The BWI Archives

1969 ~ 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: 21/12/1968 – 07/01/1969

   

 

14/01/1969 -
17/01/1969

Interview parents of children who will be leaving school in July. 
All parents interviewed and their wishes noted.
(Mr Jennings held interviews with parents of children who would transfer to secondary schools in July 1969 to support the school allocation process.)

17/01/1969

Headmaster & wife attend party at Fulham Palace through invitation of the Bishop of London
(Fulham Palace was the London home of the Bishop of London until 1975)

20/01/1969

Mrs R. Stevens, 1st Year student from Newlands Park Training College attends for two days observation.
(Mrs Stevens later joined the school staff in September 1970, retiring in July 1994.)

20/01/1969

Routine medical inspections in the afternoon

29/01/1969

Lecturer from Commonwealth Institute visited & gave two talks on Kenya

04/02/1969 -
05/02/1969

Fourth Year (Year 6) tests taken.  Verbal Reasoning, Mathematics & English
(The selection tests for secondary school.)

10/02/1969

Half yearly examinations in Junior Dept.
(Internal tests to measure progress.)

14/02/1969

The nurse visited to carry out vision checks

    

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 15/02/1969 – 19/02/1969

    

 

20/02/1969

The dentist visited for a general inspection

21/02/1969

The Junior children went to S Martin’s Church for a service at the start of the morning.

23/02/1969

School reports sent to parents

26/02/1969

Representatives of Builders & Architects of the school visited to discuss various items which had not been completed.

26/02/1969

Routine medical checks in the afternoon

27/02/1969

Open evening for Parents & friends 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
(Notwithstanding the inclusion of the phrase ‘& friends’ which might imply a display-type evening, this was almost certainly Teacher-parent interviews to discuss progress mid-year)

03/03/1969

Meeting of Panel of Head Teachers regarding selection of children to secondary schools. Meetings took place each morning from 3rd to 6th inclusive.
(This probably related to considering borderline cases for Grammar Schools in the secondary selection process.)

04/03/1969

The nurse visited in the afternoon to prepare for the Doctor’s routine medical inspections.

07/03/1969

A group of staff from the architects and building branch of the department of education and science, accompanied by Mr Gibbs, visited the school.

12/03/1969

Dr Elias visited to carry out routine medical inspections

13/03/1969

Groups of Junior children visited Ruislip library.

13/03/1969

Infant children went to the Winston Churchill Hall, Ruislip, to see production of Sleeping Beauty and Rumpelstiltskin.

17/03/1969

The nurse visited in the afternoon to prepare for the Doctor’s routine medical inspections.

19/03/1969

Classes 2 & 3 present plays to parents in the afternoon.

20/03/1969

Class 4 visit ROSPA House
(Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. The Society no longer maintains a property in the London area.)

26/03/1969

Routine medical inspections in the afternoon

27/03/1969

Headmaster attends meeting of members of the Central Panel re selection
(This probably related to considering borderline cases for Grammar Schools in the secondary selection process.)

01/04/1969

The children went to St Martin’s Church in the morning for an end of term Service.

02/04/1969

Headmaster attended the funeral of a pupil, Paul Hornibrook, in the Baptist Church

02/04/1969

Sergeant Ropperell & Wembley Police Team visit to give talks to children on Road Safety.

    

 

 

Easter Holiday: 04/04/1969 – 14/04/1969

    

 

24/04/1969

25/04/1969

Headmaster arranged meetings of parents to see the film ‘The Making of a School’ by Mr G Tanner.  This is an excellent film produced by Mr Tanner on the building of this school.
(Links to this film can be found on the 1968 ‘Move to Southcote Rise’ page.)

29/04/1969

Mr Napier and four students from the London College of Divinity visit school each morning this week for Teaching Practice.
(This was the London College of Divinity in Northwood: the School had accepted visits from students at the college in 1966 and 1967.  In 1970 The College moved to Nottingham and is now known as St John's School of Mission. The College was largely focused on preparing Anglicans for ordination)

29/04/1969

Class 3 visited the Planetarium

03/05/1969

The School took part in the inter-schools six-a-side Football competition.

12/05/1969

The nurse visited to prepare for the routine medical inspections.

13/05/1969

The audiometrician visited and tested the hearing of children in fourth year age groups (presumably Year 6)

14/05/1969

Dr Malmberg visited to carry out routine medical inspections

15/05/1969

The School was closed for Ascension Day.  As usual the Junior children were expected to attend the service at St Martin’s Church at the start of the morning.

17/05/1969

St Martin’s May Fair held in school.
(The annual St Martin’s Church fundraising Fair)

20/05/1969

Class 4 visited Greenwich

   

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 23/05/1969 – 01/06/1969

   

 

03/06/1969

Class 2 visited Greenwich

04/06/1969

Groups of children visit the local library to introduce them to how to use the library and its facilities.

05/06/1969

Mr D. A. Gohl, Deputy Chief Education Officer, paid an official visit to the school.

11/06/1969

Groups of children visit the local library to introduce them to how to use the library and its facilities.

12/06/1969

Class 6 visited the London Zoo

13/06/1969

Miss Hills, Miss Hall, Mrs Pocklington take party of 23 girls on a long week end visit to Stone Street, near Sevenoaks. Party returns Monday afternoon.
(This is the first mention of a residential trip by the school.  For this first year the boys and girls went at different times.)

16/06/1969

The nurse visited to carry out vision testing

17/06/1969

Mrs May, Borough Organiser (Adviser) for needlework visited.

20/06/1969

Miss Hills, Mr Cottrell Mrs Mortimore take party of 20 boys on a long week end visit to Stone Street, near Sevenoaks.  / Party returns Monday afternoon.

23/06/1969

The audiometrician visited in the morning

01/07/1969

Class 1 visited St Albans & Verulamium

03/07/1969

Mrs Lemmings & Miss Mitchelhill visit.
(Both retired teachers, each having had a long association with the school, no doubt wanted to visit to see the new building.)

04/07/1969

School reports sent to parents

04/07/1969

Routine medical examinations in the afternoon

08/07/1969

Mrs Bates, Borough Organiser (Adviser) addressed a meeting of parents on ‘Modern aspects in education’

10/07/1969

Open Evening for parents & friends 6:30 – 9: 30 p.m.
(As with the 27nd February, this was almost certainly Teacher-parent interviews to discuss progress.)

13/07/1969

Fathers v School cricket match
(This is the first mention of an annual friendly match between pupils and their parents.)

15/07/1969

There was a party for the children who would leave at the end of the term (Year 6)

18/07/1969

The children went to St Martin’s Church in the morning for an end of term service.

   

 

 

Summer Holiday: 19/07/1969 – 08/09/1969

    

 

10/09/1969

(Mr Jennings made a note of the school pupil numbers at the start of the new school year: )
Admitted 39 new entrants
The number on roll 333; 109 Infants; 224 Juniors

11/09/1969

A visiting theatre group, The Globe Players, presented a modern version of Cinderella.

15/09/1969

Mr Stephenson, Borough Organiser (Adviser) for Music visited to discuss introduction of instruction in Violin ‘Cello.

16/09/1969

Mr Stephenson visited & auditioned children interested in learning to play Violin or ‘Cello.

19/09/1969

Mrs Holder, 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.  There were no records in the previous year, though earlier these had been termly.)

22/09/1969

Miss D Christian, School Manager, visited.

06/10/1969

Mrs Oakley & Mrs Juggins commence Violin – Cello lessons p.m.  These lessons will now take place every Monday afternoon.
(The school had been assigned two peripatetic instrumental teachers following Mr Stephenson’s visits earlier in the term.)

14/10/1969

Routine medical inspections in the afternoon

16/10/1969

Mr Gray, Borough Organiser (Adviser) for PE visited and gave demonstration lesson.
(A follow-up visit to the work Mr Gray had done soon after the school’s move to the Southcote Rise site.)

16/10/1969

The dentist visited for a routine inspection

21/10/1969

Mr Irwin, Headmaster of West Drayton Primary School visited.

22/10/1969

Open evening for parents.  This is a new venture & will be discussed at the next staff meeting.
(The wording of this comment is curious.  In what way was the evening ‘a new venture’?  Previously there had only been open evenings mid year and at the end of the summer term.  Was an evening at the start of the academic year the novel feature?)

    

 

 

Half Term: 25/10/1969 – 02/11/1969

   

 

11/11/1969

The Junior children visited St Martin’s Church in the morning for a service.

12/11/1969

Visit from Road Safety Officers in the afternoon.

18/11/1969

Miss Hills visit Open Plan & Integrated Day school in East London
(As noted in relation to the entry for 6th November 1968, the Southcote Rise building was designed with the possibility of being ‘open plan’, an educational arrangement that was ultimately not followed through.)

18/11/1969

The audiometrician tests the hearing of children born in 1963/64

19/11/1969

Routine medical inspections in the afternoon.

21/11/1969

Mr Sabin, Deputy Officer pays Official visit to the school. Discussion re admissions.

25/11/1969

All the staff with the exception of Mr Wilson withdrew their labour for the morning session only.
(This is the first mention of industrial action by staff, something that was to feature significantly in the 1970’s as teachers sought and eventually gained appropriate pay for their professional work.)

25/11/1969

Class 1 visited the Mermaid Theatre to see a Science based presentation on Light

25/11/1969

Managers Meeting with Mr Sabin 8 p.m.

15/12/1969

Dress rehearsal for the Infant Nativity Play

16/12/1969

Dress rehearsal for a Play produced by Miss Hills
(This may have been the first play by the Year 6 children to be produced.)

16/12/1969

Infants present Nativity Play to parents.

17/12/1969

An Infants Christmas Party in the afternoon

17/12/1969

Juniors present their Christmas play to parents in the evening

19/12/1969

A Carol Service was held in school with parents invited.

   

 

 

Christmas Holiday: 20/12/1969 – 05/01/1970

      

 

First uploaded: 12 August 2016