The attendance at the break-up yesterday afternoon just filled tho seats. Everything was well managed, and those present spent a happy time, it being quite a pleasant experience to noto the tone of friendship between the girls themselves and between the girls and the staff. The parents who took time to examine the exhibits of drawing, mapping, and writing were delighted with this work, and in this connection we may repair an omission in our yesterday's report by mentioning in terms of bright commendation the original fairy tab competition. It was not until the prizes were presented that the names of the competitors were disclosed. Miss Ross announced that the winning tale was that entitled ' Tahu,' and a great round of applause greeted Miss N. Loudon as she rose to receive the prize. In our judgment tho story is one that for composition, penmanship, illumination, and get up would command a high value in the bookshops. The second prico went to Misses J. Scott and E. Edgar for another really clover production. We would also mention that the exhibits of art needlework were highly praiseworthy. The afternoon programme was as follows :—Scripture, Isaiah xxxv., Miss E. Reid; recitation, 'ln Praise of England,' Miss E. Blair; pianoforte solo, 'Nocturne in B Major' (Chopin), Mips H. Prain: French scene, ' La Marchande de Jouets,' by Misses J. Bethunc, 0. Gray, L. Silvnis, W. Geddcs, D. Waugh; class singing, Mendelssohn's 'Greeting' and Kingston's ' Our Dear Old School'; spring dance. Kindergarten Class; Welsh dance. Mitwes Blair, Dawson, Edgar, Gray, and Smith; arithmetic practice; pianoforte duct, Misses I. Baxter and N. _Loudon; rescue and release swimming drill: scene from Shakespeare's ' Winter's Tale.' act v.. scene 3, by Misses E. Tomkinson, J. Scott, E. Edgar. A. Scott, H. Duncan, G. Smith, M. Peterson, I. Driver, and J. Park; physical exercises; recitation, 'At School Close' (Whittier), by Miss L. Davis.
Miss Ross presented the school prizes, and at the conclusion made appropriate reference to the death of two pupils during the year and to the work of Miss Freeman, founder of Girton College, who has also passed away. Mr G. W. Macdonald, of Macandrew Road School, gave a short address, in which he spoke of Miss Ross's work as a girl when she was in his charge in a country school, and he also said a few words about the war, arguing from Germany's attitude that mere learning was valueless without character behind it. Character was not to be obtained by always' going along the line of least resistance, but by learning to do the thing we did not like to do. He paid a high tribute to the strong character of Miss Ross, and said that while he congratulated her on her appointment to Columba, more especially did he congratulate Columba on the appointment of Miss Rose. The Rev. D. Dutton said it had been one of the peat privileges of his life fo know Miss Freeman, who had boon one of the community's greatest educational assets.
Tho Rev. R. S. Gray, as representing the Navy League, congratulated Mies Ross and" the college on all the evidences they had seen of an exceedingly successful and* prosperous year. He was exceedingly glad that Miss *Ross was in such intense sympathy with the aims of the Navy League. " Girton College had one of the strongest branches in the whole of Otago. Mi«i Res* expressed deep thanks to the parents for the support they had given her. and said she was proud of the privi lege of havin,; had such girls to educate. She spoke of the happiness she had always had in the work of the school, and of "the unanimity that had existed union;; pupils and teachers. She advised the cirls to exercise the power of individual original thought and to cultivate a sense of the value of the services they might render the community.
In the evening past and present pupils mot. when the scholars repeated the aftornoon programme. The day pupils took the opportunity of showing their affection for Miss Ixoss by making a small presentation, and durinr; ;\n interval the Archerfield girls asked her acceptance of an inkstand as a mark of their "esteem. Just before supper a, presentation was made on he half of the ex-pupils of the 00 lk-go. Mi.=s Dutton referred to the warm feeling entertained by ail for the old school, and more especially for its beloved principal. Miss Emery oii<lor?.'d th"sc remarks, and spoke of the high esteem in which Miss Ross was held a; president of the Austnil-Girtoo Chih. The presentation took the form of ;: roller-top desk and chair. .Miss Ross expressed her gratitude for th" iiifts. and _ r.sked all present to become member-* of the, Aus-tral-Girton Club at Cohimba CoJl-v;,\ The sold medallist a'. Oirton this year is Miss G. Cleveland, wh" is dux of the college: the silver medallists arc Misses E. Reid and Th Dan-sun.
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GIRTON COLLEGE, Evening Star, Issue 15670, 8 December 1914