Headmaster's Logbook, February 1940

February 1940

Headmaster – Dr William Barry

February 5th, 1940
‘Roads are in a very bad condition and are almost impassible. No buses came today with pupils from Croy or Twecher District. Rang up Messrs Carmichael am, was informed that buses had started off, but stuck in roadways.’

‘Miss May O’Connor M.A.(Hons) French & German, was here today as student-in-training from Notre Dame College, Dowanhill, Glasgow practising Chap V Modern Languages and Chap III Work.’

‘Janitor complains of shortage of coal, has but three tons in stock.’

February 6th
‘Rev. Fr. Gillow CSSR Chaplain to H.M. Forces in Kirkintilloch, Kilsyth and Johnstone called here this forenoon and visited Primary Classes. For fifth period (12-12.40pm) he spoke to all Secondary pupils in the Assembly Hall.’

‘Piano-tuner from Cuthberston’s, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow was here this forenoon.’

‘Mr McPherson called this afternoon re Janitor’s overtime – if any – by reason of evacuees coming to school.’

February 7th
‘This was Ash Wednesday. In keeping with use and wont, I sent all pupils from 12 noon onwards to the Church to receive Holy Ashes.'

February 8th
'Received Form H.I. in duplicate for exact number of candidates for presentation in each subject of Leaving Certificate held under Circular 149. Eight candidates were selected on same grounds as in former years: five – sixth year and three - fifth year.’

February 9th
‘Warned all pupils – Secondary and Primary – that in accordance with the Education Committee’s latest circular, the one day weekly when Gas Masks should be produced for inspection and drill would be Monday, beginning Monday, 12th February.'

February 13th
‘Weather is still very cold. Attendance is improving. In the afternoon the sun shone out very strongly and nearly all traces of the snow are disappearing in this the fourth week since it fell first.'

‘Today, discovered quite a number of later-comers, especially amongst the Secondary girls. With the bad weather a certain relaxation of the rules of punctuality has induced them to come late.’

‘Boys and girls in First and Second Year Classes “lined up” at interval before proceeding to classrooms. In future when weather is inclement boys and girls will assemble in respective cloakrooms before proceeding to classrooms.’

February 22nd
‘Resumed duty today [Dr Barrie had been absent for several days previously]. Absent in afternoon attending Sick Children’s Hospital with son for appendicitis operation.’

February 26th
‘Miss Donaghue, assistant mistress of method, Notre Dame College, Glasgow called here this forenoon and saw Miss M. O’Connor, M.A., Miss McCool, M.A. and Miss H. Young give lessons.’

‘Sent off to Director copies of Form A24 and Special Form A24 in respect of candidates for Senior Leaving Certificate Examination.’

February 28th
‘Absent in forenoon attending funeral service of Mother Vincent, Barrhead who was knocked down and fatally injured on 21st.’