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SCHOOL INSPECTOR’S REPORTS.

Ashburton. At the School Committee meeting last night, the Inspector’s report was read as follows : Ashburton School, examined October, 18S0. Attendance—

Genebai, Remarks. —When the Infant’s School, in course of erection, is completed, there will be abundant accommodation for the present enrolment. During the present year the want of classrooms has been a serious drawback, but in future there should be no cause of complaint in this respect, as the room now used by the head master and that by the ABC classes will bo available for the purpose. The gallery will require to be removed from the latter. As on former occasions, the out-ofhees for the boys were in a disgraceful state. There have been several changes in the teaching staff since last examination. The average .attendance entitles the school to four adult teachers, viz—head master, mistress, assistant master, and infants’ mistress. I would recommend that a mistress for the upper department be appointed, and that the present mistress (who has for some considerable time very successfully managed the junior classes) ho continued in the same position. With but very few exceptions, the scholars presented in Standards Yf, V, IV, and 111 have passed a,very unsatisfactory examination. The papers throughout wore grossly careless and inaccurate, showing a very slight acquaintance with the subjects taught. The questions given were in every sense similar to those used in other schools, and in no case were the minimum requirements for the respective'standards exceeded. The class lists attached to this report show fully the state of the work in each standard. Order and. discipline are neglected, and many hard spent hours of the teachers are wasted from inattention and want of application on the part of the pupils. Continual chattering, copying, and opening of books are some of the difficulties that an examiner : has to contend with. Every month''programmes J of

the work gone through by the different classes should be handed in by the teachers and the head master should make a point of thoroughly testing the value of the instruction given. The general condition of the First Standard and preparatory classes is very fair, and this portion of the school is carefully and energetically conducted.— W. ,L. Edge, Inspector, November, 1880. "Regarding the report, and the state of the school which it indicated, the Board Secretary wrote : —• Christchurch, December 3, 1880. To Div Macbean Stewart, Chairman Ashburton District School Committee. Sir.—l ha'-c tho honor, to.forward the Inspector’s report upon the school in Ashburton with ■’standard lists attached. In doing so, I am directed to call the Committee’s attention to the very unsatisfactory condition of all the classes above the first standards, and to say that the school will be again inspected in'three monthsafter.thocloseofthc ■.Christmas holidays, when, unless there is a decided improvement, the Board will "consider What steps shall betaken.—lam, Ac., J. Y. Colhorne Veel, Secretary. The Chairman (Dr. Stewart) stated that he had shown the: report to the Head Master, Mr. Stott, who had written the following :■ —• Schoolhouse, Ashburton, December lOtli, 1880. Mr. Chairman, and Gentlemen.- —In considering the Inspector’s report, you will allow me to place briefly, side by side with it, some of the circumstances which have lately brought it about. 1. During the year, the attendance, (as you are aware from the monthly report) has been very large, somewhat irregular, and lias taxed to the utmost the exertions of the teachers in every department. 2. The staff of teachers has never been equal to that allowed by the Board. An additional adult teacher is required. The Board at present pays for the instruction of only four pupil teacltbrs. 3. Six teachers have left us during the year, and their positions have, except in the last 1 case, been invariably •filled with teachers of the first year. Some of these were beginners, who received much care and instruction from the masters, but disappeared before doing any effective work in return. 4. About six months were lost in all before the vacancies could be filled up, thus throwing a heavy burden on the remaining staff. 5. Insufficient space and furniture put both teachers and pupils to great inconvenience. As regards order and discipline, I must say that all the teachers have worked with a will, systematically and carefully, and I have seen little, if any, cause of complaint. I propose, with your permission, to cease teaching drawing and music, except as extra subjects- for a short time ; and hope with the aid of the new teacher to make up the ground apparently lost in the meantime. I am, &e., Alexander Stott. The Board having evidently taken the matter into their own hands, it was decided to remit the report to the Head Master and staff. Wakanui. Wakanui School, examined Sept. 30, 1880. Attendance— Number on roll-... 7 2 Average last quarter ... ... 41 ~ last week ... ... 46 Present at Examination... ... 60 Teachers— Mr. Guinucy, Master, Standards VI., V., IV., and 111. Mi s Leach, Mistress, infants and Standards 11. and I.

General Remarks. —This school was examined this year somewhat earlier than usual, at the special request of the Committeec. A change of teachers was to take place the day after the inspection. Taking into consideration the exceptionally irregular attendance of some scholars, fair progress has been, made, and the master has evidently performed his duties in a painstaking and conscientious manner. Nine out of the ten children in the third class, who tried Standard 111, succeeded in passing, and their work was quite equal .to the average. The copy rind exercise books were neat enough, but the writing was irregular and ill-formed. In the lower standard several failed in arithmetic. The order was good, and the children present were attentive and wellbehaved. The fences between-the closets require some slight repairs.—W. L. Edge, Inspector. Oct.'sth,-1880.

Number on roll 447. ■■ Average last quarter ... 33i Present at examination 394 Staff and Distribution— Mr. Stott, headmaster, Standards VI. and V. Mr. Mayo second master ,, IV. Miss Henderson, Ex. P.T. ) III. Mr. B. Stewart, P.T. ] ” Miss McDonnell, P.T. . ) TT Miss Andrews, P.T. f ” i 1 • Miss Stewart', mistress, and ) •. ; T. / three pupil teachers j and infants. Results of-Examination in StandardsChildret ’s PerStandards. Presented. Passed. Age. centage. 1 *8 42 7-7 87 II. ... 6i 30 87 49 III. ... So 13 io'6 16 IV. ... 40 3 M’6 7 ’ V. ... 12 3 12-8 25 : VI. ... 2 i 145° Totals, 243 92 39 Percentage of number presented (243) to number on lists (447), 54Future Arrangement in Standards of Scholars present at Examination : — Passed Standard VI. ... I .. ' »" i- - 4 „ ,, IV. ... 12 Ill So „ „ II 97 „ „ I. ... 73 Below Standard I 157 Total 394

Result of Examination in Standards— VI. V. IV. ITT. IT. I. Tl. Presented 1.4 3 IO 17 8 43 Avt age 14 14 n '3 11 9 - i 8-1 Passsed 0 I 0 9 6 5 21 Percentage ... 4 S Present Classification — : Preparing for Standard vr. ... 2 ft ti V. ... 3 IV. ... 12 ll ” III. 7 »> • >> II. ... 16 I. ... 20 Total 60

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SCHOOL INSPECTOR’S REPORTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 214, 11 December 1880

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