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The 50’s


In the 50's, the Pearl had an Editorial Page called HIC et ILLE (This and That). Here we are including HIC et ILLE of ND in the 50's

Under the guidance of a beloved principal, Sister Saint Stephanie Marie (Sister Jean Smith), the 50’s saw Notre Dame High School emerge out of its pioneer stage and became a full participant in the education of young women in the east end of Toronto. With the opening of the main building in 1949, students were moved in from portables and from the old Sacred Heart School on Sackville Street and then came the GROWTH!

In a 1981 Pearl contribution, the then principal, Sister Lucille Corrigan writes about the treasures that she found in the Annals of NDHS.

Part of every celebration of a family anniversary includes, sooner later, leafing through the photo album. It is part of a ‘roots’ experience. It doubles the depth of living fully in the present when we also enjoy the past … There are pages of descriptions of fun, hardship, generosity, financial struggle. There is evidence of warm, caring relationships, students with a fierce loyalty to the school they were, and teachers, whose vision of what could be, transformed the dilapidated first school … Hats off to the pioneer staffs and student body … we proudly join you, and  … “sing of Notre Dame the school we charish”


THE 50’s  …..

 Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys was beatified
on  November 12, 1950 by Pope Pius XII 
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Wilma Hynes '58 holding her 50's school uniform


1 Comment

  1. Joan Nisbet (Connor - Utton)'s Gravatar Joan Nisbet (Connor - Utton)
    July 10, 2011    

    Wilma, Thanks for your emails to keep me up to date on Notre Dame happenings. I enjoyed your Youtube segment of the 50’s. It brought back many memories! We had many happy times! They certainly were the “good ole days”! Hope to see you in the Fall. Joan Nisbet (Utton) Graduating class of ’58.

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