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Carleton Elementary School – Photos from 1914 – 1959, contributed by Bobbi Senft. (Bobbi was school secretary at Carleton for many years.)

May 4, 2018

(Photo above) Carleton student, Beverley Dean, presents a bouquet of flowers to Queen Elizabeth during a one-day Royal Tour of Vancouver. King George VI stands ready at the car door. This was an unscheduled stop ordered by King George VI after he caught sight of Beverley on a viewing stand holding the bouquet. The stop happened on Kingsway Road [...]

VANCOUVER’S OPEN AIR SCHOOL

March 19, 2018

Vancouver ‘s Open Air School was operated by the Rotary Club.   The first “Open Air” schools appeared in Germany and Britain in the early 1900s. They were seen as playing a key role in eradicating tuberculosis, an often fatal lung disease. Proponents of Open Air schools believed (wrongly, as later research showed) that [...]

Class 8J-9J at Britannia Secondary

March 2, 2018

A history written by Mary Jo Campbell, founder of the 8J-9J program.    The Twins, Dani and Lizzy Nelson, Class of 2003, present Mary-Jo with the plaque they created.   This program was originally part of the Vancouver Free University, and operated from a church, on the East Side of Vancouver. That church became the ‘Vancouver East [...]

The Rise of Alternative Education in the Vancouver School District

March 2, 2018

Students pose on the fire escape outside the Total Ed Alternative School.     Author:  Mary Jo Campbell, Founder of the 8J9J Alternative Program at Britannia Secondary School In the volatile 1960s and the early 1970s, when Alternative Education was born in Vancouver, ideas about education and public education were changing rapidly. It [...]
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