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June 1917

Our school was inspected in Religious Knowledge on May 21st by the Rec. W. N. Howe, Diocesan Inspector. We are glad to have received the following report. It will be found a satisfactory and encouraging one by all concerned.

The estimate of the school in regard to religious education as a whole, which refers to such matters as reverence, intelligence in answering, and knowledge of the practical application of the lessons, is “Good.” The “Remarks and Recommendations” go on to say: ” A good general knowledge is shown of the subjects taken during the year, in spite of the dislocation caused by changes and illness. There are comparatively few older children, but the written work, according to the standards, is very fair, and even the youngest children made a good attempt at this. I notice that the method of saying the prayers has been altered. It was always careful and reverent, but the change makes a still further improvement. There is brightness, and evidence of interest in the School, which as a whole, including the Infants’ Department, I consider to be doing quite sound and satisfactory work”.

September 1917

GATHERING CHESTNUTS. – Several of the school children were patriotically engaged. on Saturday, gathering horse chestnuts, Miss Tattersall, the head teacher, superintending.

October 1917

A ROLL OF HONOUR is being compiled by Miss Tattersall, of all past scholars of the day school, who have joined the Army or Navy. The list promises to be a lengthy one, and is to hang as a permanent memorial in the school.

MEMORIAL. – An interesting memorial has, this week, been placed in the school, in the shape of the shield, presented in 1903 by “past and present” scholars, to Miss Robinson and Miss Smith, who had so faithfully discharged their duties and won the esteem and affection of the generation of pupils who passed through their hands. Miss Robinson (who died in 1908) was appointed the first head mistress of the newly-built school in 1870, and her half sister, Miss Smith, joined her some years later, as infant teacher, both resigning their work in 1907. The shield which was made at the Keswick School of Industrial Art, is a handsome piece of hand-worked copper, mounted on an oak foundation, and bears the initials “E.R.” and “A.S.” with a suitable inscription, and the opening lines of the verse will be heartily echoed by those amongst us who recall their schooldays:  “They gave us more than gold can buy, they gave their constant guardian care.” There will be many who remember the lovely summer afternoon of the presentation in the Hall garden, and the happy gathering of past and present scholars at tea, where they were joined by one, a khaki lad, fresh from the Boer was. Miss Tattersall, the present head mistress, has placed the shield in a central position on the school wall, and all thanks are due to Miss Smith (whom we were very glad to see amongst us lately) for kindly presenting this interesting memorial, which will be a valued possession as long as the school stands.