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, The"annual meeting of! householders in the Itakuiu school district, was" held last night; Mr -C. Hardy in.the- Chaij%,i The miriutes'of the last annual meetinaf having been read and" confirmed,' the Chairman submitted ' the follo'wiiig'-Report, which was adopted :—Your Committee has to report that, during its year of office, very little has come under its notice which. calls for special comment.

In the early>part of {the year, after a long period of successful work in the school, IMiss Young sent,-in.her resignation, and your -Committee recommended Miss Bilton to the Board to fill the vacancy. The Board,, however,-, declined to sanction'the appointment. A deal of correspondence and. interviewing ensued, and the Committee was,pereevering in its efforts to maintain what it considered an .important" principle, namely, the :pdwdr to select, i^ .own teachers from the whole of the'names submitted^by the Board of; Education./. To prevent what appeared likely to culminate in a deadlock, • the Board.called for/fresh^appHcations, and from the; names* beforejtheni, tho Committee'chciae Miss Seymour/-' v

Two pupil teachers, Masters R. Bruce amd E. Larraman, have left for the Normal School/anduthe?,vacancies have been filled by Masters j. Biddell and J, Bruce.'. ->' WJ /\ *~% TJ J tJ* *' In lieu of pnzesf the Coraanitcee (lecided to give the scholars a treat, at which in, addition to th'e&Kildren, a large number of parents and friends were present, whoappeared to be well pleased^ w^k the behavior and general 'depbrtm&it of the young folks. In response to the Committee's request, the Education Board has had the. school painted, arid "several necessary, repairs attended, to. The Committee, was unsuccessful, however, in its endeavor to get a. new house erected for the;mftster. 'A statement of rereipWan&ekpenditttre will be submitted to you, and the Inspector's Report which will also be read, speaks for itself A ', »| '\{ ' ? /; "The balance sKeefr-was then read, which showed a balance to credit of £19 18s 7d. After adoption, of the balance sheet, the Inspector's report ; was jßubijijfced to the meeting. * Mr Brimmicombe considered the-report useless,.as it did not state rhow H tong the children 1 had remained in* .tho Standards before passing, and said that it was a-well-known fact that-sorae scholars wereifihree^yeara:*in" a-.;Beatoaird before passing. ; .Tlie Chairman: said* it|was certainly a hardship for a child to remain so long in a. Standard, but he thought it was mainfy,' due to the carelessness of parents who did not, insist, on the .regular attendance of their children.

Mr Brimmicorabe considered r.that the teachers were to blame. \. '^ It ■vjjas not through, the , irregular, attendance of scholars, but in consequence,, of the frequent absence of the master, who was too fond of loifceriwg,in;Mr 'S?*&3 ['* shop \ v and attending race meetings. The Chairman telplained^Tthe circumstances under which the headmaster, had . to . t him concerning school matters at his (Mr Hardy's) place of busi-. ness, and was confident that the interests of the scholars were not neglected, as'\ efficient assistants, were left in charge during the short time the master was absent. It was proposed by Mr Hardy, seconded by Mr Dowlihg, and, carried, 'f.Tfhatthe Inspector's, report as"becon« sidered a satisfactory,one." " Mi- Shellock asked if there;was any Mir.-, -> Hie Education Act 1 compelling clii-'ii ' i'> wc;»r a collar. , (A voice : •■n^i-'c-jlu-m.") , The Chairman replied that it was part j-of the school discipline to maintop habiU ;

of cleanliness and tidiness among tjhe scholars. , .: The. election of a Committee for the ensuing year was then proceeded with, when. the . following gentlemen were selected :—Messrs Hardy, W. Shannon, R. 'Oakley, ,Dr Cordner, A. Clark, Dowling: and Liddy. Messrs Hughes and VJ Jos. Turner acted as scrutineers. 'A very hearty vote of thanks, proposed "by Mr Brimmicombe, and seconded by "Mr C. Dixon, was passed to the lady ! , teachers who recently took a number of ''''. the children to Christchurch, for the.pur- ' ; poße of visiting the museum. , „,A ;vote of thanks to the Retiring Com- ' mittee, and to the Chairman for presiding, .. "brought an exceptionally orderly meeting to a close. : Afca- meeting of" the new Committee, ' Mr'C; Hardy chosen as Chairman.

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RAKAIA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2413, 29 April 1890

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RAKAIA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2413, 29 April 1890

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