Glass Remembered … Glass School Log

The late George Gordon  transcribed the following from the Glass School Log Books.

GLASS PUBLIC SCHOOL LOG BOOK as written by Mr W. Shand, MA  Headmaster

 25 Oct 1918 –  School opened after holidays, poor attendance with the boys at the beating, potato lifting, harvest and influenza.

6 Dec 1918 –  School opened on Thursday after epidemic of influenza.

9 Dec 1918  –  Rev. W.G. Guthrie visited the school, only 51 out of 75 were present owing to the flu epidemic.

20 Dec 1918 – Attendance better, influenza almost but not quite over

28 Feb 1919 –  Several fresh cases of influenza, heavy snowfalls.  The school was shut up for 5 weeks owing to influenza

11 April 1919 – School reopened, attendance very bad, still cases of pneumonia after influenza. School was closed on this day for Polling

 4 March 1921 – Seven infants and two temporary pupils

11 March 1921 – Poor attendance owing to the snowstorm and blocked roads

15 April 1921 –   The storm on Thursday and Friday 15th caused a poor attendance

5 May 1921 – School closed on 6 May owing to it being a Fast Day

13 May 1921 – More than half senior pupils and many of the infants were absent owing to influenza

17 June 1921 – HM Inspector of schools Mr Hamilton visited today

1 July 1921 – Rev W.G. Guthrie presented prizes as the school closed for summer holidays, re-opened on Tuesday 23 August

16 Sept 1921 – Attendance very bad owing to harvest work and on Wednesday a very bad rainstorm had a bad effect on attendance

21 Oct 1921 – Several absent potato lifting

11 Nov 1921 – Closed today for the Fast Day

14 Dec 1921 – 57 present out of a roll of 68

22 Dec 1921 – School closed for Christmas holidays

4 January 1922 – School opened today but only 10 pupils came owing to the snowstorm.  The roads are blocked and the high wind is filling the air with drifting snow.  The 10 were kept for an hour or two and sent home when the weather cleared a bit.

5 January 1922 – Storm still continues, snow deeper, 11 pupils present.

13 January 1922 – School re-opened on Monday; attendance bad as the roads are blocked today.

16,17 & 18th January 1922 – Heavy snowstorm; no pupils.

19 January 1922 – Only 4 pupils

20 January 1922 – Only 10 pupils

The bad weather continued all through January.  During February many cases of influenza occurred.

10 March 1922 – Thursday morning was very stormy, heavy snow falling kept many pupils away.

17 March 1922 – Almost perfect weather; good attendance.

31 March 1922 – In spite of storms a good attendance

12 May 1922 – A Fast Day

19 May 1922 – The best attendance this year.  The first week of fine weather.

9 June 1922 – Very warm weather and rather trying for the pupils.

7 July 1922 – Yesterday was a fearful day of wind and rain which prevented most pupils from coming to school.

4 August 1922 – School closed for summer holidays.

29 September 1922 – School opened on Tuesday after summer holidays; attendance very bad owing to wet days and grouse driving.

27 October 1922 – A good few pupils absent today owing to a very bad morning of snow and sleet and the children from a distance did not come.

3 November 1922 – Wintry weather, frost and driven snow has been experienced the past two days, as a result several families from a distance have not come, but the attendance is satisfactory.

10 November 1922 – The attendance was bad today as there was a furious wind and the higher pupils were off at harvest work; rain fell heavily towards noon.

17 November 1922 – During the past day or two attendance has been very bad owing to harvest work.

24 November 1922 – Still a few at harvest work.

1 December 1922 – The first three days of this week the senior boys were mostly all absent assisting at harvest work.  The harvest is practically finished now.

5 January 1923 – School opened on Tuesday, weather was wild and stormy; attendance poor but at the end of the week it improved and 61 out of a total of 65 were present.

23 February 1923 – Snow has at last fallen and one or two mornings were wild and stormy.  The air was full of driven snow.

2 March 1923 – Attendance has been very bad all week owing to the very boisterous weather.  On Tuesday only 31 were present at school.

23 March 1923 – One family of three absent owing to measles, several have colds, attendance not satisfactory considering the lovely weather.

29 March 1923 – Easter holidays commence tomorrow, another family or two absent with measles.

13 April 1923 – School re-opened after Easter holidays.  Measles still spreading. Mr Hamilton H.M.I. visited yesterday.

1 May 1923 – A Fast Day today.

18 May 1923 – Attendance very bad owing to the wretched weather.  On Thursday only 15 pupils were present.  Still some measles.

23 May 1923 – Only two are absent owing to measles.  Yesterday was Empire Day and I carried out the Authorities instructions as closely as possible.  One boy had been absent 3 weeks without sufficient excuse.

13 June 1923 – The dentist visited the school yesterday, only two people received treatment.

13 July 1923 – On Thursday morning there was a severe thunderstorm with heavy rain.  Few attended school, these I kept till the dinner hour.  Very warm weather.

27 July 1923 – Rev. W.G. Guthrie visited the school; attendance 52.

3 August 1923 – Bad weather and illness have made poor attendance; the children badly in need of holidays.

September and October 1923 – Several boys at the beating.

26 October 1923 – Dr McBean examined the pupils on Tuesday 23 October.

2 November 1923 – Six boys out for two days with the sportsmen.

9 November 1923 – The school closed today as it was a Fast Day.

15 November 1923 – HM Inspectors Crawford and Hamilton visited the school today and examined all the classes.

16 November 1923 – Only a few present owing to a snowstorm.  I kept these till 1 pm but did not mark registers; same on the 19th, did not mark registers.

20 November 1923 – A few more came today though less than half.

21 November 1923 – A little better, none from the outlying places came, but 34 were present.

23 November 1923 – Fresh snowfall and bad morning, few came to school.  I gave hot cocoa all this week to the pupils and shall continue doing so for the winter months.

30 November 1923 – Though the registers have been marked daily many are absent as the higher roads are blocked with snow, besides several children living comparatively near the school are absent owing to broken chilblains.

7 December 1923 – The school as closed yesterday owing to the Parliamentary Election.  None of the pupils from the Corsemaul direction have been at school yet as the road is still blocked.

January and February 1924 – A lot of colds are hampering attendances.

29 February 1924 – No register marked today owing to a snowstorm.  Only 6 pupils put in an appearance.

3 March 1924 – Owing to a terrific snowstorm during the weekend all the roads are blocked.  Only four pupils came to school today and the register was not marked.

7 March 1924 – I had the pupils from the immediate neighbourhood on Tuesday.  All the roads are still blocked and attendance is very bad, no children from any distance could be expected to come to school.

14 March 1924 – On Monday and Tuesday the attendance was bad for the same reason, but on Thursday and Friday (today) the attendance has been good.  Two are still absent ill.

21 March 1924 – The school children attended today the funeral service of Sir Frederick Bridge in Glass Parish Church from 12 noon to 1 pm.

4 April 1924 – I did not close school for Easter holidays till today and I intend opening on Monday 13 April instead of the 15th as two days were lost owing to snowstorm and many were absent for a week.

2 May 1924 – Attendance good.  Extra time has been spent on gardening and preparation for a school concert to raise funds for a trip to the seaside in summer.

8 May 1924 – School will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday as it is a Fast Day.  Tonight there will be a school concert to try to raise funds for a picnic to the seaside in the summer.

16 May 1924 – A number of pupils were absent today (Friday) potato planting but for the rest of the week attendance was good.

13 June 1924 – Very few pupils came to school yesterday (Thursday) owing to a rain storm.  I kept those who did come till mid-day.  Mr Pardie examined the boys who took horticulture on Tuesday.

20 June 1924- Dr McBean visited the school yesterday and examined certain cases they had noted for inspection at their last visit.  Attendance quite good, but two boys were absent cutting peats.

28 June 1924 – On this Saturday the school went to Cullen in motor charabancs.

4 July 1924 – Attendance still quite satisfactory.  Two children are at Wembley and one has been absent all week working.  (The Wembley Exhibition of 1924)

18 July 1924 – The school was closed on 17th and 18th by permission of the Director owing to bereavement. (The funeral of the schoolmaster’s four year old daughter Betty)

3 October 1924 – Dr Walker visited the school yesterday and examined the entrants, the nine year olds and the twelve year olds.  He also examined the urinals and took measurements of the rooms, windows etc.

19 October 1924 – Owing to a terrific rainstorm on Monday morning only about half the pupils were present.

24 October 1924 – Mr McKay, dentist, visited the school and examined all the pupils under eleven years of age.  One or two assisting at the harvest.

31 October 1924 – The school was closed on Wednesday 29th for the Parliamentary Election.  Many are absent owing to bad colds, whooping cough.

7 November 1924 – Many of the infants were off with whooping cough.  Friday was Fast Day and the school was closed.

19 December 1924 – Eighteen new desks arrived on Wednesday for the senior’s room.  Attendance not good.  One boy has influenza while several have whooping cough.

9 January 1925 – The attendance was bad on Tuesday when the school was opened after the Christmas vacation.  Several families still have whooping cough, some are absent from colds and some have not got back from their holidays.  Snow also kept those from Corsemaul from attending on Tuesday.

16 January 1925 – Attendance still not good, those whom I reported last week are back.

23 January 192 – HM Inspectors Messrs Crawford and Hamilton visited the school on Wed. 21st inst. And examined all the classes.  The District Nurse visited the school on Tues. 27th January and examined several cases which Dr Walker had noted as requiring attention.

20 February 1925 – Rain and sleet have fallen every morning and most of the daytime all week, and the youngest children have been absent.  Several have colds.

27 February 1925 – The weather has been very bad the past week and the attendance has suffered.

3 March 1925 – Rev. W.G. Guthrie visited the school and as usual signed the log book. 61 pupils were present.

13 March 1925 – On Monday and Tuesday aa rainstorm raged.  Few pupils appeared.  These I kept till 1 pm, but I didn’t mark the register.  More pupils came on Wed. but as some roads are blocked the attendance was very bad.  Today Friday most of the senior pupils are present, but nearly all the infants and several juniors are absent owing to the state of the roads.

20 March 1925 – The attendance has improved especially in the infant and junior classes, but several of the seniors have been absent all week owing to influenza.

27 March 1925 – Nurse Ross visited the school on Wed. and examined one girl she had had under treatment.  The attendance was very bad owing to the stormy weather.

2 April 1925 – Today Thursday the school was closed for the Easter vacation.  Snow and sleet have made the attendance only fair.

17 April 1925 – Work was resumed on Tuesday after the Easter vacation.  One family of 4 boys have left the district and three pupils have been admitted, two from Beldorney.  Attendance very good though there are cases of German measles in the parish.  No children have as yet caught infection.  I had to report one family for irregularity.

8 May 1925 – The school was closed on Thursday which was a Fast Day.  On Monday and Tuesday the attendance was very good.  On Wed. only about half the pupils were present owing to a terrific rainstorm and many infants were absent today as the morning was very wet.  A qualifying test paper in English was well done.

22 May 1925 – Rev Mr Guthrie visited the school and found 65 out of 69 present.

29 May 1925 – There have been many changes at this Term and eight pupils have left.  The attendance has not been at all good.  Only 39 were present on Monday morning which was very wet.

19 June 1925 – Attendance very good.  I have again reported one family who are attending very badly and bring the excuse “working”.  Yesterday Mr McKay the dentist visited the school and carried out treatment.

26 June 1925 – This week the percentage of attendance has been very good, the best for years, 97.2%

10 July 1925 – Several pupils have been absent ill, and one or two have been absent assisting parents to hoe.

17 July 1925 – I again reported a boy for being absent “working”.  Attendance still good, but the weather is warm and work is difficult.

24 July 1925 – Mr C. Watt, Health Officer, Inverurie visited the school yesterday in connection with a case of scarlatina.  Two more pupils are reported to me today to have scarlatina.  I have notified Mr J. Merson of this.  Twenty were absent today owing to this scare.

27 July 1925 – Today Monday only a few pupils were present owing to the fever scare.  Dr McBean visited the school and examined those present.  He also visited at their homes the fever cases.  He gave orders to close the school.

25 September 1925 – The school was opened on Tuesday.  The attendance was bad, as none of the people who had fever came to school.

2 October 1925 – The school was closed by order on Tuesday when the King & Queen visited Aberdeen.  None of these who had fever have yet returned.

9 October 1925 – On Wed. the 7th Dr Mitchell visited the school and examined the entrants, 9 year olds, 12 year olds, specials and three girls who had come back to school after having had scarlet fever.

16 October 1925 – The first snowstorm of the year kept many of the children from a distance from attending school that day.  Mc McKay visited the school for dental examination on Thu.

23 October 1925 – The attendance has not improved much owing to sore throats, colds and bad weather.  Still progress is being made.  Nurse Ross called at the school and I asked her to look into one case.

30 October 1925 – There are still 2 pupils absent owing to scarlet fever; several have been absent for a day or two potato lifting.

6 November 1925 – A Fast Day. School closed.

13 November 1925 – The attendance is worse again owing to snow and colds.  Class 2 are progressing at last in geometry and algebra.

20 November 1925 – I reported one boy last Friday, he has made only three attendances this week.  His guardian has not finished harvest yet.

27 November 1925 – Nurse Ross visited the school and dressed and examined two girls.  No infants were present on Wed. owing to a snowstorm in the morning.

4 December 1925 – The attendance has been very bad owing to the snowstorm.  One or two roads are blocked, and only the pupils in the senior room coming from a distance are in attendance.  One pupil is still absent as a result of scarlet fever.

11 December 1925 – The attendance this week is worse than ever.  Many were absent in the beginning of the week owing to colds.  Then another case of scarlet fever has caused a bit of a scare I think.  Other two children were sick in school and I sent them home.  One is back again, but I have not heard of the other.

18 December 1925 – Only a few pupils have been in attendance during the past week owing to the snowstorm.  I kept these always to 1 o’clock and sometimes to 4 pm.

23 December 1925 – No registers yet.  All roads blocked except the main post road.

8 January 1926 – One pupil is absent owing to scarlet fever and two owing to measles.  The others have turned out well.

13 January 1926 – One pupil who had measles during the Xmas holidays has returned to school.  Today, owing to a snowfall and a threatening morning infants and the pupils from a distance did not attend.

22 January 1926 – The attendance has been worse this week.  One boy has been absent all week owing to ringworm.

29 January 1926 – The attendance was quite good until today when a terrific rainstorm kept many pupils from attending.  The boy who had ringworm is back at school.

5 February 1926 – Three girls have been absent from the Post Qualifying class owing to measles in two cases and a breakdown in health in the other.

12 February 1926 – Attendance worse again owing to illness and bad weather.

19 February 1926 – Another boy off with ringworm.

26 February 1926 – Attendance greatly improved. 94% present.

5 March 1926 – Attendance continues to be good the first few days but owing to a snowstorm the attendance has been bad for the past two days.

12 March 1926 – The attendance suffered from the severe snowstorm and blizzard on Wed. Only 25 were present.  Many had colds.

19 March 1926 – Two pupils have been absent all week with measles; the attendance today is very bad, half the senior pupils are absent owing to colds and there is constant coughing in the higher classes.

24 March 1926 – As on Monday only 16 pupils were present.  I reported accordingly and received a wire today to close 1st April.  On Tuesday 15 were present and all these had had measles formerly.  Today the same 15 were at school.

16 April 1926 – I opened school on Monday after Easter week and had a fair attendance.  Two families (6) are still absent owing to measles, but the rest are back at school.  One boy who is absent without reason I reported.

23 April 1926 – Owing to the very rainy weather several pupils just recovering from measles were kept at home.

30 April 1926 – On Monday owing to a deluge of rain less than half of the younger pupils were present, but the attendance has been quite good the rest of the week. 87%.

14 May 1926 – The very wet weather of this week did not affect the attendance as it was generally fair in the mornings when pupils were leaving for school. 94%.

21 May 1926 – Attendance for the first three days was very good but many have been absent the past two days owing to colds and there is constant coughing today.

28 May 1926 – Many are absent this week owing to bad colds.  The Roll will be affected owing to Term changes.  Six pupils have left.  Others are expected however.

11 June 1926 – Fresh cases of colds have occurred this week and heavy rains yesterday and today kept several families from attending.

18 June 1926 – Though the attendance has improved considerably a few have still colds.  Mr Pardy visited the school yesterday and examined the boys who take horticulture.

19 June 1926 – Mr McKay, dentist, visited the school yesterday and treated ten pupils; extractions & fillings.  An improvement in the weather has improved the attendance.

2 July 1926 – The weather this week has been close and warm, with several thunder storms.  Good attendance.

9 July 1926 – The attendance is not so good this week for several reasons, colds, bereavement and two families (7) have been absent two days with the excuse “working”.

16 July 1926 – The weather has been very warm and the pupils listless.  The attendance is similar to last week and illness is the chief cause of absence.

23 July 1926 – The attendance in the senior room has been good, but a number have been absent in the infant room owing to colds and sickness.  The children are in need of holidays.

24 September 1926 – School was re-opened on Tuesday when the attendance was bad.  Eight senior boys were absent with sportsmen “beating” and three families, 11 in all, have not reported all week.  I reported these but find that one family of 4 is absent owing to diphtheria.  Miss Watson visited the school on Thursday.

1 October 1926 – Dr Mitchell visited the school on Monday and examined the entrants, 9 year olds, 12 year olds and special cases.

8 October 1926 – Dr McDonald visited the school on Monday and examined all the classes in Bible and also in other subjects.  On Monday and Tuesday 8 senior boys and one girl were absent “beating” or harvesting.  Attendance was good on other days.

15 October 1926 – Attendance has been good all the week except on Wednesday when owing to a severe rainstorm only about half the pupils were present.  Mr McKay, dentist, visited the school on Thursday for dental inspection.

22 October 1926 – Three pupils have been absent all week owing to illness.  One ton of coals was delivered yesterday.  Previously I had got one load of peats from a local crofter for £1.

29 October 1926 – The attendance in the higher classes has been very good this week, but owing to the heavy fall of snow during two days the infants have nearly all been absent.  This snow-fall in October is the worst for this month since I came to Glass 17 years ago (1909).  There is 6 inches all over.

5 November 1926 – The snowstorm continued on Monday but gradually the snow disappeared.  One family of 4 from an outlying croft did not get to school till Thursday.  Many of the younger children were absent on Monday.

12 November 1926 – Owing to bad weather and potato lifting the attendance has not improved this week.  As this is Fast Day the pupils had a holiday.

19 November 1926 – Today exactly 50% of the pupils were present owing to a heavy rainstorm.  Nurse Carr, who succeeded Nurse Ross, visited the school for the first time today.

2 December 1926 – One day 4 boys were absent with sportsmen, but except for some cases of illness in the infant room, attendance was good.

24 December 1926 – Attendance is worse owing to two large families being absent with bad colds.  The school was closed today for the Xmas holidays.

20 January 1927 – Rev Mr Guthrie visited the school and reported that the attendance was very bad owing to influenza, only 24 being present.  He says that Mr Shand and Miss Brander are both ill and ought to be in bed.

21 January 1927 – Influenza still raging.  On Thursday 24 were present and today only 18.

28 January 1927 – Attendance a little better.  Influenza still raging.  I did nothing but revision with those present.

4 February 1927 – A number have returned but the percentage is only 70% yet.  Only 4 pupils have escaped either bad colds or influenza.

11 February 1927 – All the pupils except two have had influenza.  Two or three are still ill and a number are absent having colds, after having influenza.

18 February 1927 – Still a number of pupils are absent ill, chiefly owing to colds and the after effects of influenza.

25 February 1927 – Only one family of 4 now suffering from influenza, but several pupils have colds.  Many absent through illness.

11 March 1927 – One family of 4 has been absent the past two days but as the mornings have been very wet and the children have to come more than three miles, the weather is probably the cause of absence.

25 March 1927 – Many cases of sickness and a rain-storm this morning have brought down the percentage considerably.

31 March 1927 – School closed today for Easter holidays.  Attendance is good though several are absent owing to chicken pox.

14 April 1927 – Work was resumed on Tuesday after the Easter holiday.  Six infants were admitted and two left school.  The school will be closed tomorrow 15th as it is Good Friday.

29 April 1927 – We have experienced this week the worst snowstorm and the keenest frosts of all the winter 1926-27.  Corsemaul and Beldorney roads are blocked.  Naturally the attendance is bad.  Seventeen are absent in the infant room.  Two families have applied for “A” bursaries.

6 May 1927 – School was closed today as it is Fast Day.  Two pupils have been absent all week owing to accidents and several have colds.

24 June 1927 – Heavy rains on Monday and Tuesday kept many of the infants from school.  Mr Pardie examined the boys who get horticulture.

1 July 1927 – On Monday owing to a rainstorm only 29 pupils were present.  On Tuesday HM Inspectors Hamilton and Pringle visited the school and examined the different classes.

7 July 1927 – Mr McKay, dentist, visited the school on Tuesday for treatment.

22 July 1927 – The weather is rather warm and the pupils are in need of a holiday.  Attendance is satisfactory.

29 July 1927 – The weather is warmer still and even with doors and windows wide open it gets uncomfortable in the afternoon.  Attendance satisfactory.

5 August 1927 – School was closed today for summer holidays.

30 September 1927 – Work was resumed after the summer vacation on Tuesday morning.  A number of pupils are absent.  One family (2) has not put in an appearance yet and I am reporting them.  One is absent while applying for exemption and one or two are at harvest work.

7 October 1927 – Attendance not much better, several are absent harvesting and these I have reported.  Some are absent ill.

14 October 1927 – Dr Mitchell visited the school today and examined entrants, 9 year olds, 12 year olds and special cases.  Several absent harvesting.

4 November 1927 – Attendance has been very bad all this week.  This was caused by senior boys and girls being absent assisting at harvest work.  Several boys were also out with sportsmen.

11 November 1927 – School was closed today as it is Fast Day.  The attendance has been very much affected by the snowstorm.  Owing to blocked roads many pupils were absent all week.

18 November 1927 – Considering the weather the attendance has been very satisfactory.  On Monday quite a number were absent.

25 November 1927 – Yesterday Dr McBean visited the school and tested 48 of the pupils for scarlet fever and diphtheria.  He returned today to observe the result of the scarlet fever test.  Quite a number were immune.

2 December 1927 – Dr McBean visited the school on Monday when only one pupil was found to be immune from diphtheria.  He came again yesterday and treated the pupils who were not immune.  About a dozen are absent today as a result of this.

9 December 1927 – Dr McBean visited the school again yesterday and treated the pupils who had consented to have the treatment.  A number are absent today “sick”.

16 December 1927 – On Thursday Dr McBean gave the final inoculation.  Many were absent owing to the snowstorm.

22 December 1927 – School was closed today for Xmas holidays.  Many have been absent all the week owing to the snowstorm and block roads.  Colds and sickness are also prevalent.

6 January 1928 – School was reopened on Wednesday after the Xmas holidays.  Attendance very bad owing to blocked and ice covered roads.

13 January 1928 – Attendance still bad owing to blocked and icy roads and illness.  Many are sick and others have colds.  One family (4) is absent owing to scarlet fever.

20 January 1928 – Many of the pupils are absent ill.  I have enquired into the reasons for absence and in every case sickness is the cause.  A preliminary test of the qualifying class in arithmetic was on the whole satisfactorily done.

27 January 1928 – Attendance is still very bad particularly in the infant room.  The causes of absence are fever, colds, sore throats, broken chilblains and sickness accompanied by a skin rash in some cases.

3 February 1928 – Mr McKay, dentist, visited the school on Tuesday and examined all the pupils present.  Attendance still bad.

10 February 1928 – Attendance still bad.  There is still much sickness and colds prevalent.  A family of 4 is still absent owing to scarlet fever.

17 February 1928 – Attendance is a little better due to the causes of the last few weeks.

24 February 1928 – The attendance in the senior room is worse.  This is chiefly due to bad colds.  Many attending have colds and constant coughing makes it very difficult to carry on the work.  Dr Mitchell visited the school on Tuesday and examined pupils whose card were marked for observation and one or two to whom I called attention.

2 March 1928 – The attendance is no better but I have no pupil to report as illness is the cause of absence in every case.  Besides the fever cases most are absent owing to bad colds and there is still almost constant coughing in school.  One boy has ringworm and another threatens rheumatic fever.

9 March 1928 – With the Director’s permission I was absent yesterday attending the funeral of my sister in law.  Miss Brander took charge of all classes for the day and informs me that she managed all right.

23 March 1928 – A distinct improvement in the attendance in the infant room.  The 4 pupils who had fever are still absent, one with ringworm and one or two with bad colds.  The nurse has been visiting one of the infants attending school and dressing her scarred face.

29 March 1928 – School closed today for Easter vacation.

13 April 1928 – School was reopened on Tuesday after the Easter vacation.  The attendance is better.  A clearance certificate was received from Dr Rae for those who had scarlet fever.

20 April 1928 – Attendance is better though two pupils have been absent all week owing to illness.  On two stormy mornings two families (7 pupils) did not come to school.  They have more than three miles to walk to school.

27 April 1928 – Mr Skinner (Dick Bequest) and Rev Mr Cox visited the school yesterday and Mr Skinner examined the pupils in the highest classes.

4 May 1928 – Attendance satisfactory although one family of four have been absent owing to bereavement.

10 May 1928 – School closed tomorrow as it is a Fast Day.

18 My 1928 – Attendance is still satisfactory but one morning owing to heavy rain two families (7) that have to come over three miles were absent.  One family of three has been absent the past two days owing to a Displenish sale at their home.

1 June 1928 – During the past week owing to Term changes 13 pupils left and 4 were admitted.  Roll is now 69.

15 June 1928 – One or two pupils have been absent all week owing to sickness but otherwise the attendance is good.  Mr Morrison, Director of Education, visited the school on Wed.  I agreed to be responsible for the arithmetic for standard 2.

22 June 1928 – Mr Pardy visited the school on Monday and examined those boys who take gardening.  Four pupils absent.

29 June 1928 – A heavy rainstorm on Tuesday kept 17 of the infants from attending.  On other days attendance was satisfactory.

6 July 1928 – Four boys were absent ill for a day or two in the beginning of the week, but attendance is good.  The juniors and infants have attended well in spite of very rainy weather.

13 July 1928 – HM Inspector visited the school on Tuesday 10th.

20 July 1928 – Mr McKay, dentist, visited the school yesterday for treatment.  Attendance is satisfactory.

27 July 1928 – The morning was very rainy and 14 pupils were absent from the infant room.  Pupils are in need of holidays.

3 August 1928 – School was closed today for the summer vacation.

28 September 1926 – School reopened on Tuesday after the summer vacation and the attendance is good.  94.4%.  Two boys who have been absent all week have medical certificates.  A third who is absent is applying for exemption, I have sent him word to come to school on Monday.

5 October 1928 – Ten boys were absent today with sportsmen and one or two have been absent on other days harvesting.  I reported two or three of the worst cases but so far without effect.

12 October 1928 – The senior boys have attended better though one or two have been absent a day or two harvesting.

19 October 1928 – The attendance this week has not been quite so good.  Several boys and girls have been absent harvesting.

26 October 1928 – The Headmaster was absent on Monday at his mother in law’s funeral and on Thursday at his brother in law’s.  On both occasions the Director of Education granted permission.  On Monday Miss Brander managed alone and on Thursday Mrs Shand took the seniors.  Dr Mitchell examined the entrants, 9’s and 12’s on Wed.

2 November 1928 – The attendance has been affected this week by bad weather.  27 were absent on Wed. as it poured in torrents all day.  Several were absent on other days potato lifting.  The harvest is now finished.

8 November 1928 – School will be closed tomorrow as it is a Fast Day.

16 November 1928 – A test in algebra was on the whole well done.

23 November 1928 – The attendance is still satisfactory.  As there has been a perfect deluge of rain and latterly sleet today, I gave the pupils a short dinner interval and let them home earlier than usual.

7 December 1928 – Attendance was very good until today when 17 pupils were absent owing to the stormy weather.  Snow was falling and drifting in the early morning.

21 December 1928 – School was closed today for the Xmas vacation.  Yesterday the W.R.I. treated the school to a cinematograph entertainment in the hall at 3.30 pm.

11 January 1919 = Work commenced on Monday after the Xmas vacation.  The attendance has been very good in spite of ice covered roads.  I sent one boy who said he had ringworm to the nurse who reported to me that it was not ringworm but the worst case of sheep scab she had ever seen.

18 January 1929 – The attendance has suffered much from the snowstorm, about 20 pupils being absent daily.

25 January 1929 – Owing to snowstorms, colds, bad throats, toothache, chilblains the attendance has not been good.

1 February 1929 – Still poor attendance with illness etc.

8 February 1929 – Attendance is better, but many absent with colds etc. Two have been absent more than a fortnight ill.

15 February 1929: 22 February 1929 and 1 March 1929

On the first two dates the attendance was bad owing to the snowstorm and colds.  On 1 March the attendance was worse with the snow deep on the roads which were blocked places.  Many were off with colds.

8 March 1929 – The weather has improved and with it also the attendance, but several were still off with colds and one had influenza.

22 March 1929 – Attendance is satisfactory though an absent enquiry form was sent to one parent.  Most of the test papers were satisfactorily done.

29 March – There has been much coughing in school the past few days and several are absent today with sore throats.

12 April 1929 – Seven entrants were enrolled and 2 pupils left bringing the Roll to 78.  Attendance satisfactory.

17 April 1929 – Rev Mr Guthrie called today and found all in order with 76 present out of 78.

19 April 1929 – Two boys have been absent ill all week.  The attendance suffered slightly this morning owing to heavy rain.

26 April 1929 – Attendance is still good but two families (7) were absent on Wed. owing to a heavy fall of snow.

3 May 1929 – The attendance is still good though several pupils have been absent for a day or two owing to colds.

9 May 1929 – Attendance is good though two families that live 2 – 3 miles from school were absent one very wet morning.  Tomorrow is a Fast Day and the school is closed.

17 May 1929 – Several pupils were absent on Wed. at a menagerie at Huntly, but attendance for the week was good.

24 May 1929 – As this is Empire Day the school was closed in the afternoon according to instructions.  Term changes have affected the attendance slightly.

31 May 1929 – Three pupils have left the district at this date and another leaves, but I understand 4 new pupils are coming so that the roll will still stand at 78.


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