Featured Stories

Britannia Secondary School Field Trip (June 03 – 06, 1971)

October 15, 2020

by Derek Grant   BACKGROUND At the time I organised this field trip, I was in my third year of teaching, and my second year as a member of the Britannia Secondary School’s Social Studies Department. Vancouver teachers were being encouraged to see the world outside their classrooms as offering rich opportunities for learning. A four-day [...]

THE HISTORY OF THE ORIGINAL KERRISDALE SCHOOL

April 3, 2020

Kerrisdale School, 1925   THE HISTORY OF THE ORIGINAL KERRISDALE SCHOOL                                                                                                                 by Oliver Matisz                                                          [...]

‘The Romance of Vancouver’s Schools’ (1911)

November 21, 2019

Hastings Mill, 1886   The text for this Feature Story is taken from an article published in 1911 in the British Columbia Magazine, Vol. VII, No. 6. The photos featured in the article are from the Vancouver School Board District Archives and the City of Vancouver Archives.   THE ROMANCE OF VANCOUVER’S SCHOOLS by A. M. Ross, B.A. In [...]

History of Strathcona Elementary School: 1891 to 1961

March 27, 2019

  The following excerpts are from the book  STRATHCONA SCHOOL 1873 – 1961, published in 1961: FOREWORD When Mr. Carl Barton, principal of Strathcona School, proposed that the story of our school be written, he had in mind the recording of highlights that might be of interest to past and present pupils and to visitors, rather than a [...]

Vancouver High School 1890 – 1908

March 16, 2019

 (L) Vancouver High School (1893 – 1904)     (R) Vancouver High School (1905 – 1908)   (All written passages are taken from THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS – VANCOUVER HIGH SCHOOLS 1890 – 1940, published by the Vancouver School Board in 1940.) PART ONE             TEMPORARY HOMES: Central School; a two-room wooden [...]

Fairview School of Commerce

February 28, 2019

History of the FAIRVIEW HIGH SCHOOL OF COMMERCE to 1940.                                                                                                                                           Author: Mr. W. K. Beech, M.A. (Queen’s), Principal of the Fairview School. [...]

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 [...]
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