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                                                                         HEADMASTER -- Instructor Captain C.L. Broad, B.Sc., Royal Navy.
                                                                    DEPUTY HEADMASTER Instructor Commander R.I. Currie, M.A. Royal Navy

.                                                                       SENIOR MISTRESS — Miss J. Yule, B.A. Head of English Department.

                                                                                                                TEACHING STAFF

                                                               (in order of length of service in Tal-Handaq)

Mr. R.F. Tierney, B.Sc. (Econ). English * Mr. R.J. McGillivray


Mr. P. Parker

Craft *

Mr. J.P. Ratcliffe, B.A.

Classics (+)
Miss M.J. Bailey Cookery *

Mr. G.A.H. Smith

Technical Subjects *

Mr. R. Fuller Science * Mr. A. Walters Technical Subjects
Mr C.V. Morris, Dip. Ed. General Subjects *

 Mr. E.J. Lewis

General Subjects

Mr. R.A. Dickerson, A.T.D. Art ( + ) Mrs. P.E. McGillivray P.E. (Girls) *
Mrs. D.M. Dewstowe

General Subjects *

Mr. J.A. Paley, B.A.

Modern Languages

Mr. A.F. Gallacher, M.A. Modern Languages ( + ) Mr. R.C. Tatton, D.L.C.

Technical Subjects

Mr. R.B. Witherspoon Librarian *

Mrs. M. Dailey

Mr. R.J. Gerrard Music (+)

Mr. T.S. Moyle, Dip. Bib. Rel.

Religious Instruction ( +)
Mrs. P.M. Gerrard General Subjects * Instr. Lt. Cdr. J. Blackmore, B.Sc., R.N. Mathematics ( +)
Mr. F.G. Kitson Technical Subjects (+) Mr. H. Hitchcott, B.Sc., A.R.I.C. Chemistry (+ )
Mr. K.G.W. Pappin, B.A., B. Comm. Geography and Commerce *

Mr E. Devine

Maths and Science

Mr. L.C. Smith General Subjects *  Miss D. Dibley Shorthand and Typing *
Mr. H.M. Griffiths P.E. and Geography

Mr. D.J. Marshall, M.A.

History ( + )
Mr. H. Wilkinson General Subjects Mr. R.E. Tomlinson Mathematics *
Mr. C.W. Barraclough, B.Sc.,F.R.G.S. Geography ( + ) Miss C. Tripp P.E. (Girls)
Mr. E. Battye Mathematics *

Instr. Lt. Cdr. K. Swift, B.Sc., R.N.

Physics (+)
Miss B.A. Cater

Art and Craft

Mrs. V.E. Hitchcott, B.A. Geography
Miss G. Reed Needlework *

Mrs. S.M. Stout

Mr. T.E. Moore, A.M.I.E.E.

Remedial Classes *

Mr. B.S. Jackson, B.A.

Miss N.W. Chisholm, B.Sc. Biology ( + ) Miss J. Lamb, B.Sc. Biology
Mr. W.M. Alexander, M.A. English Mrs. M.E.R. Cronin General Subjects
Mr. J.H. Bowen, D.L.C.

P.E. (Boys) *

Mrs. D.W. Hull, B.A.


Mr. D.K. Martin Maths and Science Mrs. C.M. Cockwill, Dip. Arch. Art
Mr. E.J. McAllister, B.A., D.L.C.


( + ) Head of Department. * Post of Responsibility.  


  •   Mr. D.T. Sheppard                        Bursar

      Mrs. J.P. Dawson                          Secretary

      Miss E.M.H. Cotton             Assistant Secretary

      Mrs. A.M. Currie, S.R.N.        School Sister

      Mr. S.J. Mayo                     Medical Clerk

      Mr. E. Plant              School Warden, Storekeeper and Chargeman.



        Chairman: Mr. C.V. Morris. Literary Editor: Mr. E.J. McAllister.

          Art Editor: Mr. R.A. Dickerson. Advertising Manager: Mr. E. Battye.


    Arrival of D.N.E.S  1,  Staff ... 2, Foreword  6, Headmaster's Report 7, Acknowledgements 11, G.C.E. Results 1964 12, R.S.A. Results 1964  16, "Malta Scene" by K. Lucas ...18, The C.S.E 19, Mr. R.F. Tierney 20, Senior Literary and Debating Society 22, The School Library 26, Careers 27, The Junior Choir ... 29, The School Concert 30, Music Notes 31 "Horse Decorations"by W. Smith ... 32, The Beggar's Opera 33, The Scientific Society  34,3rd and 4th year Literary and Debating Society 34, Junior Literary and Debating Society 35, Duke of Edinburgh's Award for Boys 36, "Heron with Fish""by J. Buscombe 41, Sailing 1964-65 42, April Shower 43, Open Day 44, News of Old Pupils 50, Duke of Edinburgh's Award for Girls .. 51, Girl Guides 53, Charities Committee 54, Tal-Handaq — Round the World 55, Advertisements 57, "Cats on the Roof" by A. Patterson 68, "The Nest" by N. Dean 73, Sports Section 76, Drake House Reports 83, Nelson House Reports 85, Hawkins House Reports 87, St. Vincent House Reports ... 90,  "The Witch" by L. Gregory ... 93, Athletic Sports 1965 94, "Natives in the Jungle" by M. Elliot 101, Swimming Gala 1964 102, Advertisements 105.



  • The production of a school magazine fulfills two very useful functions. During the early stages it makes many members of the school — both staff and pupils, cast a critical eye over the events of the past year and assess their value: and when the labour is finished and the magazine is born, it provides a lasting record of the highlights of the year, which many of us, in days to come, should we come across the magazine, will recall with varying degrees of pleasure.

    Looking back, what have been the main features and achievements of the past school year ? The school has been appreciably larger than expected — only twenty pupils less than a year before; and the upper school has been particularly large. We have had difficulty in providing enough text books in some subjects! The Certificate of Secondary Education examinations in a limited number of subjects have been introduced. There have been many teething troubles, and a great deal of extra work has fallen on the shoulders of the staff: but we have gained valuable experience, and hope to offer a full range of C S.E. subjects from September 1965.

    The school has had a full inspection by H.M. Inspectors from the Department of Education and Science. Their report has not yet been received but I have reason to believe that it will be a good one, although it will no doubt emphasise that there are many amenities which the school still lacks.

    The showing of the film "Learning to Live" to senior pupils and their parents was an innovation which I think may be worth repeating: but undoubtedly the most significant event during the past year has been the provision of the new library. It was badly needed and a great deal of thought went into its creation, but it has exceeded all expectations in the way it has turned out.

    The school has reaped many other material benefits this year, including a new science laboratory, and tiled flooring to many of the rooms; but much remains to be done. Next year we hope to have extra tennis courts, better showers, improved ventilation to the school hall, more covered ways, and improvements to the typing room. Tal-Handaq may be off the beaten track but it can never be said to be in a rut!

    We were pleased and honoured to receive the visit of Instructor Rear Admiral Sir Charles Darlington, K.B.E., B.Sc., A.M.I.E.R.E., and Lady Darlington to the school in June. In his capacity as Director of the Naval Education Service, Admiral Darlington has been responsible for the administration of the Royal Naval Children's Schools overseas since 1960, and Tal-Handaq, in particular, owes a great deal to him. We were glad that he was able to see so many school activities during his visit, and we wish him and Lady Darlington every happiness when he retires from the Service later this year.

    I should like to thank the Magazine Committee and pupils who have submitted contributions, for all the hard work they have put in, to make this magazine so worth while. Last year every copy of the magazine was sold and there were no financial problems over the production. If we can repeat that performance this year I am sure that those who have worked so hard to ensure its success will feel amply rewarded for their efforts.

    C.L. Broad — Headmaster.


    PRIZE DAY — 27th NOVEMBER, 1964


    Prize Day at Tal-Handaq was held on Friday, 27th November, 1964. The Commander-jn-Chief, Mediterranean, Admiral Sir John Hamilton, K.B.E., C.B., presided and the prizes were presented by the Governor-General of Malta, His Excellency Sir Maurice Dorman, G.C.M.G., G.C.V.O.

    After the presentation of prizes a call for three cheers for His Excellency was made by the Head Boy, Ian O'Brien, and a bouquet was presented to Lady Dorman by Maureen Sillis, the Head Girl.

    The Headmaster's report is given in full below:—

    When I started preparing for Prize Day this year, I thought it was going to be very difficult to find a suitable day. I was hoping that you, Your Excellency, would give away the prizes, but with the Commander-in-Chief away from Malta so much, I thought it would be hard to find a day which would suit you both. I was very relieved and grateful, therefore, when you agreed to be present today, and I would like to say how much we at the school appreciate it. We are delighted to have you and Lady Dorman with us again and we very much hope that you will like and approve the changes which have taken place since your last visit. And we are delighted to have you. Sir, and Lady Hamilton, here for the first time and we hope that we shall see a great deal more of you both at the school in the future.

    As in past years we have only been able to accommodate today a few school guests, the parents of prizewinners and less than half of the children. It is unfortunate that so many parents and children must be excluded every year, but I hope that those parents who cannot be here understand our difficulty, and take some other opportunity of visiting the school.


    When I prepared my report last year I did so with mixed feelings. I was very pleased to be able to record that the school had had a vintage year in 1963, but I felt that the rundown was bound to affect the school adversely and that it was going to be very difficult to maintain in future the previous high standard. However, I was optimistic enough to predict that it could be done if we tried hard enough, and I am glad to say that the results of the past year have justified my optimism.

    In the first place, school numbers have fallen less than many of us expected. On average throughout the year there have only been about 60 pupils less than a. year before, and at the present time there are only about 10 less. Fortunately the school has maintained a good balance between the children in the different age groups and the tendency has been for more and more parents to bring their children to Malta for G.C.E. 'O' and 'A' level work.

    Perhaps the easiest yard-stick to use to measure the academic attainment of a school, though not necessarily the best, are the results of the G.C.E. examinations. After the very good results in 1963 it seemed likely that there would be some decline in standard this year but I am glad to report that this has not occurred. In fact the overall picture has been of fewer candidates offering fewer papers but obtaining more passes than during the previous year, both at '0' level and 'A' level. Our 'A' level results were exceptionally good with 28 candidates obtaining 51 passes from 57 papers. The '0' level results were good as well, and above expectation, with an average of 70% passes for all candidates and 75% for the girls. That was a nasty pill for the boys to swallow! Our candidates who took the Royal Society of Arts examinations also did well. They gained eight school certificates against five in the previous year, and nine children obtained passes in five or more subjects.

    These results suggest that the revision of the school on comprehensive lines, which now gives all children in the upper school some choice of subjects and allows them to study different subjects at different levels, has been beneficial, and has enabled many of the children to leave school with better G.C.E. and R.S.A. Certificates than they might otherwise have done. My Deputy, Instructor Cdr. Currie, must take much of the credit for this and for producing the extremely complicated, yet flexible time-table, which has made these things possible, and I should like to thank him now for all the hard work he has put in, to make the system work.

    It is not only in the academic sphere that our boys and girls have done well this year. In December last the school produced a very ambitious play, "The Skin of Our Teeth" by Thornton Wilder. In spite of some trying experiences with the stage lighting (which blacked out entirely on the first night and necessitated the first act of the play being performed by candle-light) the production was well up to the high standard of previous years, and several of the cast gave very polished performances. We are now in the throes of producing "The Beggar's Opera", which will be performed in the school towards the end of this term, and I hope that many parents will come to see it.

    Two other successful school functions were the Exhibition of Art and Craft on Open Day, and the School Concert. Many parents and friends of the school, and indeed many of the children themselves, were both surprised and delighted by the high quality and variety of the work at the exhibition, and by the high standard of the items at the concert. I was very pleased to see so many parents at the school for those functions.

    Our school societies have continued to thrive. The Science Society has had a number of interesting lectures, including some by lecturers from Malta University, for which we were very grateful; and the Literary and Debating Society has had a number of well attended debates, talks and play readings. A Public

    Speaking Competition and a Verse Speaking Competition were held as in previous years. A Junior Literary and Debating Society was formed for the first and second year children, and one of its main activities was an inter-House play production competition. Each House produced its own version of a one act play with the rather unusual title -- "Six Who Pass While the Lentils Boil". The production was done by the senior pupils and the acting by the ist and 2nd year children and it was amazing how different the productions were. This was a most successful innovation and one which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. We were very grateful to Instructor Commander Price for judging the competition for us.

    The lunch time concerts held in the music room from time to time were well supported and brought to light many talented pupils, and our children again did well in the Child Art Exhibition which is held annually in Valletta. Many of them won awards.

    Good progress has been made with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Schemes for Boys and Girls and some of our children will be receiving their Bronze and Silver awards today. I am glad to say that our Guides, too, have had a successful year.

    The school has had a very good year for sport. At cricket our combined boys and masters team was one of the best we have had and they did very well to finish second in the Naval Base League. The boys had no difficulty in beating the staff in their annual fixture! Our rugby and soccer teams were also well up tc standard. We tried to establish hockey as another school game for boys but lack of a regular pitch hampered progress. Our girls, too, had a good year, particularly at netball and hockey, and they did well to reach the finals in both the netball knock-out and the hockey five-a-side tournaments. But it was at athletics that the school did best of all. Our boys won both the Senior and Junior events in the Malta School Cross Country Championships and came second in the Malta A.A.A.'s Round the Bastions race. In the Inter-School Athletics Championships we won the Senior Shield and the Aggregate Cup for Juniors and Seniors; and in the Malta A.A.A. Junior Championships we gained three firsts, five seconds and four thirds in the eleven events open to us. Our present Head Boy, O'Brien, did particularly well in winning the long jump with a record leap of 21 ft. 3.5 ins., and Stenton broke the all-comers record for throwing the javelin.

    Sailing has continued to be a popular pastime for our senior pupils and during the year a total of twelve boys and girls qualified as coxswains for different types of boats. Life saving has been popular with the girls and forty-seven have won life saving certificates or medals of the Royal Life Saving Society.

    One activity which has been sadly missing this year has been an organised school trip overseas. I appreciate that these tours are expensive and that last year, for the first time, the school was unable to offer any contribution towards the cost, but even so it was disappointing that the proposed trip to Italy received so little support, and I hope we shall get more this year if we organise a similar trip for the next Summer holidays.

    Considerable progress has been made in the school on the material side. A great deal of work on the new bus park was carried out during the Summer term and I am glad to say that the park has recently been completed and is now in use. It makes so much difference to the general quietness of the school to be able to keep the buses away from the classrooms, and it is safer for the children not to have the buses driving through the school grounds.

    Our two tennis courts, which we use mainly for netball because they will accommodate more children that way, were enlarged; and they have recently been coloured green to reduce glare.  

    The stage was enlarged, by removing a properties room which was at the back of it, and a new properties room was provided outside. These improvements, together with a completely new stage lighting system, which has recently been installed, have provided the school with excellent facilities for amateur dramatics. When one compares our new stage lighting with the old, it seems a miracle that so many shows could have been put on in the past without anyone getting electrocuted!

    In addition the school toilets were largely tiled throughout and re-equipped, and a waiting room was provided for the school sick bay, and a great deal of interior and exterior decoration was done which gave the school quite a new look.

    Since the last Summer holidays several more major improvements have been made. These, by rights, should not be included in this report, but I am sure you would like to hear about them. Our new library, which is adjacent to this hall and which many parents saw on Open Day, has been completed, and is now in use; and work on a new laboratory for general science has progressed far enough for us to be able to use it this term, although it is still without gas, water or sinks. Our new motor maintenance room has been set up and very largely equipped. We have to thank the Army for some assistance over this, but a very large part of the work has been done by Mr. Smith, who gives the instruction, and by. the boys themselves, and I would like to congratulate them on the results of their handiwork. And I must mention the flatlet in the Domestic Science Department, which the girls use for training in homecraft. This has been largely re-furnished and now looks very nice indeed. These recent improvements have really been a great asset to the school and we have much appreciated the speed with which they have been been carried out.

    In spite of all this new work there is still a great deal more which needs to be done, and among other things, we badly need improved facilities for sport. As the run-down progresses, fewer Service pitches and courts can be made available to the school, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to carry out our sporting programme. We really need playing fields and tennis courts of our own if the children are to make good use of the time allocated to games. Last year, although the children had a whole afternoon for sport every week, they only spent about 35 minutes actually playing games; the rest of the time was largely taken up in travelling to and from the various service pitches. This term we have reorganised the time-table to allow more time for games and it will be a great pity if the children are unable to benefit because the grounds cannot be made available.

    We were glad to receive last year the customary visit from a Careers Advisory Officer from the United Kingdom. These visits now take place regularly each Autumn, and are extremely useful, not only to the children, but to the school Careers staff as well. We are fortunate in having another representative from the Careers Advisory Service with us at the present time and I hope that all children who need advice, will see him. He possesses up-to-date information which is not available to the school and which may be invaluable for the school leaver to know. Unfortunately, we hear little about our pupils once they have left the school but of last year's school leavers, seven gained University places, four boys obtained Service Cadetships, and three pupils were accepted for Art Schools. Nursing and Teaching were very popular careers among the girls and apprenticeships among the boys.

    Now this really completes my report for last year but I would like to express my thanks to some of the many friends who have helped the school in various ways. I cannot mention them all. To the Commander-in-Chief for allocating, from his Block Grant, the funds which have made the improvements possible; and to the Regional Director of the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works for his consideration and co-operation over the timing of the building. To the School Medical and Dental Officers who look after our children so well, and the Padres of all denominations who come to the school each week to take classes or read the lesson at prayers. I know how busy they all are and I appreciate the effort they make in coming here. And I must thank the Fleet Recreation Officer for his help over sporting facilities, and St. Angelo and Hal Far for the use of their boats. We are grateful to the Malta Minister of Education, The Hon. Dr. A. Paris, for the presentation of an Italian Encyclopaedia to the school library, and we much appreciate the help we receive from the Malta Education Department over the G.C.E. examinations. In particular I should like to thank my teaching staff for their enthusiastic support, and for accepting so willingly the many extra duties which I often ask them to undertake: and the school Bursar and Secretaries, the Caretaker and the Industrial Staff for their wholehearted support. They all work together with an enthusiasm and a team spirit which is good to see; and which is no doubt the main reason why this school is such a happy place for so many of the children.

    Lastly, I would like to thank the parents for the support they have given to school functions and for their unfailing co-operation whenever problems have arisen over their children. We are doing our best to make Tal-Handaq children into responsible and enthusiastic young citizens, who think of other people as well as of themselves, and who make good use of the gifts which God has given to them, but if we are to achieve this aim we must have the parents' help. Those of you who are here, are the lucky ones whose children will be receiving prizes, but there are many other children who deserve prizes, who will not get one today. Unfortunately our school population changes so rapidly that there seems to be no way of selecting the prizewinners, which will be fair to everyone, but I would like the children to know that a great deal of thought goes into this, and we take into consideration effort, attitude and progress, as well as marks, in making the awards. So to those who are shortly to receive a prize I say "Good! You have certainly earned it." But to those who have done well but have not been so fortunate, I say "Bad luck, but keep trying; perhaps your turn will come next year."


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


    THE CAVALIER — Prince Rupert School, Wilhelmshaven.

    THE GEORGIAN — St. George's School, Hong Kong.

    R.N. SCHOOL - Verdala, School Magazine.

    THE EAGLET — St. Augustine's College, Tarxien, Malta.

    THE MICHAELIAN — St. Michael's Training College, Malta.

    THE STELMARIAN '—. Stella Maris College, Gzira, Malta.

    SEMINARIUM MELITENSE -- Floriana, Malta.

    LASALLIAN -- De La Salle College, Cottonera, Malta.


  • Pupils at work on a 17 ft. x 31 ft. canvas, destined for the Combined Services Exhibition at the Malta Trade Fair.



    ALISON BIGDEN -- English Literature, History.

    BRENDAN BRESLIN - - History, Geography.

    TERENCE BROWN -- French.

    JANE CARVER -- Biology.

    JAMES COOPER -- Pure and Applied Mathematics, Physics.

    WILLIAM DUNCAN - - English Literature, Music.


    DAVID ENSOR -- Pure and Applied Mathematics.

    IAN HEATH — Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Physics.

    AMANDA HINTON -- English Literature, French, Geography.

    MELANIE LUSTY -- Chemistry, Biology.

    MICHAEL MERREDEW — Pure and Applied Mathematics, Physics,

    CAROL MORRISON -- English Literature, History.


    IAN O'BRIEN -- Pure Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry.

    JOHN PASSMORE — Pure and Applied Mathematics, Physics.

    LESLEY POWELL - - English Literature, French.

    IAN PROCTOR — Art.

    GEOFFREY RANDALL — Physics, Chemistry.

    GRAHAM ROBERTS -- English Literature, History.

    ELIZABETH ROBINSON — English Literature, History.

    PATRICIA SATCHELL — Pure Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry.

    MARJORIE SEWELL — French, Italian (with Merit at 'S' Level), Geography.

    MAUREEN SILLIS — Physics, Chemistry.


    LINDA WEBB — Art.

    IAN WHITTINGTON - - Pure Mathematics, Physics.


    1. David Burden — Grade III. 7.
    2. Christopher Deakin — Grade II. 8.
    3. Majenka Kaslik — Grade III. 9.
    4. Margaret McDougall — Grade II. 11.
    5. Phyllis McKinley — Grade I. 10.
    6. Ian O'Brien — Grade II. 12.
    7. Roderick Ogden — Grade II.
    8.  Graham Roberts — Grade I.
    9. Sheila Smith — Grade II.
    10. Georgina Webb — Grade II.
    11.  Lorna Tierney — Grade II.
    12.   Margaret White — Grade II.




    JOHN ATHERTON - - English Literature, Geography, Physics, Chemistry.
  • KATRINA BALDOCK -- English Literature, Religious Knowledge, Mathematics, Biology, Cookery, Needlework.

  • JANE BEADLE -- English Literature, Latin, French, German.

    MICHAEL BELL — English Language, Geography, Mathematics.

    LYNN BOUSFIELD — English Language.

  • WENDY BOYLE - French, History (British), Geography, Mathematics, Biology.

  • RAYNER BRAMMALL — English Literature, Latin, French, Geography, Additional Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry.

  • JUNE BREMNER — English Language, English Literature, Religious Knowledge, Geography, Cookery.

  • DAVID BRIERLEY - - Geography.

    SUZAN BROAD — English Language, French, Cookery.

    JENNIFER BROWNING - - English Language.

    JACQUELINE BUBB - - English Language, English Literature, Needlework.

    MARGARET CANHAM -- English Language, History (British), Cookery.

  • MARGUERITA CANTWELL — English Language, French, Geography, Mathematics, Chemistry.

  • MALCOLM CHESNEY - - English Literature, Biology, Art.

  • SANDRA CHRISTIE - - English Literature, Latin, French, Italian, History (British), Religious Knowledge, Additional Mathematics, Biology.

  • JOHN CLARKE — English Literature, Geography, Mathematics, Biology.

    PHILIP COE -- French, Geography, Biology.

    GLENDA CONNING -- English Language, History (British).

    PATRICIA CUTLER — English Language, Art.

  • CLIFFORD DARLINGTON — English Literature, History (British), Geography, Matnematics, Physics.

  • RODERICK DEAS — English Language.

  • NIGEL DAWSON — English Language, French, Mathematics, Physics, Art.

  • LESLEY DONALDSON — English Language, English Literature, Geography, Art.

  • PATRICIA  DOHERTY -- English Language.


  • ROBERT  DUNNING — Metalwork.

  • ROSALIND EVANS — English .Literature, French, History (British), Mathematics, Biology, Cookery.

  • LYNDA FAIRHALL, — English Language, Mathematics.

  • JACK FERRETT —• English Literature, Latin, Geography, Additional Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry.

  • LESLEY FIDDlAN — English language, English Literature, Cookery, Needlework.

  • CHRISTOPHER GETTINGS — English Language, Art.

  • MICHAEL GILLHAM — English Language, Geography.

  • LESLEY GRIFFIN — English Language, History (British).

  • JACQUELINE HARDING -- English Language, Cookery.

  • BERNARD HATCHARD — English Language, Mathematics.

  • ANNE HENDERSON - - English Language, Additional Mathematics.

  • MICHELE HENSON — English Language.

  • ROBERTA HENSON -- English Literature, French, Chemistry.

  • STEPHANIE HOLLIER — English Literature, French, History (British), Art.

  • ROSALYN HOLROYD — Religious Knowledge, Physics.

  • JUTTA HOOLE — English Language, History (British), Art.

  • ROBINA HOPKINSON — English Language.

  • STELLA HOSSACK — English Literature, French, Geography, Art.

  • MARY HUGHES — French, Biology, Human Biology, Art.

  • GLENYS HURLEY — English Language, English Literature, French, Biology.

  • MAUREEN HOUGHTON — English Language, History (British), Mathematics.

  • ROSS JACOBS -- English Language, English Literature, Geography.

  • BRIAN JACKSON — English Language.

  • FRANK JACKSON — French, Chemistry, Biology.

  • MICHAEL JAMIESON -- French, Geography, Physics, Woodwork, Art.

  • DENISE JOHN - - English Language, English Literature, French, Religious Knowedge, Cookery.

  • CATHERINE JOHNSTONE — English Language, Art.

  • PAUL KIRBY —• English Literature, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Woodwork, Engineering Drawing.

  • RICHARD KNAPMAN - - English Language, Geography, Mathematics, Engineering Drawing.

  • JULIE LANDON -- Art.

  • MICHAEL LAURIE -- English Language, Art.

  • SUSAN LAWRENCE — English Language, English Literature, French, History (British), Mathematics, Cookery.

  • DIANE LITTLE — English Language. French, Religious Knowledge, Biology.

  • FRANCES LOWE — English Language, History (British), Art.

  • MELANIE LUSTY -- Mathematics.

  • GEORGE LYALL — Woodwork.



  • ALINE McDOUGALL -- English Literature, Latin, French, Italian, History (British), Geography, Additional Mathematics, Chemistry.

    JOHN McGONIGLE — English Language, English Literature, French, Physics.

    RICHARD McGONIGLE — English Language, History (British).

    PHYLLIS McKINLEY -- Italian.

    JOHN MERCER — French, Mathematics.

    ANNE MERCH-CHAMMON -- English Language.


    FREDERICK MILFORD — Mathematics, Woodwork, Engineering Drawing, Art.

    ANTHONY MOOR — Metalwork.

    JOHN MOORE -- History (British), Mathematics, Physics.

    PAULINE MORGAN - English Language, English Literature, History (British), Human Biology.

    CHRISTINE MORTON - - English Literature, French, Mathematics, Physics, Biology.

    BARBARA MURPHY - - English Language, English Literature, French.

    SANDRA NICHOLAS — English Literature.

    RODERICK OGDEN — Geology.

    MICHAEL PAXTON — Geography, Woodwork, Engineering Drawing.

    SUSAN PEARSON -- English Language, English Literature, Cookery.

    DIANE PRATER - - English Language, Art.

    SUZANNE PRATER — English Language, English Literature, French, History (British), Geography, Art.

    MARGARET PRETTY - - English Literature, French, Biology, Needlework.

    JOAN PRICE -- English Language, History (British), Mathematics.

    JEAN PROCTOR — Mathematics.

    CHRISTOPHER PULLEN - - English Language, Engineering Drawing.

    ANDREW PYE — Metalwork.

    DAVID RADFORD — English Language, Mathematics, Art.

    FRACES RAFFERTY -- English Language., cookery.

    JOHNSON RAMSAY — Metalwork, Cookery.

    DENNIS REED — English Language, Mathematics.

    LINDA RICHARDS — English Language.


    PATRICIA RODGERS -- English Language, Religious Knowledge, Mathematics, Biology, Art.

    PETER ROBINSON -- English Language, Engineering Drawing.

    HELEN ROURKE — Cookery.

    DOROTHY ROWLAND -- English Language, English Literature, French, German, History (British), Geography, Biology.

    GEOFFREY RUDD -- History (British).

    JOHN SADDLER — English Language, English Literature, French, Geography, Mathematics.

    JEAN SAYER — English Language, English Literature, Needlework, Art.

    MICHAEL SCURR — English Language, English Literature, French, Art.

    MICHAEL SEMMENS -- German.

    ISOBEL SIMPSON -- English Language.

    VIVIEN SIMPSON — English Language, English Literature, French, History (British), Biology, Needlework.

    SHEILA SMITH — History (Foreign), Geography, Biology.

    JOHN STILES ALTIERI -- Metalwork.

    JOANNE STONEHOUSE — English Language, English Literature, French, Chemistry, Biology, Human Biology, Cookery.

     ROSEMARY SUTHERLAND — English Literature, Latin, French, Geography, Biology.

    ROGER TATTON — French, Art.

     JEANETTE TAYLOR — Needlework.

    CHRISTINE TOWNSEND — English Language, English Literature, French, Religious Knowledge, Chemistry.

    LINDA WEBB -- English Literature, Geography, Biology.

    SUSAN WHEELER — English Language, History (British) Art.

    MICHAEL WINKWORTH -- English Literature, French, History (British), Additional Mathematics, Physics.




    MARY BISHOP — Typewriting.

    JENNIFER BROWNING -- Shorthand, Typewriting.

    JACQUELINE BUBB — Mathematics I and II.

    ROBERT CLARKE -- English Language, Mathematics I and II, Physics, Geometrical and Technical Drawing, Woodwork.

    DAVID COSSTICK -- English Language, Mathematics I and II, Physics, Woodwork.

    PATRICIA CUNNINGHAM — English Language, Arithmetic.
    RAYMOND DARLINGTON English Language, Mathematics I and II, Physics, Geometrical and Technical Drawing, Metalwork, Woodwork, Art, Geography.

    LESLEY DONALDSON — Mathematics I and II.

    ROBERT DUNNING -- English Language, Mathematics I and II, Physics, Geometrical and Technical Drawing, Metalwork, Woodwork, Geography.

    LINDA FINNEY — English Language.

    JILL FRAMINGHAM -- English Language, Shorthand, Arithmetic, Cookery, Art.

    LESLEY GRAVES -- English Language, Typewriting.

    SUSAN HAWKINS — English Language, Arithmetic.

    STEPHANIE HOLLIER — Mathematics I.

    STELLA HOSSACK — Mathematics II.

    MICHAEL JAMIESON — Mathematics I and II.

    DENISE JOHN — Mathematics I.

    SUSAN JONES — Mathemtaics I and II.

    SHIRLEY KING — English Language, Human Biology, Needlework, Civics.

    SHIRLEY LAMBE — English Language, Cookery.

    PATRICIA LEWIS — Arithmetic, Art.

    TANIA LOOK -- English Language, Cookery.

    CATRIONA MACDONALD - - English Language, Human Biology.

    ANTHONY MOOR -- English Language, Geometrical and Technical Drawing, Metalwork, Woodwork, Art.

    CAROL MORRISON — Arithmetic.


    MICHAEL PAXTON — Arithmetic, Mathematics I.

    CHRISTOPHER PULLEN — Arithmetic.

    ANDREW PYE — Mathematics I, Geometrical and Technical Drawing, Metal-work, Woodwork, Art, Geography.

    JOHNSON RAMSAY - - English Language, Mathematics I and II, Physics, Geometrical and Technical Drawing, Metalwork, Woodwork, Art, Civics.

    PAUL RICHARDSON - - Mathematics I.

    PETER ROBINSON — Mathematics I.

    DOROTHY ROWLAND — Mathematics I and II.

    HELEN RUSHMORE — English Language, Arithmetic.

    JILL SCANTLEBURY — English Language, Shorthand, Human Biology, Art.

    ISOBEL SIMPSON -- Shorthand.

    RODNEY STENTON — English Language, Arithmetic.

    JOHN STILES-ALTIERI — English Language, Mathematics I, Geometrical and Technical Drawing, Art, Metalwork, Woodwork, Geography.

    CHRISIINE TOWNSEND — Mathematics I.

    ANNETTE WHITE -- English Language, Arithmetic.

    YVONNE WIGNALL — English Language, Arithmetic, Human Biology, Art, Civics.

    SANDRA WRIGHT — English Language.


  • AUTUMN, 1964

  • JANE BEADLE - - English Language, English Literature, History.

    SUZAN BROAD — English Literature, Religious Knowledge.

    MARGUERITA CANTWELL -- English Literature.

    PHILIP COE — Physics.

    NIGEL DAWSON — English Literature.

    JACK FERRETT -- French.

    GEOFFREY FRANKLIN — Mathematics.

    MICHAEL GILHAM — English Literature.

    ROSALYN HOLROYD - - Mathematics.

    GLENYS HURLEY - - Geography.

    MICHAEL JAMIESON — English Literature, Mathematics.

    RICHARD KNAPMAN -- English Literature.

    JOHN- MOORE - - English Language, English Literature.

    BARBARA MURPHY - - Latin, Mathematics.

    SUZANNE PRATER — German.

    JEAN PROCTOR — Physics.

    LINDA RICHARDS — English Literature.

    HELEN ROURKE--- English Literature.

    IAN SAVAGE — English Language.

    JEAN SAYER — Cookery.

    ROSEMARY SUTHERLAND — Mathematics.


    THE "C.S.E."

    1965 has been a momentous year in the history of Secondary school examinations, for it has seen the inauguration of the Certificate of Secondary Education, and although "on the fringe of things", Ta1-Handaq has already entered pupils for certain subjects this year — Mathematics, Woodwork, Metatwork and Technical Drawing. Next year we shall be entering considerable numbers of candidates for the full range of examinable subjects.

    In the welter of marking, moderation and copious form-filling, the staff already have a good idea of what the C.S.E. means from their point of view, but what does it mean from the point of view of parents and pupils?

    The C.S.E. is intended to replace the examinations hitherto set by numerous bodies - - the Royal Society of Arts, the College of Preceptors and others — for the Secondary Modern School pupils who cannot make the grade in the General Certificate of Education. It is intended to make it possible for many more "average pupils" to gain leaving certificates to show that they have reached an approved standard in subjects for which they have shown aptitude during their secondary education.

    But more than this, the C.S.E. is also intended for the lower streams of the Grammar Schools and the lower Grammar streams of Comprehensive Schools like Tal-Handaq. Every year many of these pupils, having been necessarily entered' for. G.C.E. courses, are "discarded" in the subjects at which they fail the mock examinations in their fifth year. These children are now catered for much more satisfactorily, since they can be entered for two-year C.S.E. courses at the beginning of their fourth year, courses in which we can be much more certain that they will succeed.

    Many parents are of the opinion that the C.S.E. is a far inferior examination to the G.C.E. It was made clear by Her Majesty's Inspectors who visited the school recently that the Government is determined to give this new examination a sound currency, and already such bodies as Oxford University, the Civil Service Commissioners, the Institute of Architects and the Royal Air Force have agreed to accept a Grade I pass in C.S.E. as the equivalent of an 'O' level pass in G.C.E.

    Thus the inauguration of the Certificate of Secondary Education marks a forward step in the democratisation of secondary education and, with its accentuation on course and project work done over a period, forms a complement to the abolition of the '11 plus' in our Primary schools in giving more pupils a better chance to succeed in life.


    Malta is a sunny land

    That is very true.

    For months and months the sun shines down

    Upon the sea so blue.

    The sea is blue and clear and warm In summer when we swim. But in the winter when its cold The sea looks very grim.   NICHOLAS BERRY 2C2.


       MR. R.F. TIERNEY

    It is incredible that ten years have passed since Mr. Tierney joined the staff at Tal-Handaq. Before he arrived we heard that he was bringing his wife, two children, Father-in-law and a dog, so it was obvious he intended a long stay in Malta. Happily we can say that Mrs. Tierney — her father, (who has had several long stays in the island) and the two children, plus Kevin, born here and now aged six, are all flourishing. The dog, alas has died.

    During his stay here Mr. Tierney has devoted himself whole heartedly to the Modern School English Department. In the days when the school was a bi-lateral one this Department was somewhat of a Cinderella and! it is thanks to Mr. Tierney that we have such a splendid collection of books, records and tapes. He was for some time in charge of the library and Modern School Drama.

    Mr. Tierney has during his time coached the First XI Soccer team to success.

    He has seen many changes at Tal-Handaq and his efforts have been a valuable contribution to the growth of the school.

    We are all sorry to say Goodbye to him and wish him and Mrs. Tierney health, happiness and God speed in their future life.


    The nature of Tal-Handaq, requires us to bid welcome and farewell to large numbers of staff and pupils each year.

    During the Autumn Term we said goodbye to Mr. Shepherd, our Bursar, and Mrs. N.W. Smith, the School sister. They were in turn replaced by Mr. D. Sheppard and Mrs. I. Currie respectively.

    Arrivals on the teaching staff at the beginning of term included Miss J. Lamb who joined the Biology department and Mr. B. Jackson the History department, and welcomed back to the staff was Mrs. M.E. Cronin. Mrs. J. Dawson, our present secretary, was another arrival during this term.

    During the Spring term arrivals included Mrs. D.W. Hull to the teaching staff and Miss E. Cotton as A/Secretary and among the notable departures wast hat of Mr. John Lowe of the Art Department, who we have since heard has obtained a post as Tutor/ Organiser at the Technical College at Street, Somerset.

    We also said goodbye to Miss A. Milton, the secretary, and Mrs. H. Flinton of the Modern Languages department.

    During the present term we have welcomed Mrs. C.M. Cockwill to the Art Department and said goodbye to Benny Cassar, the driver of the school utilicon, who has served the school so faithfully since 1945. At the end of term no less than five members of the staff will be leaving, some of whom have been here for quite a long time.

    Mr. R. Tierney since 1956

    Mr. L.C. Smith since 1959

    Miss C. Tripp since 1963

    Mrs. M. Daily since 1962

    and our Deputy Headmaster, Instructor Commander R.I. Currie, R.N., who leaves us after a full tour of duty at the school. They leave with our thanks for all they have done for the school and our very best wishes for the future.


    The guard blew his whistle shrilly and the train moved slowly out of the station. Inside one of the compartments sat four people. In one corner sat a man reading a newspaper. In the seat opposite there was a nurse in a blue uniform, with two children.

    The man coughed quietly and the woman looked up from the magazine that she had been reading. She studied his athletic form. He was a youngish man, about thirty, and he had ungreased blond hair. His kind blue eyes twinkled humorously. His nose was small, straight and extremely handsome. His mouth, which was firm and masculine, twitched at the corners. His face was tanned' and unscarred, his jaw-line was definite and very much in proportion to the rest of his face. He laughed silently at one of the jokes from the newspaper, displaying a set of perfect, white teeth. Altogether he was a very fine looking specimen of man. The nurse wondered whether he was married or not.

    She herself was around twenty-five or so and fairly attractive. She had beautiful auburn hair with deep blue eyes. Her arched eyebrows gave extra shape to her oval face. Her nose was inconspicuous and pretty. Her lips were full and pursed slightly. In contrast to his skin, hers was very pale and fragile looking. Her cheeks were flushed. Her hands lay on her lap, small and delicate. They were also ringless. Her legs were long and quite nicely shaped, from what could foe seen of them. He wondered why she was wasting her time looking after two such spoilt-looking children.

    The children, a girl of about ten and a boy of about six or seven, were arguing violently over a children's magazine. The girl had long, Hack hair and dark-lashed brown eyes. She looked foreign. The boy's features were a repetition of the girl's. They were obviously brother and sister.

    The monotonous tone of the train's wheels drowned the sound of the arguing children.

    The nurse wondered if he was married. He wondered why she was wasting her time look ing after two such spoilt-looking children. They looked up at each other. She blushed. He smiled.

    The train stopped.



    Deputy Headmaster with School Prefects.


    This year the Society put into execution the plan for official membership and higher organisation born last year. To this end a representative committee was formed under the able guidance of Mr. Alexander. Its members were all 6th formers as a separate Intermediate Society for the Third and Fourth Years has now come into being, and Fifth Year support has not, as is usually the case, been seen and not heard -- unfortunately it has not even been seen! The lower sixth was represented on the Committee by Suzanne Prater, Aline Macdougall, Jack Ferrett, Michael Winkworth; the Upper Sixth by Moya Graham, Margaret and Frances White and Graham Roberts.

    The Committee met at the beginning of the school year and drew up the season's programme, which was then printed on Membership Cards to be sold at one shilling each. Although our salesmanship was not nearly forceful enough, competing as we were against the notorious reluctancy of Tal-Handaq Senior School, this venture proved fairly successful, and the Society now has between thirty and forty fully-fledged members. It is to be hoped that the benefits of experience will boost this number next year.

    Various meetings in the past have proved so disorganized owing to insufficient time for both participants and publicity that it was decided to follow up the principle established last year of less meetings, higher standard; and so we planned our meetings on a fortnightly basis instead of the former weekly one. Experience proved this decision correct, as both audience and standard rose in proportion — it is to be deprecated that willingness to play an active part did not! If nothing else, the Committee should now be experienced in methods of persuasion, bribery and corruption not excepted, for obtaining speakers!

    Debates being the most frequent form our meetings take, and thus the most hackneyed, a special effort was made this year to make them more novel and interesting. Six Science started off the year — very appropriately, as they have been among our strongest supporters in the past — debating "Parents Stunt Our Growth." Our most controversial motion was "Prefects Should Have More Authority," and although the "Personality Prefect" motion was pushed strongly from the opposition, the motion was carried enthusiastically by the high percentage of Prefects in the audience — so far no results have been forthcoming from the necessary authorities! A very popular debate on "America's Influence on Britain Has Been Disastrous" unfortunately developed into a slanging match, but happily East-West relations in Tal-Handaq are still as good as they have always been. By way of a change a Spot Debate was held, although not entirely successful due to the usual excessive modesty of the Floor to drop its pearls of wisdom in our eager ears. Perhaps the most memorable, and one of the most enjoyable debates of the year was the Staff Debate, in which Mrs. Cronin, Mrs. Gerrard, Mr. Marshal and Mr. Battye very kindly took part and gave us an excellent hour's entertainment. No need to state the result of their motion, "This House Prefers the Good Old Days", but it must be said in all fairness that we were naturally prejudiced! The "Balloon Debate" of last year proved so successful that we repeated the venture, the characters again in costume, and although the novelty has worn off, this form of debate is still just as popular, if not more so. The characters in mortal danger of losing their lives were Jezebel, Harold Wilson, Bloody Mary, Lawrence of Arabia, Cassius Clay and Mata Hari

    — needless to say, the seductive spy was saved from ignominious death!

    Due perhaps to the smaller number of meetings, only one Play Reading was held this year. Rosalind Evans, Frances White, Michael (Smiley) Jamieson and Moya Graham gave a commendable rendering of the interesting, if rather unusual "A Phoenix Too Frequent", by Christopher Fry. One of the highlights of our year was Mr. Tierney's talk on D.H. Lawrence — a very enjoyable, as well as highly enlightening experience. Its consequences were an immediate 6th Form raid on D.H. Lawrence novels in the library — those they stocked, that is!

    The traditional annual events connected with the Society, that is the Verse Speaking, Public Speaking and Junior Play Competitions, went off without any hitch, and the high standards of past years were ably maintained. For the Verse Speaking we had two able judges from the Forces Broadcasting Service, and winners for the individual years in ascending order were: Deborah Lowe, Anne Broadway, Jane Moyle, Ann Farrow, Susan Bexon and Beryl George together, and Marenka Kaslik. The Public Speaking was judged on a House basis by Professor R. Beck, Professor of English at the Royal University of Malta; the individual winner was Elizabeth Cousins of 4th Year, the winning House Nelson. Commander Price, R.N., very kindly judged the Junior Play Competition, which was even more successful and enjoyable this year than last, and Hawkins gained the overall prize for general production, St. Vincent the prize for decor, setting and stage management.

    Our chief function at the turn of the year was the "Christmas Anthology", a hotch-potch of extracts from poems and prose dealing with Christmas, interspersed with carols and Christmas music. Community singing was rather thin — the Senior School was no doubt still recovering from the Beggar's Opera! —
    but the general atmosphere was there. The climax of the year and our last meeting was, of course, the Mock Trial, when we put John Logic Baird (Robin Levin) on trial for inventing Television. The proceedings were conducted on a rather more farcical note than last time, under the able guidance of Judge Clayton Gore (Graham Roberts), but were none the less very entertaining. The accused's ludicrous sentence was passed in a suitably pompous manner, and the Society dismissed for the last time this year.

    It is gratifying to note that attendances have risen this year and remained steady, although reluctance to speak and play an active part is just as disheartening as ever. Is Tal-Handaq Senior School stricken so very much by shyness? — They certainly seem to conquer it in other spheres! It is to be hoped that next year's Committee will benefit from our mistakes and experience, and that the Society will go on from strength to strength. Last, but not least, on behalf of all concerned I'd like to thank Mr. Alexander - - it is his enthusiasm that has made our work so enjoyable and worthwhile.

    ALINE MACDOUGALL — (Secretary).


    The trial started with the entrance of the counsels for defence and prosecution. (Suzanne Prater, Paul Jenner — defence: Michael Winkworth, Geoffrey Pilton — prosecution). The counsels were followed by the Clerk of the Court, (John Moore).

    The Judge (Graham Roberts) was the next to enter and he proceeded to his appointed place amid low whispers and rude comments from the" audience. The prisoner, John Logic Baird (Robin Levin) was ushered in via the rear entrance under the custody of one able-bodied policeman (David Pittaway).

    The prosecution began its case and called' the first witness, whose name was echoed around the courtroom. Percival Devere (Richard Knapman) entered, climbing over the Judge's seat, nearly knocking his wig oft. He was duly sworn in and proceeded to clean his finger-nails with his flick-knife. The prosecution decided that he was a hostile witness and he was consequently arrested.

    The next witness, Jack Davies (Jack Ferrett), a South London Probation Officer, complained that Bugs Bunny corrupted the mind's of little children and was hence the reason for their admission to approved schools.

    The next witness for the prosecution was Anne Scott-Montcrieff (Anne Denison), a successful psychiatrist. She expounded on the harmful effect that television had on the eyes viz. a regular rectangular retina.

    The next witness caused quite a stir among the counsels and jury alike. This was Miss Solitaire De La Nuit (Jennifer Goldsadk) who entered complete with cigarette, cigarette holder and bleary eyes. A few points about her occupation were brought up and she was told to stand down before the jury could hear of her embarrassing past.

    Miss Hilary Horthornthwaite-Smythe (Margareta Cantwell) was the next witness for the prosecution and was ushered in and sworn in, even. She stood in the witness box, enthusiastically licking her lollipop, much to the displeasure of the jury who were reminded of a tea-break.

    The first witness for the defence Miss Philamena Winterbottom (Jennifer Allan), a prominent junior school teacher was sworn in. She told of her pupils eagerness towards television lessons and how they were frustrated when she was late for a lesson.

  • The Rev. Abraham Bowley (John Saddler) proudly marched in next, preaching. "Peace be unto you my children". He was not very popular with those members of the jury who played football on Sunday mornings.

  • The entrance of Millicent Martin (Aline Macdougail) awoke the male members of the jury who were now beginning to nod quietly off to sleep. After telling how television had helped her career, she stepped down and Mr. Emmanuel Ponsonby-Noshpott (Stephen Commons) took the stand. He was an advertising agent, an expert as he put it, and the audience was given a sample of his work by the members of the court singing, "Omo adds bright, bright brightness!"

  • The last to appear was John Logie Baird himself, who pleaded to the jury not to convict him. The jury however had reached their verdict before the trial had started and slips of paper containing tiny illustrations and bearing the word guilty were passed to the foreman of the jury.

  • Apart from a few minor disagreements which nearly ended in a pitched battle, the trial went well and the Judge sentenced Logie Baird to be imprisoned in a television set and hurled over Niagara Falls.

  •                                                                                                                                                                   MICHAEL JAMIESON


    Since September 1964 the school has had the use of a well equipped modern library. The conversion of three rather dingy classrooms was carried out during the summer holidays. Consequently we now have a large reading room, pleasantly decorated with a most convenient furniture layout with comfortable armchairs occupying the centre of the library.

    In the fiction section the books are stored in Alphabetical Order of authors around the perimeter whilst the rest of the space is taken up with new chairs and tables and' here too the walls are pleasantly decorated with prints of famous paintings.



    Both rooms have been provided with many new and expensive books and the total number of books now stands at 7,200.

    The atmosphere of the whole building is one of quietly efficient and pleasant study and it encourages pupils to work there more often and to read more.

    I feel sure that the school appreciates the work of the 5th and 6th Forms librarians who give up so much of their time to serve the school in the library.





    In November 1964 we had our annual visit (the fourth) from a Careers Advisory Officer, who interviewed over a hundred pupils. Mr. Pape hopes to be in Malta again in October or November to conduct further interviews, largely for pupils in the Fifth and Sixth Year and for those in their Fourth Year returning to Britain. Comments on these interviews are received in the school later in the year. It is hoped to arrange careers talks to 4th and 5th Year Classes regularly throughout the coming year.

    Parents are invited to come and discuss the prospects of a career for their son or daughter, normally by appointment on a Friday afternoon.


    The Careers Information Service in the School can be divided into: —

    a) A Section which provides information on all forms of training, entry to
    the professions and the Services, on requirements, methods of application, and
    Grants for Courses at Universities, Colleges of Advanced Technology, Training
    Colleges, largely for those who will have achieved G.C.E. Advanced Level
    Standards in particular subjects.

    Pupils should also consult the issue of 'Where', listing a variety of non-school subjects which can be studied in Further Educational establishments and Universities.

    b) A Section offering suggestions and opportunities for those leaving school
    to earn their living in a particular trade or profession.

    Employers are continuing to insist more and more on a good general education in many cases concluded with a certain number of passes in the C.S.E. or the G.C.E. Examination at 'O' Level.

    It may be worth mentioning here for the sake of parents that already a large number of Firms, Industries and Professional Organisations have indicated that they will accept passes in the C.S.E. Examination as equivalent to G.C.E. This should provide an added stimulus to those who, in former years, felt they were being debarred from certain careers because they were not following a G.C.E. Course.

    Nowadays automation is continuing at a brisk pace with the introduction of new techniques in industry and commerce. This is causing the disappearance of some existing possibilities but also leading to the creation of new careers and a vast expansion in others, particularly in Building, Advertising and occupations dealing with Food as public taste in Britain improves, and as we make our contribution to help the underdeveloped areas of the world.

    The Health Service in Britain offers almost unlimited opportunity: There are now some 3,000 hospitals and 1,100 Clinics and consequently increasing opportunities exist for careers in the Health Services and in the field of Pharmacy. The range of career here is vast, — from various grades of nursing and associated occupations such as Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Almoner, Houseparent, Child Care and Guidance to careers in the Administration of Hospitals and other Institutions, such as Accountancy, Dietition and Catering Trades.

    Senior pupils who intend to apply to Universities, Colleges of Technology and Colleges of Education for places in October 1966, should write personally during the summer months for the detailed syllabus of study to the University Faculty or College which they hope to enter.  

    Up-to-date information on all Universities and most Colleges of Education and the Courses they offer is available in the school.

    U.C.C.A. application Forms for 1966 will be available early in July 1965. Pupils should inform themselves thoroughly of the Grants available to them in Further Education, and those starting a Sixth Form Course should consult the Compendium of Requirements for University Courses and the Handbook on Higher Education, available in .the Library and in the Careers Room, so that they are pursuing the right Course of Study in the relevant subjects, if they have a particular career in view. Pupils intending to start apprenticeships should consult Mr. Kitson in the Technical Department.

    Mr. Gallacher is available for consultation by pupils at Lunch-time daily as well as on Friday afternoons to meet parents.


    Whilom in dayes of verray olde,

    There lyvede tweye knightes bothe verray bolde;

    But alas ! They bothe loosed alle theyr powere

    Bye beinge imprizzoned in a towere.

    Oon wast highte Palamoun — the other, Arcite;

    They weren alle wayes fyghting with alle theyr myghte

    Over thys gyrl highte Emilye,

    Fyrste seene in a garten under a tree.

    Perotheus hadde Arcite sette free

    Who wast banishede and pined four Emilye.

    After manye a yeer he didde retourn

    Cause fore Emilye he didde yerne.

    Alas ! Alack ! Didde Palamoun crye

    Fore wast he laft aloun to dye.

    Palamoun gotte his gailour drunke

    So he wast able to do a bunke.

    Oon fyne daye Arcite went rydinge

    And kamto the wode where Palamoun wast hydinge;

    They challynged eache other to fyghte a duelle

    And foghten a fyghte so verray cruelle

    Until! Theseus upon them kame

    And seyde: "Cease fyghtinge over a dame.

    Bothe brynge oon hundrede knyghtes to me

    To bataille fore the fayre Emilye.

    Whan this wast donne the fyghte beganne

    And' soone Arcite looked e verray wanne.

    The verray nexte daye Arcite leyde dedde

    And Palamoun didde Emilye wedde.

    Their lyves weren fylled with merrey laughter

    And they bothe lyved happiley ever after.


                Mr. H. Wilkinson with the Junior School Choir.


    This choir has been going since the 1964 Autumn term. It assembles every Tuesday at 1-15 pm. Now it usually assembles on Friday as well, as we are practising for a concert on June llth. There are about fifty people in the choir, out of about two hundred 1st. year boys and girls.

    For the concert the choir will sing four songs. The Fiddles, The Bells of Aberdovey, I have twelve oxen and A Sea Song. I am sure that everybody appreciates Mr. Wilkinson's attention to the Junior Choir, also Mr. Gerrard for allowing the Junior Choir to be in the Concert and Mr. Alexander for playing the piano,



    Every month, during the lunch-hour, recitals were held in the Music Room. These recitals were run by Mr. Gerrard, with a very good attendance from the school. Junior, as well as Senior, pupils took part with a few of the Staff. The youngest pupil to take part was Deborah Lowe, who played delightfully on the piano on several occasions. Those who contributed to the recitals by singing were:- Penny Wansibury, Joan Stratton, Elizabeth Fawcett, Jean Rodgers, Julie Landon, and Lynda Fairhall. Heather Edwards also sang, but she has recently left the school. A small orchestra also played with Mr. Lowe ('cello), Mr. Witherspoon (violin) Mr. Wilkinson (clarinet) Lynne Edmunds(clarinet) and Rosemary Fisher (violin) Mr. Gerrard played the accompaniments to the songs on the piano. John McCallum played some Spanish music on his guitar. Two groups played -- The Rebels a beat group, and The Tax Beats who sang ballad songs mainly. The boys in the Rebels are Pete Robinson, Rod Deas, and Roger Hurrell; Ian O'Brien, Michael Jamieson, and Graham Roberts made up the Tax Beats.

    These recitals were very succesful and I am sure all those who took part in them enjoyed doing so. We all thank Mr. Gerrard for organising the entertainment.



    The last of the Junchtime concerts was held on Tuesday 8th April in the Music room. The varied and entertaining programme began with the Junior Choir under Mr. Wilkinson, singing a short and very pleasant song, "The Fiddler" which is a Swabian Folksong.

    Then came the 1st movement from a Beethoven piano duet played very ably by Julie London in the treble and' Mr. Gerrard in the bass.

    We were then entertained by Ann Sinclair who sang one of the songs from her own role in the "Beggar's Opera." Ann's voice was well suited to this beautiful song.

    The recorder club then appeared and played two short pieces. This was followed by violinist Rosemary Fisher. Rosemary, although she had not been playing very long performed extremely well, playing pieces well within her cap abilities.

    The following item was a family affair, with Mr. Lowe on the 'cello accompanied on the piano by his daughter, Deborah,. ' Unfortunately the piano music had been mislaid, but nevertheless the show went on, Deborah playing from memory, and this performance was greatly appreciated.

    For the first time we heard a piano-accordion performer, Ivan Neish. Ivan played two very popular songs - - "Ramona" and "Wooden Heart." This was particularly successful as the audience joined in and sang to Ivan's accompaniment. Mr. Gerrard and Lynda Fairhall followed, playing a duet on descant and tenor recorders respectively. Although the tenor instrument is large, it is not difficult to play and could be taken up by more young people.

    As usual our own "pop" group ended the programme, singing, to their own accompaniment : :Puff and Magic Dragon" and "This land is your land". The group consisted of Brian Jackson, "Smiley" Jamieson, and Ian O'Brien. Needless to say, they received loud and enthusiastic applause ! !

    This last concert was, as usual, very well attended and enjoyed by performers and audience alike. Well done, all!



    This years concert on June llth again was of high standard. The songs of the Junior and Senior Choirs were attractive pieces and well sung. Julie Landon and Mary Jones played a piano duet by Beethoven, which was technically difficult and well played. The Instrumental Trio played two modern tunes attractively rendered. The Recorder Group, consisting of mainly juniors played four attractive tunes. Ivan Neish, considering his age, played his accordion excellently. It was a pleasure to hear John McCallum's classical solos on his guitar. Both Lynda Fairhall and Elizabeth Fawcett sang their solos with great feeling and the words came over well. Anne and Gillian Sinclair rendered their duets extremely well. Our Guest Artist, Mr. Irevor Jones, sang six songs which were greatly appreciated. The second form, trained by Miss Reed and Mrs. Dewstowe, gave a lively display of country dancing. As usual our guitar groups, The Rebels and The Quakers, were much appreciated by all.

    We must give our thanks to Mr. Gerrard and Mr. Wilkinson, without whom the concert would not have been possible.



    So another year draws to a close and musically it has been a very ambitious one. Prize Giving Day was memorable in that the School sang with great verve the Sea Song "The East Indiaman" and the lovely song by Dyson "Motherland" with the choir singing the Descant. The Choir also acquitted itself very well with "The Angler's Song''' — a four part glee.

    At Christmas we broke with tradition and, instead of Gilbert and Sullivan, we broke new grounds with The Beggar's Opera. This was much more difficult from the Soloists angle and although we had help from the Staff, Linda Fairhall, Suzan Prater and Ian O'Brien pleased the audience with efficient performances. The Male voice choir also acquitted itself very well with some lusty singing.

    This last term has been a very busy one, with preparation for the annual school concert, and over a hundred children will be taking part.

    The Junior choir has been very keen this year and their numbers have grown. The Senior Choir has been preparing some Madrigals, but we have been very short this time of Tenors and Basses, and we hope this deficiency will be remedied next year.

    The recorder group has been also active, and this year we have two Guitar Groups, one specializing in Ballad, and the other in Modern.

    Next year the senior choir practices will be held in the evening from 3.30-4.45., as it has been felt that lunch time rehearsals have been very rushed' and of too short a duration — so intending members please note.

    Finally the lunch time recitals have been a great success and will be continued next term.



    The Royal Marines played at Corradino in the Theatre. After showing us the instruments they played Elgar's 'Pomp and Circumstance March' this was thoroughly enjoyed. Next was a tune by Verdi, 'II Trovatore'. Adams Pirate King was lovely resembling the swagger of a king. After was Mozart. The music was a G minor Symphony. A break came after this. It was for a quarter of an hour.

    The second part of the concert was by Tchaikovsky. Some of his ballet music was played. I think everyone enjoyed this. A really beautiful piccolo solo was next. It was called 'The Deep Blue Sea." Two tenor arras, followed. These were sung by Petty Officer Mallia.

    I think that everyone enjoyed this concert which was played by the same marines as last year.




    This was my first experience of the school's annual theatrical presentation and the versatility and standard of production amazed me. From comic operetta in 1962 to a modern play, in 1963, then talking eighteenth century ballad opera in their stride reflects upon the enthusiasm and hardwork that is so- necessary in a production of this kind.

    Until the Beggar's Opera was written by John Gay in the early eighteenth century, Italian opera held sway. The presentation of this opera in 1829 was to herald a new era for English opera; in fact "it ran through the entire season sixty two nights — it has run ever since."

    The scene was set by C. W. Barraclough the producer, who also played the Beggar. His make-up, entrance and delivery of lines were perfect; the mood was set and we sat back to enjoy a most entertaining evening.

    The fact that this was a ballad opera proved to be most interesting. The tunes and melodies were drawn from many sources. Folk songs, ballads and even music taken from contemporary operas were arranged as a whole by connecting dialogue to form a colourful and essentially musical feast.

    It is difficult to mention the cast individually by merit but it was obvious that much hard word had been put in, not only by the artists "up front" but by the "artists" behind the scenes - - "a cheerful, motley crew, pulling the ropes and flicking the switches."

    Worthy of mention was John Lowe as Macheath. It would have been hard to find a more gallant and dashing highwayman. Credit is also due to the Ladies of the Town and their opposites, the Gentlemen of the Road for their wonderful interpretation and support. Highly commendable was the work put into the decor and costumes under the management of Robert Dickerson and the music played by the quartet in 18th century costume, led by Richard Gerrard.

    "The Beggar's Opera" was well supported on all three nights and again the School was indebted to those, who helped to make the production such a success.

    L. CHAMP — VIA.

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    Chairman: J. Ferrett. Secretary: Greta Cantwell.

    This year has been a busy one for the Society for it has had fourteen meetings ranging from poultry farming to bridge-building to Hydroponics.

    Among the guest speakers we were priveleged to have two from the University of Malta, Professor Lewis, who spoke on "The Velocity of Light", and Professor Edwards, who spoke on "Stereochemistry". Outstanding talks were given by Mr. Dewstoe, on drilling for oil in the Libyan desert, and Mr. Vancil on how he personally designed and built his yacht Rena, which was moored in the Marina. Mr. Seward, Chief of Admiralty Police, talked on "The role of Science in Crime Detection", Mr. Jones, the Fleet Salvage Officer gave an insight to his job, Mr. Bartola, of Cable and Wireless, and the following week Mr. King, from Dingli, aroused our interest in radio transmission and reception. From the Government Farm, Mr. Scicluna-Spiteri discussed Hydroponics, the growing of plants in chemical solution, Mr. Cork talked on bridge construction and for our final talk we were very pleased to invite along Mr. Blake who talked on the Colonial Civil Service in East Africa.

    Thus, it can be seen from the examples that, the Society is extremely varied, the talks being in all but a very few examples which are extremely easy to understand.

    However if these speakers are invited to come and speak in their own time it is important that the meet-ings are well attended. At the beginning attendance was quite good but tailed off at the end. There is always room for new members and 4th, 5h, 6th formers interested are invited to join.

    The Secretary and I would like to thank a hard core of supporters and give special thanks to Lt. Cdr. Swift for his unflagging support and for arranging the talks with the people concerned.



    In the October of last year it was decided that a 3rd and 4th Year Literary and Debating Society should be formed. The main reason behind the decision was that that were was a ist and 2nd year group as well as a 4th, 5th and 6th year group, thus leaving the 3rd year out, and giving the 4th only a minor part to play. So on October 22nd the 3rd and 4th year Literary and Debating Society held its first meeting.

    The first debate was that "women should be seen and not heard". The motion was, due to the large majority of females present, defeated by 15 votes. Notable meetings throughout the year were the verse-speaking competition, held in conjunction with the other groups, in which Jane Moyle and Anne Farrow won the 3rd and 4th year prizes respectively. The Balloon Debate, held on November 25th was perhaps the most well attended and successful meeting of the year. About 50 people turned up to hear it, and the characters in the balloon were Santa Claus (Les. Sharp), Liz. Taylor (Margaret Murry), King Henry VIII (Pete Edge), Britannia (Gaynor Hamly), Cleopatra (Liz. Couzins), and Count Dracula (Pete Ross). Although all the speeches were equally entertaining Count Dracula was elected to be the sole survivor.

    The Society has held throughout the last couple of terms, eight meetings, and the average attendance for these meetings was 25.

    A special word of thanks must go to Mr. Alexander, who throughout the  two terms has been a source of inspiration to the Society, and without whose help the venture would not have succeeded the way it did.



    The Society's first meeting of the new year, was a debate with the motion,

    'Should Boys adopt the Rolling Stone's Hair-cut." This proved to be a debatable subject, but the motion was defeated after much argument. A fortnight later, a Book Review was organised. We were glad to see that it was mostly first year who spoke about some very interesting books.

    To finish the Christmas term, we held a Balloon Debate. The seven second who took part in this were:

    ROBERT ROSS — Scott Carpenter. SARAH DIXON — Merlin. KATHRINE HIGGINS — Scrooge. JONATHAN TAYLOR — Billy Bunter. CHRISTINE ATTWOOD — Helen of Troy. TIMOTHY HALL - - Julius Caesar. ROSEMARY NAPPER — Casper, the Friendly Ghost.

    Each of these made a speech about their lives and the audience had to decide who was to stay in the balloon. The winner was Billy Bunter, who made a very interesting and extremely humorous speech.

    To introduce the beginning of new term, a Bran Tub Meeting was held. Each member of the audience was made to talk for two minutes on a picked subject. The result was very comical. Following this was another debate, this time the subject was, "Should Parents have more Authority over their Children?" Several first years spoke and the verdict resulted in favour o*f the motion.

    As the Junior House Plays were in progress, the Society did not meet for a few weeks. The following month, when the plays had finished we held the final debate of the term. The motion was, "Capital Punishment should be Abolished." Although few people attended, an interesting time was had by all. The final debate of the year was during the Summer Term, with the motion, "Blood Sports should be Abolished." Again this was not well attended, but was very enjoyable. The final vote was a tie between the two sides so bringing the last meeting to an end.

    We would like to thank Mr. Morris for organising the Society and Mr. Alexander and Miss Yule for so kindly staying to some of the meetings.

    Carol Hay  (Chairman)

     Map reading exercise in Gozo.


    The most encouraging aspect of the year's work has been the way in which the older boys have helped run the scheme. They are now organising map reading exercises and expeditions, while one of them is proving himself an excellent leader of a rock climbing group. This experience will improve their powers of leadership and give them a sense of responsibility.

    Next year several of these senior members will be old enough to tackle the Gold Award tests, and an expedition to Sicily at Whit is being planned. They will, we hope, be the first to pioneer a suitable 50 mile hike in the region of Mt. Etna that can be used by succeeding groups. Quite an exciting prospect for these boys but of course the going will be tough.

    Th Bronze Award group has much promise in that it contains boys who have distinguished themselves by their energy and helpfulness. Our only regret is that more boys, who apparently cannot find worthwhile leisure time activities, will not accept the challenge of the Award Scheme. Honest effort is all that is required to pass the many interesting tests.

    Here is a summary of the work that has been undertaken by members of the scheme during the year:

    Service Section  

    Silver and Bronze Award candidates have completed a First Aid course and reached the required standard.

    Expedition Section

    Ail members have taken part in expeditions to Gozo, Dingli Cliffs and Ghajn Tuffieha. Numerous map reading exercises have been held during the year and we must thank Mr. Fuller for his help in this work.

    Hobbies Section

    These are the hobbies that the boys are pursuing with the names of the judges in brackets: Metalwork (Mr. Walters), Wireless (Mr. Devine), Metereology (Lt. Cdr. Blackmore), Stamp Collecting (Mr. Newton), Art (Mr. Dickerson), Photography (Mr. Fuller), Judo (Cpl. Gorman), Rock Climbing (Mr. Tomlinson), Woodwork (Mr. Mamo) and Horse Riding (Mrs. Kidgell).

    Physical Fitness Section

    Throughout the year all members have been striving to reach the standards which are quite high. It must be emphasised that sufficient effort will enable a boy to pass even if he finds it impossible to reach the standard.

    We must thank many members of the teaching staff for helping to judge hobby work, expeditions and P.E. tests.

    We are grateful to Surg. Lt. Cdr. A. McGillivray, Mrs. N. Smith and Mrs. I. Currie for organising the First Aid courses. The R.A.F. San deserve our very warm thanks for their organisation of a wonderful expedition to Gozo. F.O. Wickens, Cpl. Thorburn, Cpl. Cochran and J/T Hawkins were the men responsible for what was one of the highlights of the year.



    At 6.15 a.m. a party of 21 boys from Tal-Handaq and three R.A.F. serving personnel met at R.A.F. San to began an expedition to Gozo. These three airmen belong to an expedition training club at San and were taking us on this expedition so that we could gain experience of mass camping. An R.A.F. bus took us to Marfa where we boarded the 7.30 a.m. ferry to Mgarr, the ferry nearly leaving 24 loitering campers behind. The weather was very overcast and ominous, with signs of a thunder-storm in the distance and, although there was a heavy swell in the channel, we all disembarked half an hour later without any green complexions. However it now began to rain and while the main party began the long walk to Xlendi, our proposed camping site, two of the airmen and three boys went on ahead in the R.A.F. van, we had brought with us, to pitch the first tent. By the time these intrepid five arrived at Xlendi after someone had difficulty in map-reading the rain was torrential; and, after unloading the gear so that the van could pick up the rest of the party in shifts, the first i6o-pound tent was erected. Thus by 9.30, 24 half-drowned bodies huddled in the two large tents, only to be sent out into the deluge to erect three small tents and a fly-sheet, and to collect firewood. Much to our relief the rain lessened and we gathered round the fly-sheet, where the cooking was to take place, to receive some hot, reviving soup. Then, when the rain had ceased, we made the camp ship-shape, dug a miniature drainage system channel, and had a snack. By 1.30 p.m. a meal of mixed grill had been prepared, and my stomach found out that my throat had not been cut after all! The cooks, six each day .vith the last three cooking breakfast on Monday, were picked alphabetically from the boys, whilst one airman supervised the cooking and thought up each 'menu'

    In the afternoon we walked above Xlendi Bay and had a magnificent cliff-top view at the bay's entrance; from here we scrambled down to the village to have some liquid refreshment and to play soccer in the wide road, whilst the cooks prepared the evening meal of steak and kidney pie for 5 o'clock. Here it must be mentioned that the cooking was done on a wood-fire, outside the fly-sheet when it was dry, and just inside when it was raining. Also we had tinned food (none of us were hunters!), except for the instant potatoes --by the time we broke carry we looked like those wretched packets. The bread was obtained from a bakery in Victoria and was wonderfully fresh and warm.

    On the Gozo Ferry.

    As soon as dusk descended upon us we built a large fire and commenced to deliver so-called lecturettes to each other, and this 'amusement' was followed by a briefing from the leader on the next day's procedure. Then we had some cocoa and "hit the hay".


    We arose next morning at 7 o'clock with soft limbs (the "hay'' was bumpier and harder than usual) to be confronted with yet more rain. After a breakfast of mixed grill, porridge and coffee the rain increased in volume, and so we had a small map-reading lecture in one of the large tents. Soon a water-fall materialised nearby and yesterday's soccer pitch became today's river as the water rushed into the bay, which became a muddy colour and a definite line evolved between the brown of the bay and the blue of the sea outside. Then rain began to seep into one of the tents as its channel had been blocked; but this was soon rectified and the only result was that the tent become even more sodden. The rain ceased at 9 a.m. and, as soon as the rocks had dried, we were split into two groups, one to have rock-climbing instruction, the other to have self-defence training.

    After a while the groups interchanged courses and then we had a light meal 1 p.m.

    The afternoon was taken up with a small exercise to test our map-work and team-work. We had to go to six map references, the third and sixth being rendezvous points, and find out such things as the name of a certain house (it was in fact, "God Bless America") or the name of a bar-owner. By 4 o'clock we were all back at camp, after two of the four groups had taken the wrong route, and we played soccer (the road was now a thoroughfare) and gathered some fire-wood. Tea at 5 p.m. consisted of a sort of cheese and potato pie with soup after it!, and then sugar-melon and coffee. The same routine as the evening before then took place.


    When the cooks arose after a better night's sleep, the fire was already alight
    by some miracle or other, and to celebrate this and pay respect to the gods we
    made a burnt offering of scrambled eggs! Breakfast thus consisted of porridge,
    potatoes, tomatoes, and tea. Then followed a tough exercise, which terminated
    at 3 p.m., in the heat and dust of a typical Mediterranean day. The first two
    parties left in the van at 8.45 a.m. to be dropped off on the other side of the
    island, and then the van returned to pick he other two parties up at 9.45 a.m.
    Each party took a ruck-sack, which contained soup, bread, and a small gas stove,
    and water-bottles. The idea of the exercise was to make your way back to camp
    across country, not on the roads, and each group had to go to two or three map
    references on the way. By the time we returned we were completely,/exhausted
    but some of us still played soccer. ,

    Tea was 'cooked' by the three airmen (I believe it was corn-beef hash!) but it was really no worse than any of the other meals. In the evening we- had more lecturettes, a trip to the village, and a sing-song until 9.30 p.m., when we climbed or wriggled into our sleeping-bags.


    We arose at the usual time, finished practically all the food that remained, and commenced to break away at 8 a.m. Within an hour this was completed, and so we erected the three small tents again (2 'arctic guineas' and a 'regency') to gain experience in tent-pitching. Half an hour later we were split into two groups and the first set out for Mgarr, the second setting out fifteen minutes later. By II a.m. we all arrived at Mgarr, the R.A.F. van helping us on our way and we began a two hour wait for the ferry.

    After a calm crossing and an uneventful bus journey we arrived at Safi, tired, weary and dirty at 2.30 in the afternoon to be met by Mr. Tomlinson. With the thought of home-cooking and a soft bed which was to welcome us home, we thanked our R.A.F. leaders and gleefully crawled onto a private bus.

    On behalf of my comrades I would like to thank Mr. Tomlinson and R.A.F. Safi for providing us with this enjoyable, though tough, expedition in adverse conditions.

    G. MILTON — L. 6 A


    I'm trying very hard to think, But all that comes are blobs of ink. They land' in patterns on my page, Which only add .to the teacher's rage.

    The inspiration will not come, As I sit and suck my thumb. I think of Break and tons of food, I'm just not in the writing mood.

    But soon the bell is due to go,

    It will never be my foe.

    I don't know what I'm going to do,

    So I think I'll leave the rest to you.



    In the calmness of an April garden it is refreshing to see the contemplative tortoise, newly awakened from its winter sleep. The tortoise does not grumble at the English winter but simply evades it by self-burial; and when the time comes it awakens to enjoy the spring.

    This winter sleep does not destroy its memories nor its sense of direction, for upon awakening, it often heads for same place where it last basked' comfortably in the sun.

    Tortoises are strict vegetarians and they choose only the freshest and best food.

    It hardly ever makes a noise, apart from hissing if annoyed at its dinner and making a low piping sound when in love.

    Tortoises often live at least as long as man.

    In this modern age of speed it is pleasant to spare a little time watching the slow movements of the patient tortoise.



    Old, and forgotten stands .the oak, It once was covered in a leafy cloak, But now the branches are grey and bare, No longer would the cuckoos dare To nest amongst the branches.

    The oak was soon condemned to die, The animals came to say goodbye, A man walked up with a mighty saw And cut the oak till, 't'was no more.

    LYNN HIGGINS — Form IA1.



    SAILING 1964-65

    Sailing has continued throughout the year but was limited during the winter months by some yery unkind weather.

    The school is very lucky to have facilities at Kalafrana, Hay Wharf and H.M.S. St. Angelo and'has on some Fridays had more than twelve dinghies available. On behalf of the sailing fraternity in the school, I would' like to thank the First Lieutenant of H.M.S. Falcon, the Fleet Recreation Officer and the Boats Officer, H.M.S. St. Angelo for these splendid facilities.; A number of boys qualified as helmsmen this year but only one of the fair sex-has passed her "ticket" - well done Jane Beadle; but come on ladies; '"'Show, a leg, there.!"

    A number "of cox'n's are leaving this summer but I am happy to report that a good nucleus remains for the start of a new season next September.

    I sincerely hope that the leavers whether helms or crew will continue to sail, but one word to them — remember that there are tides to contend' with elsewhere than in Malta.

    The following are qualified helmsmen.

    14 ft. R.N.S.A. Dinghies: S. Prater, J. Beadle, J. Atherton, N. Dawson, R. Dunning, J. Ferrett, J. McCallum, R. Ogden, J. Saddler, M. Semmens, M. Winkworth, D. Radford', R. Levin, , Swordfish Dinghies — The following have also qualified for their Swordfish tickets — well done !

    S. Prater, J. Atherton-, .N. Dawson, J, -Ferrett, J. McCallum, J. Saddler, M. Semmens, M. Winkworth.'

    At going to press it is hoped that a School crew of two staff and two boys will sail the 25 foot Folkboat Sonia in the annual Syracuse to Malta race on 26th June.

    Good sailing.



    The worm works steadily, inexorably, gnawing deep into the crux of the mechanism. No motions

    The body is paralysed, but the drugged limbs feel no pain, The mind is at peace. The incursion of the flesh; continues; Nothing can Stop its progress — there is no cure. The growth, .excoriates the skin and the once impregnable tissues melt before the battery of death.

    Resistance is overcome.

    The final barrier is broken, the vital organ reached, There is no means to pacify —no hope of pity. The teeth sink into the heart, The body writhes, an ultimatum before death, Then relapses into peaceful unity. Extermination.



    This year's Easter production appeared' in the form of a theatrical miscellany.

    The show consisting of seven short sketches, was opened by an elegantly-dressed Richard Knapman who introduced the first part of the evening's entertainment. This, called 'The Old Firm's Awakening', portrayed Jack Ferrett, John Moore and Terry Reddick in a very amusing scene on a race course.

    The second part of the miscellany was a one-act play, namely, 'The Ugly Duckling', which was the best of four plays performed at the Junior One-Act Play Festival held the previous week. The acting here from the first and second formers of Hawkins House, under the leadership of Suzanne Prater of the lower sixth, was truly first-class.

    Number three on the programme saw Aline Macdougall as Mrs. Mole performing a very difficult piece of acting exceedingly well.

    A scene from Shakespeare's 'Henry VIII' was the last item before the interval, and, though well done by Jean Rodger, Patricia Elliot and Peter Robinson, might well have received more applause had a better known extract of the play been chosen.

    The interval over, the audience was treated to a short sketch called 'Emily's Excuse', in which Nigel Dawson, Dorothy Baggott, Jane Baxter, and' Mary Bishop portrayed a scene of servant-trouble in the Belle Vue Boarding House.

    Following 'Emily's Excuse' came Mr. Barraclough with tremendously humorous advice for 'Men in Aprons', on how to clean saucepans of the remains of cold porridge !

    To end the show 'Square Pegs' showed what might happen if a Modern Girl, played by Suzanne Prater, and a Sixteenth-century Venetian girl, acted by Ann Dennison, exchanged romantic lives, which resulted in a good many laughs for the audience.

    For the most part, then, April Shower was a success, and I think proved an excellent evening's entertainment for all who went to see it.

    J. SADDLER — 2VIA.


    A few minutes to midnight as I lay in my bed I heard a rustle and a scuffle. I crept out of bed and tiptoed through to the kitchen, with my long dressing gown sweeping the floor behind me.

    Moonlight streamed through the window shining on my weapon. I got down on my knees, stumbled on my long dressing gown and caught him. I slid the match box shut with a satisfying scrape. One more Cockroach to add to my growing collection.


    Beryl George giving a demonstration of Rock Climbing on Open Day.

    OPEN DAY — JUNE 9th, 1965

    This year it was decided to hold an 'Open Day' with a difference. Instead of parents coming along just to talk to members of the Staff in their own rooms, a number of displays were organised to try to give to the visitors a more complete picture of Royal Naval School, Tal-Handaq — to show that school life is not just a matter of books and examinations.

    The afternoon programme was opened by the Deputy Headmaster, who welcomed all the visitors to the school, and introduced the first item, which was a well-drilled! display of P.E. by the girls. As soon as the equipment was cleared away, an exhibition of Ballroom Dancing took place under the leadership of Mr. T. Moore. This display went very smoothly, apart from one slight electronic mishap which was soon cured.

    From Ballroom Dancing in the tennis court we turned to a Climbing Display which was held on the West end of 27 Block. Three agile performers proceeded to climb to the top of the block and down to the other side, using the correct techniques involved in rock-climbing. It is interesting to note that both Ballroom Dancing and Rock Climbing are included in the many activities approved for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme.

    The Boys' P.E. and Trampoline display was the next item on the programme, and just as the Girls display at the beginning of the afternoon, it was very well received.


    The last of the 'moving displays' was the Fashion Show, held in the Music Room. This was very well supported — so much so that it would seem that next time it will have to be held outside ! Visitors certainly filled the Music Room and obviously enjoyed the whole show.

    Static displays of Art, Craft, Metalwork and Woodwork, together with work done for a History project, were held# in the Hall, whilst an exhibition of text books was held in the library.

    It would seem that the new-style Open Day was a success. The Visitors certainly appeared to appreciate both sides of the programme; both the exhibitions and displays laid on for their entertainment, and the more serious business of seeing and talking to the members of Staff.

                                                                                Fashion Parade in the Music Room on Open Day






     Boys P.E. Display on Open Day.


    Saturday tea-time was always taken in the living room, while the family relaxed in easy chairs watching the "Lone Ranger." They invariably had salmon sandwiches and cream cakes, a treat only given on Saturdays or when relatives or friends came to tea.

    When tea was finished and the masked rider had ridden off the screen, Mr. Smith sat back in his chair and started to check his pools. Mrs. Smith vent to the table and started sewing with a rather antiquated "Singer". Mary Smith, the teenage daughter, who had decided to slim, started to look through her records. Joey Smith, a large, blue budgerigar, sensing that everyone except the sewing machine was quiet, burst into loud chatter, but was ^•ted with cries of, "Quiet!" from everyone.

    "Seems as if that bird could understand us," mused Mrs. Smith, as Joey relapsed into silence "Funny really, isn't it ?"

    "Mm Chelsea — three, Blackpool — three. Pity I didn't have that one,'' moaned Mr. Smith.

    "Budgies are supposed to like music. Can I play my Elvis Presley L.P. ?" Mary asked hopefully. Receiving no immediate reply, she put on her favourite record. "Heaven", she sighed as the peace of the evening was shattered.

    "Turn that thing down !" yelled Mrs. Smith, a staunch supporter of Bach.

    As Mary turned to lower the volume, her eye was caught by a large chocolate eclair left over from tea. It sat alone in the middle of a white plate, staring up at her. Now although she was> dieting, how could Mary resist it ?

    She reached out for it, but Joey suddenly screeched and to Mary's ears it sounded like, "Calories !" She cast the devil behind her and continued to listen to Elvis.

    "Kids these days !" snorted Mrs. Smith. "These Rolling Stones are disgraceful. Walking around with that long hair. Unhygienic, I call it!"

    "Yes, mum," replied Mary, who, like all of us, had heard these criticisms before and knew it was useless to argue. Mr. Smith made some remark that might have been meant for the Rolling Stones or the five home wins he had got in a row. Elvis moaned on in time to the dackity-dack of the sewing machine. Mary's attention was again caught by the chocolate eclair.

    "Eat me. I'm delicious ! Eat my cream and chocolate," she seemed to hear it say to her. This time the sewing machine crooked a warning to her. hear it say to her. This time the sewing machine croaked' a warning to her.

    "You're dieting, dieting, dieting."

    Elvis started a new track. It was Mary's favourite and, unfortunately, Joey's, for he squawked, whistled and sang in time to the guitars.

    "I'll wring that bird's neck, one day," Mary thought savagely.

    The sewing machine then seemed to make more noise. Mary strode over to the table, lifted up the eclair and bit into it.

    "If I can't enjoy my record, I can and will enjoy this!" she thought.

    Joey put his head on one side and looked at her in shocked amazement. The "Singer" stopped and the needle of the record player stick so that Elvis sang "love you" continuously. Mr. and Mrs. Smith looked at each other and then at Mary and finally burst into laughter.

    "I knew this diet wouldn't last," said Mrs. Smith

    Mary felt suddenly guilty at her momentary weakness and realised that the forbidden fruit was not so sweet after all. She hastily dropped the cake and correcting the fault of the record player, continued to listen to Elvis.

    Mrs. Smith went back to her sewing machine, which creaked and groaned contentedly on; Mr. Smith switched on the television for "Maverick" and Joey tucked his head under his wing.

    What happened to the chocolate eclair ? Oh, it was eaten by the neighbour's dog, who did not have to worry about its figure or its conscience.




    St John's Cathedral is the greatest church in Valletta, which is the capital city of Malta. St. John's is, of course, a Roman Catholic Cathedral, and is very beautiful, and, like most things in Malta, very ornate. It was built in 1573-78.

    Off the main body or the Cathedral are numerous small chapels belonging to different countries. All have altars and are magnificently decorated.

    Paintings of Grand Masters hang on the walls and others are frescoed. The floors of each (as indeed the floor of the whole cathedral is) are covered with the tombs of the Grand Masters who came from those particular countries. On these tombs are depicted the Grand Masters' particular crests and symbols, in brightly coloured chips of stone. Also, on each is a long inscription, in latin, about the Grand Master. In all, there are three hundred and seventy-nine tombs covering the floor area. In one particular chapel is the huge and famous painting of the death of St. John the Baptist, outside a prison. This was done by Michaelangelo Caravaggio at the age of about twenty three. Another of the chapels contains seven gates of great value which were blackened to look like metal - - and so not very valuable - - when Napoleon came to Malta.

    The arched ceiling is covered in Magnificent frescoes depicting Biblical histories.

    On the high altar — made of marble and silver, stand several candlesticks of great value. Under St. John's is the crypt where the Grand Masters lie. All the treasures of St. John's were hidden away in caves when Napoleon invaded the Church. But Napoleon was still able to remove many of the treasures, some of which were lost when the ship conveying them to France sank.

    There are many other lovely churches in Malta, in fact there are four churches to every square mile of the island. Mosta church has the second largest unsupported dome in the world. Inside the dome .there are diamond shapes painted gold, blue and' white — forming a pattern. The walls are covered in frescoes telling the story of the bible. Parts of the outside walls are carved in small patterns.

    In Rabat there is the St. Paul's Grotto Church, in which is hidden St. Paul's grotto. This is a cave in which St. Paul lived for several months, after being shipwrecked just off the coast of Malta. Inside this is a statue of St. Paul, a silver lantern hanging from the ceiling and also a solid silver ship on which is the star of Malta. Next door to this is a long room, which was a Roman torture chamber. Holes in the rocky ceiling, where prisoners were hung to die a slow death, are still to be seen. This room now contains two altars and also the tombs of one of two Grand Masters of Malta. Above these is the church, which like the others is very beautiful. Paintings are hung on the walls behind the altar, where the choir is able to sit also. The church contains relics of the saints. There is one of St. Paul's bones in a silver casket, revealing part of the bone. There are others similar to this, together with some old medals. There is also a magnificent organ several hundred years old.

    V. HULL — L.6.A.


    > world revolves in an unending way. It goes on turning, never stop-creating new disasters, each one worse than the one before. Thus life barter, a baby becomes an old man more quickly. His lively hair turns ad he is wiser for for his experiences but he fades away to nothing

    All that is left of him are memories and even those fade away in time.

    Difficult for a man to make a lasting impression on other mans' is. Some do it through Romance, others through Goodness, others through nor but whatever way he does it a man is always despised by some and by others. Was ever such life intended for me ? Am I just another passing through life with no purpose. Surely there is some destination • me. God did not create man for waste. Everybody has some purpose in

    My mind rambles on. It is like a cool rippling stream, flowing quickly ards its destiny, when suddenly it stops pauses, ponders, slips slowly , and is on again, faster than Before. It seems to fall forever, so long, tortuously. My soul cries out, and the sound echoes and reechoes, louder and louder. A babble of noise, I scream and shout aloud. Gongs ring, gun fire roars, masking everything a clamour of noise. A distant noise amongst I this din; "HELP ! Help!" It is my brain screaming for mercy-mercy from the world. Hordes appear out of the shadows and surround me, leer at me. Then they close in. The noise becomes intense. I back away, seeking protection in the shadows, but they come on. I retreat, back, back into the inky darkness. Their red eyes glare at me, pinpoints of sharp light in the deep darkness. Then I am falling again, helplessly. Air rushes past me.

    I drop into the coolness of a deep pool. Glimmering ripples spread. Relief, profound relief, passes through my body. Oh! how restful. So pleasing. I feel wonderful tired, and I am gradually drawn into the soft, soft embrace of slumber. Peace, perfect Peace.



    The hawk in the sky,

    Wings outspread, gliding around',

    Its keen eyes searching

    For prey to land on,

    Suddenly the hawk dives

    Like the wind it dives down,

    Descending on the prey,

    The mouse looks up and darts away,

    But the hawk follows

    And it dives again,

    The prey looks up,

    But it is too late,

    The tallons close round,                                                                                                                                                                    Rock climbing in Madliena Valley.

    And the hawk soars up.


    It is a subject for regret that Tal-Handaq has no authorised old Pupils Association, none the less many keep in touch with us and each other. Now that for several years we have had a large VI Form Tal-Handaq is now represented at various U.K. Universities.

    At Southampton, Patricia Satchell and Cyril Potter are respectively first and second year students in the Chemistry Department. Melanie Lusty who is doing Radiography at Winchester attends lectures .there in Physics.

    Andrew Wilkin, Angela Salter and Pamela Hinton are all in their second years at Manchester, the first two in the Modern Languages course and' Pamela in the Engineering Department. Her sister Amanda is doing a first year Arts Course at Leeds.

    Rosemary Dearden is in the second year of the Geography Course at Exeter. Marjorie Sewell has been spending this year at a finishing school in Switzerland but she has been accepted by Bedford College London, for the Modern Language Course.

    We have had several visits from old pupils — Bernard Hoctor who is soon to pass out from the R.A.F. Technical College, Henlow, came to the Christmas Dance, and we have also had visits from David Gerrard and Jeremy Salter who are cadets in the R.F.A. service, while John Melton who is a Midshipman R.N., called a couple of times when H.M.S. Galatea was in harbour.

    There are several old pupils doing Diploma and pre-diploma courses at Art Colleges and we have heard from Christopher Dunn at Bath and Linda Webb, who has been accepted for the Diploma Course, is at Exeter.

    Last years Head Boy, Brendan Breslin has been accepted for the executive Civil Service and starts work in London. Our late Head Girl, Alison Bigden is doing a Secretarial Course in London, so is Susan Brierley. Also in London are Carol Morrison and Lesley Powell, who are training as buyers in Bourne and Hollingsworth.

    A welcome letter came from Judith Newton who is working in the chemical laboratory at the Nature Conservancy at Penrith. Jon Haylock is doing a similar job with the Ministry of Defence at Portsmouth.

    Several of our old pupils are at training colleges — William Duncan at Bretton Hall, Wakefield, Elizabeth Robinson at Gipsy Hill, and Susan Jones at Leicester. Jane Carver is at Nonington P.E. College where she is very happy.

    Rosemary Andrews is working in a Bank at Bath and keeps in touch with many of her contemporaries. Michael Hay, who is in the Police Force was married to Carol Matthews recently — Beverly Pearce was best man and several old pupils were at the wedding.

    Letters and news are always welcome -- this years news will I hope encourage others to write and tell us of their careers and any one who has the good luck to return to Malta can be assured of a warm welcome at Tal-Handaq.




    About a dozen senior girls are engaged in various activities connected with the above scheme. These activities cover a wide field from cookery, make-up, and dress-making to rock-climbing and work with the R.S.P.C.A. By the end of this term Jeannette Taylor will have gained her Silver Award, and it is hoped that one or two bronze awards will be made as well.


    My first introduction to rock climbing came through the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme about six months ago. When I first heard the now familiar announcement. "There will be climbing in the Madelena (sic) Valley on Saturday at nine thirty. Any one interested — come along" I was slightly sceptical as to the condition of the Maltese sand (sic) stone and the number of suitable climbs to be found on the island. In fact I first went along with the intention of showing first how easy it is to climb a face despite the fact that I had. never done any serious climbing previously. I received a rude , awakening.

    The first few climbs were only pitches of nine or ten feet but I found myself stranded mid-way on more than one occasion while my self confidence rapidly dwindled and finally expired. However I was not the only one who found himself in this precarious position and once we realised our own capabilities, we progressed rapidly under the able leadership of our patron (Mr. Tomlinson).

    Once we had mastered the technique of straight forward climbing we progressed to abseiling (sliding down a rope at high speed) and we shall soon tackle artificial climbing (using equipment which allows us to climb pitches impossible by normal climbing methods).

    Although we shall move to Qormi or Dingli for our future climbing, in six months exploration I still have not exhausted all the possibilities in the Madelena Valley. That's a lot of climbs in a small area like Madelena.

    Well, I enjoy climbing how about you? Ask any member of the Scheme for details of our climbing activities and remember our invitation, "Any one interested -- come along."

    R. SIMPSON — 4A.


    Bulging baskets,

    Fridges full of frozen foods,

    Rattle of tins.

    The clatter of high heels under the clicking clock,

    Busy people hurrying.

    Rattle of money in pockets and purses.

    Endless queues at the cashiers table,

    Crisp pound notes, and shiny silver,

    Lots of shopping, lots of shoppers,

    Children shouting for sweets, and babies crying.

    The last customer squeezes through the door.

    ZENDA LOOK — 3C8.


    Loud speakers and babies crying in the black smoke.

    Dusty trains.

    Busy newsagents and littered newspapers,

    Untidy ticket collectors and people boarding

    Dirty trains.

    Porters yelling and trains whistling,

    Luggage trolleys clattering.

    Trains leaving and passengers hurrying.

    Dust-covered walls and grubby time tables.

    Greasy cups and greasy dishes.

    Smelly waiting-rooms and squeaky chairs

    Soot-covered trains.

  • KATHRYN DAY — 3C6.



    With the return to winter routine, the smart blue "Girl Guide" uniform reappeared, the company having restarted under the guidance of Miss Reed who kindly stepped in to keep the girls together and prevent the company closing when their Captain returned to U.K. In addition to the familiar faces of the girls who were with us before the summer recess we also welcomed quite a few new recruits and several girls transferred from various companies in U.K.

    With the coming of the new Captain in October we said goodbye to Miss Reed, we would like to take this opportunity of thanking her very much for all she has done for the company.

    On Remembrance Sunday we took part with many other Guides and Brownies in a service and parade at Tigne Barracks, Mrs. Vaughan-Cox our district commissioner led the parade.

    In December by kind permission of Captain Broad we held a very enjoyable and successful dance in the school hall. We would like to thank Mr. Plant the school caretaker for all the help he gave us at this .time. On Christmas Eve in true guide spirit several members of the company collected sprays of flowers from the C,-in-C.'s house, and in very bad weather proceeded to the Naval cemetery in Kalkara, where they placed them on the graves of Australian and Canadian airmen who gave their lives in the defence of Malta during the 2nd World War. During this year the company spent several interesting afternoons being shown around different types of warships that were visiting here.

    At Easter the senior members of the company attended the island camp held in "Verdala Palace" grounds, it proved to be quite a success and we all enjoyed ourselves immensely although I returned home very tired and I'm sure the guides must have been equally as tired as I was, camping we all know is great fun and very healthy but it is also very tiring. During camp three girls one of whom belongs to our own company, were presented with their 1st class guide badges by our island commissioner Miss Lanfranco. We hope to have several more 1st class Guides in the company in the near future, we are also very pleased to have a Queens Guide candidate in the company and hope this one will be followed by quite a few more.

    Unfortunately in the near future we shall be saying goodbye to our Lieutenant (Mrs. Povey), and several members of the company all of whom are returning to the U.K. but in spite of these setbacks we look forward to another happy and successful period during the coming year, when we also hope to widen and enlarge on our activities. We are hoping .to finish this year off with a swimming sports in July, when we shall be competing against the 12th Kalafrana Company at Kalafrana.

    In conclusion we would like to express our gratitude to Captain Broad and his staff, not forgetting Mr. Plant, for the help they so willing give us when we need' it; and the facilities they place at our disposal, all of which helps to make the company run smoothly.

    MARGARET TYSON (Captain), 1st (Malta) Royal Navy School Company.


    Last September a Charities Committee was formed to co-ordinate the efforts made in the school to support various charities.

    The members of the Committee are: —

    Mr. Moyle (Chairman); L. Tierney (Secretary); S. Long (Treasurer); Mrs. Stout, Mr. Alexander, Mr. Pappin, J. Taylor, S. Prater, I. O'Brien, G. Roberts and' J. Moore.

    Nearly £70 has been collected during the year and donations have been sent to the following charities: —

    R.S.P.C.A.; Oxfam; Spastics; the Winston Churchill Memorial Fund; and the Trafalgar Day Appeal.

    During the summer term we are supporting the Malta Society for the Mentally Handicapped.

    The money has been raised by means of a collection taken after assembly every Friday morning. Spastic Seals were sold at Christmas. Mr. Lowe, helped by some children, made, dressed and sold a number of dolls at Easter. Mrs. Stout, and her cookery classes, made pickles and preserves which were sold on Open Day. It was hoped to hold a Jumble Sale during the Summer Term, but through insufficient support it had to be cancelled. A number of the articles sent in have been sold privately.

    The members of the Committee would like to thank all those who have helped them in any way during the past year and ask for their support in the future.



    Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born on November 30th 1874, the elder son of Lord Randolph Churchill.

    Cliurchill had several attributes. Firstly he had a very distinguished and brave military record; secondly he was a natural leader: during both World' Wars he stirred confidence in the British Government amongst the public; lastly, although not particularly brilliant he rose to great heights.

    Churchill first entered Parliament in 1'900 and for the next five decades he frequented the Lower House representing such constituencies asOidham, N.W. Manchester, Dundee and Etpping. He was a good author - - he wrote many books about his adventures in Cuba, India, Egypt and South Africa and volumes a!bout both World Wars. Although Churchill was not a particularly exceptional politician in peace-time, in the war-years he was and still is, in my opinion, unequalled. He was First Lord of the Admiralty for the earlier part of the first World War and Prime Minister in the latter part of the Second World War; these positions bore a large share in helping the Allies emerge victorious.

    When Churchill died on 24th January 1965 the whole world was in mourning. On the 30th — the date of his last journey — many foreign statesmen and officials paid their last respects to him.



                                        TAL-HANDAQ - ROUND THE WORLD


    In Jamaica we had a beautiful large bungalow. It was all white and it had a flat roof and all round the house was a fence made of white sticks of wood. There was a large garden filled with all different kinds of flowers.

    Next to the bungalow, across the road, was a swimming-pool and a restaurant. About 100-200 yds away was the sea.

    Some way away from our bungalow was a waterfall. At the top of the waterfall was a forest. This forest was full of bushy kinds of trees. The waterfall was large stones, like steps, where the water flowed down into a river called "Dunn's River Falls."

    The mountains or hills are very high and there are paths which wind through the mountains. Near the top of the mountains a friend of mine lives there.

    Kingston is a beautiful shopping-place and there are some beautiful gardens there. Altogether Jamaica is very beautiful and hot both in Summer and Winter. Anyone would enjoy going there, even if it's a short holiday. 1 loved it there, and I hope to go back some day.



    As we neared the Island of Capri, the steep cliff face stared at us in the sunlight. The ferry-boat entered the harbour, which at the time, was busy with yachts and quaint fishing boats. When we arrived at the Marina Grande, we were met by one of the hotel porters who book our luggage up to the hotel.

    Riding up in the cable car, which is called the funnicular railway, we had a lovely view of the busy harbour, its shops, and its many people rushing about and knocking into each other. Finally we arrived at the top and entered the village of Capri. We followed the porter slowly, stopping to gaze at the souvenirs and postcards in the tiny shops. There were several cafes in the main square, where chairs and tables were arranged tidily under gaily-coloured' awnings. The narrow streets were crowded with tourists, clothed only in shorts and tee-shirts, even the women only wore bikinis or bathing costumes. All the way down to the hotel, the streets and alleyways r/ere bordered with Oleanders and other flowers.

    During our stay on the island we went for a conducted tour around it. visiting the Blue Grotto on the way. As there were so many tourists there we were only allowed in for a few moments. As there wasn't enough light shining into the Grotto, the different colours of the water did not show up so well. We were therefore a little disappointed in it.

    One afternoon we went to Anacapri, which is on the other side of the island. We visited San Michele, a house built by Axel Munthe, a Swedish doctor and writer, From the garden, we could see a beautiful view of Capri. We also spent part of the afternoon up Mt. Solera, from where Sorrento and some of the Italian coastland can be seen. To reach this point, we had a most enjoyable ride in a chairlift.

    Though we only had a short stay, we fully utilised our time, by swimming at the beaches, visiting interesting places and just walking round the many enticing shops.

    A few days before we left for Naples, I had the pleasure of meeting Grade Fields, in the village, and she kindly gave me her autograph. These are only a few of my most enjoyable moments in Capri and I hope to visit the Island again.



    When I was in Germany, I saw small children of six years old (which is the age at which a German child starts school) coming out of school with a witch shaped card-board hat, which is called a Zuckertiite. It was full of sweets. The children were given this because it sweetens their first day of school. They are also given a satchel. These are given to them by their parents.





    Life goes on with the same monotonous routine, month after month, year after year. The nuns glide silently along the corridors, the only noise being the occasional "swish" of their long black habits as they go on .their way to their daily chores or to the little chapel at the end of the gym. In the holidays there is an atmosphere of unhurried bustle and quiet noise as the "penguins'"'" prepare the old country mansion with its numerous new buildings for the coming invasion of schoolgirls which will mark the beginning- of yet another new term. In the meantime there is a continuous hum of girlish voices as pupils combine study with recreation, closely supervised toy the "Mothers".

    Being educated in a convent does not necessarily mean elocution, deportment and dancing lessons although deportment is compulsory for the 3rd and 4th years. These subjects are available as "extras" along with music and horseriding and tennis and swimming in the summer. The girls learn to make their own amusements, as the organized school activities, whether optional or obligatory, are not sufficient to keep a pupil occupied when she is not studying. The gym (it must be understood that this is also a general recreation room and assembly hall with a stage) is in full demand every night for record sessions, dancing (no boys — not even for Christmas and Leavers' Balls !) and for those under the age of 13 who have to be supervised.

    Not only is there recreation and studying but also chores around the house. Someone has to make the beds, clean the shoes and clear and lay the tables in the dining room. A dish washer saves much washing up but the others are done by the girls — what they don't do the "Sisters" do.

    For the prefects of course its a different story. There are all the privileges of running errands for the headmistress and her staff and taking over duties that the nuns don't have time to do.

    As for becoming a young lady - - WELL - - you go for walks with long striding nuns (who seem to walk faster than you can for all the flapping of their long gowns) for hours on end and miles from anywhere. Of course going in "crocodile" formation is unheard of - - you "go-as-you-please" as long as you go ahead of the nun.

    Then there is "stable-helping for the horse-lovers. Unfortunately only a limited number may have this privilege and as a result you are permitted to wear jeans and "wellies", miss the weekend walks, and spend your spare time grooming horses and cleaning out their stables.

    So much for convent school life. The inhabitants are full of fun with the usual woes to keep the atmosphere of one big happy family. There are, naturally enough, those who are determined to hate the life of a boarder at a convent but no one can deny the fact that the nuns are as human as everyone else, joining in the games with the juniors, helping out with any problems and making sure that little girls have washed behind their ears !

    JENNY SMITH — L.6.A.



    Although crocodiles are usually thought of as living on the banks of slow, muddy rivers, same of the biggest crocodiles in the world, up to thirty feet long, live in the tidal estuaries and the salt mangrove swamps of the large islands of the Western Pacific and Northern Australia.

    Crocodiles are hunted at night by two or three natives in a frail dug-out canoe using a spotlight and a heavy shotguns. The gun is not loaded with cartridges of lead shot, but with one solid lump of lead weighing several ounces. This is made by filling a convenient cigar-case with molten lead and, when it is cold cutting it into sections. The natives paddle silently through the mangroves, shining the light among the twisted roots and mudibanks,

    When the light falls on a crocodile, its eyes shine bright red like two small stop lights. Keeping the light shining on the crocodile's eyes, thus blinding it, the natives paddle closer until the canoe is almost touching the crocodile. Then the man with the gun fires, aiming between the eyes, which is the only place guaranteed to stun a large crocodile,

    The crocodile leaps convulsively and usually falls back into the water. The other native immediately hooks it with a large gaff, through one of the feet if possible, to avoid spoiling the skin, and pulls it to the side of the boat, where the reptile is hit on the head with a axe. just to make sure. The crocodile must be hooked immediately, or it will sink into the mud and be lost. Sometimes, however, in spite of all the rough treatment, the crocodile is only stunned, and comes to life again in the canoe ! The panic can be imagined.

    When the crocodile is dead, the skin is slit on each side of the rows of hard, horny buttons on its back and then taken off. The inside of the skin is then rubbed with several pounds of crude salt and rolled up to be sent to the tanners. At this stage the sikin is like soft kid. In the more remote islands, crocodile hunters can shoot up to twenty crocodiles in a single night.



    There was a low murmuring in the church, and one could feel a sense of anticipation for the coming event. The women were all dressed in their 'Sunday best' and some were glancing somewhat jealously at someone else's hat that was better than theirs; children were looking ba.dk impatiently to see if they could get a first glimpse of the bride.

    Suddenly the organ thundered into the magnificent peals of "Here Comes The Bride" and the radiant bride, with her long white veil, and looking like a fairy-tale princess, entered the church, on the arm of her father who looked very proud andhaippy. The bride's train was held by a charming little girl and boy, acting as bridesmaid and page, who were obviously very excited as they walked down the aisle. When the bride reached the front of the church she sat down, together with her and the bridegroom's relations, in the front seats.

    The priest then started hi& sermon and prayers, his serious voice rising and falling, and sometimes shouting, whilst the echo rang faintly around the church, As the priest was talking in Maltese I couldn't understand him so 1 didn't know what he was talking about, and I just sat watching him and admiring the beautiful structure of the church.

    After about half an hour the actual marriage ceremony began. The bride and bridegroom knelt before the altar, took their vows and the bridegroom slipped the ring onto his brides finger. After this ceremony they received the sacrament, followed by their relations, then went back to their original seats.

    The priest then started preaching again, and this lasted for a further half hour, interspersed with a religious song in Maltese which was sung by one man from the organ loft.

    Then suddenly it was all over. The priest finished praying and the organ burst out into music again, whilst the happy 'man and wife' walked proudly down the aisle. Outside, congratulations were showered upon them as they clambered into the large white car, bedecked with white steamers, and drove off to their reception at the Hotel Phoenicia.

    JANICE FORD — 4 A.


    People come from far and near,

    Shedding now and then a tear,

    They wait to see their dear ones leave,

    Waving a soaking-wet handkerchief,

    People crying,

    People sighing,

    Never to see their friends again.

    The ship starts 'leaving for the open sea,

    And now its goodbye to England for me,

    Yet still I keep on wondering when,

    I might return to England again,

    Now we're leaving

    People grieving

    Their dear ones gone for evermore.

    Now we're out in the open sea,

    Different lands, we pass, and.' see,

    Black people, brown people, yellow and all,

    The different languages do appeal,

    Now we're coming,

    Traffic's humming,

    In a country strange and new.



    I had never believed in Spirits or Ghosts before that day on the marsh, in fact I was a firm disbeliever in them.

    It all started when I arrived home after 6 months away. I came from the station driven by an old man who seemed .to me to be full of gossip of the town. I remember driving through the familiar streets of .the little village. Yes it was all the same, it would never change to me. The neat cottages with their little front-porches gave such a comforting feeling to the village. We drove out of it and' up the hill to the old house in which I had lived most of my life. Its magnificent garden, though not large, was still there and I was really looking forward to seeing Grannie again.

    The taxi stopped, I paid him and he went away. I was here at last. I breathed deeply and started to walk up the drive to the house. It was beautifully kept and up the white walls were growing roses and honey suckle. Suddenly I stopped in my tracks. There was something missing. What was it? I realised suddenly that my affectionate dog, Butch, had not come out to greet me as he usually did. A cold feeling swept up my body and my skin pricked. Where was he ? I dropped my cases and ran up to the front door. Grannie was there, the same little old lady I had always known, her round' steel rimmed glasses put firmly on her nose, which was long and slender. Her gentle grey eyes looked at me and as she hugged me she said, "Butch died, Mary, 2 months ago, of old' age. He died peacefully in his sleep, faithful to the last." I tried not to burst into tears In front of her. I tried to control myself, but as soon as I got upstairs to my bedroom I wept freely. Butch was the sweetest, shaggy sheepdog and he and I had been together as far as I can remember. Now, the first time I had been away he had died. I sobbed my eyes out but I had soon finished, had washed and was fresh again in front of Grannie.

    Later on that evening I went out to all the familiar places and thought. I walked on and I found myself walking towards the marsh. I walked on over the hill and down the shaggy rocks onto the downs. I avoided the innocent little bits of grass waving gently in the breeze. It only needed me to put my foot on it and it would turn into a black and treacherous mire. I walked on knowing by instinct the path to take. I dreamt on about Butch, wishing he was here with me. I had so looked forward to seeing him and now he wasn't here.

    Suddenly I found myself sinking. I had stepped wrongly. Where was I? It was nearly dark now and' I could only see a faint outline of everything. I grabbed hold of a bush and managed to jerk myself clear, but now where was I? I could not clear myself out of the marsh. All of a sudden, in front of me appeared Butch. At least it was a funny Butch as he was white, but I knew my own dog and I gasped. In a sort of mesmerised world I heard him bark and it was as if he asked me to follow him. I did so, and together we went over bushy potholes and lumps of muck, until eventually I found myself at the bottom of 'the hill and I only had to walk a little way before I was home. I gasped and flung myself on the dark grass beside Butch. I stretched out my hand to hug him. I remember his expression. It was sad but at the same time happy, and he looked at me as if to say good bye. Then I knew he was going. "Good bye Butch darling," I whispered. "You've always been faithful to me, now I know you will still be guarding me wherever I go." I shut my eyes for a minute to try and stop the tears, and when I opened them again, Butch was gone. I never saw his spirit again but I know he is always beside me, and often I imagine him trotting at my heels as he used to do.




  • I have a television set that's right inside my head, It switches on all by itself when I get into bed, It shows some lovely pictures that only I can see, And my little television set is only meant for me.

  • Its pictures are not just grey like daddy's grown-up set, They come in every colour you possibly could get, It does not need a licence and of course that's half the fun, And I find my television set is very cheap to run.

  • Its fun to think that when told whatever else I lose,

  • I'll have my televiewer to switch on when I choose,

  • Its then I'll have repeats of all the programmes I've loved',

  • And I'm sure they'll keep me young and gay until it's time.

  • IAN JORDAN — 1A1.


    Archaeology is in a way an adventure, a searching into tle secrets of the past, the way people lived and thought, the way they built their places of worship. There are a very few real experts in archaeology although there are many amateurs and people who study the subject. There were no written books in the days of long ago. Writing only started in 3000 B.C. and so for hundreds of thousands of years before that, the historian had nothing much to go upon. The archaeologist studies the things which man has made. He is not interested so much in the old kings who ruled, and if he comes across a monument he is more interested in how it was built and what tools were used and the skill those men showed. But he needs to know certain facts, like which king ruled in such and such a time, so that he can then calculate what sort of tools may have been in existence, and what type of civilisation. For example, at a place called "Al Uibaid" by the Arabs, Dr. Hall discovered a little temple which he started to excavate. It was an astonishing building, decorated with statues and mosaics all of an unusual type. Dr. Hall and others could not date this temple in Mesopotamia and it was just a puzzle for the historian. But at the last moment a little foundation tablet inscribed with the name of a king who built the temple was found. It was the name of a king who came of a line of kings, in whose existence historians had before refused to believe. Now we can say not only that those kings were real persons, but also that in their time, 2,600 B.C., the artists of Mesopotamia were so advanced that they could produce unheard of treasures. As regards pre-history, when there was no writing, the archaeologist is not describing history but making it. Gradually he and his fellow archaelogists, the whole team in fact succeed in drawing a picture of how people lived in each of the long periods into which he divides the existence of men upon earth, and' we can learn about the existence of man made in the course of time. The archaeologist cannot give us exact dates or names of kings and captains but he can say when a new invention was made and how the invasion of a country by some foreign tribe brought about changes in those people's lives. All the books written about pre-history are all due to archaeology.



    If you are thinking of buying a budgy, and you would like it to talk, make sure you buy a young male bird, as females very rarely speak. You can tell the male from the female by the males' bright blue wattle, which is the part at the top of the beak, the female has a dull-white coloured wattle. Young birds are very easily distinquished as they have thin black lines on their head stretching down to their wattle, they lose these lines after the first moult and their head turns a bright yellow, or white.

    When you have bought the 'budgy do not expect it to speak straight away. Talk to it, teach it to say easy words and keep repeating them. Do not start teaching it new words until it can say them. As the bird gets better at these words give it something harder to learn. You must keep speaking to them.

    Do not keep more than one budgy, you cannot expect them to speak plainly when they are influenced by the other birds whistling. A mirror sometimes distracts the birds attention making it spiteful when it sees itself. Get the bird used to your finger.



    The first days of school

    A new school and pleasant

    Are all mixed up days

    We're all over at present

    With books here and there

    And desks undecided

    In school friends confided

    English I like

    The teacher's nice too

    Our form master must think

    We haven't a clue

    When first Maths are wrong

    Then History seems silly

    And' find it won't pav

    To dally and dilly

    Over Work; and then others are perfectly cool

    Oh jolly old times are our first days at school

    We look round the buildings

    Exploring all crannies

    And reading the Bibles

    That belonged to our grannies.

    Ah well the week's over And homework comes soon The first days without it Are a glorious boon.

    G.D. JENSON and B.R. JAMIESON — 5B2.


    Flowers are so pretty, Flowers are so gay, Flowers are so wonderful, In every single way.

    Wild ones that grow in woods, And in field's too, Others grow on the water side, Every fragrance and hue.

    Flowers grow in the garden, Cared' for tenderly, By people who are ardent, And love them wonderfully.

    The queen of all the flowers, Is the rose when in full bloom, Their petals are so silky, Their scent fills every room.

    HAZEL BICK — 1C1


    A DAY

    The grass grows tall, The breeze goes by, The trees are swaying, The sun is high.

    The children are playing, The horses are neighing, The sandstone is glistening, While the birds are whistling.

    The insects are crawling, The tradesmen are calling, The bells are ringing, And the spiders are clinging.

    The sun goes down, And dusk has come, The children frown, The day is done.

    JANE RADFORD — Form 1A1.



  • Youth is a flower, which buds in June; It blossoms pink, then sheds its bloom; Or like a cloud on a summer's day, Floats idly by and passes away.

    Youth is a shadow, bright for a day, Sunny and warm, then it changes to grey. Tis a drop of water, crystal clear That mistily turns into a tear.

    Youth is a field' into which you sow, And what you put in, will from it grow; If the harvest happens to be a flop You planted weeds and not a good crop.

    Youth is a shining say of the sun

    Which fades when the day, its course has run;

    For youth is elusive; it's made of nought;

    It's made of the stuff which can never be caught.

                                                        ANON — 6th Form.


  • Impregnable, the bastions starkly stand, Engraved against the rose-'flushed evening sky; Engraved against the rose-flushed evening sky; They scowl down on the silvered threads below The rocky fastnesses of ages gone.

    In awe, the traveller treads into an arch Which echoes with the ring of alien steps. The austere peal impresses on his mind The lonely pride of precincts ruled by Time.

    He enters now, a narrow winding street

    That's dimly lit with ancient iron lamps.

    They cast about him, gnome — like shadows, cold,

    And are to him, the ghosts of noble nights.

    The leaden silence of forsaken haunts Hangs oe'r him, like a living watchful cloak; Accentuates the clatter of his steps, Reverberating through the aged walls.

    The monasteries, in awful reverence, ring, As holy monks chant solemn, Latin lauds; And draped in flowing robes, they carry out The mystic rituals sanctified by Time.

    Unconsciously, his steps he does retrace,

    A solitary figure winding through

    The catacombs of dark, reclusive ways

    That seek to hide themselves from foreign view.

    He shudders, for he thinks he hears the tread' Of those who lived and fought here, long ago. And' quickening his pace, he leaves these haunts To flickering shadows, and a brooding gloom,

    ANON -- 6th Form



    Christmas time is a merry time

    When the dark cloud's form above

    And the snow comes falling as the bells do chime

    That's what the children love.

    When they are covered from their nose In woolly clothes to their toes And they throw the cold snow At the friends they know That's what the children love.

    When the ponds turn to ice

    And in a trice

    The people skate, for they know it is nice

    To slither and slip on the frozen ice

    Like squibbling, squabbling little mice.

    And some people do please,

    With gayly dressed trees,

    The monks and the drunks,

    And the sailors in bunks,

    The choir that roams in the street

    As they laugh at the feet

    Of the people they meet,

    And the thrill of the shrill

    From the robin's bill

    That looks in a tree above

    Yes, that's what the children love.

    ROBERT ROSS — 2Al.





  • White, black, brown and Grey,

    Roan, dapple, shewbald bay,

    Powerful bodies, strong legs,

    Soft eyes and noble heads.

    Gentle whinny and loud neigh,

    Each has its own way.

    Silky tails and glossy manes,

    They all have their own names.

    Arab, Shetland, Hackney Pinto

    Ride them fast, Ride them slow

    Anywhere you wish to go.

    They always seem to know.

    Ride them o'er hill and dale

    Ride them thro' the grassy vale.

    Ride them thro' wind and rain

    But please don't cause them any pain.




  • We always call my sister Jane, Although it's not her proper name. She owns fair hair, and very blue eyes, And laughs and crows, more than she cries.

    She's only very small, hardly two years old, Always daring, and always bold, She walks and crawls, and hops and falls, And makes dirty fingermarks on the walls.

    Always in bed when I come home, That's my own little fairy gnome, Plain Jane, Naughty Jane, Emily Jane, How very silly 1 She's LISA JANE.







                                                                                                   SOCCER XI, 1965

                                                                  A. Maple, K. Lawrence, G. Milton, I. O'Brien, M. Jameison, R. Cannon, M. Gillham,

                                                                     B. Hopkinson, D. Pittaway, W. Smith, G. Robert (Capt.) R. Smith, R. Squires.


    After a successful season last year and the loss of most of the more-experienced players, the early season matches were largely experimental. By mid-season, with the arrival of several new upper-school boys, a settled team was in action and playing attractive football. Hurrell left about this time and was difficult to replace, but Roberts took over the captaincy and has worked hard and enthusiastically for the team.

    Almost every match played has been against adult Service opposition and the Services have expressed, on many occasions, their appreciation of the standard of play of the School XI. The matches have been hard-fought, but friendly, and many useful contacts have been made.

    Results have been disappointing as the team found difficulty in translating their midfield work into goals, whilst many "silly" goals were given to opponents by casual marking. The extra weight and stamina of Service XIs have often proved decisive in the closing minutes.

    Victories were registered over Army and Navy teams, but losing to the Staff was humiliating — though some credit must go to a Staff side, which made up in craft for its shortness of breath!

    Outstanding performances this season have come from Pittaway (a sound defender), Duff (a much improved forward), and Maple, who has played well in goal throughout the season. Lawrence, Gilham, O'Brien and Roberts have added experience to an XI which was beginning to blend at the close of the season .... Results apart, it was a full arid enjoyable season of soccer for all concerned.


    H. Rourke, D. Doherty, C. Streets, S. Stevenson,

    A. Henderson, J. Price (Capt.), L. Fairhall, G. Hamley.

    NETBALL 1964-1965

    This season has been a very successful one for the school netball team, despite the fact that several players left early in the year. All members of the team played well, with the result that we lost only one match.

    On behalf of the team I would like to thank Mrs. McGillivray for arranging the matches, and for all the help she has given us throughout the year. Results:

    School VII 15  Whitehall Wrens  7

    School VII  12  Falcon Wives  11

     School VII  20  Falcon Wives  177   School VII  17  Luqa Wives  12 School VII 13  Luqa Wives 17.

    The following girls have played in the First VII:

    G.S.: R. Hubble, C. Streets; G.A.: J. Price; W.A.: A. Henderson, J. Os-borne; C.: C. Smith, G. Hamley; W.D.: H. Rourke; G.D.: S. Stevenson; G.K.: L. Fairhall; Rec.: D. Doherty.

    Colours were presented to G. Hamley, J. Price.

    JOAN PRICE — Captain.



    RUGBY XV, 1965

    J. Nicol, D. Reed, R. Knapman, G. Milton, T. Evans,

    B. Clissold, C. Deakin, J. McCallum, R. Woodcock, D. Burden, J. Ferrett,

    R. Deas, M. Jameison, B. Jackson (Capt.), I. O'Brien, K. Lawrence.

    RUGBY REPORT — 1964-65

    Only a few of last season's players remained to form the basis of a team facing the new Laws and stiff opposition. Inexperience and the filling of positions were major problems, but I feel that these were due to the belated start to the Rugby season.

    In spite of these setbacks, the three-quarters took full advantage of the opportunities provided by a balanced pack which combined well in the set scrumages but on occasion lacked fire in the loose play and lines out.

    Although full-back B. Clissold's tackling and handling were excellent, his kicking was not of the same high standard. The half-backs succeeded in forming a link between the scrum and the main attacking thrust which lay outside them. This came in the form of K. Lawrence and I. O'Brien, whose tackling abilities coupled with their offensive play made them formidable opponents.

    In the forwards, J. Nicol and J. McCallum proved to be firm supports for J. Ferret, hooker and Pack Leader who by his tough and tenacious play in all departments, set a classic example to the rest of the pack. D. Burden and R. Woodcock, the second row pair, fought particularly well in the loose mauls and lines out and their play in the set scrums was supported by R. Knapman, a competent lock.

    Finally I would like to thank Mr. Smith and Mr. Bowen for arranging matches and also Mr. Griffiths who gave the School XV a very enjoyable match against his 'select' XV.

    E.G. Jackson (Capt.).

    Colours retained by: I. O'Brien, R. Woodcock, B. Jackson. Colours were presented to: K. Lawrence, J. Ferret, "O Burden, J. McCallum and R. Knapman.


    School15 . FalconB 8 . School 18 Exiles  32 .School 3 .Exiles6 . School 6 . H.M.S. Galatea  21 .School 21 . St Michaels 0  .School 12  Mr Griffith's XV 25 .







    Jim Gore showing good form in the hollow back somersault.







    CRICKET XI, 1965

    I. Proctor, R. Warne, R. Lawrence, I. O'Brien, R. Squires, B. Hopkinson, D. Scott, G. Milton (Capt.), G. Roberts, J. Nicol, B. Cook.


    1. Mr. D. Breslin's Select XI:

    School 58 and 77 — Select XI 67-2 dec. 68-3. Lost by 7wickets.

    2. Admiralty Officers' Cricket Club:

    School 43 — A.O.CC 44-2 . Lost by 8 wickets

    3. R.F.A. Wave Baron:

    School 100-7 dec. — Wave Baron 41. Won by 59 runs.

    4. R.F.A. Wave Baron:

    Wave Baron 71 — School 72-5 (Hurrell 32 n.o.) — Won by 5 wickets.

    5. Staff:

    Staff 36 (Breslin 7-20) — School 37-2 — Won by 8 wickets.

    6 H.M.S. Ausonia:

    School 71 (O'Brien 25) — Ausonia 72-8 (Hurrell 5-30) — Lost by 2 wickets.

    7. A.O.C.C.:

    A.O.C.C. 144-4 dec. — School 76-4 (Jackson 26), (Hurrell 25) -- Draw.

    8. Exiles:

    School 109-3 dec. (Hurrell 59 n.o.) — Exiles 69 (Hurrell 5-36) and School 82-5 dec. (Hurrell 30 n.o.), (Hobden 32) -- Exiles 110

    Won by 12 runs.

     9 Exiles:

    School 139-3 dec. (Hurrel 54), (Jackson 37 n.o.), (Breslin 25) .Exiles 131 (Hurrell 6-26) — Won by 7 wickets.




    M. Semmens, J. Ferrett, B. Jackson, M. Henderson,

    R. Smith, D. Reed (Capt.), W. Smith.

    ! i


    Following our very good performances in the Inter-School's events over the past few years, the School entered a team for several other local competitions this season.

    In the Secondary Schools championships, we were ousted into 2nd position in both the Senior and Junior events by St. Patrick's, enjoying their first competitive season. We did not have course advantage as last year, the event being held over the tough St. Edward's course. In the Senior age-group R. Smith (4th) and M. Henderson (7th) led the team in, and in the Juniors I. Smith ran very well to gain 2nd position.

    Despite a depleted team, the school managed to gain 4th place in the Malta A..A.A. Championships (under 19s) , held over the flat Safi course. We were facing strong opposition from local running clubs, and had several of our prominent athletes missing. The Individual positions were Reed (6th), Henderson (12th), Semmens (18th), and Ferret (19th).

    We had high hopes of winning the "Round the Bastions' roadrace (under 17's), run over i£ miles through Valletta, but once again St. Patrick's foiled us. Eventually we finished in 3rd position with De La Salle College just pipping us for 2nd place. Reed (4th) and R. Smith (6th) led the team in.

    On the whole this season has been reasonably successful, considering the relatively mild training that we did!

    D. REED— (Capt.).



    P. Doherty, H. Rourke, G. Hamleyr V- Reed, A. Radley, M. McDougall, S. Old, M. Kaslik (Capt.), M. Bishop, A. Sinclair.

    The First XI played 8 games this season. We were a well-balanced' and enthusiastic team, having a number of players from last year's side, and were fortunate in that we had so many games arranged for us.

    The defence was fairly strong with Maureen Sillis (Capt.) as a very sound C.H. The forwards played we!l-midfield, but now and again broke their line before the goal. There was no need to fear, however, for the enemy goals were immediately intercepted by our excellent goalie Shirley King.

    Luqa wives proved to be our toughest opposition. The first match was a well-deserved draw, but unfortunately on the return game, we were not on our usual fighting form and a goal was scored at the beginning which we were unable to equalize.

    On behalf of the team I would like to thank Miss Tripp for all her help and encouragement. The team consisted of: —

    O.K. Shirley King, R.B. Helen Rourke, L.B. Pat Dohetry, R.H. Mary Bishop, C.H. Maureen Sillis, L.H. Rosemary Sutherland, R.W. Suzanne Old, R.I. Gaynor Hanley, C.F. Marenka Kaslik, L.I. Anne Sinclair, L.W. Margaret Macdougall. Others who played were:

    Angela Radley, Vanessa Reed, Rosalyn Holroyd and Robena Hobkinson.

    Colours presented to:— A. Sinclair, M. Bishop and M. Kaslik.

    Old colours:— Rosemary Sutherland and Robena Hopkinson.


    Played 8. Won 3.  Lost 2.  Drew 3. For 18. Agst 15.

    MARENKA KASLIK — (Captain).


    GAMES REPORT — 1964-65 Soccer:

    Drake were prevented from winning the soccer competition by the lack of a strong senior team, a pattern repeated in almost all the competitions. We came second however, beaten by only one point, a very creditable result achieved mainly because of our fine third year team who won all then games.


    This year Drake were unable to field strong teams and although all concerned tried very hard we finished fourth overall.


    Once again Drake won the competition. This was a record year, 14 games being won out of 15 played. Especial mention must be made of the fine effort made by the senior team, although playing with 6 men they managed to overcome all opposition and did a great deal to inspire the other teams to success. In this connection I should like to thank Deas, McCallum and Deakin who backed up O'Brien splendidly.


    We were just unable to bring off a hat-trick of victories in this competition a- we eventually finished second. Some very fine efforts were made by the house and a number of school records were broken.

    I. O'Brien was once again adjudged to be the school's best boy athlete as he won the senior 440 yds., Javelin (record) and Long Jump (record). Further successes were those of C. Trick (2nd in discus), R. Deas (2nd in High Jump), and the third year trio of Nicholas, Jamieson and Hoctor who were either first or second in all their events.

    With only the cricket and swimming competitions left Drake can look back on another good year.

    Finally I should like to thank our House Captain, Ian O'Brien, who is leaving this year, for all the help and encouragement he has given the House since he joined.

    MICHAEL WINKWORTH — Games Captain.



    This year we did very well and won the tennis cup. We won all the matches and credit must go to Rosemary Sutherland and Susanne Old who played very well and enabled us to win the cup.

    The team consisted of: — R. Sutherland and S. Old; R. Holroyd and M. Sillis; N. Crosland and P. Elliot; Res: A. Sinclair and P. Rogers.


    This year the seniors were placed equal 2nd with Nelson but unfortunately the juniors came 3rd. Maybe with more enthusiasm we will do better next year, however, well done to those who played this year. We had a number of our seniors in the school hockey team. Well done those members.

    The teams were: —

    Juniors: V. Brett, J. Cantwell, E. Thomson, J. Buscombe, F. Savage, P. Woodman, L. Duguid, P. Green, B. Hayhurst, L. Wigghsworth. Res: S. Olby.

    Seniors: J. Beadle, J. Price, P. Elliot, E. Forrester, M. Murray, B. Elliot, R. Sutherland, R. Holroyd, J. Osborne, M. Sillis. Netball

    The seniors won 2 and lost i of their 3 matches and so were placed 2nd but the junior team did very well winning 2 matches and drawing i, so placing us ist. Credit must go to Estelle Husk who played extremely well.

    The teams were:—

    Junior: E. Husk, C. Wansbury, L. Perry, S. Holt, K. Pearce, J. Stratton, E. Vaughan. Res: J. Buscombe, R. Napper.

    Senior: S. Stevenson, D. John, J. Price, W. Boyle, E. Forrester, P. Elliott, S. Old.


    Unfortunately we were placed 3rd over all. In the track we came 2nd but in the field events 4th. This I think was due to the lack of enthusiasm in the senior half of the school. Deserving mention, however, is Sheena Stevenson who was the backbone of the senior teams. Although she failed to win any medals, she entered for events with enthusiasm. Credit must also go to Elisabeth Forrester who did extremely well. She won the 100 yds., 220 yds. and was in the 4th year relay team. The team has made a new school record of 59.4 seconds. Well done 4th years.


    On the whole Drake girls have not done badly but I feel that the juniors have done better than the seniors. I hope that next year the seniors will show b. bit more enthusiasm than they have this year to as to enable us to get ist in everything.

    We would like to give our sincere thanks to Miss Tripp, who has put a lot ot hard work towards the house and has helped us enormously. "Thank you, Miss Tripp."

    A. SINCLAIR -- Games Captain.

    Inter-House Play

    I am certain that everybody enjoyed themselves and although we were unplaced our congratulations and thanks go to the cast: A. Buckley, S. Holt, M. Murphy, D. Ellis, T. Hall, and to their producer Janette Taylor who put in many hours of hard work towards it.

    We would also like to thank Miss Tripp for all her welcomed support and encouragement throughout the year.

    R. HOLROYD — House Captain.



    An eventful year for Nelson with mixed fortunes — a year which included the disappointments of soccer and the triumph of Sports Day! A year in which we lost (and gained) some of our leading sportsmen in the Upper School, and saw the promise of the younger members.


    Our First XI enjoyed a very successful season remaining undefeated with
    almost maximum points. Lower down the School, however, our teams were not
    strong enough to support them and we finished 4th in the overall table.
    P.  W. D. L. Pts.

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  • Rugger

    Once again our Senior sides gave a very good account of themselves winning two out of a possible three on each occasion. The ist and 2nd year teams tried hard but were not very successful. Nicol, Milton, Lawrence and Masters starred in fighting senior VII's.


    A great day for Nelson, with both the boys and girls winning their sections, and offering many outstanding individual performances.

    Congratulations to all competitors, especially Masters and Deas who broke records in their events.


    A very satisfactory effort was made by members of the House, and we won two of the races with very good performances by Stringer and R. Smith and Henderson. In the final account we finished second to St. Vincent, but gave them a very close run indeed, and all runners are to be congratulated.


    Although no House matches have been played, yet our members have been busy at practice and there is a lot of talent and enthusiasm. We look forward to the first fixtures.

    In January Roger Hurrell left the School and at a special meeting the House thanked him for his services and presented him with a wallet. Brian Jackson has done a very able job in replacing him on the Games side.

    Public Speaking

    Nelson again took first place in this competition with good speeches from our representatives.

    Inter-House Plays

    Our ist and 2nd year boys, assisted "back-stage" by some keen seniors, gave a very pleasing performance, and finished third in the over-all placings.

    Finally I would like to thank Mr. Lewis and Mr. Wilkinson for all the encouragement and help they have given the House.

    R.A. OGDEN — (House Captain).




    We have had quite a good year. A Public Speaking Competition was held in the Spring term, in which Nelson came first. Our speakers were Elizabeth Couzins, Gaynor Hamley and Roderick Ogden.

    Like last year, an Inter-House Competition was held, in which all four Houses competed. The senior members of the House produced the play and the juniors acted in it. Although we did not win, the juniors put up a good performance. Nelson chose Indian costume for the play, which was called "The Ugly Duckling". I would like to thank all those who had anything to do with it.

    Finally, on behalf of the house, I would like to thank all the staff members of the House, especially Miss Reed, who have helped us during the past year. I wish every success to all those who are leaving this year.

    A. HENDERSON — House Captain.


    i) Kitty Chaytor -- Anne Gardner; 2) Helen Rourke -- Gaynor Hamley; 3) Cathy Johnstone — Pat Doherty.

    Nelsons senior Tennis team played extremely well, but only managed to obtain 3rd position. It is hoped that they will do better in the next Inter-House tournament.


    Senior: Sarah Jefferies, Pat Doherty, Elizabeth Couzins, Margaret Canham, Kitty Chaytor, Angela Radley, Gaynor Hamley, Jane Baxter, Helen Rourke (Capt.), Susan Crawford, Anne Gardner. Reserve: Jacqueline Bubb.

    Junior: Lindsay Billett, Pat McLaughlin, Kay Scammel, Ann Broadway, Catherine Jennings, Brenda Sweeney, Susan Hurrell, Susan Kitson, Ann Carpenter (Capt), Diana Cheers, Pamela Beadle. Reserves: Jane Moyle, Elizabeth Fawcett, Sheila Weir.

    The seniors played well in the hockey matches, but once again they did not manage to gain first place, but came second showing some very good players and excellent team spirit. The junior team did not do well in the hockey matches, and came last, but once again showing great enthusiasm and team spirit.


    Senior: Jane Baxter, Gaynor Hamley, Ann Henderson, Helen RourTce (Capt.), Jean Sayer, Margaret Canham, Georgina Webb. Reserves: Jennifer Smith.

    Junior: Janet Saddler, Anne Carpenter, Ann Broadway, Susan Cunion, Brenda Sweeney, Glenis Hurley, Ann Carpenter. Reserves: Susan Kitson, Elizabeth Fawcet.

    Nelson never seems to be very successful at Netball and both junior and senior teams did extremely poorly. However enthusiasm was shown, but Nelson was no match for the other Houses.


    Nelson gave an excellent performance in the sports this year. Both junior and senior girls made a great effort enabling Nelson to win the girls athletics cup and also helping to win the combined boys and girls athletics Trophy for Nelson House.

    Special mention must be made of Gaynor Hamley, Anne Dennison and Anne Broadway for outstanding performances.

    Congratulations to all members of Nelson House who have put so much effort into winning the sports. Members of Nelson House would also like to thank Miss Reed for her enthusiasm, and help in Training all partakers in the sports.


                                                    HAWKINS HOUSE -GIRLS


    A project started last year has eventually been completed; the resulting blanket made up of knitted squares has been sent to the War on Want Campaign. Thanks are due particularly to the Juniors who sewed it up and Mrs. Cronin who did the crochet round the edge.

    Beryl George, Robin Levin and Graham Roberts represented us in the inter-house Public Speaking Competition, in which we came 2nd.

    The Junior House Play Competition was treated with great enthusiasm. Hawkins came ist and consequently participated in "April Shower" at the end of the Easter term. All concerned with "The Ugly Duckling" are to be congratulated for their outstanding effort, particularly the junior cast: Janet Morley, Cynthia Pace, Lorraine Walker, Frederick Smart, Andrew Gillham, Paul Crossley and John Elliot and the senior producers: Suzanne Prater and Michael Jamieson.

    On behalf of the House I should like to thank all staff members of Hawkins, particularly Mrs. Gerrard, for their support throughout the year.

    JEAN PROCTOR, 6 Arts — House Captain.



    1st couple J. Proctor — M. MacDougall.

    2nd couple M. Bishop — R. Hubble.

    3rd couple S. Prater — C. Smith.


    The general lack of enthusiasm in the senior end of the House was apparent again this year. We repeated last year's performance and came 4th and though all tried very hard, perhaps too hard, we were resigned to the inevitable. However, many matches were very close and we lost by only one game.

    Juniors   Seniors
    D. Proctor GK

    S. King

    M. Jones  LB  J. Proctor
    A. Tomlinson RB

       F. White

    A. Pinnock LH M. Bishop
    G. Witherspoon CH  B. George
    J. Jones RH  V. Reed, R. Hubble
    S. Simmonds LW   S. Prater
    S. McGaw LI  J. Rodger
    C.Forrester CF

    M. MacDougall

    B. McDermott RI M. White
     C. Sellman RW  F. Rafferty, E. Morrison

    J. Hurst, M. Crombie. Reserves:

    In the senior tournament we had to play two matches in one morning due to bad weather the previous week. Unfortunately several members of the team were unable to attend on that day and even using reserves we numbered only 10. Our final position was 4th though the games were by no means one-sided: we lost to Nelson and Drake by 2 goals and to St. Vincent by 3. As last year the defence played well, in particular Jean Proctor, while the forward line as a whole lacked sufficient drive to force the necessary goals.

    Our juniors as usual put up a very good show with an exceedingly well balanced team which had both a strong forward line and a sound defence. We beat Drake and Nelson by i—o but lost by 2 goals to St. Vincent, thus finishing in and position.


    Juniors   Seniors
    G. Witherspoon GK C. Potter

    S. McGaw

    GD M. MacDougall
    D. Proctor, A. Golding WD F. Rafferty
    C. Forrester WA C J. Goldsack
    L. Jenson GA  M. Bishop
    B. McDermott, P. Rayfield RB M. Deakin
    A. Pinnock LB S. King, J. Rodger


  • A sense of defeat, on viewing a formidable array of opponents, characterized the senior matches from the start. We managed to retain our usual position. By contrast, the juniors played a keen and fast-moving game and much credit must be given to the shooters for their accuracy and consistency. Unfortunately the latter were off-form during the final decisive match probably as a result of the extremely tense atmosphere. Thus we failed to win the cup but achieved the very creditable position of 2nd.


    This year we did extremely well in the sports coming ist in the Girls Track Events and 2nd in Field Events. Overall Nelson Girls (the winners) just beat us by i|- points. Well done all concerned! We were very fortunate in having Caroline Forrester, who won the cup for the best girl athlete, in the House. Caroline broke two records — the 80 yds. and the 150 yds. and participated in the 3rd year relay team which also broke a record. Altogether she gained 5 medals and apart from her activities on Sports Day, she also captained all junior teams throughout the year and played extremely well. All congratulations to Caroline; we hope the House will see more people of her calibre in years to come.


    In the Swimming Sports of last July, which had not taken place before last year's magazine went to print, Hawkins Girls and also the House as a whole came 2nd. This was quite surprising result as we experienced some difficulty in finding people to take part in the events.

    Finally I should like to thank Mrs. Gerrard for her valuable assistance and all those who have played in, or helped with House teams in any way. Thanks are also due to the juniors especially, for their keeness and co-operation throughout the year.

    M. MACDOUGALL, U VI A — Games Captain.

                                                   ST. VINCENT HOUSE-BOYS



    All years made an effort, and the House was finally placed 2nd in the championship. The senior team played with confidence, but lacked skill. The juniors tried hard, but also lacked skill. J. Ferrett, G. Lyall and D. Hobden played for the school Cricket team.


    The 'Saints' excelled themselves in the Swimming Gala. They all made an all out effort, and as a result, the House won the Swimming Cup. G. Lyall was outstanding, he won the 60 yds. backstroke, 60 yds. freestyle, the diving, and he was a member of the winning senior relay. Lets hope that the 'Saints' repeat their success this year.


    It was the Juniors who saved the 'Saints' from total disgrace, winning the majority of their matches. Winpenny was the outstanding footballer. The colts team, who's best effort was a draw with Nelson, was the downfall of the House. They lost most of their matches, some by double figures. Smith was the best player, but he lacked support. The senior team played with great enthusiasm and managed to gain half-a-dozen points. W. Smith was the only House representative in the school First XI.


    It was hoped, this year, we would have our revenge over Drake who narrowly beat us to championship last year. However, our hopes did not materialise. The juniors suffered some characteristing defeats and in all only managed to win a couple of games. The seniors turned out what appeared to be an invincible team, but suffered some bad luck when R. Woodcock was brought down with a broken ankle just before reaching "the line". It would also have helped the team if we had an able kicker. J. Ferrett, R. Knapman, D. Reed, T. Evans, D. Burden and R. Woodcock, were the House representatives in the school First XV.


    The juniors were outstanding in this event. Excellent runs by the 1st and and year teams, both coming first, soon gave the 'Saints' a majority of points. The 3rd and 4th years could only gain 3rd place in their races. The senior team, lead home by D. Reed and W. Smith, obtained sufficient points to give the House overall victory. Burton of the ist year ran well, as did Ward, who won the 2nd year race, while Agnew of the 4th year also gave a good performance in his race.


    Due to the lack of overall talent, the 'Saints' did not excel in this years athletics, but a few boys were outstanding. D. Reed, in the senior boys, won the 880 yds. and the mile, came 2nd in the 440 yds., and just missed a placing ir: the high jump. R. Leeman, in the 4th year, won the 100 yds., the shot, and tied for ist place in the high jump. B. McAuley, in the 2nd year, came ist in the 220 yds. and long jump. This was a good effort by all three. Well done! The senior boys won the Tug-of-War, beating Nelson, by two straight pulls.

    The 'Saints' came last overall, but this was not due to lack of enthusiasm, and we hope that next year will bring more success.

    On the whole, a fairly good year's sport, with wins in the Swimming and Cross-Country. Our success was mainly due to an excellent "House spirit" created by Mr. Tomlinson, Mr. Kitson, and Mr. L.C. Smith, our House masters. On behalf of the House, we would like to thank Mr. L.C. Smith for all his hard work and unfailing support throughout his years as our House master. We wish him all the best in his new appointment when he leaves this summer for the United Kingdom.

    D.J. BURDEN — House Captain. RJ. WOODCOCK — Games Captain.


                                                         ST. VINCENT HOUSE-GIRLS


    House activities off trie sports field have been rather limited as usual, but have been entered into with a refreshing enthusiasm — thanks to the persuasive volunteering powers of Mrs. Dewstowe and the House and Games captains !

    The willing team spirit of those of our 1st and 2nd years who entered the Junior Drama Festival was not unproductive, as we gained the prize for Stage Decor, Setting and Management. Unfortunately, Hawkins just pipped us at the post for the Acting Prize. Credit must go Linda Fairhall here for all the work she put into the production.

    At the Verse-Speaking Competition, we proved to have a surprising number of good voices and Marenka Kaslik won the prize for the "6" Year.

    We were not as successful this year in the Public Speaking Competition as we have been in the past, but the fine effort our three speakers made must be appreciated.

    House support, this year, has been gratifying on the whole and the house-spirit was especially manifest on Sports Day when two of our girls, Carol Streets and Denise Doherty, made all our athletes some very distinctive house badges.

    Speaking for St. Vincent girls as a body, I would like to thank Mrs. Dewstowe — it is her interest, care and enthusiasm that has made St. Vincent what it is today.

    A. MACDOUGALL — (House Captain).

    Games Report

    This year St. Vincent Girls have shown a great deal of enthusiasm where games were concerned and the successes achieved were fully deserved.


    St. Vincent finished second in the inter-house tennis match losing to Drake in an extremely close match.

    1st couple — M. Kaslik, R. Hopkinson. 2nd couple — S. Long, A. Macdougall. 3rd couple -- L. Edmund's, L. Tierney.

    Reserve: A. Elliot.


    Here the House excelled itself by winning both the Senior and Junior trophies.

    The Seniors played extremely well as a team with M. Kasilk and R. Hopkinson together keeping it moving and well-positioned.

    The juniors, with a little more practice, would have learnt to play better as a team and to keep their positions. However, they did extremely well and D. Barnes made an excellent captain.

    Senior Team GK L. Fairhall RB L. Griffin LB C. Streets RA R. Hopkinson CH V. Burton LH R. Brown RW D. Barnes RI A. Macdougall CF M. Kaslik (Captain) LI J. Hargreaves LW C. Mattingly Reserve: — A. Merch-Chammon. L. Tierney.

    Junior Team GK R. Fisher RB M. Elliot LB J. Hendy RH J. Malcolm CH A. Elliot LH C. Clarke RW D. Pace RI F. Hibbs CF D. Barnes (Captain) LI P. Macaulay LW L. Robson Reserves: — L. Gardner. N. Sharp.


    Again the Seniors played splendidly as a team and won the Senior Netball Trophy. The task was made more difficult due to the injury of our best players. Special mention must be made of the efforts of M. Kaslik, R. Hopkinson, and A. Merch-Chammon.

    The Juniors, although improving on last year's performance, found the competition offered by Hawkins and Drake too strong and came third. Both the defence and attack will have to improve their positional play and marking if they are to do better next year.

    Senior Team GS C. Streets GA R. Hopkinson/N. Maclean/A. Elliot WA A. Merch-Chammon (Capt.) C M. Kaslik WD L. Griffin GD D. Doherty GK L. Fairhall  

    Junior Team GS J. Moore GA A. Elliot (Capt.) WA D. Barnes C D. Pace WD J. Malcolm GD L. Gardner GK J. Hendy

    Reserves :- A. Maclean, C. Clark


    Although St. Vincent were positioned 4th, there were some good individual performances.

  • A. Merch-Chammon (6th year) 220, and 100 yds.

    M. Kaslik (6th year)  Long Jump

    R. Hopkinson (5th year) Javelin

    D. Doherty {4th year) Discus

    M. Rout  (3rd year) Rounders ball

    R. Woodman  (1st year) High Jump.







    The number of new records and near records achieved at this years school sports gave a good indication that this was a vintage year for athletics, and so it proved.

    At the M.S.S.A. Sports we made a clean sweep of the Junior, Senior and Aggregate Trophies. At the M.A.A.A. Junior Championships, where we compete against athletic clubs, we again made an excellent team effort and also collected some individual wins. The basis of our success lay in the track, where our runners reaped, the reward of a hard seasons cross-country followed by a few weeks of intense repetition sprinting. Seldom have I seen our runners so strong at the start of athletic training.

    Whilst all are to be congratulated on a fine team effort the following performances are worthy of special attention: —

    Barrie Jamieson Under fifteen 100 yards 11.8 sees. 220 yards  26.4 sees.

    Vedat Serim under thirteen 220 yards 28.3 secs

     Roger Masters under seventeen  440 yards 57.4 secs

  •  John Nicholas under fifteen Long Jump 18 ft. 6 ins.

     Dennis Reed  under seventeen  880 yards 2 mins. 12.1 sees.

    Michael Elliot   under seventeen High Jump 5 ft. 3.5 ins.

    Under 15  relay team   4 x 110 yards 52.0 sees.    J.B.

  • The Deputy Headmaster and Mr. Plant with the Industrial Staff.










    We arrived at Marsa to watch the competitors take part in the sports. The afternoon was quite cool, it was also windy and the dust kept blowing all over the tracks. As I sat waiting for the events to start I saw everybody was worried and nervous. At the end of each event the children cheered and' shouted at the competitors. There were quite a lot of races and Nelson won most of them. Near the end of the sports there was a tug-of-war, and St. Vincent won both times. After that all the winners got in line for the prize giving. They all got a medal but some got more than others. The competitors walked up proudly to be presented with their medals, and to be congratulated on their success. At the end of all the prize giving Nelson House was presented with three cups for coming first in the sports, and every body clapped' and cheered, but some people looked disappointed. After that we all got on our own buses and went home.



    7 o'clock its school again, Rain, wind, or shine, it's all the same I can never get up, it's so warm in here I'm going to sleep again I fear

    7.30 and up I get,

    I can't find a thing, how Mum does fret,

    I'll never make it at this rate,

    Mum says "Hurry or you'll be late".

    I've eaten my breakfast and found my case, Forgotten my lunch, there's Mum giving chase, She's caught me up oh what a rush, But at last I've caught my bus.







         CLOSING DATE JULY 1965


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