The Year 1900
There are a number of old school log books in existence which give a unique insight into the school at the turn of the last century.
The following are extracts from that log from the last month of 1899 through to the summer of 1900.
December 1st, 1999
Rev Canon Collett came in on Wednesday morning. Notice received from the local
authority of two cases of scarlet fever. Attendance still below the average.
The wet weather this week has lowered the average in the infants department. Rev Canon
Collett came in this morning and Mrs Norgate paid a visit this afternoon - Ellen Carter has
been absent since Monday as she is suffering from sore throat.
Rev Canon Collett came in on Tuesday afternoon. A fall of snow on Monday morning and
the continuance of severe weather throughout the week has greatly diminished the
attendance in the infant class. The attendance officer called yesterday.
Owing to the illness of Mrs Stace the school closed on Wednesday for the Christmas
holidays instead of on Thursday, the day originally fixed.
The following report on the result of the pupil teachers examination has just been received.
Mary E Curson 2nd year, passed fairly
January 8th, 1900
School re-opened this morning. As Mrs Stace is not able to come in to school at present,
the time table will not be strictly followed this afternoon. Arithmetic will be taken instead
of the lessons arranged. Mrs Norgate came in this afternoon.
The attendance officer called on Tuesday morning. Rev Canon Collett visited on
Wednesday afternoon. The needlework on Wednesday and today was taken by the P.J.
Standards 1 and 2 have been in charge of monitors.
The wet weather and prevalence of sickness has affected the attendances during the past
week. Rev Canon Collett came in on Thursday morning and brought a clock face for the
use of the infant department.
Mrs Norgate came in on Monday and Rev Canon Collett on Tuesday morning. Several of
the older children have been absent this week through illness. Mary Curson, the pupil
teacher was not able to come today.
As the master was suffering from influenza the school was closed for a week.
The usual monthly exam was held yesterday but owing to the week's holiday and the
absence of teachers during the month, the results are not as good as could be wished.
The school was closed this afternoon owing to a heavy fall of snow.
The stormy weather of the past three days has had a very bad effect on the attendance.
The remainder of the month of February seems to be dominated by bad weather and
illness amongst the teachers and children and the log rambles its merry way through spring
and becomes interesting again in may.
All of the girls of the 3rd and 4th year standards left the school at 2.30 this afternoon to
attend the funeral of Ivy Bennett, a little girl in the fourth standard who was present on
Friday morning last and died after a short illness on Sunday morning.
A half holiday was given this afternoon as the greater number of the children were
desirous of seeing a wedding.
Report of the Diocesan Inspector.
Singing was marked with care and reverence. The writing out of prepared portions of the catechism was excellently done. The tone and discipline of the school are excellent.
Hethersett National School