Spring Term 1915
In December last Miss Fawcett, our dear friend and wise counsellor of so many years, thought it best to retire from the Governing Body, and we certainly should not wish her to have any of the fatigue which is inseparable from attending the business meetings of the School. Nobody can, perhaps, tell quite as well as myself that her unfailing sympathy and wealth of wisdom have meant to the School through all these years, and we should indeed feel poor if she had not promised to take exactly the same interest in the Godolphin School as before, although she is no longer a member of the Governing Body. We hope she will let us record in our Magazine the sense of our deep debt of gratitude and of our affection towards her, and may her influence always remain as an abiding benefit to the School.
On February 1st Canon Bankes passed away, and with him passed from our midst one of those men who carry about him an atmosphere which should make it impossible for all who had the rare good fortune to know him of learning to love better all things “honorable, pure, just, lovely, and of good report.” He loved these things, and we know that he loved the Godolphin School, and desired that it should grow more worthy to be loved by all who passed through it.
Mr. Hammick, another kind friend of the School, has passed away, and with him are linked in our minds the names of his two daughters, who were once members of the School. They must, I think, have been deeply touched by the many tributes to their father’s great record of services rendered by him to the city, and I hope they will let us add our record of gratitude for what he did for the Godolphin School. I went to see him very often, to get his help and support in matters which concerned the welfare of the School, and always found him ready to give the help asked of him. He was very greatly interested in the plans for the new cloak room, and took much trouble in furthering that very important addition to the buildings. We all know, though he never mentioned it, how much he suffered from lameness and pain, and yet he seldom missed coming to a Governors’ meeting here, in spite of the many other public duties to which he had to attend.
The School must show its gratitude for all that these three Governors have done for it by trying to be more and more faithful in the use of the opportunities which the School provides for our benefit.