Elmwood School - Samara Yearbook (Ottawa, Ontario Canada)

 - Class of 1954

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SAMARA 13 about the walls. Painted on them were most graphic pictures. The climax of the evening came when the multi-coloured balloons came down. I broke sixteen, not bad for a novice. Square Dance: Shrieks of laughter and the gay, lilting screams of the junior intermediates greeted, or rather assailed, our ears as we entered the gaily decorated barn— I mean, hall —to join in the general festivity of a square dance: The square dance. This year the girls decorated the hall so that it looked like a western hoe-down. The music of Frank Holt helped make the square dance a great success. Life has been very gay generally and we ' d all hke to thank Jennifer Woollcombe and the girls who helped arrange these dances for a terrific time. Ballet Notes The members of the junior ballet class (transition and forms one, two and three) were extremely enthusiastic this year to be- come prima-ballerinas of the future; and under the able direction of Mrs. Duncan-Smith, for- merly of Ballet Legat, England, some may have their names in lights yet. Throughout the last two terms there has been a great deal of strenuous work put forth, and all are progressing very well. There may be another Pavlova yet— who knows? Unfortunately, there have been no senior ballet classes since September, but Sheila Mc- Cormick, who took lessons down town, is to be congratulated on passing her elementary exam. The Golden Rule Club Every Thursday, thirty-four old members and eighteen new assemble in the gym for the meeting of the Golden Rule Club. We start the meeting by singing " O Canada " . Mean- while the Treasurer collects a penny from each girl. Mrs. McAuley, who supervises the club, takes this money to the bank and later it will go to support a little boy by the name of Alderico Zanirati. Before Christmas we supported an Italian girl, Mira Maroquerra, and a French girl, Marie-Therese Gilly. We have collected $54.00 this year. To help collect this money we had a candy sale at which we collected $20.00. Each week the programme is put on by one of the forms belonging to the club. Every new term we vote for a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. The President ad- dresses the meeting, holds the meeting and adjourns it. The Vice-President does likewise if the President is absent. The Secretary calls the roll, and reads and writes the minutes. The Treasurer collects the money. We adjourn the meeting by singing " God Save the Queen " . What adds to the fun we have in the meet- ings we hold and the money we give is the fact that we know that we are helping some- one else. Free Day Free Day dawned on January 29, a school day, to be sure, but one with a difference. This was the day when every girl was free to choose her own time-table (as long as it in- cluded something besides gym and games) and the officers took over the school. This annual event was, as usual, looked forward to eagerly and everyone had a wonderful time learning such weird and wonderful things as Chinese and Russian (thanks to Mrs. Graham and Madame). Another interesting event was the dinner menu, picked out by the seniors. A wonder- ful day was climaxed by the formal dance.

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12 SAMARA kinds of velvet bags and carved wooden ani- mals in Crafts. Altogether, we have had a most interesting year of Arts and Crafts. Special Art Class This year the Special Art Class was very interesting and varied. Until Christmas Mr. Hyndman taught us; but as he was unable to continue afterwards, Miss Maxwell, the Junior Arts and Crafts Mistress, took over. The remainder of the course proved very novel as we tried several new tricks in painting. All in all, the art has been very good and we are very grateful to both Mr. Hyndman and Miss Maxwell. Music Piano— Many girls, both juniors and seniors, took piano lessons this year from Mr. McTavish. The school is becoming extremely musical; people who don ' t even take music had to be stopped continually from pounding out popular ditties on the protesting piano. Tish Heeney has played our hymns throughout the year and we are very grateful to her— and for her. Janet Chapman and Seddon Ryan both passed music exams with commendable results and deserve congratula- tions. Choir— This year the choir has been busy. There was a recital of Carols at Christmas and the choir also sang at the Confirmation Service at Christ Church Cathedral on Passion Sunday. Mr. McTavish has been invaluable and has given up a great deal of his time, which is scarce, since he has numerous other choirs as well. Public Speaking Juniors, intermediates, and seniors ... all were well represented in this year ' s public speaking contest. Harriet Nye and June Fraser tied for first place in the junior section. Harriet delivered a delightful httle speech on " My Dogs " , in which she openly admitted that she understood their naughtiness as she, too, was rather naughty at times. " The Toronto Subway " is a difficult topic for any one to talk on but June Fraser did it justice. We shall never forget the sentence in her essay to the eflFect that if they kept on build- ing subways they would soon reach China! All of the intermediate speeches were in- teresting and Sarah Jennings received top honours in this section for her talk on " UNESCO " . Semi-finalists in the senior group were Sheila McCormick and Sally Wright with Sheila emerging as victor. Sally chose to talk " On Public Speaking " , a very appropriate subject that amused all of us. Sheila, Elm- wood ' s ballerina, told us about " Anna Pav- lova " , one of the world ' s greatest ballerinas. Mrs. Bliss, our friend and judge, must have had a difficult time choosing the winners. All in all, we think that Elmwood once more lived up to its motto " Summa Summarum " . . . Highest of the High! Dances This year the Elmwood social season was highlighted by three dances. This is— your roving reporter, at large in . . . House Dmce: The Elmwood house dance was held in November. Taffeta was the gen- eral costume for the girls. Besides the various dances and interestingly impractical prizes, delicious refreshments were served and except for a minor ice cream hassle which cleared up, the year was off to a tremendous start . . . Formal: As I stepped in the door, a whispy idea of net, perfume and exquisite hair-do floated past my bewildered eyes. I looked uncertainly around me; the nearest boy marched up and manfully swept me around the floor as we discussed the beauties of orchestras, Toby Rochester ' s, in particular. The event was the Winter Wonderlamd formal— atmosphere (below zero) was pro- vided by two large thermometers on the stage and Winter Wonderland, written in snow- balls; silver icicles hung over every door, nook and cranny. Huge records, with accompanying titles of popular tunes in the theme of Winter hung

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14 SAMARA On November 5th Elmwood began their dramatic productions with the annual house plays. These plays, directed by the house- heads, were all extremely well done and there were many outstanding performances. First, this year, was Keller ' s play " Michael " with Sheila McCormick, Joan Yates and Joan Fagan in the leading roles. Fry and Nightin- gale tied for second place with their plays " The Valiant " and " The Bishop ' s Candle- sticks " . Credit should be given to Gillian Neville, Marianne Lovink, Sally Trueman and Victoria Brain for their excellent perform- ances in these plays. The Christmas plays this year were under the very capable direction of Mrs. Meiklejohn and Mrs. Davis. The first, the story of the Nativity, was narrated by Jennifer Wooll- combe and Marianne Lovink while the players moved on stage very simply and beautifully in accordance with the words. The second Christmas play was directed and written by Mrs. Davis and was presented by her junior form. The lines of the play, which was called " The Christmas Rose " , were written in rhyme and the costumes were exceptionally lovely and appropriate. On the night of March 5th the Ashbury- Elmwood Dramatic Societies presented the Irish play " The Playboy of the Western World " by J. M. Synge. This difficult play was under the combined direction of Mr. Belcher and Mr. Devine and was well received by the large audience at the Little Theatre. Credit should be given to Joan Fagan for her role as the wild Irish girl, Pegeen Mike, and to Gillian Neville for her part as the scheming widow Quin. Sheila McCormick, Emilie Van der Vaart and Judy Ewing also did extremely well in their roles of country girls. The play, spoken in thick Irish brogue, was the result of many weeks of hard and feverish practice. The following week saw the last dramatic presentation of the year, with the successful performance of " Our Town " by Thornton Wilder. Credit should be given to Mrs. Meiklejohn for her direction of this play and for the very remarkable performance she gave in it herself. Excellent performances were also given by Janet Chapman, Meg Reynolds, Sheila McCormick, Joan Fagan and Gillian Neville in the leading roles. These have been the plays presented so successfully this year by Elmwood ' s many budding actresses.

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