MAYFIELD STATE SCHOOL MOTTO AND HOUSES
MAYFIELD’S SCHOOL MOTTO
Our school motto is: REACH FOR THE SKY
"Reach for the Sky" is also the title of
Douglas Bader’s biography, written in 1954.
MAYFIELD’S SPORT HOUSES
Our houses are:
BADER, MALAN, OLIVE
Three houses were created in Mayfield's early years:
Bader (yellow), Malan (red) and Olive (blue). Then in 1969 increased enrolment enabled the
development of a new house:
Trent (green). By 1993, the school had reverted to the
original three houses.
Each house is named after a famous pilot of the
English speaking world whose fame was earned in World War II.
BADER—Group Captain Sir Douglas RS Bader 1910-1982
Douglas Bader was born in London in 1910. In 1931 he
was seriously injured in a plane crash where he had both legs amputated and
When war broke out, the RAF would only offer him a
ground job which he refused, but with persistence he fought his way back to
For his achievements in the Battle of France and the
Battle of Britain, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) in
1940, and in January 1941 he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC). From
1941 – 1945 he was a Prisoner of War in Germany.
After the war he increasingly gained
celebrity status and became an inspiration to both disabled and able-bodied
Douglas Bader was knighted in 1976.
MALAN—Group Captain Adolph G Malan 1910-1963
Adolph (Sailor) Malan was born in South Africa in
1910. He was involved in action over Dunkirk, France in 1940, and awarded a
DFC. He was also awarded a DSO late in 1940.
Sailor Malan wrote ‘10 Rules For Air Fighting’ which
was distributed for general instruction throughout the RAF.
During World War II he was a RAF ‘ACE’ and credited
with 35 victories.
OLIVE—Wing Commander CGC (Gordon) Olive 1916-1987
Gordon Olive was born in Brisbane in 1916
and educated at Brisbane Grammar School and Queensland University. He joined
the RAAF in 1935. By 1940 he had become a Flight Commander seeing action over
Dunkirk. Olive became an ‘ACE’ during the battle of Britain and was awarded the
DFC in 1940.
In that year he formed and commanded 456 Squadron which
was the RAAF’s only night fighter squadron unit. In 1942 he returned to
Australia, then in 1944 he went to Air Defence Headquarters in Sydney.
(TRENT—Group Captain Leonard H Trent 1915-1986
Trent was born in New Zealand in 1915. He joined the Royal NZ Air Force in 1937
then, in 1938, he sailed for England where he commenced flying with the RAF. In
1940 he was awarded the DFC.
a failed bombing raid he became a prisoner of war in Germany. He was the 79th
Prisoner to attempt escape, in the "Great Escape’, March 1944, and was
caught as he emerged from the tunnel exit.
was released in 1945 and, after investigation, it was awarded with the Victoria