The McGill Normal School on Belmont Street in downtown Montreal officially opened on the afternoon of Tuesday, March 3. Read more
The first professional teacher’s organization in Canada, the Provincial Association of Protestant Teachers (PAPT), was formed. William Dawson was elected president three times. Read more.
The McGillNormal School celebrated its 50th anniversary. By this time, it offered five teaching diplomas: Elementary School, AdvancedElementary School, Kindergarten, ModelSchool and Academy Diploma.
In fifty years the McGillNormal School had trained 2,989 teachers, to whom were issued 4,118 diplomas: 300 Academy grade, 1,452 model school grade, 33 kindergarten, and 2,333 elementary. To mark the occasion, Sampson P. Robbins retired after 24 years as principal. Read the article from the Montreal Daily Star.
The McGillNormal School was initially established to train Protestant teachers in public elementary and model education institutions, as described in the 1857 Prospectus. The first class included 35 women and 5 men. William Dawson was the first principal. Students were required to be at least 26 years of age and to produce certificates of good moral character from their clergyman. Read more about student rules and regulations for normal school students.
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