A recent addition to the list of evening hobbies is Mr Paterson's Electronics Club. During this term we have been concerned mainly with the various components which are used in the construction of a radio. We have also conducted experiments which help to make clearer how these components work.
Next term we will try to construct the various circuits of a radio, and to construct an actuual working model. It will be necessary though to send away for components which we need. By the end of next term we hope to produce some satisfactory results to our work.
The 1969 production, sometime towards the end of the Easter term, by the School Drama Club will be Michael Barwis's play Captain Swing. Set during the Bristol riots of 1832 it represents: the emotions involved, the types of people involved (the realist and the idealist, the pacifist and ,the militant, the honest and the phoney), and the climax (the martyrdom and suffering of the comparatively innocent) which occur in any revolution. Choosing the play was a result of the fact that it was written by the headmaster of a boys' school, to be produced by that school. Therefore the female parts were created by the author in such a way as to enable them to be enacted by boys. Thus one of our major difficulties -acting female parts-was already partly overcome.
Most of this term has been spent bringing up the standard of our younger members, who have just entered the Senior School, to enable them to take the places of those who left at the end of last term.
The first engagement of this term was the Rugby International between Scotland and Australia at Murrayfield. The performance was, however, disappointing but this may be largely attributed to the bitter cold. A second engagement was in Stirling, at the request of the Raploch Association. As usual on Remembrance Sunday, pipers and buglers were sent to play at various churches and memorials in the surrounding countryside.
The years' first competition successes came this term at the Juvenile Piping Competition in Glasgow. Two pipers, A. N. MacDonald and A. Hill, attended and did exceptionally well. MacDonald winning the Strathspey and Reel and Jig competitions and coming third in the March and Piobereach. A. Hill came second in the March. These results have increased the band's confidence, and we are looking forward to a Miniature Band Competition and two Murrayfield engagements next term.
Members of the Band
Pipe-Major Instructor: J. Mackenzie.
Drum-Major Instructor: A. Morrison.
Pipe-Major: A. Hill.
Pipers: A. N. MacDonald, A. Martin, J. Pryde, P. Gilchrist, M. Greig, J. Will, I. Fraser, A. Robertson, A. Jeffrey, C. Martin, A. A. MacDonald, R. Cowie, J. Harrison, R. Holmes.
Drum-Major: I. Graham. Bass: W. K. McKerron. Leading Side: B. Knox. Tenors: A. Hewgill, J. Wrenn, K. Walker. Sides: B. Murton, J. Sayer, P. Sayer, J. MacMillan.
At the opening meeting of the term the following office-bearers were elected :—President and Cunningham member—P. B. Cooper; Secretary and Trenchard member—P. J. Docherty; Haig member— N. G. McMurdo.
The only excursion this term has been a visit to the site of a Roman Fort at Cardean. This was an important Agricolan fort and some very fine pottery has been discovered in the ditch.
During this term, we have concentrated on films, and have had the following titles: "The Roman Wall", "Pre-History", "Cave Dwellers" and the "Palaeolithic Age".
Capt. J. F. Gardner, a new staff member, who has joined the Society, gave a talk on weapons and their development with particular reference to the Egyptian, Greek and Roman armies.
We hope to carry on next term with films and outside lectures. In addition, it is hoped to start a survey course in preparation for our Summer Project of surveying and cataloguing ancient monuments in the area South East of Cultybraggan.
COMBINED CADET FORCE
In September 1956 the Queen Victoria School Army Cadet Force was formed and was officered by three people who had Navy, Army and Air Force backgrounds. Thus at this original stage we were prepared for a Combined Cadet Force. Now on 1st September, 1968, we have changed to Queen Victoria School C.C.F. Contingent with Army and Royal Air Force Sections. The number of boys in the School whose fathers are serving in the R.A.F. is increasing and we are now able to offer them openings in this section.
The Commanding Officer of the new contingent is Major G. Reid and the administration is in the very capable hands of Mr J. Deeley, School Sgt. Major, who has done and is doing a power of work. To make the contingent efficient and extremely well equipped and Mr Mortimer is helping him in this