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ASHBURTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE.

The usual meeting of the Committee was held on Tuesday night in the schoolroom. Present—Dr. Stewart (Chairman), and Messrs Bradley and St. Hill. A considerable amount of correspondence with the Board of Education was read on matter's of minor importance.

Regarding surface drainage at the master’s house, on which a letter from the Board had been received, the Secretary was instructed to write to the Board, asking if any report had been given by Mr Cane, and stating that that gentleman had examined the house without giving notice to the Committee who woidd have preferred to be present when Mr Cane was there.

The master reported a large and regular attendance at school during the past month. The Inspector had visited and examined the school on the 29th and 30th ult. On the first day of the Inspector’s visit there were 385 children present, an ncrease of 100 over the attendance at the Inspector’s last visit. On the Slat the drill inspector, Mr Walker, had visited the school, and expressed his satisfaction at the children’s marked improvement in drill and gymnastics. Mr Walker had suggested that two of. the lads—Reginald Hodder and Henry Burfoot—should be sent to Christchurch for the next annual competition in gymnastics, and had offered to accommodate those boys at his own house, freo of expense, during their stay. The gymnastic apparatus of the school had not yet been repaired. The numbers on the roll at present were—boys, 230 ; girls, 234 ; total, 464. The report contained a suggestion made to the inspector that another entrance was wanted for the new room, and the old porch removed and converted into closets, which the inspector said wore required. A set of models for drawing was also required. The master asked for liberty to call the school at 9.30 a. m., so ■ that one and a half hour might be given ■ as interval at mid-day.

The Secretary was instructed to apprise' the second master of the fact that he was

held responsible for the care of the gymnastic apparatus. It was decided to give a prize to the best gymnast in the school and to request the master to make this intention of the Committee known to the scholars.

Holiday's were declared for the local Race and Show Days, but the proposed’ alteration of the school hours was‘disallowed for the present. • Mr Bradley for the Visiting Committee reported verbally on the state of the playground, and on some little repairs that wanted doing. Some brick and cement work was necessary near the pump. These repairs were sanctioned. The Secretary was instructed to apply to the Board to have the gymnasium painted. It was resolved—“ That the annual public examination of the schools take place on the 17 th, 18th, and 19th days of December, prizes to be distributed on the 22nd—the annual treat to be deferred until the Christmas vacation. Subscription lists were handed to the members present, and others ordered to be forwarded to the absent members, and also one to Mr Shury, who has always taken a kindly interest in the school, with a request that lie will do the same this year ” Mr St. Hill was appointed a Visiting Committee for the month, with authority to procure a scythe and billhook for the care-taker.

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ASHBURTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 21, 13 November 1879

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