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A tragedy at Darowen school  
  The official records of most schools during the Victorian period sadly include cases of the deaths of children due to disease. The example shown below happened at Darowen school in 1892.  
  Entry from school diary
 

This entry from the school diary reads:
"Jane Williams, Fronfraidd, a bright girl 12 years of age from the First Class died this morning after a short illness. She was in School the week before the holidays".

In these Victorian times parents must have been sick with worry whenever there was an outbreak in the area. Diseases such as diptheria, scarlet fever, whooping cough, and measles are much less common today, however.
The diet and living conditions of today's schoolchildren are so much better, and if these illnesses do occur they are usually easily treated with modern drugs.

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