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Grade 7 (1970-1971) picture from Elmgrove French Immersion

"Discovered my Grade 7 pic from Elmgrove French Immersion. 1970-71. A good chunk of these students ended up in MCHS."

“Discovered my Grade 7 pic from Elmgrove French Immersion. 1970-71. A good chunk of these students ended up in MCHS.” – Spiro Couris Athina Maroudas. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Spiro Couris Athina Maroudas has posted this great photo at the Malcolm Campbell High School Grads Facebook page. He has given permission for me to post it at the Preserved Stories website.

He writes on Facebook: “Discovered my Grade 7 pic from Elmgrove French Immersion. 1970-71. A good chunk of these students ended up in MCHS.”

We’ve had quite a bit of discussion at this website regarding the French Immersion programs at Cartierville School and Elmgrove School and elsewhere. You can find previous posts by doing web searches using the internal web search function at this website.

I’ve also been reading about how the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal made a point of introducing French Immersion as a strategic move to ensure that the English-language system would be able to address, as best it could, the changes occurring in Quebec following the Quiet Revolution in the 1960s.

The History of Montreal: Th Story of a Great North American City (2007) includes (p. 65) a redrawn version of an older map of Montreal in 1761, a year after the Capitulation of Montreal (that is, after the British takeover of New France following the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759). The map shows Fouberg (Suburb) Saint-Laurent north of the fortified walls of the town. Click on the image to enlarge it; click again to enlarge it further.

The History of Montreal: The Story of a Great North American City (2007) includes (p. 65) a redrawn version of an older map depicting Montreal as it appeared in 1761, a year after the Capitulation of Montreal.  The Capitulation in 1760 occurred subsequent to the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759. The map shows Foubourg (that is, the suburb of) Saint-Laurent north of the fortified walls of the town. The map also shows suburbs to the east and west and the camps of the British occupying forces. The original older map is featured in Opening the Gates of Eighteenth-Century Montreal (1992). Click on the image to enlarge it; click again to enlarge it further.

As well, I’ve been reading about the creation of the St. Laurent suburb (foubourg) and the later creation of the St. Laurent ward. These are topics that I’ve also discussed in recent posts.

The postwar years are a fascinating period in Quebec and Canadian history, which I have also discussed recently in the context of a 1993 film entitled “The Rise and Fall of English Montreal.” Again, if you are interested, you can do a search at this website.

I also like to relate this history to the present moment, the most important time of all, the filter or frame through which the past, and all of life’s experiences, are viewed. Each generation as it emerges, as historians have commented from time to time, looks toward the past from its own particular vantage point.

I’m a strong supporter of French Immersion. There is so much value, as the research about brain development indicates, for children to be learning two or even more languages. I’m pleased to know there is strong interest in French Immersion across Canada. In my experience, the quality of education offered in the French Immersion stream (in both francophone and anglophone instruction) at the Toronto District School Board, by way of example, is from my anecdotal observations of very high and impressive quality.

 

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2 Responses to Grade 7 (1970-1971) picture from Elmgrove French Immersion

  1. Sheila (nee Manuel) says:

    I attended the French immersion program that same year at Elmgrove, my teacher was Madame Barbent (sp). I transferred there from Carlisle school in TMR

  2. Jaan Pill Jaan Pill says:

    This is valuable information, Sheila. We so much appreciate corroboration from site visitors of such details. The name “Elmgrove” is for me like an echo from a distant past and at the same time a word that has never left my consciousness.

    I attended Cartierville School, Laurentide School, and Morison School in the 1950s my primary (starting with kindergarten) school having been Van Horne School which was close to where we lived near the Snowdon district in Montreal, before we moved to Cartierville. I did not attend Elmgrove but quite a few people I know in those years attended it.

    Elmgrove School and the schools I’ve mentioned along with the No. 17 Cartierville streetcar are among the things that stay fresh in mind, close at hand.

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