and Physical Education
Keeping the children
healthy and active was definitely high on the list of Miss Knocker's
priorities and she, along with the governing committee, encouraged
participation in sporting activities and physical education.
These activities included football, netball, cricket, rollerskating,
tennis, rounders, athletics, hockey and gymnastics. The Phys Ed Master
for the boys was a Mr Kendrew and also Mr Harold Styan, the latter also
taught the boys PE, Gymnastics, Football and Cricket. For the girls the
PE Mistress was a Miss Hughes followed later by Miss Priestley.
Exercises in the Gym for both boys and girls included rope climbing,
vaulting the horse, walking the bar, parallel bars and wall frame
climbing. After school, winter and summer, the children would walk in
crocodile to the Harrogate Swimming Baths where they were taught to swim
and dive.Each child had his/her own St George's swimming costume and the
older children, once they had learned to swim, helped to teach the
younger ones in the shallow end.
St George's held a
Sports Day, usually in July each year, when children would participate
in all manner of sports events. The City of Bradford Police, with the support
of the Chief Constable Mr Joseph Farndale and later Chief Constable Mr
Harry Ambler, took it upon themselves to prepare and carry through the
programme of events, this included providing prizes and supervising the
running of all the events, no mean feat given the number of children and
events involved. They enjoyed this responsibility and work so much that
they saw it as their prerogative to carry it out on an annual basis.
St George's Cricket
St George's Netball Team.
Back Row: left to right. William H. Bryan, Richard H. Bridge
Irene Owen (second from the right)
John Braithwaite, Robin Kirk.
Seated: left to right. Harry Higton, Cyril Madew,
John Webster, Herbert Thorpe
Sitting on grass:
Hector Smith, Tom Berry.
The girls in the Gym.
St George's Football Team.
Little girls had to run too.
Boys and girls doing their Gym workout.
Boys chariot race with
jockeys, Bill Newton, Ken Brown and
Girls swimming lesson.
Roller skating behind St George's.
Sports Day, and the Boys giving a fitness demonstration.
...and a potato race.
St George's Cricket Teams c 1937 St George's Football Team c 1940
Back Row, Joey Lancaster, Harry Bagot, Joe Wilson,
Back row, Bernard Harland, Norman Bryan, Stanley Carter
George Latham. Mid Row, Colin Arnold, Arthur Haygarth Edwin Helyer, Geoffrey Whittaker, Jim Shepherd,
(Capt) Sydney Bird,
Raymond Harland, Richard Haygarth, Front Row,George Bentham, Norman
Waddington, Colin Arnold
Front Row, Arthur Watson, eleventh player unknown. Gerald Jones,
Learning to swim.
St George's boys, football group, photo c1915
St George's House Football Team c1942 - 43
Tom Williams Jim Shepherd Stanley Carter Malcolm Tait
Jack Hopkinson Peter
Waddington John Williams Alfred
Lewis Bernard Harland
The Sports Day at St
George's was a big event in Harrogate and all the local dignitaries,
plus the children's surviving parent, the 'inmates' from St Andrew's and
ordinary local people were all invited to attend. Various cups were
competed for, including the House Cup, which saw teams representing the
three houses, Gurney, Fawkes and Ingilby vying against
one another for supremacy.