St George's House,
Leaving St George's
main, when children reached the age of 16, it was time to think of
leaving St George's and the future. Miss Knocker individually
interviewed each young person in her study and a discussion was held
concerning hopes for future employment. Sometimes special consideration
by the Finance Committee was given for the young adult to continue with
further education, this was however costly and due to budget
limitations, comparatively rare.
Boys too were well looked after, receiving: one hat, one suit, sports jacket, one pair of black shoes, one pair of brown shoes (which was a real novelty) shirts, tie, socks, underwear, overcoat and a suitcase to carry it all in.
On leaving day itself, having said (sometimes tearful) farewells to their other St George's friends, favourite Matrons and Masters, along with other members of the staff, the leavers dressed in their Leaving Outfits and assembled in the Hall where each was given, by Miss Knocker, a St George's enameled lapel badge, behind which was pinned a small red rose bud, as opposed to the usual sweet peas of earlier years.
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