The dates are all Fridays except for December 22nd, which was a Thursday Jan 7th Reopened on Monday January 3rd. Number in Register 137. Average for week 89. Rev. Tripp, Curate-in-charge, kindly agreed to give scripture lessons on each Tuesday and Thursday. Jan 14th Attendance lowered by very cold snowy weather. The Prince and Princess of Wales visited Oakham. Jan 21st Attendance even lower - closed Wednesday - heavy snow. Feb 25th Cold weather and snow. Admitted two little boys just turned three years of age. Mar 4th Half holiday on Tuesday afternoon - Shrove Tuesday. Weather rough, cold and snowy. Mar 11th An alarm has been raised of Scarletina, but with little foundation. Mar 18th An alarm of scarlet fever having been raised, it was deemed advisable to send home the family pointed out by the Doctor, although the mother declared nothing much was the matter. Apr 1st Many children are away, it being Burrow Hill Race Day. Apr 14th Easter. Apr 26th Inspector’s Report - The children are in good order and the standard of work has much improved in accuracy. The Grammar was just passable although it requires attention in the upper standard. The Geography was not properly known, nor is this to be wondered at, considering how irregularly many of the children attend. The Infant class is in good order and is very fairly taught. As has been before suggested, the present and clumsy and inconvenient desks, which block up the centre of the room and make class teaching almost impossible, should be replaced by others of a more modern and suitable description. Isaac Eades. Certificated Teacher of the Second Class. May 6th Many girls stayed away to go “May bushing”. May - Fair at Oakham. May 13th School closed on Wednesday afternoon as there was a Circus at Oakham,, most children went. Jun 3rd Mr. Swift called this morning, examined the Registers, and was notified of the fact of a full school for the Friday mornings when he was expected. Weather very hot all week. Jun 24th On Wednesday morning it rained very heavily at about half past eight to ten, consequently many stayed at home. Jul 15th Weather this week has been very hot and trying. There is smallpox in Barrowden and neighbourhood. Jul 29th Number on register - 149. Aug 19th The weather has been showery and damp and so the Harvest is a week later at the least. It was intended to break up as today but that event is postponed for a week. Aug 25th Broke up today for the Harvest holiday of 4 weeks. Sep 30th Reopened Monday. As the harvest is not nearly done, the attendance is very small. Eighty present - 150 on register. Circus at Oakham on Thursday and many children went to see it. Oct 14th Several children stayed away on Thursday afternoon as there was a Club Feast and Melton Brass Band (or part of it) were in the village. Very windy - many have stayed away to gather sticks. Houses have been damaged. The big finger has been blown off the Church clock. Nov 18th The policeman called this morning to make inquiries relative to some trifling damage done to one of Mr. Pollard’s houses, lately occupied by Mr. Freck. It transpired that it had been done by two very small boys and no more was said. Nov 25th The Oakham Cattle and Poultry Show has lowered the average attendance this week. Dec 22nd Broke up at noon for the Xmas holidays for two weeks. If you would like to read more, please see our publication, Langham School Days.
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Extracts from Langham School Logbook - 1881
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