Snapshots of the Past

Before Glendelvine School was built the children in this area attended Spittalfield Public School or Wester Caputh School. At that time the school roll was about 100 and there were two teachers. The pupils stayed at school until they were 13 years of age.


In 1876 the school had three teachers and the school was inspected annually. The inspectors’ reports were recorded in the log book and the school was consistently described as ‘one of the best in the country.’

There were annual exams and prizes for Religious Education. The school day always opened and closed with praise and prayer.


Mr Robert Miller retired after 50 years as Headmaster of the school. ‘He was presented with a time-piece and a silver hot water kettle as a token of esteem.’


‘On Thursday and Friday nearly all the senior boys were absent- some at potato gathering others at ‘The Hunts.’ Nov 3rd 1899

Until 1903 the pupils were only granted one half day’s holiday on Christmas Day and 6 days at New Year. In May the boys were granted leave for wood-peeling. There were no summer holidays but the school closed for harvest holidays from August – October. There were also 3 days holiday in May for Sacrament Fast.


The managers might consider the desirability of providing a school garden as a beginning towards the development of the curriculum on the side of practical instruction.’


HMI Report 16th February 1920 highlighted the necessity for new school premises in the near future

Sanitary Inspectors Report Nov 8th 1920

‘With reference to my call on you today. I have to inform you that I consider the present condition of the school privvies and ashpit constitutes a very serious nuisance and must be remedied at once. The boy’s privvies are drop privies and the girl’s while pails are there, these are too far below the seat to be satisfactory receptacles. The pails to be satisfactory ought to be close up to the seat and wider than the opening and the seat ought to be hinged to allow of the pail being removed.’

‘The school was disinfected on Saturday 6th November.’

‘The ashpit was partly cleared on Monday 8th November.’


Pupils from Wester Caputh School were transferred to Spittalfield Public School in March.

‘Counters and two bottles of Gloy (glue) was received from the Education Authority.’


Feb 13th 1923

‘Reply sent to note received from local clerk, stting that seven infants who are using slates were not charged for stationery.’


4th January 1927 ‘Glendelvine School was opened today with pupils from Wester Caputh and Spittalfield Public School attending. The combined roll is 101.’


March 21st 1928

‘The Tay has risen for the third time this year to over 13 feet and children from various districts cannot get to school.’


Nov 11th 1935

Remembrance Day Celebration

Rev. K.O. Macleod was present and children listened to radio service from Cenotaph, London. (wireless apparatus lent by Sir Archibald Lyle of Glendelvine.)


August 25th 1939

The school leaving age is raised from 1st September to 15 years.


January 19th 1944

Thirteen pairs of wellingtons received through the W.v.s., were distributed among the children, who by reason of distance, delicate health etc. might find it difficult to come to school in snowy weather. Three coupons were collected from each child who received a pair. The children brought a ‘thank’ offering to the sailors who had brought them from Canada. £1.11/- was sent to the Merchant Navy Comforts Fund.