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From Our School Diary - 1957, Page One


"It's an ill wind that blows no one good." While our elders were concerned with the problems arising from the fuel shortage, we cheerfully accepted the slightly extended Christmas holiday without undue questioning! Once school re-opened, even the least eager for work realised that Half-Year examinations were approaching and the days of festivities must retreat into the background.


We will not embarrass our readers with details of the week of torture - during which our youthful minds were required to offer their choice ideas to a staff which seemed anxious to probe to the depths. Suffice it to say that no catastrophic effects appear to have been experienced on either side - so "Tomorrow to fresh woods and pastures new".

Feb. 11th. Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, Very heavy rain prevented a formal procession to the Grotto during the day, but most Forms managed to make a visit and we all joined in the Lourdes Hymn after Benediction.

22nd. Ignatians celebrated the Tri-Centenary of St. Ignatius. A Mass was said for the Intentions of those in the House, and after school festivities were arranged. These take the form of a party followed by a Beetle Drive, and the evening was voted a great success.

27th. Coming events cast their shadows before. Miss Gobell and a select group of Seniors went to London to be present at a D'Oyley Carte performance of "Iolanthe". This raised our hopes that a Gilbert and Sullivan production would be arranged - and we were not disappointed!

The Seniors were invited to an entertainment given by the juniors, including two delightful plays, "King Melon" and "Peter Rabbit". We must not forestall their account, but offer our thank you for a most enjoyable afternoon.

28th. Form II were taken by Miss Ironside, their Form Mistress, to a performance of "As You Like It" at the New Royal.


March 8th Half-term week-end opened the month, and the following week-end, Father Adrian McCudden, O.F.M., came to give a three days retreat to the Seniors. We should like to express our gratitude to Reverend Mother for giving us this opportunity of entering into the spirit of Lent.

Times may change, but there is one day which never fails to evoke intense enthusiasm and interest. For a week before St. Patrick's Day the English and Irish had commandeered premises for their respective preparations, and these appeared to be on as lavish a scale as formerly. As the Feast fell on a Sunday, it was decided that celebrations would be held on the preceding Friday.

On Thursday afternoon Reverend Mother was inivited to the junior School, where the little ones gave her such joy by their wishes, songs and dances and Feast Day offerings. The wishes of the Senior School were expressed in an address read by Chrysagan Bavey and illuminated by Maureen Hooper.

On Friday morning Reverend Mother invited us to a film show consisting of a most attractive story, "The Dragon of Pendragon Castle", with several Mickey Mouse cartoons, and in the afternoon to "The Elusive Pimpernel"; followed by refreshments.

At 11.45 a.m. the whole school assembled in the garden for the "International" and to watch the entry of the teams. The approach of the English team was slow and steady, requiring all the effort of the loyal supporters who drew in Britannia (Janine Weeks) mounted on the gardener's huge cart. Around Britannia gathered the English and Tudor rose caps.

And what of the Irish? They had staged "The Irish Handicap". The Irish horse, complete with jockey (Gay Downey), pranced on to the field to certain victory, while the poor English moke, bringing up the inglorious rear, had to be encouraged forward by effusive presentation of carrots. Finally the Irish team appeared in white shorts and blouses and top-hats with yellow and green stripes. An exciting game followed.

The memorable day concluded with the school present at Benediction in the Convent Chapel. Most of the younger girls then went home, but a group of Seniors remained to enjoy Irish and English dances.

Sunday, 17th. Forms VI and Va Boarders invited the Community and Senior Boarders to a Mock Trial in which Mozarby-chevsky Smith (M. Hooper) was accused of criminal disregard of the slumber of fellow citizens. Judge Jeffries (A. Spicer), Counsel for Defence (M. Linford), Counsel for Prosecution (P. Lowe) had a difficult task controlling the various amusing witnesses.

18th. The film "Shadow on the Hill" was shown in the Hall.

19th. Feast of St. Joseph, special Patron of the Junior School. The Upper Forms of the Junior School were allowed to be the Choir for Benediction. They had prepared with Mother Pannell the usual Benediction hymns, 'Ave Marls Stella' and `Per Signum Crucis'.

It is a long time since we heard such sweet and clear singing, and we felt that Our Lord must have been well pleased with those little children, sc obviously delighted to have the honour of singing in the Chapel.

22nd. Mrs. Wyllie of the War Office gave a most interesting talk to pupils of Forms IV, V and VI, indicating the type of post open to girls in her particular department.

10th. Monsignor Doran V.G. visited the school for the Religious Inspection. He was pleased with the work done and as always made helpful suggestions stressing this year in particular `The Priesthood of the Laity'.


As Easter was late, the opening of Trinity Term came after the Feast of the Cross, so there was no School Mass in the Hall on May 3rd.

During this month of Our Lady, two old and dear friends of Boscombe went to their eternal reward.

Although Miss Ethel Thompson had retired from teaching for some years she was still living at the Convent, and was taken to hospital during the Easter holidays. When we were told of her death on Friday, May 24th, many of us looked back to the happy days we had spent in her class as small children.

Spontaneous remarks revealed how her patience and kindness had impressed it self upon us - there was no hurry - she had time for each individual child as well as for all. Ill health permitted her to undertake only part-time teaching for some time before her retirement, but her interest in Church and school activities was maintained to the end.

A convert late in life, Miss Thompson valued above all the great gift of Faith, and her example will not be forgotten. She was a lady in every respect, dignified, thoughtful and courteous.

We ask God to have mercy on her soul, and we feel that Miss Thompson herself would have desired nothing better than that her Requiem Mass should be said in the Convent Chapel which she loved so well.

Fr. Baron S.J. kindly gave this permission. While praying for Miss Thompson, we offer our sympathy to her relatives and friends, especially Mother Potter, her life long friend.

At the beginning of term, we had missed our devoted Chaplain, Father Weaver S.J., and were praying earnestly for his recovery from a serious operation, when on Monday evening, May 27th, we learnt of his death in hospital. An appreciation of Fr. Weaver S.J. and of how much Boscombe owes to him will be given elsewhere.

May we say here how greatly we appreciated the privilege of having one aisle at Corpus Christi Church reserved for the Convent Girls at the Requiem Mass. May he rest in peace.

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