Green’s Harbour school celebrates 40 years
Acreman Elementary held two celebrations May 22 to commemorate its 40th anniversary - one during the afternoon and another during the evening.
The afternoon program featured performances from the Primary and Elementary choirs, as well as a slide show with photos from the past 40 years.
The highlight of the afternoon was the appearance of the man for whom the school is named - John Acreman — who gave the audience a history of how the school came to be.
Acreman was head of the UC School Board for Newfoundland when the school was built.
“He has always maintained a close contact with Acreman throughout the years,” said Principal Patti Collins-Yetman.“He sponsors the Acreman Award for male and female Grade 6 Students of the Year, which rewards academics and school citizenship.
“Mr. Acreman has made a lot of contributions in the area of education and it was an honour to have him at the celebrations,” she said.
Dr. Albert Trask, assistant director with Eastern School District, brought greetings from the school board.
The evening celebration featured a slideshow, greetings from John Way, senior education officer of the Western Region of Eastern School District as well as messages from former teachers, local church groups and MP Scott Andrews.
Rev. F. John Adams, who was the chair of the local United Church School Board, when Acreman first opened in 1969, entertained the audience with his own memories of when the school was built.
A painting by local artist Darrell Yetman, depicting the school as it currently stands was unveiled.
Cake cutting ceremonies were held at both events with cakes made and decorated by Jennifer Antle. Many parents donated food for the evening’s festivities.
“The evening celebration was a time for former and present staff members and students to reconnect and relive many fine memories,” the principal said.