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The Maltonian - Volume 9. Issues 108 - 114
July 1956 - January 1960

No. 108 July 1956 A slim issue of 28 pages

Mr Taylor notes the delays in progress on the new extensions - the architect is being asked by the Ministry "to try to achieve the same amount of teaching space using less corridor" as a result of "the Chancellor's credit squeeze". The date for commencement of building remains unknown.

Mr Wayte is about to join the staff to teach Geography and English. Thanks are given once again to Audrey Thompson for standing in. The dramatic society had staged Sheridan's "The Critic". Mr Greaves had experimented with electronically detonated flash bombs with a range from explosive to a pop. A cast list is included.

For the first time boys are given their initials, girls their full name (as opposed to previous Surname only for boys, and initials for girls). However, this new courtesy does not extend to the sports results.

The orchestra and choir notes suggest a hint of complaint - not enough members, poor attendance at practices, more girls than boys. a "small" choir". Chess activity, in contrast, is reportedly "at fever heat" with a Chess handicap competition, won by M Wilson of Form III, with B Prest second and D Ward third. Again a note of complaint in the Scout report - "we are offered too many flimsy excuses for absence" and "the COH would like to see less rushing off for buses earlier than need be", "only 12 out of 26 attended St George's day service".

The Guides had been at camp at Coneysthorpe. The library notes comment on fewer book issues: "on average an MGS pupil read 10.74 books". I presume read equates to borrowed.

Mr Barty writes from Lancing, Sussex to tell people of life in retirement.

Prose: H Campion and H Fox - B R trip, Tyneside; Snowbound -
M Bretherick, C Sygrove (III); Birdwatcher - B Durno (I); Poetry: Patsy Laburn (V); Anne Glendenning (III); Norah Murray (I); Anne Blakeborough (III); J Lindeman (I); Mary Witty (I) The issue closes with the usual notes from the Parents guild and the OMA, updating everyone on news of former pupils

No. 109 April 1957

The editorial has a critical tone: "an almost perfect silence" from forms II to V, contributors only stemming from the first form. It notes a lack of interest in the magazine, a "failing to see any purpose in the magazine." Mr Wayte has taken over the editor role - with ambitious plans for its future. however, there are more contributions than in previous editions, and more pages!

Mr Bratt steps down from leading the Scout group. Mr Martindale also. Mr Grice stepped in temporarily, before Mr Graham finally accepted the Scoutmaster roll. Meetings move to Friday 7.30pm, instead of immediately after school. Ten of the Guides had been to Denmark in summer.

Miss Sedgewick and Mrs Thackray left, Mrs Margaret Allman arrives to teach Maths and Girls games. Tributes to the departing ladies are given.

The new building tenders are out. More technological advances - the Parents Guild have purchased an Aldis Filmstrip projector.

The Dramatic Society had performed The Admirable Crichton. A cast list and review appears. New to the school is the appearance of The Photographic society, limited to forms IV-VI.

Poetry and prose from Jennifer Smith, Mavis Thackray, Marion Lownsborough, Gillian Taylor, Anthony Smailes, Maureen Bruce/Joyce Robinson/Susan Jackson; D Marwood/M Searle, Patsy Laburn, Pamela Taylor, Elizabeth Scott, Iris Simpson, Stuart Bailey, Monica Fraser.

No. 110 December 1957

The editor welcomes an influx of material - some had to be left out. A sad report of the death from pneumonia of Mavis Buckland, a pupil. There had been an influenza epidemic in the area.

MAVIS BUCKLAND. The School was deeply shocked on October 9th to hear that Mavis Buckland had died from influenza pneumonia. To us the influenza epidemic had appeared merely a great inconvenience and the few deaths that we had read of elsewhere seemed remote and unrelated to our healthy clime. The shock was all the greater because youth and death assort so ill together.

Mavis leaves behind for us the memory of a life lived with zest and unaffected friendliness. Having freely offered that gift of companionship which was hers to give and having made others the happier for it, she cannot be thought to have lived in vain. We have prayed in School that her parents and sister may be given strength at this time to meet their sorrow.

Mr Fayers left for a school in Bedfordshire.

The library is beginning to move - books stored in the sick room and on lab benches. Due to move in to the old hall. The old "ice-cream room", once part of the boys toilets, is due to become the Library office. The old stage has been dismantled - built over 20 years previously by Jack Spiegelhalter. A moveable structure. The outside stage remains, but the audience would have to pitch in a sea of mud while building work is in progress. Tennis was also disrupted - the Malton Club lent the school four courts for use while the extensions were being built.

The orchestra and choir continued, initially under Mr Bonner, and then under Mr Eric Horsley. The orchestra did not perform at the speech day this year, partly due to the flu epidemic. The choir did, and also entered the Eskdale festival. Mr Taylor pleads once again for more recruits.

The Photographic society continued, and Mr Withers, Head of Malton Senior School, had given a slide show and talk on Norway. The Scouts had joined with Norton Troop for a camp at Dowthwaite. P Rynehart (IV) reports. Three Guides had attended the World Camp at Windsor - Susan Jackson, Anne Fletcher and Margaret Cryer. Anne gives a report.

Prose and verse: Brienz, Switzerland - Michael Searle and Gillian Taylor; Spain - Patsy Laburn (VIU); Fox Hunting - Faith Webster (Va); Elizabeth Crowther (III); Nancy James (II); K Robinson (I); F Rynehart (I); Ann Walker (I). And a lino-cut by J D Thomas (Vb)

No.111 July 1958

"The school extensions grow visibly before our eyes" but "disappointingly slow". September will bring the school's first two-form entry. The plans for the school were for an eventual intake of 400.

Mr Lawley arrives (Art). Mr Arveschoug departs for Swaffham. Mrs Wade, Mrs Allman depart with their husbands' moving jobs. The Girls continued their games for a term unsupervised. Miss Rita Simpson is due to arrive for Maths, Mr Reed for Biology. Mr Wayte departs, Mr D J Lloyd arrives - following a student teaching period at the school previously.

Library notes include a list of OMA War Memorial Books. The orchestra is at a low ebb, and is about to fold.

Prose and verse: Maureen Bruce (VB); T McManners (VI); Nancy James (II); Gillian Taylor (VIU); Linda Foster (II); J R House (VIL); Robinson (IV); L A Firth (UVI); Davina Kirk (VIL).

No.112 December 1958

Arthur Firth became the first Maltonian to a State Scholarship on the results of GCE.

A new heading appears - "Autumn Commentary". It rounds up events in the term. Written anonymously. Salvete and Valete sections list the new arrivals and the departures of the year -a feature not present in the magazine for some time. The Speech Day report welcomes the opening of "a splendidly equipped Secondary Modern School".

The new library was to have been fitted over the summer vacation: it was not. Due "in the near future". Sports reports for the football team include a match by match summary in this issue.

The customary trip reports include London, the North Riding (a coach tour), talks by Ludwig Koch (ornithology), Dr Fuchs (Antartica), and Monsieur Rossol (guitar and folk songs).

A page of cartoons - "Life of a schoolboy" - is included.

School Societies is a new section: reports on the Sixth Form Society, Field Club, Dramatic Society, Photographic Society, Chess Club, Guides, Scouts. 18 pages of poetry and prose. Parents Guild report.

OMA news includes a letter from Alison Watt, daughter of Mr Watt, informing people of her mothers' death in July 1958.

No.113 June 1959

An issue with printing errors, hurriedly published to avoid "the printers' dispute".

The editorial is once again a spritely offering, and a Spring Commentary follows. The new buildings are welcomed - "The laboratories and the staff rooms, with their panoramic view across the Vale of Pickering, are loudly acclaimed, even if they do lack the homely character of their predecessors. The stairs, however, by which they are approached, are a new feature in the school, and already the Science master is complaining of a little stiffness in the knees." There is a page noting the school officials.

The "greater part of our extensions" are occupied, but the library alterations and conversion of the old lab into a Biology lab are not yet complete. The new woodwork room is half built. School dinners have moved to the new dining hall. Serviettes and flowers are in use.

The sports reports continue to be detailed, as do the Societies pages. As You Like It is being rehearsed for performance at the end of term. Trips included 5 days on the Pennines with Mr Lloyd in the Easter holidays; Levisham; Askham Bryan; Macbeth at St Johns; 1st Form outing on a North Riding coach trip; Roman Malton. Nine dances are reported, with more to come. Fundraising in part increased the number.

A new section, "Correspondence", has a number of forthright views being expressed, presumably to Mr Taylor, on aspects of school life. In support of part-time work (and pay) for pupils - something Mr Taylor had spoken against in a Speech Day message, too much fund raising, protests at the wearing of serviettes at dinner, an angry junior complaining about having to do all the work in school. The serviette letter is brief and worthy of repeating here, for its indignation:

Dear Sir
At the end of last term it was announced that we had to use serviettes at dinner. Surely we are now capable of eating a meal without being draped with a yard of white linen. Boys of course should wear them, because hardly a day passes without half their dinners disappearing down their jackets; but why, oh why, have we girls also to endure them?

Yours faithfully,

Some quite lengthy prose offerings are included, followed by a number of pages of poetry.

The edition closes with a brief note from DJL (Mr Lloyd), thanking the unsung heroes who put so much effort into making the magazine a success - Howard Fox and Davina Kirk.

No.114 January 1960 64 pages

September 17th 1959, marked the officially the start of a new era in our history of whose approach we have long been aware. On that day Sir William Worsley, Chairman of the Boards of Governors of both our School and the new County Modern School, speaking in the County Modern School hall to an audience representative of both schools, declared our extensions open." A programme is available.

Commentary notes some excellent exam results "highly satisfactory". The buildings have of course changed - "the Biology laboratory, with lowered windows, basks in unaccustomed sunshine. " A look at old pictures of the lab will show what is meant by this: The old masters room becomes a prefects room [now the Careers library], the old prefects room becomes a tuck shop. The only complaint against the new hall and stage is "Bubble Trouble" - the boiler house is sited under the stage, causing some interesting moments in performances! The old gym is "a heap of planks at the foot of the field"

The timetable changes to an 8 period day 5 x 40 minutes, 3 x 35. To allow the middle school to take all three sciences, and more time for RI, Art and Latin.

Selection of prefects is no longer automatic, presumably due to larger numbers being available. They have a new electric kettle. And there are prefects and "sub-prefects".

Mr Whiteley (Physics) and Mrs Jennings (English) have arrived. Miss Goldberg is seriously ill. Miss Roe departed in December. Speech Day for the first time was held on the school premises, in the new hall.

"Excursions" includes reports on France, (PL JOC, FKS); Austria (M Bretherick); High Mowthorpe (G Milner); Christian conference (H Watson); and L'Avare in York (E Barker). The Sixth Form society continues to argue, and the Dramatic society is back in business with 3 productions. The Little Man by Form II. As You Like It on the open stage, and a Christmas double bill of The Countess Cathleen and The Fish. Chess, Photography, Field Club continue. So do Guides, but no mention of scouts. The choir has shrunk to 14 girls, and no permanent music teacher (Heather Watson, Mary Witty, Elizabeth Hanson, Joan Lindeman, Margaret atriffit, Anne McKellar, Wendy Rowntree, Jennifer Taylor, Andrea Skinner, Ellen Skelton, Jennifer Hopper, Jennifer Bradley, Susan Coulthard, Sandra Staples sang at the Speech Day).

At last the library alterations are complete. Private study booths installed, four newspapers and magazines on " a magnificent wooden stand". School dances have move from the "intimate atmosphere" of the prefab, to the new Hall - with success. The polished floor is a great boon tot he more accomplished dancers. Mr Martindale continues to give dance lessons - with two boys attending for every girl, a reflection of the growing proportion of boys in the upper school. 8 dances in the term, and The Young Beaglers Dance at Bowers is mentioned. "Miss Witty rocked but Miss Westmoreland would neither rock nor roll".

Correspondence appears once again: the problem of having a younger brother, and an older brother, the poor body strength of prefects, the dining system, and a Shavian alphabet.

Reports on a Holiday in France, Strawberry Jam, Driving test; and four pages of verse. Parents Guild.

OMA notes congratulate Vic Wilson who has been appointed Captain of Yorkshire CC. Mr Rolls offers a MGS cricket 11 over the years:

  • Vic Wilson (captain)
  • David Freer (right hand bat and wicketkeeper)
  • Mark Lupton (right hand batsman)
  • Robin Grice (Left hand batsman)
  • Stan Grice (left hand batsman)
  • Bruce Rolls (left hand batsman and off-spinner)
  • Marcus Mason (opening bowler and right hand batsman)
  • Steve Megginson (off-spin bowler and forcing left-hand bat)
  • Harry Craven (left arm bowler and batsman)
  • Colin Bramley (right arm leg-breaker and batsman)
  • Peter Laverack (opening bowler)

(The selector omits himself - ie Bruce Rolls senior, yet has a good claim for a place in the side as a former pupil).