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  Nobody came, so it's a holiday !  

Many schools had 'Attendance Officers', who were supposed to round up missing children and persuade parents to send them to school. It wasn't an easy job, and very few of them managed to make much difference to the numbers turning up.

4th September
School diary entry

The entry above is from Llangyniew National School Log Book in September 1885.
The teacher here decided to declare it a holiday because nobody came to school ! -
"4th - Holiday because of no children come. Sent a complete list of all bad attendants to both Attendance Officers".

This teacher doesn't seem to have been very good at grammar !
The list of names of pupils who were absent more often than the others became known as the 'Bad List'.
The entry shown below was written in the same school Log Book, but at the earlier date of December 1882 -

Victorian engraving
Can't see those
missing kids
anywhere, can you ?
12th December
School diary entry "School yet small. E.D.Lloyd sent to tell me he had served most of the Bad List (8th) with Notices".

This was noted in the Llangyniew School diary on the 12th of December, and the 8th (in brackets) was the date of the list prepared by the teacher.

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