It’s hard to believe CCH is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Other than 50 years of great education for many students of different generations, there are many elements of the school that have been around for a long time, or have cool backstories that accompany them throughout the years. I have found three artifacts that might pique your interest.
The first artifact isn’t something small, like a painting or a statue; rather, it’s a whole building. I was told about the changes made to the building by a friend of my parents, who attended the school in the late 1980’s. This is a building we should all know: the Trinity Learning Centre. I discovered that the Trinity Learning Centre used to be a building dedicated to drama. Some twenty years ago, that building used to be where students would act and perform shows on a large scale. (Can you even imagine?!?) The stage was larger than the Eggplant we have today, and one of the ways people could tell it was the drama room back then was that every window was covered, giving it a dark, ominous look.
The second discovery I made was thanks to Mr. Nixon, who was very willing to give me information on all things that had to do with the chapel. In the west side chapel, there is a crucifix in there that came all the way from Cuernavaca, Mexico. The wood of the crucifix was made out of the wood of the portico (kind of like a gate) of a chapel-like courtyard around that area of Mexico. The wood is over 400 years old now! The corpus is thought to be made out of pewter from that area, and the crucifix was handmade just for the school.
The third discovery of many that I made has to do with the stations of the cross that are spread throughout Campus East. The story behind this one starts at an elementary school called St. Luke’s elementary, and throughout their school, they had the different stages of the cross spread throughout so that the children could be exposed to them more often, and almost follow them on a daily basis. This gave Mr. Nixon the idea to do the same thing for our school. He collected two kinds of stations of the cross: the basic version, and the social justice version as well, that depicts issues that happen throughout the world today. You can find these pictures hung on entryways and walls around both campuses.
These are just a few of the many stories I’ve heard from different teachers and former students. CCH, I have found out, is full of history and adventures that, if you’re a curious person like me, might strike you as interesting. If you enjoy discoveries, ask around, and I’m sure you’ll find many things just like I did.
Ashley Judge is a grade ten student at CCH. She enjoys music, reading, and writing. Her favourite thing about CCH is that the food smells so good.