On March 28th 2001, members of the SEVEC exchange group from James M. Hill High visiting Roncalli High in Port Saunders, NF - traveled to Gros Morne National Park and to the home of Newfoundland’s heroine Nurse Myra Bennett.
The New Brunswick students and teachers were amazed by the park’s breathtaking view. On their visit, the students were shown a movie which depicted the natural beauty of the park in each one of its seasons. After the film, the students were given the opportunity to explore an area of the park. Thanks to the Canadian National Wildlife Parks the Gros Morne National Park has been preserved in its entire natural splendor. Overall the students and teachers seemed to enjoy the outdoor scenery the best.
Teacher Mrs. Brown, who previously visited the Park remarked, “Though I’ve been here years ago, I enjoyed the refreshing beauty of the season, at such a well-known place.”
Miramichi student Brandi Mills speaks on behalf of her fellow students by saying, “Embracing such beauty as that of Gros Morne National Park was definitely a pleasurable experience.”
After lunch, the SEVEC group traveled to the Bennett House. The students were given a tour of the house. The home boasts Myra Bennett’s medical clinic, kitchen, pantry, dinning room, parlor, four bedrooms, and a bathroom. The furniture, medical instruments and records were on display for the students to view.
Roncalli student Matthew Penny recalls how much he enjoyed the tour; “I learned many things about our great heroine, Nurse Myra Bennett.”
The students of both James M. Hill and Roncalli High greatly appreciated the effort that went into their fabulous potluck dinner, which was prepared for the students by the staff of Roncalli High. The dinner was exceptional.
Overall the day was a complete success. Everyone truly enjoyed themselves.