The BWI Archives

1974 ~ 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: 20/12/1973 – 07/01/1974

  

 

07/01/1974

New classroom in full time use
(The classroom funded by the Parents’ Association and built the preceding term adjacent to the Infant Playground.)

09/01/1974

AS2 forms and Secondary booklets distributed to 4th Year children.
(Year 6 - Administrative documents relating to the Secondary Transfer process)

09/01/1974

40 children & 2 staff attended Musical appreciation concert at ‘Our Lady & St Anselm'

14/01/1974

An evening meeting with 4th Year (Year 6) parents to discuss secondary allocation processes.
(This was a meeting to ensure all parents understood the process prior to individual discussions to consider the choices they wished to make about their child's secondary education.)

16/01/1974

Vision tests for children born in the school years 1965-66 (Year 3)

17/01/1974 -
18/01/1974

Interviews held with Fourth Year (Year 6) parents in the afternoon
(Mr Knowles held interviews with parents of children who would transfer to secondary schools in July 1974 to support the school allocation process.)

21/01/1974 -
22/01/1974

Interviews held with Fourth Year (Year 6) parents in the evening
(Mr Knowles held interviews with parents of children who would transfer to secondary schools in July 1974 to support the school allocation process.)

23/01/1974

Vision tests in the morning for top infants (Year 2)

26/01/1974

Annual ‘Boys v Dads’ Soccer match.  Boys won 5-3
(The ‘friendly’ parents versus pupils football match)

28/01/1974

Vision tests in the morning

29/01/1974

1st Selection Test in the morning
(The selection tests – English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning - for secondary school.)

31/01/1974

Head at Deanesfield re French visits abroad
(Mr Knowles was to lead the first BWI French trip to Le Touquet in the summer.)

01/02/1974

Mr Collins (Maths advisor) in school in the morning
(Possibly in relation to the adoption of the ‘Fletcher Maths’ scheme, see 5th November 1973)

01/02/1974

1st Test Papers taken to office

05/02/1974

Father Toovey & Mr D. Hills visit school.

12/02/1974

Second selection test in the morning

13/02/1974

Dental inspection

13/02/1974

Mr Thomas (Road Safety Office) at school from 8:35 a.m. to inform parents how to park correctly outside the gates

14/02/1974

Dental inspection in the morning

15/02/1974

All relevant selection papers & forms taken to Office

   

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 16/02/1974 – 24/02/1974

   

 

16/02/1974

Miss Berry married – now Mrs Miller
(Miss Berry, a teacher, had joined the school the previous September. There is a dedicated page in the archives.)

27/02/1974

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

01/03/1974

1st Lent service for Infant children in school at the start of the morning

01/03/1974

Mr Collins (Maths adviser) talked to staff after school
(See above, 1st February)

04/03/1974

1st Lent service for Junior children in school at the start of the morning
(This appears to have been the first of a series of Lent Assemblies which told a story in episodic form as a series of ‘radio’ plays written for the school and in part performed by the actor John Woodnutt.  There is a dedicated page in the archive.)

05/03/1974

Fire Drill School evacuated in 1 minute. 
New classroom must be linked to main system

07/03/1974

Visit of Mr Chapman re Fire Bell for new classroom

0703/1974

Open Evening 6 – 9 p.m.
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss mid-year progress.)

08/03/1974

2nd Infant Lent Service

11/03/1974

2nd Junior Lent Service

12/03/1974

Open Evening 6 – 9 p.m.
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss mid-year progress.)

15/03/1974

3rd Infant Lent Service

15/03/1974

Road Safety Competition v St Swithun Wells Lost 35-31
(This annual inter-school event took the form of a quiz)

18/03/1974

3rd Junior Lent Service

18/03/1974

Mr Collins (Maths advisor) in school a.m.
(See above, 1st February)

19/03/1974

Parents’ Association ‘Maths Evening’ with Mr Collins 8 – 10 p.m.
(see above, 1st March)

19/03/1974

Visit of Mr Allison (S.T.S.) p.m.
(School Travel Service – now Equity – was a major provider of travel services to school.  This was probably to discuss travel arrangements for the forthcoming French trip.)

21/03/1974

Mr Edwards (Science advisor) in school re cooking project
(On the Cooking Project, there is a dedicated page in the archives.)

22/03/1974

4th Infant Lent Service

23/03/1974

Area Netball tournament at Harlyn

25/03/1974

4th Junior Lent Service

29/03/1974

5th Infant Lent Service

30/03/1974

6-a-side soccer tournament at Ruislip Gardens

31/03/1974

Confirmation of 23 of our children at St Martin’s by the new Bishop of Willesden

01/04/1974

Communion Service in School at the start of the morning
(Probably Junior Children only)

01/04/1974

8 p.m. Parents’ meeting re visit to Cromer
(A pre-trip preparation evening for parents of children in Year 6 going to Cromer in May)

02/04/1974

5th Junior Lent Service at the start of the morning

02/04/1974

‘Girls v Mums’ Netball
(The annual ‘friendly’ parents v school match)

05/04/1974

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

05/04/1974

£20 donation given to ‘Friends of St Martin’s’

    

 

 

Easter Holiday: 06/04/1974 – 21/04/1974

   

 

22/04/1974

Police informed re large sewage pipes stacked outside school.

25/04/1974

Class 2 visited the Tower of London with Father Toovey, Mrs Phillips & Mrs Whittemore

26/04/1974

Letter to parents re sending home of children Monday next owing to NUT members lobbying MPs
(There were a number of occasions where staff took industrial action to better both pay and conditions.)

29/04/1974

Mr Collins (Maths Advisor) in school.
(See above, 1st February)

29/04/1974

Seven teachers withdrew their services at 2 p.m. to join NUT lobbying of MPs over London Allowance.  Their classes were sent home.
(see 26th April)

30/04/1974

8 p.m. Meeting with parents of children visiting Le Touquet in June
(A pre-trip preparation evening for parents of children in Year 6 going on the French trip)

01/05/1974

School closed
(A Wednesday, the reason unknown)

02/05/1974

Visit of Mr Watters (London Fire Brigade) to check system and advise.

02/05/1974

Fire Drill

04/05/1974

24 children, Mrs Pocklington, Mr Cottrell and Father Porter left school 9:30 for a week’s School Journey to Cromer.

07/05/1974

Visit of Mr Twigg (Youth organiser) Mr Frost, Mr Hall & Mr Horne (?) to discuss holiday course arrangements on the school site.
(This is probably a Local Authority initiative to provide activities for children over the long summer break.)

08/05/1974

Course at this school on ‘Presentation of Art’ led by Miss Hull.
(This may have been a Borough wide event for teachers, with Miss Hull using the school’s displays of children’s work as a starting point for her talk.)

11/05/1974

School Journey returned from Cromer

13/05/1974

Routine medical inspections in the afternoon

15/05/1974

Class 7 (Year 2) visited London Airport (Heathrow)

17/05/1974

Head and Father Toovey at St Andrews C.E. School Uxbridge for unveiling by Mayor and dedication by Bishop of Statues of St Andrew & Boy.

18/05/1974

May Fayre.  School Pound Stall raised £35
(The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fair.)

20/05/1974

Cllr Booth (Manager) visited school a.m.
(This entry marks the local Hillingdon councillor, George Booth, joining the school’s Managers.  His association was to last twenty years, with a number of those years as the Chair of Managers.)

20/05/1974

Mr Collins (Maths adviser) gave talk to staff 3:45 – 5 p.m.
(See above, 1st February)

23/05/1974

School Mass 9:15 a.m. Ascension Day
(This was probably for Junior children only.  The day was no longer a holiday, marking a shift in the way that ‘occasional days’ were used.)

       

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 25/05/1974 – 02/06/1974

   

 

03/06/1974

47 children, 2 staff & 1 parent to Merchant Taylors to hear the Youth Orchestra of Stuttgart p.m.

04/06/1974

The Parents’ Association supported a workshop session in mathematics led by Mr Collins the Local Authority Maths advisor.
(See above, 1st February)

11/06/1974

20 children, Mrs Richardson and self departed for 5 days in Le Touquet.
(The first BWI residential trip to France for Year 6)

11/06/1974

Parents workshop maths evening 8 p.m.
(This was probably a repeat of the workshop on 4th June due to the numbers of parents who were interested in attending.)

13/06/1974

Class 1 Nature Trail in Park Woods

15/06/1974

Return of party from Le Touquet

18/06/1974

4th Year leavers service St Paul's in the afternoon
In the morning visited the Mansion House & Guildhall
(The annual diocesan event for children who would be leaving their primary schools.  In 1974 the school took advantage of making the trip to St Paul's with a visit to the the Mansion House and City of London Guildhall.)

18/06/1974

8 p.m. PA Maths Workshop 1st repeat session
(This was probably a repeat of the workshop on 4th June due to the numbers of parents who were interested in attending.)

20/06/1974

Mr Hughes – Deputy Head of the Manor Secondary School  – visited school to talk to children who transfer there in September

22/06/1974

Hillingdon Show – 8 of our children working for 2 hours with Miss Hull
(The Hillingdon Show was an annual event for a number of years held in Uxbridge to promote the London Borough.  On this Miss Hull was supported by several BWI pupils in demonstrating their abilities in art.)

24/06/1974

A Mass in school at the start of the morning to commemorate John the Baptist
(Junior children only)

24/06/1974

Visit of Mr Clift & Miss Robb of NFER on ‘Classroom control’ project
(No more about this visit is known)

25/06/1974

Class 5 visited Hendon Aircraft Museum in the morning

25/06/1974

8 p.m. Last of PA Maths Workshop Evenings with Maths Advisor Mr Collins
(This was probably a repeat of the workshop on 4th June due to the numbers of parents who were interested in attending.)

30/06/1974

Boys & Girls v Mums & Dads at Rounders 2:15 School won 3-1
(A parents versus School ‘friendly’ game)

04/07/1974

New entrants & parents visited school 1:30 – 3 p.m.
(A familiarisation event for new children and their parents prior to the children starting school.)

04/07/1974

7:30 ‘Cromer’ 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.)

05/07/1974

Reports sent out to parents of Junior children

05/07/1974

Cycling proficiency test

10/07/1974

Open Evening 6-9 p.m.
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss end of year progress.)

12/07/1974

Pre meds p.m.
(Preparation for the routine medical inspections to start the following week.)

14/07/1974

Cricket v Dads 2:15.  Dads won by 6 runs
(The annual ‘friendly’ parents versus school match.)

15/07/1974

Second Open Evening 6-9 p.m.
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss end of year progress.)

16/07/1974

Routine medical inspections in the afternoon of the children admitted in January 1974

16/07/1974

Dress rehearsal of Musical Evenings.

16/07/1974

7:45 ‘French Evening’ – report by children who had been to Le Touquet given to parents.
(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.)

18/07/1974

Musical evening 7:15 p.m.  First performance of ‘the Heavenly Archer’
(This was a newly composed work, rehearsals overseen by Mrs Morgan and Mrs Stevens.  There is a dedicated page in the archives)

18/07/1974

Rounders Tournament at Warrender
(The annual inter-schools tournament held at Warrender Primary School, Ruislip)

19/07/1974

Sports Day 2 p.m.  £13.81 raised in raffle.

19/07/1974

Second Musical Evening £19.47 contributed over both evenings.

19/07/1974

A Mass was celebrated at the start of the morning for the 4th Year (Year 6) pupils only and held in Class 1’s room

22/07/1974

Mr Bowden (Holiday scheme) visited school re organisation for
August 5-19th
 
(See 7 May)

23/07/1974

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

    

 

 

Summer Holiday: 24/07/1974 – 09/09/1974

05/08/1974-
23/08/1974

Holiday activities – one classroom, playground and field use
from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily

 

School repainted outside

   

 

09/09/1974

Mass for Staff & Managers 9:30  church
(An annual service in church to which staff and School Managers were invited on the day before the start of the new school year and usually followed by coffee back at school.)

10/09/1974

Mr Goulding joined the staff

20/09/1974

Cycling Proficiency course began

23/09/1974

Dental project began in Cl.3

23/09/1974

Pre meds p.m.
(Preparation for the routine medical inspections, possibly largely administrative as there is no record of any inspections before November.)

07/10/1974

Dedication Festival Mass in School Hall at the start of the morning
(Probably Junior children only)

08/10/1974

Fire Drill – school evacuated in 1 ½ mintes

09/10/1974

Toy Fayre p.m. - £73.52 raised
(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.)

10/10/1974

Visit of Miss Cook (librarian) to school.

14/10/1974

Open Evening 6-9 p.m.  Book Fayre – display by Children’s Book Centre
(Teacher-Parent interviews to outline the work for the coming year.  This was combined with books on view for potential purchase.)

14/10/1974

Mr Maxted (Road Safety Officer) Sup. Townsend, Father Toovey, Mr Robertson (PA) & self photographed re BWI Code of Safety
(There is a dedicated page in the archive)

15/10/1974

8 p.m. 4th Year Parents School Journey meeting
(Mr Knowles outlined the two options now available for the Year 6 residential School Journey – an English based centre, or a trip to Le Touquet, France. See 25th October)

17/10/1974

Police gave talks to all classes on Road Safety

23/10/1974

47 children & 3 Staff (1 Parent) attended concert at Out Lady & St Anselm in the morning

24/10/1974

School photographs a.m.

25/10/1974

Bookings made for 23 children & 2 staff to Le Touquet 10-14th June 75 and 30 children & 3 staff to Glasbury 26th April – 3rd May.

 

School Funds audited by Mr McMahon
(This would be monies the school had received directly: charity fund raising, photographs, etc; the Local Authority would use its own auditors for money it supplied for stock etc..)

01/11/1974

Cycling Proficiency Test p.m.

   

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 26/10/1974 – 03/11/1974

   

 

05/11/1974

Routine medical inspections in the afternoon

06/11/1974

School re-photographed owing to camera failure at previous session

07/11/1974

Concert in School hall p.m. for Cl.1, 2, 3, 4 given by Hillingdon Quartet
(A quartet probably formed by the Local Authority’s peripatetic music teachers, given to children in Years 4, 5, 6)

07/11/1974

Visit of Cllr Collman

07/11/1974

Poppies sold in school - £14.49

11/11/1974

Junior children visit St Martin’s Church at the start of the morning for a service to celebrate St Martin.

13/11/1974

Impetigo check of all school except Classes 1 & 2 in the afternoon – all clear

13/11/1974

A check of children’s hair for nits and lose – all clear

13/11/1974

8 p.m. PA Cheese & Wine
(The Parents’ Association’s annual social event)

14/11/1974

Parents & children of the January 1975 intake visit school in the afternoon.
(A familiarisation event for new children and their parents prior to the children starting school.)

15/11/1974

Classes 1 & 2 checked for Impetigo – all clear

16/11/1974

Martinmass Fayre - £45.43 ½ from Pound Stall.
(The annual St Martin’s fundraising Fayre. The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fayre.)

20/11/1974

Head at Northwood Comprehensive to look round new extensions.

25/11/1974

Photograph of absentees from first take

26/11/1974

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

26/11/1974

The Parents’ Association arranged an evening talk to parents by Mrs Yendell (Northwood Comprehensive) on the ‘Organisation of a large school’.

28/11/1974

Miss Hull, Mrs Renshaw & Head visited new library at Uxbridge p.m.

29/11/1974

Pre meds p.m.
(Preparation for routine medical inspections)

02/12/1974

Globe Theatre presented ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ to the Infants and 1st Year Juniors (Year 3) in the afternoon.

03/12/1974

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

03/12/1974

The Parents’ Association arranged an evening talk to parents by Miss Cook (Adviser for Libraries) on ‘Current trends in children’s leisure reading’.

11/12/1974

Infant Nativity Dress rehearsal p.m.

11/12/1974

Two staff from Northwood Comprehensive visited to see ‘Breakthrough to Literacy’.
(‘Breakthrough to Literacy’ was a programme focused on the early stages of reading and writing.  It was adopted by many schools in the 1970s.)

13/12/1974

Mr Smith (Primary Adviser) in school

13/12/1974

6:30 Infant Nativity given

16/12/1974

Dress rehearsal for George & the Dragon in the morning
(This was the annual Junior play presented by Year 6.  There is a dedicated page in the archives.)

16/12/1974

57 children & 3 staff to St Vincent’s Hospital p.m. for 1 hrs carol singing
(The choir was encouraged to make Christmas visits to St Vincent’s, Mount Vernon Hospital in Northwood and several local Homes.)

16/12/1974

Classes 5 & 6 parties

16/12/1974

Visit of Mr Edwards (Science Adviser) & Cll Collman

17/12/1974

Classes 2 & 6 plays in the morning
(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.)

17/12/1974

Infant parties p.m.

17/12/1974

George & Dragon performance for parents 7:30 p.m.

18/12/1974

Class 5 play a.m.

18/12/1974

Parties for Cls 3 & 4

18/12/1974

George & dragon performance for parents 7:30 p.m.

19/12/1974

Class 3 & 4 plays a.m.

19/12/1974

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

19/12/1974

Classes 1&2 parties p.m.

20/12/1974

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

20/12/1974

Choir sang carols at Wallis House p.m.

20/12/1974

Cheque for £50 sent to Leukemia research and £33 to C of E Children’s Society

     

 

 

Christmas Holiday: 21/12/1974 – 05/01/1975

         

 

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