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The Scotian -
122 CORSTORPHINE ROAD
EDINBURGH , EHI2 6TX
Captain: Brian T. Potter
Vice-Captain: Billy Wong
Secretary of Prefects Committee: Philip-John Curran
Rugby Captain: Michael J.McEwan
Rugby Vice-Captain: Martin Pia
Captain of Hockey: Francis J. Lloyd
Vice-Captain of Hockey: D. Sheridan
Captain of Fencing: Gordon Flavell
Secretary of Fencing: Michael Mayo
Junior President of Duns Scotus Society: Brian Potter
Secretary of Duns Scotus Society': Thomas Gormley
"Skip" of Curling: David Dickson
This is the third issue of the Magazine. We hope that it is doing the work for which it was started ~ to open lines of communication between the school, the Parents and the Former Pupils. To ensure communications between the first two at any rate, it was decided at the Scotus Association A.G.M. in September to issue one copy of the Magazine to each family and to put the cost, 2./6, on the account for the Spring Term. We hope all Parents will accept this new arrangement.
The frontispiece this year is of Rev. Brother Bruce David Laidlaw, the first F.P. of Scotus to become a life-member of the Christian Brothers. He made his Final Vows on Christmas Day 1968, in Sydney, Australia, where his family went to live some years ago. He followed in 1966 in an exchange for Bro. M. C. King. We send our best wishes to Bro. Laidlaw for his happiness and well-being in the Christian Brothers. We also extend our warmest wishes to Rev. Brian Saddler who was ordained to the Priesthood last March to become the second F.P. to enter the Sacred Ministry.
An event that brought great joy to Scotus during the year was the elevation to the dignity of Cardinal of His Grace; Archbishop Gordon Joseph Gray. The great occasion was marked by a school holiday.
Changes in Staff this past year seemed to be more numerous than usual. Rev. Bro. Phelan was changed to St. Boniface’s College, Plymouth; Rev. Bro. King, Rev. Bro. O'Brien and Rev. Bro. McDonald went on for higher studies; Rev. Fr. Smith, W.F., left to take up new duties with the White Fathers; Mr Matthews was appointed Head of Modern Languages at St. Mary's, Bathgate. We thank them for all they did for Scotus and wish them happiness in their new positions. We welcome to the Staff Rev. Bro. Lennon, Rev. Bro. McDermott, Rev. Bro. Corcoran, Rev. Bro. Bennett, Mr Boyle, Mr Bayne and Mr Hollands.
Many people will have noticed a new face at the morning crossing-point in Corstorphine Road. Rev. Bro. Hastings had for sixteen years, in all kinds of weather and traffic conditions, seen to the safety of the boys at that dangerous crossing. He will be remembered by generations of Scotus boys for his kindness, patience and efficiency and by countless motorists for his consideration.
We offer our sincere sympathy to Mrs Kennedy and Gerard on thedeath of Mr Kennedy in August. R.I.P.
We are very grateful to the Scotus Association for their many gifts to the School during 1969.
The Magazine Committee for 1969 was: Brian Potter, Michael McEwan, Thomas Gormley, Norman Turnbull and Gordon Flavell.
Prior Park Magazine, Bath; St. Joseph's College Magazine, Blackpool; The Anselmian, Birkenhead; Magazine of SL Edward's College, Liverpool; The Beacon, Plymouth; The Ionian, New Rochelle; Magazine of St. Mary's College, Crosby; The Grammarian, Gibraltar; Magazine of St Aidan's School, Sunderland; Magazine of St Brendan's College, Bristol; Impact, Toddington; The Herioter; The Phoenix; Edinburgh Academy Chronicle; Globe & Laurel.
Also the Wrote Fathers, Mill Hill Missionaries, Verona Fathers, St. Patrick’s Missionary Society for their monthly Magazines.
It is earnestly hoped that all friends of "The Scotian" will support the firms who advertising support has helped to make the production of this magazine possible.
Many will be aware of the existence of the Lord Lyon King of Arms and of the fact that the Court of the Lord Lyon is one of the only two in Europe which is a Court of Law in daily session dealing with heraldry and genealogy and where real protection is afforded to the owners of Coats-of-Arms and redress is available for their wrongful assumption. Armorial law in Scotland is a specialised branch of the law of heritable property and for this reason Scottish Arms are very strongly protected and part of the work of Lyon Court is the penal jurisdiction exercised by the Lord Lyon in protecting private Arms and he has power and authority to prosecute persons, Corporations, Schools and other private and public bodies who assume or usurp Arms; he can order the Arms to be erased, confiscate property which is decorated with unwarranted Arms and may fine and even imprison the offenders!
For all of these reasons, it was felt very desirable during the past year to regularise the position regarding our Coat of Arms which had not previously been recorded in Lyon Register. This has now been done and Letters Patent have been issued to the school together with a drawing of our new Coat of Arms. (When existing stocks of the present school "Badge" are exhausted they will be replaced by the approved Coat of Arms).
The Letters Patent granted in favour of Scotus Academy are reproduced herewith and it may be said that the original in full colour has been suitably framed and displayed in the school.
TO ALL AND SUNDRY WHOM THESE PRESENTS DO OR MAY CONCERN
THOMAS INNES OF LEARNEY.
The Brothers who were to go to Tappita (see our last edition of 'The Scotian') to teach day-pupils found, in fact, that they would have to spend their first few years labouring and not teaching at all. For their school was by no means finished; there was no electricity, water or sewage-disposal. Their Archbishop then asked them to take over a fine wooen school with plenty of room at Grass-field, Nimba County.
Nimba County is much cooler than most of Liberia and enjoys what Liberians call a 'European' climate; i.e. a wet season of temperature 65- 70. F. and a dry season of 1150 F. A golf course, swimming pool, cinema and library are ten miles from the school. Because of expense the Brothers and their pupils can use only the last of these amenities.
School starts at 7 a.m. and goes on till 9.30 p.m. Not teaching all the time, of course, but various extra school activities in the evening. The school has both a choir and an orchestra conducted by Bro. Chincotta. What a day's work for the Brothers there!
First-year secondary pupils are usually 18 years of age and, though somewhat slow by reason of earlier neglect, are very keen to learn. The examination system is American (multiple choice) and of far too low a standard. For instance the only question on Shakespeare in the final 'graduation' exam was, 'Shakespeare wrote his plays during the. . . . . period (Victorian I Romantic /Classical/Elizabethan)'.
The Catholics in Liberia are poor and underprivileged. One third of the pupils at the school can pay nothing whatever towards their board and tuition. The Archbishop pays for 10 boys personally and that means £600 per year for him. The strain, therefore, on resources is very great. Many Europeans help and the L.A.M.C.O. have lent bulldozers and graders without charge as well as carrying letters, parcels and Brothers on their railroad free.
SOME POINTS OF INTEREST:
(1) There are virtually no wild animals left in Liberia. They have all been eaten!
(2) There are plenty of racoons, rats, stag-beetles and other insects as well as snakes.
(3) Beautiful flowers abound.
(4) A haircut costs 12/-, so the Parish Priest of Yekepa, who is a White Father, gives the Brothers haircuts as well as acting as their postman, that is, when the good Father has not got malaria.
(5) A government official (a Liberian) said the Brothers make their students work very hard, but that is exactly what the country wants.
EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART
TOASTMASTER'S PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITIOIN
ADRIAN McDONALD, 56/63, B.Sc. (Hons.) Edinburgh.
CHARLES DUFFY, 54/63, B.Sc., Edinburgh.
SHAUN DOULL-CONNOLLY, 58/66, B.Sc., Edinburgh.
Once upon a time, long, long ago, before rugby or football or any sport was invented, or even thought of, a small monkey man was rambling around on a hillside in the barren highlands of Scotland looking for grubs, caterpillars and worms, when suddenly he came across a pile of perfectly round, spherical pebbles. Not being very intelligent and having the primitive collecting instinct in him, he gathered them up and stored them in his pouch. When he got home to his burrow he gave them to his cubs who started to chew them - he quickly put this out of their heads by thumping them with a tree trunk.
Meanwhile the youngest cub had an idea. He started rolling them around, knocking them against each other and trying to roll them into a hole - History was made.
In this way began the intellectually breathtaking sport of marbles. So on through the ages people found or made marbles. There were wooden ones, metal ones, stone ones, bone ones, plenty for everybody. But it was only in the modern age of BRAINIACS, the twentieth century, when someone made glass marbles and gave them different centres. The game soon developed into a sport and rules arid moves and fiendish plots were invented to make the sport more thrilling. And soon there were contests and championships and cups.
There are many good reasons why we as an intelligent nation should take up marbles. Obviously, repeated marble playing would strengthen our finger muscles as well as improving our eyesight and sense of judgement. Then our brains would be helped by strengthening our foresight in moves. In fact one could imagine the Queen or Prince Philip getting down on their noble knees and having a quick match with Mr Harold Wilson.
Since marbles are very cheap to buy they would not ruin our economy and the contests would do a lot for the improvement of society. And who knows? there might even be a B.M.L.- British Marble League.
So to anyone who decides to take up marbles as a pastime, I give my full support.
LAURENCE DONOGHUE, 2nd Year.
The party comprised approximately about 50 boys and staff from Scotus Academy, with 20 boys and staff from David Kilpatrick's School. Two coaches took us from Edinburgh to Newcastle, a stop being made at Berwick for lunch. One of the Scotus party felt "seasick" leaving Haddington and this was put down to excitement! This was an auspicious start as several of us became "excited" on the boat - one excuse is good enough for all! We sailed from the Bergen Line berth in the "Leda ", a ship of about 5,000 tons, which was fitted with stabilisers. A brilliant sunset concluded the day.
The next morning revealed the first glimpse of the somewhat austere Norwegian seascape, a rocky profusion of islands, sprinkled with houses which seemed perched like seagulls nests in the most inaccessible places. These, we were informed later, were the summer and weekend abodes of the Norwegians.
We stopped at Stavanger early in the morning and were struck by the complete "shut-down" of Norwegian holidays. No shops were open and even the traffic-lights were switched off. Having to look the "wrong way" when crossing the roads proved to be quite an ordeal.
From Stavanger the Leda entered the Bergen Fjord, and very exciting this was. At times the islands were so close that they were virtually within a stone's throw of the boat. Fortunately the shipping line did not provide such amenities! Many boys amused themselves by throwing bread to (or at?) the many sea-gulls which wheeled incessantly round the boat. Others amused themselves with "Deryn" from Wales, who were also going to Bergen for a ski-ing holiday.
We arrived at Bergen at rubout 5 o'clock on Good Friday, and had to stay on board overnight. The reason for this was one of communication, no trains leave Bergen for Voss at this time. The ship was relatively quiet - the Welsh girls had departed together with the rest of the passengers. We did go into Bergen and "curfew" was declared at 9 p.m. This did not leave much time for exploration, but darkness fell quickly and curtailed operations. We did however, notice that many houses were of timber construction, explaining why the history of Bergen was one of fire and rebuilding. There was activity at the famous fish-market. Here the fish swim in tanks, and one chooses one's tea and the vendor expertly catches the fish with a net. The Norwegians boil fresh fish and fry all others. We noted that Bergen, like Stavanger, was built across the head of a fjord, thus forming a salt water lake in the centre of the town. The mansions of the Hanseatic merchants, near the port were very prominent and there was a striking monument commemorating the fire of 1916.
Next morning breakfast was supplied free, which, coupled with a walk on land restored many appetites! A coach and a guide transported us to the Station, where we joined many Norwegians obviously going for their Easter ski-ing holiday. As we left Bergen, more and more snow appeared, the tree-clad mountains became steeper and full impact of a Norwegian winter became apparent. At Voss we were on the last lap of a long but very pleasant journey. Here we met Aarvid, one of our ski-instructors. The boys gazed with admiration at his well bronzed features and realised why snow-goggles were imperative.
The hotel at Vinje was in a very prominent position, standing red-painted with a magnificent aspect of the valley. Mr Vinje, the hotelier, was a kind man obviously proud of his meticulously kept hotel. Rooms were quickly allocated and skis, boots and sticks allocated. The ski-run was excellent for 'beginners and yet varied enough for the professional.
The food at the hotel was excellent. With trips like this, arranged by Travel organisation, one must have doubts about the quality of food, rooms etc. Any doubts in our minds were quickly dispelled by our first visit to the dining room. Norway is celebrated for its "cold table", Vinje hotel certainly had one which perpetuated the tradition. Although termed "cold table" hot dishes were provided in quality and quantity. The individual dishes were maintained so there was no danger of missing anything! This of course assumes one was capable of assimilating "one of each". Norwegians staying at the hotel must now be relating stories of Scots combining gherkins with cornflakes for BREAKFAST'!
The ski-ing was initially hilarious; however, as time passed proficiency improved. Schooled by the instructors, many boys passed the First Star Skiing awards; others obtained a certificate, written in Norwegian, which can prove anything! The rest of us came home with wet rear-quarters, a few aches, and holiday memories never forgotten.
The time passed all too quickly and the return journey loomed. The sea crossing was rough to say the least, Storm shutters, flying spray, white faces, stacks of small paper cartons, all milled round to put a completion to a perfect holiday of impressions for a young mind eager to see for himself.
A party from Scotus accompanied by Br. King and Br. Gordon went on a trip to Spain in July. We travelled to London by train. On arrival in London the party was taken on a sight-seeing tour of the city, before transferring by coach to Heathrow from where we flew to Barcelona. Onarrival we were taken by coach to our hotel on the north side of the city where all availed themselves of the opportunity to catch upon some sleep.
Next day we began our sight-seeing and recreational activities, and the city we had chosen for o ur trip had plenty to offer. Among the major attractions were a magnificent outdoor swimming-pool, a fun-fair on the slopes of the mountain of Montjuich, and the famous Barcelona thoroughfare called the "Ramblas". The outdoor swimming-pool was only ten minutes walk away from our hotel and was a favourite haunt of many members of the party. The mountain of Montjuich is one of the best sights in Barcelona. The Plaza de Espana has a view embracing the 1929 International Exhibition buildings that scale the slopes of the mountain. Further back a great luminous fountain commands the whole scene, and gives it a magical touch when lit up at night. But it was the fun-fair which had the greatest attraction for the Scotus boys the "Ramblas", which could be described as a meeting place, promenade park, and market-place all in one, commanded great interest among the members 'Of the party. The twitter of birds in cages or free at the stalls of the bird-market, the flower-sellers crying their wares, and the many kiosks where books, reviews and newspapers are sold aroused great interest and discussion during our trip.
July 18th is a national holiday in Spain to commemorate Franco's victory in the civil war and is appropriately known as "Victory Day". We availed ourselves of the opportunity to tour Barcelona by coach and go to see a bullfight. Judging by the cheers I heard emanating from the row of seats behind me the Scots favoured the bull rather than the bullfighter.
We took another coach tour, north along the coast to the Costa Brava. The party travelled back for three miles by sea before finishing the journey back to Barcelona by coach. Our visit to the mountain of MontSerrat, with its Benedictine Monastery at the summit, was the highlight of the trip. The party heard the world-famous choir boys of Montserrat sing the praises of the Mother of God at noon. Another interesting experience was our climb to the summit of the mountain (4064 feet above sea-level) by cable-car.
The Mediterranean climate with temperatures in the high eighties had no adverse effect on the party, though all, like the Spaniards, took the precaution of a siesta in the middle of the day. The time passed all too quickly, and before we knew, the day had come for the return journey to Scotland. We arrived back in London by air on the morning of July 22nd and later that day completed the journey home to Edinburgh by train.
Our annual school concert, presented by the Primary School and Form I, was staged in the hall of Craiglockhart School on March 20th and 21st 1969. It took the form of an operetta, " Paradise Island", with words by G. Lewis and music by T. R. Davies. It tells the story of a sea-faring captain and his crew who sailed from Plymouth with a cargo for a distant port. As they set sail, a group of Plymouth girls’ wave from the quayside to their sailor loves. Among the crew is a cabin boy who has an ambition to sail to "Drake's Island" in search of treasure. His uncle, a retired sailor, has given him a map of the island showing where the treasure is to be found. Billy, the cabin boy, tells the captain and the crew about the treasure in the hope that they might sail to the island. The captain, however, has no time for Billy's adventures and orders the ship to sail to its proper destination, While at sea the ship runs into a storm and is blown off course. The crew land on a small island which they learn from the natives is "Drake's Island" ( Paradise Island). Billy produces the map which shows the exact location of the treasure. The captain digs at the spot and finds the treasure. The Queen of " Paradise Island" allows the sailors half of the treasure. The show concludes as the crew prepares to set sail once more, this time to England with their new found wealth.
The concert was performed before a large audience of parents and friends on each of the two nights. It was a fine performance by a cast of close on seventy boys. I would like to pay tribute to those boys for the long hours and hard work they put into the show for over two months prior to the production. Special thanks must go to Rev. Br; E. O'Brien for a first class stage production, and to Miss D. Moran who directed the musical side of the show. I would like also to thank Mr W. Stone who as stage manager prepared and erected the excellent scenery which made such an ideal setting for the operetta. Our thanks also to Mrs H. Robertson and the parents who helped her. They did Herculean work, making-up nineteen principals, twenty-seven sailors and close on thirty other boys who composed the choruses. I would like also to thank all those parents who so kindly co-operated in the venture and made the operetta possible. This report would not be complete without a special word of thanks to Sister Howat and the community at Craiglockhart for their kindness in allowing us the use of their school hall
Besides the operetta, a large group of boys performed an "End of Year" concert in the hall in Randolph Place in June. It consisted of a wide selection of songs by the music choir and recitations by the speech choir.
Next May we hope to stage another concert at Craiglockhart school hall. The programme will include a short play, a guitar group and an operetta.
The Debating Society has been very busy and successful. 1970, if it continues in the tradition of'69, should be very, very busy indeed. KEVIN PIA was President for '69 and JOHN GORDON was Secretary. Both of these now distinguished gentlemen gave great service to the Society and a lot of the later success is due to their hard work.
The year began in February, on Monday 10th, with the Quill Toast-master Competition. Schools are invited and it is not open to all. We were all very honoured to get an invitation. Along our speaker went and delivered a somewhat humorous speech on Comprehensive Education and Fee Paying Schools. Unfortunately Mr Semple, the deputy director of Education, did not agree with his speech and we soon gave up hope. Surprise however struck us when he announced, "First place to Brian Potter of Scotus Academy"
There were various debates after school. Then in March, on Thursday 13th, the second big event in the Debating Year for Scotus took place with the Doctor Doherty Cup. Mr Byrne, Lord Provost of Linlithgow and an accomplished speaker, was Chairman of the judges who Were Mrs Connolly, a Toastmistress with great experience, and Bro. Gordon from the Community who, being an Irishman, knows how to speak! The number of entries was very pleasing and the judges had a very difficult task to determine the winner. After much deliberation they decided that Brian Potter's speech "In defence of Science", was the winner. Other speakers were Gordon Flavell, Thomas Conlon, Kevin Pia and Patrick Skene, who all spoke exceptionally well. Unfortunately Dr Doherty himself could not attend. This is the second year of the competition, Joe Capaldi winning it the first year. After this there were after school debates which again were very promising.
Then in September the Society came under new management of Brian Potter as President and Thomas Gormley as Secretary. They arranged after-school debates. The first concerned the state of affairs in Northern Ireland. However during this time the absence of the 4th year class was very marked and we were all disappointed.
We entered two big competitions. The English Speaking Union in which Raymond Ross and Brian Potter spoke. We got through to the semi-Final at Bo'ness, but were beaten there by excellent speakers.
The second competition was the Daily Express Competition. Thomas Conlon and Brian Potter spoke. They got through the first round and have to debate again in February of 1970.
This year then has been very successful. The following people deserve mention: Thomas Gormley, he has been an excellent Secretary - a job which no one likes but is so necessary, Raymond Ross, Thomas Conlon and Martin Pia who have spoken well and willingly. To all people who attend the debates I must thank sincerely, for they are so important. However, more effort is required from the 4th Year. Above all, our thanks to Rev.Br. Lennon and Mr Bayne for their constant support and encouragement throughout the term.
At the Annual General Meeting in the Pavilion on 25th September, the retiring Chairman, Mr G. B. Ford, gave an account of the past year's activities.
A leading event was the elevation of the Chairman of our Trustees to Cardinal, and on behalf of our members a letter of congratulation was sent to His Eminence and a gracious acknowledgement received.
Another leading event was the creation of a Board of Governors for the School and the members are: The Rt. Rev. Mgr. P. F. Quille (Administrator of the Cathedral) as Chairman, with Rev. Father McClelland of St. John's (Corstorphine) together with the Christian Brother Headmaster of St. Ninian's Falkland and St. Aidan's Sunderland along with Mr J. C. Bartholomew, M.A., F.R.G.S., of Edinburgh and also Mr J. Donoghue of Edinburgh - we wish them well in their work for the good of the School.
During the past year your Committee co-operated with the Public Schools Commission (Scottish Committee), and submitted written evidence of their reasons for the continued existence of Scotus Academy as an independent fee paying school run by the Christian Brothers.
A gift of £10 was presented to the newly formed Old Scotians Hockey Club and also a gift was presented to the Rev. Brian Saddler (the second Former Pupil to be ordained a Priest).
Active work continued on the rehabilitation of the playing fields in front of the school and in spite of many difficulties, it is hoped that the area will soon become available for the boys as a first class sports area.
A most important work was the completion of the ACADEMY REGISTER - this is a list of names and addresses of all parents (past and present) and all boys who have been at the school since its foundation and should be most useful for the spread of information to all concerned in the welfare of the school and of course, future fund-raising activities. Arrangements have been made for the keeping up to date of the Register by means of a Sub-Committee appointed annually by the Association.
The St. Andrew Dance was a most successful function with a record attendance and was graced by the attendance of our Archbishop and the Vicar General. There is no reason why the function should not grow bigger and better as the years roll by and it is our sincere wish that more and more Young Academicals should also make this function the occasion of one of their own annual gatherings. All friends of Scotus Academy are more than welcome.
The Summer Fair was also very successful and we enjoyed a glorious afternoon of really beautiful weather. This year we agreed to the Academicals retaining for their own use the proceeds of the events which they sponsor, viz.: the Fun Fair and the Barbecue, and the income provided a most useful welcome addition to their funds which of course are devoted to projects for tile good of the school.
The Scotian (Chronicle of Scotus Academy and sponsored financially by the Association, made its second appearance and produced a profit) - it is here to stay of course and will appear again this Christmas. A Copy will be given to each boy so that all concerned may be aware of the splendid progress which the school continues to make.
The Annual Statement of Accounts follows this report and demonstrates the various ways in which we have helped the school to the best of our ability during the past year - more and more members with their financial support are, of course, always welcome to help us in the good work we try to accomplish.
The Chairman concluded his remarks at the end of his two terms of office by thanking his Committee and other supporters for all the good work they had done during the past year.
A special plea was made for interest in the Life Membership Fund and no apologies are offered for repeating previous appeals..
LIFE MEMBERSHIP OF SCOTUS ASSOCIATION
“I should like to remind parents of past and present pupils together with former pupils of the Academy of the existence of the Life Membership Fund which was originally established some years ago to provide a sound financial support for the continuing work of the Association.
"Apart from this very special campaign for the Life Membership Fund it would be a wonderful development if we could establish the tradition that by way of "thanksgiving" each parent would regard it as a privilege in the year following his or her son leaving Scotus Academy to subscribe to the Life Membership Fund.
"It will surprise you to know that to be a Life Member costs only one single payment of £10 and cheques for this amount should be made payable to the Scotus Association and returned to the President when they will be gladly acknowledged ~ your reward will be the deep satisfaction of continuing to be connected in a very practical way with The work of the Christian Brothers in Edinburgh and you will also receive the Scotus Academy Chronicle and other Association news at intervals, so that you may keep alive your interest in the work of the Academy.
“This appeal for the Life Membership Fund will surely receive the enthusiastic support of all parents ~ whether their sons have already had the benefit of a Christian Brothers' Education or whether they are still pupils at the Academy, and I look forward to a continuing and steadfast response over the years that lie ahead."
Mr & Mrs J. Barttholomew, 26 Braid Farm Road, Edinburgh 10.
Mrs L.. Doul-Connolly, 59 Frederick Street, Edinburgh 9.
Dr & Mrs I. H. P. Docherty, Primrose House, Dalrymple Loan, Musselburgh.
Mr & Mrs J. C. Mathew, 2 Kevock Road, Lasswade, Midlothian.
THE SCOTUS ASSOCIATION - 1969/70
The following Office-Bearers were elected for the coming year at the Annual General Meeting held on 25th September 1969.
President: W. J. Christie, B.L., 8.S.C.
Vice-President: C. G. Campbell
Secretary: Thomas Eunson
Treasurer: Jobn Twiss
Mrs W. R. Collie, Mrs C. Contini, Mrs I. H. P. Doherty,
Mrs A. Young, J A. Daly, J. Davies, R. J. Edie, W. R. Main,
B. P. Smith
together with Rev. Brother Rector and last year's President (Mr G. B. Ford) ex-officio along with two representatives nominated by the ScotusAcademical Club.
There were certain elements which maimed any chance of success for the 1st XV. The most obvious was the youth of the players that comprised the team. Another element was the failure of some players to turn up for games on Saturday, which had a frustrating effect on the other faithful members of the team. The team also suffered from lack of fitness which was all too apparent each time they played a game.
However, several players did play well. In the forwards G. McCabe and J. Maguire showed up well. The former's strong tackling bolstered the defence and the latter was prominent in the loose. M. Stewart and D. Somerville also tried hard. F. Lloyd and N. Stone were the chief try scorers, but they lacked support from the backs. Several players were drafted into the 1st XV, but didn't have the necessary experience and weight.
Full colours were awarded to M. McEwan, and half-colours to F. Lloyd, M. Pia and M. Stewart.
v, North Berwick at North Berwick Lost 39-0
v. Leith Academy at Murrayfield Lost 72-0
v. Holt School at Holt Lost 24-10
v. St. Augustine's at Arboretum Lost 33-0
v. St. Aidan's ( Sunderland) at Murrayfield Lost 24-8
v. Portobello High School at Murrayfield Won 21-16
v. Heriots at Murrayfield Lost 27-0
The B XV (or the Young Lions as they are affectionately known by friend and foe) undoubtedly holds the distinction of being the finest team to represent the Academy in recent years at rugby. Their success is due to the mature standard of their unselfish approach to the game, combined with a strong feeling of camaraderie which has knit this side into a dynamic and skilful unit at which spectators marvel and oppositions tremble.
A large proportion of the praise must be heaped upon Andrew Blackwood - Earl to his friends - who in his capacity of both captain and player has inspired his team to tremendous feats through untiring verve and initiative. As a captain he has the gift of command coupled with a thorough tactical knowledge of the game; as a player his handling of the ball, his timing, his general play are immaculate as well as possessing a phenomenal 'Boot', able to convert tries and kick penalties from touch-line or halfway line with utmost ease which his personal record of points confirms - 144 so far this season. It is with justifiable pride that I mention that Andy has just been awarded full rugby colours, no mean achievement for a youngster in Third Form.
Praise must also go, however, to Simon Barry, the Vice-Captain and Pack Leader, who has faithfully drilled the forwards to a high degree of perfection. He is an intelligent player with a deceptive 'dummy' who injects refreshing, vigorous moves into forward play. Ken Spencer, the full-back - still the smallest player in the side - continues to be the ironman in defence, tackling anything and everything that attempts to invade his territory, including on one occasion, the referee!
John McLay, the open wing, has developed into a strong runner and a ruthless tackler whose motto, I am sure, must .be "They shall not pass".
David Austin, on the left wing, has improved considerably, but as yet lacks an aggressive enough nature to use his superior weight and speed to break through a, co-ordinated defence.
Christopher Flannigan, the right centre, is a first-class all-rounder, ubiquitous on the field, a safe handler of the ball, a dangerous runner and a reliable tackler.
Nicky Young, the left centre, has developed into a man of steel in mid-field, providing an almost unbreakable barrier in defence due to ruthless marking and a crushing tackle.
Andrew Blackwood, the Captain, maintains as ever, his place at stand-off, demonstrating that guile which has the opposition tearing their hair out as they' try to work out his next move.
Simon Pia, at scrum-half, combines well with the stand-off. His attacking play has improved tremendously and is now a force to be reckoned with in the loose. Kerr Simpson, the hooker, who took over the position at the beginning of the season, has settled well into his new role, striking successfully against the head as many an opposing hooker will rue. His general fucking is excellent and he spoils well in the loose.
Stephen, Croan, the loose-head prop, continues to be a driving force amongst the forwards, using his immense bulk to advantage as he wreaks havoc amongst his opponents.
Donald Cormack, the other prop, has more than adequately fulfilled his role of line-out specialist and pivot for the rucks to form round, often providing good ball for a three-quarter movement.
Howard Morris, the right Lock, has a formidable burst of speed with his sturdy build, enabling him to back up quickly and effectively wherever play might be.
Alistair McLennan, the other member of the 'powerhouse', is another useful player at home in set and especially loose play, where he often, emerges triumphant from tricky situations.
David Bain, the blind wing forward, though small in stature, is not afraid to take on the biggest of the opposition, and spoils well for the ball.
Simon Barry, the pack leader and open wing forward, by combining ruthless drive with intelligent play to create fresh attacking movements; displays good qualities of leadership for the rest of the forwards to follow.
Andy Malone, the No.8, is an invaluable player both in set scrums and at the tail of the line-out where his tireless energy abounds, resulting in some quite professional moves.
Although the team excelled itself in all the matches played so far this season, the following games deserve special mention.
v. Leith Academy - Murrayfield, 18th October Won 32-0
v. Melville College - Ferryfield, 21st October Won 49-3
v. Langholm - Langholm, 31st October Won 23-3
v. Glenalmond - Glenalmond, 15th .November Won 24-6
B XV Results
Played 10; Won 9; Lost 1; For 327; Against 53 .
Beginning the season well, this year's C XV achieved three early victories against sound opposition. Under the very capable captaincy of Gordon McCreadie, whose devastating tackling, strong running and intense devotion to the game has been an inspiration to all. The team has enjoyed a fairly successful season. The weight, strength and mobility of the pack has often been a vital factor in the latter stages of a game, and in this department much praise must be given to F. Abbasciano, I. Davitt and D. Laidlaw who have developed into a formidable front row. Gordon McCreadie and Thomas Mooney have played consistently well in the second row and G. McKay, playing at No.8, has been a tower of strength both in attack and in defence. R. Clephane and P. Ross are two competent wing-forwards, though somewhat lacking in aggression. A. Pia has played remarkably well as scrum-half and has built up a good understanding with A. Murray, whose play continues to improve. A. Lammond and P. Somerville are fine attacking centres and the powerful running of wingers R. Coates and K. Mather has contributed greatly to the success of the team. At fullback I. Brown has had a good season and his positional sense, handling and tackling improve with every game.
Finally, a special word of praise must be extended to those faithful Reserves who have always played well when called upon. These include I. MacKay, G. Croan, B. Young, A. Oleznik, C. Vickers and P. Doherty. The attendance of these players at the extra practices with the regular team members has done much to develop that fine team spirit which has been a characteristic of the C XV throughout the season.
C XV Results
Played 9; Won 6; Lost 3; For 194; Against 109 .
Despite a few early set-backs Scotus D.I.'s have enjoyed a fairly successful season to date:
Played 7; Won 4; Lost 3; Drawn 0; For 70; Against 92.
In the opening game of the season they were beaten by 38 points, and lost through injury, their big strong number 8 forward, Tom Maguire, who as a pack leader and vice-captain was one of the most effective forwards in the side. Injury to key players dogged the side for the next two games. But in spite of these adversities their spirit and determination never wavered. This was due in no small measure to the inspired leader-ship of scrum-half and captain. Mark deLuca, whose authority and confidence on the field were an encouragement to the team. This spirit has been well rewarded, as the results of their last four games show.
In the pack Angelo Lanny has proved a stalwart tight-head prop. rucking hard in both loose and set play. He is ever ready to avail himself of a loose ball and with his strength and determination has proved he can score tries. George McGuire, loose-head prop, is another fine player whose side-step has proved a thorn in the flesh of many an opponent. Robert Stevenson is a very good hooker, and so far this season has maintained a good average of strikes against the head. David Cook, who has played both as a prop and a wing forward, has a lot of potential and gives off his best in every game. In the second row of the scrum the team possesses two strong, well-built forwards in Mark Shannon and Scott Coghill. The latter, new to rugby, has improved with every game. Michael Harkess, who missed several games, because of a knee injury, has been playing well at number 8, His intelligent use of the ball and his devastating tackle are a great asset to the team. The wing-forwards, Melvyn Peterson and Kevin DiCiacca are two Bound defensive players, but both lack general cut and thrust in attack.
The team has not had a regular stand-off so far this season. Sean Grey and William Dick are two boys who have been vieing for the position, and although Sean Grey has averaged the better, there is little to choose between the two. The three-quarter line of Amerigo Lanny, Laurence Donoghue, Robert Hanna and Bruce Coates has been playing well especially in attack, but some careless tackling has given away some easy scores. At fullback John Drawbell has been covering well but often finds himself caught for speed. Team captain, Mark deLuca, has improved considerably as a scrum-half since last season. He is getting the, ball out of the scrum faster than before, and his handling has improved immensely. Philip Croan, an occasional member of the side, has fitted in well, giving excellent service whenever he was required.
The team has been playing very well over the past two months, and the return of Tom Maguire, following an injury early in 1970, should enhance their chances of completing the season on a winning note.
The weather has been very unkind to these boys, for on several occasions their game has had to be cancelled because of the condition of the pitch. Their only game of the season so far was against a very determined Royal High XV at Murrayfield, which resulted in a fine victory for the Scotus boys. Michael Collie, Roger Conlon and team captain Quentin Home were the outstanding players among the backs. The forwards played well in both loose and set play and with such enthusiastic boys as Leonard Liston, Kenneth Price and Stuart McLennan, should do well for the remainder of the season
Played 1; Won 1; Lost 0; For 24; Against 0.
JUNIOR ‘A' XV
The Junior 'A' rugby team as can be seen, looking at its record, has gone through a very lean period. It has lost all the four games played since September and has had four of its matches cancelled. This lack of match practise has, I believe, been a major factor in preventing the team from attaining .its full promise.
The team could, I feel, be a very strong one. The backs are welding together quite well considering there has had to be frequent positional changes owing to injuries and the like. We were very sorry to lose John Lockett through illness, as he was an excellent tackler and would, I feel, have become a very useful full-back. Damian Campbell and Raymond McQill have many good qualities in their play on the wings, but they would be of greater benefit if they would run more positively and directly for the try line. In David Mackay (Capt.) and Isiola Oyekan the team possesses two fine centres. Isiola Oyekan, in his first year of rugby, has proved himself to be a fine tackler and strong, determined runner. The two half- backs, Philip Bartholomew and Tommy McEwan, have had very little experience of working together, but McEwan is a good, intelligent stand-off and if Bartholomew can train himself to give McEwan the service he needs, then this could be an excellent partnership. Naldo Forte, who has played as a forward and as a back - filling in any positions left vacant because of injury, must be congratulated on his efforts and especially for his good spirit in turning up for matches, having travelled a long distance.
In the forwards Brian Toole and Bill Main immediately spring to mind for continuous effort on and off the field of play. Michael Gallacher has proved to be an excellent tackler and Rory Christie has shown that he is capable of being a fine rugby player, especially, when he scored a magnificent solo try against Gillsland Park, starting from his own .'25. Ian Strachan and George Lyall have turned out reasonably good performances each game, the former having improved tremendously in the line-outs. Michael McPheely has played very consistently as hooker, often winning the ball when going backwards against a heavier scrum. Nicholas Shakespeare, Bennet Crolla, Gordon Stone, Michael Murray and Anthony O’Sullivan have on occasion shown good rugby potential, but they; and to a greater or lesser extent each member of the team-squad, must be prepared to make a more concentrated and determined effort to master the basics of the game. Bro. Bennett.
Record to date
Played 9; Won 1; Drawn 2; Lost 7; For ? Against ? Cancelled ?
JUNIOR 'B' XV
Played 6; Won 1; Drawn 1; Lost 4; For 4 Against 130.
New to the game, this year's Junior 'B' XV enjoyed a somewhat disappointing start to the season. Up against strong opposition their 1ack of experience was rather evident and this deficiency was not made up for by their fine team spirit and great enthusiasm for the game. However, as the season progressed a fine improvement in the basic skills became evident and several players showed great potential.
"A large, mobile pack has yet to give the three-quarters that service which is so essential for success. Playing at scrum-half, N. Garry has developed into a fine player and with the team captain, T. Jones, has formed a fine attacking combination. The leadership of the latter has been an inspiration to the team throughout the season. His tackling, running and general use of the ball have played a considerable part in the team's improvement. Un-fortunately injury prevented him taking part in the last games of the season and thus limited the success of the team.
Centres S. Boni and C. Bartholomew have played well and wingers G. Kelly and C. Clark are now beginning to run with a certain amount of determination. The tackling of full-back A. Hutchiston has been very sound and his positional sense is beginning to develop.
In the pack R. Daly, J. McCabe and R. Lanni formed a solid front row and R. McRoberts and M. Campbell in the second row were a stalwart combination. Wing forwards H. Young and J. Flett played with considerable zest and No.8 P. Pateluch has filled his position with some distinction. Deputising for T. Jones, R. Daly shouldered the duties of captain and soon became one of the prominent players on the field, especially in the loose.
Reserves, P. Capaldi, T. Reilly, A; Malarky and y. Rodier, who played in the absence of the regular team members are to be commended for their enthusiastic support of the team. Special mention must be made here of reserve, P. Capaldi. He has played in nearly all the games, taking the place of one or other of the three-quarter line.
Thus, despite a hesitant start to the season, the fine spirit of all the players made it an enjoyable one, and their enthusiasm for the game should ensure a promising future.
Unfortunately we were left with only 3 - 1968 XI players and the rest of the team were new to this standard of Hockey. This was very apparent in our first game when we lost two early goals. We were rather unlucky as far as weather was concerned, having only 3 games and managing only one practise at Raeburn Place. Owing to the two above factors, we never really managed to knit together as a team and this was exploited to the full by Watson's who tore our team apart. Some of the younger players showed promise, such as Martin Pia, Paul Berry. Frank Lloyd and Marc Delicato. Pat Skene and John Gordon put in some good work in defence and Pat also showed his qualities as centre forward against Broughton. Kevin Pia, although playing out of position, put in a strong game at centre-half. Michael Borys was competent in goals and had some fine saves; Norman Kelly played steadily at inside-left and centre-forward. Paul Barry returned to steady the team from the left-half position; Paul Gardner played well on the right wing, but lacked a little penetration.
Colours were re-awarded to Paul Barry and were awarded to Patrick Skene; Kevin Pia; Norman Kelly. Half Colours to J. Gordon.
v. Kirkcaldy. This was our first match of the season, two days after the start of last term. In the first ten minutes we were nowhere to be seen and lost 2 goals. However we settled down P. Skene and Kevin Pia solid in defence, but there was little co-ordination between backs and forwards. Paul Berry scored a good solo goal in the second half but the score finished 3-1 in Kirkcaldy's favour.
v. Watson's. Here we were shown a side with great team work. With no real individuals, Watson's tore our defence to ribbons and scored 11 goals. The score speaks for itself.
v. Broughton. In a rather tough game, Scotus came out on top by 2-1. Goals came from Skene and Delicato. Delicato plyed well on his debut, and J. Gordon settled well at full-back.
Unfortunately we had 14 games cancelled: We express our thanks to Bro. O'Brien for the help he gave us in clearing up the fixture list.
Captained by G. Whitten the 2nds played two games, winning one and losing the other. G. Whitten scored the winning goal against Broughton to complete a successful day for both 1st and 2nds. Other players who caught the eye from this team were: R. Antolak, S. Barry, G. McBride and F. Pritchard.
(J. Norman Kelly)
It hardly seems possible that the school Fencing Club is now in its fourth year of existence. How time flies! to think that it was only four years ago, under the guidance (and may I add patience) of Mr Matthews, Scotus was placed on the fencing map.
In those few years a remarkably high standard of fencing has been attained. A truly impressive number of medals have been won by the boys - gold; silver; bronze; no wonder that some families have raised the premium on their house insurance.
Last year Scotus excelled itself by having two boys in the semi-final of the Junior Schoolboys Competition, and one boy - Michael Mayo ~ in the final of the Senior competition. If that was not enough, some Weeks later, Scotus had three club members in the final of the Edinburgh University Schoolboys Championship - A. Cook, P. Rogers and I. Campbell - Alistair Cook, being the outright winner.
In the East of Scotland League rivalry was keen but Scotus gained third place, which is no mean achievement.
Unfortunately Mr Matthews is no longer with us and the coaching is now being given in groups. Each group is supervised by the Captain, Gordon Flavell. The group leaders are M. Mayo, P. Rogers, A. Cook and I. Campbell. This new system is working very well and we tender our thanks to Brian Potter, our Treasurer, for doing so much to get it off the ground.
This season has been beyond all expectation, in the way of results. This can clearly be seen from the following report:-
v. Trinity Academy - 16.th October 1969 Won 5-4
v. George Watson's - 20th October 1969 Won 8-1
v. Fettes College - Local Church Hall, 28th October 1969 Won 5-4
v. Lothian - Cameron House, 31st October 1969 Lost 7-2
v. St. Joseph's, Dumfries - Scotus Academy, 9th ,Nov. 1969 Won 7-2
v George Watson's - Watson's College, 11th Nov. 1969 Won 16-2
v. Royal High School - R.H.S., 17th November 1969 Won 9-0
v. Beath High School - Pollock Gym, 26th Nov. 1969 Won 6-3
v. Heriot-Watt - Pollock Gym, 28th November 1969 Won 5-4
These results are very encouraging since there are only three more matches to be fenced in the league. Besides these, Scotus has arranged some friendly matches to continue the competitive spirit which is so essential in the running of the club.
Colours have been awarded to the following boys in the V and VI years for services given to fencing:-
Brian Potter; Michael Mayo; Ian Campbell and Gordon Flavell.
R. G. FLAVELL (VI Yr.)
The Curling got off to not too bad a start this year with a fairly strong team of V and VI forms, with others when they are available. We haven't got as many people interested in the sport as we would like, and are able to field only one team again this year, with several reserves.
We hope to improve on last year's position in the Edinburgh Schools' Curling League, when we were fifth. We went about it the right way with a convincing win over Holts School of 16-0.
The inter-house Curling match between the Grays and Macdonalds took place with a good display of playing from both sides. Led by D. Dickson (Macdonald) and M. Peterson (Gray) some brilliant shots from the Macdonald team, near the end of play, gave them a 12-5 victory over the Grays. This is the second year running the Macdonalds have won.
The teams were:-
MACDONALD - D. Dickson (Skip); R. Czarnota; M. Shannon.
This year, 1969-70, a new kind of physical training came to, Scotus. The Christian Brothers set out to provide at least one "game" for everyone in their care.
Supervised and helped by Bro. E. Engel, the senior boys have formed a Weightlifting Club. Despite serious set-backs by lack of facilities and insufficient equipment such as bars, the club is flourishing. Already one boy is showing himself ready for an attempt at the East of Scotland Junior Championships, namely Roman Miedzybrodzki. Another, Norman Turnbull, is a member of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
We hope that by the next issue of this magazine the membership will have grown, due to the availability of more bars and weights.
Weightlifting is a sport that is useful to the strong and the weak. It is a pastime that has its dangers and its excitements. It is dangerous in so far as to lift a weight the wrong way can easily bring serious and perhaps permanent injury. Therefore it requires considerable skill. No doubt, we all have at some tried our strength. The thrill of success was not hidden.
Weightlifting is a competitive sport and is very demanding. The many warming-up exercises are essential if injury is to be avoided and these result in a high degree of fitness and are very rewarding and enjoyable.
Those taking part feel no ill-effects after a meeting, except slight fatigue. They are taught to lift properly any weight well within their capability.
It is a sport to be admired, being an ideal way of improving stamina and physique, where space is limited. It is not one of the traditional pastimes at Scotus, but helps the concentration and also a boy's application. It is certain to become a favourite among the senior boys of the school, if more equipment is found.
The Scottish Schools Swimming Association held their Annual Swimming Championships on Saturday, November 8th at East Kilbride. In order to select competitors to swim in the championships, time trials were held at Moray House College of Education Pool on Wednesday, October 15th. Standard times were drawn up for the trials and we were asked to enter only those swimmers capable of approaching the times. Accordingly three Scotus boys were entered for the times trials. They were: Stefano Boni (under 12 free style); Stephen Croan (under 16 free style); and John Groan (under 16 free style and medley). Although no Scotus boy was successful in reaching the finals at East Kilbride, it was a worthwhile experience.
The Edinburgh Athletic Club invitation schools races were held at Sighthill, Edinburgh on Saturday, October 11th last. Because of the number of boys engaged with rugby games that morning we could only enter a team in the under 15 section. The boys who represented Scotus were L. Munro, T. McEwan, I. Mackay, S. Doyle, D. Mackay, N. Jones and B. Crolla. Though we did not bring off the individual or team award we did very well. L. Munro took 16th place in a field of 115. Twenty teams finished the race, Scotus being placed fifteenth.
We had two cricket matches with John Watson's School during the summer term of the 1968-69 school year. The teams were composed of boys from Primary Seven and Form One. The matches were played at John Watson's School, and though Scotus lost both games the boys enjoyed the .cricket.
The game of Chess has been for centuries the favourite recreation of Kings, nobles and men of great minds. It is not surprising then that it attained such popularity in Scotus. However, in recent years the enthusiasm for the game suffered a considerable decline. Some senior boys and members of staff saw the unhappy plight the game was falling into and resolved to do something about it. Accordingly it was decided to run two chess tournaments, one in the Primary School and another in the Secondary. Prior to this Mr and Mrs T. D. McCalbe very generously donated two magnificent trophies, one for Junior Chess and one for Senior Chess. Both trophies were named after Rev. Br. Ennis, a former Rector of Scotus Academy. Everything was, therefore, set for two interesting and keenly contested tournaments.
A number of Sixth Formers supervised the battle of the giants in the Secondary School. Each class entered its competitors in the fray. Not to be outdone, the primary boys set-to with an unexpected enthusiasm, and before long the Academy on the Hill was aflame, as each successive battle was waged between silent and watchful combatants. The field was gradually narrowed down to Michael Peterson (Form VI) and William Wong (Form VI) who fought out the best round of the battle in the Secondary School. It was with evident pride and satisfaction that Michael Peterson received the Senior Trophy from the Rector. In the Primary School tournament Damien Campbell (P.7) had the distinction of coming out on top, after a thrilling duel with Simon Walton (P.5), and was awarded the Junior Trophy. All praise to the boys who took part in both tournaments and made them so successful and enjoyable. It is once more evident, we are glad to relate, that Chess holds a distinguished place in the sporting life of the boys at Scotus.
PAUL BARRY (60/68). After his year's practical work has entered the College of Agriculture.
BERTIE D'AGOSTINO (53/59). is an enthusiastic member of the Royal Forth Yacht Club and rumour has it that Yachting may well become a feature of Academical life.
FATHER BRIAN SADDLER (54[61). is the second Former Pupil to become a priest and was ordained by the Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh in. St. Mary's Cathedral on 1st March 1969.
J. L. PERRINS (56/63). who plays for Edinburgh Wanderers, was the leading try scorer in Scottish Senior Rugby for Season 1968/69 with a total of 31, John Was also selected to play for Edinburgh against Northumberland County at the beginning of the present season.
R. G. FORD (62/68). was awarded his XXX Club Rugby Colours in his first season at Edinburgh University and has been selected several times for the University 1st XI.
DERMOT O'MALLEY (58/68). is at the London Metropolitan Police College at Hendon.
PAUL McLAUGHLIN (60/68). has taken up a career in Quantity Surveying.
PETER PERRINS (60/68) is studying to be a Chartered Accountant.
KENNETH DOWDS (54/63). our only Professional Footballer continues to play for Berwick Rangers F.C.
LEONARD OLIVER (60/68). has entered the Archdiocesan Seminary at Drygrange to study for the Priesthood.
R. G . FORD (62-67). played his first Senior Rugby game when he was selected to play stand-off for Edinburgh University against Jedforest.
R. ZENTIL (56/63). has also played Senior Rugby this season when he was selected to play for Edinburgh Wanderers 1st XV.
LINDSA Y WILSON (56[63). has also been selected for Edinburgh Wanderers 1st XV, this season and the result is that four Scotus Academicals altogether have played for the Wanderers Senior XV..
MARK CAPALDI(62/68). School Captain in his last year and Brother Baylor (Senior Award) Winner, after a year at Heriot-Watt University, is shortly to enter British European Airways for training as a pilot.
ANDREW CONLON (59/61). has been selected as goalkeeper for Edinburgh University Hockey team for their Christmas Irish Tour.
JOHN CREGAN(57/65!. is now playing in goal for Edinburgh Northern in Scottish Senior Hockey.
MICHAEL HEAL, who kicked the two penalty goals which enabled Oxford University to defeat the Springboks Rugby Tourists in the now historic match at Twickenham, was educated by the Christian Brothers of St. Brendan's College, Bristol.
STATISTICS FOR 31st DECEMBER 1968
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