It’s Here! “A Schoolgirl’s War” by Mary Smith. The story of a Kent school during World War Two


The Development Trust Office is delighted to announce that we are approaching our 1,000th book sale of “A Schoolgirl’s War”. We have gone to a reprint and the second edition will be here imminently. If you have any queries about the book or would like to purchase a substantial order (more than 6 copies), please contact Alexandra Meaders – Development Trust Officer at MGGS on

This evocative record of school life in wartime brings together an exquisite and unparalleled set of paintings of girls at school during WW2, and the first-hand recollections of pupils who experienced the disrupted schooling, the air-raids, the doodlebugs and the lessons in underground shelters. MGGS art teacher Helen Keen set out to record the life of the school as the war unfolded. Her paintings have never been published before. Those pictures and the vivid memories of the old girls, now in their 80’s and 90’s, will move you and surprise you. The material will be a rich read for anyone with an interest in the history of the home front in WW2.

The book is priced at £9.95 plus postage and all funds will go towards the school.  You can purchase your copy for delivery using the PayPal link below. Postage is available to UK addresses only. Students of MGGS can purchase the book directly from the School Outlet.

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You are warmly invited to join us for a celebratory launch of the book at Waterstones, Fremlin Walk, Maidstone on Thursday, 24th November at 4:30pm when Mary Smith, author, will be pleased to sign copies for you. Purchases of the book at this event are by cash or cheque only.

We would be delighted to see you at the book launch between 4:30pm and 6:30pm, or to receive your orders online.