S: Farewell Mrs. Royall!
BC: The End
FC: Thank you for 14 years of dedication!
1: A book of memories and photos from the grateful Staff, Students, Alumni, and Supporting Community of Providence Reformed Collegiate Spring 2011
2: A Humble Beginning | - 1997 - Our first teachers were Mr. Wilfred Bout, Mrs. Dorothy Royall, Miss Jane Nieboer, and Mr. Bill Vandoodewaard | The Student Body -Fall 1997- Back (l-r) Christy Smit, Tony Noorloos, Will Dokter, Josh Van Dyk, Dan Kikkert, Jonathan Van Dyk, Darryl Knaap, Darcy Kikkert, Kate Hartemink,Caroline Wynia Front (l-r) Melanie Hartemink, Christina Wynia, Osanna Deelstra, Laura Werkema, Michelle Werkema, Alisha Dokter, Stephanie Kikkert, Denise Hartemink
3: PRC Student Body -Fall 2001- Our beginning years were in Komoka OPC and the school quickly grew!
4: Isaac, David, Katherine, Roger, Jenny, James, Angela, and Paul | Congratulations Dorothy on a well deserved retirement. Where did the 14 years at PRC go? There are numerous memories during our time together at PRC. You have played an instrumental role in the lives of about 315 students and have been a great support to more than 20 teachers. It won't be until next year that I will appreciate how much you will be missed. May God continue to bless you in the years to come.
5: PRC Board 2010-11 The Board of PRC would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks for your years of service. Your energetic enthusiasm has been a constant inspiration. Your dedication in administration and in the classroom, has been a positive influence in preparing our children for kingdom service for our God's glory. May the Lord bless you and Dennis as you leave this community to establish your new home and Kingdom service! | Psalm 91:1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
6: Dear Dorothy, It has been a pleasure to know you these past four years! You've been a mentor, an instructor, a please-help-these-tasks-get-accomplished aide, a substitute teacher, a friend, and my Pastor's wife! | Thank you for the ways you have cared for me, the ways you have watched out for the students, and the true dedication you have shown to the community and to the cause of Christian education. You have definitely left a legacy at PRC, but more importantly, in the lives of many people in the service of Christ. May the Lord richly bless you and your family in all of the upcoming changes, and may you continue to be faithful in serving in the various places in which the Lord places you. ~ Theresa Schilthuis | Dear Dorothy, The last four years have flown by, thank you for all your help and your listening ear. I pray that God blesses both you and Dennis in this next stage of your lives.Until we meet again! Au revoir mon amie! Terry
7: Dorothy, I often describe the staff at PRC as family. Thank you for being a big part of that and looking out for each one of us in more ways than we can name. You have such a caring heart and are always willing to generously give of yourself to serve others. May God continue to use you to be a blessing to those around you in the years to come. ~ Leanne | Dorothy! It has been a pleasure working with you. I pray God will continue to bless you and your family as you begin to serve Him through retirement. . Nancy | Dear Mrs. Royall. My PRC student memories include typing class in the office with those keyboard covers and accounting class which was more fun. You also gave me my only detention at PRC. I forgot my kilt and I had to write a theme on Jeremiah 2:32. Dorothy, you’ve also been a colleague for five years. I appreciate your constant willingness to help and answer my questions. Many times you’ve stopped what you were doing to find a number for me or help me with the photocopier. You’ve been a blessing to PRC. May God bless you and Rev. Royall as you move to Florida!
8: Kilts and knee socks! Never again. Happy retirement, Dorothy - I'm not far behind you 'twin.' ~ Christine Faber | Dorothy, It was wonderful to get to know you and to work with you this past year. Happy retirement! ~Jennifer VanderWoerd | Dorothy has been such a blessing to me. She always had a cheerful smile and encouraging word for anyone who entered the office. Dorothy, you have always been a 'giver' whether it be your time, or your many talents. May the Lord bless you and your husband as you give of yourselves in your new area of service. Lord bless, Karen Jaatinen
9: Dorothy: the first one I greet in the morning and the last to whom I say my everyday goodbye. Your presence at PRC has been a rich blessing for us. We trust the LORD will continue to bless you and your family in the years ahead Chris and Joanna De Boer
10: Hey Dorothy! Allow me to express how much I enjoyed working with you those first two years of PRC! Beginning anything new has lots of challenges -- but also many unique rewards. Looking back, there are many memories. But mostly I remember the fragrance of Christ through you as you served Him in your daily interactions with us as staff, students, parents, and board. I feel privileged to have had that brief window of service with you! God's rich blessings on this next chapter of your life. Wilf and Sharon Bout
11: "Dorothy was a great principal when we had our small 30-student school; in fact, she was more than that. She spent time in the office as secretary, she taught Bible and business classes, and she kept staff members on track by wise comments and level-headed advice. She showed dedication to the students, the school and to her God. Thank you for being such a good example, Dorothy, and may God bless you in your retirement. " --Patricia Oliveira (a.k.a. Miss Van Dixhoorn, teacher of music, Spring 1999) | Dear Mrs. Royall, It was a delight to teach with you at PRC from 2000-03. I remember with fondness your enthusiastic spirit, your constant words of encouragement, and your dedicated work ethic. You have blessed many people and families throughout your years at PRC, and you will be deeply missed by the whole community. The Lord's richest blessings to you and your family in these retirement years. Rev. Jeremy Veldman
12: Graduates of 1998-1999 | Although, we graduated in two different years, many of our classes and activities were combined . . .and our lives continue to be very intertwined to this very day :)
13: Left: Jonathan Van Dyk Denise Hartemink Christy Smit Michelle Werkema Right: Dan Kikkert Christina Wynia Darryl Knaap Will Dokter
14: Mrs. Royall, We want to thank-you for you many years of faithful service at PRC. First of all, we are so thankful that the Lord has allowed us to be a part of Providence. It has definately been a real blessing to us! We still can recall many wonderful memories of our days at Providence. It sure did not feel much like school for that first year, down in the basement of that little church. We can clearly remember thinking how it was possible for someone to live off of Diet Coke by the litre and Nutri-grain bars, that were stashed in the drawer of your desk. Who could forget that flashy blue dress with the tassels you were so eager to show us girls the night of our very first Christmas banquet, does the word "flapper" ring a bell? Our memories of PRC will never be forgotten and we pray that the Lord will grant you many blessings and happiness in your future endeavours. Thanks again, Dan and Christy Kikkert:) | Memories of PRC and Mrs. Royall: water fights after school while we were “cleaning” and the teachers were having their meetings, hydro going out while in computer class and Mrs. Royall saying, “You have to save every 5 minutes” only to have the hydro go out again 15 minutes later and still no one saved, the Christmas banquet and the girls getting ready at the Royall’s house, Mrs. Royall’s big “chug” with one can of diet coke and the rest all ice, penny hockey, everyone sitting around the big table in the common room for lunch, Mrs. Royall’s laugh, Rev. Royall talking about the “sneaky snake”, Mrs. Royall being called Mom, hitting someone (who really deserved it) only to receive a detention from Mrs. Royall who was “hiding” among the students, broken legs, broken glasses and broken chairs Mrs. Royall, fourteen years at PRC, that’s quite an accomplishment! Fourteen years of dealing with teenagers day in and day out, takes quite a lady to do that! All the best to you and Rev. Royall in your retirements; wishing you God’s blessings. Darryl & Michelle Knaap
15: Mrs. Royall, You are such an important part of PRC! The school will sure seem different without you! You have been there since day one and seen many students come in and out of the school doors. We were part of the beginning as well and have such fond memories of our grade 12 year which we spent at PRC. Mrs. Royall, you always had/have a smile on your face. We can’t ever remember you being mad . . .maybe trying to be stern . . .but even then;) We remember PRC’s first banquet and the girls all going to your house to get ready. We remember you big jug of diet coke – and being in the school this year as part of the promotion committee, I see that the diet coke continues to be a fixture. Jonathan remembers cutting his hand on a table and you drove him to emergency for stitches. We remember and still see your kindness and cheerful attitude – like every day is a gift! Thank you for all you have contributed to PRC. Someone has BIG shoes to fill!!! Jonathan and Denise Van Dyk | Mrs. Royall, we are grateful for this opportunity to thank you for all the hard work you did for us in our time at PRC, and also for what your commitment has meant for the entire community over the past 14 years. Looking back, I can't imagine how teachers agreed to come to a school with 15 students, in the basement of a church, but we are so very thankful that you did! It's hard to believe that we were only there for a couple years - there are so many good memories of that time. We still draw on the things we learned there - our Family Studies classes, Bible, History, and yes, Accounting too. :o) You have been a foundational part of this school which has been a blessing to the Reformed community all over Southwestern Ontario, and we thank you for taking the risk, giving of your time and talents so freely, and helping to make PRC what it is. I can't remember you ever being in a bad mood or angry, even though I'm sure we deserved it on more than one occasion! You were always cheerful, helpful, and thorough in your tasks at school. It will be hard to think of PRC without you there, and we pray that God will bless you as you take up new challenges in your retirement, and that He will also continue to provide for Providence. Will and Christina Dokter. P.S. You probably didn't anticipate seeing that 13 years ago.....
16: Mrs. Royall, I just want to thank you for all that you have done for PRC. You will be truly missed! The thing that most sticks in my head along with your godly spirit would be your contagious laughter and smiles =) May the Lord richly bless you and your family in the years to come! Love, Melissa Douma (Doug, and kids, Jesse, Alisa, and Saralynn) | Thank - you for all your years of dedicated teaching at PRC, and may God bless you with many more in retirement! Congratulations!.. Jason & Renee Pastoor Alexander, Sam, Even, Simon & Dietrich | Makayla, Joshua & Riley | "I will always remember Mrs. Royal's ever present smile as she was working, teaching, and helping out around the school. She was a real encouragement to those around her and has left a lasting impression with me of the blessing of being a faithful servant in God's kingdom. We wish you God's richest blessings as you continue to serve Him in your new role in life!".. Laura Wilpstra & family. | Congratulations Mrs. Royal!! We wish you God's blessings as you enjoy your retirement! Love Richard and Sarah Faber Arianna, Jessica
17: Dear Dorothy, Thank you so much for your many years of service at PRC! As a student at PRC, I always appreciated your willingness to help, no matter what the request. As a teacher at PRC, I saw the same faithful, joyful heart of service, and the sacrificial love you put into many, many extra hours of work for the school. You've been a great blessing and encouragement to me! I pray your years of retirement will be sweet and you will continue to be abundantly blessed by our dear Saviour. Love, Anita Higgins (and Nick and AnnaMae) | Dear Mrs. Royall, we pray that God will bless you in the coming years. We are so thankful for everything that you contributed to PRC right from the start. Your calm, cheerful disposition and willingness to serve were a testimony to your faith in Christ and a great example to us all! Love, Caroline & Tony (Rebekah, Hannah, Faith and Elianne) | Class of 2000 | Kate & Steve Pastoor, AnnaLynn & Kyra | Josh & Steph VanDyk
18: Graduates 2001 | Mrs. Royall, Congratulations on your well deserved retirement! You will be greatly missed at PRC. I have great memories of PRC and classes with you. You added lots of life and fun to our computer and accounting classes. I didn’t have internet at home and you were such a big help to me with projects – in fact it seemed like you did a lot of my projects for me. I also remember you driving all us girls in “Big Blue” to get ready for the banquet. I recall you having a hard time reaching the gas and brake pedals. But we made it safe and sound. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to PRC. Enjoy your “retirement”! Melanie Binnendyk (and Piet, Timothy and Ella) | Tony Noorloos, John Pennings, Mike Vander Deen, Gary Zekveld, Jonathan Janssens, Melanie Hartemink, Linda Miller, Liz Nywening, Alisha Dokter, Osanna Deelstra | May God bless you in your retirement! Thank you for your many years of service to PRC! Tony, Caroline (Rebekah, Hannah, Faith & Elianne) | Mrs Royall, So you finally decided to retire from PRC?! We wish you all the best in the future and I would also like to thank you for all the great advice you gave me during the time that we spent together at PRC, because you and I both know that your office was basically my home room. I know that you will be greatly missed there. Thank you once again. Love Darcy & Christie Kikkert and family. | Class of 2001
19: Mrs. Royall, I would like to thank you for all the great things that you have done for PRC in the years that you have been there. I have a lot of great memories of PRC and you are a part in many of them. Thank you for letting me do my co-op with you in the office. It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot. I will never forget you walking around with your thirst buster of diet coke and protein bars. I appreciated that no matter what you were always there when someone needed you. I pray that you have a great retirement and once again thank you. Liz Sipkens (Mark, Jacob, Kailey & Zachary) | Well, the time has finally come to retire that Thirstbuster ;) Mrs. Royall, thanks for your years of dedicated service at PRC. God's richest blessings for the future. Gary and Hannah Zekveld (& Elijah) | Mrs. Royall, Thank you for your years of service at PRC! May God bless you in your retirement. Michael & Rachel Vander Deen (Peter, Aaron, & Nathaniel)
20: Dear Mrs. Royall, When we look back on our high school years, we remember you as the cheerful heart of PRC! We appreciated your enthusiasm and care for all your students. You will be missed! We wish you the Lord's richest blessings in your retirement! the Graduates of 2002
22: ...Class of 2003... | Dear Mrs.Royall, THANK YOU so very much for all the work you have done at PRC for so many years. The school would not be the same without you! You were a wonderful, loving, and caring staff member and we are all thankful for all you have done for us. We pray that the LORD will continue to bless you and be near you in the days and years ahead. We hope you will have some time off and be able to enjoy a well deserved break! :)
24: ...peppermints in spare.... ...she didn't stay mad for long... ...accidentally calling her mom... ....the eyes of a hawk... ...good sense of humour... ....the one you wanted running detention...
25: Dear Mrs. Royall, It's been seven years since we graduated from highschool and a lot has changed. But after all this time, we still haven't forgotten your good nature, your good humour, your ever-present Diet Coke or your generosity with peppermints. Thank you for all of that and much more, Mrs. Royall. Wishing you every blessing in the years to come. All the best, | The Class of 2004
26: Graduates 2005 | Dear Mrs. Royall: We want to wish you all the best in the years ahead as you now enjoy your years of retirement! We pray that the Lord will continue to bless you in the road that lies ahead! Thanks so much for so many years of wonderful work!
27: Congratulations Mrs. Royall! Thank you for your dedication to PRC. | Class of 2006
28: the Graduates of 2007 | Mrs. Royall, Thank you for all the hard work you did, to help make our years at PRC be filled with many memories and much learning. May God bless you in the years to come.
29: Sincerely the Graduates of 2008 | Our Memories: - peppermints!!! - diet coke - volleyball incident at 2005 school retreat ;) | Dear Mrs. Royall, We would like to thank you for your years of guidance and kindness to us as we made our way through PRC. PRC will certainly miss its school mom! | Michelle (Talsma) Batterink, Denise Pennings, Dan Batterink, Ryan VanMeppelenScheppink, Eric Koopman, Nathan Kleefman, Carl Vanderdeen, Ryan Vanderlinde, Jenn Wilpstra, Ben Koopman, Terry Lopper, Vanessa Wattel, Lyndsay Schouten, Christy VanDyk, Jenna (Kaastra) VanDyk, Jen Bork, Alaina Wynia, Kaitlin Engbers, Katelyn Kroll, Jamie Korvemaker, Maria Noorloos, Esther DeJong, Karisa Sipkens, Caroline Noorland, Julie Talsma, Esther Mulder, Nicole Meinen, Brittany Brunsveld, Aaron Korvemaker
30: Graduates from 2009 | Dear Mrs. Royall We want to thank you for all you did for us in the four years that we spent learning at PRC. We appreciated your help and thoughtfulness whenever we had questions. We will forever remember your tests, not that we exactly enjoyed tests, but we will always remember the peppermints we received when writing yours. And so we thank-you for your dedication!! May God bless you and be with you in where ever you go from here!
31: Graduates 2010 | Thank you, Mrs. Royall, for all the work and love you have put into our school. God bless you as you journey on! | An Ode to Mrs. Royall All those who believe that a secretary Has a menial job here at PRC Should try walking a day in Mrs. Royall's shoes-- Within no time at all they'll discover the truth! Mrs. Royall taught Bible, and for every test She brought mints to put her students' minds at rest. She traveled the halls making sure we behaved, And always smiled when we looked up and waved. We'd see Mrs. Royall when we walked in late And had to initial the sign-in sheet; Or when we needed to search through Lost and Found-- For a quarter she'd always let us take a look around! The accounting class could always "count" on her When the columns of numbers started to blur. Every day we'd be sure to see Her, diet coke in hand, at nine and three. And so, for her years of joyful service and toil-- Three cheers for our secretary and more, Mrs. Royall!
32: Graduates 2011
33: We really appreciated your cheerful attitude! We will never forget how well you played the policewoman in the 2009 Christmas Banquet! Your dedication to PRC will not be forgotten! May God bless you in your Retirement. -- Graduates of 2011 | As a class, our favourite memory is the couple of days during the winter of 2011 when she brought her son to school with her. There were two Royals sitting at the computers in the office, typing away! Like mother, like son!!
34: Class of 2012 | Congratulations Mrs. Royall!
35: Dear Mrs. Royall, Even though we've only known you for two short years, our time spent with you has been memorable and you have greatly affected our time at PRC. Thank you for everything you have done for us and the school. We will miss you, your cheerful personality, and willingness to help in the coming school years. May God bless you in your retirement! | Gr | Graduates 2013 | Back Row: Owen Westerhof, Luke Pennings, Andrew Noorloos, David VanDyk, Jon Westerhof, Phil Zekveld, Stephen Sipkens, Tyler Bos, Trevor Benjamins, Middle Row: Julia Pennings, Jaclyn Vellenga, Lindsay DeBoer, Kaleena Poort, Erin Koopman,Janneke DeJong, Aylien Wattel, Heather Schouten, Laurenne Vandergaag, Eric Vanderlinde, Randy Vanderdeen, Josh Luth, Matthew Noorloos. Front Row: Danielle VanderHeide, Katelyn Bloemendal, Lysa Huizinga, Gretchen Kaastra, Kevin Wattel, Matt Boeringa, Erik Devries, Hannah Doner.
36: Congratulations Mrs. Royall! | Class of 2014
37: From the Parents: | Dear Mrs Royall I remember you from the old days in Ingersoll. You were my catechism teacher, teaching me church history. It is Providence that you are now teaching my son at PRC and helping to shape his life as you have shaped mine. We wish you God's blessings in your retirement and until we meet again. John and Maxine Zekveld (Phillip, Jessica, Devyn and Eddy) | ~Best Wishes on your Retirement~ Thank you, Mrs. Royall, for your many years of service at PRC. The school, the church community, and our children have greatly benefited from all your hard work and dedication. We wish you God’s blessings on your retirement. May you continue to use your talents forHis Kingdom and for His Glory. Thank you for all you’ve done, George, Linda, Jocelyn, Janelle, Lindsay, Nicole, and Andrea DeBoer | Dear Dorothy, You have been an integral part of the life of PRC for both students, parents, and community! We will miss you! Our prayer is that the Lord will continue to bless the work you've done here. We thank you for your efforts and pray for the Lord's blessing on your retirement! Richard & Barb Vander Deen & Family
38: School Trip 1999
39: Dear Mrs. Royall, John remembers taking the PRC students to Niagara Falls for their end-of-the-school-year trip in 1999, The staff and students hiked along the Niagara Escarpment. Once, when the students assembled at the top of the trail, they noticed that Mrs. Royall had not surfaced. Thankfully, a staff member and student were able to come to her rescue. We appreciate the work you have done at PRC over the years. Your dedication and organizational skills have greatly benefited the growth of the school. We will miss the warm reception that you gave from the glass office to visitors entering the school. May God guide and strengthen you as you continue to serve Him. John and Louise Deelstra and family
40: “Old Faithful”, While we don’t mean to compare you to a geyser (because you are not a “spouting off” kind of person), and while we are hesitant to connect you the “old” part, we feel there is definitely a connection to the “faithful” part. You were there when the school started, and you’ve been there ever since. You’re one of the first to arrive in the morning, and one of the last to leave at night. You’ve watched six of our children go through PRC and graduate, and seen four of them marry other PRC graduates. (That’s quite the Family Studies course we have!) You’ve seen shy little students mature into confident bigger students. You’ve always been interested in them, taken time for them, and been fair with them (yes, you’ve handed out your share of detentions too!) Thank you for your many years of service, love, and concern at PRC. May God bless you in your retirement! (Have a royal one . . . ) Henry and Annette Hartemink
41: Dear Mrs. Royall: Thank-you for the many years of service and kindness you have displayed to the students, staff and families of PRC. It has been a great pleasure to know you. May the Lord richly bless you in the years to come. John &Teresa, Emily, Randy, Kate and Ben Vander Deen | Dear Dorothy: On the occasion of your retirement we want to take this opportunity to thank you for your many years of dedication, love and hard work for the school. You have worn many hats over the years and we will miss your administrative touch in the office. Paul has enjoyed working with you on the computer committee and getting to know you better. Your smile, laughter and coke cup will be missed. May God bless you and your husband as you enter a new chapter in your life. May the Lord use you and your gifts in still more wonderful ways! Paul and Karen Tim, Ryan, Jessica and Jason Sipkens
42: Henk and Els de Jong and Family | Mrs. Royall We would like to say a big 'Thank You' for your service at Providence. We pray that God continues to bless you throughout your life and that you may be able to carry on the work of God, serving in His love.
43: The Noorloos Family | Dear Dorothy, We thank you for all the years you have been involved with PRC. Your willingness to wear "many hats", even assuming the task of principal, was much appreciated. Your pleasant and talkative personality will always be treasured by our family. We do recall that the "10 minute bell" for parent-teacher interviews was put in place for your benefit. We will miss your cheerful presence. May God bless you richly in your retirement! John & Margaret Noorloos, Tony, Kathleen, Christine, Maria, Alyce, Matthew, Joshua & William
44: Hi Dorothy, All the best and the Lord's blessings for many more peaceful, healthy, happy, and joyful years together with your family. The Wattels.
45: Dear Mrs. Royall, Thank you for being our principal, teacher, administrator, etc. for all these years! And of course for your welcome smile, when we walk into the school your kindness is a blessing to us. May God give you all the joy, comfort, and love that you give so generously to others! Love Henk, Sjoukje, and Vanessa Pastoor | We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints— the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel Colossians 1:3-5
46: Dear Dorothy Albert and I would like to thank you for all that you have done for PRC. Your joyful spirit has always been a welcoming feature to the school. We will miss your smile. God bless you and your family in your time of retirement. Albert, Tammy, Nicole, Alex, Chelsea, and Natasha Meinen
47: I recall the early days of PRC when it was still just an idea. We were living in Iowa at the time and came "home" to visit our family. My father had a Board meeting for PRC in the Spring of 1997, so I rode with him there. The board meetings were being held at the Covenant Christian School building in London. There I met Dorothy, who was also a member of the Board. Little did we realize that in a few years our children would be attending both Covenant Christian School and Providence Reformed Collegiate! In the Lord's goodness you have been able to be directly involved in the development of the school from its earliest days. You will be missed! May the Lord continue to bless the work you have done at PRC to provide a faithful, Reformed education to our covenant community for many years to come. We wish you a blessed time of retirements with Dennis, and hope that you will be able to find meaningful avenues of kingdom service in your new home. Harry and Evelyn Zekveld and Jordan, Jonathan, Levi, Lyn, Jacob, Bethany and Rudy | Dear Dorothy, Thank you for your dedicated service to the Lord at Providence Reformed Collegiate. With God's help your efforts at providing Reformed Christian education has blessed our community by shaping and directing many lives for the glory of Christ. The work you have done the Lord has used to bless also our family as our three oldest children have studied at PRC.