The BWI Archives

1981 ~ 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: 20/12/1980 – 05/01/1981

    

 

15/01/1981

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

19/01/1981
21/01/1981

Vision testing of Top Infants (Year 2) & 2nd Year Juniors (Year 4)

23/01/1981

‘Green X Code’ demonstration to Infants
(The Green X Code was a procedure for safely crossing roads.  The demonstration was probably given by Mr Roy Thomas, the Local Authority Road Safety Officer.)

27/01/1981

Head at Maths Transitional Assessment WP
(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 1981 he attended a large number of the working party’s meetings reviewing and revising the tests.)

29/01/1981

Head & Mrs Stevens visited Montessori School, Ealing

02/02/1981

Candlemass for Classes1-6 in school
(A service for the Juniors)

02/02/1981

Class 4 to Winston Churchill Hall p.m.
(The purpose of this Year 4 class’ visit to this local performance venue is not known.)

04/02/1981

Class 2 to St Paul’s & London Museum  
(Class 2 was a Year 5 class that year, all Year 6 children being in a single class of 46 – Class 1.)

10/02/1981

Dental check of school

10/02/1981

Parents’ Association ‘Cheese & Wine’ informal social event

11/02/1981

Visit of Diocesan RE Adviser a.m.

12/02/1981

Class 7 to Ruislip Manor Sorting Office a.m.

13/02/1981

Fire Drill a.m. – school evacuated in 1 minute

16/02/1981

New dinner system using trays begun
(Previously meals had been delivered and served to individual children at the tables where they sat. With the new arrangement the children had a tray with three sections, one for the main course, one for the desert and one for cutlery.  Children were then served their food at the hatch between the kitchen and the hall.)

16/02/1981

Car park extension begun

17/02/1981

Class 4 to the Commonwealth Institute

   

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 21/02/1981 – 01/03/1981

 

During week commencing 23rd February the car park extension completed

 

Work began Tuesday 24th February on excavations for 2 classroom block adjoining Junior playground.

   

 

04/03/1981

Classes 1-6 (Junior children) to church for Ash Wednesday service

05/03/1981

Class 3 to London Zoo
(There are photographs of Mr Scott’s Year 5’s class’s trip in the archive)

06/03/1981

Infant Lenten service – led by Fr Toovey

10/03/1981

Water Board inspected wet area on bank adjoining Junior playground

10/03/1981
11/03/1981

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

12/03/1981

Class 5 to Verulamium

13/03/1981

Infant Lenten Service 2

16/03/1981

1st Junior Lent Service – Peter’s Progress
(Peter’s Progress 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.)

21/03/1981

Boys v Dads – 5-4
(The annual ‘friendly’ parents versus pupils football match)

23/03/1981

The second Lent service for Junior children (in school)

23/03/1981

p.m. Road Safety v Sacred Heart. Won 41-33
(This annual inter-school event took the form of a quiz)

24/03/1981

Netball v. Mums
(The annual ‘friendly’ parents versus pupils netball match)

26/03/1981

Routine medical examinations in the afternoon

27/03/1981

Infant Lenten Service 3

28/03/1981

Cycling Proficiency course began

30/03/1981

Junior Lent 3. – Peter’s Progress

31/03/1981

Double classroom block – erecting began
(The long planned additional classroom provision was taking shape following the excavation work started on 24th February)

31/03/1981

Opening ceremony of Spring Festival at Bishop Ramsey
(This was presumably an exhibition prepared by the secondary school to demonstrate its achievements along similar lines to that in previous years.)

31/03/1981

4th Year School Journey meeting 8 p.m.
(A pre-trip preparation evening for parents of children in Year 6 going to Milford-on-Sea in May.)

02/04/1981

All classes visited Bishop Ramsey a.m.
(See 31st March)

04/04/1981

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

06/04/1981

Junior Lent 4

08/04/1981

Dress rehearsal for George & Dragon

08/04/1981

Mrs Howarth (Bishop Ramsey 1st Year Tutor) visited to discuss September ’81 Intake

09/04/1981

p.m. Class 2 gave ‘London’ project talk to parents

09/04/1981

7:30 1st performance of George & Dragon to parents
(The traditional Year 6 production had moved from the end of the Christmas term to the end of the Easter Term.  There are photographs of this production in the archive.)

10/04/1981

Infant Lent 5

10/04/1981

2nd Performance of George & Dragon

10/04/1981

£68 donated and sent to Helen House Hospice and Grangewood School

11/04/1981

6-a-side soccer at Ruislip Gardens
(The annual Primary Schools’ inter-school football tournament.)

13/04/1981

Junior Lent 5

13/04/1981

Head attended funeral of Mr Lamb – parent

13/04/1981

4 p.m. Farewell presentation to Mrs Pocklington from past & present staff
(Jean Pocklington, a long serving member of staff and Deputy Headteacher, was moving to Norfolk with her husband. See 15th April.)

14/04/1981

Road Safety competition v Harmondsworth.  Won
(The second round of the annual inter-school event, see 23rd March)

14/04/1981

2 p.m. Mass for whole school and presentation to Mrs Pocklington from children.
(This would appear to have been in the school hall)

14/04/1981

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

15/04/1981

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

15/04/1981

£84 given to Fr Toovey from our Lenten appeal as ‘Friends of St Martin’s’.

15/04/1981

Mrs Jean Pocklington resigned her position as Deputy Head after 17 years 1 term service at this school (8 Years as Deputy).  She takes up the headship of West Raynham, Norfolk.

      

 

 

Easter Holiday: 16/04/1981 – 04/05/1981

      

 

05/05/1981

Mr P. Rutter commences as Deputy Head

06/05/1981

Communion Service in school – 9 a.m.
(Probably for the Junior children only)

06/05/1981

Road Safety v Lady Bankes – lost 42 – 31
(The third round of the annual inter-school event, see 23rd March)

08/05/1981

45 children, 2 staff & priest & parent to Milford on Sea for a weeks school journey.
(This was the only Year 6 residential trip on 1981 and led by Mrs Spring. There is a dedicated page in the archive.)

11/05/1981

Class 6 & 7 (Years 2 & 3) to the Horniman Museum.

15/05/1981

Return of School Journey after a successful week.

16/05/1981

May Fair – school stall contributed £59 plus £10 programme sales
(The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fair.)

19/05/1981

Recorder ensemble competed in Ruislip – Northwood Music Festival – came 3rd

20/05/1981

Choir competed in Ruislip – Northwood Music Festival – won.

20/05/1981

Cycling Proficiency tests 27 passed of the 31 who took part.

       

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 23/05/1981  - 31/05/1981

   

 

04/06/1981

Groups and Leavers photographed
(There are photographs in the archive)

04/06/1981

Class 2 (Year 5) to Horniman Museum

06/06/1981

School Jubilee fête opened by Matthew Waterhouse.  Over £1200 profit
(There is a dedicated page in the archive)

08/06/1981

Mass in St Martin’s Church to celebrate White Monday for Class 1-6 (Junior children)

08/06/1981

Mr Fry of BBC visited Class 5 to watch them looking at his TV programme

10/06/1981

Visit by Mr Kerr (Haydon) to see next intake
(Part of the secondary transfer familiarisation process)

11/06/1981

Visit by Mrs Howarth (Bishop Ramsey) to see next intake
(Part of the secondary transfer familiarisation process)

15/06/1981

‘Help the Aged’ sponsorship launched.
(A fundraising project with the children)

17/06/1981

Miss Ball (Northwood) to see next intake
(Part of the secondary transfer familiarisation process)

18/06/1981

Class 3 (Year 5) to Kew Gardens

18/06/1981

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

18/06/1981

Routine medicals examinations for Infants

18/06/1981

Mrs Boyfield set up our display at the Methodist Flower Festival.
(A flower festival in the Methodist Church on Ickenham Road)

22/06/1981

20 Bishop Ramsey pupils visited to talk to 5-6 year olds & 9-10 years olds re RE
(This would have been part of the curriculum related work being undertaken by the students at Bishop Ramsey Secondary School.)

23/06/1981

Gordie West (country & western singer) in school p.m. talking & singing to Classes 1, 2, 3 & 4 (Years 4, 5 and 6) re life in Alberta

24/06/1981

All Infants to Beckonscot
(There are photographs of this trip in the archive)

24/06/1981

Junior Sports p.m.
(There are photographs of the sports in the archive’)

25/06/1981

Swimming Gala – BWI first victory!
(The annual Ruislip and Northwood inter-schools Swimming Gala at Highgrove Pool’)

26/06/1981

Miss Williams took display work to Hillingdon show.
(The annual Hillingdon Show usually included a section focusing on education in the Borough.)

2706/1981

Parents’ Association Golden Jubilee Dinner Dance at the Travellers Rest, Kenton

29/06/1981

Fire Drill – school evacuated in 50 seconds.

30/06/1981

Class 1 (Year 6) to the Teachers’ Centre as part of an Intensive French Morning

30/06/1981

8 p.m. Film ‘Then 1 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.)

01/07/1981

p.m. Infant Sports Day
(There are photographs of the sports in the archive.)

02/07/1981

Visit of Mr Lynn Jones (Director) and Mr Wilson Pratt (Chief Adviser)

02/07/1981

Class 2 (Year 5) to Hendon Air Force Museum

02/07/1981

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

03/07/1981

New brochure for parents sent to all families
(The school had revised its school brochure / prospectus that normally would have been issued to parents who were considering an education at BWI for their children.  It was felt important to give a copy to all the existing parents.)

03/07/1981

Results of Help the Aged appeal – 92 children participated £610 raised
(See above 15th June)

07/07/1981

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

08/07/1981

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

08/07/1981

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

09/07/1981

Internal gymnastic competition

11/07/1981

The Parents’ Association held a Square Dance

12/07/1981

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

13/07/1981

Internal gym competition

14/07/1981

Dress rehearsal of music evening to school

15/07/1981

Golden Jubilee Day

Signed by both the Bishop of Willesden and John, grandson of Bishop Winnington-Ingram

The following description follows:

The day began with a communion service in St Martin’s church to which the Bishop of London (sic), Mr Winnington-Ingram, past members of staff, past pupils and all present pupils and parents were invited.  The congregation returned to school where the Bishop officially opened a new two classroom block adjoining the Junior playground (cost £31,000 paid for by PA)  The school picnicked outside and there were displays of country dancing, gymnastics and an Indian song by class 7.  Before dismissing the children at 3 p.m. the chairman of governors, Fr K. Toovey, presented each child with an inscribed mug and Mr C. Pigram, Chairman of the PA, presented them with an inscribed pen.
(There are dedicated pages about the day and the Jubilee in the archive.)

16/07/1981
17/07/1981

‘Open Days’ for people with connections, past and present, with BWI.
A visitors’ book and photographic record of Jubilee Day were made.  Many long journeys were made to see the school by past pupils.

16/07/1981
17/07/1981

Music Evenings were held – very successful.  £45 donated towards cost of music.

19/07/1981

Boys v Dads cricket.  Boys won by 3 wickets.
(The annual ‘friendly’ parents versus school match.)

20/07/1981
21/07/1981

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

22/07/1981

Mass in school – Fr Denis’ first
(This was probably for Juniors only.  Fr Denis Bradshaw had joined the parish as Deacon in 1980; see the entry for 30 June 1980.)

22/07/1981

Lunchtime farewell at Mrs McMahan

22/07/1981

8 p.m. School Journey Evening for parents – record of successful Journey to Milford on Sea.
(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.)

23/07/1981

Gymnastic demonstration to school by gym club

23/07/1981

Presentation to Mrs Britton (peripatetic French) who is leaving

24/07/1981

End of term service 11 a.m.
(The whole school would have attended this service probably held in St Martin’s Church.)

  

 

 

Summer Holiday: 25/07/1981 – 07/09/1981

  

 

08/09/1981

The two classroom block, housing 6-7 year age group and purchased by PA for £30,000, in use. 
Mrs Wood and Mrs Jones now full time teachers here. 
Infant dept. now reorganised as ‘2FE; with class sizes of 26.  Juniors with 35.
(Dennis Knowles’ cryptic shorthand identifies that the Infant section of the school now had two classes of Year 2 children, each of 26.  The younger children, Year 1 and Reception, were still arranged as three vertically grouped classes.)

12/09/1981

Cycling Proficiency course began

15/09/1981

Class 2 (mixed Year 5 & 6) visited the Science Museum

15/09/1981

Peter Ward (Diocesan Schools Officer) visited

16/09/1981

Class 4 (Year 4) to Whipsnade

17/09/1981

Head lice check of all school – all clear

17/09/1981

Head at the Teachers’ Centre p.m. in relation to the Infant Check List
(The Local Education Authority’s Educational Psychologist, Arthur Potton, had been working on a simple check list that would help gauge children’s development on entry to statutory schooling. Such a check list could be used to provide targeted support for specific children. The check list was later rolled out across all Hillingdon Infant and Primary Schools.)

17/09/1981

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

25/09/1981

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

29/09/1981

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

02/10/1981

Toy Fayre - £82 profit
(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.)

05/10/1981

The Parents’ Association’s Annual General Meeting

08/10/1981-
10/10/1981

4th Year School Journey to Charlbury Youth Hostel
Mr Rutter, Miss Williams, Fr Denis
(Bradshaw) & Mrs Reid (parent)
(The autumn term Year 6 residential trip led by Vickie Williams.)

13/10/1981

Class 3 (Year 5) to the Science Museum

13/10/1981

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

14/10/1981

Cycling Proficiency Test Passed – though 15 passed, a number were unsuccessful (7)

19/10/1981

Road Safety film shown to all school.

   

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 21/10/1981 – 29/10/1981

   

 

02/11/1981

Parents’ Association farewell presentation to Fr Toovey
(After eleven years at St Martin’s Church, Ruislip, Fr. Toovey left the parish. He had had close involvement with the development of the school and was extremely well respected by his parishioners. He continued to maintain links with the school through his wife, Pam, a teacher. There is a dedicated page in the archive.)

04/11/1981

Class 4 (Year 4) to Natural History Museum

04/11/1981

Fire Drill. School evacuated in 1 minute

06/11/1981

Photograph retakes
(The photographer returned to take photographs of those absent on the 25th September or whose photograph had not been successful.)

09/11/1981

Farewell communion service for whole school and presentation to Fr Toovey p.m.   After school social and presentation from past & present staff & governors to Fr. Toovey 
(See above 2nd November)

10/11/1981

Class 1 to Planetarium and geological museum

11/11/1981

Martinmass in church for Class 1-6 (Junior Children)

14/11/1981

Martinmass Fayre £85.18 & £10 programme sales on Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard Stall
(The annual St Martin’s fundraising Fayre. The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fayre.)

17/11/1981

Mr W. Mudge MBE (Diocese Rep Gov) visited school.
(Bill Mudge joined the governing body as the diocesan representative and played an active role for a number of years.)

17/11/1981

January ’82 admissions & parents in school in the afternoon
(A familiarisation event for new children and their parents prior to the children starting school.)

20/11/1981

Head attended funeral of Dr Marriott (Parent) drowned in Venezuela.

21/11/1981

Governors Meeting Discussion of RE Syllabus

24/11/1981

4th Year parents Secondary Allocation meeting
(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.

In 1980 this meeting had moved from the spring to the autumn term, probably the result of the Borough requiring more time to process and allocate secondary places.)

26/11/1981

Routine medical examinations in the afternoon

26/11/1981

Interviews with 4th Year 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 1981. Again, in previous years this was a spring term activity, See 24th November)

27/11/1981

Launching of National Children’s Homes Campaign by Mrs Dowson
(This used 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 also 17th December)

03/12/1981
07/12/1981

Interviews of 4th Year parents 1:30 – 3:30; 6:30 – 9
(See 24th & 26th November)

05/12/1981

Excursion to Albert Hall Carol Concert by Choir

08/12/1981

Radio London recorded choir & readings for broadcast on Xmas Day

09/12/1981

Nativity dress rehearsal a.m.
(Presumably, as in previous years, this was watched by the Junior children)

09/12/1981

Visit of choir to St Vincent’s for carol singing
(The choir was encouraged to make Christmas visits to St Vincent’s, Mount Vernon Hospital in Northwood and several local Homes.)

09/12/1981

Carpets in Classes 7C, 7J and 8B visited by Controller of Public Protection re suspected cat fleas in rooms.  Sprayed with Pybuthrin 33.
(The presence of the fleas was not confirmed at the time, however the spraying was carried out as a precautionary measure. See 11th December)

10/12/1981

Afternoon performance of Nativity to parents
(There is a dedicated page in the archive.)

11/12/1981

Two staff absent owing to heavy fall of snow preventing travel. 
Evening performance of Nativity cancelled.
(There are photographs of the snow on the Junior playground in the archive.)

11/12/1981

Dr Alles & Dr Patan inspected all children in Top Infants with ‘bites’ and (their) siblings.  Not infectious, either gnat or flea.
(See 9th December)

14/12/1981

Class 2 & 4 plays a.m.
(All Junior classes produced a short Christmas play to perform to the other children during the last week of term and parents could attend these performances.)

14/12/1981

Choir visited Barringers Court p.m.

14/12/1981

Parties classes 5 & 6 p.m.

14/12/1981

Evening performance of Nativity
(The performance that had been postponed on Friday 11th December)

15/12/1981

Xmas miscellany dress rehearsal to the school a.m.
(The Junior children’s presentation of music and readings.  There is a dedicated page in the archive.)

15/12/1981

Infant parties p.m.

15/12/1981

Choir sang at Wallis House p.m.

15/12/1981

Evening performance of Xmas Miscellany to parents

16/12/1981

Class 3 play.  Class 5 cancelled owing to sickness
(There are some photographs of the Class 3 play in the archive.)

16/12/1981

Staff & Governors Christmas Lunch
(An annual Christmas lunch for staff to which School Governors and St Martin’s clergy were also invited.)

16/12/1981

Films shown 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.)

16/12/1981

Evening performance of Xmas Miscellany

17/12/1981

Performance of Class 1 play.  Class 6 play cancelled.
(The Class 6 play was performed at the start of the following term - 15th January – there are some photographs in the archive.)

17/12/1981

£320 cheque presented to Mrs Dowson of National Children’s Homes.
(The Christmas fundraising for the National Children’s Homes was usually led by Mr Hamilton, however he was unavailable in 1981.  There is a photograph of the presentation by Class 3’s ‘Minotaur’ in the archive.)

18/12/1981

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

18/12/1981

Donations of £153 by parents at end of term functions divided amongst Children’s Union, Sunshine Home for Blind Children & Spina Bifida

   

 

 

Christmas Holiday: 19/12/1981 – 06/01/1982


          

 

First uploaded: 18 October 2016