Headmaster's Logbook, October-December 1944


Headmaster’s Logbook, October-December 1944

October 1944

Headmaster – Dr William Barry

October 4th

‘In the afternoon (2pm) headmaster and Mr. Mathewson accompanied twelve boys, from IIIa & IIc, on a visit to the Lion Foundry, Kirkintilloch. This visit had been arranged by the local Ministry of Labour, with the object of familiarising pupils, in their last year at school, with local industries, trades and occupations, and so enable them to make up their minds as to the type of work they should prefer to follow after leaving school. Mr. Robert Dickson, Managing Director, received the party in the head offices, welcomed them and explained one or two matters relating to iron casting and its history dating back to Chinese times. He also gave a short account of the history of Lion Foundry. In two parties the boys were shown over the drawing-office (saw a blue-print being made), pattern shop, moulding shop, where they saw the actual process of moulding demonstrated, and furnaces and casting, with explanatory details at every stage from Mr. Dickson in charge of Party No. 1 and Mr. Patrick in charge of Party No. 2. Then back to the Head Office where other directors were assembled. The headmaster on behalf of the Staff and the pupils thanked the management and Mr. Dickson for making possible such an educative and interesting visit.’


October 9th

The potato-harvesting has begun in this area. By arrangement with the local S.M. Committee as recommended by the Education Committee, only pupils in the Secondary Division of the School have been exempted for this week. To each pupil, so exempted, has been given a ‘permit’ to be handed over to the farmer to sign for return to the school when the pupil’s work is finished. In all 162 permits have been issued to date to 18 pupils in III Year (c & d), 26 boys in IIc, 19 girls in IId, 28 pupils in II e & f, 26 boys in Ic, 25 girls in Id and 20 pupils from I e & f. A regrouping of the depleted classes has been effected for certain periods. Mr. Ryan visited Mr. Reid’s Farm at Birdston today to see the Farmer and the pupils and make enquiries as to conditions etc being fulfilled.

This forenoon Mr. Lorkin, teacher of physical education, is giving instruction to Primary Classes. Miss Kenny, Speech Therapist, was here today and attended to pupils suffering from speech defects.’


October 13th

‘Children attended Requiem for John Quinn, Croy, died of wounds in Europe. Headmaster absent in the afternoon attending meeting in St. Andrews House of National Advisory Council for the treatment and rehabilitation of offenders, set up by the Secretary of State for Scotland.’


October 16th

‘Miss Rosina Mulgrew, who had been absent on leave of absence since early in the year resumed today. She was given charge of backward pupils selected from certain classes.’


October 25th

‘Headmaster left school at 10am to attend meeting of Association of Head Teachers and Managers of Approved Schools in Cadoro’ Restaurant, Glasgow. Mr Monaghan was absent on 18th and 19th October owing to death of his baby son: he resumed on 20th October.’


October 27th

‘This afternoon at 2.30pm all pupils in Rooms 9 to 15 (both inclusive) and all Secondary pupils assembled in the Hall to honour one of our former pupils – F/O Jim Carlin who had been awarded the D.F.C. for “outstanding ability as a navigator in leading his squadron” against German ships off the Norwegian coast early this year. A presentation of £20 subscribed by pupils, staff and friends was made to Mr Carlin. Mr Carlin had been dux of primary division 1932, of third year 1935 and “proxime accessit” to dux of school 1937. He had passed 90th in Clerical Class at March 1937 out of 2000 vacancies and over 6000 candidates. The school hymn “Ninian of Galloway” was sung at end of proceedings. The Headmaster and Staff entertained the guest and his mother and some friends to tea. [The Headmaster had stapled a newspaper clipping in the logbook, telling of this event.]

During past fortnight headmaster has been through classrooms 11-15 in Primary Division re. fluency in speech training, reading, penmanship and arithmetic.’


November 2nd

‘Quite a large number of the pupils who had been potato-harvesting have now returned to school.’


November 3rd

‘Meeting of teachers in Secondary Division at 11a.m. to arrange about Xmas tests. Written papers to be confined to Language pupils, owing to the paper shortage. Impressed on teachers need for insistence on good, clear speech from pupils in every class at all times and for encouragement of same.

From Monday 6th Nov. Pupils in Secondary Division will come in after 9am. Secular work will begin at 9.40am. Luncheon interval 1.15 to 2.15pm, dismissal at 4.15pm. Primary Division: pupils assemble at 9.20am. Secular work from 10am: lunch interval at 12.45pm to 1.45pm: dismissal at 4pm.’


November 6th

’19 pupils from Croy arrived at 10am owing to break-down in bus.

For week ending 3rd Nov, 1944 attendance in Primary Division fell to 80.4% on a roll of 609. P3b: 76%: PIa 74.5%: Infts 2a: 75.2%: Infts 2b. 70%: Infts Ib 79.6%. Of the absentees 48 were suffering from mumps or were contacts; 12 from skin diseases; 4 from diphtheria; 4 scarlet fever; 1 in Sanatorium: 1 measles.


November 7th

‘Headmaster was absent in the afternoon seeing Remand Home at St Vincent St. Glasgow and Child Guidance Clinic at Nerston.’


November 16th

Twelve girls from secondary domestic science classes in the charge of Miss Maguire visited S.C.W.S. Hosiery, Gallowhill this afternoon. Arrangements were made by Miss McGregor of the local Ministry of Labour.’


December 12th

‘Dr Menary H.M.I. was here all day examining Rooms 14 and 15. That completed his examination of infants and Primary divisions. Attendance of Croy pupils for 1943-44 averaged 80.2 per cent.’


December 20th

‘Headmaster absent from 10.30am to 1pm at meeting in Vicariate, 160 Renfrew St., Glasgow with Managers of St. John’s Approved School and representatives of the S.E. Dept.

Infants had Christmas party this afternoon in Assembly Hall. Issued pupils’ Report Cards with written comments to all Language pupils today. Issued notice to teachers in Infants’ and Primary Divisions conveying Dr Menary’s suggestion that pupils should be instructed to hang their coats etc by the tab in the cloakroom.’


December 21st

‘Headmaster was absent in Edinburgh attending meeting of Advisory Council on Education. Miss McGregor and Mr Richardson from the Juvenile Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Labour interviewed leavers in the afternoon at the school.’


December 22nd

‘School closed today for Christmas Holidays. Concert provided by Secondary pupils and under tuition of Miss Findlay. The items were mostly Carols of fourteenth century words arranged by Richard R. Terry. Rev. Dr Tennant, Supervisor of Religious Instruction, presented school Dux Gold Medal to Wm. Shovlin. He also presented gold crosses to same former pupil and to James F. McVey for obtaining First Class Honours in the written religious examination for Senior Leaving Certificate candidates in Catholic Schools: and he handed over two Missals presented by the Archdiocesan Authorities as prizes for their excellence. Singing of the school hymn “St Ninian” brought proceedings to a close.’