School History and School Magazines

 

A group from 1935-36

Who are the girls and what are their stories? 

All those who attended the school on Hemsworth Hill over the years would probably have given scant thought to the early beginnings of that establishment. Only a dwindling few would nowadays have first-hand memories of the 1920's when the country was still reeling from the loss of a generation of young men in the Great War of 1914-18, and the school first opened its doors. The story of the tenacity and foresight of a few local people to provide a good education for every local child regardless of class or income should be told to honour them, and to show how from those early modest beginnings, the two Headmasters and their Staff created a thriving environment for the local children to achieve their potential.
Sheila Kelsall, HGS 1955-62
 
The first School Magazine
In April 1922 Hetty Littlewood and Barker E.J. successfully produced the first issue of the School Magazine. It contained "a comprehensive survey of the history and various activities of the school." Miss D.L. Prince, one of the teachers, designed the artistic cover, and a featured article was "Scout's Corner". Mr. Sydney Clift, also a member of staff, submitted some very smart sketches, and there were many original contributions by the scholars, including an amusing description in blank verse of the final rehearsal of the School Play. It was felt that a high standard had been set by this first issue, an example of which would have great rarity value today!

 

History 1920s

History 1930s

School Magazines 1920s 

School Magazines 1930s

 School Magazine Material
1940s, 1950s and 1960s

Other Material

1920-21

1930

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1933-34 No.29

Articles

A.L. Rowse

1922

1931

1934-35 No.32

Cartoons

Grace Mills 1920s & 30s

1923

1932a

1923 

1934-35 No.33

Editorials 1947-68

 

Major Jenkinson's 90th birthday

1924

1932b

1924

1934-35 No.34

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Major Jenkinson's Letters

1925

1933a

1925

1935-36 No.35

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Marion Finch, HSS 1921-25

1926

1933b

1926

1935-36 No.36

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Other Historical Detail

1927

1934

1927

1935-36 No.37

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School Prospectus late 1930s

1928

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1928

1936-37 No.38

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1929 

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1929

1936-37 No.39

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1937-38 No.41

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1937-38 No.42

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1937-38 No.43

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1938-39 No.46

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During the Second World War
The school, he said, had suffered not only from the war but from the weather. The headmaster and staff, with the co-operation of the Governors, had done what they thought was best in the interests of the school under war conditions. They closed the school until the West Riding County Council had made provision by way of trenches for the safety of the students and staff in air raids. After further consultations they decided as a temporary measure, to use the cellars as shelters, and then requested the higher forms - students who would be expected to prepare themselves for examination for the School Certificate - to attend school. This was carried on with success, but when the shelters were nearing completion the Governors requested the whole of the students to attend school. Now they were in their normal stride with the exception of illness. The headmaster had had a rough time owing to illness of staff, one member of whom, or more, had been off duty throughout the winter. Notwithstanding this setback there would, he was sure, be a determination to recover the lost ground.
From the Speech Day Report of 1940