Our lady of Our Airways School was a really small school, especially considering that Malton is already a small town in itself and had lots of other Catholic schools in the area.
I have had many lovely memories from that school, a lot of it is also pretty foggy since it was from my younger years, so they wont necessarily be in the correct order.
- The Kindergarten class was huge and there was so much fun things there. A water/sand station, a paint corner, an area to play with dolls and other toys. I’m sure a lot of other Kindergarten classes were either the same or similar, but mine felt special.
- This school is where I met my current best friend. Amazing how we’ve been friends since Senior Kindergarten.
- My French teacher always had his guitar in hand, and when he wasn’t playing music for us we would be watching Telefrancais! There was also a puppet the teacher always had, it was bald and had a red shirt. To be honest probably the only time I ever liked learning French, lol.
- This could be one of my foggy memories, but our library was huge and we always got to watch a movie/show in there as a class.
- I remember for music class we got to learn how to play the keyboard and the recorder. Fun times… especially hot cross buns. Who doesn’t know that song? I sucked at Mary had a little lamb. I’m pretty sure it was also music class that we got to try some line dancing.
- For one of my classes I learned how to make a kite which was really fun and another class we learned how to make ice sculptures.
- We had a snack shack and it always had chips, fruit-tella, frozen pyramid like shaped treat (cannot remember the brand we had) and freezies.
- Jump-rope for heart was one of my favourite events at the school. One time I won a snow white hard cover book and not only did it have the story, but it had some of the art work and how the book and movie was created (I’m convinced I still have this book somewhere). I also won a stuffed green dog, which I still have kicking around somewhere.
- Play Day was always amazing and well planned out.
- The field at the school sometimes would freeze over in the winter and we would all just slide and skate around it.
- My grade 3 teacher always allowed us to have extra gym time whenever the class was well behaved.
- There was a rope tire swing in the playground and kids would take turns going “around the world”, honestly the most sickest I ever felt spinning around on anything, I remember getting off and couldn’t walk straight, hit the ground and puked. Not fun. But nevertheless a memory. Till this day, I still get motion sickness when I go on rides that involves too much spinning.
- Our lunch supervising guardian (not sure what to name her title) but she always had candies when she was watching us all during her duty in the park during lunch and recesses. And especially closer to holidays like valentines day it was always themed candy.
- We had a pretty wicked haunted house (now that I actually think about it now), but back then after attempting to walk through it I became too much of a chicken shit and ended up just sitting in the corner colouring (there was a colouring corner where you can colour Halloween themed pictures if you didn’t want to go into the haunted house section).
I would’ve loved to graduate grade 8 there, but sadly because the school was too small they had closed Our Lady of the Airways plus a few other schools in Malton because there was just not enough students going there. So I started grade 6 in a different school. I guess if it wasn’t for me going to another school, I wouldn’t have the experiences I’ve had there also, I have had some pretty amazing teachers at the new school and some what made friends too.
Eventually OLOA turned into a private school (possibly?). I just remember walking through the property one day to see what has become of the school and I remember a bunch of kids in uniforms.
Stay tuned for next weeks Wild Wednesday to hear what the school looked like before it got torn down.