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• '.'Jir™!:: ®lu Jiearsiufi oiollege Olhronick Vol. I. EASTER, 1928. No'. I. EDITORIAL. WITH the first number of The Kedrsney College Chronicle, some word or two of introduction is appropriate, and so we inform our readers that the Chronicle is the outcome of a decision to establish a permanent and official College Magazine. As this involves the disappearance .ofa pioneer effort at journalism. The Critic namely, it is fitting that we should pay here a last tribute to those who earned on that venture and who supported it through thick and thin, through legibility and illegibility. It was their lojalty that first encouraged us to believe the time had come to start an official journal, and we hope the Chronicle will receive the support of all who helped towards the success of its amiable forerunner. The Chronicle may lack some of the informality of The Critic for it will be primarily a record of the School's activities and a means of keeping in touch with its Old Boys and friends, but as time goes on we hope to develop talent that will add a lighter touch to the rather sombre tone of the official notes, and we trust also that its pages will affoid opportunity for the expression of whatever literary capacities exist in the School or among its Old Boys. This is a point we would emphasise here, for the first number contains none of these decorative features, so it may be supposed they are not wanted. The truth is we should like this omission to be remedied in future issues. To your pens then, all ye that bear us good will! Write while the mood is on you, and send your copy along without delay. "Carpe Diem"in fact!
School Notes. We welcome on to the staff Mr. C. 0. Medworth, of Victoria University, Stellenbosch, who comes to undertake the difficult task of instructing English boys in the mysteries of Afrikaans. In addition to tackling his work in school with enthusiasm Mr. Med worth has started classes for boxing,and is'proving a valuable asset on the cricket and football field. We are pleased to see Sister Edwards back after a three months' trip to Australia, and trust that she has benefitted by the holiday. During February her place was filled by Sister M.Jubb, who has at times assisted our brother school. Kingswood,in special cases of nursing. We record with gratitude the generosity of Sir J. Liege Hulett who is putting up two new classrooms so that we may be enabled to satisfy two long felt needs, by converting one of tbe present class rooms into a library and reading-room for the boys, and another into a common room for the staff. Towards the end of last year we received from Sir Abe Bailey the sum of £250, conditional upon our raising a similar amount, for making a second sports ground. The generosity of other friends of the College has brought in another £200, leaving £50 still to be found. So far our attention has been directed to the enlarging and levelling of the present field. This has been done most successfully but awaits the spring to get its finishing touches in the way of grass planting. The most noticeable change on our return to school this year was the extension of the dining hall. This is now some 21 feet longer and has a platform at the east end. The available accommodation for concerts, etc., has been doubled. A small amount of about £30 is still owing on the extension and we hope to wipe this off by a fete before the end of the year.
The following were the results of the December Examinations, 1927:- Matriculation: Class 1.—^Wilkinson, C.E.; Baudert, F.R. Junior Certificate: Class III.—Hopkins, H. E. A series of lectures on Sa'urday evenings has been arranged this term by Mr. Oram, and has proved of considerable interest to all and sundry. Tbe first was by Miss Hewitt, B.A., of the Durban Library, dealing with the voyage of Vasco da Gama round the Cape to India. The subject matter was taken entirely from the poem of Camoens on this voyage. The next was by Mr.E.C. Chubb, of the Durban Museum,on "Animal Haunts." This was illustrated by lantern slides and dealt with land, shore, and deep sea haunts. The third was by Capt. Parker on Afganistan, and provided the school with several catchwords for the next week or two. The last was by Mr. Lennox and Mr. Conradie on "Thrift." These gentlemen came at the request of the Government, who have organised a "thrift campaign" in all the schools. The Prefects at the beginning of this year were M.Beckett(Head Prefect), J. Hulett, D. Coventry, B. Nilsen and C.0.Kirk. The Cricket Committee consists of the The Head, Mr. Reece, J. Hulett(Capt.), D.Coventry and B. Nilsen. The Cricket Eleven and its Captain, J. Hulett, are to be con gratulated on winning the HulettTrophy against strong elevens from Stanger and Darnall. Umhlali did not compete this year. After considerable discussion a time-table has been arranged that will suit both winter and summer. Breakfast is to be at 7a.m.,and school will start at 8a.m. There is to be a break of half an hour at 10.30 a.m.,and school will end at 1.15 p.m. In summer, morning preparation will precede breakfast and in winter will follow dinner. This airangement will leave the afternoon comparatively free in both summer and winter.
The new school uniform is being adopted by degrees,as boys are being allowed to wear put old clothes first. There is no doubt that those who have already adopted it look well in it and by the end of the year it is to be hoped that every boy will have this and no other. A young duiker has taken up its abode at the College and has become the general pet of the School. An early encounter taught the dogs of our friends that the duiker was well able to look after itself and was able to butt with vigour. A Kearsney Old Boys' Club is to be started this year. It is hoped that it will be possible to have a general meeting and arrange a constitution and elect officers in May. Old Boys interested in the movement are asked to communicate with the Head or with A. T. Winship, 207 Ridge Road, Durban. Further information "will be published in the next Magazine. Next term begins on April 11th, and ends on June 26th. VALETE, December, 1927. Form VI.—Clark, D.: Came August, 1921 ; passed J.C. 1925. 1st XI., 1926-7; Capt., 1927. 1st XV., 1925-6-7; Capt., 1927. Prefect 1926, Head Prefect 1927. Sergt. 1927. Comradeship Medal 1927, Griffin, G. E.: Came February, 1923; Passed J.C1924. 1st XI., 1926-7. 1st XV., 1927. Prefect, 1927. Corporal, 1927. Weir, D. R.: Came May, 1925. ist XV., 1927. Prefect, 1926-7. Wilkinson, C. E.: Came January, 1925. 1st Class J.C., 1925. 1st Class Matric., 1927. Prefect, 1927. Q.M.S., 1927. Bursary,Rhodes University College, 1928. il
Form VI.—Baudert, F. R.: Came February, 1926. 1st Class Matric., 1927. Arthur May Scholarship, Technical College, Durban, 1928. ' Nightingale, J. M.; Came August, 1925. 1st Class J.C., 1926. Tedder,B.C.R.: Came January, 1925. 1st XI., 1927. 1st XV., 1927. „ V. —Miller, A. G.: Came August, 1926. 1st XI., 1927. 1st XV., 1927. Carr, E. C.: Came January, 1925. „ IIa.—Booth,G. G.: Came February, 1927. Day Scholars. „ V. —Hopkins, H. E.: Came February, 1924. 1st XI., 1926-7. 1st XV., 1926-7. Corporal, 1927. Passed J.C. 1927. Bourne, F. G.: Came February, 1923. „ Ve.—Ashwell,H : Came February, 1924. Millican,H.: Came August,' 1925. 1st XV., 1926-7.' „ IV.—Lovett,0.: Came February, 1926. SALVETE, February, 1928. Anderson,E.L.(Port Shepstone). Boast,S. W.; Boast, Q.E. (New Hanover). Crawford, R. J.(Empangeni). Ciook,,A. 0.; Crook,W.M.(Newcastle), de Wet,H.B. van R.; Slabbert,P.J. (Reitz). Hargreaves, J. P. C.(Bizana). Hatcher, F.(Durban). Putterdl, M.E.D.(Merrivale). White, E. C.S.B.(Harrismith). Hulett, G.(Stanger). Raw, J. D.; Raw. A.E.; Poynton, R.G. (Empangeni). Tait, A.(Tanganyika).
Annual Prize Distribution, 1927. The Annual Prize Distribution was held on the afternoon of December 13th, and was well attended by parents and friends. Following the usual custom, the function took place on the front lawn. The Rev.A.Eben Griffin,Chairman ofthe District, presided, and Mr. George Armstrong gave away the prizes. The latter s presence was particularly gratifying owing to his associations with our Founder j moreover, four of his grandsons are in the school. PRINCIPALS REPORT. Mr. Chairman, Members of the Kearsney College Council; The Report I now present to you is for the sixth full working year of the College, and the fifth of my residence in it. Numbers. For the first time since the College opened I have to report a reduction in our numbers. The decrease is small and is accounted fpr by one ortwoboysleaving before the end of the year and one or two more being absent for health or other leasons. At the end of 1926,the school being somewhat top heavy,we lost no less than 20 boys, but our entry list was also the largest we have had and 18 bo>s joined us in February. This year we are to lose 13, which is rather below the average we must expect, and already the entry list for next year ensures an increase. While numbers aie not everything, yet inevitably they are a sign of confidence in the school, and it is a striking fact that over 50 per cent, of the present boys have come because their parents were so well pleased with the behaviour of boys already here. I mention this because I wish to congratulate the school generally that this is so, and to bring to the notice of all how very much the future of the College we love depends upon the boysthemselves. Education. At the end of 1926 nine boys sat for the Junior Certificate Exam ination. Seven passed, three getting first classes. In the Matric-
ulation only four sat, but we were less fortunate, only one securing a pass. The failures were all in one or two subjects which have proved a bug bear to more schools than this. It is a regrettable fact that not one of the three boys who obtained first classes in the Junior Certificate will be here for the matiic next year, so that we cannot look forward to any really good results for a year or two. This year our entries are very small, only three boys being entered for each examination. It is to be hoped that the changes in staff during the year have not unduly affected their chances of success. As regards the School generally, a high standard of work has been maintained. All the teaching aims at a wideness of outlook, and considerable time has been spent on work that lies outside the normal syllabus for the respective forms. Comments by an Inspector of Schools, who visited us recently, indicated his strong approval of the methods and curriculum. An experiment with the time-table has been made this term. Our day begins at 5.30 a.m. There is preparation from 6 to 6.45 a.m.,and the School day ends at 1 p.m. An hour's rest after dinner fills in the hottest part of the day and the boys go to bed at 8 p.m., after a little more than an hour's preparation. The general con census of opinion is that this has proved beneficial to all concerned and the arrangement will continue during the summer. Prizes have been presented by Miss Balcomb, for Spelling, and A. Winship, for Industry. For these we tender our thanks. Staff. This has been an unsettled year as regards two positions on the Staff. The Latin Master, who was to join us at the beginning of the year, found himself bound for two years to the London County Council, and at a moments notice we had to find a temporarysub stitute. Mr. F. Shuter and Mr. B. F. Dodd, B.A.,filled the post in turn till June. We now welcome Mr. J. F. Reece, B..^., as the permanent Classical Master. Mr. N. Meiring, our Afrikaans Master, left at the end of June. He had been a member of the staff since January, 1922, and his departure was keenly felt by all the School. In games he has been an invaluable asset to the College and the high standard of our
8 Rugby is due in a great measure to Mr. Meiring's enthusiasm. His place was taken for this half yeai by Mr.J.de Villiers, B.A.T.1 who leaves us to return to Govemment service, and we bid him farewell with regret. A permanent appointment has been made in the person of Mr. C. 0. Medworth, who comes with strong recommendations fiom some old friends of the College. At the beginning of the year the music passed out of the hands of Mrs. Dacomb,who had been the Music Mistress since January, 1923, and into those of Mr. Oram and Miss Ellis. The College Authorities felt that the number of pupils did not justify the appointment of a residential miisic teacher. Health. This term has brought to an end one of my favourite boasts, namely, that there has been no epidemic at the College for the whole course of its existence. A short but sharp outbreak of in fluenza laid about 20 boys low in the middle of the term, and for all this quarter we have had a few boys with chicken pox. These are, however, minor complaints and were both brought inadvertently into the College. The general health has been uniformly good and it is only necessary to look at the boys as they stand around you to see how satisfactory it really is. Next year we propose to introduce a uniform dress that should add to the comfort and general appearance as well as to the health of the boys. This will consist of a shirt, with open V-neck, blue shorls, stockings, with College tops, and a College tie. This is much the same uniform as that obtaining at Loretto, the great Scottish School, but has been adapted to the special conditions of our climate. Sister Edwards, who has been in charge of this side of the life here for five years, has gone for a much needed rest and trip to Australia, During her absence it has been possible to make ade quate provision for attendance on the sick and suffering. Moral Tone. Once more I would emphasise the high place we give to the cultivation of a sound moral tone. This is always the most im portant side of the life of any school,and particularly so in the case.
of a boarding-school, where the home influence is inevitably less felt. It is therefore a matter of pride that I can once more report tfe satisfactory state of things here. I would take this opportunity of thanking the Staff, the Prefects and the senior boys for their efforts in this direction. In July we bade farewell to Mr. N.P. Abraham, who had been our Chaplain for three years, and to whom many of us owe a debt of gratitude for his many and varied activities on behalf of the College and individubaolys. His place has been taken by the Rev. H. C. Sheasby, and we wish him a long and happy period in our midst. Two medals are being given once more for Comradeship. For these we are indebted to Mrs.R.L.Nightingale, and we regard these as two of the most important prizes, and we are grateful that Mrs. Nightingale has thought fit to continue these medals which originated with her husband, who was always a very real friend to the College. Games. With their usual pessimism the School was convinced that our first XV.and XI.would be poor in standard this year with so many of the stalwarts gone. This,however,pioved to be a false prophecy. Oar XV.has proved itself to be better than any of its predecessors and once more the Stewart Shield remains on our walls. Although we have barely 30 boys of secondary school standard, yet we more than hold our own against the second teams of the big Durban schools. The XI. has possibly been somewhat weaker in out standing players this year, but to make up the tail has been far stronger and has wagged with considerable vigour on occasion,so that we have won the majority of our matches. The Tennis Six, under the captaincy of J. Hulett, has had a few matches and given a good account of itself on each occasion. The Athletic Sports, under the energetic secietaryship of Mr. B.M.Gush, were this year held in Stanger, as our field was under repair. V. Ash broke two records, though he ran on a softtrack. We hope to hear more of him in the athletic world in a year or two. The sports were a complete success.
10 The Cadet Corps has maintained its reputation for a smart turn out and received the usual commendation from the Inspecting Officer this term. It is hoped that the branch of shooting may receive more attention next year. This year we were handicapped by inaccurate rifles that the Government Armouier could not rectify. We thank Mr. W. A. Hulett for his annual three prizes to the best bat, the best bowler, and the best fielder in the XI. At this gathering we bid farewell to the last link within the School that binds us to the opening days of the College. D. Clark, now Head Prefect, Captain of both the first XV.and the first XI., and Sergeant in the Cadets, leaves this term. He was one of the first dozen who arrived on the first day of the first term in August, 1921. The future of the College will be in good hands if we can always secure head prefects of a like stamp. Last June we held our annual"Plays"and so popular has this feature of the College life become that we were unable to get allour guests into our hall. Indeed so conscious was I of the inadequacy of our accommodation that I promised to do all in my power to have the hall lengthened before next June. The generosity of our many friends to the"Building Fund"was such that within a day or two the foundations for the extension will be lard down and next term the hall will be extended by twenty feet. As usual the Plays were a great success, and once more I tender our hearty thanks to Mr. G. M. Oram and Miss Ellis, to whose untiring efforts the success has been entirely due. More recently we have had an offer from the Bailey Educational Trust of £250 to be spent on our grounds, provided we agree to raise and spend a similar amount. This was felt to be too generous an offer to be refused,and though the College is not yet in a position to find the £250 at present, we have appealed to friends to come to our rescue and have had a most generous response. Up to the present I have received £150 and with true optimism we have started on the levelling of the present field. A great change may be observed by those who care to stroll down to-day. The chief contributors to this fund have been Mr.and Mrs. Wm.Campbell,
Mr. George Hulett and Mr. George Armstrong, whom we have with us to-day. What we are doing in the way of alterations to the hall and the field would be almost impossible but for the help of Messrs.W.A. and J. B. Hulett. The former is supervising the building opera tions and the latter has had the alterations to the field in his hands all the term. To these gentlemen we offer our thanks. Apart from the alterations mentioned already, there has been no outstanding improvement in building or equipment. At the beginning of the year we installedanewSh.p.Fetter engine, burning crude oil, instead of the paraffin engine we already had. This has proved a great success and the troubles of the past as regards light and water have been almost non-existent this year. In addition theie has been an economy of at least £5 per month as a result of the change. We have also painted the whole of the roofing of the College and I hope next year to be able to tackle the painting of the woodwork and the iron throughout the buildings. No report would be complete without a reference to the invalauble help we receive from the staff of the two tea factories. An S.O.S. to Mr. W.A. Hulett or his staff invariably brings succour till we have come to lean almost too heavily upon them. I am pleased that the installation of the new engine has greatly diminished our calls upon them. Five years ago,when I had been here but a few weeks, I ventured to prophesy that it would take five years before we could make ends meet financially and before we could consider the College as de finitely established. There were many who thought me unduly pessimistic, whereas my own opinion was that only a very real optimism and belief in the future of the College led me to take so hopeful a view. 1 think that anyone who is familiar with the history of other denominational schools in this and other provinces will agree with this view. It is therefore with considerable pleasure that 1 see my prophesy coming true. Next year we should have 60 boaiders and there should be a clear margin on the right side between income and
12 expenditure. We have at no time considered economy at the expense of either the staff or the food,for this would in the long run be very false economy, and the reward of our steady efforts is now being reaped. I have always felt that as Zululand grows this must become in a special sense the Zululand School,and next year washall draw fully one-quarter of our boarders from beyond the Tugele. I conclude with my usual note of optimism, assured that a long and useful life lies ahead of the College, and that Natal and South Africa will have cause to rejoice in the wisdom and foresight of our Founder and those associated with him in the establishment of Kearsney College. PRIZE LIST. Form Prizes:— lb. First in Year.—C.ampbell,A. la. „ Blaine, N. lib. » „ Smith,E. Second „ Richards, R. Ila. First Hopkins, J. Second ), Burdon,0. III. First „ Blaine, G. Second „ Hind,P. IV. First „ Williams, J. Second „ Jacques, K. Vb. First Balcomb, K. Second „ Keyserlingk,C. Va. First Hopkins,H. Second „ Bourne, F. VIb. First „ Kirk, C. Via. First „ Wilkinson, C.E. Second „ Baudert, F.R. Industry Prizes:— Wilkinson, C.E. Balcomb,K. Jacques, K. Kruger,H. Burnett,R.
17 and wickets fell rapidly until a stand by Mr. Medworth and Mr. Reece saved us from absolute disaster. Mr. Reece was caught from a mishit, but Mr. Medworth continued to bat soundly till yorked by Garland. Our last six wickets fell for five runs. Kearsney. Hargreaves, c Swan,b Jones Coventry, b Jones Mr. Medworth, b Garland Mr.Reece,c Jones, b Garland Hulett, b Jones .. Nilsen, b Garland France, b Hopkins Von Keyserlingk, run out White, not out .. Stone, b Hopkins Pearce, b Hopkins Extras 3 0 43 28 5 12 1 1 0 0 0 5 Stanger. Garland, b Hargreaves .. Essery, W.,b Coventry Jackson,c Hargreaves, b Nilsen Essery, E., c Mr.Medworth,b Nilsen Hopkins, not out Whittaker,c Coventry, b Hargreaves .. Logan,not out Hulett, W.,c Pearce, b Mr. Medworth Extras .. .. .. .. 6 wickets, declared Gazzard,Swan and Jones did not bat. Bowling. 0. M. R. Mr.Reece .. 9 1 27 Coventry 8 1 24 Mr. Medworth 11 1 48 Hargreaves .. 8 1 42 Nilsen 7 0 45 w. 0 1 1 2 2 22 3 100 6 8 12 25 10 34 220
18 KEARSNEY COLLEGE v, ESHOWE SCHOOL. At Kearsney,February 25th, JVon by an innings and 23 runs. This proved to be an enjoyable whole-day game, although the teams were not equally matched. Hulett won the toss, and put the visitors in to bat. Wickets fell very cheaply until Rev. Slatter and Hunter made a short stand, but Nilsen quickly finished off the innings with spin bowling, the last man leaving with the score but 84. Mr.Matterson and Hulett opened for the College against bowling which was good at first, but which soon deteriorated. At times both batsmen were uncomfortable, but when once set they scored at a furious rate, both making some delightful square and late cuts. Having passed the Eshowe score, they retired, and Coventry and Hargreaves scored at a great rate against the loose bowling. A conspicuous feature during the Kearsney innings was the smart fielding of the Eshowe team. Our innings was declared closed at 168 for one wicket. On batting a second time Eshowe fared even worse than before only Hunter making a stand, and all were dismissed for 61 runs. Eshowe School. First Innings. McLaren,c Coventry, b Hargreaves .. 2 Mr. Watmough,c Reece, b Hargreaves 3 Talbot,c France, b Hargreaves 3 Hunter,c and b Mr.Reece 23 Rev. Slatter, b Nilsen .. 29 Emberton, b Mr. Medworth 4 Jackson,c Mr.Matterson, b Nilsen 2 Mr. Armitage, b Nilsen 6 Howells, b Nilsen 2 Jackson, J., not out 3 Crawford,c Mr. Medworth, b Nilsen 0 Extras 7 84 *
19 Kearsney College. Hulett, retired Mr. Matterson, retired .. Coventry,c McLaren,b Emberton Hargreaves, not out Nilsen II., not out Extras 36 48 26 36 14 8 Innings declared 168 Mr. Reece, Mr. Medwortb, Nilsen I., France, White and Balcomb did not bat. Eskowe School. Second Innings. McLaren,run out Mr.Watmough,c Hargreaves, b Mr.Medwortb Talbot, b Balcomb Hunter,c White, b Mr. Matterson Rev. Slatter, b Mr. Medwortb Emberton,c France, b Balcomb Jackson, c Hargreaves, b Mr. Matterson Mr.Armitage,c Coventry, b Mr. Matterson Howells,c Reece, b Mr.Medwortb .. Jackson, J., c Hulett, b Mr. Matterson Crawford, not out .. Extras 2 2 14 19 7 2 1 0 0 2 5 7 61 Bowling. 0. M. R. W. 0. M. R. W. Coventry .. 5 1 11 0 — — Hargreaves .. .. 7 1 22 3 5 2 10 0 Mr. Reece .. .. 7 1 19 1 3 0 7 0 Mr. Medwortb .. 8 1 14 1 4 2 3 3 Nilsen I. .. 4 1 10 5 — — — Balcomb .. 2 1 1 0 3 0 14 2 Mr. Matterson .. — — — — 5 0 18 4 Hulett .. — — — — 1 0 2 0
20 KEARSNEY COLLEGE v. STANGER. Cup Match. At Kearsney, March 10th. IVon by 129 runs. This was a remarkable match in many ways. At first it seemed as though we were bound to lose; then we recovered, and a draw appeared certain ; eventually we won, with one minute to spare. Kearsney batted first and began disastrously, both Mr.Matterson and Hargreaves being dismissed with one run scored. The Stanger bowling was good, and at the end of an hour Mr. Medworth and Coventiy were out with the score at 50. At this point Hulett had scored just half the runs, and was as safe as a rock. No more wickets were destined to fall, for Mr.Reece joined the captain, who continued to play soundly and stylishly, and the pair took the score to 175 before a declaration was made. The ball, when hit by Mr. Reece, possessed a charmed life, for in his efforts to force the pace he gave several chances, which were not accepted, and he quickly overhauled Hulett. The partnership produced 125 runs in a little over an hour. Stanger evidently determined to "pl^y ff"" keeps," and for the first hour the policy paid,in spite of fine bowling by Mr.Medworth. With the score at 46 for 3 wickets, and only twenty minutes left, a draw seemed certain, but the "glorious uncertainty" of cricket now became manifest. Hargreaves was put on to bowl, and in his third and fourth overs, by means of deadly leg breaks, he took five wickets for no runs. Amid tense excitement Mr. Medworth bowled Whittaker, who had looked on in despair while five partners were dismissed, and the game was over, with one minute for play left. The last six Stanger wickets fell for no runs. The whole side shewed great keenness during the closing stages and good batting and bowling was supported by good fielding. Kearsney College. Mr. Matterson, b Whittaker Hulett, not out .. Hargreaves, b Whittaker Mr. Medworth,Ibw, b Whittaker Coventry, b Souter Mr.Reece, not out Extras 0 62 0 12 15 83 3 4 Wickets, declared .. 175 Von Keyserlingk, White, Pearce, Kirk and Balcomb did not bat.
21 Stanger. Essery, E., b Mr. Medworth .. Swan,b Mr. Medworth.. Garland, b Coventry Jackson, Ibw., b Mr. Medworth Whittaker, b Mr. Medworth Essery, G., b Hargreaves Jones, b Hargreaves Gazzard,c Reece, b Hargreaves Souter,c Kirk, b Hargreaves .. Ranger, b Hargreaves .. Theunissen, not out Extras 12 4 14 2 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 5 Bowling. 0. Mr. Medworth 10 Coventry .. 9 Hargreaves .. 4 Mr. Reece .. 3 M. R. W. 3 15 4 1 25 1 3 2 5 3 0 0 KEARSNEY COLLEGE v.DURBAN fflCHSCHOOL. At Durban, March 17th. Lost by 116 runs. For this match we were without the services of the masters, and the brothers Nilsen. The Kearsney captain won the toss, and put the High School in to bat. At first the scoring was very slow, against good length bowling by Coventry and Hargreaves (who bowled eleven overs for one run), and the third wicket fell with the score only 24. From this point, however, the bowlers began to tire, and the batsmen scored more and more quickly as the game progressed. Farquhar's hitting was particularly clean and vigorous, and with Millar, who was last man out, he helped to add 103 runs for the fifth wicket. Changes of bowling had little effect, and the innings closed for 269. Kearsney was faced with an impossible task, but Hulett and Coventry began scoring with the utmost confidence. Neither seemed troubled with the bowling, and it came almost as a surprise to see Hulett bowled with the score at 45. His innings, though
22 short, had been stylish. Until the tea interval, when he had scored 48 runs, Coventry monopolised the scoring, but the break had its usual disturbing effect,and he was caught shortly afterwards. His innings of 52 was the best we have seen from him, and he was always confident. Later batsmen endeavoured to force the pace, and were lured to their fate by Waller's spin bowling, not, however, before adding several boundaries to the score. The College fielding was not good, and several catches were missed. Durban High School. Waller, b Coventry Hargreaves b Kirk Shand,Ibw., b Hargreaves Holmes,c Howarth, b Kirk Miller,c Hargreaves, b Hulett Millar, b Coventry Farquhar, run out .. .. Court,c Keyserlingk, b Kirk .. Sparks,c Stone, b Hulett Westwood,c Hulett, b Hargreaves Wilkin, not out Extras 0 0 19 0 28 54 77 12 5 21 5 48 269 Kearsney College. Coventry,c Wilkin, b Millar .. 52 Hulett, b Wilkin 22 Hargreaves,c Wilkin, b Shand .. 11 White,Ibw., b Millar 6 France,c Miller, b Waller 10 Pearce, c Court, b Millar 0 Von Keyserlingk, c Westwood, b Waller 4 Howarth,c Hargreaves, b Millar 15 Balcomb, not out 1 Stone,c Miller, b Waller 8 Kirk,st Westwood, b Waller .. 8 Extras .. .. .. .. .. . 15 153
23 Bowling. 0. M. R. W. Coventry . 20 9 35 2 Hargreaves . 18 1! 39 2 Kirk . 26 4 75 3 Balcomb . 8 0 29 0 Hulett . 13 2 43 2 KEARSNEY COLLEGE v. STANGER. At Stanger, March 24th. Match drawn. For this hastily arranged friendly match both sides were strongly represented, Stanger having drawn upon the resources of Darnall. Kearsney batted first against good bowling by Hulett, H., and Campbell, and the opening batsmen found run-getting very difficult. Mr. Matterson left with the score at fourteen, and then Hulett and Coventry presented a rocklike defence, taking the score to 55 before Coventry was caught. Partnered by Mr. Medworth, Hulett continued to bat in his best style, and was finally bowled with the score at 75. His 35 was more valuable than half a century under other conditions. Mr. Medworth and Mr. Reece forced the pace, and after the former's departure Mr. Reece did all the scoring. White kept an end up bravely, and helped to put on sixty runs in a short space of time. The policy was to hit, and with two overs to go, Mr. Reece had scored 66; however, he scored 29 runs off the last two overs, including 19 off one by Whittaker, and when he was caught the innings was declared. Good bowling by Mr.Medworth saw the early downfall of several Stanger batsmen, but Mr. Hulett played a sound innings, while "Dick"Addison gave a characteristic display of forceful cricket. With the departure of Hulett the game was virtually over, but stumps were drawn with two wickets to fall. There was a great improvement in the College fielding, Pearce in particular shewing keenness and a safe pair of hands. Kearsney. Mr. Matterson,c Garland, b Campbell Hulett, J,. b Hulett,H Coventry,c Campbell, b Whittaker Mr. Medworth,c Campbell, b Logan .. 8 35 18 25
24 Mr.Reece,c Souter, b Hulett, H. Hargreaves,c Addison, b Campbell White,b Hulett, H. Nilsen, not out .. Extras 7 Wickets, declared France, Pearce and Kirk did not bat. Stanger. Garland, b Mr. Medworth Addison, E.,c Pearce, b Coventry Logan, b Coventry .. .. .. Campbell, b Mr. Medworth Hulett, H.,c Nilsen, b Mr.Matterson Addison, R., b Mr. Medworth Whittaker,c Mr. Medworth,b Kirk .. Essery, E., not out Souter, c Mr.Matterson, b Mr.Medworth Johnson, not out Extras .. 8 Wickets 95 2 7 0 6 196 6 24 56 26 0 8 4 0 5 132 Arbuthnot did not bat. Bowling. 0. M. R. W. Mr. Medworth 12 2 40 4 Coventry .. 6 2 17 2 Hargreaves .. 3 0 31 0 Kirk .. .. 3 0 22 1 Mr.Reece .. 2 0 13 0 Mr.Matterson 2 1 4 I KEARSNEY v. DARNALL. Cup Match. At Stanger, March 28th. Won by 22 runs. In this, the concluding game of the term, fortune fluctuated in a most remarkable manner. After a good start we collapsed, and then after a good start Damall collapsed, leaving us winners by 22 runs.
25 Darnall, who were strongly represented, won the toss and put us in to bat. The start was promising, in spite of the early de parture of Coventry. Hulett continued his run of successes, and made no mistake until well caught, while Hargreaves forced the pace with effect. At this point our luck changed : Mr.Medworth was caught, Mr. Reece received a painful blow on the hand and could do nothing, Mr.Matterson was caught,and all the remaining batsmen failed except France, who remained at the wickets long enough to confirm our belief that he can bat well if he will overcome his nervousness. The innings closed for 98, Arbuthnot bowling throughout for 29 runs and four wickets. Darnall quickly scored 50,and nothing seemed more certain than that we should be easily beaten. Then fortune favoured us: the sky became overcast, and so dark did it become that even the fielders had difficulty in seeing the ball. The result was that Mr. Medworth, keeping a perfect length, and bowling leg theory, took wicket after wicket, and the innings closed at 76. We were un doubtedly lucky to win, but the victory leaves us with the Hulett Cup, and we must make every effort to retain it. The College fielding was very keen,and few runs were given away. Kearsney. Hulett, c Rapson, A., b Arbuthnot 26 Coventry,c Rapson, A., b Mclntyre .. 5 Hargreaves, c Rapson, M.,b Arbuthnot . 23 Mr. Medworth,c Jones, b Rapson,A. * . 14 Mr.Reece, b Rapson, A. 5 Mr. Matterson, c Boyd, b Rapson, A. 2 France, b Jones 15 White,c Addison, b Arbuthnot 2 Nilsen, c Rapson, A., b Jones .. 0 Kirk, not out .. .. ;. 0 Pearce, b Arbuthnot 1 Extras 5 98 Darnall. Addison, E., c Hulett, b Mr. Medworth 16 Johnson,c Kirk, b Mr.Medworth 13 Rapson, H.,c Hulett, b Mr.Medworth 16 Rapson, A., Ibw., b Kirk 3
26 Addison, R., b Mr. Medworth Arbuthnot, b Mr. Medworth .. Boyd,c and b Coventry.. Rapson,M.,c Hargreaves, b Mr.Medworth Jones, b Coventry .. Maclntyre, not out Lyle, b Mr. Medworth .. Extras Bowling. 0. M. R. W. Mr. Medworth 13 3 31 7 Coventry .. 8 I 14 2 Kirk.. .. 4 I 15 1 10 0 0 3 3 0 0 16 76 JUNIOR XI. V. STANGER BOYS. At Kearsney, March 10th. Won by an Innings and 21 runs. This was the first of what v/e hope will be a series of matches between our juniors and a team from Stanger School. The College won the toss and decided to field. It was obvious, that the Stanger boys were short of practice, and none could stand up to the bowling of Blame and Hatcher, all being dismissed for 11 runs. Hatcher tookseven wickets, most being caught in the slips. Blaine and Balcomb opened for Kearsney, the latter being dismissed early. The Stanger fielding was not good, and several catches were missed. Partnered by Crawford, Blame continued to score quickly and with good style, and was dismissed finally with his score 26. Other scoring was low, and all were out for 60 runs. On batting a second time Stanger were a little more successful. Blaine and Hatcher again bowled, and this time Blaine took most of the wickets. The bowlers were later relieved by Burdon and Balcomb, but these were not successful. The Stanger innings closed for 28, leaving Kearsney winners by an innings and 21 runs. Hatcher and Blaine bowled well. Blame also batted well,and Craw ford'sfi elding was good. We hope that it will be possible to arrange other such games at a later date, for they stimulate great interest among the juniors.
27 RUGGER PROSPECTS. It isalways difficult to prophesy correctly where sports are con cerned. With the departure of old stalwarts one leels that a team must of necessity become weaker, and yet as often as not it is as strong as its predecessor. Naturally we have some doubts about the standard of play during the coming season ; the departure of Clark and Ash major leaves two gaps which cannot adequately be filled. The loss of the live forward leader and the scoring wing is a heavy one, but if the team will work together all should go well. There is plenty of talent, and we have hopes that Mr. Medwcrth will get the very best out of every boy. The forwards, with Beckett and Coventry to lead them, should be strong, and in the back division Kirk, Nilsen and Stone have great possibilities. Con scientious training, and "full speed all the time," not only in first team games, but in all practice matches, will work wonders, and we hope, by the end of next term, to look back upon an encouraging start. I-
■%- 28 Editorial Notices. The Kearsney College Chronicle is publislied quarterly. The subscription is 4/- per annum. Articles from present Scholars and Old Boys will be welcome, ' and should be addressed to the Editor. The Editorial Committee consists of: Mr. Reece, J. Hulett, C. Kirk, C. von Keyserlingk, and the Editor.
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$hc ^icarfiiujj Olollf^c (Hhrouirk Vol. I. JUNE, 1928. No. 2. EDITORIAL. TT is sometimes said that the present holds fewer opportunities * for outstanding achievements than the past, and in regard to young" countnes that the successes of great pioneers cannot be repeated. It is implied that those who with patience and courage share the hardships and discomforts of opening up an undeveloped country, introducing civilised order and prosperity to the natural wilds, are given a rich reward in the great opportunities that come to them for advancing their own fortunes. When the pioneering work is done and a certain measure of material prosperity has been reached, there is supposed to be less scope for individual enterprise, and as it is not expected that the successes of the past will be repeated, a lack of ambition is condoned. This view is akin to being"wise after the event." When we look back on the careers of outstanding men, we incline to accept their success as a matter of course, and we omit to give them all the credit that is their due. We say in deprecatory fashion, "they had golden opportunities," forgetting that similarly situated, we might not have seen those opportunities, or seeing them, have lacked the courage to giasp them as eagerly. The pioneer stage is gone, but development has not ceased, and the truth is that the present is as rich in opportunities as the past, but they are of a different kind. Let us, with the example of men like our late Founder before us, se# that we play out part without faltering, without cowardice, play it as fully and as richly, and so remain true to our banner"Carpe Diem." H- ^aeStite^iSSafiia
The Late Sir J. Liege Hulett. On June 4th there passed to his eternal rest and reward our Founder and staunch friend Sir James Liege Hulett. Much has been said elsewhere of his high character and varied and distinguished public services throughout a long and active life, but here it is as founder of the College and Chairman of the Council that he is best known. His vision and generosity made the establishment of the College possible, nor is it too much to say that in recent years its prosperity and progress were among his chief interests. He watched and sought to promote its development constantly, and its success and widening usefulness will be an enduring memorial of his public spirit. Besides the gift to the Methodist Church of the College and solid help in adapting it to scholastic purposes, there have been since donated the Batteries, the Preparatory House,the Borehole and the new Classrooms. Also a debt of £1,000 incurred during the first year of our existence has been cancelled. The College boys are surrounded by educating evidences of Sir Liege's early efforts and enterprise. Though he began life in Natal with little, the Kearsney Avenues, Woods and Plantations remain as marks of his determination and ability. Again and again when one experiment failed he tried another until he found in tea and sugar, industries that are built upon a sure foundation End have become a great asset to Natal and the Union. Again is it not good that these growing lads should know that with all his getting Sir Liege saw to it that religion was not neglected ? His service as a local preacher is well-known. The delightful Chapel in which we worship is another lasting tribute to the place he gave to the service of God ; and in his generosity to Christian causes we have placed before us a clear example of the duty of those who achieve success. Sir Liege set 'First things first"through out a strenuous life and in the end of the da> received a rich recom pense. "The memory of the just is blessed."
School Notes. *, Reference is made on another page to the death of Sir Liege Hulett, which followed so soon after his biithday. Our loss is almost irreparable. Not a year has passed without some notable addition to the College being given by Sir Liege. In fulfilment of a long-standing promise, a holiday was given to celebrate the ninetieth birthday of our Founder,Sir J. Liege Hulett. This anniversary, together with Empire Day and Union Day, was turned into a long week-end, and so the boys enjoyed one break of some value instead of three of little use to anyone. We congratulate Mr. and Mis. Gush on the arrival of a son. Next term Mr. Gush will be living nearer the Collegaend will find the daily journey less trying. We offer our congratulations to Mr. Medworth, who appears to have captured the position of stand-off half foi Natal. He played against the O.F.S. at Durban,and the All Blacks at Maritzburg. Sister Edwards has had to go to Durban for an operation, but she returned before the end of the tei m,and we trust that she will soon be her usual eneigetic self again. Mr. F. A. C. Millard, always a welcome visitor, paid us one of his week-end visits in June, and was accompanied by his lantern and slides. His lecture on the C.S.S.M. work in the East was much enjoyed. His slides fiom Japan were amazingly beautiful. In addition to Mr. Millard two other gentlemen kindly visited us to give lectures. Mr.Holzberg,dramatic critic of the Natal Advertiser, gave us an interesting talk on "The Production of a Newspaper." He brought with him specimens of type, as well as illustrations of other parts of the mechanical process, and he also had some interesting things to say of a journalist's life in general.
Mr. Dunning, in his lecture on''China and her People"very entertainingly described Chinese customs from his own experience. His account must have been an eye-opener to those who had not yet realised the totally different conditions under which huge populations live in the East. He emphasised the intolerance of the Chinese, and at the end turned this to account by pleading for a tolerant outlook on our part. Eight old boys spent the week-end at the College, after the Old Boys'Rugby match,and earlier in theterm fivecameupfrom Durban for another week-end, when preliminary arrangements for the forming of an Old Boys' Club were made. The first general meeting took place in Durban, on May 12th, and particulars of this will be found on another page. It is hoped that all old boys will join the Club without delay. The Annual Play Night, on the last day of the term, passed off very successfully. This was due not only to the excellence of the acting but also to the ungrudging assistance given to Mr. Oram and Miss Ellis by Mr.Gush and Hulett in preparing the "scenery"; by Mr.Reece,in arranging the seating and in acting as "orchestra" (at the piano, of course); and by Beckett, in his busy task of attending to the new and elaborate lighting effects installed by Mr. French. We also gratefully acknowledge the generosity of the Stanger Agricultural Society in lending us chaiis and screens again. Year by year we appeal to the Honorary Secretary, Mr. H. C. Smith,for help in this way,and it is always willingly given. The Choir went down to the Stanger Wesleyan Church on the occasion of their Sunday School Anniversary, and assisted in the evening service. They had practised hard foi three weeks, and their help was greatly appreciated. A number of books for the library have been received from Messrs. E. F. Hulett and C.C. Foss. To these gentlemen we tender our thanks. The grounds around the College are looking exceedingly sorry
Annual School Plays. The Plays were given on Tuesday, June 26th, the last night of term,and,thanks to the extension of the hall last January,the 1 arge audience was able to seat itself m unusual comfort. There were probably as many present as last year, but there was double the space,so the days of overcrowding are past, and everyone can now have an admirable view of the stage. The Plays were a complete success. Could everybody realise the amount of time spent by Miss Ellis and Mr.Oram at rehearsals, and more recently at the preparation of the stage and lighting, they would feel that they were bound to be a success. The staging was not difficult, but thanks to a multitudinous array of switches, wires, and coloured globes, fixed up by Mr. French (to whom we tender our thanks) we were treated to some wonderful lighting effects. And what a beautiful opening! The 'pi'ep" boys entered heart and soul into the spirit of their"Hiawatha"scene. After a few minutes we felt ourselves transplanted into the heart of the Rockies,as we gazed upon the wigwam,the ledskins,the tomahawks, the bows and arrows, and, of course, the "p'pes of peace." The boys felt themselves really to be redskins; certainly they acted as though they were. The beauty of the tableau was enhanced by the subtle variations of light, red and blue, merging into mauve and green, guided by some master hand behind the scenes. Tiny Hiawatha might have been a statue, so unruffled was he; at least he might have been an experienced actor, instead of one whose days number no further than the seventh year. The recitation and songs were given clearly, and with assurance, and when the curtain descended our only regret was that it was all so soon over. The first play, a one-act comedy,kept us amused by the humour and smartness of its back-chat. The two children were as unlike as most brothers. We saw Philip, slightly reserved and yet full of assurance (and how reseived in real life !), and, by way of con trast, Jack, impudent, and"full of beans," and yet a little scared when he saw the captain's knife. The acting of Jack was partic ularly convincing. "Captain Staik" had the most difficult part.
for themselves. The drought has made the trees and plants droop, and the dust has covered most of the green that remains. In addition, the building operations for the new Classrooms have made the front lawns untidy. A rain will be most welcome. The winter months are being characterised by the usual enthusiasm for bee-keeping. Hives may be seen under the shade of many of the trees in the grounds. An occasional lob-sided face indicates the latest victim. The term closed on June 26th, and the third quarter begins on August 3rd. VALETE, June, 1928. Form VI.—Coventry, D.: Came February, 1925; 1st XL, 1925-6-7; 1st XV., 1926-7; Prefect 1927. Q.M.S., 1927. 2nd Class J.C., 1925. Preparatory School.—Campbell,P. Campbell, A. Johnson, C. Came February, 1927.
but with such an air of experience did he shiver his timbers and hurst his bulwarks that we felt that in some previous existence he must really have been a pirate. On occasions he spoke too rapidly, and sometimes the intentional gruffness of his voice made his words a little indistinct, but these small faults did not mar his performance. The other actors had little to do, but they seemed to be conscious of the fact that they were on a stage and not on an island. The sudden ending of the dream and disappearance of the pirates was well executed, and the play ended quietly as Philip and Jack dozed off to sleep again. A comedy m three acts followed, misnamed "A Quiet Time." In the first place one was impressed by the discernment with which the characters had been chosen. Who else could so admirably have portrayed the choleric "volcanic" Squire Fizzle? Who else,for one thing, possesses the power of voice required ? There is a solidity about this player in real life which fits him at once for the role. The sudden outbursts of temper, the irritability, the fury, often to be followed by a hearty laugh, were very real,and it was hard at times to believe that the squire was not genuinely enraged. He was the central character, and we congratulate him upon his shewing. Who else could have played the part of Toney Nettles? Few boys could have played so genuinely funny a part and yet preserved such serenity of countenance as did this one. His mimicry, his facial expressions, his gestures, his diy humour, all helped literally to "bring the house down." Again, con gratulations. Of Dr. Birch we dare say little. His prowess as an actor was already known, but we are glad that amid the multi farious duties of his daily round he was able to take this part. One pitied Mr. Backslider. He hardly uttered a complete sentence throughout the play. The Squire snatched the very syllables from his mouth. But the helpless gesture of his hands, worthy of any Frenchman, and his long-suffering "my dear sir," provided an admirable foil to the thunderbolts of his partner. It would be impossible to criticise every character. There were no failures. The butler and footman were as unlike as it would be possible for two men to be: Markum, aloof and reserved (in his master's presence)—the real butler; Meekum, quite a"hidjet"and very
8 emotional, but ready to join in with the boys in their fun. It was Meekum who profited by their visit; Markum received 4id.! Thus fai all has been praise ; but why not? There were defects, naturally, but minor ones, for few of the actors had ever appeared upon a stage before. And why should one refer to small faults when the sum total was such a success ? What better praise could the producers and actors have had than the genuine roars of laughtei which echoed and re-echoed through the hall the whole evening ? One and all admitted that it was one of the"best ever," and the company dispersed, and term was brought to a close, with everybody feeling in the best of spirits. It was an enjoyable evening, and once again to those of the staff, boys and parents who helped to makethe plays a success weoffer our hearty congratulations. PROGRAMME. Preparatory School. A Scene from "Hiawatha." R. Richards, E. Smith, N. Rogers, E. Crookes, A. Engblom' B. Balcomb, C. Johnson, A. Campbell, P. Campbell, R. Burnett' C. MacNeillie, N. Blaine, R. Poynton, A. Tate, D. Raw, A. Raw G. Hulett. Produced by Miss Ellis. One Act Comedy. "The Island of Sea-Dreams." Scene:The Bedroom of Philip and Jack. Characters: Philip, R. Nightingale; Jack, R. Richards; Captain Jonathan Stark (Chief of the Pirates), H. Hansen ; Peter Bow,the Boatswain, J. Bertram ; Red George and Black William, (Pirates), P. Hargreaves and J. Barratt. Produced by Miss Ellis. A Comedy in Three Acts. "A Quiet Time." Act I.—A Schoolroom at St. Leonard's ; Act II.—The Library at Fizzle Hall .• Act III.—The same, five or six weeks later. Characters; Dr. Theophilus Birch, CA.N.E.O. (Principal,