- I went to the local studies centre the other week and looked at the micro-fiches of the Holy Trinity Church school
log books from about 1879 to 1886. They make absolutely fascinating reading, working in a school, I can relate to some of the problems the poor head teacher had with truancy and behaviour.
One thing which amused me was that boys played truant to go to the circus, the Gosport fair, to run errands at Christmas time, or to go blackberrying. There were about 130 pupils and only two
proper teachers, so it is not surprising that they sometimes failed the annual inspection. He called the Portsmouth Evening News the "old sore" and complains of the
"baseness" of the paper. From what I can make out they were causing the boys to miss school in favour of delivering the paper I think they were bribing them with soup too!
Margaret(3 May 09)