Collection MG212 - Grand Manan School Graduations, Reunions, Memorabilia Collection

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Grand Manan School Graduations, Reunions, Memorabilia Collection

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CA GMA MG212

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  • 1943, 1948-2019 (Creation)

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10 cm textual documents ; 1 over-sized emblem shield on fiber board

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When the school board offices closed on Grand Manan in 1996, Gleneta Green Hettrick, then the archivist, acquired many records from the office. Additional donations to this collection were added as construction occurred at the schools and more records were found. All records were created by the school associated group.

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This collection contains textual records documenting the Graduation Ceremonies and celebrations around graduations and reunions of graduations on Grand Manan. There are commemorative booklets for most of the graduations.

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MG212 Grand Manan School Graduations, Reunions, Memorabilia File _1__
File contents: Emblem shield made by Grand Harbour School 1943 (over-sized - stored in SMC drawer 7) ; Graduation lists, prize lists, news clippings, invitations and programmes, list of Graduates 1948-1959.
MG212 Grand Manan School Graduations, Reunions, Memorabilia File _2__
File contents: Graduations 1960-1969 : Lists of Graduates ; Ceremony Agendas ; prizes ; correspondence ; news clippings ; invitations ; Centennial Graduates Club account
MG212 Grand Manan School Graduations, Reunions, Memorabilia File _3__
File contents: Graduations 1970-1979 : Lists of Graduates ; Ceremony Agendas ; news clippings ; invitations
MG212 Grand Manan School Graduations, Reunions, Memorabilia File __4_
File contents: Graduations 1980-1989 - Elementary and High School : Lists of Graduates ; news clippings ; invitations
MG212 Grand Manan School Graduations, Reunions, Memorabilia File _5_
File contents: Graduations 1980-1999 : news clippings ; invitations ; Student Handbook 1996-97
MG212 Grand Manan School Graduations, Reunions, Memorabilia File _6__
File contents: Graduations 2000 - 2009 : news clippings ; invitations
MG212 Grand Manan School Graduations, Reunions, Memorabilia File _7__
File contents: Graduations 2010 - 2019 : news clippings ; invitations
MG212 Grand Manan School Graduations, Reunions, Memorabilia File _8__
File contents: Graduations 2020 - 2029 : news clippings ; invitations
MG212 Grand Manan School Graduations, Reunions, Memorabilia File _9__
File contents: Reunions 1987 - 1991 for classes from 1934 to 1977

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The first Graduation at Grand Manan High was in 1944. It was held in the Masonic Hall at Woodwards Cove. There were five graduates, Faith Beale, Doris Richardson, Ethel Guptill, Molly Ingalls, Molly Greene. When the new High School was opened in 1948, ceremonies were held in the school from then on.

History of Education on Grand Manan Island - The first schools on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, were started shortly after the arrival of the first English-speaking settlers in the eighteenth century, with schools built in each settlement as soon as the settlers were able. The earliest recorded teachers grant was for Magnus Green to teach in the North Head - Castalia area of Grand Manan in 1845. By 1851, five teachers were receiving grants and there were four 'school houses' here. By 1861, there were six schools. Most village school instruction reached a level close to the present Junior high. Until 1943, education was an activity of each village, with some students going to other village schools for later grades when those grades were not offered in their own villages.
New Brunswick’s, and in turn Grand Manan’s, education system became increasingly centralized as the century progressed. In the first half of the 20th century, education was administered and funded by county-level governments. By the late-1940s, mainland communities were establishing regional school districts to give rural students the opportunity to have a full high school education. Parents on Grand Manan asked for similar opportunities, and a high school was established on temporary quarters in the 1943-1944 school year. Grand Manan’s new consolidated high school was opened in Grand Harbour in 1949.
The next wave of changes came in the late-1960s. First, in 1967, a new high school opened behind Grand Harbour’s old high school, and the latter was turned into a junior high. Next, in 1968, as part of the provincial government’s Equal Opportunity program, the Department of Education in Fredericton assumed administrative and financial responsibility for education throughout the province, and Grand Manan, in turn, was made School District 22. 1978 was the last year the community schools on Grand Manan were operating. In 1979, students were transported by bus to the central Grand Harbour location. The junior high school became the only elementary school for students on Grand Manan. The elementary school on outlying White Head Island, however, remains operational in 2019.
The third and latest wave of changes began in the mid-1990s. In 1996, the Department of Education reduced the number of school districts, and, in 1997, it instituted province-wide kindergarten programs. As a result, the district office on Grand Manan was closed in 1996 (Grand Manan became part of District 10, centered in St. Stephen), and the high school was renovated and expanded in 1999 in order to accommodate students from kindergarten to grade twelve as well as a new library and gymnasium. The former junior high—the structure built in 1949—was demolished the same year that the newly expanded school re-opened.
Source: Gleneta Hettrick and Ava Griffin Sturgeon

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