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The nnnutl distribution of prz's prior J t to breaking up for the O'lrt&ttms holidays, to'jk plaae at the A.nhbar!oQ High SohooS on Saturday afternion. The p-oouadlogs opened at the girls' sohoolroom which wis very taatefu'ly decorated with flxrers, evergreens and mottoes, the wall at tha upper end being further enabe'llsbed by some very or editable apeolmeas of the handiwork of the puplh m the sbape of pencil, crayon and water-color drawings There wan a large attend moo of pirants and friends, and the chair <va* taken "by W. 0,. Walker Ejq , M.H.R. stip portcid by tha Uevs IS. A- Scott and A, M. B^atiie The Ohatrrmn m opening the proceedings eaid that this was a pleasing oocadou for both old and young. Looking op n the happy faces of the young, the old QO"jld almost irish themselves boys and girls again, and the young wera looking forward to the delights of the holidays. The-Asbbnrion High School consisted of (wo branohea between which chera was an honorable rivalry. It was not for him to | «»y .which excelled, but on the present occasion as usual precedence was, of course, given, to the young ladies. The Board of Governors felt that they oooupled a position, of responsibility and had done their best to provide for the ) boys and girls of A.«hbarton the opportunity of » good and sound education. Bat * responsibility rented also opon the parents and upon the pupils themselves, and It depended upon them In great raeasuce whether the school was to be made the sucoess It ought to be. So far as the meaoe at their dhposftl would admit the Board of Governors had supplied the means of a good useful education, and he trustedrthat the parents were satisfied with the result. It depended upon the public, upon the parents themselves, as to whether the B ard should be able to extend the advantages offered by the school, and m this matter they relied upon tbe people of the town and district for support. They hoped that the pupils alao would assist m keeping op the high oharaoter of the school, aa it was their ambition that those who were educated at the Aahbirton High Sohool should be distinguished for their high moral tone, their (pod manners, their considerate, and as respeots the boys, their gentlemanlike oondnot In all the relations of life. As regarded their present poison, they all know that there wero finanolal difficulties In the way of attaining all they desired — they would be glad to provide more enlarged educational facilities, but they had to make both ends meet, and they owed a debt of gratitude to the teaohing staff, Mr Baohaoao, Miss Sounders and MleuGrubb, fur what they had boon able by the faithful diuoharge of their doty oader considerable dim* :ul ties to accomplish. Ii might, perhaps, be said, that m relation merely to the number of pupils they had a euffiolontly large staff, bat the difficulty arose m o^nneotion, not with the mere number or pupils, Vu,t m the work being spread over to many- •übjeo'o, with pupils m all degrees of advancement, from the initial stages to the higher branohea. The Board looked forward to such an in* crease' ln the number ol ; pupil* as would eßftblo the strengthening of the staff, when both their financial and eduaatloual diffiflaltles would disappear, ard the Board would have plaoed within their reooh what they had long wished to accomplish. Be was pleased to hear from Mr Bnohanan that he w»s pleased with tbe results of the year'a work, and he had now the pleasure of calling opr-n that gentleman to read out the names of thoae to whom prizes had been awarded. Mr Buchanan then read the following ; : PRIZE LI3T. ♦ QIBLS SCHOOL Form IV — &L Williamson, class prize; B. Orr, French. Form IK.— E. Low, olass priaa. Fotm IL— May Brown, class priz9 ; L. Bjbn, latin and Frenoh ; Millie MoOtren, 3rd prize. Fornx 1,-^R. Bophsnan, special raises, Painting -A. Fooks, upper school; Madge Biown, lower school. Music— Gertrude Steward ; General Improvement, E. Brown. Attendance — H. Friedlander, The Rev. Mr Beattis, who was oalled upon to present the prizes, prefaced that ceremony by mentioning as an encouragement to the youug ladies that m bis experience m this colony and from what he had learned of other oolonles (of Australia) he bad noticed that thd young ladles often far excelled the young gentlemen m matters edaoationtl. This was not the case m one particular class of schools only, or m relation to a ?iarticular stage of education, the sam.e hing was notlqeable from the primary sphoo's right up to the Universities, among the graduates and undergraduates. _ They could sea thia for themselves m the | publlo papers, and only the othor day he p noticed that at an examination m whioh . 240 obiidren took pirt tbrea times as m«ny - girls as b,ya--180 to 60— wore prlza- ! takers or winners of honorable mention , It raa true that on that partlcqlar opoaslon , tbe examination was ohitfiy m religious , knowledge, 6ut generally the same thing, > If not to tbe same extent, prevailed. Mr | Beattle went oo to congratulate tb.o>OQng people of Ashbnrton go the advantages 1 which the High Sohool afforded, and | urged upon the pupils t j make the most of , those advantages. They oould not have | too much knowledge and should never suppose that they had learned alt that was j worth learning. He, however, as a mlnliter of religion, oould not conclude without urging upon them the importance of «eeking that highest of all knowledge the, knowledge of the Saviour, of that Saviour who was their unfailing friend. Let them seek to have the Lord Jesus dwelling la their hearts and lay to h^art the counsel of God <* Let not the wise man glory m "hfa wisdom, neither let thja mighiy man glory m hie. might, If (not the riQh man glory m bis -"-riches, but let him that glorieth glory m this, that he anderstandeth and knowoth Me " The winners of pr acs wero then presented w[th a , unmoor of handsome books and an adjournment was then made to the boys' schoolroom. This also was found to have been tastefully deoorated with evergreens, fi>wera and mo i toes with the distinguishing feature of single sticks and other indications of the faot thai the room was devoted to the sterner Bex — Mr Walker again opened the proceedings by a short ppoeoh I j whioh he congratulated the boya on Uk'ing a leaf from tbe girls' book m the matter of deooratlons and expressed the hope that (n sohool and m after life the boys of the Ashburton sohool would be known for their good manners nod good morals. There was an honorable j'a'oasy fcr the good name of their sohool cherished by the pupils of famous schools all over tbe world, and he hoped that the honor and good name of the Ashburton school would always be kept up by Ashborton boyi. He then oalled opon Mr Buchanan who re&d the following PKI2E L|ST.

BOYS SCHOOIi. Form lll.— Olaaa prize— lst, B. Shearjnan ; 2nd, N. Orr. Englioh— B. Hep worth. Arithmetic— H. Oartln. Diligence »ftd good oopdnot—A, Williams. Form It. — Oluhb ppfse— lst, F. Olatlc. DlHpienoo and good condc^t — F. Potter, I. FoTm I.— Olae» prJj;e— lst, Vernon Steward. Tho ReT. E. A, Scott, who wai oalled upon to present the prfzw, oald that It vu a very oomtnon things when t hire wai want of snooeiß In learning op the part of puplli to throw all the blame on the teaoheri, and It waa aisnraed that only the maeter vai m fault wben ho did not Wiee4 to piwiPg » Urg» Pmnbn of boyi,

For hts part ho thought that a great deal of the responsibility restart with the Inys themselves. Be hal known of blgbys of 16 or 17 being oontent to remain In the lower cUzfev- whilo little fellows were working their way to the top of the sohool. Thore ware of oourao aoma boys not ao bright as others, bat If a boy resolved tn learn all he could he would not fail to get on. He waa glad to notice that the nnrabar of pr'zjs was not large. It was roach better to gWe a few prlaas well flrorth the wlonlug, not merely for the value of tl© books, bat beoaase being few there was the greater honor In taking them. Those who won them were the more to be oonjjratnlated, but at the same time he woald point oat, that there was no disgrace m not winning a prlza if only all had dona their beat. The great thing was not to be idle. The ray gentleman went on to spaak of the benefits of study as a meant of enlarging the Intellectual oapiolty, and showed that even In the humbler vocations of life he, whose brain had been educated was a . more efficient worker than one who had not had any educational advantages. But mental education was not alone sufficient, they must not neglect thsir moral and spiritual nature and he hoped that the boys before him would grow tip not merely edaoated but steady godfearing men The prizes having been deatrlbuted, Major Steward m proposing a vote of thanks to the Governors of the School addressed a few words to the boys upon tbe qualities wh'oh they should seek to cultivate, urging upon them to be honorable' m all their dealings with their schoolfellows, towards their parents, and towards their teachers. Let the<r rivalry be a generous one, and. while doing their best to excel themselves, let them not grudge others tbeir success when they were themselves excelled. Again let them not be dibconraged beoause they eometimoa failed, for it was as honorable to bear failure well as to- behave nobly m success. The boy was truly the father of the man, and noble conduot at school led to noble conduot m after life. He was ' glad to hear that -there were to be no 1 holiday tasks, for he believed thoroughly m doing one thing at a time, and doing . that thing well. Let them play while 1 they played, and work while they worked. 1 and remembering the Latin proverb about ' the Bound miod m the sound body, let [ them make the most of the holidays by 1 getting tbetnaelves toned up and strengthened for the work of next school session. ' lie now called upon them to pass a hearty vote of thanks to the Governors of the \ school. : The motion was seconded by Mr ' Beattie and carried by acolamation. A pleaMn^ little iocident next occurred iv the presentation by Mr Buchanan ou 1 behalf of the pupils of the girls' school of j | two handsome books to their teachers Miss 1 6au.nders and. Mica Grubb. r Upon the motion of the Chairman a 9 hearty vote of thanks was passed to the ? teaching staff and was acknowledged by 1 Mr Buchanan for whom three cheers were 3 given by the boys, whereupon Mr Walker ' vacated the ohair and the proceedings J terminated.

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ASHBURTON HIGH SCHOOL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2015, 17 December 1888

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ASHBURTON HIGH SCHOOL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2015, 17 December 1888

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