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The Early Settlers’ Hall was filled to overflowing on Friday night, when the ceremony in connection with the breakiugnp of the upper standards of the Albany Street School was held. The chair was occupied by Mr J. H. Wilkinson (chairman of the School Committee). The Chairman stated that during the past three years every pupil in the Sixth Standard except one (who got a competence certificate) had won his proficiency certificate. This was an achievement of which any school might be proud. (Applause.) He desired especially to congratulate Mr M'Laren, the first assistant, on the very fine work he bad done and on the high state of efficiency he had maintained ever since he took charge of the class. The banners adorning the wall at the rear of the platform were laurels of other victories won by the school in competition with other schools. The banners for excelling in physical exercises had been won by both girls and boys for three years in succession. The banner awarded to the winners of the school choir contest was also in possession of the Albany Street School. The silver cup on the table was the prise awarded in connection with the school band competition. It was very gratifying to be able to state that all these trophies had been obtained, while at the same time the very highest state of efficiency in educational subjects had been maintained. (Applause.) For the boys and girls who were leaving school he hoped, they would always strive to uphold the best traditions of the school. The bov who had gained the dux prize of the Otago Bovs’ High School this year was an old Albany street boy. (Applause.) Mr Downie Stewart, 51. P., presented the Fourth Standard prizes. He said he did not see much difference since last year, except that the girls seemed to have grown prettier and the boys seemed to be greater rascals than ever. "(Laughter.) He did not mean bad rascals, ' but good ones. (Renewed laughter.) He had heard with great interest the splendid record put up by the school, and he was delighted to know that the boys and girls were building up such great traditions. *lf they learned to be good citizens, the Albany Street School had indeed done a great service to the community and to" the Empire. (Applause.)

The Rev. R. S. Grav. before distributing the Fifth Standard and Navy League prizes, said that the fact that many of •the old pupils of the school were serving their fellows and the Empire should act as an incentive to the present scholars to follow in their footsteps. Mr J. Rennie, head master, announced that £lB had been collected among the scholars for the Belgian fund, and lie was anxious this amount should be increased to £2O. While the school choir sang * Tipperary * a collection was taken, up. the result of which was £8 10s. Mr Rennie then sold by ant ion for 10s a doll's oak bedstead, which had been made by an ex-pm>il of the school. Several Belgian centime pieces were also auctioned, and each brought 5a to tho fund. Chief-inspector Richardson presented the Sixth Standard prizes. He said they could not, as they did at Home, refer to iheir schools as great schools. There xvas a better word, however—that used by Kingsley and Tennyson—the word "good.’* There were many good schools in Otago, and Albany Street was one of them. _ (Applause.) Re did not want to enter into any comparisons, but he would say that Albany Street was making history. (Renewed applause.) 'The first man In the Dominion to respond to the Empire’s call to arms was an old Albany Street School boy. (Lond applauser) The school had been famed for manv years for the interest taken in physical* drill. He felt that the military enthusiasm that inspired Major Moir to offer for service at the front was due to the physical drill he bad received at the Albany Street School. He returned his personal thanks to. Mr Rennie and his staff for their unfailing response to calls to assist other schools in various ways. (Applause.) ■ A most enjoyable entertainment xvas given during the evening by pupils of the school and the school band. The following part ' songs were given by the school choir :— * Lnllaby,’ ‘ What Can IDo For England?* ‘Ye Banks and Braes,’ ‘Shine, Moon, Shine,’ and ‘ Tell Her I Love Her So.’ The solo parts in the last two songs were rendered by a number of little girls in the choir. _ An action song (‘Heave-ho’) was given by a squad of boys In Jack Tar costumes. The item concluded with a sailors’ hornpipe. Recitations were given by Masters J. M'Pherson and D. Swift, the latter being called on for an encore number. A fine spectacular song (‘Red, White, and Blue‘l concluded the programme of entertainment. Credit is due to the musical directress (Miss Bowling), to whose tuition tho fine singing of the choir was mainly duo. Votes of thanks xvere passed to the speakers and performers, and the function concluded with the singing df the National Anthem, followed by three cheers for the Empire, GEORGE STREET.The prizes were distributed to the infants and to the children of the First and Second Standards on Friday afternoon. Mx- J. Wallace (chairman of the committee) presided. In the evening the distribution of the senior pupils’ prizes took place in the gymnasium. Mr Wallace presided, and the hall was filled. The Chairman said he would like to refer to the xvork the school had done daring the year. Forty had passed the Sixth Standard and gained proficiency certificates, and two had gained competency certificates. Altogether, all the pupils in the Sixth Standard had passed—a highly creditable record, and one very gratifying, naturally, to the master (MiBell). Both the committee and the parents xvere highly indebted to tho staff, and it was due to the latter to say that the education obtained at tho George Street School xvas second to none in Die Dominion. A great deal of work had -us been done by the committee. The gymnasium had been imprnx-ed, and electee light had been installed in it. The greatest expense had been the install .iiou of a heating apparatus, xvhich had been n great success. The committee had been xvell backed up by the parents of the scholars. The rent* from the hall was exceedingly X'aluahlc, and during this year £l4O had been taken already. The com mitteo would end the year* in debt, in deed, for this sum had been spent. Bat before the end of the financial year they would have' a credit balance. The school had now reached the highest grade of schools in Otago. Mr _J. J. Clark (on behalf of the Cricket Association) was on the platform anti presented to the school the Otago prima y schools’ championship banner, and in a few congratulatory words handed the caps xvon to the captain of the team. Mr T. A. Patterson (head master) eulogised the work done by tbe School Committee, who, he said, spared no pains to improve the surroundings of the school. Hla own work also had been greatly lightened by the assistance rendered by tho teachers. It was regrettable that tbs Education Board had decided to ,rant the school four pupil teachers instead of two certificated teachers, as had bo -n desired. The reason was that there was » great shortage of teachers with certificates, and it xvas considered desirable to srain as many young teachers as possible to fill the shortage. Tho conduct of the children of the school was extremely good, ana he desired to acknowledge tho help afforded to tho teachers by the parents in the avoidance of any friction. The prizes were presented to the xvinnera in the various standards by tbe head master and Messrs A. Walker, M.P., W. O. Hopkins, and. R. Ferguson. Mr W. C. MacGregor presented the Navy League prizes. During the evening a programme of musical and elocutionary items was rendered, and each performer was waiwly applauded.

510S0IEL. The annua! break-up* this year followed in the train of previous years in the shape of a children’s festival m the Coronation Hall, where the parents and friends gathered in large numbers to hear the exthe excellent programme provided. Mr A. Davidson (chairman of the School Committee) presided. He referred to the absence of Major Moir,' their rector, who was with “ the boys ” at the front. They all hoped ho would return safely to them again. The attendance this year had been the highest on , record. He announced that there would be no picnic this year. Mr J. 51. Dickson, having provided an extra dux medal, two boys being equal in merit would now receive a medal each.

The Rev. Jas. Aitken. after explaining the objects of the Navy League, presented the prizes to the winning competitors. Mr Graham, acting rector, on the school work for the year just closing. The year had been a most successful one on the whole. During the early spring there had. been a good deal of sickness, due to influenza, but notwithstanding this 60 children ycured first-class attendance certificates, and 43 second-class certificates. The committee this year had presented a much more attractive attendance certificate, and this would no doubt induce scholars to attend regularly in future. In the primary department the work had progressed satisfactorily. All the candidates presented for the proficiency examination this year had been successful. Last year a boy from the school had obtained 22ud place on the Civil Service pdas list for New Zealand. This lad was now in the Customs in Christchurch, doing credit to himself and to his school. It was gratifying to place on record that Robert Aitken had topped the scholarship pass list in New Zealand with a good margin to spare. A number of children from outside schools continued to attend the secondary department, thus gaining the advantages to bo derived from attending a school of this nature.

The programme provided by the scholars was a delightful one, and reflected great credit on pupils and teachers alike. Want of space prevents a full description of the items, suffice it to say that the concert was one of the best ever staged by the school. There was not the usual time in which to prepare the items this year either, and all the more credit is thus due. The prize-list is as follows:

Standard Vll.—Junior Division—Second in class work: .Alice May Naismith. Diligence: Ethel M'Kay. Cookery: Eliza Brown. Woodwork: Joseph Arthur Crane. Dux of Junior Division: Robert Stevenson Aitken. Senior Division— Mathematics : Flora M'Lcod. Cookery : Violet Marion Mitchell. Special prizes— Regular attendance from long distances every day: Martha Sparks, Joseph Arthur Crane. Shooting: William Joseph Bryant (medal). Navy League prizes: Junior— Robert Stevenson Aitken 1, Dorothy Mara’ Smith 2, Willjum Joseph Bryant 3; senior —D’Arcy Harper Meir. Duxes of school: D'Arcy Harper Moir and William Joseph Bryant (etfual). •Standard Vl.—Dux of class; Alan James Soutcr. Dux girl: Gladys Ruberta Turnbull. General excellence: Leslie Watson Garden. English; Leslie Oliver 1, Eric Vernon Dumblotou 2; May Roberta 1, May Davidson 2. Arithmetic : Gordon Stuart Currie 1, Jane Harrison 2. Drawing and woodwork: Gordon Allan Gibson. Woodwork : Thomas Craig Hendry. Diligence : David Nelson Melrose, Annie Kirk, Thomas Craig, Wrn. A. MTnnes, Mabel Jolly Swan. Shooting: Thomas Craig. Standard V.—Dux of class; Daisy MT.elland. Girl (general excellence): Aney Keys. Dux boy: Vincent Bacon. Boy (general excellence): Gordon Patterson. English; Jessie Dodds 1. Phyllis Moir 2. Arithmetic: Ernest Roberts 1, Annie Gibson and Albert Thomson 2. Neatness; Bessie Williams. Geography and drawing: Clarice Cheyno. Sewing: Linda Guest. Shooting; Horace Magee. Standard IV.—Dux boy : Jack Williams. Dux girl: Gretta Logan. English : Donald Williamson 1, Dan Aitken 2; Ida Pindcr 1. Ethel Walsh 2. Arithmetic: George Wood: EUa Hendry and Mina Gaul (equal). Brushwork: Jack Sparrow. Neatness: Violet C. Stephens. Sowing: Agues Andrew. Standard lll.—General excellence : Frederick Bridges, Evelyn Thomas. English: Stanley Bain 1, Liston Brown 2. Arithmetic: William Roger*.-. 1, Ella Taylor 2. Sewing: Winifred Wilkie. Standard ll.—General excellence : David M‘Austin, Olive Allan. English: Flora Wylie 1, Robert Dodds and Irene Leith (equal) 2. Arithmetic: Violet Paterson 1, Leslie Waldie 2. Standard I.—General excellence : John Owens, Edith Haigh. English: Annie Hart 1, William Frame 2. Arithmetic : Raymond, Pearce 1, Bertha, llinuvtm 2. I Sewing: Allison Aitken. Neatness; Harrison. Irving MORAY PLACE. The infants were the first to be dismissed, the function taking place at 1.30 p.m. Mr Arch. Miller (a member of the School Committee), who presided, gave- a brief address, and presented the prizes and certificates. Mr C. Thomson (also a member of the School Committed presided over the breaking-up of Standard L, and the prizes won in Standards 11. and 111. were presented by Mr Swann and Mr Gregg respectively. The main portion of the school broke up at 2.30. There was a very large attend ance of parents and friends of the scholars. The children went through a programme of music and! recitations most creditably, and were loudly applauded for their efforts to entertain. I hey opened by singing ‘Rule Britannia,’ which was followecl by the Belgian Anthem, the ‘Marseillaise*’ ‘Tipperary,’ and recitations of ‘The Old Flag ’ and ‘ The Answer.’ . Mr A. M'Gill. chairman of the School Committee, said the past year had been a very eventful one. and one. that would bo long remembered. Ho proceeded to refer to the great European war now raging, and said that the freedom, liberty, and honor of the British nation had been challenged, and those now too young to understand would realise later on why England had gone to war. It was hipleasing duty to congratulate Mr Stewart, the head master, and his staff upon the highly satisfactory work done during the year The attendance at the school had been very good. ■ At the beginning of the year there were 515 pupils on the roll, and the total was now 350. Mr M‘G ; ll passed on to refer to the death of the Hon. T. Fergus and of the Yen. Archdeacon Gould, both of whom h;ul taken a great interest in the school. lie thanked those who had given Bible lessons in the school during the year, and expressed the appreciation in wnich their services were held. He congratulated Mr Lake upon the condition of the School Band formed this year, and thanked those who had so liberally contributed to the prize fund. Tho Mayor (Mr J. B. Shacklocki presented the medal to tho dux of tin school, Mr W. Downie Stewart, M.l’., the Navy League prizes, Mr Miller tho prizes to several of the standards, and the Rev. Mr Button distributed to the successful pupils in the Bible class conducted by hunsel* the rewards of their labors. , All these gentlemen delivered addresses, which were supplemented by remarks from Messrs Swann, Gregg, and Howarth. NORMAL. The ceremony for the upper standards of the Normal* School and the Fifth and Sixth Standards of the Model School was held in the Stuart Hell on Friday evening. Mr Watts, who presided in the unavoidable absence of Mr G. C. Israel, made reference to Mr Israel’s efforts in the way of patriotic, educational, and other work. The Chairman fa id the school, ever since it became the Normal School, had always obtained very high credentials from tho inspectors, and although they might be Inclined to congratulate the staff and give them their best thanks for the success of tho children, ho begged to tay that in n great respect a certain amount of credit was reflected on the parents, because If they looked at the children there they would see that they were brainy, good locking—(laughter)—and of the finest physique. Mr Watts concluded his remarks by paying a high tribute to the work of

Miss Faulks, who had taken sole charge of the musical programme which was to be submitted. .

A short address was given by the Rev. R. S. Gray, and Mr A. S. Adams presetted the Navy League prizes. A well-arranged programme of musical and elocutionary items was much appreciated by the large audience. The children performed most creditably, and their woik Bore testimony to the efficient coaching they had received from Mies Faulks. UPPER JUNCTION.* The annual picnic and break-up was held on Friday. There was a large attendance of parents and friends, in spite of the boisterous, cold day. The children went through a programme of songs, recitations, and dialogues in a creditable manner, which reflected great credit on their teacher (Miss Dippie). The usual games and races were indulged in, the prizes being toys supplied by the committee. Refreshments were provided by the ladies, who earned the thanks of the committee for their assistance. The committee also thank all who contributed to make the picnic such a success. The following is the prize list:— Standard Vl.—James Chapman _ and Henrv Paisley (equal, dux) 1, John Wright 2, \Villinm Harvey 3. Standard IV.—Thomas Harvey 1, Vincent Galloway 2. Standard 111. —Pearl Heard 1, Sarah Wright 2, Catherine 51‘Donald 3, Fred Wright 4. Standard ll.—Winifred Kropp 1, Lily Cleave 2, Isabel Davy 5, James Wright 4, Angus sl‘Donald 5. , Standard I.—Arthur Davy 1, Robert Kropp 2, Gordon Harvey 3. Lower Standard I.—Richard Harvey 1, Earnestmo Kropp 2, Christopher M'Donaid 3, Cecily Wright 4. P Glass. —-Frances Davy 1, Esther Cleave 2, Leonard Cleave 3, Annie 51' Donald 4. Good Conduct.—Henry Paisley, Sarah Wright. Sewing.—Sarah Wright 1, Winifred Kropp 2. Vvnting and Bmshwork.—Pearl Heard. First class attendance: Henry Paisley 1. James Chapman 2, Arthur Davy 3. Isabel Davy 4, Pearl Heard 6. Second class attendance: Frances Davy 1, Catherine 51‘Donald 2, Robert Kropp 3, Gordon Harvey 4, Christopher 51‘Donald 5. NORTH-EAST HARBOR. At the breaking-up ceremony at Northeast Harbor the school prizes were distributed by slr G. E. Hcllyer and the Navy League prizes by the Rev. G. Macdonald. The following is the prize list: Navy League Prizes.—Keith Menzics, Emily Johnson. Standard Vl.—Keith Menzics (dux), Fred II el Iyer 2, slabol Scoullar 3. Standard V.—Winnie Hinkley 1, David Edwards 2, May Landreth ,3. Standard IV.—Given Maxwell 1, Jas. Hannah 2, Allan 51unro 3, Emily Johnson, Ethel Maxwell, George Hellyer, Rae Hellyer, John Patterson. Standard lll.—Mary Boddy and John Proctor (equal) 1, Robert Landreth 2, Jas Harrell, Eileen Hinkley, Neil Johnston, Alexander Landreth. Standard ll.—David Patterson 1, Ruby Lee 2, Walter Proctor, Olivo Edwards. Standard I.—Elsie Hannah and Janies Boddy (equal) 1, Hazel Lee and Charles Hurrell (equal) 2, Herbert Hellyer 3, Helen Landreth, Leslie Benfell, George Voller, Marjory Edwards, Alexander Gibson. P Glasses.—Jas. Landreth 1 (P4); Jos. Gibson 1 (P3); Thomas Patterson and Colin Finlay 1 (P2); John Maryatt, Arthur Hurrell, Cassels slaxwell. Special Prizes.—Standard VI.: Drawing, Keith Mcnzies; writing, slabcl ScoulJar. Standard V.; Drawing, Winnie Hinkley; writing, "Winnie Hinkley. Standard TV. : Drawing, Gwen Maxwell; writing, Gwen 51axwell. Standard III.: Drawing, James Hurrell, Robert Landreth (special); writing, Mary Boddy. Standard IT.: Writing, Helen Landreth. Sewing: Standard VI., slabel Scoullar; Standard V., Winnie Hinkley; Standard IV., Ethel Maxwell; Standard 111., Mary Boddy; Standard IT.. Olivo Edwards; Standard 1., Elsie Hannah. Attendance cei titivates: First class 2, second class 6.

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SCHOOLS BREAK-UP, Issue 15682, 22 December 1914

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