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MRS. HAMLET S. PHILPOT PHILPOT TOKEN: — Awarded to the girl who best maintains the spirit and the ideals which, as well as high standard of Scholarship, achievement in games and charm of manner, may set her mark upon the school in the spirit of Service, Fellowship, Freedom and Fair Play.
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SAMARA JUNE, 1954 " SUCCESS IS NAUGHT; ENDEAVOUR ' S ALL " — Browning ELMWOOD FROM THE GROUNDS
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Dear Elmwooduns, 12th, 1954. First I should like to thank the members of the " Samara " committee for their splendid work. We have tried this year a somewhat different arrangement of the magazine, which I hope you will enjoy. I must say that everything has run so smoothly that I have hardly been aware that a magazine was being produced, except when the deadline crept upon me for my letter and I was not ready— I want particularly to thank Miss MacCallum, Mrs. Davis, Miss Underwood, Janet Chapman, Bobbie Bradshaw, Sheila McCormick, Tish Heeney, and Meg Reynolds. This year has been saddened by the death of two people without whom Elmwood would not be here today. Below you will find an account of Mrs. Fauquier by Senator Wilson. The nicest thing that I have heard of Mrs. Fauquier is " To know her well was to have a deep and lasting affection for her. She was one of those rare people of whom it may be said that those who came most in contact with her became fine people themselves because of it. " I should like to quote from Mrs. Buck ' s talk to us at our Memorial Service for Mrs. Philpot, the first Principal of Elmwood— " She was a crusader in education and progressive in the bes t sense of the word. The school was built on her faith in the future and her vision, with the magnificient practical and generous help of Mrs. H. S. Southam, Mrs. Edward Fauquier, and Senator Wilson. " Mrs. Philpot fostered a love of good work; she believed that every child was an individual and was worthy of the best that education could give. We still try to keep the feeling at Elmwood that each child deserves a special education and special attention. She visualized, in these tangled wooded grounds, a band of happy carefree children. She was magnificient with little children. With them she lived in a world of adventure of King Arthur ' s Knights and fairies. Here in the while of these lovely qualities, which little children as well as grown Knights must possess when they go in search of the Holy Grail, I can see her yet on the occasion when they heard Wordsworth ' s poem to the daffodil. It is to those days that we owe our school emblem and our school colours. " And so Elmwood had its beginning in a vision of an old homestead on the highest point in Rockcliffe Park. The idealism of Mrs. Philpot, woven into the school tradition, is still today an integral part of Elmwood and her love of true learning and sense of beauty are combined with the increasingly high academic standards required for young people today. For me, personally, this has been a happy year. I have felt, as never before, that we as a school, staff and girls, are a single unit. I want to thank you all for your help during the year. Affectionately yours, From its early and very modest beginnings Mrs. Edward Fauquier proved herself a most sympathetic, faithful and ever generous friend of Elmwood. Plans originated with Mrs. Philpot, but these could never have been realized without the staunch support of Mrs. Fauquier and Mrs. H. S. Southam. Mrs. Fauquier, until ill health forced her retirement, was President of the Board of Governors of Elmwood, and those who had the privilege of association with her, knew that reliance could always be placed upon her wise judgment, as well as her appreciation and understanding of human nature. Mrs. Fauquier loved little children. This was clearly demonstrated when she befriended a group of small English girls evacuated to Canada. Miss Martin ' s nursery school had found a wartime refuge in Carleton Place, and here Mrs. Fauquier made herself largely responsible for their welfare. These young women, who are once more in their own country, must recall with gratitude their Canadian benefactor and the many treats which she gave them in her own home. It is a privilege for m.e, a former Governor of Elmwood, to write this short tribute to a woman whom I admired greatly and remember with affection. The Senate, Ottawa, 14 May, 1954.
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