Friday photo: A new teacher starts

Today’s image comes from the island of Grimsay and relates to Kallin School.  On 7 April 1910, Isabella Christie took up her post there as teacher.

Kallin School Log Book 7 April 1910

As you can see from the log book extract above, her first week was spent organising the children and understanding their capabilities. Although the school had opened in 1908, Miss Christie was their first certified* teacher, previously having been taught by an interim member of staff.  As it happened, Miss Christie only only stayed 6 months before she was transferred by the School Board to the larger Claddach Kirkibost School where she stayed until June 1913 when she left to marry.

Miss Christie had a long association with the islands having previously taught at Heisker and Lochmaddy schools.  A quilt she embroidered features the names of many children from these and Kinlochrannoch school.  A travelling exhibition, being developed by Highland Archives with input from Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist a Tuath is currently being developed which will come to North Uist next year where many descendants of those included on the quilt still reside.

*meaning fully qualified rather than mad.  Though I’m sure we all remember teachers who fell into both camps!

About David Powell

Project Manager and Archivist with Tasglann nan Eilean Siar
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