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SCHOOL COMMITTEES., Issue 8002, 3 September 1889
The Kensington School Committee met last evening, when there were present— Messrs Cole /chairman), Allan, C/arnn, Eolla.Frebbles. Trevena, and M‘Laren. —The head-master reported that the number of pupils at present on the roll was 420, the average attendance 371, while the highest attendance had been 385. —Mr M'Labek drew the attention of the Committee to the fact that there was a large pool of filthy, stagnant water in close proximity to the school. This, he coneidered, was detrimental to the interests of «bo school and to the good health of the attending pupils, and as he bad heard
typhoid was prevalent in the district, some action should at once be taken, It was decided to write to the Caversham Borough Council and Mr Edmund Smith, laotor of the Presbyterian Church (upon whose property the nuisance existed) asking that immediate steps be taken_ to remedy the existing evil.—The Visiting Committee reported having visited the school during the past month and found everything to their satisfaction. Messrs Cailia and Allan were appointed the Visiting Committee for the ensuing month.—Mr M Laken considered that the Committee should, as far as lay in their power, give every assistance to the headmaster and his assistants, and encourage them in their duties. Ho was sorry about the matter of the head-master selling school books to pupils.—Mr Allan understood that the head-master did not make it a rule to sell books to pupils. He only sent for them when they were urgently required.—Mr Colb thought that, in any case, it was an extremely wrong thing for him to sell books to the pupils at all.—Mr Allan : He only sends for them when they are urgently wauted ; that is a very different thing.—Mr Cole : A very wrong thing. The head-master had stated that ho considered the matter entirely outside the affairs of the Committee), but he (Mr Cole) thought that Mr Moore should carry out the expressed wish of the Committee and discontinue the practice. Other schoolmasters did notact as Mr Moore had acted ; if they did, they would soon have a large number of booksellers on every committee, There was a provision of the Education Act bearing upon the matter, ho was s ure. —Mr Cafein ; I should very muchlikotoscoit, —Mr Cole : You shall see it, sir: either you or lam in the wrong. Mr Mooro has only to carry out the wishes of this Committee in the matter.—Mr M'Laren: Ob, but all schoolmasters are sensitive, you know. (Laughter.)— MtCole reminded members that they were placed in the position of committeemen by the householders, and it was only right that when an evil existed they, as a committee, should remedy it.—Mr Allan said that when the inspector noticed one pupil reading from another’s book, and spoke about it, the head-master did not like it, and naturally would send for a lesson book for the pupil. —Mr Cole : Well, the pupils should get their books from the booksellers.—Mr Allan : Yes ; but they won’t do it.—Mr Cole objected to persons being debarred from making a livelihood. He had obtained information from respectable booksellers, and had been informed that a splendid profit was made out of it.—Mr Tkevena thought that Mr Mooro had little confidence in the Committee.—Mr Allan : Oh, I don’c think that such is the case.—Mr Trevena : Well, he has been hampering the Committee in these little things.—The discussion then terminated, and the question of pen-and-ink supply was mentioned. Surprise was expressed at the largo number of pens used, and Mr Cole intimating that he intended compiling a comparative statement of the number of and amount received from pupils for pens, etc., used at the Kensington and other schools, the meeting terminated. The monthly meeting of the Arthur street School Committee was held last night, and attended by Messrs E. N. Adams (chairman), A. Burt, P. M'Grcgor, H. Crawford, and W. M‘Adam. Tfe head master wrote forwarding a cheque for L 7 9s, being part of the proceeds collected by the school children in aid of the gymnasium funds. Ho also reported that the average attendance on September 2 was as follows: —Boys, 305 ; girls, 244; total, 549.
SCHOOL COMMITTEES., Issue 8002, 3 September 1889
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