The BWI Archives

1962 ~ 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: 21/12/1961 – 08/01/1962

   

 

09/01/1962

35 children admitted. 
This has necessitated a general re-organisation throughout the school.
(Mr Jennings comment suggests, as frequently in the school’s history, a growing issue with accommodating an increasing number of pupils at the school.  See also the entry for 1st May 1962.)

18/01/1962

42 children accompanied by 3 teachers visited the Saville Theatre for a performance of Toad of Toad Hall.

02/02/1962

The Annual Diocesan Inspection (This was probably only during the morning as Mr Jennings was absent in the afternoon.)

07/02/1962

Film show by a representative of Brooke Bond Team – most instructive.

12/02/1962

Mr J. Athisayan, a Commonwealth Institute lecturer, visited and gave a lecture on Ceylon

20/02/1962

Mrs Sinclaire – teacher in charge of remedial class 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.)

22/02/1962

Her Majesty’s Inspector (H.M.I.), Miss Raymont, visited all day

23/02/1962

88 Children together with 90 from Whiteheath Primary School attended a lecture demonstration by members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Instruments and focusing on the Violin and Oboe

   

 

 

Half Term Holiday 24/02/1962 – 04/03/1962

    

 

12/03/1962

A visit by the dentist for routine dental inspection.

13/03/1962

(For a number of years Mr Jennings was deeply involved with the promotion of Primary music in the Ruislip - Northwood area.  On the 13th he visited) Lady Bankes School and Northwood School (probably morning and afternoon respectively) to take group rehearsals for the forthcoming Music Festival.

14/03/1962

Mr Jennings led group rehearsals at Ruislip Gardens and BWI (probably morning and afternoon respectively).

19/03/1962

The dentist continued the routine inspection

21/03/1962

88 children accompanied by 4 teachers attend the Orchestral Concert at Harrow.

26/03/1962

The dentist finished the routine inspection

27/03/1962

Dr Niall visited for routine medical inspections

05/04/1962

20 children took part in the massed rehearsal at Bourne Secondary School for massed rehearsal of the Junior Schools’ choir (in preparation for the forthcoming Music Festival at Bourne Secondary School.)

10/04/1962

(The school choir took part in the Ruislip & Northwood) Schools’ Music Festival. All members of the staff joined in a rota to supervise children attending the Schools’ Music Festival. (This was presumably at Bourne Secondary School as in previous years and suggested by the location of the final rehearsal.)

13/04/1962

The children performed as part of the Schools’ Music Festival Concert (at Bourne Secondary School in the evening.)

14/04/1962

The children performed as part of the Schools’ Music Festival Concert (at Bourne Secondary School in the evening.)

17/04/1962

Photographer from the Mayfair Studios visited.
(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.  The Log Book suggests that the previous visit had been in 1960.)

   

 

 

Easter Holiday: 19/04/1962 – 30/04/1962

    

 

01/05/1962

No children admitted owing to present number on roll – every class is over 40.
(Following Mr Jennings comment on 9th January 1962, increasing pupils numbers continued to be an issue.)

01/05/1962

Miss Raymont HMI visited
(This was probably in preparation for the General Inspection to begin the following week.)

04/05/1962

Rehearsal at Newnham School for District Schools’ Choir joining massed choirs at The Royal Albert Hall.
(This would appear to be the event conducted by David Wilcox, then director of the Royal College of Music, see 23rd September 1961. Strangely, though it must have been an important event for Mr Jennings personally, he fails to record the actual performance in the Log Book.)

07/05/1962

Miss Weemys and Miss Raymond HMIs commenced a General Inspection of the school.

08/05/1962

Representative from Brooke Bond Co. visited to give Film lessons in Infant and Junior Depts.

09/05/1962

General Inspection concluded
(The Inspection Report was added to the Log Book)

15/05/1962

Rehearsal at St Pancras Town Hall for the massed school choirs. A coach left Newnham School 8:30 a.m.  Four children from this school attended.
(See above, 4th May 1962.)

19/05/1962

The girls gave a Country Dance display at Manor Farm.
(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’.  See also 13th May 1961.)

05/06/1962

Mrs Sinclaire – teacher in charge of remedial class, 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.)

    

 

 

Whitsuntide Holiday 08/06/1962 – 17/06/1962

    

 

19/06/1962

The nurse visited to weigh and measure children’s height prior to the doctor’s routine medical checks.

20/06/1962

Dr Niall visited to carry out routine medical inspections

25/06/1962

Class 1 visited the Pinto exhibition of Wooden Byegones at Northwood

04/07/1962

Classes 1 & 2 and four teachers attended an orchestral concert given by the London Symphony Orchestra at The Granada, Harrow

04/07/1962

Dr Niall visited to carry out routine medical inspections

05/07/1962

All competitors in the Inter-Schools Sports have final practice

07/07/1962

Inter-Schools Sports – all teachers help

17/07/1962

Country Dance Party for Girls 4:15 p.m.

19/07/1962

Parents and Friends invited to Open Evening.  Swimming Certificates presented by Mr N. Pocklington.

23/07/1962

Boys who will transfer to St Nicholas visited the school.

    

 

 

Summer Holiday: 26/07/1962 – 10/09/1962

   

 

11/09/1962

Report from HMI received

13/09/1962

Prepare form for Diocesan Inspection
(This appears to be an annual paper return to the Diocese. The last inspection prior to this date was 2nd February 1962, the next not until 5th November 1963, implying there was no inspection during the school year 1962-1963.)

03/10/1962

Dr Niall visited for routine medical inspections

04/10/1962

The audiometrician visited to test the hearing of children in Class 1 (Year 6)

10/10/1962

Teachers in Junior and Infant Dept. attended first session of mathematical course at Greenway School, Uxbridge
(This is the first mention of teachers attending curriculum-related in-service training - either at the school or, as in this case, as part of a larger event. As such it appears to mark a more general recognition that teachers should regularly reflect on education practice.)

17/10/1962

Second session of Mathematical Course

19/10/1962

Miss Raymond HMI visited

24/10/1962

Mrs Sinclaire teacher in charge of remedial class 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.)

24/10/1962

Third session of Mathematical Course

   

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 27/10/1962 – 04/11/1962

   

 

05/11/1962

Children in Classes 1 and 2 (probably only Year 6) attended Manor Secondary School in the morning for a Viola, ‘Cello and Harp demonstrated by members of the London Symphony Orchestra

06/11/1962 -
08/11/1962

Mr Jennings held interviews with parents of children who would transfer to secondary schools in July 1963

14/11/1962

All children in Junior School attended a service in St Martin’s at 9 a.m. for the Patronal Festival

21/11/1962

Dr Niall visited to carry out routine medical inspections

21/11/1962

Mr Jennings attended the official opening of Bourne Primary School

28/11/1962 -
30/11/1962

County tests for children transferring to secondary schools in July 1963.  All teachers stay after school to mark the tests
(The selection tests for secondary school. In the 1960 Log Book entry – 15-17 November 1960 - these were noted as comprising English, Arithmetic and Verbal Reasoning.)

05/12/1962

Classes 1 and 2 and four teachers attend concert at The Granada, Harrow

05/12/1962

Dr Niall visited to carry out routine medical inspections

12/12/1962

Film show from Brooke Bond Tea Co.

19/12/1962

A Carol Service for the Infants was held in St Martin’s Church at the end of the afternoon.

20/12/1962

A Carol Service for Juniors was held in School in the morning.

    

 

 

Christmas Holidays: 21/12/1962 – 07/01/1963

 

First uploaded: 08 August 2016