The BWI Archives

1972 ~ 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: 18/12/1971 – 04/01/1972

       

 

13/01/1972

Mrs Miles visited to check children’s hair for nits and lice.

17/01/1972

A book exhibition was held in in hall provided by the Children’s Book Centre
(This was a commercial organisation that offered a range of books for display and sale.)

17/01/1972
19/01/1972

Interviews held with Fourth Year parents in the afternoon
(Mr Knowles held interviews with parents of children who would transfer to secondary schools in July 1972 to support the school allocation process.)

20/01/1972

Interviews held with Fourth Year parents in the afternoon and evening
(Mr Knowles held interviews with parents of children who would transfer to secondary schools in July 1972 to support the school allocation process.)

27/01/1972

Miss Hills (Deputy Head) gave a talk at Battle of Britain House on ‘Children’s Books’ to librarians.

01/02/1972

VR & Maths selection papers
(The selection tests for secondary school, Verbal Reasoning and Mathematics.)

02/02/1972

English selection paper
(The selection tests for secondary school.)

10/02/1972

Classes 4 & 5 visited the Museum of British Transport, Clapham

10/02/1972

Dental inspection

11/02/1972

Dental inspection

    

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 12/02/1972 – 16/02/1972

    

 

22/02/1972

One of the School Managers, Ian Grey, died

23/02/1972

Class 6 trip to Verulamium with Mrs Battersby, Mrs Morris and a student teacher

24/02/1972

A financial audit of the School’s accounts

24/02/1972

Five teachers from the USA visited the school in the afternoon.

25/02/1972

Father Toovey, Mr Hills & Mr Seymour visited school
(These were all school Managers, so presumably the visit related to some aspect of the school’s management.)

28/02/1972

2nd of Monday Lenten services with parents in school
(Ash Wednesday occurred during the half term holiday.  Mr Knowles continued and extended these events, different for Infants and Juniors, with the support of Fr Toovey and other St Martin’s clergy, and regularly recorded each service in the Log Book. There was no mention of the first – Junior - Lenten service of the 1972 series.)

28/02/1972

Funeral of Ian Grey – 5 staff attended service

28/02/1972

Illustrated talk on ‘West Africa’ by Mrs Gauss to Cl.1, 2, 3 from 3-4 p.m.
(Possibly a speaker booked through the Commonwealth Institute)

01/03/1972

Medical examinations for children who had recently joined the school.

02/03/1972

1st Infant Lenten Service with parents in school

06/03/1972

Mrs Jeffreys (Borough Children’s librarian) visited school to advise on reorganising of library

09/03/1972

Mr Marchant, Father Toovey, Mr Hills and myself discuss ‘catchment area’.
(A catchment area is a designated area around a school from which the children would automatically be drawn.  However, as a Voluntary Aided School, priority would always be given to admitting active members of the Church of England which would override any ‘catchment area’ – it would be interesting to understand the issues that was being discussed.)

10/03/1972

Miss Cargill (School meals) to discuss arrangements for ‘nourishing drink’ next term.
(The ‘nourishing drink’ was introduced - cf. 24 May 1972. Nothing further is known about this initiative.)

14/03/1972

Road Safety competition at Whitehealth
(This took the form of a quiz and became and an annual inter-school event)

15/03/1972

Routine medication inspections in the afternoon

15/03/1972

Open Evening 6-9 p.m. for all classes except Cl.6
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss progress mid-year.  Possibly the Class 6 teacher was unable to attend due to illness and had to reschedule.)

17/03/1972

Book check by borough librarians
(Many of the books kept in the School library and in classrooms were on loan from the Schools’ Library Service and needed occasional auditing.)

17/03/1972

Cheque for £16 sent to ‘Friends of St Martin’s’ on behalf of children & staff
(The source of this donation, probably a fund raising event of some type, was not identified.)

18/03/1972

30 Children and 2 staff attended Royal Festival Hall for an Ernest Read Memorial Concert.
(These were concerts for children, around an hour or so in length, which had originally been promoted by Ernest Read; they continued through to the late 1990s.)

18/03/1972

6-a-side soccer competition at Field End
(The annual Inter-schools tournament.)

22/03/1972

Routine medical inspections for 4th Year Juniors (Year 6) in the afternoon.

23/03/1972

Meeting p.m. of 17 new entrants & parents
(A new initiative introduced by Mr Knowles to familiarise new children and their parents prior to the children starting school.)

23/03/1972

Class 1 (Year 6) on nature trail to Ruislip Woods

24/03/1972

The Infant children when to St Martin’s Church at the end of the afternoon for a service related to the themes of Palm Sunday.

27/03/1972

Last of the Monday Lenten services

27/03/1972

Meeting of 4th Year parents of children going to Lyme Regis
(A meeting for parents of children in Year 6 to outline the residential school journey in the summer term.)

28/03/1972

Performance of ‘Aladdin’ given by class 4 to school & parents p.m.
(We have no more on this event, performed by children in Year 4)

29/03/1972

A communion service for children in the Juniors at the start of the morning
(Since there is no mention of location it was probably held in school.)

      

 

 

Easter Holiday: 30/03/1972 – 16/04/1972

       

 

17/04/1972

Head at central panel for selection appeals
(This probably related to considering borderline cases for Grammar Schools in the secondary selection process.)

17/04/1972

15 new entrants to Miss Steel’s class
(These would be ‘rising 5’ children – the school had no nursery section - who visited the school with their parents on 23 March)

23/04/1972

16 of the 4th Year confirmed
(This would have been at St Martin’s Church)

24/04/1972

Nourishing drink commenced being served to Juniors
(See above, 10 March 1972)

24/04/1972

Class 1 visited Ruislip Library

25/04/1972

The Junior children visited St Martin’s for a service on St Mark’s Day

25/04/1972

Road Safety competition v Bourne.  Lost 35-34
(The next round in the Borough Inter-Schools’ competition, see above 14 March 1972)

02/05/1972

Mr Knowles attended a service of Hallowing & Opening of the new St Andrew’s Church of England School, Uxbridge

03/05/1972

Individual & family photographs throughout school

06/05/1972

33 children & 4 staff to Lyme Regis for week
(The annual Year 6 residential school journey.  The reason for the low number on the trip – 55 had gone the previous year - is unknown.)

11/05/1972

Ascension Day.  Junior School Mass followed by holiday
(This follows the arrangement of previous years.)

13/05/1972

4th Year (Year 6) returned from Lyme Regis

13/05/1972

May Fayre – Pound Staff raised £29.10
(The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fair.)

20/05/1972

Parents v Girls netball
(The annual parents – girls friendly game.)

25/05/1972

Mrs Bates, Primary Adviser, visited school.

         

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 26/05/1972 – 04/06/1972

        

 

11/06/1972

Sponsored Walk at King’s College Playing Fields for St Martin’s Church Restoration Fund. Approximately 80 of our children walked a total of 427 miles.
(Cf. a dedicated page in the archives)

12/06/1972

Cycling Proficiency Course began on Junior playground for 12 9-10 year olds.

27/06/1972

3 staff & 48 4th Year children at Primary Schools’ Leavers’ Service at St Paul’s. 2:15 p.m.  Morning at Natural History Museum.
(This is the first record of the school attending a diocesan event for children who would be leaving their primary schools.  In 1972 the school took advantage of making the trip to St Pauls by
combining it with the Natural History Museum.)

28/06/1972

Head, Miss Hull & Miss Steele visited Reading, School of Reading, p.m.
(Miss Hull was Head of the Infant Department and Miss Steel appears to have been the teacher of the youngest children.  At this date the University of Reading had built up a reputation for work into children’s reading and maintained a wealth of material to support practicing teachers.)

05/07/1972

School Journey Evening – Parents & 4th Year 7:30 p.m.
(An annual follow-up from the Year 6 residential was a report on the trip from the children to their parents supported by slides and other relevant material.)

06/07/1972

1st Year trip to Zoo & Little Venice
(This would be 1st Year Junior, i.e. Year 3)

05/07/1972

Junior School Eucharist 9:15 a.m.  This was followed by service in school led by 4th Year.  Good support by parents.
(The description of this event is curious, was it two separate events, or a single service in which the Year 6 pupils played a significant role?  The latter seems the most likely.)

12/07/1972

Sponsored walk cheque for £165.48 presented to Father Toovey for Restoration Fund

13/07/1972

32 New entrants & Parents come to school for ‘pre-visit’
(A familiarisation event for new children and their parents prior to the children starting school.)

14/07/1972

End of year reports sent to parents

14/07/1972

Cycling Proficiency Test

15/07/1972

Head attended Hillingdon School of Music end of term concert – 6 pupils (from BWI) taking part

15/07/1972

PA Netball Team v Coteford p.m.
(This may have been a ‘friendly’ match played by parents of the two schools.)

17/07/1972

Routine medical inspections for 4th Year Juniors (Year 6) in the afternoon

17/07/1972

Extra-ordinary meeting of PA & Managers in School Hall re extra classroom & reorganisation
(This may have been the meeting at which the Parents Association decided to self-fund the new classroom eventually to be built on the Infant Playground.)

19/07/1972

Open Night for all classes 5:30 – 10 p.m.
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss end of year progress.)

23/07/1972

Parents v Boys Cricket Match 2.30 p.m.  Boys won by 1 wkt
(The annual friendly cricket match)

24/07/1972

Junior Sports Day 2 p.m.

25/07/1972

Choral Evening 7.30 p.m. Item sung & played to a packed hall of parents by choir, recorders, cello & violins

26/07/1972

4th Year (Year 6) leavers party 4-6 p.m.

27/07/1972

A staff event after school to make presentations to Mr Cottrell, Miss Hills & Miss Cooper who would be leaving at the end of term.

28/07/1972

An end of year service for parents and children at St Martin’s Church at the end of the afternoon.

28/07/1972

Mr J. Cottrell retired after 24 years 2 terms service at this school.
Miss P. Hills, who had been the Deputy Headteacher, left to become Headmistress of Cuckfield Church of England School.

   

 

 

Summer Holiday: 29/07/1972 – 11/09/1972

  

 

07/08/1972-
25/08/1972

During the summer holiday the school field was used by Youth Centre on Bury Street as play area for organised holiday activities for Borough children.

11/09/1972

9:15 Mass for Staff & Managers followed by coffee at school
(Mr Knowles introduced an annual service in church to which staff and School Managers were invited on the day before the start of the new school year.)

12/09/1972

(The first day of term and the school year)
Miss Hills having left at the end of the summer term Mrs Pocklington became the acting Deputy Head (pending a permanent appointment later in the term.)
Mrs Jones joined the staff, initially three mornings a week.  (She was to continue as a teacher at BWI through to her retirement in July 1994.)

18/09/1972

Routine medical inspection

18/09/1972

Miss Christian judged ‘Shell Competition’ fifty three entries.  8 prizes donated by P.A.

25/09/1972

Fire Drill.  Whole school evacuated in 80 secs.

25/09/1972

Commencement of ‘Teeth’ project in Cl.2
(Mr Gale, teacher of Class 2 – probably mixed Year 5 and Year 6 pupils – worked with the local health services to provide a course of work with care of teeth as its focus.  The programme was then reused for several years. The project was later reported in the local press. See the dedicated page in the archives)

26/09/1972

Mrs Miles, Health Officer, visited to carry out an inspection of hair to check for nits and louse.

26/09/1972

Mr Thomas, Road Safety Officer, came to arrange the next Cycling Proficiency course

27/09/1972

The audiometrician visited in the afternoon to test the hearing of the 2nd Year children
(These are probably Infants – Year 2)

29/09/1972

Cycling Proficiency Course began after school for 19 children on the Junior playground

06/10/1972

PA ‘Cheese & Wine’ in School Hall.
(A annual Parents’ Association’s social event)

09/10/1972

Parents of Jan & Easter entrants at School 3:30 p.m.
(A familiarisation event for new children and their parents prior to the children starting school.)

11/10/1972

2nd Toy Fayre raised £39.20
(The 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.)

12/10/1972

Visit from ‘Homeland Tours’ rep re School Journey
(Mr Knowles was considering the introduction of a French residential for Year 6.  This was to eventually take place for the first time in 1974)

13/10/1972

Class 5 visit to library

16/10/1972

Class 3 & 4 visit to library

18/10/1972

Communion service for the Juniors at the start of the morning; since the location is not identified, it was probably in school.

18/10/1972

Open Evening for whole school
(Teacher-Parent interviews to outline the work for the coming year.)

18/10/1972

Exhibition of fiction books in school hall
(Books provided by a Book Seller for purchase, to encourage both book ownership and reading.)

20/10/1972

Visit of Diocesan Religious Adviser, Rev Teale, for coffee & lunch. 
Fathers Toovey, Hayes & Porter plus Mr Hills & Mr Littler (Managers) present

(The inspections of previous years appear to have given way to professional discussions with the Head and Managers about the school, its work and its aspirations for the future.)

20/10/1972

Cl 2 visit to library

24/10/1972

Mrs Miles, Health Officer, visited to carry out an inspection of hair of children in Classes 5 & 6 for nits and louse.

24/10/1972

Mrs Miles, Health Officer, visited to carry out an inspection of hair of children in Classes 5 & 6 for nits and louse.

24/10/1972

Following interviews of five candidates Mrs Pocklington was appointed the school’s Deputy Headteacher

25/10/1972

Mr Pymm (architect) and Mr D Hills (Manager) visited school re painting of exterior

25/10/1972

Class 2 gave demonstration of work on ‘Teeth Project’ to parents 7 p.m. 
Chief Health Officer and Senior Dental Officer present.
(This is a follow up to the terms’ work, see above 25 September 1972)

26/10/1972

Class 2 repeated their talk on Teeth to the Juniors

27/10/1972

Class 2 repeated their talk on Teeth to the Infants

27/10/1972

End of Cycling Proficiency Course. Test

27/10/1972

Class 6 vist to library

27/10/1972

Miss Bellchamber visited school re clarinet & flute
(It would appear that the school was considering extending its provision peripatetic music teaching to include woodwind.)

    

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 28/10/1972 – 05/11/1972

    

 

07/11/1972

Parents & children of January intake visited school p.m.
(A familiarisation event for new children and their parents prior to the children starting school.)

08/11/1972

Mr Salter, National Savings visited school.
(A government backed scheme for encouraging children to save, it supported schools in setting up their own arrangements.)

09/11/1972

Mr Smith, Ecclesiastical Insurance, Survey of School

09/11/1972

PA meeting on Secondary Education with panel of Dr Bather and Mr Hulls to answer questions and talk about their schools.
(Mr Knowles did much to encourage the work of the Parents’ Association, including regular information evenings on a range of topics.)

11/11/1972

Matinmass Fayre - £30 from Pound Stall
(The annual St Martin’s fundraising Fayre, appears to have moved to the autumn. The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at this event
.)

11/11/1972

2nd Ernest Read Concert at Festival Hall visited by 18 children & 2 staff.
(These were concerts for children, around an hour or so in length, which had originally been promoted by Ernest Read; they continued through to the late 1990s.)

13/11/1972

Class 2 (mixed Year 5 & 6) visit to Natural History Museum

1311/1972

Miss Christian audited school fund accounts
(This would be funds raised by the school itself, not its public funds which would have been audited by the Local Authority.)

14/11/1972

Routine medical inspections in the afternoon

15/11/1972

The Parents' Association arranged a showing of a film on ‘Crime prevention’ in the evening

1511/1972

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

16/11/1972

1st Parents’ Assoc. evening of Badminton

20/11/1972

The school was close for a holiday to celebrate the Queen’s 25th Wedding Anniversary  

21/11/1972

Routine medical inspections in the afternoon

21/11/1972

Head at Newland Park College on panel of Heads answering questions by 1st Yr students
(Newland Park College was a College of Education for Teacher Training)

22/11/1972

Road Safety Officers talked to Juniors in the afternoon

23/11/1972

School closed after lunch owing to protest action by 7 staff of NUT
(There were a number of occasions where staff took industrial action seeking both better pay and conditions.)

28/11/1972

Routine medical inspections in the afternoon

28/11/1972

2 Malaysian lectures visited school to discuss recent Dental project with Mr Gale and head

29/11/1972

2nd, 3rd & 4th Year (these would be Juniors, Years 4, 5 & 6) children visited Winston Churchill Hall for morning performance of Hansel & Gretel

07/12/1972

Infant Nativity 6:30 p.m.
(Mr Knowles introduced a second performance of the annual Infant Nativity in the early evening.  See a dedicated page in the archive.)

08/12/1972

Classes 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 (all the infants and Year 3) attended Winston Churchill Hall for Beauty & the Beast.

08/12/1972

Miss Salman, NFER, visited school
(The National Foundation for Educational Research was and continues to be a major supplier of education related tests for children.  Its work not only covers the writing and production of tests but the necessary research to support the process.)

11/12/1972

Class 5 play to school & parents in the morning

11/12/1972

Junior Dress Rehearsal in the afternoon
(This is probably a play by the oldest pupils)

12/12/1972

Choir sang carols to two wards at Mt Vernon
(The choir was encouraged to make Christmas visits to Mount Vernon Hospital in Northwood and several local Homes.)

12/12/1972

Mrs Miles, Health Officer, visited to carry out an inspection of hair for nits and louse.

12/12/1972

Parties for Class 3,4,5 in the afternoon

12/12/1972 -
13/12/1972

‘Xmas Miscellany’ in the evening – a Christmas concert by Junior children to their parents

13/12/1972

Class 4 play to school & parents

13/12/1972

Parties for Classes 6, 7, 8, 9

14/12/1972

Class 3 play

14/12/1972

Class 1 & 2 parties

14/12/1972

Xmas Dinner – Managers & priests were guests of staff
(An annual Christmas lunch for staff to which School Managers and St Martin’s clergy were also invited.)

15/12/1972

A Carol Service for all the school at St Martin’s Church in the morning

15/12/1972

Choir sang carols at Wallace House 11 a.m.
(see above 12 December)

15/12/1972

Cheques for £30 sent to C of E Children’s Society and £20 to Cystic Fibrosis – donations by parents at our Xmas presentations

    

 

 

Christmas Holiday: 15/12/1972 – 02/01/1973

      

 

First uploaded: 17 August 2016