M.M.S. Magazine - December 1956

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MMS Magazine 1956
Mirfield Modern School Magazine

Volume I - December 1956


Chairman of Committee: Mr. C. Dormand

Editor: D. Wild, 4S

Sub Editors: R. France, 4S, V. Fenwick, 4S

Secretary: B. Hine, 4S

Treasurer: G. Cawthra, 4S

G. Seale, 4S, E. Johnson, 4S, C. Twain, 4S

This is the first magazine issued by Mirfield Modern School and it has been compiled by Form 4S. We hope it is a great success, for we hope that it will be the first of many successful publications.

A large number of contributions have been received by the committee, particularly from the first and fourth forms. The second and third years have not contributed so much, so we hope that they will provide more material for the next publication.

We hope that the hard work that has gone into filling the pages between these covers will meet with general approval and our best wishes go to the next committee who will be responsible for Volume Two.

D. WILD, 4S.



For weeks now earnest figures have been seen bent studiously over books and papers in the classrom of 4th Secretarial; anxious sub-editors have been scurrying along corridors clutching sheaves of "copy"; there has been talk of loans from the School Fund on a huge financial scale to launch this, the first of our School Magazines. Not only 4th Secretarial, but children from all levels of the school have contributed, so it is genuinely a combined effort. The bulk of the work and worry, however, has fallen to Mr. Dormand and the 4th Secretarial - and to them will fall the job of salesmen. Back them heartily in their venture by buying this excellent magazine. Ensure its success so that you and others can serve the school in this admirable way by creating in your turn, productions that are such a credit to the school.

Good Luck to the editors and staff of 4th Secretarial!



In 1937 the first foundations of Mirfield Modern School were laid. It was planned that the school should be opened in 1939, but when war threatened, work stopped just before final completion.

The school was then used for storage of food and this brought destruction to the beautiful wooden floors.

All through the war years, the school stood, derelict and silent except for the scurry of the mice.

Then in 1945 the bombs ceased to fall and the country was at peace. After a few years, work began again and the school was finally completed in the early part of 1950. The old floors had been taken out and new ones put down.

On Friday, the 29th June, 1951, the school was officially opened by the Earl of Scarborough although it had been functioning as a school since May 1st, 1950. Since then more and more pupils have come to the school and now there are about six hundred boys and girls. We have had to have an extension built on at the boys' end. It consists of two new West Riding classrooms.

The only teachers left in the school since it was opened are Miss Collomosse and Mr. Dormand, who is the chairman of this magazine's committee and Senior Master. We have had two HeadŽmasters and two Senior Mistresses. They are Mr. Bassett and Mr. Besly, the present Head, and Miss Lockwood and Miss Collomosse, the present Senior Mistress.




Advertising is practised by most firms-Cadburys, Kelloggs, Rowntrees and Stork Margarine, to mention a few.

Sometimes you pick up a paper and the first thing you see is an advert from Sungleam shampoos, so, thrilled by the thought of lovely hair you rush out to the chemists, say you want a Sungleam shampoo and ten to one the chemist has never heard of it. You walk away mystified, go home pick up the paper and the first thing you see is "Sungleam Shampoo. Please send now." If you cannot buy the shampoo at a chemists it is not worth buying anywhere else, or at least that is my opinion. Perhaps one day you see an advertisement for a certain drink saying if you have it every night you will get relaxed sleep and be as fresh as a daisy. The first and last time I had this drink I was awake for hours then in the mornŽing I fell asleep.

One advantage is that it could possibly be a good firm which is only just setting itself up in business and not being well known it advertises. Also many people get their living out of advertising by just coining slogans like " Buy Sudsy Vim." Many firms do not advertise because they are well known already. One of these firms is Rolls Royce; I have never seen an advertisement for their cars yet.

Another advantage in the consumers' favour is that you can get some soap powders cheaper because they send round coupons saying that you can save 3d. if you take the coupon to your nearest dealer.

Overhead cost
Label, packing and profit

According to the above we only pay 6d. for the cream, but then 2s. 6d. for the pot, labels, packing and other advertising. The cream cannot be so good if that's all it is worth. Perhaps it pays to advertise.



I like food.
Sausage and mash is my favourite dish,
Yorkshire pud and lovely crisp fish,
Jam and bread is the stuff I dread,
And puddings just as heavy as lead.
Egg and chips are nice and tasty,
And lovely tarts made of flaky pastry,
Steak and onions I quite enjoy,
Dishes like this make a healthy boy.
A lovely fat chicken for Sunday lunch,
And seasoned pudding I love to munch,
Brussel sprouts and baked potatoes,
Apple sauce and mashed potatoes.
Roast beef of old England is the finest by far,
It built mighty warriors and helped win the war.
I like food.


I like noise.
The cry of a child, the song of a bird,
The cows that moo in the mighty herd,
The scream of the train, the child with its toys,
The thunder that rends all the earth with its noise.
The clang of a hammer in an old blacksmith's shop,
The beat of a drum, the hum of a top,
The noise of a tractor, the waterfall's power,
The ring of the bells in the old church tower,
The cry of a rooster, the clatter of clogs,
The ship's horn's shrill note in the coastal fog,
The crack of the whip as the horse gallops along,
And on stormy nights, the wild wind's song.
I like noise.


I like speed,
The swish of my skates as I skate on the ice,
The scuttle and scurry of the tiny field mice,
The rush of the train as it travels along,
The driver so careful he fails to go wrong,
The whirl of the wind on a stormy night,
The spinning machines and the speedy kite,
The whirl and the twirl of the spinning top,
The rabbits and squirrels go by with a hop.
I like speed.



Way out in the Pacific Ocean lying snugly in the Hawaiian Islands was Pearl Harbour, situated on the Island of Honolulu. The harbour was crawling with the American warships from San Francisco. On the Islands everything was normal. People on holiday were relaxing and dancing.

Then a dull drone came over the calm Pacific Ocean, the people glanced up and then carried on, thinking they were American planes on manoeuvres. Then panic raced through the Hawaiian streets as 300 Japanese bombers blackened the sky. Their objective was soon to be known, as bombs began to fall on Pearl Harbour.

People grabbed as many belongings as possible as they ran for shelter as bombs fell round them. Vivid flashes lit up the sky as the Japanese bomb-aimers' bombs found their mark.

Through the smoke-filled air came screams of horror as people died agonising deaths. Turmoil raged through the harbour as the Americans were completely at the Japanese hands, helpless to do anything. More bombs fell and more ships suffered as debris was scattered over the oil-strewn water. Men jumped for safety as their ships went up in flames, but died instantly in the now burning oil.

As quickly as they came the Japanese bombers began to head back on their victory flight. What they left behind them was an unspeakable horror. More than 200 people lost their lives and over 25 warships were sunk or blown to bits. Fires still raged on the island as people began to emerge and look at their burning houses.

Then they appeared again, five Jap fighters. Machine gun fire riddled the streets and houses and bodies were strewn over the streets. The fighters then turned and headed back across the Pacific.

Then out of the blue came six B15 fighters and they were soon engaged in a dog fight with the Japs. Machine gun fire and tracers riddled planes, then two Japanese fighters went down in flames. Shortly there remained three fighters, all Americans, and then they turned home and headed for base.

Soon all the world knew about the attack on Pearl Harbour as the terrible news was flashed everywhere.

Thus was U.S.A. brought into the dreadful conflict of World War II.



K.J.H. in “Round the World in Eighty Days"
Mr. E---o in “Reach for the Sky"
4A/E in “Angels with Dirty Faces"
Form 2D in “The King and I."
N.B., J.C.B., W.H.H. in “Such Men Are Dangerous."
4H in “Home on the Range"
Mr. C. C. in “Geordie"
Mrs. R. in “Bless the Bride."
Mrs. B. in “The Dancing Years"
The Hightowners in “Bus Stop."
Miss B. in “Artists and Models"
P.S.H. in “Serenade"
CD. in "The Baby and the Battleship"
Miss C---t---t in "My Teen-Age Daughter."
N.B. in "Curly Again."
P.J. in "Jumping for Joy."
W.H.H. in "Genevieve"
Abbot in "The Toughest Man Alive."
J.C.B. in "The Birds and the Bees"
C.J. in "My Sister Eileen"
Mr. R. in "The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit"
The Nurses in "The Searchers"
The Dinner Staff in "In Which We Serve"
A.J. in "Trouble in Store"
Mr. B---r---y in "The Quiet Man"
Mr. S---th in "The Iron Man"
C.B. in "The Great Dictator"
4A/E in "The Living Desert"
The Rugby Team in "The Wild Ones"
C.H. in "Bonnie Prince Charlie"
4S in "We Are No Angels"
J.W. in "Call Me Madam"
C.B. in "The Mark of Cain"
C.B. in "The Divided Heart"
B.S. in "Little Lord Fauntleroy"
C.K. in "Across Great Waters"