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The Headmaster                      1 Scout Notes                                 32
Staff ...                                        3 Valedictory to a Knight              38
Foreword and Farewell         5 Tal-Handaq Round the World  34
Headmaster's Report             6 Civilisation!                                   43
Prize List                                  10 "Patterned Fish"                         49
G.C.E. Results -- Advanced 11 Careers                                          51
"Greenhouse"                        12 Advertisements                            53
G.C.E. Resuts - - Ordinary   13 "Leopard in the Jungle"            61
R.S.A. Results                        16 Sports Section                             67     
Acknowledgements             17 Athletic Sports                             73
School Trip 1963                  18 Boys' School Records              76
"The Three Cities                 19 Girls' School Records               77
Lunchtime Concerts            21 Swimming Sports                       78 
School Dance                        22 Drake House Report                  82
"South Seas"                        23  Hawkins  House Report          86
Literary and Debating Society    25 Nelson House Report               89
The Mock Trial                      26 St Vincent House  Report        92
"lolanthe"                              28 "Malta Scene"                             95
"Spring Fever 1963"           31 Advertisements                          99
Scientific Society                32   



  •                                             HEADMASTER — Instructor Captain D.E. Mannering, B.A., Royal Navy.

                                              DEPUTY HEADMASTER — Instructor Lt. Commander R.I. Currie, M.A.,R.N.

                                                                           SENIOR MISTRESS — Miss J. Yule, B.A.



    Mr. T.E. Knight  Science & Mathematics, (Modern Side) Instr. Lt. Cdr. K.R.G.Harper B.Sc., R.N. Science
    Mr. R.P. Tierney, B.Sc. (Econ)   English, (Modern Side) Mr. G.E. Bence, B.A  
    Mr. P. Parker  Craft Miss N.W. Chisholm, B.Sc.  
    Miss M.J. Bailey Domestic Science Mr. W.M. Alexander, M.A.  
    Mr. R. Fuller   Mr. J.H. Bowen, D.L.C. Physical Education
    Mr. C.V. Morris, Dip.Ed.   Mr. J.A. Lowe, A.T.D.  
    Mr. R.A. Dickerson, A.T.D. Art & Craft Mr. D.K. Martin  
    Mr. J.W. Evans, B.A.  History Mr. E.J. McAllister, B.A.  
    Miss D.M. Lister   Mr. R.J. McGillivray  
    Mr. A.F. Gallacher, M.A.  Modern Languages Miss M. McGuiness, B.A.  
    Mr. R.B. Witherspoon Library Mr. J.P. Ratcliffe, B.A.   Classics
    Mr. R.J. Gerrard, A.Mus.T.C.L.,A.C.I.S. Music Mrs. E. McAllister  
    Mrs. P.M. Gerrard   Mr. G.A.H. Smith  
    Mr. F.G. Kitson    Technical Subjects Mr. A. Walters  
    Miss C.E. Matheson, B.Sc. Biology Miss W.M. Woodard, B.A.  
    Mr. K.G.W. Pappin, B.A., C.Comm.   Mr. E.J. Lewis  
    Mr. L.C. Smith   Instr. Lt. E.G. Walsh, B.Sc., R.N. Chemistry
    Mr. H.M. Griffiths   Miss P.E. Hurley  
    Mr. H. Wilkinson   Mr. J.A. Paley, B.A.  
    Instr. Cdr. Q. Des Clayes, M.A., R.N. Mathematics Mr. R.C. Tatton, D.L.C.  
    Mr. C.W. Barraclough, B.Sc., F.R.G.S. Geography Mrs. M. Dailey  
    Mr. E. Battye   Mr. T.S. Moyle Religious Knowledge
    Miss B.A. Cater    Mrs. E.M. Tidman Mrs. Y.M. Gillow, B.A.
    Miss E.E. Cranna  Physical Education Mrs. D.M. Birrell, B.A.  
    Mrs, D. McCrann   Miss S. Henry  
    Miss G. Reed Needlework Mrs. J. Alexander, M.A.   Commercial Subjects
    Mr. T.E. Moore, A.M.I.E.E. Remedial Section    
    Bursar Mr. J.D. Shepherd School Sister Mrs. N.M. Smith, S.R.N.
    Secretary Mrs. J.M. McCallum Medical Clerk Mr. S. Mayo
    Asst. Secretary Miss A. Milton Caretaker, Storekeeper & Chargeman Mr. E. Plant.


                                                 FOREWORD-AND FAREWELL

    The Headmaster of a large school with a rapidly changing population has many problems and some worries. One of the worries used to be the production of the annual School Magazine; but this is no longer so, and I am indebted to the Magazine Committee for the willing work which they have put in throughout the year. They have done a first class job and I hope that their efforts will be rewarded by heavy sales.
    As I said in my report at Prize Day last year, the success of any school depends on teamwork, and this we have in full measure; as a result we have what is, I believe, a happy and successful school. My wife and I have certainly had four happy years in Malta and we shall miss the friendly spirit of Tal-Handaq. We thank all who have made our stay such a happy one and we wish every blessing on those who remain.
    We have been fortunate in having a succession of senior officers who have taken a keen interest and given weighty support to our needs. I should like to take this opportunity of thanking Rear Admiral Viscount Kelburn for all that he has done, especially for enabling us to convert an unpromising collection of buildings into a place of some beauty and dignity. When he leaves there will no longer be a Flag Officer, Malta; but I am delighted to know that our Competent Authority will then be the Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean.
    Lastly, my very best wishes to my successor, Captain Broad. I know that he will be well-supported and I shall follow the fortunes of the school under his guidance with interest and confidence.

    Chairman: Mr. C.V. Morris.
    Literary Editor: Mr. W.M. Alexander.
    Art Editor: Mr. R.A. Dickerson.
    Photographer: Mr. J. Evans.
    Advertisements: Mr. E. Battye.
    Boys' Representative: John Passmore.
    Girls' Representative: Patricia Satchell.



    This year's Prize Day was arranged three weeks later than usual to avoid clashing with a trip to Greece in the School ship "Dunera". "Unfortunately this trip had to be cancelled due to lack of support in the "U.K., although we were going to contribute 150 children. But at least we have the consolation that we have received both prizes and G.C.E. Certificates for to-day -- the first time that this has happened since I have been here.

    The past year has been remarkable for one thing in particular; it has been the first year of consolidation since the school re-opened after the War. Hitherto the story has been one of rising numbers and consequent pressure for more buildings. Now that numbers are fairly steady and we have more or less enough accommodation (though not always of the kind we would like), it is possible to give more thought to the organisation of the school.

    For some time I have thought it right to change the former Bi-Lateral structure of the school, i.e. its division into separate Grammar and Modern departments or schools. The use of the word "schools" in this connection was never really justified, as there was no physical division of any kind, but classes were all designated with either a letter 'G' or 'M' in their make-up and you will hear these old class numbers for the last time when the prize list is read out later this afternoon. The school is becoming more Comprehensive than Bi-Lateral; the word "Comprehensive" has to be used carefully, as it has political overtones, but in this school we have a situation in which we can have the advantages of a Comprehensive School without the upheavals caused by imposing comprehension upon existing schools of other types. We certainly may claim to be Comprehensive in the widest sense of the word — we have children from all three Services, of all abilities, both sexes and an age range varying from 11 to 19 — and only missing 20 by three weeks.

    This year we have introduced a much wider choice of subjects for G.C.E. 'O' level courses. These are planned as two year courses and are designed to cater as far as possible for children of high and of low ability; for those with a Scientific or an Arts bias; for those with definite careers in mind or with none at all; and for those whose talents are more practical than Academic. Children coming from G.C.E. streams in Modern Schools in the "United Kingdom can be fitted into these courses without too much upheaval. Any planning of this kind can, of course, only be done satisfactorily against a stable background. Although this cannot be guaranteed in Malta, the future of this school appears sufficiently settled to justify such action. We shall soon also need re-organised courses for the new Certificate of Secondary Education or "Beloe" examination and also for children not preparing for external examinations.

    First impressions of our G.C.E. results this year were that they were rather disappointing, but in fact our 'A' level passes were just about the same as last year and we had rather more passes at 'O' level. There were also more failures, but this is partly due to a relaxation on entries, which have to be made in early February each year. Much can happen between February and July and it seems right, to give children the benefit of any doubt there may be; but inevitably some are unable to take advantage of this opportunity. Another factor which undoubtedly played a part this year was the excessive heat — those of you who were here in July will well remember the two days when the temperature rose to 106°. The effect on performances cannot be estimated but there is little doubt that few candidates can have done their best in such conditions, especially in the afternoons. Nevertheless there were some distinguished performances — notably those of Paul Lovell who obtained 11 very good 'O' level passes and

    Cyril Potter who improved on last year's 'A' level Chemistry results. Our number of R.S.A. Candidates was lower than before, mainly because several children who might have been entered took G.C.E. instead. Here again there were some excellent performances, of which Shirley Monk's and Desmond Fleming's were most praiseworthy.

    An annual report on a school of 1,000 children can never contain all that it should, and I am always conscious of many omissions. I must mention the 1962 magazine, which was certainly the best we have produced, thanks to the hard continuous work of the Committee. In it you will find accounts of most of our activities. For the first time, Verdala produced their own magazine which made our problems very much simpler.

    Our production of "The Mikado" 'last December was a magnificent example of team work, to which something like half the school contributed. Apart from the performers and direct supporters many helped by making costumes -and properties, all of which were made here, except for a few wigs. Others helped by decorating the Hall with dragons and lanterns and by raising the seats at the back of the Hall with the kind co-operation of S.N.S.O. One felt on entering the Hall that everyone had determined that the show would be a success, which it undoubtedly was. We are establishing something of a tradition for Gilbert and Sullivan and this year (next week, in fact) we are producing "lolanthe", which I hope and believe will be fully up to standard. We are lucky in having a musical director and a producer who work in a harmony that is much closer than that between Sir Arthur Sullivan and Sir Walter Gilbert. Although these musical productions enable many children to take part, they do not give much opportunity to the younger children and to those with little musical talent. To overcome this we devised a programme called "Easter Parade", which was put on at the end of the Easter Term. This consisted of a Junior play "The Other Children" with a cast of 40 and a series of short playlets and sketches by older children. We had two thoroughly worthwhile evenings. Next Easter we hope to provide a siimlar entertainment under the title of "Spring Fever".

    In the summer term we again had a successful concert — we expect and obtain high standards from the choirs. This year, in addition, we had a vastly improved orchestra and a "rhythm group" of high quality, which was the most serious item on the programme.

    The Literary and Debating Society had a good year — it had a varied programme including Verse-Speaking and Speech-Making competitions, Brains Trusts, Play Reading and, of course, Debates, culminating in a debate with St. Edwards College.

    We had an excellent exhibition of Art and Craft work on the Open Day last term, in spite of the fact that most of our best pictures were on view at the same time at the Child Art Exhibition in Valletta. Amongst a wide variety of craft work it was pleasing to see that the new Metalwork room had justified its existence so quickly.

    For the first time for some years, we had no school trip abroad. As I have already told you the trip in "Dunera" had to be cancelled. Another one to Italy is planned for early March to which I hope we shall be able to send about 100 children.

    In the Sports world there has been progress in various ways; the boys have played more Rugger and Hockey than before and matches were arranged against teams of boys at school in the U.K. called "The Exiles". Our football team had a satisfactory fixture list and good results. The girls had good Hockey and Netball teams but suitable opposition is hard to find. Perhaps Chevalier Vassallo can persuade more of the Girls' schools on the Island to take up these games?

    Our Annual Sports Day was held at the Marsa Stadium this year and resulted in records being broken in 14 boys and 10 girls events. It is noteworthy that standards are much higher in field events, where we can practice at Tal Handaq, than in track events where opportunities for practice are 'limited.

    Swimming is always something of a disappointment in Malta, although we hold enjoyable Swimming Sports each year. I continue to hope that we may obtain a swimming bath one day on the premises, where instruction can be given. Only then will standards rise to the heights which should be possible in Malta.

    Sailing is growing in popularity and has now been extended to fourth year children. The most noteworthy event was a whaler trip round Malta, in which seven boys took part, immediately after finishing their examinations. This coincided with the two hot days; the boys were becalmed for long periods, but they succeeded in pulling ashore when they could not sail, spent three evenings camping and were finally rewarded with a good breeze on the last day. I hope we shall be able to develop this kind of adventure training.

    We have so many old boys and girls that it is impossible to keep track of more than a very few. Amongst recent leavers I must mention Bernard Hoctor, who obtained an R.A.F. Cadetship and is now at Henlow; Mark Tagliaferro who has just started at Sandhurst, and John Melton and David Smith who have been awarded Naval Reserved Cadetships; Jocelyn Duke and Barbara Jones are working with I.C.I, who may well sponsor their entry to Universities. Three girls have started Dentistry courses and several are training as Teachers and Nurses. I am pleased to hear that Glenys Metherall has started a B.Sc. course in Chemistry at the Battersea College of Advanced Technology. It is well known that University entrance is getting progressively harder; it is not so well known that excellent degree courses are also held in many Technical Colleges in Arts subjects as well as in Technical ones. Entry is still comparatively easy and in some cases this year courses have been under-subscribed.

    Until recently we have had large numbers of boys leaving to join the Services as Apprentices or Boy Entrants. Owing to the bulge there has been a marked rise in entry standards — an excellent thing for the Services but disappointing for the candidates and a problem for them, for their parents and for the school. We are fortunate now in having an annual visit from Ministry of Labour Careers Advisory Officers, who are in a position to give up-to-date advice on these and other careers problems. We also have a permanent Careers Staff, who are always happy to help.

    There has been a good deal of material progress this year — though of a less urgent nature than formerly. The new galley was finally completed in January, and after teething troubles has resulted in better meals at no extra cost. The unsightly Works Compound has been moved to a corner site, leaving a useful playground area. Here and elsewhere we have planted trees; but as holes 5' deep and 4' diameter have to be drilled out of the rock, there is clearly a limit to the number we can plant. Another hole 190' deep has also had to be drilled to earth the new electricity supply. A much needed staff room extension has been approved and work will start shortly. Apart from these items, we are trying to level and tidy as much as possible, lay out gardens and generally give the school a face-lift. As you may have noticed, we are still handicapped by having no gardener.

    It is a well-known and, indeed, obvious fact that the success of a school depends on co-operation between parents, children and staff; and also on their quality, which in this school continues to be well above average. I should like to indulge in a few remarks about each group before ending this report.

    First of all, parents; but for whom there would be no need for a school. I find they give surprisingly little trouble. Sometimes I wish they would come and see me more frequently. There are often difficulties and misunderstandings, which can be easily sorted out by a personal visit. Sometimes I know parents are being considerate and do not want to waste my time, but sometimes I suspect that they have unfortunate lingering recollections of their own school days.

    I receive many letters and messages of thanks from parents which are of the utmost encouragement. I am, I must confess, a little surprised that in nearly four years only one parent suggested making a leaving present to the school. This took the form of four excellent books for the library. Recently I suggested in a letter that other satisfied parents might like to do likewise, and to cater for the expected flood we designed presentation slips to stick in the books. We ordered a thousand of these — we still have 996 left.

    Another parent co-operated in an unexpected way. His daughter was given detention for a crime which he considered unfair. The girl, however, thought it was fair and wanted to do it. After several days stalemate, the father promised his daughter that she could do the detention if she was good — which she was!

    CHILDREN. I sometimes think we resemble Dr. Barnardo's Homes. We have an Ever-Open Door and no child in need of education is ever turned away — or hardly ever. Although the school leaving age is 15, it is almost unknown for a 15 year old to leave Tal Handaq except to return to U.K. As there is virtually no employment for them in Malta, we do our best to keep them as long as possible, provided only that they are willing to work and to co-operate.

    I have said often before that I think there is very little wrong with the present generation of school children; if there is, it is the fault of us who are parents. On the other hand, as there is so much that is good in them I see no reason why we should not take some of the credit. People not in touch with children get an entirely false impression, largely due to the over-use of that appalling word "Teenager" — with its implications of difficulty and delinquency. Suffice it to say that I have very much enjoyed meeting thousands of children here, although I do find it difficult to keep up with their rapidly changing vocabulary.

    Parents, children, STAFF. I am lucky to be able to get back to London fairly frequently to take part in the selection of teachers. There is usually a good response to advertisements but nevertheless, I must admit that I derive much satisfaction from my choices. In addition to the U.K. based teachers, we employ about 20% who are locally entered. Here there is hardly any choice but it is remarkable how ladies with suitable qualifications and of the right calibre, nearly always appear when required.

    On the administrative side we have also had a period of consolidation, with our Bursar and two Secretaries remaining together for nearly a year. As a result, there has been a marked increase in efficiency, and much less for me to do. There has even been time to make a Stores Inventory but I was rather shaken to find that the first two items in this were "Altar, R. C." and "Anvil, 1/2-cwt".

    Our industrial staff continue to give excellent service and we were delighted when Mr. Plant, our Caretaker, became an established Admiralty employee. I should also like to mention our driver — Benny Cassar, although he is not strictly one of our own staff — who has had a long spell of sickness for almost all this term. I am very pleased to see that to-day he has at last returned to work. He has been driving for the Schools since Tal Handaq was opened in

    1947 and he must be among the most reliable drivers in the Island; and as cheerful and helpful a person as you would find anywhere.To all members of this trinity — parents, children and staff, I must express my sincere thanks for making my lot such a pleasant one. It is made more so by the good liaison which exists between Tal Handaq and the Service primary schools and between the three Services; and by the unfailing Co-operation we receive from, so many different people.

    -Lastly, what of the future ?

    ' During its short life of 15 years, this school has built up traditions of sound and well-balanced education, and of friendliness, which I believe many older foundations might-envy. When news of the Malta run-down first appeared, it seemed possible that the,School might either have to be closed or reduced so drastically that its whole nature would be altered. Now I am thankful to say that this does not. appear likely. Numbers will no doubt continue to decrease, but I welcome this as we are still over-crowded. Perhaps we shall run down to about 700, though in the past estimates have always been too low. But we should have room for urgent requirements such as a new library and a new laboratory in buildings which become available, and better accommodation for staff and prefects. I hope we shall get our own playing fields one day, and perhaps the swimming bath. We must continue to develop our curriculum; and also our house system. And it is my fervent hope that Christian Unity will soon have advanced far enough for" us to have united assemblies.

    The last few years might be described as years of warfare; now we have passed into a period of comparative peace. Peace has its own hazards, and it is all too easy to relax. But, as Milton said:

    "Peace hath her victories No less renowned than war".

    It is up to us all to make sure that these words are true.

                                                                               PRIZE   LIST

    1 AG  David Kyle, Paula Mills, Margaret Mears. 3 AM  Clifford Andrews, Elizabeth Ash, Margaret Summers.
    1BG  Denise Porter, Jennifer Bayly, Lesley Holmes. 3 BM   Michael Reardon, Yvonne Wignall, Roger Glover.
    1 CG  Linda Black, John Fleming. 3 CM   Robert Dunning,  Kathleen Conroy,  Pamela Vale.
    1 DG  Vincent Bradshaw, David Bishop, Thomas Dunk 3 DM  Melvyn Strickland, Edward Holding, Gordon Jackson.
    1 AM  Peter Hannan, Mark Hollier, Rachael Trick. 3 EM  Antoinette Nixon.
    1 BM  Patricia Overy, Margaret Petley, Christopher Taylor. 4 AG  Keith Holmes, Sheila Smith, Heather Clemmett, Susan Bourne.
    1 CM  Sandra Ruttle, Patricia Johnson, Nicholas Gordon. 4 BG Michael Semmens,   Christopher Dunn.
    1 DM  Maureen Todd. 4 AM  George Aldridge, Muriel Meadham, Marlene Evens.
    1   EM  Alan Rae. 4 BM  Margaret Wilson, Michael Wenham, Paul McDermott
    2   AG   Susan Norman,  Julia Bullock, Patricia Flude 5 R  Patricia Osborne.
    2 BG   Malcolm Price, Philip Perry. 5 AG  Patricia Satchell, Keith Knight, Paul Lovell
    2 CG   Diane Hansen, John Weaver. 5 BG Alison Bigden, Geraldine Buckeridge.
    2 DG    Michael Hopkins, Patricia Benstead, George Snow. 5 AM  Shirley Monk, Bridget Smith, Desmond Fleming
    2 AM   Eileen Thomson, Janet -Lewis, Patricia Jordan. 6th Form    Jocelyn Duke, David Roberts, Barbara Jones, Bernard Hoctor.
    2 BM   Jutta Hoole, Janice Drew, Terry Matthews.  
    2 CM   Brenda Hymans, Teresa Trout,  Nigel Judd. MUSIC PRIZE — Alexander Brown.
    2   DM   Thomas Sievwright. ART PRIZE — David Fraser.
    3   AG   Rayner Brammall, Ana Sutton,  Elizabeth Barker. SCIENCE PRIZE — Peter Gettings.
    3 BG... Wendy Green, Rosalind Evans, Mary Weddell.  
    3 CG   Maureen Thomson,  Susan Biirkitt.  


    Essay:— Susan Loft. 5A,1.

    Scrapbooks:— Joanna Hawkins. 2A.2. Jennifer Gilbert. 2A.2.

    Logbooks & Sketches:— David Radford. 8A.1. Candy Brundle. 4B.

    G.C.E.  RESULTS      SUMMER   1962



    JOCELYN DUKE -- Geography, Chemistry, Biology.

    AID AN C. ELLIS — Geography.

    PETER GETTINGS — Pure Mathematics (with 65% at Scholarship Level).

    PAMELA HINTON -- Physics.

    BERNARD HOCTOR — Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Physics.

    BARBARA JONES — Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Physics.

    DENISE KYLE — Art.

    SUSAN J. LARGE — English Literature.

    IAN McCALL — English Literature, Geography.

    DAVID MULCAHY - - Geography.

    BEVERLEY PEARCE -- Physics.

    CYRIL POTTER Physics, Chemistry (with 65% at Scholarship Level).

    DAVID ROBERTS — Physics.

    MARK SAMUT-TAGLIAFERRO — Physics, Chemistry.


    JUNE TAYLOR — Needlework.

    MAVIS WHITTLE — French.

    ANDREW WILKIN — French.

    G.C.E.  RESULTS   - SUMMER   1962



    PAULINE BALE — French, Geography, Mathematics, Biology.

    ALEXANDRA BATTY - - English Language.

    ALLISON BIGDEN'— English Language, English Literature, French, Geography, Art, Biology.

    MARTIN BOND — Art, Mathematics, Metalwork.

    SUSAN BOURNE — English Language, French, History (British), Mathematics.

    CHRISTINE BRACEY — English Language, French, Religious Knowledge, Physics, Biology


    ALEXANDER BROWN — English Language, French, Italian, Music, Mathematics, Chemistry. 

    GERALDINE BUCKERIDGE -- History (Soc/Econ), Geography, Religious Knowledge, Art, Cookery.

    MARION BULLOCK -- English Language, Mathematics.

    SUSAN BUNTING - - English Language, English Literature.

    JENNIFER CAIRNS -- English Language, Needlework.

    JANE CARVER -~ English Literature, Latin, Mathematics, Biology.

    KENNETH CAUNTER - - French, Geography, Physics.

    KEVIN CLAUGHAN — English Language, Biology, Human Biology and Hygiene.

    HEATHER CLEMETT -- English Language, French, History (British),Mathematics.

    JAMES COOPER — Additional Mathematics.

    PATRICIA COOPER — French, Art, Biology.

    JEAN CRAIG - - English Language, French, Biology, Cookery.

    SUSAN CRONIN - - English Language, English Literature, History '(British), Geography.

     SHEILA CRUICKSHANK - - English Literature,  Italian,  History  (Foreign), Religious Knowledge, Geography, Chemistry.

    DEREK DAVIES -- Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry.

    ROSEMARY DEARDEN -- Geology.


    JOCELYN DUKE -- Geology.

    DUNCAN EUSTACE -- Mathematics.

    MAUREEN FITZGERALD — English Literature, History (British), Chemistry, Biology.

    DAVID FRASER — English Language, English Literature, French, Art, Biology.

    SUSAN FRASER — French.

    THOMAS FRASER -- English Language.

    BRIAN FULLER - French.


    DAVID GERRARD — English Literature, French, History (Foreign), Geography, Mathematics, Physics.

    CAROL GIBSON - - English Language, English Literature, French, Religious Knowledge, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry.

    JAMES GILCHRIST --English Language, Mathematics.

    PAULA GOODALE — Italian.

    RODERICK GOWER — Additional Mathematics.

    JENNIFER GUNSON -- Biology, Cookery.

    SUSAN HAMMOND — Chemistry.

    DAWN HANKINS — Needlework.

    PHYLLIS HANNAN -- Biology, Human Biology and Hygiene.

    JOYCE HARGREAVES — English Language, English Literature.

    JON HAYLOCK — Additional Mathematics.

    IAN HEATH — English Language, English Literature, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Biology.

    DAVID HENDERSON — English Language, French, Mathematics.

    JANE HENDERSON - - English Language,  Biology.

    BENJAMIN HIGSON — Physics.

    KATHLEEN HINES — English Literature, French, History (Foreign), Mathematics, Biology.

     AMANDA HINTON -- English Language, English Literature, Latin, French,History (British), Religious Knowledge, Geography, Mathematics, Physics.

    STELLA HOBBY -- English Language.

    JILL HOLLEY — English Language, English Literature, French, History (Foreign), Geography, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology.

    KEITH HOLMES — English Language, French, History (British), Mathematics.

    DIANA JACKSON -- Additional Mathematics.

     ROGER JOHNSON -- English Language, Mathematics.

    LESLEY KEARN — English Language, History (British).

    KEITH KNIGHT -- English Language, English Literature, French, History (Foreign), Geography, Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry.

     ROGER KNIGHT — English Language, English Literature, French, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry.

     SARA LAIDLAW — English Language, English Literature, French, Italian,Geography, Art, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology.

    SUSAN LARGE — Human Biology and Hygiene.

     JULIE LEWENDON -- English Language, Art.

    ADRIAN LINDLEY — English Language, Chemistry.

    SUSAN LOFT — English Language, Art.

    PAUL LOVELL — English Language, English Literature, French, History Foreign), Geography, Music, Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, Physics,  Chemistry, Biology.

    VERONICA MACKNEY - - Biology.

    ALLAN MARTIN — English Language, French, Mathematics, Physics.

    JANET MEARS — English Language, French.

    JOHN MELTON — Additional Mathematics.

    BARBARA MILLER — Cookery.

    JUDITH NEWTON -- French, Biology.

    JOHN PARKER — English Language, French, History (Foreign), Geography, Art, Mathematics, Physics

    JOHN PASSMORE — English Language, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Biology.

    CHRISTINE PAZOWSKA — English Language, Art.

    MICHAEL PETERS — English Language, Biology.

    GRAHAM PETLEY — English Language, Mathematics.

    BARBARA PIKE - - English Language, French, History (British).

    LESLEY POWELL — History (Foreign), Art, Mathematics.

    JOYCE PUNCHARD - - English   Language,   French,   Religious   Knowledge, Mathematics,  Physics,  Biology.

     CAROL RANDALL — Art, Biology.

    GEOFFREY RANDALL — English Language, English Literature, French, Italian, History (Foreign), Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology.

    RONALD RICHARDS — English Language, English Literature, History (Foreign),  Mathematics,  Physics, Chemistry.

     ROSALYN ROBERTSON -- English Language.

    ANGELA SALTER -- Italian.

    JEREMY SALTER — English Language, French, History (British).

    SUSAN SALTER — English Language, Biology.

    PATRICIA SATCHELL -- English Language, English Literature, French,History (British), Religious Knowledge, Geography, Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry

    SUSAN SCOTT — English Language, French, Cookery.

    MAUREEN SILLIS — English Language, French, Mathematics, Physics,Chemistry.

    ANNE SKINNER — French.

    SHEILA SMITH — English Language, French, History (British).

    MARGARET SOWDEN -- English Language.

    PHILIP STUBBS — English Language, English Literature, French, History (Foreign), Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry.

    JUNE TAYLOR -- English Language.

    MARY THOMAS -- English Language, History (Soc/Econ), Geography, Art,Cookery.

    LORNA TIERNEY — English Language, French, History (British).

    MALCOLM TRIGG — English Language, French, History (Foreign), Religious Knowledge, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry.

    LESLEY TURNER — English Literature, Latin, Italian, History (Foreign), Religious Knowledge, Geography, Biology.

    RUTH WAGHORN — English Language.

    PAULINE WARNER — English Language, English Literature, Geography.

    SUSAN WAUGH — Religious Knowledge, Biology.

    PETER WEDDELL — History  (British).

    LESLEY WHITELEY -- English Language, Biology.

    MAVIS WHITTLE — Italian.

    SUSAN WILDISH — English Language, French, Mathematics.

    ANDREW WILKIN — Physics.

    ROGER WILKIN — English Language, French, Geography, Mathematics,Physics.


    JANET WILLIAMS — English Language.

    PATRICIA WOODWARD — Additional Mathematics.

    MARGARET WOOLLETT — English Language, Mathematics.



    DAVID BAKER. — Mathematics   'B',   Physics,   Geometrical   and   Technical Drawing,  Metalwork  (with Drawing), Art.

     DAVID BROWN — Mathematics 'A' & 'B',Physics,Geometrical & Technical   Drawing, Metalwork  (with   Drawing), Woodwork   (with Drawing).

    JEFFREY COOK — Geometrical and Technical Drawing.

    PETER FIELD — English Language, Mathematics 'B', Physics.

    DESMOND FLEMING — English Language, Mathematics 'A' and 'B', Physics, Civics, English Literature, French, Geography.

     GILBERT LEDINGHAM — Mathematics 'A'.


    ALAN ROUTLEDGE — Mathematics 'B', Physics, Geometrical and Technical Drawing.

    IAN  TURNER — English    Language,    Mathematics    'A',    Geometrical   and Technical Drawing, Woodwork (with Drawing).


     DAWN BOWMAN — English Language, Shorthand, Typewriting, Art, English Literature, Religious Knowledge.

    LAURA HOIT — English Language, Shorthand, Arithmetic, English Literature.

    SHIRLEY MONK — English Language, Shorthand, Typewriting, Arithmetic,Art, Civics, English Literature, Religious Knowledge.

     ROSEMARY MULCAHY — English Language, Shorthand, Arithmetic.

     PENELOPE PLUMPTON — English Language, Human Biology and Hygiene,Art, Civics, English Literature.

    CAROL REARDON — English Language, Art.

    ISOBEL SIMPSON — English Language, Shorthand, Typewriting, Arithmetic.

    BRIDGET SMITH — English Language, Shorthand, Typewriting, Arithmetic, Art, Civics, English Literature, Religious Knowledge.

     KAY WILLIAMS — Arithmetic, Needlecraft, Art.

    CHRISTINE CLARK — Typewriting.

    CHRISTINE DANIELS — Typewriting.

    JUNE TAYLOR — Typewriting.

    G.C.E.  RESULTS — AUTUMN  1962


    PETER ASHFORTH — French.PAULINE BALE — English Literature, History (Foreign), Cookery.ALLISON BIGDEN — History (British).CHRISTINE BRACEY — English Literature, History (British), Mathematics,Chemistry.SUSAN BRIERLEY -- French. ALEXANDER BROWN — English Literature. SUSAN BUNTING — History (British), Religious Knowledge. JENNIFER CAIRNS — Art.KENNETH CAUNTER — English Language, Mathematics.JAMES COOPER — English Language.SANDRA CURRIE -- French.

    DEREK DA VIES -- Geography.WILLIAM DUNCAN - - English Language, Religious Knowledge, Music.DUNCAN EUSTACE -- Art, Engineering Drawing.TERENCE FELTHAM — Geography.MAUREEN FITZGERALD -- English Language.DAVID GERRARD -- Italian.DAWN HANKINS -- Mathematics.IAN HEATH -- Chemistry.SYLVIA HENLEY -- English Literature, Religious Knowledge.HILARY HILL — Biology, Cookery.STELLA HOBBY -- History (British), Art.ROGER HURRELL — English Literature, History (Soc/Econ).LESLEY KEARN — Religious Knowledge.ADRIAN LINDLEY -- English Language, Religious Knowledge, Mathematics,Physics, Chemistry. MELANIE LUSTY -- English Language, English Literature, Chemistry,Biology.ALLAN MARTIN - - English Literature. VERONICA MACKNEY - - Additional Mathematics. BARBARA MILLER -- English Language, English Literature, History(Soc/Econ).JUDITH NEWTON — English Literature, Geography, Chemistry. JOHN PASSMORE — English Literature. JOHN PAYNE - - History (British). CYRIL POTTER — French. LESLEY POWELL — English Literature. JUNE PRICE -- English Literature, Cookery. ROSALYN ROBERTSON — Cookery.SUSAN SALTER — English Literature, History (Foreign). MAUREEN SILLIS -- History (Foreign). MALCOLM TRIGG - - English Literature, Geography.


    The School Magazine Committee wish to acknowledge receipt of the following School Magazines: —

    THE EAGLET — St. Augustine College, Tarxien, Malta.        THE GEORGIAN — St. George's School, Hong-Kong.

    TECHLORE — Secondary Technical School, Paola, Malta.       LASALLIAN — De La Salle College, Cottonera, Malta.

    THE CAVALIER — Prince Rupert School, Wilhelmshaven.

    SCHOOL TRIP 1963


    "Absolutely Fab !", the highest praise schoolchildren can utter in 1963, was the verdict recorded on every single aspect of the 'Dunera' Cruise. A use of English no doubt which might argue the importance of .any attempt to give young people some contact with the culture of a past age. Yet a trip like this might be said to answer all the requirements of enthusiasts in the educational field. A school on the water is enough to capture, the imagina­tion, but one which follows a time-table while taking its children to places that hitherto were names must be indeed beyond the wildest dreams of the most fanatical of Visual Aids exponents in every Department of Education.This was a school, it seemed, of which the pupils would never tire. In addition to all the facilities which teachers require here was a swimming pool, a recreation room, a library, even an engine room. All their interests had been considered: cacaphonous noises over the loudspeakers during the Records' Request hour emphasised this fact ! Above all the children found a new freedom which taught its own kind of discipline; in short they ruled their own world with the guidance of their teachers always at hand.

    It was perhaps the sight of the orderly shore-going parties in Tal-Handaq uniform which made one realize the presence of that masterly organization which gave rise to the confidence of the pupils. Once on shore what an attrac­tive programme of lessons lay ahead. As they paid rapt attention to the Guide's description of the wealth of mediaeval Genoa they were unconscious of the fact that this was the history lesson for the day. How could one think of Time-tables standing in a narrow street of fourteenth century houses or examining tapestry

    worked in the sixteenth ? How could a teacher think of detentions looking at those eager upturned faces outside St. Peter's ? How worthwhile it all seemed when on first seeing Pompeii an awestruck little voice was heard to say, "This is the best !"'

    There were moments of splendour and awe- and there were moments of laughter and high spirits. The veterans o<f old campaigns on rival school buses soon had the Italian coach drivers madly racing each other along these magnificent wide roads. The Senior Classics master, looking himself like some distinguished Roman senator in modern dress, led an intrigued group interested eye on the other attractions -which every modern city boasts.

    There were many other memorable moments. One remembers the Concert given by the teachers, the hazards of life-boat drill, and the sight of Commander Sumnall marching round the deck all those who seemed likely to succumb to sea-sickness. One remembers the regret at leaving the ship, miti­gated however by the knowledge that so much had been gained from that all too short journey, that so many new friends had been made and that the 'Dunera' would come again.

    "THE    THREE    CITIES"

    Extracts from "THE THREE CITIES" prize winning essay on the 'Dunera* Cruise.

    ...............  We reached Genoa, which is Italy's   most   important   port   and older than Rome itself, on Friday, March 1st. The city is situated on the Gulf of Genoa in north-west Italy, pressed between the Apennme Mountains and the sea. From the harbour the city rose steeply and the houses clung to the mountain sides. Fortifications crowned the higher peaks looking down on the beautiful and busy city as they had done for many years. The Genoese have been traders since the time when Genoa was first civilised by the Phoenicians and Greeks. Nowadays her harbour can accommodate the largest vessels afloat and consists of four main basins with ten miles of quays and over a thousand across of water area.

    Characteristic of the older part of Genoa are the "Caruggi". These are narrow, winding streets where one can lean out of a second-storey window and almost shake hands with a person in the building opposite. There is always great activity in the Caruggi, the rich and poor alike mill up and down the narrow streets gazing into the shop windows and doing their shopping. As we walked through these narrow lanes it was the many food shops that caught my eye. In the fish shops there was a fine display of octopus, prawns and many types of fresh-fish. In the bread shops the most delicious and mouth watering cakes and trifles filled the windows and in the sweet-shops a fine array of caster eggs in baskets decorated with fluffy chicks, chocolates wrapped in pretty papers, mints and toffees enticed the eyes of many youngsters. Here and there were gown shops displaying chic suits and dresses of Italian design. There were many jewellers' shops also overflowing with beautiful things but I particularly liked the cameos which, of course, were made in Italy.

    We visited two of the palaces that were built by the merchants of Genoa, the first of these was the "Palazzo Tursi", the entrance of which is magnificent with paintings of the Doges, former rulers of Genoa, lining the walls. The "Palazzo Tursi" is still used by the Genoese Council when it meets to discuss the city's affairs. After a short time in the Palazzo Rosso we went to the centre of the city and here in the city square was the inevitable fountain. The Italians love fountains and there are many to be found in every town. Nearby was the Church of Saint Lorenzo built of the black and white stone of Genoa. It was dark inside the Church, the only light coming through some very beautiful stained glass windows. We left the Church and the Coach took us to the square where the Memorial to the men who died in the 1914-1918 war stands. It was here that we went into a cafe and I drank one of the most delicious cups of coffee that I have ever had.

    ................  On the following day we were taken by coach to Rome. We travelled inland passing through green countryside, the land was flat in places or suddenly hilly. It was on one of the rises that we caught our first glimpse of Rome, and on entering the city the coach took us to St. Peter's. This magnificent basilica was built over a sepulchre .thought to contain the bones of St. Peter. The basilica is full of beautiful statues, paintings and priceless, ornaments. There is a statue of "La Pieta", the only work that Michelangelo signed and the statue of Sain.t Peter is interesting because its foot has been slowly worn away by the kisses of millions of pilgrims. I wanted to gaze for hours at the beautifully painted ceilings, and the dome which is the largest in the world.

    ................   After eating a sandwich lunch we set off in the coaches ,to see other places of interest in Rome. We stopped to look at the great monument to Victor Emmanuel II, known as the "Wedding Cake" and which now houses the tomb of Italy's Unknown Warrior. This monument is a vast building standing on the northern slopes of the Capitoline Hill. Opposite is the "Palazzo Venezia" from which Mussolini used to talk to the people during the second world war. From here we made our way to the Forum, passing on the way a cage in which two wolves paced up and down. These animals remind the Italians of the legend of Romulus and Remus. We did not go inside the Forum but from the railings we could see the Arch of Septimus Severus, the three columns belonging to the Temple of Castor and Pollux and the Via Sacra. The coach then took us to the Coliseum, officially called the Flavius Amphitheatre. It is one of the most impressive buildings of ancient Rome and is remarkably well preserved. In parts it has been strengthened by modern methods to conserve it for many more years. As I stood within its walls I visualised the gladitorial combats, chariot races and the killing of Christians providing entertainment for the Romans nearly two thousand years ago.

    Leaving the Coliseum we contined our coach tour of Rome passing the bridge and Castle of Saint Angelo, the "Quesa della Trinita dei Monti" where Keats died, the Piazza Colonna and the Piazza del Popolo. We finished our tour with a visit to the Trevi fountain into which I .threw a coin, because local superstition says that if you do this you will most certainly return to Rome.

    ................  On our way to Pompeii we passed over the Campanian Plain — the market garden of Italy. Pompeii is remakable in that it tells the story of Roman every-day life cut off in its heyday by an eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79. We walked through streets marked by the ruts worn with chariot wheels and entered some of the shops. A bakery is well preserved, and in it are the ovens and apparatus for grinding flour. In a wine shop the marble counter and containers for wine and olive oil are in good condition and the painting of a serpent can be clearly seen on the exterior wall of a pharmacy. At the entrance of one of the Villas there is an excellent portrayal of a dog in mosais with the words "Cave canem" printed underneath. Other mosaics and the lovely fountain of the Casa Delia are marvellously preserved. We entered the public baths, the walls and ceiling of which are painted, the forum, the theatre and several temples. Finally, we visited the Villa of the Two Brothers, where we saw the garden, the peristyle, the ornamental basin and the wall paintings as they were before Vesuvius brought life in Pompeii to such an abrupt end...............



    In November Mr. Wilkinson .took a party of seventeen girls to the Manoel Theatre to see "The Barber of Seville" performed by a national group of Italian opera singers.

    The performance was in a foreign tongue but the acting was of such a high standard that we were able to follow the story quite well although I must admit that a synopsis of the story in English at the front of the programme was a great help.

    As the title suggests, the opera is about a jovial barber living in Seville. He does all he can to help his friend Count Almaviva rescue a beautiful girl from her rich guardian Doctor Bartolo, who is determined to marry her.

    The barber and the Count eventually succeed in their task, after the Count has had to masquerade as a drunken soldier and as Rosina's music teacher., and the Count and Rosina are betrothed, Doctor Bartolo being satisfactorily consoled with Rosina's dowry.

    For many of us it was our first visit to the opera and this scintillating, colourful performance did much to encourage us to see more.


    The first of the monthly concerts took place in the Music Room on the 12th February 1963. It was performed during the lunch break, beginning at 1.30 p.m. The "Celebrities" were introduced by Mr. Gerrard, head of the Music Department at Ta1-Handaq School.

    Commander Des Clayes opened the concert by playing a Bach Minuet on his flute. Mr. Tatton then sang "Hedge Roses" and "Sylvia" by Schubert, accompanied by Mr. Gerrard on the piano. Mr. Wilkinson was the last member of the staff to perform, and played a clarinet solo — the Intermezzo from L-arlesienne Suite. School-boys then took over, and Lindsay Wilkin and Peter Grogan entertained us on their guitars. Andrew Wilkin, Lindsay's elder brother, played two short piano pieces by Chopin. The concert was closed by Alex Brown playing a Madrigal by Bohm on his violin accompanied by Bill Duncan at the piano. The audience, consisting of about eighty members of the school, applauded frequently, showing their appreciation of good music. There should be full attendances at every subsequent concert if this standard is maintained.



    The second of the monthly serious of Lunchtime Concerts was given in the Music Room on Tuesday 12th March, with an audience of about sixty attending.

    The first performer was Mr. Witherspoon, who played on the violin a delightful piece by Beethoven entitled "Romance in G major". Next on the programme were two songs from German's "Merrie England;" Rosemary "lolanthe" Dearden sang "O Peaceful England" and Mr. Tatton sang the beautiful tenor solo "Dan Cupid hath a Garden."

    We were then entertained by two duets, the first one being for a rather unusual combination of instruments, the violin and guitar (!) played by Alex Brown and Christopher O'Brien. In the second duet Christopher played the violin and we heard a difficult but well p'layed piece of music. Mr. Gerrard then announced that by way of a change we would hear a "pop tune" only a "pop" tune with a difference, one written in the 16th Century!

    It was in fact a Madrigal by Morley sung by Kay Robertson, Pat Sawyer, Rosemary Dearden, Christopher O'Brien, Peter Ashforth and Alex Brown. The applause showed that it had been enjoyed and considering it was sung with only one rehearsal, it was really excellent.

    This item brought the concert to a finish with everyone I'm sure, both performers and audience, feeling that they had spent a most enjoyable half-hour.

    Wm. DUNCAN -- VB.


    We feel that Mr. Moore deserves praise for his untiring efforts to create interest in the gentle art of ballroom dancing. As everyone knows the school dance is the main event of the school term. The Ballroom Dancing Club, especially the large male contingent (amounting to three after the elementary steps of the waltz had been mastered) eagerly await their chance to demonstrate their prowess.

    The tickets for the last dance sold like... they didn't sell. Undeterred, we stalked our victims and forced our tickets on sixty unwilling customers, assuring them that everybody who was anybody would be there (we hope these little white lies will be forgiven). As martyrs to the cause we gave up our gym lessons in order to decorate the hall. We would like to thank the M.M.U. for their generous contribution. The night arrived.

    The exclusive company assembled, determined to enjoy themselves, even if they died in the attempt. This proved unnecessary, thanks to the timely intervention of Paul Jones. The quick-steps and waltzes proved extremely popular. At one time ten dancing couples ventured onto the floor. The pasedoble inspired great ingenuity and variation. One gored matador was carried from the ring. Such decadent dances as jiving, twisting and the Madison were performed, allowing several members of the school and staff to display their ability as contortionists.

    As the band struck up the sad, romantic strains of 'Now is the Hour', there was a stampede towards the buses, proving that everyone is a sentimentalist at heart.

    Seriously, the dance was a great success and we feel sure that everyone who attended will join us in thanking Mr. Moore and his wife for organising it, and we hope they will run many more equally successful dances in the future.

    R.A. and A.S. — VIA.


    Towards the end of the Winter term a school party went to a 'Pop' Concert given by the Royal Marines band. This was a fairly well made-up orchestra with a good wind section, though I felt the strings were a little sparse — the effects of which were to make themselves felt later on in the programme.

    Before the concert started, the conductor introduced all the members of the orchestra to the audience, which comprised mainly the second and third years. This, I thought, was a master-stroke and, no doubt, "Maestro" was pleased. It is hoped that the 2nd and 3rd years are well versed in orchestration by now.

    The concert started with some music normally arranged for brass band, but the conductor gave parts to the strings and this made the music perhaps a little curious rather than more interesting.

    The programme ranged through various kinds of music; among them was Haydn's "Farewell" Symphony, which the composer wrote as a protest against his employer Prince Esterhazy who was going to dismiss him and his orchestra. In the last movement the score gradually diminishes, the players leave in ones and twos until all have left except two violins and the conductor who manage to leave very discreetly at the end. This was effectively done by candle-light, and was rather amusing.

    Then the programme ranged to such things as the "Can-Can" from Offenbach's "Orpheus in the Underworld" - and here the strings were felt wanting: with so much staccato and scherzando specially designed for the strings, something was felt conspicuously lacking. However, the wind came to the rescue and some excellent trombone-playing and woodwind helped to cover up the misfortunes of the violins and viole -- the 'celli and bassi were good, however. There were also one or two daring excursions into the "fringe" with Irving Berlin's "White Christmas."

    It is hoped that the audience benefitted from this enlightening concert.



    On the 6th December 1962, all the third forms went to Manoel Island Cinema, to hear a Band Concert, which was put on for us by the Royal Marine Band, and some from the C-in-Cs orchestra.

    The programme consisted of the overture to Orpheus of the Underworld, a march, called Cockleshell Heroes, Faust ballet music, a Farewell Symphony, two or three compositions of White Christmas, and lastly, a selection of Carols.

    Firstly we were introduced to the orchestra — the instruments I mean, not the men — the strings, the brass, the woodwinds and the percussions. The "Cockleshell Heroes" was the first piece to be played. It was very lively, and comes from the film of which it has the same title. We then heard the overture of the opera Orpheus of the Underworld, which was written in Paris by Offenbach. The Faust Ballet Music was light, and enjoyable to listen to. There were three solos, and the first one was a trumpet solo by Peter Goff. The orchestra was playing light background music. A flute trio played the Pennywhistles song, and then the Posthorn Gallop was played, which vividly described an Old English Hunt.

    Then came the Farewell Symphony. This was written by Hayden, because the Elector of Hanover had dismissed him. The symphony represents the orchestra leaving the Elector's court. The musicians in the orchestra played by candlelight, then one by one they left their stage, and went to the bar, as it was the interval.

    After the interval, we returned to our seats to listen to parts of White Christmas after which we all sang carols - - with the exception of the less-enthusiastic members of our community.

    When the concert had finished — a very enjoyable one at that — we were driven back to school, just in time for a Latin lesson !



    After its limited programme of last year, this society has now attained a place of growing importance in the school, due to the hard work of Mr. Alexander and his committee. Its activities have covered a wide range including topical debates on subjects such as "Capital Punishment", "Notoriety as opposed to Oblivion", "Juvenile Delinquency" and "The Tyranny of Convention;'.

    Among outstanding speakers were Pamela Hinton, Susan Hammond, Rosalind Evans, Cyril Potter, John Passmore, Brian Fuller, Aline McDougall, Alex Brown and Dave Hobden.

    There were many other events of interest. A Brains Trust, in which members of the staff were the "brains" was very well received. A play, "The Glass Menagerie' by Tennessee Williams, was read by members of the Vlth form. This was very popular and created a new interest in modern playwrights. Mr. Alexander gave a most interesting talk entitled: "An introduction to Robert Graves" which has helped to develop the literary taste of the senior school.

    Two   well   attended   competitions   have   been  held.   The  first,   a  public-speaking competition, reached a very high standard.    It was run on a house basis,   the  winner .being Rosalind  Evans   of Hawkins.    The other,   a  verse-speaking competition, was open to the whole school. The winners were: —

    1st year — ANNE   THOMPSON. 2nd year -- VANESSA REID. 3rd year — SUSAN GRANT. 4th year — KATHERINE  JEFFERSON. 5th year — PAULINE  McKINLEY. 6th year — SUSAN  HAMMOND. Many of those who took part showed promise.

    The highlight of the year was undoubtedly the Mock Trial. Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst, ably portrayed by Rosemary Dearden, was tried for "wrongly inciting the women of Great Britain to consider themselves the equal of men". The members of the staff on the jury found her guilty. Attendance beat all records although the Trial was open only to the senior school.

    We hope that the success achieved this year will inspire future members of the school to continue to support this society, and we would like to thank Mr. Alexander whose interest and co-operation are entirely responsible for these successes.


    THE    MOCK    TRIAL

    The afternoon of Wednesday, 3rd April, 1963, hailed the most important event so fax, in the history of our illustrious Literary and Debating Society: — The Mock Trial of Mrs. Emmeiine Pankhurst. This unusual if not heroic attempt at a difficult subject, had long been anticipated and discussed, so everyone was extremely pleased to see it actually take place.

    (For the information of the unenlightened, Mrs. Pankhurst was a pro­minent member of the Suffragette Movement which endeavoured through a great variety of methods to gain emancipation for women in Great Britain, at the beginning of the twentieth century, and they did finally succeed.) The trial in question, however, deviates rather from its predecessor.

    For a few days previous to the trial, (several ardent Suffragettes paraded round the school brandishing banners bearing legends such as, "Votes for Women1', "We Hate Men" ( !). Another form of advertisement was the chaining of two suffragettes, Vera Wentworth (RO'Semary Andrews) and Jessie Kennedy (Angela Salter), and Madame Curie (Pam Hinton) to the flagstaff, this being symbolic of the voluntary dhalning to the railings sur­rounding the Houses of Parliament of the real suffragettes, to bring their cause into the public eye.

    At 3.40 p.m. on the actual day of the trial, the public was all seated, the members of the jury (consisting of a small contigent of the staff) had taken their places, as had the Counsels for the Prosecution (Anthony Ashforth and Michael Armistead) and the Counsels for the Defence (Aline McDougall and Cecilia Focken). The Judge (Jon Haylock) was then formally ushered in, silence fell, and the trial began. The accused, Mrs. Pankhurst, (Rosemary Dearden) was called, sworn in, and took her place in the dock. Here it should also be added that each participant was in costume, this adding much to the atmosphere.

    The Counsel for the Prosecution opened the proceedings by calling each of his witnesses for examination. These proved a motley selection and in­cluded; a "particularly intelligent" specimen of our police force (Brian Fuller); Queen Victoria (Susan Hammond), who openly told us of her incompetence in governing Britain, and was not amused; Mr. Asquith (A.E. Brown), who appeared a little harassed after a recent encounter with some of the Suffragettes; an American (Johnny Passmore) who was extremely eloquent about the ruination of his country through women; a typical clergyman (Bill Duncan), who appeared a little hesitant with his views; and perhaps the most amusing witness in the trial, although rather an anachronism, the Woman of Today (Rosalind Evans), who was a great source of hilarity.

    At this point, an unseemly disturbance took place, in the shapes of Jessie Kennedy and Vera Wentworth, who rushed in through the back of the court shouting "Votes for Women", etc and throwing balloons about the court on which was daubed (in wet paint) "Votes for Women". These unseemly ladies having been dealt with by the ushers, the court proceeded with the cross-examination of the witnesses for the defence.

    Mrs. Pankhurst showed herself as a fine upstanding woman of excellent ideals, if not misguided methods; a somewhat "off-beat" H.G. Wells (Peter Gettings) was questioned on his latest book advocating female emancipation; Madame Curie (Pam Hinton) with her delightful French accent, was an ex­cellent example of a woman who had proved herself equal to men; once again our two friends Jessie Kennedy and Vera Wentworth (who shall be nameless)

       came forward to support their cause in a rather bombastic manner; a wounded soldier of the Crimean War (Dave Hobden) was particularly profuse in his praise of Florence Nightingale, and caused a stir by the loss of his wooden leg; the last witness for this side was Emily Davidson (Nicola Newton) who, swathed in bandages having recently thrown herself beneath the King's horse at the Derby, was borne in on a stretcher, to gallantly give a few words in support of Mrs. Pankhurst. The Counsels then summed up, and there was a short adjournment to enable the jury to decide a verdict. The final decision was unanimous:— "Guilty", and the Judge awarded 'Mrs. Pankhurst the punishment of bowing to each male prefect for the last three days of term. The court was then dismissed, and broke up amid": a wave of applause and indignant calls from the female members of the audience.

    This must surely have been the most entertaining enterprise of the year, and all participants are to be congratulated on their performances. Especial praise is due to our two revolutionary members of the sixth, Angela Salter and Rosemary Andrews, who were the inspiration and driving force behind this particular performance. Thanks must also be given to Mr. Alexander for his assistance.




    Perhaps lolanthe has been one of the most remarkable Tal-Handaq performances of G. & S. that has been put on to date. (It has been so to me at any rate).

    Looking back, it seems that the principals and chorus, producer and "maestro" put in a tremendous amount of work, and much of it, no doubt, was quite laborious to those of the company who are well past their youth. But for those who are still in their teens, (and I speak with practical experience !) there was little time for boredom. (It is a strange fact that the only people who ever got annoyed were the members of staff - is there a moral somewhere ?)

    I remember how eagerly we awaited going "on stage" after a month or two of work in the music room, and after many lunch hours also had been spent, on the words and music, which still needed much polishing. However going on stage provided some more headaches for Messrs Moore, Dickerson and Barraclough, together with Miss Cater who painted the excellent sets.

    However, it doesn't sound like much fun, and, despite what Mr. Gerrard may say, it wasn't - - that's until the last tense fortnight before the actual performances, where dread of them provided excitement and an inspiration to "learn the words off by heart," (a phrase oft quoted by the maestro!)

    However, all our industry would have been for nothing had it not been for the innumerable host who made it possible for us to perform the opera on the stage and it is to them as well as to our kind and patient teachers, that we owe our thanks.

    I wind up by saying that it is perhaps a tribute to our work that my most prominent memory is of Mrs. Gerrard expending much energy on the curtain calls after each performance !




    When listening to recordings by the d'Oyley Carte Company of Gilbert and Sullivan operas, I have often been dismayed by the mangled vowels and ''plummy" enunciation of many of the  cast, notably, I regret to say, the ladies. If then, these trained professional singers can so spoil (for me, at any rate) the enjoyment of a good song, how can amateurs — young, mostly untrained persons at that - - hope to please their audience ? Fortunately for the audience at Tal Handaq, the freshness of these young people's voices, their attack and their good diction made "lolanthe" a delightful evening's enter­tainment.

    The two pianists played their overture with zest and feeling, communicating their enjoyment to their listeners; the curtain opened, and on came the fairies. Considering the splendid physique of all young people nowadays (it is be­coming increasingly difficult to find a naturally graceful "fairy" once she is over the age of ten !) and the small stage on which so many of them had to deploy themselves aerily without getting in the other's way, our fairies succeed­ed remarkably in creating the illusion that they were creatures from another world. They were very pretty; their petal skirts, wings, pastel colour schemes, matching or contrasting slippers, antennae, make-up, and all combined to pro­duce a charming array. They sang well; and particularly, two of the principal fairies, Susan Grant as Celia, and Pat Sawyer as Leila, "put over" their songs with aplomb.

    The Queen of the Fairies (Anne Williams) was convincingly authoritative and splendidly in command; the heavy gold brocade gown ,which she wore was perhaps more in keeping with an earthly, rather than an ethereal Queen?, but, of course, a production such as this to be run to a budget, and pro­bably good material already to hand must needs be used. Although her range is not large, she sang very well indeed, sincerely and movingly, making every word tell. lolanthe (Rosemary Dearden) was called from the depths. Miss Dearden has a most pleasing voice, and her experience in other parts stood her in good stead on this occasion; her singing in this little scene made us eager to hear more later.

    Strephon (Harry Wilkinson) made a most effective entrance; his costume of brown velvet cord, matching broad brimmed hat set off with yellow, mauve waistcoat, white stock and other trimmings was arresting; he sang clearly, pointing his words well as always. When he was joined by Phyllis (Kay Robertson) beautifully costumed in panniered candy-striped dress and white flowered bonnet, their duet blended delightfully. They held their audience with ease as they sang "None shall part us"

    Tan-tan-ta-ra heralded the approach of the Peers and their stirring song, "Loudly let the trumpet bray".

    Again, we were presented with a powerful colour-scheme, the peers' red robes and white ermine "sang" as the men's chorus moved round. One would have wished for a little more fulness in the robes; having said that, the general effect was splendid and worth all the considerable effort which must have been expended upon it. The peers were obviously enjoying them­selves enormously, which contributed to their success. The Lord Chancellor, Brendan Breslin, had a most difficult task; the fast patter songs with which he had to cope are a strain for the most experienced performer. All credit to him then, for the manner in which he attacked his songs and acted the part of the "very susceptible Chancellor" His costume was admirable, hisstage movements   good,   and   a   lot   of   thought  had   obviously   gone   into   the humorous touches which characterised all his songs.

    Alexander Brown as The Earl of Mountararat and Andrew Wilkin as the Earl of Tolloller made fine foils for each other; as with all the cast, they made their words ring out, and their drollery was very well received.

    Later, the Lord Chancellor sang "Go away, madam" to the Queen and her Fairies, who answered, him forthrightly: this was a fine lively scene, vivaciously sung and acted.

    The curtain opened on Act Two to a spontaneous burst of applause from the audience: a spot played on the guardsman, Private Willis (Keith Holmes) resplendent in red tunic, towering bearskin and gold braid and looking like a red and black tree against his background of sentry-box and backcloth depicting the Houses of Parliament.

    Taking his time admirably, and using a powerful voice, Pte. Willis sang his satire on the Houses of Parliament with great aplomb; he thoroughly deserved his encore.

    Lord Mountararat (Alexander Brown) was another young man who sang strongly "When Britain ruled the Waves': his naturally ascetic counte­nance accentuated by a neatly-pointed beard, he pointed his comedy well. He was followed by one of the most interesting of the choruses, the mood con­stantly charging, "In vain to us you plead — Don't go !" Movement, melody, words, expression — all in this were very satisfying.

    "O foolish Fay" with its well-known chorus "O amorous dove" was nobly sung by the Queen; the quartet "Though perhaps I may incur your blame" of Phyllis, Lord Toller, Lord Mountararat, and Pte. Willis was very well received by the audience, as was the patter song "Love unrequited" sung by the Chancellor,

    The action moved on smoothly through the trio ". .in for a penny, in for a pound", the lovely duet sung by Phyllis and Strephon, "If we're weak enough to tarry", lolanthe's moving "My lord, a suppliant at your feet I fall" and so on to the finale with all on stage to sing "Soon as we may", providing a splendid pattern of colour: fairies' costumes against peers' robes, and the principals' extravagant costume of the period showing up well against them.

    To sum up: enunciation was extremely good; your correspondent was unfamiliar with the text and scarcely missed a word, the sets were well designed and painted in traditional manner and the bold costumes "sang" against them.

    Great effort and ingenuity had gone into the making of the props to en­sure the maximum richness of effect with the minimum of expense. They were good. Overall effect of makeup was very pleasing. Costumes have already been mentioned, but I must repeat that they were worth every bit of the considerable thought and effort that went into the making of them.

    The producer and musical director should be justifiably proud of this production of "lolanthe".



    SPRING    FEVER    1963 

    Spring Fever finally went into production on the nights of 8th and 9th May. But not without overcoming several obstacles. The Spring Term was one of much sickness and there were several sudden home-goings. The Royal Naval Drama Festival involved the School rather heavily too and rehearsals could not begin properly until after half-term and sheer lack of preparation time finally made a postponement inevitable. Further sickness and a change in an examination date caused a last minute abandonment of one item and a sudden change in the cast. It was little short of miraculous that the show achieved the standard it did at the public performances.

    Like Easter Parade a year ago the show consisted of short items, but this time longer and more ambitious. The show was presented before a curtained setting but a good deal of research had gone into the decor, costumes and lighting, for which Miss Reed, Mr. Dickerson and Mr. Moore are to be congratulated along with many members of the staff and pupils who contributed in this direction. The programme was as follows: —

    The Little Nut-Tree by T.B. Morris.

    Colombine by Reginald Arkell. Interval

    Richard II, Act 3, scene iv by Shakespeare.

    The Pencil Seller by Robert W. Service.

    White Queen, Red Queen by T.B. Morris.

    Miss McGuiness produced The Little Nut-Tree and Mr. Barraclough arranged and directed the entertainment as a whole. Both are to be congratulated on the high standards they achieved. The evenings were marked by some excellent diction, very fine team work throughout, and a few very good performances. Pauline McKinlay, Jeanette Taylor and Rosalind Evans in White Queen, Red Queen, and Susan Brierley in Richard II were outstanding. Roger Glover as Pierot in Colombine, strangely static and sad, was quite in character and had a good speaking voice.

    The cast of The Little Nut-Tree, which was drawn mostly from the Junior forms of the school, worked as a enthusiastic team and obviously enjoyed the play as much as the audience.

    On both nights enthusiastic audiences were lavish in praise of what they had seen. There is no doubt about the benefits to be derived from dramatic work of this nature. Let us hope that the work will continue next year.


                         Chairman:    ANTHONY ASHFORTH

    Secretary:    PAMELA HILTON

    Committee    Members:    Peter    Gettings,    Geoffrey    Randall,    Keith   Holmes.

    : The Scientific Society, recently founded by Lt. Cdr. Harper, has been well supported by a select group of 5th and 6th year scientists and three staunch enthusiasts from VI Arts. However I would like to point cut that none of our meetings are very technical and many more "arty" types would be welcome.

     So far our programme has included a lecture on "Radioactivity" given by Anthony Ashforth and Michael Armitstead, another on "Radio' by Geoffrey Randall and Ian Heath and one on "Colour" by Brian Fuller and Pamela Hinton. Mr. Gillow, the Horticultural Adviser to the Malta Govern­ment, gave us a talk on the "Second World Problem" (food production) and several members of the Society attended talks on "Qualitative Semi-Micro Analysis'' and "Curve Tracing"', at the Royal University of Malta. We plan to have talks given by the 5th and 6th year pupils every ether Thursday, and a trip to the Brewery later in the term is being organised.


    VALEDICTORY    —   TO    A    KNIGHT!

    At the end of the summer term we must bid goodbye to Mr. Knight,
    who is returning to U.K. after 12 years at Tal Handaq. No other U.K. —
    based teacher has served so long at the R.N.School, and none has filled
    so many roles teacher, scout-master, resident-electrician and general factotum.

    Having a very wide circle of Service friends, Mr. Knight was able, in the austere days of the early 50s, to beg, borrow and otherwise obtain, suf­ficient equipment to finish our stage, and from the mysterious recess known as "Uncle Tom's Cabin" he made a valuable contribution to our stage pro­duction's. A colleague once described him as "a walking test-lamp" - descriptive, not of his figure, but of his capacity to trace and repair any electrical circuit, no matter how complicated.

    In earlier days, when the school was smaller, and life was perhaps less-complicated, Mr. Knight was unofficial careers-master and guide and mentor to the senior boys in the then -- Modern School. One of his duties was the preparation of candidates for Dockyard and Service .apprenticeship examinations - his many successes deserve especial mention.

    So much to acknowledge, so little space to do it! One recalls with gratitude his work for the Scouts, his organisation of M.F.V. trips to Comino, of camps at Ricasoli, and not least, his excellence as a camp cook !

    Perhaps he will forgive the familiarity on this one last occasion, when we say, on behalf of colleagues and pupils -- past and present - "Goodbye, Tom, good-luck, and God bless you!"



    Miracles do sometimes happen though unless one takes place very shortly, these will be the last notes you will see under this heading for our Scout­master is leaving the island and so far no relief has been found to continue the good work. The Royal Naval School Troop of Sea Scouts has had a good run of twelve years uninterrupted Scouting on land and sea.

    It was revived by the present skipper in September 1951, soon blossomed into a first class, troop, and proved its worth by winning every competition open to it on the Island. In these twelve years no less than 385 boys have passed through the ranks, many reaching 1st class and a few gaining the Queen's Scout Badge before they in turn had to leave the Island. In 1954 the troop gained Admiralty Recognition and was the first troop in the world outside U.K. to do so.

    Here in Malta, and in Sicily, the troop has spent no less than 112 nights under canvas - - not always the same boys but always the same skipper. (He must be thick skinned after all those nights on the rocks).

    But now, what of the future ?  Our colours rest in Holy Trinity Church.

    Let us hope that the day is not far distant when they will be carried on St. George's Day Parade once more with as much spirit and pride as in the past. Good-bye Skip - - good luck - - and thanks a lot.



    One of the big differences that the new English settlers find in Australia is that Christmas falls in the middle of summer instead of in winter.

    The shops at this time are gaily decorated with Christmas trees, coloured lights and scenes of the Nativity. Many hundreds of people crowd the shops to see the displays and to buy presents for their relatives and friends. Chris­tmas is also the end of the school-year and all the schools hold special cele­brations such as concerts and speech-nights.

    Over the last few years many people are now having a cold Christmas dinner, instead of the traditional hot Christmas dinner. Many families spend the day at the beach or in the bush and country. They pack a picnic hamper with either a cold chicken or turkey, salad and all the other Christmas goodies, and then set off to spend the day in the open-air enjoying the bright sunshine.


    A    DAY    IN    THE    HARTZ    MOUNTAINS

    One morning our family decided to go to the Hartz Mountains for the day as it was quite close to the town where we lived. This town was called Goslar. We went up the mountain in a small cable car. It was a wonderful sight to see the valley and all the houses getting smaller and smaller. When we got out of the cable car we looked around. All the mountains and valleys for mikes around could be seen. We decided to go for a walk through the fir-tree forest and we noticed how green and fresh everything was. As we were going back to the cable car we were taken by surprise when a man dressed as a (huge brown bear came ambling out from amongst the trees!

    It was so peaceful and calm up there that we were sorry to go back down into the valley.



    Lebanon is a small country at the eastern end of the Mediterrenean, with Israel to the south and Syria to the north and east.

    Over half of the land is more than 3.000 ft above sea level; the highest peak which is a little over 10,000 ft. is named the Cedars. At one time, cedars covered the mountains and were used to build King Solomon's temples and Egyptian temples, until today there are only four hundred left, and it is said that Queen Victoria paid to have a wall built around them to prevent the goats destroying them.

    The Lebanese climate differs, in different parts of the country. On the coastal land the weather is hot and humid, so they are able to grow tropical and sub-tropical fruits, such as oranges, lemons, bananas and olives. In the mountains and the Bekka Valley it is more of a temperate climate so they are able to grow temperate crops such as wheat, maize, apples, pears, grapes and water-melons. While Lebanon was under French mandate — the French taught them how to make wine; some of the wine is very good.

    Beirut (the capital) is a port used by Jordan and Syria. It is a city of old and new. The old city with its souks and mosques and the old buildings shows the history of the place. The new city has high blocks of flats, ultra­modern hotels., big departmental stores, large cinemas, night-clubs and casinos. The other main towns are Tripoli, which was once the capital, in the north and Saida in the south. Also in Saida is a Crusaders' castle a little way out to sea; to get to it you have to walk over a high stone path-way. The other town is Tyre, which is farther south.

    Lebanon has its place in history; the towns of Saida and Tyre are men­tioned in the Bible. In the Bekka Valley is the site of the Phoenician town of Baalbek containing the ruins of what were once magnificent temples to the Greek Gods Jupiter and Bacchus. The town itself takes its name from the Phoenician God Baal. Lebanon has other connections with Greek mythology, as the Greek God Adonis was supposed to have been born in the mountains to the north of Beirut.

    'If I ever had the chance to return to Lebanon, I'd certainly like to go; to see some of the many places I missed while I was there last year.



    While I was living in Cyprus, my mother and I were asked to a chris­tening by our neighbour, who was Cypriot.

    When we entered the church, the priest shook hands with us. Inside, was one of the most beautiful scenes I ever saw. From the roof shining glass chandeliers were hanging, reflecting the light in the most glorious colours. The windows were of stained glass made into pictures of Jesus and other holy people while the altar was covered in silver and gold candle-sticks.

    We sat down in the pews among about twenty other Cypriot people. A few minutes later the father and grand-parents came in with the baby. The custom was that the mother did not go to the christening. The baby was laid on a side altar while a woman came round the pews and gave everyone a candle and lit it. The baby was then undressed and anointed with warm oil. All the service said in Greek; after it was anointed by baby was re­dressed in new clothes while the old ones were burned.

    After this everyone stood up, still holding the candles, but only the men sang. When the singing was finished, everyone walked to the altar and the priest chanted in Greek. We then walked round the altar and placed the candles in holders. Everyone was taken to the baby's parents' house and given tea and cakes. After this we went home.

    Would you like to have been there?



    One day while we were in 'the hot, dusty country of Singapore we visited the Haw — par villa. In the gardens of the Haw — par villa there are hundreds of carved figures and statues. All the statues are of Buddhas or animals.

    Every year a great feast is held in the villa. Thousands of Malay people come from all over Malaya for the feast. The main part of the feast is held at night were the people carry incense sticks which give off a beautiful smell.

    When the blessing of the huge Buddha, which weighs over one hundred tons and has huge pearls for eyes, takes place no foreign person is allowed in the villa. The blessing takes about an hour and a half and involves hundreds of priests. For three days after the blessing nobody, including the Malays is allowed in the villa. This is because the priests are praying and fasting.

    After three days the priests come out of the villa and open the gates. This ends the feast.



    The National Game Park is a reserve for most wild animals that live in East Africa. They roam the park in complete freedom, consequently no one is allowed in unless in a closed car. On entering the park one sees an elephant's skull though no elephants exist in the park. We visited the park many times; on some occasions we saw hardly anything but at other times we saw:— lions, baboons, deer, ostriches, giraffe, hippopotami, alligators, wildebeest, zebras and many types of birds..

    On one occasion a monkey strayed into a garden of a house near the reserve, and a leopard managed to get loose and was roaming about the streets. Many a night you could hear the laugh of the hyena round your house, and foot-prints could be seen the following morning.


    A      FUNERAL    IN    HONG-KONG.

    This is usually a far from morbid affair.

    In front of the procession come huge decorated red 'boards, usually fifteen to twenty feet high. In the middle of these boards big Chinese letters are painted in silver. Around the outside, they are decorated with white and yellow flowers. These boards are wheeled along on bicycle-like contraptions. The richer the person, the more of these there are. Between each one, there is a small brass band, making as much noise — musical or unmusical (usually the latter) — as they can. This is supposed to drive away the devils.

    After these come the mourners, and the coffin. The mourners walk the streets dressed in sack-cloth. If the deceased had been particularly unpopular, and had no mourners, they had to be hired to make it look good.

    About a week after the funeral, models of all the dead person's possessions are made out of paper and bamboo, and then burnt.

    They do this, because they think that they will need all these things in the next world.

    After the funeral, the bones are put into pots and buried in the hillside. Each year the relations come and polish them up.


    EL   AQSA   AND   THE   DOME   OF   THE   ROCK

    From many miles above the domed skyline of Jerusalem can be seen the Dome of the Rock. This magnificent architectural achievement was built in the part of Jerusalem called the temple area, over the rock from which tradition says that Mohammed rose into heaven. From the city, a long flight of stone steps lead up to a huge courtyard in the centre of which towers the Golden dome of the mosque, its gold-leaf covering reflecting the sun and making everything appear golden. On closer view, the building appears immense, and as one enters through a relatively small door the splendour of the sight takes one's breath away. The walls are completly covered with brilliant mosaics, each stone its natural colour. It takes a little while to absorb the splendour of the building. Around the rock there is a black railing and from this the whole building appears to come stretching up high above to the dome. There are no words to describe the feeling that this building inspires.

    Also in the temple area is an older mosque, "El Aqsa": "the furthest from Mecca". The entrance to this is, like the rest of the building, large. The two or three acres of floor space are covered in luxurious Eastern carpets on which no shoes are allowed to tread. Supporting the massive roof are flawless marble pillars; the walls are marble slats. This has beauty in size and proportions. El Aqsa was once fifty yards or so wider but with such a large roof to support it was made smaller to detract from the possibility of the roof collapsing. In one wall there is a beautiful window, which is out of place in that it has a crusader's cross in it. This is the last remnant of the crusader church which once stood on the site. To walk round the perimeter takes a number of minutes due to the size of the mosque. Around the perimeter of this temple area are four minarets from which the muezzenin call the faithful to prayer.

    It is hard to describe the beauty of these two mosques but I trust the reader now has some idea of the beauty amidst which the Moslems worship their God. Though it is hard to compare these buildings with European architecture, I am convinced that these mosques are two of the most beautiful churches in the world.

    C.M. O'BRIEN — 6S.


    Canada is the second largest country in the world. Its area is just under four million square miles and its greatest breadth is about three thousand six hundred miles. Canada is made up of ten provinces; British Columbia, Alberta Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Prince Edward Island; the Northwest territory and a host of islands, Baffin Island being the largest.

    There are high mountains in the west called the Rocky Mountains, vast prairies in the interior and prospering industries in the east. There is much to see if you have travelled across Canada as I have.

    I have lived in England, and one of the most striking differences between England and Canada is in the residential areas. In England houses are made of brick and are built right up against the street while in Canada houses are made of wood and have a lawn between them and the street.

    Also money systems are different. Canada uses dollars and cents One dollar is worth about seven shillings and one cent is worth about three and a half farthings. The products in a store also vary slightly but England has most of the same products as Canada. Canada's cars are larger and tend to have fins and other decorations but cars like the Volkswagen and Mini-Minor are also popular. Buses are different because they are all single deckers and do not have a conductor to collect fares. Schools in Canada and England are similar except that in Canada you are allowed to wear what you like and the hours are shorter; 9 a.m. - - 3 p.m. Summer holidays last about nine to ten weeks, Christmas, two weeks, Easter ten days and there is no Whitsun holiday. The schoolrooms are practically the same as in England except that you are not allowed to have a pair of desks together. In Canada you have to pay for your school equipment such as books (not text books), and any other equipment necessary an education committee provides.

    When I finally arrived in England and settled down, I noticed many con­trasts, England had a different atmosphere; old-fashioned, nice, country parishes, brick walls lining the street and all the other things that make England so different. I was sorry to leave England and come here and I still miss England right now.



    One of the main things which tourists always look at when they enter the harbour of Aden is the famous "Barren Rocks of Aden". Their name describes them very well.

    As soon as you land, you notice the filthy streets. No one seems to sweep them, and the litter just lies about on the pavements. There are always goats wandering in the streets, and so the place has an unsavoury smell.

    There are hardly any shops, but those which you do find are old dusty and dim inside.

    There are few buses but the one we saw looked as though it would never reach its destination. The natives had their bed springs, mattresses and petrol cans all piled into the bus. The roof was cluttered with a lot of different objects, including some natives who had had to sit on the roof of the bus as it was full inside.



    Our Butcher, Mamud, was getting married. He had never seen the girl he was to marry and did not even know her name. Even before Ms birth marriage negotiations had been going on. Ais we had known him for a long time he invited us.

    The isun was at its highest when we arrived at the little village of Mesaoria, Mamud's home "town". Since it was still spring there was a little colour left in the landscape. We came upon Mamud's father, Yasuf, having driven through herds of goats and round right-angled corners. He led us to where the mar­riage feast was to begin.

    Rows and rows of tables were placed across the courtyard. People were waving gigantic fans to keep the flies and insects off the food which was placed on the tables. We were given a table and told to eat. Foods such as sour-milk Rebub and sweetmeats w-ere laid on the table. These were traditional Turkish foods.

    Some time after, the bride appeared, and Mamud, whom we had not seen before that day, went to meet her. She had her hair covered in a shawl, her face was heavily made up so as to disguise her features and she had on a dress of embroidered lace. Pearls hung in rows all around her. These were the only jewels she was allowed to wear in accordance with custom. As she ascended the platform where she was to stand, people ran forward and pinned money, gold and silver on her and her husband, for they were now married. The marriage ceremony had taken place in a mosque before the feast. As much as five hundred pounds might have been paid for this ceremony. A drum began to beat majestically; the feast had begun.

    The bride  and bridegroom served their guests throughout the  ceremony.

    A Turkish dancer danced on a brandy glass, balancing several -more on his head. With a jerk of his head he would upset one of the glasses making the liquid fall into his mouth. After this everybody began to dance. It was plain to see that everybody was happy.

    The feast ended after twelve hours. As the guests left the children and old men and women of the village streamed in and began to eat and drink the remains.

    •We thanked our hoist and set off home, having thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

    G.  RUDD — 3A2.


    During my stay in Germany I went to a number of carnivals but the best ones were the carnivals held on Saint Martin's Day. The German people would invite the English in Germany to attend the carnival.

    You could either buy or make a lantern which you would carry in the procession; hundreds of people wore fancy dress though I did not.

    The procession would start at the head of Ranke Strasse and wind its way through the streets of Dusseldorf until one a.m. Nearly all the time people would sing, accompanied by the banging and coloured lights of the fireworks as they fizzed through the air.

    At the end of the procession the children would line up and receive a "buntatella", which is a bag of nuts and sweets, to take home with them.

    These carnivals were always a big success and I hope to go back to Germany again after my stay in Malta.

    M. HOLLIER — 2B

                                                                                                               ALL AT SEA

    Our luxury liner, RFA Fort Duquesne, lay in the beautiful bay of San Remo, a picturesque town less than 30 miles from Monte Carlo. Early one morning as we prepared to leave the ship to visit the fabulous gambling town, a helpful member of the crew suggested that as we would be crossing the Franco/Italian border, it would be advisable to get our passports stamped in San Remo.

    We arrived at the quay and searched for the port authority. In our halting Italian we demanded of several locals "Parla Inglese?"

    "Yes! Yes!" cried an eager old fisherman.

    Our problem seemed solved. We explained that we wished to visit Monte Carlo and wanted our passports stamped.

    "Yes! Yes!" cried our friend.

    "Where do we have to go?"

    "Yes ! Yes!" was our only answer. So leaving the helpful Italian, we went to look for ourselves and eventually located the office about twenty yards from the landing stage. Our party of nine filed into the minute room and flourished our passports. The young man knew a little English — we knew a little Italian.

    "We have come on the ship, anchored in the bay, the "Fort Duquesne", we wish to visit Monte Carlo and need to have our passports stamped," we explained slowly.

    "You wish to visit ship?"

    "No, no we have come on the ship, we want to go to Monte Carlo."

    "Passports, no stampa (frantic stamping motions) to visit ship."

    Keep calm, let's take this slowly.

    "We Inglesi -— we come on ship - - Inglesi ship. We go Monte Carlo — Monte Carlo. We want passports stamped."

    The man's face lit up.

    "Ah, you from Monte Carlo, you wish to see English ship."

    The conversation continued along these lines for some minutes until eventually it was decided that we should see the "boss". Picking up our sunhats, sunglasses, towels, costumes, beachbags and still frantically clutching our passports we walked along the waterfront to another larger office. Our official said to the large man confronting us, "Ingles'.", and gave an expressive shrug of his shoulders.

    "Ah," replied the boss, and nodded wisely. He asked politely, "Parla Italiano?"

    "Non!  Non! Non parla Italiano. Parla Inglese?"


    There was a pause, suddenly broken by, "Parfez-vous francais?"

    "Oh oui — um — urn —un peu."

    So we tried again in halting French.

    "Nous venons sur le grand bateau anglais." A long pause. "Nous desirons aller — um — um (was it a la, en, or au?) um —well — Monte Carlo."

    The man appeared puzzled. Was it our French? Or his? Then to our relief an interpreter (one of about six people who had gathered by this time to help the Inglesi), a local] from the quayside, who spoke Italian, a little French and a little English, appeared. Our request was repeated, and repeated. All we wanted was to have our passports stamped so that we could visit Monte Carlo. At last this simple request was understood. The "boss" poured out a tirade of Italian at our poor defenceless young man, the only word of which I understood being "stupide". We gathered our belongings once more, returned to the passport office and emerged triumphantly five minutes later with a stamp on our passports declaring "Porto — San Remo".

    With minutes to spare we caught the coach to Monte Carlo. We arrived at the Franco/Italian border. The douaniers boarded the coach but when offered our passports they merely glanced at the blue and gold cover, muttered "Inglesi" and passed down .the bus. We never re-visited the young man at the passport office. Officially, we are still in San Remo.




    Easter is an interesting time in Spain. Eight days before Easter some of the men who had sinned, walked barefoot through the streets carrying giant crosses. Over Easter you would see the hooded priests in black, men carrying the cross, still barefoot, carriages drawn by black horses with large statues in them, nuns, bishops, girls from the convents and lots of others.

    Though they had these large processions they still had all the Easter activities.

    After the Holy Week of Easter comes the fair or feria as it is called there. For about three hundred years, this has been an event to look forward to. Small places called "casitas" are built of wood and gaily decorated. Here families get together, many not having seen each other from one year to the next, because they live in the country places. They drink and dance, and have a merry time, much as we do at Christmas time in England.

    The fair-ground is behind these casitas. The brightness and noise of it is wonderful; there are giant gas balloons to buy, candy floss, or castanets. All types of roundabouts and hoop-la to try your luck.

    Now and then you would come across a small group of dancing Flamenco; the swish of skirts and click of the castanets, the beautiful coloured dresses the girls wore, their long black hair and laughing faces w>ere unforgettable as they danced at this feria time.

    CORAL GLAYSON - - 4C8.




    The moon rose up in a velvet sky The 'old man' was awake, A barn owl uttered its haunting cry, As it hunted, its prey to take.

    The badger cautiously appeared, To sniff the still night air, Satisfied, his head he reared To call his mate with cubs, a pair.

    The night is friend to animals wild, Who prowl afar to feed, Night, too, is friend to man and child, Who rest from work and deed.

    S.J. NORMAN — 2A1


    The fields roll on,

    And the ploughs dig deep,

    Near the pond the frogs leap,

    The owls are hooting,

    And the hunters are shooting,

    It is time to go home

    Because the sun is but a litt'le dome.

    The sky is grey,

    The fox is no longer the prey,

    The birds are all home in their nests

    And all the children are at rest.



    Summer Comes again each year, For us to make some pretty wear, While Children play upon the sands, Making castles with their hands.

    Sometimes the Children catch some fish, Which makes a very tasty dish, Sometimes they catch a crab or two, Or sometimes they catch you.

    Then when it is time for bed,

    The children rest their weary head,

    Until the morning comes once more,

    Then the children again run down to the shore.


    THE 1957 ECLIPSE

    In 1957 I was in Scotland. One day I picked up a newspaper and glanced at the headlines. The first thing that caught my eye was these words, "Total Eclipse Tomorrow". The article went on to describe the last eclipse and give further details of the coming eclipse, such as how much of the world would be affected, and for how long.

    Next morning I woke early. It was obvious this morning was no ordinary day. The light was very dim. As the day wore on the light slowly faded till at noon total darkness had cloaked Britain. As the eclipse was completed the corona shot out from behind the shadow of the moon. The .moon continuing its orbit soon disappeared and by late afternoon the light was back to normal.

    R. SIMPSON -- 2A2.


    High on a rock of barren state, which far

    Outshines the cliffs of Malta and of Goz,  Or where the wealthy West with grudging hand

     Show'rs on the peasants tomato paste and oil,  Lizards exalted sit, by rareness rais'd

    And their antiquity;  with their red spots And unique bodies old and green, aspire

    Beyond  their height,   insatiate  to pursue Vain war with Man,  and by defeat untaught

    Their  proud imagination  still  proclaims, "FREEDOM  FOR THE  LIZARDS".

    R.A. and A.S. -- Upper VI Arts

    (with apologies  to Milton)



    Our golden companion for a day

    His course being run — slips slowly away,

    And as his chariots leave the sky

    We see the Evening Star on high.

    Silver  against the velvet gloom

    Like a single thread on a massive loom,

    &he is the messenger of the night

    And the pure new moon, whose brilliant light

    Shines upon this half of the world,

    Upon the  land   and oceans  pearled

    To a creamy whiteness 'neath her eye,

    And as she shines the night goes by

    And the earth feels, nor knows, no fear

    Sensing her watchful eye is near.

    So she nightly vigil keeps

    While the lowly world of mortals sleeps,

    Until the sun's most glorious ray

    Welcomes again another day.



    Mr. Bodkin sat at the breakfast table. He was trying to decide whether to
    buy his wife the electric blanket or the pressure cooker. Hieratica would like
    both, but....

    "James, you haven't been paying attention. I was telling you about my dream." These dreams! They were always about money, money, money!

    "...... yes, a very rich Indian. I was his most beautiful wife; I can't

    remember the rest, but it may come."

    Mr. Bodkin got up from the table, and quietly went out. As he walked, he thought, "Perhaps, no, definitely. Yes, she didn't love him. All she wanted was money. Now, if he died, she would receive nigh on a thousand pounds. But, if she died, he would be free, free, free!

    As he was late for dinner, Hieretica waited. She began to think. "He's been
    looking queer lately. Perhaps he's got a bad heart. Yes, he's been very pale
    lately. If he died....... There must be a fortune in his account."

    He came in, sat down and placed the cooker on the table.

    "The blanket will arrive on Monday. This cooker is marvellous. It'll reduce bones to jelly in two hours," he explained.

    The blanket came on Monday. James went upstairs, on the excuse of mending the plug beside the bed.

    That night, as she got into bed, George switched on the blanket. Hieretica quivered and went into a perpetual sleep.

    Mr. Bodkin wrote to the makers of both the blanket and the cooker to thank them.

    Six months later, Mr. Bodkin was in the garden. The neighbours asked James where Mrs. Bodkin was.

    "She's still overseas. I think she intends to stay away for a long time," he replied.

    "How," said the neighbour, "Nice show of roses this year. How do you do it?"

    "Bone manure," James replied, "Bone manure!"

    JOHN PETO — 4A1.


    The night came on like a bird of prey, Covering the sun and devouring the day, Wayfarers all moved on their way, And toddlers on their pillows lay.

    Old gaffers and babes like frolicking sheep, All must at last take .their sleep, Nought can be heard but silence deep, And things of night from shadows peep.

    Each child lays down his sleepy head,

    Hungry, full or over-fed,

    All living men are tucked up in bed,

    For the world at night is a world of the dead.



    There was a wise and  goodly king Who lived in days gone by, And  persons  could  not  catch  him  out How ever they would try.

    He answered things of every kind Of birds and bees and trees Of science, history geography, Of lakes, great rivers, seas.

    A Queen she made a bunch of flowers, She made them all of wax,

    And took a bunch of real ones  too To be the good king's task.

    "Find which are real and which are not And  then  the  task is done.'' The king gave them unto his bees The nectar they have won.

    And so the task was wisely solved; The queen in wonder  saw.

    Said she,   "My lord, how wise thou art; I'll trouble thee no more."




    I find Monday mornings the most difficult of the week for getting up. At 6.30 our huge dog invades my bed, descending upon me with a series of licks. Pushing him off, I turn over with full intentions of having an extra half an hour, but my hopes soon vanish when I feel the dead weight upon me once more. After twenty minutes of fruitless wrestling with the dog, 1 decide to rise. Throwing off the bedclothes, where they land on the floor in a disorderly heap, I normally succeed in catching my big toe in the sheet and finish up in an uncomfortable position on the floor. After collecting myself I stagger to the door in a hazy world of my very own. Amongst the swirling mist of sleeplessness I barely find the bathroom door. After running my   finger under   the tap,   I decide   er -er.........    not to wash.   After a   mad search for my blouse which I find on the bottom rung of the clothes horse under a  collection of  holey socks,   I go   to the   breakfast table   to find   a bowl of steaming hot porridge,  awaiting me. The times I have burnt the end of my nose after missing my mouth on such a morning. Halfway through breakfast I hear the pips for eight o'clock. From then on it is one mad crazy mix-up, I usually end up with my sister's sandwiches. While I am closing the front door to get away from it all, I hear the plaintive cry of my Mother, "Margaret, did you make your bed, dear ?" "Sort of, Mum, is my answer."

    I often wonder (how I ever do manage to catch our bone-shaker of a bus.




    How many of us ever .think about the history of the cinema when we go to see a film? Very few of us I am sure. The history of the flickering screen can be traced back to the end of the 19th century. The Zoetrope was a favourite of every Victorian household.

    The invention of the cinematograph cannot be attributed to one person for many inventors were working on the same thing, but the man who had much to do with it was Friese Greene. He was an Englishman and worked for many years on the perfection of his invention. In 1885 he got results, and although his apparatus was crude in comparison to that of today, it worked.

    The camera was a square box-like construction, a handle was used to feed the film into the picture gate. The details of the camera are complicated but basically the film is split up into frames; each frame stops for a brief moment to be exposed. One frame photographs a particular movement, and when the movements are speeded up, motion is created. The old camera took about sixteen frames per second. The projector was also crude-looking and had to be turned by hand.

    Friese Greene had gone out to photograph the street in the day time. When night came on he must have hurriedly got out his apparatus. Then, fitting up his newly developed film he must have, with trembling hands, lit his projector lamp and turned out his gas lamps. On turning the handle he would experience the thrill of his life, pictures that moved.

    The first person to know about the invention was a policeman, so the story goes. Friese Greene was so delighted with his invention that he dashed out into the street in search of someone to show it to. The first person he saw was a policeman. The astonished policeman was bustled into a dark room with a glowing object in it. Then, to his amazement, he saw himself directing the traffic.

    The years that followed showed a development and growth in popularity for the cinematograph. Halls and shops were converted into cinemas. To go and see the flickering screen was a great event. On one of the first public performances a great deal of hysteria was created because on the screen there was a picture of a locomotive coming straight towards the audience. This made women faint and men yell and everyone struggled to get out by the exit. Such a thing would not affect us today, but imagine yourself in their position, seeing for the first time a train coming at you out of the dark and into the very room you are in. What would you have thought?

    C. ROBINSON — 5C2.

    IF    I   WERE   A   BIRD


    If I were a bird Upon the wing, Oh what a happy Song I'd sing.

    I'd fly around The sky all] day, And always have The time to play.   

    Over the rivers And meadows I'd fly, Others birds Passing swiftly by.

    Up in a tree I'd make my nest, There in the evening Return to rest.




    Pretty golden Sunflower in an old beer bottle !

    Fresh -beauty picked at your best in the sunshine,

    Gleefully, with triumph in her eyes my sister brings you in,

    "Where shall I ,put it ma?"

    "Find an old bottle dear,"  Minerva cries from the back stairs.

    Plucked in your moment of triumph,

    Aeons of time have you spent in growing,

    Oh well, a year or so, what difference is there?

    You have striven,  battled  with the elements that you                                                    Patterned Fish                Yvonne Wignall

    •Might live till your fertile seeds be scattered;

    And in your hour of glory,

    With one light sweep of sister's grubby hand,

    All your strivings, your fervent wishes and prayers

    Cut short;   dead;    and rendered

    Useless before the bee could even fertilise your seed !

    Sadly, your pretty golden head is (bowed with grief,

    Your slender body broken, and you

    Fade away and die in a beer bottle

    Behind the kitchen sink and

    no-one ever to look again on your face so beautiful.

    You are dying, pretty one, you are

    Slowly dying.   In your agony, no-one comes,

    I look on, but what use am I ?

    Your life is done now, you are

    Dying  and  useless,   you have  left  no  legacy  to the  world;

    No young family of seedlings. You who were once so proud, So elegant in your slender youth, So pregnant with joy and vitality, Gently waving in the warm sunshine;

    Behind the kitchen sink now your dark face,

    Once sunlit, hangs in shame and grief.

    You fought with nature successfully,

    Or, let us say, the elements.

    But there was one force too strong for you.........

    Hush !  The bell is tolling...........

    She is finished, it is all over............

    Nature beats mournful taps on silent drum,

    A cloud hides the sun,

    And all is ended in darkness............

    Wretched sister!   Come, I am

    Going to pull your hair until you scream.

    In pain, as the flower you killed

    Could not do!

    Wretch!   Wretch!   Wretch!

    A.E. BROWN — 6A.


    A grey mist was spreading over all the countryside as the evening came on. The peaks of the mountains were covered with pure white snow, that glistened in the fading light. The field bore patches of sparkling ice and the pine-trees had icicles hanging from their branches. The cones lay scat­tered amongst the snow which was beneath the pine-trees. Willows and other trees with flowering branches leant over a sparkling .stream, hidden amongst dark trees and bushes, whereon dead leaves came floating down endlessly The whole of the countryside glistened with icicles and bright snow. The wind moaned through the trees and they creaked protestingly. The air was full of sounds very familiar to Scottish countryfolk in the winter months.



    LOGIC !

    He followed the main road out of town for about half a mile, until sud­denly it came to a dead end on the bank of a swift-flowing river, with only a sign bearing the words "It's quicker by Tubs" to stop sleepy travellers from falling in. Our bold young prince was just about to turn back when he heard the thunder of silence. He turned around to see an army of ants advancing on him. The leader of these addressed him thus:

    "You, I  take  it,  wish  to  cross the river."

    "Yes, I do,"  replied  the Prince,  "in  order to gain the opposite bank."

    "In  that  case,   why  don't  you  cross?"

    "Because  there is  no  bridge,   and  I cannot swim."

    "Nonsense!" retorted the ant, "you've no confidence."

    "Confidence in what?"

    "Confidence in the fact that there is a bridge,'' explained the ant. "If you had confidence in that fact you could actually walk over the bridge."

    "Cross on an imaginary bridge ?    Why,  that's impossible!"

    "Well, my friend, has it not occured to you that it is also impossible that I, an ant, should be talking to you?"

    "I hadn't thought of that," said the Prince, a little taken  aback.

    "Therefore," continued the ant, "if what is happening is impossible, what is impossible can happen."

    "Very well," said the Prince, quite confused,   "I'll give your idea a try."

    He edged his horse towards the edge of the stream, repeating to himself, "There is a bridge, I — I know there is," and reluctantly, the horse stepped out. For a second the Prince thought he was going to fall; the next second, he did. After a few bubbles, he and his horse re-appeared above the surface.

    "It didn't work!" he spluttered.

    "I didn't think it would," sighed the ant, "after all, you can't defy the law of gravity, can you?"

    Then he and his army disappeared down a subway.

    "Hey!" called the Prince, "now where are you going?"

    "To the other side of the river by means of the subway, of course," replied a small ant who was bringing up the rear.

    D.  RABFORD  - - 3A1.


    The importance of integrating a Careers Service into the normal life of the school was one of a number of issues raised as a result of the visit of three of Her Majesty's Inspectorate in March 1963, and it is hoped to provide a more extended service in the coming year.

    In October 1962 we had our second visit from a Careers Advisory Officer. Mr. Trounce interviewed some fifty pupils during his stay, providing advice on a variety of careers.

    Mr. Trounce also addressed a Sixth Form audience on "The Interview", and I am sure that all present derived great benefit from his amusing presentation of what not to do as well as his deceptively simple advice on how to conduct oneself at an .interview.

    It is very pleasing to know already that Mr. Trounce will be visiting the echool again next October, this time for a fortnight.

    In the course of the year, we have had a number of visiting speakers who have given interesting talks dealing with both Careers and Current Affairs.

    In January, Mr. Colin Jackson outlined very clearly to the Upper School problems involved in British participation in the European Common Market.

    In March, Mr. Gillow, Horticultural Adviser gave an interesting talk on agricultural and horticultural work in Malta and discussed the career prospect* in these fields.

    In May, there were three visitors. Mr. W. Willman, who left us two years ago to join the R.A.F. paid a surprise visit while in Malta on training and gave an informative and amusing talk on the training of a pilot.

    Dr. Focken, UNESCO Director of the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology, spoke to Sixth Formers on the range of UNESCO activities with particular reference to new developments in Malta.

    Miss West from Congleton Hospital, Cheshire, gave a talk on prospects for State Enrolled Nurses.

    The Careers Service which the School now offers can be broadly divided into

    (a)    a section which provides information on all forms of training, and on
    entry  to the  professions  and the  Services, on  requirements  and  methods  of
    application for Courses at Universities and Colleges of Advanced Technology,
    Training Colleges   and   Technical   Colleges:   largely   for   those   who   will   have
    achieved G.C.E. Advanced Level standards in particular subjects — in short,
    information about the world of further study.

    (b)   Another section offering opportunities and suggestions for those about
    to earn their living: starting to work at a particular trade or profession, while
    continuing part-time some form of further education.

    Some may be surprised that no mention is made of jobs for those who consider that study will stop when they leave school — for the good reason that training is required for most kinds of worthwhile employment in this technica.' age.

    For example, in the past few months of 1963, detailed programmes of study and training have been drawn up for occupations in the branches of Catering, Office Studies and Home Economics, whereas, until recently school leavers were merely interviewed by an employer and gained some form of experience while working at a particular job.

    Nowadays employers demand some form of training or qualification for almost any type of job, though not necessarily in terms of G.C.E. passes; for qualifications of any sort provide an employer with proof of previous effort and of some self discipline.

    There are many types of employment among the 240 "careers" we list, which do not always require G.C.E. passes. Here are a few examples selected at random: Advertising, various jobs involving Selling to the public, Interior Decoration, Dressmaking, Printing, Dental Technician, Post Office, Child Care, some Hotel and Catering Occupations, Company Secretary, and all sorts of work with people, from Dairyman to T.V. Salesman. While we do appreciate that a stay in Malta does not create in pupils a real awareness of their future in the world of employment, we feel that many more could make better use of the careers service available.

    It is quite natural that a great number of pupils have few, if any, clear ideas of what they would like to do; likes and dislikes change after the age of fifteen, but this cannot be an excuse for doing nothing about the future and its prospects if you pause .to remember the frighteningly high figures for unemployment in Britain at the end of last year (800,000).

    There are books on how to approach this problem of sorting out likes and dislikes and the Careers staff are available to give advice.

    The school library holds a number of general books on Careers, all the "Careers for Girls" pamphlets and periodical careers literature.

    One point, however, cannot be stressed too strongly: boys who wish to start Craft or Industrial Apprenticeships must begin training at the age of sixteen.

    Full information is available concerning Maintenance Grants for those returning, independently of parents, to U.K. to start such apprenticeships.

    Senior pupils intending to make application to Universities and C.A.T.s for places in October 1964 should write during the summer months for the detailed syllabus of study to the University Faculty which they hope to enter.

    The school has a lot of general information (prospectuses) about practically all Universities and the courses they offer, and this should be consulted in the first instance. UCCA Application forms will be available in school next term.

    Prospective applicants for Training College places in October 1964 should also write for detailed information this summer. Many T.C. prospectuses are available in school ,together with a complete list of the official addresses of these institutions.

    Finally to those who feel that school (any school) is not assessing the qualities which will help them to earn their living — a certain practical know-how -- being "good with money" - an instinct to hoard, and who can talk themselves out of all sorts of situations, have the true spirit of adventure and have enough of the gambling instinct to take a risk (and bear the consequences), then your occupation is Self-Employment — whether as bookie, politician, newsagent, free-lance photographer or writer, scrapmerchant or else manager of a cafe or fish and chip shop, or as an undertaker, not forgetting the second-hand car business.

    You start on you own — your success depends on patience with people and plenty of common sense — AND the best of luck!





    At .the beginning of the Autumn Team 1962, the School Sailing Club found itself with only five coxswains:— Cdr. Des Clayes; Lt. Cdr. Harper; B.C. Fuller; Pam Hinton and myself. Three new student coxswains joined the school, however, in the form of M. Armitstead, P. Ashforth and A. Ashforth and W. English moved up from the 4th Form and these, with the new member of staff Mr. McGillivray, helped to increase the numbers of the club.

    By the end of the Autumn term, 'Curley' Martin; A. Lindley and Jon Haylock qualified as dinghy coxswains and during the Spring Term 1963, D. Gerrard, Malcolm Trigg and A.K. Holmse qualified also and just before the Easter Holidays A. Lindley qualified as a whaler coxswain.

    During the Easter Holidays Brian Fuller led an expedition from the Club round the island in two 27ft Whalers. The crews were: —

    K.3. — B.C. Fuller (cox'n); W. English; A. Ashforth; A.K. Holmes; C. Dunn; Mr. Ratcliffe.

    K.4. -- J. Passmore (cox'n); J. Payne; J. Salter; P. Mannering; G. Dearden; D. Hobden; Mr. McGillivray/Cdr. Des Clayes.

    The trip took four days in all and the first was spent in reaching up the coast to Paradise Bay where we camped for the night. On the second morning we sailed from Paradise Bay to Mgarr in Gozo via the South and North Comino Channels.

    After lunch at Mgarr we reached down to Golden Bay where we said adios to Cdr. Des Clayes and camped for the night. On the third morning we were joined by Mr. McGillivray and Mr. Ratcliff and ran down to Benghisa Point (via Filfla) and then we pulled up to the R.A.F.S.C. at Marsaxlokk — a mere 11 miles. After a relatively peaceful night under a real roof, we tacked out of the bay to Delimara Point and then ran up the coast to Grand Harbour which we reached just after lunch.

    After the Easter Holidays Brian Fuller has qualified as a yacht helm, William English as a whaler helm and D. Hobden, C. O'Brien, J. Payne, J. Salter, R. Dearden, R. Andrews, C. Dunn, G. Atkins and J. McGonigle have all qualified as dinghy coxswains.

    With numbers now exceeding 50 in the Club, it is hoped that a substantial nucleus of experienced coxswains and crews should remain to form the Club next Autumn.


    (Sailing Secretary).


    A cold morning nip in the air made me snuggle deeper into the fur lining of my coat, as I stood on the platform of a quaint country railway station in Devon. A small porter with a face as round and as red as an apple hustled me off and deposited both me and my baggage firmly in the waiting room. I glanced round the grubby, off-white walls. Ye-s, it was just the same as it had been several years before when I left home. On one wall a vividly coloured poster, looking most inviting, beckoning to me to spend this yearns holiday in France. -With that intriguing little trot of his the plump porter came back to inform me that .he had a taxi waiting outside. I gathered all of my hand baggage, thanked this jocular fellow and stepped into the taxi.On the way to my home I had plenty of time to think. Time to re-live those ten long years I had spent away from home. My name is Nancy Stevens, and at the age of eighteen I had realized my ambition. I had become secretary to an American businesss tycoon, and had flown to the United States, where I had lived for ten years. In America I had been extremely happy. I had everything I wanted, and had saved enough money to return home at the ripe age of twenty-eight. Only one thing marred my happiness, and that was that I very rarely received mail from home. In fact I received one letter a year, strangely enough, and that was on the same date, but I brushed this aside with the thought that maybe my family had fallen into this routine, and to them it was perfectly natural. Now I was coming home ten years older, wiser and wealthier. The taxi driver jolted me back to the present, unloaded my baggage, and after being paid, whisked away leaving me standing before the wrought-iron gates of Lifton Park Manor, my old home. I picked up my luggage, and ambled towards the manor house.

    Soon I was standing before the huge oaken door. I raised my gloved hand to knock. No, I'd surprise them. 1 turned the tarnished, brass door-knob, and pushed the door, it creaked and groaned as it swung back on its hinges. I entered the hall, dropped my hat and gloves on the hall stand, and ran into the lounge. There they all were, sitting comfortably around the glowing log fire. My mother had not changed at ail, she was just as plump and cuddle-some as ever. Her face curved into a warm, welcoming smile, and she came and pressed me close to her. Father stood before the fireplace, just as tall and distinguished as he had always been. The .Sherlock-Holmes-type pipe hung from the corner of his mouth. His ice blue >eyes stared hard at me from beneath their shaggy brows. Then, as if he suddenly recognised me, he took me into his arms, and I sobbed for sheer happiness on his broad chest. His smoking jacket smelt strongly of tobacco. What a homely smell that was. Then there was Terry. Just the same as ever, with his round impish face and wide grin. His questioning blue eyes, and that snub nose of his. making him look adorably cheeky. He bad uncontrollable ginger hair and his face was a mass of freckles. During the course of the evening my mother handed me her uniquely shaped cameo, as a welcome home gift. I took it gratefully and pinned it on to my jumper. At last I retired to my room, utterly exhausted but happy.

    I slept long and peacefully that night, and woke up late the next morning. Shafts of light fell across my bed through the tears in the curtains, and the room smelled musty. Dust clung to everything. I dressed in old slacks and a jumper and ran downstairs shouting cherry 'good mornings' to all. Suddenly I stopped in my tracks. Cobwebs hung from the ceiling and a thick layer of dust encased everything in sight. It was so different last night, so fresh and alive, or was my memory deceiving me ?

    I touched the dusty banister knob and it fell to the floor, causing me to start foolishly. A tabby cat, all skin and bone, let out a petrifying cry, and darted across the hall. The wind rattled a stained glass window, and I reeled round to face it, my hands gripping the banister so tightly, that the knuckles showed white.

    I ran upstairs from room to room. The beds were covered in dust and the bed-spreads hung in threads. Everything was decaying and lying in ruins about me. Then, utterly terrified I ran downstairs and made my way to the lounge. The plush drapings hung covered in cobwebs, everything was so dusty, so entirely dead. Suddenly, I felt something touch my arm, and looked down, alarmed, to see an old .gnarled hand. I looked up to the old lined face above me. It was the face of Percy, the gardener. He was an old man, with a mass of greying hair. He was tall and (had kind, dark eyes that also had a bewildered, strained look about them. His face was covered in stubble and his greying hair was covered with an old brown trilby, distorted and dirty. He wore green corduroy trousers and knee-high, buckled gaiters over them. Also a white shirt and a large baize apron, covered in soil marks.

    I opened my mouth to speak, but no words came out, and then I heard Percy saying in his pronounced Devon accent, "I met Tom, the taxi driver in town, Miss Nancy, and he told me as to how he brought a young lady here. I knew 'twere you and came as fast as I could. Yes, dear, it is hard to lose the ones we love."

    "Lose them, what do you mean?'' I asked numbly. "Only last night we were here together."

    Then Percy told me how, soon after I left home, a fire enveloped and devoured the whole of the west wing of the manor.

    "Everyone did their best, but it was no good.    I'm sorry."

    As the old man told his story, tears Welled up and stung 'my eyes and I noticed him brush a tear from his lined cheek.

    "I keeps the roses nice 'cause I knew your mother, 'God rest her soul, liked 'em. I tends the garden just the -same as when they was alive."

    "I wandered across to the window and looked at the charcoal black ruins of the west wing,. Why hadn't I realized be-fore? When I went to bed last night the sheets were crisp and white ,and the room was clean, but in the morning it was musty, closed in, dirty and cold. Of course Terry would have been grown up, not the little boy he had always been. Both my parents were unchanged, no older and greyer. Why didn't all this occur to me?

    "When did the fire happen, Percy?    Tell me."

    "I remember it well, Miss Nancy, it was on the fourth of March."

    His words struck home hard and cold.    That was the date on my letters,

    which I received from home every year. I looked around the room feeling closed in. I wanted to scream but I couldn't, I just sobbed bitterly.

    Later that day I packed my belongings and on taking one last desperate look at the lounge I saw a few sheets of lemibossed note paper and a pen lying upon the dusty bureau and beside it a Sherlock-Holmes-type pipe. Unconsciously I picked it up and fingered it. It was still warm so they had been here with me I rushed out of the door looking it behind me with a huge dust — covered key. I took my leave of Percy at the gates. The old man's eyes looked dark and soothing as he once more offered me his sympathy. He took my hand in his old hard hand and it felt strangely comforting in this time of year.

    I then took a taxi to the station. Just as before my jolly little porter was there to help. He settled me in a cosy compartment and left. I un­buttoned my coat and my hands went up to my throat; I felt something pinned to my jumper. Yes, there it wa6, that exquisite canoe. With the strange premonition that I would receive my usual letter the following year, I settled down to my journey. That is why I believe in ghosts.


    THE    WIND

    From fen to forest, Mountain to moor, From the blacksmith's forge, To the perilous gorge; Through valleys and vales, The mariners' sails Blasting and blowing With a god-sent force, Came the wind.

    Its mighty hand swept through the trees, Moaning and groaning it lifted the seas. Turning and twisting it rent the air, Leaving a trail of bitter despair.

    Up in the hills, down on the floor, Shaking the 'shutters, rattling the door, Laughing and shouting in a twisted mirth, Sighing and dying it left the earth.

    GEORGE SNOW. — 3A2.



    Ex-king Blissful, of a country called 'Goodoldays', had been deposed by a party named "Have-it-better-than-good" and was reduced to owning a .small concern manufacturing and selling potato crisps in the benevolent state, Hasbeen, where he had gained asylum. He was assisted in his enterprise by his lovely daughter called Happiness

    The salt for his packets of crisps was supplied by a very wealthy and mean Director of many business concerns and at a "salty" price. Blissful was charged too!

    Unscrupulous, as was the director's name, having changed upon and fallen for the beauty and innocence of Happiness, asked Blissful for his daughter's hand in marriage, never thanking that with all his wealth he would be refused. However, Blissful, being lifted from ignorance by the toil of his new life, was most pointed in telling Unscrupulous that no amount of money would buy Happiness.

    Salt supplies were instantly cut off, and Blissful's business began to fail. But as Blissful and Happiness began to give up hope, they chanced to meet a young ex-prince who was very handsome named "Ivan-not-so-terrible," who fell in love at first sight with Happiness.

    He, having worked a few yeans in the Sighberian Salt Mines, had made many contacts there and knew all about the production of salt.

    Love blossomed between Happiness and Ivan, and the young man arranged a trade agreement with the country of Hasbeen, and the people running the salt mines, who offered salt at a cheaper price.

    Blissful was able to sell his packets of -potato crisps at a reduced price, and he prospered.

    Ex-prince and princess married and joined Blissful in his (enterprise while Unscrupulous was left to (gnash his teeth.



    First the still and then the sound, The pad of paws upon the ground. The antelope struck cold with fear, Pricked up his ears his fate to hear. His large brown eyes a frightened stare, He leapt six feet into the air. With stealth behind him crept the king, As quiet as bird upon the wing. With leaping steps he took to flight, His chance of life was very slight, With staring eye and beating heart, Hither, thither, he did dart. Then he fell and lay quite still, The lion now would make the kill. He tried to rise and flee again, Surely, now, he would be slain. A cry rose up into the air, The lion at the flesh did tear. The 'Jungle Law' is proved again, The strong survive, the weak are slain.



    Our dog is known by us as 'The Menace on Four Legs'; for she is just that. She is light brown with the brightest eyes and cheekiest face. Her name is Sandy. In the morning Sandy will travel from bedroom to bedroom waking everybody up, she hates to see us asleep. When she has done this she will start collecting one of everybody's shoes, and march into the front room carrying them one at a time. After she has made a neat pile of shoes she will begin collecting the mats.

    Now some of our mats are very big; and Sandy is only twelve inches high and about twenty-one inches long. It is a hard job for her to get these mats into the front room; she pulls and tugls until she has them on top of the shoes in a neat pile. Sandy will then rest beside her pile and waif for us to come in, and when we do she wags her tail and makes a fuss, to tell us what a clever dog she is.

    The other day she brought a little bird to me. I wondered where she had found it, so I followed her to a drain-pipe, and there at the bottom of it were three more baby birds. Sandy looked at me and wagged her tail as if to say, "Look what I have found!"

    Sandy has all sorts of toys, one of which is a Teddy Bear which she found outside. She also has two or three balls, a ring (rubber), a bone and a ball of wool. She has an old wooden hat as well. All these toys we keep in a wastepaper basket by the fireplace. When Sandy wants her toys she gets hold of the top of the basket and kicks it with her front paws till it falls down. With this done, she puts her head in the top and brings all her toys out. If Sandy is hungry she lets us know by bringing her empty bowl to us. This bowl is said to be the type they can't tip up, but Sandy finds a way of tipping it up. We had to stop because when she had finished she would tip the bowl up and carry it away, leaving the rest of the water on the floor.

    Despite her many tricks and antics we love her and would not part with
    Sandy, Our Menace on Four Legs.                              JULIE POOLE — IC2.


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    Although the school produced a good tennis VIII this year we were only able to play three matches. We lost the first match against the R.A.F. Wives, being definitely outclassed, but they certainly gave us some exciting games. We managed to beat the Falcon Wrens Team, but were unfortunately defeated by the Ladies Staff Team.

    The team was chosen from the following  girls: — Rosemary Dearden Susan Brierley Barbara Pike Caroline Bayley

    Pamela Hinton Jane Carver Susan Hammond Pat O'Brien Rosemary Sutherland



    SCHOOL    NETBALL    1962-63.

    The 1st School Netball team had a. very successful season, winning 4 matches out of 5. We also had a 2nd School VII and a 3rd Year VIII, but due to lack of opposition, the teams were only able to play against the Dunera when the School beat the Dunera by a total of 35 goals to 14.

    Colours were presented to:—   J. Record, P. O'Brien, W. Green. Colours retained  by:—    P. Hannan, M.  Fitzgerald,  J. Carver.


    School 1st VII           17 goals          Falcon Wives VII       5 goals.

    School 1st VII            18 goals           Falcon WivesVII            20 goals.

    School 1st VII           15 goals         Whitehall W.R,N.S. VII   14goals.

    School 1st VII            10 goals           Staff VII                             8 goals.

    School 1st VII           14 goals          Staff VII                             8 goals.

    School 1st VII           19 goals          (Convent of the                 19 goals.

    School U.14 VII         9 goals           (Sacred Heart                    16 goals.

    1st VII                                                     2nd VII                               3rd YearVII

    G.K. Phyllis Hannan                         Geraldine Buckeridge       Linda Fairhall
    G.D. Dendy Green                                     Susan  Mellor                        Susan McPherson

    W.D. Maureen Fitzgerald                   Stephanie Hollier            Elizabeth Darroch   
    C. Patricia O'Brien                                Sadie Lyall                     Christine Smith

    W.A. Jane Carver (Capt.)                    Pat Sawyer                   Marion Fitzimmons  (Should be Marian Fitzsimons! - Webmaster)

    G.A. Julie Record                                Sue Stephens                Joan Price

     G.S. Lorna  Tierney                            Marjorie Swewll                 Rosalind Hubble

      Res. Sue Stephens, Pat Sawyer, Stephanie Hollier                                     Res. Susan Arzu      

    JANE CARVER   (Netball Captain)


    After a successful start to the season against Royal Air Force sides we were looking forward to the start of the Secondary Schools Soccer League in which we were participate for the first time.

    We were unfortunate to lose our former captain Fraser at the beginning of the season, an effective player in the forward line, scoring a number of use­ful goals.

    .Subject    to  positional    changes the    regular team    was:—    K Norton, Townsend, Cooper, Peddie, Breslin, Counter, Hobden, Lyall, O'Brien, Hurrell, Standen.

    Our League programme never got into full swing, due to a number of post­ponements, and ultimately in the league being disbanded.

    Norton although having a rather dubious start, displayed some fine form as the season progressed.

    The defence on the whole was, fairly ,strong but they became heavy footed towards the end.

    The forwards were constructive and fairly dangerous but alas their ef­forts like the defences collapsed.

    Hurrel and O'Brien were our best forwards, Hurrell for his ability to control the pace of a game and accurate passing, while O'Brien was the sharpshooter of the team obtaining the highest goal score

    The team would like to thank Mr. Bowen for his tactical talks and train­ing sessions.

    J.  COOPER   (Capt.)



    I am pleased to be able to report that the 1st XI hockey team had a suc­cessful season, playing more, matches than last year, and only losing one of them. Unfortunately Anne Williams left at Christmas, .but the forwards were led by Veronica Makney who was well supported by Amanda Hinton on the wing and Pat O'Brien as centre half. The two other half backs played well and with the help of the full backs, Maureen Fitzgerald and Pamela Hinton, and Jane Carver, in goal for the first time, they managed to stave off many attacks by the opposition.

    We entered   two teams for the   six-a-side tournament  at   Corradino and actually managed to reach the second round this year, due to Miss Cranna's coaching and excellent play in the full back position.


    School XI   0          Falcon Wives XI   1                 School XI   1   Falcon Wrens XI   1

    School XI   2          Falcon Wives XI   1                 School XI   2    Falcon Wrens XI   1

    The team was chosen from the following girls: —

    G.L. Jane Carver. L.B. Maureen Fitzgerald. R.B. Pamela Hinton. L.H. Maureen Sillis and Pauline Bale. C.H. Pat  O^Brien.

    R.H. Barbara Pike. L.W, Carol Vine and Christine Bracey.L.I. Rosalind Holroyd and Margaret Wollitt.C.F. Veronica Mackney.

    R.I. Anne Williams and Anne Sinclair. R.W. Amanda Hinton,

    Colours were awarded to: —

    Pat O'Brien, Amanda Hinton, Barbara Pike and Maureen Sillis.

    PAMELA HINTON   (Captain)

    BOYS'    HOCKEY    (1962-63)

    Once again a boys hockey team was drawn up from the many volunteers for the few, but seemingly now annual, hockey matches we play.

    The team consisted of experts, those who had dabled in such sport and boys to whom the hockey stick was an entirely new  weapon. Despite the latter category we fielded a playable side.

    We .started the season by playing with and against the staff. These games I think were enjoyed by all.

    Our first test came when we fielded a side against our rivals, the Exiles, during the Christmas holidays. We played two games against them, the first ended in a defeat to us (4—3) and in the second, bent on revenge, we held them to a one-all draw in what was an excellent game.

    Then came the game against the girls. With our team at half strength, due to other sporting commitments, we beat the ladies one-nil.

    We showed our best playing ability when we played the Junior Seamen from H.M.S. Surprise. These lads, it appears, had only played as a team once or twice, but even with their superior weight and fitness they had difficulty in holding us at our final score nine-one.

    The girls showed their courage when they agreed to play us at six-a-side hockey. Unfortunately our superior speed and "hard" passing was too much for them. By keeping the ball away from them we overcame the problem of their superior tackling. Even so they kept our score to six-nil. The exchange of goalkeepers may have helped of course.

    A boy's six-a-side team was entered as a Tal-Handaq "B" team in the Naval League. Unfortunately (even with Mr. Bowen helping) they were drawn against St. Angelo "A" team and they were knocked out in the first round.

    The most outstanding players were Hobden (Centre Half), I. O'Brien (Inside Foreward), Breslin (Inside Foreward or Half Back), and Gettings (Left Wing) who were, in fact, the heart of the team. Hobden's fine tackling, hard hitting and being where the trouble was, saved us time and time again. O'Brien and Getting's both have this gift of speed and their past experience was a great asset, while Breslin, with his expert Golf swing, was a very useful man to have on the field.

    English, who swears he hasn't played before, showed a fine natural ability towards the game. Routledge played some good hockey and Payne proved to be an excellent 'solid' full back.

    I would like to thank Lt. Cdr. Harper and Cdr. Des Clayes for helping me with the arrangements for pitches and kit. Without their help we should not have able to play, especially out of school hours. Also I must thank all the volunteers who played and apologise to those for whom a game could not be arranged.

    The teams fielded were chosen from the following: —

    I, O'Brien                        T. Williams                      C. O'Brien

    D. Hobden                      W. English                       A. Lindley

    B. Breslin                        A. Routledge                   I. Heath

    T. Brown                         A. Ashforth                     G. Randall

    A. Wilkin                         J. Payne                        J. Haylock.


                  Winners   of   the   Cross   Country — February   1963


    SCHOOL    1ST    XI    CRICKET    REPORT SEASON    1962

    Overall one of the most successful seasons for many years. The influx of three or four good players considerably strengthened the side after the de­parture of almost half of last season's side.There were ten matches played of which 7 were won, 2 drawn and the other lost. The only defeat was inflicted on us by 728 Squadron, Hal Far thanks mainly to a last wicket stand of 45. The traditional match against the Parents was a little disappointing due mainly to a lack of support from the parents. I hope this will be rectified this year. The overall standard of cricket at the school improved considerably especially towards the end of the season. Gettings produced a "Hat trick" against St Edward's college after missing two or three games due to injury.

    The 1963 season has already 'Started and we played a match against Merchiston castle School, a touring side from Edinburgh. The scores were as follows: —

    1ST XI 121   MERCHISTON CASTLE  108.7

    New Colours: A. Wilkin, J.R. Melton, P. Gettings, P. Stubbs, T.R. Fraser.

    Old Colours:    B.M. Breslin.

    B.M.  BRESLIN  (Capt.)


    Real   Admiral   the   Viscount   Kelburn   D.S.C.   Flag   Officer   Malta presenting   the   Cups.



    After last year's athletic meeting in which a large number of records were set up it was generally felt that this meeting would be something of an anti-climax. In fact, current opinion was shattered as were records in ten girls and twelve boys events.

    We were blessed with another perfect day for athletics, warm and little wind. Our sprinters were a little lethargic in the first few events, then Susan Arzu thrilled us with some lovely rhythmic running which marks her as a fine sprinting prospect. Whilst most attention was focussed on the track, a remarkable performance was recorded by Lesley Kearn who threw the Javelin 97 ft. 6 ins. and so set a mark which will be difficult to beat. Fortunately the announcer didn't allow us to miss another excellent field event — the Senior Boys High Jump. Ian O'Brien created a fever of excitement when he broke the five year old record and put a new mark of five feet five inches. This completed an excellent double for Ian as he had previously set a new record of 19 ft. 2 ins. in the Long Jump.

    With the House Competition still in doubt the relays produced some spirited racing and two outstanding performances. DRAKE second year girls proved only three-fifths of a second slower than the senior girls in recording 59.1 for the quarter mile. ST. VINCENT Senior boys provided a fitting climax to the meeting when they ran away from the opposition and cracked their own record set up last year. Their new mark of 48.6 sees, is a worthy record.

    Andrew Wilkin, our School Captain and St. Vincent House Captain, has run in three winning relay teams and he declares, "It's the technique of the event which brings consistent success".

    Could we all learn for next year ?





    The Swimming Sports were held at the Fleet Lido, Ricasoli on the 20th July.

    The outstanding events of the afternoon were the boys 14-151/2 yrs. free style which English won after a hard fight with Day and Moore; the girls 14-15J yrs. free style in which Sandra English beat Pat Lock, and the good performance of Lyall in the Senior Boys' Diving.


    Winning Girls' House — St. Vincent. Winning Boys' House — St. Vincent. Winning House — St. Vincent.


    Breaststroke (Under-12j) 1st Jones H.; 2nd Feldon H.; 3rd Morton N.

    ,,          (121/2-14) 1st Hannan N.; 2nd McArthur St. V.; 3rd Jackson St. V.

    „           (14-151/2) 1st R.   Saunders   H.;   2nd N.   Saunders   St.   V.;    3rd Jackson D.

    ,.          (151/2 + ) lst Gilchrist N; 2nd Inshaw N; 3rd Wilkin St. V.

    Backstroke (Under-121/2) 1st Feldon H; 2nd Mathew St. V; 3rd Bell N.
    „           (121/2-14) Isjt Howe St. V; 2nd Stanley N; 3rd Jackson St. V.

    „          (14-151/2 1st Johnson St. V; 2nd R. Saunders H; 3rd Day St. V.

    „           (151/2 + ) 1st Dunn St. V; 2nd Morton St. V; 3rd Passmore D.

    Free Style (Under-121/2) 1st Feldon H; 2nd Jones H; 3rd Hunter St. V.
    ,,          (121/2-14) 1st Beaumont D; 2nd Hannan N; 3rd Lock N.

    „           (14-151/2) 1st English D; 2nd Day St. V; 3rd Moore St. V.


    (15i + ) 1st Randall H; 2nd Gilchrist N; 3rd Dunn St. V.

    (Under-14) 1st Morton N; 2nd Jackson St. V; 3rd Paterson H.

    (14+  1st Lyall St. V; 2nd Tucker N; 3rd Morton St. V

    . Relay

    (Under-14) 1st Hawkins; 2nd Nelson; 3rd Drake.

    (14 + ) 1st St. Vincent; 2nd Hawkins; 3rd Drake.


    Breaststroke (Under-121/2) 1st P. Cracknell H; 2nd B. Wilson D; 3rd J. Jones St  V.
    „          (121/2-14) 1st S. McPherson St. V;   2nd  S.   Kerswell   N;   3rd   S. Clarke N.

    „          (14-151/2) 1st S. English St. V; 2nd P. Lock N; 3rd P. Potter N.

    „          (151/2 + ) lst A. Williams N; 2nd A. Batty N; 3rd L. Tierney St. V.

    Backstroke (Under-121/2)  1st B. Wilson D; 2nd W. Kunkler D; 3rd P. Bleby St. V.
    „          (121/2-14) 1st S.   Kerswell   N;    2nd   S.   McPherson   St.   V;   3rd E. Darroch D.
    „          (14-151/2)  i,Sjt s. English St. V;    2nd   C.   Plumpton   St.   V;   3rd P. Lock N.

    „          (151/2 + ) 1st C. Vine N; 2nd M. Hughes H; 3rd D. Jackson N.

    Free Style    (Under-121/2) 1st B. Wilson D; 2nd P. Bleby St. V; 3rd J. Scrivens N.
    „          (12J14) 1st S. Kerswell N; 2nd M. Hodgson H; 3rd S. McPherson St. V.
    „          (14-151) 1st S. English St. V; 2nd P. Lock N; 3rd E. Covington D.

    „          (1S| + ) 1st P. Hannan St. V; 2nd C. Vine N; 3rd S. Hammond D.

    Diving         (Under-14) 1st J. Jones St. V; 2nd   P.   Bleby   St.   V;   3rd   M.Modgson H.
    „          (14 + )  1st P. McPherson St.   V;    2nd   S.   Hammond   D;    3rd C. Brundle H.
    Relay         1st Hawkins; 2nd Drake; 3rd Nelson.

    „          (14 + ) 1st St. Vincent;  2nd Nelson;  3rd Hawkins.


    Again this year the School won the Royal Life Saving Society Trophy. This is awarded to the school with the highest number of points gained by successful candidates in the various Life Saving awards of the society.

    Those responsible for our success were: —

    Elementary Certificate

    D.  Porter  U. Payne C. Morris M.  Clapperton

    Intermediate Certificate

    E.  Hide M. Griffin P. Wheeler M.  Fitzsimons C. Pretty C. Delaney K. Brunsdon C. Simmonds B. Wilson V. Pocknee C.  Young
    C. Brown
    W. Green A. Trubshaw M. Hodgson J. Lewis L. Symons J. Hode S. Kerswell S. Hammond S. Pazowski S. Curlis J. Drew L. Wilcock D. Hansen P. Bleby S. Caldwell A. Franklin J. Dren A. Bentley J. Giles

    Bronze Medallion

    ATTodd W. Cruickshank M. Pazowski A. Witherspoon C. Hollister B.  Holland C.  Brundle D.  Little S. Scammell P. Lock S. Birkett S. Hammond

    Bronze Cross

    L. Tierney A. Sinclair M. Hughes S. Hammond

    Award of Merit S. Hammond

    Scholar Instructor Certificate L. Tierney P. Bale H. Clemett A. Sinclair

    Instructor's Certificate A. Batty

    SCHOOL    RUGBY    REPORT    1962=63.


    Considering the relative inexperience   of   many   players,   we   had   a   quite successful season. The gap left at full-back, after Melton's departure, was filled

    admirably by Breslin. Our other key player, Fraser, was missed at fly-half, but Munro substituted well. The speed of Randall and O'Brien, in the centre, was a big asset - - this was shown to its fullest advantage against the Overseas R.F.C. The outstanding forward was definitely A. Ashforth, whose speed and tackling ability made him an ideal wing-forward. Once again Lindley hooked well, but due to bad binding, the ball barely reached the hands of scrum -  half, A. Wilkin. In Passmore and Shorters, we had two capable prop-forwards, and although they were opposed by bigger and more experienced players, they acquitted themselves well.

    The  team  would   like  to  thank  Mr.   Bowen   for   arranging  the matches, and also Mr. Morris for the loan of jerseys on two occasions.

    Colours Awarded to:    A.  Ashforth,  A. Wilkin,  A. Lindley,  J. Passmore, G. Randall and J. Payne.

    Old Colours:    B. Breslin, T. Brown.


    School v.  Exiles  11 - 11

    School v. Exiles  11 - 5

    School v.  Exiles   0 - 19

    School v. Overseas  18 -14

    T.R. BROWN   (Captain)



    At last Drake has broken the "Jinx" which has kept us third or last in previous meetings.

    A magnificent effort was put in by all to place us first. The girls also put up a fine show, thus gaining us tb'3 coveted Sports Cup. Well done, Drake.

    Ian O'Brien won the cup for the outstanding field event performance by breaking the records for the high jump (5 ft. 5 ins.) and the long jump (19 ft. 2 ins), the former being a long standing record. Congratulations,. Ian. Each year did well and no one outshone the others, and so I think It unfair to single out any one boy as everyone really did his best. For the second time our muscle men won the Tug of War Cup fairly easily, only needing two pulls out of the three to decide the winners.

    I wish to thank House and Sports Captains Jon Haylock and Ian O'Brien for their contributions to House notes. Our success in the sporting world must be attributed to the keenness of the above boys, who have worked hard to inject a commendable House spirit into DRAKE. We hope this spirit will continue to inspire all future activities.

    Cdr. Des Clayes and Mr. Fuller merit our sincere thanks for their enthu­siasm throughout the year.

    E.J. MoALLISTER House Master.

    ATHLETICS    (1962)

    A good performance was put up here by everyone in the house, the out­standing boy being Payne received the cup for the best boy in the Field events of the meeting. The strong men of the house, turned out and easily won the Tug of War. We were placed second among the Boy's Houses (by Ij pts.) but the feeble effort of the girls pulled us to last position overall.

    CROSS    COUNTRY    (FEB.    1963)

    Once again we have won the cross country, though the margin between us and the second place has greatly decreased (11 pts. ahead 1962 — 2 pts. ahead 1963).

    The first year boys put up a 'splendid performance again. There were no less than four in the first ten, Diarrock Jamieson McKay and Nicholas coming 2nd, 6th, 7th and 8th respectively, while the rest were in the first fifteen.

    The Second Year and Junior teams did not do so well, both being placed 3rd. Janmon (2nd) and Bradshaw (4th) ran well for the Second Year team while Taylor (4th); 5th last year ran well for the Junior team. The trouble was none of these fine efforts had any support from the rest of the team.

    Finally the Senior boys brought a pleasant surprise when Fraser came in 1st, then Standen 3rd and O'Brien 6th and when though the support was poor we won this team event.

    Well done boys and the best of luck for what will, I hope, be the Hat trick next year.

    J. HAWKINS    (House Captain)

    SWIMMING    (SUMMER    1962.)

    It appears that Drake's aquatic abilities are far from good. I am afraid that we came well and truly last. The two boys who came anywhere, English and Beaumont, must be congratulated on their fine effort. English won the 14-151/2 freestyle and Beaumont won the 121/2-14 freestyle, but there wasn't a second place and with only one third our points lingered well behind the others.

    This poor performance was mainly due to lack of enthusiasm, especially among the Senior boys,


    This proved to be a very successful season for Drake house. To be more precise we finished joint 1st., Hawkins managing to tie with us by the proverbial 'skin of their teeth'.

    The first year team, ably captained by Barrie managed to salvage 5 points from their 6 games. That they were not more successful, I think, is due to the fact that the team, although overflowing with enthusiasm, lacked co-ordination.

    Gaining one more point by winning two games and drawing the same number, the 2nd + 3rd years, captained by Bradshaw, suffered the same defect. They showed themselves at times to be capable of good football but unfortunately their play was inconsistent.

    By far the most prominent of our teams, however, was that of the 4th, 5th and 6th years who finished first in their section with the loss of only one point. They won 5 matches and drew 1, scoring 14 goals and conceding only 2. We were lucky in having 4 school 1st XI regulars and 4 of the under 15 team. The defence was perhaps slightly more effective than the attack and our half back line of Jackson, Caunter and Standen, .together with our left back Townsend, are worthy of mention.

    IAN O'BRIEN — Games Captain.


    Although not as brilliant as their soccer counterparts, the rugby teams succeeded in gaining second place in this competition. Hawkins, their luck still holding, won the competition worthily.

    The seniors, in doing battle with the other three houses, emerged victorious in two but lost the third to Hawkins. Our team contained three first XV players and their experience and speed, especially that of Passmore and Payne proved invaluable in this fast game.

    The 4th year team, under the captaincy of Jackson, (another 1st XV player), met with less success losing two of their games and winning the remaining one. This, I am forced to say, was not due to lack of skill so much as to lack of co-ordination.

    Even further down the scale, the 2nd and 3rd years could boast of no victories. Their failure was largely due to the fact that the full team did not turn up for the matches. McCallum, the captain, despite his valiant attempts, lacked support.

    Much of the credit for our position must go to our 1st years who won two of their games and drew the third. Davroch, the captain, played well and was supported by .the speed of Jameson.

    IAN O'BRIEN — Games Captain.


    This year has been a fairly successful one for Drake, even though few, expected us to have any success at the beginning of the year (1962-63).

    The boys came first in the running for the Sports Cup but unfortunately it was not the girls year and consequently we were last overall.

    As Drake boys were not represented in the Verse Speaking Competition (1963) I must conclude that our literary abilities tend to be zero.

    In closing I should like, on behalf of all the boys to thank our House Masters - - Mr. Fuller, Mr. McAllister and L Cdr. Des Clays. - - for all they have done; and gone though, for us.

    J. HAYLOCK (House Captain) I. O'Brien  (Games Captain)



    This has been a most successful year for Drake House. We have won both the tennis and hockey cups, and the netball teams were placed second, being narrowly beaten by Hawkins on the goal average. The Athletics' and Swimming cups also came to Drake.


    The tennis team played very well, beating Nelson by a comfortable margin.

    The team consisted of: —

    1st Couple:  Rosemary Dearden and Jane Carver.

    2nd Couple:   Rosemary Sutherland and Susan Hammond.

    3rd Couple:  Maureen Sillis and Denise Kyle.

    Reserves:   Christine Butcher, Rosalyn Holroyd.


    The Senior team were unfortunately placed last, on a goal average, but the Junior team, playing exceptionally we'll, won 2 matches and drew 1, and enabled Drake to obtain the shield. Deserving mention for their ability are: — Janet Osborne, Denise Parker, Elizabeth Darroch, Joan Price, Wendy Kunkler, Glynis Meade, Kathleen Batchelor.

    The teams were: — Seniors - GK    Jane Carver  RB     Susan Wildish LB     Nicola Newton RH    Michelle Burns CH     Barbara Thurfow

    LH     Maureen Sillis  RW    Susan Hammond RI      Ann Sinclair CF     Rosalyn Holroyd LI      Pat Bale LW    Rosemary Sutherland

    Reserves:   J. Record, P. Rodger,  M.Hide.

    Juniors - Linda Barnett Glynis Meade  Kathleen Batchelor Ann Davis Wendy Kunkler Diane Carpenter Joan Price Elizabeth Darroch

    Janice Drew Janet Osborne Denise Porter

    Reserves - J Record  P Rodger  M Lusty  K. Brunsdep,  C. Symmons,


    Our success here owes a lot to those who have gained life-saving awards. Susan Hammond gained her Intermediate, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, and Award of Merit, and Ann Sinclair gained the Bronze Cross and Instructor's Certificate.


    For the first time since 1950, Drake House has won the Athletics Cup, due to good all round effort and team work. Congratulations must be given to Janet Osborne, who won both the 2nd year 80 yardfc and 150 yards, and Susan Arzu who was awarded a cup for her outstanding performance in the track events. The 2nd year relay team came first, setting up a new record, and Rosemary Sutherland equalled the 4th year High Jump record of 4'4".


    Drake girls have taken part in several of the debates held, this year. Susan Hammond came first in the 6th form section of the Verse Speaking Competition, and Nicola Newton came 2nd in the 5th form group of the same competition. In the 'Mock Trial', Cecilia Focken, Nicola Newton, Susan Hammond and Rosemary Dearden all took part, and the House has been fairly well represented in the School productions of 'lolanthe' and 'Spring Fever'.

    We should like to extend our thanks to the House Mistresses, particularly Miss Hurley for their encouragement and help.

    R. DEARDEN -- House Captain. J. CARVER — Games Captain.


    Overall a very successful year's sport, due mainly I think to the excellent House spirit which was much in evidence .this year. Hawkins retained the Rugby 7-a-side cup with the 4th year and 5/6th year sides winning all their matches. Randall was the most outstanding 5th/6th year player and his powerful sprinting scored numerous tries. Shorters, Stenton and Saunders all played a prominent part in the successful 4th year side while Patterson and Shorters Jnr., played well for the 3rd and 2nd years respectively.

    Our soccer maestros retained the trophy for the third year in succession although Drake had the privilege of sharing the trophy with us. That we managed to retain the championship was mainly due to a great performance by the 1st years who won five of their matches. The 2nd/3rd years were very steady but the seniors were disappointing. T. Brown was the leading goalscorer while Peddie and Breslin represented the 1st XI. Walker, Stenton and C. Brown played for the under 15 side.

    The cricket season was rather disappointing except for the senior side who lost only one game. B. Turner was the most prominent 2/3rd year player while Fraser, Peacock, Turner I, Randall and Brelsin represented the 1st XI. The lack of success was I think due to the waning enthusiasm for the game throughout the House. I hope this will be rectified this year.

    Once again the Cross Country was a big disappointment. The House finished third but this could have been much improved upon if the seniors especially, had been willing to do some practice. As a result of this lack of practice Fuller was the only senior runner of any note.

    We were unfortunate to lose our House Captain T. Fraser at the beginning of the season but his place has been admirably filled by T. Brown. I would like to thank both he and Mr. Griffiths for the work they have done towards the sporting activities of the House and with new talent coming in I 1ook forward to a successful season next year.

    B.M. BRESLIN — Games Captain.


    On the whole Hawkins have had a fairly successful year by winning the Netball Shield for the fourth year in succession and being fairly well placed in all the other team events. The one main fault however is lack of enthusiasm which was greatly shown when .the senior tennis team was picked. Eventually the following couples were chosen: —

    1st Couple:   Lesley Kearns and Veronica Mackney.

    2nd Couple:  Maureen Fitzgerald and Angela Foster.

    3rd Couple:   Candy Brundle and Susan Cronin.


    The team consisted of: —


    GK Pauline Morgan LB Mary Hughes  RB  Heather Williams  LH   Rosalind Evans  CH Maureen Fitzgerald  (Capt.)

    RH  Margaret Bradshaw LW  Candy Brundle  Kay Robertson LI  Sandra Currie Karon Jones CF  Veronica Hackney

     RI   Susan Cronin RW  Jill Holly

    Reserved: Alison Bigden.


    GK Ursula PayneLB   Teresa Troute - Paula Feltham  RB  Jean Rogers LH  Joyce Walker  CH   Anne Bentley RH Eileen Morrison

    LW  Marian Fitzsimons (Capt.) LI  Valerie Duncan — Rosalind Hubble CF   Christine Smith RI   Jean Giles RW     Vivian Hunt

    The Senior team had two wins and one loss. This was a fairly reasonable effort, considering that all matches were played with two players missing. It is hoped next year, that the team members will remember the times of the matches. Special mention must be given to Veronica Mackney who managed to save the total collapse of the defence in two of the matches.

    The Junior team had two draws and one loss. These were good results which could have been better if all the team had played.


    The teams consisted of: — Juniors - GS   Marian Fitzsimons  GA    Rosalind Hubble(Capt.)  WA   Ann Bentley C  Christine Smith

    WD     Joyce  Walker  GD      Paula Feltham  GK      Gillian Witherspoon

    Seniors  - GS  Shirley King — Anne Carter GA Candy Brundle WA Veronica Mackney C  Maureen Fitzgerald  (Capt.)

    WD - Stephanie Hollier  GD  Wendy Green GK Alison Bigden

    Reserves:   Mary Bishop, Miranda Sharp.

    The Junior team won all their house-matches. The team were fortunate in having two excellent shooters, the rest of the team worked well and they deserved their fine wins (Goal aggregate: For 28 Against 0). The Senior team were not as successful as the juniors, they lost two matches and drew the third. The team worked very hard especially the defence and centre-court players. In defending the Netball shield again this year, Hawkins managed to draw first with Drake, with seven points each. (Hawkins had the higher goal average, and thus managed to retain the Netball cup once again).


    Annual   Report

    Results for the 1962-63 Sports Season have been on the whole, rather disappointing — particularly in view of the effort made by members of the House in all years. The House spirit has been good and much of this has been to the credit of Jim Cooper (Games Capt.), who has shown a fine example of effort and determination in all House-activities.


    Our most successful side was the 2nd and 3rd yr., which gained almost maximum points and gives promise for the future. Other teams, though working hard on .the field-of~play, could not match the strength of the other Houses, and we must obviously practice harder and experiment next season.


    Here again the 2nd and 3rd Yr. team was the mainstay of our House, with excellent results — but there was an encouraging fighting-^spirit displayed by all the teams, especially by a handicapped Senior VII.


    Honours for .this event went to the 1st Yr., who ran a very good team-race led by Readings (1st). We had first place in the 2nd and 3rd Yr., too, (through Bell), but despite efforts by Cooper and Ashforth we made little headway in the Senior Sections. It was however pleasing to find such numbers willing to participate.


    Once again it was individuals rather than the House generally, which gained successes, Cooper Ashforth, Hannan and Webster all did very well in their events, and there were many supporting performances of note.


    Whilst we have found Sports results disappointing, there have been many signs of an improved response to House-activities — and we look forward to a year of greater success. We must also thank the House-Captain, Eustace for his work for the House during the year and those in the Senior School who have helped in various ways.

    E.J. LEWIS — Housemaster.



    1st Couple:   Caroline Bayley and Pamela Hinton.

    2nd Couple:  Anne Williams and Dawn Hawkins.

    3rd Couple:  Pauline Potter and Pat Hatton.

    Unfortunately we had to hand over the Cup to Drake this year but I have no doubt that we will make a concerted effort to retrieve it next season. There was certainly no lack of enthusiasm and we played some very exciting games.


    Seniors                                          Juniors

    GK       Caroline Bayley                        Moira Clapperton

    LB       Catherine Conneroy                    Jennifer Bayley

    RB       Pamela Hinton                           Janet Townsend

    LH       Pauline McKinley                        Celia Brown

    CH       Pat Cutler                               Maureen Houghton

    RH      Dawn Hankins                              Janet Vale

    LW      Carol Vine                                  Jacky Miller

    LI        Pauline Potter                            Teresa Sargant

    CF        Anne Williams                       Catherine Johnston

    RI        Barbara Williams                      Linda Symons

    RW     Sandra Hayward                       Suzanne Clark

    Reserves:   Maureen Houghton,  Susan Grant, Lesley Holmes.

    Once again the Seniors managed to win their section of the inter-house hockey competition, mainly due to Anne Williams who shot all our goals and Caroline Bayley, as goal-keeper, who managed to stop most of the oppositions goals. The Juniors, although very keen, only managed to draw one of their matches and so the cup finally went to Drake and we were the runners-up.


    Seniors                                      Juniors

    GK       Diana Jackson                  Maureen Houghton

    GD       Pat Lock                         Susan Norman

    CD        Pamela Hinton                 Sandra Kerswell

    C       Pat Sawyer                           Linda Symons

    GA        Jill Scantlebury                       Pat Lewis

     GA        Diana Shek                        Susan Grant

    S       Linda Beaugcard                     Rose Lovett

    Reserves:  Lesley Fidian, Celia Brown.

    Nelson never seem to do very well in their netball matches and I am afraid that this year was no exception. However both teams played some very exciting matches, only losing by a small margin and the Juniors especially were very good about turning up to practices.


    The Nelson athletics gave a good all-round performance but were unabie to beat the other houses. We seemed to do better in the field events with Sandra Light coming first in the second year high jump, Susan Grant winning the third year long jump, Linda Beaugeard in the fourth year, gaining first place in the discus and Vanessa Freeman coming first in the obstacle race. The third year relay team managed to win their event and break the record too.

    PAMELA HINTON — Games Captain.

    General   Report

    Nelson has not had a very successful year although this not due to lack of enthusiasm.

    During the Spring Term a Verse Speaking competition was held. Although it was not "inter-house". I would like to congratulate the winners of the third and fifth year who were both from Nelson.

    Susan Norman, Pat Lock and Pauline McKinley all gave excellent performances in "Spring Fever" which was held at the beginning of the Summer Term.

    A new disciplinary system was introduced at the beginning of this school year. If involves House Courts which are held twice a week and the offenders are judged by a jury of three prefects. When the system was first introduced the number of defaulters in Nelson far exceeded that in any other house unfortunately, but the system seems to have been effective as the numbers have dwindled significantly although .the House could still do with some improvement of certain members.

    Our previous House Captain, Anne Williams, left at the beginning of the Spring Term. We were very sorry to see her go as she has done a great deal for us and although she is now in U.K. I would like to wish her, on behalf of the House, the very best for the future. I would also like to thank Miss Reed for all the help she has given us, and for her unfailing support at the games practices.

    ISOBEL SIMPSON — House Captain.


    (SUMMER    1962 -- APRIL   1963)

    The summer months of 1962 were very fruitful ones for St. Vincent House. Besides running away with the House Cricket and Swimming Championships, we also came a creditable third in the Athletics Meeting. However, these sports are more fully covered elsewhere in the Magazine.

    September saw the beginning of the Soccer Season, which turned out to be reasonably successful for the Saints. The 1st years were a moderate side, getting off to a good start, but tapering off during the Season. Everett, Gray, Ball and Hamilton are deserving of mention. The 2nd/3rd years were perhaps our best side, contributing 6 points to the League. Price, their centre-half and skipper, again showed himself as the best defender in the lower school. The Seniors who are always a mixed bunch, did surprisingly well. Three of their 7 points were taken off the eventual co-Champions, Hawkins. The ever-safe Norton in goal was the most noteworthy player.

    After the Christmas recess, the 7-a-side Rugby Championships took place. St. Vincent House however, does not excel at this sport. The 1st and 2nd years were a complete washout, the 3rd years won every game, the 4th years did not exactly shine and the Seniors tried hard, scoring some degree of success. Better luck next Season, Saints!

    Finally to Cross-Country. Again, the Saints came an overall second. The 1st years did not do very well, but Wall (12th) ran a useful race. The 2nd years were second in their department. Four Saints came in the first ten, namely: Struve (3rd), Hill (6th), Roberts (7th), Kelly (10th).

    With the U/15s. came our glorious moment. How wonderful it was to see those two big-hearted youngsters Nigel Saunders and Arthur Parmenter sprinting hand-in-hand over the finishing line in equal 1st position !

    The Seniors ran commendably well too. Gettings (4th), Holmes (7th), and Wilkin (8th) led the team in.

    In closing, I would like to say a big Thank-you .to Mr. L. Smith (my House Master) and to Peter Gettings (Games Captain) for their constant help and encouragement during my 2-year term in office with St. Vincent House. Good luck in the future, Saints !


    Head Boy and House Captain.

    To the excellent and well-prepared report above, I would like to add my own -sincere thanks to Andrew Wilkin and his prefects for their whole-hearted co-operation at all times, and above all, to the house as a whole. Their behaviour and general demeanour have made my job as house-master much easier, and ensured the smooth running of the community at all times.

    L.C. SMITH — House Master



    Although the individuals were good, there was trouble in finding a sixth player and consequently we finished last in the tournament. The following girls played for St. Vincent.

    Maria Kadlec                                                     Amanda Hinton

    Pat O'Brien                                                         Lorna Tierney

    Barbara Pike                                                      Sandra English
    Pauline Bale


    The Seniors played very well as a team but unfortunately finished third. The first match was played without a goalkeeper but Phyllis Hannan volunteered for the last two although she had never played in that position before.

    The Juniors had a good defence; the forwards played with enthusiasm but were not accurate enough in their shooting.








                              E.   Steel




                              S. McPherson




                              F.   Jones




                          P. Johnson




                          R. Saliba




                          C. Attard



    Hinton /C. Miller                   E. Thompson




                              V. Pocknee




    Hinton              H. Edwards




                              J. Pierce




                          U. Hoole

    Reserves:   C. Miller, M. Darington. Netball

    The Senior team played exceptionally well and won all their matches Pat O'Brien being the outstanding player. The Junior team won none of their matches due to lack of practice but showed enthusiasm in playing for their house. St. Vincent finished third (with 6 points) to Drake and Hawkins (with 7 points each) for the Netball Trophy.

    The teams were as follows: —

    Seniors                                                     Juniors

    GS       M. Sewell                            P. Johnson

    GA       L. Tierney                          C. Streets

    WA      S. Lyall                          H. Edwards

    C      P. O'Brien                         P. Bleby

    WD     G. Buckeridge                   J. Franklin

    GD       S. McPherson               S. Sargent

    GK       P. Hannan                   L. Fairhall


    On the whole St. Vincent did fairly well and showed enthusiasm on Sports Day. We were placed third to Drake and Hawkins in the final results.

    Barbara Pike of St. Vincent received the cup for the outstanding girl this year.

    General   Comments

    This has been an average year for St. Vincent House. We achieved creditable results in netball, hockey and athletics but were unfortunate in tennis. A vote of thanks must go to Miss Lister and other members of staff who have helped us during this year.

    A.  HINTON - - Games Captain. P. HANNAN — House Captain.



    Here at Tal-Handaq, where it is most unusual for old pupils to remain in Malta we have to rely on letters for news of our old boys and girls.

    Quite a few have written since .the last issue of the magazine and I hope that more will do so in the coming year.

    At the beginning of this term we had a visit from Walter Willman, now a Cadet at Cranwe'll. He was in Malta on Duty and came to speak to the V and VI form on the R.A.F.

    Bernard Hoctor is also an R.A.F. Cadet but at Henlow. Mary Sponham and Rita Mays are W.R.A.F. Officers and David Smith and Roger Melton have both been awarded Reserved Naval Cadetships. Beverley Pearce from a recent letter appears to have some form of employment in the City and does not enjoy the English climate.

    Peter Franks now represents Tal-Handaq at King's College, London which John Knight left last July, having gained a B.Sc.(Hons). He is now employed on research at R.A.F. Farnborough; also Diane Edgell has been accepted for King's in Sept. 1963. Charlotte Finnic is doing dentistry at Edinburgh University. David Bendal is now in the Merchant Navy and David Gerrard is now at the Nautical College at Cardiff.

    The school has several representatives at Training Colleges; Wendy Morrell is doing a P.E. course at Bedford College of Physical Education. Annette Noonan and Glenys Hart are in their last year at Portsmouth Training College, and Ann Beare is in her last year at Maria Assumpta College, London.

    Last year's Head Girl, Jocelyn Duke, worked for several months as a laboratory assistant at I.C.I, but has now joined her parents in Germany. Barbara Jones is working for I.C.I, and studying for the O.N.C. Patricia Roden and Vivienne Paynton are training as nurses. Wendy Roden, after several changes of school is working on her own for A level and hopes to get an appointment in a Pathological laboratory.

    I think it is safe to say that former Tal-Handaq boys and girls can be found in all sorts of jobs, most of which require hard work and enterprise; space prevents me from giving a more complete list, but the Universities and Services are not the only targets — I have heard of Marks and Spenser employees and even a Disc Jockey who can claim Tal-Handaq as their Alma Mater.


    It was a warm night, and the sounds of laughter made it gay. People were bustling from stall to stall to try their luck. The roundabouts whizzed round and round. As they slowed down the attendants shouted, "Sixpence a go, come and try it!" in their rough voices.

    From the big wheel gradually getting faster came playful shouts for help.

    The dodgems were doing a roaring trade, everybody wanted a go. The cars were bumping and crashing into each other. Sparks flew as the cars went round and back. Nimbly the careful attendant)? jumped from car to car, to collect the payments.

    Bang ! Bang ! Bang ! was coming from the shooting gallery where boys were trying hard to score a bull, so that they could win a prize to show off with. "Bad luck!" was more often said than "Well done!"

    Bold and large was the notice showing where the Bingo sessions were being held. Most of the players were women, which Is usual.

    'Madame Fortune' was written on a small black tent, in a corner. Inside there was a table, on which was a crystal ball, and two chairs. On one was a lady, with long black hair, and big gold earrings. Madame Fortune told people what their fortunes or misfortunes were, if they crossed her palm with silver.

    A little girl with a large teddy bear was carefully following her jubilant father from the shooting range. Children with candy flosses in their hands mingled joyfully in the crowds. Some children had masks on, funny noses and comical hats. Squeals of laughter drew me to another corner. There to the children's delight was a Punch and Judy show.

    At about 8.30 p.m. the boxing booth opened. Outside the two boxers stood, eyeing the crowd and occasionally taking a punch at their punch bags. Now the roundabouts were getting faster and faster and people were hanging on for their lives.

    This went on through the night, but I did not stay too long. As I walked down the street the sounds of gaiety followed me.


    On my arrival my body was deposited on to a stretcher and transported to a nearby Casualty Ward.

    I woke up the following morning after a pill-drugged sleep and when I opened my eyes a startling spectacle confronted me; at the far end of my bed was an array of pulleys and ropes all of which I found out were helping to suspend my right leg above the bed. This conglomeration was an extremely delicate piece of machinery as I found out later that morning, when in an attempt to move my injured leg a pulley was entangled with a nearby Nurse's arm. Much to her horror a five pound weight toppled off the uppermost pulley and missed her head by a hairsbreadth. For this dangerous incident I was severely reprimanded by the Matron for endangering the life of a young girl; of course it did not occur to her that the weights might have landed on me.

    Following this episode came breakfast. I awaited a luscious dream of bacon and eggs, without luck; my breakfast consisted of a variety of different coloured pills and a rather dismal looking sausage surrounded by bacon rind. Absurdly the menu appeared to regard the rind as bacon and so with heavy heart I swallowed my pills and ate my rind and sausage.

    Dinner arrived at 12.30 and so did my pills accompanied this time by medicine and a nurse. The lunch hour proved to be wholly interesting, and the nurse's errands of mercy for my cups of tea were frequent; however Matron's eagle eye observed this and I was again in her little black book.

    During the afternoon I became acquainted with the occupants of the beds surrounding me; all of whom were suffering from a variety of skeletal complaints such as broken limbs, noses etc. On a first glance we looked like a museum room with an ancient collection of mummies swatched in bandages.

    At about 6.00 the 'mummies' had congregated around my bed which had proved to be a useful card table. But the game was broken up quickly when a Doctor entered the ward on his rounds. Each player scrambled his winnings away in a wild rush to their berths.

    After a tiring day I sank to rest and awaited the entry of another day in a hospital ward.



    In a lonely, old, darkened room I sat, wondering when my landlady would arrive. There I tried to think what I could tell her which would sound a good reason as to why I wished to move. The time slowly ticked away, it grew darker and as silent as a morgue.

    Sitting in the creaky old chair by the flickering fire I looked about me. On the mantel-piece stood an old firearm and beside it a head — at least it looked like one. The moon-beams crept through the shutters casting unnatural shadows around me. As the silence continued I became a little nervous. My eyes and ears became attuned to any movement or sound which I could not account for. There was none.

    Next door to me was a little room where my landlady used to sit in the quiet hours of the day, sometimes reading, sometimes resting. The door between the two rooms w>as always kept closed. Alone,   I   sat   on;   I   became   a   little frightened and tense. And then, I heard it;   the   slow   'phut,   phut,   phut.'   I listened. The noise stopped; but only for a second, for then it started again. This time there was a sort of hiss to the 'phut, phut, phut.' I stood up. My hair was standing upright. What was it? And then the sonorous chimes of the grandfather clock, 'Ding-dong......' My heart raced —• raising my hand for the

    did firearm, grasping it like a drowning man at a straw, I walked out of the room. I advanced towards that closed door.

    Turning the knob gently and pushing the door cautiously open, I peeped in. I felt like dying; there on a sofa sat my landlady's friend. Her eyes were closed, from her neck dangled her pincenez on a silken cord •—• she must be dead! But what was that noise which had terrified me ? Then I saw the cause — the record player had a record going round and round with the needle running in the same groove at the end of the record.

    Now I knew what to tell my landlady. This old house had ghosts and I was petrified at the thought of them. She might disbelieve me but there were ghosts — just as I had convinced myself of my excuse, the old lady on the sofa sneezed!

    With my whole person shaking like a jelly I walked to the table and putting the firearm gently down, I switched off the record player, hoping I had not awakened the peaceful sleeper. And then there was silence!



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