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The postponed meeting of this Committee was held last Friday night. Present—Messrs St. Hill (Chairman), Robinson, Andrews, Hodder, and Orr. An apology for non-attendance was received from Mr Felton. THE INSPECTOR'S REPORT. A letter was received from the Board of Education, stating the Inspector’s Report would be forwarded as soon as possible. COAL-SHED. In answer to an application from the Committee, the Board wrote, stating that no funds were available for a coal-shed. The Chairman said that by his instruction the Secretary had written, saying that if they would promise the funds, the Committee would get the shed done, and in reply, the Board wrote, slating that L 3 10a would be allowed. This amount, the Chairman said, was useless, and the only place to put the coal was in the lavatory. They could not afford to have the coal stolen. Mr Hodder suggested that a big box with a padlock would hold the coal. Mr Orr concurred, but the Chairman thought the coal would be stolen, and suggested that tney should make a leanto, which would cost five or six pounds. It was resolved, on the motion of Mr Hodder, to write to the Board, saying that L 3 10s was insufficient, and that for about eight pounds a permanent shed might be obtained. MISCELLANEOUS. A letter from the Board, forwarding additional regulations for pupil teachers, adopted by the Board, was read. A letter from the Board, stating that consideration of the Inspector’s report ha i been postponed until July 21st, was read. A letter, resigning" his appointment as pupil teacher, in consequence of illhe&lth, was read from Mr Bertie Stewart. A medical certificate on the was sent.—lt was resolved that the resignation be accepted, subject to the sanction of the Board. Applications were read for the vacancy. It was resolved to postpone the consideration of applications until the Inspector’s report was received.

A letter from Miss Stewart was read, resigning her position as mistress of the infant school, as she wished to prosecute her studies in one of the normal schools, and asked to be relieved of her duties by September.—The Chairman said that in any case they would require an infant school mistress, and they should apprise the Board of the resignation.—The Secretary said he had inlormation that the future salary would be about LI 02.—Mr

Hod dor moved—“ That the resignation of Miss Stewart be accepted with regret.

and that a letter to that effect be written to her.”—Mr Robinson seconded the resolution. —The various members of the Committee testified warmly to Miss Stewart’s efficiency, and spoke of the loss the school would sustain by her resignation.—lt was resolved that the Secretary write to the Board as to the salary of the next teacher, and that on receipt of an answer he should advertise for an assistant teacher. The Board returned a demand for rates for the master’s house, stating that school buildings (in which the houses were included) were exempt by the Act. master’s report.

The report of the head master was read as follows The returns for the quarter, ending 30th June, 1881, waa duly filled up, and show that the working average attendance was somewhat higher than for the previous quarter (300.05). To-day’s attendance ;—Boys, 158 ; girls, 156. Total, 314. In consequence of illhealth, Mr B. Stewart has resigned his position as pupil teacher. There are two candidates for the office —Master E. Tasker and Miss Emma Bean. I have, in former reports, noticed the slate of the schoolhouse (the house occupied by me in Burnett street). The sparrows have filled up the spouting in several places ; and during the last gale the front rooms were completely flooded. The fence round the boys’ playground is in great need of repair. It is reported that parts have been taken down wilfully in order that cows may have free access to the grounds. The boys often complain of the state in which their playground is left by the cattle. —With respect to the fences, the Chairman stated that he had information that the railing had been broken down to enable the cattle to go over. With respect to the house, he did not think they should pay for that out of incidentals, especially as the grant had been reduced. —The matter relating to_ the house was left to the Visiting Committee. —As to the fencing, Mr Robinson said ho had seen the rails frequently removed, and he thought the attention of the Visiting Committee should be strongly directed to it. The playground was spoiled through the cattle. —It was resolved that a letter be written to the Board, stating that the fencing of both playgrounds was out of repair ; also, that a letter be written to the poundkeeper with respect to the trespassing cattle. THE COMPULSORY CLAUSES OF THE ACT. The Chairman said he was strongly in i favor of the clauses being brought into force. There would be a reduction in the numbers, in consequence of the changes ’ of teachers, if they did not look after the i children. i, Mr Andrews thought they were in duty [ bound to do something, as there were ) many children not attending school. : The Chairman moved —“ That the compulsory clauses of the Education Act be > put in force in the Ashburton District on • August Ist.” [ Mr Andrews seconded the motion, i Mr Robinson moved, as an amendmen t i —“ That the discussion be postponed i until there is a full meeting of the Com--3 mittee.”

Mr Hodder was arerse to bring these clauses into force hastily, as he objected to coercion of any kind. Mr Orr seconded the amendment, as he thought they should consider the matter farther. The Chairman said they could bring the clauses into force, but it would be for the Committee to consider whether they would take steps to prosecute anyone when occasion arose. Mr Hodder thought it would not be creditable to bring coercion to bear. Mr Andrews said the Government had provided education, and it was the Committee’s duty to see that children availed thamsolvos of it. The Chairman agreed with the last speaker. It was the ignorance of certain parents that these clauses were directed against. The Secretary read an extract from the minutes of March 14th, 1878, shewing that the Committee had resolved unanimously, at that date, to bring the clauses into force. The Secretary said that that resolution had never been rescinded. The Chairman’s resolution and Mr Robinson’s amendment were then withdrawn, and it was resolved to publish a notice to parents to the effect that the compulsory clauses were in force in the district. Several members expressed the opinion that an example should be made in the case of some of the worst cases in which children were kept from school. A report from Sergeant Felton as to certain children who were not attending school was laid before the Committee. The Committee then adjourned.

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ASHBURTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 398, 18 July 1881

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ASHBURTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 398, 18 July 1881

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