After all the Christmas festivities were over, we were quite glad to be back at school again and to meet our friends.
During Lent we made special efforts to make sacrifices and to work hard. We collected £15 for the Orphans of the Diocese this year.
The 11 + Examination was held in March, and out of the 22 children who were eligible, 14 were awarded Grammar School places. Congratulations to those who were successful!
In February Suzanne Bradbury, Jennifer Hibbs, Sara Wass, Deborah Young and Stephen Nicholls received the Sacrament of Confirmation at Our Lady, Queen of Peace, Southbourne, and on the previous Friday they all renewed their Baptismal Vows at school.
The Netball teams were as enthusiastic as ever and in the Inter-Schools Rally we came into the semi-finals.
This was a very enjoyable term, full of surprises and activities.
On May 1st we celebrated the feast of St. Joseph, our Patron. We were unable to have a special Mass, but we went to the Convent Chapel and sang some hymns and said our prayers.
We had a Rounders match - Junior III v. Junior II, and although junior III won, it was a very exciting game.
In the afternoon we had a film show, followed by refreshments in the Marquee.
On Saturday, June 13th, some of us went to our Convent at Waterlooville to play a Rounders match, which we won by half a rounder. As the match was in the morning, we had a picnic lunch and games in the wood, which we throughly enjoyed.
Afterwards we had tea at the Convent and then started home. We would like to thank Reverend Mother of Waterlooville and all the nuns for giving us such a welcome, and also Miss Kent and Miss Faupel, who gave up their day to come with us.
On June 16th, junior II and III went for their annual outing. This year we went again, via Lymington, to the Isle of Wight. We visited Carisbrooke Castle in the morning and then went to the Convent at East Cowes for lunch.
Reverend Mother and the nuns were waiting for us and we had a picnic lunch in the fields. During the afternoon we played a Rounders match against Holy Cross School, East Cowes. Afterwards we went to Shanklin, where we had tea, and then came home by the ferry, tired, but having had a lovely day.
Perhaps you wonder whether, with all our activities, we get on with our lessons. Judging by the remarks we heard from our parents after their visit to our Open Days on July 4th and 5th, we think that we do, and feel they were very satisfied with our efforts.
Models of scenes from Shakespeare's plays; art, craft, needlework, topics on Central Bournemouth and Inventions, were all admired.
Our exercise books were there, too, showing our progress in all subjects. In the lower classes our stories, pictures and handwork were displayed and our daddies tried to do the sums we had set out with the Cuisenaire rods.
An entertainment on the lawn also gave pleasure to our parents and friends. Action songs, dramatised stories, percussion band and folk dances were some of the items on the programme. Besides these there was a P.E. lesson by transition, using apparatus, and, finally a P.E. display by junior III.
The First Communion was on June 28th
and Teddy Clarke, Stephen Lane, Gregory Wood, Anne Day, Jeannette Trigg and Jane Faulkner had the happiness of receiving Our Blessed Lord for the first time.
Prize distribution brought the School Year
to a close and you will find the results on the next page.