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The quarterly meeting of the Dunedin and Suburban School Committees' Association was held in ,tho Education Board room last night, and was attended by some 20 members of the executive and delegates. Mr R. Bontham (president) occupied the chair. The report was taken a.- read, and the clauses dealt it ith seriatim.

The executive regretted having to chronicle the great loss sustained in the administration -of educational affairs in Otago by the demise of the Hon. Thoa. Fergus, a member of the Education Board and a life member of the association. They recommended that a record to this effect bo placed on the minutes, and also that a letter of sympathy be sent to Mrs Ferarus and family.—The Chairman, in moving a resolution to that effect, said Mr Fergus teas a very sincere friend of education. They would ever remember the keen interest ho took in and he gave in the matter of the Education Bill when it was diseased by th association.—Mr G. 0. Israel, in seconding the motion, said he was a very old friend of the deceased gentleman, and in many ways way closely allied with him, and there was no disputing the fact that he was the outstanding educationist of Otago. He might fairly have been styled the Minister of Education for Otago.—Mr -M. Fraer said ho was also a very old personal friend of the deceased gentleman, and corroborated what the previous speakers had said with reference to the keen Interest he took in educational matters.—The motion was carried in silence, ail present standing. Tl w Garden Fete Society wrote recommending that the children attending the City schools be granted a half-holidav on the occasion of tbeir annual fete, which, was fixed for the 16th prox. The C-litUr-man said the date referred to was a Wednesday, which meant that any break-up fixed ‘fur that dav would require to be field on the following day, if the suggestion of the Fete Society _ was given effect Mr A. Miller moved —“That the association recommend school coinmitees to »rant the half-holiday as suggested.'’ He j Taid it had been the practice m past) years to grant a half-holiday mi the d,i\ , of the fete.—Mr C. Chadwick said lie j would second the motion, but he did «o with very bad grace, believing as did i that it was not “ playing the game ’ to excb’it the schools mi that wav. He was entirely opposed to outside bodies exploiting the schools. It was not fair to the chi'dren, who were naturally excited when] occasions of the kind referred to were; pending. It was a mistake to hold the fete on a date so close to the break-up, ! and ho though: the Fete Committee should I consult the school committees affected if they wished the children toasslst at their fete. — the Chairman explained that tiro reason the fete was being held cm a Wednesday was owing to its being the shops’ half-holidav. —Mr Wilkinson said he did not think the‘fete would interfere with th: school v oik to any extent, as examination weak, in particular, would be completed by the 16tli December.—Themotion was canned. The executive recommended, m reference to the matter of school prizes at the annual demonstrations, that the custom which hue hitherto prevailed be adhered to this year, and that, m addition, a sreciallv-dtsigncd patriotic Certificate and labels‘for the prize books be issued. — A long discussion took place on tins subject, objection being taken _ to the issue i ot a specially-designed tortilJcaU', %wuck many thought was premature.-—Mr \\. S. I*ii*>on moved the deletion of vv orda relating to the certificate, .1 his was seconded by the llcv. I*. G- Camming and carried. The report as amended was then adopted. ■

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SCHOOL COMMITTEES ASSOCIATIOM, Issue 15655, 20 November 1914

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SCHOOL COMMITTEES ASSOCIATIOM Issue 15655, 20 November 1914

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