"Janus"   -   Vol. 7  N° 2   -   Autumn 1958






It has been the time-honoured custom of Editors of this magazine to apologise for the length of time that there is between the promised date of publication and the actual moment when the magazine appears. This edition is also late for publication. But I make no apology for the delay.

This magazine is unlike others in that it is written, as it were, "by the people, for the people", and as such, it cannot be published unless there is sufficient material of a sufficiently high standard as to make the publication of it worthwhile.

With a few exceptions, you, the readers, are also the writers. If a magazine of a higher literary standard is desired (and I, myself have heard that desire expressed), then it is up to you. This magazine has been criticised in many ways, especially by people higher up in the School, and I can only say that, if it is to be made acceptable to everyone, and at the correct times, then more work, more ideas, and more enthusiasm must be presented than are, at this moment, being received.




After seven years of existence, some of our plans have come to fruition. We have watched the builders since the beginning of 1956 and have watched our new boarding houses and classrooms taking shape. Now they are finished. In July, the estate was sold, and the London County Council took the opportunity of buying the freehold of our school site. Physically, therefore, the School is secure and well established. I must pay tribute to many people for this wonderful state of affairs so soon after the School was thought of: to the Council itself for its vision in the creation of this new school; to the Governors who, by their insistence, have had so much done that was essential for the School to survive and progress, to the architects, who designed it all so well within the financial limits they were given; and to the builders who have carried out the work and interfered so little with us in our daily lives. Now what of the future?

I would say that the physical conditions under which a school can be created have now been established. We can now set about creating the school we all hope Woolverstone Hall will become. Buildings do not make a school, they create the conditions under which a school can be formed. It is the people who form the school community who will make it good or bad. We have all known first-rate schools in bad buildings, and bad schools in first-rate buildings. During the past year, much that is good has happened here. Our games continue to improve - though I hope they will always be played in a spirit of adventure and cheerfulness. Our examination results continue to be good, and our various activities prosper. There are, however, still too many boys living selfish lives, and it is these boys who hold the School back. So long as there is only one boy left who is not fully sharing our corporate life, the School cannot progress as far and as fast as it should. We have reached the end of what one may call the foundation era. We now approach our formative years, and I approach them with the utmost confidence, knowing full well that there are enough first-class people in the School to make it a first-class School. I know too that the boys are very fortunate in the staff who teach and look after them. The future is indeed a rosy one if everybody will turn their opportunities to the best possible use.



Head Boy, 1957: B. Workman

Head Boy. 1958: A. Hunton. Vice-Head Boy, 1958: A. George

Prefects: G. Brown, A. Jones, R. Marriott

Blues: W. Bauer, H. Clark, M. Cracknell, A. Glass, J. Hansell. M. Jefferies, A. Johnston. R. Nawrot, I. Thorn, P. Tilley, J. Walmsley. C. Warren


Head Boy: G. Brown. Deputy Head Boy: R. Marriott

Prefects: J. Walmsley and R. Nawrot

Blues: B. Sandland, R. Rosen, R. Buckland. W. Coutts, P. Williams, and E. Coote


G.C.E. Advanced Level G.C.E. "O" Level:

A. Glass:
W. Bauer:
G. Brown:
H. Clark:
J. Clutterbuck:
M. Jefferies:
I. Thorn:
J. Walmsley:
M. Cracknell:
A. George:
J. Hansell:
A. Jones:
R. Marriott:
R. Nawrot:
P. Tilley:

Maths. Further Maths (D), Physics (D), State Scholarship
French, German, English
Maths, Further Maths, Physics
Maths, Further Maths, Physics
Maths, Further Maths, Physics
Physics, Chemistry, Biology
French, German, English (D)
Geography, Maths., Physics
Latin, Greek, History
French, English (D)
Maths, Geography
Geography, Biology
Further Maths, Physics
French, Latin
Chemistry, Biology


Abrams (3)
Baranyay (2)
Blair-Hickman (6)
Coles (5)
Driver (6)
Eichler (3)
Golebiowski (6)
Parker (6)
Poyntz (3)
Prendergast (7)
Stone (5)
Turner (5)
Walker (4)
Weiner (4)
Williams A. (6)
Wort (6)


Brett (2)
Brookes (1)
Chapple (3)
Cleary (2)
Dear (3)
Filtness (1)
Floodgate (7)
Glaysher (4)
Hassett (5)
Johnston, A. (4)
Lawrence (7)
Lewis (6)
Mason (3)
Miller (1)
Otway (5)
Perkins (5)
Pope (1)
Snell (4)
Webb (4)
Wells (4)



In a room in the palatial section of County Hall, away from the hustle and bustle of the office part of the building, on August 12th, I was introduced to an elderly unimposing gentleman of rather less than average height. This was Mr. W. H. Rhodes, C.B.E., whose immense generosity had enabled so many boys (roughly 400) to go in previous years on a tour of Canada, and I was privileged (how many times that word was used on the tour) to go with eight boys from Glasgow, Birmingham, and Bradford, and fifteen other boys from London, on the 1958 tour. I will have to confine myself to general impressions and accounts of the highlights of the tour, as to give a reasonably detailed account of the whole tour would take far too much space.

The boat journey out on R.MS. "Sylvania" was a most wonderful experience in itself and. for most of us, a week was too short a time for the journey. All day we played deck tennis, shuffle, board or table tennis, and between games just sunbathed. Every evening there was a cinema show and, in the lounge, dancing. The food was undoubtedly the best I have ever eaten, and we were able to inspect the galleys and also the engine room and bridge. In many ways one felt very much at home in Canada, and this was certainly the case when the National Anthem was played before the start of a football game which we saw at Hamilton. Canadians, in general, are much more patriotic than the English. They are not so formal, for instance, about the Royal Family as we are, but they seem to think a great deal more of them than we do. We were in the House of Commons in Ottawa when loud cheers greeted the announcement by the Prime Minister of the proposed visit of the Queen to Canada in the near future.

At the larger towns we were given civic receptions of varying kinds. In Montreal our reception was at the City Hall, and, on our preceding tour of the city we were accompanied by a motor-cycle escort who took us through red lights and stopped other traffic to enable us to be at the reception on time. Hamilton was the town with the right idea, though. They arranged for about thirty young people of our own age, from different high schools in the town, to accompany us on our tour of Hamilton and the bay, and to explain the method of play in the football game to which we went in the evening. After the game we split up into small groups and went to the homes of some of the students. In Canadian homes they go in for two things in a big way: central heating and refrigeration. Their household 'fridges are twice the size of our larger ones, and often in the basement is a cold storage box, very similar in appearance to those used in stores in this country for frozen foods.

Talking of frozen foods, we had a very interesting tour round a plant of Canada Packers, a meat packing firm. We saw most stages in the process except the actual slaughter. Everything is done with complete lack of any outward emotion on a production line basis. The butcher's shop is becoming a rare sight in Canada, and housewives usually buy their joints already cut and packed in cold storage. In Toronto we went to the top of the thirty-four storey Bank of Commerce, which is the tallest building in the Commonwealth. It was a clear day, and we were able to get a magnificent view of Toronto and the harbour. After that we went down in the lift to inspect the vaults in the first of the four basements. Our most enjoyable time in Canada was spent at Camp Wanapetei on Lake Timagimi. Here we slept in log-cabins and spent a great deal of our time canoeing in the warm waters of the lake. I also managed to do a little sailing there. At the camp we gave the second, and perhaps most successful, of our three concerts, the other two being on the boat voyages.

Exactly a month after that meeting at County Hall we arrived back at London, very tired, and with very little money, but having been through an experience which we would certainly forget in no great hurry.



ON TUESDAY, September 2nd, a party of 11 boys and Mr. Shakeshaft set off on an eight-day cycling tour of the West Country. We were going as a School party to seven Youth Hostels. We took a train to Virginia Water to start the tour and from there cycled to Winchester. This was the longest cycle ride of the tour. We arrived at Winchester quite early, so we spent the time looking around the town. At 5 o'clock the hostel opened and in we went. Having made our beds some of the party got their first taste of Youth Hostel chores, e.g., "spudbashing". The evening was pleasantly spent with a variety of amusements. The hostel was quite interesting, as it had been the City Mill, and a river flowed beneath it.

The following morning we visited Winchester Abbey, and then cycled across the Salisbury Plain to Marnhull Hostel. Having had breakfast at the hostel, our lunch was bought in a café. Normally we would have a sandwich lunch, but that day it was teeming with rain. The hostel was not much to speak about, as it was comparatively small and out of the way. But the hostel Warden did provide special School Journey Party cards for those without official Y.H.A. membership cards. On these cards, each hostel puts its stamp. It was a pity the Winchester stamp was absent.

On Thursday we went to Cheddar, via Wells. At Wells we visited the Cathedral, a much more beautiful one than that of Winchester. After a rest at Wells we went to Wookey Hole. Here, with Mr. Shakeshaft, most people went swimming in the open-air swimming pool. We then went down Wookey Hole and visited three caverns cut out by the River Ax. The Hole was quite interesting but not as good as some people had expected. In the evening, after supper at the hostel, many boys cycled to the Cheddar Gorge. After scaling the side, one had a fine view of the road below. On Friday morning we visited Gough's Cave, one of the many Cheddar Caves. Here we were shown round by an extremely pleasant guide, who pointed out the wonderful stalactite formations in the cave. One of the "highlights" was the "Swiss Village". This was some stalactites reflected in a pool of water, so forming a model Swiss village.

After Gough's Cave, we went to Burnham-on-Sea. Here the majority went swimming, after which we had our picnic lunch. We were lucky to get such a lovely sunny day for this seaside visit. Instead of going to Weston-Super-Mare, which has a shingle beach, we stayed at Burnham-on-Sea, with its sandy beach. At 4 o'clock we assembled, and rode to Hutton Youth Hostel, 24 miles away. The hostel was rather badly situated, with a narrow, rutted, stone-strewn track leading to the entrance. In the evening many boys cycled to Weston-Super-Mare. On Saturday, after a good breakfast, we cycled. to Bath. This ride, although rather hilly, seemed the easiest of the journey. On the outskirts of Bath we had our lunch. We then went into the town to look around. The modern swimming bath and the ancient Roman Baths attracted most people. We also went to the Spa and Bath, Abbey. At 4.30 p.m. we set off for the hostel. This comprised of a short ride and then a half-mile walk up a 1-in-6 hill!

When we finally arrived at the hostel, we found it a spacious, house with (in parts) tiled mosaic floors. The following morning we cycled down the hill, an easy half-mile in our journey to Ashton Keynes. But this ride was to be interrupted by two rather serious accidents. The first happened in the late morning when some maniac, I prefer to remain anonymous, skidded on some gravel at the bottom of a hill and fell off, causing bad grazes on his left elbow and leg. After obtaining medical attention in a nearby village, we carried on, only to be stopped again in the afternoon when T. OLoughlin skidded on a wet road. and fell off. This caused an oil tanker behind to swerve into the middle of the road, run over OLoughlin's front whee1 and brake sharply. This in turn caused a car behind to hit the oil-tanker, so denting its right wing. While OLoughlin and Mr. Shakeshaft were at the Police Station giving a report on what happened, Mott and Russell "repaired" the bicycle by stamping on the wheel to remove some of the buckle, and by removing the front brake-blocks to allow the wheel to rotate. When the tanker-driver, car-driver and. policeman had finished, we continued, not so merrily, on our way to Ashton Keynes.

At the hostel we amused ourselves with parlour games. Mr. Shakeshaft and S. Roney had us mystified by their "Chinese writing". The next, and last, hostel was Long Wittenham. We arrived there just before 5 o'clock, so we waited in the village. At first sight the hostel was unimpressive, as it was a lot of scattered buildings, but it showed its true colours later. In fact it was to prove the most interesting hostel of them all, for at 9.30 that evening we were ushered, into a room to, see a model railway. It was being hand-built by the Warden and some friends, and consisted of a scene from Dartmoor. A wooden viaduct was in the foreground, with some very realistic scenery behind it. A station was taking shape to the right, and to the left was a tunnel. It was a historical record of the 1920 era of British Railways. Everything was done in minute detail, such as the number of bars on guard's van windows. On a scale of 4 mm. to a foot, this is quite an achievement.

After seeing the railway we were shown part of a model village which was being hand-built by the Warden alone. The first model was one of a village inn. This was on a scale of 4 mm. to a foot also. The thatched roof on the inn was done with Japanese hair bought from a hairdresser's. Each tile, brick, flower-head and other small objects were made and put on individually with tweezers. The model lit up to show furniture and a bar inside. Next the Warden exhibited a row of cottages. These were made with the same attention to minute detail as on the railway - he discovered some tiles had been chipped by a falling brick, so he had copied it. He had noticed children's drawings on a wall and had copied them. In one house was a small portrait of King George V - the models were copied from the 1920 to 1925 cottages. The portrait was barely ‰n. x Žçn. The cardboard used is now obsolete, as it is pre-war. The Warden told us this had been his lifelong ambition and estimated it would take 25 years to complete! After the cottages were lit up the exhibition was over and we went to bed.

The following morning, Tuesday, September 2nd, we set off on the final leg of our tour. We cycled to Virginia Water, where we caught a train to Waterloo. Here we thanked Mr. Shakeshaft and went our own ways after a 300-350 mile tour.




The hands of the clock
Turn slowly round their path
Whilst the sun climbs high into the sky,
Only to sink again,
Only to rise on another day.

And so the days turn into weeks
The weeks turn into years,
But what is this,
This foolish man-made time?

The universe with infinite size,
With infinite history,
With infinite future,
Is timeless.

Yet man must break down
All his small existence
To years and months and seconds.
And portion off
Each day of his feeble
Span between birth and death.



On the morning I set off for Victoria there were four inches of snow on the ground, yet our Channel crossing from Newhaven to Dieppe was fortunately not as rough as it might have been. At Dieppe a fast express was waiting for us on the quay, and in due time we arrived at Paris. Here we met our future guide, Guillaume, a cheerful French Rugger international. We took a suburban line train for Versailles, where we were to stay, and having arrived, found a shock in store for us. We would have to walk two kilometres to our breakfast every morning! The following afternoon, on Easter Sunday, we were taken by Guillaume to see the beautiful gardens of the Versailles Chateau, and we viewed with awe the huge marble Trianons, which, we were assured the spendthrift King Louis XIV had had built merely for his afternoon tea! On Monday, when we visited the Louvre, we had a new guide, a Monsieur Florence, Guillaume having attached himself to a smiling group of Yorkshire girls. In the afternoon we had a coach trip around Paris, stopping once or twice to see such sights as the Are de Triomphe, the Place de la Concorde, and famous roads like the Champs-Elysées. Tuesday came and we were given a detailed tour, this time of the actual Chateau at Versailles, and in the afternoon we visited the Eiffel Tower. The famous military museum, the Invalides, was next on our list, and we visited it on Wednesday, admiring the old cannon which contrasted effectively with two captured German tanks. Of special interest were Napoleon's tomb, and his hat and sword which were also on view.

On Thursday, our trip on the "Bateaux-mouches" on the Seine was rather spoilt by rain, but we enjoyed an interesting walk around Montmartre, the steep-hilled home of Bohemian Parisiens and the famed Moulin Rouge. Later we visited the Ile de la Cité and admired Notre Dame, here we also saw the Conciergerie, the famous prison of aristocrats and of Marie-Antoinette, during the revolution, and the beautiful stained-glass "vitraux" of the Sainte-Chapelle. Our last day, Friday, was spent in a coach trip to the Chateau of Malmaison, the home of Napoleon and his wife Josephine. Here we saw some of the famous Gobelin Tapestries, and the one and only tribute to the British we ever found, an account of Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo. On our return run, we stopped at Saint-Valérian, a high-wooded hill overlooking an impressive view of Paris, and remembered as the site of Gestapo executions of the Maquis. During our stay we had had a thoroughly enjoyable time, coloured by the interesting, and instructive tours of the sights and always enjoyable merely for that gay, indefinable French atmosphere which we found everywhere. The weather was not quite so good, however, but that was no fault of Mr. Poole and Mr. Goetzee, to whom we are all most grateful for their organisation of the visit and to whom its success was due.

Michael WORT (VA)


 AT TWENTY-FIVE past ten on Wednesday the 3rd September, I mounted my bicycle and rode off. Fifty-three minutes later I arrived at the gates of the National Physical Laboratory. I had plenty, of time, as my appointment was for 12 o'clock. My friend and guide, Mr. Young, who works in the chemistry part of the N.P.L., arrived at five to twelve. We had lunch and started on our tour. He told me I could see whatever I liked, so I said I would like to see everything that he thought would be interesting. The first thing that struck me was the size of everything. The wind tunnels, for instance, have six tanks of compressed air, each about 30 feet long and 10 feet in diameter. To supplement this there is a vacuum chamber in the form of a globe. This makes the pressure greater. We looked at all this first, and then went to see the actual length of the wind tunnel. The tanks and vacuum chamber were near a small building, which we entered. "There it is", laughed my companion. I gasped. The actual length of the wind tunnel was under two feet! Mr. Young showed me one of the models they had tested. It was a model of a delta wing, but with no body of a 'plane attached. Next we saw the, "whirling arm" in which a model of a wing is put in place and the whirling arm started. Wires from various points on the wing indicate on dials the various strains and stresses on the wing. I was told that in reality the model wing travels at about 120 miles per hour. The whole thing was specially started for me as a visitor.

After this we went to the sound department. In this several types of walls were being experimented with. Mr. Young said, in one of them, "Now, shout!" I shouted. The room echoed hollowly for about five seconds. The next room had walls which absorbed almost all the sounds. The use of this sort of wall is as floor and ceilings of blocks of flats. Electricity was next on our tour. We saw insulators of various sorts being subjected to a current which was gradually increased. When one insulator was burnt out the current was noted. In this way the best insulator was discovered. After electricity came Micro-biology. As always new laboratories were being built, and Mr. Young took me round one of these. It was spotless, and I had pointed out to me the close- fitting doors and windows which would keep out dust, etc., in the air.

After this I was shown experiments actually under way. I was told it was a vaccination against T.B. which was slowly killing the germs. An assistant took down notes. We then walked past the sound department to the "radio-active room". It was about 15 feet high, and as we walked inside Mr. Young pointed out the fans and other equipment for cleaning the "dangerous air". To finish off the tour I was shown briefly the chemistry department. 'Here they do such things as test nylon to find out what strain it will stand. Mr. Young was doing just that, as well as other minor jobs on radio-active metals.

During the whole visit three main things stood out. The first was the size of the place. It must have been almost a mile square, and was packed with buildings of every sort and description. Second was the fact that buildings were being erected and modified all the time. The whole place was a hive buzzing with busy workmen. Last was the almost complete absence of guards. I saw three, and no secrecy was observed that I saw. I was allowed to wander in and out by myself without being stopped once. The only regret I had was that, although I saw an electronic computer, I was not told much about it. Contrary to popular belief they are not lightning fast, but take quite some time to reach their conclusions. They are, however, considerably faster than an army of trained mathematicians. This then, was the National Physical Laboratory; the place where almost everything one sees has been tested over and over again - for our personal safety.




THIS YEAR, although our achievements, have not been so spectacular as last year, our results have been good and have covered a most varied range of pursuits; everything from chess and music to rugger and athletics.

  • By an excellent junior effort, especially on the part of Russell and Mott, and with good backing up from the seniors, notable performances being made by Pinney (3rd) and Banham, we retained the Cross-Country Cup.
  • In Rugby this year we did not have such an outstanding team but, with some hard efforts from the non-regular players and under Marriott's excellent and spirited leadership, we gained a third share in the trophy with Halls' and Johnston's. Our juniors did not do so well in Rugby although many of them, including Titshall (Captain U.14's), played in School matches.
  • Our victory in athletics this year did not depend on our winning the tug-of-war, which we did for the third year in succession. Both junior and seniors did well in their events, and Marriott, Clutterbuck and Russell deserve congratulations for their individual efforts. Congratulations also go to House on his being selected to represent Suffolk in the 100 yards at the All-England championships.
  • The cricket championship this year was left undecided as we did not play Halls'. It was lucky for them, I think, as they would not have lasted long against our star-studded team (Pinney and Pope, J.) We drew both the games that we did play.
  • We came second in the House sailing competition this year thanks to my successful attempts at buoy-bumping. Williams made a very commendable effort in the last race by finishing a good half-hour ahead of the rest of the field.
  • In two minor inter-school activities the House provided prominent members; Pinney (Captain) and Stevens in the School badminton team and Aczel and Durrant in the chess team.
  • We have also been very much to the fore in the School's musical activities. During the year Nawrot arranged a number of concerts and Durrant, R. Stone and M. O'Loughlin have had considerable publicity in connection with Benjamin Britten's performance at the Aldeburgh Festival of his new opera for young people, "Noyes Fludde".
  • Our academic results this year were not outstanding and we did not have as many prize-winners as usual. However, Floodgate and J. Stone did well in their Ordinary level examinations and our Advanced level candidates were equally successful.
  • The House project this year was once more to tackle the Maze. With Marriott's help in organising work parties, the House had it in good shape in time for the Open Day and Fête at which, with our simple but effective stalls, we took a very large collection.
As usual, during the course of the year - and especially at the end - there are many people to whom we have to say goodbye. B. Workman left at Christmas and is at the moment teaching at Orwell Park before he goes to Cambridge in 1959. G. Harris also left at Christmas to go to another school and C. Warren left at Easter and will be going to King's College, Newcastle, this October. J. Pope, D. Miller, M. Cleary and M. Pinney left at the end of the Summer Term and also J. Clutterbuck who is going into the Civil Service. We, wish them all good luck in their new careers. In keeping with our well established tradition, Corner's have yet another Assistant House Master. This time we welcome Mr. Middlebrook in place of Mr. Gordon-Cummings. Unfortunately he is only with us at the House for a term. One day, perhaps we will have a permanent Assistant House Master.

 Geoff BROWN


ALL THINGS considered, it has been a good year for Halls House. Academically, results have been very gratifying, but, inevitably, House prestige is not affected by these results to any degree. By and large, the successful House is judged by its prowess on the games field. But here I can safely claim that the House has attained a higher standard, as far as rugby and cricket are concerned, than it has possessed for a considerable time.

The Rugby team shared first place in the Inter-House Competition, a result that went very much against current form at that time. The cricket competition was never completely finished, but Halls House stood to win the cup, needing only a drawn game to attain the first position. In these spheres of sporting activity, it is a pleasing feature that many of our players are young, which means that they should be able to 'represent the House again on more than one future occasion. We hope they do so with the same enthusiasm.

The Sailing Cup again fell to Hall's House, but not without a struggle. I therefore wish to congratulate the team on their achievement. Cross-country running and athletics results did not prove to be as successful as they had seemed to promise, but this will, I am sure, be improved upon during the coming seasons.

Being the end of a School year, there are, of course, many changes. All the former monitors, without exception, having left for Universities or jobs, the House is now under entirely new management. This new management wishes to record its thanks and appreciation to Anthony Jones and Co. for blazing such a clear-cut trail for their successors. It is to be hoped that they deal as efficiently with all House problems as did their predecessors. Finally we wish to welcome back Mr. Smith to the House after his term's sojourn and to express our thanks and farewell to Mr. Palmer, who proved a popular stand-in. He returns home to his native Wales.



 Although the last of the Nissen huts, which had been our homes for many years, was only demolished this term, all memories of life in them were left far behind as we progressed throughout the year. The new building had its small problems but the House soon settled down to enjoy the benefits of community life. Once again Corner's beat us by a few points to win the Athletics Cup, but our juniors combined very well as a team to win their age, group, especially since they had only one individual winner.

Markham, Stirling, Golebiowski, Driver, Goody, Banwell and Dickinson represented the School at athletics at either, Woodbridge, H..M.S. Ganges or the County Championships at Leiston. We were not so successful in the other later-House Competitions but we were by no means disgraced. By the end of the Rugby season Brobbel and Blake had ensured regular places in the First XV and many of our boys played for the School teams. Cracknell and Stirling ran in the Suffolk A.A.A. Cross-Country Championships which were held at the School during the Easter Term.

At cricket we were represented in the First XI by Markham, Blake and Brobbel who was awarded his colours, and special congratulations are also due to those members of the House who reached the ill-fated Third XI. Whilst the outstanding activity in the House has been model-making, for which we have a well-equipped hobbies-room, many of our boys have been to the fore in other School activities. The House was well represented in the Choral and Orchestral Societies' Concerts on Open Day, and Abrams and Wolmark played in the Aldburgh Festival. We also possess a large constituent of the Young Farmers' Club who are always active - feeding pigs! Alex Johnston was appointed a School Blue during the year to bring our number of School Officers to four.

Academically the House continues to enjoy moderate success and on Speech Day, M. Jefferies, Coles, Wolmark, P. Jefferies, Thomas, Smith and Loye all received prizes. Again a number of boys are leaving this year to enter the Universities. M. Jefferies and M. Cracknell have provisional places at King's College. London University, and Bristol University respectively. Alex Johnston is hoping to take a sandwich course at Rolls Royce, Ltd., and L. Markham is joining Northants' C.C.C. The whole House wishes them, together with Wells, Hassett, Brookes and Webb, the best of luck in their careers. The House will be left without any Prefects or Blues, for the first time ever, at the end of this year, but I'm sure our Sixth Form will prove as helpful, and efficient in running the House as their predecessors.



THE PAST year has been a very successful one in all ways and it seems a pity that most of the boys who made such a memorable year possible have now left us. At the end of last term we had to say goodbye to "Andy" Hunton who as Head Boy, House Captain and Captain of Rugby was admired and respected by all. "Ali" Glass and Henry Clark also left, both having contributed a great deal towards the House's well-being. Glass deserves particular mention for he has now become the first boy in the School's short history to win a State Scholarship, as a result of which he is proceeding to University College, London. Others to leave were "Alice" Bailey, who this year represented Suffolk in the All- England Sports at Durham and, whose incredible leap of 21ft. l‰ns. will be talked about for a long time, at least until someone betters it, John Tweddle and "Sammy" Snell, two burly Rugby players have also left, the former to join an art school in London and the latter to a bank.

In sport the House had one of its best years. In a year of fierce competition all the way round we eventually had to be satisfied with sharing the Senior Rugby Cup with Hall's and Corner's. In the seven-a-side tournament, however, we made up for this by retaining the championship for the second year. The Junior Rugby team, ably led by Gardner, won their cup outright. As for cross-country the senior team surprised most people by achieving first place, including the first two individuals. The juniors, however, did not do as well as expected and our overall position was third. Corner's came first for the second year in succession and Halls second. The competition on Sports Day was the keenest ever, and although we were placed third, only a few points separated us from the champions, Corners. The Senior Cricket Championship was undecided since the match between Hall's and Corner's was not played. But here again our team enjoyed average success by winning one match, drawing one and losing one. The Sailing Cup was won by Halls and in this sport alone we came fourth and last. Academically, distinction was brought upon the House and School by Coutts and Szepesy, who both won Travelling Scholarships, the former to Germany and the latter to France. On Speech Day we were again well represented by nine prize-winners.



SINCE THE last account of this House was written many things have changed. While all the other Houses were in their new buildings we, however, remained in our Nissen huts which still bring back pleasant memories. In the second term the Junior House was reconstructed. We moved into our long awaited new House taking half the First and Second Forms, the remainder of the First Forms starting a second Junior House becoming known as "Berners". After a proposal that our House should be known as "Mudlarks" had been rejected we took upon ourselves the name of "Orwell". When we moved in, the seniors were Markham and Dye of Hanson's and Wilds and Pinney of Corner's. In the Summer Term, Markham left our House and Golebiowski took his place. Afterwards Pinney soon followed him, and Bicknell became a Senior. .Mr. Mudd's model aeroplane craze soon converted our peaceful abode into a screaming aerodrome. Several of the members of the House have represented their separate Houses in both Rugby and cricket, while a few have produced one or two shows.

 On Open Day, our hydrogen balloon idea brought in a large amount of money, which helps towards a swimming pool. We were very sorry to see Mr. Cowdrey and Miss Lockyer go, and we wish them all the best. On the whole it has been a fruitful year .

John ACZEL and Philip MARCH (II)


Berners' is a comparatively new house, having been in existence a mere two terms. The old Junior House, owing to dormitory space, had to be split into two, Mr. Mudd taking half into Orwell House, the other half being named Berners, with Mr. Shakeshaft at their head. We were very pleased to welcome Mr. Lorimer as our assistant housemaster, and now we are very sorry that his stay here has been but a short one. He has proved himself popular with the boys.

Mrs. Mayes took on the job of matron and, although only part-time, proved herself very good with the boys. We are all, I am sure, very sorry to lose her. Congratulations must be bestowed upon Dibbin for being captain of both the Under Thirteens' cricket and the Under Twelves' rugby teams. The rugby team, of which seven players were boys from Berners, was not too successful, but the spirit was very good. The Under Thirteens' eleven, however, did very well, winning four matches and drawing two, not a single match being lost. Here a mention must be made of P. Gait and A. Suffling, who received prizes last speech day. Both were won for general subjects. Several boys in Berners have played for their senior houses. Most hearty congratulations must he given to D. Dibbin, F. A. Kiy, J. Allgrove, A. Suffling, R. Waughman, M. Bauer and D. Croft, who played in the junior cricket match, Johnstons v. Halls.

Our house has, naturally enough, had its "teething troubles", but I think we can say that these have now blown over. Several enthusiastic games have been played against Orwell House. We have proved ourselves better in all respects. Of three matches Berners were the victors. We have beaten Orwell in rugby, cricket and boxball matches. In the first term (the Spring Term, 1958) we had to put up with Nissen huts. Often we would walk through thick snow over to our washing place in the morning. Now, however, we have moved into the Orangery, where we have central heating. Considering all aspects, Berners House has had a good start, and we all hope it will have a good reputation in years to come.

Larry A. HOWES (IA)



John F. CLUTTERBUCK - September, 1951-July, 1958: G.C.E. "0" level 1956, "A" 1958, "S" 1958. Rugby 1st XV and 2nd XV, 1954-55-56-57-58. Athletics 1955-56-57-58. Colours 1957. School plays 1957, "1066 and all that", "Government Inspector". Archery. School Representative 1958. Proceeds to Bristol University October, 1958.

Malcolm PINNEY - September, 1952-July 1958: G.C.E. "O" 1957. Cricket 1st XI 1957-58. Colours 1958. Badminton, 1957-58. Rugby 3rd XV 1958. Athletics 1958. Cross-country Suffolk Championships, 1958 (7th). Suffolk Grammar Schools Cricket XI 1958.


John R. F. HANSELL - September, 1951-July, 1958: House Monitor 1955. Blue 1957. Captained 2nd XV 1957-58. School cross-country teams 1956 and 1958. Bronze medal 1958, Junior C.C. 3rd, Suffolk A.A.A. House Rugby captain 1956-57. House cross-country captain 1957-58. Sea Cadets 1954, LI.S 1956. Swimming 1957. School librarian 1954-58. Y.F.C. chairman 1953-1955. Choral Society 1956-58. Dramatics Society 1957-58. Debating Society and VI Form Society. 1956 and 1957. "O" level G.C.E., 1958 "A" level. Has a place in Leicester University.

Peter TILLEY - September, 1956 - July, 1958: House Monitor 1956. Blue, 1957. School Athletics 1957 and 1958 . House Rugby and Cricket 1956-58. Sea Cadets 1956. S.C.C. Sports, 1956. S.C.C. Swimming 1957. Librarian 1956, Head Librarian 1958. Y.F.C. 1957. Choral Society 1956-58. Dramatic Society 1956-58. Debating Society 1956. VI Form. Society (founder-member, 1956 and 1957 "O" level. G.C.E., 1958 "A" level. Interested in accountancy.

Ian THORN - September, 1951- July, 1958: House Monitor 1955. Blue 1957. Rugby 1st XV. Cricket 1st XI. Cricket colours. School Cricket captain 1958. Member of Y.F.C. since 1953. Choral Society 1956. Debating Society and VI Form Society. "O" level G.C.E. 1956 and 1957. "A" level 1958. Has a place in Bristol University, but the last news was that his county- Sussex-wouldn't give him a grant. We hope that he, with the school's help, gets to the university.

Anthony JONES - September, 1951- July, 1958: House Monitor 1955. House captain 1957. Blue 1957, Prefect 1958. Sailed for the School. Sailing colours 1958. Member of S.C.C. 1954, /S 1956. Also. in Y.F.C., where he entered public speaking contests. School Librarian and in Debating Society 1958. VI Form Society chairman. Member of Sailing Club. 1956 and 1957 "O" level G.C.E., 1958 "A" level.

Besides the Monitors, we have also lost our craftsman, "Spud" Grimson, who interested many younger boys in model-making.


Andy S. HUNTON - 1953-1958): "O" level 1955, "A" level 1957. Blue 1956. Prefect 1957. House Captain 1957. Head Boy 1958. Rugby 1st XV 1954-55-56-57-58. Colours 1956. Captain, 1958. Athletics 1957. Colours 1957. Cross-country 1958. S.C.C., Leading Seaman 1957. All-England Swimming, 1956.

Alastair M. GLASS - 1952 -1958): "O" level 1956: "A" Level 1958. State Scholarship 1958. Blue 1957. Rugby 2nd XV 1957-58. Sailing 1958. S.C.C. Leading Seaman 1957. Dramatic Society. Y.F.C. Treasurer. Proceeds to University College, London.

Harry D. CLARK - 1951-58) "O" level, 1956: "A" level, 1958. Blue 1957. Rugby 1st XV. 1957-58. Colours 1958. Cricket 1st XI. 1958. Athletics 1958. S.C.C. Leading Seaman 1957. Dramatic Society. Choral Society. Y.F.C. Secretary.  


Alan J. GEORGE - 1950-58: G.C.E. "O" level 1955, "A" level 1957 and 1958. House Captain 1957, 1958, Blue 1956; Prefect 1957, 1st XI Cricket 1957; 1st XV Rugby 1955-56-57-58., Colours 1956; School Athletics and Cross-Country, with Colours for the former., Dramatic Society, Stage Manager. At present waiting for University entrance.

Michael P. CRACKNELL - 1951-58: G.C.E. "O" level 1956, "A" level 1958; House Vice-Captain 1957-58; Blue 1957; lst XV and 2nd XV Rugby 1956-57-58, Cross-Country team; ran Archery Club., prominent member of the Dramatic Society. At present at Bristol University, after good "A" level passes.

Michael G. JEFFERIES - 1956-58: G.C.E. "X' and "S" level 1958. Blue 1957; member of Sailing Club. Now studying zoology at London University.

Alexander JOHNSTON - 1956-58: G.C.E. "A" level 1958; Blue 1957; member of Young Farmers' and Sailing Clubs; Secretary of Sixth Form Society 1957-58. Now apprenticed to Rolls-Royce.



The 1st XI, younger, on average, than any of the opposing teams, had quite a good season, whilst still leaving room for improvement. Matches that promised victory to the School, as against Colchester, were, after promising beginnings, allowed to slip, whilst other games, against Suffolk Club and Ground, for instance, were close and interesting, where the result had at first appeared obviously fatal.

The batting was promising, with the added feature that, on paper, at least, the side seemed to possess potential run-scorers throughout the order. A pity that no more than one or two could ever hit form on the same day.

The bowling was enough to dismiss, or at least to restrain, most of the oppositions. When exceptions did occur, however, the opponents runs seemed to flow far more quickly than would normally be expected. But this was probably due to the fact that the bowlers were not used to being hit. The actual fielding was sufficiently good as to cause little anxiety to the side.

Finally our thanks are extended to Mr. Mayes, who prepared many excellent wickets for our games.

During the course of the season, the following earned Cricket Caps: Pinney, Pope, Poyntz, Brobbel, Glaysher.


  • v. Woolverstone Park (H) - won by 6 wkts / Woolverstone Park 108 for 6 - WHS 110 for 4
  • v. Harwich (H) - won by 47 runs / WHS 149 for 7 - Harwich 102
  • v. St. Joseph's College(H) - won by 6 wkts / St. Joseph's College 113 for 6 - WHS 114 for 4
  • v. Norwich. (H) - drawn / WHS 126 for 3 - Norwich 82 for 5
  • v. Holbrook R.H.S. (A) - won by 96 runs / WHS 178 for 8 - R.H.S. 82
  • v. Colchester (A) - lost by 24 runs / Colchester 108 - WHS 84
  • v. Felixstowe (H) - won by 8 wkts / Felixstowe 77 - WHS 78 for 2
  • v. Suffolk Club and Ground (H) - drawn / WHS 146 for 6 - Suffolk C & G 122 for 6
  • v. Wymondham College (H) - lost by 8 wkts / WHS 104 for 7 - Wymondham 107 for 2
  • v. Staff (H) - lost by 94 runs / Staff 197 for 7 - WHS 103
  • v. Woodbridge (H) - drawn / Woodbridge 119 - WHS 83 for 5
  • Matches cancelled: Old Boys, Culford School, Northgate Grammar School

2nd XI

THE TEAM had a very successful season, not losing a single match, a feat which was due mainly to the two left-arm bowlers, Gentry and Wilds, who took well over half the wickets between them, and in this respect they are to be praised, although all those who bowled generally bowled well and managed to obtain a respectable average.

The batting, although never very strong, generally managed to collect enough runs to give the bowlers a chance, and here Prendergast, who consistently hit a good 20, King, Snell and Goody are to be mentioned, for they all hit reasonable scores at times. The fielding was never exceptional and at times it was really "lousy", particularly against Woodbridge, where even the easiest of catches were put on the floor. But in spite of all its weaknesses the team really enjoyed its cricket, and played it with such an air of gay abandon under Coutts leadership that it could have hardly been equalled in this respect by any other team in the School.


  • v. Holbrook: WHS 40 for 6 / Holbrook 39 - won by 4 wkts
  • v. St. Joseph's: WHS 32 for 2 / St. Joseph's 29 (Wilds 6 for 8) - won by 8 wkts
  • v. Colchester R.G.S.: WHS 123 for 8 dec. (Szepesy 54) / Colchester 44 for 5 - drawn
  • v. Felixstowe: WHS 118 for 9 dec. (Prendergast 30) / Felixtowe 47 (Wilds 4 for 16, Gentry 5 for 21) - won by 71 runs
  • v. 3rd XI: WHS 113 for 5 dec. / 3rd XI 90 for 9 - drawn
  • v. Woodbridge: WHS 102 / Woodbridge 88 (Gentry 4 for 11) - won by 14 runs


IT HAS been a very disappointing season for the Colts' XI, for out of seven matches the side had only one win and one draw, and many of the losses were by a large margin. Titshall captained the side ably at the beginning of the season, though he eventually gave way to Goody, whose all-round strength gave the team a considerable boost. The team itself had many weaknesses and did not seem to benefit from any form of criticism. Above all, the heart-breaking feature was the lack of spirit and determination which ran through the whole side. Finally, a special vote of thanks must go to Mr. Mayes, who spent a considerable proportion of his time in constructive criticism and friendly advice.


  • v. Northgate: WHS 31 (Lewis 14 n.o.) / Northgate 32 for 2 - lost by 8 wkts
  • v. Norwich: WHS 25 / Norwich 92 (Gardner 4 for 24) - lost by 67 runs
  • v. R.H.S. Holbrook: WHS 44 for 3 (Holland 21 n.o.) / R:H:S: Holbrook 93 for 9 dec. (Holland 3 for 19) - drawn
  • v Colchester: WHS 51 (Taylor 15) / Colchester 59 (Smith 4 for 20) - lost by 8 runs
  • v. Felixstowe: WHS 71 (Titshall 27 n.o.) / Felixstowe 72 for 4 (Goody 3 for 23) - lost by 6 wkts
  • v. E. Suffolk Schools' Association: WHS 143 for 8 (King 54, Goody 52) / E. Suffolk 142 for 2 - won by 2 wkts
  • v. Wymondham: WHS 36 / Wymondham 40 for 3 - lost by 7 wkts


 THIS YEAR the Under 14's enjoyed a much better season than last, winning five out of our nine matches and losing two. This was mainly due to the consistent batting and tight bowling. The bats- men have now learnt to hit the loose ball and the bowlers now keep a good length. Blanchard, Smith, Rashid, Lloyd and Leach all had their moments with the bat. The best performance was the 65 not out of Rashid, who figured in an unbroken partnership of 103 with Leach (33 not out) against St. Joseph's College. Our main wicket takers were Rashid and Leach, with 21 and 17 wickets respectively. Special mention must be made of Rashid's 7 for 11, also against St. Joseph's College, which was by far our best bowling analysis. The fielding was usually very good but there is a great deal of room for improvement. On the whole we had a very successful season, which I'm sure augurs well for the future. The team's improvement this season is due to the excellent coaching which Mr. Mayes gave to us, and we would all like to thank him very much.



v Northgate (H) - won by 6 wkts

v Northgate (A) - lost by 46 runs

v Brandeston Hall (A) - won by 39 runs

v R.H.S. Holbrook (A) - won by 78 runs

v R.G.S. Colchester (H) - won by 3 runs

v St. Joseph's College (H) - won by 97 runs


v Brandeston Hall (H) - drawn

v Culford School (A) - lost by 5 wkts

v Ipswich School (H) - drawn

Played 9 - Won 5 - Lost 2 - Drawn 2



THANKS TO Mr. Josselyn and, Mr. Mayes we have had a successful season. The fielding got better towards the end of the season, as is to be expected, Miles and O'Leary fielding well in the covers and taking some fine catches. The bowling strength lay mainly in Waughman and Suffling with Dibbin first change.

The batting was good, especially when most needed. Allgrove played well at wicket-keeper, and his batting was useful. However, there was one problem, that was who was going to open with Dibbin? It was in the end filled by M. Hudson, and although he didn't get many runs he stayed at the wicket. We hope the team will maintain the same spirit throughout the School.


 v. St. Joseph's (A): won by 4 wkts / St. Joseph's 76 - Woolverstone 81 for 6

v. Northgate (A): tie / 32 each (Dibbin 7 for 7)

v. Norwich (A): cancelled

v. R.H.S. Holbrook (H): won by 45 runs / Woolverstone 97 - Holbrook 52 (Waughman 8 for 27)

v. St. Edmund's (H): won by 59 runs / Woolverstone 99 for 4 dec. (Dibbin 54) - St. Edmund's 40 (Dibbin 6 for 5)

v. Northgate (H): cancelled

v. Culford (A): drawn / Woolverstone 100 for 3 wkts (Suffling 52 n.o.) - Culford 28 for 9 (Suffling 5 for 15)

v. Ipswich (H): won by 69 runs / Woolverstone 93 for 4 - Ipswich 24 (Suffling 7 for 3)


ALTHOUGH NOT completely settled, this year's series of Inter-House matches proceeded very much according to expectation. Halls were, on paper, the most powerful team and evoked no surprise with their victories over Hansons and Johnstons, although they did not win as comfortably as a perhaps too-confident side had anticipated. Johnstons and. Corners drew the first match, due, on both sides. to steady batting and a lack of any real incisive bowling. Johnstons later won a hard-fought struggle with Hansons. who, despite a depleted side, put up some excellent fighting displays, as the match with Corners testifies. The final game to decide the overall House positions lay between Halls and Corners, with Halls expected to be the final victors by all except Corners, of course. But, due to unsuitable weather conditions, the game never took place, and as a result, the fate of the Cup is still unknown.



THE JUNIOR House Cup Was won by a strong Halls' side, with comparatively easy victories over both Hansons and Corners. Their game with Johnstons, however, was of a different calibre. Halls batted first and, to their surprise, I fancy, were dismissed for a mere 40 runs. But excellent bowling saw them through to victory, and ultimately, to possession of the Junior Cup. The standard, of play in these matches suggests the possible presence of several new faces in Senior House cricket in the near future.



Without doubt this has been the School's most successful year at athletics. We had a fairly full season of three outside meetings and did very well in all of them, especially at H.M.S. Ganges, where we were competing with the cream of athletes from Essex and Suffolk. The School is very proud that House and Bailey are to represent the County, and I am sure they will be the first of many of our athletes to receive this honour. They have been awarded School athletics colours.


May 24th, 1958 - School Sports - Results

THIS YEAR, Sports Day was the most enjoyable and successful we have ever had, and our new 330 yards track gave Church Field that compact atmosphere, of a first-class meeting. There were a few unjustified objections to running on a shorter track but many boys don't realise just how lucky we are to have a field for athletics only. Despite a high wind the weather was almost perfect, and the loud-speaker worked well. Competition between the Houses was much keener this year, and whereas in 1956 the margin between the first and last houses was 51 points, it was only 15 this time. Before Sports Day the general opinion was that there would be a battle for first place between Corner's and Johnston's, but it turned out that Corners retained the cup with a seven-points lead over Hansons. Up to the relays, Hansons were leading, but Corners won the Junior relay (after Johnstons were disqualified), the Senior relay, and the tug-of-war, to sprint home first. During the meeting nine new school records were established which shows how the standard of athletics is improving. The present records will probably stabilise now, however, and it will be very interesting to see how many are broken next year. Old, boys will be pleased to know that, although it is too early in the School's career to arrange an Old Boys' athletics match, the question of invitation events in the School Sports is being considered. I'm sure this would create even keener competition and could lead to more ambitious meetings in the future.


Juniors (School Records shown in red)

- 100 yards: Carr (Johnstons) - 11.2 secs. (11 secs heat) (11.2 secs)

- 220, yards: Carr (Johnstons) - 27.2 secs (27.2 secs)

- 440 yards: Dickinson (Hansons) - 67.2 secs (58.6 secs)

- 880 yards: Russell (Corners) - 2m 30 secs (2m 19.4 secs)

- 80 yards hurdles: Farbrother (Halls) - 12.2 secs (11.4 secs)

- High jump: Gardner (Johnstons) - 4ft 9ins(4ft 6½ins)

- Long jump: Russell (Corners) - 14ft 9½ins(17ft 1in)

- Throwing the Cricket Ball: Gardner (Johnstons) - 217ft 7½ins (206ft 3ins)

- 4 x 110 yards Relay: Corners 54 secs

Final House Points


- 100 yards: Marriott (Corners) - 10.4 secs (10.8 secs)

- 220 yards: Marriott (Corners) - 24 secs (25 secs)

- 440 yards: George (Hansons) - 55.6 secs (55.6 secs)

- 880 yards: Stirling (Hansons) - 2m 14.6 secs (2 - 13.2 secs)

- 1 Mile: Hammond (Johnstons) - 5m 3.5 secs (5m 2.0 secs)

- 110 yards hurdles: Markham (Hansons) - 15.2 secs (15.7 secs)

- 4 x 110 yards Relay: Corners - 49 secs (49 secs)

- High jump: Clark (Johnstons) - 5ft 1¼ins (4ft 11¾ins)

- Long jump: Bailey, D. V. (Johnstons) - 19ft 8ins (18ft 8ins)

- Throwing the discus: Markham, (Hansons) - 105ft 10ins. (120ft 7ins )

- Throwing the javelin: Blair-Hickman (Halls) - 146ft 1in (148ft 7ins)

- Putting the shot: Clutterbuck (Corners) - 37ft 10½ins (35ft 6 ins)

- Open Tug-o'-War - Corners


We began the season with a three-cornered match between Woodbridge School, King Edward VI School and Woolverstone Hall. The meeting took place in ideal weather and we are very grateful to Woodbridge School for arranging this most enjoyable match. Despite it being our first match of the season, we did fairly well, especially in the Over-16 group, where we finished second to Woodbridge by 4½ points. The performances of our Under-16 and Over-14 groups were rather disappointing, but this was to be expected so early in the season when athletics training was hardly under way, and we were unable to send a full team.


 Under 14

100 yards: Farbrother 1st - 12.1 secs

220 yards: Farbrother 1st - 28.6 secs

440 yards: Gould 3rd - 65.6 secs

Hurdles: Farbrother 2nd - 11.0 secs

Shot: Shine 2nd - 29ft 4¾ins

High Jump: Leeson 1st - 4ft 2 ins

Relay: Woolverstone Hall 3rd

Under 16

100 yards: Miller 3rd - 11.2 secs

220 yards: Miller 2nd - 25.8 secs

Hurdles: Fletcher 2nd - 15.8 secs

Shot: Alden 2nd - 40ft 10½ins

Long jump: Banwell 2nd - 16ft 10¾ins

Relay: Woolverstone Hall 2nd

Over 16

100 yards: House 1st - 10.7 secs / Marriott 2nd - 10.8 secs

220 yards, House 1st - 24.5 secs Golebiowski 2nd 24.7secs

440 yards.: George 2nd - 53.7 secs

Mile: Hammond 3rd - 4 mins 49.6 secs

Hurdles: George 1st - 17.3 secs

Shot: Clutterbuck 1st - 38ft 11 ins

Discus: Tweddle 3rd - 101ft

Javelin: Pinney 1st - 137ft 1in

High jump: Smith 1st - 4ft 10ins / Tweddle 2nd - 4ft 10ins

Long jump: Golebiowski 1st - 19ft 5ins / Bailey 2nd - 18ft 10¼ins

Hop, Step and Jump: Coote 3rd - 35ft 5½ins

Relay: Woolverstone Hall 1st

Under 14 Under 16 Over 16
1  Woodbridge School 1   Woodbridge School 1   Woodbridge School
2  King Edward VI School 2   King Edward VI School 2   Woolverstone Hall
3  Woolverstone Hall 3  Woolverstone Hall 3  King Edward VI School


Twenty-fifth Annual County Sports at Leiston, 21st June, 1958

Sixteen of our boys qualified at the Area Sports at Felixstowe on 21st May and went on to represent East Suffolk South at the County Sports. It rained continuously throughout the meeting, but all the events took place and thirteen of the boys from the School came in the first four in their events and were presented with certificates by the Association. House and Bailey did extremely well and were selected to represent Suffolk in the All England Championships at Durham on 26th July. Because of the adverse conditions at Leiston, Bailey won with a jump of only 18 ft. 4½ins., but at Felixstowe he reached 20 ft. 8 ins.

Boys (under 15)

100 yards: Carr 2nd

Hurdles: Goody 2nd

Youths (15-17)

220 yards: Golebiowski 1st - 24.8 secs / Miller 3rd

Mile: Hammond 4th

High jump: Tweddle 3rd

Long jump: Bailey 1st - 18ft 4½ins

Juniors (17-19)

100 yards: House 1st - 10.5 secs

220 yards: Marriott 2nd

Hurdles: George 2nd

Long jump: Coote 1st - 18ft 8ins / Bauer 2nd

Shot: Clutterbuck 4th


This year we were able to send a complete team for the first time, with the result that we gained second place in the overall team competition. Because the meeting was held slightly later than last year our Junior team was hardly affected by examinations and did very well to be placed second in their age group. Congratulations are due to our Boys' team, who finished first by a considerable margin of points. The cinder track proved to be slower than usual because of the heavy rain of the previous day, but there were outstanding performances by three of our boys in the field events. Clutterbuck produced a magnificent put of 40 ft. 10ins. in the Junior Shot, and I feel certain that if he had shown this form at Leiston he would have impressed the County selectors. Bailey was also on top form, and although his jumping was interrupted by the Youths' 100 yards (which he also won), he reached 21 ft. 11ins., which compares very favourably with the National Standard of 20 ft., and the County record of 20 ft. 5½ins. Goody must also be congratulated on clearing 5ft. to win the Boys' high jump.


  • 100 yards: Carr 1st - 11.4 secs
  • 220 yards: Carr 2nd
  • Hurdles: Goody 2nd
  • High jump: Goody 1st - 5 ft
  • Long jump: Gardner 2nd
  • Javelin: Johnstone 1st -125ft 6¾ins
  • Shot: Gardner 1st - 37ft
  • Medley relay: Woolverstone Hall 1st


  • 100 yards: Bailey 1st - 11.0 secs
  • 220 yards: Golebiowski 2nd
  • Long jump: Bailey 1st - 21ft 1½ins
  • Discus: Tweddle 3rd
  • Medley relay: Woolverstone Hall 2nd


  • 100 yards: House 1st - 10.8 secs
  • 220 yards: Marriott 2nd
  • 440 Yards: George 2nd
  • Hurdles: George 3rd
  • High jump: Clark 3rd
  • Long jump: Coote 3rd
  • Discus: Markham 3rd
  • Shot: Clutterbuck 1st - 40ft 10 ins.
  • 4x110 yards Relay: Woolverstone Hall 1st - 47secs
  • Medley Relay: Woolverstone Hall 3rd


  1. Woolverstone Hall 58
  2. Colchester R.G.S. 51
  3. Northgate GS. 41
  4. Felixstowe G. S. 38
  5. Langley School 34
  6. Clacton County High 24
  7. R.H.S., Holbrook 23
  8. Endsleigh School 21


  1. HMS. Ganges 61
  2. Northgate G. S. 57½
  3. Colchester R.G. S. 56
  4. Woolverstone Hall 41½
  5. R.M., Deal 27
  6. Clacton County High 24
  7. R. H.S.. Holbrook 17
  8. Endsleigh School 13½
  9. Langley School 12½
  10. Felixstowe G.S. 12


  1. Northgate G.S. 69½
  2. Woolverstone Hall 64
  3. Colchester R.G. S. 61
  4. R..H. S. Holbrook 35½
  5. Felixstowe G.S. 22
  6. Langley School 20
  7. Clacton County High 15
  8. R. M. Deal 12

Overall Team Results:   1  Northgate G.S.    -    2  Woolverstone Hall    -    3  Colchester R.G.S.




THIS HAS been a most interesting term for this Society. To open the new School Hall on Whit-Monday, the Choral Society sang an abridged version of the St. John Passion by J. S. Bach and the Orchestral Society gave a second concert on the same day at which Fletcher, Head and Abrams played movements from concertos by J. S. Bach, Mozart and Vivaldi accompanied by the orchestra. The "London Symphony" by Haydn and the Polka from "Schwanda the Bagpiper" by Weinberger completed, a very creditable concert.

The School was fortunate in being asked to provide eight percussion players for the first performances of Benjamin Britten's opera "Noye's Fludde" at the Aldeburgh Festival. Fletcher, O'Loughlin, Abrams, Wolmark, Baguste, Windsor, Durrant and Stone brought great credit on the School by playing very difficult parts. Three performances were given in Orford Church as well as a television performance and the B.BC. television cameras descended on the School to take shots of us rehearsing. Benjamin Britten himself came to the School on two occasions to take rehearsals whilst James Blades, the well-known percussion player, coached the boys in the finer points of percussion playing. Mr. Blades also gave us a wonderful demonstration lecture on "Instruments of Percussion".

One of the most pleasing features this term has been the starting of the Junior Orchestra. Some of the more senior members of the Music Society have been coaching this and Fletcher has done magnificent work in training the orchestra and conducting them and a choir from 1b in a concert towards the end of the term. The standard reached in this gives us high hopes for the School Orchestra in the future. The Oxford University Opera Club visited the School and gave us a concert performance of "The Secret Marriage" by Cimerosa. We are indebted to them and also to Mr. Johnston who helped arrange the visit, for a most enjoyable evening. During the last week of the term Nawrot organised another of his concerts given by the older boys and a party went to the Hintlesham Festival to see a performance of "The Marriage of Figaro".

Merlin Channon


 THE SUMMER TERM is always a good one from the point of view of the Sea Cadets and this one has been no exception. Our usual close liaison with the Sailing Club has been maintained with the happy result that the Unit now holds a national trophy - the "Rater" Cup for dinghy sailing. This cup was presented to the Corps this year by the Thames Sailing Club and six teams went from this Unit to Surbiton to compete for it. Jones and Leeson were in the final race which was won by Jones. In swimming, the Unit retained the Zone Swimming Trophy, defeating our nearest rival, the Ipswich Unit, by a handsome margin.

A large number of cadets represented the Zone at the Area Championships and six cadets, viz., Brown, Glass, Leeson, Wilds, Bratt and Lewis represented the Midland Area at the National Championships held on Saturday, 26th July. In addition, Leeson and Lewis won the "Doray" Cup for life-saying - a Midland Area trophy - and subsequently gained the Bronze Medallion of the Royal Life-Saving Society. This is particularly commendable in that the whole enterprise was carried out on their own initiative and unaided. So successful was this excursion into the life-saving field that it is hoped to include it as a regular part of the instructional programme in the future.

At long last the range is in use and we expect to start competitive shooting in the S.C.C. winter postal league competition. So far, no outstanding shots have appeared - indeed, the experience of one class in particular seemed to indicate that a number of cadets who are not yet wearing spectacles ought to be doing so! However, not every class has been on the range as yet so there is still the possibility of a natural marksman appearing. The 25-ft. cutter is still in boatyard hands, but Admiralty approval has been given for the necessary expenditure on it and it is expected to be ready not later than September. Because of the many other commitments at week-ends, it was possible to have only one training cruise this term, during which an emergency signal mast was rigged on Collimer Point and the Unit's pendants flown therefrom.

In addition, an amendment was made to the chart of the Orwell estuary by Parker and Cockshott. This was not as easy as it sounds, as it involved swimming ashore with a hand-bearing compass, notebook and pencil - and keeping all three dry - prior to taking bearings to fix the position of a new beacon visible from the river. As always at the end of a School year we have to say good-bye to a number of cadets, some of whom have been in the Unit almost since its beginning. We wish them every success in the future and hope that those who are still eligible to do so will continue their membership of the S.C.C. by joining a unit at home.

Stanislaus Goetzee


Chairman A. M. Jones - Secretary A. M. Glass - Treasurer A. Johnston

THE SIXTH FORM SOCIETY is one in which the initiative comes essentially from the boys. It was formed at the end of the last Easter Term with 25 members. A few more members were elected in the Summer Term. The Society is both a cultural and social Society. On the cultural side two talks were given. The first by Mr. Hodges, a well-known commercial artist, who talked on 'Modern Art" and the second by Mr. Leslie Paul, author and journalist, and Vice-President of the Council for Christian Action, who gave a very interesting talk on "Teddy Boys". The most enjoyable activity that the Society had was a 50-mile cycle rally to Clacton. Out of the 16 groups that set out only three groups arrived back at School without being disqualified. Congratulations go to Mayer and O'Loughlin for winning the rally. The end of term dance was a combined Dancing Club-Sixth Form Society function. I hope that the Society will soon be able to take over the organisation of such dances. If suggestions are forthcoming from the members and all show enthusiasm I am sure the Society will flourish. During the winter terms the Society should show considerable progress as there are no examinations to interrupt the terms and film shows and discussions as well as talks and a theatre outing will probably be possible.

Alastair M. GLASS


THE MODEL AIRCRAFT CLUB is now firmly established It was started by Mr. Mudd buying kit and accessories for his House, Orwell House. The "bug" soon spread around and reached its climax at the end of the Spring Term. As a result of the many people who bought kits, it was decided to form a Club for the modellers. The craze soon died out, leaving only the keener modellers. The aircraft made covered a wide range from "Chuck Gliders" to Control Line" models. As yet no "Free-Flight" models have been made, but it is hoped in the future that there will be some constructed.

A gliding competition was held on 1st June. There were two classes, up to 30-ins. wing-span, and an open event in which any 'plane was flown. The 30-ins. span class was won by R. Martin with a Keil-Kraft Dolphin. The "Open" event was won by K. Ashdown, with his own design, which he called a Javelin. The times for these were not impressive as the day and experience, were not of the best. If the weather is better next term it is hoped to hold these competitions more frequently. There was a flying display of "Control Line" models on Whit-Monday. Four aeroplanes took part during the afternoon. They all flew very well with the exception of the Silver Sorcerer, which, unfortunately, stalled.

The standard of aeroplane construction is gradually improving and the younger members of the Club have made some very good aeroplanes. J. Bates' "Planfour Mite" was undoubtedly the best, and his generosity in letting his Form mates "have a go" was appreciated by all, as it was their first attempt at "Control-Line". So far we have built only "Team Racers" and "Trainers", but next term "Stunting" and "Combat" will be attempted. This is much more fun! Surprisingly enough, the Model Aircraft Club incorporates model boats also. This last term has seen more interest in model boats, but at the moment, Hansons seem to have the monopoly, with a large battery-powered launch and a Diesel-powered launch; the latter has not been finished yet, so its performance is still unknown.

A hydroplane, made by S. Smith, was unfortunately grossly underpowered and just managed to chug along. This was because the owner did not have a "pusher prop", so the engine had to run backwards. A flying boat, made by Hastings, the first to be made, was a bit disappointing, but all praise to the workmanship. Due to the bad design of the aircraft, the wings folded up on take-off. There is one consolation, however, that is, it made a very good "Hydro-plane", after the wings were detached. If people would like to be modellers, but are scared of breaking a 'plane, they should try boats, they bring just as much pleasure but do not break so easily! We, the modellers, are indebted to Mr. Mudd for bringing us so much fun, by concocting fuel, and so reducing the price by two-thirds. Thanks to him, the "power" side of the "Aero Club" has been so active during this term.

Robert GRIMSON and Raymond BAILEY


THE PAST season has been the most successful in the history of the Club from every point of view. The School fleet has been increased by four boats, an elderly Snipe and three new Cadets. Mrs. Pitts-Tucker, one of the School Governors, generously loaned us the Snipe, and has arranged for a new set of sails for next season. Despite some dubious remarks when she arrived, the Snipe has been a firm, favourite with the senior members, especially on their jaunts to Harwich after the exams. This is due in no small measure to the efforts of A. Jones and his crew who shivered in an unheated, boathouse to caulk endless seams.

On Open Day Mrs. Smitherman launched three new Cadets to complete the seven Dwarfs. "Bashful" was built by D. House, N. O'Loughlin and their crew in the workshop. She is a most successful boat, and has performed very well in all her races. We are very grateful for the inspiration, guidance and time of Mr. Hanson and Mr. Turner, and hope that they will be equally successful with the "Enterprise" that is to be built this winter. "Doc" and "Sleepy" - more affectionately known as the Banana Boat - were built by "Chippie", and have caused many a raised shape and performance.

The School matches were all very closely fought, and provided good racing:

  • After a shake-down against the Staff, which the School won, we met Gresham's at Woolverstone and beat them 40¼-37¼ but lost the return at Barton Broad 72½-50 - this meeting took place in a strong blow, and our helmsmen never mastered the difficult conditions.
  • Against Ipswich the team sailed very well, and in the first race gained a lead of two points only to lose the second after a rather inconclusive protest, the final result being a win for Ipswich, 36¼-33¼
  • When Norwich came last year, we were, beaten, but this time we made no mistake and won a most enjoyable match by 43¼-35¼-
  • Finally we arranged a new fixture with Felsted and this was the most exciting of all. After gaining a lead of three points in the first race, the School were in danger of being trounced in a "drifter" for the second. Ultimately everything depended on whether Bauer could beat the last Felsted boat round the turning mark. He did, and the School won 8¼-37¼.
  • Unfortunately it was not possible to arrange an Old Boys' match, but with more helmsmen leaving this will not be the case next year.

The team sailed well this year, and many examples of good tactics were seen, notably from H. Leeson and A. Jones. but every member pulled his weight, with R. Lewis in "Bashful" being an unbeatable combination. Sailing Colours were awarded, to A. M. Jones and H. Leeson. The team was G. Brown (Capt.), A. Glass, A. Jones, W. Bauer, H. Leeson, R. Lewis, R. Gerrish and P. Williams.

The House Competition, sailed in teams of two boats, was narrowly won by Halls with Corners second and Hansons third. Everything depended on a Corners boat hitting a turning mark. Hansons are to be congratulated on the performance of their two novice helmsmen. The Novices' Plank. with an entry of 11, proved very exciting, and was finally won by B. Sandland, with K. Ashdown second and A. Brett third. During the holidays many boys returned to the Orwell and the Deben to sail - Williams and Sylvester during Deben Week, the same two and Bauer and Baguste in the Keeling Cup, and no less than 13 boys took part in the Waldringfield Cadet Week. A camp was arranged and six boats taken across and they performed very well indeed. Lewis and Gerrish ultimately finished tieing in fourth place in a fleet of 20 boats. They and Brett often led the race, and our dark blue hulls were much admired, even the Banana boat, which had the opposition very worried before racing started. Finally, the best feature of the year has been the co-operative spirit amongst the boys, hich, together with the help of Mr. Goetzee, has made this season so enjoyable.



IT SURPRISES me that the game, croquet, is becoming less popular in England. It is one of the few out-of-door activities in which one can use low cunning fairly, as well as having an enjoyable time without exhausting oneself (or at least one pair has an enjoyable time even if the opposition has not). When Mr. Richardson introduced the game to the School it became very popular among a small group of boys who were scorned and called old women by the others who had not discovered the pleasure of croquet. Nevertheless the group of boys who played the game kept increasing rapidly. Croquet requires skill, especially on our lawn where the deviation of the ball due to bumps and holes has to be taken into account, and is by no means time-wasting. In one afternoon the players will have plenty of exercise both physically, in walking to and fro across the lawn, and mentally, in devising plans to defeat the opponent, an invaluable lesson on oblique impact and plenty of enjoyment. If indeed croquet was an old ladies' game, either old ladies are cunning by nature (thus keeping the men from playing) or they have a better idea how to enjoy a hot afternoon than their menfolk.

 Alastair M. GLASS


"THE RAIN in Spain falls mainly on the plain."

"The rain in Suffolk falls mainly on Woolverstone", or so it seemed to us, as the Club, recovering from one of its periodic hibernations during the winter, was washed into comparative inactivity at the beginning of the Summer Term. The net result of the soaking is that one of the seven pigs, which we are keeping at present, caught pneumonia (it fortunately recovered), and that many of the young trees which we are growing were buried beneath piles of sodden, windswept grass. This is now being remedied, however, but there are going to be a few curses hurled at the nettles before the job is done. Last term we entertained the Felixstowe Y.F.C. when we held a return debate with them. The motion that "There is no place for livestock on the farm of to-day" proved highly amusing although it is rather uncertain which side won.

We have had two film shows recently, one from the Shell organisation and the other, on the prevention of accidents, from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. By the time this edition goes to print we will have held another of our sausage sizzles which has meant not a little hard work with the axe and saw. Mr. Double has been a very good friend of the Club, especially the Forestry section, and we would like to thank him for all he has done and wish him the best of luck in the future. We were very pleased to be asked to prepare a part of the County Y.F.C. tent at the Suffolk Show. The Club was again able to take a party to the Show. As far as we can tell, Club membership remains high and we have many willing and keen members. We confidently expect the Club's star to keep on rising and we look forward to a bright future.

 Henry D. CLARK (Sec)


AFTER RATHER a bad start, due partly to the weather, and partly to the indisposition of the organiser, the Archery Club was under way by about the fourth week of term. Soon after this, the hut in which the equipment was kept had to be demolished and everything was moved to a room in the model railway hut, where it has remained ever since. Attendance was now high, now low, but there was a regular flow of people, many of whom kept up their interest all term. This irregularity of numbers who attended can probably be put down to the weather, for of the three afternoons a week devoted to archery, a fairly high percentage were rained off. Nobody's marksmanship was outstanding, but this was excusable since, for most of the term, we were using two-foot targets, whereas the regulation size for summer is four-foot; this, for the sake of the non-mathematical readers, means we were only shooting on a quarter the regulation surface area!

We shot at any distance from twenty yards to one hundred and thirty yards, but by far the most popular "shoot" was the "long-shoot", for which we stood on the terraces at the front of the main building and aimed at targets in the middle of Orwell side; although no-one ever hit the target from here, there was always a chorus of voices at the end of the afternoon, asking for a "long-shoot", and it never failed. to attract a large audience, after all, it is common knowledge that "hope springs eternal in the human breast"! One of the Master's wives decided, to turn Maid Marion and tried her hand at this sport. She was more successful than most on her first day out, but after this her interest seemed to wane. It would be good to see more Staff taking part in archery so that later there could, perhaps, be a "Staff versus boys" archery match.

Our equipment is in good order with few breakages this term. The purchase of a Four-foot target late in the term, together with some new arrows, was a big step forward and a great improvement to our stock. We now have three targets and twelve bows, for each of which there are at least six arrows. It is a pity that this large target arrived so late in the term, but it will be ready for next year anyway. It did arrive early enough. however, to be used for the third of our archery matches with Winchester College. This was again postal, but was our first outdoor match. We had lost one indoor match but won the other so this was, perhaps, important to us. Our team consisted of Taylor, Fuller, Cracknell and Clutterbuck, who shot two dozen arrows at thirty, forty and fifty yards, with the following success.

Cracknell 284
Taylor 257
Clutterbuck 210
Fuller 149
900 points

This score was not excellent but it was fairly commendable, and we succeeded in beating Winchester, who scored 789 points, by a reasonable margin. I would like to thank P. Stocken, President of Winchester Archery Society, for his co-operation in arranging these matches, which were all most enjoyable. I sincerely hope more can be arranged, and also with different schools, in the future.



 THE SUMMER season appears to be rather a dead time for Old Boys, and news is scarce. Several new Old Boys have, however, joined the Association, and I shall look forward to a spate of news during the winter.

  • From Canada. we have received a very welcome parcel of books from Charles FISHER (1951), a gift I would like to commend to other Old Boys. The Library is slowly growing but needs even more books of all kinds.
  • Brian ROBJOHNS (1953) has finished his National Service and is back in London, enjoying cricket, looking forward to the Rugger season, and above all to the Old Boys' match.
  • Douglas RONAN (1956) has nearly finished the first part of his engineer apprenticeship for the Merchant Navy and will probably be at sea when these notes are published.
  • Arthur GREEN (1956) is thinking of going abroad, but there is as yet no news of his destination.
  • Anthony LISTER (1957) visited the School and is enjoying his journalist's life in Shropshire, and playing a lot of cricket.
  • Michael GORDON-SMITH (1955) had severe concussion following the Old Boys' Rugger match last March. He is only now fit and has not played since. He visited the School in the summer holidays when he was sailing in these parts.
  • Brian WORKMAN (1957) played cricket again at School during the holidays. He has been teaching in Wales and will be at Orwell Park, over the river from the School, for the next academic year before he goes up to Cambridge.
  • Michael MOSS (1956) is with the R.A.F. in Cyprus.
  • Terry DAY (1955) is now in the R.A.S.C. doing his National Service.
  • Ian McCULLOCH (1957) has been commissioned in the Royal Norfolk Regiment and appears to be spending all his time practising for various athletic events or linguistic encounters - this latter because, being stationed in Germany, he cannot understand what goes on.
  • Martin LENOIR (1955) is still in H.M.S. Scarborough and is now at Christmas Island. Swimming is out because of sharks, but they should be interesting to fish for.
  • Another Old Boy, Abthony M. MEAGER (1951) is in the same ship. and I hope he will he joining the Association.

The Old Boys' cricket match did not take place. To start with the Old Boys did not raise a team though there were several members of the School 2nd XI standing by to play. However, violent rain made the pitch quite unsuitable, though the sun did shine in the afternoon. I hope there will be enough Old Boys available on Whit. Monday next year.

On Speech Day we were glad to welcome George BICKNELL (1956) driving his own car, and Duncan GLASS (1957), John BYFORD (1957), and Robert COX (1956). The methods our Old Boys use to travel the country appear to be many and varied, some fast, some slow, and with some it does not seem to matter. We much enjoyed seeing them.

New Members John Dear (1958) Peter Wells (1958) Robert Grimson (1958) Colin Warren (1958) Dudley Stephens (1958) Richard Hopkins (1953)

We acknowledge with thanks those magazines that schools have sent us.