|Title ID||3221||Collection ID||519|
|Title||The Den School (Sudley Cottage)|
|Theme||Fashion Family Life|
|Keywords||Children Games Girl Guides Performing Arts Schools Sport Youth Organizations Clothing Fashion Dresses Fancy dress Uniforms Education|
|Format||Black & White Silent|
|Duration||11 min. 40 sec.|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
Film by Ralph Staley of activities at his daughter Pam's girls school in Bognor. Girls perform a "health and fitness" style exercise display and show their gymnastic skills at jumping over a vaulting horse. A group of Girl Guides perform a ceremony and are awarded badges; they pose for a photo and play a whispering game. The girls then hold a costumed performance for the parents.
This film opens with schoolgirls performing a physical training demonstration sat on the grass. The girls also jump over and perform gymnastic exercises from a pommel horse via a spring board, guided by the games mistress. The group then leave the grass field in a line joined by male classmates and stand for a group portrait.
A group of Guides and Bownies parade in a circle around a union flag mounted on a short flagpole in the school grounds, led by their guiding leader. The girls are presented with badges. The girls state an oath to the group leader and raise a salute when they have finished. The group then stand for portraits and play a whispering game, passing a word or phrase to the girl next to them.
The next section shows an open air theatre production or series of dance performances with a Tudor style theme, whist friends and family watch. A group of young boys and girls play percussion instruments conducted by a younger girl, as they return to their classroom. The third performance is from another group of children dressed as medieval peasants and townsfolk dancing around another girl in a circle.
The final section of the film shows two women playing a game of tennis on a hard court dressed in tennis whites.
Fashion Notes: The film shows Brownies and guides in uniform. It also contains examples of children’s fancy dress and girls in exercise outfits.
Fashion keywords: dresses, fancy dress, neckties, uniforms
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