The yard was soon sorted out, and it was proposed that, as the Upper School at St Oswald’s was full, a swap could be effected of older St Cuthbert’s children to St Oswald’s in return for younger St Oswald’s children to St Cuthbert’s. It is not noted whether this ever happened! However, in 1934 the log book refers to the ‘senior class’ and their Domestic Science work. When Mr WATSON came back in 1938 his concerns were related to – guess what, the older children and the yard surface!
Mr ROOD, HMI visited the school in April 1932 and Mr SQUIRES HMI on March 20th 1934. There is no report of feedback. The school registers were examined regularly and the log book inspected. Teachers came and went, and the Head took classes when necessary. The occasional accident is recorded, and lots of Holy Days of Obligation. Students from Notre Dame Training College often took classes for morning sessions, for blocks of up to 3 weeks. Happy days!
Teachers did visit other schools – St Theresa’s, the Central Technical School, Chatsworth St.
School returned from the Midsummer Break on 14th August 1939. On 28th August, the Director of Education ordered that registers should not be marked, due to evacuation rehearsal. 170 children were evacuated to Conway on 3rd September. School reopened on April 1st 1940 with 120 places available. Full-time school resumed in May with Miss LEWIN in charge. By June Mrs McNALLY had returned and Miss LEWIN travelled to be in charge of “St Cuthbert’s School at Conway”. The air raid shelter was inspected in June of the same year. Miss CHANDLER commenced duties in Conway in August 1940. Miss FALLON also did a stint in Conway, as did Miss CHANDLER, Miss HARE, Miss BARR and Miss DELANEY.
In January 1941, Miss LEWIN and Miss CHANDLER took 23 children to Malpas for evacuation. Miss CHANDLER came back, and took 11 children to evacuation in Lampeter, where she remained with them. Another party went to Holywell in March. There was a gas mask inspection on May 1st 1941; on May 5th, Mrs HALEWOOD and Mrs McALLAN were absent because their houses had been severely damaged during the Blitz. During that May, more children were evacuated to Conway (13), Malpas (20) and Blaenau Ffestiniog (8). The latter parties were accompanied by teachers from St Clare’s (Miss M TRAYNOR) and St Alexander’s (Miss M BOTTOMLEY).
There was such a heavy snowfall in January 1941 that only 19 children came into school, and registers were not marked. Four Polish scoutmasters came to school to talk to the children about ‘Life in Poland’. The school was granted a holiday in May 1944 in recognition of their contribution to ‘Salute the Soldier’ week. The school was broken into on January 19th, and the amount of 26s 6d stolen, which was partly War Saving Stamps money, milk money, photograph money and needlework money.
On May 8th 1945, the school was closed in celebration of VE Day. There was another day’s holiday on September 28th to attend entertainment provided by the Liverpool Corporation in celebration of Victory.