The BWI Archives

1953 ~ 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 1953 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: 20/12/1952 – 06/01/1953

 

 

04/02/1953
05/02/1953

County Allocation Test.

 

Feb. 13th – 16th   Mid-term Holiday.

 

 

 

Half Term: 13/02/1953 – 16/02/1953

 

 

27/03/1953

Children’s Service in Church

 

Apr 2nd – 13th   Easter Holiday

 

 

 

Easter Holiday 02/04/1953 – 13/04/1953

 

 

 

May 25th – June 3rd     Whitsuntide Holiday
(Mr Wilkinson makes no mention of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on the 2nd June.)

 

 

 

Half Term: 23/05/1953 – 03/06/1953

 

 

11/06/1953

Visit to Astoria Cinema – “A Queen is Crowned”

26/06/1953
29/06/1953

Holiday
(The reason for the holiday is unknown. See the corresponding period in 1951 & 1952 for a similar holiday.)

30/06/1953

Holiday (p.m.)  County Sports.

 

July 27th – Sept. 7th    Summer Holiday.

 

 

 

Summer Holiday 25/07/1953 – 07/09/1953

 

 

07/10/1953

Fire Drill – 40 seconds. (to evacuate the school)

12/10/1953

H.T. Meeting (Meeting for local Headteachers)

30/10/1953

Diocesan Inspection.

 

Nov. 2nd – 6th   Mid-term Holiday

 

 

 

Half Term: 31/10/1953 – 08/11/1953

 

 

18/11/1953

Safety First 3 p.m.

 

Dec. 21st – Jan. 5th    Christmas Holiday

 

 

 

Christmas Holiday 19/12/1953 – 05/01/1954

    

 

 

First uploaded: 11 May 2017