School Trip

Barbara Colbourne
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Students and staff of Long Island Academy take a major field trip each year. This year they went on a trip to St. John's. Despite the time of year, they were fortunate to have had two good days, weather-wise, driving to and from St. John's. The school bus left on the 9 a.m. ferry March 11 and everyone enjoyed a four-day, activity-filled trip. They checked in at the Traveler's Inn on Kenmount Road, then headed for the Avalon Mall. Dinner was at the Food Court. Students enjoyed swimming at the Aquarena on Tuesday evening.

Wednesday morning was an early start for the St. John's city tour. The tour included a visit to Newfoundland's most easterly point, Cape Spear, Signal Hill, Quidi Vidi Village, the Lieutenant Governor's house, Mile One Stadium and the fabulous Roman Catholic Basilica.

Long Island Academy students and staff enjoyed a day at the House of Assembly with their host, our MHA Ray Hunter. Back: Kyle Heath, Dylan Burton, Billy Croucher, Ryan Devininso and James Rice. Middle: Brandon Croucher, Dulcie Oake (parent), MHA Ray Hunte

Across the tickle-long island - Students and staff of Long Island Academy take a major field trip each year. This year they went on a trip to St. John's. Despite the time of year, they were fortunate to have had two good days, weather-wise, driving to and from St. John's. The school bus left on the 9 a.m. ferry March 11 and everyone enjoyed a four-day, activity-filled trip. They checked in at the Traveler's Inn on Kenmount Road, then headed for the Avalon Mall. Dinner was at the Food Court. Students enjoyed swimming at the Aquarena on Tuesday evening.

Wednesday morning was an early start for the St. John's city tour. The tour included a visit to Newfoundland's most easterly point, Cape Spear, Signal Hill, Quidi Vidi Village, the Lieutenant Governor's house, Mile One Stadium and the fabulous Roman Catholic Basilica.

On Wednesday afternoon they were welcomed to Confederation Building by MHA Ray Hunter, who treated them to a pizza lunch and a tour of the building. At 2 p.m. everyone attended question period in the House of Assembly. The Speaker announced the students and staff at the beginning of the session. Our dedicated MHA informed students and staff at lunch that he is planning to do a kilometer or two of pavement on our gravel road to Pilley's Island this summer.

Wednesday evening was supper at the Food Court and on to a movie at the Avalon Mall.

Mrs. Gleason Oake, student assistant on the trip, had a unique encounter while at Confederation Building. She met Mr. Chesley Harris while waiting to attend the House session. Some of our older residents may know Mr. Harris, who is now in his eighties. Mr. Harris said he has been attending question period sessions for about 50 years.

Of special interest to us, Mr. Chesley Harris used to be the agent for Gerald S. Doyle. He knew all about Lushes Bight and Beaumont. He remembered our former shopkeepers, Bert and Ivy Rideout, Rod and Ruby Colbourne of Lushes Bight, and Mr. Roland Heath of Beaumont and how he would bring his products to supply the stores.

Thursday morning was very stormy so scheduled activities were cancelled, but they were able to do a tour of the Fluvarium and the Geocenter in the afternoon. Cody Croucher loved his visit to Signal Hill while Monica Oake declared her favorite part of the trip was The Geocenter.

The left St. John's Friday and headed for home. It was a fabulous trip and one the students will always remember. Many thanks to Mrs. Oake and to teachers, Mr. Roberts and Ms. Watkins. A special thank you from the students to bus driver, Maxwell Slade for getting them safely around St. John's, and to the two parents who accompanied them, Wade Oake and Dulcie Oake.

Fundraiser

A mixed floor hockey tournament was held at Long Island Academy on March 16. Four teams competed in this fun tournament with the team of Max Slade, Verna Bromley, Melissa Burton and Morris Colbourne taking first. A close second was Louise Colbourne, Elsie Croucher, Glen Short and Michael Rowbottom. Kyle Heath, Pat Bromley and Tyler manned the nets for all teams. Hamburgers, fries, BBQ wieners, cupcakes and pop were served for lunch. Linda Faye Croucher, who organized this activity, would like to thank the ladies who donated, prepared and served the food and all who played or attended as spectators. Special thanks to Maxwell Slade for refereeing the games and to teacher, Lesley Watkins for volunteering to give up her Saturday to attend and help out. $198.00 was raised and was used for the recent Long Island Academy cultural trip to St. John's.

Happy to be back home

Leroy and Donetta Bromley were all smiles when I visited them after their return from St. John's. They were not so happy three weeks previous when on February 24, while spending the weekend at the family cabin, Leroy was involved in a life-threatening accident. Leroy and his father, Wilbert Bromley were attempting to bring down a large fir tree (a windfall) that was in danger of falling across the skidoo trail when it did fall - right on top of Leroy. Leroy was taken to hospital in Grand Falls and then on to the Health Science Complex by air ambulance.

It was found that he had a fractured skull, a concussion with bleeding and swelling on the brain and a broken cheekbone. His family and friends waited anxiously for two long weeks when doctors were finally able to safely wake him from heavy sedation.

Leroy and Donetta spoke very highly of the efficiency of the emergency medical staff at Grand Falls Hospital and at the Health Science Center in St. John's. They are very grateful to the staff of both hospitals for the exceptional care given to Leroy during his ordeal.

From all your family and friends, welcome home, Leroy!

Student of the month for February was Laura Oake, whose birthday is November 12. Laura's favorite subject is gym, favorite food is chicken fingers and her favorite book is Curious George. Laura aspires to be an artist.

Monica Oake, grade seven, was recognized for commendable behavior for this month. They both received monetary rewards.

Organizations: Long Island Academy, Confederation Building, Grand Falls Hospital Health Science Center

Geographic location: St. John's, Signal Hill, Kenmount Road Newfoundland Quidi Vidi Village Pilley's Island Grand Falls

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