Jack Tar 1958 Winter.

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1958-1959

 

PARKSTONE SEA TRAINING SCHOOL

(A Branch of Dr. Barnardo's Homes)

 Staff

Captain-Superintendent: COMMANDER E. S. FELTON, R.N.

Lady-Superintendent: MRS. E. S. FELTON

Executive Officer: Lr.-CDR. A. WOOLVEN, R.N.

Headmaster: MR. R. E. WHEELER

Deputy Headmaster: MR. L. I. NORBURY-WILLIAMS

Chaplain: REV. G. C. ANTHONY, M.A.

Chief Matron: Miss E. SPENCER

MR. H. FORD (Arts and Crafts, Music, English)

MR. E. THOMASON (Woodwork, Technical Drawing)

MR. A. GILES (Geography and English)

MR. J. P. L. LANGFORD (History and English)

MR. H. ARBLASTER (Mathematics and English)

MR. A. T. HARRINGTON (Physical Training and Boxing)

MR. V. C. JOYCE, L.R.A.M. (Bandmaster)

/Nautical Instructors

MR. A. H. BUTCHER MR. B. A. BUSBY MR. G. B. MOORE MR. F. SEVIOUR MR. H. G. LUFF

Mess Deck Officer: MR. V. A. WATERMAN Stores Officer: MR. J. C. HEWETT

House Parents

ARRANMORE: MR. AND MRS. A. H. BUTCHER

HOWARD: MR. AND MRS. H. G. LUFF

JOHNSTON: MR. AND MRS. A. T. HARRINGTON

BROUGHTON: MR. AND MRS. F. SEVIOUR

LADY RUSSELL COTES : MR. AND MRS. G. B. MOORE

Sick Bay Sister: MRS. J. A. S. BEAGLEY, S.R.N.

Captain's Secretary: Miss M. ALTON

Maintenance: MR. G. H. F. WHITE

Head Gardener: MR. R. STOAKES

Chief Cook: MRS. K. M. MEAD

Magazine Committee

REV. G. C. ANTHONY (Editor)

MR. L. I. NORBURY-WILLIAMS

MR. B. A. BUSBY

 EDITORIAL

In these days, producing a magazine like JACK TAR is something of an achievement, for it is not a professional journal manned by a paid whole-time staff. It is very much a voluntary effort, and a number of staff and boys have spent a good bit of time in making their contributions towards putting it together. For a spirit of service, of doing gladly a job that is sometimes interesting and often exacting, often including the giving up of some spare-time pursuit, we are sure all our readers are grateful. So many worth-while things are done in that way —often out of the limelight and without any reward, except that of helping to put on the map something in which we are intensely interested. If people only worked to rule, a lot of the spare-time work in our country, in local communities, in schools, churches and hospitals and in all sorts of other ways would never happen, and would affect even whole-time work. Even professional football would die if there was no amateur football.  JACK TAR then, costs more than the money the reader pays for it, and we are much indebted to all those who have helped to bring this number about. We should not forget the boys at Goldings who are learning a skilled trade of printing under the able guidance of Mr. Millar. To learn the trade thoroughly it is necessary for them to under¬take many kinds of printed work and JACK TAR is a valuable addition to their experience. The producing of the magazine is team work and the keyboard operators, the caster attendants, the compositors and proofreaders, the machine minders and warehouse workers all play some part in the whole. But Goldings, like P.S.T.S., is a School and doing and learning take a little longer than doing the job com¬mercially. But we do get better value for money, and if JACK TAR was printed by an outside firm, probably it would never get into your hands at all, as its cost would be prohibitive.  It is interesting in reading the boys' contributions this time to notice how many of them are about old things. Sometimes one gets the impression that boys like only very modern things. But it does not follow that because a thing is new it is bound to be better, and last longer, than something old. The Americans would give anything to have some of our national traditions and history. It is good that there are boys who are fascinated by the past provided that they enjoy the present and look forward to the future.  G.C.A.

CAPTAIN-SUPERINTENDENT'S NOTES
Visits by Old Boys are frequent and it is natural for them to be interested in the changes which have taken place since their school days. Those who were here in the early days are quite startled by the size of the estate and the general improvement in material conditions here.
We have, in the office, an interesting collection of photographs which record the development of the school since the laying of the foundation stone of the Lady Russell Cotes House in May, 1919, by Prince Albert (later to become King George VI).
The pictures taken during the next few years show happy looking youngsters living under conditions which would be considered crude according to modern standards. The huts which predominated in the general scheme were gradually replaced by modern buildings as money became available.
The gradual and continuous development was due largely to the generosity of friends of the Homes and the encouragement which was given by the governing body. This history of this development can be traced to some extent by the names of the boys' houses and the inscriptions on plaques in them, in our chapel, seamanship room, etc. In addition to the major improvements we should also remember that a large number of smaller gifts have helped us here.
It is understandable that new arrivals at the School may take for granted the conditions which they find here, and I feel that we should all, at times, think of the years of effort which have been necessary to produce the present day standards.  E.S.F.
EXECUTIVE OFFICER'S NOTES
I am sure that all our Old Boys and other readers will welcome the return into circulation of our School Magazine. To give in detail the events that have taken place within our grounds and those events our boys have been privileged to take part in outside the School, would need more space than I can expect on this occasion, when so many of the boys and members of the staff wish to contribute. Sufficient there¬fore, to mention the more important, and assure our readers that the life at the School continues to circle around such annual events as School Speech Day, leave periods, camping at New Romney, and National Barnardo Day, when we show the public the interests of the boys by a Nautical Display.
The Swimming Sports was a great success this year, and we enjoyed a full season's use of the bath. Towards the end of the period a new spring diving-board was fitted, and proved a great favourite with the boys. Our top field was in almost continuous use with athletics and inter-house cricket matches. The summer term ended with a match between staff and boys.
The School boats have provided interesting instruction for boys of all ages this year, and many of the boys have explored the sandy coves and landing places near Brownsea Island during picnics.
Many Old Boys have visited us, and one very pleasing occasion was when Mr. Tucker, Deputy General Superintendent, came to Parkstone to present to an Old Watts boy a naval sword and belt. This gift from Dr. Barnardo's is made to Old Boys who gain their commission in The Royal Navy. The Old Boy was Frederick Wake, now a Sub-Lieutenant.
The successes of our boys in joining The Royal Navy over the past year cannot be over-rated, but The Headmaster will make more detailed comment on the boys individually.
The annual Admiralty Inspection was carried out by the Captain of H.M.S. St. Vincent and we feel confident that the boys retain a very high standard. Structurally the School hasn't changed. We have, however, been very pleased with the new topmast and rigging fitted by local contractors to our School mast, and the boys enjoyed doing the painting.
Winter routine is well under way now, and everyone is looking forward to some good football. It might interest the Old Boys of Howard House to know that the house colours have been changed from the very light blue to maroon, and no explanation is really necessary why the change was made; boys will be boys and Oh, how dirty those light blue shirts could get!
A number of staff and boys have joined The Parkstone Rifle Club and have taken part in competitions held at Wareham. In addition the boys go each week to the local range for .22 practice, this form of recreation proving very popular.  A.W.
CHAPLAIN'S NOTES
Summer routine had begun. The Wednesday film programmes were about to come to the end of their season and yet swimming had not started. Somewhere in between these two things, to add to the interest of the summer term (apparently) your new padre arrived. Both staff and boys gave me a really good welcome and made me feel, after only a few weeks, that I had been here for some time.
To mention all the things that the boys would like me to start would take up a separate JACK TAR article all to itself, and if both my days and the School routine had more hours to them, some of these ideas would doubtless have come into being. But I have certainly found that boys do know the main reasons for my coming as chaplain and there has been no shortage of interest in Christianity and in questions being asked. Most boys are prepared to give the Christian message a fair hearing, and for those who are uncertain about these things, I hope they will con¬tinue to ask me to try and answer their questions.
Our Sunday morning chapel services have taken their usual course and we have been pleased to see visitors in the back, old boys, parents and friends, and they are always welcome then. With the restarting of a weekly Holy Communion at 8.30 a.m., we have had some very regular boys, including a number who for several months have been preparing for Confirmation in December.
Before I came, the School had been much indebted to the Vicar of St. John's, Upper Parkstone, and his staff for coming to take occasional services and in preparing boys for Confirmation, and for help and interest in other ways. Since my arrival, Mr. Morgan Williams has again visited us in chapel, also the Rev. K. Prior (Vicar of St. Mary's, Long-fleet) and the Rev. G. Guinness (Vicar of St. John's, Boscombe) is also booked to come this term.
On the music side we have formed one choir instead of two to lead the singing on Sundays and to help the School on Speech Day, and every three weeks the whole School becomes a choir when we have a general chapel singing practice. This considerably improves the singing on the following Sunday, but it is still only about half as good as it sounds at the practice. In the music Miss Jennifer Seviour and Chief Matron help at the organ. Mr. Stoakes still supplies a splendid range of colour with the flowers week by week, and for Harvest Thanksgiving, staff and boys helped in bringing produce and in decorating.
In early September we were visited by representatives of the Gideons International—business-men who give Bibles and New Test-aments to schools, hotels, hospitals and prisons, and they presented us with over sixty Bibles, thus enabling every boy to have his own Bible by his bed, together with daily Bible-reading notes.
In Religious Instruction we are looking forward to being able to black-out Classroom 3 to enable various filmstrips to be used. Already we use some of the B.B.C. Schools religious broadcasts. We read plays from Dorothy Sayers's Man Born to be King, the coloured Church Missionary Society's Youth Magazine, Discoverer, and other teaching methods encourage boys to find out for themselves what the Bible teaches.
We try to keep up our connections with church life locally and generally, for Christians in P.S.T.S. are a part of the catholic (world-wide) church. As well as having visiting preachers from local churches we have visited St. James's (Poole Parish Church) for Civic Sunday and Remembrance Sunday, and some boys went to St. Mary's for a Hospital Sunday Service and to St. James's for a Service of the Sea. On occasional Sunday evenings, both in term-time and in holidays, I have taken a band of volunteers to local churches. I hope any Old Boys who have decided to prepare for Confirmation where they are now stationed will write to me or to one of us and tell us about it and when the date of their Confirmation is, and also give us any news, including their padres' activities to which they go. The same applies to any Old Boys in civilian life who have joined a local church.  G.C.A.
HEADMASTER'S NOTES
I look forward to the publication of another edition of our splendid magazine after an interval of one year. Many events have taken place during that time, but I can choose a few only for these notes. We have seen forty-seven boys leave school since last Christmas, and twenty-six of these entered the Royal Navy and three more went to the Merchant Navy. Richard Goble brought considerable credit to himself and to the School by obtaining fourth place in the Examination for the Entry of Artificer Apprentices last June, in competition with several hundred candidates. It is pleasant to record, too, that we achieved a hundred per cent record in the R.N. Junior Entry Examinations for the second year in succession.
In the House Competition, the pendulum swung in favour of Johnston House, as these results for the last two terms show:
                                                                                       Spring Term
1)  Johnston     49.5 points
2)  L.R.C.H.      36     ""
3)  Arranmore  28     ""
4)  Howard       26     ""
5)  Broughton   25.5  ""
                                                                                        Summer Term
1)  Johnston      55  points
2)   L.R.C.H.      53.5   ""
3)   Howard       43.5   ""
4)   Arranmore   31      ""
5)   Broughton    27      ""
Congratulations to Johnston House, and to L.R.C.H. too, for being runners-up.
During the course of the year I have conducted many visitors round the School and they have been impressed by the good standard of work not only in the practical subjects, but in the three "Rs" too, which still form the foundation of a sound education.
Our Cadet dinghy, Blue Peter, was completed and launched successfully. She is a fine little boat, but owing to the dreary weather which we experienced during the summer term, dinghy sailing was restricted somewhat. It is hoped to build a 14ft. general purpose sailing dinghy this winter, and this should give more boys the opportunity of enjoying this type of sailing next season, given suitable weather.
Mr. F. Hinks left the School in April after seven years' good service, being replaced by Mr. H. Arblaster, whom we welcome to our staff. The Rev. G. Anthony commenced as Padre in May, thus fulfilling a considerable need in the establishment. The teaching of religious instruction in school has been carried out very well by Mrs. H. Ford, who came to assist us for a few weeks in 1956 and remained for two years.
Our sporting programme was completed successfully, including the swimming sports, which had to be cancelled last year. There were some good performances in all the various sports, but perhaps the best sporting performance of the year was by Hugh Upward, who left a year ago, by winning a Junior Inter-Services Boxing Title last March, whilst at H.M.S. Fisgard.
The winter is a good opportunity for uninterrupted work and progress. I hope that we shall escape epidemics so that this can be achieved.
In conclusion, I should like to thank all those who have contributed to this magazine, and the editorial committee who have to collate these contributions.  R.E.W.
SCIENCE NOTES
Five years since the inception of a class to cater for the Examination for the Entry of Royal Navy Artificer Apprentices is as suitable a time as any for retrospection. Results are grounds for asserting that in many respects the scheme has been a success and show that some have responded to the stimulus of an external examination. Reports from Old Boys at H.M.S. Fisgard also confirm that despite the frustrations of irregular entry into the class, as compared with promotion each September in the grammar and technical schools, they have obtained much of the requisite knowledge.
To those who bemoan the fact that they have not covered a syllabus which takes at least two and a half years, we offer no solace, but submit that private study is one of the keys to examinations. The introduction of a new type of paper requiring a greater ability to give concise explanations in addition to the usual applications of scientific and mathematical principle, will now make entrants with the misconceived notion that it is only Mathematics and Science that matter, realize the importance of English.  L.I.N-W.
EXAMINATION RESULTS FOR THE ENTRY OF ROYAL NAVY ARTIFICER APPRENTICES
The examination for the entry of Artificer Apprentices is held in February, June and October of each year. There are usually more than 300 candidates for each examination, mostly from grammar and technical schools.

                                              %          %            %           %                % 
Date:              Name:                 Maths:    Science:    Essay:   English:  Gen- Know  Total. Position.
Feb.1951.      L.Hills.                                
Jun.  1952.   A. Barwise.                                                                                                                                  
Feb. 1954.    J.Walton.            72.5           93.5            72              90             75             641           1st
       ""              D.Bradbeer.       67                87                57              78              65             576           19th
       ""              R.Quelch.            55               80.5                                                                                        59th
Jun.  1954.   D.Channer.         67               83.5             57               58             58            540         48th            
Feb. 1955.    J.Barker.              85               75                 59               62              35           561            21st
      ""               A.Holt.                 64.7            85                53               68               65           550            28th
     ""                A.Whinney         68.3             82                58               55               42          524             52nd
Feb. 1956.    B.Deacon.            75.3             98.5            49               66              55           592             2nd
Oct.  1956.    B.Ryder.              59.7             85                63               81               69           562             4th
      ""               T.Quelch.             66.3              77.5            58              64               56           532             12th
Jun. 1957.     J.Grantham.        81                 77                 60              65              55           577              6th
      ""               H.Upward.          77.3             79                 56             61                  62           569             10th
Jun. 1958.     R. Goble.             92                 75                53               53                51           583               4th
                          
In addition to the above examination, this School has entered fifty-seven candidates for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Junior Entry Examination during the last two years. Of this number, fifty-three passed at their first attempt and two passed at their second attempt, whilst the remaining two failed.
BAND NOTES
We give precedence to our old Band Boys in these Band notes, first to an old Watts Band Boy, now Bandmaster I. S. Walton, L.R.A.M., Royal Marines. We do congratulate him on his promotion to Band-master and on obtaining his L.R.A.M. I wonder if he remembers when he fell off the coke lorry at Watts and-the back wheel cracked his thigh. Our next is a more recent member of our band, T. E. Dickinson (French Horn). We quote from the Journals of the Royal Marines, and Royal Marines Band, which refer to the annual award of the Cassel Prize by the Worshipful Company of Musicians to the two best Junior Musicians of the year."Junior Musician T. E. Dickinson, the youngest competitor with the most hazardous of instruments the French Horn, made a noble attempt on Mozart's Fourth Horn Concerto" and "another notable feature this year was that a French Horn player, Junior Musician Dickinson was a finalist; there has not been a French Horn in the final for some time". Well done, Dickinson, may you be top next time.
We were very pleased to have a visit from some of our Old Boys in the past year, all looking very smart and fit; Peter Bennett and Royce
Moore of the Band of the Life Guards, Tony Wood and Jim Stuckey of the 17/21st Lancers Band; also Raymond Dawes, of the Signal Corp. We are also pleased to hear that Paddy Carson is at Knellar Hall and is doing so well. Our summer engagements were much the same this year. We made our usual visit to Bridport B.H.L. Fete, and a second appearance at Basingstoke Carnival, also a first visit to play at M.E.X.E. Christchurch Ministry of Supply works for their sports day. Perhaps a little unusual for us was playing a short programme of music at a Fashion Show at Christchurch B.H.L. Our own display day was as usual, with the Band looking very smart in white suits. Thank you the backroom ladies.
In September we gave a short programme of music at St. John's Church Hall, Bournemouth, in connection with a visit by the Rev. F. Holmes from Headquarters.
We had a very interesting afternoon recently with a visit from Mr. Max Bygraves. We were thrilled when we knew that this film, radio and television star was coming to hear our Band play. We think it went all right, and the Band Boys appreciated very much the autographed photograph they each received.
We are very busy now rehearsing for Speech Day and preparing for examinations. We all thank the Padre for his tape recording of a few items by the Band last term—most interesting and educating to all of us especially to hear a few wrong notes. Best wishes from us to all our old Band Boys. Per mare per terram,  V.C.Joyce.
HOUSE NOTES
Arranmore
Autumn term starts with a few of the old faces missing. Savill has made the Royal Navy his career, whilst Wilson, Mountfort and Burrows have decided on civilian life. Three fresh faces to make up some of the leeway in the complement are Robins, Arnold and Chatfield.
Our sporting activities have certainly paid dividends this year. We were runners-up in the Football League and winners of the Knock-out Cup for the 1957-58 season.
For athletics we went one better, and for the first time the Cham-pionship Cup has found a place in our playroom; also the Senior Relay Shield after a short absence. We must congratulate all who made it Arranmore's Year. A special word of praise is due to Gray in sharing the Victor Ludorum with Thompson of L.R.C.H. Well done both!
Cricket! This was indeed something to remember. Although we had one or two outstanding players, credit must go to all who took part, because as a team we were unbeaten both in the League Shield and Knock-out Cup—a noteworthy effort.
The swimming sports was a very close contest. How close? Well judge for yourselves. One point separating first and second, three points
 second and third. Congratulations to Johnston on winning both the Championship and Standard Points Cups. Everyone who took part gave of his best and we came away winners of both the Senior and Junior Relay Cups.
Now the 1958-59 football season has started, we are fortunate to be able to start with the team that did so well last season, although in the near future we shall have to say au revoir to a couple of the team who have helped us through the year in all three spheres of sport.
Dark evenings are now upon us with evening classes, model-making, painting, etc., to while away long evenings and the boredom that they bring until the last three weeks of the term when faces, boots, and shoes brighten up with expectancy of home leave not far away.
This is all the news this time. Best of luck and wishes.
MR. AND MRS. A. H. BUTCHER
Howard
Since the last publication of JACK TAR many changes have taken place in the strength of the cottage. Seven members have joined the Royal Navy and four have gone to "Civvy Street". Altogether, fourteen new members have joined.
We were visited in the summer by Old Boy Belcher who is doing very well in the Royal Marines. Others we have seen are Marchant, who is working on radio in Weymouth, and Herbert, who is in the Edinburgh Castle on the South African run.
We have heard from R. Benham, who is now attending the Southampton Technical College, and we wish him every success for the future.
Football is here again, but going back to last year we must congratulate the football team for their very fine effort. Coming from behind in the league we finished on top, equal on points with Russell Cotes, only missing the league trophy on goal average. Well done!
On Sports Day we did quite well again and brought our first cup to the cottage when the junior relay team won. K. Spiers put up a great performance this day, winning the 100 yards and 200 yards in his age group and also winning in the junior relay team.
Swimming sports. Here we really did do very well. After a very close contest all the afternoon we missed the Championship Cup by only half a point. We did, however, gain another cup when G. Clayton won the senior diving and he is to be congratulated on his splendid performance.
In the cricket field we were not quite so successful. Dropped catches seemed to be our downfall. Some good individual efforts were made, the most noteworthy being the good bowling of J. Brookhouse. Twice he took three wickets with four balls. A straight bat and a safe pair of hands is what we must aim at. Talking of safe hands, young George did very well indeed behind the stumps! I remember him taking one catch worthy of the great George Duckworth himself!
Now we are back to football again and if enthusiasm counts for anything we will do well.
Looking back over the past year we can say "Well done, everyone". Wishing all, old boys and new, every success in their undertakings.
MR. AND MRS. G. LUFF.
Broughton
Having entered into our winter activities, we must first congratu¬late the boys for the fine show they have put up in their competitive games. We never had the luck to reach the top but the spirit was there. So good luck boys in our future games.
Congratulations go to R. Goble on reaching such a high standard in education, prior to going in the Royal Navy as an apprentice.
Our gains and losses in the House complement include R. Goble, H.M.S. Fisgard; Kimber, Royal Navy; Twinn, Royal Navy. We all wish these boys every success in their future careers.
New boys that have joined us: A. Waldie, R. Freeman, A. Palmer. We are pleased to say they have settled in very happily.
MR. AND MRS. F. D. SEVIOUR
Johnston
Many of our readers will have wondered what has become of the past two publications of our magazine. The reason, however, will un-doubtedly be explained on another page of this issue.
Looking back, the first thing to mention, not without regret, is that we were the wooden spoonists of the football league. We did, however, shock more than a few by reaching the final of the Knockout Competi-tion, being beaten by Arranmore House six goals to one after an even first half. Congratulations to our victors. A start has been made on the present season, and our representatives appear to be somewhat stronger. A little more determination and will to win should pay larger dividends.
The next activity to mention is athletics. In this sphere we did much better, and with a combined effort by all, we won the Standard Points Cup for the ninth successive year. Four of our number were in¬cluded in the party chosen to represent the School in the annual Homes Championships at Barkingside.
In the Inter-House Swimming Sports, we were again successful winning the Standard Points Cup. This, of course, was due again to a grand effort by all. For the Championship Cup our selected members swam exceptionally well. Not until the very last event was it decided, and we finished victorious by one point over Howard House. The Victor Ludorum Shield eluded Theakson by a mere point. Hard luck John! Maybe next year, who knows? Over the past few months a number of our lads have left to start their own careers. Michael Dowsing, Henry Hall, Victor Church, Martin Heslop and Oliver Horwood to H.M.S. Ganges, and Keith Harris to Royal Navy at Chatham as a junior writer. We are pleased to pass on to our readers that according to the latest information they are all getting along well.
In order to fill the gaps left by those already mentioned, a number of new boys have arrived, namely, Brian Roffey, Terry May, Alan Marsh, Alan Loveridge, Bernard Moore, Peter Stanbury and Colin Fleming. To these we extend a hand of welcome and hope that by the time this report is published they will have settled well and truly in.
Letters or personal visits are always welcomed from our old boys. Recent callers have been Terry Quelch, Barry Norris, Terrance Crossley, Keith Harris, John Barker, John Haggerty, Tony Wood, Peter Bennett, and Brian Beagley. Also we have had news of Tommy Bewick, John Denford, David Longley, Robert Baker (116), Alan Brown and John Parker (262).
Lastly, the School Competition has been won by our lads this past three terms. Keep it up lads, it could be done again!
MR. AND MRS. A. HARRINGTON
Lady Russell Cotes
Another year has gone by—very quickly it seems—since our last contribution.
Many boys have left us, five only remaining that were here when we joined the staff. Space will not allow us to record all the names of the boys that have left, but we feel these should have mention for their progress made in the services: 103 R. Moore (Life Guards), prize for the smartest Trooper; 105 R. Dawes (Royal Signals), rated to Junior Corporal; 181 J. Norris (H.M.S. St. Vincent), now Junior Instructor. We have also had many cheerful letters from lots of the others.
We won the League and were runners-up in the Knock-out Competition during last year's football season.
Cricket, 1958. We were runners-up to Arranmore House in both League and Knock-out Competition. Our morale slipped badly against "Typhoon" bowling.
A.Thompson, 188 (athletics), and R. Granshaw, 186 (swimming), gave us two more trophies—both Victor Ludorums.
To date the present football competitions are being hampered by bad weather—but if keenness is anything to go by, we should do well.
MR. AND MRS. G. MOORE
BOATING
During the closed season of the winter months the tasks of re-pairing, scraping, painting and varnishing, together with adding or
altering in order to gain better performance, was carried out on the two dinghies and the twenty-foot boats in the boat shed at the School.
As soon as the weather at the beginning of the summer term became reasonable the boats were launched and instruction afloat began. There is no doubt whatsoever that the teaching afloat with the actual material and conditions at one's finger tips cannot be compared with the in-struction attempted with the aid of blackboard and chalk in the class-room. One may remark that the weather endured by us all summer seldom allowed practical instruction, but those whose work necessitated that it should be carried out in the open will agree that there were not many days when we could not go out at all.
Learning to pull an oar—or "rowing" as the boys often like to call it—is of course one of the first essentials, and after a couple or three mornings with each class at this, craft did not readily appear to go round in circles as was at first experienced. Of course, the pulling of one's oar out of the crutch and attempting to bash one's own brains out on the thwart ahead is still an occasional hazard, but we often seem to learn the hard way.
Early in the season, during the first three or four lessons when boats were actually taken away sailing, it was terrific when an order like "Aft starboard fore sheet" or "Ease off the port runner" was given and the cox observed the members of the crew concerned looking round with a blank expression and wide open mouths. Neither is it so funny to sit aft—having worked out in your brain the state of the wind, the tide, an approaching vessel to starboard and the proximity of the edge of the mud bank—to give the order "Ready about", knowing you will just about make it, only to see an expression of bewilderment in the eyes of the two bowmen when you yell "Bear out the foot of the foresail". Of course you have missed stays, found yourself "in irons" temporarily and have to drop back on the old tack. You make frantic efforts to keep off the mud, haul up your drop keel and stand by to bear off the boat you should have given way to. No, its not so funny at the time, but even 3B will agree its amusing to look back on.
One fine evening, after an early tea, I well remember collecting an eager volunteer crew and asking the Padre if he would like a sail round the harbour. He was only too pleased to come out with us. After we had been out some time, and most of the crew had taken over the tiller in turns, we decided to go alongside the quay at Poole. As we neared the quay with the Padre at the helm I was explaining to him what to do as we came alongside. "Out fenders", "Stand by to down foresail", "Brail up mainsail", "Hold on for'ard with a boat hook" and the like. Bending down to pick up the main sheets and ease them through the block on the sailing horse as the boom was topped up I heard a terrific crash and felt something just touch the back of my head. Looking up I found that the boom and sail had dropped from its fully topped up position. Counting ten, very, very slowly and realising who our guest was, I asked the lad concerned, "What on earth made you do that,
son?  If I had been standing or even sitting upright I should most probably have had my skull split in two or even pushed through the bottom of the boat.'' Came the unconcerned reply, "I'm sorry sir, but when I grabbed the boat hook to hold on for'ard I forgot I had the topping lift in my hand so I let it go."
Sailing in the cutter down the narrow channel one morning I turned to the boy at the tiller and said, "Keep well over to starboard son, as that collier ahead will be passing us shortly". As the eight thousand tonner approached, I noticed the lad had drifted back to port quite a bit. Anticipating a terse four short blasts from the steamer I repeated my original directive. "It's all right, sir," came the casual reply, "steam gives way to sail."
Although we have had a few memorable incidents, both amusing and otherwise, we have, on the whole, learned quite a lot while away sailing on this beautiful harbour of ours at Poole. Towards the end of the season progress was such that some boys in the senior class took away the twenty-foot sailing boat on their own, while others, less experienced, went away in the cutter with me. We hope next year to work on this principle still further and extend the scheme as far as possible.
We are indebted for the kind co-operation and help always available from Messrs. Mitchell and assistance given by the Royal Marine authorities at Hamworthy. We eagerly look forward to another good season.  B.A.Busby.
                                                                                                            SPORTS REPORTS
                                                                                                Inter-House Cricket League 1957-58
      House                             Played                 Won                 Drawn                 Lost                      Points
  Arranmore                            8                           7                         1                            0                              15
  Broughton                             8                          4                         2                             2                               10
  Russell Cotes                        8                           5                         0                            3                              10
  Johnston                                8                           1                          1                             6                                3
  Howard                                   8                           1                          0                            7                                2
                                                                                                Swimming 1958—Trophy Winners
                                                                                         LADY TEICHMAN STANDARD POINTS CUP
                Position                                              House                                 Points
                  First                                                 Johnston                                  2.7
                  Second                                            Howard                                    2.4
                  Third                                                Arranmore                             2.1
                  Fourth                                              LRCH                                        1.7
                  Fifth                                                   Broughton                              1.5
                                                                                                           DIVISIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP CUP
                                                                                                              (for points gained in final events)
                Position                                                House                                 Points
                  First                                                 Johnston                                  62
                  Second                                            Howard                                    61
                  Third                                                Arranmore                             57
                  Fourth                                              Broughton                              50                                   
                  Fifth                                                    LRCH                                      47
DIVISIONAL RELAY SHIELD (Seniors) Winner Arranmore House Runner-up Howard House

DIVISIONAL RELAY CUP (Juniors) Winner Arranmore House Runner-up Johnston House
THE HERBERT JONES CUP (Diving) Winner Boy Clayton, Howard House Runner-up Boy Haslett, Arranmore House
THE VERA WATTS CHAMPIONSHIP SHIELD (The Victor Ludorum) Winner Boy Granshaw, Russell Cotes House Runner-up Boy Theakstone, Johnston House
SENIOR SURFACE DIVE Winner Boy Roake, Broughton House

                                                                                                                         Athletics
                                                                                  ALL-ENGLAND INTER-HOMES CHAMPIONSHIPS
Representatives of the School went to Barkingside in July, full of determination to go one better than last year and so bring back the Champion Homes Cup which had eluded them for the previous two years by very narrow margins.
Once again it was not to be, for they had to satisfy themselves with the Runners-up Cup.
The trophy itself went, rather surprisingly, to the Barkingside Home, to whom Parkstone offer their congratulations. One point only separated the two Homes, thereby providing much interest throughout the Competition during the afternoon.
The Cups which did return with them besides the one mentioned above, were the Winning Area (Southern) and the Group "C" Relay.
                                                                                                          Individual Placings
    Group  "C".            100yd                      Thompson                    First
          ""                          220yd                      Thompson                    First
          ""                           440yd                     D.Amos                          First
         ""                            880yd                      D.Amos                          Second
          ""                     Long jump                    Stone                               Second
          ""                Relay  Winners: Stone, D.Amos, Finch, Trott.
   Group  "B".               100yd                       A.May                            Second       
           ""                          220yd                        Walker                          First
          ""                      Long jump                     Arthur                           Third
          ""                        Hurdles                        Herskowitz                   Second
A DESCRIPTION OF AN OLD FARMHOUSE
It was about seven o'clock in the morning when my brother and I rose wearily out of bed with the intention of visiting an old farmhouse. It didn't take us long to get dressed, have our breakfast and do a few odd jobs for mum.
It was about an hour and a half later that the old, grey, grim, ivy-covered farmhouse loomed up before us. As we approached the door we noticed that it had got an old, rusty peephole in it.
As we opened the door the rusty hinges creaked so much we thought it would collapse on us, but no, it still stood up. We then went inside.
The first object that greeted us was an old, crumbling staircase, full of woodworm. It seemed an old, eerie, musty place just rotting away in sun, rain and snow.
As we walked into what we thought must have been the dining room, we saw an old oak table with a good half an inch of dust on it. Over the other side of the room stood an old, black, grim-looking fireplace with a pile of eaten-away logs about a foot-and-a-half long. By the table was an old, leather-covered couch which reeked of mildew.
We then went upstairs hoping to find something of interest. As we walked upstairs we could hardly hear ourselves speak through the tremendous creaking of the stairs, which we thought would give way any minute.
When we reached the bedrooms we opened the door of a bedroom; we saw first of all an old rusty chest of drawers rotting away. Over the other side of the room was an old, wooden bed. It was raised slightly on four wooden legs. As we walked slowly out of the bedroom my brother shouted to me that it was time to go home for dinner, so we walked slowly out of what once must have been a beautiful old farm¬house. Our minds were filled with wonder for the rest of that day.
My brother and I agreed that we had never had such an enjoyable day as the one when we visited that old farmhouse.
JOHNSON, Class 1
A TORTURE CHAMBER
During the sixteenth century torture chambers were used for offenders.
Some tortures were used to scare people into confessions, some for punishment after confession. Some scaring tortures were in putting people in stocks; in this chamber the stocks were made of strong wood covered with tar. They had strong, metal latches which were hammered tight with little wooden pegs. There were different types of stocks according to the seriousness of the offence. If the offence was serious the offender would be put into standing stocks into which the offender's hands were put; if the offenders fell to the ground they would cut their wrists on the hard, tarred wood, or at least they would have sore wrists. No wonder when they were released from the stocks their brains would be fatigued and broken down, and often confessions were made to uncommitted crimes.
Next we go to a dark, gloomy corner where we see a large, dusty cauldron which is half filled with a solid lump of murky grey pitch. Underneath it are some half-burnt logs which must have been lying there for at least four hundred years. This cauldron might have been used for dipping a part of the person's body in to make him confess, or for punishment.
As we cross the chamber of horrors, we see the executioner's axe and block. The axe is about five feet in length, its blade about twelve inches in width at its razor-sharp edge, narrowing down to four inches at the handle. The block looks as though it is a piece of sturdy oak; it has a crudely-cut neck-rest covered with deep-red blood-stains. On this lay the executioner's black head-mask.
I glanced at my watch. It was time for us to leave and as I passed through the exit I noticed a shelf of thumb-screws of all shapes and sizes. I took another glance and shivered, then hurried through the door.
SNELLING, Class 2
                                                                           A BOX QUIZ
                                  Questions
1 What box can make your head ring?
2 What is meant by the phrase "box and cox"?
3 What is to "box the compass"?
4 What, in the U.S.A., are "box cars"?
5 What is to be in "the same box"?
6 WThat is a "Pandora's Box"?
7 What box are you expecting on 25th December?
8 W'hat is or was a "tinder box"?
9 What is or was a "box of Lucifers"?
10 What is meant by the phrase "to box clever"?
11 \Vhat sort of box may be all round the garden?
12 What is a "coachman's box"? -         DOGGETT.  4A
 
 
A DESCRIPTION OF A CASTLE
I walked slowly down the path towards the old, crumbling castle, passing the over-grown garden. Reaching the castle I gazed up at the ivy-covered walls. Windows peeped out of the walls, and the barrel of a cannon loomed menacingly over-head, reminding me of centuries ago when it had fired heavy cannon-balls into invading forces.
The newly-repaired draw-bridge was down, so I stepped across, and at the same time looked down at the murky depths of the moat below.
I now made my way under the rusty portcullis from which had fallen pieces of metal which crumbled under my feet.
Crossing the old, cobbled court-yard, I entered the door of the castle itself, and made my way down cold passages towards the old dungeons, which seemed to echo with the voices of long-dead knights.
On reaching the dungeons I peeped inside, and shivered at the sight of the bones of a former prisoner which grinned at me, its hands holding the rusty chains which bound it.
I left the dungeons and made my way up to the battlements and gazed over the scenery; trees moved in the slight breeze. I left the old castle with its eerie memories and made my way home.
MUCKLEY, Class 2
THE MELON SONG
I like a melon;
Melon makes you healthy. You can buy a melon,
If you're fairly wealthy.
I like a melon;
Melon makes you strong. You taste a melon,
And sing a mellow song.
You can buy a melon For only four and six.
Add two pounds of sugar, Which makes a tasty mix.
Everyone loves melon,
Don't you all agree. When you've tasted melon,
You'll want much more, you see.
PAZ,   3B
SEVENOAKS
Sevenoaks is a market town in the south-east of England situated on high ground about a mile from the main railway station, Tub's Hill, which is some twenty miles south-east of London. There is another station, Bat and Ball, but it is a minor one used principally for local passenger traffic.
There are two main streets which meet at the south end of the town and near this junction is the church of St. Nicholas, built during the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The church was restored about 1875 and contains monuments of the Amehurst family, and a tablet to William Lombarde who, during the early seventeenth century, wrote Perembulations of Kent.
Between 1460 and 1465 the Grammar School was built at the south end of the High Street, almost opposite St. Nicholas's Church. This school still stands today, and in 1958 a new science laboratory was completed.
In the time of Elizabeth the First, the Kent Assizes were held in the town. Now-a-days they are held at Maidstone.
During the past fifty years or so Sevenoaks has grown considerably, many London business people having their residences there. The population in 1948 was about 15,000.
KNOLE
Knole Park is considered to be one of the oldest and finest residences in England.
Knole, as far as I can find out, was built in or before King John's reign, 1199-1216. About 1485 it was bought by Archbishop Bourchier who had the house rebuilt. When he died he left it to the See of Canterbury. Early in the sixteenth century we find it in the possession of Henry vin, from whom it was inherited by Queen Elizabeth, who eventually gave it to Thomas Sackville, Earl of Dorset. During his stewardship much of the wall around the house was rebuilt and a great amount of new furniture, still to be seen today, was installed.
DOGGETT, Form  4A
THE ADVENTURES OF A PENNY
I started my life in a copper-mill as a plain, simple piece of copper. One day as I was lazing on a bench, a man, an elderly-looking one at that, came and picked me up and threw me into the inner-most recess of a dark gloomy bag, with thousands of other pieces of metal. Goodness knows how long I was in that bag but when I was brought out I was poured on to a shining chute which led down to a flaming inferno. As I slowly moved down the chute I thought of what I would be when I eventually came out. Anyway, when I had been melted down and pressed out, I found that I was a new shining penny.
 
Then I was put into a tray and I was emptied into a greasy leather bag with many other new pennies. Then all I knew was that the bag was being thrown around from place to place. We were eventually loaded into the back of a lorry, then all of us were transported to the Midland Bank where we were all put into a vault with doors about twelve inches thick.
It must have been quite a few days before I heard somebody come to the safe; all I heard was the click-click of the combination lock, then the chink of money and our bag was being lifted out. Then the top was unstrapped and streams of welcome sunlight shone in. The bag was lifted out and the contents poured out on to a metal bench. Some of the other pennies and I were picked up and given as change to an elderly lady who put us into a purse, clipped the catch and placed the purse in her bag. She then left the bank and went into a greengrocer's shop and I heard her ask for some vegetables. After a few minutes of weighing and adding up, a gruff voice said "six and a penny". The purse was opened and two large cumbersome fingers clasped them¬selves around me and placed me into the hand of a young man who put me into a till. About an hour later I was given as change to a small girl who placed me in the pocket of her dress. As she ran out of the shop I seemed to get thrown into the air and I rolled away down the pavement. The night was drawing on so I fell asleep.
I awoke early next morning. It wasn't a particularly good day but it was bright enough for people to be about their work; but then, from above my head, I heard a triumphant shout. I was hastily picked up and joyfully examined by the smiling face of a boy. After a careful exam-ination I was put into a deep pocket, then taken to the nearest sweet shop and exchanged for a pennyworth of bulls' eyes.
Mind you, those were not all the adventures I had; in fact, I had a lot more. I'll tell you of one where I got on to a gambling table. Now you might say what use is a penny on a gambling table, because as you know, now-a-days a penny is not worth a fraction of what it was years ago, but you don't know what people will do with a penny now.
After a few years' loyal service in the purses and pockets of English people in Great Britain I found I had what you might call "ended up" in the rusty tin of a miser, who, under the light of a flickering candle would take all the contents of the black, dark tin out and would place the money into respective piles, count it, then place us back into the tin and put us under the hinged floorboard.
One night, to our surprise, no one came to the box, nor the next night or for quite a few weeks. Quite unbeknown to us the miser had died. The next thing that we knew was that the house was being used as a hideout for a gang of "teddy boys". We did not hear them come in or go out, but one night one of the "teddy boys" fell off a stool that he was standing on and his foot went through the floorboard. "Look what I've found," he shouted, "an old tin and it sounds as if it's full of money." "Well open it," one of them, shouted. The tin was hit with the butt of a .45 revolver and the rusty old tin, which would not stand up to the strain, broke under the pressure. The "teddy boy" opened the box and stared with amazement; the box was crammed full with money. They all gathered round.
"Let's go to that new gambling place; you know, the 'Green Goddess' down Fleece Crescent," suggested one. "Good idea," shouted another. "Come on, let's go." I was placed into the pocket of one of the "teddy boys". There was the sound of an opening door and the sound of heavy footsteps that ground against the gravel on the path which led down to a grand iron gate. They all tramped through the gate into a large, new tourist car. The car started and sped along the road at a terrific speed. As they skidded through the small gate of the "Green Godess's" car park one of the "teddy boys" flew out, the car stopped and they all ran over to him, but he wasn't hurt, he was just shaken. They then strolled into the saloon and seated themselves at one of the roulette tables.
Meanwhile, inside the pocket, it had been getting stuffy, but then just as I was getting fed up a hand, a large, sweating, greasy hand, grabbed a handful of money and put us on to a velvet-covered table. The man counted us out and placed us on the roulette gambling card.
The "teddy boy" said "/5 red even 28". The ball was spun but it landed in red odd 27. The "teddy boy" didn't like it so he accused the dealer of cheating and this started an argument which led to a fight.
The gambling table was knocked over. I fell off the upturned table and rolled through the open door and I eventually came to rest on the bar of a drain.
GOWING, Class 1 
THE GRAVEYARD
A still, ghostly silence gripped all within the graveyard in its eerie grasp. The tall oak trees stood stark and gaunt, silhouetted darkly against the pale orb of the moon sailing lazily across the velvety star-sprinkled heavens.
Occasionally a solitary owl would give forth a plaintive, mournful cry, calling to mind the long-dead souls lying beneath those cold, grey tomb-stones.
A cold breath of wind sighed through the trees, moaning eerily through the chipped, moss-enshrouded arches of the once magnificent church, but which now lay in piles of rubble with the dust of ages settling upon it.
Mist lingered silently about the crumbling edifice casting every-where a finger of gloom, fear and utter depression.
SINGLE, Form IVA
 
LIGHT NOTES ON THE LIGHTER SIDE OF SCHOOL LIFE
Now and again the official photographers arrive from Headquarters and take some really good photos of various aspects of school life. Unfortunately, some of the best events don't seem to happen just when there's a camera around, such as Johnston House having a fire-practice with M—— coming down the escape; or S—— doing one of his fairy-like swallow-floppers in the swimming-bath; or the light(?) impromptu entertainment provided by one of the staff after the staff-tea at the end of the joint Barnardo Sports Day; hula-hoop-dances in the galley, not to mention the S.N.S.O. coming down Constitution Hill in his triang-toy.
When I first arrived at P.S.T.S. as a new boy, my shadow didn't explain what all the bugle calls were for, or whether I had to stand to attention or run somewhere. Being either in bed or having a meal, it was not easy to do either. As it is not easy to remember all the calls anyway, I thought it would not add to the confusion much if I attempted to draw up a number of other bugle-calls which give some description and indication as to what is about to happen. I hope to present these to the Bandmaster in due course. Actually they are a bit involved so far, and the one which means: "It is now 4.45 a.m. and you have two more hours in bed before Reveille" is the same call (almost) as "The tea you will be having in seven minutes' time will consist of mixed-kippers-and-prunes." The thought of the Mess Deck Officer turning up in his usual way at 4.52 a.m. and seeing the whole school queueing up outside the galley (not in No. 1s) at such a heavenly hour (unearthly), would certainly be too much even for him, for the school and especially for the kippers themselves.
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Whilst on the subject of inventions, I am trying to save both Sister and sick boys an awful lot of work by inventing a universal sick-bay cure. In the main this is pink and wet. For internal complaints you swallow it (preferably without the glass), for external complaints you rub it on (also preferably without the glass). When not being applied it is used to keep the thermometer in when the thermometer is not being used to take people's temperatures.
In future a flag will be flown permanently on Bottom Field to indicate to players the state of the weather.
If flag is motionless—weather is calm.
If flag is blowing—there is a wind.
If flag is wet—there is rain.
If flag is invisible—there is a fog (or the
Quartermaster has forgotten to put it up). 
Rumour has it that next summer in place of the Boys v. Staff cricket match we shall have Stock Car racing on Top Field with all the
cars, lorries, grass cutters, N.S.U. Quicklys, Daimlers, etc., that we have in stock. This will include H—— with his wheelbarrow full of cement. If the field is flooded we shall get Class IIIB to stand by with the cutter and an odd anchor or two.
Plans for constructing either (a) an aerial cable railway or (b) an underground tube railway, up to the Shaftesbury, have not yet materialised. Meantime, however, the Shaftesbury bus runs in one direction only in the summer, at high-tide. Roller skates are issued in the winter (several directions at once).
Since issuing the above statement we have felt some concern over the whole question of transport to and from the Shaftesbury and have therefore drawn up this time-table after giving the matter a moment's thought.
CAPES AND BOOTS
A Party Game for long, wet, dark evenings Instructions how to play
1. The whole School takes part.
2. Equipment needed: (a) capes; (b) boots.
3. On the command, "Fall In!", all capes and boots are deposited (without boys inside them) in the centre of the playground, the whole heap not to be more than twenty feet in diameter or more than ten feet high.
4. On the command, "Fall out!", everybody rushes to the farthest corners of the playground (except the galley end) whilst the cooks mix up all the capes and boots in one of their special mixing machines.
5. On the command "All-in-Dancing", all players rush to find their own cape and boots.
Scoring is as follows:
Getting own cape and boots without hurting anybody     ....        + 10
Getting own cape and boots with hurting anybody ....        ....+ 9
Getting someone else's cape     ....    ....        ....        .... +8
Getting half a cape and one bootlace ....        ....                        +7
Getting two capes and no boots ...        ....        ....        ...+ 6
Getting buried under all the capes ...        .... +5
Getting buried under all the boys looking for capes         ....        ....+ 4
Waiting until everybody else has had their bash    ...        ....        ....+ 3
Sailing round the capes         ....        ....         ...        .... ....+ 2
Refusing to part with own cape and boots in the first place        .... +  1
Should things get too desperate, the Band should play the slow march: "Wrap me up in my tarpaulin jacket." Should this be in-effective*, the command "Surface" must be given. It would probably help to have a periscope anyway, plus a sort of pocket radar.
P.S. All you need for the game is to be CAPEable and to have a hide of leather.
*The Band will be deeper under the capes than anyone else.