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Prize Essay Competition.



The following is by "Totara" (Lahla Mouldy, Hainpsiead School), who tied with " Heather Bell" :— " All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." So all school children have occasional holidays to break the monotony of their school work. Great was our disappointment to hear when our Easter holidays were announced this year that we were to have only a week instead of the fortnight we ware expecting. In consequence, m&uy of the plans we had formed had to be abandoned. 1 went to spend my holidays in Christchurch, starting on my journey th^re on tho Saturday before Easter. As we travelled by the express I did not see much by the way, but the scenery I did see was very pretty, aa the trees in the plantations are just putting on their autumu tints. When we arrived at the Christchurch station it was crowded with people, the greater part of them being there to welcome General Booth who had travelled by the same train. It waa with groat difficulty that we found our friends, and secured our luggage and bicycles from the van. In the evening the streets, lit up by electric light, were thronged with holi-day-makers, admiring the brilliant displays in the various shop windows j but oh! the streets themselves are in a dreadful state, all dug up for the new tram lines. Easter Sunday was bright and sunny as we like Easter to be. We went to hear our old vicar at St. John's church in the morning, and to the Cathedral in the evening, where we were delighted with the grand music of the organ, played by Dr Bradshaw, and the singing of the choristers. The Cathedral is really beautiful since it has been finished. There have been three new stained glass windows put in the chancel lately, one in memory of the old colonists. I spent a most enjoyable afternoon at Wainoni Park. Just inside the gates and sheltered by the pine trees is Dr Greenwood's sanatorium for consumptives. A pleasant walk up the winding avenue of pines brought us to the pleasure grounds, all beautifully laid out with the greenest and softest of lawns and loveliest of flower beds. The ferneries and conservatories are almost too beautiful to describe. There are bright sunny terraces and ponds teeming with gold fish. From the balcony are caught glimpses of the river with boats full of visitors gliding byj The next place we visited was the pretty little township of Sumnef. We travelled there on the top of the tram. This waa very pleasant except when a stray cinder blew into our eyes. It. is very pleasant to sit on one of the large rocks and watch the fishing boats coming in. In the distance I saw a large steamer going to Lyttelton. Sumner is a popular health resort, and it is the usual thing to see the beach lined with groups of happy children playing with the sand or paddling in the sea. I had very little time to spend at the Museum on this trip, but I was able to renew my acquaintance with some of my old favourites, as well as to spend a couple of hours in the beautiful gardens surrounding the Museum. One afternoon I was taken for a row on the river Avon. The river was crowded with canoes and boats and it was very funny to watch some of the amateur attempts at rowing, of course I had to try to row and though I did not make much progress and splashed a good deal I did not catch any crabs. As we were returning we met three yonng ladies who could not paddle theic canoes for laughing and they drifted help* lessly into the bank, while the crowd on the bridge stood enjoying their dilemma. We were back in time to enjoy our afternoon, tea at Broadway's. I went out so much during the day time that I was generally too tired when evening came to think of going out; but one night I went to see the Bio Tableau, The most wonderful part of the performance, was Submarine pantomine of the deep. Another evening we had a look at the Skating rink. We did not venture to skate ourselves but were content to watch the manoeuvres of the more accomplished visitors. Our holiday was now drawing to a close and we prepared to return home. We had a delightful ride to the station in the new motor bus; and travelled back by the express, having had a most enjoyable time and ready to begin our school-work again on the following Monday;

The following is the essay by " Heather Bell " (Rtjbt Lechneb, Borough School), who tied with " Totara" :— Easter is the mo3fc enjoyable time of the year, because then the summer is verging into winter, and the days are aot too hot and not too cold. It is the time looked forward to by school children, as owing to the festival kept by the Church of England, holidays are then granted. These Easter holidays of 1905 have just ended, and I propose to give a short, but I hope interesting, account of the manner in whioh they were spent. Nearly every morning I was occupied in some way or other indoors. Sometimes I would mind the baby and at other times I would assist with the ironing. On washing day (Monday), I wanted to help mother to make the pudding for dinner, so she set me to work beating eggs ; but my arm soon got so tired that I could not finish them, so when cooking day arrived, I did not volunteer to assist with the cooking in case I might bo asked to beat some more eggs. The Saturday after we broke up I wished to go with my sister to assist with the decorations at the Church of England for Easter Sunday. We spent a pleasant time decorating. It is pretty and very interesting. lam too young to do any of the more difficult part of the work, but at the end of the day I was rewarded by my commanding officers telling ice that I had been of gteat assistance. Every morning of my holidays 1 laid the table for breakfast and wiped up afterwards, which, I consider was very good of me* Cycling being a delightful pastime, my afternoons were spent mostly on our bioycle, having had the seat put down for my special benefit, I cannot ride it without a3 it is a freewheel bicycle and I cannot reach the pedals. Sometimes I went into the Domain, where there is an ideal track for cycling. At other times I rode up to Allenton to see if my uncle, who hS's been very ill, waa getting better. In the evening I had plenty to occupy me. I had my choice of five games, namely—draughts, ludo, tiddlewinks, dominoes, and snakes and ladders, all of which are exciting and amusing games. There is also nearly a cupboard full of books at my disposal if I choose to read. One evening my cousins from Addingtou came down, and stayed tilPthe following day, During their short stay we went to the Domain, which is the most picturesque spot in Ashburton. In the afternoon they were obliged to take their leave and gohome again, much to our regret. I have just learned, by to-night's paper, that our holidays, which were to have terminated in the middle of the week, have been extended till next Monday. lam not at all sorry,either, though I don't know why holidays should be so much appreciated. I suppose we have a kind of feeling like the little boy of whom I once heard who indignantly de~ dined to wash his face because it was Saturday! Of course, during our absence from school we are naturally eating all daymore than we eat at school, though we do frequently get into trouble for that naughty trick. We eat walnuts and apples there, though the cracking of the walnut shells makes us hold our breath, in casa the sound has reaohed our master's ears. But lam wandering from my subject, as the ministers say. One afternoon my cousin and I went to the river bed to catch " bullies." It was grand fun, though rather disappoint- ' ing, as our catch was not large. We would see many " bullies " gliding about in the water, but when wo made a grab at on© and tried to. catch would slip from under our J»ands and disappear suddenly, so we wou. ,'have to try our luck with another one. These holidays have afforded me a good rest, for I have been almost entirely fre9 from work, and I hope to go back to school refreshed and ready for the work of the remaining months of the year. So after a quiet and restful Sunday, Monday morning dawns, and I pack mysohooE bag, and the Easter holidays of 1905 are a thinpt of the past.

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Prize Essay Competition., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6576, 22 May 1905

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Prize Essay Competition. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6576, 22 May 1905

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