Pho­to­graph brings back happy mem­o­ries for grad­u­ates of 1957

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Photo brings back happy mem­o­ries for Mis­couche High School grad­u­ates of 1957

A pho­to­graph cap­tured 60 years ago, when 16 stu­dents grad­u­ated from Mis­couche High School, evokes many mem­o­ries.

Part of what made the for­mer Mis­couche High School (to­day the Mis­couche Villa on Lady Slip­per Drive North) so spe­cial was its ex­tra­or­di­nary teach­ers, ac­cord­ing to the for­mer pupils, who gath­ered on the week­end for their 60th re­union.

Ex­cel­sior (Ever Higher) was the motto en­grained in the for­mer Catholic school run by the Sis­ters of the Con­gre­ga­tion of Notre-Dame.

Rosalie Gal­lant (née DesRoches) says the sis­ters were self­lessly ded­i­cated to their work with the stu­dents.

“The sis­ters were won­der­ful teach­ers, and they taught us ev­ery sub­ject on the cur­ricu­lum for P.E.I. We all had good grades and even had time in Grade 12 to put on a three-act play in the lo­cal hall. But, we had a lot of fun, even though we worked hard,” she rem­i­nisced.

Years af­ter her 1957 grad­u­a­tion, Gal­lant still re­mem­bers the name of one teacher who went the ex­tra mile to pro­vide stu­dents with the abil­ity to suc­ceed.

“Sis­ter Mary Eugenia was my Grade 12 teacher, and she was a beau­ti­ful per­son in­side and out. She gave us all the courage to go out in life and find our field,” re­flected Gal­lant, now a re­tired reg­is­tered nurse.

Most of the ’57 grad­u­ates are now re­tired, hav­ing fol­lowed suc­cess­ful ca­reers in nurs­ing, teach­ing, engi­neer­ing, so­cial work, accounting, con­struc­tion and den­tistry.

Gal­lant ad­mit­ted, “My best friends (af­ter all these years) are in this class.”

Sis­ter Marie Arse­nault, from Sum­mer­side, started as a con­vent boarder at the Con­gre­ga­tion of Notre-Dame be­fore be­ing as­signed to Mis­couche High School for teacher train­ing.

“I was a teacher there for 10 years. And re­cently we cel­e­brated the 200th an­niver­sary of Mis­couche and it was such an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence to meet a large num­ber of my for­mer stu­dents – some that I hadn’t seen in 40 years or, since I had them in Grade 1,” she said.

The old adage “young at heart” still rings true to­day for many class­mates at the spe­cial 60th re­union.

“What I find in­ter­est­ing is that there is a link in the span of time that seems to be just present, as if we just for­get the time and are back to our high school days,” re­marked Sis­ter Arse­nault.

For­mer class­mates came from all over the coun­try, as well as the United States, to at­tend the re­union. The event kicked off with mass at St. John the Bap­tist Church in Mis­couche, which is ob­serv­ing its 125th an­niver­sary. All the grad­u­ates had a role in the liturgy and were wel­comed by parish­ioners and Fa­ther Greg Con­way.

The grad­u­ates then met for lunch at the Loy­al­ist Lake­view Re­sort in Sum­mer­side.

Sis­ter Arse­nault and Rose Gal­lant led their class­mates in the sing­ing of a bless­ing, which they com­posed for the spe­cial oc­ca­sion, and the af­ter­noon was spent rekin­dling friend­ships and sharing sto­ries.

“Sis­ter Mary Eugenia was my Grade 12 teacher, and she was a beau­ti­ful per­son in­side and out. She gave us all the courage to go out in life and find our field.” Rosalie Gal­lant

DEAR ABBY: I’m a mother of three beau­ti­ful lit­tle girls. I’m ner­vous about hav­ing to talk with my old­est about pu­berty and sex.

She’s turn­ing 10, and I know I need to start ex­plain­ing cer­tain things to her, but I have no idea how.

My mother never sat me down and talked to me about any­thing, re­ally, so my mom would not be of much help. Any ad­vice you can of­fer would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated. — MIN­NESOTA MOM OF THREE

DEAR MOM: You can spare your daugh­ter a fright­en­ing ex­pe­ri­ence when her first pe­riod ar­rives if you start talk­ing to her now, be­fore it hap­pens. Start the conversation by mak­ing the mes­sage pos­i­tive — that she will “be­come a wo­man” soon and tell her what to ex­pect. Show her what to do in case you are not there and what sup­plies she will need to take care of her­self. That’s step one.

A short time later, ask her what she knows about re­pro­duc­tion. Be­cause re­pro­duc­tion is taught in some schools, she may sur­prise you by how much she al­ready knows. If she doesn’t, start talk­ing to her about how her body works and your fam­ily val­ues. It is im­por­tant that par­ents also talk to their chil­dren about drugs and al­co­hol well be­fore they start to ex­per­i­ment. My book­let “What Ev­ery Teen Should Know” cov­ers sex­u­al­ity as well as other top­ics, in­clud­ing dat­ing, peer pres­sure, sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases, drugs and al­co­hol. It can be or­dered by send­ing your name and ad­dress, plus check or money or­der for $7 (U.S. funds) to Dear Abby Teen Book­let, P.O. Box 447, Mount Mor­ris, IL 61054-0447. Ship­ping and han­dling are in­cluded in the price. Or­der it for your­self and re­view it be­fore start­ing your dis­cus­sions with your daugh­ter. My Teen book­let has been dis­trib­uted in doc­tors’ of­fices as well as by ed­u­ca­tors and re­li­gious lead­ers. The more in­for­ma­tion you can pro­vide your daugh­ters, the bet­ter pre­pared those girls will be to make in­formed choices in the fu­ture.

DEAR ABBY: I’ve been with my girl­friend for seven years and, for the most part, our sex life is great.

How­ever, we’ve had dis­agree­ments when I sug­gested ways to spice it up.

I pro­posed cos­tume/role play where she would dress up as an elf or other fan­tasy genre char­ac­ter. She hates the idea (and elves) and sug­gested lin­gerie (which I have bought for her in the past, but gets worn once or twice be­fore be­ing thrown away). I don’t think my sug­ges­tion is out­ra­geous com­pared to some of the let­ters I’ve seen in your col­umn over the years. Am I wrong for think­ing she’s be­ing closed-minded? — COS­PLAY CU­RI­OUS IN CAL­GARY

DEAR “COS”: It strikes me that your girl­friend may be more clothes-minded than closed-minded. It’s a fact of life that some peo­ple are more sex­u­ally ad­ven­tur­ous than oth­ers. Be­cause she finds the idea of dress­ing as an elf un­ap­peal­ing, choose an­other fan­tasy fig­ure you can agree upon.


Clock­wise from top left: Rosalie Gal­lant, Eric Arse­nault and Marie Arse­nault (left, cen­tre), jo­ing with Peter Steele, Agnes Mail­let, Elayne Quinn, Pa­tri­cia Gar­rity, Leonard MacLel­lan (front, left) and Justin Mac­Neill try to em­u­late their grad­u­a­tion photo taken in 1957.


A cher­ished pho­to­graph of the 1957 Mis­couche High School grad­u­ates brings back happy mem­o­ries.


Sis­ter Marie Arse­nault, from Sum­mer­side, started as a con­vent boarder at the Con­gre­ga­tion of Notre-Dame be­fore be­ing as­signed to Mis­couche High School for teacher train­ing. She points to a mo­ment cap­tured in time when she was a statue in the high school play – a mo­ment she fondly re­mem­bers.

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