The BWI Archives

1965 ~ 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: 19/12/1964 – 04/01/1965

  

 

14/01/1965

Headmaster attends Education Office 9:30 a.m. Discussion on Border Line Cases
(This related to children who had taken the previous autumn’s 11+ examinations for grammar school but whose scores were just below the threshold.  Discussions would have focused on a child’s potential to cope with the demands of a grammar school curriculum and pace.)

19/01/1965

Dr Niall visited to carry out routine medical inspections

21/01/1965

Films shown by representative of Cadbury Bros

26/01/1965

The nurse visited to prepare for the following week’s routine medical inspections

02/02/1965

Dr Niall visited to carry out routine medical inspections

04/02/1965

The linked HMI (Her Majesty’s Inspector of School) Miss Raymont visited.  Mr Jennings noted that they discussed general organisational issues.
(Almost certainly these would have been in relation to the size of the school and the significant levels of overcrowding.)

08/02/1965

Dr Niall visited to carry out routine medical inspections

09/02/1965

The audiometrician visited to test the hearing of 3rd & 4th Year (Years 5 & 6) of the Junior children.

09/02/1965

Mrs Sinclaire, teacher in charge of remedial class, visits
(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: 15/02/1965 – 17/02/1965

   

 

22/02/1965

Half Yearly examinations commence
(Internal tests to monitor pupils’ progress; possibly limited to Junior children.)

23/02/1965

Talk given to Junior School by Mr Barclay, representative organiser of International Help for Children
(Possibly in relation to a fund raising activity, though such activity is not mentioned later in the term.)

25/02/1965

Mrs Lemmings and 12 children attend swimming baths Heats of Swimming Gala
(The first mention of children from BWI participating in an Inter-Schools Swimming Gala.)

26/02/1965

Secondary Schools’ Music Festival – St Nicholas Grammar School
(The relevance of noting this in the Log Book is obscure)

03/03/1965

Ash Wednesday – Children Junior children attended a service in St Martin’s Church in the morning.

09/03/1965

(For a number of years Mr Jennings was deeply involved with the promotion of Primary music in the Ruislip - Northwood area.  On the 9th) the Headmaster visited Lady Bankes School in the morning and Bourne School in the afternoon to take group rehearsals for the forthcoming Primary Schools’ Music Festival.

09/03/1965

Parents & friends visit school 7 – 9:30 p.m.
(Despite the inclusion of the phrase ‘& friends’ – which in the past suggested a form of ‘open’ or ‘display’ evening - this was probably a parent-teacher discussion to consider individual pupil progress, following the results of the Half Yearly tests identified above, and may have been limited to Juniors.)

10/03/1965

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

11/03/1965

Miss Tomes accompanies 21 children to Whiteheath School for a group rehearsal for the Primary Schools’ Music Festival in the afternoon.

16/03/1965

Dr Niall visited to carry out routine medical inspections

23/03/1965

Miss Tomes accompanied 21 children to Bourne Secondary School in the afternoon for a full rehearsal for Primary Schools’ Music Festival

24/03/1965

83 children and four teachers attended a concert given by London Symphony Orchestra at the Granada Cinema, Harrow

26/03/1965

The school choir was part of the 18th Primary Schools’ Music Festival held at Bourne Secondary School in the evening.

31/03/1965

This is the last day on which Education Services will be administered by the Middlesex County Council through the Divisional Education Committee.

01/04/1965

Today we become part of the new Greater London Borough of Hillingdon.  Miss C. A. Pratt becomes Chief Education Officer of the Borough of Hillingdon

   

 

 

Easter Holidays: 10/04/1965 – 26/04/1965

   

 

03/05/1965

The doctor carries out routine medical examination in the afternoon

10/05/1965

The doctor carries out routine medical examination in the afternoon

16/05/1965

Several children from Class 1 (Year 6) attended for confirmation at St Martin’s Church Ruislip

27/05/1965

The School was closed for Ascension Day.  Mr Jennings notes that there was the usual service in St Martine’s Church at the beginning of the morning. 
(Junior children were probably expected to attend this service.)

01/06/1965

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

02/06/1965

World Children’s Day – A special service was held.
(This became a feature of the annual events for several years.)

02/06/1965

There was a rehearsal for Folk Dance Festival held at Whiteheath School in the afternoon. 

   

 

 

Whitsuntide Holiday 04/06/1965 – 13/06/1965

    

 

14/06/1965

The doctor carried out routine medical examination in the afternoon

22/06/1965

The School was closed to commemorate the 750th Anniversary of Magna Carta and the 700th of Parliament.

23/06/1965

A number of children (probably girls from Classes 1 & 2, Years 5 & 6) took part in the area Folk Dance Festival held at Whiteheath School.

28/06/1965

Exams Commence
(Internal end-of-year progress tests)

03/07/1965

School Sports held at Kings College Playing Fields
(It is uncertain whether these were Inter-school sports or the school’s own internal sports.)

06/07/1965

Miss Hurst – advisor on Primary Schools visited

12/07/1965

School reports sent to Parents
(This is the first record in the Log Book of an end of year written report being given to parents.)

13/07/1965

Country Dance Party for children leaving at the end of term (Year 6)

15/07/1965

Open Evening for parents 7-9:30 p.m.
(The phrase ‘& friends’ found in previous references to Open Evenings in the Log Book has been dropped; almost certainly therefore a parent-teacher discussion to consider individual pupil progress over the year.)

20/07/1965

The doctor carried out routine medical examination in the afternoon

20/07/1965

A party for children who will be leaving (Year 6) was held

   

 

 

Summer Holiday: 24/07/1965 – 06/09/1965

   

 

06/09/1965

Write to Miss C Pratt, Chief Education Officer re Accommodation
(This begins a series of references that was to lead to the move to new premises on Southcote Rise in 1968.)

13/09/1965

Miss C A Pratt, Chief Education Officer, visited and met all staff and children.

20/09/1965

Mr Jennings attended a Headteachers’ meeting at Field End School where two films on the teaching of mathematics were shown.

21/09/1965

The doctor carried out routine medical examination in the afternoon

25/09/1965

Mr Jennings attended a Day Conference at Queensmead School on Comprehensive Education.
(This is the first mention of developments that were to eventually lead to the Local Authority introducing Comprehensive education throughout all its secondary school.)

06/10/1965

Headteacher attends meeting convened by Miss C.A. Pratt to meet Managers re New School.

07/10/1965

Headteacher attends 1 day course on Tape Recorder at Field End Junior School.
(Tape recorders were to become a valuable resource in schools over the next two decades, particularly replacing gramophone records for the teaching of Primary French and providing opportunities for musical appreciation.)

11/10/1965

The annual Diocesan inspection

22/10/1965

The Junior children attended church in the morning.

   

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 29/10/1965 – 07/11/1965

    

 

11/11/1965

The Junior children attended St Martin’s church for its Patronal Festival

16/11/1965

The doctor carried out routine medical examination in the afternoon

18/11/1965

Dental Inspection

23/11/1965

The doctor carried out routine medical examination

25/11/1965

We have today received the sad news that Mrs M Jones (nee Tomes) died after the serious illness.
(The death of a pupil or of a member of staff always hits a school very hard.  Miss M. E. Tomes had joined the school staff in January 1958. She was frequently mentioned in the Log Books in relation to visits off site or other school activities.  At some point between 1958 and 1961 she married, becoming Mrs Jones, though Mr Jennings frequently lapsed into using her maiden name in the Log Book.  On the 8th September 1965 Mr Jennings noted in the Log Book “We have received news that Mrs Jones (née Tomes) is to undergo a major operation. She is now at her home in Cardiff.  Just before the autumn term half term (28th October) he noted “It is with regret that we have learned that Mrs M Jones (née Tomes) is seriously ill after a major operation”)

29/11/1965

The doctor carried out routine medical examination in the afternoon

06/12/1965

The doctor carried out routine medical examination

07/12/1965

Parents – Managers & Friends meet to make presentation ot Miss M.E. Mitchelhill on her retirement at the end of the term.

17/12/1965

Today Miss M. Mitchelhill retires after (blank) years  service to this school.
(The school’s second extant Log Book shows that Miss Mitchelhill joined the staff on 2nd December 1938, thus retiring after 27 years at the school.)

    

 

 

Christmas Holiday: 18/12/1965 – 04/01/1966

      

 

First uploaded: 10 August 2016