Waterford School behind the War Memorial
Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

January, 1910

11thRe-opened school. Two children of one family absent because one is at the Hospital suffering with Scarlet Fever.
The school attendance Officer visited.
21stThe Vicar visited & presented watches form the County Council to Dora Farnham & Bertie Potterill for five years’ regular attendance.
26thThe Prize for the best paper on Australia, given by the Commonwealth of Australia has been awarded to Ida Everett, St. VII. Stanley Draper’s paper was the best amongst the boys’s papers, & the Hon. Mrs. R.A. Smith is giving him a prize.
28thThe per-centage of attendances is much reduced by one child being still in the Isolation Hospital, & another being in the Hertford Hospital. All the rest of the children attended well.

February, 1910

14thA girl who had been absent from school for several months returned to school.
25thChildren attended well, with the exception of two children who have been in the County Hospital & the Isolation Hospital.

March, 1910

11thSchool as usual. Perfect attendances were made by all the children during the week.
21stMr. Sambels1 visited in the morning.


6thDr. Dunn, Medical Officer of Health, visited & inspected the offices.
11thThe Diocesan Inspector, the Rev. B.J.M Reay2 visited in the afternoon from 2.30 to 4.20. & examined the children in Religious Subjects.
12thThe Hon. Mrs. R.A. Smith visited & presented Stanley Draper with an extra prize for his paper on ‘Australia’. She described to the children the stormy passage she had recently on her way to Portugal.
21stE.N. Wix, Esq. H.M. Inspector visited in the afternoon from 1.50 to 4.20.
28thThe Drawing Inspector
visited from 2.30 to 4.20.

Diocesan Inspector’s Report on the Religious Instruction which had been given by the Vicar & Head Mistress in the Upper Division, & by the Head Mistress & Monitor in the Lower Division.

“The children have been carefully and conscientiously taught which resulted in some intelligent answering. In both Old & New Testament facts were well known & the children had a commendable knowledge of the lessons to be learnt from these facts. There was a little weakness in the knowledge of the explanation of the Litany – the text & meaning of words was in many cases unknown, but the teaching of the children in so many standards must if necessary be difficult, so on the whole the result of the Inspection is most satisfactory.
The written work was accurate & neat but few children used capital letters when speaking of God.
The Infants are being well grounded & had a good knowledge of their work. The children answered well & brightly & seemed to take an interest in their work.

Signed Basil J.M. Reay2 Division Inspector
A. Mayhew
May 26 1910.
[N.B. The Litany was offered for Examination by an oversight, as it had not been taught.
A.M ]

Copy of Report made by H.M. Inspector E.N. Wix, Esq. after Visit of 21st April 1910.

“Mixed and Infants’ School.
The discipline and tone are most praiseworthy, the written exercises are decidedly good, especially in the upper division, drawing and sewing are carefully taught, and the children show very creditable knowledge and intelligence in geography and history. There might be more graduation in drawing and drill, and the new drill book should be obtained.
The teaching of reading and arithmetic in the Infants’ class requires improvement, and there might be more vigour and enjoyment in the acting games. But the children are orderly and happy, carefully taught and making very good progress; and they have some power of oral expression.
The plaster is peeling from the walls of the closets owing to damp; and this is no doubt caused by the earth which reached half-way up the walls at the back; there should be space between the earth and the walls.”

Staff Martha Ryle1 – Trained, certified Teacher of the first class.
Assistant Ethel Burgess – Monitor

Signed Arnold Mayhew
May 26 1910

May, 1910

13thThe Vicar visited and took the elder children to hear the Proclamation of George V.

Attendance very good all the week.

16thWhit Monday. A holiday.
20thThe school closed on account of the Funeral of our late king- Edward VII.
31stMiss Ethel Burgess resigned from her monitorship to-day.

June, 1910

1stThe new monitor, Miss Grace Wightman, took the Infants’ class to-day, although not yet formally appointed by the C.C.
Mr. Ilott, the Attendance Officer visited.

Copy of Scheme for Instruction during
the Year ending July 31st 1911.

Subjects             Lower Division                      | Upper Division
Arithmetic         Scheme B.                              | Scheme B
‘                                                                            |
Reading             As many books                      | One book (General reading)
‘                           as possible.                            | Selections from Geog:
‘                                                                            | Historical Readers.
‘                                                                            | Two or more continuous
‘                                                                            |readers. A separate
‘                                                                            | book of continuous
‘                                                                            | reading for each child,
‘                                                                            | & as many other
‘                                                                            | books as possible.
‘                                                                            |
Recitation.         The Homes of                        | “Dora” (Tennyson)
‘                           England. (Mrs. Hermons)     | The Pipes at Lucknow.
‘                           The Fairies of the                  |
‘                           Caldon Low.. (M. Howitt)     | Selections from Goldsmith’s
‘                           St. I.                                         | “Deserted Village.”
‘                           The Twilight (Longfellow)     | The Charge of the
‘                           Good night & good               | Light Brigade.
‘                           Morning (Lord Hougton)     |
‘                                                                            |
Geography     Knowledge of this                    | General knowledge of
‘                          neighbourhood & of              | Europe, & of South Africa.
‘                          this country.                            |
‘                          Some knowledge of               |
‘                          England & Wales.                   |
‘                                                                            |
History            The chief events taken            | The Hanoverian Period
‘                          from the period                      | (continued) from 1820
‘                          55 B.C. to A.D. 1154.              | to the present time.
‘                          Observation Thirty Lessons. |
‘                          Lessons (Separate List.)         |
‘                                 &                                         |
‘                          Elementary                               |
‘                          Science.                                     |
Writing             (St. 3.) Abstracts of oral          | Dictation. Transcription.
‘     &                  lessons. Description                | Abstract of lessons in
Composition of local places & events             | History & Geog:
‘                          Composition on visible           | Description of local places
‘                          objects.                                      |& events & natural objects
‘                          (St. I. II.) On visible                  | Letter writing.
‘                          objects (chiefly)                         | Work done in home &
‘                          Copy Books.                               | garden & farm.
‘                          Transcription.                            | Elementary Hygiene
‘                          Dictation.                                    |
‘                                                                               |
Map-                 (St. 3) A map of                           | Sketch-maps of
‘                          Drawing. England & Wales.      | Europe, & of S. Africa
‘                          (St. I. II.) Plans of                         |
‘                          schoolroom &                             |
‘                          playground.                                 |
‘                                                                                 |
Grammar                                                                | Some simple rules &
‘                                                                                 | the simplest form of
‘                                                                                 | Analysis taught inci-
‘                                                                                 | dentally to explain
‘                                                                                 | errors in speech &
‘                                                                                 | written composition.
‘                                                                                 |

June, 1910

3rdThree children of one family absent because on eof them has measles.
7thThe Vicar visited and taught.
9thThe Vicar visited and taught.
10thattendance not good owing to illness.
14thOwing to an outbreak of Measles the school was closed for three weeks.


List of Observation Lessons &c.
for Educational Year ending July 31st 1911.

1. The wild flowers of this neighbourhood.
2. The trees               “    “              “
3. The plants that flourish in marshy places.
4. Seeds. How seeds travel.
5. Weeds.
6. Root crops.
7. Autumn leaves.
8. An insect.
9. Heat & its effects.
10. Coffee.
11. Milk, butter, cheese.
12. Tin.
13. Cork.
14. The mole.
15. Coal & coal mining.
16. Spices.
17. Usefulness of some birds.
18. Snow.
19. Porosity.
20. Coins.
21. Chalk.
22. Hair, fur, wool & their uses.

Elementary Hygiene &c.

23. The importance of fresh air.
24. “ “ “ cleanliness.
25. “ “ “ order & punctuality..
26. On clothing suitable to our climate.
27. On water – washing, drinking, cleansing.
28. On thrift.
29. ‘ Light, warmth, exercise, work, rest..
30. On eating & drinking.

June/July, 1910

June 14th) School closed because of Measles being
     to) prevalent amongst the children.
July 19th)

July 1910

19thRe-opened school. Eleven children absent, ten of whom are not free from infection.
22ndThe Attendance Officer visited. All the children who could come to school, attended regularly.
28thA half-holiday was given in the afternoon – the Annual School-treat was given by the Hon. Mrs
R.A. Smith at Goldings.

August, 1910

5thAttendance of children still reduced by illness.
12thThe Vicar visited in the morning and afternoon.
The school was closed in the afternoon for the Harvest Holidays.

September, 1910

6thRe-opened school. The Vicar visited. Attendance good.
9thAll children were present during the week, except one infant who is in Scotland.
12thAttendance very good.
13thThe Vicar visited and taught. He also showed the children of Division I. some beautiful views of the Holy Land & of Egypt, &c.
29thTo-day being the Patronal Saints’ Day of this Parish a half holiday was given in the afternoon.

October, 1910

21stEleven children, chiefly infants, absent with a slight attack of influenza.
25thTwo children who have been absent several weeks are still not able to attend school.
27thA half-holiday for good attendance during the month of September was given in the afternoon.
28thJ. Marsh, Esq. H.M. Inspector visited in the morning.

November, 1910

3rdThe Vicar visited & taught.
A half-holiday was given in the afternoon because of a Rummage Sale being held.
23rdSeveral children absent because of the weather.
24thFour infants absent owing to the snow.
25thAttendance reduced owing to illnesses & rough weather.

December, 1910

21stSchool closed in the afternoon for the Christmas Holidays.
23rdThe Hon. Mrs. R.A. Smith invited all the children to a Christmas Tree & presented the C.C. Prizes for good attendance during the year ending May 31st/10. One girl received a watch.

Prize List for the Year ending
May 31st/ 1910.

Winner of watch for five years’ perfect
Elizabeth Bygrave.
Names of children who made perfect
Dorothy Bygrave.    (Seven yrs. perfect attendance
Elizabeth Bygrave.   (Five     “          “              “
Winifred Bygrave.     Four    “          “              “
Elsie Farnham.          Three  “          “              “
Gertrude Wrangles.
Lily Rule.
Evelyn Sharpe.          Two     “          “              “

William Clapham.     Four                “              “
Robert Hart               One                 “              “

Children who missed not more than
ten times.
Grace Jennings.
Lilian French.
Daisy French.
Rose French.
Marjory Sharpe.
Frank Rule.
Stanley Draper.
John Nash.
Wilfrid Farnham.



1  John Philip Sambels was born in the third quarter of 1847 in Plymouth.  He was originally a wheelwright and by 1891 he was living in Letty Green.   by 1901 he was the Organising Secretary for Technical Instruction (HCC) and in 1911 he described himself as Assistant Education Officer. (HCC.)  His wife Mary Ann died in the first quarter 1918 at the age of 69.  They had been married for 46 years or so and had no children.

2 Rev. Basil John Mason Reay (1872 – 1948)

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