Newport Station celebrates school's 50th anniversary

Carole Morris-Underhill
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Although the pending closure of Newport Station District School is still looming, the mood was anything but dreary as students, staff, parents and community members gathered to celebrate the elementary school's 50th anniversary.

An open house was held at the Primary to Grade 6 school as a way to honour the past and celebrate their many accomplishments. Displays and photographs lined the walls as visitors were invited to tour the halls and reminisce.

Principal Dan Myles said the afternoon function was a wonderful way to honour the school's important history in the community. Myles has been the principal of the school for the past decade, and plans to retire from NSDS.

“It has been a privilege to be here as a principal... (and) an honour to have worked with so many fine students, parents and community (members),” said Myles.

“One third of my educational profession has been in this building. I loved every minute of it,” he added.

The principal said the school is so much more than just brick and mortar. It's a hub of community activity. Myles credits area residents for helping them create a safe playground, picnic shelter and rejuvenate the walking trail. These assets, he said, not only benefit the schoolchildren, but the community at large.

Longtime teacher Judy Maxwell can't begin to narrow down her fondest memory at NSDS. After all, she has 29 years worth of memories at the school.

“I came to this school and I just loved it. I kept on going. I taught every grade — Primary to 6,” said Maxwell, who has taught for a total of 45 years.

And she's not quite ready to retire.

“I'm going one year at a time,” said Maxwell, noting she will likely consider retirement once her beloved school closes its doors for the last time.

Despite community opposition, the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board voted to close the school no later than the end of June 2016. Myles said while the school population is saddened by the news, they did not want to let the pending closure dampen their anniversary celebration.

“When you put a lot into the school and the community, it's hard to see that it's going to close its doors, that's for sure,” said Myles. “We're trying to move onwards and upwards and keep the focus on the students and try to stay as positive as we can.”


Organizations: Newport Station District School, Newport Station, Annapolis Valley Regional School Board

Geographic location: Newport Station District School, Newport Station, Hants County West Hants

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  • Kayla Swinamer,
    May 10, 2014 - 18:11

    I spent grade P-4 there, The staff and students were really nice. I wish I could be there the last 2 years in elementary school. I had a really fun times there. I had some really fun class tips, school trips and some cross country trips. I really have a good memory of my grade primary teacher Mrs. Maxwell she was so kind and so thoughtful she would not let any one down in her class. I also had good memory's with my principal Mr. Myles, we sat and had lunch together a lot and had funny times together. I wish you all good luck in the future! Kayla Swinamer