How did a student prepare for school 100 years ago?
- Schools would supply students with textbooks
- A simple notebook (see image above)
- A lunch kit/box (see blue lunchbox)
- Clothing was readied (see Salmon Point School)
- A review on rules and expectations
Above: Supplies used for writing, including a pottery jug of writing fluid to be poured into inkwells.
Above: an image showing students of Salmon Point School in the year 1919.
What did attendance look like?
Percentage of Average Attendance – 100 years ago
Picton and Bloomfield – 64%
Ameliasburgh and Hillier – 58%
Athol and Wellington – 56%
Hallowell and S. Marysburgh – 51%
North Marysburgh – 50%
Why did attendance look like this? There is nothing to boast about in these figures but considering that these statistics are during the days of canning factories and other attractions for young people, the results are fairly satisfactory.
Above: An image of back to school advertising dated 1935.
What rules were students expected to obey? Here’s an example of standard rules:
- Respect your schoolmaster and accept punishment.
- Do not call your classmates names or fight with them. Love and help one another.
- Never make noises or disturb your neighbours as they work. Be silent during classes.
- Do not talk unless absolutely necessary.
- Bring firewood into the classroom for the stove whenever the teacher tells you to.
- If the master calls your name after class, straighten the benches and tables, sweep the room, dust, and leave everything tidy.