Magazine, Spring 1918

Caldicott School 

SPRING NUMBER, 1918. No.1

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TO THE FIRST DAISY. 

(Copyright.)

Welcome, little earth-star,
Blossoming so fair;
Peeping from the meadow
Like a jewel rare.
How I watched you coming
From the frost-bound earth;
toying when the pearly bud
Broke the bars of birth.
Yellow disc and white ray;
What a pretty flower !
Kissed now by the sunshine,
Bathed now by the shower.
Wide awake in daytime;
Fast asleep at night;
Earth-born stars; at noonday
Revelling in light.
How you close your eyelids
When the day is done;
How you wake refreshed and sweet
As you greet the sun.
Peeping from the grass-bed,
Chaste and pure and clear,
What a message Daisy brings:
"Come! the Spring is here!"
How I watch your leaves, too,
Spread upon the ground,
Staying all your neighbours
By their rosette round.
Blossom little Spring-flower,
Meadows star with white;
Help to make the brown earth
Beautiful and bright.
Decorate the green grass,
Pretty Daisy pied
Let the golden sunbeams in,
Spring shall be your bride.

W. PERCIVAL WESTELL, F.L.S.


A School Magazine

The History Of Three Attempts

CALDICOTT opened its gates for the first time as a school in January, 1904, but it was not until October, 19o5, that two boys were daring enough to conceive the idea of a school magazine. It was to be published - that is, it was to be neatly written out and posted on a board in the schoolroom-once a month. This form of " publishing " (suggested by an incident in one of Talbot Baines Reed's stories) saved all expense of printing and all waste of time in multiplying copies by hand. At the same time it lessened the public interest, and Rich and Hudson, the two editors, only brought out a second number, and then retired from their arduous labours.

The first editorial is brief and to the point. " With fear and trembling," say the editors, " we place our short account of past events under public gaze, and hope that it will be generously accepted by all who read it."

In reviewing the football team, Rich is the only boy criticized, which looks as though his co-editor feared giving offence to any of his readers, and the only attempt at humour is a dig at Hudson for learning dancing, which comes from the pen of Rich. Perhaps, however, the superfluous remark that " Parke is still in III," was intended for satire.

The second attempt was more ambitious, as might have been expected from the remarkable personality of the chief editor. Nicholson's most prominent characteristic was slowness of movement. However late, he never hurried, and his record in conduct marks has never been approached, much less equalled. He had, however, distinct literary taste and feeling, and The Caldicotian of 1910 was in every way
superior to The Caldicotian of 1905. He had as his assistant editor, Guinness, whose sister contributed by far the best article in the second number. A motto was taken from Byron:

"A small drop of ink
Falling, like dew, upon a thought produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions think."

The first number was typed, but the editors hope that in time their magazine will be worthy of print, and sure enough the second issue is printed. This was done through the editor's father, but proved too expensive, and Nicholson turned to other spheres of interest. All the contributors have served or are serving their country. Barrie George, who wrote a short story, Hargreaves and Northcroft have been killed, Howard has won the Military Cross, whilst Nicholson himself, Hickman and Buller are at the front.

Nothing further was attempted in the way of a school chronicle until November, 1912, when the IVth Form started The Fourth Form. Review. This also ran for two numbers, the second being an enlarged Christmas number. The chief promoters were Caudwell and Kenyon. The first editorial is interesting. It says

"We have started this magazine as the result of a sudden thought, which was quickly agreed to by the others. Mr. Wood has kindly lent us his cyclostyle, and both he and Mr. Stirland have lent us the use of their rooms whilst they are not using them. Accounts of important events will be included, as well as a school calendar."

The latter was too slavishly copied from The Les Fortnightly, even to saying that the preacher in the school chapel will be the "Rev." the Headmaster.

In conclusion, the writer of this article wishes all success to the new venture, and hopes that unlike its three predecessors, it may attain to the dignity of a third number.

J. H. J.

School Notes

We are pleased to announce that with Miss Ingram's energetic help the logs are nearly sawn up. We owe many thanks to Miss Crawshay for so kindly lending us the iron wedges and billet.
The school has responded splendidly to the call for War Bonds, and more especially for "Aeroplane Week." Many thanks are due to Miss Ingram for spending so much of her time in looking after the accounts.

Mr. Abbiss very kindly suggested boxing, and Mr. Jenkins agreed. We are sure all his pupils are very pleased to have the opportunity of learning this art.

We are pleased to announce that Miss Ingram has been invited to join the Wolf Cub Staff.

The Leys had a holiday on Thursday, March 14th, on the anniversary of Founders' Day. Several old Caldicott boys came over.

" Charlie," the tank, has gone to Norton School to collect some more money for War Bonds there.

Owing to the Interpreter's Badge counting as a King's Scout Badge, we are pleased to hear that our senior patrol-leader has gained his King's Scout Badge.

The team went over to the Leys to play the " Leys Minimi, " on March 13th. Seven out of the Leys team were old Caldicott boys. In the first eleven of the Leys, nine are old Caldicott boys, including the Captain and Vice-captain.

Last quarter the school collected 13s. 10d. for the Wesleyan Methodist Mission, and for the Leysian Mission £3 were collected.

We hope that next time more poems will be forthcoming. We heartily invite old boys, members, or vice-presidents to send contributions in the form of stories, essays or poems.

N. H. THOMPSON
C. H. SCOTT
Editors


Caldicott School Natural History Society

Presidents: J. H. Jenkins, Esq., W. P. Westell, Esq.
Hon. Sec.: J. G. Jones.
Hon. Treasurer: T. E. Field.
Curator: H. S. Hargreaves.
Editors of Magazine : N. H. B. Thompson, C. H. Scott.
Committee: G. O. Barber, P. M. Wright, J. Pearman, C. S. Sutherland.

NOTES ON THE SCHOOL NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY.
This Society was founded towards the end of the 1917 Winter Term, but it was not until the Spring Term of 1918 that it started operations in real earnest. Perhaps I may be allowed to put on record two things that influenced its formation : firstly, the interest created in Natural History among the members of my weekly Science Class, and secondly, by a visit paid to Letchworth Museum, of which I am Hon. Secretary and Curator. It is up to me to admit that whilst it has been my privilege to be of some assistance in forming the C. S. N. H. S. , it was largely owing to the overtures made and enthusiasm shown by several of the boys themselves that the Society came into existence.

Now we are going ahead by leaps and bounds, and there must be no turning back. Primarily, it is owing to this Society that the School Magazine has been brought into being, and for this reason alone the members of the Society have just cause for congratulation. A full list of the present officers will be found at the head of these Notes, and it is only necessary for me to state that at our first meeting on February 16th, no less than forty-one members were elected. This was a most encouraging beginning. Several books have already been presented for the Library. There is a project on foot for forming a School Museum, and the papers already read promise well for the future. Scott i did splendidly with his paper on " Coal "; P. M. Wright gave a capital little dissertation on " Birds of Prey "; and Barber's paper on " The Stars " was quite a masterpiece of exposition, revealing both knowledge and wonderful memory. Sutherland chose as his theme the seasonal topic of " Birds of Spring," and Thompson enlightened us on " The Natural History of the Oak Tree. " There is keen enthusiasm and praiseworthy loyalty at the Saturday evening fortnightly meetings, and we one and all appreciate the kind support of several parents who have honoured the Society by becoming vice-presidents. We shall welcome any past or present boy as a member. The subscription has been fixed at 9d. per term, which includes a copy of the Magazine.

Naturally enough, I am myself awfully delighted with the Society's birth, and my own services are unreservedly at its disposal.

W. PERCIVAL WESTELL, F.L.S.

Laureates In The Making Buy War Bonds Now

If you can't go out and fight,
With all your strength and all your might,
For the country in which you first saw light,
Buy War Bonds Now.

If you don't wish your country sold
To a German tyrant who'll take your gold,
Well, don't grumble, but do as you're told,
Buy War Bonds Now.

Your food is scarce; we express our sorrow.
But perhaps it'll be better a year to-morrow.
Your country wants your money to borrow.
Buy War Bonds Now.

You feel as though you could kill the Kaiser,
And drop him from the tower of Pisa.
And so do I, but don't be a miser,
Buy War Bonds Now.

The last few weeks have been weeks for " tanks."
The " tanks " have turned into War Bond banks,
You'll get some interest and some thanks.
Buy War Bonds Now.

If we haven't the money we'll lose the war,
That's bad enough, but what is more,
We'll be under the thumb of German law.
Buy War Bonds Now.

While Field-Marshal Haig is out in France,
We ought to be giving our country a chance,
And letting our men lead the Germans a dance.
Buy War Bonds Now.

THOMAS E. FIELD.

The Seasons

Sunny spring,
Birds on wing,
Flow'rs budding,
Clouds scudding.
All the world seems pleased and glad,
No one thinks of being sad.

Summer's here,
Cricket's near,
Trees are green,
Glorious sheen !
All the trees give forth their shade,
But some leaves begin to fade.

Autumn's come,
Hands grow numb,
Trees grow bare,
Everywhere.
And the world looks sadder now,
For the leaves have left their bough.

Winter snow!
Here's a go.
Seeds asleep
Right down deep.
All the world looks gay and bright
In its snowy gown of white.

N. T.


Football And Hockey

Football

St. Michael's School, home, lost 2-1
Hitchin Grammar School, home, lost 6-3
The Grange School, away, won 2-4
The Grange School, home, won 1-10
Arundale School, away, won 1-11
Leys Minimi, lost 1-0
Total 13-29

Team-J. Baker (capt.), G. O. Barber, J. Bazeley, G. Bazeley, G. Briggs, T. Field, H. Hargreaves, C. Scott, C. Sutherland, N. Thompson.

HOCKEY.       

Arundale School, away, won 10-3
Girls' Grammar School, home, won 5-2
Spirella Ladies, home, won 13-0
Leys Minimi, away, lost 0-6
Total 28-11

CHARACTERS.
Goal.- Scott iv : Saves hot shots well, but is inclined to make slips. Considering it is his first season he shows great promise.
Backs. Lock : A very good tackler, and clears well. Field i (vice-capt.) : Clears very hard and tackles well, but is unlucky in raising the ball.

Halves.- Lowry : Sticks to his man well, but is inclined to get the ball away by turning. Bazeley i : A very fast wing half, and backs up his wing well. Thompson (Capt.) : A good reliable half who backs up the forwards, and a very good shot.

Forwards. - Sutherland : Runs up the wing well, but in centering or shooting is inclined to give sticks. Scott i : Comes back to get the ball, and then passes well to the forwards. Corderoy : Dashes well, but is inclined to miss centres, and is inclined to muddle. Barber : A fine outside left who can always be relied upon, but comes too close in, and centres too far forward.

N. THOMPSON, T. FIELD.


Story

GAMES are inborn in people. They certainly aren't in me. My relations try to make me play games, and to watch them. Ugh ! how I hate them. My hair is long, and I must say I am rather handsome. Glasses add to my face the clever look I think I had partially born in me. I am not a " swank," but confidentially I think I am rather good at lessons. My one joy is Latin composition. Oh ! how I like it. They took me to see a cricket match. My mind shudders to remember it, and I was soon tired of it. These are my impressions of it. Several people were scattered about the field, when suddenly a man ran up to a line and threw a ball at a man with a stick. This man hit wildly in the air, and the ball soared away. Some silly person put his hand in the way - I don't know why it didn't hurt him - and then two men ran backwards and forwards as though they didn't know what to do. After this I fell to sleep.

Some time later they took me to see a football match. This was more exciting, but all I gathered was that you had to pick up the ball and run hard. Should anyone be foolish enough to try and stop you, you have to knock him down somehow. When you reached a line you tripped and fell on the ball till a man blew the whistle. Sometimes the sides go together and try to shove each other over. I didn't see the point in this. I will say golf was more gentle, and after my liking. I had a ball, and I was told to say " fore." I shouted " fore," and someone got me behind.

I think the only sensible game is croquet. It is so nice and cool, and not exerting. You can think of Latin (for that is my one delight) while you play it. Oh ! I must tell you how I went to the seaside to row. I went out in 'a sailing boat with a friend to teach me to row. We went out about two miles by sails, and then I took the oars. At first I pulled hard enough, but one oar would get out of time with the other. Then I caught a crab (we had it for tea), and I went on my back, losing both the oars. We cruised round trying to pick them up, but after having nearly upset the boat, we gave it up. Going back I felt sick, and I was soon lying in the bottom of the boat in agony. I paid the fisherman for the row and for the oars (they were washed ashore, so he swindled me) out of my own money. So I conclude, saying that the only nice thing to do is to do Latin and play croquet. I hate sweets, so you can see I am a nice boy.

H. B.


Treasurer's Report

Received by Vice-Presidents' Donations, 10 at 5s., £2 10s. Received by Members' Subscriptions, 37 at 9d., £1 7s. 9d. Received by Members' Subscriptions, 2 at 1s., 2s. Total, £3 19s. 9d.
From this amount the N.H.S. is contributing £2 10s. to wards producing the Magazine, leaving a balance in hand at present of £1 9s. 9d.

THOMAS E. FIELD, Hon. Treasurer.

Report On Library

I beg to report the receipt of the following books
By W. P. Westell. The Circling Year. Presented by the Author and President.
By A. Pratt. Wild Flowers of the Year. Presented by Mrs. A. V. Morel.
By E. Kay Robinson. The Country Day by Day. Presented by Leslie Lewis.
By Mrs. Fisher. A set of six books. Presented by the President.
By Louis Figuien. The Vegetable World. Presented by William Gurteen.

THE LIBRARIAN.

Caldicott School War Savings Association

AT the beginning of this term it dawned upon us that we had been getting very slack in the matter of War Savings and in letter-writing. On January 20th, we made up our minds that something should be done to raise us again to our old standard, when we saved £12 in one term. There is nothing like striking while the iron is hot, so we decided there and then to open a Tank Bank (Caldicott must needs be up to date!), and that same evening the temporary bank (a wooden box) received £4! By the end of the week Scott i had made a most realistic tank, which he christened " Charlie " in memory of Charlie Batty, the first old boy on our Roll of Honour, and since that time " Charlie " has swallowed no less than 1,082 sixpences (£27 1s.); but he is not rationed, and hopes to swallow many more before the term is over ! When Aeroplane Week came round we made a special effort, and by March 11th we had completed forty-two certificates in the school, this number including ten for which money was specially sent to boys.

The local Secretary of the National War Savings Association, on hearing of our success, asked us if we would form an association in the school, which we did on March 8th, with the Headmaster as Treasurer, Miss Ingram as Secretary, and the Patrol Leaders and Seconds as Committee. We have now, on March 13th, forty-three members, have used 192 coupons, and thus, in less than a week have been able to buy six certificates. When " Charlie " is asked what he. did in the great war, we think that he will be able to say that he did his " bit " !

Any old boys who would like to save their sixpences by joining our Association are asked to communicate with the Secretary, who will receive their money gladly.


Notes On Astronomy

To those interested in this subject these few words may be interesting. On March 21st, at 1 a.m., the sun enters the Zodiacal sign of Aries, and rises at.6.5, setting at 6.12 on that day. The entering of the sun into the sign of the ram is always associated with the coming of spring, and the spring equinox occurs on March 19th, when the sun rises and sets at 6.8 a.m. and p.m.

The moon is full on March 27th, and is new on April 11th, and Easter is early this year on account of this, as the way to calculate when Easter will fall is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the beginning of spring, that is, when the sun enters Aries, on March 21st.

Of the planets, Mercury is not visible, being so near the sun, as this is the nearest planet, and revolves round the sun at the distance of approximately 35,000,000 miles. Venus, revolving at the distance of 66,ooo,ooo miles from the sun, is to be seen as a morning star, and is at greatest brilliancy on March 16th. Venus is very bright on account of the thick white cloud-belts that cover it. The earth is at a rough distance of 92,066,000 miles from the sun. Mars, our next-door neighbour in the solar system, sometimes known as the planet with the canals, is to be seen all through the night, and is directly opposite the sun on March 15th. It is near the moon, or rather to us it appears to be, on the 26th, so that it may easily be found. The two Martian moons are visible through a good-sized telescope, but they are very small, and revolve round Mars at a very little distance, and consequently travel very fast. If you look at the nearer satellite through a telescope at 10 p.m., again at about 1.15 a.m., you would find that the little moon would be in directly opposite positions. Just imagine what an effect this movement would have on the people of Mars, if there are any, which is very likely. The moon will rise in the west, and pass through all its phases and have risen in the west again in the seven hours. As the night of Mars is about the same length as our own, their moon will rise and set nearly 3½ times each day.

The asteroids, or minor planets, cannot be observed except through a large telescope, and then you must be under expert direction, as it is very difficult to distinguish between them and stars.

Jupiter, the giant planet, is an evening star, and appears near the moon on March 17th, and this enormous world may be seen clearly through even a hand telescope. Four of its eight moons may also be distinguished; but the other four are so small and far away that they were only discovered a few years ago. When looking at the satellites of other worlds through a telescope, care must be taken not to mistake stars that appear behind the planet for the moons themselves, as this is a very easy mistake in the early stages of practical astronomy.

Saturn is perhaps the most interesting in the planet world on account of the marvellous rings that surround it, and also the ten moons. The rings really consist of millions of little moons all going round Saturn, packed close together, but too small to see even with the largest telescopes in the world. Its ten satellites are, some of them, fairly large and visible through a fair-sized telescope, one being nearly the size of Mercury. Saturn appears to be nearer the moon on March 22nd, being an evening star.

We have now come to the boundaries of the solar system, and Uranus and Neptune only remain. These are so far away that a large telescope is required to see them, consequently very little is known about them. As far as we know Uranus has four moons and Neptune one, but these are very indistinct, and appear exceedingly minute.

I will close by saying that I hope that the weather will be favourable for any observations that this article may have excited.


School Calendar

March 23rd. - Miss Seager's Team. Home. March 27th. - Girls' Grammar School. Away.
March 3oth. - Match. Arundale School.
Home. Easter Sunday. - Rev. Stanley Hayward, B.D.
April 3rd. - School breaks up.