ASHBURTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE
Tho usual monthly meeting of the Ashburton School Committee was held at the Borough Schools last evening. Present —Messrs D. Williamson (chairman), J. Orr, Thomas, Tucker, A. Orr, Alcorn and Collins
The following correspondence was read —(1) From Miss Dick thanking the Com
mittao for her appointment as fourth teacher, and stating her intention to commence her duties on March 24.—(2) From ass Andrews stating that having completed her term as pupil teacher, she wished to enter tho Normal School on April 20. —(3) Prom the Secretary of the Board of Education stating that the regulations do not contemplate pupil teachers entering the Normal School later than tho end of March, and requesting that Miss Andrews should remain in the Ash burton School for the balance of the current year and enter the Normal School after the Christmas holidays.—(4) From the same stating that the Board had appointed Miss Dick as assistant teacher in place of Mr Gilboy, resigned. —(5) From the same acknowledging receipt of a petition presented by a deputation and enclosing a copy of a resolution passeyl thereon by the Board as follows, viz : “ That the Board having heard the statements of a deputation from the householders of Ashburton, advocating that the Board should reconsider its decision with respect to the notice to be given to the Headmaster as to the termination of his engagement, sees no reason to alter its decision, supported as it is by a majority of the Committee, but in compliance with a recommendation of the Board agrees that an inspection of the school shall take place in June next. (G) From the same, enclosing a letter to be banded to Mr s 'empsej, giving him three months’ notice of the termination of his engagement. (7) From the same, stating the Board had no spare copy of scale of salaries. (8) Prom the Sergeant of Police enclosing the names of sixteen children not attending any school. (9) Prom Mr Stirling, requesting to be famished with copies of reports by Mr Demps.'y> referring to him —lt was resolved that the Clerk reply to Mr Stirling, stating that the Committee had received no reports from Mr Dempsey bearing upon him.
The Master's report was read as follows :— ’* I beg to submit my report as follows: —(a) Attendance; The average attendance at the Main School for the quarter was, 325.5 ; tho ‘average attendance at tho fdde School for the quarter was, 123.5; highest attendance at the Main School for the quarter was, 366 ; highest attendance at the Side School for the quarter was, 136—(b) Number on Roll : At tho eud of the quarter at the Main School for thfe quarter was, 435 ; at the end of the quarter at the Side School for the quarter was, 166.—(c) Admitted
and Left: Admitted daring quarter, Main School, 89 ; admitted daring quarter, Side School, 110; left daring qßarter, Main School, 49 ; left daring quarter, Side School. s.—(<l) Teachers : Miss Andrews, pupil teacher, left on March 10oh, owing to her term of service being completed. I beg to suggest Lucy Chapman as the most suitable candidate for the vacant position, and I forward with this the necessary recommendation to the Board. Miss Janet Dick commenced her duties on 24 h ultimo, and is giving entire satisfaction The teachers generally are doing their work earnestly and faithful'y. I bog to draw the attention of the Committee to the very great necessity for another adult teacher in the Side School. It is impossible for the fmistress to do good work, unless she has the proper staff. Up to the present I have had to send her two pupil teachers from the Main School; this of course militates against the Main School; in fact during the whole time I have been here we have seldom had the full complement of teachers.—(e) Irregularity: The attendance of the children in some of the classes is somewhat irregular; this may, to a certain extent, be accounted for by the prevalence of disease in the district. I forward with this the number present out of every hundred pupils or rolls in the different classes Holidays were kept on Friday 3rd, Monday 6th, and Thursday 9th inst; the attendance during Easter week was very small. I beg to submit to you the result of eight examinations held since the beginning of the year. Kindly return them. On the motion of Mr Thomas, seconded by Mr A. Orr, the report was adopted. PUPIL TEACHER, The Clerk was directed to write to the Board of Education, enclosing the Headmaster’s recommendation of Mias Lucy Chapman for the position of pupil teacher, also to forward to the Board a copy of the resolution adopting the report, SID'S SCHOOL. On the motion of Mr A. Orr, seconded by the Chairman, the Clerk was directed to write to the Board of Education, urging the appointment of a second teacher for the side school in accordance with attendance. i HEADMASTER. j The Clerk was instructed to apply to the Board "f Education for permission to advertise for a headmaster. REPAIRS AND MATERIAL. An application from the headmaster for repairs and material was referred to the Visiting Committee with power to act.— The Clerk was directed to ascertain what was required in the same direction at the aide school. FUEL. On the motion of Mr A. Orr, seconded by Mr Collins, it was resolved to invite tenders for coal and firewood. REPORT ON TEACHING STAFF. The Committee appointed to report upon the teaching staff obtained an extension of time for the completion of their labors, ACCOUNTS. Accounts amounting to L 6 3s 9d were passed for payment. VISITING COMMITTEE. Messrs J. Orr and Collins were appointed a Visiting Committee for the ensuing month.
ADJOURNMENT. The Committee then adjourned Tuesday, May 12.
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ASHBURTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1514, 15 April 1885
ASHBURTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1514, 15 April 1885
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