The BWI Archives

1976 ~ 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: 10/12/1975 – 05/01/1976

    

 

06/01/1976

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

09/01/1976

Infant PE demo by Mr Morris PE Adviser
(This ‘demonstration’ by the Physical Education Adviser probably took place during the morning to support staff development)

09/01/1976

The Parents’ Association ran a sale of used, but still serviceable uniform in the school hall during the afternoon.

13/01/1976

Medicals in the afternoon for those children who had raised some concerns during their on-entry examination.

13/01/1976

Mr D Hills (Manager) in school a.m.

13/01/1976

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

14/01/1976

Mrs Ridge (Primary Adviser) in school re extra accommodation

14/01/1976

An after-school staff development event for teachers during which Mr Morris (Local Authority Physical Education Adviser) used Class 3 (Year 5) to give a PE demonstration lesson.

15/01/1976,
19/01/1976

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 1976 to support the school allocation process.)

16/01/1976,
20/01/1976,
22/01/1976

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 1976 to support the school allocation process.)

19/01/1976

Film of ‘Help the Aged’ shown to Cl.1, 2, 3, 4
(Years 4, 5 & 6, probably part of a charity fund raising campaign.)

21/01/1976

Mr Morris & film ‘Free to move’ 3:45 for staff
(Another after-school staff development event)

22/01/1976

Miss J Burns (possibly a Local Authority with a special remit for schools) Miss Hubbard (Home Economics Adviser) in school p.m. re Home Economics project (probably the ‘Cooking Project’ introduced by Mrs Pocklington in 1974)

23/01/1976

Mrs Seymour (Senior remedial teacher) in school to talk to staff
(An after-school staff development event, these appear to have been regular weekly events at this date, though not settled on the same day each week)

27/01/1976

First 11+ selection paper
(The 4th Year, Year 6, selection tests – English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning - for secondary school.)

28/01/1976

The audiometrician visited to test the hearing of Middle Infants (Year 1) and of 2nd Year Juniors (Year 4)

29/01/1976

Animals from Norwood Hall in Cl.7 a.m.
(Norwood Hall was the building in Southall, Ealing, used for a time as a Horticultural College, but nothing is known of its association with animals)

03/02/1976

Class 5 (mixed Years 3 & 4) checked for Ringworm, no cases found.

04/02/1976

Class 3 visited the British Museum

05/02/1976

A talk on ‘Music at BWI’ was given to the Parents’ Association in the evening by Mr Knowles & Mrs Stevens

06/02/1976

Fire Drill – school evacuated in 1 minute

10/02/1976

Second secondary selection test
(There is an unusually large gap between the record of the first test on 27th January and this second date.)

12/02/1976

Dental check of whole school

13/02/1976

Parents’ Association ‘Cheese & Wine’ informal social event

13/02/1976

4th Year Scripts and record cards taken to Office
(Test papers and administrative documents related to the secondary selection procedure)

13/02/1976

Closed for half term break. 
Sixty children away each day this past week with flu

   

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 14/02/1976 – 22/02/1976

   

 

25/02/1976

Returned completed scripts to Education Office p.m.
(Further documents related to the secondary selection procedure not delivered on the 13th February)

26/02/1976

A woodwind & piano concert was given to Classes 1,2,3 & 4 (Year 4, 5 & 6) by an ensemble drawn from the Local Authority’s peripatetic music teachers

28/02/1976

Boys v Dads soccer. 5-5
(The annual ‘friendly’ parents versus pupils football match)

01/03/1976

Dr Golder (School Health) visited school.
(The purpose of the visit is not known)

03/03/1976

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

04/03/1976

Hair check of all children for potential nit/ louse infestation

05/03/1976

1st Lent service for Infant children (in school)

08/03/1976

1st Lent service for Junior children (in school)
(The third 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.  The content of the 1976 was not recorded and no pictures of the hall display appear to have survived.)

08/03/1976

The school football team visited the QPR  ground
(A repeat of the trip to the Queen’s Park Rangers ground that had taken place on 7th May 1975)

08/03/1976

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

10/03/1976

Road Safety v Breakspear
(This annual inter-school event took the form of a quiz)

10/03/1976

Head at Westminster City School p.m. talking to London Church School Teachers’ Association

11/03/1976

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

11/03/1976

Dental inspection of new intake

12/03/1976

2nd Lent service for Infant children (in school)

13/03/1976

Six-a-sided soccer competition at Harlyn
(The annual Primary Schools’ inter-school football tournament)

15/03/1976

2nd Lent service for Junior children (in school)
RE Working party attended it pre the meeting here at 9:30.
(Mr Knowles was part of a Religious Education working group developing a Local Education Authority teaching syllabus)

16/03/1976

Class 3 to Library

16/03/1976

The Parents’ Association held a Quiz Evening based on the popular television programme ‘Top of the Form’

17/03/1976

Visit of Local Councillors and representatives of the Borough Safety Committee relating to the barrier outside school gate

18/03/1976

String quartet for Classes 5,6,7
(Year 2, 3 & 4 – the string quartet may have been drawn from the Local Authority’s peripatetic music teachers)

19/03/1976

3rd Lent service for Infant children (in school)

20/03/1976

Netball Rally at Field end School. We lost in the final to Field End
(The annual Primary Schools’ inter-school netball tournament)

22/03/1976

3rd Lent service for Junior children (in school)

26/03/1976

4th Lent service for Infant children (in school)

29/03/1976

4th Lent service for Junior children (in school)

02/04/1976

5th Lent service for Infant children (in school)

04/04/1976

Confirmation of 29 of the 4th Year (Year 6) children (at St Martin’s Church)

05/04/1976

Communion Service 9 a.m. in school.
(This was probably for Junior children only and held to mark the Confirmation Service the previous day)

05/04/1976

Cromer Journey meeting 8 p.m. at school.
(A pre-trip preparation evening for parents of children in Year 6 going to Cromer in May.  The school had previously held the residential at Cromer in 1974.)

06/04/1976

5th Lent service for Junior children (in school)

07/04/1976

Head interviewing first appointments to the Authority all day
(The Local Education Authority asked Headteachers to carry out the appointment of teachers new to the profession to an LEA pool, for later allocation to schools.)

     

 

 

Easter Holiday: 08/-4/1976 – 26/04/1976

    

 

30/04/1976

Fire drill – school evacuated in 65 secs

01/05/1976

Cycling Proficiency course commenced

01/05/1976

29 children, 2 staff, Mr Cottrel & Fr Porter departed for 1 week at Cromer

03/05/1976

Mr Jack Robertson (Middx Cricketer) began a term’s coaching with 4th Year (Year 6) boys.

05/05/1976

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

06/05/1976

The film ‘Then one year …’ was shown at a Parents’ Association meeting by the Health Education Officer Mrs Branson
(This was a film about puberty to be shown to the older children as part of a sex education programme. It probably marks the introduction of a sex education programme, originally considered by Mr Jennings, see 21st April 1970, and a course attended by several staff on 28th June 1973.)

11/05/1976

Netball tournament at Hayes Stadium
(The inter-schools’ netball tournament)

11/05/1976

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

15/05/1976

Netball v mums 2-3:30 p.m.
(The annual ‘friendly’ parents v school match)

22/05/1976

May Fayre – Pound Stall raised £41.72 plus £9.55 in programmes
(The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fair.)

26/05/1976

The audiometrician carried out hearing tests in the morning

26/05/1976

Head & some children from Class 5 went pond dipping

27/05/1976

Ascension Day service in church 9:15 Classes 1-6

  

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 29/05/1976 – 06/06/1976

   

 

05/06/1976

Parents’ Association Dance at Winston Churchill Hall

08/06/1976

All day visit of advisers Mr Smith and Mrs Ridge
(These were the two Local Education Authority advisers and probably used the day to look at work across the school)

11/06/1976

Photographer in school for leavers & school teams

14/06/1976

Country Dance party at 4 p.m.

15/06/1976

4th Year leavers service in St Paul’s 2:15 p.m.  Visit to Mansion House & Guildhall a.m.
(The annual diocesan event for children who would be leaving their primary schools.  In 1976 the school again took advantage of combining the trip to St Pauls with a visit to the Mansion House and City of London Guildhall.)

16/06/1976

Class 7 visited Ruislip Manor (Royal Mail) Sorting Office

17/06/1976

Corpus Christi – Mass in school at the start of the morning
(Probably Juniors only)

18/06/1976

Cycling Proficiency Test

19/06/1976

23 children, Mrs Harrild and Head left for Le Touquet
(Residential trip to France for Year 6)

23/06/1976

Return from Le Touquet after a very successful visit

26/06/1976

Parents’ Association Fête 11-2 p.m. Opened by Mayor.

27/06/1976

Fr Goff ordained in St Paul’s
(A member of the St Martin’s clergy, marking his ordination to the priesthood)

28/06/1976

115 children, 6 Infant teachers & 8 parents to Windsor Safari Park

29/06/1976

Head took child to hospital for removal of object from nose
(Anyone working with children has to be prepared for the unexpected!)

30/06/1976

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

30/06/1976

Film ‘Don’t Talk to Strangers’ shown to 1st Year Juniors
(A film introduced in 1975 to alert children to the potential risks from unknown adults. In 1975 this had been shown to all children.  After review, it was probably felt best used with Year 3 only.)

01/07/1976

‘Cromer’ evening 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.)

07/07/1976

Sports Day 2 p.m.

07/07/1976

Gymnastic competition v Warrender 7 p.m.
(The link with Warrender Primary School for this, and several other events, was through Mrs Pocklington whose husband was a teacher at Warrender)

09/07/1976

Annual reports sent home to Junior parents

13/07/1976

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

14/07/1976

Top Infants with Mrs Branson – health pictures
(Mrs Branson was the Local Education Authority Health Education Officer, but what form her work with Year 2 took is unknown)

14/07/1976

Open evening 6 – 10 p.m.
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss end of year progress.)

15/07/1976

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

16/07/1976

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

17/07/1976

Parents’ Association Dance

18/07/1976

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

20/07/1976

Dress rehearsal for musical evening
(Prepared by Mrs Stevens and Mrs Morgan with an American theme. There is a dedicated page in the archives)

20/07/1976 &
21/07/1976

Musical evening 7:30 p.m.

21/07/1976

‘Potted sports’ 4th Year v Warrender
(For Year 6, see above 7th July)

22/07/1976

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

23/07/1976

Leavers service 3 p.m. church
(All children visited St Martin’s Church at the end of the afternoon for service at the end of the school year and with a focus on those moving to their secondary schools.)

    

 

 

Summer Holiday: 24/07/1976 – 06/09/1976

   

 

07/09/1976

Miss Sawyer commenced
(Miss Sawyer was to continue her association with the school through to the mid 1990s)

11/09/1976

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

17/09/1976

Fire drill – 65 seconds evacuation

20/09/1976

Inspection of all heads – clear
(Hair check for potential nit/ louse infestation)

20/09/1976

Visit of Mr Harries (ILEA head).
(The Inner London Education Authority; the reason for Mr Harries’ visit is not known)

22/09/1976

Parents’ Association Annual General Meeting

23/09/1976

Infants woodwind concert p.m.
(This would have been given by the Local Authority’s peripatetic music teachers)

23/09/1976

Commencement of cutting down of trees along front boundary of school
(The possible need for some trees to be removed had been identified on 23rd September 1975)

27/09/1976

Mrs Gibson & Mrs Pocklington with parents took 25 children to ‘The Grail’ at Pinner to see a weaving demonstration.

28/09/1976

Meeting of 4th Year parents re school journeys.
(Mr Knowles outlined the two options available for the Year 6 residential School Journey – an English based centre or a trip to Le Touquet, France.)

29/09/1976

Michaelmas Mass 9 a.m. in school hall.
(Probably Junior children only)

01/10/1976

School photographs in the morning
(These would be individual and family photographs)

01/10/1976

Visit of Mr Haynes (architect) re cracks in Infant block

06/10/1976

Toy Fayre - £73 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.)

07/10/1976

A party of 43 children, 3 staff and Fr Porter left for 3 days in Charlbury Youth Hostel
(This is the first mention of an autumn term residential trip.)

10/10/1976

Party returned after a successful visit.

15/10/1976

Fr Hayes (St Pauls Ruislip Manor) visited school a.m.

19/10/1976

Class 3 (Year 5) visited Sandy Nature Reserve accompanied by Fr Porter, Mrs Gardner, Mrs Gibson & 1 parent

21/10/1976

Class 4 visited The Natural History Museum

22/10/1976

Cycling Proficiency Tests

     

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 26/10/1976 – 31/10/1976

   

 

02/11/1976

Visit of Cllr Collman (Mayor) & Mayoress p.m.
(Councillor Collman was a Manager of the school at that time.  There is a dedicated page in the archive.)

04/11/1976

Hillingdon Brass Ensemble gave concert p.m. to Classes 1,2,3,4
(Years 4, 5 & 6. This may have been given by the Local Authority’s peripatetic music teachers, though usually such concerts were not given in the middle of a term to avoid clashes with the music staff’s teaching commitments.)

02/11/1976

Open Evening 6-9 p.m. Book Fayre in Hall provided by Children’s Book Centre.  £100 worth donated to school libraries.
(Teacher-Parent interviews to outline the work for the coming year.  This was combined with books on view for potential purchase.)

05/11/1976

Visit of Mr Morris, Physical Education Advisor

08/11/1976

Sale of poppies in school
(Fundraising for the annual British Legion poppy appeal)

09/11/1976

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

10/11/1976

New Intake & parents in school p.m.
(A familiarisation event for new children and their parents prior to the children starting school in January 1977.)

11/11/1976

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

13/11/1976

Martinmass Fayre – Pound staff raised £47 + £5.50 programme sale.
(The annual St Martin’s fundraising Fayre. The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fayre.)

18/11/1976

Photographing of absentees from 1st take
(Absentees from the individual photographs taken on 1st October.  The annual staff photograph was also usually taken on this day.)

22/11/1976

‘PE in the Primary School’ A talk and demonstration given by Mr Goulding and children to the Parents’ Association.

23/11/1976

Visit to Winston Churchill Hall by Classes 5, 6, 7 (Years 2 and 3) to see the Dasilva Puppets.

23/11/1976

Routine medical inspections in the afternoon for Infant children

26/11/1976

Mr Thomas (Road Safety Officer) gave demonstration & film to Infant Dept.

29/11/1976

Miss Wood (Children’s Union) gave talk & film strip to school.
(Presumably an event to initiate a fund raising activity. The Children’s Union – superseded by The Children’s Society – was a charity focused on children raising money to support other children.)

30/11/1976

Routine medical inspections in the afternoon for middle infants (Year 1)

02/12/1976

Press release of Road Safety Project by 4th Year Juniors (Year 6).  Mayor & Mayoress and two mounted metropolitan Police Force present
(There is a dedicated page in the archive.)

04/12/1976

4 parents began work on erecting Banbury Building.
(This was the construction of the ‘Clifford Littler Room’.  There is a dedicated page on this project in the archive.)

07/12/1976

Mr Fryer (Heinz) in school to receive 3,707 wrappers towards N.C.H.
(A ‘fund raising’ activity for the National Children’s Homes.)

07/12/1976

Nativity dress rehearsal p.m.

08/12/1976

1st Performance of Nativity 2:30 p.m.
(The annual Infants’ Nativity. There is a dedicated page in the archive.)

09/12/1976

Nativity 6.30 p.m.

13/12/1976

‘A Christmas Carol’ dress rehearsal
(This was the annual Junior play presented by Year 6.  This is the first known occasion when the school secretary, Mrs Monica Stevenson, used her writing skills to provide the script based on Charles Dicken’s ‘Christmas Carol’. Mrs Pam Morgan wrote the music. There is a dedicated page in the archives.)

13/12/1976

Parties Classes 5 & 6

13/12/1976

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

14/12/1976

Infant parties

14/12/1976

Plays of Classes 3 & 4
(The tradition of Junior Classes producing Christmas plays to perform to the school)

14/12/1976

1st Performance of ‘Xmas Carol’ 7:30 p.m.

15/12/1976

Classes 3 & 4 parties

15/12/1976

Classes 5 & 2 plays

15/12/1976

2nd Performance of ‘Xmas Carol’ 7:30 p.m.

16/12/1976

Cl.6 nativity play

16/12/1976

Classes 1 & 2 parties

17/12/1976

Carol Service in School – 9:45 (snowing)
(In previous years the school had held its Carol Service in St Martin’s Church.  Clearly in 1976 snow had made this visit unwise!)

17/12/1976

Choir at Wallis House 11 a.m.

17/12/1976

Mrs Harmer and Mrs Roberts resigned.

17/12/1976

£40 cheques sent to Children’s Union & Multiple Sclerosis

   

 

 

Christmas Holiday: 18/12/1976 – 05/01/1977

    

 

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