|JANUS 1952 - Editorial
IN PRESENTING YOU THIS, the first issue of our School Magazine, we hope you will enjoy its contents. The majority of articles have been written by boys and we hope the articles have been selected rightly. JANUS has an editorial board, composed of boys, who selected and helped in the writing of the articles, and we trust you will let us know if you have any criticism.
The title JANUS perhaps needs some explanation. Janus was a legendary figure endowed by the Gods with the power of seeing both the past and the future and is thus represented as having two heads. This symbol has been chosen for the school magazine since our aim is to link the past with the future, to discover what was best in the past so that we may build on that in the present and carry it on into the future.
We hope that this magazine will be a focus of all our efforts in that direction, that it will serve as a link between those who leave the school, those who remain and those who are to come, and between the school itself and the world outside.
THE PUBLICATION OF THIS MAGAZINE marks another stage in the development of this School. Last September the change from the London Nautical School to Woolverstone Hall School was made physically. From that moment onwards the school started to develop and its growth will always be continuous for good or bad so long as it is in existence.
What is Woolverstone Hall to mean to us? We have a lovely park to live in and our main school building at least is something of which we can be very proud. Our classrooms are well equipped and this applies particularly to our practical rooms. But a school depends on something far more valuable for its life than buildings, surroundings and equipment, important though these things are. A school is concerned primarily with people. It is in fact the sum total of their personalities and because, in a boarding school, the school is our whole life, this applies very particularly to us. Woolverstone Hall School therefore is going to succeed only so far as the people who make up its numbers fit together into a team, and this applies to all from myself down to the youngest boy. We have all joined together in the creation of something and we have a privilege and an opportunity that is granted to very few people to create a new school, to create a living organization and to see that our creation is good.
We have to lay the foundations of our school. They are the most important part of any buildings. If they are bad the whole thing will collapse. It is up to us to lay these foundations well. We must do it so that those who follow after us will think we have done well. We want them to he able to say that, so well did we found the school, their job of adding the main structure and perhaps putting on the ornamentation was easy. The life of the school will constantly develop. New things will start up and flourish, new ideas will be introduced. We can ensure this future growth by seeing to it that everything we do now is done as well as we know how.
The school has, I think, made a good start. Work is going ahead on the whole quite steadily. At games we have already achieved a local reputation that augurs well for the future. In our clubs and societies a good deal of real progress is apparent. Already our life is varied and interesting. We can look back on our first two terms on the whole with pride. We must, however, resist the temptation to look back too much. Compared with what we hope to do, a very small beginning only has been made. A tremendous amount remains to be done before we can pretend that we are at all satisfied with our progress. The publication of this magazine marks another step forward. It is the mirror of the life of the school, and will reflect our progress through its publication every Easter and Summer.
We have taken as our school motto "Nisi Dominus Vanum". Let this be an inspiration to us all in our work for the School. Too few people today put any faith in anything, too few people are willing to acknowledge the place of religion in their lives. Without our faith and trust in God, without His help, all our work here will indeed be in vain.
Round and About
AFLOAT ON THE ORWELL
Ships all over the world strive to keep the nation going; all in Britain's greatest enterprise, all have to fight the high seas, all under the Red Duster. The biggest ship that has come up the Orwell was roughly 5,000 tons and she was probably a collier. The biggest of these ships are colliers belonging to B.E.A. (British Electricity Authority). There are smaller colliers which can go right up into a lock where the coal is delivered to merchants who sell it in Ipswich. Also among the bigger boats of the river come a few tramp and timber ships. Most of the tramps carry grain or chemicals to be made into fertilizer for use around Ipswich. There are small French tramps which do quite a smart trade. Thames barges are a very great help to Ipswich's industry. One of the biggest companies in this trade is Pauls, all of whose barges carry either grain or timber.
Racing yachts are quite familiar in this stretch of river. Most of the yachts are carefully put away and repainted and then they come down to moor off Woolverstone Pier or in Pinmill Bay, until it is time for the Harwich to the Hook race. Most of the racing done in these waters is by the smaller fourteen and fifteen-footers, such as Fireflies, Merlins, Nationals, Cadets and Swordfish. On nearly every Sunday they race off heats until the summer when the champions meet at the Harwich Regatta, where there are prizes and trophies for the winners.
There are also a number of cabin yachts on the Estuary, used mostly for summer holidays.
M. A. GORDON SMITH
MR GALL'S FARM: Wall Farm is situated in a little village near Holbrook and is two miles from the school. The farm has had some new buildings put up and has one of the best cowsheds in. England. Mr Gall directs six hundred acres of land. His farm contains pigs, cattle, and chickens, and he also grows turnips. The other farms which he directs grow vegetables and wheat and other products of this country. (Mr Gall supplies the Royal Hospital School at Holbrook.)
He has his own combined harvester, which cost him £700. He has only one horse on his farm but there is no need for him to have many as he can borrow from the other farms. He has bought a new bull. The pigs are kept very clean: I was told by the man who looks after and feeds them, that they are washed and cleaned every morning.
I went there on 23 March. There, a friend and I dug up five piles of turnips for the Royal Hospital School at Holbrook. Afterwards we helped to feed the pigs, then we helped to drive the cows in to be milked. We did not do much but we enjoyed ourselves very much.
THE LORD MAYOR OF LONDON: On 9 November the pavements of Fleet Street are crowded with people waiting for something-the Lord Mayor's Show. The elected Lord Mayor, king of, the city of London, is parading before his subjects on the first day of his reign. The Lord Mayor is leader of an almost independent state with its own democratic government, police force, magistrates and law court.
Inside the city boundaries the Lord Mayor precedes all members of the Royal Family except the Queen. He has several honours; he is a Privy Councillor and he has a seat in the Peers' Gallery at the State Opening of Parliament. In fact he is a very important person, and so he has a representative called the City Remembrancer in the Commons to watch for any legislation of the City's privileges. The Lord Mayor dates back a long time but he used to be called the Mayor. The Lord Mayor has always been strong in the governing of England and partly because of this Charles I lost his head.
Six weeks after the Lord Mayor is elected, on 8 November, the retiring Lord Mayor entertains the members of the new Lord Mayor's livery company as well as his own at a luncheon party at the Mansion House. Afterwards they proceed to the Guildhall. The two Lord Mayors sit side by side on thrones, and the Town Clerk administers the oath to the new Lord Mayor. Then the Lord Mayors change seats and the Lord Mayor's regalia is placed on a table before him. After these proceedings the new Lord Mayor drives to his new home in his state carriage.
The Mansion House is the official home of the Lord Mayor of London. It is a remarkable building because it combines under one roof a Court of Justice, a prison and a private home. The Mansion House was built on the site of the Old Stocks Market in 1739, over five centuries after the first Lord Mayor had been elected.
In 1752 after some £75,000 had been spent, it was ready to live in. It has a lot of labour-saving devices and many relics of olden times. In the Menservants' Hall the rules of polite society had to be strictly observed. Over the fire-place is this notice:
The wooden horse was a thin wooden pole on which the offender was seated and carried high into the air until he fell off. In all, the Mansion House is a very valuable house.
The Lord Mayor's Banquet is a very big show with all the important guests there. But there is not so much abundance of food as in former times. In olden days they were very lavish. For instance in 1756 the very many lesser items included partridges, quail, chickens, woodcock, snipe, leverets, crayfish, brawn, turtle, sweet-breads, veal, ham, two haunches of venison, a turkey roasted, and creamed pippin tarts.
Most onlookers remarked at those times that the tables groaned beneath the weight of the food. One of the choice dishes was very lavish; it ran, 'Take hare, pheasant, chicken, partridge, pigeons, rabbits and put in a pastry; cover this with a mixture of broth, kidneys, eggs, mushrooms, and spices and then close the pie up, bake it, and decorate the pastry cover with quill feathers'. A rather funny incident used to happen in Shakespeare's time when a bowl of custard was wheeled into the Hall and the Lord Mayor's Fool jumped fully clothed into it. Even after all this feasting one Lord Mayor was heard to say: 'Oh, for a dish of Irish stew and a mug of good ale'.
R. M. J. CROUCHER
Written on paper of every hue,
Library Prefect: F. W. LYONS
J. TITE & D. C. HARRINGTON
Assistants: N B. LANGER, F. RAVENSCROFT
It was evident from the start that the library was going to play an important part in the life of the school; its position in the centre of the Hall is a recognition of this fact; and from the first it has been widely, if not always wisely, used.
The old stock of books, largely fiction, was found to be not altogether suitable, on account either of their condition or their contents, and many were rejected. There was, however, a collection of some three or four hundred new books waiting to be put into the shelves, and a second grant has enabled us to buy an equal number of further new books, which are now in process of being catalogued and added to the library.
By the end of the school year the librarians should have completed this cataloguing of our twelve hundred volumes, and various indexes will then enable boys to find the books they want quite simply, as well as giving them an introduction to the system in use in most public libraries in the country.
We now have at least a nucleus of books on most subjects a boy is likely to be interested in, either purely for pleasure or for studying more closely what he has begun to learn in class. A library contains great wealth waiting to be discovered.
While we are proud of the match records of our three school teams, the school as a whole is to be commended on the way in which it has entered into the spirit of rugby football. The game demands skill, stamina, determination and courage, and it has been gratifying to see these qualities displayed in form, house and school matches. In the sphere of rugby football, we have already made our mark locally, and it is up to each boy in the school to help to lay the foundation of a rugby-playing tradition of which future pupils will be proud.
COLTS XV: It has been difficult to obtain Fixtures for the Colts, but in the matches which they have played, they have acquitted themselves very well, with the exception of the Holbrook match when the team played well below its form. The forwards have played well together in the main, though they sometimes lack the 'fire' that is necessary in a really good pack. Fitzhardy and Mogford have developed into good line-out forwards, while Lewis has shown good form as a 'winging forward'. At half back, Benavente and Robjohns have arrived at a good understanding and their hard work has paved the way to many good 'threequarter' movements.
UNDER 13 XV: This team has enjoyed an extremely successful first season. They have always played together as a team and it is this team spirit and their eagerness to learn the finer points of the games that have paved the way to the good standard of rugby which they are now playing.
The matches with R.G.S. Colchester, Woodbridge School, Ipswich School and Northgate G.S. brought out the best in the team and these matches stand out as the highlights of the season.
UNDER 12 XV: It has been found difficult to arrange fixtures for this age group. The team found little worthwhile opposition in the three matches played; consequently they have yet to be stretched to their full capacity. All the same, they are already playing a good standard of rugby which is a result of willingness to learn and plenty of courage and team spirit. They show extremely good promise for the future.
F. J. M.
BASKETBALL NOTES: The basketball team have during the Easter term played a series of matches against Divisional teams from H.M.S. Ganges. Our own court which was fitted up at the beginning of the term has enabled us to have matches at home, and has given the team better opportunities for practice. This has had its effect on the results, the team having won 12 out of 18 games.
We were sorry to lose Boulding in the early part of the term when he joined the Merchant Navy but wish him every success. His place as Captain has been taken by Brown.
SAILING CLUB: This term has seen the arrival of our first 'Cadet', a small racing dinghy, and we hope the first of a class of seven. We have decided to name these boats after the seven dwarfs and the first one we have called 'Grumpy'. Mrs Smitherman was kind enough to perform the naming ceremony and Grumpy's health was drunk in lemonade from the tuck-shop.
Most of the work this term has been on boat maintenance, which is not as far advanced as we should like, owing chiefly to the fact that Friday afternoon seems to be our time for bad weather.
The boat shed has now been fitted with electric light, and work has started on laying a concrete floor; when this is completed work on the boats should be a lot easier.
We have borrowed two 'Cadets' from the Royal Harwich Yacht Club and are keeping them in racing trim in exchange for their use. 'Tiny' is now back in the water looking very smart and 'Tat' is almost completed.
We hope to have a series of races during the summer term and have already accepted challenges from Quintin School, Bedford School and the Cadet Section of the Yacht Club. Dates for these events have not yet been arranged.
Murphy and Wood have been elected life members of the 'Tadpole Club'. Membership is restricted to persons who have capsized a Cadet without doing any damage or losing any gear. Murphy is the Chief Tadpole for this term, Wood only qualifying for Tadpole 3rd class having lost his gym shoes during the initiation ceremony.
MODELLING CLUB: Modelling is one of the many clubs which our school runs. On Tuesdays the Seniors use the club and the Juniors on Wednesdays. The Club room consists of two huts and the school woodwork shop as the headquarters. One of the huts which has three rooms is the storage hut, the other has just one big room which has tables all round the walls; this is where the models are made.
In the club we make model aircraft, cars, gliders, hydroplanes, and diesel aircraft. Most of the club consists of Juniors who usually make gliders and a few small jetex planes. The few seniors there are make cars which are run by a jetex, diesel-engined planes, hydroplanes and rubber-powered models.
Some people like making chuck gliders and the only reason they do not make them is because people laugh and say 'That's kids work'. I personally think that you can get a lot of good fun out of them especially as they do not break so easily. P. J. M.
MODEL RAILWAY CLUB: When we came to the model railway hut at the beginning of the school year we felt a complete lack of air; we saw nothing but cobwebs, dust and dirt.
The seniors of the school soon started and work proceeded with the tables. This was soon finished and the track-laying began. In the senior room progress has been and is being made. At the time of writing the great terminus station is more than half finished. The main track is laid and a lot of models have been finished, including a good Post Office by Paradine and a row of shops by R. L. Reed.
In the junior room the track has been laid and they mostly amuse themselves making the train run round and round! Some good card models have, however, been made.
I would like to thank our Headmaster for having so much patience with us when we have broken things and I hope that the club will continue to make good progress.
D. R. B.
ART CLUB: Since the Art Club started, quite a few boys have been going there on club nights. There in the art room one would find Mr Woolford keenly watching his members in case they should need his help.
Corbett, who is an interested member, is making a model theatre which has electrical fittings. A project which Mr Woolford has started is a long picture of the river with small pictures representing places on the river. When finished this will go on the wall in Johnston's Common Room, which 1 am sure will make the room more attractive. An aspect of which the Juniors are fond is the Mecano sets, affording great enjoyment to anyone who likes to try his skill as an engineer in miniature.
Next term, when the good weather will arrive, most probably our members will go out of bounds with Mr Woolford to sketch country scenes. Altogether there is a large scope of models and scenes for the budding artist.
I am sure that with the help of Mr Woolford and the boys in the club, we can endeavour to make a fair contribution to the exhibition next term.
PHOTOGRAPHIC CLUB: We were extremely fortunate in having a properly equipped dark- room, including an enlarger, at our disposal, when the club started last year. Consequently, we soon settled down and with the help of Mr Mudd, the club produced quite a few group photographs of rugby teams and dormitories. We were also given two plate cameras, one given by the Headmaster, the other by Mr Brown.
In spite of the weather much progress has been made in outdoor photography, including the making of a pinhole camera. We have recently bought some indoor lighting equipment, which will enable us to take indoor photographs at night. We have, of course, plenty of scope for outdoor photography in the surrounding countryside.
We are all looking forward eagerly to the summer months when things will be so much easier and the weather so much brighter. We hope to photograph most of the school activities in the near future, including the model railway and model-making clubs.
The real test of the club's progress will be the photographic exhibition, which will be held near the end of the summer term.
DRAMATIC CLUB: The Dramatic Club was formed last term by Mr Bell. At first boys from all forms were allowed tojoin, but as this made the numbers too large for everyone to be kept busy, this term membership was restricted to boys in the second year.
There is as yet no theatre and no stage so that any production has to be done out of doors. This term's group began rehearsing Housman's 'Brother Wolf', at first simply for practice and experience but later on with the aim of performing it before an audience. This meant many more rehearsals than the one a week allowed for in the activities programme, and although every member of the cast agreed to this, attendance at rehearsals was very poor, and the idea of a performance was dropped.
Next term the Club will present a shortened version of 'The Tempest' on Speech Day. The cast will include Seniors and Juniors.
STAMP CLUB: During the two terms of its existence the Stamp Club has maintained a steady membership of a score of boys, among them a hard core of enthusiasts. Our time has been mainly spent in familiarizing ourselves with the use of catalogues, learning currencies and identification signs, as well as exchanging duplicates and putting on the inevitable philatelic 'quiz'. It is encouraging to note that a number of boys, undeterred by lack of an album, have built up their own loose-leaf collections.
Next winter it is hoped to arrange a more formal programme, with film strips, occasional visits from local philatelists, auctions, and club approval sheets. In this connection the help of a few seniors - at present our membership is drawn entirely from the junior ranks of the school - would be much appreciated.
SURVEYING CLUB: The first term of the Surveying Club has been very interesting for the surveyors. We have been measuring, making plans and learning to draw maps accurately to scale. This term the only actual measuring was of the rugby pitches and places like that, the hardest was plotting out the market garden, putting in paths and plots. Next term, or soon, we hope to start measuring heights, and when we really know all the 'tricks of the trade' so to speak, we hope to make a model of the School.
As we are the only surveyors in the school, we are very proud of ourselves, although we are all Juniors.
V. J. G.
DANCING CLUB: A dancing club was suggested a long time ago, but no one seemed willing to take it on until Mr Hanson stepped forward, and then dancing at once became a popular pastime.
As there is a shortage of people to teach dancing and as the games room, which we use, is not very large, membership has been limited to prefects and house monitors. The ladies on the staff are for the moment teaching us to dance.
TABLE TENNIS CLUB: When the Table Tennis Club first started off it had about six table tennis bats. Mr Corner then started a ladder; that is, a list of all the members of the club and every member had to play the one above or below him, the winner taking the place of the person he beat.
After everyone has had a game, doubles are started. Every week half the club has the choice of whom he is going to play, the one above or below. Sometimes at the end of term there is a free choice.
G. R. D.
At the beginning of the Michaelmas Term there were forty boys in the House, but since then Tracey, Morton and Wheeler have left us; and at the end of this term, Hines and Morrison will be entering the Royal Navy as artificer apprentices, while Roderick will take up employment until he enters the Navy next year.
D. R. Brown has been Head of the House since September, and since January, Head of the School; Paradine has been one of the School Prefects since September. They, together with the House
In games the House has not had a remarkable record, except in basketball in which game we have supplied many of the members of the school team. In the inter-House Junior Rugby we have not been able to win a game in spite of the clear superiority of our forwards. On one occasion the House felt strong enough to challenge the other three Houses to a rugger match but was defeated by a few points.
The House Common Room was repainted by several members of the House, and this we hope is just the beginning of other co-operative efforts which should help to weld the House together into a strong community.
CORNER'S: Housemaster: MR S. R. CORNER - Assistant Housemaster: MR J. SHUTTLEWORTH - Matron: MRS MATTHEWS
From being merely a group of boys and two masters in September last year there has now grown a real corporate establishment of people living, working and playing together. Lacking only the building, we are now a 'House' in the true sense of the word. There is already a fine spirit existing - the support given to the House rugger team is an example of the way it shows itself on occasions.
We number some thirty-five boys - all keen to do their bit to make their house the best in any activity undertaken in the School. A room in the main hall is set aside as our Common Room - newly
At school games some really keen House competition is seen. After a most exciting competition the House team won the final match by such an astounding score as to over-awe the opposition completely. We are to be worthy holders of the first cup offered for competition.
In the Junior Cross-country Championships we provided the winner in B. Workman. His team was some way behind, however, and finished third on aggregate total.
We have every reason to be proud of our winter games achievements. A pleasing venture this term has been the two issues of Corner's Circular. An original cover design marks a magazine produced entirely by boys without any help or censorship from the staff. The editors - J. Tite and B. Workman - are both to be congratulated on compiling an excellent little magazine, setting down the activities and hobbies of the House in the schoolboys’ own attractive racy style.
Dare one speak of the future? It is probably out of place to do so - but perhaps 1 can voice my own biggest wish for Corner's House - to see us all really living together in a boarding house in the traditional public school way. We have the boys and masters, we have the corporate spirit, let us hope for the buildings and then we shall show the world the real boarding school life.
HANSONS: Housemaster: MR P. HANSON - Assistant Housemaster: MR I. G. EVANS - Matron: MISS WILLIAMS
Looking back over the term, the House should all experience a sense of achievement. For despite the exceptionally variable weather, a full and useful term is almost concluded. Biting cold winds, hard frost, considerable rain, then snow followed by thaw and slush, have curtailed the usual outdoor activities. But there have been definite compensations. Who will ever forget the glorious walk in the silver moonlight that long evening the School was without electricity and the grand walk to Butterman's Bay amid white snow and warm sunshine, and the snowfights on Berner's and Orwell Side, when the novelty of the first snow was new to us? Much could be said with regard to the spirit of friendliness and good companionship that is beginning to manifest itself in the House.
All members of the House have heard with great pleasure of the achievement of A. Lewis in passing the educational examination for Shipping Company before the result came through.
The House Junior Rugby XY has done exceptionally well this term. However, they must improve on the standard of their last two matches if they are to maintain their unbeaten record in their next and last match of the term. The House has been represented in the School Colts XV by A. Lewis (captain), J. Mogford, Cahill, Gillard and Vige, and in the School Junior XV's by Lamb (captain), Betts, Byrde, Davies, Dawson, George, Lewis R., MacMaster, Moughton, Ring, Ronan, Smith, Sullivan and Wilson.
HALLS: Housemaster: MR W. D. HALLS - Assistant Housemaster: MR R. T. COBB - Matron: MISS WILLIAMS
With a strength of thirty-seven, mainly juniors, the House has settled down now to a routine of hard play and (fairly) hard work. In the first term of our existence we were lucky to have, in succession, R. Boulding and R. White as House Captains. Both had also the honour of being the first Head Boys of the new School. We understand that White is now undergoing the rigours of naval training, whilst Boulding, as a Merchant Navy apprentice, is braving the spring gales of the North Atlantic after shore leave in New Orleans. To them, as to Ryan and Molloy, who left this Easter, we wish every success in their chosen careers.
In sport as yet we have achieved only fair success. The end of the season found us lying third in the House Junior League. But there are two encouraging signs: firstly, the steady growth of a team spirit, and secondly, the good proportion of boys who have been selected for various school teams. In House journalism we were first in the field, but high publishing costs rule out more than occasional efforts in this direction.
Plans for improving our Common Room and dormitories have not yet got beyond the discussion stage, but this is a project that must be carried out before winter - now far off - fully descends upon us again. More pictures, table lamps, cushions, rugs - perhaps those stalwarts who made one for the school will again oblige - and subscriptions to various magazines are among improvements suggested. This is also the place to express the House's thanks to those parents who have helped us, the one with a gift of money to buy games and Christmas decorations, the other with the gift of a set of coloured lights.