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BOROUGH SCHOOL.

HOUSEHOLDERS' ANNUAL MEETING.

The %nnual meeting o£ householders was held at the Borough School last evening, and the attendance, although not so large as the previous year, was I very satisfactory. The Mayor (Mr 11. Galbraith) presided. The Mayor stated that it was easy to see that they had not the burning Question of the school site before them, otherwise the attendance would havo been much larger. This year they were also meeting under better circumstances inoone of the most ■ up-to-date schools in the Dominion. The committee deserved credit for the way it had worked to get the new school erected. ANNUAL REPORT. The annual report as follows was read: —

"Carrying out the wishes of the last householders' meeting, application was made to the Education Board to raise i the Allenton side school to the status I of a main school. The board endorsed tho application, and applied to the Minister for the necessary grant, after i having sent a special committee to Ashi burton to satisfy the board of the need ! for the main school. The Minister's j reply implied that the matter could not be entertained until the war was over. I Acting upon the suggestion of the I board, the committee has arranged the purchase of an additional 1_ acres for the Allenton School site, as four acres are necessary- before the main school can be established. Of the purchase, money the Allenton residents have contributed 25 per cent., amounting to £56 ss, the board finding 25 per cent. and the Department tho balance (£ll2 10s) of the total "-purchase money, viz., £225. During the cduH'e^f * the year the installation of two skylights at the .Allenton School greatly improved the lighting of the . Standards' classroom. A numerously-signed petition from the Borough householders, asking for two rooms to be added to the new Borough School to accommodate the infants, came before the committee at an early meeting, and was sent on to the Education Board, who refused to endorse it. The rigorous winter ■ experienced ..caused the committee considerable financial embarrassment. Our incidental allowance was inadequate to cope with the increased demand for, and high cost of, fuel. It was found necessary to arrange a benefit picture entertainment, which, carrying a £ for £ subsidy, resulted in a net gain of £20 Is 4d to the committee's funds. The enthusiastic co-operation of the staff and scholars in selling the tickets calls, for special thanks. Tlie most important event of the' year was the transfer from the old to the new school. The opening ceremony was largely attended, and proved a most successful .function. Thanks are due to the staff, who willingly shouldered the burden of providing afternoon tea, and to the scholars for their many successful efforts. Gifts for the new: school have added to, its efficiency and the comfort of scholars and staff.' and the committee tenders : its-best thanks to the numerous donors. Much remains yet to be done, and the committee commends the school's needs to the generosity of the residents. It will be patent to everyone that the .ZVQ&b burden of the incoming committee will be the proper grading, planting, and establishing the school's playground. While not seeking to convert the children's legitimate playing ground .into an ornamental .park, the outgoing .committee liave been faced with an overwhelming difficulty—that of raising sufficient funds. The ground at the rear of the school and an area surrounding the school need asphalting after being graded, the boundary fence needs erecting in" a substantial manner, and a shelter belt of. deciduous trees and shrubs needs planting round the section. It is estimated that something like £500 is needed for this work, and the Education Board does not give much hope of assistance. Mr Ferriman's generous gift to the school—the large high-power telescope-—has also proved beyond the power of the committee to instal. This matter will be brought before you to-night for decisive consideration. Since our last annual householders' meeting we are thankful to record that the overshadowing war cloud has been dissipated. That past scholars of this school have in no small measure contributed to the final victory is a matter for pride and gratitude. The least mark of our esteem for the acts and sacrifices of our past scholars is to record their names upon the school's roll of honour. Suitable panels have been provided in the hall for this purpose, and it will be the duty of the incoming committee to arrange their inscription and to raise the funds needed. Work initiated by the outgoing committee and in course of construction is the erection of two cycle sheds, tool and shelter sheds at the Borough School, and a cycle shed at t3ie Allenton School. The estimated cost is about £90. Assistance has been promised by the board to meet the , cost of this work, but an appeal will be necessary to finally liquidate the committee's liability. The total works needed at the* new school entail an expenditure of about £1000 to £1200. We regret to report that Mr J. B. Christian, who so efficiently discharged) ;.. his office of secretary for so long a . period, resigned his office through pressure of business, his place being taken by Mr E. Loftus. Your committee has endeavoured to discharge its duties in a thoroughly efficient manner and to merit the confidence 'you reposed in it at the last election.- The following are the attendances of the members of the committee:—F. H. Broom 14, J. H McDonald 10, R. Houston 12, J. Argylo 12, Geo. Wright 9, W. G. Hillier 12. Rev. N. Wright 5, W. Oakley 11, E. Buchanan 10. , Mr Geo. Wright, through removal out of the school district, vacated his seat on January 21, 1919." ;•...,' • ' The balance-sheet showed a credit of 14s. In moving the adoption of the report and balance-sheet, the Mayor congratulated Allenton residents" on putting their shoulders to the wheel' and acquiring the extra land. A similar effort in regard to finance would have to be adopted in the Borough, as the funds received by the! committee from ■ the Government were so small that they were hardly enough to purchase fuel. Mr Ferriman's gift telescope would require to be installed,, and inorder to do this the public would have to come forward and subscribe the necessary funds. In regard to sanitation, he hoped that the sewerage system would be installed in the Borough within the next 18 months, which would bring the,school and Borough up to date. (Applause.) yir J. Lane seconded the adoption of the report and balance-sheet, the motion being carried unanimously. REPORT. Mr G. Sohneider, headmaster, stated that ,he had been asked by the committee to present a report of the year' 3

operations. This course was most unusual at a householders' meeting, and he hoped next year the report would be incorporated, in that of the committee. The report was as follows: —

"The interval since the last meeting of householders has proved somewhat eventful. The building and opening of a new school is a rare occurrence in a district, and in itself was sufficient to make the year' memorable. But the year is ever to be remembered for another event. The most dreadful scourge of modern times put an end to all school work early in November. The bringing of the school year to such an abrupt termination very considerably upset the work and the results, for,the pupils were deprived of the finishing touches that arc put on during the last term. Tlie number of changes in the staff, many more than usual —16 in all —were a source of much anxiety to myself, and a decided los-s of efficiency as far as work was concerned. To pupils and teaching staff alike, tho opening of- the new school, however, was by far the most important event of our school year. Additional furnishings and equipment over and above that given by the board have been generously provided by several townspeople, but much is yet wanted before we can claim that the school is as perfectly furnished and equipped as it should be; and I trust that there are many present here this evening who will make enquiries of me as to what I should like them to give. I know that among us there are many willing and able. Much, at very little cost to parents, has been done at the old school for their boys and. girls, and now at the .very commencement of school in the new building we are all so proud of. is the time to open, our hearts and nurses in order that our school may be for educational purposes and comforts the- most up-to-date in the Dominion. On behalf of the committee, the teaching staff, and the school, I wish to say that debts of gratitude are due to the following persons for what has already been given:—Mr It. Bell, for pictures (12) and essay prizes; Mrs Hugo Friedlander, for couch for the teachers' room: Mr G. Argvle, palm stand; Mr T. H. Undrill, palm stand; Mrs W. G. Watson and family, waste-paper baskets: Miss I. Rapley, Mrs G. Schneider (2), Messrs A. Christie (4), W. J. Moore (2), T__M. Clark. A. J. iTvrrell-Baxter, D. T: Tyrrell-Baxter, R Collins, J. Cullen (3), J. McLauchlan. R. H. Davis (2), F. Ferriman, and the headmaster, pictures; Mrs R. Friedlander, rose trees and bulbs; Mr H. M. Jones has promised a large terrestrial globe which he is obtaining in London, and Mr F. W. Watt a microscope, which also has to come from abroad. The pupils attended well until the earlier epidemic of influenza made its appearance. • The average" attendance for the year at the Borough School "was 381. and that at Allen ton 131—a total of 512. or 19 less than that of the r>receding year, when there was nothing^ in the shape of an epidemic. The opening of the new school has caused not onliv a sudden rise in the number enrolled, but also a much more satisfactory attendance. The average for the oast, auarter at the new school wa5.447, against 387 for the same quarter last yea increase of 60, which entitles the school to the services of an additional iunior teacher. The present roll number at the Borough School is 495. and that at Allenton 133 —a total of 628. As already mentioned, many changes took place in the teaching staff. Miss Trezise; after many years of faithful service, was obliged through illhealth to relinquish duties in May, and did, not resume duties till February, when, after a few weeks, she found that she was not fit for the strenuous, work of teaching, and. so decided to retire from the service. Miss Rapley, from the staff,of the main school, was placed in charge at Allenton until the school year came to a close, and now Miss Grace Brown, a teacher of long experience, is temporarily filling the position. Miss Hayes obtained leave of absence early in the year, and was unable to resume. In January she was transferred to the St. Albans. School. The duties of her position were discharged successively by Misses Saunders. Fisse, Goodchild, and Clarke. Miss Makeig, the second assistant at Allenton, left tho service in August, and has been succeeded by Miss Fifield. Miss Hume has lately been appointed third assistant at Allenton. At the main school. Mr Burrows, who had been away on active service for over two years, resumed duties in September, replacing Mr Holloway, who had been for nine months temporarily discharging the duties of his position. Miss. Stuart and Miss Borthwick both retired 'from t_e staff on April 30, and these two very popular and successful assistants were replaced by Misses White and Shearer. In the meantime many temporary teachers—Miss Saunders*, Mrs Allard. Mrs Watson, and Miss Walker — liad been employed. Several changes also took place among the junior teachers. Owing to ill-health • Miss Elston retired in March, iand Miss Butterick was appointed in her stead. Miss .Humphreys retired from the staff in September, and Miss McMeekan and Miss Johnston left at the end of the year to enter the Normal Training College. Miss McLennan and Mr A. Gourley were appointed to take - their places. The Borough School was inspected by Messrs C. D. Hardie and G. Dalgleish on October 10 and 11, witli most pleasing results. In their remarks the .inspectors say: '.The influences of skilful direction and efficient control areeverywhere apparent throughout the school, and although there have been during the past 10 months a number of changes in the personnel of the school, the main body of the work, as'presented at examination, is thoroughly sound, and much credit is due to the headmaster and his staff for coping so successfully with the difficulties that have arisen. An excellent tone prevails throughout, fine discipline is maintained, and the pupils are bright, selfreliant, and'pleasingly responsive.' Tho remainder of the report deals with the work of each class, which i.s chiefly characterised as reaching a very high degree of excellence. The Allenton School was inspected by Mr Hardie on ;October 9. His remarks say it was gratifying to find that the work as presented gave evidence of careful preparation and of painstaking and conscientous teaching. Other examination results were as follow: —Forty-four pupils obtained proficiency certificates and seven competency; four pupils oassed the Junior National Scholarship .examination; four pupils won Navy League essay prizes, and four obtained prizes in the Women's Christian Tem> perance Union essay competition. At the A. and P. Association's Show and the Winter Show 10 prizes were-ob-tained for .writing, five for drawing and tinting, four for woodwork, 15 for cookery, and three for essays. In- the realm of games the scholars were also successful. The girls still retain the Grigg Trophy for rounders, and the football team won the Rugby Union banner. So far this year the pupils of our swimming and life-saving classes have been-severely-'handicapped by the

want of a swimming bath, and the matter of providing the school with such a necessary adjunct should be one of the objects to set before the public of Ashburton in the immediate future The girls again, as during the two previous years, devoted all their sewing, lessons to the making of articles for the Liverpool Society, and many hundred ■ articles were sent in. For patriotic purposes the pupils subscribed in all £61 13s 4d, as well as 402 articles for trench comforts. The boxes of the Young Helpers' League in connection with Dr. Barnardo's Homes yielded £8 13s. The sale of work organised by the pupils on opening day brought in the sum of £31 12s 9d. In conclusion, I wish to acknowledge with much thanks the help and courtesy I received. from the members of your committee during the past year, and also the splendid assistance received* from a hardworking and loyal staff." Correspondence was then read regarding the housing of Mrs Ferriman's gift telescope, from the Education Board, stating that the Board could not increase its offer of £50, and that the building would cost between £400 and £500.

Mr J. Watson suggested that ' the committee shoukl point out to the Minister that the committee had a unique offer of the telescope. He thought that the Minister would probably favour giving a donation to I'house this valuable gift. He then moved: "That it be a recommendation to the incoming committee to make application to the Minister for a grant to house the teles - scope." '

The motion was seconded by Mr Undrill. Mr R. Houston said he thought the building could be modified, and he had no doubt the parents would, come forward to subscribe to find the necessary money. The Mayor said if they received a £ for £ subsidy they could get the necessary money for a brick building. Mr J. B. Christian suggested that the request to the Minister should go direct, and could be supported by the committee. Mr H. M. Jones moved an amendment: "That the inooihing committee be asked to consider what action could be taken to house the telescope." He stated that the telescope was a. valuable donation, and need not necessarily be erected on the school grounds, and probably the Borough Council could help in the matter by way of a donation. The amendment was seconded by Mr J. Lane. It was then agreed to put the motion, and take the amendment as a separate motion. Both were then carried unanimously.

Mr H. M. Jones introduced the subject of improving the school grounds. He stated that a number of, parents could probably give their time occasionally on Thursday afternoons to help tj> improve the grounds, and he' would willingly give his services, and also donate some shelter trees. Probably some persons with teams might also come along, and do some ploughing, etc. He then moved: "That parents and others willing to • assist m that direction hand in their names to the committee." Mr J. Watson said he would move: "That it be a recommendation to the incoming committee to arrange a working bee, and that all men present pledge,themselves to assist."—lt was then resolved to adopt both suggestions, and these were combined as a motion, and carried. Mr E. Tucker opposed the idea of working bees putting in a tree here and there where they thought fit. They had an example of this already in front of his residence, where the committee had placed several designs of sheds. He hoped proper working plans would be drawn up that each succeeding committee could work to.

Mr R. Houston said no competent man would have put the sheds in the front of the school. In every respect the conveniences were set at a point to be of most utility. The beautifying should be done on the rise fronting the school, and around the boundary, and a fence should be erected opposite the school in keeping with the building. Mr T. Hayes said the beautifying plan could be obtained from the Board.

Mr H. M. Jones then introduced the matter of tepid baths, which could be utilised by the school pupils. He said he had had this matter on' the brain for some time. (Loud laughter). He contended that the baths would be valuable to teach the children to swim, and would be appreciated by tlie adults. He thought the baths could be on the school ground, and made open to all the school children in the County. Tho more they could popularise the bath the better. Children came from all over the County to attend the High and Technical Schools, and could use the baths. The cost would not be out of tlie way for a bath 60ft, by 25ft. The Borough Council' should be asked to find £500 of this amount, by putting on an extra 6d in the £. The County Council should also provide £500, and the Road Boards could give donations. He understood that the heating eotrid be done from the Power House at a moderate cost. The baths would encourage sports gatherings, at which outside competitors wouia come forward. The bath could probably form part of the war memorial for Ashburton. Mr Jones then moved: "That this meeting urges the incoming committee to take into its earnest consideration the matter of establishing a tepid bath in connection with the Borough School, the bath to be open to all school children in the County attending either primary, secondary, or private schools, and also to be open to the general public by subscription. That the County Council, Borough Council, and all Road Boards in the County and others be asked to subscribe."

Mr E. IST'. Johnson seconded the motion, and stated he considered the bath should be made a municipal or town matter. The bath was worthy of a public meeting to consider the matter. Mr Buchanan said in the event of the heating being derived from the Power House, and the Coleridge scheme coming through in the near future, the expense of heating the bath would be considerable. Mr Jones said he had mentioned the matter at this meeting in order to get the public interested. Mr J. Lane said it would be a heavy cost if the water had to be heated specially to put into the bath. Mr J. Lewis said they should house I the telescope before they started' on ! the bath schema I Mr Buchanan moved as an amend- [ ment: "That the Mayor be asked' to; •filUJJfti' .-■ _EB_tt_u^v-''*v. -

call a public meeting to consider the matter of the bath." . 'Ihe Mayor explained that in organising the Domain Carnival the committee also had the matter of baths in view. He felt sure the Council would give, the matter every assistance, but 1 first of all they would require the sanitary system. Whether they could get £1500 extra for the bath remained to be seen. Mr A. Hewson said the tepid bath would be splendid, but they would find that Allenton would also want one. (Laughter). Mr Buchanan's amendment was seconded by Mr Hillier, and carried. Mr Hewson asked how many children came from Allenton School'to the <,new school this year.—The Headmaster replied 24. Mr J. Lewis then offered to give £2 towards the housing of the telescope.— The Mayor then promised £2 2s. A very hearty Hearty vote of thanks* was < accorded the Headmaster and staff . and committee for their work during the year. Mr J. Watson moved: /"That this meeting place on record its heartfelt thanks to Almighty God for the successful termination of the Great War, ' and trusts for a speedy and honourable peace."—The motion was seconded by Mr T. Hayes, and carried unanimous"- ; iyThe following were the new commit- ' tee elected:—F. Broom 90, J. Argyle ' 89, J. McDonald 86, R. Houston 78, W. H. Woods 70, Rev. H. N. Wright ' 66, J. B. Christian 58, W. G. Hillier 57, W. Osman 56. The following wore the unsuccessful candidates:—E. N. Johnson 54 A Bushel! 45, R. Peters 37. '

The new Borough School Committee met subsequently, and elected Mr Wi G. Hillier as chairman. The .voting jra* five to four, the Allenton members on the committee supporting .Mr F. H. Broom. ,

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BOROUGH SCHOOL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9587, 15 April 1919

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BOROUGH SCHOOL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9587, 15 April 1919

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