Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme
Unfortunately the school magazine
for 1960-61 does not record the names of these two young ladies
practising the long lost art of bivouac construction.
The scheme for the girls had only
just started and the following description in the magazine will bring
goose bumps to the back of the neck: “The Design for Living section of
the DofE scheme is to give young girls a wider outlook on fashion,
make-up, grooming, running a home, furnishing, decoration, cookery and
entertaining. Fashion, make-up and good grooming are to teach girls to
take pride in their appearance.”
Later in the magazine, in a section
headed DofE - .22 shooting – it records that eleven girls and twelve
boys are under training. It also mentions that three girls are amongst
the best shots – Veronica Blantern-Haine, Jill Boldrini and Patricia
Martin. Obviously these three ladies were already making plans to break
Ready to go on their first D of E expedition
All dressed up and
away we go on another rumble in the jungle with the DofE scheme.
Believed to be David Myers, and the Messrs Sutherland and Matheson
Meanwhile down at the boat shed, the boys are planning
their escape and have decided their best bet is to go by sea. The two
teams will eventually meet up some 20 years later when their designs are
rejected by Oxbridge for the Varsity boat race.
Building a Sea Skiff
In the Woodwork Shop the lads try to make something from
the off cuts of the boat building escape committee.
This photograph would have made a good “Spot the Ball”
entry; unfortunately the technology to remove the ball probably didn’t
exist. As the magazine says: “The school took part in several
competitions in the 1961 soccer season, with some success, but without
achieving top place in any league.”
Oh if only someone had taken the
trouble to record the names. So much social history is lost because of
the lack of a pencil and notebook. Never mind I am sure we will all
have great fun trying to names to faces.