Rules and Manners from the Good Ol' Days

Rules for School Teachers 1879

  1. Teachers each day will fill lamps, clean chimneys before beginning work.
  2. Each teacher will bring a bucket of water and a scuttle of coal for the days session.
  3. Make your pens carefully. You may whittle nibs to the individual taste of the children.
  4. Men teachers may take one evening a week for courting purposes or two evenings a week to attend church regularly.
  5. After ten hours in school. You may spend the remaining time reading the Bible or other good books.
  6. Women teachers who marry or engage in unseemly conduct will be dismissed.
  7. Every teacher should lay aside, from each day, a goodly sum 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 and public halls, or gets shaved in a barber shop, will give good reason to suspect his worth, intention and honesty.


Good Manners for Children


Courtesy politeness or good manners, means kindly and thoughtful consideration for others.  A celebrated writer has said that a boy who is courteous and pure is an honour to his country.  Brave and noble men and women are always courteous.  Three of the bravest and greatest men who ever lived – the Duke of Wellington, General Gordon and General Washington – were distinguished for their courteous behaviour.

Courteous boys and girls will always be careful to observe the following RULES -

AS TO THEMSELVES - Be Honest, Truthful and Pure.  Do not use bad language keep out of bad company, keep your face and hands clean and your clothes and boots brushed and neat.

AT HOME - Help your Parents as much as you can and do your best to please them.  Be kind to your brothers and sisters.  Do not be selfish but share all your good things

AT SCHOOL - Be respectful to your teachers and help them as much as you can; their work is very difficult and trying.  Observe the School rules.  Do not “copy” nor cheat in any way. Do not cut the desks, nor write in the reading books etc.  Never let another be punished in mistake for you self; this is cowardly and mean.

AT PLAY - Do not cheat at games.  Do not bully: only cowards do this.  Be pleasant not quarrelsome.  Do not jeer at your schoolmates, nor call them by names which they do not like

IN THE STREET - Salute your Ministers, Teachers and acquaintances when you meet them; they will salute you in return.  Do not push or run against people.  Do not chalk on doors, walls, nor gates.  Do not throw stones, nor destroy property.  Do not annoy shop keepers by loitering at their shop doors and windows.  Do not make slides on the pavement, nor throw orange peel or banana skins there.   “Dangerous accidents” often result from these practices.  Do not make fun of old or crippled people, but be particularly  polite to them as well as to strangers and foreigners.

AT THE TABLE - Always wash your hands and face before coming to the table.  Do not put your knife in your mouth.  Look after other people; do not help yourself only.  Do not be greedy.  Do not speak with food or drink in your mouth.  Turn your head away from the table and put your hand or handkerchief before your mouth when you sneeze or cough.  Do not sit with your elbows on the table.

EVERYWHERE - Never be rude to anybody, whether older or younger, richer or poorer, than yourself.  Remember to say “Please “ or “Thankyou” “Yes Sir,” or “Yes Ma a m“ “No Sir “ or “No Ma am“  Before entering a room it is often courteous to knock at the door, do not forget to close the door  quietly after you.  Always show attention to older people and strangers by opening the door for them, bringing what they require (hat chair etc), giving up your seat for them if necessary, and in every possible way, saving them trouble.  Never interrupt when a person is speaking.  Always mind your own business.  Be punctual.  Be Tidy.

REMEMBER - All these rules respecting your conduct towards others are included in the one GOLDEN RULE.  AlWAYS DO TO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD WISH THEM TO DO TO YOU IF YOU WERE IN THEIR PLACE. Whenever, therefore, you are in doubt as to how you should act towards others, ask yourself this question  “ How should I like them to act towards me if I were in their place?”, and then “Do what your conscience tells you is right”

C   The Kelvin Grove ONE TEACHER SCHOOL , Brisbane  C.A.E