Minimal renovations, maximum supervision
Because of the convent fire, some of the girls from Grades 4 to 9 were relocated to the former Academy, which had to be renovated at top speed. A gymnasium would be added later, but it would serve more as a common room. The brick cladding was whitewashed.
Credit : Archives Héritage Sutton
After the fire, Jacqueline Brazeau-Cyr was one of the students housed at the former Academy. She recounts that:
This is what she remembers of her new school.
She also remembers full classes, a busy schedule, daily homework and strict discipline. Indeed, in reading through reports prepared by the inspectors who regularly visited Catholic schools, we see that the issue of maintaining discipline was very important in evaluating teachers.