G.W. (Bill) Stubbs had his Grade 8 students perform a novel task: keep a record of their school days through a kind of “week in review” writing assignment.

This amusing story from May 13, 1946 was written by Doreen McQuillan. It’s related to Girl Guides and presented this month in honour of February’s World Thinking Day.

….”Thursday was a big day, for although away from school I saw Lady Baden Powell which I should say was more educational if anything is! Two chartered buses pulled out at ten A.M. with about one hundred Guides and Brownies from all over the district.

The bus being late we barely had time to pitch our store-tent and practise the horse-shoe formation before she arrived. It was very embarrassing when after the whole thing was over the Scouts were allowed to examine our work of art, mainly the tent, for by that time it was sagging all over and some of the knots were getting quite loose. This of course was due to the hurried construction. Lady Baden Powell gave a very interesting talk on the various countries to which she has travelled in which there are members of the Girl Guides. On the whole she was very charming and thrilling to listen to… On the way back we had the time of our lives for the bus broke down just past Qualicum Beach, and we had to wait for an hour for a bus to pick us up. Meanwhile we had a campfire around which we talked, sang, planned, and talked some more. When the bus eventually picked us up it was getting quite dark and windy. Coming up the main street everyone stared at the bus for Don turned on the lights so everyone could see us and honked the horn while we sang “We’re here because.” On the whole it was a most enjoyable day which I shall remember for some time to come.

Friday being the Comox District Track Meet everyone anxiously waited for three o’clock to come. Courtenay won but with some difficulty for Comox came just a few points behind.

That ended a delightful week of school which included many interesting events. The only flaw was my stiff legs for I still can’t bend and if I do it’s almost impossible to get up again.

Only six more weeks of school!”

Celebrated since 1926, World Thinking Day is a day of international friendship. It is an opportunity to speak out on issues that affect young women and fundraise for 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 150 countries. The theme for World Thinking Day (February 22) 2021 is peacebuilding.