This example is from the official
Log Book of Crickhowell British School
for 1882 -
- "Many children away ; some of the boys go out 'beating' game when
shooting goes on in the neighbourhood. For their services they receive
a shilling a day and their food. I have found this a great hindrance
in the way of securing good attendance".
is not surprising that some of the boys found the offer of a shilling
a day plus free food hard to resist as an alternative to going to school
Most shoots were held on private estates owned by the important local
gentry, so the teachers were not able to complain about the
arrangements. They had to make do with writing in the school diary instead
But there were some days when children actually arrived at school,
as shown on the next page...
strange - they're all here ! ...
all the boys from Grywynefechan have been kept away this last
fortnight to tar the rabbit holes ready for the shooting party.
Attendance very poor in consequence".
Llanbedr National School
20th November 1896