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ASHBURTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE

The usual meeting of the Ashburton School Committee was held on Tuesdayevening in the school, Dr. Stewart in the chair. There were also present Messrs. Boyle, Bean, St. Hill, Orr, Andrews, and Jacobsen. The correspondence was read, comprising—Letter from the Board of Education enclosing agreement for signature by A. T. Ennis, pupil teacher ; also quarterly returns. Letter from Mr. Underhill, a parent complaining of how his lads had been treated for being too late at school. A sub-committee—consisting of Messrs. Orr, Jacobsen, Boyle, St. Hill, —was appointed to inquire into the matter, and meanwhile the Secretary was in-

strueted to apprise Mr. Underhill of what steps the Committee had taken, Mr. Stott wrote, stating that application had been made to him to allow a diorama of Livinglone’s travels to be exhibited in the school. The Committee discountenanced the use of the school for any such purpose. The head master reported as follows:—“During the month the ordinary attendance has been very good. Regularity and punctuality have, been insisted on, and, as to have been expected, several complaints have been made to me. Perhaps more judicious management on the part of the teacher in whose class the complaints originated would have made matters more pleasant. There is a decided improvement, both in regularity and punctuality, and I expect there will be fewer causes for complaint. To-day’s .attendance—lG9 boys, 162 girls ; total, 331. Highest attendance for the mouth, 192 boys, 212 girls ; total, 404. No. bn roll, 236 boys, 249 girls; total, 485. The school has been twice visited during the month by Mr. Edge, Inspector. He recommended the new room to be re-seated with four rows of desks, instead of three. It would then accommodate 120. Another pupil teacher is required.” The report also referred to some small repairs that were wanted at the schoolhouse. It was resolved to recommend Master B. Stewart to the Board as a pupil teacher ; and that the Chairman and Secretary draw report on the subject of alterations in the time for examining the pupil teachers, and also as to the age at which pupil teachers are apprenticed to the work. It was resolved to write to the Board of Education asking that the closets now in use by the boys be removed, seeing that they are very defective, and that new ones, constructed. on a proper principle, be erected. The Visiting Committee fur the month gave in their report. Mr. St. Hill undertook to have a few loads of shingle laid on the footpath. After transacting some further unimportant business, the Committee adjourned.

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ASHBURTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 99, 13 May 1880

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