School Journals are the Head Teacher's record of events and activities at a school. Children who were in 'care' at Burnbrae Presbyterian Children's Home mostly went to the local school, so these journals may give useful information about memorable events in their daily life.
The Education Department of Western Australia issued journals to the school. In a label inside the book, there were instructions about how to use the journal. Only the Inspectors of the Education Department and the Head Teacher or 'his' assistant were allowed to write in the journal. Regulation 95 of the Education Regulations (1928) said that the school journal should record: causes of low attendance; absence of teachers; results of test examinations; and reasons for departure from the timetable. After the Education Act of 1949 came into effect, Regulation 92 allowed 'comments' about test examinations to be recorded. In practice, Head Teachers had often made comments about tests before that regulation. From 1949, the school journal was also called 'Superintendent's Book or Head Teacher's Suggestion Book or School Journal'.
Quantity: There are three volumes in this series but only two volumes have information about Burnbrae Presbyterian Children's Home.
Prepared by: Debra Rosser
Created: 25 May 2012, Last modified: 26 August 2015