A few short years ago, the Governors, the parents, the staff and the boys of the School put in enormous efforts to raise money to build one of the finest swimming pools in any Dorset school. When it was built, it was even coupled up to the Science Block heating system. Last year more time and efforts were put into the erection of a pair of changing rooms.
Yet somehow we have all almost forgotten our pool and our efforts. We then did more than three-quarters of an enormous undertaking - and stopped. And because we stopped, we have wasted most of our time and effort to date. Because we stopped, in many ways we might well have not started. Because we stopped, our exposed pool can be used for only a few weeks of the year. Since last Christmas, the weather has allowed us to use the pool for the last five weeks of the summer term only. The only people who have been in the water this term were a few C.C.F. Army Section cadets practising for a survival swimming test in 54°F.
Obviously when the future of the School is masked by clouds, there must be hesitation in considering capital expenditure. But a fence around the pool to cut out the wind, and a floating cover to stop heat-loss overnight should be easily arranged by people who managed so much. On the other hand, why should we be half-hearted? There will be generations of children coming to our site in the future, whatever happens. The sooner that pool is roofed, as it must be one day, the sooner everyone benefits - not only the School but many clubs and societies in Dorchester too. As it is, we have a pool that we virtually cannot use; as it stands there, the sockets for roof-pillars, concealed under the flagstones round the edge, are waiting for those pillars they were built to receive. Why don't we complete the job?
In some ways the past year seemed to be a very quiet one. Everybody gave a firm impression of getting down to the job in hand; it is hard to tell whether this was due to the introduction, in a first phase, of the new House system, whereby House Tutors make it their concern to get to know each boy in the School. At any rate, nothing but good can come from a closer relationship between staff and boys. The example set by Robert White, the Head of School, must have been another important factor. The House has been further developed this term, for administration purposes, as a replacement for the Form; a note explaining its merits appears later in this issue.
There was, however, some disruption to the Modern Languages Department when Mr. GOODSON, after five years at the School, left at Christmas to take up an appointment as Head of Modern Languages in a large comprehensive school in Essex. For two terms the Department had to "make do and mend" with a variety of part-time help. Unfortunately, as a result of Mr. Goodson's departure, Spanish has now disappeared from the curriculum.
The only other staff change was occasioned by the retirement in July of Lt.-Col. J. H. FAULKNER who had been with us for 14 years. Though his teaching had been confined entirely to Wollaston House, very nearly all the boys who came to the School during this period passed through his hands, and so he can claim to have helped to mould their characters at a very formative period. We thank him for his service to the School and wish him well in retirement.
At the end of August, Mr. TIPPER was struck by a somewhat mysterious illness which has kept him away from School at the beginning of this term. We hope to see him back in harness, and in good form, very soon. In the meantime, we have been fortunate to have the part-time services of Mr. P. F. SURMAN, B.Sc. (Hons. London), a retired headmaster, and Lt.-Cdr. M. FORDER, R.N. (retd.).
We welcome two new members of staff: Mr. A. T. KING, B.A. (London), who was educated at Raynes Park Grammar School and Goldsmiths' College, London, where he took French, German and Russian for his B.A. degree. He replaces Mr. Goodson. Mr. W. A. P. VEKIC, B.Sc. (London) who was educated at Laurence Sheriff School, Rugby, and Cambridge College of Arts and Technology. He spent a year at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and the University Department of Education. He replaces Lt.-Col. Faulkner, and teaches Geography and Geology.
We have said bienvenu a Dorchester to M. Pierre MONTE and Herr Thomas KWELLA, our language assistants. The former comes from Cerisy-la-Foret, Manche, and studies at Caen University, while Herr Kwella, a native of Kehl, is a student at Freiburg University.
The School has been prominent in its various activities, most of which have been recorded elsewhere in this issue. But a new success was achieved at the beginning of this term which deserves special mention. This was the winning of the Harker Curtis Shield in the Dorset 7-a-side Rugby Football Competition. The Senior team beat Canford in the finals. Our congratulations go to those who took part in this success, which involved very considerable practice out of school hours and in the holidays:- J. R. Carlton, S. P. Litster, J. Whiteley, P. W. Wolf, J. F. Morrison, N. C. Mills and D. R. Lunn.
Mr. E. J. WINPENNY to Miss Judith Ellen HALL at Piddletrenthide, April, 1972. Very soon after the wedding Mrs. Winpenny was taken seriously ill and has spent a long time in hospital. We wish her a speedy and complete recovery.
To Mr. and Mrs. J. R. POPE, an adopted son, Richard Gareth, August, 1971. To Mr. and Mrs. G. RYALL, a second daughter, Tessa, January 8th, 1972.
To Mr. and Mrs. J. B. HAWTHORNE, a second daughter, Elizabeth Lucinda, September 19th, 1972. To Mr. and Mrs. B. E. LAWRENCE, a son, Richard David.
His former colleagues offer Mr. Bernard LEE their deep sympathy in the passing of his wife, Kathleen, July, 1972.
We record, with deep sorrow, the very sudden death of Mr. Ralph BROWN, Assistant Groundsman, on Sunday, October 8th, 1972, and express our condolences to his family in their bereavement.
After a lapse of some six years, responsibility for the durnovarian reverts to the English Department. The number of boys in the School in September. 1972 stands at a record 593.
In schools, however, the word has a different connotation. To boarders the image will vary according to the vicissitudes of fortune, but will almost certainly include a fire-escape, a dining room which smells faintly (or strongly) of H.P. sauce, and a dormitory containing beds whose sagging springs denote that they have long since given up the unequal contest with generations of exuberant youth.
To day boys and boarders alike, however, the word will increasingly take on a more personal meaning. Here again chance plays no inconsiderable part, but to everyone associated with a House the basic element is always human, semi-human or even occasionally sub-human. Boys of various ages and dimensions inevitably come to mind, as do housemasters and house tutors - school masters of varying degrees of energetic enthusiasm, peculiar interests and idiosyncrasies, or sometimes just plain senility, which is usually referred to in educational parlance as "experience".
The House system has been in operation for day boys at Hardye's for many years, but its impact has until recently been restricted to competitive games of one sort of another, with occasional end of term festivities. The administrative focus was the form, with a form master, who kept a number of registers and dog eared lists which kept falling from his mark book. The drawback of this traditional system was that far too much depended for the boys upon their luck. Many were never taught by their form master and so only saw him at morning Call-Over, never got to know him or to be known by him except by name or as a number on a list, and so drifted through their schooling unknown and undetected.
Last year, therefore, after lengthy and at times tedious discussion the staff decided upon a two-year operation which it is hoped will gradually transform the school careers of the boys. The Houses were reorganised and a new House created in order to reduce the number of boys in each to manageable proportions and to achieve numerical parity between them. Thereby each of the five Houses now consists of 75 boys of all ages from 13 to 18 (15of each age group). These are divided into three groups of 25 (five of each age group) with a House Tutor or Assistant Housemaster responsible.
Thus each House has a Housemaster and three House Tutors whose business it is to see, as far as they can, that every boy in the House, and Tutorial Group, gets the best from what the School has to offer. Every boy will, therefore, have at least two members of staff, who have a special interest in his welfare and to whom he can always turn for help when the need arises.
While the Form still exists as a convenient name for the various stages of scholastic progress throughout the seven years at Hardye's, there is now no longer a Form Master. His place has been taken by the House Tutor who now becomes the administrative lynch-pin of the daily routine. It is hoped that as time goes on, he will become much more than this and that he will be able to give practical help and guidance which the Form Master of old could never achieve for lack of that necessary mutual confidence which grows from year to year.
The change of any basic system is bound to be fraught with unforeseen growing pains but at the time of writing it would seem that these have been minimal, and that the School has settled to the change with surprisingly little fuss. This is due in large measure to careful planning by Housemasters and House Tutors, and to the wholehearted co-operation and assistance given by House Prefects, without whom the system could not begin to succeed, and to whom it gives an invaluable opportunity of learning at first-hand something of the complexities of human relationship which must inevitably arise when 75 people of differing ages, abilities and personalities are perforce called into an association, upon which they must depend for almost every aspect of their daily lives.
OLD HARDYEANS' CLUB
NEWS OF OLD HARDYEANS
Mike DAVIES to Miss Carol PALMER at Moreton.
Peter DAWE to Miss Janet WATSON at Chesterfield.
Richard DOYLAND to Miss Jillian BOWERS at Broadwey.
Robin FITZPATRICK to Miss Susan PARKER at Fordington.
Jeremy HALL to Miss Caroline HAYWARD.
Peter HIGGINS to Miss Rosemary TROTT at Radipole.
Anthony JEFFERIES to Miss Jennifer UPTON at Wyke Regis.
Michael LONG to Miss Sandra HOLBROOK at Fordington.
Richard LUTHER to Miss Gaynor SHELDON.
Alan POTTER to Miss Christine BROWN at Dorchester.
Roger PRIDEAUX to Miss Shirley KELLAWAY at Affpuddle.
Frank SOUTHERINGTON to Miss Theresa Ann KOOGLER in Virginia, U.S.A.
Christopher THORNE to Miss Diane PATTERSON at Wyke Regis.
The BATSTONES are still going strong. Gifford is at Bristol Royal Infimary, while Eric is sampling yet another University: he is now a Research Fellow in the Industrial Relations Unit at Warwick University.
Gwilym BECKERLEGGE, during the year, has got himself married and completed his Dip. Ed. year at Oxford. Apparently he did not enjoy his contacts with Educational theory as "it appears to be rather too far removed from educational realities". But he enjoyed his teaching practice. He is now on his way to Lancaster University to read for an MA. degree in Religious Studies.
Peter BUGG has been priest-in-charge of St. Nicholas, Kalulushi, and Senior Extension Adviser to Kalulushi Farm College, Zambia. He has now been appointed priest-in-charge of Brill with Boarstall, Aylesbury, Bucks.
Tony CHEW passed the Intermediate examination of the Institute of Chartered Accountants last May.
Daniel DARGUE, with an Honours Degree in Modern and Classical Arabic of London University, was finding jobs hard to get without professional training. This was last October. He was then training to becoming a Systems Analyst or Programmer on computers and hoping that his linguistic background would enable him to gain work on the Continent or in the Middle East. We wish him every success; not many of us know much about computers - and as for Arabic...!
Richard DOBSON writes as interestingly as ever from Toronto where he finds life astonishingly full. He was recently elected director of an association that is involved in motor racing and has been working on a number of television programmes dealing with the sport and the work of the association.
Steve DOLBY is the subject of a separate article in the body of this issue, describing the affliction which has befallen him and the fortitude with which he is meeting the challenge.
John FARWELL. Soon after the publication of the last issue of the Durnovarian John visited the School. He assures us of many things: he is not married; he does not know Elsie or her daughter who live with a namesake of his in Toronto. He was on leave from Uganda at the time. We hope that the present upheavals in that unhappy country have allowed him to continue with his hospital work. (Our apologies and best wishes to John and Elsie Farwell and daughter).
Tony FIRSHMAN is now working in Ford's Central Office in overall control of Truck Programme Timing and is also Press Officer for Brentwood Arts Council. He finds time, as well, to sing with the L.S.O. Chorus.
Martin GARNER, now a proud father of four, has moved from Cambridge to Liverpool where he was instituted as the Vicar of St. Nathaniel's, Windsor. West Derby, on 9th June. He says he will have plenty of room for his family in a vicarage with 14 rooms, and cellars - where he proposes to grow mushrooms!
The GASTERS. John's status and employment seem unchanged: married with two daughters, and working at the Bank of England. Paul, who is working for the Metal Box Company, is getting married soon, while Christopher is now on the staff of the Atomic Energy Establishment at Capenhurst, near Chester.
Christopher GREEN, for the sixth successive year, has spent his summer holidays digging with his team of 35 helpers and continuing his investigation of the Romano-British cemetery alongside the Poundbury entrenchment on the outskirts of Dorchester. Such persistence, if he were working in Wales, would surely earn him the title "Chris the Cemetery".
Jeffrey HALLETT, on completion of a 6-1/2-year course, qualified as a doctor at Oxford last December, with the degrees of B.M., B.Ch. (Oxon). He is now at University College Hospital, London, completing a pre-registration year.
John HARGREAVES, B.D.S., L.D.S., R.C.S. writes to bring us up to date with his movements. He is now a Surgeon-Lieutenant (Dental Branch), Royal Navy. After service in H.M.S. Eagle from September 1970 to April 1972 he moved on to H.M.S. Ganges, Ipswich. His letter filled in some details which Paul Chaplin had omitted during a visit to School. Chaplin and Stuart James had also served with Hargreaves in H.M.S. Eagle on her last tour in the Far East, Stuart having joined her at Wellington, New Zealand. Paul returned to Yeovilton to fly Phantoms in January, while Stuart is serving on H.M.S. Salverton on fishery protection.
Rev. Phillip HEWETT, Minister of the Unitarian Church in Vancouver, British Columbia for the past 16 years, paid a flying visit to see his father in August. A graduate of both Oxford and Harvard Universities, he has gained international acclaim as a theologian; on this visit to Europe he had penetrated deep behind the Iron Curtain on a fact-finding mission concerning the history of the Unitarian faith, and had been a delegate at the world congress of the International Association for Religious Freedom which was held at Heidelberg.
Brian HOLLAND has taken up an appointment in the Engineer's Department of Stevenage U.D.C.
Colin LUCAS has joined Achesons, the local firm of insurance brokers. The firm will now be called Acheson, Lucas & Co.
Richard LUTHER is a curate at St. Ann's Church, Radipole. After graduating in Theology, he spent a year at the Mayflower Family Centre in London's East End and did a year's teaching in Wolverhampton before returning to Bristol to finish his training. His first curacy, after ordination in 1968, was in Preston, Lancashire; this was followed by a year spent on a housing estate in Bristol and a temporary curacy at Bath. He was married in July and we wish him and his wife, Gaynor, every happiness in Radipole.
George LOCK, Mayor of Dover at the time of the Old Hardyeans' Annual Dinner in April, expressed much disappointment at the development of Dorchester, with particular reference to the appearence of South Street, He clearly does not believe that change is necessarily an improvement; he is almost certainly right.
Archie McCULLOCH is still working with I.C.I. (Mond Division) at Runcorn and gets away from it to his home in Northwich. His brother Jamie, on graduating from Lancaster University is now in the Town Planning Department of Coventry Corporation.
Rodney MIDDLE, with his wife Pat, has opened a new sports shop in Weymouth. This will be a very considerable change from his previous occupation as chief accountant in a diamond mine in Tanzania. The advertisment feature in the local press stated that "his wife will run the shop for him". What will Rodney be doing? Whatever it is, we wish them every success in this new venture, in which, we are sure, he would welcome the support of the Old Hardyeans.
R. C. (Richard?) MILLET called at the School during the summer term, and found that the staff he knew are now reduced to two. He is working with Qantas Airlines at Sydney in the Engineering Training Department. He was impressed with the changes which have taken place at the School, but not with the English summer.
Two O.H.'s in the R.A.F. - Alan Peter MILES, who left school in 1956 and went on to Birmingham University and a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, joined the R.A.F. in October 1971. He was commissioned in the Engineering Branch with the rank of Flight-Lieutenant on completing his training at the O.C. T.U., Helow.
Godfrey MOFFATT, of much the same vintage, has been promoted Squadron Leader and is stationed at Strike Command H.Q. at Doncaster. During his 16 years, service he has spent some time in Coastal Command and taken part in air tanker refuelling flights.
Tony (A. R. J.) PITCHER left school for Welbeck quite a few years ago and, via R.M.A. Sandhurst, joined the R.E.M.E. and gained a B.Sc. degree at the Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham. On resigning from the Army he took up teaching and about two years ago decided to go back to University. He gained his M.Sc. degree at Reading University after studying Tribology (which, we are assured, has something to do with friction). He now holds a post as lecturer at Luton College of Technology and lives at Stevenage, where his wife teaches Chemistry at the Grammar School.
James R. PHILLIPS, who left a year ago when his father moved to Dounreay Atomic Energy Establishment, has had conspicuous success in the North of Scotland. He entered Thurso High School, Caithness (comprehensive: 1100 pupils) where he became a member of the 1st XV, President of the school Debating Society and joint Editor of the school magazine. He has done well on the academic side too, being awarded the Dux Prize (a gold medal) for English this summer. The usual requirement of a Scottish University is four higher grade passes (S.C.E. Higher Grade). James passed with very good grades in English, History, French and Economics, and has been accepted by Edinburgh University for combined Modern History and Politics, starting in October.
Alan POTTER has qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology, on the passing of the final examination of the Institute. His present senior appointment is with the Department of Technology at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital. Winchester. His wife, Christine, is working at the same hospital as a staff nurse.
Royston PRITCHARD has distinguished himself in the Dorset and Bournemouth Constabulary during the past two years. On completing his course at Poole College he won the 'Best Cadet Student of the year' award, at the end of the summer term 1972. and he has now won the Constabulary's 'Cadet of the Year' Trophy. Royston's outstanding qualities as an all-rounder contributed to these successes. He captains the cadet football teams, and was an assistant leader of one of the Constabulary's cadet teams in this year's Dartmoor Ten Tors expedition. Earlier in the year at a camp held in Montgomeryshire by the Kent Constabulary for all Southern Forces he was declared the outstanding cadet of the camp. Royston seems destined to go very far in the Force.
Ian PURSEGLOVE, continuing his musical successes, has had his first full-scale composition for orchestra and choir commissioned by Queen Elizabeth's School. Wimborne, and performed in Wimborne Minster by the Wessex Sinfonia. The work, entitled "Nocturne"" with words taken from the Merchant of Venice for the choral part, took Ian two months to write.
Richard ROOKS, after gaining an upper second B.Sc. in Engineering at Liverpool University, is now working with B.A.C. in Bristol on satellite design.
Peter SEDGWICK, Squadron Leader R.A.F.. just before Christmas received the top trophy for graduate test pilots at the McKenna dinner held at the Aeroplane and Armament Establishment. Boscombe Down. The trophy is awarded to the student who passes out top of the fixed wing course at the Empire Test Pilots' School. He also shared in the Hawker Hunter Trophy for the best preview report. Peter has certainly gone about things the right way: from School he went to Southampton University where he graduated with honours in Mechanical Engineering. He joined the R.A.F. soon afterwards and gained his wings. With an engineering degree he is no mere "driver" of a plane. He is now stationed at the R.A.E. Farnborough.
John SNELLING, a month ago, as the strong man of the British Archery Team, was being tipped as a medal winner at the Munich Olympics. He was not successful but we sincerely and proudly congratulate him on being chosen to represent Britain. John and his wife, Jane, are qualified archery coaches and have won numerous cups and medals. They have one daughter and live near Loughborough, Leics. We look forward to better success for our sole Old Hardyean Olympian at Montreal in four years' time.
Simon SMITH is at College of Law, Chancery Lane, on secondment from R.A.F. College, Cranwell.
Derry THOMPSON is making a name for himself in the installation and overhaul of church organs. He has done a great deal of work in this field locally and next year hopes to install the organ bequeathed to the Dorset County Museum by the late Sir David Williams of Bridehead.
Graham WHITE is working as Air Traffic Controller at the Traffic Control Centre, West Drayton, on the "Mediator" computer-controlled radar system for controlling aircraft over the whole of England and Wales.
Simon WINCHESTER is to be warmly congratulated on gaining the Journalist of the Year Award, largely for his work in Northern Ireland as the "Guardian" correspondent. "Winch" who is now nearly 28 came into journalism "late in life", as he left school for Oxford where he graduated with honours in Geology. This was followed by some mining experience in Uganda, and so he can hardly have been in journalism for as long as five years. This is good going.