Wednesday, 29 April 2015

GRADE 8, 1962

Recently we have been sent some excellent photographs.  I am very pleased  to receive them and am very grateful to those who have sent them.  I will get them all posted in the coming weeks. 
Today's photographs have been sent by Sharron Peet (MALONE).  We have a great class  photo from 1962.  Sharron has also supplied the names.  
Here are Sharron's photographs.  I bet they will bring back some memories for you!
Sharron, is this the cover of a Yearbook? If it is, perhaps you would share some of the pictures in it with us? I love the picture and the snow brings back a particular memory for me. One lunch time I, along with a couple of classmates, got caught having a snowball fight with some of our friends from Holy Cross. You can imagine the telling off we got. (Great fun, just the same!)
Is this the cover of a Year book?
From this picture we can see that the School Principal was Sr Mary Mark.  Sr Mark is now over 100 years old and is resident  at Presentation Motherhouse, Cathedral Square.
Grade 8, January 1962
Everyone's name, including the teacher's.
What lovely handwriting you all have.  I see from this list that your teacher was the amazing Sr Mary Luke. 
Sharron has also sent some beautiful First Communion pictures.  This time of the year is traditionally the time for children to make their First Holy Communion so I will post Sharron's pictures in a couple of days.  So, as the saying goes, "watch this space". 
Thank you very much Sharron.  Your help is greatly appreciated. 

Tuesday, 21 April 2015


Today's picture comes from Sandy Martin.  Sandy has given us lots of information about it too.   Sandy said it was Grade 4, the year was 1964/65 and when she started the year in the Fall of 1964 the teacher was Miss Stamp.  Sometime during the year, Miss Stamp left and Mrs White took her place.  Sandy has also given us quite a list of names to accompany the photo.  Here is Sandy's great  photograph.

Front L to R:  Sharon Thistle, Dianne Darcy, Bernadette Coady, Yvonne Wicks, Dianne Browmley, Joan Power, Angela Hawco, Heather McDonald, Joyce Dillon, Patricia Barron, Sandy Woods.
Second L-R: Brenda Hamlyn, Carol Ann Furey, Juanita Scott, Mary Lou McGrath, Lillian Wescott, Anna Gilbert, Ellen Madden, Marion Ivy, Barbara McCormack, Nancy Maher, Christine Carroll, Yvonne Gwenhook(??), Kathy Murphy.
Third L-R: Linda Constantine, Colleen Antle, Jean O'Rielly, Sheila Dillon, Lou Lou Kean, Judy Bell, Mary Hearn, Joanne Moore, Brenda Hurley, Carol Ann Kirkland.
Sandy added: "I hope I have gotten the names correct, if not please feel free to correct them."
Sandy, this is a lovely picture and I am very grateful to you for sharing it with us.  It is certain to bring back some happy memories.  Thanks very much Sandy and if you have anymore treasures from your School Days, either stashed away in a drawer or in your memory bank, we would love for you to share them with us too.

Saturday, 18 April 2015


Today's post comes courtesy of  Kim Barrett-Doyle.  Kim has sent us this picture of St Patrick's Volleyball Team, circa 1983/84. 


The teacher on the right of the photo is Mrs Anne Pennell.  Wendy Power has been kind enough to contact us with some information about the teacher on the left of the photo.  Wendy has identified her as the Gym Teacher, Sharon Martin.  Sharon, who taught at St Patrick's for several years,  is a cousin of Wendy's Mom

I don't have any other names so I have my fingers firmly crossed in the hope of receiving some help from you good followers of this Blog.  If you can add any names or details please send us an email on and we will be forever grateful.

***I am delighted to say that I have received an email from Kelly REARDON  Sampson.  Kelly tells us that she, Kelly Reardon, is the girl in the back row, next to Mrs Martin.  Kelly has promised to gather more names of the team members and send them to us.  That would be really great Kelly. Thank you very much for your interest and for your help.  

Thank you Kim for sharing this picture and the memories it is sure to bring.  Thanks also to Wendy for the information about the Gym Teacher.  We are always delighted, and grateful, to receive pictures, stories and memories so, please everyone, search out your old photographs and send them along to us with a few details.  We will post them here on the School Blog and on its facebook page. 

Thursday, 9 April 2015


Today's post is in memory of a well loved music teacher who died recently, Sr Margaret Smith (formerly Sr Mary Edwardine).
Sr Mary Edwardine, 1958/59
Sr Margaret  taught music at St Patrick's in the  late 1950s and early 1960s.  This was back in the days when Nuns were swathed in yards of black with only hands and face visible.  Fortunately, faces tell a lot about a person and Sr Margaret's face (and smile) told us that here was a Nun who, as well as being pretty, was kind and gentle.  It was no lie for indeed she was kind and gentle.  
As well as wearing "Habits", Nuns also went by a "religious name" given to them when they were received into the Congregation.  So, we knew Sr Margaret as Sr Mary Edwardine!  
Well, as we all know, everything changed after Vatican II.  Out went the "Habits" and out went the compulsory "religious name".  The Sisters were free to return to their Baptismal name  if they wished.  Along with many others,  Sr Edwardine chose that option and returned to her given name of Margaret Smith.
Sr Margaret served in various places in Newfoundland, imparting a love of music to many generations of children.  My own memories of Sr Margaret are of the children's choir at St Patrick's Church, singing at Requiem Masses (LATIN!), Kiwanis Music Festivals and those wonderful Christmas Concerts.  The photograph below was taken during a break in an after school practise for one such Christmas Concert.  Sr Margaret is on the left of the photo and the other Sister is Sr M Thomas.  The year was either 1958 or 1959.  

Sr M Edwardine & Sr M Thomas

At the age of 92 years, Sr Margaret was called home to her Lord on Holy Thursday, 2nd April 2015.  A talented musician, a patient teacher, a kind and gentle lady, and a faithful daughter of Nano Nagle, Sr Margaret Smith will be fondly remembered by all who were fortunate enough to have know her.  May she rest in  peace.
"Margaret Smith
Passed on: April 2nd, 2015
Sister Margaret
(formerly Sister M. Edwardine) Passed peacefully away at Presentation Convent, Cathedral Square, St. John's on Thursday, April 2, 2015, aged 92 years. Predeceased by her parents Margaret and Michael Smith, her brothers Patrick (Marie), Michael, Lawrence and John; her sisters, Catherine (Michael) Stuckless, Rita Smith and Bernardine Smith. Leaving to mourn and celebrate her life are: her sister- in-law Kay (Lawrence dec.) many devoted and attentive nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, relatives and friends and the Presentation Sisters. Sister Margaret is resting at Presentation Motherhouse, Cathedral Square, St. John's. Visitation will take place on Easter Sunday, April 5th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.; Monday, April 6th from 10:00 - 12:00; 2:00 - 4:00, and 7:00 - 9:00, with a Vigil Service at 8:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist on Tuesday, April 7th at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow at the Presentation Cemetery, Cathedral Square."

Saturday, 4 April 2015


These photos are taken from the 1979 yearbook.  They carry no captions so I am not even certain that they are Easter pictures.  However, they look to me like the girls are wearing their Easter Bonnets so I decided to take a chance and post them today.  If anyone can identify the girls or give us any details, please send them to us at and we will add them to the pictures here.  Thanks in advance for your help.
What have we here? 
The Easter Bunny?
It must be Easter!