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1931 ~ An Overview from the Log Book

                           

The following 'overview' extracts from the School’s Log Books the following types of material:

  • That which directly affected the children and/or their parents (events, visits off site, visiting speakers, medical checks, services either in school or at St. Martin’s Ruislip, holidays, etc.)

  • Significant changes in staffing, in the main restricted to the Headteacher, the Deputy and those who had provided a long period of service.

  • Visitors that indirectly impacted on the management of the school and/or its educational practice – Local Authority Officers, Inspections, etc.

  • In-service courses undertaken by the Headteacher or other staff introducing significant educational initiatives.

  • Items that impacted on or resulted in changes to the School’s facilities.

Most entries in the Log Book (in 1931 kept by the Headmaster, Mr Wilkinson) have been lightly edited – expanding concise or abbreviated comments, etc.  Where entries have been copied without change, these are given in bold.  Editorial comments to ease comprehension are given in brackets and in italic. Unfortunately, Mr Wilkinson’s comments in the Log Book were often very brief, sometimes laconic, employed a number of non-standard abbreviations that are not always possible to expand, and wrote in a handwriting style that, while neat, often ran letters together such that individual letters can be confused.

  

 

Christmas Holiday: 20/12/1930 – 05/01/1931

 

 

06/01/1931

Reopened School Temp. at 9 a.m. 36° (F)
Six children admitted

09/01/1931

Mr Tomb.
(Mr Tomb’s status is unknown, though possibly relates to liaison meetings concerning the building of the new ‘Bishop Winnington-Ingram’ school.)

 

On the same line and after the preceding entry:
Jan.8th Miss Marshant absent – afternoon only – Interview - Ickenham

14/01/1931

Mr Ball, H.M.I., visited School in the afternoon for a few minutes.

15/01/1931

Headmaster visited the Council School this morning concerning number of Junior children in the C.S. (County School) & amount of stock to be transferred.
(This relates to the use of space in the Manor Secondary School by the Ruislip Church School.)

19/01/1931

Headmaster absent during part of the afternoon – conference with the architect & Archdeacon at the new School.
(The ‘new school’ refers to Bishop Winnington Ingram School, then under construction.)

20/01/1931

Mr Tombs.
(Cf. above, 09/01/1931)

29/01/1931

List of numbers attending the Church Room sent to Mr Annett – in geographical order.

03/02/1931

Headmaster conferred with the Vicar concerning number of children in the New School, & staff required, numbers & ages not yet known.

06/02/1931

Fire Drill.
morning – both rooms vacated in 22 secs.
Afternoon – 20 secs.

09/02/1931

Thermometer broken during the week end.

13/02/1931

Requisition for registers &c. for the new school sent to Mr Annett. (Middlesex Divisional Education Officer)

16/02/1931

Visited Council School to confer with the Headmaster there concerning Junior children there.

25/02/1931

Headmaster absent in morning – visit to County Office, by appointment.

04/03/1931

Mr Annett called re new furniture.
The Vicar also visited while Mr Annett was present

05/03/1931

Headmaster absent in the afternoon – appointment with the Diocesan Director of Education re the New School

05/03/1931

Exclusion notice for B & D H///, Diphtheria case & contact

05/03/1931

Form I.D. forwarded to the Ministry.Of.Health. & County.Medical.Officer (?). for Robert H/// (Diphtheria) & Doris B/// (Scarlet Fever)

09/03/1931

Exclusion notice received for Doris B///
Snow – only
(left blank) children present out of 174

13/03/1931

Very poor attendance during the week – frost & snow.

31/03/1931

In the Vicar’s hand:
Mar:31 Registers Checked.  E. Cornwell Jones

01/04/1931

School closed – Easter Holiday.

 

 

 

Easter Holiday: 02/04/1931 – 12/03/1931

 

 

13/04/1931

Reopened   Admitted 18 children.

20/04/1931

24 children admitted since the Holiday – 16 newcomers to neighbourhood & 8 children of 5 yrs just commencing school life.

23/04/1931

Conference with Mr Annett & Mr Smith with regard to the transfer of 17 children from the Council to the C.E.School.
(This appears to have been a discussion about some or all the children of the Ruislip Church School then being educated in space provided by the Manor School. With the opening of Bishop Winnington-Ingram School there would be sufficient space for these children to return permanently to the primary school. 'Mr Smith' was the Headmaster of the Manor School, previously Headmaster of the Ruislip Church School)

24/04/1931

- do -

03/05/1931

Interviewed the Vicar with regard to the transfer of pupils from the Church Room to New School.
(Presumably by this date the Ruislip Church School was also utilizing space in the parish’s Church Room for the education of pupils.)

04/05/1931

Visited New School with the Vicar to confer with the Foreman & Mr Gaze

07/05/1931

H.T. (Headteacher ?) visited the New School with Mr Annett.
Arrangements made with Mr Silver re removal of furniture.

11/05/1931

The children on the roll of the old C.E. school were transferred to the new building today. The Vicar visited at 8 a.m. & conducted a short service in the playground.
Owing to the fact that only four classrooms are available no new pupils will be admitted until after the Whitsuntide Holiday
Arrangements are necessarily temporary and the children are divided among the four completed classrooms, approximately in age groups.
Classroom A – Miss Marchant – 7
Classroom B – Mrs Wadge (Supply) – 6
Classroom C – Mrs Green – 5
Classroom D – Mrs Minett – 8

(This day appears to mark the first occupancy of the new school building, with a short service on the playground before the staff and children entered the building.)

11/05/1931

Mr Annett (D.O.) (Divisional Officer) called in the afternoon.

12/05/1931

The Vicar called in the afternoon.

13/05/1931

Assembly at 8.45 a.m. Service in Church until 9.30

20/05/1931

Reported to the Vicar on the damage being done to the premises out of School hours     7 electric light bulbs are also missing.

28/05/1931
29/05/1931

11 children admitted – four of 6 yrs of age & over, & never in attendance at School previously.

28/05/1931

Mr Ball, H.M.I. called & inspected the new building

01/06/1931

Six children admitted.  The Vicar was present at Prayers
Mr Annett & Mr Ball visited the School.
Requisition forwarded

03/06/1931

Burst water pipe near the sole water cistern – a good deal of damage done.  Plaster has fallen off the ceiling in about ½ a dz places.
(½ a dz – half a dozen=6)

05/06/1931

The Archdeacon of Middlesex called to inspect the premises – the Vicar was also present.

11/06/1931

The new Caretaker, Mr Emery, commenced duty today – Mrs Silver’s engagement terminated on the 10th

16/06/1931

A parent called at School to apologise to a teacher for insulting for the ?? in the street.

19/06/1931

Experimental Fire Drill – 3 mins to evacuate.

23/06/1931

Mr Annett called

03/07/1931

Fire Drill.  Time to vacate, 1½ mins
Term Examination commenced.  For the next few days the Time Table may not be strictly adhered to.

06/06/1931-
10/07/1931

Headmaster absent – Scarlet Fever contact

13/07/1931

Headmaster resumed duty
The Vicar called re arrangement for the visit of the Lord Bishop of London.  Formal Opening July 15th (School closed)
Mr E.J.B. Gatensy called – National Savings
(Though Mr Wilkinson noted preliminary meetings prior to the formal opening of the new school, the actual day received no comment. Mr Gatensy’s visit possibly related to setting up a savings scheme for the children.)

20/07/1931

Term Examinations completed

22/07/1931

School closed – Summer Vacation

 

 

 

Summer Holiday: 23/07/1931 – 24/08/1931

 

 

25/08/1931

School reopened.  The Vicar was present at Assembly
50 children admitted, 27 (9 yrs of age) from Eastcote Infants School
Mr Annett called
Miss Hinkley, Supply Teacher, commenced duty here today.

26/08/1931

Mr Wheeler called & inspected the School Premises.

28/08/1931

The Vicar called re School Caps &c.

31/08/1931

Miss Hinkley left today to take up a permanent appointment.

07/09/1931

Mr Walton, Secretary for Education, visited the School.
(Secretary for Education, Middlesex County Council)

10/09/1931

Mr Annett called

14/09/1931

The Vicar visited the School & inspected Fire Arrangements. 
Time to vacate 39 secs.

21/09/1931

Visit of the Inspector of Religious Instruction
Registers not marked.

22/09/1931
23/09/1931

Miss L Broom, School Dental Surgeon, examined all the children in the School.

24/09/1931

The Vicar called to present two prizes for the best compositions on “My Summer Holiday”

25/09/1931

Dr Norrington, School.Medical.Officer. in School during the morning.

02/10/1931

N. Hunt, Esq. H.M.I. visited the School this morning.

05/10/1931
07/10/1931

Dr Norrington.

08/10/1931

Nurse Cooper visited School today & examined all the children.

09/10/1931

Visitors - Mr Hunt, H.M.I.,     Dr Norrington,
              - Mr Darlington, Chairman of the C
ounty.Education.Committee.
                 
The Vicar

21/10/1931

Communicated with Mr Annett re accommodation & furniture. 
No. on roll 292, places provided 300.

21/10/1931

Report of the Diocesan Inspector

The work is being founded on sound lines.  The whole School has yet to find itself, but already its beginnings are most encouraging.  In the Infants, Miss Booth is directing the syllabus, & has made a good start.  In the Junior classes the work has been arranged on lines suited to the capacities & needs of the children.  An encouraging side of the teaching is the Eucharistic Worship in which the two top classes take part, learning to sing the music with devotion.  Suitable pictures would be helpful for the tiny Infants.

Rev. Prebendary E.C.Rich.

Diocesan Inspector.

 

11/11/1931

Armistice Day
School opened at 8.30 a.m. & the children marched to Church at 10.40 for the Armistice Service
Mr Hunt, H.M.I called re number of Eastcote ch’n (children)

16/11/1931

School Dental Surgeon in School

18/11/1931
20/11/1931

- do -

07/12/1931

Dress Rehearsal for School Concert 3.30 – 5.30 p.m.

08/12/1931

First School Concert held in the new building 7 – 9.45 p.m.

09/12/1931

The Vicar called & congratulated scholars & staff on the Concert.

14/12/1931

Term Tests

21/12/1931

About 30 letters have been received asking that the School Concert should be repeated.  Unfortunately this has been found impossible owing to Hall bookings.
(The school hall of the new building also functioned as the Church Hall)

21/12/1931

First Christmas Party – Infants – 4.30 – 6.30 p.m.
The Vicar was unable to attend owing to illness & a letter of sympathy was forwarded by the Headmaster on behalf of the School.

22/12/1931

Juniors’ Christmas Party.

23/12/1931

School closed – Christmas Holiday

 

 

 

Christmas Holiday: 24/12/1931 – 10/01/1932

 

 

 

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