Login   Register     FAQ    Members

View unanswered posts   View active topics


Board index .:|:. Slogging at Lessons :: Books .:|:. Lemon Biscuits & Liberty Bodices
It is currently 21 Sep 2018, 03:31



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 50 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3
Author Message
 Post subject: Re: Winners of Margot Venables Prize
PostPosted: 07 Jul 2018, 14:23 
Online
Stumped by Lower Four's quiz
Stumped by Lower Four's quiz

Joined: 30 Jan 2004, 00:07
Posts: 997
Location: Taiwan
What I can't figure out is how they managed to find roles for everyone in the late Swiss days. There are over 400 students, and no-one seems to sit out. Even with gangs of baby angels and choruses, that's a lot of people.

_________________


Ring the bells that still can ring; Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything; That's how the light gets in
Anthem: Leonard Cohen



Top | End
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Winners of Margot Venables Prize
PostPosted: 07 Jul 2018, 15:49 
Offline
Indulging in a midnight feast
Indulging in a midnight feast
User avatar

Joined: 21 Oct 2004, 08:41
Posts: 535
Location: Manchester
Maybe factor in the choir and the orchestra as well?

Although, if no one is sitting out, who on earth is in the audience? The Maynards, the staff, a few old girls and whoever of the San staff isn’t on duty? It’s not as if all of the parents are there....


Top | End
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Winners of Margot Venables Prize
PostPosted: 10 Jul 2018, 03:18 
Offline
Receiving support from the form
Receiving support from the form
User avatar

Joined: 25 Feb 2007, 15:45
Posts: 653
Location: Australia
Caroline wrote:
Maybe factor in the choir and the orchestra as well?

Although, if no one is sitting out, who on earth is in the audience? The Maynards, the staff, a few old girls and whoever of the San staff isn’t on duty? It’s not as if all of the parents are there....


Yeah, there's almost noone left at the school to watch the play.

But later on the St Mildred's girls would probably attend as a quid pro quo for the pantomime.

But can you imagine you have a day off from working at the San and are told you have to watch the play? And how can you refuse because the head of the san is Jack and it's just not a good career move.

And some parents might drop by to pick up their girls for the Christmas holidays and watch the play on their way through.

_________________
It's fun to have fun, but you have to know how - Dr Seuss


Top | End
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Winners of Margot Venables Prize
PostPosted: 08 Aug 2018, 22:04 
Offline
First Lesson
First Lesson
User avatar

Joined: 21 May 2012, 14:59
Posts: 119
And I guess there'd be girls doing things like handing out programmes as well.


Top | End
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Winners of Margot Venables Prize
PostPosted: 08 Aug 2018, 22:37 
Offline
Rescuing a Junior from the lake
Rescuing a Junior from the lake
User avatar

Joined: 15 Oct 2004, 13:57
Posts: 7851
Location: Manchester
Life on the Platz doesn't sound exactly thrilling - a school pantomime might have seemed very exciting :roll:. Some of the relatives of the San patients attended, and the families of the other doctors, and presumably some of the locals did - although, despite the school's obsession with trilingualism, plays and pantomimes are always in English, apart from some of the songs.

It's the same with the Sales. Considering the number of stalls and all the effort made, they'd've needed a lot of customers to make it worth it.

_________________
We really must stop eating like this ...

Minds are like parachutes - they only function when open.

http://setinthepast.wordpress.com/




Top | End
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Winners of Margot Venables Prize
PostPosted: 09 Aug 2018, 07:30 
Offline
Attending a prees' meeting
Attending a prees' meeting
User avatar

Joined: 21 Jul 2012, 16:53
Posts: 3185
Location: West London Alps
Alison H wrote:
It's the same with the Sales. Considering the number of stalls and all the effort made, they'd've needed a lot of customers to make it worth it.
Absolutely, though of course there's no account taken of what the newly-made items cost to produce - they are most literally a 'pass time' for the girls and to some extent the staff. But then EMBD would have been familiar with the sales of work tradition that started in Victorian times - and it looks as if nobody costed that stuff out properly, either, or at least not when the event was a fund-raiser for some good cause like overseas missions.


Top | End
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Winners of Margot Venables Prize
PostPosted: 09 Aug 2018, 08:10 
Online
Stumped by Lower Four's quiz
Stumped by Lower Four's quiz

Joined: 30 Jan 2004, 00:07
Posts: 997
Location: Taiwan
I think the first pantomime was originally going to be an in-school affair, and became public to provide entertainment to people at the Platz. So for the San staff and the family of patients (at least the English speaking ones), it may well have been a welcome diversion, considering that the only other local entertainment that is ever referenced is a coffee shop. The locals, though, were German speakers (and not necessarily High German). In the Tyrol days, they seem to design their entertainments to be somewhat accessible to the local population, but a pantomime or the more complicated Christmas plays would be less easy.

The sale is tricky, though. With fundraisers like that, it's important to make sure that most of the money comes in from outside, otherwise it's not so much a fundraiser as an internal tax (even after you discount the cost of materials and labour). But the Platz is fairly isolated, so they aren't really drawing in many people from outside the school-San environment. In Tyrol and Armiford, they would have a chance to draw in locals who be interested in an afternoon spent playing games, buying home-made crafts and used goods, and snacking. At St Briaval's and Switzerland, there's much more of a travel barrier, and in Switzerland, they'd have a difficult time even advertising the event. And in Switzerland, most of the students are international, so they wouldn't even have the parents showing up.

_________________


Ring the bells that still can ring; Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything; That's how the light gets in
Anthem: Leonard Cohen



Top | End
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Winners of Margot Venables Prize
PostPosted: 09 Aug 2018, 09:12 
Offline
Rescuing a Junior from the lake
Rescuing a Junior from the lake
User avatar

Joined: 15 Oct 2004, 13:57
Posts: 7851
Location: Manchester
It does start to feel like an internal tax. I really dislike that assembly in Excitements - or is it Coming of Age? - at which Miss Annersley tells the girls that they've got to donate money for building the chapels and that they mustn't allow that to reduce the amount to spend at the Sale. And this is in the same term as which they'll want to buy souvenirs and presents on the trip to Tyrol.

_________________
We really must stop eating like this ...

Minds are like parachutes - they only function when open.

http://setinthepast.wordpress.com/




Top | End
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Winners of Margot Venables Prize
PostPosted: 10 Aug 2018, 12:50 
Online
Stumped by Lower Four's quiz
Stumped by Lower Four's quiz

Joined: 30 Jan 2004, 00:07
Posts: 997
Location: Taiwan
It's tricky, too, because the girls can't earn any money on their own. When I was a kid, we had an allowance, but we also collected bottles and cans for refunds, or did extra chores for cash, and later there was babysitting or paper routes and then part time jobs. The CS girls, though, get a set amount of pocket money, and can be docked money for fines.

For something like the chapels, a day school (or even a boarding school closer to a town) could do extra fundraisers, rather than relying solely on donations. I remember raising money for a band trip in high school. We sold chocolates, did a fun fair and car washes, distributed phone books and picked up garbage at the side of the road for the city, did bottle drives, and other things that I've probably blocked from my memory.

_________________


Ring the bells that still can ring; Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything; That's how the light gets in
Anthem: Leonard Cohen



Top | End
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Winners of Margot Venables Prize
PostPosted: 10 Aug 2018, 15:22 
Offline
Rescuing a Junior from the lake
Rescuing a Junior from the lake
User avatar

Joined: 15 Oct 2004, 13:57
Posts: 7851
Location: Manchester
They do write to Old Girls to ask for money for the chapels, but they can't really ask them to send donations for the sales and plays every year. We used to have an annual sale at primary school, to raise money, but - we were a bit young to make anything worth selling - it largely consisted of parents donating unwanted household items, and selling tombola tickets and lucky dip tickets because no-one would've wanted to buy the stuff outright. My mum's face when I won an ancient tea service that she thought she'd got rid of :lol: ! Even with a day school in a residential area, it's mainly the families of pupils who come, other than the kids themselves, but the CS didn't even have that captive audience to go at.

Someone must have come! The girls wouldn't have been buying jam and scrapbooks :lol: .

_________________
We really must stop eating like this ...

Minds are like parachutes - they only function when open.

http://setinthepast.wordpress.com/




Top | End
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 50 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3

Board index .:|:. Slogging at Lessons :: Books .:|:. Lemon Biscuits & Liberty Bodices
It is currently 21 Sep 2018, 03:31

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Majestic-12 [Bot] and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group