School log 1897 - 1920
The full log book can be accessed here.The log is a word-for-word transcription but with names of children mainly removed. . The original log book is held, with other logs, at Hathern School. A common theme throughout is the health of the children with usual bouts of influenza, measles and chicken pox and then more serious outbreaks of whooping cough, scarlet fever and diptheria, in one case of which 6 children died (3 of them in this the infants school). Visits from the Rector Mr. Lawrence are quite regular. In the early years the school seems to have had problems with staff turnover and cramped accommodation leading to adverse reports but in later years the schoolroom is improved (1906) and the standard of teaching is praised. Although this log covers the period of the 1st World War, there is little mention of this - only that a Belgian refugee child was admitted and after the war a parade of Geman guns was seen by the children. Quite a few local occasions were excuses for absence or the school to be closed including the circus, Loughborough Races and the Fair and Buffalo Bill's show. Children for this, the infants, School eventually moved up to what was called "The Mixed School".
Source. Original log transcribed by Andree Bagley.