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Tfio ■ usuafc -meeting of the Ashburton School: Committee was held on Tuesday, March 8. Present—Messrs J«hn Orr (in the chair, in the absence of Dr Stewart), Andrews, Robinson, St. Hill, and Felton. After the despatch of some unimportant business, a letter was read from the Rqj»«l of Education, forwarding a oppf of a regulation that had been passed by them to the effect that the allowance for teaching vocal music would be payable only to teachers who have passed the certificate- eiaminatiopinmusic,,ot:Whflfc..«f ia could produce a certificate that would J>® accepted as »R, equivalent, ( aid .»qch teacher would require to certify thatha t had been teaching musiclj^Motisr' The following, report maMaf*A Mr Alexander Stott, was — The ordinary attendance, although, ®if M, what irregular,. has' ste|cplyli.ncreldbA during 1 the month. Average attendance onjkeyfirytj 1 week of quarter, 87 8 boys, .92 186-3. No. present to-day (Tuesday), Tl 3 -*■ boys, 120 girls ; total—233. No. enroll. ,i.s£r i boys, 176 girls Sixdftoe;ittifl ~r " teachers go up for exatnlaation' td on 'the 14th inst-i and remain thete 8 for the week. With your permission, I shall close the r -.. school during that time. I should also liW tP" 44 know what holidays, if any, wiilrbe grahtett’at -t the time of the Exhibitfon., i Etvc oflthe Blackboards in the school require to be stained. It is neatly impossible to work with some dtt&mj ZA -1 The supply of ink and., chalk is UCSrly done. The blackboards, chairs, tables,'and cupboards for the Infant School have not. yet.isaikivedSjf.Oi. Miss Stewart informs me that, owing,so;.ycafllo!t of space, children under five years have been sent ihome. The new. school „ 100 in gallery, 36 in desks. Piresfent No. off roll, 160. Were the sickness, now. prevalent f . to abate, the numberis througJiouPtpv school . would be considerably increased;'' Good J Sets it' A natural history sheets and pictorial alphabet sheets, and two! easels have 'b&h focdyedU: ' Nails for hanging • these* sheets 'a&fyeqdirtd 1 , also, brass-headed nails for marking of class on floor. , A bdl. is; for the F.ti Infant school. One of the porch windoys,(nejßL_ — school) was broken between ap'd Monday, 28th nib-< Rubbish, left builder, is lying* abodt tße. plaWounA The . lower half of the windows to i M’-ftoStwi. J A On the subjectAf i theiinastdf"B proposal JL. r t 6 close the school during-Idle absence of i the pupil teachers’ab the iannudl examfeia-f *-51 tion,ia discussion arosei i AIA-IT ■ Mr St. Hill took exception to the closing. ; It was scarcely tffo monthsumnceocA the * opening; -and, now l a 1 week’d 1 holiday ,ym ; -waa wanted. ; He blamed: {heßoafd.fiitbuf calling away the teachers at such an scsfeunui ward time, when they could ‘very easily—' be examined during- the, Christmas holly days. 5 He move'dr that f the scHool D»*not closed. . ... •. -iX£ A Mr, Felton seconded: the motion, which was carried., :T j - , .I'/G-IA The request for ‘ a holiday during the time the Exhibition willhbopen was disallowed. .7'j:V* 0 a' 1 j.-' TrlOfJ Regarding the infant school, Mr Andrews thought that many-erf tho parents sent their younger tdnraron -fy school simply to get them put of the way, «■ and some of these little ones had actually i, . to bo The teachers ought to harp their energies directed wholly to teaching; and should not be required to devote their attention to Buck .infante .iwnteAueJ nursing. ‘ . ... ... - It was remarked by 4hei Secretary that ! ' sometimes the sending home of a very •} - young child entailed the retention of 1 att elder brother or sister to attend to it. • ' _i....

The. meeting, after some further discussion, went into committee, andjjjna re-; Burning, ' ’ The question of; finding acooßuaoa#4ioit;) A for the children crowded out .of t&elufaot School was remitted to the master, Mr St Hill reported having yiqited. rthe/school and found it in a satisfactory c ondition. The lower branches of ;tho had been lopped cff and carted away, a nd the thimbles at the giant stride had ieca put right, and ropes renewed where nece s V sary. 1 - ;v ■ ~ ;f; ' ” ~ " V - ".'"’'

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UNKNOWN, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 288, 9 March 1881

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UNKNOWN Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 288, 9 March 1881