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We have made, In this Issue of the magazine, a number of
changes which we hope will make It more attractive In many ways. While the contents have in no way been reduced, we have made a reduction in the overall dimensions. This enables us to achieve an improvement In the lay-out In that there is now one column of print on each page instead of two, We have also Introduced some new headings for certain sections of the contents. These are line blocks based on designs for lino-cuts made by members of Form 4G during the year.

                              Whilst something new or different always arouses interest, the departure of the old and familiar we sometimes regret. This will be the last Issue of the magazine to see the light of day under the Headmastership of Instructor Commander A. J. Bellamy, and there is no reason to think that he will mind our referring to him as "old and familiar" because he has been just that kind of friend to many hundreds of boys and girls. and scores of members of the teaching staff, in the course of his three and a half years at the Royal Naval School. Many is the time that comment has been made on the happy atmosphere pervading the school, by those who have either seen for  themselves or have noted carefully the reactions of their sons
and daughters after their entry to this somewhat unique community of ours. What we owe to our school Is always something we have no means of measuring; what a school owes to its Headmaster is even more Intangible and Incapable of precise measurement. We can express our gratitude, but we can never be sure that we are sufficiently grateful. Commander and Mrs. Bellamy can be sure, however, that they leave with our very
best wishes even If what we owe to them cannot adequately
be expressed In words which we are able to command.
Readers of this magazine ought to know that a substantial
part of our costs in covered by the advertisers who buy space in our pages to announce their wares. We are grateful for their support; In return. it is only fair that we support them. May we commend them to your notice?

There has been no shortage, once again, of material to fill
our pages. e could not pretend that all contributions have
been of equal merit but we thank all those who have submitted
anything and would ask all those whose contributions
have not been published not to be discouraged but to try again next time

Royal Naval School.
Tal Handak, Malta.

The time has come for me to hand over the reins or the
Royal Naval School to my successor, Instructor Commander
Morgan. and perhaps the Editor will allow me a little space to
say "Thank you" to all the members of the school community -
staff, children and parents for bearing with me at all times and
for doing what they have to make my task easier. The three
years and more have passed so very rapidly! Looking back I
can see that during this time we have progressed a long way
together, even though at the time the Malta tempo has often
seemed irritatingly slow. Looking forward, there are so many
things still to be done, plans on paper only at present, it will
be pleasant to hear of their fulfilment. Keep alive the pioneering spirit!
One is never too old to learn, and I only wish my pupils had
learned half as much as I have learnt during my Headmastership.
What I may have lost In extra wrinkles. I have gained in

Some of us are bound to meet again; and I hope you will all
make yourselves known to me should I not remember you

Good hide to you all and my best wishes for the continued
success of the RN School. Leaving it in such good hands I
know it cannot fail to prosper.

God bless you all.

                      SCHOOL NOTES

Our Head Boy and Head Girl since September have been Garry Cave and Shirley Deacon.

Prefects have been:—
Ann Henderson. Hazel Ansell, Frances Buley, Bridget
Flinton. Wendy Adlam. Keith Livingstone, David Peters.
John Wilson, David Page, Geoffrey Smith, Peter Budd.
Donald Alder.

The following have been Assistant Prefects;—
Monica Kelly. Christine Owen, Jill Vine, June Skinner.
Jennifer Page. Ethel Mitchell, Ian Bedford, Anthony Plater.
and Brian Humble.

We were visited in January by the Civil Lord of the Admiralty, and shortly afterwards work began on extensions to Tal Handak's accommodation. A new set of three classrooms is growing on top of the old Infants block, a new laboratory above the old one and a second Workshop near the Dining Room. This extra space will do something to relieve our overcrowded state.

The Flag Officer. Malta, made his annual inspection at both
Schools in January.

A farewell visit was paid by Instructor Captain Baxter in
January. For eighteen months Captain Baxter served on the
Commandcr-in-Chief's staff as Fleet, Instructor Officer and took a great interest In all our School affairs. A warm welcome to his successor, Instructor Captain Turvey, also a customer!



Since we last went to press the following members of the Staff
have left us: — from Tal Handak:—
Mrs. Gully. Mrs. Hopson-Hill. Miss Woodward and Miss
and from Verdala: —
Mr. Benton. Miss Hind, Miss Pixie, Mrs. Austin. Mrs. Edgell.
Mrs. MacManus, Mrs. Roper. Mrs. Skinner. Mrs. Patrick.

Of these Miss Shaw and Miss Hind win congratulations for
being the first Seconded lady teachers to complete their three
year engagements.

Mr .Benton also was a pioneer of the three year secondment
scheme. He left many friends behind him in Malta, and will
be greatly missed in swimming circles. He has returned to teach at Burton-on-Trent. where the children, we hear, are less intelligent than Verdala's!

Verdala has taken on a "new look" since September. Inst.
Lieut.-Commander W. Bowie, M.A.. R.N. arrived from England to take over as Headmaster, and was joined by Miss Vasey, Miss Candey, Miss Storey and Miss Bell from Tal Handak. Other new faces at Verdala are those of Miss Robinson, Mrs. Porter, Miss Christie, Mrs. Robertshaw, Mrs. Holland. Miss Marriot (an old girl of the School) and Mrs. Ware.

Newcomers to Tal Handak include Mrs. Cookc (Infants) Miss
Rippin (Needlework). Miss Davies (Physical Education). Inst
Lieut. Kevworth B.SC. (Chemistry and Biology). Mrs. Lewis. Mrs. Cross. Mrs. Hall, Mrs Mathews. GR.S.M. (Music) and Mrs
  The most Important function of the School year was the first
annual Secondary School Prize-giving in October, described
elsewhere. This coincided with the visit to Malta of the Director,
Naval Education Service, who came to see for himself our
problems and difficulties, and Mrs Bishop. They made a thorough tour of each School and in his speech at the Prize-giving, Admiral Bishop congratulated all concerned on their efforts, and on the excellence of the work done in the School.

It is almost a year since the Countess Mountbatten paid her
visit to Tal Handak. She made a most thorough tour and appeared quite inexhaustible. We look forward to her next visit and are grateful for her great interest and support.

Other visitors Included His Lordship the Bishop of Croydon who addressed Senior Classes on 'A Sense of Vocation', and. Mr. Evans and Mr. Brown. Her Majesty's Inspectors from the Ministry of Education.

 New School activities include Scottish Dancing under Miss
Davies' guidance, the Hock Climbing Club under Mr. Lett, and Recorder playing taken by Mr. Walker.

We have welcomed a number of Admiralty lecturers, who included:—
Mr. Esmond Wright, on "The U.S.A."
Major Vivler, on "French Youth".
Mr. Andrews, on "The Discovery of Penicillin."

Congratulations to the following on their engagements to be
Miss Woodward. Miss Shaw, Miss Prudames, Miss Knowles
on their marriages to:— Miss Pirie. and Miss Bell, and to;
Mrs. Roberts on the birth of a son.
Mr. and Mrs. Edgell on the birth of a daughter.
Mrs. Lorrimer on the birth of a son,
Mrs. Patrick on the birth of a daughter.
Mrs. Hill on the birth of a daughter.

We have heard from Miss Gee who has become Headmistress
of a new Infants School at Basingstoke and Mrs. Smith, now
Headmistress of an Infants School in Kent.

Mr. Walker has had a very serious operation which has necessitated  his being away from School for three months. We are glad to know that he is now well on the way to recovery.
                         EXAMINATION RESULTS

The results obtained In the General certificate of Education
(June examination) were the best in our history as regards both
number of passes and marks obtained. For the first time we
won a distinction at Advanced level:

Detailed results were as follows: —
Advanced level.
Dorna Bayliss - Distinction in Geography
                             Passes In English and French.
Sheila Hall - Passes In English. French and History.
John Mutton - Passes in English. French and History.
Jennifer Cock - Pass In Geography.
                                Ordinary level.

Hazel Ansell - English Language and Literature, French, History. Religious Knowledge. Geography, Art. Maths and
Anthony Bull - English Language and Literature, French, History, Art. Maths. Physics. Chemistry and Biology.
Frances Buley - English Language and Literature, French, History, Religious Knowledge, Art and Biology. Also Geography (December).
David Page - English Language and Literature, French,  History,  Art  Maths,  Physics. Also Chemistry (December).
Jill Vine - English Language and Literature, History, Religious Knowledge., Geography, Maths. Biology. Also Latin  (December).
Patricia Baker - English Language and Literature. French,  History. Religious Knowledge. Art and Biology.
Bridget Flinton - Latin. French, History. Geography and Maths.
Geoffrey Smith - English Language and Literature, French, History. Geography. Maths and Physics.
Anthony Baylee - English Language and Literature, History. Geography, Maths and Physics.
Peter Budd - English Language and Literature. French, History. Maths and Physics
Michael Nettlefold - English Language and Literature.
French, History, Religious Knowledge, and Geography,
Michael Williams - English Language and Literature.
History. Geography. Maths and Physics.
Christine Howarth - English Language and Literature,
History. Religious Knowledge and Art.

Monica Kelly - English Language and Literature.
History, Art, and Biology. Also Geography and Religious Knowledge (December].
Anne Sutherland - English Language and Literature,
History and Art.
Christine Owen - English Language and Literature.
French. History and Biology. Geography (December).
Barbara Rogers - English Literature. French. History,
Art and Maths.
Brian Nicholson - English Language and Literature.
History and Geography.
David McVey - English Language. History andGeography.
Mary Hopkins - English Language find History.
Avril Scott - English Language and Biology.
Yvonne Stoneham - History and Geography.
Judith Kelly - English Language.

Congratulations to all the successful candidates, also to Geoffrey
Smith on being placed third in the Malta Dockyard Apprentices Examination.-

Lastly, congratulations to John Mallon on winning a Cadetship
at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

As we go to press there comes the news that Geoffrey Smith
has been awarded a Naval Cadetship (16 year old entry) the
first to be gained by the School. Our best congratulations to
him on his deserved success. This success is all the more
pleasing In view of his having received all his Secondary Education at Tal Handak.

The first prize-giving In the history of the Secondary School
took place in the hall at Tal Handak on 15th October. We were
honoured on  this occasion by the presence or the Commander-in-Chief. Mediterranean and Lady Mountbatten, and of the Director Naval Education Service and Mrs. Bishop. The hall on this occasion was crammed to capacity with 500 bodies, and even so it was possible to Invite only the parents of prize winners. The proceedings were relayed and broadcast to the first year classes in their rooms.

The ceremony opened with two songs by the newly formed
School choir - "Non nobis domine" and "Sing Joyous bird". The
choir excelled themselves. There followed a short introduction
by The Flag Officer. Malta, in which he welcomed our distinguished guests. After this the Headmaster presented his report which is reprinted below for the benefit of those who could not attend. Rear-Admiral Bishop then spoke. He praised the School for the results it had achieved and promised all the material support it was within his power to give in the Admiralty.

After Admiral Mountbatten had presented the prizes he made
a humorous speech recalling his earlier visit to the School when he had been treated with suspicion by the watchman. He congratulated particularly the Sea Scouts on their achievements, the Drama Club on their productions and the Life Savers for their continued success. He ended by saying "As the Mediterranean Fleet is second to none, so may the Royal Naval School be second to none."

Garry Cave, the Head Boy. mounted the platform and thanked
the Commander-in-Chief. presenting him with a replica of the
School's Sports Shield. Inscribed with the words "Underwater
Fishing" and a picture of the giant 66-pound ray which the
Admiral had recently caught. Three very hearty cheers followed, and the Ceremony concluded with the School singing Parry's "Jerusalem." A very successful first prize-giving.

The list of prize winners was:—


Form 1C   Margaret Harmer
Form 1B 1st. Derek Lewis Rendle
  2nd. Valerie Parkins
Form 1A 1st. Derek O'Brien
  2nd. Margaret McArthur
  Effort & Progress Margaret Calvin
Form 2B 1st. Alan Beard
  2nd. Patricia Clarke
  Effort & Industry Ivorine Williams
Form 2A 1st. Michael Benson
  2nd. Simon Brown
   Effort & Progress Anne Richardson
  Domestic Subjects Barbara Sparkes
Form 3B   Brian Baker
Form 3C 1st. Ann Perrin
  2nd. Dorothy Penman
Form 3A 1st. Wendy Barry
  2nd. Renate Roberts
  English Margaret Baynes
Technical   Alan Biscoe


Form 1  1st.  John Knight
  2nd  John Walker 
  3rd.  Malcolm Savage
  English & History Delphine Spensley
  Effort & Progress. Carol David
Form 2B 1st. Maureen Palmer
  2nd. Joan Fountain
  French Wendy Clarke
Form 2A 1st. Carole Buick
  2nd. Christopher Beavis
  Effort & Progress Richard Payne
Form 3 1st. Frieda Logg
  2nd. Valerie Collins
  3rd.  June Hampshire
  Industry & Example Margaret Brill Edwards
  Woodwork James Burden
Form 4 1st. Brian Humble
  2nd. Ian Bedford and
Jane Skinner
  History Antoinette Gaunter
  French & English Jacqueline Bills
  Industry Derek Fisher
Form 5 1st. Bridget Flinton
  2nd. Hazel Ansell and
Anthony Bull
  Maths. & Physics David Page
  French & Latin Bridget Flinton
  History Geoffrey Smith
  Geography Jill Vine
  Religious Knowledge Jill Vine
Form L.6.   Shirley Deacon
  Art Dorna Bayliss
Form U.6. Special Merit John Mallin


                     SCHOOL PRIZE-GIVING

Mr. Chairman. Commander-in-Chief. Ladies, Gentlemen and

Recently, while reading a book written by a teacher. I saw the
words: "All teachers go mad. Some take longer than others."
When I came to collect my thoughts for today's report, I realised that I, who had set off this idea of a prize-giving and would have to address this audience, must, also have reached that happy state. But this is the first time the Secondary School has had a prize-giving, and I have wanted to achieve this sign of maturity for the School. The Secondary School has Increased at the rate of about 70 pupils a year since it re-opened in 1946. and it appears not to have- stopped growing yet - we number today 492 'didn't quite reach 500 in time' - so many that not all by any means could be In the hall today If we were to have any visitors at all. This is but one of many pieces of evidence in the School that, we are bursting at the seams.

It gives me the greatest of pleasure to welcome the Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean this afternoon and to thank him for the great honour he has paid to the R.N. School by coming to our first prize-giving. I believe this is not the first occasion on which be has visited the School, A year ago. I believe, he and Lady Mountbatten were taking a Sunday afternoon walk in the neighbourhood and looked In. They were followed round very closely by the watchman, who obviously suspected their motives and was not prepared to let them out of his sight. We are honoured, too. by the presence or the Director, Naval Education Service. Instructor Rear-Admiral Bishop, from Admiralty. who has come to see for himself what we do, He will have heard many things, both good and bad about the School, from people he has met here and in England, but I can assure you that the things he will hear from me in my report this afternoon are all good!

First things first, and many people will judge a school's status
by its examination successes. Here our results show steady improvement year by year.

We entered 23 candidates last summer in the G.C.E. Ordinary level and the returns showed that two children. Hazel Ansell and Tony Bull (the latter only 15) passed in nine subjects each. Six others passed in seven subjects and
among these the very high marks obtained by Bridget Flinton are worthy of special praise. (Incidentally, Bridget also won 3rd prize in the Coronation Essay Competition organised by the Malta Government). 16 of our candidates passed in 5 or more subjects and thus achieved something like what used to be known as Matric. standard.

At Advanced level we had three pupils with a full quota of 3 passes and here the work of Dorna Bayliss, who chalked up a distinction in Geography - the first time in our history and I suspect the first distinction ever won by any school
in Malta - must be mentioned. Dorna's results reached the
standard which normally wins a State University Scholarship.
These examination successes ranged over as many as 12 different subjects (including 3 Science subjects -a strain on our one and only laboratory.)

Throughout the School our curriculum has been strengthened in many directions, including P.T.. Music. Latin, Chemistry, as we have added specialist teachers to the staff. We can now offer as much as a good average Secondary School In England, and I think our achievement too compares very favourably. Perhaps it is the growing recognition of this fact by Service parents that is partly responsible for our continuing growth. There are many
other curriculum refinements I would like to make, but limitations of space; forbid at present.

  This year I thought I would have our exam, results published
in the Times of Malta and I duly submitted an article to this
journal. This however was returned to me unpublished on the
grounds that It constituted advertising. You and I, Mr. Chairman, both know that we don't have to advertise to fill our places in this School.

Many things go on at this School after the majority of the
afternoon buses depart. These are important in allowing the
School to develop the Interests of the children in directions outside the normal curriculum. They help. too. the growth of a
corporate spirit without which a School cannot properly do its
work. I think the School is winning a name for itself with Its
dramatic productions - the Operetta "Juju" performed last
Christmas and Sheridan's play "The Rivals" gave pleasure to a
great number of people and not merely those who sat in front
watching. Our Sea Scout Troop have won a name for themselves - this year they have won the Island's competitions in both Scoutcraft and Camping, and have won distinction in being the first troop outside U.K. to win Admiralty recognition and the privileges that go with It. The Guides too have had a most successful year and deserve praise for having achieved a week's camping during the summer holidays. strictly against Malta's laws, I believe.

In Sport we have had some outstanding successes. The football, cricket, hockey and netball teams always tend to suffer from lack of suitable opposition, apart from the more obvious lack of grounds at School to play on. They achieved some success.

But one of our major successes was to come first in the
Junior Cross Country team race against all Malta's Secondary
Schools and to finish third in the Senior event.

The Inter Schools Athletics match saw us put up an excellent show -6 cups returning to Tal Handak. Our Athletic and Swimming Sports were the usual successful sporting and social events.

Much time and effort went into training pupils for the tests of R.L.S.S. and this year we notched 502 points -our best yet. We regularly win the Life-saving Cup. open to competition among all Malta's schools. Tennis and rugger have been introduced during the year as additional organised games and both have made a good start.

These are material achievements, and they were achieved
through the whole-hearted efforts of as good a school staff as any Headmaster could ever hope to have. I don't often have such an opportunity as this to thank them publicly for their co-operation and willing help and for all the hard work they have done to add lustre to the School's name. Here too, may I thank all members of the Service Community In Malta who help us In one way or another - the people in the Dockyard who make things for us. others who let us share their facilities for sport, Senior Officers for their support. We appreciate their help.

Material achievements are Important; Just as Important Is the fact that they have helped In the slow process of building up a school tradition -a tradition of hard work, hard and fair play, of honest endeavour without stopping to think about personal gain. Some of this Is conveyed by four words I gave to this term's new Secondary pupils and asked them to remember the four P's - perseverance, politeness, pride in our School! and - dare I say it - punctuality. Building up such a tradition is no easy task and it can never be anything but a slow process.
But It Is a process in which everyone in the School and connected with the School can and should play a part. I ask you all to play that, part to the bent of your ability and to make the year ahead of us one of still greater purpose and achievement.


Competitions with a Coronation motif were held in both
schools during the summer term. There were three classes, for
Scrapbooks. Designs and Models In each section of the school,
A high standard was shown by many competitors, and The prizewinners efforts were all outstandingly good.

Results were as follows: —
Secondary School
Designs   -    Veronica Pollard (4G).
Highly commended - Jane Skinner. Carole Buick and Michael Benson.
Models -  George Marsden (4G) for a model of
the Royal Coach.
Highly commended - Anne Sophia Davis.
Scrapbooks    -   1st. Teresa Rees (3G).
Highly commended - Ivorine Williams and
Valerie Parkins.

Tal Handak Juniors
Designs    -   1st. Adrknne Borbon (4AJ).
                      2nd. Elizabeth Washboum (1J)
Models     -   1st. Bryan Collings (4AJ)
                   -   2nd. Ian Hotfklnson (3J).
Scrapbooks   - 1st. Valerie Carter (4BJ)
(91 entries)     - 2nd. Denise Aylett (1J)
Essay Competition 1st. Diana Baker (4AJ)

Vcrdala Juniors
Design  - 1st. Margaret Hayter (2AJ)
               - 2nd. Stuart Parkins (lb)
Models  -  1st. Pat Roper (4J)
                -  2nd. Richard Lane (2CJ)
Scrapbooks    - 1st. Penelope Miller (3AJ)
                         - 2nd. Jennifer Cobley (2AJ)
The prizes were distributed at the final assemblies of the summer term.


The Infant and Junior Concert and Prize-Giving was held on
December 21st, and we were very pleased to welcome so many
parents and friends.
The afternoon began with a gay little dramatisation of "Who'll
help a Fairy?" performed by all the children in the Infant class.

This was followed by a play called, "The Fairies and the
Cobbler" performed by all the boys and girls in 1J. Two folk
dances were Incorporated into this well produced little play.

Then Lady Elizabeth Davis graciously presented the winners with prizes for good work and progress. After the presentation of the books Lady Elizabeth made a short, but touching speech
In appreciation of the Staff. She was presented with a bouquet of Spring flowers by little Carolynn Mumford from 1J.
This enjoyable afternoon was concluded by a colourful, reverent and moving performance, by all members of the Drama Group, of a Nativity Play. This was so successful that the Juniors very kindly repeated the performance the following day for the Secondary School.

The prizewinners were:—

Form1J 1st. Russell Buley
             2nd. Roger Knight
             3rd. Roderick Cooke
             4th. Carolynn Mumford

Form 2J. 1st. Mary Churcher
                2nd. Peter Page
                3rd. Aileen Walden & Alexandra Wagstaff

Form 3J. 1st Carol Laver
                2nd. Rodney Payne
                Industry & Progress Rita Nelson
               Neatness Anthony Savage

 Form 4J. 1st. Janet Shornbrot
                 2nd. Yvonne Toms
                 3rd. Kathleen Sherlock
                 Arithmetic Philip Allgood
                 English Andrea Smith



The School Dramatic Society presented on the last three
nights of the Christmas term "The Government Inspector" by
Nikolai Gogol

This play has been translated from the Russian and Mr. Col-
sell fully succeeded in his production In preserving the atmosphere of Czarist Russia of a hundred years ago.

The east, numbered twenty-five, all drawn from the upper
forms ot the Secondary School. The two main parts of the
Mayor, and the Junior Official who was taken for the Inspector
General, were acted by John Wilson and Robert Allen, who had
to sustain exacting characters throughout almost the whole play. There were moments when Allen's acting reached a very
high standard, while Wilson managed to present a convincingly simple yet crafty Mayor.
The small town atmosphere of graft and corruption was clev
erly maintained In the first and last scenes when David Proth
eroe, Keith and Malcolm Livingstone, Richard Woodacrc and
David Peters, respectively the Charity Commissioner, Judge.
Postmaster. Superintendent of Schools and Police superinten
dent, all showed themselves conscious of many years of petty
The Mayor's shrewish will; was taken by Jill Martin and Haze!
Ansell was her attractive daughter.

There were no hitches In the production due to the great co
operation of the remainder of the cast - also thanks must be
paid to Mr. Green and his team of stalwart helpers.

The scenery was designed by Mr. Bletcher and constructed in
the Woodwork Boom. Miss Rippin designed many of the girls'
costumes, which were made in the needlework department.
This play was a pleasant departure from the usual School
production and the audiences were extremely appreciative.
            THE R.N. DRAMA FESTIVAL, 1954

The competition for the festival this year was far keener than last year and in all there were eight entries. The decision to produce all the plays at Manoel Island Club theatre was not as convenient for the School as last year's arrangements, thoughit was a fairer test for the teams generally and was far more satisfactory for the audience.

The general level was on the whole higher than in 1953. The
School entries - Paradise Enow by James Bridie, produced by Mr Pago, and Riders to the Sea by J. M. Synge. produced by Mr. Colsell - were not placed in the first three, but the standard they reached was undoubtedly better than last year's. The settings and production in both plays were more finished, and the acting of Mr. Page and Mrs. Colsell in each play was singled out for special commendation. Avril Scott and Antoinette Gaunter in Riders to the Sea were praised for their performances, and the elegantly-costumed hour is in Paradise Enow were given full credit for their looks, though criticised understandably for their lack of experience. We hope that Miss Rippin's successful interpretation of the missionary will not encourage her to abandon teaching as a profession! She is far too valuable, also, as a costume-designer.

The adjudication was in the hands of Mr. Adrian Stanley who brilliantly put everyone in their place, to the great amusement of the audience, and gave us all tips on how to win next year.

Kay Clay.

                    THE SCHOOL CHOIR

In September 1953 Lo the delight of those people who enjoy
singing, the formation of a School choir was suggested by Mrs.
Mathcws. the new music teacher. There were many enthusiasts,
most of whom, after a fairly lenient voice test, were
This was only a very short time before the choir was due to
give their first public performance on Prizegiving day, and so
we had to establish ourselves without any delay. Choir practices were arranged for each Monday lunch hour, and on this day each week the hall could be Heard ringing with "Non Nobis Domine" and "Sing Joyous Bird." a merry little song by Montague Phillips. It hardly need be mentioned that prize-giving day was entirely successful and many of our visitors did not hesitate to say that the choir sung extremely well.

Our second Important occasion was the carol concert which
took place on the last day of the Christmas term, the 22nd
December Many of the carols were sung by the choir and
School together, but those worthy of note sung only by the choir were "Ring Out Ye Crystal Spheres," Blake's "Cradle Song," "Good King Wenceslas." "A legend" and "What Child is this?". David Peters Upper 6th rendered "Masters in this Hall." and Pat Gerry (VG) very sweetly sang Wilher's "Rocking Hymn", while the choir joined In with the chorus. Another solo was by Jennifer Page (4MG). and Mr. Page's solo "The Boar's Head" In which we again joined In the chorus will be remembered for a long lime.

After Christmas we really settled down. Mrs. Mathews divided
us into first and second sopranos, each group having a separate day for choir practice with everyone meeting each Monday.
At. these practices we have been learning several two part songs. "Old Mother Hubbard," "Pastoral" and "Flocks In Pastures Green Abiding," along with "Wake Up" by Montague Phillips and "Let the Bright Seraphim" by Handel.

The choir has now become an important section of the School,
and it is part of our routine to stand on the stage every mor
ning in assembly In order to lead the rest of the School in the
hymn singing.
It is mainly due to the hard work of Mrs. Mathews that our
performances have been so successful and we are extremely
grateful to her for making our choir practices so enjoyable.
We are now seeing the good results of her labours and hope to
make the concert this term absolutely first class.

Shirley Deacon, (choir prefect)


                      RECORDER GROUP

The recorder group started nine months ago and has made
continued progress. During this time we unfortunately lost
the valuable help of Mr. Walker for a considerable period.

At Christmas we made our debut when we performed in the
Carol Concert programme and now once a week we precariously perch on the extreme edge of the platform in the hall accompanying  the School singing during assembly.

At the present time we have about ten promising players and we would welcome any other people who are interested. Our meetings are held in 4 Grammar form room every Thursday at 1.30 p.m. We hope to grow in number and popularity In the near future.

  Heather Marriott and Angela Gregson

                 THE ROCK CLIMBING CLUB

This club was born one afternoon about the middle of the
Autumn Term when eight figures. three carrying outsize coils of rope, very self-consciously threaded their way through the mass of buses in the School Yard and made off to the cliffs of Wied el Kebir. This is a miniature Cheddar Gorge along the rim of which one of the Cross-Country courses runs.

Within two minutes of the party's arrival, a rescue squad had to be organised to recover one of the members from a little ledge to which he had climbed with great speed, little technique, no rope, and no idea of how to climb down again!

After this not too hopeful start, the business of shinning up
rocks was learned remarkably quickly. By the end of November fairly frequent visits by small parties were being made to the rocks of Naxxar Ridge. Here there are climbs which have been listed and graded according to the standards of the Fell and Rock Club of England. No matter what the difficulty, however, these routes have been taken in order from East to West and been systematically climbed. In fact two new routes have been pioneered, which. If anything, arc more, difficult than the toughest which the official guide has yet produced.

  The first real meet of the club was on December 28th at
Spinola. Six members met punctually at 10 a.m.. and walked
through St. Andrew's Barracks to meet Montrose who safely
guided the party across country to Wied il Faham. Splitting up
into three "Ropes" -the technical term for a climbing party six
climbs were successfully completed before lunch.

The official Guide claimed that to climb straight up from the
Chimney on Madalena Buttress had proved too difficult for the
writers. They had managed to reach a grassy nook half way
up the climb, but attempts to go further had failed. The R.N.
School R.C. Club, however, soon proved that there were four
ways at least to the top from their sticking point. It was
Burden who lead the way.

There was one casualty before lunch. Robin Palmer, evidently
under the impression that he was jumping on to a
feather mattress, leapt lightly down from the rocks Into a wild
briar bush. He carried the scars to prove it. for quite a low
weeks afterwards.

After lunch, having been joined by Beard, we left Wied il
Faham to a newly arrived party which was under the leadership of friend Large from Stella Maris College. Crossing Wied Anjou another new climb was done, and also two established routes were covered, including "The Cat Walk", which goes up one side of a cave and along a narrow traverse above it. finishing up a neat little crack.

The last climb of the day, discovered by Reynolds, proved to
present the most difficulty, and with no stretch of imagination
can be classed as "Very Difficult' as a clean vertical slab with more fresh air to hold on to than anything else.                           A diagonal fault provided a route for part of the way. but the
final pitch, necessitating a bold step out on to what optimists
would describe as a foothold called for a certain amount of faith, hope & wishful thinking.

When the top was eventually reached a little elementary
mechanics involving the dropping of stones was practised, and
from it the more academically Inclined members deduced the
height to be somewhere between one and nine hundred feet!

This last mental exercise so exhausted the climbers, that the
ropes were coiled, the gear collected and the longest possible
way back to Spinola was found. This was by accident and not

P K. Reynolds.

With school like milk, as all agree.
The cream is always at the top:
Unless 'tis so, as you must see,
The school will be a frightful flop:
So let me briefly Introduce
The denizens of our sixth form.
The finest flower we can produce,
The busiest bees in alt our swarm.
In this distinguished company
There are distinctions and degrees:
There's Sixth Form A and. Sixth Form B.
And at the top two royal bees:
The Queen, the stalwart Shirley Deacon
Who gives Impeccable example
And sees the female bees don't weaken
Or turn out stuff not up to sample;
And then the King, that's Garry Cave.
One built by nature to Inspire
Respect in boys who won't behave '
(He also renders "Kiss of fire").
Next comes those venerable figures
Who likewise grace the second year
And work Like any gang of niggers
As they perceive exams draw near:
Ann Henderson who shines at Art
And paints those pictures that delight
Each wide-eyed parent's tender heart
On Open day; two men of might
The elder Livingstone and Peters.                                                Who stamp their feel, and grind their teeth
When people call them "Maths Repeaters";
But David and his partner Keith
Have gained much more success as actors                                 Upon Tal Handaq's famous stage
Than when they cope with pi and factors.
The Lower Sixth has David Page.
Trog Smith and likewise Peter Budd.
And Mr. Blamey's always at 'em
To concentrate and chew the cud
Until they bust the bloomin' atom.
Their colleagues on the female fide
Have no time to be sentimental:
Their Intellect is all their pride.
And yet they're very ornamental:

There's Wendy. Bridget. Hazel. Jill,
And Christine. Monica and Frances.
Who gild instruction's bitter pill
And warm our hearts with tender glances.
With names like these, you must agree.
Our school is blest above the norm;
Hail, flower of our academy,
Our small, yet scholarly. Sixth Form!


The British people have a rich and unparalleled store of popular superstitions, which are added to through the centuries,

Plants and flowers, have, at all ages, been the source of varied
and interesting folklore. Parsley has always been regarded as
a bad omen. History records how a few donkeys laden with
parsley threw a Greek force into confusion. Many English
superstitions are connected with this plant, one of which Is prevalent in Devon, where it is believed that to transport parsley causes death within a year; in Hampshire, the people refuse to give any away, for fear of similar misfortune. Flowers usually signify death. In Sussex, to sleep in a room with the white thorn in It. during May, will cause death in the house. Also:—
"It you sweep the house with blossomed broom in May.
You're sure to sweep the head of the house away".
The people of Northampton believe that: —
"A bloom upon the apple tree when the apples are ripe.
Is a sure termination to somebody's life".

There is a curious superstition in Devon that it is unlucky to
plant a bed of lilies-of-the-valley, as the person doing so will
probably die In the course of the next twelve months; and In
some parts it Is believed that, if, in a row of beans, one should
chance to come upon white (instead of green) there will be a
death in the family within the year. The Welsh consider it very
lucky to cover the roofs of their houses with the leek, as It is
supposed to protect them from disease, and ensure happiness.
In Cornwall, the people frequently say the following for good
"Even ash, I thee do pluck.
Hoping thus to meet good luck.
If no luck I get from thee.
I shall wish thee on the tree".

When a young woman in Derbyshire wishes to know who her
future husband is to be she must go into the churchyard at.
midnight on St. Valentine's Eve. and as the clock strikes twelve
run round the church repeating, without stopping, the following

"I sow hempseed, hempseed I sow :
He that loves me best come after me & mow.

Presently the figure of her lover is supposed to appear & follow her.

Besides foretellers of the future, plants are said to be good
barometers: in many a country village, the peasants rely on a plant rather than on the B.B.C. Weather Forecast. Clover Is
supposed to be rough to the touch when stormy weather ss at hand; and its leaves rise up. The Kentish people, when speaking in spring lime of the oak and ash coming Into leaf, say:—
"Oak smoke;
Ash. Squash."
and believe that if the oak is the first to come out, the summer will be hot: if the ash. that It will be wet.

From the earliest times the Moon has been the. subject of
popular superstition; it, has been referred to as such by Shakespeare, Doctor Johnson and Herrick.  In Cornwall, it is considered a bad omen to see the new moon through glass. Another practice is to look at the first new moon of the year through a silk handkerchief which has never been washed. As many moons as the person sees through the handkerchief (the threads multiplying the vision), betoken the number of years he will remain unmarried.
  In Devonshire It Is considered lucky to see the new moon over
the right shoulder; over the left shoulder is unlucky: and
straight before. prognosticates good fortune to the end of the
moon. In the same county many people believe that if, on
seeing the first new moon of the year, they take a stocking off
one foot and run across a field, on arriving there they will find
between their big and second toe a hair which will be the colour of their lover's! The moon is said to be like a boat when Its horns appear to point upwards and many people believe that when it, is situated thus there will be no rain.

Birds have, at all times, been in most countries the subject of
a very varied folk-lore. In Wales it is considered unlucky to
hear the cuckoo before the 6th of April, but you will have prosperity for the whole year if you first hear It on the 28th.

Formerly It was believed that if n farmer killed a robin his
cows would yield blood instead of milk. This superstition Is
also prevalent in Switzerland. It is on this account that the
robin enjoys immunity from the gun of the Alpine herdsman.

In Cornwall it is a popular belief that if rooks forsake an
estate, no heir will be found to succeed the owner. The harsh
croak of the raven over a house is regarded as an inauspicious
sound. Shakespeare, In "Othello", says:—
"O. It comes o'er my memory
As doth the raven o'er the nfected house
Boding to all"

A quaint old Cornish legend concerns the raven, and says that
King Arthur is still alive in the shape of a raven. Certain
superstitious people refuse to shoot these birds, in case they
might shoot King Arthur.
Another well known rhyme concerns crows:—
"One's unlucky;
Two's lucky;
Three is health;
Four is wealth:
Five Is sickness:
Six Is death." In Devonshire and Cornwall, when the cock crows more than
usually. It is said to be a sign that a stranger is coming. Also,
the cock's crowing is said to denote a change In the weather. An
old proverb states:
"If the cock crows on going to bed.
He's sure to rise with a watery head.

Perhaps the most common superstitions are those concerning
everyday articles; for example, pins. All children know the
"See a pin and pick it up.
All the day you'll have good luck:
See a pin and lei it lie.
All the day you'll have to cry."

It is also considered bad luck when the soap slips out or one's hand. Rutlandshire has a superstition that if you wash your hands in the same water as another person you will quarrel with that person within the week.

There are a goon many odd bits of folk-lore connected with
salt. In the North it is considered unlucky to put t on
another's plate. The ill-luck Is averted by a second helping of salt. This is a very deep-rooted superstition; Leonardo da
Vinci, in his picture of the Last Supper, portrays Judas Iscariot overturning the salt -a dark foreshadowing of the betrayal of our Lord.
Napoleon Bonaparte believed in the common superstition of breaking glass. During one of his campaigns In Italy, he broke the glass over Josephine's portrait. He was so disturbed at this that he dispatched a messenger to ascertain her well-being - and did not rest till his return.

The hand and finger nails are connected with many a super
stition. Shakespeare, In "Macbeth", says:—
"By the pricking of my thumbs.
Something wicked this way comes,"

In Cornwall, while specks on nails are considered to foretell
presents, which may be received after the nail has grown so
that the speck may be cut off. It Is a common belief that it is
unlucky to cut nails on a Friday.

The preceding examples of popular superstitions are but a
minute fraction of the many Interesting or amusing superstitions
prevalent in the British Isles. Although we are not.
acquainted with "magic" and superstition to-day, there are a
few who will deliberately spill salt or open an umbrella in the house.

J. Bills
Form VG

              MY DOLLY

I have a fairy dolly.
With a pair of silver wings.
And though she never speaks all d
At night I'm sure she sings.
For as I close my weary eyes.
I hear the fairy bells
Playing Christmas Carols
In the little fairy dells.
And then the fairy choir
Gathers in a fairy ring.
My fairy dolly Joins them.
As they all begin to sing.
But as the glow-worms' lantern lights
Begin to fade away,
They scurry into snow-drop cups.
To hide throughout the day.

Carol Knight,
Form 2J.

In every little pupil's mind,
A speck of knowledge one should find.
It may be large, it may be small,
And often isn't there at all.

In Latin lesson orders are.
To learn the new vocabular';
But if the brain-box worketh wrong.
The knowledge is not very strong.

All the maths is quite a horror.
With the add, subtract and borror;
In history we're all quite keen,
But only 'till the marks are seen.

In our art we do not revel
Always losing the eye level.
But now I fear the end is here
Because my mind is far from clear

Carole Tudor
Form IVG.
            MY TEDDY BEAR

I have a little teddy bear;
He has brown eyes and yellow hair.
All day long he squeaks away.
We dress him up and he squeaks again.

He stands on the toy-box until I come home.
When I go in the bedroom.
He squeaks the house down.

Mary Churcher.
Form 2J

While readers note that Carole's terse                                             Example of an English verse,                                                         Suggests familiarity                                                                             With subjects on a parity.                                                                    

With Latin, History & Art                                                                Mathematics of the smart.                                                                                                 It would come as no surprise to me                                                    Some verses French from her to see.

Science pure and of the household                                                   More'n the gist she finds she can hold.                                                                                              And of the subjects we can log                                                                                                  We mustn't fail to mention Geog.                                         

                                                   - Editor


                      A HOLIDAY IN JERSEY

One of the hottest days I have ever experienced was in the
August of 1952. Our family had arrived on the previous day
in the 'Isle of Sark', after a very calm crossing from South
ampton. When we had disembarked on the quay, we were told
by some friends that the annual Jersey Carnival of the Battle
of Flowers was to be held next day. We decided that we would
make arrangements lo go with thorn to see some of the

The idea of the procession was to form a model from flowers
and wire mesh to do with the given subjects. When the exhibits
had been Judged and the prizes allotted, everybody would
rush to take the flowers and throw them at one another; hence
the "Battle of Flowers."

The next day, to our horror, was very wet. and when we woke
the sky was black and the air close. It looked as if there was
going to be a thunderstorm. At about eleven o'clock. It was
simply pouring, but later, to our delight, a weak-looking sun
appeared and with it a rainbow. At lunch time the carnival
was definitely on: and everybody worked to put up the decorations
and the exhibits were quickly put together for the afternoon.
If it had not been for the 'Battle of Flowers', the Jersey
people would have welcomed the arrival of rain, as there had
been a drought all summer and the flowers were fading.
At two o'clock, we round our seats on the road to Saint Helier,
and complete with the coolest clothes, and the coldest drinks
we could muster we sat down to enjoy ourselves. Unfortunately, just In front of us there was a bush swarming with every kind of fly imaginable; soon they thought us better targets and flew on our ices, arms and faces.

First in the procession, came the band dressed like toy soldiers:
they looked as if they were stifling in their hot uniforms,
with the sun pouring down on them. Then followed Yolande
Donlan. the film-star, who was the chief guest. As she passed
the crowd she threw flowers from her bouquet into their eagerly waiting hands. The heat was simply terrible; luckily we had brought hats, but even so we longed for a little rain to clear the air.

The exhibits then came by. Some were so large that
they were on decorated lorries. The best exhibit of the year
was a globe showing all the countries in different coloured
flowers. It was made by the Women's Institute and they won a
refrigerator for their club-room. After many other gaily coloured models had passed us. some, on bicycles, others in cars. the time came for the battle. Luckily, It, was not such a spirited
affair as in other years, because no-one had much energy


in the still baking late afternoon. Nevertheless, when the whistle
was blown over the microphone there was a mad rush to
grab flowers. When we had thrown a few, and in our turn received a few back, we went home for Iced drinks.

At about seven o'clock we went up on to the roof and watched some brilliant fireworks. There were rockets, giant Catherine wheels, roman candles, and many other sophisticated ones, we then crawled Into our beds, very tired and sticky after a thrilling day.

As I woke the next morning the rain was simply pouring in at the window and there was a great puddle on the floor.

Teresa Bees,
Form IVG.
                 THE GLADE

The blue-green waters of ray pool.
Look so deep, so dark and cool,
In the glade
Where rabbits play.
I can go there, every day.

Right in my glade the Toadstools stand.
Brought to it from fairy land.
I'm sure the rabbits say                                                                "Who's been in out glade today?"

 And then at Midnight blackbirds sing.
To please the squirrels and their King.
I was told to go to bed
But I stayed.
And watched, instead,

I have seen the chairs put out.
Oh! the parties they have there;
Fairy cakes and jellies too.
How I wish that I could share.

But I suppose if I were good,
Then one day I really would.
And when I come back to my glade

I will hear the rabbits say,
As they scuttle to their holes.
"Who's been in our glade today?"

Andrea Trafford Smith.
Form 4J,


You walk down the path
All shaking In your shoes.
You face the Head Master;
There's nothing more to lose.

He looks you up and down.
And seems to criticize.
Then shows the place to read;
Good gracious It's a size!

You wait outside the hall.
Your hands are shaking badly,
And you're wobbling at the knees.

Mr. Page comes round the corner,
He sees you looking glum.
Then explains the awkward phrases.
And things begin to hum.

The choir behind are singing.
The children in their places.
And now alas the time has come
To put you through your paces.

The Hymn is over now.
The Head gives you a sign
You fumble for the place.
"Oh. Lor' where Is that line?"

An aeroplane goes over,
You hardly hear the noise.
The only thing you're scared of
Is the sound of your own voice.

The ordeal now is over.
You must stay throughout the prayer.
You wish that you were standing
Anywhere but there.

It's over now and finished.
You did feel such a fool
Standing on the platform
Before nearly all the school.

Judith Kelly.

             JUNGLE LIFE

There's only one real jungle law.
Which all the beasts like one obey;
It is to kill or to be killed,
From hour to hour and day to day.

A massive lion 'midst bushes lay,
While overhead on leafy bough,
A panther watched the selfsame prey                                                                                                 A drinking deer the two cats saw.

The jungle heard his mighty roar,
The lion's prey stood still with fear.
The lion charged and with his paw.
He tore Its throat from ear to ear.

The lion stopped, the deer was dead.
Then quickly like a streak of light
The panther dived at Leo's head The
two cats fought with all their might.

The night has come, the jungle's still.
The birds are sleeping; beasts of prey
Are taking rest in peace until They
all awake the foll'wing day.

              FAMOUS PEOPLE

Pope. Milton. Goldsmith. Wordsworth;
Poets all are these.
Bronte. Austen. Eliot. Hardy;
Their books we always seize.
Handel. Bach. Beethoven. Liszt;
We often play their songs.
Constable, Angelo, Van Gogh. Picasso;
'Round their pictures, continual throngs.
The Queen. Prince Charles and Princess Anne;
Our Royal Family dear.
Pluto. Theseus. Hannibal. Caesar:
Famous men no longer here.
Blarney, Ruoff, Colsell. Page.
Masters at our School.
Knowles, Colsell, Rippin and I
remember now - Miss Yule.
Anon. Form IVG.

                                    THE SNOW-STORM

The sky darkens and with a breeze.
The snow falls down with ease
Gliding, fleeting, softly beating                                            Covering homesteads and the trees.

The wind sweeps down with a moan so low
The wind is  the snow's mightiest foe
Rushing, dancing, madly prancing,
Covering all below.

Children's voices suddenly ring out.
With a high-pitched happy shout,
Gay and Joyful, making .snowballs,
Happily to throw about.

Jacqueline Fewins.
Form 3BG

Small-bore rifle shooting is becoming a popular sport In Great
Britain. In nearly every town or Services establishment there
Is a miniature rifle range.

The Rifles differ In type and construction, and may be divided
into two main groups: a The Martini, or Jailing block type
action. such as the B.S.A. or Vickers; b the bolt action, such
as the Mauser. Remington and Winchester. The most common
small-bore rifle used in clubs is the Martini type. All the competition rifles are fitted with aperture sights and slings. The sling Is used to steady the rifle.

A competition ride fs a delicate piece of engineering and
must be treated with great care. The sights should not be
adjusted by a beginner who has Just learnt to handle the rifle.
One or two minutes or bad adjustment can ruin a rifle for ever-
Only modern non-rusting cartridges must be used unless the
rifle Is cleaned after every shot.

A gun needs oiling and cleaning once a month. If you drop
a round or carry it In your pocket always clean It before inserting into the rifle.
In England you cannot go Into a shop and buy a rifle and
ammunition. You must first get a firearms certificate from the
When you join a miniature rifle club get one of the members
to show you how to operate the rifle, do not try alone. Twenty rounds or shots an evening is quite enough. Always try hard and get Into your club team as soon as you can. Don't adjust the sights until you are getting all your shots into one main group so that a halfpenny will cover them i( you place it on top.

When firing, the trigger should never be pulled but gently
"squeezed", so that you don't know when the rifle la going to lire. Small-bore rifles require three lbs. pressure on the trigger before they fire. When beginning, it is better to practise loading and squeezing the trigger without putting in a round or bullet.

Practically all small-bore shooting In Great Britain Is conducted in the "prone" position. In other words, lying on the stomach supporting the rifle with both hands. Remember when shooting comfort the  essence of success.

Although the bullet travels fast. It has to have time to get
out of the barrel and it will go according to where you are pointing the gun when It leaves the muzzle!

Although a .22 bullet is small it has a range of one mile and
is very deadly for five hundred yards. The golden rules for
-safety are:

a. Never point a rifle at anybody. loaded or unloaded....
b. Always keep the rifle pointing down the range while
you are reloading.
c. Never leave a rifle loaded even when you are taking
a rest. When you are resting always unload the rifle or put
on the safely catch.

Hamish Walker.
Form IVG



I received the news when I was having my lunch. My Father
came in from the office and sat down at the lunch table. Mother
asked him if there was any news, and he said. "Oh. yes," and
turned to my sister. "Ann they want you to present a bouquet
to the Princess to-night". "The Princess!" we both exclaimed
In amazement. "Yes, Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh have been invited to attend the Bighi Pantomime  tonight  as the Captain and Captain's Wife of H.M.S. Magpie," my father explained.

Ann and I were the cast of the Bighi Players Annual Pantomome "The Babes in the Wood."
Soon the news spread and many people tried to change their
seats, which they had booked in advance for other nights, so that they could come and see the show the night the Princess B was coming, but this was not allowed.
As the time drew closer to the evening's performance, the
other members of the cast, some at least. began to get "butterflies" In their stomachs.
Back stage we had Just finished dressing and making up when
the band was heard to play. "God save the King." We all knew
that In a few minutes the curtain would go up and the show
would commence. My sister returned from the presentation and heaved a sigh of relief, then said. "Thank goodness, that is over."   See photo.

 I then reminded her that the worst was to come.
From the dressing rooms the show sounded as if it were going
very well Then I caught a few words that led up to the cue for
my first entrance. I rushed through doors, along behind the
backcloth to find that I had about ten minutes to go. The tension was mounting for me. At last, my cue came and from my first lines I forgot completely who was in the audience and just acted as hard as I could.
The show ended with a thunderous applause. As we were
about to change. Chief Petty Officer Terry, our producer, dashed Into the dressing rooms and announced that we were to be presented to our distinguished guests. The whole cast was
astounded and. hardly knowing what we were doing, we lined
up In order of appearance to await the presentation.
The moment soon arrived, and I was standing next to my
sister near the head of the 'queue'. All at once H.R.H. Princess
Elizabeth was standing in front of me and I found myself shaking hands with her. Then she said to me. "Congratulations
on an excellent performance. Do you do much acting?" I said
it was the first show I had ever been In. The next thing I knew
was that the Princess had passed and I was shaking hands with
H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh. He said. "Congratulations. Do
you like acting?" I said that I found great pleasure in it. Then
he too was gone and as I watched them leave through the main
entrance. I began to realize what had really happened.
After this our show went on tour to Mtarfa, Luqa, H.M.S.
Falcon and H.M.S. Phoenicia,

John M. Wilson.
Form VG.

                  THE GHOST TRAIN

Suddenly I found myself in the dark as the ghost train which
I had boarded just a few seconds earlier crashed through a swing
door and went hurtling along the tracks at a terrific speed.
As the train careered along, a phantom figure rose ahead of me.
Just as I looked as if I was going to crash Into him the train
recklessly vet-red off to the right still tearing along at top
speed, the train came to where the track seemed to fall away
into a deep ravine. As I neared the ravine the train gathered
speed, then my stomach rose and fell as I went over a slight hill under the lines.

Cobwebs brushed my race and scared me as I hurtled at break-neck speed through the darkness. I swung to the left to face an even worst- horror. This was a ghostly figure which seemed to dance a jig In mid-air. This figure was very near to me when it mysteriously disappeared.

Still racing madly along the lines at a breath-taking speed. I
came to where a lion was bounding up and down In the centre of the lines roaring loudly. Suddenly It jumped at me. but the train swerved into a tunnel. Pitch blackness swallowed me and ghostly sirens shrilled in my ear as the train rattled on. In distance I could see what looked like a small speck of daylight.
This could not have been true however, for there was a terrifying scream and I crashed through another swing door into the brilliant daylight.

My heart returned to its normal place. What a terrifying
trip! Would I ever experience such a nightmare ride again?
Eagerly I dipped Into my pocket for another sixpence and passed it to the attendant. Grinding wheels began to turn, and with a crash I suddenly found myself in darkness once more.
           J Knight Form 3G


Golden sands and racing waves,
Which make the sea-side gay.
Shell-strewn caves along the beach.
Where tiny children play.
Donkey; giving children rides.
Trot up and down the shore.
While on the busy promenade.
Ice creams are sold galore.

Wendy Gower.




                            AN EXCITING ADVENTURE

Once upon a time there was a little girl named Jill. She had a brother Tom. They lived In a place called Ittlebury. They had a little white cottage with red roses growing round the door. Near their house wan a wood and one day Jill's pet bird named Joey, Hew away, so she ran to tell Tom saying, "My bird has flown away!" Tom said, "I will help you find him." so off they went into the wood to look Tor him. But after a. little while. Jill said. "Listen. I think I can hear someone crying." and Tom replies, "Don't be silly there Is no-one here," but to his surprise they saw two little fairies crying. Jill said to them, "Why do you weep?" They replied together, "Our Fairy Queen said that if we do not get some red rose petals for our dresses, we will not have our ball when the moon is full." Tom was Listening to this and ran on horn? to get some from around his door. When he arrived home he said, "May I have some roses?" His mother asked him why he wanted them, so he said. "Jill and I want to make some scent." His mother agreed and off he went with the roses.

On his way to the wood he found Joey. He put the roses on the ground and took Joey home. When he came back to get the roses they had gone. So he went and told Jill what had happened, and the fairies said. "That s why we have no roses left. The gnomes have taken moon is full." Tom said, -Jill and I will find them and get the roses back." They were just, going when Jill said. "We don't know where to find them." The fairies told them and off they went.

When they found the tree, a little gnome said. "If you want the other gnomes, come with me. I know where they are," The two children went with the little gnome, but when they got there- the little gnome said something that sounded like "calpara." Jill said. -I wonder what he said that for."

As she saw that, out from nowhere came thousands of tiny gnomes. They grabbed the two children, and took them to their hide-out. When they got to the hide-out one gnome, who Jill though! was the chief one. said. "These children are too big to get in here," but as he said that, the children threw all the gnomes that were holding them on to the ground, and Tom held all the gnomes, while Jill took some cord out of his pocket and tied them up, threatening to harm them If they did not tell them where the roses were. So the gnomes showed them where the roses were. Tom untied them all and took the roses to the fairies. who were waiting for them to return. Then the fairies asked them to carry the roses to the Fairy Queen's Palace.




They look them and the Queen said, "What can I give you us a reward" Jill and Tom replied together, "We would like to come to the ball." and the Queen said they could.

So off they went home, and their mother said. "May I see the scent?" and Tom told her why they had wanted the roses and about their reward.

She agreed with their going to the ball so the children waited anxiously for the full moon to come. At last It came and Jill and Tom had a wonderful night.

             A WALK IN APRIL

One warm April morning when I was sitting In our garden reading a book about wild flowers I suddenly came across a picture of a flower I had never seen before.

As I am very interested in flowers I decided to see if I could find this particular one. I went into the house first, to put on my walking .shoes und then I started out.

The country round my home was very beautiful, and had an abundance of wild flowers. I picked some flowers for mummy, and as I did so I kept my eyes alert to see if I could find the flower for which I was searching. I went up to a field I know had many wild flowers and to my surprise there was a chestnut mare and by her side was the sweetest little foal with a little white star in the middle of Its forehead. I went up to stroke it and to my delight it seemed quite fearless. How I wished I had some titbits for It ! But by now time was getting on and I realised I had better go if I wanted to look for my special flower. So I said "Goodbye" to it and skipped away.

I sang as I went along and the birds sang with me as they flew above me. I looked about me all the time but I could not find this wild flower at all. The flowers looked brightly up at me sometimes, with little drops of rain in their petals which looked like little pieces of shining silver. Everything looked new! The fields I went through often had baby lambs with their fluffy white coats but I kept at a distance In case the mother would not like me to touch her lambs. The trees under which I walked were growing a new set of leaves Which were a beautiful green. The walk was so delightful that 1 was sorry when it was quite time to go home. And although I did not have the wild flower I hoped to get. it was by far my most enjoyable walk.

Barbara Humphrey. Form 4J.

                    IN MY DREAM

I hear the chirping of the sparrows.
The trickling of the stream.
The wind blowing over the meadow                                             In my dream.

I heard the mooing of a cow.
And the children on the green.
And the laughing of the horses
In my dream.

I heard the dogs barking,
The clucks quack by the stream.
And the hens clucking
In my dream.

I saw the darkness vanish.
And dawn wake by the stream:
The dark shadows break                                                                   In my dream.

Juliet Sayer.

Form 4J.

            MY SECRET

A little nest I once found:
It was built upon the ground.
The eggs in it were bluish green,
The prettiest I had ever seen.

It belonged to the speckled thrushes.
Built In the hedge of brooms and brushes;
And soon out of the pretty eggs.
Popped little birds with tiny legs.

Janet Shombrot.

Form 4J.



I have a little budgie.
It always wants to Teed.
And every morning at half past
I fill his pot with seed.
He's n very pretty colour.
Black, yellow and green.
The prettiest little budgie,
That you have ever seen.


Jumping and dancing
Leaping and prancing
Rippling and flashing
Sparkling and splashing
In a cranny, out a nook
Came the swift, audacious brook.

Then came night
Of misty gloom
And on the clouds the ghostly moon
Rose and fell
Like a ship, upon the sea.
Frail but Sighting, frail but free.

The thunder clashed
And jagged rents fled oe'r the sky.
While the rain, cold and bitter
Flooded the earth and swelled the river.
And on. and on. and on it sped
On to the raging sea It fled.

While the Brook floundered and whirled
Thundered and swirled.
Fell and flashed,
Leaped and lashed.
Raged and rushed.
Gurgled and gushed.
Fleeing down to the deep, blue sea.

Hardre Fenn
Form 1AJ


                                    SPORTS DAY

1953 being Coronation Year it was decided to make the Athletic Sports a very special function, and the first move in this
direction was to obtain the loan of the green and wide open
spaces of Ta'Kali. Here we had all the room we needed, and a
day's wonderful weather too. Two tracks were laid out and
Senior and Junior events took place on them (simultaneously).
Meanwhile three very hard working donkeys spent the afternoon giving rides, and swings and seesaws were also well patronised.
Thanks to many generous contributions it was possible to provide all children with n ration of free refreshments, and a very happy day was spent by all. but It was a very tired working party which eventually loaded the last piece of gear on the lorry that evening.

The sports themselves produced some wonderful performances. McVey and Stubbs proved outstanding runners, and Cave excelled himself in field events. Suzanne Buick was supreme among the girl runners. With three of these athletes In their team Nelson were confidently expected to win the House championship, and despite a good challenge by Stephenson there was never very much doubt that they would succeed.

Despite the difficulty of reaching Ta'Kali there appeared to
be a record attendance of parents and friends of the School.
These included the Flag Officer Malta and Mrs. Salter. who
concluded a successful day by presenting cups and medals to the winners.


1. Crickct Ball - Boys Open 231ft 10 Ins. New Record
1. D. Alder (N) 2. A. Ovcrton (S). M. Cooper (W)
2. 100 yds. - Open Boys 11.1 secs.
1. D. McVey (D) 2. M. Cooper (W) 3, A. Plater (S)
3. 100 yds. - Junior Boys 13.1 secs.
1. R. Palmer (N) 2. J. Walker (N) 3 R. Payne
4. 100 yds. - Open Girls
1. S. Buick (N) 2. M. McVey (W) 3. V. Attrill (D)
5. 100 yds. - Junior Girls 13.5 secs.
1. M. Allan (S) 2. I. Williams (S) 3. C. Buick (S)
6. 100 yds. - Senior Girls 12.5 secs.
1. E. Mitchell (W) 2 M .Watson (W) 3. T. Dudman (W)
7. 100 yds. - Senior Boys 11secs.
1. G. Stubbs (N) 2. J. Burden (W) 3. I. Montrose (N).
8. High Jump - Boys 5-ft. 2 ins. New Record
1. G. Cave <(N) 2. J. Wilson (N) 3. M. Livingstone (W)
9. Obstacle Race - Girls Open
1. V. Attrill (D) 2. C. Howarth. (N) 3. V. Fogden (S)
10. Cricket Ball - Junior Boys 151 ft.
1. S. Brown (D) 2. R. Palmer (N) 3. T. O'Connell (N)
11. 220 yds. - Senior Girls 30.6 sec*.
1. E. Mitchell (W) 2. T. Dudman (W) 3. E. Henwood (W)
39.8 secs,
12. 230 yds. - Girls Open
1. S. Buick (N) 2. M. McVey (W) 3. C, Howarth (N)
13. 220 yds.  Junior Girls 32.6 secs,
1. I. Williams (S) 2. J. Fountain (S) 3. M. Allan (S)
26.4 secs.
14. 520 yds. - Senior Boys
1. D. Protheroe (S) 2. R. Stubbs (N) 3. I. Montrose (N)
15. 220 yds. - Boys Open 26 secs.. New Record
1. D. McVey (D) 2. M. Cooper (W) 3. M. Nettlefold(W).
31.8 secs.
16. 220 yds. - Junior Boys
1. H. Palmer (N) 2. R. Colwill (N) 3. R. Payne (N)
5 minutes 22.8 secs.
17. One Mile  Boys Open
1. J. Mallon (W) 2. P. Reynolds (S) 3. G. Humble (D)                 18. Putting the Shot • Boys Open
1. A. Overton (S) 2. G. Cave (N) 3. M. Livingstone (N)
33ft -6 3/4 Ins.                                                                                19. Putting the Shot - Junior Boys
1. S. Brown (D) 2. R. Colwill (N) 3. G. Jarvis (D)


  20. Skipping Race - Junior Girls
l. H. Wakefield (W) 2. J. Churchcr (N), 3, S.Rich (D)
21. 440 yds. - Senior Boys
I. G. Stubbs (N) 2. P. Reynolds -(S). 3. I. Montrose (N)
22. 440 yds. -Boys Open
I. D. McVey (D) 2. M. Cooper (W ) 3. D. Alder (N)
23. Netball Shooting - Senior Girls
I. D. Cottrell (S) 2. C .Turner (D) 3. J. Vine (D)
24. High Jump - Girls Open 4-ft, 3 ins.
I. S. Bulck (N) 2. P. Pickering (D) 3. M. McVey (W)
25. Mixed Shuttle Race - Juniors Mixed
1. Stephenson 2. Drake 3. Nelson
26. Throwing thc Discus - Boys Open 103-ft. 2 ins. New Record 
1. O. Cave (N) 2. K. Livingstone (N) 3. J. Wilson (N)
27. Hockey Skittles - Girls Open
1. J.Vine(W)andH.Ansell(D)  3.E.Henwood (W) and J.Owens(D) 
28. Mixed Shuttle Race - Senior Mixed
l. Stephenson 2. White 3. Nelson
29. 880 yds. - Boys Open 2 mins 30.6 secs.
1. D. McVey (D) 2. J. Mallon (W) 3. P. Reynolds (S)
30. Obstacle Race - Junior Girls
1. H. Wakefield (W) 2. F. Beach (D) 3. M. Harber (N)
31. Long Jump - Senior Boys 16ft 6 ins.
1. D. Protheroe (S) 2. S. Burden (S) 3. P. Reynolds (S)
32. Hockey Dribble - Senior Girls
1. V. Fogden (S) 2. C. Culler (W) 3. J. Roe (W)                               33. Throwing the Javelin - Boys Open
1. A. Overton (S) 2. D. Page (S) 3. C. Plater (S)
34. Hockey Dribble • Junior Girls
1. E. Henwood (W) 2. M. Galvin (N) 3. W. Clarke (N)
35. Hop. Step and Jump - Girls Open Distance 29-ft. 9 ins.
1. S. Buick (N) 2. E. Mitchell (W) 3. C. Turner (D)
36. Relay - Boys Open
1. Stephenson 2. Nelson 3. White
37. Relay - Girls Open                                                                          2. Nelson 1. White 3. Drake
38. Medley Relay - Senior Boys and Girls
l. Stephenson 2. White 3.Nelson
39. Tug of War
1. Nelson 2. Stephenson 3.Drake
40. High Jump - Senior Boys 4-ft. 7 ins
1. G. Stubbs -(N) 2. J. Burden (W) 3. J. Biscoe (S)
41. Long Jump - Boys Open 17-ft.
1. M. Livingstone (W) 2. 1. Mallon (W) 3. A. Noble (3)
42. 3 Miles - Open 16 mins. 59 sees.
1. D. McVey (D) 2. J, Malton (W) 3. A. Noble (S)
Champion Boy Athlete - David McVey
Runners up - Anthony Overton and John Mallon
Champion Girl Athlete - Suzanne Buick
Runner up - Margaret McVey
Boys                                     Girls
Nelson          178                    White             121
Stephenson  126                     Stephenson    90
White              83                     Nelson           89
Drake              74                     Drake             60

                           1st Nelson
                           2nd Stephenson
                           3rd White
                           4th Drake


50 yards - Girls under 9
Diane Rundle
50 yards - Boys under 9
Peter Latimer
50 yards - Girls 9-11
Diane Cartwright
50 yards - Boys 9-11
Keith Rundle
80 yards - Girls over 11
Penelope Brockman
80 yards - Boys over 11
Kent Taylor
Egg and Spoon Race - Gail Attree
Potato Race  - Roger Alltimes
Skipping Race - Carole Robertson
Plant Pot Race - Nicholas Wright
  Sack Race  -  Elizabeth Roe
Wheelbarrow Race - John Davies and Geoffrey-Williams
Relay Race under11 -I. Drake 2. Nelson
Relay Race over 11 -1. White 2. Drake
Dressing Race - Girls  - Yvonne Toms
Dressing Knee - Boys - Ian Alder
Obstacle Race - Girls - Penelope Brockman
Ohstacle Race -  Boys - Robin. Blomeley
House Championship
1st. White -41. 2nd. Drake -34. 3rd. Nelson and Stephenson -23



Eight new records were established in this year's meeting.

1. The Mile Open  Schranz. 5.0 minutes      St Edwards
2. 220-yds. (14-15 yrs.) M, Gauci. 25.2 secs. St Edwards
3. 220-yds. (15+)Cremona).  26.3 sees.          St Edwards
4. 880-yds. (16-17 yrs.) Bonello. 2 mins. 23 secs. St Aloysius
5 Half Mile Relay. 1 min. 51.4 secs.              St Aloysius
6. One Mile Relay. 4 mins. 12.5 sees            St Edwards
7. 220 yards. Stubbs. 26.3 secs.                      R.N.S.
8. Senior Discus. Cave. .                                 R.N.S.
Apart from the two records which we broke, we also had

100 yds. Stubbs  1st  11.4 secs                                                      High Jump Wilson 1st 4ft 8ins                                                 Discus (J)Stubbs108ft                                                                                                                  
Half-Mile M Mallon 1st, 2 mins. 23.5 sees.

These boys are well deserving of high praise, but so also are the others who took second, third and even last place, for the whole team did its utmost, to show what the School really could do.
The final result found us in third place in the Senior competition with the old rivals St. Aloysius and St. Edwards in 1st and 2nd respectively. In the Junior competition we were pipped by l point for first place by St. Aloysius,

It was with regret that we saw such stalwarts as
Mallon. McVey, Stubbs, Noble and one or two others, leaving School at the end of last year, and we shall most certainly miss them next season.
However there are quite a few newcomers who look as though they can run. jump and throw, and with those of the Old Brigade who still remain and these fresh reserves, we should be able to hold up our heads when the trial of strength comes.

Last season was not a howling success, but compared with the defeats from which we have suffered this year, it was very good indeed! Not only have we not won a single game, but we have been beaten every time, and apart from one isolated instance, when we thought we were going to draw with De la Salle, we have been soundly trounced. Our two bits of consolation are that in the lust game against Hamrun Tech. we played better football than ever before, and secondly, if the game against Paceville-Rovers had not been cancelled, who knows. -we might have won.
We still have to play our first game in the Inter Schools Cup
Knock Out, so we can live In hopes of pulling something off in that competition.

The result of the Inter-House competition will not be known
when the Magazine goes to press, but from the form shown so far, it is very likely that Nelson will be in first place, unless the promising new blood in White bring their House to the top.

There has been a fine response to the introduction of Rugger this year. Boys oĢ all ages havc shown an enthusiasm and in some cases a standard
of play which is most encouraging.

The games played, so far. have been between teams picked by Prothcro. Plater, Livingstone and Wilson. The standard of play has not been exceptional owing to the fact of there being so many boys who arc just stared to learn to play the game.
However, like the Soccer player's opinion of all rugger men.
what they lack in ability. these beginners certainly make up for in enthusiasm.

On Boxing Day, the boys, very ably assisted by two parents,
Mr. Burden and Mr. Robinson, beat, by 13 points to nil, another team of boys, evidently not very ably assisted by six masters! It was a most enjoyable game -for the boys. Three of the masters are still trying to decide whether they are suffering from fractures or mere dislocation of bones. More would probably be doing the same thing, had not the referee (Cdr. Alcock ) kept the game going with us little bloodshed as possible.


Hockey has been played with enthusiasm this season and good
numbers have turned up every Saturday at Manoel Island.
Games have been arranged on Thursdays after School, but the
response has been a little disappointing.
The beginners have worked hard and are now enjoying their
game. Stickwork throughout the School is improving and many
players are beginning to show promise.
The School team has played three matches winning one and
losing two. With more determination and attack this could be
a good side. At the moment play is not forceful enough and
players are content to tackle once and then let their opponents
have the ball- To be successful a team must go on the field
with a will to win, and play all out right through the game.
The Houses have all had practice games and matches are
planned for the last few weeks of term.


Netball has been played throughout the School this season.
There is now a fairly good attendance at House practices. Organisation of these is still made difficult, by girls who volunteer to play and then do not trouble to attend.

On the whole the standard of play has improved and most
players have now learned not to run with the ball. Dodging
still needs practice and players should realise the importance
of correct spacing on the court.
Two sets of House matches are arranged for the last few weeks
of term. There will be a Junior Competition between teams
drawn from 1st and 2nd forms and a Senior Competition for
the 3rd form and above.


Cricket aroused very little enthusiasm in the School this year.
A few stalwarts from each House tried to complete an Inter-
House competition. However as teams very often had to be
made up from anyone who happened to be on the field, irrespective of House, no result can be recorded. In the games that were played, no one was outstandingly good. Fielding was very weak. Bowling was usually erratic although an occasional fast ball from Wilson livened up proceedings. Batsmen as a rule concentrated so much on staying In. that they forgot to score runs.

During the Summer Holidays, however, the School XI played a series of fine matches with Sliema Second XI, and four other games with the University and boys from St. Edward's, when play brightened up considerably. The result was three games won, four lost, one drawn, and one "rained off."
M. Livingstone topped the Batting Averages in this series,
closely followed by Page and Bull. Wilson, Plater. Noble. MalIon. and Wondacre put up good bowling performances. On the whole the fielding was very much better than during term time.
D. Alder and K. Livingstone were worth special mention here.

This competition was held on Friday. 26th February. The
course was in fair condition and good times were expected from some of the Seniors.
Starting from school, the Juniors got away first, watched by
the usual enthusiastic supporters. Within a few minutes the
seniors, who had started from the top of the hill, came past
with Reynolds and Humble well to the front. Then followed
the wait for the first man home. When he arrived it was Bain
of White in the very good time of 16 mins. 56 secs, which was only 5 secs, outside the course record. Within a minute Montrose and Beard, both going well, arrived. With 1st. 4th, 5th and 7th places to their credit- White House were easy winners of the Junior event with 17 points. Nelson 2nd - 26 points. Stephenson 3rd - 49 points, and Drake 4th - 64 points.
Hard on the heels of the Juniors came Reynolds of Stephenson first man of the Seniors with a very good record time of 19 mins. 27 sees. Only 18 secs, behind him came Humble with Burden a good third, although he was nearly a minute later.
The final placings were. White - 20 points. Stephenson - 40
points. Nelson - 41 points. Drake - 44 points.

The finals of the aquatic sports of R.N. School Tal
Handak were held Fleet Bathing Centre. A large gathering of parents & friends saw a very good display
of swimming and diving. Two afternoons had already been
spent in heats, when all children who succeeded in swimming a given distance In a time appropriate to their age won a point for their house. The Contest for house points was unusuallv close and the champion house was In doubt up to the last relay race.

  Drake eventually won by the narrow margin of only 6
points, but Stephenson who scored lowest points were only 14
points behind them.

Stubbs who won all three of his events won the cup for the
champion boy swimming. Shirley Deacon with two events
won was the most successful or the girls. All who took part
are to be congratulated on the high standard of their performance

Among the distinguished guests who attended were the Flag
Officer. Malta, and Mrs. Salter. Captain and Mrs. Cavenagh
Mainwaring. The Prizes were presented by Mrs, Cavenagh

Results were as follows:

1. Breaststroke Girls 13 - 14 Time: 26 secs.
1. M. Brill-Edwards (D) 2. J. Miller (D) 3, J. Neve (S)
2. Freestylc Boys under 10. Time: 24.8 secs.
1 G Turpin (W ) 2, P. Jones (S) 3. I. Brill-Edwards (N)
3. Breaststrokc Girls I0 - 111/2 Time: 32.4
1. A. Dawe (W) 2. J. Malpas (D) 3. A. Brockman (W)
4. Freestyle Girls under- 10  Time. 38.2 secs.
1. D. Cartwright (D) 2. E. Smith (N) 3, L. Maggs (W)
5. Diving Boy under 14.
1. D. Campbell (D) 2. M. Elsam (S) 3. D. Cooper (W)
6. Freestyle Girls 13 - 141/2 Time. 49.6 secs.
1. P. Streets (D) 2, R. Baylee (N) 3. T Dudman (W)
7. Breaststrokc Boys over 141/2 Time: 48 secs,
1. A. Plater 18) 2. R. Alien (D) 3. G. Cave (N)
8. Freestyle Boys 13 - 141/2 Time: 41.5 secs,
1. G Stubbs (S) 2. I. Kerr (D) 3 C. Turpin (W)
9. Backstroke Girls over 141/2 Time: 26.2 sees.
1. S. Deacon (W) 2. H. Marriott (W) 3. J. Walker (S)
10. Freestyle Girls 10 - 111/2 Time: 29.6 secs.
1. J. Malpas (D) 2. H. Maggs (W) 3. G. Gilbert (D)
11. Breaststroke Boys 10 - 111/2 Time: 23.6 secs.
1. C. Brown (S) 2. M, Lane (D) 3. D. Campbell (D)
12. Diving Girls under 14.
1. C. Buick (S) 2. J. Malpas (D) 3. J. Roe (W)
13. Freestyle Boys over 141/2 Time 37.4 sees.
1. J. Wilson (N) 2. A. Plater (S) 3. G. Cavc (N)


14. Breaststroke Girls over 141/2 Time: 23.2 secs,
1. S. Buick (N) 2. P. Deacon (S) 3. M. McVey (W)
15. Backstroke Boys 13 - 141/2 Time: 23.4 sees.
1. G. Stubbs (N) 2. D. Smith (N) 3. G. Humble (S)
16. Freestyle Boys ll1/2 - 13 Time: 21 secs,
1. A. Orchard (S) 2. R. Hann (W) 3. H. Pyne(N)
17. Breaststroke Girls 111/2 - 13 Time: 25.4 secs.
1. N. Keary (N) 2. M. Campbell (D) 3. H. WakeHcld (W)
18. Backstroke Girls 13 - 141/2 Time: 26.2 secs,
1. T. Dudman (W) 2. M. Brill-Edwards (D) 3. J. Talbot (W)
19. Diving Boys over 14.
1. A. Overton (S) 2, J. Miller (D) 3. R. Allen (D)
20. Freestyle Girls over I41/2 Time; 46 secs.
1. S. Deacon (W) 2. D. Flack (S) 3. P. Deacon fS)
21. Freestyle Boys 10 - ll1/2 Time: 24.2 secs.
1. D. Chadwick (W) 2. C. Brown (S) 3. D. Campbell (D)
22. Breaststroke Boys 111/2 - 13 Time: 25,7 secs.
1. M. Elsam (S) 2. R, Pyne (N) 3. R. Ball (S)
23. Freestyle Girls 111/2 - 13 Time: 25.2 secs.
1, N. Keary (N) 2. M. Campbell (N) 3. H. Wakefield (W)
24. Breastroke Boys 13 - 141/2 Time: 22.4 secs.
1. G. Stubbs (N) 2. D. Protheroe (S) 3. J. Ward (W)
25. Backstroke Boys over 141/2.
1. M. Livingstone (W) 2. A. Plater (S) 3. B. Allen (D)
26. Diving Girls over 14.
1. P. Deacon (S) 2. D. Kimpton (N) 3. G. Deacon (W)
27. Relay Boys 10 - 111/2.
Relay Boys 111/2 - 13.
Relay Boys 13 - 141/2
Relay Boys over 141/2.

Champion Girl: Shirley Deacon <W)
Champion Boy: Graham Stubbs (N)
Champion Diver: Anthony Overton (S) and Carole Buick (S)
Champion House 1. Drake 2. Nelson










The past year has been a very busy and successful one for
the troop. Taking up at the end of our last magazine report
we find the first incident worthy of mention, our Inspection by
Lt.-Cdr. Young for Admiralty Recognition. In this we were
successful and gained the signal honour of being the first group outside U.K to gain this distinction. Shortly after this the
troop was inspected by Mr. Dahl the Overseas Commissioner.

Probably the most outstanding event of the year was on June
24th when the Sea Scouts' Guardship, T/S. Egmont, was inaugurated by Admiral the Earl Mountbatten of Burma. World Commodore for Sea Scouts. A commemorative plaque and the ship's bell were unveiled by Lady Mountbatten. Shortly afterwards the troop was entertained to films and refreshments at Admiralty House.

In the field of competition the troop was again successful in
carrying off the Bates Cup and Mallia Shield for the Scoutcraft
and Camping Competitions. The Camping Competition was
carried out in the foulest weather imaginable and every credit
is due to the patrol who entered and saw it through successfully.

Summer saw all Scouting activities at their zenith.
The new Sea Scout Commissioner. Cdr. E. A. Glbbs. R.N.. very
kindly placed at. the disposal of Sea Scouts, a site of approximately 40 acres within the bastions of Ricasoli. The troop soon took advantage of this and a jolly good week was enjoyed by all. The programme was packed with expeditions, hikes, swimming, exploration and wide games to say nothing of the rousing Camp Fire that ended It all- Many scouts still chuckle over the Incident of "ghosts and goats".


T.S. Egmont saw very good service during the summer holidays, being manned almost continuously. A good deal of boat-work was carried out and the scouts became quite adept at rigging and sailing the whaler.
The seasons activities ended with a whaler race over a half
mile course. The challengers were the Royal Dockyard Sea
Scouts and the race was held in Lazaretto Creek. The School
crew won by about five lengths, which was very commendable as conditions were not good, there being a choppy sea and a strong headwind.

It was a successful year from the point of proficiency badges
too - most of these being for swimming and gained an the
various trips we had to Comino. These were always enjoyable and needless to say, a similar booking for the coming picnic has been made.
We must congratulate our Troop Leader Tony Baylee for
gaining his Queen's Scout Badge. Unfortunately. Tony, like
many others has left us to return to the UK. but new blood
keeps coming along and the youngsters must fit themselves to follow the footsteps of those who have helped to make the troop what it is today.

One thing more - Bob-a-Job Week. Once again the troop
distinguished itself by raising the highest amount on the Island.
Bob-a-Job Week is at Easter this time so let us aim at setting
a new all time record. The reward for their year's successes came in January when the parents gave the Sea Scouts a super party and invited the Guides along as guests. A jolly good time was had by all.
In return a Camp Fire was organised by the Sea Scouts and
all parents were invited.
We were all sorry to see the Minesweepers taken out of
Commission. We had been on board so often and travelled so far with them that we came to look on them as our Ships. However, as a token of the close relationship that existed between us, the officers and men of the Motor Minesweepers have presented the troop with their Wandering Challenge Cup. We shall treasure that as a token of our long association and friendship.

Now it's up to you, Scouts. Shoulders to the wheel and make next year the most enjoyable and successful yet.

The pack has been very busy during the last year. Unfortunately Akela left us to get married but her place was
taken by Mrs. Pilley and Mrs. Bray whom we welcome most
heartily to Council Rock.
  Many Cubs have left the pack to hunt the jungles across the
seas but many others have joined us to hunt with the pack on
Tal Handak trails, and keep us up to strength.

Many badges were gained during the summer and It was no
uncommon sight to see Skipper putting Wolf Cubs through their swimming paces on the beaches of Malta and Comino.

One afternoon we had a film show all to ourselves. This was
a grand treat and we hope there will be more of them.

The best treat at all was a party given by the parents. We
had a jolly good feed, let off loads of steam and went home
happily - each cub with a lovely present.

We did pretty well in Bob-a-Job Week too. but we are going
to do even belter this year.
One final word - some Cubs are still blind. How about trying
to get both eyes open?


Soon after the last Guide Notes were published we learned
from Girl Guide Headquarters in London that our Company had made a considerable, and at that time little publicised achievement.
All Companies throughout the World had been invited
to accept the "Chief Guide's Challenge". This involved, amongst other things, carefully recording all progress over a six month period, making a collection of natural objects (in our case shells and handicrafts (one girl learned to make Maltese Lace) and sending it all to London. We were grateful to receive a diploma and to learn that only five Companies in the whole World had reached a higher standard. Our entry has been kept at Headquarters to be Shown to the Princess Royal, President of the Girl Guide Association. Although it is long ago now, memories of last Summer's Camp are still green. Despite those Job's comforters who assured us that it couldn't be done we managed to obtain a suitable site and sufficient tents. After a preliminary Camp by the Patrol Leaders, some eighteen guides eventually found themselves under canvas for a week at a secluded spot known as Tal Salika.
Perhaps the most vivid recollection of that eventful week is of
the last night, when we had a fancy dress Camp Fire. Entries
ranged from an 1850 bathing belle to Wee Willie Winkie. Later
that same evening, when on my tour round the camp before going to bed. I heard strange groanings coming from the wash
house and feared murder was being committed. However, on investigation it appeared that, the "Wild Man from Borneo" was merely having brown boot polish scrubbed off his arms and legs!
I must now take this opportunity of saying Goodbye to Lieutenant and all Guides.

For 21/2 years I have enjoyed being with you. and together we have tried to learn the spirit of true Guiding. On my return to England I want you to give to your new Captain the same devotion that you have given to me for I know then that the 1st Malta Company cannot fall to remain - as in the words of the Island Commissioner - the best Company in Malta.

Goodbye to you all. and Good Guiding,

Joan M. Crofts (Captain)


Since the beginning of the Spring Term Brownies have been
holding their meetings after school hours In the Hall, thus
giving them more time to do test work.

There are 28 Brownies in the Pack. Three children left for
U.K.. and three recruits have joined since January. All Brownies are keen workers, and anxious to pass tests towards gaining their 1st. and 2nd. class badges. Only the lack of Brownie badges is holding up the enrolment of new recruits.

A party was held in February at the Scout Headquarters.
Sliema, for all Brownies in Malta. Only 12 of our Pack were
able to attend, and each child was given a present from a Giant Cracker.

We are very fortunate in having as Tawny Owl. Heather Marriott, who is company Leader in the School Girl Guides.

Brown Owl



Since the last copy of the Magazine appeared Drake have been
unfortunate in losing most of their outstanding performers:
Bull, the House Captain during the Spring and Summer Terms,
our star batsman, sprinter and holder of School Football colours: McVey. opening bat. cross-country star, with School football and athletic colours; Flynn our goal-keeper and swimmer: Allen, swimmer and cross-country runner; Sutherland, footballer and cricketer: Valerie Attrlll, holder of school hockey colours.

However we welcome several newcomers: Bendell, our new
centre-forward; Wellington. our new goal-keeper, and MacKenzie who plays Rugby.


On the whole Drake had quite a successful cricket season.
coming second to Stephenson. Our outstanding players were
Bull. McVey. Miller and Brown. Others who played well are
Allen. H. and Allen. J.


Drake were fortunate in possessing a number of promising
young swimmers and divers with the result that we won the
inter-house competition by a narrow margin

In the Senior events our outstanding swimmer was Robert 
Allen, who was second in the breast, stroke and 3rd in the Diving. In the Junior events David Campbell won the diving.

Others who did well were Miller, Flynn and Margaret Brill-


On the whole little enthusiasm was shown by the House in this field. The 3-milcs was run on a separate day. McVey coming 1st and Humble 5th.

On Sports Day as Bull was unable to run. most of the burden fell on McVey. and although he won the 100, 220. 440 and 880 yds. events, Drake was left at the bottom of the board. In the Tug o' War we came third after beating White by 2-1. each pull lasting 3 minutes.


Drake has not put up a very good show, mainly due to lack of support at the practices during the week. In the House Championships, the team managed to beat Nelson, but were defeated by Stephenson and White. This term the Juniors seem to be very keen and we have some very promising players in Rhoda Grieve and Frances Beach. Jane Skinner and Sallie Vine continue to keep up their high standard of play in the senior team, but unfortunately the latter team has been weakened by the departure of our goal-keeper. Jennifer Page, and Margaret Brill-Edwards.


The tennis tournament at the end of the summer proved a
comparative success for Drake House, when we managed to
gain second place. The team consisted of Christine Owen with Frances Buley and Sallie Vine with Joy Bollars.


In the hockey, as in all the girls' sports, we have not been as
successful as could be wished. This is mainly due. as in the
netball to lack of enthusiasm at practices on Saturday mornings.
Much more effort and keeness from all the girls, will have to
be shown if we do not wish to be completely defeated this year.
Our team has been greatly weakened since the summer holidays by the loss of Dorna Bayliss. House Captain., Valerie Attrill, School player and Margaret Brill-Edwards, who was a very promising back. Bowever. I am sure that with our remaining players and promising players such as Jane Skinner. Sallie Vine, Sandra Rich and Joan Hellon. and with a little more enthusiasm from the rest of the girls, we could do a great deal better.
than formerly.

Last year we failed to gain the coveted top prize for work,
only gaining second place, but If we keep up the good standard that we have so far set ourselves In the Christmas term by coming first I am convinced that we stand a very good chance of winning the work shield. In the General Certificate of Education 'Advanced Level)
Examination last June. Dorna Bayliss brought great credit
to the House by gaining a Distinction In Geography, and passes In her other two subjects. This is the first Distinction in the School In any subject at this level.

At the Ordinary Level two of our members. Hazel Ansel and Tony Bull succeeded In obtaining the highest number of passes -9 subjects each, and Frances Buley gained 7, Christine Owen 6 and David McVey 4. Let us hope that we can do as well or even better this year.
Our two Captains this year are Brian Humble and Hazel




Our achievement last year in carrying off the Athletics trophy
led us to hope that we might perhaps manage a "double".
Enthusiasm In the House was very evident, and for many weeks before Sports Day. Individuals were hard at their training. Our hopes of victory wore well founded. We won.


After our success last year In winning the Cricket Shield we
were looking forward with keen Interest and anticipation to the
commencement of the Cricket season this year. Although very
conscious of the loss of Fewtrell, we were fairly confident that
we could secure a reasonably good position In the House league.
Events, however, proved us very far "off the mark". A friendly
match against Drake, in which we were defeated, dashed our
hopes slightly, but gave us determination to play harder, and
when In our first Championship match we defeated White by
two runs, we thought Lady Fortune was again smiling after all.
But unfortunately, our next three matches resulted in heavy
defeats and we finished a very woeful last.

After last year's crushing defeat In the Swimming Gala, our
hopes this year were not particularly high. However, after a
very closely fought finish we gained second place, only 6 points behind the winners. Drake. Special mention must be made of J. Wilson who came first in the open Freestyle, a very noble performance, against strong opposition. Congratulations to our Relay Teams who did extremely well to come first.


Due to the demands made by the School soccer team for
players, we have been unable to play off any House matches as
yet. Several players from Nelson have turned out regularly for
the School team, among them being, Alder, Cave and J. Wilson.
With these three "Old Campaigners" we have the backbone of a
good team, but we will have to play very hard to retain the
Shield. I have been watching with some misgivings the Inflow
of new talent to the other Houses - I'm afraid all ours are going outwards.


Unfortunately Nelson came last In the Netball matches, due
I think to lack of enthusiasm. But now the practices, held on
Friday lunchtime, are well attended. The younger members.

A practice Knock-out Tournament van held In December. 1953,  in which we showed a marked improvement. We beat Stephenson but were later beaten by White In the finals.

The Inter-House Tennis Tournament was held at the Marsa in July under a blazing sun. The. House was represented by Bridget Plinton and Suzanne Buick. Pat Capon and Ann Henderson. In this we gained third place, so there is ample room to Improve our play and our position this coming Summer.


The Hockey Shield is still hanging up in our room. It has been in our possession for a number of years now. so keep on practising in order that it may remain there. Make that little extra effort, it is so worthwhile.

Work 1952-53

After a very humble start we did at the very end of the summer term eventually gain more points for work than any other House.
And so. for the first time in many years, the Work Trophy has at last found Its way back to our "key board"

Again at the end of 1953 we have made but a humble start.
We came first last year, with an effort we can be first this coming year.

Looking back on last, year we can say "Nelson we are proud of you", and we are very glad to exhibit the "Cock" over our doorway. Let us see if we can keep it there. If everyone makes just a little extra effort we should be able to do It
Ann Henderson
Garry Cave
House Captains



Before giving a .summary of activities the House would like
to express its regret at the absence of Mr. Walker. He is at the
moment recovering from a serious operation. We wish him a
speedy recovery and hope that he will soon be amongst us
We welcome heartily Inst. Lt. Keyworth. a new member of
the Staff and of Stephenson House - we hope he will enjoy his
stay with us.

In the past year's activities we have done moderately well both
at work and play. Occasionally we have been top House more
often second or third, and once bottom.


The Athletic sports this year were held at, Ta Kali and the
afternoon's Events were thoroughly enjoyed by all. competitors
and spectators alike. Nelson House drew well ahead in the
afternoon, but we had an exciting tussle with White House for
second place, and were successful in just beating them.

We did not have many outstanding athletes in the events, and
we would like to congratulate our late House Captain, A.Over-
ton, for obtaining two firsts and a second in field events, also
Page and Plater, who were second and third to him In throwing
the javelin. However, we tried hard and were successful in winning all but one of the relay races  - well done the relay teams! Especially the girls who ran very well indeed,

Not being a House of "water rats" the House Master had to
deliver a rousing pep talk before he managed to cajole 'and
even bullying many of us into entering the numerous events.
Eventually we were well represented, and although last in the
House competition this was no disgrace as all the Houses were
closely matched and only a few points separated first and last.
Now Stephenson. with a little more enthusiasm we can win
this competition this year!


After being runners-up In the previous competition we were
all out to win in 1953. In this we were fortunate in having two
good new bowlers. Plater and Noble, to help Nettlefold. Together they made havoc with the other Houses' batting, and
being well supported by the rest of the team, we won the competition.

Congratulations to those five or six members of the House who
played regularly for the School XI.



In the many friendly matches played this season the House
has been represented by a large number of players. As a result of this we have been able to make the best use of our available players in the House competition.

In the friendly matches we have beaten, and lost to, White,
also drawn and lost to Drake. In the competition we did well to draw with Nelson bat our losing to White was partly our own fault through one or two players arriving late. Players must turn up in time for matches!

Congratulations to Plater and Reynolds who were regular
players for the School XI. and to Philips. Thomas and Biscoe
who played in the Junior XI.


After intensive- practice .during the Christmas term the House had its best hockey team for many seasons. Last season we were second in the House competition; this year we hope to do better.

Congratulations to Sally Culverwell. Judith Kelly. Barbara
Watts, Carole Buick and Ann Wilson who have played for the School XI.

Netball and Tennis. 1953-1954.

These are the last and apparently the least of our House activities.
Our tennis is weak and our netball seems to be deteriorating.
This must be rectified' There is ample opportunity for girls to practise netball. and us the weather improves we hope
to see an Improvement in the numbers and standard of the
House netball. Rally round girls, find let the House be proud of its Netball team!


We were only third in the Christmas half-term positions. We
improved throughout the remaining half of the Christmas term and finished second. Work hard everybody - you can all win House points by improving your class position!



In the athletics last year, we put up rather a poor show, except
tor one or two events such as the half-mile.                            There was a noticeable lack or House spirit when the teams were picked, and several athletic-looking people in the House
pleaded ignorance or injury in order to avoid representing White in what must be the hardest fought competition of all.

This year. I expect more enthusiasm for athletics, and I am
sure that the few over-worked members who try to do their best will be grateful for the removal of some responsibility from their shoulders.

Let's have a little more co-operation, and less procrastination
this year White House!!


Due to the new 'bonus' system, whereby points were gained by
competitors who achieve a certain standard, White started on
sports day with a lead of 8 points.

The outstanding point about the swimming was the contrast
between the number of people who took part and the few
entrants in athletics. Anybody who didn't submerge when they
hit, the water 'had a go'. Although we came third, losing 2nd
place to Nelson by 1/2 a point, the result was encouraging: and I hope that the amphibians of White House will do even better
in 1954.


The cricket season, for White House, was not successful. The
teams we played beat us by narrow margins, and it seems that
If more practice is given to the bowling we should do much belter
In 1954. Another reason for our failure was that fielding was
not, of a high standard, and much can be done to Improve it.
However, we now have several additions to our ranks which were last, term depleted by the loss of Mallon, Cooper and Slater, all of whom greatly contributed to the better cricket in the '53 season.

One feature of the team was the proportion of smaller boys
who played quite regularly. They did their best to attain a
high standard of play, and I am sure, have been applauded for
their efforts to 'shine' against some strong opposition.

We have won our first two matches in the House Competition
and are hoping lo carry off the shield.

Again, several small boys have been included In the teams,
but their lack of speed has hindered them in encounters with
much faster defences.

Once again wi1 hope that all newcomers will  help to make
this season highly enjoyable, especially for White!

Finally let's hope that the weather, for the rest of the season,
 will be favourable so that we can play regularly and not at infrequent intervals!

In the Summer Term 1953 seven girls of our House managed to win us the netball shield; they were Jill Vine. Heather Dowker. Shirley Deacan. Ethel Mitchell, Valeric Collins. Teresa Recs and Margaret McVey.
We won without a great deal of difficulty mainly due to our
good team work, aquired in the practices held one lunch hour every week. Miss Knowles worked hard, blowing her whistle, on those days, but the team enjoyed it and found that all the hard work had not been In vain when the time came for House Matches. Let's see if we can keep that shield this year, White House!

Our tennis tournament was held at the Marsa Courts last
summer under a beautiful blue sky and blazing sun. Four girls played for each House, our representatives being Mary Hopkins, Jill Vine. Shirley Deacon and Teresa Rees. Needless to say, White House won by quite a large number of games, but everyone taking part, thoroughly enjoyed It. We are very grateful to Mrs. Gully, Miss Clark and Mrs. Hill for arranging the tournament nd for all the hard work they put In to make it so successful.

At last it seems that our luck has changed In hockey for until very recently we either lost to our opposing House or else just managed to draw with them, but In the first House match of 1954 we beat. Drake 6-0. The team we have now Is extremely keen, and although we are sorry to say goodbye to our centre half, Margaret McVey, if we show the same spirit in our coming games White House has every chance of a very good position in hockey this season.

Come on White House, let's win that hockey shield and be top House for netball. tennis and hockey!

White House did not, do very well in this section of the House competition surely we must have one genius at least amongst the ranks!

It seems that we must try much harder in future if we are to
 show the other Houses that we too can produce outstanding results if called upon to do so.

General Notes
We have had only one change In the House since the last magazine was published. Miss Leppard has departed to marry a naval officer. We wish her every happiness, and are glad that she has not altogether forsaken the Navy. In her place we have a new master - Mr. Bletcher, to whom we extend a sincere and hearty welcome.

We say goodbye to Mallon, Cooper and Slater, who were all
staunch White supporters. To Slater we send our bestwishes
for a speedy recovery and hope that he will soon be discharged from the English hospital where he is undergoing treatment for a serious Illness.

As a final word I can only say try to improve on last year's
performances and rescue the Cock from Nelson's clutches.

Peter Budd,  Shirley Deacon.

House Captains



In previous issues or the School Magazine, contributions from
Verdala have taken their place along with those from Tal
Handak. Now. we are the proud possessors of a section of the
magazine- all to ourselves. In fact, this Issue reflects the relationship between Tal Handak and Verdala - each School has a sufficiently strong identity of its own to warrant a magazine of its own, yet each is a part at one whole, The Royal Naval School, Malta, so that it is good to bind the two sections together into one magazine and thus indicate our unity.

All this, however, means that we at Verdala need contributors
who will product- the number and quality of articles needed for a good magazine - stories of interesting events in which you
have taken part; accounts of various happenings of the school
year; how to carry out. some hobby in which you are particularly interested; short stories & poems. These are a few of the things which make a School Magazine attractive. There is no need to wait until it is near the publication date - write your
contributions as they occur to you, immediately after the events, while the memory is fresh and submit them then. Besides making it easier for you, this also helps the editor by giving more time to arrange the magazine.

Finally, although I have been here some time, this is the first
opportunity I have had of going into print to say how pleased
I am to be here and how glad to find such a fine spirit everywhere  amongst the pupils, the stuff and the parents. W.B.

                 SCHOOL NOTES

The School has continued to expand In numbers and during
Autumn Term has reached its greatest ever with 800 pupils,
spread over seven Infant classes and fourteen Junior classes
Since then the total has stayed up near the 800 mark, so that
we are continually on the point of "bursting at the seams".

The House system is now firmly established throughout the
 School and the following House Captains and Vice Captains elected early In the Autumn Term:—

Captain - David Brownridge - IVA - Marion Collingridge - IVB. Vice Captain - David Purkiss  IVA Gillian Newton IVA  NELSON:
Captain Jeremy Mathers - IVA Maureen Woodward - IVA   
Vice Captain   Peter Tucker -IVB   Margaret Benson -IVC       STEPHENSON:
Captain  Michael Daniels - IVB  Ann Dewar - IVA
Vice Captain Michael Jackson - IVB Linda Allen - IVA WHITE:
Captain Rodney Webster - IVB Veronica Brown - IVC
Vice Captain Norman Bennett - IVA Marianne Tottman -IVA

  They have also acted as Prefects and are helping greatly in the day to day running of the School.
We have been pleased to see some very welcome visitors. Instructor Rear-Admiral W. A. Bishop, Director of the Naval Education Service, and Mrs. Bishop walked round Verdala on October 13th and left us feeling very happy in the knowledge of their great interest in the School.

Similar thoughts come to mind about Rear-Admiral Salter's visit on January 25th when he came to make his annual inspection as Flag Officer, Malta.
We have seen Instructor Captain Baxter (Fleet Instructor Officer) more frequently and were reluctant to say goodbye to him. At the same time, we are happy to welcome his relief. Instructor Captain Turvey.
We regret that we are unable to reproduce the many artists' impressions of these visits, which emanated from the Infant classes.
Open Day was held on November 13th, when parents took the places of their children for the afternoon. The large number of parents who attended cheered us immensely. We are pleased to see as many as possible on Open Day when all have the opportunity of seeing for themselves what goes on here.
Another encouraging sight during the Autumn Term occurred during the two days of the Christmas Concert when the Hall was very well filled with very understanding and appreciative audiences. We are not quite "old troupers" yet but will borrow one of their stock phrases - "We hope you enjoyed the show as much as we enjoyed. putting it on".
The shield for Best House in work, sport and general smartness during the Autumn Term was won by Nelson House.

More than a hundred children passed into the Junior Department and many new children joined as at the beginning of the School year. They all seemed to like travelling to and fro by bus and soon settled into their classrooms in a building which no longer resembles the prison that it once was.

 They enjoy the advantages of a large playground and the P.T. lessons taken there, while we are also very lucky to have a large hall for singing and dancing lessons. At lunch time this is used as a dining room where the Staff take turns at supervising the feeding,
One afternoon, late in the Autumn Term, a mass Assembly for the whole School was held. Our younger children took a keen interest in hearing how their Houses had fared in the competition for the shield in the Junior Department. Although we do not stress working for a House Team in our Department, the children love to think that their own particular House colour is best.
The five-year-olds made a very novel birthday card of drawings and ascriptions about their life in Malta, which they sent Prince Charles. We were very excited when a letter of thanks was received from Buckingham Palace, This was put on view for a small contribution towards the Westminster Abbey Fund and quite a helpful sum was raised.
We are very glad to have part of this magazine for Verdala now and although our children arc rather young to offer contributions some of them have tried very hard to write something. The selection of results that are printed are the children's own work with help given only in the spelling of some hard words,

It was very difficult for me to say farewell to Tal Handak after spending the three happiest years of my teaching career within its unique walls. This is the first opportunity I have had of publicly recording my deep appreciation of a most sympathetic and understanding Headmaster, a delightful staff of helpful colleagues and a school of happy, lively children of whom I shall always have very pleasant memories. So it was with mixed feelings a new phase at Verdala. After my first few days there however I knew I was going to be happy in my new surroundings
  Verdala School  has grown to such large  proportions that we
art now honoured by a section of the School Magazine all to
ourselves, so I propose to tell you a little about the School. The
Junior Section is housed chiefly in two large, pleasant blocks
built of Malta's yellow stone with delightful views from the
upper storeys. Several of the classrooms are large, light and
airy. We have the use of a large Assembly Hall fitted with a
useful stage, two dressing rooms, a piano and a gramophone.

We have a very extensive playground, a large portion of
which is concrete and contains two netball pitches. There is
also the ever popular scrambling net and three sets of climbing
bars. We are most fortunate In having the use of the football
field adjoining the School. This must be the envy of every
footballer at Tal Handak.

Some attempt is being made to turn the many odd corners of
the playground into gardens. We have several pleasant trees
which cast welcome shadows In the hot weather. All around
the School are brightly painted boxes and tubs of shrubs, flow-
mug plants, ferns and cacti which look most attractive.

The Junior children are usually graded according to age. We
have four classes of first years aged 7 plus, four classes of second years aged 8 plus, three classes of third years aged 9 plus and three of fourth years aged 10 plus. The curriculum is similar to that of schools In the United Kingdom and the fourth year children take the Selection Test for entrance to Secondary

Every week one afternoon, in devoted to what we call Activities when one week each child of the Upper School and the following week of the Lower School attends two classes of its own choice. The range of subjects offered by the Staff Is wide and varied, including Drama, Puppetry. Handwork, Football, Netball. Modern Movement. National Dancing. Gardening. Stone carving. Art. Needlework. Felt Toy Making, Knitting. Action Songs and Stamp Collecting.

The School Library contains over 400 books Including a set of
the Oxford Junior Encyclopedia. The number of books is steadily increasing. Each member of the Library is charged 8d. at the beginning of each term and this provides many extra books: we try to provide books to suit every taste and every stage of rending. Our most enthusiastic members are from the first year who are just finding the joys of their first library.
Most of the books are well cared for and we would like to thank those children who frequently repair the torn covers. A book with an attractive and colourful jacket has a much greater
appeal to a small child. Occasionally, children who arc leaving
the Island present us with books they find too heavy to pack. These are greatly appreciated and we hope that many more children will find similar difficulties!

At the end of this Term we expect to have a Prize Giving
Ceremony when we hope to produce a pageant from history
showing "Schools through the Ages" which will be the result of work of the Drama Group of Activities.

On open days many parents have remarked on the happy
atmosphere to be found here and have declared that their children are always anxious to return to school after a holiday. We know that many parents welcome the opening date of school but when children do so too that surely speaks for itself.


Contrary to previous custom at Verdala, it was decided this
year to combine the Infants and Juniors into one concert, giving two performances for parents and friends and one for the School. The only difficulty which this presented was that of traffic control behind the scenes. Fortunately the weather
stayed line so the the crowds of "actors" could move between classrooms and stage without trouble and there were no traffic incidents.
The programme consisted of a fine mixture of varied items varied in actors and content - so that, the two audiences gave every appearance of having enjoyed themselves. We are particularly happy that this is so since all of the concert material was developed from either class work during the term or from the Activities Sessions. Only the final rehearsals required extra time way from more academic work. In other words it was rather In the nature of an extra Open Day when what we might describe as the lighter side of School work was on show.


The following items were produced by our Infants under the heading of "When I Grow Up". The only editing that has been done Is the correction of spelling mistakes in the big words.
I am going to be in the Air Force and I am going to go on a
I plane to different countries Wales. America. Africa. Gibraltar and the things they've got. I will see the mountains when I go over them in my plane and see the sea and ships and the snakes in Africa. 
Julian Brownridge

  I will be a nurse and give inoculations and when they have
got cuts I will bandage them up. When they are sick I will
help them and when people get run over I will help them to get better and help the poor people if they have chickenpox.

Denise Hennion.

I am going to be a soldier in Kenya because they have guns
and I'm going to fight the black terrorists there with swords
and guns. I'll grow gum trees there and I'll have a factory to
make the gum into rubber and I'll sell the rubber in England
afterward. I'll get a lot of money and with that money I'll buy
a real tank.

Guy Stevinson.

[ am going to be a teacher and teach girls. I do not like boys
because they fight too much. I am going to live In Ireland and
teach in Ireland as well as England. I'm going to marry. In
the holidays my husband and me will go to New Zealand. I'm
going to play tennis and go to balls in the evening.

Alison Page,

I will be an African because I like to climb trees and pick
fruit and eat it and I will climb trees and send spears at animals
and chop trees down and swing on branches and ride elephants and be hot.

Peter Thomas

I am going to be a fireman and when a house is on fire I will
put off the fire with the hose pipes and get people out of their
houses into their friend's houses and get cool by having a cup
of cold milk.

Andrew Hudson.

I am going to be a lady and work hard. I am going to wash
up the clothes make the beds sweep the floor. I am going to
have two children a boy and a girl.

Heather Briard.

I am going to be a scout and save peoples' lives and try to
capture crooks.
David Harding.

I would like to be an engineer of a big ship because I like to see
all the works. 

Paul Tanton.

"Extracts from our Diaries" by the Infants:—
Jan. 14.
Last night I bought a three funnelled ship with my pocket
money. My old ship is a two funnelled ship and It is no good. I went to the factory where they are inventing space ships and I saw some men Just beginning to build them.

Andrew Hudson
 Jan 19.
We have n big new hutch for our rabbit and we give it lettuce.
David Sarll
Jan. 21.
We have been learning a new hymn, I went to the Marsa
Club to play football with my daddy.
Robert Hack.


The "Prodigal Son" is reproduced exactly as it was written by a boy of seven - no corrections of any sort have been made:
The Prodigal Son.
Once there was a fammor who had two sons. One day the
youngest son went to his father and said I am tired of this farm I want to go away. You give me some of your money.  I want 'to go to a town where I can work and live happy. His father felt sorry for his son begged him not to go. But at last he let him go to the town and live happy. He got redy to go to the town. His father gave him some of his money and he set out for the town.
He travlled a long wae. At last he came to the town. He found a place to stae he found some frends. He spent all his money on his frends. He lived in a big house he was happy. Each day his money groo less and less as he spent his money on things he didt wont verey mutch. He froo away old things he didnt wont that were some good. Some people piked up some of the things he threw out of the window. Wen all his things  were old and he had threw them out the window and he had no money he coodnt pay his rent he had to move from the big house.
And two days later he was satching abowt the street
looking for work. At last a rich farmmer said to him you can
work for me If you can feed the pigs. He hated pigs. He was
hungree he aet some pigs food. Soon he wished he hadnt goneaway from the farm. He began to fill sorry for himself
At last he made up his mind to go back to his father. His
fatherr was wuread. He thout his son woud never come back. He set of along the roed. He saw his son a long wae along the roed. He run to him. Wen they got home his father told his son to kill the best coff. His son was verey jeleso. He wie shoud you kill the beat coff just for my brother. His father said son I want yor brother to think I have forgivn him so the son went and jornd the feest.

Michael Webster.


I happened to be one of the lucky people favoured with it
passage in the R.F.A. Blue Ranger when this oiler took part in
"Exercise Weldfast" 28th September to 12th October 1953.

Before we left we had to sign on the ship's Articles as temporary members of the crew. Then we boarded the "Blue
Ranger" and settled down in our cabin. The ship sailed soon
after 11.30 a.m. For the next three days we were at sea as part
of a 'convoy' being attacked by submarines and aircraft. On
the 2nd of October we reached Suda Bay, Crete. We were able
to get ashore in the ship's launch. While we were walking
along we saw Greek peasant boys playing with old tin lids nailed on to rough pieces of wood, making wheels to push along. On the way we met a friendly little Greek boy named George who rang the church bells for services. He was only too pleased to show us round. The next day we went shopping in Canea, the "big" town of Crete. After a few days we left Crete and the next morning reached Piraeus the sea port of Athens.

After breakfast we went ashore in the launch and caught a
taxi for Athens. When one approaches Athens the first time
one sees is the Parthenon rising up on a hill called the Acropolis. Of course we told the taxi-driver to drive us to it. The Parthenon, the temple of Athens, is over 2.000 years old and is now in ruins. While we were there I took some snaps with my camera.

After we had looked round we went for lunch at the British
Club and then went to the Palace to see the Royal Guard. The
soldiers wear a kilt called a "fustinella" On ordinary days they
wear khaki fustinellas but on Sundays they wear white ones
and decorated waistcoats and a fez with a tassel. Afterwards
we had some delicious ice-cream in a little cafe. As It rained
most of the afternoon we caught a taxi to Piraeus and went on
board Blue Ranger. At about ten o'clock that evening we
sailed. My holiday in Greece was over.

Michael Hodges - 3AJ

I have a little birdie,
He is a cheery chap.
If he was not so timid.
He would sit upon my lap.
Judy Wheeler - 1AJ

I have a little Teddy Bear
Who sits upon a stool,
He waits for me so patiently.
Till I come home from school.
Carol Todd - 1AJ

I have a little dicky bird,
And I have called him Micky,
He cannot sing a single note,
But oh! he is so tricky.
Elaine Colebrook - 1AJ


"Lovely day", said the tulip, spreading out her petals In a
most beautiful manner. She was one of the tulips that often
showed off.
"Atishoo". sneezed the weed, who grew in the tulip bed.
"Don't sneeze on me", said the tulip, "you nearly blew my
beautiful petals off."
"Don't show off", said the weed, feeling rather hurt.
"Huh! What, are you but a common old weed?" said the tulip.
But at that moment a look of fear came to her eyes, the   gardener was coming along with a pair of scissors In his hand.
"A bunch of tulips for my wife", he said happily as he
cut down the tulips, and last of the tulips, to be cut down was the proud tulip.

"That's the end of her", said the weed happily.

Margaret Baker - 3AJ

My little sister says very funny things that quite often make us 
laugh. She is only four and ever since she began to talk she
a said these things. One day I was trying to teach her to say
The Lord's Prayer. That evening when I told her to do this she stood and said "Our Father which art in heaven. Hello
what's your name?" Once at dinner time she said "Mummy, please take the cork out of my apple." At Christmas, Lynda asked for a lot of different presents, but Mummy said "Don't worry about one of those, we have one in England." When the lady next door had a baby last week, Lynda came upstairs and said "We aren't going to bother about one of those, we've got one in England."

Lynda quite often gets her words mixed up. At Christmas,
she said "Coronations" instead of "decorations." Once on a
walk she said "Oh! my eggs lake", meaning "Oh! my legs ache."
Now she is getting excited about going home. She cannot
remember much about. England as she was only 1 1/2 when she left. She is always saying "Look out England here we come."

David Purkiss - 4AJ


In rosy dell where fairies dwell
And dance around the wishing well
Grow daisies, bluebells, roses too
Flowers to pick for me and you.
At night when we are fast asleep.
From fairy homes they softly creep
But. whim the sun Is in the sky
They spread their wings and off they fly-

Marilyn Avers - 2AJ


In a little -dark cave sits the potter
Working away at his wheel
Shaping with skilful lingers
How sticky the wet clay must feel!

There's a smile on the face of the potter.
As he fashions his vases and urns,
Perhaps he Is thinking of flowers
As the humming wheel merrily turns.

How nice for the jolly old potter.
To look at, the end of the day
And see all the things he's fashioned
Set out In gorgeous array.

J. Cobley - 4AJ


Its always lovely when we see
The circus come to town.
The boys and girls are full of glee
At the antics of the clown.

High above, upon the trapeze
The artistes zoom and swing.
While down below the crowd is hushed
As the lions growl and spring.

The monkeys and the elephants
Have clever tricks to do
And with the other animals
It's almost like a Zoo.

Maureen Howe - 4AJ


During last, summer holidays, my Mother. Father. Sister and I decided to spend a holiday in Italy. On the twenty-fourth of August at eight, p.m. we went, aboard the "Star of Malta" to Syracuse.  When we arrived there we took a train to Naples.
From Naples we went by coach to Rome. Florence, Venice and we  returned to the same places, but by a different
When we arrived back at Naples, we took a trip up Vesuvius.
We caught a train which took us to Pugliano station, which is at the foot of Vesuvius. The station was very dirty and small children were actually playing on the railway track. We got on a coach which took us round hair-pin bends up one third of the way.
From there we were taken in a small electric train to the
Observatory. Inside were a lot of chairs attached to an endless steel belt We were strapped into a chair, which took us with a swoop high into the air. It carried us in this way till we reached the top of Vesuvius, whore the guides met us. Our guide showed us where the lava had streamed down the mountain when it erupted in 1944. He took us down a cinder path into the crater, where the steam was escaping from between the big boulders of lava.

By the time we reached the station again I was very tired.
but happy to think I had been inside an active volcano.

P. Skinner - 4AJ

To get to school we take a. bus,
A yellow coloured one
It kindly awaits along the road
For quite a lot of us.
The driver Is a jolly man
With race all wreathed In smiles.
He starts the bus and off it goes,
For miles and miles and miles.

Christine Lavis - 4AJ


In winter time when nights are cold.
We sit around the fire and tales arc told
Of witches and goblins and pirates bold,
In their hunt for treasure and bidden gold.
We rush lo bed and put out the light.
Dive under the clothes In trembling fright
When the hooting owl takes his hungry flight
Through the awful darkness of the night.

J. TIbbits - 4AJ


Jennifer had always believed In fairies, for as she was born
on Midsummer's Eve, fairies had always given her one wish. It
was rather a sad time for Jennifer and her mother for her
father was away.

The next night was Midsummer's Eve and as the clock struck
twelve there was a pattering on the window pane. Jennifer
quickly opened the window and the fairies flew in.

"Tonight I'll wish for " began Jennifer but the faries
cried. "Not here! Not here! In the garden, the Fairy Queen is
When they reached the garden there was the Queen who
spoke In a soft voice to Jennifer: "So. you have come my child.
Tell me. for what, do you wish?"

"Oh! I wish my father was home" cried Jennifer. "So be It."
replied the Queen. Then she vanished and Jennifer found
herself in bed and soon she was fast asleep. When she awoke
the first thing she saw was her father's face.

Her wish had come true.
Sophie Marshall - 3AJ


I have a little garden
Which Is my very own.
And everything that s in it
Is just what I have sown.
There are daffodils and violets
And other pretty flowers.
And I always tend my garden
Right after my school hours.

Marianne Tottman - 4AJ

Printed in the Office of the Commander-in-Chief Mediterranean

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In previous years Verdala's Swimming Sports had been held in conjunction with Tal Handak's. The number of Juniors at Verdala has now grown to such an extent that a separate Aquatic Sports Meeting was held for them at Ricasoli on 22nd July. The top Infants classes also joined in.

A long programme was completed in record quick time. The afternoon was memorable fur the high standard of swimming by all competitors, and for the determination shown by the youngest In completing the 30 yard course.
On conclusion of the races, medals and certificates were
presented to the winners by Mrs. McManus.


An informal prize-giving was held at Verdala School on 23rd
July - the first in the postwar history of the School. Mrs.
Bellamy presented the prizes to the successful children who
were as follows:—
Class 4.  1st. Peter Shepheard
  2nd  Hardre Fenn
Class 3A 1st Jeremy Mathers
  Progress David Larner. Penelope Miller
Class 3B 1st Barbara Greenslade
  Progress Anthony Willoughby.
John Maynard
Class 3C   Ann Kerry. David Gower
and Janet Shepherd
Class 2A 1st Jennifer Coblcy
  2nd Sophie Marshall
  3rd John Merriman
Class 2B 1st Marjorie Roe. Sandra Trundle
  Effort Wendy Shilson
Class 2R 1st Anne Reeman
  Progress Janet Taylor. Richard Ogilvie
Class 2C 1st William Messenbird
  2nd Paula Simpson
  3rd Ronald Milton
Class 1A 1st Michael Hodges
  2nd Brian Keech
  3rd Cynthia Brown
Class 1B 1st Nadine Northam
  2nd Melvyn Philps
  3rd Barbara Iles
Class 1C 1st Brenda Martin
  2nd Stephen Johnson
  3rd Jacqueline Hockliffe
Class 1D Progress  Verina James. Roy Banks

 In a short speech, the Headmaster congratulated those children who had won prizes. The prize-giving also marked the end of Mr, Benton's three year stay in charge of the Verdala Juniors and the Headmaster thanked him on behalf of everybody for his work for the School. Mr. Benton was presented with a model of a Gozo boat as a momento of his stay at. Verdala School.

The 400 Juniors present, then joined in three hearty
cheers to speed Mr. Benton on his way.


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