Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic School
The First School
On June 10,1915, the Marmora Herald reported: "The Roman Catholics of Marmora have decided to establish a Separate School in the Village and a notice has been forwarded to the chairman of the Public School Board and signed by Reverend Thomas Murtagh (1863-1920), Captain John O'Neill (1833-1919), Michael O'Connor (1838-1917), William Flynn (1865-1942), Patrick Marrin (1845-1926) and John McCullough.
Stanislaus Bertrand (1860-1957) was awarded the contract to build the new one room stone school in August 1915. The school was opened at the end of October of the same year. The first teacher hired to teach children from grade one through to grade 8 was, Miss Brennan of Tyendinaga.
Father Murtagh, pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church from 1894 to 1920, supervised the building of the first Separate School in the Village of Marmora.
The one room school was started on July 12, 1915, and finished five months later for the sum of $2,600.00. All the funds came from private donations. A Richard Connell of Madoc, contributed $2,000.00, Mrs. Ellen Byrnes/Gehan gave $400.00, Archbishop Spratt gave $50.00 and a friend gave $100.00.
The limestone used in the construction of the school walls was taken from the rock quarry located near St. Matilda's Church on the west side of the Crowe River.
A Second room was added in 1922 at a cost of $4,254.56
Margie Royle: Great picture! This was the staff when we moved from the Deloro school into town. I was in grade two then and Mrs McNamara was my teacher.
Danielle (Ellis) Patricia Aunt Ann and "Auntie" Agnes. The reasons I am a teacher today!
In 1955 Marmora and Deloro formed a union school board, and the renovated and enlarged school at Marmora, to serve the whole parish, was officially opened by Archbishop O'Sullivan on March 11, 1956. In 1968 a gymnasium and one classroom were added. On January 1, 1969 the area school board came into being, with jurisdiction over Hastings & Prince Edward Counties, and some contingent territory.
Ellen Anne O'Connor Ann Collins was such a sweet and lovely lad. Margie Royle: Who didn't love Miss Collins!! Wonderful lady! Thomas Empey My favorite teacher.
Ann Collins Terrion
Joan Smith Warren I was in grade 8 when she started at Sacred Heart. She had us write on the blackboard for heras she couldn't reach the top. Always remember and loved her. Sharon Anne Vesterfelt She was wonderful. She lived here with us when she first got the job at Sacred Heart teaching. When she was sure of her job and being happy in Marmora, she started looking for a more permanent apartment. Ann slept in my room in the second twin bed. I always felt so special having Mith Collins stay with us. I had no front teeth when she was with us hence the Mith......and that is how she signed her name on cards she gave me for many years. Memories!! Margaret Miller one of the greatest teachers I ever had...great memories of Mrs. Terrion!
Carrie Empey: He was an amazing teacher, I had him for Grade 7 & Grade 8
Lisa Anne Ellis-McInroy: Great guy, had him for our Principal for three years
Sharon Anne Vesterfelt: Definitely one of the best!!!!
Ashley Hughes-Hailstone : Was my 7&8 teacher. Great teacher
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