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THE GIRLS' GRAMMAR SCHOOL

VISIT BY THE MINISTER'OF EDUCATION. This morning the Hon. Geo. Fowlds, Minister for Education, made a second visit to the Girls' Grammar School that he might address a few words to the girls themselves and that he might inspect more carefully the new school buildings. In a particularly happy speech he reminded the girls that the aim -of the Government in spending so much money for the provision of buildings and efficient teaching was to benefit not only the girls, but also the whole country. Every privilege, he pointed out, has its corresponding responsibilities, hence the girls must strive to grow up to be a credit and an honour to their country. History has given us many examples of heroic women, women who sacrificed their lives for the good of their nation; but patriotism is not confined to the battlefield; it can be extended to every sphere of life. Therefore, he would wish the girls to be so imbued with the spirit of patriotism, that they, too, would at all times be ready to make sacrifices for the good of others and. of their country. Duty rather than pleasure should be their watchword. To do their duty they must make the very best use of the opportunities afforded them, for it is only by the use—the constant use—of our faculties, mental and physical, that we can bring them to their highest point of development. The responsibility, he urged, of the future national character of New Zealand rests in great measure on the girls. If they realise that (according -to any modern writers) our thoughts not only become part of ourselves, but influence all those around us, then they must see how important it is that they thoughts should I- • pure and high and fixed on noble things. If the girls remain true to a high ideal of life they will become a credit to their school- and to their country. Some, he hoped, will pass on to the University, to take advantage.of the opportunities—far beyond those given in England —that our Colleges' offer to women. The majority of them will become homemakers and trainers of the next generation. Hence all should take up a course of domestic science." Education, he maintained, is not the handing down from the teacher to the pupil of a parcel of knowledge; it should rather enable each pupil ■to lead her own full life, to develop the powers and faculties of her body, her mind, and her soul. If it does this, then it shows itself mindful of one of the Ordinances of Providence that the development of the individual powers is the best thing for the race. New Zealand, he added, is a wonderful country yet the very advantages it affords ibecoma ' a curse if they tend simply to develop a pleasure-loving race. Struggle is needed for development. Therefore, New Zealanders should exert strenuousness to take the place of the struggle that is forced on others by natural difficulties. If the girls would face life with the idea of duty and service, he felt sure New Zealand would become great and glorious, Mr. Fowlds' inspiriting address was received enthusiastically by the girls, and their applause became the louder when they learnt that he had asked that they might have ft holiday in commemovfttira of the pi, .the jxs% •-—-'-^

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THE GIRLS' GRAMMAR SCHOOL Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 87, 13 April 1909

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