SIR CHRISTOPHER WREN TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL
The return journey was in tradition - an orgy of song and feast, until secretly every master swore never to forget his ear-plugs again.
Our thanks to Mr. Taylor of York, an old Technicalian, who volunteered to organise the visit for us, and saw to the provision of tea. Mr. Taylor has not always lived in York, but he has found the city hospitable, profitable and vastly interesting. He has a thriving grocery business, and is a member of the Antiquarian Society.
Careers’ corner 1. Advice to school leavers - based on an essay by Ian Greenwood (Form 1A)
I would like to encourage school leavers to take to the road. The life of a tramp is not as dull as it us usually imagined to be.
Tramps have complete freedom to wander to what part of the country they will. Indeed some have had remarkable success abroad and success depends entirely on making the public think they are superior to tramps in every way.
The ‘gentlemen’ of the road have many advantages. Clothes are not a worry, for the first scarecrow that comes to sight will provide the same. Then a little practice, at pleading poverty, sickness and destitution from the right kind of housewife will furnish remarkable results. There are never any rent bills, gas bills or electricity bills; their bread they ‘dip in the river’; and the sky can be their canopy.
Tramps are jovial fellows and enjoy each others company and conversation even though a meeting had never taken place previously. Catch your business man doing that. Not on your life! They sit like wax dummies on Paragon Station waiting for their train to come in or read stupid magazines in the waiting rooms of doctors’ surgeries while waiting for their stomach pills. Tramps share and share alike. A tramp is not averse to enjoying from the same newspaper a nourishing meal of fish and chips with another of the profession and stomach pills will not be required.
Sleeping quarters give no undue concern. A barn loft or a haystack is excellent but a park bench in the town isn’t too bad if he has plenty of newspapers to insulate his trousers. If he is wealthy enough or very extravagant a lodging house is an excellent place, where the company is of the cheeriest, where no-one is downhearted.
A prospective follower of the profession, dear school leavers, can either take to peddling wares or to ‘gridling’.
A pedlar must first of have a redlars certificate. Never miss a house for in every street there’s always a good Samaritan even though it is the last house. Always have some stock in hand, and sell something every day, no matter how small the sale.
Others may like ‘gridling’. This is the trade name for hymn singing. The points worth remembering in this line are: always sing as if you have a great pain in your side, look up to the skies, cut your high notes short, and lengthen the low ones, wring your hands delorously , and make sure that people are given time to be affected, before moving on. If a leg or an arm is cut always make it appear to be worse than it really is.
Now, school leaver, the most difficult part of the whole business is taking the first step on the road. Very rarely does a tramp go back to ordinary occupations after a year at the trade, even when he is invited. If he does, it isn’t long before he is on the road again.
The football team by Roger Gale (Form 2A)
The High school for Building Football Team has had a topsy turvy season losing 6, winning 4 and drawing 2 league and cup games.
In goal, Dunkin performed admirably and Wilson and Paterson were two very sound full backs, while Brownlee has played a very intelligent wing half game. Later in the season Hornsby joined him on the other flank. Dickinson, Mayes and Dalton were consistent as forwards, Mayes scoring 10 out of 12 goals in one match.
There are the people who have played - Mayes, Paterson, Dunkin, Gale, Brownlee, Hornsby, Wilson, Cheyne, Sutton, Ogley, Dickenson, Walter, Pickering, Swann, Dalton, Lidster, Inman and Clark.
I think a word should be said for A. Adams of 2B for his splendid support whether wet or fine.
I also think the School Team would like to thank Mr. Martin for arranging our matches and for giving us confidence which is necessary in Football.
“The person I admire most”
Two opinions on the subject by two members of the School year;
I would like to be Elvis Presley because I admire him a great deal. He is my greatest singing and film star idol.
I admire him because he is a wonderful singer, he is very good looking and he has a lot of money.
Another reason why I would like to be him is that he can sing rock and roll and send people and I would like to do that.
He is 21 years old, and has six cadillacs and a wonderful house.
He has long hair and wonderful sideboards. He wears real gone clothes. M. Glasby (Form 2a)
If I were not myself I would like to be Douglas Bader because I admire his great courage. Before the War he lost both his legs in a flying accident and he was eventually fitted with artificial legs, and after weeks of trying he finally managed to walk again.
Not only did he succeed in doing this but he started flying again and became one of the greatest pilots in the world once again, despite his severe handicaps. R. Dickinson (From 2A)