This blog, is 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.
Over the next four years we will follow the school, its staff, pupils, relations and friends as they live through this momentous period in world history.
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.
This is their story –
“I must now turn to facts which lie behind everything else at this time-the great facts that make the school life of boys and girls of unspeakable importance, and demand that the regular daily duties be performed with increasing zest and earnestness on account of the value of the opportunities now and here for becoming fit to do other duties and other service in the future. It appears to me that two main ideas should govern the arrangement of school life at the present time. First that the regular education and training should be as sound as it is in our power to make it; and secondly, that there should be definite opportunities made for doing a small share of work immediately necessary to the country’s needs at this moment. I feel that it would be unfair not to let every member of a school give direct help in what is called war-work, and more than that, this direct help to the country helps us all to keep steadily in view the smallness of what any of us can do at home, compared with the glorious heroism of those who have left all they possess and are ready to give their lives in the cause of righteousness and freedom.”
Christmas Term 1917 (Mary Alice Douglas)