BOROUGH SCHOOL COMMITTEE.
The ordinary monthly meeting of tlie above was held last evening at the sohoolhonse. Present—Messrs St. Hill (Chair man), Williamson, Boyle, and J. Ward (secretary). chairman’s statement.
The Chairman reported that since last meeting the desks in all the rooms had boon screwed down, but that owing to the wet weather, the repairs to the roof had been held over for the present. The Committee would have to arrange about the approaching holidays. HEAD master’s REPORT.
This report was read as follows : “ Since your last meeting we have had both changes, in and an addition to our staff, and I am very happy to be able to convey to you my great satisfaction at the result of these changes. It has been the source of vexation to mo since I came here to see the manner in which some of the classes were superintended in their respective rooms, and I have often felt that any arrangements or suggestions of mine wer; almost worthless unless there was a thorough determination on the part of the other teachers to fullil their duties faithfully, and the ability to do so. In our lately appointed mistress I believe we have secured one who possesses both these qualities in a marked degree, and it is extremely pleasing to me to note the change that has been brought about in her room
since she tcok charge, and to see how much more steady and earnest the children are since her arrival amongst
them, and I am quite convinced that aa she becomes better known she will he still more appreciated. In our assistant master I believe you have made a good selection. Aa far as I can see, he is thoroughly conversant with his work, and goes about it with a steady and systematic determination that I very much admire. He is a great help to me in many ways, and although so short a time here, has the boys completely under his control —a state of things which only those who
are responsible for the instruction and conduct of a large number of children can fully appreciate. An additional pupil teacher (Miss Emma Bean) has fuby realised my expectations. She can control and instruct a class better than some who have had greater experience, and I hope her career as a teacher will be a credit to the school in which she first fulfilled the duties of her profession. As regards the other pupil teachers, the majority are doing well, and all, I suppose, are doing their best. lam glad to he able to say that their home work is very satisfactorily prepared, and there is perfect punctuality in their attendance at lessons. Subjoined is a record of their answering since Ist May. We have had one regular holiday since my last report, and three half-holdays on account of the severity of the weather. The school was kept open last week, with the exception of two half-days, although our numbers were only about one sixth of the regular attendance. There are some cases when holidays are essentially necessary, and when it is for the good of the school that’ they should be granted, and I must say . that my ideas are completely in accord-. , ance with those of our Chairman with reference to the circumstances that should warrant a holiday. Although colds are prevalent, and long walks on bad roads have been the means of keeping children at home, the attendance is keeping np. : very fairly, our average attendance fat' the month in the upper school being
195 8, and in the infant department, 119 7; total, 315 5. Average on rolls : Upper school, 279; infant school, 185 total, 464 1 beg to draw your attention to the inadequate supply of maps with which we are furnished, and also to other matters mentioned in my secondary report to the Chairman. I append a list of the irregular attenders in some of the classes, and leave it with you to try and effect some improvement in their attendance, as children who are in the habit of coming about half time gain very little when they are present. I am quite satisfied that with our present teachers the school will soon take the position it ought to ho’d among the schools of Canter- ' bury.” MAPS. The secretary was instructed to write to the Board of Education, applying for the maps wanted, and also pulleys and fixings for same as in use in some other schools, so that the maps may be lowered and raised at pleasure. IRREGULAR ATTENDANCE. It was resolved with reference to the irregular attendance referred to in the head master’s report that the secretary should write to the parents of the children mentioned, and point out to them that unless the evil is remedied the committee will be compelled to enforce the compulsory clauses of the Act. RESIGNATION. Mr T. R. Hodder wrote, tendering his resignation on account of leaving the district. The resignation was accepted, and on the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Mr Williamson, Mr Weymouth Roberts was nominated for the vacancy, which the Committee has the power to fill at once. VISITING COMMITTEE. Messrs A. and J. Orr wore appointed a visiting committee for the month. SCHOOL BOOKS. It was resolved that the master be requested to furnish a monthly return of books sold to scholars. MIDWINTER HOLIDAYS. The midwinter holidays, which cornmince at the end of the present month, were fixed at three weeks, and the midsummer holidays at five weeks. The Committee then adjourned.
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BOROUGH SCHOOL COMMITTEE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 662, 14 June 1882
BOROUGH SCHOOL COMMITTEE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 662, 14 June 1882
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