Just A Boy.

Kingwell By Kingwell, 15th Sep 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3hj_f0hy/
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Fifty-Eight years ago this month at the tender age of seventeen years I made the transition from schoolboy to schoolteacher.

From Schoolboy To Schoolteacher.

Fifty-eight years ago this month at the tender age of seventeen years I made the transition from schoolboy to schoolteacher. It is unimaginable today that one so young and without any teacher training could be placed in such a position but that was the case for many young people in Newfoundland and Labrador in 1957 and earlier. At the time there were hundreds of communities, which today lie dormant and empty. Many such outports, as they were locally known were situated on inlands where the only highway was the sea. Since such communities, in most cases, had but one or two room schools, few teachers could be enticed to put down roots in such a local.

Little Bay

I had grown up in Kingwell, on Long Island in Plecentia Bay, a hamlet of perhaps some two hundred residents and with a two room school. In June of 1957 I wrote the public exams for grade eleven, which meant the completion of high school at the time and shortly thereafter, since all schools were run by the churches, I applied to teach with the Anglican School Board at Hermitage in Hermitage Bay. Sometime around mid-August I received word that I was accepted to teach at the one room school in Little Bay, later re-named Stone Valley. I accepted the position and made arrangements for the journey which was to take more than four days! There was first of all the trip to St. John’s, first by coastal boat to Argentia, followed by a six hour stint by train. In St. John’s I joined another coastal boat for the more than three day trip to Gautois and another three hour trek by open boat. I arrived at Little Bay on a Saturday evening tired and exhausted having been seasick for some three days. All the schoolchildren and many of the adults of the twenty-three family inlet were on the wharf to meet the new teacher, who was already scared out of his wits with the realization of the task that he had undertaken! I was soon shown to my boarding house where a meal and a bed were waiting for me. Away from the rolling of the sea I slept like a baby.

My First Day As a Teacher

As the school was church run, I had known from the beginning that I had taken on more than the Monday to Friday day school routine. Since the clergyman had some seven communities to minister to, he would visit Little Bay about once in every two months, and as the teacher I would have the task of leading a church service every Sunday as well as conducting a Sunday school for the children. Day school was to begin on Tuesday and now that the full awareness of what was expected of me had hit home, it was very daunting indeed! Monday found me at the little schoolhouse to make what plans I could for the following morning when I would meet the children who had been placed in my charge for the next ten months. For eleven years I had watched other young men and women under similar circumstances but nothing had prepared me for the moment when I first stood gazing into the faces of some thirty enthusiastic and eager children! The remainder of that first day is like a blur to me now but all of us survived the ordeal and by the time Friday had rolled around, things were a little more relaxed.

Lay Minister

The weekend however brought on another challenge, one at least equal to what I had faced the previous Tuesday! Although I had attended church almost every Sunday since I was a toddler, I had never been in charge of conducting a service and for a seventeen year old, the prospect was breathtaking. Thankfully, I had been supplied with a book of sermons written by clergy of the faith, one of which I was expected to read at each service, so at least that part of the ordeal had been spared me. The little church was filled to capacity for the eleven o’clock service on Sunday morning and I will never forget how shaken I was! In about an hour it was all over and I could breathe easy again. Later I was to hear that the congregation were pleased with my performance – an endorsement appreciated more than anyone could have known. Later that year I would be put in a position where I had to baptise children and even bury the dead!

A Compassionate and Understanding People

The people of that small outport town were among the friendliest and most understanding that I have ever met in my seventy-five year sojourn, and although most have now passed to their reward I have not forgotten the compassion shown to a seventeen year old boy who had to become a man almost overnight. Perhaps I did the best that could have been expected of me at the time but certainly those first students were the subject of my oftentimes hapless attempts to nurture their young minds.

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author avatar Shamarie
16th Sep 2015 (#)

Great job!!!

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author avatar Kingwell
16th Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you Shamarie. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
16th Sep 2015 (#)

Great piece, Kingwell. You never disappoint.

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author avatar Kingwell
16th Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you Jessica. Blessings.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
16th Sep 2015 (#)

how wonderful your sharing this dear Kingwell...
i got a teaching certificate in Miami in 1971 after two weeks...things were so different then...if you had good things to share...you were allowed...love to you....

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author avatar Kingwell
16th Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you Carolina. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
17th Sep 2015 (#)

wow that was something for such a tender age. I started school in 1960 in the big city of Montreal and I too had 17 year old teacher.

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author avatar Kingwell
17th Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol. Really! A seventeen year old teacher in Montreal in 1960! Wow!

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author avatar Carol Roach
18th Sep 2015 (#)

yep it only happened in the 80's that certifications for teaching came into affect. I also went to a ghetto school so nobody really cared about our education

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
18th Sep 2015 (#)

Awesome post Kingwell as always the best stories!

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author avatar Kingwell
18th Sep 2015 (#)

Thank Fern. Pleased that you enjoyed it. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
21st Sep 2015 (#)

Awesome!!!

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author avatar Kingwell
22nd Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you CM. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th Sep 2015 (#)

Experiences one can never forget but soon they are water under the bridge. I still get panicky when faced with new responsibilities especially in front of a large audience!

Teaching is richly rewarding though many not be monetarily - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
26th Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you siva. Most of us still get panicky sometimes. I still speak to audiences on occasionally but it's rare now. Blessings.

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author avatar Souvik
2nd Nov 2015 (#)

Very well written Kingwell, especially the different stages of life.

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author avatar Kingwell
2nd Nov 2015 (#)

Thank you souvik. Blessings.

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