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Hampstead School.

We paid a visit to this flourishing school yesterday afternoon and were highiy pleased with what we saw. The schoolrooms are clean, airy, and bright, and filled with well-dressed, clean, healthy, intelligent-looking children. The school is under the management of Mr Malcolm, who has under hima thoroughly competent staff', Miss Shirtcliffe being head 'mistress, with Miss Orr as one of her assistants-, and Miss Fawcett as sewing mistress. In the room especially under Miss Shirt-cliff's charge we found some 150 children ranging from 6 to 8 years of age, no less than 56 of them being under 6 years old and it was perfectly wonderful to see the intelligence witli which the little people answered a series of arithmetical questions and the quickness with which they made calculations on the blackboard. The discipline is admirable and the order perfect. Two little ditties m the nature of "action" songs—" The Clock " and "The Fox and the Geese " were sung for our delectation, the regard to time and tune leaving nothing to be desired. We hid not time to interview the more advanced classes, but had much pleasure m inspecting a very creditable display of needlework, the work of girls of all ages, from little mites of seren up to girls of fourteen or fifteen. This comprised, we were glad to see, almost entirely plain sewing from pocket handkerchiefs and pinaf-.res to elabora-tely-pleated under-linen, the stitching m all cases being neat and m most of great excellence. Miss Fawcett is to be congratulated on her success m training those under her charge m that most useful of accomplishments to thos j who will be the wives and mothers of the next generation, the deft use of the needle. A special prize given by Mrs A. Orr has been deservedly awarded to May Keeley, and prizes given by Miss Fawcett have been awarded as follows :—4th Standard, Alice Hopwood; 3rd Standard, Lizzie Fawcett; 2nd Standard, Emily Magee ;

.Miii by Mw.s (Jit, .LsUJtaiiu.ml, i/Uric 0..1.1 juv aud Katie Azlitt. There are nolleas a than 390 children m attend ancj at this school and the numbers are s,U',tch'y growing. The broke up to-day or a fortnights h lidays, rjsumuigo,. M-mdy, October 10.

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Hampstead School., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2528, 26 September 1890

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Hampstead School. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2528, 26 September 1890

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