Updates – Part 1: Spiro Couris (please see Comment below) has noted that the school that Claire refers to was Elmgrove. Jean Anne Mason Ouelle, in an additional Comment, has also affirmed that the school was Elmgrove.
By way of an additional update on the discussion, I also want to note that there has been a reference in a previous post, related to Cartierville School, indicating that there was an experimental Grade 7 French immersion program in place at one point at Cartierville School:
At the latter post, Janet notes: “In 1969 the school board transferred the last regular classes out of Cartierville to Parkdale elementary, very different from our old Cartierville! Cartierville was to become the first experimental grade 7 French immersion school.”
One way to get further corroboration would involve a discussion among Claire and the above-noted Elmgrove graduates, to determine if they were part of the same of overlapping social networks at the school, or if they share memories of details about the architecture of the school, and other physical details related to the setting.
Updates – Part 2:
Spiro Couris Athina Maroudas writes, at the Malcolm Campbell High School Grads Facebook page:
From an article in the Gazette June 1970. Elmgrove School was the experiment in 1969-70. The PSBGM expanded it to other schools in the 1970-71 school year. Other schools such as Cartierville took it up in 1970-71:
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At the above-mentioned Facebook page, I have noted:
This is most interesting information, Spiro! I will add this detail as an Update to the original Post at the Preserved Stories website. I much appreciate your help in enabling us to find these most important archival details.
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To bring attention to the above-noted second update, I have written a separate post dedicated to it:
Updates – Part 3:
At the Malcolm Campbell High School grads Facebook page, Glenda Gilpin-Bisig has added:
I attended Cartierville school as the first French class there in 1970. It was the 2nd school to open Fr Immersion after Elmgrove. We had 7 classes of Gr. 7s!
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At the above-mentioned Facebook page I have noted:
Wonderful to know! It’ is so valuable to know the sequence: Elmgrove followed by Cartierville.
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A previous post is entitled:
A comment from Claire at the above-noted post on June 11, 2016 reads:
Hi. Can anyone tell me if this is the same Cartierville School that I attended 1970-71 in its first year as a “French Immersion School”? This was where the top x number of pupils of grade 6 in English speaking elementary schools in the Montreal region (I was at Roxboro Elementary) were given the chance to do grade 7 “immersed” in the French language, in readiness for French becoming Quebec’s 1st language The only time we were allowed to speak English was during English lessons. It was the best year of my life, only to go on to the worst year of my life when my parents moved us to England (they left there in 1956 with my older brother, aged 2, for a new start after my older sister died aged 51 days). I haven’t been able to find any mention of Cartierville as an immersion school, and would love to find out what happened to all my old friends.
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Can anyone tell us if this is indeed the same Cartierville School?
Further question from Claire
Claire has also posted a comment at a post that I had forgotten about (my memory at times does not serve me well, which is the reason I need to write many things down, or I would either forget them or else my recollection of them would be off the mark); the post is entitled:
At the latter post Claire writes the following comment:
Janet’s post is the first mention of Cartierville being the test French Immersion School. I was in that 1st test year and am desperately trying to find information about it during this time, to try and reconnect with my class mates. It was the best year of my life. The following year was the worst of my life as my parents moved us to England, from where they had emigrated to Canada in 1956 (I’ve left a post on another page here and think I said 1953, not that it matters 🙂 ).
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It turns out you did say 1956, Claire. It’s my hope that people reading this post will help you find the information that you need. I’m pleased to say that through our previous stories about Cartierville School, some people have been able to re-connect with old classmates that they otherwise would not have been able to re-connect with. It’s such a great thing when people can re-connect after these many years!