The first day of
school for students after Summer
Vacation will take place on Thursday,
September 3. Our school day begins
at 8AM. Please check back here to
view bus schedules for the 2015-2016
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Symonds was born in Saint John, New Brunswick. Both of
her parents died during her younger years and as a
result she was sent to the Maritime Home for Girls in
Truro. The superintendent of the home, at that time, was
appointed to be her guardian.
Over the years
she attended school and completed her grade twelve. In
1927 she entered a teacher training institution in
Truro, the provincial Normal College. The graduating
class of 1928 was proud to boast Madeline as the first
African Nova Scotian female to graduate from the Normal
1928, at the age of twenty-three, Madeline approached
the inspector of schools to teach in Hammonds Plains, as
many teachers who previously taught there had gone to
The school in
Hammonds Plains was a small wooden building with a wood
stove. Each desk had a seat, which enabled three
children to sit together. Some days the room was cold
but no one complained, as they were eager to learn.
Grades were taught from the ABC class to the end of
instrumental in raising funds to enable a new
schoolhouse to be built in 1945. With the new school,
came new programs and new teachers. After a few years,
further additions were added to the school.
Symonds was appointed principal of the school. She later
gave up this administrative position and returned to
teaching grade three.
early 50’s, Mrs. Symonds also taught correspondence and
adult classes after school. Some of these students went
on to pursue careers in theology and medicine.
completing thirty-five years in education, Mrs. Symonds
retired from teaching in 1964. She had spent almost her
entire teaching career in Upper Hammonds Plains. She
continued to be active in the church as well as the
Upper Hammond Plains community.
We as a
community are very proud to have our school inscribed
with her name and legend.