The BWI Archives

1979 ~ 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: 20/12/1978 – 08/01/1979

  

 

10/01/1979

Head at Maths & Science Centre on Transitional Assessment Working Party a.m.
(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. He attended a large number of the working party’s meetings during the year.)

11/01/1979

Secondary allocation meeting for 4th Year (Year 6) parents in the evening
(While many BWI 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.)

12/01/1979

Interviews held with Fourth Year (Year 6) parents in the evening
(To support the school allocation process Mr Knowles held interviews with parents of children who would transfer to secondary schools in July 1979.)

15/01/1979

Mr Banks, the newly appointed Schoolkeeper/Caretaker, began work

15/01/1979

Mrs Ridge met staff to explain In Depth Inspection
(Hillingdon was introducing ‘In Depth’ inspections of its schools. A team of Local Authority advisors would visit each school for several days examining most areas of work, and prepared a written report of their findings for the Local Education Authority and the School’s Governors – it was not made publically available.  This was some ten years before Ofsted took on a similar role nationally. Mrs Barbara Ridge was one of the two general Primary Advisors.)

16/01/1979

The Audiometrician tested the hearing of Middle Infants & 2nd Year Juniors (Years 1 and 4)

16/01/1979
17/01/1979

Interviews held with Fourth Year (Year 6) parents in the afternoon and evening
(To support the school allocation process Mr Knowles held interviews with parents of children who would transfer to secondary schools in July 1979.)

22/01/1979

School closed to pupils owing to 1 day strike by Local Authority manual workers.  Staff in school which had been opened by Fr Toovey.

22/01/1979

AS2 and Form 7 taken to Office by Head
(These were the administrative documents in relation to the 1979 secondary transfer process – the ‘Office’ being the Local Authority Education Department.)

23/01/1979

Mrs Ridge in school – commencement of ‘In Depth Inspection’
(See 15th January)

26/01/1979

End of ‘In Depth Inspection’
(See 15th January)

29/01/1979

60 children, 3 staff to Westminster Theatre for ‘A day of London Theatre’ – 4th Year Juniors (Year 6)

06/02/1979

Return of Advisors to discuss their ‘In Depth’ finding with the whole staff.
(See 15th January)

07/02/1979

Head at Teachers’ Centre in the morning for In Service Training Working Party.
(The Local Authority was looking at ways it could expand its provision of courses for its school staff, especially to allow staff from different schools to share successful practice. Dennis Knowles was a member of the Working Party.)

08/02/1979
09/02/1979
12/02?1979

Traffic survey by Hillingdon Youth Safety Committee
(Nothing further is known of this survey)

15/02/1979

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

   

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 17/02/01979 – 25/02/1979

18/02/1979

Recording of ‘Johnny and the Giants’ in school all day
(A series of Lent Assemblies which told a story in episodic form as a series of ‘radio’ plays was written for the school and in part performed by the actor John Woodnutt.  This was presumably a new programme being recorded over the Spring Half Term for use in the following weeks.)

   

 

28/02/1979

Ash Wednesday Mass in St Martin’s Church
(Presumably only Classes 1 to 6 - the Junior children)

01/03/1979

Dental inspection of school

02/03/1979

Road safety demo in hall by Mr Thomas for 4 Infant Classes
(Mr Roy Thomas was the Local Authority Road Safety Officer.  He organised events such as the Cycling Proficiency courses, and working in schools promoting Road Safety.)

05/03/1979

The first Lent service for Junior children (in school at the start of the morning and using the newly recorded ‘Johnny and the Giants’ – see 18 February)

05/03/1979

4th Year Juniors & Orchestra to Beck for orchestral concert p.m.
(This was the Alfred Beck Hall in Hayes.)

07/03/1979

Head at funeral of Mr J. Cottrell, (ex) member of this staff for 25 years

07/03/1979

Classes 5 & 6 (Year 3 and some Year 4) to Beck for orchestral concert
(This was the Alfred Beck Hall in Hayes.)

07/03/1979

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

09/03/1979

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

09/03/1979
12/03/1979

‘Sponsored Tumble’ to raise money for a gymnastic mat

10/03/1979

Six-a-side at Bourne (School)
(Presumably the annual Primary Schools’ inter-school football tournament – though Mr Knowles overlooks to record which sport!)

13/03/1979

Head at Betham’s Middle School re organisation of this year’s Deanery Leavers Service
(Mr Knowles had been part of the planning group for the local deanery leavers services.  The way in which it was being ‘reorganised’ is not known. See 3rd July, below.)

14/03/1979

Open Evening 6 – 9.30 p.m.
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss mid-year progress.)

16/03/1979

The second Lent service for Infant children (in school at the start of the morning)

19/03/1979

The third Lent service for Junior children (in school at the start of the morning)

19/03/1979

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

22/03/1979

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.)

23/03/1979

The third Lent service for Infant children (in school at the start of the morning)

23/03/1979

Mr Morris (PE Adviser) in for Infant PE
(Presumably part of In-service work to promote the teaching of PE)

23/03/1979

Road Safety competition v Hillside. Lost 38-33
(This annual inter-school event took the form of a quiz)

24/03/1979

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

24/03/1979

Boys v Dads at soccer Boys won 4-2
(The annual ‘friendly’ parents versus pupils football match)

26/03/1979

The fourth Lent service for Junior children (in school at the start of the morning)

26/03/1979

Mr Craddock (Chief Adviser) in school a.m.
(Perhaps a familiarisation visit)

27/03/1979

Fire Drill – school evacuated in 1 minute

27/03/1979

Opening ceremony of Bishop Ramsey’s second Spring Fair – Theme ‘Movement’.
(This was presumably an exhibition prepared by the secondary school to demonstrate its achievements along similar lines to that in 1978 – see 7th March 1978.)

27/03/1979

Parents’ Association ‘Cheese & Wine’ informal social event .The Mayor was presented with a cheque for £66 towards her charity

29/03/1979

The whole school visited Bishop Ramsey to see displays of work on ‘Movement’
(See 27th March)

30/03/1979

The fourth Lent service for Infant children (in school at the start of the morning)

01/04/1979

Confirmation service in St Martin’s 27 11-year olds confirmed

02/04/1979

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

03/04/1979

The fifth Lent service for Junior children (in school at the start of the morning)

05/04/1979

Fire drill activated from Class7. 3 mins to evacuate school
(An accidental ‘activation’ seems likely as it involved a class of 6-7 year olds (Year 2).  Three minutes seems a more realistic evacuation timing than the 60 seconds usually recorded for drills!)

05/04/1979

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

05/04/1979

8 p.m. Lynmouth Journey parents meeting
(A pre-trip preparation evening for parents of children in Year 6 going to Lynmouth in May.)

06/04/1979

The fifth Lent service for Infant children (in school at the start of the morning)

06/04/1979

An ‘end of term’ service for the whole school at St Martin’s Church at the end of the afternoon.

06/04/1979

£65 cheque given to Fr Toovey for the ‘Friends of St Martin’s’ Appeal
The sponsored tumble by the Gym Club raised £290

  

 

 

Easter holiday: 07/04/1979 – 23/04/1979

      

 

24/04/1979

Ruislip conservation week display in Barn.  Two classes visited.
(The ‘Barn’ is the medieval Great Barn on Bury Street.)

28/04/1979

Cycling Proficiency course begun

30/04/1979

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

01/05/1979

Class 3 to the City
(A trip by a Year 5 class to the City of London, though the focus of their work was not recorded.)

02/05/1979

5-a-side soccer competition
(Possibly an inter-schools’ football tournament)

05/05/1979

5th Annual Fête.  Roy Castle opened it 11 a.m. £1200 profit
(There is a page dedicated to the event in the archive)

07/05/1979

School closed for May Day

10/05/1979

Routine medical inspections in the afternoon

10/05/1979

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

12/05/1979

The School Journey to Lynmouth – 38 children 3 staff & Fr Porter
(One of the two 1979 Year 6 summer residential trips.  There is a dedicated page in the archive.)

19/05/1979

May Fayre - £63.74 raised at Mother Hubbard Stall   
(The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fair.)

19/05/1979

Return of the School Journey after a successful week

21/05/1979

The Cycling Proficiency Test – all but two children passed

22/05/1979

The 4th Year (Year 6) spent all day at the Teachers’ Centre as part of an Intensive French Day

24/05/1979

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

24/05/1979

Ascension Day Mass in St Martin’s Church at the start of the morning
(Probably only Classes 1 to 6, the Junior children)

    

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 26/05/1979 – 03/06/1979

   

 

05/06/1979

1st Year Juniors to Camden Lock
(A trip by Year 3 to the Lock and market at Camden Town)

08/06/1979

Visit of Mr Cule & Mrs Howarth to see their next intake to Bishop Ramsey
(Mr Cule was the Headteacher of Bishop Ramsey secondary school and Mrs Howarth responsible for Year 7. Their visit was part of the transition process.)

11/06/1979

Top Infants to Camden Lock
(A trip by Year 2 to the Lock and market at Camden Town)

11/06/1979

Visit of Diocesan Education Reps to meet Fr Toovey, Mr Hills & Head.
(The focus for the visit is unknown)

12/06/1979

21 children, Mrs Harrild & Head to Le Touquet for 5 days.
(The second of the two 1979 Year 6 summer residential trips.)

15/06/1979

Class 4 (Year 4) to Tower Pier for river trip to Greenwich & Museum

16/06/1979

Return of the School Journey from Le Touquet

19/06/1979

Visit of Mrs Ridge & Mr Stevenson (advisors)
(Mrs Ridge was one of the two ‘Primary’ advisors, Mr Stevenson, the advisor for Music in the borough.)

22/06/1979

Mr Wilson Pratt in school
(Mr Wilson Pratt was the Deputy Director of Education for Hillingdon at the time.)

23/06/1979

The Parents’ Association held a Barbecue

23/06/1979

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

25/06/1979

8W (a ‘rising fives’ and Year 1 class) visited Kinghtscot Farm (Harefield)

26/06/1979

Film ‘Then one year’ shown to parents
(This was a film about puberty to be shown to the older children as part of a sex education programme. Parents of the 4th year, Year 6, were annually given an opportunity to see the film in advance of it being shown to their children.)

26/06/1979

Young Reading Test given to 1st Year Junior
(Year 3 children, part of internal monitoring of pupil progress.)

27/06/1979

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

27/06/1979

Chess match v Hayes Park – won 6-0
(As far as BWI’s participation in this borough wide competition, this seems to have been a one-off event.)

27/06/1979

Country Dance Party
(The school for many years had a Country Dance Club which traditionally had an end of year party.)

28/06/1979

Class 8 (probably Miss Sawyer’s ‘rising fives’ and Year 1 class ) visited Kinghtscot Farm (Harefield)

28/06/1979

Swimming Gala 7 p.m. Highgrove
(The annual Ruislip and Northwood inter-schools Swimming Gala at Highgrove Pool)

29/06/1979

Mass in school 9 a.m. Peter & Paul
(This was probably only for Classes 1 – 6, the Junior Children)

29/06/1979

Internal gymnastic competition

03/07/1979

A presentation to Fr Goff to mark his leaving the parish

03/07/1979

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

04/07/1979

District Sports at Kings College track
(The annual Ruislip and Northwood inter-schools athletics competition)

05/07/1979

4th Year (Year 4) to Natural History Museum

05/07/1979

Class 2 (mixed Year 5 & 6) to Mad Bess Woods.
(One of the three Ruislip Woods, the one between Ducks Hill Road and Breakspear Road North)

06/07/1979

Class 8S (probably Mrs Stevens’ ‘rising fives’ and Year 1 class ) visited Kinghtscot Farm (Harefield)

06/07/1979

Lynmouth School Journey Evening for 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.)

08/07/1979

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

09/07/1979

Festival of Music Week in Hillingdon.

09/07/1979

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

09/07/1979

PC Howard in school all day showing Infants ‘Road Crossing’

10/07/1979
12/07/1979

Open Evening
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss end of year progress.)

13/07/1979

Sports Day

14/07/1979

The Parents’ Association held a Square Dance

15/07/1979

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

16/07/1979

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

17/07/1979

Le Touquet School Journey Evening for 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.)

17/07/1979

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

19/07/1979

Warrender & BWI orchestras gave concert £30 donated and given to ‘Spastics Holiday’
(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.)

20/07/1979

End of term service 9:45 a.m
(This was almost certainly in St. Martin’s Church)

    

 

 

Summer Holiday: 21/07/1979 – 03/09/1979

   

 

03/09/1979

Service for Staff & Managers
(On the day before the first day of term for the children there was usually a Mass in St Martin’s for Staff, Managers and others associated with the school who wished to attend.)

10/09/1979

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

11/09/1979

4th Year (Year 6)  to London Museum
(This visit by children in Year 6 would have been the recently opened – 1976 – Museum of London in the Barbican)

15/09/1979

Cycling Proficiency course began

17/09/1979

Fr Toovey, Mr Hills, Cllr Booth & head at DEO (Diocesan Education Office) re provision of extra accommodation
(A meeting that eventually lead to the addition of two further classrooms in 1981)

20/09/1979

All the school photographed a.m.
(Individual and family photographs.  The staff photograph was also taken – there is a dedicated page in the archive)

26/09/1979

The Parents’ Association’s Annual General Meeting

26/09/1979

Mrs Stevenson, secretary, has completed 18 years at BWI

27/09/1979

Head, Miss Williams & Mr Scott visited Health Education Centre in Uxbridge

28/09/1979

 9 a.m. Michaelmass service in hall for 1-6

04/10/1979

41 children, Mr Scott, Miss Williams & friend to Charlbury for YH 3 day stay
(The autumn term Year 6 residential trip. There is a single picture in the archive.)

04/10/1979

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

10/10/1979

Toy Fayre - £94 (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.)

11/10/1979

Fr Teale – Diocesan RE adviser in school
(Fr Teale made an annual visit)

12/10/1979

Head at Bishop Ramsey for 2nd annual prize giving

15/10/1979

8 p.m. special meeting between managers and parents re extra provision of accommodation
(As with the previous building projects on the Southcote Rise site, the provision of further accommodation would need to be self-funded. Within a year the Parents’ Association had worked hard to provide the money that enabled construction work on two new classrooms to start early in 1981.)

16/10/1979

The audiometrician was in school to test the hearing of 2nd year Junior (Year 4) children.

17/10/1979

Open Evening 6-10 p.m.  
(Teacher-Parent interviews to outline the work for the coming year.)

18/10/1979

Cycling Proficiency Tests – 14 passed out of a total of 18 children.

23/10/1979

Head inspection – all clear
(Hair check for nits and louse infestation)

24/10/1979

Fire drill.  School evacuated in 60 secs

26/10/1979

Service in church on the theme ‘International Year of the Child’. 
£33 sent to Action in Distress

     

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 27/10/1979 – 04/11/1979

 

Gas Cooker & gas water heater installed in Class 1
(This was in the middle one of the three classrooms that looked out onto the Junior playground. The cooked and hot water provision were installed to help develop cooking.)

    

 

08/11/1979

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

09/11/1979

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

12/11/1979

Martinmass service in school at the start of the morning. 
(This was probably only for Classes 1 – 6, the Junior children.  This annual celebration for St Martin’s Day usually took place at St Martin’s Church; perhaps this year the weather was too wet to allow the fairly lengthy walk from Southcote Rise to the Church.)

12/11/1979 &
14/11/1979

Class 5 (mixed Year 3 & 4) visited the Police Station (in Sharps Lane.)
(These visited needed to be only half a class at a time, due to the size of the Police Station)

13/11/1979

15 Bishop Ramsey 3rd Years (Year 9) in school fact finding from our 5-6 and 9-10 year olds.

14/11/1979

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

15/11/1979

Photograph retakes
(The School Photographer revisited to retake photographs that had not been successful – in the days before digital photography how well a picture had been taken was not known until the negative was developed – and to photograph those children who had been absent on the 20th September.)

16/11/1979

Vision tests for 2nd Year juniors & 5-6 year olds (Years 4 and 1)

17/11/1979

Martinmass Fayre.  Our stall raised £74
(The annual St Martin’s fundraising Fayre. The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fayre.)

21/11/1979

All Infants & 1st Year Juniors (Year 3) to Winston Churchill Hall to see Coppelia & Cinderella

24/11/1979

The Parents’ Association held a Dance in St Martyn’s Church Hall

28/11/1979

Dennis Knowles attended the Deanery Education Committee Meeting in the afternoon

29/11/1979

Mrs Baker in school to explain her Reading Games to Junior Staff

30/11/1979

Launching of National Children’s Homes appeal
(This was launched by Mr Hamilton, who worked for the NCH, probably using the Sunny Smiles scheme – Children were given booklets of detachable photographs of children.  They asked friends and family to contribute to the charity and in return received one of the pictures. See 19th December)

05/12/1979

Dress rehearsal for (Infant) Nativity

06/12/1979

Nativity 2:30 p.m. for parents
(There is a page dedicated to the 1979 Nativity in the archive)

07/12/1979

Nativity for parents 6:30 p.m.

11/12/1979

Dress rehearsal to Juniors of ‘Sleeping Beauty’
(A performance of the 4th Year - Year 6 – was given to the Juniors)

12/12/1979

Dress rehearsal to Infants of ‘Sleeping Beauty’
(A performance of the 4th Year - Year 6 – was given to the Infants)

12/12/1979

Infant party p.m. with Father Xmas

13/12/1979

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

13/12/1979

Class 3 & 4 parties p.m.

13/12/1979

7:30 Performance of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ for parents
(Sadly, there appear to be no photographs surviving from this production given by the 4th Year – Year 6.)

14/12/1979

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

14/12/1979

Class 5 & 6 parties p.m.

14/12/1979

7:30 Performance of ‘Sleeping Beauty’

17/12/1979

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

17/12/1979

Class 2 party p.m.

18/12/1979

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

18/12/1979

Choir sang at St Vincent’s p.m.

19/12/1979

Cheque for £335 presented to Mr Hamilton of National Children’s Homes
(See 30th November)

19/12/1979

Choir sang at Wallis House

19/12/1979

Class 2 play a.m.

19/12/1979

Class 1 party p.m.

20/12/1979

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

20/12/1979

·         Cheques of £56.50 sent to the Sunshine Home for the Blind, Northwood;

·         the Children’s Union;

·         and the Holy Child Unit, St Vincent’s Hospital

Donations at Nativity, Sleeping Beauty & Carol Service

   

 

 

Christmas Holiday: 21/12/1979 – 06/01/1980


          

 

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