Memories of St. Michael’s Academy
by Joan Cripps with reunion notes from Anne Kane
|Class of 59 and grade 2 classmates|
The second floor was classrooms for grades one to eight. Boys and girls were separated once they reached grade six.
|Hostess & Helper|
Playground for boys was at one end of the school and girls on the other end. Recess was a time to look forward to, as we would gather in the trees at the bottom of the school yard and listen to one of the girls tell spooky stories.
The school was owned and operated by the Sisters. They had a Convent that was approached from St. Michaels through a tunnel and also led to the hospital. The sisters also had a farm, garden, and apple orchard. Every St. Michael’s Day students were treated with baskets of apples.
|Hostess and Helpers|
St. Michael’s Basilica was also close by, as was the Bishops Palace. St. Thomas College wasn’t far from St. Michaels. Hotel Dieu Hospital and Mount St. Joseph were also close by, thus the area became known as “Holy Hill.”
My years at St. Michael’s were very enjoyable, and I look back on them with fond memories.
Last August about 36 people attended the 46th Reunion of Saint Michael’s Academy Class of ‘59 together with their former grade two classmates at the Canadian Legion Branch # 3 in Miramichi (Chatham), New Brunswick.
The hall was beautifully decorated in keeping with the reunion theme, Rock ‘n Roll of the 50’s. The Reunion commenced with Registration and a Meet & Greet on Friday evening, followed by attending the last night of the Folk Song Festival—an energy filled evening! During the Meet & Greet, groups were taken on a tour of the old St. Michael’s Academy. From this sprung many memories and stories.
Saturday morning, some energetic members went for a walk at French Fort Cove, followed by coffee at Tim Horton’s in Newcastle. In the evening, a delicious salmon dinner was served at the Legion. Welcoming address was given by Anne (Whitty) Kane. Grace was said by Martina (Nowlan) McCarthy. Guest speaker was David Walsh, Columnist for the Miramichi Leader.
|Joan and Marie|
Sunday Brunch was served at the Legion. Jean (Whitty) Corbett said grace. Guest speaker, Barry McKenzie, spoke on behalf of St. Michael’s Basilica Museum. Anne Kane thanked the primary organizer of the Reunion, Marie (Duplessis) Sutcliff for all her hard work, and presented her with a copy of The Fighting Fisherman written by former classmate, Ray Fraser. Marie is a big fan of Yvon Durelle.
Half and half draws and door prizes were drawn all weekend to help finance the reunion. Thanks everyone for your wonderful support. The Brunch ended our fantastic Reunion weekend, with plans already in motion for the same group to meet again in four years time.
|Tea Tasting Ladies|
On Monday afternoon Joan Cripps (sister-in-law of one and cousin of another graduate) and Joan Searle hosted a seafood chowder luncheon for the grads. The group sang grace. The daughters of hostess Joan Cripps served lunch.
Following the luncheon there was a gift exchange game, song singing, tea tasting, poetry reading, and viewing of memorabilia from St. Michael’s. The afternoon ended with Marie Sutcliffe presenting thank you gifts to the two hostesses.
All the gals left for home with fond memories of a great four-day weekend.