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In 1910 John Kyle was appointed Art Master at the School. He held the position until the end of the 1913 school year, when he was appointed Director of Technical Education for the Province of British Columbia in Victoria.
The year 1914-15 will stand out in Normal School history as one
of the most successful from every viewpoint. The attendance far
exceeded that of any previous year, showing the increased desire
to obtain knowledge. The year has been one full of innovations,
both in regard to the educational side and the activities of
The new year saw several important changes, the first being the opening of a preliminary session as well as the advanced session. The new Normal School at Victoria was also opened at the new year. Many students who attended the Vancouver Normal before Christmas attended at Victoria after Christmas. But our greatest loss was in the promotion of Mr. D.M. Robinson to first assistant Master at the Victoria school. His loss has been keenly felt here, but we feel satisfied that his work will be appreciated at Victoria and will bear fruit abundantly. Mr. W. Putnam was added to the staff in January but resigned at Easter.
The increased attendance brought forth many activities new to the Normal School, particularly in the athletic life. New branches of sport indulged in were: Rugby, ice hockey, soccer football and baseball. As might be imagined some of the ventures were not entirely successful but have "broken the ice" for future Normal students. The men's and ladies' basketball teams and the ladies' hockey teams enjoyed a very successful year, and visiting teams found worth opponents in the wearers of blue and gold. A trip was made to Victoria at the end of the first session but the games played resulted rather adversely for the Normal. Series of games were played during the second session, with Westminster High School and Columbia College in all of which Normal more than held its own.
The social instinct of the students was also developed and many good times were enjoyed. The literary society was fortunate in being capably led in both sessions, and much interest was taken in the programmes provided. In musical lines, too, latent talent of the students was uncovered. An orchestra was organized during the first session which added occasionally to the enjoyment of "lits." A patriotic concert was given towards the close of the first session, under the direction of Miss Coney. An operetta is under way at the time of going to press, which bids fair to be very successful.
Mention must not be omitted of the work done by Miss Coney in the present crisis in Europe. The sale of work organzized by her netted a substantial sum, which was devoted to relief work. Knitting, etc., was done by the lady students to relieve the discomforts of some of the men fighting for the Empire.
Following up the series of innovations, a change has been made in the style of the Annual. This has been necessitated because of the financial stringency and the desire of students. It is hoped that it will prove a momento that will be valued in years to come.
PROVINCIAL NORMAL SCHOOL ANNUAL 1914 - 1915
Illustrated with Faculty and Staff photographs by Artona Studio
PROVINCIAL NORMAL SCHOOL ANNUAL 1918 - 1919
64 pages, illustrated with Faculty and Staff photographs, pen & ink drawings
PROVINCIAL NORMAL SCHOOL ANNUAL 1932 - 1933
80 pages, illustrated with Faculty and Staff photographs by R.A. Spencer
VANCOUVER CENTENNIAL BIBLIOGRAPHY
Vancouver Historical Society, 1986, Four Volumes (Set ISBN 0-9692378-0-4)
Volume II (ISBN 0-9692378-2-0), page 761
Items 11889, 11890, 11891: Provincial Normal School Annuals & Yearbooks listed.
BUILDING THE WEST - Early Architects of British Columbia
2003; Edited by Donald Luxton, numerous contributing authors and researchers
Talonbooks, ISBN 0-88922-474-9
560 pages, extensively illustrated in black and white, some colour
References to Normal School's construction, colour rendering page 308.
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