The BWI Archives

1939 ~ 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 1939 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 22/12/1938 – 09/01/1939

 

 

24/01/1939

Headmaster left at 9.35 a.m. – conference with Mr Wheetler at the County Office

09/02/1939

Forms A.S.5 forwarded to Divisional Officer.

20/02/1939

Mid Term Holiday.

 

 

 

Half Term: 18/02/1939 – 20/02/1939

 

 

24/02/1939

Headmaster left at 2.30 p.m. to attend the National Conference of J.O.C’s at Cheltenham.
('J.O.C.' is perhaps a reference to the French ‘Jeunesse Ouvrière Chrétienne’, or ‘Young Christian Workers’ movement.)

27/02/1939

“B” & “C” scripts & Forms A.S.5 forwarded to the Divisional Office.

20/03/1939

School closed – Jubilee of the Middlesex County Council
(The 50th Anniversary of the establishment of Middlesex County Council on 1st April 1889)

04/04/1939
05/04/1939

General Examination for admission to Secondary Schools.

06/04/1939-
16/04/1939

Easter Vacation

 

 

 

Easter Holiday: 06/06/1939 – 16/04/1939

 

 

24/04/1939

Transfer of pupils carried out in five Junior Classes to make room for entrants.

24/05/1939

Half holiday – Empire Day.

29/05/1939-
31/05/1939

Whitsun Holiday.

 

 

 

Half Term: 27/05/1939 – 31/05/1939

 

 

21/06/1939

School closed – Harrow & District. Sports ( p.m. only)

28/06/1939

School closed – County Sports.

29/06/1939

Educ. Visit – 26 pupils & Miss Dann – Pool, Docks & Tower of London.

30/06/1939

Mr Hunt Called.

04/07/1939

In hand of Vicar:
G. D. Barnsley (signed.)

11/07/1939

Term Examinations commenced in all classes.

19/07/1939

       - do -                 completed

20/07/1939

Inspection Religious Knowledge – Registers not marked.

 

27.7.39 – 28.8.39  Summer Holiday

 

 

 

Summer Holiday 27/07/1939 – 28/08/1939

 

 

29/08/1939

School reopened.

03/09/1939

State of War declared between England & Germany

04/09/1939

School closed until further notice by orders of the M.E.C. (Middlesex Education Committee)

16/09/1939

Mr A.G. Robson commenced work on aircraft production - granted leave of absence for the duration of the war.

12/09/1939

All parents visited by members of the staff to ascertain no. of pupils who would attend if the school were reopened.   269.

21/09/1939

Meeting of Head Teachers – Lady Bankes School

05/10/1939

               - do -                      -  Manor Senior School

09/10/1939

Notices duplicated & sent to all parents with regard to Emergency Tutorial Classes etc.

16/10/1939

School reopened for Tutorial Classes
– pupils over 7 yrs of age 9.30 – 11.30 a.m. & 1-3 p.m.
235 present during the week.

25/10/1939

Mrs Green absent, 1 day.  Husband home on short leave.

30/10/1939

Mr Annett called re Boundary (??, see 24/11/1938) & accommodation
(Mr Annett was the Middlesex Education Authority Divisional Officer.)
247 on roll

13/11/1939

Revised hours 9-11.30 a.m. 1-3 p.m.

 

Dec. 21st – Jan. 1st. Christmas Holiday

 

 

 

Christmas Holiday: 21/12/1939 – 01/01/1939

 

 

 

First uploaded: 7 May 2017