School News – Christmas 1915

AUTUMN TERM, 1915

September 22nd – School re-assembled after the summer holidays. Miss Douglas said she hoped we were all refreshed by them and ready to do our work well. She did not then speak of the arrangements for doing work for the year, but told us that we should fall into line with the organised women’s work.

Miss Douglas then welcomed the New Girls and read the rules and the list of Prefects. Miss Bagnall then read the form lists, as Miss Douglas has had trouble with her eves, and has to save them as much as possible. After that Miss Douglas welcomed the New Mistresses: Miss Eastgate, who has come from St. Cyprian’s, Cape Town, where she knew many of our friends; Miss Waller, who has come to help her at Oakhurst, and Miss Clarke, who has come from St. Paul’s to help for a time. Miss Douglas then said she knew we would sympathise with her and Miss Lucy in their pleasure in having their brother, Mr. E. H. Douglas, to live in Salisbury and to help in the Mathematics of the School. Miss Douglas was sorry to have to tell us that Mr. Atkinson, who had taught the carpentry so well, had died during the holidays; she said that Miss Pinckney was kindly going to help us with it. Miss Douglas then told us of several new arrangements in the School, the most exciting being that the two Mistresses’ Houses are to be next door to each other in Elm Grove Road, that the Kindergarten is now to be at Holmwood, and the whole of Rose Villa is to be used for School purposes. Also at Holmwood there are beautiful rooms for handwork.

Miss Douglas then gave us a motto for the term, “0 God my heart is ready.” She asked us to be ready, ready to give and ready to receive in everything we did; to receive all the good we could from our surroundings, and to give all we could, however little, to our generation.

The New Girls this term are School House: Cynthia Fletcher, Upper V.; Nora Maude and Marjorie Trayes, Lower V.; Rosemary Taylor, Lower IV.

St. Margaret’s: Hermione Felton. Joan de Coetlogon, and Katharine Pollock, Lower VB.

Nelson: Gertrude Taylor, Upper V.; Florrie Fagge, Lower VB; Annie Figgis, Upper IV.

Fawcett: Helen Poynton, V. Extra; Nancy Preece, Lower V.

New Forest: Florrie Cleland, Upper V.; Joan Abbott, Special VA; Katharine Hurst, Frances Wethered, and Hilda Wethered, Lower V.; Lettice Jenkins and Marjorie Thursby, Lower VB.; May Ashford and Marjorie Bennett, Upper IV.

Sarum: Esther Taunton, Upper V.; Molly Collins, Lower V.; Veronica Luard, Lower VB; Margaret Skey, Upper IV.; Grace May and Shirley Gurner, Lower IV.; Marie Claire van der Meersch, Patricia Collins, and Frances Banyard, III.; Nora Collins, Kathleen Neal, May Robinson, Barbara Waters, and Enid Skey, II.; Irene Arnold, Daphne Leys, and Nancy Metcalfe, I, from Kindergarten.

October 2nd – This would in ordinary years have been our Commemoration Saturday. We kept it by going, as we should have done, to the Celebration at St. Martin’s at 7.45, and there was a School Service at 9.45. In the afternoon we entertained a party of soldiers to tea at four, followed by a concert at five. (See special notice.)

October 6th – Gladys Crombie has taken her L.R.A.M. diploma for pianoforte playing.

October 8th – French Flag Day. Our collection at prayers went to the French wounded.

October 22nd – The collection at prayers was for the Red Cross Fund.

October 27th – At 8 o’clock in the School Hall Miss Fairclough and Miss Fraser gave lectures on economy. Miss Fairclough spoke of household economy and Miss Fraser of national finance and the need for national economy.

October 28th – Schools’ Service in the Cathedral at 8 p.m. The Dean of St. Paul’s preached.

October 29th – At School prayers we had special hymns, “Abide with me” and “The Saints of God,” and the 23rd Psalm in memory of the heroic life and death of Nurse Cavell. Our collection went to the fund for erecting a memorial to her.

October 30th – The second party for wounded soldiers was held. Mr. and Mrs. Chester gave a delightful entertainment. (See special notice.)

November 1st – All Saints’ Day. The whole School went to Evensong at 4 o’clock in the Cathedral.

November 2nd – Miss Douglas told us that arrangements had been made for a certain number of girls to learn milking. Captain Bathurst, the Member for South Wilts, has offered £10 to be given in prizes to the best milkers among those who have learnt before and those who are beginning for the first time. (See special notice.)

Eileen Cole-Baker has won first prize of £5 for German, second prize of £2 for English in the Entrance Examination of Dublin University.

November 21st – The School joined in the procession round St. Edmund’s parish, and went afterwards to the Special Mission Service in connection with the Bishop’s Campaign for bringing home the ” Call of the War.”

November 22nd – Mr. Isaacs, the Missioner at St. Martin’s, came and addressed the School on Prayer at 12.30.

November 23rd – Miss Douglas gave an address on “The Virtue of Dissatisfaction” at 12.5. (See special notice.)

SUMMER TERM, 1915

July 5th – Miss Douglas read the result of Miss Fanny Davies’ inspection, which was as follows :-

Prize: J. Dennison, pupil of Miss Ward; K. Connah, pupil of Fraulein Fehmer.

Award of Merit: D. Collier, pupil of Miss Atkinson; A. Foljambe, pupil of Miss Awdry; N. Legge, pupil of Miss Ward.

Commended: H. Rhodes, pupil of Miss Ward; H. Elworthy, pupil of Miss Ward; K. Northcroft, pupil of Miss Ward; W. Poynton, pupil of Miss Mixer; M. Du Buisson, pupil of Miss Awdry.

Commended for Czerny Study: M. Waters, pupil of Miss K. Harding.

July 5th-10th – Reading tests took place.

July 11th – Miss Goffe, who has succeeded Miss Moberly as S.P.G. Secretary for Girls’ Schools, came and spoke to us.

July 12th – Results of Reading Competition were announced. The judges asked for a pass standard for those who were not up to the standard for a badge, but yet reached a creditable level of accurate and intelligent reading. 64 Seniors entered.

July 14th – French Flag Day. The School assembled in the Hall after dinner to do honour to the day. Miss Douglas, Miss Helen Bagnall, and Miss Jeffries, carrying French flags, took their places on the platform; Miss Awdry at the piano. Miss Douglas explained why this day – the 126th anniversary of the fall of the Bastile – was chosen as the day on which to honour our noble Ally.

Miss Jeffries read two poems in French by Victor Hugo, a hymn written in 1831, and a poem written when France was feeling the humiliation of defeat at the hands of the Germans in 1871.

Miss Douglas read Laurence Binyon’s “France,” published in the Times, and Miss Helen Bagnall read a patriotic ballad by Mr. Cory exemplifying the chivalry of the French nation. We then stood while Miss Awdry played “The Marseillaise,” and then gave “three cheers for France.”

July 15th – Miss Douglas read a telegram from General Altham thanking them for the good wishes Miss Douglas sent him on behalf of the School when he left for the Dardanelles.

July 20th – The Musical Evening was held.

July 26th – Three expeditions were held: (1) The – Natural History Society went to Alderbury; (2) to Stonehenge, taken by Miss Hill; (3) to Old Sarum, taken by Miss Helen Bagnall.

July 27th – After prayers Miss Mitchell gave a very interesting lecture on the geographical aspects of the War, which made clear many points which we did not all realise before.

Miss Helen Bagnall then gave us some advice on how to read and how not to read. Miss Westlake, Miss Cranmer, Miss Steer, and Miss Derriman made us roar with laughter by giving us examples of various styles of reading to be avoided. Finally Miss Douglas read the delightfully funny poem “How the Pobble lost his toes.”

After break the March Playing Competition was judged by Miss Lucy, Miss Westlake, and Miss Hill. Finetta Bathurst was adjudged the best and Lilian King second.

At 12.30 Miss Atkinson showed her beautiful collection of seaweed; in the VI. Form.

In the afternoon those who were staying till Thursday were taken by Miss Lucy to Bemerton, where they saw Canon Warre’s beautiful garden, and had tea in a barn, and afterwards saw the Church.

July 28thMark Reading. Miss Douglas read the remaining mark lists, and then told us of the changes she proposed to make of the new forms. Matric. VI., of which Mr. Bayley was to be Form Master; Extra V., with Miss Oliver as its Form Mistress; and Lower VB, with Miss Jeffries as Form Mistress, and of the changes in form-rooms.

Miss Douglas then read two letters, one from Lady Smith-Dorrien thanking us for 250 little bags we had made for soldiers, and one from a prisoner thanking us for cakes sent him by Miss Fairclough, made in cookery classes.

Then came the results of the various Form Competitions.

Form Room Marks: Upper and Lower VI., Special VI., III., and I., no marks lost.

Cloakroom Marks: Form II, 3 marks lost.

Finished Books: Upper VI., 86.25%.

Mrs. Leys’ picture for the best garden throughout the year was divided between:

  1. Newson. M. Holmes.
  2. Medlicott. V. Hinxman.
  3. Du Buisson. M. Sim.

Cricket Colours were given to M. Holmes, D. Harvey Jones, P. Clarke, D. Alexander, E. Hudson, B. Bridge, K. Still.

The Running Cup was won by J. Adams.

Red Girdles were won by:

Senior.

M. Savory K. Still K. Sargeaunt
B. Medlicott I. Usher E. Field
H. de Behr L. Kettlewell

Junior.

M. Miller K. Beach B. Newson
J. Beach V. Lucas

The Junior Tennis Tournament was won by Nancy Chalk.

Miss Douglas then spoke of those leaving. We had to say good-bye to several Mistresses Miss Thicknesse, who has given so much to the School, and who is going to be head of Lady Margaret Settlement; Miss Hill, who has also done so much for us, and whom we are so sorry to lose; Miss Winn, who is going to St. Paul’s, and Miss Kenyon, who is going to be a missionary, and who has consequently our very best wishes.

Among the girls Dolly Wilson, Head of the School, must have a special clap. She has shown her love for her School in the best way and given of her very best to it. From Upper VI. Dacre Alexander, Prefect of New Forest, and Ruth Ainslie, Prefect of School House, are also leaving. From Special VI. Doris Gowenlock, Prefect of Nelson, May Smart, Prefect of Oakhurst, Olive Batchelor, Prefect of Glenside; also Avice Foljambe, from St. Margaret’s, Geraldine Preece, from Fawcett, and Dorothy Ware, from Sarum.

From Lower VI. Molly Thomas, Prefect of St. Margaret’s; Esther Field and Constance Keane, from School House; Cicely Pears, Norah Waters and Nancy Chalk from Sarum House.

From Special VA Sylvia Toms, St. Margaret’s; Auriol Chambers, Oakhurst; Margaret Bennett and Vera Penn, Sarum House.

In Upper V. Dorothy Ashford, Sarum House; Letty Kettlewell, Glenside.

In Lower V. May Waters, Sarum House, Form Prefect, and Marjorie Southwood, Nelson House.

In Upper IVA Violet Evans, Oakhurst.

Upper IVB Lorna Plummer, Sarum House.

Lower IV. Roy Ainslie, Nelson House.

Miss Douglas then spoke to us about some words of St. Paul. She said that to lay the foundations of a good character, it is necessary to love beauty and good work, and to educate our taste so that it becomes refined in the best sense. We must build something that will stand the test of fire, something worth building. We must, indeed.

Letter From Miss Jones

Spring Term 1915

Spray Cottage, St. James’, Cape Colony, January 21st, 1915.

OUR DEAR Miss DOUGLAS.

This is a Godolphin Tea Party, and we all send you our love and best wishes for the New Year, to yourself and the old School. We shall sign our names first – and show who we are – and the letter can come afterwards. We are, your loving Ethel Jones, Morley Ralph, Thirza Pearce, Doris Lenton, Dorothy Woodhead, May Robb, Agnes Robb, Pera Robb, Doris Syfret, Dorothy Wright, Audrey Currey, Joyce Guillemard.

Miss Ralph has just come for a few days before going to her new work at St. Cyprian, Cape Town. Thyrza is teaching music at Paarl, a place on the glorious Hex River Valley. Doris Lenton’s time in Cordwalles, Natal, is nearly up, and she is due home next October. Doris Syfret is staying in Simonstown, where they have martial law. Gladys Syfret could not manage to come to-day. Audrey Currey is wearing her red tie and Old Girls’ badge.

Joyce Guillemard arrived from England this morning; isn’t it sporting of her to come ? We all seize upon her for the latest news. Molly and Dot Jenkins could not manage to come. We are so sorry. We all send you our love and best wishes for the term and the year 1915.