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  Prizes for turning up at school !  

The head teacher at Llanbedr National School tried a bit of bribery to get his children to turn up every day for school lessons !
In the middle of November, 1890, he tried offering prizes to any of them who attended for every morning and afternoon class until Christmas !

"On Wednesday afternoon a half-holiday was given on account of a circus which visited the town, and to which I was given to understand, most of the children intended going".
Crickhowell British School
13th April 1888
14th November
School diary entry
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Rob Davies

This is from the school Log Book -
14th November - "I promised to give prizes to each child who attended every time the Sch: [school] is open until Xmas".
This was a good try, but it doesn't seem to have worked very well this time !

teacher with present
12th December
School diary entry

About a month later the teacher wrote :
12th December - "...I find only four children qualified thus far to receive the promised prizes although the attendance has improved a little. Average [attendance] 27.9 "
The Llanbedr School Log Book doesn't tell us whether any of the four children had earned their prize by Christmas 1890 !

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"Attendance good this week in consequence of the giving away of prizes for regular attendance".
Crickhowell British School
8th November 1872
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