The BWI Archives

1973 ~ 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: 15/12/1972 – 02/01/1973

         

 

27/12/1972-
02/01/1973

School used for a music course

04/01/1973

ES2 Forms & Borough & Diocesan Booklets issued to 4th Year children.
(Administrative documents relating to the Secondary Transfer process)

10/01/1973

PA Extraordinary General Meeting 8 p.m.
(The purpose of the Parents’ Association meeting is unknown; it might have related to the building of the additional classroom.)

11/01/1973 -
12/01/1973

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 1973 to support the school allocation process.)

13/01/1973

Head interviewing for Welfare Assistant at Office.  Mrs M. Griffiths appointed wef 1/2/73
(Mrs Maureen Griffiths was to continue as the school’s welfare Assistant until her retirement in 1994)

13/01/1973
16/01/1973
17/01/1973

Interviews held with Fourth Year parents in the evening
(Mr Knowles held interviews with parents of children who would transfer to secondary schools in July 1973 to support the school allocation process.)

16/01/1973

1st Evening of School Orchestra 4-5 p.m.
(The school now had sufficient pupils learning a variety of instruments to start an orchestra as an after-school activity.)

23/01/1973

Mr Pimm visited school re-bowing of hall windows.

25/01/1973

Mr Pimm & Mr Try’s rep. visited school re hall windows

26/01/1973

A film on the Green X Code (safe crossing of the road) shown to Infants & Juniors

30/01/1973

1st Paper of 4th Year selection
(The selection tests - English, mathematics and Verbal Reasoning - for secondary school.)

31/01/1973

Mrs Morris retired after 13 years as Welfare Assistant

31/01/1973

2nd Paper of 4th Year selection

01/02/1973

Mrs M. Griffiths commenced duties as Welfare Assistant

01/02/1973

3rd Paper of secondary selection

03/02/1973

Dads v School Soccer Team 10:15.  School won 5-4
(The first ‘friendly’ parents versus pupils football match)

06/02/1973

Fire Drill.  School emptied in 70 secs

08/02/1973

Delivery of marked scripts and record cards for 4th Year children to the Office
(The secondary selection tests and various administrative documents)

13/02/1973

Routine medical inspections in the afternoon

13/02/1973

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

15/02/1973

Mr Byron, Treasurer of St Martin’s Parochial Church Council visited school

16/02/1973

A letter was sent to parents re closure of school after half-term owing to an NUT strike
(There were a number of occasions where staff took industrial action to better both pay and conditions.)

    

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 17/-2/1973 – 25/02/1973

   

 

26/02/1973

Head at Panel meeting in the morning
(This probably related to considering borderline cases for Grammar Schools in the secondary selection process.)

27/02/1973

School closed for 3 days owing to withdrawal of labour by NUT members of staff
(see 16th February)

27/02/1973

Head at Panel meeting in the morning

28/02/1973

Meeting at school of Diocesan Rep. Borough Rep. Father Toovey, Mr Hills & self on new classroom
(Plans were moving ahead with a scheme to build a new classroom on the Infant Playground.)

02/03/1973

School reopened after 3 day closure
(see 27th September)

05/03/1973

Routine medical inspections in the afternoon

06/03/1973

A check of Junior children’s hair for nits and lice.

07/03/1973

Junior children went to St Martin’s Church at the start of the morning for an Ash Wednesday service.

07/03/1973

Head at meeting re-admission of rising 5’s p.m.
(This probably related to a proposal to admit children a term earlier than previously.)

08/03/1973

Performance in the afternoon by a visiting group ‘Dance for Everyone’ to the Juniors.

09/03/1973

1st Lenten service for Infant children in school at the start of the morning with parents invited.

12/03/1973

1st Lenten service for Junior children in school at the start of the morning with parents invited.

13/03/1973

Head at Panel meeting in the morning

13/03/1973 -
14/03/1973

Open evening 6-9 p.m.
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss mid-year progress.  This was now extended to two evenings.)

16/03/1973

2nd Lenten service for Infant children in school at the start of the morning

19/03/1973

2nd Lenten service for Junior children

19/03/1973

The audiometrician visited in the morning to carry out hearing tests for children born in the school year 1966-67 (Year 2)

20/03/1973

Road Safety competition against Whitehealth BWI won
(This annual inter-school event took the form of a quiz)

21/03/1973

School closed by NUT members withdrawing service

22/03/1973

Hillingdon Music Group gave 30 min concert to Classes 5, 6 & 7
(This would have been given by the Local Authority’s peripatetic music teachers and to children from Years 2 and 3).

23/03/1973

3rd Lenten service for Infant children

24/03/1973

6-a-side Soccer competition at Deanesfield Primary School
(The annual Inter-Schools’ Tournament)

25/03/1973

Confirmation at St Martin’s Church 17 of our 4th Year (Year 6) confirmed

26/03/1973

Communion Service in School at the start of the morning, with parent invited
(Probably Junior Children only)

26/03/1973

12 children at Battle of Britain House in the afternoon. 
Mrs Pocklington on a Deputy Headteachers’ course there
(The children may have been needed to support one of the activities, but in what way is unknown.)

27/03/1973

Visit of the Mayor & Mayoress of Hillingdon 9.30 – 11.20. 
They toured every classroom.  Mayoress presented with a bouquet on her departure.

30/03/1973

4th Lenten service for Infant children at the start of the morning

31/03/1973

Netball tournament at Coteford School 9 a.m.
(The annual Inter-Schools’ Tournament)

02/04/1973

4th Lenten service for Junior children at the start of the morning

02/04/1973

Tree fell across field fence from Kings Gardens

02/04/1973

School closed at 3.30 p.m. to enable staff to meet with priests & discuss RE syllabus

02/04/1973

Internal tests done this week for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Year for authority record cards
(It seems the Local Authority may have expected some form of objective monitoring of children’s progress.  These tests would have been for the Junior children – Years 3, 4 & 5)

03/04/1973

‘Open Day’ for music teachers to meet parents of children they teach
(Introduced to allow the peripatetic music teachers to feed back to parents, on their child’s progress on the instrument they were learning.  Such meetings were difficult to arrange and this 1973 occasion seems not to have been repeated in subsequent years.)

03/04/1973

Road Safety Competition v Ruislip Gardens 2nd Round. Lost
(This annual inter-school event took the form of a quiz)

04/04/1973

Preparation for routine medical inspections.

04/04/1973

Showed two films on Badminton at a Parents’ Association meeting in the evening

05/04/1973

Head on panel meeting in the morning

05/04/1973

Hillingdon Music Group gave 45 min concert to Cl.1-4 in the morning
(This would have been given by the Local Authority’s peripatetic music teachers and to children from Years 4, 5 & 6.)

06/04/1973

Final Lenten service for Infant children at the start of the morning

09/04/1973

Final Lenten service for Junior children at the start of the morning

09/04/1973

Mr Littler (Manager) visited school

09/04/1973

Routine medical inspections in the afternoon

10/04/1973

4th Year Parents Meeting re School Journey to Isle of Wight
(A pre-trip preparation evening for parents of children in Year 6)

11/04/1973

School dental inspection in the morning

12/04/1973

Presentation of cheque for £22 to St Martin’s Restoration Fund from children.

12/04/1973

Mr Collier (tree officer) visited school re the large trees around the Infant end.

13/04/1973

Mrs Mortimore retired

13/04/1973

All children visited St Martin’s Church at the end of the afternoon for service at the end of the Easter Term.

    

 

 

Easter Holiday 14/04/1973 – 29/04/1973

   

 

30/04/1973

Miss Hull joined the school staff with responsibility for the teaching of art and craft.

02/05/1973

Whole school photographed
(Probably individual and family photographs.  This was probably the occasion when the Staff Photograph was taken – see the dedicated page in the archives)

07/05/1973

Parents visiting school this week whilst classes at work
(A new venture to allow parents to experience a normal school working day.)

10/05/1973

Dental Inspection

12/05/1973

May Fair – Pound Stall raised £33
(The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fair.)

12/05/1973

Last Ernest Reid Concert of the season  Mr Gale & Mrs Stevens took the 18 children to Greenwich afterwards
(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.)

15/05/1973

Fire Drill – school emptied in 65 secs.

17/05/1973

4th Year party of 47 children left for Isle of Wight with Mrs Pocklington, Mr Gale, Miss Steel & Mr Cottrell.
(The annual residential school journey for Year 6.  The number of children has been corrected and may equally read 57. Mr Cottrell returned - he had retired the previous year - to support the trip.)

17/05/1973

Dental inspection

22/05/1973

Father Toovey & two manager (Mr Hills & Mr Littler)  visited children on the IOW

24/05/1973

Children returned from IOW

24/05/1973

Trees around school were lopped & 2 removed

   

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 26/05/1973 - 03/06/1973

    

 

07/06/1973

Dental Inspection of Middle Infants

08/06/1973

Cycling Proficiency Course began after school

11/06/1973

The Junior children went to St Martin’s for a Whit Monday Mass

11/06/1973

Routine medical inspections for the 4th year (Year 6)

18/06/1973

Routine medial inspections of infants

19/06/1973

St Paul’s leavers service 47 children & 3 staff
Spent morning at the Tower & surrounding area

(The annual diocesan event for children who would be leaving their primary schools.  In 1973 the school took advantage of making the trip to St Paul's with a visit to the Tower of London.)

22/06/1973

Dance group at Swakeleys for U.N.O. gathering p.m.
(Nothing further is known about this entry.  ‘Swakeleys’ may refer to the Hillingdon Secondary School of that name or Swakeleys House, Ickenham.)

23/06/1973

Hillingdon Show – 24 children participated doing work connect with ‘Teeth’ project
(The Hillingdon Show was an annual event for a number of years held in Uxbridge to promote the London Borough.  On this occasion BWI pupils participated with a presentation based on Class 2’s autumn term’s ‘Teeth’ project, see 25th September 1972)

25/06/1973

Class 4 visited Windsor Castle

25/06/1973

Routine medical inspections in the afternoon

26/06/1973

Parents and September admissions visited school p.m.
(A familiarisation event for new children and their parents prior to the children starting school.)

27/06/1973

Country Dance party 4 – 6 p.m.

28/06/1973

Mr Gale, Mrs Pocklington & Mrs Paulden on 1 day course ‘Sex Education’ at Battle of Britain House 
(During Mr Jennings' headship there had been consideration of introducing a Sex Education programme, see 21st April 1970 but it appears to have progressed no further.  The school was again considering introducing such a programme, and it seems likely that it subsequently did so, since by 1981 it had been in place for some years.)

29/06/1973

Children's hair in Classes 2, 5 & 6 checked for nits and lice.

01/07/1973

Cricket match v Dads 2.15 p.m.  Boys won by 1 wicket
(The annual ‘friendly’ parents versus school match.)

09/07/1973

4th Year parents and children Isle of Wight evening
(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.)

10/07/1973

Routine medical inspections in the afternoon

11/07/1973 -
12/07/1973

Open evening 6 – 9 p.m.
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss end of year progress.  This was now extended to two evenings.)

17/07/1973

Junior children attended a Mass at the start of the morning in the School Hall to which parents were invited.

17/07/1973

Musical Evening 7:15 p.m. – orchestra & choir

18/07/1973

Musical Evening 7:15 p.m. Repeat

18/07/1973

Cycling Proficiency Tests – 3 out of 32 failed.

19/07/1973

Leavers Party (Year 6) after the school day

20/07/1973

All children visited St Martin’s Church at the end of the afternoon for a service at the end of the school year.

    

 

 

Summer Holiday: 21/07/1973 – 11/09/1973

   

 

03/09/1973

Work commenced on site of new classroom
(The Parents’ Association had raised the necessary money for the construction of an additional classroom and work on it now began. See the dedicated page in the archives)

11/09/1973

Mrs Levon commenced duties
(Mrs Levon, later to be Mrs Chalk, remained at BWI until her retirement in 1994)

13/09/1973

Mr Collman (Manager) visited school.

18/09/1973

Mr Wight Language Advisor visited school
(The teaching of French had originally been introduced at BWI in 1963. Norman Wight was to promote Primary School visits to France, particularly to Hillingdon’s twinned town, Montes-la-Jolie.)

19/09/1973

Check of all children’s hair for nits and lice – all clean

21/09/1973

Cycling Proficiency Course began 3:30 p.m.

01/10/1973

Dental project begun in Class 3 with School’s Dental Officer
(Repeat of the unit of work first introduced in 1972, see 25th September 1972)

03/10/1973

Mrs Bates, Primary Advisor, visited school

03/10/1973

Class 5 visited the Library

04/10/1973

Junior children went to St Martin’s Church at the start of the morning for Mass

05/10/1973

Fire Drill – school emptied in 1 minute

09/10/1973

Open Evening 6 – 9 p.m. for all classes
(Teacher-Parent interviews to outline the work for the coming year.)

10/10/1973

Toy Fayre 3:30 p.m. - £40.16
(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.)

16/10/1973

Routine medical inspection for 4th Year Junior children (Year 6)

16/10/1973

4th Year parents meeting 8 p.m. re School Journey
(This was an unusual time in the school year for a meeting to discuss the Year 6 residential School Journey. The reason is that Mr Knowles wished to introduce a trip to Le Touquet, France, as an alternative to an English based centre. See 26th October.)

17/10/1973

Class 6 visited the Library

19/10/1973

Cycling Proficiency Test

23/10/1973

Routine medical inspection for 4th Year Junior children (Year 6)

26/10/1973

Party of 21 & 2 Staff booked for Le Touquet, June 11-15th
Party of 24 & 3 staff booked for Cromer, May 4-11th

   

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 27/10/1973 – 04/11/1973

   

 

05/11/1973

New hours of school for classes 1-6 p.m. 1:15-3:45
(The reason for the change of hours for Junior classes is not clear; possibly it was better for parents if the end of the school day was closer to or the same as that for the Infants.)

05/11/1973

Poppies sold in school - £12.86

05/11/1973

Film of Fletcher Maths for staff with Mr Hill from Maths & Science Centre
(The school was to adopt this scheme. ‘Mathematics for Schools’ by Harold Fletcher et al. was a mathematics programme supported by a series of course books.  It encouraged enriched mathematical understanding rather than the routine learning of computation.  The heart of the scheme lay in the use of the material in the teachers’ books, though too frequently children simply worked through the pupil text books without the support of these preliminary teacher-lead activities.)

06/11/1973

Routine medical inspection for 4th Year Junior children (Year 6)

06/11/1973

Mr Pimm (architect) visited re new classroom & hall windows.

07/11/1973

The audiometrician tested the hearing of the 2nd Year Juniors (Year 4)

12/11/1973

The Junior children had a Mass at school at the start of the morning to which parents were also invited.

14/11/1973

The School was closed to celebrate Princess Anne’s Wedding

15/11/1973

Parents of Jan admission in school p.m. with their children   
(A familiarisation event for new children and their parents prior to the children starting school.)

17/11/1973

Martinmass Fayre – Pound Staff raised £26
(The annual St Martin’s fundraising Fayre. The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fayre.)

19/11/1973

Head at Oak Farm 2:30 meeting re ‘Rising 5’s’
(See also above, 7th March)

22/11/1973

Visit of Mr Grainger, Mr Swann, Mr Bateman and Mr Pimm (architect) to examine new classroom.  Will be taken over next Monday Nov. 29th   
(The building of the new classroom on the Infant playground was complete with it being taken over by the school the following week.)

29/11/1973

Visit of Mr Edwards (Science Advisor) & Mr Hill (Warden of Maths & Science Centre) re Science Project 
(The nature of the science project is not known)

01/12/1973

The Parents’ Association held a social event in the evening to celebrate the opening of the new classroom
(There is a dedicated page in the archives)

03/12/1973

Visit with Father Toovey to USA base school.
(The American School was in Ickenham as part of the US Air Force base.  The building remained after the redevelopment of the whole site for residential housing and is now used by Pentland Field School, part of the Eden Academy. BWI had participated in a friendly quiz there in 1968 - see 8th May 1968)

04/12/1973

Borough reading test given to 2nd Year Juniors
(Year 4 - possibly part of a Local Authority monitoring exercise.)

05/12/1973

Films shown to all school of National Children’s Homes.  A week’s ‘Sunny Smiles’ campaign begun.
(This is the first mention of what was to become an annual fund raising event. On many occasions the NCH representative was a Mr Hamilton, himself a beneficiary of the Homes.  There are a number of dedicated pages over various years in relation to these events.)

06/12/1973

Class 1 visited the London Museum in the afternoon 
(At this date the Museum was still located in Kensington Palace)

10/12/1973

Visit of Miss Gawthorpe re science project
(See above 29th November)

10/12/1973

Dress rehearsal for Infant Nativity

11/12/1973

Infant nativity 6:30 p.m.
(There is a dedicated page in the archives)

12/12/1973

Class 1 & 2 parties

13/12/1973

Snow White dress rehearsal for school
(This was the annual Junior play presented by Year 6.  There is a dedicated page in the archives.)

13/12/1973

Class 3 & 4 parties

14/12/1973

Snow white 7:15 for parents

14/12/1973

Class 5 & 6 parties

17/12/1973

Snow White 7:15 p.m. (2nd performance)

17/12/1973

Infant parties p.m.

17/12/1973

Class 5 & 6 plays a.m. for school & parents
(In addition to the Year 6 annual play, the tradition of each Junior class producing a play for the rest of the school and that class’ parents during the Christmas season continued.)

18/12/1973

Class 3 & 4 plays a.m.

18/12/1973

Presentation of cheque - £127 to National Children’s Home
(Received by the NCH representative Mr Hamilton, see above 5th December.  There is a dedicated page in the archives)

18/12/1973

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

18/12/1973

Choir sang at St Vincent’s p.m.
(The choir was encouraged to make Christmas visits to St Vincent’s, Mount Vernon Hospital in Northwood and several local Homes.)

19/12/1973

Cheque for £36 sent to the Church of England Children’s Home

19/12/1973

All children went to St Martin’s Church at the start of the morning for a Carol Service.

 

    

 

Christmas Holiday: 20/12/1973 – 07/01/1974

      

 

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