Borough School Committee
The monthly meeting of the Borough School Committee was held last evening. Present—Messrs Silcxk (chairman), Hayes, Mart, Ilillier, Priest, McCaUom, Beech, and tho Rev. W. L. Walter.
An apology for absence was received from Mr Mathias. ■ '
The Headmaster reported that the average attendance tor the month had beea 348.4. The highest attendance was 362 and the number on the roll 397. At the Allenton !:iide School the average attendance had b^eu 58 with <i roll number of 65. On Juno 22 Colonial Loveday, of the New Zealand Cadets, had inspected the school cadet corps and expressed himself as highly pleased with the work and general efficiency of the corps. Tha school examination was to take place in the first week in August and iv this connection the Headmaster suggested that instead of having the holidays immediately after the 'examination that they should begin on the last Friday in August. Previously the Headmaster had suggested that the committee should adopt the arrangement obtaining in the North Canterbury schools of dividing the echool year into three term", ending respectively on the last Friday of April, the last Friday o£ August, and the Friday previous to Christmas Day. Such, an arrangement, the Headmaster thought, had the advantage of being definite and divided the school year equally. The Headmaster drew attention to the fact that in an advertisement in the Christchnrch papers the Board of Education suggested that the schools should celebrate Arbor Day on Thursday, August 17th, instead of the day appointed by the Government, and stating that the Board would supply trees on application. Mr Priest thought that when such functions as reviews of the sckaol cadets were likely to be held the committee should be advised so that those members who oared to do so could attend. He was sure that such a practical interest in the doings of the children would at least be encouraging to them. < •■, The Chairman agreed with thiß, and said that seeing the interest in the cadet movement and the desire of all to assist it a written report on the efficiency of the corps was desirable. They had gone to a lot o? expense and felt a certain amount of pride in the progress of the cadets. In the matter of the school holidays, members expressed the opinion that fixed dates would be the best, and it was decided that the winter holidays should commence on the last Friday in August, the school to re-assemble on the following Monday fortnight. A general discussion ensued on the holidays allowed throughput ■- the year. The school was given nine weeks' holiday in the year, and many vouchsafed the opinion that [this was! too little and that more could be granted. It was decided to write to the secretary of the Board of Education seeking information as to the Board's regulations in regard to the term of holidays and wh%t was the maximum limit.
The school celebration of Arbor Day was fixed for Thursday, August 17. The Headmaster's report was adopted.
A conversational discussion took place on the loss sustained by the committed through broken windows on the school property — whether caused by actß of vandalism or accidentally, it was |hard to determine—and the question of offering a reward for the conviction of the perpetrators was considered, but, no conclusion was arrived at. '
Attention was drawn to the likely danger from falling branches daring the high winds from the trees around fche school grounds, instances being given of occasions when large limbs, had been blown from the trees, fortunately while the school children were absent from the schooL ground. It was decided that it should be so instruction to the visiting committee to have the trees topped at a reasonable cost.
The secretory was instructed to write to the Board of Education asking that a concrete drain should be constructed from the pump in the infant school ground to the street channel.
Messrs Priest and Hayes were appointed a Visiting Committee fou the ensuing month.
Accounts amounting to £4i 16s (3d were passed for payment. . The next meeting of the committee was fixed to commence at seven o'clock.
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Borough School Committee, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6618, 11 July 1905
Borough School Committee Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6618, 11 July 1905
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