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Page 12 text:
194 COBOURG ST.
November 7th, 1957.
My Dear H0ld Boysu,
It was with great pleasure that I accepted the kind
invitation of the Editor to write a Christmas letter to the
H0ld Boysu of Ashbury. And first, may I wish you and your
respective families all the best greetings of this season.
May this Christmas time be for all of you a really happy one,
and may the coming New Year hold in store for you sound health
and increased success in your various callings.
I feel confident that practically all of you retain
pleasing memories of your Old School, and, when the past
floats before your mental vision and you review the time you
passed at Ashbury, there comes to you the hope that the School
is still progressing and is continuing to exert that
atmosphere which in the past influenced for good so many of
the youth of Canada.
As you may have heard, after spending some time in
England, I have returned to live in Ottawa. For three years
I was Vicar of Woodford Halse, a parish situated in the
southern part of Northamptonshire and about 70 miles from
London. Woodford Halse is a village, or, as it would be
called in Canada, a small town, with a population of about
1800 people. It has a very nice old Church built in the
12th Century. While I enjoyed my stay there very much, yet I
am glad to be back in Canada and not far from Ashbury, which
is always so close to my heart.
As the result of a careful investigation, I am so glad
to be able to assure you that the School is now in very good
shape. Our new HHeadH, Mr. Archdale, is a particularly Hliveu
man and is full of enthusiasm for the School. He is, too,
a scholar, and, what is of more importance for a successful
Headmaster, he has a great sympathy for boys and for boy-life.
In his work his one great aim is to bring out that which is
best in the characters of the boys over whom he has the care.
Under his wise guidance I feel sure that the prestige and the
importance of the School will be fully maintained. Mr.
Archdale has under him an excellent staff, all very keen,
and all eager to promote the best interests of the boys, and
the teaching given is thorough and, at the same time, it is
made interesting. The sports and the various physical
activities are being well looked after, and the School's
reputation for athletic prowess is as good as ever.
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N. M. ARCHDALE. M.A.
November 20th, 1937.
This number of the Ashburian is dedicated to Old Boys.
still much of a New Boy, and so but for two reasons would
reluctant to take up valuable space. The first reason is
I have the honour to be responsible for the running of
the School, which naturally arouses in me a fatherly interest
in all Old Boys, even though many of them might more fitly
a fatherly interest in me! My second reason is that I
do not like to miss an opportunity of reminding Ashbury Old
that, while the School appreciates their good will and
support, at the same time Ashbury is ready and anxious to do
anything possible to help Old Boys. We here believe very
strongly that our job does not end when a boy leaves the
School. We must continue to watch his career and be ready
to help and advise whenever we can do so to advantage.
There may be a number of Old Boys who, perhaps, are not
in touch with the School and its doings. To those I would say
that we will be only too willing to give out any information
they may need. In fact, steps are being taken to send out
may be open to criticism.
very pleased to have such
when, if we are at fault,
as may be the case, it is
information to Old Boys already.
that some of our aims and actions
If that be the case, we will be
criticisms brought to our notice,
we can put matters right and if,
a question of misunderstanding,
It is also possible
it can be cleared up.
I have mentioned this because, anxious though I am that
Old Boys should speak well of and recommend the School, this
can only be done effectively if they are fully informed of
and in agreement with our policy.
Finally, may I put in a word about the School as I see
We have good buildings, playing fields and equipment
for the size of the School we aim at, but Schools do not
or fall by their buildings. It is the spirit that is in
them, and the results of their work which count. In this
respect I am very optimistic, as we have a very fine spirit,
among the boys and among the Staff, which has already
shown its influence both in the work and in games, and which,
as it spreads among Old Boys and other well wishers of the
School, will do great things for Ashbury.
MEOLO fad' M.AypLJgLQ ,
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But, while under our present Head the School is now in
a very satisfactory condition, and any faults and mistakes in
administration have now been remedied, yet we need more boys
in the School, both Boarders and Day-boysg and you, Old Boys,
can do a very great deal towards bringing about this desired
condition. If, beginning now, to-day, each Old Boy will make
up his mind really to work hard in the interests of the
School, if he will determine to commend the School, whenever
opportunity presents itself, and, if between now and next
June, he will resolve to secure at least one new pupil for
the School, then there will be stretching in front of Ashbury
a long period of renewed activity and of revived strength,
and once again it will take its proper place as one of the
great and important Schools of Canada. In some of the other
Schools, there has been brought about this transformation,
almost entirely by the devoted energy and wide-spread activity
of their HOld Boysn. You can do the same for Ashbury.
You will, I know, join me in wishing the HHeadH and his
family, the Staff, the Boys at present in attendance, and all
those closely connected with the Old School a very Merry
Christmas, and may this coming New Year bring to Ashbury
continued success, greater usefulness and a more extended
sphere in its operations.
With my renewed best wishes and my kindest regards,
Yours very sincerely,
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