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A meeting of the Rarensbourno School Committee was held on Monday evening, when the following members were present : —Messrs J. P. Bell (chairman), T. Ress (secretary), Campbell, Spite, and Moller. A report from the delegates to the School Committees' Conference' re the question of holidays was submitted, and it was resolved to act upon the decisions arrived at by the Conference—viz,, that the holidays consist of one week at midwinter and five clear weeks at midsummer, with the seven general holidays. On the question of prizes, the Chairman moved—"That in the opinion of this Committee prizes should be discontinued for the following reasons, among others: (1) That they suggest motives such as ought not to influence children in the prosecution of their studies. (2) That they are in the nature of the case usually awarded to pupils of superior natural gifts and not so frequently to those who, everything considered, may have been most diligent and made most relative progress. (8) That they frequently cause unpleasant jealousiea'and rivalries, and tend to discourage pupils of inferior gifts, who are thus led to feel that they make failure in their education because unsuccessful in the prize competitions. (4) That it would be preferable to expend tho moneys hitherto used as prize funds in picnics or excursion trips, or in such a manner that all the pupils may be encouraged and benefited thereby." After discussion this motion was carried, and it was resolved that the Committee's decisions on the questions of holidays and prizes be laid before a meeting of householders, to be called by the chairman at an early date. __^

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SCHOOL COMMITTEES., Evening Star, Issue 7914, 23 May 1889

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SCHOOL COMMITTEES. Evening Star, Issue 7914, 23 May 1889