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The movement which was inaugurated at the Town Hall a couple of months ago, when Bishop Suter, of Nelson, delivered an address on ‘ Kindergartens and their Work,’ has so far advanced that a competent instructress has been obtained, and a start will be made some time next mouth. The Dunedin Kindergarten Association has been organised, with the following office-bearers ; —President, Mrs W. H. Reynolds; vicepresidents, Mrs Dr Belcher, Mrs A. S. Paterson, and Miss Bathgate; treasurer, Miss Marsden Smith ; secretary, Miss Kelsey; assistant secretary. Miss F. Wimperis; Committee—Lady Stout, Mrs G. L. Denniston, Mrs A. J. Ferguson, Mrs J. Gibb, Mrs Dr Hocken, Mrs Joachim, Mrs Dr Ogston, Mrs White, Mrs A. C. Yorke, Miss Freeman, Miss Fitzgerald, Miss K. Grant; Finance Committee Sir Robert Stout, Dr Fitchett, Messrs James Allen, Fitzgerald, VV. H. Ash, and M. Cohen, The Committee had placed at their disposal the St. Matthew’s Schoolroom and the Mission Hall in Walker street, and eventually decided that the latter was the more suitable, as being in the very centre of the Association’s field of operations. The school will be placed in charge of Miss Wienike, a German lady who has studied kindergarten methods in the Fatherland, and has taught a kindergarten in one of the suburbs of Christchurch with success. She will arrive here at the end of the month, and will be ready to begin work within the next fortnight. The Committee have wisely, we think, decided to regard their school in the light of an adjunct to the State school, and therefore will aim at preparing pupils for the latter. As of necessity a large amount of money will be required to keep the school going, we have been requested to say that the members of the Finance Committee will be glad to receive contributions from any philanthropically-disposed persons in the community who take an interest in this movement. Subscribers of a guinea annually are entitled to nominate pupils.

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A FREE KINDERGARTEN., Evening Star, Issue 7912, 21 May 1889

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A FREE KINDERGARTEN. Evening Star, Issue 7912, 21 May 1889