The Grove School
Sunday Sept 19th /15
My dearest Mother
Thank goodness my trunk and suitcase both arrived at half past seven last night. I bought a toothbrush on the way for 6d, the most modest price they had got, and borrowed the rest, and endured much!
Kathleen came up yesterday and talked to Miss Lacey and as she is going to write and tell you about it I won’t bother except to say that they have arranged about my work for Matric.
By the by, you may be interested to hear that I am a prefect, and was informed yesterday that as I was next on the list to K Elford who left without serving her office, I was to take her place. I am very pleased and the other prefects are very nice about it and seem most pleased which is satisfactory.
I am sleeping in the same room that I had last term, with another small little one, Deirdre Delap by name, Irish as you may guess. I think she is receiving much sympathy that she is so unfortunate as to be stuck with a prefect!
I am sending you along a French translation which I intend to try and do every week for you, but as I have got to work like a nigger, I may not be able always to get it done.
I don’t miss the fruit so much as I thought I should! For our little trees in the bottom garden seem to have got a record crop of pears and apples on them, so for the present we are having pears every day.
Would you mind sending my white straw hat trimmed with black velvet and roses, as I stupidly forgot that I use it for school, and as we are not allowed felt ones, I can’t wear my little black felt instead as I had thought possible.
I am on duty in a few minutes so must go. With much love to all.
Your affectionate daughter
Juliet E Sladden