House Parents; Mr. and Mrs. New
House Captain: Douglas Thompson
Group Leaders: Peter Marsh, Michael Willie, Robert Passmoor, John Lau, Anthony Toynton
Colours: Black and White.
LOOKING BACK on our first term at Goldings we are very pleased to be able to record quite a fair measure of achievement by our House.
We started by, within the first few days, seeing John Bassett off on his trip to Denmark, of which I hope there will be a separate account in
this issue, and shortly afterwards welcoming home our House-captain Douglas Thompson after his much longer and varied journey, the
details of which you can read elsewhere in this magazine.
Patrick Boltwood was our representative from Aberdeen in the School side which took the cricket trophy back from the Stepney Staff side
after four seasons struggle, and Anthony Toynton and Terry Bowden led the House swimming team to victory for the Senior swimming
cup, whilst we retain a half share in the Junior swimming cup with Cairns.
Although we did not shine so brightly on Athletics Day, all contestants put out their best, and we do not doubt that they will bring better
results next Sports Day.
On Prize-giving Day, held during the Exhibition of Work, Aberdeen House carried off no less than eleven prizes, these going to Leonard
Carroll, Michael Hindle, James Brown, Geoffrey Thomas, Peter Marsh, Malcolm Clewer, Brian Stockton, John Bassett, James Turner,
James Chapman, and Douglas Thompson, for which we heartily congratulate them, and the House Stand at the Exhibition was much
commented on by the visitors. We hope to find a separate description of this stand in this issue.
Although we have surrendered (pro tern we hope!) one of our cups (Tennis) to Somerset, we have won by four goals to nil the Senior
Football game, also against Somerset, and our footballers deserve special mention, namely Robert Passmoor, Patrick Boltwo'od, Douglas
Thompson, John Lau, and Gerald Horner.
Douglas Thompson has also earned special praise for his table tennis.
John Bassett who has already passed R.S.A, examinations (English) is now preparing for his Intermediate, and meanwhile, George
Turner, Malcolm Clewer, Leonard Carroll and Erie Magellan are still working towards their R.S.A. Examinations.
Aberdeen supplies a large proportion School Band, is well represented in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme whilst we must
not forget to mention our School Church choir boys!
On the domestic side, we have said farewell to Alex Dunn, restored to his brother in Scotland, and to Roonald Malllon, who has recently
paid us a week-end visit looking very smart in his Army uniform (and we were delighted to see Ronnie giving a hand in the dormitory
work in the mornings, and taking his old place in the band for church-parade!)
We have welcomed the following ten boys, Stanley Mallion, (Ronnie's brother), David Tate, Keith Bishop, Roger Coppin, Robert Buxton,
Michael Linnell, Brian Johns, Martin Andrews, Eric Wilmore and Raymond Clayton,, and we earnestly hope that they will take full
advantage of the wonderful opportunities here at Goldings, and we wish them all success.
Our Archilles heel has this term been the morning dormitory inspection. Although full credit must go to Peter Marsh for his patient and
continued efforts with the sitting-room, there is still room for more continued and sustained effort in this direction with the House in
general, although we can be really pleased with the recent much improved results. Let us set our sights on the Queens' Cup once again—a
prize for which each and every member of Aberdeen House can contribute his points according to his particular abilities.
So if we all look back, we can see that it has been a good term. We hope that we can all honestly agree that we have enjoyed it, both the
work and the play, so that all that remains is for all us 'Aberdonians' together to wish our Headmaster and Mrs. Wheatley, Mr. and Mrs.
Embleton and all Staff, a very Happy Christmas.
To all our boys going on Christmas leave we wish the very best of good times, and to those of us who remain, let us make our Christmas
W. H. N. AND L. N.
House Parent: Mr. J. H. Clarke
House Captain: William Hoy Group Leaders: Kenneth Gill, Anthony Wright, John Mason
Colours: Blue and White
Since Dymchurch a lot has happened. Firstly the departure of Mr. and Mrs. Ellis; all in Cairns wish them well in their new job, God speed
and good luck. No boys have left the House since last term but two boys have arrived, Paul and Peter Temple-Heald, so we take this chance
of saying 'welcome to Goldings and Cairns'.
It seems that we are fated not to win the inspection in the mornings, but even so we hold 3rd position in the Queens' Cup and hope to pull
up higher next term. The efforts shown in other events seem to indicate this. They read as follows:
John Mason, Victor Ludorum (Athletics); William Wildman, Victor Ludorum (Swimming); Tony Wright, David Fall, John Allen,
Noel Mairs, Junior Relay; Kenneth Gill, Senior Relay; Robert Hendry, Junior 880 yards; Brian Smith, Junior 440 yards; Terry Stevens,
1 mile; William Hoy, Bill Hill, Michael Gay, Billy Hicks, Robert Thornton, iSammy Hill, Willie Witlea, David Norman, Robert Backhurst,
William Wildman (Swimming); John Mason (Silver), Noel Mairs, Willie Hill, Willie Witlea, Bill Collinson, Sammy Hill (Bronze)
Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
The above shows the achievements of the boys outside activities, we have also done very well with our indoor work, viz:
Tony Wright, Science and Maths, Sheet Metal Work (Junior); William Wildman, Art and Technical Drawing; Robert Hendry, Physical
Training; William Hoy, Shoe-making (Senior); Ken Gill, Carpentry (Senior 'A'); Glyn Parry, Machine Minder (Senior); Willie Witlea,
Chairman's Prize for Special Efforts.
EXHIBITION OF WORK
Enough will be written by others about the Trades section, my main problem for quite a few days before the Exhibition opened was what
could I put on the stand and where would it come from? My worrying proved quite unnecessary as on the Wednesday afternoon everything
started to arrive, stamp albums, cameras, photographs, birds eggs, books on birds, aircraft observing and models, foreign coins, tennis
rackets, scrap books on boxing, football and other sports; and the last item to arrive was a miniature garden, which made an ideal centre
Everyone contributed to this House effort in one way or another, to- so it would be pointless for me to list the names of the boys, so
will just say 'well done everyone!'
We had one worrying spell during the term, which was when ' Derek Hutt's appendix decided to be a trouble, but after having it
removed Derek quickly regained his health. His first question on return from hospital was 'can you have appendicitis twice?' His blonde
nurse at Hertford County Hospital must have looked after him well!
It was once said by Mr. Ellis that we had a promising lot of Juniors, and as one can see by the list of achievements they have jolly well
proved him right. Well done lads! Let us see if next year can bring even more success to our House.
By the time you read these notes Christmas will be upon us. So may I take this opportunity of wishing Mr. and Mrs. Wheatley,
Mr. and Mrs. Embleton and all of you a very happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.
J. H. C.