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1909 ~ An Overview from the Log Book

                           

Ruislip Church of England School
Log Book 1890-1925
   
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- 1909 -

Since the Revised Code of 1862, schools had been required to keep a Log Book in which the principal teacher should make a brief daily record of any significant events. Although many aspects of the Code disappeared with the Education Act 1902, the keeping of the Log Book was retained. That for 1909 was kept by the School Master, Ralph Youens.

In June Ralph Youens recorded the first case of a local scarlet fever epidemic that was to persist in the community through the remainder of the year, creating significant levels of pupil illness.  The Vicar had asked the LEA to close the school, in order to break the cycle of infection (see Managers’ minutes for 04/12/1909), but they refused. However, two days closure to allow the school to be disinfected at the start of December was permitted. The Master was very rarely absent and then only for a day or so.  His illness for over two weeks in November was a unique event, possibly linked to the scarlet fever, though he does not acknowledge it as such.

Although there had been visits by doctors to the school in earlier years, these seem to have been linked to specific events (see for example, 14/04/1902). The entry on 3rd February may be the first example of a periodic medical examination of all pupils at the Ruislip school.  

Miss Trist, who was appointed just a year previously, left at the end of the year to be replaced by Miss L.E. Hudson.

1908 recorded the first occasion on which Empire Day was celebrated by the school.  That for 1909 was marked in a similar way, including the ‘tea’ given by Miss Warrender.

                         

       

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11/01/1909

Re-assembled after Xmas Holidays.

22/01/1909

Work as usual this week.

03/02/1909

Medical Inspection held this morning.  Dr Tate has excluded Doris Fuller for whooping cough. (First mention of periodic medical examinations)

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17/02/1909

Miss Groome absent February 12th, 15th & 16th in consequence of the illness and death of her brother.

03/03/1909

Many children absent this week with chickenpox & other illness.

04/03/1909

Severe snowstorm.  Many absent in consequence.

05/03/1909

Mrs Youans was absent this afternoon to go to the doctors for a case of urgent sickness in the house.

11/03/1909

Diocesan Exam today.  Registers not marked.

24/03/1909

Miss Trist is absent today with influenza.  A doctor’s certificate has been forwarded to the office.

30/03/1909

Very wet day.  Attendance very bad.

04/04/1909

School closed today on account of Urban District Election – Room required

06/04/1909

Miss Trist returned to school today.

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08/04/1909

Broke up this morning for the Easter Holidays.

19/04/1909

Re-assembled after Easter Holidays.

27/04/1909

There was a storm of rain about 8.40 this morning.  Many children were quite wet through.  I sent them home to change &c.

07/05/1909

Work as usual this week.

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Diocesan Report 1909

The school did very well in examination again.

Division I is intelligent and interested.  The work was all excellent & the influence is spiritual & useful.

Division II did best in catechism & repetition.

Division III had good general knowledge of the Old Testament & explained the catechism very clearly; but the Prayer Book subject was weaker. 

Division IV answered brightly & in very good form.  Their knowledge of the Bible & Creed was excellent.  

While the Infants were most careful & reverent & also did excellently.

L.H. Nixon - Inspector

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12/05/1909

Miss Warrender & the Vicar (Rev. W.A.G. Gray) visited the school this morning and presented prizes to the children for the Diocesan exam.  Holiday given by Managers in the afternoon.

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Copied into Log Book a second time:
Report
The school did very well in examination once more.
Division I is intelligent and interested.  The work was all excellent & the influence is spiritual & useful.
Division II did best in catechism and repetition.
Division III had good general knowledge of the Old Testament & explained the catechism very clearly; but the Prayer Book subject was weaker. 
Division IV answered brightly & in very good form.  Their knowledge of Bible & Creed was excellent. 
While the Infants were most careful & reverent & also did excellently.

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School closed this afternoon in consequence of the local ‘Fair’.

24/05/1909

Mr & Mrs Maggs visited at 8.40 am to present children with souvenirs of Empire Day. Registers closed 9.15 this morning.  Dismissal 11.15 a.m. School closed in afternoon. Empire Day was celebrated in the afternoon when children attended a short service in church at 3 pm after which the children assembled in the village & saluted the flag.  At 4 pm they were entertained at tea by Mrss E. Warrender of Highgrove.

27/05/1909

In the Vicar’s hand:
I examined the registers this morning and found them quite correct.

William A.G. Gray

28/05/1909

Broke up for Whitsun Holidays 1 week. 
School visited by Mr Lucas H.M.I. this morning. 

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Ruislip C.E. School No.53
Copy of report made by H.M.I. Mr Streatfeild, after visit of May 28th 1909

  Mixed and Infants.
“Both sections of the school continue to make good progress under effective control and pleasant influences.  Some of the older desks should be replaced by lower ones of more modern type for the use of the younger children.

The playground still becomes in an unsatisfactory condition during bad weather.”

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18/06/1909

School work is going on as usual.  Norah Hill is absent with scarlet fever.

28/06/1909

Miss Knight is absent on account of the illness of her father. (by permission of the managers.)

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02/07/1909

The attendance is much affected this week by the scarlet fever.

09/07/1909

The attendance has dropped to 50 although there are but 8 cases of fever among children.  Miss Knight returned to school on Tuesday after the death of her father.

23/07/1909

Broke up for the midsummer holidays 4 weeks.

23/08/1909

School reopened after the Summer Holidays.  Many children still absent.

10/09/1909

Work proceeding on usual lines.

24/09/1909

The weather is affecting the attendance considerably.

01/10/1909

William Lavender absent with scarlet fever.  Dr Young visited yesterday.

05/10/1909

Mrs Youens absent October 4th & September 30th by managers permission, on account of dangerous illness of her mother

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08/10/1909

Miss Medcalf was absent yesterday & today suffering from neuralgia.

11/10/1909

Miss Trist was absent today from illness.

09/11/1909

In the hand of Mr Rix:
I, Frank E. Rix, took charge here this morning in the absence of the head-master, who is ill.

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12/11/1909

In the Vicar’s hand:
I examined the registers this morning and found them correct.

W.A.G. Gray

22/11/1909

Resumed duties after illness of 2½ weeks (Ralph Youens)

01/12/1909

Miss Medcalf is absent from illness.  The school was closed Monday and Tuesday for disinfection in consequence of the prevalence of scarlet fever, which has been with us several months.  The attendance is much affected.  School will be dismissed at 3.30 pm during this month.

06/12/1909

In the Vicar’s hand:
I examined the registers this morning and found them correct.

W.A.G. Gray

13/12/1909

Miss Trist left on Friday.
Mrs Taylor came ‘on supply’ in place of Miss Medcalf, who is ill.

21/12/1909

The attendance this week & for many weeks past has been so bad in consequence of ‘fever’ that I propose to postpone the term exam. till the New Year.

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23/12/1909

Broke up today for Christmas Holidays.  Mrs Taylor leaves today.

 

 

  

      

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