J. BOULTER. At School 1955-63; Vice-Captain 1961-63; Whittingham House Captain; Secretary History Society; Senior Circle; Librarian; Editor The Bulletin and The Triton; School Basketball and Athletics.
The later part of Boulter's career was something of an enigma. Extremely popular with boys from all sections of the School he was, none-the-less, the centre of a great deal of controversy and, at times, the object of much criticism. Intensely loyal to the School and all that it stood for he was a spirited critic of the prevailing apathy and laziness in the Monoux community. In his first prefectorial year he undertook a great deal of work in the service of the School - thankless tasks such as the organisation of football and cricket teas, tasks which demand regular unflagging support. His "A" level results, consequently, suffered and had a profound effect on his outlook. It would be unjust to absolve him of all criticism - perhaps his time could have been better distributed - but it cannot be denied that he had his heart in the right place - the School.
John's long, rangy frame stood him in good stead on the basketball court where he was, rather ambiguously, outstanding. A member of the School first team he used his height to great advantage and, as a member of the Monoux net-ball team, provoked cries of anguish and distress from one Leyton County High School girl who found it impossible to get a shot in in the presence of John's long waving arms.
An extremely likeable character, with an infectious sense of humour, John leaves us to take up a place at St. David's College, Wales. Mellowed by experience, John will undoubtedly do it full justice.
D. G. HAYWOOD. At School 1955-63; Prefect 1962-63; Librarian; School Council; Senior Circle; History Society; Secretary Angling Club; Editor New Opinion; School Netball Team.
Dave's easy, cheerful disposition, ready laugh and irreverent wit (made public as Lady Godiva in a Senior Circle balloon debate) quickly made his contemporaries his friends. These qualities were happily unaffected by his narrow failure to obtain a university place last summer: perhaps he derived some consolation from the enormous quantity of milk and crisps he consumed daily. His intake of cows' juice alone would be enough to set a psychiatrist some problems. We feel sure that with a fishing rod to keep him company he will be happy whatever he finally choses - be it law or Smith's.
K. V. J. HOPKINS. At School 1956-63; Prefect 1962-63; Chief Librarian; Secretary Christian Fellowship; Senior Circle; History Society.
Ken's school life was a living demonstration of "quality rather than quantity."
His school career set Old Father Time a cracking pace, with the result that he had gained three "A" levels by the age of sixteen; he will arrive for his English course at University College, London, a year earlier than is usual. One wonders what academic distinction he would have gained had he pursued his school career at the normal age!
Instead of developing his latent ability in many directions, Ken tended to concentrate his attention and energy on his own two main consuming passions. One is English literature, his sensitive appreciation of which was without rival in his year group; the performance which won him the A1lpass Verse Speaking Prize was outstanding.
But it was the quiet (but outspoken when necessary) expression of his Christian faith that was Ken's most notable characteristic. His leadership of the Christian Fellowship was his most valuable contribution to the School.
We can confidently wish Ken all success in the future, for his life "is hid with Christ in God."
J. H. WILLIAMSON. At School 1955-62; Prefect 1961-62; Captain Allpass House; Vice-Captain School Basket-ball; 2nd XI Football; School Swimming; School Athletics; Senior Circle; Science Society.
Throughout his School career, "Wol" was somewhat a rara avis; outstanding at many sports he managed always to remain at the top scholastically. These qualities made him extremely popular not only among his contemporaries but the whole School. But perhaps it was his determined individualism which distinguished him most, and for which we will remember him more readily. It was almost a cult with him. His characteristic spirit was evident in his choice of adventurous holidays, culminating in his six months' trip to Canada and the U.S.A. which began last February.
Not only did he carry the responsibilities and execute the duties of a Prefect to the full, but he assigned to his position far more than the bare essentials: he made Allpass House the most powerful in sport, and (more important) in spirit, and he was always willing to use his own time for the benefit of others and the School - notable were his efforts on the sports field and in the swimming bath.
It was no surprise when he was given a place at Christ's College, Cambridge, to read Economics; we are sure he will be as effective there as at Monoux and we all wish him every success.
D. W. WITT. At School 1956-63. Prefect 1962-63; Spivey House; Treasurer Senior Circle; History Society Committee; School Athletics and Swimming; Librarian; Spivey Debating Team.
Dave's was an effervescent, ebullient nature - quick-witted and with that broad toothy grin of his he could not help but provoke sometimes quite hostile arguments, usually against himself. Always ready to defend the indefensible he would argue logically and intelligently until perception was replaced by buffoonery and discussions ended in slanging matches. When serious, he was an able debater - never brilliant, but very sure of himself and possessed of a very dry sense of humour which he showed to advantage in the debate at Woodford County High School.
On the sports-field Dave showed that, although not technically faultless, he was quite proficient at most field events and remarkably good at the javelin. In the middle-school particularly his diligent training was rewarded with a place in the School team. Swimming too was another pastime to which Dave was addicted and that partly through necessity in a House which could boast few swimmers, let alone good swimmers.
We wish Dave well in his studies at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he is to read, surprisingly, Law.
G. C. CASEY. At School 1956-63. School Captain 1962-63. Captain Higham House 1961-63. Captain 1st XI Football. School Athletics. School Swimming. Science Society. Senior Circle. School Orchestra. Full Colours-Football and Chess.
If it is ever possible to predict the School captaincy seven years hence Geoff was always a potential candidate. Although quiet and unassuming he always gave the impression of dependability and resoluteness - which his academic studies certainly proved. Respect was the key to Geoff's personality and it was this respect, on the part of staff and boys alike, which gained him the School captaincy.
As School Captain in his first prefectorial year Geoff displayed considerably more confidence and poise than many would have given him credit for. What he lacked in striking originality he more than compensated for in his reliability and consistency in all that he undertook.
It was precisely this reliability and consistency that earned him a place in the School Football, Swimming and Athletic teams. As 1st XI Football Captain he led the team through an extremely successful season and, although never faultless technically, was the imperturbable mainstay of the team or, as his team criticism has it, "He has been the solid cement of the defence for the last three years."
Combined with his love of sport was his love of music and for several years Geoff played in the first violins of the School Orchestra.
Geoff leaves us to take up a well deserved place at Queen's College, Cambridge, where he is to read Natural Science. We wish him well.
COLLIER, L. H. School 1956-63. Prefect 1962-63. Chief Librarian. Vice-Captain Spivey House. Captain 2nd XI Cricket. 2nd XI Football. Rugby XV. Secretary History Society. Treasurer Senior Circle. Christian Fellowship. County Major Scholarship. Ford (Dagenham) Trust Scholarship.
Leigh was the epitome of a Christianity of "abundant life"; his effervescent and ebullient personality was controlled by a deep and sincere conviction, which showed itself in all branches of his life.
He flung himself enthusiastically into multitudinous School activities, showing an incredible thoroughness in each: one thinks of his unfailing zeal as Head Librarian, his history essays, whose length would have floored lesser men than Messrs. Shaw and Marshall, and his varied range of sporting achievements.
The Prefects' Room was the richer for Leigh's contributions to the conversation, contributions which often emanated from behind "The Guardian" and accompanied with occasional stabs with the core of a half-eaten apple.
His "thoroughness" was deservedly rewarded by a place at Sidney Sussex, Cambridge, and by the winning of County Major and Ford Dagenham Trust Scholarships. It is wonderful to think of a life and intellect so rich being so completely and consistently dedicated to the glory of God.
J. DARKEN. School 1961-63. School Prefect 1962-63. badminton. School Council. Science Society.
Jeff impressed as having a very good eye for recreation. He played badminton, tennis and golf regularly. In its earlier days he was -an ardent member of the 6A Science "Coffee Club" and showed considerable powers of improvisation in arranging numerous table top games-table-tennis, shove hapenny, etc., in an overcrowded Form Room.
Entering Monoux as a sixth former after five years in a Secondary Modern school he worked extremely hard academically, placing emphasis on chemistry, in which, through sheer hard work, he excelled. He often wished his results in mathematics were similar. He was never careless in his relation with people, and was easy to get along with.
We are sure hard work will bring success in his chemistry at Hull University.
J. R. A. EASEY. At School 1955-63. Prefect 1962-63. Deputy School Captain 1963. School Captain, Basketball. Whittingham House Captain. Colours - Basketball. Physics Laboratory Assistant.
It was a fitting climax to John's school career that he was appointed School Vice-Captain this year. He will be best remembered, in the Prefects' Room at any rate, for the methodical way in which he tackled any task placed in his hands. He undertook the arduous tasks of writing prefects' detention lists, making sure that members of the sixth appeared at the Headmaster's lunches, and towards the end of the term the organisation of the Tuck Shop, with a good will. Not once did he let us down. Although quiet and reserved, the success of the basketball team owes much of his leadership, and his authority as School Deputy Captain was respected by all members of the School. It was no coincidence then, that he should be appointed Physics Laboratory Assistant where his tidiness stood him in good stead. John's academic career was chequered, but he will be going to Loughborough College of Advanced Technology in September, to read Chemical Engineering, and we wish him every success there.
A. FOWLER. School 1961-63. Prefect 1962-63. Secretary, Geography Society. Morris House representative at School Council. Badminton Club. Secretary of Dancing Club.
During his short stay at Monoux, Tony has identified himself fully with the life of the school. He has studied hard (too hard) and in refusing to lose any working time for prefects' chores, a standing joke with us, gained a colourful reputation for low cunning.
We dubbed him "Fox" (by instinct) and he carried himself and his title with an assurance that has never been known to fail. Fox's great physical strength made him champion of the Prefects' Room. His peculiar victory grunt after a brief challenge was a topic for some discussion, but don't think he was aggressive. Fox kept a strident laugh for any point of humour, and was good for an occasional shaggy dog story (no straight face however). He showed only a contented face to the world, and we wish him all success studying Economics at Leeds University.
P. J. HOUGHAM. At School 1956-63. Prefect 1962-63. Capt. 2nd XI Cricket and Football. Vice-Captain gymnastics. School basket-ball. Higham House. Half-colours for football, cricket and basket ball. Full colours, gymnastics.
Hank was a good all round sportsman, excelling where agile reflexes are needed. He was always cheerful, and made many groups of people follow his cheerful manner; the innumerable coach trips with School teams on which he went were a speciality. It was because of this cheerful indifference and demeanour, like that of a rodeo cowboy, and a certain physical feature, that he was called "Hank" by all.
It is always difficult to appreciate or understand a person, but "Hank" was fond of fishing and camping, and had very little taste for philosophising-it must be the call of the outdoor life.
I am sure Higham House are indebted to his keenness in all House affairs.
Hank hopes to follow an engineering career, and in this we wish him every success.
R. A. LUDLOW. At School 1956-63. Prefect 1962-63. School 1st XI Football. Vice-Captain and Secretary School Chess Team. Secretary 2nd XI Cricket. School Athletics. Essex Junior Chess Team. A. F. A. Public School Team. Full colours, Football and Chess.
One could not help but like Roy. Possessed of an infectious sense of humour and amiable disposition he exuded good nature and genuine friendliness. In spite of this he held deep convictions on anything from capital punishment to Leyton Orient F.C.-a possible explanation for his tolerance since he knew he was defending the indefensible.
On the football field Roy more than distinguished himself, playing for the 1st XI for three seasons and gaining a place in the A.F.A. Public Schools Team. As schemer of the School attack he displayed marked maturity and consistency in his play-which is reflected in the fact that he was never, to my knowledge, "dropped". Roy's other great addiction was chess to which he devoted considerable time until the pressure of examinations dictated otherwise. Again his exceptional ability brought him representative honours-a place in the Essex Junior Chess Team-not forgetting many years with the School team.
Added to this was his distaste of bad organisation and consequent acceptance of the Secretaryship of the Football and Chess teams. Truly the School has lost a loyal member.
A. J. MOORE. At School 1956-63. Prefect 1962-63. Spivey House Captain. Editor of the Monovian. Christian Fellowship. Senior Circle. Secretary of School Council.
Although small in stature, John did not fail to leave an impression on the School. As School Prefect, he enjoyed unrivalled popularity from all sections of the School-a rare achievement indeed. Even though John studied languages, he showed a keen interest in topics outside his scope, and showed an interest in the Science Society. His minutes of the School Council exemplify his character -neat, tidy, and efficient, and in his capacity as an editor of the School magazine he worked tenaciously, always worrying people in a good humoured way for material which in most cases was very much overdue. We wish him success in his chosen career of industrial management.
J. NISBET. At School 1955-63. Prefect 1963. Secretary of Senior Circle. School 1st XI Cricket. School 2nd XI Football.
John will be best remembered in the Prefects' Room for his inherent and highly comical sarcasm together with his undoubted ability to look miserably unmoved in the most amusing of circumstances. Yet he was rarely serious, and his keen personality had a welcome effect. He was a most efficient secretary of the Senior Circle and arranged a programme of most interesting speakers. He will be better remembered, however, for his prowess on the cricket field, where his fast bowling has been the mainstay of the School 1st XI for several seasons. Unfortunately he was unable to transfer this success to football, although he made three appearances for the School 2nd XI as a tough-tackling right-back.
John worked hard at School, but unfortunately narrowly missed gaining a university place. He has instead accepted a worthy post in the "Executive Grade" of the Civil Service. A substantial consolation exists for him in the fact that he will now be better able to pursue his acquaintance with a certain Scottish lass from Woodford.
We all wish him every success in the future.
L. V. SMITH. At School 1956-63. Prefect 1962-63. School Captain of Gymnastics and Athletics. Colours for Athletics and Gymnastics. Higham House Vice-Captain.
The great feature of "V's" school career was his tremendous loyalty to School and House, especially in the fields of gymnastics and athletics. As captain of both sports he spent many hours practising, training others, and showing boundless enthusiasm, which must have inspired many to greater attainments, for the standard of both activities has improved over the year.
Even though "V" spent many hours in the gym he somehow managed to read widely in the field of mathematics, and his deep grasp of his subject left many of us mortals in the Upper Sixth maths set agog. With an intellect such as his he is assured of an exciting career at Bristol University, where he will read Mathematics.
R. D. WAIGH. School 1955-63. Prefect 1962-63. Jazz Club. Bridge Club. School Chess Team. Angling Club Chairman. Senior Circle. Allpass House Debating Team. Cricket 2nd XI. School Council. Science Society.
Roy was distinguished for his innate musical ability. He could use a piano and was proficient with clarinet and guitar, whilst he could produce an agreeable sound from any instrument he handled.
His many and varied contributions to school life were always carried out in inconspicuous fashion. Notable were his foundation of the Angling Club and his lecture on psychology to the Science Society.
Most of his time in the Prefects' Room was spent playing chess, learning from Herman and Roy and imparting his knowledge to other opponents. His modest approach and dry humour have made him popular in all parts of the School and we sincerely hope that he finds his niche at Bristol where he is to study Pharmacy.
H. WALDMANN. As School 1956-63. Prefect 1962-63. Chairman of Senior Circle. Secretary of Science Society. Dramatic Society. Captain of School Chess Team. Essex Junior Chess Team, Board 2. School Tennis Team.
Herman will be well remembered at School for his versatility. He played a prominent and successful part in many branches of school life, effectively stamping his quiet yet determined personality on the diverse positions of responsibility he held. Likeable and good-humoured, he was popular with his fellow prefects and the body of the School alike, carrying out his prefectoral duties in a cheerful and efficient manner. In addition to his other attributes Herman is a fine pianist, which was evident from his intermittent performances on the piano in the Prefects' Room, despite the limitations of that worthy yet battered instrument!
Undoubtedly Herman will be best remembered as Captain of Chess, and the School Team's success is a distinct pointer to his fine qualities of leadership. His skilful play was a constant inspiration to the Team, and he is to be congratulated on playing on Board 2 for the County Junior Team. .
In addition to these activities he worked hard at School, and his efforts were met with deserved success. He is to be congratulated on gaining a place at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, to study Medicine. We give him our sincerest wishes for every success in the future.
R. K. WESTLEY. School 1956-63. Prefect 1962-63. Allpass House Captain. Football Vice-Captain. Athletics Captain. Basketball Captain. School Basket-ball. 1st XI Football. Walthamstow Athletics. VI Form Tiddlywink Team. School Netball ViceCaptain. School Swimming. Senior Circle. Science Society. Essex County Major Award.
Roy was enthusiastic and extrovert in everything he did. His sporting accomplishments show a wide variety of skills, and his temperament will be missed from the football pitch to the "winking" room, and not least on the netball court, where he showed great sympathy for the girls who misguidedly tried to intercept his somewhat forceful passes.
In the Prefects' Room he brushed all antagonists aside both physically and mentally, for he has a fine, logical, perceptive brain, and Hank alone managed to find an answer to Roy's continuous sarcastic onslaughts.
His ebullient personality will ensure him social success whatever he does and we wish him well academically when he begins his Diploma in Technology course at Brighton College of Technology in February. Walthamstow High School will not be the same without him.