Greenhill Grammar school, Oldham



Once this task had been completed, all the Science Sixth vowed to work hard during the term.  Perhaps we can take a look at them hard at work in the Chemistry Lab. (making sure, of course, that our gas masks are in position).  One member of this noble class is busily engaged in bending delivery tubes out of solid glass rods and boring holes of varying dimensions in a large number of corks.  He is easily recognisable by the vast number of books sticking out of his pocket.  These include : (a) a German dictionary, (b) "How to Play Table Tennis," (c) "Speeches for Socialists" and (d) "The Easy Way to Learn Dancing."  Another member, disguised as a Southport 'bus conductor, strides with dignity(?) about the laboratory, knocking over any stools or acid bottles which dare to lie in his path.  Yet another is making an alarming noise by manipulating a certain tap, while the only female member of the Upper Sixth Science just sits and allows the others to do all the work. This they do with a will, although some of their results are not too accurate (for example, percentage of iron in iron wire = 104).
The cork-borer and delivery tube-bender is at the ready to run for the fire-extinguisher, which he has vowed he will use even if he has to start a fire himself.
Meanwhile, the Lower Sixth are doing analysis, while the master (he of the large moustache) instructs them not to assume that a white powder which turns blue on addition of water is copper sulphate until they have, performed at. least seventeen confirmatory tests.  But now the smell of hydrogen sulphide becomes too much, and we must heat a hurried retreat.
At the end of last term we had a film show, and two of our company, the operators, showed us an interesting film entitled
In conclusion, we have good news to offer the rest of the school. The Upper Sixth are now studying aromatic compounds; so the smell in the lab. will be much more pleasant in future.

Speech-making Contest

At the end of the summer term Mr. Higson organised a speech-making contest for members of the Fifth and Sixth Forms. The Junior Chamber of Commerce gave a first prize of one guinea and Mr. Higson gave a second prize of a half-guinea.

The Fifth and Six Forms assembled in the Upper Hall to hear the speakers introduced by Mr. Higson and judged by the Rev. G. M. Wylie and the Deputy Director of Education, Mr. Wilson.

Of the five speakers, Frank McCandlish spoke on "Early School Leavers," Alan Holt on "The Prestige of B.R.M. Cars," Fred Brook on "The Conquest of Everest," Joan Wild on "The Theatre," and Elizabeth Grainger on "The City of Chester."

The judges, after due deliberation, announced that Fred Brook and Joan Wild had been the successful competitors, and they gave some helpful advice to would-be competitors, at the same time mentioning that an excellent start had been made to a series of Speech-making Contests.