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Petreans

Memories

1967 From the Magazine

1967 was dominated by the retirement of Fred Snell. His successor Bruce Fieldsend spent the year at a number of leading public schools in England and predictably no major initiatives were undertaken. A Soccer First XI was established and a ground allocated to the sport for the first time.

It was a happy year but ominously the Zambian Government stopped direct flights between Salisbury and Lusaka. This started the process whereby the Zambian students - who made up almost a third of the total - had to travel by bus and finally ceased attending during the "lean years" .

EDITORIAL
When Mr. Fieldsend takes over as Rector, Peterhouse will have come to the end of an era that saw its inception, growth and firm establishment under Mr. Snell. What it owes to him is a debt that can never be repaid, for it is so largely intangible. A school is not merely a collection of boys, staff and classrooms, though these, like success in examinations and games, are necessary or desirable. It is above all its spirit that makes a school and is of over-riding importance to it, and this Peterhouse owes clearly to its first Rector. We can and will show our gratitude to him in many ways, not least by our continuing respect for the man and his achievements and, from those closest to him, by continuing affection, too.

Any change in headmastership is bound to lead to speculation among boys, staff and parents alike, as does any change of command among those directly concerned. Though an intriguing pastime, speculation is usually futile and can be pernicious if it leads to mere rumour-mongering as it often does when its subject is an unknown quantity. There is little that is algebraical about Mr. Fieldsend (in this sense at least!) and we are fortunate that he is known to all but the new boys. Thus far at least speculation should not arise.

But if uncertainty exists, one thing is sure; in undertaking to succeed Mr. Snell, Mr. Fieldsend has set about an extraordinarily difficult task. It would normally be taken for granted that he will receive our wholehearted support, but it is worth saying so here. For this sort of loyalty is but one of the qualities that his predecessor by example and precept has so well inculcated that it is given as a matter of course.

SPEECH DAY
For the second year running Speech Day was held in the Michaelmas term with the school play in the evening, and again the weather was unkind; a storm did its best to drown the speakers in thunder and the rest of the day, though not really wet, was overcast. We were, however, given a fine night and the audience in the open air theatre was not frozen. Doubtless because it was Mr. Snell's final Speech Day more people attended than ever before, and the catering staff and the many ladies who helped them were called on to feed more than 600 guests. Inevitably, when such numbers are present not everyone gets his meal at once, and some of the visitors had to queue for supper. I hope they did not mind: certainly they seemed cheerful enough. Indeed, the atmosphere throughout the day was a happy one. The exhibitions were numerous and varied as usual: I think the most noteworthy were Mr. Greenacre's ingenious device of relays and wires which played a subtle game of skill and Mr. Haworth's exhibition of carpentry, but the standard of all was high, and both boys and staff concerned with staging them are to be congratulated. The play is reviewed elsewhere: it is enough to say here that the theme, a conflict of loyalties, is perennially topical and for us at this time in Rhodesia especially. I should add, too, that the difficulties in producing a work of this kind in the short time available are very great and the success of Becket was most creditable to everyone who had a hand in it.
Fred Snell's speech day report appear separately.

SCHOOL NOTES
Miss Kitty Bluett, who so long and ably ran the enquiries office, left for health reasons much to everyone's regret. Mrs. Larthe took her place in the Michaelmas Term but she too has had to stop work because of ill health. Mrs. MacMillan joined the office staff.
John Roe and his family left at the end of 1966, a loss to the school's English and games side; he is presently head of the English Department at Cleethorpes' Grammar School. Since then no other teaching staff have left the school.

Mr. Walker and Mr. Porter joined the teaching staff. Mr. Walker and his family are in the Tarasira House and Mr. Porter is living in Founders.
We congratulate Mr. and Mrs. Ramsbotham on the birth of their second son, William.
Our congratulations to James Hunt on his scholarship to St. Edmund's Hall, Oxford--a very fine achievement. Mark Lobb and Patrick Morton have also been offered places at Oxford; this being the first time that all the applicants from Peterhouse have gained places.
The Zambian Government's decision to stop direct flights between Lusaka and Salisbury has added to the considerable burden of the Bursar's staff in making travel arrangements.

The annual Chimanimani Expedition was not, for a number of reasons, a successful as previous ones. It is hoped that the 1968 one will be back to the usual standard.
No less than two consignments of organ pipes to replace those damaged in the original consignment arrived themselves damaged, but the Chapel organ is at last complete.
The Music School acknowledges with many thanks gifts of music and books from the estate of the late Mr. Gordon-Lennox.
New terracing has been built on the North side of the Oval and the main rugby field will be back in use this year. Work has started on the preparation of a large new playing field between the Council Road and the staff houses.

A number of trees planted by visitors to the school on various occasions have been marked with commemorative plaques.
A new classroom for the Nursery School has been built and will be in use in January 1968. It is expected that Mrs. Morton and Mrs. Kennedy will then have 35 children in their charge (not all of them are staff children).
Improvements were also made to the single ladies' quarters and to the Founders housemaster's house.

CHAPEL NOTES
There has been little to disturb the even tenor of the Chapel routine during the past year, except perhaps the clang of mangled organ pipes. Two consignments of the large pipes still needed to complete the organ have arrived only to reveal themselves crumpled and battered and useless. As I write these notes, a third set lie waiting on the verandah outside my study--the case looks cracked, can they be damaged too? There has been a slight, though important, innovation in the Sunday services On one Sunday in the term now, the Elements at the Eucharist are carried up, and the collections are taken by members of the staff; and on one Sunday we have a team of staff servers. The Chapel Committee has met regularly--we now have two meetings a term. There has been a certain amount of useful discussion and one or two constructive suggestions, some of which have been implemented. The one perhaps which affects the school most as a whole, was the idea, which has now been adopted, that there should be no service on Saturday mornings, but, instead, a prayer and silence after the singing practice Michael Berry and Ian Dorward both did sterling work as Head Sacristan and Head Server; they and their respective teams of Sacristans and Servers have our very grateful thanks.

The Chapel will not be least among the many facets of Peterhouse life which are going to be deeply affected by the retirement of Mr. Snell. As Sub-deacon and Reader, as a most accomplished preacher, as an organist, and above all as a fine example of a Christian layman, he will be missed indeed. If I may be personal for a moment, I should like to put on record my gratitude for the 7 (nearly 8) years that I have been associated with him in the oversight of the Chapel at Peterhouse.
Pat Hogg

CHOIR NOTES
The period from September, 1966 to 1967, cannot rank as a proud memorial to the choir's determination to strive for the first rate, to lead the congregation with enthusiasm and efficiency, to attend rehearsals promptly and with a knowledge of the work to be practised or to the putting aside of personal inconvenience for the sake of the team who have, after all, an important and responsible job to do. This apathy has, let it be admitted, included those who sit in the Nave as well as those in the Chancel, and the result is unrhythmical singing, a listless attempt at the spoken parts of the services and little attempt to remember the points mentioned and rehearsed at the congregation practice. Since September this year, the standard has improved due to an encouragingly good intake from the Government Junior Schools, and though we are having teething troubles with Trebles who have become Altos and Altos who have become Tenors, I feel more confident as far as the future of the choir is concerned. Our visits this year have included the annual Sung Evensong at the Cathedral where we sang Walmisley in D minor; a High Mass on the Feast of Corpus Christi also at the Cathedral when we sang the Missa Sancti Petri with the Unison Choir; the outing to the Scorrer Estate on Saint Cecilia's Day, and we joined forces with Arundel, Ruzawi and Springvale for the Four Choirs Festival at Peterhouse. Our last public appearance was at the Marandellas Schools Concert which, this year, was held in the Chapel. At the end of July we lost many valued members of the choir including Peter Ashton, the Head Chorister and James Hunt; to all who left I should like to record our thanks for a long service of co-operation and hard work. Nicholas Land is our Senior Chorister for this year, and to him and all the choir leaders we look forward to a year of endeavour and achievement.
J.C.H.

MUSIC NOTES
The following were successful in the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Examinations held at Peterhouse in July, 1967: Cowper-Grade IV piano. James--Grade 6 piano and clarinet. Sherwood-Grade 6 flute. Williams--Grade 8 piano. Rail--Grade 5 piano. Macaulay--Grade 6 piano. Macaulay and James also took Grade 5 Theory Exam.

THE LIBRARY
Perhaps the most important development in the Library during the past year has been the transference of the stock of the Science Library to the shelves of the Main Library; the Science Library room will continue to stock scientific periodicals and will be used as a reading room. One of the main tasks for the future must be to bring the Science shelves up to date. This task has already been started, with limited buying for the Natural History shelves; the Physics and Chemistry sections are, however. in need of re-stocking, and the Chemistry section in particular has very few books, most of them obsolete. Provided that funds allow and books are available, it is hoped that this deplorable situation will be remedied by the end of 1968.

Buying for other sections has been rather limited, though the Reference section has recently been improved, in particular by the purchase of the 1967 edition of Everyman's Encyclopaedia. A certain amount of the grant this year has been spent on the re-binding of some of the less easily replaceable volumes, particularly Africana; it is hoped that it will be possible to continue this policy. The most obviously noticeable improvement to the Library facilities has been the purchase of 36 horseshoe chairs with padded blue vinyl seats. Working in the Library should now be more comfortable, though not too comfortable to encourage indolence; and the steady flow of chairs from the Library to other parts of the school should be effectively stemmed. The rate of withdrawals during the year has remained high, with 5,130 books taken out by the boys alone; losses have steadied at around the figure for 1966. Treatment of books is still not sufficiently gentle, and I hope that users of the Library will attempt to improve in two particular respects: the reading of books in full sun, which warps the covers beyond repair; and the removal of books from the shelves by fingering the top of the spine, which again has disastrous effects. Robert Lowe has been vigilant and effective as Librarian, and has been backed up with varying degrees of efficiency by the other Library prefects. I am grateful to them all for their help.
J.M.W.D

"THE HOUSEMASTER"
lan Hay's "The Housemaster" is an ambitious play demanding a subtlety of passion and smoothness of dialogue not often found in schoolboy dramatics Certainly the cast worked extremely hard and performed to the best of its ability; Pryke in the leading part was a convincing and natural character as was Faulkneras Rosenlary Both were confident and certain in their deliveries and lived their parts instead of merely acting them, as unfortunately some of the cast tended to do. While it is all too easy to criticize and dismiss many school productions as artificial and stilted, the few defects of "The Housemaster" were offset by the humorous dialogue and the "situation comedy, which evoked noisy guffaws from the proletariat in the gallery.
Special mention must be made of Bowstead who, despite his youth, carried the difficult part of the Headmaster with refreshing verve and ability The play went down well with the school: much of its success can be attributed to the topical nature of its theme: Peterhouse in many instances could identify itself with "Marbledoun". This aspect was highlighted by the use of Peterhouse blazers and tracksuits The innate ability of the school to laugh at inappropriate moments was evidenced by the laughter which greeted Macrae's's top hat, as well as by the silence with which some of the intended humour was met. However, everything added up to a most successful and popular "first night" and if applause is any criterion one much enjoyed
I.P.

"BECKET"
"Becket" or "The Honour of God" is a play with a major weakness: Anouilh fails to make Becket understandable On the one hand is Henry's friend and Chancellor, on the other, God's archbishop, enemy of the King; but all the talk of honour fails to provide a dramatic link between the two It is the relationship between "my prince" and "my little Saxon"which provides the drama, not the struggle within Becket, to whom everything, even becoming a martyr, comes too easily for him to capture our sympathy the way Henry does. The task of the actor is therefore even more difficult than it usually is in a star part, and David Fynn tried very hard indeed As the fast living courtier he was never quite at ease and inevitably rather over- shadowed by the king. But once Becket became archbishop Fynn lived the part: Bucket's understanding of Henry's dilemma and the young Monk's rebellion, the direct attitude to God, and most difficult, the feeling that Becket was sincere in his new role, were sustained right throughthe long final scenes. Michael Pryke was superb as Henry II. A schoolboy with sufficient range of acting ability to portray as complex ;a character as Henry is rare. He dominated both play and audience, bringing out Henry's nastiness from below the surface and his pathetic Particularly professional were the naturalness of avoidance of over-acting in the drunken scene of his performance
It would perhaps be unkind to say that the four barons were typecast, but they were certainly in their element: slow-moving, slow-witted, tankard, sword (or fork) in fist, and belch on lips. Carter and Gallagher as the Bishop of London and the French King Louis, gave sound performances in difficult parts but both needed more contrast in their voices: the Bishop was not enough the elusive politician. and the King failed to convey the feeling of his rapport with Becket
Naylor was a very convincing angry Young Monk, whose sole diet was obviously Hastings onions, and at the other end of the ecclesiastic scale, Huleatt-James, in voice and gait, added seventy years to his own age without apparent difficulty as the aged Archbishop In the same way the offended tones of the Queen Mother were suitably dowager-like In fact, one of the pleasures of this production was consistently clear delivery, which is not easy in an outdoor auditorium It was also evident in Nield's singing as Gwendolen Bowstead put much feeling into his playing of the silent Saxon father, but it was a pity that he was later wasted in a farcical scene the tone of which jarred in the serious context of the play. The set was an uncomfortable mixture of carefully realistic Norman arches and what appeared, at first sight, to be an abandoned Redskin camp, but turned out to be a symbolic forest which served only to cast unnecessary shadows on the actors' faces The stage-crew qualified for an Antarctic expedition by their speedy erection of the Saxon hut and pitching the King's tent in a gale without it taking off.
Inevitably in a school play with a large cast some acting is weak but dependence on Becket. his laughter and the Ease was the keynote obviously Mr. Ramsbotham had taught his cast that most satisfaction comes from doing something as well as possible. The complete absence of the prompter's voice was a measure of the production's quality. Despite the rudeness of some of Friday's audience, the sympathy of others with King Henry's "I'm frozen stiff," and wet-blanket weather on Saturday this was a most enjoyable production of a worthwhile play.
M.C.

THE ART CLUB
The Club has had an eventful year. It now has an electrically operated potter's wheel and an electric kiln which can bake and biscuit-fire reasonably large numbers of pots at once. Soapstone of various shapes and sizes is also available in the Crafts Room. But when the two kick-wheels on order arrive soapstone carving will have to be done outside, as there will not be enough space. The printing section continues to turn out cards and programmes of various sorts, still on its 1907 press. There were two camps and one outing this year: the first to the Bloomefields' farm in the Horseshoe Block where we saw soapstone being quarried and carved; the second to Inyanga where two vigorous days were spent capturing various scenes in water-colour. These paintings were later exhibited at Speech Day. For the Outing Mr. Kennedy tooktwenty-nine members to the Tenth Annual Exhibition at the Rhodes National Gallery, which we found very impressive. In the Michaelmas term the membership roll was higher than ever: Of this was due to keener interest among juniors, but most of it to Mr. Kennedy's energy and complete re-organisation. We are all most grateful to him. S.T.

THE SENIOR DEBATING SOCIETY
The year past has seen the departure of a number of our regular speakers, and Ian Dorward, as an able Secretary of the Society, has also left us. The gap left in speaking talent was a reflection on the perennial difficulty of getting boys to speak before they enter the sixth form. Debating is reasonably popular to a fairly limited number of boys--especially if they are not responsible for preparing a speech! However, towards the end of the academic year, it was noticeable that there was a renewal of interest from a number of more enthusiastic boys, who were also prepared to try debating themselves. From their number came the new Secretary--Oliver Baines, who on a number of occasions, has spoken with skill and humour. Michael Pryke has been quite the most effective of the other speakers, and Paul Matthiassen has also contributed usefully in a number of debates. The ability to spend time in a bit of serious preparation, so that what is said is both sensible and coherent, is all too often neglected, and we shall continue to present rather mediocre debates whenever our intending speakers forget this.
We were grateful to have members of Staff to speak on two occasions this, Michaelmas, Term. The belief that "sanctions cannot be morally justified" was most interestingly fought by the Rector and Mark Hulleatt-James on one side, and Mr. Davidson and Oliver Baines on the other. That the motion was lost, was a useful reflection of the fair hearing which the audience gave, and the way in which, in spite of many preconceived opinions, they voted on what they heard. We also had two Staff wives to speak in opposition to one another over the question of whether "T.V. is a bad moral influence," and Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Johnson are to be congratulated on braving the difficulties of a critical masculine audience! Mrs. Johnson has, in fact, been a keen supporter of many of the debates, and we are pleased, from time to time, to have had other members of Staff to give encouragement and, sometimes, to speak usefully from the floor

THE FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY
The Folk Club suffered two blows during the year, the hardest being the eviction from its old abode next to the Hobbies Club. Nevertheless a new room has been found, and once again we are thriving. The second blow was the leaving of John Smith and Peter Ashton, both founder members and both very active in the Society. Two concerts were performed in the Trinity term. One at Borradaile Trust at which I was unable to perform, but am told that it was a success, and the other at Peterhouse. This was far more successful than a similar concert a year ago, largely, I think, because we used the music school and not the Junior Hall. There seems to be a lot of interest in the Society, and all the facilities are well used. I feel I must point out, though, that the Folk Club is not part of the Jazz Club, nor part of the Music Society, but is entirely separate. Finally, i would like to thank Mr. Kennedy for all he has done, and the Bursar for his co-operation in our endeavours to find a new room. M.H.D.S.

THE JAZZ CLUB
The Jazz Club have enjoyed a year made up somewhat of "shreds and patches". Meetings have not been particularly regular--but what meetings there have been have been much enjoyed. Continuous throughout the year has of course been the thumping away in various parts of the school of the Chaperones. (Even the new cricket pavilion has now been added to the list of "places we have played in"; perhaps the new Rector will build us a new room by the dam ?). The enthusiasm of David Walmisley and John Sweatman has been tremendous and it is this that has not only kept the band going but has raised its standard considerably. The band was certainly appreciated at the Nagle House Dance. All that remains now is to see whether Hugill and Helm will pass any "0" levels, and whether their joint letter to the Oxford and Cambridge Examination Board requesting an "O" level paper in Popular Music will bear fruit; alas, I fear, the Chaperones must rely on English Literature and Scripture Knowledge.
H.M.R.

THE MOUNTAIN CLUB
The club moves from strength to strength as new skills and techniques are handed down from year to year. Thanks to the co-operation of the Rhodesia Mountain Club who have "shown us the way" many of our members have had valuable experience on high granite at Merle's famed Hurungwe. New rock opened by the club at Inyanga included a challenging top rope face opposite Troutbeck (Crash's Corner and Surfer's Stretch) and a new granite dome near "the Jaws" which we named "Chicken" It is pleasing to see that many of our ex-members have now joined the Rhodesia Mountain Club and our congratulations and envy go to David Collins and Oliver Beaumont for their feats and adventures in Portuguese East Africa.
A sad feature recently has been the decline in the number of walkers in the club. A "kloofing" expedition is planned for next term in the hopes of reviving interest in the section of the club which attracts the less suicidally inclined.
G.H

THE MUSIC SOCIETY
Meetings held since January of this year have included recitals by Inez Veller (violin), the Marden Singers, Odette Ray (piano) and Monica Trollope, as well as concerts given by members of the Society. Perhaps the most outstanding of the latter was a two piano recital given by James Hunt and the Director of Music. This was the second of such recitals in which James Hunt has taken part, and we wish to record our gratitude to him for his term as Secretary of the Society, the many ways in which he helped to encourage the musical activities at Peterhouse as well as the pleasure he has given to many by his playing. The Male Voice Choir has also appeared at our meetings and a performance of Thomas Wood's "Master Mariners", with David Fynn as the soloist was a landmark in the choir's growing repertoire. Monica Trollope always delights her audience, and her recent recital was no exception.
At the last meeting this term, a presentation of a copper rose bowl was made to the Rector and Mrs. Snell as a token of respect and gratitude for the interest and encouragement both have given to the Music Society. The attendance has not always been satisfactory and next year I hope that members will make a more conscientious effort to attend meetings arranged for them.

FIRST IX~ CRICKET
LENT TERM
The term opened with something of a disaster at Prince Edward, where we were soundly beaten. The bowlers did fairly well, but only Hosack, the new captain, and John Dare made runs. The Petreans were a bit too strong for us, but from that point the team started to look good. Notable performances wereSeager's innings at Mount Pleasant on a difficult wicket, Morton's great hitting in the trouncing of St. George's, and a remarkable spell of bowling by Jacobson at Marandellas. The strength of the team lay in its bowling and fielding. Hosack did not make as many runs as we had hoped, but his capacity in the field was very good, and he set an example in fielding which made his team very good to watch. Colours were awarded to Pearson and Wheeler.

MICHAELMAS TERM
John Dare became the new captain, and started with three convincing victories. The Guinea Fowl match was remarkable. Guinea Fowl batted on a very fast true wicket, and lost 5 wickets quickly. Their captain apparently misunderstood the wicket, for he then declared, and though there followed some exciting moments, we eventually won with ease. We lost a most exciting game at St. George's by 3 runs. St. George's were at one time 36 for 6, but recovered. We did the opposite, actually reaching 110 for 4 before collapse occurred. At Umtali the team gave its best performance, and outclassed them in every department. Churchill inflicted on us our only heavy defeat. The Falcon game was reduced to one day this year because they were writing exams. Our bowlers did very well, and when we reached 100 with only 2 wickets down, we seemed to have the match won. But some irresponsible batting allowed them to win. It was a most exciting finish. The Stragglers brought a very strong side, including 8 present league players, one of whom made a century. In view of this we did very well to hold them. Finally, Prince Edward had some very awkward moments before they won. The batting of the team was its weakness. Apart from Peter Dare nobody had the patience to get down and play a long innings. Too often a batsman would reach 20 or so, and then start playing irresponsible shots, with obvious results. Dare, however, batted very well, and always looked like getting runs, and Seager always looked good and calm. When he realises that he is not designed for hitting sixes he will make a lot of runs. Fewster played some good innings. The bowlers did their part well, and the fielding, though not as good as last year, was adequate, the Dare brothers being outstanding. Pearson and John Dare nearly always made a breakthrough with the new ball, and Jacobson, the left arm spinner, bowled some very good spells. Seager and Peter Dare also spun the ball, and M. Carter, an Under Fifteen, coming into the team for the last two matches as a leg spinner had remarkable success.
Peter Dare was awarded his colours, and Pearson appeared in the Nuffield Trials.
Sandy Singleton

RUGBY BIG SIDE
Tour to the Cape
The season against Rhodesian schools was preceded by a most enjoyable and extremely instructive tour to the Cape. We are indebted to Mr. Thompson, master in charge of Rugby at Bishop's, who arranged our fixtures for us, and to all who did so much to make the tour a success. Matches were played againstSt. George's, St. Joseph's, Bishop's and Wynberg.

The Rhodesian season
We won the first of these and lost the remainder, the game with Bishops being particularly entertaining. Our forwards, with the exception of Curtis, appeared to be very slow to the loose ball: and we were obviously going to have trouble filling the fly-half position, since Macrae, though quick on the break, was very suspect on defence and lacking in reliability. In the event, McDonald was moved up to fly-half and Hugill brought in at full-back in his stead; the back row was eventually strengthened by the inclusion of Dawson at eighth man in the place of Scott. At full-back Hugill had his off days - notably against Oriel - but was equable in temperament, faster than he appeared to be, and had a long kick, though he must learn to propel the fall forwards rather than upwards. The greatest scoring power was in the three-quarters, with Pereira and Hosack on the wings and Morton and Anderson in the centre. All these had played in last season's unbeaten XV, and all were to be Colours by the end of the season. In the first three matches of the season, before McDonald was relegated to the touchline with a damaged finger, they scored sixteen tries between them. It was most unfortunate that McDonald was injured, for he set his line moving well and combined effectively with Rodwell at scrum-half; neither Baker nor Macrae, both of whom were used as substitutes, were really effective, though Macrae demoralised Falcon with two hair-raising breaks early in the game and provided considerable thrust when he was having a good day. Rodwell at serum-half was steadier than he had been last season, and made some strong-running breaks, but was still rather slow in getting the ball away. Of the forwards, the back row was the strongest. Curtis, Dawson and Maltas were all strong runners and got through a lot of work in covering. The locks, Windram andvan Someren, were more effective in the tight than the loose, thought the former occasionally got away well; neither really ever had their own way in the line-outs, which was perhaps the weakest aspect of the pack's play--though it must be admitted that we did better in this department than we had expected to do! The front row of Wiggins, Hodgson and Fewster was a solid packing combination, with Hodgson a quick striker of the ball; Fewster played a good game in the loose, but Hodgson never really fulfilled the promise outside the tight play that he had once shown. The most vital weakness in the pack was the lack of a really effective leader; both Fewster and Hodgson were tried, but neither managed to infuse the vitality and sense of purpose into the forward play that Holden had managed in the previous season.

The season got away to a breath-taking start with narrow victories over Churchill and Umtali sandwiching a rather unconvincing win over Marandellas, a match in which the scoring power of the three-quarters was diminished by, of all unseasonal phenomena, pouring rain. The victories over Churchill and Umtali were both achieved as a result of adventurous, open Rugby which led to a plethora of tries; we came dangerously close to losing both as a result of our inability to convert even those tries scored close to the posts. It was at this point that the loss of McDonald was felt, and the three-quarters depressingly lost penetration. We drew with a strong Oriel side whose line we crossed more than once, only one try being awarded; and then lost to Sinoia. This was our first encounter with this school, and the match was played at Churchill. Sinoia well deserved to win through the tenacity of their defence which time and again kept out the three-quarters when they looked certain to score. Thus the unbeaten run was broken; but this defeat had its compensations: it pleased the crowd, and it dispersed the growing tension under which the team had been playing. On the following week-end Falcon were decisively beaten; victories were recorded over the touring Northlands team and over Allan Wilson, and the season drew to a rather tired close with a draw against Mount Pleasant. My thanks are due to Mr. Hilditch, who accomplished a great deal with his usual cheerful energy in the coaching of the side; to Mr. Cross, who worked so hard to make the Oval fit for Rugby without ruining it for cricket; to Martin Pereira, who captained the side with dash and enthusiasm; and finally to all those boys and staff who helped in the coaching of Rugby throughout the school, and whose keenness and energy have raised the standard of Rugby at Peterhouse considerably in the past few years
The Second XV, captained by Collings, who was always on the edge of promotion but never quite made it, but who nevertheless made a tireless leader throughout the season, had rather a patchy record. They gained some good wins, notably against Sinoia, whom they beat by a cricket score; but on several occasions, as against Churchill, a half-time lead was frittered away by indeterminate play, particularly among the three-quarters The forwards always performed their job thoroughly, and it was sad to see the outsides failing to capitalise on this. The Senior house match competition was won this year by Founders, who beat Malvern by a narrow margin in a match in which the wind continually drove play across to one side of the field where the play eventually stagnated. Paget won the Junior competition, and Grinham the House League competition.
John Davidson

HOCKEY FIRST XI
This year's team was competent and hard-working and had a reasonably successful season The defence was always sound and the attack, while capable of engineering very good openings, also found it easy to waste these at the last minute. In the first school match against Churchill we found ourselves continuously on the defence, but the backs Fewster and Morton played outstandingly well and we managed to hold them to a draw. From this match onward the team developed well. Jacobson and Harbottle played consistently well as halves, their covering in defence being invaluable. Harbottle promises to become a very good centre-half, especially when he masters his inclination to hold onto the ball a little longer than necessary and to feed right too often. Hugill developed into a very good inside forward, a player with good stickwork who covered a lot of ground at a deceptive speed. Anderson on the right wing, who started the season with speed and determination as virtually his only assets improved tremendously as the season progressed. Curtis, on his day was very good and at centre-forward scored a number of goals. On the left wing Baron was very promising but was seldom given enough of the ball. At the start of the season we clearly had no goalkeeper, but with his remarkable ball sense, Wakefield managed to do the job very creditably.
Morton did well as captain. His constant encouragement normally succeeded in getting the best out of his team.
Colours were awarded this year to Fewster, Harbottle and Hugill, and minor sports ties to Anderson Baron, Bedford, Curtis, Dawson, Drake, Hodgson, Jacobson, MacDonald and Wakefield, all of whom performed well for the first team at one time or another.
Morton, Fewster and Baron went to Mashonaland Schools Hockey Trials and Morton is to be congratulated on his selection to play for the Rhodesian Schools team, it being a great disappointment that the tour, this year was cancelled.

Petrean Society drew 2-2
Churchill drew 1 -1
Morgan drew 1 -1
Price Edward won 3 - 0
Ellis Robins won 6 - 0
Churchill lost 0 -1
Cranborne won 3 - 0

BASKETBALL
The Basketball team has been much more successful than was anticipated. We played eight matches, and won five of them. We beat Prince Edward for the first time in a very fast and exciting match, which was won by our superior stamina. Unfortunately, we were unable to meet Morgan High in the last term of the year -though perhaps that was just as well!

We were also able to produce teams for four Junior matches. and this has done much to improve the standard of the game lower in the School. We were unable to take part in the Leyland Cup Inter-School matches, as this took place on Speech Day. am glad to see that there is a lot of enthusiasm among the Junior players I hope that this will continue, as there should be several vacant places to be filled in the near future in the Senior team. This year we are losing, or have already lost three of our best players-Grey, Hugill and Rodwell. It has been possible to arrange a good selection of matches for the last term of 1968, and we sincerely hope that the new team will do as well as the old one. I would like to pay tribute to Mr. Graham for all the hard work he has done in the last year. He seems to be always refereeing games, but managed to play in a staff team against the Seniors-which the staff lost, much to his disappointment. In last year's House Matches Paget won the cup for the third year running rind are expected to retain it this year.

SOUASH
Patrick Morton served his year as Captain with distinction, bringing not only his own game to a high level (though he was beaten unexpectedly in the Rhodesian championships at the quarter-final stage), but also helping to coach and encourage others in the game. He rightly deserved his colours at the end of the season, and was able to hand over to Jonathan Soperthe nucleus of a keen team.

Few matches were played in the first two terms of the year - out of a total of five, four were lost, and those were all against Princes Club of Salisbury. The solitary win was against a team from Rusape. During this Michaelmas Term we have, however, tried to increase our fixtures, and a total of nine matches have been played, more than ever before in one term. This has meant a steady growth in the competitive ability of the school team. Apart from Soper, only Michael Fewster and Michael Curtis were left of the regular members of the team, and the latter was unable to find his previous form. Team building has proved to be an interesting and rewarding exercise, and the general spirit and growing maturity has been good. The most improved player, with little previous experience, has, undoubtedly, been Nicholas Land--helped considerably by an admirable temperament. Soper has also raised his own game, and call usually be relied upon to give a good account of himself in the number one position. Generally, in the school, enthusiasm is heartening. There may be few obviously outstanding prospects among the Juniors, but the standard higher in the school is quite good. The best eleven players were able to record a useful win, by the odd game, against the Staff, which demonstrates the good progress of ability which could, in time, infect the rest of the school. Some eight boys benefited considerably from a Squash Clinic, held in Salisbury earlier in the term, which Jonah Barrington currently the world's number one player.-conducted• This kind of thing is invaluable, and many tips and lessons were learned. Our gratitude to members of Staff who give so readily of their time to coach boys themselves, is certainly something we do not forget. In the final analysis, it is usually the determination of the individual himself, which produces the best results, and one is always encouraged by seeing some boys who put this axiom seriously to the test-from them will come our future teams.
A.D.B.

SOCCER
Football over the last few years has become more and more popular and during this last term determined steps have been taken to establish it as a recognised school sport. A number of very good balls were obtained with an extra grant from the Rector and a pair of nets were also bought. Sportico also very kindly gave the school a new ball. There is now a school Ist XI which did very well considering it is their first term in action. The two games we lost were both against Bernard Mizeki who have one of the best teams around here

The main problem that has confronted us has been the allocation of a full-sized and permanent field. After many changes we are now finally placed on a fair sized but sloping field Our thanks: go to Mr. Cross for the efficient way in which he has established our fields.
We also thank Mr Kennedy and all the boys who have helped to establish this sport and hope it will continue to grow.

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