WITH THE publication of this issue of THE GOLDONIAN I start my sixth year as editor, and although with every issue I, at some time or
other, despair of ever getting all copy in, I have thoroughly enjoyed this venture, and it has been a venture because I had never done this kind
of work before. My difficulty now of course is to make sure I do not become 'stale' and just wait for items to come in and then pass them on
to the printers.
You will notice that this issue is showing off a new type for the headings, and as I have said on previous, occasions, I am not a believer in
changing styles because something is just 'new', it must be an improvement too, and I hope you will all agree that our Bookprint Bold
headings are an improvement.
I was reading through some old GOLDONIANS a few weeks back, and I was very interested to read in the Winter edition of 1950 three
stories from boys and a master about their parts in the making of the film The Browning Version. As a result of the efforts of the boys of the
School of that time, the film company responsible for the making of the film presented us with a Bell and Howell 16mm. cine projector.
What a boon that projector has been, apart from the Thursday evening feature programmes when we can see popular and up-to-date films, we
have taken advantage of a great majority of the educational film libraries with films about every trade and activity imaginable. It is not
unusual for this old friend to be in use four or five evenings a week during the winter months, taking us to every corner of the world, and into
Like all machines however, the life of a projector is not ad infmitum, and after twelve years, well, 'fings ain't what they used to be!' So if any
film companies are looking for 'extras' (or 'leads' for that matter), a i6mm. projector on their expense sheet could probably solve their problem.
This term has seen the commencement of more improvements at the School, this time in the workshops. The Printing Department is in a great
upheaval, with the demolition of the warehouse and paper store, so that a two-storey wing can be erected, which will provide a new warehouse
on the ground floor with an up-to-date technical instruction room for junior and intermediate boys on the upper floor. Coupled with this major '
face lift' a new hand-rail is being fitted to the stairs of the Printing Department. Progress here has not been so good, and one is beginning to
wonder if the new wing may not be completed first!
In conclusion I would like to make two appeals. I feel it would be very fitting if we could run a feature about Old Boy personalities," of Old
Boys' achievements, and I feel the only safe way to do this would be for Old Boys who have staked a claim in the field of progress to write
in with their story with a photograph of themselves and permission for me to publish.
My second appeal is for any of the original issues of THE GOLDONIAN, that may be stored away harbouring dust, and would be very useful
to the Editor when he is short of copy. Thank you.
'WHAT MANNER OF MAN'
THERE is a curious passage in 'The General Epistle of James', which speaks of a man looking into a mirror. In the older translation of the
Bible, to which we are accustomed, we read of a man 'beholding his natural face in a glass', but in the modern translation he is described as
'one who looks in a mirror at the face nature gave him'.
You might think that this is just the one thing none of us can do anything about. None of us is born with a long nose, but some grow long and
others stay stubby. All babies have blue eyes, but some stay blue whilst others turn grey or brown and some say green, though personally I
have never seen any. Some have long ears and some flappy ears—it's just the luck of the draw and some of us, alas, have drawn an outsider.
But do the sum of all these features really constitute a face—I doubt it. The most noticeable feature of any face is the expression it bears.
This has no connection with the dimensions and shapes of the various parts, but reflects an inner quality. The expression is like a window,
through which we may see the real man or woman who dwells within. A face with a sneer is always ugly, however regular the features, but
a kindly expression makes an attractive face.
Next time you look into a mirror to straighten your tie, take a peek at your mouth to make sure it is not drooping with discontent; you might
adjust that also while you put the tie straight. Just see if you can detect a twinkle of good humour in the eyes—a little star dust might not
It is so very easy to get into the habit of looking on the dark side of things, finding fault and expressing discontent. Let's face it; we are all
more or less addicted to this plague of pessimism, both young and old, male and female. So, come on—let's do our facial exercises and give
our friends and colleagues a treat. Let us not go away, like the man in the scripture who forgot at once what he looked like. Take a longer
look and if we don't like what we see in the mirror, let us make a few adjustments, for it is kindly and charitable thoughts which really make
a face attractive. Don't you believe me? Well at least the treatment is free, so just give it a trial.
R. F. W.
ON TUESDAY, 20th March, we all once again took part in the simple but impressive Service, of Confirmation. This year the Service was
conducted by The Right Reverend John Boys, who is now Assistant Bishop of St. Albans and Director of the South African Church Institute.
Bishop Boys was formerly Bishop of Kimberley and Kuruman in South Africa.
Twenty boys were .confirmed by the Bishop and for them the Bishop's words at the beginning of the Service will be a keystone in their
calling as Christians,. In his address the Bishop emphasized the relevance of the Service not just to that moment—.the present, but to the
past as well as to the future. As always the Bishop's address was directed not just to those being confirmed but to the whole congregation,
being a reminder of their own calling in the
After the Service Bishop Boys talked informally for a while with the boys confirmed and their house-parents before presenting each boy
with a copy of the Book of Common Prayer and a Diocesan Confirmation card.
The boys confirmed were: Raymond Bowden, John Buggs, Geoffrey Cape, Leonard Carroll, Richard Daglish, David Graham, Christopher
Horsnell, Michael Horton, Thomas Hill, William Hill, Norman Ireland, Adrian Lang, Peter Matthews, David Norman, Peter Oblison, Paul
Pierce, James Rose, Brian Stockton, George
Turner, James Turner.
B. L. N,