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This article was published 29/5/2015 (666 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The more things change, the more some things stay the same.
A lot has changed along Henderson Highway in the last 100 years. Where once there were fields, now there are houses and businesses. And while Lord Wolseley Elementary School has undergone changes of its own, the solid brick building located at 939 Henderson Hwy. has always been a keystone in the community.
"The school has been used in different ways to meet the needs of the community," Kathy Chody, principal of Lord Wolseley Elementary School, told The Herald. "It was a high school at one point, it housed an elementary school, we had a French immersion program here, we’ve had multi-aged programming here. It’s been such a combination of things."
Today, Lord Wolseley is a K-6 school of 125 students. On Sept. 24 the school will celebrate its 100th anniversary with an evening program (running from 5 to 8 p.m.) including displays, tours, musical performances from students, and refreshments.
"The students are very involved," Chody said. All year, the students have been learning about the history of the school. Each class is working on a different project, to be compiled into a commemorative book celebrating the anniversary.
"Our kindergarten class have been interviewing alumni from the school," Chody explained.
Those stories are being written up (with the help of teachers) and paired with watercolour illustrations by the students. Other classes have been looking at the history of the school playground, researching the history of the area, and reflecting in writing on "awesome moments" at the school.
"It’s a real commemorative piece," Chody said. "We’ll have a copy in our time capsule and some for the library."
It really wouldn’t be a milestone anniversary without a time capsule. Chody said they will also be including a copy of the anniversary evening’s program, a T-shirt with a new Lord Wolseley Wolves logo, among other keepsakes. Murdoch MacKay’s shops class is building the capsule.
Chody said they were hoping to open a time capsule embedded in the school when it was first built in 1915, but they’ve hit a snag.
"We know there was one, because we found an article from 1915 that states what was in it," she said. "But we don’t know where it is. We’ve checked with maintenance, nobody knows where it is, nobody knows what happened to it."
Chody added that she intended to leave clear instructions as to where to 2015 time capsule was located.
In the lead up to the Sept. 24 celebration, Chody and the administration at Lord Wolseley are inviting alumni to submit photos or stories to be posted online.
For more information on, or to get involved in, the Lord Wolseley Elementary School 100th anniversary festivities, call 204-661-2384 or email email@example.com