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
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
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.
DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD
LITERARY AND DEBATING SOCIETY 9
HOUSE REPORTS CONTINUED
EXAMINATION RESULTS 1969 45
OLD PUPILS PAGE
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
MARK and JOCK
Interview with the Headmaster
"DO YOU LIKE MALTA?"
"Yes, I do. Mainly because of the
climate, and also
because in a small community one gets opportunities one
wouldn't get at home." '''
'"WHY DID YOU BECOME A
"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
"WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO
JOIN THE NAVY?
"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."
"WHAT WAS YOUR MOST
"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."
"WHY DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR
"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."
"WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE
"I haven't much time but I have a keen
interest in music, particularly in recorder playing."
"DO YOU FIND THAT THE
SCHOOL IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM WHEN YOU WERE LAST HERE?"
"Not very different, although there have
been some improvements in the facilities. All changes that I have
noticed have been for the better."
"HOW SIR DO YOU FEEL
ABOUT THE G.C.E. EXAMINATION SYSTEM?"
"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
"WHAT DO YOU THINK OF
THE YOUNGER GENERATION IN COMPARISON WITH YOUR YOUTH?"
"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."
"CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STORK
"I could in the war but not since."
"WHAT ARE YOUR SPORTING INTERESTS?"
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
We must thank Jane
Moyle 6th, for her commentary on the fashion show, which gave it a
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
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.
Caroline Gary (Porridge)
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
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,
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.
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?)
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
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
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.
Although not so keen on the energetic sports, have by no means let their
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Results of the Inter-House Swimming Gala
HELD AT ROBB LIDO, ST. GEORGE'S BAY ON
JULY 14TH, 1969
1st P. SMITH. S.V L.DUNBAR. H.
2nd N. BARRACLOUGH. D. J.
L. DUNBAR. H. C. WILKINSON. D.
S. SHAW. S.V. S. SHAW. S.V.
C. BARRAGLOUGH. D. E. SOAR. H.
P. DUNBAR. D. C. SPARKS. H.
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.
A. HOLLOWAY. N.
UNDER 14 RELAY OVER 14 RELAY
ST. VINCENT NELSON
UNDER 14 DIVING OVER 14 DIVING
C. BARRACLOUGH. D. D. DICKSON.
L. CHURCH. N. M. JONES. S.V.
S. SHAW. S.V.
D. CATTLE. S.V.
1st HENSHALL. S.V. PARKIE. D.
2nd PARKEY. D. MOORE. D.
3rd MOORE. D. HENSHALL. S.V.
121/2 14 BREASTSTROKE
14 151/2 BREASTSTROKE
ATKINSON. H. MORRIS. H.
OVER 151/2 BREASTSTROKE
BEACOM. H. THOMPSON. H.
UNDER 14 RELAY OVER 14 RELAY
HAWKINS ST. VINCENT
UNDER 14 DIVING OVER 14 DIVING
DEATH OF A YOUNG MAN
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
THE WORLD OF INVISIBILITY
Clouds of purple,
Flashes of white,
But the colours,
Puffs of bluey-white, Silver,
and dashes of yellow mingled in,
and flashing tornadoes,
The thoughts, thoughts
Spin through My mind,
My mind, my mind,
Of my minds,
Come, oh yes they come,
Then slowly, oh so slowly,
Then I open, my eyes,
And nothing remember for,
JON HATCHER 12
That you were
trying to help,
that has never
What love is,
pain and fright.
broken leg and
Now his tail
But this is
He licks your
hand, trying to
To you that
he is thankful;
To know what
loving care is.
to welcome the sun.
shyly, at the splendour and warmth
In the greeting
given by the rays.
Fell from its
Making the clear,
but soft tinkling of fairy bells,
As they danced
and shimmered in the
The Rose, shy,
Stood like a ray
of sunshine stands out in a mist,
surroundings with its perpetual beauty.
How tranquil, like glass
Tiptoeing on to the golden sand.
Barely a ripple disturbs
In the early dawn.
Her mysteries and secrets
Held for decades
Are hidden below, never to be known.
Of gull, gives warning of a storm
The wind has tormented,
In a fury she whips and lashes,
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.
CHRISTINE WILKINSON L.6th A
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
I didn't have my
I hope daffodils
make a soft landing.
Adrian C. Worley. L.6th A.
Those who live by the sword, die by the
The pen is mightier than the sword.
Those who live by the pen, die of
Worley. L.6th A.
The proverbial bomb might go bang
Bear it in mind and live while you can,
The proverbial bomb did go bang
I wish there was someone left, to
The holocaust of intelligence. Did you
C. Worley. L.6th A.
OF A YOUNG MAN
Silently he slips
anybody in hid way;
At last he has
He looks around
To see if anybody
But nobody is
About a young
He discards his
overcoat, hat and shoes Jumps!
A few bubbles,
Nothing left of a
must keep going
got to win
must not come
lost the race
In his cell
Of the trendrie
Of smoke escaping
As it stretched
With the last
He would ever
Denise Whemnan 5th year
THE DEATH OF A YOUNG MAN
Shall I just go to the dust
Some people say
Then again some
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
The noise of the
The white of the
I know he is
With his bright
That guides the
birds through the terrible air,
Yes! there he is
right over there.
Rebecca Bennett 1C3
beneath the blue, blue sea
How pretty things
can really be
The fishes with
their colours bright
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
I can see the
sky, From my bedroom window,
roll by, From my bedroom window,
When the moon is
bright, From my bedroom window,
out at night.
D.Y. Clark 2nd year.
THE WILLOW TREE
A thing of beauty, A thing of beauty,
Her long branches stretch. To golden
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
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.
The cacophany of death.
There was life in the flames,
If I remained, there would be none in
But I stayed,
And my skin cracked, blistered,
A door opens slams
Mails come! What's this?
Brown, ugly, typed,
Postmark: Washington D.C.
This is to ....
March 18, 19.
United States Army.
Oh God! ...... but you're only 18
Damn V.C ..........
I must ............Goodbye.
The door slams.
No beauty left
No grass is still nor
s on its wide and
The wrecker builds in
The night more wrie
with the noise,
And down no better
As hedgerows roll and
bow and bend,
With lashing whine
No wildlife haven in
Where muddy pond has
The chaos damage and
That comes with every
Sunlight on a golden
Gentle wind, rustles
Underneath a busy
But one would never
How the field-mouse
Its nest upon a
And the tiny secrets
With the poppies,
Ants scurry to and
In a tiny world.
Oblivious of the
world we know.
Wilkinson L. 6th A.
THE DEATH OF A
He looked up at the
With staring eye
And then at the men,
His foe or friend
And thought of the
Which had brought him
And his family to the
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
But a shooting pain,
through his heart
And his blood stirred
And groping for a
hand to hold
He lay to die,
With a short, shrill,
Lesley Gordon 2cl
THE BLACK GHOST
A black figure rode over the hills of
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,
A storm is coming
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
Even now someone is
looking at us through a microscope and saying,
"Daddy ar'nt they
crawly, shall I crush them?"
Adrian C. Worley.
DEATH OF TWO YOUNG MEN
I had a friend called Albert
And another one called Jock.
Albert used to play
And Jock worked on the docks.
I always visited them,
Every single day,
I watched them work and play
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
Well there goes Albert.
And there goes Jock.
There's no more watching them
And working on the docks.
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.
beauty lies beyond
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
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
But can give forth a
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!
The eel is a slippery
In the water
swish, swish, swish,
His home is amongst
In the sea where he
All the days and all
He either sleeps,
feeds or fights,
The eel is a slippery
All the day swish,
Susan Baxter 2cl
It sways gracefully
in the breeze,
Its leaves rustling.
The different shaded
petals curl upwards,
Ever upwards; trying,
so it seems,
To reach the
The thorns on its
So brutal sometimes,
Towards the rich
On which, the rose
It stands, in all its
Bowing its head
graciously, from side to side,
As all the flowers
curtsey to it.
fire burns in the fire place
of Burning Wood
smoke comes as animals
their homes burning
My memory aids my private
with birthday, journeys and
every school day
What I did, what homework I
And everything like that
But!! My diary only lasts a
year and then it
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
Because I'd write into
It helps with my maths and
lessons like that
spelling (But not very well)
When I speak to my friends I
"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
GROWS ! !
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
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
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
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
I hope Nelson
continues its success, and would like to wish it good luck for the
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
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
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
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
E. Potts (House
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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
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.
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
7 - A - SIDE
TEAM WON 21 0 IN
FINAL OF 'PLATE' V. OVERSEAS
SQUAD '69 '70
D. NORRIS* (CAPT.) T.
FLATT* (VICE CAPT.) P. WOODCOCK*, E. POTTS, D. MORRIS*, P. WOODCOCK*. B.
THOMPSON*, J. DARROCH, I. BRIGGS, D. WINN*, P. BIRD, R. TURLEY*, M.
JONES*, C. BEACOM, P. HYNES*, M, MOFFETT*, P. MURRAY, M. BRADBERRY*. D.
GAMBLE, C. MORRIS, C. ROGERS, D. COSTER. * Scored for team this season.
NORRIS, P. HYNES.
New colours: T.
FLATT, B. THOMPSON, P. BIRD,
Half colours: M.
MOFFETT, P. MURRAY.
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.
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.
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.
A LEVEL RESULTS 1969
||Maths, Physics, Chemistry.
||English, Latin, History.
O Level Results
Summer 1969 (Girls)
Gn. History, Pottery.
Eng. Lang. Eng. Lit. Human Biology and
Eng. Lang. Eng. Lit.
Eng. Lang. Eng. Lit. History, Human
Biology & Hygeine, Cookery.
Eng. Lang. Eng. Lit. Human
Biology & Hygeine.
Biology & Hygeine, Commerce
Eng. Lit, French, Geography, Maths,
Eng. Lit. French, History, Cookery,
French, Biology, Art.
Geography, Maths, Biology.
Eng. Lit., Latin, French,
History, Maths, Biology, Art.
Eng. Lang., Human biology and Hygeine.
Eng. Lit., Religious Knowledge,
History, Maths, Biology.
Lit., Religious Knowledge.
Lit, French, History, Physics, Chemistry, Commerce.
Lang., Eng. Lit, History.
Lang., Eng. Lit, Needlework.
History, Maths, Cookery.
Eng. Lang., Eng. Lit., History, Maths,
Eng. Lit, Eng. Lang., French, German,
Maths, Biology, Art.
Lang.. German. Biology, N'work.
Con., Geog., Music.
Eng. Lit., French, German, Geog.,
Maths, Cookery, Art.
Eng;. Lit., History, Religious
Level Results Summer 1969 (Boys)
Maths, Physics, Eng., Drawing,
Eng. Lit. Gen., French, German,
Maths, Physics, History.
Physics, Metalwork, Art.
Eng. Drawing, Commerce.
Brit. Const, Art.
Lang., History, Maths.
Eng. Lit., Latin, History, Maths,
Physics and Chemistry.
Eng. Lang., Geography, Maths, Physics,
Woodwork, Eng. Drawing, Commerce.
French, History, Geography. Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Art.
History, Maths, Physics, Commerce,
History, Maths, Physics,
Commerce, Eng. Drawing.
Lang., Eng. Lit, Geography
Lit, Brit. Const, Woodwork.
Physics, Eng. Drawing.
Eng. Lit. Gen., Latin, French,
Results 1969 (Girls)
Econ., English, History, Maths, Needlework.
Geog. N'work, Human Biology
Maths, Home Econ. Nwork.
Econ., History, Maths, N'work.
History, Human Biology.
English, History, Maths, Human Biology.
Home Econ. English, History,
Econ. History, Maths.
English, History, Human Biology.
English, Geog. Maths, N'work.
N'work, German, French.
History, Maths, N'work, Commerce.
Maths, Human Biology.
CSE Results 1969 (Boys)
Maths, Tech., Drawing, Metalwork.
Woodwork, Metalwork, Tech. Drawing.
Maths, Tech. Drawing, Metalwork.
Metalwork, French, Physics.
Tech. Drawing, Metalwork.
English, Geography, Metalwork.
Metalwork, Tech. Drawing
History, Maths, Tech. drawing, Metalwork, Physics.
Drawing, Metalwork, Physics.
French, Tech. Drawing, Commerce.
Tech. Drawing, Physics, Metalwork, Commerce
Tech. Drawing, Physics.
Level Results Autumn 1969
T. Agius Ferrante
Eng. Lit, Eng. Lang.,
Eng. Lang., Maths.
Eng. Lit., Art.
Eng. Lang, Human
Eng. Lit., French, History.
Eng. Lang;., Maths.
Eng. Lang., Maths.
Eng. Lang., Maths.
Eng. Lang., Maths.
Lang., Eng. Lit.
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
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
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
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.
MR. PETER RATCLIFFE
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
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
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.
MISS YULE MBE
Official Birthday, 1970, was the occasion of more than usual celebration
at Tal Handaq. Past and present pupils, staff and friends of the school,
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!
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.
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
MISS CAROLINE HEAD AND
MISS JUDY SIMPSON
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
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
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.
CAPTAIN H.C. MALKIN
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.
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
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.
MR. BILL ALEXANDER
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
MR. ROY TOMLINSON
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
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
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. ERIC LEWIS
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
MISS MAUREEN WILLIAMS
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.......
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 JANE MERCER
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
cpoHwv 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
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.
MR. C. CHARLTON
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
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.
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