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Umtali High School (UHS) Magazine 1937


THE appeal made by our predecessors in the previous Number of this Magazine has not had the results we hoped for, and we can only repeat and emphasise that appeal to members of the School to avail themselves of this, perhaps their only opportunity of appearing in print. It is an easily won, though perhaps a somewhat short-lived fame. Most of them appear to imagine that they must be born a Shakespeare or a Macaulay to find their way into these pages.
We should like to have offered a more balanced Number this year, but the pages that follow do report a record of events that have not been altogether unsuccessful and, though we wish not so much for greater success as for greater effort and interest, we hope these activities have been one means of developing a tradition that has been well-founded.

The attention of members of the School is particularly directed to the account, under the title of the School Motto, of the growth of the High School specially written for the Magazine by a very old friend of the School. We hope it will serve as an inspiration towards helping to maintain and to hand on the tradition to which we have already referred.
With the change in Educational policy, next year should be full of interest for all. It is hoped that each member of the School will be doing congenial work, perhaps more congenial work than in the past, and this fact in itself should provide an opportunity for every individual boy and girl to contribute his or her share towards the common good. If this opportunity is taken advantage of, we feel sure that of all the School activities that will benefit, the Magazine will also show signs of a wider and keener outlook.

We acknowledge with thanks the receipt of the following contemporaries:— "The Plumtree School Magazine," "The Prince Edward School Magazine," "The Bulawayo Technical School Magazine," "The Chaplin School Magazine," "The Natal Technical College Magazine."

Staff Notes

For the first Term of 1937 Mr. Ball and Mr. D. M. Miller were away on leave, and we welcomed to the staff Mr. G. H. van Rensburg, Miss G. A. Granelli and Miss E. M. Over. In May Mr. Edmonds went to England on long leave. Mr. Hutchinson was appointed Headmaster of the Junior School. Miss M. C. Heaume and Miss M. C. Matthews joined the Junior School Staff, the latter replacing Miss C. J. Kemp on leave.

At the end of the second Term we were sorry to have to say "Good-bye" to Miss Mackay. We are happy, however, to know that she will live not far away, and offer our sincere wishes to her and her husband, Mr. John Barry.

 This term we have welcomed Miss J. L. Edis (Gym.), and Miss D. Bell (Music) who has replaced Miss Elmhirst. Mr. J. Davenport is doing Mr. McCosh's work whilst the latter is on long leave, and Miss M. S. Haylor has rejoined the Junior School Staff after several years in Bulawayo vice Miss Matthews transferred to Sinoia.

School Notes


Phyllis Coventry: 1930-36. J.C. 1934; Matriculation 1936. House Captain 1936; Hockey XI, 1936; Bridesmaid (Trial by Jury), 1935; Lady Agatha (The Admirable Crichton), 1936.

Le de Bruijn: 1932-36. Senior Beit Scholar, 1934; Matriculation, 1936. 1st XV., 1936.

Janet Garvin: 1931-36. Prefect, 1936. Art Bursary, 1935-36; Hockey XI. Colours, 1936; Bridesmaid (Trial by Jury), 1935.

Janet Garvin: 1931-36. Prefect, 1936. Art Bursary, 1935-36; Hockey XI. Colours, 1936; Bridesmaid (Trial by Jury), 1935.

Mona Harrold: 1929-36. J.C., 1934; Matriculation, 1936. Prefect, 1935. Hockey XI., 1935-36; Colours, 1936; Swimming Team, 1934-36; Captain and Colours, 1935; Tennis, 1936.

W. B. James: 1932-36. Senior Beit Scholar, 1934; Matriculation, 1936. 1st XI, 1934-36; Colours, 1935; Captain, 1936; 1st XV, 1936, Inter-School Boxing, 1934-36; Rev. Treherne (The Admirable Crichton), 1936.

M. Jansen: 1930-37, 1st XI. 1935-37; Colours, 1935; Captain, 1937; 1st XV., 1935; Captain 1936; Inter-School Athletics, 1936-37.

Ronella Koster: 1932-36. J.C., 1934; Caledonian Bursary, 1934; Matriculation, 1936; Rhodes Bursary, 1936. Prefect, 1936; House Captain, 1936; Swimming Team, 1934-35.

T. Y. Louw, 1925-36: Senior Beit Scholar, 1934; Matriculation, 1936. 2nd Lieutenant, 1936; Head Boy, 1936; 1st XV, 1936; Usher (Trial by Jury), 1935; Crichton (The Admirable Crichton), 1936.

A. Parker: 1928-37: J.C., 1934; Matriculation, 1936; 1st XI., 1935-37; Counsel (Trial by Jury), 1935; Brocklehurst (The Admirable Crichton), 1936.

W. Pretorius: 1932-37, J.C., 1934; Matriculation, 1936; Foreman (Trial by Jury), 1935; Loam (The Admirable Crichton), 1936).

Joan Proctor: 1930-36. J.C., 1934; Head Girl, 1936; Guide Lieutenant, 1936; Gym. Medal, 1931; Hockey, 1934-36; Colours, 1935; Captain, 1936; Tennis, 1934-36; Captain, 1936; Bridesmaid (Trial by Jury), 1935; Fisher (The Admirable Crichton), 1936.

W. Rose: 1929-37. J.C., 1933; Matriculation, 1936; 1st XI., 1935-37; Colours. 1937; 1st XV., 1935-36; Vice-Captain, 1936; Inter-School Athletics, 1933 and 1936.

C. Walker: 1933-37, 2nd Lieutenant, 1936; 1st XV, 1936; Inter-School Athletics, 1936-37.

Head of School: R. Lark and Barbara Taylor.
School Prefects: J. Higham, S. Jarvis, A. Myburgh, Mary Roberts, Marie Jordaan.
Day-School Prefects: N. Hill, S. Phillips, B. du Preez, Evelyn Farquhar, Helen Ritchie, Valerie Martin.
House Prefects: C. Lecanides, V. Pope, N. van der Merwe, D. Walton, Helena Kloppers, Marie du Preez, Peggy Nicolson, Betty Barrow, Margaret Rake.
Captain of Rugby: J. Higham. Acting Captain: N. van der Merwe.
Captain of Cricket: M. Jansen.
Captains of Tennis: R. Lark and Daphne Lowth.
Captain of Boxing: N. van der Merwe.
Captain of Hockey: J. Pascoe.
Editors of Magazine: J. Mackenzie and Joan Collins.

Speech Day, 1937.

The Annual Speech Day was held in the Beit Hall on Friday, the 16th of April, followed by the Athletic Sports Meeting on the next day. The prizes were presented by the Acting Director of Education, Mr. A. G. Cowling.

In his report the Headmaster referred particularly to the institution of a three-year Modem Course in the Senior School. In replying to the Headmaster, Mr. Cowling in a brief reference to the Fox Report said that they all believed that a Modern Course furnished a more satisfying and effective form of education for a large number of boys and girls, and hoped that parents would come to accept and share that view.

Mr. Eickhoff, Chairman of the Umtali School Advisory Committee, expressed the appreciation of the School at seeing Mr. Cowling present, and referred to those who had associated themselves in such an unselfish way with the School in the past.

After the ceremony the guests were entertained to tea and inspected an interesting display of the work of the Art classes.

The first part of the programme consisted of a number of songs sung by the Junior Choir, accompanied by Miss Lovett, and of pianoforte soli by L. Gomez, S. Winson, I. Donaldson, and P. Brent.

Standard 1., W. Kirk; Standard II., Barbara Ball; Standard III., Patricia Hutchinson; Standard IV., B. Lecanides; Standard V.L.,Margaret Cowie; Standard V.R., Natalie Livingstone; Form 1.M., D. Ruxton; Form.1.L , J. Shakespeare; Form 1R., Amy de Kock; Form II.M., J. Crawford; Form IIL., J. Petim; Form II.R., C. Browne, L. Muggleston and J. Farquhar.

Junior Certificate Form: English and History, B. du Preez; Art, Maurine Bower and Margaret Browne; Afrikaans, F. Joubert; Arithmetic and Maths., Helen Ritchie; Latin, Helen Ritchie; French, Gitta Juster; Bookkeeping, Eileen Ridley; Physical Science, J. Mackenzie; Geography, Margaret Parks; Form IV., Barbara Taylor.

Matriculation: English and Latin, Ronella Koster; History, Ronella Koster; Art, Janet Garvin; Afrikaans, Elizabeth du Plessis; Physical Science, L. de Bruijn; Mathematics, W. Rose.
Music: Senior School: I. Donaldson. Junior School, B. Hall.

Class 1
: *Helen Ritchie, *Evelyn Farquhar, *B. du Preez, *J. Mackenzie, Gitta Juster, V. Rodrigues.
•Beit Scholarships.

Class II.: D. Baker, Maurine Bower, J. Clark, C. Finlayson, R. Harrington, F. Joubert, Feige Levitan, Valerie Martin, E. McLean.

Class III.: Margeurite Browne, E. Coaton, Joan Collins, R. Dishington, Thelma Falla, M. Fernandes, Gloria Goldie, H. Hack, L. Mansell, A. Marsh, Betty Neale, N. Paraskeva, Margaret Parks, Joan Pascoe, Martha Venter, L. Woodward. Annette Young, L. van der Linde, L. Watermeyer, Stella Winson.

Class I: Ronella Koster (distinctions in Art, History, Latin), L. de Bruijn.
Class II: W. James, T. Louw, Emily Mackenzie, Elizabeth du Plessis.
Class III: Phyllis Coventry, A. Moore, W. Pretorius, W. Rose, A. Parker.

Class II: Mona Harrold.
Beit Scholarships were awarded to R. Koster and L. de Bruijn.
Taalbond Lower Examination: B. du Preez, Marie Jordaan, F. Joubert, Christine Kruger, F. Venter, Martha Venter, C. Finlayson, E. McLean.
Taalbond Higher: W. Pretorius, T. Louw, W. James, Elizabeth du Plessis.
National Technical and Commercial Examination: Amy Eggleston, History (with distinction), M. Jansen, Geography (with distinction), W. Warburg, Geography.
The following were successful in the subjects indicated in the National Technical and Commercial Examination in June, 1937:—
H. M. Jansen.—Typewriting, Senior (Public Service Appointment Test) and Typewriting Diploma (Public Service Promotion Test).
C. A. L. Myburgh.—Bookkeeping (Form V.).
R. T. Lark.—Bookkeeping and Typewriting Form IV.).
J. A. Collins, H. K. Kloppers, N. P. van der Merwe.—Bookkeeping (Form IV.).



Intermediate: Gitta Justa (honours), Stella Winson
Higher: Isobel Donaldson, Feige Levitan, Joan Wilson.
Lower: Phyllis Brent (honours), F. Joubert.
Elementary: Jill Godfrey (honourable mention).
 Rissel Cohen, Mary Hall, Hazel Murray.

Advanced: Stella Winson.
Intermediate: Isobel Donaldson, Daphne Whitehead, Joan Wilson.
Higher: Phyllis Brent: H. Joubert.
Elementary: Mary Hall (honourable mention), Heulwen Thomas (honourable mention).
Primary: Elizabeth Hall (honourable mention).

Jill Godfrey, Monna Methuen.
His Excellency the Governor's Prize for Poetry was awarded to T. Y. Louw and Maurine Gates, whose verse was included in our last number, and to J. M. H. Farquhar, whose work will be found in this number of the Magazine.

Rhodes Trustees English Prizes, 1937—Matriculation: Barbara Taylor; Form III.: Daphne Whitehead; Form H.: Rita Cocker and Doreen Fisher.

"The Golden Amulet"
We are indebted to the kindness of the Editor of The TJmtali Advertiser for permission to quote the following report of the performance of "The Golden Amulet" on Speech Day:—

The Umtali High School production of "Princess Ju Ju," or "The Golden Amulet," in the Beit Hall last week was a delightful and praiseworthy effort, the more so seeing that for the first time it was performed entirely by pupils of the School without the assistance of members of the staff. Warm praise is due to the producer, Mr. G. E. Caswell, and members of the staff who assisted him in various ways, Miss F. M. Elmhirst, who provided the accompaniment, and those responsible for the painting of the scenery, making of costumes and work on the stage.

From the point of view of story it was a slight production but eminently suitable for children to attempt for the first time on their own. The musical side was within their grasp and offered a number of good choruses as well as several enjoyable solo efforts. In theme, setting and even, to some extent, it was perhaps too reminiscent of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Mikado," but the production had obviously been made suitable for the unaided attempts of children and as such was very satisfactory and should encourage more ambitious productions in future.

The settings were very well carried out and the second scene played in dim light in the haunted wood made a really beautiful picture, set off by the dances of the Spirits of the Night and the statuesque posing through the scene of the Goddess of Night. The costumes of old Japan were very colourful and picturesque and gave the whole story much of its colour and vivacity. The acting on thewhole was good and several of the principals had very good voices while the choruses and several delightful dances helped to make the show both spectacular and tuneful. It was particularly noticeable that most of those with speaking parts enunciated very clearly and correctly, a very gratifying feature of a credible performance.

Llora Heard was very good in the part of the Princess Ju Ju. She sang well and acted with naturalness and feeling. D. Walton made a very sinister Emperor showing a tendency to go off into realistic tantrums, while J. Bowles as his adviser, made a very competent foil. In the part of the Prince V. Pope did fairly well and D. Becker (with less than a week's training), P. Zourides and Betty Barrow gave a good account of themselves in the lesser parts of the Magician, the Lord High Executioner and the goddess of Night.

The cast was as follows:—
Princess Ju Ju, Llora Heard; La La, Stella Winson; Fly Fly and Helena Kloppers (her attendants); Chrysanthemum, Margaret Rake; Emperor, D. Walton; Ching Ching (his adviser), J. Bowles; Prince Shee Ma Guin, Prince Fu Shu, Prince Sun Yat Sen, W. Pope, B. Elliott, N. van der Merwe (Minstrels); Lord High Executioner, S. Phillips; Ahud Hiram, Magician, P. Zourides; Lunar, Goddess of Night, Betty Barrow.
Chorus: Stool Bearer, A. Tapson; Umbrella Bearer, J. Farquhar; Men at Arms, T. Adair, D. Baker, C. Myburgh, S. Phillips, P. Uren, B. Deall, P. Zourides, R. Bower, G. Broderick.

Spirits of the Night: Solo Dancer, Valerie Martin. Daphne Lowth, Helen Kloppers, Stella Winson, Barbara Taylor, Margaret Rake, Joan Collins, Marie du Preez, Dorothy Clay, Doreen Fisher, Joan Pascoe, Audrey Frost, Joan Wilson, Maurine Bower, Evelyn Farquhar, Almiga Parker, Gitta Juster, Barbara Crompton, Peggy Lark, Thelma Brent, Rosebud Stuttaford, Betty Neale, Marie Jordaan, Fanny Levitan, Doris Rake.

Dragon Flies: Margaret Cowie, Audrey Brand, Olive Bailey, Mary Bain, Liberdade Gomes, Cynthia Sauerman, Phyllis Brent, Molly Wilson, Joy Durrant, Jill Godfrey.

 Lamentation of an Elderly Gentleman
When I consider how my youth was spent
By foolish pranks and laziness at school,
Each day, for not abiding by some rule,
Long after time, o'er blotted book I bent
Writing out lines as worthy punishment.
Then I'd run home, and in each muddy pool
I'd step, for I was such a little fool,
Arriving home with hair and clothes unkempt.
Then would I chase the next-door lady's cat,
And steal her peaches off a laden tree.
Thus did I all the village folk annoy,
For they did think me but a saucy brat,
And so they all did curse and chastise me;
And yet I wish I was again a boy.


The Junior School Concert

The Annual Junior School concert was held in the Beit Hall on the 10th and 11th of August.
The concert was opened with pianoforte soli, songs and dances. Two outstanding items were an extract from "Alice in Wonderland," and an action song entitled "This Old Man."

After the interval came the musical play, "The Land of Never End," presented by Standards IV. and V.

The background of the stage was painted to represent the rock-garden of the King of Topsy-land. His son, Prince Topsy-Turvy, whose name was derived from the fact that his life was a topsy-turvy one, was having a party. He had made friends with a shepherd named Shepherd Balaam, and had told him to invite some girls from whom he could choose one, who had not learned anything, to be his bride. Princess Lovelight, his sweetheart, had not been invited, but, having heard about the party, she had come and was told by Fairy New-way to put on a veil and call herself "Love in the Mist." All the girls, except her had learned something, and therefore she was picked in the end, and the veil was instantly removed, revealing "Princess Lovelight."
  It was his 10th birthday and from this time forward he was to come under the influence of Fairy New-way: previously he had been brought up by Fairy Old-way.

We must thank Miss Honikman, Miss Matthews and particularly Miss Lovett for arranging the concert, which was indeed a great success.


1, Pianoforte Soli: 1, Study in Eb, The Cuckoo, Mary Hall; 2, Wild Elephants, Gwendolyn Mellor. 2, Song: Where the Bee Sucks, Vivian Jordaan. 3, Pianoforte Soli: 1, Minute in G, The Toy Dream, Elizabeth Hall; 2, Boating on the Lake, Heiwyn Thomas. 4, Country Dances: 1, Gathering Peascock; 2, Napoleon; 3, Ace of Diamonds; 4, Shoemakers; 5, The Black Nag; 6, Finger Polka; 7, Cochin China; 8, Clap Dance; 9, The Butterfly. 5, Scene: "The Mock Turtles Story." Characters: Alice, Dolores Meydell; Gryphon, Edward Evans; Mock Turtle, Ian
Peacock; Chorus, Standard n. 6, Action Song: "This Old Man," Standard I. 7,

"The Land of Never-End": Scene: The Rock Garden of the Palace of the King of Topsyland. Characters: Prince Topsy Turvy, Frank Chevalier; Princess Love-light, Eileen Ferreira; Shepherd Balaam, John Kircos; Nurse Rock-a-bye, Dina Owen; Fairy New-way, Ninette Raynor; Fairy Old-way, Lily Hibbert; Cissily Sing, Sylvia Chambers; Dancing Daisy, Barbara Ball; Wood Wanderer, Jean McLean; Butterfly, Barbara Read; Dr. Pillera-Powderam, Jean Davidson; Drudge- in-the-Dark, Gillian Bowles; Rainbow Fairy, Elizabeth Hall; Prince Te-to-Tum, Brodie; Prince Baby Bunting, Donald Cromar. Dancing Daisies; B. Price, M. Smith, D. Hinde, Z. Bosman, O. Stuttaford, B. Miller, M. Steedes, M. van Zyl, F. Cripps, J. Bain, M. Steele. Rainbow Fairies: P. Hutchinson, M. Botha, J. Stuttaford, E. Gray, H. Thomas, Pretorius, and P. Deere. Nurses: R. Cohen, G. Mellor, M. Matiatos, M. Hall, A. Rae, T. Douglas. Dragon Flies: L. Arthur, J. Arthur, Lapham, Richie, D. Milne, Milne, Kristofer, V. Jordaan.

Ex Montibus Robor
Umtali School commenced its activities in January, 1909, and was given the status of a High School in April, 1922. Actually Umtali has enjoyed some schooling facilities almost from the start of the Township in 1894, and a history of the High School would be incomplete without some reference to those early efforts to which some of Rhodesia's sons and daughters are indebted for their education.

Miss Miles (now Mrs. Duncan Tulloch) was the Mistress in charge of the first School in the Old Town. It is interesting to record that Mrs. Tulloch is still living in Umtali, and until quite recently was still engaged in training children, work in which she has never lost interest.

The first official mention of an Umtali School was made in 1900 when the Government Inspector of Schools reported that there were 32 pupils and 2 teachers in a school conducted by the American Methodist Episcopal Church. This School was held in a double-storeyed building formerly known as Goldfields' Hotel; the site is now occupied by the Government Coloured School. By 1904 the number of pupils had increased to 52.

During the year 1904 a School was opened under the auspices of the Anglican Church, and in 1908 the Government took over both Schools, the first term of 1909 opening with a roll of 117 scholars and a teaching staff of 5 housed in the School buildings purchased from the A.M.E.C.

In 1911 the local authority granted a site for a School on the Market Square. This building, which is the present Junior School was occupied the following year, opening with a roll of 185. Additional class-rooms were erected during the course of the following two years. With the outbreak of the Great War all building operations ceased, and the expansion of the School roll was met by the hiring of buildings and rooms scattered throughout the township, these buildings, including the Kilwinning Lodge, the D.R.C. (Dutch Reformed Church) Hall, which became available when the School conducted by this Church was closed, and the building known successively as Philippi's, Strickland's, and the Umtali Cinema, the site of which is at present occupied by Messrs. Puzey and Payne. The Kindergarten Section was held in this building for several years.

This unsatisfactory position continued until 1926, when on August 10th, a new School building, the present Senior School, was opened by the High Commissioner, H.R.H. the Earl of Athlone. The School roll had now passed the 400 mark and the teaching staff numbered 20. During the succeeding years class- rooms have been added, the Science block extended, a gymnasium erected, whilst the eastern side of the quad has been filled by a Beit Hall, one of the many gifts to the Colony made possible by the Beit Bequest, and in this case a token of the personal interest in Umtali always shown by the late Chairman of the Beit Trustees, Sir Henry Birchenough. The plans of a School Library, another gift from the same source, are now being prepared, and it is hoped that this building will be completed by September, 1938.

The School has always been Co-educational. Force of circumstances and smallness of numbers were probably the determining factors at the start, and the system has worked so smoothly and successfully that the question of change has never been seriously considered.

Hostel accommodation of sorts was available from pre-Government days. The first Government Hostel was the building known as Miss Pickett's house at the north end of the town. Into this house with its verandahs and outbuildings were crammed at one time some twenty small boys and girls in addition to the Superintendent and his family. The accommodation in the outbuildings was particularly bad, and a visit by the Administrator, the late Sir Drummond Chaplin, was taken advantage of by the School Committee to press for some improvement. Sir Drummond's action was characteristic. He visited the Hostel with the writer and condemned the whole place, but said that there was no money to provide better accommodation. He suggested two alternatives; that of boarding the children out with private individuals, or of ceasing to provide boarding accommodation altogether. The Committee refused, however, to take either course, considering both to be retrogressive. Eventually, some money was forthcoming. A cottage was rented and an old wood and iron building was re-conditioned to serve as a dormitory, into which the boys were moved. Then followed the building of Chancellor House Boys' Hostel out of money lent to the Government by the Beit Trustees, whilst two adjoining houses in Darlington were rented to serve as a Hostel for the girls.

But the time came when, however successfully Mrs. Freeman, who was in charge of the girls, could plot and plan, and her effort only fell short of pushing out the walls, increased and better accommodation for the rapidly expanding roll of boarders had to be provided, and Athlone Girls' Hostel was built. The first sod was turned by H.R.H. Princess Alice on August 10th, 1926, this ceremony preceding the opening of the present Senior School building by His Excellency the High Commissioner. The following year saw Athlone House opened with Mrs. J. H. Freeman in charge, a position she occupied for nearly ten years, earning the love and esteem of staff and pupils alike.

The popularity of the School continued to increase, boarders coming from all parts of South Africa, and so more Hostel accommodation became necessary. In 1931 the Junior Hostel was opened by the Prime Minister, the Hon. H. U. Moffat, and more recently still further accommodation has been provided in the old Hospital building, vacated by the various Government Departments on the completion of their new offices.

The provision of facilities for sport and other recreations has kept pace with the extension of class-room and boarding accommodation. In 1909 there were no playing fields. To-day there are tennis and tenniquoit courts at the Junior Hostel, tennis courts and a junior soccer field at the Senior School, a hockey field and tennis courts at Athlone House, whilst on the extensive grounds at Chancellor House one can at times see four cricket matches progressing simultaneously.

The foregoing is an outline only of the rise and progress of the Umtali High School, and not a history of education in Umtali generally, otherwise mention would be made of the D.R.C. Schools, of the Government Public School opened for the convenience of children living at the railway end of the town, of the School and Hostel conducted for several years by the Dominican Sisters, and recently removed to more commodious buildings at the north end of the town.

One might suggest with reason that those responsible for choosing the School motto, chose wisely. Strength has come to the School and from the School strength has come to the Colony, and casting one's mind back over forty years one cannot but think that Umtali has been particularly well served in educational matters. How the memory envisages those who have served so well: Mrs. Tulloch and Miss Johnson, of the A.M.E.C.; Mrs. Mayo, scholar, teacher and member of the Committee; the Reverend Robins, at St. John's; George Duthie, the first Director of Education; and his successor, Mr. L. M. Foggin; Mr. Macintosh, Mr. Condy; Messrs. Harrison, Sutherland, Livingstone, and B. B. Hill; and Dr. Harpur, the first Chairman of the School Committee, and his successor, Andrew Laing. A goodly company to whom the School is indebted for forming a tradition which we believe has been an inspiration to their successors. 
C. E.

Athletic Sports, 1937
For the second year the Annual Athletic Sports were held on the Upper Field at Chancellor House on April 19th. The track was firmer than last year, but it was still rather soft. Although a strong wind was blowing in the afternoon, the weather was fine.
The competition in all events was keen. Livingstone House won the championship by the narrow margin of half a point. Ninette Raynor broke the Middle Girl's Long Jump record by over two feet, and Lark equalled the 100 yards record. Lark in the Senior and Dysart in the Lower Division were first in the 100, 220 and 440 yards, both running to very close finishes. Walker and Gomes (Senior) and Grzicic, a competitor in the Middle Division, came good seconds and thirds. Klette, a first year Senior, won the high jump by clearing 5ft. 4½ ons. In both the half-mile team race and in the relay, Livingstone was victorious. Crawford won the mile handicap with Jansen coming second.

In the girls' events there was keen rivalry between Mary Roberts and Kathleen Sheard who, by beating Mary Roberts to second place in the last girls' event, became Victrix Ludorum. The most exciting race of the day was the 220 yards. Stella Winson caught up with Mary Roberts in the last thirty yards to win by inches. Moffat House won both the Senior and Junior Relay.

Mr. A. G. Cowling, Acting Director of Education, presented the prizes at the close of the afternoon.

We gratefully acknowledge a donation of £50 to the Sports Fund from the Old Borderers' Association.

The following were the results of those events which carry points towards the House championship:—

Senior Victor Ludorum: R. Lark.
Senior Victrix Ludorum: K. Sheard.
Middle Victor Ludorum: D. Dysart.
Middle Victrix Ludorum: M. Gale.
Junior Victor Ludorum: J. Viljoen.
Junior Victrix Ludorum: P. Hutchinson.
House Championship: Stanley, 165½ ; Livingstone, 165; Moffat, 137½; Fairbridge, 70.

Senior Boys: 1, Klette; 2, Lark; 3, Evans. 5ft. 4¾ ins
Middle Boys: 1, Shakespeare; 2, Pfister; 3, Grzicic. 4ft. 4½ ins.
Senior Girls: 1, K. Sheard; 2, S. Cripps and M. Parks. 4ft. 5½ ins.
Middle Girls: 1, N. Raynor; 2, M. Gale; 3, O. Bailey. 4ft. 4½ ins.

Senior Boys: 1, Botha; 2, Zourides; 3, Gomes. 19ft. lin.
Middle Boys: 1, Grzicic. 2, Dysart; 3, King. 16ft. 5ins.
Senior Girls: 1, K. Sheard; 2, M. Roberts; 3, P. Nicolson.
Middle Girls: 1, N. Raynor; 2, J. Gale; 3, M. Venter. 14ft. 4ins. (Record.)
440 YARDS—
Senior Boys: 1, Lark; 2, Walker; 3, Gomes. 54 secs.
Middle Boys: 1, Dysart; 2, Longhurst; 3, Grzicic. 64 3-5th secs.

220 YARDS—
Senior Boys: 1, Lark; 2, Walker; 3, Gomes. 24 l-5th secs.
Middle Boys: 1, Dysart; 2, Grzicic; 3, Crawford. 28 secs.
Senior Girls: 1, S. Winson; 2, M. Roberts; 3, M. du Preez. 30 secs.

100 YARDS—
Senior Boys: 1, Lark; 2, Walker; 3, Gomes. 10 2-5th secs.
Middle Boys: 1, Dysart; 2, Grzicic; 3, McDiarmid. 12 secs.
Senior Girls: 1, M. Roberts; 2, K. Sheard; 3, S. Winson. 13 secs.
Middle Girls: 1, D. Fisher; 2, M. Gale; 3, N. Raynor. 13 3-5th secs.

120 YARDS HURDLES (Senior): 1, Lark; 2, Mackenzie; 3, van der Merwe. l-5th secs.

ONE MILE HANDICAP: 1, Crawford; 2, Jansen; 3, Nieuwoudt.

HALF-MILE TEAM RACE: 1, Livingstone (Jansen); 2, Stanley (Gomes); 3, Moffat (Evans).

INTER-HOUSE RELAY—Boys: 1, Livingstone; 2, Moffat; 3, Stanley.
Senior Girls: 1, Moffat; 2, Livingstone; 3, Stanley.
Junior Girls: 1. Moffat: 2, Stanley; 3, Livingstone.

Senior Boys: 1, Lark; 2, Higham; 3, Hall. 96yds. 5ins.
Middle Boys: 1, Shakespeare; 2, Grzicic; 3, Pfister.
Senior Girls: 1. J. Gale; 2, A. Parker; 3, M. Parks.

PUTTING THE SHOT: 1, Clark; 2, Jansen; 3, McLean. 28ft. 11ins.

OBSTACLE RACE (Senior Girls): 1, H. Kloppers: 2. D. Lowth: 3. J. Hordgson

Senior Boys: 1, Botha; 2, Jansen; 3, Zourides. 38ft. 4ins.
Middle Boys: 1, Grzicic; 2, Dysart; 3, Shakespeare. 33ft. 11ins.

INTER-HOUSE HOCKEY DRIBBLE: 1, Fairbridge; 2, Livingstone; 3, Stanley

INTER-HOUSE NET-BALL RACE: 1, Livingstone; 2, Moffat; 3, Stanley.

SACK RACE (Middle Girls): 1, J. Gale; 2, M. Venter; 3, L. de Kock.

The following- races were also run:—
INTER-CLUB RELAY: 1, Terriers; 2, School; 3, Old Boys.
Boys: 1, School; 2, Public School.
Girls: 1, Convent; 2, School; 3, Public School.

Inter-School Sports
At the Inter-School Sports this year we did not do as well as was expected, but nevertheless we had quite a number of successes. The School was represented by a group of 14 boys: 9 Seniors and 5 Juniors.

100 Yards—C. Walker (2nd place).
High Jump—E. Klette (2nd place).
Hurdles—R. Lark (tie for 1st place). Record.
Mile Team Race—Jansen 2nd, Gomes 3rd (1st place).

The School comfortably won the local Second League Trophy, but in the match against Prince Edward School we gave a very poor display of Rugby, and the score which was 37—7 made the impression infinitely worse. The majority of the tries were scored by Le Seuer, the Prince Edward centre, who showed considerable ability both in speed and tactics. The Umtali team would give a much better account of themselves if they could get rid of an inferiority complex which has been too frequently evident.

The School regained its prestige a week later in the match against St. Andrew's College, the score being 10—5 in favour of the visitors. The whole team played a hard and fast game and, in contrast to the match against Prince Edward, played more as a team than individuals.

The Rugby played this year was on the whole of a fair standard, but the weak points of past School teams still exist. Combination and backing-up was lacking, mainly due to the inexperience of the majority of the players. Towards the end of the season, however, a considerable improvement was noticeable.


ZOURIDIS.—Full-back. Unfortunately came into the team only late during the season, and should do well next year. Shows promise.

LARK.—Wing three-quarter. Has a good turn of speed, which he sometimes uses to good effect. Should make a point of always going for the corner flag.

GOMES.—Centre. Has adopted this position only half-way through the season. Shows promise.

WALTON.—Centre. Rather on the slow side, but makes up for lack of speed by going hard. Handling is somewhat shaky at times.

HALL.—Wing three-quarter. Does not always use his speed. Should improve with more experience.

BOTHA.—Fly-half. Has played some sterling games and carried the team in many a tight corner.

HILL.—Scrum-half. Improved considerably towards the end of the season. Should learn to get rid of the ball rather more quickly.

VAN DER MERWE.—Captain. Forward. Plays a hard game and never spares himself. Must learn to lead his pack better.

LECANIDES.—Forward. Hooked for the team throughout the season. A hard worker.

POPE.—Forward. Does not always use his weight, and should learn to play harder in the loose.

CORBETT.—Forward. Also does not play hard enough in the loose, but usually keeps his end up in the scrums.

McLEAN.—Rather disappointing this season, mainly on account of lack of keenness.

CLARKE.—His first season at Rugby. Should do much better next year.

MARTIN.—Plays a good game in the loose, but rather inclined to take things easy in the tight scrums.

PEACOCK.—Has played some very good games as a loose forward but unfortunately does not last the whole game.

The following have also played for the 1st XV.: Jansen, Mackenzie, Woodward.

Boxing Notes

This year there has been an increased interest in boxing. As usual the Juniors were very keen and the Seniors are at last taking boxing more seriously. Under Mr. Hutchinson's coaching the standard of boxing has steadily improved.

The Annual Tournament took place in the Drill Hall during the middle term. Large entries were received in all weights and many hard fights were witnessed both in the preliminaries and finals. Livingstone House once again annexed the Cup, but only by the small margin of two points from Stanley House.

The best bout of the evening was that between Nieuwoudt and G. Symes, both going all out for the full three rounds. Nieuwoudt, who was slightly the fitter, gained a very close decision, Symes, incidentally, receiving the Cup for the best boxer. D. Symes, an aggressive boxer, beat King, the fight being stopped in the third round. McDiarmid, who was called upon at the last moment, put up a very sporting performance against Botha, a more experienced fighter. In the heavy-weight division, van der Merwe beat McLean. Both were groggy in the first round, and the decision might have gone to either boxer.

The Junior bouts were all keenly contested. All the boxers used the straight left with better effect than most of the Seniors. Saunders, who displayed a useful straight left, beat Olwage, who caused much amusement by the way he ducked, his head nearly touching his knees in the process. Gale, although called upon at short notice, put up a good fight against his bigger opponent, Crawford. Cocorosis won his contest by his aggressiveness, carrying the fight to Kruger throughout the fight.

Major Bowles presented the prizes at the end of the Tournament.

Under 651bs: Saunders (M.) beat Olwage (S.) on points.
Under 751bs.: Cocorosis (M.) beat Kruger (S.) on points.
Under 851bs.: Crawford (L.) beat Gale (S.) on points.
Under 951bs.: Nieuwoudt (S.) beat Symes, G. (L.) on points.
Under 1051bs.: Symes, D. (M.) beat King (S.) on T.K.O.
Under 1151bs.: Mackenzie (M.) beat Olwage (S.) on T.K.O.
Under 1251bs.: Reid (L.) beat Buchanan (L.) on points.
Under 1351bs.: Webster (L.) beat Gomes (L.) on points.
Under 1451bs.: Botha (S.) beat McDiarmid (M.) on T.K.O.
Under 1651bs.: Van der Merwe (S.) beat MacLean (L.) on points.

Inter-School Boxing
A team of five went to Salisbury to take part in the Inter-School Boxing Tournament. Although we did not win a weight, we were successful in winning two fights in the Preliminaries. Van der Merwe beat Meltzer, of Milton, on a technical knock-out, the fight being stopped in the second round, and Mackenzie beat Cormack, of Plumtree, on points. The other competitors were all beaten in their first fights.


Under 95: Bennett (Chaplin) beat Nieuwoudt.
Under 105: Griffin (St. George's) beat Symes.
Under 115: Mackenzie beat Cormack (Plumtree).
Under 145: Van der Merwe beat Meltzer (Milton).

Under 75: Wade (Plumtree) beat Kruger.
Under 115: Griffin (St. George's) beat Mackenzie.
Under 145: Oldham (Plumtree) beat van der Merwe.


So far this year the School has had quite a successful season. The general standard has improved, owing possibly to the existence of a Second XI., which has greatly increased the rivalry for places in the First Team. Of the five Inter-School matches played, we have won three.

A team from Ruzawi played a Junior team at Umtali on March 6th. The visitors were all out for 54, to which Umtali replied with a score of 97. For Umtali G. Symes made 20, and Evershed took 7 wickets for 26.

A "Colts" team went to Salisbury to play Prince Edward School. Umtali won this match, scoring 90 to Prince Edward's 40. For Umtali Goldsmith made 30 and G. Symes took 6 wickets.

The Second XI. visited Salisbury with the "Colts" and played Prince Edward's Second team. The latter batted first, scoring 112, but Umtali only managed to reply with 56. Walton took five wickets for 30 for Umtali.

Congratulations to the following: N. Hill, who was awarded the bat presented by Mr. Parry for the most improved cricketer; R. Lark, who won the bat presented by Mr. Carlton Gane for the best batting average; and J. Higham N. Hill, and R. Lark on being awarded their Colours.

Prince Edward School 1st XI. visited Umtali on February 27th, the match being played on the Upper Chancellor House field before a" large number of spectators.

Jansen won the toss for Umtali and decided to take the field. Rose opened the bowling, and the first wicket fell when Macdonald was dismissed for 2 runs. Thereafter, the wickets fell steadily, the score being 25 for 8 until Tulley and Giles made a stand to bring the total up to 56. The visitors were all out for 58.

The Umtali opening batsmen were soon dismissed. Jansen, however, made a stand with Hill, and these two batsmen scored 28 and 29 respectively. Rose at sixth wicket made 39, which included four good sixes.

Prince Edward's batted again and made 104, leaving Umtali 23 runs to obtain to win, which they scored with the loss of three wickets.


(1st Innings).
Macdonald, b Rose - 2
Ruile, lbw, b Parker -1
Thomas, c Reid, b Rose - 1
Evans, lbw, b Rose - 0
Barkley, b Rose - 0
Tulley, lbw, b van der Merwe - 16
Giles, lbw, b Rose - 14
Cornish, c and b van der Merwe - 1
Popkiss, lbw b van der Merwe - 0
Passaportis, b Parker - 20
White, not out - 1
Extras 2
Total 58

Bowling: Rose 5 for 17, Parker 2 for 16, van der Merwe 3 for 7.

(2nd Innings).
Macdonald, b Rose - 2
Ruile, c Hill, b Rose - 40
Thomas, c Baker, b Jansen - 20
Evans, c Hill, b Higham -15
Barkley, b Lark - 0
Tulley, b Parker - 5
Giles, b Parker - 4
Cornish, b Parker - 0
Popkiss, b Rose - 5
Passaportis, b Rose - 0
White, not out - 3
Extras 17
Total - 105

Bowling: Rose 4 for 13, Parker 3 for 29; Jansen 1 for 15, Lark 1 for  17, Higham 1 for 8.

(1st Innings).
Godfrey, c Giles, b Tulley - 0
Hall, lbw, b Tulley - 2
Jansen, b White - 28
Higham, c Giles, b Cornish - 1
Hill, c Cornish, b White - 29
Baker, run out - 2
Lark, b Evans - 16
Rose, b Evans - 39
Reid, run out - 0
Van der Merwe, b Macdonald - 5
Parker, not out 1
Extras - 17
Total - 140

Bowling: Tulley 2 for 18, Cornish 1 for 12, Evans 1 for 34, White 3 for 21, Macdonald 1 for 10.

(2nd Innings).
Godfrey, st. Evans, b White - 12
Hall, b Cornish - 8
Jansen, st. Evans, b White - 9
Total for 3 wkts. - 29

The 1st XI. travelled up to Salisbury to play St. George's in the semi-final of the Schools Cup on Saturday, November 6th.

St. George's, batting first, made an auspicious beginning, and by tea time had scored 61 for 4. However, after tea the side collapsed badly and were dismissed for 88. Lark and Higham bowled well, and Hill backed them up with excellent wicket keeping. Umtali started their innings badly, the first three wickets falling for only six runs. But Hill and Lark coming together played sound cricket and managed to pass the opponents' score. The innings closed soon afterwards for 101, giving Umtali a small lead. Hill played a magnificent innings of patience and skill, and saved the side from entire collapse.

In their second innings after lunch, St. George's attacked the bowling, with the result that the School was given an hour and a half to make 96. Umtali played cautiously to their undoing for a collapse set in. Wickets fell at irregular intervals and runs were scarce. Symes put up a spirited resistance, being the only man to reach double figures. With only a few minutes to go the last man was out l.b.w., thus giving St. George's an exciting victory by 58 runs.

The scores were as follows:—

(1st Innings).
Bell, st. Hill, b Higham - 30
Searle, c Gould, b Lark - 3
Maclean, c Woodward, b Gould - 8
Macnamara, b Woodward - 6
Scrivener, st. Hill, b Higham -13
Morris, lbw, b Higham - 2
Savage, c Hill, b Lark - 3
Storey, run out - 5
Mannix, not out -14
Kerr, c and b Lark - 2
Clegg, b Lark - 1
Extras - 1
Total - 88

Bowling: Lark 4 for 24, Higham 3 for 14.

(2nd Innings)
Bell, c Hill, b Higham - 9
Searle, c Godfrey, b Lark - 0
Maclean, c Woodward b Higham - 36
Macnamara, not out - 37
Scrivener, b Lark - 0
Morris, lbw, b Evershed -1
Savage, c Reid, b Lark - 7
Storey, st Hill, b Evershed - 13
Mannix, b Godfrey  - 2
Kerr, b Gould - 0
Clegg did not bat.
Extras - 3
Total - 108

Bowling: Lark 3 for 54, Evershed 2 for 2.

(1st Innings).
Symes, c and b Maclean - 1
Muggleton, c Morris, b Savage - 3
Godfrey, b Maclean - 1
Hill, not out - 48
Reid, c and b Maclean - 8
Higham, lbw, b Savage - 3
Evershed, c and b Maclean - 7
Lark, c Storey, b Maclean - 23
Woodward, b Maclean - 2
Walton, lbw, b Maclean - 0
Gould, b Maclean - 0
Extras - 5
Total - 101

Bowling: Maclean 8 for 48, Savage 2 for 37.

(2nd Innings).
Symes, lbw, b Savage - 12
Muggleton, b Maclean - 1
Godfrey, lbw, b Maclean - 3
Hill, b Maclean - 0
Reid, b Maclean - 0
Higham, c Searle, b Savage - 6
Evershed, b Savage - 6
Lark, c Storey, b Maclean - 4
Woodward, lbw, b Savage - 2
Walton, b Savage - 0
Gould, not out - 3
Extras 2
Total - 40

Bowling: Maclean 5 for 16, Savage 5 for 22.

The Cross-Country Run
The Cross-Country was a very successful event this year, due chiefly to the keenness of Mr. Hodgson. Large fields turned out to both the League and training runs. Gomes, last year's winner, came first in all three League runs, though he was hard-pressed by Evans, who tied with him for first place in the second League run. In the final run Walton came third.

The improvement in the runs during the Term was very noticeable. The time for the first run was bettered by nearly two minutes in the final run.

A new course was tried this year, but the old one is still retained for all the League runs.

Cadet Notes, 1937

The high standard of previous years has been fully maintained this year. Two Platoons, a Band, and a Signalling Section, as well as a Recruit Squad have received instruction. On the resignation of Lieutenant Walker at the end of the first Term, Lieutenant Jarvis has commanded the No. 1 Platoon.

At the beginning of the second Term the Cadets were inspected by the Commandant on the Lower Field at Chancellor House. In his report he stated that No. 1 Platoon was very well turned out, the arms drill was good, and that it was a "Satisfactory Inspection."

Twelve Cadets took part in the Annual Local Weapon Meeting. Lark figured twice on the prize-list and won the Harrison Cup, presented to the Cadet with the highest individual aggregate. Three Cadets attended the Melsetter, and two the Rusape District Weapon Meetings. A team also competed at Chipinga, where they carried off one team event.

In the third Term a shooting team travelled to Salisbury to compete against the Prince Edward and the St. George's Cadets.

In the Bisley Competition fairly good scores were made, but the very high standard reached by Matabeleland proved too difficult to beat. Shooting took place under difficult conditions and the scores were quite creditable.

Spoons were presented by the Headmaster to the under mentioned cadets formaking highest scores in the Inter-School Correspondence Shoot:—

Major-General Edward's Cup (.22 Range):
Over 15: G. Neaves - 57 (possible 60)
Under 15: P. Uren - 58 (possible 60)
Directors' Shield Competition (.303):
Highest score: G. Cripps 51 (possible 60)

Sergeant J. Jarvis to be 2nd Lieutenant.
Corporals Walton, Phillips, Pope and Hill to be Sergeants.
Cadets Corbett, Baker, Botha, and Reid to be Corporals.
Cadet Birch to be Lance-Corporal.

Scouts, 1st Umtali Troop
When School re-opened in January it was found that several useful patrol leaders had left. Some comparatively young Scouts were promoted and a pleasing feature of the year has been the quiet and efficient manner in which patrol leaders and seconds have responded to the responsibilities placed upon them. Meetings have been held in the gymnasium on Fridays, 7.30-9.0 p.m. In addition, a recruits' class was held in the first term for training in Tenderfoot work. An enthusiastic camp-fire concluded the activities of the first term.

Three camps were held during the second term at the Jungle. D. Symes, Crawford, J. Seymour, D. Seymour, and Heron became Second-Class Scouts and together with Uren received Cook's Badges.

Each camp included in its programme a Scouts Own Service and a camp- fire. Time was found in order to climb the neighbouring kopjes.

A class in knotting and splicing was held during the second term under the direction of Mr. Trubi, who kindly volunteered to act as instructor to twelve of the Troop.

The strength of the Troop continues to be above forty. Rovers Mitchelmore and Fox are now actively assisting the Scoutmaster.

During the last term of the year the Scoutmaster is on leave and the Troop is at present under the guidance of the Hon. Local Secretary, Mr. Rodney Vowles.

Guide Notes, 1937

At the end of last year many of our Guides of long standing left School and our best wishes go with them for their future happiness and success. Throughout the year our numbers have kept high in the 1st and 2nd Companies, and we are pleased to say that a 3rd Company has been started. Miss Heaume, Miss Hibbert, and Miss Winson have been welcomed as Lieutenants.

The Guides have participated in several functions, including the Coronation Service, the Renewal of the Promise Ceremony with the Scouts, Cubs and Brownies on the occasion of the visit of Colonel Robins, the Commissioner for the Colony. A "Guides Own" was held on Guide Sunday. Perhaps the most memorable undertaking was the Coronation Rally and Camp held in Salisbury in June. Seventy Guides and Brownies attended this function, and we were 600 in Camp. We met and made friends with Guides from all over Rhodesia, and had such fun renewing friendships with Guides whom we had met at previous Rallies, and also with the "Old Umtali Guides" who are doing their bit as Guiders in so many parts of the Colony.

A Company of Cadet Rangers has come into existence, and we hope it will take shape and become really active next Term.

Guide Greetings and Happy Days!


Swimming Gala
This year the School Swimming Gala was held through the kindness of the Municipality in the Municipal Baths.

This was the first school festivity held since the new House, Fairbridge, was formed, and great enthusiasm was shown throughout all the houses.

We were sorry that the girls' race against the Convent had to be cancelled, but hope that next year we shall be able to compete against them.

Mr. Hill, at the end of the afternoon, thanked the staff and the judges, Miss Mackay, Major Bowles, Mr. Winkel, Mr. Alexander, Mr. Hodgson, Mr. Slaven, Mr. Davis and Mr. Heron, for all they had done. Miss Palmer was also thanked for the trouble she had taken with the refreshments.

Mrs. Bain, the Mayoress, presented the prizes and said how much she had enjoyed the afternoon.

The results were as follows:—

Two lengths, senior boys: 1, Mackenzie; 2, Woodward; 3, Mare. Time: 44.2 secs.

50 yards, girls: 1, J. Collie; 2, M. Bower; 3, A. Frost. Time: 86 secs.

100 yards championship, boys (under 16): 1, Mackenzie; 2, Gould; 3, Allen. Time: 1 min. 24 2-5th secs.

100 yards championship, Senior boys: 1, Mare; 2, Mackenzie; 3, Woodward. Time: 1 min. 13 secs.

One length, senior boys: 1, Mackenzie; 2, Woodward; 3, Mare. Time: 19 secs.

50 yards championship, junior boys: 1, Coaton; 2, Stokes; 3, Adair. Time: 35 secs.

50 yards championship, senior boys: 1, Woodward; 2, Mackenzie; 3, Mare. Time: 31 1-5th secs.

One length, senior girls: 1, J. Hodgson; 2, J. Collie; 3, M. Cole. Time: 22. 2-5th secs.

House team race, Junior girls: 1, Moffat; 2, Stanley; 3, Fairbridge; 4, Livingstone.

Senior girls: 1, Livingstone; 2, Stanley; 3, Fairbridge; 4, Moffat.

Junior boys: 1, Fairbridge; 2, Stanley; 3, Livingstone; 4, Moffat.

Senior boys: 1, Moffat; 2, Stanley; 3, Livingstone; 4, Fairbridge.

Boys' water polo: Moffat,"8; Livingstone,  8

One length Junior boys: 1, Coaton; 2, Stokes; 3, Elliott. Time: 21 secs.

Diving, Senior boys: 1, Mackenzie; 2, Reid; 3, Allen.

Two lengths, Junior boys: 1, Coaton; 2, Rail; 3, Stokes. Time: 53 secs

Diving, Junior boys: 1, Saunders; 2, Stokes; 3, Gale."

One width, 11 years and under, boys: 1, Gale; 2, Saunders; 3, Chevallier. Time: 21 secs.

One width, 11 years and under, girls: 1, M. Cowie; 2, J. Bowles; 3, M. Perkins. Time: 10 l-10th secs.

One width, girls, 12-13 years: 1, M. Gale; 2, O. Bailey; 3, J. Shepherd-Cross. Time: 7 2-5th Secs.

Diving, Senior girls: 1, S. Winson; 2, P. Nicolson; 3, G. Hodgson.

25 yards back stroke, girls, open: 1, J. Hodgson; 2, O. Bailey; 3, M. Gale.

Diving, Junior girls: 1, J. Godfrey; 2, M. Gale; 3, P. Smith.

1 width, beginners, girls: 1, G. Peets; 2, C. Saurman; 3, J. Bowles.

1 length, 14 and under, girls: M. Gale; 2, P. Smith; 3, R. Cocker. Time: 24 secs.

25 yards, Junior girls: 1, R. Cocker; 2, P. Smith; 3, M. Gale.

House Champions: Stanley, 109; Moffat, 96; Livingstone, 69; Fairbridge, 47.

School Champions: Boys, Senior, J. Mackenzie. Junior, J. Coaton, 10, 100

yards, under 16, Mackenzie. Girls, Senior: Jean Collie. Junior: Margery Gale.

Senior boys' champion (runner-up): F. Mare.
Senior girls' champion (runner-up): June Hodgson.
Two lengths, Senior boys: Mackenzie.
50 yards, Senior girls: J. Collie.
50 yards, Senior boys: Woodward.
Two lengths, Junior boys: Coaton.
25 yards back stroke, girls: J. Hodgson.
100 yards, boys (under 16): Mackenzie.
Junior girls' champion: M. Gale.
Junior boys' champion: Coaton.
Junior girls' champion (runner-up): Peggy Smith.
Junior boys' champion (runner-up): D. Stokes.

The "Rime" of the Ancient Borderer
It is an ancient Borderer
And he stoppeth one of three.
"By thy long grey beard and glittering eye,
Now wherefore stopp'st thou me ?

Donaldson's doors are opened wide
And I am next to tea.
My friends are met, the time is set.
May'st hear them calling me."

He holds him with his glittering eye.
The High School boy stood still
And listened like a three years child.
The Old Boy hath his will.

The car was cheered the way was cleared,
Merrily off went they.
"Away from Chancellor House," quoth he.
On the road to U.A.A.

At length did cross an ancient fowl,
Along the road came she
And though I curved and braked and swerved,
I killed the bird: Ah me!

And I had done a hellish thing,
As it did work us woe.
For all averred I had killed the bird
That made the tries to flow.

The fair breeze blew, the fly half flew,
The forwards followed free.
We were the first that ever burst
And score a try did we.

Down dropt the breeze, the tries slowed down.
'Twas sad as sad could be.
And we did play through force of sport
And they did say 'twas me.

For I did cause the team to lose.
I'll remember till I die,
How each one turned with a ruffled look
And cursed me with his eye.

Since then at an uncertain hour
That agony returns.
Until my ghastly tale is told
My heart within me burns.

Farewell, consider you my last behest,
And tell to other High School men.
He playeth best who loveth best,
Both man and beast and hen.


Girls' Games


This year eleven courts have been in constant use, and there has been considerable improvement in play, every girl being interested and anxious to improve her strokes.

D. Lowth was elected Captain, and M. Jordaan Vice-Captain for 1937. The School Championships were played during the last Term of 1936, N. Spragge winning the Junior Singles, and B. Taylor and M. Jordaan the Senior Doubles.

The following girls played in the First Team: D. Lowth and M. Jordaan, J. Pascoe and H. Kloppers, M. Roberts and B. Taylor. The team was much more successful this year than they were last.

1936 November 2—Hillside Ladies v. School: 5—4 setts (lost)
November 4-—Penhalonga v. School: 5—4 setts (lost).
November 14—Past v. Present: 84—63 games to Past.

1937 February 17—Penhalonga v. School: 5—4, setts (lost).
February 24—Raylton v. School: 6—3 setts (won).
March 3—Penhalonga v. School: 5—4 setts (won).
March 17—Hillside v. School: 5—4 setts (won).
March 24—Penhalonga v. School: 6—3 setts (lost).
October 2—Salisbury Convent: 118—47 games (lost).
October 20—Park Ladies v. School: 6—3 setts (lost).
October 23—Hillside Ladies v. School: 5—4 setts (lost).
October 30—Past v. Present: 155—106 games (won).
November 3—Penhalonga v. School: 5—4 setts (won).

In the match against the Salisbury Convent, in spite of the rather large difference in the scores, the Umtali team played quite well and many of the games were a hard fight. The first couple did well to win two of their doubles matches. D. Lowth, the Captain, played particularly well both in the doubles and singles, and in addition to winning two matches in the doubles, she also won her singles.

Altogether the Umtali team put up a creditable fight against an exceptionally good School Tennis Team.

The team was made up as follows: D. Lowth (Captain) and J. Pascoe, B. Barrow and M. Roberts, B. Taylor and S. Winson.

In addition to the above team the following also played against the Past Girls: H. Kloppers, M. Parks, M. Bower, J. Collins, J. Hodgson, P. Lark, and B. Mellor.

Daphne Lowth won the Senior Tennis Championship Cup, and M. Hall and A. Venter were the winners of the Junior Girls' Doubles Competition.

1st Teams.  - 2nd Teams.
Livingstone v. Fairbridge: 2—7 to Fairbridge; 5—4 to Livingstone.
Moffat v. Fairbridge: 1—8 to Fairbridge; 2—7 to Fairbridge.
Stanley v. Fairbridge: 6—3 to Fairbridge; 4—5 to Fairbridge.
Livingstone v. Stanley: 4—5 to Stanley; 5—4 to Livingstone.
Moffat v. Livingstone: 1—8 to Livingstone; 4—5 to Livingstone.
Stanley v. Moffat: 7—2 to Stanley; 6—3 to Stanley.
Result: Fairbridge, 50; Livingstone, 40; Stanley, 30; Moffat, 0.


D. LOWTH (Captain).—Played well and steadily in all matches. Her back hand has improved, and she plays with much more confidence.

M. JORDAAN.—Is good and, although she missed matches because of a disabled knee, she plays a much better game than she did last year

J. PASCOE.—Shows steady improvement and is much quicker on the court.

M. E. ROBERTS.—Is a keen, hard worker and has improved considerably in consequence. She is still a little uncertain and excitable in matches.

B. TAYLOR.—Is a steady player and reliable in matches. A keen member of the team.

H. KLOPPERS.—Has not improved as was expected. She tries hard, but should vary her strokes more and try to get more pace on the ball.

B. BARROW.—Has been a very useful member of the School team this term. She has good style and some very good shots. She is inclined to be erratic, but if she can correct this fault and also speed up her footwork, she should make a really good player.


Hockey has improved considerably this season. We were able to enter two teams for the League Matches and both worked very hard. Unfortunately the new field was not completed, but we hope it will be in use next year. We were not as successful in the Women's League as we were last year; Raylton was first and the School "A" team second.

J. Pascoe was elected Captain and M. Roberts Vice-Captain for 1937. The following played in "A" team: A. Frost (goal), M. du Preez (left back), J. Collins (right back), P. Nicolson (left half), S. Winson (centre-half), D. Bull (right half), M. Roberts (right wing), M. Parks (right inner), J. Pascoe (centre), D. Clay (left inner), D. Lowth (left wing).

Results of Matches.
2nd June: School "A" v. Town (lost 4—3).
9th June: School "B" v. Raylton (lost (5—0).
16th June: School "B" v. Town (2—2).
21st June: School "A" v. School "B" ("A" 3—2).
23rd June: School "B" v. Town (2—2).
3rd July: School "A" v. Salisbury (lost (9—0).
15th July: School "A" v. School "B" ("A" 4—2).
21st July: School "A" v. Raylton (lost 3—2).
24th July: School "B" v. Raylton (lost (2—0).
24th July: School "A" v. Town (won 3—1).
28th July: School "A" v. Raylton (2—2).

Two rounds were played in the House hockey matches with the following results:—

1st Teams. 2nd Teams.
Moffat v. Stanley: 7—3 to Stanley; 3—2 to Stanley.
Fairbridge v. Livingstone: 3—2 to Fairbridge; 3—1 to Fairbridge.
Moffat v. Livingstone: 6—2 to Livingstone; 3—2 to Livingstone.
Fairbridge v. Stanley: 4—2 to Fairbridge; 2—2 draw.
Moffat v. Fairbridge: 10—3 to Fairbridge; 1—1 draw.
Stanley v. Livingstone: 4—2 to Livingstone; 3—1 to Livingstone.

Result: Fairbridge, 50; Livingstone, 40; Stanley, 25; Moffat, 5.

The First Team.

A. FROST.—Has played well. She is inexperienced at present but next season ought to be good. In defending she sends the ball over the line too frequently, but her judgment is good in coming out to tackle.

M. DU PREEZ.—Her game has improved in every match. She is sure and reliable.

J. COLLINS.—Has played well in the short time she has had as a back. Should be good next season.

P. NICOLSON.—Has played steadily all through the season and is a reliable half in matches.

S. WINSO.—Could be brilliant, but she is unreliable, and in matches her play was either very good or distressingly bad.

D. BULL.—Is young and inexperienced, but played well and ought to be good in time.

J. PASCOE (Captain).—Made a better centre-forward than wing. Her shooting was much better at the end of the season.

D. CLAY.—Has justified her selection by playing in every successive match.

M. PARKS.—Has improved, but is a little disappointing at times. She lacks confidence.

D. LOWTH.—Centres very well near the circle, but is slow in the field, and sometimes misses amazingly simple passes.

M. ROBERTS.—A very fast wing with good stick work. She uses her speed to advantage. She is a good player, but a certain excitability in matches causes her to miss opportunities, and if she could overcome this, her play would be excellent.

SWIMMING.The swimming of the girls seems to have improved this year and much more interest has been shown, so that there was more and keener competition. Since swimming was not made compulsory this season, there were fewer swimmers, but those who did attend on Thursdays were keen and anxious to improve. More interest was shown in diving this year. We were again disappointed in not being able to compete in the Inter-School Gala held in Bulawayo. Our own gala was very successful, while in the Umtali Swimming Club Gala many of the honours were carried off by competitors from the High School. The School team obtained first place in the team race against the Convent School and the Town teams.

The team: J. Hodgson, M. Cole, M. Bower, J. Collie.

J. Hodgson is a good swimmer with excellent style.

M. Cole ought to be better than she is and should try to improve her arm stroke, which is stiff and awkward.

M. Bower would be much faster if she improved the leg-stroke. It has too small a compass at present.

J. Collie is good and has steadily improved each season.

The Lamentations of the Afflicted
Psychologists tell us that the female sex is usually kind and compassionate. But the fair members of the Domestic Science Class would confound them. For they have no concern whatever for our digestions, if one is to judge from the sweets served out at a recent concert.
The stomach is a delicate organ, and should be respected as such. But the apparently heartless D.S. pupils seem to imagine that we are ideally suited to remove the debris of amateur confectioners.
Being a mere male I have no conception of what goes on in the mysterious recesses of the D.S. Room, hence I can only surmise. But, having partaken of the results, I should imagine that the sweets are made in much the same way as a witchdoctor concocts his most potent "medicines."
One wonders if the ingredients are mixed to the accompaniment of weird chantings by the assembly of white-aproned pupils. And whether the girls are thrown into fits of unholy glee at the thought of the unwary schoolboys they will presently ensnare with the cunningly disguised sweetmeats.

To lure the boy on to his doom coy damsels, like the Lorelei maiden of yore, entice him to disaster. Egged on by the appealing eyes of the vendor, the victim makes large purchases, perhaps not realising what Fate has in store for him.
He tastes, and makes a grimace, but the thought of those appealing eyes stops any criticism. Being hungry, and as to most schoolboy^ the term "having a good time" is synonymous with "a bust-up," he is compelled to consume more. Towards the end of the evening he experiences a vague uncomfortable feeling in that delicate organ, the stomach. . . .
The object of our attention spends a troubled night.
The next day or two is spent in bitterly criticising the authorities for allowing irresponsible young ladies to have access to the D.S. Room, and he also gives his candid opinion of said girls.
But Time, as everyone knows, is a great healer, and he soon forgets his woe. Later, ruminating on the subject of sweets, he says, "Well, they weren't too bad,
considering who made them!"
And I agree, don't you, that they weren't so bad, considering. . . .
B. du P.

A Reply to the Preceding
In view of the sudden impetus given to the Modern side of our scholastic studies, we have been wondering whether the authorities could not find it possible to include a course in cookery and its allied arts for the male element of the School. Perhaps some such scheme would help to alleviate the jealousy some of our contemporaries appear to feel for the more fortunate of us who have access to the Domestic Science Room.
The female of the species, being kind and compassionate, has too long been moved by the longing glances and envious peeps cast through the D.S.R. door, no longer can she heartlessly ignore the lingering steps of her male confederates as they pass by, no longer can she suffer to see them journeying back and forth, so obviously to catch some chance fleeting whiff from the savoury dishes being prepared within, or even a glimpse at the tempting morsels that are the cause of their dismay. Our soft hearts are being moved more every day by the piteous sight—something must be done.
Why is Fate so unfair in its distribution of the good things of this world as to permit the more capable sex alone to enjoy these culinary pleasures, while the poor boys must fill in their time by making abominable odours in the Science Lab., or hammering their thumb-nails in the Woodwork Room? We fail to understand and can only offer you from the depths of our sympathetic hearts—our regrets.
But perhaps the years of experience and the deeper knowledge that belong to the more enlightened have taught man his shortcomings. Knowing that such a delicate art could be placed only in the hands of the gentler sex, where clumsiness is a sacrilege and inaccuracy a crime, he must surely realise the folly of his dreams of conquering the domain of cooking. We must allow such remarks as "I dare you to" and "Go on!" which assail our ears as the sufferers pass by, to go unheeded and unacknowledged. We must sadly face years of gloating glances and learn to bear with fortitude the envious jealousy of those who allow "I dare
not" to wait upon "I would."
We have replied to your lament fully understanding the loss you are sustaining, and realising with sympathy the extent of your yearning towards thefulfilment of your gustatory faculties.


House Notes
Livingstone House are to be congratulated on winning the House Championship this year. Stanley House were not far behind them, with Fairbridge and Moffat third and fourth respectively.

Captains: R. Lark and Peggy Nicolson. (Vice-Captain, Joan Pascoe).
Stanley House has had quite a successful year. During the course of the first Term we won the Swimming Championship, and also Athletics by the narrow margin of half a point. Congratulations are due to all who took part both in the swimming and athletics events.
During the second Term we did not do as well as we expected. We managed to come second in the Rugby Competition, but seeing that we lost some very useful members of the team during the course of the Term, we consider ourselves fortunate in obtaining second place. Congratulations to N. van der Merwe and B. Botha, both of whom gained their Rugby Colours this' season.
In the Tennis Competition, the mixed doubles were quite a success, but here again we did not do quite as well as we expected, obtaining only third place.

All through the year both boys and girls have been very keen, and we hope that this keenness will continue.
The following have been awarded their House Colours: R. Lark, J. Evershed.
The first important event of the year was the Swimming Gala, in which Stanley did very well, obtaining first place, closely followed by Livingstone. We repeated the success of the gala on Sports Day, again coming first, largely through the excellent support of the boys. Congratulations are due to all those who took part in these events.
We drew for first place with Livingstone in the Cricket Competition and came second in both Boxing and Rugby, and fourth in the Cross-Country Run.
Our Hockey and Tennis have not been of the best, but with such a keen House spirit and promising material we should do well in future. We came third in both the Inter-House Hockey and Tennis, while the results of the Inter-House Mixed Doubles, played off this Term showed us to be only five points below Fair- bridge and Livingstone.
Congratulations to J. Pascoe who has won her Hockey Colours, and to P. Nicolson, J. Pascoe, and S. Winson who have gained their House Colours.
Captains: E. M. McLean and Barbara Taylor. (Vice-Captain: Daphne Lowth).

Livingstone House has been successful in obtaining the first place for the past six years, and we hope to repeat our success at the end of the present year.

Our Rugby activities have proved successful this year, owing to the enthusiasm of all concerned. We tied for first place in Tennis with Moffat House, but we were not so fortunate in the Swimming Competition, finishing only third. Cricket and Athletics were satisfactory, and we just managed to win the Boxing. Congratulations to Stanley House for having put up such a good fight, and to T. Reid and G. Symes for winning their House Colours.


Since a new House was introduced into the House system at the beginning of this year, all four Houses were re-picked, and altogether both our old and new members have done us credit. Although we have had few major successes our total points are well in advance of the other Houses.

Last year the girls lost both their House-Mistresses, and we welcome into their places Miss Palmer and Miss Heaume.

Swimming was again combined, but our efforts were not as successful as they might have been, for we came only third. We ran Stanley a very close second in the Sports, and in the Inter-House Tennis we tied for first place with Fairbridge.

We won our Hockey matches against Moffat and Stanley, but were beaten by Fairbridge in both games.

Congratulations to D. Lowth, who has gained her Tennis Colours, and to B. Taylor, D. Lowth, J. Hodgson, M. Bower on winning their House Colours.


Captains: J. Higham and Mary Roberts. (Vice-Captain: Marie du Preez.)

We have been unfortunate this year in losing our House Captain during the middle Term. We were very weak in the Senior Division, but our Juniors pulled us up considerably. We came third in the Sports, and congratulate Dysart on the Middle Boys Victor Ludorum. We came second in the Swimming Competition, for in this division we had a strong Senior team, and managed to obtain two places in each event.

In the Cross-Country we did well in the League Runs, but unfortunately dropped to third place in the final run. Although the House was beaten at Rugby, the results were very close, and in no match were we overwhelmed. This year Moffat boxers have been very enthusiastic, especially the Juniors. In the School Tournament we won four weights, only one of our finalists being beaten.

During the first Term we were not very successful in Cricket. Our Juniors did quite well, but the Seniors were not outstanding. This Term, however, we look forward confidently to winning both the Cricket and the Tennis.

Congratulations to the following on being awarded their House Colours:
J. Higham, J. Godfrey, D. Symes, D. Lourenco, J. Kok, T. Delaney, F. Chevallier.


This year Moffat has achieved a fair amount of success, and at the end of the second Term, in conjunction with the boys, has a very fair total of points. We were not successful in Tennis during the first Term, but were placed second in the Swimming Gala and third in the Annual Athletics. We must congratulate P. Hutchinson, who won the Junior Victrix Ludorum.
The Hockey team improved and, towards the end of the season, played well, though we lost several matches.

Congratulations to M. du Preez and M. Roberts, who have been awarded their Hockey Colours and to M. Roberts on winning her House Colours.


Captains: N. Hill and Helena Kloppers. (Vice-Captain: Joan Collins.)

Fairbridge House has been established only this year, and taking this fact into consideration we have done quite well, being more successful in team events than those in which individual effort was required. This in itself is a good sign, and we hope that it will be the beginning of a tradition of real team work in the House.

The Swimming Gala was the first Inter-House event: in this we finished fourth, although we had the runner-up for the Junior Cup. In the Athletic Sports we were again fourth, lacking Junior representatives of any merit We were more successful in Cricket and Rugby, obtaining third place in both competitions. By winning the final of the Cross-Country Run we gained second place in the season's runs.

Congratulations to N. Hill, V. B. Pope, and L. Muggleton on being awarded their House Colours.


Despite the fact that much keenness has been shown by all members of the House, we have not had a very successful first year. We hope to give a much better account of ourselves next year. As it was we won both Senior and Junior Tennis matches, and came first with Livingstone in the mixed doubles. We came first also in the Hockey Competition.

Congratulations to J. Collie on winning the Championship Swimming Cup, and to H. Kloppers, B. Barrow, and J. Collie on winning their House Colours.


The Stag

How nice to look, how nice to feast
Upon this lovely, stately beast.
His noble head he held with pride,
The dew did glisten on his hide.

When yet he was a tiny fawn,
He went with dam to drink at dawn,
During the day he gambolled free,
Or grazed or lazed beneath a tree.

Upon the heaths or in the plain,
All damp with dew or drenched with i;
He often browsed with doe and mate
Until the day he met his fate.

He met with death one frosty morn,
When huntsmen to the sound of horn,
With fiery steeds and baying pack,
Soon found the scent of new made track.

The end came soon, 'tis sad to say.
To save his herd he had to stay.
One gleaming arrow was enough,
To bring him to the ground so rough.

No other deer fell by his side,
For stretching out with mighty stride,
The stag alone of all was left,
Their safety gained in distant cleft.

A noble beast, he nobly died,
Whose antlered head was held with pride,
His graceful form is seen no more,
His blood has stained the cold, bleak moor.

His antlered head, now on the wall,
Adorns the king's great banquet hall.
His eyes gaze out with glassy stare,
The pulsing life no longer there.


The Debating Society.

The Debating Society held its first meeting this year during the Middle Term. The following officers were elected: President, Mr. B. B. Hill; Chairman, Mr. A. J. A. Russell; Pupil-Chairman, Mr. V. P. Pope; Secretary, Miss Barbara Taylor.

Meetings of the Society were held as follows:—

July 30th: The motion before the House was "that men should remain single," proposed by Miss H. Kloppers and opposed by Mr. J. Walton. Mr. V. B. Pope spoke third and Mr. C. Lecanides fourth. The motion was defeated by 28 votes to 12.

August 13th: Mr. J. Mackenzie proposed, "that games should be compulsory," and was opposed by Miss K. Jackson. Miss J. Collins spoke third, and Mr. J. Jarvis fourth. The motion was carried by 29 votes to 13.

The last debate of the Term was held on September 17th, when Mr. A. Myburgh proposed, "that Mankind is better for being civilised." Mr. B. du Preez opposed the motion. Miss M. Roberts spoke third and was followed by Miss H. Kloppers. The motion was lost by 31 votes to 16.

The Library
Committee, 1937: R. Lark and Barbara Taylor (ex officio, as Senior boy and girl); D. A. Baker, Maurine Bower, Joan Collins, B. du Preez, Evelyn Farquhar, H. F. Joubert, J. Mackenzie, Helen Ritchie.

For the greater part of the year the Library has been housed in a room in the Manica Lodge. This has been an improvement on the class-room that we had to share with the commercial students last year, but even these quarters are very congested. We are all the more pleased to hear that according to present arrangements the new Library will be ready for us by next September.

Comparatively few new books have been purchased in order that we may have a satisfactory balance to concentrate on the different sections of the Reference Library, and have as much new material as possible for the opening of the new building next year. We realise that with the change in examinations on the one hand and the specialised work of the Modern School on the other the Reference Section will play an even larger part in the work of the School, and for this reason this section will receive a considerably larger share of the funds at our disposal than it has received in the past.

The following are among the more important titles purchased during the past year:—Caton-Thompson, Zimbabwe Culture; C. H. Firth, Cromwell; H. A. L. Fisher, A History of Europe; R. Fairbridge, Pinjara; V. C. Buckley, With a Passport and Two Eyes; F. Windram, Night over Africa; F. Fleming, News from Tartary; G. Mossop, Running the Gauntlet; R. J. M. Gould-Adams, South Africa To-day and To-morrow; J. E. S. Green, Rhodes Goes North; H. W. van Loon, The Story of Mankind (replacement); P. Gibbs, Ordeal in England; R. E. Boyd, Antarctic Discovery; G. Baldwin, Service of Our Lives; R. Brooke, Complete Poems; V. Wilkins, And So—Victoria.

We thank the following for their kindness in presenting books to the Library: Mrs. C. E. Fripp, D. Dysart, F. Joubert, Dr. and Mrs. W. A. Rail, W.Willows and E. M. McLean.

We gratefully acknowledge a donation of £10 from the Umtali Municipality.

Junior School Notes.
During the past year Mr. J. P. Hutchinson was appointed Headmaster of the Junior School, thus nominally separating the Junior from the Senior School. There is, however, no danger of the two Schools drifting apart. They have too many interests in common; they have common ideals and have built up a common tradition. Our School motto, "Ex Montibus Robur," urges us all, Junior and Senior alike, to prove the truth of its proud boast. It is our earnest hope in the Junior School that our ties will be strengthened rather than weakened, and that we shall continue to regard ourselves always as members of the Umtali High School.

The School has taken part in Soccer matches against Ruzawi and Rusape. The School won the former at home by 4 goals to nil, and also the match at Ruzawi by 5 goals to nil. We also managed to beat Rusape by the only goal after a hard game.

The Inter-House League games played on Saturday mornings were popular. The final points in this series were: Moffat, 5; Livingstone, 4; Stanley, 3; Fairbridge, 0.

The Junior School House Captains were: Chevallier (Moffat); A. Markides (Livingstone); Gale (Stanley); and Rowell (Fairbridge).

 Old Borderers' Notes

Writing Old Borderers' Notes I once thought must be quite an easy matter, until this year the task fell to me. However, perhaps this short attempt will encourage past scholars to keep in closer touch with their Association, and that will be a service done in one direction at the expense of gossip.

Past scholars who remember her will deeply regret to learn of Dorothy Crockford's death which occurred in Salisbury Hospital last January. Dorothy left Umtali in 1927 and later joined the staff of the Statistical Department in Salisbury. She was always delicate and about four years ago her health became very much worse. Her office colleagues particularly will remember her for the patience and courage with which she faced her difficulties and her cheerful spirit. To her relatives we offer our deep sympathy.

To Dorothy Barlow (nee Home) and Marjorie Muir we also offer our deepest sympathy in their bereavements.

This year we hope has seen the Association more firmly established. The Old Boys' Section continue to acquit themselves well in the field of sport. The Old Girls are naturally more shy and retiring but nevertheless are making names for themselves in various activities of the town.

The Salisbury Branch we are glad to hear have a strong membership and thanks are extended to Edward Levy, Terence Klasen and Ruth Tapson for their hard work in establishing the Branch. Their third Re-union held this year was a great success. The Old Hararians have generously agreed to help with the occasional loan of sports fields and it is hoped that more sporting entertainments will thus be held than have been possible in the past.

Mr. W. Myburgh, one of the most untiring members of our Committee, has taken on further responsibility this year. We heartily congratulate' him on his wedding and wish him and his bride every happiness. These good wishes we also extend to Peggy Watson on her marriage to Mr. Prentice; Mary Palmer on her marriage to Sergeant Christie, and to other Old Borderers who have taken the step and failed to keep us in the news.
We heartily congratulate Mr. and Mrs. Teddy Blatch on their son and heir, and feel confident that if he continues to enjoy the same lusty spirit and good health he will be a credit to our Committee in the future, probably the Boxing Section.

Best wishes to Mary Young and Mr. Charles Bennett on their forthcoming marriage. Also to John Barry who has dared to choose his bride from the School Staff itself.

Congratulations and good wishes to Alice Brent on her engagement to Mr. Lindley.

Gladys Young sets us all an example with her farming venture outside Salisbury which, strange as it may seem, we understand pays its way.

Those Old Borderers who remember Eric Young will be interested to know that he is now married and a prosperous Civil Servant in Nigeria. So even Umtali School contributes to the outposts of the Empire.

As an Association we feel our dignity considerably enhanced by Mr. D. Catsicas' re-election for a further period of office as a City Father. We heartily congratulate him.

We welcome back to Umtali Margaret Buckley, Eva Thomas, Ella Beaton, and Ray Morris.

Amongst the air-minded we hear of Billy Stevens and Harry Went, and we congratulate the Old Borderers who are helping to establish the Gliding Club in this district.

To those Old Borderers who have taken up appointments this year we wish every success, and we do exhort those leaving in December to help swell our ranks and keep alive the motto given to us so many years ago by Mr. Sutherland—"Ex montibus Robus."

End of Magazine

Extracted and recompiled, from a hard copy of the magazine which was made available to ORAFs by Roger Higham, by Eddy Norris and for use on the Our Rhodesian Heritage Blog. Thank to Roger.

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