Ecole Connaught Community School in Cathedral neighbourhood of Regina. Photo from Heritage Canada.
Regina’s oldest school, Connaught School is welcoming its 100th year of classes.
The old brick building at the corner of Elphinstone and 13th Avenue proudly wears the date 1912 – the year construction was completed.
Camille Dumont is starting Grade eight.
“You go here every day and eventually you forget how old and how beautifully designed it is,” she said.
The two-storey building, which was designed by local architect J.H. Puntin, served as a prototype for other schools in Regina. The class rooms are extra wide, and the windows and ceilings reach high.
Standing out on the front lawn on the first day of school George Becket thinks back. Connaught was his elementary school through the 1940’s.
“There was a very much a separation between boys and girls. There were separate entrances. The south side was the boys and the other side was the girls. It was fairly straight forward -- reading, writing, arithmetic. Sports were not organized in any extent,” said Becket.
Today, the students are asked to keep a USB drive in their backpack. Back when Becket was in Grade seven, students were replacing their fountain pens with the newly invented ball point pen.
For all the innovations students have seen over the past 100 years, time has also become an enemy of this school.