School; Valete

Valete - 1966

 

Valete 1966

J. M. Lawson. At school 1962-65. Prefect 1963-65. ViceCaptain Allpass House. School Basketball. Half-colours, Basketball.
After being school Captain at Heathcate Secondary School, John joined our 6th Form and after only one year was appointed to the Prefectorial body.
'Skip', as he was earlier known, was renowned for his adherence to his principles ... and his money, but he will always be best remembered for the outstanding size of his pedical protuberances.
In the field of sport John's only real interest lay in Basketball, at which he represented both the School and District. Indeed had he felt so inclined he could surely have represented the County, but when he did not feel like doing something he just would not do it, and no-one would be able to dissuade him when in such a lethargic phase.
He is now training to be a draughtsman with the London Transport Executive, and we wish him well, hoping that he can look back on his short stay at Monoux as a happy and profitable one.

C. Apoatolides. At school 1962-65. Prefect 1963-65. Mallinson House Debating Team. Senior Circle. Geographical Society.
Although his stay at Monoux was short, Cos (short for Costakis) soon became a liked and respected figure. Always the centre of controversy in the Prefects' Room, his theory that the Greeks won the Second World War not only stimulated much verbal intercourse but also raised many raucous guffaws. In discussion he was the epitome of chivalry and the self-appointed arbiter of all prefectorial disputes. His devotion to duty was outstanding-he never turned up for 'Tuck-Shop' and was frequently absent. Nevertheless he was a fundamentally sincere person, always willing to lend assistance to anybody, whether they needed it or not.
His infectious laughter and open character will be greatly missed in the Prefects' Room and we wish him well in his future college career.

P. D. Stewart. At school 1958-65. Prefect 1964-65. Chief Librarian 1964-65. Treasurer, Senior Circle 1964. History Society. Morris House. School Dramatic Society. School Council.
Phil was always one of the more sophisticated members of the Prefects' Room and whenever a political or economic argument arose one could guarantee that he would be in the midst of it. Never a sportsman, he did a great amount of work in his last term at school, both as Chief Librarian and as Treasurer of the Senior Circle, always an unsavoury job considering the general affluence of the 6th Form. In addition, he also took part in several of the school's play productions. Always tremendously inquisitive, Phil often had to suffer sarcastic onslaughts from fellow prefects; needless to say he managed to retaliate.
He left us in January and is at present working on a Kibbutz in Israel for six months. In October .he will be going up to University to read Law and we wish him all success for the future.

S. C. Hatwell. At school 1957-65. Prefect 1964-5. Librarian 1963-4. Captain of Mallinson House. School 1st XI Cricket. School 1st Team Basketball. School Council. Half colours cricket and Basketball.
Stuart's heart was bigger than his body and his mind was bigger than both. He was a cautious and intelligent worker in the field of history and ultra-rational when it came to English Literature despite Mr. Carr's phantasies. No-one could ever look quite as equivocal as he could. He was often the mediator of the serious arguments of the prefects room-an urbane debunker. He was popular amongst first formers and sixth-formers alike and carried his prefectorial responsibilities very easily. His stature was often a disadvantage in the sports he played, especially basketball -but continual practice in the gym and the nets brought him rewards in his final season with the 1st XI and the Basketball Team. When he passed French 'A' level in January 1965 he ensured himself a place at Hull University where we wish him well.

B. O. Hebbard. At school 1957-65. Deputy School Captain 1964-65. Prefect 1963-65. Captain of Higham House 1963-65. ViceChairman of School Council. School swimming. House Debating team. Treasurer of Senior Circle 1963-64. Chairman of Dramatic Society 1964-65. Geographical Society. Half colours swimming.
It would be slighting Bruce to say that he was an "interesting" character. As a short glance at his achievements shows he was a full character in every sense of the word. The Hebbard breeze sprang up at 8.59 a.m. every morning and continued until - well until he decided to go home again. He would within an hour discuss the techniques of Mahler with the utmost gravity and break up an equally grave discussion on Lenin with six large words of dismissal. His interests were really wide: music, novels, philosophy, psychology, sociology, history and geography as well as a love of those properties attributed to Bacchus. He took his prefectship reasonably seriously, made a very good job of the tuck-shop and was in all one of the best School Vice Captains. Anything that Bruce tried his hand at, even cricket, was liable to turn out well. We all hope he sets Hull alight studying sociology or history or geography; I don't think he knows. He certainly worked hard, albeit sporadically, to get a University place and one may be assured that he will make the best of it.

B. A. B. MARTIN At School 1957-65. Prefect 1963-65. School Captain 1965. Chairman School Council. Captain Allpass House. House Athletics, Cross Country, Swimming and Basketball. Dramatic Society. School Scout Troup.
Brian served the school as a prefect for over two years and was appointed School Captain for the last two terms of that period, after David Jolly, the previous Captain, had left school. To follow David, with his natural flair for organisation and leadership, might not have seemed an easy task to Brian, but he set about his duties with determination. If David's notable quality as Captain was leadership, Brian's was certainly courtesy. His good humour and politeness to all, whether prefects or junior boys, helped him to make a success of his difficult job in leading the school.
In other activities, Brian was notably a keen athlete, determined to keep fit, and thus often to be seen training after school. He was also a member of the School Scout Troop, where he earned the distinction of becoming a Queen's Scout and of attaining the Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award, which he received from the Duke himself at Buckingham Palace.
Of Brian's other achievements we must not fail to mention a remarkable liking for school dinners, a considerable daily consumption of milk, the ownership of an ancient car, and dramatic parts ranging from Lt. Manson, R.N., in the school production "Morning Departure", to a negro coachman in the Prefects' production of "Cinderella" at the last Rag Concert.
Our best wishes and thanks for his leadership go with him to Aberdeen University where he is studying Bio-chemistry.

P. D. L. AVIS At School 1958-65. Prefect 1965. Librarian 1964-5. Deputy Chief Librarian 1965. Senior Circle. Christian Fellowship.
Paul's main concern at Monoux was the work of Christian Witness in the school. He was the leader of the Christian Fellowship, and the main organiser of Club 123 meetings during his last year here. With other members of the Fellowship, Paul also instituted and helped to run a Junior Bible Club for forms 1 and 2 which met once a week in the lunch hour and which had several interesting and quite well-attended meetings. The work he organised in these fields continues still at Monoux and we are grateful to him for his service. His other main service to the school was as Deputy Chief Librarian, helping to ensure the smooth running of the library.
Paul has now left school and is contemplating full-time Christian service. We send him our best wishes for the future.

G. A. FRANCIS At School 1958-65. Prefect 1964-5. Librarian 1963-4. Senior Circle. Founder and editor of The New Monoux Bulletin. School Council.
Geoff was one of the most hardworking of prefects with a sincere sense of loyalty to his school. He was particularly ready to volunteer for tuck-shop duty if someone was absent, and ever cheerful and with a brand of humour very much his own, he was generally well-liked and respected.
He was nevertheless often a centre of controversy, a position from which he seemed to draw great amusement. His opinions were always very forthright, ranging from the merits of Bob Dylan to the demerits of the Labour Government, and in particular its attitude to comprehensive education. In the Prefects' room there was frequently (amicable?) verbal conflict between Geoff and one other member of the prefectorial body who had rather more left wing opinions. This conflict was highlighted in an entertaining Face to Face discussion at a Senior Circle meeting.
Geoff returned to school this September and was responsible for re-starting the Monoux Bulletin, the weekly school news-sheet, which had not appeared for several years. We congratulate him on obtaining a place at Goldsmith's College, London, where he is now studying English. We wish him every success in the future.

M. E. FROST At School 1958-65. Prefect 1964-5. Librarian 1963-4. Senior Circle. Geographical Society Secretary. School Council. Allpass Athletics Captain. School Athletics. 2nd XI Cricket.
Martin had a cheerful disposition and a natural aptitude for argument, with particularly forceful opinions on political or economic subjects.
He left his mark in the Prefects' room, or rather several marks, particularly on the ceiling. These resulted from his favourite lunch-time activity of throwing or bouncing a tennis-ball, or hitting it with a cricket stump, making the small room his cricket pitch with little heed for the safety of the other occupants. Not surprisingly he was an active sportsman out of doors too. He was a keen cricketer, represented the school at athletics, and though not renowned as a footballer, scored a goal in the memorable Prefects v. Staff match.
He is now studying at the London School of Economics where we wish him well.

E. P. SNELLING At School 1958-65. Prefect 1965. Vice-Captain Spivey House. Captain 2nd XI Football. School Athletics.
Paul was a very likeable and respected member of the sixth form who would express his views in a quiet but confident manner. We did not see him a great deal; perhaps he may have preferred the redoubtable precincts of the Biology Lab. to the more boisterous Prefects' Room.
He was a keen sportsman, representing the school in athletics, and captaining the 2nd XI at football. He has now left school to study veterinary science at Bristol University where we send him our best wishes for the future.

R. G. JOHNSON At School 1958-65. Prefect Autumn 1965. Librarian 1964-5. Senior Circle. 1st XI Football. Football Secretary. Half-colours Football.
Dick, "Abdul", or just plain "Fatty", must have earned the distinction of the shortest service ever in the prefectorial body. Estimates range from ten days to a fortnight. Dick came back to school this September not really sure what his plans were for the coming year. He was appointed prefect, but finally decided to leave school. He has obtained a post teaching at Ruckholt Secondary School for this year and hopes to obtain a place at university for October 1966.
Dick was a very competent Football Secretary and one of the best 1st XI goalkeepers for several years. In holiday-time he was a keen hitch-hiker, and his speciality was skilled imitations of Roy Orbison and Buddy Greco.
We wish him well in the future.

A. I. MILLER At School 1959-65. Prefect 1965. Librarian 1964. Senior Circle. History Society. Cross Country Captain. Full Colours, Cross Country and Athletics.
Tony was cheerful and talkative, and conscientious in his duties. His great love was athletics and cross-country running. For several years he served as captain of cross-country, and worked to stimulate interest in an activity which had not been of great note before at Monoux. In the lower school in particular, his efforts in encouraging boys to train were successful, as results will show. A notable performer himself, he was awarded Full Colours in both cross-country and athletics.
He is now taking a four year business study course at Coventry College of Advanced Technology where we wish him every success.

R. C. HAMMOND At School 1958-65. Prefect 1964-65. Captain Spivey House. Librarian 1964. Monoux Young Socialist Candidate in School Election. House swimming, basketball, athletics, football and cross-country. Member History and Geography Societies.
Bob had the most disconcerting faculty of making you think you were wrong in any given situation, no matter how concrete your arguments. His saucer-eyed disbelieving stare or huge gust of laughter could prick your pet bubble of pride and ruin your day. Your most cherished theories were dismissed with searching comments or a frustrating wave of a bony hand.
This superficial superiority was, however, overcome by fighting scorn with scorn; and we all soon learnt, of course, that underneath, Bob was as friendly and sincere as anybody could be. A determination to do well academically kept him out of school activities quite considerably, but this was shown to be wise, since he achieved a high standard at 'A' level and fulfilled his aim in reaching York University to read Politics and Economics. His interests were varied, ranging from Rupert Brooke to plastering pictures on the Prefects' Room walls; he was invariably cheerful, and well known in the Prefects' Room for his imitation of Steptoe, scepticism towards religion, and ability to fall between two chairs while stomping around, propounding with gravity one of his many arguments. One hardly needs to wish him well; we're all pretty certain that one day he will be Managing Director of I.C.I. or something like that.

R. N. JOHNSON At School 1958-65. School Vice-Captain 1965. Prefect 1964-5. Captain School Athletics. Captain Athletics and Cross-country. Mallinson House. Vice-Chairman of School Council.
It is with respect that one remembers Rog. and his achievements. Principled, even disciplinarian, but never inflexible, one always felt able to rely on his calculated clear-headed and mature judgements. He had a great sense of humour and an outstanding attribute of imperturbability. With Brian, he formed formidable opposition in the everlasting arts v. science debate that more often than not ended on the Prefects' Room floor-especially when Malc was around.
Rog. could always elucidate an argument in black and white -a typical scientist. He was very good at keeping the prefectorial body on its toes, especially concerning school duties. His high academic achievement and prowess in athletics enhance his character, and nobody could fail to wish him all success at Bristol University where he is reading Bio-chemistry, and also for the future.

P. I. BAILEY At School 1958-65. Prefect 1964-65. Librarian 1963-4 Chief Librarian 1964-5. Senior Circle. History Society. 2nd XI Football, House Athletics and Swimming.
Pete had the happy knack of being able to fit everything into a busy day without ever seeming to be actually busy. He tackled his various unsavoury duties with a dogged determination and meticulousness whether it be clearing up after milk duty, fighting the lost cause of the second eleven, or preparing a history lecturette. He often adopted an outwardly cynical attitude which was, perhaps, inevitable when his most useful quality, which he never seemed to appreciate, was his ability to unite all prefects in the common cry of "let's sit on Pete". He bore his burden, however, with grim resignation and an imaginative flow of language which, we fear, will remain characteristic of him as he continues his studies at Swansea University where, most sincerely, we wish him the very best of luck.

M. B. CAIRNS At School 1958-65. Prefect 1964-5. Allpass House. School Council. Senior Circle. Science Society. Bridge Club. 2nd XI Football.
Although Malc was a mathematician (which demanded rational thinking) his actions were often irrational. He was impulsive but when he had made a decision he would stand firm against all opposition. He rarely took any criticism to heart and was always first to slip a humorous remark into what had previously been a serious discussion.
He was never a sportsman until he decided to prove that his boasts were based on truth. His true "sport" was card-playing. He combined both skill and an unusual amount of luck, both when playing bridge and other games of lesser repute, to produce a fair measure of success.
He is now studying mathematics at Nottingham University, one of the five offers he received, and we wish him the best of luck in future life.

R. L. BIGGS At School 1958-65. Prefect 1965. Spivey House. Editor of Monovian 1963-65. Bridge Club.
Rob was rarely seen in the Prefects' Room, most of his life being spent in the Biology Lab. He was quiet and unassuming but could be firm when he wished. His opinions were sometimes opposed to those of most other prefects and thus suffered from sarcastic comments which he developed an ability to squash as if they were childish.
His work for the Monovian was outstanding, sufficiently so to gain him the Senior Magazine Prize in 1964. He did not let this interfere with his school work and surprised many people with his results. Rob is now at the London Hospital Medical School where we hope he succeeds as well as he has at school.

C. J. GLYDE
At School 1958-65. School Captain 1965. Prefect 1964-5. Captain Mallinson House, Chairman School Council, Science Society, Bridge Club, Essex Athletics, Essex Basketball. House Swimming.
Chris slid easily into the demands and responsibilities of School Captainship and, by a mixture of confidence and competency, showed that he could lead a school as skilfully as he could a basketball team. One of his advantages was that he had very definite ideas of what was expected of him and would, as a result, closely adhere to these. Sometimes, as on School Council, this tended to overawe the lower school boys, yet it is undeniable that during Chris' short period of office this organisation echoed his businesslike efficiency-a most welcome change.
Chris also managed firmly to control the Prefects' Room while never needing to assert his authority. Although working extremely hard for exams, he would often find time to take part
in one of the interminable Prefects' Room discussions, and his arguments were almost invariably well thought out and only too effective.
His achievements as School Captain were very definite ones, and when his great enthusiasm and success in the field of athletics is remembered it can be seen that Chris, in the fullest possible
sense, was an all round person. To claim that he :eft his mark on Monoux is a considerable understatement

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