Canadian School In West China

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Welcome to the website of the Canadian School of West China, built in Chengdu, Sichuan in the early years of the 20th century. It is sponsored by the Executive of the Canadian School Association. When Canadians of the Canadian Methodist Mission first arrived in West China in 1891, their focus, initially, was evangelization, teaching and medicine. Within a few years, it was apparent that a school for missionary children would have to be started. Here you can read the story of the school, its teachers, but primarily, its students, from its happy opening in 1909 until its sad closing in 1950. We invite you, the former students, your children and grandchildren,   to share the stories and pictures of life as a pupil at the Canadian School in Chengdu, West China.

This is your website. Make it a treasury of memories.

Phyllis Donaghy, Chair of the Canadian School Association.

9 thoughts on “Canadian School In West China

  1. It’s great to have a CS website. Congratulations to all responsible for its creation! Two comments: (1) It seems odd to describe the CS first as “The Canadian School in West China” , then immediately as “The Canadian School in Western China”. and (2) the description “the School my father chose for me” seems today to be unbearably sexist, as well as more or less inaccurate in most cases.

  2. It’s great to have a CS website. Congratulations to all responsible for its creation! Two comments: (1) It seems odd to describe the CS first as “The Canadian School in West China” , then immediately as “The Canadian School in Western China”. and (2) the description “the School my father chose for me” seems today to be unbearably sexist, as well as more or less inaccurate in most cases. (I know of course that the description comes from the school song.)

  3. The Annual Canadian School Reunion was held yesterday (October 18, 2014) just north of Toronto, in Markham at the Dagon Legend Restaurant. The meal was attended by approximately 120 people, which is an all time high. Wonderful to see such renewed interest in this history.

    There was a wonderful PROGRAMME: “The Stories of Missionary Wives, as told by their Granddaughters” : Winnifred Allen, by Louise Jenkins 2) Edna May Meuser, by Dorie Preston 3) Agnes Annis, by Lynn Wyvill 4) Clara Jones, by Jean Zamen.

    I hope next year will be another gathering of the CS alumni, their families and other interested people.

  4. Thank you for the opportunity to present the story of Grandma Meuser (Edna May Speers Meuser) at the CS Reunion luncheon on Oct. 18, 2014. It was a pleasure to also hear of 3 other extraordinary women in the China Mission.

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