|Here are extracts from the school log recording how important health issues were in the early 1900's. The Doctor and Health Visitor regularly checked the children, and the whole school closed when cases of diptheria and whooping cough were discovered.|
Jan 8th The Underwood family away with Scarlet Fever.
Rev. G W Pearce (School Manager) and trustee of Wells Charity died 26.12.1899 of the flu with developed pneumonia.
Feb 12th Weather severe for several days. Past the time between 9 and 10am repeating
hymns, tables and exercises and singing in rounds with a special view to keeping the children warm. School closets are kept with a regular supply of dry ashes and disinfectants.
July 25th Whooping Cough.
Managers decided to close school early due to whooping cough for harvest Holidays earlier than normal on 27.7.00 (5 weeks).
Sept 3rd Re-opens - poor attendance due to feast week some still at work and whooping cough.
Nov 11th Nelly, Elsie and Ernest Watts away all week as Nelly has Diphtheria.
Jan 10th Weighing machine and measuring apparatus received and used throughout the day.
Jan 17th Weighing machine taken away.
Feb 21st Mr Buxton - influenza and pleurisy.
Mar 17th Mr Buxton returned.
Apr 4th School floor washed during Easter holidays.
Apr 25th Received pamphlets on TB.
May 11th Floor washed during holidays.
Dec School floors washed and offices cleaned during Xmas holidays
Mar 8th Notice received that Dr Williams will attend school at 11.30am on Friday 10th March to medically inspect the children over 12 years.
Mar 10th Dr Williams medically inspected 4 boys and 5 girls. Very pleased with physique and teeth but recommended to clean teeth daily and sleep with bedroom window open.
May 19th Wrote to County Ed. Med. Officer as attendance very bad due to sickness and coughing seems like and epidemic of whooping cough.
May 22nd Dr Williams visited to see some of sufferers.
May 27th Secretary Educ. Off. Aylesbury - letter stating that school to be closed for 2 weeks (May 29- June 12th) due to prevalence of Whooping Cough.
Feb 28th -Mar 15th Bad attendance due to influenza.
Jan 15th Nurse visited this afternoon and examined childrens heads. One child Kathleen Cook to be excluded.
Mar 11th Medical inspection by Dr Digby White in afternoon of Group D & C
May 2nd Medical inspection by Dr Digby White - Leslie Johnson & Alice Hill ordered by Dr. to see Dr burrows Bletchley on Thursday May 9th at 1.30pm
May 9th Leslie & Alice taken to Doctor, Mrs Bond Wavendon House, drove them. She has accepted place on the care committee.
June 5th Distributed about 60 leaflets from County Health on The Importance of plenty of sleep for children - one to each family. Dr Bradbrooke (Oculist) visited school & examined the eyes of 11 children.
June 21st Notified to MO several cases of suspected measles.
June 25th MEASLES : Received a telegram from Education Secretary (3.40pm) - C G Watkins esq. Close School forthwith : letter follows. The letter states: School to remain closed until 15th July.
July 15th Managers decided that school remain closed until 24th subject to approval of Ed Committee
Oct 7th Mrs Buxton ill am.
Oct 15th Nurse Eastwood visited this morning. Nellie Garner, Kathleen Cook and Dolly Butcher were ordered to be excluded - hair unsatisfactory.
Oct 18th Mrs Buxton not been able to be at school since Oct 9th.
Nov 8th Register marked and closed by 9.30am. School will close at 11.30am. No school p.m. as Mrs Buxtons funeral is this afternoon.
Nov28th Wet day - attendance below 60% Register not marked many away with influenza
Schools had regular medical inspections from Doctors and nurses.
This was reported in the North Bucks Times on Tuesday 4th January 1921 when the Sanitary Committee's report recommended that the Clerk send a protest against the loss of the attendance grant where schools are closed in the consequence of infectious disease, and on Tuesday 1st Februaey 1921 where it was confirmed that there would be no loss of grant owing to the closure of the school due to the diptheria outbreak.
Miss Jackson, who is now in her eighties recalls how she was confined to her bedroom with her brothers and sisters for 3 months. She still remembers the lovely fragrance of some fresh snowdrops that a neighbour passed through an open window, on the end of a broom. The same neighbour had to support her on her first walk up the lane after her confinement, as her legs were very weak.
Started delicing children, this took about a week.
|Physical Education became an important element of the children's education. Leslie Stephen of Manor Farm offered the school the use of his field for the children, and donated a football. In 1911 the girls started playing tennis on the school tennis courts.|