SCHOOL COMMITTEE REPORTS
PONSONBY. The Ponsnnby Schools Committee. In the report for the year ended 31st March, 1909, to be presented to the annual meeting of householders on Monday evening next, shows that receipts from all sources totalled £454 11/0: debit bainncs on 31st March, 1908, £43 8/10; expenditure, £426 11/3—£470 1/1; debit balance, £15 9/7. It will be seen, continues the report, that the cush allowance from the Education Board is quite Insufficient. This Is owing to the enormous sum paid for the closet sen-ice. It is a scandalous thing that schools ln the city, with ovec 700 pupils, should be afflicted with the barbarous, in. sanitary, and Indecent earth-closet system. The average school attendances on the 31st March, 190S, and 31st March, 1909, were as follows:—Church-street, 098 lv 1903, 090 in 1009; Richmond. 64_! in 1008, 659 In 1909; BnyQeld, 307 ln 1008, 440 iv 1909. The school buildings are in fair order. The Education Board is lv negotiation to acquire additional ground for playground space, for the infant department of the Ponsonby School. Iv the near future the ( Bayfield School will suffer for want of sufficient accommodation, nnd It ls hard to surmise whore It can be found. School Staffs.—The various schools are excellently equipped lv this respect, and, with the most recent appointments, little is left to be desired. Inspectors' reports on the work for the last year are of a very high order. At the December examination Ponsonby gained 40 certificates of protlcleucy and 1 certificate of competency: Richmondroad, 44 certificates of proficiency and 1 certificate of competency. At the examination for scholarships and free places Ponsonby gained v national scholarship (Nell Smith), a district scholarship (J. S. Dickenson), and 12 free places: Richmond-road, a district scholarship (Jeannie Humpt, and "3 free places; Kayfleld. * district scholarship (E. Patterson). This is a very gratifying record, lv December, n Richmond-road boy. Harry Bow, completeo eight years' attendance without having missed a sJngle halfday. The chairman, on behalf of the Committee, presented him with a handsome medal. MOUNT ALBERT. In presenting its annual report, the Mount Albert committee state that the year just closed has been a progressive one for the school. Additions have been made to the school buildings, in the shape of accommodation for over 200 scholars in the Infant Department. It is considered that the accommodation provided is not sufficient for the rapidly-growing district, and endeavours were made by the Committee, before the bulldiug was commenced, to Induce the Bonrd of Education to provide for at least 800 scholars. The Board, however, .could not Bee its way to carry out our wishes. The present floor space capacity of the school is for 615 scholars, aud, as the present roll number is 546. it can be seen that very little room is left for increase ln such a rapidly-growing district. The Board is to be complimented on the very complete aud up-to-date building now added to the school. The additions to the school grounds mentioned in the last annual report have now been included in the school fence. The incoming Committee will have to consider the advisability of terrnceing and levelling this portion of the grounds to enable the scholars to use it to advantage. The annual prizes donated by the Hon. G. Fowlds were gained by the following scholais: — Standard 0, Doris Eckley; Standard D, Eric Harper; Standard 4, Robert White; Standard 8, Marjorie Hoddiuot; Standard 2, MllUceut Scott; Standard 1, Ivan Martin. The annual prize (silver medal) given by the Committee for the best shootlug average during the year, was gained by . Wllliaui Davidson 1 The Headmaster and Staff are to be congratulated on the position gained by their scholars in Messrs. Colllus Brothers and Co.. Limited, annual writing competition. Out of twenty-live schools gaining prizes, the Mount Albert School took third place with fifteen prizes. A Junior National Scholarship was also gained by one of the scholars of the school. An additional male assistant has been added to the staff during the year aud if the present increase of scholars" continues, the school will soon be entitled to another. The matter of the swimming baths has not been lost sight of by the Committee, but, in view of the Government refusing to subsidise other schools in erecting swimming baths. It is considered that the task of raising a sum sufficient for this put poseis nt present beyond the reach of the Committee.
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