Two dance teachers sent in diaries. The first ran her own school:
- I am a self employed dance teacher running
my own school. I spent the morning at home doing paperwork and preparing lessons.
In the afternoon I travelled to --- Primary School to teach children tap and
ballet. I then returned home where I taught three children, giving them private
The second taught in a secondary school:
- I teach dance - all the pupils, boys and girls
in the first three years of high school have to do it. It's hard work
- the culture is against boys dancing - but I try to make it fun and exciting
and a challenge. I haven't failed yet! I also teach maths to 2 groups
who really struggle, again hard work. I wouldn't really want to do anything
One retired woman taught a subject very much on the 1891 agenda:
- In the afternoon went to school to do sewing
with the children.
- Gave a piano lesson to a sweet
friend of 83, between 11.30 and 1 o'clock
home in time for a quick cup of tea before my first piano pupil arrives from
local school, ½ hour each lesson - the next for a theory lesson. The
next three from local schools. This brings me to 6.30, the evening's
Another was a supply teacher.
- Walk down to ------Primary School to discuss
teaching day tomorrow (I am a supply teacher, covering for other teacher's
This lady was the chairman of the school governors:
- 11 o'clock school (chairman of governors)
a history day photo call, shown different class projects, very interesting,
children enjoying themselves.
The diarist in her
Another lady, although retired from teaching, was helping out
in her local school:
- I dressed up in my Welsh costume and walked
through the town on my way to the local primary school. A few tourists asked
if they could take my photograph. The school-children were enjoying a History
Day. My Welsh costume is over 100 years old and has been handed down in my
family. It is from Carmarthenshire. All the children sat in the school hall.
I told them all about the old clothes - the flannel skirt, the aprons and
the woollen shawls. I showed them how to nurse a baby in the 'Welsh fashion'.
The hat is made of beaver skin and is about 120 years old.
The children were very interested. I did enjoy myself. What a lovely afternoon!