The BWI Archives

1971 ~ 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: 19/12/1970 – 06/01/1971

 

 

07/01/1971

Meeting of Head Teachers at Charville Inft School 2:30 pm. –
Discussion re selection procedure.
(The discussion may have been about proposed changes to the selection procedure - allowing parents to opt out of their child sitting the 11+ selection tests, especially if they felt they were unlikely to gain a grammar school place. See the entry for 18-21 January.)

18/01/1971-
21/01/1971

Headmaster interviews parents of children due for selection for secondary schools.  As a result of these interviews 20 parents opted out of the selection procedure.
(Mr Jennings held interviews with parents of children who would transfer to secondary schools in July 1971 to support the school allocation process.)

28/01/1971

Classes 2 & 3 presented plays to parents in the evening, preceded by music played by the Recorder Group

02/02/1971-
03/02/1971

Fourth Year Tests
(The selection tests for secondary school, as identified in 1969 these comprised English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning.)

09/02/1971

Class 3 visited the London Planetarium and the Victoria & Albert Museum

11/02/1971

A dental inspection for all children

12/02/1971

The school nurse visited to carry out vision tests

17/02/1971

Meeting of Head Teachers with Chairmen of Panels dealing with selection procedure.  Held at Hermitage School 3 p.m.
(This probably related to considering borderline cases for Grammar Schools in the secondary selection process.)

    

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 20/02/1971 – 24/02/1971

     

 

01/03/1971-
03/03/1971

Headmaster attended meetings of Panel considering selection of children for secondary schools. 
(This probably related to considering borderline cases for Grammar Schools in the secondary selection process.)

05/03/1971

Reports sent to parents
(Mid-year written reports)

10/03/1971

Open evening for parents and friends
(Notwithstanding the inclusion of the phrase ‘and friends’ these are probably Teacher-parent interviews to discuss progress mid-year)

15/03/1971

The nurse visited to prepare for routine medical inspections

15/03/1971

Meeting with parents of children who will be going to Glasbury-on-Wye in May.
(A preparation meeting for parents for the residential school journey for Year 6 in May.)

23/03/1971

Dr Jennings visited for routine medical examinations

27/03/1971

Managers Meeting 10.30 a.m. to choose Short List for post of Headmaster
(Mr Jennings had handed in his resignation and the Managers were now preparing to select his successor.)

27/03/1971

Mothers versus Girls’ Net-ball Matches 2 p.m.
(Following the boys v fathers cricket matches of the previous two years, this was a similar event for the girls and their mothers.)

29/03/1971

12 children attend at Uxbridge Central Hall for Violin & ‘Cello examinations
(Instrumental teaching had been introduced in October 1969.  This would be the first instrumental examinations for BWI pupils.)

30/03/1971

Dr Jennings visited in the afternoon to carry out routine medical examinations

31/03/1971

Class 1 visited local library in the afternoon

31/03/1971

Meeting of Parents of children who will be going for a week’s education visit to Glasbury-on-Wye
(Mr Jennings made two entries for this meeting - 15 and 31 March – one probably in error.)

01/04/1971

Headmaster attended meeting at Uxbridge of Central Panel dealing with borderline cases in selection for secondary education

03/04/1971

Boys take part in Inter-Schools six-a-side football competition.

07/04/1971

The Junior children visited St Martin’s Church for a service at the beginning of the morning.

     

 

 

Easter Holiday: 08/4/1971 – 25/04/1971

      

 

25/04/1971

Yesterday 25 children from this school were confirmed by the Bishop of Willesden. 

25/04/1971

At 4 p.m. the Managers interviewed Candidates for the post of Headmaster
Successful applicant was Mr D Knowles from Leeds.
(Mr Jennings entry marking the appointment of Dennis Knowles as his successor.)

03/05/1971

The doctor visited to carry out routine medical examinations

04/05/1971

The nurse visited to carry out vision testing

11/05/1971

Mrs P. Toovey commenced as Part Time Supply Teacher for three mornings per weeks.
(Mrs Toovey, wife of the Vicar, began her long association with the school that was to continue until her retirement in the mid-1990s.)

14/05/1971

During the week children have been bringing gifts for the May Fair.  All these were taken to the church hall in the afternoon.
(The annual St Martin’s fund raising Fair.)

15/05/1971

55 children accompanied by Miss Hills, Miss Hall, Mrs Pocklington and Mr Cottrell go to Glasbury-on-Wye
(A residential school journey for children in Year 6.)

15/05/1971

Other teachers help to raise £32 on the school stall at the May Fair.
(The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fair, ‘other’ since four staff were taking part in the residential school trip.)

20/05/1971

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.

22/05/1971

Fourth Year (Year 6) children & staff return from Glasbury

     

 

 

Whitsuntide Holdiay: 28/05/1971 – 06/06/1971

    

 

08/06/1971

Police Road Safety Team give demonstration on the Junior playground in the afternoon.

10/06/1971

Class 6 (Year 3) visit Little Venice & London Zoo.

11/06/1971

Class 3 (Year 5) visit Hampton Court

22/06/1971

The nurse visited to measure weight and height and carry out vision testing prior to routine medical examinations.

23/06/1971

Dr Jennings visited to carry out routine medical examinations

25/06/1971

Classes 4 & 5 visited the British Museum

01/07/1971

Children of 4th Year (Year 6) show slides and tell parents, managers and friends of their visit to Glasbury-on-Wye.  A most successful evening

02/07/1971

Yearly Reports sent to parents
(End of year written reports on children’s progress.)

06/07/1971

Class 2 visited Woburn Abbey

07/07/1971

Open evening for parents 6-9 p.m.
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss progress)

14/07/1971

Meeting of Managers, staff & personal friends of the Headmaster.  Presentation to the Headmaster on his retirement.
(The first of a series of ‘farewell’ events marking Mr Jennings’ retirement.)

15/07/1971

Bishop of Willesden visited – conducted morning assembly and inspected the school

16/07/1971

A sports day was held for Junior children in the afternoon

18/07/1971

Cricket match between boys and fathers.
(The annual friendly match.)

19/07/1971

Mr D Knowles, Headmaster designate, visited and together with Father Toovey, we discussed organisation for September. 

19/07/1971

Children who had been learning to play Violin & ‘Cello gave a concert in the afternoon

20/07/1971

Class 1 (Year 6) presented their French Plays in the afternoon

20/07/1971

A party for children who were leaving school (Year 6) took place after school

21/07/1971

Meeting of Parents at 8 p.m.
Presentation to Headmaster on his retirement.

22/07/1971

Staff invited Mr & Mrs Jennings to meet them at 4:15 pm
– Presentation to Mr & Mrs Jennings.

23/07/1971

Junior School attended service in St Martin’s church at 9:30 a.m.
This service was tape-recorded and / presented to Headmaster as a memento of his last school service.

11:30 a.m. Old scholars met to make presentation to Headmaster.

2 p.m. Children present Headmaster with typewriter, stainless steel spade & cheque

23/07/1971

I Reginald Henry Jennings retire as Headmaster of this school after 14 years service.

(Mr Jennings last entry in the Log Book)

    

 

 

Summer Holiday: 24/07/1971 – 13/09/1971

   

 

14/09/1971

I, Dennis Edward Knowles, commenced duties as Headmaster

(Mr Knowles first entry in the Log Book)

27/09/1971

Her Majesty’s Inspector, Miss Rayment, visited the school in the afternoon
(This was presumably to introduce herself to the new Headmaster.)

28/09/1971

Miss Gawthorpe (Pastoral Adviser) visited.

15/10/1971

Bristol Consort Quartet gave a 40 minute concert to the 3rd and 4th Year Juniors (Years 5 and 6)

20/10/1971

Toy Fayre 3:30 p.m. in school. £50+ raised.
(Mr Knowles introduced an annual Toy Fayre where children donated toys they no longer wanted or had outgrown; other children could then purchase these with the proceeds supporting various school activities.)

   

 

 

Half Term 21/10/1971 – 31/10/1971

     

 

01/11/1971

10 Stockroom doors had been re-hung during ½ term.
(Mr Knowles made a habit of recording significant premises related works that took place over holiday periods.  It would seem that the stockrooms in each classroom opened in the wrong direction creating a potential safety issue.)

10/11/1971

Open Evening for parents to meet teachers
(Prior to this, there is only one mention of an autumn term Teacher-Parent evening  - 22 October 1969 – where it was described as ‘a new venture and will be discussed at the next staff meeting’.  Mr Knowles clearly felt that these meetings early in the school year were important.)

11/11/1971

Class 7 opening evening
(The occurrence of a separate evening for Class 7 suggests the class teacher had been unable to be present on the 10th possibly due to a significant prior engagement.)

11/11/1971

The Junior children visited St Martin’s Church at the start of the morning for a service marking St Martin’s Day

12/11/1971

2nd, 3rd & 4th Year (Junior, i.e. Years 4, 5 and 6) visited Winston Churchill Hall to see a programme of Ballets.

22/11/1971

Miss Cunningham of the C of E Children’s Society gave a 20 min slide & talk to the Infants, followed by the Juniors.
(No doubt to introduce a charity fund raising event.  Mr Knowles strongly supported the children actively raising money for charities.)

23/11/1971

Green Code Safety demonstration given by Police to the Infants.

23/11/1971

Mr Coleman (School Manager) visited and toured the classes.

26/11/1971

Mr Asquith (parent) visited in the afternoon and gave a slide-illustrated lecture to Classes 2 & 4 on Iceland.
(The choice of classes possibly reflects Mr Asquith having his children in these two classes.)

06/12/1971

Notification from British Legion that our contribution from children as £10-60 plus the wreath from the staff.
(Money raised for the annual ‘poppy’ appeal.)

07/12/1971

Mr Bunker (staffing) visited p.m.
(At this date although Managers made appointments to the school, the Local Education Authority was in firm control of the number and grading of staff that might be employed and when supply staff might be called upon.)

09/12/1971

Infant Nativity in School Hall 6:30 p.m.  Very successful.  Over £10 silver collection.

10/12/1971

Toys collected for International Help for Children
(This continued Mr Jennings’ initiative of previous years.)

13/12/1971

Class 4 Party
(While an Infant Christmas party featured in previous years, this is the first mention of parties for the Juniors.  These were held as individual class parties and had to take place over several days.)

13/12/1971

Junior Nativity dress rehearsal
(It seems that the practice of each Junior class producing a Christmas play had stopped in 1969 with the introduction of a Junior – Year 6 – play.  There was no record of a Junior Christmas play in 1970. In 1971 it seems that the Junior play  - involving Years 5 & 6 - was reintroduced.)

14/12/1971

The Infant children had a Carol Service in St Martin’s Church at the end of the afternoon.

14/12/1971

Classes 5 & 6 parties

14/12/1971

Junior Nativity 7:30 – classes 1, 2, 3
(See above, 13 December)

15/12/1971

Xmas Dinner
(Mr Knowles introduced as an annual event a Christmas lunch for staff to which School Managers and St Martin’s clergy were also invited.  The scope of this first event is not identified.)

15/12/1971

Mr Wilson’s farewell lunch – 24 guests

15/12/1971

Infants’ Party with Father Christmas

16/12/1971

Classes 1, 2, 3 Parties

16/12/1971

£30.50 sent to Church of England Children’s Homes – donations from Infant Carol Service, Infant Nativity & Junior Nativity.
(Mr Knowles was to record regularly the end of term donations to charities.)

17/12/1971

A Carol Service was held for Junior children in the morning
(This was probably in school as a visit to St Martin’s Church is not mentioned.)

17/12/1971

Mr C. Wilson retired after 18 years’ service

    

 

 

Christmas Holiday: 18/12/1971 – 04/01/1972

      

 

First uploaded: 14 August 2016