Elmwood School - Samara Yearbook (Ottawa, Ontario Canada)

 - Class of 1925

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SAMARA SCHOOL NOTES Since last September the upper Forms have been working on the Dal ton " system. This plan gives us much more idea of systematising ourselves than the old method. We have assignments in every subject except Scripture, and also lessons in Languages, Mathematics and Literature each week. The assignments consist of the work we are expected to cover during the month. As each assignment is completed, it is taken to the Mistress who teaches the subject to be corrected and signed. Most of us like the system because it gives us the chance of looking up the subject for ourselves, and because we are free to plan the time we spend on each subject as we please. We are not allowed the next month ' s assignments until the previous month ' s work is complete. At the end of last term a conference was held to discuss the system and it was agreed that in the upper forms the plan was a success. With the exception of two girls, however, Form II are no longer working on the Dalton System. JULIA MacBRIEN, SYLVIA SMELLIE. The Library has started again, with the help of Miss King, and is now divided into two parts, Junior and Senior. We are grateful for several kind contributions of books. Several new books have been bought, as well as a bookcase. The Toy Symphony is again in progress, and the instruments are played thus: — Trumpet B. Fauquier. Quail J. Wilson. Drum L. Irvin. Rattle N. Keefer, Nightingale J- Southam. Triangle Mabel Dunlop. Cuckoo Mary Dunlop. 1 In November Mrs. Buck made arrangements for the Seniors to be taken over the Mint. They were making coppers and weighing twenty -five cent pieces while we were there and we found it extremely interesting. MARY DUNLOP An Art class under the direction of Miss Nichol has been arranged for the pupils who show the most promise. We have been to the National Gallery at the Victoria Museum to study the pictures, and we hope to go sketching in the near future. Mr. Yeigh, of the Save the Children Fund, was kind enough to come to Elmwood to give us a lecture on the work of the Fund in Greece. The lecture, which was short but very interest- ing, was illustrated with lantern slides which showed some of the starving children of Greek refugees. We were glad to be able to send a contribution of $28.00 to the Fund. SYLVIA SMELLIE. On March 30th, General MacBrien very kindly came and gave us a most interesting lecture on the trip he had taken to Japan, and the people and things he had seen there. First he explained the importance of the Pacific and its islands to the nations bordering on it, and especially to Japan. He then showed us some slides of places and buildings in Japan. At the same time he explained the different slides, telling where they had been taken and of the strange and interesting customs of the people. General MacBrien told us something about the religions and beliefs of the Japanese. He showed us several of their beautiful old temples and buildings, and spoke about the Japan- ese army, and of the quickness and efficiency of the soldiers. He also told us about a banquet held in Japan, which he attended, and how the guests were allowed to take away any food they could not eat or anything else they fancied, even to the dishes on the table. The lecture proved altogether most interesting and we all thank General MacBrien very much for coming to us. M. HOUSTON. 2 A very interesting illustrated Geography lesson was given by Mrs. Buck entitled " Canada, Coast to Coast " . Slides were obtained from the Natural Resources Intelligence Branch depict- ing the varied scenery, occupations and resources. We all enjoyed the lecture very much and learned much that every- body should know about our own country. On Thursday, February the 19th, the Senior Literature class held a debate with Miss King as Chairman. The resolution was, " That Coriolanus, in attacking Rome, proved the Commons had been right in banishing him. " Molly Houston and Mabel Dunlop upheld the opposing side against the rest of the Vth form and IVa. It was arranged that IVc should listen to the debate and, by their votes, the resolution was defeated after the summing-up. Mrs. Buck was kind enough to hear our debate and thought that the opposing side had been ably conducted by the only two members of the class who supported Coriolanus. On December 13th, the Upper Forms gave an entertain- ment in the aid of the Junior Humane Society, the School Library and the Dramatic Property Fund. Tea was served afterwards at 25c., and altogether we made $120.00. We wish to thank all the parents for their kind contributions towards the Tea, and the members of the staff who generously helped us in many ways. Julia MacBrien, Vals Gilmour and Marjorie Borden were responsible for most of the costumes, although everyone helped. Marjorie Borden, to everybody ' s regret, was not present to take part in the performance. Betty Fauquier and Letty Wilson arranged the tea. Julia MacBrien, Vals Gilmour and Sylvia Smellie were stage directors. The dances, and one of the songs, were composed by Julia MacBrien, Vals Gilmour, Marjorie Borden and Mabel Dunlop. The following girls took parts in the entertainment: — Betty Carter, Betty Fauquier, Mary Dun- 3 lop, Mabel Dunlop, Vals Gilmour, Molly Houston, Julia Mac- Brien, Sylvia Smellie, Letty Wilson and Janet Wilson. All these acted in the first item, " Scenes from the Arabian Nights " , which was done in pantomime. The scenes were dramatic and the scenery picturesque. " Crinoline Days ' and " Early One Morning " were sung by Sylvia Smellie, Julia MacBrien and Vals Gilmour. The cos- tumes were dainty crinolines and the item was a very pretty one. " Columbine and Harlequin " came next, a dance in pantomime acted by Mabel Dunlop, Molly Houston and Janet Wilson. There followed a most effective " Butterfly Dance " by Vals Gilmour and Julia MacBrien, a song " Down by the Shimmering Lake " (composed by Mabel Dunlop) and a recitation by Letty Wilson. " The Minuet " which came next was one of the most popular numbers. It was a dance between Betty Fauquier, who looked most gallant in a court costume and powdered hair, and Betty Carter, with her sweeping skirts and low curtsies. One of the most attractive acts on the programme came next, entitled " An Egyptian Tomb " . In this the mummies of an ancient tomb come to life for one night in the year, and the mummied queen (Vals Gilmour) rises from her coffin to perform a weird and fascinating Egyptian dance. The scene was very cleverly carried out. The last event of the afternoon was the play " Mechanical Jane " , a screaming farce in which two very prim old ladies are in despair about getting a servant. They see an advertisement in the paper about a " Mechanical Jane " which will " do the work of three people in half the time of one " . They buy the Jane, and their adventures with it prove most diverting. Betty Fauquier took the exacting part of " Mechanical Jane " with great success, while Letty Wilson and Sylvia Smellie acted as Tabitha and Priscilla extremely well. THE AUTUMN BASKET-BALL SEASON This season we have had two principal teams, a first and a second. Our third team is fairly good, but both the third and the fourth need practice. 4 We played two matches with the Ladies ' College, both of which they won. We also played a match with the Mistresses, which we won after a very close game. We put our victory down to the fact that the Mistresses had had very little practice, and we feel that in the next match we may not have quite the same good luck. 1st Team 2nd Team Guard J. MacBrien (Capt.) J. White. Guard S. Smellie. M. Borden. Centre V. Gilmour. L. Irvin. Forward B. Carter. M. F. Dunlop. Forward B. Fauquier. J. Wilson (Capt.). Mistresses Team Guard Miss Neal, Guard Melle Gross. Centre Miss King. Forward Miss Soame. Forward Miss Indge. We are grateful to Miss Neal and Miss Indge for so help- fully coaching the teams. We want, too, to thank Luella Irvin for her good v ork as substitute on the first team. We have had a very enjoyable season and in the Spring expect to play more games with the Mistresses, the Ladies ' College and other teams. TWO WAYS OF LOOKING AT A THING The American gazed about him in astonishment. There, standing before him, was an old, white-haired man, dressed in the loose, flowing robe of the Ancient Greeks. " What! who are you? " gasped the amazed American. ' I am Aeneas, a philosopher of Athenian birth, " was the dignified response. ' What country and what year is this? It all seems very strange. " The American smiled. " This, " he said proudly, " is the United States of America, and the date is Friday, March 20th, 1925. But what do you think of New York? It is one of the largest and greatest cities in the world. I guess Athens didn ' t compare with this. " 5 The Greek looked at him scornfully. " Athens, " he said quietly, " is the home of all great ideals, the home of art and poetry, and of all things of beauty. Why then do you say your city is greater? " The American smiled confidently. " Because we are far more civilized and advanced in every way. We have electricity, steam engines, aeroplanes, motor cars, wireless and many other things you didn ' t have. " " But what, " demanded the Athenian, " have you of beauty? Nothing! You have no ideas of art or beauty. What sculptor have you that can compare with Phidias, or statesman to com- pare with Pericles, or what buildings to compare with ours. You have none! and what is science compared with all these? ' " But, " gasped the now astounded American, " I never knew you had so many things unlike ours. I never . . . " " Then how do ye, who know so little and are so ignorant, dare to judge us and our civilization. Thanks be to the gods that I live not in your time! " and the philosopher suddenly vanished. The American rose to his feet. " Good Heavens! where did he go? " he murmured, and added regretfully. " If he had only waited a little longer I could easily have shewn him how much better our civilization is than his. " M. HOUSTON. THE HOLIDAYS I came to Ottawa on the fifteenth of May. One of the first things I noticed was that on all the buildings was the British flag instead of the Stars and Stripes. After I had been here eight days there came a holiday that was new to me, the Queen ' s birthday. A few days later there was a holiday in the States that is not celebrated here. May thirtieth, which is called Decoration or Memorial Day. The reason they call it Decoration Day is on that day they decorate 6 with flowers the graves of the soldiers who were killed in the War between the North and the South and in the War with Spain. The next holiday here was another new one to me, the King ' s birthday. The next holiday in the States was the Fourth of July, which I missed the most. It is called Independence Day, because it celebrates the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. Next to Christmas this is the day the children enjoy most, because they celebrate it with a great deal of noise, with firecrackers large and small, and horns and cap-pistols and torpedoes. In the evening they have all kinds of fire-works. The first of July was Dominion Day here and I thought it was going to be something like our Fourth of July but it seemed very quiet. It is very nice to have a holiday every month in the Summertime, for in New York they don ' t have any in August and here we have the Civic Holiday. Labour Day here is the same as in the United States, the first Monday in Septem- ber. In October in the States there is a holiday, the twelfth, which is Columbus Day. It is to celebrate the discovery of America by Columbus. Thanksgiving in the States is the last Thursday in November. I was so surprised when I heard that it was the tenth of November here. Election Day in the States is another holiday which always comes early in November, and then comes Merry Christmas, which is the same here, there and everywhere. MARION COOLIDGE. THE POOR BOY ' S CHRISTMAS It was Saturday night, two days before Christmas, and Dickie had gone out to sell papers, (and to look in the shop windows) to try and see if he could earn enough money to buy a gift for his little sister Sally, who lived alone with him in a little shanty in the poorer district. " Paper, Sir, " he cried, darting out to the middle of the road. " Be careful! " " Step back, " " Run for your life, " were all the things that Dickie heard, but he did not care as long as he could sell his papers. " Get out of the road, " cried a man, but Dickie heard no more, for a motor car had knocked him down and broken his leg. 7 Sally waited till ten o ' clock and when Dickie did not come she threw a shawl about her and walked to the corner where Dickie had told her he would be. It seemed hours after she got there and was looking for him when an old man came up to her and asked what the trouble was, for she was crying. " I c-can ' t find my b-brother, ' she sobbed. ' ' What was he like? " said a man behind her. He was ten years old, and had a grey cape and sweater. Do you know where he is? " she said. A negro happened to be passing and, on overhearing the conversation, said: " Why, dat ' s de chile that I seen hit by a motor car and broke his leg. " " Now, you just come along with me, " said the kind old man, " and we ' ll soon find him. What did you say his name was? " " Dickie, " she replied, " and mine is Sally Gould. " " Where am I and where is Sally? Oh! " and Dickie sank down among his pillows, for his leg hurt. " Here I am, " said a little voice behind him. " Now you must go to sleep, because it is Christmas Eve, and nurse and I have a surprise for you all in the morning. " In the next room was a beautiful Christmas Tree, with candles, sugar sticks, silver and gold bells, and, on top of the tree, was the most beautiful star you have ever seen, all ready to be moved into the large ward as soon as the children were asleep. On Christmas morning, in the middle of the ward, was the tree with all the presents round, and best of all was an old man with a long white beard who was dressed in red and standing by the tree. " Santa Claus, " cried all the children, and indeed it was. All the children got the most beautiful presents. There was a motor car for Dickie and a doll for Sally and many other things, but I think that Sally and Dickie enjoyed it most of all. Don ' t you? JOCELYN WHITE. 8 HOW TIMMY BECAME GRAY A squirrel called Timmy lived in a very big oak tree near the woods. Timmy was very clever and did many things to help the farmers. The Winter was coming and Timmy had no home, so he went to live in a farmer ' s sap-house. He made himself a very comfortable home there. Spring was coming and the farmer began to tap the trees. When they brought the sap in to boil they saw Timmy and his little hole. When Timmy knew that they had seen him, he thought he would move. He found a nice little hole in a maple- tree near the sap-house. In the Summer the farmer thought he would paint the shed gray. One night Timmy went over to the shed and, not looking where he was going, jumped right into a pail full of gray paint. He was terribly upset because he had spoilt his beautiful red coat. He scrubbed and scrubbed but could not get it off. And that is how he has kept his gray coat. C. WILSON. HOW THE COAL CAME TO BE Long ago there lived a young girl whose name was Coleen. She had black hair and eyes, and she loved and was very kind to all people. She was a great friend of all wild animals and loved the forest. One year the Winter became very cold and wet, and she used to take wood and warm rugs and clothes to the poor people. One day Coleen became ill and when she died all the forest creatures came and brought nuts and many little forest flowers. A few years after a man was digging and he found some hard black substance at the foot of a tree. On this he built a fire. Finding that it burned he took it home, and remembering how Coleen had brought them wood he called it coal. It has been called this ever since. S. BOWMAN. 9 MORNING SCHOOL " You don t say that we have Geometry! Oh, How to do those old Theorems, I ' m sure I don ' t know! " Thus remark I at the start of the day, When I think I am free, and would so like to play. Another arrives and upstairs we tread. And I try to get " twenty-one " into my head: At last in despair, our poor text books are flung And we rush to the hall as the first bell is rung. We ' re s ' posed to be still yet I ' m sorry to say Both seniors and juniors are too fond of play. But at last it is stopped, as Miss Soame seals our doom — - " All who spoke go and stand at the back of the room " . Roll-call comes next, and then reading and prayers And Singing! Poor Mrs. Buck surely has cares! Miss Neal then deals out confiscations galore — Detentions and marks off! Each day more and more! And then what ' s called " physical culture " or " drill " . " Physical torture " more like it! It makes us quite ilL At the word of command, to the classrooms we race, And each girl (none too quietly) sits in her place. When no Mistress appears, we get boisterous and loud. In a gossipy group we then noisily crowd. With her favourite expression Miss King then arrives " You can all write a page from your ' Plutarch ' s Lives ' . Not a word may be spoken till ' leven o ' clock. Work is impossible when you all talk. " We all settle down then to problems and sums What sighs of relief when the time to stop comes! Then we rush out of doors with a ball and a bat. And tear around, regardless of blazer or hat. We stroll from the field when we hear the bell ga, And get into trouble for being so slow. And then for our Algebra class we are late. It is good we don ' t always keep on at this rate! The morning is over, so outdoors we file. And walk down the road in a long crocodile. We come back, and eat our potatoes and corn And this is the end of an imperfect morn! — M. BORDEN, 10 SUMMER Playing in the meadows, Picking lovely flowers. There is not a shadow, To hide the fairy bowers. Swimming in the little stream. Climbing ap the elm trees, Sleeping with a pleasant dream, Hunting for the bumble bees. When away the summer fades. In the grassy fields we ' ll see Distant Winter casting shades. And the birds will cross the sea. —JOAN AHEARN. CROSSWORD PUZZLES Crossword puzzles are the rage; I can do ' em like a sage. Seven down and eight along; It ' s as easy as a song. Jack gives way unto despair. What ' s the last word in a prayer? (Don ' t ask me!) Oh dear! Oh dear! Letters four and meaning " mere " ? Sitting up till near the dew, Every night our task we do. Oh! This puzzle ' s hard to-night! Oh! I cannot get it right! —PETER AND LETTY WILSON. 11 PETER PAN As the snow was gently falling, Down on the hard brown earth, On the lowest branch of a pine-tree Sat a creature, full of mirth. He was light about his manner, And his height was very small. He had nothing much about him, But he didn ' t mind at all. He whistled once or twice, And then away he ran, And I learned a long time after That his name was Peter Pan. —BETTY SMART. THE DEATH OF THE YEAR It is the time the old year dies. The time so dull and drear. The trees are bare, with moaning cries, They mourn the dying year. The birds have gone to warmer climes. The flowers are all asleep, And through the dark ' ning sunset, soft The little snowflakes creep. The year is sad and bent and Slow, The year, alas! is old. He gives place to the coming year, Whose myst ' ries will unfold. —MABEL DUNLOP. 12

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