Miss Douglas – Autumn Term 1918

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 which, by order of the King, will take place on the National Holiday on Saturday next. Here I will only say that the news of the great event reached the School on the evening of Saturday June 28th. 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.

On July 28th there is to be a children’s Historical Pageant, written by Mr. Stevens, the Curator of the Museum an account of which will be in the next Magazine.

And now I must speak of a few School matters and events of special interest. Marcia Matthews, Head Mistress of St. Mary’s School, Calne, and once Head Girl of the Godolphin School, brought a party of Mistresses and girls from her School to visit Salisbury and the Godolphin School on Thursday last. It was a very great pleasuree to us to have them, and we hope that the friendly display of gymnastic “free exer­cises” may develop into a competition between the Schools. If it does, the excellence of the Calne drilling will make the contest very interesting, St. Mary’s School, Calne, has added to its buildings and playing fields, and, in spite of this, it is full to bursting, and will have to build again.

And now I must turn to the changes and losses which are coming to the School at the end of the term. Miss Westlake, who has been here for 23 years, and for the last year has been House Mistress of Fawcett, is leaving us, and will be so greatly missed. I can fancy so many of those who read this will say “We shall hardly know the School without Miss Westlake,” and they will remember with so much gratitude the many happy hours spent in the Gymnasium and ]In the play-grounds. She, too, I know, is very sorry to say goodbye to the School where she has lived and worked so long, but this regret is quite compatible with being ready and desirous to take up fresh work in the near future, and we all give her our very warmest and best wishes, as well as our gratitude for all her work in the School and Fawcett House.

Two other Mistresses are leaving us: Miss Mitchell, who has been here for seven years and two terms, and has done such good work as Geography Mistress, and as teacher of Household Accounts, and who has been such a good friend to the succession of girls in her Form. She, too, is going to take up other work, and she has our very best wishes and gratitude.

Miss Alcock, too, is leaving us after two years, in which she has interested so many girls in good literature. She has been Form Mistress, first of Form II. and then of Form Lower VB. Besides these things, she has so often aiven us so much pleasure through her singing. She, too, takes with her the best wishes of the School and especially of her own pupils and the nierabers of her own Forms.

M. A. DOUGLAS

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