Geoff Cordingley

Waterford School behind the War Memorial
Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

January, 1906

9thRe-opened school.  All children on Registers present.

February, 1906

12thThe Rev. H.C. Orpwood visited.

Attendance of Infants much less owing to Whooping  –cough.

19thThe Rev. H.C. Orpwood visited.

Several children absent with whooping   –cough.

23rdMr. Ilott, school Attendance Officer visited in the morning.

Attendance much reduced all the week owing to whooping-cough.

26thThe Rev. H.C. Orpwood visited.

A meeting of School Managers was held in the afternoon at 4.30.

March, 1906

2ndNearly all the children of the Infants’ class, and one of the older scholars absent all the week with Whooping cough
5thThe Rev. H.C. Orpwood visited.

Four infants present, the rest away through illness.

9thAttendance still small owing to Whooping-cough.
13thSome children absent because of the snow, and nearly all the Infants because of Whooping-cough.
20thThe Rev. H.C. Orpwood visited.

Attendance slightly improved.

Owing to family circumstances the monitress has resigned.

23rdSeveral children still away with whooping-cough.
28thThe Rev. H.C. Orpwood visited.
30thThree boys’ names removed from Register because they have left the neighbourhood.

April, 1906

2ndThe Rev. H.C. Orpwood visited.  All children present except two.
6thAttendance very good all the week.
12thSchool closed for the Easter Holidays.
24thRe-opened school. N.M. Ryle began her duties as Monitress.
30thVisited School. E.N. Wix, H.M.I.

May, 1906

1stA half-holiday given in the afternoon by the request of Rev. H.C. Orpwood because it is May Day.
3rdThe Diocesan Inspector visited & examined in Religious Knowledge.

Report of Religious Instruction.

No. present 36.


The Religious Instruction continues to be carefully & efficiently given in this pleasant little school.

The children shewed much interest in their lessons & by their ready answering made a gratifying return for the pains taken with them.

The Infants also did well.

Written work was very good & Repetition rendered with precision and accuracy.

(Signed)  Arthur R. Buckland.

Diocesan Inspector.

7thThe Rev. H.C. Orpwood visited.


Copy of Report made by H.M. Inspector

E.N. Wix, Esq. after visit of 30th Ap. 1906.


Mixed Infants.              The discipline & tone are very praiseworthy, & the school is taught with much care, intelligence & success; the written exercises are very neat & accurate, & the oral work is creditable, though the answering in History is somewhat partial.

There is too much grouping in the Infants’ Division, & the instruction is not sufficiently varied 7 interesting for the very young children who form the majority of the class.  But the present teacher has been at work only a week & will no doubt do better as she gains more experience.

Premises.  The seats of the girls’ offices should be painted & the fence between the yard needs repair.

H.C. Orpwood.

24thThe National Anthem was sung at the beginning of the Morning Session, and the children were instructed in matters relating to the British Empire.
31stGave children their finished exercise books, which they had used during the past school year, to take home.

Scheme for Instruction during

the Year ending May 31st, 1907.


Subject                         Lower Division                                   |           Upper Division


Reading            Two books. (General reading)                  |  One book. (General reading)

‘                           One or two books. (Continuous)            |  Selections from Historical

‘                           Selections form Historical                         | & Geographical Readers.

‘                            Readers.                                                          | One or more continuous

‘                                                                                                       | Readers.


Recitation.        The skylark.  (Thornbury)                          | “Arthur & Hubert.” (Shakespeare)

‘                             The pet lamb.  (Wordsworth.)                | The Black Prince (Smedley)

‘                             Excelsior.  (Longfellow.)                            | Selections from Shakespeare’s

‘                                                                                                       | “Henry V.”


Writing Copy books.                    Transaction.                    | Copy books.  Transaction.


Composition          Dictation.  Writing from                       | Dictation.  Abstracts of

‘                                 memory a piece of prose                      | oral lessons.  Essays.

‘                                 or poetry.                                                   | Description of places

‘                                 Description of objects,                           | visited.

‘                                 animals, occupations, some                | Letter writing.

‘                                 view in neighbourhood,                        | Exercises in Grammar

‘                                 previously studied.   Stories                 | and Analysis.


Geography          Lessons on the geography                     | Scotland, Ireland,

‘                               of the neighbourhood.                            | Canada and

‘                                General knowledge of                             |Australasia.

‘                                England.                                                       |

‘                                Description of the                                     |

‘                                inhabitants of foreign                              |

‘                                lands.                                                             |


History                    Twelve chief events                                 | The Plantagenet

‘                                  taken from the period                           | period.

‘                                  55 B.C. to A.D. 1154.                                |

‘                                                                                                         |


Elementary                      Thirty Lessons                                |

Science.                              (Separate List.)                              |

‘                                                                                                        |


Needlework             St. I. II.  Specimens of                          |St. iv – vi.  Gathering,


‘                                    sewing, felling, knitting.                     |stroking, stocking.

‘                                    Cutting out aprons in                         |Patching in calico.

‘                                    paper & fixing them.                           |print & flannel.

‘                                   Making garments.                                 |Tuck-running.

‘                                                                                                        |Gusset making.

St. III.                          Specimens of                                         | Button-holing.  Sewing.

‘                                    stitching, herring –                                |on buttons.  Darning.

‘                                    boning, darning on                              |Knitting heel of stocking.

‘                                    canvas.  Knitting (4                               |Cutting out garments.

‘                                    needles.)                                                  |Making garments.

‘                                     Garments.  Cutting                             |

‘                                      out in paper.                                        |

‘                                                                                                        |


Arithmetic                      Scheme B.                                         | Scheme B.

‘                                                                                                       |


List of Observation Lessons.


1.  Solids & Liquids

2.  Water.

3.  The air.

4.  Air & water compared.

5.  On bodies hard & soft.

6.  On bodies brittle, tough, malleable, ductile & tenacious.

7.  Sugar.

8. Silver.

9.  Salt.

10.  Different kinds of roots.

11.  Cork.

12.  Starch.

13.  Porosity.

14.  Coverings of animals.

15.  Linen & flax.

16.  A bird.

17.  Tongues of animals & their uses.

18.  Grasses.

19.  Chalk & lime.

20.  Stone-fruit.


Lessons on Hygiene.

1.  Personal cleanliness.

2.  The importance of “Fresh Air”.

3.  Why we require food.

4.  Warmth-giving food.

5.  Flesh-forming Foods.

6.  Why we require drink.  Milk & water, the best drinks.

7.  On tea, coffee & other drinks.

8.  On sunshine & sleep.

9.  On clothing. (materials, cleansing & repair.)

10.  Good & bad personal habits.

June, 1906

4thWhit –Monday a holiday.
5thSchool as usual.

July, 1906

10thA half-holiday was given in the afternoon because the children’s mothers went to the Mothers’ Union Meeting at Ware Park.
18thA half-holiday given in the afternoon. The children had their School-treat at Goldings
23rdThe Rev. H.C. Orpwood visited in the morning.  A half-holiday given in the afternoon, because of

the visit of the Prince & princess of Wales to Hertford.

August, 1906

3rdSchool closed in the morning for the Harvest Holidays

September, 1906

11thRe-opened school.  in consequence of two families having removed from the village seven children’s names were taken off the registers.

The Hon. Mrs R.A. Smith visited in the afternoon.  During the Harvest Holidays she had kindly sent all scholars over 7 years of age to the Zoological gardens, & she now asked them to write an essay on their visit offering to give first, second & third prizes to the scholars in St. IV. to Vii. & the same to the Lower Division.

12thFrom eleven to twelve o’clock the children wrote their essays instead of working according to the Time-table.

The afternoon session was held from 1.20 to 3.25.

17thAdmitted two children.
24thTwo scholars of St. IV. absent, one because he had to attend the Infirmary for a poisoned foot, &

the other because her grandmother is ill.

27thThe upper division in the Infants’ Class began new reading books.

Mr. Ilott, School Attendance Officer visited.  He told the children that the attendance of the preceding week was the highest of all the schools he had attended.

October, 1906

11thMr. Ilott, Attendance Officer visited.

Three boys absented themselves from school to go to a circus in Hertford.

November, 1906

1stThe Rev. H.C. Orpwood visited in the morning, and said that the children might have a holiday in the afternoon as it was “ALL Saints Day.”
28thAll children present.

The Hon. Mrs R.A. Smith gave prizes to those children who had written the best account of their visit to the Zoological Gardens.  Ten prizes were given.

29thAll children present.

The Infants have now a good stock of toys and games, and they are delighted with them.

December, 1906

6thA half-holiday given in the afternoon because a Concert was held, also for good attendance during the preceding month.
20thSchool closed for the Christmas vacation.
24thThe Hon. Mrs R.A. Smith entertained the children at a Christmas Tree, & presented the Prizes, Medals & Certificates given by the County Council for good attendance.

List of Winners of Medals, Prizes. &

Certificates for Yead ending Nov. 30th/06




1. George Bygrave.          Fourth yr’s perfect attendance

2. Mabel Jennings.            Fourth    “        “           “

3. Daisey Edwards           First       “        “           “

4. Ivy Bush.                      Third     “        “           “

5. Dorothy Bygrave.         Fourth    “        “           “

6. Bertie Potterill.              Third      “        “           “

7. Elizabeth Bygrave.        Second    “        “           “

8. Reginald Edwards         First        “        “           “

9. Aubrey Farnham.          Second   “        “           “

10. Dora Farnham. Third      “        “           “



1. George Bygrave

2.  Mabel Jennings.

3.  Ivy Bush

4.  Dora Farnham

5. Dorothy Bygrave.

6. Bertie Potterill.

7. Aubrey Farnham.



1. Winifred Ashwood.                   5. William Clapham.

2.  Susan Farnham.

3.  George Potterill.

4.  Elsie Outlaw.

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