The BWI Archives

1958 ~ 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 Books 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 or provide context are given in brackets and in italic.

   

 

Christmas Holiday: 21/12/1957 – 05/01/1958

 

 

03/02/1958

The school was closed for the County Test

04/02/1958

The school was closed for the County Test

17/02/1958

Dr Glyn Jones visited to carry out routine medical inspections

19/02/1958

Ash Wednesday – service in church 9 a.m.

    

 

Half Term: 24/02/1958 – 26/02/1958

    

03/03/1958

There were dental inspections in the afternoon

05/03/1958

There were dental inspections in the afternoon

07/03/1958

There were dental inspections

13/03/1958

The school choir attended a rehearsal for the Ruislip & Northwood Schools Music Festival at Bourne Secondary School in the afternoon

17/03/1958

The school choir attended the final rehearsal for the Ruislip & Northwood Schools Music Festival at Bourne Secondary School in the afternoon

18/03/1958

Ruislip & Northwood Schools' Music Festival Concert for Children at 5:30 p.m.
(This appears to be a concert for the children, not given by the children)

20/03/1958

The children perform at the Ruislip & Northwood Music Festival held at Bourne School in the evening.

21/03/1958

The children perform at the Ruislip & Northwood Music Festival held at Bourne School in the evening.

27/03/1958

The Headmaster attended the official opening of St Mary’s Grammar School (later to become part of Haydon Secondary School) in the afternoon.

    

 

Easter Holiday 03/04/1958 – 16/04/1958

   

18/04/1958

Miss Platt the audiometrician, visited

22/04/1958

Photographer from Mayfair Studios visited
(Presumably to take photographs of the children for later sale to parents; whether these were class or individual photographs is unknown.)

13/05/1958

Mr Shelby H.M.I. visited

15/05/1958

School closed: Ascension Day

16/05/1958

The official opening of Art & Craft Exhibition at the Barn, Ruislip, took place in the afternoon  (It is likely that, as in the preceding year, the school contributed work to this exhibition.)

19/05/1958

Dr Glyn Jones visited to carry out routine medical inspections

    

 

Whitsuntide Holiday: 24/05/1958 – 01/06/1958

    

11/06/1958

The annual Folk Dance Festival was held at Potter Street School in the evening.

23/06/1958

The Time Table of the Junior Dept was reorganised to accommodated internal examinations.

30/06/1958

School closed for an occasional holiday
(This was a Monday and presumable replaced the 'occasional day' takne on Corpus Christi in earlier years.  Perhaps Mr Jennings moved it to provide time for teachers to mark the tests of the previous week.)

07/07/1958

Routine Medical Inspection in the afternoon

11/07/1958

Mr Jennings was absent in order to attend as Magistrate at Luton

15/07/1958

Parents and friends of children in Infant Dept were invited to visit in the afternoon
(Mr Jennings appears to have introduced an open day when parents could visit to see various aspects of the school's work.  It may have included activities such as singing, dancing and acting.)

17/07/1958

Parents and friends of children in Junior Dept were invited to visit in the afternoon and evening
(Mr Jennings appears to have introduced an open day when parents could visit to see various aspects of the school's work.  It may have included activities such as singing, dancing and acting.)

21/07/1958

Dr Glyn Jones visited to carry out routine medical inspections

22/07/1958

(As a 'leaving treat') Children in the top age group (Year 6) were taken to the Odeon Cinema, Tottenham Court Road, to see ‘Windjammer’.

     

 

Summer Holiday: 26/07/1958 – 08/09/1958

     

13/09/1958

In the morning the school managers met with Canon Tyrell, the Diocesan Education Officer

26/09/1958

The annual Diocesan Inspection

08/10/1958

Classes 1, 2 & 3 (Years 5 and 6) attended church at 9:00 a.m.

28/10/1958 Mrs Clarke – teacher in charge of Remedial Class visited
(The Local Authority appears to have set up Special Needs Support with a teacher based at Lady Bankes Primary School.  As the next visit recorded in the Log Book was not until 17th October 1960, initially visits to schools may have been
on request.  By 1962, however, termly visits appear to have been in place.  The visits were probably for assessment of individual pupils or to provide advice and support to staff.)

11/11/1958

St Martin’s Day, a service for (all?) the children in church at 9:00 a.m.

08/12/1958

Dr Glyn Jones visited to carry out medical inspections

15/12/1958

Mr R. Peake entertained Infants & Juniors p.m.

17/12/1958

‘Children of the Junior School present their plays 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.’
(Mr Jennings introduced the tradition, which continued well into the 1980s, of each Junior class producing a short play at Christmastime to entertain the whole school.)

19/12/1958

A Carol Service was held in school in the morning

      

 

Christmas Holiday: 20/12/1958 – 04/01/1959

 

 

First uploaded: 21 July 2016