14 july 1919 The school will be used for Peace Celebrations

Speenhamland
July 14th

Collection made for French Red Cross…

Meeting this evening at 6.15 to arrange details of the Peace Celebration festivities to be held next Saturday.

South Moreton
1919, July 14

Received notice today that the school will be used on July 19th for Peace Celebrations.

Log books of St Mary’s CE School, Speenhamland (C/EL119/3); South Moreton Board School log book (C/EL104/2)

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Seriously, if not dangerously, ill

Influenza affected schools across the county.

Riseley Common
Nov. 25th

At 9.10 am there were 25 children present, so the Head Teacher sought the advice of the Correspondent, which was that school should close on his authority, until further notice.
Some of the children have been, and are, seriously, if not dangerously, ill.

Christ Church, Reading
25th November 1918

Owing to the severity of the Influenza epidemic, by order of the Sanitary Authority, the re-opening of the school was postponed until this morning when all the staff were present.

Alfred Sutton Primary School
25th November 1918

School re-opened after closure for epidemic (Influenza).

Purley CE School – C/EL85/2
25th November 1918

School re-opened, only five in attendance, parents evidently did not know that the children were to return today.

South Moreton Board School
1918, November 25

The school has been closed for four weeks for influenza by the order of the School Medical Officer, and re-opened this morning.

Yattendon CE School log book
1918
Nov: 25

The school is closed owing to the children being ill with influenza.

Beedon
Nov 25th

School attendance very poor. Several children away with influenza and other illnesses.

Newbury: St Joseph’s
25/11/18

School re-opened this morning. The attendance is better – 29 being present this morning and 33 this afternoon.

Newbury: Wilson
25/11/18

School reopened this morning owing to the constrained prevalence of the epidemic of influenza the schools have been closed until this morning.

Coley Street Primary School Reading
25/11/1918

Miss Dean has been absent suffering with influenza

Log books of Riseley Common CE School, Swallowfield (C/EL99/3); Reading ChristChurch CE Infants School (89/SCH/7/6); Reading: Alfred Sutton Primary School log book (89/SCH/37/1); Purley CE School (C/EL85/2); South Moreton Board School (C/EL104/2); Yattendon CE School (SCH37/8/3); Beedon CE School (C/EL55/1); St Joseph’s Infant School, Newbury ( N/ES 7/1); Joseph Henry Wilson School, Newbury (N/ES7/1); Coley Street Primary School Reading (89/SCH/48/4)

Bring your own potatoes

Pupils learning to cook during the war had to use potatoes for pastry dough.

28 May 1918

Cookery: Course I. N. Moreton 5. S. Moreton 8. Wallingford C.E. 5

No. 12

Date: May 28th
Time: 1.45-4pm

Lesson: Shortcrust pastry. Tarts [alternative]

No. present: 8

Signature: R. D. Bronsdon.

Girls brought own potatoes for pastry.

Wallingford Cookery Centre Log Book, 1914-1920 (SCH22/8/5, pp. 169-170)

Today is Serbia Day

Two schools in Berkshire were affected by the war on 9 December. One was contributing to relief for our ally Serbia, the other saw a teacher allowed to spend time with a soldier brother home on leave.

Lower Sandhurst CE School
December 9th 1915

To-day being ‘Serbia Day’ small flags were on sale in the School. Was able to forward the sum of 17/4 to the organisers of the Serbian Fund.

South Moreton School
1915, December 9

Mrs James has gone to her home this afternoon, to see a brother who has just had leave from the trenches in France. Miss Beckley in charge of the Infants.

Lower Sandhurst School Log Book (C/EL66/1, p. 343); South Moreton School (C/EL104/2, p. 344)

Health and domestic arrangements permitting, married women teachers to keep their jobs

The reports of various sub-committees to Berkshire Education Committee on 16 October 1915 show various effects of the war on everyday life. One was the opportunity for women teachers to stay in employment after they got married; normally they would have been forced to resign as it was expected that they would be starting a family.

Higher Education Sub-committee

MAIDENHEAD TECHNICAL INSTITUTE

In reply to a letter from the Board of Education, enclosing a letter from the Army Council, the Sub-committee have adopted the following resolution:

In view of the statement of the Army Council that more hospital accommodation is required, no obstacle will be interposed by this Sub-committee to the use of the Maidenhead Technical Institute provided that:

No other available premises, such as the Maidenhead Modern School, are deemed top be suitable.

A formal requisition is received from the War Department.

Formal guarantees are given with respect to care of the fabric and repayment of expense incidental to the removal of the Classes.

School Management Sub-committee

TEACHING STAFF

The number of teachers on Military Service up to 25th September was 41, and it is recorded, with regret, that of these three have been killed: Mr W H S Berry, Mr H W Thornton, Mr R P Cowles. A letter of condolence has been sent in each case to their parents.

The Sub-committee have approved the continuance on the staff after their marriage of several female teachers, provided that their health and domestic arrangements do not interfere with their school work.

AMALGAMATION OF SCHOOLS DURING THE PERIOD OF THE WAR

The Managers of the North Moreton School will not consent to a temporary transfer of their school to the South Moreton Council School under their own Head Teacher.

No definite replies have been received from the Managers of the Sonning, Thatcham and Hurst Schools as to the proposals of the Sub-committee.

Berkshire Education Committee minutes (C/CL/C1/1/18)

Soldiers march through South Moreton

A school in South Moreton closed early as soldiers came through the village.

1915, July 13
In consequence of the march of soldiers through the village at 3.30 this afternoon, the school meets at 1.15, registers closed 1.25, and dismissal 3.25.

South Moreton Board School log book (C/EL104/2, p. 339)