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
group for a much longer period. The ease with which the scholars
come together and worked in the interests of the school and the
spirit apparent among the members of our staff have been outstanding
features of our inception. We of the school are not alone in
of the surrounding community have, through the Home and School
and through your excellent co-operation, contributed greatly to
The name, Armour, reminds
us of the first schoolmaster of the early
government school in this city and takes us back much further than
September, nineteen fifty-three. However, the modern school and
equipment, provided for our use, give us all the advantages of
a new school
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,
attack the many problems great or small which the future holds
for you, you may face them in the confident, patient, and thoughtful
in which you helped your teachers organize a programme and build
a foundation for education at Armour Heights. You are the school.
We, of the
staff, are but your guides providing you with opportunities in
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 school
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
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.
ARMOUR HAPPS EDITORIAL STAFF
Doug Townsend, Philip Lee, Carol Morrison, Peter Reynard, Adelene
Mr. McNeil - David Choate Mrs. Hutchins - Billy Robb
Mr. Anderson - Jay Galvin Miss Merrett - Katy Tobey
Miss Leggett - Grace Bell Miss Leach - Gordon King
Miss Pidgeon - Shirley Illingworth Miss Barker - Karen Grills
Miss Spence - Rosalind MacQuarrie - 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
Armour" of course, is taken from the first name of our school,
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
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
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
of England. He came to Peterborough in 1826 and became headmaster
government school in this city. He was the first rector of St.
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
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.
still at it now. I like the beautiful tulips, and I think it
is the best
school in all of Peterborough.
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R O O M
A C T I V I T I E S
OUR SCHOOLROOM - 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,
Zufelt, Miss Stroud, Miss Parrington and Miss Lowes. We have
students being with us. Another thing we have all enjoyed doing
is going to Manual and Household Science. Our Manual Training
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
have enjoyed doing this year, that we just couldn't mention
many interesting Red Cross meetings planned by our Executive.
President - Bruce Cullen, Vice-President - Clare Jensen, Secretary-
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 School.
At Christmas Time our
class put on a Nativity Play and it was appreciated 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 Barne
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
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
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
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
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.
GRADE THREE SPECIALS
By Karen Woods,
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.
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
taken on a half igloo. We had a Valentine's party and we gave
our friends. When it was St. Patrick's day we all wore green.
We had a
hanger collection and our room won fifty tents for collecting
hangers. We got 1,075 hangers.
STORIES IN GRADE III,
BOOK REPORT 1953-4
by Ann Menzies
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 stores 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
strips and lines. Then we made Hallowe'en faces and wore
Hallowe'en. We made an Easter Scene. The whole room made
and chickens. Then we made a spring scene. I made a girl
SOCIAL STUDIES IN GRADE
THREE 1953-54 by Kaye Thornton
Fall, we learned about building houses. I liked the men painting
the houses. We learned about Switzerland. There were glaciers.
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
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 court 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.
MY 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
11:30. We went from there into the Parliament Buildings. When
we had Mr. Saint Laurent and George Drew as guest speakers. We
then had our
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
buildings which weighed eleven and a half tons. We visited
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.
HEIGHT'S PATROL MEMBERS
Clare Jensen (Captain),
Karen Barnes, Pauline Chaggares, Dianne Nokes,
Barbara Tobey, Penny Murray, Benda Elliott, Rose Marie Allen,
Basil Downer, Jack Steen, Philip Lee, Pat Tobey, Jim Reid,
Kirke Van Allen,
Jack Allen, Harold Dinesen.
HEALTH AND P. T.
HEALTH IN GRADE III,
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,
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
3-0. 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. Jamieson, Left Wing, R. James,
- Patterson - Defence, Walsh, Goal,
Subs: Guppy, McIvor, Bell.
GIRLS 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
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
GRADE 6 P.T. by Sandra
P.T. time is time for
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 his year. My favourite film was "The
Easter Story". Another film I liked was Gray Owl.
1 & 2 - POEM MADE UP BY CLASS ABOUT FILM OF "THE
Z00" R. 6
One day the children
went to the zoo
There they saw the seals and the
They fed the bears and monkeys
We enjoyed this film, what about
S T O R I E S
DOG by David G.
On April 13, 1952,
as I was sitting on the front step of my home,
I saw a big express truck
coming dawn the street.
I didn't pay
attention to it, but when
I saw it stop right in
front of our
ran into the house yelling
for my mother to come quick.
stood at the front talking
to the man for a while
the man gave
When we got into the house,
my mother opened the box
it sat a little
puppy who could hardly walk,
Right away I decided to
call him Rover.
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
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 writing and receiving letters.
FLYING A KIT by Bob Beggs, Grade 4
Bill and Jim were flying their kites up on the hill. Jim's kite 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 went very high
up in the sky. When it came down it landed in a tree. Bill
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 cupboard eating cookies out of the cookie jar.
SHOPPING FOR MOTHER
-by Judith Caines, Grade 4
One 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, too.
I like to do these things because they are fun.
FIFE, TOMMY'S DOG,
Room 4, Grade 1
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
Saturday was 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".
RETURN OF THE BIRDS
by Robbie Hutchins, Grade 2
I like to hear then
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
ROOM 4 --
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
FLIPPY THE BIRD - Grade
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,
We have three funny
green frogs at school
They can jump high.
They try to get out of the dish.
- by Pat Tobey,Grade 6
Place: Hotel Lobby
Characters: Paper Boy, Mr. Brown
5:30, February 10
Costumes: Ordinary Clothes, suit
Properties: Chairs, Couches, Newspapers, Paper Bag
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.
Hockey Player shot did you say?
Paper Boy: (moving away alter selling his paper): Yes, sir.
P 0 E T R Y
TWO ROBINS by Harold
Dinesen, Grade 5
I saw two robins in
And they were busy as they could be,
Building a nest of grass and string,
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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When little birdies broke the shells
He'd help the mother raise them will,
He'd help her teach them how to fly,
And keep his eye on them roar by.
So if you like the birds t 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
Walking in the fields of snow;
Where there is no grass at all,
Where the top of every wall,
Every fence and every tree,
Is 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.
At Easter time we have great fun,
We like to eat warm hot cross buns,
We run down stairs,
Look under the chairs,
To find the chocolate Bunny.
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."
We are happy in the spring,
When flowers grow and robins sing;
When kites are blowing on a string,
And the sun shines on everything.
Room 5, Grade 1
Hallowe'en will soon
Our faces will be sunny.
We'll dress like witches, clowns and ghosts,
Oh, my! Won't we look funny?
MOTHER's DAY -Grade 1, Room 4
Mother, mother, you
I love you the most of all.
- 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
Buss is a cute Bunny
I saw Buss eating carrots.
I saw Buss eating cabbage.
Buss can hop.
He can wiggle his nose too.
J O K E S
Customer: How much
is that canary?
Clerk: Ten Dollars.
Customer: I'll take it. Send me the bill.
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
The telephone rings.
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Question: What did the big chimney say to the little chimney?
You're too little to smoke.
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Man: Hew many miles
does your wife get on your new car.
Other man: Oh, about 15 miles a gallon and 33 [miles per
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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.
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One of the best ways
to make your old car run is to learn the price
of a "54" model.
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Mother on crowded beach to youngster playing in sand, "You
throw at the people dear. It might get in their eyes. If you
throw sand at somebody throw it at daddy.
J O K E S
Wilting Husband reads
note on door: "Dear John - Gone shopping.
key. Lawn mower in back yard.
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Bride to Groom, after
big church wedding: "Wow such
excitement! Next time I'm going to
have a quiet wedding at home.
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Gardener's Revenge: "Next
year I'm going to plant weeds - and see if
the flowers don't choke them out.
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Little boy, kneeling 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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