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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The Roll of Honour – Autumn Term 1918

ALDWORTH. On the 10th October, 1918, drowned in the Leinster on the way to the Front, Douglas Aldworth, Second-Lieutenant, Royal Berks Regiment, aged 19, brother of J. R. and B. Aldworth.

FOLLIOTT. Killed in action on September 19th, Second-Lieutenant John Folliott, aged 20, the Durham Light Infantry, brother of A. Folliott.

ROUQUETTE. On September 26th, 1917, reported missin,, now officially assumed killed in action on that day, Lieutenant Douglas Rouquette, pilot, R.F.C., husband of Edith Rouquette (Scott).

SOMERVILLE. Martin, brother of N. Somerville.

TRAYES. Previously reported missing on March 23rd, 1918, now reported killed in action on that day, near Morchies, Frederic Kenneth Jackson Trayes, Second-Lieutenant Cheshire Regiment, aged 19 years 11 months. Recommended for M.C. Brother of 112. Trayes.

WALLICH. Maurice Waliich, Royal West Surrey Regiment (Queen’s), nephew of Miss Wallich.

WILKINSON. Major James Wilkinson, cousin of N. Broadbent.

School News – Autumn Term 1918

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th  Miss Douglas gave us a very hearty welcome, and said that she knew that all the new Mistresses who had come to help us were our friends already. They were Miss Dewey, Games Mistress; Miss Lawrence, who has come to help Miss Westlake at Fawcett House, and to teach in the School; and Miss Jeffries, who is going to be Second House Mistress in Hamilton House. Miss Wallich has come back for this tern, and Miss Seal, our late Head Girl, has come back to help Miss Edith at Nelson House. Miss Oliver has been obliged to leave us during, the holidays to do Government work, and the following girls have also left:­

Sarum: C. la Trobe. AL Luckham, S. Tuckes, H. B. and, V Gervers.

Fawcett: M. Burnett, B. Collins.

Hamilton: M. Thursby.
M. Cochrane has not left after all.

Miss Doualas then read the Senior Cambridge Results, and told us that N. Maude and P. Lee had passed the London Matriculation.

She also told us that, through the unselfishness of some members of Sarum House who carried on the mowing during the holidays, we should be able to begin games at once.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th Commemoration Day.

All who had been Confirmed went to Holy Communion at St. Martin’s at 7.45. The School Service was at 9.45. The exhibition of the work ready for the sale was open all the afternoon and in the evening. Miss Ward and -Miss Alcock gave us a most delightful concert, before which the prizes were given. They were small medals, the size of a sixpenny-bit, but thicker, and engraved on one side with the fleur-de-lys. The collec­tion at prayers, which amounted to £4 0s. 10d., was given to the Life boat Fund.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 14th After prayers, Miss Douglas told us that Miss Spencer and Mr. Bayley were engaged to be married, and that Mademoiselle Marchau was going to marry Captain Kneebone as soon as he got leave. We conveyed our good wishes to them in the form of a hearty clap.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18th At 8 p.m. Mr. Rowntree gave us a most interesting lecture, illustrated by lantern slides; on the Childhood of Animals.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19th At 2.15 there was a match between the Old Girls and the present Girls, and the present Girls won.

Nelson House gave a party to some of the wounded soldiers from the Infirmary. After tea they acted “Bluebeard,” and Kathleen Sargeaunt, an Old Girl, who happened to be down, sang songs between the scenes, in the choruses of which the soldiers joined.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25th Miss MacCormick, of the Kinnaird High School, Lahore, gave a lecture in our Hall on the position of women under Mohamedanism. All girls over 16 were allowed to go, and as Miss Douglas could not be present, Miss Bagnall took the chair.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30th Mademoiselle Marchau was married to Captain Kneebone, at St. Martin’s. In order that the Mistresses might go to the wedding we had an extra long break. After the wedding the party returned and had refreshments in School House sitting-room. We give our heartiest good wishes to Captain and to Mrs. Kneebone, who has made French lessons very interesting.

The results of the Sight-Reading Competition were given out. This year it was judged by Miss Awdry, Miss Ward and Miss Mixer, and was in three grades, Advanced, Middle and Elementary. School House was top with 38.7 marks, and Hamilton came second with 32.3 marks. The rest came as follows: Fawcett, 28.3 marks; St. Margaret’s, 27.1 marks; Methuen, 26.7 marks; Nelson, 23.6 marks; Sarum, 17.6 marks. We congratulate School House.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10th As we could not go to Church owing to an outbreak of influenza, Mr. Cameron came and gave us a service at School at five o’clock. He spoke of the momentous decision before Germany, the result of which would be known on the following day, and would alter the history of the whole world. If Germany accepted the terms imposed on her, a great step would be taken towards the bringing about of the kingdom of God. God had not stopped the war, because He never interferes with the free will of His people. Mr. Cameron ended by reminding us that every action of ours either hastened or hindered the advance of God’s kingdom, and he asked us to give ourselves up more wholly to the service of God and of His Church from this time forward, and to resolve that in future we would not only say our prayers, but will our prayers.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11th Armistice Day. (All comment on this is reserved for our next issue.)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15th Lady Edward Cecil came and talked to us about her recent visit to France.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17th We were allowed to go to the Thanks­giving Service at the Cathedral.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18th At 12 o’clock Major the Rev. R. Bartlett gave us a lecture about his work in New Guinea. We hope that he will come again and tell us more about his life there.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29th Miss Douglas’ birthday. We gave her an early morning tea-set and a silver pencil. In the evening the staff gave a party in honour of the event.

FRIDAY. DECEMBER 6th The Governors’ meeting. Miss Douglas read her report as usual. Lady Hulse was in the chair, and gave away the Senior Cambridge and various music certificates. She then made a short speech about the war, and congratulated the School on our con­tribution to the work done by the nation.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7th Our Sale of Work. At four o’clock there was a repetition of the two plays and the Toy Symphony originally performed for Miss Douglas’ birthday by the staff. A silver collection was taken at the door.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9th At 3.15 Miss Douglas and the School listened to a pianoforte concert given by some of the girls.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11th Mark Reading 10.30 – The result of the Sale was given out as £135 17s. 3d., with, perhaps, some more to follow. Miss Douglas had been asked if £100 could be given to open a “Godolphin” bed at Lord Methuen’s Hospital, in Malta. She put this proposition before the School, and it was carried unanimously. The amount left over was given to local Red Cross funds.

She then read the Term’s Marks, and the Music and Drawing Marks.

Finished Books: Lower VI., was top with 71.2 per cent.

Tidy Marks. Form Room Cup: Upper VI., Lower VI., Lower Sp. VI., Lower Va. Par. No marks lost.

Cloak Room Picture: Won by Form II., with no marks lost.

Sight Reading Competition: School House.

Senior Red Girdles: P. Wilson, E. Palgrave, M. Perkin, J. Preston, M. Walker, J. Beach, G. Coles, H. Hesketh, M. Sargeaunt, K. Carpmael

Junior Red Girdles: F. de Jersey, H. Luker

Red Girdle Cup: Upper School, Lower VI. 86 per cent.

Junior Red Girdle Picture: Lower School, Lower IV., 40 per cent.

Before reading the list of leaving Mistresses and girls, Miss Douglas said that this was always the sad part of Mark Reading, but that she wished the girls leaving to remember that they would often bein our thoughts. Her especial message to the leaving girls might be summed up in the word “Service.”

Mistresses Leaving: Miss Cranmer, Miss Gillman, Mrs. Kneebone, Miss Buckle, Miss Carroll and Miss Seal.

Girls Leaving:

School House: P. Wood, House Prefect and Games Representative Upper VI.
Sarum House: E. Brereton, Upper V., E. Gibbs, Lower Sp. VI., B. Gibbs, Upper IV., M. Cochrane, Lower IV.
St. Margaret’s: H. Felton, Upper Special VI.
Nelson House: K. Bridge, Upper Special VI.
Fawcett House: VI. Preece, Lower Vb.
Hamilton House: M. Kingdon, Upper Special VI.
Methuen House: A. Beevor, House Prefect and Upper VI.

Miss Douglas wished us happy holidays, and asked us to be extremely quiet on the journey, and to keep up the good tradition of quietness and commonsense. She asked us to give those at home a very happy time. She compared the girls leaving us to the men going out to the front, for they were all going to fight for the right.

The Great War – Spring Term 1918

I am writing this in the week of the great victory in Palestine, when we have all been filled with thankful rejoicing at the wonderful feat accomplished under the direction and the command of General Allenby. Besides this, great news comes of retreating Bulgarians, and ever since the beginning of August the line of the Allied Armies in the West has been advancing, sometimes with a successful and surprising great push, sometimes by many minor operations, which have paved the way for greater and more impressive successes, and the assistance of the vast and ever increasing American army cannot be too highly estimated. On the first morning of the new term, a special thanksgiving was added to our School Prayers, and special prayers are needed at this time for all those amongst us whose share in the cost of victory is the largest. The men themselves do not seem to count the cost, and certainly their deeds of dauntless courage can never be counted but let us pray that the undying spirit of them may pervade and influence our lives, and the lives of all generations to come. And now let us all brace ourselves to carry on all the work and service possible, so that with God’s help and in His strength, each one of us may be allowed a share in securing the fruits of the sacrifice made for the triumph of righteousness and a righteous freedom. I think many of you may agree with me in feeling how easy it is to be thrilled at moments with a great desire for a share in self-sacrificing patriotism, and how easy also it is to be slack at moments in doing the daily duty as perfectly as possible, how easy it is to get a little tired of some particular form of service, and how easy even it is to grumble at some small, but continued privation ! Perhaps we are ashamed to own this, but do we not sometimes find ourselves longing too intently that life may be easier as of old, instead of forgetting ourselves altogether in the rendering with complete willingness anything we have to contribute towards the good of our dear country? Some who will perhaps read these words have been called upon to give what makes the very happiness of home and of life, and may well feel that indeed there is no danger for them of ever again taking a small view of life, but for any of us who may not have been so touched with the very fire from the altar, of sacrifice. I believe there may be a need “to make good,” and to make better still, the patriotism which we undoubtedly feel in our inmost hearts.

M. A. DOUGLAS.

Fawcett House – Spring Term 1918

Last term was the last term of Mrs. Everett being a present member of the Godolphin School. When I think of her as one who came to the School soon after I did; of being, the Head Girl of the School; of her being with me helping me in School House : and then of her years Is Head of Fawcett House, you will not be surprised that I want, through the pages of the Magazine, to call upon all past and present members of the School to give her our heartfelt thanks for all she has done to help the School, and to give her and General Everett once more our very best wishes for their happiness in the future.

I have appointed Miss Westlake to be Head of Fawcett House, and I know she is entering on this new phase of her Godolphin work with all the very best wishes of the School, and Fawcett House will feel completely and happily at home with her. In consequence of this, and with many regrets, she has had to give up the Gymnasium work and Games after very many years of happy days in the “gym,” and on the School Playground, and in this she will be greatly missed; but the whole School is determined to go forward with Miss Dewey’s help, and she and the girls are resolved to make the games and the marching and the gymnasium work the best that it can possibly be.

M. A. DOUGLAS

Ninth List of Relatives and Friends Serving – Spring Term 1918

ARMY
J. Paton
F. White
P. Usher
L. Rouquette
L. Greene
F. Wate
W. Bouverie
N. Dickenson
L. Rougier
H. Batson
W. Figgis
C. Buckle
J. Elliman
H. Fowle
L. Kent
E. Hassy
E. Morley
G. Phillimore
M. Pollock
M. Somerville
M. Wilson
C. Cochrane
J. Vesey
H. Cooper
M. Barrows
G. Lym-Taylor
C. Foster
D. Du Buisson
V. Eyre

NAVY
R. Davies
E. Bouverie
M. Broadbent
C. Gervers
A. Fanshaw
A. Linsell
A. Still

CHAPLAIN
F. Etherington

AIR
K. Laurie
J. Maude
C. Maude
T. May
C. Thursby

NURSES
K. Douglas
N. Slaney

The Roll of Honour – Spring Term 1918

POTTS – William Janson Potts, R.F.A., attached to R.F.C., killed in an air fight, September 21st, 1917.

EVANS – William Evans, New Zealand Rifle Brigade, killed at Passchendaele, husband of Louie Evans (nee Foster).

READ. Killed at Econst St. Mein, April 2nd, 1917, Edward Macartney Read, Second-Lieutenant 9th Devon.

READ – Killed at Delville Wood, July, 1916, Thomas Jaf3ray Read, brother of Mildred Hepburn (Read).

COLLINS – Killed in action, on the 28th ult., John. Ferdinando, Second-Lieutenant, M.G.C., only son of the late H. J. Collins, Southcote­road, West Reading, and Mrs. Collins, St. Mark’s-road, Salisbury, aged 19, brother of M., P. and N. Collins.

CLIVE-SMITH – Killed in action, on the 24th March, Second-Lieu­tenant Colin Metcalfe Clive-Smith, eldest son of the late Clive-Smith, of Adelaide, S.A., and Estella Clive-Smith; of 15, Chaucer-road, Bedford, aged 19, brother of N. Clive-Smith.

HODGSON – Died of wounds, in Cairo, April lst, Charles Basil Mortimer Hodgson, Captain, the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment, eldest son of Charles Durant Hodgson, and Mrs. Hodgson, of The Hallams, Shamley Green, Guildford, and beloved husband of Mary Alice (Molly), eldest daughter of the Ven. Archdeacon of Sarum and Mrs. Carpenter, of Salisbury.

SLOCOCK – On the 3rd April, in a hospital abroad, of wounds received in action 25th March, Captain Cyprian Henry Benson Slocock, of North Lodge, Maidenhead, aged 21, brother of M. and C. Slocock.

EVANS – Hugh Elwyn Evans, M.C., Yorkshire Regiment, fia.nce of Violet Christy.

CORNISH – Robert Kestell-Cornish, cousin of Kene Keble.

PRISONERS
W. TRAFFORD. J. GORDON.

MISSING
C. GALBRAITH BUCKLE.

Jottings from the School Diary – Spring Term 1918

SPRING TERM, 1918

THURSDAY, JANUARY 17TH – School re-opened. Miss Douglas welcomed us back to school. She then gave a special welcome and her best wishes to General and Mrs. Everett (Miss Wyld). Mrs. Everett rose to thank us all for the hearty clap we gave them. Miss Douglas told us that the new Matron is Miss McCroben, and that Miss Carroll has come to help with the drawing. She then read the prizes, and gave an address on being “Children of Light.” She told us that we must always strive for light, and that there must be no dark corner in our houses, our homes, or our school.

List of Removes:
M. Trafford to Lower Special VI.; M. Bennet to Upper V.; M. Pettinger to Lower V.; A. J. Preston to Lower VB.; M. Middleditch to Upper IVA.; A. B. Salisbury to III.

The new girls:
Sarum House – J. Etherington, Lower VI., M. Etherington, Upper V., E. Gibbs, Special V., E. Bereton, Lower VI., B. Gibbs, Upper N., B. D. Knight and S. Tuckey, III., M. Chubb, II.
Fawcett House – A. Johnson, Lower VB.
Hamilton House – J. Hepburn, Lower VB., R. King, Upper IVA., C. Dyke, II.

MONDAY, JANUARY 21ST – Miss Gillman and Miss Hancock gave us very interesting accounts of the Mission Treat.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND – There were “Ration Parties ” in each of the Houses (except Nelson, which was in quarantine for measles). A certain number of girls from each House exchanged with another. Games and competitions took place after tea, and an enjoyable evening was spent.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH – The Hall was lent by Miss Douglas to the Wilts War Agricultural Committee for a very interesting meeting, on the need of girls for work on the land. The elder girls were allowed to go to it.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH – From two o’clock till three, Dr. Alcock kindly coached us in the songs for the singing competition. From 3.15 till 4.15 the Old Girls’ match took place. The School was allowed to watch for a part of the time. M. Holmes captained the Old Girls, and S. Wotton, the Present Girls.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH – Miss Douglas very kindly gave us a party. We assembled in the School Hall after supper and played games.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH – Dr. Alcock coached us for the second time. In the evening, Miss Douglas gave a party to the Staff.

ASH WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH – Miss Douglas spoke a few words to us at Morning Prayers about ” Love.” We went to the Cathedral for Evensong.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH – Mr. Robins, the Organising Secretary for the S.P.G. in this Diocese, told us of the great importance of S.P.G. work.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH – Mr. Kricorian, an Armenian teacher, came to tell us of his country’s need and trouble. He showed us interesting slides of Egypt, the Holy Land and his own country.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH – There was a sale of Armenian work in the gymnasium. About £19 was realised for that suffering country.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH – Archdeacon Dundas came to tale our first Lent service. He talked to us about God, the great Reality, the Eternal Truth.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH – Canon Myers took our second Lent service. He told us to try and carry the presence of God with us all through the day, and to do everything to His glory.

TUESDAY, MARCH 5TH – The great Salisbury War Bond week began. The whole school went down to the Market Square to see the Tank in the afternoon.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6TH – Archdeacon Dundas came to take our third Lent service. He emphasised the great fact, the Being of God. In these times God has begotten us again. It is a time of re-construc­tion. The moral deadness is to be overcome by Christ. In the evening Miss Lucy took several of the VI. Form to see a ” Demonstration of the Working of a Kindergarten Church Sunday School ” at St. Mark’s Day School.

FRIDAY, MARCH 8TH – Miss Douglas and the Form Mistresses chose about 50 girls to do “War work.” The Secretary of the Salisbury Food Control Committee had asked Miss Douglas if we could help with the difficult task that had been set, that of writing out many thousands of food and meat cards for the inhabitants of Salisbury. War work was done instead of lessons on Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday by a number of girls from Upper Forms.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9TH – At 3 o’clock, the second match between the Old and Present Girls was played. The teams were slightly altered, but were captained by the same people. At 5.45 Miss Ward and Miss Alcock gave a delightful concert to the School in the Hall.

MONDAY, MARCH, 11TH – Archdeacon Dundas took our fourth Lent Service. In the afternoon some of the mistresses took parties of the girls to see several of the beautiful gardens in and near the Close.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13TH – The majority of the School went to hear an excellent concert in the Town, given by Plunkett Green and Sybil Eaton. The others went for a walk to Old Sarum.

MONDAY, MARCH 18TH – M. Dalston, C. Fletcher, M. Chilton and M. Eppstein went up to Oxford for Scholarship Examinations, and V. Hinkley went up for Responsions. At 7.30 Mr. Fellowes-Wilson gave us a delightful lantern lecture on the Navy: (See Special Notice.)

FRIDAY, MARCH 22ND – A most beautiful Confirmation Service for the Godolphin Candidates took place in the Cathedral Choir.

Confirmation Candidates:­
School House – M. Wood, R. Taylor. E. Birney, N. Somerville.
Sarum House – M. Waters, P. Collins, J. Buckle.
St. Margaret’s – C. Malony, E. Palo-rave, B. Douglas, J. Colbeck, P. Malony, M. Luckham, L. Taylor.
Nelson House – B. Davies, S. Holborow, M. Ilbert, M. Allan, P. Savage.
Fawcett House – C. Harrison, M. Pettinger, P. Stow, L. Lock, C. Squire.
Hamilton House – E. White, V. Arnold, G. Chambers, S. Chennells.
Methuen House – B. Bisdee, B. Jenks. Glenside. N. Cox.

SATURDAY, MARCH 23RD – The School assembled in the Hall at 9.30 to hear the programme for the day, then broke up into parties and spent a delightful half-hour enjoying English Literature. At 11.30 Mr. Stevens gave us a most interesting and amusing lecture on Milford Hill as it was thousands of years ago. (See Special Notice.) At 4.30 Dr. Alcock very kindly came to judge the singing. The shield was won by Nelson House. Methuen House came in a good second. In the evening Miss Mixer’s Harmony Class gave a most enjoyable concert of English music.

MONDAY, MARCH 25TH – Mark Reading.

The Cloak Room Picture was won by Lower IV. with only one mark lost.

The Form Room Cup was won by Lower VI., Lower Special VI., Special V., Lower VB. and Upper IVA. with no marks lost.

Finished Books-Upper V. was best with 74 per cent., Lower VI., being second with 73 per cent.

Lacrosse Pins were won by P. Wood, H. Phillimore, J. Carter, M. Chilton, V. Greene, G. Taylor, G. Rigden, D. Fanner, N. Figgis, and M. Figgis.

Red Girdles were won by:

H. Phillimore, V. Greene, G. May, U. Luker,
K. Birkett, M. Walters, M. Ilbert and M. Kingdon.

A Junior Red Girdle was won by C. Fraser.

The Form Red Girdle Cup was won by Upper VL with 70 per cent. The Junior Red Girdle Picture was won by the Third Form with 23 per cent.

Miss Douglas gave us a holiday wish and a word for these critical times. She told us to keep calm, cheery, strong and steadfast, and to be willing to endure anything that is necessary to bring great good out of the sacrifice that is being made for us. She then gave a special message to the leaving girls. She hoped that their lives would be packed as full as possible with usefulness and service, and that they should take up the work they were most fitted for, not the thing that appeared most attractive for the moment.

The Leaving Girls:­

School House – C. Fletcher and N. Clive-Smith from Upper VI.; S. Hope-Johnstone from Lower Special VI.
Sarum House – D. Bingham and G. Rigden from Lower Special VI.; K. Gordon-Duff from Upper IVA,
Nelson House – P. Savill from Upper IVA.
Fawcett House.   F. Frood and N. Lewarne from Lower VT.; N. Preece from Upper Special VI.; H. Duboura from Lower Special VI.
Hamilton House – M. Fairclough from Lower Special VI.

SUMMER TERM, 1918

THURSDAY, APRIL 25TH – School re-opened. Miss Douglas spoke to us inspiringly of St. George and of the allegorical meaning underlying the legends which have grown up round him. She told us that, like St. George of old, we had to take up the sword to fight against our “dragons” in order to make the world a better place.

Mademoiselle Caron has taken Mademoiselle Cornellie’s Place, Miss Carroll is to take Matron’s place, and as Mr. George is still ill, Dr. Alcock has kindly promised to undertake his work.

New Prefects:­

Prefect of Fawcett House – H. Phillimore. Prefect of Lower Special VL-M. Waters.

The New Girls:­

School House – J. Morley, Special V.; E. Fagan, Lower VB.; and F. de Jersey, Lower IV.

Sarum House – M. Pleydell-Bouverie, Upper V.; M. Dodd, Lower IV.; and G. Waters, III.

Margaret’s – C. Thicknesse, Lower IV.

Nelson House – J. Cartwright, Lower IV.

Fawcett House – D. Percy-Jones, Special V.; M. Burnett, Lower VA.; B. Collins, Lower VB.; and R. Bloxam, III.

Methuen House – H. Dickenson, Special V.

MONDAY, APRIL 29TH – Miss Douglas told us plans for “War ­work,” in the shape of concerts and acting, this term, and a Sale of Work next. We do our own mowing now, and throughout the week Brookes instructed us in the art of mowing Properly.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8TH  – We went to the first of a series of Orchestral Concerts, and enjoyed ourselves immensely. (See Special Notice.)

THURSDAY, MAY 9TH – Ascension Day. Those who had been Con­firmed began the day by going to the early Celebration at St. Martin’s. The Railway Authorities gave us permission to travel to Wishford by train, so that we again spent glorious Ascension Day in the Woods. (See Special Notice.)

THURSDAY, MAY 16TH.-A second series of ” Ration Parties ” took place in each of the Houses. Cricket and tennis matches and sports featured amongst the, amusements.

SATURDAY, MAY 18TH – Methuen House acted a delightful original play to the School in the Hall. A silver collection was taken at the doors for a “Games” Shoes Fund for Elementary Schools. (See Special Notice.)

THURSDAY, MAY 23RD – Form Picnics. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed herself, in spite of the bad weather.

FRIDAY, MAY 24TH – The whole School went to the Market Square to celebrate Empire Day. We heard some stirring addresses given to a very large gathering of the citizens of Salisbury, as well as to sections of the Troops. We also saw General Sclater presenting medals to a number of our soldiers for gallant services rendered for their country at the Front.

THURSDAY, MAY 30TH – There were rehearsals of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and the French play. Several Houses went for expeditions.

FRIDAY, MAY 31ST – There was a dress rehearsal of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in Lady Sclater’s garden.

MONDAY, JUNE 3RD – The first instalment of girls from the Elemen­tary Schools came to play Rounders in the grounds. Boys and girls come several evenings a week after our games’ time, for cricket and rounders.

THURSDAY, JUNE 6TH – There were Rehearsals in the afternoon. Mr. Robertson very kindly came to take “The Service of Song” at 8 o’clock. Miss Harding conducted.

MONDAY, JUNE 10TH – Canon and Mrs. Veazy came down from London to see the School. Canon Veazy gave us a most stirring account of our Mission. (See Special Notice.)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12TH – A party of about 19 girls went to Britford for haymaking.

Some of the younger ones went to the Cinematograph to see a series of interesting pictures of the Boy Scout Movement.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19TH – We all went to the Fete in Lady Sclater’s garden, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” was splendid. (See Special Notice.) THURSDAY. JUNE 20TH.  A round of cricket matches was layed off.

The Houses sitting out played a Cricket Tournament.

FRIDAY, JUNE 21ST – The Second, Third and Lower TV. Forms’ original plays were acted in the Hall to an enthusiastic audience. (See Special Notice.)

We were very glad to hear that S. Wotton had passed the second part of her Entrance Examination into Girton.

MONDAY, JUNE 24TH – The scenes from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” were re-acted, but this time on the Old Pitch. There was quite a large audience, and over £10 was taken at the gate. Every member of the cast, from Theseus to the tiniest fairy, acted her part beautifully.

TUESDAY, JUNE 25TH – Several girls began doing “Food Books” for the Salisbury Food Office. This work continued throughout the week, instead of ordinary lessons, for the girls chosen.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26TH – The March Playing Competition took place at 8 o’clock. Miss Westlake and Miss Awdry very kindly judged. U. Luker won the Picture, and N. Figuis was second. We all wish to congratulate Methuen very heartily on winning their first honour.

THURSDAY, JUNE 27TH – The Staff v. School Tennis Match took place. This year there were six couples playing on either side, instead of three.

MONDAY, JULY 1ST – M. Chilton, V. Hinkley and H. Phillimore went up to Oxford for their Entrance Examinations.

Sarum House has moved its sitting-room to the old Second Form room, once the Junior cloakroom. It is a very sunny room, and all were delighted at the change.

MONDAY, JULY 8TH – We heard that V. Hinkley, M. Chilton and H. Phillimore had passed Responsions.

TUESDAY, JULY 9TH – A choir was chosen to sing for the Country Dances at Mrs. Forbes’ Fete.

THURSDAY, JULY 11TH – The Reading Competition results were read at Prayers. Nelson House won the Picture, and Fawcett House was a close second.

FRIDAY, JULY 12TH – The Throwing Competition took place.

SATURDAY, JULY 13TH – There were sports on the grounds, organised by Miss Westlake, who was assisted by the Games Captains. We spent a lovely afternoon running team races, jumping, and taking part in other competitions, and we do want to thank Miss Westlake for getting it up. School House won the most points.

MONDAY, JULY 15TH – The first performance of the French Play was acted in the School Hall. (See Special Notice.)

TUESDAY, JULY 16TH – The second performance of the French Play took place.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17TH – A number of our girls were to have taken part in a Pageant in Mrs. Forbes’ garden, but the weather was so bad that an outdoor performance was out of the question.

THURSDAY, JULY 18TH – A Team of Old Girls, captained by Miss Ashford, played a Picked XI.

FRIDAY, JULY 19TH – As Miss Douglas was ordered by her doctors to leave us on Saturday, much to our disappointment, we assembled at 12.30 in the Hall, and she presented us with certain cups and trophies, and then said a few words of farewell to those leaving this Term, and mentioned them by name. We are sorry to lose Miss Ashford and Miss Wallich from amongst the Mistresses.

The Leaving Girls are:­
School House – S. Lister, S. Robertson and P. Lee.
Sarum House – J. Carter, R. Fawcett; V. Hinkley, P. Blunt, D. Fanner; M. Collins; M. Waters, M. Cochrane and S. Tuckey.
St. Margaret’s – P. Du Buisson and E. Douglas.
Nelson House – P. Seal, S. Wotton, M. Chilton, M. Eppstein and G T,tylor.
Fawcett House – V. Greene and R. Bloxam.
Hamilton House – P. Scott and F. Wethered.
Methuen House – M. Dalston.
Glenside – E. Muir.

Senior Red Girdles were won by:

M Trafford, E. Douglas, D. Dome, H. Wethered, F. Fague, M. Bennet, R. Taylor, D. Gubbins, S. Holborow, M. Stow, B. Davies, I. Moon, J. Elling, M. Massey, C. Harrison, F. Monier-Williams, B. Douglas, M. Leys, P. Lee, M. Panting and M. Rouquette.

Junior:
M. Cochrane, N. Broadbent, D. Josselyn, C. Silverthorne. J. Syfret, J. Fisher.

Senior Reading Badges were won by: -M. Ashford, G. Bacchus, A. Beevor, K. Birkett, J. Carey, J. Douglas, D. Douie, F. Fagge, V. Greene. V. Hinkley, P. Lee, L. Lock, S. Robertson, M. Rouquette and P. Scott,

Junior:-M. Bouverie, F. Denny, M. Dodd, E. Fagan, C. Fraser, D. Hesketh, J. Hyatt and F. de Jersey.

Cricket Colours were won by: – P. Du Buisson, V. Leys, S. Wotton, P. Wood, J. Carter, B. Medlicott. M. Eppstein, D. Hinds and J. de Coetlogon.

The Running Cup was won by G. Taylor.

The Tennis Cup was won by Nelson House.

The Red Girdle Cup was won by Upper VI., with 75 per cent., and the Junior Red Girdle Picture was won by the Third Form.

Finished Books – Upper V. was best with 83 per cent., and Upper Special VI. second with 80 per cent.

In the afternoon the Tennis Championship Finals were played off.

SATURDAY – The School Tennis Team played in a Tournament, very kindly arranged by Miss Pinckney, and spent a thoroughly enjoy­able afternoon. Most of the School went to the Sale and, Pageant in Mrs. Forbes’ garden. The maypole dance was very pretty. At 8 o’clock there was a third performance of the French Play. We wish to thank Mademoiselle Marchau for taking such endless pains over it.

MONDAY, JULY 22ND – Instead of the End of Term Dance (which has been given up for several years now because of the war) we had 8-niinute “wanders” with people. As it was wet, “Wanders” were in the School, and we spent a most amusing time from 7.45 till 9.

TUESDAY, JULY 23RD – The End of Term Concert took place, this time an entrance fee of one shilling was charged. The proceeds went to Lady Hulse’s Club.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24TH – Mark Reading: Miss Bagnall presented the few remaining trophies and read the list of removes.
Form Tidy Cup was won by Upper Vi., Lower V., Special V. and Upper Special VL, with no marks lost.
The Cloakroom Picture was won by Upper NB.
The Gardening Picture was won by School House with 98 per cent.
The Lines Cup, so kindly presented by Mrs. Leys, was won by Sarum and School.
The Championship was won by V. Leys, P. Wood getting the Picture.
The Second Sixteen Picture was won, by M. Eppstein.
Brooches were won by the following: – P. Seal; G. Bacchus and J.Elling

News of Old Mistresses and Girls – Spring Term 1918

Miss Jones is busy as ever with her school, and we often hear what a splendid school she has made of it. The following extract from a South African paper is very interesting: “On Saturday evening a lecture on Sculpture -was given in the Muir Hall at the Training College by Miss Jones, the Principal of the Diocesan School for Girls, Grahams­town, to an appreciative audience. After being briefly introduced to the audience by Miss Collard, the Principal of the Training College, Miss Jones, commenced with a few words on the subject of Sculpture in general. The lecturer drew the attention of the audience to the ex­ampIes of the art which exist in South Africa, mentioning in particular the beautiful Rhodes Memorial at Groote Schuur, Capetown. South Africa, she said, seemed a country peculiarly suited for sculpture, possessing as it does such a wealth of fine material in the shape of marble and granite., and a wonderful setting for such works of art in its clear bright air and intensely blue skies. Miss Jones then gave an outline of the history of sculpture from its earliest known beginnings, illustrating her subject with some very fine lantern slides. The first picture thrown on the screen was that of a figure of a man sculptured by an Egyptian 1000 years before the time of Abraham. Other ancient Egyptian examples were shown, and these were followed by Assyrian and Greek models. the whole series illustrating the development of the art from its earliest crude stages till it reached a state of perfection in the hands of the art-loving C, reeks. Among the pictures screened were some beautiful examples of high and low relief, also rounded or free sculpture. The lecturer handled her subject in a way which showed her love for and knowledge of it, and helped her audience to appreciate its beauties.”

Eleanor Lea gives us the following very interesting account of the arrival of American troops “For the last two or three months American troops have been pouring through Liverpool, two or three days a week. When a convoy comes in the Stars and Stripes are flown on the Town Hall as a signal for everybody to fly their flags. The streets through which the troops march are hung with flags, and the people who sell in the shops rush to the doors and windows and wave flags or handkerchiefs, and cheer. Crowds collect on either side of the street, but most people stand and stare, and do not attempt a cheer; only a few cheer now and again. It seems as though those standing in the streets are too shy to cheer, whereas those standing at windows and doorways, where they are not conspicuous, cheer like mad. At first when the Americans started arriving there was not a cheer, not a flag and not a note of welcome anywhere. Crowds collected and stared as though some new form of animal was walking along, and the men were obviously disappointed at their reception. I consider that we raised about the first cheer from their throats, as on the second day of troops arriving, I thought I must buy an American flag, so, just before lunch, I went to a flag-shop and bought a flag for 2s. That was not a fabulous price for the cheer it raised, for during lunch we heard, tramp, tramp, tramp, and I took our flag on the end of a broom-stick on to the balcony, and such a cheer went up from about a thousand throats that I thought we should be deafened. The men were pleased, many saluted, others raised their hats, and all were smiling. Who would have thought that a small piece of material could have done so much!”

She also sends us the following: “Last Sunday a friend of mine and I were taken over a destroyer by her Sub-Lieutenant. I have never been so thrilled before, for although she was so small, the strength of her was extraordinary. The guns were swung round ready for action for our benefit; we saw the torpedo tubes with the torpedoes ready for their work: we went down small round holes in the deck into the wardroom cabins, sailors’ quarters, pantry (everything there was hung on the ceiling!) and then into the engine-room. After that we went into the wireless house, and saw exactly how messages were taken down and translated and how they were sent out. Then into the chart-house, and so on, to the Captain’s bridge. What struck me most was that with 85 men on board there were only three officers, the Captain, the First Lieutenant, in charge of all the deck hands, and responsible for everything on deck when the destroyer comes into action (I am sure he was not more than 20 or 21); and the Sub-Lieutenant, who is about 19, and who keeps all the charts and whose fault it would be if the destroyer ran around. Besides these three there is an R.N.R. Snottie, who is learning the trade, and the engineer officer.”
J. Rogers is still cooking at the Orthopedic Hospital in Porchester ­terrace. She has been Assistant Quartermaster.
P. Robb is working at the Cape at the Governor-General’s fund for helping the dependants of those fighting. She and G. Syfret both want to come to England and cannot get passports. They joined a South African Unit for the W.A.A.C. to come to England to help, but the Imperial Government thanked them for their offer, but said the supply of women in England was still adequate.
S. Pike (nee Strange) is head driver at Headquarters No. 2 Area of the R.A.F., Salisbury. I. Saint and B. Ashford are both drivers in the same Area.
R. Strange has joined the French Red Cross, and is working, and very hard work it is, too – at Hospital No. 6 Camp, Beziers-Herault, France (postage is only 1d. to her).
M. Strange (nee Beath) has “The Bungalow,” Sutton Scotney, Andover, while her husband is in France.
C. Allen is working at the London Life Insurance Office, in London.
M. Southwood is doing Food Cards and Books, and helping with the hay. Lilian had to give up nursing, but is now strong enough to work in a bank in Yeovil. She and K. Bulteel spent a week-end at Nelson House this term.
A. Koop is student mistress at Sneaton Hall, Whitby, and teaches the V. and IV. Forms hygiene.
E. Smart was for over six months on a hospital ship going from Alexandria to Mudros and to the Dardanelles, where the ship was under fire. Edith was sister-in-charge of the officers’ ward. Then she was sister in a Military Hospital in Montazah, about four miles from Alex­andria. The hospital is in the ex-Khedive’s palace, and the grounds are most extensive and beautiful. There she got blood-poisoning, and was in hospital for some time, and then invalided home. She is now doing private nursing, but will soon take up military nursing again.
M. Newton has joined the Almeric Paget Massage Corps. Dora: has gone to the Central Nursery at Acton. It is a creche, where working women may leave their babies night or day.
M. Stinton has been “mentioned” in respect of “the valuable services rendered in connection with the war.” She is working at the R.A.F. Headquarters.
K. Sargeaunt, is working at an officers’ hospital in Sussex, as a cook.
L. Shannon is training to be a secretary in London.
M. Sim, is going to work at Longford Castle.
N. Northcroft is going on with her music, and she also helps at home.
O. Prater is still working as a cook at a Red Cross hospital.
P. Godwin drives convoys of wounded from Southampton to Winchester.
J. Hinxnam is busy working at a Red Cross hospital at Worthing. B. Bridge has gone to a be a house-mistress at Dorset, under Miss Kitcat.
J. Dennison is home temporary orderly work at Reigate V.A.D. Hospital.

We were delighted to see Alice Workman’s name amongst the Birthday’ Honours, and most heartily congratulate her.
M. Sanctuary writes from Delhi: “It is very splendid of you all to find room in your hearts for Missionary work amid all the strain and stress of these times. It does seem possible that this awful war may give a great impetus to Missionary work in a not too far distant future, and I think Indian missions will have a special interest because of the closer contact between English and Indian which the war has brought about and which will be increased by the more rapid communication which is almost certain to be established within the next few years. India is going through a tremendously difficult and important time just now and her position in the Empire is going to be one of the big problems. It will be for wise and great men to tackle these problems, but I believe that a spirit of sympathy and confidence between English and Indians personally will help even more to overcome difficulties than efficient organisation, and even a small school like ours has its part to play in creating an atmosphere of love and trust.

“I will never leave this school; it is in my heart,’ said one of our nicest girls to me the other day. I am sure that is a feeling which will appeal to Godolphin girls, and I think it shows we are a school of the right sort! School means so much to these girls. For most of them it is the only means of contact with the world outside their home; it repre­sents all their opportunities of social intercourse and friendship. Our Mohamedan girls dread the approach of the long holidays, for six weeks of monotony in a small, not very comfortable zenana, with absolutely nothing to occupy the time except a few domestic duties and revision of-school lessons, is not a very cheerful prospect to anyone who has experience of a livelier life.

” Our girls are not all Mohamedans – many of them are Hindus ­some more or less orthodox, and others, like Aryas or Sikhs, advanced in their ideas and very keen on education. Hindu women are not as a rule strictly purdah in this part of India and among the Aryas and Sikhs women have a great deal of freedom. We generally have one or two Parsecs, who have come from Bombay and settled in Delhi here, and they are very up-to-date people; one very intelligent young person, aged about eleven, introduced me in a very correct way to her mother the other day, and added ‘Please excuse her, she doesn’t know English.’ Such is young India! I must say, though, that I believe the girls are absolutely loyal and dutiful to the uneducated mothers. We have a few Christian girls here, but not many, for it is better that they should be sent when possible to schools for Christians, where they can have a much

more thorough religious training than we can give them together with non-Christian companions. Schools must have a great influence in breaking down divisions of religion, as caste, as girls and boys cannot grow up hating and despising those with whom they have worked and played and found by experience to be jolly companions.

” A headmistress in India has to arrange to get her girls to school as well as to take care of them when they are there! Most of our girls come in the big school carriages, and as these have to make more than one round, some of the girls are at school very early and others cannot get away until rather late, but that does not seem to trouble them. Our school is aa picturesque building of grey stone with a cloister-like verandah; it is built in the form of a quadrangle round a courtyard, which is strictly purdah and has a nice bit of garden outside.

“By six o’clock in the summer and by ten in the cold weather, we are beginning to be lively, and girls are arriving, and whatever the de­pressing influence of the zenana may he, girls who come to school very quickly learn to laugh and play very heartily. I think one of the things which would strike a visitor on looking in on us is the wonderful variety of dress among us – no uniformity of neat pigtails, shirt blouses, blue serge skirts and blue, pinafores here! Mohamedan girls wear trouser usually tight, and loose tunics, and sometimes waistcoats; Hindus wear loose trousers and tunics or saris and blouses, generally close-fitting. Most of the quite little girls arid nearly all the Christian wear simple English frocks. Rules about wearing no jewellery would be unthinkable in an Indian girls’ school, and there are always plenty of ear-rings, nose-rings, bracelets and ankle rings to be seen. On prize­ giving’s and special occasions, when everyone comes in her best, the school is really very gay!

“School lasts from 7.00 – 11.30 in the hot weather, and from 10.30 – 3.00 in the cold weather: We assemble for prayers in the verandah as soon as most of the, girls have arrived. Our prayers consist of a hymn in English, and a collect and the Lord’s Prayer in Urdu. As the girls are mostly non-Christians, we have such prayers as they can join in sin­cerely. Christian hymns and prayers, of course, but a selection. After prayers comes the Scripture lesson; our aim with the younger girls is to teach them the great moral lessons of the Old Testament, and to give them such a knowledge of the life and character of Christ as will lead them to love Him now and to choose Him for themselves when they grow older, while we want the girls who will leave school to understand what Christianity means to us and may mean to them, and to realise that they are responsible for the attitude they take up to the, teaching they have received.

“Lessons are more or less alike in India and England, but girls learn Persian and English instead of Latin and French. Their own language here in most cases is Urdu, and of course they learn that very carefully. A few of the girls are Hindu or Bengali speaking, and of course that complicates matters! The little children sit on the floor on mats for their lessons and take off their shoes; they do their Urdu copies on little wooden boards. All the upper classes of the school do all their work – except actual language lessons – in English, and are not allowed to speak anything except English in school hours. Our highest class is at present in the thick of the Matriculation Examination; it is the first time the school has sent girls in for this, so we should like them to get through, but are not very hopeful about them; some of them have not been with us long, and some are rather backward in their English.

“There are short times for drill and singing every morning-I think most of you would be much amused at the drill! Indian dress does not altogether lend itself to physical exercises, and ` position ‘ after any Movement is generally a signal, for a rearrangement of dupattas (the light wrap thrown round the shoulders by those who do not wear saris) and a general ‘shakedown.’ Loose slippers are rather a trial in running or jumping; and one girl, who had just got married and was, conse­quently, loaded with Jewellery, found ‘whip jump’ quite an impossi­bility on account of the many bracelets round her feet! Drill is a new thing for Indian girls, and they are only beginning to take it seriously and to realise that it is not exactly an occasion for laughter and remark. They are also exceedingly self-conscious about it some of them.

“Ours is mainly a day-school, but we have a few boarders. These are all Hindus of advanced types at present, and they have their own Hindu dining-room and Hindu servant. As they are not purdah, we can take them out for walks, &c., and the elder ones get the chance of an occasional outside lecture.

“If any Godolphin girl would care to exchange letters with an Indian schoolgirl, I am sure I could find someone who would like to write, though I can’t guarantee a very grand English letter!

A little printed paper about this school has been published and is supplied from the S.P.G. House, Westminster. You would probably find that interesting.”

Gladys Filliter writes: I have done nearly two years’ nursing now, though not successively, at Barts, then in Lancashire and then Reading. Some of the operations performed now are simply wonderful –crafting a finger taken from the left hand on to the right hand in place of a thumb, removing half the tongue of a man with cancer, taking portions of bone from both legs to replace a cavity in the skull, and replacing the gap in a severed sciatic nerve with pieces of nerve taken from the arms, and many more just as wonderful.”
P. Newham gives us an account of a “moss picking party” which she goes to once a week. Large quantities of sphagnum moss grow in the neighbourhood, and they have to prepare it and pack it for the London Depot.
D. Moore hopes to take her Drawing and Painting Diploma next session, and is very anxious to pass her examination in Architectural Drawing.
Madge Glynn has been going through a Secretarial course.
D. Kent is very busy with her work in the School at Durban, and also helps with the Red Cross.
Louie Delacombe writes: “Mother and I both took up munition work the beginning of last March at the same place, Park Royal, where Avice Foljambe was. It’s awfully jolly there, as a cousin of ours is one of the general overlookers and all the other overlookers are friends, so we have something in common. The work is to examine all the cart ridges that go out to the Front, and lately we have been doing nearly all Russian stuff, which are quite different sort of cartridges to ours, being made to fit the Japanese rifles supplied to the Russians. So, at the present moment we are in an awful state, as all the machinery has to be changed for the English cartridges, and they are also putting up bomb-­proof roofs in all the bays to protect us from shrapnel. We nearly always happen to be on night shift during the air raid period, and directly there is a warning a hooter goes off three times in the factory, and all the girls leave off work and collect together at one side of the bay away from the glass, and all the lights are turned out, with the exception of a few little lamps that are hung up at long distances from one another, and cast such weird shadows about. As the enemy approaches the office is kept notified of their whereabouts. The girls are most cheery, with very few exceptions, and all sing every song there is to be sung in turn, while the guns are making the most deafening row outside. Somehow you can’t be frightened; there is such a thrill of excitement everywhere, and everything is so unreal you might be dreaming. We are having a few days’ holiday, from yesterday till Thursday night. Five whole days, it seems quite a lifetime. Our hours have been cut down now, all Sunday night work is cancelled, and on day-work we now work from seven till five. It still means getting up at five in the morning, as it’s an hour’s journey from the house. In September I took a fortnight’s leave and joined mother at Lyme Regis. I came across quite a lot of Godolphinites there. Lately I have seen a good deal of Eva Bartrum, who is studying at the School of Medicine; also Enid Carter, who has gone over to Paris with her mother, and Margaret Godley; in fact, I always seem to be running across old friends.”

Snowyia Marsh writes: – “At present I am working four days a week at our Red Cross Depot. I mostly work at the ‘sphagnum moss dressings,’ which are very interesting. We go up and gather the moss on the moor behind Brownsbarn. Most of the sphagnum grows in water, the first quality growing in bin brown sponges (as we call them), the second quality is thin and pale green, and sometimes 1s, found growing among heather. I heard the other day that the turf the Irish peasants burn is entirely composed, up to 5oft, thick of sphagnum moss.”

Dorothy Fisher writes: – “My husband is very busy. For two years he did all the dental work for our three Camps near here, till his health gave way. Now each Camp has its own surgery. I am thankful to say. He still has the hospitals and, of course, his private patients. He thoroughly enjoys reading the Magazine, too. Florence is Matron of a children’s hospital in Sydenham, and is doing splendidly. They were very much in debt when she went there, but now it is all cleared off. The committee wrote her such a nice letter the other day, saying how they appreciated her good work and that they were raising her salary from £70 to £100. So, she is another Godolphin success! Hilda is still in Egypt, and has not been able to come home for four years. She has a little boy aged nearly four and a baby girl six months. She finds the climate very trying, I think.”

Alice Ayler writes from 36 Stationary Hospital, Egyptian Expedi­tionary Force: “I suppose you would like to hear of my life out here as a V. A.D. of St. John Ambulance Brigade. You will know from Mary Carver of my time at 17 Hospital at Alexandria. It was so nice seeing her again, her husband and children, to know them and her de­lightful English home. I was eighteen months at 17 Hospital. There were twelve V.A.D.’s, some St. John and Red Cross. left out of fifty who were at the 17 in the Autumn of 191.5. The others had returned home at different times. We, the twelve left, had all decided to return home in April, 1917, when the Authorities out here declined to send us, no hospital ships and the great stunt in Palestine required all help. We had been very slack, then the rush came, and we did our best for our men. Fortunately, the great question, of flies had been battled with, so it is not flies everywhere. One scarcely sees one now, which is a great comfort. I happened to be the first to decide to remain. and as the Matron knew I was keen to experience life in the desert, and this hos­pital was being formed and my name accepted by the Matron-in-Chief, Miss Oram, with four sisters, one other V.A.D. and myself came here. We e were the second batch to arrive. Since then others have arrived; now we are about 46 on the nursing staff. There are about 1,600 beds. Fortunately, we are by the sea, and get cool breezes and bathing, as our huts are just along the shore. The sand hills are everywhere, but really quite beautiful in the setting sun, with the deep blue and purple shadows, and dotted here and there with small bushes of bright and dull greens. It is extraordinary how green these bushes keep during the great heat of the summer. It is the heavy dews at night, and they have long roots from which they draw their moisture. The dew is so heavy that it drips from the roofs of huts and tents as if it is raining during the extreme heat, which we all found most trying. Now that it is getting cooler, we are able to work more briskly. The patients give a concert twice a week, and there are moving pictures twice a week, besides out­door and indoor games for them. We have two tennis courts and a nine-hole golf course. The great thing is to have exercise when off duty, so as to keep oneself well. We also get riding occasionally, but there are few horses now. We hope to move up the line; it is everyone’s ambition. We are the next hospital to go. Peluisum; which is three miles from us, was a most interesting day’s excursion which some of us took. Old coins, half-rings, &c., we found. Then there is Chabrys, an old ruined Roman fort, where also Roman glass and pottery have been dug up. I unfortunately broke a pottery vase in the digging. I have been most lucky in keeping well. I went sick with a rather bad throat after I arrived here, and was on the sick list for three weeks. Before that and since nothing has ailed me. I have taken some Interesting photos around here. Our washing goes to Port Said, and it takes anything from three weeks to a month. Everyone does some washing. It is amusing to see bundles carried from one’s hut to the bathrooms, which we are most fortunate in having, also hot water at night from the electric light station. The great difficulty is getting shoes mended, and shops at Port Said are not very good. If we can get leave for Cairo we go, but only have a few hours there. The sand storms are starting and Khamseens, which are the most trying out here. Everything sand. You breathe sand, sleep in sand in your camp bed, and your food is kept in a biscuit tin. When you want bread or bread and butter, if You are lucky in having it, you dive your hand in and put the lid on quickly.

Except for these sand storms, which do not occur often we have very little to grumble at, when one considers what our men have to go through.”

MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES – Plummer, Miss E., V.A.D). Nurse, Countess of Pembroke’s Officers’ Hospital, Wilton.

Help to Belgian Soldiers’ Fund – Spring Term 1918

DEAR MADAM

We have received with very great pleasure your cheque for £7, which you have sent us as a further contribution to the Help to Belgian Soldiers’ Fund from the Staff and Pupils of your school.

The gift is particularly welcome just now, as we are sending out a large number of Christmas parcels and it may interest the generous contributors to know that their gift will enable us to brighten the Christmas of 35 Belgian soldiers at the Front, each of whom will receive a pot of jam, a tin of potted meat, cigarettes, soap, a pair of hand-knitted socks, a handkerchief and some little gift, such as a penknife, game, metal looking-glass, pipe, letter-case, &c.

Will you very kindly convey to all the good friends of the Belgian soldiers at the Godolphin School the expression of our most cordial thanks for their generosity and their continued interest in our work?

Yours faithfully,

N. CHALMERS, Secretary.