It is in response to the general wish for a means of expression that this, the School Magazine, appears. We hope it will be a real school magazine - the vehicle by which the school can utter its ideals, flaunt its grievances (not too many of these, please), recount its achievements, and express its opinions. If the Magazine is to be a success it needs the loyal support of the whole school, and this means more than wresting sixpence from your parents to buy it. It means reading it, and writing for it. And here we must thank all contributors to this number, whether their work is printed or not. We hope those whom lack of space has kept out this time will send in early next term. We shall always welcome letters on any subjects of school interest.
Our first achievement is the choice and publication of the school motto. We hope the choice will be appreciated, and the motto adopted - even if it does inspire some misguided people to verse.
The Pocket Money Fund is still going strong, but the amounts given in vary very much in the different forms. Some give very well and regularly, but what are we to think of a form numbering thirty-five which can only collect one and sixpence in a fortnight? Come along, Form ----- ! A halfpenny each every week would be nearly six shillings every fortnight from your form.
We are afraid this number of the Magazine will be a disappointment to some, in that it contains no illustrations. Some have expressed their desire to see " a beautiful picture of the school " on the cover, while where " beautiful pictures" were impossible, photos of the Olympians, staff and prefects, should adorn the pages. Perhaps our next number may be able to realise, to some extent at least, this dream.
The Annual Prize - Giving
At a quiet and informal gathering, on Monday, December 20th, 1915, the Annual Prize-giving took place. The Governors felt that in the present crisis anything approaching a festival would be unsuitable, but we took upon ourselves to decorate the school with best frocks and smiling faces. There were present: Mr. G. D. Killey, J.P. (Chairman of the Governors and of the Urban District Council), and Mrs. Killey. Councillor Woodward, Messrs. Thompson and Bateson, Mrs. Rowlands, Mrs. Thomas, and Lieutenant Mack (of the School Cadet Corps).
Mr. Killey, in his opening address, expressed his gratification at seeing the large school hall full; at the first prize-giving the room looked very different. Mr. Killey then proceeded to give a few words of advice to the scholars, words which he said could be easily remembered by the letters D, E, F and G, standing for the virtues of Discipline, Endurance, Faithfulness and Godliness. Mr. Killey closed his remarks by urging the pupils to remember the school that had fostered them.
In presenting his report, the Headmaster said: In attempting to summarise the record of the school for the past year, one cannot help feeling that we, in common with every similar institution, have not escaped the effects of the terrible war in which we are now involved, having lost several masters and older boys by enlistment or by the great demand for labour; at the same time, we have gained, in that we have helped the Belief Funds, and other efforts stimulated by the war. Let us hope, at any rate, that the school has shared some of the benefits gained by the nation, by a strengthening of our corporate life, and by a quickening and fostering of that spirit of good-fellowship and self-sacrifice which, after all, is one of the main objects of our existence as an institution.
Mr. Thomas then went on to give an account of the successes (and otherwise ! ye disappointed) gained by the school during the past year; of which we have all heard and read before.
Mr. Thomas also stated how greatly both the standard of play and results of games have improved since we commenced using our new playing field, which, thanks to the efforts of the Chairman of Governing Body, has been acquired for the school.
In connection with the Relief Funds, the Pocket Money Fund commenced at the beginning of the war has been continued throughout and has yielded, together with the proceeds from the entertainment given by the school last Easter, a handsome total whilst the Girls' Sewing Party has contributed several parcels of comforts for the troops. Concluding, Mr. Thomas thanked Mrs. Killey for her continued interest in our welfare. The certificates were then presented by Mrs. Killey.
The Soldiers' Entertainment given by the Upper School
The soldiers from the local Military Hospital were entertained at the school on Thursday afternoon, December 2nd, 1915. The school was assembled in the hall when the soldiers arrived, and as they entered from the Boys' end, the visitors were accorded three hearty cheers. After the men had been shown to their places, and had been provided with matches, pipes, tobacco, cigarettes and chocolate, Savage opened the proceedings by saying he hoped our visitors would enjoy themselves, and would join in all the choruses. Thelma Mooney and Flora Stericker gave two costume dances, both of which were thoroughly appreciated. " The Dentist's Den," a musical sketch, provided much amusement, as did " A Nice Quiet Morning," the farce acted by members of the Sixth and Upper Fifth Forms.
After the entertainment was over, the visitors were shown upstairs to the dining-room, where they did full justice to the tea prepared for them. When tea was over, fruit, cakes, sandwiches, etc., were packed up in baskets, boxes, etc., and sent to the hospital for those who had been unable to come to school.
Just before leaving, the men gave three hearty cheers for the teachers and prefects, declaring they had enjoyed themselves enormously.
The Junior School Concert
This important event took place after the first term's examinations. When the news was told us in our respective forms, the Form Mistresses at once proceeded to train boys and girls for the concert. The date was fixed for the 14th of December.
Accordingly, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, the 14th, the performers, followed by the audience of the evening, began to arrive. The concert was "chaired" by a boy in Form I named Corfe, the various items being interspersed with games and dances. The first item on the programme was entitled "Robin Hood and Little John" and this, acted by Form I, proved a great success. Then came scenes from "Katawampus" where Livock as "Krab" attended by the Brownies, proved no small attraction. Scenes from "Hiawatha" followed, and everyone enjoyed the picturesque Indian tableau. Then came " Alice in Wonderland" when the ''mock-turtle's'' tears roused bewilderment in Alice and amusement in the audience. "The Wax-works" was a real success: when wound up from behind, the figures talked and acted - especially Charlie Chaplin. This item was conducted by Miss Howells in true Cockney style, and was thoroughly appreciated by everyone. Christmas Carols, sung by a band of boys and girls, effectively disguised in overcoats and sou'-westers, brought the programme to a close, and all returned home in high spirits after an evening's full enjoyment.
A Night with Zeppelins
I was spending my holidays in London last September. On the seventh day, an anti-aircraft gun was heard in the distance; it did not awaken me, but mother told me next morning that the Zeppelins had been very near us. The next night my sister and I were awakened out of our sleep, and carried downstairs in blankets, because a Zeppelin was over our house. The noise from our guns was awful, and we felt helpless and terrified as the Zeppelins appeared overhead. Sometimes higher, sometimes lower, they looked like silver cigars, shining bright with their own lights, and gleaming as the searchlight fell upon them. The policeman came round, calling "Lights out" but the Zepps. had disappeared before the houses and trams were in darkness. Three times the Zepps. went around Piccadilly Circus before they were lost to view. Fortunately, they did not drop any bombs near us, but they did a great deal of damage in the city. Next morning I went to Wood Street, and saw a large warehouse on fire, where a bomb had been dropped. A hundred yards from this spot is St. Paul's Cathedral, which fortunately escaped.
I heard that hundreds of people took refuge in the tube railways underground.
H. WHITTY (Form I).
Martin Owen supplied the picture below, he is to be found second in from the right on the back row, you may also recognise to his left a past President, Eddy Jones. Also featured on the left of the picture, yes, Dave Johnston. Taken about 1969 - 70.