Preparation for the National Mission of Repentance & Hope – Christmas 1916

During the summer holidays I heard from the Bishop that he would be willing to give one day to the Godolphin School to bring to them himself a message which should make the Mission a reality to us. We looked forward to the day appointed (Friday, October 27th) steadily from the first day of term, and during the fortnight immediately preceding it, we tried to make a special preparation for the Bishop’s visit. Instead of our usual form of Morning Prayers at School we had special prayers and a special hymn, and I said a few words each day on the different clauses of the Veni Creator. I have been asked to write down as nearly as possible what I said.

October 16th.

“Come, Holy Ghost our souls inspire,
And lighten with celestial fire;
Thou the anointing Spirit art,
Who dost Thy seven-fold gifts impart.”
Let us this morning think especially of these four lines. First, let us think of the Holy Spirit on the one hand, explained to us under the figures of the very Breath of the Life of God Himself; the Fire, that is a magnificent force burning out of us what is evil, and bringing out the good in us like pure gold, and inflaming us with high desires ; the unstinting Oil of Anointing being ready to be poured down upon us endlessly, in a seven-fold shower. Let us, on the other hand, think of ourselves, with our hearts waiting and open to receive God’s Life, God’s Fire, and God’s Anointing to His Service.

October 17th.

“Thy blessed unction from above
Is comfort, life, and fire of love.”
God’s blessed unction is the anointing spoken of yesterday, the Holy Spirit poured down like the holy oil which dedicated Prophets, Priests and Kings, to the service of God. Let us picture the Captain of our Salvation, the greatest Prophet, Priest and King, being thus dedicated in His Baptism. He was always one with the Father and the Holy Spirit, and yet when He was baptised the Holy Spirit, in a special manner, flooded His soul with comfort, life, and fire of love. Comfort means strength. He received strength to conquer temptation, to comfort Him in His extreme loneliness and in His many bitter disappointments, and to uphold Him in His Passion and in the hour of His Death. Life and Love poured into Him as into no other, but through Him they flow endlessly for all those who pray for His Holy Spirit. We need just what He as true Man needed: Strength to stand up for Him in the hour of temptation, Comfort in loneliness and disappointment, the energy of Life, and the Fire of Love.

October 18th.

“Enable with perpetual light
The dullness of our blinded sight.”
We have seen that the Holy Spirit is like Fire, and we have spoken of the tremendous force of fire to burn and to purify, and we have also thought of the heat of fire inflaming our desires for what is good. But fire is also light. The flame of a candle in the largest, darkest room conquers the darkness wherever it is held, and to-day we come to the part of this prayer which says: “Enable with perpetual light the dullness of our blinded sight.” We often speak as if we had other eyes besides those in our heads. The mind has eves, and so we con­stantly and naturally say when we understand a thing which we have not understood before, “Oh, I see it now.” So we have other eyes which make us see what is right and wrong. How often we do wrong thoughtlessly, and afterwards say “I see now that it was wrong.” Now this prayer speaks of blindness of the soul, and prays that it may be removed and we may see clearly. But it is not enough to light a candle in a dark room, we must also bring the object we want to see under the light-the book, the needlework, the letter-and so if we ask the Holy Spirit to be like a candle, we must bring ourselves into the light of it and not flinch from its brightest rays ; and also we must let the light shine directly on the glorious Life of the Master and on the Love of God, that we may behold these for our inspiration, comfort, and strength.

October 19th.

“Anoint and cheer our soiled face
With the abundance of Thy Grace.”
One of the special fruits of the Spirit if Joy. Cheerfulness is often perfectly natural and spontaneous, when we feel well and young and fresh and happy, and have nothing sad or regrettable on our minds; and this is just as it should be. Let us thank God for all thee cheerful high spirits that help to make life happy. But sometimes cheerfulness springs from other causes than mere light-heartedness and health and amusing or enjoyable surroundings. There is a cheerfulness that is born of courage, self-sacrifice, devoted work for others, or a noble pride which has been satisfied by something nobly done by someone we love; and whilst we thank God for all spontaneous joy in our hearts, let us pray for the cheerfulness which comes of the abundance of God’s Grace poured into our hearts.

October 20th and 21st.

“Keep far our foes, give peace at home:
Where Thou art Guide no ill can come.”
First, let us pray this prayer with regard to the war now going on. Let us pray that this dear land of ours, our home, may be preserved from bloodshed. We have been, as a country, most mercifully pre­served, whatever the sacrifices which thousands have been called upon to make. So we pray against literal invasion; but we will not stop there, we want lasting peace for all homes, for all countries. We want­ with all the earnestness that is in us-that the greatness of the present tragedy, with such horrors of war introduced by the enemy that have never been before imagined or connected with honourable warfare, we desire, I say, that this shall mean “never again” in the history of civilization and of Christianity.
Secondly, we may think of these words in connection with the National Mission. The heart of man is his home, and that home has its foes. Honourable peace in the heart of man can only be won through bravest persevering conflict sustained through prayer and the strength of the Holy Spirit. Again, the nation has a, heart, a spirit; and the nation has spiritual foes, or material foes, to true peace at the heart of the nation. The National Mission is intended to stir up a true conflict with these foes, so that through penitence a great hope for a purified country owning its allegiance to God may be born.

October 24th.

“Teach us to know the Father.”
The Prophets of old taught the Israelites to regard God as their Father. “I will be his Father, he shall be My son,” “Doubtless Thou art our Father,” “I am a Father to Israel.” God guiding, protecting, feeding, and caring for His children, Israel, though they were so rebellious. But it was left for Christ to reveal the Love of the Father and the Person of the Father with much greater clearness. When we read St. John xiv., xv., xvi., and xvii., we learn a great deal about the Father. Christ came to express the Father to us. He was “the Word of God.” He said to Philip “Have I been so long time with you, and dost thou not know Me Philip? He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father.”
The Fatherhood of God implies the Brotherhood of men. We are all His children, made in His likeness, and with the possibility in us of behaving as His children should behave.

October 25th.

“Teach us to know the Son.”
The Greek language has two words for “knowing,” one word would be used for a superficial knowledge, the other means to know as we know a dear friend. Let us read what Christ’s friends who knew Him thought of Him, St. John and St. Paul, and the others. Let us too think of Him as one it is possible to know in this way. Let us think of Him as our Elder Brother, Friend, Captain, Hero, then let us be enthusiastic about Him and appropriate Him and His Strength.

October 26th

“Thee of both to be but One.”
One way of knowing God’s Holy Spirit would be to understand more of this Prayer to Him that we are studying together, and to pray it each day better.

And then the prayer ends:
“That through the ages all along
This may be our endless song,
Praise to Thy Eternal Merit,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”

It has been said that the sun is an emblem of the Blessed Trinity. The three-fold gift of the sun, light, life, and heat, all different gifts yet all one, emanating from one source. The wonder of the glorious sun is, indeed, a faint reflection of the mysterious Glory of the Blessed Trinity. The Light of the Holy Spirit, the human and divine Life of the Son, meeting together and sharing in the heat of Love-here is the Divine Trinity which through the ages all along is to be worshipped in an endless life of Service.

M. A. DOUGLAS.

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The New Hospital for Women – Christmas 1916

On Wednesday, November 8th, those over 16 were invited to a meeting in the Hall about the work of the New Hospital for Women in Euston Road.
Lady Hall took the chair. Miss Elizabeth Clarke told us how Miss Elizabeth Garrett, afterwards Mrs. Garrett Anderson, became the first English woman doctor. Her ambition was to found a hospital for women, staffed entirely by women doctors. The first step towards this hospital was St. Mary’s Dispensary, where Mrs. Garrett Anderson worked among the poorer women who lived near Edgware Road. The number of patients grew so fast that a very small hospital contain­ing ten beds was opened. Stories of the New Hospital spread over London, and patients flocked to it. In 1888 Mrs. Garrett Anderson, who had now a staff of women doctors under her, took a site near Euston. The present building of the New Hospital was then erected. The 70 beds in it are always occupied, and there are many out-patients. The hospital has provided a place where women doctors may learn self-reliance, efficiency, and the power of organisation, after they have passed their medical examinations. In this way, it has, perhaps, been more influential than any other institution in throwing open the medical profession to women.
Miss Douglas spoke about the good qualities which the medical profession requires from a woman. During her speech a collection was made for the hospital, which amounted to over £9.
Lady Hulse thanked Lady Hall, Miss Elizabeth Clarke, and Miss Douglas for giving us the meeting.
All the speeches were very interesting, particularly to those who are hoping to become doctors themselves when they grow up.

M. CHILTON, Upper VI.

Governors’ Meeting – Christmas 1916

On December 2nd, 1916, the annual gathering took place of friends of the School and the mistresses and girls, for the presentation of Certificates. The Governors present were Canon Morrice, Lady Hulse, Miss Hussey, Miss Style, the Mayor, Canon Myers, Archdeacon Dundas, and Mr. Swayne.

A new feature of the occasion was the Orchestra, which opened the proceedings by playing from the platform the First Movement of Schubert’s B Flat Symphony. After the platform had been quickly cleared and the Governors had taken their places Miss Douglas read her Report, touching on all the different sides of School life, and noting all the different events of the School year. She referred to the sad loss to the School of Miss Bagnall and Miss, Jeffreys, but what she said about them will be found on another page of the Magazine.

In speaking of public examinations she said: “I intend to do away this year with the London Matriculation and also the Higher Certificate of the Oxford and Cambridge Board, and to take only the Senior Cambridge Local Examinations as admitting to the Universities, and as being the preliminary step into other professions. We shall thus have one examination instead of two to arrange and provide for, and the passing of this examination qualifies for the entrance to many careers. When once a girl is through it I hope that neither she or her parents will consider that her School life is over, but rather she will be free for her last year at School to study in such a way as either to help her to make every use of her opportunities at the University, or to follow her own bent, whatever it may be, and to gain the full advantage of what should be the most precious as well as the last year of her School life. Whenever it can be managed I feel sure parents are, generally speaking, doing the very best for their daughters, for themselves, and for their usefulness and value to the home and to the community if they can leave their girls at School till they are in the top classes of the School, and in positions of greater responsibility. The girls themselves who have gone from the School, would I believe, unanimously say if they were asked that they would not have missed their last year of School life for anything. So I want to make it clear that I feel more and more sure that we must provide in the most thorough manner for passing the examinations requisite for any future career, but that we must always keep in view that the lessons and the rest of School life should always make for the real living enjoy­ment of knowing and loving that which it is good to know and love, and for the training of hands, brains, wills, and hearts, for a full and fruitful life of service.”

Miss Douglas concluded with the following words: “The present girls of the School are, and we always remember it, a part of the greater Godolphin School that has passed on beyond the School gates to the larger life outside, and we can hardly desire better things for the girls present here now than that they shall take their part afterwards in a life of usefulness in the same spirit and with the same vigour as hundreds of those who have left the School are doing. We hear of the many splendid wives and mothers amongst them with a special feeling of pride and joy, we hear of others all over the world living lives of great usefulness ; at the present time we think of some in Romania, of many in France, or very many working in Salisbury at the Infirmary and the Red Cross Hospital, and in many other Hos­pitals, and others doing canteen work, such as Ruth Wordsworth is doing now on Salisbury Plain, others learning to drive motors or to be clerks at the War Office in Whitehall and in other offices, taking the work of men and doing it in the most thorough manner. But whether we think of the Old Girls or the present School in any efforts made to relieve the present distress, and to do our country service, all is dwarfed in comparison with what the men are doing on land, on sea, and in the air. We must at least see to it that their heroism, which is ever ready to meet the demands of a prolonged conflict, finds an echo at home in the readiness not only to persevere in any efforts we may be allowed to make, but in a readiness to increase these efforts in the spirit of patience, calmness, unselfishness, and courage, which will all help to make up the sum of sacrifice needed to bring at last assured victory and an honourable and blessed peace.

Canon MORRICE regretted that it fell to him as the oldest Governor to take the chair in the absence of Lord Methuen, who was doing such great work in Malta. It had been a happy day for the school when Lord Methuen had consented to become the Chairman of the Governors, and Canon Morrice suggested that a letter should be written to him to tell him how much we missed him. Canon Morrice complimented the orchestra on its playing, and also commented on the promptitude with which the girls had cleared the platform after the performance.

Lady HULSE, who was received with the heartiest applause, said that since last year the months that had passed had been full of horror and misery, such that it seemed inappropriate to speak of anything pleasant that had happened to oneself, but during that time the con­viction had been growing upon her that she belonged to the Godolphin School, and she hoped that she would be linked with it more and more closely as the years went on. The war had not spared the School, but she knew that the School would not have wished to be spared its share in the world’s suffering. It had taken its part in war work, and though it would not be good for the girls to be pleased with what they had done, she was pleased with what they had done, and that was good for her. The list was a very satisfactory one-they had made hospital bed tables, trays, case boards, and many splints and crutches, and a great many writing cases for the soldiers, many treasure bags, fodder bags, housewives and woollen things, and also clothes for the Belgian refugees. Besides these there was the work they had done in milking and digging the land. She wished to refer also to all that the staff had done, and the unselfish devotion they had shown as far as strength and time allowed since the very beginning of the war. It would be a great thing to remember in after years that the School had waited oil and entertained and been in personal touch with the wounded men, some of whom had taken part in the ever glorious failure of Gallipoli. There were those who felt that young people should not be saddened by the thought of suffering; she herself did not think that any great effort should be made to save them from realising what the country was going through. The shadow of the war was always over them, but that shadow was pierced by the conviction of the justness of out cause, and the certainty of the victory which would be ours. This was the third war Christmas, but no one who loved young people as she did would desire that it should not be a happy one for them, and so she would ask them to give a foremost place in their thoughts and prayers to the men who were enduring so much for us.

Archdeacon DUNDAS said that he, the newest of the Governors, rose to propose a very hearty vote of thanks to Lady Hulse for giving away the certificates, and for the moving words she had spoken. There was much talk of re-construction after the war, but he would like to refer to the re-construction of the ideas of men and the enlargement of their minds which had already taken place on the subject of what was sometimes called the weaker sex. Women were bound to take an all-important part in the building up of that new world to which we looked forward. The country owed a debt of gratitude to such schools as the Godolphin for the training and preparation they gave to the girls on whom, when they grew up, such high responsibilities would lie.

Canon MYERS seconded the vote of thanks to Lady Hulse, who in acknowledging it referred to a letter received by a friend of hers from someone who had been on the Arabia when it was torpedoed. The School would be proud to hear that a former head girl, Mrs. Forsyth (Ming Glanville) had shown on that occasion the utmost courage and calmness, and seemed concerned only for the safety of others.

The singing of the National Anthem concluded the proceedings.

The Great War – Summer 1916

As we go to Press, and as I write on this first day of July, the tremendous events of the war seem to be at their height. France’s magnificent sustained bravery in front of Verdun, Russia’s great offensive advance, Italy’s approach to Austria’s fresh line of defences, our own lengthening of our line in France and the vigorous offensive we have begun there, besides the ceaseless bravery of our sailors and soldiers wherever they arc–all these things make one feel the mighty crisis through which we are actually passing, and a great, sure hope of victory beyond it. Since our last Magazine we have had the outstanding glory of the great sea fight which has opened the way for the Armies on land, and we have had the grief and the pride which belong to the death and the life of that first of heroes in the war, who perhaps alone under God has made us sure of ultimate victory. Side by side with these tremendous events, it seems almost trivial to record the little things we at School have still been trying to carry on to help the great cause, but it is no time to despise the smallest effort on the part of anybody, for each of them helps, indeed, to produce that total supply of effort necessary to win the war. The intercessions here go on as before, and the list of names is now so long that it has to be divided into four sets. The work goes on, and about 1500 little bags and more than 200 fodder bags have been made, and 110 writing cases and some more trays have been made in the School workshops. Six girls, including Monica Wood, have been working on most days on the cooperative ground, and really wonders have been done on that bit of ground, thanks to Mrs. Robinson’s direction and the willingness of workers. For about a week we were also “commandeered” by a farmer for haymaking. I know what the School is doing interests all the Old Girls, as the many accounts of all their “war work” interest every reader of the Magazine. Let us go on holding hands, and be like the great patriotic people of old who had ” mind to work” for the strengthening of their national life and the rebuilding of their strong holds.

M. A. DOUGLAS.

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.

School News – Summer 1916

Thursday, May 4th, School re-opened. After greetings Miss Douglas, gave out that next holidays will begin on July 27th, mark reading being on July 26th, and that half-term would begin on June 16th. She also said that nice subscriptions had been brought back towards the Star and Garter Home for totally disabled soldiers. Three hundred Schools have now joined the Patriotic Union, and between us we hope to raise £2000.

At the Arts and Crafts Exhibition, held at Wilton, Muriel Box won the cup for the doll which she had dressed. She was at the head of the Junior Section. As the cup can only be held in Wiltshire, it is to be kept at Fawcett House, although Muriel has left.
As we met together this year directly after Easter, Miss Douglas gave us an Easter motto for the term: “Therefore let us keep the Feast.”
Friday, May 6th, The School went to see a most interesting cinematograph, showing splendid pictures of the Navy and of the “New Army” in training.
Thursday, May 10th, A new plan has been arranged for Thursday afternoons. Preparation is from 2 to 4, and after that we are free to go for house, form or natural history expeditions.
Wednesday, May 17th Canon Sowter came to say goodbye to us before going to Ireland. He took our Intercession Service and then spoke a few words.
Wednesday, May 24th, Empire Day. (See special notice.)
May 29th, Lady Hulse spent the day at the School, and in the afternoon saw some of the Boarding Houses and the games.
Thursday, May 25th, Miss Eastgate, helped by some of the Music Mistresses, planned a “Shakespeare Afternoon.” and arranged the following delightful programme for it:

PROGRAMME.
Overture “Coriolanus” Beethoven.
Reading “Coriolanus”
“Julius Caesar.”
Song “Who is Sylvia?” Shubert.
”Two Gentlemen of Verona.”
Song “O Willow Willow” Music of Shakespeare’s time.
“Othello.”
Reading “Richard II.”
Song “Sigh no more, ladies ” Stevens.
“ Love’s Labour’s Lost.”
Song “It was a lover and his lass” Thomas Morley.
”As You Like It.”
Reading “Merchant of Venice ”
Song “Orpheus with his Lute” Sullivan.
Henry VIII.
Reading “Macbeth”
Song “Where the bee sucks” Arne
”The Tempest.”
Reading “Midsummer Nights Dream”
Overture “Midsummer Night’s Dream” Mendelssohn.

Wednesday, May 31st, Stephen Graham came to tell us about Russia.
Thursday. June 1st, Ascension Day. We went as usual to the 8 o’clock Celebration at St. Martin’s. The younger ones had their Ascension Day Service with Miss Lucy at 10 o’clock. We went to Wishford by the 12.45 train. We had a perfectly lovely afternoon at Grovely, and though the weather was rather unsettled, we had hardly any rain until we were on our way home. We ended the day with a little service at School, at which we sang our hymn for Spring.
Monday, June 5th, We rejoiced that the big Naval battle was so great a victory, though it has cost so many their lives.
Tuesday, June 6th, We heard the terrible news that H.M.S, “Hampshire” had been sunk, and that Lord Kitchener and his Staff, who were on their way to Russia, had gone down with her.
Wednesday. June 7th, Miss Douglas said that we would sing the Ascension Day hymn, and she read the Ascension Day collect, which was particularly appropriate at the moment, when the Strengthening comfort of the Holy Spirit was so greatly needed. In speaking of the death of Lord Kitchener, she said:
“We meet to pay a tribute to a very great Englishman, a tribute of grief, and a tribute of pride, to his life and Work, a tribute, too, of sympathy with our King and with very single soldier in the Regular Army and in Kitchener’s own Army. Whether we think of Kitchener as the one who vindicated in Egypt the work of the soldier saint, or as Chief of the Staff of the Forces in South Africa, or as Commander-in-Chief in India, we recognise the greatness of a life wholly given to the service of his, country in the performance of duty”.
Special prayers were then said in commemoration of Kitchener and of the valiant men who had fought and died in the Battle of Jutland.
Thursday, June 8th, Miss Douglas said that although we had not sent any representatives to the United Girls’ Schools’ Service in Southwark, we must remember it, and we had special prayers, thinking particularly of the Mission.
Whit-Sunday, June 11th, We went In the Memorial Service to Lord Kitchener hold at the Cathedral.
Friday, June 16th, Half-Tem holiday, made longer this Year by Friday morning being given in honour of Vera Joscelyne having won a scholarship to Oxford.
All those who did not go away went to Nelson House, where Miss Powell very kindly came to help Miss Edith. Needless to say, they had a most splendid time, and, of course, enjoyed themselves thoroughly.

Expeditions on Thursdays – Summer 1916

Miss Douglas made a delightful scheme for the Summer Term, by which the girls might get more time “for doing and seeing things out of doors.” She arranged that Thursday afternoons, after 4 p.m., should be available for this purpose; the girls preparing from 2-4 p.m., and giving only half-an-hour to music, and having no preparation or music lessons after 4 p.m.

Field Club Expeditions took place on May 11th and 18th. Homington Down, Britford, Alderbury, Watery Harnham, Clarendon Woods, Old Sarum, Laverstock Down, and the Clump were visited by groups of girls.
Form Expeditions were made on June 25th to Clarendon Woods by Upper and Lower VI; to Bemerton by Matric, and Special VI; to the Downs by Upper V; to Romsey Abbey by Extra V; to Broken Bridges by Special VA. and Special VB; to Britford by Lower VB and IV; to Downton Moot by Lower IV; to Old Sarum by, III; to Laverstock Down by II, and Clarendon by I.
On June 29th the “Gardeners” had tea at Oakhurst, and afterwards visited gardens in the Close, by the kind permission of the Bishop, Archdeacon Carpenter, and Miss Hussey. On the same day Sarum House held its sports, and Lower IV. visited Old Sarum.
During the Spring and Summer Terms Lower IV. have been attending lessons on the History of Salisbury and the neighbourhood, given by Mr. Stevens, at the Museum. He very kindly went with them to Downton Moot and Old Sarum, explaining everything to them on the spot.

Garden Club – Summer 1916

SPRING PRIZES

First Price
S. Yorke P. Clarke H. Elworthy
J. Carey J. Hinxman H. Toms
C. Harrison

Second Price
D. Hinixman K. Newson A. Armitage
M. Holmes P. Du Buisson N. Preece
M. Sim B. Medlicott

Third Price
J. Chapman M. Stevens-Guille M. Ainslie
N. Randall I. Usher

Miss Douglas gave the prizes in the gardens on Wednesday, May 17th.
The following Poems won prizes in a competition for the best poem on Gardens.

MY GARDEN

In the sunny summer-time when all around is gay,
And skies are blue, and trees are green, and little elfins play
Why then –
My little garden is full of all delight,
From early misty morning
To still and starry night.

The roses in my garden are red and white and pink,
And the dew-drops on their petals ask the bees to come and drink.
Oh then –
My little garden is a sight for tired eyes,
Full of lilies and carnations,
And of gaudy butterflies.

But it’s different in winter when all the flowers have gone.
And the roses have departed, and the soil looks cold and lone,
Even then –
I know in one corner of the bed
I shall find a modest violet
With its dainty purple head.

My flowers have a language, only not like yours and mine,
It’s like the rain in summer, it’s so small and light and fine,
But then –
Only few can hear it, and I am one of those,
And I won’t tell a creature
What my flowers to me disclose.

My garden’s a like kingdom of which I am the King,
And sometimes if I’m careful I can hear the fairies sing.
And then –
Why, I’m as happy as happy as call be,
And I wish that all small children
Could be a king like me.

SUN-WORSHIPPER (Ursula Armitage).

SNOWDROPS

The snow lay thick o’er all the land,
The flowers slept beneath the ground;
Majestic way the scene and grand,
So silent everything around.

Soon came the warm spring sun again,
And melted all the snow away;
Then forth there peeped in hedge and lane
The tiny leaf-buds of the May.

The fairies took a snowflake white,
And made of it a tiny bell
Which softly rang both day and night,
That Spring was coming soon to tell.

So when I see the snowdrops sweet
Peep from beneath their soft brown bed,
I know they are come forth to meet
The springtime. and that winter’s fled.

HIBISCUS (Sheila Dimsey.)

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.

School News – Summer Term 1915

SPRING TERM.

March 8th Mr. Marston, a blind clergyman, came to us and spoke about his work.

March 9th School Service taken by the Rev. H. Marston, who gave an address on Prayer.

March 11th Mr. Belloc’s Lecture. (See last issue.)

March 16th School Service taken by the Rev. A. G. Robertson, who spoke about “excuses.”

Governors’ Meeting.

March 24th School Service taken by Canon Sowter.

March 29th Mark Reading. This was one day earlier than the day fixed owing, to an outbreak of German measles.

Miss Douglas first read the results of the various competitions:

Cloak Room Picture, won by III; three marks lost.

Form Tidy Cup, won by Low. V., Sp. VB and II., who all lost no marks.

Finished Books, Top Up. VI., 78.81 per cent.

Red Girdles. Junior Girdles were given for the first time :¬

Senior: M. Thomas, O. Batchelor, J. Adams, D. Ashford, M. Chilton, P. Clarke, M. Ainslie, S. Lister, N. Richards, E. Hudson, K. Newson, P. Pinneger, V. Coles, and M. Wood.

Junior: M. Allan, M Leys, V. Arnold, G. Coles, M. Rose, M. Du Buisson, and M. Osmond.

La Crosse Pins: S. Yorke, B. Bridge, M. Holmes, H. Elworthy, FT. Elam, M. Godley, and D. Harvey-Jones. Those leaving were :

Special VI., E. Lock, prefect of Fawcett House.

Stanford, St. Margaret’s.

Lower V., M. Chalmers, Fawcett House.

Special VB., Violet Coles, Sarum House.

Lower IV., D. Chalmers, Fawcett House.

II, G. Smyth, Sarum House.

In saying ‘good-bye to those leaving, Miss Douglas said that she hoped that they would remember that the only way to be really happy was by serving others, and that they would stamp their lives with the word “service.” She also said that she hoped that those who were going home would continue there the things they had begun at school. Miss Douglas said she would not say much to the school, as she had had many talks during the term. She hoped all would listen to the lessons of which the holidays would be full-Confirmation for some, Good Friday and Easter, and the message of renewed hope which comes with spring.

March 31st The Confirmation Day. Owing to some of the candidates having had German measles, it was arranged that they should be confirmed separately at St. Mark’s Church by Bishop Joscelyne, at the same hour as the service held in the Cathedral. A few days before Finetta Bathurst was confirmed in Exeter Cathedral, as she had had to go home owing to whooping cough. The following is the full list of the girls who were confirmed this term: C. Mackworth, M. Ainslie, J. Dewe, J. Eason, I. Pears, J. Pears, H. de Behr, P. Blunt, G. Rigden, M. Osmond, M. Hardy, D. Turner, M. Constable, H. Livesey, M. Glynn, P. Clarke, M. Eppstein, P. Godwin, P. Seal, N. Northcroft, K. Sargeaunt, S. Wotton, M. Wood, M. Vines, P. Du Buisson, K. Newson, F. Bathurst.

SUMMER TERM.

April 25th School re-opened on St. George’s Day. The flag was flown, and we sang the hymn, “The Son of God goes forth to War,” and the collect for S. Michael and All Angels was read.

Miss Douglas then read the results of the Associated Board of the R.A.M. and R.C.M., Local Centre, April, 1915.

We were very glad to hear that Canon Sowter was to be a Governor of the School, and clapped heartily.

New Prefect. Fawcett House, M Stevens-Guille.

Miss Douglas read the written rules, and reminded us that there are besides many unwritten rules, which are very important. Their observance comes naturally to those who have the right spirit.

Miss Douglas then spoke a little about the life of St. George and what he stands for. He is the champion of Right fighting for the Cross and prevailing against the Dragon, the type of all that is base, cruel, and deceitful. St. George was taken to be the Patron Saint of England by Edward III., and therefore all English men and women are bound to fight with determination under his banner against all manner of evil.

In the Wiltshire Arts and Crafts Exhibition of April, 1915, B. Niven gained a 1st class certificate for drawing from the round, and R. Ainslie a 1st class certificate for pencil drawing from life. A sheet of brushwork by various girls was also granted a 1st class certificate. A Foljambe’s work was commended.

April 26th Our new Governor, Canon Sowter, brought the Archbishop of Armagh to speak to us. The Archbishop expressed his doubts at being able to talk to girls until he was told to speak as he would to boys. He then told us to remember that the honour of a school depends on its individual members, and he also spoke of the important place of friendship in life, and quoted a boy’s definition of a friend, “One who knows you well and likes you still.”

April 27th Miss Douglas and the Staff went to meet the Archbishop at the Training College, by the invitation of Canon and Mrs. Sowter and Miss Forth, the Principal.

April 28th In the evening the Rev. Denis Victor, of the Universities’ Mission to Central Africa, and the Principal of St. Michael’s College, Likoma, for training native students who become teachers, came and spoke to us about his work.

April 30th Miss Yuille Smith, who stayed some time at Fawcett House with her son Bobbie, gave us a delightful piano recital in the Hall.

May 1st Saturday. After supper we made bags for the soldiers in hospital to keep their possessions in.

May 6th Miss Douglas told us of Lord Methuen’s appeal for books, games, &c., for the new base hospital at Malta.

May 7th Mr. Belloc gave us a second lecture. The subject was, “The War and the Political Situation in Europe.” (See special notice).

May 8th We heard that Ruth Wordsworth and her brother, who were passengers on the Lusitania, which was torpedoed on Friday, May 7th, were saved. In the evening we had a second War Work Party.

May 13th Ascension Day Service St. Martin’s at 8 a.m., and short service in School in the morning and evening. It was too wet to have a picnic, but it was a very happy festival all the same. We stayed in our Houses and did what we liked till 5 o’clock, when there was dancing in the Hall till 6.30.

May 20th Annual Service at St. Saviour’s. We sent a special offertory of £3, but, owing to the war, no representatives.

May 24th Empire Day. We had a short service at 12.20, and Miss Helen Bagnall gave a short address. (See special notice).

May 28th Miss Douglas read a letter of thanks from Lady Smith-Dorrien for the 150 holland bags sent, and said that 100,000 more were needed.

June 9th Service of Song at 8 o’clock, to which the Members of the League of Honour came.

June 10th Miss Douglas told us that Lady Hulse had consented to become a Governor of the School. The good news was received by a great clap.

June 11th Half Term. Those who did not go away stayed at St. Margaret’s with Miss Lucy.

Head Mistresses Conference, held this year at Walthamstow. Miss Douglas stated that some farmers had accepted her offer to let the School help in their hay fields.

June 16th The girls began to help with the hay, and continued to do so for several days, working in shifts.

June 21st Clarinda Allen got 3rd Class in the Historical Tripos, Part II., and in Natural ‘Science, Part I., Ivy Phillips got 3rd Class.

June 27th On Sunday afternoon Mrs. Creighton (widow of the late Bishop of London) very kindly came and spoke to the School at 5 o’clock.