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1916 ~ An Overview from the Log Book


Ruislip Church of England School
Log Book 1890-1925
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- 1916 -

Since the Revised Code of 1862, schools had been required to keep a Log Book in which the principal teacher should make a brief daily record of any significant events. Although many aspects of the Code disappeared with the Education Act 1902, the keeping of the Log Book was retained. That for 1916 was kept by the School Master, Ralph Youens.

Ralph Youens sympathised with Miss Groom’s situation, the death of two sisters and accident and relocation of her mother, all within a short space of time. She herself was to die just three years later (1919) after 16 years at the school.  

Only the diocesan inspection was reported to have taken place (01/03/1916) though the report, when received, was not entered into the Log Book.  

There were few comments on attendance, and almost all of these were in respect of poor weather.

The war received little comment during 1916.  The only relevant statement was to the effect that the school day was changed in late October to save on light and fuel. Perhaps Ralph Youens comment was prompted by Ambrose Bane’s circular in 1915 to try to restrict the use of wood and coal and mentioned at the Manager’s meeting that year (12/03/1915), or possibly following on Mr Gott’s injunction to save on paper (Manager’s meeting of 5/06/1916). What ever may have caused the remark, it was usual for the school day to finish earlier in the late autumn and winter to enable the children to travel home in the light.  

Dorothy Clough’s late arrival for school each day towards the end of the year, is a curious one.  It appears that she had complained to the Vicar (who then recounted it to the Managers on 19/11/1916) that she was not permitted to teach any of the scripture lessons, this being done by Beatrice Grist.  This had resulted in some friction between her and Ralph Youens.  The Vicar had therefore given permission for her arrival to correspond to the conclusion of the scripture lessons. Ralph Youens explained that the reason for her not teaching the scripture was related to insufficient room in the school to allow the planned groupings of children for scripture.






Re-assembled after the holidays. 
Miss Groom is absent owing to the illness & death of her sister.


Registers were closed 1.30 pm  School dismissed 3.30 pm. on account of Sunday School Treat.  Miss Groome returned to school January 17th




Miss Swyer is absent today with a bad cold.


Miss Swyer returned to school today.


The Diocesan Exam was held today.  Registers were not marked.


Miss Holden (Certificated) is absent with measles.


The attendance has been much affected by bad weather this week.


George Woodman reported as having measles returned today having been absent a week.  Dr Walker having seen the boy said he had not had measles and might return.


Miss Groome was absent March 17th & 20th in consequence of the death and burial of her sister, the second sister dying within a few weeks.


The average <attendance> is very low this month owing to bad weather and sickness.


Miss Holden returned to school today.




In the Vicar’s hand:
I examined the registers today & found them quite correct.

William A.G. Gray


I gave a short address this morning commencing at 11.45 am on ‘Empire Day’ at the conclusion of which the children sang the National Anthem.  Prizes presented by the Australian Government, for an essay on Australia, were handed to the successful recipients: Ruth Collins, Doris Davis, Vera Boyles and Enid Harris.


We broke up this afternoon for the usual Whitsun Holidays (1 week)


The scholars re-assembled today after the Whitsun Holidays.


Broke up for Summer Holidays today – 4 weeks


The scholars re-assembled today after the Summer Holidays – attendance poor


Weather very wet.




In the Vicar’s hand:
I examined the registers this morning and found them quite correct.

William A.G. Gray


Miss Groome is absent today owing to an accident to her mother.


Miss Groome returned to school this morning.


The attendance during the past month has been poor.  It is owing ‘in part’ to indifferent weather.


Miss Groome is absent today, assisting with the removal of her mother, who is ill.


Miss Groome returned to school today.


Miss D. Clough is absent today from illness (returned next day)


Registers marked 1.30 pm & school dismissed 3.30 pm to obviate the necessity of using lights & to lessen the consumption of fuel.




In the Vicar’s hand:
I examined the registers this morning and found them quite correct.

William A.G. Gray


It is very wet this morning and the floods are out.  Many children are in consequence absent.  Miss Groom (Supplementary) (see introduction of the 1911 entries in the Log Book) who lives at Eastcote, is absent from the same cause.  Miss Groome returned to school the same afternoon.

Miss D. Clough has been granted permission by Revd W.A.G. Gray (Managers) to arrive at school at 9.45 each morning – there being no class in Religious Knowledge for her to take, owing to grouping & lack of rooms.


School was closed for Xmas Holidays today am  2 weeks.





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