|Merrick Goldstein 1960s|
Susan Cecile, a Grade 13 student, who wrote a column in the short lived Chapleau Press explained that students who had graduated from the bilingual program at the separate school would be able to take "advanced French instead of the ordinary elementary French", in Grade 9. Plans were to continue it through to Grade 13 for these students.
At that time there were no plans to offer other courses in French, but it was the start of courses for those who spoke French as a first language.
Interestingly, Susan points out that enrolment has jumped to 201 as compared to 136 in the previous year. There were three Grade 9 classes, two Grade 10 and one each for Grades 11, 12 and 13.
|Innocents John Murray, Jim Anderson, Peter Simpson Frank Bignucolo|
Susan commented: "We have found our new teachers enthusiastic, cooperative and just plain terrific".
Susan noted the importance of physical education courses, which were compulsory from grades 9 to 12, with two qualified teachers -- Mr. Gelinas and Miss Kingston. Activities would be held on the playing field and in the "cellar gym".
A skating rink was planned behind the school while there was also a school bowling league with games scheduled once a week at the YMCA lanes. The fee for students was $2.00 a month.
Curling was also popular with 16 teams competing at the Pine Street curling rink after school on weekdays. Playoffs were planned for the end of the season.
To mark the start of the school year, Branch Number 5 of the Royal Canadian Legion dedicated a new flag and flagpole in front of the school, according to the Sudbury Star.
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Photos from Lark Ritchie collection