School; Valete

Valete - 1967

Valete 1967 


At School 1958-66. School Vice-Captain 1965-66. Prefect 1964-66. Vice-Chairman School Council. Senior Circle, History Society, House Athletics.
Mick's great loves swing dramatically, according to the weather and the imminence of exams, from plastering aesthetically pleasing pictures on the wall to grave discussions on the balance
of payments. One must also salute his pioneering spirit in introducing new intricacies to the noble art of Profect Room football, and his practical use of his study of economics in his careful organisation of the Tuckshop.
Mick, however, also had a serious side to. his nature, expressing his views with such sincerity that you could only respect them, even if not fully agreeing with them.
He was occasionally depressed, frequently anxious, but always able to revive himself by seeing the funny side of a disastrous situation, a talent which should stand him m good stead at York University where we wish him all the best of luck.
At School 1958-65. Prefect 1965. Librarian 1964-5, Chief Librarian 1965. Senior Circle.
All Dave needed for a contented life was a comfortable chair, a copy of "The Times" crossword in front of him and, close at hand, the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations which, preferably, somebody else had retrieved for him.
When minor considerations, like lessons or prefectorial duties did intervene however, he often appeared to be far more conscientious than many of his colleagues. Indeed, he gained the
unique distinction of being about the only boy actually able to get down to work in the Prefects' Room. He could also often be seen doing a voluntary and leisurely dinner-time patrol around the school.
With his easy smile and pleasant good-natured outlook, it was impossible to dislike Dave, and we send him all best wishes for his continued studies at Southampton University, and for his future career.

At School 1963-66. Prefect 1965-6. Geographical Society. Y.C.N.D. Group. Second Eleven Cricket.
Mo, although coming late into the Prefects' Room, was certainly quick in. establishing himself as a popular member of the Prefectorial body, with his broad northern accent making him particularly conspicuous.
Despite some ill-deserved bad luck in trying to get into College, he never allowed himself to get unduly depressed and, indeed, was always ready to launch himself, with enthusiasm, into the demands of the day.
The only times that he allowed his belligerence to reveal itself were on the frequent occasions when he was called upon to defend the fair name of his native Blackburn from some southern blasphemer.
Despite the insults, however, we were all pleased at his much improved G.C.E. results in January, which means that he is now able to enter a teachers' training college where we are confident that he will have every success.

H. G. SLATER At School 1958-66. Prefect 1964-66. Morris House Captain. Chairman Senior Circle, Secretary Dramatic Society, School Council, History Society, Geographical Society, Y.C.N.D. Group. House Swimming and Athletics.
Surveying the world from a comfortable armchair Henry seemed to live in a state of continual amusement with everything around him, including himself. In this way he remained moder
ately sane in the Prefects' Room where political or religious differences tended to sweep others away in their own intensity. Yet Henry also had very definite views, ranging from jazz, Vietnam and the reasons for thinning hair, which he was always ready to propound with a quiet good sense which often held sway over even his opponents.
Having been selected for Voluntary Service Overseas, we are sure that his sense of responsibility and fairness, his clearheadedness and good humour will be valuable assets in his work making
him, as at Monoux, naturally well-liked without his ever having deliberately to court popularity. We wish him well.

At School 1958-66. Prefect 1964-66. Cricket Captain, Football Vice-Captain, Whittingham House Captain. History Society. House Swimming.
Roy was the leading member in his year of that class of prefects that are rather euphemistically described as "big" and as with his predecessors it is as a sportsman that he will be remem
bered. Not only was he Football Vice-Captain, but he was also accorded the (ultimate) honour of being appointed Cricket Captain and last year's batting averages and list of goal-scorers will provide some measure of his success in both these sports.
As on the sports field so in the Prefects' Room, his size was a big asset and whenever someone looked as though he wanted to be sat on, Roy was only too happy to oblige. This is not to say that he could not be serious - he could - particularly if the conversation was on cars which was perhaps his main interest in life outside sport.
Although "The Economist" invariably took second place to "Motor" Roy did show some interest in his work and he was very unlucky not to gain a place at Lancaster, but no doubt he will have more success this year.
We wish him luck in his future career, and perhaps we should hope for temporary loss of form when he returns to play for the Old Monovians in both the football and cricket matches.

At School 1958-66. Vice-Captain Morris House, School swimming, House athletics, basketball representative, Senior Circle, Geography Society, School Council.
Ken was always one of the strongest personalities of the Prefects' Room; partly of course because he spent so much time in there while others were busy with their studies. However, there is no doubt that his quick wit and sarcastic humour did a lot for the atmosphere of the Prefects' Room, and his comments would always bring a laugh or something (except from the unfortunate being on the receiving end), even in the subdued atmosphere of the pre-examination days.
However, we should not be entirely fooled by his rather enigmatic outward appearance, for despite the comment once made of himself-"last at school and first away", Ken undoubtedly
had a serious side to his nature, as was often reflected by his comments during intellectual debate and by his detailed knowledge of cars and general mechanical bits and bobs.
Ken's main trouble was that work did not suit him. We wish him luck at Brighton College.

School 1958-1966. Prefect 1964-66; Librarian 1963-4, School Council, House Captain of Spivey, 2nd XI Football, Christian Fellowship. Woodwind Ensemble.
As can be seen from the list above, John was variously employed throughout his years at Monoux in many different ways. Yet with all these varied activities, his academic work was not allowed to suffer, resulting in an Exhibition to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.
In the Prefects' Room, it was easy to take his willingness to help rather for granted, and this same willingness and faithfulness was very much appreciated in the Christian Fellowship and the associate activities which he helped to run.
Because of his quiet manner, one may have expected the more rowdy members of the school to give him trouble, but he was respected by the whole school, and found the noting card unnecessary for keeping control-a quality which does not belong to everybody.
He left school early in 1966 to go for a few months to Germany, so that he could improve his German and French before beginning his course in modern languages at Cambridge. We send him our best wishes for the future.

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