The School song
Here is a link to the words of the school song. The school song, Gaudeamus, was written in 1908 by music-master Dr H F Henniker, ARAM, to Latin words by the Headmaster at the time, the Rev C G Duffield, MA, headmaster from 1898 to 1913. It remains very much in use today, although in an abridged form. The modern use is to sing verses 1 and 5, with the chorus. At annuals supper, most Old Boys are surprised to find how easily it can be recalled, though a crib sheet is always available for those who left the classics behind years ago.
For those who have forgotten the tune, here’s a link to an mp3 file:
A comment on the motto “Olim Meminisse Juvabit”
(from the 2009 Combined Newsletter)
It can be translated as:
“A joy it will be one day, perhaps, to remember even this.”
This beautiful passage is taken from Book I, line 203, of Virgil’s Aeneid. We find Aeneas trying to console what’s left of his troops as they lay shipwrecked on the shores of Carthage. There have been many translations of this line from many different scholars, but it is Robert Fagles’ most recent translation that truly captures the gravity of what Aeneas and Virgil are trying to say.
The word “perhaps” leaves the reader recognizing that it may not be pleasing to remember even this.