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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 8-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD-Thursday, August Enthusiasm of teachers sparks talent Halifax school children subject of much admired musical HALIFAX (CP) The National Film Board is neanng completion of a musical documentary with a cast of schoolchildren of Halifax The youngsters have been filmed learning and performing music under a program that has aroused international curiosity and admiration. The NFB film will attempt to illustrate why children have and are becoming musi- cally literate even musicians of high private tutoring. Halifax music students consistently win top honors at national competitions and demon- strate ability to compete successfully with adults. One reason, suggests Witman Trecartin, producer and editor of the film, is the "tremen- dous enthusiasm" for music with which the 50 city music teachers have infected their students. Enthusiasm to learn and love for music borders on fanaticism, Mr. Trecartin said. As well as imparting their own feelings about music, the teachers combine applied psy- chology with tough discipline, he said. "They really know what they are doing." The core is a compulsory general-music course for all students from Grades 1 to 6. It has a comprehensive curriculum, including theory, voice and ear training. A key to the approach is the use of a music-education system developed in Hungary that emphasizes control of the body and muscular reactions. Music courses subsequent to Grade 6 up to and including Grade 12, are elective. They are given outside regular class hours by sub-departments specializing in categories such as woodwinds, strings etc. The students also are encouraged to join a band or school symphony orchestra. Practice is done at home. Under this system, children may learn several instruments and play in more than one group. Mr. Trecartin said the excellence of the program is largely due to Chalmers Doane, music department director. Mr. Doane has been visited by educationists from as far as Hungary and Iceland and from all over North America, who come to study his in- novative system. Professional musicians also are fascinated by the program. Garry Karr, called the world's foremost double bassist, moved from the United States to live in Halifax more than three years ago and to teach in city schools. Mr. Trecartin said the NFB film, expected to be distributed internationally, will cost The crew of six began shooting last April. A highlight will be a public performance by the school's musical groups, including several ensembles, a senior jazz band, a senior symphony orchestra, a senior stage band, a choir and a group of ukelele players. Girl president elected HALIFAX (CP) The Uni- versity of King s College is the oldest college in Canada, and a school of long-standing traditions This year it broke with one of its oldest traditions and elected the first female presi- dent of the student body. She is Jane Spurr. 20, who is, in tact, the first woman to run as ,a candidate for the post The second-year commerce student takes it in her stride. "It really doesn't seem that odd." .she said "I'm sure that a girl can do the job as well as a man Besides heading the student council. Miss Spurr will pro- vide the liaison between the 350 students and the adminis- tration, and will serve on the university's board of gover- nors "We have a very good rap- port here at King's with both the faculty and the adminis- trators." she said. "I intend to keep up this close rapport, since it has proven so benefi- cial to both bodies in the past." She said she expects the students will continue their in- volvement in "outreach tutor- m which students volun- teer their Saturday mornings to tutor underprivileged chil- dren and to take them to col- lege sports activities. "It has been one of our most success- ful she said. She said she also hopes to see a new program in- troduced during her term by which King's College students will visit local high schools to tell prospective university students about the college. NOTICE THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE CANADA GAMES SPORTSPLEX REQUEST AP- PLICATIONS FROM INTERESTED GIRLS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 15 YEARS AND 19 YEARS TO SERVE IN THE CAPACITY OF "VOLUNTEER USHERETTES." AP- PLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY SEPTEMBER 8th, 1974 AND SUBMITTED TO: Mrs. Marilyn Snedden, 328 Rideau Court, Lethbridge, Alberta, ___________________Telephone: 328-8087. Herald Youth Someasked to leave Nepal edges out hippies King Scout Robert J. Seabright, 85, looks at new scout material with two young friends, both Eagle Scouts in Illinois. Mr. Seabright joined the Boy Scouts 74 years ago in England and attained the rank of King Scout, which among other things, required him to live outdoors for one year. KATMANDU, Nepal (Reuter) Hippies, those long-haired heralds of a new life-style in the 1960s, are be- ing edged out of this Himalayan kingdom's capi- tal, once one of their favorite havens. Fewer hippies than ever are to be seen in the busy pagoda- studded streets of Katmandu, their numbers thinned by the steep price rises and steps taken by the Nepalese govern- ment two years ago to control "undesirable elements." A few have been asked to leave the country and sent back in trucks to the Indian border Visa extensions are more difficult to obtain than before Most of the hippies who do come here spend their winter on the sandy beaches of tropical Goa, on India's west coast. When the weather in Goa gets too hot, they move up to mountainous Nepal where the living is still com- paratively cheap despite inflation. In the narrow streets of the old city a room can be rented for as little as 40 or 50 rupees to a month. Accom- modation is basic: a bare room with a wooden board for a bed (mattresses can be bought cheaply) and a rudimentary toilet outside FOOD ALSO CHEAP Food in Nepalese restaurants is also cheap. Forty-five cents will buy some lentils, a dish with a little meat and a pancake, a sweet and coffee or tea Most of the hippies here, wearing local garb or ragged clothes with bead collars and ornaments, are people who gave up their jobs or inter- rupted their studies to travel for a few years. Typical is Karl, 26, who gave up his well-paid job as a salesman in Duesseldort, West Germany, after saving enough to live cheaply for about 18 months. Witn his wife and baby daughter he spent six months in Goa before mov- ing to a room on a small farm here. LEISTER'S MUSIC L TD. Campus Corner USE OUR STORES CREDIT PLAN OR.. Corner 3rd Ave. and 8th St. S. Phone 327-8548 Students appoint 'youth voice9 to school board ef BEUS! STRATO-STREAK BELTS 2 INSTALLED F78 x x G78 x x H78 x x FRONT WHEEL ALIGNMENT plus BALANCE to stretch tire life! MONEY- SA VI NG STRENGTH for your CAMPER or LIGHT TRUCK! WIDE TREAD SS 100 Retreads Firestone Riding System Service Specialists will carefully align and statically balance both front wheels repack outer front wheel bearings plus check brakes shock absorbers battery and all suspension parts 6-ply Nylon Transport EXCHANGE INSTALLED 4-ply Nylon Transport Speed King Installed 1 4 CAN REPLACE F 78 1 4 f 1 5 Torsion bars and air conditioning extra SYDNEY, N.S. (CP) Co- leen MacCormick, a 17-year- old Grade 11 student, served on the Sydney city school board last winter and she describes it as a "fascinating" experience and as providing a "youth voice" in decisions. Along with another student, Brian Doue, she was ap- pointed to the board as a non- voting member after being elected by fellow students. She said she discovered "things behind the scenes" in the operation of the board and realizes "what really tough decisions the school board has to make." The adult members of the board received them "really she said, and "they readily explained" the workings of the board. Asked about giving student representatives the vote, she said: "Right now, I don't think I should have a vote. As students we don't know enough about all life ex- periences. We don't know all the ins and outs. "Voting is a small part when you see how great a step it was to have a student become a member of the board." The role of the students on the board is the input from "someone who is a product of what is going on in the school system." The students at her school "want to know what is going on" at the school board meet- ings. Sydney deputy mayor Archie MacRury said the students were "enthusiastic and very vocal" and that the students have "a right to speak out" and were en- couraged to do so at board meetings. If the pilot project works out, he will recommend to the board next year to ask the education department to give students voting rights. Education Minister William Gillis said he is interested in and welcomes the project al- though he is not familiar with it. Granting voting rights would probably require a change in the provincial Education Act. Mr. Gillis said "the more open school boards are the better" and they would provide more communication between the board and the school. Mothers' union fights for rights TORONTO (CP) A group of unwed, divorced and sepa- rated mothers are in the proc- ess of organizing to fight for larger mothers' allowances. The group, called the Mothers Led Union, is demanding government finan- cial aid equal to that allotted to foster parents, as well as the right to earn more money on their own without having family assistance reduced. Joan Clark of Toronto, the group's main organizer, says there are three locals in Metropolitan Toronto and another three are beginning to take shape. The union was formed in June and Miss Clark says it hopes to have at least members with about children before it launches an active campaign for more assistance from the Ontario government. Miss Clark, who is divorced, has two children living at 15 years old, the other two attending university away from home. She says she receives a month for the cart of her 15- year-old. If he were in a foster home, she says, his foster par- ents would receive a month plus a clothing allowance, and the boy would receive a week spending money. By JOANN VERSTEEG Kate Andrews High School With summer vacation over and school already begun peo- ple will be asking the inevitable question. "How was your If by chance you were to ask one of the twenty students from Kate Andrews High School who participated in the Young Voyageur program he would undoubtably say, "I had a terrific time." A federal provincial program, the Young Voyageurs are groups of students, 10 girls and 10 boys, who participate in an ex- change with students from other parts of the country. The program's aim is to provide an opportunity to meet, to know and to develop a closer understanding of Canadians living and working in other regions of Canada. This summer, 20 students from Kate Andrews High School participated in the program Our destination? Twillingate Newfoundland. The week prior to our departure (July 5-13) 20 students Irorn Joliette, Quebec came to Coaldale. These students were billeted in our homes. Despite the language barrier we learned to com- municate with the little French we had and the English they had learned. Our activities involved a day in Waterton, tour.-, of the University of Lethbridge and the Japanese Gardens, and a long day at the Calgary Stampede. Tuesday, July 16th, finally arrived Twenty slightly nervous and very excited young people stood and waited in front ol the John Davidson School for their bus. Finally it came and we were off on an adventure never to be forgotten. That night was spent in Edmonton and the next day we went on several tours before leaving for Ottawa. The following three days saw us in Ottawa We toured the Parliament buildings, saw the changing of the guards, and spent a day in Montreal. We were sorry to leave because we had made many friends and because we didn't know what to expect in the next phase of our trip. Gander had arrived Nervously we walked out of the plane. Where were they? What were they like? What was planned for us? Could we understand them'' These and many more questions were running through our heads All questions were soon to be answered and when they were, we were the happiest group of kids around. Our tours were mainly centered around the fishing industry. A few of our activities included a boat ride around Twillingate Island, tour of the fish plant, a long hike and an afternoon at Terra Nova National Park. Their slight accent and the sense of culture that had not died fascinated us. We left feeling as though we were leaving old and close friends. A kinship had developed with them that will never be forgotten. What did we, as a group, gain from this program? We began as a group of students who knew each other only in the classroom and we came back as a family. Our chaperones, Ed and Jeannie Owen were the best we could have had. Soon we were calling them Mama and Papa and we felt as though they were. Besides this closeness that developed in our group we learned how people in another part of the country lived. We now have a greater understanding of the Newfies as they are often called. The trip is something that can never be forgotten. The programme is very worthwhile and can be recommended to everyone. We went and we're glad we did EVEREADY BATTERIES EACH Quantity Early All C, 0, AA and AAA Translator, Flashlight, Alkaline, Etc. Another "Inflation Fighter Special" From LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. Paramount 327-2272 ;