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SCHOOL CONCENTRATION.

PROTBBT AGAINST EDUCATION BOARD'S ACTION. AMALGAMATION OF GERMAN AND ROBINSON'S BAYS. »An indignation m«eting of- householders in the German and Robinion's Bay 3 School Districts wbb held at the School, German Bay, on Wednesday evening, when there were about thirty householders of both dis tricts present. In the absence of Mr W. Chairman of (he German Bay ■tfohool Committee, who was indisposed, Mr Herriot was voted to the chair, Tbe chairman, in opening the meeting, said it had been the North Canterbury Bmrd of Education's object during the past four years to centralise schools, and the question bad arisen of centralizing the Geimjn Bay ond Koinson's Bay h'ohools ; ben the German Bay Committee had applied to have new school and teacher's r-Hidence bu>lt at German Bay. Wtihin the last twelve m ■ tns the B< ard had received a deptvat» nof tbe G«<mm Bay Comnti tee at Aka--ro», but the dep-.t tion got no satisfaction I. « 8-iard hud now decided without consulting thi e-idpntg in either Bay to erect ft soh.ol 'tt dwav betweon tht- two b>iy : i , Th' Bmm s«i<J by Wavrnjj a combined hcliool the* couid provi<l» a .better tchool with hp't't-if apuaratua and a better te/icliinß ! ff. T»'i- German B'ty residents thought, it would be too far for the children o- ! S "oh ,psi>- in? ■■>• Mr Lnci*n Brochcrie to attnnd and it wnis certain, if the school whs shifted, at leasi eight of the children in the Ray

would at end th« Akaroa School Th ,y wukl not get. an assistant teacher utt e-s . <,- there waß an average attendance of 30 '■*"" children. In Robinson's Bay again a ou'niv ber of residents would have to send their children a great distance to school. The

chairman then read the following letter from '. Gi- the Chairman of tbe German Bay School ;'. Committee :— • }',-. •'lt is with much regret that lam unable !'.'.." -to attend this meeting to-night to express [iV .my views before you with reference to the *t : , combination of German Bay and Robinson's '!' Bay ' Schools. This is . a matter of the X '■' greatest importance, and you all should give -! > it j oar foil consideration. Tbe Education Board proposes to shift our schools from their present Bites to a site midway between the two bays where there is no r,, shelter from all winds, particularly sou'- [* west, and no water. lam sure you all feel as I feel myself that you would not like to

see your obildren having to face that bill in a sou.west storm or any bad weather when t there is no necessity for it. I hope you will all come to a unanimous resolution protesting against the, Education Board's action in centralising the schools, where, in this case, there is notriiog to gain-*-but all to lose."

Mr 8. Curryi (Robinson's Bay) al3o wrote, protesting against the Board's action, and point ng out that the young children would lose two or three years of their school ago, as they would be too small to walk such a distance, and then there was the danger of the obildren being run over by motor cars on the main road. The chairman read the School Committee communications from the Board regarding tbe erection of a new school and teacher's residence at German Bay. He pointed out the great difficulty the committee' had had to get accommodation for the master. Mr bloane, the teacher at German Bay, had gone to Chnstfthurch recently, and be read a latter from him, stating that the Board had not yet patchased a site for the new school between German and Robinson's Bays. Mr Jas. Brown ached if tho Robinson's Bay committee had had any correspondence from the Board about the shifting of the school. Mr A.' W. Orme, chairman of the Bobim coo's Bay School committee, said be had beard a rumour to that eft'eot, and they-had written to the Board. The Board replied

that tbey had just effected some improve. ments to the German Bay Sobool, and thought it would last for some years. In reply to Mr Brown, Mr Orme said that some of the Robinson's Bay residents bad been agreeable to amalgamate the schools at the time. Mr A. Hewitt said the Bobinson's Bay residents had not been agreeable to'amal gamating tbe schools, but they thought the German .Bay residents were, and therefore thought they had no option. - - Mr Orme said tbat the average attendance last year at German Bay WdS 20, and at Bobinson's ray 8. Mr W. Sunckell said if the sohool was shifted hall the children would go to Akaroa. Mr Orme said 86 children were required for an assistant teacher. If the sohools amalgamated they would noi get an attend, hnco of 36 obildren. They had to consider the yo ng children. Tbe older children would have to milk in the morning, and if they had a lone way to go to school they would|not be fl to do their lessons. Mr Brown said every resident in each Bay should B<gn a potition asking the Board to leave the schools as they were. Mr W. Sunckell said he could not soe one redeeming feature in tbe obnnge. Forty years ago they picked a very good site. The present idea was a little fad of the Boards to make the children do what they did not have to do themselves The Board were taking the ichool away from the centre. The B> ard were asking the r«si dents to do something tbat was completely unjust. Mr Brown mov«d a dopntation consisting of Messrs Herriott, W. Sunckell, A. W. Orme and F, Williams wait on tbe Hon. R. H. Ehedes on Friday, June 12th at Duvauchelle, and aik him to protest againßt the Board's action, Bec#nded by Mr M. Shepherd and carried unanimously. Mr W. Sunckell moved—"That this meeting of householders of the school districts of Bobinson's Bay and German Bay are strongly opposed to the North Canterbury Education Board's proposal to oentralise the two schools, as they are of a mind, after taking all pourte for and against into consideration, that it would not be in t> c beat interest! of education or for the well being of our children, and respectfully request the Board to refrain from adopting such a oouw." Tne motion was seconded by Mr F. Williams and was carried unanimously Messrs F. Williams and W. W. Williams protested against the Board's action in shift' jng the schools. Mr A. Hewitt moved & householders' petition* signed bj- houMholders in both

days, he Rent to th«-Board, objecting to th<? schodls b-ing shifted.

S»Bond<»H hy Mr Brown, and carried. Messrs Harriot, Brown, Orme and Hewitt were appointed to draw up the petition. The. chtt : rmah thanked the Robinson's B-iy for attuniin/?. and said it aognred wt'\\ to ect tiie scheme blanked.

Mr F W.Mtoms mov-d ■» nearty vote of thank* to irn chai'\ which ws c.nied with acclamation.

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SCHOOL CONCENTRATION., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4404, 12 June 1914

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SCHOOL CONCENTRATION. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4404, 12 June 1914

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