SCHOOL COMMITTEE ELECTIONS.
ANNUAL MEETINGS OF HOUSEHOLDERS.
AKAROA DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOL.
At, the Annual Meeting of the
Akaroa District High School the committee presented the following report which was read by Mr C. Hall headmaster: — The Committee has pleasure ml presenting the report for the year ended 31st March, 1916. There has been a considerable drop in the roll number, but the attendance, has maintained a good average throughout the year. The following is a summary of attendance records: March 31st, 1915, 139; March 31 1916, 111 primary, 19 secondary, I total 130; average attendance, year ended 31st December, 1915, 121; average attendance for quarter ended 31st March, 1916,
117.4. The decreased roll number is due to (a( The removal from Secondary department of seven pupils who had finished their course. (b) The removal from the district to Christchurch schools of six very regular scholars.
(c) Small number of infants, seven, admitted so far this year. Highest attendance on any one day in last 12 months, 134 <April
14, 1915) During the year the school was visited five times by inspectors, in April, May and October of 1915 and in March of this year, The first two occasions were surprise visits, Chief Inspector Brock being desirous of seeing the junior members of the staff at work. Inspector Spencer made a thorough investigation into the work of the Secondary Department, while in October Inspector Hardies visit was for the purpose of annual examination. The results of that examination and the Inspector's report have already been considered by the committee which has placed on record its satisfaction therewith. Several changes have taken place on the staff since last annual meeting. Probationer Jas. Beattie enlisted and was accepted for active service, in April of last year. The latest news from him in Egypt has been reassuring. Miss Gladys Youngman was selected to fill the vacancy, and the headmaster expressed his pleasure in being able to -report very favourably upon her teaching - capabilities. Just before Xmas a transfer was arranged between Miss Wilkinson of our school and Miss Kerr of Cheviot, the transfer to take effect after the holidays. Miss Kerr had been at work for overi two months now and is carrying out her duties with commendable zeal. At the beginning of this term Mr Gray also enlisted. He left the school at the end of last month to enter, later on, the Non-Corns. training camp. During the fifteen years that he had been in charge of the Secondary Department his work was done with unvarying conspicuous ability and success. The committee has placed on record its very high appreciation of the excellent services rendered by MiGray in the cause of education, and has extended to him its cordial good wishes for his future well being. Beyond the digging of a small plot for the purpose of raising vegetable seeds nothing more has bee done to layout and beautify the grounds. This matter, important in its training of the children, will now doubtless be left until the war is over. The school buildings, now in use for a little over two years, require no comment upon their own condition. The teachers, one and all, are still enthusiastic in their praises of the comfort, convenience and other advantages of the new rooms. No report of any public body in these days would be considered complete without more than a passing reference to the Great War in which our Empire is engaged. The clarion call to arms
has been loyally answered by teachers and- old pupils of the school. The latest compiled list shows that some fifty of them have joined the Colours. Of these four to our knowledge
have so far laid down their lives
in the service of the Empire
Their names are Malcolm Bruce,
Maurice 0. Moore, Edward Spooner and Vernon Armstrong". The
keen sense of personal loss we all have felt in the death of these
our soldier lads is lightened by the thought that they made the supreme sacrifice in the noblest of all struggles, the fight against
the power of German tyranny. The Committee's duties throughout the year have been light and
pleasant. The Committee trusts that its successors will have no grave troubles to afflict them during their term of office.— J.
R.-Newton, Chairman. The treasurer, Mr C. W. Leete presented the balance sheet which showed that £22 had been brought forward from the previous year, the total receipts being £234 9s 6d, including the voluntary grant made by the residents towards asphalting the school grounds and the North Canterbury Board of Education grant of £1 for £1. The credit balance carried was £21 5s 6d. Mr W. H. Henning complimented the committee upon the work done which he considered very creditable. He moved the adoption of the report. The chairman said the children would find the convenience and comfort of the asphalting in the winter. The report and balance sheet 'were adopted. A long circular was received from the primary schools Asssociation containing a resolution urging the Government to raise a local loan to improve school buildings and thus preserve the health of the children. Rev. J. W. Hayward said he was in favour of many of the aims of the Association, but was not in favour of raising such a loan at this time. He moved the circular be received. The motion was carried..
Votes of thanks were passed
to the outgoing committee and the teaching staffs in both , depart ments of the school.
The committee elected were:— Messrs J. R. Newton (chairman),
J. S. Dodds, E. Noonan, B. Hen-
ning, C. W. Leete (treasurer), and the Revs. J. W. Hayward and A. H. Julius (secretary).
At the subsequent meeting of committee the visiting committees were appointed for the year. , The committees elected for other Peninsula schools are:— Little River—Messrs Fred Norrie (chairman), Fred Wright (secretary), G. Giddenfe, F. Hunt W. Wright, and W. Priest. Okute : —Messrs J. McQueen I (chairman), D. Richards, H. Webjster, J. McKay, and J. Allen.
Puaha—Messrs H. T. Chapman (chairman), W. Radford, J. Humphries, W. Cossar, and J. Reynish.
French. Farm—Messrs J. Donovan (chairman), P. Shadbolt, T. Stewart, D. Hunt, and L. Giddens
Duvauclielle —Messrs J. Brown lee (chairman), T. W. Wilkins, T. L. F. Kay, T. E. McKenzie, and S. J. Vogan.
Okains Bay—Messrs A. T. Mason (chairman), J. Harris, P. Gumming, T. Priest, and E. W. Spurr. Port Levy—Messrs Basil Ware (chairman), A. R. Fleming, H. Field, J. Peach, and X Harkness. TAKAMATUA. The annual meeting of householders was held in the school on Monday evening at 7.30, Mr R. Herriot presiding.
The chairman read the report and balance sheet, the balance sheet showing a credit of £4 12s sd. *
The following , resolution was passed "That the Board be written to pointing out the difficulties that would arise if the
'school site is shifted to a more I central one to serve both Robinson's Bay and Takamatua, at the same time this meeting of householders urge that the matter of building a new school be proceeded with as soon as possible." The Inspector's report shows that it is necessary. The following were elected a committee—Messrs M.' Flannery
W. Sunckell, H. Odell, H. Harr-
ington, and R. Herriot. At a subsequent meeting Mr Herriot was re-elected chairman.
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SCHOOL COMMITTEE ELECTIONS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3538, 21 April 1916