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Vol. CXXVII No. 4 October 5, 2013
S 6 The Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity
Commemoration of the Founder
Rock Climbing: Bowles Rocks, Kent (depart 8.00am)
Long Ducker Training, Bill Yard (16 miles), 8.00am
New Boys’ Medicals, MJMR, DRW, CST, AKM, NDAK and ERS
Eucharist 8.30am
Morning Prayer 9.45pm
Budokwai, Fulham (depart 10.45am)
Roman Catholic Mass 11.15am
Yearlings and Removes Inter-House Soccer: 2.00, 3.00 & 4.00pm
Choral Evensong at St Mary’s Church 6.00pm
Shell Drama: SNT, PJE, SAH, MJT, MGJW and EWH, Ryan Theatre 7.30pm
M 7 Byron Consort: Choral Evensong, St Paul’s Cathedral, 5.00pm
Harrow Rifle Corp: Endurance Event Training 4.30-6.30pm
Essay Club: Vaughan Library 9.10pm
Way of Life Small Groups
T 8 Admissions Tests 1.30pm
Clay Pigeon Shooting Competition: Barbury Shooting School
Junior Rattigan Society: Theatre Trip (depart 1.00pm)
Lunchtime Music: Michael Yeung (piano), St Mary’s Church 1.30pm
Eton Fives: Torpid Competition
Judo v Winchester (away, depart 1.15pm)
Soccer: ISFA Boodles Cup 2nd Round
Soccer: U16 Harrow Borough Schools Cup
Pasmore Gallery: Harrow Art Beaks, private view 5.30-7.00pm.
Nehru Society, OMS 9.10pm
Palmerston Society: George Galloway MP, OH Room 9.10pm
W 9 Way of Life Lecture, Speech Room 11.25am
String Players: Performance with New London Orchestra
Soccer: ISFA Boodles Cup 2nd Round
London Hispanic Theatre Festival, NLCS 4.30pm
Cross-Curricular Series: Mr L W Hedges, Bonne Chance, OSRG
T 10 Admissions Tests 1.30pm
Eton Fives v Emmanuel (home)
Fencing v Westminster (away, depart 12.55pm)
Golf v Marlborough, Denham (depart 12.55pm)
OSRG Arts Society: Poster Art 150
Harrow Rifle Corps: Endurance Event Shooting Practice, Range
Cross Country: ESAA Schools’ Cup First Round
Rackets v Eton (home)
Squash v Aylesbury (home)
Palmerston Society: The Rt Hon The Lord Trimble MLA, OH Room 5.30pm
Druries House Play, Our Town by Thornton Wilder, Ryan Theatre
Junior Inter-House Debating Competition Round 1, OH Room 9.10pm
F 11 Harrow Rifle Corps: Pringle Competition at Lympstone
Science Society: Chemistry Schools 2, 5.00pm
Druries House Play, Our Town by Thornton Wilder, Ryan Theatre
Flambards: Tom Hutchings, Hill Café, 9.10pm
Swimming: ESSA Area Relays, Watford
S 12 Badminton v Wellington (home)
Cross Country v Charterhouse (away)
Fencing v Tonbridge (away, depart 12.55pm)
Rugby v St Paul’s
Soccer v Alleyns: A, B & C XI (away)
Shell Drama Technical and Dress Rehearsals, Ryan Theatre
Music: Rock Concert Acoustic Evening, Music Schools 8.00pm
School Film Society, Speech Room 8.00pm
It has been said that human weakness is such that when
we hear a man praised for qualities we ourselves do
not possess, we think it mere exaggeration. Yet if we
were to go on to speak in earnest about Tom Wickson’s
many talents, he would be the first, in his gentle and
self-effacing manner, to claim that we are only telling
a bunch of lies. But as an experienced school master,
Tom displayed wise counsel on a variety of issues, and
was an excellent judge of character, the boys loved him
dearly, and perhaps his greatest strength – he was a truly
inclusive educator who quietly went about his business
with great dedication and humility.
In 1999, Nick Bomford, the then Head Master, was
persuaded that the school should look forward to the
twenty-first century by appointing what was known
at the time as a SENCO or a teacher of SPeLD, but
nowadays known as the Master-in-charge of Learning
Support. Tom was eminently qualified for such a
position. He read English at St John’s College, Durham
and took at BA and PGCE; he also received his MEd
from UCNW Bangor, his MPhil from UWE Bristol for
several research projects in Learning Support, and was
a professional member of British Dyslexia Association.
It was on account of all these that Harrow appointed him
from Downside School (the second English beak within
a very few years) and Tom became Harrow’s first truss
of the School’s learning support.
October 5, 2013
At first a “wanderer” with a base in the corners of the
Maths Schools, Tom forged his role and department,
and of course, he was an excellent Head of Learning
Support, approachable by parents, boys and beaks; no
request was too much. He was always ready and willing
to listen to concerns. In that role many young Harrovians
came to see Tom as a trusted support and mentor as
they negotiated their way through the minefield of
exams and teenage angst. He was realistic about their
abilities, yet was quick to remind colleagues that the
boys he worked closely alongside had a contribution
to make which deserved to be recognised and valued.
His charges frequently suffered from challenges of
organising life in an often over-busy school and so
every lunch time Tom would be seen in the SCH with
his signature strip of paper which was his timetable for
the week reminding boys of their sessions with him and
the others on the Learning and Language Support Team.
It was this personal, individual touch that ensured boys
never missed their LS lessons. Tom has spent more hours
gently chasing down the forgetful than any other beak
and patiently coaxed the boys until they too believed
that they could, like him, manage the impossible. And
his concern extended beyond the boys in his care to
encourage Masters to take seriously the challenges of
teaching those with established learning difficulties.
He always employed the lightest touch in delivering
his message, with the result that he won deep respect
from his colleagues. This was reflected in his reputation
amongst many who were engaged in this area in other
schools. He was instrumental in setting up the Rugby
Group meeting for Learning Support, and this year a
special meeting was held to mark his retirement.
Tom was additionally a superb classroom practitioner
who always knew how to get the best out of the boys.
Instead of insisting that they learn his way, he always
helped boys to learn in the best way that they could.
Sometimes this involved helping the boys discover the
best way in which they learn. This is why he worked
miracles with the bottom division in English each year
at GCSE; he patiently worked with each boy and helped
them achieve beyond what they would have in other form
rooms with less sympathetic beaks. The boys taught by
Tom were loyal to him and held him in the highest
respect, and they are very grateful for his assistance
in leading them to their results. They found him to be
patient but never a pushover, always challenging them to
get results far beyond what they might have expected and
helping them do so. His presence will be much missed
by the English department; his understated approach to
his day-to-day work meant that many throughout the
School only realised all the things he did after he ceased
doing them.
During his time at Harrow, Tom was a devoted and
effusive tutor in Rendalls, first being recruited to the
House by MLM. He was a supportive, invigorating tutor
who left the boys thoroughly cheered up if they were
down, inquisitive if they were bored, or calm if they
were agitated. He helped boys navigate a safe path in
difficult times, and both boys and parents will remember
him fondly for the great contribution he made to the
positive atmosphere in Rendalls.
His support of the Chapel was also much appreciated
by the Chaplain who often introduced him as the nearest
thing Harrow had to a churchwarden. For many years
he had the impossible task of overseeing the seating
arrangements at the Carol Services. He was a regular
worshipper at the 8.30 Eucharist on a Sunday which
he preferred because it was conducted in “God’s own
language”, the language of the Book of Common Prayer.
His involvement in the Chapel was shared by his wife
Kate whom he had married in a ceremony in the Crypt
Chapel. Kate was a member of staff at John Lyon and
became a stalwart member of St Mary’s parish.
Tom has also been one of the greatest supporters of
the Music department and all the musicians at Harrow.
He has always been interested in what they are up to,
and always honest in his reviews of concerts in the The
Harrovian. Many events were covered with supportive
and insightful comments, most of which were being
written on the programme as he enjoyed the performance.
His love of English music (except Benjamin Britten) is
infectious, and the Music department shall miss indeed
his genuine interest in the music, and all the boys who
play music. He also, for a number of years, shepherded
the prep school children on the Prep School Music Days
with inimitable calm authority, which has meant the
musicians can concentrate on dealing with the musical
aspects of the day.
The other great legacy Tom leaves behind is the
“photographic” Harrovian. He inherited the “yellow
bin liner” (as he affectionately referred to it) in 2000,
at a time when, some say, it had rather lost its way as
either an organ for internal comment and discussion or
as a record of an increasingly busy community. He was
assiduous in covering as many areas of School life as
he could persuade people to write about, and the boys
who assisted him in editing The Harrovian over the years
all came to hold him in the highest respect. There was
rarely an event at which Tom was not present with his
camera. His commitment to attending School events was
quite remarkable. He never missed a lecture, society,
play or concert, unless he was already taking notes for
The Harrovian at a different event. He was omnipresent
in an understated and devoted way. In many ways, Tom
was a servant of and loved the School.
Finally, it must be said that he had a superb sense
of humour, and has been called a master of the one-
liner. His subtle wit and gracious manners meant that
he could broach the most awkward topics in the most
charming and inoffensive way. Whenever he spoke
about serious school matters he always topped and
tailed each conversation with a warm smile, kind word
or quick laugh. He was immensely pleasant and good-
humoured in all his dealings. Plenty of Harrovians can
occasionally try the patience of a saint, but Tom showed
that these saintly attributes are what every professional
teacher should acquire.
Tom and his wife Kate are retiring to North Dorset
where they have had a house for 10 years, and look
forward to going home to the west. The School wishes
him all the best in his future endeavours.
October 5, 2013T H E H A R R O V I A N
Tom Wickson reflects on his time at the helm of
The Harrovian
It has been a huge privilege to be Master-in-Charge of
The Harrovian. It is one of the most impressive Harrow
traditions (though you might think I would say that,
wouldn’t I?) and it has been an honour to be entrusted
with keeping it going for the last 13 years. The exact
origins of the paper (or is it a magazine, a journal, or
something else?) are lost in the mists of time. There was
a publication of the same name in the 1820s, though that
tended towards creative writing, and since the 1860s
there appears to have been more or less continuous
publication – even during wartime paper shortages.
Certainly since the 1930s, The Harrovian has appeared
more or less weekly during term time and been supplied
to the national reference libraries, The British Library,
the Bodleian and Cambridge University Libraries. What
they all make of it, and whether anyone ever reads it
there, who knows?
My years with The Harrovian have seen some
significant developments in the way it is produced,
chiefly, of course, because of the rise of information
technology. It is hard now to remember the times when
hand-written copy was posted in a special box in the
porch of 1, High Street to be typed by Mrs Elisabeth
Berry. Now everything comes by email. When I started,
each copy of The Harrovian was lovingly printed by
offset lithography by Tom McMillan. This was a job
requiring skill and craftsmanship. Nowadays, the paper
edition is just placed on a photocopier and, in common
with other newspapers, has become less and less
important with the on-line version much more widely
read (though, like your favourite daily, is still hanging
Our hope has always been to try to encourage writing
from all year groups in the school and I really did
not see The Harrovian as a specifically Sixth Form
project. Inevitably, though, even given that articles are
anonymous, it takes some dedication and confidence
to express individual opinions in public print, but it
has been good sometimes to see a controversial or
challenging opinion published. There have been a few
occasions when what appeared in the weekly edition
was keenly anticipated by some groups in the school,
and the buzz that this creates has been energising and
suggests that the whole project is worthwhile as it has an
impact on people’s lives. One such excitement, I recall,
involved what seemed an outburst of competitive house
play reviewing, though sport and social issues have
always been more likely to promote contradictory views
than politics or economics.
Throughout my time I have very much enjoyed many
articles. I might just pick out two which almost bracket
my time in charge. Firstly, from 26 May 2001, I’d
single out “Beggars Can Be Choosers”, since in a light-
hearted, narrative style it tells us something about the
state of London and the problems of begging in the city
at that time. More recently I admired “Should I Even
Care...? My passions aren’t clever enough” written in
the midst of a testing exam season and exploring not
just the tangled feeling of someone trying to make the
right decisions about their academic future, but also
offering a critique of modern lexis at the same time. I
think comparing these two pieces shows the range and
ambition of the writing it has been my pleasure to read
and to sponsor at Harrow.
Although it is often difficult to accept criticism and
disapproval, this has been an unavoidable aspect of the
job. Most editions have earned some comment, ranging
from mild censure to open hostility. This seems to me to
be an entirely healthy thing and suggests that the paper
is being read and actually matters to people. I am sure
that this will help to ensure a healthy future for The
Our own retiring MES has been featured in The Tatler,
and at the time of this writing, is placed third on the
list of The People Who Really Matter, following on the
heels of Angela Merkel. The magazine reports widely
that our “genial housemaster has been immortalized
in the television series Harrow: A Very British School.
Get the Cambridge graduate talking about cricket or the
Caribbean and you will be there a while. And he isn't
missing the 5.30am starts.”
A chronicle by Edward Buxton, The Head Master’s
We arrived at 4.30pm at the foot of Ben Nevis. Our group
consisted of myself, George Heyworth, The Head Master’s,
my brother and his friend. We were eager to set off straight
away; however, we were not allowed to start before 5pm since
this meant we would climb Scafell at 3am, and this would be
too dangerous. Therefore we eagerly set off at 5pm under the
Scottish heat. Half way up the mountain we began to realise
what a tough challenge this was going to be. We arrived at
the top on Ben Nevis after numerous breaks and were already
behind schedule. We realised that we needed to kick on. We
were helped by a group who obviously knew what they were
doing and this enabled us to get down the mountain quickly. We
were met by my mum waiting at the bottom of the mountain
10 minutes over the allocated 5 hours already. She drove us
through the night and so we arrived at Scafell at 3.30am. We
ate some reheated pasta and each had a cup of tea to warm us
up and to try and get rid of the tiredness. We could see head
torches slowly going up the mountain when we arrived. We set
off at 4am tired and already wanting to finish this adventure as
soon as we could. Equipped with our head torches, we managed
to avoid the rocky terrain that is notorious at Scafell. This was
a very uncomfortable walk that caused great pain on our knees.
After travelling over many false summits we finally arrived at
the top, and completely exhausted. We quickly took our pictures
and headed down the mountain as fast as we could. My brother
and his friend where struggling and so were a bit slower. They
finished 30 minutes after us. George and I finished on time and
were greeted by a bacon sandwich. We hurried Tom and Ben
into the minibus as soon as they arrived: they were hurting in
different places and very tired. We now understand that they
were both contemplating giving up at the time, but they did
not let this thought go any further. We drove along the windy
roads up to Mount Snowdon. We arrived at 1pm, which meant
that we had 4 hours to complete the challenge. We set off on
the wrong foot instantly, walking on the incorrect path – but
we would be grateful for this in the long run. At first our path
was smooth but as we turned the corner, we realised that we
had a very steep climb ahead of us. Only after looking at the
October 5, 2013
Joint Seminar
20 September
This week saw the first ever joint science and mathematics
societies’ seminar, with a surprisingly big turnout despite
the block rugby fixture against RGS the following afternoon.
Proceedings began with a Biology oriented talk by Akhil Seth,
Lyon’s, on the process of DNA transcription. Seth spoke about
how the DNA helix is unzipped by various enzymes and acts as
a template for replication as well as the reading of the mRNA
strand by tRNA molecules. I’m sure he has a successful biology
career ahead of him. Next up was Hayden Kwan, Bradbys. He
derived Euler’s formula using Taylor’s expansion series (regular
functions such as sine and cosine expressed as infinite series)
and we would expect nothing less from the captain of the maths
team. Although the younger members of the audience no doubt
found understanding the proof quite challenging, I have no
doubt it prompted them to go and research it for themselves.
Curtis Ho, Lyon’s, also spoke on behalf of the Mathematics
society on the topic of maths in video games. The talk focused
on getting the audience to appreciate the extremely complex
Saatchi Gallery, 24 September
On a Tuesday afternoon, a group of boys set out to London to
visit the well-known Saatchi Gallery, a gallery specifically set
up to exhibit contemporary art and opened by Charles Saatchi
in 1985. Having reached the gallery, located in Chelsea, by
the London Underground, the boys dispersed themselves in
the gallery.
On this particular trip, two exhibitions were on show, Paper
and New Order. These two exhibitions offered an amazing
sample of modern art. The first room consisted of pieces of art
by Dawn Clements which seemed to catch the attention of a
few boys due to it being so intricately drawn with Sumi ink on
paper. The Paper exhibition, as the name suggests, demonstrated
the new approaches to a material which we take for granted
every day. Inside the ten galleries dedicated to this exhibition,
one can also find pieces by the likes of Yuken Teruya, whose
paper bag creations captured the minds of all who saw them.
They showcase how sheer skill and intricacy can transform that
which we view as waste into a hidden gem. His presentation
of the highly recognisable branded bags as a view tunnel for
a single person at a time is crucial in conveying the reverse of
industry to nature, as his paper trees are seen at the far end of
the bag. His extreme environmental awareness is an essential
part of his mind set which makes him capable of finding poetic
meaning in the things we discard carelessly.
The New Order exhibition provided much food for thought
for VI
artists studying ‘Structure’. One piece which shocked
and amazed everyone was Richard Wilson’s 20:50. Using
oil, Wilson creates an epic illusion: a perfect reflection of the
ceiling. This fools any onlooker into believing there is another
floor below them, or a highly polished floor. In fact it is a few
centimetres of oil. It goes to show how easily light can play
tricks on the mind and that in fact, the seemingly obvious could
not be further from reality. Many boys were also captivated by
the very precise drawings of cities done by Eric Manigaud with
pencil and graphite on paper. The very interesting feature of
the drawings was that they were done from “bird’s eye view”
as you would see them on a map, only they were done with
pencil and graphite, so they seemed to represent how these
cities might have looked if they had been photographed in
black and white.
This exhibition focused on spreading the message of British
contemporary art. A lot of the work was by emerging artists,
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
The Duchess Theatre, 26 September
The elite Theatre Studies students and keen drama types
that make up the bulk of the Rattigan Society theatre trips
descended on the Strand on the Thursday before exeat to see
Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. The location of the
play, The Duchess Theatre, caused SLM great concern. She
explained that she tends to try and avoid the West End because
Harrovians are so dreadful at crossing roads and the whole
party could see her worry during the walk between the station
and the theatre. Luckily, we all managed to make it into our
seats for the beginning of the show. However, just as the play
was about to begin, a cry of “Mr Tyrrell?” rose from behind us
and a young usher bounded forward introducing himself as an
Old West Acrean. What a small world! After this stupendous
moment of coincidence (and perhaps a warning of the peaks
and troughs of the first few years out of university) we were
treated to a brilliant piece of theatre. The play chronicles the
rise of Arturo Ui, a fictional 1930s Chicago mobster, and his
attempts to control the cauliflower racket by ruthlessly disposing
of the opposition. This, is of course, an allegory for Hitler’s
rise to power and the play thus takes the form of a warning for
future generations to be wary of the rise of a ruthless dictator.
The play’s success and popularity in its current run, however, is
undoubtedly due to the virtuoso performance of the lead, Arturo
Ui, played by Henry Goodman who was simply magnificent.
In fact, not only did his stellar performance make for a great
evening’s entertainment, it also provided heaps of “theatrical
moments” for the Theatre Studies students to write up.
many of whom are recent graduates. This promotion of work
by those who are at the beginning of their careers was of
particular interest as it allowed everyone to see the work of
those who are in the same generation as us. Being able to see
new themes creeping in with the arrival of young artists was a
great privilege. Viewing the work of those your own age adds
an extra element of pride to the already fantastic experience.
Overall, it was an extremely inspiring trip, giving all who
attended a taste of the world of modern art. The trip gave
inspiration to boys for how they might take their art further than
they had once thought. Many thanks to LWH for organising
the outing.
maps did we realise that we had come on the Miners Track
and not the Pyg Track. We struggled up to the top and rejoined
the Pyg track and followed it along the top of the ridge to the
summit. The views from the peak were amazing, but we had
two hours to get down. We practically ran down the mountain
the get to the lake at the bottom. Once we started walking we
realised that we had half an hour to walk a distance that was
twenty minutes. We kept on walking at the same pace to the
finish. We had done it – and we were relieved that we were
not going to walk anymore.
Tom and I had undertaken to raise money for The Anthony
Nolan Trust which researches Bone Marrow Transplants and
creates a Bone Marrow Database. We are proud to have raised
£2500. Our timings were:
Ben Nevis: 5h10m
Ben Nevis-Scafell: 5h30m
Scafell: 4h
Scafell-Snowdon: 5h5m
Snowdon: 4h
We would like to say a huge thank you to Mum for being
our driver, chef and general supporter. We couldn't have done
it without her.
October 5, 2013T H E H A R R O V I A N
Debate for Intervention in Syria
The Geopolitics Society got back into action again last week
with the first meeting of the year. The society aims to provide
Harrovians with an intellectual forum to share and discuss
ideas, based on a pre-determined topic (real or fictitious) that
is then researched by members of the society, who are split into
groups representing different countries, regions, or international
organisations. The turn-out was strong, with 18 boys eager to
flex their analytical muscles. It was decided to keep things both
current and real, so the chosen topic for this term’s discussion
was Intervention in Syria: The case for or against. Boys were
split into the following groups: UK, USA, Russia, France, Turkey
and Iran, and will currently be working fervidly to prepare the
upcoming debate. It was agreed that boys would benefit from
a greater opportunity to challenge the ideas presented at the
debate, to offer more opportunity for on the spot thinking and
reactive question and answer. As such, there will be a slight
change to this year’s format, in that the presentations will be
limited to 5 minutes per group, with 30 minutes at the end for
response and debate. This will give boys a chance to respond to
the views of others, and hopefully stimulate a more interesting
debate. Also new this year is the introduction of a boy to act as
chairperson for the meeting, who will facilitate the discussion.
Chair for the first meeting will be Howard Meng, Lyon’s. Whilst
the Society itself is invitational and aimed at Sixth form boys
only, the debates themselves are open to all years, and we
very much encourage anyone with an interest in Geopolitics
or current affairs in general to come along. The debate will be
held on Thursday 15 October in the OH room at 5.30pm so
please do come along if you are interested.
Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life
19 September
During Thursday afternoon on 19 September, a group of
Harrovians ventured to the Tate Modern and aimed for the
exhibition Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life. The artist
in question, L.S. Lowry, is one of the most popular painters
in the eyes of the British public and obviously remains much-
loved to this day, even though he died in 1976.
We were particularly struck by the uniqueness of his work;
he is separate from other artists of his generation in making the
industrial city, and his depiction of it, the life-long focus of his
career. Primarily a landscape painter, he wished to show the
world the effect of the Industrial Revolution, a subject matter
which was then rarely treated in art, and as a result without
Lowry Britain would lack a chronicle in paint of the experiences
of the twentieth-century working class. In an exhibition which
contained over ninety landscapes and showcased mediums
ranging from charcoal sketches to oil on canvas, the everyday
public rituals of urban life were illustrated: football matches
and protest marches, evictions and fist fights, workers going to
and from the mill; in short everything which to the artists eye
made up the physical fabric and distinctive space and place of
England’s (mostly pre-Second World War) industrial cities.
However, though his own style remains strictly original, it
was made clear that the work of the artist demonstrated strong
parallels between French Impressionism and Realism. As a result
the works of Vincent van Gogh, Camille Pissarro, Georges Seurat
and Maurice Utrillo were on show. I must admit these more
colourful pieces enlivened the exhibition so that we weren’t
saturated by Lowry’s subdued, melancholic palette. One cannot
help but ask what the artist did in the spring and summer, such
is the power of Lowry’s mournful yet hauntingly beautiful
winter scenes! Perhaps it was for the best that it was raining
heavily that afternoon, since seeing the exhibition in any other
weather wouldn’t have given off the same effect.
Freshened with culture, we returned back to the Hill. It goes
without saying that we who went on the trip are grateful to LJD
and Mrs Walton for giving us the opportunity to see first-hand
the paintings by a British artist of rare talent.
Cloudscapes, Harrowing Tales and Fifty Years On
26 September
Last Thursday the OSRG opened up to announce not one but
four new exhibitions. The OSRG was full of observers both
from and outside of the School and the Head Master happily
took to the stage to declare all exhibitions as open. The main
exhibition on the lower level is “Cloudscapes” which features
19th century watercolours from the OSRG by the likes of
John Ruskin, William Collingwood and William Callow. These
delicate paintings were supplemented by modern photographs
taken Henry Kenyon, The Head Master’s, SMS and Mrs
Walton. The exhibition was divided into three sections: Coastal
Skies, Mountain Skies and Summer skies. The labels of the
exhibition drew attention to the cloud types and formation and
were accompanied by quotes from notable works of literature
blending the exhibition into a comprehensive English and
Geography lesson. The exhibition also showed the painting
Storm clouds over Sherburne, Gloucestershire by the local
artist Angela Edmunds.
Upstairs we were treated to three smaller exhibitions, one
of which was Fifty Years On. This was a large collection of
stamps looking at Sir Winston Churchill OH when he was made
an honorary US citizen by Kennedy in 1963. Churchill is only
the second person to have ever received this accolade, after the
Marquis de Lafayette. The collection of stamps is huge and
was left to the school by David Guilford, Druries, 1944
. He
started collecting stamps in the Shells and his vast collection
is useful to us today is reflecting upon history in the many
Commonwealth countries that produced the commemoration
Churchill stamps.
Floorboard finds from the Workhouse displays some small
treasures found hidden by the inmates in Harrow’s workhouse, now
the home of JEP. The display also showcases items commenting
on the life of Richard Ansett who was a “poor child” of the parish
who embarked on a 12 month apprenticeship as a perruquier
(wig maker). The fourth temporary display is Harrowing Tales
– by Special Needles. In 2011 a group of local textile artists
visited the OSRG and spent the day drawing inspiration from
maths and physics in the video games that we use as a simple
way to pass the time. I will certainly be far more appreciative
next time I pick up a FIFA disc. Last was Bryan Yong, The
Grove, on the fascinating topic of Biomimetics. This is the
field of studying successful designs in nature and implementing
them in engineering solutions. To quote Bryan, “nature has been
doing it for a few billion years, so there must be some tips we
could take.” An example of this is termite mounds in Africa.
Despite daily fluctuations in temperature of 40 degrees or so,
the temperature inside the mound doesn’t change by more than
1 or 2 degrees. This has inspired a building in Zimbabwe which
stays cool without air conditioning and uses only 10% of the
energy of most buildings of a similar size. The next meeting of
the science society will be on the Friday 4 October at 5.00pm
in Chemistry Schools 2, with a talk by Sanha Lee, The Park.
All are most welcome to attend. Those wanting to give a talk
to the science society should email Viraj Bajpai, The Park and
to the maths society Jason Tse, The Knoll.
October 5, 2013
26 September
Ryan Theatre
On Thursday 26 September some of Harrow’s finest actors came
together to perform an eclectic mixture of monologues for a
somewhat threadbare audience in the Ryan. Rupert Stonehill,
Elmfield, opened the proceedings with an extract from Mark
Haddon’s novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-
Time, where he conveyed the agitated demeanour of someone
suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome with aplomb. It was in
fact only after a few minutes I discovered that he was meant
to be playing the role of the father, who is not afflicted by
the aforementioned illness. This I feel was more the result of
my inattentiveness than anything else, and it can certainly be
Quips from around the Hill
“Let us assume the probability of Liverpool winning the
premier league is nought.” “Sir, don't tell SAH about this, he
is a Liverpool supporter.” “By now he's probably figured out
they would never win.”
“Sir, I left my textbook in the House.” “Sometimes I just
want to hose you down with sulphuric acid!"
“Sir, I think I’m going to have to injure myself during cross
country to be signed off Eccer and get out of doing field day.”
“I wouldn’t recommend that boy – you’d have to really hurt
yourself.” “I know sir; I am going to really hurt myself.”
“Binomial Expansion is easy stuff. Remember the KISS
principle, meaning of course..?” “Sir, Keep it simple...” “Close.
Keep it simple stupid. Just keep reminding yourselves you are
all a bit dumb.”
To his Greek division, “If another beak in the Classics
department walks through that door I will put a sock in his
“Sir, is that your cd player?” “This is no cd player, this is
my ghetto blaster with which I listen to Mr Jay Z.”
the objects on display and have now returned with their pieces
which have been displayed alongside the objects they are
derived from. This exhibition also presents an opportunity to
see some of the schools greatest treasures including a group of
real silver arrows. These arrows were originally awarded to the
winner of the annual archery tournament and now sit alongside
some 18th century longbows used by Old Harrovians. For this
inspired textile art we have to thank Lana Young, Shirley King
and Christine Hingley for their talent. This exhibition had
something for everyone and was enjoyed by all.
A Response
Generalisations are awful things. I found it vexing to see an article
published in The Harrovian last week which complained about
“Modern Art”. What could the author mean? Do you dislike all
art that was produced in the last centuary and produced now?
Is art something that is only found in museums that don’t have
the word “Modern” in their name? The author of “Reflections
on Modern Art” appears to think so. The Royal Academy of
Art (or RA) hosts its Summer Exhibition each year, a dazzling
if not overwhelming cross section of contemporary art. There
are a few “pickled sharks,” but there is also an array of talent
on show. Serious talent. I think it would be good for the
author to purchase some tickets to this show and have a look
for himself before deciding which “umbrella” this falls under,
which “sphere” it belongs in. It is sad to simply define art as a
way to record information. A long time ago, perhaps, this was
its use but even then there was a greater objective in mind. It
had to look good. Art isn’t simply a map of what something
looks like. It wasn’t just a means of photographing before
the camera was invented. No – art is aesthetically pleasing.
Throughout history, artists have experimented in how to make
their work look better, pushing the boundaries in order to gain
more interesting results. It’s grossly inaccurate to say that all
art was a certain way until a few hundred years ago when it
suddenly changed. Art has been changing and pushing boundaries
since it began embracing new methods and technologies in
order to achieve the desired effect. Don’t denounce modern art,
instead why not try to enjoy it? Why not stop thinking about
what it’s meant to be or how it took the artist little time and
instead indulge in the artwork. I think you will soon find that,
if you stop getting cross about the art you see in contemporary
galleries and just immerse yourself in the works, you might
start to appreciate it.
argued that this particular monologue warranted the strained
inability to communicate inherent to the illness. Next up was
Christopher Short, Rendalls, who thrust us in to the East End
with an extract from Robin Soans’ A State Affair, which was
performed with a (perhaps oxymoronic) Ray Winstone-esque
charm, despite the gritty, visceral content of the monologue
itself. Mr Winstone was followed by Hugh Rowan, The Park,
playing the role of John Polidori in Howard Brenton’s Bloody
Poetry, consumed with bitterness at what he perceived to be
the ill-gotten success of Byron and Shelley. Despite a minor
gaffe in which he mistakenly referred to Byron, rather than
Shelley, as an “overweight alcoholic” (mercifully PDH was not
in attendance, or else Rowan’s obituary might be occupying this
space) the performance was darkly humorous and disturbingly
believable. The uncomfortable serenity created by Rowan was
promptly obliterated by Daniel Firoozan, Rendalls, who portrayed
the cocaine-fuelled disciple of Gordon Gekko (Wall Street in
fact was released in the same year as Caryl Churchill’s Serious
Money) with a frenetic intensity that left me quite exhausted.
Despite just surviving Firoozan’s onslaught, I received a
further battering at the hands of Callum Coghlan, The Knoll,
about whom it is difficult to say anything complimentary
purely due to the bleakness of his monologue’s content and
character, an extract from Five Kinds of Silence by Shelagh
Stephenson, which dealt with serious mental illness stemming
from childhood abuse. Aled Williams’, The Head Master’s,
offering seemed positively chipper in comparison, an extract from
Market Boy by David Eldridge, where he played a dishevelled
junkie with an unharnessed, mercurial temperament, that was
engaging, unsettling, and brilliant. Edward McGovern, The
Knoll, brought the proceedings to a close by performing an
extract from his autobiography, Posh, in which he replicated
the subtle mannerisms of Edward McGovern with poise and
an unparalleled attention to detail. SLM must be thanked for
organising the event, which has certainly been the highlight of
the Rattigan Society calendar this academic year – oh, apart
from that Dreyfus chap – he was good, too.
[The Editors would like to point out that Posh is actually a
work by Laura Wade.]
October 5, 2013T H E H A R R O V I A N
French National championships
27-29 September
While the whole School was heading home for the exeat, nine
boys were getting ready making their way to St Pancras Station
to catch the 3.30pm Eurostar to Paris. There was great excitement
and anticipation at the thought of playing at one of the most
prestigious Polo clubs in Europe. The Apremont Polo Club is
set in 800 acres of beautiful countryside bordering the Forest of
Chantilly. The club boasts 700 Ponies and 33 playing fields. The
weekend started on Friday evening at the Chateau de la Victoire,
the ancestral home of Alberic and Marie Victoire de Pontalba
where the players met their opposition and other members of the
club. Among the other guests were the President of the French
Polo Association and Patrick Guerrand-Hermès, owner of the
famous brand. The following day the club hosted the French
Open with over 50 matches being played over various grounds.
The Harrow teams had an early start with a visit to the Musée
de Vivant Cheval, a stunning 18th century palace built to stable
over 500 horses. This was followed by a 2 hour training session
coached by a former 8 goal Polo Player Stephane Macaire.
After lunch at the club, Harrow’s A team had their first match
in the Collegian Cup where they played Ferme d’Apremont.
The French team were fast and experienced making worthy
opponents. Harrow took an early lead when James Emlyn scored
the first goal. Harrow kept the lead until the last chukka when
the French team scored an equaliser and eventually a winning
goal in the dying seconds to take the match 4-3. Harrow’s B
team played La Victoire, another French team. This was also a
fast and furious game with the Harrovians having to work hard
against more experienced players. Patrick Monteiro de Barros,
The Park, scored the only goal for Harrow on his debut for
the School with La Victoire winning 5-1. After dinner at the
clubhouse the players returned to their hosting families. The
competition would continue the following day with two more
matches. On Sunday morning it was Harrow’s A teams turn to
play La Victoire. This was a very evenly matched game with
fast, open play and with each team taking turns to score goals.
D’Artagnan Giercke, Rendalls, scored the first goal for Harrow,
after a great deal of nail-biting back and forth, the game ended
in a draw, 3-3. Harrow’s B team played Ferme de Apremont.
Dan Graham, Druries, after a few missed shots scored three
goals in quick succession in the final chukka. Unfortunately,
this was not enough for the Harrow team, and the game ended
with the final score 5-3 to the French team.
After an exciting morning of polo and presentation of prizes
by Philippe Perrier, from the famous water family, we had to
make a hasty dash to the Gard de Nord to catch the 4.00pm
train to London.
A huge thank is due to Christopher Giercke, who was responsible
for organising and sponsoring the whole weekend. His generous
support made it possible to enter this championship and gave
the two teams the opportunity to mix with like-minded French
players of the same age and to gain experience from competing
in a challenging competition.
ISFA Boodles Cup
The School A IX v Trinity School
Won 3-1
Harrow travelled to Trinity School Croydon to play their first
ever game in the Boodles Cup. Harrow took an early lead through
Harry Glover and were creating plenty of chances when Trinity
struck back with a goal from a long free-kick hoisted into the
Harrow area. Trinity clearly grew in confidence and enjoyed
their best spell of possession until Harrow managed to regain
the lead on the stroke of half-time through Glover again. Harrow
enjoyed the majority of possession in the second half and scored
a well-taken goal through David Igbokwe. Harrow could have
extended the lead further but the match finished 3-1.
Scorers: H. Glover, Rendalls (2), D. Igbokwe, Moretons.
The School v Epsom (away)
Tuesday 24 September
1st V Won 3-2
H.W.F Goodfellow, Moretons, Lost 0-3
D. Bernardi, Newlands, Lost 0-3,
J.A. Jordache, Moretons, Won 3-0
G.D. Ratnavel, The Knoll, Won 3-1
R.G. White, Moretons, Won 3-0
Juniors Lost 2-3
H. Scott Lyon, Newlands, Lost 0-3
A. Huo, The Head Master’s, Won 3-0
H.H. Buxton, The Head Master’s, Won 3-0
O.Z. Gairard, Druries, Lost 1-3
S.I. Mahal, The Grove, Lost 1-3
The School v Haileybury
September 26
Hanbury Manor Golf Club
A team of six boys in three pairs set off from Harrow in fine
sunshine and warm air looking forward to playing on one of
the most charming courses in Hertfordshire. The course is set
around the stately 17th century Jacobean country house, Hanbury
Manor, in 200 acres of spectacular parkland. The course was the
first to be designed by Jack nicklaus II and still incorporates
features from an earlier 9-hole course designed by the great
Harry Vardon. From the championship tees, the course measures
7052 yards; a daunting and tantalizing prospect for any young
golfer. In excellent playing conditions the first pair teed off at
2.15pm. All three matches were close and provided some very
exciting golf. Harrow clinched victory winning 2-1. The final
pair walked up the 18th at 7pm!
Harrow Team A:
Won 1 up. Aidan Osobase, Moretons, and Elliott Obatoyinbo,
The Knoll.
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Harrow Team B:
Lost 2 and 1. Farri Gaba, Lyon’s, and Miles Ruffell,
Harrow Team C:
Won 3 and 2. Max Smith, Bradbys, and William Bayne,
The School Fives vs. St. Olave’s (Away)
September 26
S.W. Curtis Green & T.M. Skinner, both Elmfield
Won 12-6, 9-12, 13-10, 13-11
R.S. Wijeratne & O.J. Denby, The Head Master’s & The
Won 12-7, 12-4, 12-3
G.F. Reid & A.R. Huo, Moretons & The Head Master’s
Lost 9-12, 12-5, 4-12, 9-12
A.J. Taylor & H.M.C. Collins, Bradbys & Rendalls
Lost 7-12, 8-12, 9-12
1st XV v Bedford
24 September
Lost 17-31
The XV were beaten by a good side. The team created some
good chances and could have won the game, but Bedford were
just too strong for us in the end. Good character shown and
impressive performances by Jamie Grist, The Grove, Shaquille
Jack, Lyon’s, James Thacker, Newlands, and Sam Woodhouse,
The Grove.
2nd XV Won 29-27
3rd XV Won 43-7
4th XV Won 50-0
5th XV Won 55-5
Colts A XV Lost 14-41
Colts B XV Won 31-12
Colts C XV Won 42-12
Colts D XV Won 50-5
Junior Colts A XV Lost 15-24
Junior Colts B XV Won 22-7
Junior Colts C XV Lost 19-26
Junior Colts D XV Won 57-0
Yearlings A XV Won 36-0
Yearlings B XV Won 41-19
Yearlings C XV Won 62-21
Yearlings D XV Won 53-10
Yearlings E XV Won 34-5

Under 18 NatWest Cup Round 1 Result
Thursday 26 September
The School v St Clement Danes School
Won 71-3
The School v Eton (Home)
19 September
The first match of the year saw the School take on Eton
for the coveted Lansdowne Plate, retained by Harrow for the
fourth year running. Having lost some of our core team fencers
at the end of last year, it was hoped that Alex Lloyd, Lyon’s,
could emulate the form he showed during the summer, coming
second in the individual senior foil event at the Sainsbury’s
British Schools Championship, not to mention coming first
in the team event. Though there were a few signs of rustiness
after nine weeks of the relaxing summer holidays, all went
well and the team won all five of the games against Eton
without too much trouble, meaning that the last ditch heroics
that Lloyd has infamously shown on other occasions were not
called for. Particular mention should also be made of Arthur
Oien, The Park, a shell who, in his first match fencing for the
School, battled bravely against older and larger forces to emerge
victorious in the Epee B team.
The School v RGS High Wycombe (Away)
26 September
The second match of the term was fenced against RGS High
Wycombe, this was seen as a rather easier fixture and though
there was a hint of overconfidence at the start of the Foil B
match, the team came through unscathed, once again winning
all five of the categories and maintaining the club’s record
of only one defeat in the last four years. Of course, Oien’s
frustration at having to fence fencers who stood almost two
heads taller than him in some cases was a slight distraction,
but all was taken in good humour and, funnily enough, no
complaint was made by the opposing team about the Shell’s
winning agility and speed.
Foil A: Won 45-36 Alex Curtis, The Grove, Alex Lloyd,
Lyon’s, Will Bankes, Newlands
Foil B: Won 45-23 James Kung, The Grove, nikita Kuznetsov,
Moretons, Patrick Caffery, The Head Master’s
Epee A: Won 45-39 Alex Curtis, Alex Lloyd, Ed McBarnet,
Epee B: Won 45-20 Justin Yu, Druries, Arthur Oien, The
Park, Will Bankes
Sabre: Won 45-33 Terence Cheong, Druries, Patrick Caffery,
James Kung