Weston in Gordano National School.

 

LOG BOOK.

 

1874-April 27th

The School has been enlarged and was re-opened at 9-am with a short service which was conducted by Rev. Lawson who also gave a short address. Parents of the children attended.

41 children present the others were absent chiefly through sickness. 62 on register. Admitted two children.

                                                                                    Geo. Apsdell.

 

28th Cautioned the children for not being punctual. Geo Apsdell.

30th Sir William Miles visited today.

 

May 4th Only 14 children this morning, 18 this afternoon the others being kept away chiefly through the measles.

6th No. of attendance, 13 each time school opened. 

7th 11 children in the morning 10 in the afternoon.

8th 10 children in the morning 9 in the afternoon.

This week average 12.7 for the whole week, through measles.

12th Rev. Hautenville visited to day and made arrangements for more school furniture.

13th Rev. Hautenville visited.

14th 14 children in the morning attended school and 12 in the afternoon.

15th 11 children in the morning attended school and 10 in the afternoon on account of the measles.

Average number attendances for the week 12.9.

18th 14 children at school in morning 19 in the afternoon.

19th 15 children at school in the morning 16 in the afternoon.

20th 15 children at school in the morning 17 in the afternoon.

21st 15 children at school in the morning 15 in the afternoon.

22nd 14 children at school in the morning 14 in the afternoon.

Average weekly attendance 15.4.

25thNo school a holiday being given.

27th 18 children present in the morning 20 in the afternoon.

29th Carried on the school same as usual.

Average for the week 23.

June 2nd Began to work from a Time table.

4th Cautioned the children for not being punctual.

5th Weekly Average 34.

10th Arranged the first class into standards.

11th No sewing in the afternoon, took the girls with the boys and worked according to the Time table.

16th A blackboard and easel added to the school furniture.

22nd Began to let the children have 10 mins. recreation in the morning also in the afternoon.

24th Rev. Hautenville visited in the morning.

 

July 1st Rev. Hautenville visited in the (morning) afternoon and examined children in reading.

6th Admitted two children.

14th Rev. Hautenville visited in morning.

16th Rev. Hautenville visited and gave prizes to the children who passed in reading.

22nd Four new patent desks added to the school furniture.

31st Examined the children in arithmetic.

Began Midsummer holidays for a fortnight.

 

August 17th Opened the school after Midsummer holidays. Admitted two children.

27th Rev. Hautenville visited.

 

September 1st Altered the time for the girls sewing  took it first in the afternoon.

11th Spoke to the children about attending badly.

14th Admitted one child.

17th Rev. Hautenville visited and gave notice of the examination.

21st The school examined. The children passed satisfactory. Discipline good.

 

October 2nd Two new maps of Europe and Palestine supplied to the school.

5th Admitted one child.

12th Admitted one child.

23rd The school continued as usual with a decreased number of attendances; many of the children away getting in potatoes.

27th Rev. Lawson visited.

 

November 1st Admitted one child.

8th An half holiday given for school alterations.

15th Admitted one child.

26th The school continued to work the same as usual.

 

December 4th Practised the first class in Compound Multiplication.

11th Master away for certificate examination, school carried on by sewing mistress.

 

1875-January 11th Opened the school after Christmas holidays.

Admitted one child-two left.

18th Admitted three children.

19th Divided the infants into two Divisions for Arithmetic and Reading.

25th Admitted two children.

29th Examined first class in Arithmetic.

 

February 1st Admitted one child.

10th Spoke to the children for not being punctual in the morning.

12th Several children away sick this week.

19th Examined first class in arithmetic.

22nd Two children left school.

 

March 1st Readmitted one child.

8th Rev. Lawson visited.

18th School continues this week as usual.

25th School closed during Easter Holidays.

 

April 6th Gave the children half holiday in the morning.

15th Registers not marked; school inspected in Religious Knowledge.

19th Raised three Standard to Four Standard.

27th No sewing for girls, took them with boys and worked according to Time Table.

 

May 7th School worked according to Time Table.

11th No sewing took girls with boys.

17th No school-holiday given, Whit Monday.

28th School worked as usual  according to “Time Table;” several of the elder children away.

31st Admitted two children.

 

June 7th Rev Lawson visited.

Admitted three children, one left.

14th Admitted two.

24th Took the infants only in singing. 1st and 2nd classes has arithmetic.

30th Rev. Hautenville visited and examined the children in reading.

 

July 9th They worked as usual according to “Time Table”.

16th Rev. Hautenville visited.

19th Rev. Hautenville visited.

 

23rd COPY OF REPORT FOR 1874

 

The school which has not been long under the present master, is in nice order, and improving in attainment.

The notation and arithmetic want attention.”

 

27th H.M. Inspector visited and inspected the school. Closed the school for Midsummer holidays-four weeks.

 

August 29th Reopened the school after Midsummer holidays.

 

September 1st Rev. Hautenville visited and brought the report.

 

REPORT 1875

 

“The children are quiet under good influence and have made very fair progress in attainments. The notation of the first and the spelling of the second standards want attention.

A copy of the Regulations of the Act should be procured.”

The ninth Supplementary Rule must be strictly observed in future.

The grant is allowed on the understanding that the Regulations required by the seventh section of the elementary Education Act of 1870 will be immediately put up.

I am to add for your information that your school year (Article 13) is taken as ending 31st May so that until further notice the Managers may expect H.M.Inspectors Annual visit in June.

George Aspdell. Certified teacher of the Second Class.

Mrs Sprigg. Sewing Mistress.

Numbers qualified for examination         40

Infants 12.   Number presented                11

In Standards                                              28

Number passed in Reading.                      26

Number passed in Writing.                       23

Number passed in Arithmetic.                  21

No. for payment at 4/-                               70

Grant earned for five months.             £ ..s..d

On average attendance                        5- 5-0

On Infants                                           1-16-8

In Standards                                        5-16-8 

Gross Total of claim   =                   12-18-4

 

September 7th Half holiday given for school treat.

14th A new set of reading books supplied to the school and map of British Isles. “Regulations” supplied to the school and put up.

20th Rev. Hautenville visited in morning. Left six names off the class register for bad attendance.

30th Several of the children away getting in the fruit.

 

October 6th Began school in the afternoon at 1-30 and altered lessons accordingly.

15th Four children left school.

20th Rev. Lawson visited.

22nd Several children getting in potatoes.

29th A new set of reading books supplied for I Standard.

 

November 5th The school continued still with a small average and worked according to “Time Table.”

12th I child readmitted and 1 left.

17th A holiday. 2 children readmitted.

22nd Two children readmitted and 2 left school.

28th Two children readmitted and 2 left school.

 

December 6th Two children admitted, 1 left.

8th Rev. Lawson visited.

17th The school worked according to Time Table.

22nd No sewing from illness of sewing Mistress, took girls with boys and work to Time Table.

23rd Broke up for Christmas vacations, fortnight.

 

1876-January 10th Reopened school. Re-admitted two boys.

17th No sewing took girls with boys.

21st No sewing this week owing to illness of Mistress.

24th Re-admitted 2 children. Girls had sewing.

26th No sewing-took girls with boys. Took the Infants first in Transcriptions in the afternoon.

31st Admitted one children.

 

February 3rd & 4th No sewing.

7th Sewing as usual, one child left.

16th School worked according to “Time Table.”

21st Admitted one child.

28th Received notice of Diocesan Inspection.

 

March 8th Rev. Lawson visited and closed school.

13th Registers not taken, School inspected in Religious Knowledge. Holiday in afternoon.

24th School continued to work as usual according to Time Table.

27th Admitted two children.

 

April 3rd Admitted one child.

4th Rev Lawson visited in morning.

13th Closed school for Easter Holidays.

24th Re-opened school. Admitted one child.

 

May 1st Began school at half past one o clock and altered lessons accordingly.

2nd Began school at half past one o clock and altered lessons accordingly.

15th Rev. Hautenville visited and brought papers for Government Inspection.

19th No needlework took girls with boys and worked according to “Time Table”.

22nd Admitted one boy.

26th School worked as usual according to Time Table.

29th One child left school.

 

June 9th School worked as usual according to Time Table.

16th Average for the week 50.

19th Admitted one child.

23rd Government Registers not taken.

26th Two children left school.

 

July 4th Rev. Hautenville.

14th School continued as usual.

18th Holiday.

19th Holiday in the morning.

26th Received the Government Report.

 

“The School has been well taught throughout, though there is weakness in the writing and spelling of the third Standard. The progress in the extra subjects (Grammar & Geography) is fair for the first year, but instruction in them should be carried on further during the coming year. The Discipline is good. Needlework is carefully taught throughout, the School.”

George Apsdell, Certificated teacher of the Second Class.

Mrs Sprigg, Sewing Mistress.

 

No. qualified for examination                         =25

No. presented                                                  =24

No. passed in Reading                                                =23

            ..            Writing                                  =15

            ..            Arithmetic                             =18

No. For payment for 3/-                                    56

            ..                   at 4/-                                 31

            ..                   at 8/-                                 12

                                                                                   

                                                                         £  - s - d

Grant earned on average attendance              13 -10- 0

                        Infants presented                      4 -16- 0

                        in Standards                              8 -  8- 0

                        in Class                                      6 -  4- 0

Gross total claim                                             32 - 18 –0

 

July 27th School closed for Midsummer holidays.

Master left.

 

August 28th The new master George Burnett took charge of the school.

 

Week-ending September 1st The past week has been spent in finding out the attainments of the children, etc. Work according to time table. School visited by the Rev. R.W. Hantenville.

 

Week-ending 8th Nothing particular to notice. Work has been carried on according to Time Table.

 

Week-ending 15th Introduced a new Time Table which I find works admirably. The attendance is not first rate but has improved, several who have not hitherto attended have returned.

 

1875 September 19th Visited Weston National School at work, discipline fair. One mistress in the Register. More maps and another blackboard are needed.

H.B.Barry.      H.M.Inspector.

 

Week-ending 22nd Work carried on according to new Time Table. Nothing occurred during the week worthy of note.

 

Week-ending 29th Weather unsettled; attendance consequently thin. New Song “The Bird in a Cage” taught on Tuesday. Corrected several children during the week for neglect of “home” lessons. Fair progress made.

 

Week-ending October 6th Examinations in various subjects, progress in some fair. English Grammar rather behind hand. Spent several minutes daily in rudimentary writing with the upper classes.

 

Week-ending 13th Past week spent in ordinary routine. New song “Huntsmans Chorus” learnt (partially) on Tuesday. Attendance slack on account of the potato and apple harvests.

 

Week-ending 20th Attendance still small on account of field work. Nothing special to record. The Rev. Hautenville visited during the week.

 

Week-ending 27th Have paid special attendance to Elementary Writing during the week. Taught new Song “Evening” on Tuesday, Rev. Hautenville present at the time. Attendance small from previous causes.

 

Week-ending November 3rd There being Fever in the home of Alfred Burge I felt obliged to send him away from school for a time. The Attendance has been very small, the fine weather being taken advantage of for securing the potato crop. On Thursday and Friday there was no sewing the number of boys being so small, they were, with the girls, taken in ordinary standard work during the afternoon.

 

Week-ending 10th Average small for the week. Work greatly retarded in the upper Standards. No hope of improvement until crops are in. Usual routine.

 

Week-ending 17th Attendance still bad. The fever will keep the Sulleys away for some time. Had examination in Arithmetic during the week in all Standards, progress fair especially in 3rd Standard, 4th is rather behind-so many absentees.

 

Week-ending 24th Nothing of note occurred during the past week.

 

Week-ending December 1st Sent Samuel Sprigg home today , three quarters of an hour late. New song taught, “Pet lamb.” Thursday (S. Andrews) Secular subjects 8-45 to 10-45 to enable those children who wished to attend Divine Service at Church.

 

Week-ending 8th Attendance much improved made some progress during the week in the Geography and History of the several Standards.

 

Week-ending 15th Usual routine. Nothing occurred of consequence. Attendance improving.

 

Week-ending 22nd School will be closed from today for the Christmas holidays.

 

1877-January 8th School reopened after Christmas holiday. Attendance very fair.

Week-ending 12th Two children admitted during the week but there are several absentees through illness chiefly colds. Usual routine.

 

Week-ending 19th Attendance better. Edwin Hartree (5th Standard) kept from school to work on the land. Jane Bacon admitted. Steady work.

 

Week-ending 26th Thomas Stock definitely withdrawn for work. School visited during the week by the Rev. R.W.Hautenville, Rector. Nothing to note.

 

Week-ending February 2nd Elisha Cole away ill. He has burnt his leg very badly. Bad attendance of Jane Bacon.

 

Week-ending 9th Holiday given today. New song learnt during the week “O the pretty Wayside Well.” School visited during the week by the Rector the Rev. R.W.Hautenville.

 

Week-ending 16th Attendance fair good progress made. 4th and 5th Standards commence paper work in their several subjects.

 

Week-ending 23rd Attendance not so good as lately caused by the wet weather at the commencement of the week. There are several ill chiefly colds.

 

Week-ending March 2nd George Cole Bessant and his brother away through the illness of their mother. Seth Colburn ill. Mrs Sprigg the sewing mistress away on Tuesday, the girls were taken with boys and worked to the time table for the morning. Rev. R.W. Hautenville visited twice during the week.

 

Week-ending 9th Diocesan Examination took place yesterday. At the request of the Inspector the afternoon was given as a holiday. The registers were not marked. Today very few children. James Blake readmitted.

 

Weekending 16th Spoke to Mrs Hinton on the bad attendance of her son, her excuse being want of clothes. Charles Coleman also away. I have called twice but cannot get his mother to promise to send him. I am afraid he will not make up his attendances. Arthur Bessant here twice during the week after a fortnights absence.

 

Week-ending 23rd Eliza Oldfield my only 5th Standard girl withdrawn indefinitely, the only reason I can get is that she is “wanted to help mother”. Florence Willmott admitted on Monday. School visited by the Rev. R. Hautenville.

 

29th We break up this afternoon for the Easter holiday, one week. The Attendance this week has not been large. The children during the week were confined chiefly to practice in their several subjects.

 

Week-ending April 13th School at work again, the attendance fair and some progress made. I noticed deficiency in the Geography of the 4th Standard in which I held examination on slates on Wednesday afternoon.

Charles Coleman and Arthur Bessant still absent.

 

Week-ending 20th Kate Colburn away ill. Steady work during the week on paper. Nothing of note occurred. After repeated calls Charles Coleman returned to school this week. He attended three times.

 

Week-ending 27th This afternoon I read out a list of the attendances, calling the attention of those children who have not yet completed the minimum number to the necessity of more regular attendance to insure examination.

Nothing else worthy of note.

 

 Week-ending May 4th Half holiday given on Wednesday. Mrs Sprigg very unwell on Thursday (yesterday) and did not attend in the afternoon. The girls worked with the boys as in the morning.

 

Week-ending 11th Singing not taken on Tuesday as I was suffering from sore throat, other work as usual.

 

Week-ending 18th William Howell played truant on Monday. His parents chastised him and at their request I gave him an “imposition.” Spent a few minutes, addressing the children on the subject. Attendance fair.

 

Week-ending 25th John Derrick returned to school after long absence. Attendance good. There is nothing particular to note. Work progressing fairly for Examination. Holiday on Monday it being Whit-Monday and “Club” at Portishead.

 

Week-ending June 1st Attendance very good. New school year commenced. Have not strictly adhered to the Time Table. Have endeavoured to find out the weak points in the several standards and to remedy them. Visit from the Rev. R.W. Hautenville on Monday morning.

 

Weekending 8th Several away during the week from illness and other causes but attendance very good. Work progressing. Nothing of importance occurred.

 

Week-ending 15th Mrs Nisbett whose daughter Emma has been absent for some weeks, called to give the reason (illness) and, as she has done several times before promised to send her this week, Emma, however, did not put in an appearance on Monday.

 

Week-ending 22nd Government Inspection on Monday last in the afternoon. A holiday given in the afternoon. Children put into their new Standards. School visited by Rev. R.W.Hautenville .

 

Week-ending 29th Attendance very good, several children readmitted. Work steady.

 

Week-ending July 6th Attendance still very good indeed. The Rev. R.W.Hautenville visited and read prayers. Nothing to note.

 

Week-ending 13th William Bessant admitted and Joseph Bessant readmitted. The attendance is good. Steady work has been done during the week.

 

Week-ending 20th Ernest Jones and James Sulley are kept from school “bird keeping”. I called on James Blake to enquire why James and William are not now attending school. They are to be sent on Monday next. Florence Williams admitted.

 

Week-ending 27th Tuesday last being wet kept several children away otherwise the attendance for the week is up to the average. Florence Willmott withdrawn _  has left the village. The Rev. R.W.Hautenville visited.

 

Week-ending August 3rd John James Close admitted. 2nd and 3rd Standard boys are thin in attendance, keeping their Geography in arrears. New Song “Red, White and Blue”.

 

Week-ending 10th We break up for fortnights holiday.

 

27th School reopens today, attendance not so good as it should be.

 

Week-ending 31st Several away during the week some absent from home.

Elizabeth Pine withdrawn _ having left the neighbourhood.

 

Week-ending September 7th Janet Cox withdrawn having left the place. Ordinary routine. The school was visited by the Rev. R.W.Hautenville the Rector.

 

Week-ending 14th William Howell played truant on Thursday as his father administered chastisement I considered him sufficiently punished. Very wet during the week causing the attendance to be low.

 

Week-ending 21st Potato digging having commenced several of the boys in the upper Standards are kept away. There are also one or two cases of illness. School routine uninterrupted.

 

Week-ending 28th The attendance has been less this week on account of the Potato Harvest making it advisable to give the fortnights holiday kept in reserve from August. Holiday commenced today.

 

Week-ending October 19th School reopened on Monday last, attendance very thin. The Gales on Sunday having blown down a great deal of timber, the children were kept away to get in part of the wood.

 

Week-ending 26th Admitted Charles Stavings - James Sulley, Edwin Harptree and Arthur Bessant away from various causes. Routine work steady – Nothing of note occurred during the week.

 

Week-ending November 2nd Mary Slade and Sarah Anne Fowler are withdrawn, having left the neighbourhood. Attendance still thin on account of bad weather in the early part of the week. The Rev. R.W. Hautenville visited twice the Rev. W. Mayers once during the week.

 

Week-ending 9th Nothing out of the ordinary routine has occurred during the past week. The attendance is not so good as it should be, colds are very prevalent and cause some part of non attendance.

 

Week-ending 16th The Rev. R.W.Hautenville has attended the school once or twice during the week. On Wednesday he took considerable interest in the Geography lesson of the 5th Standard very kindly describing several places in Europe he has visited.

 

Week-ending 23rd Janet Cox readmitted – Amelia Sprigg withdrawn for a time, having been admitted to a Hospital at Bristol. Attendance slightly  increased.

 

Week-ending 30th Albert Willmott admitted. Selina Bessant has, at my request, been kept at home during the week a brother of hers having the measles.

 

Week-ending December 7th Ada and Amelia Dimmer are ill. The Rev. R.W.Hautenville attended on Thursday to award Sir William Miles prizes, an annual gift.

 

Week-ending 14th Nothing of consequence to record.

 

Week-ending 21st The Christmas Holidays commence today, (a fortnight).

 

1878-Week-ending January 11th School reopened on Monday, fair numbers attended. Henry Colburn an absentee during the week, he will probably be withdrawn.

 

Week-ending 18th William Howell withdrawn having left the neighbourhood – several away, from varies causes during the week. The Rev. R.W.Hautenville visited.

 

Week-ending 25th Ordinary routine work during the week, nothing of note occurred. The Rev. the Manager visited twice during the week.

 

Week-ending February 1st No sewing was taken on Wednesday. Mrs Sprigg, the sewing mistress being unwell. Other work as usual.

 

Week-ending 8th Several away ill, chiefly colds. We received notice  during the week of the intended visit of the Diocesan Inspector to this school on the 19th inst. Notice was read and affixed as directed.

 

Week-ending 15th The illness continues but among the elder children the attendance has been more regular. Rev. R.W.Hautenville came in two and three times during the week.

 

Week-ending 22nd Diocesan Inspection on Tuesday last the 19th.  Half holiday given in the afternoon. Registers were of course, not marked during the day.

 

Week-ending March 1st Attendance decidedly improved with the new quarter. Emily Atherton will be absent for some time her grandmother (a widow) being ill. Martha Harding withdrawn.

 

Week-ending 8th Wednesday last being Ash Wednesday the children attended Divine Service in the morning. Secular instruction was given from 8-55 until 11-o-clock. The school closed in the afternoon. Mary J Blake absent during the week through illness.

 

Week-ending 15th Nothing particular to notice. Attendance fair. Ordinary routine worked according to the time table. Both the Rector and Mr. Mayer visited during the week.

 

Week-ending 22nd Eliza Jane Colburn admitted today. Mrs Sprigg not being able to come to school on Wednesday last, sewing was taken on Thursday; the time table being departed from to the extent of substituting the work of Wednesday for Thursday and vice versa.

 

Week-ending 29th Emily Atherton, Emma Nisbett and Leonard Nisbett all returned today after a long absence. A very wet day today, attendance small only 36.

 

Week-ending April 5th Yesterday, the master having occasion to leave home, with the manager`s permission, closed the school during the afternoon. Must notice the very bad attendance of the children forming Standard II. This Standard consists mainly of children forced into school by the new act, and the children being backward and attending, illregularly, the work in that Standard is not very satisfactory.

 

Week-ending 12th Very wet throughout the week. Had Mr. Tipper, the school attendance officer making enquiries as to irregular attendance. He has, I believe, sent notice of caution to Mrs. Blake and Stallard.

 

Week-ending 19th Break up today for the Easter Vacation. Attendance small during the week. Examined the boys yesterday in their Geography chiefly on paper. Results fair with the exception of Sprigg.

 

Week-ending May 3rd Opened School on Monday last. Several children ill and others potato planting. John Hillman withdrawn. Rev. R.W.Hauntenville was present during the Grammar lesson on Tuesday and seemed pleased with the passing of the 4th Standard.

 

Week-ending 10th Emma Locke ill in school on Tuesday. Nothing else to notice. Rev. R.W. Hautenville called in twice.

 

Week-ending 17th Sarah Anne Fowler withdrawn. Taught the children their 8th song “Drive the nail aright boys”. Punished Samuel Sprigg on Thursday for lying. Took the opportunity of impressing on the children the cowardice and sin of lying.

 

Week-ending 24th Nothing to notice. Work carried on as usual.

 

Week-ending 31st School year ends today. Very sorry to say, three boys were on Tuesday last guilty of writing filthy words on pieces of paper and passing them to their fellows. Fortunately it was defected before two of the pieces were read. I gave each boy a caning after school was over. They have since expressed themselves as being very sorry for their misbehaviour .

 

Week-ending June 7th Admitted Henry Atherton. Mr. Hautenville still absent. Attendance better as the Examination draws near.

 

Week-ending 14th Monday being Whit Monday the School was closed. Tuesday being very wet made the attendance small on that days.

 

Week-ending 21st Yesterday the Rev. H. B. Barry Her Majesty`s Inspector held his annual examination of the School. Weather fine during the week and the attendance correspondingly good.

 

Week-ending 28th Mary Slade readmitted on Tuesday. Week spent in arranging the children in their new Standards. Attendance very fair.

 

Week-ending July 5th Attendance fair (44). Called on Mrs Blake to complain of the bad attendance of her children, James and William. Her only excuse is that she finds them very useful at home. Have this week worked under a new time table I have drawn out.

 

Week-ending 12th Average this week 44.6. The Agriculture Show at Bristol has taken several children away today. Taught new song on Wednesday “Home, Sweet, Home”. Blakes (James and William not at school yet).

 

16th Copy of the Report of Her Majesty`s Inspector for the year ended May 31st 1878.

 

“The good points of the school are the tone and discipline, though a monitress is required for the Infants – the improved attendance, an improvement in Reading and Arithmetic and an intelligent knowledge of Grammar and Geograhpy. The weak point is the Spelling of the second and third Standards”.

 

Week-ending 19th Average attendance 48.1. James Blake withdrawn, William Henry his brother seems to come pretty well. Charles Stavings readmitted; John Bessant and William Fowler admitted on Monday last. Mr. Henry Tipper the School Attendance Officer called on Monday morning.

 

Week-ending 26th Average attendance 44.3. Attendance thin towards the end of the week on account of the heavy rains, we have had during the last few days. Mary J Blake has been, with my permission, withdrawn until the school meets again after the holidays. Children has been taught a new song "Come let us our voices ring”. The Rev. R.W.Hautenville visited on Tuesday last, and arranged that the harvest holidays should commence from Monday the 5th August.

 

Week-ending August 1st Laura Burge withdrawn, having left the neighbourhood. Sarah Anne Fowler readmitted. School breaks  today for Harvest Holiday. (4weeks).

 

September 2nd School opened today after holidays, fair attendance. (43&45). Several boys still away harvesting.

 

Week-ending September 6th Attendance during the past week has been small. One boy Thomas Burge has been at work; I warned his employer that the boy had not earned his labour certificate, and he promised not to employ him for the future, however, he has not yet put in an appearance at school.

Hannah Smith withdrawn.

 

Week-ending 13th Attendance rather improved. Thomas Burge still at work. Jane Coleman admitted. Rev. R.W.Hautenville visited the school this afternoon. George Cole Bessant  kept away to help in the potato digging.

 

Week-ending 20th Attendance not so good. Several away ill. Albert Oldfield admitted. On Monday Samuel Sprigg was told to write 15 lines (for bad behaviour during lessons) after twelve -o- clock. His mother on hearing that he was detained, came to the school, and took him away without my permission to, she emphatically refused to allow him to conform with my rules or to apologise for the disrespect shown. I have, with the Rev. R.W. Hautenvilles consent, refused to receive him again into the school.

 

Week-ending 27th Attendance 41.8. Alfred Tom Atherton admitted. Nothing of importance occurred.

 

Week-ending October 4th Attendance very low. Average only 37.

This afternoon but 28 in attendance. Only to be accounted for by the fine weather enabling children to work in the potato fields and orchards. Attendance corresponding week last year 47 and a decimal. The Geography has been at a standstill this week, I have only one boy in each class this afternoon.

 

Week-ending 11th Attendance still worse. Average for the week only 33. The Rev. R.W.Hautenville on Wednesday last, I called his attention to the list of absentees, and he said he would call on some of them. But I fear the attendance will not improve until the apples and potatoes are stored. During the latter portion of the week the weather has been very stormy, which accounts for the falling off among the little ones.

 

15th The attendance is still low, that I have thought it better (with the Rev. R.W.Hautenvilles permission) to close the school for this week, than to continue working with such small numbers.

 

21st School reopened. Attendance nearly normal.

 

Week-ending 25th Very wet week yet the attendance has not been so bad. Made good progress with the Geography. The Rev. R.W.Hautenville visited.

 

Week-ending November 1st Attendance one less than last week. Wet weather still tends to keep it low. Rev. R.W.Hautenville visited on Tuesday morning and remained an hour.

 

Week-ending 8th Attendance fair. Admitted Lewis Bessant and Albert Wilmott. Nothing occurred worthy of note.  

 

Week-ending 15th Attendance smaller. Cold and wet weather may partly account for it. The Rev.R.W.Hautenville visited.

 

Week-ending 22nd Attendance small. On Monday morning last Herbert Sulley a boy of the 5th Standard was caught by the monitor (George Kates) stealing the ink from the jars. He managed to get away with the ink he had succeeded in collecting before Kates surprised him and on my taxing him with the theft stoughtly denied having done anything of the sort, although there was the evidence of two other children in support of Kates. On submitting the matter to the Rev. R.W. Hautenville, who happened to call that morning, I was requested by him to administer corporal punishment, which I did after the school hours. The parents of the boy have not allowed him to attend since.

 

Week-ending 29th Several children absent through illness. Emily Atherton withdrawn, gone into service.

 

Week-ending December 6th Illness and the severe weather keeps the attendance still very thin. The Rev. R.W. Hautenville visited the school and very kindly went to the homes of some of the children to make enquiries as to their absence.

 

Week-ending 13th The School Registers were not called on Tuesday Afternoon last the Master being absent, by permission of the Rev. R.W. Hautenville. Attendance very small from same causes as last week. Mr. Hautenville came over again on Wednesday afternoon.

 

December 21st School closed for Christmas Holidays. The master (George Burnett) gives up charge of the School to-day.

 

1879-January 6th Thomas Perry Watkins took charge of the school.

Attendance Morning 26 Afternoon 28. More promised to attend.

10th Rev. R.W. Hautenville visited the school Tuesday.

Average for the week very poor (28.4) on account of sickness in the village and the wintry weather.

Admitted one boy.

15th Mr. Tipper visited the school.

17th Average for the week 34.4. Rev. E.J. May visited the school Monday and Friday and kindly took a class each time. Rev. R.W. Hautenville visited on Wednesday.

 24th Improvement in average. Average for this week 38. 8.

Rev. R.W. Hautenville (Rector) visited the School Tuesday and distributed prizes after School hours. Admitted Charlotte Colburn Monday. A little progress in the Grammar made during the week.

27th Rev. R.W.Hautenville visited the School today.

30th Punished John Blake for breaking school windows, after an enquiry of half an hour, his parents have since refused to send him to school and used very bad language to my messenger.

31st Average for the week 43.8 showing an increase of average 5, the higher no. I had this week was 46. Admitted Sarah Ann Derrick this week.

 

February 5th Nos. rather small. 15 away from school ill. John Blake has not returned to school.

7th The Rev. R.W. Hautenville visited the school this week. Average for the week 41. Still many away ill.

10th Rev. E.J. May visited the school today and took the Scripture. I find he will be a great help to me.

14th J. Blake returned to school.

Rev. E.J. May again visited and took the Scriptures. Although weather very wet Nos. increasing.

Average for the week 45.7.

9 children absent this week through illness.

21st Rev. E.J. May visited the school twice this week and took the children in Scripture each time. Average for the week 46.9 which shows an increase of 1.2.

25th Rev. E.J. May came in again and took Scripture as usual.

Mr. Tipper came up today and brought “warnings” for Messrs Burge and Bessant as their sons have been at work instead of school.

Nos. poor partly on account of the wintry weather and partly sickness. After making up the Books for the Quarter, which ends Friday February 21st I find the numbers to be presented for examination will be less than last year.

26th Today being Ash Wednesday, School was commenced at 8-55 and closed at 11-0. To enable the children to attend Divine Service.

Holiday given in the Afternoon.

 

March 3rd Attendance very poor indeed. 21 children away from school through sickness.

Rev. R.W. Hautenville visited today and took Scriptures.

Admitted Henry Hill.

7th Average for the week 37.8. 63 names on books. 24 children away this week through sickness. As the weather is now warmer attendance might improve next week.

14th On Wednesday last the School was examined in Scripture. Registers were therefore not marked.

Still many away ill. Average for the week 40.

Mr. Hautenville visited, during the week, twice.

21st Mr. May visited the school on Wednesday and heard the children sing. As it is now the time for potato setting I expect many away for that purpose.  Average for the week 44.7.

27th Received the following Report from Diocesan Inspector.

 

“This school appears to have suffered from recent illness amongst the children and consequently amongst the little ones, the answers were confined to a few.

The Elder children were intelligent and answered well in Scripture and fairly in Prayer Book.

On the whole the school passed a very satisfactory Examination. Discipline and Tone Excellent.”

                                                                                                Edward  Burbidge.      

 

27th Half Holiday given.

28th Average for the week, 40.1.

Warnings were served on Mrs Hillman and Mrs Blake.

Mr Tipper called yesterday.

 

April 4th Average for the week 45.3.

School visited by Rev. R.W. Hautenville.

10th Rev. E.A. May called and took a class in a reading lesson.

Admitted one boy on Monday.

Average for the week 47.3.

Broke up for Easter Holidays 1.week.

25th Reopened school on Monday.

Several boys in the higher Standards are away potato setting. Charles Coleman being away from school for several weeks. I was obliged to send his name to Mr. Tipper the School Attendance Officer.

This week I again examined the II Standard, but found that they are very backward. I have since paid special attention to that Standard.

Average for week 47.1.

 

May2nd Admitted two children this week.

Average for the week 55.1.

Rev. E.A. May visited today.

4th Rev. R.W. Hautenville visited today and heard the children sing a couple of songs.

9th Average for the week 53.3.

C. and G. Colborn withdrawn having left the village.

14th Sewing not taken this afternoon. Mrs Sprigg asked my permission to take it Thursday instead.

Thursday afternoons work taken today.

Have paid special attention to the work of Standards I and II today.

15th Mrs Sprigg (Sewing Mistress) took the girls today in sewing.

Boys took yesterday afternoons work.

I am pleased to be able to say Samuel Sprigg is very well up in Arithmetic, now.

16th Average for the week 52.

Rev. E.W. May visited the school today and kindly took the I Standard in Reading.

19th Admitted Samuel Cooling.

20th Rev. E. A. May visited the school today and took the VI Standard in their Reading Lesson. The II Standard began paper work today.

Began to teach the children a New song- “All among the barley.”

23rd Average for the week 57.1, the highest average that has ever been in this school.

Having examined the III and IV Standards in their Geography I noticed they were very backward. They are away so much.

27th Began to teach the children a New Song “The Sleigh Song.” Nos. today 56 in the morning 59 in the afternoon.

Mr Tipper called in this morning.

30th Average for the week 56.7.

Mr May visited during the week.

 

June 6th Average for the week 50.3. No School on Monday being Whit Monday.

Mr May visited the school on Tuesday.

9th Good School attendance 60 each time the school was opened.

11th Annual Inspection took place today. Half holiday given.

13th Average for the week 55.2. Half holiday given.

16th Weather very wet. Numbers are therefore poor. Morning 40 Afternoon 51 present. School working to their new Standards.

20th Average for the week 48.6. Many boys away hoeing potatoes.

Rev. R.W. Hautenville visited during the week.

26th Weather very wet numbers therefore poor.

27th School visited by Rev. Hautenville.

Average for week 47.7.

Edwin Stock has not returned to school since the Government Examination. I called on his mother and she says he will come again very soon.

 

July 4th Average for the week 46.

Rev R.W. Hautenville visited during the week. Admitted one child.

11th The Rev. R.W. Hautenville visited several times during the week. Average for the week 49.6.

18th Work according to Time Table. Average for past week 52.7.

Admitted one child.

25th School Treat on Thursday no school therefore on that day or Friday. Rev. R.W. Hautenville visited the school.

Average 58.8. admitted one child.

31st Received the following Report from the Department.

 

“ The School under a new Master seems to be improving in attainments. The discipline is well maintained, and the elder children are intelligent but the lower classes want attention.”

“The clock is not going.”

Better results will be required next year in order to secure the grant under article 19(B) (1A).

The scholars numbered 8,15,16,17,and 22 on the Examination Schedule are disqualified under Article 20 (a).

a  footnote.

                                                                        T.P. Watkins Master 3rd Class.

                                                                        Mrs Sprigg Sewing Mistress.

  

 

31st Broke up for Summer holidays.                                                                   

 

 August 18th School re-opened this morning at 9-0-clock. Attendance 58 each time school was opened.

Mrs Coleman called and asked leave for her son Charles to stay from school today. I gave my permission for him to do so.

22nd Average for the week 54.3.

Rev. R.W. Hautenville visited during the week.

29th Average for the week 48.8.

Rev. R. W. Hautenville visited the school several times this week.

I have worked hard with II Standard as they are rather backwards.

Weather wet therefore many children away.

 

September 5th The Rector the Rev. R.W. Hautenville visited the school 3 times during the week. Began a new Quarter. Average for the last Quarter 51.41.

Admitted Thomas and Edward Howe this week. Several boys are at work but the School Attendance Officer has not called to take their names. Two months now since his last visit.

12th School at work this week as usual.

Average for this week 61.5. No school Monday.

19th Mr Dover called in this week. Florry Gaut withdrawn from school.

Average for the week 56.3.

26th Admitted two girls this week.

Mrs Sprigg Sewing mistress has been away through illness. Girls and boys taken together.

 

October 3rd School working at the usual routine. Average 54.8. Mr. Dover visited.

10th We are to break up this week for a fortnights holiday for the Potato digging.

27th Began work today. Very Fair Attendance.

No Sewing taken as Mrs Sprigg asked permission to stay from school.

Girls therefore taken with boys.

Rev-Dover visited the school.

31st Work carried on as stated on Time Table except sewing on Monday Afternoon. Admitted Ernest Jones IV Standard.

Average for the week 56 .4. Nos. on books 63.

 

November 7th School Attendance very good. A very good average 57.3. School at work all the week according to the Routine.

14th As the weather has still been good the attendance has been excellent (57.7). Rev-Dover visited several times.

Taught the school a new song.

21st Average for the week 55.8. Friday Afternoon Attendance poor on account of the Snow. I expect the lower children will begin to stay from school now.

I find the I Standard want a lot of time upon them. Blake, Lewis Bessant, Mary Nisbet and Leonard Nisbet are especially backward.

Had stove put in the upper part of the room, today.

26th Attendance this morning only 37 on account perhaps of the very cold weather.

28th School Quarter ends today. Average for this week 54.9. Routine carried on as stated on Time Table. The Rev J. Dover visited twice during the week.

I find the First Standard still very backward. Half holiday given today. Attendance good.

 

December 1st Opened a new Quarter today . Attendance good.

5th Average for the week (first of the Quarter) 56.7. Having had a fall of snow today I expect rather poor school next week – in fact I think the Attendance will now be poor until after the Christmas Holidays.

Work throughout the school very satisfactory; except the first Standard.

Rev. J. Dover visited twice during the week as usual, but only to take Scripture.

Average for Quarter ending November 30th 56.68.

12th Very poor school this week on account of the very severe weather. I find the Second Standard the best regards the Attendance.

19th Taught the school several new songs, “Red Leaves” and “The Silently falling Snow.” We break up for the Christmas Vacation, after which I expect the Attendance to pick up again.

William Blake and Leonard Nisbet has not attended school for a week.

 

1880-January 9th Rather poor this week. Average for the week 47. Snowy weather.

I have visited the parents of L. Nisbet and J.W. Blake they promised to send them next week.

16th Average for the week ending January 16th 46. Work according to Time Table. Half holiday given this week.

23rd Severe frosts. School worked as usual.

Rev. J. Dover visited twice.

School worked as usual.

30th No school Thursday. I have been hard at work with the lower Standard.

Frosts keep many children from school. Leonard Nisbet has not yet appeared at school. No sewing taken on Friday (today).

 

February 7th School Average 49.2. Routine as usual. I expect numbers will rise as the mild weather comes on.

12th Yesterday being Ash Wednesday a days holiday given to enable the children to go to church.

William Blake and Leonard Nisbet still away from school.

13th Registers marked by mistake. Thursday attendances being marked for Wednesday, and so with Friday attendance.

The weather being remarkably rough the attendance extremely poor.

16th School very bad – a gale of wind.

Mental Arithmetic taken instead of ordinary lessons from 11-30 till12.

18th Scripture Exam. Register not marked all day.

20th Average this week still poor 39.5, a great many away poorly.

I have been working very hard with the 3rd Standard who I find are backward.

24th No 5th Standard present today. Sickness very prevalent in the village. Many very ill. Edith Hillman was not here all day yesterday and away again this afternoon.

27th Very stormy weather, average very low indeed 39.6. Mr Tipper has not called on Edith Hillmans parents as he promised to do.

Work according to Time Table.

 

March 4th Edith Hillman absent from school. I have again appealed to Mr Tipper the School Attendance Officer.

Georgina and Laura Cooling absent again this week.

5th Average for this week 39.6. Great deal of sickness in the village.

12th William Blake away from school all day yesterday and again this afternoon.

The Athertons, being away so much, are summoned I expect them at school next week.

Average for the week 43.3.

19th School at work as usual. Few children sick.

26th Broke up on Thursday morning for Easter Holidays – one week.

Improvement in attendance today and this week.

 

April 5th Admitted Janenette Ball. John and Henry Atherton returned to school.

9th The Average for the present week is much better. I was obliged to punish Thomas Burge today for very bad behaviour and answering me very disrespectfully.

George Bessant is away today he is very backward.

12th Admitted Frank Eli Ball. Ada Dimmer poorly unable to come to school.

16th Average for the week 48.1. School at work as usual.

Frank Ball admitted.

23rd Work according to Time Table.

There is a rise in attendance. Average for the week 51.1.

John Atherton again absent.

30th Half Holiday given today.

Georgina Cooling has not yet returned to school. Average for the week 49.9. No sewing taken this week.

Georgina Derrick at work this week at Portishead.

 

May 3rd Received forms for Exam from H.M.I. Rev Mr Barry.

7th Average for the week same as last week, school at work as usual.

11th Received notice of inspection. June 9th 1880 at 9-15.

13th Rev. R.W. Hautenville visited school today.

14th No school this afternoon. School work as usual.

Edith Hillman away four times this week.

18th Admitted William Ball and Agnes Owen

Admitted Florence Owen.

20th Nothing of importance happened. No school on Monday last it being Whit Monday. Monday worked in mistake for Tuesday.

28th Last week of present Quarter. Very poor average 43.2 owing perhaps to the wet days. Thursday and Friday Sewing taken on Thursday instead of Friday.

 

June 1st Opened a New Quarter today.

4th Louisa Stock, Eliza Colbourne, Alfred Burge have been absent all the week. Burge has now been away from school for five weeks through “St Vitus Dance” – he is a 6th Standard boy. Georgina Cooling has not made enough attendances by five to be presented for Examination.

Average for the week 46.1 very poor, several children having been from school all the week.

Eliza Sulley a 2nd Standard girl has burnt her hand very badly and was obliged to stay from school on Thursday and Friday.

7th Edith Hillman, Thomas Burge, and the three Coolings absent from school today. Rev. R.H. Hautenville visited the school this morning.

Number present this morning 44.

8th On enquiring yesterday I found that Sarah Fowler and Eliza Colbourne two infants were away from home. I asked the parents of Sarah Fowler if they would send for her but they refused.

School at work as usual.

9th School Examination Registers not marked all day.

10th  Standards re-arranged. Working in their new standards.

Rev. R.W. Hautenville visited the school.

11th Holiday given today. Average for the week 45.3.

14th Admitted Henry Fowler.

18th Very poor average 38.1. Several children have left now the Exam is over.

21st Sophia Locke came to school this morning with half her school fee. I asked why she did not bring the proper money – she said her father said he should not pay any more. I told her togo home and not come again until she paid the real fee.

25th Mrs Sprigg absent this afternoon with my permission. Girls and Boys worked together.

27th Mrs Sprigg absent again this afternoon. Sophia Locke has not returned to school.

 

July 2nd Received the following Report from the Education Department:

 

“The Scholars are neat in person and orderly and passed a fair Examination.

The points requiring attention are the work of the first Standard the Arithmetic of the fourth and Grammar.”

Total amount of grant earned                         £45 – 11 – 0d

                                                                                    T. P. Watkins C. M.

 

9th School at work as usual this week, rather poor average.

Sophia Locke at school this week.

16th Rev. R. W. Hautenville visited today. School at work according to “Time Table.” Half holiday given.

23rd No school today. School Treat.

Mary Nisbet and R. Brewer from school all the week.

30th Broke up for Summer holidays – two weeks.

 

August 16th School re-opened 40 present.    

Admitted Olive Pearce, William Pearce and Tom Pearce.

20th School at work as usual this week. John Atherton returned to school. Mr. Tipper called.

27th Rev. R. W. Hautenville visited this week. School at work as usual.

 

September 3rd I have been working very hard with the lower standards this week.

William Blake very irregular in his attendance at school.

10th Very poor attendance this afternoon only 23 present.

School at work at tables during first lesson and writing afterwards.

No sewing, taken. Mrs Sprigg asking permission to stay from School.

17th Mr. Tipper the school attendance officer has not called for two and three weeks.

School at work as usual.

24th Nothing of importance happened.

30th School broke up for fortnight to enable the children to pick up potatoes.

 

October 18th School reopened – Re-admitted Laura Burge.

23rd The attendance this week has on the whole much better than before the holidays. William Blake. Eliza Locke, Louisa Stock and Charles and William Bessant has not returned to school.

John Atherton very irregular in his attendance.

29th Nothing of importance. Several names sent down to Mr. Tipper, School Attendance Officer.

 

November 5th School at work as usual. William Blake and Leonard absent.

12th Working hard this week with the 3rd Standard who I find want an amount of time bestowed upon them.

15th The Rector. Rev. A Fowler attended the school this morning.

19th The Rev. J. Pye visited today.

The Attendance this week has been rather better. Fourth Standard Grammar wants a little working up.

24th School at work as usual. Work according to time-table.

 

December 3rd The Rev. C. A .Fowler visited the school this week. All has been given to the Grammar of the 4th Standard.

Mrs. Sprigg was absent on Monday afternoon with my permission.

(Holiday given for the following week.)

10th Holiday given for one week. Master going to attend an Examination at Bristol on the 13th of December and the four following days.

20th School reopened. Only a few of the upper standards are present.

24th Third Standard have been worked up especially this week.

31st All the standards at work as usual. Mr. Pye visited the school.

 

1881-January 7th There being a concert in the room a half holiday given.

14th The weather is very severe has greatly thinned the attendance.

21st School only opened Monday and Tuesday morning. The roads being rendered impassable by a heavy fall of snow.

24th School reopened but on account of the deep snow only eight present. School therefore closed until Tuesday.

25th School reopened only nine present. School closed for the week.

 

February 1st Yesterday and today Attendance has been very fair.

4th Seth Colbourne having been very naughty, I punished him by giving him one stripe on the hand with the cane. His elder brother then was very impudent. Told his father of his conduct he said had no right to use a cane. I therefore sent him (Seth) away until his father promised to abide by the rule of the school.

School at work as usual.

Very fair attendance.

11th Work as usual during the week.

Attendance fair. None of the Colbourne`s have attended school this week.

George Cooling only present about four times. Emily Melsome absent all the week.

 

March 14th William Blake put in an appearance today and promised to attend more regularly.

Work as usual in standards.

Laura Cooling has returned to school after a long illness, she will not make the requisite number of attendances to be present for Examination.

17th The Rev. C. A. Fowler visited the school today. Samuel Sprigg has not put in an appearance now for two weeks.

19th Half holiday given today.

Work according to Time Table during the week. Average – Fair.

26th Mr. Fowler visited school this week. Mrs Sprigg resigns her post as sewing Mistress today.

The numbers have been very good today.

28th No school today Diocesan Examination this morning.

29th Mrs Jackson began her duties as sewing mistress of this school today.

 

April 1st School at Work as usual.

Average very good. I have this week paid special attention to the work of the first Standard.

8th George Cooling has been absent again this week. I received a note from his mother asking me to allow him to remain at home as she was poorly.

15th The Rev. C. A. Fowler visited the school during the week.

Today being Good Friday the school closed.

There will be no school until the 28th Inst. It being Easter Week.

25th School reopened after the Easter Holidays.

29th During the week school has commenced at half past one in the afternoon and closed at 20 mins to 4.

Mr. Fowler visited the school yesterday.

Mr. Tipper called this morning and I reported to him George Cooling who has been absent now for several weeks.

 

May 2nd George Cooling has attended school today.

Eliza Sulley who was absent all last week has not been today.

5th The Rector – Rev. C. A. Fowler – visited the school today and examined the registers.

School working according to the Time Table as usual.

6th Working with the 2nd Standard as they are rather weak in Geography.

10th The Rev. C. A. Fowler visited the school today.

13th The Average this week has been remarkably good.

I am very doubtful as to whether Samuel Sprigg will be eligible to be presented, as he has, I think, never passed any standard in all three subjects and will therefore not be able to be presented as a half timer.

20th The Rev. C. A. Fowler visited the school today. William Blake has been absent from school since Tuesday morning. I have sent to warn his parents of the consequence of his absence.

27th William Blake has attended rather better this week. The weather

being fine the attendance still keeps pretty fair. The Rev. Fowler visited the school today. I have this week taken the 1st standard with the 2nd in Geography.

 

June 1st School at work at the usual routine. Rev. C. A. Fowler visited the school today. We do not reopen school until Tuesday the 7th of June as Whit. Monday is on the 6th.

8th Rev. C. A. Fowler visited the school today. William Blake has not attended school today.

10th The School has been at work according to the Time Table.

The children this week have been under a kind of Examination and I find them rather weak in Grammar.

13th Rev. C. A. Fowler visited the school today and saw the first Standard doing their Arithmetic and heard the school sing through a song.

15th The Inspection took place today , registers therefore not marked.

17th Standards arranged and working in according to Routine.

Mr. Fowler called and brought the Schedule with which I was very dissatisfied.

24th Average for the week 39.4. School at work as usual.

 

July 1st School opened as usual and working according to the Routine.

School closed today for summer holidays, two weeks.

18th School reopened after the summer holidays.

22nd  Attendance very poor this week.

Rev. C. A. Fowler called on Wednesday. F. Colbourne and Ella Colman admitted this week. Total on books now 51.

William Blake after being absence for a long time has had a notice from the School Attendance Officer.

29th School at work during the week as usual. The Rector visited on Tuesday. Holiday on Wednesday.

29th I forgot in last weeks remarks to state that Mrs. Jackson the Sewing mistress was absence all the week, being ill.

 

August 2nd Yesterday being Bank Holiday the school was closed. Only 33 Present today.

5th The Average this week have been rather poor on account of several children being absence, keeping birds from corn. School at work as usual.

8th The Rev. C. A. Fowler visited the School today and looked at the registers.

12th This week the weather has been very unsettled therefore the attendance has been very poor.

G. Cooling left.

15th The school treat was held today. School therefore closed in the afternoon.

16th Mrs. Jackson is at school today taking the girls in sewing as she will probably be unable to attend tomorrow. It is very wet today school therefore rather thin in attendance.

Geography will not be taken as a class subject this year. I expect, as we have no readers suitable for it.

19th Mabel Jackson admitted this week.

I have today sent several names to Mr. H. Tipper the School Attendance Officer for irregular attendance. Half holiday given on Wednesday, It being the day on which Clevedon Flower show is being held.

School work according to the “Time Table.”

24th School closed today by the Rectors` permission.

20th Very wet morning only 29 Present at school. It has rained very hard indeed. The afternoon is still worse – attendance therefore poorer.

Frank Loosemore has been absent from school all day playing truant. William Blake has also been away all the week.

 

September 1st The weather has improved the attendance has therefore been better. The Rector called on Thursday. On Wednesday afternoon I examined the school. I found spelling very much improved.

9th School has been at work as usual every day. I find William Blake plays truant. I have sent to let his mother know he was not at school today.

16th Rev. C. A. Fowler visited the school on Thursday.

21st Samuel Fowler admitted.

23rd William Blake has been absent again this week playing truant.

28th Lilly Symes admitted to school.

30th The Rector visited the school today.

Half holiday given. During the week the School has been working according to Routines.

 

October 7th The Rev. C. A. Fowler visited the school.

Working according to Time Table.

Mr. Tipper called during the week.

One weeks holiday given for potato harvest.

17th School reopened after the holidays for potato digging. Rueben and Comfort Wheeler admitted.

18th Louisa and Charlotte Kitchen admitted.

21st The attendance this week has been very poor, most of the elder children being away helping to get in the potato crops. The attendance will not improve for a week or two, as great quantities of potatoes have still to be got in.

24th Many children are away from school today picking up potatoes.

Frank Colman`s mother has called and asked permission for him to stay from school. I refused because he was away all last week. Wet afternoon attendance poor on that account.

25th Attendance 40 in the morning.

Agnus Cooling Admitted this afternoon.

27th Mr. Tipper called this afternoon and took the names of Frank Coleman, Edwin Derrick and Leonard Nisbet!

Most of the upper standard boys are absent digging potatoes.

30th Average for the week 36.3. The average was last week 33.3 so that there is little improvement in the attendance. I have been working especially with the First Standard, this week as the upper standards are not attending well.

 

November 1st Frank Colman returned to school this morning after an absence of three weeks, but is playing truant this afternoon. Several boys from school today helping to get in the potatoes.

4th Rev. C. A. Fowler visited the school today. Average this week 37.6. A great many of the boys away getting in the potato crops.

9th Numbers today 43 & 41.

Frank Colman has been playing truant all this week. Eliza Sully and Laura Burge have been absent from school for several weeks.

11th Slight improvement in the attendance this week. Average for the week 40. Frank Colman playing truant all day today.

14th Frank Colman returned to school today. I punished him for playing truant by giving him 8 strokes with the cane upon his hand.

15th The Rev. C. A. Fowler visited the school this morning.

16th Average for week 44.1.

21st Today being a wet day, the numbers are very poor only 35 being present in the morning and 41 in the afternoon.

23rd George Kitchen admitted.

24th 52 Present this morning. Half holiday given by the Rectors permission.

25th Very wet day attendance therefore poor. Frank Colman has been playing truant again today. Average today the same as last week (41. 1.) I have put most of the 1st Standard who have obtained the age of seven, upon the 2nd Class Register.

29th Attendances today fair 46 & 44.

Frank Colman away again all day hauling in the potatoes.

Louisa, Charlotte and George Kitchen have not yet returned to school, since Friday last.

Rev. C. A. Fowler visited the school today.

 

December 2nd School at work as usual 44.1 is the average for the week. Opened a new quarter.

Had the weather been more favourable I should have had a larger average.

5th Only one present in the third standard. The attendance in the other standards very good.

7th The Kitchens absent from school both today and yesterday. Mr. Tipper has not called here for some time.

Georgina Cooling or Laura has not attended school for six or seven weeks. I forwarded their names to the School Attendance Officer but they have not yet put in an appearance.

The Rev. C. A. Fowler visited the school today. The weather being unsettled, causes the attendance to be very poor.

I have examined the first standard and find they are improving very much.

9th The weather has been very wet and therefore the average for the week is low (41.1). Half holiday given today.

16th Average for this week very poor 36.7, This is to be accounted for, as the Christmas holidays are approaching.

I have been working up the spelling of the 2nd and 3rd Standard this week.

Frank  Colman has only attended four times this week. Charlotte and Louisa Kitchen have only attended once.

20th The weather has been very wet both today and yesterday, the attendances are therefore poor. Usual Routine.

The Rector Rev. C. A. Fowler visited the school today.

22nd Closed school today for two weeks holiday.

 

1882-January 9th School reopened after holidays and numbers very poor.

13th Average for the week poor. School at work as usual.

16th Admitted George Smith.

20th The attendance has not improved this week. Work according to Time Table.

The Rector – Rev. C. A. Fowler visited this week.

27th Working up the 1st Standard Arithmetic.

Taught a New song. “The Prairie Flower.”

Rev. C. A. Fowler visited today.

31st Scripture Examination today. Registers not marked (afternoon).

 

February 3rd Mrs Jackson asked permission to stay from school today, which I gave. Girls taken with boys this afternoon. First lesson Arithmetic Second lesson Writing. As the weather is fine and men are cutting trees in the woods many children are absent, gathering firewood. Several children are very irregular. Laura Burge has not attended school for three months. I have sent the name to Mr Tipper but it is of no use.

10th Today I made a complete list of children attending this school and sent them to Mr Tipper the School Attendance Officer.

The Rev. C. A. Fowler visited the school this afternoon, average very poor 31.4. This may be accounted for perhaps as a few of the children have measles in the village.

17th The attendance has only improved slightly (34 Average for this week). Only 41 attended school out of 53 on books. Have sent a list of irregular scholars to the School Attendance Officer.

The Measles have assumed a serious form.

20th The School opened this morning but only 12 children are present. I sent a note to Mr Fowler informing him of the reason- The Measles are throughout the village and he sent word to close school for the week.

27th School closed again this week on account of the measles.

 

March 8th Rev. C. A. Fowler visited the school today.

10th Chas. Bessant, Sarah Derrick and L. Nisbet have been absent all the week. Average 37.5.

13th Admitted two boys. Mark and John Mustall. The Rev. C. A. Fowler visited the school. The attendance are likely to be better this week. I examined the First and found them weak in every subject. Shall give attention to them during the week.

16th Anne Fowler absent through sickness. Frank Loosemore playing truant yesterday. I punished him giving him one hundred words to write and learn after school in the morning. Louisa, Charlotte and George Kitchen were absent this morning. They have been attending very indifferently for a long time. Frank Colman absent by permission. William Ball has only attended twice this week up to this morning (Thursday).

17th Average for the week 40 and a decimal.

22nd Today there are nearly a dozen away from school through illness, chiefly colds. Mr Tipper has not called for nearly three weeks. William and Janette Ball absent all the week.

24th Average for the weekending today 31.9, showing a decrease of 9 since last week. This may be  accounted for since then children are away from school through colds etc. Several children such as the Balls, Milsomes and Derricks need looking up by the School attendance officer.

Only 8 present today in the 3rd Class out of 21 on Books.

The Mustalls admitted last week, have not put in an appearance this.

27th The Rev. C. A.  Fowler visited the school this afternoon.

30th Mr Tipper called today for a list of absentees. He has not called for nearly a month before.

31st Mrs Jackson absented herself from sewing today. Girls were therefore taken with boys. The Kitchens are attending very badly indeed.

 

April 3rd Rev. C. A. Fowler visited the school.

4th Readmitted Laura Pearce.

5th Mrs Coleman came today to ask permission for Frank to stay from school but I declined to give it.

Edwin Derrick is absent again today, up to today he has only attended school twice this week. Anne Kates has only attended once this week.

6th School learning a new song.

Broke up for one weeks holiday today.

17th Rev. C. A. Fowler visited the school today.

21st School at work with usual lessons.

The School will take no Grammar or Geography until after the forthcoming Examination.

29th I have this week worked particularly with the First Standard. I find them improving in Spelling and Writing. Rev. C. A. Fowler visited the school.

 

May 5th I sent a list of the scholars together with their attendance for four weeks to Mr H. Tipper the School Attendance Officer.

12th Rev. C. A. Fowler visited the school this week. I have not taken Grammar or Geography for the Upper Standard this Year the usual Subjects taken in their stead.

19th Sent out today a list of absentees. Work according to “Time Table” with the exception of the “Extra” Subjects. The First Standard are fast improving. Thursday being Ascension Day a half holiday given.

26th Mary Nisbet has been absent all the week. Her mother`s answer is; Wanted at Home. I punished a boy for improper behaviour.

Frank Colman has been attending very poorly of late.

The School Attendance Officer called after an absence of nearly one month. I supplied him with a list of the attendance of the whole school. Tom Pearce admitted to the School.

29th Today being Whit. Monday holiday given. Opened a New Quarters Registers.

 

June 2nd Frank Coleman has not attended school today or this week.

Kate Colbourne and Jane Colman attended today for the first time this week.

6th Today I examined the different Standards in their respective work. Time Table therefore not used in the morning.

Rev. C. A. Fowler visited the school today. Laura Burge will not be able to attend the Examination on account of not making two attendances more, only made 148.

9th The attendance this week has been very much better. Rosina Colbourne has been away at London, and now returned.

A great improvement noticeable in spelling of First Standard.

Work according to the usual Routine.

13th Inspection of the School by H. M. I.- E. M. Wix Esq.

Holiday given in the afternoon. Registers therefore not marked all day.

14th Today I placed the children in their new Standards.

Emily Milsome did not answer her name when called so I marked her absent but on taking the numbers I found out the mistake and rectified it.

16th Average for the week 40.3. Mr Fowler visited the school. I have begun to work the different standards in their next years work. The registers were found correct by Rev. Fowler.

19th Readmitted Agnus Cooling. Mr Tipper called in today.

23rd Laura Burge only attended two this week. Average 35.1. The poorness of the average is to be accounted for by the wet weather.

27th Sent a new list of Scholars to Mr Tipper.

30th School broke up for a fortnights holiday.

 

June 17th Reopened school today. Many absentees. Received the following report of H. M. I:-

 

“The children are in very fair order, and the Arithmetic of the first, second, third and fourth Standards, was very fair, but the reading and writing were poor and the spelling throughout, and the Infant class in a very neglected and unsatisfactory state. The Report should be entered in the Log Book the letter in the Portfolio numbered and arranged and the Vouchers numbered.”

                                                                        T. P. Watkins – Master.

                                                                        Mrs Jackson Sewing Mistress.

 

21st Average rather poor this week being the first after the holidays.

Usual Routine taken.

24th Anne Kates returned to school after an absence of three weeks.

Admitted Sarah Ann Bessant.

 

August 4th Chas. Bessant and Mary Nisbet are absent this week again. The attendance this afternoon poor. There is a general falling off in the punctuality of the scholars.

Jane and Ella Colman came in at 20 minutes past 3`o` clock. I sent them back again. Laura Burge is attending irregularly again this week.

Chas. Sulley absent keeping birds off the corn. Infants have received special attention from myself this week and I find they make a little progress.

11th School at work as usual. Mr. Tipper called and took a list of the scholars with their attendances.

15th Holiday given yesterday. Admitted Seth Colbourne.

16th Readmitted Frank Colman.

All the Sulleys absent Sickness.

18th Scarlet Fever in the village, attendance therefore poor. Nearly all the elder boys away helping to get in the harvest. Chas. Bessant has not attended school all the week

23rd Attendance still very poor.

25th School has been at work as usual. Three cases of punishment for gross disobedience. Frank Colman attending very badly. The Rev. C. A. Fowler visited the school.

 

September 1st The School has this week been working according to the usual routine. Several cases of irregular attendance.

Mr Tipper has not visited the school for two or three weeks.

8th The average for the weekending today is 42 showing an increase of 2.8 on last weeks attendance. Effie and Ebenezer Burt were admitted to this school on Monday last.

I have during the week punished several children for deceit and lying.

Sent a list of irregular children to Mr Tipper the School Attendance Officer.

11th I have paid attention to the infant classes.

Amelia Sprigg the monitoress, is away from school for the week her mother being very ill.

The attendance today is very poor.

No corporal punishment administered today.

New Readers are needed for the Code of 1882.

Louisa Kitchen absent, again, all day today.

Mrs Jackson came ten minutes late for the sewing lesson. Ten minutes late in opening , ten minutes were therefore added to the time stated on the Time Table for closing.

14th School has today been working at the usual in the morning; but in the afternoon the children were formally examined by me to find the weak subjects. Reading and Arithmetic is very fair but the spelling needs to be worked up especially in the 3rd Standard.

15th The attendance has not been so good this week owing, perhaps, to the potato digging season. I have sent to most absentees to try to ensure their attendance. Usual routine taken.

22nd Rev. C. A. Fowler visited the school today.

Average for the week 42.4. This is an increase on last weeks average.

Potato digging has now began. Many of the boys will be kept from school for that purpose.

27th The school has been at work as usual this week. I find great difficulty in getting the Fowlers to attend school punctually.

I have spent a few minutes each morning this week with tables.

29th Half holiday given today. Average for the week 43.9.

 

October 6th School working according to the usual routine. There has been nothing of interest to record. School closed today.

9th The attendance this day has been thin. It is perhaps to be accounted for as the cottagers are very busy digging their potatoes and the children are kept at home to pick them up. Admitted Elizabeth Harding.

12th School opened in the afternoon at 1-30 and closed at 3-40. The attendance has up today been very good.

13th Average this week has been very good.

16th Nellie and Freddy Guppy admitted.

20th The Rev. W. Digby the new – Rector visited the school today.

23rd The attendance has this day been very poor only 34 each time. It has rained all day very fast.

 

November 11th The school has opened at 8-45 and closed at 10-50 to enable the children to attend Divine service.

3rd The average this week has been a little better. Rev. D. W. Digby visited the school. Nothing occurred worthy of note.

10th The school worked according to the Time Table. There is an improvement in the spelling of the 3rd and 4th Standards.

Average for the week 50.

17th Rev. D. W. Digby visited the school this morning.

 

December 1st The school working according to the usual routine. Attendance rather better than last week. I have paid special attention to the writing and spelling of the 1st Standard.

8th Average for the weekending today 45.3 a slight falling off, owing perhaps to the snowy weather.

School closed today. The attendance of the upper standards is not so good as it ought to be. The 1st Standard have made marked progress in the writing and spelling.

15th Nothing of note occurred. School working usual routine.

22nd School closed today for two weeks holiday Christmas.

 

1883-January 8th Reopened school today. Attendance fair.

12th I have spent much time with the first standard this week. It has improved although still weak in Arithmetic. Mrs Sprigg has this week taken the place of Mrs Jackson.

15th Admitted Frank Sulley.

19th Average for the week 44.4.

The school working according to usual Routine.

22nd Readmitted Frances Hartree.

26th Average 42.2. The 1st Standard has received special attention. I examined the 4th Standard and found them weak in writing and spelling.

 

February 4th The attendance has improved. Nothing of interest occurred.

5th Today being Ash Wednesday a holiday given.

9th Average for the week 46 showing a steady improvement.

12th Very rough this morning. Attendance poor all day.

16th Joseph Burge has not attended school all this week.

I have sent several times to let his mother know of his absence.

23rd The Attendance has been much better this week. Mr Tipper, the School Attendance Officer, called on Monday.

The usual routine taken.

I have during the week examined the 1st Standard and find them backward in Arithmetic. Average 46.4.

26th I have arranged the infant classes according to their abilities.

 

March 2nd I have spent a few minuets each day during the week with the Infant classes giving them object lessons. Today I took them from 9-55 to 10-10 minutes. Mental Arithmetic, (a Writing lesson on Black Board). Propose next week to give them a quarter of an hour each morning.

9th During the past week I have given the Infants a writing lesson for 15 minutes each morning. I have especially attended to the writing of the 1st Standard.

16th During the past week there has been several absentees. I have therefore sent the names to Mr Tipper the School Attendance Officer for him to look them up. Each morning this week I have taken Infants class for 10 minutes in Reading. I notice an improvement in their behaviour during these lessons and a corresponding improvement in the Reading. Derrick a boy of the 4th Standard has been absent all the week.

19th New Reading books received for the various classes, also new copy books.

23rd Broke up for the Easter Holidays, one week.

 

April 2nd Reopened school after Easter Vacation.

6th School numbers are improved during the week. I have spent about 15 minutes each day with the infants who I find are rather weak in Reading and Spelling. I have also examined the 2nd 3rd and 4th Standards in Arithmetic.

Eliza Sulley and Louisa Burge girls of the 4th Standard are very backward. Amelia Sprigg monitress absent both times on Monday and Tuesday of present week

10th Tithe rent charge was collected in this school this afternoon. No school held therefore. I have examined the 3rd Standard in Arithmetic and find the children very well.

16th The average has not been so good this week many of the boys are away setting potatoes. The girls have been taken with the boys. Mrs Sprigg the sewing mistress being unable to attend.

19th Admitted Lucy Cooling.

20th School working according to usual routine. I have this week taken the Infants in writing for 20 minutes each morning. An improvement noticeable in their writing.

27th Infants show an improvement in writing figures and mental arithmetic. 2nd Standard rather backward in Reading. The Attendance this week very fair. Usual Routine taken.

 

May 4th I have taken the infants during the present week in Reading for 10 minutes each day. Punished three boys for copying on Wednesday. Attendance very fair.

Rev. C. A. Fowler called in today.

7th Admitted George Pope.

11th Holiday given today, Whit Monday.

Usual Routine has been taken.

18th Mrs Sprigg the Sewing Mistress was very seriously ill on Monday. She cannot therefore attend for a week or two.

25th Rev. D. W. Digby visited the school.

 

June 1st Mrs Sprigg has been unable to attend the school. I have, this week, worked for 15 minutes with the Infants in reading. Opened new Registers of attendance.

5th Admitted Mary Jane Hatcher and William Close.

Mrs Sprigg attended school yesterday.

11th Readmitted William H. Blake.

15th I have spent 15 minutes each day with the infant classes.

The attendance has been very fair. 

20th Annual Inspection Registers not marked.

21st I have today arranged the children in their new standards.

Admitted Annie Hill.

I am resolved to keep Annie Fowler back in the II Standard as she is very dull and unpunctual.

29th Broke up today for two weeks holiday.

 

July 16th  Reopened school.

19th Rev. – Wintle visited the school.

20th The average has this week been very poor.

27th Received the following report from the Education Department:

 

“ The School is orderly and has a good deal improved in Elementary work but the Arithmetic of the 4th Standard wants improvement.

The Class subjects are taken.

The Infants class wants more attention.

The Infants are orderly but the Elementary work wants attention.”

                                                                                    T. P. Watkins. C. M.

                                                                                    Mrs Sprigg Sewing M.

                                                                                    Signed R. P. Wintle.

 

30th Admitted George Pyne.

 

August 1st The Rector called this afternoon and tested the Class registers, which were found correct.

3rd The Rector visited the school each day this week. Nothing worthy of note occurred.

10th Jane and Ella Colman are attending very irregularly. I have sent their names to the School Attendance Officer - Mr Tipper.

16th Annie Hill has withdrawn from school having left the village.

17th The Attendance has not much improved. The fine weather is being taken advantage of. The Rector has visited the school each morning this week and taken the first class in Scripture.

24th Taught the school a new song.

Attendance steadily improving.

School attendance officer called this week.

Registers were tested by the Rector – The Rev. R. P. Wintle which were all correct.

31st The average attendance is very good this week. The Kitchens attend very badly.

 

September 3rd The rector called in this afternoon. The Attendance very poor today which perhaps may be traced to the very rough weather we are having. Several of the children coming a long distance to school.

Edwin Derrick has not returned to school.

7th The School has this week been engaged in learning a new song.

The Kitchens are still attending very badly. Special attention have been paid to the writing and spelling of the First Standard. Laura Pearce absent all the week through measles.

14th The Attendance had not altered much during the last week. Mr Tipper the School Attendance Officer has taken no notice of the bad attendance of the Kitchens and Edwin Derrick.

The Rev. R. W. Hautenville visited the school today. Broke up today for a fortnights holiday.

 

October 1st Reopened school. The numbers very small.

Admitted Francis Perris.

2nd Mabel Jackson and Ivor Turner withdrawn, having both left the village.

9th Holiday for this afternoon and tomorrow by the Rector`s permission for a tea to be held in the School-room.

11th The Rev. R. P. Wintle visited the school this morning and tested the registers which were found correct.

I have again written to Mr H. Tipper the School Attendance Officer of several very irregular children.

15th The Rector tested the registers which were found correct.

16th Admitted John Burge.

19th The Attendance has a little improved. The weather being a little more favourable.

22nd Rev. R. P. Wintle examined the registers they were found correct.

26th Spent most time with the 3rd Standard which were found most backward and have worked up the spelling of Standard I.

 

November 1st The Rector gave a days holiday.

2nd This morning spent chiefly in writing on Black Board as the 3rd Standard are rather weak in that subject.

5th Admitted Arthur Churches in the Infant Class.

9th The Rev. R. P. Wintle called and examined the Class register.

School at work as usual. On Tuesday the School was closed with the Rector`s permission.

Mrs Sprigg absent on Thursday Afternoon by my leave.

12th The Attendance very poor today. Many of the elder scholars are away Potato digging.

15th The Attendance has this week improved.

Rev. P. Wintle visited the school several times.

22nd The Rev. R. P. Wintle visited the school and tested the Registers which were found correct. Progress made with the Arithmetic of the 3rd Standard.

23rd The school registers have this week been marked at 1-30 in the afternoon and school closed at 3-30. The Time Table altered accordingly.

30th The school registers marked during the week at 1-30 in the afternoon and school closed at 3-30 as the days are so short.

The Rev. R. P. Wintle visited the school several times during the past week.

 

December 3rd Admitted  Samuel Crab.

4th Half Holiday given by permission of the Rector.

7th The School Registers marked at 1-30 each afternoon this week and School closed at 3-30.

12th Lucy Cooling and Annie Nisbet withdrawn. The Rev. R. P. Wintle visited the school this morning.

14th School at work according to the Time Table. Nothing of note occurred.

21st The Rector came in this morning and closed the school for a fortnight for the Christmas Holidays. Fred Perris withdrawn as he is going to Wales.

 

1884 -January 7th Reopened school after a fortnights holiday. Number present this morning 35. Afternoon 38. Admitted Ernest John Fowler.

9th Rev. R. P. Wintle tested the registers this morning they were found correct.

11th Mr Tipper the School Attendance Officer visited today and took several names of children, who have been attending badly.

14th Re-admitted John Blake.

18th The attendance has this week a little improved. The Rev. R. P. Wintle visited the school several times during the week.

21st Admitted Joseph Oldfield.

22nd The Attendance today, is much improved. Chas. Bessant has not returned to school. The form gives notice of the Scripture Examination was read out and put up in this school yesterday the 21st of Jan:

Rev. R. P. Wintle visited the school this morning.

25th Edwin Derrick and William Blake, having attended school very badly were fined by the Magistrates.

The Average for this week has a little improved. Half Holiday given by the Rector. Have spent a few minutes during each morning this week with Mental Arithmetic.

 

February 4th The Scripture Examination took place today. Registers not marked all day.

18th The school at work during the week as usual. The Rev. R. W. Hautenville visited the school several times.

15th Received the following Report from the Diocesan Inspector.

 

“The discipline of the School is good – and the Religious Instruction

 appears to receive due attention. But the children are not very ready. The large class of Infants knew a little: The Second Division of the I. II. III. Standards did tolerably well, better than the Elders.

Written work fair.

There is room, I think, for improvement.”

 

22nd The school at work according to Time Table. The Attendance has materially improved during the week.

27th Today being Ash Wednesday the school opened at 8-55 and closed at 11-0 to enable the children to attend Divine Service at the church.

29th The school at work as usual a great many of the Standard II children away during the week.

The Rev. R. P. Wintle visited the school and tested the registers which were found correct.

 

March 7th School attendance this week rather poor partly due to the very wet weather.

10th Admitted Alfred, Henry, Bessie and Alice Prior.

14th A Confirmation was held in the village today. A half holiday was therefore given.

19th Joseph Burge is absent this week. I have sent to warn his mother.

21st Mr. Tipper, the School Attendance Officer, called today and took several names of children who were absent.

The Rector called several times during the week. I have paid special attention to the Writing of the First Standard.

24th Admitted Ernest Hatcher.

28th I have during the week worked more especially with the Infants who I found wanted my attention. The attendance has somewhat improved during the week.

 

April 4th The Rev. R. P. Wintle has visited the School several times during the week. Taught a new song. The 5th Standard children are attending very irregularly. Several of the children absent from school on account of sickness.

9th The school has been closed during the Afternoon today. Tithes being collected here.

10th Broke up today for Easter Holidays - one week.

21st Reopened school today attendance very fair.

25th Rev. R. P. Wintle visited the school during the week. Attendance very fair in the lower classes but poor in the upper ones.

28th Emily Oldfield was last year entered on the Examination Schedule as being six years but according to the Church register she is not yet seven. She was born on May 20th 1878.

 

May 2nd The Attendance has during the past week improved very much.

The weather improving, has very much tended to fill the infant class.

Rev. R. P. Wintle visited the school.

9th Eliza Sulley a 5th Standard girl has attended very badly during the week.

I took the Standard above the first in a writing lesson on the Black Board.

16th I have worked with the Infants an hour each day during the week and find they are weak in writing and spelling. The First Standard wants attention in their Arithmetic.

Rev. R. P. Wintle visited the school during the week.

22nd Today being Ascension Day the registers were marked at 8-45 to enable the children to attend Divine Service. Half holiday.

23rd The attendance has this week improved. Rev. R. P. Wintle visited the school several times. An improvement to be noticed in the writing of the 1st Standard and the Infants.

30th The School year ends today. The Rector and some ladies visited the school today. I have this afternoon punished two boys for untruthfulness.

Holiday given until Wednesday morning when we begin work again.

 

June 4th School reopened today. Attendance very poor.

6th Have worked more especially with the 3rd Standard this week. Have been obliged to punish two boys for copying, after warning them and showing them the meanness of the action.

9th Admitted Olive Symes.

12th The Annual Inspection took place today. Holiday given in the Afternoon and next day.

William Close absent being from home. Frederick Colborn sick and Ella Colman away without leave.

16th The Rev. R. P. Wintle visited the school. Arranged children in their new standards. Attendance very poor.

20th Many of the upper standard children are absent from school.

The Rector called in today.

24th Tested Register and found it correct.

                                                R. P. Wintle.

24th Albert Oldfield played truant this afternoon.

26th School assembled this afternoon at 1-30 and dismissed at 3-40. Attendance rather poor. Seth Colborn and Samuel Cooling, have not attended school at all this week. Edwin Derrick is attending very badly.

 

July 1st Half holiday given today.

Jane Colman away from school through sickness.

4th Broke up today for two weeks holiday.

21st Reopened school after the holidays.

23rd List of absentees sent to the School Attendance Officer. 4th Standard taught Reduction. (Avoirdupois Weight).

The Rector visited the school.

28th The Rector and The Rev. R. W. Hautenville visited the school this morning.

29th Admitted Thomas, Percy and Archie Llewellyn.

31st The Attendance is improving.

William Blake, Alice Prior, Edwin Derrick and Rosina Colborn absent all this week. The last named is ill.

Writing lesson given to the Infants and First Standard, each morning this week, by myself.

 

August 1st Examined Register about 10-30 a.m. and found it correct.

                                                                                    R. P. Wintle, Rector.

4th Holiday given today. Bank Holiday.

8th The Rector visited the school several times this week.

The Attendance, very good, for the past week.

11th Although the weather is so very hot the attendance very good 44 and 45, being present. Mrs Sprigg came 15 mins: late this afternoon.

12th Admitted Ada Llewllyn.

15th Holiday given yesterday by the Rector`s permission.

The Attendance very good indeed.

22nd School Feast takes place tomorrow after which a weeks holiday is given for Harvest.

Several new songs learnt this week.

 

September 1st Reopened school after holiday, attendance rather thin.

A new quarter`s register opened.

5th Mrs Sprigg is ill and has not attended school this week on that account.

The attendance very poor many not attending school at all.

12th The average has this week improved.

Spent some time this morning with the Infant class given them a lesson in writing and counting.

Registers marked today at 1-15 and closed at 1-30. School closed at 3-30.

19th The Rector has visited the school several times during the week.

Nothing of interest happened. Six new pictures put up in the school.

23rd Re-admitted Thomas Pearce.

26th The average for this week is very poor which is to be accounted for by the wet weather and the potato digging. A weeks holiday given for that purpose. The First Standard making a little progress in Writing and Reading. Infants improving in counting Mental Arithmetic taken by the school, for 20 minutes on Wednesday morning and this morning. Only 34 present this afternoon. I have punished several children, by detaining them after school hours, for disobedience and being late. The Rev. R. P. Wintle visited the school on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in this week and took a Scripture class each time.

 

October 6th Examined Register about 11 a.m. and found it correct.

                                                                                    R. P. Wintle, Rector.

6th The Rev. R. P. Wintle visited the school today accompanied by the new Rector the Rev. C. M. Keith.

Laura Pearce withdrawn having left the village.

11th The attendance has been very poor this week the 4th and 5th Standard are attending very badly.

The registers marked each day at 1-30 during the week and school closed at 3-30, for the convenience of the elder boys who are wanted in the fields.

16th Admitted Emily Nisbet.

17th Mr Tipper the School Attendance Officer visited the school this morning and took the names of several absentee scholars.

Registers marked at 1-30 and school closed at 3-30 during the week.

23rd The Attendance has very much improved this week. The Infants are attending especially well.

31st Infants have had special attention paid to their writing and spelling this week. Improvement in III Standard Mental Arithmetic. Attendance very good throughout the school.

 

November 4th The weather is very unfavourable, attendance rather poor in consequence.

Mrs Sprigg was absent from school yesterday afternoon by my leave.

7th The Attendance very good although the weather has been very bad.

Half Holiday given on the 5th.

14th Mr. Tipper the School Attendance Officer called today.

17th Readmitted Mabel Jackson.

19th The Rector visited the school this afternoon.

21st Progress made, during the week, with the spelling and writing of the First Standard. The Average Attendance for the week is above 50.

28th Mr Tipper the school attendance officer called twice this week.

The average attendance rather low this week as the weather has been cold. Several children ill. School opened at 1-15 and registers marked at 1-30 during this week as the afternoons are so dark. School closed at 3-30.

 

December 1st A new quarter register opened today.

3rd Examined the Registers this day at 11.a.m. and found them correct.

                                                                                                C.M. Keith.

5th The Average for this week is 47.

Progress made with the reading of the 1st Standard and the spelling of the 3rd and 4th. Several children absent from school today through illness and want of clothes.

9th Admitted Walter Pearce.

12th Average for the week 47.9.

School at work as usual.

18th The Rector visited the school both yesterday and today. The attendance rather poor the weather being wet.

19th Average for the week 46.6.

Holiday given for three weeks.

 

1885 -January 12th Reopened school after three weeks holiday, attendance poor. Sickness in the village. Punished several children by detaining them after school hours for disobedience.

Registers marked and closed at 1-35. School closed at 3-35.

15th School at work as usual. The average attendance rather poor on account of sickness in the village. Mrs and Miss Keith visited the school this afternoon.

23rd The attendance this week has been very poor. More than a dozen children away from school with severe colds. Miss Keith visited the school yesterday. Average for week ended today. 36.9.

27th Examined the Registers and found them correct, 11-30.

                                                                                    C. M. Keith, Rector.

30th Work as usual. The Average Attendance much better this week. Many of the Infants from school through the Stormy weather.

 

February 3rd  Admitted Evelyn Sulley.

6th The average has been steadily improving for several weeks past.

Most of the sickness has disappeared amongst the children. Average 42.7.

13th The Rev. and Mrs Keith visited the school this afternoon. Average for this week 49. Have paid special attention to the writing and spelling of the First Standard.

18th Shrove Tuesday a half holiday given.

20th The Rev. C. M. Keith visited the school this morning. Average for this week 46.3. School at work according to Time table except Wednesday, when registers were closed at 1-35 and school closed at 3-40.

27th Average past week 52.8.

 

March 2nd Admitted Alice Turner.

6th Rev. C. M. Keith visited the school this morning. The attendance for weekending today has been very good.

9th New quarter registers opened today.

13th Average for the week 53.8 out of 59 on books. Nothing of note occurred during the week.

16th Admitted Walter Fowler to the Infant Class. Attendance very good today.

20th The attendance still keeps up average for past week 53.2.

Progress made with the spelling and writing of the 1st. Standard.

27th Average for weekending today 53.1.

The Rev. C. M. Keith visited the school several times this week

 

April 2nd Broke up today for Easter Holidays (one week).

13th School reopened . The Attendance is not so good as before the Holiday. The Rector came in today.

17th The attendance has been very good on the whole during the week ended today. Progress made with the singing of the Infants.

The Rector visited the school several times during the week.

24th Owing to several wet days the Attendance has not been so good.

Nothing of note occurred.

 

May 1st Infants have learnt a New Song.

Spent several minutes each day with Mental Arithmetic.

Attendance not so good as last two weeks.

5th The School examined by the Diocesan Inspector.

Registers not marked all day.

8th Examined Registers and found them correct. 11-45.

                                                                                    C. M. Keith.

8th Progress made with the Spelling of 1st Standard and Infants during the week

11th Through an oversight the Report of H. M. I. for 1884 has not been entered until this date:

 

“ This small school is in good order. Fair progress has been made in some respects, but great improvement is needed in the style of reading, in a knowledge of the meaning of what is read and in Mental Arithmetic.

The writing and singing of the Infants want attention.”

 

12th Received notice of the day of Inspection viz June 30th also received the report of Diocesan Inspector:

 

“The discipline and tone of the school is excellent. The first and third division`s answered readily and gave evidence of careful teaching.

The second division were not so accurate in their work, and seemed less bright, but as a whole the school is doing very good work”.

 

14th School opened and registers marked at 8-55 and school closed at 10-55 to enable scholars to attend church. Half Holiday given.

15th The attendance has greatly improved. Nothing of note occurred.

22nd School closed until Wednesday for Whitsuntide Holiday.

27th School reopened. Attendance fair in the lower classes.

29th Three 5th Standard boys have left, Seth Colborn , W. Bessant and Edwin Derrick.

 

June 1st Seth Colburn returned to school today. Attendance not very good.

5thThe Average for this week is poor.

The Rector visited the school during the week.

12th The Rector visited the school several times during the week. Attendance poor in the upper standards. The elder boys were employed in the fields.

15th Rector visited the school today and brought notice of Gov. Inspection on the 19th at 10-15 a.m.

16th John Bessant absent all day today and yesterday. I called on the mother and she said he was with his father but should attend school on Wednesday.

17th The Rector visited the school today.

19th Annual Government Inspection.

Registers not marked all day.

Holiday given until Wednesday.

Master and Sewing Mistress give up charge of their duties today.

20th The following Report  on this school for 1885 has been received from the Education Department.

 

“ This School is in a good state of Order and Discipline and some improvement in the Elementary Subjects, has been made since last year.

The Reading in the lower Standard was not so good, and the intelligence of the children did not appear to have been developed. The Writing Spelling and Arithmetic were all somewhat weak, the number of rare passes in these subjects being large.

The Infants are making fair progress”.

                                                                                                C. M. Keith.

 

 

21st Mistress has been working today especially with Standard I and Infants. Standard I seems to know scarcely anything of counting and so have been taken them with 1st Infants.  The Notation of Standard II and III wants more attention.

22nd Poor attendance today. Most of the older boys away.

23rd Sent in a list of absentees to Mr Tipper, Attendance Officer. Attendance today still small. Have been working with Standard I and Infants as the older children are chiefly are the absentees. Have taught children two songs, `The Frost` and `Legend of the Rhine`.

24th 36 children present in the morning. Rev C. M. Keith visited. Average for week 42·7.

27th Taught Standard IV girls feather stitch. Standard III are getting on very slowly with `Compound Addition`. Am giving them plenty of practice in Tables. The writing of Standard I shows some improvement. 

The boys in this class are far behind the girls in attainments. Some of the Infants know their Capital letters but cannot write them well yet.Have given 1st Class and Standard II Lessons on `The Noun.`

28th Better attendance in the morning. Most of the elder boys are home still away. The fine weather ensures the good attendance of the Infants. Have begun teaching the 1st  and 2nd and 3rd classes their `Recitation`.

29th Mr Tipper called.

31st Gave standards I and II a Writing Lesson on the Black Board. Laura Cooling, Rosina Brewer and Jane Colman have not attended for some weeks. John Bessant has been absent this week. Rev C.M.and Mrs Keith visited in the morning.

Small attendance in the Infant class today. Average for the week is 36·5.

 

Apr 3rd Reopened this morning with very poor attendance-31, and even to gain this number had to send for several children. This may be accounted for by its being Bank Holiday.

4th Better attendance today. In the morning, school was prevented from being opened for more than a quarter of an hour. George Sulley a boy who has left, having broken the latch of the door by twisting the handle from the outside.

Through the bad attendance of Standard 3, they have learnt no more, than the first rule in Comp. Addition indeed, they do nos. yes, all work with rule correctly. Standard I are still very backward in counting, especially the boys who cannot add in figures with out help.

5th 34 present in morning. Mistress has been working with the counting of Standard I. Standard 2 are improving fast in their writing. The Misses `Keith` visited in the afternoon.

6th 35 present. Sent Archie Llewellyn home for his school money, he has not yet returned. Rev. C.M.Keith called in the morning. Closed school in the afternoon for Midsummer Holidays-three weeks.

31st Reopened school after holidays. Present 37 and 39. Admitted Alice Lyons, Nellie Brewer and Willie Symes. Readmitted Laura Pearce. After an absence of seven weeks, George Sulley has returned to school today.

 

Sept 1st 43 childrer present. Taught new song `The Farmer`.

2nd Very wet day . Small attendance.

4th Average for the week, 41.

7th Taught Standard IV Compound Multiplication. Gave Standard III a Lesson on `Long Division`. The latter class seem very dull with arithmetic, consequently they have a good deal of attention from Mistress in this lesson.

A monitress is badly needed for the Infant class especially now the attendance has improved. Laura and Tom Pierce away suffering from Whooping Cough.

9th The discipline not so easy to maintain as usual, as so many children are suffering from bad coughs.

The Misses Keith visited school in the afternoon.

10th Very good attendance. Mr Keith visited in the morning.

11th Average this week is good, 45·6.

Children are still suffering from bad coughs.

14th 44 present. Nearly all the children are now suffering from Whooping Cough.

Registers marked and closed at 9-30. Holiday given in the afternoon on account of Parish Tea being held in schoolroom.

Rev and Mis Keith visited in the morning.

15th About half a dozen children are away suffering from Whooping Cough consequently the attendance this afternoon is rather poor-35.

16th Taught Standard V `Practise`.

17th The Infant Class is very small, owing to the prevalence of Whooping Cough.

18th Mr Tipper-attendance officer-has not called for nine weeks. Average for this week is 40·1.

21st Only 19 children present in the morning. In the afternoon so few children assembled that with Rev. C.Keith`s permission no school was held.

22nd On meeting this morning, 26 assembled. Rev. C. Keith visited. Only two children in the Infant Class. Needle work taken in the afternoon for the girls instead of on Monday.

23rd `Whooping Cough` keeps the attendance very low. Several more children are now suffering from it. The attendance today in morning, 21. Average 19 with 57 on books.

25th In all there are 18 children suffering from Whooping Cough. The average attendance for the past week, is 22 being a decrease of 18 from last week.

29th Examined Registers and found them correct.             C.M.Keith, Rector.

30th Wet day. Very poor attendance numbers being 19 and 14. Several more children down with Whooping Cough.

 

Oct 3rd This morning only 12 children present, as the `Whooping Cough` in now in its worth stage. Rev. C.M.Keith called and it was thought better to close the school for a week on account of the epidemic. Average for this week is 18.

12th Reopened school after holiday. Attendance slightly improved 20 present morning and afternoon. Sent a list of Absentees to Attendance Officer. Four children have returned having been suffering from `Whooping Cough`.

Rev C.M .Keith visited in the morning.

13th Rev. C.M.Keith visited, 23 children present.

15th Mr Tipper called and served notices to several parents. Attendance today very poor.

16th Average for this week - is 20.

19th Attendance today much improved 31 and 28 present morning and afternoon respectively.

20th Taught Standard II Multiplication by two figures.

21st Attendance poor again today on account of the weather; and a Ploughing Match being held in the neighbourhood.

22nd 33 present in the morning. Registers marked and closed at 1-30 in the afternoon, dismissed at 3-30.

23rd Very wet today. Fair attendance. Progress fair during the week but a much better attendance is needed to ensure brisk work in all the classes. Average for week is 28·6.

26th Attendance gradually improving, 34 present this morning.

28th The boys in the Upper Classes are attending badly on account of the ingathering of crops, the fine weather being taken advantage off by the cottagers.

There is a slight improvement in the general attendance. More Infants have come in this week. Mistress, has this week been working especially with Standard I who are extremely backward.

30th Average for the past week is 30·5.

 

Nov 4th  Attendance still 39 present. Rev. C.M. and Mrs Keith visited in the morning. There is a slight improvement in the Arithmetic and Reading of Standard I but they are still very backward.

6th Average for week ending today is 35·5.

9th Attendance much better again this week. Opened school this morning with 41 present.

11th Rev. C.M.Keith visited this morning. Mistress is still paying great attention to the Arithmetic and Reading of I Standard. They can now add three figures correctly. On account of the dark days now, school is commenced at 1-35 in the afternoon and dismissed at 3-45 p.m.

13th  Attendance rather poor today. Average for week is 37·7.

16th 42 children present. Rev. C.M.Keith visited in the morning. More of the older children are here today so Mistress has been working more especially with the Upper Classes.

Mary J. Nisbett a sixth Standard girl returned today after an absence of three months.

19th Weather very cold and children`s coughs are again very bad. Mistress is suffering from a sore throat so lessons are not strictly according to the Time table. Rev. C.M. and Mrs Keith visited in the morning.

20th Miss Keith visited in the afternoon. Average for the week is 39·6.

23rd Sent the Llewellyn family home for their money this morning, and they have not returned. They owe one and sixpence. One boy came too late to be marked. Laura Cooling has returned to school after an absence of two months through illness.

27th Average for past week is 32·3 being a decrease of seven on last week. This may be accounted for by the very wet weather during the week, and by most of the boys staying away to help the `Pheasant Shooters`.

30th Very wet days consequently poor attendance.

 

Dec 1st Rev. C.M. Keith visited in the morning. An improvement in the numbers.

4th Average for past week is 35·8. An improvement is noticeable lately in the Arithmetic of Standard I. Mistress has taken their Arithmetic lesson for half an hour each morning for the past fortnight. They can now do addition and notation to hundreds.

9th This morning mistress found it necessary to administer corporal punishment on Ada and Tom Llewellyn for wilful inattention. Both children were then very rude and repeated several things said by their mother at home. Mistress talked to them after school when both said they were sorry for their fault, and promised not to behave so again.

Mrs Llewellyn came in the afternoon to complain of their punishment. Mistress told her how rude the children were but the mother said the other school children taught it them.

Mistress has had no other case of a similar nature since she took charge of this school viz, six months.

11th Rev. C.M.Keith visited this morning and entirely agreed with mistress in the course she had taken with regard to the Llewellyns. Average for week is 33. The decrease from last week may partly be accounted for by the very cold weather this week preventing many of the Infants from attending. Mistress has been working with the 1st Class Infants for the last fortnight especially. Only one child in this class knows her letters five months ago. They have progresses rather slowly as mistress has been able to give them less time than necessary. Now they now know their capital and small letters and the sounds of the consonants prefixed to the vowels as Be, Ba, Bi, etc.

14th Examined the registers and found them correct.                                     C.M.Keith.

                                                                                    Dec 14th 1885 - 11-45 a.m.

15th Attendance good, the Llewellyn`s have returned to school.

18th Average for week is 38·7. Rev C.M.Keith visited in the morning.

School closed for the Christmas Holidays.

E.M.Hansome

Resigns duties today.

 

1886

Jan 4th

 

H. Gifford, 2nd class certificate, mistress took charge of this school today for the first time.

Number of children present 42.

The Rev C.M.Keith and Mrs Keith visited again this week. Average 38·7.

Great many of the children have still very bad coughs, several came in too late to be marked.

Admitted Laura Cooling whom the previous mistress had withdrawn, she having stayed away from school for ten weeks. Mistress have been working from the `Time Table` left in the school for the week.

Concert given in the school this week; proceeds to be given to the school fund.

15th Monitress appointed to help with the Infants, began teaching the 11th of this month. The Rev. C.M.Keith visited the school twice this week. I have asked one of the managers for pictures of animals to hang up in the school room, to be used for the `Infants object lessons; some of the children have still had coughs. Mr Tipper called this week; had to send several children home for their school pence, some did not return the same morning.

Average for the week, 38.

Mistress asked one of the Managers for an extra cupboard to be put-up in the school room for the needlework, as she has to carry it to and from her lodgings.

18th Began needlework specimen for the examination this week also began teaching knitting. Mistress is teaching Infant boys to sew and knit.

22nd The Rev. C.M.Keith visited this week. Mistress gave the Infants a lesson on `the lead pencil`. Several of the Infants away from school this week with bad coughs.

The Misses Keith visited and looked at the childrens needlework.

25th Emily Oldfield sent home today having the ring worm on her face.

Began working by new Time Table this week. Mistress gave the Class a lesson on `Chalk` also took them in `Singing`.

 

Jan 25th List of new School Books received, 12 of Standard I Reading Books.

                                                (Royal Reader)

8 of Standard II

8 of Standard III

5 of Standard IV

4 of the Royal School Primer.

2 dozen exercise books

1½ dozen pen holders

1 dozen large slates

1 dozen small slates

1½ dozen copy books

Form and colour for infants

Mistress have received no pictures of animals for infants.

 

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The Rev. C.M.Keith visited this week. Mistress sent home Joseph Oldfield who came to school very dirty. Albert Oldfield sent home for the same purpose, returned in time to be marked.

29th Many of Infants away this week on account of the weather, some of these are still suffering from coughs. Average 31·3.

 

Feb 5th Concert held in the school room this week, children came in at 5 mins to 1-o-clock and were dismissed at 10 mins past 3, proceeds to go towards the school fund.

The Rev. C.M.Keith visited.

Average this week 31·6.

Many of the children seem to have renewed their coughs and consequently are kept at home.

Mistress has been obliged to retain Henry Prior and Samuel Fowler in the Infant Class, as they could not work with Standard I, they are both over 7 years of age.

Mistress has a great deal of trouble with Ella Colman as she attends school so irregular, have spoken to the `Attendance Officer` about her.

12th The Rev. C.M.Keith visited.

Average very low this week 28. This maybe accounted for by the prevalence of the bronchitis and renewed coughs, as many as 14 children marked `sick` on the registers.

19th Average very low again this week, owing to children`s coughs, 17 marked `sick` on the books. The Rev. C.M.Keith visited. Mr Tipper called and spoke to him about Fred Burge and Ella Coleman, he called on the former boy`s mother and she promised to send him to school.

26th Average low again this week on account of illness.

 

Mar 1st Half holiday given this morning on account of the deep snow. Assembled again in the afternoon, only 21 children present. Mistress finds it difficult to get the children into a good habit of coming to school with clean hands and faces and she has frequently been obliged to sent them home on that account; Mistress finds it a good plan as they always come back looking much cleaner.

2nd Examined Registers and found them correct. 11-30.                        C.M.Keith.

5th Average again very low this week, only 28·. The Rev C.M.Keith visited and checked the Registers.

Concert held in the school-room this week, children came in at 1-o-clock, dismissed at 3-10; in order to get the room ready. Children now are suffering from another complaint, some kind of eruption; many of them are kept home on that account.

9th Frederick Burge came back to school today, after being absent for five months. Mistress put him in Standard I, but found he could not make his letters, she has therefore been obliged to put him back into the Infant Class. He has had the Whooping Cough very badly.

Mistress finds the children very backward in Dictation, she is giving them plenty of `spelling`.

12th Average rather higher this week 33·4. Many children still away ill. The Rev. C.M.Keith visited.

19th Average attendance rather more this week, children seem to be getting better.

Mistress has not been marking the attendance's of Mary Nisbet, since she was taking on as a monitress, (thinking she was not allowed to be marked) but on enquiring. Mistress finds she may be marked, accordingly she has marked her attendance this week.

The Rev. C.M.Keith visited. Mistress cannot find the Schedule ² Duplicate ¹ for the year 1884, has asked the Rev. C.M.Keith for it, but it cannot be found.

26th The Rev. and Mrs Keith visited this week. Average rather better 36·4. Some children are still home ill.

26th Examined Registers and found it correct.                                 C.M.Keith.

31st Diocesan Examination took place today, registers not marked, half holiday given in afternoon.

Anne Fowler and Henry Fowler have been away for nearly a fortnight, both ill with severe colds.

The Rev C.M.Keith visited.

Emily Oldfield has been away all the week, to wait on her mother who has been seriously ill.

 

Apr 6th Received the report of Scripture.

           

            Old Testament      V.F.      Good

            New Testament                     "

            Catechism                             "

            Prayer Book                not attempted

 

Repetition of Hymns, Scripture, Catechism   g - v. f.   very good

Writing from memory                                                 v.f to good

General report of the school.

 

`I obtained good answers from Standard I and about - half the Infant Class, these did well - taking pains.

Simple tests should be taught to this class.

The older children answered with varied merit; on the whole satisfactory.

Late changes and illness have hindered school work, but the present mistress seems to be grappling with the difficulties, and to be teaching conscientiously and well.

The school is likely to earn a better report next year.

                                                                                                W.Mitchell

                                                                                    Diocesan Inspector.

 

April 9th Better attendance this week. Average over 40.

Emily Oldfield has been away from school for the past fortnight on account of the illness of her mother.

Fred Burge improved sent back to Standard I.

10th Received four packets of arithmetical test cards, the Duplex with answers.

16th Half holiday given this week on account of `Tithes` being collected in the school.

Average 41·6 this week.

Emily Oldfield, a girl in the second Standard has been away from the school for the past three weeks on account of her Mother`s illness. Mistress has not been able to give the Infants so much time this week, as she has been working with the Upper Standards.

Albert Oldfield has played `truant` twice this week.

22nd School closed for Easter Holidays till Tuesday morning the 27th.

30th Albert Oldfield away all the week also his sister, the latter waits on her mother who is ill. The Rev. C.W.Keith visited.

 

May 3rd The Rev. C.M.Keith visited and brought the `government - schedule` which he had received from the education department.

Mistress has brought for the Infants a `letter box`, to enable them to make up little words, and to learn them to spell; they seem to enjoy their lesson this morning.

7th Mistress has not been able to give the usual time to the Infants this week, have given more time to Standard I. Laura Cooling returned to school  this week after an absence of eleven weeks. The Rev. C.M.Keith visited.

Emily Oldfield still kept at home to wait on her mother. Ella Coleman still ill with a bad head.

14th Nothing of interest to record. The Rev. and Miss Keith visited and Miss Carey, looked at the children`s needlework. Mistress has begun this week to allow Standard I children to write in their copybooks. She could not let them do so before as they could not make their letters properly on their slates.

Emily Oldfield has returned to school this week after an absence of six weeks, she appears to have forgotton a great deal which she before knew.

21st The Rev. C.M.Keith visited.

Mistress found the Infants so backwards in the elementary subjects that she found it advisable to leave off giving the object lessons, and given the extra time to Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic.

28th This week the Upper Divisions of the Infants has been learning their capital letters. Mistress could not teach them these before as they could not do their small letters correctly, they are beginning to write small words very fair.

Average this week 43·2.

The school year ends this week. The school attendance officer has not called for several weeks. Mistress has been obliged to write to him.

 

June 4th Rev. C.M.Keith visited and the Misses Keith. Children went to Church on Ascension Day, no scripture lessons given.

10th Closed school today for the Whitsuntide holiday.

14th Began school after holiday, very good attendance. Miss Keith visited gave the mistress some books to give to the children.

18th The Rev. C.M.Keith visited, attendance good.

25th Nothing of interest to record.

29th School inspected by Rev. H.B.Barry. The Rev. C.M.Keith visited.

Admitted Edith Cooling and Ellen Oldfield.

 

July 12th Very wet today, attendance not good.

16th The Rector visited.

Some of the elder children away this week, picking fruit. Average 37·9.

23rd received the following Report from the Education Department, per the Rev. C.M.Keith.

 

` The School has suffered from sickness and changes of teachers. The children are not present backward but there are indications of improvement in attainment and intelligence under the present Mistress.

More books are needed.

My Lords will look for a more favourable report another year`. Article 115 (i)

                                                            C.M.Keith

                                                            Hester Gifford.

 

23rd School closed for the Midsummer holidays. The Rev. C.M.Keith visited today.

 

Aug 16th Re-opened school today.

17th Half holiday given today on account of the school treat. Average for the week, 40·6.

27th Examined Registers and found them correct.                         C.M.Keith.

27th Average 46·1, this week.

William Blake has been away four days this week, Mistress on inquiring the reason was told he had no clothes to wear.

 

Sept 3rd Mr Tipper called today, called on William Blake who has been absent for nearly a fortnight.

The attendance not so good this week on account of the wet weather.

10th The Rev. C.M.Keith visited this week.

Many of the children away visiting their friends.

Very wet this morning consequently very few infants present.

17th The Rev. C.M.Keith and another lady visited the school this week.

Sarah Derrick returned to school this week after an absence of seven weeks.

24th This week the Rev. C.M. Keith and Miss Keith called, gave away some small loaves which were used in decorating the Church for the harvest festival.

Some of the children kept away to gather blackberries.

 

Oct 1st The Rev. C.M.Keith visited.

Emma Bessant, a girl in the 1st Standard. is very ill with inflamation of the lungs. Infants have attended very regular this week; Mistress finds Fred Colborne very dull, she thinks she will be obliged to place his name on `Exceptions Schedule` at the coming examination if he does not improve.

8th Very poor attendance this week of the 1st Class children some of them kept away picking up potatoes.

15th Half holiday given on Wednesday on account of the school room being wanted for collecting tithes.

Very wet week, small numbers of infants, some of the children away with bad colds.

William Blake has been away for a fortnight, his excuse being `no clothes` to wear tidy enough to attend and too poor to buy any. Annie Fowler kept away to wait on her mother who has been very ill. Emma Bessant is recovering slowly.

22nd Many of the older children absent from school this week, picking up potatoes. Sent William Blakes name to Mr Tipper, the school attendance officer, who called this week

26th 11-45. Examined Registers and found them correct.    C.M.Keith, Manager.

29th Average for this week, 48·3.

Some of the children away picking up potatoes. The Rev. C.M.Keith visited.

Admitted Florence, Rosina and Roy Duckett, also Charles Bowden.

Roy Duckett nearly seven years of age does not know his letters. Florence Duckett is very backward. Mistress thinks she will have to put her back in Standard I. She is trying her in Standard II for the present.

 

Nov 5th The Rev. C.M.Keith visited twice this week. Average rather low on account of the wet weather.

Albert Bessant has been away for the past three weeks picking up potatoes. Emma Bessant a girl in the 1st Standard has not recovered from her serious illness sufficiently to be able to attend school.

School opened at 1-20, closed at 3-30, on account of the afternoon being so dark.

12th Average very low this week partly on account of the wet weather, partly on account of illness; as many as 18 marked `sick` on the registers. Albert Bessant, a boy in the 3rd Standard, has been away for a month picking up potatoes, have spoken twice to Mr tipper about him.

Annie Fowler a girl in the Fourth Standard has been away seven weeks waiting on her mother, who has been ill, Mistress has spoken to the `School attendance Officer` about her.

15th School closed for this week on account of the school drains not being in good order. Mr Marsh (sanitary inspector) called and looked at them and ordered them to be done as soon as possible, hence the holiday given.

26th The Rev. and Mrs Keith visited this week. Mr Tipper also came, Mistress spoke to him about Anne Fowler, who has not yet returned, her mother is still very ill. Mistress sent William Blakes name in to Mr Tipper, the boy attends very irregularly. Average very low this week. Many of the children ill with bad colds.

 

Dec 3rd Not very good attendance again this week, 5th Standard children do not attend regular. The Rev. C.M.Keith visited and the Misses Keith.

Anne Fowler, a girl in the 4th Standard has been away eight weeks, waiting on her mother who has been very ill, she has not yet returned. Mistress will be obliged to put her name on the exceptional schedule.

7th Examined Registers this day and found them correct.      C.M.Keith. Manager.

10th Very wet weather, poor attendance`s among the Infants.

The Rev. C.M.Keith visited and checked the Registers.

William Blake has been away all the week, Mistress wrote to Mr Tipper about him. Anne Fowler has not yet returned to school. Laura Cooling has been away from school for three months, she has been ill part of the time.

17th Mistress wrote to Mr Tipper about William Blake, he attends most irregularly. Average not very good this week, partly on account of the bad weather.

21st  Not very good attendance this week. Anne Fowler has been away from school for the past three months, Mistress has therefore `withdrawn` her name from the Registers.

23rd Dismissed for the Christmas Holidays. Fortnight given.

 

1887

Jan 10th Resumed school duties, only 31 children present.

14th Rev. C.M.Keith visited this week.

Very few infants this week, partly on account  of the very cold weather.

Albert Oldfield a boy in the 4th Standard is ill with an infectious disease.

Mistress has forbidden him (or any of the family) to come to school.

Mistress wrote Mrs Duckett regarding her children who attend school very irregularly. She replied, they could not come until the weather was better; they have to walk some distance across the fields, they have only recently been admitted and are extremely backwards.

21st Mr Tipper called this week about William Blake. Mistress has since heard he has been sent to the `Union` therefore his name has been taken off the books.

Anne Fowler has come to school this week after an absence of over three months.

Mistress finds Sarah Bessant a child in the 1st Standard, very dull and stupid.

Mistress talked with her mother about her and she says she has always been very delicate; Mistress thinks she will be obliged to put her name on the `Exception Schedule`.

24th Emma Bessant returned to school this morning after an absence of 15 weeks, she has been very ill with inflammation of the lungs.

25th Readmitted Ellen Oldfield. The Rev and Mrs Keith visited the school; also the Misses Keith, looked at the children`s work.

Mistress finds it very inconvenient to teach `Needle Drill` `Position Drill` and `Knitting Pin Drill` as the Infants have no desks to rest their needles and cotton on.

28th Albert Oldfield has been away from school for some time past, he has the ring worm very badly.

Emily Oldfield a girl in the second Standard has been away for some weeks, she has an abscess on her face. Average for this week, 46·3.

 

Feb 4th The Ducketts returned to school this week after an absence of nine weeks; they are all very backwards and Mistress thinks she will have to place their name on `Exceptional Schedule`.

Sarah Bessant (a girl in the 1st Standard) was taken ill in school yesterday, she is very delicate, Mistress is afraid to press her too much in her work on account of her bad health and she thinks (if she does not improve more) she will be obliged to put her name on `Exception Schedule`!

The Rev. C.M Keith visited. Average 46·3.

11th The Rev. C.M.Keith visited this week. Mistress finds the school room very cold indeed, and the children frequently have to come down and warm their hands before they can write. Mistress would find small desks for the Infants of great benefit as some of the small ones find it a difficulty to hold their slates and write too, they would write much better if they had them.

Albert Oldfield not returned to school yet, has been away for five weeks with `ring worm`. Average 49·8.

14th Scripture examination. Registers not marked. Half holiday given in the afternoon.

16th The Rev. C.M.Keith visited and brought the Scripture Report which is as follows;

 

 

Infants and Standard 1.

Old Testament                                     Good

New Testament                                   Good

Repetition for Scripture                      Good

            "           Hymns, collects,          Good

            "           Catechism                   Good

 

Group II Standard II to VI

Old Testament                                     Fair

New Testament                                   Fair

Repetition of Scripture                       Good

            "           Catechism                   Good

Writing from Memory                                    Good

 

General Remarks:-

 

`This school appears to be making progress. The Infant and Standard 1 knew a fair amount of Scripture and repeated Texts and Hymns well.

Standard II to VI answered fairly in Old and New Testament. Their written work with some exceptions was good; and they knew much Scripture by heart`.

 

18th Mr Tipper attendance officer called this week.

25th Examined Registers and found them correct.                 11-45. C.M.Keith.

25th The Rev C.M.Keith visited and checked the Registers.

Admitted Elsie Fowler.

Average for this week, 50·6.

 

Mar 4th Average for this week, 51·9.

Roy Duckett and Rosina Duckett left school, as their parents thought it was too far for them to walk.

7th William Blake returned to school this morning, he left to go into the Union with his father, stayed six weeks. Mistress took his name off the Books, thinking he had left altogether.

11th Average not so good this week. Mr Tipper called.

15th On account of the deep snow, school closed for the week.

21st Reopened School, 45·9, average.

Many of the Infants have been away this week with bad colds.

 The Rev. C.M.Keith called. Taught the children `Let the bells resound`. Mistress finds it very difficult to teach the children (Infants) singing as there is no class room. Desks are badly wanted for the Infant Class, little children find their slates heavy to hold and write too.

 

Apr 1st Average not so good this week.  Some of the Infants being ill. Taught a new song `The Child`s First Grief.

8th    A holiday given on Wednesday this week as the Mistress was obliged to go home, also a holiday given on ¬Good Friday`. No Easter holiday given.

15th The Rev. C.M. Keith visited. Many of the children absent this week planting potatoes. Tithes collected in the school room on Wednesday afternoon, therefore a half holiday given.

22nd The Rev. and Mrs Keith visited. Several children were sent home this week for their school money, they have not yet returned. Average not so good this week, children kept at home to plant potatoes.

Two Ducketts Roy and Rosa left six weeks ago, they were sent to a neighbouring school, have left there, and returned to Weston school.

29th Rev. C. M. Keith visited and brought the examination schedule. Average for this week 50·9. Admitted Lionel Slade. Mr Tipper (school attendance officer) called this week.

 

May 6th Admitted William Late. Average for this week 53·4. Mr Tipper called this week.

13th The Rev. C.M Keith visited and looked at the children`s work.

Average for the week 55·2.

Mistress finds desks are very much needed for the Infant Class; as they have to hold their slates in their hands, some of them are too young to do this, they sometimes let them fall; Mistress finds the training of the Infants, disturbs and injuriously affect the discipline and instruction of the older children.

20th Mr Tipper called this afternoon. Average not so good this week a few of the Infants being ill. Closed school for Whitsuntide holiday, Monday and Tuesday

 

June 1st Began school today. 41 present in the morning, 44 in the afternoon.  Chicken Pox has broken out among the Infants, several of them have it.

3rd Many of the Infants ill, with the Chicken Pox.

Albert Oldfield a boy in the Fourth Standard has been away all the week. Mistress has written to Mr Tipper about it. The Rev. C.M. Keith visited.

24th Government examination took place last Wednesday morning. 52 children were qualified to be presented. Edward Price (an infant boy) was not present being ill with the Chicken Pox.

School closed for the remainder of the week; being `Jubilee week`.

The day after the examination the old people in the parish were provided with a good tea as well as all the children, a very enjoyable day was spent. 

 

July 1st Many of the children in the 1st Class kept away from school this week, haymaking. The Rev. C.M.Keith visited.

8th received the following report from the Education Department per the Rev C.M.Keith.

 

`The discipline is good. There is an increase in the percentage of passes, but spelling wants attention in the lower and Arithmetic in the upper Standards. The Infants    did fairly, but pictures and objects are needed for their instruction`.

                                                                                    C.M.Keith, Manager.

                                                                                    Hester Gifford, Mistress.

 

8th Rev. C.M.Keith visited, average is low this week.

15th Dismissed for the mid-summer holidays, one month given.

 

Aug 15th Resumed school duties today, 52 children present.

19th Half holiday given this week as the Sunday-school children had a treat given them by the Rev. C.M.Keith.

Miss M Keith visted the school. Very few of the elder children at school this week as they are kept at home to work. Average, 45·6.

26th Very poor attendance in the 1st class this week; infants, Standard I and II attend regularly, the elder children are kept at home to work.

Mr Tipper visited this week.

 

Sept 2nd The attendance much better this week; number on books 60. Admitted John Middleton and Joseph Cooling. Average 52·9.

16th Number on books 63.

Re-admitted Edna Johnson. Average 53·6.

21st Examined Registers and found correct, no errors.                       C.M.Keith.

22nd Mistress omitted to state before that on the 20th 0f Sept she was obliged to punish William Blake, first, on account of his disobedience (he would not open his book to read) secondly on account of his being very impertinent to her. He threw two books across the room, therefore Mistress was obliged to use the cane rather severely.

 

23rd Mistress has had a good deal of trouble with William Blake, after she punished him he stayed away two days and when he returned to school he still continued to be very disobedient-Mistress will be obliged to expel him if he does not alter.

The Rev. C.M.Keith visited and tested the Registers which were found correct. Children have not attended school so well this week, they are kept at home to go gathering blackberries.

30th Mistress had to cane William Blake again today he would not do his dictation. Mistress has spoken to the Rev. C.M.Keith about his conduct.

Children have not attended school so well this week, they are kept home to gather blackberries which their parents take to market to sell.

Admitted Alice Turner.

 

Oct 7th Rev. C.M.Keith visited.

Mistress was obliged to punish Roy Duckett this afternoon, he was playing in the Class therefore she told him to stand on the form then he made some very rude remarks to some girls who were sitting near for which Mistress was obliged to cane him.

14th Half holiday given this week (Wednesday afternoon) on account of the tithes collected in the school room.

Attendance poor this week, children have been ill with some kind of eruption.

21st Average not very good as some of the children are still ill. Many of the children are kept at home to gather blackberries which their parents take to market to sell.

27th Mistress finds Lucy Cooling extremely dull, she thinks she will be obliged to put her back into the Infants if she does not improve.

Alice Turner a goirl recently admitted is very backward and stupid, she cannotspell even little words correctly and her writing is very imperfect.

Laura Prior now in the 1st division of the Infant Class is very delicate indeed, yesterday she was ill nearly all day. Mistress did not give her any lessons to do but made her sit by the fire and gave her the ball frame to amuse herself, her elder sister Bessie said she was not well in the morning before starting school, but she was anxious to go to school and her Mother allowed her to come.

27th Yesterday (26th) the harmonium was brought to the school. Mistress collected part of the money towards the cost of it, in the Parish; and the Misses Keith subscribed literally towards it.

Mistress finds it a great help in teaching singing.

28th A few of the children still ill with some kind of eruption, average rather low. Some of the children are kept at home to pick potatoes and apples.

 

Nov 4th Nothing of interest to record some of the children still ill.

Mistress finds Maud Cooling a very dull child. She has for sometime past in the Upper Division of the Infant Class, but according to her age, she ought to be in Standard I, but she is not forward enough.

The Rev. C.M.Keith visited the school today.

 

 

Mistress finds the 4th Standard cannot read from the 5th Royal Reading book, it being much to difficult, therefore she will be obliged to keep to their usual Reading books that is, 4th History Reader, 4th Progressive and 4th Royal and 5th Geography reader 5th History and 5th Royal for Standard V.

11th Very poor attendance this week many of the children kept home to pick up potatoes.

Mistress has this week written to Mr Tipper, (the school attendance officer) he has not called for several weeks.

19th Mr Tipper called this week and took names of absentees. Very poor attendance this week on account of potato picking.

Mistress finds Laura Prior a very dull child, her Mother says she is very delicate.

22nd School closed on account of the Mistress being ill with an ulcerated throat.

28th Reopened school today.

 

Dec 2nd Average very low, the elder children kept at home to pick up potatoes.

6th The school clock has been sent to Portishead to be repaired.

9th Many of the boys away from school today, some with the shooters. Some of the children still ill with some kind of eruption.

16th Examines Registers and found no errors.                                    C.M.Keith.

16th The Rev. C.M.Keith visited the school and checked the Registers.

16th Closed school for the Christmas Holidays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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