The local school recently opened under the new Education Ordinance, is rapidly increasing in its number of scholars; there are now nearly 350 on the roll, with a regular daily attendance of over thrtie hundred. We understand there are a number of younger children in the town who have not yet attended, but who purpose doing so as soon as tbe summer weather fairly sets in, and the number is expected in a few weeks to increase to four hundred. Already the attendance is larger than can be conveniently or successfully managed by the four teachers, and it has been found necessary to provide a couple of pupil teachers, who have not yet been appointed by the Committee, but for whom, we understand, an application will be made to the Central Board to vote some small remuneration. Yesterday two members of the School Committee visited both school houses, for the purpose of ascertaining in what manner the arrangements, as regards the divisions of classes were found workable, and the internal accommodation was found suitable. So far, considering that the school has only been open three weeks, and that the appointment of Head teacher has not been permanently made, the work has been progressing satisfactorily. The new desks and fittings have been completed, according to specification, like- . wise the porches and partitions; and both schools are internally as complete as the limited funds at the command of the Committee will permit them to be. Before winter sets in, however, one or two additional fireplaces will have (o be erected, together w ith. a few trifling alterations to render the rooms more comfortable. Now that the Provinces are abolished, and the General Government having provided that the Provincial exchequer will otherwise be supplied with the necessary funds for rendering the Executive systems throughout the Colony more efficient, it is earnestly to be hoped that a new school-house will be one of the first buildings to be erected under the new regime of affairs political. On the afternoon of yesterday, there were eighty-seven boys under the tuition of Mr Stanton and Mr Kelly in the front room of tbe Academy building, and in the adjoining apartment under the tuition of Miss Galland there were 69 girls. At the o)d Wesleyan Chapel, Miss Wilberg had under her charge no less than 153 of' the younger boys and girls, but to manage that number the services of two punil teacheis have been enlisted. In this latter school considerable progress has already been made, as a proof of which we may mention that there are half a dozen of the recently landed German immigrant children, who could not speak a word of English when they landed a few months ago. One or two of them read their English lessons from one of the junior class books with a clearness of enunciation, which reflects much credit on their teacher during the limited period of tuition. In Miss Galland's department, where the older girls are occupied in the further advanced studies, tbe utmost order is alieady perceivable, and we feel confident that a few months will make it perceptible to many of the parents, that much progress has been made, as the girls already manifest, not only an interest in their lessons, but an obedience to and affection for their teacher. The boys' school does not appear as yet to be so thoroughly organised, or the scholars to be so well disciplined, though this could scarcely be expected at such an early stage, as the attendance has been so far irregular, and a few are being added daily to the number of attendants since the opening, Among the senior boys there are several who promise well to become nctive and clever students. There are at present a dozen in the first class, who, we may fairly conjecture, will creditably represent the chief school in the Province at the first examination. These have been former
pupils under Mr, Scott, Mr Stsntpn, and others.. an instance of thtf ihteijigence of on^.'Br^tWd-Bf ihe boys fee mJsfrelate the ciffiufetaiM tHlt, wheri tfle committee visited tfie' scjjftol. yesterday^ Mr. Stanton was givJnfe ||| -first -cto&s Jrfc,\.|j£erci9e in Englisn cfexupositiorij ? Sna '' at the suggestion of one of the Committee, tbe 'master- asked the- boys, -ttf'fnite on the slates a letter addressed to a. friend acquainting him with the* ■ departure of Harper from Hokitika. ~.ln five minutes the Jetters were subscribed and UiiiM in. dri feadirfg ftetfr- over, one of the slates had the following postscript to the letter, " I feel affected even in writing these lines'." Another ingenious little youth in . his epistle informed ffia • l friend," that personally he had not the acquaintance of the Archdeacon, buthe knew the Rev. Mr Kirkland better, had likewise taken his., departure from amongst us. Neither qf these two hgjge resided in the Immigration barracks;
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West Coast Times, West Coast Times, Issue 3129, 15 October 1875
HOKITIKA SCHOOL. West Coast Times, Issue 3129, 15 October 1875
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