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BOYS' HIGH SCHOOL, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914
BOYS' HIGH SCHOOL
BREAK-UP CEREMONY. The assembly hall connected with the Boys’ High School was well filled yesterday afternoon, notwithstanding a nasty druzling rain which commenced to fall, and continued until nearly o o’clock. These unfavorable climatic conditions must have interfered considerably with the attendance of ladies. Mr T, K. Sidey, AI.P. (chairman of the High Schools Board of Governors), presided, and among a number of gentlemen who occupied seats on the platform were Messrs J. AI. Callaway. W. Downie Stewart, M.P., P- <L Ness, G. W Gibson. P. Goycn, H. Webb, ►as. Hutchison, G. L.■ Denniston, W. JMorrell, Professor Gilray, the Revs. R. S. Gray, A. Cameron, Graham Balfour, Canon Woodthorpe, and Dr Evans. —Report.— The report of the rector (Mr Morrell) says: —The numbers of t)ie school this year show a notable increase on last year s roll, and are considerably the largest in ZZc lilatcry. There was a record entry, in which the influence of the jubilee celebrations doubtless counted, for much. The old pupils also returned in strong force. The total number of candidates for matriculation and allied examinations in December, 1915, was 50, a record for the school. Tho percentage of passes was 70 (or, reckoning partial passes as half, 76), as against 44 for the whole Do an. non For the last six years tho proportion of successes in these examinat «ns has never fallen below 70 per cent., with a number of candidates never below 40. In the University scholarship examinations the results, though less brilliant than in some previous years, were still very satisfactory. Of the 11 candidates sent up, Alal- ' colm, last year’s dux, gained second Junior University scholarship, while two othbr hoys gained Senior National scholarships, being bracketed for 13th place out of 50 scholars. The 25 candidates for the senior scholarships of the Otago Education Board all qualified. They secured seven scholarships out of 14 upon the general list. One Junior Board scholarship was also gained. One hundred and eighty-five “old boys” of the school having joined the Expeditionary Force or reinforcements have enrolled at Home; and the list is no doubt far from complete. It was with the deepest regret that we heard of tho first death on active service—Dr E. J. H. Wehb an Old Boy of the second generation, bearing a name well known and highly respected at this school. The surplus resulting from the athletic sports was devoted to the Belgian relief fund, and with the assistance, in particular, of many lady friends of the school, nearly £57 was realised. The total contributions from the school to patriotic objects amount to some £94, while th© boys have also well supported the movement in other ways. The death, after so brief an illness, of the Hon. Thoa. Fergus, late chairman of the hoard, was a grief to all at the school. Hie active kindness, his energy in the school’s interests, and his genial humor will not soon be forgotten. It gives me pleasure to report that Air C. M. Littlejohn, ALA., who came hack to us this year as a master, has shown himself a capable teacher, keenly interested in the work and life of the school. Mr Lloyd Phillips, our new gymnastic instructor, has also amply justified tho appointment by his teaching skill and ready willingness to help, and has proved a worthy successor to oar old friend Air John Hanna. I have to thank the board for deciding to give me two additional assistants for next session. The gentlemen appointed— Messrs C. AI. Smith, M.A., and AI. G. AlTnnes—are the more welcome as being old hove of the school, while Mr Smith has already done satisfactory work as science demonstrator during the current year. Air Campbell, as manager of the rectory, reports as follows;—“ The total enrolment of boarders during the year was 40, the numbers for the three terms being 39, 39, and 32 respectfully, as against 29, 28, and 24 in 1913. The larger roll is no doubt in a great measure owing to the school jubilee. If the increase continues next year there may be some difficulty with regard to accommodation, as there is not room conveniently for more than 45 boarders. The satisfactory health of the boarders throughout the year is due in a great measure to tho care auc) attention of the matron, Miss Fraser, whose services have been invaluable. I want to express my indebtedness to Air Littlejohn tor his keen Interest in all departments i f the life of the boarders; also to Mr Slater for his assistance in supervising the home-work. The Navv League branch this year numbered &Ane 340 members, and is probably one of the largest , separata branches in the Empire. The Otago Branch renewed their generous offer of prizes to every form, as well as for donations of books and a framed picture; and their hon. secretary (Mr C. Darling) gave an interesting and informing address. ” —Addresses.— The Chairman repeated his acknowledgment of the honor done him in his election to the position of chairman of tho Board of Governors, the death of Hon. Thomas Fergus and Dr Shand, matters which were referred to at length at the Girls’ High School break-up ceremony. Referring to the latter, Mr Sidey said it was gratifying that they had erected a permanent memorial to Dr Shand in a well-equipped science room, which had been called after him. He referred to the death of Sur-geon-lieutenant Webb, an old boy of the school, and a son of Air Herbert Webb, cf this City. He noted from the report that it was known no fewer than 185 " old boys” had shouldered then- duties as citizens of the Empire, and had gone to tho front (Loud applause.) He wished to express gratification at another item in the report, and that was that the membership of the school branch of tho Navy League now numbered 340, and was therefore one of the largest supporting branches in the Empire. With respect to tho work of the school during the year, there had been few changes in tho stall. Air Ernest White, one of the teaching stall, had intimated that he wished to ho relieved of his duties at the end of January. He was sure that his departure would be regretted. He was a very capable teacher, and promising in his work. Ho acknoiviedged the services rendered bv Air C. if. Littlejohn and Air C. Phillip’s, two recent appointees. During the year improvements and alterations to the buildings and grounds had been made, a now science room and a now rector’s residence, both of which were badly needed. (Applause.) Air Sidey then referred, to tho success of the boys on the sports field, especially the football team, a reference which evoked loud and prolonged applause. Speaking of the school generally, he was certain that it was second to none in the Dominion as a secondary school. -Another pleasing feature was that the school had a history behinckjt, and that there were traditions concerning it which formed a powerful incentive and inspiration both to past and present boys. (Applause.) He congratulated Air W. Downie htewart, AI..P, an “old boy,” on the proud and honorable position he had attained as tha result of the previous day’s poll. Kev- II- S. Gray said he very greatlv esteemed the privilege of being allowed to , and to present the prizes. He congratulated the board and the teaching staff on the splendid record tho report showed. He supposed that there were very few wcondary schools that had such a record. Their fame as a scholastic institution had reached him before ha came to Dunedin, ana whilst congratulating the prizewinners on their success, he wished also to compliment tho boys who had done an honest year’s work without outward reward. The trend of modern educational thought went to show that prizes were enjy the incidental and not the essential Suture coeducation. Alen were coming to know that prizes did Hot finally determine the value of any educational system. The boy# would come to understand later on that education was really the harmonious development of all tha faculties of the tinman being. He (the speaker) knew that many of the men who now hold honorable positions once occupied the seats where the boys now were. The end of education w«a to enable them to fulfil the vocation to which Providence was calling them, and the boys must even now try to got a vision wider than tho walls of their school. Never w«re there such opportunities for bqvs and men to make their mark and do
their work. The Dominion would need them an It had never needed men before. The Empire would need them as it had never needed men before. There was an invisible crisis into which the world was now entering. War never touched a country without leaving that country in a condition susceptible to greater evil; and the days which ’lay before the lads now leaving school would be days such as that magnificent Empire of which we were so proud had never known. And because the Empire needed them they must needs look beyond the walls of their school. They must not think that their daily tasks were only daily tasks. They were meant to fit them in body, and in mind, and morally to be good citizens of tho Empire; to fill the places that were now being filled by the great men of the Empire. He who would aspire to those high ideals must lead a clean, honest, ami Christian life. (Applause.) He .challenged- the boys to set great ideals before them. High ideals and inspirations were needed. They must not forget that in the battle of life, as in this war, it was tho man behind the gun that counted meat; and so it was personality and character behind ideals that counted most in making the world the moral universe that God meant it to he. (Applause.) He concluded by congratulating the rector on having under his charge such a splendid body of raw ma-terialr-(loud laughter)—of men in tho making, and earnestly hoped that next year they would have the most successful year that was ever known. , (Applause.) Rev. Graham Balfour, who was asked to present the Navy League prizes, delivered an interesting address on the British Navy. He concluded by saying that we could not have a navy merely with money. W'o must have workmanship, which wa-s the one great thing that made a ship strong, and enabled it to attack an enemy and gain the victory. And there was something more: the man behind tho gun made the navy. At tho present time we were not fighting for aggrandisement, but for hdnor. truth, and righteousness against what one believed to be an undermining of righteousness,, truth, and honor. Wo shall have to live up to that great ideal set .us by our forefathers, and maintain the traditions of the British Empire. (Applause.)
Air G. W. Gibson (president of the Chamber of Commerce), in presentinc two gold medals presented by the chamber, addressed himself specially to those boys who purposed entering commercial life. He asked them to have high ideals. Professor Gilray proposed a hearty vote of thanks to the Board of Governors, to the rector, and the masters of the school for their very efficient services during the past year. This was carried bv acclamation.
Air W. J. Morrell (rector) fittingly replied on behalf of himself and the staff. The Chairman having replied on behalf of the Board of Governors, the proceedings terminated with the singing of the National Anthem. —-Prize List.—
The following completes the prize list (portion of which was given yesterday): Navv League Prizes.—Vl., H. J. Colvin s. H. J. Wilson; Upper V.. W. P. Aiorrell, D. IT. Saunders; Afatricnlation V., H. J. S. Grater, J. G. Johnston; V. Remove, Frank Roberts, Leslie APDonald; IV. A, Herrick Borvcll, A. T. M'Naughton; IV. B, G. 11. Fairmaid, At. L. Smith; Remove, William Borlase, S. T. Marlin; HI. A, W. W. Bridgman, 0. L. Garden; 111. B, J. AI. Willoughby. A. C. Swanson; 111. C. F. AI. Campbell, C. H. Andrew; 111. D, Edmond Carter, C. W. Rix. Chamber of Commerce Gold Medals.— Senior, IV. P. Aiorrell; junior, G. A. Holmes.
Form Prizes.—English : VL, H. J. Colvin (dux), W. A. Churchill, and F. C. Hutchison; Upper V,, W. P. Aiorrell ; Alatric. V., A. S. AlTnnes; V. Remove, L. G. Cameron; IV. A, A. T. AFNanghtnn; IV. B, J. R. H. Fulton ; Remove, Wm. Borlase; 111. A, li. AI. Davis; 111. B, H. D. Alar and 11. T. Rutherford; HI. C. D. J. Miller; 111. D, 0. W. Rix. Latin: VI., H. J. Colvin (dux), F. 0. Hutchison, S. H. J. Wilson; Upper V., W. P. Morrell; Alatric. V., G. V. 11. Wesney; V. Remove. J. L. G. Watson; IV. A, A. T. Al’Naughton; TV. B, L. F. Baird; Remove, H. N. Lewis; 111. A, W. W. Bridgman; 111. B, Douglas Alacdqugall f 111. C, C. 11. Weir. -’French: VI., W. A. Churchill ami F. C. Hutchison; Upper V., W. P. Aiorrell; Alatric. V. I. H. Alaelean and W. R. Fea; V. Remove, E W. M'Ennis; TV. A, A. T. APNaughton; IV. B, J. Y. Allan; Remove, H.. G. Rix: 111. A. W. W. Bridgman; 111. B, Douglas Alacdougall; 111. C, F. AI. Campbell; HI. I). C. H. Weir. Alathematics: VL, F. C. Hutchison (proximo acccssit to dux); Upper V.. Wm. Somerville; Alatric. V., J. G. Johnston, C. J. L. White; V. Remove, 8. D. Macdonald and J. L. G. Watson; IV. A. E. F. Scott; IV. B, J. A. Paterson, A. AI. Roberson; Remove, Leslie Gore; 111. A, J. F. Landreth and J. AI. MTvwan; HI. B, Douglas Alacdongall; 111. C, A. E. J. Anderson; 111. D, C. H. Weir. Science: VI. , H. J. Colvin (dux), F. C. Hutchison, R. A. Sutherland; Upper V., W. P. Alorrcll; Alatric. V., J. G. Johnston; V. Remove, J. JT. Bell; IV. A, G. A. Holmes; IV. B, G. De V. Robinson; Remove, Wm. Borlase and H. G. Rix; HI. A, J. M. M"Ewart; 111. B, Douglas Alacdougall; HI. C, D. J. Miller; 11. D, C. H. Weir. Non-Latin Commercial; Senior, G. W. Cuthill; Junior, A. K. J. Anderson. NonFrench: O. J. Cooke. Dux of the School.—Herbert John Colvin.
BOYS' HIGH SCHOOL, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914
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