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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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The School Year, 1956-1957 Examination Successes University of Cambridge Higher School Certificate: G. L. Cook, R. A. G. Lines, J. E. Smith, University of Cambridge General School Certificate: Grade il: I. W. Macky, J. Durrell Grade III: C. E. Cassidy, S. H. Dallas, S. Grayston, B. R. Hall, H. B. Hallett, R. W. Kempe, P. A. Leseur, D. MacPherson, J. F. McGill, F. H. P. Patterson, H. G. F, Pierce. P, S. Scupham. In the examinations held by the Royal Drawing Society in May 1956, 48 Saltus Boys passed with Honours, and 31 reached the Pass Standard. Scholarships. The Crad dock Scholarship was awarded to A. H. Cooper. The Bermuda Scholarship was awarded to J. R. Talbot, an Old Boy. The Rhodes Scholarship was awarded to J. Stubbs, an Old Boy. 1956. June 13th: A framed map of Bermuda was presented to the School Library by Mr. Owen Darrell, the President of the Old Boys ' Association. June 14th: Founder ' s Day was commemorated by a service conducted by the Rev. E. N. B. Chapman, Rector of St. John ' s Parish, and with an address by Sir Trounsell Gilbert, Chief Jus- tice of Bermuda. In the afternoon the 1st. and 2nd. Cricket Elevens played the Olid Boys, after the teams had enjoyed luncheon at the Bermudiana Hotel. Nov. 11th: The Cadet Pipe and Drum Band made their first public parade during the Remembrance (Day ceremony. Dec. 7th: Mr. Harry Cox gave an illustrated talk on Bermuda history. Dec. 13th: The annual prize giving and carol concert held in the School Assembly Hall. Brigadier Rice-Evans presented the prizes.
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9 four dominions were already established Canada, Australia, New Zea- land, and South Africa; they had complete independence, and were members of the Commonwealth by their own free choice. Since the second World War other countries had b«en offered the free choice of dominion status or secession: India, Pakistan, Ceylon .... all except Burma, had chosen to remain members of the Commonwealth. They stayed together because they liked to stay together, not under any compulsion. Nearer home they had the example of their own little island of Bermfuda: one felt proud that in spite of its unique geographical posi- tion it had remained staunchly British for 350 years. Yet one heard it said that Britian had had its day, and was finish- ed. It was true that during the past thirty or fonty years she had suffered some severe setbacks, and her power had declined. That was largely due to the fact that she had fought from the beginning to the end of two exhausting wars within a period of thirty years entailing very heavy losses in life and wealth; but she had surmounted them, and there were hopeful signs for the future. Looking at his own Service the backbone of the Royal Navy of to-day was the aircraft carrier, vastly more powerful than the earlier carriers. That increase of power rested on five inventions: jet propulsion, angled flight decks, the steam catapult, mirror landing, and radar. All five were British inventions, and all of them would in the near future be embodied in the N.A.T.O. fleets. Another potential development, one of peacetime, was that of atomic power stations, of which the first was already in full commission: Britain planned to build nineteen of these (by 1956, giving her a lead in that particular field. So ... . perhaps the old lion was not so mangy as some people would have them believe. He wished them all a good holiday. The Debating Society " Words, words, mere words . . . . " " Schoolboys should be paid a salary. " This was the subject of a most remarkable debate — remarkal le not so much by reason of the arguments adduced as for the ouitcome. Some of the arguments were interesting too. The proposers claimed that the salary would pro- vide an incentive to study. Optimes would take the form of financial bonuses, and Pessimes would become obsolete. Boys would doubtless su] render most of their earnings to their parents for the payment of
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