Headmaster's Logbook, December 1940


Headmaster’s Logbook, December 1940

December 1940

Headmaster – Dr William Barry

December 5th, 1940

‘Mr Donaldson, Headmaster, Croy School, called regarding pupils due to enrol here in Secondary Department.’

December 6th

‘Attendance was very bad all this week, owing to Mumps, Measles and Diptheria among pupils. Gave a ‘double’ attendance today owing to inclement weather.’


December 9th

‘All term tests finished today. Headmaster examined class Ib in repetition and heard Miss Doyle give model lesson on “Sherwood” (Alf. Noyes).


December 10th

‘Mr McIntyre, Probation Officer, called this afternoon regarding boys from Twechar, who had been in trouble.’


December 11th

‘Heard poetry of classes IIc, IId & Id today. Attendance is bad. Of 484 in Primary Department, 215 are absent through Mumps & contacts.’


December 16th

‘Paid salaries of teachers. Income-tax was deducted for first time from respective salaries. Amount was one-fifth of first instalment due.’

‘A Major-General, Colonel and Major called this forenoon and asked to see Gymnasium and Assembly Hall. Reported matter to Ed. Offices.’


December 24th

‘This school closed today at 1.30pm for Christmas & New Year holidays. Prior to closure pupils from Primary and Secondary Departments assembled in the Hall for an impromptu concert: songs, dances, piano selections, guitar and mandolin accompaniments.’

‘Presents of various kinds: books, woollies, sweets, stationery etc were sent to HMS King George V, also photos of Senior pupils and cheque for £5-10/- to buy cigarettes for sailors.’

‘Mr Robert Fergusson examined Registers and signed same on behalf of the local S.M. Committee.’


A clipping from a newspaper (probably the Kirkintilloch Herald) has been pasted into the logbook and dated 24 December 1940. It reads ‘Pupils of St. Ninian’s High School, Kirkintilloch, hope to get a half-holiday each time their adopted ship, H.M.S. King George V, disposes of a U-boat. Writing to the crew, a boy appeals to them not to sink any U-boats during the holiday period but to sink two after the school resumes, in order that they might get a whole holiday.’.