1947- More About Schools

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Editorial - Clay­ton Bil­lard Twin Town His­tory

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.

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