Winterbourne St Michael’s Church of England School Founded 1813 Headmaster’s Log Book 1933-1952



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1942

6.1.1942 School re-opened after the Christmas holiday.

19.1.1942 The Nurse visited and examined the heads of the scholars and came again next day to follow up the cases requiring attention.

28.1.1942 Miss Bevir visited and gave demonstrations in indoor PT work.

30.1.1942 Archibald H Sewell, Correspondent, inspected the registers. The Headmaster’s Class was quartered in an adjoining room owing to a choked flue in the big room. The necessary help has been asked to clean the flue.

3.2.1942 The Nurse visited to follow up the cases requiring attention.

11.2.1942 The Nurse visited to follow up the cases of heads requiring attention. As a result, 5 children wee excluded.

16.2.1942 From today the hours of the morning session by from 9.00 to noon.

18.2.1942 The Nurse visited again; one child still excluded.

25.2.1942 The Nurse visited again; the last child was cleared.

9.3.1942 Miss V Williams has been given 2 days leave of absence on the occasion of her marriage.

11.3.1942 Mrs Vaughan, nee Williams, returned this morning.

12.3.1942 Box of plimsolls sent to Secretary.

19.3.1942 1 ton 10 cwt coke delivered.

30.3.1942 The examination for the award of Special Places is being held today and tomorrow. The Headmaster is conducting it. The envelopes containing the questions are examined by Mrs Fricker at the time due for them to be opened.

31.3.1942 The boys are not attending the Woodwork Centre this pm as the instructor is absent, owing to giving a blood transfusion.

2.4.1942 School closed mid-day for the Easter Holiday.

13.4.1942 School re-opened.

24.4.1942 School closed for one week to enable the children to assist market gardeners and farmers with potato planting.

4.5.1942 School re-opened.

5.5.1942 The older boys are attending Woodwork this morning instead of this afternoon, to suit the convenience of the Instructor.

12.5.1942 The boys will not attend the Woodwork Centre as the Instructor has met with an accident.

13.5.1942 The Nurse visited and examined the heads of the scholars.

14.5.1942 Ascension Day. The scholars assembled at School at 9.00am and proceeded to church for service at 9.15. they returned to School at 10.30 and were dismissed for the rest of the day.

20.5.1942 Second visit of the Nurse.

22.5.1942 School closed at midday for the Whitsuntide break.

27.5.1942 Wednesday – School re-opened. The Nurse visited and examined the heads of the scholars.

1.6.1942 Second visit of the Nurse.

11.6.1942 Mr J Green, County Horticultural Organiser, visited and inspected the School Garden.

22.6.1942 Visited the School and signed the registers. All well. Archibald H Sewell.

29.6.1942 Mrs Vaughan away today. [And the next day]

1.7.1942 Mrs Vaughan returned today. Her husband had been on leave and she had taken the two days.

2.7.1942 The examination in religious knowledge is proceeding this morning, conducted by the Rev Tasker.
21.7.1942 The report of the Diocesan Inspector was received today. … The general standard was indisputably higher than in many schools… Rev DMP Tasker.

22.7.1942 Visited the School & signed the Registers. All well. Archibald H Sewell, Correspondent.

24.7.1942 The school will continue to open fro the next three weeks, that is, the period which would normally be the Summer holidays. A rota for the attendance of staff has been arranged.

18.8.1942 The boys are attending woodwork this morning instead of this afternoon, to suit the convenience of the Instructor.

18.8.1942 Dental Inspection proceeding this morning.

19.8.1942 Dental Inspection continuing today. The girls over 12 years of age are beginning a Domestic Subjects Course today at the Centre at Whiteshill School.

20.8.1942 Dental Inspection completed at 4pm.

25.8.1942 Medical Inspection of the children is proceeding today. Concluded following day.

27.8.1942 Miss Bevir, Asst PT Organiser for the County, visited and inspected and demonstrated games.

9.9.1942 Visited & signed the Registers. Found the children well, disciplined & happy. Archibald H Sewell, Correspondent.

The children’s gas masks were tested this morning. Class C & the girls of Classes A & B have gone out this morning to pick rose hips.

18.9.1942 School closed today for a fortnight to enable the children to keep with the potato harvest. Those children whose parents wish them to attend School will do so. A rota of attendance of the staff has been prepared.

12.10.1942 Nurse Bennett visited and inspected the children’s heads.

19.10.1942 Nurse Bennett paid her second visit.

23.11.1942 Commencing today, morning School will be 9.30 to 12.30.

A representative of the Ministry of Agriculture lectured on “Rabbitry” this afternoon.

24.11.1942 Visited & signed the Registers. Found the children well, disciplined & happy. Archibald H Sewell, Correspondent.

1.12.1942 The boys did not attend the Woodwork Centre. The instructor was unwell and was leaving the Centre.

3.12.1942 Mr Tanner, HMI, inspected the School.

15.12.1942 The boys are attending the Manual Instruction Centre this morning. The girls over 12 are attending the Cookery Centre today.

18.12.1942 School closed at 4pm for the Christmas Holidays.

1943

4.1.1943 School opened.

12.1.1943 The boys were sent back from the Woodwork Centre with a note from the Headmaster of the School there that there was no Woodwork today.

20.1.1943 Miss Dupres, from the Board of Education, called on her way to the Domestic Subjects Centre.

22.1.1943 Mr J Green, County Horticultural Organiser, visited.

5.2.1943 Registers examined and found correct. Henry G Ludwell, Manager.

9.2.1943 Inspection of Gas Masks and practice in wearing them. 15 new masks obtained from the Head Warden. 7 for changing from “Mickey Mouse”, 1 from small to medium, and 7 replacements for damaged masks.

15.2.1943 From today, the morning session will be 9am to 12 noon.

19.2.1943 Another pleasant visit to the School; everything satisfactory. Archibald H Sewell.

26.2.1943 School will be closed on Mon & Tues, 1st & 2nd March, for a mid-term holiday.

15.3.1943 The nurse is examining the heads of the children this pm.

16.3.1943 The boys are not attending woodwork this pm, as the instructor is giving a blood transfusion at 2pm.

29.3.1943 The exam for the Special Places at Secondary Schools is being conducted this morning by the Headmaster.

30.3.1943 Exam concluded this morning. Exam papers sent to CD Waters Esq, Chipping Sodbury Grammar School. The envelopes containing the questions were examined by Mrs Fricker at the times due for their opening.

2.4.1943 Mrs Vaughan away. Doctor’s certificate received.

12.4.1943 Mrs Vaughan returned to duty.

15.4.1943 School closed at midday for potato planting, followed by the Easter holiday.

18.4.1943 School re-opened.

The girls over 12 were sent back to School by Mr Palmer, as the domestic Science teacher did not arrive at the Centre.

30.4.1943 Mrs Vaughan terminated her appointment here as Uncertificated Mistress today.

10.5.1943 Mrs IME Storkey started work here this morning as a Supply Mistress.

Registers examined and found correct. Henry G Ludwell, Manager.

18.5.1943 The boys are not attending the Woodwork Centre this pm as the Instructor is ill.

3.6.1943 Ascension Day – Service for children at Church.

11.6.1943 School closed for the Whitsuntide holiday.

16.6.1943 School re-opened.

29.6.1943 The Nurse examined the heads of the children.

1.7.1943 The Nurse examined the heads of the children who were absent on 29 June.

7.7.1943 Follow up examination by the Nurse.

9.7.1943 Everything quite and happy. Archibald H Sewell, Correspondent.

16.7.1943 The Diocesan Inspection is proceeding this morning.

22.7.1943 Report of Diocesan Inspection… The standard of the School is maintained, etc, etc. FC Vyvyan Jones.

23.7.1943 School closed for the Summer holiday.

16.8.1943 School re-opened.

17.8.1943 The boys are not attending Woodwork as the room has been taken for the kitchen, and alternative accommodation is not ready.

24.8.1943 The Woodwork room is not yet ready.

31.8.1943 No Woodwork today.

7.9.1943 No Woodwork today.

10.9.1943 I paid what will be my final visit to the School as Rector, and had the pleasure of speaking to all the children, as well as to the Teachers. Thus comes to a close a very happy connection with the staff and pupils. Archibald H Sewell.

10.9.1943 School will be closed today for a fortnight to enable the children to keep with the potato harvest.

27.9.1943 School re-opened. It is with great regret that I have to record that Canon Sewell, the official Correspondent and Chairman of Managers, died on 15 September.

28.9.1943 The Woodwork Centre is not yet ready.

29.9.1943 St Michael’s Day. Children assembled at School, went to church for Service, returned to School for their milk, and were dismissed for the day.

5.10.1943 5 boys attended the Woodwork Centre to prepare the room.

6.10.1943 Mr J Green, County Horticultural Organiser, visited.

7.10.1943 Nurse Bennett inspected the children’s heads.

15.10.1943 Examined the Register & found correct. Henry G Ludwell, Manager.

14.10.1943 Nurse Bennett paid her second visit today.

21.10.1943 Another visit by Nurse Bennett.

26.10.1943 Asst PT Organiser for the County, visited and and saw the PT of Classes C & D.

29.10.1943 A further visit by Nurse Bennett. School closed on 1st & 2nd of November.

3.11.1943 School re-opened.

4.11.1943 Another visit by Nurse Bennett. I have excluded 2 girls, Vera & Phyllis Whitehead, whose heads are still dirty.

9.11.1943 The Medical Examination is proceeding today. Concluded the following day.

15.11.1943 Commencing today, the morning session will be 9.30 to 12.30.

Nurse Bennett inspected Vera & Phyllis Whitehead’s heads, and as they are still not clean, they were excluded for another week.

23.11.1943 Nurse Bennett came to inspect the heads of Vera & Phyllis Whitehead, but they were not at home. Word was left that the nurse would call this afternoon, and it was requested that they should be available for inspection.

23.11.1943 The boys over 11 years of age, returned from the Woodwork Centre with news that the Instructor was ill with influenza.

17.12.1943 Several children are being immunised against Diphtheria by the Doctor at School this morning.

Asst PT Organiser for the County, visited today.

22.12.1943 School closed for the Christmas holiday.

1944

10.1.1944 School re-opened. 1 ton of coal delivered. Invoice for bladders & rounder balls from Bateman’s, Stroud, sent off.

12.1.1944 1 ton 10 cwt coke delivered. Skipping ropes and football adapter received.

26.1.1944 2 tons coke delivered.

14.2.1944 From today, morning session begins at 9am.

28.2.1943 Nurse Bennett examined the children’s heads this morning.

6.3.1944 Second visit of Nurse Bennett.

7.3.1944 The boys are not attending Woodwork as the Instructor is away, ill.

15.3.1944 The Nurse paid a third visit today.

17.3.1944 Registers examined and found correct. Christopher R Willis, Correspondent.

27.3.1944 The examination for Special Places is taking place this morning. The envelopes containing the question papers were examined by Mrs Fricker at the times due for their opening. All papers have been posted and certificates of posting placed in this log book.

5.4.1944 School closed for the Easter holiday – to be followed by one week’s closure for potato planting.

19.4.1944 School re-opened.

21.4.1944 Mr WR Watkin, Secretary for Education, visited to consult the Headmaster [Mr WG Gulliford] with reference to his continuing in service (being over 65 years of age).

2.5.1944 The boys over 11 will not go to Woodwork today as the Instructor is ill.

10.5.1944 The Nurse is examining the heads of the children today.

17.5.1944 Mrs Tucker is away from School this pm, as, being a blood donor, she has been called to give some.

18.5.1944 Ascension Day. Service for children at church. Children returned to School for their milk, and were then dismissed for the day.

19.5.1944 Nurse paid her second visit today. Vera Whitehead excluded.

The Milk sampling officer collected a sample of milk this morning.

26.5.1944 Nurse paid another visit today. School was closed at noon for Whitsuntide – re-open on Wednesday.

1.6.1944 Nurse paid another visit today. And on the 9th June. And again on the 16th June.

16.6.1944 School closed at noon for the afternoon, as War damage repairs are being carried out at short notice.

19.6.1944 Registers examined and found correct. Christopher R Willis, Correspondent.

28.6.1944 I am leaving school early this morning to attend a funeral.

6.7.1944 The examination in Religious knowledge is proceeding. School will not meet this afternoon.

10.7.1944 Copy of report of Diocesan Inspector received. ….. an enjoyable School to visit and one where valuable work is being done.

Signed: Leonard Carter.

25.7.1944 The boys are not attending Woodwork as the Instructor was unable to be present.

27.7.1944 Examined the Register & found correct. Henry G Ludwell, Manager.

28.7.1944 School closed at noon for the Summer holidays.

21.8.1944 School re-opened.

30.8.1944 The girls over 12 commenced a course of Domestic Subjects at Whiteshill School Centre today.

6.9.1944 Nurse Bennett inspected the heads of the children today.

7.9.1944 Further visit by Nurse Bennett.

A representative of the Ministry of Supply gave a talk to the children on the salvage of books.

11.9.1944 Mr Tanner, HMI, visited.

12.9.1944 Examined the Register & found correct. Henry G Ludwell, Manager.

15.9.1944 School closed at 4pm for a fortnight for the potato harvest.

2.10.1944 School re-opened.

4.10.1944 Dinners in School scheme started today.

12.10.1944 Following up visit by Nurse Bennett; Barbara Warren excluded.

16/17/18.10.1944 Dental Inspection and treatment.

20.10.1944 Further visit by Nurse Bennett.

24.10.1944 Miss Bevir visited and saw the dancing of the Infants, Class C and Class B & A girls.

30.10.1944 Commencing today, the morning session will be 9.15 to 12.15.

9.11.1944 Examined the Register & found correct. Henry G Ludwell, Manager.

17.11.1944 The medical inspection is proceeding today.

20.11.1944 Medical Inspection concluded.

21.11.1944 The boys are not attending woodwork today.

24.11.1944 2 ton coke delivered.

20.12.1944 Mrs Storkey ceased work here today as supply mistress. School closed at 4pm for the Christmas holidays.



1945

8.1.1945 School re-opened. Miss Iris Mary Cowles commenced duties here today as Uncertificated Mistress with Class C.

17.1.1945 Miss Du Pre of the Ministry of Education came today to inspect the arrangements for the cooked dinners, and conditions relating thereto.

25.1.1945 The water supply to the School and the flush boxes are frozen. School will be dismissed at 3.30.

26.1.1945 Attendance seriously affected since Tuesday by severe weather – in addition to chicken pox.

21.2.1945 The girls were sent back from the Cookery Centre as the Teacher had not arrived.

5.3.1945 The Nurse inspected the heads of the children today.

26.3.1945 The first part of the scholarship exam is being held today. The papers were posted to CD Waters Esq.

27.3.1945 The exam continues today. The papers were posted to CD Waters Esq. All envelopes were inspected by Mrs Frickers.

Registers examined and found correct. Christopher R Willis, Correspondent.

28.3.1945 School closed for Easter.

4.4.1945 School re-opened.

12.4.1945 Starting today the girls and infants will use St Michael’s Room for their dancing lessons.

13.4.1945 School will be closed next week to enable the older children to help with potato planting.

23.4.1945 School re-opened.

1.5.1945 Miss Bevir visited and inspected the PT of the Infants and Class C.

8.5.1945 School closed today and tomorrow for Victory Celebrations.

10.5.1945 Ascension Day. Children assembled at school, Service in Church, returned to School for milk, buns and dinners, then dismissed for the rest of the day.

18.5.1945 School closed today at 4pm for Whitsuntide.

23.5.1945 School re- opened.

31.5.1945 Mr J Green, County Horticultural Organiser, inspected the garden today.

4.6.1945 Examined the Register & found correct. Henry G Ludwell, Manager.

13.6.1945 The girls who attend the Domestic Subjects course returned to School at 10.5am as the Mistress was absent owing to illness.

4.7.1945 School will not open tomorrow as the building is required for polling. (General Election)

12.7.1945 The Diocesan Inspection is taking place this morning. Examiner: Rev Durston.

17.7.1945 Mrs Fricker is visiting Staple Hill Junior School to see a display of dancing, arranged by Miss Bevir.

18.7.1945 Miss Bevir visited.

19.7.1945 Miss Harris is visiting Hanham Abbots School to see a display of dancing arranged by Miss Bevir.

24.7.1945 Examined the Registers & found correct. Henry G Ludwell, Manager.

26.7.1945 A Follow-up visit by the Nurse.

Copy of Diocesan Report. …satisfactory. An interesting visit. FC Vyvyan Jones. Examiner: Rev Durston.

27.7.1945 Closed School at noon for Summer holiday.

20.8.1945 School re-opened.

29.8.1945 Medical Inspection is proceeding today.

31.8.1945 Medical Inspection concluded at 4pm.

6.9.1945 Examined the Registers & found correct. Henry G Ludwell, Manager.

7.9.1945 School closed for a fortnight, to enable the older children to help with the potato harvest. This has been done after consultation with the local market gardeners and farmers.

24.9.1945 School closed for the VJ holiday.

28.76.1945 I relinquish the Headmastership of this School as from 30 September 1945. Walter Jones.

[Mr Jones was appointed temporarily in 1941!]

1.10.1945 I, Alfred C Dunn, today take up duties as Headmaster of this School.

5.10.1945 Nurse Bennett called to inspect the heads of those children who had been absent at a previous head inspection.

8.10.1945 School closed for one week’s holiday.

5.11.1945 School re-opened at 9am.

9.11.1945 School football today – this School lost to Frampton Cotterell 6 goals to nil.

14.11.1945 The Headmaster, [Alfred C Dunn] with the School football team, left School at 2pm to play return game with Frampton Cotterell.

The School piano has been repaired by Messrs Mickleburgh at a cost of £10.10.0. the “action” has been completely overhauled.

19.11.1945 Permission has been given for the use of the school on Monday evenings by the Youth Club (Junior & Senior) for play and pantomime rehearsals.

26.11.1945 Headmaster visited Whiteshill CI School re desirability of common action with regard to admittance of children under five.

28.11.1945 Received ARP cupboards from Avis Works, Kingswood.

4.12.1945 Received 1 ton 11 cwt coke.

7.12.1945 Alan Higgs, while helping to move a desk from Room 2 to the girls’ porch, slipped and cut his knee on the desk iron. The Headmaster bathed the cut and decided it required stitches; a taxi was ordered and the boy taken to Dr Crossman who put in three stitches. The boy was taken home by taxi, the Headmaster accompanying him all the time. The circumstances of the accident were reported to Mrs Higgs and she, realising that it was an accident, was appreciative of the attention paid to her son.

8.12.1945 A sale of work and jumble sale was held in School today. Over forty pounds were raised for the School fund and the projected School wireless can now be purchased.

A reply has been received from the Secretary, in answer to the complaints made and sent by letter by the Headmaster re condition of the kitchen, stating that the County Architect will see into the matter.

14.12.1945 Mr EA Phillips, HMI, called.

15.12.1945 One tray of pudding from Coalpit Heath Cooking Depot badly burnt.

18.12.1945 The drains in the School playground need attention, especially the one in the infant boys’ lavatory. The matter has been reported to Mr Ford, with an urgent request to see to it.

Messrs Luton, having been given the contract for re-decorating the School during the Christmas Holidays, have been given permission by the Headmaster to commence work on Room 3 today.

20.12.1945 A Christmas Party was given this pm to all children attending School; cakes were sent to all sick children. ‘Bert Bradford’ of Bristol gave an hour of Punch & Judy at a fee of £3.13.6.

1946

7.1.1946 School re-opened today. Messrs Luton have not finished the Infants Room.

It is worthy of record that Messrs Luton have made an excellent job of redecorating the School, which was in a dreadful condition. The different colour scheme for each room is very pleasing.

Mrs Ray commenced duties today in Room 2 in a temporary capacity.

The canteen workers did not arrive today because the long-promised repairs to the kitchen had not been done. Consequent on a visit from the Architects Dept, Shirehall, by the representative of this area, the Headmaster contacted Mrs Manning and she has agreed to recommence canteen work tomorrow.

8.1.1946 The canteen workers came today. Work on the kitchen has started.

11.1.1946 Kitchen repairs have been done satisfactorily. Messrs Luton completed the redecoration of the School today. (£87.10.0)

Mr Green, County School Garden Instructor, called. He left 6 spades, 8 draw hoes, 8 Dutch hoes.

15.1.1946 Class B returned to its own room today, and Class C could commence work in its own room.

No woodwork today.

21.1.1946 The Headmaster [Alfred C Dunn] took Top Class on a sliding expedition to North Woods this pm. The ice was in excellent condition.

11 packages arrived from Arnolds today, to the total value of £51.10.11.

22.1.1946 The Headmaster [Alfred C Dunn] issued to all classes, new stocks of pencils, crayons, nibs, penholders, blotting paper, rulers, rubbers, and approx 60 new reading books to each (10 groups of 6). A lot of derelict material that has been used has been burnt because of insanitary condition.

24.1.1946 Nancy Rumble punished, one stroke, for rank misbehaviour at Domestic Science Centre on 23rd. Mrs Fricker witnessed the punishment.

4.2.1946 Messrs Brown have cleaned all windows at the week-end.

The Headmaster took a “strong line” with Mrs Lewis this morning, who brought her son John to School with a number of unwarranted complaints.

Messrs Jennings, Fox Rd, Bristol, delivered 2 of firewood today (3/- a bag).

6.2.1946 Seven Class C boys punished for continued disobedience in the matter of “shelters and private garden”. 1 light stroke each.

The School WIRELESS has arrived from Messrs Sound Sales of Farnham, Surrey. The total cost was £38.9., excluding 30 yards of flex and fittings which will \be required to fit a loud speaker in each room. The set has been tested and it is very satisfactory.

7.2.1946 Miss Capes, Assistant Secretary (Director of Education) called re accommodation of children from Stoke Gifford.

11.2.1946 Miss Harris has reported that a few of the younger children are suffering from pediculosis. Nurse Bennett has been notified.

12.2.1946 3 tons 9 cwt coke delivered. The Headmaster left School at 2.50pm to go to Bristol to purchase music for the School, also fittings for the new wireless. In the Headmaster’s absence, Mrs Binhs paid a visit to the School.

18.2.1946 Messrs Ford’s rep called today to investigate complaints about School drains etc.

19.2.1946 The drains are being attended to today.

22.2.1946 School closed this pm for 2 days half-term.

An error has been made in the calculation of attendances for the year ending 31 March 1946, and in accordance with the Secretary’s memorandum re the recent half-term holiday, it is evident that this school was not eligible for the holiday. An explanatory letter will be sent to the Secretary.

28.2.1946 Nurse Bennett made her head inspection today. No child was excluded, although six required attention.

11.3.1946 The Correspondent has received notice from Mrs Fricker to the effect that she intends to resign as from the end of July.

Mrs Smith commences duty today as part time pianist (3 hours weekly at 3 shillings an hour).

13.3.1946 Mrs Ray absent – doctor’s certificate received.

20.3.1946 Mrs Ray returns to duty.

Class A boys have been ‘on the garden’ all day as the weather has been so suitable for planting.

Mrs Fricker is prepared to allow her notice be operative from 1 April, as Mrs Thornton is prepared to begin duties here on 1 May, if she is appointed.

4 cane waste-paper baskets, 4 small and 2 large doormats have been received from the Blind Asylum in Bristol.

22.3.1946 Mr Ford has been to discuss the design of the proposed shelves to be erected in Room 1.

29.3.1946 School will be closed on Monday 1 April because of Parish Council Elections.

17.4.1946 School closed at 4pm for the Easter Holidays.

Mrs Fricker left the staff of this School today – a presentation of a barometer (£5) was made to her.

7.5.1946 School re-opened today. Mrs Thornton took up duty as First Assistant.

16.5.1946 The whole School joined in the BBC children’s service in the playground this morning – successful. A number of School broadcasts will now be held outside the School buildings.

23.5.1946 A parcel of needlework material has been stolen from School. The police have been informed and GEC.

At 5pm a parcel of needlework was returned to the School House.

27.5.1946 All the needlework has been returned and the Secretary has been informed.

30.5.1946 Ascension Day. The whole School assembled at 8-50 and marched to church for a children’s Ascension Day service. Buns were handed to each child at the church door.

6.6.1946 Jan Brown & Brian Maggs have gone to the Staple Hill Technical School to take the entrance examination.

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