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On Friday, at noon, the pupils attending the Middle District School, to the number of about 700, assembled in the playground, and were addressed at some length by their « teacher, Mr Barrett, in the presence of parents and frieads. He congratulated them upon the health which they all evidently enjoyed, the progress they had made during the session, and their good behaviour. He gave special thanks to the elder boys and girls for the aid which they had afforded in the endeavour to raise the moral tone of the school, and to the matron and assistant teachers for the able manner in which they had discharged their duties. This was all very satisfactory ; but there waa something not so pleasing to which he would refer. He was sorry to say there were no prizes. The Committee vrere not allowed to vote money for prizes, but they had, in lieu of them, supplied certificates, and the teachers themselves had given a number of presents to be awarded to the most deserving pupils in the higher classes and to all in the infant classes. The certificates, if framed, would be enduring evidence of diligence and good behaviour, and no doubt the parents or' those who received them would give presents equivalent to prizes. A gentleman had sent a book for tho best conducted boy in the school, and a visitor, had promised a book for the best behaved girl. The boy and girl, elected by the scholars themselves, were Rob Roy M'Gregor and Mary Jones. The certificates having been delivered, tho children sang the National Anthem, and the visitors were invited to examine the mapping, drawing, lettering exercises, and sewing. Of the latter, in Miss Hay's department, there were 275 pieces, containing 1300 tucks, all useful artioles, there being no fancy work, A map drawn by Miss Amy Scott, daughter of Mr Scotfc, tobacconist, Princes street, is worthy of special notice. We have seen nothing like it at any of the school exhibitions for years. In drawing thia young lady 19 making great progress under Mr Hutton. The school rooms were decorated with ferns and flowers, and the day's proceedings were enlivened with music by the fife and drum baud belonging to the school The following is a list of certificates awarded in the various branches, to all who made 75 per cent, and over, of marks : — Sixth Royal Reader— Teacher, Mr Chapman. Division A.— Boys : Edwin F. Palmer, Ernest Israel, Charles Greenslade, Richard Hawkes, Alfred Williamson, Archibald Morrison, William Scott. Girls : Lydia A. Thomas, Robina M'Leod, Amy Scott, Jessie Pinkerton, Annie Stansfiejd, Jessie M'Landress, Bella Bethune. Division B.— Boys : John M'Lennan, John Thomson, George Wishart, Fred. . Lacey, James Reid, Oliver Baxter, Nelson A. Fountain. Girls: Kate O'Dell, Emily Lambert, Lizzie Crable, Bella M'Landress. Jane Crow, Agnes Wood, Bella M'Leod, Isabella Mason. Fifth Royal Reader. — Teacher, Mr James M'Pherson. Boys : James Elliott, Duncan llenkin, Manafield Henney, Thomas Reid, James Laurie, William Dick, Archibald Stewart, William H. Taylor, John Ross. Girls : Edith M. Townsend, Christina Elliott, Maggie Anderson, Jane Anderson, Jane Paterson. Sequel to No. 4 Royal "Reader — Teacher, Miss M'Laren. Boys : Finlay M'Lean, Geo. M'Lean, Wm. M'Lennan, Rob Roy M'Gregor, William Esquilant, Thomas Mason, William Pollock, Horace Mann, James Heaney, James Mathews, Thomas Brown, Prosser Watson. Girls : Maggie Hardie, Kate M'Diarmid, Ada Howison, Bella M'Arthur, Fanny Dunlop, Kate Robertshaw, Lizzie Beveridge, Bella Reid, Martha Herman, Mary Brown, Annie Henney Annie Brown. No. 4 Royal Reader. — Teacher, Miss Kinvig—Bova: John M'Arthur, Henry Norman, Johu Forrester, Hugh Thomas, Charles Farnie, Joseph Pledger, John Harris, John Stevenson, Robert Ellis, John Hamilton, John Hawkes, Walter Ogilvie. Girls : Annie Grieve, Jane Ire, Jessie Crabbe, Maggie Mason, Stella Mann, Louisa Howison, Annie Hewitt, Jessid Greenslade, Catherine Wishart, Sarah Williamson, Ellen Bolt. Sequel to ISTo. 3 Royal Reader.— Teacher, Miss Galloway — Boys : William Elliott, Arthur Brown. John Reid, Neil Gunn, Henry Ripp, Charles Brooks, John Lawson, JohnM'Naught, Thomas Hindle, David Ross, William Kinvig, James Melville, William Dunlop, John Scott, Walter Weatherston, John Williamson. Girls :■ Maggie Pinkerton, Jane Hutton, Mary^ Jones, Ina Swanson, Louisa M. Wilson, Jessie Dick, Maggie M'Leish, Mathina Samson, Alice Eyre, Mary Wiahart, Luie Robertshaw, Louisa Wilson, Chriotiua Maaterton, Maggie Skey, Helena Aloo. No. 3 Royal Reader.— Teacher Alex. Lindsay—Boys : William Crawford, George Bannatyne, George Kerr, Walter Davidson, Robert Hayne3, Francis Barnes. Peter Smith, Thomas Youngman, Henry Williamson. Girls : Mary Greig, Kate Miller, Lizzie Munro, Jessie Taylor, Elizabeth Greenslade, Mary Tait, HenrietU Webster, Susan Paterson, Louisa De Clifford, Jessie Wilson. Sequel to |No. 2 and No. 2 Royal Reader, Teachers, Miss Halliwell, Jag. W. Smith, Jas. Barrett.— Boys : Robert Elliott, Frank Ross, Wm. M'Leod, John Dawson, Wm. Baskett, John Lucas, Geo. De Clifford, Henry Harris, Henry Hindle, Daniel M'lntosh, David B. Reid, Chas. Patton, Robt. T. Miller, Wm. J. Taggart, Arch. Bell, Jas. Hewitt, Charles Howison, Alfred Lucas, Robert Wilson, Wm. Lacy, Alfred Pearson, Robert Taggart, Wm. J. Stewart, Fred. Bilscn, Oscar Brown, John Campbell, Wm. L. Thomson, John Samson David M. Beath, John Murray, Arthur Evans, Wm. Dencbrass, Alfred Henney, J. Campbell, John Low, Arch. Moir, Alfred 'Wright, Hector M'Donald, Jas. Dungan, Frank Bolt, Alex. Harkness, Robert Eraser, Jas. Bowers. Girls : —Isabella Samson, Ellen Wood, Margaret Robertson, Milly Pope, Agnes Gartshore, Mary Devlin, Henrietta Bransgrove, Margaret Wilson, Marion Cotton, Frances Simpson, Maggie Willson, Ellen Willsou, Elizabeth Masterton, Janet Bowie, Emma Hawkes, Bessio M'Donald, Jessie Low, Wilhelinina Woodififcld, Elizabeth Ruid, Jane Hannah,


Elizabeth Love, Maggie Dickson, Laura Stevens, Agnes Munro, Florence Bellamy, Susan Bl&ckadder, Anuie Heanoy, Lillian Baxter, Ellen Dickie, Maggie M'lntosh, Caroline Henderson, Jane Hardie, Annie T. Bullen, Chriatina Crawford, Mary J. Batchelor, Minnie Herman, Cecilia Williamson, Emilie Hewitt, Elizabeth Brown. Sequel to No. I.— Teacher, Miss HayBoys : James Thomson, Charles Ogilvie, Henry Mayer, James Crawford, Andrew Kilgour, John Bailley, John Inglis, John Chilcott, Dougald M'Gregor, Edward Fountain, Edward Pritchard, James Mason, Hugh M'Leod, Robert M'Naught, John Gorn, Henry Vivian, Fred. Woodifield, George Carr, Morris Plant, Andrew Brown, George Aitkin, John How, Alexander M'Donald, Alexander Fordyce, William Reid, Job Wain, John Orkney, Alf. Eaquilant, Thomas Churchill, Andrew Pollock, Thomas Conn, George Hume. Girls : Jane Carr, Mary Greenslade, Jennie Hawkes, Lizzie Campbell, Janet Melvillo, Bella Kinvig, Maggie Wood, Mary Walls, Annie Corbett, Ellen Bell, Sophia Dickson, Maggie Grant, Maud Turner, Lizzie Melville, Minnie Snow, Mary Baskett, Bella Wright, Laura Eyre, Blanche Foremen, Lizzie Dallas, Ellen Bowie. w ■ Good Attendance Certificates.— First-class certificates: David Millar Beath, Daniel Hamilton, John Hamilton, Maggie Anderson, Jessie Pinkerton, Adele Solomon, Amy Scott, George Watts, Alfred Watts, John M'Lennan, James Reid. Second-class Certificates : Alfred Henney, James Trainer, Albert Wakins, Mary Devlin, John Wishart, David Henry Reid, Rob Roy M'Gregor, Thomas Brown, Isabella Reid, Henry Mercer, William Wisharc, Alice Kilgour.

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MIDDLE DISTRICT SCHOOL, Otago Witness, Issue 1413, 21 December 1878

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MIDDLE DISTRICT SCHOOL Otago Witness, Issue 1413, 21 December 1878