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The distribution of prizes at the above school, and the breaking up for the Christmas holidays, took place to-day. The ceremony took place in the main school-room, the prizes being arranged on a table, behind which sat Mr St. Hill (who distributed the prizes), Rev. Mr Beattie, Mr Ward, and others. The children presented a pretty sight, and several parents and friends were also present. Mr St. Hill, before distributing the prizes, made a few remarks of the kind usually made on these occasions. The speaker also took the opportunity of thanking the Rev Mr Beattie for his trouble in examining the school. The Rev. A. W. Hands had not thought it necessary to take any part in the proceedings. Mr Ward,J in speaking of the examination, remarked that the children were most attentive and eager, and ready to answer any questions ; and so pleased was he with their conduct and proficiency that he could have gone on examining for two or three hours longer. The prizes having been given away, in which Mr Ward assisted, The Rev Mr Beattie addressed a few words to the children. He was extremely pleased to be able to be present on this occasion, and to think that the children or many of them should be sp efficient, as their examination proved. He regarded Emma Bean as the dux of the school, for she had returned him a reply to a question as to the best way of going .from England to New Zealand.

bat he did not think that many ;p people could do much better.'- cThfT j; ev. gentleman went on to say that thbsd srho had not gained prizes should not be ; liscouraged on that account, for though: hey had not reached the Successful stan- J lard, they had very reached it, and ( ihould look forward to year. < After some other kindly remarks, the rev. gentleman sat down amidst applause. 1 Appended is the prize list: — > Order of Merit. Standard Y.— Emma Bean, Ist; Henry Tasker, 2nd ; Isabella Williamson, 3rd ; George Pilkington 4th. Standardly.—Florence Williams, Ist; Kathleen Henderson, 2nd; Helen Barratt, 3rd ; William George Murray, 4th. Standard HI. —First Division : James Mutch, Ist; Edith Bean, 2nd ; Edith Pilkington, 3rd; William Bennett, Thomas Underill, and George, Hefiord commended. Second Division 1 ■ Compton, Ist; Stewart McOallum, 2nd Harry Mills, 3rd ; Robert MoCallum and Moses Dailey commended. Class IV. —Ethel Gates, Minnie Leitch, Rosa Worner, Rosa Rook, Louisa Olsen, Susan Barber, Rosa Bevan, Elizabeth Stigley, Lucy Stephens, Elizabeth Addis, Jessie Mutch, Annie Ede, Jessie Trezise, Minnie Barrett, Bertha Taylor, Lucy Dailey, Ada Simmonds, Elizabeth Simmonds, Emma McCutchen. Jessie Mutch, Ist; Arthur Prichard, 2nd; Elizabeth Addis, 3rd; Hubert Milsom, commended ; Jessie Trezise and Emma McCutchen, equal. Class V., Standard ll.—May Williamson, Margaret Shaw, Hannah Cheat,

Margaret Graham, Affarah Priston, Maude Williams, Ada Wilson, Elizabeth Hunt, Alice Baker, Maude Hill, Agnes Woolley, Esther Gates, Bessie Henderson, Emily Cotton, Marion Compton, Lilian Cotton, Leah Nicholson, Emma Ede, Harriet Haines, Emily Porter, Louise Mussen, Kate Toppin, Annie Griffin. May Williamson, Ist; Margaret Graham, 2nd ; Margaret Shaw, 3rd; Alfred Prichard and Agnes Woolley, equal. Class Vl.—Walter Fawcett, Ist; Maggie Tait, 2nd ; Agnes Millar arid Ellen Woolley, equal. 3rd Class, Infant Department.—Lucy Baigent, Ist; James Scott, 2nd ; Nellie Powrie, 3rd; Andrew McCallum, Maud Bean, Aunie Bennot. 4th Class.—Hetta Leonard, Ist; Rose Leonard, 2nd; Charles Olsen, 3rd. Perseverance and Good Conduct.—lst Glass, George Hoare ; 3rd Class, Ernest Rands. SEWING PRIZES. Standard V—lsabella Williamson, Ist. Standard IV—Flora Williamson, Ist; Ellen Barrett, 2nd. Standard 111 Alice Poole, Ist; Martha Pearson, 2nd ; Edith Poole, 3rd ; Lilly Ivess, 4th ; Alice Broomfield, sth ; Lucy Stevens, 6th. Standard ll—Maude Williams, Ist; Agnes Woolley, 2nd; May Williamson, 3rd ; Lilly Cotton, 4th ; Eliza Hunt, sth; Anna Cheat, 6th. Standard I—Ellen Woolley, Ist; Margaret Tait, 2nd. Special Prize (Mrs Andrews) —Emily Fletcher. . # Knitting, Special Prize —(Mrs St. Hill) Edith Pilkington ; Matilda Williams, highly commended. Darning—Kathleen Henderson. Prize for good conduct—Edith Barrett. Presentation.

The prize distribution being over, Miss Emma Bean, made a presentation on behalf of the school of a handsome locket and signet ring to Mr and Mrs Stott. Mr Stott, in acknowledging the gifts on behalf of himself and Mrs Stott, said how surprised he was when last night he heard (for the first time) that a presentation was to be made to him. He had been in harness as a teacher since he was thirteen years of age, and so he had not got any prizes for a good many years, but yet he ; had not forgotten his feelings as a prize-win-ner. He was glad to think that Ashburton’s educational advantages were much greater than they were four years ago. Thanking them once more for their thoughtfulness, Mr Stott sat down amidst prolonged applause. The children then sang, “My Happy Home,” and “ The Men of Harlech ” very nicely, after which Mr Hodder addressed a few words to the children, wishing them a “ Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.” Cheers for the Examiners, the Chairman, the ladies, Mr Stott, Mr Wright (the latter unprompted), and for themselves (suggested by Mr Mayo), were then given. The children sang, “ God Save the Queen,” and the proceedings terminated. The Examination. The result of the school examination is thus described by one of the examiners in a private letter. This was the third year in which he had taken part in awarding prizes, and this year he had examined the fourth and fifth standards, and the examination was highly satisfactory, and very creditable to the teachers. Miss Emma Bean was clearly the dux of the school.

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BOROUGH SCHOOL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 516, 23 December 1881

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BOROUGH SCHOOL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 516, 23 December 1881