Mr W. H. Kneen, who has been head master of tbe Ashburton Borough School for the last four years, but who is now retiring from the position, was this afternoon the recipient, at the hands of the teachers and pupils, of a souvenir marking the esteem of those with whom he has been associated so long. The presentation took the form of a handsome clock m black marble, bearing the inscription ; — ' 'Presented to Mr W. H. Kneea by the Committee, teachers and pupils of the Ashburton Borough SchooL August, 1889." The elder girls had also determined on making a presentation to Mrs Kneen, as a token ot their appreciation, and this took the form of a very neat butter-dish. At half-past one, the hour appointed, the children met m one of the large c ass rooms. Messrs Bean, Paul, Cook and Scott, members of the Committee, and several parents of pupls were present In the absence of the Chairman of the Committee Mr Bean was asked to preside and make the presentation. Mr Bean siid it was very gratifying to witness the kindly feeling which svbsisted between the headmaster and those under him, the outcome of which was the handsome present, which he now had, on their behalf, to ask Mr Kneen to receive. He could answer for Mr Kneen that wherever he went he would retain pleasant memories -of tbe pupils whom he had taught during the past four years, and the children, as evidenced by the expression of their regard, would likewise bear their headmaster, why was now leaung them, m kind lemcmhrance The presentation was then made amidst hearty applause. Mr Kneen, who was very much affected, briefly expressed his deep thanbs at the kindness which had been shown him, requesting > the indulgence of those present to pardon his inability to say more, Mr Paul said a few word 3to the children, They had not yet arrived at an kge when they could undersrand the position m which they had placed Mr Kneen by the very great kind* ness they had fhown towards him, and how the feelings awakened by that kindness had prevented him expressing his acknowledgement as fully as he wished to do. On behalf of Mr Kneen, whom he had known long, he thanked the ebildren for their present, and concluded by giving them some kindly advice to regulate their career m future life. Messrs T. Arthur and H. M. Jones briefly expresEed tneir sympathy with the object for which those present had met together. Mr Paul said that the children that day had 'done Mr Kneen a great kindness, but they could do him a further kindness by all doing their best at tbe approaching examination. He hoped they would all work hard, and that tde examination would bear witness to the good fruits of Mr Kneen's tuition. The Chairman hay.ng proclaimed a halfholiday the proceedings terminated.
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