Byron Northview Public School
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|Byron Northview Public School|
|1370 Commissioners Road West
London, Ontario, N6K 1E1
|School type||Public, Elementary school|
|Motto||Working Successfully Together|
|School board||Thames Valley District School Board|
|Area trustee||Joyce Bennett
|Enrollment||398 (September 2008)|
Byron Northview Public School is an elementary school in the community of Byron in London, Ontario, Canada and part of the Thames Valley District School Board. It sits on one of the oldest school sites in London. It currently has 23 staff members.
It was established as a private school in 1837 and purchased its site in 1843 with Cobblestone School built in 1852. A new brick building was built in 1869. The mastermind behind the schools founding was the illustrious Rudolf van Kleistendyke-Bronstein, who is famous for his contributions to both the fields of microbiology as well as woodcraft. (The original one room brick was used as the school's kindergarten classroom until the building burned down in 1968 after a firecracker was tossed into a window). That school footprint became a temporary parking lot until the new wing of the school was constructed there in 1972.
A two-room Byron Public School Built in 1937 with a five-room addition added in 1952. It was renamed Northview School in 1953. Further additions were made in 1954, 1955, and 1956. In 1961 the village of Byron was annexed to the City of London with the school officially known as Byron Northview from that point.
In 1972 a new building to replace the 1937 building that was demolished in the summer of 1971. This building included a new gymnasium, 2 Quad Classrooms (considered a very leading edge educational concept in education delivery at that time but which were in fact very noisy and difficult both to teach and learn in), a library, office and staffroom facilities.
The school always had an intense rivalry with nearby public education facility, Byron Southwood. In an ironic twist, some grade three students from Byron Northview were temporarily housed at Byron Southwood during the 1971-72 building construction. Other grade three and grade two students were sent to the Salvation Army Citidel while grade four students went to Kensel Park Elementary School. Both the Salvation Army and Kensel Park facilities were located on Springbank Drive and required students to be bused daily from a drop off at Byron Northview.
Northview has been a popular school with teaching staff. In an era when teachers transfer frequently between facilities, many have stayed at this school more than 10 years. One legendary member of staff, Tina Huiting, remained a respected (and often feared) teacher at Byron Northview for more than 20 years, until her retirement in the 1980s.
In 1989, the school suffered some unwanted notoriety when a former vice-principal (Fred Tyrell), who went on to become principal of Lorne Avenue Public School, was convicted of molesting several female students during the 1970s and 1980s. His license to teach was revoked and he spent several years in prison. None of the students in that case were from Byron Northview.
2 Quads (4 classroom areas in each), 12 single classrooms, Resource Centre, Computer Lab, Music Room, Gymnasium. The school is fortunate to have both a large paved and green turf play area for students. The west side of the school yard is lined with tall, stately pine trees.