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SCHOOL VACATIONS

BRAEMAR HOUSE. . FDJAL CEREMONY. Braemar House, which has existed for a great number of years as a girls' college, ■under the able control of the Misses Miller, and has occupied an honored position among the educational institutions of the City, ceased to exist as from to-day. This institution, which has been the training ground of largo numbers of girls, many of whom have long siuce grown into womanhood, has noiv merged into Colomba College, which has hecn established in Roslyn. The break-up ceremony in connection with Braemar House was held yesterday afternoon in Burns Hall, and was largely attended. Tho largo attendant may safely bo attributed to the high i esteem in which the Misses Miller are held. A lengthy progiammo of varied items, most of which wero of a classical nature, was presented, and was carried out most creditably, tho students of tho college being tho performers. The principal item was the production of Tennyson's ' Princess, the leading characters being sustained by members of Mr De Spong's elocution cluss in connection with the college. Mr Sidney Wolf was responsible tor tlie arrangement of the choruses, and Mrs Bligh for tho dances. The principal parts were taken as follows : —King Gama (Miss Hilda Patrick), King of tho Northern Empire (Miss Ernestine HUlj, tho Prince (Aliss Lorna Sidey), Florian (Miss Florrio M'George), Cyril (Miss Gertrude d'Auvergne), First Brother (Miss M'Cono<iiie), .Second Brother (Miss Logan), Lady Blanch** iMiss Muvis Grieve), Lady Psyche (Miss Hazel Manchester), Melissa (Miss Joyce Kempthorne), Violet (Miss F. Manchester), and Princess Ida (Miss Esme Sidey). Other items wero junior sash drill, senior club swinging and marching, national airs by massed students, French scene, 'L'Avaro' (by Misses 11. Sargood, Drewe. aud Charters), piano solo, 'Nocturne F sharp' (Miss D. Charters), quartet. 'Hungarian Rhapsody IL' (Misses Tucker, Spedding, Shrimpton, and Barron), and piano solo, 'Khapsodio Hongroiso' (Miss H. Sargood). Mr J. P. Northey, the well-known physical instructor, who had charge of this branch of instruction at the college, was responsible for the excellent display of club swinging and marching, Mr S- W'olf for the vocal and instrumental work. in presenting the prizes Rov. W. Gray Dixon paid a high tribute to the excellent work ot tho Misses Miller, and expressed the hope that they would enjoy their wellearned holiday. He also expressed tho wish that when thoy returned they would be able to resume tho beneficent work which they had so long carried out .so successfully. Mr C. "Darling, before presenting tho Navy League prizes, referred to the keen interest taken in Navy League matters by the Misses Miller. He then addressed tho students on the subject of tho British and its relation to national life in the. Empire. He trusted that in the years to come tho girls would recognise their duty to their home, their country, their King, and their God. Whilst Mr Dixon was presenting the prizes tea and cakes were handed round. ■ST. HILDA'S COLLEGIATE. The Art Gallery Hall was well filled last evening on the occasion of the annual presentation of prizes won at St. Hilda's Collegiate School. The first part of the evening was taken up with a very interesting musical and dramatic entertainment. The programme opened with a pianoforte quartet by Misses I. Simpson, A. Evans, N. Hinson, and F. Simpson. Piano solos were -given by Misses L. Hunt, I. -Simpson, and B. King, and a duet by Mrs Mason, and Miss Simpson. A novel and effective display of drill was given by junior pupils, under the. direction of a senior girl (Miss IT. Rattray). Mr J. C. Gillies conducted the whole of tho girls with great success through the three songs —'Lullaby,' 'Gentle Swallow,' and 'Land of Hope and Glory.' Four scenes from the French play ' Lo Chat Botte' were given very fairly by the young performers; a much better effort, however, being the sheep-shearing festival scene from i 'The Winter's Tale.' The parts in this were taken bv Misses M. Snow. B. Bridircman, D. Preston, E, Reid, V. Balk, L. Dick, V. Burt, and A. Darling. The performers in the French play were Misses B. Bridgeman, G. Fulton, L. Dick, V. Wyatt, T. Hay, L. Laidlaw. 11. Preston, R. Wood, N. Hinson, and IT. Rattray. Tho nineteenth annual report presented by the sisters in charge of the school was read by tho Ven. Archdeacon Richards. The following are its principal clauses : —- "Much to our regret, Mrs Hill Jack gave up the care of tho younger boarders at the end of tho first term, and as a suitable house r.ould not then be obtained for them, the hostel children were transferred to St. Hilda's, where, contrary to our expectations, they have fitted iu very happily. By this arrangement our boarding accommodation has been taxed to tho uttermost, and has proved too limited for the number of applications received. Tho results of the Cambridge local examinations reached us early in April, and were highly satisfactory. Ten candidates—threo seniors and seven juniors—were sent in, and all were successful, Doris Wilkinson obtaining honors in tho senior. Joan Qua no. gained tho mark of distinction in English language and literature, and Una Rattray a like distinct-ion in the junior. In the recent music examination (Associated Board) nine girls passed iu the various grades, and five failed. A. new departure was made this year with the introduction of the system of Swedish drill, and the school hall has been fitted with the necessary apparatus. Miss Siephens aroused a keen enthusiasm in her pupils, and wo think they have benefited greatly under her able direction. Hockey, tennis, net-ball, cricket, and swimming have beneficially filled up the time out of school, and helped the girls" to keep healthy in mind and body. The. array of really well-made skirts "and blouses testifies to tho good and useful work done in the dressmaking class under .Miss Aburn, and much artistic talent was shown by tho girls of Miss Webster's arts and "crafts class in stencilling and leather work. The school has responded whole-heartedly to tho Empire's call for the children's "help at tho present crisis. The two greatest joys of the year—the. reunion dance and tho annual picnic—were cheerfully given up, and the money subscribed sent to the patriotic funds, besides a very ccitorous individual response. Also many parcels of knitted ancf flannel clothing liavo been made and sent by the girls to relieve the distressed poor in Belgium and Loudon." the fourteenth annual report, submitted by Mr G. E. Thompson, M.A., on the work of the school, as seen from the results of examinations just concluded, was read by Dean Fitchett. Mr Thompson, in his report, said that the subject* he dealt with were English grammar and composition, English literature. English history, geography, geometry. Latin, French, German, physiology, botany. The task of setting papers in those- subjects was greatly facilitated by the practice of maintaining definite standards for the upper forma iu the shape of the various stages of tho Cambridge Local Examinations jSenior, Junior, and Preliminary), aud New Zealand matriculation. " One or two details of the work." he said, "stand out prominently. In my previous reports I have frequently had occasion to remark on the excellence of tho work done in what T may call the literary subjects. I can apfely say that the standard reached this year has not so far been equalled. Both individually and generally the results were the best that I have received. Shakespeare's ' Tempest,.' one of the books prescribed this year by tho Cambridge Local Examination Board, has been carefully studied, and the qnestions on it were, I might almost say, 'enthusiastically' answered. I observed throughout evidence of careful training, an intelligent grasp of leading ideas, and a power of reasoning out conclusions. Another Buibject in which good work has been done is that of Einglish grammar. I mnst also commend your introduction to the study of mythology early in tho sohool course. The effect of the study of this subject in the lower forma is seen in the excellent way in which classifta-l allusions were ox-

plained In. tha literature papers of the upper forms. The mathematical subjects wero, on tho -whole,, good. The best results wero obtained in algebra, ono or two papers being practically all correct, while tho methods throughout were satisfactory. In geometry the propositions were done excellently, but there was some weakness in deductions. Tho languages (Latin, French, and German) wero not dono _ as well as tho other subjects. Translation into Eiiglish was quite satisfactory, but translation from English, with some exceptions, showed somo inaccuracies. Of the three, French was much, the best. The scopo of tho work dono in physiology has apparently been widened since last year, and tho subject seems to have been treated more oxtensively. Tho knowledge displayed lias therefore greatly improved. Tho diagrams wero particularly good. The answers in botany showed by thoir accuracy of detail that tho subject is not merely book taught, but is based on careful observation. I can sincerely congratulate the school on the work of the year, especially on tho fact that, apart from individual results, the general level seems to me to be higher than previously." The Primate, who presided at the prizegiving, complimented tho girls and their teachers on the excellent progranimo they had submitted that evening. Year by year they found tho school full, and the sisters wanting to enlarge their premises or to extend their operations in other ways. That showed that there were many people in this country who did value religious instruation given iu connection witli school Hibjciis. Their friends the Presbyterians thought it a very good thing to haw ;>. fust-class girls' school where religious instruction was given. Thoir Presbyterian fellow-Christians had paid a very high compliment to the members of the Anglican communion, who bud been able to tot an example which they had been good enough to follow. He icmembcred that long years ago ho, with the help of others, had founded a theological school, and their Presbyterian friends had more recently dono the same. He had founded an orphanage, and the Presbyterians had now done the same. Some time ago St. Hilda *6 was founded, and thoir Presbyterian friends were doing tho i-amc. and they had even paid him the compliment of getting tho very house that ho had built' himself. (Laughter.) His Lordship concluded by stating that Su Hilda's had been honored by having their name attached to a church, at tho opening of which ho had recently officiated, and reminded the pupils that their patron saint was of great note in educational as well as religious mailers. Dean Fitchett said that the citizens of Dunedin quite' understood that in St. Hilda's College they had a verv valuable institution, at tlie back of wbich there, were no mercenary motives, conducted by I a band of devout women who had devoted 1 their lives to this form of instruction, the dominant noce of which was religion. In scholastic* results, too, St. Hilda's would compare very favorably with any competitor. There wo iu Dunedin men who po>A as intellectual? in the community, and yet despise Christianity. In his opinion, these were bad citizens, and, be would shut them up with the Germans on Somes Island. Very often these people were exports in their own particular subject, but the man who iva* an expert in one subject only was often a profound ignoramus in regard to everything else. The religion taught at St. Hilda's was the thing needed by the peoplo of our country to maintain their manhood and their womanhood in the midst of great and bitter trials such as tho nation had never before known. Dr P. .Marshall began a felicitous speech by explaining that he was supposed tc be an expert in one particular subject ; therefore, according to the opinion expressed by the Dean, he was an ignoramus on all others, and so he felt somewhat diffident about speaking to them on the subject of their school. (Laughter.; Tt was curious that then' should be iu tho land two secondary schools for boys which were endowed, but none for girls, n© did rot know why this should bo. Such education was, no thought, more important for girls than for boys. That was not to ray that girls were naturally so wild that they had to be restrained —(laughter)— I but that the matters nf religious thought ] were naturally centred in the homo, an*} i it was over the homo that woman presided. Ho congratulated the teachers on the excellent report of Mr Thompson, and the scholars for deserving so much commendation. Mr F. 0. Bridge-man (Ycpicsonling the Navy League) said : 1 hav-e for romeyears past had the honor of presenting the Navy League prize at the bieak-up of this school, and on each occasion I have said a few words with regard to tin' league and their objects. • But thits evening it will not be necessary for me to onlarge on this, as I ftel smo all will agree that the Navy League have fully justified th<>ir existence, in that they haw for the past 20 years been, fostering the upkeep of a supremo and efficient ileet, and endeavoring to impress upon everyone in the Empire the' absolute importance, of and necessity for an overwhelmingly .-trout; Navy to ensure the safetv of our F.mpiio. The'supreme moment of trial came with appalling suddenness, and our Navy, in the fullness of its strength, has silently taken up its burden, and is nobly fulfilling its g.-'oat function. The. seas are open. our Expeditionary Forces from several pait-s of the Empire have been .transported in safety, the food supply of ; tho nation is secure, and the raw matei rials for our industries made, availabh —- all because our Navy still holds the command of the .-ea. The Ota go Branch of the Navy League has devoted its energies —and tlie cneigy of our secretary (Mr Darling) is uriboif'ided—to stimulating a true spirit, of patriotism and loyalty amongst the rising generation lien?, and enoomaging a closer study of history—pail ioukniy the historv of our glorious Navy. A remarkable interest, ha* been, around in our schools, and no fewer than 3.371 essays were written this y»nr on an Imperial subject. In the presence of theeo facts the Navv League appeal with confidence to all in'the Empire'to endorse tho principles for which they have for so long stood, to give them the necessary supportto carry on the active work upon which they aro engaged in relation to the war, and" to further promote the objects for which they were founded, livery patriot in tho Empire should prove his or her confidence in our sea power by becoming a member of tho Navy League. The bulk of the prizes weio personally presented by tho Primate. The proceedings closed "with tho singing of th- school cong and the National Anthem, and cheers for tho sisters and visitors. The following is the prize-list : ■ Form V . (a).—Dux of school (gold medallist). Leslie Hunt.; divinity fgold cross)—U.'Ci. Rattray, R. Willis, 1.-. Hunt; form prize—L. Hunt, M. Snow; English • L. Hunt. 1. Simpson, J. Rat I ray, M. Snow; mathematics and science, L. Hunt ; European history, U. Rattray; literature, M. Snow; general knowledge, M. Snow. Form V. (b). —Form prize, J). Preston, N. Hinson; certificates—H. Clvovno, U. Tonkin, D. Balk; divinity— It, Make, I"). Preston, U. Tonkin ; English, R. Blake ; languages, N. Hinson ; mathematics; and science—T). Preston, H: Cheyne; general knowledge, It. Blake $ church history, B. Bridgeman; neatness, E. Rcid. Form IV.—Form prize, A. Evans; certificate., F. Small; divinity—-E. Allan. F. Small; English, P. Cheesoinan; mathematics and science, A. Evans ; languages, A. Evans; general knowledge, F. Roberts; neatness, P. Choefc-nmn. Form 111 (a). —Dux of lower school (silver medallist). Aline Stronacli ; divinity —A. Stronach, .1. Nanearrow: form prize. M. Ramsden : certificates--.!. Naucarrow, E. Barclay, V. Wyatt. E. Tories-e ; arithmetic) and science, E. Barclay; .French, A. STronarh; genera! know led v.*.*, A. Stronuch; French L. Dick; neatness, D. Naylor. Form 111. (b).~- Highest marks, p. Alloo ; ; reading and elocution, i). Hatdon. Form IT, (a). —Form prize, W. Preston; divinity, J. Gillies; Scripture repetition, W. Preston; English, Vera Burt; French, W. Preston; reading and elocution, P. Fyfe; arithmetic, .1. Gillies; drawing and brush work, J. Stronach; needlework, R. Smith. Form IL (b). —Form prize—S. Wright, R. llenstead; arithmetic. 'A. 13tut; divinity, M. Herbert, M. Roberta; highest

examination marks. G. Finch; good work, B. -Oram; needlework—B. Oram, B. Reeves; spelling, J. Dreaver. Preparatory Form. —Highest marks—J. Batcbolor, N. Fenwick; divinity, Juno Batchelor; highest examination marks, O. Fitchett; arithmetic, M. Burt; needlework, N. Fenwick j • general improvement, C. Reeves; French, M. Dreaver; history (special),' S. Mallard. Special Prizes.—DTessmakinjr—S. Macpherson, E. 'Stone-Wigg; needlework—P. Cheeseman, B. Chaffoy, N. Wright, D. Naylor, L. Laidlaw; drawing-—R. Norris, 8. Macpherson, N. Wright (memory), K. Wallace, G. Fulton; leather work, B. Bridgeman; stencilling. F. Simpson; music—A. -Evans, R. Willis, H. C-hoync, S. AVright, Mavis Herbert, D. Pow; house prizes—B. Bridgeman, R. Wood ; Swedish drill—N. Wright (Elsinoiv, Cup), S. Wright (junior); attendance medals M. Pilkington, G. Fulton (four years), E. Allan, D. Balk. H. Balk, U. Tonkin (two years), M. Ramsden, F. Small, J. Gillies (one year); house honor medal, Isabel Simpson: school honor, Una Rattray; Ruddenklau challenge cup (tennis), L. Hunt; needlework i Thelma Mitchelson; attendance, Given Green (medal, two veare). " Navv League Prizes. —Form V. (a), M. Snow:" V. (b)—U. Blake. B. Bridijeman; IV._F. Roberts, A. Evans; lII.—A. Stronach, L. Dick; IL—W. Pxcston. L. Hay. ST. KTLDA KINDERGARTEN. BRF.AK-UP CEREMONY. The. annual break-up ceremony of the St. Kilda, Kindergarten took place yesterdav afternoon in the, St. Kilda. Methodist Sunday School Hall, which was crowded. Under" tho direction of tho teachers —the Misses Hore —the. little children gave a most cnjovablc programme of songs and recitation*- The work done by the pupils during the year was displayed, and was evidence, of the excellence of the system of teaching thev had received. Mr W. T. M'Farlaue (Mavor of St. Kilda) presided, and the Revs. R, Scott Allan and R. Fairmaid gave si- it addresses. The programme was as follows: —Action son;.', 'There Goes the Train.' Kindergarten'cbildren; ilower song, -Bluebells,' boys and girls; action song. 'We Are Soldiers of tho'King,' boys; recitation, 'About the IV'ephone.' Miss Peggy M'Farlaue ; solo. 'Dainty Wee Daisy.' Miss Gladys Allan: recitation, "Iho Golden Keys,' Masters (•wen Dickie. Leslie .Tory, Cyril Gik-lu-ist; duet, 'The Violet.' Miss Gladys Allan and Master-Willie lhuk; drill and inarching songs, children; recitation. 'Postman,' Master Leslie Jory ; action song, 'Golden .Boat' bovs; Christmas hvmn, children; Upeech, 'thanks.' Master Cyril Gilchrist; izood-bvo eong, children. ' The "following is the prize-list:—Class T. : Drill, Jackie Mackerscy ; stick-laying. Willio Montgomery; singing, Jean Ewing ; bead-threading. Evelyn Barnctt; plasticine, Langdon Harris and Russell Norris: embroidery. Heather Burton and Trevor Palmer Jones. Class IL : Drawing. Keni neth Bennell; good conduct. Dulcio Buddi(oin; singing and drill, Willie Birrk; improvement, Frank Brotherhood; brushwork, Pelham Rcid. Class I'll.: GeneTal excellence, Owen Dickie ; embroidery ami brushwork, Peggy M'Farlaue; impiovenient, Sydney Guthrie. Class IV. : Classwork —GladvV Allan 1, Leslie Buddicom 2 : singing. Cyril Gilchrist; stencilling and writing, Harold Chooquee: crayon painting, Cecil Ritchie ; chalk drawing, Gladys Allan ; mat weaving. Leslie Jory. Special prizes : Arithmetic, Winona Reid ; attendance, Gladys Allan ; recitation, Cyril Gilchrist; brushwork. Leslie Jory; singing, Willie Burk; good conduct, Harold Chooquee ; Scripture —Leslie .lory 1, Cecil Ritchie 2.

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SCHOOL VACATIONS, Issue 15677, 16 December 1914

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