The BWI Archives

1960 ~ 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: 19/12/1959 – 03/01/1960

    

 

11/01/1960

54 children from Classes I & II (probably Years 5 and 6) attended the Manor Secondary School for a Recorder and Harp Recital

02/02/1960

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

05/02/1960

Mr H.G. Gillett visited and gave a most interesting talk on Uganda.
(Presumably a speaker arranged through the Commonwealth Institute)

05/02/1960

The nurse visited for a ‘cleanliness inspection’
(Probably related to a check of the pupils’ heads for nit and lice infestation.  Such checks by visiting nurses were routine during this period.)

08/02/1960

The nurse visited to weigh and measure children prior to routine medical inspection by a doctor

09/02/1960

A doctor carried out a routine medical inspection in the afternoon

16/02/1960

A doctor carried out a routine medical inspection

    

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 19/02/1960 – 24/02/1960

    

 

22/03/1960

(For a number of years Mr Jennings was deeply involved with the promotion of Primary music in the Ruislip - Northwood area.  On the 22nd he visited) Lady Bankes School in the morning and Northwood School in the afternoon to take group rehearsals for the forthcoming Music Festival.

23/03/1960

Mr Jennings was at Ruislip Gardens School in the morning and Whiteheath School in the afternoon to take group rehearsals for the forthcoming Music Festival.

29/03/1960

The school choir took part in a General Rehearsal for forthcoming Music Festival at Bourne Secondary School in the afternoon.

04/04/1960

Mrs Headly visited for Land Drill prior to swimming lessons at Uxbridge Baths
(This was preparation for the swimming lessons, probably beginning straight after the Easter Holidays.  What form the ‘land drill’ took is currently unknown.)

05/04/1960

Miss Tomes accompanied children to Schools’ Music Festival Concert, 5:00 p.m.
(This appears to be a concert for the children, not given by the children.)

08/04/1960

The children perform as part of the Schools’ Music Festival Concert starting at 6:45 p.m. The teaching staff supported by supervising the children.

09/04/1960

The children perform as part of the Schools’ Music Festival Concert starting at 6:45 p.m. The teaching staff supported by supervising the children.

11/04/1960

All children in the top age group (Year 6) attend Manor Secondary School for Music Recital.  Excellent programme.

   

 

 

Easter Holiday: 14/04/1960 – 26/04/1960

    

 

29/04/1960

The nurse visited to carry out eye tests for the 8 year olds (probably Year 3)

04/05/1960

Photographer visited a.m.
(It is uncertain what this visited included.  Given the existence of some class photographs from around this period it probably comprised class groups and a staff photograph. Whether individual photographs were also taken is unclear.)

04/05/1960

Mr Jennings played for the St Martin’s Mothers’ Union service in the afternoon.

06/05/1960

(A national) Holiday for the Wedding of Princess Margaret

12/05/1960

The police visited to give talks on Road Safety to both the Infants and the Juniors

25/05/1960

Miss Platt, the audiometrician, tested the Third Year Junior children (Year 5)

26/05/1960

The School was closed for an ‘Occasional Day’ to celebrate Ascension Day (As in earlier years, probably the Junior children were expected to attend St Martin’s Church at 9 a.m.)

28/05/1960

Demonstration of Folk and May Pole Dancing by children from Classes 1, 2 & 3 (since the 1959 Diocesan inspection report identified four Junior classes, probably Years 4, 5 & 6) at the May Fayre held at the Barn, Ruislip

30/05/1960

During the week exhibits were prepared ready for the annual Art and Craft Exhibition to be held after the Whitsun Holiday.

01/06/1960

Mrs Lemmings, Miss Tomes, and Mr Cottrell take 50 children on an educational tour of Portsmouth.  Organised by British Railways.

    

 

 

Whitsuntide Holiday 03/06/1960 – 12/06/1960

     

 

13/06/1960

Exhibits for the annual Art & Craft Exhibition were taken to Field End School and Mr Cottrell was responsible for preparing their display.

15/06/1960

Girls attended a rehearsal for Ruislip &Northwood Schools’ Folk Dance Festival at Harlyn Primary School in the afternoon.  (Though not specific in the Log Book this was probably only the oldest pupils.)

16/06/1960

Corpus Christi, Junior School attend Church 9:00 a.m.

20/06/1960

Examinations commence in all classes of the Junior School (The annual internal tests to measure achievement and progress.)

20/06/1960

In the afternoon Mr Jennings attended the official opening of the Art & Craft exhibition at Field End Primary School.

22/06/1960

A number of girls participated in The Ruislip & Northwood Schools’ Folk Dance Festival held at  Harlyn Primary School in the evening

24/06/1960

Mrs Lemmings & Miss Tomes supervise Art & Craft Exhibition 4:30‑6:30 p.m.

02/07/1960

Primary School Sports Day 1:30 – 5 p.m.
(This was the local Ruislip and Northwood Primary Inter-School Sports)

02/07/1960

Miss R Allen, Headmistress Manor Secondary School, visited and talked to children who will be attending her school in September.
(Part of the Secondary Transition process with secondary school staff visiting the primary schools.)

11/07/1960

The doctor visited in the morning to carry out routine medical examinations.

13/07/1960

Parents and friends of children in Infant Department 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.)

14/07/1960

Parents and friends of children in Junior Department 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.)

19/07/1960

The School held a Country Dance Party at 4:30 p.m.

21/07/1960

A ‘Leaver’s Party’ for the 4th Year Juniors (Year 6)

      

 

 

Summer Holiday: 23/07/1960 – 06/09/1960

       

 

14/09/1960

The nurse visited to make arrangements for medical inspection
(This may have included measuring Weight and Height)

23/09/1960

The nurse visited – cleanliness inspection
(Probably related to a check of the pupils’ heads for nit and lice infestation.)

30/09/1960

Miss Allen, Headmistress Manor Secondary School brought 18 Senior Girls to look round the Infant Dept.

30/09/1960

Officials from Architects Dept. visited re repairs to staff room floor, etc.

04/10/1960

The police visited in the afternoon and gave an ‘excellent’ Road Safety demonstration to both the Infant and Junior departments

11/10/1960

Dr Niall, Assistant Medical Officer, attended for Routine Medical Inspection
(Dr Niall appears to have replaced Dr Glyn Jones as its regular visiting doctor.)

17/10/1960

Mrs St Clair – teacher in charge of the remedial class visited
(This is the 'Mrs Sinclaire' of later entries in the Log Book. The first record of a visit by a ‘teacher in charge of the remedial class’ was on 28th October 1958. The Local Authority appeared to have set up Special Needs Support with a teacher based at Lady Bankes Primary School.  In the 1960-61 school year there were two visits.  The visits were probably for assessment of individual pupils or to provide advice and support to staff.)

18/10/1960

Mr Jennings held interviews with parents of the oldest children to support the secondary transfer procedure during the afternoon.

19/10/1960

Mr Jennings held interviews with parents of the oldest children to support the secondary transfer procedure during the afternoon.

20/10/1960

Mr Jennings held interviews with parents of the oldest children to support the secondary transfer procedure during the afternoon.

20/10/1960

Mr Jennings held interviews with parents of the oldest children to support the secondary transfer procedure during the evening.

    

 

 

Half-term Holiday: 22/10/1960 – 30/10/1960

    

 

08/11/1960

Dr Niall, Assistant medical Officer attended for Routine Medical Inspection

15/11/1960

4th Year English test a.m.
(This appears to be the selection tests for secondary school moved to a position earlier in the school year as a result of the revised transition procedure.)

16/11/1960

4th Year Arithmetic test a.m.
(This appears to be the selection tests for secondary school moved to a position earlier in the school year as a result of the revised transition procedure.)

17/11/1960

4th Year Verbal Reasoning test a.m.
(This appears to be the selection tests for secondary school moved to a position earlier in the school year as a result of the revised transition procedure.)

24/11/1960

Mr Jennings played organ at funeral of a small child in the afternoon.  (This does not appear to be related to either a BWI pupil or family.)

07/12/1960

Dr Niall, Assistant medical Officer attended for Routine Medical Inspection

15/12/1960

A Carol Service was held for Infants and their parents in church at the end of the afternoon.

16/12/1960

Mr J. Grimmond of Eastbourne entertained the children (infants 1:45 – 2:30; Juniors 2:45 – 3:45)
(The annual Christmas treat.)

18/12/1960

There was a Carol Service for all the children in school in the morning.  School Managers and ‘friends’ were invited to attend.

    

 

 

Christmas Holiday: 19/12/1960 – 09/01/1961

      

 

First uploaded: 6 August 2016