MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 22, 2005- Students and staff from the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) were active in commemorating Remembrance Day.
Westmount Park Elementary School held separate Remembrance Day ceremonies for the junior and senior students.
Gardenview Elementary School in St. Laurent held separate ceremonies as well. There were poetry readings, a reflection on the significance of the poppy, a drama on human rights staged by the Grade 5 and 6 students and the laying of wreaths in memory of Canadian soldiers who gave their lives in World Wars I and II, Korea, the Gulf War and Afghanistan. The school also had a display window that was put together by staff and Spiritual Community Animator Mike Shaw, which featured an audio-visual presentation on local personalities who were involved in the wars that Canada fought in.
Under the guidance of Spiritual Community Animator Daniel Sup, students, parents, and staff at John Caboto Elementary School in Ahuntsic took some quiet time to reflect on the sacrifices Canadians made to defend our freedom. The children were treated to a little skit presented by Mr. Sup which allowed them to understand how fortunate we are to live in Canada. Students were also treated to several videos, one presenting the poem "In Flanders Field" written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae in 1915. Mr. Stephan Gaines, a member of The Black Watch (The Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada, played the bagpipes on the 11th to help everyone to remember to appreciate the sacrifices of others.
John Grant High School in Côte St. Luc held a Remembrance Day ceremony which included an appearance by peacekeepers from the 3rd Field Engineering Regiment.
Sinclair Laird Elementary School in Park Extension held a ceremony featuring two special guests: Jeff McCarthy, a peacekeeping veteran and main pipe musician for the Department of National Defence (DND) Reserves, and Major Pelletier of the Royal Montreal Regiment. The two performed a military-style Remembrance Day ceremony that was actually conducted at their base. Spiritual Community Animator Puynung Choy lit three candles with each one representing the soldiers and families from the major wars of the 20th century: WWI, WWII and Korea.
McLearon Elementary School in Pointe aux Trembles conducted observances with guest speakers Master Corporal Russell of the Canadian Armed Forces, Mrs. Crichton of the Royal Canadian Legion and Father McEntee, a World War II Royal Canadian Navy veteran. A musician from the Canadian Armed Forces played "O Canada," "Amazing Grace" and "Last Post/Reveille" during the assembly.
Honoré Mercier Elementary School in St. Léonard held three separate ceremonies.
Royal West Academy in Montreal West conducted three separate Remembrance Day ceremonies.
Merton Elementary School in Côte St. Luc commemorated Remembrance Day with a traditional observance and several veterans from some of the students’ families paid visits to different classes throughout the school. They also conducted an assembly with its Cycle 3 – Year 1 classes. EMSB Spiritual Community Animator Catherine Cherry addressed the students with her own personal story of how the power of the bonds of friendship can break the violence of war.
Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North commemorated Remembrance Day with a short service that was delivered over the school’s P.A. system to the entire school population.
Michelangelo Elementary School honored the veterans’ contribution to Canada at an assembly that was held on the eleventh day at the eleventh hour of the eleventh month. Veterans Bill Rogers and Eunice Brisebois, president of the Royal Canadian Legion branch 173 presented a plaque to the school in order to recognize Michelangelo’s longstanding support of the poppy campaign in Montreal East Music, audio visual presentations and words of wisdom spoken to the children by the veterans made this ceremony both meaningful and memorable for all who were present.
St. Gabriel Elementary School in Pointe St. Charles had a beautiful assembly to celebrate Remembrance Day. This event was commemorated with the help of a special guest speaker, Roger Agnessi, president of the Royal Canadian Legion branch 127. He spoke about the sacrifices that men and women made in order to defend Canada and all of the values for which our great country stands for. The school’s "Spirit Club" and Spiritual Community Animator Miss Linda Luca, also participated in the assembly by reading "Flanders Fields", "The Story of Sadako", and by preparing a special batch of "St-Gabriel & Vezina Canadian PEACE Soup", the ingredients for the soup were: Self-esteem, Love, Forgiveness, Compassion and Humor. If you care about world peace, then please prepare yourself a bowl of our delicious PEACE Soup everyday, and let peace begin here! Then hopefully, one day, no man or woman will ever have to lose their life in the name of peace again.
Pierre de Coubertin Elementary School in St. Léonard conducted four separate Remembrance Day ceremonies.
Carlyle Elementary School in Town of Mount Royal (109 Carlyle) held its assembly with guest speaker John Franken, a World War II veteran from Indonesia, who was featured in the film "Tea at the Embassy."
Elizabeth Ballantyne School in Montreal West will conduct a Remembrance Day ceremony.
Roslyn Elementary School in Westmount began its Remembrance Day observances in the morning with selected classes attending ceremonies at the Westmount cenotaph. This was followed by an assembly at the school gym that featured presentations by several classes.
St. Monica Elementary School in NDG conducted class-by-class Remembrance Day ceremonies throughout the entire day.
Willingdon Elementary School in N.D.G. commemorated Remembrance Day with a traditional observance at 11:00 a.m. and several veterans from some of the students’ families paid visits to different classes throughout the school. Also, an assembly took place on Nov. 14. Catherine Cherry addressed the students with her own personal story of how the power of the bonds of friendship can break the violence of war.
Westmount High School commemorated Remembrance Day with a traditional observance. As well, veterans visited different classes, and a special Remembrance Day display was featured in the school’s lobby.
Marymount Academy in NDG held short Remembrance Day ceremonies with seven of its classes.
At St. Pius X Adult Centre students and staff heard about the significance of Remembrance Day, why we wear the poppy, who John McCrae was and why he wrote In Flanders Fields. Students from the Basic English, Academic and Culinary programs played significant roles. Centre Director Marysa Barassi read from some of the student reflections who had been visited by a group of Veterans on November 4. "The occasion was solemn and all-inclusive," she remarked. "It brought a tear to many an eye and certainly a quiver to my voice. We concluded by singing O Canada with one of our teachers at the piano and her Basic English class leading."
In the days prior to November 10 and 11, the following EMSB schools held these Remembrance Day commemorations: 30 students from John Paul I Junior High School in St. Léonard paid a visit to the Ste. Ann’s Veteran’s Hospital on October 28 and held an assembly on November 9; World War II veteran Bob Larivière visited Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North on November 2 to sell poppies and chat with the students; Edward Murphy Elementary School in the East End held an assembly on November 7 with guest speakers from the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Legion; East Hill Elementary School in RDP held an assembly on November 8 with guest speakers from the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Legion; Royal Vale School in NDG held a ceremony on November 7 that featured World War II veterans Geoff Knowles and Allan Raymond; Edinburgh School in Montreal West held a ceremony on November 8 that featured World War II veteran John Franken; Parkdale Elementary School in St. Laurent held a ceremony on November 9 that also honored Corporal Ainsworth Dyer, a former Parkdale student, who was killed in action in Afghanistan; Frederick Banting School in Montreal North held a celebration of peace and remembrance on November 7; Our Lady of Pompei School in Montreal held three separate ceremonies on November 8; the grade 10 students of Marymount Academy in NDG learned about the meaning of Remembrance Day during two separate sessions on November 7; St. John Bosco School in Ville Emard held ceremonies on November 8, ; Options II School held an assembly that featured a visit by three members of the Grenadier Guards on November 8; Options I School and Elizabeth High School held assemblies on November 9.
Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
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