ASHBURTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE.
The usual monthly meeting of the School Committee was held at the Schoolhouse on Tuesday. Present—Dr. Mcßean Stewart (Chairman), Messrs. Beau, Boyle, Andrews, St. Hill, Jacobson, and Orr. COKIIBSPONDENCE. The Secretary to the Board of Education wrote, intimating that LG2 13s. 4d. had been paid in to the credit of the Committee for payment of salaries. The Board also informed the Committee that Bertie Stewart was beyond the regulation age, and that, unless it was absolutely necessary, ho could not bo appointed to the position of pupil teacher. The Secretary of the Board of Education wished to know whether Reginald Hodder would avail himself of the provisions made by the Board to receive and entertain candidates for scholarships. The Committee were informed by the Board that in future the latter would not allow payment to any master or mistress for instruction given to pupil teachers who have completed their term of service. Miss Gooden, pupil teacher, wrote, asking to be relieved of her duties, as she wished to join her mother, who was residing in Christchurch. Considerable discussion ensued on this application being read, members of the Committee being generally of opinion that it was undesirable to engage any pupil teacher’s who were not likely to remain in the district. There is a regulation which binds the pupil teachers to remain for four years in the school, but it was agreed that the rule was honored more in the breach than the observance. Mr. St. Hill moved, and Mr. Bean seconded —“That the Board of Education be requested to accept the resignation of Miss Jane Gooden.” Carried. Miss Constance Andrews wrote, making application for the position of pupil teacher, and on the proposition of Mr. Boyle, seconded by Mr. St. Hill, it was resolved that Miss Andrews be recommended to the Board of Education. THE BLOGGING CASE. The sub-Committee appointed to enquire into the charges made by Mr. Underill against the master of the school for unduly punishing children when they were late, reported that, after having made, enquiries, they were of opinion that Mr. Underill had no good ground for complaint, and that the master’s action in the matter was perfectly justifiable. . The Secretary was instructed to advise Mr. Underill of the Committee’s decision. master’s report. Attendance. —The average attendance for the past week has been 177 boys ; 171 girls; total, 348. Number present today, 184 boj's; 183 girls; total, 367. Number on the roll, 251 boys ; 258 girls ; total, 509. So far as punctuality is concerned, the attendance is good, but there are several cases of great irregularity. Pupil Teachers. —You -will have before you the resignation of Miss Gooden, and the application of Miss Constance Andrews. I trust you will endavor to relieve the former lady of her duties, as her attainments are beneath the standard required, X have pleasure in asking you to consider favorably the application of Miss 0. Andrews. The addition of Master B. Stewart to the staff would be a great advantage if we are only to get pupil teachers of the first year ; because (1), his attainments are good ; (2), he has a good show of physical strength ; (3), he is" of a kindly disposition, and good at gymnastics. Desks. —In my last report I laid before you the recommendation of the Inspector on this matter. There are nearly 100 pupils in Mr. Mayo’s room, and only desks for 84, so that great inconvenience is caused to teachers and pupils. Miss Stewart also requires additional desks. As the Board has always a supply on hand, I hope you will secure our share. Mounted Blackboards. Those were strongly recommended by the Inspector. Other schools of less importance in the district have them. Holidays. —The pi’esent quarter ends on Friday, 25th inst.; the midwinter holidays are then usually given. With your permission I shall close the school on the 25th, and re-open on the 12th July. ’ RECOMMENDATION. Mr. Jacobson moved that Bertie Stewart be recommended to the Board of Education as a pupil teacher for the school. The speaker thought that the Board should be informed that the circumstances under which the recommendation was made were exceptional, but no other boy with the qualifications requisite for the position could be obtained. Mr. Andrews seconded the motion, apd it vyas carried unanimously. RESIGNATION. The Chairman stated that he had ceived a letter trom Mr. Wake, tendering his resignation as a pupil teacher of the school, but be did not have it with him at the time. Several members of the Committee thought that the letter should have been before the meeting, so as to be placed on the minutes. MISCELLANEOUS. The Chairman, referring to the alleged severe hogging case, said he was pleased to see that the report of the Committee was so satisfactory. He also read extracts from the Inspector’s report for the district of North Canterbury, in which the Inspector took occasion to compare very favorably the efficiency attained by scholars in the Ashburton schools with the standards attained by other schools. With reference to gymnastics, Mr. Walker had reported that the acquirements of the Ashburton scholai’s were far in advance of any other school in the district, one of the scholars, F. Mayo, gaining seventyfour marks out of a possible eighty-four. In answer to Mr. St. Hill, as to whether the order in the school was any better, it was thought by several members of the Committee that in this respect also the school was improving.
The recommendation of tl.e master with reference to the midwinter holidays was adopted, and the meeting adjourned.
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