Elmwood School - Samara Yearbook (Ottawa, Ontario Canada)

 - Class of 1981

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p)i$toty of (Jflmiuoob Elmwood School was founded by Mrs. Hamley S. Philpot in 1915, only then it was known as Rockcliffe Preparatory School. Just as today, little boys attended the school. In 1917. an old barn was moved next to the orginal, old house, in order to form an Assembly Hall and three classrooms. In 1923, the name of the school was changed to Elmwood School for Girls. It was in 1923 that the school ' s first yearbook was published - Samara. It had only sixteen pages - a far cry from what it is today, but it was good. The school motto officially came into being - " Suc- cess is naught, endeavour ' s all. " As well, the school song was composed. In 1925, the old house was demolished, and a three storey one was built to accomodate boar- ders. There were three dorms, the names of which can still be seen - Wynken. Blynken and Nod. Classrooms also had names - Honey Bear, for example. In 1930, the barn was demolished, and an Assembly Hall was erected. Three years later, the headmistress ' residence was built. Some fifty years later, changes are still occuring at Elmwood, almost constantly - both in the building and the uniform. A few years ago, we saw the kilt emerge, and this year, new prefect sweaters came into being. In the coming year, new ties will be introduced to go with the green and white kilts. They will be solid green; presently, the ties are green with yellow stripes. As well as uniforms changes, there are changes in the building. This year was the one that had the highest enrolment ever at Elmwood - somewhere around ' 220 students. Next year, looking to the future, there are going to be quite a few more students. Grades Three and Four will be separated; thus there is a need for additional teaching space. Fifty years ago, no one would have even thought of having machines to add and subtract large numbers with; but the computer age has hit Elmwood. The school has purchased three PET computers, and, as a result of this, will soon be starting a course in computer science. This should be a very successful course, and the computers will, no doubt, prove to be very worthwhile (especially for Mathematics! !). Doubtless, Elmwood will continue to grow and change with the times. But despite all these changes, and all the modernization that the school is going through, it still has a great history. There ' s a lot of tradition in Elmwood which will, no matter how modern and computerized the rest of the world gets, never be lost. 2 Parts of this appear courtesy of Kalli Varaklis.

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