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School Days
Rawdon Intermediate School 1909

School Days
The school that I attended on the corner of 4th and Metcalfe was built in 1909. It was white clapboard and had two stories. It was called Rawdon Intermediate School. For a time my father was caretaker of the school. When the teachers complained of it being too cold he put on an enormous fire in the furnace. The teachers became frightened of the school catching on fire from the terrific heat coming up the registers. That ended the complaining. Walter Blagrave was the caretaker when I went to school. I do not remember if there were others in addition to him who had the job. [Actually, Walter was the last caretaker in that school. He moved to the new school when it was built in 1950.]
When I started school [September 1928] the primary classes were in the big room downstairs. The intermediates and the high school students were in the two rooms upstairs. Miss Ruby Eddington was my first teacher. Then the primary and intermediate grades exchanged classrooms. It was in this room that Miss M. M. Mckell taught grades one to four. [Margaret Martha (Marna) Mckell was born 13 March 1911 at Aubrey, Quebec, in the Chateauguay Valley. She would have been a graduate of School for Teachers at MacDonald College as it was called from 1907-1965 She married John Melvin Brown of Howick on September 5, 1936. They farmed at Howick where Melvin was a farmer and a dealer for John Deere machinery.]

In grades one and two we had ‘’The Golden Staircase Part I and II’’, poems for children. Seven years old was the usual age to start school. I left in early spring of 1929 to have my tonsils out and did not return until school began in the fall. I was back in grade one until Christmas and entered grade two in January, 1930. There we had ‘’The Royal Crown Readers’’ which were so much more difficult to read than the ‘’First Grade Primers’’ (which I knew by heart) that I could not pass at the end of the year. So, I actually spent three years in the first two grades. When I entered grade five a switch was again made and so we remained in the same classroom upstairs. Miss Simpson was my teacher for grades five and six.

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Upstairs Students Rawdon 1936 The «Upstairs» students. Helen is second from the left in the middle row. When I reached high school, the partition between the two upstairs rooms was taken down. At that point the school only had two teachers. Grade 10 and 11 were dropped. The principal was Kenneth Hall from New Carlisle, Quebec. The younger classes were taught by Mrs. Marjorie (Copping) Ladouceur. The senior class upstairs with the partition removed. Under Kenneth Hall’s supervision we had a table tennis competition set up among the older classes (grades six to nine). It gave us something to do during the winter recesses and noon hours and meant there was a lot less rough-housing and horseplay in the higher grades.

There were two vertical rows of nails and round cardboard milk bottle caps (remember them?) with a hole punched in each to be able to hang them on the nails. Each student had his or her name on the back of a cap. The winners names were on the top nails, the losers on the bottom nails. The pupils whose names were on the top two nails could not refuse to play anyone who challenged them. A Group photo of the school . Kenneth Hall, the principal is second from the right in the second row from the back. Helen is third from the left in the back row. This group photo was taken in front of the school. Mr. Hall is on the left, Helen in the back row second from the right. The photo below has Marjory Copping in the back row on the left. School kids 2

Rawdon School Kids 3-1936.
Outside the school in Rawdon

A Group photo of the school . Kenneth Hall, the principal is second from the right in the second row from the back. Helen is third from the left in the back row.
This group photo was taken in front of the school. Mr. Hall is on the left, Helen in the back row second from the right

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