The BWI Archives

1959 ~ 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: 20/12/1958 – 04/01/1959

 

 

07/01/1959

Class 1 attended a music recital at the Manor Secondary School at the end of the afternoon

20/01/1959

Miss Platt, audiometrician, tested the oldest Infant children (Year 2)

29/01/1959

Owing to thick fog, children were sent home 3:45 p.m.

03/02/1959

The school was closed for the County Test

04/02/1959

The school was closed for the County Test
(This appears to be the last record in the Log Books of the February County Tests for Secondary Selection for Grammar School and the consequent necessity to close the school.  See below the note about new secondary admission procedures - 09/06/1958 )

      

 

Half Term: 16/02/1959 – 18/02/1959

      

24/02/1959

Several children attended R.A.F. Band Concert at the Bourne Secondary School at 5:30 p.m.

02/03/1959

Mr Jennings visited the Education Office in the morning to discuss border line candidates (in the 11+ examinations for Grammar School)

04/03/1959

(For a number of years Mr Jennings was deeply involved with the promotion of Primary music in the Northwood area.  On the 4th he visited) Ruislip Gardens School in the morning to lead a rehearsal for the music festival

05/03/1959

Mr Jennings visited Lady Bankes School in the morning to lead a rehearsal for the music festival.  There were further rehearsals at BWI in the afternoon.

06/03/1959

Mr Jennings visited Northwood in the afternoon to lead a rehearsal for the music festival

09/03/1959

The school choir went to Bourne Secondary School for a rehearsal (for impending music festival.)

10/03/1959

Dr Glyn Jones visited to carry out routine medical inspections in the afternoon

12/03/1959

The school choir went to Bourne Secondary School for the final rehearsal (for the impending music festival.)

17/03/1959

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)

20/03/1959

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

21/03/1959

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

23/03/1959

Mr Cox, a teacher at the Manor School, brought his recorder group to BWI to play at the end of the afternoon.

     

 

Easter Holiday: 25/03/1959 – 06/04/1959

    

10/04/1959

Mr F. Sabin, Divisional Education Offier and Mr F. Tate, Chairman of Education Committee, visited school and visited each classroom.

27/04/1959

Dr Glyn Jones visited to carry out routine medical inspections

29/04/1959

Mr J.P. Athisyan (Commonwealth Lecturer) visited and gave a most interesting talk on Ceylon 2:00 p.m.
(A visiting speaker from the Commonwealth Institute.)

06/05/1959

Mrs Headley visited school – instruction in land drill prior to swimming lessons at Uxbridge Baths.
(This was preparation for the swimming lessons to start after the half term holiday. What form the ‘land drill’ took is currently unknown.)

07/05/1959

School closed: Ascension Day

     

 

Whitsuntide Holiday: 16/05/1959 – 24/05/1959

     

27/05/1959

Swimming lessons commenced. 50 children were taken (to the Uxbridge open air swimming pool) by Mrs Lemmings and Miss Mitchelhill

09/06/1959

Mr F. C. Sabin addressed parents on the new selection procedure. 8:00 p.m.  Also present Mr F. Tate, Miss C Donnell, Rev. R.G. Grange-Bennett.

10/06/1959

The school participated in the Ruislip & Northwood Folk Dance Festival held at Potter Street School at 6:45 p.m.

16/06/1959

The nurse visited to weigh and measure children prior to the Dr Glyn Jones routine medical inspections.

22/06/1959

Dr Glyn Jones visited to carry out routine medical inspections

24/06/1969

Routine Dental Inspection p.m.

25/06/1969

Routine Dental Inspection p.m.

26/06/1969

Routine Dental Inspection p.m.

29/06/1959

Dr Glyn Jones: Medical Inspection.

30/06/1959

Terminal examinations in the Junior School

07/07/1959

Mrs J. Weeks (Commonwealth Lecturer) gave (an) interesting talk on ‘A Kikuya Market’ 2:00 p.m.

08/07/1959

Two H.M.I.s visited: Mr Trodd for the morning and Miss M. Raymont for the whole day.

15/07/1959

Parents and friends of children in Infant Dept were invited to visit in the afternoon
(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.)

16/07/1959

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

17/07/1959

Official Opening of the Art & Craft Exhibition at the Barn (Mr Jennings probably attended the opening, held at 3 p.m.)

24/07/1959

Mrs Ogborne, the Welfare Assistant, left at the end of the school year.

         

 

 Summer Holiday:25/07/1959 – 07/09/1959

        

08/09/1959

Mrs Morris joined the staff as the school's Welfare Assistant, taking over from Mrs Ogborne.

19/09/1959

Mr Boon, H.M.I. for Physical Education, visited the school.

22/09/1959

Miss Plant, audiometrician, tested the top class infants (Year 2)

24/09/1959

The annual Diocesan Inspection took place in the morning.

08/10/1959

The School was closed as it needed to be used as a polling station for the General Election

13/10/1959

Miss R.M. Allen, Headmistress of the Manor Secondary School, addressed meeting of parents in the evening. (This was a new event for the school and possibly related to the adoption by the Local Authority of a new Secondary Allocation Procedure.  See also, below 24/11/1959.

     

 

Half Term Holiday: 30/10/1959 – 08/11/1959

    

11/11/1959

St Martin’s Day – the children attended a service in church at 9:00 a.m.

18/11/1959

Dr Glyn Jones visited to carry out routine  medical inspections

24/11/1959
25/11/1959

Parents of children who will leave in July 1960 attend for interview.
(This was a new annual event introduced as part of the adoption by the Local Authority of a new Secondary Allocation Procedure. This seems to have increased parents' choice in their child's secondary education and as a result it was felt that they needed an amount of guidance. These individual meetings continued until the late 1980's.)

26/11/1959

Parents interviewed in the evening 7 – 8 p.m.

03/12/1959

Miss Plant, the audiometrician, visited to test the hearing of First Year Infants (Year 1)

10/12/1959

Mr Garvan visits school and entertains the children p.m.
(A Christmas treat for the children.)

16/12/1959

Each class presented a play. Whole school present
(These plays would have been prerformed by the Junior Classes and continued until the late 1980s when the introduction of a prescribed National Curriculum made it difficult to find sufficient time for their preparation.)

18/12/1959

A Carol Service was held in school at 9:15 a.m.

    

 

Christmas Holiday: 19/12/1959 – 03/01/1960

 

 

First uploaded: 21 July 2016
Last updated: 05 August 2016