The BWI Archives

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

 

 

09/01/1963

Linguaphone lessons in French commenced with children in Class 1

16/01/1963

Dr Niall visited to carry out routine medical inspections

23/01/1963

Class 1 accompanied by three teachers visited the Planetarium

07/02/1963

Safety First talks to Infant and Junior Depts by a Police Safety Officer

07/02/1963

The audiometrician visited to test children in 6-7 year age group (Year 2)

08/02/1963

The audiometrician continued testing

20/02/1963

Mrs Sinclaire, teacher in charge of remedial class visited 9:30 a.m.
(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.)

   

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 25/02/1963 – 26/02/1963

   

 

11/03/1963

Dr Niall visited to carry out routine medical inspections

12/03/1963

(For a number of years Mr Jennings was deeply involved with the promotion of Primary music in the Ruislip - Northwood area.  On the 12th he visited) Lady Bankes School in the morning and Whiteheath School in the afternoon to take group rehearsals for the forthcoming Primary Schools’ Music Festival.

13/03/1963

Mr Jennings led group rehearsals at Ruislip Gardens School in the morning and Northwood in the afternoon  to conduct rehearsals for the Primary Schools’ Music Festival

13/03/1963

A ‘Cello & trumpet recital was held in school in the morning

19/03/1963

(The choir participated in a) full rehearsal (for the Primary Schools’ Music Festival) at Bourne Secondary School in the afternoon.

21/03/1963

Class 1 & 2 (Year 6) and four teachers attended a concert given by London Symphony Orchestra in the morning.
(This was probably at the Granada Cinema, Harrow)

29/03/1963

The Wembley Police team visited in the afternoon and gave Road Safety demonstrations to the  Infants and the Juniors

29/03/1963

(The school choir took part in the Ruislip & Northwood) Schools’ Music Festival held at Bourne Secondary School at 6:45 p.m.

30/03/1963

(The school choir took part in the Ruislip & Northwood) Schools’ Music Festival held at Bourne Secondary School at 6:45 p.m.

02/04/1963

Rev P Rowe visited for annual Diocesan Inspection

04/04/1963

Miss O’Donnell visited
(Miss O’Donnell’s role and reason for her visit are not known.)

   

 

 

Easter Holiday: 06/04/1963 – 21/04/1963

    

 

24/04/1963

Miss Gitterman, of the county Architects Department, called to discuss colour scheme for interior decorations

29/04/1963

Wembley Police team gave Road Safety Demonstrations

01/05/1963

Mrs Headley visits to take ‘Land Drill’ with children in Class 1 prior to their attendance at Uxbridge Baths
(This was preparation for the swimming lessons to take place at the Uxbridge Open Air Pool, probably after the Whitsuntide holiday.  What form the ‘land drill’ took is currently unknown.)

05/05/1963

19 children from Class 1 confirmed in S Martin’s Church
(This is the first mention of children from the school being confirmed at St Martin’s in the School’s Log Book, a practice that was to become common in future years, possibly because Diocesan Inspectors were interested in this information.)

11/05/1963

Decora Ltd. Sterling Rd, Acton, commence interior decorating

14/05/1963

Routine dental inspections were carried out

23/05/1963

School closed for Ascension Day
(Presumably, as in previous years, the Junior children were expected to attend St Martin’s Church in the morning.)

25/05/1963

Girls gave a Dancing Display (Country & Maypole) at The Barn, Ruislip
(As in previous years, this was presumably part of a May Fayre.)

27/05/1963

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: 31/-5/1963 – 09/06/1963

     

 

13/06/1963

Girls from Classes 1 and 2 (probably all from Year 6) attended a rehearsal for Country Dance Festival
(In previous years this was held at Harlyn Primary School.)

19/06/1963

Dr Niall visited to carry out routine medical inspections

20/06/1963

Routine Dental Inspections

25/06/1963

Children in Class 1 (Year 6) and four teachers visited Bertram Mills Circus at Hayes End

01/07/1963

Examinations commence in all classes in the Junior Dept.

04/07/1963

The nurse visited – to carry out pre-medical inspection weight and height checks.

15/07/1963

Dr Niall visited to carry out routine medical inspections

17/07/1963

Dr Niall visited to carry out routine medical inspections

18/07/1963

Parents & friends invited to school 7 – 9:30 p.m.
(Presumably 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.  This is likely to have been the Junior Open Evening.  No corresponding Infant Open Afternoon was recorded – usually the day before the Junior one -but presumably took place.)

23/07/1963

Children in Classes 1 and 2 and four teachers attended an Orchestral Concert at The Granada, Harrow

25/07/1963

The audiometrician visited & tested 1st, 2nd, & 3rd year Junior children. (Years 3, 4 & 5)

         

 

 

Summer Holiday: 27/07/1963 – 09/09/1963

    

 

20/09/1963

The audiometrician visited to test the children in top class of the Infant Department (Year 2)

21/10/1963

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.)

      

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 26/10/1963 – 03/11/1963

    

 

05/11/1963

Rev P Rowe and Assistants visited to conduct the annual Diocesan Inspection

08/11/1963

Mr R Moor (Clarinet) and Mr J. Harper (Bassoon) visited to give a recital

11/11/1963

Children in Junior Department attended S. Martin’s Church 9:15, Patronal Festival (Feast of St Martin)

11/11/1963

The nurse visited in the afternoon
(Presumably to prepare for the Doctor’s visits beginning the follow day.

11/11/1963

Commence interviewing parents of children who are to be transferred to secondary schools in July next.
(Mr Jennings held interviews with parents of children who would transfer to secondary schools in July 1964 to support the school allocation process).

12/11/1963

Dr Niall visited to carry out routine medical inspections

13/11/1963

Mr Jennings interviewed parents of children in their final year in the afternoon

14/11/1963

Mr Jennings interviewed parents of children in their final year in the afternoon and the evening.

27/11/1963 -
28/11/1963

4th Year tests taken with top age group.  All teachers stay after school to mark scripts
(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.)

06/12/1963

Return marked scripts to Office
(These are the marked Fourth Year (Year 6) secondary selection test papers)

11/12/1963

AS2 forms; AS3 Cards & lists sent to Office
(These are the forms relating to the secondary school allocation process)

13/12/1963

The audiometrician visited to carry out hearing tests

16/12/1963

School Plays p.m.
(The Christmas plays prepared and performed by each of the Junior classes to the whole school.)

18/12/1963

Carol Service for children in the Infants Department held in St Martin’s Church 3 p.m.

20/12/1963

A Carol service was held in the school hall in the morning

   

 

 

Christmas Holidays: 21/12/1963 – 05/01/1964

 

 

First uploaded: 09 August 2016