin of only two runs.

    It is noticeable that more names than usual appear in the records of those boys making substantial contributions to their House score or helping to bowl out the opposition. This is a healthy sign as in the past the cricket has been rather dominated by one or two outstanding boys.

    The one School match was played against St. Angelo XI at Corradino. St. Angelo, batting first, were dismissed for 117. After the School had lost three wickets for 37 runs, Fewtrell and Lt. Wren joined In a stand which took the score past the St. Angelo total and had produced 118 runs when both batsmen retired, Fewtrell having scored 56 and Lt. Wren 54. The School's final score was 192 for 9 wickets, Mr Green retiring after scoring 21.

    Several of our boys joined forces with St. Michael's College to form a combined side which played matches against the R.A.M.C., the Royal Malta University and the Malta Union of Teachers.

    House Match Results

    JUNE, 16th

    Nelson beat Drake by 10 wickets.

    Drake 60 for 7 wickets (Owen 20, J. Wilson 5 wickets).

    Nelson 66 for 0 wickets.

    D. .Thomas 29 not out, R. Fewtrell 31 not out.

    White beat Stephenson by 2 runs.

    White 58 all out (P. Bowyer 19, F. Evans 21, J. Palmer 7 for 34).

    Stephenson 56 all out (J. Palmer 43, R. Leale 8 for 21).

    JUNE, 23rd

    Drake beat Stephenson by 7 wickets.

    Stephenson 69 for 6 wickets (P. Baker 19).

    Drake 71 for 3 wickets (M. Calcutt 34, J. Gimblett 19, P. Evans 18).

    White beat Nelson by 40 runs.

    White 114 for 7 wickets (P. Bowyer 22, C. Hammond 45).

    Nelson74 all out (R. Fewtrell 54, R. Leale 6 for 42).

    JUNE, 30th

    Nelson beat Stephenson by 2 runs.

    Nelson 64 all out (J. Wilson 17).

    Stephenson 62 all out (P. Baker 25, A. Overton 13, R Fogden 13, R. Fewtrell 6 for 19).

    JULY, 7th

    White beat Drake by 80 runs. White 115 for 6 wickets (C. Hammond 40 not out, M. Slater 33).

    Drake 35 all out (R. Owen 16, J. Little-boy 3 for 18 R. Leale 4 .for 11 C. Hammond 3 for 4).

    Cross Country Running

    Cross country running, which was tried out for the first time in the Spring Term of 1950, has proved quite popular and there was keen competition for places in House teams and even more so for places in the School team for the Combined Secondary Schools' event.

    The School run was for teams of eight boys, all to count for the scoring of points, over a course in the Tal Handak area of roughly three miles. The event resulted in a close fight between White House and Nelson House, with Bradshaw coming home 1st and Hammond 3rd for White, and Fewtrell 2nd and Thomas 4th for Nelson. The White team gained a narrow victory, with Nelson 2nd and Drake 3rd.

    The good results in the Inter-House run augured well for our prospects in the Secondary Schools' event. This took place over a. lengthened version of our own course at Tal Handak and we were honoured by the attendance of His Excellency The Governor, Sir Gerald Creasy, the Flag Officer, Malta, Vice-Admiral Hawkins, the Minister of Education, Dr. Frendo-Azzo-pardi and the Director of Education, Mr Vassalo.

    This event was for teams of 8 runners, with four to count, and it was perhaps fitting that it should be won by our own School team. This victory was a triumph for keen and regular training and good packing and teamwork. Our first four home were :— 5th D. Hammond, 6th Bradshaw, 7th Fewtrell, 8th D. Thomas, scoring 26 points. The next school, St. Aloysius College, had a score of 51 points. The remaining members of our team also put up an excellent performance, finishing in the following order :— llth Burden, 12th Todd, 13th Warr, 14th P. Davles. At the end of the run, His Excellency presented medals to the first three home -Spiteri (Hamrun Technical School), winner for the second year running, Nicholl (St. Aloysius College) and Micallef (St. Aloysius College) - and to our own winning team.

    Athletic colours were later awarded to all the eight boys who represented the School so successfully.


    Keen enthusiasm was shown by all House Teams throughout the season. The standard of play was good, the House Hockey Captains having organised their teams with foresight and strategy.

    The outstanding player of the season was Patricia Gavin of Drake House. She, together with Jennifer Cock of Nelson House, and Maureen Knight of White House well deserved their Hockey Colours.

    Results of House Matches    Terms

                                              Autumn   Spring

    Nelson v. Drake            1 - 1           1 - 1

    Stephenson v. Drake    1 - 4           2 - 3

    Nelson v. White            0 - 1          2 - 0

    Nelson v. Stephenson  4 - 0         2 - 0

    White v. Drake             1 - 1          1 - 1

    Drake v. Stephenson   7 - 0          5 - 0

    Final Total Points

    White 8 points

    Drake 7 points

    Nelson 9 points

    Stephenson 0 points

    Annual Athletic Sports

    Conditions were poor at the Marsa Stadium when the 19th Annual Athletic Sports were held there on Wednesday, 9th May. A strong southerly wind blowing across the ground raised large Quantities of dust and grit, which was equally uncomfortable for competitors and spectators alike, and reduced to the status of spectators the Royal Marines' Band of H.M.S. Liverpool, kindly lent by Captain J. D. Luce, R.N.

    Despite the bad conditions which made it necessary to cancel some events, a large programme was carried through during the afternoon. Many were team events designed so that the maximum number of children could take part in the struggle for House points. This contest provided the usual amount of excitement. Nelson took an early lead, but by half way White had overtaken them and they maintained this lead to win easily, Nelson being second and Drake third. Drake, largely through the efforts of Patricia Gavin and Cynthia Seymour, won the Girls' House Championship.

    Patricia Gavin put up some of the best performances of the afternoon and for the second year running became Champion Athlete. The contest for Champion Boy Athlete ended In a tie between David Thomas and Joseph Palmer.

     THROWING CRICKET BALL (Boys Open) 1. D. Thomas. 2. J. Palmer. 75 yds 2ft.

    PUTTING THE SHOT (Boys Open)

    1. J. Palmer. 2. D. Thomas. 32ft. 6 ins.

    LONG JUMP (Boys 12 - 14J)

    1. J. Wilson.2. M. Calcutt. 13 ft. Siins.

    LONG JUMP (Boys Open)

    1. R. Fewtrell. 2. D. Thomas. 17ft. 9ins.

    75 YARDS (Girls 10 - 12) 1. J. Todd. 2. E. Kenwood.

     75 YARDS (Boys 10 - 12) 1. G. Stubbs 2. J. Burden.                                                             (Photo added. Young Jack Stubbs winning his race}

     440 YARDS RELAY (Girls 12 - 14i) 1. Drake. 2. Nelson.

     440 YARDS RELAY (Boys 12 - 14i )1. Drake. 2. White.

     50 YARDS (Boys under 10) 1. B. Craft. 2. C. Boase.

    50 YARDS (Girls under 10) 1. M. Maddox. 2. R. Sparrow.

    HIGH JUMP (Girls Open) 1. P. Gavin. 2. P. Morgan. 4ft. 2ins.

     100 YARDS (Boys Open )1. D. Thomas. 2. J. Palmer. 11 sees.

    100 YARDS (Boys 12 - 14£) 1. E. Brownrigg. 2. C. Dudman.

     THROWING THE DISCUS (Boys Open) 1. D. Thomas. 2. 3. Palmer. 88ft. lOins.

     220 YARDS Relay (Boys under 10) 1. Nelson. 2. White.

     220 YARDS RELAY (Girls under 10) 1. Stephenson. 2. White.

    220 YARDS RELAY (Boys 10 - 12) 1. White. 2. Nelson.

    220 YARDS RELAY (Girls 10 - 12) 1. White. 2. Drake.

     SHUTTLE RACE (Boys and Girls 12 - 14J )1. White. 2. Drake.

    HIGH JUMP (Boys Open) 1. R. Fewtrell. 2. C. Hammond 5ft. linch

     LADIES' RACE 1. Miss Price. 2. Mrs Coles.

     FATHERS' RACE 1. Mr Polkinghorn. 2. Mr Sutherland

    . SHUTTLE RACE (Boys under 12) 1. Stephenson. 2. White.

    SHUTTLE RACE (Girls under 12) 1. White. 2. Nelson.

    100 YARDS (Girls 12 - 141/2) 1. V. Erne. 2. M. Dicketts.

    100 YARDS ( Girls Open) 1. P. Gavin. 2. J. Elford. 12.2 sees

    . 220 YARDS (Boys 12 - 141/2) 1. R. Warr. 2. E. Brownrigg. 31i sees

    . 220 YARDS (Boys Open) 1. J. Palmer. 2. D. Thomas. 27 sees.

     50 YARDS (Boys under 81/2)1. C. Johnson. 2. R. Palmer.

    50 YARDS (Girls under 81/2 )1. P. Wright. 2. P. Hill.

     HIGH JUMP (Boys 12 - 14i )1. R. Warr. 2. J. Wilson. 4ft. Sins.

     OPEN RELAY (Boys and Girls) 1. White. 2. Drake.

    ARCH AND TUNNEL BALL (Girls)1. Nelson. 2. Stephenson.

    HIGH JUMP (Girls 12 - 14J) 1. P. Morgan. 2. N Gillan.

    440 YARDS (Boys Open) 1. D. Bradshaw. 2. J. Palmer. 614 sees.

    440 YARDS (Boys 12 - 141/2) 1. E. Brownrigg. 2. R. Warr. 69i sees.

    220 YARDS (Girls Open) 1. P. Gavin. 2. C. Seymour. 32| sees

     220 YARDS (Girls 12 - 141/2) 1. V. Erne. 2. J. Redford.

     TUG-OF-WAR  1. White. 2. Nelson.



    CHAMPION BOY ATHLETE  J. Palmer and D. Thomas


                 BOY'S HOUSE CHAMPIONSHIP   White


    After the events were completed, Lady Edelsten kindly presented the trophies to the winners. She in turn, was presented with a bouquet of roses by Susan Burns. The Headmaster, having thanked Lady Elelsten for attending and for presenting the prizes, brought the proceedings to a close by calling for three cheers for her.

    Combined Secondary Schools' Athletic Meeting

    The Third Annual Athletics Meeting of the Combined Secondary Schools, held at the Marsa Stadium on June 6th, maintained the improved standard of the previous year's meeting and again there was keen rivalry among the schools.

    In spite of our comparatively small number of boys in the Secondary School, the team which represented us put up an excellent show in securing 4th place in the Senior Events and 2nd place in the Junior Events. It was unfortunate that Fewtrell, who was a likely winner of both the High Jump and the Long Jump in the Senior Group, fell sick after the heats and was unable to jump in the Finals. The substitutes Hammond in the High Jump and Thomas in the Long Jump, jumped splendidly to gain 2nd and 3rd places respectively, but of course they lacked the specialised training which might have enabled Fewtrell to win these events.

    Bradshaw and Brownrigg were outstanding performers in the Junior Events and these two, with Cooper and Hammond, made up the School team which won the Junior Relay Race for the second year in succession. Todd and Burden ran pluckily in long distance events against much bigger boys and gained valuable experience for future years.

    The School's representatives at the Meeting were :—

    D. THOMAS-100 yards (Group 1) (3rd) 440 yards (Group 1) (4th) Long Jump (Senior) for Fewtrell (3rd)

    J. PALMER—100 yards (Group 2) (5th) 220 yards (Group 2) (3rd) Putting the Shot (Senior) (3rd)R. FEWTRELL —110 yards Hurdles (Senior) Heats Only High Jump (Senior) Heats Only. Long Jump (Senior) Heats Only.

    D. BRADSHAW—110 yards Hurdles (Junior) (5th). 100 yards (Group 3) (2nd) Putting the Shot (Junior) (5th) 440 yards (Group 3) (1st) 880 yards (Group 1) (2nd)  C. HAMMOND—High Jump (Junior) <lst) 440 yards (Group 2) (6th) High Jump (Senior) for Fewtrell (2nd) E. BROWNRIGG—100 yards (Group 4) (1st). 220 yards (Group 4) (2nd).

    M. COOPER—220 yards (Group 3) (3rd) J. GIMBLETT—220 yards (Group 1) H. HAYSTON—Long Jump (Junior)(5th)

    G. TODD—1 mile (Open) (7th)   J. BURDEN—880 yards (Group 2) (6th)

    The points gained by the competing schools in the Senior and Junior Groups were :—

    Senior Events

    Group 1—18 and over. Group 2—16 and 17

    1. St Aloysius College 73
    2. St. Albert the Great College 47
    3. The Lyceum 39
    4. Naval Children's School 33
    5. Technical School, Hamrun 29
    6. Technical School, Imriehel 26
    7. The Seminary 25
    8. St. Michael's College 18
    9. 9. De La Salle College 10
    10. 10. Stella Maris College 3

    Junior Events

    Group 3—14 and 15. Group 4—13 and under

    1. St Aloysius College 54
    2. Naval Children's School 46
    3. De La Salle College 37
    4. The Lyceum 28
    5. The Seminary 24
    6. St Albert the Great College 14
    7. Stella Maris College 11
    8. Technical School, Imriehel 4
    9. Technical School, Hamrun 1

    Swimming Sports Results and Life-Saving

    The Annual Swimming Sports were held in the delightful surroundings of the Fleet Bathing Centre, Ricasoli, on Wednesday, 25th July.

    A large crowd of parents and friends watched a programme of events in which children from 8 to 17 took part. Many of the races produced very close finishes and in all a good standard of swimming was shown.

    The diving events reached a particularly high standard, and some very spectacular dives were made from the highest

    board. These events were also popular in that they gave the spectators a chance to compare their own judgement with that of the judges.

    The outstanding boy and girl swimmers were Henry Hayston and Prudence Morgan. In the House competition White, who have had another successful year in all sports, took an early lead and none of the other Houses was quite able to catch them.

    STAND LOW DIVE (under 12) i

    1. D. Cooper. 2. Carole Buick.; 3. Diana Hodges. FREE STYLE (Boys Open)

    1. H. Hayston. 2. M. Cooper. 3. F. Evans FREE STYLE ( Girls Open)

    1. Prudence Morgan. 2. Tanya Gebbett. 3. Cynthia Seymour. FREE STYLE (Boys 12 - 14)

    1. B. Nicholson 2. J, Wilson 3. P. Emmitt FREE STYLE (Girls 12 - 14)

    1. Jean Brennan. 2.Valerie Snelgar • > 3. Ann Mitchell. FREE STYLE (Boys 10- 12)

    1. G. Stubbs. 2. D. Cooper. 3. J. Thomson. FREE STYLE (Girls 10 - 12)

    1. Pamela Leale. 2. Jean Todd 3. Diana Hodges. STANDING LOW DIVE (Girls Open)

    1. Prudence Morgan. 2. Ann Hugman. 3. Ann Baskerville. FREE STYLE (Boys 10- 12, Verdala)

    1. D. Evans. 2. J. Pilbeam, 3. R. Colwill. FREE STYLE (Girls 10 - 12, Verdala)

    1. Jennifer. Pitt. 2. Patricia Grimson. 3. Ann Bradbury. FREE STYLE (Boys under 10)

    1. T. Williams. 2. R Gordon 3. E. Townsend. FREE STYLE (Girls under 10)

    1. Judith Malpas. 2. Patricia Rhodes. 3. Ann Johnston. FREE STYLE (Boys under 10, Verdala) .,'

    1. S. Fife. 2. J. Harris. 3. D. Rogers. FREE STYLE (Girls under 10, Verdala)

    1. Ann Melville. 2. Sarah Baskerville; 3. Carole Gilflllan.


    1. Christina Davenport and Richard Bellingham. BACK STROKE (Boys Open)

    1. C. Hammond. 2. M. Bloom. 3. J. Palmer. BREAST STROKE (Girls Open)

    1. Marie Fyfe. 2. Maureen Knight 3. Olive Scurr. BACK STROKE (Boys 12 - 14)

    1. J. Wilson. 2. P. Emmitt. 3. B. Nicholson. BREAST STROKE (Girls 12 - 14)

    1. Marie Fyfe. 2. Susanne Buick. S.Jean Brennan. HOUSE RELAY (under 12)

    1. White. 2. Stephenson. 3. Nelson. HOUSE RELAY (under 12, Verdala)

    1. Drake. 2. Nelson. 3. Stephenson. STANDING HIGH DIVE (Open)

    1. H. Hayston. 2. Prudence Morgan 3. C. Hammond.

    HOUSE RELAY (12 - 14)

    1. Drake. 2. Stephenson. 3. White. HOUSE RELAY (Open)

    1. Stephenson. 2. White. 3. Drake. INTER-SCHOOL RELAY (Boys under 12)

    1. Tal Handak. 2. Verdala. INTER-SCHOOL RELAY (Girls under 12)

    1. Tal Handak. 2. Verdala. SENIOR HOUSE CHAMPIONSHIP

    1. Stephenson. 2. White. JUNIOR HOUSE CHAMPIONSHIP

    1. White. 2. Stephenson. JUNIOR HOUSE CHAMPIONSHIP


    1. Drake. 2. Nelson.


    1. White. 2. .Drake. 3. Stephenson. 4. Nelson

    The prizes were presented by Mrs. H. S. Gracie who was introduced and thanked by the Headmaster.

    Great credit is due to the School Staff, particularly Lieutenant A. Parr and Mr, Benton for their work in organising the Sports and in training the competitors in both swimming and life-saving.

    In addition to St. George's Lido we also used Manoel Island Lido, which although lacking the amenities of the former, was easier of access. From experience two afternoons a week were barely sufficient, so to increase our practice period we were allowed to use St. George's Lido for the whole of Saturday morning - a concession for which we were most grateful. Land Drill for the Awards has always proved wearisome in the open during the hot summer months, so this year it was taken at School in the Hall, after which we proceeded by special bus to the Lidos.

    The Junior Awards were as numerous as last year but it was unfortunate that age limits debarred several children from taking higher certificates. We must again thank Dr. Cauchi for his personal sacrifice and excellent conduct of the examinations.


    Elementary Certificate and Intermediate Certificate


    C. Bowyer, 3. Croft, R. Dicketts, J. Scurr, A. Dann, R. Shepherd, M. Williams, J. Wilson, J. Littleboy, M. Slater, D Wilson, G. Thomas, R. Bellingham.


    J. Brennan, S. Buick, M. Brill-Edwards. D. Hodges, A. Mitchell, E. Roberts, S. Southwood, F. Stewart, J. Todd, M. Town-send, C. Bowden, T. Gebbett, E. Lacroix. Y. Stoneham, M. Wilson

    Unigrip Certificate


    C. Bowyer, J. Croft, R. Dicketts, J. Scurr, R. Shepherd, M. Williams, J. Wilson, J. -Littleboy, M. Slater, D. Wilson. G. Thomas.


    J. Brennan, S. Buick, M. Brill-Edwards, D. Hodges, A. Mitchell, E. Roberts, S. Southwood, F. Stewart, J. Todd, M. Town-send, C. Bowden, T. Gebbett, E. Lacroix, Y. Stoneham, M. Wilson.

    Bronze Medallion


    C. Syms, D. Wilson, M. Slater, V. Lutman, P. Bowyer, J. Todd, J. Littleboy. GIRLS

    C. Bowden, P. Beamiss, T. Gebbett, Y. Stoneham, E. Lacroix.

    Bar to Bronze Medallion


    R. Bellingham, A. Overton.


    The Scout Troop has had none too successful a year, but the revival during the Autumn Term has more than made up for lack of activity during the first part of the year, and is an excellent omen for the future success of the troop.

    For two terms the troop lacked a regular leader. Meetings were held most weeks but enthusiasm seemed to be somewhat lacking. Activities ceased altogether in June. Meanwhile the Headmaster, knowing that further civilian staff were expected from England in September, had made a special request that one of them should be a Scouter. We were therefore delighted to welcome Mr T. E. Knight as our new Scoutmaster in September, and are confident that, under his leadership, the reorganised troop of Sea Scouts will achieve great things. Let him now take up the story.

    This Autumn Term has seen a full revival of activity and our present strength is four full patrols.

    As the troop consists mainly of newcomers to Scouting, the early activities have been based on the Tenderfoot Tests. It is now no uncommon sight to see these enthusiastic youngsters tying their ropes, and sometimes themselves in all kinds of knots. Pioneering and tracking activities have led to many discoveries in the local bye-ways, an important one being that a quiet looking lane leads only to an irate farmer armed with a double-barrelled shotgun and many double-barrelled expletives.

    To Peter Ray, who has returned to England, we extend our congratulations on passing his "Tenderfoot" in double quick time and we wish him good hunting with his new troop.

    For our part, let us "Be Prepared" to put Tal Handak on the map of Scouting as the happiest, smartest and most efficient troop in the Island. Let us blaze a trail others will be proud to follow.

    Good Hunting, Good Scouting, Good Luck. SKIP

    First Naval School Cubs

    There is now, once more, at the Naval School that part of the jungle known as cubbing. One Wednesday afternoon in April a very experienced Akela and Bag-heera found themselves confronted with about 34 extraordinarily lively little boys. For a few weeks before they both were deep in that great guide to cubbing, B.P's Handbook. Our great Chief, Lord Baden Powell tells, in a most delightful way, what this great scheme for getting the best out of a boy through Scouting is all about. All training is based on Rudyard Kipling's "Jungle Book". The young Cub is a member of a pack of Wolf Cubs, of whom Akela, being the oldest and therefore, the wisest, is the head.

    Each pack and each Individual Cub is bound by law, a very simple law really, but one which will go far towards the making a good team, or family and that's what the pack should be. It is the law, "Do your best", and because you trust Akela to see that you do do It, you give In to her because most of the things she tells you to do you know are for your good.

    Well, as you can imagine, Akela and Bagheera decided that for them to succeed in this, 34 little boys were rather too many. You simply can't be certain that every member is going to be able to have all the attention he needs and you can't expect 34 terribly enthusiastic small chaps never to get into mischief.

    So a month later the number was cut down by general note - At a Rock Council where only the Sixers, their seconds, Bagheera, with Akela presiding, were present-to those who showed that they were really "doing their best". The others weren't forgotten, and some still had to wait for their eighth birthdays.

    Thus it was, that first Wednesday afternoon was the beginning of putting all these ideas into practice. A game called "Run, Stop and Whistle" was played in order to choose leaders.

    A Pack is divided into sixes : a six consisting of a leader, his second and four others. That day we had to have many more in a six ; but it gave the leaders a chance of seeing how they would have to manage their six, and some of them proved very good leaders right away. One or two had been cubs before and they helped tremendously, especially over cub ritual such as the irreplaceable ceremony of the Grand Howl. Next came names, addresses and ages, a knot game over some knots learnt, such as a reef, and another game for letting off steam - and these little boys have plenty of steam.

    This Pack has almost Six Sixes now : the Red six, Blue six, Yellow six, Grey six, Green six and Tawny six.

    The next few weeks consisted of many games, sometimes in their six teams and sometimes in a circle. Usually games for learning something are better in teams, while if It's to encourage the family spirit and encourage the shy ones we have a circular game.

    Somehow Bagheera and Akela soon felt very much at home. The boys seemed to catch on quickly. There seemed to be lots of energy and the urge to learn. "Doing one's best" was surprisingly done, so that on May 26th after the initial month's probation, the Cubs were invested, and Akela felt the Pack had really got going.

    The reason had a great deal to do with an idea Akelas all have, that little boys will learn anything provided you give them the idea that its all a great big game and doing your best is always by far the truest way to be happy.

    Since the attached notes were written the original Akela, Miss Tamara Price, has left us to spend a year in Switzerland, and we have welcomed a new Akela, Miss Helen Jenkin, W.R.N.S. Under her leadership there is the same terrific enthusiasm. The next development for the near future is a second Cub Pack at Verdala School.

    Guides and Brownies

    The Guide Company has not been so successful as we would have liked. Mrs Chipping continued as Captain until the end of May when she resigned owing to her impending return to England. From then until November we were without a Captain and meetings were suspended until Mrs Crofts kindly agreed to take over the Company. Since then there has been a real reawakening of interest particularly among 4th and 5th Forms, some of whom were suspected by the Headmaster of not being fond of needlework. More recruits are needed, however, from the lower part of the Secondary School.' We have every right to be proud of our being "The First Malta Company" and we must do everything possible to ensure that we are first not only in name, but in spirit, efficiency and smartness.

    The Guide event of the year was the annual outing at Verdala on 9th January. Most of the School Company were on parade to welcome Her Royal Highness The Princess Elizabeth. Cynthia Seymour, the second guide from the School to become "Queen's Guide", was presented with her award by the Princess. Later the Princess joined in the many songs sung round the Camp Fire. A very happy time was enjoyed by all.The Brownies have also welcomed a new Brown Owl this year, Mrs West takingover the leadership from Miss Price whenwe lost the latter to the Cubs. There wasmuch enthusiasm and much useful work was done in preparing for badges until it became too hot for meetings. Unfortunately Mrs West has been too ill to continue as Brown Owl since the summer and only occasional meetings have been held. We send her our very best wishes for a quick recovery and hope to see her back with us as Brown Owl very soon.

    Drake House Notes

     House Masters  Mr Edgell, Mr Ruoff     House Mistresses Mrs Meredith, Miss Hind

  • House Prefects  David Palmer, Margaret Davenport, Dorna Bayliss

  • Despite the fact that the Boys' section of the House is rather weak, Drake has managed to hold its own during the past year. Indeed, three seems to be the lucky number of this House, Drake coming third, in Hockey, Cross-Country, Athletics, Cricket and Swimming.

    Unfortunately, we came at the tail-end in football, but counter-balanced this by coming first in Netball.

    Shepherd and his team made gallant efforts to avoid defeat during the Football Season, but were rather unlucky.

    The Cross-Country team did well to come third in the Inter-House running, and one member of the House, Davies, ran in the Inter-School Cross-Country team.

    The Cricket team under Gimblett, as Captain and Shepherd, as vice-captain, managed to come third once again.

    The girls did well in coming first in Netball and third in Hockey, and must be praised for their outstanding performance on Sports Day, when, largely through the efforts of Patricia Gavin and Cynthia Seymour, Drake won the Girls' House Championship. Patricia Gavin put up some of the best performances on that day, and for the second year running became Champion Girl Athlete. Both Pat Gavin and Cynthia Seymour have now left us after having made a most noteworthy contribution to the fortunes of Drake House in the fields of Athletics and Sport. They leave with our best wishes. Unfortunately the boys did not do so well in this sphere, but made great efforts to avoid defeat. The boys and girls also did very well in the Swimming Sports and once more were third.

    We cannot end this report without mentioning how pleased we all are with the return of Mr Ruoff, who does so much for the House, and we hope he will enjoy better health in the future.

    With good team effort Drake should do much better during 1951/52 - let us hope so.

    Nelson House Notes

    House Masters  Mr Green, Mr Knight  House Mistress  Miss Yule

             House Captains  R. Fewtrell, Jennifer Cock


    It was with much regret that we said "Goodbye" to Lieutenant Peters at the end of the Summer Term ; and now to Mr Knight, his successor, we offer a very warm welcome.

    Last year in the field of sport we met with varying degrees of success. Having made a magnificent start and gained both the Football and Hockey trophies, we attained only second place in Cricket, and a mere third position in Athletics, Netball and Swimming.

    As several members of our House teams have left the School, it is up to those children who are now chosen to represent Nelson in the various sports to maintain the achievements of last year, and indeed to surpass them.

    Congratulations to those members of the House who did so well in the Inter-Schools Athletics Meeting. May they repeat their performance next year.

    Stephenson House Notes

    House Masters  Mr Parr, Mr Walker    House Mistresses    Mrs Parr, Miss Candey, Miss Shaw 

                House Captains  J. Palmer, Jean Elford

    A year of sustained effort by all members has given us a high place in studies and many successes in the field of sports. Among individuals we must congratulate J. Palmer as Victor Ludorum in Athletics and H. Hayston as the outstanding boy at swimming.

    The winter season gave us a second at football after a thrilling contest with Nelson House. At Hockey we fielded a weak team, lacking shooting forwards whilst at netball after some hard struggles we achieved second place. A possible first place in the cross-country race was lost by the amusing and novel incident of three of our runners having started round the course before the official starting signal -a tragedy which must not be repeated.

    In the Summer games we lacked good all-round teams. At athletics J. Palmer, H. Hayston, Jean Elford and a few other individuals made every effort but too many valuable points were lost in the team races. It is necessary that more boys should attend cricket practices - the only way to build up a balanced team. We did possess a strong swimming team gaining the Senior House Championship and a close second in the Junior House Championship, in addition to winning the annual Life Saving Trophy.

    We thank all who helped the House in its successes - however small their contribution. To new members we offer a great welcome and trust that this coming year, with true sport sportsmanship, keen training and hard work, they may attain our usual high standard in all School activities.


    White House Notes

    House Master  Mr Colsell     House Mistresses  Mrs Wren,. Mrs Colsell, Miss Leppard

                        House Captains Joan Hopkins, J. Mallon

    The year 1950 - 1951 again proved a successful one for the House, as witnessed by the Cock gracing the entrance to our headquarters and symbolising our position at the head of the School in the combined list of points for work and sport.

    In the Winter sports we did not make as good a showing as we should have liked partly through a shortage of senior boys and girls. The Football XI, improving with every match, secured third place in the House Championship, a position which we expect to excel in the current season. The previous year's Hockey and Netball teams had been very successful, but many of their members left at the end of the School year, with the result that we began the 1950-51 season with a majority of inexperienced players. While the Hockey XI held the lirst position in the first round of the Championship, they fell to 3rd by the end of the competition, while our Netball team ended at the bottom of the table.

    In the second half of the School year, however, we had another story to tell. The

    Athletic, Sports, to the surprise of most people, provided us with a triumph which was due rather to all-round teamwork than to individual successes, as our relay, shuttle and tug-of-war teams did exceptionally well. The Cross-Country race exhibited the same features, for although other Houses gained the first few places, White House, with the most even team obtained the highest aggregate result. Cricket had a short season last year, but by defeating Drake and Nelson convincingly, and Stephenson after a hard struggle, we secured the Cricket Shield also. Finally, in the Swimming Sports we repeated our success in the Athletic Sports by winning fairly comfortably.

    It Is gratifying to be able to congratulate the House on the degree to which its teamwork has prevailed both in sport and in study, and there is every sign that In the present year the same spirit remains. At the end of last Summer Term we lost our House Captains, Maureen Knight and Clive Enevoldsen, to whose leadership the House was greatly indebted, as well as such other valuable members as Bradshaw, Leale, Brownrigg and Warr. However, we hope for as successful a year under the leadership of the new House Captains, Joan Hopkins and J. Mallon and the Sports Representatives, C. Hammond and Prudence Morgan, who will be able to count on the wholehearted support of an enthusiastic House.

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