Magazine 1968 Contributed
by Martin Powell
Section House Reports Patience
FOREWORD . I should like to thank all those who have
helped in the production of this magazine. Although the members of the
Magazine Committee have changed since last year, others have taken on
the work and the School is fortunate to have such an excellent record of
its main events. As expected, our School numbers have been
much the same as last year and, although we shall be gradually affected
by the rundown, we shall continue to be fairly full for at least another
year. We were glad to welcome several new members of Staff last Autumn
Term, and five more will be joining us in September. At the same time we
say goodbye to many of our senior members of Staff and thank them for
the great contributions they have made to the life of the School. We are very grateful to the Flag Officer,
Malta and his Staff for the keen interest they have taken in our
affairs. Thanks to their support, our School facilities have steadily
improved. Work on the Changing Rooms is now completed and an extension
to our laboratories is planned for next year. The School has had an
excellent year of sport and made full use of the new Tennis Courts and
Playing Fields. Now that the annual examinations are finished, I hope
that the School has had equal success in them H.C. Malkin
Commander G. Coupe, M.A. (DEPUTY HEADMASTER).
Instructor Lt. Cdr.
M. Whyte, B.Sc. Instructor Lt, Cdr.
O.K. Butler, B.Sc. Mr. P. Parker Miss M.J. Bailey Mr. R.A. Dickerson, A.T.D. Mr. A.F. Gallacher, M.A. Mrs. D. Dewstowe Mr. R.B. Witherspoon Mr. R.J. Gerrard, L.T.C.L., L.Mus.L.C.M.,
A.Mus.TCL., ACIS Mr F.G. Kitson Mr K.G.W. Pappin,
B.A., B.Comm. Mr H.M. Griffiths
Barraclough, B.Sc., F.R.G.S. Mr. E. Battye
Miss G. Reed
Mr. T.E. Moore, A.M.I.E.E.
Miss N.W. Chisholm, B.Sc.,M.Inst.Bio.
Mr. W.M. Alexander, M.A. Mr D.K. Martin
Mr E.J. McAllister,
B.A., DTL.C . Mr J.P. Ratclifie, B.A. Mr A.
Walters Mr E.J. Lewis Mr. R.C. Tatton, D.L.C. Mr. T.S. Moyle, Dip.Bib.Rel. Mr. H.T. Hitchcott, B.Sc., A.R.I.C. Mr. R. E. Tomlinson Mr. B.S. Jackson, B.A. Mr. F.C. Houston, B.A. Mr. S. Singleton, B.A. Miss A.P. Melling Mr. H.W. Harris, B.A. Mr. L. Garvey, B.Sc., A.Inst.P. Miss M.P. Williams Miss B.J. Mercer, M.A. Miss R.J. Simpson, B.Sc. Miss M.M. Heaney Miss D.M. Saunter,
A..G.S.M. Miss M.S. Clegg, A.T.D. Miss J.D. Walker, B.A.
Mr. A.C. Quinn, M.A., M.Sc. Mr. T.N. Ricketts, D.P.E. Mr. M.G. Wayte, D.L.C. Mr. C.
Charlton Mr. R.A.M. Ransom Miss A.M. Howlings, F.F.T.Com.,
J. Yule, B.A. Mrs. P.M. Gerrard Mrs. V.E. Hitchcott, B.A. Mrs C.G.
Singleton B.A. Mrs. C.W.
Barraclough Mrs. E.A. Dowdall, B.A. Mrs. J.B. Watson Mrs. P. Perkins Mrs. P. MacDonald Mr. R.E. Collins, C. & G.
I should like to thank all those who have helped in the production of this magazine. Although the members of the Magazine Committee have changed since last year, others have taken on the work and the School is fortunate to have such an excellent record of its main events.
As expected, our School numbers have been much the same as last year and, although we shall be gradually affected by the rundown, we shall continue to be fairly full for at least another year. We were glad to welcome several new members of Staff last Autumn Term, and five more will be joining us in September. At the same time we say goodbye to many of our senior members of Staff and thank them for the great contributions they have made to the life of the School.
We are very grateful to the Flag Officer, Malta and his Staff for the keen interest they have taken in our affairs. Thanks to their support, our School facilities have steadily improved. Work on the Changing Rooms is now completed and an extension to our laboratories is planned for next year. The School has had an excellent year of sport and made full use of the new Tennis Courts and Playing Fields. Now that the annual examinations are finished, I hope that the School has had equal success in them
H.C. Malkin Headmaster.
Instructor Commander G. Coupe, M.A. (DEPUTY HEADMASTER).
Instructor Lt. Cdr. M. Whyte, B.Sc.
Instructor Lt, Cdr. O.K. Butler, B.Sc.
Mr. P. Parker
Miss M.J. Bailey
Mr. R.A. Dickerson, A.T.D.
Mr. A.F. Gallacher, M.A.
Mrs. D. Dewstowe
Mr. R.B. Witherspoon
Mr. R.J. Gerrard, L.T.C.L., L.Mus.L.C.M., A.Mus.TCL., ACIS
Mr F.G. Kitson
Mr K.G.W. Pappin, B.A., B.Comm.
Mr H.M. Griffiths
Mr C.W. Barraclough, B.Sc., F.R.G.S.
Mr. E. Battye
Miss G. Reed
Mr. T.E. Moore, A.M.I.E.E.
Miss N.W. Chisholm, B.Sc.,M.Inst.Bio.
Mr. W.M. Alexander, M.A.
Mr D.K. Martin
Mr E.J. McAllister, B.A., DTL.C
. Mr J.P. Ratclifie, B.A.
Mr A. Walters
Mr E.J. Lewis
Mr. R.C. Tatton, D.L.C.
Mr. T.S. Moyle, Dip.Bib.Rel.
Mr. H.T. Hitchcott, B.Sc., A.R.I.C.
Mr. R. E. Tomlinson
Mr. B.S. Jackson, B.A.
Mr. F.C. Houston, B.A.
Mr. S. Singleton, B.A.
Miss A.P. Melling
Mr. H.W. Harris, B.A.
Mr. L. Garvey, B.Sc., A.Inst.P.
Miss M.P. Williams
Miss B.J. Mercer, M.A.
Miss R.J. Simpson, B.Sc.
Miss M.M. Heaney
Miss D.M. Saunter, A..G.S.M.
Miss M.S. Clegg, A.T.D.
Miss J.D. Walker, B.A.
Mr. A.C. Quinn, M.A., M.Sc.
Mr. T.N. Ricketts, D.P.E.
Mr. M.G. Wayte, D.L.C.
Mr. C. Charlton
Mr. R.A.M. Ransom
Miss A.M. Howlings, F.F.T.Com., F.S.C.T
Miss J. Yule, B.A.
Mrs. P.M. Gerrard
Mrs. V.E. Hitchcott, B.A.
Mrs C.G. Singleton B.A.
Mrs. C.W. Barraclough
Mrs. E.A. Dowdall, B.A.
Mrs. J.B. Watson
Mrs. P. Perkins
Mrs. P. MacDonald
Mr. R.E. Collins, C. & G.
Chairman: Mr. R. A. M. Ransom
Literary Editor: Mr. E. J. McAllister.
Art Editor: Mr. R. A. Dickerson
Advertising Manager: Mrs. C. G. Singleton
Chaplain of the Fleet visit 1 The Governor General and Lady Dorman on Prize Day ... 46
Foreword 2 Advertisements 55
Staff 3 Sports Section 76
Headmaster's Report 7 Swimming Gala 1967 77
Macbeth 10 Athletics 79
Patience 15 Drake House Reports 91
Old Pupils' Page 17 Nelson House Reports 92
Cyprus Expedition 20 Hawkins House Reports 94
C.S.E. Results 25 St. Vincent House Reports 97
G.C.E. Results 29 Advertisements 104
PRIZE DAY-- 2nd November 1967
Mr. Chairman, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen.
This year Prize Day is a little earlier than usual and we are very grateful. to you, your Excellency, for being present today, at a time when we all realise how busy you must be with preparations for the Royal visit. 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 to us three years ago. As you can all understand, our distinguished guest, has the important task of livening up the proceedings after the Headmaster has sent everyone to sleep with his annual report. W« are also very glad that you Sir, have been able to take the Chair for the first time at our Annual Prize-giving and we hope that you and Mrs. Davenport will visit us as much as you can.
As in the past years we are only able to accommodate today a few School guests, the parents of prizewinners and about a quarter of the children. It :s a pity that so many parents and children are unable to come, owing to the size of the hall; but I hope that these parents who cannot be fitted in will understand and take the opportunity of visiting the School on our Open Days, or coming to s orne of our many School functions.
As I remarked last year, one of the best aspects of Tal-Handaq School is its sense of continuity. Much of this is due to its excellent teaching staff, many of whom have now given some years of devoted service to the School. Of course, each year there are newcomers, who bring with them the latest educational ideas and, this term, we have been very pleased to welcome twelve new members of staff. Our continuity also owes mulch to our splendid School Warden, Mr. Plant and his staff. Mr. Plant, in fact, is really at the top of the list of today's prizewinners and we were all delighted to congratulate him on the award of the British Empire Medal, which your Excellency presented to him in May. The School is also very fortunate to have so many friends in Malta, and among these I must first mention the Director of Education, Mr. Gatt, (whom we are glad to welcome today) and his staff who give us so much help in the organisation of School examinations; our Administration Authority, the Flag Officer Malta and his Staff; and the other Services, Army, RAF and MPBW, all of whom have helped us in many ways in the last year.
This term we have about 850 pupils in the School. This is about the same number as two years ago, but 50 or so less than last year. Again, the numbers of Navy children have fallen, but those of the Army and Ministry of Defence Civilian families! have increased. Another important change is that we have more older children this year. The Sixth Form is about the largest we have ever had in the School; and this, of course, means that parents have confidence in the School and bring their children to Malta for GCE 'A' level work. At the same time it stretches the School's facilities, especially in the laboratories, and means that we are in urgent need of one or two more Specialist rooms.
The remainder of the Upper School that is the 4th and 5th Forms continue to be fairly full, although not so crowded as last year. There are 160 children in the 5th Year, and this means that some of the sets are fairly large. The Upper School is fully Comprehensive, which means that over 360 children are working .to individual timetables. The subjects offered cover a wide field, from the traditional Grammar School academic subjects; English and Mathematics (which are taken by all in the 4th and 5th Years); the Science subjects, Physics, Chemistry and Biology; Modern Languages (French, German, Italian and Spanish) and the Arts, History and Geography together with Classics and Music. For the more practical children, there is a strong Art Department, which has notable examination successes to its credit; a Technical Department offering Engineering Drawing, Metalwork and Woodwork; while, for the girls, there are opportunities for Domestic Science and Needlework together with a .strong Commercial Department. The Commerce Room is now very well equipped with 30 modern typewriters and a model office; and the Pitmans and C.S.E. Shorthand and Typewriting results were fairly good this year.
With such a wide selection of subjects, the numbers qualifying for entry to the Sixth Form, which needs five subject passes at GCE 'O' level or Grades I in the Certificate of Secondary Education, has risen. It is, of course, modern Comprehensive School practice to include in the Sixth Form many older pupils who are skilled in practical as well as academic subjects. Those, however, who have qualified for Sixth Form work by success in practical subjects cannot always expect to undertake a two year Academic Course in preparation for 3 'A' levels. I hope, therefore, that parents will not expect too much from their children, especially those whose Grades in 'O' level have not been high ones.
I strike this note of caution because our GCE 'O' level results were very good, while the 'A' level results were not of such a high standard as last year. In GCE 'O' level, 15 candidates, passed between seven and ten subjects: 51 candidates passed four tor more subjects; and 36 of those who returned to School this term have qualified to enter the 6th Form and commence 'A' level courses. There were 187 candidates for 'O' level, compared with 129 last year; and 483 subject passes, compared with 275 last year.
At GOB 'A' level we had 32 candidates, six less than last year. They were entered, however, for a total of 94 subjects, of which they only achieved success in 58. Last year the results were better, "because out of 78 subject entries 68 were successful. The reasons for this gap between expectation and performance are many, but the main one must be that some of them were finding the work difficult and were not making the efforts necessary for success at this level.
Last year some good results were achieved in the Certificate of Secondary Education, for which we had 154 candidates, an increase of 55 over 1966. This examination, which was introduced three years ago, is designed for those who might not quite make 'O' level, but who should have a recognition "ii paper of their abilities on leaving School. A Grade I in CSE is the equivalent of a GCE 'O' level pass, and the School now offers opportunities to take 17 subjects in the CSE, as we have included Chemistry for the first time next year.
I would not like it to be thought, however, that we measured the School's standard solely in terms of examinations. There is more to School life than classroom work and we have had a successful year on the Sportsfield. In Soccer and Rugby, the Tal-Handaq First Team played adult sides last season and achieved creditable results. The girls First Hockey Team maintained an. unbeaten record for the season, and a Girls Tennis IV was entered for the first time in the Island League. Sailing was also a popular activity and we are very grateful to the Service Clubs for the use of their dinghies, which enabled numbers of pupils to become qualified helms. I hope we shall be able to continue to include Sailing in the School curriculum as the rundown progresses.
Enthusiasm for Sport has been well maintained this term and it is very encouraging to 'see how keen the younger children are in keeping up our previous high standard. They have a fairly full School Trophy Case to inspire them, and we had some very good Football and Athletic Fixtures last year with several of the Malta Schools. Notable among our successes was that Tal-Handaq won both the Junior and Senior Shields of the Malta Combined Secondary Schools Sports Association.
We have also taken an active part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Schemes, largely through cooperation with the Malta Branch, which has had a very successful year. The School staff organised a residential course for those preparing ifor the Gold Award and a party visited the slopes of Mount Etna this Spring. I am very glad to say that three of the Senior boys of this School have now completed their qualifications for the Gold Award and, together with those Maltese candidates with whom they worked, will be presented with their awards by the Duke of Edinburgh later this month.
Not all, of course, can be gifted in Sport and the School has many other activities to offer. Our annual Gilbert and Sullivan last December was the "Pirates of Penzance", which was successfully presented in this Hall. This term the School is producing "Patience" and rehearsals are going forward well. Last Spring term J.M. Barrie's play "Dear Brutus" was produced and we are planning to stage a Shakespearian play next term. There are both Junior and Senior Choirs and many of the Choristers of St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral are pupils of this School. There are Art and Metalwork Clubs, and the girls have a Guide Troop. At the kind invitation of the Pawla Secondary Technical School we had a very successful combined debate in their fine School Hall last Spring and are hoping for a return fixture this year. Tal-Handaq also, once again, joined with parties from other Schools in Malta in sending about 60 children on a visit to the Holy Land in the School Cruise Ship DEVONIA last February.
I am very glad that most parents encourage their children to take part in these activities and to make full use of all the School has to (offer. In some ways, of course, the School could be better provided. This is not a purpose built School and, although the buildings are in good shape on the whole, we could do with further improvements. Our water supply failed on several occasions last year and I hope that the new main, on which the MPBW have been working, will soon be connected. We are very cramped in our laboratories, and I am glad to say that a place has been found in next year's minor works for an additional laboratory and Film Projection Room. Both of them are urgently needed improvements, for at present the Head of the Science Department has to supervise an Upper Sixth Chemistry Group on the ground floor of the laboratories; and a Lower Sixth Group upstairs. Both Groups are too large for the spaces we have at present. Plans are also going ahead for hot showers in the School, and the Annual Report of the Naval Medical Officer of Health states that "this necessary facility should be provided before the Winter sets in".
These material improvements will benefit the School next year as the important work undertaken by the MPBW last Summer has been of great help this year. The improvements to the Specialist rooms were much needed and the three new School Tennis Courts have been a great impetus to this game among the girls. In particular the language laboratory, which was excellently built by MPBW, has added a new dimension to language teaching.
Like many modern aids of this kind, however, a planned maintenance programme is necessary and we are grateful to the Naval Repair Superintendent for taking this on.
Lastly I would like to thank the parents for the support they have given to School functions and for their cooperation. We are doing our best to make Tal-Handaq children into responsible and enthusiastic young citizens, who think of other people as well as themselves and who make the best use of their gifts; and this aim can only be achieved by close cooperation between parents and the School.
One is -always .apprehensive when seeing a new play, especially when it is performed toy amateurs who are attempting its 'like for the first time. However, the cast and stage staff of Macbeth overcame, any difficulties which might be incurred by amateurs performing Shakespeare for the first time, and under the excellent direction of the Producer gave .an admirable performance.
The actors and .actresses brought out the contrast between the good and evil dements of the drama. The struggle of Macbeth in deciding upon a course of action, torn between his ambitious wife, and his hitherto blameless career was expanded in. a convincing fashion into a scene of hatred and ultimate destruction. As Macbeth becomes a tyrant, so the functions of Ross and MacDuff (really to destroy him, and destroy (him they do, in a manner both convincing and dramatic.
The production ran smoothly due not only to the -actors but also to the Stage Staff who maintained excellent continuity between the scenes. The joint effort of the producers the set designers and the stage staff resulted in the success of this particular aspect of the production.
C. STEPHENS VGA.
MACBETH: EASTER 1968
Not many people realise the amount of work involved in a production like this, especially as time is (Limited to after school hours. Consequently rehearsals began early in the term, and under the guidance of Miss Saunter, our producer, the cast began to learn their lines and (get "under the skin" of their characters a good understanding of the past being especially important with a Shakespearean play. There 'were many other things for the cast to cope with, the would-be actors having to consider, for example, not only the meaning of what they were saying, but also voice-projection, the speed at which they were speaking and "tone". Long rehearsals were spent in plotting moves and positions on the stage, and eventually the play began to take shape.
By half-term the strain wais beginning to show on both sides: an agonised "will you come in on cue," or a quietly desperate "when the scenery is built, that's a three foot drop you've just walked across," was frequently to be heard from the producer's direction, which a horrified' wail of "I can't do that" was equally common from members of the cast (with a bit of coaxing they really always did). 'Scenery was (built, though at first it was none too strong, with the result that the cast could only tread gingerly round the edges, and a heavy step would set the whole structure shaking; and costumes arrived much to the amusement of the girls when the boys stepped into tights.
The finial week of rehearsals! loomed on the horizon, and suddenly arrived with terrifying speed. The days were spent in the frenzy of rehearsals for lights, costumes and back-stage staff. Somewhere the acting was lost, and the cast were to foe found on the day before performance rehearsing like mad to tighten the whole thing up. Finally the NIGHT was upon us, and, with some trepidation, we "wend-on,". Everything went off smoothly, much to our surprise, though there were some horrible moments the memory of a wooden goblet, which 'bounced on the rubber flooring and flew straight out of the wings, will remain with me for life. Moments backstage when the cast weren't congratulating each other were spent commiserating over one another's mistakes.
And finally, with a rush, it was over. When we stepped back and took stock, we realised what a big part of our lives it had 'become. At times it had been hard work, but the one thing everyone now agreed upon was that it had been fun. When's the next one, please?
Finally we wool d like to pay tribute to Miss Saunter: for the time and work she put into the production; for the expert direction and help she gave us, and what she taught us during the process and most of all, for her patience. She needed it!
J. IRVINE L6A.
R,S.P.C.A £ 5- 0.-0.
Poppy Day £ 10 - 0. - 0.
Sicily Relief Fund £ 25 - 10.- 0.
Cancer Research Fund £100 - 15. - 8.
World Childens' Day £ 5 - 0. - 0.
£146 - 5. - 8.
DEBATING SOCIETY REPORT
This has not been the Society's "best year, a fault, not due only to the committee, who have all worked hard this year, but also mainly to the apathy of the Upper School. There were many who promised to come to debates and did not, and those who did not even bother to think about coming. However there were also those who promised to come and did.
The Society's major works this year have been the Balloon debate in the first term, the Divertissement in the second and the Public Speaking competitions in the last term.
The Balloon Debate
The people who took part were:
Mike (Theo) Vingoe - Archdeacon Sebby Pratt
David Norris - William MacGonigle
Robin Bailey - Mao Tse Tung
Linda Oliver - Britannia
Janet Baker Madame Marie Currie
Ewart Shaw was the Chairman. Mike Vingoe, displaying his knees below his Tropical Issue, Ex-Army Surplice, from the Army Surplice Shores, demonstrated with the aid of a plumb line and protractor that there were no high mountains within fifty miles of Malta. He won the hearts and the votes of the audience with his quotes from 'McKenzie's Mechanics', Chapter 1, verses 11 to 19, and so lives on to complete his ministry in one large and complete piece.
The Divertissement is reviewed elsewhere in the magazine.
The Public Speaking Competition was held in the Music Room on the 15th of May. Miss Saunter was the Adjudicator. This was not a House Competition and there were only 9 speakers.
Robert Ross speaking on 'Are Hearts Spare Parts?'
Sue Kitson 'Ludum Praeter Palmam Amare'
Linda Perry 'The Perfect Shape'
Chris Stephens 'Moral Indignation is Jealousy with a Halo'
Ian Williams 'O to be in England
Clare Garvey 'The Perfect Shape'
Mike Vingoe 'Shakespeare was a tedious old bore'
David Norris 'The Perfect Shape'
Ewart Shaw Ludum Praeter Palmam Amare'
Again Mike Vingoe displayed his virtuosity and came first. David Norris was a close second.
The Society held its usual quota of ordinary debates which were moderately well attended, and although threatened by the rising tide of Apathy has managed to keep its head above water.
Our thanks are due to the committee:
Chairman: Chris Stephens; Secretary: Ewart Shaw.
Executive Members: Rosemary Fisher, David Norris, Elizabeth Jamieson and to Mr. Alexander who has done so much for the society.
SCIENCE SOCIETY REPORT
Kevin Malloy and Richard Hoctor took over the secretary's job In January and Wendy Coupe stayed on as chairman.
We were pleased to see that there were more people at most of this year's Science .Society meetings, especially the new non-scientific members who turned up.
There were lectures on helicopters, designing of experiments, derivation o>f scientific words, psychiatry, nuclear reactors, deep sea diving and submarines. There have also been several films and there was a trip to Farson's Brewery.
We would like to thank all those who came and spoke to us and all those who have supported the society.
WENDY COUPE (Chairman)
CAROL SERVICE 1967
On Wednesday the 13th December the Junior Choir held a carol service in the hall organised and conducted by Miss Williams. The readings and Poems were read by selected pupils and were chosen by Miss Saunter. The majority of the Poems were about the animals that were present at the birth of Christ.
The Carol Service was thoroughly enjoyed by the first and second years present, and was a great success.
VICKI EDWARDS, DESPINA STYLIANARIS, and LYNN EDER 2AII.
The Gilbert and Sullivan opera, "Patience, was performed at the end of the Christmas term. There was a little controversy over the "flower power" set and the miniskirts, but it was found that they did not mar the overall effect.
The production meant a great deal of work on behalf of all those who took part. The total number concerned with the performance was about one hundred, although only forty four of those were actually in the cast. Thanks should go to all those who helped with costumes and scenery. Special thanks should go to Mr. and Mrs. Gerrard and Mr. Barraclough, for without them the performances would not have taken place and the rehearsals would not have been half so amusing!
It has been said that the performances were the best which have ever been given at Tal-Handaq, and that is quite a compliment. There were very few mistakes and the whole cast did very well. All the principals performed well; none can really be picked out as best and congratulations should go to all. They were: Mr. Ricketts (Colonel); Ewart Shaw (Major); Mr. Tatton (Duke); Mr. Martin (Bunthorne); Robert Field (Grosvenor); Linda Elson (Lady Angela); Mary Jones (Lady Saphir); Wendy Coupe (Lady Jane); and Penny Tatton (Patience). In congratulating the principals the chorus must not be forgotten. Once the "Dragoons" had learned to march they performed very well and so did the "love-sick maidens".
The hall was filled every night and all the audiences seemed to enjoy the performances. Four of the principals will not be here next year and neither will Mr. and Mrs. Gerrard. No one is irreplaceable but these six will be missed for many reasons and thanks go to all of them. It is hoped that next year's performance will be up to the same high standard as this year's.
WENDY COUPE VI SCIENCE.
3rd & 4th YEARS DEBATING SOCIETY
The debating society was not as active this year as the committee would have liked. We opened with a 'balloon debate, which are always great crowd-pullers. The characters were as follows:
Maureen 'Moggie* Carrberry Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Richard King Maj. Gen. Moshe Dayan (Israeli Minister of Defence)
Nell Grace Maxwell Smart.
Chris Coupe Agent 99. Peter Neale Julius Caesar. Nicholas Motley Andy Capp.
Nell and Christine managed to return to civilisation with a fair-sized majority.
The next debate was 'Men are the weaker Sex' with Robert Macmillan and John Stackpoole proposing the motion, and Elizabeth Grant and Petula Bayly opposing. The largely female floor gave the motion a considerable majority.
For our last meeting before Christmas we held a 'This is your life' meeting taking Cinderella (M. Carberry). This meeting held the audience's interest particularly Ugly Sisters (J. Vincenti, B. Gibbons) .and' Stepmother (R. Macmillan) and Fairy Godmother (Hovis Brown).
After the Christmas recess we reopened with a Spot Debate these are never outrageously popular but it went very well.
We then had a formal debate 'Parents are the cause of Juvenile Delinquency' Nell Grace and Maureen Carberry proposed the motion while 'Hovis' Brown and Dominic Wujastyk opposed it. All speeches were well prepared and the floor fairly responsive. Parents, however, were found not to be the cause of Juvenile Delinquency.
For our pre-Easter meeting we had another Balloon Debate; characters were as follows:
Sue Lannon Mrs. Mopp. Ian Brown -- 'Hovis',
Dominie Wujastyk - - Al Capone. Charles Paton - - Terry Fisher. Nell Grace -- Anglo Bubbly (gum).
'Hovis' managed to stay in with some fantastic story about 'Revolting Moslem Monks! However, this was not one of out best meetings.
For cur summer-term meetings, we commenced with a Mock Election. The campaign was well organized by Ian Brown, who acted as Returning Officer. Voting was by secret ballot, and the results were as follows:
Richard King Conservative 28 votes Dominic Wujastyk Liberal 20 votes - Joe Vincenti - - Communist - - 6 votes - Chris Parry - - Welsh Nationalist - - 3 votes - Caroline Cranstone Labour 2 votes
The last three candidates lost their deposits i.e. three tubes of fruit gums!
At the time of going to press, the finail meeting of the Summer term has yet to Ibe held. It is to take tlhe form of a Quiz onganized by Richard King and Ian Brown. The name of the Brain of the 3rd and 4th Years will be revealed in next year's fmaigaizine.
During 1967 to 1968 (Session, the following people served on the Committee:
Nell Grace, Richard King, Iain Brown, Maureen Cadberry, Nicholas Morley, Christine Wilkinson and Christine Gouipe.
The members of the Committee would like to thank Mr. Alexander without whose help the deibaites would not have been possible
CHRISTINE COUPE, (Secretary)
OLD PUPILS' PAGE
This year we have had several visits from old pupils who have either been passing through Malta or whose parents are now posted here. Among these were Bill Duncan, (1964) who is now the assistant Music Master at King's School, Pontefract, and Alex. Brown who is studying Music at the Manchester Royal College of Music he passed his first year examinations with Grade A - he gave us news of other students at Manchester Graham Roberts (1965) and Geoffrey Randall who is now doing research, and John McGonigle who is doing building engineering. John Payne is in his Second Year there.
Brendan Breslin called in while on his honeymoon, he is an Admiralty Civil Servant and, for a time, was Secretary to Mr. Healey, the Minister for Defence he also won the Navy Golf Championship.
Walter Willman (1961), Bernard Hector (1962), both Officers in the R.A.F. have called in - - they are both married and Bernard's Wedding was a Tal Handaq affair as his bride was Wendy Roden.
Another Tal Handaq wedding which has just talken place is that of Richard Sianders and Melanie Lusty.
Andrew Wilkin after completing his degree at Manchester is now Assistant Lecturer in Italian at the University of 'Strathclyde,
Keith Tayton (1961) has recently obtained his M.B.B.S. from The Royal Free Hospital, and his brother Robert is also studying Medicine at King's Collage Hospital.
Patricia Satchell 1964 has gained her B. Sc. at Southampton University and is now doing her Educational Diploma at 'Cardiff.
The following are all at various Colleges of Education Brian Jackson who hopes to take a B.Ed. at Loughborough. Lynn Edmonds who is doing Music at Bretton Hall. Barbara Murphy and Dorothy Rowland at Bulmershe College, near Reading, while Roslyn Holroyd and Patricia Rodger are in their final year at Ripon.
The following are at Art Colleges Deirdre Edmonds who is at Wimbledon College of Art .studying Ceramics, Vivien Turner and Michael Elliott at Winchester and Portsmouth Colleges of Art respectively both doing a, Pre-Diploma Course.
Jane Carver and Elizabeth Robinson have finished their courses and are now teaching.
Beryl George has broken new ground 'by joining Air Traffic Control at Manchester Airport and John McCallum has joined the firm of Leylands where he is doing a Sandwich Course at Loughborough.
Margaret Parker Husband is working for the Insurance Institute examinations.
Jane Beadle, did a year at a College of Education but has now turned to nursing at Guys Hospital -- Elizabeth Forrester will be going to the Westminster Hospital in September.
Pauline Morgan is very thrilled with the course in Librarianship at Aberystwyth.
At Christmas I had a great many attractive cards from a wide range of old pupils who unfortunately failed to give their addresses and news of themselves, but I should specially like to thank Moya and Sally Graham and Susan Grant (from Singapore) for theirs.
A great many others who are still at school write in from time to time and it is clear that they all have happy memories of Tal Handaq and I hope they will continue to look back with nostalgia to the time they spent in Malta with us.
In conclusion I should like to add that this column depends on the information, you send in, amid I hope many more will be encouraged to write to me of their successes and careers which, in many cases will inspire others to follow in their footsteps.
Once again another Gilbert and Sullivan-'Patience' was presented at Christmas, and once again was received with enthusiasm. The chorus was good and the principals were as good if not better than we have had for some time. 'Patience' was a revival of a production in 1960 and was felt to be a better all-round one.
Prize Day again was very successful and the Senior Choir and the school acquitted themselves very well.
At the moment of writing the Junior and Senior Choirs are busy rehearsing for the Annual Concert to be held on May 31st. As one walks around, one hears strains from other musical activities-folk groups, recorder groups -all preparing for the concert.
The Lunch Time Recitals attracted the usual large attendance.
This is my farewell. I leave to take an appointment at Queen Margaret's School, York, as organist and Choirmaster. I take the opportunity to thank the staff who have been most cooperative in the many musical activities around the school. I would also like to thank Miss Williams who has given me valuable assistance.
I trust my successor will be given the same cooperation from you all, and that Music will continue to play a valuable part in the life of the school.
PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY REPORT, 1968
This year the photographic society has made its presence felt in a number of school functions. Cameras of "Tal-Handaq Press" have recorded numerous reporting activities such as rugby, soccer and cross-country events. The school production of 'Macbeth' merited attention and the dress rehearsal clicked and flashed as the half dozen or so photographers recorded for posterity and the cast, this successful play.
Mr. Martin has been introducing members of the school to the fascinating processes of developing and printing. The school darkroom which could not be termed enormous has just about coped with the flow of enthusiasts. Some idea of the achievements of the society can be gained from the photographs in this magazine, most of which came from society members.
We are looking forward to another interesting year and any photographers in school will find a welcome at the society.
RAY PERKS L6Sc.
DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD EXPEDITION TO CYPRUS, EASTER 1968
The expedition was organised by Squadron Leader Jones of R.A.F. Cyprus, and the idea behind it was to present a real challenge to fit young people to do something worthwhile during the Easter holiday.
The route took the shape of a horseshoe from Episkopi to Limassol via the Troodos range, and was divided into various sections. Satisfactory completion of a section enabled participants to reach the required standard for their award.
For the very fit there was the challenge of completing the horseshoe, an equivalent distance 'of 100 miles in wild country, and earning themselves a 'Golden Horseshoe' as a symbol of their endeavour.
The boys who took part were: Raymond Perks, Mervyn Hayward. Evan Potts, Martin Powell, Robert Ross and Mervyn Wagstaff.
The fact that all the boys finished the whole course with a day and a half to spare, while carrying 'heavy packs in a hot climate, speaks for itself. They were among the 40 who managed the whole course from 125 starters. This was a tremendous effort which required, strength and determination and one would have difficulty in devising a better character-forming exercise.
We look forward to a similar expedition next year; the boys who go are assured of wonderfully rewarding experiences.
We thank the R.A.F. Education Services in Malta and Cyprus tor their work in making the expedition possible.
REMEMBER US, STRANGER
Painful feet and tired limbs,
Aching shoulders, 'confused brain,
Dust in eyes and throat, heat and thirst.
A village ! relaxation ? satisfaction ?
Inquiring faces, voices which echo And shouts which pierce. Crackling laughter. Sudden barking.
Thoughts recorded and memories made, We struggle through .the streets.
The smiling housewife deserts her washing
To tell the neighbour of the doming of the Strangers.
A transfixed stare and an elderly man keeps his distance.
He can't trust strangers.
His stare of suspicion, superstition, curiosity,
Tells the story of the old way of life.
Now his world, is fading and a fresh one emerging:
New ideas and knowledge.
The veils of superstition, now lifted,
Are shadows of the past,
Dispelled by education, its reasoning.
"KALEEMERA", a young girl, excited. We return her Good-day wish.
Small boys, cropped hair and beaming smiles,
Rehearse their part, so, as we pass,
"ALO" they shout: English proudly displayed.
Soon the day will come, for many, to leave the village.
Some will return, bringing home new ideas, hope. Hope for present. Hope for future.
Children, backs pressed against the wall, Gaze, solemn eyes saying,
"Remember Us, Stranger" "NA MAS THEMASE". EVAN POTTS.
The camp-sites were our daily goal, a home from home and each one a further step to the finish. No two were the same. As we climbed, the temperature and the scenery changed and camping consequently varied tremendously.
The sites for the first half of the expedition were chosen by the organisers. On the second stage we stopped where we thought fit. Our first stop was on the edge of the playing field of a Greek village nestling between two hills. The air was cool and the ground quite soft. The next was very different, situated in a steep sided valley surrounded by high volcanic hills. We slept on the floor of a Greek school.
At Troodos, the following evening we pitched our tents on a picnic site with piped water and outdoor tables and benches. This site, a few hundred feet below Mount Olympus with a wonderful view was the most pleasant of the expedition. The next night we slept on the side of a hill outside a village. Here there was no running water but the R.A.F. Mountain Rescue team let us use their water store.
Finally we camped near a stream, dispensing with our tents as we were only a few hundred feet above sea-level. We had become somewhat expert at finding a comfortable stretch of ground to serve as a bed.
The population of Cypriot villages is made up mainly of old people and children. The young leave to seek a living in the towns as soon as they are old enough, especially those who are lucky enough to have a secondary education.
Farming is the main source of income and nowadays a good amount of arable farming is being done as well as the traditional stock farming. The most famous product of Cyprus is wine and grapes seem to grow just about everywhere. Many villages have their own wine press and produce wine for their own needs. Other crops are wheat and barley which are sold to the Co-operative society. The government instructs the farmers in modern techniques but does not give them financial assistance.
Lace work is one of the local crafts practised largely for private use. Basketwork is another.
The focal point of the village is not a square or a well but a coffee shop. This serves as a meeting place, a talking centre and more leisure hours are spent here than anywhere else.
Partridge shooting is a favourite sport. The men go out with shotguns and really enjoy themselves probably a good way to settle private quarrels!
In general the villages are very old fashioned with old customs and even traditional forms of dress, but television is creeping in steadily, bringing modernity with it.
DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD SCHEME
This has been a notable year for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme at Tal-Handaq. Three boys, Raymond Perks, Peter Ross and Christopher Stephens, gained their gold awards and they had the honour of being presented with their badges by Prince Philip during the Royal visit. Fortunately for us, all three have been able to help with the training of the younger members and the organisation of the 'Outward Bound.' competition. We hope they will continue this work in the future.
Richard Hoctor should gain his gold award within the next year as he has only to complete the hobby section.
Seven boys have been practising for the silver award activities and they should pass the tests by the end of the year. They are: Michael Leigh, Mervyn Hayward, Mervyn Wagstaff, Ralph Aherne, Evan Potts, Martin Powell and Robert Ross.
We welcome another good crop of newcomers who have already impressed by their enthusiasm, and, we hope that this will not be dulled by their failure to get transport to Cyprus for their expedition. Their map reading; walk during the Christmas holiday was very enjoyable. These boys have started the scheme this year: Brian Boobyer, Ian Brown, Stephen Holdsworth, John Stackpole, Richard King, Nicolas Morley, Joseph Vincenti, James Walmsley and Jim Woodhams.
The programme for the next year is:
Autumn Term Map reading exercises and first aid lessons.
Spring Term Expedition work.
Summer Term Athletic and swimming tests. Life saving.
After a day's .training in the rough ground around St. John's school, we set oft on April 12th at 7.30 a.m., along with many other people. We had been given notes on the route and large, scale maps. This first day's stage took us along paths, across country ,and along roads, working by the map and by bearings. It was extremely hot and we reached tour first checkpoint, a small village, after twelve miles of fairly steep climbing, at 1.30.
On the second day we followed roads principally and reached our second checkpoint in good time. After a short discussion we decided to carry on and try to fit the next stage info this same day. This stage led us into mountain country and much of our walking was along mountain paths. It was slightly cooler but still very hot: the heat, our heavy packs and the twenty four miles we had walked all combined to make our feet feel very tender and here began the long serfs of blisters.
April 14th, the third day, we again had to tackle mountain slopes and winding, uphill roads which in places formed a series of hairpin bends up to the town of Troodos. We checked in at the R.A.F. Guardroom and then had to trudge another three miles to the appointed camp site. This point was the end of the Gold Award distance, fifty miles.
We had decided to tackle the whole hundred miles so that evening we had our feet inspected by an R.A.F. doctor ,and the following morning we set off early. We soon left the road and followed a path 18" wide along the outcrop of some mine workings, looking apprehensively at the alarming drop beneath us. More miles along a hot road with the weather getting warmer at every step and we were once again going across country. Now progress was very difficult, up and down crumbly hills until finally we worked our way down a steep descent to a stream. After lunch and a good soaking in the stream we tackled a massive gradient and plodded slowly and painfully for two hours to the top. Still following a compass bearing we joined a road and walked wearily along it until we found a Mountain Rescue team, our checkpoint. We had been walking for ten hours and were glad to lower our packs.
The next day, Friday, we walked through a series of villages linked principally by unsurfaced roads, reached our 'checkpoint, had a long rest and set ot down a long, winding road to make the last day a little easier.
On the sixth and last day, April 17th the route continued downhill through Greek and Turkish villages to the coast road leading to Limassol. The sea breeze was very refreshing and the last six miles were covered at a steady pace to our final checkpoint. Thankfully we dropped our packs and rested our weary bodies. The hundred miles were over.
With matted hair and Deep brown eyes
With long and straggling beard
The old and battered wrinkled face peered
His eyes mowed slowly left to right as if
He were toeing watched, as gnarled and
knobbly hands reached down, for bits of twigs and logs.
And old aged legs moved slowly away From the spot in the depth of the wood
As I thought how I would toe if I were a Hermit in the wood.
HEATHER FERGUSON 3B.
CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION
SOUTHERN REGIONAL EXAMINATIONS BOARD SUMMER 1967
certificates were awarded as follows: GIRLS
PATTY ANDREWS Geography, Mathematics,
Typewriting. TINA ANDREWS -- English., History, Mathematics,
MICHAEL ADAMS -- German. RALPH AHERN - - English, Woodwork, German. ROY ALDWORTH -- Mathematics. DAVID ARCHER - - English, Mathematics, Technical Drawing, Metalwork,Physics. PHILIP BAKER -- History, Mathematics. LEE BARRABY - - Mathematics. DENNIS BAYLY - - English, Geography, Woodwork, History. STEPHEN BILLIGE -- Geography, Mathematics. ALAN BLUE -- History, Mathematics. EDGAR BOYD - - English, Mathematics, Technical Drawing, Metalwork,Physics. STEPHEN BREWSTER -- History, Mathematics, Typewriting. THOMAS BRIGGS -- Woodwork, Mathematics, MetalWork. MARTIN CANNON - - Woodwork, Mathematics, French. ROBERT CANNON - - Physics. IAN CARPENTER English, Geography, Mathematics, Technical Drawing,Metalwork. IAN CHAMP Mathematics, French. MALCOLM COX - - English, Woodwork, History, Mathematics, Technical Drawing, Metalwork, Physics. GEORGE DONALDSON - - History, French. DANIEL DRAKE -- Mathematics. ROBERT FIELD -- Metalwork.
Carnival photographic taken by a member of the Photographic Society
I heard a puffing and a puffing like a locomotive train.
I heard a shuffle and a scuffle like a mouse amongst the grain. .
I heard a splashing and lashing.
And then I saw quite plain. T'was a puffin, yes, a puffin.
Who was caught out in the rain .
STEPHEN LELLIOT 1C2.
G.C.E. EXAMINATION RESULTS SUMMER 1967
ORDINARY LEVEL: OXFORD
MICHAEL ADAMS English Language, French,
History (British),Geography, Mathematics, Chemistry.
PATTY ANN ANDREWS - - English Language, English Literature, Needlework,
MALCOLM ALDWORTH - - Religious Knowledge, Geography,
ROY ALDWORTH -- Religious Knowledge, Woodwork. CHRISTINE BAILEY - - Art.
ELIZABETH BAILEY - English Language, English Literature, History(British),
Mathematics, Human Biology.JANET BAKER English Literature.
PETER EDGE - - Latin. DEIRDRE EDMONDS -- English Language, Geography, Biology. PAUL EDMONDS -- English Language, History (British), Chemistry. CHRISTINE EICHMAN - - English Language, English Literature. ANNE ELLIOTT -- English Language, English Literature. PATRICIA ELLIOTT -- English Literature, History (British). JOHN FIELD Geology. ROBERT FIELD English Language, English Literature, History (British), Religious Knowledge, Geography, Mathematics, Biology. ROSEMARY FISHER - - English Language, English Literature, History (British), Commerce. SUSAN JANE FISHER Cookery. PATRICIA GARNETT -- Art. CLARE GARVEY English Language, English Literature, History (British),Art. PETER GAVIGAN -- Commerce. PHILIP GILBODY English Language, English Literature, History (British), Geography, Mathematics. MONICA GLOVER -- German, Cookery. PENELOPE GOODFELLOW English Language, English Literature, Religious Knowledge, Mathematics, Biology, Neediework. PAUL GRIMSON - - English Language, English Literature, Latin, French, History (British), Geography, Mathematics, Biology, Woodwork. DEREK GUYMER English Language, Religious Knowledge. PETER HADLEY English Language, English Literature, History (British). GORDON HALLIDAY Art. WILLIAM HAMPSON -- English Language, Engineering Drawing. RICHARD HOCTOR English Language, Mathematics, Physics. ELIZABETH HOOLEY - - History (British), British Constitution. MICHAEL HOWARD History (British), Religious Knowledge, Mathematics, Physics, Art. DAVID HOWELL - English Language, English Literature, Geography, Mathematics, Chemistry, Engineering Drawing, Metalwork. JOHN IRVINE - English Language, English Literature, Latin, French, History (British), Mathematics, Physics. JACQUELINE JONES - English Language, History (British), Cookery, Commerce. MAUREEN JONES English Language, English Literature, French, Religious Knowledge, Geography, Biology, Cookery. PHILIP WOODLEY-JONES -- English Language. LINDA KEEN -- English Language, English Literature. PAULINE KELLY English Language. MARY KENNEDY Cookery. HELEN KERN -- English Language, English Literature, History (British), French, Italian, Latin, Geography, Mathematics, Needlework. STUART KIRKWOOD -- English Language, Religious Knowledge, Mathematics.
SUSAN KITSON -- English Language, English
Literature, History (British), Geography, Art. JANET LAND - - English
Language, History (British), French, Religious Knowledge, Geography,
Mathematics, Biology, Cookery, Art.
View of the Art Blocks of the School.
G.C.E. EXAMINATION RESULTS SUMMER 1967
ADVANCED LEVEL: OXFORD
JENNIFER ARCHER Geography, Biology, Art.
SIMON BENDER Chemistry.
FELICITY BURGE Cookery.
PETA BUSWELL - - English Literature.
KATHLEEN CAREY - - English Literature, History.
DEIRDRE EDMONDS - Art.
CHRISTINA EICHMAN Art.
JOHN FIELD - - History, British Constitution.
BERYL GEORGE Economic History.
CAROLE GRONIER Art.
BERNARD HATCHARD -- Physics, Chemistry, Biology.
ELIZABETH HOOLEY - - Art.
BRIAN JACKSON - - English Literature, History.
ELIZABETH JAMESON -- English Literature, French, German.
LINDA KEEN -- Art.
KENNETH LAURENCE -- Chemistry.
RONALD LEEMAN --Art.
CAROLE MATTINGLEY - - French.
ALAN MILLER -- History, British Constitution.
JOSEPHINE MOGRIDGE -- Art.
AIDAN MOMPALAO DE PIRO -- Chemistry.
MARGARET PARKER-HUSBAND - - Religious Knowledge.
ANNE PENNINGTON -- English Literature, French.
DAVID RADFORD -- Physics, Chemistry (with Merit on 'S' paper).
ANGELA RADLEY - - British Constitution.
SALLY RATHMELL -- Art.
LOIS REED English Literature, Art.
GORDON SHARP -- English Literature, History.
JENIFER SHILLITO -- Art.
STEPHEN SPENCE History, Physics.
CHRISTOPHER STEPHENS -- English Literature.
IAN STEWART -- Music.
PETER STIMPSON -- Art.
VIVIEN TURNER -- English Literature, Art.
NIGEL VAUGHAN - - History, Geography.
MICHAEL VINGOE -- Physics, Chemistry, Zoology (?)
ALISTAIR WILDE British Constitution.
G.C.E. EXAMINATION RESULTS AUTUMN 1967
ORDINARY LEVEL: OXFORD
MICHAEL ADAMS Physics. ROY ALDWORTH -- History (British). DAVID ARCHER - - Woodwork. ROSEMARY ARDEN English Language. JANET BAKER -- Cookery. ROBERT BEACOM English Language. CHRISTINE BEVERIDGE - - Cookery. LYNDSAY BILLETT -- English Literature, Geography. PATRICIA BIRCH - - Geography. DONNA BIRCHFIELD - - French. FRANK BRACE -- Geography. IAN BRIGGS English Language. JEANNETTE CHRISTISON - - English Language. HEATHER COGGLESHALL -- English Language. MARTIN CONWAY -- English Language. ROSEMARIE CRAWFORD -- English Language. GEOFFREY CUNNINGHAM - - English Language. MARY CURLIS English Language. KEITH DICKERSON Engish Language. CHRISTOPHER DIXON - - English Language. SUSAN DODSON -- English Language. ROSEMARY FISHER Geography. PATRICIA FLETCHER -- English Language. JANE GARRIOCK - - English Language. CLARE GARVEY - - French. STEPHEN GIBBONS Art. PHILIP GILBODY - - Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology. JOHN GRAY - - Chemistry. PAUL GRIMSON -- Chemistry. PENELOPE GOODFELLOW - Art. MARION GREEN - - English Language. DEREK GUYMER -- History (British). DAVID HOWELL -- Physics. GILES HUNTER Art. MAUREEN JONES -- Mathematics, Art. MARY VAUGHAN-JONES -- Mathematics. PHILIP WOODLEY-JONES -- Biology. GILLIAN KELLY -- Mathematics. SUSAN KITSON - - French.JANET LAND English Literature. SUSAN LELLIOTT -- Latin. PATRICIA LONGLAND -- English Language. DUNCAN McKELVIE English Literature. M. JAYNE MOYLE -- History (British), Cookery. VALERIE MURRAY - - Italian. DAVID NORRIS -- English Language. VIRGINIA PARKIN English Language. SUSAN ANN PERKINS English Language, RAYMOND PERKS -- English Language. LINDA PERRY - - History (British). SUSAN PEYTON - - English Language. EVAN POTTS -- English Language. MARTIN POWELL. English Language. ROSALIND REES Music. MARGARET ROBINSON - - English Language. ROBERT ROSS English Language. ADRIENNE ROWLAND -- English Language. JANET SAVAGE -- English Language, Music. EWART SHAW - - English Language. JEANNETTE SOUTHWOOD -- English Language. JANET STEPHENS English Literature. ROBERT TUE Metalwork. CONSTANCE TWISS -- English Language. SUSAN WILLEY -- French. KENNETH WILSON -- English Language. LORAINE WOLFENDEN - - English Langauge.
Instructor Commander G.Coupe M.A. Royal Navy
- still upstanding after three years hard labour!
PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH RESULTS 1968
Name Grade Name Grade
John Carter III Norman Morgan II
Wendy Coup II Brian Nicol III
Linda Elson I Peter Ross II
Girl Guides' Easter Camp at Verdala Palace
Mr. Edward Plant B.E.M. retiring after long and faithful service as the Warden at our School.
Poet's Corner (There is an awful lot in this mag. Ed)
Arrival of Their Excellencies, The Governor General and Lady Dorman at Prize Day 1968
FOR SALE 54 used fashion survey sheets
"Please, please write something for the school magazine!", we were told. So being the kind and co-operative sixth formers that we axe, we agreed! But what to write? A poem? A piece of prose? No, we wanted to be original, and different so what about a survey?
Having decided upon a survey, the next step was, on what subject should we survey? We searched here, we searched there, but no particular subject came to mind. Then some-one had a brain storm, "What about improvements for R.N. Tal-Handaq ?', she suggested. But rather than upset certain people we sadly rejected it. What we needed was a controversial subject, something everybody would be interested in; politics, fashion and sex (of course) came to mind. EENY, MEENY, MINNY MO ! Fashion won.
We took a random sample of the fourth, fifth and sixth years, and asked them fox their views on certain fashions of the moment, which included: bikinis, see-through blouses, the Maxi, wigs and boys with handbags. The response was good, especially from the fourth and fifth years.
Their views were interesting, and in some cases surprising! On the whole the fourth years were found to have very practical ideas. When asked for their views on the Midi two of them said, "Very good for the Mums!" Whereas culottes were, "Good for cycling". The Maxi was not favoured as, "It takes too much material, 'and wigs and long hair were brushed off with ('cuse the pun), "Bad for barbers".
The fifth years, on the whole, were very enthusiastic about the survey and answered very honestly. Seventy per cent, of them admitted that they followed the fashion, while one boy wistfully said, "Follow it, I lead it!"
Perhaps a little surprisingly the sixth year boys were found to be rather conservative in dress. They did however have some zany ideas on the next trends in fashion, and among the suggestions we received were: "Clogs, P.V.C. calf length socks and see-through kilts", and "Duelling scars with Vietnam war blood-stained uniforms". Well you never know, stranger things have happened !
Well after having ploughed our way through we have decided that the most fashion-conscious members till the school are the fifth forms. The fourth years are too practical to follow the fashion to any great degree, and the sixth years -- well lets face it, they are just a bit past it, the experience of the fifth year was too much for them and they now prefer to be spectators ! Misses J. LAND and A. BRICKELL L.6.A.
Bahrein is in the Persian Gulf. This plaice is extremely hot. In the shade it is 112° F, and in the open it is as much as 180 °F. Oin the road you can fry an egg in Summer. While I was there it rained twice in 2 years. Most of the Arabs there are friendly. During my stay I actually saw n Arab palmed house just burn up in the heat of the sun. The ruler has a palace, and the round dames are made of gold. I received a gold watch from him for winning a boxing match. The beaches are -alright tout it is is not advisable to swim out too far for you may come up against a shoal of barracuda or a shank. There are not many places of historical interest except for a Portuguese fort. While I was there I liked it very much and would like to go again.
JOHN WADDELL 1A2.
OUT OF A WINDOW
There are many things to see outside. There are many classrooms, and all are filled with eager children awaiting their next exciting fun-filled lesson. The block 20, across1 the way, has its lonely classrooms unfilled, for the children have gone to games. A little play happily on the rainpipe. And in the car-park sit the cars hopefully awaiting the bell so they can happily drive their owners home. The lonely tuck shop sits in a small! isolation until the money bringing children come tomorrow to buy from it. A boy quickly runs back to his class, so he won't miss the interesting lesson. A gold and white cat stares carelessly into space. All is still. A janitor is pulling weeds, whole the clouds move silently by, The sun shines brightly down the corrugated iron roofs. A girl slowly ties her shoe and reties; her tie. The feathers of a bird ruffle quietly in the wind. All these things I see through the window as I day dream the time away.
ANINA BEAMAN 1A2.
A BLOATED SOLILOQUY
You can tell I am a Sixth Form Science A level Candidate by my beautifully modulated prose. I am also an intellectual because I read Chaucer (by courtesy of the Cambridge Press) and Shakespeare (with the help of others). I drop names as others drop lolly-sticks Marvell, Marlowe, Milton, Murdoch I know them all, or, at any rate, I know how to spell them.
Other sixth formers do not realise what makes me different to them. I am unique because I use an inimitable phraseology which combines circumlocution with obscurity, more obscurity usually; it covers all contingencies -"needlessly obscure" means "I don't understand it" "trite and obvious" means "I do understand it" "some critics have said that" means "this is not my own work" "try it and see" means "go ahead,, but not when I'm here".
Because I am a Sixth Form Science A level Candidate I have scientifically conditioned reflexes with literary overtones.
Irony means Austen (in the laboratory, "the book says I can do it -but why cannot I").
Gloom means "the black cloud after a failure" and not the works of Orwell.
Satire means David Frost doing chemistry.
Blank verse means Shakespeare, it has been likened to practical (chemistry) results written on paper -- nothing.
My capacious vocabulary is the envy of all. I use words like euphemistic, enjambement, allegorical and picaresque, which mean nothing to the average man nor to me.
I like being a Sixth Form Science A level Candidate because people cower and tremble when they see me, terrified that I may crush them with a mighty polysyllable. Nevertheless it is a lonely life, being a Sixth Form Science A level Candidate, because nobody but your friends taking Science A level knows what you are talking about. But this does not deter me from being a Sixth Form Science A level Candidate. I have a quality possessed by few an artistic and scientific integrity.
The definishon of this word, taken from the Oxford Dicshonery is "riting or naming leters of words corectly". But too mee the word and what it deenotes is a hed-ake, a pane, a scourg and a plage. I ushualy tangel with the word enscribed on the botom of an exercise, on which meni ours of strenuous labor and brane p'ower has been spent, and this dredfool curse of my life afrunts mee in large, red simblos. Threwo'Ut my master-peese sum person, hoo is insidently is ignorant of my jeenius, has drawn meni red lines which deefase mi pages and pages of riten mater.
Speling is the caws off meni lost mards in theese oful unimenshionable monstrosltis which tear in the Crissmas and sumer terms of evri scool yee,r. Needless to say, though I can never understand wi, theese marcs are nesesary to prevent a 'PAS' beecumming a 'FALE'.
I shal never bee able to understand wi Inglish words can knot bee speit as they sound: Doo yoo?
ANGELA BRICKELL -- L. 6A.
Not a few minutes ago I was wondering down the corridor on the eighth floor of "Paradise" flats feeling very gay for I had just received my pocket money, but now, chaos is let loose. There is fire on the fifth floor, it as out of control and even as I talk people are screaming and fainting around me \ Now the lift which seems to be still working has arrived people are pouring into it, -- there's room for all of us but, oh no! Nelson, my pet hamster is still in our flat! I must hurry to get him. Oh! what a stiff door handle ! -good now I've got him I'd better hurry back to the lift!
Oh no! it's gone without me! It 'can't possibly come up again because the fire must have damaged it by now! I must stay calm, surely there's another way down ? But I know there isn't! This is terrible flames are beginning to lick through the floor, dancing on walls, lashing out at me with forked tongues ! Never, before in my life have flames seemed so cruel, so real, red and gold devils trying to pull me into their hell like furnaces -orange and amber serpents trying to devour me ! And all the time there's that smell, the smell that once meant fireworks and fun to me, roasted chestnuts on a wintry day, but now that smell is evil, grasping, choking, and spells death on every melting flame! Fire for the last time in my life probably, makes me think of it, created by man to be a slave of man but, sometimes that slave rebels, and then it becomes an ugly master, devouring and destroying !
The heat is almost unbearable and the smoke is choking me but thank goodness ! Through the haze a fireman comes and warm, firm, kind hands grip me and Nelson wriggles safely in my pocket.
JACQUELINE BLACKMAN 2A1.
Susan Boyd at work on a construction in the Art Development
TOWNS OF AUSTRIA Vienna The Romans called Vienna Vindobona. Vienna
has a population of about 1,644,600 people (1961). The many ancient buildings which stand
today remind us of the city's long history. The old ramparts have been replaced by the
Ringstrasse, a fine road which was built between 1858 and 1860, and
which makes a circle round the centre of the city. On the Ringstrasse
itself, are found the main buildings of the city. These include the
cathedral of St. Stephen, which was built 1804. Graz Graz has a population of about 226,000
(1961), and is the second biggest town to Austria. Graz has a fine Gothic cathedra], which was
built between 1449 and 1462, and a 19th century opera house. Bicycles
and motorcycles are built here and paper is also made. The Tyrol One of the best-known areas of Austria is
the Tyrol, a favourite winter sports ground, where people from all over
Europe come to enjoy -skiing, skating and tobogganing. GORDON WILSON 1C2.
TOWNS OF AUSTRIA
The Romans called Vienna Vindobona. Vienna has a population of about 1,644,600 people (1961).
The many ancient buildings which stand today remind us of the city's long history.
The old ramparts have been replaced by the Ringstrasse, a fine road which was built between 1858 and 1860, and which makes a circle round the centre of the city. On the Ringstrasse itself, are found the main buildings of the city. These include the cathedral of St. Stephen, which was built 1804.
Graz has a population of about 226,000 (1961), and is the second biggest town to Austria.
Graz has a fine Gothic cathedra], which was built between 1449 and 1462, and a 19th century opera house. Bicycles and motorcycles are built here and paper is also made.
One of the best-known areas of Austria is the Tyrol, a favourite winter
sports ground, where people from all over Europe come to enjoy -skiing, skating and tobogganing.
GORDON WILSON 1C2.
TRAVELLING As my father is in the services I spend
most of my life travelling round the world with my brothers, sisters and
my parents. An advantage >f travelling is that you get a chance to see
most of the world and a disadvantage is that usually a tour is for three
years and I don't think this is long enough to visit all the places in
the country that we are in. My first tour abroad was to Jordan where we
did not complete our three years tour but had to leave after two years
because the camp where we were living was closed down. During these two
ye'ars we had the chance to visit the Holy Land. We went to Bethlehem
where we s:aw the Star cf Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Galilee,
Ramala and the Garden of Gethsemany. While we were in Jordan I played in
the River Jordan; we also visited the Dead Sea where I paddled. No-body
'could walk on the sand for more than five minutes because it was so
hot. While we were here I was only two or three years old so I can't
remember much about it. After being in Jordan for two years we went
back to England for three years. Our second tour abroad was to Germany. We
stayed here from November 1961 to November 1964. While we were there we
went to Holland and Belgium. In Holland, we saw the huge tulip fields in
Amsterdam. All over Germany and Holland were big parks and fairs etc. In
the Summer the weather was quite hot but in the Winter it was terribly
cold. After three years we came back to England.
Here we lived on an old air force camp which was used during the war.
There were several air raid shelters, the mens barracks, and 'a
gymnasium. This camp was in Devon and was called Collaton Cross. Then we came out to Malta where we are
supposed to stay for three years. Out of al'. these places 1 have 'been to, I
liked Germany and Holland best because there was a lot more to do out
there and the weather was nice. When my father comes out of the forces we all
want either New Zealand or Australia. SANDRA BARWISE 4R. Stone rubbing at the
Turkish Cemetry (sic) WHAT IS A SIXTH
FORMER? A schizophrenic. A mystic breed, whose unchallengeable
authority and superiority often become a question mark. Undertaking
between two contradictory spheres a lightning metamorphoses. For
although to the outside, alien world a passive front shines forth, these
stalwart pillars of example and wisdom, unapproachable purity, -- the
deity become howling, vengeful, infantile lunatics, once the sanctuary
is regained. Flinging the mask aside, the elect guardians of educational
freedom are transformed into obsessed protectors of insanity. Whilst children play and masters rest, the
clash of wood on wood escapes from the horrors and thrills of a jousting
tournament; shrieks of agony pierce the laden air as victims of
crucifixion, hanging, electrocution, and gassing plead mercy from their
captives. Whilst tension mounts, tempers flare,
nerves crack in the elastic atmosphere of a tiddlywinks 'competition,
others., less studious, find release for pressure-cooked feelings in
strenuous exercise skipping, hockey, cricket, etc. Who can imagine the
skill, the coordination, of a rugby game played within thirty square
feet? But this enthusiasm is perhaps unfair
exaggeration. A sixth former can become serene, jovial, intellectual - -
and quietly destructive ! Why is there no unattacked table with four, or
three!, unblemished legs ? What could be revealed behind the "censored"
certificate of a Gauguin reproduction ? Who pins up notices which have
unaccountably, disappeared from elsewhere ? From where did some potent
"fire-powder" appear on April 1st? But this is not the moment for hilarity
--it may be the revelation that could cost me my life. In spite of
belonging to the battered, bewildered, beaming sixth form sect, I could
soon become a sacrificial offering to the gods ! AN ONLOOKER 6th Form. THE FLIGHT We took off from Luqa at 8.30 a.m. in a
camouflaged R.A.F. Argosy. I* was a perfect day with ai lovely blue sky
and no wind at all; we could see the sea beneath us from 17,000 ft. The
flight was very smooth and we spent some time looking over our n'otes of
the expedition route. In no time at all, it se,emed, the pilot was
telling us to fasten our safety belts and. we dropped down to El Adem. The heat was overwhelmfing and what a
miserable place this was, stuck in the middle of the desert, ail airport
and a jumble of huts. Airborne again and the desert fading behind
us, we accepted the captain's invitation to visit the cockpit. Then we
returned to our seats and dozed. Soon we touched down at Akrotiri,
Cyprus. The return journey was made on another
fine, cloudless day, this time in a Britannia. We were very tired and
slept most of the way to El Adem. There, in the gusty, sandy wind we
said goodbye to the pupils from Triptol; and took off again. We were again awakened, by the captain's
injunction to fasten our seat belts and soon we were back in Malta,
looking forward to a hot bath and a decent bed. MALTA'S
NATIONAL EXHIBITION OF CHILDREN'S ART
After a break of one year, the National Exhibition
of Children's Art was
again held at the
Palazzo de la Salle, Kingsway, Valletta. .Entries were invited
schools on the islands, including Service Schools. This year
well being awarded the first prize in three ,age groups. Jemny
Shillitto who left 'us at Christmas won the senior section
15 to 17 years, Geoffrey
Williams the 12 to 11
years and Malcolm Jeffrey the 8 to 11 years with a
painting done in the
first few weeks of the Autumn Term before he was 12
years old. These prizes will be presented in the near future at the
Hotel. The School was also awarded the Shield of Merit.
Girl Guides at Independence Arena on the
occasion of the visit of Her Majesty the
Queen. IMAGINATION Silently the door opened. A light flashed
then all was still. The little old lady in bed drew the bed covers over
her head in fright, when she did at last take a peep she found
everything the same as usual. A sudden burst of courage came over this
little old lady. She got up, grabbed her walking stick as a means of
defence, and went in pursuit of the mysterious light. Down the stairs
she went and, into the lounge. She stopped, and heard a soft groaning
coming from the kitchen. She went through to the kitchen, still hearing
the groaning yet seeing nothing. Suddenly she saw a trail of blood leading
towards the wall. Stopping to think, the little old lady saw another
trail of blood leading towards the refrigerator. Quietly she padded over
to the refrigerator walking stick raised, only to find her dog
pathetically laid there with a deeply cut paw. The little old lady
collapsed onto a chair with relief. Now she wasn't so frightened she
realised that the dog must have pushed the door open and the flash of
light was the reflection of the street light outside.
Back to Top RESULTS OF THE INTER-HOUSE SWIMMING GALA
HELD AT ROBB LIDO, ST. GEORGE'S BAY ON JULY
11th 1967 GIRLS 1st
3rd Under 121/2 Breaststroke
M. Holland St. V
N. Warne St. V
S. Elliot H Freestyle
N. Warne St. V
E. Fagin H
J. Frapwell H 121/2-14 Breaststroke
S. Etheridge St. V
R. Witherspoon H Freestyle
N. Grace St. V
J. Thompson N 14-151/2 Breaststroke
S. Knight St.V
E. Gibson D
M. Robinson H Freestyle
E. Gibson D
S. Knight St.v
L. Gilbody St. V Over 151/2 Breaststroke
J. Saddler N
S. Boyd D
G. Hamley N Freestyle
S. Boyd D
J Saddler N Open Backstroke
S Boyd D
J Saddler N
C Fox D Under 14 relay
Over 14 relay
St. Vincent Under 14 diving
E. Fagin H
N Grace St.V
C Barraclough D Over 14 divine;
J. Hirst H
G Hamley N
E Gibson D Best Girl Swimmer: SUSAN
BOYD. Girls Final Placings: 1st = (Drake -
St. Vincent) 70
Points 3rd Nelson
4th Hawkins 61
3rd Under 121
As my father is in the services I spend most of my life travelling round the world with my brothers, sisters and my parents. An advantage >f travelling is that you get a chance to see most of the world and a disadvantage is that usually a tour is for three years and I don't think this is long enough to visit all the places in the country that we are in.
My first tour abroad was to Jordan where we did not complete our three years tour but had to leave after two years because the camp where we were living was closed down. During these two ye'ars we had the chance to visit the Holy Land. We went to Bethlehem where we s:aw the Star cf Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Galilee, Ramala and the Garden of Gethsemany. While we were in Jordan I played in the River Jordan; we also visited the Dead Sea where I paddled. No-body 'could walk on the sand for more than five minutes because it was so hot. While we were here I was only two or three years old so I can't remember much about it.
After being in Jordan for two years we went back to England for three years.
Our second tour abroad was to Germany. We stayed here from November 1961 to November 1964. While we were there we went to Holland and Belgium. In Holland, we saw the huge tulip fields in Amsterdam. All over Germany and Holland were big parks and fairs etc. In the Summer the weather was quite hot but in the Winter it was terribly cold.
After three years we came back to England. Here we lived on an old air force camp which was used during the war. There were several air raid shelters, the mens barracks, and 'a gymnasium. This camp was in Devon and was called Collaton Cross.
Then we came out to Malta where we are supposed to stay for three years.
Out of al'. these places 1 have 'been to, I liked Germany and Holland best because there was a lot more to do out there and the weather was nice.
When my father comes out of the forces we all want either New Zealand or Australia.
SANDRA BARWISE 4R.
Stone rubbing at the Turkish Cemetry (sic)
WHAT IS A SIXTH FORMER?
A mystic breed, whose unchallengeable authority and superiority often become a question mark. Undertaking between two contradictory spheres a lightning metamorphoses. For although to the outside, alien world a passive front shines forth, these stalwart pillars of example and wisdom, unapproachable purity, -- the deity become howling, vengeful, infantile lunatics, once the sanctuary is regained. Flinging the mask aside, the elect guardians of educational freedom are transformed into obsessed protectors of insanity.
Whilst children play and masters rest, the clash of wood on wood escapes from the horrors and thrills of a jousting tournament; shrieks of agony pierce the laden air as victims of crucifixion, hanging, electrocution, and gassing plead mercy from their captives.
Whilst tension mounts, tempers flare, nerves crack in the elastic atmosphere of a tiddlywinks 'competition, others., less studious, find release for pressure-cooked feelings in strenuous exercise skipping, hockey, cricket, etc. Who can imagine the skill, the coordination, of a rugby game played within thirty square feet?
But this enthusiasm is perhaps unfair exaggeration. A sixth former can become serene, jovial, intellectual - - and quietly destructive ! Why is there no unattacked table with four, or three!, unblemished legs ? What could be revealed behind the "censored" certificate of a Gauguin reproduction ? Who pins up notices which have unaccountably, disappeared from elsewhere ? From where did some potent "fire-powder" appear on April 1st?
But this is not the moment for hilarity --it may be the revelation that could cost me my life. In spite of belonging to the battered, bewildered, beaming sixth form sect, I could soon become a sacrificial offering to the gods !
AN ONLOOKER 6th Form.
We took off from Luqa at 8.30 a.m. in a camouflaged R.A.F. Argosy. I* was a perfect day with ai lovely blue sky and no wind at all; we could see the sea beneath us from 17,000 ft. The flight was very smooth and we spent some time looking over our n'otes of the expedition route. In no time at all, it se,emed, the pilot was telling us to fasten our safety belts and. we dropped down to El Adem.
The heat was overwhelmfing and what a miserable place this was, stuck in the middle of the desert, ail airport and a jumble of huts.
Airborne again and the desert fading behind us, we accepted the captain's invitation to visit the cockpit. Then we returned to our seats and dozed. Soon we touched down at Akrotiri, Cyprus.
The return journey was made on another fine, cloudless day, this time in a Britannia. We were very tired and slept most of the way to El Adem. There, in the gusty, sandy wind we said goodbye to the pupils from Triptol; and took off again.
We were again awakened, by the captain's injunction to fasten our seat belts and soon we were back in Malta, looking forward to a hot bath and a decent bed.MERVYN WAGSTAFF
MALTA'S NATIONAL EXHIBITION OF CHILDREN'S ART 1968
After a break of one year, the National Exhibition of Children's Art was again held at the Palazzo de la Salle, Kingsway, Valletta. .Entries were invited from all schools on the islands, including Service Schools. This year Tal-Handaq did extremely well being awarded the first prize in three ,age groups. Jemny Shillitto who left 'us at Christmas won the senior section 15 to 17 years, Geoffrey Williams the 12 to 11 years and Malcolm Jeffrey the 8 to 11 years with a painting done in the first few weeks of the Autumn Term before he was 12 years old. These prizes will be presented in the near future at the Phoenicia Hotel. The School was also awarded the Shield of Merit.
Girl Guides at Independence Arena on the occasion of the visit of Her Majesty the Queen.
Silently the door opened. A light flashed then all was still. The little old lady in bed drew the bed covers over her head in fright, when she did at last take a peep she found everything the same as usual. A sudden burst of courage came over this little old lady. She got up, grabbed her walking stick as a means of defence, and went in pursuit of the mysterious light. Down the stairs she went and, into the lounge. She stopped, and heard a soft groaning coming from the kitchen. She went through to the kitchen, still hearing the groaning yet seeing nothing.
Suddenly she saw a trail of blood leading towards the wall. Stopping to think, the little old lady saw another trail of blood leading towards the refrigerator. Quietly she padded over to the refrigerator walking stick raised, only to find her dog pathetically laid there with a deeply cut paw. The little old lady collapsed onto a chair with relief. Now she wasn't so frightened she realised that the dog must have pushed the door open and the flash of light was the reflection of the street light outside.SALLY WINTRIP.
Back to Top
RESULTS OF THE INTER-HOUSE SWIMMING GALA
HELD AT ROBB LIDO, ST. GEORGE'S BAY ON JULY 11th 1967
1st 2nd 3rd
Breaststroke M. Holland St. V N. Warne St. V S. Elliot H
Freestyle N. Warne St. V E. Fagin H J. Frapwell H
Breaststroke L. Spencer S. Etheridge St. V R. Witherspoon H
Freestyle N. Grace St. V J. Caffrey J. Thompson N
Breaststroke S. Knight St.V E. Gibson D M. Robinson H
Freestyle E. Gibson D S. Knight St.v L. Gilbody St. V
Breaststroke J. Saddler N S. Boyd D G. Hamley N
Freestyle S. Boyd D G. Hamley N J Saddler N
Backstroke S Boyd D J Saddler N C Fox D
Under 14 relay Nelson Drake St. Vincent
Over 14 relay Nelson Drake St. Vincent
Under 14 diving E. Fagin H N Grace St.V C Barraclough D
Over 14 divine; J. Hirst H G Hamley N E Gibson D
Best Girl Swimmer: SUSAN BOYD.
Girls Final Placings: 1st = (Drake - St. Vincent) 70 Points 3rd Nelson 65 Points 4th Hawkins 61 Points
1st 2nd 3rd
Breaststroke Berkley D Reay H Bryant D
Freestyle Sibley D Bazeley N Gough D
121/2 - 14
Breaststroke Smith H Knight St. V Pringle N
Freestyle Grimes St.V Evans N Smith H
14 - 151/2
Breaststroke Briggs N Moakes H Crossley H
Freestyle Moakes H Roddy H Stackpoole St.V
Breaststroke Howard D Spence St. V Briggs D
Freestyle Kaslik St V Howard D Leeman St V
Backstroke Moakes H Howard D Donaldson St. V
Under 14 relay Nelson Drake St. Vincent
Over 14 relay Hawkins St. Vincent Nelson
Under 14 diving Bailey N Nash N Sprazon D
Over 14 diving Ahern N Howard D Kaslik St V
Boys Final Placings: 1st Hawkins 71 Points 2nd Drake 70.5 points 3rd Nelson 65.5 Points 4th St. Vincent 52 Points
1st Drake 140.5 Points 2nd Hawkins 132 Points 3rd Nelson 130.5 Points 4th St. Vincent 122 Points
Champion House: DRAKE.
OUTWARD BOUND COMPETITION 1968
All the team members will agree that this was a fair test of stamina, initiative and perseverance. The course was 15 miles long, and included climbing, scrambling, abseiling, first aid and swimming. The Nelson team proved, themselves the strongest all-round with St. Vincent a close second and Drake third. The young team put out by Hawkins were well behind but they made a very good attempt. We hope that this will be an annual event.
RUGBY SEASON 1967-68
During the past season the School Rugby XV played twelve matches, ten of which were against service sides. Despite a considerable disadvantage both in weight and experience the school managed to obtain four wins, one draw and losing on five occasions. The remaining two matches were against our rivals, "The Exiles". The first ending in defeat, the second seeing the school fighting hard in a drawn game. Team spirit was good and the general standard of play improved, as the season progressed.
Unlike other .seasons the school found itself lacking an accurate kicker, though E. THOMPSON, did begin to shine towards the close of season. There was a great deal of changing position in the early part of the season, as so many of the old positions had to be filled, though by the close of the season we had a hard working pack, and a set of backs who handled instead of kicking the ball.
In the pack it was hard up-hill work all the time, and members are to be congratulated on their valiant efforts. C. REEVES deserves special mention for his untiring work behind the pack; P. CRIMSON who found he was better suited in the backs, hence moved to inside-centre. Other members who stood out were J. NICHOLAS, whose play in the centre improved consider-ably as the season progressed and J. CARTER for his efforts in the front row.
Next season there will be vacancies, yet judging by previous years these vacancies will be filled, and the school should have another good team.
New Colours awarded to: P. Crimson; C. Reeves; P. Gidbody D. Scott.
Old Colours retained by: R. Willett; A. Wilde; J. Carter.
School XV v. R.A.F. Luqa L. 3-35 T Nicholas
,, v. R. Anglians W 8 - 0 T. Wilde, Nicholas; C.Nicholas
,, v. Hawks L .0-3
v. School Staff L .3- 6 T. Crimson
,, v. Exiles L .0-14
,, v. Exiles D 3- 3 T. Scott
,, v. R. Anglians W 24- 8 T.Wilde (2)Crimson; Willett; Norris; C.& P. Thompson
v HMS Diana W 9- 3 T.& P. Thompson, Nicholas
v Nomads L. 0-17
v HMS Tenby W. 3- 0 T. Crimsonv HMS Scarborough L.3-17 T. Franks v School Staff D6- 6 T. Crimson,Franks R. WILLETT - - (Capt.).
INTER-SERVICE SEVEN-A-SIDE TOURNAMENT
The school entered a team in the
seven-a-side, with the following results:
After a win against the Royal Engineers, we were unlucky enough to be drawn against CYPRUS "A". Though a commendable effort was made by all. In conclusion I would like to offer Mr. JACKSON our sincere thanks who not only trained and coached us, but also acted as our glorified fixture secretary.
A Basketball club was formed quite recently at the school, and has become popular. There are usually enough boys present on a Wednesday evening to make up two reasonable teams. Some of the keener boys stay behind on other evenings for some extra practice.
Out of the boys that attend the club regularly, a school team has been selected. At present they have only played two games, these being against & team from the C.A.S.T. Polytechnic. The school lost but it was 'only due to lack of experience, the scores being 7032 and 6640.
A school badminton club was formed in the latter part of last term. The following committee was elected:
Captains: Corinne Bevin and M. Jones.
Vice-Captains: Sally Rathmell and M. Aidworth.
Mr. Charlton acts as Chairman.
The club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3.30 in the Hall, for all those who wish to join.
Forthcoming activities include a Staff v. School match and a breakout tournament for all members.
G. HAMLEY (Secretary).
Last season was a very successful one for the 1st XI, finishing runners-up to Lascaris in the Naval League.
With keen enthusiasm the school XI played open and attractive cricket against older and far more experienced teams.
Although this was essentially a team performance with the "man of the match" honours fluctuating evenly amongst the players after each game, a few individuals are worthy of mention. The versatility of S. Spen.ce whose batting and bowling proved the foundations for much of our success. The batting performances from M. Aldworth, E. Potts, D. Spafford and M. Smith, the latter also proving to be a very capable wicket-keeper, while consistent good all-around performances came from T. Wardill, R. Aldworth and D. Scott, this trio were the spear head for our bowling attack in the field.
The coming season is now upon us. With a full fixture programme to complete but with many of last years team still here and having a very experienced coach is Mr. Jackson it promises to be as successful as the previous one.
School colours awarded to: M. Aldworth and E. Potts. Renewal of old colours to: S. Spence, D. Scott and M. Smith.
M.J. ALDWORTH (Captain). T.C. WARDILL (Vice-Captain).
SCHOOL CROSS-COUNTRY REPORT 1967-1968
This year for the first time ever, the school entered teams in all the major cross-country events.
The first of these was a series of races run on a league basis for Under 15's and Under 17's. The Under 17 team did extremely well to finish second to the strong St. Patrick's team. Prominent in all four races were: P. Ward, M. Hayward, A. Zugg, and J. Mattingley. The in-experienced U. 15's did not do so well although there were good nuns by G. Boyd, D. Pringle, and A. Ellis. Fourteen perseverance medals out of a total of eighteen were Won by team members.
In the Malta A.A.A. championships (U. 19's), held ob the Safi course we were beaten by St. Patricks into second place by the slenderest margin of a single point.'
Once again in the Combined Secondary Schools Championships, St. Patricks superior teamwork showed, and we were again ousted into second place.
In an open road relay race held at Ta' Xbiex, against strong R.A.F. and Army teams, the school did extremely well to finish 4th.
Our hopes of winning the last race of the season, the 'Round the Bastions' roadrace were dashed, when owing to a slight 'mishap' half of our team were missing. However, our U. 19's made up for this by winning the senior race, contrary to all expectations ! R. Hoctor ran well to finish 2nd in this race.
In the Inter-House Championships, P. Ward (S.V.) won the senior race in a time of 24 mins. 24 sees.; K. Moorcroft (D.), the Colits race, in a time of 16 mins. 21 sees.; while Martin Hallarn (S.V.) won the Juniors in a splendid time of 16 mins. 15 sees. Drake won the overall Championship.
Colours were awarded to: R. Aldworth, M. Aldworth, P. Ward, N. Morgar, and M. Hayward.P. WARD and N. MORGAN
Once again, the hockey team has had a very successful and enjoyable season. The team consisted of several longstanding players who have continually played well and with the new comers, have formed a steady and reliable team.
We have had iscme (keen opposition, especially from the Lady Minesweepers who, I think, always find us rather too polite during the first thirty minutes, but nevertheless, we always managed to beat them.
Having won all the matches for the season, it was unfortunate that we only managed to reach the semi-final in the services six-a-side tournament on Easter Monday, being knocked out by the Wrens team. It marked the excellent two year unbeaten record for the school, but we all, I'm sure, thoroughly enjoyed the days hockey.
Miss Melling, our hockey mistress, who has continually helped and encouraged us in our standard of play and team work, is leaving at the end of this term. On behalf of the team, I would sincerely like to thank Miss Melling for all her hard work, arranging the matches and hope her stay has been an enjoyable one. We wish her all the best at her new teaching post. Team: GK Penny Tatton
GK Penny Tatton LB Christine Ashcroft RB Judith Cross LH Felicity Brooke CH Maureen Jones
RH Penny Goodfellow LW Sally Rathmell LI Gaynor Hamely CF Carole Pike RI Linda Elson
RW Sadie Lendrum
Results. Played 3 Won 3 Lost 0 Drew 0 Goals for 11 Goals against 0.
Old Colours awarded to: Gaynor Hamley, Sally Rathmell. New Colours awarded to: Sadie Lendrum, Judith Cross, Penny Goodfellow.
SALLY RATHMELL (Hockey Captain).
NETBALL REPORT Owing to the bad weather this season,
several of the First VII's matches had to be cancelled. Most of our
matches were against the Sacred Heart Convent who provided strong
'opposition and only narrowly beat us on several occasions. The First
VII had a decisive win over the Wrens. The team included: G. Witherspoon, J,
Shilito, L. Ekon, P. Goodfellow, M. Jones, S. Rathmell, G. Hamley, A.
Osborne, and L. Olver. Old Colours awarded to: G. Hamley, S,
Rathmell, P. Goodfellow, and G. Witherspoon. New Colours awarded to: L. Elson and M.
Jones. The team would like to thank Mrs. Watson
for arranging this season's fixtures. G. HAMLEY - - (Captain).
Owing to the bad weather this season, several of the First VII's matches had to be cancelled. Most of our matches were against the Sacred Heart Convent who provided strong 'opposition and only narrowly beat us on several occasions. The First VII had a decisive win over the Wrens.
The team included: G. Witherspoon, J, Shilito, L. Ekon, P. Goodfellow, M. Jones, S. Rathmell, G. Hamley, A. Osborne, and L. Olver.
Old Colours awarded to: G. Hamley, S, Rathmell, P. Goodfellow, and G. Witherspoon.
New Colours awarded to: L. Elson and M. Jones.
The team would like to thank Mrs. Watson for arranging this season's fixtures. G. HAMLEY - - (Captain).
TAL-HANDAQ JUDO CLUB 1967-1968
The Judo Club began on Thursday nights after school with a large number of the 5th and 6th form present, 'but this number has filtered down to about 10 regulars.
They are: Boys, R. Ahem, J. Roddy, D. Osborne, A. Zugg, J. Carter. Girls, R. Sawyer, P. Tatton, M. Jones, J. Cross, J. Savage.
At first Judo was played on the ordinary school Gymnastic mats, this proved to be rather uncomfortable when it came to groundwork. This was rectified by a large canvas tied over the mats.
We learnt the first and most important part of Judo, the breakfalll. Unless this is done properly, you are liable to be hurt. Then came the throws and groundwork.
TAI-OTOSHI - BODY DROP THROW
O-SOTO-GARI - MAJOR OUTER REAPING THROW
DE-ASHI-HARI - ADVANCING FOOT SWEEP
KESA-GATAME - SCARF HOLD
KATA-GATAME - SHOULDER HOLD
KAMI-SHINO-GATAME - UPPER 4 QUARTERS HOLD
Throwing is the art of moving someone from a standing position to a lying position. Groundwork is a hold on the mat for thirty seconds, if this is accomplished then a point or "ippon" is awarded to the person applying the hold. To receive an ippon for a throw, the person must land on his back.
Free practise in Judo is known as "Randori". After Randori we have usually had a contest, sometimes girls versus 'boys. Judo is an art therefore there are a number of customs, for example bowing to your (opponent before a contest.
Apart from Judo when there have not been many of us present, we have learnt a few basic methods of self-defence.
I feel sure that those of us that have attended the Judo Club have enjoyed it very much, and would like to thank Mr. Ricketts for giving up his time and also Miss Simpson and Mr. Walters. Thank You.JANE SAVAGE.
This year the school tennis team, namely Gaynor Hamley and Jenny Perkins, Sally Rathmell and Maureen Jones, with reserve Caroline Fox, entered for the Inter-Services league and for the Malta Ladies Tennis League, second division. After an inexperienced start in the first league in which we came fourth we did well in the Malta league: due to a supreme effort in lour last match against Union Club B we secured second place in our division. Thanks go to Mrs. Watson, who has done most of the arranging and has provided an excellent taxi service.
I am pleased to report an increasing interest in tennis by both the boys and girls. This led to a very successful school tournament during the last few weeks of the term.
The school was also well represented in the Malta Open Junior Tournament in which members of our school did very well. The opportunity for competitive tennis has been a new experience for many and great enthusiasm and friendly rivalry has taken place.
Colours re-awarded to: Gaynor Hamley and Sally Rathmell.
Colours awarded to: Jennifer Perkins and Maureen Jones.J. PERKINS -- (Tennis Captain).
Once again the School was represented in Division 2 of Inter-Service Soccer league. Commencing in October the School XI has played 29 matches (a new record) during the season, ending at Easter, and has attained its most successful playing-season for many years.
Several pre-season friendlies were played against the Services before the first League matches in October, and the team was obviously benefiting from the experience of players like Howard, Mattingley, Spafford, (captain) Bayly and Aldworths R. and M., while newcomers Wardill, Thompson, Brewster and Smith P. settled quickly and effectively into the 433 formation.
The Division was enlarged to include eleven teams, and a regular weekly match (or two) was played throughout the season, in League or Cup. As in the previous season, these were, in general, hard games, against mature, adult Service sides, but in most of them the School XI maintained a creditable standard of skilful and constructive soccer.
As in the previous season many friends and contacts were made with the Services and the playing of the competitive Service soccer has given valuable experience to the members of the team - - especially valuable, perhaps, *to those who hope to make a career with a professional club.
The season proved a very successful one too, for the School XI who were challenging R.A.F. Siggiewi closely for second place with 21 points from their fixtures. The "Goals Against" column was the lowest in the league, which was a credit to a hard-working and close-covering defense and the attack scored sixty goals in League and Cup. Both owed much to effective midfield support.
Socially, the .team launched its first-ever party evening, which appeared to be quite successful !
Altogether, a successful and enjoyable season, and congratulations to all those players who represented the School.
Player Appearances(29) Goals
Thompson 29 8
Mattingley T. 27 1
Smith P. 29
Bayly 28 6
Aldworth R. 28 15
Aldworth M. 29 8
Brewster 29 6 Staff V Boys 1968
Wardill 27 15
Mattingley J. 10 1
Spafford (capt.) 29
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This year there were no inter-house competitions in the school, so Drake's only opportunity to show their ability was on the sports field. Here the results were reasonable and, apart from a lack of enthusiasm among the juniors for hockey, our games captain Susan Boyd met with willing support when making up the games teams. Thanks are due to all who took part in sports events.
It is, however, unfortunate that those people whose talents do not lie >n Games had no opportunity to represent the House this year.
The knitted patchwork blanket which was completed by .the House last year, was finally delivered this year to the offices of the Save the Children Fund, to be sent to Sicily following the recent earthquakes. Special thanks go to Miss Melling, whose help and encouragement throughout the year has been greatly appreciated.
Finally, I should like to wish Drake every success in future years, and hope the enthusiasm met with this year will be maintained.
CATHERINE CARBERY -- (House Captain). GAMES REPORT
Although Drake Girls have not been outstanding in any of the year's games, the enthusiasm shown has been memorable.
In the hockey, both the juniors and seniors Slacked! the experience of previous years and although each team put great effort unto the games, the results were disappointing. Drake was placed 3rd and 4t|h. The lack of experience applied also to the tennis in which Drake came 3rd. Ait! this point I would Mike to congratulate C. Fox for her outstanding tennis performances.
Netball was a greater success and both teams were closely beaten unto second place by St. Vincent. The real triumph however was in the Swimming sports in which Drake was placed 1st with E. Gibson showing great promise for the future.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all those who played in or supported the year's games, and I would also Ike to extend my thanks to Miss Melling for her support throughout the year.
With the end of the school year 1966-67, Drake managed to triumph m the House Championship gaining good places in Cricket Athletics, and Swimming, coming overall first. The year 67-68 has so far proved to be a year of moderate successes, Drake usually managing to come second or third. There is still time however to gain ground in the remaining competitions.
The senior team several of whose players are in the School's First Eleven has been the mainstay of Drake's soccer effort this year. The Seniors, Colts, and Juniors came 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in their groups. The performance of the juniors and the colts improved markedly towards the latter part (of the season enabling Drake to come second overall.
Drake came 3rd in this competition, the Seniors, Colts and Juniors conning 2nd, 2nd and 3rd respectively. The seniors were unfortunate to lose their final game against Nelson, due to the incapacity of three regular players. The colts played with great enthusiasm and the juniors gave several exciting if not skilful performances.
This was a competition in which Drake was only saved from coming
last by the determination of the Colts team. The Seniors and the Juniors failed to achieve any notable success.
Congratulations to all age groups on coming overall first in the face of tough competition. The training seasons in the preceding weeks proved to be profitable in that they allowed the teams to develop a sense of team spirit essential to any competition. Congratulations to all, especially Hoctor, Morcroft and Huslands.
This was a new competition for the seniors, involving a tough 15 mile course. Drake came third, but this is no reflection of the team members who worked extremely hard.
Again a new competition, and again Drake came third. Tim Wardill and Malcolm Aid worth with their female counterparts managed to beat Hawkins, losing to St. Vincent and Nelson.
I would like to thank Messrs McAllister, Houston and Morris (in his absence) for their excellent work in organising and supervising the competitions, and also Derek Spafford and Richard Hoctor for their help as games captains. I should also like to thank all team members and team captains for their efforts.
C. STEPHENS (House Captain).
In all a very satisfying year despite the lack of enthusiasm shown from the senior part of the house.
Nelson won the Senior Hockey Cup and also the Mixed Badminton Cup, a new house competition played last term, and I would like to congratulate all those who took part and helped us to achieve those results.
During last term we collected baby food and clothing for the Sicilian Relief and I was pleased with the effort shown from all the house.
A great deal of Nelson's success this year was due to Gaynor Hamely's outstanding ability shown in every house event and as Nelson's Games Captain. I am very sorry that Gaynor has given up her Games Captain's badge to Susan Kitson who I am sure will do a very good job in organizing and encouraging the house in the. rest of this year's sports activities.
Finally, on behalf of the house I would like to thank Miss Reed, bur House Mistress, for the help and encouragement she has given us during the year.
Thank you Miss Reed and good luck to Nelson in the future.
CAROLE PIKE (House Captain). GAMES REPORT
Before beginning the account of Nelson girl's sports achievements this year I would like to thank the junior members of the house for their never-failing enthusiasm; many Nelson senior girls could profit from their example !
Firstly, in the tennis competition, we were narrowly beaten to third place by St. Vincent and Hawkins.
The seniors won the hockey this year, but the juniors could only come fourth, owing to lack of experience.
Our senior and junior netball teams were unfortunate in coming fourth and third respectively.
Nelson ended the winter season well by becoming the first holders of the badminton cup.
On behalf of the house I would like to thank Miss Reed for her constant support.
GAYNOR HAMLEY (Games Captain).
This was not a very successful season, although it must be noted that, there was never any lack of enthusiasm. Whilst the Junior team collected most of the points, the Seniors held, the league champion's to a 22 draw. The Senior team is thankful to Russell Smith, whose hard bargaining at the conference table produced a point from a game which had been abandoned at half time when the ball burst and we were losing 30. It is only a vicious rumour that this was a preconceived plan, but it is 'true to say that the Senior team was dogged by bad luck virtually throughout the season.
Nelson did very well this year, eventually finishing as runners-up in the Inter-House competition. The Seniors, with R. Willett and C. Reeves from the school XV, won all of their games, conceding only 3 points. The colts, however, due to their inexperience had a less successful season. The Juniors on the other hand were unlucky not to win all their games, and lost only one by a try in the last minute of play. In the knock-out competition Nelson Seniors reached the final.
Instr. Lt. Cdr. M. Whyte gave most valuable assistance to all the teams, and without his untiring perseverance, the house would not have had such a successful season.
Although overall Nelson came 3rd there were certain notable personal efforts. In the Senior race M. Hayward came a very good 3rd. In the colts race, where Nelson came 2nd, there were 3 Nelson men in the first five, namely C. Thorn, M. Mayers and P. Lucas. Mark Hallam came 2nd in the junior event, and M. Jeffrey a well deserved 4th.
Outward Bound Expedition
This was the first time such an event was staged, and proved to be rather more difficult than many imagined it would be. The fit, rugged Nelson team won in a fine style, finishing 30 minutes ahead of the next team. One team failed to complete the course. The blouse was represented by R. Willett (Capt.), I. Williams (V. Capt.), A. Ahern, T. Zugg, M. Hayward and R. Ross. The team wish to thank Mr. Tomlinson, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Team and the others who made this: tortuous but worthwhile event possible.
Again a new Inter-House event, and again another Nelson victory. In this mixed badminton competition Nelson won comfortably, winning 10 of their 12 matches. The house was represented by R. Willett, G. Hamley, R. Smith and J. Baker.
The Nelson table tennis team has been organised, and is expected to play later in the year. The team's manager, P. Ross, has great hopes of success. The athletics meeting will alsb be held in a short while, and on present showings Nelson should do very well this year. In the Swimming sports held last year, Nelson were pipped to second place by only Ij points. One of the most notable successes was the House under 14 team's win in the Relay Race.
To conclude, it has been a year bf mixed success, but on the whole Nelson have played with great enthusiasm throughout the year. Our thanks go to Mr. Lewis, Mr. Tatton, Inst. Lt. Cdr. Whyte and Mr. Charlton for their unfailing enthusiasm and help which has helped in no small measure to the House's successes this year.
P. ROSS (House Captain). R. SMITH and R. WILLETT (Games Captains).
This year has run fairly smoothly for the house. At Christmas we collected sweets which made over 100 small parcels. These were taken up to Fleur-de-Lys Orphanage, Birkirkara. The children there were thrilled withthem and one of the sisters sent us a note of thanks. I should like, to thank all the members of the house who- contributed sweets.
There being no public speaking this year house activities have been fairly quiet except for those involved in games. I am pleased to see that there has been much more, enthusiasm for games this year. I sincerely hope that it will last! On the whole we seem to have done quite well in the games 1'in.e this ye<ar.
I should like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs. Gerrard for all her help, and also to say goodbye. I am sure that Hawkins house will not be the same without her.
Finally I should like to say goodbye myself and wish the whole house the best of luck in the future, both individually and collectively.
WENDY E. COUPE (House Captain). GAMES REPORT
This year there has been a marked increase in house spirit and we have had little trouble in producing enthusiastic teams.
After giving St. Vincent some hardy opposition in the tennis we were only beaten by two sets to come second. Hockey has also been particularly good, the Juniors winning the cup and the Seniors coming runners-up. Netball has been our weak spot and despite enthusiasm, especially among the juniors, we came third in both sections.
I think we can look forward to the Athletics with optimism and I hope will live up to last years standards. There should be some good individual performances.
Finally I would like to congratulate the house for their consistant efforts; we have produced some commendable results which are well deserved.
J. PERKINS -- (House, Captain).
HAWKINS HOUSE - BOYS
The senior team started off the season with some good results, winning two out of their three games and drawing the other.
For these games the team, which fielded four of the senior team players, three of them having received school colours, produced some good and effective football in both attack and defence. For the rest of the team the house had to rely on slightly younger players and on many occasions their support proved invaluable.
This good start did not last long, however, for in the next round the team, although trying very hard, failed, to produce, worthwhile results.
The lower divisions did not give much support although the colts maintained a certain amount of superiority throughout their games.
Overall this year hasn't been a very 'successful one on the soccer field and the House managed to obtain Third Place in the League.
As with soccer Rugby didn't produce any honours for the house. On the whole there was keen support from all years, but as well as support you need experience, and this we didn't have. After the departure of Field who represented the school fifteen, we were Soft with only two experienced players, who were to form the backbone of the .team. These were E. THOMPSON and M. ADAMS.
In the fifteen a-side we had to be content with 4th place but did a little better in the, seven a-side and manage to pinch third place.
The colts did extremely well in the seven a-side, winning the competition.
A new competition open to the, houses this year was the outward bound competition. In this the seniors were rather lazy and all bur support came from the younger members who put up a very good performance.
This sport was keenly supported by all years and a fairly high standard was obtained. The seniors, captained by S. Spence did very well and manage to obtain second place, being beaten by a strong Drake team.
ROY ALDWORTH (Games Captain).
Amongst the juniors and colts for this year's inter-house cross-country championships, there was average enthusiasm and little ability. Consequently both these two teams came last of the four houses. The seniors however, put up a splendid performance winning their section easily with 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th and 10th positions in the race.
Some General Comments:
Not one of Hawkin's best years as far as actual achievements were concerned, but I must hasten to add that the house was run well and in a friendly manner by the two captains and Mr. Griffiths. There was much talent, average enthusiasm, and little luck. Thanks to Mr. Griffiths for yet another year as Hawkins' boss.
Start of the Senior Girl's 100 yds
ST. VINCENT HOUSE-GIRLS
House activities this year have been rather limited, but the enthusiasm with which the members of the house have entered the sports events, deserves praise.
The public speaking competition is yet to take place this year, and unlike previous years, it is not a house competition.
I would like to thank everybody for their support and cooperation throughout the term, and also Margaret Wootten, who was house captain before she left in March. A special thank-you to Mrs. Dewstowe, our house mistress, without whose help the running of our house would be far from smooth.
MAUREEN JONES (House Captain). GAMES REPORT
The year has been a very successful one for St. Vincent, mainly because the girls have been vary enthusiastic and co-operative in volunteering for ;the many sports activities.
We came second to Drake in the Swimming Sports by only half a point; first in the tennis; first in the junior and senior netball; second in the junior /hockey but unfortunately, the senior hockey team only managed a third 'placing. These results are very 'commendable and prove that St. Vincent has some very fine talent, especially in the Netball Section. Sports day is yet (to come; we won last year with some very good individual efforts especially (from Maureen Jones who won the individual Athletics cup for winning the High Jump, Long Jump, Discus and Javelin and was also a member of St. Vincent relay team who set up a new record. I hope we can do the same this year.
Mrs. Dewstowe, our house mistress, has done a great deal in organizing and encouraging the girls and we are all very sorry to see her leave at the end of the school year. On behalf St. Vincent girls, I would like to thank her very much for all she has done for the house and wish her all the best in the future. I'm sure Mrs. Dewstowe is very pleased with the results this year, as I am.
All that remains for me to say is, well done girls, and I hope you do as well next year as you have done this year.
SALLY RATHMELL (Games Captain).
ST. VINCENT HOUSE - BOYS
REPORT 1967-1968 Cross-Country
This year the "Saints" made a definite improvement on last year's rather poor performance and the house managed to gain second place. Martin Hallam in the, Juniors and Peter Ward in the Seniors ran very well to win their respective races. P. Ward represented the school at cross-country.
Once again an extremely good season for the "Saints". The- Juniors proved to be too good for their opponents and won all their games usually (by very comfortable margins. Bayly deserves a special mention for his (constant effort and results. Tie Colts managed to win all but one of their games. It is difficult to single out individuals as the Colts played as a team with cohesion and understanding between its members but Mulvaney is well worth mentioning for his excellent defensive work. The Seniors were not as (successful as .the Juniors or Colts but they managed to gain a number of valuable points and in this respect S. Brewster, D. Scott, and P. Smith are /to be commended for their excellent midfield work. S. Brewster, D. Scott, and P. Smith played for the School 1st XI.
The House, once again, proved supreme at this sport and, as with the football, won the cup for the, third season running:. Well done. The "Saints" won both the 15 -a- side and 7-a-side competitions. The Juniors and Colts played very well in, both competitions the Juniors managing to win both the 15-a-sides and 7-a-sides. After a shaky start1the Seniors managed to come third in the 15 a-sides and excelled themselves by winning the 7-a-side final against a good' Nelson team. Bayly was outstanding in the Juniors while the Seniors were very well led by their captain. J. Carter. J. Carter, P. Smith, P. Kaslik, and P. Crimson played for the School 1st XV.
This competition was tried out for the first time this year and proved to be quite successful, even if it was a bit strenuous. The team of Smith (Capt.), Crimson, Jones, Kaslik, Boofoyer, and Cunningham were placed (second behind a very energetic Nelson team. Our congratulations to them and to a very game Hawkins team. Also our thanks to Mr. Tomlinson for his valuable assistance.
This again was a new inter-house sport and the team did well to finish runners-up to Nelson. The team consisted of Smith, Jones, Corinne Bevan, and Sally Rathmell.
Although the Seniors (only managed to win one of their games the Colts and Juniors played sufficiently well to give the House equal top placing overall with Drake. Brewster worked hard in the Seniors and Jones surprised everybody with one or two useful innings. Donaldson, Scott, and Jones played for the School 1st XI.
"Saints", usually so dominant at this sport,, struck a bad patch last year and finished last in the competition. This was mainly due to a general weakness throughout the team after losing some of it's best swimmers who had returned to the U.K.
Due to some coaxing by Mr. Jackson Saint Vincent should have a considerable number of points even before Sports Day dawns. This is due to the fact that every member of the House has decided to enter for three (events. Already we have many finalists and this year we hope to do even better than last year, when finishing second.
Summing up, the "Saints" have had a very successful season and the House spirit has, correspondingly, been vety high. The results are mainly ,due to the unfailing support and great encouragement given by our Housemasters Mr. Jackson, Mr. Tomlinson, and Mr. Kitson and by our House Captain, John Carter. I, on behalf of the rest of the Souse, would like to offer them my thanks. We should also thank David Scott, the previous Games Captain, for all that he did for the House.P. CRIMSON. Back to Top
D. Bayly putting the shot.
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