St George's House,
It is not clear what the Assembly procedure was in the earlier days of St George's but certainly in the 1940's every day after
breakfast, everyone, including staff, had to attend morning assembly, this was held in the Assembly Room located in the main building. There was a low level stage in the room, rows of wooden chairs, each with a holder fitted to the back to house prayer
books and hymn books (rather like the ones used in church). Patterned linoleum covered floor, no hassocks. Miss Knocker would
lead the morning prayer service with Miss Adams or Mr Moffatt accompanying on the piano for hymn singing.
Miss Knocker would then
stand at her wooden lectern on the stage and deliver her 'address',
starting with the text for the day
If there was a
notable friend of St George's visiting the House, e.g. Miss Hopkinson,
Miss Bell, Mr Hudson Pope or perhaps a 'man
In addition to the
usage described above, the Assembly Room was used at the end of the
Summer Term, when with everyone present, including staff, Miss Knocker would read out each child's school report. Very
occasionally, during the winter months, the room was also used for an evening religious service, when the weather was too bad to attend church.
It needs to be said that it was a rare occurrance when the children
did not walk to church.