The BWI Archives

1988 ~ 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: 18/12/1987 – 04/01/1988

   

 

05/01/1988

Heating repairs in Class 5 room.  Hall used as classroom
(Although issues with the school’s heating were not as severe as in earlier years, they were still ongoing.  See 6th January 1978, 15th January 1982, 7th – 9th November and 2nd December 1983, Easter holiday 1985 and the Autumn half term 1986.)

07/01/1988

Interviews with 4th Year parents re Secondary / allocation p.m. and evening
(To support the school allocation process Dennis Knowles held interviews with parents of children who would transfer to secondary schools in July 1988.)

21/01/1988

49 children, 5 adults to Covent Garden opera 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!)

26/01/1988

‘1st Year’ evening for January intake 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.)

27/01/1988

Dental check of whole school – 348 checked, 19 needed treatment

02/02/1988

Candlemass in school hall 9 a.m.
(The termly service in school for Junior children only)

05/02/1988

Staff Training day ‘ Kidscape’ assessed
(The school’s third ‘Staff Development Day’  After several courses on issues relating to child sexual abuse, the school was considering appropriate material to use with pupils to raise their consciousness of what was appropriate behaviour from adults and ways in which they could report any concerns they might have.)

09/02/1988

Parents’ Association ‘Cheese & Wine’ informal social event with a talk by Mr Tate on local history

    

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 13/02/1988 – 21/02/1988

   

 

23/02/1988

Top Infants (Year 2) to Transport Museum

23/02/1988

Class 5 (mixed Years 3 & 4) to City to visit a restaurant and market

24/02/1988

Junior Lent Service
(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.)

24/02/1988

Ruislip Northwood School Gymnastic competition BWI came 1st and 3rd.

26/02/1988

Infant Lent service
(see 24 February)

26/02/1988

Routine medical checks for Infants in the afternoon

29/02/1988

Non uniform day £160 raised for Action Aid
(This money was used to support the school’s sponsored child, see 15th April 1987)

01/03/1988

Classes 1-6 in church for St David’s Eucharist
(The termly service in St Martin’s Church, for Junior children only)

02/03/1988

2nd Junior Lent Service

04/03/1988

2nd Infant Lent Service

09/03/1988

3rd Junior Lent Service

09/03/1988

Fire drill – school evacuated in 60 seconds

10/03/1988

Swimming gala – BWI came 6th
(The annual Ruislip and Northwood inter-schools Swimming Gala at Highgrove Pool.)

11/03/1988

Dance for Everyone performed two concerts

12/03/1988

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

14/03/1988

Visit of the new Director of Education Mr T. Hinds
(That is, the Director of Education for the Local Education Authority, The London Borough of Hillingdon.)

15/03/1988

16/03/1988

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

18/03/1988

Routine medication checks for Juniors in the afternoon

19/03/1988

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

21/03/1988

Class 3 (Year 5) to Natural History Museum

22/03/1988

Girls v Mums netball – one victory, one defeat
(The annual ‘friendly’ parents versus school match.)

23/03/1988

Last Junior Lent service

24/03/1988

8 p.m. School Journey meeting for 4th Year parents
(Preparation evening for parents of Year 6 children going on School Journey to the Isle of Wight in May)

25/03/1988

Class 6 (Year 3) outing to Tower of London

29/03/1988

p.m. concert for Juniors and Parents
(Nothing further is known about this event)

30/03/1988

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

30/03/1988

Cheque for £193 given to Fr Fenwick, proceeds from out Lent appeal as Friends of St Martin’s

   

 

 

Easter Holiday: 31/03/1988 – 17/04/1988

   

 

21/04/1988

‘Kidscape’ – Prevention of child sexual abuse evening with panel of Local Authority experts for Juniors
(See above 5th February)

21/04/1988

a.m. Roy Thomas & Green X Code for Infants
(Roy Thomas was the Borough’s Road Safety Officer. He was presenting a method of cross the road safely)

22/04/1988

Routine medical checks for Juniors in the afternoon

23/04/1988

Soccer – boys v Dads
(The annual ‘friendly’ parents versus pupils football match)

25/04/1988

Terry Mills (Educational Zoologist) in school all day.
(The annual visit of Terry Mills, see 5th July 1984)

26/04/1988

‘Kidscape’ evening for Infant parents
(See above 5th February and 21st April)

02/05/1988

School closed for May Day

03/05/1988

School Journey to IOW – 52 children, 5 parents, 2 staff
(The Year 6 week long residential trip to the Isle of Wight.  There is a dedicated page in the archive.)

07/05/1988

St Martin’s May Fair - £76 raised at school stall
(The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fair.)

09/05/1988

School Journey return after a very successful week

12/05/1988

Ascension Day service in church for Classes 1-6
(The termly service in St Martin’s Church, for Junior children only)

14/05/1988

School Fête opened by BBC Presenter Andy Crane. Profit of £2750.  A superb day.
(There are two photographs from the fête in the archive.)

16/05/1988

Chairman of Governors and Head began interviewing parents of children who had not been offered places for academic year 88-89.
(BWI was usually not able to offer all parents who applied, a place for their child at the school.  Parents could appeal against this decision.  As the school was Voluntary Aided, it was the responsibility of the Governors to convene a panel, listen to, consider and make a decision on a parent’s appeal.)

17/05/1988

Meeting of committee to organise Willesden at Wembley in October.
(This was probably a churches’ event for the area under the jurisdiction of the suffragan bishop of Willesden.  The school choir contributed to the event which was held on 8th October.)

26/05/1988

8 p.m. SJ meeting for Class 3 parents
(Preparation evening for parents of children in Class 3, Year 5, going on an overnight residential in June)

27/05/1988

Non uniform day - £200 raised for Leukaemia research

   

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 28/05/1988 – 05/06/1988

   

 

06/06/1988

Visit of Bishop Ramsey lower school teachers to meet their next intake.
(A visit to see children in Year 6 as part of the secondary transfer familiarisation process)

07/06/1988

Top Infants (Year 2) to London Zoo.

08/06/1988

Head at Day Conference on the New Curriculum
(This was the National Curriculum, the first prescribed curriculum for primary pupils in England, being introduced as part of the Education Reform Act 1988)

12/06/1988

The Parents’ Association held a car-based Treasure Hunt

16/06/1988

Class 3 with Mr Rutter & Mrs Cooper & 4 parents to Portsmouth Youth Hostal for the overnight stay
(An overnight residential linked to the class’ history topic on ‘Ships and Seafaring’  There is a dedicated page in the archive.)

16/06/1988

8 p.m. Presentation to parents by 4th Year of SJ to IOW
(An annual follow-up from the Year 6 residential to the Isle of Wight was a report on the trip from the children to their parents supported by slides and other relevant material.)

18/06/1988

Cycling Proficiency course began

21/06/1988

Class 4 (Year 4) to Northolt airport

22/06/1988

Class 5 (mixed Years 3 & 4) to Cotswold Wild Life Park

23/06/1988

APM with Governors 8 p.m. 110 present
(The Governors’ Annual Parents’ Meeting.  Governors were required to publish a report on their activities and hold a meeting to present the report.  The requirement has since been repealed.)

24/06/1988

Junior Sports

28/06/1988

Head at Bishop Ramsey for 10th Anniversary celebration.  Archbishop of Canterbury present
(Bishop Ramsey CE Secondary School was celebrating its 10th anniversary to which Dennis Knowles was invited.)

29/06/1988

St Peter & St Paul Eucharist in school for Juniors
(The termly service in school for Junior children only)

30/06/1988

Class 6 (Year 3) to Syon Park

01/07/1988

Reception & Middle Infants (Year 1) to London Zoo

04/07/1988

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

05/07/1988

Area athletics – BWI came 3rd
(The Ruislip and Northwood inter-schools district sports.)

09/07/1988

The Parents’ Association held a barbecue

11/07/1988
12/07/1988

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

13/07/1988

Class 3 presentation to parents of their SJ
(A follow-up from the Class 3’s overnight trip to Portsmouth.  See above 16th June)

15/07/1988

Reached the final of Ruislip – Northwood schools’ Rounders Tournament

18/07/1988

A party of 45 children to Covent Garden to see ‘Firebird’

19/07/1988

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

19/07/1988

Class 6 (Year 3) to Kew Gardens

20/07/1988
21/07/1988

Cycling Proficiency Tests 30 passed, 6 failed.

21/07/1988
22/07/1988

Performances of ‘Noah and his amazing floating zoo’
(Joseph Horovitz and Michael Flanders’ ‘Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo’  Due to the likely future demands of both the National Curriculum and the Standard Assessment Tasks / Tests, the 1988 Year 6 production had moved from the end of the Easter term to the end of the summer term.)

24/07/1988

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

26/07/1988

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

26/07/1988

- Mr Banks (caretaker) retired
- Mrs Sellwood (secretary) resigned
- Cheque for £130 sent to ‘Wishing Well Appeal’

  

 

 

Summer Holiday: 27/07/1988 – 05/09/1988

    

 

05/09/1988

Mrs Brand (Secretary) commenced duties
(Mrs Brand replaced Eileen Sellwood as the school’s secretary. Dennis Knowles did not comment in the Log Book about the vacancy of Caretaker caused by the retirement of George Banks at the end of the previous term.)

06/09/1988

School opened
(The new school year for the children)

15/09/1988

SJ meeting 8 p.m. for 4th Year Juniors
(A pre-trip preparation evening for parents of children in Year 6 going to Canterbury later in the term.)

15/09/1988

Visit of new adviser Mrs Pauline Hoey
(Pauline Hoey joined Neil Suggett as the Local Education Authority’s two Primary age group advisers.)

22/09/1988

The Parents’ Association’s Annual General Meeting - Mr Terry Foote elected chairman

23/09/1988

Letter to parents re election of Parent Governor
(See below10-12th October)

25/09/1988

Sunday Times Fun Run – a team of 90 took part in Hyde Park
(Mrs Boylan, as Miss Crawshaw, had introduced the school’s participation, see 30 September 1984.  The school continued to send a large contingent of pupils, their siblings, parents and staff on an annual basis.)

29/09/1988

Michaelmass eucharist for Classes 1-6 in school
(The termly service in school for Junior children only)

30/09/1988

Toy Fayre - £108 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.)

03/10/1988

Voting papers sent to parents re election of Parent Governor.
(See below10-12th October)

04/10/1988

43 children, 2 staff & 3 parents to Canterbury Youth Hostel
(The Year 6 autumn term residential trip to Canterbury.  There is a dedicated page in the archive)

04/10/1988

Class 2 to National Gallery
(This would have been only the Year 5 children in this mixed age group class; the Year 6 children were in Canterbury)

05/10/1988

Lunch time fire drill for Juniors

07/10/1988

Return of Canterbury SJ

08/10/1988

School choir participated in ‘Willesden at Wembley’
(See above, 17th May)

08/10/1988

The Parents’ Association held a Square Dance

10/10/1988-
12/10/1988

Voting for parent governor.  Mr R. Glazebrook elected.
(Mrs Pam Taverner had been the school’s first elected Parent Governor – see 20th September and 7th-10th October 1985 She had completed her three year term of office and, her children having left the school, was not eligible to stand again.  Mr Glazebrook was duly nominated and elected as the second parent to fill this position.)

14/10/1988

Staff Training Day – school closed to children

17/10/1988

Head at Deansfield Teachers’ Centre for launch of LA guidelines on Health & Social Education
(Health and Social Education was a new ‘cross curricular’ theme within the National Curriculum. As such, it was not a statutory subject but it was expected that schools would incorporate the content into their taught curriculum.)

18/10/1988

7:30 p.m. ‘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.)

20/10/1988

Repair work to toilet in Infant block

      

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 22/10/1988 – 30/10/1988

   

 

01/11/1988

Mr Chapman (London Fire Brigade) talked to 4th Year (Year 6) Juniors

04/11/1988

Non uniform Day - £160 sent to ‘Smile Jamaica’
(Hurricane Gilbert had caused significant damage to Jamaica at the start of September.  With over 100,000 homes destroyed on the island, this was a part of the international response to a call for aid.)

05/11/1988

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

11/11/1988

Poppies sold in school £73.80 donated
(In aid of the Royal British Legion’s annual appeal.)

11/11/1988

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

14/11/1988

Fire drill – school evacuated in 60 seconds.

16/11/1988

Photographs of all children
(Individual and family photographs.  There was probably a 1988 staff photograph taken, but so far we have been unable to acquire a copy for the archive.)

18/11/1988

Parents & children of the January 1989 intake in school in the afternoon
(
A familiarisation event for new children and their parents prior to the children  starting school.)

21/11/1988

Presentation to Multiple Sclerosis Research of proceeds from Sunday Times Fun Run - £585
(See 25th September.  Participants had arranged sponsorship to raise funds for charity.)

23/11/1988

Day of exchange of curriculum leaders with Bishop Ramsey
(This may have been a staff development day with discussions between the primary and secondary curriculum coordinators of both schools)

28/11/1988

8 p.m. Secondary allocation meeting for 4th Year Junior parents.
(Dennis Knowles held a meeting with parents annually to ensure they understood the secondary selection procedure and their part in it.)

30/11/1988
01/12/1988

Interviews of 4th Year parents, p.m. and evening
(To support the school allocation process Dennis Knowles held interviews with parents of children who would transfer to secondary schools in July 1989.)

03/12/1988

The Parents’ Association held a Dance in the evening

08/12/1988
09/12/1988

Nativity performances to parents
(There is a single photograph in the archive)

12/12/1988
13/12/1988

Class 5 (mixed Years 3 & 4) to Westminster Theatre

12/12/1988
13/12/1988

Junior Miscellany to parents 7:30 p.m.
(A traditional mix of music, poetry and prose)

13/12/1988

Choir singing at St Vincent’s & Fairfield Old People’s Home
(The choir was encouraged to make Christmas visits to St Vincent’s and several local Homes.)

14/12/1988

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

15/12/1988

Choir singing at Barringer’s Court & Wallis House

19/12/1988

John Hamilton (National Children’s Homes) received cheque for £700 – Sunny Smiles project
(The Sunny Smiles scheme raised money for the National Children’s Homes. 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. Usually it was introduced by Mr Hamilton representing the charity – he had himself been supported by it as a child.  In 1988 he returned on the 19th to receive a cheque for the amount raised.)

20/12/1988

£150 sent to each of
- Church of England’s Children’s Society and
- Barts Hospital appeal for the unit for children’s eye cancer. 
Proceeds from Christmas performances.

20/12/1988

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

20/12/1988

Mrs Lawlor resigned

   

 

 

Christmas Holiday: 21/12/1988 – 05/01/1989

       
     

 

First uploaded: 14 November 2016