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SCHOOL COMMITTEES., Issue 10437, 5 October 1897
The Caversham Committee met last evening ; present—Messrs Tennant (chairman), Stevenson, Caldow, Williams, James, Wilkinson, Seurle, and Rutherford. Consideration of a reply from the Education Board to an application for a subsidy for the gymnasium was deferred. The Visiting Committee reported finding everything satisfactory at the school. The treasurer of the penny savings bank reported that the amount deposited was i/0 Is, and the accounts opened numbered 3117. The quarterly report showed that the average attendance for the quarter was COG. The chairman was requested to draw up a circular re prize fund and submit it to next meeting. The Gymnasium Committee reported that they had made a successful canvass of the district and were very hopeful as to results. The meeting of the Maoandrew road Committee was held last night, and attended by Messrs Taverner (chairman), W. J. Smith, Miiburn, Craig, Scott, J. Smith, Dovelin, and Somerville. The head-master reported that the average attendance for the quarter ended September was : Boys 215, girls 20i ; total, 419. The number on the roll was 472. The number on the roll had increased during the past quarter. It was resolved that the break-up take place in the evening in place of the afternoon, as hitherto. Present at the Albany street Committee’s meeting last night—Messrs Dickson (chairman), Walker (secretary), Mathieson, Thompson, Wilkinson. Turner, Hastings, A. T. Anderson, and G. J. Anderson. The head-master reported as follows “ At' ondance roll: Boys 365, girls 402; total, 7G7. Average: Boys 342, girls 371 ; total, 713. Highest attendance on any half-day 719. Balance to date, sayings hank, £154 12s Id. At Friday night’s social of the teachers and children two umbrellas, one shawl, and four pairs shoes were stolen from the ladies’ dressing lobby. The matter is in the hands of the police.” Mr Mathiekos said that at a previous meeting •a resolution had been passed expressing the opinion that Mr Hastings ought to apologise to Mr Spence, a teacher in the school. He moved—"That, seeing that at the last meeting Mr Hastings attended a motion was carried asking him to apologise to Mr Spence, and as he has not complied with it, that he be called upon to give an explanation. Mr Turner seconded the motion, which was carried. The Chairman then asked Mr Hastings if he would make an explanat 02. Mr Hastings said he thought that there had been enough reported about the Albany street School. He had been attacked, and he thought his best policy was silence. Mr Walker, thinking that Mr Hastings should give some explanation as to why he did not apologise or else withdraw from the Committee, moved that a meeting of householders be called to consider the matter, but after discussion the motion was withdrawn and the following was unanimously agreed • * That in the event of the chairman returning before the next monthly meeting a special meeting be called to settle Mr Hastings’s case re Mr Spence if Mr Hastings has not given an explanation in the meantime.” Messrs Mathieson, J. L. Ferguson, and G. J. Anderson were appointed to wait on the chairman of the Harbor Board and inquire if a portion of the reclaimed land at the foot of Frederick street can be obtained for use as a cricket and football ground for the children of the upper standards of the school. Plans of alterations to the gymnasium were submitted by Mr A. T. Anlerson and approved, and it was resolved that the secretary write to the Board asking for a subsidy of £ for £ to the extent of £35 for the purpose of making the alterations. Mr G. J. Anderson was appointed treasurer, and Messrs Mathieson and Turner were appointed a visiting committee. The Mornington School Gymnasium Committee met in the schoolhouse last evening. The subscription lists showed that nearly one-half of the borough had been visited bv the collectors, who reported having been received by the residents in a most hearty and generous spirit. In addition to a donation Mr Lochhead had promised £lO worth of goods for the sale of work. The Committee hope to complete their duty of waiting upon the householders for subscriptions before the next meeting, a fortnight hence. The offer of a concert by the Mornington Minstrels for October 26 was accepted, as was a similar offer by the Mornington Orchestral Society to follow.
SCHOOL COMMITTEES., Issue 10437, 5 October 1897
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