This weekend marks the end of the school year for Goochland students and the end of High School for the Class of 2016. This weekend also marked the occasion of at least one class reunion. At the class reunion for the Goochland High School Class of 1950, the following piece of history was shared. It is a small booklet that must have been handed out for an end of the year gathering and according to the names listed, it is from about 1905 or 1906. Following the picture is a poem by an unknown author, that was printed in the booklet.
The Close of School.
My pupils, ‘tis the end of school.
The term has reached its close;
We’ll say our farewells, go our ways,
And get an earned repose.
The bell no more will ring for you.
Until we meet again,
And sweet may your enjoyment be
Between this time and then.
Our separation’s long or short,
There’s only One can tell,
But what He does is always best,
As you all know full well.
,But oft I’ll think as days go by
Of all my pupils dear;
My thoughts will wander back to you
Thro’ all the coming year.
My wishes best go with you all,
My aid’s at your command
To fit you for life’s battles fierce,
To lend a helping hand.
Our meeting here from day to day.
Has knit us in a tie
Of friendship kindness and good will,
Which time will sanctify.
I’ve labored hard to teach you well,
True knowledge to impart,
To train the mind in wisdom’s ways,
And educate the heart.
And well I know our coming here
For months, from day to day,
Has done you good and fitted you
To find life’s better way.
You’ve laid foundations sure and strong,
On which to build a life,
That in the future time will shine
And triumph over strife.
But oft your thoughts will backward turn
To school of youthful days,
Where oft as boys and girls you met
When life was all ablaze
The time to say last words has come,
But ere we hence depart,
My thanks to you for kindness shown
I give with all my heart.
And now farewell! The day declines,
The sun is on the wane,
The shadows fall, the curtain drops
We break our school days chain.
One of the names listed is that of Blanche Layne. Read more about her school life in this earlier post, Memories of Cardwell High School.