Hyp­ing her­itage at Perl­win El­e­men­tary


Through­out the gym­na­sium of Perl­win El­e­men­tary School in Win­ter­ton, stu­dents were do­ing their best to im­press judges at an event pro­mot­ing her­itage.

Seal­ing, whal­ing, ru­ral farm­ing, the Beothuks and hunt­ing. These were just a few of the projects on dis­play April 14 as part of the school’s Her­itage Fair, themed around the phrase “All in a Day’s Work.”

It was the sec­ond such event at the school af­ter last year’s in­au­gu­ral fair. Of the 36 projects on dis­play, three were cho­sen as the win­ners — Justin Ge­orge for Forestry: Then and Now; Han­nah Pitcher for Nurs­ing; and Kyle Piercey for Af­ter All in a Day’s Work. They will move on to the re­gional fair in May.

“ They did some re­ally good projects,” said Dave Pen­ney, prin­ci­pal at Perl­win El­e­men­tary. “ They know their top­ics very well, and some of them are hard to stump on ques­tions.”

Many par­ents were on hand dur­ing the af­ter­noon to check out the chil­dren’s work, but the school also made an ef­fort to in­volve se­niors from the sur­round­ing area. A lunch was made avail­able in the cafe­te­ria, and the school coun­cil ar­ranged for guest speak­ers from the RCMP, the Bac­calieu Trail Se­niors Re­source Cen­tre, and West­ern Avalon Com­mu­ni­ties Against Vi­o­lence as part of a se­nior’s day.

School coun­cil vice-pres­i­dent Glo­ria Ped­dle said Perl­win con­sid­ers se­niors in the area to be a vi­tal part of the school’s fam­ily.

“ It’s very im­por­tant that the chil­dren mix with the se­niors and learn from them,” she said, adding the school of­ten looks for way to in­clude them in events.

Grade 5 stu­dent Liam Wade El­lis was in­spired by his great­grand­fa­ther in fo­cus­ing on the tra­di­tional gen­eral store.

“ My great-grand­fa­ther had a store, and it was dif­fer­ent from stores now. Right now if you go to Wal-Mart, there’s five check­outs, but back then you prob­a­bly had to wait 10 min­utes for one check­out,” he said.

Llewellyn Trimm owned a store in New Chelsea, and Liam had ac­tual mer­chan­dise from it on dis­play, in­clud­ing an old box of choco­lates, a weigh­ing de­vice, an old pil­low­case, and soda pop bot­tles. His card­board dis­play in­cluded pic­tures taken at gen­eral stores lo­cated along Trin­ity South like E.J. Cram Ltd. in Green’s Har­bour.

Pitcher also had a fam­ily con­nec­tion to her sub­ject. Her greataunt, Shirley Green, was a nurse, and the Grade 5 stu­dent was able to model her great-aunt’s vintage nurse hat as part of her pre­sen­ta­tion.

Her im­pres­sive dis­play in­cluded old stetho­scopes and blood pres­sure pumps, along with more mod­ern de­vices used by nurses.

“ There’s been so many changes since back then,” said the Grade 5 stu­dent, com­par­ing mod­ern nurs­ing to the work her great-aunt dealt with.

There was oo­dles of in­for­ma­tion on her card­board dis­play in both text and pic­tures. Pitcher said it took one month to put ev­ery­thing to­gether.

Jamie Green, also a Grade 5 stu­dent, chose the Cana­dian Forces as his topic be­cause of his un­cle’s in­volve­ment with Canada’s troops. War­rant Of­fi­cer Eric Green has been to Afghanistan and jumps out of planes, ac­cord­ing to his nephew.

“ With­out our forces, we wouldn’t be in a very good place now,” said Green.

His un­cle was able to track down a re­mark­able relic from com­bat for Green — a large shell car­tridge from the Sec­ond World War. Green’s dis­play of­fered in­for­ma­tion about the work of the New­found­land Reg­i­ment and the tragedy at Beau­mont Hamel dur­ing the First World War, amongst other sub­jects.

Fur­ther­ing ef­forts to draw the whole fam­ily into the school, Perl­win is look­ing to host a fam­ily fun day on June 4. Stephanie Pow­ers Green, school coun­cil chair, said the event is mod­elled af­ter a sim­i­lar pro­ject un­der­way at Davis El­e­men­tary in Car­bon­ear.

“ We have to pro­mote fam­ily in­volve­ment and com­mu­nity in­volve­ment in our schools,” she said.

Com­mu­ni­ties Against Vi­o­lence gave the school coun­cil a $ 500 grant to get started, and Pow­ers Green said the school coun­cil hopes to gain sup­port from lo­cal busi­nesses and com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions. If all goes well, Pow­ers Green hopes to ac­quire ad­di­tional fund­ing next year to make fam­ily fun day a monthly event.

Jamie Green’s un­cle, War­rant Of­fi­cer Eric Green, in­spired Jamie’s choice to fo­cus on the Cana­dian Forces for Perl­win El­e­men­tary’s Her­itage Fair.

Llewellyn Trimm once owned a gen­eral store in New Chelsea, which in­spired his great­grand­son, Liam Wade El­lis, to make a pro­ject about ru­ral stores in New­found­land and Labrador for Perl­win El­e­men­tary’s Her­itage Fair.

Const. John Clarke talks with a group of se­niors and other in­ter­ested par­ties about fraud as part of Perl­win El­e­men­tary’s Se­niors Day ac­tiv­i­ties.

Grace Brin­son and Jonathon Piercey (in the orange shirt) mar­velled at Solomon Misher­alak’s rab­bit Rocky dur­ing Perl­win El­e­men­tary’s Her­itage Fair.

The his­tory of nurs­ing was the sub­ject of Han­nah Pitcher’s pre­sen­ta­tion for the Her­itage Fair. Her hat once be­longed to Pitcher’s great-aunt, Shirley Green, a for­mer nurse.

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