RN School Magazine 1955   contributed by  John Walker    

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                                                            FOREWORD

This magazine contains short accounts of the main events of the past year, and I am very glad we have so many successes to record. Pupils will find in these pages a permanent record of their own achievements, and we hope that parents and our many friends will also enjoy reading about the school's various activities.

It has been a memorable year, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff for all their help, and to acknowledge how much the school owes to the work of my predecessor, Instructor Commander A. J. Bellamy, during his three years as Headmaster.

I sincerely hope that during the coming year we shall all make full use of our opportunities.            

                 H.M.

                                                                                                                                     

 

 

 

 

 

  •                                            CONTENTS
  • EDITORIAL 1    STAFF 3   EXAMINATION RESULTS    3 SECONDARY SCHOOL PRIZE GIVING   5     HEADMASTER'S REPORT ON SECONDARY SCHOOL PRIZE GIVING 8   SCHOOL NOTES  12 ADMIRABLE CRICHTON  13 THE SCHOOL CHOIR  13  HIGHLAND DANCING   14      MY TRIP OVER TO MALTA  15                                        MY JOURNEY OUT TO MALTA  15 ARTICLE ON ROCKYVALE           16  THROUGH THE MAGIC WINDOW  16 IMITATION OF SHAKESPEARE   17 "GENEVIEVE'S GRAN" 18 THE DUNCIAD IMITATED    8 JUDGEMENT   19 RULES - ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN 20   AERO MODELLING  20 MY ADVENTURES IN KENT 22  THE DAY I VISITED BUCKINGHAM PALACE  22 HONG KONG  23 REGISTRATION DUTY  25 QUEEN ELIZABETH I   26  THE KINGFISHERS   27 THE COUNTRY 28 THE SPRING 28 THE CACTUS 28 ANNE'S PRESENT 29  THE FAIR 29  NODDY  29 MY GOLLY  30 OUR PET 30 MY DUCK 30 THE FLOATING POLITICIANS   30  MY KITTEN 31 MY SHADOW  31 TEDDY'S FUN 31 ATHLETICS   32 NETBALL 43 TENNIS 44 HOCKEY 45 CRICKET 46 F OOTBALL 46 SWIMMING 48 BROWNIES 50 DRAKE HOUSE NOTES 51 N ELSON HOUSE NOTES 53 STEPHENSON HOUSE NOTES 54 WHITE HOUSE
  • VERDALA

  • SPORTS 57 SCHOOL SOCCER 58  WOLF CUB PACK 58 BROWNIE PACK 59 DRAMA CLUB 59 R.N. DRAMA FESTIVAL 60 MY TEDDY BEAR 62 MY DANDELION CLOCK 62 THE STRANGE HOUSE 62 THE PALACE ARMOURY 62 PLACES OF INTEREST IN MALTA 63 THE WIND 63 OLD GRUMBLE 63 MY STAY IN GERMANY 64 YOU AND ME 64 WINTER 64 ANN'S BIRTHDAY 65 GRUMPY AND SLEEPY 65 SPRING TIME 66 POOR OLD FATHER 66 IMAGINATION 66 HELPING 66 EVACUATION 67 OPERATION GUNFIRE 67 EDWARD LEAR COMES TO MALTA 68 STORIES FROM THE INFANTS 68 NOTES ON WOODWORKING 72 THE MENACE OF A NICKNAME 72.

     

     

       

    Readers of books, we suppose, can be divided into two groups-those who read Forewords or Prefaces, and those who do not. School Magazine Editorials, it will not have escaped notice, usually appear prominently displayed on the first page. It may well bs that this is so because editors of school magazines feel that what they have to say is of such importance that every reader will naturally want to read his words first. On the other hand, it is just possible that the editor, having assembled his copy for the printer, finds that there is one blank page left for which he has no material, and so is tempted to fill it himself. However, the fact that he has a block specially made to head his first page, suggests, at least, that he intended to write something all the time. One should beware, of course, of the editorial which says nothing but which takes a great many words to say it. You may have to read the effusion before realising that you have been deceived, and how much better it would have been had you turned over the pages to learn of the the goings-on at Rocky Vale, or of the prowess of our cross-country runners this year. But then, readers of school magazines can be divided into two groups, as well - those who do, and those who do not read the Editorial!

    Nearly a year has passed since we welcomed to Tal Handak our new Headmaster, Instructor Commander B. J. Morgan. We wish Commander Morgan a happy and successful tour of duty. He has come to a complex school, and has to face many problems peculiar to a school with a constantly changing population. The Head has found a flourishing community, not a little jealous of the reputation which it has built up for itself. The esteem in which the school is held depends on each of us; individually and collectively, if we are associated with the school, the school's reputation will in some measure reflect our own reputations in the eyes of those with whom we come in contact.

    We acknowledge, once again, the support given to us by those firms who advertise in our pages. Their contribution to our costs is not inconsiderable, and we hope that they will feel that their action has been warranted.

    It is good to see that our contributors are, this time, spread over a larger part of the school than usual. We thank all those who have submitted material for publication, and have done our modest best to select the most suitable for printing.

     

    STAFF

    During the year we have said goodbye at Tal Handak to:— Mrs. R. Mathews, Mrs. E. Felling, Mr. R. C. Walker, Mrs. E. Martin, Mrs. K. Clay, Mrs. J. Notley, Mrs. F. Jemphrey, Miss E. Clarke,

    and at Verdala to: —

    Mrs. M. Hartley, Miss M. Christie, Miss J. Marriott, Mrs. H. Kelly, Mrs. S. Blease, Mrs. M. Robertshaw, Miss D. A. Jessup.

    Newcomers to Tal Handak include Mrs. W. Bowie, Miss J. Watson Mrs. Watson-Liddell, BSc., in the Junior School; Miss J. Derbyshire, LRSM., GRSM, (Music), Miss P. M. Thomas, BA., Mrs. J. Easlick, BA., (French), Mrs. K. Kingwill, Mrs. J. Notley, Mrs. D. Parker, Miss B. Wells, Mrs. S. Robson, BA., Miss C. Rotason, Mr. P. J. Watson-Liddell, MA., (Latin), Mr. A. J. Corby.

    Newcomers to Verdala include Mrs. M. Cooke, who was transferred from Tal Handak in September, Miss A. Batty, Miss M. Grant, Miss E. Wright, Miss N. P. Lock, Mrs. M. E. Streak, Miss A. Robson, Mrs. J. O. Duxbury, Mrs. E. Schollar, Mrs. P. J. Cooke, and Mr. D. A. Wimbush, who after frequent periods of supply work during the summer term, we were very glad to have as a full time member of the staff from September to Christmas.

    Miss M. Vasey at Verdala, and Mr. T. Edgell and Mr. F. H. G. Ruoff at Tal Handak, have extended their Contracts, and we are very pleased we shall have them with us for another year.

    Congratulations to Miss J. Marriott on her marriage.

    EXAMINATION RESULTS

    Results obtained in the General Certificate of Education during the year were again the best in our history. Detailed results were as follows:—

    SUMMER EXAMINATION 1954
    Advanced Level Passes

    Garry Cave Passes in English, History and Geography.                                                                                                            Keith Livingstone Passes in English and History                                                                                                                         Shirley Deacon Passes in Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
    Anne Henderson Passes in English and French, Distinction in A

    Ordinary Level

    Jacqueline Bills English Language and Literature, Latin, French, History, Religious Knowledge and Geography.

    Susanne Buick  English Language and Literature, French, History and Geography.

     Antoinette Caunter English Language and Literature, French, History, Geography, and Religious Knowledge.

    Janice Cloke  English Language and Literature, History, Geography, Religious, Knowledge and Art.

    Avril Corner  English Language and Literature, French and Religious Knowledge

    Pat Deacon  English Language and Literature, French, History and Maths.

    Pat Gerry  English Language and Literature, French, History, Geography and Art.

    Anne Holloway   English Language and Literature, French, Geography, Art and Maths

    Judith Kelly   English Language and Literature, and Art.

    Heather Marriott   English Language and Literature, French, Religious Knowledge, Geography, Art and Maths.

    Jill Martin   English Language and Literature, History, Geography and Biology

    Veronica Pollard   English Language and Literature, and Art.

     Jane Skinner  English Language and Literature, French, History, Religious Knowledge, Geography, Art, Maths and Biology.

    Avril Scott  English Language and Literature

    Sallie Vine English Language and Literature, French, History. Religious Knowledge, Geography, Art and Maths

    Nancy Wills   English Language and Literature, French, Geography, Art and Maths.

    Jill Vine   Chemistry.

     Hazel Ansell   Latin.

    Valerie Turvey  English Language and Cookery. English Language and Literature, History, Religious Knowledge, Geography, Maths and Physics.

    Ian Bedford   English Language and Literature, Latin, French, History, Geography, Art, Maths, Physics and Chemistry.

    John Crosbie   English Language and Literature, French, History, Geography, Maths, Physics and Chemistry.

    Keith Elliott   English Language and Literature, Latin, French, History, Geography and Maths.

    Malcolm Livingstone  English Language and Literature, French, History and Geography.

    Brian Humble  English Language and Literature, History, Geography, Art, Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Woodwork

    Peter McKenzie   English Language and Literature, and Maths.

    Anthony Plater  English   Language   and   Literature, History,   Geography,  Art,  Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Woodwork.

    David Protheroe  English   Language   and   Literature, Latin, French, Religious Knowledge, Geography, Maths and Physics

    Peter Sparkes  English Language and Literature, Latin, French, Religious Knowledge, Geography, Maths and Physics.

    John WellingtoEnglish Language, Geography and Woodwork.

    John Wilson  English Language, History and Geography.

    AUTUMN EXAMINATION

    Ordinary Level

    Avril Corner  Geography and Biology.

     Judith Kelly    French.

     Avril Scott        Art.

    Valerie Turvey     Maths and Needlework

    Sallie Vine        Biology.

    Keith Elliott    German and Religious Knowledge.

    Brian Humble  German.

    Peter McKenzie  History

    John Wellington  Maths and Physics.

    Congratulations also to David Bethel, Terence Perkins, Albert England and Andrew Ware, who passed the Malta Dockyard Apprentices Examination, and to Michael Ridout and Roger Clarke who have joined the Royal Navy as Artificer Apprentices.

    SECONDARY SCHOOL PRIZE GIVING

    Prize Day at Tal Handak was on 1st of December. The Flag Officer Malta presided, and the Countess Mountbatten of Burma presented the prizes. Official guests included H.H. The Lt. Governor and Mrs. Trafford-Smith, Mrs. W. G. Brittain, Rear-Admiral a»d Mrs. R. D. Watson, Instructor Captain and Mrs. A. W. Turvey, Dr. Paris, the Minister of Education, Mr. J. P. Vassallo, the Director of Education, Group Captain and Mrs. F. W. Thomson, Major K. Hall, Command Education Officer, H.Q. Troops, Malta, and Sqdn./Ldr. D. R. Fayle, Area Education Officer, Air Headquarters, Malta, and the Heads of Malta Schools and Colleges.

    Owing to lack of space in the Hall only official guests and the parents of prize-winners could be invited. Forms 1 and the Junior School were unable to attend, but the proceedings were relayed for their benefit to the Art Room and Junior classrooms.

    On arrival Lady Mountbatten was presented with a bouquet of roses by Carol Downey, 2 A.M.

    The ceremony included songs by the school and by the choir; a short introduction by the Flag Officer Malta - Rear-Admiral W. G. Brittain CBE - who welcomed our distinguished guests; the Headmaster's Report, which is re-printed below; and the presentation of Prizes and Certificates by the Countess Mountbatten of Burma, who after talking about her previous visit to the school, and encouraging everyone to work as hard as possible, ended her speech by granting the school a whole day's holiday. Hazel Ansell, the Head Girl, thanked Lady Mountbatten for the kindness, and called for three cheers, which were given with a will; and the ceremony ended with Vaughan Williams' "The New Commonwealth", followed by the National Anthem.

    The Prize-Winners were:-

    MODERN SCHOOL

    1DM              Form Prize   1st.Ian Davenport  2nd. Jean Francis  Progress Ann Stark

    1CM              Form Prize   1st. Sheila Knowles 2nd.Susan Cole    Progress  Rodger Hanman

    IBM              Form Prize   1st.Helen Rowland    2nd. Robert Walker  Progress  Teresa Tarling

    1AM              Form Prize   1st.Jean Holt      2nd Anne Clark  Progress  Carol Downey

    2CM              Form Prize   1st.Jean Kemp    2nd. John Wagstaff  Progress  Edward Capon

    2BM              Form Prize   1st.Sonia Rich   2nd.Maurice Perrin   3rd.  Patricia Sobey

    2AM              Form Prize   1st.Derek O'Brien 2nd. Terence O'Connell  Industry Margaret Galvin

    3MB              Form Prize   1st. Andrew Ware  2nd.Frederick Wilson

    3MG            Form Prize   1st.Barbara Sparkes  2nd.Maureen Crawford 3rd. Caroline Ansell

    Tech         Form Prize   1st. David Bryant 2nd.David Bethel

    4MG         Form Prize   1st. Renate Roberts 2nd. Ann Perrin 3rd.Ethel Mitchell

     

     Form 4MG. (Photo by Ann Wilson added)


     

    GRAMMAR SCHOOL

    1BG       Form Prize   1st.Diana Manners 2nd. Julie Britton 3rd Karina Spence

    1AG   Form Prize   1st.Kent Taylor 2nd. Michael Page   3rd.  Claire Bousfield

    2G        Form Prize   1st.John Knight  2nd.Malcolm Savage  3rd.Caroline Page

    3BG    Form Prize   1st.Alan Biscoe  2nd. Simon Brown   3rd David Edwards

    3AG      Form Prize   1st.Robert Hatherley 2nd. Rosemary Watson 3rd Nicola Dubosc-Taylor

    4G        Form Prize   1st.Janet Hampshire 2nd.Valerie Collins 3rd. Teresa Rees

     5G    Form Prize   1st.Ian Bedford 2nd.Keith Elliott  3rd. David Protheroe

    6L        Hazel Ansell David Page

    6U       Garry Cave Shirley Deacon

    Subject Prizes

    Art                              Ann Henderson

    English                              Jacqueline Bills

    Latin and French        Keith Elliott

    History                            Brian Humble

    Religious Knowledge    Jane Skinner

    Maths and Physics    Ian Bedford

    Chemistry                 John Crosbie

    Domestic Science           Ann Perrin

    Year's Work                 Bridget Flinton

     

    HEADMASTER'S REPORT

     SECONDARY SCHOOL PRIZE-GIVING

    Mr. Chairman, Lady Mountbatten, Your Honour, Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to thank Lady Mountbatten for coming here this afternoon, and to say how delighted we are to see her again. The school remembers her last visit with great pleasure, and I am sure I am speaking for all when I say how much we regret this may be her last visit for some time.

    May I also welcome you Sir (Admiral Brittain) and say that we hope to have the pleasure of seeing you and your wife many times at Tal Handak.

    It is so much easier to make a speech if the subject is one about which it is possible to be enthusiastic, and I can be very enthusiastic this afternoon because I am extremely proud, in fact I know we are all extremely proud, of this school. It is difficult to prevent an account of what has been a very successful year becoming a mere catalogue of events, and in order to avoid this I should like to give you my assurance that the reputation this school has for hard work has been well maintained, and then talk briefly about some of the changes which have taken place, about our achievements, and a little about our hopes for the future.

    The Secondary School has continued to grow very rapidly. Today there are 560 compared with 492 at the corresponding time last year, and it seems probable that we shall eventually reach about 700. During the year three excellent new classrooms and a new laboratory have been added, and the shell of a Metal Workshop is now waiting for equipment to be installed. In spite of these valuable additions we are still overcrowded - some of our classes are much too large.

    The life and atmosphere of the school depend a great deal on the buildings - no school can develop fully without suitable accommodation, and the buildings here are the most unsatisfactory feature of the school. Pupils must move about a great deal, and they have to learn to move quickly without close supervision. The scenes here in wet weather have to be seen to be believed. It is difficult for a Headmaster to preserve a sense of dignity attired in gum 'boots, white shorts and an umbrella! We would like better buildings, but understand the difficulties, and knowing that the proposal to build a new school has the strong support of the Commander-in-Chief and has received sympathetic consideration in the Admiralty, we shall continue to do our best here until a new school is built, and hope it will not be too long.

    Organised games have been introduced into the school timetable this term. Girls go to a field belonging to the Army about half a mile up the lane, and boys go to the Marsa where we have the use of the stadium and some of the open ground this side. These arrangements are far from ideal, but are at present the best that we can do.

    The organisation of the Grammar School is well established, but some of the pupils have, in my opinion, been attempting too much, and I am anxious to reduce the number of subjects taken by individual pupils, at the same time allowing them as wide a choice of subjects as possible, and making sure that they all do a balanced course The Grammar School is divided into an Arts stream and a Science stream, and we have specialist teachers now for all the normal Grammar School subjects. The pupils we can help most are those who have a clear object in mind - those who want to go to a university or into one of the professions. Those who drift through the school without any clear object in view are more difficult to help - we can only see that they take subjects for which they appear to be most suitable, and at the same time insist they pursue a course which will give them a sound general education.

    Yesterday as you know was Sir Winston Churchill's 80th birthday. It is a notable thing that at each stage of his remarkable career he appears to have had a fixed object in mind and to have concentrated on it with all his strength - building up the fleet, winning the war. This has undoubtedly been one of the secrets of his success, and his example is one I would like all the children here to take to heart.

    In the Modern School we are developing a number of special courses. For the first time we have a 5th form, and in the future there will be nothing to prevent suitable boys and girls in the Modern School from taking the General Certificate of Education in one or more subjects. For girls we now have a Commerical Course consisting of Typing, Book-keeping, Shorthand and French and a course of Science, Domestic Science and Needlework. Boys in the top forms of the Modern School do a Technical course which enables them to qualify for Navy, Army and Air Force Apprenticeships. It would be a valuable experience for some of these boys to visit the workshops of the three Services, and I hope to arrange this during the coming months. Typing for the girls is an innovation which is very popular, and I am very grateful to the Royal Air Force Authorities for allowing the girls to join their classes at their Education Centre in Valletta. I am very glad to mention this inter-service aspect of the school, to which the Admiral has already referred. Some children come to this school - a Naval School - in R.A.F. buses and sit in Army desks, and I could give you many other examples of inter-service co-operation.

    I have used the terms Grammar School and Modern School, but whether the school is primarily a Grammar School, Modern School or Comprehensive School is largely an academic question,  and I would like to stress that this is one school. There is nothing rigid and I hope there never will be anything rigid about its internal organisation, the character of which is bound to change as we do our best to see our courses are suitable for the children we get. It must be flexible, for children come here from every type of school, and our object is always to do the best we can for each individual child.

    Our examination results have been very satisfactory. Last summer four pupils took G.C.E. at Advanced Level - all passed -three in three subjects and the fourth in two - one girl obtained a distinction in Art. At Ordinary Level we entered 33 candidates. All obtained a certificate and there were some excellent individual results. Two boys passed in ten subjects, and altogether 23 of 33 candidates passed in five or more subjects - the number normally required by professional bodies and colleges. I would like to acknowledge here the help we received from the Local Education Authorities who organise these examinations for us, in particular Dr. Paris, the Minister of Education, Mr. Vassallo, the Director of Education, and say how pleased we are to have them with us this afternoon.

    One of our boys qualified for Sandhurst, one obtained a Scholarship to Dartmouth (16|) and a number of boys have taken Royal Navy and Air Force Apprenticeship Examinations. Some of our younger boys and girls have taken Common Entrance Examinations for the English Public Schools, and I hope some boys will apply for the Scholarships now offered by all three Services, which enable suitable candidates to remain at school from the age of 16 until they are old enough to enter, for example, Britannia, the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth, two years later. We do not, of course, think only in terms of careers in the Services. A number of our pupils have taken Civil Service Examinations, and I would like to see more boys from both the Grammar and the Modern Schools taking up careers in Industry. We have a Careers Master who has made a special study of the opportunities for boys and girls, and he is always available to give children and parents advice.

    In sport we have had a very full programme - football (soccer and rugger), tennis, netball, swimming, cricket and cross country running. For the first time we won the Combined Secondary School Sports, and received very kind messages of congratulation from the Commander-in-Chief and Flag Officer Malta. This happened a few weeks after my arrival. It was an excellent start for me, but I am sorry the sports did not take place before my predecessor, Instructor Cdr. Bellamy, left. Any credit for the victory was his, and of course, the boys who took part, and knowing how keen he was for the school to win the sports it would have set the seal on his achievements as a very successful Headmaster of this school. I am very pleased to see so many friends from the Malta Schools and Colleges here this afternoon. I know they will do their utmost to take the trophies back from us next year. We will certainly do our best to keep them.

    In spite of transport and electrical difficulties - as you know Sir, we normally have no lighting in the school after a quarter to five - our after-school activities continue to flourish. Dramatics, Scouts, Cubs, Guides, Life Saving, Choir, Scottish Dancing and many others. Our Scouts were inspected by Lord Rowallan, the Chief Scout, and received a special compliment in his report when he said that standards in the Island were set by the Naval School Troop. Heather Marriott, one of our Guides, was awarded the Queen's Guide Badge. (Photo added)

    But maybe the occasion which will be remembered most was on the 3rd. of May when 200 children from this school took part in and saw her Majesty the Queen at the Childrens' Rally at Floriana, and the remainder of the school watched the Britannia enter Grand Harbour. You will of course realise that behind all the work and activities of the school are the staff, and I am glad to have this opportunity of thanking the staff most sincerely for the tremendous support they have given me since I came here. They need great determination - and a sense of humour - to overcome the difficulties of teaching in this school. Their classes are always changing, and they rarely have the satisfaction of taking a boy or girl right through a course and seeing them succeed in the examination. The reputation of the school depends on them, and I know from the large number of kind letters I get from parents that their efforts are greatly appreciated.

    I would also like to thank the ladies who help with the Guides and Cubs, and particularly the Dockyard Departments who help the school in all sorts of ways; in fact everyone in Malta seems anxious to help the school, and we do our best to justify their support. Last but not least, I must thank the Padres of all denominations who voluntarily come to this school each week to take Religious Knowledge. They are making a vital contribution in the development of the school as a Christian community, and I am most grateful for their help. I hope that children leaving the school will realise that Religious Knowledge has not been just one more subject in the Timetable, but the guiding principle in everything the school does.

    I want pupils in this school to be enthusiastic, to have good manners, and to cultivate a sense of responsibility. All must work hard and take full advantage of their opportunities, and I would like some of them to be a little more ambitious - in the best sense of the word. The school will try to teach them what is right and what is good, and in this spirit I look forward to the coming year with every confidence.

    SCHOOL NOTES

    Summer Term, 1954

    A very successful concert was given by the choir at Tal Handak on the 12th and 13th of April. The choir was accompanied by the Commander-in-Chief s Orchestra.

    200 children represented the school on the 3rd. of May at the Rally of 1500 children at Floriana during the visit to Malta of H.M. Queen Elizabeth. The school choir also took part in the celebration.

    The Head Teachers of the Army Children's Schools at St. Andrews and Tigne visited Tal Handak on the 28th. of June, and Head Teachers of the R.A.F. Schools at Luqa and Safi came on Tuesday the 6th. of July. These visits were very informative and of great value to all concerned.

    Christmas Term,1954

    Visitors:— Flag Officer Malta (Rear Admiral Brittain, c.b.e.)

    Capt. A. D. H. Jay, DSO,DSC (Flag Captain and Commanding Officer H.M.S. St. Angelo.) 

     Archbishop David Mathew (Bishop-in-Ordinary to the Forces)

    Archdeacon F. M. Chamberlain CB OBE FKC QHC., Chaplain of the Fleet.

    The Head Girl and Head Boy since September have been Hazel Ansell and David Page.

    Prefects have been:—

    PREFECTS Boys

    Peter Budd, Brian Ashall, Michael Slater, Brian Humble, Ian Bedford, John Wellington, John Wilson, Keith Elliott, Peter Sparkes.

    Girls

    Christine Owen, Monica Kelly, Frances Buley, Wendy Adlam, Madeline Couszini, Ethel Mitchell.

    ASSISTANT PREFECTS    Boys Robert Ware, Peter Mackenzie.

     Girls Ann Holloway, Nancy Wills, Avril Scott, Avril Corner, Valerie Turvey, Ann Perrin, Renate Roberts.

    Open Day at Tal Handak was on Friday the 19th of November, and as usual parents attended in large numbers. The Headmaster talked to parents in the Hall about Secondary School Selection Tests.

    The Junior Concert and Christmas Party was held at Tal Handak on Monday the 20th of December, and the Secondary School Christmas Party in the Scouts Hall, Floriana, on Monday the 3rd of January.

    Christmas term ended with a Carol Service on Wednesday the 22nd of December.

    THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON

    This year's choice of play, Barrie's "Admirable Crichton", was a very happy one, for not only were the preformances at Tal Handak most successful, but Mr. Adrian Stanley, at the R.N. Drama festival, ended his criticism with the words. "It was a performance which Barrie would have liked". As usual Mr. Colsell, with the cooperation of Mr. Green and Mr. Bletcher, staged a production which was just reward for many hours of hard work. The play was well cast, and John Wilson, as the Admirable Crichton, acted with a mature poise and dignity. Peter Budd, as Lord Loam, was perhaps not such a happy bit of casting, but his diction was good and he put his heart into the part. Keith Elliott, as the Honourable Ernest Woolly, was excellently cast. He maintained the character throughout, .and his speech was especially clear Christopher Beavis, as the Parson, and Michael Spence, as Lord Brockelhurst, acted well, but were perhaps not sufficiently animated. The parts of three aristocratic "Ladies" were taken by Hazel Ansell, Rosemary Richards and Caroline Page, who each managed to create individuals whose characters only underwent a temporary change on the island. "Tweenie" was well played by Rosemary Watson, but there were moments when she was too refined. The minor parts were well done - William Murtagh made a good groom, and Cynthia Harle might have been a ladies' maid all her life.

    The girls' costumes had mostly been made by Miss Rippin, and were very effective - most of the hired male costumes had been adapted in the needlework room.

    The lighting at Tal Handak was good but the added facilities produced a better effect at Manoel Island. The sets, designed by Mr. Bletcher, and made in the woodwork room, came in for a great deal of favourable comment. Mrs. Colsell and Miss Derbyshire must be warmly congratulated on the make up for we were presented with the Rosina Depares make-up prize at the R.N. Drama Festival.

    In all, few school productions can be said to reach such a polish, and it was obvious that the whole cast enjoyed every moment they were on the stage.

    THE SCHOOL CHOIR

    When we were told we were soon having a Prize Day we realised that we had to establish ourselves without delay. Choir practices were arranged for each Monday evening after school. On Prize Day we sang "The Vagabond" by T.F. Dunhill, "Sound the Trumpet" by Purcell and the descant to "The New Commonwealth ". The school and Choir sang "England Arise" by E. Thiman. The Prize Giving day was very successful and many visitors mentioned that the choir sang well.

    The second occasion was the Carol Concert, which took place on the last day of the Christmas term. The choir sang descants to most of the carols sung by the school. We also sang "He shall feed his flock" from Handel's "Messiah", and a traditional unaccompanied carol in three parts called "The Poverty Carol". As a result of the Carol Service we were asked to record some carols for the Malta Educational Broadcasting Association.

    After Christmas we really settled down. Miss Derbyshire divided us into two parts, soprano and alto, and we began to study two part songs.

    And now, what of our future activities? We would very much like to produce the Opera "Trial by Jury", by Gilbert and Sullivan, but at the moment this seems impossible as we badly need tenors and basses, and quite a few more alto voices. This school surely can produce at least ten tenors and ten basses!! The girls are doing their share, now it is up to the boys! On the whole the attendance at choir practices has been very irregular. This does not make a successful choir. More effort is needed by every one if the choir is to take its proper place in school life.

    We would like to thank Miss Derbyshire for the work she has done with the choir, and we are extremely grateful to her for making our choir practices so enjoyable.

    Madeline Couzins (Choir Prefect)

    HIGHLAND DANCING

    During the Spring Term last year, the girls of the third, fourth and fifth forms, under the tuition of Miss Davies, learned to dance most of the well known Scottish reels. We continued this once a week (during the cooler months of the Summer) and throughout the Autumn Term. We have learned, with the aid of gramophone records, the Dashing White Sergeant, Petronella, the Gay Gordons, Strip-the-Willow, Eightsome Reel, Scottish Country Dance, Blue Bonnets, The Flowers of Edinburgh, and many others. We are grateful to Miss Davies, and to Anne Abel who has played the piano for those dances for which we have no records. The class is held on Mondays at 1.30 p.m. and at present about forty girls attend, but we would welcome anyone else who would like to come from the third form and above.

    Teresa Rees

    MY TRIP OVER TO MALTA

    When we came to Malta we came overland. We started from Dover. We caught a ship over to France then we went to Paris by train. At Paris we arrived in the evening. In the morning we went downstairs to have our breakfast in our hotel. Then we went out for a walk. A coach came and we went to lots of places. We went to the Madeleine Church, the Eiffel Tower, and the tomb of the Unknown Warrior, where there is a light that never goes out. The next day we climbed to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower.

    The next place we went to was Switzerland. We stopped at Montreux where we stayed at Hotel Terminus. At Montreux we went up a mountain in a mountain train. The next place we went to was Rome. At Rome we went to the Coliseum and the Vatican City, where the Pope lives. The next place we went to was Naples. We couldn't stay very long because of the Salerno flood. We couldn't catch the express so we got on a slow train and we were in it for about twenty hours. We went to Syracuse, in Sicily. At Syracuse we caught the "Star of Malta" and came to Malta.

    Marilyn Ovenden   Form 1J

     MY JOURNEY OUT TO MALTA

    We arrived at the station at six o'clock to get the train which was leaving from Waverley station for Kings Cross.

    On the way we did not stop at any other stations but passed many fields of grazing cows and sheep.

    It was nearing 10 o'clock and my mother advised us to get some sleep. My brother and sister managed to go to sleep, but the excitement was so great that no matter how I tried, I just couldn't.

    Early next morning we arrived at Kings Cross station and from there we went to Euston station where we were to get a bus which was going to take us to Bovington Airport. At the Airport we were directed to a canteen where we could get something to eat.

    Half an hour later the plane rumbled on to the runway and waited for us to get on board. I liad a seat which was just above the wing, my mother and sister were sitting behind me and my brother was opposite. We were flying at a rate of about 220 m.p.h.

    We made one stop during the flight and that was in the south of France so that the plane could refuel.

    At Luqa, we stepped down from the plane, and for the first time set our feet on Maltese soil.

    James Crook Form 2BM

    AN ARTICLE ON ROCKYVALE

                                          (written especially for anxious parents)

    This is to relieve the anxieties of all those parents, who wonder where on earth their children disappear to on Friday evenings, (or Saturday afternoons, as the case may be!) They may also wonder at the battered state in which the children return. Most parents will probably have heard of the marvels of Rockyvale -some will even have ventured to see its wonders for themselves. However, I doubt whether they know the "inside story," of Rockvvale! I will now venture to relate it.

    One enters through a gateway, which leads on to a flight of steps. Strains of music come floating up, and one can hear the rattle of skates on the tiled floor as one approaches the rink. Then the rink is reached. Overhead are strung gaily coloured lights and at various intervals around the rink are loud speakers which blare forth the latest popular song. All the way round the rink is a rather battered barrier, which is used by all beginners as a support, and which serves as a buffer for all those who are rather unsteady on their skates, and who find that they cannot stop!

    On surveying the rink one sees the different types of skaters. The beginners struggling round, clinging to the barrier, try desperately to stand upright. Then come the learners, patiently endeavouring to move their unsteady feet. The more daring follow, venturing to travel backwards, and the gay desperadoes are there skidding and swerving at breakneck speed. Last of all are the experts, neat and precise, gracefully performing twists and complicated turns in the centre of the rink.

    Then, even as one watches, the music changes, the skaters gain new life, and move gaily in time to the tune. Even the beginners assume a jaunty air, and renew their efforts. Across the rink skaters from into chains, and laughingly pull each other round colliding now and then, and tumbling over one another.

    And yet all the time there is a gaiety and light-hearted atmosphere about the rink. It is exhilarating to tear around the rink, oblivious of all else! But then there is the more painful side. It does hurt when one comes in sudden contact with the tiled floor! One is inclined to get rather battered when one collides with a hefty individual, armed with a hockey stick, who skates post-haste after a ball.

    However, when one prepares to leave, battered, tired, aching, who does not anxiously reckon when they will be free to come again!

    Anon!

    THROUGH THE MAGIC WINDOW

    One Saturday morning, a few weeks ago, I had an unexpected surprise. I was taken in a boat for a little trip, but it wasn't an

    ordinary trip, nor was it an ordinary boat. I have been in boats many times before, but surely this one was the most exciting of all, for it was fitted with a window, of all places, in the bottom! We left the landing stage, and proceeded out to the open sea until we reached a suitable place, of which I was told the depth was forty feet. Now we slowed the L.T.A. down to enable us to see the underwater world, which we did by lying on the lower deck looking through the glass window. A really wonderful sight was this silent world. When I had a peep I fell in love with it at once. The seaweed never keeps still, a beautiful blue, and most colourful fishes were playing about (they were about a foot long) The sea anemones of various colours waited for their prey. Great ravines of rock went down deeper than other parts. They too were clustered with anemones. Suddenly I had a surprise. A strange figure passed the window. Unknown to me a frogman had gone into the water and then appeared making queer faces at me.

    We then went towards the breakwater and passed under the bridge. I then realized that it had been made by underwater men many years ago. On our way back we passed the remains of an old wartime wreck covered in weed and looking ghostly in the depths. It was hard to realize that this was once a ship of the kind that we see in the harbours of Malta.

    Christine Lavis Form 1AG

    IMITATION OF SHAKESPEARE

    By a flitch of Bacon.

    To stay, or not to stay - that is the problem;

    Whether it would be easier in the brain to suffer

    The toil and anguish of approaching exams

    Or to take a stand before the hostile staff,

    And having opposed them, leave them? To go, to swot

    No more; and by departure to say we end

    The brainstorms and the many daily shocks

    Which schools are prone to. 'Tis a departure

    Ardently desired. To leave, to go,

    To go, no more return. Yes, there's the rub;

    For having left, what mem'ries may come

    When we have removed the old school tie,

    Cannot again be lived. There's due consideration

    That makes calamity of leaving school;

    For who would leave the school and all that's there,

    Th' headmaster's wrath, the hours of homework set,

    The Wednesday afternoon of games, the law's delay,

    The prefects then in office, and rebukes

    Which encourage not a night's hard work

    At writing and correcting an exercise of French

    For what reward? For who would these renounce

    Must toil and sweat under a weary life.

    But the dread of hard work after school -

    Unknown offices, the bosses whom one

     So rarely sees - alarm such youth,

    And make us rather bear those ills we have

    Than leave for others that we know not of?

    Thus fears of future o'ercome us all at last

    And make us all decide that after all

    We've had our fun from school, despite its toils,

    And the staff can be quite human if not cross'd.

    With this regard, we finally decide to stay

    And settle down to swot once more.

    H. Ansell

    Upper Vlth.

    "GENEVIEVE'S GRAN"

    Old Genevieve's Gran

                                         Is a shaky old bus

    It stops and it starts

         Makes a heck of a fuss.

       So out to the bus-stop

    At twenty past eight

    Each morning I pop;

    It's not often I'm late.

                                        There you can find me,

                                        Rain, hail, or fine,

                                        When along clanks the bus

                                        At twenty to nine.

    "Oh why, Mr. Driver

    Of Genevieve's Gran,

                                       Can't you please be more regular

    Try eating All-bran.

                                        It wouldn't be bad

                                       But what makes it so "crool,"

                                      There's the grown-ups to think of,

                                      Mrs. McCallum and Miss Yule."

    Jennifer Ginn  Form2J.

    THE DUNCIAD IMITATED

    (The author gratefully acknowledges the help given by Miss Yule, who taught him the value of the heroic couplet, and by Monica Kelly, who showed him how funny Pope can be.)

    This little poem, I sincerely hope, Will not be taken for a work of Pope, That poet of such international fame That even those in Malta know his name; For Pope and I are really poles apart, For I'm no expert In poetic art.

    But, feeling something was required of me, I thought I'd try my hand at poetry; And since friend Pope was prone to satirise, To do the same would not be too unwise; And thus, since satire seems to be the rule, I'll wax sarcastic; o'er Tal Handak school. The school itself (a group of old stone huts)

    Is reached by crossing half mile of ruts,

    Which, when Napoleon's army here abode,

    Might well have been presumed to be a road.

    The staff - now they are quite beyond description,

    To define them would just result in friction,

    (Oh dear, I really have slipped up this time;

    I ought to have thought out a better rhyme.)

    That, nowadays, they must a lot be paying,

    For, glancing at their cars in glad array,

    One can't help thinking, "Is it L.O.A.,

    Or do the teachers, penniless as ever

    Buy their new cars upon the 'never never'?"

    To satirise the Head would be a treat,

    But something tells me 'twould be indiscreet.

    So I will now continue to describe

    That small, but infinitely clever tribe,

    Without whose loyal and untiring zeal,

    The school would never be on even keel,

    And ere I finally lay down my lute,

    Our loyal band of prefects I salute.

    So now, for those who don't already know it. I hope I've proved that I am not a poet.

    Keith Elliot Lower Vlth

    JUDGMENT

    The prefect stood erect and bold. The wait was long, the morn was cold, One thing she did anticipate -It was the arrival of pupils late,

    Above her sang th' angelic crowd, In solemn service heads were bow'd. A slow and stealthy step resounded. The hawk upon her poor prey pounded.

    "You're late, you know," the hawk then said, "And to your judgement must be led." "Our clock was slow," the victim cries. "Come now, let's have no more of lies."

    With blushing cheek and eye downcast, The victim is led along at last; To wait the coming of him who will

    Make miscreants tremble with words so chill, He came: she to her doom did follow, (First time it gave her no great sorrow!) But if you come twice you'll find out -The 'Master' leaves no one in doubt.

    Diana Castell Form 2AG.

    RULES—ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN

    1. Begin the day well by coming in late. The prefect who is on
      duty loves to have a long line of latecomers.
    2. Always call out after a prefect, this makes her feel that she
      is being "taken notice of," and her heart glows with pride.
    3. When you are at the sinks, never turn off the taps. The
      gentle splashing of the water is like the music of the spheres
      to a prefect.
    4. Collect all newspapers and paper-bags available and scatter
      them in the quad. The result will appeal to the artistic sense
      of the prefects.
    5. Girls should always use the boys' entrance. A fairy form
      flitting through brings a ray of sunshine into a prefects life -
      and they need it!
    6. When walking, if a prefect says "a straight line," she means
      "a graceful semi-circle." We hate straight lines; they re
      mind us of geometry.
    7. When a prefect tells you to pick up your sweet paper she is
      merely suggesting that you should put it in a more convenient
      part of the quad.
    8. Remember that a prefect's principal duty is to help you with
      your homework. A convenient time to apply is at break, when
      the prefects are learning either geometry or poetry. Your
      work will come as a pleasant change.
    9. Schoolbags are to be placed so that prefects may stumble over
      them. This both exercises the muscles and strengthens the
      nerves.

    10. Observe these rules carefully - and reserve a bed in the nearest hospital!!!

    Diana Castell Form 2AG.

    AERO MODELLING

    In England many Grammar Schools have their own Modelling Club, the members ranging from first formers with little pre-formed "chuck" gliders, to sixth formers with medium-sized radio-controlled models. The school club has a permanent flying ground in the school field and a clubroom or meeting place in the school buildings.

    It seems a pity that this school does not have a flying club but there would be many difficulties to overcome, such as few flying grounds, and also the model shops having only a limited supply of material. There is, however, an answer in the fact that Malta has a flying club, namely the Sliema Model Aero Club. Also the answer to a flying ground has been solved as club models are flown at Ta-Kali Aerodrome nearly every week-end.

    The scope of aeromodelling is very wide, and one may choose his own sphere, and either buy a kit of pre-formed and cut balsa, or design and build one's own aircraft. It is said that 90% of aero-modellers just try to make their models fly, whereas the remaining 10% try to make their models fly well - the latter are the "experts", who go in for competition work. The types of models are very varied such as gliders, free-flight rubber, free-flight power, control-line, jetex and jet, indoor models, and experimental models Each of these headings may be split up into several sub-sections, e.g., "Control-line" covers sport, stunt, combat, team racing and speed. The majority of control-line fliers fly sport types, with perhaps some mild stunting. The more advanced fliers prefer stunting proper and combat flying. The latter is very exciting for both fliers and spectators but in this class of flying, the crash rate is fairly high. For people who have only limited flying grounds a control-line model is best, but as Sliema Club has a decent flying ground, large free-flight models and gliders, together with radio-controlled models are now built instead of the old control-liners.

    A radio-controlled model is just a highly advanced free-flight model, but in the words of an expert, "A radio-controlled model is a craft which crashes in a place other than where it would if it were just a free-flight model!" But one cannot afford to "prang" a controlled aircraft containing about £5 worth of radio equipment as well as an engine worth around £4.

    The best kind of modelling for the average modeller is the building of free-flight scale, where one builds a small model for 0.5 to 1.0 cc. engine, according to a scaled-down plan of a full-sized aircraft. These can be extremely realistic in flight even to take-off and landing.

    But whatever the type of model one builds, there is always the intense satisfaction of seeing it fly for the first time, and saying, "I built that," regardless of how it looks or flies.

    J. K. Wellington Form 5G.

     

    MY ADVENTURES IN KENT

    During the month of September, there is a season called hop-picking. Many families from London pack up enough luggage to last them three or four weeks. They go to Kent to pick the hops in the hop-gardens.

    The farmer pays them so much money for a bushel of hops picked.

    Now I will tell you a story of the way we live, and things I do, down there.

    There is a long row of huts in which the families live. The huts are made of wood with a sheet iron roof. In it there is a big bed made of wood, and on the bed there is a bale of straw. Mummy puts this straw into a matress cover. My brother, sister and I then jump up and down on it to make it flat, ready for mum to make a nice cosy bed.

    The last time I was down there I used to get up with my dad at 5.30 a.m., make a cup of tea, then go rabbit hunting. I can remember one day my brother and I went fishing. We both had proper fishing lines and hooks. My sister came along with a bent pin on a piece of string, and was the first to catch one!

    Another reason I like going hop-picking is that I like bird watching. There are many kinds of birds in Kent.

    Some mornings I help the farmer feed the pigs. They are my favourite animals. He also lets my brother and I pick his apples, ready to be weighed and sent to the market. Of an evening before going to bed, we have a sing-song round the fire. Everybody says "goodnight" and off to bed they go, and we all meet again in the hop-garden in the morning. I then start another day's adventure.

    Michael Lee Form 2BM

    THE DAY I VISITED BUCKINGHAM PALACE

    On Nov. 6th 1950, I was getting really excited as the next day I was travelling to London with my mother and No. 617 Squadron (The Dam Busters), of which my father was a member, to attend the presentation of the Minot Bombing Trophy, by the King, in Buckingham Palace Grounds, on November 8th.

    On arrival in London we were to hear that owing to the King's suffering from rheumatism the ceremony was to be held in the State Ballroom.

    On the morning of November 8th I very excitedly accompanied my mother to the Palace at 11.30 a.m. We entered by the main gates, crossed the courtyard, and walked up the grand staircase which is used by Royalty on State occasions. On reaching the staircase we were directed by Palace ushers in State dress up the stairs and along the Grand Corridor leading to the Ballroom.

    The long corridor had big settees all the way along and gilt fire places with gold tables in front of them. On the wall were big pictures with gilt frames all round. In the middle of the corridor on both sides were two big glass doors with gold carvings on each side and on top. On the floor was a long pink carpet all the way along the corridor.

    When we entered the Ballroom the first thing we saw, in the Wings of the Ballroom, was the Royal Air Force Central Band playing Viennese Waltzes. The director was Wing Commander A. E. Sims Underneath six glittering chandeliers stood four airmen at ease on the parquet flooring, with their eyes fixed on the two thrones beneath the canopy over-hanging the scarlet dais. On the long, low seats covered in rich red silk, which were arranged in tiers around the floor, we and other relatives of the squadron sat.

    The soft airs being played by the band in the gallery aloft faded away. The band played the opening bar to a march as the Squadron made its way through the gilt framed mirrored doors to take up their position on the ballroom floor.

    Then the King and Queen and Princess Margaret, with an officer of the Guard, came in. When they came in the Squadron and relatives stood up for the National Anthem. The Squadron Commander approached the dais and told the King the Squadron was ready for inspection. The King inspected the men and talked to some of the people as he walked past them. The Queen followed His Majesty round, and as she went past the end of the rows she waved and smiled at the relatives. Then the King made a speech about the past and. present squadron, and all their victories. Then the men marched back to Wellington Barracks, across the Mall. Before we went out of the Palace we looked over the trophy, then we made our way across to the Barracks to watch the Squadron being dismissed.

    Judith Hepworth Form 2BM.

    HONG KONG

    "Hong Kong" means "fragrant waters", because when the first English settlers went there they found the waters very fragrant. In 1841 Hong Kong became a British Colony. It is an island 11 miles long and 2 to 5 miles wide. The capital is Victoria, which stretches for four miles. Not many years ago people crossed the Chinese border, bound from Hong Kong to London, all the way by rail. The 10,000 mile journey across Siberia took 17 days. Now you can only go about 22 miles into China, because of restrictions made by Communist China. Hong Kong has been changed from a barren island into one of the world's biggest ports in less than a century. The highest point of Hong Kong is 1,300 ft. above sea level. Any visitors to the island ride up in a tram to the top, where there is a wonderful view of the whole island. The peak is called Victoria Peak and it is about eight degrees cooler than the town. People living on the peak do not need fans or mosquito nets. All the beaches are sandy and there is a tide. When it is midday in England, it is 8 p.m. in Hong Kong.

    The Chinese people are kind and friendly. They usually wear pyjama-like trousers which are called "fragrant cloud linen," but they are often neither fragrant nor linen! They wear a kind of shirt with a high collar, and on their feet wooden clogs, but many of them go about bare footed. In the rice fields, or paddy fields, as they are called, they work with an enormous rattan hat to keep off the sun. The hat is called o 'coolie hat'. Coolies being Chinese workers. In the streets it is a most usual sight to see shoe-shine boys and girls sitting on the pavements mending stockings, while old fashioned rickshaws and sedan chairs go by. The Chinese nearly always eat rice, eating from a chow bowl with chop sticks. The bowl is held right up to the chin and the rice is scooped in, with the help of the chop sticks. They eat about 1 catty of rice a day, which is equal to 11/3 Ibs. They mix it with pieces of fish, meat and different sauces. Favourite Chinese soups are shark fin snake soup and bird's nest soup.

    It is customary, at feasts, to have a 20 - 30 course meal, but normally they only have 2 meals a day, and drink tea without milk-The Chinese lucky colour is red. They love dressing up and making a noise. A Chinese theatre is worth visiting, just to see the lovely costumes of the actors, but few Europeans can stay for more than half an hour or so owing to the dreadful noise. But the noisiest occasion of all is the Chinese New Year, which is in February, when they let off crackers and fireworks, and they have a special open-air bazaar which is open for a week at the beginning of the New Year and stays open all night. They sell sweetmeats, flowers, goldfish, fruit, miniature trees, and Chinese wares such as chow bowls, chop sticks, trays, and shoes etc. Other festivals are the Moon Festival, on which occasion very sweet and spiced cakes in the shape of a moon are eaten, and on the Dragon Festival are held dragon boat races, which take place on the fifth day of the fifth moon. Each boat has a carved dragon's head in the bows. When the races are over the crews come ashore for refreshments, not forgetting to reward the dragon figurehead with a bun.

    There is a great variety of bird-life and many beautiful flowers in Hong Kong.

    Ginger, camphorwood chests, lacquer trays, materials and linen are exported.

    About 125,000 people live on junks and sampans, being carried to the shore only when they die. These people have their own language and customs forming a separate community of their own. There are also floating shops and restaurants. Only the wealthy Chinese can afford flats and houses because the rents are extremely high. In some parts of the town 2,000 people live in one acre. A poor family lives in a cubicle, which is about the size of a double bed. Some families sleep in the day and go out at night letting another family sleep in their cubicle. Other families build huts on waste land. These huts are called squatters' huts, and they catch fire very easily as they are made of straw. Because of these fires, many thousands of people have already been rehoused. The population of Hong Kong is 2.75 million.

    From September to February the island is at its best, with lovely blue skies and no rain at all. March and April are quite cold but not rainy, May and June are the rainy months. July and August are extremely hot and humid, the temperature reaches 100° and the humidity almost 100%.Tyhoons occur mostly from July to September. When a typhoon is approaching the dockyard, offices, shops and schools all close. A typhoon means an extremely strong wind which can uproot plants and blow off roofs.

    Hong Kong is well worth a visit and can be strongly recommended for its variety of things to see and experience.

    Janet Shombrot Form 1AG

    REGISTRATION DUTY

    "Tis Monday morn, the bus arrives,

  • O'er joyed you clamber out,

  • Another week of days at school,

  • With work in store, no doubt.

  • The bus is late as usual,

  • And the bell's already rung,

  • You take your books straight up to class,

  • Then chat to everyone.

  • You stand and talk quite happily.

  • Until there is a cry,

  • "Who is doing chits today?

  • It's you, you'd better fly!"

  • You charge downstairs, and through the door,

  • And find a little queue

  • Waiting there with chits in hand,

  • Half-frozen, cold and blue.

  • Apoligize half-heartedly

  • Then snatch the precious forms,

  • They're all mixed up quite hopelessly

  • And some are rather torn.

  • After the hectic gathering,

  •  

  • There comes a welcome wait,

  • While you strive to get some order out;

  • Your trial for being late.

  • At last you think they've all arrived,

  • The last Form's in the Hall,

  • You sort and search until you find

  • They're not all there at all.

  • You stand there patiently and freeze,

  • The minutes passing slow,

  • Assembly's out, they should be here,

  • You think it time to go.

  • You walk upstairs, knock on the door,

  • Place chits upon the desk.

  • Then crawl once more up to VIG,

  • For a long, and well earned rest!

  • Then as you slowly start to thaw,

  • A thought occurs to cheer;

  • Monday's registration's done,

  • There's nothing left to fear.

  • Monica Kelly

  • Lower Vlth

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    QUEEN ELIZABETH I.

    My History homework was not very interesting. I sighed, and turned over the pages of my text book without interest. Suddenly I saw a picture of Queen Elizabeth I. looking at me. I began to read about her, and as I read, the page became blurred, the room whirled about, and I experienced a strange feeling of unreality, almost as if I were in a dream.

    I was in a huge room, full of finely dressed people. I supposed that their clothes would be the height of fashion then. At one end there was a balcony full of musicians with their strange looking instruments. At the other end of the room there was a throne, magiflcently carved, on which sat a young woman with lovely red hair, which shone in the light. Coming to my senses with a start, I realized that she was Elizabeth, Queen of England, the great "Gloriana". Then, to my dismay, I saw Her Majesty stop the musicians with a gesture, and look straight down the hall at me. "Child", she said, in a clear silvery voice, "who art thou, and why dost thou wear such strange clothes?" (I was wearing my gymslip and my old, brown slippers). "Come here and let me see you", she commanded.

    I walked up the hall feeling very nervous, aware of all the astonished and disbelieving eyes upon me. I curtsied, praying that I would not do anything stupid. She then looked at me closely. "Turn round". I turned round. "Tis strange, 'tis strange indeed. What part of this country art thou from?" the Queen enquired. 

    "I-I-I c-come from W-Whitchurch, er, in Shropshire, your High, er, I mean your Majesty", I replied, almost in a whisper, I was so nervous. "Hmm. I must away to Shropshire, to see this strange manner of dress", she said. "However, while thou art here, thou wilt watch my friends and me dance." and after beckoning to one of the nobleman to look after me, she and her partner led the company into a stately dance.

    The nobleman was the Duke of Northumberland. He was very polite and tried hard to disguise his curiosity. "Her Majesty danceth with exceeding grace, don't you think?" he said presently, as I stood with wide eyed wonder watching the Queen. "She does indeed my Lord Duke", I replied. "But who is her partner?" "Oh that is the Earl of Cranley. He is a great favourite at court at the moment," he answered with envy in his voice.

    Just then the dance ended and Her Majesty came over to me. "Child, woulds't thou like to dance with me?" she asked. "I-I. er, b-b-but I-I don't know how t-t-to d-do these d-dances," I stammered, overcome with amazement at the Queen asking me to dance. She laughed, a gay, tinkling laugh, like a lot of tiny bells ringing. "Oh that does not matter, I will teach you. Come!" and she ordered the musicians to start playing, and led me on to the floor. I was dancing with the Queen of England.

    Maria Cooper Form 3G

    THE KINGFISHERS

    By the rushes, over water, If you're silent, you will see, First a flash of blue and orange, Then another from that tree.

    Near the rippling, foaming streamlet, They have built their nest, by reeds, One large father, eight small babies, Which their watchful mother feeds.

    In the nest of sand and fish bones, There, the fluffy nestlings lie; Flapping wings, and piping shrilly. While their mother stands close by.

    There the father bird is fishing, He has hungry chicks to feed, For his nestlings are quite helpless, They can't catch the fish they need.

    Now we leave the busy 'fishers, Sleeping in the trees all night. Now the stream is quiet and peaceful, All is still, till morning light.

    A. T. Smith. Form 1AG

     

    THE COUNTRY

    In the country

    Where there are woods.

    And birds have feather hoods,

    And streams

    And brooks

    Pour out of silver nooks;

    Where long legged herons stand

    And crane their long neck, legs and bill

    To see far over the hill.

    Rivers, valleys, mountains and plain .

    The lucky people who live there

    Should never complain.

    Virginia Garnett Form 3J

    SPRING

    I love to watch water,

    I love to watch seas,

    I love to watch the flowers,

    And the blossom on the trees.

    I love to walk the country lane, And see the lambs at play, To sit beneath a shady tree, And pass the hours away.

    And when the sun is setting,

    Once again I turn for home.

    The woodland now is quiet and still,

    And at last I've reached my home.

    Jean King Form 1DM

    THE CACTUS

    I went into a desert, And saw a cactus there. It was a talking cactus And very, very rare.

    I cut the pretty cactus, Which was in bloom that day, And took it to Granny Who lived three miles away.

    And now she isn't lonely, For she has a cactus there. It is a talking cactus And very, very rare.

    Penelope Lapper Form 3J.

     

     

    ANNE'S PRESENT

    A little girl, whose name was Anne, went to visit her granny quite often. Granny lived by herself so she was always pleased to see her. One day her mummy said to her, "It is granny's birthday soon. We must get her something nice." Anne wondered what she could give her.

    One day her daddy took her to the fair. Anne went on the swings and roundabouts and had a lovely time. Then they went to the bingo stall, Anne won a game. She was very excited. The stall man asked her what she wanted for a prize. Anne chose a lovely little budgie in a cage. She said to herself, "This is just the right thing for granny." Anne took the budgie round to granny on her birthday. Granny was very pleased. She said,"Now I will not be lonely any more, because I shall have someone to talk to."

    Janice Sherlock Form 1J.

    THE FAIR

    The round-a-bouts are twirling in the Fair, The swings are swinging in the air The people are dancing a merry jig, And the gypsy children are playing tig.

    The stalls are selling toffee apples fast, The helter skelter is free at last. Do have a lollipop, hot dog, or bun. And the bumper cars are wonderful fun.

    When the night is there,

    The lights are shining at the fair.

    The coconut shies are lit up bright,

    And the fair looks beautiful all the night.

    Juliet Sayer Form 1BG.

    NODDY

    I have a little toy, And his name is Noddy. He has a bell on his hat, And trousers on his body. He nods his little head, And he rings his little bell. I put him into bed, And, oh dear! - he fell!

    Richard Ruoff Form 1J.

    MY GOLLY

    He sleeps at home, throughout the day.

    There's no one home with whom to play.

    I wake him up,

    With such a fright,

    When play time starts

    At home each night.

    Then he's cuddly, playful, jolly.

    Can you guess?

    It's fuzzy wuzzy golly.

    Linda Wonnacott Form 2J.

    OUR PET

    Once I had a tortoise, His name was Tommy Toe. He was a lovely creature, So slowly he would go. Would he ever hurry? O dear no!

    On Sundays he had lettuce, On Mondays nice rose leaves. Then he would reward us By ambling round the trees.

    Ruth Lewarn Form 2J

    MY DUCK

    I have a little Duck Who waddles every where. There is a place I know he doesn't "But you don't know where."

    By the water side, Where he loves to glide, In the cool green waters Where there is no tide.

    When the little ducklings hatch To the great big pond they go, At once start swimming, In a batch to and fro.

    Julia Manners Form 2J.

    THE FLOATING POLITICIANS

    When we lived in England we had two goldfish. One was fat and big, and he used to chase the other, who was small and thin, round and round amongst the weeds. When we came to Malta we left them with Auntie who said she would look after them. Auntie named the big one Winston and the small one Clem. I hope they are still alive when we go home again.

    Valerie Davies Form 1J.

    MY KITTEN

    I have a little kitten, Her name is Janey-Lee, And when I sit down She jumps upon my knee.

    She likes to play with balls of wool, And roll upon the floor, But when the doggy comes along, She scampers to the door.

    Patricia Tarling Form 3J.

    MY SHADOW

    I picked a lot of daisies To make a daisy chain. Beside me sat another girl And made one just the same.

    Then I made mine bigger, And she made her's big too. Then I got very angry And she got angry too.

    As I was walking home again, I turned around and saw, This girl was just my shadow And was lying on the floor.

    Carol Knight Form 3J.

    TEDDY'S FUN

    Said Teddy one to Teddy two, "Come tell me now, what shall we do?" Said Teddy two to Teddy one, "Let's go out and have some fun."

    So off they went down to the lake, With sandwiches and big plum cake, With lemonade and ginger pop, And chocolate, candy and lollipop.

    On the lake they found a boat, So in they got and went afloat. They settled down and had their tea, And all was gone by half past three. Ann Tapley Form 1J.

                                                                                

     

  • ATHLETICS SPORTS DAY 1954

  • Wednesday April 14th was supposed to be Sports Day this year but when the working party arrived at the Marsa to prepare the ground the rain was lashing down to such purpose that it was decided to consult the Fleet Met. Officer before starting work After a very short conversation with the expert, the working party went home for the rest of the Easter Holidays!

    The second Saturday of the new term saw a brilliant dawn and some hours later numerous eager boys were very busy preparing the ground. There was a noticeable lack of zest about the activities of the male members of the staff however. In their defence it should be stated, that this was not due to a disinclination for work so much as to the fact that the previous evening had been the occasion of their farewell to Cdr. Bellamy. Such affairs always bring a certain sadness in their wake.

    Despite the inauspicious start to the proceedings however, the day was a success with the Seniors completing fifty two events, and the Juniors, on their own separate course, thoroughly enjoyed a further eighteen. During the day twelve records were broken and two were set up in new events - Girls' long Jump and Boys' Hop, Step and Jump.

    The Individual Boys' Championship was a source of great interest with R. Maddock finally winning with 23 points, Edwards second with 22 points, and Burden third with 20 points.

    Ethel Mitchell took first place in the Girls' Championship, with Jane Skinner 2nd., and Susanne Buick third.

    When the Halfway Mark was reached it was fairly obvious that Nelson was well on the way to retaining the House Championship, and this they did with a comfortable margin of 40 points to spare over Stephenson, in second place, with Drake 25 points behind them and White, tailing along in 4th place, 10 points to the rear. The day was fittingly finished off when Mrs. Salter presented the prizes to the very deserving winners.

    Finally thanks are due to parents who, by their generous response to the appeal for funds, enabled the prizes to be available for presentation.

         Results and Records

       

     

    INTER-SCHOOLS ATHLETIC CHAMPIONSHIPS, 1954

    These Championships were held at the Marsa on May 29th, 1954 and it was certainly a field day for the School. Our boys set out to capture everything they could lay their hands on and, indeed, they came close to doing it too. Fourteen first and four seconds out of 26 events did not leave much for the other ten schools to share out amongst themselves, Apart from the assortment of cups which they won in various events, our team -our Glorious Team - won the Senior Shield, the Junior Shield and the Aggregate Cup!

    These boys formed a really champion team and their efforts should be, not only an incentive to every boy - and girl - in the school, but also a challenge. Say to yourself, "If I have arms to throw with or legs to run or jump with, then I'll jump run or throw better than they did, or at any rate, I'll have a jolly good try to beat them at their own game."

    Many of these boys have now left and there are many gaps left in our ranks which have to be filled. Those of last years athletes who remain cannot do more than they did last season. They did their utmost. Therefore the chance is offered to you, who did not take part then, to do your bit now. Never mind what else this Magazine may contain. As soon as you have read this article, put it away and get down to some serious training at once and help to make this year's team as good as, or even better than that of 1954. 

    THE SENIOR RELAY TEAM

    This group of boys deserves a special note to itself. Composed of Prothero, Reynolds, Maddock and Cave it was an unbeatable combination. The only thing in which they failed was to beat the four minute mile! On one occasion they got very close to it with 4 mins. 1.5 sees. However their time was good enough to beat every team against which they ran and to beat them pretty conclusively. I think it was the Technical School, in the Inter-Schools Championship, who gave us our only real competition, and this was in a race at the end of a long hard afternoon's running for each member of our team. It was a sad loss to the team when Prothero and Cave left School at the end of the Summer Term, but I feel sure that Reynolds and Maddock will not want for two 220 runners to make up the team for this season.

    THE CLIMBING CLUB. 1954

    Last Season we had to wait quite a long time before the weather had cooled down sufficiently to enable the club to start its activities. This season however, heavy rain and cold winds kept the rocks clear of intruders until it was too late in the year for any climbing to be done after school hours. At the moment the ropes are serving a purpose for which they were never intended -holding up Mr. Colsell's scenery. As it is very unlikely that the play will run for more than a few months (?) it is hoped that by Easter, climbing will have begun again.

    RUGBY FOOTBALL

    Rugby has continued to rise in popularity and standard. The games period, which every form enjoys one afternoon a week, has greatly helped in this way. Although we have lost many of the enthusiasts that we had last year, we have been fortunate in gaining some very good new blood, notably Yorke M.

    One Wednesday afternoon, just before the end of the Autumn Term we picked two teams from the school, and started a game on the Marsa pitch. The game promised to be a good one, but unfortunately it had to be curtailed, as two naval teams wanted to use the pitch. Anyhow from the results of this game a team was chosen, captained by Plater, to play against St. Michaels Training College on Boxing Day. The School was ably assisted on this occasion by Mr. Bletcher. Mr. Lett aided St. Michaels, whom we beat by 18pts. to nil.

    On New Year's Day we all met again, and I am glad to say that at least some of the spectators who turned up on Boxing Day, braved it again. This time we supplied two teams of seven, and St. Michaels supplied one. Our 'A' team, captained by Plater, was assisted by Mr. Green. The 'B' team, captained by Wellington, was assisted by Mr. Lett and Mr. Corby. On this occasion we were also assisted by Hargreaves, who has since joined the School. Unfortunately the weather was not very kind, and the ball became very difficult to handle.

    One Wednesday afternoon, at the beginning of January, soon after returning to School, we managed to arrange a 7-a-side game with a team from the Marine section of the R.A.F., Marsaxlokk, which was played at Ta Kali. It may have seemed that we were taking on a handful, but although the R.A.F. team was very sporting, they suffered from the handicap of not having played any rugby for some considerable time. As we were not hard up for time, we played two short games, and were victorious both times.

    On Friday March 4th. 1955 the School First XV played a team of Boys from H.M.S. Ranpura. This turned out to be a tough, ding dong battle for the greater part of the game. Towards the end however, the School was pressing very strongly and were definitely on top.

    Ranpura started in a very aggressive mood and after a quick heel from a scrum on the half way line, forced us back right to our goal line, by a series of forward rushes and kicks. Here, where they demonstrated very forcibly and painfully their overwhelming superiority in set scrums, our backs were severely taxed in trying to keep them out, but after the sixth consecutive five yard scrum, their battering ram tactics prevailed and they went over for a try in the corner. They failed with the conversion. Three points up to them. A few minutes later, our forwards followed up very well, when the ball was knocked back from the line out by one of their pack. The ball went over their line, where Mr. Lett, in tripping over a recumbent body, had the good fortune to fall on to it and sufficient idea to hold on to it when he had it in his grasp. As the try was not converted we were now level pegging with Ranpura. Play continued back and forth until Hargreaves broke away in a grand rush and scored for us again. Again the kick failed to convert. At half time the score was unchanged, 6-3 in our favour.

    On resumption of play we pressed hard, but very soon were forced on to the defensive and had to concede a try to Ranpura forwards who, by sheer weight, took the ball over for an unconverted try. The next try came to us from another forward rush led by Hargreaves, who touched down a little nearer to the post than the previous tries had been and Wilson made a very good conversion this time. By now the Ranpura side was showing signs of flagging and we on our part grew careless, allowing the ball to be scrambled over the line from a throw in near our twenty five. This was not converted so we still had two points in hand. To make sure of victory, Maddock took a neat pass from Reynolds and after running about twice round the Marsa scored our fourth try - no conversion. When the final whistle went a few minutes later the School forwards were once more battering at Ranpura's defences with the backs ready on their toes to nip in to stop any counter attack.

    It was a game in which everyone did his best. There was no slacking anywhere. Outstanding amongst a very hardworking set of forwards was Hargreaves, especially in line out, and loose. Yorke and Reynolds, at half back, worked very well together in providing an efficient service to the threequarters. The very quick breaking of the opposing forwards made their job very difficult at times. Tackling by all the backs was good but at times was not quite so vigorous as to be completely effective. A good precept, well worth following, is that a man is not tackled until all the breath has been knocked out of his body and he is lying gasping on the ground like a dying gladiator! A good tackle should leave the Tacklee in such a state of mind that he will do anything rather than have the ball in his hands when next he meets the Tackler.

    The final score was R.N.S. 14. Ranpura Boys 9.

    C. A. Plater

    CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING 1955

    After some weeks of conscientious training on the part of most of the runners taking part, the Inter-House Cross Country Championships were decided on Tuesday, February 22nd, 1955. Unfortunately it was far from an ideal day for running, being warm and oppressive with an additional handicap in the very strong headwind on the outward leg. Consequently, the expected breaking of records did not materialise.

    As in past years, the Juniors went away at 2-45 p.m. Ball took the lead in the early stages, with Lee, Beard and Jenkins close behind. About the half way mark Ball was forced to drop out with a very severe attack of stomach cramp. From there on Beard took over first place and maintained it to the end, with Jenkins close on his heels all the way.

    The winning team was White House, who gave a fine illustration of what team packing can do to win a race. Their first man home was Instone in 4th. place, with Harkness, Lee and Brown following closely behind in 5th, 6th and 8th positions.

    The Senior Pack got off to a reasonably fast start, with Humble G. and Maddock J. setting the pace, spurred on by Reynolds, Bain and Yorke. It was anybody's race until Reynolds had trouble with his shoe whilst Maddock and Humble went away. On the last down-hill stretch Humble put on steam but could not shake off Maddock entirely, and they finished with only four seconds separating them, Humble in first place. Some time before,

    Reynolds, having decided that no shoe was better than an uncomfortable one, had discarded the one that troubled him, and came home "dot and carry one", to finish third. It was hoped that his foot would recover from its rough teatment in time for the Inter-Schools' Cross Country Championship.

    This Year - the first time for some seasons - the first man home was also first man of the winning team, and Humble had the satisfaction of leading Drake House to victory- His assistants were Hargreaves 8, Wellington 9 and Yorke 11.

    The outlook for the Inter- Schools race was fairly good from our point of view. We had a well tried Senior Team, and whilst the Junior Team was not up to the standard of last year, perhaps, being composed mainly of 1st and 2nd Year Boys, they were certainly to give the other schools a good run for their money.

    The Inter-Schools' Championships were run as arranged on March 2nd, at Ta Kali. Both Junior and Senior Courses were slightly longer than last year, the Junior being 2i miles and the Senior 3£ miles. Apart from a very strong wind blowing head-on along the last leg, conditions were good. Eleven schools entered for the Junior event, and although only nine started in the Senior there also were eleven entries for this race.

    In the Junior competition the R.N.S. colours, at the start, were very conspicuous in the rear with a dense pack of scrambling bodies sprinting furiously ahead of them. The position was completely reversed at the finish. We were doing the sprinting up in front, with Beard, who made a tremendous final effort, getting into first place ,by about a foot, He was followed by Jenkins, Lee and Brown in 3rd, 7th and 12th positions to give us first team place with 2 points lead over St. Edwards.

    The Senior Race started with more restraint and our team very soon took its rightful place in a close bunch amongst the leaders. After one mile, Humble, Reynolds and Maddock were out in front, with Yorke not far behind. The other members of the team were bashing along in good order a little way to the rear. This state of affairs continued, with the first three pulling away from their nearest rival, until at one time there was a gap of from three to four hundred yards between them. This was about half a mile from home with the wind doing its best to dampen everyone's ardour. Yorke was running 5th at this stage, but, feeling dissatisfied, he refused to admit he was tiring, and with grim dogged-ness moved up to and then passed the St. Edward's man ahead and took fourth position which he kept to the finish. Our first man home was Humble, who ran the race when, by rights, he should have been in bed nursing a very severe cold. Reynolds and Maddock showed a very fine team spirit in keeping with him and pushing him in first when possibly they might have romped away in the last stages. This is nothing to the discredit of Humble, whose effort under the circumstances, was an outstanding example of grit and determination, but the gesture made by the other two must not be overlooked.

    Congratulations and the school's thanks go to each member of both teams. Although those who were not in the first four did not appear on the result sheet, they did a valuable job in spacing out the opposition.

    RESULTS

    R.N.S. Juniors

    Alan Beard 1 Hugh Jenkins 3 Michael Lee 7 Alfred Brown 12 Barry Harkness 13

    Raymond Belcher 15  Jeffrey Instone 16 Christopher Newbury 17

    Juniors

    1.  R.N.S.                                                                                          2. St Edwards                                                                                                        3.  St. Aloysius

    R.N.S. Seniors
    Brian Humble 1 John Maddock 2 Peter Reynolds 2

     Michael Yorke 4 David Edwards James Burden

    John Hargreaves  John Wellington

  • Seniors

    1. R.N.S.
    2. St. Edwards
    3. Seminary
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    NETBALL

    Netball is a very popular game, and there are many keen players in all forms. This year there is a much better understanding of the game, fewer rules are broken, and the positioning on the court has improved.

    Players must now try to make this a "jumping" game. Far too many girls are content to plant their feet firmly on the ground put their hands up, and hope the ball will drop into them.

    The 1st VII have learned to combine well together and are playing a good open game. The 2nd VII are not so experienced a side, but are improving. So far there have been three school matches, all against the Convent of the Sacred Heart. The 1st team won both their games, and the 2nd team drew in their only match. We are hoping for further games before the end of term

    With the new games arrangements, form competitions have been possible for the first time. Form Captains supervised their teams well, and the games were played in a very good spirit. The results in December were as follows: —

    4th 5th 6th Form Competition won by 5G
    3rd Form Competition won by 3BM

    2nd Form Competition won by 2AG

    1st Form Competition won by 1AG

    Similar tournaments are planned for the end of this term.

    House Captains have shown a greater sense of responsibility and the practices in the lunch hour have been well arranged. The School Captain, Ethel Mitchell, is to be commended for the way she supervised the two sets of house matches in the Autumn Term. White House were the winners of both the 4th, 5th, 6th and the 2nd and 3rd Competitions, and in their present form look as if they will retain the shield for a second year.

    1st School VII 1954 - 55

    G.D. V. Collins

    D. R. Roberts

    C.D. Z. Turvey

    C. B. Watts

    C.A. E. Mitchell* (Capt.)

    A. C. Owen

    G.S. T. Rees*

    * Colours 1955

    Promising younger players include:— R. Richards, S. Jackson, A. Edwards, J. Hellon, P. Rawlings, A. Ware, E. Rees, C. Downy, G. Moore, H. Fenn, K Spence, A. Kempl, A. Kerry, J. Jackson, D. Cartwright.

    TENNIS

    At the beginning of the Summer Term tennis was a new game to many girls. As a result the standard of play was not very high but there was plenty of enthusiasm to make up for this.

    Until the weather got too hot, the best possible use was made of our one court. Everyone learned strokes and service during games lessons, and many older girls stayed for extra coaching after school.

    On Saturdays we had the use of three tennis courts at Manoel Island, and these were always fully occupied all morning. Miss Clarke gave up a great deal of time to coach girls and we would like to thank her for all her hard work both in tennis and hockey.

    At the end of term two couples from each house took part in an American tournament. There were some very close and exciting games. Nelson finally emerged as the winner.

    At present there is no School tennis team as no matches were possible last summer. Valerie and Zena Turvey deserve special mention for their play, and the following girls reached a good standard :— J. Vine, T. Rees, S. Buick, C. Buick, B. Flinton, S. Vine.

     

    HOCKEY

    Now that every form has a games afternoon during the week, many girls have had their first introduction to hockey. As we all know, practice is not easy on our field at the top of the lane. There are many difficulties, but players have made the best of it and there have been many enjoyable games.

    In December we had two sets of form matches which were won by 3G and 5G respectively. We are hoping to have a further series at the end of this term if the goats will oblige and eat the grass so that we do not lose the ball too often!

    Between 70 and 80 enthusiasts come to Manoel Island every Saturday morning, and as a result of the practice in the week, the general standard of the games is steadily improving. This year the beginners are a particularly keen set.

    The 1st. XI this season has a very strong defence, but lacks fast, enterprising forwards, and so has difficulty in scoring goals. It is a pity that matches are only possible against grown-up teams as they are hardly a fair test. Of the 3 matches played the School has won one and lost the others.

    The staff have very nobly provided a team on two occasions, with the score at one match each, are all out to win the deciding game. The match against the Naval Wives XI was very enjoyable, but the school were beaten by superior strength and greater experience. We are hoping to arrange a return match before the end of term.

    White House won the house tournament in December by beating every other house, and are well on the way to winning the shield for this season. Stevenson are the present holders.

    1st. XI 1954-55

    G:  J.  Kelly J. Churche   LB:   S. Culverwell (Capt.)

    RB:  M. Watkins  RH:  V. Collins* LH:   E. Muckart CH: E. Mitchell^ LW:  A. Holloway   LI:  B. Watts\CF:  V. Fogden RI:  S. Weller     RW:  S. Vine S. Hicks         * Colours 1954       ^ Colours 1955

    Promising players:—   A. Gregson,  D. Penman. R. Roberts J. Watson-Liddell, R. Richards, M. Cooper,  E. Wilmshurst, J. Mogford, H. Fenn, M. Davis, G. Downy, G. More, A. Kelly, L. Foxlee, K. Sherlock, M. Carter, J. Burden, D. Cartwright, A. Bowie.

    SCHOOL CRICKET 1954

    Keen enthusiasm was shown by a dozen or so stalwarts who formed the nucleus of the School Cricket XI, but no House cricket was possible owing to the Summer holidays following close upon the swimming and athletics sports.

    Against the opposition of a Sliema Boys team, the School XI fared reasonably well, losing by a narrow margin. In subsequent games the margin was reduced but not overcome. Not a high standard of cricket was played, and a great need of fielding practice was indicated.

    Against the R.A.F. Luqa, the School XI bit the dust well and truly. Even the usual dour stonewalling of M. Livingstone made no impression on the fast bowling of Pepper, who had the same effect on us as Tyson on the Aussies! The elation felt on getting the wickets of the opposition down for a reasonably small score was soon wiped from our faces as the wickets fell fast and furious. In the future the R.A.F. cricket XI could be well left alone and House Matches brought to the fore!

    SCHOOL FOOTBALL 1954-55

    A much improved School XI prepared to avenge the severe defeats suffered last year at the hands {or feet) of the Malta
    Secondary Schools. However the improvement did nothing to stave off the usual result; but prevented quite so many goals being registered against us. ,

    Against a team fielded by the R.E.M.E. Tech. School we won our first match and drew the return match. Another near game was played against De la Salle in the 2nd. round of the Inter-Schools Cup Knock Out, a bye having been obtained in the first round. The game was played at a fast rate throughout, and at the completion of the allotted time the score was 1-1, Burden having scored the School goal. At the end of extra time the score stood at 3-1 and we were out of the Cup.

    Against the team fielded by R.A.F. Luqa we lost 3-2 at the Marsa, and in a return game at Manoel Island, played in a blustery wind, we lost again 1-0, much to the derision of our feminine supporters (who outnumbered the males). The goal was scored in the last 10 mins. of the game.

    The result of the Inter-House Competition will not be known before the Magazine goes to press, but Stephenson appear likely claimants to the title of Soccer champs.

    THE SECOND ELEVEN

    Although the record of the second eleven does not appear too good at a first glance, many of the matches were not so one-sided as the results would suggest.

    Some very good games were enjoyed by the team, and an excellent team spirit was maintained in spite of the defeats suffered.

    On the credit side, we can boast wins against Hamrun Technical and Stella Maris, and a creditable performance against the first eleven, which resulted in a narrow victory for the first team.

    Although only two wins were recorded, the overall performance during the season showed a marked improvement on the preceding year, and it is hoped that this improvement continues through the coming season.

    J. Burden

    INTER-FORM SOCCER

    Duirng recent years there has been keen competition between the Senior classes to win the Inter-Form League. This is a six-a-side tournament which is played on the lower pitch at school on weekdays at lunch time. I think, before I go further, that I should at least mention that the 'Founder' of the League was Ronald Owen, formerly of Drake Houes, in 1952. He was an extremely good footballer and played a prominent part in the sporting life at the Royal Naval School.

    This year there are four teams competing for the League Championship. The VI Form was led by the school captain, David Page, and helped by their capable goal keeper Michael Yorke. The V Form's mainstay is Reynolds, and Hatherly in the defence Then comes IV Grammar, who owe their position in the League mainly to McColgin and Knight, who can be relied on for a good game. Then last, but by no means least, is gallant 3BM., whose star is Taylor, who not only shows his team the quickest way to the goal, but is also a stalwart defender.   John M. Wilson

    FOOTBALL IN OUR PLAYGROUND

    We do not have a full size team owing to the fact that we do not have a full size pitch, but only a bare piece of ground about fifty yards in length. This pitch is quite convenient as it is well away from the windows. We play all our matches on this pitch as it is the best one we have. Besides this pitch we also have another, but this one is nearer to the windows and also has too many stones, and as you can see it is less convenient and therefore we play all our league matches on the other one. 3BM., that is our form, have got quite a strong team but not strong enough. We are at the moment third in the class league, VG being first and IVG coming second; we are however not bottom of the table as we leave that for VIG to occupy. Owing to the fact that we have a six-a-side team, the offside rule is not always included in our rules, and therefore the defence nearly always have a tough match to play unless the team has really startling forwards.

    Our most outstanding player is David Taylor, who is a brilliant centre forward, and has scored more goals for our team than any other member. David also plays for Drake house team. David and I both play for the school second XI, and Caunter, who plays for our form, comes as one of the reserves. Other members of the team are Lee, Hebden and Brown. Besides having league matches we also have knock-out competitions. Last year we were knocked out by the old 3BM after reaching the semi-finals. This year we hope at least to reach the finals, even if we do not win. Our form team stay behind on various evenings, for football practice, usually before a match.

    A. E. Wilson Form 3BM.

    ANNUAL SWIMMING SPORTS 1954 RESULTS

    1. Breaststroke Girls 13 - 14J Time: 22.6secs. (Record)
      1. P. Brockman (S) 2. W. Clarke (N) 3. C. Page (S)
    2. Breaststroke Girls under Hi Time: 26.2 sees. (Record)
      1. K, Sherlock (D) 2. E. Washbourne (S)3. A. Trafford-Smith
    3. Diving Boys under 14

    1. R. Latimer (W) 2. D. Campbell (D) 3. A. Orchard (S)

    4. Freestyle Girls 13 - 14J Time: 42.2 sees. (Record)

    1. C. Page (S) 2. W. Clarke (N) 3. P. Brockman (S)

    1. Breaststroke Boys over 14i Time: 41.2 sees. (Record)
      1. G. Cave (N) 2. J. Wilson (N) 3. D. Page (S)
    2. Freestyle Boys 13 - 14i Time: 36 sees. (Record)

    1. E. Porter (D) 2. J. McColgin (W) 3. A. Orchard (S)

    1. Backstroke Girls over 14i Time: 23 sees. (Record)                         Photo from Lesley Cole added
      1. H. Ansell (D) 2. S. Buick (N) 3. L. Cole (D)
    2. Freestyle Girls under lli Time: 22.6 sees. (Record)

    1. B. Jemphrey (D) 2. A. Brockman (W) 3. D. Cartwright (D) 

    9. Breaststroke Boys under Hi Time: 28.4 sees.
    1. R. Payne (N) 2. J. Payne (D) 3. M. Shirley (N)

    10. Diving- Girls under 14

    1. P. Brockman (S) 2. W. Clarke (N) 3. M. Campbell (N)

    11. Freestyle Boys over 14i Time: 33 sees. (Record)
    1. J. Wilson (N) 2. M. Spencer (S) 3. G. Cave (N)

    12. Breaststroke Girls over 14i Time: 19.4 sees. (Record)
    1. S Buick (N) 2. J. Miller (D) 3. T. Rees (W)

    13. Backstroke Boys 13 - 14J Time: 20 sees. (Record)
    1. R. Hann (W) 2. E. Porter (D) 3. S. Brown (D)

    14. Freestyle Boys 11J - 13 Time: 21.2 sees. 1. D. Campbell (D) 2. B. Collings (D) 3. R. Payne (W) 3. R. Latimer (W)

    1. Breaststroke Girls Hi - 13 Time 23 sees. (Record)
      1. Bickley (D) 2. J. Holt (S) 3. F. Beach (D)
    2. Backstroke Girls 13 - 14i Time: 28 sees.

    1. C. Page (S) 2. B. Sparkes (D) 3. W. Clarke (N)

    17. Diving Boys over 14i

    1. G. Cave (N) 2. J. Wilson (N) 3. M. Ridout (D)

    18. Freestyle Girls over 144 Time: 45 sees. (Record)

    1. S. Buick (N) 2. S. Culverwell (S) 3. A. Wilson (S)

    19. Breaststroke Boys Hi - 13 Time: Not taken

    1. P. David (N) 2. P. Hannan (D) 3. B. Harkness (W)

    20. Freestyle Boys under Hi Time: 22 sees. (Record)

    1. M. Mahoney (S) 2. B. Walton (W) 3. T. Garland (W)

    21. Freestyle Girls Hi - 13 Time 20 sees. (Record)

    1. J. Holt (S) 2. J. Hargreaves (W) 3. Bickley (D)

    1. Breaststroke Boys 13 - 14i Time: 22 sees. (Record)
      1. J. Wagstaff (S) 2. J. Hann (W) 3. E. Porter (D)
    2. Backstroke Boys over 14i Time: 17.8 sees. (Record)
      1. M. Livingstone (W) 2. G. Cave (N) 3. J. Wilson (N)
    3. Diving- Girls over 14

    1. C. Buick (S) 2. J. Roe (W) 3. L. Cole (D)

    1. Relay Boys Hi - 13 Time: Imin. 17 sees. (Record)
      1. Drake 2. White 3. Nelson
    2. Relay Boys under Hi Time: 1 min. 38.8 sees. (Record)
      1. Stephenson 2. Drake 3. Nelson
    1. Relay Boys 13 - 14i Time: 1 min. 13.8 sees. (Record)
      1. Stephenson 2. D'rake 3. White
    2. Relay Boys over 14i Time: 1 min 3 sees. (Records)
      1. Stephenson 2. White 3. Nelson

    29. Relay Girls Medley Time: 1 min. 25 sees.
    1. Drake 2. Stephenson 3. White

    Champion House Stephenson Runner Up Drake

     Champion Boy  G. Cave Runner Up  J Wilson

    Champion Girls  P. Brockman, W.Clarke, C.Page  S.Buick.

    BROWNIES 1st MALTA PACK. (R.N. SCHOOL)

    The numbers of the Tal Handak Brownie Pack have increased so much that now, in April, we have a full Pack of twenty-four Brownies, divided into four "sixes" or patrols. These four sixes, named Sprites, Pixies, Gnomes and Fairies, are led by the four oldest and competent Brownies. We have recently had ten enrolments of new Brownies. This enrolment was carried out at Guide Headquarters by the district Commissioner, Miss Lanfranco.

    The Pack recently helped their district to win the Arthur Denaro Cup, which is now proudly displayed with the other school cups. Mrs. Clarke, the Brown Owl, left for England at Christmas time, and now I am also returning to the United Kingdom, leaving the pack in the capable hands of the Pack Leader, Sheila Tetchner. To all the Brownies I say, Good Luck, and don't forget to always "Lend a Hand".

    Heather M. B. Marriott  Tawny Owl

     

     

     

    DRAKE HOUSE NOTES

    As usually happens when a new edition of the magazine is published, we look round and see that many enthusiastic members of the House have left. This year we have lost Jane Skinner and Sallie Vine, who always showed keeness in every branch of sport; Frances Buley, a keen netballer; Frances Beach, Rhoda Grieve and Sandra Rich, enthusiastic younger members of the house; Bendell who is missed on the football field. On the credit side, we welcome Hargreaves and Yorke, both of whom specialise in Rugby.

    Netball

    In the House Championship, Drake was beaten by White House only succeeding in winning second place. Ann Holloway, Zena Turvey, Sallie Vine and Christine Owen played well in the senior team and praise goes to Joan Hellon and Eunice Rolphe in the junior team.

    Hockey

    Although the Hockey Matches were not completed this yeai, it was quite obvious that Stephenson would have won and Drake would have been third or fourth. However as we had no outstanding players, I think we may congratulate ourselves on putting up a good fight. Pamela Summers, Joan Hellon and Eunice Rolphe are keen players and Ann Holloway, Joy Sellars and Christine Owen continue to play well. Come girls, don't let there be any uncertainty as to who is the winner next year - make sure it's Drake!

    Tennis

    The tennis season seems a long way past now, but the results still need publishing. Once more Drake came second, being beaten this time by Nelson.

    The players were:— Christine Owen, Frances Buley, Sallie Vine, Zena Turvey.

    Football 1953-4

    Unfortunately we came 4th in the football last season, but with more practice and better team work we should improve. Amongst the outstanding players were Bendell and Taylor.

    Football 1955

    The House competition this year consisted of each team playing each of the others once; this resulted in each house playing three matches.

    v White Lost 0-1

    v Stephenson Lost 0-3

    v Nelson Won 4-2

    As a result of these matches we came second on goal average.

    Athletics 1954

    Despite the fact that the house possessed few outstanding performers all members of the house pulled their weight, and the girls managed to come out on top, although we were only third in the final placings.

    Bendell and Murtagh performed well in the field events, while Taylor was amongst the outstanding juniors. Humble won the 3-mile, the 880yds. and was second in the mile, while Jane Skinner won the girls 440yds. We improved our tug-of-war position this year coming second to a much heavier Nelson team.

    Cross-Country 1955

    The House did very well in both the senior and junior events, coming first in the seniors and second in the juniors.

    The senior team consisted of Humble, Hargreaves, Wellington, Yorke, Mackenzie and Spence, the first four gaining first, eighth, ninth and eleventh places. In the juniors, the team for which was Jenkins, Palmer, Campbell, Allen, Regan, Keech, Ray and Bellinger, Jenkins deserves special mention in coming second although only in the first form.

    Cricket 1954

    There were no house matches last season, but the school played several matches during the Summer Holidays, the following members of the house playing: Wellington, Brown, Allen and Humble.

    Swimming 1954

    For the second year in succession the house had to rely mainly upon its girls and junior boys for points, but nevertheless, came second to Stephenson.

    Work

    The House had good results in the G.C.E. last year, Humble gaining 10, Jane Skinner and Crosbie 8 and Sallie Vine 7 passes, at Ordinary Level.

    Brian Humble Hazel Ansell

    House Captains

                                                                     NELSON HOUSE NOTES

    Athletics

    It is good to report that in this competition we gained first place. Our House Captains, Garry Cave and Suzanne Buick were outstandingly successful themselves, and the hard work they had done encouraging other members of the House showed good results.

    Cricket

    The bowling of the House team was adequate, but the batting of the majority very weak. A lot of time must be spent at the nets this year if we are to regain our former place at the top. Fielding was in most cases good, but too often the ball failed to reach the wicket-keeper at "stump" height.

    Hockey

    The House team has been lacking in enthusiasm until quite recently; now there has been an improvement and a full team has mustered each week for the House matches.

    Netball

    Since the -beginning of the school year the attendance at the weekly practice has improved, although some of the Seniors could show more enthusiasm. With more effort the standard of the House netball would surely improve.

    Soccer

    Nelson were only narrowly beaten by a one goal margin for second place in the House Competition. Alder, Cave, Livingstone, Wilson and O'Connell deserve mention, and represented the House in all matches. The House was also well represented in the School 1st XI. Passing and ball control are still not as good as it should be in the team this year. So far we have won one match and lost one.

    Swimming

    Our House Captain, Garry Cave, won the Championship at the Swimming Gala. Several of the Juniors swam very well and gained first place, but we were unfortunate in all the Relay Races, and by failing to score any points lost the Championship to

    Stephenson.

    Carol Tudor John Wilson

    House Captains

     

             STEPHENSON HOUSE NOTES

    The past year has been a fairly successful one for Stephenson, as we managed to remain at the top of the table right through the year, and are still there now.

    Swimming

    Not being a House of 'Water Rats' was our excuse for coming bottom in the last competition. The matter was rectified before this year's Grand Splash. The swimmers turned out en masse for the Heats, and succeeded in giving the House an overwhelming lead before the Finals. This lead, combined with some good swimming, resulted in Stephenson winning the competition from Drake by a margin of 254 points. As in previous years our relay team did very well and made certain of the result.

    Athletics

    At the Marsa Stadium, the Athletics Sports became a fierce competition, the teams being very evenly matched. But as in the previous year, Nelson had the edge, and Stephenson came second again. We did not possess any outstanding runners, but the way our relay teams stormed round the track was heartening to all Stephenson supporters. With a little training we can win the Athletics Sports this year, Stephenson!

    Cricket

    There were no House Matches in the 1954 season, but a number of friendly matches were played. Stephenson lost only to White, but revenge was later obtained in an overwhelming victory.

    Football 1953-4

    In the House Competition our football finished in third position, drawing with Nelson (in second place) on points, but beaten by a slightly superior goal average. However, we had the consolation of being the only team to slow White's runaway wins by holding them to a 3-3 draw.

    A very good start has been made in this season's (1955) House Matches. The results to date are wins over Nelson 6-2 and Drake 3-0. Some scratch matches played previously produced several younger players who display some very good promise.

    The School Soccer XIs contained a good number of Stephen-son players, who were regular players. In the Senior Team:— Reynolds, Hatherley, .Plater, Page, and in the Junior Team Chatten and Humble.

    Hockey

    In the 1953-54 season Stephenson's hockey team did very well, beating White 7-1, and Nelson 3-1. Unfortunately we were unable to play Drake, but were allowed to have the Hockey Cup and Shield. This season, however, we have not been so fortunate. We have already lost the Shield to White, and will have to try very hard if we are to retain the Cup in the competition later this term. We were very sad to see Judith Kelly, our House Goalkeeper, leave last Christmas, and we have yet to see how we fare without her. To offset this loss, we now have a new hockey player, Sylvia Weller, who has already played twice in the school team.

    Netball

    Both last season and this our netball has been far below the standard necessary for the House competitions, and this is due, not to lack of talent, but to lack of enthusiasm, in both Senior a)nd Junior players. Frequently in the last few weeks we have been forced to allow members of other houses to make up our team, when we play our practice matches against Drake.

    This is not true of Stephenson's first formers, who turn up regularly every Monday for practice, thus showing a spirit of enthusiasm for the welfare of their House, which is sadly lacking among the girls in the higher forms.

    Monica Kelly David Page

    House Captains.

    WHITE HOUSE NOTES

    Since it is some time since the last report on House activities for the Magazine, our news of sporting events goes back to the 1953-54 season. In that season, our Football team was particularly successful, winning five of the six matches in the series and drawing the sixth, so wresting the shield from Nelson, who had had their own way to long. The team, which varied only slightly during the season, consisted of Bedford, Budd, Richardson, Robinson. Bain, McColgin, Burden, Woodacre, Cunningham, Livingstone and Maddock. Of these players only five remain with us this season, but we are still hopeful of retaining the trophy.

    In the 1954 Cross-Country competition we were equally successful, winning both the senior and the junior events; Bain and Burden did particularly well. In the 1955 competition we were handicapped by a shortage of boys over 15, and as a consequence came only third in the senior race; our junior team, however, won their race and the two teams together had the best aggregate result.

    White House girls again won the Netball shield in 1953-54, the successful team consisting of V. Collins. T. Rees, E. Mitchell D. Penman, J. Vine, S. Deacon and H. Dowker. In the present season, despite the loss of two memfbers of last year's team, we have done well up to the present, winning all amtches in the first half of the series.

    The news of the girls' hockey team is not so favourable, and the fault here appears to lie with a lack of enthusiasm among the majority of girls in the House. Credit is due particularly to Valerie Collins for her work as a player and in keeping the team together.

    The girls' Tennis tournament was held on the three courts at Manoel Island one hot day last summer, White House's representatives being Jill Vine, Teresa Rees, Elspeth Muckart and Ethel Mitchell. Unfortunately, our team failed to win the shield, but everybody who participated thoroughly enjoyed it.

    There were no inter-house Cricket matches last season, but we managed to win all but one of our friendly matches.

    In the 1954 Athletic Sports we were glad to see a great improvement in the numbers of boys and girls who entered for the various events. In spite of this, we came fourth in the competition but must congratulate Ethel Mitchell and Maddock who were Champion Girl and Boy respectively. We have the same story to tell over the 1954 Swimming Sports: again we had a good entry, but again we came last in spite of valiant efforts on the part of many members of the House.

    We were sorry to hear in September that Mr. Lett, who had shown such enthusiasm over our sporting activities, would no longer be a Staff member of White House, (and we wonder whether his departure was the result of fifth column activities on the part of the other Houses). However, on the other side of the account we have to welcome Lt.-Cdr. Page, who will obviously be a great asset to White, as well as Miss Robson (replacing Mrs. Notley) who is taking a great interest in the girls' netball.

    Peter Budd Ethel Mitchell House Captains.

    House Positions

    1st. Nelson 395 points

    2nd. Stephenson 351.5 points

    3rd. Drake 325.5 points

    4th. White 315 points

     

    VERDALA SCHOOL SPORTS 1954

    The 1954 Athletic Sports Meeting was held as usual on St. Edward's College Sports field, loaned to us by the kind permission of Mr. Carey, the Rector.

    The meeting, held in glorious sunshine, was the occasion in which the Infants' Department took an active part. Although no House points were awarded for these events, a most keen sense of competition prevailed. Much credit was due to the Infants staff. Each teacher having mustered her own class at the starting line, covered the course herself in preparation for collecting her correct number of children at the finishing tape. This system enabled the centre of the field to be cleared very quickly and thus the remaining forty events, held in the marked tracks, proceeded with minimum delay.

    Each Junior class ran two flat races, one for girls, one for boys. The eight competitors in each race were the fastest runners of each house. Each class arranged its own novelty race which resulted in considerable amusement for the spectators and much fun for the competitors. The usual third and fourth year ten-stage relays created great interest, each house being urged along by both children and parents alike. The Junior school events concluded with the final of the boy's inter-house tug-of-war -judged by Fleet Instructor Officer, Instructor Captain Turvey.

    During the Junior events, running totals of points gained were displayed, together with the hoisting of an appropriate coloured flag of the leading house. This innovation caused great enthusiasm; it was noted towards the close of the meeting, that the mounting excitement had spread to the parents' grand stand. This must surely have been the reason for the overwhelming number of entries in both mother's and fathers' races. These two events will long be remembered. We do trust that those fathers who sustained injury in the great stampede will not fail to support this event at our next meeting. Parents prizes, so well deserved, were presented to Mrs. Norkett and Lt.-Cdr. Pain.

    Nelson house took a very early lead and held it until five events from the close when it was wrested from them by White house. The final of the tug-of-war between Drake and Nelson gave the latter house sufficient points to regain their lead and so win the day. The final house positions were Nelson 119 points, White 111, Drake 90 and Stephenson 82.

    The meeting closed with the presentation of the trophies and medallions by Mrs. Turvey. Anthony Watson and Christine Maclntyre, the Nelson house captains were presented with the House Championship Cup on behalf of their house. David Brownridge and Ann Robinson received their cups and own medallions for the best all-round boy and girl. Other children, first in their own class flat races, received medallions, those in second and third places received certificates.

    So a very successful afternoon came to a close for most children, yet worthy of mention are those willing helpers of 4A who stayed behind and assisted in clearing the field of all the props.

    W. F. Willsher

    THE SCHOOL SOCCER TEAM

    Our school team seems to be having a very good season this year. We have won most of the matches we have played. The first match was played against Army school St. Andrew's. It was quite a hard game for Verdala but eventually we managed to beat St. Andrew's by winning 2-0. We played this match at Manoel Island. The next game was played at Tigne barracks, where we played Army School, Tigne who we thought would be a difficult team to beat. However, it was either that Tigne football was off form, or Verdala were very much on form for we beat them 9-0. It seems that Verdala might be quite hard to beat. I very much hope so.

    Since my last report on the school teams activites we have played another four games. The first was when we played Tal Handak (1st year modern). This was a really hard game for us but it was considered that we did very well against this older team by just being beaten by the one goal. The final score being 3-2.

    The next game was when we played R.A.F. School Luqa. We were playing very poorly that day and we drew 1-1. Then we played Army School St. Andrew's again, but this time we lost 1-0.

    Our second game was with Army School Tigne, when, inspired by the new team uniform which we had recently received, we beat them 7-0.

    Now, on behalf of the school team I would like to thank all those fathers who supported and encouraged the team, and last but by no means least supplied socks for the team uniform to go with the shirts (provided by the school).

    Also I would like to thank the fathers and teachers who ref-ereed our games and helped us to enjoy them so much.

    M. Parker - Form 4AJ

    VERDALA WOLF CUB PACK

    When I took over the Pack four months ago I found the Pack in a very healthy state, due to Mr. Willsher and "Baloo" (Mrs. Bargewell.)

    The full Back of 18 cubs meet every Wednesday afternoon at 3.30.

    The cubs are very busy at the present moment with "Star" work and "Bob a Job" week.

    Cubbing is good for tooys and if any parents wish their sons to become cubs please give their names to Mr. W. Willsher, when they are eight years old.

    AKELA. (Mrs. M. Waller).

    VERDALA BROWNIE PACK

    The past year has been a busy one for the School Brownie Pack. We have kept our numbers up, all through the year, despite the constant coming and going of children from U.K.

    In February we were visited by Miss Lawrence, a Guide Trainer, from Imperial Headquarters. Later in the month we joined other Brownies of the Island in a special meeting for Thinking Day.

    This month, April, the annual Handwork (Competition has been held for the Arthur Denaro Cup. Lady Laycock presented the prizes, and one of our Brownies, Pauline Baker, was awarded the needlework prize.

    P. Locke.

    DRAMA CLUB

    The School Drama Club, which started as very small indeed, has grown during the past year, to such dimensions that one wonders whether one could build another stage!

    For, apart from the actors, we have discovered one or two producers notably Sandra Dormer of 4A and Lynne Merrin of 4B. They have both produced charming little plays with good lighting, costumes and effects. Lynne Merrin in particular, achieved some dramatic effects in her "Snow White", while Sandra Dormer, with an eagle eye for detail wiped the board with "Wrong Ribbons",

    The Club itself had great success with the Pantomime "Robinson Caruso" which was performed by representatives of every class in the Junior and Infant Schools.

    The Infants achieved some beautiful effects in their "Under-Sea" scenes while John Larter as Father Neptune, was a revelation. He spoke up well and had complete confidence.

    The one unfortunate episode we had to contend with was Robinson's leading lady, Sheila Mulholland. She started off at his height, but during rehearsals grew so rapidly that she was taller than he by the time we produced.

    New productions in view for end of term are the Duel Scene from Richard II and "Pocahantas", the story of a Red Indian girl who came to the Court of England.

    Plays are usually chosen by the children, all props are made by them, and any play which has swords and armour is a first favourite

    Most of the Junior forms produce a little play of their own -so many indeed that a very strict Rota for use of the stage has to be kept.

    A. L. Rowe

    This term 40 girls got together and decided to produce a play. In a very short time we had all learnt our words. We worked very hard without the help of the staff, rehearsing in our breaks and lunch hours. Lt.-Cdr. Bowie kindly lent us the stage for our rehearsals. We prepared all our costumes and props ourselves. I was the producer and also took a part as we had not enough people.

    At the beginning of the play Tamsin (part taken by myself) was left alone in the house with her baby cousin. Then along came a beggar-woman and lured her out of the house. This beggar-woman turned out to be a wicked queen. She took the baby cousin away and replaced it with her own crooked changeling. In the second scene, Mrs. Gordon (Tasmin's aunt) is so exasperated with her supposed son (now grown up) that she seeks the advice of Isa, The Witch Wife, who kindly tells her the truth of her son. In the third scene however, the changeling confesses he is not Mrs. Gordon's own son, and calls his mother (the Queen) who brings back Mrs. Gordon's proper son, and all turns out well.

    At first we acted our play to 4A, our own class, then 2B, and after this success we asked Miss Vasey if we could act it for the whole Junior School. She consented and the play was a great success. Some boys of 4A helped to change scenery and were a great help, although they were climbing about the stage half the time. We enjoyed acting it very much; so much so that we are doing another. Miss Rowe says that if it is good enough we will be able to act it on Speech Day. This news has excited us greatly and we are trying even harder to make it an even greater success.

    Sandra Dormer

    Form 4AJ (Verdala)

    THE ROYAL NAVAL DRAMA FESTIVAL

    Verdala School Staff entry in this year's Royal Naval Drama Festival was a one act play by L. du Garde-Peach. According to the adjudicator, Mr. Adrian Stanley, this play is not great drama but an amusing incident very efficiently written and constructed.

    He told us that the production was very well rehearsed at a suitably bright pace and with a nice sense of humour behind it. He liked the grouping and the pictorial composition.

    Mr. Stanley thought we had taken a great deal of trouble over the setting. Miss Rowe, with her usual artistic talent, was responsible for this and the press declared that the decor of arras and stonework was beyond criticism and toned the setting to just the right shade. The glimpse of turretted walls and mediaeval roof tops through the arched window also pleased the critics. Mr Stanley praised very highly Miss Rowe's huge tapestry which he thought was extremely well done and most convincing. 

    Great care had been taken over the headdresses which were all different in style and shape but all suitably mediaeval. They were all designed and made by Miss Rowe. The costumes, he said, were historically correct, but he did not like our materials or colours. He thought the off stage effects had been well rehearsed and were well executed.

    The play itself is a study in character every one of the six wives having a completely different personality. Mr. Stanley thought we had established these differences throughout the play and said the whole thing was played with great spirit and a sense of enjoyment which was communicated to the audience.

    The play opened with Marguerite played by Miss P. Lock who gave an excellent characterisation and her charming personality fitted the part very well indeed. The placid, matter of fact, tactful qualities of the character, the adjudicator declared, were well defined.

    Miss D. Story was praised for her good stage presence in the portrayal of the emotional character, Jeanne. Her diction and "attack" were good.

    Katherine, played by Miss A. Batty, was an able performance with a fine sense of comedy behind it.

    Miss E. Wright, in the part of Susanne, gave an amusing performance and showed a good sense of character.

    Miss J. Robinson, as Claire, gave a suitably dignified performance showing the requisite languor and vagueness. She received credit for a good stage presence.

    Owing to the illness of Miss Grant the part of Anne was ably taken at very short notice by Miss Rowe. The adjudicator declared it to be a very easy, forceful and assured performance containing a very good sense of character and comedy.

    Mrs. Eaton played the part of the maid and her introduction of each of the wives gave a foretaste of their characters. She also undertook the noble work of prompting although, to the great credit of the whole cast, no prompting was needed during the actual performance.

    Stage construction, lighting and effects were very ably carried out by Lt.-Cdr. Bowie.

    The press gave a pleasing conclusion to its report by saying that the nicest part was knowing that all the cast were at their ease on the stage but to us the nicest part was knowing that the adjudicator placed us second being only three marks behind the winning team.

    I would like to thank everyone who helped in any way make this production such a successful team effort.

    M. E. V.

     MY TEDDY BEAR

    I have a little teddy-bear, He comes with me to school. He never makes a noise at all Because it's 'gainst the rules.

    Nancy Organ

    Form 2AJ

    MY DANDELION CLOCK

    I've got a dandelion clock, Tick Tock,

    I've got a dandelion clock, Tick Tock.

    One o'clock, two o'clock, three o'clock, four,

    Who comes knocking on my door ?

    Five o'clock, six o'clock, seven o'clock, eight,

    Oh, I must hurry it's getting very late.

    Elizabeth Hinds

    Form 2AJ

    THE STRANGE HOUSE

    I knock at the door,

    I ring at the bell,

    Is anybody in ?

    I cannot tell.

    I've called at this house

    Oft times before

    And every time I knock at the door

    Do they answer? No not they,

    I think they must have gone away.

    Christopher Gibbons Form 3AJ

    THE PALACE ARMOURY

    One afternoon in December we went to the Palace Armoury. This is a museum where the armour and weapons that the Knights of Malta used are displayed. I saw also an Italian gun captured during the Second World War and presented by the 51st. Highland Division to the people of Valletta.

    We saw another Second World War Relic, which was the Gloster Gladiator "FAITH", one of the three planes which defended Malta during the siege. In the same building is the Council Chambejr where the Maltese Parliament meeL The walls are covered with priceless tapestries many hundreds of years old. When we go home it is a thing I shall always remember.

    Roger Dence Form 3AJ

    THREE PLACES OF INTEREST IN MALTA

    I have visited many historical places in Malta, the Catacombs at Rabat, Ghar Dalam at Birzebuggia, the Neolithic Temples at Tarxien and the Roman Villa at Mdina. I shall always be proud in later years to remember these visits. The latest expedition of mine was to the Hypogeum at Pawla. It is an underground Temple built by the Stone Age men. There is a sacrificial chamber and the Holy of Holies altar which the Maltese have depicted on their l-Jd. stamps. There is also the oracle, a piece of hollowed rock where the priests used to answer the prayers. Only a male voice echoes through it. They worshipped the Goddess of Fertility and they found an image of the Goddess when the caves were discovered in 1902.

    I advise all children who come to Malta to visit these places, and if your parents are as interested as mine, you become eager to learn more and more of the Island's history.

    Susan Stevenson Form 4AJ

    THE WIND

    The wind comes rushing down the street And hurls the leaves about our feet. It blows the chimney pots about The wind is strong there is no doubt. It blows the hats off every head; And wakes the children in their bed. It blows around the house so mad And when it's gone I'm jolly glad.

    Cynthia Brown

    Form 3AJ

    OLD GRUMBLE

    Old Grumble was a grumpy man, Who drove in Smith's delivery van. He was so old he had a beard. He was the man the children feared. One day the children got a plan To rid the town of that old man. They spoke to the wizard so wise and old, And to them all a spell he sold. They tried the spell the very next day, And all that morning in hiding lay, Until at last the man appeared; And Oh! what had happened to his beard? The spell had worked, the beard had gone, And beardless he drove the van on and on. He drove out of town with a face so grim; And that was the last they saw of him.

    Carole Perry Form 3AJ

    MY STAY IN GERMANY

    In November 1946 my father, who is in the Royal Navy, was sent to Hamburg, Germany.

    We left Tilbury docks in December to join him, going via Cuxhaven. At first we stayed in the house of a Naval Captain, and afterwards we had a house where the German family lived in the basement and attics. It was very cold during that winter and the rivers and canals froze so that people were able to skate on them. We did our shopping at the N.A.A.F.I. Families shop as we were not allowed to buy from the German shops. Later we moved again to a lovely house near the River Elbe and saw the first Sunderland flying boat arrive and come down on the river when the airlift to Berlin started. It was very warm in the summer and we went swimming in a swimming pool in the grounds of Admiralty House. My sister and I went to an R.A.F. School called The White House.

    We returned from Germany in May 1949, this time going by train to the Hook of Holland, crossing by sea overnight and landing at Harwich. We all enjoyed our stay in Hamburg and later on I would like to return there for a holiday.

    R. Ogilvie

    Form IV A

    YOU AND ME

    Horses can gallop, Witches can fly, Birds can sing, And so can I. Your horse is a roan, Mine is a bay. Your jodphurs are fawn, My jods are grey Let's go for a gallop All over the hills, Hide and listen for Nighting-bird trills.

    N. Lachlan Form 3AJ

    WINTER

    Autumn's gone and Winter's here. It brings the season of good cheer, The hills and dales are white with snow, The snowdrops' heads begin to show. Days are short and nights are long, The bells are ringing out this song, "Oh, happy day when Christ was born On that far off December morn".

    Valerie Cowdrey Form 3AJ

     

    ANN'S BIRTHDAY

    It was Ann's birthday. She was eight years old. When her Mother came in, she had ten parcels in her hand.

    Ann was awake. Mother said, "Happy birthday, Ann". She gave her the parcels. Ann kissed her Mother and then she opened the first parcel. It was a doll's tea-set. It was blue with little girls and boys on it. The second parcel was a box of hankies. There was a lot of other things, but there was one thing she liked best. It was a chocolate rabbit that her Aunty had sent her.

    "What a lovely bunny," she said. "How kind of Aunt to send it". She was just going to take a bite of it when she saw it had chocolates in it. She hid them behind her back and went into the kitchen where Mother was. She said "Guess what?" "I do not know", said Mother. "I found chocolates with bunnies on them". "How nice", said Mother and went on with her cooking. "A bit later on we are going out this afternoon and you are going to have a treat". "Oh, how lovely, where are we going?" "Ha Ha!" said Father, "you will see when you get there." So she waited and when at last they set out she saw that they were go-Ann said. "Where are we going to'" Said her Mother, "To the sea-side". "Oh," said Ann, "how lovely".

    When she got there, they had a lovely day and she shared the chocolate bunny with Mother and Father.

    Janet Corns Form 1BJ

    GRUMPY AND SLEEPY

    I have two budgies. Their names are Grumpy and Sleepy. Grumpy is a hen and she is blue. Sleepy is a cock and is yellow. Grumpy used to say, "Hello Grumpy," before we had Sleepy. When we had Sleepy, Grumpy stopped talking.

    The other day Sleepy said, "Sleepy". They are both quiet, but Grumpy is tamer than Sleepy. One day, when I got the tea ready I put Grumpy out. Then I went out of the room to get some cakes. When I came back Grumpy was on the edge of my cup drinking some tea that I had put in. After that I gave him some tea in a spoon and he liked it so much that we always give him some tea at tea-time.

    Gillian E. Wrigley Form 2AJ

     SPRING TIME

    The year has gone it's Seasons So Spring has come again, To see the lovely daffodils A-waving in the rain. To see the modest snowdrops, So slender meek and small, The crocus and the violet,

     The sweetest of them all.

    Gillian Bernard Form 4BJ

    POOR OLD FATHER

    When father comes home and he's full of tire And expects to toast his toes by the fire; Ma comes in and says, "Get up, You've got to do the washing up", Up gets father, mad as a hatter; "And," says ma, "You can do the batter," "And scrub the floor and paint the door," Things like that, (to pa) are a bore. Poor old pa hes at ma's mercy. Oh, now he's saved, for in comes Percy; I wonder so if all mas are the same; Whatever goes wrong poor pa takes the blame.

    Heather Taylor

    Form 4AJ

    EVACUATION

    The Navy has a peculiar trial;

    Moving the German Zoo to Sicily Isle;

    H.M.S. Forty Forty is the ship;

    Causing the sailors many a quip;

    The smaller animals are easy freight;

    Elephants, tigers make heavier weight;

    But where does one put a giraffe?

    Then, he'll mess with Captain and his staff.

    Susan Stevenson Form 4AJ

    IMAGINATION

    Can you imagine a beautiful scene

    With a golden sun and some trees so green?

    And the freshest, gay meadow beyond that hill

    And down in the valley an old windmill?

    But - "Sandra! Sandra! It's time for tea"

    "Oh, yes," I cried out eagerly,

    But in my haste I upset a stool;

    A spanking followed - which is the rule

    Then "Sandra! Sandra! get into bed".

    "Yes, Mummy" I solemnly said.

    Now I think I'll dream anew;

    I wonder if you're dreaming too!

    Sandra Dormer

    Form 4AJ

    HELPING THE SECRETARY

    As I was too young to sit the selection tests with the other children of my form, I spent the day usefully by helping the secretary.

    It was quite interesting counting the dinner tickets and money. As the children came into the office, I took the dinner books, tickets and money and marked off the class in the book kept for that purpose, I ran all sorts of errands and took messages.

    For two days I was doing this. On Wednesday Lieutenant-Commander Bowie told me that if I wanted to, I could clean the trophy case, polish the glass, shields and cups.

    It was very warm and cosy in the office and I quite enjoyed those two days. It made a pleasant change. Next year I shall be in the hall doing my examination with the other children. I hope I shall enjoy this as much as I did my job as assistant secretary.

    Marian Clark

    Form 4AJ

     

    OPERATION GUNFIRE

    The beach was crowded as troops from 43rd. Company Lancashire Fusiliers clambered into landing craft which were going to take them back to Britain. They had just attacked a series of German Coastal Guns staged along a high cliff and blown them up. Suddenly the men saw a lot of their companions fall from heavy fire from, it seemed, an invisible coastal gun. Sergeant George Baker with his Corporal friend were at the rear of the company in a jeep. The sergeant happened to be looking towards a cave in that very cliff when the explosion occurred. Just previous to the explosion there was a flash in the cave then a shell struck the beach. Suddenly the sergeant realized what was happening. A gun must be concealed in the cave and the British troops had not detected it. Anyway it was his and his pal's job to put this gun out of order before it inflicted terrible casualties on their comrades. So they speeded to the top of the cliff heedless that they might not see an English person again. They arrived at the top of the cliff and looked down. At first they could see or hear nothing, but suddenly a finger shot out pointing towards a ship which had already started drawing away from the beach. Then the two friends heard an officer give a command in German. It was an order to fire, but before the man could carry it out the corporal had thrown a hand grenade on the ledge. There was explosion after explosion then a gigantic one, but by that time the two friends were on the beach clambering into the last landing craft. Sergeant Baker scanned the cliff with his binoculars to see if there were any more guns but there were not. So he was thanked by all his friends for saving their lives and was given credit by his C.O. together with the corporal.

    Michael Parker

    Form 4AJ

    EDWARD LEAR COMES TO MALTA

    There was a young man of Msida Who was said to be a great reader He read many books He cared nothing for looks, That silly young man of Msida

    Angela Salter

    Form 4AJ

    There was an old man of Paula

    Who slowly grew taller and taller

    So he said to his wife

    "Please pass me that knife

    And I'll make myself ten inches smaller''.

    Russell Graham

    Form 4AJ

    There was once an old man of Valletta

    Who was ill and never got better.

    His wife always cried

    His nurse always sighed

    For the poor old man of Valletta.

    Angela Salter Form 4AJ

    There was a young girl of Zeitun Who wanted to go to the moon. By the time she got there Grey was her hair That unfortunate girl of Zeitun.

    Russell Graham Form 4AJ

    STORIES FROM THE INFANTS

    I have a tortoise and it is big. It is a mummy tortoise and she runs round the house and runs in the garden.

    Margaret Jackson Infants 3

    I went to Australia on a big ship. Mummy and the engineers were on the deck of the ship when a big wave came and splashed mummy and the engineers.

    Frances Everard Infants 3

    Soon there'll be a sight to see

    My little old bike all smart, and me.

    ' Mary Cortain  Infants 3

    When I was on the Empire Windrush I woke up in the night and smelt something burning. I went outside and saw a lot of smoke. I woke up Mummy and Daddy and Tuppy my brother. We went in some lifeboats to the rescue ship and I had some milk on the ship.

    Philip Robb Infants 3

    Ann said. "Where are we going to?" Said her Mother. "To the sea-side". "Oh," said Ann, "how lovely'.

    When she got there, they had a lovely day and she shared the chocolate bunny with Mother and Father.

    Janet Corns Form 1BJ

    When I was in Africa I had a black girl maid. Her son was my best friend. He showed me how to make bows and arrows. They had paint on the tips of them. He gave me ten arrows and I gave him my best dinky toy.

    Martin Sherwin Infants 1

    Once there lived an old lady. One day she went out to pick some flowers. She came to a gate which was shut so she decided to climb over it. It was too high and she fell off and broke her arm. She went to hospital. When she left hospital she went to Africa and met a pygmie and she lived with him and became a pygmie. She was the rnummy pygmie and she made the pygmies' dinner. After dinner they went out and shot more monkeys for breakfast next morning.

    Vivienne Skinner / Infants I

    When I was on the aeroplane coming out to Malta I was a-sleep. My mother brought a glass of water and she was just going to wake me up when the aeroplane went up with a bump and the glass of water went all over me.

    Ian Barratt Infants 1

    Florence Nightingale was a nurse. She stopped a little while at Malta on her way to the Crimea, There the hospital floors were very dirty and the ill people did not have proper beds. She scrubbed everything till everything was right clean and the soldiers called her the lady with the lamp,

    Jill Starling Infants 2

    My Daddy has a car. It is a Standard 8. It is black. With his lights he has a flasher. When a car comes he flashes them. He goes at 30 or 40 miles an hour. When he is on night duty he brings me some sweets. Sometimes he goes along the Coast road with me. He lets me help him drive.

    John McCallum Infants 4

    WHEN I GROW UP

    When I grow up I would like to be a teacher. If my class was naughty I would put them out in front and let the others see them.

    Patricia Linott Infants 4

    When I am twenty I am going to join the Marines. I am going to have a tommy-gun and I will march on parade. We will fire the guns.

    Rodney Hughes Infants 3

    When I grow up I am going to be a bus driver and my brother is going to be the conductor of my bus. I cannot drive it in Malta but I will in England.

    Geoffrey Willcox Infants 4

    When I grow up I want to be an actress on the stage and I expect I will. If not I will be a nurse and look after people. I will be kind to them.

    Vivienne Griffiths Infants 4

    When I grow up I would like to have a farm. I would like to have pigs and horses, hens, ducks and drakes. I want to be able to make haystacks. I would like some cows because they give you milk. I could sell it like the milkman. I would like to have some cockerels so that I could eat them.

    Stuart Sach Infants 4

    When I grow up I am going to be a nurse and go into hospital. I will see the sick children in hospital and give them medicine.

    Brenda Hayward Infants 4

     

    When I grow up I am going to be a sailor and drive a ship. I don't know where I am going to drive the ship. I hope it won't be on the rocks.

    Richard Keyworth Infants 4

    When I grow up I will be in the Royal Canadian Mounties. I will wear a red jacket and blue trousers, black shoes and a black hat. I will go riding over the Rockies on my horse.

    John Larter Infants 1

    When I grow up I am going to be a farmer in Ireland because I like animals and the country. I will keep horses, cows, pigs, Sheep, hens, ducks and geese. I like horses. They would pull my carts and I would plough my fields. In winter I will feed the birds and in the summer they will be my friends.

    Ian Buckley Infants 1

    When I grow up I want to be the pilot of an aeroplane. I will work at an airport. There will be lots of aeroplanes in the airfield and in the hangers. Some of them will be flying up in the sky and in the clouds. Jets sometimes fly low and helicopters make a queer noise.

    David Owen Infants 1

    I should like to meet Our Queen one day and ask her to show me all her jewellery. I should ask her if Prince Charles is a good boy and if Princess Anne is a good girl and I should ask the Queen and Prince Charles and Princess Anne to come to tea.

    Hugh Macdonald Infants 2

    SCHOOL BUSES

    As we wend our weary way

    Back and forth to school each day.

    The vehicle that carries us

    Is the grand and faithful old school bus.

    Off we go, round a bend;

    The driver's hair soon stands on end.

    We rise and clutch the straps so tight

    Or grip our seats with all our might .

    On we fly to Porte des Bombes

    Caps fly off and heads hold on.

    Marsa - Pawla - nearly there!

    Pedestrians just stand and stare.

    The old school bus is on her way

    Once more we start another day.

    Angela Anderson Form 4BJ

     

    NOTES ON WOODWORKING

    Woods to use

    For model aeroplanes use balsa. It is very light (only about half the weight of cork), nearly white and quite pliable. It can be bought at model shops in square and rectangular sections of various sizes and lengths. Joins are best made with balsa cement.

    For rough work (tool racks, rabbit hutches, etc) use pine for framing and plywood for panels. Pine (often called Deal) is nearly white and fairly strong and quite easy to work. It is the wood used for house timbers, window frames, floors, etc.

    For outdoor work such as gates and fences use larch. It is heavier and harder than pine and has a warm red appearance.

    Brian Self  Form 4AJ

    THE MENACE OF A NICKNAME

    A nickname gets you down especially when your class knows it and your masters call you by it, but when nearly all the school knows it, its a nightmare. Nicknames start in a very small way. First your friend invents one for you, then it spreads around the class, then round your bus, then round the school.

    A few days after I came to Verdala I was landed with the nickname, "Jumbo". First it spread among my friends and then round the class until my teacher called me by it. Then it spread round my bus. Of course the people on my bus were all in different classes so it spread to other classes. So nearly all the school got to know it. I am still called it by nearly everybody in the school and it certainly is a menace.

    Michael Bennet Form 4AJ

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