With this copy of the magazine you can see the architect's impression of what our Pavilion will look like. I hope that its appearance will please and its publication give renewed energy to the last phase of our appeal.
I had hoped that the building would have been started by the time this magazine appears. The delay is not due in any way to consultations about the Gymnasium or Pavilion. A considerable re-planning of the School is under examination and only when the whole plan has been approved will it be possible to go ahead with the gymnasium scheme.
The present position of the Fund is that we have £3,100 of new money with £500 promised by the Essex Education Committee. Two major money-raising events are being planned: (1) the School Garden Party and Fete on Saturday, July 25, and (2) the Parents' Association Bazaar on Saturday, December 5. We hope for the full support of all friends of the School for both of these functions. If our experience of last time is repeated we shall make £250 on the Fete and £500 on the Bazaar, and thus must raise £650 by other efforts. This means that we must raise about £350 in each of the next two terms, 10/- for every boy in the School in each term. I am trying to encourage the boys to accept this responsibility either by their weekly donations or by some form of work for which payment will come into the Pavilion Fund. During the summer holidays I shall again be issuing work cards.
Needless to say I am very proud of the way the School and Parents' Association are working to raise this money and I am quite sure that we shall all feel the greatest satisfaction when we can say we have bought and paid for our own changing rooms and pavilion.
We have, since our last issue, received donations from Alderman S.N.Chaplin, Henry Taylor & Sons, Mr. V.C.Cosier, the Old Monovians' Football Club, various parents and Old Monovians, and a sum of £250 from the Parents' Association Jumble Sale and Toy Fair.
There have been sweeping changes in the staff since the last Monovian report of Summer, 1958. R.J.Dean left Monoux and R.B.Marks became chief Editor, assisted by H.Marcovitch, D.Nyman, D.B.Tillyer and C.J.Warbis. The Bulletin was published regularly throughout the Autumn term, anonymous letters of a controversial nature being prominent in the paper.
However, at the beginning of the Spring term, R.B.Marks had to resign owing to pressure of work and H.Marcovitch and D.B.Tillyer became chief co-Editors. Unfortunately, after only a few weeks, H.Marcovitch had to resign also because of work and D.B.Tillyer took over as chief Editor. He immediately undertook a revolutionary move in the organisation of the paper and, besides having Nyman and Warbis as editors, appointed a further eleven junior editors.
The result is that The Bulletin has been published regularly and the variety of contributions has increased tremendously. Once again The Bulletin extends grateful thanks to Mrs. Wright who, the editors secretly confess, really does all the work.
HOUSE DEBATING COMPETITION
The debating competition can only be described as apathetic from several points of view.
The School in general was apathetic about the competition, the largest number present at any one of the rounds being 16, a truly miserable figure. The houses were apathetic and did not turn out in force to support their teams and heckle the other side with ticklish questions during the general debating. This naturally led to the speakers being rather disappointed (there is nothing more depressing than pouring out one's soul to row upon row of vacant seats and a couple of bored-looking schoolboys with equally vacant expressions), and consequently on the whole the speeches were dull and uninteresting.
In the first round Mallinson and Morris had a bye, Spivey beat Whittingham on the motion that "Future generations will be unable to read a book without pictures," and Allpass beat Higham on the motion that "Industrial civilisation inevitably destroys the character and initiative of the ordinary worker."
In the second round Mallinson beat Spivey on the motion that "This house deplores the discovery of America," and Morris beat Allpass on the motion that "The lesson of history is that men never learn."
In the final Morris proposed and Mallinson opposed the motion that "Britain is a land where reward is based on merit." Also, Wrench of Spivey and Ashton of Allpass were placed in the finals as individual speakers.
Miss King, of Chingford County High School, who adjudicated in the final, judged Mallinson the winners of the Debating Cup and awarded Ashton the prize for the best individual speech.
Also, thanks are due to Messrs. Chapman, Couch and Marshall for their adjudication in the rounds.
"Come and join the unemployed workmen's club!"--One private student to another in the vestibule.
HOPE AND GLORY
We were disappointed not to witness the culmination of the age-long boxing challenge between Basher Perry and Slasher Smith in the Gym Display. No doubt Mr. Ninnim also wisely decided not to have Bruce in "Before and After" tableaux.
Master in R.I. period : "I suppose my dogma's as good as anybody else's."
Perhaps those still wondering where their Valete has gone would be kind enough to send in the usual details.
SIXTH-FORM GENERAL PERIOD
"Words are like leaves; and where they most abound,
Much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found."
-Pope, Essay on Criticism.