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In penning this, the second editorial of the revised School Magazine, our first duty is undoubtedly to express our sincere thanks to the people who helped to make our first number possible. Not every form came up to scratch, but, speaking generally, the response was quite satisfactory.
This term we are losing Davey, our former editor, who is also the eminent poet of the “sixth”. We have already lost de Grey, an extremely popular member of the “Science Sixth”.
We welcome the formation of a School A.T.C. flight. We understand that “ fifth formers” have many calls on their time, but, nevertheless, we feel that their response could have been better.
This flight took an active part in the recent “Wings for Victory” campaign, which proved very successful. Special mention of the School Savings Group must also be made.
Two traditions of the magazine have been introduced into this issue. They are the “Book of Uff” and the “Forum”. They proved very popular in the past, and we hope they will do so in the future.
This term, the Staff has been helped a great deal by the excellent services of the three students, Miss Baker, Miss Course and Miss Stuart. We are sure everyone will join with me in thanking them.
For some weeks now the School has been invaded by a cluster of blue uniforms with silver buttons. For the uninitiated, these lonely few are in the Air Training Corps and twice a week they attend classes officiated by members of the staff, hence the sprinkle of blue occurring twice during the course of the week. So far our compact little flight has been a great success showing that there is at least some spirit of the right sort prevalent in the School. The flight as regards numbers, is divided fairly evenly between the IV and VI forms, with only one “fifth former”. The lack of fifth form support is rather disappointing, but it is hoped that a few more might join the ranks in the near future.
The work is interesting as well as instructive. This is borne out by the fact, that all the fifth and sixth form members of the flight were previously in other A.T.C. flights.
The main objection to the flight seems to be the fact, that school homework might interfere with the A.T.C. activities. This is hardly the case, for the activities finish at 5.45pm on Mondays and Wednesdays also 7-9pm on the latter day. Subjects studied are Morse, Navigation, Wireless and P.T. on Wednesdays, which provide plenty of scope for the keen cadet. To finish, I might add that the only way it is possible to enter the R.A.F. now is through the portals of the A.T.C.
language of the fishes,
Over the meadows
came a breeze
A day in the life of a Sixth Former
9.25 am Arrives at school, trips over a “fag” in the doorway. Sings the hymn 90% out of tune.
9.45-11.00 Attends a lesson during which he:-
11.15-12.30 Nothing can be ascertained as to his activities during this period. He remains locked in the dark room, conducting experiments on Light – who light is, and what she is doing there, must remain for ever a closed book.
12.30-1pm Talks politics, to keep his mind off the ordeal to come
1.10pm School dinner (after this, there is usually a short period of prayer for the souls of those, who failed to return)
1.45-3.45 Spent in the Advanced Lab. Preparing the morrow’s School Dinner – this is usually known as “doing Zoology”.
he arrives home after he:-
My research continues G.S. (VI)
The house was
still and silent,
(Leila Levy 2alpha)
The merchant ships
upon the sea,
(Mary Burton 3beta)
Whilst “digging for victory” the other week a piece of parchment was found by an associate. It was not written by the same person, who wrote the previous articles. We detected the special “everlasting” ink provided to the youths and maidens. Now war came to the citadel of UFF. And the elders and centurions did put their heads together, and the youths and maidens were removed from the citadel. And they arrived at the village of Npten, where they were received by the citizens with open arms and closed doors.
Now there were also in this village, the youths of the citadel of Creigh and the maidens of Bren. And Coo, the double centurion of Npten, said that the youths and maidens should be separate. And Pop did have to cycle from the citadel where the boys where, to reach Dem in minus five minutes. And he did invoke the help of Sam and Smut, who could do things with minuses. And Bill of the iron chariot did have to loose his steed for lack of fodder. And though he, and Ho and For did strive to conjure up some substitute, they did fail, and Bill did have to walk. And Dot did have two maidens “billeted on him”.
Now Dug, one of the centurions of Creigh, did say that there should be a citadel set aside for the youths and maidens to play. For he did say that “there is time to laugh, and a time to dance” (Eccles 111.4.).
Now did some youths and maidens return to Uff. And one night whilst Bill was watching the fires, there came a loud noise, and lo! A corridor was gone. It was even more mysterious then the wonders of Ho, who could make almost anything disappear and the wonders of Ing, who could do things with rabbits. And Wal did show the youths and maidens the space, and the youths did say “Pity (here the parchment was slightly blurred) wasn’t in it”.
And the youths did don their suits of blue, for they did say that they would have wings. And Par, the carpenter, did also don his suit of blue and did instruct them. And Lew and Bill did also instruct the youths. And Sto and Rob did take the youths for a walk round the citadel in threes. And the youths did look on and pass such comments as “Get up them stairs”.
Such were the happenings of Uff.
time before the war, the Staff were asked their pet aversions. This time
I asked the prefects their’s. And here they are:-
Any resemblance to
any human beings is purely co-incidental.
has been suggested, that we should compile a list of Old Scholars, who have
died serving their country, and of those, who have been decorated. A list of
serving Old Scholars is much too long to be included. Many of you have not
heard of, or know anything about those, who have given their lives, but I
think we should remember them and feel very proud of these brave fellows. They