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A Happy 100th Birthday

17th July 18

The last day of the Maltman’s Green School summer term saw one of their biggest celebrations to mark the Centenary year. In a nod to 1918, when the School was founded, girls came to school dressed in petticoats, pinafores and bonnets for a day of special activities all with a 100-year-old theme. Playground games included skipping, nursery rhymes and actions, hoop and stick, and hide and seek. In the classroom girls practiced their handwriting script, dressed up 1918 paper dolls and made spinning tops. At lunchtime the girls enjoyed a whole school picnic while listening to music played around the time of 1918 by our special orchestra made up of old Maltman’s girls. No doubt the pupils will remember this day for many years to come. What a special time to be a Maltman’s girl.

After saying goodbye to the girls on Friday 13 July the School had to prepare for yet another celebration as the Centenary Ball took place the following day. With 330 guests, including parents past and present, staff, old girls and governors this hallmark occasion was celebrated in style. While serving to celebrate 100 years of Maltman’s Green the event was also a fundraiser for the new Maltman’s Green 100 Club – a bursary fund to benefit girls who would otherwise be unable to access a Maltman’s education. 

The Centenary celebrations do not end there. With plans to take them right up to December, the school is now busy making use of their fabulous archives to permanently display the rich history of this unique prep school. Items such as letters from the 1940s war office, a 1918 Harrods Estate sale pamphlet, a house mistress’s guide from the 1920s and countless letters, photographs and building plans provide a wonderful insight into the past for the avid historian and create a meaningful backdrop for the girls’ history lessons. 

With 100 years behind them Maltman’s Green now look to the future, continuing a century long tradition for innovation, development and adaptation. Here’s to the next centenary!