Though this is the first year for Armour Heights, we, of the
school, both scholars and teachers, I am sure, feel as though
we have been of one group for a much longer period. The ease
with which the scholars have come together and worked in the
interests of the school and the friendly spirit apparent among
the members of our staff have been outstanding features of our
inception. We of the school are not alone in this. You
of the surrounding community have, through the Home and School
Association, and through your excellent co-operation, contributed
greatly to this feeling.
The name, Armour, reminds us of the first schoolmaster of the
early government school in this city and takes us back much further
than Septem ber, nineteen fifty-three. However, the modern
school and equipment, pro vided for our use, give us all
the advantages of a new school though, at the same time, we like
to cling to a traditional atmosphere.
To you, the scholars, who have supported our venture into journalism
in your usual enthusiastic manner, may I express the hope that,
as you attack the many problems great or small which the future
holds in store
for you, you may face them in the confident, patient, and thoughtful
manner in which you helped your teachers organize a programme
and build a foundat ion for education at Armour Heights.
You are the school. We, of the staff, are but your guides providing
you with opportunities in ideal surroundings.
W. L. McNeil
A MESSAGE FROM HOME AND SCHOOL
It is indeed a pleasure for me, on behalf of the Home and School
Association, to express our appreciation of the efforts of those
who in any way have contributed to the success of this your first
May I pass along our sincere thanks to the editor and his staff
of able assistants, who have taken the initiative and responsibility
of preparing this very commendable edition. I trust there will
be many such publications and the experience gained in this your
first attempt will undoubtedly improve future issues.
Keep your standards high at all times and the very best of luck
to you all.
HAPPS EDITORIAL STAFF
Doug Townsend, Philip Lee, Carol
Morrison, Peter Reynard, Adelene Dunnett
Mr. McNeil - David Choate
Mr. Anderson - Jay Galvin
Miss Leggett - Grace Bell
Miss Pidgeon - Shirley Illingworth
Miss Spence - Rosalind MacQuarrie
Mrs. Hutchins - Billy Robb
Miss Merrett - Katy Tobey
Miss Leach - Gordon King
Miss Barker - Karen Grills - Patty Taylor
This year we are presenting you with the first edition of the "Armour
Happs". You are probably wondering where we got the name
for our paper. "Armour" of course, is taken from the
first name of our school, and " Happ s " comes from
the first letters of the word
I wish to thank Mr. McNeil and the staff who have helped to
make our paper possible. We have enjoyed publishing this paper,
we hope we have your approval.
SAMUEL ARMOUR __ by Carole Parnell, Grade 6
Mr. Armour was born in Ireland in 1785. He obtained his Master
of Arts Degree at Glasgow University. He became a minister in
Scotland and married Margaret Douglas. He came to Canada in 1820
and took up his work at York. In 1826 he was ordained by the
bishop as a rector of the church of England. He came to Peterborough
in 1826 and became headmaster of the government school in this
city. He was the first rector of St. John's Church. Because of
his ill health, he resigned as headmaster of the school in 1832.
Later he became rector of St. John's Church in Cavan where he
spent a number of years.
MY NEW SCHOOL __ by Robert Ainsworth, Grade 2
In the playroom I like to play Dodge Ball. I like the children
too. In the mornings we hear stories which I like.
MY NEW COUNTRY _ by Winny Overvliet, Grade 4
When I came from Holland I first thought I didn't like Canada,
but I soon found out that was not so. When I came to Peterborough
I went to King George School. When I moved, I came to Armour
Heights School. I'm still at it now. I like the beautiful tulips,
and I think it is the best school in all of Peterborough.
0 0 M ___ A C T I V I T I E S
OUR SCHOOL ROOM - by Marlene Montgomery, Grade 6
This year I think we have all spent a very nice year. We have
had several students, some of the names are Mr. McFaden, Mr.
Morrison, Miss Zufelt, Miss Stroud, Miss Parrington
and Miss Lewes. We have enjoyed the students being with us. Another
thing we have all enjoyed doing this year is going to Manual
and Household Science. Our Manual Training Teacher is Mr. Munro
and Mrs. Scott is the Household Science Teacher. The name of
our teacher is Mr. McNeil, the Principal. There are so many things
the children have enjoyed doing this year, that we just couldn't
mention them all.
We had many interesting Red Cross meetings planned by our Executive.
President - Bruce Cullen, Vice-President - Clare Jensen, Secretary-
Brenda Elliott, Treasurer - David Choate and Programme Committee
- Terry Bell, Susan Brook, and Carole Parnell
ACTIVITIES IN ROOM 2 REPORT by Grace Bell, Grade 4
A little while after we started to school, we won first prize
in the basket collection. Shortly after that we won first prize
for the most Home and School members present. Then twice more
we won first prize for attendance of parents at the Home and
At Christmas Time our class put on a Nativity Play and it was
apprec iated very much. After New Year's we had Winny Overvliet
from Holland come to be in our class. At Easter holidays when
school was closing, Hilda Barnes moved to United States. In the
Easter Holidays Miss Leggett went to Bermuda. We hope to see
her coloured slides soon. We are sorry to see the end of
the year coming.
ROOM 3 REPORT __ - __ by Jane Hawley
There are 32 pupils in our room. Our teacher is Miss Spence.
These are some of the things we did:
SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER by Linda Patterson:- We had a funny Hallowe'en
party. Everyone was dressed up and we played games. We went on
a hike up to Armour Hill.
NOVEMBER - DECEMBER by Jerry Elliott:- One day we made a candle
and put branches of evergreen trees around it, and gave it to
our parents. Before Christmas we put on a play. The play was
called the First Christmas. Miss Merrett's room came to see it.
We had a big tree and made a fireplace. Santa Claus stood beside
it. He was bigger than Miss Spence.
JANUARY - FEBRUARY - by Harry Willis: We went to the City Hall.
There we saw the jail and the box where the bad people had their
trial. Twice we went skating and we had fun. We had fun in the
snow. We made Valentine people and we had a party.
MARCH- APRIL by Lorraine Pammett: In March we made rabbits with
fuzzy tails. We had a newspaper. And we made fairy flowers.
APRIL - MAY by Roderick Clarkson: In April Danny brought a canary
bird, Flippy. He was yellow and black. We had chicks too, for
a visit. One was called Fuzzy, the other Wuzzy. We made a Hot
House. We called it the Happy Land Florist Shop.
THREE SPECIALS ___ By Karen Woods, R. 7
In the fall we went on a science hike to get some flowers. We
had a Hallowe'en party. At the party, David and Douglas were
pirates and I was a gypsy girl. At Christmas time we had some
dances for the parents. The names of the dances were the Clap
Dance and the Sailor's Dance. We had a Christmas Party and a
Christmas Tree. In the winter we had our pictures taken on a
half igloo. We had a Valentine's party and we gave valentines
to our friends. When it was St. Patrick's day we all wore green.
We had a hanger collection and our room won fifty cents for collecting
the most hangers. We got 1,075 hangers.
STORIES IN GRADE III, BOOK REPORT 1953-4 by Ann
At the first of the year we had a story about Peter Pan. I liked
the part about. Captain Hook. He went splash into the water and
that was the end of Captain Hook. Also we had a story about Heidi.
I liked the part about when Peter was frightened because he sent
the chair flying down the mountain. We also had a story about
the Secret Garden. I liked the part where Mary found the key.
We also had a story of Tom Sawyer. I enjoyed the part where they
went out to grave-yard. In the
morning we have a Bible story. I like the stories of Jezebel.
ART IN GRADE III - 1953-54 by Sandra Bennett
This year we made some houses. In winter we made a winter scene.
It was made with cloth. Then we drew designs. There were dots,
plaids, strips and lines. Then we made Hallowe'en faces and wore
them for Hallowe'en. We made an Easter Scene. The whole room
made Easter bunnies and chickens. Then we made a spring scene.
I made a girl skipping.
SOCIAL STUDIES IN GRADE THREE 1 953-5 4 by Kaye Thornton
In the Fall, we learned about building houses. I liked the men
paint ing the houses. We learned about Switzerland. There
were glaciers. In spring we learned about Egypt. There are pyramids
in Egypt. One day the class went out to see an oil truck. The
oil was hot. We learned about a Japanese house. It is made of
paper. We talked about Arabians, Eskimos, Indians and Swiss people.
We talked about lighting long ago. When we were talking about
Switzerland we learned about William Tell. We learned about a
Chinese house boat too.
S A F E T Y ____ P A T
R O L
OUR SAFETY PATROL
Our aim is to protect small children from getting killed. Already
the number of accidents in the city is less since we started
having patrols. Patrols try to be on duty at the right time and
small children should not cross until the patrols are there.
We have a safety co u r t every Tuesday, at 10:30 to punish offenders,
The Paramount Theatre gives a free show for all patrols once
a month. The City is giving a free trip to Ottawa to the captain
and the best patrol in each school. We are getting a picnic at
the end of the year, by Barbara Tice, Grade 5.
TRIP TO OTTAWA - by Brenda Elliott, Grade 6
On Wednesday June 2nd, 32 Patrols went to Ottawa for a tour.
We started for Ottawa at 7:00 in the morning by bus. We reached
Ottawa at 11:30. We went from there into the Parliament Buildings.
When we entered, we had Mr. Saint Laurent and George Drew as
guest speakers. We then had our lunch.
After lunch we went up to the peace tower and looked over Ottawa.
When we came down the elevator, we saw the largest bell in the
Parliament buildings which weighed eleven and a half tons. We
visited the memorial centre in the Parliament Buildings. There
is a book of names there which has over sixty-six thousand names
of men who were killed in world war one. We then went over to
the R.C.M.P. station at Rockcliffe where the mounties were doing
their drills. After that we went through the R.C.A.F. Station
and saw many planes. After supper we started for home. We reached
home at 11:30 at night. Thanks to Constable MacKay and Miss Merritt,
we had a wonderful time.
ARMOUR HEIGHTS PATROL MEMBERS
Clare Jensen (Captain), Karen Barnes, Pauline Chaggares, Dianne
Nokes, Barbara Tobey, Penny Murray, Benda Elliott, Ruse Marie
Allen, Barbara Tice, Basil Downer, Jack Steen, Philip Lee, Pat
Tobey, Jim Reid, Kirke Van Allen, Jack Allen, Harold Dinesen.
HEALTH AND P. T.
HEALTH IN GRADE I I I, 1953-1954 by Jimmy Barnes
This year I like the way we made the bandaids that give fresh
air to a sore. I don't like it when my ears are dirty. I like
when we have clean shoes. I don't like when I have dirty shoes.
I don't like when I have poison ivy. I like to have clean hands
when I eat. I like sitting up straight not crooked. I do not
like to eat fast.
THE JUNIOR SOCCER TEAM, Grade 5
by Jack Steen
In 1953 Armour Heights Soccer Team won every game in the season,
but in the final game they lost out by one goal. Harry Walsh
scored the only goal for A.H.S. in the final game. They were
considered the best sports by the Junior League Referees The
coach's name was Mr. H. O. Anderson.
HOW WE WON THE HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP by Ron James, Grade 5
This winter Armour Heights Hockey Team won every game except
two which we tied. When we got into the semi-final, we defeated
King George 3-o. That got us into the final game. We tied the
first final game with Confederation. In the
next game we defeated them 4-0 and Armour Heights boys carried
home the Kinsmen's cup.
The lineup was: B. Cullen, Center, J. Eakins, Right Wing, B.
Jarmieson, Left Wing, R. James, Defence. - Patterson - Defence,
Walsh, Goal, Subs: Guppy, McIvor, Bell.
IN P.T. PERIOD _ by Marilyn Ward, Grade 5
At 3.30 Monday afternoon the grade five and six girls go outside
for P.T. In the autumn we practice for field day. In the winter
we folk dance in the playroom. At Christmas Miss Merrett taught
the boys how to dance. The boys do quite well now. In the spring
we play baseball, which is a lot of fun.
HIGHEST AWARD - by Karen Barnes, Grade 5
Our Grade one teacher, Miss Betty Merritt won the highest award
in swimming. Seven other contestants tried for this award with
Miss Merritt last fall. She was the only successful candidate
and is the only holder of it in the city. To obtain it she had
to reach perfection in all of her swimming strokes.
GRADE 6 P.T. by Sandra Van Allen
P.T. time is time for fun.
When all the children jump and run.
At baseball, dances, games and swimming.
You don't get cross
if your not winning.
Grade five pupils play with us.
And we don't make a great big fuss.
F I L M S
MY FAVOURITE FILM by Patsy O'Neil, Grade 2
My favourite film was about Jesus dying on the cross. I like
that because He died for us. GRAY OWL: I liked Gray Owl
too because I liked the way he tamed the beavers.
MY FAVOURITE FILM - by Newton Downer, Grade 2
I liked Gray Owl and his beavers. I liked when the children
came to visit him. I liked Gray Owl when he was making friends
with the beavers.
MY BEST FILMS by Cyril Rawson, Grade 2
We have seen many good films this year. My favourite film was "The
Easter Story". Another film I liked was Gray Owl.
GRADES 1 & 2 - POEM MADE UP BY CLASS ABOUT FILM OF " THE
ZOO" R. 6
One day the children went to the zoo There they saw the seals
and the kangaroo They fed the bears and monkeys too We enjoyed
this film, what about you?
S T O R I E S
MY DOG by David G. Corp
On April 13, 1952, as I was sitting on the front step of my
home, I saw a big express truck coming down the street. I didn't
pay much attention to it, but when I saw it stop right in front
of our house, I ran into the house yelling for my mother to come
quick. After my mother stood at the front talking to the man
for a while the man gave her a box. When we got into the house,
my mother opened the box and in it sat a little puppy who could
hardly walk. Right away I decided to call him Rover.
was a little clumsy at first but he learned fast, He learned
to do many tricks and we always went to the woods to play tag,
and hide and seek. We used to go to the lake and swim and have
fun together. After we had finished having our fun, we would
have a little lunch, a sandwich for me, and a bone for him. Rover
was always being chased by a skunk or a porcupine. As Rover got
older he didn't play much and just began to sit around and do
nothing. Rover died at the age of twelve. Our house is not the
same without Rover. THE END.
OSHAWA PEN-PALS by Sharon Starr, Grade 5
One of our student teachers had each one of us send a letter
to a grade five teacher in Oshawa. My pen-pal's name is Patsy
Brewster. She is eleven years old and her sister is seven years
old. Her teacher is Miss Kidney and her principal is Mr. Jobb.
She has brown, short hair and her sister has blonde hair. There
are four in her family. We all enjoy writ ing and receiving
FLYING A KIT _ by Bob Beggs, Grade 4
Bill and Jim were flying their kites up on the hill. Jim's kite
went very high up in the sky. When it came down it landed in
a tree. Bill ran home to get a stepladder. When he came back
they put it up against the tree. Jim climbed up and got it. When
he reached for it, it was all broken and Jim said, "I will
not be able to fly my kite any more this year."
MINDING THE BABY by Joy Elliott, Grade 4
My sister and I love minding the baby. We bathed her and put
her to bed. Then later on we went into her room but she wasn't
there. We looked all over the house for her. At last we found
her climbing into the cup -board eating cookies out of the cookie
SHOPPING FOR MOTHER - by Judith Caines, Grade 4
O n e afternoon mother called me and asked me to go shopping
for her. So I gladly went and got ready to go down town. Mother
gave me a list, telling what to get. When I was finished and
came home mother was very pleased.
FUN IN SPRING by Roderick Clarkson, Grade 2
I like helping people work in Spring,
And I like going to school in Spring time,
I like to do these things because they are fun.
FIFE, TOMMY'S DOG, ____ Room 4, Grade 1
Fife likes the milk
Fife likes to go to school
Fife was being quiet
He can say bow-wow
Fife stands up.
MY BEST DAY AT HOME by Billy Robb, Grade 2, R. 6
my birthday. When I came downstairs, I had a surprise. There
were presents all over the floor. Later we went to see a show
called " Gun Fury " .
OF BIRDS ____ by Robbie Hutchins, Grade 2
I like to hear them sing, They wake me up every morning. The
birds sit on our new car.
MY FAVOURITE DAY - by Maureen McDonald, Grade 1
My favourite day was Hallowe'en. When I came to school I fooled
the teacher. When it was time to go home, we
didn't want to leave.
ROOM 4 -- ______ Grade 1
We had a pet day at school just like the boys and girls in our
reader. We made a book about " Our Pets " . These are
some stories we wrote.
FLIPPY THE BIRD - Grade 1
I saw Flippy turn up-side-down.
I saw Flippy get a drink.
Flippy said, " Teet Teet. "
I saw Flippy eat seeds.
FROGS - Judy Field, Grade 1
We have three funny green frogs at school They can jump high,
They try to get out of the dish.
PLAY ___ - by Pat Tobey, ___ Grade 6
Place: Hotel Lobby
Characters: Paper Boy, Mr. Brown
Time: 5:30, February 10
Costumes: Ordinary Clothes, suit
Properties: Chairs, Couches, Newspapers, Paper Bag
Scene: A hotel lobby
Paper Boy (entering lobby): Paper Sir?
Mr. Brown (abruptly): No.
Paper Boy: (Moving away) Local Hockey Player shot.
Mr. Brown (straightening in his chair): Give me a paper. Local
Hockey Player shot did you say?
Paper Boy: (moving away after selling his paper): Yes, sir.
But he didn't score.
P 0 E T R Y
TWO ROBINS by Harold Dinesen, Grade 5
I saw two robins in a tree,
And they were busy as they could be,
Building a nest of grass
They were happy because it was spring.
Four eggs of blue would soon appear,
And father bird would stay quite near,
To guard the mother and their nest,
And bring her food he'd do his best.
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little birdies broke the shell,
He'd help the mother raise them
He'd help her teach them how to fly,
And keep his eye
on them near by.
So if you like the birds to sing,
Don't touch their nests when it is spring,
They'll fly away
and leave their home,
And farther on will have to roam.
THE WINTER by Doug Pammett, Grade 5
In the winter time we go
Walking in the fields of snow;
Where there is no grass at all,
Where the top of every wall,
Every fence and every tree,
as white as can be.
And our mother always know,
By the footprints in the snow,
Where it is their children go.
A RHYME __ by _ Brian Neck, Grade 4
There was a window pane,
That flew all the way to Spain,
It landed in a drain,
And was never seen again.
MY MONKEY by Georgina Moore-Gough, Room 2, Grade
Once I had a little monkey
Who was as funny as she could be,
One day my monkey was so happy
She jumped right over a tree.
EASTER ____ - __ Grade 2, Room 3
At Easter time we have great fun,
We like to eat warm hot cross
We run down stairs,
Look under the chairs,
To find the chocolate Bunny.
SALLY'S DUCK __ - Original Verse, Grade 1, Room 5
Sally has a little pet
It is happy when it's wet,
It has feathers on its back
When it talks, it says, " Quack, quack. "
SPRING __ - _ Room 5, __ Grade 1
We are happy in the spring,
When flowers grow and robins sing;
When kites are blowing on
And the sun shines on everything.
____ - Room 5, Grade 1
Hallowe'en will soon be here.
Our faces will be sunny.
We'll dress like witches, clowns and ghosts, Oh, my: Won't we
FOR MOTHER's DAY -Grade 1, Room 4
Mother, mother, you are tall,
I love you the most of all.
OUR CHICKS - Room 4, Grade 1
Two little chicks named Browny and Peter Chick.
They are our
friends so dear,
We love to watch them pick and kick,
We love to hear them say, " Cheer Cheer. "
BUSS THE BUNNY - Grade 1, room 4
Buss is a cute Bunny
I saw Buss eating carrots.
I saw Buss eating cabbage.
Buss can hop.
He can wiggle his nose too.
Customer: How much is that. canary?
Clerk: Ten Dollars.
Customer: I'll take it. Send me the bill.
Clerk: I'm sorry sir but we can't send the bill without the
rest of the bird.
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Science Teacher: What happens when a large heavy body is submerged
Fat Girl: T he telephone rings.
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Question: What did the big chimney say to the little chimney?
Answer: You're too little to smoke.
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Man: How many miles does your wife get on your new car.
Other man: Oh, about 15 miles a gallon and 33 miles per fender.
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Boy: Would you punish me for something I didn't do? Teacher:
No that would be illegal.
Boy: That's good because I didn't do my homework.
One of the best ways to your old car run is to learn the price
of a "54" model.
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Mother on crowded be a c h to youngster playing in sand, " You
mustn't throw at the people dear. It might get in their eyes.
If you want to throw sand at somebody throw it at daddy.
O K E S __ (cont'd)
Wilting Husband reads note on door: " bear John - Gone shopping.
Took the key. Lawn mower in back yard.
Bride to Groom, after big church wedding: "Wow such excitement!
Next time I'm going to have a quiet wedding at home. * * * *
Gardener's Revenge: " Next year I'm going to plant weeds
- and see if the flowers don't choke them out.
Little boy, keeling at his bedside: " Mom, do you suppose
it will be all right if I put on a commercial about a new bike?" *
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