On June 1, students will join teachers, staff, families, and the entire school community to celebrate Hume, its history and its future. This year is the one hundredth anniversary since Hume Elementary School doors opened and students arrived on site for the first time.
In the lead-up to the main event, here are two more historical snippets:
Did you know? During the early days of Hume School, the boys and girls had separate entrances, interior playrooms on the bottom floor and separate sides of the playground to play. The boys’ side, closest to Behnsen Street was considerably larger than the girls’ side located on the Anderson Street side of the building. The main walkway created the dividing line between the two areas.
Did you know? When the building was officially opened on Monday, April 28, 1924, it was considered to have all the most modern conveniences including unique blackboards constructed from slag from the old Hall Mines smelter pile, an electric gong to “call the children at the appointed hour” and an up-to-date heating plant. The coal door can still be viewed at the rear of the main building. Three hundred people attended the opening of the school including the local MP and BC Attorney General Manson.
100th Year Celebration Event Details, June 1, 2023
Event 1: 100th year assembly – formal celebration of Hume Elementary School — June 1, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (doors open at 8:30) at the gymnasium for students, staff, alumni and SD8 staff.
Event 2: Tour of school, student learning fair, timeline, archival displays, and cake cutting — June 1, 10 a.m. to noon, Hume school studio.
Event 3: Ice cream social, June 1, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with the school community as guests — an evening of food, friends, games, and prizes.
Event 4: Hume history fair and guided building tours, June 2, 3 to 7 p.m. and June 3, 10 to 4 p.m.
SD8 thanks the Nelson Museum, Gallery and Archives for their expertise, archival resources and support leading up to the centennial celebration.