The BWI Archives

1941 ~ 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 1941 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 21/12/1940 – 06/01/1941

 

 

 

(The most extreme bombing during the war and recorded in the Log Book occurred in 1940, particularly in the second half of the year.  However, use of the air raid siren and the need to take cover in the shelters continued in subsequent years of the war.  As noted in the overview for 1940, Mr Wilkinson frequently resorted to extreme abbreviation, failing to be explicit in what he was referring to.  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.)

 

 

07/01/1941

S. a.m. 20 m.        S. p.m. 1hr 30 m. & 15 m. after School.

23/01/1941

S. a.m. 10 minutes

31/01/1941

Scheme for fire watching forwarded to the Education Office. 
S. a.m. 45 mins.   S. p.m. 1hr 55 mins.

28/01/1941

S. a.m. 15 mins.   S. p.m. 15 mins.

30/01/1941

S. a.m. 20 mins.   S. p.m. 55 mins.
Last scholars left at 5.15 p.m.

17/02/1941

S. p.m. 25 mins.

21/02/1941

Local gunfire       S. p.m. 30 mins.  No Siren

24/02/1941

Mid Term Holiday – one day.

 

 

 

Half Term: 22/02/1941 – 24/02/1941

 

 

01/04/1941

Mrs E.M.Lemmigs appointed to the permanent Staff.

 

April 10th – 20th    Easter Holdiay

 

 

 

Easter Holiday 10/04/1941 – 20/04/1941

 

 

09/05/1941

Entrance Examination to Secondary Schools.

23/05/1941

Half Holiday – Empire Day.

22/05/1941

Ascension Day. Children’s Service in Church, 9.15 – 9.45 a.m.

28/05/1941

H.E.B.Green Esq. H.M.I. called re accommodation.
Accident in Eastcote Road, 2 pupils injured. Reported to the D.O.
(Middlesex Education Authority Divisional Officer /Office)

30/05/1941

Mr Green called again.

 

June 2nd, 3rd & 4th  Whitsuntide Holiday

 

 

 

31/05/1941 – 04/06/1941

 

 

12/06/1941

Children’s Service in Church 9.15 – 9.45

14/07/1941

Term Examinations during this week.

18/07/1941

           - do -               completed

23/07/1941

School closed – Summer Holdiay

 

 

 

Summer Holdiay 23/07/1941 – 25/08/1941
(The longer summer holiday had been reinstated, see 1940.)

 

 

26/08/1941

Reopened

03/10/1941

School closed.

 

Oct. 31st – Nov. 4th Mid Term Holiday

 

 

 

Half Term: 31/10/1941 – 04/11/1941

 

 

13/11/1941

H.E.B.Green, Esq. H.M.I. called re accommodation

18/11/1941

Children’s Service in Church.

08/12/1941-
12/12/1941

Term Examinations

 

Dec. 22nd – Jan. 5th    Christmas Holiday.

 

 

 

Christmas Holiday 20/12/1941 – 05/01/1942

 

 

First uploaded: 8 May 2017