The annual break-up ceremony in connection with the Hawthorne Preparatory School and Kindergarten, which was held ia All Saints' fcchoolroom last evening, furnished quite a charming entertainment —one which at all times reached the admittedly high standard which Miss Lees and her assistants have maintained in past years, and one, too, which sometimes surpassed previous achievements. The undeniable charm of the function lay in the delightful confidence of the tinier of the numerous band of entertainers, but all contributed in a measure to the undoubted success of the programme with an earnestness which was worthy of a first night of a more celebrated coterie of artists. But the critics in this instance were generous on all occasions, as was only to be expected when most of the onlookers wero fond i parents, and it may be said honestly that they had every reason to be proud of their little ones. Seldom has an entertainment of a like kind contained so much that was genuinely meritorious. It would be superfluous to attempt to individualise, but it is not out of place to reproduce the programme, from which may be gained somo idea of the excellence of the fare offered. It was as follows :—Opening song, pupils; welcome speech, Master J. Wilson; physical exercises, pupils; kindergarten ,games of Nature—' What a littlo boy saw'.' ' Raindrop song,' 'The rabbits'; recitation, ' Mrs Mouse'* Supper Tarty,' Mies V. Cooper; ball drill, junior pupils; piano duet, 'Fan Dance,' Masters VV. Thomson and D. Smith; illustrated recitation, ' Golden Locks and the Three Bears' (recitation by Miss K. TJrquhart; Golden Locks, Miss E. Loean; three bears, Masters H. Taylor, D. "Barnett. and C. Gray): piano duet, ' Queen of Drowsy Laud' (Paul Dnceileh Misses F. Bethune and M. Guthrie; lullaby sung, girts; ball drill, senior pupils; patriotic march, pupils; piano duet. ' Rendezvous' (W. Letter), j Mk-r F. Goodridpe and Master N. Mirnms; physical drill, cymbals, senior pupils; piano solo, ' Allegro Bucleseo' (Kuhhiw), Master W. Thomson; recitation, 'An Illustrated Story.' Masters M. Riley and J. Batchelor; piano solo, 'Barcarolle' (Offenbach), Miss J. Bethuno; children's play, ' Mother Goose's Christmas Party'—characters : Mother Goose, Miss G. Park; Jack Horner, Master .1. Batchelor: Tom Tucker, Master M. Riley; Mias Muffet, Miss* F. Bethune; Brown Bettv. Miss K. Swan; Red Riding Hood, Miss K. Urquhart: Wolf, Master Denis Barnett: 80-peep, Miss R. Urquhart; Boy-Blue, Master J. Gilkison; Cross-Patch. Miss M. Stokes: Old Woman in a Shoe. Mis* M. Murdoch; Jack and Gill, Miss N. Michelle and Master D. Heenan.
Perhaps tho beet recommendation was couched in the few words of Dr Stanley Batchelor, who, in presenting the prizes, remarked that he was sure that all had enjoyed the opportunity of seeing ths children enjoying themselves. It was very nice to see them so self-confident, and it went without paying that tho parents whose children were under the care of Miss Lees considered they were fortunate in having such an excellent school in the north end of tho town—an expression of opinion which the audience cordially endorsed. The following is the prize list : Standard lll.—Grade Park 1 (Mra Ur* quhart's prize); Frances Bethune, com» position (Mrs Wallace's prize). Standard 11. Kathio Urquhart 1 (Professor Park's prize); Arthur Palmer, drawing (Mrs Thomson's prize); Kathie Urquhart, good conduct (Mrs Riley's prize). Standard. I.—Melville Riley 1 (Professor Park's prize), Jack Batchelor and Harold Taylor (equal) 2 (Mr Gray's prize): Melvillo Riley, best exercise book ami brushwork; .tack Batchelor, attondance; Denis Barnett, improvement (Mrs Batchelor's prize); Harold Taylor, good conduct (Mrs Riley's prize); Kathleen Swan, needlework; Denis Barnett, politeness (Arthur Bowron's prize). Standard I. (lower division).—James Gilkison 1 (Mrs Taylor's prize); May Stokes, attendance. Class lll.—Vera Cooper and Lucy Pybus (eual) 1 (Mr Gray's prize), Lily Stokes and Denis Heenan (equal); May Murdoch, writing and drawing; Lucy Pybus, good conduct (MioS Wallace's prize): "Riha Urquhart, improvement; Riha Urquhart* good conduct. Class IT.—Elsie Logan 1, Colin Gray 2; Noelinc- Thomson, reading; Erie Tanner, improvement; Evelyn Helmksy, good conduct.
Class 1.-- Nancy Cameron, improvement; Jim Wilson, recitation and writing: Arthur Gray, good' conduct and drawing; Nellie Michelle, writing and figures: Aileen .Stamper, Christmas gift; Ella Campbell, Christmas gift; Anna .Evans, Christinas gift. Special Prizes.—Physical cultureKatnio Urquhnrt 1, silver medal (Miss Isitt's prize), Riha Urquhavt and Jim Gilkison (equal) .2 (Mr Gray's prized, Jack Bfttchcior and Lucy Pybus (equal) 3. Music (senior "division) —Joyce Bethune, special prize; William Thomson 1, Francos Goodridge and Eileen Thomson (equal) 2, Edcar Thomson and David Smith (equal) 3. Junior Division— Gra>ie Park 1. Molly Wilson 2 (Miss Wallace's prize), Dick Michelle and George Thomson. Dr. Batehelor also announced that Miss Lees wished to thank the parents for the interest they had always displayed in the school 'in the matter of donating prizes and in various other ways. Miss Lees also desired to record her apm-e----ciation of the unfailing support she had receiv&d from the assistant teachers, Miss Wallace and Miss Isitt. It would be an incomplete notice wero the decorative features of the occasion forgotten. These wore excellent, and it was a capital thought which inspired the blending of the national flag together with the flags of our Allies.
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HAWTHORNE KINDERGARTEN, Evening Star, Issue 15672, 10 December 1914
HAWTHORNE KINDERGARTEN Evening Star, Issue 15672, 10 December 1914
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