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ASHBURTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE.

The usual monthly meeting of the local School Committee was held on Tuesday. Present—Dr. Macßean Stewart (Chairman), Messrs. Andrews Bean, Orr, and St. Hill. CORRESPONDENCE. From J. Colbornc Veel, Secretary to the Board" of Education, informing the Committee that the sum of L 59 2s. 2d. had been paid to its credit with the Union Bank of Asustralia. From the same, intimating .the Board’s willingness to relieve Alexander Ennis from his engagement as pupil teacher. From the same, with reference to the proposed alterations in the doors of the school, by which tho means of supervision would he improved, and stating that the matter would be referred to the Inspector. Prom Miss Christina Henderson, resigning lier position as pupil teacher in the school. Accepted. From James Henderson, applying for the vacant position of pupil teacher, caused by the resignation of A. Ennis. Miss Tully also made application for the position vacated by Miss Henderson. master’s report.

The number at present on the roll are— Boys,. 225 ; girls, 239 ; total, 464. Tho average attendance for the past week was —Boys, 163‘2 ; girls, 175.; total, 338"2. To-day’s attendance —Boys, 187; gills, 176 ; total, 363. For several weeks past we have been put to great inconvenience by a most disagreeable effluvium in the infant room. Your Visiting Committee took prompt steps to find out the cause, of this annoyance by lifting part of the flooring, examining the drains, etc., but the nuisance has not yet abated. I gave up the use of my class-room for the sake of the infants, hut this is too great a sacrifice. It has been suggested tho effluvium may arise from defective drainage on the other side of the school. I may add that Miss Stewart lias been off duty to-day from indisposition, and blames the atmosphere of the infant room. I have much pleasure in reporting that Miss C. Henderson, pupil teacher, has been successful in gaining a scholarship, value LSO per annum, tenable for two years. Wo shall lose her services at the end of the month. Master Alexander Ennis gave up his duties on Friday, tho 10th. Master James Henderson and Miss Tally are two candidates for the vacant positions, and I have confidence in asking you to recommend both to the Board for appointment. There are others preparing for tho work, bub they are not yet eligible, as they have not passed the requisite standard. Mr. Mayo reports that the posts of the ladder in the boys’ playground have become rotten. The dusters for the black-boards are much worn. Two yards of blue Dungaree are required.” It was decided to re-place the posts of tho ladder, and obtain a fresh supply of dusters. THE VACANCIES. The applications for positions as pupil teachers were left in the hands of the Chairman and Secretary to make enquries, and" if their report were satisfactory, to recommend the two candidates to the Board of Education. VISITING COMMITEEES REPORT.

Mr. St. Hill, on behalf of the Visiting Committee, reported that, on hearing the complaints regarding the bad smells prevading the school, they had taken up boards in various places to ascertain, if possible, the cause. On sending a boy under the school, he had returned with a couple of dozen rotten eggs, but as these were unbroken, the smell could not arise from them. They had been unsuccessful in ascertaining the exact cause of the nuisance, but Sir. St. Hill gave some probable reasons for it. A quantity of carbolic powder had been sprinkled about the premises to disinfect them, and a rather unpleasant smell was the consequence. The Chairman, at the request of the meeting consented to obtain a strong disinfectant, which lie recommended, and to get the school thoroughly fumigated on the first suitable occasion. It was also decided that the school undergo a thorough disinfecting process at the close of each vacation. THE INFANT SCHOOL. The Chairman remarked that the infant school had been commenced by the builders, and ho (Dr. Stewart) had so far got the plans altered so as to have the' entrance door changed, and thus prevent the annoyance arising from the northwest and south-west winds.

Messrs. St. Hill and Beau were appointed a Visiting Committee for the ensuing month, and after accounts had been passed for payment, the meeting adjourned.

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ASHBURTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 153, 16 September 1880

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