Well, to find the answer, you’ll have to browse the pages of these two ‘Friends of Moor Allerton’ magazines produced in 1981 and 1982 respectively.

Collating together news of the school, reports and accounts of events, original writing, poetry and crossword puzzles, they also contain ‘The Legendary Moor Allerton Jokes Page’ wherein you’ll find the rib-tickling answer to the question posed in the title of this post.

School-boy humour indeed!

In the archive, we have three editions of ‘Moor Allerton News’ dating from 1976. This is a magazine written and produced by a small group of pupils and circulated throughout the school. The highlights displayed here show the magazines contained a wide variety of school news and news from the wider world, topics relating to what was being studied at the time, sports reports, quizzes and competitions.

The writing and production is of a very high standard. Apologies for the quality of the reproductions here. Remember, there were no PCs with desktop publishing programs, so everything would have had to have been typed out on a manual typewriter and cut-and-pasted before being photocopied! An interesting read, and a great record of the times.

Good work Michael Joy, Paul Dixon, Richard Dean and all your contributors!

 

1950_School_Mag_Image“Many great writers and thinkers have first expressed themselves in their School Magazine, and have no doubt that there are boys at Moor Allerton now, of whom it will be said, “He used to write for his School Magazine”.”

So writes headmaster Mr. W.S.V. Oliver in his foreword to the 1950 edition of the revived Moor Allerton School Magazine, reproduced here in full. A real labour of love, with a fascinating range of articles, reviews and opinions.

Do you have any copies of other Moor Allerton School Magazines? Perhaps you could scan and upload them here or email them to us at [email protected], or alternatively, if we could borrow them we can scan ourselves.

1936 School Magazine ExcerptWe may be used to keeping up-to-date with all school activities these days via text, email, Facebook, Twitter and websites like this, but it wasn’t so long ago that the printed page was the only way of the school letting parents and friends know what was going on. We’ve unearthed an early example of the school magazine which dates back to 1936. It’s a fascinating record of the times, providing insights into the popular extra-curricular activities of the day (stamp collecting was apparently the talk of the playground, and there are some humorous, not to say surreal “Things we want to know” on page 4. Judging by the comprehensive round-up of sports reports, Bruce house was being well and truly beaten by Cromwell in both football and cricket. Come on Bruce!

Browse all the pages of the magazine below.