During the Christmas half, a very interesting series of lectures had been delivered upon “air” by Doctor Noad. They had been very numerously attended by both the T. B.’s & Q. S.’s, and at the end of the course an examination took place for such as chose to enter for it; W. S. Randall T. B. & W. Ellis Q. S. received prizes for their proficiency in the subject.
There had been for some time a discussion, concerning fagging, tanning and other matters connected with the discipline of the Seniors. The result of this discussion was that the following new rules were drawn up:-
Rules for Discipline.
- Authority to be committed to Seniors in College VIth Form Town boys, & Head-boy of Boarding Houses on the nomination of the House Master; but no boys under the age of 16 yrs. or below the VIth Form, to hold authority except for some special reason.
- Each Boy before he is invested with authority, shall sign a promise in a book kept by the Head Master, as follows: “I promise to observe the rules of the School, as recognised by the Masters to the best of my ability: and to do all in my power to secure their observance by others.”
- No authority can be delegated to any boy not invested with it by the Head Master; but as heretofore, in the absence of any regular authority the Head boy present is responsible and bound to keep order, and report offences to Head Boy of the House or the Head Town Boy.
- No severe punishment shall be used except for grave moral offences, such as falsehood, dishonesty, impurity, profanity, bullying, resorting to public houses or other improper places, drinking or smoking, contumacious defiance of authority, or breach of rules after warning given.
- Before any such punishment is inflicted, the case shall be brought before the whole body of those entrusted with authority (in College or) in the boarding houses & decided on by a majority of those present: who shall also be bound to see that no undue severity is used.
- No instrument of corporal punishment shall be used, other than a cane or a light stick.
- In any such case, if the offender demand it, he is to be allowed the option of having that whole matter reported by the Captain or Head Town Boy to the Head Master.
It is to be hoped that in the consequence of the promulgation of these rules, there will be no more disputes between master & heads of houses, about tanning &c, which have been so numerous in past times.
Oct. 14th &15th the Athletics Sports took place at Vincent Square. The days were favourable for the success &c, & there was a large assemblage of spectators. Eddis Q. S. won the mile & with Northcote was the chief representative of the Queen Scholars; the competitions under 15, were very well contested, Rawson’s throw – 70 ½ yds – with the cricket ball being especially good. Mrs Scott gave away the prizes.
O. Macleay Prin. Opp.
The Queen Scholars this year performed the Adelphi of Terence remarkably well. Bray, as OEschinus, Giles as Syrus, and Lefroy, as Demea being especially good. Prince Arthur attended the third representation, which was the best.
Our usual Football match with Charterhouse was not played this year, as a difficulty arose as to where it should be played.
The Athletic Sports were held on the 22nd + 23rd Oct. The weather was very fine, and there was a large attendance of spectators on both days.
Smith won the mile as he did the year before, but this year he ran it in 5’ 8”. E. Cope was 2nd, Eddis coming in third.
Smith also won all the challenge cups (open to all) except one, from which he was excluded + which was won by Bray.
Stephens won everything for the under 15.
The Consolation Race was won by J. Neill.
Mrs James gave away the prizes.
The Rudder was won by:
Smith, J. C. 1.
The other boats were . . .
Randall, W. S. 2.
Macleay, S. 3.
Hudson, J. (cox).
The “Fours” and “Sculls” were not rowed this year, as there were so few on the water.
O. M. Leay
The T.B. + Q.S. cricket match was this year won by the Q. S. who had much the best eleven, though the Town Boys, especially Lee played very well.
Bray scored 89 for the Q. S.
Lee – 70 – – T.B