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Norland School No. 1115, year 1942.


from the Minnedosa Tribune

June3, 1927

A public meeting was held in Scandinavia School for the preparation of the celebration of Canada's Diamond Jubilee to be observed in the schools on June 3rd. It was decided that Scandinavia School would invite the people from Nedrob School District and Norland School District.

As it was inconvenient for the Norland School to get down to Scandinavia by 9 o'clock, it was decided that the children would have morning exercises in their own school and leave for Scandinavia School at 12:30 P.M.

The first thing on our home program was the raising of the "Union Jack", after which the children sang "God Save the King". The "Maple Leaf Forever", and "0 Canada". I then outlined the progress of Canada relating to their own parent's progress and their own hopes in the years to come. A suitable selection was then recited. "The Children's Song" by John Kopeechuk. Lena Zwarich then recited "Morning Hymn." Mary Labiuk read "0 Canada". The children had their lunch and our short program concluded by lighting some firecrackers and singing "God Save the King", before lowering the flag. The children were then taken to Scandinavia School in two wagons driven by Alfred Johnson and Jack Thompson.

We arrived at Scandinavia School and enjoyed a short speech by Mr. W. Franks. Patriotic verses were then recited by children of the Scandinavia School.

Norland School was then called upon to give her contribution to the program. Cavell Thompson recited "Children of the Empire". This was followed up by a


short "Empire Day Pageant. " The characters being:

Britannia M. Yellowlees
India Margaret Thompson
Australia Lillian Thompson
England Mamie Thompson
Canada Cavell Thompson

Peter Semenchuk acted as Page, introducing each country to "Mother Britannia", as they came in telling her of the work each one was doing in its own country. As it was not possible to have all the countries represented by pupils, conversation between the visiting countries, and "Mother Britannia" named all the countries belonging to the "Empire". A short verse concluded the pageant. After repeating this we sang "God Save the King" .

Peter Semenchuk was then called upon to recite "England", followed by a recitation "In Flanders Fields", by Margaret Thompson. Lillian Thompson recited "Kitchener". The Norland School then stood and sang "The Maple Leaf Forever".

As this was the conclusion of our program, Mr. W.E.

Franks extended his thanks and welcome to our school. I then on behalf of the school trustees, the pupils and myself thanked the committee and pupils of Scandinavia School for the invitation extended to us.

The children marched out and stood in front of the flagpole. As Claude Waterton raised the flag, the children and all sang "0 Canada". We then saluted the flag.

A program of sports took place in the schoolyard. The games the children played were: "The Farmers in the Dell", "Here We Go Gathering Nuts in May", and "Last Couple Out". These games were followed by a Treasure Hunt. After the hunt was over, we had a Peanut Scramble.

A program of races then took place. The races were run according to the size of the girls and boys. Reverend Odelberg, Jack Thompson, and W.E. Franks were the officers. There were the ordinary 100 yard dashes, but there were also novelty races which were: Three Legged Races, Wheelbarrow Races, Rabbit Hop Races, Pony Races and Rolling Races.

Two teams were chosen between Norland and Scan­ dinavia Schools for a relay race. Scandinavia School was the winner.

Jumping was another event on our sports program.

Every child that could step took part in this event, and all enjoyed it. An obstacle race was run by the older girls and boys. This ended our program of races.

The bell rang, and we went into the school. Reverend Odelberg as chairman, spoke of the progress of Scan­ dinavia, as he had watched it, but would rather call upon one whom he knew had watched its development. Mr. Peter Christopherson, a real pioneer of Scandinavia, and the Reeve of the Municipality, was called upon to outline the development of this part of the country since 1886.

Mr. Christopherson did not go into details of the progress, but emphasized the progress made by all when nationalities unite as one and he hoped that the girls and boys that were before him would think of themselves as true "Canadians" rather than all for their own nationalities.