The BWI Archives
1917 ~ An Overview from the Log Book
Ruislip Church of England School
- 1917 -
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 1917 was kept by the School Master, Ralph Youens.
retained. That for 1917 was kept by the School Master, Ralph Youens.
In 1916 one of the Managers, William Lavender, had
requested a longer summer holiday to allow children to assist in the
annual hay making. Though the
holiday was neither extended nor brought forward that year, the haymaking
possibly having taken place in the late Whitsun holiday, in 1917 Ralph
Youens noted the extension of the summer holiday since there was
insufficient time for haymaking at Whitsun.
This mid term-break was two weeks earlier in 1917 and reduced to
two and a half days.
The change in the summer holiday date was one consequence of the high number of men no longer available to work on the land due to the war. Another effect was the granting of leave of absence when men returned from the front. This would appear to be the case when Miss Holden’s sister married in June, and again Miss Bates being allowed time to see her fiancé. It also seems likely that Miss Swyer had been involved in voluntary work to support the war effort.
Miss Swyer was to leave in May after nearly seven
years at the school, her replacement being Miss Bates.
For Miss Groome, the death of two sisters the previous year, was to
be followed by her mother’s death in 1917. There had been problems
between Ralph Youens and Dorothy Clough in 1916.
Although the Master had given some excuse for her not being
involved in the teaching of Scripture, this may have covered another
reason, since there is no other example of such a disagreement in the Log
Book (though previously Mrs Youens had also been allowed to arrive at the
end of scripture lessons cf. Managers’ Minutes for 2/04/1910).
Whatever the case, there were to be further issues in 1917 when
Dorothy Clough chose to absent herself from work to go shopping!
As in 1916, there was a diocesan inspection but no
visit from HMI.
First uploaded: 2 March 2021