Tuesday, 27 October 2015


What a group of little cuties we have here!  This gorgeous picture, kindly submitted by Audrey Dawe-Sheppard, is from 1967.  It is Miss Morgan's Afternoon Kindergarten Class and Audrey is in the second row, fourth from the left.  Audrey has very helpfully supplied us with most of the names. Hopefully, someone will be kind enough to help us out with the names that Audrey missed.

****We recently had an email from Diane Evans Fulford. Diane informed us that she is the little blond girl in the front row, seventh left, sitting between Donna Dinn and Cathy Parrell. Thank you so much Diane and if you can help with any other names, I would be pleased and grateful.
Miss Morgan's Kindergarten Class,
St Patrick's Convent, 1967

ROW 1, L-R:  Margaret (Margie) O'Brien, Daphne Howard, Karen Gough, Jackie Kavanagh, Yvonne Evans, Donna Dinn, Diane Evans, Cathy Parrell, Joanne Ryan

ROW 2, L-R: Paulette Dillon, Sandy Ryan, Gloria Thomas, Audrey Dawe, Imelda Bruce, Jackie Turner, Patricia Hollahan, Marie Ford, Cathy Evans, Miss Rosemarie Morgan

ROW 3, L-R: ?, Colleen Murphy, Norma Peddle, Heather McDonald, ?, Helen Oates, Kathy McCarthy, Sandy Kavanagh

ROW 4, L-R: Cathy Sloane, ?, Mary Power, ?, Toni Coady, Sandra Dower, Marie Lundrigan, Michelle Brennan, Heather Baird

****Two more little girls have been named.  I am very pleased to say that Miss Morgan, who taught this class, has been in touch and identified Colleen Murphy Row 3, 2 left and Sandra Dower Row 4, 6 left.  So, many thanks, Miss Morgan, for taking the time to contact us.  We are delighted to hear from you.

Well done, Audrey, for remembering so many names!  Thank you very much for sharing your photo and memory.  As always, we would be delighted to receive more of your photographs or stories to share here on St Patrick’s Convent School Blog and on its facebook page.  Anyone who has anything to submit can send it along to mcallistersmith@gmail.com and we will be happy to share it.

Monday, 19 October 2015


Today's picture comes to us from Ellie Ryall and it  could be a collector's item.  The photo was taken in 1967, a year that was very special for Canada and Canadians as it was Canada's Centennial year. 
Ellie's Class Photo, 1967
 EXPO 67, as it was called, was a World's Fair held in Montreal from 27th April -  29th October 1967 to celebrate Canada's 100th Birthday.  It was said to be the most successful World's Fair of the 20th century.  The list of names that Ellie has sent us clearly shows the Expo Logo that adorned souvenir mugs, tee shirts and other memorabilia of that celebration.  It also has the pictures of Canada's Prime Ministers from 1867 -  1967.  Ellie, I think you have here something very special and worth keeping safe.
The List of Ellie's Grade 5 Classmates,  1967
For those of you who are too young to remember 1967, I am adding a picture of a mug from Expo 67.  As you can see, there are cracks in the glaze.  I am not sure if that tells us that the mug is "old" or that it was "cheap".  Perhaps both!
An Expo 67 Souvenir
Ellie Ryall, I am very grateful to you for sharing your picture and your memories with us.  If you have any other pictures or stories that you would like to share, please send them along to us at mcallistersmith@gmail.com and, as always, we will be more than happy to post them here on the St Patrick's Convent School Blog and on its facebook page. 

Monday, 12 October 2015


I have received a very interesting photo from Pamela (Brown) Hartman.  Pamela graduated from St Patrick's in 1976.  Pamela's mother, WINNIFRED SULLIVAN, is in this picture, front row, fifth from right. 
Winnifred Sullivan Brown is in the very centre of
the front row, 5th right.
The photo, taken in the 1950s, is of Sr Imelda's Commercial Class.  After graduation, many girls went on to do a Business Course, known in those days as "Commercial Class".  Sr Imelda taught Commercial at St Patrick's for many, many years before eventually being transferred to the new High School, Holy Heart of Mary.  Sr Imelda's Commercial graduates were always well instructed and in great demand in offices in St John's.  So highly were they thought of that company bosses and directors would contact the school looking for graduates to fill vacancies in their offices.  Hence, most of the girls would have jobs waiting for them upon completion of their Commercial course.

I am posting a cropped version and the original version of the photo.  The cropped version is to give you a closer look at the girls so that, hopefully, you can identify some of them for us.  I do have someone working on that at the moment but if any of you can help, it would be much appreciated.  (If you click on the pictures they will enlarge!) You can send us any information at mcallistersmith@gmail.com and we will add it to the post.

Sr Imelda's "Commercial Class", 1950s. 
The Deanery Avenue School is in the beacground.
I love the original version of this photo.  The old Deanery Avenue School is in the background.  This School, which opened in 1921, was built as a memorial to the men and boys of St Patrick's Parish who gave their lives in WWI.  Sadly, this School is no more and where it once stood there is now just a vacant lot.  There is nothing, neither plaque nor word nor picture, to remind the populace of the dedicated teachers, the generations of children nor of the brave young men for whom it was meant as a lasting tribute.

Pamela, thank you very much for sharing this beautiful photo with us.  I hope someone will be able to come up with a bit of information for you.

Saturday, 3 October 2015


I really wish that this photo was one of those scratch & sniff cards that were so common around here a couple of years ago.  Why do I wish that?  Well because research shows that odours are especially effective as memory triggers.  More so even than cues from our other senses, such as sights, songs, music or other sounds.  This, I have read, is known as  "odour evoked autobiographical memory".  It is also known as the "Proust phenomenon", after the French writer, Marcel Proust.  OK, now that we have all that brainy stuff out of the way, let's get on with the important things, i.e. this picture!

The picture, submitted by Jackie ENGLISH Guzzwell, was taken in June 1958.  It is a picture of Sr Immaculata's wonderful  Cooking Class. Can you remember how, every Friday afternoon, we all put on those funny little caps & trudged off to the Domestic Science Room which, I must say, was very well appointed & equipped.  We would then spend the next hour or so whipping up something from the inspired and inspiring culinary repertoire of Sr Immaculata.  Sit back, close your eyes and savour once more those tantalising aromas!

In between scoldings for whoever had sneaked into the store cupboard and eaten all the chocolate chips, burnt the sauce or broken the serving dish, we also had lessons on how to  set a table properly.  All those spoons, forks and knives!  Would we ever remember which came first?  Sure we would.  Sister told us it was easy - you just started from the outside and worked in.

What about all that fudge?  We made pounds and pounds of it for the Annual Sale of Work.  Good grief, who bought it?  Did they actually EAT it? 

Sr Immaculata's Cooking Class, June 1958

It is difficult to see the girls at the back but going from the front left and working around the counter to the front right, we can identify some of the girls.  They are:
Anne Whelan, Carol Brothers, Elizabeth Flynn, Mary Glynn, Sheila Glynn, Beth Anne McAllister, Jackie English, Dianne Richards, Marina Grace, Alice Hennessey,  Judy Comerford, Sheila Bulger, Alice Prim, Elizabeth Meaney, (?), Marie Kennedy, Margaret Morrissey,  Geraldine Hearn, Betty Simms, Loretta Maher, (?), Patsy Walsh, Eileen Maher, (?)
Standing behind are (?), (?), Patsy Stafford, Bernice Rose, Brenda Tracey, (?), Cynthia Reddy, (?), Catherine Howell, Barbara Sharpe, Eleanor Simms, Alana Graham, Elizabeth Healey, (?), Anne Frizzell

If you can help with names, send them to  us at mcallistersmith@gmail.com  and we will be very happy to add or correct a name.  We would also love to hear your reminiscences of cooking with Sr Immaculata.

Thanks Jackie for bringing back some wonderful memories.  Who needs scratch and sniff cards anyway?