History Matters || Teaching in the past

Last week's History Matters column featured a picture of the 6th year class of 1972. Pictured here are the teachers who taught them.

Had these staff been teaching 100 years earlier they would have been obliged to abide by this strict set of Rules for Teachers.

1. Teachers each day will fill lamps, trim the wicks and clean chimneys.

2. Each morning teachers will bring a bucket of water and a scuttle of coal for the day's lessons.

3. Make your pens carefully. You may whittle nibs to the individual taste of the pupils.

4. Men teachers may take one evening a week for courting purposes, or two evenings a week if they attend church.

5. After 10 hours in school, the teacher may spend the remaining time reading the bible or any other good books.

6. Women teachers who marry or engage in unseemly conduct will be dismissed.

7. Every teacher should lay aside from each pay a goodly sum of his earnings for his benefit during his declining years so that he will not become a burden on society.

8. Any teacher who smokes, uses liquor in any form, frequents pool or public halls, or gets shaved in a barbershop will give good reason to suspect his worth, intention, integrity and honesty.

9. The teacher who performs his labour faithfully and without fault for five years will be given an increase of twenty-five pence per week in his pay, providing the Board of Education approves.

Glen Innes High school officially came into being in 1928, on the site of the Glen Innes Gaol, although an Intermediate High School had been opened in October 1874 with a capacity to cater for 200 pupils.

Pictured: Back: Bill Reiss, Allan Barratt, Barry Kerr, Barry Slattery, Russell Scott, Bill Bunting, Jim Rigby, Colin McGuire. Second back row: Mrs James, Anne Neuss, Mr James, Allan Hill, Bruce Powell, K Knehans, Bill McClure, Bernie Donaghue. Third back row: Anne Neuss. Second front row seated: John Bilton, Leta Kempton, Mrs Richardson, Ms Driess, Margaret Doolan (admin), Aileen Brown ( lab assistant), Mrs Zahn (obscured, admin). Front Row: ? , Quinn, ?, Yvonne Hill, Arthur Brown ( principal), Brad Barker. Absent, Sid Woodward, Monica Rutledge, John Wood, Roberta Wood, Mr Braid.