ROYAL NAVAL SCHOOL MAGAZINE EASTER 1954
contributed by Ian Bedford Verdala Sports House Notes Scouts
|ROYAL NAVAL SCHOOL MAGAZINE||VOLUME 2 NUMBER 2|
|Tal Handaq School||Verdala School|
|FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
THE FIRST SECONDARY PRIZE GIVING
HEADMASTER'S REPORT AT THE 1st SECONDARY SCHOOL PRIZEGIVING
JUNIORS AND INFANTS CONCERT AND PRIZE GIVING
THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR
THE RN. DRAMA FESTIVAL.
THE SCHOOL CHOIR
THE RECORDER GROUP
THE ROCK CLIMBING CLUB
ODE ON THE SIXTH FORM
MY TEDDY BEAR
A HOLIDAY IN JERSEY
THE SNOW STORM
SMALL-BORE RIFLE -SHOOTING
THE GHOST TRAIN
AN EXCITING ADVENTURE
A WALK IN APRIL
IN MY DREAM
MY PET BUDGIE
THE RUNAWAY BROOK
ATHLETICS 5th INTER-SCHOOL SPORTS, 1953
NELSON HOUSE NOTES
A BIBLE STORY RE-TOLD
MY TRIP TO GREECE
A CONVERSATION BETWEEN A FLOWER AND A WEED
IN ROSY DELL
A JOURNEY UP VESUVIUS
OUR SCHOOL BUS
JENNIFER AND THE FAIRIES
We have made, In this Issue of the magazine, a number of
Whilst something new or different always arouses interest, the departure
of the old and familiar we sometimes regret. This will be the last Issue
of the magazine to see the light of day under the Headmastership of
Instructor Commander A. J. Bellamy, and there is no reason to think that
he will mind our referring to him as "old and familiar" because he has
been just that kind of friend to many hundreds of boys and girls. and
scores of members of the teaching staff, in the course of his three and
a half years at the Royal Naval School. Many is the time that comment
has been made on the happy atmosphere pervading the school, by those who
have either seen for themselves or have noted carefully the
reactions of their sons
and daughters after their entry to this somewhat unique community of ours. What we owe to our school Is always something we have no means of measuring; what a school owes to its Headmaster is even more Intangible and Incapable of precise measurement. We can express our gratitude, but we can never be sure that we are sufficiently grateful. Commander and Mrs. Bellamy can be sure, however, that they leave with our very
best wishes even If what we owe to them cannot adequately
be expressed In words which we are able to command.
|Readers of this magazine ought to know that a substantial
part of our costs in covered by the advertisers who buy space in our pages to announce their wares. We are grateful for their support; In return. it is only fair that we support them. May we commend them to your notice?
There has been no shortage, once again, of material to fill
our pages. e could not pretend that all contributions have
been of equal merit but we thank all those who have submitted
anything and would ask all those whose contributions
have not been published not to be discouraged but to try again next time
Royal Naval School.
Tal Handak, Malta.
The time has come for me to hand over the reins or the
Royal Naval School to my successor, Instructor Commander
Morgan. and perhaps the Editor will allow me a little space to
say "Thank you" to all the members of the school community -
staff, children and parents for bearing with me at all times and
for doing what they have to make my task easier. The three
years and more have passed so very rapidly! Looking back I
can see that during this time we have progressed a long way
together, even though at the time the Malta tempo has often
seemed irritatingly slow. Looking forward, there are so many
things still to be done, plans on paper only at present, it will
be pleasant to hear of their fulfilment. Keep alive the pioneering spirit!
One is never too old to learn, and I only wish my pupils had
learned half as much as I have learnt during my Headmastership.
What I may have lost In extra wrinkles. I have gained in
Some of us are bound to meet again; and I hope you will all
make yourselves known to me should I not remember you
Good hide to you all and my best wishes for the continued
success of the RN School. Leaving it in such good hands I
know it cannot fail to prosper.
God bless you all.
Our Head Boy and Head Girl since September have been Garry Cave and Shirley Deacon.
Prefects have been:
Ann Henderson. Hazel Ansell, Frances Buley, Bridget
Flinton. Wendy Adlam. Keith Livingstone, David Peters.
John Wilson, David Page, Geoffrey Smith, Peter Budd.
The following have been Assistant Prefects;
Monica Kelly. Christine Owen, Jill Vine, June Skinner.
Jennifer Page. Ethel Mitchell, Ian Bedford, Anthony Plater.
and Brian Humble.
We were visited in January by the Civil Lord of the Admiralty, and shortly afterwards work began on extensions to Tal Handak's accommodation. A new set of three classrooms is growing on top of the old Infants block, a new laboratory above the old one and a second Workshop near the Dining Room. This extra space will do something to relieve our overcrowded state.
The Flag Officer. Malta, made his annual inspection at both
Schools in January.
A farewell visit was paid by Instructor Captain Baxter in
January. For eighteen months Captain Baxter served on the
Commandcr-in-Chief's staff as Fleet, Instructor Officer and took a great interest In all our School affairs. A warm welcome to his successor, Instructor Captain Turvey, also a customer!
Since we last went to press the following members of the Staff
have left us: from Tal Handak:
Mrs. Gully. Mrs. Hopson-Hill. Miss Woodward and Miss
and from Verdala:
Mr. Benton. Miss Hind, Miss Pixie, Mrs. Austin. Mrs. Edgell.
Mrs. MacManus, Mrs. Roper. Mrs. Skinner. Mrs. Patrick.
Of these Miss Shaw and Miss Hind win congratulations for
being the first Seconded lady teachers to complete their three
Mr .Benton also was a pioneer of the three year secondment
scheme. He left many friends behind him in Malta, and will
be greatly missed in swimming circles. He has returned to teach at Burton-on-Trent. where the children, we hear, are less intelligent than Verdala's!
Verdala has taken on a "new look" since September. Inst.
Lieut.-Commander W. Bowie, M.A.. R.N. arrived from England to take over as Headmaster, and was joined by Miss Vasey, Miss Candey, Miss Storey and Miss Bell from Tal Handak. Other new faces at Verdala are those of Miss Robinson, Mrs. Porter, Miss Christie, Mrs. Robertshaw, Mrs. Holland. Miss Marriot (an old girl of the School) and Mrs. Ware.
Newcomers to Tal Handak include Mrs. Cookc (Infants) Miss
Rippin (Needlework). Miss Davies (Physical Education). Inst
Lieut. Kevworth B.SC. (Chemistry and Biology). Mrs. Lewis. Mrs. Cross. Mrs. Hall, Mrs Mathews. GR.S.M. (Music) and Mrs
| The most Important function of the School year was the first
annual Secondary School Prize-giving in October, described
elsewhere. This coincided with the visit to Malta of the Director,
Naval Education Service, who came to see for himself our
problems and difficulties, and Mrs Bishop. They made a thorough tour of each School and in his speech at the Prize-giving, Admiral Bishop congratulated all concerned on their efforts, and on the excellence of the work done in the School.
It is almost a year since the Countess Mountbatten paid her
visit to Tal Handak. She made a most thorough tour and appeared quite inexhaustible. We look forward to her next visit and are grateful for her great interest and support.
Other visitors Included His Lordship the Bishop of Croydon who addressed Senior Classes on 'A Sense of Vocation', and. Mr. Evans and Mr. Brown. Her Majesty's Inspectors from the Ministry of Education.
New School activities include Scottish Dancing under Miss
Congratulations to the following on their engagements to be
Miss Woodward. Miss Shaw, Miss Prudames, Miss Knowles
on their marriages to: Miss Pirie. and Miss Bell, and to;
Mrs. Roberts on the birth of a son.
Mr. and Mrs. Edgell on the birth of a daughter.
Mrs. Lorrimer on the birth of a son,
Mrs. Patrick on the birth of a daughter.
Mrs. Hill on the birth of a daughter.
We have heard from Miss Gee who has become Headmistress
of a new Infants School at Basingstoke and Mrs. Smith, now
Headmistress of an Infants School in Kent.
Mr. Walker has had a very serious operation which has necessitated his being away from School for three months. We are glad to know that he is now well on the way to recovery.
The results obtained In the General certificate of Education
(June examination) were the best in our history as regards both
number of passes and marks obtained. For the first time we
won a distinction at Advanced level:
Detailed results were as follows:
Dorna Bayliss - Distinction in Geography
Passes In English and French.
Sheila Hall - Passes In English. French and History.
John Mutton - Passes in English. French and History.
Jennifer Cock - Pass In Geography.
Hazel Ansell - English Language and Literature, French, History. Religious Knowledge. Geography, Art. Maths and
Anthony Bull - English Language and Literature, French, History, Art. Maths. Physics. Chemistry and Biology.
Frances Buley - English Language and Literature, French, History, Religious Knowledge, Art and Biology. Also Geography (December).
David Page - English Language and Literature, French, History, Art Maths, Physics. Also Chemistry (December).
Jill Vine - English Language and Literature, History, Religious Knowledge., Geography, Maths. Biology. Also Latin (December).
Patricia Baker - English Language and Literature. French, History. Religious Knowledge. Art and Biology.
Bridget Flinton - Latin. French, History. Geography and Maths.
Geoffrey Smith - English Language and Literature, French, History. Geography. Maths and Physics.
Anthony Baylee - English Language and Literature, History. Geography, Maths and Physics.
Peter Budd - English Language and Literature. French, History. Maths and Physics
Michael Nettlefold - English Language and Literature.
French, History, Religious Knowledge, and Geography,
Michael Williams - English Language and Literature.
History. Geography. Maths and Physics.
Christine Howarth - English Language and Literature,
History. Religious Knowledge and Art.
Monica Kelly - English Language and Literature.
History, Art, and Biology. Also Geography and Religious Knowledge (December].
Anne Sutherland - English Language and Literature,
History and Art.
Christine Owen - English Language and Literature.
French. History and Biology. Geography (December).
Barbara Rogers - English Literature. French. History,
Art and Maths.
Brian Nicholson - English Language and Literature.
History and Geography.
David McVey - English Language. History andGeography.
Mary Hopkins - English Language find History.
Avril Scott - English Language and Biology.
Yvonne Stoneham - History and Geography.
Judith Kelly - English Language.
Congratulations to all the successful candidates, also to Geoffrey
Smith on being placed third in the Malta Dockyard Apprentices Examination.-
Lastly, congratulations to John Mallon on winning a Cadetship
at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.
As we go to press there comes the news that Geoffrey Smith
has been awarded a Naval Cadetship (16 year old entry) the
first to be gained by the School. Our best congratulations to
him on his deserved success. This success is all the more
pleasing In view of his having received all his Secondary Education at Tal Handak.
| THE FIRST SECONDARY SCHOOL PRIZE-GIVING
The first prize-giving In the history of the Secondary School
took place in the hall at Tal Handak on 15th October. We were
honoured on this occasion by the presence or the Commander-in-Chief. Mediterranean and Lady Mountbatten, and of the Director Naval Education Service and Mrs. Bishop. The hall on this occasion was crammed to capacity with 500 bodies, and even so it was possible to Invite only the parents of prize winners. The proceedings were relayed and broadcast to the first year classes in their rooms.
The ceremony opened with two songs by the newly formed
School choir - "Non nobis domine" and "Sing Joyous bird". The
choir excelled themselves. There followed a short introduction
by The Flag Officer. Malta, in which he welcomed our distinguished guests. After this the Headmaster presented his report which is reprinted below for the benefit of those who could not attend. Rear-Admiral Bishop then spoke. He praised the School for the results it had achieved and promised all the material support it was within his power to give in the Admiralty.
After Admiral Mountbatten had presented the prizes he made
a humorous speech recalling his earlier visit to the School when he had been treated with suspicion by the watchman. He congratulated particularly the Sea Scouts on their achievements, the Drama Club on their productions and the Life Savers for their continued success. He ended by saying "As the Mediterranean Fleet is second to none, so may the Royal Naval School be second to none."
Garry Cave, the Head Boy. mounted the platform and thanked
the Commander-in-Chief. presenting him with a replica of the
School's Sports Shield. Inscribed with the words "Underwater
Fishing" and a picture of the giant 66-pound ray which the
Admiral had recently caught. Three very hearty cheers followed, and the Ceremony concluded with the School singing Parry's "Jerusalem." A very successful first prize-giving.
The list of prize winners was:
|HEADMASTER'S REPORT AT THE FIRST SECONDARY
Mr. Chairman. Commander-in-Chief. Ladies, Gentlemen and
Recently, while reading a book written by a teacher. I saw the
words: "All teachers go mad. Some take longer than others."
When I came to collect my thoughts for today's report, I realised that I, who had set off this idea of a prize-giving and would have to address this audience, must, also have reached that happy state. But this is the first time the Secondary School has had a prize-giving, and I have wanted to achieve this sign of maturity for the School. The Secondary School has Increased at the rate of about 70 pupils a year since it re-opened in 1946. and it appears not to have- stopped growing yet - we number today 492 'didn't quite reach 500 in time' - so many that not all by any means could be In the hall today If we were to have any visitors at all. This is but one of many pieces of evidence in the School that, we are bursting at the seams.
It gives me the greatest of pleasure to welcome the Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean this afternoon and to thank him for the great honour he has paid to the R.N. School by coming to our first prize-giving. I believe this is not the first occasion on which be has visited the School, A year ago. I believe, he and Lady Mountbatten were taking a Sunday afternoon walk in the neighbourhood and looked In. They were followed round very closely by the watchman, who obviously suspected their motives and was not prepared to let them out of his sight. We are honoured, too. by the presence or the Director, Naval Education Service. Instructor Rear-Admiral Bishop, from Admiralty. who has come to see for himself what we do, He will have heard many things, both good and bad about the School, from people he has met here and in England, but I can assure you that the things he will hear from me in my report this afternoon are all good!
First things first, and many people will judge a school's status
by its examination successes. Here our results show steady improvement year by year.
We entered 23 candidates last summer
in the G.C.E. Ordinary level and the returns showed that two
children. Hazel Ansell and Tony Bull (the latter only 15) passed
in nine subjects each. Six others passed in seven subjects and
At Advanced level we had three pupils
with a full quota of 3 passes and here the work of Dorna Bayliss,
who chalked up a distinction in Geography - the first time in our
history and I suspect the first distinction ever won by any school
|This year I thought I would have our exam, results published
in the Times of Malta and I duly submitted an article to this
journal. This however was returned to me unpublished on the
grounds that It constituted advertising. You and I, Mr. Chairman, both know that we don't have to advertise to fill our places in this School.
Many things go on at this School after the majority of the
afternoon buses depart. These are important in allowing the
School to develop the Interests of the children in directions outside the normal curriculum. They help. too. the growth of a
corporate spirit without which a School cannot properly do its
work. I think the School is winning a name for itself with Its
dramatic productions - the Operetta "Juju" performed last
Christmas and Sheridan's play "The Rivals" gave pleasure to a
great number of people and not merely those who sat in front
watching. Our Sea Scout Troop have won a name for themselves - this year they have won the Island's competitions in both Scoutcraft and Camping, and have won distinction in being the first troop outside U.K. to win Admiralty recognition and the privileges that go with It. The Guides too have had a most successful year and deserve praise for having achieved a week's camping during the summer holidays. strictly against Malta's laws, I believe.
In Sport we have had some outstanding successes. The football, cricket, hockey and netball teams always tend to suffer from lack of suitable opposition, apart from the more obvious lack of grounds at School to play on. They achieved some success.
But one of our major successes was to come first in the
Junior Cross Country team race against all Malta's Secondary
Schools and to finish third in the Senior event.
The Inter Schools Athletics match saw us put up an excellent show -6 cups returning to Tal Handak. Our Athletic and Swimming Sports were the usual successful sporting and social events.
|Much time and effort went into training pupils for the tests of R.L.S.S. and this year we notched 502 points -our best yet. We
regularly win the Life-saving Cup. open to competition among
all Malta's schools. Tennis and rugger have been introduced
during the year as additional organised games and both have
made a good start.
These are material achievements, and they were achieved
| CORONATION COMPETITIONS
Competitions with a Coronation motif were held in both
schools during the summer term. There were three classes, for
Scrapbooks. Designs and Models In each section of the school,
A high standard was shown by many competitors, and The prizewinners efforts were all outstandingly good.
Results were as follows:
Designs - Veronica Pollard (4G).
Highly commended - Jane Skinner. Carole Buick and Michael Benson.
Models - George Marsden (4G) for a model of
the Royal Coach.
Highly commended - Anne Sophia Davis.
Scrapbooks - 1st. Teresa Rees (3G).
Highly commended - Ivorine Williams and
JUNIORS AND INFANTS CONCERT AND PRIZE-GIVING
The Infant and Junior Concert and Prize-Giving was held on
December 21st, and we were very pleased to welcome so many
parents and friends.
The afternoon began with a gay little dramatisation of "Who'll
help a Fairy?" performed by all the children in the Infant class.
This was followed by a play called, "The Fairies and the
Cobbler" performed by all the boys and girls in 1J. Two folk
dances were Incorporated into this well produced little play.
Then Lady Elizabeth Davis graciously presented the winners with prizes for good work and progress. After the presentation of the books Lady Elizabeth made a short, but touching speech
In appreciation of the Staff. She was presented with a bouquet of Spring flowers by little Carolynn Mumford from 1J.
This enjoyable afternoon was concluded by a colourful, reverent and moving performance, by all members of the Drama Group, of a Nativity Play. This was so successful that the Juniors very kindly repeated the performance the following day for the Secondary School.
The prizewinners were:
Form1J 1st. Russell Buley
2nd. Roger Knight
3rd. Roderick Cooke
4th. Carolynn Mumford
Form 2J. 1st. Mary Churcher
2nd. Peter Page
3rd. Aileen Walden & Alexandra Wagstaff
Form 3J. 1st Carol Laver
2nd. Rodney Payne
Industry & Progress Rita Nelson
Neatness Anthony Savage
Form 4J. 1st. Janet Shornbrot
THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR
The School Dramatic Society presented on the last three
nights of the Christmas term "The Government Inspector" by
This play has been translated from the Russian and Mr. Col-
sell fully succeeded in his production In preserving the atmosphere of Czarist Russia of a hundred years ago.
The east, numbered twenty-five, all drawn from the upper
forms ot the Secondary School. The two main parts of the
Mayor, and the Junior Official who was taken for the Inspector
General, were acted by John Wilson and Robert Allen, who had
to sustain exacting characters throughout almost the whole play. There were moments when Allen's acting reached a very
high standard, while Wilson managed to present a convincingly simple yet crafty Mayor.
The small town atmosphere of graft and corruption was clev
erly maintained In the first and last scenes when David Proth
eroe, Keith and Malcolm Livingstone, Richard Woodacrc and
David Peters, respectively the Charity Commissioner, Judge.
Postmaster. Superintendent of Schools and Police superinten
dent, all showed themselves conscious of many years of petty
The Mayor's shrewish will; was taken by Jill Martin and Haze!
Ansell was her attractive daughter.
There were no hitches In the production due to the great co
operation of the remainder of the cast - also thanks must be
paid to Mr. Green and his team of stalwart helpers.
The scenery was designed by Mr. Bletcher and constructed in
the Woodwork Boom. Miss Rippin designed many of the girls'
costumes, which were made in the needlework department.
This play was a pleasant departure from the usual School
production and the audiences were extremely appreciative.
R.N. DRAMA FESTIVAL, 1954
The competition for the festival this year was far keener than last year and in all there were eight entries. The decision to produce all the plays at Manoel Island Club theatre was not as convenient for the School as last year's arrangements, thoughit was a fairer test for the teams generally and was far more satisfactory for the audience.
The general level was on the whole higher than in 1953. The
School entries - Paradise Enow by James Bridie, produced by Mr Pago, and Riders to the Sea by J. M. Synge. produced by Mr. Colsell - were not placed in the first three, but the standard they reached was undoubtedly better than last year's. The settings and production in both plays were more finished, and the acting of Mr. Page and Mrs. Colsell in each play was singled out for special commendation. Avril Scott and Antoinette Gaunter in Riders to the Sea were praised for their performances, and the elegantly-costumed hour is in Paradise Enow were given full credit for their looks, though criticised understandably for their lack of experience. We hope that Miss Rippin's successful interpretation of the missionary will not encourage her to abandon teaching as a profession! She is far too valuable, also, as a costume-designer.
THE SCHOOL CHOIR
In September 1953 Lo the delight of those people who enjoy
singing, the formation of a School choir was suggested by Mrs.
Mathcws. the new music teacher. There were many enthusiasts,
most of whom, after a fairly lenient voice test, were
This was only a very short time before the choir was due to
give their first public performance on Prizegiving day, and so
we had to establish ourselves without any delay. Choir practices were arranged for each Monday lunch hour, and on this day each week the hall could be Heard ringing with "Non Nobis Domine" and "Sing Joyous Bird." a merry little song by Montague Phillips. It hardly need be mentioned that prize-giving day was entirely successful and many of our visitors did not hesitate to say that the choir sung extremely well.
Our second Important occasion was the carol concert which
took place on the last day of the Christmas term, the 22nd
December Many of the carols were sung by the choir and
School together, but those worthy of note sung only by the choir were "Ring Out Ye Crystal Spheres," Blake's "Cradle Song," "Good King Wenceslas." "A legend" and "What Child is this?". David Peters Upper 6th rendered "Masters in this Hall." and Pat Gerry (VG) very sweetly sang Wilher's "Rocking Hymn", while the choir joined In with the chorus. Another solo was by Jennifer Page (4MG). and Mr. Page's solo "The Boar's Head" In which we again joined In the chorus will be remembered for a long lime.
After Christmas we really settled down. Mrs. Mathews divided
us into first and second sopranos, each group having a separate day for choir practice with everyone meeting each Monday.
At. these practices we have been learning several two part songs. "Old Mother Hubbard," "Pastoral" and "Flocks In Pastures Green Abiding," along with "Wake Up" by Montague Phillips and "Let the Bright Seraphim" by Handel.
The choir has now become an important section of the School,
and it is part of our routine to stand on the stage every mor
ning in assembly In order to lead the rest of the School in the
It is mainly due to the hard work of Mrs. Mathews that our
performances have been so successful and we are extremely
grateful to her for making our choir practices so enjoyable.
We are now seeing the good results of her labours and hope to
make the concert this term absolutely first class.
Shirley Deacon, (choir prefect)
|The first real meet of the club was on December 28th at
Spinola. Six members met punctually at 10 a.m.. and walked
through St. Andrew's Barracks to meet Montrose who safely
guided the party across country to Wied il Faham. Splitting up
into three "Ropes" -the technical term for a climbing party six
climbs were successfully completed before lunch.
The official Guide claimed that to climb straight up from the
Chimney on Madalena Buttress had proved too difficult for the
writers. They had managed to reach a grassy nook half way
up the climb, but attempts to go further had failed. The R.N.
School R.C. Club, however, soon proved that there were four
ways at least to the top from their sticking point. It was
Burden who lead the way.
There was one casualty before lunch. Robin Palmer, evidently
under the impression that he was jumping on to a
feather mattress, leapt lightly down from the rocks Into a wild
briar bush. He carried the scars to prove it. for quite a low
After lunch, having been joined by Beard, we left Wied il
Faham to a newly arrived party which was under the leadership of friend Large from Stella Maris College. Crossing Wied Anjou another new climb was done, and also two established routes were covered, including "The Cat Walk", which goes up one side of a cave and along a narrow traverse above it. finishing up a neat little crack.
The last climb of the day, discovered by Reynolds, proved to
present the most difficulty, and with no stretch of imagination
can be classed as "Very Difficult' as a clean vertical slab with more fresh air to hold on to than anything else. A diagonal fault provided a route for part of the way. but the
final pitch, necessitating a bold step out on to what optimists
would describe as a foothold called for a certain amount of faith, hope & wishful thinking.
When the top was eventually reached a little elementary
mechanics involving the dropping of stones was practised, and
from it the more academically Inclined members deduced the
height to be somewhere between one and nine hundred feet!
This last mental exercise so exhausted the climbers, that the
ropes were coiled, the gear collected and the longest possible
way back to Spinola was found. This was by accident and not
P K. Reynolds.
ODE ON THE SIXTH FORM
With school like milk, as all agree.
The cream is always at the top:
Unless 'tis so, as you must see,
The school will be a frightful flop:
So let me briefly Introduce
The denizens of our sixth form.
The finest flower we can produce,
The busiest bees in alt our swarm.
In this distinguished company
There are distinctions and degrees:
There's Sixth Form A and. Sixth Form B.
And at the top two royal bees:
The Queen, the stalwart Shirley Deacon
Who gives Impeccable example
And sees the female bees don't weaken
Or turn out stuff not up to sample;
And then the King, that's Garry Cave.
One built by nature to Inspire
Respect in boys who won't behave '
(He also renders "Kiss of fire").
Next comes those venerable figures
Who likewise grace the second year
And work Like any gang of niggers
As they perceive exams draw near:
Ann Henderson who shines at Art
And paints those pictures that delight
Each wide-eyed parent's tender heart
On Open day; two men of might
The elder Livingstone and Peters. Who stamp their feel, and grind their teeth
When people call them "Maths Repeaters";
But David and his partner Keith
Have gained much more success as actors Upon Tal Handaq's famous stage
Than when they cope with pi and factors.
The Lower Sixth has David Page.
Trog Smith and likewise Peter Budd.
And Mr. Blamey's always at 'em
To concentrate and chew the cud
Until they bust the bloomin' atom.
Their colleagues on the female fide
Have no time to be sentimental:
Their Intellect is all their pride.
And yet they're very ornamental:
There's Wendy. Bridget. Hazel. Jill,
And Christine. Monica and Frances.
Who gild instruction's bitter pill
And warm our hearts with tender glances.
With names like these, you must agree.
Our school is blest above the norm;
Hail, flower of our academy,
Our small, yet scholarly. Sixth Form!
The British people have a rich and unparalleled store
superstitions, which are added to through the centuries,
|When a young woman in Derbyshire wishes to know who her
future husband is to be she must go into the churchyard at.
midnight on St. Valentine's Eve. and as the clock strikes twelve
run round the church repeating, without stopping, the following
"I sow hempseed, hempseed I sow :
He that loves me best come after me & mow.
Presently the figure of her lover is supposed to appear & follow her.
Besides foretellers of the future, plants are said to be good
barometers: in many a country village, the peasants rely on a plant rather than on the B.B.C. Weather Forecast. Clover Is
supposed to be rough to the touch when stormy weather ss at hand; and its leaves rise up. The Kentish people, when speaking in spring lime of the oak and ash coming Into leaf, say:
and believe that if the oak is the first to come out, the summer will be hot: if the ash. that It will be wet.
From the earliest times the Moon has been the. subject of
popular superstition; it, has been referred to as such by Shakespeare, Doctor Johnson and Herrick. In Cornwall, it is considered a bad omen to see the new moon through glass. Another practice is to look at the first new moon of the year through a silk handkerchief which has never been washed. As many moons as the person sees through the handkerchief (the threads multiplying the vision), betoken the number of years he will remain unmarried.
|In Devonshire It Is considered lucky to see the new moon over
the right shoulder; over the left shoulder is unlucky: and
straight before. prognosticates good fortune to the end of the
moon. In the same county many people believe that if, on
seeing the first new moon of the year, they take a stocking off
one foot and run across a field, on arriving there they will find
between their big and second toe a hair which will be the colour of their lover's! The moon is said to be like a boat when Its horns appear to point upwards and many people believe that when it, is situated thus there will be no rain.
Birds have, at all times, been in most countries the subject of
a very varied folk-lore. In Wales it is considered unlucky to
hear the cuckoo before the 6th of April, but you will have prosperity for the whole year if you first hear It on the 28th.
Formerly It was believed that if n farmer killed a robin his
I have a fairy dolly.
With a pair of silver wings.
And though she never speaks all d
At night I'm sure she sings.
For as I close my weary eyes.
I hear the fairy bells
Playing Christmas Carols
In the little fairy dells.
And then the fairy choir
Gathers in a fairy ring.
My fairy dolly Joins them.
As they all begin to sing.
But as the glow-worms' lantern lights
Begin to fade away,
They scurry into snow-drop cups.
To hide throughout the day.
In every little pupil's mind,
A speck of knowledge one should find.
It may be large, it may be small,
And often isn't there at all.
In Latin lesson orders are.
To learn the new vocabular';
But if the brain-box worketh wrong.
The knowledge is not very strong.
All the maths is quite a horror.
With the add, subtract and borror;
In history we're all quite keen,
But only 'till the marks are seen.
In our art we do not revel
Always losing the eye level.
But now I fear the end is here
Because my mind is far from clear
I have a little teddy bear;
He has brown eyes and yellow hair.
All day long he squeaks away.
We dress him up and he squeaks again.
He stands on the toy-box until I come home.
When I go in the bedroom.
He squeaks the house down.
While readers note that Carole's terse Example of an English verse, Suggests familiarity With subjects on a parity.
With Latin, History & Art Mathematics of the smart. It would come as no surprise to me Some verses French from her to see.
Science pure and of the household More'n the gist she finds she can hold. And of the subjects we can log We mustn't fail to mention Geog.
A HOLIDAY IN JERSEY
One of the hottest days I have ever experienced was in the
August of 1952. Our family had arrived on the previous day
in the 'Isle of Sark', after a very calm crossing from South
ampton. When we had disembarked on the quay, we were told
by some friends that the annual Jersey Carnival of the Battle
of Flowers was to be held next day. We decided that we would
make arrangements lo go with thorn to see some of the
The idea of the procession was to form a model from flowers
and wire mesh to do with the given subjects. When the exhibits
had been Judged and the prizes allotted, everybody would
rush to take the flowers and throw them at one another; hence
the "Battle of Flowers."
The next day, to our horror, was very wet. and when we woke
the sky was black and the air close. It looked as if there was
going to be a thunderstorm. At about eleven o'clock. It was
simply pouring, but later, to our delight, a weak-looking sun
appeared and with it a rainbow. At lunch time the carnival
was definitely on: and everybody worked to put up the decorations
and the exhibits were quickly put together for the afternoon.
If it had not been for the 'Battle of Flowers', the Jersey
people would have welcomed the arrival of rain, as there had
been a drought all summer and the flowers were fading.
At two o'clock, we round our seats on the road to Saint Helier,
and complete with the coolest clothes, and the coldest drinks
we could muster we sat down to enjoy ourselves. Unfortunately, just In front of us there was a bush swarming with every kind of fly imaginable; soon they thought us better targets and flew on our ices, arms and faces.
First in the procession, came the band dressed like toy soldiers:
they looked as if they were stifling in their hot uniforms,
with the sun pouring down on them. Then followed Yolande
Donlan. the film-star, who was the chief guest. As she passed
the crowd she threw flowers from her bouquet into their eagerly waiting hands. The heat was simply terrible; luckily we had brought hats, but even so we longed for a little rain to clear the air.
The exhibits then came by. Some were so large that
in the still baking late afternoon. Nevertheless, when the whistle
was blown over the microphone there was a mad rush to
grab flowers. When we had thrown a few, and in our turn received a few back, we went home for Iced drinks.
At about seven o'clock we went up on to the roof and watched some brilliant fireworks. There were rockets, giant Catherine wheels, roman candles, and many other sophisticated ones, we then crawled Into our beds, very tired and sticky after a thrilling day.
As I woke the next morning the rain was simply pouring in at the window and there was a great puddle on the floor.
The blue-green waters of ray pool.
Look so deep, so dark and cool,
In the glade
Where rabbits play.
I can go there, every day.
Right in my glade the Toadstools stand.
Brought to it from fairy land.
I'm sure the rabbits say "Who's been in out glade today?"
And then at Midnight blackbirds sing.
You walk down the path
All shaking In your shoes.
You face the Head Master;
There's nothing more to lose.
He looks you up and down.
And seems to criticize.
Then shows the place to read;
Good gracious It's a size!
You wait outside the hall.
Your hands are shaking badly,
And you're wobbling at the knees.
Mr. Page comes round the corner,
He sees you looking glum.
Then explains the awkward phrases.
And things begin to hum.
The choir behind are singing.
The children in their places.
And now alas the time has come
To put you through your paces.
The Hymn is over now.
The Head gives you a sign
You fumble for the place.
"Oh. Lor' where Is that line?"
An aeroplane goes over,
There's only one real jungle law.
Which all the beasts like one obey;
It is to kill or to be killed,
From hour to hour and day to day.
A massive lion 'midst bushes lay,
While overhead on leafy bough,
A panther watched the selfsame prey A drinking deer the two cats saw.
The jungle heard his mighty roar,
The lion's prey stood still with fear.
The lion charged and with his paw.
He tore Its throat from ear to ear.
The lion stopped, the deer was dead.
Then quickly like a streak of light
The panther dived at Leo's head The
two cats fought with all their might.
The night has come, the jungle's still.
The birds are sleeping; beasts of prey
Are taking rest in peace until They
all awake the foll'wing day.
The sky darkens and with a breeze.
The snow falls down with ease
Gliding, fleeting, softly beating Covering homesteads and the trees.
The wind sweeps down with a moan so low
The wind is the snow's mightiest foe
Rushing, dancing, madly prancing,
Covering all below.
Children's voices suddenly ring out.
With a high-pitched happy shout,
Gay and Joyful, making .snowballs,
Happily to throw about.
SMALL-BORE RIFLE SHOOTING
Small-bore rifle shooting is becoming a popular sport In Great
Britain. In nearly every town or Services establishment there
Is a miniature rifle range.
The Rifles differ In type and construction, and may be divided
into two main groups: a The Martini, or Jailing block type
action. such as the B.S.A. or Vickers; b the bolt action, such
as the Mauser. Remington and Winchester. The most common
small-bore rifle used in clubs is the Martini type. All the competition rifles are fitted with aperture sights and slings. The sling Is used to steady the rifle.
A competition ride fs a delicate piece of engineering and
must be treated with great care. The sights should not be
adjusted by a beginner who has Just learnt to handle the rifle.
One or two minutes or bad adjustment can ruin a rifle for ever-
Only modern non-rusting cartridges must be used unless the
rifle Is cleaned after every shot.
A gun needs oiling and cleaning once a month. If you drop
a round or carry it In your pocket always clean It before inserting into the rifle.
In England you cannot go Into a shop and buy a rifle and
ammunition. You must first get a firearms certificate from the
|When you join a miniature rifle club get one of the members
to show you how to operate the rifle, do not try alone. Twenty rounds or shots an evening is quite enough. Always try hard and get Into your club team as soon as you can. Don't adjust the sights until you are getting all your shots into one main group so that a halfpenny will cover them i( you place it on top.
When firing, the trigger should never be pulled but gently
"squeezed", so that you don't know when the rifle la going to lire. Small-bore rifles require three lbs. pressure on the trigger before they fire. When beginning, it is better to practise loading and squeezing the trigger without putting in a round or bullet.
Practically all small-bore shooting In Great Britain Is conducted in the "prone" position. In other words, lying on the stomach supporting the rifle with both hands. Remember when shooting comfort the essence of success.
Although the bullet travels fast. It has to have time to get
out of the barrel and it will go according to where you are pointing the gun when It leaves the muzzle!
Although a .22 bullet is small it has a range of one mile and
is very deadly for five hundred yards. The golden rules for
a. Never point a rifle at anybody. loaded or unloaded....
I received the news when I was having my lunch. My Father
came in from the office and sat down at the lunch table. Mother
asked him if there was any news, and he said. "Oh. yes," and
turned to my sister. "Ann they want you to present a bouquet
to the Princess to-night". "The Princess!" we both exclaimed
In amazement. "Yes, Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh have been invited to attend the Bighi Pantomime tonight as the Captain and Captain's Wife of H.M.S. Magpie," my father explained.
Ann and I were the cast of the Bighi Players Annual Pantomome "The Babes in the Wood."
I then reminded her that the worst was to come.
THE GHOST TRAIN
AN EXCITING ADVENTURE
Once upon a time there was a little girl named Jill. She had a brother Tom. They lived In a place called Ittlebury. They had a little white cottage with red roses growing round the door. Near their house wan a wood and one day Jill's pet bird named Joey, Hew away, so she ran to tell Tom saying, "My bird has flown away!" Tom said, "I will help you find him." so off they went into the wood to look Tor him. But after a. little while. Jill said. "Listen. I think I can hear someone crying." and Tom replies, "Don't be silly there Is no-one here," but to his surprise they saw two little fairies crying. Jill said to them, "Why do you weep?" They replied together, "Our Fairy Queen said that if we do not get some red rose petals for our dresses, we will not have our ball when the moon is full." Tom was Listening to this and ran on horn? to get some from around his door. When he arrived home he said, "May I have some roses?" His mother asked him why he wanted them, so he said. "Jill and I want to make some scent." His mother agreed and off he went with the roses.
On his way to the wood he found Joey. He put the roses on the ground and took Joey home. When he came back to get the roses they had gone. So he went and told Jill what had happened, and the fairies said. "That s why we have no roses left. The gnomes have taken moon is full." Tom said, -Jill and I will find them and get the roses back." They were just, going when Jill said. "We don't know where to find them." The fairies told them and off they went.
When they found the tree, a little gnome said. "If you want the other gnomes, come with me. I know where they are," The two children went with the little gnome, but when they got there- the little gnome said something that sounded like "calpara." Jill said. -I wonder what he said that for."
As she saw that, out from nowhere came thousands of tiny gnomes. They grabbed the two children, and took them to their hide-out. When they got to the hide-out one gnome, who Jill though! was the chief one. said. "These children are too big to get in here," but as he said that, the children threw all the gnomes that were holding them on to the ground, and Tom held all the gnomes, while Jill took some cord out of his pocket and tied them up, threatening to harm them If they did not tell them where the roses were. So the gnomes showed them where the roses were. Tom untied them all and took the roses to the fairies. who were waiting for them to return. Then the fairies asked them to carry the roses to the Fairy Queen's Palace.
They look them and the Queen said, "What can I give you us a reward" Jill and Tom replied together, "We would like to come to the ball." and the Queen said they could.
So off they went home, and their mother said. "May I see the scent?" and Tom told her why they had wanted the roses and about their reward.
She agreed with their going to the ball so the children waited anxiously for the full moon to come. At last It came and Jill and Tom had a wonderful night.
A WALK IN APRIL
One warm April morning when I was sitting In our garden reading a book about wild flowers I suddenly came across a picture of a flower I had never seen before.
As I am very interested in flowers I decided to see if I could find this particular one. I went into the house first, to put on my walking .shoes und then I started out.
The country round my home was very beautiful, and had an abundance of wild flowers. I picked some flowers for mummy, and as I did so I kept my eyes alert to see if I could find the flower for which I was searching. I went up to a field I know had many wild flowers and to my surprise there was a chestnut mare and by her side was the sweetest little foal with a little white star in the middle of Its forehead. I went up to stroke it and to my delight it seemed quite fearless. How I wished I had some titbits for It ! But by now time was getting on and I realised I had better go if I wanted to look for my special flower. So I said "Goodbye" to it and skipped away.
I sang as I went along and the birds sang with me as they flew above me. I looked about me all the time but I could not find this wild flower at all. The flowers looked brightly up at me sometimes, with little drops of rain in their petals which looked like little pieces of shining silver. Everything looked new! The fields I went through often had baby lambs with their fluffy white coats but I kept at a distance In case the mother would not like me to touch her lambs. The trees under which I walked were growing a new set of leaves Which were a beautiful green. The walk was so delightful that 1 was sorry when it was quite time to go home. And although I did not have the wild flower I hoped to get. it was by far my most enjoyable walk.
Barbara Humphrey. Form 4J.
IN MY DREAM
I hear the chirping of the sparrows.
The trickling of the stream.
The wind blowing over the meadow In my dream.
I heard the mooing of a cow.
And the children on the green.
And the laughing of the horses
In my dream.
A little nest I once found:
It was built upon the ground.
The eggs in it were bluish green,
The prettiest I had ever seen.
It belonged to the speckled thrushes.
Built In the hedge of brooms and brushes;
And soon out of the pretty eggs.
Popped little birds with tiny legs.
|MY PET BUDGIE
I have a little budgie.
It always wants to Teed.
And every morning at half past
I fill his pot with seed.
He's n very pretty colour.
Black, yellow and green.
The prettiest little budgie,
That you have ever seen.
|1. Crickct Ball - Boys Open 231ft 10 Ins. New Record
1. D. Alder (N) 2. A. Ovcrton (S). M. Cooper (W)
2. 100 yds. - Open Boys 11.1 secs.
1. D. McVey (D) 2. M. Cooper (W) 3, A. Plater (S)
3. 100 yds. - Junior Boys 13.1 secs.
1. R. Palmer (N) 2. J. Walker (N) 3 R. Payne
4. 100 yds. - Open Girls
1. S. Buick (N) 2. M. McVey (W) 3. V. Attrill (D)
5. 100 yds. - Junior Girls 13.5 secs.
1. M. Allan (S) 2. I. Williams (S) 3. C. Buick (S)
6. 100 yds. - Senior Girls 12.5 secs.
1. E. Mitchell (W) 2 M .Watson (W) 3. T. Dudman (W)
7. 100 yds. - Senior Boys 11secs.
1. G. Stubbs (N) 2. J. Burden (W) 3. I. Montrose (N).
8. High Jump - Boys 5-ft. 2 ins. New Record
1. G. Cave <(N) 2. J. Wilson (N) 3. M. Livingstone (W)
9. Obstacle Race - Girls Open
1. V. Attrill (D) 2. C. Howarth. (N) 3. V. Fogden (S)
10. Cricket Ball - Junior Boys 151 ft.
1. S. Brown (D) 2. R. Palmer (N) 3. T. O'Connell (N)
11. 220 yds. - Senior Girls 30.6 sec*.
1. E. Mitchell (W) 2. T. Dudman (W) 3. E. Henwood (W)
12. 230 yds. - Girls Open
1. S. Buick (N) 2. M. McVey (W) 3. C, Howarth (N)
13. 220 yds. Junior Girls 32.6 secs,
1. I. Williams (S) 2. J. Fountain (S) 3. M. Allan (S)
14. 520 yds. - Senior Boys
1. D. Protheroe (S) 2. R. Stubbs (N) 3. I. Montrose (N)
15. 220 yds. - Boys Open 26 secs.. New Record
1. D. McVey (D) 2. M. Cooper (W) 3. M. Nettlefold(W).
16. 220 yds. - Junior Boys
1. H. Palmer (N) 2. R. Colwill (N) 3. R. Payne (N)
5 minutes 22.8 secs.
17. One Mile Boys Open
1. J. Mallon (W) 2. P. Reynolds (S) 3. G. Humble (D) 18. Putting the Shot Boys Open
1. A. Overton (S) 2. G. Cave (N) 3. M. Livingstone (N)
33ft -6 3/4 Ins. 19. Putting the Shot - Junior Boys
1. S. Brown (D) 2. R. Colwill (N) 3. G. Jarvis (D)
Skipping Race - Junior Girls
l. H. Wakefield (W) 2. J. Churchcr (N), 3, S.Rich (D)
21. 440 yds. - Senior Boys
I. G. Stubbs (N) 2. P. Reynolds -(S). 3. I. Montrose (N)
22. 440 yds. -Boys Open
I. D. McVey (D) 2. M. Cooper (W ) 3. D. Alder (N)
23. Netball Shooting - Senior Girls
I. D. Cottrell (S) 2. C .Turner (D) 3. J. Vine (D)
24. High Jump - Girls Open 4-ft, 3 ins.
I. S. Bulck (N) 2. P. Pickering (D) 3. M. McVey (W)
25. Mixed Shuttle Race - Juniors Mixed
1. Stephenson 2. Drake 3. Nelson
26. Throwing thc Discus - Boys Open 103-ft. 2 ins. New Record
1. O. Cave (N) 2. K. Livingstone (N) 3. J. Wilson (N)
27. Hockey Skittles - Girls Open
1. J.Vine(W)andH.Ansell(D) 3.E.Henwood (W) and J.Owens(D)
28. Mixed Shuttle Race - Senior Mixed
l. Stephenson 2. White 3. Nelson
29. 880 yds. - Boys Open 2 mins 30.6 secs.
1. D. McVey (D) 2. J. Mallon (W) 3. P. Reynolds (S)
30. Obstacle Race - Junior Girls
1. H. Wakefield (W) 2. F. Beach (D) 3. M. Harber (N)
31. Long Jump - Senior Boys 16ft 6 ins.
1. D. Protheroe (S) 2. S. Burden (S) 3. P. Reynolds (S)
32. Hockey Dribble - Senior Girls
1. V. Fogden (S) 2. C. Culler (W) 3. J. Roe (W) 33. Throwing the Javelin - Boys Open
1. A. Overton (S) 2. D. Page (S) 3. C. Plater (S)
34. Hockey Dribble Junior Girls
1. E. Henwood (W) 2. M. Galvin (N) 3. W. Clarke (N)
35. Hop. Step and Jump - Girls Open Distance 29-ft. 9 ins.
1. S. Buick (N) 2. E. Mitchell (W) 3. C. Turner (D)
36. Relay - Boys Open
1. Stephenson 2. Nelson 3. White
37. Relay - Girls Open 2. Nelson 1. White 3. Drake
38. Medley Relay - Senior Boys and Girls
l. Stephenson 2. White 3.Nelson
39. Tug of War
1. Nelson 2. Stephenson 3.Drake
|40. High Jump - Senior Boys 4-ft. 7 ins
1. G. Stubbs -(N) 2. J. Burden (W) 3. J. Biscoe (S)
41. Long Jump - Boys Open 17-ft.
1. M. Livingstone (W) 2. 1. Mallon (W) 3. A. Noble (3)
42. 3 Miles - Open 16 mins. 59 sees.
1. D. McVey (D) 2. J, Malton (W) 3. A. Noble (S)
Champion Boy Athlete - David McVey
Runners up - Anthony Overton and John Mallon
Champion Girl Athlete - Suzanne Buick
Runner up - Margaret McVey
Nelson 178 White 121
Stephenson 126 Stephenson 90
White 83 Nelson 89
Drake 74 Drake 60
50 yards - Girls under 9
50 yards - Boys under 9
50 yards - Girls 9-11
50 yards - Boys 9-11
80 yards - Girls over 11
80 yards - Boys over 11
Egg and Spoon Race - Gail Attree
Potato Race - Roger Alltimes
Skipping Race - Carole Robertson
Plant Pot Race - Nicholas Wright
|Sack Race -
Wheelbarrow Race - John Davies and Geoffrey-Williams
Relay Race under11 -I. Drake 2. Nelson
Relay Race over 11 -1. White 2. Drake
Dressing Race - Girls - Yvonne Toms
Dressing Knee - Boys - Ian Alder
Obstacle Race - Girls - Penelope Brockman
Ohstacle Race - Boys - Robin. Blomeley
1st. White -41. 2nd. Drake -34. 3rd. Nelson and Stephenson -23
|It was with regret that we saw such stalwarts as
Mallon. McVey, Stubbs, Noble and one or two others, leaving School at the end of last year, and we shall most certainly miss them next season.
However there are quite a few newcomers who look as though they can run. jump and throw, and with those of the Old Brigade who still remain and these fresh reserves, we should be able to hold up our heads when the trial of strength comes.
Last season was not a howling success, but compared with the defeats from which we have suffered this year, it was very good indeed! Not only have we not won a single game, but we have been beaten every time, and apart from one isolated instance, when we thought we were going to draw with De la Salle, we have been soundly trounced. Our two bits of consolation are that in the lust game against Hamrun Tech. we played better football than ever before, and secondly, if the game against Paceville-Rovers had not been cancelled, who knows. -we might have won.
We still have to play our first game in the Inter Schools Cup
Knock Out, so we can live In hopes of pulling something off in that competition.
The result of the Inter-House competition will not be known
when the Magazine goes to press, but from the form shown so far, it is very likely that Nelson will be in first place, unless the promising new blood in White bring their House to the top.
Hockey has been played with enthusiasm this season and good
numbers have turned up every Saturday at Manoel Island.
Games have been arranged on Thursdays after School, but the
response has been a little disappointing.
The beginners have worked hard and are now enjoying their
game. Stickwork throughout the School is improving and many
players are beginning to show promise.
The School team has played three matches winning one and
losing two. With more determination and attack this could be
a good side. At the moment play is not forceful enough and
players are content to tackle once and then let their opponents
have the ball- To be successful a team must go on the field
with a will to win, and play all out right through the game.
The Houses have all had practice games and matches are
planned for the last few weeks of term.
|During the Summer Holidays, however, the School XI played a series
of fine matches with Sliema Second XI, and four other
games with the University and boys from St. Edward's, when
play brightened up considerably. The result was three games
won, four lost, one drawn, and one "rained off."
M. Livingstone topped the Batting Averages in this series,
closely followed by Page and Bull. Wilson, Plater. Noble. MalIon. and Wondacre put up good bowling performances. On the whole the fielding was very much better than during term time.
D. Alder and K. Livingstone were worth special mention here.
INTER HOUSE CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP
This competition was held on Friday. 26th February. The
course was in fair condition and good times were expected from some of the Seniors.
Starting from school, the Juniors got away first, watched by
the usual enthusiastic supporters. Within a few minutes the
seniors, who had started from the top of the hill, came past
with Reynolds and Humble well to the front. Then followed
the wait for the first man home. When he arrived it was Bain
of White in the very good time of 16 mins. 56 secs, which was only 5 secs, outside the course record. Within a minute Montrose and Beard, both going well, arrived. With 1st. 4th, 5th and 7th places to their credit- White House were easy winners of the Junior event with 17 points. Nelson 2nd - 26 points. Stephenson 3rd - 49 points, and Drake 4th - 64 points.
Hard on the heels of the Juniors came Reynolds of Stephenson first man of the Seniors with a very good record time of 19 mins. 27 sees. Only 18 secs, behind him came Humble with Burden a good third, although he was nearly a minute later.
The final placings were. White - 20 points. Stephenson - 40
points. Nelson - 41 points. Drake - 44 points.
|Drake eventually won by the narrow margin of only 6
points, but Stephenson who scored lowest points were only 14
points behind them.
Stubbs who won all three of his events won the cup for the
champion boy swimming. Shirley Deacon with two events
won was the most successful or the girls. All who took part
are to be congratulated on the high standard of their performance
Among the distinguished guests who attended were the Flag
Officer. Malta, and Mrs. Salter. Captain and Mrs. Cavenagh
Mainwaring. The Prizes were presented by Mrs, Cavenagh
Results were as follows:
Girls 13 - 14 Time: 26 secs.
|14. Breaststroke Girls over 141/2 Time: 23.2
1. S. Buick (N) 2. P. Deacon (S) 3. M. McVey (W)
15. Backstroke Boys 13 - 141/2 Time: 23.4 sees.
1. G. Stubbs (N) 2. D. Smith (N) 3. G. Humble (S)
16. Freestyle Boys ll1/2 - 13 Time: 21 secs,
1. A. Orchard (S) 2. R. Hann (W) 3. H. Pyne(N)
17. Breaststroke Girls 111/2 - 13 Time: 25.4 secs.
1. N. Keary (N) 2. M. Campbell (D) 3. H. WakeHcld (W)
18. Backstroke Girls 13 - 141/2 Time: 26.2 secs,
1. T. Dudman (W) 2. M. Brill-Edwards (D) 3. J. Talbot (W)
19. Diving Boys over 14.
1. A. Overton (S) 2, J. Miller (D) 3. R. Allen (D)
20. Freestyle Girls over I41/2 Time; 46 secs.
1. S. Deacon (W) 2. D. Flack (S) 3. P. Deacon fS)
21. Freestyle Boys 10 - ll1/2 Time: 24.2 secs.
1. D. Chadwick (W) 2. C. Brown (S) 3. D. Campbell (D)
22. Breaststroke Boys 111/2 - 13 Time: 25,7 secs.
1. M. Elsam (S) 2. R, Pyne (N) 3. R. Ball (S)
23. Freestyle Girls 111/2 - 13 Time: 25.2 secs.
1, N. Keary (N) 2. M. Campbell (N) 3. H. Wakefield (W)
24. Breastroke Boys 13 - 141/2 Time: 22.4 secs.
1. G. Stubbs (N) 2. D. Protheroe (S) 3. J. Ward (W)
25. Backstroke Boys over 141/2.
1. M. Livingstone (W) 2. A. Plater (S) 3. B. Allen (D)
26. Diving Girls over 14.
1. P. Deacon (S) 2. D. Kimpton (N) 3. G. Deacon (W)
27. Relay Boys 10 - 111/2.
1. DRAKE 2. WHITE 3. NELSON
Relay Boys 111/2 - 13.
1. STEPHENSON 2. DRAKE 3. NELSON
Relay Boys 13 - 141/2
1. DRAKE 2. NELSON 3. WHITE
Relay Boys over 141/2.
1. NELSON 2. WHITE 3. STEPHENSON
ROYAL NAVAL SEA SCOUTS
|T.S. Egmont saw very good service during the summer holidays,
being manned almost continuously. A good deal of boat-work was carried out and the scouts became quite adept at
rigging and sailing the whaler.
The seasons activities ended with a whaler race over a half
mile course. The challengers were the Royal Dockyard Sea
Scouts and the race was held in Lazaretto Creek. The School
crew won by about five lengths, which was very commendable as conditions were not good, there being a choppy sea and a strong headwind.
It was a successful year from the point of proficiency badges
too - most of these being for swimming and gained an the
various trips we had to Comino. These were always enjoyable and needless to say, a similar booking for the coming picnic has been made.
We must congratulate our Troop Leader Tony Baylee for
gaining his Queen's Scout Badge. Unfortunately. Tony, like
many others has left us to return to the UK. but new blood
keeps coming along and the youngsters must fit themselves to follow the footsteps of those who have helped to make the troop what it is today.
One thing more - Bob-a-Job Week. Once again the troop
distinguished itself by raising the highest amount on the Island.
Bob-a-Job Week is at Easter this time so let us aim at setting
a new all time record. The reward for their year's successes came in January when the parents gave the Sea Scouts a super party and invited the Guides along as guests. A jolly good time was had by all.
In return a Camp Fire was organised by the Sea Scouts and
all parents were invited.
We were all sorry to see the Minesweepers taken out of
Commission. We had been on board so often and travelled so far with them that we came to look on them as our Ships. However, as a token of the close relationship that existed between us, the officers and men of the Motor Minesweepers have presented the troop with their Wandering Challenge Cup. We shall treasure that as a token of our long association and friendship.
Now it's up to you, Scouts. Shoulders to the wheel and make next year the most enjoyable and successful yet.
TAL HANDAK WOLF CUBS
The pack has been very busy during the last year. Unfortunately Akela left us to get married but her place was
taken by Mrs. Pilley and Mrs. Bray whom we welcome most
heartily to Council Rock.
|Many Cubs have left the pack to hunt the jungles across the
seas but many others have joined us to hunt with the pack on
Tal Handak trails, and keep us up to strength.
Many badges were gained during the summer and It was no
uncommon sight to see Skipper putting Wolf Cubs through their swimming paces on the beaches of Malta and Comino.
One afternoon we had a film show all to ourselves. This was
a grand treat and we hope there will be more of them.
The best treat at all was a party given by the parents. We
had a jolly good feed, let off loads of steam and went home
happily - each cub with a lovely present.
We did pretty well in Bob-a-Job Week too. but we are going
to do even belter this year.
One final word - some Cubs are still blind. How about trying
to get both eyes open?
Soon after the last Guide Notes were published we learned
from Girl Guide Headquarters in London that our Company had made a considerable, and at that time little publicised achievement.
All Companies throughout the World had been invited
to accept the "Chief Guide's Challenge". This involved, amongst other things, carefully recording all progress over a six month period, making a collection of natural objects (in our case shells and handicrafts (one girl learned to make Maltese Lace) and sending it all to London. We were grateful to receive a diploma and to learn that only five Companies in the whole World had reached a higher standard. Our entry has been kept at Headquarters to be Shown to the Princess Royal, President of the Girl Guide Association. Although it is long ago now, memories of last Summer's Camp are still green. Despite those Job's comforters who assured us that it couldn't be done we managed to obtain a suitable site and sufficient tents. After a preliminary Camp by the Patrol Leaders, some eighteen guides eventually found themselves under canvas for a week at a secluded spot known as Tal Salika.
Perhaps the most vivid recollection of that eventful week is of
the last night, when we had a fancy dress Camp Fire. Entries
ranged from an 1850 bathing belle to Wee Willie Winkie. Later
that same evening, when on my tour round the camp before going to bed. I heard strange groanings coming from the wash
house and feared murder was being committed. However, on investigation it appeared that, the "Wild Man from Borneo" was merely having brown boot polish scrubbed off his arms and legs!
|I must now take this opportunity of saying Goodbye to Lieutenant and all Guides.
For 21/2 years I have enjoyed being with you. and together we have tried to learn the spirit of true Guiding. On my return to England I want you to give to your new Captain the same devotion that you have given to me for I know then that the 1st Malta Company cannot fall to remain - as in the words of the Island Commissioner - the best Company in Malta.
Goodbye to you all. and Good Guiding,
Joan M. Crofts (Captain)
Since the beginning of the Spring Term Brownies have been
holding their meetings after school hours In the Hall, thus
giving them more time to do test work.
There are 28 Brownies in the Pack. Three children left for
U.K.. and three recruits have joined since January. All Brownies are keen workers, and anxious to pass tests towards gaining their 1st. and 2nd. class badges. Only the lack of Brownie badges is holding up the enrolment of new recruits.
A party was held in February at the Scout Headquarters.
Sliema, for all Brownies in Malta. Only 12 of our Pack were
able to attend, and each child was given a present from a Giant Cracker.
We are very fortunate in having as Tawny Owl. Heather Marriott, who is company Leader in the School Girl Guides.
DRAKE HOUSE NOTES
Drake has not put up a very good show, mainly due to lack of support at the practices during the week. In the House Championships, the team managed to beat Nelson, but were defeated by Stephenson and White. This term the Juniors seem to be very keen and we have some very promising players in Rhoda Grieve and Frances Beach. Jane Skinner and Sallie Vine continue to keep up their high standard of play in the senior team, but unfortunately the latter team has been weakened by the departure of our goal-keeper. Jennifer Page, and Margaret Brill-Edwards.
NELSON HOUSE NOTES
Unfortunately Nelson came last In the Netball matches, due
I think to lack of enthusiasm. But now the practices, held on
Friday lunchtime, are well attended. The younger members.
A practice Knock-out Tournament van held In December. 1953, in which we showed a marked improvement. We beat Stephenson but were later beaten by White In the finals.
|STEPHENSON HOUSE NOTES
Before giving a .summary of activities the House would like
In the many friendly matches played this season the House
has been represented by a large number of players. As a result of this we have been able to make the best use of our available players in the House competition.
In the friendly matches we have beaten, and lost to, White,
also drawn and lost to Drake. In the competition we did well to draw with Nelson bat our losing to White was partly our own fault through one or two players arriving late. Players must turn up in time for matches!
Congratulations to Plater and Reynolds who were regular
players for the School XI. and to Philips. Thomas and Biscoe
who played in the Junior XI.
After intensive- practice .during the Christmas term the House had its best hockey team for many seasons. Last season we were second in the House competition; this year we hope to do better.
Congratulations to Sally Culverwell. Judith Kelly. Barbara
Watts, Carole Buick and Ann Wilson who have played for the School XI.
Netball and Tennis. 1953-1954.
These are the last and apparently the least of our House activities.
Our tennis is weak and our netball seems to be deteriorating.
This must be rectified' There is ample opportunity for girls to practise netball. and us the weather improves we hope
to see an Improvement in the numbers and standard of the
House netball. Rally round girls, find let the House be proud of its Netball team!
We were only third in the Christmas half-term positions. We
|WHITE HOUSE NOTES
In the athletics last year, we put up rather a poor show, except
tor one or two events such as the half-mile. There was a noticeable lack or House spirit when the teams were picked, and several athletic-looking people in the House
pleaded ignorance or injury in order to avoid representing White in what must be the hardest fought competition of all.
This year. I expect more enthusiasm for athletics, and I am
sure that the few over-worked members who try to do their best will be grateful for the removal of some responsibility from their shoulders.
Let's have a little more co-operation, and less procrastination
this year White House!!
Due to the new 'bonus' system, whereby points were gained by
competitors who achieve a certain standard, White started on
sports day with a lead of 8 points.
The outstanding point about the swimming was the contrast
between the number of people who took part and the few
entrants in athletics. Anybody who didn't submerge when they
hit, the water 'had a go'. Although we came third, losing 2nd
place to Nelson by 1/2 a point, the result was encouraging: and I hope that the amphibians of White House will do even better
In the Summer Term 1953 seven girls of our House managed to win us the netball shield; they were Jill Vine. Heather Dowker. Shirley Deacan. Ethel Mitchell, Valeric Collins. Teresa Recs and Margaret McVey.
We won without a great deal of difficulty mainly due to our
good team work, aquired in the practices held one lunch hour every week. Miss Knowles worked hard, blowing her whistle, on those days, but the team enjoyed it and found that all the hard work had not been In vain when the time came for House Matches. Let's see if we can keep that shield this year, White House!
In previous issues or the School Magazine, contributions from
Verdala have taken their place along with those from Tal
Handak. Now. we are the proud possessors of a section of the
magazine- all to ourselves. In fact, this Issue reflects the relationship between Tal Handak and Verdala - each School has a sufficiently strong identity of its own to warrant a magazine of its own, yet each is a part at one whole, The Royal Naval School, Malta, so that it is good to bind the two sections together into one magazine and thus indicate our unity.
All this, however, means that we at Verdala need contributors
who will product- the number and quality of articles needed for a good magazine - stories of interesting events in which you
have taken part; accounts of various happenings of the school
year; how to carry out. some hobby in which you are particularly interested; short stories & poems. These are a few of the things which make a School Magazine attractive. There is no need to wait until it is near the publication date - write your
contributions as they occur to you, immediately after the events, while the memory is fresh and submit them then. Besides making it easier for you, this also helps the editor by giving more time to arrange the magazine.
Finally, although I have been here some time, this is the first
opportunity I have had of going into print to say how pleased
I am to be here and how glad to find such a fine spirit everywhere amongst the pupils, the stuff and the parents. W.B.
The School has continued to expand In numbers and during
Autumn Term has reached its greatest ever with 800 pupils,
spread over seven Infant classes and fourteen Junior classes
Since then the total has stayed up near the 800 mark, so that
we are continually on the point of "bursting at the seams".
|They have also acted as Prefects and are helping greatly in the day to
day running of the School.
We have been pleased to see some very welcome visitors. Instructor Rear-Admiral W. A. Bishop, Director of the Naval Education Service, and Mrs. Bishop walked round Verdala on October 13th and left us feeling very happy in the knowledge of their great interest in the School.
Similar thoughts come to mind about Rear-Admiral Salter's visit on
January 25th when he came to make his annual inspection as Flag Officer,
| They enjoy the advantages of a large playground and the P.T.
lessons taken there, while we are also very lucky to have a large hall
for singing and dancing lessons. At lunch time this is used as a dining
room where the Staff take turns at supervising the feeding,
One afternoon, late in the Autumn Term, a mass Assembly for the whole School was held. Our younger children took a keen interest in hearing how their Houses had fared in the competition for the shield in the Junior Department. Although we do not stress working for a House Team in our Department, the children love to think that their own particular House colour is best.
The five-year-olds made a very novel birthday card of drawings and ascriptions about their life in Malta, which they sent Prince Charles. We were very excited when a letter of thanks was received from Buckingham Palace, This was put on view for a small contribution towards the Westminster Abbey Fund and quite a helpful sum was raised.
We are very glad to have part of this magazine for Verdala now and although our children arc rather young to offer contributions some of them have tried very hard to write something. The selection of results that are printed are the children's own work with help given only in the spelling of some hard words,
It was very difficult for me to say farewell to Tal Handak after spending the three happiest years of my teaching career within its unique walls. This is the first opportunity I have had of publicly recording my deep appreciation of a most sympathetic and understanding Headmaster, a delightful staff of helpful colleagues and a school of happy, lively children of whom I shall always have very pleasant memories. So it was with mixed feelings a new phase at Verdala. After my first few days there however I knew I was going to be happy in my new surroundings
|Verdala School has grown to such large proportions that we
art now honoured by a section of the School Magazine all to
ourselves, so I propose to tell you a little about the School. The
Junior Section is housed chiefly in two large, pleasant blocks
built of Malta's yellow stone with delightful views from the
upper storeys. Several of the classrooms are large, light and
airy. We have the use of a large Assembly Hall fitted with a
useful stage, two dressing rooms, a piano and a gramophone.
We have a very extensive playground, a large portion of
which is concrete and contains two netball pitches. There is
also the ever popular scrambling net and three sets of climbing
bars. We are most fortunate In having the use of the football
field adjoining the School. This must be the envy of every
footballer at Tal Handak.
Some attempt is being made to turn the many odd corners of
the playground into gardens. We have several pleasant trees
which cast welcome shadows In the hot weather. All around
the School are brightly painted boxes and tubs of shrubs, flow-
mug plants, ferns and cacti which look most attractive.
The Junior children are usually graded according to age. We
have four classes of first years aged 7 plus, four classes of second years aged 8 plus, three classes of third years aged 9 plus and three of fourth years aged 10 plus. The curriculum is similar to that of schools In the United Kingdom and the fourth year children take the Selection Test for entrance to Secondary
Every week one afternoon, in devoted to what we call Activities when one week each child of the Upper School and the following week of the Lower School attends two classes of its own choice. The range of subjects offered by the Staff Is wide and varied, including Drama, Puppetry. Handwork, Football, Netball. Modern Movement. National Dancing. Gardening. Stone carving. Art. Needlework. Felt Toy Making, Knitting. Action Songs and Stamp Collecting.
The School Library contains over 400 books Including a set of
the Oxford Junior Encyclopedia. The number of books is steadily increasing. Each member of the Library is charged 8d. at the beginning of each term and this provides many extra books: we try to provide books to suit every taste and every stage of rending. Our most enthusiastic members are from the first year who are just finding the joys of their first library.
Most of the books are well cared for and we would like to thank those children who frequently repair the torn covers. A book with an attractive and colourful jacket has a much greater
appeal to a small child. Occasionally, children who arc leaving
|the Island present us with books they find too heavy to pack.
These are greatly appreciated and we hope that many more
children will find similar difficulties!
At the end of this Term we expect to have a Prize Giving
Ceremony when we hope to produce a pageant from history
showing "Schools through the Ages" which will be the result of work of the Drama Group of Activities.
On open days many parents have remarked on the happy
atmosphere to be found here and have declared that their children are always anxious to return to school after a holiday. We know that many parents welcome the opening date of school but when children do so too that surely speaks for itself.
|I will be a nurse and give inoculations and when they have
got cuts I will bandage them up. When they are sick I will
help them and when people get run over I will help them to get better and help the poor people if they have chickenpox.
I am going to be a soldier in Kenya because they have guns
and I'm going to fight the black terrorists there with swords
and guns. I'll grow gum trees there and I'll have a factory to
make the gum into rubber and I'll sell the rubber in England
afterward. I'll get a lot of money and with that money I'll buy
a real tank.
[ am going to be a teacher and teach girls. I do not like boys
because they fight too much. I am going to live In Ireland and
teach in Ireland as well as England. I'm going to marry. In
the holidays my husband and me will go to New Zealand. I'm
going to play tennis and go to balls in the evening.
I will be an African because I like to climb trees and pick
fruit and eat it and I will climb trees and send spears at animals
and chop trees down and swing on branches and ride elephants and be hot.
|"Extracts from our Diaries" by the Infants:
Last night I bought a three funnelled ship with my pocket
money. My old ship is a two funnelled ship and It is no good. I went to the factory where they are inventing space ships and I saw some men Just beginning to build them.
We have n big new hutch for our rabbit and we give it lettuce.
We have been learning a new hymn, I went to the Marsa
Club to play football with my daddy.
A BIBLE STORY RE-TOLD
The "Prodigal Son" is reproduced exactly as it was written by a boy of seven - no corrections of any sort have been made:
The Prodigal Son.
Once there was a fammor who had two sons. One day the
youngest son went to his father and said I am tired of this farm I want to go away. You give me some of your money. I want 'to go to a town where I can work and live happy. His father felt sorry for his son begged him not to go. But at last he let him go to the town and live happy. He got redy to go to the town. His father gave him some of his money and he set out for the town.
He travlled a long wae. At last he came to the town. He found a place to stae he found some frends. He spent all his money on his frends. He lived in a big house he was happy. Each day his money groo less and less as he spent his money on things he didt wont verey mutch. He froo away old things he didnt wont that were some good. Some people piked up some of the things he threw out of the window. Wen all his things were old and he had threw them out the window and he had no money he coodnt pay his rent he had to move from the big house.
And two days later he was satching abowt the street
looking for work. At last a rich farmmer said to him you can
work for me If you can feed the pigs. He hated pigs. He was
hungree he aet some pigs food. Soon he wished he hadnt goneaway from the farm. He began to fill sorry for himself
At last he made up his mind to go back to his father. His
fatherr was wuread. He thout his son woud never come back. He set of along the roed. He saw his son a long wae along the roed. He run to him. Wen they got home his father told his son to kill the best coff. His son was verey jeleso. He wie shoud you kill the beat coff just for my brother. His father said son I want yor brother to think I have forgivn him so the son went and jornd the feest.
|MY TRIP TO GREECE
I happened to be one of the lucky people favoured with it
passage in the R.F.A. Blue Ranger when this oiler took part in
"Exercise Weldfast" 28th September to 12th October 1953.
Before we left we had to sign on the ship's Articles as temporary members of the crew. Then we boarded the "Blue
Ranger" and settled down in our cabin. The ship sailed soon
after 11.30 a.m. For the next three days we were at sea as part
of a 'convoy' being attacked by submarines and aircraft. On
the 2nd of October we reached Suda Bay, Crete. We were able
to get ashore in the ship's launch. While we were walking
along we saw Greek peasant boys playing with old tin lids nailed on to rough pieces of wood, making wheels to push along. On the way we met a friendly little Greek boy named George who rang the church bells for services. He was only too pleased to show us round. The next day we went shopping in Canea, the "big" town of Crete. After a few days we left Crete and the next morning reached Piraeus the sea port of Athens.
After breakfast we went ashore in the launch and caught a
|I have a little birdie,
He is a cheery chap.
If he was not so timid.
He would sit upon my lap.
Judy Wheeler - 1AJ
I have a little Teddy Bear
Who sits upon a stool,
He waits for me so patiently.
Till I come home from school.
Carol Todd - 1AJ
I have a little dicky bird,
And I have called him Micky,
He cannot sing a single note,
But oh! he is so tricky.
Elaine Colebrook - 1AJ
A CONVERSATION BETWEEN A FLOWER AND A WEED
"Lovely day", said the tulip, spreading out her petals In a
most beautiful manner. She was one of the tulips that often
"Atishoo". sneezed the weed, who grew in the tulip bed.
"Don't sneeze on me", said the tulip, "you nearly blew my
beautiful petals off."
"Don't show off", said the weed, feeling rather hurt.
"Huh! What, are you but a common old weed?" said the tulip.
But at that moment a look of fear came to her eyes, the gardener was coming along with a pair of scissors In his hand.
"A bunch of tulips for my wife", he said happily as he
cut down the tulips, and last of the tulips, to be cut down was the proud tulip.
"That's the end of her", said the weed happily.
Margaret Baker - 3AJ
My little sister says very funny things that quite often make us
laugh. She is only four and ever since she began to talk she
a said these things. One day I was trying to teach her to say
The Lord's Prayer. That evening when I told her to do this she stood and said "Our Father which art in heaven. Hello
what's your name?" Once at dinner time she said "Mummy, please take the cork out of my apple." At Christmas, Lynda asked for a lot of different presents, but Mummy said "Don't worry about one of those, we have one in England." When the lady next door had a baby last week, Lynda came upstairs and said "We aren't going to bother about one of those, we've got one in England."
Lynda quite often gets her words mixed up. At Christmas,
she said "Coronations" instead of "decorations." Once on a
walk she said "Oh! my eggs lake", meaning "Oh! my legs ache."
Now she is getting excited about going home. She cannot
remember much about. England as she was only 1 1/2 when she left. She is always saying "Look out England here we come."
David Purkiss - 4AJ
IN ROSY DELL
In rosy dell where fairies dwell
And dance around the wishing well
Grow daisies, bluebells, roses too
Flowers to pick for me and you.
At night when we are fast asleep.
From fairy homes they softly creep
But. whim the sun Is in the sky
They spread their wings and off they fly-
Marilyn Avers - 2AJ
Its always lovely when we see
The circus come to town.
The boys and girls are full of glee
At the antics of the clown.
High above, upon the trapeze
The artistes zoom and swing.
While down below the crowd is hushed
As the lions growl and spring.
The monkeys and the elephants
Have clever tricks to do
And with the other animals
It's almost like a Zoo.
Maureen Howe - 4AJ
A JOURNEY UP VESUVIUS
During last, summer holidays, my Mother. Father. Sister and I decided to spend a holiday in Italy. On the twenty-fourth of August at eight, p.m. we went, aboard the "Star of Malta" to Syracuse. When we arrived there we took a train to Naples.
From Naples we went by coach to Rome. Florence, Venice and we returned to the same places, but by a different
When we arrived back at Naples, we took a trip up Vesuvius.
We caught a train which took us to Pugliano station, which is at the foot of Vesuvius. The station was very dirty and small children were actually playing on the railway track. We got on a coach which took us round hair-pin bends up one third of the way.
From there we were taken in a small electric train to the
Observatory. Inside were a lot of chairs attached to an endless steel belt We were strapped into a chair, which took us with a swoop high into the air. It carried us in this way till we reached the top of Vesuvius, whore the guides met us. Our guide showed us where the lava had streamed down the mountain when it erupted in 1944. He took us down a cinder path into the crater, where the steam was escaping from between the big boulders of lava.
By the time we reached the station again I was very tired.
but happy to think I had been inside an active volcano.
P. Skinner - 4AJ
|OUR SCHOOL BUS
To get to school we take a. bus,
A yellow coloured one
It kindly awaits along the road
For quite a lot of us.
The driver Is a jolly man
With race all wreathed In smiles.
He starts the bus and off it goes,
For miles and miles and miles.
Christine Lavis - 4AJ
In winter time when nights are cold.
We sit around the fire and tales arc told
Of witches and goblins and pirates bold,
In their hunt for treasure and bidden gold.
We rush lo bed and put out the light.
Dive under the clothes In trembling fright
When the hooting owl takes his hungry flight
Through the awful darkness of the night.
J. TIbbits - 4AJ
Printed in the Office of the Commander-in-Chief Mediterranean
In previous years Verdala's Swimming Sports had been held in conjunction with Tal Handak's. The number of Juniors at Verdala has now grown to such an extent that a separate Aquatic Sports Meeting was held for them at Ricasoli on 22nd July. The top Infants classes also joined in.
A long programme was completed in record quick time. The afternoon was memorable fur the high standard of swimming by all competitors, and for the determination shown by the youngest In completing the 30 yard course.
On conclusion of the races, medals and certificates were
presented to the winners by Mrs. McManus.
In a short speech, the Headmaster congratulated those children who had won prizes. The prize-giving also marked the end of Mr, Benton's three year stay in charge of the Verdala Juniors and the Headmaster thanked him on behalf of everybody for his work for the School. Mr. Benton was presented with a model of a Gozo boat as a momento of his stay at. Verdala School.
The 400 Juniors present, then joined in three hearty
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