Eria Jones

Name ID 2391

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

The Mysterious Cave ~ A chat

Extract ID: 5664

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Arusha School Magazine
Page Number: 06-07
Extract Date: 1957

Princess Margaret ~ Autumn ~ Red Cross Fete ~ Swimming

My First Glimpse of Princess Margaret

Children with flags in their hands, chatted to one another, waiting impatiently for the arrival of Princess Margaret.

There was still a quarter of an hour left, but slowly the minutes ticked off, one by one, and at last cheers could be heard from the crowd as a grey car with the Governor and Princess Margaret drove slowly by. The Princess looked very beautiful, and she was wearing a charming blue dress and hat. She waved her hand as the crowd cheered louder and louder. We all waved our flags as hard as we could and shouted at the tops of our voices.

As the cheers near us slowly died away, I could hear other cheers in the upper street where the Guides and more Europeans stood. We waited for all the cars to pass by, which were coming from the Airport, but they never seemed to finish. At last a Policeman stopped the cars so that we could pass. We reached the entrance to the school drive where the letters at the top of a huge arch stood boldly welcoming the Princess. We stopped and some children collected our flags. We then ran into our dormitories merrily. I could not believe that I had really seen Princess Margaret. But I was still happy because the next day we would go to the Baraza and see her more clearly. Princess Margaret was the first member of the Royal Family I had ever seen.

Aspasia Aslanis 13 years


On June 30th we had the Red Cross F�te held in the School grounds. In the morning the School children helped set up some of the stalls. When the afternoon came we all had a lovely time looking round the various stalls and especially waiting to have rides on the school horses. There was a film called "Abbot and Costello" and a fortune teller named "Madame Zodiac". The stalls which contributed the largest amount to the total, were the bottle-stall, the cakes and sweets stall and also the book stall where many children bought annuals and other story books.

The Red Cross F�te was a big success and everybody enjoyed it very much.

Janet Simpson 12 years


The Swimming Sports, as usual, were held in the first term of the year on Saturday, 24th March, 1956. This year the Swimming Shield was won by South House who beat North House by only a few points.

There were all the usual events including style diving, and Breast stroke style. One event which caused great excitement was the Obstacle Race, in which competitors had to go to the bottom of the pool and bring up a stone and put it out on the edge. Then they had to go through a tyre, swim to the shallow end and blow a balloon until it burst. Lastly they had to eat a banana off a plate and bring the plate with the banana peel back to the deep end. There were sixteen events altogether most of which were speed races.

Outstanding swimmers in both houses were Edda von Wedel, Robin Gemmell and Susan Phibbs in North House, and Margaret von Lekow, John Boswell, and Anna Shute in South House, all of whom have won their colours.

The Sports ended with the presentation of the Swimming Shield. Mr. Hamshere asked Mrs. White to present the Shield to John Boswell of South House.

EIRA Jones

Extract ID: 5690

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Arusha School Magazine
Page Number: 10-11
Extract Date: 1957

Hockey ~ The Baraza ~ Caught by the Tide


Hockey is played in the first term of every school year and we have matches every Friday against the Gymkhana Club. On Monday 26th March the girls team from South House played against North House in order to compete for the Hockey Cup. North won with five goals to four. On the 27th March the boys played their match, North winning this also. On Wednesday there was a mixed match with boys and girls from each House opposing each other. Some outstanding players in these games were, Edda von Wedel, Valerie Ulyate, Susan Phibbs, George Afentakis, Margrit von Lekow and Heather Lamont. Edda who is in North House shot all the goals for North with the aid of Susan Phibbs and Susan Meyer.

As North won both the girls and the boys matches they win the Hockey Cup for this year.

EIRA Jones 12 years

The Baraza

My first impression of the Baraza was of crowds and crowds of people. There were Europeans, Asians and many African tribes gathered there to see Princess Margaret all looking very gay and colourful in their tribal costumes. It was a lovely morning and the mountain rose high above the scene. There were many newspaper reporters and photographers all eager to obtain reports or photos of the Princess and they crowded round the Royal Dais. We were very lucky because we were sitting right in front of the Dais. Her Royal Highness wore a blue dress and a white hat. She arrived in a Humber Snipe. When she was on the Dais a chief, named Amri Dodo, made a speech. After that she made her speech, in which she mentioned how pleased she was to see so many children. Then the presentations were made, after which a Land Rover came along and the Princess drove round the arena through the cheering crowds. She stood up so that everyone could see her. She then went back to the Governor's Lodge.

Melville Ueckermann 12 years

Extract ID: 5693

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Arusha School Magazine
Page Number: 12-13
Extract Date: 1957

Netball ~ The Desert ~ A visit from Nairobi Primary School

A Visit from the Nairobi Primary School

At the end of the first term, Mr. Hamshere invited a party of boys and girls from the Nairobi Primary School to stay at the Arusha School. There were twenty four children in all, twelve boys and twelve girls.

They arrived on Thursday evening, 29th March, at half past five. Two teachers came with them, Miss Kane and Mr. Sentence. Some of them were accommodated in the Sanatorium, some in the girls and some in the boys buildings. After supper the boys played table tennis in their common room, while the girls had dancing in the Junior Hall. On Friday we went to Church, for a special Good Friday Service. After break we all had a free swim, which the N.P.S. enjoyed very much. After tea the girls and boys matches were played and the N.P.S. won both. On Saturday morning we played two mixed matches and again the N.P.S. children won. In the afternoon a Swimming Gala was held. This was a very close finish, the N.P.S. beating Arusha School by one mark only, 50.5 marks to 49.5 It was a very enjoyable afternoon and excitement reached fever pitch as the marks grew closer and closer.

After tea we all went to see the Rugger Match. Later that evening there was a film about a dog called "Lucky". On Sunday we went to Church for the usual Easter morning service.

The Staff versus the children match was played at halfpast eleven that morning, the Staff won, with a score of two goals to one. In the afternoon the N.P.S. girls and boys went to Ngurdoto Crater, and also five of our school. We went in a lorry and the School car. We started off about halfpast two. Soon we reached Usa Saw Mills which is not far from the Crater. It was about quarter past three when we started climbing and the road was very slippery. Very soon we reached the summit of the Crater. We had two Game Scouts with us and they gave us two pairs of binoculars. We had our tea at the summit and saw quite a lot of game, rhino, warthog and herds of buffalo. At halfpast five we started down. It seemed more slippery than before. We all got very muddy and we arrived back at school very late. After breakfast on Monday the N.P.S. left. This visit was very enjoyable for both schools and we hope they will pay another visit soon.

Marion Cleton

EIRA Jones

Extract ID: 5694

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Arusha School Magazine
Page Number: 22-23
Extract Date: 1957

My Favourite Animal ~ Meru Expedition

Meru Expedition

This year the Meru Expedition started on Saturday, 1st December. In all there were thirteen children and seven members of staff climbing.

The road to Olkokola was fairly good, although two lorries stuck in the mud a couple of times. At Olkokola we had our lunch which consisted of sandwiches, fruit and a cup of tea. We then left the Base Camp and made our way to the edge of the forest.

Our way through the Forest was very beautiful with large open green glades here and there. Several people saw a herd of about twenty or thirty Eland, and we also heard Colobus Monkeys. The trees were covered with old man's beard. The weather this year was absolutely wonderful and we could see for miles around us. Going up the Elephant Slide was very steep and slippery. After a short rest we set to work finding firewood for our fire. For supper we had tomato soup, sausages, fried steak and bread and butter. We then all gathered round the fire and passed our time singing songs. For some of us the night seemed endless, until, at last, at half past three we were woken and after folding our blankets and having coffee and Ryvita we set out at four o'clock to climb the rest of the mountain.

As dawn broke we separated into little groups, and we could see the shadow of Meru against the sky as the sun appeared. We now came to the sandy part which was the most difficult of all because it was very slippery. The early morning frost covered the ground and made our toes feel like ice blocks. About seven fortyfive we started climbing the rocks which was great fun. Underneath were blocks of ice, which were very refreshing to eat.

The first people to reach the top were Mr. Morgan and Jacqueline Hudson. About seven minutes later Theresa Rarogiewicz and Janet Simpson clambered up. The last party arrived at nearly half past ten. Most of us stayed at the top until five to eleven.

At eleven we all started charging down the mountain like a herd of elephants. We reached the camp at about half past twelve, where there was a meal waiting for us. At one o'clock we started on our way back through the Forest and arrived at the base camp at half past two We arrived at school at a quarter past six, much earlier than we were expected.

Valerie Ulyate 13 years

Extract ID: 5701