Waterford Church of England (Mixed) School, 1880

"The Discipline & instruction of this school are excellent." H M Inspector

By Geoffrey Cordingley

Waterford School behind the War Memorial
Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

January, 1880

12thRe-opened school.  Admitted two new scholars. The Rev. F.J. Deedes visited.
20thMrs Robert Smith, Mr Reginald and Mr Eustace Smith visited in the afternoon.  Mrs Smith told the children she hoped they would attend regularly whilst she was in London.
22ndA little child absent with diphtheria.
26thTwo monitors absent, one having a bad cold, the other on account of her mother’s illness
28thSeveral children absent with colds and sore throats.
30thOwing to the presence of diphtheria in the village, Dr. Ogle visited, and advised me to send home all children connected with those having sore throats, therefore several children were sent home and their attendance cancelled in the Registers.       The Rev. F.J. Deane visited.

February, 1880

2ndThe Rev. G.R. Thornton having received a letter from Dr. Ogle strongly advising the school
to 7thto be closed during the time diphtheria is in the village, instructed me to close the school for a week.
16thSchool opened for those children who have not had sore throats.  27 children present.  The Rev. F.J. Deane visited.
17thAttendance very small.
19thA monitor absent all the week.
24thChildren attended Church in the morning.
25thChildren of Class II answered very well during their Geography Lesson.
27thAttendance this week slightly improved.

March, 1880

8th48 children present in the morning.
12thA monitor absent all the week.
22ndEllen Jelley, a monitor, returned to school.
25thMrs. R. Smith visited in the afternoon, heard children sing, and told them she hoped they would try to attend regularly at school.
26thGood Friday.  A holiday.
29thEaster Monday.  A holiday.
30thEaster Tuesday.  A holiday.
31stSchool as usual.  Miss Gregory attended.

April, 1880

8th2 children absent with colds.
9thChildren of Standard vi kept in to work their sums.
21stThe children were examined in the afternoon in Religious Knowledge, by the Rev. Fisher, Diocesan Inspector.

May, 1880

6thThe Rev. G.R. Thornton, the Rev. Campbell, missionary from Madagascar, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis visited in the afternoon.
17thWhit-Monday.  A holiday in the afternoon.
27thThe monitor M. Aldridge allowed Class iv to be rather noisy.

June, 1880

2ndSeveral children kept in to do their home lessons.
4thClass I worked their sums more accurately.
23rdThe school was inspected in the morning by H.M.I. Danby Esqr. and his assistant.  The Rev. G.R. Thornton and the Rev. F.J. Deane visited.  A holiday in the afternoon.
28thThe Rev. F.J. Deane visited. (A holiday in the afternoon) An error.  The holiday not given.

July, 1880

2ndTwo children absent all the week because of measles.
9thMrs. Robert Smith visited and gave a new half-crown to each child who had made 380 attendances during the past year.  Eighteen children obtained half-crowns.
16thA holiday because of the Choir treat.
26thTwo girls of Class I absent without leave.  All the monitors absent without leave.
27thA holiday in the afternoon.  The annual school treat.  One monitor present in the morning.

August, 1880

4thSummary of Inspector’s Report and Remarks

“The Discipline & instruction of this school are excellent.  The Reading  throughout the Standards is unusually good.”

Signed, Isabel Smith

For School Managers

Principal Teacher Martha Cordell – certificated Teacher of the 2nd Class.

5thMrs. R. Smith visited – spoke to some children about absenting themselves from school.
9thMartha Wallis monitor.
13thSchool closed for the Harvest holidays.

September, 1880

27thBegan school after the holidays – Several children absent. The Rev. G.R. Thornton and the Rev. _ Nugent visited.

October, 1880

7thGave Class I a needlework lesson from the demonstration frame.
12thA holiday in the afternoon, to allow children to attend the distribution of the Plain needlework prizes at the Hertford Exhibition.
15thChildren of Class I very irregular in their attendance.
18thMiss Pape and the Misses Smith visited.
27thA great many children absent on account of the rain.
29thSeveral children absent picking up acorns.

November, 1880

1stSeveral children still absent.
8thMrs. R. Smith, Mrs. A. Gosselin, Miss Gosselin, Mrs. Grenfell, the Rev. G.P. Thornton and the Rev. F.J. Deane visited to see children have a lesson in needlework.  The time given to needlework was extended for fifteen minutes.
15thMrs R. Smith, Mrs Clinton Baker, Mrs Abel Smith and Miss Barrington visited in the afternoon.  Needlework continued for twenty minutes beyond the time.

December, 1880

3rdThe attendance of children more regular all the week.
10thSeveral children absent with mumps.
13thFour children still absent on account of mumps.
15thA very small first class.
20thAttendance of children much better.
23rdSchool closed for the Christmas vacation.


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