A blood-spattered boxing vest inspired school poem

Mayville High School's vaulting team of 1959
Mayville High School's vaulting team of 1959
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The pictures here will bring back memories for former pupils at a Southsea school.

And if they do, they might like to take a bigger trip down memory lane at the school’s annual reunion next month.

The photographs come from the archives of Mayville High School and various sporting events on Governor’s Green, Old Portsmouth.

In the main picture we see the independent school’s vaulting team pictured in 1959 in their pristine gym kit.

While in our In Pictures feature are two photos of the junior boys’ football squads, although the dates are not known.

In the centre of one picture is the then headmistress Doris Livesey.

The lads’ timetables were kept so busy with sporting activities that it once inspired a poem in the school magazine.

On Monday in runningshorts and vest,

We circle the Services’s grounds with zest,

With Tuesday gym still yet to come,

Homes goes the washing with dear old mum.

On Wednesday, in the summer time, cricket’s the game,

And home go our flannels complete with green stain.

On Thursday it’s boxing, with kit once more white,

But a blood-spattered vest goes home the same night.

For girls in the class of 1959 at Mayville there was also a great deal of sporting opportunity with netball, hockey, athletics, plus the vaulting team.

Mayville also took part in the Southern Area Independent Schools Athletics’ Association with some success.

Records from Mayville’s Sports Day in 1958 show fierce competition in the flat races, high jump and long jump, and an event called ‘the slow bicycle race’.

The school was founded in 1897 at the home of Miss West at Gains Road, Southsea. It has occupied various premises within a stone’s throw of its first home.

Every year the St Simon’s Road school celebrates such memories with a reunion

This year it’s on Friday, June 28 from 6.30pm– 8pm.

Contact the school if you can make it on (023) 9273 4847, or e-mail enquiries@mayvillehighschool.net.