Friday, 2 November 2018

The Bourne Magazine EDITORIAL 1967-68

EDITORIAL

I am told that it is customary, when beginning the Bourne Editorial, to write
word or two on the subject of the School's literary enthusiasm. Each year the editors
write lyrically about their efforts at dredging some presentable material out of an
apathetic and even hostile school, concluding their epic of endless self-denial (and
eventual triumph over almost insuperable resistance) with a benediction for their
counterparts of the future. This usually expresses the vain hope that a miraculous
revival in the literary interest of this school will take place, just in time to cram the
next year's Bourne with exquisite poetry and prose. Sad as it is, I am compelled to
admit that no such literary renascence has come about, and, as usual, begging and
bribery have been the only successful stimulants. I can only hope that such deficiencies
as there are in this year's magazine will be put down to this tremendous handicap,
and that the 1969 Bourne will be considered no worse than its predecessors.
If nothing has changed in that respect, 1969 has certainly been an eventful year
in other ways. In January, Mr. Akers took up the post of Headmaster, and since then
much has happened. Most spectacular, perhaps, was the institution of the House
system in September of this year, along with the tutor group idea; it remains to be
seen if these concepts can overcome the deterioration in communication and intimacy
which, regrettably beginning to manifest itself now, will be particularly acute when
this school goes comprehensive in 1971. The prefect system, too, which was so
inefficient last year, has been revamped, so let us hope that the problem of sixth-form
responsibility will be solved once and for all. Altogether, for better or for worse, the
school is changing, and the editors would like to think that it is progressing. Whether
Less serious considerations aside, the school has been having its fair share of
we approve or not the realities of the 1960's, with such stiff competition for jobs and
be comforting to think that it will remain a place of education, rather than just an
five other boys gaining Oxbridge places, and at the last count twenty-five boys have
university places, are bound to affect the idea of "education" in this school; it would
exam factory, turning out so many "O" and "A" level passes.
gone up to other Universities. Jeff Teare and Martin Smith, for the second year
running, acted with the National Youth Theatre both in England and Germany:
success. J. D. Clark gained an exhibition in History at Downing College, Cambridge,
school drama has been very successful lately. In other fields, Douglas Fermer was
prizewinner in a Rotary Club essay competition, a richly deserved success, and a boy
from this school won the local heat of the U.N.A. debating competition. Members of
the school have gained many other distinctions, but no-one should fall into the trap
of judging a school's success just by outward appearances; that is not all that matters.
Finally, the editors would like to thank those people who have helped to publish
this year's Bourne. The English department has worked miracles, and much of the
credit for this year's issue must go to John Clark, who has done a great deal of work.

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