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The annual meeting of the above took place last night at the School-house, date fixed for the annual meetings o* school committees throughout the colony. There was a very satisfactory attendance. On the motion of Dr Trovor, seconded by Mr Robinson, Mr St. Hill was voted to the chair. The Chairman rose to remark that he had to congratulate them on the interest they took in school matters, as evinced by the large attendance that evening. After alluding to the changes made during the year (referred to at length in the Annual Report), Mr St. Hill said he would take that opportunity of thanking the retiring Committee for the assistance they had rendered him in the discharge of his duties as their Chairman, and for the uniform courtesy he had received at their hands. (Applause.) THE ANNUAL REPORT AND BALANCE SHEET Were then read by the Secretary as follows : Annual Report of the Committee of the Ashburton Borough Schools : —Jammy, 1882. The Committee of the Ashburton Borough Schools have the honor to present the annual report and statement of accounts for the past year to the householders of Borough and school district. The attendance has fallen off to the extent of about 50 during the past year, this may have been caused to some extent by the commencement of another school in the district during the year. Your Committee have to . report that a change in the staff has occurred —Mr A. Stott, the late headmaster, having resigned, and also Miss Stewart, late infant mistress. Miss Stewart has been succeeded by Miss Seager, who is appointed on condition that she obtains a certificate at the examination of teachers, now about being concluded. This young lady has proved heself (by her three or four months’ work) to be a competent and efficient teacher of infants For the office of headmaster, there were 27 applications, and after long and very careful deliberation youi Committee submitted two of these, with their testimonials, to the Board ot Education for its decision —this decision was in favor of Mr Hector Dempsey, a recent arrival in the colony, who comes highly recommended from home, and holds the highest certificate obtainable ' " from the Irish Board of Education, viz.—the first division of the first class. The staff will now consist of a headmaster, a second master, a mistress or third teacher, an infant mistress, and five pupil teachers, viz.—one in the fourth or last year of her term, one in the third year, and three in the second year. This staff is r quite sufficient for a much larger attendance than there is at present and your Committee anticipate good results from the operations of the coming year. The School was examined by the Board’s Inspector, W. L. Edge, Esq., in v October last, and his report was more cheering than that of last year, still your Committee feel bound to state that the results have not proved to be what they feel justified in expecting in such a large, expensive, and important school. The following are the results of the! ; * examinations for the past two years, viz., presented in 1880, 243; in 1881, 166; difference in numbers presented, 77 less than in. . 1880. There were two presented in Standard VI. (which is the highest standard) in 1880; not any in 1881, There were 39 per cent, of ... passes in 1880; in iBBr, 78, or exactly twice the number in 1881. It is only fair, however, to state that in 1880 in one of the standards 45 were presented, and 42 passed, or about 78 per cent.; and in 1881 there were 54 presented ■ in one of the standards, and 53 passed; or - about 99 per cent., and that in both years the’ high per centages of these two standards tended very greatly to increase the general average per :r 4 cent, of the whole school. The annual exa--1 mination for prizes took place this year on_ the,. .. ; 20 th and 21st of December, and was conducted I by the Rev. A. M. Beattie and Mr J. Ward, assisted by the teachers, and the examiners , were enabled to give a favorable report of the t manner in which the different classes acquitted themselves during the ordeal. Prizes of the value of fifteen guineas were distributed by the Chairman on the 24th ultimo, in the presenceT of a large number of parents and friends. The;; needlework, as usual, was examined and adju- ’’ dicated upon by the wives of the members of Committee. A vacancy occurred during the year on the Committee, in consepuence of Dr Mewart (who took great interest in the welfare' of our school) leaving the district, and Mr D. Williamson was elected to fill the vacancy. • The Committee have held eighteen meetings : during the year, 12 monthly and 6 special, and the following is the attendance of the members: —Mr St Hill, 18; Mr Andrews, 17; Mr Hodder, 16 ; Mr Robinson, x 6 ; Mr Felton, , 1 13; Mr Orr, 12; Dr Stewart, 6; and Mr 1 Williamson, 3. From this statement it will 4 be seen that the Committee have taken great L interest in the supervision of the school. The ■ statement of accounts shows the continued , liberality of the Board to the school, and your' Committee desire to express their acknowledgments to the Board and its officials for the j 1 courtesy and promptitude their communications have always received from them. The accounts also show a balance to the credit of the incidental fund, but a portion of this will be absorbed by accounts for advertising not yet • come to hand, and by necessary repairs that, 1 require immediate attention. Your Com-' 1 . mittee cannot conclude their report without" , expressing their obligations to E. G. Wright, ! Esq., of Windermere, for the kindness and*. hospitality shown to the children at their 1 annual treat, on the 23rd December last,; and 7 granting them the range of his . extensive. gardens and grounds. The kindness of Mr , Wright and family to the Committee, teachers ! and children will long be remembered by. all ’ who had the privilege of participating in it, In conclusion, the Committee trust that all 1 sections of the community will unite in a cohtinued endeavor to promote the best interests of the school, and that parents will second the efforts of the teachers and Committee in any' possible way, but chiefly by taking care that their children are regular and punctual in their attendance.

Ashburton District School Accounts for the Year Ending 31ST December, iß3i. Receipts. £ s. d. £ s. d. To Balance in Bank Ist Jan., 1881, salaries... ... 4 7 7 „ ~ Incidentals... 34 14 10 ~ Grants from Education Board, salaries 735 12 5 ~ Grants from Education Board, incidentals ... 114 9 6 ~ Special Grants ... 10 o o £899 4 4 To Balance 38 4 10 Expenditure. £ s. d« £ s. d. By Cash Mr Stott, headmaster ... 294 12 10 ~ ~ Mr Mayo, second master... 120 15 o ~ ~ Miss Stewart, infant mistress... 76 13 4 ~ ~ Miss Seager, infant mistress... 32 18 9 ~ ~ Miss Dynes, mistress ... 69 4 9 ~ ~ Miss M‘Donnell, pupil teacher 41 6 8 ~ ~ Miss Henderson, pupil teacher 3° *3 4 ~ ~ Miss Andrews, pupil teacher... 19 IS 5 ~ ~ Miss Tully, pupil teacher... 17 11 o ~ ~ B. Stewart, pupil teacher... 10 O o ~ ~ J. Henderson, pupil teacher... 22 1 6 ~ ~ R. Ennis, pupil teacher 2 7 7 ~ ~ Cleaning requisites, etc.... S 3 122® .. Fuel 21 13 6 ~ ~ Stationery for general school use ... ... ... l 8 6 ~ ~ Repairs ... .. ... 12 18 6 „ „ Clerk’s salary 15 O O ~ ~ Office expenses ... ... 2 17 6 ~ „ Paper, ink, etc., supplied to scholars 2 II 6 ~ ~ Printing and advertising... 266 ~ ~ Building coal shed ... 8 o O" ~ ~ Clearing tussocks trom S.R 2 o o ~ „ Auditor’s fee 1 i o

By Balance ; ... £899 4 4 Examined and found correct. W. R.; Boyle, Auditor. Ashburton, January iStli, 1882, Accounts for Tre/.t and Prizes. Receipts. £ s. d. To Cash received per Mr St. Hill ... IS 10 6 „ „ Mr Hodder ... ... 10 n 6 „ ~ Mr Andrews 126 „ „ Mr Robinson 3 16 6 „ „ Mr J. Ward ... ... 2 n 6 To Balance ° £33 6 8 Expenditure. £ s. d. By Cash paid Mr Marsh ... 512 „ „ Mr Taylor 5 6 0 „ „ Mr Thiele 3° 10 M Mr Whitcombe ... IS J S 0 „ ~ Orr and Co. ... 3 11 11 „ „ S. Alcorn ... n 9 /33 6 § W. R. Boyle, Auditor. January xßth 1882. The Chairman begged to move the adoption of the Report and Balance Sheet. Seconded by Mr Boyle. The Chairman said that that was the time for speaking if anyone had anything to say respecting the Report. Mr J. R. Chapman asked, was all the money collected for prizes expended on prizes, and if so, were all the prizes distributed ? The Chairman said that all the money had been expended, but not all the prizes were given away. Some had been reserved until next year. Mr Chapman said he thought if there were any surplus prizes remaining, they should go to those children who, although not prize takers, came very near taking prizes. He certainly thought the extra prizes should go to these children. The Chairman explained that there were not sufficient surplus prizes to go far enough to reward each of the children referred to by Mr Chapman, and therefore the Committee had thought it best to keep them in reserve until next year. The Report and Balance Sheet were unanimously adopted. The Chairman said there was one mat- I ter omitted from the Report by the Secre- i tary, and that omission he supposed 1 originated through the latter’s modesty. ( He wished to bear personal testimony < to the services rendered by Mr Ward to t the Committee. There was a great deal < of routine work which they had had to get through hi the course of the year, and which they could not possibly have got through without Mr Ward’s invaluable assistance: (Applause.) the new committee. j The following gentlemen were then nominated as members of the new Committee with the resu-ts opposite their J names : i G. H. St. Hill j 181 D. Williamson ; 51 Andrew Orr... 39 John Orr 30 G. M. Robinson 28 t T. R. Hodder 25 * W. 35. Boyle 23 * R. Murray 21 c R. S. Bean 16 C J. R. Chapman ... ... 16 0 W. Roberts... ... ... 14 a R. Olsen 12 Pritchard 9 G. Parkin 7 The first seven gentlemen were thereupon declared duly elected. Votes of thanks to the retiring Com- 5 mittee and to the scrutineers terminated the meeting. The New Committee. e The new Committee then met. I Mr. Boyle moved that Mr St. Hill be c elected the Chairman for the ensuing t< year. c Seconded by Mr Williamson. - Mr A. Orr proposed Mr Williamson as ~] Chairman. J Mr Williamson declined on the score of press of public and private business. Mr J. Orr proposed Mr Hodder. He had nothing to say against Mr St. Hill, but he thought a change of Chairman would be as well at the commencement of a new yeur. One reason he was against j Mr St. Hill’s re-appointment was that he _ had received so many “ plumpers ” that £ night. Mr St. Hill thought that Mr Oir’s remarks were ungenerous and ungentlemanly. Mr Orr’s proposition was not seconded, 6 and he agreed to withdraw it. Mr Boyle moved, and Mr Williamson ( seconded —“ That Mr St. Hill be elected i Chairman for the ensuing year.”—Carried. Mr St. Hill begged to thank them for 1 the honor they had done him in electing 1 him as their Chairman. He took great interest in the school, and had never been absent on one occasion since he had been connected with the Committee. Therefore they could understand that he was - naturally glad to be re-elected, in order that he might see how things went on in the coming year. To revert to business, a letter had been received from the Board 1 of Education in reply to one from the i Committee notifying the resignation of Mr Mayo, the assistant master, and asking whether the Committee should advertise for another master. The reply from - from the Board stated that to make the - school staff complete it was entitled to another mistress, but not to a second master. The general feeling of the Committee . appeared to be opposed to the appointment of another female teacher, and it was ultimately resolved “That the Board be applied to for another male- j teacher.” The second Tuesday in each month was appointed as the day of meeting, and the hotx fixed at 7 o'clock, instead of 7.30 as 1 heretofore. The meeting then adjourned. •

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ASHBURTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 542, 24 January 1882

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ASHBURTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 542, 24 January 1882

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