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Llanidloes National School 2
A wild beast show, 1879

  Spending the school fees
All the early schools quickly became familiar with a wide range of local diversions which affected the levels of attendance at various times during the school year, and which regularly feature in the School Log Books.
Many of these were related to the jobs which had to be done on the local farms, and children who were old enough were often needed to help out with the hay harvest and other seasonal tasks. Others were less serious!

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School log book entry 

The entry shown above was written on 29th November 1879, and reads:
"A wild beast show and a panorama of the Zulu War have visited the town this week - result - the children playing truant and spending their school fees to pay for admission to the shows - attendance much below last week".
More examples of local events which kept children away from school are shown on the next page.

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