Jottings From the School Diary – Summer Term 1917


Wednesday, January 23rd.-School re-opened. Miss Douglas wel­comed the School, and hoped everyone had had refreshing holidays. The Rules were read, and Miss Douglas emphasized the fact that, although there were few written Rules, yet there were many un-written ones.

Monday January 29th. – Miss Gillman, Miss Hancock and Margaret Chilton told the School about the Mission Treat, which was given in the Christmas Holidays.

Our “rations” began at School. To simplify accounts each House provides biscuits for its girls, the Prefect giving them out at Break.

Saturday February 17th. – Two concerts were given in the Hall by Miss Nellie Harding, in aid of the “Prisoners of War” Fund.

Monday February 26th. – Mrs. Shaw McLaren gave a delightful Lecture to the School about the wonderful work of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals in Serbia. France and Russia.

March 1st. – We heard that -Mary Tracey had passed the London Matriculation.

Saturday March 31st. – There was a Concert, for wounded soldiers.

Friday, March 9th – Mr. Bedford Pym gave an amusing and interest­ing Lecture on Flags. He told us about the origin of Flags, and also about the history of the Union Jack.

Saturday March 25th – An excellent Concert was given by some Belgian Artistes. All the proceeds went to St. Dunstan’s National Institute for the Blind, as Lady Hulse had kindly paid for the ex­penses.

Monday March 19th – Miss Hancock gave us an account of the Annual Meeting of the General Council of Representatives of the United Girls’ Schools’ Mission.

Friday March 30th – A very beautiful Confirmation Service was held in the Cathedral for the School.

Saturday March 31st – Miss Douglas and Miss Prosser had a Meeting of the whole School, to make plans for the Sale. The first announce­ment of the Sale was published in the local Paper.

Saturday March 1st. – The General Knowledge Examination took place. (See special notice.)

Monday April 2nd. – Mark Reading.
Cloak Room Picture was won by Upper VI. and Upper VD. with no marks lost.
Form Room Cup was won by Upper VL and I., with no marks lost.
Finished Books. – Lower VD. was best with 81 per cent. Lower VI. being second with 75 per cent.
Lacrosse Pins were won by Y. Leys, Y. Chapman, E. Lea, N. Northcroft, E. Hudson, P. Clarke, M. Sim, J. Hinxman, S. Wotton, C. Mackworth and P. Du Buisson.

Then Miss Douglas spoke of the following leaving girls:

School House – P. Permewan.
St. Margaret’s – H. Elworthy and M. Vines.
New Forest – M. Glynn and E. Aspray.
Sarum – H. Livesey, K. Griffin, J. Lang, M. Davies, B. Carew, P. Gubbins, V. Stayner and C. Holford.

The special word which Miss Douglas had for those who were leaving School was “Service.” To do service to God and man, and to see in what way one was fitted for that service. “Be among those who can be counted on, those whom people are glad to get hold of to help them, because they are reliable. Read and think, leave trash behind, aim high; and watch and pray.”