Extracts from Findon school log book

Extracts from Findon school log book, 1905 – 1919. (WSRO E/84/12/1)

Conduct/attendance/ attainment of the Children

Top Girl Leaves

Bessie Bartlett our top girl came to say goodbye to me. The sad and sudden death of her father has rendered it necessary for her mother to leave the village until a house is vacant. She is the youngest of large family, who have been educated here, and has been a good and pleasant child to teach. (24/03/05)

HMI Reports

Festivals/ anniversaries and other absences

Headmistress birthday

My birthday

The kindly affection of the children and the village generally is very cheering, as well as the usual rememberances, telegrams and letters and postcards I received from old teachers and pupils. The flowers both garden and wild are most beautiful. My loving and most grateful thanks to all who helped make me such a happy day. (18/03/06)

Sunday was my birthday which for many years the children “delighted to honour.” This year everyone has been exceptionally kind – the vicar, his family and the teachers and the children presented me with valuable gifts. I also heard from several old teachers and pupils. The flowers brought by the children were beautiful. Nearly every child presented me with a bouquet. Many parents sent me gifts from their gardens – asparagus & C. also eggs and the mothers their wine. The childrens’ letters are particularly sweet even the little infants writing to me. Their little pincushion will be useful and ornamental upon my writing table. (13/05/08)


Newspaper cutting pasted in of Maypole and Empire celebrations at Findon…(20/05/08)

St. George’s Day

Gave a lesson on our Patron Saint and our duty as English men and women (Shakespeare). Boys drew St. George & Dragon. (23/04/09)

Bonfire Night

Children very much enjoyed the fireworks on the 5th. 3 elder children on behalf of the others thanking the kind friends who had ministered to their enjoymen (Miss Ward via Rev. W. D. Allen, the vicar). (07/11/10)

Time off School for farm work/ beating etc.


Children and teachers gathered blackberries, girls under Mrs Thomas and Hilda Merritt at Church Hill, the boys with Miss Holder and myself went further afield near Clapham Woods. 35 pounds were gathered. (19/09/18)

The old school clock at Findon has constantly ticked away the time ever since the school was built 150 years ago!

Illness, deaths, precautions, and neglect

Deaths of children

Gladys Hubbard (06/07/06)

Dolly Mustchin (funeral 04/06/07) – “she was much beloved by all of us.”


I have been unable to get up since Tuesday morning and fear I have influenza. The vicar thinks there is so much sickness, it will be better to close the school for the Christmas holiday. Of 50 on the books in the first class there is only an average of 20. (17/12/09)

School closed because of measles (16/02/11)

Child dies in sheep dip

We were all shocked by hearing of the accident to little Paul Broziat who fell into a sheep dip. Alas it has ended fatally and the school treat which had been proposed for July 27th is postponed to Aug. 9th. He was under school age but his brightness and sweetness of disposition was much endeared to us all [says 28th but probably 20/07/11]

Mentally defective

Dr. Smedly called at the school to inquire into the case of [a boy] reported to be mentally defective having set fire to a hay rick. (01/03/17)
School closed – epidemic of Influenza (26/11/18)


Staff illness and staff issues

Head’s farewell

This is our ‘Closing Day’. I think we all feel sorrowful – myself especially so as I say goodbye to my dearly loved work and friends young and old whom I would heartily thank for their considerate affection and loving help. With the Psalmist I say, “The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places.”

Elizabeth S. Bull


Though log books are not the places for “reflections or opinions” of a general character – I feel my last entry must be one expressing my deep gratitude to all the kind friends and pupils in the past who, on my resignation presented me with such a beautiful address, a lovely silver casket and generously large cheque. As I look at my treasures my remembrance will be prayers for the prosperity of Parish and school so dear to me. E.M.B. (11/08/11)

Return of Head Teacher

Mrs Thomas has been granted leave of absence this afternoon to meet her husband on his return from France. He has been discharged from the army and will shortly take up his duties as Head Teacher. (17/01/19)

Resumed duties 17/02/19 after four years service in army.

Oliver Thomas.



Owing to heavy fall of snow only 46 children arrived at school most of them with wet feet. On the vicar’s advice school closed for the day. (12/01/18)

Further schooling/ work

Notable Personages

Religion/ Temperance

Band of Hope

Miss Hensley heard the children sing Temperance song preparatory to the ‘Band of Hope’ entertainment which is to be on Friday. (14/10/08)
“Alcohol is not food”, lecture by Miss Sandes (C.E.T.S.) (05/05/05)


Royal/ Imperial

Empire Day

It being Empire Day the Union Jack flew from the flagstaff – the children sang God Save the King and I talked to them about our privileges as English people, taking as my three-fold card – Responsibility, Duty and Self-sacrifice. I also allowed the infants to parade their playground with flags. (24/05/07)

Flag hoisting and prayers for King’s birthday and for King and Queen’s wedding.

Empire Day

Boys succeeded in fixing the flag to a swing. Rev. W. D. Allen kindly gave the children an address on the real meaning of Empire – how it was built up and on the responsibilities as citizens. Children saluted the Flag, sang God save the King and Rudyard Kipling song and the first verse of the Recessional, mistress reading the remainder of the words and speaking a little on ‘Lest we forget.’ Afterwards they paraded the playground with flags…. (24/05/09)

Death of King and of sister

Today because of the funeral of my sister, the school was managed by the Miss Fosters in my absence, the vicar kindly taking scripture. (26/04/10)

I was unable to return this evening. I desire to gratefully thank all my kind Findon friends who have shown me sympathy. (27/04/10)

We heard this morning that our King had last night passed away. The news was a great shock to us and we are very grieved. (07/05/10)
The children assembled at school and walked to church to take part in the memorial service for our beloved King. (20/05/10)

Physical Education/ health

Modern innovation/ newsworthy/ sensational events


Great excitement prevailed in school several of the children having seen the ‘aeroplane’ which passed over Roger’s Farm and some having heard it ‘hum’. (16/02/11)


Many children were late at the afternoon session having gone to see a balloon which fell on a hill some distance away. 5 boys were absent for the same reason, and staying to help the aeronaut to fold and pack up his balloon.