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Contents XXXII Issue 



DEDICATION .... 4 

A PERSONAL WORD . 6 

EDITORIAL .... . ... 8 

SCHOOL AWARDS ... 10 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 11 

THE GRADUATING CLASS 12 

CHAPEL .... .18 

THE DRAMATIC CLUB 24 

THE GLEE CLUB 26 

INVITATIONS CLUBS . .28 

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES 32 

ODD SHOTS 33 

PREPARATORY DEPARTMENT 34 

SPRING FESTIVAL 37 

THE TUTORS 38 

LITERARY 39 

STAFF NOTES 43 

QUACKER CRACKER & VOYAGEUR 46 

ATHLETICS 47 

SPORTS DAY 58 



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Kbdttorial Staff 

Charles Beer {Editor) 

David Beer 

Tony Allen 

Elwood Henkle 

Guy Arnold [Staff Representative) 



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Four 



ryo 
C/. Jj. JL. Stewart 

An imaginative and effective teacher 

An inspiring and understanding counsellor 

Housemaster and Assistant Headmaster 
during the years 1938 - 1958 

Presently residing in Rome Italy 



This edition of The Voyageur 
is affectionately dedicated 



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The Headmaster 



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ti personal word to the students 

TTere is our record of the past school year. Of course it does not report 
on the individual progress achieved or relate the private snuggle and 
growth towards those things each one of us strives for in his own heart. But 
it well reflects our life together as a community, those activities where we 
joined as a group to achieve a common purpose, whether it be as members 
of a team, of a corridor, of the cast of Macbeth or Pinafore, on the school 
committee or in a discussion club. In looking back on our year, as you 
thumb through these pages, it is my hope that you, as an individual, may 
recall a contribution, great or small, that you made to our school, either as 
a good leader or as a good follower. If so, you have the privilege of believ- 
ing, with humility, that Pickering College is a better place because you were 
with us. It is my hope that our year has given you an insight into the faith 
of our founders, The Society of Friends, and their basic belief in "that of 
God in every man." Their stress on the importance of the individual is ex- 
pressed this way by Kahlil Gibran: "No man can reveal to you aught but that 
which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge." 

Our Voyageur, therefore, is a record of people doing things together. If 
they do so with skill and devotion, they meet the kind of success which results 
from thoughtful guidance on the one hand and spirited co-operation on the 
other. Is not this combination the corner-stone of a good school, a good com- 
munity, a good country? Since this is a personal word, I may say that I 
believe that such guidance exists here at Pickering. If our opportunities are 
to be fulfilled, then, they depend on the co-operation of all of us. In other 
words, the development of a good school is based on our allegiance to a com- 
mon ideal which transcends self-centered motives. It follows that any success 
we have achieved this year as a group was derived from the co-operation of in- 
dividuals. 

The responsibility of the individual must therefore be the fulfilment of 
himself, the development of his mind and body and spirit, so that he may give 
of his best to those around him. I wish we could all understand that this is 
the reason for the existence of our school, and the only one, for everything 
else springs from it. If so, we shall understand how and why the good things 
recorded in these pages found their being. 

My thanks to all of you who during the past year have helped to build 
"The beloved community" on our hill-top. 



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the Pickeriny year 



THE past YEAR has left us many things to be proud of. In the first term victories 
on the field and on the stage were evident with the Senior Football team win- 
ning the C.O.S.S.A. championship for the third straight year, and the dramatics club 
scoring a success with its production of Macbeth. In the second term we can remem- 
ber the Glee Club's production of "H.M.S. Pinafore" noting especially the job done 
by the leads. In the last term the Senior Relay Team and the efforts put into the 
formal dance were of a high calibre. 

These were some of the extra-curricular highlights. There are probably more 
but in these highlights what we see is evidence of team work. In each case if one 
man failed to do his part then the whole effect would have been ruined. 

However it seems that one of the lessons we have learned this year is that at 
times team work was not evident. It is hoped that those students in Grade twelve 
who are returning saw the lack of team work and can try to find a solution where 
we have failed at times this year. We should at all times be conscious of the fact that 
here at Pickering we are living as a "Family". This may sound like a grossly over 
used cliche, but whether it is or not the fact remains it is true. If we want to enjoy 
our stay at Pickering then we have to get out and make it better. By this we do not 
mean that you should sacrifice your individuality; rather you should use your in- 
dividuality to give a lead and apply it to life at school in order to make it a better 
place. There were many people who had constructive criticisms but for some reason 
unknown to us did not want to bring them forward. Instead, these criticisms crept 
along in the 'after lights out' bull sessions like rats in the slums of a city. This allowed 
the criticism to become warped and consequently the school suffered. 

From this it would seem that after a good start in September everything went 
stale. Happily this did not happen. In the last term by the probing of the School 
Committee and other Seniors the students began to bring out their "beefs" to the 
betterment of the school. It appeared that perhaps finally we saw that the best way 
to make our life better was for all of us to pitch in, and do something constructive. 
Thus, we have left evidence that as your life is only what you make it, your school 
is only what you make it too. Pickering can give you a lot but you have to get 
out and help in return. 

The lesson that we have learned this year is best expressed by the words "No 
man is an island entire of himself." 

— Charles Beer 



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tnistukes 



What has Pickering meant to us during the past year? There are so many 
views, aspects, and ideals concerning Pickering that it lias meant something 
different to every single person. Many of us have "grown" quite a bit; others not 
so much; but everyone has taken something with him that will benefit him in later 
life. 

Though this past year much good was done and seen at Pickering there was 
bad also. This was chiefly evident in the lack of participation regarding school 
affairs. At the beginning, and, during the course of the year there was much 
bickering and complaining about different phases of school life. Instead of being 
directed through the proper channels, the school assemblies and the Quaker Cracker, 
these gripes were kept away from these channels and a restless undercurrent became 
evident. Nobody would use the student assemblies to express their views or griev- 
ances and when these complainers were asked specifically to write their complaints 
for the Quaker Cracker they more or less 1 refused to do so. This attitude was 
also evident with regard to some of the school committee's actions. There was 
little thought on the matter at hand; a few individuals who "sounded off'' on 
something they had no idea about, were no support to the committee whom they had 
previously elected. This hurts school morale and causes much ill feeling. 

What has this year left for future student bodies? It has left a constitution 
which was made up and passed by students of a previous year. This constitution 
was misplaced for a few years but was brought back and revised by this year's 
committee so as to help future, committees in proper democratic government. It 
has left us with a better student-staff relationship. It has also left us a better 
glimpse of the Pickering way of life which the students of this year's student body 
exhibited strongly during the last term. 

■ — Tony Allen 

the future 

Towards the end of the year and at the special invitation of the Committee, a 
number of students wrote articles criticizing the way the Committee performed 
their duties and led the school. The invitation was made because of a certain under- 
current of discontent that had not been properly expressed. The school assemblies, 
held each Wednesday morning, are the place for student complaints, but they had 
rarely been used for this purpose. Nor had the Quaker Cracker. However, a 
special edition of the Quaker Cracker was produced, and a week later the Com- 
mittee brought out a reply in which they defended their conduct of school affairs 
and promised to take action where it was needed. 

The lesson which it is hoped will be learnt for next year is that it is no good 
having a democratic system unless it be properly employed. The school assemblies 
are held so that complaints can be made and then discussed. The Quaker Cracker 
is open to anyone wishing to express himself on school affairs. Neither was well 
used for the purpose this year. We hope they will not be ignored in the future. 

To complain of the system and not use the existing means to bring about change 
is merely destructive and harmful. 

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«C*#f Oof HM'IIM'lis 

r TMiE Garratt Cane is an award made by mem- 
A hers of the graduating class to one of their 
number who, in their opinion, best exemplifies in 

his actions and attitude the ideals of the college. 
We are happy to congratulate Charles Beer whom 
his fellow students honoured with the award this 
year. 





^IIE Widdrington Award is made to members 
of the graduating class who have contributed 
notably to the well being of the community in 
leadership and personal relations and in extra cur- 
ricular activities other than athletics. There were 
four awards made this year to Tony Allen, Charles 
Beer, David Beer and John Renwick. 



rf^HE Rogers Cane is a Firth House award made 
A for the best practical expression of the house 
motto "All for one, one for all." Tins year the 
award was given to Harry Chapman whose father 
received it on his behalf at the closing banquet 
since Chapman was away ill. 



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Russ Radcliffe 
(standing) 

Mike Mitchell 
Barry Muncaster 
Charles Beer 



Mr. Veale Tony Allen Mr. Beer, Headmaster 



(standing) 
John Renwick 
John Palmer 

Dave Cameron 



Dave Beer 
(standing) 



the school committee 

At the beginning of each term the student body of Pickering College elects eight 
of its members to the committee. The committee's function is to act as repre- 
sentatives to the staff in all matters pertaining to school life. It has to take, charge 
of the organization of dances, special events and many other responsibilities that 
exist in a comunity such as this. These matters are dealt with each Monday, when 
the committee meets with the staff representative, Mr. Veale. 

The committee is divided up into offices with each member taking on some 
definite responsibility. The divisions are the Chairman, the Secretary, the Treasurer, 
the Fire Chief, the Maintenance Man, the Dress Man, the Social Convener and the 
Food Man. 

One of the committee's more important functions is to conduct two chapel 
services during the winter term. The addresses given by the committee upheld a 
fine tradition and provoked much interesting thought. 

This year's committee strengthened greatly the bond between staff and students 
and also laid a firmer foundation for future committees. 

— Tony Allen 



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the Graduating Class 

We present the Graduating Class of 1958-59 witli a careful summary of their 
activities here, and their probable activities elsewhere, their interests and 
ambitions. We wish them luck. 

PHILIP ALGAR 

Kirkland Lake — (1 year) — Polikon Club — 

Senior Basketball — Gold Team — Softball — 

Corridor Committee — 

Other Interests — Going to Orillia — Reading — Records — 

Ambition — Business Administration at Western 

Probable Destination — Salt Mines in Siberia 

Favourite Saying — "Now up in Kirkland Lake." 



TONY ALLEN 

Toronto — (7 years) — Rooters Club — Fifty Club - 

Dramatics — Senior Football, 3 years — Senior 

Hockey, 3 years — Track — Baseball — Year Captain of 

Silver Team — Chairman of School Committe — 

Quaker Cracker and Vovageur — 

Ambition— U. of T. 

Probable Destination — Garbage man 

Favourite Saying — "I'm impressed." 

JOHN ARCHIBALD 

Port Rowan, Ontario— (1 year) -- Thirty Club — 
Member of Elite Gatehouse — Social Adviser to staff - 

Manager of Senior Soccer — and Orfun basketball — ■ 

Gold Team — Glee Club — Other Interests — Drinking 

coffee — Hunting — Fishing — 

Ambition — Forestry — To tie Mitchell up in a knot - 

Probable Destination — Killing chickadees with a 

300 magnum in Africa 

Favourite Saying — "I got my first chickadee 

with a No. 5 magnum." 

AL ATKINS 

Kirkland Lake — (1 year) -- Rooters Club — Senior 

Football — Senior Basketball — Gold Team, Senior 

Captain — Softball - - Fifty Club. 

Other Interests — Jazz records — Pool — Writing letters. 

Ambition — Arts at U. of T. 

Probable Destination— Working for McQuarrie. 

Favourite Saying — "Thanks Arch you " 





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KEN BEATTY 

Hamilton — (1 year) — Second Hockey — Gold Team - 

Pool — Cribbage — 

Other Interests — Expanding on his conquests — 

Nick Name — "Beat" — 

Ambition — Ryerson 

Probable Destination — Running a lingerie shop — 

Favourite Saying — "It wasn't like this at AVest Hill." 

CHARLES BEER 

Newmarket, Ontario — (9 years) — Polikon Club, 
(Speaker) — Senior Football, 2 years — Senior 
Hockey, 2 years — Tennis — Baseball — Silver Team, 
Senior Captain — Dramatics — School Committee — 
Quaker Cracker and Voyageur (Editor) 
Other Interests — Records 
Ambition — Ambassador to China 
Probable Destination — Bartender at Quebec City 
Favourite Saying — "Boston will win the Stanley Cup 
next year, Cameron". 

DAVE BEER 

Newmarket, Ontario — (9 years) — Rooters Club — 

Dramatics — Senior Hockey, 2 years — Senior Football 

— Baseball — Track — Red Team, Year Captain — 

Quaker Cracker and Voyageur — School Committee 

(Social Convener) — 

Other Interests — "Boom Boom Geoffrion, Les 

Canandiens" — 

Ambition — Head Tutor then U. of T. 

Probable Destination — Dying of starvation on canoe 

trip around the world — 

Favourite Saying — "Are you coming to the dance?" 

DAVID CAMERON 

Montreal, Quebec — (4 years) — Canecon Club — 
Senior Hockey, 4 years — Senior Football, 2 years — 
Baseball — Tennis — School Committee (Food Man) - 
Fifty Club — Blue Team, (Captain) 
Other Interests — Cards or any Sport — 
Nickname — "Pepsi" 

Ambition — Business Administration at Dalhousie 
Probable Destination — Tester at Molson's Brewery 
Favourite Saying — "La Butte De Canadiens a 
Compter Par Maurice Richard". 






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WAYNE CAMPBELL 




Oakville, Ontario — (2 years) — Thirty Club — 

Soccer — Red Team - - Tennis — Glee Club — 

Other Interests — Cars — Nickname — "Campy" — 

Ambition — Successful Business man — 

Probable Destination - - Testing mattresses in 

store windows — 
Favourite Saying — "It's the greatest little car 

on the road." 



LES CLAVIR 



Winnipeg, Manitoba 
— Canecon Club 
(Manager) - 

Other Interests 



- (4 years) — Silver Salts Club 

- Senior and Junior Basketball 
Silver Team — Stage lighting — 

Pool — Donna — 

- Getting a car for Sunday trips 
to Sister School — Sleeping — 

Nickname — 'Moses" — 

Ambition — Ryerson — 

Favourite Saying — "Riv, we had better get going or 

Mrs. Osborne won't give us lunch." 



BILL CURRY 



Blenheim, Ontario — (1 year) — Senior Soccer — 

Gold Team — Corridor Committee — Chairman of 

Pool Room Committee — Tennis — Badminton — 

Other Interests — Individualist — Three 

Star Club — Stamp Collecting — 

Ambition — Millionaire by forty or suicide — 

Probable Destination -- Continental Road Runner 

Favourite Saying — "Why is everyone always 

picking on me?" 



PHILIP DAVIES 



Oakville, Ontario — (3 years) — Rooters Club — 

Camera Club — Senior Soccer, 2 years - 

Pool — Cribbage — 

Other Interests — Stamps — Golf — Cricket - 

Bridge — Fishing -- Nickname — "Flip" — 

Ambition — U. of B.C. — Chemical Engineering — 

Probable Destination - - Official test tube cleaner 

for Pickering College — 
Favourite Saying — "I saw you cheating Ken" 



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PAT DILLON 



Georgetown, Ontario - — (1 year) — Canecon Club — 
Gatehouse Star Studded Whizz-bangs -- Senior 
Football — Senior Hockey — Orfun Basketball - 
Dramatics — Drinking Coffee in Mr. Blair's room ■ — 
Other Interests — Geometry Class — Nickname "Matty" 
Ambition — Waterloo College — and go on a diet - 
Favourite Saying — "Seriously Mike, let's not take 
this thing seriously." 



DON HASTIE 

Streetsville, Ontario — (4 years) — Thirty Club, 

(President) — Blue Team (Captain for Sports Day) — 

Second Football -- First Basketball — Track - 

Grade 9 Corridor Overloads — 

Other Interests — Hot rods — Girls — Sports - 

Nickname — "The Haste" — 

Ambition — President of Hasty Plumbing Company - 

Probable Destination — Travelling around the world looking 

for the right girl — 

Favourite Saying — "Honest you guys, she is the one". 





ELWOOD HENKLE 

Brantford, Ontario, (2 years) -- Thirty Club, 

(Secretary) — Senior Football, (Manager) - 

Second Hockey — Baseball — Silver Team — Stage 

Manager — Quaker Cracker and Voyageur - 

Junior Corridor Overloads — Nickname — "The ilenk" 

Ambition — President of Henkle's Home Furnishing 

Limited — 

Probable Destination — Vancouver — 

Favourite Savin"- — "Gel serious". 



GARY MARK 

T nto — (4J/2 years) — Senior Football, 2 years 

Basketball — Baseball — Track — Red Team' (Senior 

Captain) — 

( Mher Interests — Visiting Room i — 

Ambition — Civil Engineering and Football at Queen's 

Probable Destination — Grade XIII French teacher at P.O. 

Favourite Saving < Vnsoivil 







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DUGAL McQUARRIE 

Gore Bay, Ontario — (2 years) — Rooters Club — 

Senior Soccer — Senior Hockey (Manager) — 

Blue Team — Chapel Committee — 

Corridor Committee — 

Other Interests — Movie Photography — Records — 

Fishing — Nickname — "McQueery" — 

Ambition — Medicine at Queen's — 

Probable Destination ■ — Pressing pants — 

Favourite Saying — "Get out of my life Curry." 



MICHAEL MITCHELL 

North Bay, Ontario — (1 year) — Canecon 

Club — Senior Football — Senior Hockey — 

School Committee (Rudy Man) — 

Gold Team (Year Captain) -- Softball — 

Other Interests — Sports — Nickname — "Mitch" — 

Ambition — Queen's — 

Probable Destination — Keeper of the Look Out — 

Favourite Saying — "What about this short deal?" 



BARRY MUNCASTER 

Sault Ste Marie, Ontario — (2 years) — Canecon 

Club — Senior Football — Senior Basketball, 2 

years — Baseball — Fifty Club — School 

Committee (Dress Man) — 

Other Activities — Hunting — Nickname — "Monk" — 

Ambition — Engineering at Michigan - 

Probable Destination - - Washing floors at the 

Silk & Linen Shop - 
Favourite Saying — "We don't want a meeting 

Friday Night." 



PETE PARKINSON 

Toronto — (2 years) — Thirty Club — 

Dramatics — Glee Club — Junior Football — Senior 

Hockey — Baseball — Red Team — 

Laundry Committee — 

Ambition — Ryerson — 

Probable Destination — Marrying Sue — 

Other Interests — Cars. Nickname — "Pedro" 

Favourite Saying — "Look Ed, how about 1 o'clock?" 



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GIL PLAW 

Kingston, Ontario — (1 year) — Glee Club — Secret 

Society — Senior Football — Orfun Basketball — 

Baseball — Member of Gatehouse Elite — 

Other Interests — Swimming — Water skiing — 

folk music — sailing — 

Nickname — "Gilaboo" — 

Ambition — Chemical Engineering at Lowell 

Technical Institute — 

Probable Destination — Invent Youth Serum 

Favourite Saying — "Think I can't". 

JOHN RENWICK 
Toronto — (5 years) — Polikon Club — Senior Football — 
Orfun Basketball — Track — Red Team — School 
Committee — Grade IX Overloads — 
Other Interests — Cars — stamps — coins — Pool — 
Nickname — "Honest John" — 
Ambition — Staff of General Motors or Running a 
Used Car Lot — 

Probable Destination — Public Relations for Ford - 
Favourite Saving — "Listen Fathead". 

DAVID RIVERS 
Thornhill, Ontario — (4 years) — Rooters Club — Senior 
Football, 2 years — Senior Hockey — Track — Baseball 
— Corridor Committee — 
Other Interests -- The Three Star Club 
Nickname — "Riv" — - 
Ambition — Airforce — 

Probable Destination — Continental Road Runner 
Favourite Saving — Les, What are we doing Sunday? 
O.L.C.?" 

TOM THOMSON 
Woodstock, Ontario — (3 years) — Thirty Club — Silver 
Team — Football Manager — Corridor Committee — 
Craft Shop — 

Other Interests — Pool — Donna — 
Nicknamg — "Timber Tom" — 
Ambition - - To beat Honest -John Renwick in a 
smart deal — ■ 

Probable Destination — Stock broker - 
Favourite Saving — "Hoi". 

JIM WALDIE 
St. Thomas, Ontario — (3 years) — Polikon Club — Silver 
Salts Club — Senior Football — Baseball — Silver Team — 
Grade IX Overloads — Three Star Club — Holder of 
Sacred Shovel 58-59 — 

Other Interests — Cars, Pool, Annoying Renwick - 
Nickname — "Diamond .Jim" — 
Ambition — ■ Financial World - Millionaire of 
Car Industry — 

Probable Destination -- Gatekeeper at Little Africa, 
L.S.A. — 
Favourite Saying "Get Real". 




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chapel 

During the winter term two Sunday Chapel services are conducted by members 
of the School Committee. Below are reproduced the talks given by the Com- 
mittee at these two services. 

frien dsh ip 

Are you worthy of your priends? Ask yourself this question and what answer 
do you get? Some may think this is rather a simple question to ask because, 
of course, they think they are worthy of their friends. But in all reality are they? 
Would they go the ;extra mile or turn the other cheek? Would they be willing to 
share the sorrows as well as the joys and still have strong fellow-feeling. One 
begins to wonder if all this respect, understanding and unselfishness is really worth 
it. Most people know that it is worth it. Everybody, sometime in his or her life 
has felt insecure and lonely and has wanted somebody to turn to. This is where 
friendship is one of the most valuable and most enduring relationships in life as 
it gives you the security and feeling of being wanted, or belonging. There is a 
saying "A mere chance brings people together." We have that chance right here, 
but are we making the most of it. You may think so? You have your own circle 
of friends but have you ever gone outside this circle? In a school of this size every- 
body pretty well knows everybody else but how many of you can get along well 
with Johnny Jones who lives down the hall. Maybe some boys here don't like 
John, so they persecute him both physically and worst of all mentally. Why? 
Because he doesn't come up to the standards of the boys. The guys with much 
muscle and little brain, if they have to find amusement for themselves by bullying 
other fellow students who are not big or strong enough to defend themselves against 
overwhelming odds. Just because a fellow doesn't have a build like Charles Atlas 
or doesn't know all the angles, he probably lias something on the ball and if only 
given the chance he could prove himself. Since we all have this chance to live 
here it is up to us to make this a better place in which to live both alone and with 
many. It is also up to us to live together in this school of ours, as friends whose 
friendship will be carried far beyond these walls. Let's all try to be a little more 
understanding, sympathetic, tolerant. 

Tony Allen 

to strive* to seek, not to yield 

To us in the present day this means a world quite unlike the one we live in. 
A world of peace without weapons, without slander, without evil. Noble 
words you might say. Words which have been said before, and in all probability 
will be said again. Granted. But we are the next generation that people talked 
about at the end of World War II. The war that was to end wars. We were to 
live in peace and harmony. Obviously we do not. Therefore we must strive, must 
seek, must never yield and some day we must find that newer world. The world 
of peace, of love, of harmony. We must do this so that our children and theirs 
will live a better life. 

The question is where do we begin. The answer — with ourselves, then with 
our friends, then with our community and so on. You might ask yourself how 

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can I possibly do anything that will change the world. To expalin this point I 
would like to make a comparison between the human body and the world. If you 
break your wrist, you are in pain and your body is the less for it. If a group of 
people or a person kill or cause destruction the world is in pain and is the less for 
it. Thus we must strive for excellence in all we do. In this way our life will become 
better and if we become better we will probably affect our friends. In our academics, 
in our athletics and in our relations with others we must always strive for peace, 
harmony and understanding. We all know what things about us are not good, 
are not as they should be. But do we ever do anything about our bad ways. 
Tennyson says in his poem "It may be that the gulfs will wash us down". The gulf 
for our purposes is that we will cease to strive, to seek for excellence, and will 
fall by the wayside. No longer will we be useful. We will be like a ship without 
a crew floating, aimlessly in never ending sea, until at the end we sink into a 
dark abyss, our life a waste. But Tennyson also says: "It may be we shall 
touch the Happy Isles". The happy isles that we must seek are those of peace and 
understanding. If we find these Isles in ourselves surely we can help others find 
them. Therefore take a long look at yourself, a critical one, and when you see 
that all is not well try to change. 

At times we all are prone to slip gently along on life's stream not striving 
or seeking but always yielding. If we do this too often we will never find any- 
thing of consequence. In future years we will pay for our lack of courage, of 
inner fortitude. We will be cowards. We will not wish to face the obstacles 
which lie on the path to success in academics, athletics, or relations with others. 
We will be people who hinder the community. And in these days we must not 
produce people of this character. 

But we all can help to make our community and the world we live in a 
better place. If we strive always for a goal, seeking it with courage we will 
s ycced no matter what odds. But if we yield for too long a time the task will 
be that much greater. Therefore, lift your head up, smite the sounding furrows 
and become a man. When this is done the world will become the better for it. 

Charles Beer. 



ioyaity 



I would like to tell you a story which I hope will illustrate for you, one 
of life's most important virtues — Loyalty. Loyalty to your friends, parents 
and country. If every one could practice this, the school, and the world for that 
matter, would be a much better place in which to live. 

The story starts in the city of Syracuse in Sicily. The King of Syracuse 
who was a hard and wicked ruler, heard of a plot by the people to overthrow 
the throne. The King then commanded that all leaders should be put to death. 
One of these leaders, named Damon, lived far from Syracuse. He asked the King 
if he would grant permission for him to go and sav hood-hve to his parents and 
family, promising to return within the appointed time of execution. 

The King did not think he would keep his word and said "I will let you 
a,i> under one condition; if you find a friend to stand in your place until you 
return. If you don't return your friend will die." The King thought to himself, 
sorely no one will ever take the place of a man condemned to death. 

Now Damon had a very dear friend named Pythias, who at once came 

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forward and offered to stay in prison while Damon was allowed to go home. The 
King- was very much surprised, but he had given his word; Damon was therefore 
permitted to leave for home, while Pythias stayed in prison. 

Many days passed, the time for the execution was close at hand and Damon 
had not returned. The King went to the prison to see Pythias. 

"Your friend will never return," the King said: "You are wrong" Pythias 
answered, "Damon will be here if he can possibly come. But he has to travel by 
sea, and the winds have been blowing the wrong way for several days. However, 
it is much better that I should die; I have no wife and no children, and I like 
my friend so well that it would be easier to die for him than to live without a 
friend. So I am hoping and praying that he mav be delaved until my head has 
fallen." 

The King went away more puzzled than ever. 

The fatal day arrived but Damon had not returned. Pythias was brought 
forward and led upon the scaffold. "My prayers were heard," he cried, "I shall 
be permitted to die for my friend. But mark my words, Damon is loyal to his 
friends; you will yet have reason to know that he had done his utmost to be here." 

Just at that moment a man galloped up at full speed on a horse covered 
with foam. It was Damon. In an instant he was on the scaffold, and had Pythias 
freed. He said"the Gods be praised for your safety. What worry I have suffered 
in the fear that my delay was putting your life in danger.'* There was no joy in 
the face of Pythias, for he knew the loss of his friend would be great. But the 
King had heard all. At last he was forced to believe in the unselfish friendship 
of these two. His hard heart melted at the sight, and he set them both free, 
asking only that they would be his friends and c ouncillors . 

Perhaps this story is a. little far- fetched, but the Idea, "Be loyal to your 
friends" is not. You don't have to stand in on a death sentence as Pythias did. 
There are many other ways in which you can show loyalty. Perhaps you have 
heard one of your friends insulted or criticised by some one behind his back. 
And because you want to be one of the boys, you agree; but shouldn't you 
have the loyalty to stick up for your friends? 

If you are loyal to your friend you should stand up for him, no matter what 
the consequences. If your friend is in the wrong, the truth will eventually come 
out, But be loyal to him and show him your friendship. 

There are two more virtues which you probably have picked from this story. 
Loyalty to yourself and loyalty to your Ideals or school. 

John Renwick. 

courage 

You'll be a man my son! "A man" in the words of Rudyard Kipling had the 
will to enter difficulties and conquer them — He had the will to speak 
individually in a crowd. — he also had the will to live every minute thoroughly 
and not falter — All these in one man make him a courageous man! — 

We often think of courageous men as those who fight bravely in the pitch 
of battle or men who explore the great unknown. But we have courage too if 
we think about it. Will power is courage — courage raging inside one's mind, 
whether to do a job, or, as we often do, leave it for later. Loyalty is courage — 

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courage to stand beside a friend or belief in a time when he or it has been 
challenged. 

And prayer is courage -- courage to accept and ask for forgiveness of one's 
sins. I would now like to talk of a different kind of courage — The courage 
of Pickering. In the years I have been at Pickering, I have seen this courage 
many times. The courage to accept a man no matter what his race, colour, or 
religion -- All we have to do is look around us to see this phase of Pickering. 

Pickering also has a courage of patience and understanding for each in- 
dividual. At times, when a boy has come into some difficulties his problem is 
discussed and thought out; rather than immediate punishment. This method 
has often been criticized by other schools but it certainly leaves a better under- 
standing between staff and students. 

Another type of courage is when a boy who has left Pickering "praises" 
his old school. We often are accustomed to hearing the same type of boy speak 
badly of the school when he is here. It is heart warming to hear this new man 
now speak in praise of the things Pickering has given him. 

In conclusion, the things at Pickering which demand our courage must be 
in academics - - to come out at the top of the ladder in June, — also sports 
require our courage and we witnessed a good example this year in our Senior 
Football team. The final courage is in the need to trust, to be honest and to 
be faithful to our fellow men. — If you have these ideas in your mind and try 
to use them well you will be a courageous man. 

Dave Beer. 



disci pi iit€* 



There are two types of discipline — external and internal. External dis- 
cipline is the discipline we experience as children or in some cases as adults. 
This type of discipline is exerted upon a person who cannot control himself 
inwardly. It may take the form of a bawling out or in most extremes eases a jail 
sentence. Internal discipline is the discipline we experience within ourselves. It is 
the direct result of the external discipline we experience as children. This means 
that we are disciplining ourselves instead of having other people discipline us. 
This is most important as it is the sign of a person maturing and able to conduct 
himself in the society around him. 

Examples of persons not being able to control themselves are evident all 
around us. The Newspapers are full of stories concerning people who have taken 
the "wrong turn." This wrong turn may have started when they were young 
and had no one to discipline them. Last year in Pickering a student had trouble 
diciplininp - himself The staff tried various methods of external discipline upon 
this unhappy soul for a long time. He was given a number of chances but he 
continued on in his actions. As a result of these actions a few students'* lives were 
made so miserable that they left Pickering. This forced the College to enforce more 
external discipline and the particular student was asked to leave. Had this person 
only learned to give himself a bit of internal discipline he would probably be 
here today. He had the intelligence to make a successful career out of the rest 
of his life but because of his unwillingness to grow up he ruined his hopes for 
success, in Pickering. 

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Discipline need not be a cold, unfeeling concept, if we appreciate it as part 
of wisdom along with courage, forgiveness and unselfishness. Indeed these other 
qualities may not exist without it. A person who has disciplined himself is 
to be admired. How often have you wished you had the "will power" to settle 
down and study for exams. Is this really will power or self discipline? No matter 
what it is, the person who has this is much further ahead of the person who has 
not got it. You may complain of your life here at Pickering — that it does not 
have all the comforts and freedom of home. Pickering however is attempting 
to mould you into a being with a purpose and one of its ways is by applying 
discipline. 

The value of discipline need not be explained as most of us realize the 
importance it has in our lives. In order to mould a successful future for ourselves, 
the present must contain discipline. 

Barry Muncaster. 



looking forward 



These years which we are in right now are our formative years. How we 
conduct ourselves in everything we do now is the manner in which we will 
conduct ourselves in the future. Are we making use of the materials which we have 
and the previous skills which we have attained? We must concentrate on learning 
all we can at the present time to make ourselves useful citizens in the future. 

If we are able to attain a good education and a basic grounding in the im- 
portant matters now, it will be a guarantee of prosperity for us in the future, 
and also a guarantee of our Democratic System. Everything that we do now in 
the line of education and of learning should be of some consequence to our future. 
Because of the chaotic state of world affairs, people nowadays seem to be living 
only for the present. The future holds surprises and chances for advancement for 
anyone who is prepared to cope with them. 

Have we at Pickering got the "forward look?" I don't think so, not yet 
anyway. For the boys in the graduating class, this is a year of decision. For if 
we do not produce when we must, our chance of a bright future is at stake. We 
have had good fellowship at school in the past months and we shall continue to 
have in the future. However, we must get the vision and work together to reach 
our goal of a good education in order to deserve a good position in the business 
world or if we are planning on furthering our education. 

This country of which we are a part is to have a great future. To have such, 
Canada will require the same calibre of leadership which she has been used to 
over the years. 

Of course, everyone knows the importance of what I have been talking about. 
But we cannot reach our goal of a good education unless we plan and work ob- 
jectively. We must remember our task now and our future will look after itself. 

Mike Mitchell, 

a high tray and a low 

very man is given opportunities — he can make the best of these opportunities 
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Or he can take the low way, by yielding to temptation and spending all his time 
having fun, and trying to get all he can out of life without putting anything into 
it, or he can drift aimlessly doing nothing and getting nowhere. 

This time we are spending at Pickering is a vital part of our life. This is the 
time when we decide which way we are to go. 

There are three aspects of life at Pickering. 

The first is the social aspect where at Pickering we have the opportunities 
to make valuable friendships; true friendships which we will remember all of 
our life. But we don't have to make friends. We can play the role of a hard 
rock or a bully and make enemies instead. Or we can just waste our time, waste 
our chances and make no effort at all. 

The second aspect is athletics — this is a wonderful opportunity to learn 
to play various games and learn to enjoy working with others as a team. You 
will benefit greatly by taking the high road in athletics for athletics will build 
a strong healthy body and will leave pleasant memories embedded in your mind. 
But here again you can waste the opportunity and avoid the athletics. If 
you take time out to look around, you will see that it is usually the poor student 
who avoids athletics. 

The third aspect is academics — here more than in any other area you have 
the opportunity to better yourself. The only way to learn is through work. We 
as students of Pickering are fortunate in that we are given lots of work and time 
in which to do it. We are also blessed with a well trained staff which is ready at 
almost any time to help us with our problems. 

Here again we have three choices — We can throw the opportunity away by 
sleeping, playing cards or reading pocket books, etc. during study. Or as a few 
people do they waste their own time — but they aren't satisfied with this, they 
have to disturb others and waste their time too. Or we can take the high road, 
and by learning have a brighter and more rewarding future. 

Think for a minute — 

Which way are you going? This is a turning point in your life. — be sure 
you turn in the right direction. 

Russ Radcliffe. 



The Anna Belugin Memorial Prize 



This prize was established in 1956 by Mr. A. N. Belugin of Newmarket in mem- 
ory of his wife. It is awarded to a grade 11 student in recognition of thought- 
ful scholarship and lively intellectual curiosity. 

This year there was a double award made to Jack Bates and Roger Veale. 



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maebeth 

Blackness, violence, the supernatural, blood, revenge, vaunted ambition, these 
are the ingredients of Macbeth. Like all Shakespearean tragedies, Macbeth 
is the "story of exceptional calamity leading to the death of a man in high estate." 
This is the atmosphere which must be gradually developed from the opening- 
scene of the three witches to the final fight and death of Macbeth. It is the leading 
characters who must develop this feeling of greatness offset by infirmity of purpose 
and impending doom. Therefore we must look to the portrayal of the play's chief 
characters to discover whether the essence of the play has been expressed. The play 
is great but it needs sympathetic players to express its greatness. 

Macbeth's personality is a complex one and difficult to play. However, Charles 
Beer, in a superb performance, showed us a Macbeth who was at once a noble, 
victorious general, something of a poet, imaginative, superstitious and exceedingly 
ambitious. The actor carried us along the terrible road to his final disaster, chang- 
ing from a happy husband to a tyrannous despot. The soliloquies, those openings 
into the character's mind, were carried off splendidly with a spirit of nobility and 
pathos. Can we ever forget, "She should have died hereafter"? 

Lady Macbeth, (Jeanine Paynter f rom H.S. ) has been called the most awe- 
inspiring figure that Shakespeare ever created. She is appalling and sublime, 
courageous and forceful. The latter traits aid her in overriding her husbands' moral 
timidity. Yet I, for one, fear that Lady Macbeth's personality was not always so 
evident to us. There was not always the passion and determination of a woman 
bent upon achieving the highest position in the country for her husband. The role 
was well played, but, one desired a little more fire and spirit, the spirit of de- 
termination and an indication of Lady Macbeth's lack of ethical standards. 

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One other main character calls for attention. This is Macduff, the loyal fol- 
lower of Duncan who posed as a threat to Macbeth 's ill gotten gains. Macduff's 
horror and grief at the news of his family's death took us to the depths of despair 
and unhappiness bolstered by the desire for revenge. Dave Beer played this part 
with skill and great feeling, presenting a fearless fighter, a sorrowing father and a 
noble patriot. 

What about the witches, played by Mr. Digby Peers, Bob Godden and Dave 
King. All one can say is wonderful, fascinating, weird. Then there was gentle, 
regal Duncan, played by Addie Blankestijn; trusting, bewildered Banquo, (Tony 
Allen); loyal Malcolm, (Scott McNeill); and Donalbain, (Roger Veale), who fled 
in fear of the bloody tyrant. Later Malcolm returns at the head of an army, 
defeats his father's murderer and claims the throne. All were played with skill 
and enthusiasm. One must mention the touching scene between Lady Macduff 
and her son. Here the two actors showed a naturalness and tenderness, a real 
theatrical touch. 

Finally, one must thank the stage crew for a magnificent piece o£. technical 
production. The scenery designed by Mr. Jewell, was simple but grand, creating 
the perfect "brooding atmosphere" for the foul deeds. The lighting was effective 
and colourful with the proper contrasts between the bright and gloomy scenes. 
Certainly they achieved their high point in the scene with the three witches, the 
three apparitions and Macbeth. They triumphed nobly, boiling pot and all. 

Our sincere congratulations to Mr. Guy Arnold for a splendid job, a thrilling 
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HJI.S. PINAFORE 

H.M.S. Pinafore, like all Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, is a humorous satire 
on the life and manners of the Victorian days. While these have now passed away 
the lilting and catchy tunes of Gilbert and Sullivan are still hummed and enjoyed 
by countless persons. This is especially true of "Pinafore," undoubtedly one of their 
most popular works. Thus a Gilbert and Sullivan musical must be performed in a 
sprightly and lively manner with a feeling of fun and good humour. It is to be 
enjoyed by both the players and the audience. The singers must convey and pro- 
duce this sense of happiness in their audience. 

This atmosphere of gaiety was established from the very first chorus "We sail 
the ocean blue", and lasted until the finale of act two. We were carried quickly 
and entertainingly through the tortuous romantic troubles of Josephine and Ralph 
Raekstraw, caused unknowingly by her ambitious father and the pompous Porter, 
until the complications are resolved by Buttercup's disclosure of her "baby fanning" 
mistake and then all are happy for evermore. "Love hasn't levelled all ranks but 
it has sorted them out." 

The principal roles were all handled in an expert manner. It would be impos- 
sible to choose any one or two for special laurels. However, mention must be made 





of the excellent portrayal of Josephine by Olive Rankine. Her duet with Ralph, 
"Refrain, audacious tar," was a memorable moment in the operetta. Here we had 
a sympathetic appreciation of Josephine's unhappy plight. Digl>y Peer's very fine 
tenor voice brought out the best in the role of the love sick foretop hand, Ralph 
Rackstraw, the pride of the Royal Navy, the eternally wonderful Englishman. Once 
again we were treated to the lovely soprano voice of Carol Graham. It was a 
pleasure to hear her sing "Poor Little Buttercup." Scott McNeill did justice to the 
role of the stern, ambitious Capt. Corcoran. His rendition of "Fair moon, to thee 
I sing", was perhaps the best solo performance of the entire show. In all Gilbert 
and Sullivan productions there is one character, half comic, half serious. This is 
a difficult role to play and yet Peter Purvis gave a splendid rendition of this super- 
cilious creature with his conceited attitude and pompous manners who in the end 
is levelled to his proper station. Who could have been more arrogant than Purvis! 
Dave Beer was wonderful as the detested, deformed little seaman, Dick Deadeye, 
who is the personification of evil itself. Dave's antics and movements were a true 
picture of the little monster. Finally there was the chorus. While they did their 
job adequately one did desire more spirit and animation from them. The lighting, 
the sets, the costumes were all wonderfully adapted to a good Gilbert and Sullivan 
production. 



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Invitation Clubs 

polikon club 

Members of this club are mainly interested in Politics and economics which the 
name suggests. Once again this year the Club carried out a successful Pro- 
gramme. Highlights, were our victory over the Thirty Club in the annual Parents' 
day debate and our trip to the Model United Nations where we represented Czecho- 
slovakia. 

The first term executive was Ron Hons, (H.M. Macehu Pichu) as Speaker and 
Jock Bates (H.M. Avenue Road) as clerk. The second executive was Phil Algar 
(H.M. from Deep Mines) Speaker and Scott HfrJ1f.il (H.M. Slagtown) clerk. The 
third executive was Charles Beer (H.M. Bogarttown) speaker and Kit Brown (H.M. 
Hornpayne) clerk. These three executives performed their duties diligently and 
helped make it a fine year. 

The members were: Ronald Hons, Joel; Bates, Ian Campbell, Charles Beer, 
Scott McNeil , John Palmer, John Renwick, Mr. Purdy, Mr. Arnold, Mr. Beer, 
Paul Clubbe, Phil Algar, Boh Godden, Scott Newman, Art Cornell, Kit Broun, 
Jim Waldie, Ken Hills, Rolph Schiller and Bob Lang. 

— Charles Beer 



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rooters club 



This year the club was composed mostly of old members and restricted r£J§ 
invitations. The reason was to keep within the club certain members with a 
scientific interest and only invite new members of the same calibre. The result was 
that a completely scientific program was adopted. Ed Richardson, our capable 
Einstein authority, gave the club his views on the theory of relativity only losing 
his listeners once or twice in his explanations. The best amateur astronomist in 
Canada explained the mysteries of the stars to us: Mr. McLaren continued from 
last year to pass on to us his interest in the heavens. The trips were divided into 
two this year. Those who were in their last year at Pickering went to Chalk River 
and saw the Atomic Reactors. Everybody went to De Havilland to see the as- 
sembly lines of Canada's homemade aircraft. 

One of the big highlights was the speaker for our Final Banquet, Mr. Marino 
Fraresso, distribution engineer of Ontario Hydro, who talked on the history of 
hydro, after he showed us the film of the same name. Many pertinent questions 
were asked and thoroughly answered. I am sure he would be welcomed back. 
Next year newer fields of scientific endeavour will be opened to members of our club. 

— Dave Beer 



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the thirty club 



The Thirty Club had a very successful year. Many novel meetings were held 
including' a 'Monte Carlo' night, a scavenger hunt, movies of world renowned 
auto races, including the Le Mans race of 1958. In addition there was a narrative 
travelogue of Europe by Mr. Purdy as well as a series of slides on Mexico by 
another guest. 

In the first days of the spring weather the Club took a trip to Toronto to 
see the opening game of the Toronto Maple Leafs versus the Havana Sugar Kings. 

The Club's annual dinner was held, according to tradition, in May, and again, 
in accordance with the individuality of the Club a movie was shown as after dinner 
entertainment. 

The Executives for the year were: D. Hastie, L. Sothmann, T. Thomson; P. 
Parkinson, J. Archibald, (1. Stephens; D. Hastie, E. Henlde, T. Thennson. 

— A. Henkle 



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the canecan club 

The Canecon Club for the year 58-59 comprised some of the best known members 
of our community here at Pickering. Those of us who were lucky enough to be 
members of this fine club were: B. Muncaster, H. Kyle, L. Clavir, D. Cameron, M. 
Mitchell, P. Dillon and our staff member was Mr. Rick Veale. 

During the year we were supplied with films from the Canadian National Rail- 
ways which dealt with the construction of railroads in northern Canada. We were 
also fortunate to have an ample supply of sports and aircraft films which were 
supplied to us by the Shell Oil Company. We received great enjoyment from these 
films and we are indebted to both of these companies for the use of the films. When 
the Stanley Cup finals were on television after the Christmas holidays we spent 
most of our club meetings at the Veales' house watching the games, and we would 
like to express our appreciation to both Mr. and Mrs. Veale for their hospitality. 

The year ended with an enormous banquet held at the Veales' house. Here 
again we would like to express our appreciation for the trouble that the Veales took 
for this banquet. Altogether we had a good year and we are looking forward to 
next year's club. _ HuGH RyLE 




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soc itil activiiies 



Our first social gathering of the year was the football dance. This dance was a 
celebration of our Senior Football team's success in winning the Senior B., 
C.O.S.S.A. and the Georgian Bay C.O.S.S.A. Silks. 

Our two dances with the girls from the Ontario Ladies College were also enjoy- 
able occasions which will be remembered by all who attended for a long time to 
come. The first was when we took the trip to Whitby and the return when we were 
hosts for the occasion here at Pickering. 

The next dance was the "Chairman's Ball" which was held in the honour of the 
Chairman of the School Committee. This dance was held in March. Poor weather 
prevented many from coming, but a good time was enjoyed by all who were in 
attendance. 

The final dance of the school year was the Spring Formal which was on the 
May long weekend. The hall was expertly decorated in very good taste to illustrate 
the theme, "Tropieoral". The fine music supplied by Billy Williamson and his band 
assisted us all in having an enjoyable evening. We were glad to see that all 
classes were represented and will look forward to another successful formal next year. 

\n addition to the dances we also enjoyed "New Boys Day" which took place 
about 3 weeks after the opening of the Fall term. All New Boys dressed in their 
traditional ornate costumes of pyjamas, hats, running shoes, and other paraphernalia 
and were put through their initiations. Various speeches were given at the noon 
meal by "Lowly" New Boys about their "Honourable" Old Boys. The day was 
concluded by a series of impromptu skits given on the assembly hall stage and a 
movie that evening. 

The Hallowe'en Banquet at which all members of both the Faculty and the 
Student body were present in their masquerade costumes was a "Roaring" spectacle 
with the staff members waiting on tables. Topping it off was the grand march of 
costumes to pick the winner who this year was Mr. Judd Purdy. 

— Elwood Henkle 



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Undoubtedly one of the most entertaining eyents at Pickering College this 
year was the concert presented on Sunday afternoon, May 24th, by the twenty- 
two piece Pro Arte Orchestra of Toronto, led by its brilliant and stimulating young 
conductor, Victor di Bello. The program ranged from the seventeenth century 
Vivaldi to the contemporary English composer Benjamin Britten. 

The first piece was the Vivaldi Concerto in A major with three movements. 
This lively work for strings was played in a bright, brisk, manner, alternating 
between the quick allegro to the slow, stately andante, and finishing with another 
bright allegro movement. The Vivaldi was followed by two movements from Brit- 
ten's Simple Symphony and three movements from Dvorak's Serenade in F major. 
It was in the last work on the program, Mozart's Symphony no. 29 in A Major, 
that the strings, augmented by horns and woodwinds, reached their peak. The 
symphony was played in the manner which has made the Pro Arte one of the finest 
string groups in Canada. 

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Preparatory Department 

C. R. Blackstoek, B.Sc, Director W. H. Jackman, B.A., M.Ed., Housemaster 

A. H. Jewell, Grades 6 & 7, Art 

D. Menard, B.Sc, French R. Renzius, M.E., Crafts D. Peers, Music 

Ken Hills Peter Purvis 

Frequently for the purpose of the Voyageur we have thumbed through the 
Pickering Prep Press — that paper published spasmodically in Firth House — and 
picked paragraphs here and there to give a general idea of what goes on in the 
Preparatory Department. This year we have approached things differently. The 
boys planned this article and assigned each paragraph to a different boy to write. 
With some editing, here they are : 

When we came back to school we were surprised to see a new rear entrance on 
the south side of Firth House, leading into the basement so the boys could leave 
their mud downstairs. There was also a new white-tiled shower room with a lot 
more room to move around in. 

Early in the fall the Prep started soccer. We had fun at the practices. We 
played against St. Andrew's, Hillfield, Newmarket High School and Oak Ridges. 
We won against St. Andrew's and lost to Hillfield and Newmarket High. Our B 
team won against Oak Ridges and our A team tied them. 

Every Saturday afternoon from four o'clock to five o'clock we are allowed to 
go downtown to spend our week's allowance. We also had a chance to meet some 
girls when we went skating during the winter months. Even though we don't have 
much time downtown we all enjoy it. 

This year we had Scouts again. Our Scoutmaster was Mr: Bob Anglin. There 
were three patrols, each with a patrol leader: Bat Patrol, Jack Summach; Eagle 
Patrol, Laird Cawdron; Lynx Patrol, Doug Tickner. Each patrol had five members. 
We had our meetings Wednesday nights from 7 :15 till 8 :30. We had a good 
year of Scouting. 

We had our usual Hallowe'en Party. Everyone had to be in costume. The 
masters waited on the tables. After dinner the best costumes at the different grades 
were chosen. The evening ended with a movie. 

Every Sunday night there is a chapel service at Pickering. As a rule the Prep 
boys attend this chapel service along with the Seniors. Occasionally we have a 



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chapel service of our own which is usually taken by Mr. Blackstock, but sometimes 
by one of the other masters. When we go to Limberlost we have a chapel service 
there, too. At Christmas we have a special Candlelight Chapel Service. The Prep 
choir takes part in this. 

One night last fall Mr. Peers gave the choir a party. It was a lot of fun. 
"We had hamburgers and buns and ginger ale. Mike McCutcheon had his tape, 
recorder and played some music for us. It was nice to hear ourselves as recorded 
at the Christmas chapel. We all enjoyed the party and we hope the next one 
will be just as good. 

On the Saturday before going home for the Christmas holidays Mr. and Mrs. 
Jackman gave Firth House a Christmas Party. We wore either our dinner clothes or 
pyjamas and dressing gown and gathered together in the library. We sang songs and 
then came a calypso number by Mr. Peers, Mr. Purvis and Mr. Hills. Then Mr. 
and Mrs. Blackstock arrived and we had an encore. Next we sang Mr. Blackstock's 
favourite Christmas carol, "'Twas in the moon of wintertime." After that we ate 
and went to bed. Nobody could possibly have not had a lot of fun. 

Every year at Pickering there is a Christmas banquet. The kitchen staff pre- 
pares a meal which usually consists of turkey and Christmas pudding and is very 
delicious. This banquet was exceptionally so and we had fun. Afterwards we 
sang songs and presents were given out to the staff and some of the students by 
none other than dear old Santa. 

This year there were four or five boys in Firth House who were interested in 
cameras. They spent considerable time sending away for information about their 
cameras to firms which advertise in the magazines. Some of the boys had much 
success in the picture-taking. 

At Pickering College we have four intra-mural teams. They are Silver, Red, 
Blue and Gold. During the periods between soccer, hockey, basketball and track 
we play together such games as floor hockey and soccer-baseball. The intra-mural 
games for the year end with Sports Day, when we discover the winning team for 
the whole year. 

This year we went to Limberlost for the tenth time for outdoor education. We 
learned about weather from .1//'. Knox from the Meteorological office. We learned 
about wildlife and the work of the Department of Lands and Forests from men 
like Mr. Helmsley, Mr. Morris and Mr. Mennel. We learned about local history 
from Mrs. Hill. We also had the opportunity to do a fair amount of skiing. 

Shortly before Easter a couple of boys got the flu so they were in the infirmary. 
Alter a couple of days, five boys had the flu. Then almost the whole Prep had the 
disease, so we were quite sick. When they didn't get well right away we closed 
down the Prep. After they came back they were all better and ready to go. We 
hope that the flu doesn't come back to visit us next year. 

Hockey was very enjoyable this year. The Prep had lots of fun at this Cana- 
dian winter sport. The first and second teams were both very good. After school, 
when we were free, most of the boys would get their hockey sticks and skates and 
go to the rink and either practise or get a game going. The first team won two 
»ames and lost one. The second team won two games and did not lose any. A 
couple of boys brought up miniature hockey games and the Prep had a league in 
miniature hockey. 

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Each year the Prep have a track meet with St. Andrew's. We had excellent 
weather for our meet this year and we were very successful, winning by over 100 
points. We spend a great deal of time on the track during the spring, practising 
shot put, high jump, relays, and many other events. 

The Prep and Grades nine and ten held a Spring Festival one Friday in May. 
The programme opened with Mr. Jewell's class singing a song. The Prep play was 
veiy well acted. It was called "Two Crooks and a Lady". Costumes and make-up 
were handled by Tom Taggart. Chip Clarke looked after the properties. The Prep 
play was followed by three more plays put on by grades nine and ten, which were 
very well done. We think this year's Spring Festival was a great success. 

We had good House Committees this year. They were: 

Fall Spring Winter 

Douglas Broad (chm.) Harry Chapman (chm.) Harry Chapman (chm.) 

Rusty Gibson Douglas Broad Douglas Broad 

Bob Gibson Rusty Gibson Peter Bouchard 

Harry Chapman Craig Moore Enzo Hernandez 

Peter Bouchard Peter Bouchard Jack Summach 

Sports Day was the usual success. The weather was good; the attendance was 
good; the tea afterwards was good. During the afternoon we paused while a tea 
service was presented to Mr. and Mrs. Blackstock by the Board, the Old Boys, the 
staff and the students. Caivdron won the high jump although he did not reach his 
record of 4' 11" which he set at a meet this spring between the Prep and Grade IX 
of the Newmarket High School. The Red relay team, Cawdron, Day, Broad and 
Rusty Gibson, broke a record which had stood since 1954. They made the 440 in 55 
seconds. Moore won the shot put but did not quite reach his record of 37' 11" 
which he set at the meet with Newmarket High School. 

Once again Firth House had its annual dinner. Everything looked quite color- 
ful when people started coming in. All the staff men and their wives came who had 
anything to do with the Prep. We had a toast to the Queen after eating cantelope 
with ice cream. Bob Haselbaeh and Reg Sonshine each played a number on the 
piano. The Prep choir sang a number in two-part harmony. Mr. Peers is leaving 
Pickering this year so a little gift was given to him by Doug Broad; it was a long 
folding wallet. Mr. and Mrs. Blackstock are leaving also so Peter Bouchard gave 
Mrs. Blackstock flowers. Mr. Beer made an introductoiy speech before calling on 
Mr. Blackstock, the guest speaker. Mr. Blackstock made a very interesting speech 
with some joke9 to make it even more interesting. Mr. Jackman thanked Mr. 
Blackstock for his speech and for all he had done for the Prep. Harry Chapman, 
the Chairman, presented Mr. Blackstock with a gift. It was a brief case with his 
initials on it and he was veiy pleased. This was the final big event for Firth House 
although we do take part in the last chapel and final banquet with the Senior 
School. 

Elsewhere in this book you will read that Mr. Blackstock is leaving us to become 
National Director of Water Safety Services for the Canadian Red Cross Society. We 
would like to say that the Prep owes much to him for his leadership during the 19 
years since its beginning. We shall miss him. We wish him the very best. Bon 
Voyage, Blackie! 

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the spring festival 



On May 15th a Spring Festival of Drama was held in the school auditorium, 
with contributions from the Preparatory Department and Grades 9 and 10 of 
Rogers House. 

The first play was the Prep's "Two Crooks and a Lady", a tale of suspense, 
involving a double-cross, a shooting scene, and a climactic denouement. For such a 
young cast it was a notable achievement that no lines were forgotten, though at 
times complete audibility was lacking and the proper feeling of melodramatic tension 
and horror was not fully communicated to the audience. But these small points did 
not prevent the audience from thoroughly enjoying the production. 

Grade nine gave us two pieces of dramatic art. The first was supposed to 
have been a "typical" morning breakfast in the household of the merry monarch, 
Henry VIII, and one of his many wives, Catherine Parr. The humour and liveliness 
of this little piece was lost because the two actors either muffed their lines or they 
spoke so quickly that their speeches were unintelligible. Hons was adequately 
costumed for the part but he was not the typical, bumbling, roaring Henry and 
Tickner was anything but a sweet, tender Catherine Parr. The humour was lacking. 

On the other hand the second play by Gi*ade 9, "The Death Trap" was an 
earnest display of acting ability. The sense of impending doom was ever present 
during this intriguing little piece. Of course, what made the atmosphere of the 
play so realistic was the superb acting by Richard Blackstock and Jim Beer. Both 
of these young players displayed a keen acting ability and a sense of reality or 
sympathy with the roles they were acting. Indeed, their performance is a good 
omen for the future of dramatics at Pickering College. The officers of the guard 
were all splendid in their jobs, especially Ron Veale. However one would have liked 
to have seen a little more naturalness in the death scene. All in all, though this 
was an excellent piece of dramatic acting. 

The last, play of the evening was "Title Go", performed by students from 
Grade 10. This was the stoiy of Mike Bradley, Welterweight Champion of the 
World, and of his courageous refusal to "throw a fight." While the moral of the 
play was traditional the dialogue was starkly modernistic, and the cast appeared 
to have found a natural medium of expression. The standard of acting was high, 
and the parts of the Champ and his trainer, played by Bob Bloomfield and Bob 
Barton respectively, were especially well played. The arrival on stage of the 
journalists, and later of the crooked manager and gambler, were enthusiastically 
received by the audience, who were even more delighted when a certain broken 
record effect was obtained at one point hi the dialogue. Our thanks go to the 
players for a most enjoyable performance. 



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Addie Blankestijn, Pete Purvis, Ken Hills, Bob Anglin 

tutors 

It does not seem that there is any collective noun to describe a group of tutors. 
In formal terms such a "roup might be called a College, but the phrase "A 
Pickering of Tutors" has a certain piquancy to it. 

In any event the Tutors this year have been distinguished collectively and 
individually. In Rogers House there reigned two old boys, Addie Blankestijn and 
Bob Anglin, while Firth House was the home of Ken Hills and Pete Purvis. All 
of them played a large part in school activities. They coached in various sports, 
distinguished clubs with their membership, performed nobly in the Dramatic and 
Clee Clubs, and in addition kept a stern eye on school discipline. 

Their suave and sophisticated personalities have livened our Pickering year. 
We may say "Ave atque Vale", but the strains of Latin-American music will con- 
tinue to echo in the memory as they have echoed down the corridoi*s for the past 
nine months. 



Thirty-eight 



Literary 

the beauty ai the unuttuiu€Bhte 

When I think of unattainable objects or feats, high mountains, steaming hot 
jungles, and outer space flash through my mind, and also quieter things 
like the goals of men in university or even my goals which I may never attain. All 
of these have a mysterious nature about them of unknown results which may prove 
beneficial or a disappointment. 

It is hard to explain in words the "beauty" of these things; some examples 
may be the tremendous satisfaction that can be seen on a man's face when he has 
finally reached his goal. I have known that feeling once in a while when I have 
worked very hard for a particular object and the results are good. The feeling is 
a. warm "spot" through our bodies which comes out in our eyes and face. An- 
other aspect of the unattainable is that it makes men create. The creations of man 
can be beautiful as well as disastrous. In creating men have jobs, families are fed 
and life moves smoothly. If I were a god and could look down and see men working 
in a smoothly run community it would be heartwarming to see their goals come 
true. 

There are beautiful things which man never will be able to create or surpass. 
These are the children of nature — Life. No man can create life artificially and this 
mysterious "miracle" called life will go on and on where man will die and be 
born again. 

But the beauty here is in man's curiosity to find the unknown life. He travels 
all over the world to distant valleys and unknown pleateux where he studies different 
types of nature to add to his knowledge of the unattainable goal - - the spirit of 
life. There is something very beautiful and wonderful about virgin land or 
species which man sees for the first time and, these valleys or beings have been 
cloaked by the unknown for so long that they seem to burst open with all their 
splendour to the eyes of man. Many sights on earth and in the universe will 
never be seen by man and will pass through eternity, untouched. 

There will always be unattainable things but man will discover many of these 
and witness the beauty in that first sight. 



Dave Beer 



doomed journey 



The night was dark and rainy, as the coach, drawn by two white horses, 
wound its way up the narrow road leading to the top of the mountain. The 
driver was hurrying the horses as fast as he dared. He could feel the wetness and 
cold beneath his heavy raincoat. Inside the coach sat a man. He was unable to 
see much outside as there was only a tiny window in the back of the coach. He 
was of medium build, with a thin moustache and stooped shoulders. He was think- 
ing back to a few weeks ago when he had first met the young lady. He had not 
dreamed that it would turn out as it did, but had she only understood him he would 
not have killed her. He remembered the trial and the judges' final sentence saying 
that he was to be put in prison for life. He had heard that they wanted to send 

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him to the insane asylum but his lawyer had persuaded the judge that he had been 
sane at the time of the crime. It was just as well he thought because he had heard 
stories that prisoners who went there were never seen again. He had even heard 
that some doctor up there was performing experiments on the prisoners, and they 
were never successful. He shuddered at the thought of his being there, but shook it 
off at the thought of his coming freedom. A guard at the prison had become friends 
with him and between the two of them they planned an escape for him. The escape 
had gone smoothly, too smoothly he thought. He had plans to leave France and go 
to England where he would board a ship bound for the Americas. With these 
happy thoughts in his mind he took a pinch of snuff and settled back to enjoy the 
trip, miserable, though it was. It was nice of his friend the guard to have this coach 
waiting for him. The coach was slowing down and abruptly came to a stop. Fear 
clutched at his stomach and he thought that possibly the police were already look- 
ing for him. He breathed a sigh of relief however when the coach started moving 
again. He glanced out the small back window to see why they had stopped. They 
had just passed between two big gates and seemed to be in a huge courtyard. His 
eyes bugged out and a scream clutched at his throat as he read the letters on the 
huge sign beside the gate — State Insane Asylum. 

Barry Muncaster 

the case for earlier teaching of 
French in Ontario Schools 

ON March 31 and April 1 of this year, the Ontario School Trustees and Rate- 
payers Association held their annual convention during which a motion was 
raised favouring the teaching of French in the public schools of Ontario. The motion 
was defeated by almost two to one. However as the Toronto Globe and Mail com- 
mented "the fact that some ratepayers supported the motion is encouraging." But 
to the contrary the fact remains that the motion was defeated. The only possible 
legitimate reason 1 can see is that the expense involved might he too great. 

At the Battle of Hastings, Duke William of Normandy became ruler of Eng- 
land and introduced Norman-French customs and language that were to change 
completely English life. Almost seven hundred years later, Wolfe defeated Mont- 
calm at Quebec and English customs and language wei*e introduced into Quebec. 
One hundred years later Confederation united Canadians both English and French 
into one country, Canada; and unity in laws and aims was achieved. However, 
unity in spirit will not be achieved unless associations like the Ontario School Trus- 
tees prolong the lingual gulf which exists between the two major segments of our 
population. 

In Ontario, the vast majority of citizens and immigrants speak English or are 
learning to use it in their assimilation into Canada but in some areas French pre- 
dominates. French and English are the official languages of Canada and it is the 
most important reason why Canadians should be able to speak both languages. 
Despite this, few Ontario students learn any French until they reach high school. 
Because of this fact, French becomes precisely what it should NOT be, a foreign 
language. Worse still, grammar is emphasized so that for every student who leaves 
high school proficient in French, dozens of others know merely some of the French 

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grammatical structure. Canadians are heirs to the two richest cultural legacies in 
the world but before we can take advantage of this valuable gift we must be able 
to speak both languages. An important result of this will be that Canadians will be 
better able to understand each other's point of view. 

When children are young they learn easily and spontaneously because they have 
not formed very many habits. This makes it easy for them to learn a new language. 
Therefore, I strongly urge the Minister of Education of Ontario to begin the teach- 
ing of French in Ontario Public Schools beginning in Grade 1. At the primary 
level, conversational French will cause students to learn the rudiments of the langu- 
age. Later on, the course can be intensified. By doing this, Ontario students will 
come to appreciate the French language and culture which has helped to make 
Canada the great nation she is now. 

Almost all universities in Canada require a second language for entrance. Why 
not, fulfill that requirement in advance by teaching French in public schools? Be- 
cause so many jobs require French, is this not another reason for earlier teaching 
of the language? The conclusion to this argument must be this. The decision of the 
Ontario School Trustees was wrong and injurious to the province. French is every 
bit as important as history and it is time that those in authority realized that fact. 
People who think that the character and customs of Ontario will be damaged by 
French being taught in schools, are ignorant and narrow-minded and I urge them 
carefully to reconsider their views. It is encouraging to note that some school 
boards have introduced French into the public schools under their jurisdiction. 
May their numbers increase rapidly for they are too few and isolated in this modem 
age. Jock Bates. 

is Religion essential to itsim? 

RELIGION IS ONE OF THE GREATEST DIRECT INFLUENCES, if llOt the greatest, Oil maUS 
everyday life. Religion has become a pillar or prop upholding man in his peren- 
nial activities. To take away religion now would expose the humanities to chaos and 
annihilation. The probe used by man to test new concepts and ideas is religion. 
Confidence, pride in good, and spiritual well-being, depend on religion directly. 
Man has only religion to fall back on in destitute and agonizing days. 

What man hasn't at sometime in his life taken some confidence and hope out 
of the bank of prayer? Is there another way to acquire this? Who really can prove 
there is a higher existence which can grasp and effect human motivations? Not on 
any material of this planet! Is this due to the fact that the proof of God and his 
divine influence can be proven only in the realm of the metaphysical? If there is 
no separate entity unto itself which may be identified as God the religion can be 
labelled and called escapism. Life should have constant values, but it has not, since 
a sense of values in life is constantly changing. I myself feel that religion is a mel- 
low yet desirable form of escapism. Not only do I personally feel that religion is an 
infant form of escapism but I believe sincerely that religion is collective vanity when 
done respectively with the masses and when done individually. When a person prays 
there is a loss of precious time. If he wants to elevate his morale, then, an exhilarating 
stroll into the meadow would meet this end quite well. Prayer is an overrated action. 
It accomplishes nothing significant. Just because religion is the greatest direct 
influence on mankind, it does not necessarily mean that it is the best influence, or 
even a good one. In face we may call it bad. It is bad that people learn to run to 

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the closet to mumble a little prayer to the Gods — they should be using their 
biological (not god-given) rational reasoning. It is in its truest form, false security. 
What nation hasn't turned to some form of religion in warfare - - so they can 
proclaim God to be on their side. This is a simple form of escapism "What should 
be done to raise the morals of men in warfare." What other animal prays? They 
don't need it. As children they are taught by their parents the realities which 
they must face and techniques which they should use to effect their end. They need 
not resort to prayer or incantations and the like. We are not Gods, demi-Gods or 
even molded in the form of a deity. If deities exist what would they need form 
for — what would they stem from. Truly if there is a higher power in this Galaxy 
it is us. We don't need religion. We need proper and healthy living, by which I 
mean mental, moral and physical in that order — and none should be ignored. We 
should spend all our leisure time in stimulating and improving the 3 healths. The 
toys of mankind — Smokes, beverages and all obnoxious habits — should be re- 
moved. 

My conclusions arc quite clear. Religion is definitely and obviously a non- 
essential to man. It should gradually over a period of many years be eradicated. 
Then man will be a totally materialistic existence, which is as it should be. Religion 
is an expendable frill which actually causes a great loss in man-hours and in the 
progress of civilization. Mike Jacobs 

the clever Count of Luxembourg 

Once upon a time there was an elderly lady who was with a local post office in a 
Luxembourg village. One of her worst habits was to open the letters of other 
people and do a little bit of reading in them. However at that time, the postal 
service was considered a sacred institution and everybody who disregarded the 
secrecy of letters was liable to punishment. 

In a castle nearby that village there used to live a Clever Count. Counts are 
sometimes very clever, especially in Luxembourg, and one day this Count did the 
following. He called a police officer up to his castle and wrote in his presence a 
letter to his friend : 

Dear Friend: 

Since I know that Mrs. Mary Dupont always opens our letters and reads 
them I am going to enclose a living flea this time in order to prove her 
guiltiness. 

Yours truly, 
Count William II 
Then he closed the letter in the presence of the police officer but he did not 
enclose the flea. When his friend received the letter he found a flea in it. 

— Robert Lang 

purudox of 20th-century Europe 

Europe is a continent which can be proud of itself, and it has a right to be 
proud. In Europe people are proud of: 

being a Frenchman 

being an Englishman 

being a German 
not being a Frenchman 
not being an Englishman 
not being a German. — Robert Lang 

Forty-two 



Staff nates 



our lit is i i Its to Bluchie 

THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF Mr. BLACK- 
stock's appointment to the posi- 
tion of National Director of the Water 
Safety Service of the Canadian Red 
Cross Society was received with very 
mixed feelings by the Pickering com- 
munity. Naturally we are pleased to 
see one of our own family so highly 
honoured, but an association of some 
thirty years is not easily severed. 
Blackie will be missed. 

Mr. BlackstocJc came from the Y.M. 
C.A. in Guelph in 1928 to join Mr. 
McCuUey and Mr. Statten in the build- 
ing of our school as we know it to-day. 
In those years his major interests were 
in athletics and Guelph, but these were 
concentrated on our own hill-top by 
the arrival from that city of Miss Nora 
Armstrong as Mrs. C. R. BlackstocJc. 
Mr. BlackstocJc soon became promin- 
ently known as a physical educator 
throughout Canada and the United 
States. He studied both at the Uni- 
versity of Wisconsin and at McGill receiving his degree from this latter institution 
where he also served on the faculty for two years. Mr. BlacJcstock devoted great 
energy to his chosen field of education, serving as Editor of the Physical Education 
Bulletin for many years, as President of the Physical Education Division of the 
Ontario Education Association, as a member of the National Committee of the 
Y.M.C.A., the Canadian Camping Association and the American Physical Education 
Association. In 1948 he was given the Honour Award of the Canadian Association 
for Health, Physical Education and Recreation. 

In 1941, when our Preparatory Department was established in Firth House, 
Mr. BlackstocJi was appointed Director of this section of our school and since that 
time has provided our younger boys with an active and imaginative programme. In 
introducing our week of school camping in Muskoka, he was in the forefront of 
Canadian educators who realized the importance of education in conservation and 
nature lore. This interest sprang from his love of camping, experienced at 
Camp Ahmek, Camp Pine Crest and more recently Camp Mazinaw where he is at 
present Director. 

Under Mr. Blackstock's guidance our own Department of Physical Education 




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has become a model for other schools. Although it has been affectionately nick- 
named "The Department of Utter Confusion," this has stemmed from the variety 
and multiplicity of the programme he has developed. Here his ability for oganiza- 
tion has found wide scope. In the development of our intramural programme cul- 
minating in Sports Day and in the creation of our annual Quaker Relays, Mr. 
Blackstock has stressed his belief in the importance of playing one's best for the 
team rather than for individual glory. 

If one were to sum up his philosophy of education, it would be to help 
boys grow to manhood physically, mentally and spiritually. In counselling young 
men he has always applied the principle of the! over-load, demanding their best 
effort, no matter the obstacle or handicap in the way. 

In leaving Pickering to join the Red Cross, Mr. Blackstock will be broadening 
his field of service, but Pickering will always be grateful for the good work he 
achieved on this hill-top. 




3Mr. Green 



IVTr. R. B. Creek, one of those associated with 
Mr. McCuUey after the school's re-opening 
in 1927, retires this summer after thirty-one 
consecutive years of loyal service as Bursar of 
our school. We are indebted to Mr. Green for 
the efficiency and accuracy of the way in which 
he has kept our school organized behind the 
scenes. The excellence of his work by its very 
nature may not be as well known to the students 
of the school as to the Members of the Board 
who remain most appreciative of his good work. 
Since coming to Pickering in 1928 Mr. Green 
has also followed his hobby of photography to 
the benefit of the College. Thanks to him we 
have a complete record of the productions of 
our Dramatic Club and Glee Club as well as of 
the other innumerable activities of life at Pick- 
ering. Prom all Pickering people, past and 
present, our best wishes accompany Mr. Green 
in the vears ahead. 



Forty-four 



A fter attending Pickering as a student from 1941 to 1943, Digby Peers returned 
-^* to his old school as music master in the autumn of 1955. During the past four 
years he has produced for us four most successful Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas, The 
Mikado, The Gondoliers, The Pirates of Penzance and H.M.S. Pinafore, not only 
directing but also taking a leading role on stage in these productions. Apart from his 
regular teaching responsibilities, he has also served as our accompanist at chapel and 
has brought our Firth House choir to a high level of performance. Mr. Peers leaves 
Pickering this year to continue his study of music. Our sincere thanks and best 
wishes go with him for the years ahead. 

Mr. Ron Blair, who has been with us for one year, has accepted an appointment 
as lecturer at Ryerson. Mr. Hamper, who also has been with us for a year, 
returns to Montreal this summer. We wish them both every success for the future. 

Most members of the staff will be around the Hill Top for at least part of the 
summer. 

Mr. and Mrs. Beer will spend part of the summer at their cottage on Lake 
Cameron in the Kawarthas. 

Mr. McLaren is recruiting various teams to assist in building his cottage on 
the shores of lake Mazinaw. 

Mr. Jewell will be in residence at Windermere House. 

Miss Forsythe is making a trip to California. 



INGEBORG CHRISTINA RENZIUS 

With deep regret we must record the death of Ingeborg Christina 
Renzius on January 24, 1959, following a lengthy illness. 

Since joining the Pickering Community in 1936, Mrs. Renzius had 
made a warm place for herself in the affections of both staff and students. 
For Pickering people of all ages she provided a home away from home. 
Many will remember her frank and forceful personality founded always 
on a loving interest in those around her. 

We regret to announce the death of Mary King, beloved wife of 
Sanford W. King, on December 19, 1958. 

We must also record the death, on January 11, 1959, of Fred A. 
Robertson, B.A.Sc, a graduate of the old school at Pickering and a mem- 
ber of our Board of Management. As Chairman of the Property Commit- 
tee Mr. Robertson brought about the renovations of 1956 in Rogers House 
and Firth House. Pickering will always remain indebted to him for his 
loyal service. 



Forty-five 




^Quaker Cracker and • oyageur 9 

Tins year our budding journalists produced four copies of the paper which ranks 
with the New York Times, the Toronto Globe and Mail, and the Manchester 
Guardian. 

The hard working staff, aided by Mr. Arnold, were Editor — Chas. Beer; News 
Editors — Al Henkle and Tony Allen; Sports Editor—Dove Beer. 

Two papers were put out in the first term, one in each of the last two. It is 
hoped that in the four editorials and in the many interesting and provoking articles 
some discussion was aroused and some thinking provoked. The paper was not 
published as many times as the Staff would have liked but perhaps next year the 
new staff will find a way in which to publish more often. 

The Voyageur, the school year book, was put together at the end of the year 
by the Cracker Staff. 



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athletics 

195S senior rugby champions 

Pickering College Blue and Silver Senior Football Team, Georgian Bay COSSA 
and COSSA champions. This is the title of the team which produced a tremen- 
dous spirit and skill to sweep the laurels for the third straight year. On a field of 
mud and water it defeated a game Marmora team for the Championship 6-0. This 
climaxed the year which showed improvement and skill from the beginning when 
the inexperienced boys first put on their boots. 

Tradition is a hard thing to keep up and P. C. had an undefeated year fol- 
lowed by two COSSA championship wins. 

A coach with a winning record over six years does not fancy losing, so Don 
Menard and his able line coach Ken Hills moulded their championship team with 
hard and fundamental drills. Coach Menard changed his plays a little so as to 
account for the fleetness of his half backs who lack the power punch of the bull 
dozing teams of former years. This worked very well. 

The first league game marked the loss of our best half back, Tony Allen, who 
dislocated his elbow. This hurt the team mentally as well as physically. We lost 
to Markham. 

The turning point in the year came in the second Markham game when a very 
tired but spirited team pulled off a fantastic win 13-8. It was the third down 
three minutes to go with 25 yds. to go for a first down on our 25 line. When a 
gamble pass to a fleet, footed half back scored a touchdown. 

The prospects for next year's team look bright with some skilled young players 
coming back for their second year. 



Back Row. Mr. Menard (coach), Mr. Hills (ass't coach), T. Thomson (manager), 
D. Irvine, G. Plow, D. Milne, J. Renwick, P. Algar, P. Dillon, G. Stephen, II. Kyle, 
D. Rivers, J. Waldie, G. Marr, J. Palmer, E. Henkle (manager) , 
Mr. Beer (Headmaster) 
Front Row: K. Bromley, 8. Newman, B. Goodwin, A. Atkins, B. Muncaster, R. 
Hons, M. Mitchell, T. Allen (captain), D. Beer, K. Brown, R. Radcliffe, D. Cameron. 

C. Beer, J. Kirwin. 

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junior football 



Once again this year, Pickering boasts of its fine Junior Football Team. Under 
the capable coaches, Mr. Richardson and Mr. Corneil, a strong squad has been 
moulded and perfected. 

Some of our most used plays which prove rewarding are the right reverse, in 
which Norm Showers sneaks around the end, going for some twenty or thirty yards. 
Dave MacKay's quarter-back sneaks, and his passes to Hastie and Davis, usually end 
in victory for the silver and blue team. The expert tackling of Hugh Graham 
should also be praised. Veale and Donaldson behind a hard charging line ate up a 
lot of yards too. 

The Juniors are the nucleus for next years Senior team. 

Back Row-. Cayley, Campbell, Friedman, King, Warren, McCutcheon, Durand, 

Cotterill, McBride 
Centre Row. Corneil (Manager), Showers, McNeil, Parkinson, Bryant, Fox, Dew, 

Seibert, Soyko, McGregor, Mr. Richardson (Coach) 
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Price, Newberry, Moore, Marshall 

Front Row. Downer, Chapman, Humphrey, Sothmann, Schaefer, Miller (Jim), 
Rayner, Cawdrin, Wyatt, Kerr 



bantam football team 

rpHE Bantam Football team had a fair season. We have lost only four games. 
-^ The first game with S.A.C. was not too successful. The quarterback, Jim 
Schaefer, was carried off in a stretcher before half-time. We also lost a game to 
Runnymede. Next, the Bantams went to Orillia to play their Juniors. The game 
was well fought by both sides but the Bantams lost in the end. Our next game 
was against U.C.C., but we played a team that was much bigger than us and, 
although we tried, we lost. The Bantams could improve a lot with more practice 
and more games. 



Forty-nine 



sen Ear soccer 

This was not our Soccer year. Therefore, there is not much a person can say 
but that there is hope and "Wait till next year." 

Soccer is a game of skill, more so than football in some ways. Many people 
forget this and when they see our teams lose they don't really consider that our 
Pickering soccer teams do have the will to win also. It is these skills in soccer which 
must be learned, then Pickering will have a good Soccer year. 

Players : 

Forwards: Robert Lang, Victor Bakos, Terry Stutz, Paul Clubbe, Jock Bates 

and Bill Curry 
Half Backs: Dugal McQuarrie, Phil Davies, Bruce Herring 
Backs: David Drain, Mike Jacobs 
Goalie : Andre Taieb 
Coach : Addie Blankestijn 



Back Row: Archibald (Manager), Mr. Blankestijn (Coach), Bates, McQuarrie, 
.Jacobs, Drain, Campbell (W), Mr. Anglin (Coach), Mr. Beer (Headmaster) 

Front Row: Herring, Curry, Bakos, Lang, Clubbe, Stutz, Davies 




Fifty 



in nun soccer 




Bach Row: Hons (D), Brown (Kingslev), Blaber, East, Adams. Clapham Davis 

(P), Mr. Collins (Coach) 
Front Row : Blackstock, Tickner, Beer (J), Blankestijn, Blackmore, Veale (Ron), 

Davis (T) 



prep soccer 



"A" Team 




Dennis Scowen 



K^ r o m l«*~ JohnKerwin Patrick Dillen Robert Goodwin Wayne Don.ld.on 

Kent Bromley R1|tht Wmg 

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David Cameron 

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PICKERING COLLEGE 
SENIOR HOCKEY TEAM 

1958 - 1959 



Norman Shower* 

"'in* 




Peter P.rkin»on 
Wing 




Harry M. Beer 
Headmaster 



Dugal McQuarrie 
Manajrer 



Michael Mitchell 



senior hockey 



The senior hockey team this year was one of the best in years. After having 
won only three games in the last two years, this year's team compiled a six 
win, six loss, one tie record. The highlight of the year was the last game of the 
season at St. Andrew's. It was won by the Blue and Silver four to three with N. 
Showers breaking the tie with about three minutes to go. 

John Kirwin in goal performed superbly in most of the games and Pat Dillon 
as his replacement was always on hand for vocal support when he didn't play. 

The defense was composed of veterans in Bob Goodwin and Dave Milne work- 
ing together for their second year so they knew each other's moves very well. The 
second pair were Mike Mitchell and Kent Bromley who played their hockey in the 
NORTH last year. These two were very rugged and had a hard time conformin»- 
to the new International z*ule. 

Capt. Dave Cameron in his 4th year led the forwards. On his line were speed- 
sters Wayne Donaldson and Tony Allen. When the pressure was high they cooled 
it off with confident plays. 

The next line was improved kid line from the year before. Still intact and 
that much better were Charlie Beer, Norm Showers. Dave Beer. This was the high- 
est scoring line and surprised many this year. 

Terry Stutz, Peter Parkinson and Dennis Scowen composed a utility line and 
«ill form the back bone of next year's club. 

Thanks also go to Mr. McLaren for a fine coaching job and to our energetic 
manager, Dugal McQuarrie. 

( i AMES: 



P.C. 


5 


Appleby 


4 


P.C. 


5 


Appleby 





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SAC 


1 


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4 


SAC 


7 


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4 


SAC 


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2 


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8 


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9 


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1 


Ridley 


9 



P.( *. 2 Ashbury 



havkey in Ottawa 



On February 20th, the Senior Hockey Team along with the Headmaster, Mr. 
McLaren and Mr. Blackstock left for the Ottawa Valley via Peterborough. It 
was a lovely day with sun shining and a blanket of fresh fallen snow lying along the 
road. The team was in good spirits and different members had brought along such 
necessary odds and ends as pillows and radios to make the trip that much more 
pleasant . 

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After two hours we arrived in Peterborough where we immediately played 
(irove. About three weeks before we had defeated them 2-1 at home but this day we 
had trouble getting the puck in the net. Although we outshot them thirty-seven to 
thirty-one only Wayne Donaldson and Mike Mitchell could tally for the Blue and 
Silver. Thus at the end of the game we were on the short end of a 5-2 score. 

This defeat, however, did not seem to make the fellows feel too bad for we put 
away a good deal of food at lunch following the game. When one talks of lunch 
one canont help but remember Dave Cameron and Dave Beer leaving the restaurant 
last with smiles of complete serenity and contentment on their faces. But now it 
was on to Ottawa. 

After an hour most of the fellows fell asleep and the quiet of the bus blended 
in with the stillness and emptiness of the forests along the highway. "We rolled on 
through Marmora, where, as members of the Senior Football squad will remember, 
we won the C.O.S.S.A. crown. Finally at about six-thirty we arrived at our motel 
in Ottawa. Here we received the nicest surprise of our trip. In each room was a 
television set, radio and phone, wall to wall carpeting and nice comfortable double 
beds. There was many a fight that night over who was to have how much of what 
cover. After dinner at which Dave Beer and Cameron again enjoyed themselves a 
few notables left for Hull. Talking French in the best Pickering manner we impres- 
sed the natives of Hull that we were quite harmless and quite English, but we also 
froze in the process. 

The next morning most of the fellows slept in. One should bear in mind, how- 
ever, that Cameron and Beer (D) lived up to their already growing reputation and 
had a breakfast, the size of which was in keeping with their earlier meals. Around 
noon we left for Ashbury. Here we were warmly received. After being shown the 
building Cameron and Beer (D) led us into the dining-room lor lunch. 

Then came one of the best games of the year, It was a rough and lough game 
all the way. The action moved up and down the ice with both teams having good 
scoring chances and both goalies playing magnificently. Ashbury scored first a 
little over half way through the period. In the second period our boys came out 
fighting mad. We were rewarded when Mike Mitchell scored his second goal of the 
tour with a hard shot from the blue line. Then shortly after we had a penalty Dun 
Cameron stole the puck from one of the Ashbury defeneemen, broke in alone on goal 
and scored, and so at the end of the second period it was 2-1 for us. 

In the third period the action still remained fast and furious. Ashbury got 
its tying goal on a shot which nicked by Bob Goodwin's glove and before Kirwin 
could move it flew by info the net. For the rest of the period both goalies played 
superbly, especially John Kirwin. 

Then it was back home and most of the fellows were getting a little bit tired 
and glad that soon we would be home. Mr. Beer gave us a steak banquet which we 
all enjoyed at Peterborough, particularly Cameron and llvvr (D). At about ten- 
thirty we rolled into Newmarket a tired but happy lot. 

— C. Beer 
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Back Row: Mr. Menard (Coach), Schaefer, Dew, Drain, Warren, Graham, Fox, 

Hons (R), Bloomfield, Newberry (Manager) 
Front Row. Bryant, Robinson, Bakos, Underhill, Durand, Sword, Irvine 

The second hockey team had a lot of drive and spirit but lacked somewhat in 
condition, and failed to win any games. The seconds came close on three of 
their four games, losing by two-one on one occasion to Grove. 

Back Row: Beer (.J), Manager. Blackstock, Sothmann, Armstrong, Rayner, Leavens, 

(Jill, Blackmore, Mr. Veale (Coach) 
Front Row: Kerr, Veale (Ron), Downer, Guthro, Marshall, Tickner, Price 



third 
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FIRST BASKETBALL TEAM 



1958 - 1959 




Rolph Davu 




RuMell R.dcliMr 
Guard 





Barry Muncatter 
Forward [1 





David Seibert 



Allan A ik int 
Guurd 



senior basketball 



The senior team this year, had it been able to put more of its shots in the basket, 
would probably have been undefeated. In all their games their ball control was 
beautiful to watch but they only went on scoring sprees on two occasions. Notable 
among these games was the seventy-eight points scored against Appleby. Perhaps the 
best game of the season was against Ridley, who were the Little Big Four Champs, 
whom our team fought back from being down by twenty-three points to lose by 
only five in a tightly fought game. The season's record was five wins and five defeats. 
High scorer for the year was Barry Muncaster who was the only forward who 
seemed to be able to score consistently. The other forwards were Godden, Seibert, 
Hastie and Davis. Guards — Atkins, Alga.r, Newman and Radcliffe. Mr. Blackstock 
ably directed the team. Les Clavir was the manager. 



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Back Raw: Archibald (Manager), Bates, Campbell (I.). Mr. Blankestijn 
(Coach). Front Row: Kyle, Mackay, King, Plaw, Veale (Roger), Soyko, 

Simmons. 



The Orfuns had the best record of a basketball team winning seven and losing 
six. They had good team spirit and drive at all times. Notable among their 
victories were ones over Woodbridge, Stouffville, and Newmarket High. 



Back Row: Air. Richardson (Coach), Davis (T), Blankestijn, 

Sehaefer, Davis (P) 
Front Row: Sothmann, Price, Hons (D), Miller (Jerry) 

Marshall 




midget 
basketball 

The Midgets although 
they lost all six of their 
games had a couple of losses 
by one and two points only; 
which shows that breaks could 
have cost them a couple of 
games. There was a lot of en- 
thusiasm shown on the squad 
and Mr. Richardson is to be 
congratulated for molding a 
fine team. 



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Preset* tu tion 

to 

"Blackie " 



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Sports Day is the last special event of the 
Pickering year when the School is open to 
parents and visitors. This year, however, was 
the last time .1/;'. BlacJcstock would run the 
meeting and so there was a special presentation 
of a silver tea service to Mr. and Mrs, Black- 
stock halfway through the afternoon. 

It was a joint gift of the Board of Manage- 
ment of Pickering College, the staff, the Old 
Boys' Association and students. The presenta- 
tion was made by David Rogers, chairman of 
the Board, after the gift had been passed from 
the headmaster to Tony Allen (Chairman 
School Committee) to Jack Rayner (President 
Old Boys' Association). Mr. Blackstock leaves 
Pickering College at the end of this term (see 
staff notes). 



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This year Sports Day was won by the Silver Team, which also won the intra- 
mural championship. A new factor in intramurals this year was the introduction 
of a fourth team, the Gold team, which was composed entirly of new students. The 
final standings for Sports Day and the year were : 



Silver 
Red 
Blue 
Gold 



Year 
1232 
1122 
1060 
1026 



Sports Day 
486 
437 
344 
326 



The Year Captains of the teams were Silver — T. Allen; Red — D. Beer; Blue — 
D. Cameron; Gold— M. Mitchell. 

Sports Day Results 

In the senior events John Palmer won the 100 yards in 10.5 seconds and the 
hop, step and jump with 41'10V4". Palmer established two new records in these 
two events this year, both slightly better than these figures for sports day. 

Mike Mitchell and Bob Lang both topped 40' in the senior shot put and Mitchell 
established a new record of 46'6." 

In the intermediates Ian Suwrd set a new record in the 660 yards with a 
time of Im38.8 seconds. Seibert won the 100 and 220 yard races, the broad jump and 
hop, step and jump events in the intermediate class. 

The Prep Midget Red Relay team set a new record for this event at 55 seconds. 



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