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GIRTON GIRLS' GALA

LAST DAY OF THE OLD COLLEGE. Saving "Good-bye is mostly an occasion of often of regrets, sometimes of • tears. The final break-up at Girton College to-day was of a different order. Smiles and pleasantnesses characterised the celebration. Girton is not dying for want, of support. It is not dying at all. Its surrender of life is more of the nature of a metamorphosis. Thorn is a resurrection ahead, and an abundant hope. Girton has fulfilled its function honorablv and worthily. Miss Freeman began the work; Miss Ross, who was at one time vice-principal under Miss Freeman, has continued it; and today there are scores of young 'mothers. in the Dominion nnd elsewhere, who give thanks in their nsefnl and wellordered lives that they in their impressionable years came under the sweet and gracious influence of these ladies. Girton has never been goodv-goody, nor sad, nor prison-like. It has educed, and its educing has brought forth womanliness and sound taste, and a strong fortifying for the pleasures and the duties of life. Somewhat strange, perhaps, that Girton College in Christchurch and Girton College in Dunedin should both be passing at the ono time. The Christchurch institution i 3 bouijht out by the Christian Scientists. Thol)unedin school closes because Miss Rosa is taking on the duties of principal of Columba College.. We may be pardoned • for drawing special .attention to the spelling of the title, "Columba." It is not "Columbia" nor " Colombo "—neither of America nor of Ceylon. Quite a number of the Girton girls will go with Miss R033 to Columba College. It is one of her gratifying experiences that so many parents have signified their -consent to such an arrangement, and that several members of the teaching staff, including the first assistant. Miss Jones, will be with her at Columba. In this, the last year, Girton College has prospered. The roll number was one of the best on record, and of the school work it means much when Miss Boss is able to say "'lt is excellent; it has pleased me." For Miss Ross sets the standard high, for herself ns -well as the pupils. "Asked to particularise, Miss Bo3s said this morning : "I hardly know which of our branches is the strongest this vear, hut English and elocution are subjects on which we specialise. We have English literature in many forms —in the grammar, in composition, and in the study of master works. There is never a term without the study of a Shakespeare play in somo class. This study is made very thorough. In proof of this, I may remark that ' A Winter's Tale/ the play from which wo shall read this afternoon, ha 3 been studied not only by the impersonators but by every ono of tho girls. So, too, "with other branches. A3 usual, we have ready for to-day a drawing from every child in the school, mapping and writing specimens from every girl who takes those subjects. To make our little exhibition fully representative of Girton. we also have on the walls a lot of work by ex-pupils. That leads to the remark that the one great link between Girton and Columba will bo the Austral-Girton Club. In the conditions of ray appointment I made a stipulation that I should bo allowed to retain my connection with that club, which brings and keeps together tho ex-pupils of Girton." ' An yjgpectinn of the exhibits on the walls amply justifies Miss Ross's commendation. Iho mapping is amazingly clear and correct. \jno pupil has sent in, quite voluntarily, a map of Africa that is wonderful, and a map of England and Wales bv an ex-pupil looks like a steel engraving. There are maps of ] nearly all the great countries, including even Germany, the latter to servo as a reminder in tne days to come of a Power that inflated itself and burst. The original drawings embrace many of artistic design and high quality, and the humorous subjects are treated with originality, whilst the art illustration of ' L'Allegro,' 1 Hiawatha,' and other works are singularly clever. At the meeting this afternoon the visitors were the parents of present pupils. The honors were thus distributed : PRIZE LIST. Advanced Elocution Prize.—L. Davis. Advanced Drawing Prizes.—N. London 1, H. Prain 2, Z. Croft 3 (Mrs C. Darling's). Class Prizes, A I. Division.—E. Tomkinson (Miss Owen's prize) 1, Hazel Smith (Mrs Bligh'e prize) 2. Class Prizes, A 11. Division.—J. Park (the "Vera King" prize) 1. E. King 2, E. Reid (Miss Owen's) 3. P. Stevenson. H. Duncan (Mrs Samson's), E. Blair (Mrs ! Ritchie's) 4 (equal). Award for Dutif ulness and Punctuality. —I. Driver (Nelson Victory shield). Scripture Prize.—B. Dawson (Friend's prize). Elocution Prizes.—l. Driver. M. Wallis (Mrs Williams's prize). French Prizes.—French I. : E. King (Miss Emery's prize). French III.; F. Ross. Special Prizes for Earnest Endeavor.— M- Peterson (Mrs Ewing's), G. Smith (Miss Jones's). Mental Arithmetic. Prizes (Mr J. A. Ross's). —Senior Division : E. Tomkinson. Junior Division : A. Caffell. Special Arithmetic Prize for Speed nnd Accuracy.—Decided this afternoon. Drawing Prizes, A I. Division.—Hazel Smith, P. Nalder. Prizes for Improvement in Drawing (expupils* prizes).—H. Duncan, A. Scott, M. Dobbie, B. Hay. Prize for Drawing Competition (from Nature). —E. Rcid. Mapping Prizes.—loo per cent. Map : G. Cleveland (Mrs Samson's). £. Tomkinson, E. King. Improvement Prizes.—J. Bethtine (Mr JacobVs prize), M. Armitage. E. Duke, E. Arthur, I. M'Diarmid, E. M'Gowan, D. Wau*h, J. M'Millan. Mrs Ritchie Crawford's A 11. Division Special Prizes.—L. Smith, 13. Moes. Sewimj Prizes.—Plain sewing: L. Davis (Rev. E. Davies's prize). ~Fancy work: X. Loudon 1 (Rev. E. Davies's prize), Z. Croft 2 (Miss Mollison's prize). Mrs Bennett's Special Sewing Prize.—R Patrick. Deportment Prize.,—L. Smith (Mrs Blighfl prize). B. Moss and R. Freeman highly commended for club work. Austral-Girton Club's Prize.—X. Elliot. Prize for Good Report (second term).— E. King (tire "Vera King" prize). Mrs Ewing's Special Prizes for Original Fairy Tale. —A I. Division: X. Loudon 1, J. Scott and E. Edgar 2. A 11. Division: E. King. B Division : Heather Smith. Principal's Special Prizes for Good Work and Conduct.—X. Blackwell, D. Macaulay, Class Prizes.—B I. Division: Heather Smith (Mrs Oliver's prize), B 11. Division : M. Campbell 1 (Mrs Oliver's prize), P. Collier 2. M. Ronaldson 5, E. Farquharaon 4. Singing Prize.—W. Gcddes (Mr Timson's prize). Prize for Good Work and Conduct.—K. Copland (Mrs Thomson's). Improvement Prizes.—L. Silvius, E. Bykes, R. Paterson. Prize for Willing Assistance.—M. Gray. Miss Jessie Jones's Prize for Good General Work and Helpfulness. —G. Benton. Writing Prize.—E. Baker. „ AKCHEKFIKLI> I'RIZES. Good conduct medal.— 11. Prain. Good conduct prizes.—l. Baxter, N. Loudon (Mrs J. Gray's). Punctuality prize.--E. Blair (Mrs John Boss's). Tidiness prize.—R. Patrick. Darning prizes.—Senior, D. Scott (Mrs Praia's); junior, C. Glover. Gardening prizes.—D. Scott, R. Hogg. Music prize.—H. Prain (Mr SchereJcTs). Medal for physical culture.—G. Gray (Miss Isitfs). Physical culture prizes.— £. Blair. M. Shaw (Miss Isitt's). Scripture prizes.—Senior, N. Loudon; intermediate, E. Blair (Mrs J. Gray's); junior, K. Rutherford. Special prize for Scripture.—X. Blackwelt Prize for reports of children's sermons. B. Hogg. Prize for general improvement.—M. Wallis. Prize for helpfulness in the home.—E. M'Gowan. sxvr LEAutrv. awards. AI. Division.—N. Loudon 1, G. Cleveland^

A 11. Division.—E. Blair 1, M. Armitage 2. A 111. Division.—E. King 1, I. Driver 2. B I. Division.—G. Benton. B II: Division.—P. Collier. B 111. Division.—B. Collier. This evening there is to be a gathering of pupils and ex-pupils.

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GIRTON GIRLS' GALA, Evening Star, Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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