Arusha School Magazine

Arusha School Magazine

1955 January

Book ID 980

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Arusha School Magazine, 1955 January
Page Number: 01
Extract Date: 1955

Extract ID: 5659

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Arusha School Magazine, 1955 January
Page Number: 02-03
Extract Date: 1955

Preface and School Sports Day


As far as our records show, there has never been an Arusha School Magazine published before. The publication of the first number is therefore an important event in the School's history and I hope it will start a tradition.

The main essential of a School Magazine is that it should be the product of the School's pupils. Primary and Preparatory Schools rarely issue magazines, so I am very pleased that the effort has been made at Arusha. I hope that future issues will contain news of old pupils, if they will kindly let us know what they are doing.

In particular I should like to record our thanks to Miss J. M. Elliott who has done most of the hard work of organisation.

C. E. Hamshere Headmaster

School Sports

Our School Sports were held on Saturday, October 23rd on the senior playing field.

The Sports started at two o'clock and it was very pleasant to see the School Houses, North and South, coming out of the buildings looking very smart. The Hellenic and Dutch Schools also came to compete.

The first events were the high and long jumps and the flat races. The long jump for the seniors was the first one to be read out and it sent a cold shiver down my back as I was a competitor.

After tea there were the relays, and we were very lucky, as His Excellency the Governor and Lady Twining came to see the various later events, such as the Tug of War, and the Mothers and Fathers race and the relays. We all found these last few events very enjoyable. The Tug of War was won by South House of Arusha School.

The best part of the whole afternoon was the presentation of the shield and cups. The shield was won by North and South with 78 points each. The athletics cup was won by South House, and the relay cup by the Hellenic School.

We all enjoyed the afternoon very much, especially as we were highly honoured by His Excellency's presence.



Extract ID: 5660

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Arusha School Magazine, 1955 January
Page Number: 04-05
Extract Date: 1955

Hockey ~ The Waterfall ~ Netball ~ Thoughts in a Wood

Extract ID: 5661

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Arusha School Magazine, 1955 January
Page Number: 06-07
Extract Date: 1955

Rugger ~ The Thunderstorm ~ Swimming ~ Rain

Extract ID: 5662

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Arusha School Magazine, 1955 January
Page Number: 08-09
Extract Date: 1955

Films ~ The Train ~ The Runaway Horse

Extract ID: 5663

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Arusha School Magazine, 1955 January
Page Number: 10-11
Extract Date: 1955

The Mysterious Cave ~ A chat

Extract ID: 5664

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Arusha School Magazine, 1955 January
Page Number: 12-13
Extract Date: 1955

The Choir ~ Battle

Extract ID: 5665

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Arusha School Magazine, 1955 January
Page Number: 14-15
Extract Date: 1955

Christmas Story ~ Galloping Horses

Extract ID: 5666

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Arusha School Magazine, 1955 January
Page Number: 16-17
Extract Date: 1955

African Scene ~ Scouting 1954 ~ The Jungle

Scouting 1954

The Troop this year has been much smaller than in previous years. There have only been two patrols. By the middle of the second term all the new members had passed their Tenderfoot Badge and so the whole troop were able to go to camp at Lake Duluth We camped down below Mr. Fosbrooke's house at the edge of the lake. Everyone enjoyed the week-end, especially the swimming and boating, and, I hope, learnt that Camping in not all play, but that there is work to be done and that the chores of the camp are best done if each scout does his bit quickly and cheerfully.

During the year most of the usual activities have taken place. Most of us have crossed the swimming pool on a rope bridge (one or two have fallen in). We used a scout transporter to cross the Temi. We have played the usual wide games and devised a new one "Mau Mau and Police" and we have had a day out at West Meru.

In Arusha's Scout Week the troop did its share and at theRally demonstrated the pitching of a bell tent.

The Cubs have had a good year. There have been about forty of them who each Wednesday have tried to awaken Arusha with their yells. The majority have nearly passed their First Star, but what an obstacle the skipping part is! We had several Treasure Hunts, but following a track still remains the favourite activity.


Extract ID: 5667

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Arusha School Magazine, 1955 January
Page Number: 18-19
Extract Date: 1955

Guides ~ Brownies ~ Birds in the Wood


The Guides of the 1st Arusha Company meet once a week, on Tuesday, when we pass our tests and play games with our captain, Miss Kennedy and her lieutenant, Miss Lovell.

This year, we Guides have been quite busy helping at certain fetes and making ourselves smart for special occasions.

On February 22nd, Thinking Day, there was a great gathering of Guides and Brownies in the school grounds. Mrs. Child, the District Commissioner, was present and also Mrs. Mahon, who made a speech. On this occasion we had a very large camp fire. Every Company" African, Indian and European" helped to light it. Afterwards, we entertained each other with camp fire songs and dances.

During the second term of the year, Miss Knight, a Trainer from England, came to Arusha and we cooked our lunch with her. This was great fun as most of us had never done it before. All the patrols worked hard, some cooking the stew, others making a fruit salad, and the third patrol collecting firewood.

The third term has been even more eventful. Lady Twining came to the school where all Guides and Brownies had gathered, to present Mrs. Cubison with the Beaver Award, the second highest in Guiding. Lady Twining inspected the Companies and then returned to a platform, decorated in blue and yellow, to make a speech and present he award. The African Guides then sang songs and an Indian Guide signalled congratulations to Mrs. Cubison in Morse.

Also this term there has been a Church Fete, at which the Guides helped with a stationery stall. At the Red Cross Fete we took round a cake for people to guess its weight. At the Air Rally, which was held at the Arusha Aerodrome, the Guides and Scouts sold programmes to the spectators.

So, this year the Guides of the 1st Arusha Company have been working very hard to keep the third law, which is to be useful and to help others.




All Brownies and Guides took part in a Thinking Day Ceremony. The bonfire was built carefully by the Scouts and about a quarter of an hour before the ceremony was to take place a P.W.D. labourer set fire to the pile of "taka-taka", as lie called it, and we all had to help gather more wood to build another bonfire. We were very grateful to the Scouts who left their meeting to help us. Mrs. Mahon made a speech after the fire was lit.

In June, Miss Margaret Knight, a Guide Trainer from England, visited us. She stayed three weeks in the School. She was very busy and was not able to come to many Brownie meetings, but we hope when she comes back she will visit us again.

Before Mrs. Child left for England, the 1st Arusha Pack had a very nice tea, followed by games, in her garden.

The 3rd Arusha Pack have had some pleasant picnics by the river.

Judy Swaffin, Angela Cooper, Helen Speed and Susan Phibbs have passed all the tests for the Golden Hand Badge. Three of them are now in the Guides.

In October Lady Twining visited the School. All the Guides and Brownies from Arusha District were there. This was the biggest parade the Brownies have ever attended. Lady Twining walked round and inspected everyone on parade.



As I walked through the quiet woods,

Two little birds with feathered hoods

Flew from under a willow tree

To see who the stranger could possibly be.

They looked at me with their little bright eyes

And now and then they snapped at the flies,

But when they saw it was only me

They flew back under the willow tree.

I wondered why they were anxious

To keep all strangers at bay,

So I stepped a little bit closer

But the two little birds flew away.

Christa von Mutius, Age 13 years

Extract ID: 5668

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Arusha School Magazine, 1955 January
Page Number: 20-21
Extract Date: 1955

Meru Expedition

The Meru Expedition

On 13th November, a party of fourteen children and seven members of staff set off in a lorry, at about nine o'clock, on Saturday morning for Olkokola.

We arrived there at about half past eleven and left the base party at a pyrethrum kiln where they were to spend the night. The lorry was taken further on, and after a picnic lunch we started to climb.

The forest was beautifully green with luscious ferns, lilies and everlasting flowers. The trees were clothed with old man's beard and there were many open glades where we rested at frequent intervals. As we pressed on, the land gradually grew steeper and it started to rain, but as the trees began to thin out, we stumbled up an ashy slope to arrive at our camping place, at last.

After a brief rest, we all started to collect firewood for the night, and the eagerly awaited supper was cooked. After drying our wet socks and shoes, we lay down by the fires with three blankets each, and sang some songs before going to sleep.

The next morning at about half past four, after an uncomfortable sleep, we had breakfast, put on all extra clothes and each with a bottle of water started off up the steep slopes.

We plodded on, and at sunrise were approaching the rocks just below the scree. As the sun rose over the mountain, the shadow was thrown over the land and we saw the peak projecting above the horizon. It was a sight well worth seeing.

We clambered on over the rocks which rolled beneath us, and when we reached the bottom of the steep slope of scree, three children had decided to descend.

Starting to climb the scree, we slipped and slid as the stones gave way beneath us. At last, reaching the top, we sat down for a rest.

Now above us rose great mounds of rocks and boulders, to the left of which was a slope covered with snow. It was bitterly cold. I took a pair of socks from my haversack and put them on my hands which were quite numb.

After the remaining members of staff had taken some photographs, we started to pick our way across the rocks which were slippery with ice and snow. Would we ever reach the top?

Suddenly, we heard shouts from the people above and we shouted back, asking them if they were at the top. "No", they answered, "We can't find it." So we told them to wait for us, and plodded on.

The Headmaster, who was with us, reached the crater and called down to me, but I was so tired and was having a rest every few steps. Mr. Hamshere called down once more, and I got up and stumbled on. The whole time I was saying to myself, "I must do it, I simply must." I thought how proud my mother would be; this seemed to give me extra energy and I at last arrived at the crater where I flopped down, exhausted.

After a while Mr. Hamshere asked me if I wished to go on, and I immediately got up, ready to carry on. Just as we started to climb the last lap, we met the first lot of children coming down, and I met my best friend who told me she had reached the top. This made me even more determined and I hurried on. Having clambered over rocks and snow, Mr. Hamshere showed me a peak where a few Africans were sitting. It was the top.

At last, clambering over the last rocks, we arrived at the top. How pleased I was and, shaking hands with Mr. Hamshere, I reached for my water bottle and biscuits and had a long drink and a snack. Then the Africans handed us the book, which was in a tin under a rock, and we wrote our names. We did not have a good view as there were clouds beneath us, and peeping down the crater we had glimpses of the steep sides through the cloud.

Mr. Hamshere then took some photographs, and we started to descend the slopes of rock. When we reached the crater, we lay down and almost went to sleep, as we waited for the last two members of staff who had gone on to the top. When they arrived, we arose and descended through the snow, loose snow and, later, the ash, a slightly different way from the way we went up. I was so tired and my knees were so shaky that I thought I would fall. We had many rests stopping at the everlasting flower bushes and picking bunches for our friends at school.

At last, at three o'clock, we arrived at the camp, having arrived at the top at a quarter to twelve. How we all wished that we could go up in the little time it took to come down.

We were given slices of pineapple and soup when we were all back at the camp and then, after all the porters had been sent down, we started down through the forest to arrive at the place where the lorry had been left, at about five-thirty.

On reaching the glade we found Mr. Mahon waiting for us, with a Pepsi-Cola each. What a lovely treat and ending to our expedition! Then, clambering into the lorry we set off for school, singing songs and chattering to each other. On arriving at school everyone was most surprised to hear I had conquered Meru and, after telling the story about three times, I at last went to supper.

After. I had a very hot bath, I climbed into , bed, very tired and wondering how I had ever conquered Meru.

Vivien Landcastle, Age 12 years

Extract ID: 5669

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Arusha School Magazine, 1955 January
Page Number: 22-23
Extract Date: 1955

The Haunted Wood ~ A Trip by Rocket Plane

Extract ID: 5670

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Arusha School Magazine, 1955 January
Page Number: 24-25
Extract Date: 1955

Custer's Last Stand ~ The Earth ~ All the Fun of the Fair ~ The Village Oasis

Extract ID: 5671

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Arusha School Magazine, 1955 January
Page Number: 26-27
Extract Date: 1955

Night Among the Trees ~ Animals

Extract ID: 5672