Transcribed by: Bryn Jones

 

The school head was Mrs Jeanette Swann

 

The teachers were: Mrs Davies and Miss Scaife. Ella Swann filled in during absences.

 

In 1916, King George V was on the throne and Asquith was the prime minister. World War 1 was now in its third year. Allied Forces were forced to withdraw from Gallipoli. The Battle of Jutland took place, the largest naval encounter of the war. The Battle of the Somme started; 20,000 men were killed on day 1. The Easter Rebellion took place in Ireland.

 

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Date of entry

Log entry

Editorial notes

274

14-Jan-1916

Average for week 72.3 Percentage 97.7 Mrs Gwendoline Davies began duty here today. Admitted three children. Have changed the classes and books for the year and started the new year’s work.

 

Staff Mrs Swann C.M. Stds IV – VII

Mrs Davies U. Stds I – III

Miss Scaife S. Infants

 

 

 

Average for week 70.2 Percentage 95

A perfect chorus of coughs this week. Several children away in consequence. Have started Paper Modelling in Stds I & II and Cardboard Modelling in Stds III – VII for boys instead of Plasticine Modelling.

 

 

28-Jan-1916

Average for week 70.7 Percentage 96.9 Coughing still troublesome. Miss Emerton and Mrs Eyre visited the school this afternoon.

 

 

3-Feb-1916

Checked the Registers and found them correct. Julia Eyre

 

 

4-Feb-1916

Average for week 68 Percentage 93 Gave Mrs Eyre for the Beverley Depot 16 articles the children had made. Miss Scaife absent yesterday and today.

 

 

11-Feb-1916

Average for week 69. Percentage 93 Usual lessons taken and work fairly satisfactory. Punished four boys this morning for rudeness to their teacher after yesterday afternoon’s school.

 

 

18-Feb-1916

Average for week 71.5 Percentage 96 Gave Mrs Eyre 17 articles for the War Depot, made and paid for by the children. Usual lessons taken and work and conduct satisfactory.

 

 

25-Feb-1916

Average for week 67 Percentage 89 Rough weather with snow and storm all the week has interfered with the attendance. Miss Scaife absent on Tuesday because of the weather.

 

 

3-Mar-1916

Average for week 71.4 Percentage 95.1 Usual lessons taken. Some of the work in the lower standards is not satisfactory. Left school half an hour early yesterday and today because of concerts in the evenings.

 

 

10-Mar-1916

Average for week 67.1 Percentage 89.3 Miss Scaife absent on Monday because of severe weather. Very rough weather all the week and children from a distance unable to attend. The children begged their usual holiday on Shrove Tuesday afternoon.

 

277

17-Mar-1916

Average for week 71.1 Percentage 95.1 Usual lessons taken and work and conduct on the whole fairly satisfactory.

 

277

24-Mar-1916

Average for week 71.1 Percentage 95.1 Two children absent through frost in feet. Mrs Davies away Wednesday afternoon and Thursday with bad throat.

 

278

31-Mar-1916

Average for week 73.5 Percentage 97.0 Usual lessons taken and work and conduct on the whole satisfactory. Miss Turner from the County Council visited the School on Wednesday. Gave Mrs Eyre 14 knitted articles for the War Depot.

 

278

7-Apr-1916

Average for week 72.8 Percentage 95.8 Two boys absent all week employed by farmers. Mrs Davies absent since Monday having gone to the Cottage Hospital for an operation to her throat. Ella Swann has taken her class yesterday and today.

The Cottage Hospital was in Beverley; it closed.

 

Ella Swann was the daughter of Benjamin Swann, former headmaster, and Jeanette Swann, current head teacher. She was born in the Isle of Man in about 1900 but lived in Bishop Burton and attended the village school.

278

14-Apr-1916

Average for week 72.2 Percentage 97 Frank Johnson and Wilfred Sharp have left with conditional exemption certificates. Mrs Davies absent and Ella Swann took her class. Have taken examinations in lower classes this week with fairly satisfactory results. Gave Mrs Eyre 17 swabs which girls had knitted for use of soldiers in hospital.

 

279

21-Apr-1916

Average for week 71.2 Percentage 93.5 Have almost finished examining and results fairly satisfactory. Leave off today for Easter Holiday

 

279

28-Apr-1916

Average for week 73.1 Percentage 96.1 Began school Wednesday morning. Left early Thursday afternoon because of Sale of Work in Vicarage Grounds. Gave Mrs Eyre 19 scarves (??).

 

279

5-May-1916

Average for week 73.6 Percentage 96.8 Usual lessons taken and work and conduct fairly satisfactory.

 

280

12-May-1916

Average for week 76.2 Percentage 97.7 Frank Johnson returned to school this week after five weeks at work. Mrs Eyre visited the school this afternoon.

 

280

19-May-1916

Average for week 75.7 Percentage 95.8 Frank Johnson has left again for work and two others have been admitted. Three boys are away this week with Mumps.

Mumps was a serious childhood illness that involved a swelling of the salivary glands; it has now been largely eradicated by the MMR vaccine given to young children. The first mumps vaccine was introduced in 1967; there is no specific treatment for mumps.

280

26-May-1916

Average for week 74.9 Percentage 94.7 Three boys away with Mumps. Kept Empire Day by giving a lesson on the Empire and the singing by the children of Patriotic Songs, and saluting the flag. Had a collection for comforts for Soldiers and Sailors and sent 10/- to the Overseas Club.

 

280

2-Jun-1918

Average for week 72.8 Percentage 92.1 Three children still away with Mumps – two excluded because of rash, and a girl absent who has run a darning needle right into her foot.

 

281

5-Jun-1916

Lord Kitchener drowned from H.M.S. “Hampshire” off the Orkney Is.

After a substantial military career, Lord Kitchener was appointed by Asquith as Secretary of State for War. He was killed when the Hampshire, an armoured cruiser, struck a mine laid by a U-boat off Scapa Flow.

281

9-Jun-1916

Average for week 65.9 Percentage 82.3 Ten fresh cases of Mumps have developed, and the attendance has fallen from 72 on Monday morning to 55 this afternoon.

 

281

16-Jun-1916

Average for week 44.7 Percentage 57.5 Mumps still spreading. Little good work done this week.

 

281

3-Jul-1916

The school has been closed for a fortnight because of Mumps by Medical Order.

 

281

7-Jul-1916

Average for week 69.8 Percentage 86.9 Nine children still absent because of Mumps. Mrs Davies absent Thursday afternoon.

 

282

11-Jul-1916

Checked the registers and found them correct

 

Julia Eyre

 

282

14-Jul-1916

Average for week 65.8 Percentage 83.9 Twelve children absent through Mumps. Have tested Lower Standard in Arithmetic and find St. III very backward.

 

282

21-Jul-1916

Average for week 67 Percentage 84.7 Nurse Ward visited the school on Thursday afternoon. The girls have finished the swabs – 57 – and sent them to Mrs Eyre for hospital use – also sent 5 prs socks to two old boys in France.

 

282

25-Jul-1916

Medical inspection by Dr. Moffat. Twenty nine children examined.

 

283

28-Jul-1916

Average for week 69.9 Percentage 88.2 Usual lessons proceeded with. Mrs Davies absent today by permission. Head Teacher took all the Standards.

 

283

4-Aug-1916

H.M.I. Mr Vygrass visited the school.

 

283

4-Aug-1916

Average for week 72.1 Percentage 91 Very hot in school several days this week. On Wednesday afternoon children had a fairy tale in a shady corner of the yard instead of Drill.

 

283

11-Aug-1916

Average for week 70.7 Percentage 89.2 Several children absent with Mumps. Very hot all the week – 76o with all doors and windows open. No drill except on Monday.

 

284

17-Aug-1916

Average for week 64.4 Percentage 82 More cases of Mumps. Severe thunderstorms this week – temperature 14 o lower than several days last week. Leave off today for Summer Holidays (five weeks)

 

284

29-Sep-1916

Average for week 73.2 Percentage 89 Four children absent all week with Mumps. Admitted five children – two have left. Have taken over St. III to work with Upper Classes as Mrs Davies’ class had got rather large.

 

284

6-Oct-1916

Average for week 69.7 Percentage 88.0 Five children absent all week and two wet days partly accounted for poor attendance. Mrs Eyre visited the school on Thursday afternoon. Have forwarded to Lord Beresford one guinea – 14/- school collection. 7/- by Mrs Eyre to the Jack Cornwell fund.

One guinea was 21 shillings; one pound 5 pence in decimal currency.

 

Jack Cornwell died in hospital in Grimsby after being severely wounded on board HMS Chester during the Battle of Jutland at the age of 16. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. The Jack Cornwell Memorial Fund was established to provide a ward in his name for disabled sailors at the Star and Garter Home at Richmond. Every schoolchild in the British Empire was invited to give one penny towards the fund. In return for donations, commemorative stamps were given. Schools all over Britain celebrated Jack Cornwell Day on Thursday September 21st 1916.

285

13-Oct-1916

Average for week 70.3 Percentage 91.4 Usual lessons taken – Stds III and IV very unsatisfactory in Arithmetic. Head Teacher absent on Monday afternoon with Managers’ consent. Leave at 3.45 this afternoon because of Work Guild Meeting. The children gave 14/- this week to which Mrs Eyre kindly added 7/- towards the “Jack Cornwell” Fund for endowing a ward in the Star and Garter Home, Richmond.

 

285

20-Oct-1916

Average for week 70.6 Percentage 91.6 Usual lessons taken and work and conduct fairly satisfactory. Opened the school Collecting box this week, and forwarded £1 to Dr. Barnado’s Homes.

When he came to London in 1866, Thomas Barnardo found children sleeping in the streets and being forced to beg for food.  It was in 1867 that he set up the Ragged School and starting helping the abused, vulnerable, forgotten and neglected children of east London. Barnardo’s established many children’s homes although today they do not run any.

285

23-Oct-1916

Holiday for Lumber Sale

 

285

27-Oct-1916

Average for week 75.2 Percentage 97 Usual lessons proceeded with and work and conduct satisfactory except on Tuesday afternoon when Mrs Davies had trouble with six children.

 

286

31-Oct-1916

Miss C M Scaife terminated her duties here today.

 

286

1-Nov-1916

Miss E Senior took up temporary duty here today as Infants’ Teacher

 

286

3-Nov-1916

Average for week 75.1 Percentage 95

 

286

9-Nov-1916

Average for week 74.5 Percentage 93 Miss Senior absent this week – “not well enough to attend”. The Head Teacher took all the standards and Mrs Davies the Infants. Today Mrs Davies has also been absent – not well – and Head Teacher has had the whole school. Children have been very good.

 

287

10-Nov-1916

Managers with consent of Education Authority granted a holiday.

 

287

17-Nov-1916

Average for week 77.9 Percentage 95 Miss Annie Dossor has taken duty this week as Supply. She has had the charge of Infants, while the Head Teacher has had all the Standards and had a very hard week. The order and discipline in the middle school is far from satisfactory.

 

287

24-Nov-1916

Average for week 74.1 Percentage 90.2 Miss Senior returned on Tuesday.

 

287

27-Nov-1916

The numbers were correctly given as 75

 

W. A. Pearman

 

287

1-Dec-1916

Average for week 73.9 Percentage 93.4 Mrs Swann absent this week with acute eye trouble. Miss Senior and Miss Dossor carried on the school with help from Rev W A Pearman. Holiday today – Miss Senior’s time expired.

 

288

4-Dec-1916

Miss Hilda Wales took up her duties here today as Supplementary Teacher. Miss Wales takes the Infants.

Miss Wales was to serve 25 years as a teacher at the school. Her parents also came to live in the village in that year and are buried in the churchyard of All Saints Church. Mr J H Wales had been a teacher himself and became a manager of the school.

288

8-Dec-1916

Average for week 72.8 Percentage 90 Work has been hard this week. The children are restless and order has not been satisfactory.

 

288

15-Dec-1916

Average for week 71.8 Percentage 89 Usual lessons taken. Work is fairly satisfactory – order slightly improved. Mrs Eyre visited the school on Tuesday afternoon.

 

288

19-Dec-1916

Checked the registers and found them correct.

 

Julia Eyre

 

288

21-Dec-1916

Average for week 67.6 Percentage 8XX Very severe weather has interfered with attendance. Yesterday morning we had 28 o of frost. Leave off today for Christmas Holidays.

 

 

 

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