Headmaster's Logbook, Nov. 1940


Headmaster’s Logbook, November 1940

November 1940

Headmaster – Dr William Barry

November 6th, 1940

‘New times for Secondary and Primary Departments began today. Secondary begins at 9.30am with R.K. from 9.30 to 10 and five secular periods to 1.20pm and three in the afternoon from 2.15 to 4.20pm. Primary begins at 9.45am and extends to 1pm and again from 2.10 to 4pm. This arrangement will hold until end of Feb 1941.’

‘The Janitor reported that two policemen had called on him during the week (Mon 4th) to complain about a light alleged to have been seen from W’greens Housing Scheme and flashing lights along the front of the School. H’master phoned Police Stn. at 1.30pm re same. Sgt. Cormack spoke to me about it. Janitor has lights switched off at main and does not visit front of School when air-raid siren is sounded. Sent Janitor down after school to explain same to Sgt. Grant in absence of Sgt. Cormack.’

November 7th

‘Hung up King George V which had been painted by Art Master, Mr. Coleman, and framed.’


November 8th

‘Air-Raid Rehearsal from 12.30 to 12.45pm. Instructed boys and girls to have names printed on white strap of gas-mask or round nozzle of same for purpose of identification if lost.’


‘Girl in Class 1d hurt forehead severely against radiator in Gym during Physical Exercises in afternoon. Sent her along to Dr. Van Bavel and reported same to County Clerk.’


November 11th

‘Registers in Secondary Department, as from today, are being marked at 9.50am to enable us to have Absentee Cards issued in time.’ 


‘Armistice Service was held in Hall today for Secondary pupils from 10.45am to 11.05 am. Primary pupils held their service in Classrooms. Janitor rang bells at 11am for observation of two minutes’ silence.’

‘Examined reading in Class Primary 5 and heard every child read a par[agraph] and All, with exception of two pupils, read fluently and with expression, an unseen passage and gave intelligent explanations of difficult phrases etc.’


‘Raised price of tea to 1½ d per cup owing to scarcity of provisions and increased prices of tea, sugar and milk.’


‘Mr Stevenson, chief of Public Assistance Department, called regarding facilities for providing tea to families who might be rendered homeless owing to bombing by enemy. Showed him dining-room and equipment available.’


November 12th

‘Mr Hyslop, H.M.I., and Major Henderson, War Office Representative for West of Scotland, visited this School at 9.15am today. Major Henderson was enquiring after sleeping accommodation for all or some of 300 extra soldiers being transferred from Kilsyth to his area. Showed him Westermains, Gymnsium and Assembly Hall, also one or two classrooms (Nos 1,4,7), and stated objections to making this school or part of it a sleeping-place for military. They both left at 11.15am.’


November 13th

‘Rev. Fr. McHugh (Captain) – Army Chaplain visited the school today and went round the Classes.’


November 26th

‘Mr Lamb, H.M.I., called about 12 noon to enquire about suitability of field for growing vegetables.’


November 28th

‘Received word last evening that Mr John McPheely B.Sc, who had been off ill since Tuesday 19th, had died at his home. All school children attended Mass this morning for repose of his soul. As I received no official intimation of his death by 11am, I sent prepaid wire to his sister and received an answer to say that he had died last evening and would be buried on Sat. Nov. 30th. Sent further telegram conveying the sympathy of staff and pupils to relatives of Mr McPheely.

Mr Monaghan arranged for a wreath to be sent out on behalf of myself, the Staff and pupils.

The boys in IIIc, IIc, Ic classes – Technical Course – to whom Mr McPheely taught Mathematics, Science, Mechanics, Technical Drawing expressed a desire to send a wreath of their own, to which I agreed. Allowed them to choose two (Croy & Kirkintilloch) boys from IIc and Ic to proceed to funeral on Sat. to represent the others.’


November 29th

‘Headmaster was absent in the afternoon introducing deputation from local branch of the E.I.S to the Director of Education with a view to the institution of a Junior Secondary Certificate for pupils who successfully completed an approved three-years’ course in this County. He was also introducing representatives of the teachers of Educational Handwork regarding their salary.’


November 30th

‘Rev. Fr. Hamill, . . . five boys representing the ‘C’ classes – James Mulgrew IIIc, James Anderson & Francis Drew IIc, and Jas. Rafferty & John Brennan Ic – and I went to Larkhall for requiem Mass at 9.15am and thereafter to Cemetery for interment. . . Mr McPheely had been here since Aug. 1921. R.I.P.’