It is no accident that has delayed this hundredth edition to our anniversary year. The coincidence of anniversaries was too great to ignore. In doing so, however, I am conscious of the extra burdens that have had to be borne by contributors, the Editors, and all associated with its publication. To them, and to those Old Monovians without whose practical aid this edition could not have materialised, go my thanks.
In preparing this 100th edition of The Monovian in the 450th year of the School's foundation your editors could not fail to be impressed by the greatness that surrounds the name of Monoux. We have realised how much the School has meant to so many of those who have learned and taught in its precincts; we have been aware of the great reputation which the School has built for itself over many years, its traditions, its scholarships. Your editors must confess to some yearnings of nostalgia but Monoux, our School, is a living body. It has a past; it also has a future. That future will be what we and those who come after us want it to be and make it be. Let us rejoice in our achievements; let us aspire for the future; let us all play our part so that indeed the name of Monoux "will live for aye".
The magazine appears again - our tradition is maintained. To the contributors and Editors we extend our appreciation and congratulation. The combination of their endeavours has given a record and a commentary of contemporary Monoux well in the tradition of former years. Although produced by unconventional means, it loses nothing by that, and serves to demonstrate that spirit of determination which is essentially Monoux. This year it serves also to indicate the bond between present and past Monovians. The assistance and co-operation of the Old Monovians Association has greatly eased the burden of production. May that spirit and that bond continue to grow.
Editors Kevin S. Stephens and Ian E. Abbey
Now that the grandeur of our anniversary year is over, both staff and pupils can resume the long climb towards academic achievement. The essence of success should not be confined to examination attainments alone, however, for the quality of school life is enhanced also by its social offerings. It is these facilities that can be enjoyed by every Monovian regardless of his academic abilities, and sadly it is these once ubiquitous activities that are in decline. One only has to wander the silent, musty corridors at lunchtime or after school to realise that most of the school societies have unobtrusively passed into limbo. Gone seem the days when much of the headmaster's assemblies were devoted to a calendar of forthcoming intra-school activities. In fact there seems to be little mention at all of extra-curricular activity. Monovians tend to be an apathetic lot at the best of times, and this has proved a large problem in producing the "MONOVIAN"; hence this could be the last edition. If interest is shown by both staff and pupils in re-establishing a strong social hierarchy, then the resultant cumulative causality may restore the long lost pride and respect for Sir George Monoux School. If this can be achieved then perhaps there will be less desire to abuse school property whilst indeed there should be more zest for attaining social and academic goals.
The Editor would like to thank the following people without whose assistance this magazine would not have appeared :
Ian Rathbone, Peter Couch, Mrs D. Eley, Mrs Bobbins and Mr Lundy.