A LASTING IMPRESSION
Photograph brings back happy memories for graduates of 1957
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
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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.