Borough School Committee.
The adjourned monthly meeting of the Ashburfcon Borough School Committee was hold last evening. Present—Messrs W. J. Silcook (chairman), W. G-. Hillier, Chas. Beoch, Thos. Huyes, G. S. Mathias, R. McCallum, Rev. W. L. Saltor. An apology was received for the absence of Mr J. R. Hart on account of illuesg, i formal welcome was extended to Mr Thos. Hayes, the naw member. The Secretary reported a small crodifc balanooat the Bank. The Board of Education wrote stating that a tender had been accepted for piinting and repairing the Allenton School.— Received. Mr D. Woods, on behalf of St. Stephen's Church vestry, wrote asking that the committee top the poplar trees adjoining th.9 church property, as the trees keep the sun oS Sfc. Stephen's schoolroom. Although the Chairman did not desire fco offer any objection to the request being granted, he thought it a pity to entirely remove what was one of Ashburton's oldest land marks. - Members of the Committee were agreed that the request should be acceded to, and on the motion of the Rev. W. L. Salter, seconded by Mr Hayes, it was decided to top the poplar trees adjoining the church property. 'ihe Headmaster reported that the school bad opened on Monday, May Bth, the attendance being 357 V . The average attendance since had been 326, 392 names being on the roll. The highest attendance since had been 357. The Allenton school had opened on the same date with an attendance of 64, the total roll number being 69. Mr Mathias desired to know by whose authority the holidays had been extended.
The Chairman said that he had been approached by the headmaster on the matter, and with the consent of thß majority of the commitfceemen, he sanctioned the extension.
Mr Mafchias said he took exception to such a practice, The Chairman said that he had been approached not only by teachers, but by a large number of parents, with a view to altering the date of opening the school. He could assure the Committee that-he bad not intended to act in any way antagonistic to the wishes of the Committee.
It was moved by Mr Hayes, seconded by Key. Mr Salter, that the action of the Chairman be approved.—Carried. Three separate tenders were received for the annual supply of coal and firewood for the use of the school, that of Mr T. Elliott being accepted, providing the sample of the coals and wood meets with the satisfaction of the Visiting Committee. The Visiting Committee (per Mr Beech) | reported that the school buildings were in , a satisfactory condition with the exception iof one or two minor repairs. The concrete drain in the girls' playground was not giving the fullest satisfaction. The report was adopted, and the committee was authorised to have the drain put in thorough going order. It was decided to grant a holiday on Empire Day, and also to hoist the sohooi flag on that occasion. After discussion, it was resolved that in the event of the Prince of Wales' birthday being observed in Ashburton on Monday in lieu of June 3rd, the school be granted a holiday. Messrs T. Hayea and C. Beech were appointed a Visiting Committee for the ensuing month. , Accounts amounting to £3 18s 6d were passed for payment, and the meeting adjourned.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6571, 16 May 1905
Borough School Committee. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6571, 16 May 1905
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