The BWI Archives

1961 ~ 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: 19/12/1960 – 09/01/1961

   

 

21/01/1961

52 Fourth Year Junior (Year 6) children attended a music recital at Lady Bankes School in the morning.

01/02/1961

50 Fourth Year Junior children visited the Planetarium in the afternoon.

11/02/1961

Children in the Top Age Group (Year 6) visited Lady Bankes School in the afternoon for a Recorder & Harpsichord recital.

15/02/1961

Dr Niall conducted routine medical inspections in the afternoon

   

 

 

Half-term Holiday: 20/02/1961 – 23/03/1961

  

 

28/02/1961

(For a number of years Mr Jennings was deeply involved with the promotion of Primary music in the Ruislip - Northwood area.  On the 28th he visited) Lady Bankes School in the morning and Northwood School in the afternoon to take group rehearsals for the forthcoming Music Festival.

01/03/1961

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

02/03/1961

Parents of children in the Junior School invited to visit school 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
(This would appear to be the first record of individual parents being invited to meet with class teachers to discuss their child’s progress.)

07/03/1961

A group of children from Whiteheath School visited BWI for a group rehearsal for the forthcoming Music Festival

08/03/1961

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

14/03/1961

Festival Concert for Children, Bourne 5:15 p.m.
(The children attended an event as part of the Schools’ Music Festival. This was apparently a concert for the children, not one given by them.)

17/03/1961

The children performed as part of the Schools’ Music Festival Concert at the Bourne Secondary School, starting at 6:45 p.m.

18/03/1961

The children performed as part of the Schools’ Music Festival Concert at the Bourne Secondary School, starting at 6:45 p.m.

   

 

 

Easter Holiday: 29/03/1961 – 10/04/1961

   

 

12/04/1961

Mrs Headley visited for Land Drill
(This was preparation for the swimming lessons to take place at the Uxbridge Open Air Pool, probably beginning straight after the Easter Holidays.  What form the ‘land drill’ took is currently unknown.)

13/04/1961

School closed for County Council elections
(The school was used as a polling station)

17/04/1961

Children in 10-11 year age group (Year 6) visited the Manor Secondary School to see film on swimming a.m.

19/04/1961

Dr Niall visited to carry out routine medical inspections in the afternoon

20/04/1961

Rev. P Rowe visited – conducted Diocesan Inspection in religious knowledge
(This was the annual Diocesan Inspection for Church Schools.  The lack of any surviving report or mention of an inspection in the Log Book, suggests that it had not taken place the previous year - 1960.  This seems to have been due to a repositioning of the timing of the inspection in relation to the school year.)

03/05/1961

Party of 43 children visited the UMCA exhibition at Holy Cross Church, Greenford
(This was probably an exhibition, comprising material (models, pictures, etc.) that illustrated life and events in biblical times.)

08/05/1961

Her Majesty’s Inspectors (H.M.I.s) Miss Raymont and Miss Weymes visted the school for the whole day

08/05/1961

Mr F Emery, the school keeper, tendered his resignation after 31 years service.

10/05/1961

Miss Raymont HMI visited during the afternoon session

13/05/1961

Children gave a maypole and country dancing display at the Barn, Ruislip
(The context of this display is not mentioned, however in 1960 there had been a similar display on 20th May as part of ‘the May Fayre’.)

16/05/1961

Mr Jennings attended the first prize giving and speech day at St Mary’s Grammar School

16/05/1961

Mrs Sinclaire, teacher in charge of the remedial class visited 1:30 p.m.
(The second visit in the year by a support teacher based at Lady Banks School. These visits were probably either for the assessment of individual pupils or to provide advice and support to staff.)

   

 

 

Whitsuntide Holiday: 19/05/1961 – 28/05/1961

    

 

08/06/1961

Children in the 10-11 year age group (Year 6) accompanied by Mrs E.M. Lemmings, Miss M. Jones and Mr Cottrell visited Oxford and Blenheim Palace

09/06/1961

Children taking part in the Schools’ Country Dance Festival attend for rehearsal at Harlyn Primary School l in the afternoon. 
(Though not specific in the Log Book this was probably only the oldest girls.)

12/06/1961

The nurse visited to weigh children and measure their height prior to the doctor’s visit to carry out routine medical inspections.

13/06/1961

Dr Astin visited to carry out routine medical inspections.

14/06/1961

All members of staff and 40 children attended the  Folk Dance Festival at Harlyn Primary School

04/07/1961

In the morning police visited school to give a demonstration and talk on Road Safety.

06/07/1961

In the afternoon Mr Jennings attended the official opening of the Art & Craft Exhibition at the Great Barn, Ruislip.

11/07/1961

Dr Niall visited in the afternoon to carry out routine medical inspections

13/07/1961

Mr Jennings visited the Manor Secondary School for their distribution of certificates

20/07/1961

Classes 1, 2 & 3 visit the Manor Secondary School to see the Exhibition of Art & Craft.
(The location of the Exhibition at The Manor School given in the Log Book conflicts with the record of opening event on the 6th July at the Great Barn.)

   

 

 

Summer Holiday 22/07/1961 – 11/09/1961

    

 

12/09/1961

Mr Jennings noted that 36 children admitted of which only19 were to the ‘admission’ class.  He commented on the other 17 admitted elsewhere in the school, “High intake due to the closure of a local Preparatory School.

23/09/1961

Headmaster attended meeting at the Royal Academy of Music.  Meeting convened by Mr David Wilcox to discuss programme for the massed choirs in the Albert Hall June 23rd 1962.

25/09/1961

Mrs M. D. Stevenson commenced duties as Clerical Assistant (replacing Mrs Doyle)
(Mrs Stevenson was to continue as the school’s secretary through to her retirement in July 1984.  Monica Stevenson provided the invaluable historical overview for the 1981 Golden Jubilee booklet as well as a number of scripts for various school productions.)

27/09/1961

A police team from Wembley give road safety demonstration in the playground in the morning

27/09/1961

Mr R. J. Boules from the Commonwealth Institute visited and gave a most interesting lecture on Canada.

09/10/1961

The nurse visited for pre-medical inspection preparation

10/10/1961

Dr Niall visited to carry out routine medical inspections

24/10/1961

Mrs Sinclaire, Teacher in charge of the Remedial Class at Lady Bankes School visited. 
(A visit by a support teacher based at Lady Banks School. These visits were probably either for the assessment of individual pupils or to provide advice and support to staff.)

26/10/1961

88 children accompanied by 4 teachers / went to the Grenada Theatre Harrow to hear the first of a series of concerts by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under their conductor Muir Mathieson.

    

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 28/10/1961 – 01/11/1961

   

 

07/11/1961 -
09/11/1961

Interview parents of children who will be leaving school in July 1962
(Mr Jennings held interviews with parents of the oldest children to support the secondary transfer procedure during the afternoon.)

14/11/1961

Dr Niall visited in the afternoon to carry out routine medical inspections.

15/11/1961

Junior School attend church 9 a.m. in the octave of S Martin – patron Saint of our church.

18/11/1961

The whole school associated with S. Martin’s Fair.  Staff stall and children give demonstrations of Country and Maypole Dancing during the afternoon

28/11/1961

Dr Niall visited to carry out routine medical inspections

05/12/1961

County Test for the 4th Year children (Year 6)
(The selection tests for secondary school. The previous year – 15-17 November 1960- these were noted as comprising English, Arithmetic and Verbal Reasoning.)

06/12/1961

County Test for the 4th Year children (Year 6)
All members of the staff stayed behind at 4 p.m. to mark the papers.

19/12/1961

The Infants held their Carol Service in Church at 3 p.m.

20/12/1961

Film show using our new Bell & Howell Sound Film Projector

21/12/1961

There was a Carol Service for all the children in the school in the morning with (the Diocesan Inspector,) Rev P. Rowe and (the vicar,) Rev R.D. Grange‑Bennett being present.

   

 

 

Christmas Holiday: 21/12/1961 – 08/01/1962

 

 

First uploaded: 07 August 2016