PVA glue, tissue paper, metal snips and file to create this fearsome bunch …
My latest Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop conversion of the LBB30 Boy Scout figures into a Scout or Guide Patrol will be a little different, as it will feature characters reminiscent of the infamous School Girls of St Trinian’s …
The St. Trinian’s School / Battle Song … https://youtu.be/5FMrXW82YMI
Maidens of St Trinian’s, gird your armour on.
Grab the nearest weapon; never mind which one.
The battle’s to the strongest; might is always right.
Trample on the weakest; glory in their plight.
St Trinian’s! St Trinian’s! Our battle cry.
St Trinian’s! St Trinian’s! Will never die.
Stride towards your fortune boldly on your way,
Never once forgetting there’s one born every day.
Let our motto be broadcast: “get your blow in first!”
She who draws the sword last always comes off worst.
Very useful strategy and military advice there.
Various film stills and screenshots from YouTube should suffice for uniform reference, along with Ronald Searle’s wonderfully dark cartoons.
According to Ju90, this East Wing cartoon was drawn whilst he was a POW in Changi Jail: “In contrast to the first cartoon, the second to be published (it was the third to be drawn, in Changi Gaol) shows a classroom full of grinning schoolgirls, all with their hands at their sides, being addressed by a Victorian-looking schoolmistress: “Hand up the girl who burnt down the East wing last night.”
He saw his first St. Trinian’s cartoon published by Kaye Webb in the October 1941 Lilliput magazine: “On 13 February, under enemy fire, Searle found a copy of the October issue of Lilliput amongst debris in a Singapore street, and saw his cartoon in print for the first time. Two days later the British forces surrendered …” (again Ju90 article source)
Ronald Searle’s wartime experience in a Japanese Prisoner Of War Camp after being captured in Singapore and its influence on his drawings is further described in detail here:
A bit of a blurry screenshot group but it shows the St Trinian’s 1950s Girl Guide troop recovering casualties during the hockey match in The Belles of St. Trinian’s
A lovely smiling shot of the 1954 cast and crew again with great variety of hats in The Belles Of St Trinian’s.
Source image: 2011 reunion event of cast at the Cinema Museum.
More film stills with the St Trinian’s badge, the variety of headgear and the Skull and crossbones on the ‘Playing’ Fields .
Anyway, this should be a fun conversion project!
Posted by Mark Man Of TIN, 9/10 September 2022
4 thoughts on “St. Trinian’s, St. Trinian’s, will never die …”
Fantastic! Who could forget George Cole, Alistair Sim or Joyce Grenfell, who was American I believe? And of course, steady the Buffs….Sabrina….
A well talented comic cast. I remember seeing George Cole as an older man on TV in the 80s and slowly realising it was Flash Harry out of St Trinians, grown old.
I hadn’t realised Joyce Grenfell was Anglo-American although born here in Britain. She seemed so quintessentially English. (“George, don’t do that!”)
From what I remember, Sabrina for all her star billing on film posters hardly appears in the films.
I do remember her name occasionally mentioned in The Goon Show when it was repeated on the radio in the 1980s but before Wikipedia I had no idea who or what a Sabrina was.
Useless Military fact – According to Wikipedia, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabrina_(actress) “In the 1950s members of the Royal Air Force dubbed parts of the Hawker Hunter jet fighter plane “Sabrinas” owing to two large cartridge collection pods on the underside of the aircraft.” I trust this important fact and feature is mentioned in any Airfix kit writeup.
Fun project! My mother had a Joyce Grenfel 45 rpm single of “ George , don’t do that!” which I recall with affection listening to as a child. I was a big fan of “ Back in the jug again” and the other books. I got them from a book club at school l think. I really like the illustrations.
What was “that”, that George was doing, one wonders? The mind boggles.
There is always the threat, sorry, chance that St Trinian’s Guides and Hockey team will “win” a UNESCO / League Of Nations cultural or sporting exchange school visit to Ostmerk or Moravia? Are the police and the defence forces ready?
The St Trinian’s and the Molesworth 1066 and All That (“hello trees hello sky” chiz chiz ) are great illustrations by Ronald Searle but the ‘recent’ Trinian’s Penguin Modern Classics compendium Book Of Searle Cartoons is again (Kibbo Kift style) not cheap. I have found instead some cartoon examples online for uniform reference and tracked down the black and white Trinian’s 1950s films on DVD instead.
It makes you wonder where St Trinian’s were evacuated in WW2 – SOE training camp?
I read the Molesworth book around the time that I read Lord of the Flies at school – the two are somewhat intertwined in my head. “Lord Of The Flies and All That” – There’s another tribal game to put on the tabletop … as ever the figures don’t exist.