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HOWELL'S SCHOOL, LLANDAFF. ANNUAL EXAMINATION. The annual examination of the pupils attending this school prior to the midsummer vacation took place before the local governors, on Wednesday, The Rev. Canon Hawkins presided, the only other governor present being the Rev. W. Bruce. There were besides the Rev. Mr Thompson, Datchett Rectory, the examiner of the school appointed by the Drapers' Company; Rev. G. Wood, Sully, examiner in German Alderman Thomas Evans, surgeon to the school; Miss Kendall, head mistress Miss Haynes, assistant mistress, etc. The attendance was large, and among the visitors were many of the principal residents of the neighbourhood. The dress of the scholars on the foundation, which was at one time striking from its antiquated style, has now been modernised, aud all the scholars of this class wore brown princess robes, tastefully trimmed. The school at present contains 102 scholars, 32 of whom are on the Foundation. Prior to Wednesday the Rev. Mr Thompson had conducted a written ex- amination of the scholars, to whom printed papers, containing a series of questions on all subjects taught at the school, hnd been sent. The examination on Wednesday was of a viva voce character, tending to test the pro- gress of the scholars from year to year. and was based on subjects which had formed the general system of education since the last exam- ination. The viva voce examination referred to Scripture history, French reading and translation, general questions on English history, geography, grammar, etc. The examination lasted about two hours, and the Beries of questions answered during that time embraced a very wide range of subjects. Some French dramatic selections and also the dialogue between Brutus and Cassius, from "Julius Caesar," were given by scholars in the first class, amid considerable applause. At inter- vals the pupils sang duetts, trios, etc., and several of them gave pianoforte selections very skilfully, affording abundant evidence that music was thoroughly viell taught, and the specimens of drawing by the pupils hung round the room were very creditable. At the conclusion the examiner, the Rev. Mr Thompson, read his report. He said that the loig illness of the late principal, Miss Ewings, and the change of management had pre- judicially affected the school, but the results were better than he had hoped for. He proceeded In the first class Beatrice Furze has maintained, and more than maintained, her position at the school. She has obtained 381 marks out of 410, including full marks in arithmetic, and is nearly 100 marks in advance of any other. Her papers are clear, accurate, and v ell-expressed. Her French is greatly improved from last year, though in French composition she has still much to learn. The next to her are Edith Peake and Harriet Wright, equals, with 290 marks, and Fanny Geake and Agnes Griffiths, with 281 and 279 respectively This class is the largest fiist class I have known, including 14 names, only eight of whom, I am sorry to say, obtained half.marks. One, however, was prevented by illness from attending the whole of the examination. In the second class, the prize has been gained by MargaritaJHallam, 276 marks out of 302. I would also select for commendation Mary L. White and Florence Ritchie. On the whole the work in this class has been very fairly done, only one of those who were present during the whole examination failing to obtain half- marks. Of class three, an equally good account cannot be given. Edith Ann Banning has gained the very respectable number of 263 out of 295 marks; and Marie Ellen Hancock and Isabel Bushby have also distinguished themselves. There are, however, a number of names at the lower end of this class who have failed signally both in French and arithmetic, and who will require great attention before they are fitted to enter a more advanced class. In the fourth class, Florence Morgan is first-235 out of 256 marks Ellen Harvey and Minnie Akers being the only others whose marks exceeded 200. There are some failures in this class, but there is also some very promising material, and, for a class so low in the school, the handwriting is for the most part excellent. The fifth class contains so many who must have been recently admitted into the school that it is difficult to express an opinion of any value as to the merits of the instruction which they have received. I cannot be wrong at all events in pointing out their very imperfect ac- quaintance with the portion of French grammar they are supposed to have studied. Their know- ledge must, of course, be rudimentary, but there is no reason why it should not be accurate as far as it goes. On the whole, though I cannot speak in terms of praise, there is no reason for dis- couragement. There are a number of pupils coming forward who, if they will exert them- selves, c n easily raise the standard to a much higher level. There is, I am convinced, on the part both of the local governors and of the new Principal, Miss Kendall, an earnest wish to make this great school fully equal to any of its class in the country and there is surely no reason why by a hearty and united effort it should not speedily become so. That it is tit present some- what behind its proper position is due to the un- certainties and drawbacks of the last two or three years. Of the late headmistress, Miss Ewings, I would speak with the greatest respect. In spite of continual weakness and an ever-increas- ing illness, which at last proved fatal, she did her duty to the utmost of her power. But with the appointment of another principal a new scene opens, and we shall, I am sure, join most heartily in wishing her every success in her impoitunt aid arduous work." The Rev. G. WOOD also rend his leport on the examination of the scholars in German. He said —"As in previous years, I have, at Mr Thomp- son's request, examined the few girls who are learning German as to their proficiency in that language. These, being only seven in number, are necessarily grouped in one class, though there seems to be considerable disparity in their attain- ments. Two passages of average difficulty were given for translation from Hans Andersen's Tales, the book which they have been reading during the term. This was done very fairly by three of the class. The others failed, more or less, partly from not having sufficiently mastered the con- stiuction, partly from forgetting the meaning of the words. In grammar, most of them were able to decline with accuracy substantives of the 1st and 2nd declension, and had a tolerable acquaintance with the perplexing rules of gender. One showed a correct knowledge of the irregular verbs. It would, I think, be well if German could be began lower down in the school, or more time appropriated to this study, so that the more advanced students before leaving might have read some of the masterpieces in that language-say one or two plays of Schiller, Out of a maximum of 100 marks, Beatrice Furse obtained 83. The next, after a long interval, were Harriet Wright and Maude Patterson, with 49 each, closely iol- lowed by Gertrude Howell and Fanny Geake, with 48 and 47 respectively. The CHAIRMAN then distributed the rrizes, which consisted of handsomely bound books on various subjects by standard authors, to the successful competitors. We append the prize list:—Conduct—Ellen J. Howell, Marian Jenkins, Fanny Geake, Edith Peake, Maude Coe, Hannah Ireland, Martha Davies, Lydia Kelly, Henrietta Coleman, Helena Fennell, Anna Browne, Alice Fennell. English Studies — Beatrice Furse, Margarita Hallam, Mary Thomas, Florence Morgan. Arithmetic— Maude Coe, Hannah Ireland. Needlework- Maude Patterson, Lydia Kelly. French — Beatrice Furse, Margarita Hallam, Flo- rence Morgan. Music-Beatrice Furse, Edith Clarke. Dl wing-Fanny Geake. Examiner's Prizes Beatrice Furse, 1st class Margarita Hal. 2nd Edith Banning, 3rd 1 lorence Morgan, i« mii £ Le \is, 5th. Reward for insirwting oth Class—Gertrude Baynes. At the conclusion, the CHAIBMAN referred in feeling terms the loss of their head mistress, Miss Ewings and her valuable services to the school. It could not but be expected that during her long illness the school must suffer, and that it had not suffered more than was apparent from the exam- iners report was due to the great efforts uhich •lSif paynes a°d the staff of teachers connected with her put forth. They had now another head mistress, and, from what he had heard and seen he believed she felt the responsible position which she had undertaken, and under her management- with the assistance of the staff thatMissEwinirg'had around her, it was to be hoped, and he believed that the school would maintain the high position which it had hitherto maintained as an educa- tional The National Anthem was then sung, and the proceedings terminated,

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