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The Maltonian - Volume 11. Issues 121 - 126
September 1966 - July 1971

General notes.  Magazines by now are produced annually in September, though the last issue (126) is obviously a July edition. The magazines remain at  around 90 -120 pages, and continue to be supported by adverts - as the early magazines used to do. Mr Lucas has taken over from Mr Lloyd, but the style of the magazine remains similar. Once again, the individual copies have been bound together with their blue covers in this volume, apart from the last issue which has a white cover - ; it had a black border in its single form, in the style of a funeral notice.

September 1966 No. 121 122 pages.

Mr Taylor writes about the impending change to Comprehensive Education. "Any educational arrangement which emphasises division rather than unity inside so small a population is bound to be bad, not only educationally but socially also". He proposes the "Leicester model", with Malton County Modern and Norton County Secondary becoming Junior Comprehensives, and the Grammar School becoming a Senior High - taking academic children by choice from both schools at the age of 13 or 14. (At that time, 14 was the minimum school leaving age.

A number of other letters about how the schools should function under Comprehensive education are included. These are from E C Hanson (Head of Malton County Modern), Christina McBeath (Malton Urban Council), G C Howden (Head of Norton), Molly Skelton (Staff), D Pay (staff) - "A Malton Comprehensive School is completely unworkable. The distance apart is too great", and Michael Bogue (6th form). (The full text of all these notes and letters is available on another page)

Miss Uruski departed - yet another short stay by a female PE teacher - to marry and move to Durham.  Miss Sheila Fricker replaces her.

The Sports Day was moved forward to Wednesday 11 May, "to allow outstanding athletes to practice for external events."  Alan Hughes raised the high jump record to 5'8", and was Victor Ludorem, Wendy Rowntree was Victrix.  Other sports are covered in the usual detail.

The Dramatic Society had not performed in the previous year, but this year put on a review for the first time, in December 1965 - "A Christmas Carve Up".  A series of "two dozen separate sketches" woven together by a compere, Richard Young. The details, such as they were reported, are given below.

A Christmas Carve Up

A review performed in December 1965

  • Fight Fiercely Malton Chorus
  • Compere Richard Young
  • Mr Taylor impersonation Allen Grice
  • Goliath of Gath (song) Philip Lonsdale
  • Ancient Briton, Malton policeman, beer-drinking tenor, soap-box parson Philip Lonsdale
  • Diverse parts Geoffrey Foster, Michael Bogue
  • Frankie and Johnny, Gang Show, I hear singing, Gojo type dancing, A Man's Castle (one act play), Speech Day Speech, TV adverts (unnatural break) Various un-named performers
  • This is your life Christopher Taylor
  • Piano Mr Taylor
  • P J Proby David Pay

A Mock election was held - two days prior to the General Election - on 29 March 1965. The results were:

  • Richard Young - LABOUR -60 votes
  • Philip Lonsdale - CONSERVATIVE - 31 votes
  • Michael Bogue - INDEPENDENT LIBERAL - 30 votes
  • Clive Duggleby - RADICAL REFORM - 5 votes

Sports pavilion Malton Grammar School There is a photograph of the old cricket pavilion - which used to be on top of East Wing changing rooms. Constructed by the caretaker and students.

Marion Lowe gives a report on Dr Barnado's 1866-1966, and a report on a visit to a Barnado's home - the official school charity which the school had raised money for over the years. The school had also raised £250 to train a guide dog for the blind - and Christine Cook of 4B is interviewed about the fundraising activities.

School outings visited Whitby Grammar School (the Student Christian Movement), Pickering and Helmsley castles, York Minster, the Guildhall, Burton Agnes Hall, Faustus in Hull, Les Femmes Savantes at Scarborough High School, Malham (drowned rats and a broken down minibus), the Wolds, Moors, Forge valley and Vale of Pickering (all Geography fieldwork), Horsley and Dawson Printers in Driffield - where the Maltonian was printed, Mallyan Spout, Goathland, Rothwell Colliery - where some crawled along a 2'8" seam, High Mowthorpe experimental farm, and Belgium (38 pupils with Mr and Mrs Bower and Miss Blake.

School dances continue, but were becoming more Junior affairs.  Mr Martindale continues to offer dance tuition. Mal Dymon and the Tycoons were booked for one dance.

Various articles and poems are included, including an obscure advertisement for School Punishment Canes - 96/- per dozen for a 36" selected straight, half inch diameter.

There are a couple of pages of amusing "exam howlers"

Mr Rolls offers some memories of "MGS in the Twenties". He notes that "the range of interest and ability was wider then, from County Minor and Governors scholars on the one hand to the dimmest of the Fee Payers on the other. There really was no Sixth Form, though there was a preparatory form of little boys and girls. A number of other memories are offered.

A questionnaire on driving is reported on. 13 staff possess either motor-cycle or car driving licences, only one has neither. "All but three of the drivers have taken a driving test, at an average of 1.44 times per person. 23 Sixth formers possess licences (14 provisional). Safety belts are being discussed (soon to be enforced), and severer penalties for drunken driving.

No.122 September 1967

The editorial starts with a report on School Mags - a study of 60 Secondary School Magazines, including the Maltonian. "between 3-4 million copies of school magazines printed and distributed in the secondary schools of Britain - £1 million spent. "The majority ... appear stale, sterile, inexpressive of the fine spirit of the school beyond the bare facts of achievements and are almost barren of  energy, perception and artistic merit." The only change made as a result of the general criticism is a reduction in size, to 78 pages.

Miss Fricker is still here for a second year - the first female PE teacher to do so for six years. Exam results were good. Nainotlam, "a light-hearted magazine" had been launched in December 1966 and published monthly, selling around 250 copies a month at 3d per issue. Produced by the lower Sixth, typed by Mr Pay and Mrs Emmerson. The first copy had six sides, later in the year it had risen to 13 sides. Regular features include a crossword, gossip column, letters page, politics page, and a Junior page, plus cartoons. "The best of Nainotlam " appears over a few pages, including a verse on Minis (mini-skirts) by Mr Martindale, and a response from C.B. and H.R.

Heather Richardson

A picture of Heather Richardson painting outside St Michael's church is included, though there doesn't appear to be an article to accompany the photo, which was taken by the Yorkshire Evening Press.

Graham Pickard, a 12-year old pupil, had died tragically, and a brief tribute is included.

CSE results in Maths appear for the first time, for 17 students.

Alan Hughes high jump

Sports results and reports appear in the usual copious detail. There is a fine picture of Alan Hughes, courtesy of the Evening Press, who has extended the high-jump record to 5'10". A close-run sports day saw Fitzwilliam triumphing over Willoughby.  Keith Wiggle beat the 440 yards record with 71.1 seconds. Alan Hughes and Lindsay Donnell were Victor and Victrix Ludorem.

The Sixth Form society debated Racialism, and the Existence of God; a Philatelic Society formed and held a stamp auction, and an exhibition. The Printing Club entered its second year. Staff Room and Prefect Notes are the usual obscure relations. The Lyke Wake Walk  had been undertaken by 44 senior pupils and staff in on Thursday, 29 June.  Don Low gives a comparison between MGS and public school (Glenalmond), as does Elizabeth Lacey.

In the Old Maltonian section, Rosemary Taylor reports on a visit to Poland, and Petronella Robertson on VSO teaching in Tanzania.

No.123 September 1968 92 pages

The fifth Maltonian under Mr Lucas's editorialship. It is becoming more difficult for him to produce, having also become involved with Nainotlam, and he is looking to hand over the reins to someone else.

Commentary: A level results had been disappointing, while the O levels were the best in the history of the school. There had been an upsurge of activity in new and old societies. The official school charity became Shelter, after many years of supporting Dr Barnados. Dances reached new highs with the "Flower Power" dance, and the Valentines dance. Christmas week had greeted Bill Boozy and his Balaclava Beat Band.

Headmaster's notes concentrate on re-organisation plans. The Authority plan is for amalgamation with the County Modern to form Malton School for pupils from the North Riding Catchment area. East Riding pupils will be admitted to the Sixth Form. "The public meeting was not very fiery, most people judging, I imagine, that the proposed plan is in the circumstances sensible and feasible, and that indeed it offers many educational opportunities." No date was yet fixed for implementation.

Mr Bower had left in Summer for a Senior Modern Languages post at Cheltenham. Mr Alex Joannidis arrives as Head of English - the joint post of Head of English and History held by Mr Rolls having been separated, and Mr Rolls retaining the History brief. Mr Joannidis is trilingual, speaking English French and Greek with equal fluency. There are hopes that his interest in drama will revitalise activity in this area. Miss Helen Barry also arrives, to teach French and hopefully exploit the "new" methods of audio-visual techniques. Mr Don Childs arrives for a year on an exchange with Miss Blake - from Harrisburg, Nebraska, USA. French assistante Mlle Tible departs. Mlle Daniele Niot from Amiens replaces her.

Sports Day saw Carlisle win, with Andrew Hornett and Wendy Johnson being the Victor and Victrix. The first school Swimming Gala took place, with the entire school going to the baths to support.

Rotary kidnapping

Shelter benefitted from fundraising activities - a photo of the Rotary Club president being kidnapped is included, with members paying £5/10/0 for his release.  The Printing Club received a printing press from Mr Grice. It printed Christmas Cards, letter heads, tickets, and Nainotlam.

The library was to expand during the summer holidays of 1968, a further area being added by means of a doorway through to what had served as the Tuck Shop.

Staff room notes are replaced by Staff Room gossip, under Miss Fricker's pen. Smoking habits, and sugar in tea are the level of this gossip, along with plans for a Pennine Way walk. The Prefect's Room continues to have notes.

School dances were causing discussion - regarding the balance between "retrogressive music" and "progressive pop".  The lower Sixth had organised a "discotheque type" dance.

2000 copies of Nainotlam had been sold, and its popularity continues. This is attributed to a lack of censorship, though it will not publish direct personal attacks on any member of the school. The "best of" included in the Maltonian, in particular a survey of fish and Chips

Dining Room notes report the increase in school dinners cost from 1/- to 1/6. No improvement in quality or quantity was observed.

A commentary on the Lyke Wake Walk is offered, as is one on the 1968 (Thursday 18 July ) Pennine Way expedition by 3 staff and nine members of the 5th and 6th form: J Reed, A Martindale, P Wellard, P Gaskell, M Sanderson, D Brewer, A Stainsby, M Geldard, R Hutchinson, J Taylor, J Leake and I Hornsey.

Janet Elliot Richard Monkman

Two line drawing portraits are included - presumably for their high quality. The first is of Janet Elliott (4A), drawn by Joan Kelly (4A), The second is of Richard Monkman (4A), drawn by Stephen Evans (4A)

The OM section includes a memoir from Herbert Fryer about football in the 1920's, in which he names the footballers of the 1925/6 team His record of results differ from those published in the earlier issues, but the names appear to match the people in the picture.

 

No.124 September 1969 92 pages

Headmaster's notes point out "the initiation of the two procedures which will combine our School and Malton County Modern School into one Comprehensive School." The Minister had approved the Education Committee plan for reorganisation. Secondly, the older buildings have to be purchased by the Education Committee (from the Foundation), and the money invested, with the interest from it being available to the new school (to be added to the endowment fund). The new school is within sight.

Mr Don Childs returns to Nebraska, and Miss Blake to Malton. Mr Pay returned after illness but is absent once again.

St Patrick's Day St Patrick's Day

Three short plays had been produced. The first form performed "Columbine" and "The Mighty Mandarin", produced by Mr Wellard. (Noel Tiernan was the Mandarin, Christopher Binge Columbine.)  The seniors performed Sheridan's "St Patrick's Day", directed by Mr Joannidis.  No cast list is included, though some actors are noted - Dr Rosy - Nigel Plummer, Justice Credulous and his wife - Geoffrey Marson and Sheila Foxton, Anne Illet and Keith Challen (O'Connor and heroine), and Christopher Saltmer's performance in "smaller parts" is noted. A review and backstage notes appear.

For some reason, the Sports section does not include any athletics - possibly Mr Pay's absence?  Activity in Football, Basketball, Hockey, Cricket, Tennis, are all reported.

An itinerary for the Three Peaks Day is given - 4.15 am Coaches leave school - to - 11.45pm Arrive back at school. 22 walkers completed the full circuit: Ann Ilett, Sheila Foxton, J Reed, A Martindale, G Makins, E Lucas, P Mason, D Childs, J Waudby, P Wellard, M Geldard, M Emmerson, A Cockerill, P Gaskell, R Monkman, D Brewer, S Turley, K Rennie, I Hunton, T Wheater, R Senior and R Heath.

The National Union of Students is to invite Sixth Formers to join. They hope to tackle more independence for Sixth Form societies, student representation on student governing bodies, free forums, abolition of petty discipline, school uniform, sixth form bursaries, and free discussion.

Carol McSorley writes on her first impressions of her new school, having transferred from the County Modern to Sixth Form.  {Carol later returned to teach at Malton School as Mrs Peters).  A big difference was "the lack of imposed discipline.  This was in great contrast with what I had become accustomed to, ... MGS is very noisy, especially during registration. I think the prefects should show more authority. ... Dinners are very informal with hardly any order at all ... I think it is a good thing that pupils are not made to go outside at breaks. ... the best part of the school is definitely the library.

Christine Ruckdeschel writes on the differences between MGS and German schools, having joined the 5th form from a school in Munich.

The senior girls were asked about uniform. 40 were in favour, 2 against, though 30 would like some modification.  With Sixth Form, there was a majority of 37 - 5 in favour of uniform.  Most were in favour of abandoning ties.

A survey of views on corporal punishment was published. Most staff were against, one or two not, though "last resort" and "extreme circumstances" were cited. More pupils agreed with it than staff.

A survey on toothbrushes and toothpaste is included for some reason. A "school report" on the staff is included.

September 1970 No. 125 75 pages

The usual fare, but a sad edition with tributes to three members of staff who had died: Bruce Rolls, David Pay and Mr Barty. The text of three tributes to significant members of staff are included below:

MR BRUCE ROLLS

On Tuesday May 19th the School heard, with a horror amounting almost to disbelief, that Mr Rolls, our Deputy Headmaster and Senior History Master, had died the previous evening; he had been teaching on the Friday, apparently in good health.

Bruce Rolls

All the present scholars and staff know that in him we had an unusually fine History teacher; what many of them may not know is that in his time here he filled the posts of Boys' Physical Education Master and Senior English Master with equal distinction. Again, to those who saw only that he devoted every spare moment to the efficient organisation of the Library (I can say categorically that no other North Riding school has a better one), it may not be known that in his younger days he was a power-house of almost every conceivable out-of-school activity.

No tribute to him could omit mention of his Games teaching and of the philosophy underlying it. A brilliant cricketer and footballer himself, he believed that friendly rivalry on the games field and above all the genuine desire to congratulate opponents who had just beaten one imparted a special strength to one's character. Scores of boys who have passed through his hands to go on to manhood bear witness to the rightness of this Conviction.

There are no schools-for-Headmasters and when I first came here, I had to learn the job as a raw recruit, so to speak. Mr Rolls, with his instinctive kindness, eased me into the school, showing me how to avoid trampling on established traditions; when I had grown confident enough to put into practice some ideas of my own, I had, unfailingly, his most loyal support. I personally, therefore, have a special debt of affection to repay to his memory.

We had all hoped that he would be one of the links between M.G.S. and the new Malton Comprehensive School. Although this is now impossible in the way we had hoped for, we can - and so we must honour him by preserving and carrying into our future the values which he so splendidly exemplified. P.T.T.

MR DAVID J. PAY

Wise men are perhaps right to say that we should find no savour in life if we knew it could last for ever; but when an active and zestful man dies in his youth, we are confronted with a mystery to which only faith has answer.

David Pay, our Boys' Physical Education Master, died in October of last year at the age of 31 after a brave struggle against cancer.

The words which I have used above of him, 'active' and 'zestful' are but pale descriptions of his abounding vitality. A native of Lincoln, he came to us from a very large London Comprehensive School. At once the Yorkshire boys' natural love of games made a joyful impression upon him.

His response was to expand our Games to the limit, so that almost every boy in the school could find his latent talent at football, cricket, hockey or basketball, and at an early age play for a school team. There can be no doubt about the beneficial effect of this not only upon the school's morale but more particularly upon its sense of corporate loyalty. A boy who had been brought early to the honour of playing for the School, even if it were only in an Under12s game with a neighbouring School, felt an increase of stature and a focussing of loyalties. This system, involving a high degree of organisation, for which Mr. Pay had marked talent, was his special contribution to the School, and a most valuable one it was.

All this could rest only upon a leader who inspired both respect and affection, and Mr. Pay was such a man. Devoting himself heart-and-soul to the boys and the School, he was able to gain devotion. He took a deep personal interest in the boys and they on their part opened their hearts to him, gladly availing themselves, but never taking advantage, of the camaraderie of games travel and changing rooms. The same warmth showed itself in Mr. Pay's pastoral responsibilities as a Form Master and in his Forms' response.

Mr. Pay's other subject was History, a personal enthusiasm, and already under him the History Room was becoming a living centre, with its posters and facsimiles of historic documents.

But it is Mr. Pay as a person whom we shall always recall with affection. We shall remember his infectious grin, sign of that strong sense of humour which showed so marvellously in his revue, 'A Christmas Carve-up,' his eager progress round the school as he rustled up his teams for the minibus, his own dynamic playing of hockey and basketball. Closer friends knew also of still centres behind this tremendous physical drive - I mean his happy family life and his deep Christian convictions.

These latter were put to the ultimate test in his long illness and came through triumphantly, So that to our other emotions was added admiration for his utter lack of complaint and indeed his serenity.

Our hearts go out to Mrs. Pay and their children; she can take pride in knowing that in his short life her husband both achieved a great deal and became treasured in the memories of the colleagues and scholars who meant so much to him. P.T.T.

"AB." - A PERSONAL APPRECIATION

Doubtless, like many other former pupils of Mr. Barty, I was very sad to hear of his death. Although I was a pupil of his for only a short period, I well remember the History and Geography lessons which were taken under his particularly characteristic tutelage. His music lessons also were especially enjoyable, and I like to think that he had much influence on his pupils' subsequent delight in music. Unfortunately I was never taught by him in the higher forms at M.G.S., but can well imagine the thorough and expert methods which he would use. Although A.B. was primarily an historian, he was the one who began Geography here at Sixth Form level, and any success the Geography Department may have had, is to a large extent due to these beginnings.

My return to M.G.S. in 1947 as a member of the Staff brought me once again into contact with AB., a very different one this time, but one which I shall always remember with gratitude, since he gave me much needed help and advice. Many pupils of his, I am sure, realised after they left school the particular qualities Mr. Barty had; this is evidenced by the number of O.M.s who visited him both before and after his retirement. Such visits were always most welcome to him and to Mrs. Barty. Tea and a long chat about past events and former pupils were enjoyed by them all.

Perhaps my most pleasurable memories of A.B. are connected with the School Orchestra during the years 1947 and 1955 (the year of his retirement), for it was on the occasions of the rehearsals at 4 p.m. on Thursdays, that his humour came to the fore, and one saw that when playing his 'cello along with other very amateur musicians he was enjoying himself and was more than pleased that the rest were doing the same. His "grin" and somewhat dry humour always made their mark, and were fully appreciated by those to whom the joke was directed.

A.B. was one of the "Old School," ruling his classes firmly, instilling into his pupils both in and out of the classrooms those qualities of conscientiousness in their work, reliability in their chosen out-of-school activity, politeness, ladylike and gentlemanly behaviour in their contact with others.

H.G.B.

An influx of new pupils takes the roll to over 300 for the first time.  Mrs Boyes (cook) retires, Mrs Morris replaces her. Miss Barry departs. Mr Alan Robinson arrives, as does Mr Roger Thomas. Mr Probert stepped in to cover Mr Rolls' teaching; Mrs Mason covered some Maths so that Mr Mason could cover some Games.

There were many trips and activities, particularly theatre visits with Mr Joannidis.

The Best of Nainotlam includes a report on Miss Blake's year in America, a letter from Russia from Mr Bower, Staff records selection for Christmas (eg Miss Blake, Honky Tonk Woman), What shall we buy the staff for Christmas (eg Mr Taylor - a hair dryer), The Trials of a football referee, Z Venus one to BD: report on earth institution MGS; Philip Simpson's visit to Singapore; What Is Christian Aid; The Dangers of Teaching Practice; The Long and the Short of It.

No. 126 July 1971 56 pages

This is the final edition of the Maltonian. Much of the writing is given over to the changes about to face the school - a mixture of sadness and optimism for the future. A number of staff would leave. The schools would become East and West Wing. It was policy that all children would have lessons in both wings. A flagged path would be laid - less than 100 yards. In the new school, uniform is to be "as it is now for present Grammar School pupils", apart from the badge.  Mr Makins has united the badges of the two schools, and a new motto "we are stronger for being one" is clearly significant. The buildings will become East and West wings. The voluntary levy parents of MGS pupils were asked to pay is to be abolished. This has funded the magazine and some events.

A major influx of staff had happened in 1970 (three staff - Messrs Spencer, Robinson and Thomas) - most unusual to have so many starting afresh together. Gordon Bratt retires, and a full tribute is given to this member of staff who had taught at the school from 1947, and was briefly a pupil of the school. John Reed and Harry Whiteley also depart, again long-standing members of staff (1958 and 1959). Mr Reed moves to be Head of Science at Harraby, Carlise. Mr Whitely to Head of Science at Wellingborough, Northants. Mr John Gresswell is appointed as deputy to the new school, from Bicester School, a large comprehensive in Oxfordshire. Keith Williams is about to arrive, and Mr Alfred White.

The school acquired a grand piano.

The Dramatic Society mounted a production of Toad of Toad Hall (a picture of Toad (Noel Tiernan), Badger (John Peterkin), Mole (David Milson) and Rat (Gillian Jagger) is included. - this is the first play staged since 1963. All parts were played by juniors. The play was staged in the County Modern school hall.

20 4th and 5th years went to Rouen at Easter. A gift of plaques of the Grammar School arms was made by Mr and Mrs Taylor.

There is a survey of staff views on Hot Pants - most seem to be in favour, "on the right pair of legs".

And with the notes on Old Maltonians filling the final few pages, that is the end of The Maltonian magazine, spanning 54 years of Malton Grammar School history.