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1924 ~ An Overview from the Log Book

                           

Ruislip Church of England School
Log Book 1890-1925
   
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- 1924 -

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 1924 was kept by the Headmaster, John Chester.

John Chester identified that poor weather caused some pupil absence during the year, but this was becoming less frequent than in previous years, probably the result of improved roads.  Wilful absence was noted, with the Abbott children mentioned by name, similarly families visiting the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley.  Several contagious diseases also reached significant levels with measles halving the number of pupils present by half in the spring.

The increase in motor transport was a factor in the improved roads around the area.  There had already been one case of a child having an accident caused by a car (21/07/1911), John Chester reported another in 1924 where Robert Blandy was knocked down on his way home.  Perhaps the comment to the effect that the accident was the child’s fault was a little unfair for a five year old travelling on his own, however.  Following the accident, the Managers arranged the erection of a railing to help prevent a reoccurrence.  

The death of Ena Boyles, aged 13, clearly affected the school, teachers, and pupils alike. 

There was brief mention of some children attending Miss Clough’s wedding.  This was Dorothy Clough who had left in 1918 to help with the production of munitions. It would seem she was still leaving nearby. Miss Weaving continued her education and in 1924 was sitting examinations for a BA.  Her fellow member of staff, Arthur Robinson, however, was fairing less well, failing his teaching examinations. He had already been given a ‘chance to make good’ by the Managers, and now they accepted he remained at the school, albeit in ‘unqualified’ status, in order to resit the following year.  

The local Divisional Organising Officer, Ambrose Bane, after over twenty years association with the school, was replaced by Mr Annett.  

John Chester continued be concerned that pupils did well at the school, a mark of this being the number who transferred to secondary schools.  However, at that date, most of these schools still charged fees.  Some scholarships were available, but for others needing to pay was a barrier. He was also a strong supporter of developing competitive sports, especially noting the increasing number of interschool matches and participation in district sports events. It is intriguing, however, how the school came to compete against Brecknock School in Islington and, indeed, how the children and teachers got there!  The school also increased the number of visits off site, with all the older children over two days visiting the British Empire Exhibition.  

John Chester commented on the number of older pupils in the school increasing significantly by the start of the autumn term.  Within two months he was having to restructure classes, moving some pupils into lower age group classes to enable group sizes to remain manageable.  

At this time the managers were considering the future of the school following Benjamin Gott proposal to restructure educational provision in Ruislip into Primary and Secondary (Managers’ minutes for 13/02/1914). Related to these were visits to the school by the Managers, the LEA and the Rev. Maplesden of the National Society. While partitioning the large room, used by two classes simultaneously, was considered early in the year, nothing seems to have happened.  

Ineffective cleaning continued to be a concern for John Chester, resulting in yet another change of staff by the Managers at the end of the year (cf. Managers minutes for 21/11/1924.)  

 

       

LB1:459

 

07/01/1924

The Managers met at the school today in order to inspect the state of the school building and premises.

08/01/1924

School re-opened this morning after Xmas holiday.  Numbers have dropped considerably, as several children have left the neighbourhood, and ten by reason of age.  Roll 169

09/01/1924

There are heavy drifts of snow this morning.  The attendance dropped to 125 present, but this is partly due to an outbreak of influenza.

11/01/1924

Attendance 80.0%  The lowest since December 5th 1919.

25/01/1924

Attendance for the week 81.6%  For the month 82.6%.

There are eight cases of jaundice among the children.  I have made a report and seen the Medical Officer for the County.

The Clerk of the Works called this afternoon about the repairs to the taps, &c.

29/01/1924

Violet Short was notified as having measles.

08/02/1924

The Vicar called in for a few minutes.

11/02/1924

The doctor was here all day today and examined 35 children.

I sent off today to Sir B.J. Gott, at his request, the numbers of the children over and under 11 years.

(Sir Benjamin Gott, Secretary to Middlesex County Council Education Committee from 1902 to 1928. John Chester had originally started writing Mr. changing it to Sir before continuing with the initials, probably reflecting Sir Benjamin’s recent knighthood). (it seems likely that the enquiring was required to help Gott determine the viability of creating the new school secondary – i.e. would there be enough pupils, etc.)

LB1:460

 

13/02/1924

The Managers and Sir B.S. Gott visited the school this afternoon.  After a short conference in my room they looked over the building.  Beside the Director of Education there were present, The Vicar, Miss Jones, Mr Edwards, Mr Lees, and Mr N. Ewer.   (see Managers minutes for this date, at which Gott unveiled his plan for redesignation of the school to Junior Mixed Infants, note John Chester refers to Gott as ‘Director of Education’

20/02/1924

A gentleman from the Architect’s Department called today with regard to a new partition in the large room. (i.e. Room A being used for the teaching of two classes simultaneously)

27/02/1924

The Clerk of the works called to see what had been done of the repairs ordered.

28/02/1924

The Divisional Organising Officer (Mr Annett) called today with regard to children sitting for the scholarship examination.

29/02/1924

The taps in the boys’ cloakroom have been renewed.

Edith Gardiner and Frank Scripps have measles. 
169 on the books.  Average attendance for February 151, 89.1%

03/03/1924

The attendance is very bad today owing to a snowstorm.

06/03/1924

The English papers for the preliminary examination were taken this morning by ten candidates.

07/03/1924

The arithmetic papers were worked today.  Mr Robinson in addition to his own class took charge of [LB1:461] the remaining children of Class 1.

19/03/1924

A hole was discovered in the floor of Classroom A near the fireplace at mid-day today.  Apparently a bucket of red-hot cinders had been placed there by the cleaner.  The floor is burned through and it is a source of wonder to me that the whole school did not catch fire.  The cleaner did not tell me of this, but it was found by one of the teachers.

I have repeatedly forbidden the use of buckets for the carrying of red-hot cinders.  The cleaning of the school leaves nearly everything to be desired.  The floors are certainly washed as required, but the sweeping and dusting are done very badly.  The hearths in a morning are in a disgraceful condition, and dust lies everywhere.

21/03/1924

The girls play their return match with the Eastcote troop of Girl Guides tomorrow.

24/03/1924

The girls won their match against Eastcote by 25 to 23.
The boys played Ickenham School on Friday but were badly beaten 7-1

LB1:462

 

28/03/1924

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

March 28th 1924

E. Cornwall Jones    Vicar

26/03/1924

The clock has stopped owing to a broken pendulum.

28/03/1924

A school football team played St. Margaret’s, Uxbridge this afternoon.

31/03/1924

I have started the clock again.

02/04/1924

Form 9 arrived this morning.

The new school nurse called and inspected some of the children.

03/04/1924

Nurse finished examining the children this morning.  It is some months since we saw a nurse, the result being that four children are excluded.

I completed the Form 9’s this afternoon and have sent them off to the Divisional Officer.  Owing to so much sickness the percentage of attendance for the last Quarter has been low 87.4%  The percentage of attendance for the year was 91.3%  and the average number on books 179.9

Four children attended the County School, Uxbridge for the entrance examination today.

On Wednesday morning I received the news that [LB1:463] Ena Boyles, one of the girls in the First Class had died during the night.  She had not been ill a fortnight.  She was an active member of the netball team, The funeral is on Saturday.  The girls who play netball are subscribing for a wreath, the children of the First Class are sending a cross, and the scholars and staff a wreath.

07/04/1924

A large number of the children attended the funeral of Ena Boyles on Saturday.  The three senior girls, playmates of the deceased child, carried the two wreaths and the cross. “There is a land of pure delight” was sung in procession, and “Every morning the red sun” after the lesson.  Chopin’s Marche Funebre was played on the organ, everyone standing.  The children followed the relatives to the graveside.

The cloakrooms have been left in a very untidy state by the cleaner.

07/04/1924

A large number of children are away for apparently no reason.  The parents are again becoming slack in this matter.

LB1:464

 

04/04/1924

The first netball team played Belmont Road Girls this afternoon on our own ground.  After a well contested game the score stood:-
Belmont Road 22 Ruislip 30.

The same afternoon Mr Robinson took a team of boys to Uxbridge to play a Cowley Road boys.  Score Cowley Road 5 goals Ruislip 0. 
Harold Lavender has been chosen to play in a trial game of football for this area.

11/04/1924

Measles has at last broken out seriously in the school.  We have escaped while other schools have been decimated.  There are 10 cases in the Infant section and 2 in the upper school.  There are several other suspicious cases.  I am notifying the Medical Officer. 

Nurse was in yesterday and will be in again on Monday.

The Vicar called this morning.  He heard the second class read and looked at the work of the other classes.

14/04/1924

Dr. Norrington visited the school this afternoon.  He examined about two dozen [LB1:465] children.

While the doctor was here the nurse called with regard to various cases needing attention.  I received notice today of further cases of measles and sent the names to the Medical Officers.

15/04/1924

The Vicar came this afternoon and listened to the singing.  He was very pleased especially with the elder children and asked us to give an entertainment in the autumn in the Church Room.

16/04/1924

The attendance this week is the worst since I took charge of the school.  Most of the cases are in the Infant classes. 
The average for the two classes with 42 on the books is under 18.
The percentage of attendance this week is 68.5.
I notified several more cases of measles. 

We broke up this afternoon for the Easter Holiday.

28/04/1924

School re-assembled today.  [LB1:466]

I notified 43 fresh cases of measles, or contact today.  Out of 167 children on the roll only 84 are present.  I have informed Sir B.S. Gott of the state of the attendance.
There are many children away who are not suffering from, or had contact with measles.
In the two infant classes there are only 16 present with 43 on the roll.

Miss Grist was very unwell this morning and is absent this afternoon.

29/04/1924

Four children are attending the Uxbridge County School this morning for the oral part of the scholarship examination.

Miss Grist sent a note this morning saying she would be away this week and that she had sent a medical certificate to the Vicar.  This certificate I should have had.  Mrs Green is taking charge of both Infant classes.

30/04/1924

I notified another case of measles today.  [LB1:467]

The playground, owing to the constant rains, is like a quagmire, and practically useless for Physical Exercises.

The lending of book to the children from those supplied by the County Library is suspended for the present owing to measles being so prevalent.

01/05/1924

An official from the Architect’s Office inspected the state of the paint inside the school.  It is now four years since the school was painted.

02/05/1924

The percentage of attendance for the week is 50.8 and the average attendance 88.

05/05/1924

Miss Grist returned to duty this morning.  While the numbers are so low Classes 3 and 4 will be combined for Physical Training and for Music on Mondays and Wednesdays in the afternoon.

Class 1 will take Physical Training with Class 2 during last lesson on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Music or Empire Geography will be taken in Class 1 during time usually given to Physical Exercises.

LB1:468

 

07/05/1924

At the Vicar’s request I sent him this morning the number of boys and girls on the roll.

09/05/1924

The children in Classes 3 and 4 are occasionally allowed on Friday afternoons to watch the children in Classes 1 and 2 play organised games.  By this means I hope to make the children generally more keen upon taking a part in the games.  Miss Weaving and Mrs Minett take up positions with the children in preparation for netball; Mr Robinson helping the boys.

The attendance this week is a little better although still very bad.  There are a few fresh cases of measles this week but some of the children have returned to school.     57.4%     Average 95.9

(In margin:)
This was abandoned

 

As the Vicar has expressed a wish that the children should give an entertainment in the church room during the autumn, the girls will be employed during sewing lessons on dresses &c.

The songs required will be taken in the usual singing lessons, and dances when [LB1:469] the weather is unsuitable to take Physical Exercises out of doors.

16/05/1924

The attendance has improved this week. 
There are still many cases of sickness beside those of measles.
Average 122.7        Percentage 73.

Football and netball were taken this afternoon.

19/05/1924

There is a decided leap upwards in the attendance today.  There being 151 present.

23/05/1924

Empire Day was celebrated this morning.  Lessons were given upon the Empire in the various classes, and the senior children assembled in the big room and sang hymns ‘Rule Britannia’ and ‘God save the King’. Those who were in the Scouts or Girl Guides appeared in uniform.  All the children marched past in the playground and saluted the flag.  The school was dismissed at 11.45 a.m. and there was a holiday in the afternoon.  A few parents attended to see the march past in the playground.

Average attendance 140.   Percentage 83.3

LB1:470

 

29/05/1924

Today being Ascension Day the school was closed.  The children attended church at 9.0 a.m. and were afterwards given a whole holiday.

03/06/1924

Three boys have left today to spend a week at the Middlesex Memorial to King Edward VII at Herne Bay.  This holiday is at the expense of the above fund.  The boys nominated are George Padley, George King and Stanley Weatherly. 

These boys were chosen because Padley’s father has been out of regular employment for many months; King’s parents have had much trouble and expense over their son Stanley’s illness; Weatherly has only just recovered from an illness lasting several weeks.  It is hoped that the week’s holiday will improve the health of all three boys.

(In 1910, approximately £4,500 had been collected by public subscription to provide a memorial in the county of Middlesex to King Edward VII. Part of the funds collected were used to provide seaside or country holidays for needy Middlesex children administered. By 1914 the trust had built its own hostel at Herne Bay. This was  closed  in 1929 and larger premises acquired at Bexhill-on-Sea.)

04/06/1924

The annual sports for the Uxbridge area schools is held in the Royal Air Force stadium today, therefore there will be a whole day’s holiday.   (In 1918, the Royal Air Force amalgamated the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service to provide a RAF station at Uxbridge, the first to receive a royal visit, from King George V.)

LB1:471

 

05/06/1924

There was such a persistent downpour of rain yesterday that the remainder of the sports was suspended until June 18th .

06/06/1924

Mr Robinson, Mrs Minett and Miss Weaving are taking a party of 45 children to the British Empire Exhibition at 9.45 a.m. today.  I shall take charge of the children from Classes 1, 2, 3, 4 left behind. 

(The British Empire Exhibition was a colonial exhibition held at Wembley Park, Wembley, England, from 23 April 1924 to 31 October 1925)

The average attendance has dropped this week to 153.8.  90.9%

School breaks up today for the Whitsuntide holiday.

11/06/1924

School re-assembled today after two days’ holiday.

As there is an outing today for the Girls’ Friendly Society several children are way for that reason.  Other children were at Southend yesterday and no doubt through being over-tired are absent.  As usual the three Abbotts are absent.  Since last August, Helen Abbott has been away 145 times, Beatrice 154 times, and Edna 111 times.  (Abbotts, see Log Book entries during 1919, 1920 where there were issues about attendance and welfare)

LB1:472

 

12/06/1924

Six boys are absent today to attend the choir treat.

18/06/1924

There was a half holiday this afternoon in order to complete the annual sports which were suspended owing to the heavy rain.

19/06/1924

The children were very successful at the school sports.  Lily Legg was 1st in the 100 yards handicap, 1st in 100 yards, skipping, and 3rd in 80 yards scratch race.

Olive Collins came in 2nd in the 80 yards scratch race.  Ernest Stent was 3rd in the 100 yards, and Donald Manson and Kenneth Lacey got 3rd prize in the three-legged race. 

Peter Hoys, James Frewin and Margaret Nance have been successful in the entrance scholarship examination to the Uxbridge County School.  They will take up their scholarships after the summer holidays.

Four children were sent in and three of these have been successful.  This is an even better result than last year when six children were presented, three winning scholarships and three obtaining admission [LB1:472] as paying pupils.

20/06/1924

For the first time since October 18th the percentage of attendance has risen above 95%

27/06/1924

The attendance has fallen again, this is chiefly due to the non-attendance of the Abbotts.

A further party of 48 children accompanied by 3 teachers paid a visit to the Exhibition.  As before I took charge of the children left behind.

30/06/1924

Mr Robinson is absent today.  Mr Twitchen refuses to pay the necessary fees at the County School for Irene who passed the entrance examination.

01/07/1924

Mr Edwards, one of the school managers called this morning and made the acquaintance of all the teachers.

Mr Robinson sits for his Certificate examination today and tomorrow.  I take charge of his class.

03/07/1924

Mr Robinson is absent today

Mrs Twitchen called last night and informed me that it was impossible this year to send [LB1:474] Irene to the County School

 

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

July 3 1924
E. Cornwall Jones       Vicar                  

 

Mr Robinson returned to duty this afternoon.

04/07/1924

Today being the examination in Religious Knowledge the registers will not be marked.

07/07/1924

I commenced the term examinations today.

09/07/1924

The cleaning of the school continues to be very unsatisfactory.

11/07/1924

Despite the Abbott family and one or two other irregular attenders the percentage of attendance was 93.3% for this week.  This school was second in attendance for the month of June in the schools of the Uxbridge Division.

16/07/1924

School was closed this afternoon on the occasion of the County Championship Sports at Uxbridge.

17/07/1924

Mrs Minett marked her register for Wednesday afternoon in error.  The attendances so marked were cancelled and entered for this morning in the proper column.

LB1:475

 

18/07/1924

I was a few minutes late this morning.  As usual for some time before a holiday the attendance is dropping.  This week 92.8%  The term examinations were completed this week.  The results on the whole are very satisfactory.  In composition the subject matter is good, and the arithmetic is much improved.  Reading and recitation are very good.

21/07/1924

The attendance is very bad today owing to the very wet morning.

22/07/1924

The Vicar called this afternoon to speak to the children before their holiday.  An official from the Education Office come to interview children leaving.  As they all had employment or were not going out there was nothing to do.

23/07/1924

Eight boys were absent this morning on the occasion of Miss Clough’s wedding.  
(This is assumed to be Dorothy Clough, who taught the Infants between July 1913 and June 1918, and William Harris. It seems likely that she had continued to live locally; it is possible that the boys concerned had been taught by her while at the school.)

School breaks up this afternoon.

27/08/1924

School reassembled today.  As usual several children are absent from one cause or another.  The names of this year’s scholarship winners [LB1:476] have been written on the Honour’s Board

The Classes are arranged as follows:-

 

First Class

Room C.

Head Teacher

 

Second Class

Room A

Miss Weaving

 

Third Class

              

Mrs Minett

 

Fourth Class

Room B

Mr Robinson

 

Fifth Class  Infants

Room D

Miss Grist

 

Sixth Class  Infants

Room E

Mrs Green

 

Rooms A and C are rather crowded owing to the large numbers in the upper standards.  A new Time Table is being used.

LB1:476-77
27/08/1924

Diocesan Report.   Inspection July 4th 1924
by Rev. L.H. Nixon.

Mixed.
The school is doing very good work.  The younger children shew very promising results.  The teaching is sound and stimulating and the intelligence of the children well up to the average.  The elder scholars seemed somewhat self-conscious but among them there are signs of influential and beneficial teaching.  The Vicar is very helpful to the school which is a credit to the parish.

Infants.
Bright and responsive children and careful and spiritual teaching are the chief characteristics here.  The school is doing valuable work.

Signed: H.J. Reginald Osborne
Diocesan Inspector.

Copy of the report entered into the Log Book countersigned by the Vicar:
E. Cornwallis Jones
            Chairman

LB1:477

 

05/09/1924

The admission of children to the Baby Class has been very disappointing, only four admissions having been made although there are many children who ought to be in school, living in the neighbourhood.

10/09/1924

Both the doctor and nurse visited the school today. The doctor saw about 20 special cases.  Nurse excluded three children.

12/09/1924

The attendance is becoming steadily worse.  This is chiefly due to absences at the exhibition; away for additional holidays, said to be ill &c.  For the first time since the summer holiday the attendance has dropped below 90.0%

LB1:478

 

10/09/1924

Mr Bane called today.  This and a few other schools will after October 1st have Mr Annett for Divisional Correspondent.

18/09/1924

The Vicar and Canon Maplesden inspected the school premises this morning.  Notes were made as to the accommodation and number on the books in each classroom.

New balls have been bought for the girls’ netball and the boys’ football.  New jerseys have been purchased for the use of the school team which will play St John’s School, Uxbridge next Thursday, in the Hawes Cup Competition.

22/09/1924

The cleaning of the school this weekend leaves much to be desired.  None of the desks appear to have been moved and there is dust everywhere.  I have spoken to Casemore about it.

22/09/1924

I received notice this morning to call in the Library Books in readiness to be exchanged.  No books have therefore been issued to the children.

25/09/1924

The school football team is playing St. John’s School, Uxbridge this afternoon in the Hawes [LB1:479] Cup Contest.  Twelve boys with Mr Robinson in charge will therefore be engaged in the match this afternoon.
Result. Ruislip 5     St John’s 1

Mrs Lees kindly sent 11 old tennis balls to the school for the children’s use.

26/09/1924

The percentage of attendance for the month is 92.5% as compared with 94.4% for August.

29/09/1924

The two infant rooms, Mr Robinson’s and mine are no better than if they had not been touched.  The infant teachers washed down their window sills themselves.  The cleaning of the school is now in a more unsatisfactory state that it has ever been, although it has been reported upon adversely twice by H.M. Inspectors.

29/09/1924

Mr Darlington called this afternoon.  He had a talk with all the members of the staff.  (Hayward Radcliffe Darlington, Chairman of the Middlesex County Council Education Committee)

01/10/1924

Owing to an increase in numbers in the upper standards it has become necessary to transfer children from the class above to the class below in Classes 1. 2 and 3.  This transference will take place on October 6th.

LB1:480

 

06/10/1924

Seven children were transferred from the class above to the class below, from classes one, two and three.  Mrs Minett is absent today owing to illness.

07/10/1924

This afternoon instead of sewing &c Wednesday’s lessons will be taken.
Miss Weaving is taking charge of Classes II and III.

08/10/1924

Mrs Minett resumed her duties this morning.

15/10/1924

After the children had left school, at five minutes to four, a boy from the baby class, named Robert Blandy, aged 5, was knocked down by a motor car.  The car stopped and the policeman on duty before the school was informed of the accident.  The child appears to be very badly injured especially about the head and neck and has a leg broken.  Dr Hayward was very soon in attendance.  Dr Norrington, one of the Medical Officers of the Education Committee happened to be passing just after the accident.  After being bandaged by Dr Hayward the boy, who was now unconscious, was taken by the owner of the motor car to the hospital at Northwood.  The Vicar having been informed came just [LB1:481] after the child had been removed to the hospital, and went to tell the child’s mother of the accident.

The teachers of all the classes are continually warning children of the dangers of the roads arising from the traffic.  It was only during the summer holiday that Irene and Ruby Twitchin were seriously injured while on the footpath on the Ickenham Road.  No matter how you caution the children they appear to be utterly careless when on the highway.  From enquiries I have made from children who saw what happened, Blandy started suddenly to run across the road just before the car reached him.

21/10/1924

The boy injured is said to be going on very well.

22/10/1924

In spite of my efforts to keep down the numbers in the first class, it is impossible to do so, as I have admitted this morning another boy in Standard VII. 

There was no word for fires, so only those in the infant classes were lit.

LB1:482

 

24/10/1924

Class 2 register was wrongly marked yesterday, Phyllis Randall being marked absent although she was present.  Both the class teacher and I have noted and initialled the error.

School has been held today, although according to the Education Committee’s Regulations it should have been the Mid Term Holiday.

29/10/1924

Today being the Parliamentary Election, the school is closed as it is required as a Polling Station.

(This was the third general election to be held in less than two years. The Conservatives, led by Stanley Baldwin, obtained a large parliamentary majority of 209.)

30/10/1924

School re-assembled today.

31/10/1924

The attendance is still not as good as it should be.  The Abbotts are always absent.  Percentage for October 92.4%

06/11/1924

The Vicar came in this morning and interviewed the staff. 
The registers were checked, and found correct.
(This entry countersigned by the Vicar:) E. Cornwall Jones.

This afternoon the first team play Belmont Road girls at Netball at home.  Last Friday our girls visited Belmont Road [LB1:483] and won the match by 23 goals to 6.  In this afternoon’s match the score was Belmont Road 2 goals, Ruislip 20 goals.

I am told that the boy Blandy, who was run over, is making satisfactory progress.  The boy admits it was entirely his own fault. 

Ruislip School football team play Hillingdon and Cowley boys this afternoon at Hillingdon.

It is pleasing to notice a true sporting spirit growing, both in the girls and boys of the school, since they have taken up games.  The boys have had to play very much heavier and far more experienced teams and have lost hopelessly, yet they are not dismayed nor at all discouraged. 

For the third week in succession Class 5. (1st Infants) has made a perfect attendance.  The attendance this week is a little better.  There are several absent in the first class.

10/11/1924

The supplementary needlework stock has arrived.  The girls are knitting jumpers for the netball team.

LB1:484

 

11/11/1924

Today being Armistice Day, the children, at the Vicar’s request, attended church at 10.30 a.m. Secular work was taken till 10.0 a.m. and this was succeeded by recreation till 10.15 a.m. when all marched to church.  The registers were marked, but as the necessary one and a half hours for the infants and two hours secular instruction for older children were not given, the attendance marks were cancelled.

There was a holiday in the afternoon.

12/11/1924

Dr Norrington examined eighteen children this afternoon in Mrs Green’s room.

13/11/1924

I received formal notification this morning that Mr Robinson had failed in the Certificate examination and will now have the status of an uncertificated teacher.  

14/11/1924

The first netball team is playing St Mary’s R.C. School at Uxbridge instead of at home because the playground is too muddy.  The first football team is playing St. Margaret’s Uxbridge at home and the reserve team is playing Ickenham away. [LB1:485]

Attendance has dropped this week.  91.3%

21/11/1924

Mr Annett called this afternoon.  The attendance has improved this week.  93.8%  For the first time for several week the football team won.  Cowley Road 2, Ruislip 5.  The girls also won their netball game against St Mary’s R.C. Uxbridge, St. Mary’s 4, Ruislip 30.

24/11/1924

Miss Weaving is absent today, with permission, to attend the examination for Intermediate B.A.
Mrs Minett is taking charge of her class in addition to her own.

25/11/1924

Miss Weaving resumed her duties this morning.

27/11/1924

Miss Weaving is absent today at her examination.

28/11/1924

Miss Weaving resumed her duties this morning.  The first netball team played St. Margaret’s Uxbridge this afternoon at Uxbridge.  Score:- St. Margaret’s 3, Ruislip 27.

29/11/1924

The same team visited ‘The Brecknock” London County Council School today. Brecknock 13 Ruislip 14. Mrs Minett afterwards took the girls to the London Museum. 
(The London Museum at this date was located in Lancaster House)

02/12/1924

Miss Weaving is away today attending her examination.

LB1:486

 

03/12/1924

Miss Weaving is absent attending her examination.

04/12/1924

Miss Weaving resumed her duties this morning.  I commenced the Term Examination today.

05/12/1924

The Boys play Haye’s Triplett’s Boys today at Yeading Lane.  Hayes 6, Ruislip 0.  The 1st netball team play St Margaret’s this afternoon at home.  Ruislip 19, St Margaret’s 2.

The usual falling off of the attendance before Christmas is taking place. 91.6%

08/12/1924

I was absent today in order to attend my mother’s funeral at Shrewsbury.

09/12/1924

I resumed my duties this morning.

10/12/1924

A re-arrangement of the time-table was necessary this afternoon as 28 girls went to Uxbridge to the netball demonstration game.  The Ruislip girls are playing Harefield as they are the two top teams in the League.  Mrs Minett and Miss Weaving accompanied the girls.  Result Harefield 25, Ruislip 14.

12/12/1924

The attendance as usual before a holiday is gradually becoming worse.  89.4%.

18/12/1924

The Vicar came in to wish the children a Happy Christmas.  He checked the Summary (i.e. of attendance data)

LB1:487

 

19/12/1924

School broke up this evening for the Christmas Holiday. 

The attendance during the last month is the lowest for several years.

 

 

 

      

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