Every so often, when people are searching the Internet for information about Fearnan, our little web site pops up. This happened recently when Valerie McDonald was doing some genealogy research and looking for information on a relative, Miss Roberts, who had been a schoolmistress at Fearnan School. Valerie came across Ian McGregor’s article on the School Log Books and got in touch to see if Ian was able to provide any information on her relative.
Ian found the logbook entries for both the start of Miss Robert’s employment at the school in May 1903, and her last day (Jan 25th 1927). Scan’s of the pages are reproduced in this article, and they read:
The new teacher has been only a month in charge and her influence has scarcely had time to make itself felt: but already there is distinct improvement both in tone and in instruction, and in spite of the difficulties through which the school has passed some of the work (e.g. the writing and the composition of the highest class) is positively good and in all of it an upward tendency is discernible.
Drawing is still quite worthless and oral English is very rudimentary.
Miss Roberts should use her own judgement in reclassifying the pupils according to their attainments and in drawing up a new Time Table and Scheme of Work.
Jan 25th 1927
Visit to the school this day, and it is with feelings of extreme regret that I record this entry as the last under the regime of the capable, efficient teacher who for the last 25 years has so ably and successfully acted as teacher here.
You can read Ian’s original article here https://fearnanvillageassociation.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=102&action=edit