Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et prævalebit. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 1919. THE SCHOOLS.
Most of the householders' meetings held on Monday in the County to elect school-commit-tees for the ensuing' year, appeal to have been harmoniously conducted, the mutual goodwill of the parents attending being strengthened by the satisfactory reports presented. Finance seems to have been the chief, difficulty mentioned, but this is no unusual experience in most affairs, scholastic or otherwise, and can be lessened, if riot altogether Removed, where there is a rear determination. Some education enthusiasts are often doleful as to the shortcomings of the'national schools, but the reports presented at the various householders' meeting's suggest that pessimism should not be allowed undue sway. It is pleasing to note that the welfare of the children seems to be the main aim of committees and parents, and most- of the suggestions made at the various meetings were influenced by the ideal of making the school-days of the juveniles pleasant as well as instructive. The older generation may recall that it was not always thus, and regret, perhaps, that they were born a quarter of a century too soon. The borough school meeting was as a happy family gathering, the proceedings being free from acrimony, and a worthy example to the annual meetings to come. The new school was visited for the first time by many of those present, and it won deserved eulogies. The headmaster, Mr ®. Schneider,, appealed for gifts to beautify the school and grounds, and there can be little doubt that a well-organised appeal would result in all the school's needs being met. We repeat here, our suggestion that the borough should hold a "School Equipment Day," on which to raise the necessary money. Nothing should be done, however, until after the holding of the Domain Carnival Fete, which has a prior claim on public generosity. The various "Days" for special outside objects during the Avar period formed a bright page in district annals. These occasions became almost a habit, and there is no reason why local funds should not benefit by similar methods. Every recognised public utility should have its "day," if its financial conditions warrant an appeal. These collective appeals enable the burden to be lifted a little from the "willing horse." and compel more attention to be concentrated on the particular object or work. Taking things for granted is the besetting sin of most comunities, and one method to attract the interest of all is by securing some of the capital of all.