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What has 1969/70 brought for Tal Handaq? A good many people will be asking this question, amongst them pupils (past and present) parents, staff and perhaps a number of friends in none of the above categories. We hope they may find the answer in this magazine which thus sets out to be, at least in part, a chronicle of the events of the year, a permanent record of some of our endeavours in the fields of work, sports and. the innumerable extra mural activities in which we take part. But above all it is a chronicle written and produced by and for you, the pupils, who are after all, the backbone of the school and the indicator by which its standards are judged. In this matter of production there has been some change in policy arid you will find reference to it in the Editorial. I wish the Editors luck in their new venture.

This has been Tal Handaq's first full year under the administration of the recently formed Service Children's Education Authority, and under its new title of the Service Children's Secondary Comprehensive Coeducational School Tal Handaq Malta, for which no thanks to anybody. Just try shouting that at a football match. But there has been yet one more change. Until last January the job of Headmaster was combined with that of Officer in Charge, Service Children's Schools Malta, Naples and Tripoli, a dual responsibility which few could have shouldered so well as Instructor Capt. Malkin, an appreciation of whom you will find elsewhere in this issue. In January the jobs were split so that Captain Malkin could devote his full attention to the administration of all the schools, and the new Headmaster could concentrate on Tal Handaq. Finally in May Captain Malkin left the island and was relieved as Officer in Charge Schools by Instructor Captain H. Brierley, Royal Navy, to whom we extend a very warm welcome.

Perhaps a new Headmaster, in his first school magazine foreword, may be allowed to express some of his thoughts on and hopes for the school. My first two years in Tal Handaq ended almost exactly ten years ago, and since then I have been able to look back on the school as it was then and to hear opinions expressed by a wide variety of ex-pupils, and parents of ex-pupils, in various walks of life and parts of the world, and I have been able to view it rather more objectively than one can from this crowded island.

We are not a school with great traditions, but there is some compensation in that we belong to Services with traditions second to none. What we are gradually building is a reputation for the quality of the education we provide and the happiness of the atmosphere at Tal Handaq. Leaver after leaver tells me that this is the best school he has ever been to (and who is able to make more comparisons than the Service child?) and parent after parent writes to thank the staff for helping his child to make better progress here than ever before. So the things Tal Handaq can offer, and be proud to offer, are not the obvious ones like traditions, buildings, and playing fields but a happy environment in which to learn, a high academic standard, the individual attention of a devoted and enthusiastic staff, and the feeling of personal interest in you, your progress and your future, however short a time you may spend with us. Don't therefore be afraid to be proud of your school either in Malta or elswhere. You will be lucky to find another which caters for your needs so well. The Service Children's Schools are less widely appreciated than they deserve to be: their reputation is in your hands.

All you who are leaving take with you the Schools' best wishes for success wherever you may go and whatever you may do. Good luck! M.F.L.




                   THE HEADMASTER                                    1

                   PRIZE DAY                                                       3

                   DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD           7

                   FASHION SHOW                                           8

                   CHRISTMAS PRODUCTIONS                   9


                    HOUSE REPORTS                                        13

                                                                                                    SWIMMING GALA                                      20

                                                                                                   LITERARY SUPPLEMENT                          22

                                                                                                     HOUSE REPORTS CONTINUED           34

                                                                                                     ATHLETICS                                                     39




BASKETBALL                                    39

CROSSCOUNTRY                           39

HOCKEY                                             40

JUDO                                                     41

RUGBY                                                 42

SOCCER                                               43

TENNIS                                                43

TABLE TENNIS                                  43


OLD PUPILS PAGE                           50

THE STAFF                                           52




This year we have tried to change the magazine while retaining its function as a record of school activities. A new magazine will come out next spring, as well as a pamphlet with sports results at the end of the summer term. We hope that this will keep the results of various activities up to date and make the school magazine more readable.

For the first time the majority of the editorial work which was previously done by members of the staff, has been done by the sixth formers in the school. We think that this as a step in the right direction, but remember that we are beginners at this game so bear with us.

Our thanks go to Mrs. Perkins and Mr. Tanti of Freedom Press, Miss Mackay and Mr. Ward also to the committee of Dominic Wujastyk and Steve Hurst who did the photography and art editing respectively and also to Joe Vincenti and Dave Morris for doing the advertising.

  • MARK and JOCK

  • Interview with the Headmaster


    "Yes, I do. Mainly because of the climate, and also
    because in a small community one gets opportunities one
    wouldn't get at home." '''


    "When I was at Cambridge I found I enjoyed explaining things. I also thought I was slow enough in the uptake to explain things to others who were equally slow in the uptake. Also because I enjoy the associations with teaching outside the classroom."


    "Firstly because when I was due to leave Cambridge T had to do two years National Service, so three years in the instructor branch with a commission on joining and a gratuity on leaving, which was obviously attractive. Had I left at the end of 3 years my naval experience would have counted as teaching experience and nothing would have been lost, but when it came to the point I decided that I liked naval life and the opportunities it offered more than teaching in a school all my life."


    "When I was a very junior naval officer I was a guest at a private dinner party and was sitting next to the Captain's wife. The savouries had obviously been left in the oven too long, for when I attempted to impale mine on a slender fork, the fork bent double. I then had much difficulty in completing the course."


    "Firstly because any car designed to tackle French roads stands a good chance in Malta. Secondly because of the well reported paintwork which is important in the corrosive atmosphere in Malta and thirdly because it's different: I still haven't seen another the same colour in Malta."


    "I haven't much time but I have a keen interest in music, particularly in recorder playing."


    "Not very different, although there have been some improvements in the facilities. All changes that I have noticed have been for the better."


    "It is very good in providing set standards which are widely recognised. But it doesn't cater for everyone. It also encourages early specialization which most would consider inadvisable."


    "The changes are superficial: boys' hair is longer and covers more of the face, shorts and skirts are shorter, but people are the same. Perhaps nowadays there are more temptations available in the way of drugs and the widely publicized permissive society, therefore more opportunities for the weak ones to succumb. But those who resist the temptation are stronger for it."


    "I could in the war but not since."


    "I did a lot of rowing at Cambridge, but there are not many opportunities for this in the navy. This may surprise some people, but the navy does something called "pulling" which is not the same at all."


    Price Day 1969 (sic)

    Prize Day was held on Wednesday November 12th 1969. The prizes were presented by Instructor Rear Admiral A.J. Bellamy, CB, QBE, MA, FIMA. The Chairman was the Flag Officer Malta Rear Admiral — D.G. Kent.

    Mr. Chairman, Instructor Rear Admiral Bellamy, Ladies and Gentlemen.

    This year we are holding our Annual Prize Day slightly later than usual and we are very grateful to the Director Of the Naval Education Service for coming to present the prizes, although, as he is a former Headmaster of this School himself, I shall have to be especially careful in any educational comments I may make to you. We are also very glad that you, Sir, have been able to take the Chair on this occasion and that Mrs. Kent has come with you, for we are very grateful for the constant interest taken by you, and the other Heads of Services in Service Childrens Schools in Malta.

    On reading again my predecessors report at the Annual Prize Day in 1963, six years ago, I noticed that he remarked that the Malta rundown did not affect the School as much as had been expected and that there were only fifty less pupils than in 1962. There were then 880 pupils. It is true that on this occasion last year, I noted that our members had dropped from 850 in 1967 to the then total of 760. This year, I have to report an increase of some 20 pupils, as we now have 785 children in the school. So the final result of six years of rundown has been the reduction of our numbers by less than 100.

    The largest number of Service children are from Royal Air Force families, who total 307. The Royal Navy and the Army account for 350 and there has been a further increase in the number of non-entitled fee paying children, including Maltese, American, Italian, Israelis and Norwegians. So the School continues to be a good example of both inter Service and international co-operation. At the same time, delighted as we are to welcome non-entitled children who contribute greatly to our corporate life, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find places for all applicants and it is not expected that all requests will be able to be met in the future.

    Last year our Sixth Form was not so strong as in 1968, when our results at the Advanced Level of the General Certificate of Education were especially good. Last Summer 50 'A' level candidates achieved 51 subject passes, a decrease of 29 from the previous year. At the same time, 7 Grade A and 8 Grade B passes were obtained. Four candidates passed on to the University and ten to Colleges of Education.

    This year we have reintroduced a General Sixth Form, age being the only criterion for admission. This enables several older pupils to follow courses in more practical subjects in preparation for public examinations, while also undergoing a common core of Social Studies adapted to this age group. At the same time, the Academic Sixth Form, who have already achieved passes in five or more G.C.E. ordinary level subjects continue to prepare for a maximum of three subjects at Advanced Level. We are offering 15 subjects at Advanced and 29 at Ordinary level this year.

    In Autumn 1968 94 candidates for G.C.E. examinations at ordinary level achieved 100 subject passes, an increase of 28 over the previous Autumn and quite a creditable result. These, however, in the main were the stronger candidates and the results in the Summer examinations were average only. 128 candidates were entered, 49 less than last year, and 239 passes were achieved, a slight percentage fall from last year. Some good individual results, however, were achieved, but, on the other hand, as I mentioned last  year, parents can help greatly by impressing upon their children the vital need for an all out effort during those vital two years before G.C.E. 'O' levels.

    In the Certificate of Secondary education good results were achieved. 93 candidates were entered in 15 subjects and, of the 277 papers presented only 43 were graded as failures, 25 achieved Grade I, the equivalent of a pass at G.C.E. '0' level. In the Pitmans Shorthand and Typing examinations, 28 passed out of 39 candidates, but this figure includes some who failed at higher levels although passing at the lower.

    From what I have said so far, you might assume that examinations were the only aim of the School. They are, of course, very important and while on this subject I should like to say how grateful we are to the Director of Education for Malta, Mr. Gatt, (whom we are very pleased to welcome here today), for all the help his department gives us in the increasingly complex administrative arrangements.

    In the Lower School, that is in the first three years, children are initially entered in seven ability streams in the First Year. This pattern must necessarily be preserved so long as the Services continue Secondary Selection Testing overseas; and perhaps I should add here that the last two teams of Her Majesty's Inspectors who looked at Primary Schools in Malta both recommended their aboliton. Having been streamed initially, however, movement between streams occur fairly regularly in the first and second years. In the third year many subjects are in 'sets'; which means that a child who is making better progress at, say, English, than in Mathematics will be in the appropriate set for that subject and not follow a common curriculum in which he or she will not be extended in some subjects and will be sweating hard to keep up in others. We hope to extend this Setting more generally in the Lower School.

    I have said, I think, sufficient about the School organisation to show the many opportunities available. These also exist in Sport and here we have had a reasonably successful year. Once again the School has fielded sides in most sports with varying degrees of success. Clubs and activities continue to take place each lunchtime and evening giving the pupils a very wide variety of sporting activities in which they might take part. Our Rugby side had a most successful season, losing only four of its fourteen matches against services sides. A feature of this team was the number of American boys who made the first XV. We are very grateful to the Services for these fixtures and for the use of the grounds. I would especially like to thank the Air Commodore for his efforts on our behalf.

    The soccer side was not as strong as it has been in previous years, although the keeness and enthusiasm of the boys were ever present, showing that participation matters as much as the actual result of the game. Many basketball, cricket and table tennis matches took place against strong opposition with some very creditable performances.

    The Cross Country teams were strong this year and the colts side won the Alpine Sports Club Cross Country League, a very creditable performance.

    Inter House rivalry was extended this year to sixteen competitive sports, and it is hoped that Judo, Trampolining and Gymnastics, at present performed at club level, will be added to the House competitions.

    The girls hockey teams have found it a little difficult to find opponents this year but nevertheless they have had some interesting matches. These have included junior matches, senior matches against newly formed Maltese girls and boys teams, some mixed matches, senior matches against service sides and a most successful Six a Side Joint Service Tournament, where we entered six teams, one finishing runner up in the final.

    Again this year we had a tennis team in the Malta Ladies Tennis League, where regular matches were played at the end of the Spring Term and the beginning of the Summer Term. The girls have also had matches and competitions against other schools, clubs and teams in the fields of Netball, Athletics and Basketball. Both boys and girls have also had the opportunity of sailing and we are very grateful to the Commodore and H.M.S. St. Angelo and to the Army for the use of the dinghies.

    Not all, however, are gifted at Sport and many of you will have enjoyed our Easter Musical Production of Smetana's "The Bartered Bride". This was an ambitious performance, thoroughly enjoyed by those who saw and heard it. Perhaps the title put off some parents, for there were some empty seats in this hall on two of the three evening performances. I hope that all will be full for our Christmas production of "Amahl and the Night Visitors" which the Music Department are presenting, together with the Gilbert and Sullivan favourite "Trial by Jury" in five weeks time. There are both Junior and Senior Choirs and several of the Choiristers of St. Pauls Anglican Cathedral are pupils of this School.

    The Science, Dramatic and Debating Societies nave also been very active, while enthusiasm for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme has continued. Although the School has no Gold Award holders at present, three boys and two girls are preparing for this high standard. The School is most grateful to the Headquarters Near East Air Force for allowing us places on their Courses and two girls have been to Cyprus this term. The continued interest in this Scheme should be maintained, as we achieved ten bronze awards last year, while three Girls obtained the Silver award.

    The School has its own Guide Troop and we also sent a School Party on the Schoolship Uganda during last Christmas holidays, which had an interesting, if sometimes rough cruise in the Western Mediterranean. I am very glad that most parents encourage their children to take part in these activities and to make 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 I am most grateful to the M.P.B.W. for the constant maintenance and repair which large numbers of children seem to make necessary. In view of the rundown of the Services, which I presume must at some stage affect our numbers, we are not expecting major improvements, but I am glad to say that this year a Classroom is being converted to a film projection room and a new Car Park, which will much reduce the hazards to young children, is now being built.

    I am sure that all will understand that this School relies greatly on the support of many authorities in Malta and I would like to say how grateful we are for their unfailing interest and help. The M.P.B.W., the Naval Hospital, the Families Clinic and medical and dental officers of all Services have given us valuable help, often at very short notice.

    This is the fourth prize day at which I have presented the annual report of progress of this School and it will be my last. Perhaps I am expected to leave to you some important educational message, but I regret that I have none, other than to repeat to the young what I have said earlier about the importance of making the most of the opportunities here. I would, however, like to thank you, Mr. Chairman, and the other Heads of Services for your unfailing interest and encouragement. I would like to thank my Staff, both past and present, and including the School Bursar, Secretaries and School Warden and his assistants. As you have said, Sir, Her Majesty's Inspectors reported that this School has a very good Staff and I am very grateful to all who have served at this School during the last four years. I should like to thank the Senior Education Officers  of the Army and the Royal Air Force for their great help and co-operation during a very active year of development in our Schools affairs in Malta. Finally, I would like to thank all present who have come today and to our many School functions for their understanding and support; and for the great privilege of getting to know and, I hope, being of service to their children.



    Duke of Edinburgh's award visit to Cyprus

    After two days delay we eventually took off from R.A.F. Luqa in a transport Command Argosy. We landed at Akrotiri at lunch-time, and rang up the Youth Club to ask for transport. When we reached the Club, we found the rest of the course members were out on an initiative test.

    By this time, the course members were beginning to return, and we were introduced to the people on the course. The four groups were, "Alphabito", "The Bungle Bees", "The Crumpets" and "The Democrats". After tea, the team leaders reported on the afternoon's exercise and then we all had a talk and demonstration about Drama: following this, each group had to produce and perform a play which turned out to be very difficult. Our final activity for the evening was our first 'Night Exercise', involving the capture of 'Commandos'.

    The following day was spent on a personal challenge course, each group was provided with a list of tasks and had to complete as many as possible.

    Our third day was taken up with the 'Village Quest', in which each group went to a different village, and had to find out everything about it. On returning to the club, we had to make a report on our findings. After this, each group gave a performance in Public Speaking, this phase being called 'The Spoken Word'. The evening ended with campfire songs.

    Our final complete day began with orienteering, with the girls returning long before the boys. When everyone was back, we had a talk and slides on expeditions. Before our formal — end of course dinner — each group had to perform the song which they had composed. That evening we had a celebration party, unfortunately after the orienteering we had little energy left.

    On our last morning, after a sleepless and adventurous night, we underwent an initiative exercise involving walls and 'mine fields'. Then we had one long last meeting, where all" members made comments on the course followed by the presentation of certificates.

    Gradually people began to leave to go home, we thanked Squadron Leader Jones for arranging everything and making our visit possible. Two days later, after looking around Limassol and a little of the Island, we returned to Malta.

    Jeanette Southwood and Rosemary Arden

    Duke of Edinburgh Award visit to Sicily

    We travelled overnight and arrived in Syracuse at 6 a.m. and travelled to Taormina. The Seniors left that day on their expedition and we started the following morning. We walked along the coast-line to a small fishing village and then climbed westwards to Melia. At Monguffi we had a rest and began walking to Roccafiorta, it was too windy to camp here so we walked on and camped nearby.

    Next day was Easter Sunday and we began to walk to Limina passing the seniors on the way. After Limina we went downhill towards the coast following a river valley. It was a very hot day making travelling rather arduous. We camped near the mouth of a river but only had two hours rest before starting on our way again. We walked through the night arriving at San Leo campsite at about midnight. The last few days we spent exploring the immediate vicinity before travelling back to Malta.

    John Bradley

    Fashion Show

    This years fashion show went off very successfully, with a wide variety of garments. The outfits displayed ranged from a fashionable maxi look, to the mini, trouser suits in various colours and evening dresses.

    Ann Bachuss 6th, made a great impression on the audience while modelling her lemon evening trouser suit, as this was her first attempt at dress making. We must congratulate Linda Longmire too, for a dazzling display of many attractive outfits, including two full length evening dresses.

    Some younger ones modelled some "Tie and Dye" outfits, which were most impressive, as the Needlework Department had been experimenting with this method last term, and had produced some very attractive results. Debby Bradley 6th, modelled many outstanding outfits that she not only made, but also designed and printed the fabrics herself. These consisted of evening skirts, blouses and dresses, which were made for her "A" level Art Design.

    We must thank Jane Moyle 6th, for her commentary on the fashion show, which gave it a professional touch.

    Our thanks too, to Miss Turner and Mrs. Barraclough who were responsible for arranging it, and decorating the hall, without who's help the show would not have been possible. Not forgetting Mrs. McClure and Miss Heaney who worked very hard preparing tea and cakes for the Interval.

    We hope our visitors enjoyed the morning as much as we who took part did.

  •                                                                      Jill Thackray and Jane Finn.

  • The Christmas Productions 

    The Christmas show last year consisted of two, short and contrasting operas instead of the usual single longer piece. These were "Amahl and the Night Visitors", an intense tear-jerking Nativity, by Carlo Menotti; followed by "Trial by Jury", the traditional Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera.

    "Amahl" is a very modern opera, originally written for television, and a very ambitious piece for a school to produce, (especially one as small as Tal-Handaq). However, despite the difficulty of "Amahl", the overall standard of the production was very high, and on all three of the performances the audience was reduced to tears or near tears. All lead singers gave very creditable performances and were backed by an excellent chorus of shepherds and shepherdesses from the junior school. Special mention must go, however, to Stephen Why and Alexandra Lees, who were outstanding as Amahl and his mother. Congratulations to all concerned, including those behind the scenes, and to Miss Beckett, who produced the opera.

    "Trial by Jury" was completely different and though one is tempted to compare it with "Amahl", the style and mood were so entirely opposed that it would not be fair to do so. The fast moving comedy started with a 'Bang!' and maintained the high standard set by "Amahl" throughout.

    The success of this production could be measured by the continuous and spontaneous laughter during all the performances. The leads were all very good and what they may have lacked in singing ability, they made up for in personality, acting and above all enthusiasm — a quality which was reflected throughout the cast. The chorus were a great surprise. We say this because during rehearsal, they seemed to lack spirit, but on the night they rose to the occasion and the effect was similar to the 'sonic boom'.

    We think a special mention must be made of the 'jury' eleven good men and true. We don't believe that it would b fair to pick out one of the leads, so well done, David Norris (Judge), Beverly Cornett (Plaintiff), Michael Murray (Defendant), Joseph Vincent! (Council), Mark Brad-berry (Usher), Cameron Beacon (Foreman of the Jury), and Kelvin Wortley (Clerk of Court). An excellent production Mr. Ricketts. Lighting by Mr. Leonard and scenery by Mr. Singleton were of a higher standard than previous years. We must not of course forget Mr. Campbell or Miss Williams — "MAESTROS EXTRORDINAIRE" who must take a large part of the credit for the success of this show. We're sure all those who came were glad they had and went home well satisfied with their nights entertainment.

    Debby & Jock.

    Literary and Debating Society

    This has been a fairly good year for the Debating Society, although due to the two Operas at Christmas and the House Drama Competition at Easter, the activities of the Society have been somewhat limited.

    The most popular, and indeed most successful debate
    of the year, was the first one to be held, a Balloon Debate.
    The six characters in this balloon were: —
    Goldilocks Jane Stephenson.

    Fanny Craddock                   Caroline Gary (Porridge)

    Lucie (from Peanuts)           Bev. Cornett

    Mussolini                              Jock Norris

    Cassanova                             Joe Vincenti

    Sherlock Holmes                 Dominik Wujastik.

    Porridge won the stomachs and the majority of votes with her brilliantly witty impersonation of Fanny Craddock. Her instructions o,n how to catch and cook a haggis and serve it with a sporran and shredded bagpipes were certainly original.

    Two "Any Questions" Debates were held this year. The first with a panel of Sixth Formers:— Jane Stephenson, Caroline Gary, Mark Bradberry and Dominic Wujastik, who on request also appeared before the Junior Debating Society. In a later debate, members of the Senior School proposed subjects for discussion to a staff panel consisting of Miss Turner, Mrs. Farmer, Mr. Ratcliffe and Mr. Singleton.

    The most well attended activity of the year was the mock election. Over 100 politically minded people attended this meeting including Miss Yule and Capt. Malkin, and numerous other members of staff,

    The candidates were:—

    A more serious event held this year was the House Poetry and Prose Competition. St. Vincent emerged triumphant, although the competition was close.

    Among the other possible forthcoming event to be held by the Society during the term are the Annual Public Speaking Competition and a series of short sketches.

    Our thanks go to all members of Staff concerned, especially Mr. Alexander and to our extremely hard working (and brilliant) committee.

    Sue Dodson                     Labour

    Kim Milnes                      Conservative.

    Mark Bradberry              Fascist

    Joe Vincenti                    Anarchist

    Ron Turley                     Communist

    Jock Norris                     Scottish Nationalist.

    Jock succeeded in captivating the audience with his swinging kilt, (what does he wear underneath?) hairy knees, and moaning bagpipes, and obtained the majority of votes. The others all produced amusing speeches, however their bellows did not exceed those of the bagpipes, (sabotage?)

    Julia Hann

    Caroline Cary.




    Drake House Girls


    Drake has not been outstandingly successful this year although there was certainly enough support and enthusiasm, especially from the junior members of the house.


    We started off the year, however, on a good foot by winning the senior house tennis, with two teams from the fifth and sixth years.


    Later on in Autumn term were the Netball matches. Although netball seems to be a popular game, Drake's senior and middle school teams were unable to meet the strong opposition, but it was clear to see the matches were enjoyed.

    Our junior Netball team, consisting of first and second years, on the other hand played excellent games. They showed the senior teams up by attending regular practises, and they were keen to improve their game as a team. Indeed, they achieved this and managed to secure second position, with Nelson in first position. In particular I would like to congratulate the two shooters, Colleen Rea and Judith Housby who between them rarely missed a goal.


    This was greeted with many groans from the Senior members of the house. However, with the exact number of girls in the fifth and sixth forms to make up a hockey team there was little choice to be made!

    Thanks go to all the willing and not so willing members of the team. In particular Claire Baraclough, Ruth Fedell, Pauline Suffield, Caroline Cary and Sharon Miller, who all played good games. The middle school team were keen and even helped out when the senior team was incomplete.

    Both hockey teams secured second position.


    Drake also put up a good fight in the mixed, house Badminton matches. Our house was represented by Julia Hann and Jean Main, thank you both for your support.


    Despite the lack of girls keen on sport Drake has managed to make a good showing. The Juniors certainly deserve a word of praise, and as they come up into the Senior School I hope they keep up their good work.

    The seniors Although not so keen on the energetic sports, have by no means let their house down.

    I would like to thank everyone for their support.

    Last but by no means least, on behalf of the house, I would like to thank Miss Turner, our House Mistress, for all the help and unfailing support she has given to us, without her enthusiasm goodness knows what would have happened

    Thank you, Miss Turner.

    Caroline Fox (Games Captain}

    Drake Boys

    I am sorry to say that the key note in the House this year was apathy. Lack of enthusiasm was evident in nearly all activities and all age groups. On the sport's field we achieved moderate success, 2nd. overall in Soccer and in the gymnastic activities we did quite well.

    This year's programme also included a couple of more unusual competitions, the Drama and the Outward Bound Contests. All those who took part in the Drama Competition enjoyed it and benefitted from this new experience. The Outward Bound Contest consisted of a series of map references which each team had to find. This finished with a type of assault course including absailing. The team which gained the most points in the shortest time won. Although our team finished in the fastest time having found all the reference points, we came third because we did not have a full team.

    All together this year has not been a good one for the house and we must do much better in the future if we are ever going to win the cup for the best house.

    David Norris

    Hawkins Girls' Games Report

    Once again this year has not been one of Hawkins best years for sport, but if the enthusiasm does not fade we have very good chances for the future. Wendy Hankin and Jo Robinson came third in the inter-house Tennis match. The Juniors played several friendly Netball matches with great enthusiasm. The Middle-school team won one match and drew two in their house competition. The Seniors tried hard but came fourth. We won the combined Hockey cup for the second year. We participated in several other sporting activities with enthusiasm

    I would like to thank all those people who have helped in any way with the House Sports this year, particularly Miss Simpson whose encouragement helped us along.

    Debby Bradley Hawkins Girls' House Report

    This year has probably been a more eventful one, not only for Hawkins but for the other houses as well, since a house drama competition was reintroduced after a lapse of several years. Our house play, or extract from the Bluebird by M. Maeterlinck, was produced by Debbie Bradley and Cameron Beacon, and I would like to say a special 'Thank you' to Debbie for all the work she put into it, and I would like to thank all the eager participants without whom it could never have been performed.

    Coupled with the drama was a musical production which went well, and for this we joined with Drake and once again I would like to thank all those who took part in it.

    There was also an inter house Poetry and Prose competition in which we were not entirely successful. We also had a photographic competition during the year, for which some excellent photos were produced. Our final activity was a collection during house meetings which was given to the charity organisation of 'Shelter'.

    I would like to thank Miss Simpson for her unfailing support throughout the year and to congratulate her on her recent engement and wish her 'bon voyage' and every happiness in her marriage in November.

    Finally I would like to thank Hawkins for their support and enthusiasm throughout the year and wish them well in the future.

    Rosemary Arden (House Captain)

    Hawkins Boys'

    This season has been a varied one for 'The Hawks'. We started off in great style but lost a lot of ground because of our inability to withstand the challenge from other houses in the newer activities. However we are still in a very strong position and the overall house trophy is within our grasp.

    In Rugby after many seasons of taking second place to St. Vincent we finally succeeded in winning not only the eleven a side but also the seven a side competition. In the seven a side both the Juniors and Colts won their sections without losing a single point, the Seniors with seven school 1st XV players won their section.

    Soccer turned out to be a disappointing activity, we slipped from a strong position until everything rested on the final game between Hawkins and Nelson junior teams. Unfortunately an own goal put paid to our hopes and we lost the championship on goal average. In the six a side we came last beaten into this position by one point.

    We did well in Basketball and won our games quite convincingly fielding three school players, T. Flat, B. Thompson, C. Beacom. Once again we retained second position in the Cross-country.

    We also took part in Badminton, Table-tennis. Orienteering and Judo with varying degrees of success.

    Away from the Sports field our achievements were not as encouraging as we would have hoped but this was not due to lack enthusiasm. The members of first, second and third forms gave of their best and thoroughly enjoyed the parts they played in the Drama competition. Our entry in the Poetry and Prose was not entirely successful, there is still plenty of room for improvement in that direction.

    Finally I would like to thank, on behalf of the whole house, Mr. Charlton, Mr. Quinn and Mr. Ward for their support and enthusiasm throughout the year.

    Cameron Beacon.

    How to make Ginger Beer

    Ingredients to start:

    1/2 oz of yeast

    2 teaspoons of sugar & 2 of ginger

    jar 3/4 pints of water (warm water) mix with sugar & ginger & yeast .

    Leave to ferment, and feed once a day with 1 teaspoon full of sugar and 1 teaspoon of ginger for six days. Leave undisturbed for last day.

    And get a large pan that will hold at least 3/4 of a gallon of water.

    Then put a clean cloth over the pan and put the plant mixture into the pan through the cloth then put the cloth away then put 2 pints of hot water in the pan and then 1 1/2 Ib sugar and mix, and then add 4 pints of cold water and mix well then get 6, 1 pint bottles and fill to about 2 inches from top and screw on tight (make sure bottles are screw on) then leave to mature for 7 days. The drink is meant to be fizzy.

    Paul Cavill.



    Results of the Inter-House Swimming Gala




    1st P. SMITH. S.V L.DUNBAR. H.





    S. SHAW. S.V. S. SHAW. S.V.




    E. FAGIN. H.

    E. FAGIN H.

    R. CARY. H. S. SOLLYER. N.

    C. SMITH. H. R. LIDDLE. N.


    S. FREEMAN. D.

    S. EDWARDS. H.

    M. JONES. S.V.

     D. CATTLE. S.V.

    S. WILLEY. S.V.

    M. JONES. S.V.


    S. FREEMAN. D.

    J. BURDEN. N.










    L. CHURCH. N. M. JONES. S.V.

    S. SHAW. S.V.

     D. CATTLE. S.V.

  •   BOYS



    2nd PARKEY. D. MOORE. D.

    3rd MOORE. D. HENSHALL. S.V.


    MORRIS. H.

    COUGH. D.

    WILLEY. N.

    THORNE. H.

    SHAW. H.

    WILLEY. N.




    JONES. D.

    JONES. D.




    LAW. D.

    JONES. S.V.

    MUNDAY. D.



    WALKER. N.

    SMITH. S.V.









    VINER. H.


    GOUGH. D.



    SMITH. S.V.





    Death, spreads't your veil o'er me,

    For I don't want to be

    living any more. You see,

    my love has left me,

    my whole life was she,

    no road is left but to thee,

    Come death, spreads't your veil o'er me

    L. CILA


    Swirling dimensions,

    Sparkling thoughts,

    Clouds of purple,

    Flashes of white,

    But the colours,

    Remaining are,

    Puffs of bluey-white, Silver,

    and dashes of yellow mingled in,

    Thundering fireballs,

    and flashing tornadoes,

    The thoughts, thoughts

    Like these,

    Spin through My mind,

    My mind, my mind,

    These thunderclaps

    Of my minds,

    Come, oh yes they come,

    Then slowly, oh so slowly,

    They Vanish!

    Then I open, my eyes,

    And nothing remember for,





    He lay, trembling and shaking,

    Not understanding

    That you were trying to help,

    A creature that has never known

    What love is,

    Whimpers with pain and fright.

    Cowering as you touch


    Then probing, soothing, calming

    Its fear. Gradually his

    Trust develops, until you can

    Touch the broken leg and he does

    Not wince.

    Now his tail wags-feebly-

    But this is progress.

    He licks your hand, trying to convey

    To you that he is thankful;

    To know what loving care is.



    The proud, slender Rose

    Gracefully raised its

    pink-blush face to welcome the sun.

    Then dipping shyly, at the splendour and warmth

    In the greeting given by the rays.

    The sparkling dew-drops

    Fell from its pink-blush petals,

    Making the clear, but soft tinkling of fairy bells,

    As they danced and shimmered in the

    Early morning sun.

    The Rose, shy, graceful.

     Slender and lovely.

    Stood like a ray of sunshine stands out in a mist,

    shaming its surroundings with its perpetual beauty.

    Ruth Federi


    THE SEA                             

    How tranquil, like glass

    The sea,

    Tiptoeing on to the golden sand.

    Barely a ripple disturbs

    Her peace

    In the early dawn.

    Her mysteries and secrets

    Held for decades

    Are hidden below, never to be known.

    The call

    Of gull, gives warning of a storm

    The wind has tormented,

    Teased her.

    In a fury she whips and lashes,

    Towering above

    Then crashing on to the sand

    With a roar.

    The sea hypotises,


    Men, venturing to tame her.

    Impossible to achieve;

    She will reign forever.

    Always changing never the same same.

    Like a woman             

    She caresses and lashes —


    But never mastered.




    1 wonder, I wonder, I wonder.

    I wandered lonely as a cloud,

    That floats on high o'er field and down.

    And all at once I realized,

    I didn't have my parachute.

    I hope daffodils make a soft landing.

    Adrian C. Worley. L.6th A.



    Those who live by the sword, die by the sword.

    The pen is mightier than the sword.

    Those who live by the pen, die of writers cramp.

    Adrian C. Worley. L.6th A.


    The proverbial bomb might go bang tomorrow.


    Bear it in mind and live while you can,


    The proverbial bomb did go bang yesterday.

     I wish there was someone left, to see.

    The holocaust of intelligence. Did you live yesterday?

    Adrian C. Worley. L.6th A.



    Silently he slips along,

    The shadowed ways,

    Uncaring of anybody in hid way;

    Walking. Walking.

    Towards Death.

    At last he has arrived,

    He looks around

    To see if anybody is about,

    But nobody is there,

    To care:

    About a young man.

    He discards his overcoat, hat and shoes Jumps!

    A few bubbles,

    Nothing left of a young man.

    Michael Smith


  • Fast start

    people puffing

    hard work

    dropping behind

    head thumps

    legs ache

    must keep going

    got to win

    must not come last

    heart thumps

    feet drag

    must overtake

    last lap

    ears pop

    fall down

    all over

    lost the race

    Michael Smith 2c1


    In his cell

    He thought

    Of the trendrie

    Of smoke escaping

    From his cigarette

    As it stretched

    And curled

    Into space.

    He thought

     Of the smoke

    With the last word

    He would ever hear.


    Denise Whemnan 5th year



    Shall I just go to the dust

    Some people say you must

    Then again some say heaven

    Oh why must I die at only twenty-seven

    When you are dead you begin to smell

    I wonder what it's like going to hell

    I don't suppose there's anyway to tell

    Yet for some people that's just as well

    I have been lying here for hours,

    And all the time people bringing me flowers

    I wish I didn't have to die alone,

    I might get fossilised and turned to stone

    I think it's day because its still quite light,

    Yet again for all I know it might be night.

    Above all I wish I knew the date,

    Janice Chafer 2c1


    The sea is rough,

    The night is black,

    The noise of the sea,

    The white of the foam.

    I know he is there,

    With his bright yellow hair,

    That guides the birds through the terrible air,

    Yes! there he is right over there.

    Rebecca Bennett 1C3



    Down, Down beneath the blue, blue sea

    How pretty things can really be

    The fishes with their colours bright

     go gliding by, both day and night.

    I often wonder how it would be

     if I lived down beneath the sea.

    Janice Chafer 2cl



    From my bedroom window,

    I can see the sky, From my bedroom window,

    Fleecy clouds roll by, From my bedroom window,

    When the moon is bright, From my bedroom window,

    Stars come out at night.

    D.Y. Clark 2nd year.


    A thing of beauty, A thing of beauty,

    Her long branches stretch. To golden sands.

    The beautiful willow tree, Standing by the sparkling sea, Waiting for who knows what. The willow knows, but we do not.

    Night is coming Oh so fast, The day was here, But now is past.

    The willow tree. That once was there, Is now in the middle

    Of no-where.

    Susan Hill




    I stood watching,

    The flames grow closer,

    Watching them creep.

    I felt their anger —

    It singed my skin,

    Blanked my mind,

    And prepared me to die.

    I heard their cackles.

    Burning noises,

    Unearthly murmers:

    The cacophany of death.

    There was life in the flames,

    If I remained, there would be none in me.

    But I stayed,

    Watching, listening.

    And my skin cracked, blistered,

    I remained —

    To die.

    Linda Ross


    A door opens — slams

    Mails come! What's this? for you.

    Brown, ugly, typed, Official

    Postmark: Washington D.C.


    This is to ....

    ............report March 18, 19.

    .....yours ....

    Major  .........

    United States Army.

                                                     Oh God! ...... but you're only 18

                                                 Damn V.C  ..........

                                                   I must ............Goodbye.

                                                The door slams.

                                                    Kevin Stone



    No beauty left adorned,

    No grass is still nor leaf untorn,

    s on its wide and billowing path,

    The wrecker builds in form.

    The night more wrie with the noise,

    And down no better grows,

    As hedgerows roll and bow and bend,

    With lashing whine and moan.

    No wildlife haven in the glade,

    Where muddy pond has formed,

    The chaos damage and distress,

    That comes with every "Storm".

    Denise Flatt



    Sunlight on a golden cornfield.

    Gentle wind, rustles

    The grass.

    Underneath a busy life continues.

    But one would never know

    How the field-mouse


    Its nest upon a single stalk,

    And the tiny secrets

    They share

    With the poppies,

    Ants scurry to and fro,

    Whispered conversations

    In a tiny world.

    Oblivious of the world we know.

    Christine Wilkinson L. 6th A.



  • He looked up at the sky,

    With staring eye

    And then at the men,

    His foe or friend

    And thought of the fight,

    Which had brought him plight,

    And his family to the end.

    He never thought death was such hell

    And his wound gave so much pain as well.

    Then seeing a friend,

    Who was coming near to tend him

    He tried to sit up with quickness,

    But a shooting pain, went

    through his heart

    And his blood stirred up inside


    And groping for a hand to hold

    He lay to die,

    With a short, shrill, cry

    Lesley Gordon 2cl


    A black figure rode over the hills of Surrey,

    It was Bill — the Black Ghost in a hurry.

    He rode a strong horse the colour of


    To hangman's hill to aquire some money.

    John Vincent! 2B


    A storm is coming,

    Everybody is running,

    It is coming here,

    Dying, Crying, Shouting, Calling;

    A storm is coming everybody running:

    Jillian Spencer 1C3


    Always has been,

    Always will be.

    It is just us that come and go.

    Forming patterns that have been formed before,

    Again and again and again.

    Even now someone is looking at us through a microscope and saying,

    "Daddy ar'nt they crawly, shall I crush them?"

    Adrian C. Worley. L.6th A.



  • I had a friend called Albert

    And another one called Jock.

     Albert used to play chess

    And Jock worked on the docks.

    I always visited them,

    Every single day,

    I watched them work and play chess

    Until they went away.

    They have gone to battle,

    They have gone to war.

    And I will never

    See them any more.

    But then I got a letter,

    And this is what it read.

    Dear so-in-so we regret to say

    That both your friends are dead.

    Well there goes Albert.

                            And there goes Jock.

                       There's no more watching them play chess

                         And working on the docks.

                                     Heather Ferguson IB


    I am the cat of cats

    The invisible cat.

    My fur is fine

    My tail is long

    And when I walk

    My paws make a soft padding sound.

    I am the cat of cats.

    My beauty lies beyond all words.

    And when the moon shines on my coat it looks like pure silver

    I am the cat of cats.

    The invisible cat

    Anthony Linford 1C3



    The elephant is a mighty beast

    And weighs about a ton at least.

    One wonders why they're on his face.

    Those great big ears like radar scanners

    Would serve quite well as protest banners.

    His trunk is like a suction pump

    But can give forth a splended trump.

    His looks are hideous you must agree,

    And I don't suppose he's heard of me.

    And another thing that's not so nice —

    The poor old lump is scared of mice!

    Janet Roebuck 3T


    The eel is a slippery fish,

     In the water swish, swish, swish,

    His home is amongst the weeds

    In the sea where he feeds

    All the days and all the nights,

    He either sleeps, feeds or fights,

    The eel is a slippery fish,

    All the day swish, swish, swish.

    Susan Baxter 2cl

    A ROSE

    It sways gracefully in the breeze,

    Its leaves rustling.

    The different shaded petals curl upwards,

    Ever upwards; trying, so it seems,

    To reach the cloudless sky.

    The thorns on its stem

    So brutal sometimes, curl downwards,

    Towards the rich brown soil

    On which, the rose survives.

    It stands, in all its splendour,

    Proudly upright;

    Bowing its head graciously, from side to side,

    As all the flowers curtsey to it.

    Susan Mason


    The fire burns in the fire place

    I think of Burning Wood

    As a forest fire

    The smoke comes as animals

    Run away

    Leaving their homes burning

    Burning away.

    Michael Smith 2c1


    My memory aids my private diary

    with birthday, journeys and every school day

    What I did, what homework I had,

    And everything like that

    But!! My diary only lasts a year and then it

    starts again.

    So I rely upon my memory to help me when it can

    It helps me to remember details too small

    for a diary page

    And things that I didn't have room for

    Because I'd write into tomorrow

    It helps with my maths and lessons like that

    spelling (But not very well)

    When I speak to my friends I say

    "Can you remember....?"

    That's my memory at work.

    My memory's a personal friend

    It remember all my woes

    It isn't like a person

    Because my



    GROWS ! !

    Susan Green 2A1



    Nelsons Girls' House Report


    Nelson Girls Games Report

    Firstly I would like to thank all those who have m anyway helped Nelson during the past year. A special thanks to Mrs. Harland who has always given assistance where needed.

    In the few house competitions that have been held we have been fairly successful. In the Poetry and Prose competition our two entries who gained 1 st and 2nd places were Susan Dodson and Jayne Moyle, this enabled us to win the girls section.

    The other major event concerning the house was the Drama Competition. Although we did not win this I think everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience and 1 must take this opportunity to thank and congratulate all those who took part, too numerous to name here. Combined with the Drama was our Music Festival for which we joined with St. Vincent. This was a very good effort as there was a lack of enthusiasm and music ability.

    It has been a great privilege to act as House Captain for Nelson during the past year, and I hope that the House will keep up the good standard in years to come.

    Roseann Bryant (House Captain)


    Nelson girls have achieved a very high standard in the inter-house matches this year.

    The first event was the Senior Tennis in which our two teams played well, but were finally beaten by Drake. The Senior Netball team deserve a special mention, especially Bobby Shouls and Roseann Bryant who mainly contributed to winning all the matches with outstanding results but showed several promising players, as they were against strong opposition; and with the commendable enthusiasm and distinctive shooting of our junior team, who easily won all their matches, Nelson finally succeeded in winning the Netball Cup.

    In the mixed open badminton matches, we had a strong and enthusiastic team who played with skill, gaining overall first position.

    The final event in the spring term were the Senior and Middle School Hockey matches. Our Senior team was very strong, and with skillful co-ordination, succeeded in winning all their matches; the middle school team also played very well but were not equally successful and their results were helped by Joan Mair who was a good goal-keeper.

    Thanks are due to all the girls who played for the House, as the response was very commendable. I would also like to thank our previous games captain, Bobby Shouls, without whose help and enthusiasm these results would not have been possible: and finally the House would like to extend its thanks to Mrs. Harland for her unfailing encouragement throughout the season.

    I hope Nelson continues its success, and would like to wish it good luck for the future,

    Sue Dodson (Games Captain)

    Nelson Boys. House Report

    With two of the three school-terms behind us. Nelson House have gained more points than any other. The success has been largely due to the fact that Nelson boys have approached the sporting events of the year with a keeness and determination which deserves muh credit. The help and capable guidance of the Nelson housemasters in preparing the boys for these events and keeping house spirit high is another factor in Nelson's success.

    Perhaps soccer was one of Nelson's greatest triumphs of the year so far. For not only did the House win the season's major trophy but it also brought off the double by clinching the six-a-side competition. All teams played with determination but special credit should go to the young junior team in the main competition and to the colts in the six-a-side competition. The senior team was very much underated and proved to be formidable opposition in some games of this team special mention should be made of John Moiden on whose skill the determination of the remainder of the team was mainly centred.

    Nelson were not so successful in rugby this year and only the junior team showed the skill which seemed to be acting in the rest of the House. Nevertheless, considering that the senior team lost two of its strongest players before the games started the performance of this team was creditable also.

    It was the colts who put up the best performance in cross country under the captainship of Hallam. Nelson's overall position was third in this.

    Nelson came third also in the Judo Competition. Terry McCole and Tony Sarginson represented the senior team well but the juniors and colts were unsuccessful.

    In January this year Nelson kept its good record up in orienteering. Although this activity has only been going on for three years Nelson have won it twice and came second once. This year Nelson's team completed the tiring course, which was around the Ghajn Tuffieha area, in two hours and twenty six minutes, a few minutes faster than the nearest House.

    Basketball, badminton and table-tennis were three events in which Nelson came second, first and first respectively. This was a tremendous effort and although praise must go to a number of senior boys the outstanding contribution in talent and organisation by Pete Walker must be mentioned. The House will be fortunate enough to have Pete here next year also and his usefulness and advice will be as much appreciated then as it is now.

    Many Nelson boys who did not have the opportunity to help the House in the way of sport this year made a valuable contribution in the parts they played in the drama and music competition. Although the production of 'All's well that ends well' did not win the competition, it must be noted that the comedy was written and produced completely by members of the House and it received a good reception from an audience of parents. But the year is not yet over. Athletic sports, cricket and swimming are yet to come and in these activities there seems every promise that Nelson will continue to enjoy the success of the past events of the year. And yet success is not the only criterion by which Nelson can judge its results of the year. For, as in the drama competition, a sense of satisfaction and achievement has shown through in the many and varied activities of the school year.

    E. Potts (House Captain)

    St. Vincent Girls' House Report

    This year St. Vincent were pleased to welcome Mrs. McClure as their new house mistress. Although our sporting activities were not very strong this year, the teams did not lack enthusiasm and they enjoyed participating in the various games. However we were very successful in both the inter House Poetry and prose competition and the Drama Competition, where support and ability was of a high standard. We came first in both these competitions and I would like to congratulate all those who were involved in them, and also those who took part in the combined musical concert with nelson. I would also like to thank Linda Paul our games captain, Sue Gray, deputy games captain and Patti Longland deputy-house captain for all their work which has contributed to the House's success.

    Finally, on behalf of St. Vincent, thank you very much, Mrs. McClure for your constant assistance and encouragement which has helped us considerably throughout the year.

    Sue Willey (House Captain)

    St. Vincent Girls' Games Report

    Although St. Vincent have not been outstandingly successful this year we had a lot of support and enthusiasm especially from the Juniors. In Tennis our position was fourth. In Netball the seniors came third, the juniors second and the middle school first. Congratulations to the middle school team. We actually managed to field two hockey teams and had several enjoyable matches, our overall final position was third. The Juniors certainly deserve

    a word of praise for all their support and enthusiasm: I hope this will continue as they move up the school. The Middle School and Seniors joined in willingly and tried very hard. On behalf of the House I would like to thank Mrs. McClure for all her help and enthusiasm throughout the year.

    by Lyn Paul

    St. Vincent Boys' House Report

    This year has brought rather limited success for St. Vincent. Everyone tried very hard but the result just would not come, and we found our selves in the unaccustomed position of "also-rans".


    The inter-house soccer has for several years been monopolised by "the Saints", but not this year. In the first half of the season, played before Christmas, we were in a very strong second place, but after Christmas, the departure of prominent players, in particular Mick Jones, and injuries, left us very weak, and we eventually finished bottom. In the 6-a side soccer competition, St. Vincent finished third, but only after a very good effort by our Senior side who against the odds, won their section.


    "Saints" finished second in the rugby championship, losing to Hawkins. In the seniors, Bradberry, Turley, Morris and Woodcock, all represented the school XV. In the 'sevens' we came third, and with a bit more luck might have done better.


    Once again as usual, great success for St. Vincent in the House Cross-Country championships. Our Juniors finished second, the Colts 1st and Senior 1st, to win the overall championship easily. Hallam and Ward were individual winners, while Brine, Bradberry and Divry ran surprisingly well. However, one cannot really pick out individuals as it was an outstanding team effort.


    In the basket-ball championship "Saints" were unfortunate in failing to have full strength side in anyone game. We still, however, managed to gain second place, which was commendable. The team comprised of Moffett, Fer-gusan, Ward, Woodcock, Turley, Bradberry, and Davis.


    Although unbeaten we finished the badminton one point behind Nelson, who had a very strong team. Turley, Bradberry, and Leslie Moxon all played for the House.


    In this relatively new House activitv, St.. Vincent did extremely well and finished 'first overall with very consistent placings in all age groups.


    Great enthusiasm was shown for the outward bound competition and everyone concerned did very well. Our final position was second.

    It has not by any means been our best season on the sports field, but with the Athletics. Cricket and Swimmine Sports still to take place. "Saints", still stand a reasonable chance of winning the overall trophy


    On the Academic side we obtained great success mainly due to tremendous enthusiasm shown by everyone involved. In the poetry and prose competition the House was represented a play by Wolf Mankowitz, "It should happen to a dog", produced by Ron Turley, and once again won.

    Finally, on behalf of the house I would like to extend thanks to our House-Masters for their loyal support and encouragement throughout the year.

    Pete Ward (House Captain)


    Athletic Report 

    Owing to difficulties in obtaining a track, there were few athletic meetings last year, but in those that we did enter, good results were obtained. Once again the school was invited to take part in an invitation 880 yards and relay race in the R.A.F. Championships. The former was won by P. Ward with D. Pringle in fifth place, while the latter also, was won by the school in the very fast time of 48.5 seconds.

    In the under 16 M.A.A.A. Youth Championships, our sprinters literally "swept the board", G. Ferguson and K. Woodcock between them taking the first two places in both the 100 yards and the 220 yards, and our relay team winning, but unfortunately in the middle distance and field events we were very lacking, and few boys even qualified for finals.

    In the Malta Combined Championships, which we won the previous year, we were beaten into second place by De La Salle College. However, there was no shortage of good performances, and Mick Jones in particular deserves mentioned for good wins in the 440 yards and the triple jump.

    Three boys from the school, M. Jones, P. Ward, and E. Thompson were chosen to represent the Malta A.A.A. in a triangular match against R.A.F. Malta and R.A.F. Cyprus, at the end of the season.

    Peter Ward


    At the beginning of the season, the school team entered the Army League and played some very good basketball winning two out of the six matches against such stiff opposition as the Lanes 'A' and 'B' teams and the 3rd Paras. In January we lost the services of Dave Winn and Mick Jones, the latter being the captain and backbone of the team. This left us with only four regular players and due to this and the lack of enthusiasm only one match was played this year. Outstanding match of the season was against the staff, the school winning 24-14.

    Thanks again to Mr. Ricketts for the hard work he put in on and off the field; also to Mr. Charlton. Regular players and scores:—

    MICK JONES                         111 points

    TERRY FLATT                        51 points

    CAM. BEACOM                      39 points

    PHIL HYNES                            32 points

    BRIAN THOMPSON             19 points

    T. Flatt. (Capt.)

    Cross-Country Report

    Once again the school had a fairly successful cross country season, although seldom at full strength owing to other sporting committments.

    In the first event in the year, the Alpine league series, we had rather mixed fortunes. Our Juniors, in particular Martin Hallam excelled themselves and won their section in fine style. Our under 17's, however, could manage no better than fourth place which was disappointing after having won last year. Our seniors could scarcely be expected to do well against adult opposition, but were by no means disgraced.

    In the first M.A.A.A. meeting, the 'Round the Bastions' race, our juniors finished fourth against very strong opposition while the under 19's fielding a depleted side, had to be content with second place.

    Our hopes were high in the Malta Combined Schools Championships, having consistently won the event in the last few years, but it was not to be. Our under 15's were roundly beaten while the seniors despite a very good performance finished second behind St. Joseph's.

    Once again in the M.A.A.A. Championships held at Cottonera, our Junior team found the opposition too strong and finished fourth in a very big field, which was no more than we could have expected. With a full strength side and some very good team running our under 19 team won their event very easily. Individual positions were P. Ward first, C. Beacom third, and D. Pringle and L. Law tied for sixth position.

    Perfect weather greeted our House Cross-Countrv Championships and as a result times were very fast. C. Donnelly won the junior race. M. Hallam the colts, and P. Ward won the Senior Championship.

    Full colours were re-awarded to P. Ward.

    New half were awarded to M. Hallam.

    Half colours were awarded to D. Pringle.

    Finally. I would like to extend thanks to Mr. Ricketts for his encouragement and help throughout the season

    Peter Ward

    Hockey Report

    This year's Hockey events were not as numerous as would have been liked due to lack of opposition. Our first match came in November against the Cadets from the visiting 'Olmeda' and was very enjoyable.

    We played the House Hockey matches in January, the results are recorded in each House report and then in April came the most important event, the six a side Hockey Tournament. The school entered six teams: the fourth year team came second in their league and the fifth year team reached the finals and were only beaten after an extremely exciting match on corner points as no goals were scored.

    This ended the seasons matches, we hope that the school achieves success in the tournament next year. Finally thank you Miss Head, Miss Turner and Miss Simpson for your help and encouragement.

    Sue Dodson and Carol Turley

    Judo Report

    This year has been a tremendous year for judo at Tal-Handaq, the club has grown enormously thanks to the eagerness shown by Mr. David BJA Green and Mr. Strutt BJA Green. Due to the large membership the club has been split into both senior and junior sections, these both having seperate practicing times.

    Just before Christmas we were fortunate in having P.O.K. Mosley (BJA Black 1st Dan) to grade some of us and also to teach us some new moves, at the grading we were very successful and achieved several white belts, two yellow and one orange. We have also held several internal club gradings, and we were lucky enough to be given a new mat by the P.E. department.

    For the first time were able to hold an interhouse judo competition, this was divided into three sections, junior, senior and the girls. In this way we ensured greater fairness to all. This competition was both rewarding tor the participants and exciting for the spectators.

    Rugby XV Report 

    This year the side had the makings of one of the best teams the school has known. At the beginning of the season, however, we had to start from scratch only having two players remaining from last year's very successful team. We had fewer practices and training sessions than normal, due to players having other commitments and to the large number of days on which the pitches were unplayable. Despite these difficulties the team had a fairly successful season and won several matches. The school once more outshon itself in the Annual Services seven a side tournament, winning Ihe 'Piste' competition, and I feel that if it were possible for this team to stay together another season they would make veiy formidable opposition indeed. Although I am reluctant to single out players, there is no doubt that P. Hynes was; the most consistently pood player and must be the best full back on the Island at present.RESULTS '69 —'70

    Played Won Drawn Lost Pts. for Pts. against
    14             5         1          8        92            160

    7 - A - SIDE


    SQUAD '69 —'70



    Re-awards: D. NORRIS, P. HYNES.

    New colours: T. FLATT, B. THOMPSON, P. BIRD,

    Half colours: M. MOFFETT, P. MURRAY.

    Soccer  Senior XI   Season 1969-70

    The loss of most of last seasons XI left the school short of experienced players, but the arrival of the Molden brothers (and the continued presence of P. Hynes, captain) was useful in helping to blend together a team which was able, once more to compete in Inter Service League.

    With intensive early practice and training, the team maintained a good standard of football, particularly in the early matches — but the absence of an effective "goal getter" produced many pointless results for the team after dominating the play.

    Injuries (and the loss of M. Jones) made points more difficult to obtain though every player deserved the praise for effort, and a number of enjoyable close matches were played. The quality of sportsmanship shown by the Services was once more in evidence, and useful friendly contacts were made with the new Regt. and other Service units.

    Thanks are due to all boys who represented the school during the season (especially to "regulars" Cam Bea-com, Pete Ward B. Thompson, M. Berry and J. Jones) for the consistent efforts shown, and the quality of soccer produced.

     Tennis Report

    Although we have not been entirely successful this year, the school tennis teams played with much enthusiasm. The team consisted of Rosemary Arden, Caroline Fox, Linda Sherwood, Jeanette Southwood with Ann Broadway as reserve and we all enjoyed each match both at home and away.

    All the teams we played in Division "B" of the Joint Services League were comprised of adults, with more experience and a higher standard than we. However we learnt a great deal during the matches about competitive tennis. This certainly showed towards the end of the League when we managed to win some of our final sets. We would like to thank Miss Head who organised the matches and provided transport for us, Thank You.

    Table Tennis

    This year the school entered a team to compete in the Malta Students Sports Federation Table Tennis League. The team, consisting of three members, played a series of eight matches from November to February. These matches were strongly contested and in most cases the team members were narrowly defeated.

    Unfortunately full use is not being made of the table tennis facilities. It is hoped to organise the table tennis in school a little better during next year and providing that the equipment is better looked after, anyone wishing to play will be able to do so.

  • Peter Walker

  •         A LEVEL RESULTS 1969    

  •  Malcolm Aldworth Geography
    Roy Aldworth Woodwork
    Richard Hoctor Maths
    Philip   Jones Economics, Biology.
    Kevin   Malloy Maths, Physics, Chemistry.
    Raymond Perks Eng. Drawing
    Philip  Smith History, Brit.Const.
    Ian Williams History
    Ronald Turley  Biology
    John Irvine English, Latin, History.
    Ralph Linsell Maths
    David Norris  Chemistry
    Evan Potts Geography
    Robert Ross Geography
    Philip   Woodcock Art
    Pattie Andrews English
    Penelope Goodfellow Biology, Needlework.
    Jean Main Art
    Sonia Orsman Maths, Physics, Chemistry.
    Linda Perry History
    Susan  Peyton Art
    Jeannette Southwood Art
    Susan Kitson History
    Christine  Beveridge Cookery
    Susan  Curliss English, History.
    Carol Drane Geography
    Clare Garvey English, History.
    Linda Gilbert Art
    Maureen Jones History, Religious Knowledge.
    Christine Raine Art
    Adria Rosser Art
    Susan   Routledge Art
    Gillian Scott French
    Joan  Sewell Art
    Linda Sherwood Art
    Penelope  Tatton English, History.
    Constance Twiss Art


         O Level Results Summer 1969  (Girls) 

    Tina Andrews

    Eng. Lit. Gn. History, Pottery.
    Jacqueline Beynon

    Eng. Lang. Eng. Lit. Human Biology and Hygeine.

    Christine Bowd

     Eng. Lang. Eng. Lit.  

    Debbie Bradley Geography, Pottery.
     Anne Broadway

    Eng. Lang. Eng. Lit. History, Human Biology & Hygeine, Cookery.

    Elizabeth Brown Eng. Lit. Art
    Linda Brownless Eng; Lang.
    Rosann Bryant

      Eng. Lang. Eng. Lit. Human Biology & Hygeine.

    Linda Buchan Human Biology & Hygeine, Commerce
    Hilary Burrell

    Eng. Lit, French, Geography, Maths, Chemistry.

    Caroline Carey

    Eng. Lit. French, History, Cookery, Art.

    Diane Cattle Eng. Lit., French, Biology, Art.
    Jane Colyer History, Geography, Maths, Biology.
    Mary Curlis  Geology.
    Susan Curlis Greek Literature.
    Jane Drake Eng. Lit. History.
    Patricia Durance Eng. Lit. Commerce, Pottery.
    Susan Edwards

     Eng. Lit., Latin, French, History, Maths, Biology, Art.

    Karen Fleck

    Eng. Lang., Human biology and Hygeine.

    Caroline Fox

    Eng. Lit., Religious Knowledge, Cookery.

    Claire Garvey Greek Literature.
    Linda Gilbert Eng. Lit., History, Maths, Biology.
     Lynn Graham Eng. Lit, Biology, Commerce.
    Julia Hann  Eng. Lit., Religious Knowledge.
    Annette Harrison Art, Pottery.

    Janet Harvey

    Eng. Lit, French, History, Physics, Chemistry, Commerce.

    Maureen Jones  Greek Lit.
    Diane Lawrence Eng. Lang., Eng. Lit, History.
    Carol Linsel Eng. Lang., Eng. Lit, Needlework.
    Valerie Martin Eng. Lit.
    Katherine McConnell Eng. Lit., History, Maths, Cookery.
    Gail Miles Eng. Lit.
    Julia Northey Italian.
    Christine Fellow

    Eng. Lang., Eng. Lit., History, Maths, Biology, Needlework.

    Adria Rosser Eng. Lit.
    Gillian Scott  Pottery.
    Donna Sewell Greek Lit.
    Roberta Shouls


     Jane Stevenson

    Eng. Lit, Eng. Lang., French, German, Maths, Biology, Art.

    Jean Stewart Eng. Lang., History.
    Christine Sykes Eng. Lang.. German. Biology, N'work.
    Penelope Tatton Greek Lit.
    Jill Thackeray Art.
    Constance Twiss Brit. Con., Geog., Music.
    Caroline Ward Eng. Lang.
    Lindsay Warren

    Eng. Lit., French, German, Geog., Maths, Cookery, Art.

    Christine Wilkinson

    Eng;. Lit., History, Religious Knowledge.

    Esther Wilkinson

     Eng Lang.

    O Level Results Summer 1969  (Boys) 

    Thomas  Backhouse Pottery.
    James Ball Eng. Lit., Geography.
    Michael Barker

    Maths, Physics, Eng., Drawing, Commerce.

    Robert Beacon    British Const.
    Graham Beeny  Maths, Physics, Art.
    Philip  Bird  Physics, Metalwork.
    Ian Brown

     Eng. Lit. Gen., French, German, Maths, Physics, History.

    Christopher Dixon    Brit. Const., Geology.
    Martin   Donnelly History, Physics, Metalwork, Art.
    Robert Dulson Metalwork, Eng. Drawing, Commerce.
     David   Fletcher Eng. Lit, Brit. Const, Art.
    Anthony   Gilbert  Geography.
    Walter Harrison English Lang., History, Maths.
    Richard  Hoskins  Art.
     Philip Hynes Metalwork.
    Terence McCole

    Eng. Lit., Latin, History, Maths, Physics and Chemistry.

    Richard Moakes

    Eng. Lang., Geography, Maths, Physics, Woodwork, Eng. Drawing, Commerce. 

    Joe  Muscat Eng. Lit., French, History, Geography. Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Art.
    Kevin O'Brien  Eng. Lit., Geography.
    Douglas Pringle

    History, Maths, Physics, Commerce, Eng. Drawing

    Simon  Richardson

     History, Maths, Physics, Commerce, Eng. Drawing.

    Anthony  Sarginson Eng. Lang., Eng. Lit, Geography
     Brian Thompson Maths, Woodwork, Metalwork.
    Edwin Thompson  Eng. Lit, Brit. Const, Woodwork.
    Peter  Walker Maths, Physics.

    Peter Ward 

    Brit. Const.
    Christopher Wisbey Geography, Physics, Eng. Drawing.
    James Woodhams French, Geography, Physics,Chemistry.
    Dominic Wujastyk

    Eng. Lit. Gen., Latin, French, Physics, Chemistry.

    Stephen Hurst Physics.
    John Irvine Greek Literature.
     Ralph Linsell Music.
    John Pearson Additional Maths.
     Evan Potts Geology.
    Robert Ross Geology.
     Joseph Vincenti  Historv. Commerce.

     CSE Results 1969 (Girls)

    Sandra Barwise       

    Home Econ., N'work.

     Christine Bowd Maths, German, French
     Debbie Bradley Maths, Physics
    Mary Bridwell Home Econ. Maths.
    Anne Broadway History Maths.
     Elizabeth Brown Maths, French.
     Linda Brownless Maths, N'work, Commerce.
     Rosann Bryant Maths.
    Karen Burgess English, History, Biology
    Caroline Carey Maths, French.
     Diane Cattle Maths.
     Jane Coyer French.
    Jane Drake Maths, German, French.
    Patricia Durance Commerce.
    Eileen Ewing Home Econ., English, History, Maths, Needlework.
    Jane Finn English, Geog. N'work, Human Biology
    Sherryl Flatbush English, History, Maths.
    Caroline Fox Maths, French.
     Julia Gardener English, Maths.
    Linda Gilbert French.
    Margaret Gordon English, Maths, Home Econ. Nwork.
    Lynne Graham Maths.
    Peggy Gray Maths.
    Wendy Hankin Home Econ., History, Maths, N'work.
    Julia Hann Maths, French.
    Annette Harrison English, History, Human Biology.
    Georgina Jeffries Home Econ. English, History, Maths, Human Biology.
    Dianne Lawrence Maths, French.
    Christine Lloyd

    Home Econ. English, History,  Human Biology.

    Linda Longmire


    Valerie Martin 

    Home. Econ. History, Maths.
    Katherine McConnell Maths, French.
    Gail Miles History
     Laura Miles Home Econ. English, History, Human Biology.
    Sharon Miller Home Econ., Maths.
    Lynda Paul Home Econ. English, Geog. Maths, N'work.
    Christine Pellow

    Maths, N'work, German, French.

    Christine Raine History.
    Adria Rosser Maths.
    Roberta Shouls History, Maths.
    Lynn Smith English, Geog., Commerce.
    Christine Spencer English, N'work.
     Jean Stewart Maths.
    Christine Sykes N'work, French.
    Jill Thackeray English, History, Maths, N'work, Commerce.
    Anne Ward Needlework.
    Susan Whittle English, Maths, Human Biology.
    Christine Wilkinson  Maths, French.
     Esther Wilkinson Maths.
    Kathleen Young Maths, N'work, Physics.

    CSE Results 1969 (Boys)

    Thomas Backhouse   Geography, Physics
    Richard Ball Maths, Spanish.
    Michael  Barker Metalwork.
    Philip Bird

    English, Geog., Maths, Tech., Drawing, Metalwork.

    Andrew Burgess

    English, Geog., Woodwork, Metalwork, Tech. Drawing.

    Martin Donnelly Maths, Tech. Drawing, Metalwork.
    Robert Dulson

    English, Maths, Metalwork, French, Physics.

    Malcolm Fox    Geography.
    Philip Garside  Technical Drawing.
    Anthony Gilbert

    English, Maths, Tech. Drawing, Metalwork.

    Walter  Harrison

     Commerce, Physics.
    Stephen Holdsworth English, Geography, Metalwork.
     Richard   Hoskins Geography, Metalwork, Tech. Drawing
     Philip Hynes Maths.
     Richard Moakes  Woodwork, French.
     David   Morgan Geography, Maths
    Richard Munday

    English, History, Maths, Tech. drawing, Metalwork, Physics.

    Kevin O'Brien

    Woodwork, Tech. Drawing, Metalwork, Physics.

    Nicholas  Pace Maths.
    Christopher Parry French.
    Douglas Pringle Tech. Drawing, French.
    Simon Richardson

    Woodwork, Maths, French, Tech. Drawing, Commerce.

    John Roddy   History, Maths, Physics
    John Stackpoole Maths, Tech. Drawing, Physics, Metalwork, Commerce
     Danny Rowan Maths, Spanish, Commerce.
    Donald Rowan Maths, Spanish, Commerce.
    William Stewart English, Tech. Drawing, Physics.
    Joseph Vincenti Maths, French, Physics.
    Christopher Wisbey Maths.
    Philip Woodcock History, Maths, Metalwork.
    Adrian Worley  Maths, Metalwork.
    Edwin Thompson Woodwork.

     O Level Results Autumn 1969

    T. Agius Ferrante


    Michael Barker Eng. Lit.
    Christopher Brown Eng. Lang.
    M. Cassar-Torregiani Eng. Lang.
     Stephen Croome Eng. Lang.
    Martin Bonnelly Eng. Lit, Eng. Lang., Chemistry.
    David Klelcher Maths, Physics.
    Anthony Gilbert Metalwork. Eng. Drawing.
    Richard Hoskins Metalwork.
    Michael Jones Eng. Lit.
    Marcus Mazure Maths.
    David Metcalfe

    Eng. Lang.

    Kim Milnes Eng. Lang.
    Philip Reynolds Eng. Lang., Maths.
    Anthony Sarginson Metalwork.
    Kevin Stone Eng. Lang.
    .Joseph Vincenti Eng. Lit., Art.
    Philip Woodcock Metalwork
    Israel Kahman Mathematics.
    Rita Anger Eng. Lang.
    Elizabeth Brown Eng. Lang, Human Biology.
    Roseann Bryant History.
    Linda Buchan

    Eng. Lit., French, History.

     Caroline Carey


    Beverley Cornett Eng. Lang.
    Georgina Cutler Eng. Lang;., Maths.

    History, Biology.

    Patricia Goodwin Eng. La.ng
    Janet Griffiths Eng. Lang
    Linda Grubb Eng. Lang.
    Annette Harrison Religious Knowledge
    Elaine Hoctor Eng. Lang., Maths.
    Helen Kaye Eng. Lang.
    Dianne Lawrence Biology, Cookery.
    Linda Longmire Needlework.
    Marijke  Mazure Eng. Lang., Maths.
    Madeleine  Mackenzie Eng. Lang.
    Derri  Parkey Eng. Lang.
    Evelyn  Sargison Eng. Lang.
    Linda  Sherwood Eng. Lit.
    Roberta   Shouls Eng. Lit.
    Hazel Smith Eng. Lang., Maths.
    Jean Stewart  Eng. Lang., Eng. Lit.
    Denise  Whenman  Eng. Lang

    Old Pupils Page

    With our pupil's scattered over half the globe it is hard to know where to start this column, but now that the Tal Handaq's name is The Services Secondary Comprehensive School I shall begin by giving news of those who are in the Services.

    Rayner Brammal, after taking a degree, is now a sub-Lieutenant in the Navy — Bernard Hoctor, a Flight Lieutenant in the R.A.F. is at Horsham and he and his wife, Wendy Roden, are now the proud parents of a small girl. Also in the R.A.F. are Roger and Lindsay Wilkin and last year's Head Boy Paul Grimson has been accepted as a Cranwell Cadet.

    Jane Carver who trained as a P.E. teacher, after two year's teaching has now joined the W.R.N.S. and was accepted for a direct commission.

    A former Head Girl, Jocelyn Duke, has married a Naval Lieutenant and is now Mrs. O'Driscoll. Ann Skinner who was a contemporary of Jocelyn is a piirserette on the Union Castle Line. Stationed in Malta at the moment1 is Nuala Fleming who is married to Squadron Leader 'Clements, the R.A.F. Education Officer, so she is a fairly frequent visitor to Tal Handaq.

    Several Tal Handaq pupils have married .among them Melanie Lusty and Richard Sanders who now have a daughter, also Christopher Beavis who married Rosalind Evans — Christopher is in advertising and while here on a short visit called on me and we recalled old times. His two brothers, Richard and John have both been to Universities.

    At present at Universities are David Radford (Manchester Catherine Carberry (Kent) Aline MacDougall, Elizabeth Jameson and John Irvine (all at Edinburgh) and Bernard Hatchard (Surrey).

    We learnt last summer that Susan Talbot got a good degree (Bristol) and that Martin Fuller obtained a first in Political Sciences (Exeter) and Michael Winkworth also at Exeter got a good degree and had been offered a scholarship in the States.

    Several girls are training as nurses, among them Caroline and Elizabeth Forrester at Westminster Hospital, Angela Brinkell at Dover, Gloria Jackson at Plymouth, while Penny Tatton has just started at the London Hospital.

    Bill Duncan, after teaching two years at Wakefield Grammar School has now gone to Bermuda — Graham Roberts is teaching in Kendal Girl's Grammar School and Rosemary Dearden at a boys' school in Bedfordshire.

    A great many former Tal Handaq pupils are at Colleges of Education; Richard Hoctor at Madeley, Lynn Edmunds at Bretton Hall, Susan Curliss at Scarborough, Deid-re O'Brien at Southampton, Wendy Coupe at Homperton and Clare Garvev at Whitelands.

    Felicity Burge and Paula Goodale are botn working tor the B.B.C. Felicity is engaged to Christopher MacReady who has a job in Selfridges and Paula is married to a colleague in the B.B.C.

    Two of last year's leavers are working in banks, Christine Burridge in Scarborough and Linda Perry in Portsmouth. Jane Savage is in local government in Cardiff. Rosemary Andrews is now working in an hotel in Devon.

    Brendan Breslin, a most faithful correspondent, is with the Ministry-of Defence in Singapore. As is usual at Tal Handaq many ex-pupils go back to schools in England or other service postings abroad, among them are Christine Coupe, Constance Twiss. Dianne Cattle, Susan Colyer and Nell Grace in the States — they all write saying how they miss Tal Handaq.

    Among art students are Patricia Cutler, Susan Kitson and Stephen Holdsworth.

    In addition to those whose names I've mentioned there are others to whom I must apologise for not including them but space is limited, and I hope they will continue to write.

    As so many who have been at school here are scattered all over the globe I hope some will have a chance of contacting former members of staff who are now working in "outposts of civilisation" — Mr. Gallacher is at Abidjan in the French Ivory Coast — Mr. McGillivray in the Gilbert and Ellis Islands — Mr. Fuller the Persian Gulf and Mr. Morris Uganda. I hope should they meet they will spend a nostalgic hour or so talking about old times and that we who are still here will not find our ears too much on fire.


    This term we bid a reluctant but fond farewell to Mr. Ratcliffe. He arrived in 1961 and typically was well-settled within days, part of the more valuable furniture within weeks, and very shortly the institution to which successive intakes of teachers and pupils have delighted to grow accustomed.

    Since his arrival he has been Head of Classics, responsible for the teaching of Latin and on occasion Greek. The former duty he has discharged with more than ordinary competence; with the latter he was best out of school and in song. He has also helped Sixth-formers for several years in preparing for the "Use of English" examination; and if he has unbent enough to allow Greek literature in English translation, he has maintained a balance by introducing James Bond to the language of Ratcliffe and other Romans.

    A language teacher can suffer from the highly irregular conjugations to which his regular verbs are subjected, hut Mr. Ratcliffe's sense of humour has kept him enthusiastic where a lesser man might have been driven to drink. He also remains a scholar — the "Times" crossword still lies at his feet daily after a short but murderous assault.

    In his earlier days at Tal Handaq Mr. Ratcliffe took a large part in coaching the boys at cricket, and is indeed himself still no mean player, though it is difficult to persuade him to confess it. Nowadays his hands are full by virtue of his positions as Sixth-form Master and Senior Master.

    To the Staff fund of good humour and good stories; to the pupils stern but not unbending: "Ratty" will be long remembered and missed. We wish him well.


    The Queen's Official Birthday, 1970, was the occasion of more than usual celebration at Tal Handaq. Past and present pupils, staff and friends of the school, were delighted
     to see that Miss Yule's long and devoted service, had been officially recognised by the notification in the Birthday Honours List that she had been appointed a Member of
    the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.  Seldom can an honour have been more well deserved.

    Jacquee Yule came to Malta in 1937, when her mother, then a widow, decided to settle here. She taught for a short time at Chiswick House and then from 1938 to; 1949 was employed by the Malta Government, teaching English at the Lyceum. She was thus here throughout the war (a lifetime's experience in itself) and during that time guided the English studies of a very large number of Maltese. Little wonder, then, that she is so well known in the island today: in almost any group of Maltese people there is likely to be someone who has been taught English by Miss Yule.

    In 1949 she was invited by the then Headmaster, Instructor Captain Miles, to join the staff of the Royal Naval School, which was then a nail-age school and had just moved to Tal Handaq from cramped quarters at Ta" Xbiex. ; 'She joined the ranks of the indispensable, but under-rewarded, locally entered teachers, people with full British teaching qualifications and/or degrees but who are recruited-'in Malta on local rates of pay. The difference in those days-was that all the Tal Handaq civilian teachers were in this category, and Miss Yule remembers that when the first UK based teachers were appointed, with British rates of pay and full allowances, they were regarded with some initial suspicion!

    Shejoined the staff as Head of the English Department, a post which she held until 1967,, when she relinquished it to devote more time to her other duties. She became Senior Mistress in 1956 and remains so to this day. She is now suffering her seventh headmaster and all have good cause to be grateful to her. No-one could have served the school more devotedly and selflessly and her firm but kindly handling of the Headmasters' feminine problems has earned her the respect of several generations of staff and students.

    Keen-eyed readers of last year's magazine may have spotted a brief, and fortunately premature, reference to Miss Yule's retirement from Tal Handaq. We were lucky that at the last minute she accepted an invitation to stay on,, and she has now very kindly agreed to stay for yet one further year.

    We are delighted that her work has been rewarded in this way and we offer her our warm congratulations.



    Apart from tennis ,hockey and athletic they have encouraged an interest in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, sailing, squash, basket ball, trampolining and country dance — to all of which they have given much time out of school hours.

    House games have been regularly arranged for the girls and several teams have participated in matches for the school against local teams.

    Miss Head leaves to take up a post in Southampton and Miss Simpson to get married. We wish them both the success and popularity in their new "tasks" which they have enjoyed at Tal Handaq, where they will be missed by staff and students alike.


    Miss Head and Miss Simpson — who both trained at D.M. March College joined the staff of Tal Handaq in September 1968 to take over the Girl's P.E. Department, and help with the teaching of Biology and Physiology to the junior forms.

    Both keen sportswomen themselves, they have devoted much time to encouraging the girls' interest in games and P.E. and their success may be judged by the girls' enthusiasm for the wide range of pursuits which are now offered to them.


    At the end of January we said goodbye to Captain Malkin who had been Headmaster since August 1966. He remained in Malta as 'Officer in Charge of Schools' until the middle of May, but Tal Handaq virtually saw him no more.

    Captain Malkin steered the school through a very difficult time, for when he took over from Captain Broad the 'run-down' was beginning and he had none too enviable task of reducing the number of staff without jeopardising the efficiency of the school.

    He also saw the inception of the new regime when we ceased to be The Royal Naval School and came under the joint services organisation known as SERVICES CHILDREN'S EDUCATIONAL AUTHORITY (S.C.E.A.) this involved much planning and organisation as all the Service Primary Schools now come under the jurisdiction of the Officer in Charge of Schools which appointment Captain Malkin held for almost a year as well as being Headmaster. It is thanks to his adroit handling of the many problems this change involved that all the schools are now running so smoothly.

    I feel, however, that Captain Malkin's 'first love' was always Tal Handaq where he took a keen interest in the welfare of staff and pupils, there was hardly a boy or girl whom he did not know by name. During his time as there was no need to expand the school we have enjoyed many extra amenities such as new tennis courts, extensions to the Library and Laboratories, a new car-park, a printing press and a projection room now almost ready, at the same time the high standard of work and conduct was maintained.

    This short tribute would not be complete without mention of Mrs. Malkin who frequently stood in as School Sister she cheerfully coped with the crises which seemed to appear when she was on duty and endeared herself to her patients.

    Both Captain and Mrs. Malkin rarely missed a school match and I am sure Moley, their beloved King Charles Spaniel has now become a connoisseur of the finer points of Rugger, Football, Hockey and Netball.

    We all wish Captain and Mrs. Malkin every happiness in the future and I hope they will continue to keep a warm spot in their hearts for Tal Handaq.


    Mr. and Mrs. Barraclough leave Tal Handaq at the end of this term after more than eleven years in Malta. Barry has been Head of the Geography and Geology Department for ten years, and Pauline taught in the Home Economics Department for the last four years. Apart from their teaching duties, both contributed greatly to the cultural life of the school. Mr. Barraclough showed his talent as a producer in many school shows, ranging from the Gilbert and Sullivan Operas to 'The Skin o four Teeth' and 'The Beggar's Opera, while Mrs. Barraclough could be relied on to produce splendid costumes such as those worn by the Three Kings in 'Amahl and the Night Visitors'.

    The Barracloughs will be greatly missed not only in school but also in Malta; Barry played numerous parts in Services' Drama Festivals as well as producing and acting for the M.A.D.C. We wish them the best of luck in the future, Mr. Barraclough at a Tutorial Institution in Godalming and Mrs. Barraclough lecturing in Further Education in Surrey.


    In September 1961 Mr. Alexander came off the 'plane at Luqa with a large painting under one arm, and I am sure if it had been physically possible he would have had his favourite piano under the other. In his stay of nine years in the English Department — for the last three as Head — he has inspired the School Literary and Debating Society and has often employed his musical talents in School Productions. Pupils will remember him for his enthusiasm, his friendly manner, his fine critical mind and his refusal to accept anything below standard. At least one member of staff will remember him when she trie3 to do the Times Crossword on her own next term.


    Mr. Tomlinson has been at Tal Handaq for eight years, in charge of the C.S.E. and Modern section of the Mathematics Department. Previous to this tour of duty he spent four years at the school and so many, many pupils have passed through his capable hands.

    We shall miss Mr. Tomlinson in the classroom and on the sport's field for as a keen games player he readily gave a great deal of time out of school to helping, coaching, and instructing in life-saving.

    He was also the organiser and mainstay on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme taking weekly meetings, camps, hikes, annual Easter expeditions to Cyprus and Sicily which will be remembered with gratitude by innumerable pupils as highlights of their schooldays.

    Finally Mr. Tomlinson initiated Orienteering at Tal Handaq. Organised as a further house competition, this sport is now established for boys, who will accept a challenge of skill and endurance.

    We shall all miss him and the school he joins will be a fortunate one.



    Mr. Lewis joined the staff at Tal Handaq in September 1961. He served in the R.N.V.R. during the war, though he declines to specify which war! lie has taught mainly English and General Studios with the 4(h, 5th and 6th years, and has been in charge of the organisation of Visual Aids for the school.

    He was a sufficiently talented Soccer player to take part in an Amateur International Trial, and many boys, both past and present, will remember with gratitude his gifts as a Soccer coach. It is largely on account of his efforts that the school has been able to field Soccer teams which have always been of a high standard, and have often been outstanding. Many of his old pupils are now playing in 1st or 2nd Division clubs in the UK

    His interests extend to other sports, and he is well known in Malta as an enthusiast in tennis, squash, badminton, swimming, water-skiing and golf

    Tal Handaq will miss him, and he will miss the school in which as he says, he has spent the most enjoyable years of his teaching career. Naturally, he has many memories of his nine years here, and when invited to select just one, he mentioned the Soccer season of 1967when Tal Handaq needed only to beat Siggiewi in order to win the League.

    A boy who was not a normal member of the team, and who was leaving school on the actual day of the Final, was brought in at the last moment, and in keeping with that happy chance which one usually associates with fiction — scored the winning goal.

    Everyone at Tal Handaq will unite in saying: "Thank you, Eric, and the very best of good fortune m the future."


    Joining the general exodus at the end of this session will be Miss Williams, who is going to pass on her many talents to one of her Majesty's Service schools in Germany. She will be missed at Tal Handaq for her cheery manner in the classroom and her ability to get the best out of even the weakest rabbit in the music room. Her repertoire was wide and her tastes catholic, extending from folk-music of her native Liverpool to the works of B....... B......... !  Her musical activities included singing and playing for Malta Choral Society on top of all her school work. The many hours of work spent in coaching people for school operas etc. were appreciated by those who benefited from them, singers and audiences alike. Her most notable achievement at Tal Handaq, however, was the discovery and tapping of a hidden stream of musical interest in the upper regions of the school, notably the sixth form,
    who are more usually known for their ability to hide their light under a bushel! They even sing nowadays! Yes, in her four years here, Miss Williams has left a memory which
    remain after the last "Hey you, shoot oop!" has faded into eternity.


    Miss Mercer joined the staff in September 1967, her teaching qualities soon became apparent and she immediately lent strength to the Modern Languages Department. She is a most effective teacher of languages and was responsible for organising and teaching the German Courses for C.S.E., 'O' level and 'A' level.

    We shall remember her for her scholarship, her concientious teaching, her cheerful personality and her 'Fly the Times cpo—Hwv last F!a slu 67890Q NEAITXN Navy' exhortations. (sic).  Not only pupils will miss her help and guidance, the congregation at St. Andrews Church will miss her organ playing on Sunday morning, and who will help with the Times Crossword at lunch times?

    MR. A. QUINN

    After graduating in Dublin, researching in London and travelling in America before arriving at Tal Handaq in September, 1967, Alan Quinn qualified from the start for the description "all about".

    During his stay he has added to his list such places as Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Cyprus and Sicily. As well as participating in a variety of games himself he has given backing ta the activities of Hawkins House and has been a regular referee of school matches. He took over as Head of the Chemistry Department at the beginning of the present school year.

    Somehow he also found time to acquire a daughter, Rachel, while in Malta, indeed starting the trend to this line of progeny in the Science Department. This event will doubtlessly add to the happy memories of his stay.

    We wish the Quinn family every good fortune in Norwich and wherever their wanderings may take them subsequently.


    I do not agree that such a splendid name as Connel should be changed for Chuck, but our General Science teacher, Mr. Charlton, since coming to Malta has been happy to respond to both appellations.

    Since joining us in September, 1967, his activities have included providing us with some very fine tennis (taking the Plate in the Marsa tournament) and joining enthusiastically in the sporting side of school activities. Many C.S.E. candidates in Chemistry and Physics have cause to be grateful for the way he has guided them to success in these examinations.

    Like the two other young members of the Science Department he has provided himself with a daughter, Helen, during the past year (the oldest member — no prizes for guessing which — did the same in Malta twenty years ago and does not feel compelled to compete on this occasion).

    The Charltons are to settle in Northumberland, the home county of Connel and his wife, where it is still possible to have a good share of freshness and greenery. We hope they will be very happy there and look back with pleasant memories on their time in Malta.


                                                                                                                                 SPORTS DAY


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