Today was the first Human Library event of the 2012-2013 school year, and it was a very special day to commemorate the 100th anniversary of this beautiful building. Even though Saints is a boys’ school, this building used to be a girls’ school – quite a reversal! We invited four ladies who had attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart school, which closed and sold the building to St. George’s in 1979. Airlie, Rene, Maureen and Sandy attended the school in the 1950s and 1960s and still keep in touch through the Vancouver Point Grey Sacred Heart Alumnae Association.
The alumnae had a wonderful day sharing stories and photographs with the boys, and reminiscing about their school days. The boys enjoyed looking at photos of the building and grounds and hearing stories about the students and teachers of the Convent. One art teacher, for example, would get rid of the air bubbles in blocks of clay by dropping them down four flights of stairs! (That is, most certainly, a health and safety violation!) There is also a legend that the ghost of a headless nun haunts the fourth floor corridor. Spooky!
Some of the most interesting questions that the boys asked included how the World Wars affected the students and staff of the school, and what the alumnae think of all the technology that is available these days. Back in the 1960s, Airlie and Rene used to sneak their “rocket radios” into bed after lights-out – no iPods or iPhones, of course.
Here’s a slideshow of today’s event – what a darling time everyone had.