The School and the War – Christmas 1915

This term seems to have gone by so quickly, and perhaps it seems as if not much had been accomplished, and of course, the prevailing thought always at this time is: “How little we can do to help our country!” But if we resolve to persevere in trying to do our best we shall., in fact, gradually do a better best than in the early days of the war; for hands and hearts will get more capable of doing service the more practice they get. We have had our School Intercessions as before, and the list of names sent in to be prayed for grows ever longer. We have had our Saturday work-party, and since the end of July 500 sand bags have been made, and nearly 1000 little bags for the small possessions of the men. The evenings for working for the Belgians have gone on steadily, and the carpenters are beginning to learn to stand a little on their own feet, so that we have hopes of their being really very useful another day. and a large good cupboard and two tables and 12 trays have actually been made.

Miss Powell’s toy industry for providing Christmas presents for poor children in Salisbury and South London has been carried on briskly; the milking lessons are going on day by day, and I hope, will be continued after the Christmas holidays, and Miss Prosser’s exhibition of work done in the studio and in the craft school, will, I hope, bring in a nice gift for the Red Cross or other war fund. And I have not mentioned that a certain number of socks and mufflers have been made.