Headmaster's Logbook, June 1940


June 1940

Headmaster – Dr William Barry

June 3rd 1940

‘Five LC candidates absent today sitting Glasgow University Bursary Competition.’


June 3rd

‘Mr Coleman absent in afternoon with permission to take his little son to hospital.’


June 6th

‘Miss Byrne & Miss Shearer absent from 2pm at Education Offices standardising Bursary (Maintenance Grants) Test Papers in English and French respectively.

Mr Donaldson, Headmaster, Croy called this afternoon regarding pupils who are being promoted to this School after Midsummer Holidays.’


June 10th

‘Headmaster resumed today. Found everything satisfactory and during his absence Mr Monaghan has taken charge in a very efficient manner.’


June 11th

‘The Director, Mr Wilson and Mr Gibb called at 11.30am re communal feeding in the event of evacuation of Clydebank children to this district. Mr Gibb suggested minor alterations in dining-hall lobby and side-room to give more accommodation. The Director asked for a list of utensils necessary for increased numbers to be sent to him.’


June 14th

‘A primary pupil fainted in Room 15 11.30am and had continuous fainting fits in Medical Room until 12.45pm when she was sent to her home at the other end of town in a taxi-cab in charge of two teachers – Miss Hughes and Miss Toland.’


June 17th

‘Two Royal Canadian Engineers – sappers, one a former pupil - called to the School to see the building this afternoon. Expressed themselves as very pleased with all they saw.’


June 18th

‘A former pupil of the School, and Dux of Intermediate and Secondary Depts, has obtained a First Class Honours Degree in French and German at the University. He called to the School this afternoon with the news – David R. Welsh.’



June 19th

‘This was Parents’ Day. The School was open to inspection in the afternoon and a large number of parents and friends came to see drawings, needlework, handwork and the premises.’


June 20th

‘The Annual School Sports were held this afternoon in the playing-field beginning at 2pm. The School Champions were Jack Diamond and Sarah Quigley – both of Lennoxtown.’

‘The weather was ideal and the turn-out of spectators was very satisfactory. The different events were very keenly contested and created much enthusiasm.

Among the invited guests were Bailie and Mrs Hamilton, Rev. Fr Whelehan, Rev. Fr Hamil, Ex-Supt Grant and Ex-Bailie Doherty (Kilsyth).


June 24th

‘The results of the Senior Leaving Certificate came to hand today. Eight candidates, who were presented, were successful: five from Sixth Year and three from Fifth Year.

The results of the Prospective Teachers’ Religious Exam have also been announced.’

‘In the Glasgow University Bursary Competition, five students competed for Dux of Secondary Department: the order of merit placed Margaret Barry first, Isobel Griffin second and Maureen Maguire, third.’

The dux is a Fifth Year student with passes in Hr English, Hr Latin, Hr French, Hr Mathematics, Hr Science (Physics & Chemistry), Dynamics, Lr History and Arithmetic.

The dux of the Intermediate Department is Dorothy E. Richardson and the second is Francis Maguire. The award is made on the aggregate marks obtained at Xmas and Midsummer Term Tests, including Music and R. Knowledge.’


June 26th

‘First air raid on this town took place last night (Tuesday). Janitor did not receive telephone warning and School siren was not sounded.’


June 27th

‘At 3pm Rev. Fr Hamil presented the Prizes (Sports) to the winners in the Hall. The Headmaster thanked him on behalf of the Staff and the pupils accorded him their ‘vote of thanks’ in their own fashion.

The Headmaster congratulated Mr Monaghan on his own behalf and that of the Staff and Pupils in obtaining another degree which was to be conferred on him next day at Glasgow University.’

‘[The Headmaster] presented Miss McCairns, senior Teacher of Domestic Science, with presents on behalf of the Staff on the occasion of her leaving to be married.

Mr Robt Maguire, Solicitor, presented to the School forty-one volumes for prizes.’


June 28th

‘The School closed today at 1pm for summer holidays.

Rev Fr Hamill presented prizes. A playlet and musical items comprised the entertainment and were much appreciated. A rota of teachers to be on duty each week has been drawn up and begins on 1st July. Mr Richardson, Managing Director of Switchgear, gave useful advice to pupils. Fr Whelehan, Lennoxtown, also spoke to pupils.’