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NORMAL SCHOOL — LONDON, ONTARIO Erected 1899
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THE CLASS of 1945 - . . . presents . . . We dedicate this book to those in our loyal armed forces . . . who gave so much in return for so little
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VALEDICTORY The day is fast approaching when the halls of London Normal School will be filled with the sound of young men and women — not students any longer, but teachers — bustling from one room to the other, in the act of collecting all their belongings and taking one last look at the rooms where they learned so much about Method, Matter and Management. Yes, our year of training is nearly finished. What will be the feeling in our hearts as, on that day, we stand outside the building where we spent one of the most eventful years of our lives, and take our farewell look? The feeling, I believe, will be that of sadness mingled with relief. We will all experience the feeling of relief that comes when, at the completion of a year of study and hard work, we realize that the end has come and our work, at least for a short time, is over. But, along with that feeling conies one of sadness. Thinking of the past year, we recall many happy and inspiring times that will never be repeated. The parties that were held, the primary reading lessons we all thought so amusing until we had to prepare one ourselves, the excursions around the school yard, the meals we prepared in the Home Economics room, the Christmas cantata, and many other incidents that took place will all bz rich memories of our life at London Normal School and will not soon be forgotten. To the Masters, Instructors and Critic Teachers we owe a great debt of gratitude. These people took an interest in each one of us and at all times have been encouraging, frank and in- spiring. They have kindled in each of us a keen desire to be good teachers who will in some way leave a lasting mark on the boys and girls whom we meet during our teaching career. We also owe a debt of gratitude to those teachers who have gone before us. To us they have left a great heri- tage. Not so long ago, teachers were lone workers, in schools that were little more than buildings where children were sent to be kept out of mischief. Today education has attained a higher level and the teaching profession has been put on a par with others. Truly, there is much that we can be thankful for as we enter upon our new vocation. The year of training is almost over. What next? We are entering upon a life ' s work that calls for the very best that is in us. We have not been training simply for a job, we have been train- ing for a role that we have to play in the shaping of the future of our nation. The future of any nation lies, to a great extent, in the hands of its teachers, and teachers we soon shall be. The whole world has just emerged from one of the most fearful and costly combats that time has ever known. It is up to us to see that children are educated in such a way that right attitudes and a keen sense of what is right and wrong are instilled in the minds of all people so that another such war may be more easily averted. There is no other profession in which what its members say and what they do have more effect upon generations as well as individuals. Let us then be sure that the impressions we leave are worthy ones. Although our training at Normal will soon be completed, I ' m sure we all realize that our training and education will never be finished as long as we stand at the front of a classroom teach- ing groups of children. The wonderful opportunity that we have had in being able to go into the various schools around the city and put into practice the theory we learned in our own classrooms, showed us that as teachers we must be continually enriching our knowledge of subject matter, keep- ing up to date with the best methods, and learning from our pupils as well as teaching them. We were taught many things during our stay at this institution, and one of the best lessons we learned was that we didn ' t know nearly as much as we thought we did when we first entered the building last Fall. To be a teacher of any worth, we must continually — " Follow knowledge like a sinking star Beyond the utmost bound of human thought. " Finally, when we leave the London Normal School, let us remember that we are on our own; no masters to answer our many problems, nor critic teachers to offer kind and helpful suggestions. What the next few years have in store for us, we do not know but, if we follow the wisdom of His Majesty King George VI, spoken in nineteen hundred and thirty-nine, the future will find us well. He said: " I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year, ' Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown, ' And he replied, ' Go out into the darkness and put your hand Into the hand of God. That shall be to you Better than light and safer than the known way ' . " RUSSELL M. WOODS. Page Three
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