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EMSB HELD REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONIES OVER A TWO-WEEK PERIOD

MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 20, 2014 – The English Montreal School Board marked Remembrance Day across its youth sector.

The following EMSB schools held Remembrance Day observances on Monday, November 3:

  • Willingdon Elementary School in N.D.G. observed Remembrance Day with a school-wide assembly. Students observed two minutes of silence, which was followed by reflections on the sacredness of life.  

Sinclair Laird Elementary School in Park Extension commemorated Remembrance Day with Master Corporal Paquette, a 22 year veteran and Sergeant Major Piper Stevens, a 28 year veteran. Ms. Paquette was the first female soldier of the Air Force in Petawawa, and as a mechanical engineer, repaired airplane engines. Mr. Stevens is not only a musician for the Black Watch but is also a Warrant Officer with the Infantry unit. Two Grade 5 students recited In Flander’s Fields, and later students and staff conducted a remembrance ceremony, where the teachers and the students pinned poppies on the wreath. To end, candles were lit in memory of the two soldiers recently killed in Ottawa and St. Jean sur Richelieu. “It was a ceremony among ceremonies, a day we will always remember.  The minute of silence was truly a reflection,” said Spiritual Animator Puynung Choy. “The students all were eager to learn and listen.”   

The following EMSB schools held Remembrance Day observances on Tuesday, November 4:

  • East Hill Elementary School in R.D.P. observed Remembrance Day with a school-wide assembly. Students honoured and paid tribute to Canadian peacekeepers and marked the 70th anniversary of the Italian Campaign, the 75th anniversary of World War II and the 100th anniversary of World War I. Additionally, students  honoured Canadian Forces members Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, whom were killed in the recent terrorist attacks in Ottawa and St. Jean sur Richelieu. Veterans, dignitaries and current Canadian Forces members were on hand for the ceremony.  

 

  • Dalkeith Elementary School in Anjou held an assembly for students from Cycles II and III. The activity was also spearheaded by Secondary V students from Laurier Macdonald High School. On hand were Alec Hall (Canadian Veteran), Sgt John Petrou, (Canadian Peacekeeper) and Lieutenant Steve Ambrose (Canadian Peacekeeper).  .
  • Dunrae Gardens in TMR used a diverse approach to their Spiritual Remembrance Assembly. A  myriad of presentations were conducted from Cycles I and III. Prior to the ceremony of placing a poppy on their hand-made wreath, which circled the lit candles in honour all the past Canadian soldiers, students recited the poem In Flander's Fields, and shared their own reflections about the importance of remembering the soldiers and their sacrifice. Also, after viewing multiple images of the war, the younger grades performed a mini-skit, animating all the different soldier's helpers. It was a colorful display of remembrance as many elements were covered, and with the ceremony, a deeper meaning was brought forth.  Special thanks go out to Dunrae Gardens’ Spiritual Animator, Ms. Puynung Choy for organizing the event.

The following EMSB schools held Remembrance Day observances on Wednesday, November 5:

  • Gardenview Elementary School in St. Laurent observed Remembrance Day with a school-wide assembly. Students observed two minutes of silence, which was  followed by reflections on the sacredness of life.   

 

  • Edward Murphy Elementary in Hochelaga/Maisonneuve observed Remembrance Day with a school-wide assembly at 9:30 a.m. Students  honoured and paid tribute to Canadian peacekeepers and marked the 70th anniversary of the Italian Campaign, the 75th anniversary of World War II and the 100th anniversary of World War I. Additionally, students honored Canadian Forces members Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, whom were killed in the recent terrorist attacks in Ottawa and St. Jean sur Richelieu. Veterans, dignitaries and current Canadian Forces members were on hand for the ceremony.  
  • Dante Elementary School in St. Leonard held an activity for Cycle II  students, which was spearheaded by Secondary V International Baccalaureate students from Laurier Macdonald High School. On hand were Captain Corey Anhorn, (Canadian Peacekeeper-Canadian Grenadier Guards (CGG)) and Master Corporal Eric Washburn, (Canadian Peacekeeper-Canadian Grenadier Guards (CGG).  In addition, Daycare Staff Members and selected classes from cycle one created 3Dposters and creations about Remembrance Day for the Veteran’s Hospital in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. A display table was created at the main office and Library for all student submissions.  

 

The following EMSB schools held Remembrance Day observances on Thursday, November 6:

  • Coronation Elementary School in Côte des Neiges observed Remembrance Day with a school-wide assembly. Students observed two minutes of silence, which was followed reflections on the sacredness of life.  

 

  • Mountainview Alternative High School in Côte St. Luc  observed Remembrance Day with a school-wide assembly. Students  honoured and paid tribute to Canadian peacekeepers and marked the 70th anniversary of the Italian Campaign, the 75th anniversary of World War II and the 100th anniversary of World War I. Additionally, students honored Canadian Forces members Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, whom were killed in the recent terrorist attacks in Ottawa and St. Jean sur Richelieu. Veterans, dignitaries and current Canadian Forces members were on hand for the ceremony.  

The following EMSB schools held Remembrance Day observances on Friday, November 7:

  • Hampstead Elementary School participated in a celebration of Peace and Remembrance.  Students and staff were provided with opportunities to reflect upon what peace truly means, and who plays, and has played, a role in creating peace.  The celebration included special video presentations, poems, student readers, and music, as well as an opportunity to experience the Last Post, minute of silence, and reveille. Students from Royal West Academy provided a musical reflection presentation as well.   .
  • Merton Elementary School in Côte St. Luc observed Remembrance Day with a school-wide assembly. Students observed two minutes of silence, which was followed by reflections on the sacredness of life.  
  • MIND High School in the Plateau observed Remembrance Day with a school-wide assembly. Students observed two minutes of silence, which was followed by reflections on the sacredness of life.  

 

The following EMSB schools held Remembrance Day observances on Monday, November 10:

  • Three formal Remembrance Day Ceremonies were held at Royal West Academy in Montreal West.  The ceremonies included an official flag party from 1 West Montreal Air Cadet Squadron, guest speakers Lieutenant-Commander Padre Carol A. Bateman as well as Master Corporal Richard Quintal, National Governor of the Air Cadet league of Canada Lloyd Macintyre, representatives of the Air Cadet League of Canada,  and honoured members of the veteran community.  Music was provided by the Royal West Academy Honour Band.  The ceremonies served as an opportunity for students and staff to pay tribute to and remember in prayer, words, and music those who have died in the fight for freedom in prayer and the ceremonies also included lighting of the Peace Candles, a minute of silence, Last Post and reveille. The experience provided the opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices made, past and present, and on the role we each individually can and must play in creating peace in our world. The goal of the ceremonies was to empower each person attending to realize the true gift of peace and freedom.   
  • Marymount Academy International in N.D.G. observed Remembrance Day with a school-wide assembly. Students will observe two minutes of silence, which was be followed reflections on the sacredness of life.
  • Rosemount High School observed Remembrance Day with a school-wide assembly. Students will observe two minutes of silence, which was be followed reflections on the sacredness of life.  
  • Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Leonard conducted a bilingual Remembrance Day ceremony over the PA system in order to address the entire school. A honour table was created for the family of Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent. There was also an honour table with six symbolic candles lit in honour of the six million Jewish people who were killed during World War II. 
  • John Paul I Junior High School in St. Léonard  conducted a bilingual Remembrance Day ceremony over the PA system in order to address the entire school. A honour table was created for the family of Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent. Warrant Officer Steven Leroux took part in the morning's symbolic ceremony and also conducted an interactive Remembrance Day session with cycle 1 and 2 students about his life as a Canadian Solider.

The following EMSB schools held Remembrance Day observances on Tuesday, November 11:

  • Edinburgh Elementary School in Montreal West participated in a celebration of Peace and Remembrance.  Students and staff had the opportunity to reflect upon what peace truly means, and who plays, and has played, a role in creating peace.  The celebration included special video presentations, poems, student readers, and music, as well as an opportunity to experience the Last Post, minute of silence, and reveille. Students from Royal West Academy provided a musical reflection presentation as well.   
  • Cedarcrest Elementary School in St. Laurent observed Remembrance Day with a school-wide assembly. Students will observe two minutes of silence, which was be followed reflections on the sacredness of life. For more information, please contact Katie Leggitt: kleggitt@emsb.qc.ca.

  • John Paul I Junior High School in St. Leonard organized a Remembrance Day Celebration for the entire school. The assembly was coordinated by the Administrative Team ( Ms. L. Amato and Ms. T. Alvares) and Spiritual Community Animator (Mr. V. Lacroce) in Region 1. The activity was also spearheaded by Secondary 2 International Baccalaureate students who were instrumental in the development of the program. We would like to thank Captain Corey Anhorn, (Canadian Peacekeeper-Canadian Grenadier Guards (CGG)) who took part in the school wide presentation along with Ms. V. Da Silva, student teacher at John Paul, who also helped in the preparation of the JP1 student masters of ceremonies. John Paul I also unveiled a 4 foot by 6 foot banner of Respect for the Canadian forces and in particular Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent who were unfortunately killed this year. The banner was placed outside of the school for all to see.
  • James Lyng High School in St. Henri commemorated Remembrance Day with guest speaker Master Corporal. Eric Hashburn and Corporal. James Santos from the Canadian Forces, both currently reservists. Master Corporal Hashburn spoke about the importance of Remembrance Day, as well as his experiences and tragedies on his tour in Afghanistan. Corporal James Santos spoke about his experience as a witness and hostage during the terrible Dawson College shooting, and how that shaped him to want to help others and to join the Armed Forces. 
  • St. Monica Elementary in N.D.G. held a Remembrance Day assembly with a WWII veteran Mr. Ray Playfair, as well as Black Watch member and bagpiper Mr. Jeff McCarthy. Several student helpers read poetry, reflections, and prayers - all with the important message to be peacemakers in their everyday lives. Following the assembly, Mr. Playfair met with the Grades 5 and 6 to speak more in depth about his experiences as an infantry officer during the war.
  • St. Gabriel Elementary in Pointe St. Charles held a Remembrance Day assembly with Royal Canadian Legion Provincial Command member Mr. Roger Agnessi. He spoke to the students about how they have the power to help bring forth a more peaceful world through their own actions and contributions. In addition, several student helpers read poetry, reflections, and prayers - all with the important message to be peacemakers in their everyday lives. Aside from the assembly, students in grades 3 to 6 created wonderful postcards of thanks for the veterans in Saint-Anne Hospital. 

  • Royal Vale School in N.D.G. held Remembrance Day assemblies with Lt. Hovig Maghakian as well as bagpiper Mr. Jeff McCarthy, both from the Black Watch. Several student helpers read poetry, reflections, and prayers - all with the important message to be peacemakers in their everyday lives. Aside from the assembly, students in grades 3 to 6 created beautiful postcards of thanks for the veterans in Saint-Anne Hospital. 
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Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca