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GIRLS* HIGH SCHOOL. The annual break-up ceremony in con* tection with the Girls' High School took place last night in the assembly hall, which was need for this purpose for the first time. The building was packed to the doors, the major portion of the attendance being ladies. Those who occupied seats on the platform were Mr T. K. Sidey (chairman), Professor Gilray, Mr G. C. Israel, Mr P. Goyen, Mr A. S. Adams, Mr C. B. Richardson, Mr F. H. Campbell, Mrs S. M. Park, and the lady principal (Miss Allan). Mr Sidey said it was his privilege to preside over the High School Board of Governors, and it was a privilege he esteemed very much. Circumstances had occurred in connection with the chairmanship of the board which they all regretted very much. He, of course, referred to the death of the Hon. Thcs. Fergus, who had been one of Dunedin's most promising citizens. He had been a momber of tho board for nearly 10 years, and chairman for two, and had presided over the last two break-up functions at the school. He was quite euro there was no function at which Mr Fergus would be more missed than at this break-up. His genial manner and fine presence were felt everywhere. He (Mr Sidey) had also to express regret at the death 6' TJr Shand. who had been one of the pioneer professors of our University, and who had been keenly interested in the welfare of the Girls' High School. Dr Shand had been a member of the board from 1878 to 1890 and from 1898 to 1904—a period of some 18 yearsarid his sound judgment had been of the greatest assistance at the board table. He was sure all joined in expressing sympathy with Mrs Fergus and Mrs Shand. They were meeting that night for the first time in the new hall, and he was sure the board were amply justified in erecting it. During the year an alteration had been made in the constitution ol the- High Schools Board. This alteration admitted of the election to the board of two representatives from the parents of the scholars, and he saw no reason why one of these at least should not be a lady. He hoped the opportunity would not be allowed to go by default. In regard to the 6tatf. there had been very few changes during the year. Owinsj to the retirement of one teacher an appointment had been made, and in place of the physical instructor (Mr Hanna) Mr Phillips had been selected, and be was pleased to say that he was dohv.l excellent work in both the Boys' and Kirks' High Schools. He noticed that there ivas greater competition in the girls' secondary school than in the boy 6', and he was quite satisfied that there was no school !n the Dominion better equipped for its vork than the Girls' His;h School of Otago. The distinctions gained at the University vas proof of this. There had been considerable difficulty in fixing a suitable date ior holding the" break-up. While they had eventually been able to fix a date which did not seriously interfere with the examinations, they had not been so fortunate in fixing a date which suited the examination which he had to face. At the present time he was engaged in an examination in which the electors of Dunedin South were to be the examiners, and the exigencies of the situation were going to take him away in a few moments. Fie hoped, however, that those who were going to be examined next day would meet with as much success as he hoped to meet with. (Applause.) Mr Sidey then took his departure, and the chair was taken by Mr Israel. Mr Israel said he had willingly acceded to the request of his colleagues to take part in the break-up. because it was an honor he could not possibly refuse: but when he found that one of the conditions attached to his assuming the duties was the delivery of a speech his feelings fell to zero. There was a great deal of matter approved by the educational experts which lie (the speaker) did not profess to understand. He found sometimes that it was desirable to take the line of least resistance. (Laughter.) He remembered hearing a former Chancellor of the Xew Zealand University say that there was no subject concerrj-ig which so much nonsense was talked than education. He congratulated the principal (Miss Allan), the teaching staff, and the girk on the splendid hall. (Applause.) He hoped that in years to come thoso girls who were present as pupils that night would assemble at future similar functions, and be present at the silver jubilee to celebrate tho erection of the 'hall. The girls and others could not fail to recognise the very much improved condition of things, and the comfort with which they could now assemble. The question naturally aroee: Were the girls of the present day taking full advantage of the facilities offered them in secondary education work? He ventured to say they undoubtedly were. (Applause.) The annual report spoke for itself of the higher distinctions and honors sained by tho girls of the school, and the present contrasted more than favorably with what had been gained in the past in the matter of distinction and honors. The school now stood on a different basis from which it had a few years ago. It might be called a democratic basis. It was largely filled with pupils from the primary schools, who were designated free pupils, though why they should be so called he failed to see. They might be more fittingly termed scholarship pupils. He hoped advantage would continue to be taken of the benefits offered by the school to extend secondary education. He had no desire to comment on tho high distinc tions of the school; they spoke for themselves. Further, Miss Allan had given them a very informative report of the high distinctions offered and gained. The Girls' High School was a good recruiting 'field for pupil teachers. Teaching was a profession that shouid specially appeal to girls, and advantage should be taken of it. He noticed from the report that there were others qualifying for commercial life, and he had no hesitation in saying that the prosent-day girl assistants in offices were very much appreciated for many reasons. (Laughter and applause.) Girls were less apt to look at the clock during tho afternoon than men were, and they were less likely to discuss football and kindred subjects' than were the sterner sex. The tasks given to a girl were, as a rule, performed without hesitation. (Applause.) He should be son, however, to see girls remaining mere hacks in the professions; it should be their ambition to advance. The course of commercial training should be availed of to the fullest extent. He was astonished at the business apitude of some women. He _ had noted that women conducted their affairs not only upon good business lines, but upon economic lines. He maintained, however, that the real goal after all for girls was the home life, and the honors gained at school and in commercial or professional life paled when compared with the influence that might be effected through a woman's home life. He concluded by congratulating the girls on the success they had achieved during the year, and expressed the hope that they would have a pleasant holiday. The class prizes were then presented by Mr Israel. Mr A. S. Adams, who subsequently presented the Navy League prizes, congratulated the girls who had competed for the books presented by the league. All the work was good; that done by the winners was excellent. He made special reference to the very fine efforts of Miss Vida Barron, whose essay, both from a historical and from a literary point of view, was, to his mind, altogether admirable. The objects of the Navy League had always included the fostering and encouraging of the spirit of patriotism in the minds of the yonng people, and creating a special interest in the British Fleet. The results nf this year's league contest in that school amply justified the policy of the league, ana indicated that it was proceeding on right lines. Mr Adams concluded an eloquent speech with a strong appeal to his audience to do its very best in the future to support the Navy League and the fleet of Great Britain. Mrs S. M. Park was called upon to propose a vote of thanks to the teaching staff of the school and to the Board of Governors. She complimented the staff on the excellent results achieved. The board, she ■aid, represented those splendid pioneers who had brought with them the highest traditions and ideals from their beloved .' JEM. Andrews., Aberdeen, and other places.

In eloquent language she 'delivered an interesting address, and concluded by thanking the teaching staff and members of the Board of Governors. Miss Allen, on behalf of the staff, suit- ' ably returned thanks, and Mr Israel ret plied on behalf of the Board of Governors, , the latter announcing that tho school > would reopen on the 9th of February. > The girk stood and cheered Miss Allan - at the conclusion of her remarks. Musical items of unusual interest added ■ greatly to the pleasure of the evening. ■ The pupils, under the direction of Mr , Sidney Wolf, gave a very effective vocal , rendering of the 'Marseillaise' in French I and the Russian National Anthem, part being taken as a trio by Misses A. Heni derson, E. Bjack, and E. Maitland. After i the presentation of the Navy League prizes • the girls sang ' Rule, Britannia.' A quar- • tet, ' Lullaby,' was contributed by Misses i N. Wilkie, E. Bentham, V. Campbell, and ■ E. Gilmour, and the trio 'ln Woodland i Walks and Dells' by Misses Allan, I. As--1 lin, and D. Maitland. Miss E. M'Laren : presided at tho piano. Tho proceedings i were brought to a close with the singing of the National Anthem, i Tho principal's report stated that of the 222 pupils enrolled 86 were new pupils, i 77 were seniors. 144 were juniors, while I 7 paid fees. Only two girls in the Do- ■ minion succeeded last year in gaining junior University scholarships. Of these, i the higher on the list was J. M. Brosnan, [ who was awarded the isixth scholarship. • Nineteen passed matriculation, 13 of whom ■ qualified also for solicitors' general knowi ledge and medical preliminary. In March ; J. I. Stewart (a senior pupil) wa3 awarded i the Richardt-on scholarship, and left in . order to enter upon her university course. i One girl gained a junior Elucation Board scholarship, four girls passed the Public Service entrance examination, thus winning senior free places in the school, nine ; srirls were appointed as pupil teachers, and > six as probationers. At the beginning of the ; year the junior classes were 60 large as to [ be wholly unworkable. Tin's was due to ! the fact that of the 86 new girls enrolled [ only five were seniors. She could not . speak too highly of the loyalty and devotion to dutv exhibited by members of the \ staff, all of whom made the conscientious I performance of their work their first con- , sideration, and strove by every means in their power to promote the welfare of the ', school. The commercial classes had been | large, 26 having enrolled in the senior class, and the same number in the junior. . Miss Hastings devotes much time and at- [ tention to her work, with the result that very satisfactory progress in bookkeeping, I shorthand, and typewriting is made by the . majority of her pupils. The opening of the new and commodious hall, which was , completed at the end of the first term. [ has made an appreciable difference to tho . comfort of the singing classes. It is now possible also to assemble, without incon- . venience to teacher or pupils, both junior and senior classes, comprising nearly all , the girls in the school. Since the war broke out the girls, under Mr Wolfs tuition, have studied carefully, and learnt to sing with spirit and vigor, our National , Anthem and those of all our Allies. Many familiar patriotic songs have been added to their repertory. A competition for the singing of duets by juniors and of trios by seniors was keenly contested, all acquitting themselves very creditably. The class for swimming and life-saving was held during the fir3t and third terms. The attendance was large, and many of the pupils, displaying a keen interest in their work, made very satisfactory progress. In the tournament" conducted by Mr Phillips a good exhibition of swimming was given by the competitors. The conflict now raging so fiercely in Europe has touched the school very deeply. Many of the girls have near relatives in the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces, and, early in life, have thus been brought into close contact with some of the painfull realities of war. A request for " housewives" for tho first Expeditionary Force, proffered by the Women's Association, met with a hearty and gratifying response from the girls, who furnished 164 of these useful articles, well sewn and provided with all necessary equipment. Towards the end of the second term the rector of the boys' school very kindly volunteered to address the girls on the war and the causes to which lt-s outbreak may be attributed. Mr Morrell, who was listened to with great attention, gave an exhaustive and lucid account of the more recent history of the nations participating, the treaties existing between the various European Powers, and the aims and limitations of Germany. The Navy League, through its indefatigable secretary, continues with unabated zeal its excellent work in the school. Mr Darling, according to his usual custom, early in the first term addressed the cirls informally on the aims and objects of the league, and in the second term delivered a most interesting lecture, illustrated bv limelight views, (Tepicting the chief incidents in the life of Joan of Arc. ST. DOMINIC'S COLLEGE. The pupils of St. Dominic's College assembled yesterday afternoon, when the breaking-np ceremony was held. The Very Rev. Father Colfcy and the Rev. Fathers Venning, Delaney, Collins, and Kavanagh wero also present. The following is tho prize iist: —Kindergarten.— Grade I —Christian doctrine—Helen O'Neill, Mary Cullen, Ada Sligo ; English —Moyra Cotighlan. Connie Rodger*; politeness—Moyra Coushlan, Connie Rodcers ; attendance, Margaret Galvin ; spell , ing, Helen" O'Neill : recitation, Margaret Galvin; arithmetic—Jack Street, Cyril Power, F. Culhn, T. Brown ; sewing—C. Rodgers, A. Sligo; writing—R. Sutherland, T. Brown : drawing, D. Mason ; Nature study, A". Slit'o. Divisioi IV.—Christian doctrine. Tony M'Grath ; reading—L. M'Leary, L. Carroll, J. Galvin ; arithmetic—J. Gaivin, B. Burrell, L. M'Leary; tables, A. MDowell; word-buildi lg. A. M'Dowell; spelling—B. Burrell, B. Crawford, J. Grivin; Nature study, E. Gawne ; sewing, L. Carroll; embroidering, I. Street; handwork, B. Crawfoid; drawing, I. Street. Division lll.—Christian doctrine, P. Brown; reading—H. O'Neill, B. Finlayson ; spelling, T. M'Kenzie; mental arithmetic, P. Brown; recitation, E. Harrisot-; Nature study, J. Beard; writing—G. Sutherland, M. Rodgers; drawing. M. Blaney; mat-weaving, V. Brown; papercutting, K. Reddington; embroidering, M. Petre; politeness, M. Blaney; deportment, J. Hickey. Division ll.—Reading, B. Burns; writins. A. Wood; paper-folding, M. Street: tablet-laying, M. Street; neatness—A. Woods ; embroidering, D Hynes ; spelliivj;, D. Hynes; figures, W. Robinson ; stick- ' laying. W Robinson ; modelling, E. Reddington ; mat-weaving, E Reddington. ■ Division I.—Reading. V. Rodgers; numbers, Marv Hussey; stick-laying, L. •■ Beard ; drill, Reggie Sutherland j'spelling, i Doris Roche; figures, Nesta Bezard; ' modelling, M. Wardell. 1 —Junior School.— , Grade lll.—Christian doctrine—May , Harrison, E. Moroney, A. M'Grath ; class prizes—Kathleen Sullivan, E. M'Cutcheon ; . Enrlish—M. Major, J. O'Neill, A. M'Grath : arithmetic —K. Sullivan. E. M'Cutcheon, M Major; geography—M. Harrison, K. M'Crossan, K. Hickey; history—A. i M'Grath, E. M'Cutcheon; French, J. ; O'Neill; needlework—F. Burrell, K. Sullivan ; drawing—M. Jarvie. E. Burrell; | regular and punctual attendance—E. Mor- ; oriey, M. Major; botany, K. Hickey; j reading and comprehension—J. O'Neill, N. | M-llar, K. Hickey; writing—A. M'Grath, E. Burrell. Grade 111. (b).—Arithmetic—l. Woods, • D. O'Connor; English. I. Woods; good . conduct —K. Sullivan, K. M'Crossan; poj liteness —A. M'Grath, N. Millar, D. O'Connor - v. ! Grade IV.—Christian doctrine, Cecilia Clark; class prize—M. Perry, K. O'Reilly ; arithmetic —M. Perry, V. Campbell; geography—G- Shiel, K. O'Reilly ; history—C. ' Clark, K. Muldowney; reading and com- ; prehension—G. Shiel, A. Walsh; botany, ' G. Shiel; application. V. Campbell; sew- ' ing—K. Muldowney, R. M'Kendry; draw. ing—G. Shiel, A. Walsh; good conduct, I V. Campbell; politeness—K. Muldowney, R. M'Kendry. ! —lntermediate Division.— Grade V.—Religious knowledge, C. Cul- ; len ; Scripture, L. Gourley ; class prize, M. , Brown; English—M. Cullen, M. Brown; reading— M. Cullen, U. M'Kendry; recitation—M. Campbell. J. Hunt U. M'Kendry;

» history—M. Finlayson, L. Gourley; geography, C. Jefferson; Nature study, M. Cullen; Latin, M. Finlayson ; French—M. Brown, M. Finlayson ; arithmetic —M. Finlayson, L. Gourley; freehand drawing--(.'. Jefferson, N. Cardlin : drawing and design. M. Campbell; application—J. Hunt. '. Cullen ; needlework, C. Cullen ; politeness., U. M'Kendry. Grade Vl.—Clas prize. K. Burke: Scripture, K. Grcenslade, K. Hoaro; English—M. Fouliy, N. O'C'onucll. If. Ritchie; reading, A. M'Keefry; recitation, V.. Smith; geography, W. Hunt: history, M. Fouhy; Nature study, \\\ Hunt, E. Smith; "Latin. M. Fouhy. K'. Burke; French, N. O'Coimell; arithmetic—N. O'Connell. E. Millow, A. M'Keefry; geometrical drawing, A. Ha/lett; drawing and design. M. Fouhy. K. Greenslade : freehand drawing. K. Burke ; writing. A. Hadett. N. O'Coimell; needlework, "K. tireenshide, K. Hoaro: application. W. Hunt; attendance, M. Campbell, J.. Courley ; politeness, K. Greenslade; general improvement, H. Ritchie. —Senior School.Form IV. A.—Christian doctrine —T. Lynch and M. O'llaliorau 1, V. Gawno ?,"; Scrinture— M. Sullivan and M. Clifford 1, M. Leslie. M. .Miller, and W. Quill 2: English—M. Sullivan and M. (.'liifurd 1. N. Christie 2: English literature—M. Sullivan 1. YV. Quili and E. Thompson 2, V. Cavvno 3; i:ssay writing—l). Coirs, K. M'Kewen, T. Lvnch; mathematics—M. Miller, H Collins, D. Coins: arithmetic, L. Dohertv: English hiMnrv—M. Sullivan 1, M. Clifford. X. .Miller, and W. Quili 2, E. Thompson ami E. M'Kewen 3; French—M. Sullivan and M. Clifford 1, W. Quill and E. Lynch 2: Latin. E. Thompson, H. Collins; elocution—V. Hannan D Rwrencv. W. Quill, 11. Collins, M.' Midh.-.llau:!*: gctv/i'.-iphy. M. Miller, M. ; elementary shorthand. M. O'Hallovaii. V. Guwne; typewriting. L. Dohertv. V. Gawne; hookhrepmg— Jj. Dohertv. T. Lynch. %"• I'livUiu--. manship, M. Sullivan, D. Coles; botany— M. Miller, 11. Collins, E. Thompson ; neat exercist—M. Sullivan, D. Cole:', rM'Kewen; freehand drawing and design, N. Chiiitie. Form IV. I..—Religious knowledge—A. Bell 1. T. Millar (Scripture) 2; English— A Bell 1, A. Valli.- 2. A. ISkv .>: English history—A. Vi'llb. A. !'-.;li, \ . M'Kenzie; Latin and mathematics. A. Vallis; needlework and penmanship, Rose Graham; general improvement. Sarah M'Clov; English literature and elocution, T. Millar. A. Blee. Forms V. and Vl.—English and essay writing—M. Dennehy, P. Higgins. 15. Miller; mathematics—K. Todd, D. Sweeney. M Burke; Latin, M. Dennehy. P.. Miller: French—M. Dennehy. V. D. Swcenev; science. 1). Sweeney. K. Todd; English history—l). Swcney, M. Burke, P.. Higgins, K. Todd. Form V. B.—English and essay writing— M. Gallagher, N. "Rings; mathematics, M. O'Meara; Latin, M. Gallagher; French. M. O'Meara ; science, M. O'Meara and M. Gallagher. . . Form V. C.—English and essay writing —A. Thomas, E. Kelly. W. Kavciioy, 1. Devine; arithmetic —A. Thomas, C. Dunne, M. Todd: French— Div. 1., E. Kcllv; D>\\ 11., C. Dunne, E. Maekie; Latin— E. Kcllv, A. Thomas, W. Kaveney; English history—M. Todd, T. Devine. C. Dunne. E. Maekie. !,. Bunbury ; botany—A. Thomas, W. Kaveney, E. Kcllv; geography, L. Bunbury; bookkeeping, L. Bunburv. E. Maekie: German—G. Spring, N. Rings, D. Annetts. —General Prizes.— Painting.—A Thomas 1, G. Spring 2. Art Needlework. —M. Clifford, RRalph, E. Lvnch. W. Quili, W. Kaveney. Domestic Science—(a) Cookery : K. Hoare ; (b) dressmaking, W. Kaveney, K. Greenslade. Order and Neatness.—L. Doherty, V. Coles. G. Spring, R. Ralph, M. Sullivan. Politeness.—D. Coles, G. Spring, M. Clifford, M. Gallagher, L. Doherty, B. Millar, E. M.-.ckie, Patricia Higgins. Calisthenics.-J. Hunt.. A. M'Keefry, C. Dunne. Class Singing.—M. Mulholland, J. Hunt, A. VaJlis', A. Gourley, N. Carohn, K. Burk. Elocution.—V. Hannan. D. Sweeney, W. Quill, H. Collins. M. Mulholland. Attendance.—M. and V. Campbell, L. Gourley, M. Brown. Religious Knowledge—K. Todd (gold medal), A. Bell (silver medal). Good Conduct,— M. Gallagher (boarders), gold medal; B. Millar (clay pupils). Dux.—M. Dennehey (gold medal). Wreath for Amiability and Good Conduct (awarded by the votes cf the pupils) —M. Clifford. —School of Music Prizes.— Licentiate Associated Board (Performers' Certificate).—Florence O'Driscoll, Margaret Mac Donald. Application to music, Reneta Rings. Advanced grade (Associated Board) : Vera Hannan (violin), Rcna Ralph, Winifred Quill (piano). Senior Grade Trinity College : Efiie Lynch (singing, honors), Dora Annetts (singing, honors), Dora Annetts (violin, honors), Eileen Kelly (singing, honors), Bessie. Millar (application to music). Intermediate Grade (Associated Board) : Elvina Millow. Intermediate Grade (Trinity College) : Winifred Hunt (honors), Bessie Millar (harmony, honors). Higher Division (Associated Board) : Annie M'Keefry (application to music/. Lower Division (Associated Board) : Molly Fouhy (application to music), Kate O'Reilly (application to music). Junior Grade (Trinitv College) : Jennie Hunt (honors), Kathleen Burk (honors), Agnes Hazlett (honors). Gonza Shiel (application to music), Alice Bell (application to music). Junior Grade (Trinity College) : Gertrude Spring (harmony, honors), Katie O'Reilly (harmony, honors), Agnes Hazlett (harmony, honors), Jennie Hunt (harmony, honors). Elementary Grade (Associated Board) : Nora O'Connell. Elsie M'Cutcheon, Clare Cullen, Molly Cullen. Primary Grade (Associated Board) : Adeline M'Grath, Una M'Kendry. Preparatory Grade (Trinity College) : Veronica M'Kenzie-, Josephine O'Neill. First steps : Helen O'Neill, Mary Perry, Ethel Burrell. Dolly O'Connor.

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