Aspasia Aslanis

Name ID 2413

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Arusha School Magazine
Page Number: 06-07
Extract Date: 1957

Princess Margaret ~ Autumn ~ Red Cross Fete ~ Swimming

My First Glimpse of Princess Margaret

Children with flags in their hands, chatted to one another, waiting impatiently for the arrival of Princess Margaret.

There was still a quarter of an hour left, but slowly the minutes ticked off, one by one, and at last cheers could be heard from the crowd as a grey car with the Governor and Princess Margaret drove slowly by. The Princess looked very beautiful, and she was wearing a charming blue dress and hat. She waved her hand as the crowd cheered louder and louder. We all waved our flags as hard as we could and shouted at the tops of our voices.

As the cheers near us slowly died away, I could hear other cheers in the upper street where the Guides and more Europeans stood. We waited for all the cars to pass by, which were coming from the Airport, but they never seemed to finish. At last a Policeman stopped the cars so that we could pass. We reached the entrance to the school drive where the letters at the top of a huge arch stood boldly welcoming the Princess. We stopped and some children collected our flags. We then ran into our dormitories merrily. I could not believe that I had really seen Princess Margaret. But I was still happy because the next day we would go to the Baraza and see her more clearly. Princess Margaret was the first member of the Royal Family I had ever seen.

Aspasia Aslanis 13 years


On June 30th we had the Red Cross F�te held in the School grounds. In the morning the School children helped set up some of the stalls. When the afternoon came we all had a lovely time looking round the various stalls and especially waiting to have rides on the school horses. There was a film called "Abbot and Costello" and a fortune teller named "Madame Zodiac". The stalls which contributed the largest amount to the total, were the bottle-stall, the cakes and sweets stall and also the book stall where many children bought annuals and other story books.

The Red Cross F�te was a big success and everybody enjoyed it very much.

Janet Simpson 12 years


The Swimming Sports, as usual, were held in the first term of the year on Saturday, 24th March, 1956. This year the Swimming Shield was won by South House who beat North House by only a few points.

There were all the usual events including style diving, and Breast stroke style. One event which caused great excitement was the Obstacle Race, in which competitors had to go to the bottom of the pool and bring up a stone and put it out on the edge. Then they had to go through a tyre, swim to the shallow end and blow a balloon until it burst. Lastly they had to eat a banana off a plate and bring the plate with the banana peel back to the deep end. There were sixteen events altogether most of which were speed races.

Outstanding swimmers in both houses were Edda von Wedel, Robin Gemmell and Susan Phibbs in North House, and Margaret von Lekow, John Boswell, and Anna Shute in South House, all of whom have won their colours.

The Sports ended with the presentation of the Swimming Shield. Mr. Hamshere asked Mrs. White to present the Shield to John Boswell of South House.

EIRA Jones

Extract ID: 5690

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Arusha School Magazine
Page Number: 16-17
Extract Date: 1957

Girl Guides ~ Gedi Ruins ~ Cubs ~ The Choir


At school we have Guides every Tuesday. Mrs. McClement is our Captain, and Miss Lovell is our Lieutenant.

Each Patrol keeps its own corner, and this year we have been winning points. Daffodil Patrol have the most. On Speech Day the patrol that has most points will win the Guides Shield.

Every term we go for a picnic. We have to cook and after lunch we play games. This year we went near Lake Duluti.

Every year we have to go to the Gymkhana Field for the Parade on the Queen's Birthday and also on Remembrance Day. This year we had a very special event, the Royal Visit of Princess Margaret and we all went to the Baraza.

I hope that Mrs. McClement will be our Captain for a long time.

Aspasia Aslanis 13 years

Gedi Ruins

One day when we were at Malindi we decided to go and see the Arab City of Gedi. The first thing we saw, was a monument with Arab writing on it. It was marked AH 802, which means AD. 1399. The city was enclosed by a wall of which very little is now left. The great Mosque of Juma can be seen, as the Royal National Parks have cleaned it. The Arab women of Gedi still go there to worship.

I liked the old trees that grow over the ruins. Then we went to see the Museum which had pots, bracelets, beads and big plates. After that we went swimming in the Blue Lagoon.

Phyllis Ulyate 11 years


This year, as the number of boys in the school of over eleven was small, the Scout Troop was discontinued and in its place we have an extra Cub Pack. Each Pack has four sixes and the peace ( ?) of the School's Wednesday afternoons has been shattered by not one, but two, yells.

Nearly all the senior pack have obtained their first star, some in the second Pack have done so too, and some twenty badges have been passed, mostly swimmers and athletes. At the close of nearly every meeting the Packs have combined to play some wide and very wild games.. `Mau-Mau and Police' still is the favourite though the `Macgregors and the Red Coats' rivalled it for a few weeks after "Rob Roy" had come to our local picture house.

For the visit of H.R.H. Princess Margaret, the Cubs paraded twice, looking very smart. First we helped to line the route on her arrival and then at the Baraza we again paraded as part of the Scout contingent. On the first occasion we had but a fleeting view, but on the second we were right in the front.

Miss Tighe, who has been in charge of the Second Pack is leaving us this term. We thank her for her help and wish her the best of luck in her life in New Zealand.



At the beginning of the year Mrs. Brewster selected a new Choir, consisting of fifteen boys and about twenty girls. Throughout the year the choir has sung an "Introit" in Church every Sunday. My favourite is "Lord receive us with Thy Blessing". We have also sung "God is a Spirit" and "Lead me Lord". In the third term of the year the choir had a new mistress named Miss Bassant. When the Princess came to the school, the choir was highly honoured for they sang a verse by themselves in the song called "Land of our Birth". Also before the banquet started in our Main Dining Hall, we sang a grace in Latin. It was one verse only, but it took several weeks to learn, for it was in Latin.


Extract ID: 5698