The Victoria Schoolhouse has a new family visiting this year. A duck, and her eggs, have camped outside our 1904 schoolhouse and interpretive centre. We’re assuming they want to be first in line when we open for the season. If you’re in the Ameliasburgh area, please be careful around our family. We want to ensure they’re happy and healthy.
As I’ve never had the pleasure of conducting a modern review of a school, I can only assume that the process is much more detailed now. We have standardized tests to examine student achievement, teams of custodians to monitor school cleanliness, and multitudes of systems (e.g., electrical, plumbing, HVAC) to maintain.
In 1895, the inspector visited a school in North Marysburgh and determined: the floors were a little dirty, the school needed a map, and the closets needed attention. The rest was satisfactory.
The cost for a map was $3.75.
It’s difficult to believe that a school inspection was that easy (and a large wall map was that inexpensive).
Recently, the Quinte Educational Museum and Archives was given the opportunity to put up a display in the Ontario Legislative Assembly. Our display was part of the Community Exhibits Program, which allows Ontario organizations to showcase some highlights of their organizations. Our display used some educational artefacts and illustrated who we are as an organization. Our Member of Provincial Parliament will be notified of our display and some professional photographs will be taken.
If you are near Queen’s Park between now and late November, stop by and take a look at our interesting display!