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The monthly meeting of the Otago High. Schools Board of Governor* was held yesterday afternoon, there being present Messrs G. C. Israel, J. M. Galhvwuy, John Ross, and D. T. Fleming. Mr Israel was voted to the chair. —The Late Hon. The*: Fergus. Mr Israel said he had a painful duty to perform in moving a vote of sympathy with Mt6 Fergus and family in the bereavement they had sustained through the loss of a husband and father, fie moved —" That the board express their deep x*. gret at the untimely death of their late chairman, the Hon. Thomas Fergus, a much-valued member of the board sine* 1904, and chairman from the year 1912, and record their appreciation of the work done by Mr Fergus in the interests of 'secondary education in general and the Otaga Boys' and Girls' High Schools in particular. The board express their sincere sympathy with Mrs Fergus and family in their bereavement. A copy of the resolution t» be sent to Mrs Fergus." The motion was carried in silenoe. —Election of Chairman Mr G alia way said that he had pleatim in proposing that Mr T. K. Sidey, M.P., be appointed chairman of the board. His reasons for so doing were that, when they had in Mr Sidey a distinguished product of the primary, secondary, and university education scheme of the Dominion, and a man who had done long and good'work for the school, it was their duty to confer upon him any distinction within their {power, Mr Sidey was a member of the Otago High School Old Boys' Society, aid. personally, he hoped the day was not far distant when the board.would cqpsist of "old boys" and "old girls," if/such a - term could be applied with politeness to women who had passed through the school. A board so constituted would famish a valuable link between past and present, and, in his opinion, would be of great advantage to the school. Mr Israel said he had much pleasure in seconding Mr Sidey's nomination. He agreed absolutely with the remarks made by Mr Gallaway. Mr Ross said he had no objection io Mr Sidey's nomination, but he thought that Mr Sidey's parliamentary duties necessitated his absence a very great d<=l from Dunedin. Mr Gallaway said that it was a decided advantage to have a member of Parliament as chairman, and ah acting chairman could always be appointed. The motion was carried. Mr John Ross was appointed to dgn cheques. —New Member.— The Chairman welcomed Mr U. T. Fleming as a new member of the board. He mentioned that Mr Fleming was an old high school boy. Mr Fleming suitably returned thank*. —Reports The Principal of the Girls' i» r ig» f ; rb,od (Miss Flora M. Allan) reported :—■ "•' TJ» school resumed work on September 16. The roll number for this mouth is 203—70 seniors, 127 juniors, and 6 paying papiifc* Since last term one junior pupil has entered, and two senior and Uuve junior pupils have, left. 'Efc'.news of ine'lamented death of the late chainrujn -ih» ' board caused a great shock to the eciiooi, I irhidi was rnimedinleiy cloned fci the day, The deep and constant, interest that, w iate Mr Fergus took in everyihin-j panaiw iug to the welfare of the pupils, iitC. UIA unvarying kinduets, courtesy, au>' cunsridera'tiou with which he always fcT*i"»i me and the members of the staff, 'nxis&i him to be regarded as a very tnt* and 1 loyal friend of the school. I SW.v :« acknowledge the receipt from tbe liiary League of two volumes of ' Scott's Lasfr Voyage,' and also ' Famous Sea r.jriu*/ for the use of the school members or lha league The unabated zeal of t*i* l\&*f League in disseminating historical literature cannot fail to l>e produetnre of puod results.''

The Rector of the Boys' High School reported :—" The total number of boys now upon (he rolls is 313, as against 313 ia October, 1913. and 305 in October, 1912: Of the present total 109 as» seniors, 217 junior)?, arid 17 paying pupils. Thesa figures include three boys whose names are still upon the rolLs, but who hava beeii reported unable to- attend through illhealth. The one event of importance to the school during the current term liaa been the lamented death of ib& Hon. T. Fergus, chairman of the board. It ia needless to say with what wnow the news was received by all at the pchool. His unfailing interest in the school's welfare, evidenced by frequent visits, was veil known to staff and pupils alike. His energy in the sdvarcement of the school, and his leadily-giveii counsel and assistance, I mention with gratitude. ?tu genial presence will long be nriseed at the school, as in the community at large." Both reports were received, and the secretary was instructed to Mrs Fergus conveying extracts relating to, the lat« Hon. Thos. Fergus. On the recommendation of tL* ...'"or, two additional teachers are u> • • a}>pointed to the Boys' High School, ;..<! application* invited immediately. —General.— Mr Gallaw&y moved thai the Minister of Education "be i-espectfuliy requeated to provide in the Education Bill for £he election by members of the Otago High School Old Boys' Society (incorporated ) of two of its member* as representative o£ the societv on the Otago High Schools Board. —Seconded by Mr Boss and carried. Tb-i following increases in staff salaries wfiv made:-—Messrs A Watt, J. Beid, J. I'ovr, K. W. White, H. W. Slater, C. M. I.ittlrjohn were granted increases of £lO each per aimum. and Miase.s L. S. Morton. H. K. Dalrymple. and J. B. Reid £2O each, and Mies E. .1. I'egg £lO and Mr I'. J. Ness £25. Au application was received from Captain H.ussey, on l>ehalf of the Hibernian. Senior Cadets, for permission to drill'on the Otago Girk' High School grounds.— Granted. The Treasurer recommended that ib* sum of £75 of accrued interest belonging to the Gray Russell Scholarship fund b» transferred 'to capital account and placed on fixed dejxiait. —Agreed to. A letter was read from Mr F. H. Campbell forwarding vouchers amounting to £4O 13s 2d, being expenditure on cricket and football grounds and cricket material foe the year, and asking for a refnnd of the sum. —Agreed to.

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HIGH SCHOOLS BOARD, Issue 15631, 23 October 1914

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HIGH SCHOOLS BOARD Issue 15631, 23 October 1914

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