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Happy 100th birthday Duncan Elementary School

Duncan Public School was built in 1913. From 1920 (when this photo was taken) to 1946 was renamed Duncan Consolidated Public School. In 1946 it became Duncan Elementary School. - courtesy Cowichan Valley Museum and Archive
Duncan Public School was built in 1913. From 1920 (when this photo was taken) to 1946 was renamed Duncan Consolidated Public School. In 1946 it became Duncan Elementary School.
— image credit: courtesy Cowichan Valley Museum and Archive

Wednesday, Dec. 11 is the official 100th anniversary date of Duncan Elementary School, but the big celebration will be staged in the spring.

Festivities to mark the occasion are being planned for Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the school at 1033 Nagle St.

"The planning committee has met once and we'll be meeting again in December,'' said Tracy Jones, executive assistant to the superintendent of School District 79. "We'll be working out the details.''

The celebration will include displays of artifacts, photographs and documentation by each quarter century.

"The planning committee recommended it be held in the spring,'' said Jones. "With the December date, it gets dark very early and weather considerations (needed to be taken into account).''

A weekend date will also provide some advantages.

"Having it on a Saturday will open it up for more people to attend,'' said Jones.

"We hope that many past Duncan Elementary students and staff will be able to attend the 100th anniversary celebration on April 5 where they can renew and make new acquaintances and reminisce through the displays that will be set up in the school,'' added superintendent Joe Rhodes in a media release.

The school had 182 students when it opened Dec. 11, 1913. It is now being considered as a possible site for relocation of the board offices following district restructuring.

A Duncan Elementary 100th anniversary website has been set up at http://duncan100.sd79.bc.ca where people can submit contributions of scanned photographs and memories of the school.

 

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