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Valete 1960

School 1950-8. School Captain 1957-8. Spivey House Captain. School Athletics Captain. School Tennis Captain. lst XI Football. 2nd XI Cricket. School Basketball Team. Chairman, School Council. Librarian. Senior Circle. County Major Scholarship.
By nature a retiring, unobtrusive person, Geoff nevertheless had the personality to become a splendid School Captain. He was dominant in the Prefects' Room, and a disciplinarian in the corridors; yet he was liked and respected by all. He enlivened the Prefects' Room with his keen sense of humour which he combined with a keen sense of duty to the School. We shall remember him. Not only was he known for his work in the academic sphere, but also for his prowess on the sports field. Although he devoted himself with enthusiasm to the lst XI, he also shone as an athlete and a tennis player, being Captain of both.
He is now studying Fine Arts at the University of Reading, in company with the "bearded weirdies" and red shirts (late of Monoux). He was famed for his art at Monoux, and we are sure that Geoff will be extremely successful in his future career.

School 1951-9. School Captain 1958-9. Allpass House Captain. Captain lst XI Football. 2nd XI Cricket. School Athletics team. Senior Circle. Dramatic Society.
Ray has one indomitable trait in his character which enables him to succeed where many others fail, namely, his will to win; he has an unusual confidence in his own ability, but is well aware of his limitations, when he is sure he is very, very sure, but when he is not, he is silent. He is a very likeable person and easily makes friends. His interests are diverse and it is difficult to find a topic of conversation of which he has no knowledge at all. Ray is a man of many sports from the bowling green to the football field and the swimming pool to the tennis court or cricket pitch. He is by no means devoid of innate ability. in any of these fields and in soccer especially he proved this point by being awarded Essex Grammar Schools' XI colours. Entering the Dramatic Society late in his School career, Ray found immediate success in the exacting title role of Moliere's L'Auare and later in the difficult part of the father of Rattigan's The Winslow Boy. It cannot be said that public speaking came easily to him but by his intense concentration and ability to intone almost any mood with his flexible voice, he won the Allpass Prize for Verse Speaking almost every year of his School life. Ray is an undeniably colourful character, a likeable personality, and one whose enthusiasm is easily aroused. He proved his academic ability by being elected to a commonership as a result of the Scholarship Examination of St. Catherine's Society, Oxford, where we wish him every success.

School 1952-9. Prefect 1958-9. Higham House Vice-Captain. Physics Laboratory Assistant. Science Society. Dramatic Society. Essex County Major Exhibition.
Peter was an elusive fellow and one who rather avoided the limelight, preferring to withdraw to the sanctum of the physics laboratories. Probably for this reason he was not as notorious in the School as some of his fellow prefects. None the less, when one. got to know him, one realised that his apparent reticence was misleading, for his dry humour in the Prefects' Room and his subtle interpretation of comedy on the stage, revealed another, much brighter, side to his character. At lunch time one would always find Peter, a dedicated abstainor from School dinners, quietly but determindedly, eating his way through a stack of sandwiches, seated in the most comfortable armchair in the room; in these moments Peter was contentment personified. The 4.5- -4.30 p.m. patrol, which he made his own, will no doubt bring him back many memories. Always helpful and reliable, Peter, I am sure, will make a quiet, yet forceful impression wherever he goes.

School 1951-9. Prefect 1958-9. Whittiugham Housc Captain. Vice-Captain of Football and Cricket. Essex Granunar Schools' Cricket Team. School Chess Team. School Council. Essex County Major Exhibition.
His indomitable high spirits and constant sense of humour were two qualities which ensured Rex's popularity throughout the School. In the Prefects' Room, his exuberance proved most infectious, and a prefect returning from the most trying duty could not help but be revived when faced with Rex's broad grin. But Rex was far more than just a humorist. His prowess on the sports field clearly showed his versatility; not only was he Vice-Captain of the School Football lst XI, to which he became a great source of strength, but he was also Vice-Captain of the School Cricket lst XI, and it was his skill as a wicketkeeper which earned him a place in the Essex Grammar Schools' XI. The Prefects' Room has many scars to show how keen Rex was on keeping in training. Despite his very full time-table, Rex was able to devote some serious time to study, being awarded a County Major Exhibition, and I am sure he is looking forward to a most enjoyable and successful stay at Liverpool University.

School 1952-9. Prefect. School Athletics Captain and Colours 1st XI Cricket. Librarian. History Society. Essex County Major Exhibition.
Tony will probably mostly be remembered in the School for his athletics; summer or winter, his track suit and running spikes, strewn around the Prefects' Room, were a reminder that, as far as athletics were concerned, Tony knew no seasons. On this score, I suspect his departure will not cause the cleaners too much grief. His keenness, however, proved most rewarding during his last year as School Athletics Captain, when he not only created six School records and staggered under the weight of six cups on Sports Day, but later succeeded in covering the mile in 4 min. 30 secs-proof enough of his dedication to the sport. Yet Tony still found time for the other games and was a regular member of the School Cricket 1st XI. Primarily a sportsman, he nevertheless proved both a conscientious prefect and student, gaining a County Major Exhibition. This ability to combine study with high sporting achievement, should prove a great asset toTony at Durham University, where he is to spend his next three years.

School 1951-9. Prefect 1957-9. Allpass House Whip. Secretary, History Society and Jazz Club. State Scholarship.
Michael, with his own distinctive personality, was prominent among the prefects; prominent in leadership and prominent in work. Although often intent to hide his fervency under a cloak of mild cynicism, a faculty which never failed to add a certain piquancy to discussions in the Prefects' Room, Michael threw himself with enthusiasm into most activities in the School. Uninterested in sport, he devoted much of his spare time to the History Society and jazz Society and it was his leadership of the latter, which led him to organise the now well-known Monoux jazz Band Balls; their success, socially as well as financially, was a credit to Michael's originality and imagination. It was these last two qualities; coupled with his natural ability, which brought Michael to some unusual scholastic heights. He was awarded a State Scholarship and gained entrance for 1960 to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, to study Modern Languages. During his last year he achieved the rare feat of passing 'O' level Spanish in a term and 'A' level within the year. As a result he is spending a year at the University of Barcelona. Michael's future is bright and with his evident sagacity, I feel sure he will fully realise his potentialities.

School 1951-9. Vice-School Captain, 1958-9. Mallinson House Captain. School Cricket Captain. School Basketball team. Vice-Chairman, School Council. Dramatic Society. Open Scholarship in Natural Sciences to Wadham College, Oxford. Shell Student Apprenticeship.
Norman commanded the respect of the whole School. As ViceCaptain he was scrupulously fair, always ready to accept responsibility and in the performance of his duties he proved invaluable. In the Prefects' Room, once one penetrated his somewhat reserved exterior, one found that Norman's interests were extremely diverse. On the sports field, he completed three seasons in the School Cricket lst XI, captaining the side during his last year. Although studying science, he showed a great interest in the arts. He was an active member of the Dramatic Society and played many parts in School productions. He will probably mostly he remembered for liis cxcellent portrayal of the K.C. In The Winslow Boy. Norman's love of music was omnipresent; his own painting and piano playing were of a high calibre. Indeed, I am sure, many prefects are still fighting for the publication rights of a most delightful piece of music which Norman composed and which was often heard in the Prefects' Room. Scholastically Norman was an imposing figure; He was awarded a County Major Scholarship - in competition with boys from the entire country, he won a Shell Studentship - and finally gained an Open Scholarship to Wadham College, Oxford. Academically brilliant in sciences, with strong artistic inclinations, Norman possesses a rare quality and I am sure it is with the utmost confidence that he can look forward to a full, successful future.

School 1957-9. Prefect 1958-9. Librarian. Senior Circle.
Sid came to Monoux at the beginning of the Sixth Form, having transferred from Heathcote County Secondary School, where he had held the post of Head Boy. Within a few months of his arrival he had become one of the best-liked members of the Sixth. It says much for his personality that he was appointed Prefect only a year after joining the School. As a Prefect he was quiet and universally popular, conscientious and efficient. Outside School his main interest was cycling. Although still of junior status he was already a good class time trialist over 25 and 50 miles. His Advanced Level work curtailed his training and racing, but he may yet reach the top rank in his sport. With his capacity for hard work, his keenness and his sympathetic personality, Sid is assured of success in his chosen vacation, teaching. All wish him a happy time at Coventry Training College, where he will spend the next two years.

School 1952-9. Prefect 1958-9. Senior Circle. Gym. Club. Dramatic Society. School Scout Troop, P.L.(S). Reserve County Major Exhibition.
Jim among the Prefects was a giant among gods, and on the gods and their Olympus he left his mark. The floor-boards above the weak joist in the Prefects' Room suffered their worst depression at his feet; the stone floor of the corridor quaked in sympathy with the recalcitrant juniors who roused his wrath. Jim took part with vigour in most sports, although he would be the last to claim that he excelled in any. He was a keen gymnast, played basketball and tennis with enthusiasm, and threw himself into a game of cricket. On one occasion he played football for the 2nd XI. But athleticism was not his only interest, as those of us who had the pleasure of seeing him in Twelfth Night well remember. Playing Feste, he displayed a charming sensitivity, although this did not altogether surprise those who knew him really well. His acting ability, combined with his melodious singing, left a lasting impression.
He is now applying his ever-inquiring mind to helping Ford's with their output of 2,000 cars a day, and we wish him every success.

School 1951-9. Prefect 1958-9. Higham House Captain. Secretary, Badminton. 2nd XI Cricket and Football. School Athletics Team. Secretary, School Council. Natural History Society. Dramatic Society. Prefects' Photographer. Biology Laboratory Assistant.
Christened "Flash" by Mr. Jones, as a result of his nefarious photographic activities, Roger has been called the epitome of prefectship. His brisk manner and thoroughness were ideally suited to the extremely difficult job of cleaning up after that peculiarly animal-like sect, the Biology Sixth. His cheery manner and his undoubted aptitude for creating his own vocabulary never ceased to entertain his fellow prefects. He was conscientious in the performance of his duty and a great help in the everyday running of the School.
He revealed a latent dramatic talent which led him to give a brilliant performance of a certain gentleman in the Rag Concert, assisted only by cloth cap, glasses and broom. This led in turn to his being chosen to play Dickie in The Winslow Boy, a part which he performed with competence and without affectation. His personality and his Moped should carry him far.

H. MARCOVITCH: School 1953-59; Prefect 1959; Secretary School Council; Biology Lab. Assistant; Editor Monovian ; Essex County Major Scholarship.
Before Harvey left there was much speculation as to the effect of his departure on the Prefects' Room. The result is now obvious, for rarely can there have been such an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity in that now battered but victorious haven. However, this flamboyant, even reckless, but always amusing character has left an unfillable gap in the prefectorial ranks. Here we would remind him that there is also a gap in the window-sill which needs filling.
Returning to more or less serious matters, the part Harvey played in enlivening and enrichening the life of the School will not be forgotten for a long time. He was Secretary of the School Council, wrote regularly for the Monovian and Bulletin, and was a brilliant, if irreverent and irrelevant debater. He was a competent if eccentric prefect and a resourceful laboratory assistant when not looking for the keys which he lost regularly and at the end of his term of office permanently. Despite more important matters he managed to do very well at advanced level and obtained an Essex County Major Scholarship and a place at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, Where he will continue his political feud with another "character" in the prefectorial body.
Two reasons exist far Harvey's premature exit from School life. First, he wanted to study his chosen profession of medicine from the inside and consequently he is now either cheering up or killing off the patients of a London hospital. Secondly, he always felt himself far above the mere mortals in the Prefects' Room and was determined to have his Vale to himself. We hope he is satisfied and are sorry that we are unable to enter into any correspondence or to accept any legal responsibility regarding the longest Vale of all time, which was his heart's desire.