These well-known lines sum up the philosophy of life placed before the boys in our large Technical School at Hertford.
Some branches of the Homes are places of nurture for the young, others are quiet havens for the invalid and the sick: Goldings
is a branch of the Homes where older boys, fast maturing into manhood, are taught the supreme joy of creative labour. When
they are admitted to the school they are simply like those other half a million children who annually (as official reports tell us)
leave our Elementary Schools, with a smattering of the three " R's," and with no real equipment for the battle of life in a
commercial and competitive age. At Goldings every boy, however poor a scholar he may have been at school, is given the
opportunity of learning a trade, and a visit to the School Workshops will convince the sceptical that the most unlikely material
is capable of being moulded into a splendid craftsman.
For the boys are touched at the psychological moment. Every boy of fourteen has some ambition; each one aches to achieve.
His physical development produces a restlessness, a desire to do something. How eagerly, therefore, he begins his new work,
burning with the enthusiasm of the creative instinct! How joyously comes to him the knowledge that his clumsy hands can
mould and fashion a piece of wood into delicate form, or bid the fiat uninspiring bend of leather change into a pair of boots !
Life for him has new significance; an artistry of work, which his once lethargic, but now awakened senses
ardently desire, is no longer unattainable.
And his work becomes, not a curse, but a gift far richer than any human
This, then, is the aim of the William Baker Technical School. There is
no preliminary examination. Provided a boy has normal physical strength
(our Workshops are inspected by a Government Factory Doctor)
every chance is given him of leaving the School thoroughly equipped as
a skilled artizan, capable of earning a living wage. To each boy Is given
the selection of the particular trade he wants to learn. let us, in
imagination, make a tour through these " open doors " of opportunity.
Through the first door we pass and discover a well-lighted Printing shop.
Some twenty boys are it the machines, while another twenty boys are
in the Composing Room above. These are propagandists. Their work
travels all through the land, announcing various activities on behalf
of the Homes, and the legend, Printed by the boys of Dr. Barnardo's
Press, Goldings is an effective advertisement of their successful