The BWI Archives

1978 ~ 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: 21/12/1977 – 03/-1/1978

 

 

04/01/1978

Painters moved in to begin internal decoration

06/01/1978

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

06/01/1978

Meeting of 4th Your parents 8 p.m. to outline this year’s Secondary allocation procedure.
(The previous year (1977) had seen the introduction of the first Comprehensive intake. While many parents now had a clear preference for children transferring to Bishop Ramsey, there were strict admissions criteria relating to regular family attendance at church over time of which parents needed to be aware.)

06/01/1978

11:30 Boiler broke down.  This was quickly reported for emergency repair.
(Unfortunately this issue with the heating was not to be an isolated occurrence. Regular breakdowns and failures of the system were to be an issue for quite a few years.)

09/01/1978

School opened to Junior class temps of 50°
(The Junior classrooms were at the end of the heating system)

09/01/1978
11/01/1978

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 1978 to support the school allocation process.)

10/01/1978

The School was closed due to a complete failure of the heating system

10/01/1978
11/01/1978

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 1978 to support the school allocation process.)

11/01/1978

The School was again closed as there was no heating

12/01/1978

The School reopened after the provision of temporary calor gas heating.  The Local Authority Safety Officer, Mr Brown, together with Cllr Booth, a school manager, agreed that the heaters were unsafe without guards.

12/01/1978

Interviews held with Fourth Year (Year 6) parents

13/01/1978

The School was again closed while appropriate portable heating was being sought.

16/01/1978

The School was closed.  Eight paraffin heaters were delivered and installed.  In the meantime the Caretaker had made a temporary repair pump to boiler.  Fr Toovey, chairman of the governors, visited and discussed the proposal to reopen the school the following day.

17/01/1978

The rewound pump fitted and the school open as normal.

18/01/1978

Further breakdown of boiler
(Presumably, the School was open, rooms being heated by the paraffin heaters.)

19/01/1978

Boiler repaired

19/01/1978

Woodwind ensemble for Classes 1, 2, 3 and 4
(For Years 4, 5 & 6, probably provided by members of the Borough’s peripatetic music staff.)

24/01/1978

New burner unit fitted to boiler.

24/01/1978

Routine medical inspections for 4th Year Juniors (Year 6)

25/01/1978

Mr Neil White, the Local Authority Art Adviser, visited the school.

01/02/1978

Mr Besenyi, a Maths Adviser from Argentina, visited the school

03/02/1978

Parents’ Association ‘Cheese & Wine’ informal social event

07/02/1978

(The school’s own boiler now working,) the paraffin heaters were removed from school

08/02/1978

Classes 1 to 6 (the Junior children) visited St. Martin’s Church for the Ash Wednesday mass.

09/02/1978

Mrs Pocklington, Mr Goulding & Head visited Bishop Ramsey to discuss progress of last intake.
(Mrs Pocklington and Mr Goulding were the two Year 6 teachers.  They and Mr Knowles wanted to see how their pupils, now in Year 7, had settled into their new environment and whether there were things that could be done in the future to make the transition smoother.)

   

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 11/02/1978 – 19/02/1978

 

During the half term holiday:
The School hall was painted,
The TV reception boosted, and
The toilets in new classroom on the infant playground repaired

   

 

20/02/1978

Lent service for Junior children (in school), parents also attended
(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 1978 was not recorded nor have any pictures of the art in the hall survived.)

21/02/1978

Head at Christ Church Ealing for area leavers service meeting
(The previous year the diocese had introduced local ‘Leavers’ Services’.  Mr Knowles had been part of the planning group for the first of these local events to be held at Holy Cross, Greenford.  See 4th July, below.)

22/02/1978

School dental inspection

23/02/1978

Classes 6 & 7 (Years 2 and 3) visited the Natural History Museum

23/02/1978

Painting of all classrooms completed.

24/02/1978

The first Lent service for Infant children (in school) at the start of the morning, (Parents also attended)

25/02/1978

Boys v Dads at soccer Boys won 5-3
(The annual ‘friendly’ parents versus pupils football match)

26/02/1978

Confirmation in St Martin’s Church

27/02/1978

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

27/02/1978

Class 3 (Year 5) to Hendon Aircraft Museum

28/02/1978

2nd Lent service for Junior children (in school)

01/03/1978

Open Evening 6 – 10 p.m.
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss mid-year progress.)

02/03/1978

Woodwind ensemble for Classes 5, 6 and 7
(For Years 2, 3 and 4, probably provided by members of the Borough’s peripatetic music staff.)

02/03/1978

Nits and Head lice found in Classes 5 and 8W, The heads of children in these classes were checked.

03/03/1978

Vision testing all day.

04/03/1978

Six-a-side soccer competition at Deanesfield School
(The annual Primary Schools’ inter-school football tournament)

06/03/1978

3rd Lent service for Junior children (in school)

06/03/1978

Open Evening 6 – 10 p.m.
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss mid-year progress.)

06/03/1978

Won Road Safety Quiz 1st Round v St Bernadette’s
(This annual inter-school event took the form of a quiz)

07/03/1978

Classes 4,5,6 (Years 5 and 6) visited Winston Churchill Hall to see ‘The Tinder Box’ performed by the Puppet Theatre

07/03/1978

Opening ceremony 2.30 p.m. at Bishop Ramsey of the ‘spring’ exhibition.
(This was presumably an exhibition prepared by the secondary school to demonstrate its achievements.)

08/03/1978

62 children & 3 staff at the Beck a.m. for orchestral concert.
(This was the Alfred Beck Hall in Hayes.)

09/03/1978

All classes visit Bishop Ramsey 9:30 – 12
(This would be to see the ‘Spring’ Exhibition opened on the 7th March.)

10/03/1978

A whole school head check for nits and head lice, all found to be clean.

11/03/1978

Netball tournament at Newnham Reached final
(The annual Primary Schools’ inter-school netball tournament.)

13/03/1978

4th Lent service for Junior children (in school)

14/03/1978

A talk to the Parents’ Association on ‘Modern Trends in Primary Education’ by Mr P. Smith, the Local Authority Primary Adviser

15/03/1978

Further case of head infestation in Cl.5

16/03/1978

Class 5 inspected and cleared.

20/03/1978

5th Lent service for Junior children (in school)(a number of) Bishop Ramsey children also attended

20/03/1978

A demonstration of the Green X Code (safe procedures for cross the road) was given to the Infants during the morning.

20/03/1978

Road Safety v Hayes Park.  Won.
(The second round of the annual inter-school event. See 6th March)

21/03/1978

Farewell presents from children & staff given to Miss Hull

22/03/1978

An ‘end of term’ service for the whole school at St Martin’s Church at the end of the afternoon during which £63 was donated to their ‘Friends of St Martin’s’ fund.

22/03/1978

Miss Hull’s last day before moving to Field End Infant School as Deputy Head.

   

 

 

Easter Holiday: 23/03/1978 – 10/04/1978

   

 

11/04/1978

Miss V. Williams began as class teacher and teacher responsible for Art and Craft.

11/04/1978

Garage base put down
(The Parents’ Association were installing a garage in which to store their equipment and materials.)

11/04/1978

Decorators completed work.
(Presumably the completion of the work begun at the start of the spring term, see 4th January.)

12/04/1978

Fire Drill – school evacuated in 70 seconds.

12/04/1978

A whole school head check for nits and head lice, all found to be clean.

14/04/1978

Lost in Road Safety Semi-final to Hillside 42-41
(The third round of the annual inter-school event. See 6th & 20th March)

15/04/1978

Cycling Proficiency course began

15/04/1978

Garage erected by parents
(See 11th April)

17/04/1978

Girls took part in Netball Tournament at Hayes  Reached the finals
(The inter-schools’ netball tournament)

18/04/1978

Meeting of 4th Year Journey to Lynmouth
(A pre-trip preparation evening for parents of children in Year 6 going to Lynmouth in May.)

20/04/1978

String ensemble p.m. for Classes 5, 6 and 7
(For Years 2, 3 and 4, probably provided by members of the Borough’s peripatetic music staff.)

21/04/1978

The Parents’ Association held a sale of second hand school uniform in the afternoon.

22/04/1978

Girls came 4th in Netball tournament
(The inter-schools’ netball tournament)

23/04/1978

A number of children took part in the Mayor’s sponsored walk and raised £55

25/04/1978

Head at Leavers’ Service Committee meeting

26/04/1978

Mrs Griffiths presented cheque for £15 to Dr Barnado fund at Winston Churchill Hall
(This presumably resulted from a school based fundraising activity)

26/04/1978

5-a-side soccer competition in the afternoon
(The inter-schools’ football tournament)

01/05/1978

School closed
(May Day Bank Holiday)

04/05/1978

Ascension Day Mass in church for Classes 1 – 6 (Junior children)

06/05/1978

4th School Fair - £900 raised
(There are some photographs of this event, in the Archive)

10/05/1978

Visit of Mrs Ridge, Local Authority Primary Advisor

10/05/1978

Managers meeting p.m. with Mr Haynes architect
(This may have been to discuss the addition of further accommodation at the school, which was finally achieved in 1981)

11/05/1978

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

12/05/1978

Ruislip/ Northwood Musical Festival – School choir won trophy

13/05/1978

28 children 2 staff & Fr Porter went to Lynmouth on School Journey week
(One of the two 1978 Year 6 summer residential trips.)

18/05/1978-
19/05/1978

Cycling Proficiency tests – 29 passed

18/05/1978

String ensemble for Juniors
(Presumably for Years 4, 5 & 6 to compliment that for the younger children on 20th April. It was probably provided by members of the Borough’s peripatetic music staff.)

20/05/1978

Return of Lynmouth School Journey party.  Excellent week.

20/05/1978

May Fayre – Mother Hubbard's stall raised £47.70
(The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fair.)

23/05/1978

4th Year spent all day at the Teachers’ Centre as part of an Intensive French Day

24/05/1978

Netball v mums – girls lost 4-2
(The annual ‘friendly’ parents v school match)

24/05/1978

Choir sang at opening of Ruislip / Northwood Festival 25th Anniversary

   

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 27/05/1978 – 04/06/1978

   

 

05/06/1978

The Audiometrician visited to test the hearing of children in Year 2

08/06/1978

Area swimming gala
(The annual Ruislip and Northwood inter-schools Swimming Gala)

08/06/1978

Routine medical inspections in the afternoon

11/06/1978

The Parents’ Association held a Treasure Hunt

12/06/1978-
17/06/1978

23 children, Mrs Harrild & Head to Le Touquet. Very successful school journey.
(The second of the two 1978 Year 6 summer residential trips.)

19/06/1978

The Infants visited Chessington Zoo.

21/06/1978

Area athletics meeting at Kings College Fields
(The annual Ruislip and Northwood inter-schools athletics competition)

22/06/1978

Photographs of school teams & leavers
(There are photographs the 4th Year – Year 6 – and of some of the teams in the Archives. There is also a picture of the choir taken on this day on the page devoted to the summer concert.)

23/06/1978

Recorder festival at Warrender

24/06/1978

Borough show – work displayed in church tent
(The annual Hillingdon Show usually included a section focusing on education in the Borough.  If there were photographs they appear not to have survived.)

24/06/1978

The Parents’ Association held a Barbecue

26/06/1978

‘Then one year …’  film shown to 4th Year parents.
(This was a film about puberty to be shown to the older children as part of a sex education programme. Parents were annually given an opportunity to see the film in advance of it being shown to their children.)

28/06/1978

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

29/06/1978

‘Pilgrims mass’ in school hall 9 a.m.
(Probably the Junior children – Classes 1 – 6 – only)

29/06/1978

Rev. Teale (Diocesan Advisor RE) in school

02/07/1978

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

03/07/1978

Internal gymnastic competition in the afternoon

04/07/1978

4th Year Leavers service at Holy Cross, Greenford.
(The local ‘Deanery’ service for Year 6 children.)

06/07/1978

Talk to Parents’ Assocation by Mr Nicol about his work as a BBC film cameraman

06/07/1978

Routine medical inspections in the afternoon

07/07/1978

Lynmouth School Journey Evening for 4th Year 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.)

09/07/1978

Cricket v Dads – boys won by 1 wkt
(The annual ‘friendly’ parents versus school match.)

10/07/1978 &
12/07/1978

Open evening 6 – 10.00 p.m.
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss end of year progress.)

12/07/1978

Film ‘Don’t talk to strangers’ shown to 1st Year Juniors
(A film shown annually to Year 3 to alert children to the potential risks from unknown adults.)

12/07/1978

Violin Festival at Beck
(This was a primary school’s music event at the Beck Theatre, Hayes, run by the Borough Music Service)

13/07/1978

Sports Day p.m.

14/07/1978

Dress rehearsal for music evening

14/07/1978

The Parents’ Association held a Square Dance

17/07/1978

Musical Evening
(There is a dedicated page in the archive)

17/07/1978

Visit of the Mayor, Mrs Thorndike. Visited all classes and presented a book to Infants for work on Road Safety.
(The Mayor’s visit was noted, along with the Infants’ Road Safety project, in the Ruislip and Northwood Gazette, see the dedicated page in the Archives.)

18/07/1978

Le Touquet School Journey Evening for 4th Year 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.)

19/07/1978

A Gym competition was held between BWI and Warrender - BWI won

19/07/1978

Musical evening

19/07/1978

£35 sent to Spastic Children’s Holiday Fund
(The Wellcome Trust holds a film made by Alan R Tanner, about a holiday for children with cerebral palsy based in Ruislip. Alan Tanner also made the film of the move of BWI from Eastcote Road to Southcote Rise.)

21/07/1978

End of term service in church

21/07/1978

Mr Goulding resigned to take up a position at Minet Primary School

  

 

 

Summer Holiday: 22/07/1978 – 04/09/1978

  

 

05/09/1978

Mr Scott joined the staff, teaching Class 4.  Due to the absence of Mrs Jolinon, Mrs Wood working as a supply teacher.

07/09/1978

Roll 338, 204 Juniors 134 Infants. 
School full when a further 22 come in in January 1979

08/09/1978

The Head and two staff attended funeral of Mrs Joyce Collman (Manager)

12/09/1978

4th Year Parents meeting re Charlbury School Journey
(A pre-trip preparation evening for parents of children in Year 6 going to Charlbury later in the term.)

13/09/1978

Photographing of all in school
(Individual and family photographs.  The staff photograph was also taken – there is a dedicated page in the archive)

16/09/1978

New cycling proficiency course begins

21/09/1978

Routine medical inspections in the afternoon

22/09/1978

Inspection of heads – all clear
(Hair check for nits and louse infestation)

25/09/1978

 Head at the Teachers’ Centre for a conference on Child Abuse

26/09/1978

The Parents’ Association’s Annual General Meeting

27/09/1978

Inspection of heads – all clear
(Hair check for nits and louse infestation. Presumably the completion of the check begun on 22nd September.)

28/09/1978

Routine medical inspections for Junior children in the afternoon

28/09/1978

Class 7 (Year 2) visited Ruislip Sorting Office

29/09/1978

Michaelmass service in school
(Presumably only Classes 1 – 6, the Junior children)

29/09/1978

Cllr Booth in school p.m.
(Councillor George Booth had a long and active association with the school, including as the Chair of Managers/Governors.  He was a Local Authority appointment to the Governing Body)

04/10/1978

Toy Fayre - £81 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.)

05/10/1978

4th Year School Journey to Charlbury Youth Hostel
(The autumn term Year 6 residential trip. They were accompanied, amongst others, by Mrs Pocklington and Mr Scott. There is a single picture in the archive.)

05/10/1978

Brass concert for Classes 5, 6 and 7
(For Years 2, 3 and 4, probably provided by members of the Borough’s peripatetic music staff.)

08/10/1978

Return of 4th Year after successful weekend at Charlbury

11/10/1978

Head (Mr Knowles), Fr Toovey & Mr D. Hills at Diocesan Education Office a.m.
(This may have been to discuss the need for additional accommodation at the school.)

12/10/1978

Open Evening & Book Fayre. £150 worth of books donated to the school.
(Teacher-Parent interviews to outline the work for the coming year. An exhibition of books for children, available for purchase, was also provided.)

12/10/1978

Woodwind Ensemble for Classes 1, 2, 3 and 4
(For Years 6, 5 and 4, probably provided by members of the Borough’s peripatetic music staff.)

13/10/1978

Head at Bishop Ramsey Speech Day

18/10/1978

Class 3 (Year 5) visited Stoke Bruerne Waterways Museum

19/10/1978

Cycling Proficiency Test – 14 passed

19/10/1978

Class 5 (mixed Years 3 and 4) visited the Royal Mail Sorting Office at Ruislip Manor

24/10/1978

Fire Drill. School evacuated in 60 seconds

24/10/1978

Deanery Heads meeting at Bishop Ramsey

25/10/1978

Class 4 visited the London Museum
(This visit by children in Year 4 would have been the newly opened – 1976 – Museum of London in the Barbican)

   

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 28/10/1978 – 05/11/1978

  

 

06/11/1978

Sale of poppies - £21.96
(Fundraising for the annual British Legion poppy appeal)

07/11/1978

Visit of 3 ILEA (Inner London Education Authority) Heads & Inspector a.m.

10/11/1978

Junior children, Classes 1 – 6, visited St Martin’s Church at the start of the morning for a service (on the day before St Martin’s Day)

15/11/1978

Photograph retakes

16/11/1978

Routine medication inspections for the 4th Year (Year 6)

17/11/1978

Mrs Curry, playgroup leader Manor Farm, in school

18/11/1978

Martinmass Fayre £51 + £6 sale of tickets raised at Mother Hubbard stall.
(The annual St Martin’s fundraising Fayre. The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fayre.)

20/11/1978

Mr Cule (Head Bishop Ramsey) talked to the Parents’ Association

21/11/1978

Head at Bishop Ramsey for ‘liaison’ meeting of feeder primaries

27/11/1978

Mr Facer (Post Office) showed film to Classes 5 & 7

29/11/1978

Mr Mullett (Education Office) & Mr Hills (Maths & Science) in school to discuss Transitional Assessment
(Dennis Knowles had previously been part of the working group that had devised and put into place a series of assessment tests in English and mathematics for Year 6 children.)

30/11/1978

PC Holmes in school all day
(A police familiarisation visit to classrooms)

30/11/1978

Classes 5, 6, 7 8[Wilcox], 8[Sawyer], 8[Stevens] at Winston Churchill Hall to see the Globe Players

01/12/1978

Miss Cook (Children’s Union) in school
(A visit in relation to fundraising. The Children’s Union was subsumed into the Children’s Society the following year.)

01/12/1978

Head at Teachers’ Centre  for Transitional Assessment Working Party - English

06/12/1978

Head at Maths & Science Centre for Transitional Assessment Working Party - Maths

06/12/1978

Dress Rehearsal for Nativity

07/12/1978

Infant Nativity p.m. for parents & residents of Barringer’s Court & Wallis House
(There is a dedicated page for the 1978 Nativity in the archive.)

08/12/1978

Infant nativity for parents 6:30 p.m.

11/12/1978

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

12/12/1978

Infant party day

13/12/1978

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

13/12/1978

Choir to St. Vincents p.m. to sing carols

13/12/1978

Dress rehearsal of Junior performance

14/12/1978

Class 5 & 6 plays a.m.
(The tradition of Junior Classes producing Christmas plays to perform to the school)

14/12/1978

Class 3 & 4 parties p.m.

14/12/1978

Junior Performance to parents 7:30 p.m. of ‘The thoughtless Duke of Umptilaria’
(This was the annual Junior play presented by Year 6. There is a dedicated page in the archive.)

15/12/1978

Class 3 & 4 plays a.m.
(There are photographs from Mr Scott’s Class 4 play in the archive.)

15/12/1978

Class 5 & 6 parties p.m.

15/12/1978

Second performance of the ‘Thoughtless Duke’ 7:30 p.m.

18/12/1978

Choir sang at Barringers Court a.m.

18/12/1978

Class 1 & 2 parties

19/12/1978

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

19/12/1978

£47 cheque sent to Children’s Union
£47 cheque sent to Northwick Park Unit for children with rheumatoid arthritis
£40 cheque sent to ‘Kidney Machine’ fund at Mount Vernon Hospital

   

 

 

Christmas Holiday: 20/12/1978 – 08/01/1979


          

 

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