Over the years, this has been one of the most viewed artifacts I’ve put up on bedard.com. This yearbook simply rocks. It gives you a fairly balanced viewpoint of the school from a student’s point of view. I was a Grade 10 that year and didn’t really participate in anything but the events, like the National Film Board documentary, The New Boys.
As I read through the yearbook, I’m struck by the thorough overview of life at St. John’s, including a great cataloguing of the duties accounted for in every crew – meat crew, kitchen crew, construction crew, laundry crew, barn crew, dog crew and janitorial crew. I briefly did kitchen crew, long stints in janitorial, and a thrilling time in meat crew, where I learned to account for things, package chicken (capons and loose pieces), slice back bacon, mix sausage meat, link, cut, and package sausage. I was on library crew during most of my first snowshoeing season because I was hobbled by pain. That was slack duty and nothing to brag about.
Here’s what I wrote when I first put up the yearbook:
Written and produced by the Grade 11’s of that year, it gives you a feel for what life was like in one of Canada’s classic boarding schools. Great stuff about canoeing, snowshoeing, selling meat products door to door and the overall St. John’s curricula circa 1974. Though I was at the school in 1974, you won’t find me in any pictures except for the group one, somewhere.