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Enjoyment By Barbara Plurastead

0 pretty roBes in thy bed,

Why shod thy tears and droop your head?

My mind is not Intent

On picking you.

No, for I can smell your scent

Though you are few

0 little trillium in the wood,

Why look so very sad,

For you I xrould not pick even though I could?

You do not look half so glad

In a silver vase all clad,

You suit the trees, the moss, and sun

Where all the little rabbits run.

Part Two Forbearance (By Olive Hammond-VII)

No sight is prettier, Than the flowers that grow,

High on wooded hills, Or in valleys below,

No perfumes so rare,

As the flowers of May When in their beauty

We watch them each day.

Oh I Why do you jick the flowers To die in a vase or a jar?

Their home ia in the earth, And should be left where they are.

(The following is a composition by Betty Stewart as part of the May finals for the High School Entrance Examinations)

Disappearing Doughnuts

What could Henry do this dull, dreary day to pass away the time? lie had rummaged through every spot in the house which could possibly hold any act of joy-fulness. Although Henry had worked tike a dog, he had failed to bring any joy to his heavy heart.

But what was that irresistible smell which came from the kitUhen? Gould it be the baking of delicious doughnuts? Surely his sense of smell would not deceive him nowj lie roust get some doughnuts, but how?

Mother intended the doughnuts as refreshments for company. She would definitely not let him have any.

What was the cane standing over there in the corner for? Could he use that for his attack?

Stealthily he crept out to the kitchen with his cane dangling over his arm» How should he plan his raid? Suddenly a bight idea flashed to his brain* Now was the time for action. Quietly he walked in front of his Mother, his cane sticking up before him like a periscope. The crooked ond of the cane caught the doughnuts, and they came dropping down to him* Dozens of doughnuts foil into his waiting hand.

Like a person who has just won a victory, Henry walked off with his precious prize.

Magic (By Joan Cochrane-If)

I cannot do magician's tricks That people wonder at, Like lifting rabbits by the ears Out of an empty hat.

Nor can I say the magic rhymas That people in fairy books use, To change a pumpkin into a coach And rags to golden shoes.

But I can say two magic words More powerful than theset And one of them is "Thank you" And the other one is "Please",

The Lamb (By Peter Lusk-Y)

One foolish young lamb went for a walk one He went too far, and he lost his way. A tramp came along that morning in May, And decided to have some aouffJa tbfct toy.


Have you ever seen a garden filled with


In the springI In the springI

That have grown from the sun and April


In the spring*

Such a sight you can see,

If you come along with me,

Or follow the busy bee

In the spring!

For there is never such a sight, In the spring,in the spring, That can render more delight, In the spring,

The tulips with their towers, And the blossoms with their flowers, day. The blue sky with its showers, In the spring.

Barry Cookc- Grade Seven

The editor wishes to thank all those who have contributed to this first edition of the Central Spectator. Any criticism will be appreciated. It is hoped that the editions to follow will improve upon our efforts this year.

Any proceeds from the salo of this edition will go to assist in some educational endeavour. Your support is appreciated.

News Editor Geoffrey" Eunoan

Betty McFaul Jack Grainger

Kenneth Hymers- >H it or- in-Chief Betty Newstead- Assistant-Miter- in-Chief G-race Blackmail- Business Manager

Sprts_ Editor Graham Watts

Glenna Btaerscm Robert Dale-Artist


So- You are about to adopt a Baby in your classroom! I'm sorry I haven't heard its name at the tine of writing this, but I know that you boys and girls can be relied upon, to give it an appropriate one*

-Yes, a brand now classroom paper is, indeed., very -much a Baby; it needs the proper kind of clothing to make its -pages attractive; it needs to be fed a proper diet to make its news interesting; it needy careful supervision to avoid dangerous pitfalls; perhaps most important, it needs the interest and enthusiasm of the whole ;! class family n to insure its healthy growth toward maturity.

Your project is a splendid one. I know that with co-operation and planning it will prove helpful to those pupils who assist in co.mpiling it, and informative to those parents and others who may have the privilege of reading it.

1 deem it a high honour to be invited to write this foreward. May I wish you every success in your worthwhile venture.

J. G. Webster.


In order not to disappoint more than sixty boys and girls who wished to start school in September, a kindergarten was added to the Paris Public Schools. Miss MoCormick is in charge of this class.

Miss Druramond is the new assistant at the youth Hard School,

Mrs. Broomfield has charge of the pupils of the Grade Four and Grade Five that has been added to the Queen's Viard School.

Betty Felling, who built up an excellent record as a student during her schooldays in Paris, is now a pupil at trie > forth School at Simcoe.

Owing to Mr, Brontnier ' s retirement, the classes in Manual Training and Household Science have been discontinued for tho year.

Mrs, Yielding is supplying in Grade Six until a successor to Mr. Brontmier is appointed.

Pupils Listen To Latest Hews from China When Missionary Addresses School

By Betty SlcFaul

Paris, September 29T The pupils of Central School were treated to a pleasant surprise when Major Eacott, a Salvation Army missionary from China, spoke to the scholars about his experiences in China,

Major Eacott was born in England but was educated in St. Catharines. -At the age of twenty he was commissioned as a Salvation Jinny officer and was appointed to a station in China. Major Eacott married a lovely young woman who was also serving as a missionary. Their daughter is at present in Canada in attendance at a Collegiate Institue.

To hear Major Eacott, dressed as he was in native Chinese custume, was almost like taking a journey to China and following him through his adventures among the Chinese. Tho pupils learned a great deal about present customs in China and expressed a desire to learn more about the Chinese people.:.

change of rooms on rotary days impresses the pupils anew that October has arrived. With pumpkins and witches everywhere the approaching Hallowe'en is well advertised.

Milkweeds Have Many Visitors

Paris, October 30- The pupils of Baris Public Schools have combed the fields around the town of Paris in search of milkweed pods. The hunt resulted in an even three hundred bags of milkweed pods, enough to make over seventy life-jackets. This collection is the record for the district.

Reported by Geof. Duncan

Hallowe'en Fun

Grade Eight enjoyed a Hallowe'en party. The pupils played games and took part in a peanut scramble. Prizes were won by the winners. A lunch of hot dogs and chocolate milk was served.

What Happened in November

The pupils of the rotary classes welcomed Mrs. Barkwell, Grade Eight visits Mrs. Barkwell's room each week for Health lessons.

Donald Cox from Brantford registered in Grade Eight this month. We hope Donald will like his new classmates,

Our room was honoured with a visit from Mr, G. Roy Fenwick, L,M»Tt, Mus, Bach., Provincial Supervisor of Music. Mr. Fenwick praised the pupils for their ability as singers. The pupils felt highly honoured to receive a visit from so distinguished a musician.

Prizes, provided by the Lions Club for posters on the Seventh Victory Loan, were presented to two boys from Grade Eight, Robert Dale won first prize. T&}-?d prize went to Kenneth Tucker,

Murray Brown, who wrote an excellent essay on. Winston Churchill, won the prize offered by the Canadian Legion, Hurray received a book named The Picture Gallery of Canadian History,

During September we onjoyed a few games of Softball. We were challenged to a game by the Grade Eight of the Queen's Ward School, The outcome of the gano was not so good. We lost.

The boys linod up a soccer football league of four teams. The four teams played out the schedule, For the play-offs it was necessary to import a neutral referee, Mr. William Garrett was the referee in charge of the finals. The buccaneers with Jack Grainger as captain won the championship.

During the last week before the holidays the boys lined up the hockey teams for after Chris-mas. New sets of goal pads have been ordered, and all is in readiness for a big season.

The decorating of our room for Christmas was very exclusive. It consisted of choir boys, candles, holly and stars. On the front board was printed the greeting of Merry Christmas. There was also a candle surrounded by holly. On the side boards were strings of gaily-coloured bells. Chains of green and red paper wore strung acroas the room, 3!t made a very becoming scene,

Miss Clark, our beloved nurse, is leaving us after having looked, after our needs over since we can remember. The pupils do not know what they will do with-

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out her. However, all of the pupils unite in sending along with Miss Clark their very best wishes for a successful and pleasant stay in her new charge.

During the last week of school before Christmas holidays the pupils met in the downstairs hall and sang carols under the direction of Mr, Fielding and Miss McCormick,

School Absentees

Marjorie Hodder is visiting friends in Toronto, We believe Santa Glaus is on her calling list also,

G-eof, Duncan is spending a few days in Windsor,

Graham Watts is helping out at Woods and Tinknell during the Christmas rush.*

Christams Party

On December 21st the pupils of Grade Eight held their Christinas Party, Miss Yvonne Hey of Woodstock dressed up as Sants Glaus and helped distribute the presents. Presents were exchanged and many delightful ganmes were enjoyed by all.

Grade Three Prints a Poem

A is for actor vrtio acts onnthe stage,

B is for baker whose cakes are the rage.

C is for carpenter who makes windowsills,

D is for doctor who cures all our ills,

E is for engineer a man with brains,

F is for fireman who coals the trains,

G is for garbage-man he gathers the junk,

H is for hunter who just shot a skunk,

I is for iceman who brings the ice,

J is for jeweller who sells jewels nice,

K is for king who rules over us all,

L is for laundryman who washes clothes with oxzdol,

M is for milkman who comes every day,

N is for night-watchman who watches all the way,

0 is for operator alert on the wire,

P is for policeman whose feet often tire.

Q, is for queen who wore a robe of purple and red,

R is for the railroadman who shouted as on he sped,

S is for station-master who is at the station every day,

T is for truck driver who passes by this way.

U is for umpire who referees games,

Y is for veterinary who looks after animals that are lame,

W is for watchmaker who makes a watch tick,

X is for x-ray man who examines the sick,

Y is for yardman who comes here every day,

Z is for zoo-keeper who comes home for lunch this way.

Grade Three, Central School

Heard at Morning Exercises Grade Four Mother

We hurry home each day from school; We know there's one who'll care To hear about each thing we've done, For Mother's there.

We run in laughing from our play, And wonder what's the fare; We know it will be something good, For mother's there.

And when some trouble comes along,

That we can hardly btsur4

We make for home, because we know

That Mother's there, (Margaret Anguish-Grade Four)

The wind was howling dismally -through, the pines as it drove before it a thick sheet of blinding snow. Like a mighty army v'leao f:,'nil flakes of snow could do much damagee The drifts were piled so high wo could only peek out at the top of the big window near the stairs. Black objects representing trees stuck ominously out of the snow. The fence had disappeared under a blanket of snow. The storm was slowly abating now, and the wind did not howl so gloomily. We could, at last, see discern the large tree by the fence near the bridge. As soon as the stern stopped, the moon came out lighting up a white world with its silver radiance,,

Marjorie Plodder-Grade Eight.

A Trip to the London Zoo

While staying in London, England, several years ago, Mother and I decided to visit the Zoo,

Wo had quite art adventure getting there as we took the wrong tram. Riding along in the tram to Pegont's Park, Mother told me that the zoo occupied thirty-four acres of this beautiful park and. v;as divided by streams into three divisions called the North Garden, the Middle Garden and the South Garden, The three gardens wore connected by attractive bridges and tunnels,

We first visited our feathered friends in the aviary and admired their beautiful plumage. Some of the birds even chattered at us as there were parrakeets, magpies, huroraingpbirds and love-birds* in fact there were all kinds of birds from the smallest humming-bird to the largest peacock,, siorlr, and crane, each living in a place similar to its native surroundings. The aquarium with its three thousand inhabitants of various kinds and types of water life provided one of the greatest attractions of the zoo. Being curious to see the monkeys, we hurried to 'Monkey Hill * which is a rocky cliff where natiiral crv : provided homes for the monkeys. They were very funny. One old monkey was prstenuing to read the newspaper, toother was looking at himself in a mirror, A third monkey was reclining on a stone couch eating a banana like an old man unconscious of the spectators all around him.

Time passed all too quickly for us, ¥e were startled to discover it was closing time, and we had to loavo without having our supper at the attractive tea-room in the centre of the park.

Betty McFaul- Grade Eight.

Spring in Prrfcey's Woods

I visited Peter's woods last Sunday, an acre or two of densely-wooded bush-land dotted with wild flowers. The sweet -smell ing pines were all over the place, sprinkled here and there as if by an artist. Part of the woods was swamp with little hillocks on each of which reposed a frog singing its heart out. Little animals such as squirrels, raccoons, and ground hogs scur?"ied about as if on important business. I do believe that there was not a bird in the whole woods who was not either singing or wooing his mate, Pretty flowers poked out of every imaginable place, and groups of skunk-cabbage solemnly proclaimed the surrounding ground to be swampy. Once or twice a snake appeared, eyeing me with interest and then disappearing, A tiny cottontail and his mate crouched in the thicket with their noses together. Everywhere there was the spirit of spring.

Doug, Graham-Grade Seven,

The Turtle's Race

A turtle and a rabbit Were going to have a race, They said the old oak tree Would be the final base.

The turtle won the race But how I'11 never know, Maybe because the rabbit Stubbed his little.

Ruth Gill-Grade Five

My Kitten

I have a little kitten His coat is fleecy white, Be likes to sleep all morning And likes to play all night,

He comes home in the morning, He is such a careless cat, He knocks the milk all over, And starts to laugh at that,

Norma Simons- Grade Five,

Heard During Opening Exercises-Grade Four

Do all the good in your power without waiting to be asked. The sun does not wait to be asked to give light and heat.

Jeanetto Webster-Grade Four,

Did you know that girls like to play Softball? Well, see our girls, and you will find out. Why, some of the girls can actually hit home-runs I

Under Mrs, Helen Barkwell the girls have really progressed, and there,someday, will be Softball stars who will make Paris famous.

011 February 14-th St., Valentine's Day was celebrated,and a merry time was had by all. Everyone received an ample supply of 3t. Valentine's cards,

At seven o'clock on the night of February 14th. the pupils of Room Eleven piled into a sleigh and off they went over the bright giitterim; snow.

When the pupils arrived back at the school,from their jolly ride, two of the boys* mothers served cocoa and doughnuts, A grand time v/as enjoyed by all.

On Saturday, February 24th, 1945, a successful carnival was held in the Paris arena. Many children attended the occasion making it a success. Before the carnival . started, the senior boys finished the finals in tho Paris Public Schools Hockey League.

At nine forty-five the children were free to skate until five minutes after

ten. After the ice was cleared, the children in their many-coloured costumes took to the ice, Frills were neatly placed on costunj<© made of silk, muslin, taffota, and cottons. The ice was gay with clowns, superman in his ail his colours, and many others.

At twelve o'clock the carnival ended with everyone saying that he had had a grand time.

The prises donated were War Saving Stamps, Mr, Robert Brown,with the help of Mrs. Kenny and Mrs. Kible, judged the costumes and presented the prizes to the winners,

The winter's hockey was quite successful. The ice was soft on one or two occasions,but it didn't interfere with the carrying out of the schedule.

The Boston Bruins won the senior championship. Among the juniors the Syracuse Stars proved to be the best team,

Softball is in full sway now, and the schedule xvill be completed, if only the weatherman will give us suitable Softball weather.

Out sit to Mr. Fielding B Farm

One afternoon in March, we went to Mr. Fielding's farm. We saw the mother and father hens, too. We watched the chickens and the hens eat. Mrs, Fielding gave us some cookies to eat. Then we walked home.

David Ritchie-Grade Two,


Spring is in the air again; Fresh green fields and fragraat' Budding trees and warm light rain The flowers blooming in the lane.

PJirds and tees are here again. Listen for their singing, Boys and girls go down the street, With their school books swinging,

Gloria Creeden-VI


The whistles blew, the siren roared, I lifted my head and'said, " Thank you, Lord," I ran for my coat though it was a warm day, But what did it matter? It was V-E-Day,

I ran home as fast as I possibly could,

It was hard to behave though I knew that I should,

I didn't do anything in the right way,

But what did it matter? It was V-E-Day,

Elizabeth Singer-Grade Six. The Little Man

There was a little man

Who lived in a little can,

He cooked his meals in a little pan

Because he was a little man,

Donald Stratten-Grade Five.

At ton o'clock the whistles blew, To toll the world the Germans were through. Seven times they rang, loud and clear, That could be heard without any fear.

In front of the post office the street

was blocked,

A service was planned for two o'clock. The imyor stopped up and gave a speech

that was grand

That paid compliments to the men of our


Into the streets the people poured, Carrying Union Jacks which proudly soared,

Stars and stripes and Russian flags, too, "It's V~E-DayJ ItTs V-E-Day1" everyone thought, Were hung from the houses while the whistles And confetti raid horns wore what everyone

still blew, bought.

Bi'Jcoo with tin cans trailing behind, ilhil',; everyone was so happy they didn't

seem to mind.

It in indeed a privilege to be a student trying the High School Entrance Examination at the Paris Centre this year.

Three scholarships fire offered to the High School Entrance Candidates writing at the Paris Centre for 1945 as follows:

(1) Highest Aggregate Marks- $ 25,00 Offered by the Paris Chapter of the Independent Order of Oddfellows. This scholarship is open only to Protestant pupils,

(2) Second Highest Aggregate Marks- $ 20.00 Offered by the Prince of Wales Chapter, Imperial Order of the Daughters of tfce Empire, This scholarship is open to all candidates writing at the Paris Centre.

(3) Third Highest Aggregate Marks- $ 10,00 Offered by the Paris Home and School Association, This scholarship is open to all candidates writing at the Paris Centre,

In order to qualify for any one of these scholarships the student must attend Paris High School regularly until the annual Commencement Exercises,

All grade eight pupils should try the Departmental Examinations this year. Anyone might win a scholarship. In addition the candidate may obtain an Honour Standing by securing seventy-five -per cent of the total marks given at trie High School Entrance Examinations.

John Fielding-Principal.

On Friday, May 11, a happy half-hour was spent in Central School Hall. The programme started with 0 God Our Help In Ages Past. The Rev, H, K, L, Charlton gave a short address on V-E-Day, After the singing of When Johnny.Comes.Marching Home, the pupils marched to their rooms,

V-E-Day (By Ruth MoPherson).

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The Central Spectator

This is a school newspaper "The Central Spectator".
The original document was provided by the Paris Museum and Historical Society.