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At the monthly meeting of the High street Committee on Monday evening, Mr Hosking in the chair, a letter was received from the Board declining to purchase the ground adjoining the school. The members were unanimously of opinion that ib would be a great mistake not to obtain the same, as at present there was very little ground for the children to play on. It was decided to wait on the Board and place the matter more fully before them. The plan of the proposed new gymnasium was received from the architect, aud after some minor alteration was adopted. Messrs Stewart and Melville were appointed a visiting committee for the month. The head-master reported that the number on the roll was: Girls 31S, boys 353; total, 671. Average attendance : Girls 290, boys 322 ; total, 612. Penny bank receipts, £lO 7* : withdrawals, £8 2s ; banked, £8 5s ; total in bank, £245 23. Matters in connection with the hobby show to be held ao the end of the year were then discussed, and it was decided to have a special meeting on the 16th'with the teaching staff to make full arrangements. The head-master intimated that he would give a lantern show at the end of the month. At the meeting of the Port Chalmers Com-

mittee held on Monday evening the rector reported the roll number as 555 ; average for quarter 501.2. He also informed the Committee that a relieving teacher had arrived in the person of Mr Nicholson. The chairman intimated that he had granted leave of absence ,to MisH Agnes Sinclair and Mr Hunter to enable them to prepare for university examinations. The action was endorsed. Mrs Evans's complaint about the treatment of her child was referred to the rector for explanation. The K lucation Board's request that they ahould be furnished with -all the facts and surroundings of Miss Bolt's case was carefully considered. The Chairman submitted a statement covering the whole history of the case, and after discussion it v&'s adopted and sent on to the Board in terms of their request. It was decided that the construction of the tank aud filtering arrangements staEd over until the other contemplated improvements are also effected. The Committee decided to urge on the Board the necessity of at once removing the outbuildings and providing a supply of pure water. The secretary was instructed to write to the truant officer calling attention to the number of children in the district not attending school.

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SCHOOL COMMITTEES., Issue 10445, 15 October 1897

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SCHOOL COMMITTEES. Issue 10445, 15 October 1897

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