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The Ashburton School Committee held their usual monthly meeting last night, when there were present Dr. Stewart (Chairman), Messrs. Andrews, Bean, Boyle, St. Hill, and the Secretary (Mr. J. Ward). CORRESPONDENCE. A letter was read from Mrs. Gooden, making application, on behalf of her daughter, for an appointment to a school in Christchurch. The Secretary was instructed to forward the letter to the Board of Education.

Mr. J. Colborne Yeel, Secretary to the Board wrote, forwarding duplicate agreement with Alexander- Thomas Ennis, pupil teacher. From the Secretary, Board of Education respecting the applications by the Committee regarding Bertie Stewart and Miss Gooden, and stating the applications would be laid before the Board. Also, asking for information as to the height of desks required, and whether forms were also necessary, adding that those for the infants’ room had better he deferred until the new room had been decided on. Mr. Ward stated he had received a private letter from Mr. Yeel to the effect that the matter of an infant school had been entertained by the Board at its meeting prior to the letter being written, Plana of the building had been laid before the Board but the whole question had been deferred to its next meeting to allow of some slight alterations in the plans. Since the letter was written the Board had hold another meeting, but nothing had yet been done. The Secretary was instructed to write to the Board asking that no delay might take place in getting the work undertaken. From the Board of Education stating its willingness to appoint Bertie Stewart as pupil teacher if he is willing to sign an agreement for a four years’ engagement; also stating that the small black-boards could be returned to Messrs Crerar and Whitcomhe, in exchange for larger ones, but adding that black-boards in frames were expensive, and could not be obtained without the special sanction of the Board of Education.

The Secretary was instructed, after having received permission from the Board of Education, to obtain the mounted black-boards required.

THE MASTER’S REPORT was then read as follows : Returns of Attendance for the Quarter ending 30T11 June, 1880. Male. Female. Tl.

clay in quarter ... 173 161 334 I have given the above extract from the corresponding quarter of last year in order to show more clearly the steady increase in the attendance. The necessity of increased accommodation will no doubt receive your attention. I am glad to report that Miss Alice Henderson, Miss 0. Henderson, and Mr. Wake, pupil teachers, were successful in securing teachers’ certificates at the last examination. Coming from an elementary school, and without the training of a normal school, their success proves clearly their ability and diligence while under instruction as pupil teachers. Mr. Mayo has also obtained his certificate. The two blackboards forwarded have not been used, as they are not required. -

Three mounted blackboards are required, equal in size to two of the boards now in use.—l have, &c.,

Alexander Stott.

The Master’s complimentary reference to the Misses Henderson and Mr. Wake, was fully endorsed by members of the committee. Mr. Bean stated that he had visited the school during the month, and found that one of the locks required replacing. Four loads of gravel had been obtained at Is. Gd. per load, and a man employed to bring in and spread the gravel. Accounts having been passed for payment and Messrs Andrews and Boyle appointed visiting committee for the ensuing month, the meeting adjourned.

I. How manv returned as belonging to the school at tile end ot last quarter 2.33 245 784 II. How many left not having attended at all this quarter 38 24 42 III. No. really belonging to the school at the beginning the quarter 215 22t 436 IV. How many admitted during this quarter 48 7 * ns V. How many have belonged to school this quarter .. 263 291 554 VI, How many in V. left before end of quarter .. 12 34 3*5 VII. What then is the number now belonging to the school 2SI 267 518 VIII. Average weekly number on the Roll during quarter .. .. .. 235*7 242'" 478-2 IX. How many times school opened, 122 X. Number of half-day attendances .. .. .. 20 ,416 19,762 40,178 XI. Strict average .. 1 7b'3 161*9 329*2 XII. How often were there not less than half attendance * 13 XIII. Number of attendances on these half-days .. 19,398 19,036 38,434 XIV. Working average.. .. 1 71-6 168*4 340 XV. Largest attendance on any half-day during quarter 207 202 409 Male Female. TJ, Under 5 20 25 45 5 and under 7 7 s 81 159 7 10 78 70 14S TO ,, 13 61 79 140 14 IO 24 Over 15 2 2 251 267 518 Infants .. .. ... 87 9 1 178 Preparing for Standard I. .. 32 68 „ .. „ H. ■■ 38 45 S3 „ „ „ III. .. 50 68 118 „ ,, „ iv. .. 25 22 47 .. „ .. V. .. 1 8 19 „ „ „ VI. .. 4 I 5 Passed Standard VI. 0 O 0 Total . . 251 267 518 Male. Female. TI. Reading 2St 267 sis Writing 251 267 518 Arithmetic .. 251 267 518 Grammar and Composition qo 99 r8 9 Geography 128 I 44 272 History go 99 iSp Llementary Science 40 3i 7i Drawing 167 176 340 Object Lessons 231 242 -473 Vocal Music 251 267 518 Needle Work us 175 Mathematics (extra) 14 14 Extract From Returns of Attendance for the Quarter Ending June 30TH, 1879. Males. Females. Total. I. How many returned as belonging to the school at end of last quarter 218 206 424 V. How many have belonged to school this quarter 321 214 445 VII. No. now belonging to the school ... 213 19s 408 VIII. Average weekly number on roll ... 216'I igS'6 4147 X. No. of half-day attendances 18,203 16,526 34,729 XL Strict average ... 146-8 1 33 ’2 280 XIV. Working average ... IS4 141 -i 295-1 XV. Largest attendance on any half-

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ASHBURTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 126, 15 July 1880

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