The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, JULY 10, 1914. AKAROA SCHOOL GROUNDS.
The new Akaroa School is a great acquisition to residents in and about Akaroa, as the building is most up 'todate. However, the grounds are .not at all .what they ought to be. In the first place the track up to ibe front entrance is a sticky clay road, and the children on a wet day have to go' through a great deal of mud. Then ! there are no improvements in the way of gymnastic apparatus, and the yard at the back of the school wants a good deal of alteration before it can be turned into a good cricket or football ground. We understand that the North Canterbury Education Board has yet to do forty yards more asphalt ing about the grounds. At the committee meeting on Tuesday evening last, it was decided to ' leave it in the
hands of Mr J. R. Newton to collect atnoDg the residents for the object of making the grounds as attractive bs possible. We believe the committee hopes to raise upwards of £40, which would be subsidized £ for £ by tb p Board, and thus allow of the expendi fcure of £80. Arbor Day will be ob served at the school on Thursday next, We would suggest the com mittee should obtain some attractive shrubs. They would do exceedingly well in the terrace below the school, aud in time the approach could be made really beautified. The householders of Akaroa have a first-class school building, and should spare no effort to second the Board by having the entourage beautiful aa much as possible. No scamping should be allowed, and, if there has to be some delay in raising the amount of money to defray the cost of the work, the committee should wait till such time as they are prepared to make a good job of the improvement, of the grounds. It is useless to do little dabs of improvements here and there, one improvement necessitating the cancelling of a previous one, The committee, would be well advised if they obtained the advice of a land. scape gardener as to the best manner in which to lay out the terrace below the school and improve the yard be 1 bind the building. It seems to us waste of time to go and dump a few shrubs here and there with no fixed idea The need of some gymnastic appara tvs is much felt amongst the children. There was some talk recently of tho' formation of a citizens' association in Akaroa, and one of the schemes of the proposed society was giving Akaroa children more facilities for play in tha way of swing- boats, etc. No doubt those .interested la the formation of this society will co operate with the school committee and help to give the little ones, not only a picturesque approach to their school, but also a playground well equipped with appa* ratus, and giving the children keen pleasure as well as opportunities of I improving their physique.