Congratulations! It hardly seems possible that only two years ago we embarked on the enterprise of raising £5,000 in two years. The School has raised £2,192 in under 100 school weeks, an average of more than £20 per week. Enthusiasm in initiating money-making activities and determination in carrying them through have carried the fund steadily forward after the initial grant of £250 from the Parents' Association to a final magnificent figure of £4,814 to which the Essex Education Committee have promised to add £500.
By the time this magazine is in print the fields will be in the hands of the builders and I hope that we shall see the building rise steadily during the next few months.
I am quite sure that the generations of boys coming through the School will have good cause to be grateful to parents, old boys, staff, friends of the School and present scholars who have worked so magnificently.
During the next twelve months we shall be besieged by builders and shall see many changes.
In addition to the new gymnasium, changing rooms and pavilion we shall have a small hall attached to Room 1. This will be capable of seating about 100 people and will be fitted with projection room and a screen and will become the School music room. On the north side of the School we shall have a new block consisting of two workshops, one for woodwork and the other for metalwork. The present gymnasium changing rooms will become additional cloakrooms and the gymnasium will be used as temporary classrooms until further developments take place in a few years' time. We are going to have two small Sixth Form rooms in the front of the School to be formed by cutting off a portion of the present cloakrooms, and the library is to be extended by the incorporation of much of Room 19. The present totally inadequate accomniodation for staff is to be extended and Room 17 will be converted into a medical inspection room and a study for the deputy headmaster.
THE BAZAAR, 1959
The Christmas Bazaar was opened by the Worshipful the Mayor of Walthamstow, Ald. S. N. Chaplin, J.P., on December 5th, 1959. It gave the last boost to the Pavilion Fund. As a result of the effort, the profit was approximately £480, more than was hoped for. The £5,000 target was reached and the Fund has come to a tremendous climax.
The Bazaar was organised by the Parents' Association, led by Mr. K.O.Downing, ably assisted by Messrs. Girard, Birks and Curl. Mr. Brobyn planned the arrangement of stalls and Mrs. Cox enthusiastically led a noble band of lady helpers in the kitchen. Parents ran many excellent stalls, as well as first-class raffles and similar items. Boys ran a toy-stall, a gift-stall, a stamp-stall and a bookstall, in addition to many side-shows and a lucky-dip. The Scouts loyally looked after refreshments. To use an original phrase, it was "a great success".
In May the Staff put on an excellent concert in aid of the Pavilion Fund. The items ranged from musical contributions to amusing sketches, and included A.A.Mi1ne's One Act Play The Ugly Duckling, with an all-boy cast, and produced by Messrs. Couch and Brown. The programme included:
"Duets" from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni, with Miss Margaret Hastings and Mr. Sergeant.
W.W.Jacobs' The Warming Pan, in which appeared the same male cast as in the first production at Monoux 25 years previously: Messrs. Brobyn, Durrant and Hyde.
Messrs. Sergeant and Tunks appeared in a scene from Don Giovanni and delighted us with splendid singing.
The Pearl, by Eric Williams and Conrad Carter, featured Messrs. Couch, Crispin, Durrant, Hyde, Marshall and Wood. This was a most amusing sketch and (like The Warming Pan above) displayed the finest acting ability.
On the Saturday Malcolm Harvey played the violin, accompanied by Julie Clarke.
The Staff Concert was a welcome and most enjoyable episode in School life, enjoyed by all. It is many years since the masters have put on something as fine as this entertainment and it is sincerely hoped that they will do so again, frequently and soon.
In the last issue but one of the magazine, readers were invited to submit designs for a new cover. Not one design has been received during the past twelve months. Does this mean that boys in the School who are good at art and Old Monovians who have continued their training at art schools are so uninterested that they would not like to see one of their own designs in print? Surely not. May we therefore appeal once again for cover designs to be sent to the editors for consideration not later than Easter.
1We have at last given way to the inevitable and introduced a certain number of advertisements. It is one way of meeting the ever-increasing bills for the printing of the magazine. We hope to limit advertisements as far as possible to matters affecting the careers of school leavers.
D. B. Tillyer, after his appointment by H. Marcovitch, continued as chief editor of The Bulletin throughout the Summer Term and during the Autumn Term until mid-October when he resigned after some "cabinet reshuffles", and was succeeded by D. J. Holm.
During his editorship, Tillyer increased the sales by over half. Now nearly 300 copies are sold every week. This success was due to three factors: firstly, The Bulletin was produced with great regularity once a week, an achievement that had not been equalled for several years; the articles have been lively and amusing and a Form Captains' Competition for the highest sales, inaugurated by the previous editor, H. Marcovitch, has also kept the School interested in the paper. The third and most important reason, however, has been the controversial editorials and articles. "This controversial nature was nurtured in its columns not merely to increase sales," writes the Editor, "but also to embarrass the smug and self-righteous within the School. Often an editorial was condemned or abused, but the interesting feature is that none was condemned as untrue but merely as inconvenient. The controversy around The Bulletin reached a peak when we published a lengthy editorial during the School election criticising each political party standing. The editorial spared no-one, but unfortunately for the circumspect one party weathered the storm better than the others because it was much less open to exposure than the others."
"This led to a violent attack on The Bulletin editors from all sections of the School with possible irreparable harm being cast upon the editors by the aspersions," as someone put it.
Needless to say The Bulletin looks forward to another exciting and controversial year.
The Junior World
Editor: R. Raymond
This magazine is coming more and more into its own. It now gives even better value for money with two sheets for a penny. However, with so much space available, the editor accumulates the articles over a month so as to give a wider variety to his reading public. It played a large part in the School election with a well timed issue two days before election day.
It has done away with editorials and now has "headlines". It has really up-to-date club reports, house football tables and reports on outstanding matches, is patronised by a section of the School prefects (including the School Captain), who have had several political arguments from edition to edition, has a very good dictionary of jokes and is always up-to-date with interesting pieces of gossip. The circulation averages around a hundred and if it keeps up its present rate of improvement we hope it will become the best junior magazine the School has ever had.
EXCHANGE VISIT WITH GERMANY, SUMMER 1959
The exchange visit with Weilburg (near Frankfurt) took place, as usual, in July and August, the German party coining over first and taking their English hosts with them to Germany afterwards. This arrangement is due to the fact that the summer holidays begin earlier in Germany (namely in the first days of July) than in this country, but it is very convenient to our boys and parents who thus can meet the stranger on their own ground.
Seventeen boys, the highest number so far, took part in the exchange. The bulk of the newcomers was from the 4th Form German Set which must be congratulated on this achievement, and they seem to have enjoyed the venture. Their parents, who perhaps have an even larger share in this success, also appear to have enjoyed the experience of housing, and looking after, a stranger. Some of the older boys of our group went to Weilburg for the second time. Two of them were literally "farmed out" and liked life on a farm and at a village near Weilburb very much. Incidentally, two Old Monovians, at present at the University, who had been at Weilburg repeatedly, also took part in the exchange this year.
Our boys saw a good deal of the German country, on organised excursions to Frankfurt, to Bonn, and to the Rhine as well as on private car outings; one of them got as far south as Stuttgart. They all will remember with pleasure the warm welcome extended to them at Weilburg generally and the care shown by the German parents in particular.
Our thanks are due to Mrs. Kirsch and Mr. Ruebsam, of Weilburg, who brought over the German party and went back together with the English group; and, of course; to Mrs. J. Moore, of Woodford Green, whose warm-hearted efficiency in planning, organising and keeping together so many young people (our group was one of five grammar schools taking part in the exchange) is mainly responsible for the success of the event.
A full account of the visit appears in the Literary Section; we hope it may induce an appreciable number of our boys to take the plunge next time.