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CALGARY NORMAL SCHOOL YEAR BOOK, 1926-27 Page Seven C OMMENC EM ENT (By DR. E. W. COFFIN, Principal) DR. E. W. COFFIN We are again approaching the season known in college as Commencement. While we may not he entitled to use the term in the college sense, its significance, whatever its origin, is worth think¬ ing about. Why should students “commence” at the end of their term of study? And what do they commence? Is it that they are just beginning to take hold when they might be expected to be letting- go? If so, the spring of the year seems to be an unlikely time for doing so. Or is it that, having been in the educational hothouse, so to speak, all winter, they are now ready to be set out in the open soil to flourish for themselves, in response to the influences of sun¬ shine and shower? Let us suppose that this last is the implication of the term. This means, then, that you are now setting your faces in ia new direc¬ tion, and are about to assume new responsibilities. Imagine a mariner trained in the art of navigation by a course in a nautical college and then setting out on his first voyage. He would be truly an “ancient mariner” by the time he had got on his sea legs and knew the ropes. In a somewhat analogous way is school and college training related, or un-related, to the “job.” How long is it going to take you to get on your pedagogical legs ? How long before you will be able to make any of your theory or even your graded school practice, work in the school or the room you are to have charge of? Don’t be in too much of a hurry. Study the situation before you, and don’t be over-anxious to recognize consciously in every task the principles and problems of text books or lectures. The pupil and the pupil group are your new problems. Keep them in mind, and in due time they will assume meanings even in terms of Psychology and School Management. As you prepare your daily work, think of them as situations to be fitted into your systems of ideas, to be “apper- ceived” as questioners, to be stirred up and quickened, not as recep¬ tacles to be filled. And whatever you forget of all your training course, remember at least three things: First, that your training has only “commenced.” Keep it going by observation and by professional improvement Second, that you are not, because of your training, superior beings, but only one class among many others who are doing their special work. Avoid academic snobbery. Third, that, whether you teach for many months or for few, you are sworn for life to an interest in educa¬ tion as the greatest enterprise of a free people. Whatever your post in after life, think of the school in the light of your past training for it and your approach to it. Thus will you always be a constructive influence, a positive support, and not a grumbling taxpayer, or a fault-finding patron, in the community where you make your home- -N- e Jlormal Htgfjt Late in November, the Executive undertook the forming of a school paper. John Maxwell was chosen as Editor-in-Chief to carry on this work, and under him the following staff was chosen: Business Mgr-Clarence J. Enright News Editor-lj__Elmer Evans Sports Editor--Eric Huskins Literary Editor---Mrs. Edith Ritchie Social Editor-Margaret Shaw Humor Editor__;_Sidney Weller Reporters-L. C. Mogridge, Helen Smith, Dorothy Hawley and Cecil Brandvold Advertising Solicitors-James Blair. Howard Sadler, and Clarence Enright Mr. Janies E. Loucks, of the staff, acted as Consulting Editor. Much credit for the success of the publication is due to Clarence Enright, who, with his business staff, was responsible for making “The Normal Light” successful from the financial viewpoint. In all, four editions appeared, which reported on the different school activities. While the sale of copies was at times under average, on the whole, the students’ response to the paper was very good and so The Normal Light officials were not forced to dig down into the coffers of the Students’ Union to “make ends meet.” The Editorial and Business Staffs of “The Normal Light” take this opportunity to thank all those who supported the school paper.
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CALGARY NORMAL SCHOOL YEAR BOOK, 1926-27 Page Nine Calgary formal cfjool Uebates (By NORA BROWN. 2-C) The Calgary Normal School Debating Team first showed its talent on December 13. On this lucky date our team, consisting of Mrs. Ritchie, of 2-E, and “Johnnie” Maxwell, of 1-A, upheld the af¬ firmative against the Canucks, whose team consisted of Mr. Peck and W. Brigden. The subject of debate was, “Resolved, that Military Training in Schools and Colleges of Canada Is Desirable,” Unfor¬ tunately Mr. Brigden was unable to appear at the last moment, so that Mr. Peck decided to do his best for the side unassisted. Our team showed great ability, and gained for us a decisive victory. The judges were, Rev. Rannie, Mr. Speakman and Dr. Gray. Dr. Gray announced the decision and complimented the lone speaker on the negative for his praiseworthy effort. The second debate of the school year was held on February 1, when the Normal School debaters opposed the team picked from the Young Conservative Club. “Resolved, that the veto power of the Senate should be limited to twice to the same bill,” was the subject under discussion. On the affirmative side were Mr. Jack Saucier, who obtained 77 points, and Mr. Rees Taprell, who obtained 75 points, both of the Young Conservatives. On the negative side were Dave Smith and Hugh Lundie, of 2-A. Our team obtained 123 points against 152 points after putting forth a good argument. The verdict was announced by Rev. Mr. Grant in favor of the Young Conservatives. The final debate of the term was held on Friday, March 18 in the Speakers’ Club. The topic under discussion, “Resolved, that for¬ eign troops should be withdrawn from China immediately,” was up¬ held by Mrs. Ritchie, of 2-E, and Mr. Borgal, of 2-A, while on the opposition were Hellen Thompson and Mr. Burke. After a good dis¬ cussion the debate was decided in favor of the affirmative. Thus the third debate ended a successful debating year. The debaters wish to thank Mr. D. A. McKerricher for his whole-hearted assistance during the term. In every case he was only too willing to spend his valuable time coaching the debaters and his experience and skill helped them in no small measure. Reunion—Class 1$, 1924=25 On Wednesday, December 29th, 1926, in the Tapestry Room of the Hudson’s Bay, was held the second annual reunion of Class 1-B, 1924-25. Twenty-two of this class of forty turned up and actually more than 60 per cent, by weight, as “Tubby” Milligan was fully present. President Dick Watson occupied the chair and a large por¬ tion of the adjoining table. Of the Staff were present the Principal, and Messrs. McKerricher, Hutton and O’Hanlon. Beginning the even¬ ing’s celebration was a self-control test, the “spread” being delayed until several impromptu toasts were voted and passed, Messrs. Clark Wallace, George Stanley and Orval Doney relieving the tension by musical numbers. Dinner was at last served and 1-B proved that they were still alive and well. Menues were mutually autographed and extra copies similarly decorated to be sent to absent members. Chief Watson, much to the regret of the tribe, insisted on throwing up the cares of office and Charlie Reeves was elected in his plac e, with the understanding that a similar “pow-wow” be held in 1927, if a sufficient number of the class are out of jail. The evening was finished off by attending “Their First Year” at the Grand theatre, at which performrance the management kindly allowed all members of the class to remain until the close. This class is improving. . One thing, at least, there is no doubt about and that is the class spirit of 1-B, 1925. An eight-months’ course is too short to lead to much permanancy of class organization, but 1-B is showing what can be done when the right kind of bronchos get in the same corral. Evidently 1-B intend to hang together unless their sentences are all commuted together. They will be heard from many times again, at least let us hope so.
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