Two schools, Pinecrest Memorial Public School and Queen Elizabeth Public School, closed in the last two years and I have fond memories of both.
I started teaching at Pinecrest in 1983. Wow, that was a long time ago. It was like a family. The staff was very close. We didn’t have 40 minute lunch breaks; we weren’t given a set amount of preparation time; I had 36 students in my first class; we supervised the yard; and kids got along, for the most part. It was a community and we loved it; staff and students alike.
I also had the pleasure of being a substitute principal at Queen Elizabeth over the last three years. The children played nicely, for the most part, and there was a sense of pride. They had musicals, played sports, and went on trips. Staff and students have very many great memories of their time at “Queen E”.
We, in the community, have an opportunity to celebrate our years at these two wonderful schools and to say goodbye to them formally at a reunion on June 8 at the community centre in Picton. Please come out and enjoy. I hope to see everyone there.
Three cheers for the QEMA organizers in their attempt to bring us together for a grand party!