The BWI Archives

1992 ~ 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: 20/12/1991 – 06/01/1992

 

 

13/01/1992

Head and Chairman of Governors meeting at Abbotsfield
(Regular termly meetings for Headteachers with their respective Chair of Governors. These meetings were designed to disseminate relevant information that would need to be considered by Governing Bodies.)

14/01/1992

Visit of Allan Jones Inspector re Special Needs audit
(Allan Jones was a Local Authority Advisor. At this time the Local Authority was carrying out an audit of special Needs provision across all its schools.)

17/01/1992

Visit of Dr Potton, Ed Psych
(Arthur Potton was the Local Authority Educational Psychologist.  He would have visited to carry out an assessment of educational need for a specific child and provide advice to the school.)

21/01/1992

Visit of Steve White LDBS Building Officer
(A representative from the London Diocesan Board for Schools which had responsibility for the external fabric of the school.)

22/01/1992

Fire drill.  School evacuated in 50 seconds

23/01/1992

7:30 p.m. Year 5 & Year 6 parents invited to view 4 films re ‘Ourselves’ topic
(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 later in the spring term.  See 2nd December 1985 and 23rd November 1987)

27/01/1992

Classes 5 (mixed Years 3 & 4) & 6 (Year 3) to Verulamium
(The remains of the roman town at St Albans, Hertfordshire)

27/01/1992

Lunch time fire drill

03/02/1992

Fr John Cleaver (LDBS Inspector) in school a.m.
(The Inspector from the London Diocesan Board for Schools)

03/02/1992

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

05/02/1992

Local Authority inspectors looking at numeracy in Year 4
(The Local Authority was looking at the quality of mathematics teaching across its schools in relation to the introduction of the National Curriculum.)

06/02/1992

Visit of Local Authority surveyor re ramps around school
(This would be to put in place measures that met statutory requirements with regard to accessibility for disabled pupils.  The visit of Mr White on the 21st January may have been for a similar reason, since there was significant concern nationally about appropriate provision for children with a range of special needs.)

07/02/1992

Year 2 teachers on SAT training
(The Year 2 Standard Attainment Tests – the original word, ‘Tasks’, was quickly supplanted – were first taken by seven year olds in 1991. While Dennis Knowles noted a meeting with parents in the Log Book, see 13th April 1991, he made no mention of the tests taking place.  There had been a significant overexpectation by the writers of the 1991 tests of what a seven year old could cope with, so there were radical changes put in place for the 1992 tests.)

10/02/1992
11/02/1992

School closed for staff training.  Cross curricular themes, maths, the Children Act and LOGO
(A variety of themes related to new statutory requirements.  The ‘Cross Curricular Themes’ were subjects in the National Curriculum that were not themselves statutory, but expected to be taught within the context of other subjects – Information and Communications Technology was one such subject at this time.  LOGO is an educational version of BASIC computer programming language used by schools.)

17/02/1992

7:30 ‘Reception Evening’ for parents of ‘R’ children
(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.)

19/02/1992

Children from Pannal (47) arrived to stay with our 4th Year Junior (Year 6) children – second part of the exchange begun last October.
(Dennis Knowles’ son taught at Pannal Junior School. The ‘exchange’ with Pannal first took place in February 1990.)

21/02/1992

Pannal children left – very successful visit

   

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 22/02/1992 – 01/03/1992

    

 

03/03/1992

‘Book Fair’ week began
(A display of children’s books mounted by a local or national supplier and available for purchase.)

03/03/1992
05/03/1992

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

04/03/1992

Ash Wednesday mass for Classes 1-6
(Traditionally the Ash Wednesday service was held in St Martin’s Church.  It was for the Junior children only.)

05/03/1992

Readings of stories to all classes by John Woodnutt as part of ‘Book Fair’ week
(The actor John Woodnutt had a long association with the school.  In the 1970’s he had written and acted in a series of ‘radio’ adventure stories prepared for the school to use in its Junior Lent Assemblies.)

06/03/1992

Infant Lent Service 1
(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.)

09/03/1992

Junior Lent Service 1

09/03/1992

All electrical equipment tested
(The first mention of the school complying with Health and Safety legislation that required the periodic testing of all portable electrical appliances.)

10/03/1992

End of book week.  A ‘dressing up’ day in fictional characters.  £160 collected for UNICEF project in Mexico.  Over £1500 worth of books purchased by parents.
(There is a copy of the press cutting relating to this event in the archive)

12/03/1992

The Parents’ Association held a quiz evening

12/03/1992

All school dental inspection

12/03/1992

Mr David Rennie CBE showed a video of his award to Year 5 & Year 6.

13/03/1992

Infant Lent 2

16/03/1992

Junior Lent 2

18/03/1992

Year 5 & Year 6 to Natural History & Victoria & Albert Museums

20/03/1992

p.m. Summer Term intake.  
(A familiarisation event for new children and their parents prior to the children starting school.  BWI appears to have first admitted children at the start of the summer term the preceding year, see 8th March 1991.)

20/03/1992

Infant Lent 3

21/03/1992

Ruislip Northwood schools 6-a-side soccer competition
(The annual Primary Schools’ inter-school football tournament)

23/03/1992

Junior Lent 3.

23/03/1992

p.m. early closure for planning
(Given the significant additional time required for both teacher discussion and subject planning in order to introduce the National Curriculum, the school put in place a shortened afternoon each term to support this work.)

27/03/1992

Infant Lent 4

28/03/1992

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

30/03/1992

Junior Lent 4

31/03/1992
01/04/1992

Performances of Junior production of ‘Rats’ 7:30 p.m.
(Currently there is a single photograph from this Year 6 production in the archive.)

03/04/1992

Infant Lent 5

05/04/1992

School team v Dads at soccer – 6-5 to school
(The annual ‘friendly’ parents versus pupils football match)

06/04/1992

Junior Lent 5

06/04/1992

7:30 SAT evening for Year 2 parents
(See above 7th February)

07/04/1992

Year 5 IOW School Journey meeting 8 p.m.
(Preparation evening for parents of Year 5 children going to the Isle of Wight for a 3-day residential in May)

10/04/1992

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

03/04/1992

£246 sent to UNICEF work in Mexico

     

 

 

Easter Holiday: 11/04/1992 – 26/04/1992

      

 

28/04/1992

Meeting with LA re grounds contract
(Whereas previously the Local Authority had maintained the school grounds, as a result of the delegations of funding to schools and the implementation of Compulsory Competitive Tendering – CCT, see 13th March 1991 – the school now needed to enter into a contract for its grounds maintenance.  The Local Authority was initially proactive in carrying out this work, though later most schools found alternative providers.)

29/04/1992

Chairman of Governors & Heads meet Director
(See 13th January)

30/04/1992

Class 4 (Year 4) to Docklands
(This included a trip to Greenwich; there is a single photograph in the archive)

01/05/1992
03/05/1992

Ruislip Methodist Flower Festival
(The school may have contributed a display to this festival)

02/05/1992

St Martin’s May Fair – school stall raised £55
(The staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fair.)

04/05/1992

Closed for May day

05/05/1992

Closed for Staff Training – appraisal

06/05/1992

Class 5 (mixed Year 3 & 4) to Docklands
(This included a trip to Greenwich; there is a single photograph in the archive)

06/05/1992

62 Year 5 children, 2 staff, 5 parents to IOW for 3 days

07/05/1992

Class 6 (Year 3 ) to Docklands
(This included a trip to Greenwich; there is a single photograph in the archive)

08/05/1992

Memorial Service for Bill Mudge MBE, Governor, at St Martin’s Acton
(Bill Mudge had long been an active member of the school’s Governing Body)

08/05/1992

Return of IOW Journey

09/05/1992

School Fête
(There is a single photograph in the archive)

14/05/1992

9:15 Mass in church for Classes 1-6 – St Matthias
(The termly service in St Martin’s Church, for Junior children only)

18/05/1992

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

19/05/1992

p.m. Class 1 (Year 6) to the Barn for Safety exhibition
(This would be Ruislip’s Great Barn on Bury Street)

20/05/1992

7:30 p.m. ‘Kidscape’ for new parents
(The school had introduced a programme used 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. An annual evening was held with the relevant parents to outline the programme and review teaching materials.  See 5th February and 21st & 26th April 1988)

22/05/1992

Non Uniform day.  £150 sent to NSPCC
(National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)

      

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 23/05/1992 – 31/05/1992

23/05/1992

1st ‘French club’ held 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
(The school had let its premises to an organisation providing French language lessons for children on a Saturday morning.)

   

 

01/06/1992

Cycling Proficiency week 37 passed, 6 failed.

04/06/1992

School Journey Year 6 meeting in preparation for Derbyshire
(Preparation evening for parents of Year 6 children going on School Journey to Derbyshire in June)

10/06/1992

Photographs of reception, leavers, teams & staff
(We have only been able to acquire pictures of the reception children and the staff for the archive.)

10/06/1992

7J (Year 2) to Uxbridge visiting an optician
(Presumably as part of a local studies or ‘people who care for us’ topic)

10/06/1992

p.m. Gymnastic display for parents postponed from Fête

11/06/1992

Visit of Haydon 1st Year tutor to meet next intake
(A visit to see children in Year 6 who would be transferring to Haydon Secondary School as part of the secondary transfer familiarisation process)

16/06/1992

Visit of Bishop Ramsey Deputy Head to see next intake
(A visit to see children in Year 6 who would be transferring to Bishop Ramsey Secondary School as part of the secondary transfer familiarisation process)

18/06/1992

CE Chairman of Governors & Heads met with diocesan Director of Education re GM issues
(A meeting for church schools in the Diocese of London to consider the Government’s provision of Grant Maintained status.  This would allow schools that converted to being Grant Maintained to have their funds directly delegated from the government, providing more money but greater financial responsibilities.)

18/06/1992

Ruislip Northwood schools athletics at Hayes stadium.  BWI came 3rd.
(The Ruislip and Northwood inter-schools district sports.)

22/06/1992

Class 6 (Year 3) to Kew Gardens

23/06/1992

Funeral of Mr Joe Brion – our Father Christmas for 21 years.
(Mr Brion had donated a chalice for the school’s use at the Candlemass service in 1990, see 2nd February 1990)

24/06/1992

Visit of Pauline Hoey, Inspector

25/06/1992

8 p.m. APM – 69 parents plus staff & Governors
(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.)

29/06/1992

Y6 School Journey to Derbyshire – 48 children, 3 staff, 4 parents
(The Year 6 week long residential trip to Derbyshire. Unfortunately no photographs of the trip have yet come to light.)

01/07/1992

Class 5 (mixed Years 5 & 6) to Kew Gardens

01/07/1992

Mr N. Dicks, Safety Adviser, in school

03/07/1992

SJ return

03/07/1992

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

07/07/1992/
08/07/1992

Induction days at Haydon, Bishop Ramsey & Queensmead for Year 6 pupils
(A visit for children in Year 6 as part of the secondary transfer familiarisation process. This was a single day at the appropriate school. It became regular practice in the Local Authority to coordinate these events so that they all took place on the same day)

07/07/1992

Ken Dalston, puppeteer, gave 2 performances to Infants

10/07/1992

Early closure for planning
(See 23rd March)

10/07/1992

All full time children took home reports
(The annual written report for parents on their child’s progress over the past year)

10/07/1992

District Rounders tournament at Ruislip Gardens
(The annual Ruislip and Northwood inter-schools rounders tournament)

13/07/1992

Mass in school to welcome Fr Peter Homewood
(The termly service in school for Junior children only. Fr Peter Homewood joined the St Martin’s parish as curate, leaving in 1996 to become Rector of St Mary’s Hayes until his untimely death in 2015.)

13/07/1992
14/07/1992

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

15/07/1992

Junior Sports – new format

18/07/1992

The Parents’ Association held a barbecue at Ruislip Manor Sports Club

20/07/1992

Visit of Architect & LBDS Building engineer re future of kitchen area
(With the cessation of a hot meals service at the end of the spring term the previous year – see 13th March 1991 – the school was considering converting the kitchen into a teaching area.)

21/07/1992
22/07/1992

Music Evenings
(Unfortunately no photographs from the evenings have been located)

24/07/1992

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

24/07/1992

£150 donated by Parents at Music evenings.

£80 sent to Ruislip Christian Council for Handicapped Holiday week.

    

 

 

Summer Holiday: 25/07/1992 – 08/09/1992

 

During August repair / maintenance work took place on the classroom on the Infant playground, the school roof and exterior doors.

Thermostats were fitted to radiators in admin block and entrance hall.  An isolating value was added to the heating system to cut out the Junior block.  The Junior corridor library area and Classes 5 & 6 were decorated.

 

Mr Reg Jennings, former headmaster from 1957 – 71, died on August 18th aged 86.

    

 

07/09/1992

Mass for Governors & Staff at 9:30 a.m.
(The traditional start of the school year service in St Martin’s Church.  All associated with the school were welcome to attend.)

07/09/1992

Mrs Hoey, Inspector, gave an input on ‘whole school planning’ p.m.

10/09/1992

Head’s conference re ‘white paper’
(The 1992 White paper ‘Choice and Diversity’ paved the way for the 1993 Education Act, which dealt with, amongst other things, the funding of Grant Maintained schools, pupil exclusions, Special Needs, ‘failing schools’ and restructured the organisations that were responsible for the National Curriculum and its assessment.)

16/09/1992

Deanery Heads / Chairmen met re ‘white paper’

(See 10th September)

28/09/1992

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

01/10/1992

The Parents’ Association’s Annual General Meeting - Mr G. Taylor re-elected chairman

02/10/1992

Toy Fair - £180 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.)

05/10/1992

Open Evening 6-9 p.m.
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss work over the coming year.)

06/10/1992

Robert Potton presented with £110 – sponsorship re his pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella

06/10/1992

Head and Secretary at meeting re ‘Cheque Book’ LMS
(Local Management of Schools was continuing to be rolled out, see 9th March 1990.  Not all schools were given direct ‘cheque book’ access to their budgets at the same time, payments still needing to be processed by the Local Authority.  This was probably a training session prior to the school setting up its own bank account for its delegated budget and permitted to write its own cheques.)

17/10/1992

The Parents’ Association held a ‘Food and Music Evening’ in the school hall.

20/10/1992

Year 5 & Year 6 at Planetarium

21/10/1992

Fire drill.  School evacuated in 1 minute

22/10/1992

Non uniform day £210 donated to ‘Save the Children’ fund

22/10/1992

8 p.m. Secondary Allocation meeting for parents
(Dennis Knowles held a meeting annually with parents of children in Year 6 to ensure they understood the secondary selection procedure and their part in it.)

23/10/1992

Staff Training Day – Assessment (a.m.) and Music in the National Curriculum (p.m.)

   

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 24/10/1992 – 02/11/1992

     

 

02/11/1992

Staff Training Day – PE a.m.; Art p.m.

03/11/1992

Poppies on sale - £76.46 raised
(In aid of the Royal British Legion’s annual appeal.)

04/11/1992

Whole school photographed a.m.
(Individual and family photographs.)

05/11/1992

Class 4 (Year 4) to Hayward Gallery

07/11/1992

Martinmass Fair – school stall raised £68
(The annual St Martin’s fundraising Fayre. The staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fayre.)

09/11/1992

Bishop Ramsey lower school maths co-ordinators meeting Year 6 teachers.
(It is probable that BWI’s Year 6 teachers joined with those from other primary schools at Bishop Ramsey to consider the interface between the primary and secondary maths curriculums.)

10/11/1992

Visit of Steve White (Diocesan Buildings Officer) & Jeff Edwards (Diocesan Adviser) re kitchen
(See 21st January and 20th July)

11/11/1992

Classes 1-6 in church for Martinmass 9:15 p.m.
(The termly service for the Junior classes at St Martin’s Church, Ruislip)

12/11/1992

After school training on ‘Appraisal’ for staff
(A number of sessions were held to prepare teaching staff for the introduction of their annual appraisal)

16/11/1992

p.m. January Intake & parents in school
(A familiarisation event for new children and their parents prior to the children starting school in January 1993.)

18/11/1992

After school training on ‘Appraisal’ for staff

25/11/1992

Parents’ Association Christmas fair 3 p.m.
(This was a sale of small ‘stocking fillers’, Christmas cards, wrapping paper and the like and intended for parents, NOT children!)

26/11/1992

Fr Ingham & Head meeting parents who had been refused places
(BWI was usually unable 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.)

27/11/1992

2 p.m. School closed for planning
(See above 23rd March)

30/11/1992-
01/12/1992

Life Education Centre at the school for 3 days.  All classes experienced the input on ‘the body and drugs’
(The London Borough of Hillingdon had funded a ‘Life Bus’, a trailer that was fitted out with Health Education teaching materials appropriate to primary children.  A class could sit reasonably comfortably in the trailer for a lesson given by one of the Local Authority staff. Schools had a degree of choice concerning the subject matter to be covered.)

03/12/1992

Friends of St Martin’s presented with £160 – ‘2p Trail’ result

03/12/1992

2:30 p.m. Nativity for parents
(There is a single photograph from this event in the archive)

04/12/1992

6:30 p.m. Nativity for parents

05/12/1992

Parents’ Association Supper Dance in the church Hall

09/12/1992
10/12/1992

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

10/12/1992

Infant party

11/12/1992

Staff Christmas party 8 p.m.

11/12/1992

Christmas cards sent to local shops

14/12/1992

Christmas lunch – staff & Govs
(An annual Christmas lunch for staff to which School Governors and local clergy were also invited. Given the lack of a hot meal service in school, it is likely that, as in 1991, this took the form of a buffet.)

15/12/1992

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

15/12/1992

Barnardos presented with £80 at assembly

16/12/1992

Choir sang at Barringer’s Court and Youth Centre

17/12/1992

Choir sang at Fairfield House

17/12/1992

p.m. String ensemble played for Juniors
(A recital provided by a group drawn from the Local Authority peripatetic teachers.)

18/12/1992

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

 

£80 sent to each of Church of England Children’s Society and Peter Pan Ward, Hillingdon Hospital

    

 

 

Christmas Holiday: 19/12/1992 – 04/01/1993

                 

 

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