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High School Board.

The monthly meeting of the High School Board was held yesterday. Present—the Rev. G. B. Inglis (chairman), His Worship the Mayor (Mr H. Davis), and Messrs D. Thomas, G. Keid, and S. S. Chapman. The Chairman stated that the balance at the bank was .£261 6s 7d. Letters from Mr Purnell concerning the rents accruing from the Board's reserves, and dealing with a defaulting lessee, were received. The Education Department wrote enclosing a circular drawing the Board's attention to the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire, and stating that the Order offered two medals for essays ou Canada, the Order's intention being to foster an interest in the history of the Empire. The communication said that the competition was for secondary schools, and that competition essays must be in by October Ist. It was deoided to write to Mr Hogben that if the scheme is adopted by other High Schools in the colony the Board would fall in therewith. The Secretary of the Education Department wrote in reply to a letter from the Board stating that the Department did not undertake the regular examination ot secondary schools. Mr Thoma3 said that this reply opened , up a very important question, and he was , strongly of opinion that the school should be examined every year. They should go direct to the Minister of Education, and memorialise the Government on the matter. Present perfunctory visits were farcical. It wa3 decided to send a letter to the Minister making reference to the Department's reply regarding the inspection of schools, and stating that this Board is 1 strongly of opinion that the Department should make arrangements to have secondary schools examined every year in justice alike to parents and teachers. The Education Department wrote asking for amended plans of the new High School buildings.—Received. Mrs JNolan wrote stating that she waa 1 unable to continue the work of cleaning the School.—lt was agreed that the Chairman should see Mrs Nolan in ordei to see [ if she would continue the duties until the new buildiugs were opened. Mr Tennant, the resigning headmaster, wrote thanking the Board for the generoue resolution passed when accepting his resig- ! nation —lieieived. Mr Watters, the newly appointed headmaster, wrote stating that he would be unable to take up his duties until August Istv—Received. 1 In approving the plans of the new building the Education Department wrote that progress payments would be made from ' time to time on the architect's certificate 1 of work done. With reference to the Board's claim for free places for the first term, the Education Department wrote pointing out that ■ the Board's annual income from endowments was ,£597 17s 3d, less Ml 18s 3d, i average expenditure ,£555 19s. The annual 1 rate of capitation was thus increased tc £7 10s. The number of scholars holding > free pl.-ices as shown in the Board's statement was 82, and the Department . asked why the Board claimed for onlj 79. The Department further stated that iv accordance with the decision of the , Minister in the case of pupils who enter oi leave the school during the term, payment i should be made as follows :—For attendance less than 5 weeks no payment; from ■ 5 to 9 weeks half rate, and from nine ; weeks and over full payment. The letter was received, the Board reserving further consideration of the matter. The Education Department advised thai the sutn of .£19815 a had been paid to tht credit of the Board's bank aocount, being capitation payment for the 79 pupils admitted to free places. Miss Muriel Bell was appointed to assist in the work of the School till the new headmaster arrived. 1 The headmaster reported that the roll number for the past month had been 93 (boys 49, girls 44), with an average attendance of 90. Mr Tennant stated thai pending the Board's arrangements regard--1 ing his successor, he had handed over con' trol of the School to Mr Salmond. The Chairman and Mr Thomaß were appointed a Visiting Committee for th« month, the Secretary being instructed tc draw np a rota of members for the pur poses of the consistent appointment of the Committee. Mr Eeid drew attention to the amount , of work that the Secretary had done sine* ne took office, and moved that he should be voted a bonus of five guineas. The motion was carried. Accounts amounting to £85 3s 3d were , passed for payment. Tho Board then adjourned.

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High School Board., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6616, 8 July 1905

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High School Board. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6616, 8 July 1905

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