The Sixth-form heard a very interesting talk on Africa by Captain D.H.Barber, the future Conservative candidate for East Walthamstow. He refuted the conceptions many people have of Africans, for, he said, they are intelligent, have a sense of responsibility, and are far from savage. Missionary work was all-important and Captain Barber concluded by saying that the way to solve the African problem was to treat the Africans as equals, as younger brothers striving to establish themselves.
The Headmaster has varied the mid-morning fare provided for the School with talks on architecture, illustrated with the aid of the epidiascope.
Comment by ungrateful schoolboy:
' The thing itself is rough and crudely done,
Cut in coarse stone, spitefully placed aside
As merest lumber, where the light is worst,
Near a back staircase . . .
The School has been without lights during the recent electricity cuts, but apart from extreme gloom in the vestibule, not much inconvenience has been caused.
Up the Ten Men.
Reading the last issue of the Monovian, it may have occurred to many that according to the team criticisms of the 1946 Cricket XI, we played all the season with only ten men. This impression was due to the unfortunate omission of B.A.Williams from the team list.We offer our apologies and can only say that he was a very valuable player.
At Assembly recently the Headmaster explained that the pictures now appearing in the School were reproductions of lithographs specially designed for exhibition in schools. The advantage these had over
reproductions of oil and water-colour paintings was that they corresponded in every detail with the originals. If wood could be obtained for frames, it would be possible to have many more. Being rather "modern," several have drawn very varied comments, and the Headmaster has asked boys to let him have their opinions. One such criticism is reproduced later in the magazine.
This was performed as usual at the end of the Autumn Term, and a review and criticism is to be found later in this issue.
A rather unusual solo instrument was played by Mr.W.J.Bennett before the whole School last term. Between items he talked of the construction and development of the instrument.
Owing to unforeseen circumstances, it was impossible to give an account of the Christmas one-act plays in the last number of the Monovian. We have pleasure in including it in this issue.
Caesar and Cleopatra, by G. B. Shaw, chosen as the School Play this year, was performed at Lloyd Park Pavilion during the Walthamstow Drama Festival, and three times at the School. Some change was necessitated in the cast, B.Chaplin playing Caesar in place of F.G.Claridge, who was unable to take the part owing to the vagaries of the Ministry of Labour and National Service.
Three new monitors, R.Monday, P.Bentley, and N.Huntingford, have been elected by the School Council and have received the Headmaster's approval. Last term's monitors are now prefects.