Wishing upon a star
Brigus boy appears onstage with music artist
When five-year-old Nick Wall of Brigus placed his pre-Christmas order for a guitar, little did he know that before August was out he would have his very own instrument, given to him not by his parents, but by the wellknown country music artist Johnny Reid.
Earlier, Nick’s mother Raelene forked over $199 for tickets to their first concert, Reid’s performance at Mile One Centre in St. John’s on Aug. 12.
She also rented a white jacket for her son for $50, “ just like Johnny Reid wears when he comes on stage,” she says.
En route to the concert, Nick asked to have his photo taken with the performer. However, his mother assured him he would “never get that close.”
Nick was disappointed he couldn’t see his family’s idol up close, so Raelene asked security to let him edge closer to the stage.
The officer told her that if Reid saw her son dressed in the jacket he would “come and take him.” “I got right sick,” Raelene admits. By the time Reid launched into his second song, Nick was waving furiously.
Spying the boy, Reid left the stage and made a beeline for him.
Pretending to play
“ He took him right out of my arms and took him up on stage,” Raelene says.
Reid slung his guitar over Nick’s head, so he “could pretend he was playing with the band,” his mother adds.
The singer asked the young tyke if he wanted a guitar. Who wouldn’t answer yes to such a rhetorical question?
Reid then passed his guitar over to Nick ... for keeps.
Nick took to the adulation like a duck to water.
“I was so excited to be on stage,” he says.
Concrete and steel
Asked when the public could expect to see an actual start on construction, Peach admitted that’s difficult to nail down, considering how busy contractors are and how many other large projects they may have on their drawing boards.
“ That’s hard to say — most contractors are up to their ears (in work),” he suggested.
However, the board chairman added, “I can’t see it (construction) not starting sometime over the next couple of months, or certainly before the end of this year, before winter sets in.”
As for when the new school would be ready to enrol its first students, Peach said that’s also difficult to pin point. His best estimate would be sometime before the end of the 2013 calendar year.
Acknowledging the new school has been “a long while in coming to Carbonear,” the chairman said, “ this project should be pleasantly accepted by the Davis school community.
“ Within the next couple of years, area parents will see a Kindergarten to Grade 8 system reestablished in the towns of Carbonear, Harbour Grace and Victoria.”
The move will also see Carbonear Collegiate become a Grade 9 to Level III school, serving students from Harbour Grace to Western Bay, on the North Shore of Conception Bay, as well as parts of the Trinity South shore.
The new school has been designed to accommodate over 400 students in Grades K-8. Last year, Davis Elementary had 337 students in Grades K-5. Carbonear’s Grade 6-9 students have been attending classes at St. Francis in Harbour Grace for the past seven years.
The sign on the Valley Road school site tentatively identifies the new school as Davis Elementary. However, the school council and student body will have an opportunity later to help find a new name for their new school.
Meanwhile, for this year, students at Davis Elementary will return to classes at their old school on Church Street on Wednesday, Sept. 7.
While routine repairs and maintenance have been ongoing at schools throughout the district this summer, Mary Tucker, manager of communications for Eastern School District, said she was not aware of any delayed openings this September.
Shown here is an artist’s rendering of a new school to be built in Carbonear.