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Page Ten ’31 YEAR BOOK WEBB’S SELL FOR LESS UP - TO - THE - MINUTE STOCKS a Men’s Wear Ladies’ Wear Dry Goods Shoes Standard Quality at Lower Prices WEBB ' S ROSS BLOCK HILLHURST PROGRESS PROFESSIONALISM PRUDENCE all direct the thoughtful, earnest teacher to- JOIN, WORK FOR and BOOST The A. T. A. —- i — THE A.T.A. MAGAZINE supplied to members of the A.T.A. is recognized as one of the foremost examples of professional journalism. It contains valuable HELPS for class work in all grades of the Public School Course. s Every teacher should have on the desk— — The — A. T. A. Magazine Phone—23741 IMPERIAL BANK BUILDING, EDMONTON JOHN W. BARNETT, General Secretary
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’31 YEAR BOOK The Staff (Contributed by D. A. McKerricher) (Note to the graduates of the 1930-31 class. The editor has asked for a contribution to your Year Book from the staff and about the staff. It is felt th at the Year Book, which is your souvenir of Calgary Normal, should contain something to help you recall your instructors—their names and some of their distinguishing characteristics. This contribution aims to serve this purpose. It is to be read next fall, let us say, when you are scattered to the far corners of the province, or, perhaps, at a still later date, when the memories of your Normal days are growing dim; and it is to be regarded, under such circum¬ stances, as a message broadcast to you from your old school). Hello, teachers of the class of 1930-31, we hope your aerials are sensitive tonight because kind thoughts of you are on the air. You want to know about the old school? Well, teachers, the show on the hill is still running—offer¬ ing the same old bill and playing to capacity houses. Most of the principal actors are still with us and all of the supers and extras. Dr. Coffin is still the stage director and chief comedian. He is the same incorrigible joker, insisting, still on his joke, alike when it is good and when it is not so good. His geniality and good nature show no signs of abating, and he continues to create the atmosphere of good will and good fellowship in which the work and fun of our school are carried on. It is not enough to say that Dr. Coffin is still our leading actor. Indeed, we may say that he is to Calgary Normal what the Prince of Den¬ mark is to Hamlet. Mr. Loucks’ natural fire is not dimmed by the passing years. He still has the flashing eye and clarion voice. He still loves to read, and, fitted by nature for the reader’s part, he continues to offer moving vocal interpretations of the masters—sometimes more moved, perhaps, than moving. With the instinct of the Page Nine true educator he insists on reasons; and it is believed by some of his present students that the neurones of the Grammar part of his brain have taken on a permanent set and that they form the word “Why.” Mr. Hutton, essentially a light comedian, essays the role of heavy tragedy. He still plucks everybody in Penmanship during the Fall and Spring terms and passes everybody in June—almost everybody. He keeps on telling funny stories about former students and accumulating new ones for future use. Lessons always seem easy to him, and his facility with pen and crayon continues to be the admiration and despair of all beholders. Miss Fisher, dear little Miss Fisher, is the same patient person as of old. She continues to be the chief reason why boys like Normal. She still plays games with her “Gurrls” and she is still quite serious about spelling. Her record for impertur¬ bability and kindliness remains unbroken and unbreakable. Madame Ellis-Browne has not lost her belief that music is important and that it can be taught to everybody. She pursues the luckless ones who have no affinity for tones and semi-tones and such matter that must remain forever impossible to all save the few who are the elect. These few she takes to her heart and rejoices in; the others she mourns over and refuses to be com¬ forted. Mr. Hay continues to be a student of the history, science • and art of education. His determination to be abreast of the time is unwavering. Can fix any fellow practitioner in pedagogy as pre-Pestalozzian, post-Herbartian or what. Has a horror of being dated himself any earlier than Mrs. Ensor. Distrustful of the current practice he keeps on reaching out for the new in education, but like all aspiring souls he never quite reaches the goal. He still believes in liberty and his faith, too, in youth, despite much to shatter it, remains unimpaired. Mr. McCalla entertains the students with fewer pictures than formerly. He has reached the conclusion that pictures are good as pictures but that they are no substitute for actual field work or for careful instruction. As of old he is much abroad, and he is a great hunter, but he hunts with a camera. He still
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’31 YEAR BOOK Page Elev aims to interest the youth in the beauties of nature, and to this end he continues to gather in collections of bugs in various stages of disintegration and decay. He is still a lover of nature and his affection, growing by what it feeds on, has now become a master passion. Mr Sheane persists in a severe regimen of dieting and physi¬ cal work, but no results are perceptible. He continues to be the victim of his own virtues. Good nature and good humor have their price. He keeps up his tests on the fundamental processes and the findings continue disappointing but not disturbing. Miss Dyde is still the interpreter of the deep and subtle things in literature and getting deeper and more subtle as the years pass by. To the knowing ones she is, increasingly, a source of inspiration and joy, leading them pleasantly along the highways and by-ways of literary appreciation and the gentle art of the pedagogy thereof. Herein she continues, growing more and more exacting of herself, aiming always at higher and still higher levels of workmanship. Dr. Sansom is now regarded as one of the twelve men of the world who understand the Einstein theory. He thinks much and deeply and is the “Melancholy Jacques” of the troupe. The jargon of educational statistics is his vernacular and he reads John Dewey for pleasure. As a lubricant to a highly geared mental equipment he employs, in the manner of Ein¬ stein, the music of the violin, and it is his wont, on occasion, to indulge himself in the small hours of the night with, what he considers, the concord of sweet sounds. We who have greatly suffered greatly forgive. Mr. Scott keeps on astonishing his classes with the extent and range of his knowledge. In the teaching of geography he scorns the encyclopedic method, but he has himself the encyclo¬ pedic mind and retains with equal ease masses of organized knowledge or bits of information, important or unimportant, personal or impersonal. And in the matter of practice teach¬ ing he is still th e man with authority, saying to this student- teacher, “Come to the Normal Practice School,” and he comes; and to that student-teacher, “Go to the Riverside Bungalow,” and he goes. Mr. McKerricher, the person assigned to the role of his¬ tory, continues to hold a place in the cast. He still wrinkles his brow, still plucks at his watch chain and mumbles away in an undertone about something nobody considers important and nobody is interested in. You may not believe it, but he really aims to help. Optamus Juvare, the motto of the school, he yearly resolves to adopt as his own. Miss Mitchell maintains her motherly care over the girls, and still talks about, and gives copious notes on, enzymes and vitamins and other unintelligible things. Miss Currie has not forgotten how to combine affability with strictness in the management of the library. Better than ever she knows where the reference material is and how to help students to find it, but with her, as of old, a friendly wel¬ come does not mean an invitation to stay and be noisy. On the contrary. Miss Giles, the secretary, is as efficient as ever. She keeps the staff and the office records in order, and, in general, keeps the machinery in good working condition. Mrs. Vyse, the assistant secretary, is still with us, working away in her unobtrusive but pleasant ' and effective manner. Sgt. Sutherland is still altogether too good looking to be entrusted with the training of young ladies at an impressionable age. Evidences of this fact continue to be observed by people who observe things and by such folks the Sergeant is heard, at times, humming to himself this well-known ditty: “When I go out to promenade, I look so fine and gay, I have to take my dog along to keep the girls away.” Teachers of the class of 1930-31 who are listening in, such is the cast of the Normal players as you remember us. Ladies and gentlemen, the whole Company are now at the front of the stage for the last curtain call—principals, heroes, heroines, clowns, villains, et al. We bow in our friendliest manner and bid you all a kind good night. CNS now signing off.
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