A meeting of the School Committees' Conference was held on Friday,.; present—Messrs Israel and Cohen (Union street), Fraer and Adams (George street), John Campbell (rine Hi 1), White and M'Adam (-'.ndersoo Bay), Taverner and Milhurn (Macandrew road), Jolly and Hosking (High street), Mearns (Mornington). Simpson ami Struthers fArthur street), H. K. "Wilkinson (dversham), and C. W. George (Kavensboume). Mr G. C. Israel presided. Mr Atkinson, secretary to the School Committees' Association, North Canterbury, wrote enclosing copies of resolutions the Association had forwarded to the Minister for Education. The Association hoped that tho Otago Conference would approve of them.—Consideration was deferred tiil next meeting. The Chairman stated that the first business was to consider a proposal from the Union street School that a periodical gathering of the school children should he held. No doubt they were all aireed that the children's demonstration at the Queen's .Tuhilee f stivities was amongst the most succes-ful features of that very successful affair, and it was thought that a demonstration of the children could be held, if not annually at any rate periodically, whereat the young people could display their accomplishments. It was thought desirable to hold the initiatory demonstration in connection with the Jubilee celebrations next March. It was proposed to hold the gathering in an enclosure, and not to make access to it gratuitous." Sports, of all descriptions could be indulged in. and if there was any surplus from the proceeds it could be divided pro rata amongst the various committees. Mr Israel moved—" That the demonstration and sports by the primary schools of Dunedin City and suburbs be held during the Jubilee week as proposed by the Union street Committee "
Mr Cohkn seconded the motion, and After discussion the following resolution was carried on the motion of Mr Fbaeb : -"That a general demonstration of the Dunedin and suburban schools be held on a suitable ground during Jubilee week, on the lines suggested by the Union street School Committee, and that the matter be referred to the various school committees for their concurrence, the Conference meantime to adjourn for a fortnight." Mr Cohen stated that the proposed Bill dealing with the election cf education boards Beemed to be based on the recommetdations of the Conference dealing with the matter. As a of a suggestion he himself had made when in "Wellington, one provision wai embodied in the Bill to the effect that the first act of the new committee, instead of being the last act of the retiring committee, should be to elect members of the Education Board. It had always appeared an anomaly to him that a moribund committee should be entrusted with such an important function. The following resolution was carried on the motion of Mr Cohes, seconded by MrFRAER:— "That this Conference heartily approve of the main principles of the Election of Education Boards Bill now before Parliament, and urge the Government to endeavor to have it passed into law this session, and request the Dunedin and suburban members to give the measure their full support." It was resolved on the motion of Mr Cohen—"That this Conference convey_.to their late chairman and colleague their congratulations on his election to the Legislators of the colony, and express the hope that he may be long spared to fulfil hi 3 responsible and important dutieg as a member of the House of Representatives."
The chairman was directed to oommunicate
with the rail way authorities suggesting the de sirability of extending the term of the Ohiht-" mas excursion tickets, bo as to extend from the break-up of the schools on end of January,, as was "done last year with general acceptance.
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SCHOOLS' CONFERENCE., Evening Star, Issue 10464, 6 November 1897, Supplement
SCHOOLS' CONFERENCE. Evening Star, Issue 10464, 6 November 1897, Supplement
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