This blog is complete, it was a term by term account of the Great War by the staff and girls of the Godolphin School, Salisbury. The articles are taken from the School’s Magazines from 1914 to 1918, it is a record, in their own words of the school during that time.
Towards the end of the conflict, the school produced two magazines a year, Spring & Summer combined, Autumn & Winter Terms combined, rather than the normal four.
The ending of the war was not as heavily reported in the school magazine as was the war itself, it seems as if school breathed a sigh of relief and wanted to get on with being a school again.
In one of Miss Douglas’s last reports on the war she said..
“It is with an unspeakable feeling of thankfulness that I am able to record in our School Magazine that on Sunday last the nation gave thanks to God for the blessing of Peace. Many families and individuals will, no doubt, treasure the newspapers which described what took place in our Cathedrals and Churches, and many will also treasure the account of the Peace Celebrations. The School “Houses” on the hill all gathered on the asphalt outside the Mistresses’ room, and I told them that Peace had come, and that we must all try to do our part in making it a true and worthy Peace. We then said the General Thanks giving, with a special thanks giving, and sang the National Anthem.”
Autumn Term 1918 (Mary Alice Douglas)