The BWI Archives

1980 ~ 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: 21/12/1979 – 06/01/1980

  

 

07/01/1980

Mrs D. Boyfield commenced duties

08/01/1980

Meeting of 4th Year parents re Secondary Allocation
(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.)

10/01/1980

4th Year (Year 6) parent interviews in the afternoon
(To support the school allocation process Mr Knowles held interviews with parents of children who would transfer to secondary schools in July 1980.)

11/01/1980
14/01/1980

4th Year (Year 6) parent interviews 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 1980.)

12/01/1980

Managers meeting to discuss Diocesan letter
(The content of the letter is uncertain, though may have related to a bid for funding from the Diocese for the construction of further classrooms.)

14/01/1980

4th Year (Year 6) to Westminster Theatre for ‘A day at the theatre’

15/01/1980

Head at Transition Assessment WP – Maths
(Dennis Knowles had 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. During 1979 and 1980 he attended a large number of the working party’s meetings reviewing and revising the tests.)

16/01/1980

Vision tests for Classes 6 & 7 (Year 3 and 2)

17/01/1980

Mr Spackman of ‘Help the Aged’ talked to Classes 1-6 £302 raised.
(Presumably Mr Spackman introduced a fundraising activity to the Junior children and that later resulted in the £302 raised.)

04/02/1980

Classes 1 – 6, the Junior children, attended a Candlemass service in church

08/02/1980

Mr Hogg (Organist at St Martin’s) in school recruiting (for children to join the church choir.)

11/02/1980
12/02/1980

Classes 1 & 2 to Bishop Ramsey to see the school’s first production, ‘Snow Queen’.

12/02/1980
13/02/1980

Head on ‘Health & Safety at Work’ course
(The Local Authority was ensuring that schools were compliant with the requirements of the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act.)

14/02/1980

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

14/02/1980

Dental check of whole school

15/02/1980

Visit of Metropolitan Mounted Police and Queen’s horse ‘Burmese’ for Class 7 project
(This was arranged through one of the parents who was a member of the Mounted Police.  There is a dedicated page in the archive.)

   

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 16/02/1980 – 24/02/1980

   

 

25/02/1980

Fire drill. The school was evacuated in 70 seconds.

26/02/1980

4th Year (Year 6) to the American History Museum at Claverton, Bath

27/02/1980

Lunch time fire drill for Infants. Hall Evacuated in  1 ½ minutes

27/02/1980

Routine medical examinations in the afternoon

27/02/1980

Health & Safety Inspection
(A regular formal inspection of the building, its fabric and how it was being used, to ensure compliance with the 1974 Health and Safety Act.)

28/02/1980

Lunch time fire drill for Infants.  Hall emptied in 1 ½ minutes

29/02/1980

Green X Code demonstration for Infants from Mr R.Thomas.
(The Green X Code was a procedure for safely crossing roads.  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.)

03/03/1980

1st Junior Lent Service – Jimmy & Witches
(Jimmy and the Witches was series of Lent Assemblies which told a story in episodic form as a series of ‘radio’ plays. It had been written for the school and in part performed by the actor John Woodnutt.  Although there are no photographs of the 1980 hall displays that often supported these assemblies, there is a page illustrating the 1975 use of the programme.)

03/03/1980

Road Safety competition v Botwell (home) Won 37‑35
(This annual inter-school event took the form of a quiz)

04/03/1980

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

04/03/1980

Fire drill for 1st sitting – cleared hall in 2 minutes

05/03/1980

Visit of Mayor (Cllr Lally) & Mayoress 9:30 – 11:30
(Hillingdon Mayors often visit a number of schools during their tenure of the office.  Dennis Knowles frequently invited the current mayors.  There are photographs of the Cllr and Mrs Lally’s visit in the archive.)

05/03/1980

Classes 6 & 7 (Year 3 and some Year 2) to Beck for concert
(This was the Alfred Beck Hall in Hayes.)

06/03/1980

Routine medical examinations in the afternoon

07/03/1980

The second Lent service for Infant children (in school)

10/03/1980

The second Lent service for Junior children (in school)

11/03/1980

Parents’ Association ‘Cheese & Wine’ informal social event

12/03/1980

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

14/03/1980

The third Lent service for Infant children (in school)

14/03/1980

Trees planted on Infant play area grass verge as commemoration to Jim Cottrell.
(Mr Cottrell, the long serving member of teaching staff, had died the previous year.)

15/03/1980

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

17/03/1980

The third Lent service for Junior children (in school)

18/03/1980

Visit of Mr Edwards, (Local Authority) Science Adviser

19/03/1980

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

20/03/1980

Class 4 on Ruislip History Trail

21/03/1980

The fourth Lent service for Infant children (in school)

22/03/1980

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

23/03/1980

Confirmation of 15 of our 10-11 year olds at St Martin’s

24/03/1980

Confirmation Mass in school 9:15 a.m.
(This was probably for Junior children only and held to mark the Confirmation Service the previous day)

25/03/1980

The fourth Lent service for Junior children (in school)

26/03/1980

PC Howard in school (all) day visiting classes re road safety

27/03/1980

The Parents’ Association held a Fashion Show for parents in the evening

28/03/1980

The fifth Lent service for Infant children (in school)

29/03/1980

Boys v Dads at soccer. A 4-4 draw
(The annual ‘friendly’ parents versus pupils football match)

31/03/1980

The fifth Lent service for Junior children (in school)

01/04/1980

Managers meeting to discuss letter from Diocese re accommodation
(As with the meeting on 12th January the content of the letter is uncertain, though clearly related to the need for further classrooms.)

02/04/1980

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

02/04/1980

Cheque for £70 presented to Fr Toovey for ‘Friends of St Martin’s’ appeal

   

 

 

Easter Holiday: 03/04/1980 – 21/04/1980

   

 

22/04/1980

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

23/04/1980

Road Safety v Coteford (a) Won
(The second round of the annual inter-school event, see 3rd March)

24/04/1980

Routine medical inspections for the September ’79 intake

26/04/1980

Cycling Proficiency course began

29/04/1980

Head at Beetham’s re Leavers Service
(Mr Knowles had been part of the planning group for the local deanery leavers’ service.  See 8th July, below.)

29/04/1980

School choir won Ruislip Northwood Music Festival

30/04/1980

Visit of Maths adviser

01/05/1980

Class 5 (mixed Year 3 & 4) to Planetarium

02/05/1980

School Journey – 24 children Miss Williams & Mr Scott to Cromer for week.
(One of the two 1980 Year 6 summer residential trips.  There is a dedicated page in the archive.)

05/05/1980

May Day Holiday

06/05/1980

8 p.m. A General meeting of the Parents’ Association & the school Managers
(This was probably to discuss additional classrooms and ways in which these could be self-funded.)

07/05/1980

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

07/05/1980

The audiometrician visited to test the hearing of Infants

09/05/1980

School Journey return from Cromer

12/05/1980

Road Safety ¼ final v Hillside (a) – won 42-37
(The third round – quarter finals – of the annual inter-schools road safety quiz)

15/05/1980

Ascension Day Mass in St Martin’s Church at the start of the morning for Classes 1 – 6, the Junior Children

17/05/1980

May Fair - £68 raised at Mother Hubbard Stall
(The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fair.)

20/05/1980
22/05/1980

Cycling Proficiency Tests – 24 of the 31 children passed

21/05/1980

Road Safety semi final v Harmondsworth Won
(BWI were successful in the semi-finals of the inter-schools Road Safety quiz)

    

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 24/05/1980 – 01/06/1980

   

 

02/06/1980

Class 6 visited the British Museum

02/06/1980

6 Japanese visitors in school a.m.

03/06/1980

Final of Road Safety Competition in Civic Centre Lost to Ryefield 60-47

05/06/1980

Group & Leavers photographs
(There is a single photograph, the school football team, in the archive.  As yet, a copy of the 4th Year Junior (Year 6) photograph has not been found.)

06/06/1980

Class 3 visited Hampton Court

06/06/1980

Mr Pymm (architect) visited school
(Mr Pymm had been involved with works on the Southcote Road site since the school was built.  His visit here was possibly to give advice on additional classroom accommodation then under active consideration.)

07/06/1980

School Fête - £1200 profit.  Opened by Andrew Sachs (Manuel).
(There are photographs in the archive)

09/06/1980

Mr Cule & Mrs Howarth (Bishop Ramsey) in school re next September intake
(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.)

10/06/1980-
14/06/1980

20 Children, Mrs Harrild and Head to Le Touquet
(The second of the two 1980 Year 6 summer residential trips.)

17/06/1980

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

17/06/1980

Green X Code films shown to school p.m.
(The Green X Code was a procedure for safely crossing roads.)

19/06/1980

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

19/06/1980

The Local Authority Mathematics Advisor gave a talk to the Parents’ Association - ‘Maths today – what do we want to achieve and how do we achieve it?’

20/06/1980

Class 4 went to Tower Pier for a boat trip to Greenwich
(There are photographs from this trip in the archive.)

24/06/1980

8 p.m. 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.)

25/06/1980

4 classes of Infants to Safari Park, Windsor

26/06/1980

Swimming Gala
(The annual Ruislip and Northwood inter-schools Swimming Gala at Highgrove Pool)

28/06/1980

The Parents’ Association held a Barbecue

30/06/1980

Mass in school at the start of the morning. Fr D. Bradshaw, the new deacon, was present
(This was probably only for Classes 1 – 6, the Junior Children)

01/07/1980

Film ‘Don’t talk to strangers’ shown to 1st Year Juniors, then to 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Year Juniors
(A film shown annually to Year 3, but in 1980 also shown to the older Junior children, to alert them to the potential risks from unknown adults.)

02/07/1980

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

07/07/1980-
11/07/1980

Children joining orchestras for Borough Music Week
(This rather cryptic note probably refers to BWI pupils learning an orchestral instrument coming together with similar children from other schools to give concerts.  These were usually held at the Beck Theatre, Hayes.)

08/07/1980

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

10/07/1980

Routine medical examinations in the afternoon

10/07/1980

A British Rail film shown to Classes 1-4 (Years 4, 5 & 6) in the morning.

10/07/1980

8 p.m. 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.)

11/07/1980

Class 2 walked from Harefield to Uxbridge along the canal bank

11/07/1980

Mrs Clements (School Meals Supervisory Assistant) left after 11 years at school.

12/07/1980

The Parents’ Association held a Square Dance

13/07/1980

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

16/07/1980

Area athletics meeting
(The annual Ruislip and Northwood inter-schools athletics competition)

17/07/1980

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

18/07/1980

Sports Day rained off

19/07/1980

Meeting of manager and education committee reps
(This meeting may have been related to the proposed new classrooms)

20/07/1980

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

21/07/1980

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

22/07/1980

Sports Day

23/07/1980

Lunchtime farewell to Mrs Brothers and Mrs Willcox

24/07/1980

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

24/07/1980

Le Touquet 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.)

25/07/1980

End of term service 11 a.m. in church
(The whole school would have attended this service)

25/07/1980

The last day for both Mrs Willcox and Mrs Brothers

 

 

 

Summer Holiday: 26/07/1980 – 08/09/1980

   

 

09/09/1980

Mrs Kathryn Spring and Miss Debby Clarke (later, Mrs Cooper) commenced duties.

11/09/1980

The number on roll was 342

11/09/1980

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

19/09/1980

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

20/09/1980

Cycling proficiency course began

23/09/1980

All heads in school inspected – clear
(Hair check for nits and louse infestation)

25/09/1980

St Martin’s Flower Festival – all classes visited the church

26/09/1980

Fire Drill – school evacuated in 1 minute

29/09/1980

Michaelmass service in school hall for Classes 1-6 (the Junior children)

30/09/1980

The Parents’ Association’s Annual General Meeting

01/10/1980

4th Year to Ivinghoe YH with Mrs Pocklington, Mrs Spring & Mrs Lafford (parent)
(The autumn term Year 6 residential trip. There is a dedicated page in the archive.  During the school year September 1980 to July 1981 all 46 Year 6 children were in a single class – Class 1 – initially taught by Jean Pocklington and, from Easter 1981, by Philip Rutter.)

01/10/1980

Meeting with Mr Pymm (architect) and Youngmans rep re new classrooms.
(Work is progressing in acquiring two new classrooms for the school)

02/10/1980

Routine medication inspections in the afternoon

03/10/1980

Return from Ivinghoe.  Successful venture

08/10/1980

Toy Fayre p.m. £92.32 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.)

09/10/1980

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

15/10/1980
16/10/1980

Classes 6, 4, 3, 1 to Ruislip History Exhibition
(There are several pictures of the children visiting the exhibition in the archive.)

21/10/1980

Health and Safety Inspection
(A regular formal inspection of the building, its fabric and how it was being used, to ensure compliance with the 1974 Health and Safety Act.)

21/10/1980

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

22/10/1980

Fire Engine for Class 5 – also seen by Infants.
(There are several pictures of the Infants viewing the fire engine in the archive.)

22/10/1980
23/10/1980

Cycling Proficiency Tests, of the 24 children, 21 passed.

    

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 25/10/1980 – 02/11/1980

 

During the week the outside doors of the school were painted and urinal installed in Infant block toilets plus extractor fans in 4 other rooms.

   

 

04/11/1980

Class 2 (Year 5) visited St Katherine’s Dock to see historical ships

10/11/1980

Mass in church for Classes 1-6 to celebrate Martinmass

12/11/1980

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

14/11/1980

Visit of Mrs Huxtable (Senior mistress) of Bishop Ramsey
(The purpose of the visit is not known, though it may have been to discuss Bishop Ramsey students spending time in BWI to enhance their studies or as part of ‘work experience’.)

15/11/1980

Martinmass Fair - £72 & £9 programmes contributed by school.
(The annual St Martin’s fundraising Fayre. The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fayre.)

17/11/1980

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

19/11/1980

Mrs Baker in school to show her Reading Games to Infant Staff

20/11/1980

PC Jasper in school all day observing

20/11/1980

Class 3 (Year 5) to London Museum & St Paul’s

25/11/1980

Classes 3,4,5,6 (Years 3, 4 & 5) visited Winston Churchill Hall to see ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Tinderbox’

27/11/1980

Work displayed in Civic Centre
(The new London Borough of Hillingdon Civic Centre in Uxbridge was formally opened in 1979.  All the education offices, including the directorate, were located on a single floor. The Director of Education arranged with schools to provide displays that demonstrated the range and quality of work being undertaken, both to enliven the corridors and to show visitors the quality of the borough’s schools.)

28/11/1980

The Parents’ Association held a Christmas Bazaar in school hall from 3:30 – 5 p.m. £180 raised

01/12/1980

Class 1 (Year 6) to Westminster Theatre for ‘A Day at the Theatre’

01/12/1980

Meeting with 4th year parents re Secondary Allocation
(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.

This meeting, in past years in the spring term, was brought forward to the end of the autumn term, probably the result of the Borough requiring more time to process and allocate secondary places.)

02/12/1980
04/12/1980

Interviews with 4th Year parents p.m. and evening
(To support the school allocation process Mr Knowles held interviews with parents of children who would transfer to secondary schools in July 1981. Again, in previous years this was a spring term activity, See the preceding note for 1st December)

04/12/1980

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

05/12/1980

‘Unaccompanied’ Company gave concert to Infants

06/12/1980

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

08/12/1980

4th year Juniors (Year 6) to Bishop Ramsey p.m. to watch Xmas play

09/12/1980

Mrs Cowley (St Helens) visited school to see English being taught.

10/12/1980

Dress Rehearsal Nativity
(Presumably, as in previous years, this was watched by the Junior children)

10/12/1980

Choir sang 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.)

11/12/1980

Nativity to parents p.m.
(There is a page dedicated to the 1980 Nativity in the archive)

12/12/1980

Nativity to parents, evening

12/12/1980

Parties for Classes 1 & 4

13/12/1980

Coach of children to Albert Hall for Carol Concert

15/12/1980

Class plays 1 & 4
(From the school year September 1980 – July 1981 the large scale Junior production moved from Christmas to the end of the Easter term. All Junior classes now produced a short Christmas play to perform to the other children during the last week of term and parents could attend these performances.  There are some photographs of these plays in the archive.

It is worth mentioning the huge pressure on the school hall during this week, rehearsals and performances of the class plays, the afternoon parties, rehearsals and performances of the concert – the Christmas Miscellany – not to mention the normal daily use of the hall for lunches!)

15/12/1980

Class parties 5 & 6

15/12/1980

Choir to Barringer’s Court

16/12/1980

Junior dress rehearsal
(With the move of the Junior production to later in the school year, there was an opportunity for the choir and orchestra to give a concert.  This ‘dress rehearsal’ was actually that concert given in the morning to the other children. There are some photographs in the archive.)

16/12/1980

Infant party

16/12/1980

Choir to Wallis House

16/12/1980

Xmas Miscellany Evening
(The Junior Concert, see above.)

17/12/1980

Class 3 & 5 plays

17/12/1980

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

17/12/1980

Presentation to Mr Hills, retiring manager

17/12/1980

Films to school p.m.
(To provide a little ‘space’ for staff after the Christmas Dinner, a film was shown to the children in the hall.)

17/12/1980

Xmas miscellany evening

18/12/1980

Class 2 & 6 plays

18/12/1980

Class 2 & 3 parties

19/12/1980

All children went to St Martin’s Church for a Carol Service at 11 a.m.

19/12/1980

Donations at our Xmas presentation enable us to send £50 cheques to NSPCC, Children’s Union, Northwick Park Children’s Arthritic Unit and Helen House Hospice

  

 

 

Christmas Holiday: 20/12/1980 – 05/01/1981


          

 

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