School News – Christmas 1916

SUMMER TERM, 1916.

Monday, July 10th – We heard that Margaret Stevens-Guille had passed Responsions, and that Jessie Flemming had gained a 1st in History at Oxford.
Miss Douglas proposed that we, as a School, should join the War Savings Association (see special notice).
Monday, July 17th, was the date of the first performance of the Pageant of Empire for the League of Honour and a few other friends, July 18th and 19th for all who paid one shilling, and on Tuesday afternoon for wounded soldiers from both hospitals in Salisbury. The proceeds on the two “paying nights” amounted to 28l. 11s. 5d. for the Star and Garter Home for totally disabled soldiers and sailors.
July 24th. The School Concert took place.
July 25th. The March Playing Tournament was held. Seventeen girls entered, and Lilian King was the best. – Miss Westlake and Miss Gillian judged.
In the morning Miss Mixer’s classes gave a very delightful Rhythm Exhibition, to which several parents came.
Wednesday, July 26th. Mark Reading.
Miss Douglas told us that Yvonne Leys is to be head of the School. The names of some of the Forms have been altered. Rules containing some differences in the clothes’ list were read.
Cloak Room Marks. Sp. VI., Matric. VI., Extra V. and Lower VB, had not lost a mark, and share the picture.
Form Room Marks. Sp. VI., Lower VI., Matric. VI., Upper V. Lower IV., and Ill., share the cup, with no marks lost.
Finished Books. Sp. VA was best with 74 per cent., Lower VI. being second with 73 per cent.
Tennis brooches were won by: E. Hudson, V. Leys, M. Howes, P. Wood.
Cricket XI. colours by: D. Collier, H. Capel, K. Sargeaunt, 0. Tregelles, and Y. Leys.
Red Girdles. E. Banham, E. Birney, J. Douglas, N. Maude, P. Newharm, A. Paton, L Pears, H. Poynton, N. Preece, and H. Richards.
Juniors. R. Aldworth, P. Collins, N. Cooper, D. Leys, E. Palgrave, D. Richardson, L. Taylor.
Form Competition. The Senior Cup was won by Upper VI., and the Junior Picture by Form 11.
Milking Badges, given by Captain C. Bathurst, M.P., were presented to the 50 girls who had been through the course, and were certified as efficient by the Instructor. The Badges are of solid silver, about the size of a shilling, but thicker. They bear on one side a cow’s head in relief, with the motto “Pro Patria,” and on the reverse “Milking Test, Godolphin School, Passed by …,” leaving space for each girl to have her name engraved in the middle.
Miss Douglas then spoke of those leaving. The following are the names:­
School House. D. Collier, H. Elam, P. George.
Fawcett House. M. Stevens-Guille, D. Hinxman, W. Poynton, S. Yorke, C. Wilton, N. Cooper.
St. Margaret’s. L. King. D. Harvey-Jones, H. Toms, D. Caton, L. Gunner.
Nelson. B. Bridbe, 0. Tregelles, M. Wood.
New Forest. J. Dennison, B. Niven, M. Campin, I. Pears.
Sarum. H. Williams, V. Joscelyne, H. Brough, H. de Behr, b. Keble, E. Taunton, H. van der Meersch, M. Hardy, H. Swindells.
Lilian King, as head of the School, had a special clap. As Miss Douglas said, we shall miss her very much indeed, for she has given her very best to the School.
The special message which Miss Douglas had for those who were leaving was thee word “Vocation” = call. Some may have a very definite vocation, either to be doctors, or nurses, or to work at any other profession. But the call need not necessarily be away from home, only it will be one to SERVICE. Therefore be ready to answer it, even though it be to humble and trivial duties.
It is hard to say “Goodbye,” but if we all keep that word before us, you who go, and we who stay there will be unity among us, for it is not the shape of our work that matters, but the spirit of it. If we do it “with our might,” then we shall all be ONE.

AUTUMN TERM, 1916.
September 19th. Miss Douglas greeted us at Prayer-time, hoping that everyone felt fresh and ready for work. Speaking of the tone of the School, and for the need of it to go forward, for it can never stand still, she said: “We feel a special need for inspiration this term, having lost so many at the top of the School. This brings a respon­sibility to each one of us, for all can help to make the spirit of the School true and right. I am sure that Yvonne Leys will try to be a really good leader, and that the whole School will back her up.”
We heard that the Susan Esther Wordsworth Scholarship had been equally divided between Margaret Stevens-Guille and Vera Joscelyne.
The new girls this Term are:­
School House: Frances Pinckney, Upper IV.
St. Margaret’s: Decima Dome, Lower VA; Betty Du Buisson, Lower VB; Pearl Malony, Upper IV.; Faith Denny, Lower IV.
Nelson: Mary Cartwright, Upper VB; Kathleen Bridge, Special Parallel; Margery Sargeaunt, Lower IV. (from Sarum).
Fawcett: Vera Greene, Lower VI.; Natalie Lewarne, Upper VB; May Ashford, from Glenside, and Lucy Lock. Lower VA; Margaret Roseveare and Cicely Squire, Lower Vii.; Margaret Stow, Upper IV.
New Forest: Nora Cox, Lower VB.; Mary Trafford, Stephanie Chennells, Lucille Gossage, and Mary Panting, Upper IV.; Margaret Walker, and Molly Shawyer, Lower IV.; Celia Fraser, from Sarum House, II.
Sarum House: Frances Aitken and Judith Buckle, Upper IV. ; Mary Shorland, Lower IV. ; Margaret Symington and Margaret Cochrane, II.; Mary Griffin, Betty Luckham, and Muriel Arnold, from Kindergarten, and Constance Holford, I.
Janet Dennison, who learnt with Miss Ward, gained her L.R.A.M. diploma. She left in the Summer Term, and had been working for it here. It is the first time that a girl has gained this honour from our School.
September 25th. Miss Douglas told us the very sad news that Miss Grace Bagnall is leaving at the end of this Term. It is impossible to say how much we shall all miss her, but she thinks it right that she should go and live with her sisters.
Miss Douglas read a letter from Mr. Veasey, telling her of the sudden death of Mr. Pheasant, the Vicar of St. Andrew’s, Peckham, the part of the Mission which we help specially.
September 27th. Lady Hulse very kindly has given us a picture of the King. It is a beautiful one, and is to go in our gallery of notable people.
September 30th. Commem. Saturday. (See special notice.)
October 4th. We went to see the “Somme Battle Pictures,” which were marvellously vivid, and very interesting.
October 16th. Preparation for the National Mission. (See special notice.)
October 22nd. Miss Tovey, of the Church of England Zenana Society, very kindly came to give us an address on China.
October 27th. The National Mission Day for the whole School. (See special notice.)
October 30th. Miss Jones came to stay, and as Miss Hancock and Miss Steer were away she took part of their work, and was on the Staff till their return.

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