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Distribution of PrizesThe distribution of prizes in connection with the High School took place this afternoon at three o’clock, there being a fair attendance of parents and friends. The Rev. E A. Scott, the Rev. Mr Beattie, Mr Buchanan (assistant master), and several other well-known gentlemen occupied seats near the chairman’s table. Mr Joseph Ivess occupied the chair, and commenced the proceedings by remarking that he had been asked to preside on that occasion in the unavoidable absence of Dr Trevor. Mr Ivess then gave his young hearers some excellent advice, and remarked that he was pleased to learn the result of the past year’s work was satisfactory. The Chairman’s remarks, which were very brief, were greeted with loud applause by the young people assembled. Mr Hogg, the head-master, then proceeded to comment on the work done during the year, which appeared to be: of a highly satisfactory character. The chairman then distributed the prizes, accompanying each gift with a few appropriate words, the boys clapping heartily as each of their number returned to his seat, carrying & trophy of his prowess with him, The Pev. E. A. Scott having briefly addressed the boys, and having been loudly applauded, The Rev. Mr Beattie then rose. This gentleman said it had been his privilege last year to address the boys. He would like now to say a few words about education. A little boy at Home, was about ten years of age when he quitted an elementary school and became a scholar at a school like that they were now in. From ten to lift en the boys were studying just as they were studying, getting knowledge to fit them for the University. At fifteen or sixteen years of age the boys were ready for the University, and four or five years spent there would enable them to pass their M.A: degree. They would be about twenty or twenty-one years of age when they graduated. Then they would have to consider what profession they would enter. Whether they entered the medical, legal, or clerical professions they would need to undergo a still further period of special study from which they would emerge, say at the age of twentyfive years. Thus fifteen years of study would bo necessary, without counting the elementary schooling. And 15 years study was little enough if a boy was to take a position in a rising colony like that of New Zealand, and do his work steadily and faithfully. He had told them this because he wished them and their parents to understand the value of a school like this where they could receive a really good training. He had been asked to move a vote of i hanks to Mr Hogg and Buchanan who had done so much for the boys, not only in directing their studies, but ii forming their characters. A vote of thanks was carried unanimously. Messrs Hogg and Buchanan briefly re-

sponded. Mr A. Orr proposed a vote of thanks to the chair, which having been briefly

responded to by Mr Ivess, the proceedings terminated with “three cheers” for all present. The following is the prize list :—Class

I. : prize and scholarship, Fooks ; prize for mathematics and Latin Clark I. ; prize for English, Low ; prize f. r French, Fish 11. Class II.; Class prize, Foley ; prize for mathematics and Latin (a), Clark II.; prize for English, Fish I.; prize for Latin (b), Buchanan I. Class III.: Class prize, Buchanan 11.

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HIGH SCHOOL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 824, 21 December 1882

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HIGH SCHOOL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 824, 21 December 1882

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