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1893 ~ An Overview from the Log Book

                           

    
The following 'overview' is a transcription of the school’s Log Book,
in 1893 kept by the School Master, Mr 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.
   

      

02/01/1893

School work resumed after the ‘Xmas holidays.
Owing to the very severe weather & illness, a good many children are absent.  Only 83 present this morning.

03/01/1893

Attendance still thin, owing to illness & severe weather

04/01/1893

Attendance still thin.

05/01/1893

       

06/01/1893

Weekly average only 79

08/01/1893

Attendance much better

13/01/1893

Weekly average 118.9

16/01/1893

Work as usual from Time Table
Mixed School attendance good.

20/01/1893

Weekly average 112

23/01/1893

Work as usual

30/01/1893

Rev. T.M. Everett visited the schools this morning & spent some time in looking through the registers.

03/02/1893

Received notice of Diocesan Exam.
A good deal of illness prevailing & many children kept away through hearing of diphtheria being in the place.
Lucy Ive died from membranous croup.  This makes three deaths in the same locality.  Others of the family are ill & the Bells are kept away from school by order.
(Lucy Ive was just 4 years old)

10/02/1893

Through illness & the weather the attendance for past week has only averaged 100.
This morning only 85 are present.  Gertrude Churchill absent this morning.
(At this time Gertrude Churchill was still a Monitor; she was not apprenticed as Pupil Teacher until September 1893.)

16/02/1893

Gertrude Churchill away again today. (Chilblains)

17/02/1893

G.C. again absent.  Attendance still low.

24/02/1893

Work as usual

01/03/1893

Attendance improving.  One or two families still absent through illness

08/03/1893

Annual Diocesan Exam.  Registers not marked for the day.
Gertrude Churchill
and S.E. Allday both received certificates for pass the examination held in December last under Diocesan Board.

10/03/1893

Average for week 123.

13/03/1893

Ellen Allday absent the whole day.

14/03/1893

School-work as usual.  Wrote after a few absentees.

15/03/1893

Work as usual.

17/03/1893

Mr Newman visited the school.
(Mr Newman was the local School Attendance Officer)

20/03/1893

School work as usual.  Attendance fairly good.

22/03/1893

School as usual

29/03/1893

Gertrude Churchill absent. Time Table slightly altered in afternoon.

30/03/1893

Attendance for past week has been very good.
To-morrow being Good-Friday I have closed school until Tuesday next. April 4th

04/04/1893

Commenced school this morning with only 94.  This always the case after a Bank holiday here.

05/04/1893

Attendance better

06/04/1893

Attendance good.  Gertrude Churchill has been absent all the week owing to her sister having diphtheria.  The Sanitary Inspector & Medical Officer of Health visited the school.

09/04/1893

Gertrude Churchill returned to school again.  Attendance good.  A few children yet absent.  Churchills away with Diphtheria.

14/04/1893

Rev. T.M. Everett visited the school and tested the registers.  128 children present.

15/04/1893

Pupil-Teachers’ Examination at Acton

17/04/1893

Attendance good.  Work as usual

19/04/1893

142 children present this afternoon

20/04/1893

142 present this morning.  Latterly the attendance has been much better.  Repeated visits to the parents & notes sent to them appear to have a beneficial effect.  Visit of School Attendance Officer.  School work as usual. Attendance good.

28/04/1893

Attendance very good.  Work as usual from Time Table.

02/05/1893

150 children present this morning.  Drawing Examination in afternoon by Lt. Col. Blunt.  Rev. T.M. Everett was present.

03/05/1893

Work as usual

05/05/1893

Attendance for past week good.

10/05/1893

Ascension Day & Ruislip Fair.  Attendance good.

11/05/1893

Registers tested by Rev. T.M. Everett.

12/05/1893

Average for past week 139.

15/05/1893

Measles have again broken out in the parish & the children of several families are absent in consequence.
(See the article relating to the outbreak of measles in Ruislip that closed the school for more than three weeks.)

19/05/1893

Average attendance for past week 126 as against 139 last week.  This sudden drop is due to the measles.
School work as usual. 
Decided to take Drawing on Thursday from 3-4 in addition

22/05/1893

Whit Monday  No School

23/05/1893

Commenced school work as usual 9 a.m.  As is usually the case after a Bank Holiday a good many are absent especially from Ruislip Common.  Only 104 present in the morning & 108 present in the afternoon.
Mrs Everett paid a visit to the school this afternoon & listened to the singing of Division II.  Some children still absent with measles.

24/05/1893

Attendance in morning 126.  In afternoon only 95.  The attraction this time being Pinner Fair.  Almost all the Eastcote children have gone.

30/05/1893

Entered by the Vicar:
a.m. Examined registers and found correct

T.M. Everett

30/05/1893

Notice of Inspection received.

07/06/1893

No school in afternoon – Annual Choral Festival.

15/06/1893

Good attendance

p.51

Entered by Mr J. Armine Willis HMI:

1893 June 15th School inspected
       Class work 1894 Eng
lish & Geography
            Geo
graphy of 1st Class 4th Standard course
       Recitation – St
andard IV – VI      Morte d’Arthur
                                            III               Slave’s Dream & Royal George Cooper
                                             II                              do.

                                              I                compassion
                 J. Armine Willis

(The Inspector is listing the texts that children will be required to recite as part of the 1894 examination: Tennyson’s Morte d'arthur; Longfellow’s The Slave’s Dream and Royal George by William Cowper)

p.52

Mr Garrett had mapped out the following for 1894 but this seems not to have  been approved by the Inspector:

Repetition for 1894.  Examination.
Standards 4.5.6          continue Richard II
Standard 3.                 An April Day
                                     The Bramble Flower (Elliott)
Standards I & II         Compassion (Aikin)

See Page 51 for scheme approved by Mr. Willis

23/06/1893

School closed for the day.  Holiday given to the children for Drawing & Government Examinations

26/06/1893

Attendance fairly good.  Work as usual

28/06/1893

Work as usual.

07/07/1893

No school in afternoon.  Bazaar at Ickenham & a tea-party at Eastcote in connection with the Chapel.
Gave up for summer holiday x to re-open on Monday August 14th x
July 7th to Aug
ust 11th

14/08/1893

Re-opened school after holidays. Attendance good. 120 present in morning.

During the holidays the school has been thoroughly cleaned and put in proper repair.  The interior has been painted, the ceiling & upper portion of the walls coloured & all beams & cupboards varnished.  It is needless to state that it now presents a clean & cheerful appearance.

The Governments’ Report was also received during the Holidays & on next page is a copy.
Mrs Bennett Edwards gave a treat to the children of Ruislip & Pinner.

p.54

(Copied by the Head, signed by the vicar)

Government Inspector’s Report

Mixed School
“I see evidence of progress since last years.  Arithmetic has certainly improved.  Spelling & composition are rather better, but still somewhat low; the handwriting should be bolder & firmer.  Class work is fairly good for a County School, the Geography being rather the better.  The female scholars are more teachable than the male, who are rather below the bucolic average.  The number of big boys of ten, eleven and twelve presented in the first standard is also noticeable.”

Infant Class
“ The standard class does the work taught to it in the room creditably and the lower are as far advanced as can be expected, considering the difficulty of securing any attendance

p.55

Report Contd

except in full summer.”

“Two of the class-rooms being only nine feet in breadth cannot be recognised in future as part of the accommodation (see Rule T(a) of Schedule VII of the code)”

“G. Churchill is not qualified by attainments for a shortened term of apprenticeship.”

“S.E. Allday has failed to pass her examination.

“In reference to future examinations the managers’ attention is requested to Article 41 (b) of the Code.

“Miss Chandler will receive her certificate in due course.

T.M. Everett
Chairman

(Lacking access to the version of the Code relating to the Committee of the Council on Education for 1893, it is currently not possible to identify the issues to which attention is being drawn.)

21/08/1893

Entered by the Vicar:
Examined registers and found correct.

T.M. Everett

25/08/1893

Work as usual

28/08/1893

Rev. T.M. Everett visited the school.  Work as usual. Attendance fairly good. The average attendance for the past quarter is 120 against 104 for corresponding quarter of last year.

01/09/1893

Attendance good.

08/09/1893

Work as usual. S.E. Allday informs me that she does not intend to keep on as teacher in the schools.  She finds the distance too much & not being strong considers it (word missing) and be better to give up now.
(Sarah Allday had been a Monitor at the school)

09/09/1893

Gertrude Churchill’s papers filled up.
Received stationery from Mc.Dougall & new maps of Ireland & Scotland
(Gertrude Churchill was to be apprenticed as a Pupil Teacher.  No doubt the new maps for Ireland and Scotland were required as part of the work to be covered as ‘Class Subjects’ to be examined during the course of the Inspector’s 1894 examination.)

11/09/1893

Rev. T.M. Everett assisted me with the school bank.

15/09/1893

Average attendance for past week 135

18/09/1893

Attendance this morning not so good.  The annual visit of Sangers’ Circus to Uxbridge is keeping many of the older children away.  20 boys absent in Standard 2 & upwards.

Rev. T.M. Everett visited the school in afternoon & tested registers. 128 present.

25/09/1893

Work as usual

29/09/1893

Attendance falling off.  A good many children picking up acorns.

02/10/1893

Rev. T.M. Everett visited the school.  Work as usual. Attendance small.  Acorning is the cause of many children being absent

09/10/1893

Attendance small.  Visit from Mr A. Newman, Attendance Officer.

10/10/1893

Only 96 children present in afternoon.  Scarcity of work & the high price of coals tempts parents to keep their children away gathering acorns & mushrooms. Acorns are 1/- (a shilling) a bushel.  They are very plentiful this season.  I have just heard of a family having sold 17 bushels at 1/- a bushel.

11/10/1893

Bessie Weller commenced teaching in place of Ellen Allday, who resigned.

(Bessie Weller appears to have initially been employed as Candidate on Probation prior to being apprenticed as Pupil Teacher.)

17/10/1893

Attendance still affected by Acorning

20/10/1893

Attendance for past week rather better.  The average for week being 115.

25/10/1893

Registers tested by Rev. T.M. Everett & found correct.

26/10/1893

Afternoon lessons slightly altered & finished at 3 o’clock instead of 3.30.  Mr G. Staunton addressed the children from 3 – 3.30 on temperance.

02/11/1893

Attendance thin – Wet morning
only 73 present in morning
         83                afternoon

03/11/1893

Attendance average for week only 110.

10/11/1893

Work as usual.  Attendance for past week much better.

13/11/1893

Rev. T.M. Everett looked through the registers & compared them with numbers present.  Found correct.

17/11/1893

Attendance fairly good

24/11/1893

Work as usual

3011/1893

Illness
Walter Clay
Diphtheria.
Several families absent through scarlet fever.
Attendance low in consequence.

08/12/1893

Week ending Dec. 8th average attendance for week on 85.  A good deal of illness about.

 

Friday afternoon
Dec
ember 8th

Rev. T.M. Everett examined the registers & found them correct.

11/12/1893

Work as usual.  Attendance poor.  Only 91 children present.

15/12/1893

Attendance for past week 85.  Illness still prevalent in the parish.

20/12/1893

Morning so rough & stormy that only a few children (20) present themselves.  These I allowed to go home after they had warmed themselves.

Registers not marked.

21/12/1893

Gave up for Christmas Holidays

 

      

 

First uploaded: 22 April 2018