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1870 – 1879

Orginally published Jan 2021
Last updated Jan 2021

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January 11thCopy of Summary of the Inspector's Report:
"The School is in good order and has improved in other respects during the past year - singing good, needlework fair."


February 15thScarletina prevalent in the village. Several children ill.
February 16thAttendance poor owing to children being kept at home on account of the fever.
Copy of Summary of Inspector's Report:
"The school is in fair order and taught with fairly satisfactory results. The Officers require better approaches. Arithmetic is the weak point in all the classes.
August 4thSchool closes for Harvest vacation.
August 28thSchool opens after Harvest vacation. A very thing attendance as Harvest not complete. Note: Two or more references to children being kept off register due to poor attendance.


June 28thHoliday. Coronation Day.
Copy of Summary of Inspector's Report:
"It would be desirable if the Schoolyard was completely walled off from the Master's garden."


October 5thThe School is getting into better working order. The work has gone on steadily, increasing both in numbers and efficiency. The has continued to improve especially in Arithmetic.
Note: references to visits of the Vicar, Rev. D.H. Spencer, taking Scripture lessons.
December 12thToday is the end of my first quarter as Master.


Sam Cross of Thorncombe has consented to his son, Alfred George to become a candidate at the next Pupil Teachers Examination.
References to scholars from Thorncombe, Purtington & Leigh Moor.
Master: George M. Passmore and two Pupil Teachers.
References, at the appropriate season, to harvesting and potato and apple picking and shooting parties (children as beaters, etc?)
Reference to building work and repair of old buildings, clearing of rubble and cleaning up after carpentry work.


May 28thExamination of school log took place last Wednesday. Examiner seemed to be unnecessarily severe, having kept them at work 10.30am till 2pm.
Examiners report:
The school is in a very unsatisfactory condition. The discipline is bad. My Lords have ordered a deduction of one tenth from the Grant for the grave results of the examinations. The issue of Mr Passmore's certificate is deferred until satisfactory results of his instruction are visable.
AugustThe is the last entry I have to make in this book.


January 8thSchool opened again after being closed for seven weeks. Very thin attendance. Fourteen Infants, and twenty-six in big school. Henry Hardyman came in as monitor.
January 9thAttendance not much better to-day. Pupil-teacher did home lesson with credit.
January 10thAttendance still small. Self went to chard this morning, therefore was not back in time to open school. Marsh opened it & when I returned I found it quietly at its work.
January 11thAverage for the week 41.
January 15thTom, Maria & S.Jane Trivett & Fred Connsett leaving the village. Henry Pinney gone to work, marked off Gertrude Barnes and Ny Larcombe for continued absence. Admitted Sam John & ? aged 9.
January 16thAttendance not much better than last week. Children very dull, & backward in Arithmetic. Tables not thoroughly known, gave them to whole school from 11.40 to 12.00 a.m. Cox late to school this morning. Told him to come earlier. Admitted Edith Bourne Aged 11.
January 19thMrs. Symes unable to come to school to-day. The Infants are in a class in the large room under my superintendence. Chicks playing truant.
22nd JanuaryAdmitted Annie Hawker from Forde Abbey William Hallett & Alfred Edward Bailey from Winsham, The Husseys have been to Thorncombe school for a few weeks, but came in again to-day. Attendance a trifle better.
January 24thHome lessons not well said in "First Class". Several kept in to learn them.
January 26thAverage for past week 70.3. Marked improvement in Grammar in the upper Standards.
January 29thAttendance still small. Chicks still playing truant.
January 30thThe weather being so very bad we have a small attendance today.
February 2ndThere is a slight improvement in Arithmetic. Average for the past week 691/2.
February 5thCox allowed to remain at home Monday & Tuesday. Had the sanction of the Vicar. Admitted Emma Susan Deane from Hollow Wells.
February 7thCox came back to school this morning. Mrs Symes is obliged to resign her duties for a while on account of sickness. Attendance fair.
February 9thUsual routine as per time table through the week, taught the children a fresh song "The Minstrel Boy". Average for past week 90.
February 12thAttendance very thin this morning. Marsh late. Admitted Susan & Juliana Hutchings from Hollow Wells, both in Infant School.
February 14thThis being Ash Wednesday the children were taken to Church in the morning. Registers not marked - Attendance small.
February 16thAverage for past week 59.
February 19thMarked the following off the Register on account of continual absence. Alfred James. Mary Bulford. Henrietta Cullingford. Louisa Perham. Admitted Albert Vincent from Copse House.
February 21stBegan "simple subtraction" with Standard 1. Had two or three complaints to make against Hardyman for carelessness.
February 23rdPunished George Notley for playing truant, gave him two stripes with the cane.
February 26thAdmitted Alice Hoare from SheepWash.
February 27thMarked off several names from Register on account of continual absence.
March 1stFair attendance usual routine.
March 5thElizabeth Baker gone to service. Admitted Fred Warren. Had notice of Night School Examination.
March 8thUsual routine.
March 12thLeft several names off the register for continual absence. Present - ninety-two.
March 14thAttendance fair. children beginning to show marks of improvement.
March 19thFirst Standard very backward in Subtraction.
March 23rdChildren very irregular. Been told that George Chick has been decoyed from school by Mr Fred Perham. This has happened several times, acquainted the Vicar of it.
March 26thSeveral children absent without cause. James Pinney gone to work & Fredd Chick.
March 28thSeveral children absent on account of a funeral at Chapel. Standard I kept in to do a subtraction sum after 12.
March 29thCox late to school this morning. The school will close to­day for Good Friday. There will be no holiday Easter Week. Children coming very irregular, which keeps them back in their work. Marked off the Aplins' & Joseph Bowditch from the register for continual absence.
April 3rdAttendance very good in Class Room, but very thin in large school. Many absent for trifling causes.
April 4thHad to punish George Chick for going off instead of coming to school. Gave an examination paper in Arithmetic & Dictation to upper classes, rather deficient in both. Arithmetic fair in all classes. Dictation bad in first. Many absent still without cause, Bessie & Emma Hutchings left the village.
April 6thAverage attendance for past week 61.2. Number present at all ninety six, Took Standard I in Spelling and Reading.
April 8thAttendance today much better, admitted Edward Hussey, Louisa Hussey & Annie Cottrell, ** Lirl & Fred Samways present after a long absence.
April 13thAverage attendance for past week 90.1, Number present at all 107. School improving.
April 16thVery thin attendance today owing to the wet weather.
April 17thAdmitted Henry Sims Aged 4. Attendance better today.
April 20thOwing to the very irregular attendance of the children the subjects are still very backward. Mary Spindle has gone to a dame's school. Admitted Henry Sims, Average for past week 74, present at all 91.
April 25thGeorge Hodder been absent since Monday, had liberty from his mother to go bird nesting. Children in this room very irregular.
April 26thSchool very quiet today. Arithmetic improving in Standard I. Spelling deficient in Standard II. Teachers working very well with their classes. Attendance very fair.
April 30thJohn Henry Marsh completed his engagement as pupil teacher today, but will remain this week to assist as the examination is near. Attendance very good today, but still a great many absent for trifling causes.
May 4thMary Hodder came on as a candidate for P.T. Henry Hardyman was not kept on account of his not being capable of managing a class. The children in Standards II, III, IV & V have carried home spelling lessons & they have been very fairly learnt. Mrs Perham at Whatley refused to allow her children to bring home lessons at all.
May 7thFair school today. Admitted Henry Dike. Cox taken charge of upper classes & is working well.
May 9thRev DH & Mrs Spencer visited the school. Filled up a form for Ed. Dept*. of the approximate no to be examined. Good attendance. Probably 81 will be presented.
May 10thRegisters not marked this morning. Children taken to Church. Ascension Day.
May 11thAverage attendance 103.
The Fees of the School children are very backward. Out of a class of twenty I took only five pence.
July 14thCopy of Summary of the Inspector's Report:
"This school has suffered through being closed, some time on account of an epidemic: the results of the Examination are however fairly satisfactory. The Grammar and Geography will still bear improvement, but are better than last year. The Infants should be taught Needlework. The Registers should show in each quarter the admission number and accurate age of each child.
J H Marsh is now qualified under Article 79 but not under Article 60.
A G Cox has passed fairly.
M Hodder - Failure
Mr Symes will shortly receive his certificate.
Master: Jesse Symes, Certificated Teacher of the Second Class.Pupil-Teacher: Alfred George Cox, Fourth Year.
Assistant Teacher of Infants - Sewing: Amelia Symes."
Signed: D H Spencer 
July  16thAdmitted Hannah Singleton
July 19th Bessie Chick sent to school this morning, her brother coming in the afternoon. Kitty Woodman came and paid their school fees up to July 20th. Mrs Symes is very ill this morning. Polly Hodder is taking the infants. SO Cautioned children against throwing stones. Punished John Francis for throwing at Church Tower. 
July 24thAttendance slightly increased, but still deficient.
Struck the following children's names from the registers on account of continual absence. Luke Paull, James Pinney, John Sirl, Emily Aplin, Rosa Barnes, Louisa Hussey, Henry Hussey and James Rowe. 30 Attendance very unfair especially in Standards I and II. No school tomorrow - Seaton Regatta.
1st AugustThin attendance owing to Chard Fair.
August 6thAdmitted Charles Dean. Attendance thin. A great many infants home ill with chicken -pox.
August 15th15 Punished Emma Samways for going in the classroom in playtime and stealing pencil. Cautioned children against taking what does not belong to them. Told them that stealing little things leads them on to stealing greater.
August 16thNo home lessons today. Attendance not good, great many away bird-keeping and some ill. Had notice from Vicar to close school tomorrow for a month.
August 17thThe school closes today for the Harvest Vacation of four weeks.
September 17thCommenced school today after the usual harvest vacation.
Attendance thin. Admitted Maurice Francis.
September 23rdAttendance very good. A great many still gleaning. Admitted Annie Phelps, Emily Rowe, Ellen Singleton and Ellen Warren.
September 24th Attendance very good. No school this afternoon, there is to be a treat for the day and Sunday school children.
September 28thThe attendance since the school treat has been very good indeed. Average for week 124. There is to "be a meeting in the school room today concerning the repairs needed to the school floor and premises.
October 1stStruck off the following names from the registers-Fred Chick, Joe Bowditch, Geo Brown, and Henry Grimstead. Sarah Cottrell and Annie Peadon - for continued absence. 
October 8th Attendance thin. Admitted Fred Spencer. 
October 21stAdmitted John Thorne, Ellen Way and Walter Long. Began fires.
October 29thThe attendance today is very thin owing to the wet weather.
Punished Mary Ann Ward for telling a lie. Cautioned the school against the evil of lying.
October 30thCox rather late to school this morning. Rev D H Spencer gave a Scripture lesson to upper standards. Mary Hodder's Home work done very unsatisfactorily. Struck off the following children's names from the registers on account of continual absence: Emily Deal, Edward Singleton, Ann Meech, Arm Vile. Maurice Francis is gone to work. Admitted Henry George Taylor.
November 5th Master half an hour late to school. School opened by Rev D H Spencer. Admitted Emma Jane Larcombe. 
November 19th The fees of the school children are very backward, out of a class of twenty four only 5 pence taken. Admitted Henry Smith.
November 20thThe secular instruction commenced at 9.5am to be continued until 11.15am.Admitted Jane White.The Diocesan Inspector examined the school in religious knowledge from 2.30 to 4.00pm. Children answered very fairly expecially the Infants.
November 23rdThe attendances this week have been unusually irregular. Several children at home with the Mumps. Average 88.
December 31stCommenced school today after Xmas vacation. It was a longer vacation than usual as the school was under repair. Attendance thin.


January 7thAdmitted Henry William Chick.
January 14thVery poor school indeed. Marked off Emily & ? Henry Cleal and Joseph Bowditch from the registers on acct of continual absence.
January 21stBetter attendance. Henry Chick gone to work. William Drake gone to private school.
January 22ndAdmitted Ellen Grimstead. The wet weather has caused a thin attendance.
January 31stThe following children's names were marked off the registers on account of continual absence - Bessy Good, Mary Cross, John Roper, Ann Meech, Ann Vile, Emily Deal, Julian and Ellen Way. Several absentees without cause.
February 1stThe average for the past week is 96.9. Number present at all 124. Elizabeth Hussey is ill with Scarletina. Two others are kept home in consequence. Standard 1 is improving in Arithmetic. Fred and George Chick are playing truant.
February 4thThe attendance has been very irregular of late. Have felt no effects from the late Act. Children absent as before. Stopped lessons at 11.50 to address children in punctuality and regularity of Attendance. Re-admitted Louisa Barratt.
February 5thExamined Standard 1 in Arithmetic and found it still very backward. Attendance better. Left Job Long's name off the register through continual absence. Fred and Walter Long and James and Henry Rowe left off registers for absence. Had notice of Evening School Exam.
February 11thAdmitted Rosa Wills and re-admitted Emma and Bessie Hutchings. Poor attendance. Marked off the following names from the registers for continual absence - Emily Rowe, M J Rowe, Julian Hutchings, John Cottrell and Ernest Forsey.
February 12thAttendance better. Admitted Richard Rooper.
February 18thAdmitted Frederick & Sarah Jane Jennings and Emma Bridge.
February 25thAdmitted Edward & Rosa Barnes. Attendance fair.
March 11thAdmitted Henry Hussey.
March 18thAdmitted Frank & Fred Larcombe from Leigh Lane. Mrs Symes unable to attend School this morning through illness. The lessons of this afternoon will be according to the "Time Table for Tuesday" afternoon, as Mrs Symes is ill in bed and there is no one to attend to the sewing.
March 30thAttendance very poor, owing to a heavy fall of snow. Average for week only 86. Cox unable to come through the bad weather. Took three classes together.
April 15thAdmitted Charlotte, Ellen, Tom, William and John Spearing and Syd: Robert Andrews & re-admitted Ann Vile.
April 17thRe-admitted William Harry Crumplin. Several attendances cancelled lately through children leaving early.
April 24thGood attendance, although wet. Standard 1 requires a great deal of attention, as many of them are very dull and quite unable to comprehend their arithmetic.
April 29thAdmitted James Thorne. Thin attendance. Re-admitted Annie Barratt.
May 1stAttendance not quite as good, probably owing to Chard Fair. Dictation better in second Standard.
May 8thLeft Bessy Good's name off as left, for continual absence. William Crumplin has left, gone to London with his parents. Cautioned the children against calling after old people, as I had previously heard of their doing so. Told them to recollect the story of the "Old Prophet".
May 20thAdmitted John Baker. Thin attendance. Re-admitted John Cottrell & Louisa Hussey.
May 24thGrammar better in second Standard. Mrs Spearing came to the school & informed me of being too severe - not with her children but with others. I gave her to understand I meant to be more severe in future.
May 27thFair attendance. Ellen Spearing left and gone to Miss Cox's school.
May 31stFair attendance.
Number admitted in the past year: 64
Number left in past year: 51
Average for past year: 101
Number on new register: 101
June 3rdPoor attendance. Admitted Fred Hallett (3) Louisa Butler (3) and Alice Larcombe (3)
June 7thAverage for past week 100. Pretty fair when considering it's Whitsun week following. The school closes today for usual WHISTUNTIDE HOLIDAYS.
June 17thCommenced school after vacation. Re-admitted Caroline Cross, and admitted Ann Rowe & Harriet Hodder.
June 24thAdmitted Walter & Herbert Coombes & re-admitted Emma & Bessie Hutching. Very fair attendance.
June 26thAdmitted Joe & Mary Hodder. Children rather restless through the heat.
July 1stA G Cox gone to Exeter to attend the scholarship examination. Mrs Symes (with the Manager's consent) has gone to Lyme to recruit her health, Mary Hodder has the class-room, and the Standard work this week will differ slightly from the Time Table. Admitted Tom Learing, & George Cox.
July 8thAll teachers in their places, & the school being worked as per Time Table.Admitted Herbert Arthur Andrews.
July 9thAdmitted Fred Cox.
July 15thFair attendance. Admitted Louisa Hussey.
July 19thA great many of the children having to go to a treat this afternoon a half holiday has been granted by the Rev D H Spencer, who visited the school this morning.


Copy of Summary of the Inspector's Report:
I liked what I saw of the work of this School very much: the children are in good order, and the teaching is evidently careful and effective, and there has been a considerable increase in the number of children presented for examination. Arithmetic in the upper standards requires attention. Most of the failures are due to simple carelessness in the working. The classes examined for the Extra Grant passed very fairly. Mrs Symes deserves a word of praise for her teaching in the Infant Department: a better supply of slates is required here and a paid monitor should be appointed.
The names of C. Trenchard, S Golsworthy and A Cross have been struck off the Examination Schedule under Article 19(B)1.
My Lords are of opinion that new Offices should at once be built for the accommodation of the girls and infants attending this school, as the present arrangement is highly unsatisfactory (Article 32(b)).
A Symes is recognised as qualified under Article 32(c)3.
M Hodder:  Failure
A G Cox:    Euclid Grammar and History.
Master: Jesse Symes (Certificated Teacher of the Second Class)
Asst Teacher of Infants and Sewing:  Amelia Symes
Pupil Teacher:  Alfred George Cox - Fifth Year
July 22ndAdmitted John Cross & re-admitted Joseph Bowditch. Fair attendance.
July 29thVery fair attendance. Admitted Charley Dyke & re-admitted Bessy Good.
July 30thRe-admitted Louisa Barratt. Attendance rather thing on account of Seaton Regatta.
August 2ndThe school closes today for the usual HARVEST VACATION.
September 2ndCommence School after the Harvest vacation. Gave children notice of the school fees being raised after this week. Admitted Flora Andrews.
September 3rdThe attendance is very thing on account of children being kept home leasing. Harvest being late through the wet weather. Standard 2 backwards in Tables.
September 16thAdmitted Mary White & Fred: Wm Collard. Fair attendance.
September 23rdVery good school. Punished John Francis for disobedience. Found two or three children telling untruths and punished them.
September 25thVery good attendance.  Admitted Mary Cook.
September 30thVery fair attendance.  Mrs Symes obliged to resign her duties for a month through illness.  Admitted Fred: Geo: & Herbert Warren.
October 1stAdmitted Eliza Spencer.
October 2ndAdmitted Elizabeth Samways.
October 7thAdmitted Elizbeth Spencer and Richard Roper.
October 14thThe school fees have been raised to-day. Some parents refuse to pay it, and some say they cannot, reported same to Rev D H Spencer. Fair attendance.
October 21stMarked the following children off the register for continual absence = Fred Larcombe, Bessie Hutchings, Mary Jane Jennings and Hy: Ward. Fair attendance. Admitted Edith Jane Whitemoor Bond. Shall be absent this afternoon for about twenty minutes.
October 25thCox absent. Better attendance. Standard II working very noisily. Punished Henry Trenchard.  1st for telling a lie and 2nd for refusing to hold out his hand. He made a great noise, of which I took no notice.
November 6thHaving heard of a boy at Merriott who wished to become a pupil Teacher I went yesterday to ascertain about him. Found him to be a teacher but the master gave him such a poor character that he would not suit here.
November 18thViscount Bridport & the Rev D H Spencer came in the school this morning.
November 22ndGood school this week, but many children still away, some from illness, others no cause whatever.  Mr Marsh, who is supposed to look up the truants,never comes near the school.
December 11thAttendance fair, slightly falling off. Children writing badly through cold hands.
December 20thThe school closes today for the Christmas holiday


January 6thSchool commenced today after the Xmas vacation of two weeks, rather poor school.
January 13thBetter attendance today, but still low.  Marked off Jos: Bowditch, Fred Taylor and John Lacey for continual absence.
January 23rdLouisa Perham, Annie & Flora Perham left the school and gone to Miss Cox's.
January 27thAdmitted Allen & Alfred Welch.
February 4thStandard II at Geography for a short time contrary to Time Table, on account of my being obliged to leave, having been on an inquest which was adjourned.
February 5thPoor attendance. Punished Oliver Frances for interrupting catechism lesson.
February 18thHaving heard a boy swearing last night and not knowing who it was, I spoke very strongly to the whole school, and cautioned them against it.
March 10thAdmitted Walter Cleal and Emily Cross.
March 24thRe-admitted Eliz: and Emma Hutchings and M J Jennings. Parish meeting in the classroom this afternoon consequently the Infants have to be removed.
March 31stAdmitted Ann James, Thomas Burrows and Samuel Bridle.
April 7thAdmitted Emma Clarke and Rosa Thorne.
April 9thAdmitted Edward Rutter. Mr Marsh called.
April 21stAdmitted James Rowe. Re-admitted Jane White.
April 25thBetter average this week. Children not able to go out together for recreation. The girls leave five minutes and return before boys leave, as the masons are pulling old closet down and building a new one nearer the school.
April 28thAdmitted Annie Rowe and Annie Bridle.
May 2ndOwing to a circus in Chard to-day a great many children are absent. Holiday this afternoon in consequence.
May 5thMuch thinner attendance today. Admitted William Hawker (Forde Abbey), Louisa Clarke (Leigh Lane) and Annie Trenchard (Winsham).
May 13thThere is a deviation from the Time Table today, Rev D H Spencer having been acquainted of the same.  The upper Standards examined on paper. The lower Standards on slates. Admitted Giles James.
May 19thFair attendance. Fred Chick playing truant.
May 30thSchool closes for the Whitsuntide Holidays.
June 9thSchool opened this morning.  Admitted James and Alexander Hodder.
June 16thVery poor school indeed, probably owing to the heavy rain. The Singletons and Cleals have measles. Admitted Mary E. Spurdle.
June 23thRe-admitted Annie & Flora Perham.  Edith Bourne gone to Miss Dunster's - a dame school.
June 26thNo School this morning. This afternoon the attendance is very poor indeed. Only 41 present. The registers were marked before 2.30 in order to allow of children leaving a little earlier as there is to be a magic lantern in the schoolroom this evening. A great number of children ill with measles. One died yesterday (Henry Singleton). School closed on account of the measles for an unlimited time.
2nd July Copy of Summary of the Inspector's Report:
Mr Symes has done a very fair twelve-month's work; still the Arithmetic must be attended to, as that is the weakest part of the work. The writing is much improved, and the Reading intelligent. The Infant Department did fairly well. The class-subjcts earn the Grant, but the Geography of the third Standard is weak.
The scholars numbered 55, and 80 on the Examination Schedule are disqualified by Attendances (Article 19 13).
A Symes is recognised as qualified to serve under Article 32(c)3.
July 21stSchool commenced today having been closed 3 weeks & 2 days. Very fair attendance. Over 100 present.
July 25thGreat many children away again today. Average for past week 118.1.  In the report received July 2nd, it was stated that two were disqualified by attendances, but it was afterwards found to be a slip copying from the schedule. Having made out the duplicate first. The 12 shillings to be added to grant for 1880.
August 4thAdmitted Fred Dening, Fred Larcombe. Fair attendance. Admitted Jessie Vile.Ada Vardy left. John Genge.
August The Chicks backward in paying school pence. Gave them so long to bring it, or else be sent home. Dening asked leave to go to Seaton.
August 8thPunished Henry Cleal for playing truant and George Chick for impertinence and refusing to do what he was told by his teacher.
August 14thMr Young from Chard took the likeness of a few of the elder children between nine & ten a.m.  Lessons resumed soon enough to mark registers. Began simple long division with 3rd standard and long division of money with 4th. The boys in each standard are more backward than the girls.
September 4thMary Hodder is ill and unable to attend school today. Closed school today for HARVEST VACATION of three weeks.
September 29thSchool commenced this morning. Admitted Bessy Hodder.  Very good attendance for first day after holidays.
October 6thSchool commenced this morning. Admitted Bessy Hodder.  Very good attendance for first day after holidays.
October 13thRe-admitted John Thorne, a slight mistake made in marking Girls' Registers "Infants room".  Mrs Symes is ill and unable to attend to her duties.
Admitted Walter Green aged 10 years. Sent home George Chick & Bessy as their mother refused to pay their school fees. Re-admitted Edith Jane Whitemore Bond.
November 6thUpper standards wrote an account of Gunpowder Plot for composition.
November 17thAdmitted Walter White.
November 26thThere will be a slight alteration in the Time Table to-day on account of my being absent this afternoon to attend a funeral at Thorncombe.  The silent lessons will be taken this afternoon.
December 10thPunished Henry Aplin (Cleal) for playing truant. He runs away from School very often and his mother wished me to punish him. Fair attendance.
December 11thMary Hodder fell and hurt her wrist which prevents her doing any writing lessons. Fair attendance.
December 19thRev D H Spencer visited the school which closes today for the CHRISTMAS VACATION of one week.
December 31stMrs Symes is ill and unable to attend school. No sewing this afternoon for girls. The following children's names have been marked off the registers for continual absence without cause: Mary Dyke, Minnie Trenchard, Walter Greene and Mary Francis left school. Mrs Symes will be obliged to be absent from school for one month.