The BWI Archives

1982 ~ 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: 19/12/1981 – 06/01/1982

   

 

13/01/1982

Class 3 to National History Museum

15/01/1982

Burst heating pipe in Infant meant closure of the 3 classroom block. 
Children sent home.
(Further issues with the school’s heating system, see 6th January 1978)

15/01/1982

Class 5 & 6 plays which had been postponed, performed to school & parents p.m.
(The plays had been postponed due to a large number of children in these classes being ill in the final week of the 1981 Christmas term.  There are some photographs from the Class 6 play in the archive, see ‘1981 Christmas Plays’)

18/01/1982

Burst still not repaired and no emergency heating resulted in the 3 Infant classes sent home.

18/01/1982

All 4th Year (Year 6) at Victoria Theatre for ‘A Day of London Theatre’

18/01/1982

The audiometrician visited in the morning to test the hearing of the 2nd Year Juniors (Year 4) children.

19/01/1982

With emergency heating, all classes in school.
(As in 1978 – see 16th January 1978 - temporary measures had been put in place to ensure all children could attend school.)

20/01/1982

Class 8S excluded so that work could progress re heating excavation.

21/01/1982

Class 8S still out as work not completed yesterday.

22/01/1982

Class 8S in school.  Letter sent to parents explaining present situation.

23/01/1982

Work done in 8B room found major part of piping to be sound.

25/01/1982

Only 8S needing emergency heaters today. 
Heating working normally in 8B & 9S.

26/01/1982

Head at Maths Transitional Assessment Working Party
(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 1982 he continued to attend a large number of the working party’s meetings reviewing and revising the tests.)

29/01/1982

Work commenced after school on heating system. 
Letter to parents in the 3 classes explaining routine for coming week.

01/02/1982

Mrs Boyfield’s class (8B) absent  – heating repairs

01/02/1982

The audiometrician visited in the morning to test the hearing of the middle infants (Year 1)

02/02/1982

Candlemass service in the school hall in the afternoon
(Probably only for the Junior children)

02/02/1982

Mrs Stevens’ class absent for heating repairs

03/02/1982

Miss Sawyer’s class absent so that Mrs Steven’s class could return & work in there (i.e. in Miss Sawyer’s classroom)

04/02/1982

Mrs Stevens’ class absent so that work & cleaning could be finished.

05/02/1982

Mrs Stevens’ class returned

09/02/1982

Parents’ Association ‘Cheese & Wine’ informal social event. 
Talk by Mrs E. Boult on ‘History of Ruislip’

09/02/1982

Class 1 to Horniman Museum and National Theatre to see ‘Hiawatha’.

11/02/1982

Routine medical inspections p.m.

16/02/1982

Head at the Teachers’ Centre in the morning for a course on the work of the Assessment and Performance Unit
(The APU was a national body established to measure the abilities of children at various ages.  Its work eventually feed through to the Standard Assessment Tasks introduced through the wide ranging Education Reform Act 1988.)

17/02/1982

Dental check of whole school

18/02/1982

Routine medical examinations for Infants in the afternoon

    

 

19/02/1982

Half Term Holiday; 20/02/1982 – 20/02/1982

   

 

01/03/1982

60 children from orchestra & choir to the Beck Theatre for Orchestral Concert.
(This was the Alfred Beck Hall in Hayes.)

02/03/1982

Class 7J to Natural History Museum

03/03/1982

Infant Lent 1
(The first of a series of Lent Assemblies for the Infants led by a member of the St Martin’s clergy.  Parents were usually invited to attend these assemblies.)

03/03/1982

Class 6 (Year 3) to Natural History Museum

04/03/1982

Class 3 (Year 5)  to Hendon Museum

08/03/1982

Junior Lent 1 – Peter at Sea
(Peter at Sea 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. Parents were usually invited to attend these assemblies.)

09/03/1982
10/03/1982

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

10/03/1982

The second Lent service for Infant children (in school)

13/03/1982

Boys v Dads soccer Boys won 9-7
(The annual ‘friendly’ parents versus pupils football match)

15/03/1982

The second Lent service for Junior children (in school)

15/03/1982

Vision testing of whole school

16/03/1982

Class 7C (Year 2 children) to Natural History Museum

17/03/1982

Mr Thomas (Road Safety Officer) showed 2 films on Green X Code and Cycling to Juniors

18/03/1982

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.)

18/03/1982

Routine medical examinations for Infants in the afternoon

20/03/1982

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

20/03/1982

Netball team competing in Harrow.

22/03/1982

The third Lent service for Junior children (in school)

22/03/1982

Fire drill.  School evacuated in less than 1 minute

22/03/1982

4th Year (Year 6) to Bishop Ramsey p.m. to watch ‘Wizard of Oz’

23/03/1982

Class 5 to the Commonwealth Institute

24/03/1982

Vision testing

24/03/1982

The fourth Lent service for Infant children (in school)

25/03/1982

Service in Church for Classes 1-6
(A service at St Martin’s for the Junior children to mark Ash Wednesday the previous day)

27/03/1982

Ruislip – Northwood netball rally at Harefield
(The annual Primary Schools’ inter-school netball tournament.)

29/03/1982

The fourth Lent service for Junior children (in school)

30/03/1982

Class 4 (Year 4) to the Jeffrey Museum

30/03/1982

Meeting of Mr Rundle (Deputy Director) and Governors

31/03/1982

Dress rehearsal of ‘Ming Lee & Magic Tree’
(This 1981-82 Year 6 production would have been performed to the whole school.  Directed by Vickie Williams, the script was written by Mrs Stevenson, the school’s secretary.  There is a dedicated page in the archive.)

31/03/1982

The fifth Lent service for Infant children (in school)

01/04/1982

Routine medical examinations for Infants

01/04/1982

Visit of 4 German students from Bishop Ramsey

01/04/1982

Presentation by school & staff to Miss Ray prior to her marriage on Saturday next
(Miss Ray was the ‘nursery nurse’ working with the Reception children.  On marriage her name changed to Mrs Knight.)

01/04/1982
02/04/1982

7:30 Production of ‘Ming Lee & the Magic Tree’

05/04/1982

The fifth Lent service for Junior children (in school)

05/04/1982

7:30 Class 2 presented their topic on ‘Ruislip’ to parents

06/04/1982

7:30 Class 1 presented their topic on USA to parents.

08/04/1982

End of term service 11 a.m.
(Although Dennis Knowles does not record it, traditionally this service was for the whole school at St Martin’s Church.)

08/04/1982

Cheque for £98 presented to Fr J. Smith from the children’s ‘Lent Appeal’
Cheque for £79.45 sent to Helen House Hospice – donations from ‘Ming’ evenings

   

 

 

Easter Holiday: 09/04/1982 – 26/04/1982

   

 

27/04/1982

Roll 370

03/05/1982

School closed, May Day

06/05/1982

Meeting of 4th Year parents re SJ
(A pre-trip preparation evening for parents of children in Year 6 going to Le Touquet in June.

For a number of years there were two Year 6 residential trips during the summer: one to an English location and usually led by the teacher of Class 1; the other to Le Touquet in northern France led by Dennis Knowles.  The small size of Year 6 in 1981 - only 44 children in the summer term – meant that it was not viable to run two trips.  In 1982 the overwhelming number of parents asked for a French trip.  Uniquely, Dennis Knowles remained in England, while Philip Rutter led the trip.)

06/05/1982

Class 3 (Year 5) to Natural History Museum

11/05/1982

Visit of Mr Orens (Education Officer) to discuss lunchtime arrangements.
(A new lunch system had been introduced in February 1981 – see 16th February 1981 – this visit may have been part of an evaluation process.)

15/05/1982

May Fair at St Martin’s – school stall produced £70
(The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fair.)

18/05/1982

Head at Beethams School to organise Leavers Service
(Mr Knowles had been part of the planning group for the local deanery leavers’ service.  See 5th July, below.)

19/05/1982

Orchestra and recorders took part in Ruislip-Northwood Music Festival

20/05/1982

Ascension Day Mass in school 3 p.m.
(This was Ascension Day and traditionally it had always been celebrated by a visit to St Martin’s church in the morning.  The reasons for it being held at school and at the end of the afternoon are unknown, though may have been due to the availability of clergy; St Martin’s had said farewell to its Vicar, Fr Toovey, the previous autumn and as yet he had not been replaced. The service was almost certainly only for Classes 1 – 6, the Junior Children.)

22/05/1982

School Fête – Great success - £1600 profit
(There is a dedicated page in the archive.)

24/05/1982

Choir competed in Ruislip/ Northwood Music Festival and won the shield.

27/05/1982

Photographs of leavers, reception classes and groups
(There are photographs of the music and sports groups, one of the Reception/ Year 1 classes and that for Year 6 in the archive.)

27/05/1982

String ensemble played to Classes 5, 6, 7C, 7J
(For Years 2 and 3, probably provided by members of the Borough’s peripatetic music staff.)

     

 

 

Half term Holiday: 29/05/1982 – 06/06/1982

   

 

08/06/1982

Visit of Fr Teale (Diocesan RE Adviser)

08/06/1982

Film ‘Then 1 year …’ shown to parents 8 p.m.
(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.)   

09/06/1982

Outing to Chessington Zoo for Reception & Middle Infants
(Miss Sawyer’s, Mrs Boyfield’s and Mrs Steven’s classes.

09/06/1982

Junior Sports Day p.m.
(There is a dedicated page in the archive.)

10/06/1982

Corpus Christi mass in church for Classes 1-6.

10/06/1982

The audiometrician visited to test the hearing of Middle Infants (Year 1)

12/06/1982

The Parents’ Association held a barbecue

15/06/1982

53 children, 3 staff, 2 parents, 1 priest left for Le Touquet
(This was the only Year 6 residential trip in 1982.  See above, 6th May.)

17/06/1982

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.)

19/06/1982

Return of S(chool) J(ourney to Le Touquet) – very successful trip

21/06/1982

Class 3 to Tower Pier and trip on river then visit to St Katherine’s Dock.
(There is a dedicated page to Class 3’s river project, including the trip to St Katherine’s Dock, in the archive.)

22/06/1982

Visit of 11 Bishop Ramsey 4th Year for an ‘Intensive French’ morning with our 4th Year Juniors.
(This replaced the intensive French morning previously provided by the Local Authority for Year 6 and held at the Teacher’s Centre.)

24/06/1982

Visit of Mr Cule & Mrs Howarth (Bishop Ramsey) to meet their next intake.
(A visit by the Headteacher and Head of Year 7 at Bishop Ramsey CE Secondary School as part of the secondary transfer familiarisation process)

28/06/1982

Gymnastic Competition v Warrender Won

03/07/1982

The Parents’ Association held a Square Dance

05/07/1982

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

06/07/1982

Class 1 & 2 to Science Museum

06/07/1982

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.)

07/07/1982

Infant sports p.m.

08/07/1982

Mr Smith (adviser) in school to outline new Nelson Handwriting scheme to staff.
(The school was to introduce the teaching of a new style of handwriting with the children from September 1982.  Peter Smith was one of the two Local Authority Primary Advisors.)

09/07/1982

Reports sent out to parents
(The annual written report on pupil progress)

11/07/1982

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

12/07/1982

Class 3 presented their project on ‘Rivers’ to parents
(See above, 21st June)

13/07/1982
15/07/1982

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

15/07/1982

PC Howard showed film re safety on Railways to Juniors

16/07/1982

Class 4 on Ruislip History Trail all day

16/07/1982

p.m. Swimming gala.  School came 8th out of 14
(The annual Ruislip and Northwood inter-schools Swimming Gala at Highgrove Pool.  Despite the indication of a p.m. event, it was actually held in the evening.)

18/07/1982

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

19/07/1982

Area athletics.  Came 9th out of 14
(The Ruislip and Northwood inter-schools district sports in the late afternoon / early evening.  It probably took place on Kings College Playing Fields, Ruislip.)

19/07/1982

Music evening dress rehearsal to school.

20/07/1982

7:30 Music Evening

21/07/1982

7:30 Music Evening £50 donated to school fund

22/07/1982

Routine medical examinations of some Junior classes in the afternoon

22/07/1982

Mr Pimm (architect) visited school re repairs necessary
(Mr Pimm, also found recorded as ‘Pymm’, had been associated with the fabric of the school since its building in 1967-68.)

22/07/1982

7:30 School Journey 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.)

23/07/1982

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

23/07/1982

Mrs E. Smith, the school’s senior cook, retired.

        

 

 

Summer Holiday: 24/07/1982 – 06/09/1982

    

 

07/09/1982

Mrs Vincent, as senior cook, commenced duties

09/09/1982

Check of all children’s hair for nits or head lice, one case found.

11/09/1982

Cycling Proficiency course began

14/09/1982

Class 2 (mixed Year 5 and 6) to British Museum

15/09/1982

Class 4 (Year 4) to Whipsnade

15/09/1982

Class 1 (Year 6) to London Museum

16/09/1982

Meeting of parents re Charlbury
(A pre-trip preparation evening for parents of children in Year 6 going to Charlbury later in the term.)

16/09/1982
23/09/1982

Routine medical examinations in the afternoon

27/09/1982

Harvest mass for Classes 1-6 (Juniors) 9:15 a.m.
Tins sent to St Botolphs

27/09/1982

The Parents’ Association’s Annual General Meeting. Mrs Sue Jones elected Chairman

30/09/1982

Check of all children’s hair for nits or head lice, all clear

01/10/1982

School photographs
(Individual and family photographs.  The 1982 staff photograph was probably taken on this occasion – there is a dedicated page in the archive.)

04/10/1982

PC Howard to talk to classes re his job

05/10/1982

Class 3 (Year 5) to Madame Tussauds & Planetarium

07/10/1982

Woodwind concert for 2nd, 3rd, 4th Year Juniors
(For Years 6, 5 and 4, probably provided by members of the Borough’s peripatetic music staff.)

07/10/1982

Evening for new parents re maths, reading and writing
(An information evening to help parents understand how their children were being taught and the support they could provide in the formal learning process.)

08/10/1982

Toy Fayre - £133 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.)

12/10/1982

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

13/10/1982

Cycling Proficiency Tests –20 of the 23 children passed

14/10/1982

48 children, 2 staff, 2 parents to Charlbury YHA
(The autumn term Year 6 residential trip led by Steve Scott. There is a dedicated page in the archive.)

16/10/1982

Return from Charlbury – very successful

     

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 23/10/1982 – 31/10/1989

    

 

05/11/1982

Photograph retakes
(The photographer returned to take photographs of those absent on the 1st October or whose photograph had not been successful.)

09/11/1982

Fire drill – evacuated in 50 seconds

11/11/1982

Classes 1-6 (Juniors) visited St Martin’s Church for Martinmass

13/11/1982

Martinmass Fayre – school stall raised £70 & £10 programmes
(The annual St Martin’s fundraising Fayre. The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fayre.)

16/11/1982

7C & 7J (Year 2) to National Theatre to see ‘Hiawatha’

16/11/1982

January ’83 admissions & parents in school in the afternoon
(A familiarisation event for new children and their parents prior to the children starting school.)

17/11/1982

Class 4 (Year 4) to Natural History Museum

18/11/1982

Woodwind concert for Infants and 1st Year Juniors in the morning
(For Years 6, 5 and 4, probably provided by members of the Borough’s peripatetic music staff.)

18/11/1982

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

22/11/1982

8 p.m. Secondary allocation meeting for 4th year parents
(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.)

24/11/1982

Class 2 presented ‘Trojan Horse’ to the school and parents
(Class 2 – mixed Year 5 & 6 – had been studying the Ancient Greeks and as part of their work prepared an account of the Trojan Horse story in music and drama.)

25/11/1982
29/11/1982

Interviews for 4th Year parents 1:30 – 3:30; 6:30-9
(To support the school allocation process Mr Knowles held interviews with parents of children who would transfer to secondary schools in July 1982.)

02/12/1982

4th Year Interviews 6:30 - 9

04/12/1982

The Parents’ Association held a ‘Supper Dance’

06/12/1982

Class 1 visit to Heathrow Airport

08 /12/1982

Fire extinguishers inspected
(A routine annual inspection, though not reported in the log books prior to this entry.)

08/12/1982

Dress rehearsal of Nativity to school
(There are photographs of the 1982 Infant Nativity in the archive.)

09/12/1982

Performance of Nativity to parents 2:30 p.m.

10/12/1982

Performance of Nativity to parents 6:30 p.m.

11/12/1982

Coach full of parents, children and staff to the Albert Hall for Carol Concert

13/12/1982

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

14/12/1982

Choir to Barringer’s Court a.m. to sing carols.

14/12/1982

Dress rehearsal of Christmas Miscellany for school
(The Junior children’s presentation of music and readings.  There is a dedicated page in the archive.)

14/12/1982
15/12/1982

Evening performance (of the Christmas Miscellany) for parents

15/12/1982

Choir at Wallis House p.m.

15/12/1982

Infant party p.m.

15/12/1982

Class 2 and Class 6 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. There is a dedicated page reflecting three of the plays in the archive.)

16/12/1982

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

17/12/1982

Class 4 and Class 5 plays

20/12/1982

Class 3 and Class 1 plays

21/12/1982

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

21/12/1982

Miss Williams resigned to take up Deputy Headship of Colham Manor

21/12/1982

Cheques for £105 sent to each of Children’s Union and Cystic Fibrosis
£92 sent to Westminster Hospital bone marrow transplant unit as sponsorship for Mrs Spring’s participation in the Harrow Marathon

   

 

 

Christmas Holiday: 22/12/1982 – 09/01/1983


          

 

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