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SCHOOL COMMITTEE ELECTIONS.

CHEKTSEY. At the annual meeting of householders in the school district of Chertsey, hold in the schoolroom on Monday, January 26th, for the purpose of electing a committee for ensuing year, Mr. Vv r . A. Brown was voted to the chair. He called upon the secretary (Mr. Markham) to read the report of the business done by the committee during their term of office —also the Inspector’s report on the general results attained by the scholars at the examination held in October last. Mr. Leslie moved, and it was carried unanimously—“ That the report of the committee and also the Inspector’s, bo adopted, as they met with the general approval of the residents of the district.” Votes of thanks were recorded to the Chairman and Secretary for (heir faithful performance of the duties devolving upon them as the representative officers of the committee. Messrs. W. A. Brown and A. It. Markham briefly acknowledged the compliment. The business of nominating a committee for the ensuing year was then proceeded with, and Messrs, lb-own, Doig, Leslie, Wilkinson, Campbell, Childs, and M‘Donald, were duly elected without opposition. At a committee meeting held immediately after all the members except Mr. Campbell being present, Mr. Leslie proposed, and it was unanimously carried —“ That Mr. W. A. Brown be chairman f.rthe ensuing year.” The committee then proceeded tonominate twogentlemen to fill the places of the three retiring members of the Board of Education. It was resolved that Messrs H. J. Tancred and H. W. Peryman be nominated. Air. WiLinson moved break up on Friday January 30th, for harvest holidays, and the committee be adjourned at is rising till February 27th. to consider when the school shall re-open.” —Carried. The committee Ihcn adjourned. The following is the report submitted by the committee Since February 24tb, 1879, the committee have held twelve general meetings. The work they have taken in hand and executed with the authority of the Board of Education may be summarised as the furnishing of the school with desks and all requisite furniture for general school purposes, procuring a large concrete tank, pump, &c., subdividing the grounds for the general convenience of both master and scholars, placing screens around the offices and shingling the paths. Your committee here desire to thank Air. Henry Hampton for hiskindnessin ploughing thogrounds, since laid down in grass, which wo think will tend to improve its hitherto barren and desolate appearance. During our term of office we have received from the Board the sum of LI7I 13s. 2d., and our expenditure LIGO 25., leaving us at the end of the financial year the sum of Ll 5 ss. 2d., part of which has been expended upon current accounts as shown by the auditor’s sheet. Other works than we have specified have been done, and we trust that during our term of office if the individual members of the committee may not have at all times worked amicably together, yet we will at least say that we have endeavored to work for the best interests and efficiency of the school, which we flatter ourselves we have satisfactorily secured. The examination conducted by the Government Inspector (Air. Edge), in October last, shows an average of 100 per cent, of passes, and his generel remarks as a Government officer are highly satisfactory to the committee, and we trust to the public, CAMBRIDGE. A public meeting was held at Air. Megson’s house on Monday night, Jan. 26th, to elect a school committee for the Cambridge district. Air. Megson was voted to the chair. The minutes of the last meeting of householders was read and confirmed. The retiring Committee laid before the meeting their report and balance-sheet of their term of office, which was appi'oved. The nomination of candidates was then proceeded with, and the following were proposed Mr. Graybum, Mr. VVatkin, Mr. Alegson, Mr. Lloyd, Mr. Dale, Mr. Alargetts, and Mr. Lill. There being only seven persons nominated, the Chairman declared them duly elected as the Committee for the Cambridge school district for the year 1880. The public meeting recommended to the Committee to defer opening the school till about the Ist of March, as the harvest is in full operation. After a vote of thanks to the retiring Committee and Chairman, the meeting closed. The Committee then met, and Mr. Megson was unanimously elected Chairman of the Committee for 1880. Air. Megson then took the Chair, and explained the business done by him since last meeting. They approved of the same, and resolved that the Chairman and Secretary sign all cheques on behalf of the Committee. Air. L’oyd was appointed Treasurer and Secretary. The Comrhittce endorsed the recommendation of the public meeting re opening school. After a vote of thanks to the Chairman, the Committee adjourned. SOUTH KARA I A. The annual meeting of householders in the Educational District of South P.akaia was held in the school-room, Rakaia, on Alonday evening. There was a very good attendance, notwithstanding the very unfavorable state of the weather. The Chairman’s report and balance sheet, which were very inaudibly read, were adopted as read. On the motion of Mr. Sharp, seconded by Mr. Hartnall, Air. O. Tucker was elected chairman of the meeting to elect a new Committee. The following twelve names were duly proposed and seconded ; —Alessrs Hartnail, Cox, Sharp, Shellock, "Welsh, Tucker, Makeig, Alurpby, Bruce, Rev. Elton, Carson, and Byrne. Alessrs. Bruce and Carson withdrew their names, and Mr. Hardy withdrew Air. Elton’s name, although he had Air. Elton’s written permission for his name to be proposed. The ballot was then proceeded with, resulting in the election of Alessrs. Hartnall, Cox, Sharp, Shellock, Welsh, Tucker and Makeig. For some mysterious reason, the number of votes obtained by each candidate was withheld by the scrutineers, causing some little discussion on the subject; but one gentleman, who seemed the personification of law and precedent, objected to the numbers being read out, and he carried his point and burnt all the papers. This meeting was far more orderly than that held in January last, but still the disorderly clement was not wanting, one or two individuals in particular endeavoring to show the extent of their ignorance, and the coarseness of their wit. The new committee subsequently met when Mr. C. Tucker was elected Chairman. The minutes of a former meeting were read and confirmed. Mr. N. Welsh proposed that the schoolmaster be elected Secretary to the Committee, but the Chairman thought he could do the work himself, and the other members of the Committee spoke strongly against the school-

master acting as Secretary. The motion •was not seconded. Mr. N. Welsh proposed that tenders be invited for cleaning the school for a year. This gave rise to a discussion as to the necessity for inviting tenders for the work, but ultimately the motion was agieed to. It was resolved that the next meeting of the Committee be held on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at half-past seven p. m. ELGIN. The first meeting of the now school district of Elgin was held on Monday evening, January 26th, at Mr. J. Stanley Bruce’s house. There was a good attendance of the householders of the district (notwithstanding the wot evening) which may perhaps be accounted for from the fact that it was the meeting to initiate the business of the district. Mr, J. Stanley Bruce was elected chairman, and read the advertisement convening the meeting, also the clauses of the Act bearing on the election of a committee, and called upon the householders to nominate candidates. The following were then duly proposed and seconded : Mr. Thomas Greenway, Mr. H. Moffat, Mr. P. Innes, Mr. J. Stanley Bruce, Mr. John Cochrane, Mr. Thomas Holmes, Mr. S. Scott, Mr. John Gair, and Mr. Hoatten. Messrs. lloattenandHolmes withdrew their names. The Chairman therefore declared Messrs Green way, Moffat, P. Innos, J. S. Bruce, John Cochrane, S. Scott, and John Gair members of the Elgin School Committee for the year ending on the 4th Monday in January, 1880. Immediately .after the public meeting the Committee held a meeting at which all the members were present, and Mr. J. Stanley Bruce was unanimously elected Chairman and Treasurer, and it was resolved that all cheques he signed by the Treasurer and Mr. H. Moffat. The Bank of New Zealand was appointed the bankers of the Committee. The future meetings of the Committee were appointed to be held on the first Wednesday in every month at 7 p.m. It was resolved to write to the Board of Education for their sanction to advertise for a schoolmaster at once, also to request the Board to grant a sum for planting the school site in the autumn, and to permit a gymnasium to be erected. The meeting then adjourned. BEAFIBLD. The meeting at Seafield lapsed for want of a sufficient attendance. Mr. Murdock Bruce, the father of the district, and Chairman of the Committee, being in attendance v ifch only three other householders, and, in accordance with the regulations, the Chairman forwarded a letter to the Secretary of the Board of Education for instructions. ASHBURTON SCHOOL. —INSPEC OB’S REPORT. The following is the Inspe ;! ov’s report on the state of the school, which was examined on the 29th and 30:h of .October : Attendances. —Number on roll, 4G4 ; average last quarter, 279 ; average last week, 358 ; present at examination, 387. Staff and Distribution.—Mr. Stott, master, Ist class, Standards VI., V., IV., and Ist division ; Miss C. Henderson, assistant, 2nd class, Standard, 2nd division, IV.; Mr. Wake, pupil teacher, fourth year, 3rd class, Standard 111., Ist division ; Mr. Mayo, second master, and Mr. D. Gaukrodgev, Ist year’s pupil teacher, 4th class, Standards 11. and 2nd of III; Miss Stewart, mistress, Miss A. Henderson, assistant, Miss McDonnell, pupil teacher, 2nd year, and Miss E. Henderson, pupil teacher, Ist year. Standards 1., and infants. Results of Examination in Standards.— VI. V. IV. 111. 11. I. Tl. Presented 2 7 30 CO 72 59 230 Av’rge age 17.5 12.7 12.1 11 9.7 7.8 Passed 2 7 18 37 58 50 178 Percentage 77 Future arrangement in standards of those present at examination ; Passed Standard VI., 2 ; passec Standard V., 7 ; passed Standard IV., 18 ; passed Standard 111., 49 ; passed Standard 11., 81; passed Standard 1., 70; below Standard 1., 100. Total—3B7. General remarks :—The attendance at this school has increased considerably during the past year, and additional accommodation is now urgently needed. Some alterations to the entrances are necessary—that to the new room, through the lavatory, being very inconvenient. The grounds round buildings are now in good order, so are the fences, outoflices, &c. ; the boy’s playground requires to be levelled, and here the outoflices are still in an unsatisfactory state. Two mounted black boards, two clocks, and set of Royal Premier lesson sheets arc requirements. Out of two hundred and thirty examined in standards only about forty were presented in the standards they bad previously passed under the old regulations; this, of course, indicated a praiseworthy anxiety on the part of the teachers to advance their pupils, but a glance at the papers (enclosed with this report) of some of the unsuccessful candidates will show that they, at least, were indifferently prepared for their respective standards. The general results show good teaching in several classes, but a want of thorough supervision .and regular testing of tbs work throughout the school by tlic head teacher. In the class lists attached to this report the subjects requiring special attention are n ited. All the prescribed subjects arc taught. The drawing of the sixth, fifth, and first division of'Standard IV. is very creditable. Some of the senior boys arc learn ing Euclid, and this may account for their very scanty knowledge of elementary science—a few very simple questions were either not attempted at all, or answered in such a way as to be perfectly unintelligible. Another pjpil teacher is required. The discipline and order have improved, but all classes do not handle alike well, and some of the scholars are unsteady, and wanting in self-reliance. Infant Department.—The teaching is marked by zeal and industry, and the results of instruction are, generally speaking, quite equal to the average. The discipline exercised is good in most respects, and secures very fair order. W. L. Edge, Inspector. December, 1879.

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE ELECTIONS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 54, 29 January 1880

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