Fortunately, at Sydney Grammar School affairs were far less problematic in 1922, even though the School had navigated a number of challenging years since the 1890s, in a period that historian Clifford Turney entitles “Consolidation and Crisis” in his history of the School4 . The School was under the brief stewardship of a headmaster by the name of Arthur Henry Shakespeare Lucas5 . Lucas’s words about the aims of the School in a report to the Trustees from this period offer some qualities that are hearteningly familiar from the life of our School today:
To foster the traditions of good work and hard play, and of public spiritedness in which the School was steeped … not moulding all the boys on the same pattern, but impressing all with a sense of comradeship and of frank willingness to face the work allotted, and with a more and more conscious desire to fit mind and body to take a worthy part in the activities of the School as a preparation for the activities of later life.
In 1922 at Grammar, English and Mathematics continued to dominate the academic curriculum, with the study of Science on the rise. Latin was strong, but demand for Greek was in decline. History and Geography were not gaining the popularity former Headmaster Sloman had envisaged. German was now absent from the academic diet, whilst the teaching of French emphasised composition at the expense of speaking and listening.
On the co-curricular front, sport remained strong. Rowing, in particular, saw substantial development as the School built and opened the Boatshed at Gladesville in 1922 and this led to a Head of the River triumph the following year. Separately, debating made its arrival in 1922 with an immediate triumph when the School won the inter-schools premiership.