"The Watch Brigade" is an Examiner Short Story Contest Winner, written by Ross Jamieson. He recounts the day he "got in heck" with his Mom, after being "tattled on" by -- well, you won't believe who. It's a great read!

The two photos below appeared on page 26 in the Saturday edition of the Peterborough Examiner, on March 27, 1954.

Warm water, circulating through pipes in the floor, heated the rooms. During inclement weather, when foot ware needed to be left at the back of the room, where the coat hangers were located, students remained in "sock feet". Most students did not own (or need) extra shoes for school.

Entry doors located on the outside reduced the amount of hall cleaning maintenance considerably. However, the beautifully polished floors were a great temptation to students in "sock feet". Even the most well behaved students could not resist trying out a "slide down the hall" - just once.

The Grade 1 rooms, at the east end, even had toilets. All rooms had sinks. Book shelves lined the window side of each room, where the radiators are now located. Newspaper reports at the time reported the school as having eight classrooms, one kindergarten, and one playroom under the kindergarten.

In 1952, the estimated cost for building the new school was $125 000. Huffman Contracting won the bid to build the school for a cost of $219 317. The final cost was closer to $250 000, which was the average cost for building a school like this in Ontario at this time. Charlie Huffman, who was also a school trustee, stated that he would, ". . . lean over backwards to save the taxpayers money." [Peterborough Examiner, May 13, 1952 - with signing photo]



Here, Bruce Cullen, Carole Parnell and Stuart Found listen to student teacher, Maryll Stroud, as she introduces a story she is about to play on the record player. This was not a new technology, nor were film projectors new. Television would be the next new educational tool.



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