The BWI Archives

1975 ~ 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: 21/12/1974 – 05/01/1975

    

 

06/01/1975

Epiphany service in school hall at the start of the morning 
(probably Junior children only)

    

 

06/01/1975

Distribution of secondary allocation booklets to 4th Year parents
(Year 6 - Administrative documents relating to the Secondary Transfer process)

09/01/1975

Fire Drill – school evacuated in 60 secs

13/01/1975

An evening meeting with 4th Year (Year 6) parents to discuss secondary allocation processes.
(This was an additional meeting to ensure all parents understood the process, and prior to individual discussions to consider the choices parents wished to make.)

16/01/1975 -
17/10/1975

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 1975 to support the school allocation process.)

20/01/1975 -
21/01/1975

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 1975 to support the school allocation process.)

22/01/1975

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 1975 to support the school allocation process.)

22/01/1975

Class 7 and 6 parents on education visit to Natural History Museum p.m.
(A somewhat ambiguous note in the log book: suggests an event just for parents!)

23/01/1975

Area French Group began in DH (Deputy Head’s) room 2:45-4 p.m.
(Mr Knowles was member of a group of Heads and other teachers promoting the teaching of Primary School French.)

28/01/1975

1st Selection Test for 4th Year children
(The selection tests – English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning - for secondary school.)

31/01/1975

Visit of Mr Pimm (architect) re dampness in new classroom and bowing of hall window

31/01/1975

1st Selection Tests taken to Education Office

10/02/1975

Mr Knowles and ‘Mrs R.’ gave a talk to the Parents’ Association on ‘French in Primary Schools' ('Mrs R.' was probably the Primary Schools' Advisor, Barbara Ridge.)

11/02/1975

Second paper for secondary allocation

12/02/1975

The Junior children visits St Martin’s Church at the start of the morning for a service marking Ash Wednesday

13/02/1975

Class 3 on visit to London
(The places visited were not identified)

14/02/1975

Test papers delivered to office

      

 

 

Half Term holiday: 15/02/1975 – 23/02/1975

15/02/1975

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

 

During half term week Youngmans (builders) worked on the new classroom’s damp problem, a borough electrician put a power point in the entrance hall, a tiler came to re stick tiles in various classrooms and further playground drainage work was done.

      

 

24/02/1975

1st Lent service for Junior children (in school)
(This appears to have been the second in 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 are a series of pictures of the hall display for the 1975 story – Jimmy and the Witches – see the dedicated page in the archive.)

24/02/1975

A Parents’ Association Meeting in the evening discussed the first school fête to be held on June 21st

25/02/1975

Last of secondary selection papers taken to office

27/02/1975

Visit of the Speech Therapist, Miss Thomas
(Miss Thomas would probably have worked with individual pupils and provided guidance and advice for teachers.)

28/02/1975

1st Lent service for Infant children (in school)

03/03/1975

2nd Lent service for Junior children (in school)

07/03/1975

2nd  Lent service for Infant children (in school)

08/03/1975

Inter-schools 6-a-side soccer tournament at Bourne School

10/03/1975

3rd Lent service for Junior children (in school)

11/03/1975

Visit of Dr Davies & Mr Shaddleworth re Nursery provision at this school.
(Despite this entry Nursery provision was not made during Mr Knowles’ years as Head, probably due to the continuing significant lack of space on the site.)

12/03/1975

2nd year Juniors (Year 4) tested by audiometrician

12/03/1975

Police film shown to classes 1, 2, 3, 4 (Years 4, 5 & 6) Competition

13/03/1975

Dental check for whole school

13/03/1975

A music concert in the afternoon for classes 5, 6, 7
(This would have been given by the Local Authority’s peripatetic music teachers and to children from Years 2, 3 & 4.)

14/03/1975

3rd Lent service for Infant children (in school)

14/03/1975

Visit of Father Teale (Diocesan RE Adviser)

15/03/1975

Inter-schools’ Netball tournament at Ruislip Gardens

17/03/1975

4th Lent service for Junior children (in school)

17/03/1975

Junior children had their hair checked during the morning for potential nit/ louse infestation

17/03/1975

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

18/03/1975

Infant children had their hair checked for potential nit/ louse infestation

19/03/1975

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

19/03/1975

Visit of Mr Hall & Mr Twigg re Summer holiday scheme
(The school site had been used by the Local Authority Summer Holiday Scheme.  In 1974 a classroom, playground and the field had been used.)

21/03/1975

4th Lent service for Infant children (in school)

24/03/1975

Last Lenten service

25/03/1975

8 p.m. Meeting of parents re Glasbury School Journey
(A pre-trip preparation evening for parents of children in Year 6 going to Glasbury in May.  The school had previously visited Glasbury in 1971.)

25/03/1975

Dental check for reception children

26/03/1975

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

   

 

 

Easter Holiday: 27/03/1975 – 14/04/1975

  

 

17/04/1975

Class 2 (mixed Year 5 and Year 6 children) visited the Waterways Museum at Stoke Bruerne accompanied by Mrs Renshaw, Mrs McMahon and 4 parents.

21/04/1975

Communion service in school hall especially for children who were confirmed yesterday.
(Probably Junior children only)

22/04/1975

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

23/04/1975

Eight children, accompanied by Mrs Pocklington took part in the inter-schools’ netball tournament in Hayes

23/04/1975

Head at Townsfield p.m. for RE Working Party
(Mr Knowles was part of a working party considering the Local Authority’s religious education scheme of work.)

24/04/1975

Miss Hubbard (Home Economics adviser) visited school to see Cl. 1 cooking project
(Mrs Pocklington had introduced this project as part of her work with the 4th Year Juniors (Year 6) the previous year – 1974, see the dedicated page in the archive.)

26/04/1975

32 children, Mrs Pocklington, Mr Cottrell, Father Porter, left for a week at Glasbury

29/04/1975

Councilor Booth (Manager) visited school a.m.

30/04/1975

Visit of Mr Smith (Primary Adviser) & 2 Heads concerned with the ‘Our School’ course.
(It is believed this related to a borough-side initiative to enable teachers to see the range of different approaches to teaching and learning in its schools.  See 23rd  June)

01/05/1975

School closed
(Although this was a Thursday, it was not Ascension Day in 1975, so the reasons for the closure are uncertain.)

03/05/1975

School Journey returned from Glasbury

06/05/1975

The inter-schools’ 5-a-side soccer competition at Hayes Stadium

07/05/1975

The audiometrician visited to test the 1968-69 (Year 2) age group.

07/05/1975

The school football team visited the QPR (Queen’s Park Rangers) ground in the morning.

07/05/1975

Class 5 (mixed Year3 & 4) visited a farm in the afternoon

07/05/1975

The Parents’ Association held a fashion show in the evening

08/05/1975

Ascension Day mass in church 9:15 a.m.
(This may have been only the Junior children)

08/05/1975

3 p.m. Road Safety competition v Glebe. Won
(This annual inter-school event took the form of a quiz)

09/05/1975

Fire Drill – school evacuated in 1 minute

10/05/1975

Girls v Mums netball p.m.
(The annual ‘friendly’ parents v school match)

10/05/1975

Cycling Proficiency course started.  This was run by the parents (who had been trained by the Local Authority.)

11/05/1975

6 children entertained deprived children at Hesdin Hall p.m.

13/05/1975

A film later to be used with the children – Don’t go with Strangers – was shown in the evening to the Parents’ Association

14/05/1975

Class 8S (Year 1) visited Knightscot Farm (Harefield) accompanied by 2 staff 4 parents, 1 student

17/05/1975

May Fayre – Pound Stall raised £42
(The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fair.)

20/05/1975

Class 4 (Year 4) visited Berkeley Castle

21/05/1975

The school held a ‘Project Evening’ in the evening during which Class 5 and  Class 1 gave illustrated talks to parents on Local Studies and Cooking respectively.

22/05/1975

Road Safety Competition v Yeading. Lost
(see above 8 May)

  

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 24/05/1975 – 01/06/1975

 

During half term work had been done on the central heating system 
(Problems with the boiler and the heating generally were going to be an ongoing concern for a number of years.  See 23 October.)

   

 

09/06/1975

A Country Dance party was held after school

10/06/1975

21 children, Mrs Richardson & Head on 5 day school journey to Le Touquet
(Residential trip to France for Year 6)

10/06/1975

Mr Pimm & Mr Drinkwater visited school re bowing of hall windows 
(see below 16th October)

13/06/1975

Class 8H (Year 1) visited Knightscot Farm (Harefield)

13/06/1975

The film ‘Don’t talk to strangers’ was shown to Juniors (see above, 13 May)

14/06/1975

Return of school journey from Le Touquet

17/06/1975

Junior School Leavers’ Service in St Pauls – 57 children 5 staff visited Mansion House & Guild Hall a.m.
(The annual diocesan event for children who would be leaving their primary schools.  In 1975 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.)

19/06/1975

Class 3 (Year 5) visited Hatfield House in the afternoon accompanied by Mr Goulding, Mrs Gardner & two adults.

20/06/1975

Head at the funeral of Mr Tones, Head of St Andrews Uxbridge.

20/06/1975

The film ‘Don’t talk to strangers’ was shown to Classes 5, 6 & 7 (Years 2 and 3).  Any interested parent who had missed the presentation to the Parents Association (13 May) was also invited.

21/06/1975

First ‘Fête at the school 11-2 p.m. Great success. £600 raised.
(This was the first annual fete, the first of many, each usually opened by a well-known personality – there is a dedicated page in the archive.)

23/06/1975

‘Our School’ – we put our school on display for 80 visiting heads, teachers & advisers 4-6 p.m.
(A local authority initiative where Heads and teachers visited a number of different schools.  See above, 30 April)

24/06/1975

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

25/06/1975

Farm visit for 8M
(Year 1, probably Knightscote Farm, Harefield, see above 14 May and 13 June)

27/06/1975

Visit of Diocesan RE Adviser – Father Teale

27/06/1975

Visit of Cl.2 Third Years (Year 5) to Science Museum p.m.

27/06/1975

Last Showing of film ‘Don’t talk to Strangers’ to children with parents of 8H, 8S, 8M
(All rising 5’s and Year 1; see above 13 May, 13 & 20 June)

30/06/1975

Dress rehearsal for musical evening

30/06/1975

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

30/06/1975

Mr Corcos & Mrs Parker (Holiday Scheme leaders) visited school to see amenities for this years’ scheme.
(See 19 March)

01/07/1975

Children allocated Bourne visited that school p.m.
(Year 6 children, as part of the secondary transfer familiarisation process)

01/07/1975

Miss Christian’s funeral – 5 staff attended
(Miss Christian had been a School Manager and is mentioned on a number of occasions in the Log Book as taking an active role in school activities)

01/07/1975 -
02/07/1975

Musical Evening in the evening
(Prepared by Mrs Stevens and Mrs Morgan. There is a dedicated page in the archives)

02/07/1975 -
03/07/1975

Cycling proficiency tests

03/07/1975

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

06/07/1975

Rounders v Parents p.m.
(The annual ‘friendly’ parents versus school match.)

08/07/1975

Annual reports sent home to Junior parents

08/07/1975

Evening for parents of children who went to Glasbury
(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.)

08/07/1975

Cl.6 Farm visit accompanied by Mrs Harmer, Mrs McMahon & 6 parents

09/07/1975

Head at Teachers Centre a.m. re French visits

11/07/1975

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

13/07/1975

Cricket v Dads 2 p.m.
(The annual ‘friendly’ parents versus school match.)

14/07/1975

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

17/07/1975

Absentees from ‘Admission meeting’ in school.
(This probably related to the Infant induction event on 3 July)

18/07/1975

Flower Festival in church 7:30 p.m. – ‘The Shepherd’s Tale’. 
All the school visited church during the day.

(There is a dedicated page in the archive.)

21/07/1975

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

21/07/1975

Mr Cottrell showed ‘Nigeria’ slides to 3rd & 4th year p.m.
(Mr Cottrell was the former long serving teacher who retired in July 1972.  He had continued to support the school through participating in the Year 6 residentials.)

21/07/1975

7:30 ‘French’ Evening
(A report by children who had been to Le Touquet given to parents supported by slides and other relevant material.)

23/07/1975

‘Leavers’ party 4-6 p.m.
(The Annual Leavers’ party)

24/07/1975

Sports Day held a.m. having had to be cancelled previous 2 days.
(This may have been Juniors only.  No doubt rain had caused the postponements!)

25/07/1975

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

   

 

 

Summer Holiday: 26/07/1975 – 08/09/1975

04/08/1975-
22/08/1975

Holiday Activity Scheme in school.

   

 

09/09/1975

Mrs Roberts, Mrs Gibson, Mrs Harrild joined the staff

15/09/1975

Dental project began in Cl.3
(Year 5 - this was the project, initiated in 1972)

18/09/1975

Fire Drill – school evacuated in 70 secs

23/09/1975

Head inspection of whole school. All clean.
(Hair check for potential nit/ louse infestation)

23/09/1975

Mr Roome (Ladygate Lane Parks) inspected all trees for Dutch Elm. 
Many have to come down around the school & field.

24/09/1975

AGM of Parents Association.  Good attendance. Mr Robertson re-elected chairman

27/09/1975

Cycling Proficiency Course began taught by parents.
(This was run by parents who had been trained by the Local Authority’s Road Safety Team.)

27/09/1975

Entrance Hall roof leak again

29/09/1975

School Mass in hall 9:15 a.m. – Michaelmass
(Probably Junior children only)

30/09/1975

8 p.m. School Journey meeting of 4th Year parents
(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.)

01/10/1975

Presentation of leaving present to Father Hayes
(A member of the St Martin’s parish staff)

02/10/1975

Mr Mills (Diocesan Insurance) visited school re security

07/10/1975

Routine medical inspections of 4th Year Junior (Year 6) children in the afternoon

08/10/1975

Toy Fayre 3:30 p.m. £69.50
(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.)

09/10/1975

Mr Haynes (architect) in school

09/10/1975

Head & Infant Dept. teachers to Lady Bankes to see Language Master uses
(A Language Master was a table tope machine that allowed a short audio recording of material on a sheet with visual displays, as such it could reinforce work in the early stages of reading, for example. There was a range of pre-formatted sheets, but teachers could also make their own materials.)

13/10/1975

Mr Haines, Mr Samson (office) & Father Toovey discussing proposed music practice room
(This is the first mention of the small room between the Class 5 and Class 3 rooms that was to be known as the Clifford Littler Room.  In the main it was to be used for instrumental lessons, but could also be used for small groups).

13/10/1975

Mr Newton (National Savings) visited re School Bank
(A government backed scheme for encouraging children to save, supported schools in setting up their own arrangements.)

13/10/1975

47 children, 2 staff 1 parent to Walsingham School p.m. for music appreciation concert
(This was presumably attended by Year 6 children. Walsingham School was at that time a Roman Catholic secondary school.  The site was later taken over by Guru Nanak Sikh Academy.)

13/10/1975

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

14/10/1975

Routine medical inspections of 4th Year Junior (Year 6) children in the afternoon

16/10/1975

Hall window glazed by Poulters
(After several years, action was being taken to allay concerns about the large south-facing window. See 10 June.)

17/10/1975

All school photographed a.m.

17/10/1975

Visit of Mayor & Mayoress p.m. 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

23/10/1975

Boiler leak inspected 

   

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 25/10/1975 – 02/11/1975

 

Central Heating system repaired during ½ term in Classes 1 & 2

   

 

04/11/1975

Routine medical inspections of the middle infants in the afternoon

06/11/1975

Head at Newland Park to hear of changes in organisation
(For a number of years BWI accepted students from Newlands Park Teacher Training College near Maple Cross for their teaching practices.)

08/11/1975

Parents’ Association Dance in Winston Churchill Hall

10/11/1975

Class 3 (Year 5) with Father Porter & Mrs McMahan to Greenwich Maritime Museum

11/11/1975

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

11/11/1975

Her Majesty’s Inspector, Miss Lord, visited

11/11/1975

Routine medical inspections in the afternoon

12/11/1975

Mr Morris, local authority Physical Education adviser, visited

15/11/1975

Martinmass Fayre – Pound Stall raised £44
(The annual St Martin’s fundraising Fayre. The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fayre.)

18/11/1975

Vision testing

19/11/1975

Pre school meeting 1:30 p.m.
(A familiarisation event for new children and their parents prior to the children starting school in January 1976.)

21/11/1975

The police gave a talk to all the children on Road Safety

24/11/1975

Counsellor Collman visited the school in the morning
(Counsellor Collman was a school Manager)

26/11/1975

Mr Hills in school
(Mr Hills was a school Manager)

04/12/1975

Mr Ridge, Headmaster of St Martins Church of England School, gave a talk on ‘A C.E. Secondary School’ to the Parents’ Association in the evening.

04/12/1975

Class 4 visited the Toy Museum with Mrs McMahon, Father Porter and Mrs Hastie

05/12/1975

Two performances of Tinderbox given to school by Globe Theatre Players

05/12/1975

Mr Hamilton of the National Children’s Homes showed two films to the school in the afternoon to launch the Christmas appeal.

08/12/1975

Visit of Mr Thompson, Head of Lower School St Nicholas’s
(The Boys’ Grammar School in Northwood)

09/12/1975

Infant dress rehearsal for their Nativity play in the afternoon

10/12/1975

First Performance of the Infant Nativity to parents in the afternoon
(There is a dedicated page in the archive)

10/12/1975

Class 1 & 2 inspected by Dr Alles for ringworm.  All clear.

11/12/1975

Second Performance of the Infant Nativity to parents in the evening

12/12/1975

Class 5 inspected by Dr – all clear
(Presumably related to the concerns about ringworm that had led to the check of Classes 1 & 2 on 10th December)

1512/1975

Dress rehearsal for ‘Florence Nightingale’
(This was the annual Junior play presented by Year 6.  There is a dedicated page in the archives.)

15/12/1975

Parties for Classes 5 & 6 (Years 3 and 4)

15/12/1975

Choir 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.)

16/12/1975

Infant parties

16/12/1975

1st Performance of ‘Florence Nightingale’

17/12/1975

Parties (Classes) 3 & 4

17/12/1975

2nd Performance of ‘Florence Nightingale’

18/12/1975

Cheque for £160 presented to Mr Hamilton of National Children’s Homes
(Mr Hamilton returned to the school, following his launch of the Christmas Fundraising on 8th December, to receive the cheque.  There is a dedicated page in the archive.)

18/12/1975

Parties for Cl.1 & 2

19/12/1975

Cheque for £65 sent of C.E. Children’s Society – donations from Christmas activities.  Further cheque for £1-0 sent to NCH making total of £170

19/12/1975

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

19/12/1975

Choir Sang at Wallis House p.m.

   

 

 

Christmas Holiday: 10/12/1975 – 05/01/1976

    

 

First uploaded: 02 September 2016
Last updated: 04 September 2016