The following concludes our report of the proceedings at the '' break-up^'' ceremony held at the Technical School yesterday afternoon: — In his opening remarks, the chairman (Mr C. Reid) referred to the happy circumstances of the meeting this year. The sacrifices of the fallen in the war had made possible the cheerful aspect of the gathering that day. Ho urged the pupils to benefit as much as possible by the instruction of the teachers. The Technical School was a great aid for after-life in the .training it gave. He hoped the spirit of Prussianism would never enter this Dominion. One
motto should be: "Fear God, honour the King." At this school, opportunities were available for the pupils that wore not available to their parents in the past. This was a work that everyone should help and encourage for the great good of the rising generation. The school had excellent teachers, as was shown by the work done. In conclusion, he exhorted the pupils to maintain the high standard reached in the past.
| Apologies for absence were received from Messrs W J. Dickie, M.P., W. Nosworthy, M.P., W. Brock, R. A. Collins. W. G. Hillier, H. R. C. * MeElrea. F. H. Broom, H. D. Acland, J. Watson, and the Rev. H. N. Wright. Mr. A. T. Armitage, member of the Canterbury Education Board, said it was a pleasure to have heard the excellent report read, which bore testimony to the high quality of instruction imparted at the school. He had seen
that, morning a fine display of work of the pupils, which was evidence of the high standard and the happy results obtained at this school. Although peace was not yet here, there was a chance of it soon. This war has upset all our ordinary activities. We had . not been in the past worthy of the glorious heritage of our fathers, but in the future this could not be said. The task of reconstruction had been given to this generation, which gave rise to a problem of education. Everywhere the problem was recognised, in England as well as in New Zealand. Tlie speaker believed that the people of this Dominion would agree to a large grant for education, but the condition was that the State must get good value for its money—value in able citizens. He hoped and felt that the importance of technical education in the new scheme would be more widely recognised. Germany's plan in technical education had proved a great factor in Jier earlier successesi and in her great pre-war economic prosperity. An economic war would follow the military war, and we must face the enemy with increased knowledge and a deeper and wider scientific education. He hoped technical education would come into its own in this campaign, and that the Ashburton Technical pupils '.would take, an adequate part. The speaker congratulated the prize-winners, and hoped that the holidays would be both... pleasant and profitable, and that they would come back prepared to do even greater things.
The Mayor (Mr R. Galbraith) referred to the circumstances under which they met. He snoke of the early celebration of peace, and hoped that Ashburton would do something worthy of the occai sion. which was unique in tho world's | history. He also wished to place on record his appreciation of the Technical School staff's efforts during the epidemic, when the school and the workers had rendered such valuable service at a very trying time. (Applause.) As recards technical education, he said that if it only taught the virtues of tidinessand of method, then the work would not be in vain. He added his best wishes for the holidays, and hoped for renewed effort when the pupils returned. In introducing the Mayoress, who distributed the prizes, Mr C. Reid referred to her fine work during the epidemic. The prize-giving was then proceeded with.
A hearty vote of thanks was carried by acclamation to the Mayoress (Mrs Galbraith) for distributing the prizes, and cheers were given by the pupils, on the call of the Mayor, for the teachers, tho girls specially cheering the , lady teachers on the call of the chairman.
The proceedings closed with the singin-: of the National Anthem, after which the chairman invited the parents and friends present to partake of an informal tea served in the cookery room.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9600, 3 May 1919
TECHNICAL SCHOOL Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9600, 3 May 1919
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