Sickness and disease
As with Coelbren School,
absence through illness was to be a constant problem in the early
years of the school's history. With a poor diet and primitive
sanitary conditions, children from poorer homes were prone to
illness. With no antibiotics to fight disease, outbreaks of illnesses
which rarely pose a problem today could spread quickly and represent
a real danger
In the second week of the schools existence in 1915, children
from homes with chicken pox were excluded from attending, and
the school was closed altogether on several occasions.
In July 1919 the Head Teacher
records with obvious sorrow a tragedy brought upon a pupil of
the school by disease.
The entry reads:-
"It is with much regret that scholars and teachers learnt
of the death of Johnnie Evans, a standard Five pupil, after an
illness extending over five weeks. He was a regular attendant
and a very well-conducted lad, excellent in his work, and giving
no trouble whatever to his teacher. A school subscription list
has been opened to send a wreath to the funeral which pupils
and teachers will attend as a last token of affectionate regard.
(4.30pm on Wednesday)
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