PRESENTATION TO MR. A. G^RAY.
I Mr Alex Gray who has been !-master of the Secondary Department of the Akaroa District High School for the past fifteen years has been accepted for active service and leaves Akaroa after his marriage to Miss Olive Lelievre, daughter of Mr E. E.
Lelievre of Akaroa, on Monday next.
Mr Gray has taken an active interest in his work as master of the Secondary Department, and his services in this capacity have been very generally appreciated. His great ability has enabled him to be most successful with his pupils. Besides his school work Mr Gray has taken an interest in Technical School matters, having been Hon Sec. to the Board of Governors for some years. He was secretary to the Phoenix Masonic Lodge, Akaroa and holds the position of Senior Warden of the Lodge. He was keenly interested in all sports, especially rugby football and tennis, having been president of the Peninsula Rugby Sub-Union and chairman of the Tennis Committee. Last evening a social was held in the Oddfelow's Hall to bid good-bye to Mr Gray. The Mayor presided over a large attendance. ' The Mayor on behalf of the townspeople of Akaroa, presented Mr Gray with a gold watch suitably inscribed and presented him with the following illuminated address. The address is a most handsome piece of work. The address is as follows :— "On behalf of the people of Akaroa we beg your acceptance of this address and of the accompanying gold watch as a token of our esteem and as an expression of our good will towards you. As master of the Secondary Department of the Akaroa District High School for the last fifteen years, you have displayed your duties with marked ability | and success. We owe you a | debt of gratitude not only for your educational work but also for the keen and active interest you have displayed in the social and athletic, life of the town.
As a volunteer for the service of your country in the. great war we wish you God-speed and a safe return.
In conclusion permit us to congratulate you on your approaching marriage and to wish you long years of happiness. Signed. G. Armstrong, Mayor. Representative Citizens. J. W. Hayward. A. H. Julius. Etienne E. Lelievre. J. D. Bruce. J. R. Newton. W. K. Virtue. -' , Chas Hall. E. Donnell. L. J. Vangioni. Akaroa, 30th March, 1916 The Mayor also presented Mr | Gray with a set of carvers from the Akaroa Sailing Club.
The Mayor spoke of the great respect and affection Mr Gray's pupils had for him. Nearly all his pupils were at the war fighting for the Empire and this alone proved that he had made men of them, both in school and on the football field. He wished him every success and assured him that he carried away with him the respect of the whole community.
The Rev. J. W. Hayward, the Rev. A. H. Julius and Mr C. Hall, headmaster of the school also spoke, emphasising the good work Mr Gray had done as a teacher and as a member of the community.
Mr Gray in reply said he would cherish the handsome gifts made to him by the citizens of Akaroa. He had only done his duty as a teacher and the fifteen years spent in Akaroa had been the most pleasant* of his life. As far as going to the front was concerned he was only doing his duty.
| During the evening the following musical and other items j were given :—song, Mr Fi Armstrong ; Marseillaise, Akaroa District High School Girls; and trio "Sweet and Low", Misses G. Youngman, M. Julius and E. Pilkington.
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VALEDICTORY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3532, 31 March 1916