Category Archives: GDHS History
The first edition of “Schools of our Heritage: A History of Schools of Southwest Middlesex Ontario” was launched at the GDHS 60th Anniversary weekend
This book was written and compiled by Gregory Bartlett, GDHS alumnus.
The material was sourced by Harold Carruthers and Lorne Munro.
To purchase a copy contact: Glencoe and District Historical Society. $20 per copy.
Congratulations for a great project capturing the history of our local elementary and secondary schools.
Glencoe & District Historical Society
P.O. Box 313, 247 Main Street,
Glencoe Ontario, Canada N0L 1M0
Tel: (519) 287-3897 firstname.lastname@example.org
Resource Room Hours:
Wed: 2:00-4:00pm, 7:00-9:00pm
Or by Appointment
I really enjoyed the reunion. I did very well selling my brother Ed’s novel. Thank you for the opportunity to share his book with the community. It was fun for me. I got to see a lot of folks that I didn’t know until they introduced themselves. Many signed a book for me for the memory.
The entertainment was beautiful, lots of fun. Meal was marvelous. I just loved the music. We stayed to the end of the dance and I sold more novels there. Was that a party or was that a party?!
If any one wants Ed’s novel and pen just ask them to comment here and send me their name. I’d be more than glad to send it out. They are sellng for $10.00 now. Yours truly, HELEN ROSE EVANS
“She’s No Angel” by GDHS alumnus, Edward John Izrael. Continue reading
In 1946, the first year after War II stopped, local school trustees were prescient of the oncoming wave of post-war babies: 10 million baby boomers were born between 1947 and 1966. In March of 1946, a motion by M.M. McAlpine and seconded by C.C. Davidson asked “county council to dissolve the High School District of the Municipality of Glencoe in order to make way for the formation of a larger High School District to include all or parts of Metcale, Ekfrid, Mosa, Wardsville, Newbury, Caradoc”. Continue reading
“Great things happen in small places.” – Jesse Jackson
Last week’s opening day assembly at Glencoe District High School was inspirational in many ways. It’s only a shame that more weren’t in attendance to hear the testaments to the greatness of GDHS.
Hopefully the students, donned in their new designer shirts, jeans and whiter-than-white sneakers, enveloped the messages shared by the guest speakers who both referred to themselves still as members of the Gael population.
Both addresses by Nicole MacKellar and Neil Johnson challenged students to get involved, to encompass the great things about attending a small school and to appreciate the position they are in.
They corroborated that the pro’s about the level of education that they received and how it helped them not only in their post-secodary education but also in their careers.
Ironically, they felt that coming from a small school gave them a better perspective, something many other graduates will easily agree with. Students at small schools appreciate any additional opportunities and don’t just take them for granted.
In the case of both of the speakers, GDHS gave them the opportunity to get involved in countless teams and clubs, something that may not have been available elsewhere.
The sentiments were cherished by staff who go above and beyond to coach numerous teams, lead clubs and monitor extra activities.
Regardless of the flattery it’s always a challenge for small schools, whether elementary or secondary, and the battle to keep the doors of any local school open could re-ignite at some point in time.
But, no different than the wind towers that are spreading like leaves, there needs to be study and consultation on the effects of each. Whether the wind towers will truly present problems with stray voltage or shadow flicker can only be seen over time and with careful consultation. In the case of a school, however, the effects of a closure on a community and on students need to be taken in to account.
The challenges schools like GDHS face multiply once there is any concern about closure, with some prospective students opting to attend other schools to avoid a shutdown. Supporting local schools through attendance is imperative. No different than not supporting a local business and then reminiscing about missing the convenience, the loss of a school has a more far-reaching impact.
Unfortunately, as the Caradoc South and Metcalfe communities found, ebbing the tide of small school closures can only happen with the assistance of the province in the form of a moratorium. School boards facing financial woes will make whatever cuts they see as being easiest. Quite frankly, closing schools gets much more press than trimming back administrative salaries and gives the illusion of a board working to stay within its means despite the displeasure of the communities it serves.
On Tuesday, a historic letter of agreement was signed at the County of Middlesex buildings, establishing a precedent setting communication protocol between the municipalities and the School Board.
Hopefully, it will prompt banter between officials, illuminate the challenges both face and open minds to alternatives.
South of the border, for instance, school reform advocates are excited about a new study showing that New York City’s small high schools are outperforming larger schools significantly, narrowing the graduation-rate gap that exists between the white and minority students across the city.
The study supports the small school policies of New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration which has shut down 20 large, failing high schools and replaced them with 200 small schools, about half of which were the focus of this study.
Some of the larger, factory-style schools, each with enrollments of 3,000 or more, had graduation rates under 40 per cent. Having had the opportunity to poke around one of the largest secondary schools in the City of London this past week left little doubt that students there could easily fall between the cracks.
Much like GDHS, the new smaller schools in New York City offer a personalized approach to education with teachers responsible for keeping close tabs on the performance of their students.
It was found that the graduation rates for students in small schools was already nearly 69 per cent, erasing about a third of the 20-point graduation-rate gap that currently exists between white students and “students of colour” in New York City.
They found this particulary encouraging, given that the majority of students entered the small high schools reading below grade level.
No different than the supersized French fries that can ultimately lead to health problems, the supersized educational facilities can lead to the death of a small community without the support of its schools.
Transcript & Free Press
JOHNSON, Donald C – Donald Campbell Johnson passed away quietly at University Hospital, London ON on Friday, September 24, 2010. Born January 15, 1918 on the farm in Ekfrid Township near Appin, where he lived 88 years. Moved to Beattie Haven Retirement Community, Wardsville ON. A farmer, a scouter, a ball player, a bird- watcher, a high school teacher, a golfer, a curler, a servant of the church at Appin Presbyterian.
Loved by four daughters and their families. Susan (Jack) McKellar, Ann (Ian) McCallum, Mirah (Rob) Simpson, and Jane (Kelly Burke) Johnson. Grandchildren Robert and Margaret McKellar, Greer McCallum, Heather Jakobi, Greg Simpson, Ben, Chelsea and Lauren King. Adored by eight great-grandchildren. Predeceased in 1998 by beloved wife Jean (Waghorne). Visit with the family at VAN HECK FUNERAL HOME, 172 Symes St. Glencoe, on Tuesday, September 28 at 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
A celebration of Don’s life will take place at Appin Presbyterian Church at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29 with Rev. Amanda MacMillan officiating. Interment at Appin Cemetery following. Memorial donations may be made to Appin Presbyterian Church or Beattie Haven Retirement Community or a charity of your choice. http://www.vanheckfuneralhome.ca
Published: Sep 28, 2010
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Our winners so far:
2005 Jane Berdan won $1597
2006 Patricia Rastin, Manager of Sydenham Community Credit Union, Mt. Brydges Branch won $1528
2007 Aaron Cadogan won $1440.
Buy a book of ten tickets for $17 and support our G.D.H.S. students when they leave high school to further their education and training.
There was a very large and influential gathering of the ratepayers of the village at the meeting on Thursday evening last called by the Reeve and the Chairman of the High School board to consider the question of the proposed expenditure on the High School buildings. The Reeve Mr. Rathburn… explained the object of the meeting. He said that the High School board have found that the cost would be more than at first expected.
Other speakers were: Mr. Stuart, Chairman of the board (subject: policy of the board); Dr. Lumley, member of the board (subject: heating and ventilating); Mr. Harrison, village clerk (subject: finances); and Rev. D Currie and John A. Leitch – the last two gentlemen spoke in favour of the new school. One gentleman was noted as being entirely in opposition of the new school, stating that “Those in power are determined to go on and only called his meeting to be whitewashed beforehand” and that he “would not be a party of the whitewashing!”
After S.J. Waler and Elish Adams, other members of the board, had spoken a few words, and several questions were asked of the board and answered by them, it was moved by Mr. Angus McKenzie and seconded by J.M. Corneil, that the meeting having heard the statements made by the High School board, entirely approves of the steps taken by them for the erection and equipment of a first class High School in the Village of Glencoe.
The meeting unanimously resolved that application be made to the municipal council for the sum of $9000 for the purpose of purchasing a High School site, erecting and completing a High School building, and putting the grounds in proper order.
Source: typed copy of article from Transcript and Free Press Files. Original dated July 12, 1888.
The high school board has purchased 2 acres of ground in the south part of the town from Mr. Thomas Simpson for a building site, the consideration being $620, payable in December next. The site is a most excellent one in every respect, and so far as can be learned, is generally approved of.
Plans of the building are now being prepared, and commenced without delay. The structure will cost in the neighbourhood of $4000, without fittings, and will be supplied with all the latest approved appliances for heating and ventilating. It is hoped to have it ready for occupancy next fall.