School life is rarely subject to sudden or sweeping changes—merely to gradual innovations. We, your editors, now in our eighth and last year, can look back and realise the truth of this. We have, it is true, witnessed one great innovation—the re-introduction of school uniforms—but otherwise we feel that the Sixth Former of our First Form days would find school life much the same now. He would hear the same excuses pleaded for the same breaches of the rules, and even the mistakes in the reading of the Lesson would vary but slightly. We only hope that in the future the same can be said : that our School has maintained its stability and its individuality.

Each year does, of course, differ from the last in the various events which compose it; in the past year, for instance, there has been the School's production of an adaptation of Moliere's " Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme," our greatest success as yet in both performance and box-office receipts; the Choir also has been active with performances of Handel's " Messiah," and Mozart's " Requiem " and Haydn's " Imperial Mass "; academically we have had our successes, as is shown by the winning of three Open Scholarships-- in fact, this has been a year we can all look back upon with pride.

Details of these and other numerous school activities are to be found elsewhere, while the originaal material included may, we hope, prove of general interest, and show those unconnected with the School what we are capable of. Many aspects of school do not change, but the magazine should not be one of them. It is, therefore, up to those of you remaining at school to equal or surpass those who have gone before you, for this is your school and your magazine.

In Memoriam






At the end of the Christmas Term the School heard with deep sorrow of the death of Mr. Griffiths who retired in July, 1951, from the post of Senior French Master at the School.

Mr. Griffiths served the School with great devotion for a period of thirty-two years and though towards the end of his career illness took increasing toll of his physical powers he was able by a great effort of will to carry on.

His School work was always performed with meticulous care and he gave generously of his leisure time, first to School Swimming and later to School Chess. He will always be remembered as a man of integrity and of high principles who stood firmly for the things in which he believed





There are 545 pupils in the School, 251 boys and 294 girls. Over a hundred pupils will enter the School in September making a probable total of 570 for the new School Year.

At the end of the term we are sorry to lose Mrs. Real, who is moving to Poole where her husband has secured an important post with Poole Potteries.

Mlle. Mazeyrat will also leave on completion of her year's service, and will take with her our grateful thanks for her help in the French Department. We hope that she, too; will have derived pleasure and benefit from her stay in England'"

Two new members of the Staff will join us next year, a second teacher for Geography and a successor to Mrs. Real.

For Geography the Governors have appointed Mr. L. Galbraith, B.A.(Cantab.). Mr. Galbraith was educated at Fitzwilliam House and obtained an Upper Second Class in both parts of the Geographical Tripos, and the University of Cambridge Certificate in Education. Since January, 1952, he has been teaching at King Edward VI School, Southampton.

To succeed Mrs. Real we shall have Miss Pauline Brooker. Miss Brooker obtained the Art Teachers' Certificate at the University of Reading. She will also assist with Games.

We shall also have a new Assistante in the French Department.

Mr. and Mrs. Dupays were married at St. Joseph's Church, Dorking, on April 10th.

During the year we were pleased to have with us Mr. Heater, from the Institute of Education, University if London, and Mr. Amin, from the Sudan.

A number of Old Dorkinians have secured University Degrees this year, among them—

M. H. Rogers (1940-48),

Ph.D.(London), Mathematics.


Rosemary Blake (1943-51),

B.A.(Cantab.), Hons. Classics.


Ann Grant (1947-49),

M.A.(Edinburgh), Hons. Psychology.


L Barsey (1939-47),

M.B., B.Ch.(London).


D. H. Mountain (194-51), 3

B.A.(Oxon.), Mathematics.


Mary Smith (1948-50),

B.Sc.(London), Household and Social Science.

L. Russell (1943-50),

B.Sc.(Reading), Agriculture.


A dozen others had not heard their results at the time of going to press.

Three Open University Scholarships have been gained this year :

H. W. G. Osborne, Mawson Scholarship in French and Latin at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge; State Scholarship and County Major Scholarship. Osborne will read Classics. Patricia Waddington, Open Exhibition in Natural Science at Newnham College, Cambridge; State Scholarship and County Major Scholarship., Vivian Palmer, Open Scholarship in History tenable at the London School of Economics; Supplementary State Scholarship and County Major Scholarship.

School Prefects this year are :‑

Girls—Prefects : Patricia Waddington (Head Girl), Margaret Brown (Deputy Head Girl, two terms), Gillian Hayter (Deputy Head Girl, one term), Jean Drysdale, Jane Goldsmith, Pauline Griswood, Janet Hadgraft, Jane May, Vivian Palmer, Hilary Saines, Diana Seward.


Sub-Prefects : Joyce Audric, Margaret Allan, Verna Boag, Susan Emmott, Linda Follett, Elaine Holder, Betty Kerr, Joy Lucas, Ruth Marsden, Sheila Sandford, Margaret Stooke, Rosemary Veillard, Margaret Wareham, Jacqueline Wild.


Boys—Prefects : A. J. Gould (Head Boy), H. W. G. Osborne (Deputy Head Boy), J. M. Bone, R. A. Crane, S. E. Lobb, R. A Sewell, J. B. Woodman.


Sub-Prefects : I. Browning, R. J. Boxall, J. D. Finn, A. C. France, M. C. Gardner, B. J. Hayes, A. G. Jones, C. C. Lee, G. F. Manning, A. Shepherd, D. F. Sheppard, R. A. Thompson, D. G. Wilkins


On July 19th Mr. Rowlatt took a party of sixty senior boys and girls to the Ford Motor Works at Dagenham

On July 21st Miss Barter took a party to the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-on-Avon to see "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

During the first fortnight of the holidays the School Scout Troop, in charge of Mr. Bradshaw, will spend a fortnight at Eskdale in Cumberland.

J. M. Bone—

London School of Economics (B.Sc.Econ.).

Verna Boag

Bath Domestic Science College.

Rose Cooke—.

Middlesex Hospital

R. A. Crane—

University College, London (Law).

Jean Drysdale

University College, London (Physiology).

J. D. Finn—

King's College, London (Mathematics).

M. C. Gardner—

King's College, London (English).

A. J. Gould—

King's College, London (Medicine).

Janet Hadgraft

Bath Domestic Science College.

Gillian Hayter

Brighton Training College.

P. Hope

Queen Mary College, London (German).

Betty Kerr—

Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Doreen Killick

Weymouth Training College.

S E. Lobb

Guildford School of Art.

Joy Lucas—

Saffron Walden Training College.

H. W. G. Osborne—

Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (Classics).

Vivian Palmer—

London School of Economics (B.Sc.Econ.).

Hilary Saines

King's College Hospital, London.

J. C. Taylor—

Imperial College, London

 (Botany and Zoology).

Patricia Waddington—

Newnham College, Cambridge

(Natural Science).

Margaret Wareham—

St. James's Secretarial College.

J. B. Woodman—

King's College, London (Engineering).

Patricia Worrow

Clacton Domestic Science College

Cynthia Youdale

Bath Domestic Science College
































We wish to express our warmest thanks to Mr. Goffin who has presented the School with a handsome silver cup for the Junior Boys' Inter-House Relay Race and a shield for the Junior Inter-House Football Competition.

We also thank Mr. Vernon Wood, a School Governor, for presenting us with a substantial addition to our fiction library.

The School is deeply grateful to the Parents' Association for a second donation to the School Fund, this time of £21 17s. Od.

At the end of last year members of the Upper Sixth Form presented the School with a parting gift of eighteen guineas for the purchase of good quality crockery for important School functions. The crockery chosen is Wedgewood Blue. This was a delightful surprise and we are most grateful for the generous contribution of these Sixth Formers.

The Chairman of the Parents' Association this year is Mr. H. C. Brown and the President of the Old Dorkinian Association is. Mr. G. L. Palmer.


The following members of the Sixth Form have been accepted for next October at the Institutions named The list is not complete :‑


Twenty-five candidates were entered this year for the Advanced and Scholarship Levels of the Generral Certificate of Education, and 124 for the Ordinary Level.

Results should reach candidates on August 16th.

The Bonner Fielding Cup has been won this year by H. W. G Osborne.

Trophies at the Annual Athletic Sports—the twenty-first at the present School—were presented by Mr. Goffin.

The School Mission Fund distributed £45 this year to various charities. Special collections during the year were made for the British Red Cross Society, Haig's Fund, All the World's Children (U.N.A.).

The School play to be performed at the end of next term will probably be " The Knight of the Burning Pestle " by Beaumont, and Fletcher.


Dates for next year are :

Autumn Term, 1954—September 8th until December 22nd.

Spring Term,   1955—January 10th until April 7th.

Summer Term, 1955—May 2nd until July 22nd.

We wish all boys and girls who are leaving this term every happiness and success.


Speech Day, presided over by Mr. J. 0. Attlee, Chairman of the Governors, was held in the School Hall on December 17th. The guest speaker was Dr. Percy Dunsheath, who is a past President of the Institute of Electrical Engineers, Director and Consulting Engineer to the Henley Telegraph Works, and Chairman of Convocation of London University.

Dr. Jones began his report by referring to the death of Mrs. P. D. Sykes, former Chairman of the Governors, who had been closely connected with education in Dorking for twenty-six years. He was glad to know that the family connection with the school was being continued through Mr. Sykes, who had now become a Governor.

During his speech the Headmaster mentioned the increase in the numbers of pupils at school and criticised the way in which people without necessary qualifications were being allowed to enter teachers' training colleges. He said that this was a serious matter, and irreparable harm might be done.

The visit of Her Majesty's Inspectors to the School was com­mented on by Dr. Jones, but he said that he could not quote from the long report which was subsequently issued, as what the Inspectors thought of us is as confidential as what we thought of them. They had noted the School's many material shortcomings and the Governors and Divisional Education Executive were pressing for improvements, but the Headmaster thought it would be some time before they mateerialised.

However, the School had at last acquired a biology laboratory, although Dr. Jones was not very enthusiastic over the temporary building which had been erected, and the cost of its upkeep. He mentioned that the education of each boy and girl in the School already costs nearly, sixty pounds a year.

The Headmaster said that he had read recently that the educated man or woman was the one who was a living embodiment of the highest standard which existed in the society in which he or she lived. In many ways the standards in this country were going down, but he wanted every one to remember that the maintenance of the highest standards was of vital importance, not only to them personally, but to the whole country. In this respect, he concluded, a big responsibility rests on those of us who teach and learn in the grammar schools.

Dr. Dunsheath, after distributing the prizes, said it was a great privilege for him to come to a school which in its short life had built up a tradition and had its future already assured. He told the assembled pupils that they should see that the education they get is the right kind and not just the narrow kind which their curriculum dictates—they should, in fact, aim at a " broad sweep of the mind."

A vote of thanks to Dr. Dunsheath was proposed by Mr. C. S. Hurst, Vice-Chairman of the Governors.

At the beginning of the afternoon's programme the audience was entertained by the School's Madrigal Society, under its Director of Music, Dr. D. Moore Morgan. Songs included "Awake, Sweet Love " (John Dowland) and " Now is the month of Maying " (Thomas Morley). Later in the afternoon, the Society sang the Credo and Dona Nobis from Haydn's Third Mass (The Imperial).



C. A. Small, Belper Scholarship in Agricultural Science (University of Nottingham).


(Awarded by the Ministry of Education).

A. J. Gould, H. W. G. Osborne, C. A. Small, Patricia Waddington.


Stella Bennett (London School of Economics)

G. K. Burgess,M. Dodd (University of Southampton)

Jean Dodson (Queen Mary College, University of London)

Diana Levete (King's College, University of London)

Jean Lucas (University of Reading)

P. C. Mills (University of Reading)

Vivian Palmer, Ann Summersby

(Queen Mary College, University of London).



Barbara Hill (Kingston School of Art).



General Certificate of Education, Advanced Level.

Stella Bennett (English Literature, History, French), Margaret Brown (French, German). G. K. Burgess (English Literature, French, Music), R. A. Crane (Geography, Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics*, Physics), M. Dodd (Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry), Jean Dodson (Geography, Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics), Pamela Elliott (French), A. J. Gould (Pure Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry*. Biology), Valerie Heath (Domestic Subjects), M. J. Holland (Chemistry), S. W. Hughes (Pure Mathematics), D. W. Jeater (Geography, Art), Diana Levete (Latin, French, German), Jean Lucas (History, Latin, Art), A. D. Lynes (Pure Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry), Jill Malein (Art), P. C. Mills (Geography, Pure Mathematics), Janet Mountain (Latin, French, Art), H. W. G. Osborne (Latin*, French*, German), Vivian Palmer (English Literature, History*, French), Margaret. (English Literature, History), R. C. Sansom (Geography, Pure Mathematics, Physics), S. E. F. Sheppard (Geography), C. A. Small (Chemistry), Ann Summersby (English Literature, History, Latin), Patricia Waddington (Pure Mathematics*, Applied Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry).

* Distinction.


General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level.

P. Alexander, R. Alekander, Joyce Audric, Sylvia Bellis, Ann Beveridge, T. A. Birch, Christine Booty, R. J. Boxall, Pamela Brooker, J. R. Brown, Hilda Butcher, Shirley Butler, Beryl Chaffey, Wendy Chalcraft, Rose Cooke, P. Denley, Sheila Denyer, R. E. Elms, A. M. Emery, A. P. R. Figs, J. D. Finn, A. C. France, Pamela Frost, G. H. Goldsmith, Jane Goldsmith, Diana Green, Pauline Griswood, Marilyn Gronow, G. W. Hall, C. T. Hamshar, Joan Harrison, R. W. Hayler, Barbara Hill, Elaine Holder, Leonie Hollingsworth, M. J. Hotchkiss, C. C. Jenner, Hettie Jesson, A. G. Jones, B.Kelsey, Doreen Killick, M. J. King, Pamela Lawrence, C. C. Lee, B. G. Leonard, G. A. Lewin, Joy Lucas.. D. Lynch, Joan Main, G. J. Manning, Ruth Marsden, Jill Metcalfe, Frances Miller, Pamela Miles, Valerie Miles, E. A. Munn, M. McGuinness, Sheila Norcut, Shirley Oak, Jill Parsons, Eileen Peters, M. C. Randall, A. L. Ranger, Margaret Rice, Margaret Robinson, J. G. Rook, A. R. Sanders. Sheila Sandford, D. Scarborough, Shepherd, D. F. Sheppard, Avril Stacey, C. E. A. Steer, Brenda Strudwick, P. R. Thomas, R. A. Thompson, M. A. Townsend, Margaret Trundle, Betty Trussler, Margaret Wareham, Janet Warham, E. T. Warren, Dianne Wenban, B. Whiteside, Jacqueline Wild, Valerie Wins, Patricia Worrow, Cynthia Youdale.


Additional Subjects at Ordinary Level, General Certificate of Education.

J. M. Bone (German), Verna Boag (English, English Literature, History), I. Browning (English, German), M. R. Cohn (English, German), Avril Cull (English Literature, Geography, History, French, Domestic Subjects), Linda Follett (English), M. C. Gardner (English), Janet Hadgraft (English, English Literature, Geography, Chemistry, Biology, Domestic Subjects), B. J. Hayes (English), Valerie Heath (Embroidery), P. G. Hope (English, German), Betty Kerr (English), S. E. Lobb (English), R. W. Mawson (English, Geography, History, French, Mathematics, Art), Jane May (English, German), Alison Scragg (English, English Literature, Geography, History, French, Domestic Subjects), Ann Scrivener (English, English Literature, History, Latin, Domestic Subjects), Diana Seward (English), R. A. Sewell (English, Geography), S. E. F. Sheppard (French), M. J. S. Taylor (Mathematics), Jennifer Thwaites (English, Geography, History, French, Art), Ann Weatherston (Chemistry, Biology).

Upper School

Religious Knowledge, Wendy Chalcraft; English, Vivian Palmer; History, Vivian Palmer; Geography, S. E. F. Sheppard; Latin, H. W. G. Osborne; French, H. W. G. Osborne; German, H. W. G. Osborne; Mathematics, E. R. Allsopp; Physics, Patricia Waddington; Chemistry, A. J. Gould; Biology, A. J. Gould; Art, J. R. Brown; Music, G. K. Burgess; Cookery, Valerie Heath; Needlework, Janet Hadgraft; Physical Training—Girls, Patricia Waddington; Boys, B. Kelsey; Woodwork, P. Alexander; General Knowledge, R. A. Crane.

Middle School

Religious Knowledge, M. F. Tyrrell; English, R. Cullis; History, A. M. Murray; Geography, A. M. Murray; Latin, Valerie Pitts; French, Valerie Pitts; Mathematics, D. Rowland; Physics, M. F. Tyrrell; Chemistry, D. Rowland; Biology, R. E. Goller; Art, Pamela Barfield; Music, P. C. Stimpson; Cookery, Julie Holland; Needlework, Ann Grant; Physical Training—Girls, Jennifer Dixon; Boys, D. L Nunn; Woodwork, P. G. de Bourcier; General Knowledge, A. M. Murray.

Lower School

Religious Knowledge, Kristin Maule; English, Kristin Maule; History, Kristin Maule; Geography, Ann Gearing; Latin, M. B. Nicholson-Florence;

French, M. B. Nicholson-Florence; Mathematics, M. B. Nicholson-Florence; General Science, D. Lobb; Art, Christine Pink; Music, Marion Swaddling; Needlework, Jennifer Ogilvie; Physical Training---Girls, Gillian Smith; Boys,C. T. Gent; Woodwork, C. Burbidge; General Knowledge, M. B. Nicholson-Florence.


la, H. W. Wardale; 2 Carole Attwater; 3 Hazel Smith; 4, R. Cullis; 5, R. Alexander; lb, Gillian Bellett; 2a Ann Budd; 3a Patricia Fielder; 4a, G. A. Howells; 5a Sheila Sandford; lc, Karen McLeod; 2(1), B. R. Crack; 3(1), Valerie Shuttleworth; 4(1), P. G. Small; 5(1), C. C. Jenner; Lower 6 General, Elaine Holder; Lower 6 Arts, Wendy Chalcraft; Upper 6 Arts, Vivian Palmer; Lower 6 Science, A. C. France; Upper 6 Science, M. Dodd.


Diana Levete (Head Girl), E. R. Allsopp (Head Boy), Anne Bradshaw, , Margaret Brown, G. K. Burgess, Sheila Compton, M. Dodd, Jane Goldsmith, A. J. Gould, Gillian Hayter, Valerie Heath, M. J. Holland, S. W. Hughes,C. W. Jeater, P. C. Mills, Janet Mountain, Gillian Spurgeon, Ann Summersby.


Governors' Prize, Patricia Waddington; Headmaster's Prize, M. Dodd; DeputyHead's Prize, Beryl Chaffey; Parents' Association Prizes, Diana Levete; R. Allsopp; Parents' Association Senior Athletics Prizes, Margaret Brown; E. R. Allsopp, Parents' Association Junior Athletics Prizes, Mary King; C. T. Gent; Old Dorkinian Association Prize, Gillian Hayter; "Roberts" Memorial Prize, M. J. Holland; The Sykes Memorial Prize, Jane Goldsmith; " Jean Whiting " Prize, Diana Levete; "Bray" Cup for Physical Training, Brenda Shepherd; "Cornish" Cup for Sportsmanship, E. R. Allsopp.

FOOTBALL 1953-1954.

Captain : H. W. G. Osborne.           Vice-Captain : D. J. Nunn.

Committee :

Mr. W. Ellis, S. E. Lobb, C. E. A. Steer, R. A. Thompson.

We were fortunate, this season, in having six experienced players to form the nucleus of our team, but during the first term the remain­ing positions were difficult to fill. The second term, however, saw us playing a regular team with a consequent improvement in team­work and positional play. At times during this term, as at Godalming and against John Ruskin's, the teeam played really attrac­tive football and secured good wins.

Acting on a suggestion we are including quick pen-sketches of the team members.


D. J. Nunn (Goalkeeper). Thoroughly dependable—both safe and stylish.

P. Stedman (Right Back). Small but good—a thoughtful and constructive player.

D. Dobson (Left Back). Strong and determined—distribution needs more care.

A. Howells (Right Half). Very hard worker, always trying to use the ball.

S. Lobb (Centre-Half). Fast and adventurous—kicking rather erratic.

B. Hayes (Left Half). Quiet but effective cool when under pressure.

J. Finn (Outside Right). Fast and direct—a good understanding

with Osborne.

H. Osborne (Inside Rig ht). Excellent ball control—shows intelligent positional play.

C. Steer (Centre-forwar d). Invariably on target with feet and head—scored over 30 goals

P. Seymour (Inside Let t). Baby of the team—has made steady progress.

A. Thompson (Outside Left). Sometimes too nonchalant—notable for clever ball-play.


The House Matches, as usual, were more notable for enthusiasm than skill; Ashcombe regained the Senior Championship, while in the Junior Competition Rivett were surprise, but worthy, winners.

School results are given below :

1st XI.


Old Dorkinians F.C. -








Epsom County Grammar School -








Godalming County Grammar School








Guildford Junior Technical School








Woking County Grammar School








Sutton County Grammar School -




Oxted County Grammar School -




John Ruskin Grammar School           -




2nd Xl.




Redhill Borough Schools X1   -




Epsom County Grammar School -








Godalming County Grammar School








Guildford Junior Technical School








Woking County Grammar School -








Sutton County Grammar School -




Oxted County Grammar School -




John Ruskin Grammar School           -




Horsham Junior Technical School -





Under 15 XI.




Sondes Place Secondary School -




Woking County Grammar School -




Sondes Place Secondary School -




Woking County Grammar School       -




Under 14 XI.




Redhill Borough Schools XI    -


4-0           0






Sondes Place Secondary School -       -






1st XI Captain: H. W. G. Osborne. Vice-Captain Hayes.

Committee: Finn, Nunn, Boxall.
2nd XI Captain: Gould.

The School 1st XI has once again given a good account of itself against both school and club opposition. Osborne has been an excellent Captain, our most consistent batsman, and has set a good example in all other aspects of the game, even though he did get his name in the paper as a public danger through hitting a ball into the road at South Holmwood. That day the village was the subject of an article which later appeared in a London newspaper and we are glad to have contributed towards the local colour.

The 1st XI batting falls into two sharply divided groups with Osborne having a foot in both camps. Numbers one to three are solid and slow (50 for 2 at teatime) and numbers five to eleven believe that the ball is there to be hit hard (150 for 8 a few minutes later). In this latter group it is difficult to single out individual players for all have batted confidently and made good scores. One can say that Stedman will probably go furthest in cricket and Sheppard is the most improved.

The bowling has been shared by Jones, Jackson, Nunn, Finn, Osborne and Tyrrell, or so many of them as the occasion has required. After the first two matches it has proved a formidable combination, so much so that Boxall, who was an opening bowler last year but started this season out of form, has had to prove him­self a batsman to keep his place in the team. However, Boxall can console himself with the thought that he has another season with the team and that this sort of thing happens in County Cricket circles as well.

Our fielding has not been so uniform as in previous years. There have been many examples of the semi-acrobatic fielding that only schoolboys can do, but there have been more dropped catches than we usually permit. ourselves and some of the throwing has been below standard.

The 2nd XI has been of the sporting type which we always hope to produce. When two members were promoted to the first team the effect on the others was rather shattering, but confidence was regained. Burberry and Grainger have bowled well and Fricker has staked his claim for a place in the 1st XI next year as a batsman. It has been pleasing to see the improvement in a number of Seniors who have applied themselves to cricket more whole­heartedly. I don't think their table tennis will suffer.

The rather limited programme which we can arrange for the Juniors has been hampered by bad weather, but there is a hard core of enthusiasts in the Lower School who will not be discouraged—I could almost pick the teams which will be playing in 1956 now.

Finally, a word of thanks to Nunn and his assistant bag packers whose work eases so greatly the running of daily form games and team practices.

Results :— to date :

1st XI

S. Holmwood C.C.-89 for 7



Purley C.G.S.-109 for 8 dec.

School-101 for 7


Westcott C.C.-41




Jones 7 for 14, Osborne 44 (n.o.)


Old Dorkinians-64 -

School--103 for 8 dec.



Jones 7 for 35


S. Holmwood C.C.-104

School-153 for 4 dec.



Nunn 6 for 26, Osborne 58


Henley's C.C.-55

School-110 for 4 dec



Osborne 4 for 6


Godalming C.G.S.-65

School-94 for 7 dec



Jones 6 for 19



2nd XI:

Purley C.G.S.-77



Epsom C.G.S.-49

School-50 for 9


Guildford J.T.S.-66 for 7 dec-

School-40 for 7


Godalming C.G.S.-43

School-46 for 5


Surbiton C.G.S.-99 for 5 dec.

School-31 for 8




Batting-1st XI.



Total runs

No. of innings

Times n.o


H. W. G. Osborne





B. J: Hayes.





J. D. Finn.






Batting-2nd XI.






A. G. Jones





M. Tyrell





D. J. Nunn






Boys' tennis is rather a Cinderella among our games, having to be -led in after School hours and after other claims to the courts and to the boys' time have been satisfied. But like Cinderella it has its modest charm, and each year more boys wish to use our very limited facilities. We try, as far as time, weather, and demand for the courts permit, to achieve three aims : to give boys of the Fifth and Sixth Forms (occasionally, also, promising Fourth Formers) the chance of a friendly game, to run a Singles Tournament for the Harding Cup, and to play one or two matches against other schools.

This year, Lobb was elected Captain—an excellent choice—in succession to the incomparable Allsopp, who for three years dominated our tennis. Three of last years School Six remain with us, Lobb himself, J. Taylor and Finn. We were unlucky to lose Steer, another of last year's Six, soon after half-term, before any inter-school match had been played<.. He was, I think, our strongest player this year, having tightened up his service and being as cheer­fully pertinacious and splendidly fit as ever. Huggins, a promising player with an often thunderous service, has clearly won his place in the team; the other two places have, at the time of writing, not yet been filled, but Skilton, Nunn, Woodward and Whipp are all in the running. We have two inter-school matches towards the end of this term, one against Epsom C.G.S. and the other against Mitcham C.G.S.

In the Harding Cup 34 boys entered this year for the Singles Tournament. The result is much more open than in past years, when it was highly unlikely that anybody would beat Allsopp. The third round, as I write, has yet to be played : there the luck of the draw has brought together Lobb (last year's beaten finalist) and Huggins, and it looks as if, in the absence of Steer, the winner of this match will go on to win the tournament. But Taylor, who has perhaps the best strokes of all, or Finn, with his dogged retrieving, may falsify this forecast. The likeliest outsider, although only in the Fourth Form, seems to be Skilton, an excellent prospect for next year.

NETBALL, 1953-1954.

Although the results do not sound very inspiring, I am glad to say that the standard of Netball this year has considerably improved. The footwork has been neater and passes quicker, although some­times still a little wild. It is impossible to write individual criticism, its in the Hockey Notes, for team positions have been altered many times in our efforts to procure the strongest team.

1st VII :

 *M. Brown (Vice-Captain), *S. Tunstill, *P. Waddington, *C. Travers, *J. Goldsmith (Captain), *S. Stephens, *J. Wild, D. Trayler has played twice for this team.

* Awarded School Colours.


Rosebery C.S.

Lost 14--21

Reigate C.S.

Won 20--10

St. Philomena's7

Lost -17

Surrey Schools' Tournament

3rd in Section

Leatherhead C.S. School

Won 24-9

2nd VII:


Rosebery C.S. -

Lost 14-27

Reigate C.S.

Lost 15-18

St. Philomena's           -

Won 13-11

Under 15 VII:


Beare Green

Won 21— 6

Rosebery C.S.

Lost 18-25

Reigate C.S.

Won 31-10

St. Joseph's Priory

Lost 13-14

Sondes Place

Won 20— 9

Sondes Place

Won 25— 6

Leatherhead C.S. School

Won 27— 9

Horsham H.S.

Won 15— 9

St. Joseph's Priory -

Lost 16-19

Under 14 VII:


Rosebery C.S.

-Lost 16-20

Reigate C.S. -

Won 15— 4

St. Philomena's

Won 18— 5

Leatherhead C.S. School -

Lost 11-14

Horsham H.S. -

Won 12-11

Under 13 VII:


Stanway -

Won 12— 7

Sondes Place

Lost 12-20

Horsham H.S.

Lost 15-17



The 1st XI had a very successful season, losing only two of the twelve matches they played, although the other teams did not do so well. Again this year we played five teams, giving a chance to represent the school in a match to those people who, though enthusiastic players, are not of high enough standard to be included in the 1st or 2nd XI's.

The 1st XI:—

*D. Seward (Goalkeeper). Much happier stopping fast balls than slow ones. She has saved many a "certain” goal.

L. Follett (Right Back). A reliable back, but sometimes seems to be rather slow at clearing.

*P. Waddington (Left Back, Captain). It is with great regret that we shall lose our captain, who has played for the 1st XI for many years. With her strong tackling and long, hard passes, Pat has proved to be the mainstay of our defence.

A. Beveridge (Right Half). A steady player, but needs to develop a more forceful hit.

C. Travers (Centre Half). Has taken the change from wing to centre half well. She plays equally well with defence and forwards and is always back in position to tackle again.

*M. Brown (14t Half). Always seemed to be just where she was wanted, and backed up the left wing well.


L. Lidgey (Right Wing). A young member of the team who fitted in very well, and should do good work in the future.

*J. Wild (Right Inner). Runs circles round the opposing backs, and usually has good control over the ball.

*J. Goldsmith (Centre-forward, Vice-Captain). A boon to any wing—has some very good cross-field passes and usually terrifies the opposing centre-half. She was always a very strong player and the team would have been lost without her.


*S. Tunstill (Left Inner). Always very quick on the ball and rushes well in the circle.

*E. Holder (Left Wing). Has all the speed essential for a wing player and makes use of it at all opportunities—manages to make the difficult centre pass from the left look easy.

* Awarded School Colours.


Autumn Term




Reigate C.S.




Nonsuch C.G.S




Senior Hockey Tournament

4th in Section of 6


Oxted C.G.S.-




St. Andrew's Convent -




Guildford C.G.S.








Old Dorkinians --



Spring Term





Guildford C.G.S.




St. Andrew's Convent -




Godalming C.G.S.-




Horsham High School-










2nd XI.

 S. Stephens, P. Brooker, S. Talbot, J. Taylor, C. Youdale, S. Hayes, J. Dixon, M. Prosser, G. Thompson, P. Fenner, L. McFadyen, B. Kerr.


Autumn Term—

Reigate C.S.



Nonsuch C.G.S. -



Oxted C.G.S. -



St. Andrew's Convent -



Guildford C.G.S.



Spring Term

St. Andrew's Convent -



Horsham High School




3rd XI.

 F. Uren, M. Lovell, S. Sandford, L. McFadyen, P. Fenner, A. Stacey, P. Bantin, B. Shepherd; A. Harding, P. Edwards, M. King.

Autumn Term

Reigate C.S.




Under 15 XI

G. Thornton, A. Grant, C. Attwater, R. Tallent, D. Trayler, R. Akehurst, K. Cockett, P. Fielder, H. Wilcockson, P. Reader, A. Gearing.

Autumn Term

Reigate C.S.



Nonsuch C.G.S. -




Under 14 XI.

M. Sutherland, P. Arnould, J. Bottoms, S. White,

Moore, C. Peacock, M. Muller, P. Botley, P. Merry, J. Dewberry,

Maule, V. Knight.

Autumn Term

Reigate C.G.S.



Nonsuch C.G.S. -



House Hockey Cup - Rivett.


The First Six have not been very successful this season although all their matches have been close. They were drawn against Sutton H.S., and Nonsuch C.G.S. in the first round of the Aberdare Cup, which Sutton won.

The Second Six have done well and it is hoped that this promising group of players will reach the first team with a certain measure of confidence which the present first team seems to lack.

This year, for the first time, there are School Junior and Senior Singles and Doubles Tournaments, all of which have been supported by the customary enthusiastic entries.

Singles Cup, 1953      

Elaine Holder (Roberts)

Doubles Cup, 1953

 Elaine Holder and Alison Scragg (Roberts)

House Tennis Cup, 1953


Results to date :

1st VI :

 *P. Waddington and B. Hunt, *J. Goldsmith (Vice-Captain) and E. Holder, *V. Boag (Captain) and M. Gray.

* Awarded School Colours.


St. Philomena's School -


49-50 (Games)

Parsons Mead School -


4— 5 (Sets)

Reigate C.G.S.


4— 5 (Sets)

Godalming C.G.S. -


38-61 (Games)

O.D.A. -


54 (Sets)


2nd VI:

St. Philomena's School -


58-41 (Games)

Reigate C.G.S.


5— 4 (Sets)

Godalming C.G.S. -


57-42 (Games)


3rd VI:

Godalming C.G.S. -


60-21 (Games)


On Thursday, May 20th, at Pixham Lane the combined boys' and girls' team gained the Aggregate Cup for the second consecutive after a close struggle with Sondes Place School.

The boys, captained by Skilton, gaining seven 1st, seven 2nd and thirteen 3rd places, were runners-up to Sondes Place in the com­petition for the Boys' Challenge Shield. Hayns and Gent gave good performances and brought in eighteen points between them.

The girls' team, captained by Diana Trayler, gaining nine 1st, six 2nd, four 3rd and two 4th places, won the Girls' Challenge Cup for the second year running, beating Sondes Place by sixteen points.

This year Discus, Javelin and Weight were included for the first time in a friendly competition between Beare Green and the School, thereby preparing competitors for these events at Motspur Park.


In the Schools' Invitation Challenge Relay Shield, the School Under 15 team (Gygli, J. Stedman, Gent, Hayns) ran second to Reigate Grammar School, who set up a new record of 1 min. 22 secs. for 4 x 176 yards.


The Dorking District entered a team of 61 competitors in the County Sports, 43 of which came from the School.

The Senior Girls' team won the Championship for the, second year running; Jane Goldsmith setting up a Surrey Best Performance in the Javelin and Pat Waddington winning the Long Jump. The Relay team (P. Waddington, M. Wareham, S. Bellis, E. Holder) gained third place. This achievement was due entirely to the efforts of the Sixth Form girls, who are to be heartily congratulated.

In the Intermediate Girls' section. Shirley Tunstill came fourth in the Javelin and Brenda Shepherd fourth in the 150 yards. Jennifer Dixon and Pauline Merry did well to reach the semi-finals of their events.

The Boys' teams did not win any trophies but scored several individual successes. In the Senior Competition, M. Gardner came second in the 880 yards and S. Lobb second in the 440 yards.

In the Intermediate section, G. Manning gained second place in the 100 yards and R. Cullis fifth place. J.. Dittert came second in the 220 yards and is to be congratulated on being selected for the County team to compete in the All England Sports. In the Javelin, Prebble and Patten did well to obtain fourth and fifth places respectively. In the Junior section, cur only success was C. Gent, who gained fifth place in the Hurdles.


In the Senior Competition, the School came sixth with 19 points, M. C. Gardner secured third place in the 880 yards, while S. E. Lobb finished second in the 440 yards. The Relay Team (G. Manning, R. Thompson, J. Finn, S. Lobb) also gained valuable points for sixth place. Congratulations to G. Manning who set up a new County record in winning the 110 yards Hurdles in 14.6 seconds.

The Junior Competition saw only 9 points gained. J. Dittert gaining second place in the 440 yards and R. Cullis third place in the 220 yards.


In the Junior event, Roberts won narrowly from Ashcombe, with Rivett in third place J. Bailey (Roberts) came first in 10 minutes 12.4 seconds, with A. Cole (Rivett) second and N. Ridley (Ash­combe) third.

The Senior Race was also a victory for Roberts, who gained five out of the first seven places. Rivett came second, with Ashcombe a close third. The individual winner was C. Steer (Roberts), followed closely by M. Gardner (Rivett) and J. Williams (Roberts).


The twenty-first'Annual Athletic Sports were held on the School Ground cn Wednesday, July 14th. Despite an unfavourable weather forecast, the weather remained fine and the full programme of events` was completed.

The trophies were presented by C. W. Goffin, Esq., M.A. The Headmaster warmly welcomed Mr. Goffin and recalled that Mr. C yin had organized most of the past twenty sports meetings.

After presenting the trophies Mr. Goffin congratulated all the competitors and the organizers, and referred to the lasting friend­ships which have sprung from Games and Athletic Meetings.

The Head Boy, A. J. Gould, called for three cheers for Mr. Goffin.


This year the Atlanta Senior Championship Bowl was won by Brenda Shepherd (Ri) with Pat Waddington (Ri) a close second. Brenda broke the existing Long Jump record by 104 ins. with a jump of 17 ft. 4 ins., which will take some beating in the future.

The " Youdale " Cup was won by Jennifer Dixon (Ri) who was well ahead of all other rivals.

The Mercury Junior Championship Cup was won by Veronica Waldron (Ri) who scored points for every Under 15 event. Pauline Merry (Ri), who was the, runner-up, gained first place in the 100 yards, 150 yards and 70 yards hurdles. In the latter event, a time of 10.5 secs. was recorded. This was an exceptionally fine perform­ance, but some allowance shoud be made for a strong following wind throughout the race. Diana Traylor (Cr), with a jump of 16 ft. 04 in., broke the Long Jump Under 15 record, which was set up in 1946.

Maureen Betteridge (Cr) showed promise in the Under 13 events. four of which she won.


Ashcombe (A.), Craven (Cr.), Rivett (Ri.), Roberts (Ro.).


100 Yards. 1st: B. Shepherd (Ri.). 2nd: E. Holder (Ro.). 3rd: J. King (Ro.). Time: 11.9 secs.

220 Yards. 1st: E. Holder (Ro.). 2nd: J. King (Ro.). 3rd: C. Travers (RI.). Time: 29.2 secs. (Record).

High Jump. 1st: P. Waddington (Ri.). 2nd: B. Shepherd (Ri.). 3rd: S. Stephens (A.). Height: 4 ft. 44- ins.

Long Jump. 1st: B. Shepherd (Ri.). 2nd: P. Waddington (Ri.). 3rd: C. Travers (Ri.). Distance: 17 ft. 4 ins. (Record).

80 Yards Hurdles. 1st: J. King (Ro.). 2nd: P. Waddington (Ri.). 3rd: B. Shepherd (Ri.).. Time: 12.9 secs.

Throwing the Javelin. 1st: J. Goldsmith (Cr.). 2nd: S. Tunstill,(Ri.). 3 rd: G. Thompson (A.). Distance: 88 ft. 1 in. (Record).

Throwing the Discus. 1st: S. Stephens (A.). 2nd: M. Prosser, (A.). 3rd: C. 'Travers (Ri.). Distance: 86 ft. 7 ins. (Record).


100 Yards. 1st: J. Dixon (Ri.). 2nd: B. Kay (A.). 3rd: J. Taylor (Ro.). Time: 13.0 secs,•

150 Yards. 1st: J. Dixon (Ri.). 2nd: B. Kay (A.). 3rd: S. Laurenson (Ri.). Time: 19.9 secs.

High Jump. 1st: J. Dixon (Ri.). 2nd: A. Brewster (Cr.). 3rd: L. McFadyen (Ro.). Height: 3 ft. 10 ins.

Long Jump. 1st: J. Dixon (Ri.). 2nd: L. McFadyen (Ro.). 3rd: P. Bartin (A.). Distance: 14 ft. 10 ¾

Throwing the Javelin. 1st: P. Fenner (Cr.). 2nd: R. Tallent (Cr.).

3rd: A. Brewster (Cr.). Distance: 73 ft. 7 ins. (Record).

Throwing the Discus. 1st: A. Brewster (Cr.). 2nd : J. Dixon (Ri.).

3rd: J. Taylor (Ro.). Distance: 56 ft. 4 ins.

80 Yards Hurdles. 1st: B. Kay (A.). 2nd: L. McFadyen (Ro.). 3rd:
________Time: 12.6 secs. (Record).


100 Yards. 1st: P. Merry (Ri.). 2nd: V. Waldron (Ri.). 3rd: D. Trayler (Cr.). Time: 12.0 secs.

150 Yards. 1st: P. Merry (Ri.). 2nd: V. Waldron (Ri.). 3rd: J. Moore (Cr.). Time: 19.3 secs.

High Jump. 1st: J. Moore (Cr.). 2nd: V. Waldron (Ri.). 3rd: P. Merry (Ri.). Height: 4 ft. 5 ¾ ins.

Long Jump. 1st: D. Trayler (Cr.). 2nd: P. Merry (Ri.). 3rd: V. Waldron (Ri.). Distance: 16 ft. 01 ins. (Record).

70 Yards Hurdles. 1st: P. Merry (Ri.). 2nd: V. Waldron and D. Trayler (Cr.). Time: 10.5 secs (Record).

Throwing the Javelin. 1st: P. Botley (A.). 2nd: S. Barr (Ri.). 3rd: V. Waldron (Ri.). Distance: 83 ft. 3 ins.

Throwing the Discus. 1st: D. Trayler (Cr.). 2nd: V. Waldron (Ri.). 3rd: M. Swaddling (Ro.). Distance: 80 ft. 4 ins.


100 Yards. 1st: P. Bond (Ri.). 2nd: K. Maule (A.). 3rd: C. Fitch (Cr.). Time: 12.5 secs.

150 Yards. 1st: P. Bond (Ri.). 2nd: K. Maule (A.). 3rd: C. Fitch (Cr.). Time: 20.0 secs.

70 Yards Hurdles. 1st: P. Botley (A.). 2nd: K. Maule (A.). 3rd: M. Martin (Ro.). Time: 12.2secs.


100 Yards (12½-13). 1st: C. Ford (A.). 2nd: J. Court (Ro.). 3rd: F. Hodgkins (Ri.). Time: 13.0secs.

100 Yards (under 12½. 1st: M. Betteridge (Cr.). 2nd: Y. Pescud (Cr.). 3rd: D. Douglas (Ri.). Time: 13.0 secs.

150 Yards. 1st: M. Betteridge (Cr.). 2nd: C. Ford (A.). 3rd: F. Hodgkins (Ri.). Time: 20.2 secs.

High Jump. 1st: C. Ford (A.). 2nd: Y. Pescud (Cr.). 3rd: M. Betteridge (Cr.). Height: 4 ft. O¾ ins.

Long Jump. 1st: M. Betteridge (Cr.). 2nd: A. Pullinger (Ri.). 3rd: C. Ford (A.). Distance: 13 ft. 8½ ins.

70 Yards Hurdles. 1st: M. Betteridge (Cr.). 2nd: C. Ford (A.). 3rd: F. Hodgkins (Ri.). Time: 12.6 secs.


House Senior Relay. 1st: Roberts. 2nd: Rivett. 3rd: Ashcombe. Time: 55.4 secs.

House Junior Relay. 1st: Rivett. 2nd: Craven. 3rd: Ashcombe. Time: 56.9 secs.

House Relay (under 13). 1st: Craven. 2nd: Rivett. 3rd: Roberts. Time: 59.5 secs.


The " Atlanta" Senior Championship Bowl: B. Shepherd.

The "Youdale" Championship Cup: J. Dixon.

The "Mercury" Junior Championship Bowl: V. Waldron.

The "Governor's" House Relay Cup: Rivett.

The House Jumping Cup: Rivett.

The Aggregate Shield: Rivett.

The House Hockey Cup: Rivett.



The outstanding performance was that of Dittert (Ro) who gained 6 first places and established 4 of the 8 new records.

In the Open Events, Gardner (Ri) established a new record for the 880 yards and broke his own One Mile record. Manning (A) hurdled well to set up a new record for the 100 yards Hurdles.

The only record in the Under 15 events was established by Gent (Ro) who lowered the time for the 70 yards Hurdles to 11.2 secs.

Ashcombe (A.), Craven (Cr.), Rivett (Ri.), Roberts (Rot),


100 Yards. 1st: Manning (A.). 2nd: Lobb (Cr.). 3rd: Thompson (A.). Time: 10.5 secs.

220 Yards. 1st: Lobb (Cr.). 2nd: Manning (A.). 3rd: Gardner (Ri.). Time: 24.8 secs.

440 Yards. 1st: .Lobb (Cr.). 2nd: Gardner (Ri.). Goller (Cr.). Time: 53.5 secs.

880 Yards. 1st: Gardner (Ri.). 2nd: Lobb (Cr.). 3rd: Wells (Ro.). Time: 2 mins. 8.4 secs. (Record).

I Mile: 1st: Gardner (Ri.). 2nd: Lobb (Cr.). 3rd: Wells (Ro.). Time: 4 mins. 49.5 secs. (Record).

High Jump. 1st: Thompson (A.). 2nd: Nunn (A.). 3rd: Manning (A.). Height: 5 ft. 3¼ins.

Long Jump: 1st: Manning (A.). 2nd: Finn (A.). 3rd: Murray (Cr.). Distance: 19 ft. 2½ ins.

Throwing the Cricket Ball: 1st: Wright (A.). 2nd: Morgan (Ri.). 3rd: Jackson (Ri.). Distance: 80 yds. 1 in.

Senior Relay. 1st: Ashcombe. 2nd: Craven. 3rd: Roberts. Time: 48.6 secs.

Hurdles. 1st: Manning (A.). 2nd: Finn (A.). 3rd: Lobb (Cr.). Time: 13.7 secs. (Record).


100 Yards. 1st: Dittert (Ro.). 2nd: Cullis (Ri.). 3rd: Patten (Ro.). Time: 10.5 secs. (Record).

220 Yards. 1st: Dittert (Ro.). 2nd: Cullis (Ri.). 3rd: Moss (Ro.). Time: 25.2 secs. (Record).

440 Yards. 1st: Dittert (Ro.). 2nd: Scaife (Ri.). 3rd: —. Time: 57.4 secs. (Record).

880 Yards. 1st: Dittert (Ro.). 2nd: Seymour (Cr.). 3rd: —. Time: 2 mins. 25.5 secs,

High Jump. 1st: Bartlett (Ro.). 2nd: Dittert (Ro.). 3rd: Cullis (Ri.). Height: 4 ft. 9 ins.

Long Jump. 1st: Dittert (Ro.). 2nd: Gent (Ro.). 3rd: Short (Cr.). Distance: 18 ft. 0½ in. (Record).

Hurdles. 1st: Patten (Ro.). 2nd: Adlem (A.). Moss (Ro.). Time: —. Shot. 1st: Wakeford (A.). 2nd: Dittert (Ro.). 3rd: Tyrrell (Cr.). Distance: 31 ft. 1 in.


100 Yards. 1st: Hayns (Cr.). 2nd: Gent (Ro.). 3rd: Gygli (Ro.). Time: 11.2 secs.

220 Yards. 1st: Hayns (Cr.). 2nd: Gent (Ro.). 3rd: Stedman (A.). Time: 26.4 secs.

440 Yards. 1st: Bailey (Ro.). 2nd: Gent (Ro.). 3rd: Stedman (A.). Time: 60.0 secs.

880 Yards. 1st: Short (Cr.). 2nd: Gent (Ro.). 3rd: Bailey (Ro.). Time: 2 mins. 25 secs.

Hurdles. 1st: Gent (Ro.). 2nd: Bailey (Ro.). 3rd: —. Time: 11.2 secs. (Record).

Throwing the Javelin. 1st: Ranger (Cr.). 2nd: Barber (A.). 3rd: Robertson (Ro.). Distance: 92 ft. 1 in.

Shot. 1st: Stedman (A.). 2nd: Ranger (Cr.). 3rd: Bailey (Ro.). Distance: 29 ft. 4 ins.

Throwing the Discus. 1st: Stedman (A.). 2nd: Crack (A.). 3rd: Gent (Ro.). Distance: 90 ft. 4 ins.


100 Yards. 1st: Crack (A.). 2nd: Barber (A.). 3rd: Wilcockson (Ri.). Time: 12.0 secs.

220 Yards. Crack (A.). 2nd: Barber (A.). 3rd: Ridley (A.). Time: 28.9 secs.

High Jump. 1st: Crack (A.). 2nd: Cole (Ri.). 3rd: Barber (A.). Height: 4 ft. 6 ins.

Long Jump. 1st: Crack (A.). 2nd: Lewer (Ri.). 3rd: Barber (A.). Distance: 15 ft. 11 ins.

House Relay. 1st: Ashcombe. 2nd: Rivett. 3rd: Craven.. Time: 57.2 secs.

Hurdles. 1st: Barber (A.). 2nd: Cole (Ri.). 3rd: Craddock (Ri.). Time: 11.9secs.


100 Yards. 1st: Cox (A.). 2nd: Winn (Cr.). 3rd: Thomas (Ro.). Time: 13.2 secs.

100 Yards (Under 122). 1st: Faris (A.). 2nd: Ward (Ri.). Wheeler (A.). Time: 13.2 secs.

220 Yards. 1st: Faris (A.). 2nd: Cox (A.). 3rd: Ward (Ri.). Time: 31.8 secs.

Hurdles. lst: Trolley (A.). 2nd: Wheatley (Ro.). 3rd: Saunders (Cr.). Time: 15.2 secs.

High Jump. 1st: Hall, C. S. (Cr.). 2nd: Saunders (Cr.). 3rd: Winn (Cr.).

Height: 3 ft. 9 ins.

Long Jump. 1st: Trolley (A.). 2nd: Grout (A.). 3rd: Wheatley (Ro.).

Distance: 13 ft. 4 ins.



The "Goffin" House Junior Relay Cup: Ashcombe.

House Junior Football Challenge Shield: Rivett.

The "McComas" House Senior Relay Cup: Ashcombe.

The Old Boys' Senior Football Challenge Shield: Ashcombe.


The Old Boys' Senior Championship Cup: Manning (A.).

The Roy Davey Junior Championship Cup: Crack (A.).

The Under 16 Championship Cup: Dittert (Ro.).

The Fisher Cup (High Jump and Hurdles): Manning (A.).

The DeCourcy Cup (Craven House) : Lobb.

The Senior Cross Country. Cup: Steer (Ro.).

The Junior Cross Country Cup: Bailey (Ro.).

The Bonner Fielding Cup: Osborne (Cr.).




During this year the Senior Choir and Old Dorkinian Music Society have given two concerts in the School Hall, the " Messiah " in March, and Mozart's " Requiem " and Haydn's Imperial Mass " in June.

The soloists for both concerts were Hebe Morgan, soprano; Sheila Young, contralto; David Galliver, tenor; and Roger Stalman, bass; and Ivor Macmahon led the orchestra which was substantially the same for each performance.

Two very successful performances of " Messiah " were given on February 13th and 15th, and we were very fortunate in having Norman Burgess, of the Sadler's Wells Opera Orchestra, to play the trumpet obbligato.

The Choir had had a very small amount of rehearsal time for the performance of Mozart's Requiem Mass " and Haydn's " Imperial Mass," and it is to their credit that they gave such an enthusiastic and confident concert.

In the " Requiem," the parts for basset horn (an instrument which has been obsolete for about a century) were played on corn anglais by Maurice Checker and Anthony Askew—two young players of great promise.

Of the two works, the Haydn was the more popular, and it is to be hoped that the Choir will have the opportunity of exploring more of this composer's works.

We should like to thank France and Sewell for taking the recordings at both concerts, and Doctor Morgan for all the work he did towards making both performances such a great success.

At Speech Day in December, the Madrigal Society sang two items from Haydn's " Imperial Mass," "Awake, Sweet Love " by Dowland. and Morley's " Now is the month of Maying."

There was no Junior Speech Day.

On Good Friday, a section of the Choir sang excerpts from " Messiah " at The Methodist Church, Leatherhead, for the com­bined Church Service.

In June, about twenty girls of the Senior Choir sang at a meeting of The British and Foreign Bible Society at the Dorking Halls

As usual, the Junior and Senior Choirs combined with the Old Dorkinian Musical Society to give a very enjoyable Carol Service in Saint Martin's Church at the end of the Christmas Term.



It is customary for the cast of the School play to criticise the producer's choice immediately she has made it. This year was no exception : " Fancy doing a translation from the French—I ask you! Have you ever heard of anything so stupid ? Christopher Fry was bad enough, but this--well ! "

Of course we hadn't actually read the play then. When we did read it we found that it was really most amusing and had definite possibilities. However, it still did not have, my whole-hearted support, and this was _ mainly due to some of its " possibilities." When you turned to your neighbor and murmured, as a scimitar landed upon my seat with a resounding thwack, " Isn't it a good thing he's padded." I don't suppose it occurred to you that for three months I had been rehearsing without padding — it was agony !



Rehearsals were in general very well attended. Admittedly there were times when the producer could be heard to remark, " Where's the Second Flunkey ?  Well, he shouldn't be playing table tennis, go and fetch him ! " and the Second Flunkey would arrive, bat in hand complaining bitterly that they were at "25-26" and he'd only got to say “M'sieu!, anyway. It wasn't always the Second Flunkey, either. I will admit that there were many occasions when the " Snob " himself was missing at a crucial point in a rehearsal (usually in the Third Act when he was likely to rehearse the scimitar passage).




Rehearsals were in general very well attended. sayM'sieu" anyway. It wasn't always the second Flunkey, either. I will admit that there were many occasions when the " Snob " himself was missing at a crucial point in a rehearsal (usually in the Third Act when he was likely to rehearse the scimitar passage).

Soon we were expected to know our parts,and thus we reached the stage when every available moment was taken up in muttering our lines over and over again. When I stood in the bus queue murmuring to myself " May

the rose in your garden bloom all the year round !" an old lady looked at me with a startled expression on her face and hurried away. Perhaps she was a horticultural expert.

As December approached and we grew more and more nervous, we be­came involved in the highly entertain­ing process of dressing and making-up. The boys, especially, found that the seventeenth century costume was extra­ordinarily difficult to put on, and we decided that if we had lived at that time we should have had to get up at 5 o'clock to arrive at School in time.

For my own part I found it extremely difficult to drink cocoa through a moustache and could’nt help wondering how the stage manager contrived to do it.










Taking it all round I am sure that the whole cast will agree with me that this was one of the most enjoyable plays, from the actor's point of view, that we have done. We can only hope that those of you who came to see it enjoyed it as much as we did.





The past year has been quite an eventful one for the Chess Club. Several new members from the first forms have joined us, and also one or two from other forms. During the Easter Term we heldl a Junior Chess Tournament, but as most of our seniors have left us. owing to the fact that other activities are held on Monday evenings, it was found not possible to have a really successful Senior Tournament. We intend to finish the tournament next term and, if possible, to hold another. Next year we hope that some of the members of the Dorking Chess Club will come to give us their help  and advice.



Committee : W. Chalcraft, C. Travers, P. Waddington, H. Osborne.R. Crane, M. Gardner.

This year we have had several formal debates and other meetings of a lighter kind. The standard of set speeches has been good and has improved throughout the year, but many people speaking from the floor still tend to pass single-sentence opinions rather than make speeches. A few, however, have set a good example in this respect, and we have great hopes for the future.

The House voted against the motion favouring the introduction of an international language and against the extension of conscrip­tion to women. The motion that fox hunting should be abolished by law was carried although one speaker suggested that foxes enjoy being hunted. The House could not agree that emancipation for women means slavery for men, and the motion that modern grammar schools are producing stereotyped people was defeated after a lively debate in which it was pointed out that those people voting for the motion would be passing a vote of censure on themselves.

Apart from formal debates, we had some informal discussions, a balloon debate in which Dr. Schweizer, the Nobel Peace Prize­winner, was left in the balloon, and an interesting session of "Any Questions " in which a panel of staff and pupils answered questions submitted by the audience. Also, two meetings were devoted to " One Minute, Please," which has in recent years been one of the most popular programmes of the Debating Society. In the first a girls' team beat a boys', and in the second a staff team lost to a School one.

On the whole, we have had a very successful year, with attend­ances usually in the sixties. The committee would like to thank Mr. Dryer and Mr. Penman for their interest and help, and Leonie Hollingsworth for her really attractive posters advertising our meetings.



This year has been most successful for the Dramatic Society. An increase in membership has given the opportunity for revealing hidden talent, thus improving the standard of the meetings. There were seven meetings of the Society during the Autumn Term. At the first a committee was elected. The second meeting took the form of the B.B.C. programme " I want to be an Actor." The two sketches performed were " Evil doings at the Windmill " and " Postman's Knock." As an entirely new venture, recordings of Robert Speiaght, Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud and Dame Edith Evans in excerpts from such plays as " Murder in the Cathedral " and " Henry V," were played at the third meeting. Atthe fourth meeting "A lamentable Comedy," the rustic scene in"A Mid-Summer Night's Dream," was performed. A short play The Grand Chain's Diamond " was read at the fifth meeting. The last meeting of the term took the form of charades; each year, from the fourth forms upwards, competed. The words used were " Bombardment," " Yuletide," Hangover," " Pullover."

The main meeting of the Dramatic Society during the Spring Term was the House Drama Competition. This year we decided to be more ambitious. The stage was erected and each House appointed its own electrician to manage lights. Parents were again invited and the resulting number present exceeded any we have had before. Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Bradshaw very kindly consented to judge the four plays again this year, awarding to Ashcombe the first place, with Roberts a very close second.

Naturally, owing to the rehearsals needed for this meeting, the rest of the programme was considerably curtailed, there being only three other meetings during the term. At the first, members per­formed " The Boy comes Home," which unfortunately was acted in broad daylight, so that the effect of the dream was lost. The two other meetings took the form of a reading of Shaw's unusual play "Androcles and the Lion." Although the attempt at arena staging was sadly unrehearsed the audience was appreciative, mistakes only adding to the general hilarity.

We should like to thank Miss Barter for her valuable advice and help during the year.



The aim of the Club is to promote interest in gymnastics and to provide opportunities for boys to improve their personal perform­ances. The work attempted is usually of a standard above that which is normally practised in P.T. lessons. This helps to make it more interesting and worth while.

Plenty of scope is given for free practice and there are always willing hands to give support when necessary. Emphasis is placed on vaulting and agility and a high standard has been achieved.

The work is neither dangerous nor difficult and enthusiasm rather than ability is sought after in would-be members, so come along next year on Thursdays during dinner hour and though I do not promise to make a new man of you in seven or more days, I am sure you will find the work enjoyable and beneficial.




As the dates for the two concerts drew near, Musical Society meetings were given over to extra rehearsals. However, a number of very enjoyable meetings were held during the Christmas and Spring Terms.

Meetings consisted mainly of programmes of recorded music, but during the Spring Term a " live " programme was given by members of the Sixth Form. Jane May ('cello), Wilkins (violin) and Hope (piano) gave us some delightful trios and duets, and Jane Goldsmith and Pauline Griswood sang.

Peter Ballinger visited us to present a " long-playing "' record of Tchaikovsky's " Pathetique " Symphony No. 6, and other items included Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, Mozart's Horn Concerto, and one of Carl Nielsen's Symphonies.



As there was no Junior Speech Day this year, the Junior Choir could concentrate on practising for the Dorking and District Schools' Music Festival at the Dorking Halls, which took place in March The " own choice " piece was Somervell's " Shepherd's Cradle Song " and was conducted by Pauline Griswood, and accompanied by Janet Warham. The Festival is non-competitive, but the criticism received was very encouraging.



The Science Society has met rather spasmodically during the Autumn and Spring Terms, owing to the difficulty in obtaining guest speakers, and the reluctance of members to come forward and speak. In response to a request from Mr. Rowlatt, however, three members did give lectures.

J. C. Taylor gave a talk on " Life on the Seashore," in which he told of his acquaintance with the various forms of life to be found there. A. C. France told members of recent developments in " Rockets," after having sketched their history from the Middle Ages. We were fortunate in having Mr. France as speaker, since having experimented with rocket fuels, he was able to tell members of his practical experience, and his narrow escapes. A. J. Thompson introduced members to " Chromatography " telling of the theory and uses of a comparatively new branch of Science. Again the speaker had practical experience.

There was one of the largest audiences ever to welcome a member of the staff—Mr. P. E. Larby, who came to speak on a subject lit, considered to be on the border-line of Science—Psychology.

This talk was illustrated by numerous experiments, the subjects being drawn from the audience. Our guest speakers this year were Mr. Sankey, of the Juniper Hall Field Study Centre, who spoke on " Flora in Chalk Country," and Dr. Taylor, who spoke on Liver Flukes."

The committee is most grateful to I.C.I., Ltd., and The Petroleum Films Board for lending to the Society, free of charge, a number of films.

In the past, many places of scientific interest have been visited, and this year, the laboratories of Mullard, Ltd., and the factory of The Ford Motor Co. were visited. The committee wish to express their thanks to the two firms concerned.

As usual we owe our gratitude to Mr. A. S. Rowlatt, without whom there would be no Society. This year, special praise is due, for never before have three members spoken, and the persuasion necessary is surprisingly great. Thanks are due also to Mr. A. W Howard, who, on several occasions, has operated the projector.



Once again the 19th Dorking (School) Troop has completed a successful year of scouting.

Summer camp last year was held at Hexworthy, near Princetown on Dartmoor, where we camped in 1950. Hikes were undertaken; Buckfast Abbey, Widdicombe and Grimspound (the site of an ancient British settlement) being among the places visited.

On Friday evenings during the winter, courses were held for the Fireman and Ambulance Badges, after which three Fireman and six Ambulance Badges were gained. B. Wakeford became a First Class Scout, and once again all who attended summer camp gained their Second Class. We again won the District Scouts' Senior and Junior Athletic Trophies. The County Rally at Whitsun was attended by the Troop, and in spite of the weather the standard of camping was high.

P. Rogers received his warrant and is now an Assistant Scout­master with the Troop.

Summer Camp will be held this year at Boot, in Eskdale, the site of our summer camp three years ago.



At the first meeting of the Club the Committee was elected as follows ; G. H. Goldsmith (Chairman), B. J. Hayes (Secretary), R. A. Sewell, C. C. Lee and J. B. Woodman. Throughout the year the attendance has been rather small, and in general confined to the Lower School. The meetings took the form of Sales and Competitions, two of which were internal com­petitions, the third being the annual competition for the Junior Cup of the Dorking Stamp Club. This cup was won by G. H. Goldsmith with the same entry with which he won the Senior Cup some time earlier—naturally we are very proud of this feat.

As usual we are indebted to Mr. Howard for his invaluable help and to the officials of the Club. We hope next year to have a larger membership which will allow us to undertake a rather more varied programme.



The S.C.M. Group has now completed its second year since its foundation. It has been a difficult year, but we think this is partly due to competition from other fields of activity. However, we have held a number of good and helpful meetings.

We started the year with a very interesting address given by one of the Secretaries of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. Amongst other meetings we held two quizzes on Biblical topics which proved both instructive and popular. Last term we showed a film called " Hidden Treasure "—one of the " Fact and Faith " films—which dealt with the wonders visible through telescope and microscope, relating them to religion. This term we have held a series of discussions on the very important topic of the colour bar, considering the attitude we Christians ought to take.

It was decided that in future the S.C.M. should have its annual general meeting each Spring when officers should be elected who would not be leaving and would therefore be able to serve for the next year. Thus new people would not have to take office at a Stage when many of the older onees were leaving. At the beginning of this term we held our annual general meeting at which the follow­ing officers were elected : D. G. Wilkins (Chairman), Jane Goldsmith (Secretary), Elaine Holder (Treasurer).

We wish to thank Mr. Clegg for his valuable advice and assistance throughout the year, and extend a welcome to all in the Fourth Forms and above to come to our meetings.



Officers :

President : Dr. Trefor Jones. Vice-President : Miss W. Rigby Treasurer : Mr. A. C. Patten.

Secretary : Mr. G. H. Woodman.

Members of the Executive Committee :

Chairman:   Mr. H. C. Brown.

Deputy-Chairman : Mrs. M. E. Bantin.

Mrs. N. W. Bradshaw.

Mr. W. J. Casselden.

Mrs. M. Browning.

Mr. D. H. McMorran.

Mrs. J. N. Moore.

Dr. H. G. Maule.

Mrs. K. Robertson.

Mr. H. M. Smith.

Miss V. Keene.

Mr. T. B. Hetherington


Turning at once to matters of routine it is pleasant to record that both the social functions of the year—the cricket match, Fathers' XI versus the School 1st XI, held in July, 1953, and the Social held in January, 1954—were highly successful. Mr. A. C. Patten was the Captain of the Cricket XI and, although the match was lost by 24 runs, the defeat was not overwhelming and leads us to hope for victory in 1954. Mrs. M. E. Bantin ably led the group of ladies who supervised the provision of refreshments at the Social, and the organisation of the evening's pleasure was in the capable hands of Mr. D. H. McMorran.

The Association once more asked the Department of Extra-mural Studies of the University of London to provide a course of lectures during the Autumn Term. It was entitled "American Life and Literature " and was a refreshing change. The lecturer, Mr. G. Moore, M.A., had spent a considerable time in the United States and spoke with the authority of experience.

In the Spring, the Governors of the School took up with the Education Committee of the Surrey County Council the latter's decision not to acquire the ground to the north of the boys' playing field so as to enlarge it. The decision was contrary to a previous one made in 1950, and as another department of the Council was proposing the use of the land for the building of houses for fire. men and others the Governors thought rapid action it was necessary to save the ground for the School. At an Extraordinary Meeting held at the end of May the Executive Committee of the Parents' Association gave its unanimous support to the Governors in a letter written to the Chairman of the Education Committee. Unfortunately the reply received was that, after considering the question afresh, the Education Committee could not recommend the purchase suggested.

The number of members of the Association was smaller in this season than that for last year. I should like, if I may, to ask parents who are not members to reconsider the matter. The powerof the Association can be applied principally in two ways. Thefirst is the power of making representations -the power of puttinga point of view. This may be given to the general public or to their representatives in public affairs The second is the power the Association has of giving financial assistance- particularly to the School. The strength of both of these depends upon the number of members in the Association. If the Executive Committee could state that it spoke for the parents of every child in the School with how much greater respect would its voice be regarded by the world at large, and if, as it well could be, the aggregate  subscription was double what it is now how much more could be done which to-day, from shortage of money, cannot even be contemplated.

A final word about the future. The University of London has promised to give a series of ten lectures during the Autumn Term. The course will attempt to draw a picture of Education in England to-day. The list of lecturers is not yet complete, but we have already obtained the services of :‑

Dr. Marjorie Tait to talk about Adolescence;

Dr. W. H. King, of the Institute of Education, to give information aboutthe measurement of ability;

Miss H. Lister, Headmistress of Selhurst Grammar School, who will consider the Education Act of 1944 and its effect in the years following its enactment; and

Dr. Trefor Jones, to speak about the General Certificate of Education.

It is also highly probable that Character and Personality will be dealt with by Dr. C. de Moucheaux, of the Department of Psychology of University College, London, and that Professor J. A. Lauwerys, of the Institute of Education, will conclude the course by examining the relation between Education and Society.

No parents who have the interests of their children at heart should be ignorant of the facts of Education to-day. This course has been carefully planned by the Executive Committee to cover most aspects of this vast field and we believe that parents who attend will not only gain much knowledge in return for their effort but will find much enjoyment as well.

GILBERT H. WOODMAN, Honoorary Secretary.


This has been a year of steady development as far as the School Library is concerned. Nearly 200 additions have been made. In the main, these are books of reference but a certain amount of fiction has also been added. A small beginning has been made with the section intended for German literature which, it is hoped, will soon assume more respectable <proportions. The Classics Section is also increasing. I have been pleased to receive book suggestions from a few Forms in the course of the year and, next term, will put up on the Library Notice Board a paper on which suggestions for new books may be made by pupils.

We have, so far, raised about £68 in the voluntary Library Fund Financially this has not been an unsatisfactory year. and should by the end of term have reached £75. Outstanding collections have been made by Form 3, and Forms 5a, 4 and 2 have also been generous. The School must be very grateful to Mr. Goffin for the £10 which he has so generously given to the Library. Jennifer Thwaites and Ann Scrivener. who left last year, both presented book tokens to the Library, for which I would like to express my thanks.




The amount collected by the Group dduring the School year until June 25th, 1954, is £1,830 and I have little doubt that by the end of July it will be over £2,000. Of this some £460 will have been saved in fairly large sums of money, but the remaining £1,500 will have been contributed in small amounts by just over 200 people

In the Autumn of 1953 I obtained the following information :-

The number of savers in the School Group ...   214

The number of savers not in the School Group

but in other groups ...               101

The number of those saving regularly but not

in any group ...      142

The number of savers altogether is 457 and the number of children at School is 570. Thus over 75 per cent. of the School are helping themselves and the nation by saving. This is very good. Nevertheless, I should be happier to see more children join the School Group as I feel children's loyalty, at that age, should, generally speaking, be to the School.

Finally, may I address a few words to the parents of the children in the first two school years? In from four to seven years' time your children will be leaving school to enter either their chosen profession or else to go to a University. At that moment they will feel the need of a reserve of money to cover not so much the essentials, which will be provided otherwise, but the extra things which will make life more pleasant. Get them to start saving with that in view. Why ! only sixpence a week will produce about £6 in that time and half-a-crown a week £30.




N. Barter, W. Chalcraft, Crane. Gould, Osborne, P. Waddington.

Every year the approach of the end of the Summer Term brings with it the usual struggle to wrest contributions for the annual School magazine from unwilling pupils. There are, of course, many other activities to absorb spare time in the summer, including the all-important examinations, but we do feel that more interest and enthusiasm could be shown towards the "Dorkinian" The magazine goes out to other schools, and by it they estimate our worth; Old Dorkinians consult it to find,. out how the old School is progressing; and parents, governors and friends all find it one of the chief means of obtaining information about the School and forming some impression of the standard, .attained here. We believe that so far the "Dorkinian " has not compared too unfavourably with the productions of other schools, but each year the trickle of blood from the proverbial stone seems to become thinner, and the necessary pumping operations more strenuous. Surely. it should not be too much to hope that one day girls and boys will realise, firstly, that they have responsibilities to their School, and one of these is to support its magazine; and secondly, that it is an honour to have material accepted for publication.

We congratulate those who have achieved success this year, and also those whose work came near to satisfying the editors, but for some reason just missed publication.

The results of the House Competition are as follows

1st Ashcombe ‑

2nd Roberts

3rd Craven - 4th Rivett -

- 50 points - 24 points - 22 points - 20 points

Point Winners :

Ashcombe: J. Wright, P. Brooker, H. Holmes, Wright, J. Warham, M. Barber, M. Lidgey, Tutton, Figg, J. Everitt, K. McLeod, Adlem, Jones, Grout, J. Hadgraft, K. Maule, M. Collins, C. Pink, M. Schafer.

Craven: Osborne, W. Chalcraft, Lobb, J. Goldsmith, M. Miles, G. Bellett, J. Day, Constable, R. Dickinson, C. Friday, E. Murrell, A. Gearing.

Rivett: C. Borg, P. Griswood, W. Freeland, Heaps, R. Parry, J. Dewberry, L. Follett, J. Astridge, Illingworth.

Roberts: J. Hoey, V. Shuttleworth, M. Holmwood, Thomas, J. Deverell, J. Wareham, Rowland, J. Court, P. Birkin, S. Sandford, J. Estorffe, Davey.





Far-off hills in a bluish haze,

Rolling fields beneath,

Golden sun on the golden corn,

Mighty oaks on the heath.


Gliding skiff on the shining lake,

Silent dip of the blade,

Darting flies on the water's face,

Fish in the willow's shade.


Blackbirds, free with their joyous song,

Swallows on the wing,

Wisps of cloud in the glorious blue,

And a soaring lark the king.




Have you ever heard the footsteps when the School is very quiet,
When the lights have long been dimmed and the echoes have subsided,
When the moonlight casts deep shadows through the now deserted


When nothing moves, yet nothing sleeps, and silence reigns supreme ?

Does Cæsar really lie unheard amidst the sharp barbarian thorn ?

Are all the Great of History imprison'd in a book's grim page ?

Or do they loose fleet shafts of sound, fine battle cries, resounding


The lofty vaults of golden halls ? Do distant rolls of cannon dance

Hand in hand with Providence, through corridors of smiling Chance ?

When day returns, drawing the veils of night aside, do they

Like hunted beasts cower behind locked doors ? Why should they

hide ?

Perhaps in shame, to see the jumble of adversity

Created by their children in a world which, after all,

Is merely loaned to us for life's brief hour.




During my last year at school I have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity of spending a week at each of our two senior universities, Oxford and Cambridge. On an appropriately dark and gloomy day in December I went to Cambridge to take examinations, while in April I spent a week of sunshine and fair weather at Oxford playing football, morning and afternoon. Here are a few impressions of my stay in each town.


The first thing to strike me—almost literally—was the vast number of bicycles in each town. It seems that no one thinks a bicycle undignified, and I soon became used to the sight of a stately professor in flowing gown and jaunty mortar-board speeding along on a lady's ,model. These machines are also notable for their state of extreme dilapidation, which is not at all surprising when one considers the way they are used, for among the students a form of practicable communism seems to exist. In Oxford and Cambridge bicycles are common property—indeed, one undergraduate had six in one term.

You have only, however, to step inside any college quadrangle to escape completely from the bustle of the town. It seems that here the twentieth century is forgotten, and you move into a past and more tranquil age. This impression springs from the very quadrangles themselves, for usually each college is built around an attractive lawn. These lawns can be as magnificent as that of Christ Church, Oxford, with its fountain and well-laid walks, or as simple and homely as that of St. Edmund's Hall The colleges and university buildings also vary from the splendour of King's College Chapel to the severe, plain style of the modern part of Gonville and Caius, the interior of which rather resembles a large hotel.


Within such buildings live many of the students, the rest having rooms in the town. To me it seemed that much of college life centred on the Hall, where meals are taken and, in some cases, lectures given. The walls are usually panelled and from them hang gilt-framed portraits of past schoolars and masters, which create an atmosphere of reverence and tradition. Here you sit on benches at long, wooden tables gradually worn shiny by use—a rather strange use. On my first evening in Hall I was astounded to see a foot suddenly appear within inches of my plate—an undergraduate was sauntering along the top of the table. This, in Corpus Christi at least, is the approved manner of getting to your place if you are late.

The dash of bicycles in narrow streets and the calm of college " quads " and halls—these seem to symbolise the attempt at these two universities to make the best of the present and the past, the attempt to show the men and women lucky enough to be there, how to put more into life and take more from it. I left, there­fore, with the feeling that within these two towns was to be found the finest introduction to the world which any boy or girl leaving school could wish for.



In a wood of green a tree appears,

Gnarled and worn by ageing years,

Yet upright, steady, firm, it stands,

Viewing all round it the changing lands.


He climbed the first branch, old and bent,

He climbed the next, his clothes he rent,

He did not care, he did not see,

For all he wanted was the tree.


He climbed to the waving boughs aid gazed.

At the rich green meadows, the cows that grazed,

At the fields, the hills, the tumbling stream,

He gazed at all as if in a dream.


The golden corn, the ripening wheat,

The crops of turnips, the sugar beet.

And he said as he gazed at the scene below,

"When the world is mine it shall all be so."


He left the wood, he forgot the tree

For a mighty conqueror he was to be;

He grew to fame, his word was law,

But he longed for that peace for evermore.


He had his peace, and then he died;

The people had loved him, far and wide,

And all because of a lonely tree,

And the view from its boughs that he did see.



You are in a hurry to catch a train. As usual that antiquated School timepiece is five minutes slow. Out of the form room you leap; hare along the corridor (" Stop running !" a prefect calls " Go to blazes !" you reply, mentally). One cloakroom door is locked; furiously you charge the other—too late you realise it's the one that opens outwards.

Inside at last ! You become enveloped by a seething mob of screaming first formers, fighting to get out. A football boot meets your ear with considerable velocity. It came from nowhere, so to search for the offender would be futile. Using coat hooks as levers you gain your locker. Off with your indoor shoes. Some clumsy individual crushes your left big toe. You squeal in pain, and grope for your shoes. Some thieving hound has swiped your laces ! It could have been worse, though—he might have hidden your shoes.

With shoes slack, and minus your cap—but plus someone else's—you wrestle for the exit—only to be ordered, on reaching it, to put on your tie. Of course, you realise you have left it in your desk, upstairs. More hurried paces—rendezvous with desk attained—NO TIE ! Drawing out your handkerchief to blow your nose, or wipe away your tears, you find that grubby, once white, piece of cloth transformed into a black, blue and white length of rag. Draping it round your neck while running downsstairs with a satchel under one arm is no mean feat !

Bannister is not a patch on you in your dash to the station. Gasping for breath, you glance at the No. 1 platform clock, before diving down the subway. It says 4.29--zero hour ! Up the stairs on the other side, you engage in a battle with a venerable old lady with two abnormally large cases and a protruding umbrella. You leap on to the train, slamming your heel in the door in the process. At 4.31 (two minutes late) the train draws out in a leisurely fashion.

A. P. R. Figg., L.6G.


Look forward ? But to what ?

A brave new world, and Christian men ?

To happiness, security,

To peace, goodwill and purity ?

What more ?


Look forward ? But to what ?

To atom bombs and communists,

To world-wide war and treachery;

To crime, destruction, cruelty

Galore ?

Look forward ? But to what ?

The past has shown how Kingdoms fall

And others rise continually

'Mid death, disease and tyranny,

Sans cure.


Look forward ? But to what ?

To-day unrest is still abroad,

Yet virtue struggles valiantly;

And will not love eternally

Endure ?



Slowly and laboriously he clambered over the turf and, reaching the top, slumped exhaustedly on to a gnarled tree stump. He gasped for breath, his strongly chiselled face now looking very tired. He did not know what had urged him to find the old birch stick, a relic of his youth, and to climb the hill which had long been beyond his powers. Martha lay on the grass, her body quivering from the sudden strain of this exhausting exercise, and gazed devotedly up at him through dull, half-blind eyes, occasionally flicking her wisp of tail. They were old, both 'of them—too old for this changing world; his trembling hands clutched the strangely carved stick which he had found in the barn that very afternoon. The stick was old, too. He gazed curiously at it—at the name, Samuel Worsfold . . . .

Suddenly he was back in the copse with the other lads of the village. The sun burned fiercely in the intense blue of the sky, the banks were scattered with the fragile blossoms of primroses and bluebells, but the boys were too busy to notice them, plunging noisily through the quiet of the little dell, their voices ringing as they shouted with the very joy of youth. He had found his stick by the stream, breaking the slender tree in his efforts to secure the best . . . . Now he was sprawled on the faded kitchen carpet, crudely carving his name in the hard wood; he could remember the family group, the faces, tired and drawn from the fatigues of the day, lit by the flickering flame of the lamp.

Involuntarily he shivered. The lingering shafts of mellow even­ing light fell upon his rugged features as he gazed at the huddled mass of dark buildings, letting his eye rove over the deeply furrowed fields which he had tilled so proudly for the last sixty years. The sun had vanished and the first evening stars were appearing in the sky; the cool evening mist hung over the distant hills. Life had been very good to him, and now all was at peace—peace. Wearily his eyes closed, his old grey head fell forward, and he slept 

Martha whimpered and impatiently nuzzled his worn hands, little knowing that they would never again caress her tawny head, and, receiving no response, curled up at her master's feet to await the time when he should again rise for the homeward journey.




I works' so 'ard the 'ole day long,

With duster, mop and broom‑

1 tries to keep my spirits up

As I cleans round the room.


The dust it flies into me face;

I coughs and then I sneezes—

I tries to think of 'olidays

And pleasant country breezes.


Me boss is of the grumpy sort

And nothing pleases 'im

I tries to do me best, o' course,

With polish and with " Vim."


I 'opes I gets the sack right soon—

At least it makes a change

To 'ave a rest from slavery,

And cleaning up " The Grange."



O'er the dark mountains

And the blue sea

Lies the land of my dreams,

All a-waiting for me.


Here are dark mountains,

So chilly and bleak,

And warm friendly valleys,

Crowded with sheep.


On the plains come the fields,

Ten thousand feet wide;

Where wheat, oats and barley

All grow side by side.


The hospitable villagers

Stand at the doors

Of their cosy log shacks,

With the hard earthern floors.


There are no cities

With smoke-clouded air, ,

But only dark forests

Of teak and of fir.


On the bright, sunny beaches

The surf throws its spray

O'er the cheerful young bathers,

Who swim there all day.


And up on the hillsides

The brown peasants toil,

Cutting down timber

And tilling the soil.


But all of the beauty

Of this lovely land

Lies far, far away

O'er the mountains so grand.



(Extracts from a letter from Jane Lamont, a member of Form III last year.)

The city of Suva is a strange contrast with the cities of Britain, with our Civil Servants; brown skinned and bare-footed, wearing white kilts instead of the bowler hats and pin-striped suits of London. The only likeness is the neatly rolled black umbrella !

When the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were in Fiji they visited the Adi Cakobau school, and I served the afternoon tea with three Fijian girls. We watched the Queen and the Duke all afternoon, and were thrilled when they spoke to us—and afterwards I combed my hair with the comb Her Majesty had used !

Did you hear about Fiji's earthquake and tidal wave ? We were still in New Zealand when it happened in September, but there are still nasty minor tremors going on. Last night there was quite a big one and our Fijian girls screamed for about three minutes.

At the end of the term our school is producing Gilbert and Sullivan's " Iolanthe " and Susan and I are peers. All the soloists are half-caste girls, who always seem to have beautiful singing voices. We are working hard in our class (Form Five) for the New Zealand School Certificate at the end of the year, and as the tempera­ture is steadily rising I think I had better go for a swim and then settle down to some study for the examinations.




How many a lonely hour this summer night

Have I in silent meditation sat

And pondered long, thinking, in vain, thus might

I find a purpose and an aim for that

Which with each hour more aimless seems to grow.

How futile is this life, how full of trials—

Unselfishness to-day and greed to-morrow !

One person's tears call forth another's smiles,

And each fresh joy brings with it one more sorrow

And makes a broken end of one more dream.

Yet still the sky is blue, the grass is green,

And Spring will follow when the Winter's out.

This we believe because our eyes have seen;

If this we know, why should we ever doubt

There is a purpose, though we see it not ?



Exams come nearer, nearer creeping—

Welcome scent of coffee steeping

While the family sleeps.


Moonlight on the orchard shining—

A poacher's dog, excited, whining,

My mind from study keeps.


Slumber and my warm bed call

Livy's history seems to pall.

Shall I finish now ?


Direst threats of awful fate

Fall upon my ears too late—

I'll fail—and then the row !


So what to do but work till dawn ?

To fail will only bring down scorn

Upon my empty head.


But think ! A typist I could be,

With seven pounds my salary—

Oh, yes ! I'll go to bed !



There was a small mouse

Who had her small house

In my bedroom floor.


She would scratch and scrape,

And keep me awake,

Till a quarter past four.


A cat I must keep,

If I wanted some sleep.

To lie by my mat.


So late one dark night

That mouse had a fright—

Pounce went the cat !


No more does that mouse,

Appear in our house,

So; Goodnight !



He stands quite alone with his head on one side,

 In his battered old hat all torn at the brim,

And forward he leans with his arms open wide.

The birds call and shriek as they make fun of him.


His poor ragged trousers just gape at the knees;

His straw-coloured hair shines up bright in the sun;

The rags of his coat dance and flap in the breeze;

And he cares not a jot as the birds shriek in fun.


He stands quite alone with his head on one side,

With his rags and his tatters all wispy and thin,

But on his round face stretched across very wide

Is a wonderful, beautiful sort of a grin.



I have had my two golden hamsters for sometime now, and can thoroughly recommend them as interesting pets. They are lively little creatures about the size of small rats and provide a tremendous amount of fun with their antics. They can be bought from most pet shops for about seven-and-sixpence each, or less.

These pets do not eat a lot of food but store it in their cheek pouches, then hide it. They like pieces of meat, almonds, sultanas, bacon rind and some cereals. Being active animals they need a fairly large cage, about two feet long by eight inches wide. They like an upstairs, too. As they are rodents they must gnaw with their teeth to keep them from growing too long. They like straw or sawdust (preferably the latter) on the floor, with some cotton wool for bedding. Hamsters breed very often, so if you wish to be a breeder you must have plenty of room.

Draught can mean pneumonia for a hamster so it must be kept in a warm place. Hamsters are nocturnal animals, but they wake at about six p.m. They are remarkably clean animals and it is quite possible to take them into a living-room and let them loose. They are wonderful climbers and will climb up curtains with the greatest of ease. So long as they are handled gently they will show no sign of fear. They will not bite you, either. Sometimes they will fall from perhaps six or seven feet without being hurt, but there is always the chance that they might get hurt so it is .best to stop them from climbing too high. They are most inquisitive animals and it is very funny to watch them crawl in an unlit fire and in the coal scuttle. Though they are small they can run surprisingly fast.

Well, if you do get a hamster you will find him a most interesting pet.




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