Ashbury College - Ashburian Yearbook (Ottawa, Ontario Canada)

 - Class of 1937

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Page 12 text:

194 COBOURG ST. OTTAWA. ONTARIO. 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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ASHBURY COLLEGE ROCKCLIFFE PARK OTTAWA N. M. ARCHDALE. M.A. HEADMASTER Dear I am feel that November 20th, 1937. Sir,- 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 take a fatherly interest in me! My second reason is that I do not like to miss an opportunity of reminding Ashbury Old Boys 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 such 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. it. 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 rise 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, both 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. Will you? 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, I am, Yours very sincerely, -rrftamff

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