With a deep sense of personal loss every member of the School shared in the great national sorrow occasioned by the death of our honoured and well-beloved King George V, who was borne to his last resting place on January 28th, 1936. As the solemn bells at Windsor tolled their last tribute to a great monarch, a deep and lasting impression was made on even the youngest of us. Now we remember King George's special message to us, the Children, on the occasion of his Jubilee last year and continue our love and loyalty to him in the allegiance we promise to his son, our new King, Edward VIII.
The year 1935-6 has been one of great activity in all branches of school life. The various Societies have held busy and successful sessions and we have listened to many delightful and illuminating lectures by outside lecturers. At Christmas the School Parties again proved themselves merry and pleasurable occasions.
We were very sorry to lose Miss MacIlvean last June, but we take this opportunity of sending our very best wishes for all happiness to Mr. & Mrs. Cruickshank. At the end of the Summer Term we said "Good-bye" to Miss Nobbs, whose association with the School, although short, had been a very pleasant one, and we should like to convey to her our best wishes for the future.
We have welcomed Miss Riddoch and Miss Sawyer to the Staff and hope that they are spending a happy time with us.
Our friendship with South Accommodation Road School still nourishes. The Netball Match played against the "adopted" School proved very successful, and other matches, we hope, will be arranged. We take this opportunity of expressing our thanks and appreciation to Mr. & Mrs. Baines, through whose generosity there have been during the year many valuable additions to the Library, including Volumes of Punch from its beginning in 1841 to 1927.
We congratulate the Junior Netball Team on winning the Runners-Up Cup in the Netball League Matches. The Cup now proudly adorns the Library.
Finally, we thank all those who sent in Magazine contributions and regret that we have not space to publish them all. We also thank Miss Williams for her help and advice in connection with the illustrations and designs.
June 5. House Swimming Sports.
June 6. Open Day.
June 18. Third Meeting of the School Branch of the League of Nations Union. "Current Events," by Colonel Forty.
June 24. Swimming Contest against the Leeds Girls' High School.
July 15. South Accommodation Road Junior Party.
July 16. Kindergarten Bazaar in aid of Dr. Barnardo's Homes.
July 16. "The Bible in Foreign Lands," by the Rev. J. K. Marsden, Local Organising Secretary of the British and Foreign Bible Society.
July 19. South Accommodation Road Senior Party.
July 23. Sports Day.
Oct. 9. Lecture on "Television," at the Albert Hall.
Oct. 10. First Meeting of the Sketch Club.
Oct. 17. First Meeting of the Science Society. "The Wonders of the Universe," by Professor Brodetsky.
Oct. 17. Visit of the Sketch Club to the Viennese Children's Art Exhibition.
Oct. 19. Film on "Hockey" shown at Wakefield.
Oct. 24. First Meeting of the Debating Society.
Oct. 30. Paul Brann's Marionettes, at the Albert Hall.
Nov. 6. Holiday for the Marriage of the Duke of Gloucester to Lady Alice Scott.
Nov. 7. First Meeting of the School Branch of the League of Nations Union. "The Italo-Abyssinian Dispute," by Colonel Forty.
Nov. 12. Speech Day.
Nov. 13. Lecture by Grey Owl, at the Albert Hall.
Nov. 21. Second Meeting of the Debating Society.
Nov, 25. Orchestral Concert for Schools, at the Town Hall.
Nov. 26. Second Meeting of the School Branch of the League of Nations Union. Papers given by Members of Forms V and VI.
Nov. 29. Second Meeting of the Science Society. "Palestine," by Mr. Appleyard.
Dec. 2. Lecture: "Great Men of Leeds," by Mr. Kilburn Scott.
Dec. 6. Middle School Party.
Dec. 11. Junior School Party.
Dec. 13. Senior School Party.
Dec. 18. Kindergarten Party.
Dec. 19. South Accommodation Road Christmas Party.
Jan. 22. The School listened to the Broadcast of the Proclamation of King Edward VIII.
Jan. 23. Lecture: "Rudyard Kipling." Miss Gillman.
Jan. 23. The Third Meeting of the School Branch of the League of Nations Union. Address by Miss Willey on "Current Affairs."
Jan. 28. The School heard the Broadcast Commentary on the Funeral of our late King George V.
Feb. 5. School Party went to see "Macbeth," by the "Sea Gull Players," at the Little Theatre.
Feb. 6. Third Meeting of the Debating Society.
Feb. 7. Lecture by M. Legrand: "La Bretagne."
Feb. 14. Second Meeting of the Sketch Club.
Feb. 28. Lecture on "China," by Miss Greenham.
Mar. 6. Fourth Meeting of the School Branch of the League of Nations Union. "Current Affairs," by Mr. Wheelan.
Mar. 11. Gymnastic Competition.
Mar. 13. Lecture on "Roman Sculpture." Mr. Newell.
Mar. 19. Third Meeting of the Science Society.
Mar. 24. Lecture: "Nursing as a Profession." Mrs. Thacker.
May 5. Lecture by Miss Sutton: "Careers which might follow a Course at the Leeds College of Housecraft."
May 13. Science Society's Visit to Rowntree's at York.
May 27. Sports Day.
The School's Annual Speech Day was held on November 12th, 1935, at 2-45 p.m., in the School Hall. Mr. Roscoe took the chair, and the chief guest was Miss Jackson, former Head Mistress of the Central Secondary School for Girls, Sheffield. The knowledge that Miss Willey had been a former pupil of Miss Jackson's added greatly to the interest of the occasion. The ceremony began with the singing of the National Anthem, after which the Chairman called upon Miss Willey to read her Report for the School Year 1934-5. Miss Jackson then distributed the prizes, amid loud applause, and afterwards addressed the School. Her speech is reported below.
A most interesting musical programme followed, which included "The Erl King," sung by the Senior Choir; "Lullaby," by the Junior Choir, and "Let us Dance," by the Middle School Choir. The words of "Lullaby" had been set to music by a member of the Sixth Form, and this fact therefore added to our enjoyment of the song. Poems and prose in English, French and Latin were then spoken by various girls. Finally, "England" was sung by the whole School, and thus ended another happy and successful Speech Day.
Miss Jackson said, "If there is one thing more than another that has seized the imagination of this generation, young and old, it is, I think, the idea of service to the community. . . .
So in our schools most generous-hearted girls and boys, as they come near to leaving-age, feel vague stirrings of a desire to serve the community. This may happily result if family circumstances allow of girls training to be doctors, nurses or hospital almoners; to be teachers or children's nurses or district visitors. Some may go in for a course of training for becoming house agents or rent collectors—an important work that seems to be coming more into the hands of women, and may be a great opportunity for helpfulness in their hands.
.... The economic factor is a very important one to most of us in these days, but there is no need to feel that this necessity of earning a living means at once setting oneself a lower standard of achievement. To earn one's living is a very pleasant and independent thing, and to do this efficiently and stand on one's own feet, asking help from no one is, perhaps, in itself no mean service to the community.
The point, however, that I want to emphasise is the possibility of real, valuable social service in every kind of work that is taken up—though it is less obvious in a clerical job or work in a shop, or even in domestic work than in that of a doctor or dentist, a teacher or nurse, or almoner.
What are the qualities that these higher services I have mentioned need? Near the top of the list, though certainly not the highest, I should place accuracy .... sympathy and insight, courage to act and to stand by her action, patience, perseverance, disregard of her own comfort in comparison with that of others. All these and many other high qualities are needed in these professions, over and above the training and equipment for which so much money and time are needed....
But for the rest of our girls—those who go into shops or offices or work in the home, who take up dressmaking, or art, or music—have they nothing comparable to give to the world? The work of the home-maker, be she mother or helper, is obviously a great one, and the contribution of an artist or musician, enriching life with the beauty she creates, is almost equally obvious. But what of the rest? Are they to be relegated to the prosaic side of life, the rather useful but unheroic people?
I want to stress the obvious but often forgotten fact that it is possible and indeed essential that these girls also should make an equally vital though less spectacular contribution to the community. The same qualities we have enumerated should be theirs—accuracy, sympathy and insight; courage to stand out for the best in work and conduct; the power to make wise decisions and to stand by them when made; self-discipline shown in word and deed, in punctuality, and in endurance; the putting of duty to their employer before their own comfort and ease, and—let me add—the cheerful good humour shown in good times and bad. . . . Incidentally these qualities almost inevitably lead to promotion and a call to higher service, but that is beside the point at the moment. All this, too, does not rule out but rather suggests the further opportunities of service outside working hours for those who can take them—the Girls' Clubs and Social Centres, the Gymnastic and Games Clubs, where a girl's school training is so valuable and where gay and lively social experience may be found: and the Sunday Schools, too, where many of our Secondary School girls learn and give so much that is worth while.
Again—to come back to that great quality of accuracy. One of the most important duties of women—as of men—to-day is to get the habit of clear thinking and impartial judgement. Never, surely, was it more difficult to maintain thought and judgment on a high level than in this post-war welter of circumstance—to hear all sides with sympathetic insight, to come, as individuals, to one's own conclusions without bitterness or railing at others who think differently, to be willing to own oneself mistaken when necessary, but to hold firm to one's real convictions even in face of clamorous denunciations. How difficult this is, and how essential it is that the great body of women, now that to them also has been given political responsibility, should take these duties with full seriousness, never failing to exercise their right of voting to the very best of their judgment while at the same time refusing to take sides in petty political squabbles, backbiting and hasty vilifying of opponents—women, I believe, can do so much to sweeten political life if they will keep their heads, and their hearts and their sense of humour.
This is the difficult task of the new woman citizen, difficult but well worth fulfilling to the utmost of her powers. More and more women are going to be called into consultation about such things as town-planning, about the fittings to be put into the new houses, about the work of women police and other social service among the women of the community. More and more there will be need for the trained and alert mind, the kind heart and wise judgment for all these duties, and to whom should we look for these great qualities but to the girls trained in our Secondary Schools and inspired there with the ideal of service?
In summing up, therefore, there are three points that I want to bring home to you girls—none of them in the least new, but all important. First, there are great opportunities of helpfulness in every form of work that you may have the good fortune to take up, whether in those posts which are ordinarily considered as Social Service or in those where the social side is less obvious.
Secondly, it is a point often forgotten that each one of us is—whether she wishes or not—a social centre in herself of one kind or another. We live in the midst of others and inevitably influenced by them we, each one in our turn, exercise considerable influence in our own circle, and it is incalculable how much good or harm that influence does. Do we not all know men or women who, by their kindly and charitable outlook, their cheerful friendliness and their wise judgment, make life pleasanter and sweeter to all around and are centres of wholesome influence? Without shutting their eyes to the evil in the world, they look for the good in their fellows, and generally find it, for they seem to draw out all that is best in others. I need not remind you that there are many individuals whose influence is just the reverse, nor need I ask you which sort of social influence you hope to be, for you will have an effect on those around you; no one can escape it, even if they wish.
Lastly, it is here and now, in the School, that real preparation may be made for future service. Think over once more the list of qualities which I suggested as essential—Accuracy . . . Sympathy—no one can be a member of a Form, to say nothing of a Form Captain or Leader, or a Prefect, without having endless opportunities of practising sympathy and insight. I need not go on to enumerate again judgment, courage, perseverance and the rest. Every day's work for every girl is supplying this training, and every girl, when she leaves school, will be bound to display, whether she wishes or not, how far that training has been accepted by her and to what extent it is bearing fruit."
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