P. K. SEN. 1949-57; Prefect 1955-57; Captain, Whittingham House; Secretary of the School Council; Editor of The Monovian 1955-56 ; Senior Circle; Religious Discussion Group; History Society. State Scholarship.
Sen was a very versatile member of the prefectorial body, but his versatility often made a conversation very confusing, for he could alternate between the sublime and the ridiculous with amazing alacrity. One moment he would be discussing the relative merits of various symphony orchestras and the next he would be giving a short resume of the activities of "The Balls Pond Road Jazz Club" and the music section of "The South Putney Band of Hope", of which he was a very keen patron.
He frequently dazzled the Senior Circle and the Religious Discussion Group with brilliant displays of rhetoric, and this probably accounts for his success as the School's representative on the C.E.W.C. As Editor of The Monovian he showed that he could write both humorously and with balanced, well-reasoned arguments.
Despite all these interests Sen found time to work very hard, and so earned himself a State Scholarship: He claims that he has, experienced more University entrance examinations and interviews than any other person in the School. But his proudest boast is that he has a sample of notepaper from every college in Oxford and Cambridge. However, his perseverance has beev rewarded, for in October he is going up to Wadham College, Oxford, where he will read Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
He announced on leaving that he had finally completed his book entitled "The Sandwich-Eaters of Upper Mongolia". He has promised to present an autographed copy to the Library.
T. A. J. HUTCHINSON. 1949-57: Prefect 1956-57; Captain, Morris House; School Basketball team and 2nd XI Football; Senior Circle; Religious Discussion Group. County Major Award.
For spontaneous wit there must have been few people at Monoux who have surpassed Hutchinson.
'Ned', or more plainly 'Hutch', has delighted audiences both in the Senior Circle and in various other functions such as the Rag Concert. It was therefore not surprising that his natural good humour quickly made him the most popular prefect.
But he put more store by football and was a member of the Second Eleven for three years. He enjoyed the game better than anyone and his enthusiasm and high spirits undoubtedly helped towards the team's great success. He also willingly used to attend to the more tedious aspects of the matches such as ordering the buns and washing up.
He has gained a place at Birmingham University and hopes eventually to become a civil engineer. After his efforts on their behalf, many first formers no doubt feel that he would better to devote himself to the teaching of mathematics!
Our very best wishes go with 'Hutch', and we rest assured that he will enjoy his future career just as much as he obviously enjoyed his career at Monoux.
A. M. MAGNUS.. 1949-57; Prefect 1956-57; Chief Librarian; Senior Circle; Religious Discussion Group; History Society; Stamp Club; School Council; Editor, The Bulletin. County Major Scholarship.
It was not long after he came to the School in 1949 that Alan Magnus realised the opportunities offered by Monoux. He resolved to make the best of them he could. First and foremost he was an idealist; he put the utmost effort into, everything he did and expected everyone else to do the same. Both as Editor of The Bulletin and as Chief Librarian he tried to instil a sense of responsibility into his staff. The result was that The Bulletin was of a consistently high standard and was published with unfailing regularity, and that the Library was always in excellent order.
But his enthusiasm was shown in other fields as well. He was a very conscientious Prefect, and he became influentially involved in the Stamp Club, the School Council, the Senior Circle, and the Religious Discussion Group.
He achieved very good results in the Advanced level of the G.C.E., and then excelled himself by obtaining a place at Worcester College, Oxford, where he will read law. We congratulate him on his well-deserved success, and wish him good fortune in his future career.
E. R. NORMAN: School Captain 1956-7; Prefect 1955-7; Chief Editor of The Bulletin; Chairman of the School Council; Founder-member of the History Society; Committee member of the Senior Circle; Secretary, late Chairman, of the Religious Discussion Group; Librarian; State Scholarship 1956; Open Scholarship 1957.
It becomes very evident from the above list that in Ted lay the rare qualities of moral leadership of the highest, degree married to a brilliant academic prowess which culminated in his being awarded an Open Scholarship in History to Selwyn College, Cambridge, in March 1957. Coming to Monoux in 1951 from Chatham House Grammar School, Ted manifested his qualities of leadership and initiative in many ways; from the list of attainments and honours before us we can see that he played a major part in several societies, attended an Oxford Conference in 1955, and in addition he was awarded the Isobel May Robinson Prize for an essay on 'Essex Monastic Houses' in 1956, a Lord McEntee Memorial Youth Prize in 1956, and a George Monoux Exhibition in 1957, and in his office as School Captain, his purposeful approach to the often onerous duties was an inspiration to the rest of the School, and put the finishing touches to a distinguished career.
Ted was possessed of a certain self-confidence, and managed to attain some measure of discipline in the Prefects' Room where he vigorously discouraged all forms of barbarism such as football, cricket, table-tennis and occasionally even the celebrated wall game.
At the moment, Ted is teaching while waiting to enter Selwyn College in October, 1958, where success will undoubtedly be his.
J. ALLISON: 1950-57; Prefect 1957; Librarian; School Council; Dramatic Society; Senior Circle; Religious Discussion Group; County Major Exhibition.
Allison was only a Prefect for a short while, but the impact of his quietly studious reasoning was very noticeable whenever Prefects' Room arguments became rather too heated. Efficiency was his god and whether as a Prefect, or, earlier, as a Librarian, he always strove for perfection in this respect, both in himself and in others.
By the School in general, however, he will be remembered for his work in connection with dramatics. Whether in comedy or tragedy he always contrived to be convincing, and his ability was rewarded by his gaining the Alan Chittenden Prize for Dramatics. It was often said of him that he was not interested in sport. True he took no active part himself, but he was a most efficient House Whip at both Sports' Day and the Swimming Gala. His dry wit frequently enlivened meetings of the School Council, and it is certain that he will make his presence felt in any discussions that may develop at the London School of Economics, where he is now studying.
A. K. DELAMORE: 1950-57; Prefect 1956-57; Mallinson House Captain; 2nd XI Cricket; 2nd VI Tennis; School Basketball Team; School Council; Senior Circle; County Major Exhibition.
Popular with virtually everybody, an almost unique feat for a Prefect, "Doll" was very efficient and could always be relied upon to give a hand whenever some particular onerous duty cropped up.
Quiet by nature, when he did speak, his opinions were always well thought out and an accurate commentary on the matter under discussion.
But it is for his activity in sporting spheres that he will be best remembered, for, throwing caution about his immaculately groomed hair to the winds, he entered keenly into nearly every game he could find to try. He was particularly adept in that brand of table tennis peculiar to the Prefects' Room and in basketball he was one of the School team's leading scorers. His sportsmanship was such as to command admiration, for he was never to be observed uttering criticism or a cross word about officials or opponents in any of the games he played.
He has obtained a place at Wye College, where he will study horticulture.
B. S. DURHAM: 1950-57; Prefect 1956-57; Morris House Captain; 1st XI Football and Captain 2nd XI; School Chess Team and Colours; School Athletics Team; School Council; Senior Circle.
Enthusiasm was the most apparent aspect of " Stew's " character. Once interested in a subject he would wholeheartedly devote his energies to it until such time as he was satisfied with his achievement. He was an inspiration behind the long undefeated run of the Second Eleven Football Team, and a very successful member of the Chess Team. It was not generally realised that, although only playing on a low board at Monoux, he was a regular member of the Essex Junior Team, at a time when competition for places was extremely keen. As Morris House Captain, he threw himself, almost literally, with great vigour into inter-house competitions, excelling in Pinball. His ability as a debater was first-rate, for his intense sincerity when moved to speak gave him the inspiration that his enthusiasm gave in other spheres. On leaving to begin a career in the City, he was passionately interested in Skiffle, even to the
extent of having a special haircut. Knowing him, it is not difficult to imagine that he will make a great success both of his career and of his hobby.
C. G. M. HOPTROFF: 1954-1957; Prefect 1955-57; Captain 2nd XI Cricket; School Badminton Team; School Council; Senior Circle; County Major Scholarship.
Although he did not arrive at Monoux until the Sixth form, "Hoppy " was one of the best-known and most popular of Prefects. In the Prefects' Room his special province was the radio set, so essential to the School during Test Matches, and only he seemed able to coax any sounds from the confused jumble of wires and valves that perched on his shelf.
Another whose interest in sport was great, he was the most able Second Eleven Cricket Captain for many years, being respected by every member of his team. The Badminton Club also benefited from his playing as well as organising ability, and here again he earned the high regard of all who came into contact with him. Outside School he was interested in Scouting (he was a Queen's Scout) and Lacrosse.
In spite of his many interests, he still found sufficient spare time to secure a County Major Scholarship and a place at Imperial College, London.
G. P. JACOBS: 1949-57; Prefect 1956-7; Higham Vice-Captain; School Tennis Captain and Colours; School Badminton Captain and Colours; 2nd XI Cricket; School Basket-ball Team; 2nd XI Football; School Council; Senior Circle; Chess Club; County Major Scholarship.
There are two things which distinguished Geoff from other Prefects, his conspicuous ginger hair and the incredibly large number of nicknames that he bore. To these must be added the fact that he was an incredibly successful all-rounder in the field of sport. School champion at Tennis, Table Tennis, and Badminton, he was also a fine, robust basketball player, a devil-may-care cricketer, a tank-like full back, and an above-average chess player.
In addition, he was a great humorist and had the Prefects' Room in fits of laughter even more frequently because of his wit than because of the regular sneezing fits that it was his misfortune to have to endure. His habit of ending discussions by emitting a perfectly ridiculous remark was merely a cover behind which a shrewd calculating mind was in action, as anyone who heard him speak at School Council meetings would agree.
Geoff has secured a place at Leeds University, where he is studying Economics.
A. E. STEEL: 1949-57; Prefect 1956-57; Whittingham House Captain; Librarian; School Council; Senior Circle; Secretary of Religious Discussion Group; County Major Exhibition.
Because of his rather small stature, "Mouse," whose nickname was perhaps the most used in the long history of the Prefects' Room, was the target for virtually all the practical jokes by the School in general on the Prefects and by the Prefects on each other; indeed, his favourite pastime seemed to be lying on the floor with a wastepaper basket on his head. But his perpetual good humour brought him through all these narrow squeaks with a smile, and hardly a minute passed without his deep throaty laugh that bade everyone else join in. In spite of all he had to take in the way of jokes, he always remained cheerful and was never vindictive or bore a grudge, though often he had every right to do so. He was an efficient and unquestionably popular Prefect whose motto was perseverance. This was shown by his devotion to the duties of house captaincy, and by his myriad attempts to pass Maths. at "O" level.
He is now studying at Leeds University with the intention of becoming a teacher. All who have heard him speak, particularly at the Religious Discussion Group, will know how well suited for this vocation he is.
A. CALLEN: 1949-54, 1955-57; Prefect 1955-57-57; Allpass House Captain; 1st XI Football; Athletics Team and Colours; Basket-ball Captain; Librarian; Senior Circle; County Major Exhibition.
Tony had one of those nicknames one does not print, although its origins were clouded in mystery. He excelled in Gymnastic activity and it was a great blow to the School when he left at the end of the Fifth form. So strong was the attraction of Monoux, however, that, after a year, he returned to continue his education. By the Prefects he will be remembered for his aggressiveness, which regularly led to bouts of wrestling or fisticuffs, and for his reasoning style of argument which he always managed to make sound ruthlessly logical, even though it seldom was. Yet it is for his achievements on the Athletic field that he will receive accolades from the School. A triple champion on Sports Day on three occasions, he was always perfectly fit. It was quite a common occurrence to find him walking on his hands around the Prefects' Room just for a change.
Southampton University has been lucky enough to welcome him within its walls, where already his gymnastic ability has made an impression. He is reading French.
B. J. BUTLER: 1950-57; Prefect 1956-57; 1st XI Football and Colours; Senior Circle; Jazz Club and School Skiffle Group; County Major Exhibition.
Though a capable and industrious student, "Jim" was best known in the School for his exploits on the football field, where he played a large part in the success of last year's first eleven. The determination and perseverance so characteristic of his football stood him in good stead in his favourite pastime of cycling, for he managed to achieve considerable success in racing competitions despite the limited time he was able to devote to training.
In his last year at School, "Jim" joined the School Skiffle Group as a banjoist, in which capacity he has became very proficient. (To those interested, he will gladly render a solo from "Putting on the Style" or a lengthy and detailed explanation of diminished sevenths and the like.) In spite of the energy with which he pursued his skiflling activities, he somehow fitted in sufficient study to gain a County Major Award as the results of his "A" Level examinations.
Since leaving School he has, up to the time of writing, been leading the life of a "gentleman of leisure" (his own term), but intends to go to University, where we can be sure, he will display the same purposefulness and enthusiasm by which his lively School career is remembered.