Margaret Bates sadly passed away in Jan 2020 and was living in Bristol and was 94 years old when she wrote this memory. She attended Coloma on a scholarship in 1937, before the war and was not evacuated as at the time she lived in Carshalton Beeches which was considered far enough out to be allowed to stay. She was blessed with 3 daughters and 1 son and 11 grandchildren. She had fond memories of some of the nuns that taught her and did keep in touch with some school friends for many years after she left Coloma. We are truly honoured that she shared her school memories with us.
"I continue to realise how fortunate I was to go to Coloma. What I have often wondered is whether the cards in the form room enlisting the girl's names, for marks against Order and Regularity, Diligence, Politeness and Catechism are still there and whether every half term the girls have proclamation to award these ribbons. These were fairly solemn occasions where the Reverend presided with all the staff and ribbons awarded as follows:
Order & regularity – Yellow
Diligence – Green
Politeness – Blue
Catechism – Red
These ribbons were worn over the shoulder and tied in front by the navy tunic on two days a week – I think Tuesdays and Thursdays."
Margaret Bates (Née Saugent)
Pupil at Coloma 1937-1941
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