Fessenden marks 50th anniversary

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

Fessenden School celebrates its 50th anniversary next weekend with events paying tribute to the 1950s and 60s.

At an open house event, students will reveal two time capsules, one from 1959 and another from the school’s 25th anniversary in 1984. The school will also feature six decade rooms furnished with historic artifacts along with facts and figures from times past.

A series of fundraisers will be held to support classroom learning resources. Events begin on Friday, Oct. 2 with a live and silent auction.

“We have a professional auctioneer for our live auction,” said staff organizer Jodi Milner. “We’ve got some great things, and that’s just for the live auction.”

Attract attention

A Wayne Gretzky rookie card, plus signed photos of Dave Andreychuk and Gordie Howe, will attract some attention from sports collectors.

There’s also a football autographed by the 2008 Hamilton Tiger- Cats, an autographed Toronto Blue Jays jersey and a signed portrait of actress Angelina Jolie.

Events continue on Saturday, Oct. 3 beginning at 11 a. m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony, tours of the decade rooms, a 50s café with lunch by Harvey’s and a slide show presentation.

Renowned Canadian prima ballerina Karen Kain is perhaps Fessenden’s best-known former student. Ms. Kain, who recently appeared as a guest host on CTV’s So You Think You Can Dance Canada, declined an invitation to attend the anniversary event.

According to school board archives, Fessenden officially opened on Oct. 27, 1959.

The school is named for Clementina Trenholm Fessenden, founder of Canada’s Empire Day, which would later become known as Victoria Day.

Mrs. Fessenden came to Ancaster with her husband, who served as rector at St. John’s Anglican Church. Mrs. Fessenden worked closely with the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire and was elected its first national president.

Fessenden School was built with 18 classrooms and four wings, each named for influential Canadian women. They included Laura Secord, Adelaide Hoodless, Pauline Johnson, and Lucy Maud Montgomery.

For additional details on the anniversary weekend, contact Ms. Milner at Fessenden at 905-648-4115.

Fessenden marks 50th anniversary

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

Fessenden School celebrates its 50th anniversary next weekend with events paying tribute to the 1950s and 60s.

At an open house event, students will reveal two time capsules, one from 1959 and another from the school’s 25th anniversary in 1984. The school will also feature six decade rooms furnished with historic artifacts along with facts and figures from times past.

A series of fundraisers will be held to support classroom learning resources. Events begin on Friday, Oct. 2 with a live and silent auction.

“We have a professional auctioneer for our live auction,” said staff organizer Jodi Milner. “We’ve got some great things, and that’s just for the live auction.”

Attract attention

A Wayne Gretzky rookie card, plus signed photos of Dave Andreychuk and Gordie Howe, will attract some attention from sports collectors.

There’s also a football autographed by the 2008 Hamilton Tiger- Cats, an autographed Toronto Blue Jays jersey and a signed portrait of actress Angelina Jolie.

Events continue on Saturday, Oct. 3 beginning at 11 a. m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony, tours of the decade rooms, a 50s café with lunch by Harvey’s and a slide show presentation.

Renowned Canadian prima ballerina Karen Kain is perhaps Fessenden’s best-known former student. Ms. Kain, who recently appeared as a guest host on CTV’s So You Think You Can Dance Canada, declined an invitation to attend the anniversary event.

According to school board archives, Fessenden officially opened on Oct. 27, 1959.

The school is named for Clementina Trenholm Fessenden, founder of Canada’s Empire Day, which would later become known as Victoria Day.

Mrs. Fessenden came to Ancaster with her husband, who served as rector at St. John’s Anglican Church. Mrs. Fessenden worked closely with the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire and was elected its first national president.

Fessenden School was built with 18 classrooms and four wings, each named for influential Canadian women. They included Laura Secord, Adelaide Hoodless, Pauline Johnson, and Lucy Maud Montgomery.

For additional details on the anniversary weekend, contact Ms. Milner at Fessenden at 905-648-4115.

Fessenden marks 50th anniversary

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

Fessenden School celebrates its 50th anniversary next weekend with events paying tribute to the 1950s and 60s.

At an open house event, students will reveal two time capsules, one from 1959 and another from the school’s 25th anniversary in 1984. The school will also feature six decade rooms furnished with historic artifacts along with facts and figures from times past.

A series of fundraisers will be held to support classroom learning resources. Events begin on Friday, Oct. 2 with a live and silent auction.

“We have a professional auctioneer for our live auction,” said staff organizer Jodi Milner. “We’ve got some great things, and that’s just for the live auction.”

Attract attention

A Wayne Gretzky rookie card, plus signed photos of Dave Andreychuk and Gordie Howe, will attract some attention from sports collectors.

There’s also a football autographed by the 2008 Hamilton Tiger- Cats, an autographed Toronto Blue Jays jersey and a signed portrait of actress Angelina Jolie.

Events continue on Saturday, Oct. 3 beginning at 11 a. m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony, tours of the decade rooms, a 50s café with lunch by Harvey’s and a slide show presentation.

Renowned Canadian prima ballerina Karen Kain is perhaps Fessenden’s best-known former student. Ms. Kain, who recently appeared as a guest host on CTV’s So You Think You Can Dance Canada, declined an invitation to attend the anniversary event.

According to school board archives, Fessenden officially opened on Oct. 27, 1959.

The school is named for Clementina Trenholm Fessenden, founder of Canada’s Empire Day, which would later become known as Victoria Day.

Mrs. Fessenden came to Ancaster with her husband, who served as rector at St. John’s Anglican Church. Mrs. Fessenden worked closely with the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire and was elected its first national president.

Fessenden School was built with 18 classrooms and four wings, each named for influential Canadian women. They included Laura Secord, Adelaide Hoodless, Pauline Johnson, and Lucy Maud Montgomery.

For additional details on the anniversary weekend, contact Ms. Milner at Fessenden at 905-648-4115.