Although school life was not drastically affected by another world war, it did see the arrival of evacuees from countries caught in the upheaval. By 1943, there were girls from England, Portugal, Palestine, Egypt, Greece, India and Kenya. It was difficult for these girls to settle in a strange country with a foreign culture but they were sheltered from the far reaching effects of war in Europe. The St Anne’s Old Girls were most directly affected with many of their husbands and sons being away on active service up north. The women themselves were also directly involved in various support services with Old Girls being a part of transport riding, nursing, canteen service, Coastal Defence service and Raid Air Protection.