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At the meeting of. the Ashburton High School Board of Governors, the following report of an inspection ;of the school, made on September 24 and 26, 1913, by Inspector G. H. Gill, was read:— , . j ■ .' ' "The roll numbered 105 (57 boys and 48.'girls). . Of the total enrolment 28 pupils held senior free places, 69 junior free places, three Board of Governors'" free places and five paid fees. Ten pupils held scholarships as follows:—Education Board senior two, Education; Board junior six, junior national two:' Nearly half the pupils came from outside a radius of three miles, 19 of whom, boarded in Ashburton, and the remainder travelled to and fro daily by train>, horse, etc. From the subjects of instruction three courses had been-drawn' up—-(a) General, which in .the highest form reached the standard of attainments of the University Junior scholar-^ ship; (b) Rural or Agricultural; (c) 1 Commercial. The coxxrSe of Form lit, was practically a rural course - modified in such a way as to permit pupils to qualify in their second year for the Public Service, Senior Free Place and Education Board senior scholarship examinations. On Forms V. and VI. (lower) the work done was that prescribed for Matriculation: English arithmetic, mathematics and science were taken by every, pupil ,Latin by all but eight, and French, which has history, geography, book-keeping and extra arithmetic at alternate times, by 54 pupils. Eight pupils took bookkeeping and 19 shorthand. In connection with agriculture, practical work in the science laboratory and carefully arranged experiments in the garden occupied a conspicuous place. The work in agriculture in aim and in scope should be of considerable value to boys who intended to take up rural pursuits, and, when part of a homogenous scheme 1 and properly related to other subjects, its value was greatly enhanced. The pupils were classified according to their attainments in English and arithmetic, ,but arrangements were made for a rei classification of the pupils in foreign^ languages and mathematics. This organisation should tend to efficiency. The teachers are responsible for a substantial amount of the work of a particular Form, but the headmaster uses the special qualifications of the members of his staff, especially in the highest Forms. The numbers in the various Forms were:—lll., 39; IV., 34; V,., 20; Vl.b, 9; Vl.a, 3. The methods of teaching employed ranged' from satisfactory to very good, and a corresponding degree of skill was shown in using those methods, the amount of skill depending largely on experience. All the lessons which had come under his •notice had exhibited a considerable degree of earnest, conscious effort. All the teachers seemed to be actuated by genuine interest in the pupils' welfare. The English language was taught in a systematic manner, but the broad distinctions of. grammar should be emphasised before any attempt was made to give a detailed knowledge. Whatever was taught should be applied. A suitable course in literature had been arranged. The place of the concrete was recognised in the teaching of geometry and mensnration, and cardboard modelling was used by the headmaster with great effect in the lowest Form. The science work of the school was on sound lines, the practical aspect of the subject being of first importance. This was noticeable in agriculture- and botany* where the examination of specimens was "the chief feature of the work. Book-keep-iiig was quite satisfactory. The pupils were attentive, interested in thenwork, and well-behaved. There was abundance of evidence of steady, persistent application, due in a great mea-; sure to the earnestness and energy of the staff." The 'Chairman stated that the report was a- most satisfactory one. Mr Collins said the report, like the school, was one of the best he had ever seen, and he had visited a good many schools. He thought they should be very satisfied. with their staff of teach-

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HIGH SCHOOL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8791, 11 February 1914

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HIGH SCHOOL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8791, 11 February 1914