One of the outstanding events since the last issue of the Monovian has been a visit by the whole School to the Carlton Cinema, Walthamstow, to see the film of Shakespeare's Henry V. This, besides providing a very enjoyable break from the normal routine, one junior was heard to remark that "it's better than Robin Hood", had the unique effect of making the whole School discuss Shakespeare and enjoy doing so.
We should like to claim that patriotic zeal was the cause of the stopping of the heating system during last January's coldest weather: historical accuracy, however, compels us to admit that the true reason was a burst pipe. As a result, boys with "colds or incipient colds" were allowed to take two days' unofficial holiday. One of the School's few warm spots was the Library, where a huge fire was lit to allow Sixth Forms to continue their studies, and rumour has it that at least one Prefect was seen toasting buns during break.
Presumably the break-down of the heating system did not worry our handy members of this small but flourishing School society, for we are informed that they have continued their regular dips throughout the winter. We congratulate but do not envy them.
DANGER: MEN AT WORK.
That august body, the Prefects, demonstrated their versatility recently when, with assistance from Mr. Ames, they entirely redecorated the Prefects' Room. It is now a pleasant green and white, relieved by orange curtains. Their latest artistic activity is, we understand, to attempt to design a special Prefects' Tie, and we await the result with awe and wonder.
ASSEMBLY HALL CONCERTS.
Fairly large School parties have been present at many of the excellent orchestral concerts at the Walthamstow Assembly Hall, and, even when it has been impossible to arrange for an official party
at reduced rates, many boys have made a point of going individually. Perhaps the mid-morning periods, so often criticised by the School Council, are having a good effect.
THE " BULLETIN."
That "abstract and brief chronicle of our time," the Monoux Bulletin has continued its existence despite the unfortunate loss of its first printer, Mr. Horton, although its appearances have now become more erratic. It seems to have earned its place as a School institution, for, although nearly everyone has complaints about it, most boys continue to buy it.
This ever-popular feature was revived again last Christmas, and. as usual, among the mass of third-rate sketches were a few outstanding items, notably the satires on the Staff by Vs and on the Prefects by
one of the Second Forms, and a musical item by a group of Sixth Formers, which was produced in a remarkably short time.
Owing to the great demand for School dinners, which far exceeds the number possible at the moment, it has been necessary during the past two terms for a number of boys to go to the Technical College
each day for their dinner. It is hoped that this will become unnecessary when a new dining hall can be built in the School grounds.
At the moment it is still very difficult to obtain football shirts, and we have been asked to appeal to any Old Boys who have unwanted First or Second XI shirts in good condition to send them for the benefit of the School teams.
PARENTS' DANCING CLASS.
Mr. Ninnim is, we understand, running a most successful "Old-Time" Dancing Class for members of the Parents' Association.
FORM 2 M.
The Boys of Form 2 M deserve a special mention this term for their work in organising a bazaar and film show for the benefit of the School swimming pool fund. We congratulate them on their excellent effort.
MONOUX CHARITIES' FUND.
The Red Cross Penny-a-Week Fund, which was so ably organised in the School by Mr. Hyde, has now come to an end, but collections are still being taken with the intention of endowing a bed in the Connaught Hospital. We hope to be able to give further information about this in out next issue.
Since the last appearance of the Monovian P.B.Browne has been appointed Captain and P.Selwood Vice-Captain of the School. K.Brooks, J.E.Knowles, K.J.Schrouder and B.A.Williams were appointed Monitors, and these, together with E.M.Baker, S.J.Barker and G.W.Ribbans (who has now left) have since been made Prefects.
MR. FORTESCUE. .
Mr. T.V.N.Fortescue, M.A. (Cantab.), brother of the School Sccretary, who was in Hong Kong throughout the Japanese occupation, visited the School last term and gave a talk to the Upper School on the fall of the island and conditions in a Japanese internment camp. At the end of his very interesting lecture, Mr. Fortescue answered a number of questions.
MR. HYDE'S TRIO.
At the end of last term Mr. Hyde, together with an Old Boy, P.A. Timberlake (violin), and Miss Delys Nash ('cello), gave a recital m the School Hall. The performance, which included a Haydn trio and a number of other trio movements, was very well received, especially as Mr. Timberlake introduced the pieces with a few explanatory remarks.
The School held its celebrations on June 7th. A very full programme was arranged. In the afternoon Mr. Ninnim offered us "crazy" sports, and judging by some of the antics, this was rather an understatement. To follow this, there was a really good tea for the whole School, and in the circumstances the amount of food was amazing. The day closed with a stage show of a very high standard. Thanks are due to all who took part in this, and to those who worked so hard to make the day a success.
This is due to all those who produced and appeared in the one-act plays last Christmas. Mention of these was omitted in the last number of the Monovian, and we apologise for this oversight. On the afternoon of Monday 17th December, 1945, three short plays were performed. The first act of St. Joan by G. B. Shaw, produced by Dr. Warschauer, took pride of place; the second was Queer Street by J.D.Kelly, and this was produced bv Mr. J.S.Durrant; the third, around which a shroud of mystery was cast until the actual performance, was Allison's Lad, produced by Mr. H.J.Hyde. The three were very well received, and the work put into them was fully rewarded.
The School was honoured to have Miss Natasha Litvin (Mrs. Stephen Spender) give a piano recital in the Hall on the 19th March. She played first four short pieces, and followed these with the Sonata in A flat by Weber. The programme ended, or was to have ended. with a performance of the Etudes Symphoniques by Schumann; but the reception accorded to the recital was so enthusiastic that two encores were played by Miss Litvin. These were the Scherzo in E minor by Mendelssohn and the Golliwog's Cake Walk by Debussy.
ASSEMBLY HALL CONCERTS
To continue the musical vein, it is worthy of note that the concerts at the Walthamstow Assembly Hall are still well attended, and more boys than ever in the School are becoming interested in serious music. With regard to this, the news that the School may become associated with the SW.Essex Music Club is very welcome.
NEW DINING HALL
With increasing wonder and conjecture we witness the growth of the new dining hall. It is rumoured that this will be completed by the end of term. As yet, nobody has attempted to use this structure as a hiding place during the mid-morning periods!
A small group of VIth formers attended a lecture given by Professor Lavrin (Professor of Slavonic Languages, Nottingham University) on the famous Russian novelist. He talked of various aspects of the Russian mind and how these affected the famous novelist. Most of the School party, who had never attempted to read Dostoievsky (there were one or two exceptions). were prompted to dive into the public libraries and borrow any books of his they could find.
U.N.O. AND U.N.A.
Colonel Cair (author of The Responsible Citizen) gave a very interesting talk on the various aspects of the United Nations Organisation. He explained the functions of the committees and commissions that have been set up in the last few months.
In the United Nations Week held a short time ago several boys from the School acted as flag-bearers in a procession which look place in the town.
MILKMAN, KEEP THOSE BOTTLES QUIET!
At last the milk arrives in third-pint bottles. Peace must surely be with us, when a Ministry fulfils its pledge so promptly.
We should like to thank Mlle. Lucienne Pieuchot for the article and poem which she has contributed to the current issue. We intend to encourage this contributor, for articles from abroad give us new and fresh views of many subjects.
It is with great regret that we announce the disappearance of the Monoux Bulletin. The appearances became more and more erratic and now we shall see no more of this interesting, if at times, lugubrious news-sheet.
This has re-commenced, and, as before, the class is held Monday evening after school. Mr. Smith and Mr. Ninnim once again in charge, and many boys are taking advantage this opportunity to learn to dance.
AIR TRAINING CORPS
The School Unit has, we regret, been disbanded. During it, existence it reflected great credit on the School in the winning of pennants. Mr. Ninnim worked extremely hard to keep interest alive in the unit, and thanks are due both to him and to the various other members of the Staff who assisted him.
STAFF v. lsT XI. FOOTBALL
This is worthy of note if only because of the fact that the caretaker, Mr. Ames, appeared on the Staff side. Not particularly noteworthy? Well, it was his 54th birthday!
S.J.Barker has now been appointed School Captain in place of P.Selwood, who has left. Monitors elected since our last issue are: K.C.Tamplin, A.G.Hellman, F.G.Claridee, E.B.Fairman, J.A.Bastin, E.B.Granshaw, and K.J.Bridge. We apologise for the omission of K.L.Lewis from the list in the Eastcr number.