The Governors – Spring 1915

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.

M.A. Douglas

School News – Autumn Term 1914

November 19th.-The School went to the beautiful Service in the Cathedral in memory of Lord Roberts.

December 7th.-We had a Patriotic Concert, to which doctors, nurses and others doing Red Cross work were invited. A Belgian officer played two marches.


(a) National Anthems of Allies-French, Belgian, Russian and British

(b) March   ” Tommy’s Welcome ” The Orchestra –   Murray

(c) Songs – Litany – Shubert

Old Sacred Lullaby – Corner

Barcaroll – Goring Thomas

Sailor’s Song – Haydn

Special Class

  • Piano Solo
  • Coronation March – The Orchestra – Edward German


  • March – ” Fame and Glory” – The Orchestra – Malt
  • Songs – (a) ” Ye Mariners of England ” – Pierson

(b) “You’ll Get There” – Parry

Junior Class.

Songs – (a) “A Ballad of the Ranks” – Stanford

              (b)Britons Strike Home” – Purcell

Senior Class.

” High Germany” (Folk Song) Combined Choir – Baring Gould and Sharp

  • Air de Ballet – “Liselotte” – Leon Adam
  • Choruses –   (a) “Soldiers of the King” – Leslie Stuart
  • Tipperary”
  • Cadet March – The Orchestra – Sousa
  • Songs ——– (a) ” Motherland “Lionel Moncton

                                    (b) “Land of Hope and Glory” – Elgar

(c) ” Rule Britannia ” – Dr. Hine

December 19th – Governors’ Meeting. Lord Methuen presided and made a stirring speech. Miss Fawcett, who has been a Governor of the School for so many years, and always the kindest of friends, has resigned. Miss Douglas spoke of all she has been to the School and all that she and the School owe to her.

December 12th – Mrs. Lees kindly played her gramophone and we danced for 15 minutes before beginning our Mission Work.

December 17th – Mark Reading. Miss Douglas first gave the red girdles, which were won by N. Chalk, H. Livesey, M. Holmes, F. Burnett, M. Sinclair, M. Southwood, J. Hinxman, E. Kinder, S. Wotton,M. Howes and C. Mackworth. She next read the results of the various Form Competitions. The Cloak Room Picture was won by Special VB., who had lost no marks. Upper V., Special VA. and Upper IVs. all lost no form room marks. Upper VI. were top in finished books, with 81.25 per cent.

Miss Douglas reminded us of the important duty of keeping our ideas in due perspective and remembering that our School concerns are very small compared with the great international events going on. At the same time, we must not neglect our daily duty. Miss Douglas wished us all a very happy Christmas. She reminded us that the worldly note in Christmas doings would be hushed this year, but this should only make the real meaning of Christmas felt more strongly. We must get our share of Christmas joy and peace by helping in the great privilege of mitigating the sufferings of those in sorrow.

Those leaving were: Joyce Guillemard, Up. VI., Prefect of St. Margaret’s; Kathleen Pearce, Up. VI., Prefect of Nelson; Lynton Crabtree, Sp. VI., Prefect of Fawcett; Troath Swinburne, Sp. VI. and School House; Olivia Wyndham, Sp. VI, and New Forest; Ethel Wheeler, Sp. VI. and Nelson; Madge Rothera, Low. VI. and Fawcett’; Lena Burden, Sp. VA., Sarum; Margaret Housley, Low. V., Nelson.