Selwyn House School - Yearbook (Montreal, Quebec Canada)

 - Class of 1934

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FOR THE SCHOOL YE.-KR 1933-1934 The afternoon saw the chief event of our programme in full swing. The Slalom Competition was held on the Golf Course Hill instead of at the house of Mr. A. Purvis to which - although we had been warmly invited- we were at the last moment unable to go. A fairly stili' course was worked out with flags, and the juniors were sent down first. Their falls and the lowering of the temperature made the course quite hard and fast. Scout K. Porter won with fastest time 21-3 '5", Scout P. Mackenzie came second with 24", while Scout F. Frosst's performance of 30-2 '5" was so good that it merited a consolation prize which has since been awarded. At dinner, Mr. Wianstall presented a silver cup each to Scouts K. Porter and P. Mac- kenzie for their prowess in Slalom Racing. On the 30th we played St. George's Scout Troop at Hockey at the Coliseum. The visitors beat us by 5 goals to l, Scout Chambers scoring our only goal off a pass from the T.L. The visitors out-skated us most of the timeg our own team was considerably weakened as three of our senior Scouts were absent. Februzzrlv. We played a Match against the Montreal High School Troop at the Coliseum. Our speed and team work made up for the visitors' strength and size. P.L. Leslie, our Captain, scored two goals. The result was a draw. :Xt a return Played against the St. Georges Troop at Atwater Park we won by 5 goals to 4. It was an exciting and fast game, and our opponents in a last attempt to win dis- pensed with their Goal-keeper, playing six men on the ice during the last two minutes. Leslie scored -I goals and Kingstone I goal. On the 21st the Troop Photo was taken in the afternoon at Headquarters. In the evening the T.L., P.Ls and Scotmaster attended the annual P.Ls. Banquet at the Windsor Hotel and heard a very witty speech by the Hon. Charles A. Dunning, one time Minister of Finance in the Dominion Parliament. T.L. Barott and P.L. Little passed Part II of their Sphinx Training Course. Cerzfral District. A Seconds Rally was held at Headquarters. Five of our Seconds attended what proved to be a most interesting series of talks on Scouting from the Second's point of view. We met the lNIontreal High School Hockey team at the Coliseum on the 27th for a return lNIatch. Our visitors played a determined game, but the score remained 5 goals to 3 in our favour. Our Captain scored -l goals and Scout Savage the other. Those who had difiiculty in grasping the Scouting Ideal, will, we are sure, have bene- fitted much by the fine address given by Mr. Jackson Dodds over the Radio early in Febru- ary. Xve would end these notes with sincere wishes for the speedy return to health of our Chief Scout Lord Baden-Powell, and we look forward to seeing him when he visits Montreal next year. llll

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Sl'II.WYN HOUSIQ SCHOOI. MAGAZINE I'nwanted uniforms belonging to the Scouts, and also to some of those who had left, were collected and sent to the Ladies Benevolent Society. The standing of the Patrols in the Competition was in the following order: Buffalo, I-Iyenas, VVolvcs, Fox, Cougars and I.ions. We are happy to state that by this date all recruits had been invested and that there were '23 Scouts of Znd Class rank. Nineteen New Proficiency Badges had been obtained, and on the whole all Scouts showed keenness in passing tests and doing badge work. As in other years the Troop sent Christmas Hampers to poor families hard hit by the depression. Easier Term. The Troop skated at the Coliseum on Tuesday afternoons and held regular meetings every Friday at Scout Headquarters. A comprehensive Ice Hockey programme was drawn up. Besides an Inter-Patrol Hockey Competition, matches with other Troops were arranged. i7IlllllIl7lX'. Part II of the Sphinx Course was held at Headquarters and at this time, T.I.. Barott and P.I.. P.Little have passed with high credit. The Buffalo, Cougar and Fox Patrols challenged the Lion, Wolf and Hyena Patrols at Hockey. The team of the latter three Patrols won by 8 goals to 6. IVe hope to hold a return match at the end of the term. The Scout iYeek-end at St. Margaret took place on Saturday 27th, a month earlier than last year. Thirty-four Scouts travelled from Park .-Xvenue Station with the Scout- master and were met by Mr. YYanstall at St. Margaret's Station. Having settled our quarters at the Alpine Inn we tried the snow on the Golf Course before lunch. In the afternoon some of us skied over to the Chalet Cochand whilst the rest had good fun ski-joring there. After each, according to his taste, had sampled the toboggan- ing and skiing facilities, to say nothing of the ski-jumping, in which our T.L. and Scouts Porter and P. Mackenzie distinguished themselves, we ski-jored over to the Holt's house where we had been invited to fortify ourselves with refreshments. Our thanks go to Mr. and Mrs. W.R.G. Holt for extending such a hearty welcome to 3-l' hungry Scouts. Back at the Inn, we changed into uniform, partook of a good dinner and then played Scout games such as: High Cockalorum, Snake Relay, Grasshopper Relay, Indoor Stalk- ing, Leg Vfrestling and Cock Fighting. In the Stalking game the guard of the treasure seemed to drench the bystanders more often than the thief, with his water pistol. Bed followed games, everyone being determined to rise early on the Sunday morning. A paper chase took place after breakfast. Scouts P. Mackenzie and E. Chambers went off ten minutes ahead of the main party to lay a trail, which we found later, led us over Desjardins Mountain. The snow was soft and sticky and in spite of false trails the Hounds sighted the Hares as they were reaching the summit. Chambers was soon caught but Mackenzie led his pursuers a long way in the wrong direction before giving up. By the end of the morning we were all glad of a rest and the thought of lunch. lI0l



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SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL MAGAZINE Glbristmas Christmas Day falls on the twenty-fifth of December annually, and is the feast of the birth of Christ. The use of holly, mistletoe and the Yule log for decorative purposes at Christmas was probably a Pagan, rather than a Christian, custom. Christmas was celebrated on the sixth of January until the new calendar was in- troduced, but now we call the sixth of January " l.ittle Christmas ". ln most countries Christmas Day is a public holiday. The custom of giving presents at Christmas dates back to an old heathen usage. The sending of Christmas cards by way of friendly greeting and remembrance commenced only in the last century. The Christmas-tree originated in the days of the Romans, and went from Germany to Great Britain, and now is common in a great many parts of the world. Santa Claus is an imaginary person who is supposed to fill Children's stockings with presents at Christmas. Often at a cliildren's Christmas party some one dresses up as Santa Claus and distributes toys from the Christmas-tree. The name Santa Claus is derived from Saint Nicholas, a rich young man who tried, because he so much admired the kind and gentle character of Christ, to make his money give other people happiness. He went about placing coins and gifts in the homes of the poor, and when he died people called him Saint Nicholas. XY. B., Form 5. Zleruplanes bor hundreds of years men have had a great desire to fly. blany attempts were made, with various kinds of mechanisms but with no success. In l7S'l and V733 two Frenchmen named Montgolfier made balloons, which rose high in the air. They were inflated with hot air produced by burning straw. Two men dared to go up in one of these in 1793 and afterwards many voyages were made in several countries. Soon, however, hydrogen gas was found to be better than hot air, and large balloons were built. John Stringfellow in 1843 built the first power-driven model aeroplane to achieve a short free Hight. The motive power was a tiny steam engine. Then in l896 Otto Lilienthal, known as " the father of aeroplanesn, was killed in an accident, after a series of motorless gliding experiments in Germany, which paved the way for the power-driven, man-carrying aeroplane. lt was in 1900 that Wilbur and Orville Wright, in America, began their motorless gliding experiments. When, on December l7th, i903 Wilbur and Orville Wright actually Hew with a power-driven aeroplane, they undoubtedly did the greatest thing that had ever been accomplished in flight. That first flight lasted for just twelve seconds, four trials in all were made that day and the fourth Hight was a matter of only fifty nine seconds. It was not until September 26th, 1905 that the Wright brothers Hew thirty eight minutes and covered in one flight, a distance of twenty-five miles without alighting. Santos Dumont achieved short flights, with a fifty horse-power biplane in France in 1906. llil

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