1947- More About Schools
On Tuesday, Sept. 2, the local schools commenced another year. C. L. Clarke, former Church of England school principal, was unable to fill that position. The former vice principal, Eric White, had been appointed principal. Eight new teachers were added to the teaching staff.
During the summer holiday season the concrete steps to the main entrance were completed and the corridors with indoor stairs at both ends were being built but due to the shortage of building materials progress was slow. This school had 10 classrooms, but this year it was found necessary to use the teacher’s common room and an adjoining room as classrooms in order to accommodate the 11 teachers and approximately 400 pupils. Materials have arrived for the installation of the water system, and it was expected that all sanitary facilities would soon be provided.
A Hallowe’en Party was held for the pupils of Grades 1 to VIII and another for the pupils of Grades IX to XI. The school auditorium very tastefully decorated for the occasion. A programme was well planned for each party, which was enjoyed by all. Some of the activities of the party, for the older pupils, were an elimination dance, won by Ruby Butler and Gordon Lomond. Musical chairs won by Dulcie Walters, and a Coke drinking contest won by Eileen Savory and Robert Bragg.
The Speech Club, organized by the pupils of Grade IX, X and XI, was becoming of increased interest in the school. At the weekly meeting one pupil would present the foreign news and another pupil would present the local news. The pupils looked forward with keen interest to hearing the announcer of their mock radio station, S.J.S.C, [St. James Speech Club], bringing them the school high lights of the week. A quiz programme conducted by Monica Walters was also very interesting.
The United Church School welcomed four new teachers. Mr. Saunders was the principal. There are approximately 130 pupils enrolled. At the U.C. School hall on Friday night, Nov. 7., the U. C. Play Troupe put off a play entitled, “The Little Clodhopper”. The room was filled to capacity and all seemed to enjoy the acting very much. The play was staged in three acts. Included in the caste were the following: K. Saunders, Nellie Locke, Marion Loder, George J. Adams, Blanche Dingwell and Benetta Goodwin. The proceeds were well over $200 to buy equipment for the classrooms.
A meeting of the Channel Branch of the Newfoundland Teacher’s Association was held in the C. of E. school at Grand Bay East on Friday, Dec. 6. Nineteen of the 22 teachers in this area were in attendance with the president, Mr. R. Saunders in the chair. The chief business item was the election of a delegate to represent the branch at the annual meeting of the association in St. John’s during the Christmas vacation. Mr. Saunders was chosen to attend. A discussion took place around the question of home assignments. The main point which evolved from this discussion was that, for the most part, children in the first two or three grades should not be given home assignments. The methods of teaching employed by teachers and parents are quite different so that the setting of home assignments may often delay, rather than promote progress, however, in a small number of cases, progress is facilitated by the help received at home.