The BWI Archives

1940 ~ 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 1940 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.

         

08/01/1940

Attenance – Classes 1, 2, & 3      Mon., Tues. Fri. & Wed., all day
                                   4, 5, 6, 7      Tuesday & Thurs., all day

296 on roll, all 7 yrs of age & over.

(It appears that only children aged 7 or older received regular schooling at the start of 1940.  The education of these children was on alternate days, with the older children, those in Classes 1, 2 and 3, receiving three days each week.)

18/01/1940

Work commenced on the air raid shelter.

12/01/1940

Headmaster absent – ill   Resumed duty Jan. 15th

22/01/1940

School reopened full time for pupils of 7 yrs & over
Times 8.50 a.m. – 12 noon
           1.30 p.m. – 3.45 p.m.

19/02/1940

Mid Term Holiday

 

 

 

Half Term: 17/02/1940 – 19/02/1940

 

 

20/02/1940

Pupils of six yrs of age admitted    Roll 341.
(The school found it had the resources to reintroduce the education of children aged 6 years.)

11/03/1940-
15/03/1940

Term Examinations

19/03/1940

Internal Shelter completed, accommodation 340.

16/03/1940

Saturday, 2.30 – 4.30 p.m. concert given to all pupils by parents & their friends.

 

Mar. 21st – 31st  Easter Holiday

 

 

 

Easter Holiday: 21/03/1940 – 31/03/1940

 

 

01/04/1940

Children of 5 yrs admitted. Roll 383.   Mrs E.M. Lemmings commenced duty as Supply Teacher in place of Mr Robson.
(The school found it had the resources to reintroduce the education of children aged 5 years.)

03/04/1940

Rev. A.J. Watkins, chaplain with the B.E.F. visited the school

10/05/1940

H.E.B. Green, Esq. H.M.I. visited the school.

13/05/1940

Whitsuntide Holiday – one day only.

 

 

 

1105/1040 – 13/05/1940
(Reducing the length of school holidays freed up parents, particularly mothers, to work.)

 

 

15/05/1940

Mrs Green absent – one day. Husband on leave.

24/05/1940

Empire Day – ½ day holiday.

07/06/1940

Mrs Lemmings completed her service as Supply Teacher today.

10/06/1940

Mr J. Fairley (transfer from Ruislip Gardens School) commenced duty here today.

19/06/1940

Mr Fairley’s service terminated

20/06/1940

Mrs Lemmings resumed duty as Supply Teacher.

01/07/1940

Normal Sessions resumed
  8.50 a.m. – 12 noon
&  1.40         – 4.15 p.m.  Infs 3.45 p.m.

05/07/1940

Headmaster absent – p.m. only

16/07/1940

Dental Inspection

 

July 29th – Aug. 11th Summer Holiday

 

 

 

Summer Holiday: 27/07/1940 – 11/08/1940
(Two weeks)

 

 

27/08/1940

Night Raid – attendance 288/360

29/08/1940

Opened 10.30 a.m.

30/08/1940

Shelter, a.m. 45 mins. p.m. 1 hour
Mrs E. Minett resigned.

 

(Comment on Mr Wilkinson’s recording in relation to Air Raid warnings, etc.  Mr Wilkinson frequently resorted to extreme abbreviation in the Log Book, failing to be explicit in what he was referring to.  After comparison with a Log Book of another school close to BWI, he appears to have adopted the following ‘short hand’.  

A simple recording of time e.g. 10.30 refers to the start of the school day which would have been delayed due to disrupted nights.  Occasionally there appear to be afternoon start times (cf. 18/09/1940 – p.m. 2.45) these may be delayed starts due to lunch time air raids or delays to the start of the mid day break, also due to air raids.   

Periods spent in the air raid shelter, when not introduced by the full word are indicated by ‘S.’ followed by the length of time in the shelter e.g. S. 1h+; S. over an hour.  Mr Wilkinson rarely indicated the time for the start of air raids or gave the detailed accounts of various events found in other school Log Books of the time.)
  

02/09/1940

Shelter, a.m. 1h+  p.m. 1h+

03/09/1940

Mrs Strange commenced duty as Supply Teacher in place of Mrs Minett.
a.m. 10.30   Shelter ¾ h+     p.m. 1h+

04/09/1940

Shelter, a.m., 1h+
H.E.B. Green, Esq., H.J.I. & [left blank ]  called to see the work done in Art??

05/09/1940

S. a.m. 1h+.  p.m. 1¼ hrs

06/09/1940

a.m. 10.30
p.m. 2.15

09/09/1940

a.m. 10.30
S. 1h+ 40 mins.

10/09/1940

a.m. 10.30   p.m. 1.55
S. ¼ h+

11/09/1940

a.m. 10.30    S. a.m 10 mins.  p.m. 1 h+

12/09/1940

a.m. 10.30

13/09/1940

No morning Session – A.R. (Air Raid) Warning.
p.m. 2.15   S. 25 mins.

16/09/1940

a.m. 10.50   S. 40 mins.     S. p.m. 2.15 – 6 p.m.

17/09/1940

a.m. 10.30    S. 3-4.30 p.m.
Mrs Strange absent – ill 1 day only.

18/09/1940

a.m. 10.40    S.a.m. 1h+ 10m
p.m. 2.45

19/09/1940

a.m. 10.30

20/09/1940

a.m. 10.30     S. a.m. ¾ h+

23/09/1940

a.m. 11.0 

24/09/1940

a.m. 10.30

25/09/1940

a.m. 10.30    S. a.m. 1½ hrs

26/09/1940

a.m. 10.30    S. a.m. ¼ hr

27/09/1940

a.m. 10.30    S. a.m. 40 m.      S. p.m. 30 m.

30/09/1940

a.m. 10.30    S. a.m. ½ hr.       S. p.m. ¼ hr.

01/10/1940

10.30             S. p.m. 25 m.

02/10/1940

10.30             S. p.m. 20 m.

03/10/1940

10.30 a.m.

04/10/1940

10.                S  p.m. 1hr

07/10/1940

8.50 a.m.      S. a.m. 10m         S. p.m. ½ hr

08/10/1940

10.20 a.m.

09/10/1940

10 a.m.         S.1hr 5m (p.m.)

10/10/1940

10 a.m.

11/10/1940

10 a.m.         S. p.m. 15 m.

14/10/1940

10 a.m.

15/10/1940

10 a.m.         S. a.m. 10 m.

16/10/1940

10 a.m.

17/10/1940

10 a.m.        S. p.m. 15 m.

18/10/1940

10 a.m.        S. p.m. 35 m. (Gunfire)  Also Siren 4.15 – 5.30 p.m.

21/10/1940

10 a.m.        Siren 11.10 a.m. – 1.15 p.m.  
                    Siren 1.45 – 3.30 therefore no afternoon session

22/10/1940

10 a.m.        S. 35 m.

23/10/1940

10 a.m.

24/10/1940

8.50 a.m.

25/10/1940

10.30 a.m.   S.1hr 50m.   
Mr Annett called
(Middlesex Education Authority Divisional Officer)

03/10/1940

Oct 28th – Nov. 1st   Mid-term holiday

 

 

 

Half Term: 26/10/1940 – 03/11/1940
(This was a full week)

 

 

04/11/1940

Commencing today, school sessions will be as follows:-
9.30 a.m. – 12 noon.     12.30 – 2.30 p.m.

05/11/1940

S. a.m. 25 m.

08/11/1940

S. a.m. 15 m.         S. p.m. 30 m.

11/11/1940

S. a.m. 20 m.         S. p.m. 15 m.

13/11/1940

S. p.m. 1hr 10 m.  & 15 mins after school.

18/11/1940

S. p.m. 15 m.

18/11/1940

Mrs Green absent – House destroyed by enemy action.

21/11/1940

S. p.m. 30 mins. & 15 m. after school

25/11/1940

S. (12 – 12.30 – lunch time)

28/11/1940

S. p.m. 20 mins.

03/12/1940

S. p.m. 10 mins.

12/12/1940

S. (15 mins of lunch period.)

20/12/1940

Dec 21st 40 – Jan. 6th 1941 Christmas Holiday.

 

 

 

Christmas Holiday: 21/12/1940 – 06/01/1941

 

 

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