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To-day was the red letter day in the year’s history to the children attending the Ashburton School. The examiners having finished their work, and selected the best, second best, and third best scholar in each class, their report formed the basis on which the awards of the prizes were made. We give below the list as it was supplied to and put in type by us this morning, though we believe some alterations have been made since then, and the actual awards are not in accordance with the examiners’ lists.

At three o’clock the children assembled afc-the school and marched to the Town Hall, where, being all seated, and of course occupying all the seat room in the building, the Chairman of the Committee, Dr. Stewart, took the chair. There were

a considei’able number of parents present, and after no little delay in arranging the prize books, the proceedings commenced by the Chairman delivering an address to the children. He said he was that evening to distribute prizes to the scholars of of the Ashburton School; for the third., time. It was always pleasant to distribute awards of merit, but this year his ardor, had been considerably damped by a report by the Inspector on the condition of the school. Since the school had been examined by the rev. gentlemen, and Mr. Ward, who had undertaken the work this year, he bad received letters from each of those gentlemen, in which they showed very conclusively that things were not nearly so black as they were painted. The Chairman then went on to urge the children to new efforts to improve, and in the course of further remarks, said that much could bo done for, them by the parents. He was sorry that so few of the' latter were present that day, as it was not 'a good sign when parents were unmindful of gatherings like the present. He feared that children now-a-’daya were the masters, and the parents, the ser- : vants. The speaker then threw out the suggestion that an Industrial Exhibition should be held in Ashburton, to show what the children could do in the matter of work. After a reference to the kindness of the Committee in giving the children a treat, the Chairman read the respective reports of the examiners, which we will give in another issue.

Rev. Mr. Hands addressed the children. He had to thank, them for making him laugh so heartily last night. He had learned that the Wars of the Roses had taken place in the Holy Land, that Oliver Cromwell had been Archbishop of Canterbury, and that the Himalayas were in England. He would much rather, however, have been quietly pleased than much amused. They did not seem to have a proper notion of what history was, and they were more inclined to preserve in their memories the little anecdotes of history than the great facts. He hoped this would be remedied in the future. Tn regard to geography, they did not seem to have any very practical notion of what geography was, or of the importance of it. He was sure there were none of them there who would like to have a sailor, brother go to Hong Kong, and not he able to understand to what part of the world he had gone. He wished to impress upon them that both history and geography were of great practical importance, and in studying them they should bear this in mind. If they were to learn the stories in history lot them do so, but do not separate the stories from those with whom they were connected, but let them study history, so that they may be able to know all about how’ the British Constitution was built up. .

The prizes were then distributed. The following is the

Examiners’ Prize List.

Revs. A. W. Hands, A. M. Beattie, M.A.,C. Fraser, M.A., Mr. J. Ward, examiners.

Standard VI.

Dux of the School—Silver medal— Henry Ernest Felton.

Standard V.

English, (Ist Division) —1, Mary Pearce ; 2, Isabella Williamson. (2nd Division), Annie Felton and Emma Felton—equal. Merit Reginald Hodder and Ben. Williamson.

Arithmetic —1, G. "Kidd ; 2, George Pilkington, ; 3, Richard Ryan. Geography—l, Reginald Hodder ; 2, Emma Bean ; 3, Weymouth Roberts. Grammar —1, Mary Pearce : 2, Emma Bean ; 3, Isabella Williamson. History—l, Emma Bean ; 2, Reginald Hodder; 3, Annie Felton. Writing—l, E. Tasker ; 2, Emma Bean ; 3, R. Hodder. Standard IV.

English—l, Sophie Shury; 2, Lilly Womer ; 3, Lucy Chapman and William: Murray equal. Arithmetic —1, Lilly Worner ; 2, Thomas Permain ; 3, James Hancox. Geography—l, George Murray ; 2, James Hancox ; 3, Lilly Worner. Grammar—l, H. Tasker ;2, H. Preston ; 3, B. Edo. History—l, G. Murray ;2, Lilly Worner ; 3, Kathleen Henderson. Writing —1, W. G. Murray ; 2, Henry Tasker ; 3, W; Mitchell. ' Standard lll—lst Division.

• English—l, H. Funks ; 2, Fanny Choate ; 3, Matilda Ward. Arithmetic —l, Matilda Ward ; 2, Thomas Undi’ill ; 3, G. Hoftbrd. Geography—l, Hubert Fooks ; 2, Kate Leggett ; 3, Matilda Ward. Grammar—l, W. J. Puddicombe; 2, H. Fooks ; 3, Lucy Edo. History—l, H. Fooks ; 2, W. J. Puddicombe; 3, Kate Leggett. Writing—l, H. Fooks; 2, Kate Leggett; 3, Annie Bean. 2nd-Division.

English—l, Ethel Andrews ; 2, Edith Bean ; 3, Henry Hardley. Arithmetic—l, Robert Hooke ; 2, Henry Hardley ; 3, Willie Williamson. Grammar—l, Edith Bean ; .2, Winnie Cookson ; 3, Ethel Andrews. Writing—l, Edith Bean ; 2, Ethel Andrews ; 3, Edith Pilkington. 3rd Division English—l, Edith Priciiard ;2, Martha Holborough ; 3, Willie Phelps. Arithmetic—-1, James Orold ; 2, Annie Phelps ; 3, Kate Pearson. Geography-—-1, Edith Prichard ; 2, Ettic Berry. Grammar —l, Edith Prichard ; 2, Moses Dailey , 3, George Barber.Writing—l, Martha Petty; 2, Alice Hughes ; 3, Hannah Fletcher. Standard 11. English—lst Division—l, Harry Pickford ; 2, Cassey Lancaster ; 3, Eva Hoare. 2nd Division —1, Hardy Major ; ’ 2, Louise Olsen ; 3, Mary Caird. Arithmetic —I,' Florid Compton; 2, George Ben foot'; '3. Eva Hoare. Geography—l, Stewart M'Callum , 2, Chas. Davis ; 3, Eva Hoare. Writing—l, Mary Ann Addis ; 2, Stewart M'Callum ; 3, Lizzie Nicholson, ■ Standard I. .1 Reading and Spelling—l Margory Williamson ; 2, Maggie Shaw; 3, Esther Gates. Writing—l, Maud Williams ; 2, Annie Griflin ; 3, Annie Barber. Arithmetic—l, Maggie Graham ; 2 Margory Williamson; 3, Affaragh Pristoii. Sequel. Reading and Spelling —1 Maggie Tait ; 2, Nellie Graham. Writing—l, Agnes Woolley ; 2, Nellie Marsh. Arithmetic—l, Nellie Graham ; 2, Alf, Dally. Class I.—lst Division. Reading and Spelling—l, C. Ryan and E. Fletcher equal; 2, A. Osborne. Wrighting—l, Ellen Woolly ; 2, F. Leggett. . , Arithmetic—l, Ellen Woolly; 2, Walter. Hardley ; 3, Emily Fletcher. 2nd Division. Reading and Spelling—l, Annie Shand; 2, Godfrey Foley ; 3, Madaline M £ Rae. Writing—l, Frederick Poole ; 2, Annie Shand; 3, Mary Roberts. Arithmetic—l, Mary Roberts; 2, Annie. Shand ; 3, Godfrey Foley. Primer .Class. Reading and Spelling—l, Isabel M‘Galium ; 2, Alick Henderson. Writing—l, Norman Orr ; 3, EmmaEmpson. Arithmetic—l, Willie Foreman ; 2, Rosie Savage, : Sewing. • : Examiners—The wives and daughters of members of the School Committee. Ist Class—l, .Annie Felton (bag, given by Eyefetfc Bros.) ; 2, Alice Poole ; 3, Matilda Ward. 2nd Class—l, F. 'Wil-

liams ; 2, Edith Pilkington ; 3, L.' Trevor. 3rd'Glass —1, Alice Broomfield. •' Knitting—Kate Leggett. Fancy Workk — Lucy C.ookson, and Ruth Leggett. , . Special Prize for Sewing—Emma Bean (presented by Mrs. Dr. Stewart).

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PRIZE DAY AT THE ASHBURTON SCHOOL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 224, 23 December 1880

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PRIZE DAY AT THE ASHBURTON SCHOOL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 224, 23 December 1880

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