16th November, 1944 page 2
150 blankets which had been in store here for Emergency
Rest Centre purposes collected today by W. R. C. C.
28th November, 1944 page 4
At 10:30am lights in Dept went out. Head teacher inspected
fuse box and found one of mains switches hot-dropped
and broke it. Had to phone (18 minutes wasted) Education
Office for men to carry out immediate repair as heating
apparatus (auto stoker) had been automatically shut
off. Repair completed by 11:30am.
20th December, 1944 page 6
Christmas party activities commenced p.m in the shape
of a Punch and Judy show and ventriloquist act. This
was timed to commence at 2pm but unfortunately the artist
was half an hour late. The children indulged in community
singing whilst awaiting the act to begin. At 3:30pm
infants and juniors proceded to the Bronte cinema for
a special programme of films.
21st December, 1944 page 6
This afternoon the tea-party was held preceded in the
Junior School by a concert arranged by the children.
In the nursery a visit from Santa Clause (Mr Hough)
was arranged and presents of toy rabbits for younger
group and books for older group were distributed as
well as sweets and apples for each child.
The tasteful decoration of tables and the wonderful
array of food was really extraordinary after more than
five years of the war.
22nd December, 1944 page 7
"Post" day was held today and each child
in both nursery & Junior Infants Department received
a National Savings Christmas Card. School closed 3:45pm
with singing of Christmas carols. Usual warnings re
safety issued and greetings appropriate to season.
8th January 1945 page 7
School reopened after Xmas break. Some cleaning done
but not up to standard.
22nd January, 1945 page 8
Bitterly cold - all pipes in nursery frozen up. Not
until 3pm was water available.
24th January, 1945 page 8
Head teacher complained to Food Van Drivers about kind
of food delivered and ordered them to take it back to
centre. Van driver refused, insolently. Helper used
bad language. Head teacher reported both food and van
drivers to Education Office.
25th January, 1945 page 9
Nursery department closed owing to intense cold. Impossible
to keep taps free and lavatories open. Children could
only be kept warm by constant movement or by standing
close to stoves. Mrs Butcher, school meals supervisor
called a.m. re complaints made to office by Head Teacher.
All points discussed, improvement promised as soon as
possible ie when new equipment fitted at cooking centre.
9th February, 1945 page 10
Attendance during this week best for some months, 91.2%
for whole school, including evacuees.
22nd February, 1945 page 11
This afternoon 2.45 to 4.0pm Mr H. Mitchell, curator
or of the Bronte Museum came into school to give a lecture
(illustrated by his own episcope pictures) on the Bronte's
and Haworth. The children were most attentive and greatly
enjoyed the lecture (given to the top class Junior IV
1st March, 1945 page 11
To follow up work begun last week on the Bronte's class
A (Junior IV) paid a visit to the Bronte Museum at 2:30pm
today. Children left school at 2:15pm and left museum
at 3.35. Prayers were taken on Parsonage lawn and children
dismissed at 3:40pm.
5th March, 1945 page 11
School hours reverted to normal as from today i e 9
o'clock am to 12 noon and 1:30pm to 4:00pm.
3rd May, 1945 page 14
Eggs collected in school (402) taken to Victoria Hospital.
7th May, 1945 page 14
In view of the report, by radio, of the surrender of
Germany and the imminence of V.E (Victory in Europe)
Day, the Head teacher called all classes together and
announced that in all probability school would be closed
tomorrow and the next day. Prayers were offered for
our deliverance and our victory and the school dismissed
8th May 1945 page 14
School did not open, the announcement of V.E day having
been made the previous evening.
10th May 1945 page 14
School reopened after two-day break for V. E. celebrations.
At 11:00 a.m. a service of Thanksgiving was held in
the hall, Classes A, B1., B2., C and D being present.
The order of service was as follows.
Hymn :- Now thank we all our God.
Prayers read by (a) Enid Feather (b) Robert Maller.
The Lord's Prayer
Hymn :- What heroes thou has bred.
Lessons read by class A. in chorus
Psalms 124 and 100.
Hymn :- Land of our birth.
Short address on the meaning of the Victory by the Head
11th September, 1945 page 20
In connection with V.J. celebrations tea was supplied
to all children in school by V.J. Committee and served
by members of W.V.S and school staff. In the evening
an entertainment in the form of a Punch and Judy show
with ventriloquist and conjuring acts was provided after
sports for school children.
26th September, 1945 page 20
HMI visited the school a.m and stayed for rest of day.
In conference with Head Teacher made following observations
(1) many pleasing features in both organisation and
tone of school.
(2) criticism expressed with regard to:
(a) dirty condition of school.
(b) rigid methods in operation in infants classes -
much of teaching out of date.
2nd October, 1945 page 23
Number of children of working mothers.
In wartime nursery - 30
In other infant classes - 29
6th November, 1945 page 25
Head Teacher had to spend 45 minutes in nursery trying
to make stoves function properly as children were smoked
24th January, 1946 page 32
During lunch time smoke was observed issuing from joints
between boards near sinks in junior lobby. Head Teacher
and caretaker removed boards and found cross battens
underneath to be smouldering. The heat from boiler flue
had obviously set the wood which was very dry and considerably
26th February, 1946 page 35
Owing to break down of motor which operates the auto
stoker there was no heat in school this morning and
after consultation with acting Borough Education Officer
the Head Teacher sent children home. Dinners were provided
21st May, 1946 page 38
Jumble sale in nursery for radio set realised £13.7.6.
20th September, 1946 page 42
Torrential rain resulting in flooding of Station Road
and Mill Hey caused a great drop in attendance a.m.
At noon Head Teacher gave instructions to children who
went home for dinners that it would probably be wiser
to stay home during afternoon. Dinner children not allowed
to leave school except to attend lavatory. School dismissed
3:30pm Waters having by this time somewhat abated.
4th February, 1947 page 54
Heavy falls of snow reduced attendance.
10th February, 1947 page 55
The snow still persists with deep drifts all round
19th February, 1947 page 56
Snow conditions persist and until today the temperature
has never risen above freezing point since 25th January.
26th February, 1947 page 57
Heavy falls of snow further dislocated traffic - no
19th June, 1947 page 66
During dinner hour girl ___ aged 11 years sustained
a fractured clavicle due to a push given by a girl ___,
which caused her to fall. The accident took place in
the playing fields. After being attended to by the Head
Teacher and ___, who put the arm in a sling. Dr Fitzgerald
was called and he advised removal to Victoria Hospital.
A taxi was secured and the child, in company with her
mother and her aunt was taken to hospital.
9th July, 1947 page 67
Head Teacher announced school's success in gaining
worth Valley Cup for highest number of points in primary
schools of Worth Valley.
10th September, 1947 page 70
Reported dangerous condition of staff lavatory.
24th October, 1947 page 74
School closed p.m for autumn holiday of one week. Head
Teacher issued usual warning re-safety-first and found
on inquiry that more than 60% of children would be left
alone in house during the holiday.
3rd November 1947 page 75
Many children absent due to an epidemic of mumps.
11th November, 1947 page 75
Ordinary timetable suspended a.m in order to hold brief
Armistice Day service and to observe two minutes' silence.
20th November, 1947 page 76
School closed all day by order of H. M. the King in
honour of the wedding of Princess Elizabeth to lieutenant
Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince of Greece.
15th December, 1947 page 77
The Christmas festival was performed in school this
afternoon with marked success. The programme was lengthy
but interest was maintained throughout.
18th December, 1947 page 78
The Christmas party, consisting of tea and games followed
by a visit to the Bronte cinema for a special programme
of films, was greatly enjoyed.
9th March, 1948 page 83
Received delivery of six garden spades six garden forks
(ladies) six Dutch hoes, one builder's trowel from A.
Hartley Main street Haworth.
At dinner today the peas were so obnoxious in smell
and taste that the Head teacher forbade their distribution
to the children. The stew was also far from satisfactory
- being full of small bones. The Head teacher therefore
submitted a complaint to the Education Officer .
26th April, 1948 page 86
School closed for one day - a general holiday having
been granted by their Majesties the King and Queen to
mark the celebration of their silver wedding.
20th May, 1948 page 87
PC Brewster visited school re-broken windows at Bridge
House mill. Inquiries proved that children responsible
were below school age.
20th December, 1948 page 102
In the afternoon the children had a Faith Tea followed
by a visit to the cinema where a special programme was
arranged. A tub of ice-cream was also given to each
10th February, 1949 page 107
During late afternoon two employees of the Highways
Department visited school to measure up playground for
repairing and resurfacing. They drew head teachers attention
to the fence wall at the Eastern end of the playground
this they showed to be in a very unsafe condition, overhanging
the road at least eight or nine inches and in danger
of collapse for a distance of 16 or 17 yards.
8th July, 1949 page 117
Punished boys for slinging water it each other. As boys
grinned and giggled about punishment I ordered them
to stand before my desk while I continued with work.
___ began to make others laugh so gave him second stroke
on seat. A few minutes later he appeared ill and vomited.
I gave him water to drink and he recovered.
14th July, 1949 page 118
After several weeks of sunshine and high temperature
weather broke last night and heavy thunderstorms.
30th August 1949 page 120
This morning the top junior class occupied the large
room in the Haworth Institute for the first time. This
is to be their permanent home for this year.
20th December, 1949 page 127
During the afternoon the Mayor and Mayoress (Councillor
and Mrs G. S. Mason) visited the school and saw the
children having their Christmas party. They also visited
the nursery where they saw presents distributed by Santa
Claus. At 3:30pm all scholars and staff resorted to
the Bronte cinema where a special film show had been
6th March, 1950 page 132
Admitted this day a Dutch boy and a Lithuanian girl.
Neither child able to speak more than two or three words
18th April, 1950 page 133
Nursery cleaning leave something to be desired - paintwork
not thoroughly washed .
10th November, 1950 page 142
School jumble sale held at 4:00pm. Failure of lights
caused early termination of sale but it realised £15.
27th November, 1950 page 143
A breakdown in the heating system plus an electricity
cut has made school exceedingly cold today. Frequent
breaks and runs around playground made during the day.
4th December 1950 page 143
Very cold weather. Heating apparatus still not repaired
and electricity cut from 8:00am.
20th December, 1950 page 146
Class parties held in classrooms which had been decorated
for the occasion. Santa Claus visited the nursery and
handed out presents to children.