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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Avilon School / Bield School No. 1656 (Bield, Municipality of Roblin)

Known originally as the Avilon School District when it was organized formally in February 1913, at some time it was renamed Bield School District. The school operated in the village of Bield in what is now the Municipality of Roblin. In August 1913, it became Bield Consolidated School. The school closed in 1967 and the building is no longer present at the site. A metal monument at the site, topped by the school bell, commemorates it.

Principals

Period

Principal

1938-1940

Flora L. Black

1940-1942

Nancy C. T. McBean

1942-1943

Mrs. F. B. Snowdon

1952-1953

Mrs. R. M. Perchaluk

1953-1954

Michael Kiedyk

1954-1955

Mrs. Jessie Stewart

1955-1961

Leslie Irving Spear (1906-1973)

Teachers

Among the other teachers of Bield School were J. L. Morrow and Al Mihaychuk.

Photos & Maps

Bield School

Bield School main building and church used as senior school (March 1935) by H. L. Albright
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 11.

Bield School

Bield School main building (no date) by H. L. Albright
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 11.

Bield School

Bield School (1960s) by George O. Hinds
Source: George Hinds Archive

Bield School

Bield High School held in nearby church building (no date) by H. L. Albright
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 11.

Bield School

The former Bield High School, later used as a United Church (no date)
Source: Ed Arndt

Bield School

The former Bield High School, later used as a United Church (no date)
Source: Ed Arndt

Bield School

Bield School monument (June 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N51.22052, W101.15609
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

One Hundred Years in the History of the Rural Schools of Manitoba: Their Formation, Reorganization and Dissolution (1871-1971) by Mary B. Perfect, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, April 1978.

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

We thank the late D. Kent Mackey (1955-2008) for making available online a collection of photos taken by his grandfather George O. Hinds, among which was a photo of Bield School. Also providing photographs of the former Bield School was Ed Arndt, who attended as a students in grades 9, 10 and 11.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 September 2016

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