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Darowen School 11
To be a farmer's boy 

  Reasons to be absent
An assortment of reasons for children being absent from school always appear in the early School Log Books of rural schools. Many are linked to the seasonal tasks on farms, when extra help from all but the very youngest can be vital.
Some examples are shown here from the Darowen records.
Darowen School
Log Book
School log book entry 
  The above entry is from 11th July,1890 and reads:
"The farmers are shearing their sheep and some children are kept at home on that account".
County Archives
School log book entry 

The extract shown above was from 17th September,1880 and reads:
"Corn harvest going on briskly. Many small children who can be of no use are kept at home, because their mothers are out working. Sewing and knitting as usual"

Children were always needed to help with bringing in the harvest, and where possible the school holidays would be arranged for the same time to minimise the disadvantage to the children of farmers.

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