The BWI Archives

1987 ~ 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?12/1986 – 05/01/1987

    

 

05/01/1987

Hall windows reinforced with two extra girders
(Soon after the opening of the Southcote Rise building concerns were raised about the ‘bowing’ of the large south-facing window in the hall, effectively the whole of one wall – see 23 & 25 January 1973, 6th November 1973, 31st January 1975, 10th June 1975.  The problem was eventually remedied on 16th October 1975.  However over the half term 25th October – 2nd November 1986 the window was double glazed, significantly adding to its weight.  This appears to have resulted in further problems, finally resolved by installation of this additional support for the window.)

06/01/1987

Work on doors continuing
(This was probably a continuation of the repair and painting of doors around the school carried out over the 1986 summer holiday.)

16/01/1987

Funeral of Mr B. Smerdon, parent of two children in school.

16/01/1987

Routine medication examinations for Juniors p.m.

22/01/1987

Class 3 (Year 5) to Science Museum

26/01/1987

Visit of Mr Kitchen – fire officer

27/01/1987

Head absent on Teacher appraisal course
(Teacher Appraisal was being introduced as part of the Government’s educational reforms.  See the extended note for 13th March 1986)

27/01/1987

7:30 ‘1st Year’ 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.)

04/02/1987

 9 a.m. Candlemass for Classes 1-6 in school
(Junior children only)

05/02/1987

Fire drill – school evacuated in 1 minute

09/02/1987

Visit of Mrs D. Smith, Senior Nursing Officer
(The purpose of the visit is not known; it is unlikely to have been related to the Dental Inspection three days later.)

12/02/1987

Dental Inspection of School

16/02/1987

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

19/02/1987

Mr Mills, Educational Zoologist in school all day showing all classes 4 animals (non-British)
(A return visit of Terry Mills, see 5th July 1984 and 21st October 1985)

20/02/1987

Visit of Mayor and Mayoress p.m.
(Councillor and Mrs Mitchell. Hillingdon Mayors often visit a number of schools during their tenure of the office.  Dennis Knowles frequently invited the current mayors.)

    

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 21/02/1987 – 01/03/1987

 

Internal decoration of Jubilee commence
(
This probably refers to the re-decoration of the two-classroom block on the Junior playground, used by Year 2, that was opened at the school’s Golden Jubilee in July 1981)

    

 

02/03/1987

Decoration of Infant playground classroom  
(This would be the Reception classroom opened at the end of 1973)

04/03/1987

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

09/03/1987

Junior Lent Service & parents
(Traditionally there were five weekly themed assemblies for both the Infants and the Juniors. Parents were invited to join the children on these occasions.  The services were usually led by the St Martin’s clergy.)

10/03/1987

Class 5 (mixed Year 3 & 4) to Kew Gardens

13/03/1987

1st Infant Lent Service for children & parents

16/03/1987

2nd Junior Lent Service for children & parents

16/03/1987

Classes 1,2,5,6 absent p.m. owing to NUT strike
(See the extended comment for 13th March 1986)

16/03/1987

Head at Civic Centre p.m. to see ‘Domesday project’
(This was probably a demonstration of the BBC ‘Laser Discs’.  Class 1 had contributed to the national Domesday Project mounted by the BBC.  Parts of that the BBC project have now been made available through their website – Domesday Reloaded.)

17/03/1987
19/03/1987

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

18/03/1987

Class 6 (Year 3) to Horniman Museum

20/03/1987

2nd Infant Lent Service for children & parents

20/03/1987

2 performances to the school by ‘Dance for Everyone’

21/03/1987

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

23/03/1987

3rd Junior Lent Service for children & parents

24/03/1987

Class 1 (Year 6) to Hendon Aircraft Museum

26/03/1987

7 Swedish students in school p.m.

27/03/1987

3rd Infant Lent Service for children & parents

30/03/1987

4th Junior Lent Service for children & parents

31/03/1987

Class 1 (Year 6) to Hendon
(It is likely that either the entry for 24th March, or this for the 31st, is incorrect)

31/03/1987

Class 5 (mixed Year 3 & 4) to Bhaktividanta Manor Centre at Letchmore Heath 
(The International Society for Krishna Consciousness, a Hindu organisation housed in a building provided by the ‘Beatle’ George Harrison.)

03/04/1987

4th Infant Lent Service for children & parents

03/04/1987

Routine medical checks for Infant children

06/04/1987

5th Junior Lent Service for children & parents

08/04/1987

7 German students in school a.m.

08/04/1987

Class 5 (mixed Years 3 & 4) presentation to parents of ‘An Indian Evening’

12/04/1987

Boys v Dads soccer – boys won 7-4!
(The annual ‘friendly’ parents versus pupils football match)

13/04/1987
14/04/1987

Dress rehearsal and performances to parents of ‘The Shepherd King. 
(Sadly no photographs of this Year 6 production have come to light.)

15/04/1987

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

 

- £120 donated to MOT
- £130 given to ‘Friends of St Martin’s’
(As a school, BWI sponsored a child in Africa called ‘Mot’)

    

 

 

Easter Holiday: 15/04/1987 – 04/05/1987

    

 

07/05/1987

Meeting for 4th Year parents re school journey
(Preparation evening for parents of Year 6 children going on School Journey to the Isle of Wight in June)

07/05/1987

Orchestra & recorders participated in the Ruislip Northwood Music Festival

09/05/1987

Governors’ sub-committee meeting re Parents’ Meeting & ‘86 Act
(This Governors’ meeting was convened to plan for a report to parents and holding a meeting with them.  See 23rd June)

12/05/1987

Party of 3rd & 4th Year Juniors (Years 5 & 6) to the Royal Opera House p.m.
(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!)

12/05/1987

Class 4 (Year 4) to Whipsnade Zoo

14/05/1987

Talk given to 3rd & 4th Year Juniors on ‘Marie Rose’
(In 1982 the Marie Rose, Henry VIII’s flag ship, had been raised from the sea bed in the Solent and was in the process of being treated for long term preservation.  The extensive collection of artefacts found with the wreck were on display in Portsmouth. The talk was probably organised in relation to history work being undertaken by Class 3, Year 5, and their planned residential trip to Portsmouth later in the term.)

16/05/1987

13th School Fête. Glorious day. £2500 profit

20/05/1987

School choir competing in Ruislip Northwood festival

21/05/1987

The audiometrician visited to test the hearing of Reception children

22/05/1987

£175 raised in ‘Non uniform’ day
Mozambique the charity

     

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 23/05/1987 -

     

 

23/05/1987

St Martin’s May Fair - £81 raised at BWI Stall
(The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fair.)

 

During week 25th – 30th May the cladding (facia) surrounding the roof was removed

01/06/1987

Work commenced on replacing facias.

02/06/1987

Meeting of Class 3 parents re journey to Portsmouth
(Preparation evening for parents of children in Class 3, Year 5, going on an overnight residential in June)

05/06/1987

Routine medical checks in the afternoon

06/06/1987

School Journey to IOW – 45 children, 2 staff, 4 parents
(The Year 6 week long residential trip to the Isle of Wight)

10/06/1987

Top Infants (Year 2) to Birdworld at Farnham

11/06/1987

Class 6 (Year 3) to Syon Park Butterfly House

11/06/1987

Class 5 (mixed Years 3 & 4)  to Chiltern Open Air Museum

12/06/1987

Return of School Journey – very successful

13/06/1987

Cycling Proficiency course began

16/06/1987

Photographs of leavers, reception & teams
(To date, only the Year 6 photograph has come to light.  This photograph was taken in the school hall, rather than outdoors, suggesting it was probably a wet day!)

18/06/1987

Class 3 to Portsmouth YH – Mr Rutter & 4 parents
(An overnight residential linked to the class’ history topic on ‘Ships and Seafaring’  See below 10th July.)

18/06/1987

8 p.m. Evening for Parents on ‘Silver Burdett’
(Silver Burdett was an American scheme to assist in the teaching of music.)

20/06/1987

The Parents’ Association held a barbecue

22/06/1987

Reception & Middle Infants (Year 1) to Syon Park & Brent Lodge Park

22/06/1987

The school used by the Local Authority for a ‘Maths Trail’ course for teachers

23/06/1987

The first meeting of Governors & Parents as required by 86 Act.
140 parents present
(The 1986 Education Act required governors to be accountable to parents for their oversight of the school through annually publishing a report on their activities and holding a meeting to present the report.  The requirement has since been repealed.)

24/06/1987

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

28/06/1987

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

30/06/1987

Class 6 (Year 3) to Kew Gardens

01/07/1987

Rev Collwell (Methodist Minister from Canada) in school.

02/07/1987

Ruislip Northwood schools swimming gala.  BWI won the challenge cup
(The annual Ruislip and Northwood inter-schools Swimming Gala at Highgrove Pool.)

06/07/1987

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

06/07/1987

Field events for Ruislip Northwood Athletics
(The Ruislip and Northwood inter-schools district sports.)

07/07/1987

Junior sports p.m.
(There are some photographs of this event in the archive)

08/07/1987

Infant sports a.m.

08/07/1987

Cycling proficiency tests – 24 passed, 5 failed

09/07/1987

Athletics finals – BWI won the shield
(The Ruislip and Northwood inter-schools district sports.)

10/07/1987

Class 3 parents’ evening – account of Journey to Portsmouth
(A follow-up from the Class 3’s overnight trip to Portsmouth.  Although no photographs of the trip appear to have survived, there are several clips from a video made at the rehearsal in the archive.)

14/07/1987
15/07/1987

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

15/07/1987

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

16/07/1987

School Journey Evening for 4th Year Junior 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.)

21/07/1987
22/07/1987

Music Evenings for parents

23/07/1987

p.m. String ensemble for Juniors
(Probably provided by members of the Borough’s peripatetic music staff.)

23/07/1987

4th Year (Year 6) Leavers’ party 7-9 p.m.

24/071987

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

     

 

 

Summer Holiday: 25/07/1987 – 07/09/1987

 

Work during the holidays on shelving in stockrooms

    

 

07/09/1987

Staff Training Day
(The recent introduction of the statutory requirement for teachers to work the equivalent of five additional days above the 190 days on which children were present. Most schools included the day before the start of the school year, since traditionally teachers were almost always present on that day.)

14/09/1987

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

15/09/1987

Class 3 to St Paul’s
(Over the autumn term the 1987-88 Class 3 - Year 5 children -  repeated the London project of the previous year – see 17th September 1986.  There is a dedicated page in the archive.)

22/09/1987

Eucharist for St Matthew – Classes 1-6
(The termly service held for Juniors in the school hall)

24/09/1987

The Parents’ Association’s Annual General Meeting – Mrs Elaine Tivers elected chairperson

24/09/1987

Fire drill – school evacuated in 90 seconds

28/09/1987

School Journey to Bath Youth Hostel, 54 children, 2 staff, 5 parents
(The Year 6 autumn term residential trip to Bath and a focus on the Georgian period)

30/09/1987

Class 3 (Year 5) to Greenwich
(See 15th September)

30/09/1987

Class 2 to Osterley Park
(This would have been only the Year 5 children in this mixed age group class, since the class’ Year 6 children were in Bath)

01/10/1987

Return of School Journey from Bath Very Successful

02/10/1987

Routine medical checks in the afternoon for Infants

03/10/1987
04/10/1987

Cavity Wall insulation effected around school

09/10/1987

Toy Fayre - £150 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.)

10/10/1987

The Parents’ Association held a ‘Ho Down’

14/10/1987

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

16/10/1987

The first of the new contractual training days for staff. 
No children in school

(Although Denis Knowles refers to this as the ‘first’ new statutory staff development day, he overlooked that before the start of term, see 7th September.  Perhaps inauspiciously, the day was marked by violent storms over the preceding night, bringing down many trees and causing extensive damage and chaos on the roads. )

20/10/1987

7:30 p.m. ‘The 1st Year’ evening for our new families
(An information evening to help parents understand how their children were being taught and the support they could provide in the formal learning process.)

23/10/1987

Class 3 (Year 5) to Tower of London
(See 15th September)

    

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 24/10/1987 – 01/11/1987

   

 

03/11/1987

Fr J. Cleaver, Diocesan RE Advisor in school

03/11/1987

Class 3 (Year 5) to Houses of Parliament
(See 15th September)

06/11/1987

Top Infants (Year 2) to the National Theatre to see ‘The Pied Piper’

06/11/1987

Routine medical checks in the afternoon for Infants

07/11/1987

Poppies sold in school - £58 collected
(In aid of the Royal British Legion’s annual appeal.)

07/11/1987

Governors meeting with Rt. Hon. J. Wilkinson MP to discuss the proposed Education Act
(This was the wide ranging 1988 Education Act which, amongst other provisions, was to introduce the new designations for year groups, the concept of Key Stages, the Nation Curriculum, Statutory Testing at 7, 11 and 14, the Local Management of Schools through a delegated budget, and Grant Maintained Schools that would be independent of Local Authority control.)

10/11/1987

Class 6 (Year 3)  to Natural History Museum

10/11/1987

Class 5 (mixed Year 3 & 4) to Tower of London

11/11/1987

Martinmass service in church for Classes 1-6
(The termly by the Junior classes to St Martin’s Church, Ruislip)

13/11/1987

Non-Uniform day £180 donated to RCSB
(‘RCSB’ does not correspond to any known organisation. Dennis Knowles may have intended ‘RLSB’ – now the Royal London Society for Blind People.  See 21 November 1986)

14/11/1987

Martinmass fair £90 raised at school stall
(The annual St Martin’s fundraising Fayre. The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fayre.)

16/11/1987

Parents & children of the January 1988 intake in school in the afternoon
(
A familiarisation event for new children and their parents prior to the children starting school.)

19/11/1987

Class 3 (Year 5) to St Paul’s
(See 15th September)

23/11/1987

Sex Education films shown to 3rd & 4th Year Junior parents
(A Health Education project, including a unit on reproduction, was taught every other year to all of Years 5 & 6.  The films that referred directly to reproduction, birth and puberty were shown to parents in advance of being seen by their children in the spring term.  See 2nd December 1985)

27/11/1987

Staff photo & retakes
(The staff photograph is in the archive)

01/12/1987

Class 5 (mixed Years 3 & 4) at Commonwealth Museum

04/12/1987

Coach of pupils to Albert Hall re carols

05/12/1987

The Parents’ Association held a ‘Supper Dance’ in the evening

07/12/1987

Dress rehearsal Nativity
(There are photographs of the 1987 Nativity in the archive.)

07/12/1987

8 p.m. Secondary Allocation
(Dennis Knowles held a meeting with parents annually to ensure they understood the secondary selection procedure and their part in it.  The related individual interviews with parents of children in Year 6 took place at the start of the 1988 spring term.)

08/12/1987

Class 3 (Year 5) to Museum of London
(See 15th September)

08/12/1987

Parents nativity p.m.

09/12/1987

Parents nativity 6:30 p.m.

10/12/1987

Infant party

14/12/1987
15/12/1987

Music Miscellany for parents
(There is a dedicated page in the archive)

15/12/1987

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

16/12/1987

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

17/12/1987

Farewell presentations to Mr P. Holland who is taking up a Deputy Headship in Tewkesbury

17/12/1987

Choir sang at Barringer’s Court and Wallis House

17/12/1987

All classes had parties this week
(It was agreed that, with the additional pressures of the education reforms, especially the need to find extra curriculum time for the proposed National Curriculum, the long established practice of each Junior class preparing a play to perform to the school would be discontinued.)

18/12/1987

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

04/12/1987

Sunday Times Fund Run cheque for £460 sent to Research into Cot Deaths.
£180 to Church of England Children’s Society, and
£205 to Great Ormond St Hospital – donations from parents at Christmas activities

   

 

 

Christmas Holiday: 18/12/1987 – 04/01/1988

       
     

 

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