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The monthly meeting of the George street Committee, held last evening, was attendel. by Messrs Haynes (chairman), Fraer, Adams, Farra, Carter, and Browne. The headroarer reported that the uumb3r of pupl< on the roll was 762, and that the attendance was 603. On the motion of Mr Fraer the Committee approved i f the suggestion to hold a schools' demonstration on a date to be fixed'during the Jubilee demonstratioi 8. Sa' iefactory reports were given in regard to donations for a school gymnasium. It was resolved to apply to the Education Board for a pound-for-pound subsidy -wp to £l5O. A small committee was appointed to act in conjunction with' the head-mister regarding a, concert to be held on the 10th December, the proceeds to be devoted to the gymnasium fund. Accounts amounting to £lO 18s 61 were passed for payment. The ordinary meeting of the Arthur street Committee, held last evening, was nttended by Messrs S'ruthers (chairman), Crawford, Simpson, Smith, Buit, and Edgar. Messrs Struthers and Simpson were appointed to wait on the Board, drawing attention to the necessity which existed for another gate on the school ground. • The head-master reported that the average attendance for the last month was : Boys 273, girls 279 ; total, 552. The number on the roll was:. Boys 294, girls 300; total, 594. The head-master further reported that, with a view of raising funds to effect necessary improvements in the school grounds, it was proposed to have a sale of work on Saturday, 11th December, and that the children had been working for that object. It was decided to commence the midsummer vacation on December 16, and that tho school reopen on the 31st of January, IS9B ; also that the usual prizes and c rti'cit(s be given, It was further resolved, to have the breaking-up ceremony at ten o'clock on December 16. With reference to the school picnic, the head-maßter recommended that Friday, November 26, be the date chosen. It was resolved that £3 be voted to the prize fund at the picnic sports and £lO for prizes at the breaking-up. The Chairman reported that at the last School Committees' Conference it was proposed to hold a gathering of school children in connection with the Jubilee of the province. It wsb resolved to recommend that the Caledonian Ground should be chosen for the gathering on account of its nearnesp, and, further, that the Committee guarantee £5 towards the necessary expenses. The secretary was directed to write to the City Council drawing attention to the condition of the gutter in front of the school, and requesting that its defective Btate be remedied \ at once. The Visiting Committee reported j having visited the school and found every- ' thing working satisfactorily. It was decided to cut out some trees overlapping the footpath. The chairman and Mr .Smith were appointed a Visiting Committee for the month. Accounts amounting to £l4 6s 6d were passed for payment. The monthly meeting of the Port Chalmers School Committee was held last evening; present—Rev. T. N. Griffin (in the chair), Messrs Bauchop, Fail, loverarity, Kettle, M'Lachlan, Mill, and Morgan. The rector reported the average attendance last week to be 509. Wet weather had greatly interfered with good attendances. His report on Mrs Evans's letter was received. No action to be taken. The rector further reported that Mr Gardner had offered a gold medal as a prize for the best pupil in mathematics this year. Mr J. Ness wrote re the school's dag. The matter | was referred to the Visiting Committee and rector. The Visiting Committee reported necessary repairs to drains and gates ; also special asphalt repairs by the lawn tennis club. During the month Miss Dale had been giving the infant department musical action exercises. The Committee expressed their appreciation of Miss Dale's effort. Correspondence from tho Board was read and considerer 1 , the following resolutiorl being passed : "The Committee reg et that the decision made at the Board meeting of Ssptember 15 to revHt the district re outbuilding, etc., has not bsen carried out, and would again urge upon the Board the importance and necessity of dealing with the matter at odcc" "The Committee regret the action of the Board in passing aud publishing the resolution re the case of Miss Bott, as they deny having requested Miss Bott to resign, much less having attempted ' to coerce her into resigning by threatening to bring the matter before the Board with the view of obtaining her dismissal.' " It was decided to arrange, if possible, for the break-up, etc., on Tuesday evening, December 21, the chairman and Visiting Committee to consult with the rector. In addition to Mr Gardner's gold medal Mr J. Morgan promised his usual donation of £6 for priges; Mr J. Mill promised £2. The donors were heartily thanked. Messrs Inverarity and Kettle were appointed Visiting Committee for the month.

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SCHOOL COMMITTEES, Evening Star, Issue 10466, 9 November 1897

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SCHOOL COMMITTEES Evening Star, Issue 10466, 9 November 1897