Pageant of Empire – Christmas 1916

A Pageant at the Godolphin! That was, indeed, a new idea to most of us, and it was with feelings of eager expectancy that we thronged into the Hall on that memorable evening. Here we found many changes, for the windows were covered by three great Union Jacks, and the platform was decorated with flags of every variety, making it very gay and festive. Many hands had been at work, and before we left the Hall we realised that much thought and much energy had combined to make an impression which should not quickly fade. We felt that this could not have been brought about without the infinite pains bestowed by Miss Prosser on the designing and grouping, by Miss Atkinson and Miss Lavender on the music, by Miss Eastgate, Miss Lucy, Miss Westlake, and Miss Bagnall on the training and coaching of the girls who took part.
At the opening of the Pageant we sang “0 God, our help in ages past,” immediately followed by the National Anthem. A passage had been made down the centre of the Hall, and up this a procession now slowly made its way, and thence on to the platform.
It was Britannia who passed us first, in white robe, and mantle of imperial purple, her helmet glittering as she passed into the brilliant light. As she seated herself in the midst, the rest of the procession grouped themselves near by. England and Scotland were on the one side of her throne, Wales and Ireland on the other, whilst their respective standard-bearers took up their positions immediately behind. The Chorus, in long flowing robes of deep blue or violet over brilliant rose, formed a striking background of vivid colour.
And now came the Colonies, one by one, with appropriate and sug­gestive music, to greet Britannia and to declare their loyalty, and as each made an end of speaking one of the Chorus came forward and answered with a poem of greeting. Each Colony was followed by four little attendants bearing gifts, beautiful little figures forming a very attractive part of the Pageant.
We saw Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, in white robes and golden coronets, India and the Malay States in native dress, and South Africa, land of brilliant sunshine, in the brightness of her golden robe. . . . And so we watched them pass, imperial and stately until, last of all, came the West Indies, completing the world-wide embrace of Motherland and Colonies.
Up to this time the atmosphere had been one of peace and prosperity, with only a vague threatening of future trouble. But now we heard the Serbian National Anthem, and in a moment we were caught up into the tumult of war. Out of the gloom carne the sad figure of Serbia, who, advancing slowly, knelt before Britannia with bowed head and unsheathed sword.
Then followed broken-hearted Belgium, shrouded completely in black-fit emblem of a mourning nation. Kneeling before us, she made an impassioned appeal for help. “I cry for succor! Will you heed it not?” Then, rising, she flung back her gloomy cloak, and the red and yellow of the Belgian colours flashed suddenly upon us in all the brilliance of their glowing contrast.
Suddenly we heard the familiar battle-cry, “Liberty! Equality! Fraternity!” Whose voice could it be but that of France, echoing to-day the three-fold watchword of the First Republic?
Whilst the choir sang the most beautiful of all National Anthems, came stately Russia, full of courage. and hope. Then Italy and Japan brought up the rear, and completed the dazzling scene. It was a harmonious blending of vivid colour, pink and gold, green and purple, crimson and black, with a, background In which were mingled red and white and blue.
And while our eyes were enchanted our hearts were thrilled by words of dignity and impressive stateliness. The speeches did much to create the atmosphere of solemnity and true patriotism which characterised the Pageant throughout, and we were all very grateful to Miss Eastgate, who wrote them.
But now the Pageant was drawing to a close. We rose to sing Kipling’s Recessional, after which a procession was formed once more. Slowly, slowly, it passed down the brilliantly lighted Hall, a blaze of colour, fading gradually into the sombre shadows, and thence moved into the sunset light of the garden, where another Pageant unfolded itself, making a very beautiful and impressive ending.

P. GEORGE.

PROGRAMME

HYMN
National Anthem

Enter
BRITANNIA AND PROCESSION
PROLOGUE: “Pro Patria” Owen Seaman.

Enter CANADA.
POEM “A Song of Canada” Robert Reid

Enter AUSTRALIA
POEM “Advance Australia” Andrew Lang

Enter INDIA
POEM Indian poem written two centuries ago Fakiri

Enter SOUTH AFRICA
Enter NEW ZEALAND AND MALAY STATES
POEM (S.A.) “South Africa” Kipling
POEM (N.Z.) “Battle of the Free” Bowen
POEM (M.S.)The Children’s Gift ” Noyes

Enter WEST INDIES
POEM “The Flag of England” Kipling
BRITANNIA

SERBIAN ANTHEM Enter SERBIA
RECITATION “Kossovo Day” (taken from the Serbian Liturgy)

BELGIAN ANTHEM Enter BELGIUM

MARSEILLAISE Enter FRANCE

RUSSIAN ANTHEM Enter Russia

Enter ITALY and JAPAN

BRITANNIA

RECESSIONAL Kipling

PROCESSION

War Work in Western Canada – Christmas 1916

Although 5000 miles from the Motherland, the women of Calgary work as arduously and are quite as enthusiastic as those in England. It would take a great deal of time and paper to describe the war-work that all the different societies are accomplishing here day by day; but I thought it might interest you to hear what our branch of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire are doing.
No doubt only a few of you know when this Order was first formed. Towards the end of the Boer War the Guild of Loyal Women was started in South Africa to care for the graves of the fallen. In conjunc­tion with this, shortly afterwards Mrs. Clerke Murray organised the I.O.D.E. in Toronto to increase patriotism in Canada, and to provide an efficient organisation by which prompt action might be taken by the women and children of the Empire in time of need. It is affiliated with the Navy League and the Victoria League.
There are four Primary Chapters I.O.D.E. in Calgary, and I belong to the Tan-nis-uk (Indian word=the daughter) Chapter, which obtained its charter in February, 1914, and is composed of young women of the City.
This Chapter was the first organisation to take up Red Cross work in Calgary, and since then that work has been its chief ambition. By diligent and faithful efforts material averaging monthly in value from $150 to $200 has been purchased from the Red Cross, and returned to it made into thousands and thousands of articles, required by that Society. The sum of $350 was also presented to the Red Cross to purchase seven beds in the Duchess of Connaught Red Cross Hospital, at Cliveden, England, the sum of $50 was given to buy towels for the above, and also to assist in purchasing a motor ambulance and medical supplies for the Society’s work at the Front. $70 was sent to Lady Jellicoe’s Fund for the North Sea Fleet.
There are numerous other ways in which our Chapter has been carry­ing on its war work, such as assistance to the Belgian Relief Fund, and the visiting of the dependents of the soldiers for the Patriotic Fund.
All the money expended by the Chapter has been raised by voluntary contributions, Cinderella dances, afternoon teas, and concerts.

E. R. BURNE. (Wolley-Dod).

Jottings From The School Diary – Summer 1916

Eleven garments, sent to the Mayoress for Belgian children; 500 sandbags, 920 hospital bags, some trays and tables, sent to the Infirmary; various contributions, including plum puddings, sent to the Albert Hall Sale. Friday’s collections for War Funds amounted, to £22 1s. 8d.

ln December. – The House Marching Competition took place, and St. Margaret’s won the cup. The Red Girdles were won by:-

Senior.

VL Box. L. Gunner.
V. Joscelyne. M. Rose.
K. Keble. M. Blackett.
U. Armitage. B. Dunkin.
J. Osmond. C. Chambers.

Junior.
F. Banyard. K. Wright.

An Exhibition and Sale was held in the Studio of work done in the Drawing Classes, toys made by the Handwork Classes, and trays, &c., made in the carpenters’ shop. The proceeds amounted to £8 8s. 6d., which was sent to the Mayor for the Serbian Relief Fund.
On February 10th Miss Douglas returned to School after being away for a few weeks on account of her eyes. As she came into the Hall to take prayers Lilian King started a clap to show how delighted we all were to get her back. She thanked us all, and especially Miss Bagnall, for all we had done in her absence, and said how glad she was to be back amongst us.
In February the Staff gave a tea and concert to the wounded and convalescent soldiers from the Infirmary and Red Cross Hospital.
March 3rd. After prayers Miss Douglas spoke to us about the great meeting in the Guildhall to discuss the need of economissing throughout the Empire. Miss Douglas said that she thought we might all help by promising to give up Sweets to the end of the war. She spoke of the difficulties connected with doing this and how they could be overcome. Miss Douglas said that a board would be put up in the cloakroom on which those who were prepared to do this could sign their names; and she hoped that many other Schools belonging, to the Girls’ Schools’ Patriotic Union would do the same.