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1891 ~ An Overview from the Log Book

                           

    
The following 'overview' is a transcription of the school’s Log Book, in 1891 kept by the Schoolmaster, James Garrett. Where entries have been copied without change, these are given in bold. Editorial comments to ease comprehension are given in brackets and in italic.
   

      

05/01/1891

School re-opened – Attendance, considering the weather, good

 

During the holidays a Managers’ Meeting was held to consider some means for securing better attendance – the following was decided upon:-

All children who make full attendances to have a penny or halfpenny returned – Those who pay 3d – will if they make full attendances be admitted for 2d – the next week those who pay 1d – come next week for ½ (d.)

(At the date the school, a church school, was funded by the parish and that families were required to contribute towards their children’s education.  See the separate article on Attendance.)

09/01/1891

Attendance for past week very fair considering the weather –
65 received tickets

12/01/1891

Work as usual – attendance good -

14/01/1891

Soup for first time

(A new initiative, during the coldest period of the year, was the provision of warm soup to children over the lunch break - for which parents were expected to pay one penny towards its cost.  The Vicar reported on this in the  March edition of the Parish Magazine:

from the Vicar’s monthly letter:
… I forgot to mention in my last letter that during the latter portions of the severe frost soup was given away on several days tyo the cottagers living in Westcote portion of the Parish; also that soup was sent to the school for the children, who paid a small sum for the same.  I am sorry that the parents of the children did not fully appreciate the providing of a hot meal for the children far below its cost.  One fails to see how a penny could be better spent than in providing a hot meal on a very cold day for a child at school.  I have to thank Mrs. Barton-Kent for a kind donation of £1 towards cost of soup. )
     

16/01/1891

Soup -
71 – received attendance tickets

19/01/1891

Work as usual
Attendance steady improving

23/01/1891

No school in afternoon, owing to it being required for annual Primrose Concert
Attendance for the past week good

(The Primrose League, effectively an organisation promoting Conservative principles through a mix of social and political events, was founded in 1883.  That on the 23rd January was reported in the February Parish Magazine: 

Parish News
On Friday evening, January 23rd, the Ruislip Habitation of the Primrose League held a most successful Entertainment at the Schools. Upwards of 150 persons, members of the League and their friends, sat down to a substantial Tea, after which the tables were cleared away, and a Political Address was given by Mr. Russell Roberts, a London Barrister.  The company were afterwards entertained by a number of sleight-of-hand tricks performed by a friend of the Ruling Councillor’s.  A vote of thanks was very cordially passed to all who had contributed to the success of the evening’s entertainment. )

26/01/1891

Mrs Everett visited the school in the afternoon & expressed herself highly satisfied with the Needlework
Work as usual

(Mrs Everett, the Vicar’s wife, was a member of the Ladies’ Committee who volunteered to assist with the girls’ needlework – see the Managers’ meeting of 12th September 1881.)

30/01/1891

Attendance for the past week has been very good
Lately a few more children have come from Mrs Willis’ school who for their age are exceedingly backward.  Have classified them according to their abilities.

(Bet. Willis ran a ‘Dame School’ behind the Breakspear Arms, see Ruislip, Northwood and Eastcote Local History Society Journal, 2004, p.21)

10/02/1891

(Entry by the Vicar, Rev. Thomas Marsh Everett:)

Visited school – examined registers and found numbers correct 118

T.M. Everett

13/02/1891

Work for past week as usual
Attendance good Weekly average 111

16/02/1891

Rev. T.M. Everett visited the school

17/02/1891

Mrs Jackson attended during the sewing lesson & expressed herself greatly satisfied with the progress that has been made.

(Wife of Mr R.M. Jackson a Manager)

18/02/1891

Work as usual

19/02/1891

School as usual

20/02/1891

Attendance for past week good – 115
70 received full attendance Tickets

23/02/1891

Work as usual.  Attendance good

25/2/1891

Mrs Everett came to the school in the afternoon & inspected the Needlework

27/2/1891

Attendance for past week good.  Usual weekly examination.

01/03/1891

School Work as usual from Time Table – Attendance good

02/03/1891

Work as usual

06/03/1891

Work from Time Table as usual Attendance good
Usual weekly exam.  Results fairly good

09/3/1891

Attendance good. 132 present

10/03/1891

Diocesan Exam.  Registers not marked.

18/03/1891

Mrs Murch (wife of Churchwarden and Manager William James Murch) inspected the Needlework & expressed herself highly pleased with it.

10/03/1891

Examined Standards 3-6 in Dictation & was very pleased with the papers written

25/03/1891

Minnie Watkins gave a good lesson to Standards 4, 5 & 6 on British North America – Rivers & Mountains

(Minnie Watkins was a Pupil Teacher at the time)

01/04/1891

(Entry by the Vicar:)

Attended school examined registers and found correct – There were no Easter holidays this year – but school was closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday  - following this the attendance has not been so good.

T.M. Everett

(Good Friday was the 27 March, Easter Monday 30 March)

06/04/1891

School opened at 9 a.m. as usual

07/04/1891

Yesterday & today Minnie Watkins has been at home unwell

08/04/1891

M. Watkins returned to school this morning

10/04/1891

Attendance for past week fairly good – Average 110

28/04/1891

Entered by the Vicar:

Number of children present 1119
Examined registers and found correct.

T.M. Everett

28/04/1891

Attendance rather better than last week
Lately the attendance has not been so good – the bitterly cold weather may have had something to do with this.
Received notice of Drawing Exam. which is fixed for May 8th

01/05/1891

Government Forms received

(Forms to be completed by the Managers with information supplied by the Master for the Annual Government Inspection)

04/05/1891

School work as usual.  Attendance fairly good

06/05/1891

Attendance good – Work as usual.

07/05/1891

Ruislip Fair Day & Ascension Day
Some of older children have gone to church

08/05/1891

Drawing Examination in afternoon

11/05/1891

Rev. T.M. Everett visited the school
Work as usual

15/05/1891

Work for past week as usual from Time Table – Attendance fairly good

18/05/189

Whit Monday – No School

19?05/1891

School open as usual 9 a.m.  Work as usual

20/05/1891

Attendance thinner owing to illness.

22.05/1891

Average attendance for past week only 101 – a good deal of illness about

23/05/1891

Notice of Inspection received.  Exam. June 8th

25/05/1891

School opened with a good attendance
114 present – Minnie Watkins unwell.

26/05/1891

Minnie Watkins away ill

27/05/1891

    -do-

28/05/1891

    -do-
Attendance good

29/05/1891

Last day’s work of school year
The children especially in the upper part of the school have taken much interest in their work & are looking anxiously forward to their annual exam. which takes place on the 8th June. The past year has been a remarkably pleasant one to me as master, for although the work has been heavy, I have had many encouraging words given me by the parents of the children under my charge & I have not had the slightest complaint as to my method of working the school.

05/06/1891

Entered by the Vicar:

Visited school – Examined registers and found correct.  Number present 121.

T.M. Everett

08/06/1891

Entered by J.A. Willis, H.M.I.:

1891 June 8th School inspected by H.M.I.
Class work for 1892.  English & Geography

Geography of 1st Class. 5th Standard course
Recitation to be ret
??

J Armine Willis

09/06/1891

Work as usual

12/06/1891

Attendance fairly good.  Work as usual.

15/06/1891

Work as usual
Re. T.M. Everett visited the school.

19/06/1891

Mr. Newman, Attendance Officer, called & took a list of absentees. (?)

23/06/1891

School work as usual.  Attendance fair.

30/01/1891

Work as usual

06/07/1891

School usual
Attendance gradually falling off as the Hay-Season approaches

(i.e. the pupils were helping their parents with hay making)

08/07/1891

Government Report received.

(following the inspection of 08/06/1891)

10/07/1891

Gave up for Harvest Holidays

(Summer holiday, this year five weeks, rather than four, as there had been no Easter Holiday)

17/08/1891

School re-opened after Holidays – attendance thin
Mrs Garrett commenced to assist me in school
During the holidays on July 28th a treat was given to the scholars of this school by Mrs Bennett Edwards of Haydon Hall.  This was thoroughly enjoyed by the children who shewed their appreciation by given three hearty cheers for the lady who so generously provided it.

24/08/1891

Admitted the Tappings & Hettie Crack all of Eastcote who have been attending the Pinner Schools

28/08/1891

Work throughout the week as usual

31/08/1891

Admitted Isabel & Alice Baker of Eastcote who have attended Pinner Schools
Monday Evening Aug
ust 31st
I have just finished the Registers for the Quarter & made up the summary -
Average attendance of Infants is      
   16.
                                   Older Children   84.
No. on Books at end of Quarter  
       152
                          Beginning          
      145

31/08/1891

Introduced New Historical Readers for Standard III.
& Arithmetics & Geographes for upper standards.

01/09/1891

Free Education

(Added in a different hand, the Vicar?:)
Elem
entary Schools Act. 1891

(This Education Act removed the requirement for parents to pay school fees.)

04/09/1891

Average for past week 108.

07/09/1891

No School Fees paid. Attendance good.
Admitted three boys named Goodman none of who known their letters

p.24

Ruislip C.E. Schools
1891 Government Inspector’s Report

Mixed School.
“The children are handier and brighter, the girls generally being much ahead of the boys in this respect.  The attainments have picked up somewhat, but Reading & Articulation want attention; Spelling is weak in the Fourth Standard; Arithmetic has improved, but is weak in the Fourth Standard, and the Problem is too much for most of the scholars.  English & Geography are fairly done on the whole.  Discipline is fairly good, but there are some loose habits in class which want checking, and the children must learn to speak out.”

Infants Class
“Results fairly good;  Writing should be better, and the step from the second to the first Class should not be so long.  School discipline wants some attention.  The more the teacher can engage the interest of these children the better for them; the elementary subjects will soon come in their turn.”

G. Churchill, Failure

(Copy signed by the Vicar:)   T.M. Everett

23/09/1891

Entered by the Vicar:

Visited School in the afternoon – Examined Registers and found correct.
118 Children present

T.M. Everett

28/09/1891

Work as usual
Rev. T.M. Everett visited the school.

29/09/1891

Uxbridge Fair. A good many children absent. Only 104 present at close of Registers

02/10/1891

Average for week 111.

05/10/1891

Work as usual  Attendance this morning 120

06/10/1891

Wet morning.  96 present  Average for week 111.
John William Weller commenced duties as candidate for Pupil Teacher on Monday last Oct
ober 5th.

28/10/1891

Entered by the Vicar:

Visited School.  Examined Registers. Found Correct

T.M. Everett
Vicar

17/10/1891

(Omitted)

Entered by the Vicar:

Presented prized to 60 children for ?? attendance between January 1st and May 31st

T.M. Everett
Vicar

02/11/1891

School Bank commenced
Re. T.M. Everett visited the school. 47 children deposited in bank
(See the separate article on the School Penny Bank.)

05/11/1891

Work as usual

09/11/1891

School work as usual
Bank taken at 4 o’clock & several more added to the list

16/11/1891

Work as usual
Rev. T.M. Everett visited the school.  Good attendance

23/11/1891

136 children resent   Work as usual

30/11/1891

Monday evening
Made up Registers for the Quarter & found all correct.
161 on Class Registers this number agrees with Admission Register.
At beginning of school year, the number on Books was 145
At beginning of 2nd Quarter 152
And at beginning of 3rd 161
Attendance also has much improved  Av
erage for Quarter 115.

07/12/1891

Rev. T.M. Everett presented the bank books to the depositors of Penny Bank

14/12/1891

Rev. T.M. Everett visited the school assisted in taking the weekly deposits

16/12/1891

Choir Concert.

21/12/1891

Rev. T.M. Everett visited the school

23/12/1891

Gave up for the Xmas Holidays

      

 

First uploaded: 19 April 2018
Last revised: 28 April 2018