Maryla came to the UK with
her mother Eugenia Gosiewska on the SS Oxfordshire from Lebanon to Hull
in 1950 and lived in Northwick Park Camp
Maryla Gosiewska in her school
uniform ready to go back to Shephalbury school.
“It would be
difficult to imagine a more delightful background for the education of
these 52 girls and 53 boys.
Mansion is a well built, spacious
Victorian house, set in beautiful grounds where two formal rose-gardens
are conspicuous amenities. There is ample playing space and the standards
of immaculate cleanliness and order, maintained both within and without
the house, reflect great credit upon the Head Master
and his very limited domestic staff. The
house, with its lofty, sunny rooms, makes a gracious setting for the family
life that the Head Master and his four devoted colleagues have had the
imagination and the sympathy to foster. Four class-rooms, admirably
adapted to their purpose, two recreation rooms – one of which is “silent”,
excellent washing arrangements, more then adequate sanitation provide real
first class accommodation. The same high quality is noted in the
dormitories, of which there are 10 with beds numbering from 18 to 8.
The girls and 7 tiny boys sleeping on the first floor, the other boys on
the floor above. Separate sick-bays and dispensaries, each with three
beds, exist for boys and girls. These sleeping quarters are light and airy
and most beautifully kept. External iron fire escapes have been installed
and the local fire brigade has been consulted in all matters affecting the
children’s safety. The three foster mothers who are responsible for the
care of these dormitories can be proud of their handiwork. The Head Master,
a man of vision and wide social sympathies, was formerly an
inspector of schools in his native Poland. Not only a Brilliant teacher,
he is also an able administrator and shows in his dual function that he
can direct a first class school and run, with most careful budgeting,
a country estate as well.
The teaching standards are very high in every subject,
the school grounds supply an admirable laboratory for nature study
and a special word should be said for the Art which by the free,
colourful, imaginative treatment it receives, inspires these
young people to embark upon such compositions as "All Soul's Day"
and "Polish Camps in England". Of the Children's life at Shephalbury,
as distinct from their schooling, we can write in almost idyllic
terms. The Christian education they receive, the medical attention,
the meals, the school uniform are all in line with the best
traditions of the English preparatory boarding school. It is
Pleasing to report in very high terms upon the quality of the
teaching given and of the pupils' response to it."