Miss Douglas’s Resignation

In February 1919 Miss Douglas sent in her resignation to the Governors, to take effect at the end of the year.
The following extracts are taken from the School Magazines of 1919:

MISS DOUGLAS – AN APPRECIATION.

Most of us know that, just thirty years ago, Miss Douglas came to be head mistress of our school, which then num¬bered only twenty-two girls, bringing with her “Miss Lucy,” Miss Edwards, Miss Jones, Mademoiselle Le Camus and Fraulein Bechler. Four years after her appointment, I came back to teach piano at my own old school, and found it and the staff already grown out of all recognition, and since then it has never ceased to press forward in one direction or another. What are the forces which have made one personality so compelling?
First and foremost, may I put that cheerful facing of troubles and sorrows by which the whole atmosphere of the school has been invigorated?
Then that unfailing sympathy on which I expect we have all leant in our turn, always bringing such help and strength to us : that most rare and true sympathy which always braces and never weakens!
We have all valued and profited by her quick decision and unerring detection of any weak spot in a plan, or flaw in an argument. What an inspiration it has been to work under one so unfailingly courteous and chivalrously con¬siderate! Her love of all beauty is shown in every part of the fabric of the school, and her greatest joy has been to make it the happy place it is.
But the truest appreciation of such a head mistress as ours should remain for all to see in the future life of the school she has guided, inspired, and so greatly loved.
A. E. AWDRY.

“Miss Lucy.”

When we speak of “Miss Lucy,” what do we first think of in connection with her life among us? What combination of qualities has enabled her to be that essential complement to “Miss Douglas” which we all recognise her to be and also the maker of St. Margaret’s as a House?
I think we must place first her utter unselfishness, com¬bined with such a supreme gift of organisation that every¬thing seems just to go of itself, with no suggestion of the person whose unwearied labours have produced this seemingly inevitable result. Again, many of us have been held spellbound by her beautiful reading of poetry, or enthralled by her powers as a ” raconteur,” and have rock ci l with laughter at her inimitable acting, but have we not also received from her, both in our joys and in our sorrows, a sympathy too sacred to bear speaking of ? We know that, besides her unique share in Miss Douglas’s work, her life has been full to the brim with business, both as House Mistress of St. Margaret’s and also, especially during these last years, as a social worker, and yet, whenever her friend. or Old Girls have been ill or in trouble, she has never failed to find time to write to them. We must all rejoice that these gifts of organisation, and of deep understanding sympathy, and her power of encouraging all around her by her own cheerfulness, will be used to the full in “Miss Lucy’s” future work.
A. E. AWDRY.

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