Eccles Grammar School
This year the Union is offering a wider field of activities. There has already been a visit to the Library Theatre, to see "As You Like It," which was very successful, and we shall arrange more.
Besides these visits to the theatre there will be debates, lectures and music appreciations. Two lectures have already taken place: one was given by Miss Robson, whose subject was "Child Care" and the other by Dr. Lees of Manchester University, whose topic was “Can a Scientist be a Christian and be Honest?” The Committee hopes to be able to arrange unusual activities for Easter.
Although the Union is meant primarily for the fifth and sixth forms, members of the Lower school will occasionally be invited to join us.
The Union is a School society: it was not created for the sole amusement of the Committee. A great deal of time and effort is being spent in trying to infuse new life into the Union and to provide something for each sector of the senior forms. If we are to be successful we need your support.
If anyone has any constructive ideas which he and she feels would be useful to the Union, don't hide them — bring them to us!
S. A. Twigg, 6UA, N. Knight, 6LA.
DEBATES AND YOU
If you want to join into the debating society you have to be able to express and punctuate your speech so as they can understand you and it is quiet clear what you meant for to mean this is needed if you is too win any debates what you enter I now that because I has been in several bedates but as yet am not won any I does not know why because I think I am quiet good at intelectuel speeching and me mum agrees with me;
R. Sandercock, 4Sc.
JUNIOR DEBATING SOCIETY REPORT
At the Annual General Meeting B. Jones was elected chairman of the Junior Debating Society and fourth form representative J. Rayner was appointed vice-chairman. P. Reed was appointed secretary and third form representative. A. Davies was appointed vice-secretary and P. Jones and S. Higginbotham were appointed second form representatives.
During the year, the committee met with enthusiasm not only from pupils, but also from members of staff. In February a "Teachers' Debate" was held. Mr. Chapman and Mr. Coles proposed the motion: "This house believes that teachers should wear school uniforms, and Mr. Thomas (geography) and Mrs. Boireau proposed the motion: "This house believes that Eccles needs brightening up."
The motions were opposed in these debates by members of the third and fourth forms. The attendance at this meeting reached 114, which is a record attendance for a debate at this school. Other debates included a "Brain of Eccles" contest, which was won by A. Lingard 5A, interhouse debates and a "One-Minute Please" in November, which was so popular that another one was held in February. In a "Top of the Form" competition IS proved themselves to be the "top form" in general knowledge. A balloon debate in September proved George Bernard Shaw (B. Jones) to be the most popular character.
The committee was sorry to lose Penny Reed when she left and wish to thank her for her service and also the catering department for giving their time. Last but not least we thank Mr. Riley for his guidance.
This year so far we have already had five meetings, which have been well attended. During the term we are to hold a Staff v Pupils debate, a "Top of the Form" contest and a series to discover the "Brain of Eccles.".
This summer, we spent a very enjoyable week at a school orchestra course, which was held at Downe House School, situated in the beautiful countryside of Berkshire, a few miles from Newbury. We arrived there amid a confusion of luggage and instruments after a long and tiring journey, which included the intricacies of the London underground.
There were about two hundred and fifty young musicians present, all of school age, whose ability and talent ranged from the potential Royal Academy standard to mediocre ability. However, one of the things which impressed us most was the common love of music and spirit of enthusiasm which pervaded the atmosphere for, even though the weather remained glorious throughout the week, many chose to spend their afternoons making use of the private practice rooms, or playing chamber music together, with obvious enjoyment.
On the first day, we were assembled into four orchestras, and sent off to rehearse with our respective conductors. We were quite alarmed at first to discover that we were expected to be able to sight-read through a symphony! There were three rehearsals per day, but we had the afternoons and evenings free.
There was plenty of entertainment provided for the evenings in the form of film shows, concerts and dancing. It was interesting to observe the same people who had been playing classical music with such verve during the day, dancing to pop records in the evening with equal enthusiasm.
At the end of the week, the orchestras gave their separate concerts, consisting of the works which had been rehearsed, and that brought an unusual and unforgettable holiday to an end.
Kathleen Howard and Tim Reed