Geoff Cordingley

Waterford School behind the War Memorial
Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

January, 1909

12thRe-opened school. Two children who are 14 years of age left school to go to work.
13thThe Hon. Mrs. R.A. Smith & Mrs. Reginald Smith visited this morning.
The Afternoon Session commenced at 1 o’clock in order that the children could attend the Service held in the church at 3.30. when the Lord Bishop of St. Albans instituted the Rev. A. A. Mayhew as the Vicar of this Parish.
26thThe Vicar visited and took the Upper Division to their lesson in Religious Instruction.

February, 1909

8thThe Vicar visited and brought his brother A. Mayhew, Esq. Government Inspector of Schools in the Presidency of Madras, to see the school. Mrs. Arthur Mayhew also visited.
12thThe per centage of attendance this week was only 91.7. owing to two children of Class I being absent on account of the illness of their mother & grandmother.
16thThe Vicar visited & taught Division I.
24thThe Vicar visited and taught.

March, 1909

5thThe Vicar visited and taught.
Two children absent with chicken-pox, and three others absent through illness. The rest of the children have attended well, with the exception of three infants who stayed away owing to the deep snow.
22ndThe Vicar visited both in the morning & afternoon. One boy, who left school a fortnight ago to assist at home, returned to school this afternoon, & wishes to attend half-time.
31stThe Vicar visited. Dr. Dunn, Medical Officer of Health, visited from 3 to 4 p.m. & examined the children who were born in 1902. Five children were examined, & one girl of 7 had her eyesight tested.

April, 1909

1stJ. Marsh, Esq. H.M. Sub. Inspector, visited.
7thSchool closed in the afternoon for the Easter Holidays.

Copy of Report made by H.M.I. E. N. Wix, Esq.
after Visit of 1st April 1909.

Mixed and Infants School.
The discipline and tone are most praiseworthy, and the efficiency of the School is very satisfactory. The Written Exercises are good especially in the Upper Division, Singing, Needlework and Drawing are well taught and the children show intelligent interest and creditable knowledge in the Oral Lessons, though there is some want of free confident and distinct expression. The Written Composition of the younger children should as a rule be on visible objects.
In the Infants’ Division there is a want of brightness and of skill in class teaching, and the youngest children are not always sufficiently and suitably employed, but the order is good, and the diligent teaching produces fairly satisfactory results.

Premises &c. The defects in the premises reported last year have received attention.”

Staff. Martha Ryle, Trained certified teacher of 1st Class.
Assistant. Ethel Burgess – Monitor

Signed Arnold Mayhew


19thRe-opened school. The Vicar visited.
23rdAttendance good all the week, with the exception of that of two children who are over 14 years of age.
26thThe Rev. A.R. Buckland , Diocesan Inspector visited & examined the children in Religious Knowledge. The Vicar attended.
30thAll children made perfect attendance, except two children who are over fourteen years of age, and who only attend four half-days each week.

May, 1909

10thH.M. Inspector, E. N. Wix, Esq. visited from 8.55 to 9.15 a.m.
11thThe Vicar visited & taught.

Copy of Report of Religious Instruction.

No. present 35.
The Inspector produced results very similar to those of last year, the children shewing to considerable advantage & making a thoroughly good return for earnest & able teaching.. Knowledge of all subjects was very good.
The youngest children were also a nice little class doing credit to their teacher.
Old & New Testament )
Catechism. Prayer Bk.  )     V. G.      G.
Repetition                              V. G.     V. G.
Abstracts                                  G.
A. Mayhew

May 12.09 (signed) Arthur R. Buckland.

May, 1909

24thEmpire Day. The Vicar attended at 9 o’clock & after Prayers the children marched into the play- ground, & after the Union Jack had been hoisted, the Vicar spoke to the children about why we keep Empire Day. Then the National Anthem was sung, & the children saluted the flag. The rest of the morning Session was spent in lessons suitable for the day.
In the afternoon a half-holiday was given & by the kind invitation of the Hon. Mrs. Reginald A. Smith the children went to Goldings & had tea & games.
31stWhit-Monday – a holiday.

June, 1909

16thA holiday. The Vicar took the boys who belong to the Church Choir to Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, and to the White City.
17thSchool as usual. The Vicar visited & taught. For composition the boys wrote letters describing their visit to London. George French received a small prize for the best letter.

Copy of Scheme for Instruction during
the Year ending May 31st 1910.

Subjects                            Lower Division             |           Upper Division
Arithmetic             Scheme B.                                |Scheme B
‘                                                                                 |
Reading                  As many books as                  | One book (General reading)
‘                                 possible.                                 | Two or more continuous
‘                                                                                  | readers.
‘                                                                                  | Selections from Histor-
‘                                                                                  | ical Readers.
‘                                                                                  | A separate book of
‘                                                                                  | continuous reading for
‘                                                                                  | each child in St. v, vi, vii
‘                                                                                  | & as many other
‘                                                                                  | books as possible.
Recitation.            Alice Fell. (Wordsworth)          | Burial of Sir John More.
‘                                The May Queen (1st Pt.)        | The Battle of the
‘                                                                                   | Baltic.
‘                                                                                   | Selections from Scott’s
‘                                                                                   | Field of Waterloo.
‘                                                                                   | The Pied Piper of
‘                                                                                   | Hamlin.
‘                                                                                   |
Geography           Terms – valley, island,               | India, Canada,
‘                                 elevated land, parts               | Australia.
‘                                 of a river &c. explained          |
‘                                 & illustrated by places           |
‘                                 in this neighbourhood.          |
‘                                 Meaning of a map.                  |
‘                                 The chief industries                |
‘                                  of England & the parts          |
‘                                  where carried on.                   |
History                    Twelve stories of persons       | The Hanoverian
‘                                 & events taken from               | Period to 1820.
‘                                  the Hanoverian Period.         |
Writing                    Copy Books. Transcription.     | Dictation. Transcription
‘     &                          Dictation.                                  | Copy Books.
Composition         Composition chiefly                   | Abstract of Oral lessons
‘                                  on visible objects.                    | Description of local places
‘                                                                                      | & events – work done
‘                                                                                      | in the home, work
‘                                                                                      | done in garden & on
‘                                                                                      | farm.
‘                                                                                      | composition:-
‘                                                                                      | Elementary Hygiene
‘                                                                                      | Writing on some local
‘                                                                                      | natural objects .
‘                                                                                      | Letter writing.
Observation           Thirty Lessons.                           |
‘                                Lessons (Separate List.)            |
‘                                                                                      |
Map-                       Chief physical features              | Sketch maps of India,
‘                               Drawing. of Eng. & Wales.         | Canada, & Australia.
‘                               modelled in plasticine.               | Chief mountain ranges,
‘                                                                                      | rivers, divisions & towns.
Needlework          Hemming, sewing,                       | Specimens showing
.                               felling.                                            | gathering, setting-in,
‘                               Folding & tacking                         | running and felling seam,
‘                               hems & seams.                             | run & back stitch seam,
‘                               Making garments.                        | darning, patching in
‘                               Knitting purl &                               | calico and flannel.
‘                               plain.                                               | Gusset making.
‘                                                                                        | Button-holing & sewing
‘                                                                                        | on button.
‘                                                                                        | Knitting toe of stocking
‘                                                                                        | Each child to make a
‘                                                                                        | garment & knit a sock.
‘                                                                                        |

List of Observation Lessons &c.

1. On animal, vegetable & mineral substances. √
2. A plant & stone compared. √
3. Parts of a plant & their uses. √
4. A flower- its parts. √
5. Arrangement of flowers on stem or branch.
6. The rose family & fruits. √
7. Climbing plants. √.
8. Buds. √
9. Autumn wild fruits. √
10. Solids. Porous solids. Solids that dissolve. √
11. The sun.
12. Cotton. √
13. Silk – silkworm. √
14. Sugar – cane. √
15. Tea. √
16. Grapes. Raisins. Currants.
17. Metals.
18. Coal.
19. Milk. √
20. Water. √
21. Air & water compared. √
22. How cleanliness helps to keep us in good health. v
23. Cleanliness of the teeth, hair, nails &c. √
24. The importance of fresh air. √
25. Good & bad habits. √
26. The importance of having fixed duties, & of
the regular performance of the same.
27. Eating & drinking.
28. Thrift. √
29. On sunshine & sleep.
30. On clothing most suitable to our climate

July, 1909

29thSchool closed in the afternoon for the Holidays.

August, 1909

September, 1909

7thRe-opened school after the holidays.
The Vicar visited. In the afternoon a half-holiday was given because the Annual School-treat was held at Goldings.
17thThe Vicar visited.
Attendance good all the week, except that of two children who have gone to Margate with their mother.

October, 1909

8thThe Rev. J.C.M. Mansell-Pleydell and Mr. Reginald Smith visited in the afternoon.

November, 1909

9thThe Vicar visited & taught.
G.R. Purdie, Esq. H.M. Sub-Inspector visited from 9.10 to 12 & again for ten minutes in the afternoon.
26thMiss Burgess was absent to-day because of the serious illness of her father.
29thMiss Burgess has leave of absence from the Managers for three days, on account of the death of her father.

December, 1909

2ndMiss Burgess returned to school.
3rdOne of the boys of the Infants’ Class, having been knocked down by a bicycle last evening, was too ill to attend school.
The afternoon session commenced at 1 o’clock and closed at 3.10, as a Concert was being held in the evening.
6thThe Infant boy still absent.
21stThe children of the Upper Division worked a paper on the Geography of Australia this morning instead of their usual lessons.
The Vicar attended.
22ndThe school closed in the afternoon for the Christmas Holidays.
23rdThe Hon. Mrs. R.A. Smith invited the children & others to a Christmas –tree in the evening, & presented the prizes for good attendance during the Year ending May 31st/09.

Prize List.

Winners of watches for five years’ perfect attendance
1. Dora Farnham.
2. Bertie Potterill.

Winners of Book Prizes for Perfect Attendance during the past year.
1. Winifred Ashwood.
2. Dorothy Bygrave.
3. Elizabeth Bygrave.
4. Winifred Bygrave.
5. Elsie Farnham.
6. Evelyn Sharpe .
7. William Clapham.
8. Aubrey Farnham.

Names of children who received prizes for not having missed more than 10 times.
‘                                    times
1. Elsie Wells (missed 1)
2. Lily Rule            “      4
‘                                                   times
3. Gertrude Wrangles (missed 10)
4. John Nash.                       “        1
5. George French                “        2.
6. Frank Rule                       “         5.
7. Harryb Wells.                  “         8 .
8. Grace Jennings               “         5 .
9. Hilda Wrangles               “         5.

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