The BWI Archives

1983 ~ 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: 22/12/1982 – 09/01/1983

   

 

10/01/1983

During holidays Class 4 lights had been replaced by ‘strip’ lighting.
(i.e. fluorescent tubes replacing incandescent light bulb)

14/01/1983

Mrs Hussey (School meals adviser) in school to discuss implementation of Cash Cafeteria after half term.
(The school had already changed to a ‘self-service’ style lunch – see 16th February 1981.  This was purchased as a single weekly payment of a fixed amount.  What was now being proposed was a payment per item by the child at a till once they had collected their meal.  The issues with such a system with young children are self-evident.  That notwithstanding, the ‘Cash Cafeteria’ system was introduced across the borough.)

17/01/1983

Class 1 (Year 6) to Science Museum

18/01/1983

Class 2 (mixed Year 5 & 6) to Science & Geological Museum

24/01/1983

Head at Maths & Science Centre for Transitional Assessment
(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 1983 he continued to attend a number of the working party’s meetings reviewing and revising the tests.)                                      

26/01/1983

The audiometrician visited to test the hearing of middle infants (Year 1) and 2nd Year Juniors (Year 4)

01/02/1983

Classes 7C & 7J (parallel Year 7 classes) to Verulamium

08/02/1983

Parents’ Association ‘Cheese & Wine’ informal social event in the evening.

09/02/1983

‘Infant Evening’ 7:30 p.m. for new parents
(An information evening to help parents understand how their children were being taught and the support they could provide in the formal learning process. As a similar evening had been held on 7th October 1982, this event was probably intended for those parents whose children had joined the school in January.)

10/02/1983

String Ensemble 1:30 for the 6 to 8 years age group
(For Years 1 to 3, probably provided by members of the Borough’s peripatetic music staff.)

11/02/1983

AS3 forms taken to Office
(Administrative forms in relation to the secondary transfer process.)

15/02/1983

Meeting with meals supervisors to discuss Cash Cafeteria system
(See above, 14th January)

16/02/1983

Ash Wednesday mass in school hall for Classes 1-6 (the Junior children)

17/02/1983

Routine medical examinations for infants in the afternoon

17/02/1983

Bronchitis epidemic in school – 5 staff away today

17/02/1983

Last working day for Mrs P. Morgan who will spend the next half term in Australia
(Pam Morgan was a long serving member of the school staff. Together with Rosemary Stevens, she made a significant contribution to music in the 1970s.  She returned to work at the school after her visit to Australia.)

    

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 18/02/1983 – 27/02/1983

    

 

28/02/1983

Lent services begin for infants & Juniors
(Traditionally there were five weekly themed assemblies for both the Infants and the Juniors.  These were usually led by the St Martin’s clergy. For a number of years the Junior assemblies had used a series of plays written and produced by the actor John Woodnutt.  In 1983 however, a different approach was taken with the theme ‘The Most Important Week’ – an exploration of the events of Holy Week.  There is a dedicated page in the archive.)

28/02/1983

Cash Cafeteria began
(See above, 14th January)

01/03/1983

Class 5 to Geological Museum

02/03/1983

Class 4 to St Katherine’s Dock

02/03/1983

Head at Civic Centre for Curriculum Review Working Party
(The London Borough of Hillingdon, well in advance of the introduction of the National curriculum at the end of the decade, was reviewing current Primary Curriculum practice in its schools and seeking to bring about a standardisation of content and approach.)

03/03/1983

Routine medical examinations for Juniors in the afternoon

08/03/1983
09/03/1983

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

09/03/1983

Health & Safety Inspection
(A regular termly inspection of the school premises by a group of staff led by Dennis Knowles to ensure compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act.)

10/03/1983

Fire drill – school evacuated in 40 seconds

12/03/1983

Six-a-side soccer tournament at Field End
(The annual Primary Schools’ inter-school football tournament)

14/03/1983

All 4th Year Juniors (Year 6) & Orchestra to Beck for Orchestral Concert
(This was the Alfred Beck Hall in Hayes.)

14/03/1983

Film ‘Then 1 year …’
(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.  Previously this film had been shown at the end of the school year; it seems that – to better integrate it into the curriculum - it was being used in the spring term. See also, below 29th November.)

15/03/1983

All 4th Year Juniors to Bishop Ramsey p.m. to see ‘The Boy Friend’

16/03/1983

Class 2 to Planetarium & Science Museum

17/03/1983

Routine medical examinations for Juniors in the afternoon

19/03/1983

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

20/03/1983

Boys v Dads soccer 3 p.m. Boys won 4-3
(The annual ‘friendly’ parents versus pupils football match)

21/03/1983

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

22/03/1983

Class 6 to London Museum

25/03/1983

Mass in school hall – Annunciation of our Lord
(For Classes 1 – 6, Junior children)

28/03/1983

Head at TC re ‘Appraisal WP’
(A meeting at the Borough’s Teachers’ Centre at Deansfield School.  The Borough was setting up a working party to consider ways of introducing regular annual appraisals for its school staff.)

28/03/1983

Last Junior Lent Service

29/03/1983

Dress rehearsal of ‘The Shepherd King’
(The performance to the school of Year 6’s production.  There are pictures in the archive.)

29/03/1983
30/03/1983

7:30 Performance for parents (of The Shepherd King’)

30/03/1983

Last Infant Lent Service

31/03/1983

End of term service in church 11 a.m.

31/03/1983

£80 presented to Fr Bradshaw from our ‘Friends of St Martin’s’ appeal.
£95.50 sent to Save the Children Fund – Ethiopian disaster famine relief.

    

 

 

Easter Holiday: 01/04/1983 – 18/04/1983

   

 

21/04/1983

Colour vision test given to Reception age group

22/04/1983

Green X Code to Infant dept in hall
(This presentation, showing infant children a method of cross the road safely, was probably delivered by Roy Thomas, the Borough’s Road Safety Officer.)

27/04/1983

Head at Bethams Middle School p.m. to arrange Diocesan Leavers service
(Dennis Knowles had been part of the planning group for the local deanery leavers’ service.  See 28th June, below.)

28/04/1983

Woodwind concert p.m. for Top Infants & 1st Year Juniors
(For Years 2 and 3, probably provided by members of the Borough’s peripatetic music staff.)

29/04/1983

Class 1 visited the canal

02/05/1983

Closed for May Day

07/05/1983

9th Annual Fête.
(There is a dedicated page in the archive)

09/05/1983

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

09/05/1983

Work displayed in the Barn re Police project
Visit of classes to see it.

(The ‘Barn’ is Ruislip’s medieval ‘Great Barn’ on Bury Street)

12/05/1983

Ascension Day mass in church for Classes 1-6 10:30 a.m.
(For the Junior Classes only)

14/05/1983

School Journey to Milford-on-Sea –
Mr Scott, Mrs Yates (Parent) and 25 children for the week.

(There are photographs from the trip in the archive)

14/05/1983

St Martin’s May Fair.  £60 raised at School Staff & £6 programme sales
(The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fair.)

17/05/1983

Head at the Teachers’ Centre – meeting with Chairman of the Education Committee re Secondary School closures
(The London Borough of Hillingdon closed three secondary schools around this time.)

17/05/1983

Seepage from flats onto Junior playground

18/05/1983

Public protection dept sprayed the affected area
(See above entry for 17th May)

19/05/1983

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

21/05/1983

Return of School Journey from Milford- very successful week

22/05/1983

Confirmation in St Martin’s Church
(There are frequent - though not consistent - entries in the School’s Log Books about pupils confirmed at St Martin’s Church.)

24/05/1983

Visit of Mr Hawley (Haydon) to see September intake
(Part of the secondary school induction process for Year 6 pupils)

24/05/1983

Induction of Fr. R. Fenwick as Vicar of St Martin’s.

26/05/1983

Photographs of leavers and admission classes.
(There are photographs of the netball and football teams, together with that of Year 6, in the archive.  There is currently just one ‘admission class’, that for 9B, Mrs Boyfield's class.  Hopefully others will come to light in the future.)

27/05/1983

Mr Cule & Mrs Howarth (Bishop Ramsey) visted to see September 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)

   

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 28/05/1983 – 05/06/1983

   

 

07/06/1983

Fr. R. Fenwick visited school to meet the staff & children (New Vicar of St Martin’s)
(See above 24th May)

08/06/1983

Class 1 to Tower Pier and boat trip to Greenwich (& Museum).

09/06/1983

Four youngest Infant classes to Beckonscot & Burnham Beeches
(There is a single photograph from this trip in the archive)

11/06/1983

The Parents’ Association held a barbecue

11/06/1983

Beginning of Cycling Proficiency Course

14/06/1983-
18/06/1983

23 Children, 2 Staff & 1 parent to Le Touquet
(Led by Dennis Knowles, this was the second of the two 1983 Year 6 residential trips.)

20/06/1983

3rd Year Juniors (Year 5) to Grand Union Canal and Journey to Denham Lock from Uxbridge

22/06/1983

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

23/06/1983

Top Infant classes (Year 2) to Horniman Museum

23/06/1983

Routine medical examinations for Infant children

24/06/1983

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

24/06/1983

Discussion between Head and Dr Williams of Kings College, London, re Church Schools
(Nothing further is known of this event)

26/06/1983

Hillingdon Show – 6 Infants & Mrs Boyfield participated p.m.
(The annual Hillingdon Show usually included a section focusing on education in the Borough.)

27/06/1983

Fire drill – school evacuated in 1 minute

28/06/1983

p.m. 4th year leavers service at Holy Cross Greenford
(The local ‘Deanery’ service for Year 6 children.)

29/06/1983

9 a.m. Mass in hall for Classes 1-6
(For Junior children only)

29/06/1983

9S to Butterfly Museum a.m.
(Probably Miss Sawyer’s class)

30/06/1983

8S to Syon Park Butterfly Museum
(Probably Mrs Steven’s class)

02/07/1983

The Parents’ Association held a Square Dance

05/07/1983

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.)

06/07/1983

Infants Sports Day

06/07/1983

Area athletics competition on Kings College Track
(The Ruislip and Northwood inter-schools district sports in the late afternoon / early evening.)

07/07/1983

Presentation to Mrs Knight (Nursery Nurse) who is leaving tomorrow

07/07/1983

Visit of Mr Wiltshire (Poulter’s Builders) to assess amount of external work to be done.

08/07/1983

Junior reports sent to parents
(The annual written report of individual pupil progress over the past school year)

08/07/1983

School Journey evening for Milford parents
(An annual follow-up from the Year 6 residential was a report on the trip from the children to their parents supported by slides and other relevant material.)

09/07/1983

School team took part in mini handball competition in Hayes
(Nothing further is known about this event)

10/07/1983

Boys v Dads cricket match p.m.  Boys won by 1 wicket
(The annual ‘friendly’ parents versus school match.)

12/07/1983
13/07/1983

Open evenings 6-9:30 p.m.
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss end of year progress.)

13/07/1983

Seepage from flats onto Junior bank
(A reoccurrence of the problem of seepage from the flats, through the retaining bank on the Junior playground, see above 17th May)

14/07/1983

Public protection dept sprayed affected area

17/07/1983

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

18/07/1983
19/07/1983

Music Evenings 7:30 p.m.

20/07/1983

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.)

22/07/1983

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

22/07/1983

Last working day of Mr Scott, Mrs Boyfield and Mrs Smith

   

 

 

Summer Holiday: 23/07/1983 – 05/1983

    

 

06/09/1983

Mrs M. Buttress (Head of Infant Department), Miss B. Crawshaw (later Mrs Boylan) (overseeing Art & Craft), Mr G. Elliott (coordinating Physical Education and Science) and Miss N Van Gilst (Nursery Nurse) commenced duties

08/09/1983

The school Roll was 347
(That is, after the autumn term intake had joined started)

10/09/1983

Cycling Proficiency course began

12/09/1983

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

13/09/1983

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

22/09/1983

Woodwind concert for Infants and 1st Year Juniors in the afternoon
(For Years 1, 2 and 3, probably provided by members of the Borough’s peripatetic music staff.)

30/09/1983

Fire drill School evacuated in1 minute

03/10/1983

The Parents’ Association’s Annual General Meeting.

05/10/1983

Harvest mass for Juniors in school

06/10/1983

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

07/10/1983

Toy Fayre - £134 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.)

10/10/1983-
12/10/1983

4th Year children to Canterbury Youth Hostel
(The autumn term Year 6 residential trip led by Philip Rutter. There is a dedicated page in the archive.)

11/10/1983

An evening for reception parents called ‘The first year’
(An information evening to help parents understand how their children were being taught and the support they could provide in the formal learning process.)

12/10/1983

Cycling Proficiency Tests – 4 failed 23 passed

13/10/1983

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

14/10/1983

Photographs of all children in school
(Individual and family photographs.  The 1983 staff photograph was taken on this occasion – there is a dedicated page in the archive.)

17/10/1983

Painting of the interior began in the Infant Dept.
(The start of interior redecoration throughout the school)

19/10/1983

Open Evening 6_9:30 p.m.
(Teacher-Parent interviews to outline the work for the coming year.)

      

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 22/10/1983 – 30/10/1983

 

Hall painted during half term week.

   

 

02/11/1983

Visit of Mrs Arden (London Diocesan Board of Education) to meet Chairman, Clerk, Vicar and Head.

05/11/1983

Martinmass Fair – Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard stll raised £67 & £7 programmes
(The annual St Martin’s fundraising Fayre. The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fayre.)

07/11/1983

Heating system broke down in Class 2 & 1  Main boiler burst
(A recurrent problem in the school, see particularly  6th January 1978 and 15th January 1982)

08/11/1983

Ten emergency heaters arrived

09/11/1983

3rd Year Juniors (Year 5) to the ‘City’ and Science Museum

09/11/1983

Heating engineers began work ‘repiping’ in Class 1 & 2 rooms.

09/11/1983

Poppies sold in school = £34.31
(In aid of the Royal British Legion’s annual appeal.)

09/11/1983

Permission given by LA to send Class 8B home tomorrow & Friday

10/11/1983

Visit by Borough Auditor
(Part of the Borough’s Internal Audit department that checked all schools on a cyclic bases.)

10/11/1983

The Parents’ Association held a Fashion Show in the evening in aid of Cystic Fibrosis

11/11/1983

Classes 1-6 in St Martin’s Church for Communion service
(A visit by the Junior classes for Martinmass)

15/11/1983

Class 5 (mixed Year 3 & 4) to Science Museum

15/11/1983

Class 4 (Year 4) to Heathrow Airport

15/11/1983

Parents & children of the January 1984 intake in school in the afternoon
(A familiarisation event for new children and their parents prior to the children starting school.)

17/11/1983

3rd Year Juniors (Year 5) to Fire Station

19/11/1983

Work began in the boiler house re stripping asbestos from the pipes

21/11/1983

Reading of level of asbestos taken – apparently inconclusive

22/11/1983

Class 4 (Year 4) to Science Museum

23/11/1983

Further readings on level of asbestos taken

23/11/1983

4th Year Juniors (Year 6) to the Museum of London

24/11/1983

4th Year Juniors presented a ‘Medieval Evening’ to parents
(This event took the form of a medieval banquet with parents invited to set at tables where food and drink was served.  The children (and staff) were suitably dressed and performed plays and songs of the medieval period. Reference was also made to the work that had been covered over the term and to the residential trip to Canterbury.)

26/11/1983

Miss Clarke took 6 girls to Wembley to see the Netball International.

29/11/1983

Child Development films shown to 3rd & 4th Year Junior parents 8 p.m.
(A recurrent problem was the difficulty of integrating sex education into the curriculum of a school that had vertically grouped classes.  Historically sex education had been through the film ‘Then One Year …’ shown at the end of the summer term to Year 6.  In the previous academic year (1982-83) the film had been integrated into a spring term Health Education topic, see above 14th March. However this still meant difficulties in incorporating the information naturally into the work of the vertically grouped Class 2.  The school was exploring the possibility of a two-yearly cycle with the whole of Year 5 & 6 following the same programme and watching the same video material on alternate years.)

30/11/1983

4th Year Juniors (Year 6) to Holy Trinity Church Wealdstone to see Biblical artefacts

01/12/1983

Vision tests in the morning

02/12/1983

Sunny Smiles Campaign launched.
(The Sunny Smiles scheme raised money for the National Children’s Homes and had been held several times in the past.  Usually it was introduced by Mr Hamilton representing the charity – he had himself been supported by it as a child - and he usually returned towards the end of the term to receive a cheque for the amount raised.  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 16th December)

02/12/1983

Painters moved out having completed 10 classrooms
(This completed the work started on 17th October. The two new Year 2 classrooms on the Junior Playground were not redecorated.)

02/12/1983

Heating now working
(See above, 7th November)

07/12/1983

Nativity dress rehearsal to Juniors
(There are some photographs taken at this performance in the archive)

08/12/1983

Nativity for parents 2:30 p.m.

09/12/1983

Nativity for parents 6:30 p.m.

10/12/1983

Coach of parents & children to Albert Hall for Carol Concert p.m.

13/12/1983
14/12/1983

‘Christmas Miscellany’ for parents by choir, orchestra, readers
(Performance of music and readings by the older Junior children)

14/12/1983

Infant party

16/12/1983

Cheque for £435 presented to Mr Hamilton of National Children’s Homes
(See above, 2nd December.  There is a picture in the archive)

19/12/1983

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

20/12/1983

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

21/12/1983

Choir at St Vincent’s Hospital p.m.

 

During this last week of term all classes had parties and five Junior classes produced plays to the school.
(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 in the archive.)

 

Cheques for £117 sent to Helen House Hospice and Church of England Children’s Society.

22/12/1983

Carol Service in Church 11 a.m.
(All the children, Infants and Juniors, attended this end of term service at St Martin’s Church.)

   

 

 

Christmas Holiday: 23/12/1983 – 09/01/1984


          

 

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