The BWI Archives

1986 ~ 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: 21/12/1985 – 05/01/1986

   

 

09/01/1986

Visit of architect to review school buildings re impending repairs

17/01/1986

Infants – Green X Code practical sessions
(This presentation, showing infant children a method of cross the road safely, was probably delivered by Roy Thomas, the Borough’s Road Safety Officer.)

23/01/1986

Four classes sent home p.m. because of Industrial action by members of NUT
(See the comment below, 13th March)

24/01/1986

Fire drill – school evacuated in 45 seconds.

28/01/1986

7:30 p.m. ‘The 1st Year – evening 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. This event was intended for those parents whose children had joined the school in January.)

29/01/1986

Visit by Miss J. Benham, DES (past pupil) along with Deputy Director (Hillingdon) Deputy Director (Diocese) plus Chairmen of Governors of Bishop Ramsey and BWI

05/02/1986

Health & Safety
(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.)

06/02/1986

Parents’ Association ‘Cheese & Wine’ informal social event.

12/02/1986

Ash Wednesday mass in church for Classes 1-6
(The termly service at St Martin’s Church for the Junior children)

   

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 15/02/1986 – 23/02/1986

     

 

25/02/1986

Class 7L (Mrs Levon’s Year 2 class) to Natural History Museum

26/02/1986

7J (Mrs Jones’ Year 2 class) to Natural History Museum
(There are a few photographs from this trip in the archive.)

27/02/1986

Four classes sent home at lunchtime owing to NUT action
(See the comment below, 13th March)

28/02/1986

Infant Lent Services began led by Fr. Fenwick
(Traditionally there were five weekly themed assemblies for both the Infants and the Juniors.  These were usually led by the St Martin’s clergy.)

03/03/1986

Junior Lent 2
(The second of the five themed weekly assemblies for the Junior children.  Neither the date of the first assembly nor the theme for the Juniors was recorded)

03/03/1986

Head at a meeting with Bishop Thomas of Willesden 5-7 p.m.
(The bishop met from time to time with the Headteachers of the church schools within his episcopal area of responsibility)

05/03/1986

Dr Moody (palaeontologist) visited top infants
(This was part of the Year 2 topic for Classes 7L and 7J which also resulted in the visits to the Natural History Museum in February)

06/03/1986

Class 6 (Year 3) to Planetarium

06/03/1986

All Juniors saw Road Safety film p.m.
(This presentation was probably delivered by Roy Thomas, the Borough’s Road Safety Officer.)

07/03/1986

Book fair for Juniors p.m.
(This was probably an arrangement with a book seller to provide a display of books available for purchase.)

07/03/1986

Routine medical examinations for Infants in the afternoon

07/03/1986

Second Lent assembly for Infants

12/03/1986

Dental Inspection of whole school

13/03/1986

School closed at midday – no lunches served.  Action by the NAHT.  Children returned for afternoon session
(Dennis Knowles was a member of the National Association of Headteachers.  As charted over several years in the Log Book, teachers’ unions had taken significant levels of industrial action in an attempt to improve the pay of teachers. On this occasion it was the Headteacher, responsible for the children over the lunch break, who was taking action.  The whole situation was eventually resolved the following year with a Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Act which set up an independent Pay Review Body.  However the long term effect was to take away much of the professional independence that the teaching profession had enjoyed, leaving the way open for the Education Reform Act of 1988 and the consequent introduction of centralised control of state education (rather than by Local Authorities) through a National Curriculum, a national programme for testing children at 7, 11 and 14, and the scrutiny of teachers’ competency through annual appraisal and Ofsted informed by formal observation and pupil performance data.)

14/03/1986

Dance for Everyone – 2 performances p.m. for Infants & Juniors

15/03/1986

Ruislip Northwood Netball tournament at Harlyn
(The annual Primary Schools’ inter-school netball tournament.)

16/03/1986

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

17/03/1986

3rd & 4th Year parents shown film of Puberty
(The school had introduced a health education topic taught across Years 5 & 6 at two yearly intervals.  This topic included a section on reproduction.  The video material relating to this aspect was shown to parents before the children – see 2nd December 1985.  This March evening does not appear to be a ‘re-run’ of the films shown the previous December; rather, the showing of an additional film focusing on puberty.)

18/03/1986

Class 5 to Verulamium
(The mixed Year 3 and Year 4 class’ visit to the remains of the roman city at St Albans)

18/03/1986

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

19/03/1986

School mass 9 a.m. for Classes 1-6
(The termly service held for Juniors in the school hall)

21/03/1986

Fourth Lent assembly for Infants

21/03/1986

Routine medical examinations for Juniors in the afternoon

24/03/1986

Fifth Lent assembly for Juniors

24/03/1986

Dress rehearsal p.m. of ‘Alice’
(Alice, based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, was the Year 6 production for the school year 1985-86.  The text of the play and the melodies for the songs had been written by a group of Year 6 children.  Sadly no photographs of this Year 6 production have come to light.  The programme is available in the archive.)

24/03/1986

8 p.m. Performance for Parents (of Alice)

25/03/1986

8 p.m. Performance for parents (of Alice)
£104 donated by parents divided between Cystic Fibrosis and Northwick Park Arthritic Unit for children.

26/03/1986

End of term service 11 a.m.
(Traditionally all children attended this service held at St Martin’s Church)

26/03/1986

£125 presented to Fr. Fenwick as result of children’s collections during Lent.

   

 

 

Easter Holiday: 27/03/1986 – 14/04/1986

   

 

18/04/1986

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

22/04/1986

Visit of Fr. J Cleaver, Diocesan RE Adviser

30/04/1986

Class 4 (Year 4) to Park Woods
(Park Wood is part of the Ruislip Woods, a National Nature Reserve  to the north of Ruislip)

01/05/1986

School Journey meeting 8 p.m.
(Preparation evening for parents of children going on School Journey to Derbyshire in June)

05/05/1986

School closed – May Day

09/05/1986

Orchestra gained 1st place in Ruislip/ Northwood Music Festival

10/05/1986

12th annual school fête opened by John Craven (TV personality).  £1900 profit.
(There two photographs of the fete in the archive)

14/05/1986

Classes 1-6 St Matthias Feast in church
(The termly service at St Martin’s Church for the Junior children)

17/05/1986

St Martin’s May Fair School stall raised £68.60
(The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fair.)

19/05/1986

Class 1 (Year 6) to Public Records Office to see Domesday Exhibition
(1986 was the 900th anniversary of the compilation of the Domesday survey for William the Conqueror.  A special exhibition, including original Domesday manuscripts, was mounted at the Public Records Office, then in Chancery Lane in the City of London.  See also 20th June)

21/05/1986

Choir competing in Ruislip/ Northwood music festival

23/05/1986

‘Non uniform’ day - £130 raised for Somalia

   

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 24/05/1986 – 01/06/1986

   

 

01/06/1986

Class 5 to Woods
(This mixed Year 3 and Year 4 class also visited Ruislip Woods, see above 30th April)

05/06/1986

Visit of Miss Chadwick (Head) & Miss Rundle (1st Year Head) of Bishop Ramsey to meet 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)

06/06/1986-
13/06/1986

50 children, 2 staff, 4 parents to Cliff College Calver, Derbyshire for the week
(Sadly no photographs of this residential trip to Derbyshire by Year 6 have been found, but the information leaflet for parents is in the archive)

14/06/1986

Cycling Proficiency course began

16/06/1986

Class 4 (Year 4) to Cow Byre to see Domesday Exhibition
(Not only was there the national exhibition in London – see above., 19th May – but also a local exhibition)

19/06/1986

Photographs of leavers & reception classes
(The Year 6 photograph and one for Miss Sawyer’s Reception Class are in the archive.)

19/06/1986-
22/06/1986

St Martin’s Flower Festival.  All classes visited church.
(As with much else in the summer of 1986, the flower festival in St Martin’s had a Domesday Survey theme.  The school contributed a display.)

20/06/1986

A ‘Ruislip Pageant’ performed in church 8 p.m. 20th June
(Not only had Year 6 prepared a production in the Spring Term – Alice – but they also performed a Pageant in St Martin’s Church just a week after coming back from their residential trip to Derbyshire.  Mrs Stevenson had written for them a script reviewing the history of Ruislip from the Norman Invasion through to modern times.  To this was added incidental music and song. There is a dedicated page in the archive. Class 1 also contributed to the national Domesday Project mounted by the BBC and formed part of an electronic database.  Parts of that work have now been made available through the BBC website – Domesday Reloaded.)

23/06/1986

Class 6 to Verulamium
(This Year 3 class’ visit to the remains of the roman city at St Albans. Class 5, following similar work, had visited on 18th March)

24/06/1986

John the Baptist Eucharist in school for Classes 1-6
(The termly service held for Juniors in the school hall)

25/06/1986

Fire drill – school evacuated in 1 minute

26/06/1986

Junior Sports p.m.

27/06/1986

Outing to Windsor Safari Park for Reception and Middle Infants
(Year 2 also went on this trip, see 18th July)

29/06/1986

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

30/06/1986

Visit & lecture by Mr Mardell of London Fire Brigade to 4th Year (Year 6) Juniors

01/07/1986

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

03/07/1986

Infant sports a.m.
(There are some photographs in the archive)

03/07/1986

Ruislip Northwood Swimming Gala – school came 2nd out of 16
(The annual Ruislip and Northwood inter-schools Swimming Gala at Highgrove Pool.)

07/07/1986

p.m. September new entrants meeting
(A familiarisation event for new children and their parents prior to the children starting school in September.)

09/07/1986

Party of 3rd & 4th Year Juniors to Covent Garden to see Midsummer Night’s Dream Opera
(At that time the Royal Opera House provided matinee performances for children at the cost of £5 a ticket – an opportunity not to be missed!)

09/07/1986

Ruislip Northwood school Athletics finals – came 6th out of 16.
(The Ruislip and Northwood inter-schools district sports.)

13/07/1986

The Parents’ Association held a car-based Treasure Hunt

15/07/1986
16/07/1986

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

16/07/1986

‘Don’t talk to Strangers’ – film for 1st Year Juniors
(This film was shown annually to Year 3 to alert them to the potential risks from unknown adults.)

16/07/1986
17/07/1984

Cycling Proficiency Tests – 19 passed, 6 failed

17/07/1986

Class 5 (class of missed Year 3 and Year 4) to Natural History Museum

17/07/1986

8 p.m. 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.)

18/07/1986

Classes 7J & 7L to Windsor Safari   
(Also see above, 27th July.  There are photographs of this trip for the two Year 2 classes in the archive)

20/07/1986

Rounders v Parents

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

21/07/1986
22/07/1986

Music Evenings

24/07/1986

Presentations to Miss Clarke due to be married in August & become Mrs Cooper

25/07/1986

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

    

 

 

Summer Holiday: 26/07/1986 – 08/09/1986

 

During holidays work commenced on

- resurfacing Infant playground
- repair & painting of doors around school
- painting new block
- Alarm connected to 8W

 

 

09/09/1986

Work on Infant playground continuing.

16/09/1986

Meeting for parents of 4th Year Juniors re SJ to Bath
(A pre-trip preparation evening for parents of children in Year 6 going to Bath later in the term.)

17/09/1986

3rd Year Juniors to London
(This was actually Class 3, Year 5, who were embarking on six trips to London as part of a detailed study of the history and geography of their capital city.)

18/09/1986-
20/09/1986

School participated in Methodist flower festival

28/09/1986

Sunday Times Fun Run – 90 for BWI
(The third year that the school was taking part in this event in Hyde Park, with 90 children and parents BWI participating.)

01/10/1986

3rd Year Juniors to Greenwich (Class 3, Year 5, See above, 17th September)

02/10/1986

Michaelmass service in school for Classes 1-6 
(The termly service held for Juniors in the school hall)

06/10/1986

The audiometrician visited in the morning to test the hearing of Reception & children in Year 4

06/10/1986

The Parents’ Association’s Annual General Meeting – Mr Michael Westbrooke re-elected chairman

08/10/1986

Class 4 (Year 4) to Victoria & Albert Museum

10/10/1986

Toy Fayre p.m. £170
(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.)

13/10/1986

4th Year School Journey to Bath Youth Hostel 46 children, 2 staff, 4 parents
(The Year 6 autumn term residential trip to Bath and a focus on the Georgian period)

14/10/1986

‘1st Year’ evening 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.)

15/10/1986

Visit of Mr Pirotta, Commonwealth Institute, to give illustrated talk on ‘Malta’ to 3rd Year Juniors (Year 5)

16/10/1986

School Journey return from Bath

17/10/1986

Photographs of all families in school.
(Individual and family photographs.  The 1986 staff photograph was probably taken on this occasion – there is a dedicated page in the archive.)

21/10/1986

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

21/10/1986

Third Year Juniors to the Tower (Class 3, Year 5, See above, 17th September)

24/10/1986

Miss van Gilst (Nursery Nurse) resigned to take up appointment at Sacred Heart

24/10/1986

Funeral of Mrs George (parent)

   

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 25/10/1986 – 02/11/1986

 

During half term week the hall window / was replaced with double glazing, the heating in Class 3 was brought above ground and the Infant playground classroom repairs were completed.

         

 

03/11/1986

Miss Caroline Cox commenced as temporary nursery nurse.

03/11/1986

Mr Mardell (London Fire Brigade) for 4th Year Juniors (Year 6)

06/11/1986

Fire drill – school evacuated in 1½ minutes

10/11/1986

Mr Chapman (London Fire Brigade) 3th Year Juniors (Year 5)

12/11/1986

Classes 1-6 Martinmass in church
(A visit by the Junior classes to St Martin’s Church, Ruislip) 

14/11/1986

PC Howard visited all classes
(The local attached policeman explaining the nature of police work.)

15/11/1986

Martinmass Fair.  School stall raised £60
(The annual St Martin’s fundraising Fayre. The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fayre.)

17/11/1986

Parents & children of the January 1987 intake in school in the afternoon
(
A familiarisation event for new children and their parents prior to the children starting school.)

19/11/1986

3rd Year to St Paul’s & London Dungeons (Class 3, Year 5, See above, 17th September)

19/11/1986

Class 4 (Year 4) to Commonwealth Institute

20/11/1986

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

21/11/1986

Non uniform day £160 raised for RCSB project supplying blind kits to African children  
(‘RCSB’ does not correspond to any known organisation. Dennis Knowles may have intended ‘RLSB’ – now the Royal London Society for Blind People)

25/11/1986

Class 2 (mixed Year 5 & Year 6) to Mosque in Regent’s Park

26/11/1986

Class 3 to Houses of Parliament (Year 5, See above, 17th September)

26/11/1986

Cake sale by the Parents’ Association raised £150 for Blue Peter appeal.

27/11/1986

Meeting of 4th Year parents re secondary allocation
(Dennis Knowles held this meeting annually to ensure parents of children in Year 6 understood the secondary selection procedure and their part in it.)

01/12/1986

Visit of Dr Blaire, Maths advisor

01/12/1986
05/12/1986

4th Year parents interviews p.m.
(To support the school allocation process Mr Knowles held interviews with parents of children who would transfer to secondary schools in July 1987.)

02/12/1986

Class 3 to Museum of London & St Bartholomew’s
(Year 5, See above, 17th September)

03/12/1986

Nativity dress rehearsal

03/12/1986

4th Year parents interviews p.m and 6.30 – 9 p.m.
(To support the school allocation process Mr Knowles held interviews with parents of children who would transfer to secondary schools in July 1987.)

04/12/1986

Nativity for parents 2:30 p.m.

05/12/1986

Nativity for parents 6:30 p.m.

06/12/1986

Coach to Albert Hall for Carol Concert

06/12/1986

The Parents’ Association held a Dance in the evening

08/12/1986

3rd Years to Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey
(Class 3, Year 5, See above, 17th September)

09/12/1986

‘Christmas Miscellany’ – dress rehearsal p.m.

09/12/1986
10/12/1986

‘Christmas Miscellany’ – 7:30 p.m. for parents

10/12/1986

Infant party

10/12/1986

Class 2 (mixed Year 5 & Year 6) to Museum of London

10/12/1986

The audiometrician visited to carry out 2nd Year Juniors (Year 4) hearing tests

11/12/1986

Choir sang at ‘Fairways’ Old People’s Home and St Vincent’s Hospital
(The choir was encouraged to make Christmas visits to St Vincent’s and several local Homes.)

11/12/1986

Health & Safety inspection – Mr Bannerman
(Presumably ‘Mr Bannerman’ was a Health and Safety officer of either the Local Authority or the Diocese)

12/12/1986

Presentation to Mr Pursan of Harefield Hospital Heart Transplant Trust of £600, proceeds from the London Fun Run last September.
(Participants in the Sunday Times Fun Run on 28th September had raised money for this charity.)

15/12/1986

Class 6 & 4 plays
(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.)

15/12/1986

Class 3 & 4 parties

16/12/1986

Class 3 & 5 plays

16/12/1986

Class 1 & 2 parties

17/12/1986

Class 2 play.

17/12/1986

Christmas dinner for staff, governors & priests
(An annual Christmas lunch for staff to which School Governors and local clergy were also invited.)

18/12/1986

Class 1 play

18/12/1986

Class 5 & 6 parties

18/12/1986

Choir sang at Barringer’s Court & Wallis House p.m.

19/12/1986

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

19/12/1986

£263 donated by parents at our activities sent to Church of England Children’s Society and Action Research for the Crippled Child. 
An extra £20 sent to R.C.S.B.
(For the ‘RCSB’ see above 21st November)

       

 

 

Christmas Holiday: 20/12/1986 – 05/01/1987

       
     

 

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