Saltus Grammar School - Yearbook (Hamilton, Bermuda)

 - Class of 1957

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8 1957. Jan. 24th: Two cedar tables were presented to the School Library by Sir John Cox and Mr. W. M. Cox. Feb. 10th: A group of senior boys visited the Z.B.M. studios and heard a talk given by Mir. Harry Cox. March 27th: Mr. Park Breck of the Health Department addressed the senior school. April 4th: Mr. and Mrs. Martin Godet presented a cup to be award- ed yearly to the athlete in Group C winning the moat points in the Inter House Sports. Empire Day Celebration 1957 Empire Day was celebrated by the traditional service in Hall, after which Commander W. G. Jack, R.N spoke to the boys. Among the audience were Mrs. Edmund Gibbons, representing the I.O.D.E., Mr. Thomas Vesey, representing the Trustees of the School, and Mr. Charles Wilson, representing the Old Boys* Association. Commander Jack spoke of the Empire as a monument to capacity and patience. There had been many empires in the course of the world ' s history. The old empires had been acquired by conquest, as had parts of the British Empire; but there had also been an element of haphazardness about its acquisition. It had been said that the Em- pire had been acquired in a fit of absent-mindedness. Their own little island of Bermuda had been colonised as the result of an accident: Ad- miral Sommers had just hit the place; it wasn ' t a case of conquest, for it was in fact uninhabited at that time. Australia, too, was the result of a peaceful colonisation. Singapore was a malarial swamp when Sir Stamford Raffles took it over. Malta had simply begged them to come. These were but a very few of th e many and diverse ways in which the Empire had been pieced together. A most remarkable thing about the Emipire was how it had con- tinued. It had experienced growing pains, and the old conception of empire had been exploded by the American War of Independence, which had taught England a lesson leading to a changed attitude towards the peoples of the Empire. Yet still they would come up against the word Colonialism used as a term of reproach by their enemies to imply that in the past they had grabbed these territories and had continued to use them; merely to exploit them. Let them study the record. Before the first World War

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