Geoff Cordingley

Waterford School behind the War Memorial
Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

January, 1907

7thRe-opened school.  All children present except one boy.
18thThe afternoon session was held from 1.15 to 3.20 instead of the usual time, because of a Concert being held in the evening.

Attendance good all the week with the exception of two girls who were absent through illness.

February, 1907


J. Marsh


                                  Report on the Needlework.

No. of children             Summary Mark.

Gls.      12                                   Good.

Infts.       3                                   Fair.


Gls.      The knitting needs attention.

Infants.  Dotted calico, if used, should be confined to the beginning of the school year.


March, 1907

4thThe Rev. H.C. Orpwood visited.

Copy of Report made by H.M. Inspector

E.N. Nix, Esq.

After Visit of Feb. 18th 1907.



Mixed & Infant School.


The discipline and tone are very praiseworthy and efficiency of the school is well maintained; the written exercises are well done, and there has been improvement in History, in the form of oral response (especially in Class I.), and in the work of the Infants.

Fireguards should be provided.

H.C. Orpwood

8thAll the children above the Infants’ Class attended regularly all the week.

Two infants were away through illness.

A half-holiday was given in the afternoon, by direction of the Rev. H.C. Orpwood because of good Report received.

April, 1907

22ndThe Rev. H.C. Orpwood visited.

The Rev. R Coad Pryor gave children a Lantern Lecture on Ships &c. of the Royal Navy. after school.

29thThe Rev. H.C. Orpwood visited.

This day had been appointed for the Diocesan Inspector’s visit, but as the Rev. R. Buckland sent a notice before morning school, that he was unable to come, the Registers were marked and lessons were taken according to the Time Table.

May, 1907

10thThis afternoon I propose to take all the children except the youngest ones for a country walk, starting at 3.15 p.m.

4.15 p.m.  The walk was enjoyed by all.  The children gathered a great number of wild flowers, =======  and noticed the blossoms of the trees.

16thThe children wrote their exercises for the Rev. R. Buckland in the morning.

The Rev. H.C. Orpwood visited in the afternoon.

23rdA holiday because of a Musical Festival being held.
24thEmpire Day.  Instead of the usual lessons, others were given on the British Empire, the Flag was hung up in the playground, & the National Anthem was sung.

A half-holiday was given in the afternoon.

Scheme for Instruction during

the Year ending May 31st/08.


Subjects                                   Lower Division             |           Upper Division


Arithmetic         Scheme B. for St. 1, 2, 3.                  | Scheme B for St. 4

‘                                                                                             |     and upwards.


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

‘                             Selections from Historical             |  Selections from His:

‘                             Readers.                                               | & Geo: Readers.

‘                             One or two books. (Continuous  | A separate continuous

‘                             reading.)                                               | reader for each child

‘                                                                                             | (from the Library.)


Recitation.        The Idle Shepherd Boys                  | 1. Selections from Shakespeare’s

‘                                                                                             | “Henry VIII.”   Wolsey & Cromwell

‘                                                                                             | 2. The Spanish Armada.

‘                                                                                             |


Geography       General knowledge of                      | British Possessions in

‘                             the Geography of England            | Europe.

‘                             and Wales.                                          | General knowledge of

‘                                                                                             | India, Ceylon, & S. Africa.

‘                                                                                              |


History               Twelve chief events                           | The Tudor Period.

‘                             Connected with this                          |

‘                             Country.                                                |


Writing Dictation.  Transcription.                                | Dictation.  Abstracts

‘            &

Composition            Writing from memory               | of lessons in History,

‘                                     a piece of prose or poetry.      | & Geography.

‘                                     Composing a story                    | Boys to write on work

‘                                     a picture.                                       | done in gardens & on

‘                                      Writing abstracts of                  | farms.

‘                                       lessons in History,                    | Girls to write on work

‘                                       local physical geography,       | done in the home.

‘                                       animals & plants.                       | Other subjects for

‘                                       Abstracts of stories &               | composition:-

‘                                       reading lessons.                         |  Elementary Hygiene.

‘                                                                                                |  Local geography.

‘                                                                                                |  Visits paid.


Observation      Thirty lessons on                                 |

‘                              Objects, Nature Study,                     |

‘                              Elementary Hygiene.                         |

‘                                              (Separate List.)                     |


Needlework     St. I. II.  Hemming,                                 |St. IV – VII.  Specimens.

‘                             sewing, felling   .                                     |showing gathering.

‘                             Folding & tacking hems                      |setting-in, run and

‘                             & seams.                                                   |fell seam; run & back

‘                             Making garments.                                 |stitching; darning.

‘                             Knitting plain & purled.                       |on canvas & stocking-web.

‘                             St. III.  Specimens of                             |Patching in calico and

‘                              pleating, sewing on                              |flannel.

‘                               tape-strings & loops                           |Gusset making.

‘                               Herring-boning on                              |Knitting toe of sock.

‘                               flannel.                                                     |Cutting out one garment.

‘                               Knitting on four                                    |Making garments.

‘                               needles.                                                   |

‘                               Cutting out in paper                           |

‘                               the pattern of a plain                         |

‘                               pinafore.                                                 |

‘                                                                                                  |


Map-                   England & Wales.                                    | Sketch maps of Europe, S. Africa.

Drawing.                                                                                  | Hindostan, Ceylon.


List of Observation Lessons, chosen in

accordance with memorandum issued by

the County Council Association.


I.  Hygiene.


1.  On health.       Rules for health.

2.  On Air.

3.  Cleanliness of the home.

4.  Cleanliness of the person.

June, 1907

3rdThe Rev. H.C. Orpwood visited.

(continued)       List of Lessons in Hygiene, Nature & Study &c.


5.  On clothing.    Materials.         Cleanliness.      Repair.

6.  Water:  Washing.  Drinking.  Cleaning..

7.  Good & bad personal habits.

8.  The composition of Food.  Its Functions.

9.  On the choice of Food.

10.  Light.              Warmth.           Exercise.          Rest.

11.  Money:  Earning.  Spending.  Thrift.  Saving.

12.  Different ways of cooking.

13.  A Plant.

14.  A Flower.

15.  How plants are propagated.

16.  Different kinds of roots.

17.  Some local birds & their habits.

18.  Poultry.

19.  The hedge-hog.

20.  Autumn wild fruits.

22.  Starch.           23.  Milk.         24. Bread.

25.  Work on the Farm in Spring.

26.  Iron.

27.  The laying of the table for dinner & tea.

28.  How to make a bed.

June, 1907

19thA half-holiday in the afternoon, as the Mothers of the children went to Woodhall to the Mothers’ Union Meeting.
21stA boy from the Infants’ class named John Nash was away all the week, being an in-patient of the Hertford Infirmary.  In consequence of his bad health he is very backward in his learning, and although seven years of age is in the Class for Infants.
28thThe infant John Nash still away through illness.

July, 1907

17thAll children present in the morning.        A half-holiday was given in the afternoon, because of the Mothers’ Union Tea at Goldings.  The boys were entertained to tea at the Parsonage by the Rev. H.C. Orpwood.
24thA half-holiday was given in the afternoon, because the Annual School Treat was given at Goldings, by the Hon. Mrs. R.A. Smith.
25thA holiday. Some of the boys went with the Choir Excursion to Margate.

August, 1907

2ndAttendance good all the week.

School closed in the afternoon for the Harvest Holidays.

September, 1907

10thRe-opened school.  Two boys away who are working in the Harvest fields.

Four children have left the neighbourhood.  Admitted two children

13thAll children attended regularly except the three boys working in the fields.
18thOnly one boy away who is still working on a farm.

October, 1907

18thThe Rev. H.C. Orpwood visited.

Attendance very good all the week with the exception of one infant who is ill.

A boy returned to school whose Labour Certificate had expired.

31stThe School Attendance Officer visited.

The monitress resigned her post this afternoon.  Until the next teacher is appointed the Senior Infants will be taught with St. I.

November, 1907

1stThe Rev. H.C. Orpwood visited and said a holiday might be given in the afternoon as it was All Saints’ Day.
15thThe Infants have made good progress .  The juniors have been taken by the girls of Class I.

The monthly half-holiday for good attendance was given in the afternoon.

22ndA Managers’ Meeting was held at 4.30 p.m.
26thOwing to the wet weather in the morning three children under five were absent.  A half-holiday was given in the afternoon because of a Confirmation Service being held at Bengeo Church.

December, 1907

16thAll children present in the morning.

The Rev. H.C. Orpwood visited.

In the afternoon five children of one family were kept from school because of a case of measles in that family.  Two girls were kept from school by their parents through fear of infection.

18thThe Rev. H.C. Orpwood visited and said the school was to be closed at the end of the Morning Session for the Christmas Holidays
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