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Distribution of Prizes and Treat.

The distribution of prizes to the Borough School children took place this morning at the schoolhouse. The large schoo room was crowded with children, whose happy young faces formed a pretty picture. Mr Dempsey, the head-master, was of course present, and with his staff of teachers kept the youngsters in order. This duty was, however, a light one, as better behaved children it would have been difficult to find anywhere. The prizes, including a number of handsomely bound volumes, were arranged on a table in the centre of the room. Mr G. H. St. Hill, Chairman of the School Committee, presided, and briefly addressed the young people, speaking in his usual happy style, and tendering them some very excellent advice. Ho then gave away the prizes accompanying each gift with a few kindly words of praise and encouragement. Mr Joseph Ward was also present. The following is the prize list :

Standard Y.—Edith Empson, 1; Isabella Williamson, 2; Florence Williams, 3. Standard IV. Alex. Jameson, 1 Stella Henderson, 2 ; W. Mitchell, 3.

Standard 111. Broomfield, 1 ; Edith Pritchard, 2 ; Mary Williamson, 3. 2nd division.—Alex. Ferguson, 1 ; James Walker, 2 ; Lizzie Tarton. 3.

Standard 11. —W. Kidd, 1 ; Maggie Tait, 2 ; W. Jamieson, 3. Standard I.—Bella Brown, 1 ; Percy Harris, 2 ; Elizabeth Empson, 3. Infant Department : Ist division. Kate Shaw, Maude Bean, Robin Millar,. Eliza Davis, Mary Ann Woolley, Maggie Neville, Georgina Shaw, Ada Felton, Augusta Woolley, James Mcßae, Andrew McCallum, J. Purchase, Fred Smith, Willie Stephens, Arthur Barrett, Roderick Mcßae. 2nd division. Blanche Fowks, Florence Tucker, Nellie Powrie, Maggie Lseson, Mary Rhodda, Edith Andrews, Mary Harris, Gertrude Hyde, Emily Toppin, Clara Leonard, Thomas Allen, Andrew Harris, James Scott, W. Parker, S, Crooks, Percy Pritchard, Leslie Macdonald, George Wilson, Albert Rook, Ernest Kidd. Sewing Department : Standard Y.— Florence Williams, 1 ; Maud Barrett, 2. Standard IV.—Alice Poole, 1 ; Edith Barrett, 2 ; Ethel Alcorn, highly commended. Standard lll.—Edith Poole, 1; Lilly Ivess, highly commended. Standard If.—Ellen Woolley, 1. Standard I. —Alice Tasker, 1. Knitting prize, Ada Simmonds, 1. Special Prizes.—A “ Book of American pictures,” by ths Rev. Manning, was given by Mr St Hill, for best essay on the geography and history of America, to Isabella Williamson. MrJ. Ward also gave a nice prize, entitled the “ Bird-World,” by Giacommelli, for accuracy and neatness in arithmetic, to Isanella Williamson. Mr Weeks presented a prize entitled “ Evening Hours,” by Lady Barker, for good conduct, io Agnes Woolley, in Standard 111. This prize was awarded on the unanimous veto of the scholars Mr Dempsey gave two prizes for the neatest exercises, which were awarded as follows ; —Florence Williams, 1 ; Ada Wilkie, 2. Mr Chichester, second master, also gave a prize for the neatest exercise book, ' which was awarded to Annie Bean. Mr Week’s prize for the best-conducted boy in school was awarded to Alick Jameson. For the best attendance at school, prizes were awarded to Ethel Alcorn and Lucy Chapman. For best behaviour in Standard 1., Thomas Crooks won a prize.

Recitations.—The school was then cleared, of the children who were not competing in the recitation classes. Amongst the older girls, eight competed, and the first prize was awarded to Stella Henderson. Only one boy competed, but. failed to take a prize. The competition with the remaining scholars was adjourned until another day

The children then assembled in the schoolroom, where a most sumptuous feast of sandwiches, cake and milk was provided for them. In the afternoon a large number of sports were gone through and prizes given, and all the children appeared to thoroughly enjoy themselves.

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BOROUGH SCHOOL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 829, 29 December 1882

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BOROUGH SCHOOL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 829, 29 December 1882

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