Valedictory at Mayfield.
On Friday afternoon at Mayfield at the close o£ the sohool, the soholars bade farewell to their master, Mr Arthur Cooper, who is leaving the teaching profession to settle on his farm at Bankside. The two head girls of the school, Fanny Brannan and Gladys Dellow, on behalf of their fellow scholars, presented Mr Cooper with a very handsome travelling; rug and a silver cruet stand suitably inscribed. Mr Cooper very feelingly responded, thanking the children for their handsome gifts and kind wishes, Messrs Dellow, Christerisen, Firth, and Murdoch, members of the School Committee, spoke regretting Mr Cooper's departure, and the loss the school and the district would sustain thereby. The children, led by Mr Firth, gave hearty cheers for Mr and Mrs Cooper and their family. In the erening a large number of friends met, tha occasion being the Church of England annual meeting, which took the form of a social, at which Mr and Mrs Cooper were the guests. After a short musical programme by Mesdames Purchas and Sewell, junr., Ray. Purchas, Messrs, 1 Firth, and Dellow, Mr Purchas presented Mr Cooper with a handsome marble clock, speaking very feelingly of the loss to the Anglioan Church and to himself which Mr Cooper's departure would be, Mr Oakley as Chairman of the Committee, and Mr W. G. Gallagher as ex-Chairman, each said a few \vord3 regretting the departure of the master, and speaking highly of him. They said that during their respective times on the Committee, there had not been one complaint about Mr Cooper. Mr Cooper replied, heartily thanking all friends for their handsome presents and good wishes to himself and family. 11© spoke with great pleasure of the time he had spent m Mayfield, and the. kindness and courtesy shown to him by Committee, parents, and by his fellow teacher, Miss Hight, The ladies provided an excellent supper, and altogether a very pleasant evening was spent.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6572, 17 May 1905
Valedictory at Mayfield. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6572, 17 May 1905
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