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Boys' Preparatory School - 1937, Jottings Page One

Squeal, bang, scrape, crack.
Loud knocking, what's that?
Great effort, much force,
That's ? -
Carpentry of course!
Oo, ah, aa, ee,
Ro, rah, rae, ree,
Strange sounds, what solution?
Practising our Elocution!
Rub-a-dub, clink, ting,
Clip-clap, rattle, ping,
Piano playing, stick in hand,
Result?
Our Percussion Band!
Hiss, bubble, splutter, plop,
Did you hear that awful pop?
Things to smell and things to see
Experiments in?
Chemistry!
Whirr, buzz, hum, rustle,
Bend, stick, paint, bustle,
Cottage, fence, tree, kirk,
What lesson?
Hand-work!
No whisper, no sound,
Pin could drop on ground,
Silence hanging like a pall,
Not?
Our Study Hall!
The Cup awarded to the House obtaining the highest marks for the year in
CLASS-WORK, GAMES, GYMNASTICS, SPORTS, and CONDUCT, - was won by the " ROMAN HOUSE."

Terminal Tests showed the steady progress made in work during the year. Several Competitions were also held which stimulated interested in work. That for Coloured Geometrical Desien was won by M. Bleeck. Freehand Map won by N. Walter. Writing won by B. Stanley and R. Pointer.

Medals were also won by N. and M. Elliott-Bateman for General Progress. At the Distribution at the end of the school year Form Prizes were awarded to:

P. Howard-Garner - Form 1b.
I. Nicolson - Form Ia.
M. Elliott - Bateman - Form IIb.
M. Bleeck - Form Ila.
N. Walter - Form III.

Each small boy in Preparatory Form walked off with a large picture book.
Even R. Russel, aged four, obtained one for " coming to school."

Those who sat for Music Examinations were successful; N. Walter gaining Honourable Mention in Grade I of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and twenty - one Honours and nine Passes were obtained in the Royal Drawing Society Examinations.

The Elocution pupils competed in the Bournemouth Festival and also took the Preparatory Grade of the London Academy Examination, in which all were successful, J. Knighton gaining Distinction.

The yearly visit was made by the Diocesan Religious Inspector, who expressed himself pleased with the answering.

In spite of bad weather which seems to single out Football days with astonishing accuracy, the game made progress. There is, of course, still room for improvement, and there are several points to work at this season.

The Inter-House Matches were played with the usual vim and vigour that is displayed on these occasions, and to the accompaniment of loud cheers. The score for the final Match was Romans 2, Greeks Nil.

The Cricket in both the Senior and Junior Games showed improvement, particularly in the bowling. The fielding too was much smarter, catches being more frequent than formerly.

The improved bowling was a great advantage in the House Matches, Sandy faking three wickets and O'Byrne and Pratt two each. Elliott-Bateman shows promise as a batsman and hit up the highest score of the match. The Romans won by eight runs; the score being 34 - 26. In the Junior House Match the Greeks won by 40 runs to 33.

In the early Spring a Gymnastic Display was given by each class. Form I attracted particular attention by their prompt response to commands; and the older Boys' apparatus work showed general keenness.

Sports Day was a great success. Pratt was the lucky winner of several races, while Nicolson distinguished himself by winning the Form Ia Flat Race in record style. Reverend Mother presented the Prizes, and then the Tuck shop opened where everyone regaled himself with lemonade, ices, crunchies, etc.

We had a very jolly Outing this year. Packing ourselves and plenty of eatables into green and cream coaches we drove off into the country for the day. Having chosen suitable headquarters we dumped our luggage and made for the tuck stall which had just been unpacked, and with pockets" well filled we started off to explore the nearby woods. The time passed very quickly indeed, and soon we heard the whistle for lunch: - Porkpies, jelly and fruit taste much better in the country, and lemonade is the nicest of drinks - unless it's ginger pop.

To add": to our delight we managed to track down an ice-cream man whose stock was soon sold out. The afternoon was spent in further rambles, while the Babies enjoyed themselves playing games and picking flowers till tea time. The first coach to take the smaller Boys home arrived only too soon; and to the joy of us bigger ones, we were able to spend a long evening exploring still further into the country.

For the Coronation the big Boys made shields in their workshop to help to decorate the front of the Convent, and the smaller Boys painted flags for our classrooms and corridors.

On each of our Refectory tables were large cardboard models of " H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth " and " H.M.S. King George " with cut-out sailors, and chocolate cigarettes for guns. Streamers across the ceiling formed a huge Union Jack. Every window in our dormitories had a decoration of cut-out shields which we had helped to paint; but who was it that found out they were stuck on with lemon gums!!

We even hung garlands of red, white and blue along our corridors, and the Baby Boys put up a Coronation Coach and horses which they had made. When they were taken down the corridors looked so bare that IIb decided to make a frieze to take their place. They drew and painted yachts and battleships and stuck them on to a background of sky and sea which looked splendid.

We listened-in to the Coronation Ceremony in our own garden as the bigger Boys had helped to put up an extension wire from the Study Hall.

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