During the First World War Sutton High School for Girls, Cheam Road, continued to function. Each quarter it produced a school magazine. these magazines are now part of a World War One school archives – available at world war1 schoolarchives
With the kind permission of Sutton High School we are able to reproduce articles from the magazines which were produced during 1914 and 1918 which give a unique insight into the Great War and its impact on local people and our locality.
Spring 1916 – FANCY Dress Dance was held this term on February 19th. It was quite an impromptu affair, but most successful. Indeed, its success surpassed our most sanguine expectations, for it was arranged in about ten days.
We have to thank most cordially the parents and old girls of the School for their support. All the refreshments were given, both for the tea for the younger ones and the supper for the elder ones.
Moreover, as the School has no dark blinds or curtains, these were kindly lent to us to be used for the evening. Without such help, our profits would have been much smaller. As it is, we cleared £14 2s. 6d. for the Star and Garter Home for Totally Disabled Soldiers and Sailors.
The Patriotic Union of Girls’ Schools, to which we belong, have decided that they will make up the £2,000 necessary to provide one ward in the Home. This means an average amount of about £7 from each School. We are very glad to be able to send double our share.
We have worked hard this term to make Hospital bags, according to Lady Smith-Dorrien’s. Scheme.
We have been able to buy from her lengths of cretonne at a cheap rate, and have sent off during the term about 300 bags. Every acknowledgment we receive (and we have sent the bags off in bundles of 50 odd) tells us how great the need of them is and how gladly they are welcomed.
So we are encouraged to continue.
This term, too, we have had the usual weekly collection in the boxes kept in the Form rooms. The result is always satisfactory. Certainly we do not get such large collections as in the early days of the war. That could hardly be expected. But the offertory is entirely voluntary, it enables us to do what we want in the nature of war-work, and with the help of Dorcas Society subscriptions and the money for the teas (which we do not have) at the Dorcas Meetings, we are able to send 2/6 weekly for the support of Belgians in Sutton, and to make donations to other societies as they are required.