School; Valete

Valete - 1962

Valete 1962

D.R. CHAZALON. At School 1954-61. School Captain 1960-1. Senior Circle. Dramatic Society. Chairman, School Council.
"Chaz", as he was usually addressed, became School Captain aafter a rather unobtrusive career in the School; that he succeeded in a difficult task is a tribute to his personality. His thoroughness and determination ensured that his duties were performed most efficiently and he earned the full support that he received from his prefects. He addressed the School with confidence and showed little sign of nervousness in what he undertook. One of his most valuable assets, perhaps, was his happy disposition for any worries that he had were always concealed behind a broad smile.
His sporting achievements were best remembered, perhaps, by a spectacular break in a seven-a-side rugby tournament which required the concerted efforts of four opponents to halt and by his winning of the shot put event on Sports Day. He was a keen swimmer and gained a life-saving award. He was also honoured with an award under the Duke of Edinburgh's Scheme. He was an actor and his performance as Barbarossa in The Knight of the Burning Pestle will long be remembered.
We feel sure that he can look back with satisfaction over an eventful year and he carries with him our best wishes for every success in his new career in the Metropolitan Police Force.

A. L. RAINBOW. At School 1953-61. Prefect 1960-61. Deputy School Captain, 1960-61. Vice-Chairman, School Council. Captain. Higham House, Captain, School Football. Vice-Captain, 2nd XI Cricket. Captain, School Basketball. School Athletics. Higham Tennis. Senior Circle.
Famous for his chisel-pointed nose and long succession of girl friends, Tony made wherever he went. His cheerful and carefree countenance covered up a keen efficiency which was particularly prominent in the way he carried out his duties as Prefect and Deputy School Captain. Last year when he ran the School Tuck-shop it enjoyed one of its most profitable seasons.
Tony will be particularly remembered for his sporting achievements: everything he turned to erupted into success. He captained a victorious lst Eleven Football Team through a most remarkable season (1960-61); as Vice-Captain of the 2nd Eleven Cricket Team, his proficiency in the field was matched occasionally by excellent bowling and stolid batting; in addition to these sports Tony captained the School Basketball Team and ably captained Higham's Athletics Team.
At an early age, after a study of the earth's rotation, using a touch of Scots logic - for which he was so famous - Tony saw no reason why he should be cheated of an hour's sleep each year at the Vernal Equinox, and he vowed not to be outdone. All at School were overawed by the tenacity and dedication which he showed each morning in resolutely retrieving these stolen hours of slumber.
Tony is now working for the Midland Bank and we wish him every success in his future career.

KEITH DAVIS. At School 1954-61. Prefect 1960-61. House Badminton. School Orchestra. Finalist in the Allpass House Debating Competition. House Tennis.
Keith was considered one of the quieter members of the Prefects' Room but nevertheless he exercised his prefectorial duties conscientiously and efficiently. He might not have presented a dominant figure but he showed a surprising aptitude for speaking with a great sense of humour at many debates in which he was eager to take part.
He displayed a keen interest in all musical activities and was an enthusiastic member of both the choir and the orchestra. His versatility was further demonstrated by the fact that he played both tennis and badminton for his house.
Keith has decided upon teaching as his career and has now gone up to Avery Hill College, London to prepare himself. We wish him success and happiness m what he does.

D. R. DEARING. At School 1959-61. Prefect 1960-61. Whittingham House Vice-Captain. Assistant, Physics Lab. Science Society. School Orchestra.
'Podge' (or His Royal Highness King Penguin) came to Monoux from George Gascoigne Secondary Modern School and entered the sixth form in 1959. From the start he worked very hard so that academically he caught up with and overtook many boys who had been in the School since their early days. His courage and determination gained for him a County Major Exhibition and a place at Hull University.
His main contribution to the life of the School came from his musical talent. He is an excellent trumpeter and Mr. Sergeant lost little time in making him first trumpet in the School Orchestra.
Derek made a fine, dutiful prefect with his friendly and upstanding nature, although he was the shortest of stature in the Prfects' Room. He took an active part in athletics and captained Whittingham's team in 1961.
With his hard work, self-confidence, and friendly nature Derek will go far. He carries the best wishes of his friends at Monoux wherever he goes and whatever he does.

M. J. IVE. At School 1954-61. Prefect 1960-61. Captain of Swimming; 1960-61. Swimming Captain, Whittingham House. Christian Fellowship. Science Society.
Mick (earlier 'Min'), although not quite of Chazalon's stature was nevertheless "the gentle giant" in the Prefects' Room. He was well-liked and was never forceful in an obtrusive way throughout his career. He will be remembered not only for his prowess in swimming but also for his skill at handicraft. How skilfully he manipulated wood and metal and how many fine pieces of craftsmanship he possesses as a result of his ability! Michael has chosen to teach handicraft and at the moment is at a teachers' training college.
Perhaps his main contribution to the life of the School came from his organisation and working of the electronic apparatus for special functions. We must congratulate him for the excellent stage-lighting in the rag concert and school plays and thank him most sincerely for his organisation of the lighting effects and furniture arrangement at Jazz-Band balls. He assisted in organising the amplifying equipment at the Opening of the Pavilion and on Sports Day. He is one of "the unsung heroes" to whom we are eternally grateful but of whom we rarely speak.

R. J. PEMBLE. At School 1954-61. Prefect 1960-61. Schools Athletics Team. Cross-Country Club. Gym Club, Christian Fellowship. Senior Circle. Librarian.
Rob was an energetic participant in the athletic activities of the school and an outstanding performer in the Allpass House Debates.
He was renowned for his individual treatment of many topics and in losing him, the Prefects' Room has lost a voice oft raised in violent disagreement in its self-cast role of diviner of the ills of society. He threw himself into his work with enthusiasm and we warmly congratulate him on his success in winning an Open Exhibition to the University of Nottingham where he will read for a degree in sociology before taking holy orders.

S. PURSLOW-MASON. At School 1953-61. Prefect. Vice-Captain, Spivey House, Chess Club. School Chess Team. School Gymnastics.
'Seedy', as he was popularly known, was a very efficient prefect who enjoyed performing his duties. He is a keen chess player and from time to time represented the School at the game.
He was also a good pianist and accompanied many members of the junior School in their gym. display at the Opening of the Pavilion. He will be best remembered by his friends for his dedicated practice of the treble part in the piano duet Qui Vive for the music festival. However, as he was nearing perfection, he was taken ill and the months of hard work seemed wasted.
We wish him success as he continues his studies at West Ham Technical College.

M. J. SHEPHERD. At School 1953-61. Prefect 1960-64. School and Walthamstow School Athletics. Cross-country Team. Jazz Club. Senior Circle. School Council. History Society. Captain Mallinson House.
'Bugs' was rather retiring in the Prefects' Room but was nevertheless very important chiefly because of his prowess against superior opposition - superior, that is, in size. Physical fitness was almost a fetish with him; almost any evening he could be seen running round the lake at Highams Park. It will be remembered that it was he who proposed the draining of the lake but unfortunately the plan was impracticable because it was felt that official opposition might be too much in evidence.
'Bugs' was a really outstanding athlete and the School is indebted to him for his work both on the track and behind the scenes - particularly for his organisation of the Cross Country Club.
He will be remembered, too, for his occasional burst of sick humour. Who will forget the time when he thought he had swallowed a foreign body with his salad?
As a musician he was a brilliant jazz drummer and played the piano in a bizarre but highly effective manner.
In his last year at School he decided that Australia was was to be his 'Promised Land' (after having first considered gold-prospcting in British Guiana) and thereupon won a valuable Drapers' Company Scholarship to Sydney University where he is now studying. He hopes to become eventually a sheep-rancher.

L. A. SMY. At School 1954-61. Prefect 1960-61. Secretarv, Christian Fellowship. Secretary, School Council. Committee, Senior Circle and Bridge Club. School Representative, South-West Essex Classical and Historical Society committee. Sub-editor of The Bulletin. School Choir. Allpass House Whip. Allpass Debating Team (Inter-house Competition Finalist). Certificat d'etudes francaises des universites de Rennes, Bordeaux, et Toulouse.
Laurence was, above all, an enthusiastic organiser. Whilst still only a junior, he made his presence felt throughout the school as secretary of the popular junior Debating and Discussion Society, editor of the phenomenally successful Junior Outlook and as an extremely noisy legal eagle on the School Council, to which he was elected a representative during every year of his school life and ended his unprecedented term of office as the Secretary of the Council.
The Christian Fellowship benefited greatly from his leadership, and it was entirely owing to his inspiration that a junior society, The Christian Union was established. When reading for Morning Assembly had to be selected, it was to 'the Vicar' that prefects referred, since early this year he was accepted as an ordinand.
Laurence's entire school life was marked by his profession of a devout, informed and fearless Christianity; as one Member of Staff put it, he possessed the unique combination in speech and character of a fiery hot-gospeller and comfortable retired stock-broker.
In the midst of such bustling activity he was often to be seen hurtling down corridors, book and files to the fore, correcting and admonishing and finally arriving at the Prefects' Room, to enter with spirit into whatever discussion was taking place. He managed at the same time to keep to a rigorous schedule of work that terrified fellow sixth formers, but which earned him a County Major Award and a well-deserved place at Selwyn College, Cambridge.

G. K. WALLACE. At School 1954-61. Prefect 1960-61. Senior Circle. School Council. History Society.
'Wol', with his shambling gait and unconventional eating habits, was one of the most popular of the Prefects. This was due partly to the fact that he was the owner of a vast fleet of fast and luxurious motor cars.
He was a willing and able prefect and we have rarely seen him in anything but the best of humours. His main talent seems to be in games of skill. He was a joint-winner of the Table Tennis Doubles Championship and in the School Tennis Championship he and Tony Rainbow made a sparkling and almost invincible pair.
He is now helping his father to run the Hampton Garage.

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