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ARCHIVES FROM THE ARCHIVES FROM THE MAGAZINE ARCHIVES Our annual delve into the past looks at what was in the magazines 75, 50 and 25 years ago. 1942 – 1943 The school reported that pupil numbers were at a record high of 212. In December 1942, the last remnant of Hymers College students and staff returned to Hull, following their evacuation in September 1939. During this time, the school timetable had been compressed into six morning periods of thirty-five minutes, instead of the usual forty-five, so the facilities could be used by Hymers College in the afternoons. The 1st and 2nd rugby teams suffered from a lack of players having lost many at the end of summer, but out of six matches played, won four, drew one and lost one which was considered to be a ‘seal of success on the season.’ The cricket season was also hampered by lack of senior players. A lack of experienced players resulted in fairly heavy defeats but with a team with a low average age, there were high hopes for development in the future. The cadets encountered a number of ‘firsts’. They made their first attempt at gaining some First Aid Certificates (part i and part ii) and attended a battalion camp for a week. designed by students, based on Quarmby’s desire to see ‘structures which can be erected and then dismantled when no longer required.’ Inside the dome, was an exhibition of student design structures, linking design to mathematical polyhedrals and biological structures. The project attracted plenty of publicity, with photographs appearing in several newspapers, including The Guardian. For the first time, the female lead in the school play was taken by a girl – Stephanie Danby of Woldgate School. Three new clubs started at school – a Film Club, a Bridge Club and a Sixth Form Discussion Group. The rugby fixture list included a tie with St Peter’s School, for the first time in about forty years, but with only four victories from thirteen games, this was not a good season for the 1st XV. Circuit training in the gym with Mr Watt proved of great value, improving stamina and strength but this was no substitute for speed to the ball after the set piece! The school held a Cricket Week at the end of term which allowed the 1st XI to measure performance against other eminent cricket schools. The U13 XI were undefeated for a second season, which gave rise to the belief that the school’s cricket was in very safe hands under Mr Nuttall. After its first year of operation at the school, the first four boys to gain the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Bronze level received their awards. They were SRE Sarraff (65-69), J Middleditch (59-69), RH Simpson (66-68) and WE Henderson (64-71). 1967 – 1968 There was a theatre trip to see OP Tom Stoppard’s (51-54) ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead’ at the Grand Theatre in Leeds. Following the performance, there was reportedly a feeling of great pride that the author had been a pupil at the school, and that Stoppard, the producer and cast had worked well together to create splendid theatre. Goodbyes were said to Mr Howe, Mr Maltby, Mr Norman, Mr Midgely and Mr Willis. 1992 – 1993 Sports Day was held on Saturday 3 April under favourable conditions. Hutton just managed to win the shield, beating Gruggen by a narrow margin. New staff to the school were Mr Solomon and Mr Rumbelow as senior history master and teacher of history respectively, Mr Brown joined the modern languages department, Mr Tydeman (mathematics) and Mr Robinson (physics). It was confirmed that plans for a new Design and Construction Centre were well underway and the fundraising appeal was launched. Mr Derbyshire, Mr Billington and Mr Herring were to take a key role in the planning of the new building. The development of a Sixth Form Unit was also confirmed, which would house twelve senior boys and allow them to live a similar lifestyle to that of a university student, which they would soon become. Following an inspiring visit from distinguished architect, OP Arthur Quarmby (47-51), Mr Billington orchestrated the erection of a stately exhibition dome in St Nicholas Court in May 1968. The pneumatically supported polythene dome was A thanksgiving for the life of Robert St John Pitts- Tucker, Headmaster of the school from 1945-1966, was incorporated into the Commemoration of Benefactors following his death. Mr Julian Berry and Miss Ellinor Soloman left the school for new teaching roles and Mr Tom Pollock retired after five years at the school. Mr Solomon retired as Housemaster at Dolman and was succeeded by Mr Richard Bond, teacher of Geography and PE. Mrs Peacock, Mr Bird, Mr Watton and Mr Orr were congratulated upon their marriages. The main school theatrical production was ‘Macbeth’ with leading performances from Adam Martin (83- 93) (Macbeth) and Emma Wardell (91-95) (Lady Macbeth). ‘Peer Gynt’ by Henrik Ibsen was a very successful Junior Play and the Student Production was Peter Shaffer’s ‘Black Comedy’. Mr D’Arcy won the York and District Chefs’ and Cooks’ Association Gold medal. The 1st XV had an up and down season. The Captain Terry Dixon (86-93) played in the Yorkshire U18 XV v Leinster, Diccon Edwards (81-91) played for England U21 XV on the Australian Tour. The outstanding team sporting achievement was that of the U15 cricket XI which shared the Lord’s Taverners’ Trophy with Millfield School when the Trent Bridge final was washed out. The 1st XI had mixed fortunes but Scott Boswell (86-93) went on to play for England Schools v West Indies, Scotland, and Wales and for MCC Schools and Young England against Combined Universities at Lords. Matthew Atkinson (85-93), the Captain, scored three fine centuries at Ampleforth, Sedbergh and Newcastle. Jonathan Haines (83-93) played for the NE Schools’ Hockey XI as well as for Welton HC in the Poundstretcher First Division. Matthew Truman (86-95) and Ben Bryden (91-96) played at U16 level for Yorkshire. This was an exceptional year for the girls’ hockey teams, becoming the East Riding Champions at U14 U15 and U16 age groups. The U14 Tennis team, captained by Amy Bean (90- 97), were the overall winners of the U14 York and District League. Stuart Storey (85-93), Nick Kealey (83-93), Matthew Waudby (86-93), David Ashby (87-93) and Stuart Sykes (87-94) ran cross-country for Humberside. The school team were Humberside Champions. Stephen Gwilliam (87-94) had another successful season, placing fourth in The English Schools’ 200 metres. Gwilliam, Henry Ogram (86-93) and Jonathan Haines (83-93) won the Humberside Senior 100 and 200 metres, discuss and 400 metres hurdles respectively. The Golf team reached the northern final of the HMC Schools’ National Foursomes. In Pocklington School’s first show jumping competition, the girls’ ‘B’ team won the Bishop Burton College Schools’ Championship. Through the course of the year, there were trips, camps and exchanges in Burgundy, Lyon, Leipzig, Cultybraggan, the Lake District, Snowdonia, the Peak District and Morzine. The CCF Adventure Training took place at a new venue, Keswick Convention Centre, where twenty students and staff enjoyed a great week walking and abseiling as part of the activities. At the end of the week, awards went to the best group leader – Tim Woods (85-94); best 2 i/c – Stephen Wharton (88-95); and to the best fourth year cadets – Hannah Turlington (91-96) and Janette Glassby (89-96). 15