NESBITT SCHOOL CELEBRATES WITH A CENTENNIAL GALA! by Daniel Smajovits
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Nesbitt School Centennial Song

Lyrics by: Gr. 6 Students from 2001-2011

There is a school named Nesbitt
It used to be so small
Now this school is gigantic
With very very big halls

Depuis l’école de rang
Elle a survecu les temps
Nesbitt est là , la voilà!
Vivante toujours elle sera

Nesbitt est devenue très grande
Car ce sont les enfants qui l’ ont faite
Je pense que Nesbitt a de la magie
Je sors mon crayon, mon papier et j’ écris

REFRAIN

Il y a cent ans déjà
Beaucoup d’ enfants dans l’école  de rang
Rosemont était son nom
Elle est nommée Nesbitt en 1950

Once it seemed big and scary
But as I grew
It became bright and airy
With each passing year the more I knew

Nesbitt ancienne et tant aimée
Elle nous appartient
Ses générations changent
Mais le travail reste le même

Times of learning ,  laughter and tears
We grew and faced our fears.
Even though we may have trouble
Always teachers to the rescue

Tous les jours on se lève
Pour célébrer nos rêves
Tous unis et forts , on s’ ouvre aux autres
Tes cent ans méritent d’ être célébrés

REFRAIN

We will always remember Nesbitt
From the roots we were
To the blossomed trees we’ ve become

Au fil des années tant d’ amitiés
Le temps passe si vite
Tous ces moments gravés
Dans notre mémoire

We had fun times with friends
So precious to all of us
Memories that will never be forgotten
Nesbitt is standing tall

People hear our story
Join in our freedom song
Clap your hands and celebrate
This great big anniversary

REFRAIN

Our pride is strong
And it will never be gone
Touching our hearts for 100 years
Nesbitt deserves our cheers

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ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO AT NESBITT
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CENTENNIAL THROUGH THE EYES OF NESBITT STUDENTS

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From the oldest alumnus in 94-year-old Anne Leach to the next graduating class represented by the Grade 6 choir, throngs of current and former administrators, teachers, support staff and students represented the years in between and came together recently to raise their glasses and celebrate the centennial of Nesbitt Elementary School in Rosemount.

From its humble beginnings as Rosemount Public High School in 1911, Nesbitt has grown into a staple of the Rosemount community and the impact of the institution was on display through the generations of alumni who flocked home to rejoice in their former school’s celebration. There was music from an alumni band, cocktails, refreshments, three birthday cakes and a grand fireworks display. The evening was supported by a variety of sponsors and coordinated by an organizing committee consisting of staff and parents.

“When I came to this school it was known as Rosemount Public School and I am told today the reason the name was changed to Nesbitt was because Rosemount High School was built.,” said 94-year-old Anne Leach, the oldest alumnus in attendance who drove from Cornwall, Ontario to be a part of the celebration. “My mother registered me here in 1923 and I left in 1930 to attend Montreal High School in September, 1930. It’s a joy to be back after all these years.”

Celebrating along with Leach at the gala was a veritable who’s who of English Montreal School Board brass such as Director General Robert Stocker, Chairman Angela Mancini, Vice-Chairman Sylvia Lo Bianco and Commissioners Agostino Cannavino, Julien Feldman, James Kromida, and Rocco Barbieri. 

“Nesbitt is really an institution in itself,” said Mr.Cannavino, whose ward encompasses Nesbitt.  “One hundred years is a special milestone and something to really be proud about. I’m proud to be the commissioner, to represent the school as it celebrates this milestone. It’s an important institution for the community. Tonight is a commitment by everybody to demonstrate what Nesbitt means to them. Working with Nesbitt, I have met a lot of great people, great parents. The children are really keen and feel a part of the school and so do the alumni. People have returned tonight to celebrate this special event, it’s a big party and I’m really happy to be here.”

“I didn’t expect the emotion behind being here. It’s wonderful to meet old friends, staff, support staff, parents and even students. I can’t say it in words, but that is gratifying.” added Robert Kouri, Principal of Nesbitt School from 1967-1970. “There’s a history behind 100 years, the students, where they are now and what happened to them. Some of the students that left here became doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers and so on. The branches of Nesbitt are being watered every day because there’s so much history behind it.”

While the throngs of attendees spent much of the evening seeing old faces and reminiscing about the past, guests were entertained by the wonderful music of a band consisting of Nesbitt alumni as well as the Grade 6 choir, who wrote a song specifically for the gala. Following wine, cheese and a special Centennial cake which capped the indoor celebrations, guests flocked outside to watch the grand finale: a vivid fireworks display which was 100 years in the making.

For current members of the Nesbitt community and representatives from the EMSB, the celebration was the culmination of a year of festivities and yet another example of the effect a school has not just on its students, but its surrounding community.

“This is a wonderful celebration; we started planning this gala in September, and to make this a very special year, every month we had a different activity,” said present-day Principal Mary Theophilopoulos. “This gala was planned so we can honor our school, who for 100 years, has produced wonderful citizens and has provided excellent educational experiences to students, staff and administrators. It’s just amazing to walk in the gym and hear the speaking, reminiscing and seeing everybody walking down memory lane, it’s just wonderful. It’s a very special evening.”

“This is a school that has a lot of history and comes from a community that, over 100 years, has survived many changes,” added Ms. Mancini. “I think tonight is wonderful. Tonight is part of the spirit of the school; all the people who came had memories of the school, there’s an attachment to the school, to the community, to the families of this area, I think it’s absolutely wonderful.”

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ONE HUNDRED YEARS AT NESBITT SCHOOL by Daniel Smajovits
  • 2 1950's Classroom
    This is what a typical classroom looked like at Nesbitt in the 1950's
  • 3 1950's Classroom
    This is what a typical classroom looked like at Nesbitt in the 1950's
  • 3 1950's Classroom
    This is what a typical classroom looked like at Nesbitt in the 1950's
  • 5 Spud Bunnies
    In the 1950's students created art projects in school just like today. These students made spud bunnies! What do you think they are made of?
  • 5 Nesbitt Students in the 1950's
    Students wore unifoms back in the 1950's. Do you wonder if they got dirty playing in the grass with their white uniforms on at recess?
  • 5 Nesbitt Students in the 1950's
    It looks like it was a really sunny day because some of the students are trying to shade their eyes from the sun!
  • 5 Nesbit Students in the 1960's
    Do you think these students are singing a song? What song do you think they are singing?
  • 5 Nesbitt School Building 1967
    This is how the Nesbitt school building looked like in 1967, it didn't change much did it?
  • 5 Kindergarden 1967
    In 1967 Seasame Street is broadcast on TV for the first time and Elvis Presley marries Priscilla in Las Vegas.
  • 4 Grade 1 1968
    In 1968 the price of a loaf of bread is 21 cents and the most popular television show was Laugh-In. One of the most popular music groups is the Beatles. Sir Pierre Elliot Trudeau was elected Prime Minister of Canada.
  • 5 Kindergarten 1970
    In 1970 Apollo 13 mission to the moon is abandoned, the first ever Earth Day is celebrated.
  • 5 1970 Staff Photo
    Here is another staff photo taken in 1970. Looks like the Principal has a lot of pretty ladies around him!
  • 5 Nesbitt School Building 1972
    Nesbitt school still looks the same even in 1972
  • 5 Staff 1974
    A staff photo taken in 1974, you can start to see that people are wearing different types of fashion each year.
  • 5 Student Life in the 1970's
    It looks like teachers and students played games together in the 1970's and boys and girls learned square dancing in Gym class.
  • 5 Student Life in the 1970's
    Students back in the 1970's learned about science and had story time just like we do today.
  • 5 Student Life in the 1970's
    The little girl in the corner seems to really like her soup. Can you guess how old she could be today?
  • 5 1974 Yearbook Photos
  • 5 1974 Yearbook Photos
  • 5 1974 Yearbook Photos
  • 5 1974 Yearbook Photos
  • 5 Pre-K 1983
    In 1983 compact discs were first sold in stores, and Pioneer 10 is the first man-made object to leave the solar stystem.
  • 5 Staff 1983
    Staff photo of 1983. It seems like a lot of Principals like to have pretty ladies sitting with them.
  • 1 Kindergarten 1985
    In 1985 the first version of Microsoft Windows was released. The movie Back to the Future was #1 at the box office and Brian Mulroney was Prime Minister of Canada

When the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, Nesbitt School in Rosemount will officially celebrate its 100th year as a Montreal educational landmark.

Established in 1911, this English Montreal School Board institution has been a staple of the community for generations, continuing today as a vital hub of activity, using their centennial of expertise to mould young minds.

Current students took to the school’s field on September 15th to form a “100” on the school’s soccer field and launch 100 balloons into the sky. Parents, teachers and members of the community were all on hand to officially kick off what is sure to be a memorable year.

While minor events dot the calendar throughout 2010 and 2011, a busy second half of the year is sure to keep the community buzzing as two events are planned which will fuse both current students and Nesbitt Alumni.

A special gala is slated to reunite scores for a soiree celebrating the school’s centennial, while a second party will honour the current students at the school when friends and family will be invited to view their artistic talents through multiple plays and concerts.

“I started my teaching career at Nesbitt School in 1962 and spent six wonderful years there,” said Helen Slavin. “I started teaching at age 18 and my students were 12 years old so you can imagine what that was like but I loved every minute of my Nesbitt years.”

“I remember in 1964 going to Nesbitt School from Ogilvie School for Home Economics and the boys went for Wood Working,” added Wendy Mosley. “We used to go every Friday afternoon. Of course after school you went to the Rosemount Baths for some swimming. Such great memories!”

In honour of the milestone, this website was also designed specifically for Nesbitt. Throughout the year, it will provide updates on all the festivities at the school through articles, photos and videos as well as take users on an online journey through the history books back to 1911.