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St George's School Photo, 1930

Diane Elphick (Gardner) sent four class photos taken outside St George's School during 1925, 1926, 1930 and around 1947. Mr DuBois features in all four as a teacher then later as headmaster.

This photo from 1930 shows class 5: 27 girls and 17 boys - quite an imbalance and a large group by today's standards. Ages are thought to vary from 10 to 13. Diane adds: I think that we had 2 or 3 groups within a classroom and moved from one end of the classroom to the other as we got older but it may also have suited different abilities.

Compared with the photos of 1925 and 1926 the children look rather happier and they are a little more uniformly dressed: around half the girls are wearing the same-style tunic over a blouse and half a dozen of the boys wear blazers. Ten or so of the tunic-wearing girls have a cloth badge near their left shoulder - I think it reads 'SGS', presumably St George's School. Diane suggests 'Perhaps the tunics were worn by the older girls about to leave St George's for the Senior School.'

Diane adds two names: Peggy Butcher, centre of the back row and Percy Gardner, 2nd from right 2nd row; he is the younger brother to Reg who appears in the 1925 photo.

B/W class photo

The website has a good collection of school photos thanks to several contributors, including others of St George's School. Please get in touch if you can add any names.

Published December 2016