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A meeting of members of the Forbury, Macandrcw road, and Kensington School Committees was held in the Forbury School last night, to consider the matter of midwinter holidays. There were present— Messrs Ross (chairman), Bellett, Stenhouse, Vickery (Forbury), Cole, Trevcna, M'Laren, Nichols (Kensington), Hogg, Chetwin, Logie, and Dodds (Macandrcw road).

The Chairman read the following letter which Mr James Rennie, secretary of the Otago Educational Institute, had forwarded to the respective committees “I am instructed by the Otago Educational Institute to ask your Committee to reconsider the question of midwinter holidays. Our annual meeting is to be held on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th of July, and as the questions discussed at it are for the good of education generally, we look to school committees for support, and hitherto this has cordially been granted, their object and ours being tho same. If your Committee is disposed to grant any holidays at all at this time we would respectfully request it to grant them at a time uniform with the Dunedin and suburban schools. A deputation from the Dunedin and Suburban Schools’ Conference is to wait on the Institute at the annual meeting to discuss the matter of midwinter holidays, when no donbb an arrangement satisfactory to all will be come to.”

Messrs White, M'Nicoll, and Rennie waited on tho meeting as a deputation from the Institute for the purpose of urging the request contained in the letter. Mr White stated that they had nothing to say on the wider question of holidays, whether they should be given or not. The request in the letter was made on behalf of those members of the teaching staffs of the Flat Schools, who were also members of the Institute.

Mr Rennie and Mr M'Nicoll also spoke on the matter.

After a conversational discussion, Mr Trevena moved, and Mr Bellett seconded, a motion to the effect that the first week in July be granted as a holiday, as asked for by tho deputation. Mr Cole moved, and Mr M'Laren ieconded, as an amendment—“ That the schools in the district close for the three days on which the Institute meets.” Mr Trevena and Mr Bellett explained hat they had moved and seconded the motion respectively merely for the purpose of testing the feeling of the meeting. The amendment on being put was carried unanimously.

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MIDWINTER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS., Issue 7931, 12 June 1889

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MIDWINTER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS. Issue 7931, 12 June 1889

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