100 years for Queen Mary Community School

Keely Dakin
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Pancake welcome

Trays full of steaming pancakes greeted the children of Queen Mary Community School their first day back, Tuesday morning.
This isn’t an every year event, said Principle Mark Hastings, but rather an preliminary celebration for the school’s 100-year anniversary in 2013.

Queen Mary Community school students Savannah Johnston 9, Grade 5, and Caitlin Mike, 14, Grade 8, are back at school to begin another year. Tuesday morning is the first day back after summer break and students were welcomed with pancakes in celebration of Queen Mary Community School’s 100-year anniversary of existence.

Hastings stood greeting the scores of children and parents as they thronged through the doors to chow down on pancakes and register with the receptionist.

“It helps them to be more at ease,” said Hastings, who’s just starting his second year at the school this year.

Shoes and hats came off as the children crossed the threshold and scores of glossy chestnut coloured heads bee-lined it for the cafeteria where they could scoop up a serving of pancakes and sausages.

This year the halls will be filled with around 450 students, said Hastings.

Caitlin Mike, 14, is entering Grade 8 this year and says she is looking forward to the year ahead. Mike has been at Queen Mary for six years and will be moving on to high school next year.

More centennial celebrations will continue throughout the 2012/2013 school year, he says.

The school spans a century of the city’s history, from the construction of the LaColle Falls Dam and the school’s building in 1913, to the Spanish Influenza outbreak in 1918, to a complete burn-down of the original building in 1980.

Organizations: Queen Mary Community School

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