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ff' Kearsney College Chronicle Vol.3, No.3 July, 1951 EDITORIAL A Tribute to A. H. Smith, O.B.E, Arthur Herbert Smith—Bertie,for short—figures In a big way in the pages of this Magazine, though It will take a careful reader to discover It, since, apart from the photographic frontispiece, there are no headlines to Indicate where his name is mentioned, and that Is one of the reasons why we honour him with the Editorial page. Another reason is that he has figured in a big way In the history of the School since It was moved to Botha's Hill twelve years ago, yet here again few people really know the details of all that he has done for us in that period of vigorous growth and development. We do not propose to list them here, but his recent gifts of £3,050 to the Organ Fund and of £1,050 to the Chapel Building Fund (the latter being additional to considerable sums given earlier), cannot but prompt us to consider whether the time has not come when we should pay him as ample a tribute as we can Inthe pages of the official School-record. In doing this we risk a reproof fromhim, for nothing Is further from his thoughts than that his good deeds should be given publicity or that an appreciation of his fine character should be made available for all and sundry to read. So we beg pardon for what Is In some sense an Invasion of his privacy, and declare as an excuse that a candle set on a hill cannot be hid. Modesty and liberality are the key-notes of"Smithy's"character, and both qualities spring from the same source, the two great Christian commandments. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, and Thou shalt love thy neighbour. Living with simple economy himself, there Is no hint of the same principle being applied to his relations with his fellow-men, but only he and his devoted Secretary, Miss Pickering, know the extent of his liberality to worthy causes and to individuals who need a helping hand. That he has much to give may be undeniable, but many who have treasures on earth 93

are foth to part with them. That he gives so much, is, we feef, simply explained by the fact that he lives the Christian Faith that is so dear to him and he wants to make it real to others. Other qualities that endear A. H. Smith to those who know him are his courage, his sense of humour and his unfailing interest In young people. For years he has suffered under increasing afflictions of deafness and failing eyesight, yet he has never lost his zest for life or his love ofa joke or his desire to know all that is going on in a school like Kearsney. Although unable to enjoy the society of others, he by no means lives alone, for he maintains a vast corres pondence with all sorts of people, both in this country and abroad. It is a remarkable tribute to the spirit within the man,that despite his infirmities and advancing age, he is still as alert as ever in mind, and his sympathies with and his interest in his fellow-beings have diminished not at all. The accompanying photograph, taken in 1948, very well illustrates the judgments we have made. We at Kearsney have a tremendous lot for which to thank him. There is hardly a department of the School's activities which does not owe him much. All that we can give him in return is our most grateful thanks, our prayers and our friendship. But we have no doubt that the reward that is nearest to his heart is the knowledge that what he does for Kearsney is service for the rising generation by making the School better able to perform its task of preparing Its young charges for the life that lies ahead of them. • • * Biographical Note.—The following note on his early life was written by Mr. Smith himself. We print it as he gave it to us because it Well illustrates the sense of humour and the sympathy with youth that we have already referred to. "Arthur Herbert Smith was born, April 1869, in Aliwal Street, Durban, opposite the Congregational Church. Soon wore curls like Mother's, but curls are lost on a boy, and are the envy of girls, it is said ! "First school was in Gardiner Street; second at Forbes' Academy, Musgrave Road, opposite Silverton Road. Mr. James Forbes used a stick sometimes, and it was painful! Third school was the fine old Methodist Pembroke House School, Ansdell, Lytham, Lancashire, England. The Headmaster and the Music Teacher were sons of the Rev. Mr. Lightwood, a good Methodist preacher. "A.H.S.(Bertie for short), returned to Durban in 1886 and entered his Father's business, 376 West Street." To this we add that"Smithy" led an active life in earlier years and had many interests outside business, as one would expect in the case of a man ofsuch large sympathies. Photography has always been a passion with him, and he has been a liberal patron of Music and Art. Weare notsurprised to learn that he was a keen sportsman 94

too, his chief Interests here being fishing, swimming and tennis. He was a first-rate player of the latter game, and took part in tournaments on the Continent. He travelled extensively in Europe, by the way. Finally, and we come back to the accent on youth because it is so typical, he is a great lover ofchildren, and throughout the years has been a generous friend to the Boy Scout Movement. We offer him our sincerest gratitude and every good wish for health and happiness. OBITUARIES Johann Christoffel AdendorfT Johann Christoffel Adendorff came to the College in January, 1932, and left after taking his matric. at the end of 1933. Although with us for only two years, in the happy family atmosphere at Kearsney, with less than 70 boarders, he became a very popular and useful member of our little community—a vigorous forward in the XV and a most successful fast bowler in the XI. The ideals which led him to choose medicine for his life's work, andhis popu larity amongst his fellows were the foundation for a most successful career,so that though this was cut short at the early age of 35, few funerals have had so large a gathering of folk from every walk in life. He was regarded with respect and affection by all who knew him. He was buried in Middelburg (Transvaal) where he practised for some years. He leaves a widow (nee Rapson) and two sons, to whom we offer our deep sympathy, and we mourn another son of Kearsney who could ill be spared. R.H.M. Michael John Schruer We record with sorrow the death on 22nd January of Michael Schruer. Although he was with us at Kearsney for only a year he very quickly endeared himself to us all with his cheery good humour and unabashed friendliness. He will be sincerely missed by those who knew him, but this will be to some extent mollified by the happy recollection of him as he was. To his parents, and to his brother and sisters we extend our deepest sympathy. R.R.S. VALETE 1950 Form VI:J. M. Anderson, E. R. Ashby, C. J. Barber, A. Buiman, B. J. Beck, J. E. Cieator, M.J. Collins, H. J. M.Cromme, E. C. K. Dowse, D.C. Dykes,T. E. Dyson,T. G. M.Prankish, S. T. Fish, T. E. Gjestland, E. T. E, Hansen, A.A. Hind, 95

T. M.Jones, R. Leslie, O. V. LeibfaraniJt, M.J. M. Leask, B. J. Nicoison, H.C. L. Orsmond, M. J. Rodda, R. D. Rich, D. A.Stranack, D. B. A. Sclanders, G. M. H. Shires, G. A. Steenberg, A. J. Tedder, J. A. Voysey, K. M. Williamson, D. S. Wauchope, D. Weetman, D. C. Wade, P. G. Polklnghorne. Form V: D. A. F. McLeod, R. Hirst. Form IV:J. Atkinson, G. L. Coggin, C.T. Davies, B. G. Howlett, G. M. H. Fraser, I. J. Kirkman, M,C. Khaled, G. Lancaster, M.B.McCarthy,i. F. MacKinley, D. Olufsen, D. J. Rishworth, G. D. Senior. Form ill: D. L. Brokensha, D. C. Brown, R. G. Clarke, W. H. Lowes, J. P. Lamb. Form 11: R. D. Hirst, D.Crulkshank, D. M. Harper. Form I: V. L. Shearer. March, 1951, Form III: J. Hepker. June, 1951, Form V: R. N.Cordes, R. Mcl. Stevenson. Form IV: J. W. van Ryneveld. Form III: W.M. Walker. Form I: G. S. J. Becker, E. Brown. SALVETE 1951 R. Aulfes (Greytown); D. W. Benporath (Pinetown); E. Brown (Botha's Hill): D. Beatty (Botha's Hill); J. Bull (Durban); D. S. J. Becker (Durban); B. S. Chambers (Sezela); E. L. Coetzee (Harrismith); R. C. Coliey (Botha's Hill); D. G. Cox (Vryheid); R. J. Cochrane (Glllitts); R. M. Cole (Mooi River); C. C. Cullingworth (Martizburg); F.J. Carter(Durban); M.K.and D.E.Cook(Durban); P. K. Daniel (Hill Crest); S. G. Deenik (Kroonstad); P. du Toit (Pinetown); C. R. Ellison (Pinetown); J.J. Eaton (Durban); E. A. Fearnhead (Maritzburg); D. W. Francis (Durban); R. G. C. Ford (Johannesburg); A. C. Gage (Durban); R. T. A. Gray (Witzies Hoek); D. O. P. Hewitt (Umtali); B. Huiett (Umhiaii); J. Q. Hopkins (Hill Crest); J. A. Hunt (Indaieni); P. D. Houston (Merrivale); R. J. Johnstone (Port Shepstone); D. L. Kyle (Kroonstad); B. S. A. Longhurst (Bulawayo); J. C. Lorge (Margate); I. McLeod (Escombe); D.S. Murdoch (Cowie's Hill); A. E. Macaskiil (Ficksburg); J. Mudie (Durban); J. M. Nelems (Kitwe); G. J. Otter (Moseley); T. M. Odell (Ixopo); R. A. Parkes (Durban); J. C. Pettit (Durban); M. Pigg (Amanzimtoti); P. R. Russell (Durban); P. Rindel (Durban); D. C. Roberts (Durban); S. D. Rowe (Escombe); A. R. Schruer (Doornkop); F. S. Simpson (Durban); N. Stott (Botha's Hill); M. B. Swinton (Durban); P. H. Shekleton (Durban); A. J. Stewart (Durban); H. K. Timm (Kloof); J. W.Taylor (Durban); E. E. Todd (Merrivale); D. A. H. Valintine (Umtali); N. D. Vaughton (Vereniging); W.A. Whitward (Durban); J. W.van Ryneveld (Durban). EXAMINATION RESULTS, 1950 Matriculation First Class: M. J. Collins, S.T. Fish, M.J. M. Leask (Dist. in Mathe matics, Physical Science and Geography), D. B. A. Sclanders, G. M. H.Shires, H. H.Cromme. Second Class: J. M. Anderson, B. J. Beck, D. C. Dykes, T. E. Gjestland, A. A. Hind, M. J. Rodda, H. C. L. Orsmond, A. J. Tedder, J. A. Voysey. Third Class: T. E. Dyson. 96

School Certificate First Class: H. H.Cromme. Second Class:O.V.Leibbrandt,D.B.A.Stranack, K. M.Williamson. Third Class: T. E. Dyson, R. Leslie, P. G. Polkinghorne, D. S. Wauchope. Junior Certificate First Class: J. Botte, R, M. Dolton, D. O. Hall, I. D. MacGregor, A. C. M. Mackenzie, N. Mark, P. C. Marshall, C. Rindel. Second Class: C. J. Barber, C.T. Davies, B. P. Dingley, D.J. Dukes, B. N. Dykes, S. M. Evennett, F. L. Farquharson, M. J. Hindson, C. H. Lee, I. F. MacKinlay, C. S. Meumann, A. Moon, J. P. Newlands, P. R. Randall, D. G. Scott, P. J. Silburn, B, Stokoe, L. C. Tarr, J. F. Woods, R. S. Woolliams. Third Class: J. C. T. Black, M. A. Brand, G. L. Coggin, G. M. H. Fraser, R. C. J. Giles, O. W. K. Jackson, G. L. R. Launder, M. S. Mannion, M. B. McCarthy, T. J. Shepstone, N. C.Steggall, R. Mcl. Stevenson, M. T. Woodley. Taalbond Hoer Eksamen {Laer Graad): H.H. Cromme, A. A. Hind. LaerEksamen(Laer Graad): L. Callow,G.L.Coggin,C.E. Leisegang. P. Marshall, G. M. H. Shires. ® Voorbereidende (Hodr Graad): A. L. Doidge, T. W. Downard, E. j. Frick (met Lof), G. V. Green, M. E. Mealin, R. Moffitt, R. P. H. Ramseyer. Voorbereidende (Laer Graad): C. J. Barker, F. E. S. Borgwardt, M. A. Brand, C. G. Carelse, A. K. Carter, J. W. Coventry, B. P. Dingley, B. N. Dykes, M. O. Hall, T. W. Johnson, M. S. Mannion, N.Mark,P. G. Maxwell, B.S. Meumann,J. P. Newlands, P. G. Rodda, F. C. R. Rowe, M. J. Simpson, L. R. Slater, N. C. Steggall. SCHOOL NOTES Appointments: Head Prefect: E. J. Needham (F.). School Prefects: R. J. Ireland (F.), J. R. B. Dersley (G.), R. A. M. Blebuyck (M.), H. M. Winder (J.). House Prefects: Finningley: E. J. Needham (Head), R. J. Ireland, C. W. Mundell, T. E. Metcalf. Gilllngham: R. J. B. Dersley (Head), W. N. Rock, G. Price-Hughes, B. N. HanburyKing. A1/7ner; R. A. M. Biebuyck (Head), G. S. Pike. Junior: H. M. Winder (Head), C. E. Leisegang. 97

Appointments—Cont/ni/erf. Captains: Cricket: R. J. Irefand. Rugger: E. J. Needham. Swimming: E. J. Needham, Tennis: W. N. Rock. ^ Athletics: R. J. Ireland. Shooting: R, Cordes. School Librians: L. Callow, D, G. Whitaker, House Librarians: Finningiey: R. S. Wooltiams, J. P. Newlands. Gillingham: I. D, MacGregor, B. Dingle/.' School Printer: D. O. Hall, Projector Operators: R. S, Woolliams, P. C, Marshall, K, M. Eddy, New Uniform With the cost of clothes ever on the increase an attempt has been made to help parents to keep this item within reasonable bounds by introducing a new uniform of khaki bush-shirt, shorts, khaki stockings and brown shoes. Its wearing is optional this year, but will be compulsory from 1952 onwards. As was to be expected from the number of times a similar idea has been suggested in previous years, the new outfit proved at once very popular and nearly everybody acquired the necessary garments. Yet contrarily enough, it was not until several weeks after their distribution that anybody wore them ! However, once the ice was broken by one or two bold spirits at the top of the school most of the others followed their example, and morning assemblies looked almost as ifthe rest of the day was to be spent at a cadet parade. So, at last, the two desires that have often seemed to be nearest the schoolboy heart, that is, the wearing of brown shoes and the dis carding of a necktie, can now be indulged in with perfect legality and official respectability. But black shoes, school tie, blazer and so on must reappear from supper-time onwards, and these must also be donned for the celebration of any official school occasion outside class-room hours. President's Visit On 1st May we were honoured by a visit from the President of Conference, Rev. S. le Grove Smith. It was a particular pleasure to us to see him again, for he is far from being a stranger to us: he was, of course,our School Chaplain for many years. After speaking reminiscently of his days at Kearsney, the President took as his message the individualness of our religion. God has a need and use for each one of us personally, not regarding us in the mass as a public speaker would regard his audience. He hoped that every person present would realise that he had his part to play in the promotion of Christianity on earth. 9S

Routine Sunday evening services have been varied by a service by Mr. Stuart Duncan, a film of the work done among the cripples of South Africa, a talk by Mrs. Reece on"The Legends and History of Glastonbury," and one by Mr. Reece on the Life of John Wesley, Condolences We extend our sympathy to the family of Mr.A. E. Ingle,a member of the Board of Governors, who passed away recently. Mr. Ingle was a retired schoolmaster, and for years took an affectionate interest in the fortunes of Kearsney, not only as a Governor but as a friend of Staff and boys alike. We also offer our sympathy to the families of Dr. J. C. Adendorff, an Old Boy (1930-33) who died at Middelburg, Transvaal, and of Michael Schruer(Form II), who died as a result of a collision between a bicycle and a motor lorry during the January holidays. Our prayers and sympathy were also given to Jonathan Hopkins (Form III) who was seriously Injured In another accident involving a bicycle and a lorry at Hill Crest in May. For some days his con dition was critical, but he has since made a good recovery, thanks largely to his own courageous spirit and determination, and we are glad to hear that he will be back at school in August. Entertainments A pleasing feature of this Half has been the increasing attempts of the School to provide entertainments for themselves, and for visitors,on spare Saturday evenings. Two concerts and two evenings of short plays were given with great success and with financial benefit to the Chapel and Organ Funds. Three members of the Staff provided the inspiration for these events, Messrs. Smith and Tucker looking after the dramatic side, and Mr. Quarmby taking the choir under his wing. Mr. and Mrs. Best contributed some splendid efforts in make-up and dress, and Mr. Coliey arranged the stage settings with his usual skill. One concert included twenty-two items which were all thoroughly enjoyed by an audience in typical Saturday night mood. It opened with Leask and Tyler playing some popular dance numbers arranged as piano duets, and another item that was particularly well received was a vocal duet,"The Twins," a study in contrasts ably rendered by Jackson and Tolken. The community singing produced scenes alleged to be reminiscent of the old music halls, and the Staff's rendering ofthe last verse of" Four Green Bottles"was thoroughly enjoyed, especially by the Staff themselves. The Junior House Symphony Orchestra consisting of two members of Form I, Young and his harmonica and Parkes and his banjo, was enthusiastically applauded, and the most successful of the non-musical items were "The Man Who Forgot Nothing" which produced a startling and 99

classical display of Prick's lower anatomy, and the Fashion Parade wherein the mannequins looked so charmingly feminine that even hardened members ofthe Staff were seen to be staring unbelievingly in their direction. The second of the concerts, given on 5th May, followed more conventional lines, and produced some really excellent singing of sea-shanties by the choir under the direction of Mr. Quarmby. It was pleasant to hear the range of expression which he draw from them. Another well-rendered item was the part-song"O Peaceful England." Mr. Tucker made a notable contribution to the pro gramme in four tenor solos from opera, and Lorge made an un expected and almost on-the-spur-of-the-moment debut as a treble soloist in two pleasantly sung ballads. It is a pity that he did not reveal his talent earlier, for his voice is now near the breaking stage and might have been developed into one of remarkable quality. The high-light of the concert was Mr. Quarmby's pianoforte playing ofsome ofthe Scenes from"Carnaval"(Schumann)and Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata." The School is fortunate to have an artist of his calibre at the head of its music department, and we trust that we shall have regular opportunities of hearing him at the keyboard in future. Miscellanea At the beginning of the year Mr. Oram relinquished control of the Saturday night cinema shows, and these passed to the direction of Mr. R. Smith. The new Housemaster's residence at Junior House has made good progress, and Mr. and Mrs. Best expect to move into it by October. At the beginning of the year changes were made in the arrangements at Junior House so that all boys couldsleep In the main building. This year the Athletic Sports were held on the Oval for the first time. Some further digging away of the banks had to be done to accommodate the 100 yards tracks,and in order that the finishing-post might be In full view of the spectators on the pavilion verandah the competitors had to run the quarter-mile course clock-wise instead of anti-clock-wise as In former years on the top field. A welcome innovation at the beginning of the year was the appointment of an Indian groundsman. His particular duty is to look after the turf wicket, and he has had a course of instruction at Kingsmead for this purpose. He also supervises the general outdoor staff and helps with the driving of the School bus. During the first term a brisk market was done at the Armoury In the sale of cadet uniforms, instructions having come from Snell Parade that these were to be disposed of so as to make way for a new issue. The conversion of the old Tuck-shop above the Oval into music practicerooms and a lecture-room was completed during the first term. During the Half, visits were made by various groups of boys to the whale factory-ship "Abraham Larsen," to the H.M.S.A.S. "Transvaal" and to the Botha's Hill Native Clinic. EASTER It Is many years since we had Easter at school. While regretting that parents and sons were not able to be united in the usual Easter 100

fashion, nevertheless we feel that an occasional Easter like this Is good for the corporate life and spirit of the school. On Good Friday morning a devotional and instructional service was held, lasting in ail nearly two hours. The Head addressed the School on Passion Week up to Gethsemane; Mr. Reece gave an account and explanation of the Trials; and Mr. Gram spoke on the Seven Words from the Cross, in addition Mr. Tucker rendered an appropriate soJo. In the evening our.Chaplain, Rev. D. W.Timm, organised a film service, at which we welcomed the Youth Campers, who were spending Easter for the first time in their ovvn quarters beyond the school. After two campers had given their personal testimony on the meaning of the Cross to them,two films were shown. The first led us in hymn-singing, contained an organ recital, an anthem by the Westminster Abbey Choir, and a talk on Companionship by a London minister. The second reel was devoted to an impressive film entitled "Barabbas," and a further address appropriate to Good Friday. After the film, prayers were conducted by the campers. At the Sunday morning service we had one ofthe biggest congre gations ever seen here. The school was augmented by the hundred campers and about a hundred other visitors and friends; this is where we shall welcome the new Chapel! Mr. R. H. Matterson and Rev.J. V. Cantrell shared the service,and the message and hearty singing were an inspiration to all. Earlier on Sunday morning many ofthe boys and Staffattended the Sunrise Service on the Camp site at 6 a.m.. and others accompanied Mr. Gram to early communion at St. Agnes Church, Kloof. Sacra ment herewas administered by Rev. D. W.Timm and Rev. Bell, of Durban. The Easter services came to a conclusion on Sunday evening when school and campers again united for a service conducted by Mr. H.W. Haley. A ladies' choir rendered two songs. J.F.R. STAFF NOTES At the beginning of the year several new members joined the academic and administrative staffs. We offer them all a cordial welcome and hope that they will spend many happy years with us. Mr. H. M. Tucker, M.Sc., B.Ed., A.C.I.S., comes from the Cape to assist In the teaching of Mathematics, Science and Bookkeeping. This is his fi rst teaching appointment, but he is farfrom Inexperienced in affairs as he has spent a number of years in the service of a Bank. iOi

In the last War he served with the First Division in East and North Africa as a member of the South African Medical Corps, and was also Information Officer attached to the South African Air Force. Mr. Tucker has taken control of the Tuck-Shop where we hope his business training will bring forth good results, and he is also keenly interested in dramatics and choir work. Mr. R. Quarmby, A.R.M.C.M., Ed.Dip. (Leeds), has joined us as Music Master, in which capacity his chief concern will be the teaching of the pianoforte, but he has also taken over part of the choir work from Mr. Reece. He traineadt the Royal Manchester College of Music,and being a Yorkshireman,is, ofcourse,an excellent cricketer as well as an expert pianist. We welcome his help on the cricket field, and are also glad to know that he will lend a hand with rugger as well. Astronomy is another spare-time interest of his. Mr. Quarmby served five years during the War as a wireless operator with the Royal Air Force. Mr. A. Bradley, B.Sc. (Rhodes, U.E.D.), came from Grahamstown to accept a temporary appointment and has since returned to help on the Staff at Kingswood College. We understand that he may be coming back to Kearsney later on. Mr. L. C.Tedder took a term's leave at the beginning of the year and no doubt spent a good deal of it in building and gardening activities. He did, however, take time off for a trip to Rhodesia, and we were glad to see him looking very fit and well when he rejoined us for the second term. We welcome to the Headmaster's Office Mr. W. J. Lutley, one of our neighbours, who accepted the appointment as Bursar at the beginning ofthe year. As a retired Bank Manager ofwide experience his help should be invaluable. His genial personality and his im mensely keen interest in all that is going on at the School have rapidly established him not only as an official but also as a friend who never'fails to give his assistance wherever it may be wanted. Sister C. Ash came to Finningley in January to take over the post of Matron in place of Mrs. J. Gamble who left at the end of 1950. Sister Ash served in the British Army Nursing Services during the War, and also experienced the blitz on London. She is not a complete stranger to us as she fi rst came to give temporary help in nursing influenza cases during an epidemic last year. We are very glad to have her with us again in a more permanent capacity. For some part of the Half the Wednesday Art Classes were taken by Miss van Hall of Durban, and when she found that work in her pwn studio required her whole attention her successors were Mrs.W.J. Lutley and her daughter. Miss E. Lutley. We are grateful for their keen interest in work that has to be done under somewhat difficult conditions, and are glad to know that they have a good opinion of the general level of talent in the lower forms. 102

In January Mr. R. Best took over the Housemastershtp of Junior House, and both he and Mrs. Best lost no time In showing their keen Interest In everything pertaining to the welfare of their young charges. We feel that congratulations on the appointment are due to them both. A former member of the Staff, Mr. C. O. Medworth, who was our games and sports master for so many years, Is now In England as one of the official correspondents accompanying the South African Cricketers on their tour. We heartily congratulate him not only on the honour done to him In this appointment, but also on the despatches which he has sent back to the Natal Mercury. In private letters he reveals that the-work Is very arduous as the travelling is incessant, but there Is compensation in the Interesting people he Is meeting, and above all In the chance of seeing the glory of the English countryside at Its best. Concerning other past Staff, we learn that Mr. Brown has settled down satisfactorily to his work at St. Mark's School, Mbabane. Conditions of life are pleasant and the country very beautiful. His Interest In Kearsney remains keen as ever, and he hopes to pay us a visit soon. Mrs. Mllner carried on heroically with her studies after the passing of her husband, and at the end of last year gained her M.Sc. In Chemistry. This year she has had a temporary lectureship for six months, and Is proceeding with her Ph.D., which she hopes to obtain at the end of next year. Her lecturing and personal study have occupied her time pretty fully, as can be imagined. Mr. van den Berg was commissioned to prepare a painting of Mr. Pascoe, past Rector of Michaelhouse, to hang In their hall with other similar paintings. With only a couple of old photos to work upon, Mr. van den Berg produced an excellent likeness, which the Governors accepted, and which has now been hung. THE CHAPEL The first Half of the year has not exactly seen the Chapel being rushed to completion,and there have been times when we wondered whether the work was going to extend beyond Its second year before the final stages should be reached. As we do not know what the difficulties are, we offer no explanation, and we content ourselves with a bare record of the progress made up to now. The tiling of the roof was finished early In the year, and thereafter most ofthe windows made their appearance,although some remained mysteriously absent for a considerable further time. The plastering ofthe vast Interior proved a long and slow job, not very surprisingly, since an elaborate set of scaffolding had to be moved to get to every arch. This alone took something like three days on each occasion. Then came the decorating, or, to use plainer English, the painting of the walls, arches and celling, and It is this work that Is now 103

approaching compfetion. Comment on the cofour scheme had perhaps better be left until It can be seen in association with the completely furnished interior, but we may in the meantime be forgiven the provoking remark that it will probably be a startling surprise to a good many people. The Chapel Advisory Committee has attended to the ordering of the furniture, and has settletdhe pew versus chair controversy in favour of the former. Our great hope now is that everything that has been ordered will be supplied in time for the official opening of the Chapel by the President ofthe Conference on 2nd September. THE ORGAN FUND f am delighted to report great news about the Organ Fund, for at the beginning of July I received a further donation of £2,000 from our generous neighbour Mr. A. H. Smith. Two days before my wife and I were leaving for a holiday at the Cape I answered the 'phone and found that Mr. Smith was at the other end anxiously enquiring how much we must have in hand before an organ could be ordered. This was not the first time he had made this enquiry, and I gave the same reply as on previous occasions, namely £4,000. Then followed other questions about the progress of the Fund, the time it would take to deliver the instrument, where it would come from, and so on. I must confess that all this earnest questioning did begin to rouse in me a glimmer of hope offavours to come, but I was far from prepared for the verdict finally given by the voice at the other end of the line :"Very well, then," it said, "you will get a cheque this afternoon for the balance you require." And in an hour's time I was staring unbelievably at a cheque for £2,000 that had just been delivered at the door. On the envelope was written in a familiar hand and with familiar precision with regard to time and date, "2.17 p.m. July 3rd, No Fireworks!" No Fireworks indeed ! If there had been a shop full of them at Botha's Hill I would have bought the lot and let them all off at once as soon as night fell or even before. Such a remark reveals the modesty that is typical of a man whose good deeds are manifold but entirely unpublicised. If there are no fireworks in the air, there is at any rate great gratitude and joy in our hearts for such a display of generosity and such evident determination that the Chapef services shall have what is necessary to make them beautiful and worthy offerings of worship and praise. The sincerest thanks of Governors and School have, of course, been suitably expressed to Mr. Smith for his benefaction. This addition to the Fund at once transformed what had hitherto been only a possibility into a very certain certainty. Preparations for the forthcoming journey to the Cape were at once thrust aside for the greater pleasure of getting down to the preparation of a detailed specification of an organ suitable both to our needs and our 104

means. 1 suppose no one who reads these lines has any knowledge of the factors to be considered and the alternatives that have to be weighed against each other and accepted or rejected. And all the time a strict eye has to be kept on costs, and a compromise effected between what is artistically desirable and what is economic ally possible. An exciting and a thrilling task for one who can claim a life-time's interest in organs. It was midnight before it was finished and letters were written to two firms of organ builders enclosing the specification and asking them to submit tenders by the end of the month. And now I must come back to the Organ Fund and gratefully acknowledge the contributions of others who have helped to make it possible for us to look forward to an instrument that will be really worthy of the work it has to do. Total already acknowledged Mr. A. H. Smith (second donation) Mr. A. H. Smith, for Mrs. Jeffery Dr. H. H. Stott Mr. G. M. Scott Mr. R. L. Hulett Messrs. H. Dawson, Sons & Co., Ltd., Durban (per W. Gersback) Mr. J. S. Bertram Collections at School Concert and Plays (per R. R. Smith) Miss O. Balcomb £ s. d. 1,917 0 0 2,000 0 0 26 5 0 50 0 0 50 0 0 100 0 0 26 5 0 25 0 0 13 17 0 1 0 0 £4,209 7 0 Note.—Contributions that have come in since July will be acknow ledged in the next issue of the"Chronicle." The Fund is still open, for we need a total of about £5,500 If the organ Is to be free of debt when it is installed. An order of the organ was placed in August. G. M. ORAM. THE CHAPEL FETE The Chapel Fete on Saturday, 23rd June, was a great success as it deserved to be and Indeed as It was bound to be as a result of the way in which parents and friends and the School worked together to prepare for It for many weeks beforehand. All their efforts, however, might have had but a disappointing result if those who had already done so much for us hadnot added to their good works by attending the occasion themselves and opening their purses most liberally. They were, of course, reinforced by many others who came up for the morning or the afternoon, or for both, and who did their part In ensuring the success of the Fete by availing JOS

themselves freely of the ample opportunities oifered by the various stalls for the making of many worth-while purchases. We assure each one of them of our very lively gratitude for the liberal and willing way in which they rallied round to help make this under taking the triumph that it undoubtedly was. A detailed list is given below of the amounts raised by donations, stalls, side-shows and other activities, the final result (after payment of expenses) being the magnificent total of £3,101 6s. Id. for the benefit of the Chapel Building Fund. That this purpose captured the imagination of our friends is proved by the fact that nearly £2,000 of this sum was contributed as donations freely and willingly given by those who know the value of a place set apart for worship, praise and prayer. But the whole result is really a testimony to our peoples' appreciation of spiritual values and it is in that light that we view the material success with the utmost thanksgiving. Once more we have to acknowledge another remarkably generous gift from our friend and neighbour, Mr. A. H. Smith, who, unable to attend the Fete himself, and hearing that its result had exceeded our expectations, added further to our joy and gratitude by sending a cheque for one thousand guineas with a request that it be added to the proceeds. It is impossible to express our thanks to one who is ever so generous in his help, but the attempt has been made to tell him what it means to us. No acknowledgments arising out of the Fete would be complete without a reference to the part played by the Headmaster and Mrs. Osier. It was their leadership and enthusiasm that inspired the efforts which resulted in the stalls being so well equipped with saleable commodities, and to say that they were untiring in pro moting organization, unwearying in patience and ever ready with helpful suggestion is to say no less than the truth. We feel sure that the great success ofthe day was the best reward that they could wish for, and we offer them our heartiest congratulations and sincerest thanks. Behind the scenes was another gentleman who should be given honourable mention for very great labours that, in the nature of things, were hardly observed. As the date of the Fete approached and the tempo of the preparations increased, practically every query and every difficulty had, at some stage or other,to pass through the hands of the Bursar, Mr. Lutley. The willing and competent way in which he dealt with every problem was indeed an invaluable help, and although he was put to a great deal of extra trouble his services were always readily given. On the day itself he did yeoman service in acting as Treasurer and collecting and recording the large quantity of cash that came in, and for days afterwards, when every body else could return to normal duties, he worked overtime in his office clearing up the inevitable aftermath of such an occasion. We offer him our most grateful thanks. Now a word about the day itself. The first important condition 106

for success in any outside affair of this kind, especially at Botha's Hill, is good weather, and in this respect we could not have been more fortunate. It was a beautifully sunny day, entirely without wind and with none of the winter cold that can sometimes bite very annoyingiy, even in day-time, on the heights of Botha's Hiii, A large crowd had turned up by 10.30 a.m. when Mrs. D. G. Shepstone, wife of the Administrator of Natal, graciously performed the opening ceremony and spoke of the need for a proper spiritual environment in the education of the young. Then came a pleasant surprise, when Mrs. Needham, mother of the head-prefect, ap proached the official party at the top ofthe hall steps, and presented the Head with a cheque for considerably over £200 as a present to the Fete from parents, Old Boys and friends in Johannesburg. This news was received with enthusiastic acclamation, and did much to set the tone for the happy and optimistic atmosphere which prevailed throughout the rest of the day. Well done, Johannesburg! We are indeed grateful to you for a truly magnificent effort. You have a way of setting an example that is most enheartening. The ceremony over, the crowd broke up to set about examining the possibilities of the numerous stalls and side-shows. What these were appears from the list given below, and some description of them by our junior correspondents is added later on. It was good to see so many Old Boys at the Fete, and A. B. Theunissen (1929-31), Chairman of the Transvaal Branch, though holidaying in England, did not forget to send a cable in the following terms:"Transvaal Branch wish you most successful Fete." It was a message that we very much appreciated. We were pleased to have the Administrator, the Honourable D. G. Shepstone, with us for lunch, and some time afterwards the School lined the road below the hall to give him and Mrs. Shepstone a rousing send-off as a token of our appreciation of their interest in the occasion. LIST OF STALLS AND F§TE PROCEEDS _ £ s. d» Produce and Groceries (Mrs. G. M. Oram) 129 0 0 Fancy Gdods (Mrs. V. L. Clegg) 204 2 0 Cakes (Mrs. Tedder and Mrs. Matterson) 59 g |0 Sweets (Mrs. R. C. Best) 68 4 5 Books (Mr. J. F. Reece) 102 12 10 Plants and Flowers (Mr. V. L. Clegg) 26 14 3 Teas (Botha's Hiii and Hillcrest Women's Auxiliary) ... ... 18 7 6 Lunches (Mrs. S. G. Osier) 41 14 g Woodwork and Handicrafts (Mr. L. C. Tedder and Boys and Dr. Gordon-Grant 90 18 4 Fish and Chips (Mr. J. Storm) 7 7 6 Minerals and Ice-Cream (Mr. H. M. Tucker) ... 9 |s 5 Shooting (Mr. J. H. Hopkins) 16 1 0 Tombolo and Boys Stalls (Masters Needham, Ireland and others) 134 (8 0 Competitions (Mr. G. Nel) ... ... 19 (8 8 Carried forward ... £929 2 10 Tb7

receipts Lfst of Stalls and Fete Proceeds—continued. Brought Forward Cinema Performances Cash and cheque donations at Fete, and misceiianeous Half proceeds from Concert at Headmaster's House Jumble Sale (Mrs. Hopewell) Cake Sale at Durban (Mrs. Hopewell) School Concert School Plays Crossword Competition (Mrs. Tedder and Miss Johnson) Sweets sold at SchoolPlay School Boys Box Collection Cash Donations before FSte Donations received before F§te Less Expenses paid in cash Cash and Cheques sent to Durban Office ... Donation received from A. H. Smith, Esq.... GRAND TOTAL I s. d. .. £929 2 10 .. 13 9 8 : 92 6 3 7 1 1 3 54 4 0 25 1 1 6 5 8 9 IB 0 0 45 16 0 .. 17 0 9 7 !! 17 11 6 1,210 8 4 938 14 1 2,149 2 6 46 0 II .. 2,103 1 6 . 1,050 0 0 3,153 1 6 It 51 15 5 £3,101 6 1 Among the Stalls {From L. S.) Kearsney grounds were transformed into a hive of business and entertainment when the enthusiastic crowd milled around examining the results of much hard work on the part of parents and friends. The boys' side-shows attracted a great deal of attention too. One early centre of interest was the miniature golf stand. It was here that Miss J. Smith, a champion golfer from Durban, demonstrated her skill at a cost tothe stall of a fair sum in prizes. She succeeded in chipping seven balls through the clown's mouth one after the other. The tombolo stall was the most enterprising one,for it was well equipped with trophies, and nobody left it without gaining some prize or other. This stall was really a great success. A cinema show was given at Intervals in the Library during the day and also did very well. We owe the shops and garages in the vicinity of Botha's Hill and Pinetown a debt of gratitude for they were advertised on the screen between shows at the cost of not inconsiderable donation! Mr. Reece ran a stall of over a thousand second-hand books and this was also a great attraction. He did not sell them ail but he disposed of a large number. At the end of the afternoon authors were to be had literally for two-a-penny. Mr.Oram acted as auctioneer,and managed to persuade the crowd to spend their money lavishly on a number of both expensive and inexpensive articles. He caught a few persistent bidders at the stroke of the hammer, and, of course, this was all to the good as far as the Fete was concerned. (From A.J.S.). Mr. Hopkins ran the shooting gallery and Mr. Storm the Fish and Chip shop. The side-shows consisted of darts, archery, driving a toy car, kicking a soccer ball through a tyre, and many others. In the afternoon, more people came, and anybody who had heard what a fashion show was like would have said it was a fashion show instead of a fete. The following day, which was Sunday, we had to clean up all the papers that were lying about. )08

(Lunch—from R.B.). From the waiter's point of vlfew this was a period of extreme confusion and amusement. By twelve o'clock the hall was still half-full of tea-drinkers and cake-eaters—twelve o'clock, the hour at which lunch was scheduled to begin! After forty minutes of hasty preparation and explanation of our duties, the door was unbolted. In rush^ the dense, hungry swarms, and within five minutes everybody was clamouring for service at the same time. Before long my complete trolley ofsalads had been devoured. I fetched some more to prepare for the next onslaught. Soon after that, while serving a customer, my trolley did the disappearing trick. After several minutes of futile searching I came across it in the opposite corner of the hall—minus the salads I Every time I pushed my way down the aisle between my two rows of tables I discovered,to my dismay,that the way was blocked by someone's chair. Making my apologies, I had to clear the passage so that I could take food to the hungry people beyond. It was much the same on the return journey. When others were coming for the second sitting while we were still busy with the desserts of the first, panic soon reigned supreme. The pre-arranged system went haywire and flustered fellow-waiters rushed all over the hall. In fact three of us brought the same order to one-and-the-same group. Pleasant encouragement from the customers came much mingled with denunciations of the whole scheme. It was at this point that more than one scared waiter took cover in the kitchen. Finally, after one-and-a-half hours of merciless battle, the crowd thinned, and at 2,40 we, the much harassed waiters, sat down to an enormous lunch of our own. CRICKET The 1st XI did not develop into as good a team as was expected. During the first month we had the services of Dyson, Williamson and Wauchope, but after their departure we found the greatest difficulty in replacing them. Ireland was elected Captain of the cricket for the season and we wish him every success. First XI Colours were awarded to Ireland and Hanbury-King. The XI did not play as a team, and batsmen who were expected to make runs failed, in some cases, to do so. The most stable batsmen were Hanbury-King, Needham and Ireland, and Dyson and Williamson before they left. Of the bowlers, Ireland, Rindel and Dyson were the most successful. Sherrell and Rock also bowled well. Matches February 3rd vs. STANDARD CRICKET CLUB At Mirittburg Lost by 7 wickets This was the first game of the year, and the team played reasonably well. Hanbury-King's innings of 56 was very good indeed, and his judgement was excellent. The best bowling performance was put up by Rindei and he was well supported by Ireland and Dyson. (see overleof) 109

kEarsney Williamson, b. Upton ..... — 0 Moon, run out II Sherrell, l.b.w., b, Upton ..... 3 Dyson, b. Upton 7 Hanbury-King,c. Holman, b. Douglas 56 Needham, b. Carbis 4 Rindel, b. Douglas 17 Ireland, b. Douglas 0 Pike, not out I Rock, b. Carbis 0 Francois, c. Carbis, b. Carbis 0 Extras 4 STANDARD CRICKET CLUB Total 203. (Holman 79, Fletcher 41.) Bowling O. M. R. W. Av.; Ireland 7 — 36 2 18 Dyson 6 — 31 2 15.5 Rock 9 —, 50 1 50 : Francois _... 4 — 26 —,— Pike 2 — 30 — — Rindel 44 — 26 4 6.5 TOTAL 103 February lOth vs. MICHAELHOUSE At MIchaelhouse Lost by 105 runs MIchaelhouse, after winning the toss, batted first and declared at 137 for 8 wickets. Elliot batted well for 31. Rock bowled steadily and ended up, after 12 overs, with 3 wickets for 19 runs. Kearsney batting collapsed badly due mainly to the excellent bowling of Hooper, and to a lesser extent of Ridgway. The Kearsney batsmen showed no enterprise, and only Rock at No. 10 offered any resistance. , KEARSNEY Moon, l.b.w., b. Hooper Williamson, c. Hensman, b. Hooper Sherrell, c. Hensman, b. Ridgway Hanbury-King, c. Bouverie, b. Ridgway Dyson, b. Ridgway Rindel, c. Corin, b. Hooper Lowe, b. Ridgway ..... Ireland, c. Bouverie, b. Hooper Pike, b. Ridgway Rock, b. Hooper MacGregor, not out Extras TOTAL 3 3 1 2 I 0 1 5 10 I 32 MICHAELHOUSE Total 137 for 8 declared. (Elliot 31.) Ireland 9 Dyson Rock Rindel Pike MacGregor Bowling O. M. R. W. Av. 1 24 2 12 II 3 21 2 10.5 12 5 19 3 6.3 6 — 34 — — 6 — 24 1 24 2—5. — — Hooper 5 wkts. for 13 Ridgway 5 wkts. for 18 runs. runs. February 17th At Glenwood vs. GLENWOOD H.S. Lost by 95 runs Once again some of the recognised batsmen failed, and Kearsney were all out for 1 13. Dyson batted well for 38, and Hanbury-King and Needham added their contribution very quickly. Glenwood declared at 209 for 6, due mainly to a very good 90 by Eyre, who gave only one chance, before he had scored, and Harrison (48). The Kearsney XI fared better in its second innings, Williamson being 51 not out at the close. no

KEARSNEY . Moon,c. Powys, b. Perkins 4 Sherrell, c. Smith, b.. Mansfield 18 Wiiiiamson, b. Perkins 4 Hanbury-King, b. Graham 20 Dyson, c. Smith, b. Speed 38 Rindei, b. Graham 3 Ireland, b. Graham ..... I Needham, b. Smith .... 14 Pike, b. Graham -...; — 0 Rock, b. Graham 2 Francois, not out • 0 Extras ..... 9 GLENWOOD ■ Total 209 for 6 wickets (dec.). (Eyre 90, Harrison 48, Smith 35 not out.) Bowling O. M. R. W. Av. Ireland 2 — 20 — — ■ Dyson ! II — 73 3 24.3 Rock ...... 7 — 42 — — Francois I — 18 — — Rindei ' 4 — 12 3 4 Pike ...» 2 — 24 — — TOTAL 113 KEARSNEY (Second Innings) 99 for 5 wickets Williamson 51 not out, Ireland 14 not out. March 3rd VS. D.H.S. At D.H.S. Lost by 99 runs Kearsney lost the toss and went in to bat on a drying wicket. They were soon in trouble, and only Moon batted with any confidence. Kearsney batted until just before lunch, and by lunch D.H.S. had Ipst 2 wickets for 5 runs. The afternoon's play was on a true wicket and D.H.S. declared at 142 for 5. In the second innings Kearsney batted very well and stumps were drawn at 122 for 5, Needham batting very well for 29 not out. KEARSNEY (First Innings) Moon, b. Tyzack 13 Sherrell, run out 0 Wiiiiamson, c. Farmer, b. Miller 4 Hanbury-King, l.b.w., b. Purneil 3 Dyson, b. Miller 6 Rindei, c. Phillips, b. Tyzack I Ireland, b. Tyzack 0 Wauchope, run out 3 Needham, c. and b. Purneil 8 Mark, b. Tyzack 0 Pike, not out 0 Extras 5 TOTAL 43 D.H.S. (FirsItnnings) Total 142 for 5 wickets (dee.). (Solomon 50, Williams 33 not out.) KEARSNEY (Second Innings) Moon, c. Farmer, b. Purneil 7 Sherrell, c. Tyzack, b. Purneil ...... 22 Williamson, b. Miller 26 Hanbury-King, c. and b. Purneil 11 Dyson, not out 20 Rindei, c. Farmer, b. Miller 6 Needham, not out 29 Extras I TOTAL 122 Bowling O. M. R. W. Av. Dyson ... 14 2 41 2 lO.S Ireland II 4 29 2 19.5 Sherrell 5 — 23 .... — Rindei 9 2 19 1 19: Pike ....» .. . 7 — 26 — ■ — ')M

March r4th vs. HILTON At Hilton Lost by 5 wickets Kearsney batted first and the batsmen appeared to be quite comfortable. Williamson, Hanbury-King and Ireland batted very well, and Hanbury-KIng was most unfortunately run out when well set for a high score. The tall collapsed badly, the last four wickets adding only twelve runs. Hilton were all out for 241, their score being boosted through a hectic Innings of 60 not out by Gilfillan at No. 8. The Hilton score would probably have been lower but for one or two unfortunate bowling changes. KEARSNEY Moon, b,Ulyate ..... 4 Sherrell, b. Mitchell IS Williamson, c. Ulyate, b. Cooper 28 Hanbury-King, run out 20 Rindel, st. Gilfillan, b. Mitchell 14 Needham, b. Hofman 8 Ireland, b. Ulyate 23 Gumming, b. Ulyate 0 Wauchope, b. Hofman .... — 0 Pike, not out 5 Rock,c. Brown, b. Hofman I Extras 5 HILTON Total 241. Bowling O. M. R. W. Av. Ireland 12 — 49 3 16.3 Sherrell ..... 7 — 42 I 42 Rock 10 2 49 3 19 Rindel ..... 6 — 36 I 36 Pike 3 — 40 I 40 Gumming I — 18 —- — Hanbury-King I — —I — TOTAL ..... 123 March 26tli vs. KEARSNEY OLD BOYS At Kearsney Lost by 19 runs This game,now an annual fixture, proved to be very entertaining and exciting. The high lights were the rapid and carefree innings of Walker and Goombe for the Old Boys and the outstanding Innings by Rock for Kearsney. In the second Innings the Old Boys went for the runs, did not succeed, and butfor time,the School XI would have won easily. As it was,the game continued for as long as possible, which was not quite long enough. KEARSNEY (First Innings) Moon, b. Best 14 Sherrell, c. Waring, b. Walker 0 Hanbury-King, c. and b. Best 6 Needham,c. WInship, b. Warmback 10 Rindel, b. Warmback I Ireland, c. Best, b. WInship 7 Leisegang, b. Warmback ..... ..... 2 Pike, b. Warmback ..... 0 Tarr, b. Golepeper 14 MacGregor, not out ..... 18 Rock,c. Quarmby, b. Best 33 Extras ..... 22 TOTAL 127 KEARSNEY OLD BOYS (First Innings) Ghick, c. Rock, b. Ireland 7 WInship, b. Ireland 8 Warmback,c. Moon, b. Sherrell 0 Goombe, l.b.w., b. Needham 58 Walker,c. Leisegang, b. Sherrell 59 Golepeper, b. Needham 5 Quarmby,c. Needham, b. Pike 12 Best, b. Pike 0 Hopkins, b. Sherrell 5 Theunlssen, l.b.w., b. Sherrell — 0 Wareing, not out 0 Extras 2 TOTAL 156 112