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HAVERFORDWEST GRAMMAR-SCHOOL. A meeting of the governors of the above school was held at the Council Chamber on Monday last, at 11 1 o'clock a.m. Mr W. B. Rowlands, M.A., Q.C., pre- sided there were also present Mr W. V. James, Mr Samuel Thomas, Mr George Phillips, Mr W. P. Ormond (Mayor), Mr Joseph Thomas, Mr R. H. Harvey, and Mr Joseph Marychurch Mr Scott, the head master of the school was also present. The minutes of the previous meeting having been read and confirmed, the Chairman read the follow- ing report of the Examiner at the recent annual Grammar School examination:- To the Governors oj Haverfordivest Grammar School. Gentlemen,-I beg to submit my Report of the Examination of the Grammar School which I had the honour of conducting on the 25th 20th and 27th of July. Papers in advanced Mathematics were sot for two boys on the 24th, and on the following three days I get papers an,l had them worked in my presence, examining at the same time viva voce in such subjects as seemed fittest for that kind of testing-. The School Register bore fifty-one names on its pages, but from various causes of sickness and family engagements, there were a few absentees. Forty-four boys presented themselves for ex- amination. Generally I may state that the boys worked ex- ceedingly well, and seemed to put out all their powers. The order and discipline of the school appeared to be everything that could be desired. The papers were throughout, written with examplary neatness and care, and were markedly free from the usual faults of spelling. Correct easy English and exact Ortho- graphy characterised the whole of the paper work. In Scripture a paper was set in the two books presented, the Second of Kins, and St. John's Gospel. From the difficulty in securing attendance at the time of the usual Scripture instruc- tion, a less number attempted the paper than I had anticipated. A fair knowledge was evinced by the ten who took the paper. Meyler was highest, closely followed by W. R. Thomas Greek was only taken by four scholars. They presented Odyssey, bo k 1. and the nr"t book of Xenophon's Anabasis. The construing WHS very easy as well as exact. Meyler and Thomas easily first, W. Lloyd and J. W. Phillips very creditable. The knowledge ol accidence, tense, forms, &c. was not by any means so good as the construing led me to expect. Latin, four cLtsses brought up work. First cli ss of four boys translated a chapter of Sallust very well indeed, indicating a satisfactory knowledge of the language. Second class in Virgils JEnpid, first book; six boys showed pretty fair Itnovt leige of Latin words, but were weak in Grammar. The translations were very fair. Harvey the highest. Third class (thirteen boys', first twenty-five chapters of Cocsar, construing pretty good, parsing very respectable. Cory James I think was best, then came Child and Moore. Fourth class (four boys), Smith's Exercise, translafion was well done, accidence weak, W. Skyrme, and next W. Edwards, were best. In French six took a standard auther, read by them in class work. Five translated with markef! success. and answered well plain Grammatical questions. Meyler and Thomas sent in very good papers. A second class of five did good papers, founded on their exeicise book, writing and selected tenses of simple vrbs and translating to and from French. W. C. Jones was highest. The third class of twenty two took a more elementary paper of similar character, and with only a couple of exceptions, ansu ered ali the questions clearly and well. I examined the higher oys in a Text Book of the principles of.Natural Philosophy, and found a clear intelligent acquaintance with the foundation axioms of that important branch of know- ] ,,I The Geography was generally throughout the school full and accurate. Many readily followed niv rough sketches of rivers and mountain chains, naming the chief natural features with creditable correctness, and an eager interest which showed the boys to be on the right track. I may venture perhaps to suggest that special attention should be given to rough sketching of salient features of the maps the boys study. I feel sure that nothing can more promote the .'ye knowledge' which is every- thing in Geographical knowledge; on the whole, a very creditable knowledge was shown. Skyrme and Griffiths are most frequently marked in my notes. English History was very fairly known, though the know- ledge in the lower classes was not equal to their Geography. Meyler distinguished himself most by what seemed a living knowledge that is by eager interest in the character of history as living flesh and blood. W. R. Thomas, too, did very well. In the lower classes I find W. James, Child, and Tippet, marked as good. English Grammar, King Lear was presented by the higher boys who had evidently received thorough and intelligent study, R. Thomas, Meyler, and in a lesser degree Gibbon, distin- guished themselves. Seventeen took it up. A passage set to he analysed was taken with more or less success by twelve pupils. T. H. Harvey was excellent, Gibbon and T. Davies next. In parsing W. R. Thomas was highest, W. C. Jones coming a close second. Where classical stwdy cannot, from circumstances, take the most prominent place, I think, English Analysis, and the more detailed, parsing is invaluable as a mental discipline. This part of English Grammar might per- haps be still more pressed with advantage. In viva voce, Skyrme, Bland, and Girdle, answered well. Mathematics was well represented by W. R. Thomas, a very promising boy, who sent in very good papers, in Algebra up to the Binomica) Theorem, and in Trigonometry and Geometrical Conies. In distrust of my own judgment in tlese subjects, I submitted his papers to a distinguished Mathemat cian who gave them very warm commendation. Thomas ought to do well in a still wider arena than school offers. Meyler who formed the second class in Algebra, sent me in a beautiful paper (up to Progressives), neat, precise, and clever. Both boys spe n to me of very great promise. In Algebra, a third class, (twelve bovs), did verv well up to i Tactions and Simple Equations. Griffiths highet. but Gibbon, LIoju, Child, and Jenkins, not far behind. The lower division, "lnc- woi-keti their p apers very exactly, and neatly. Harvey made the highest marks, M. Thomas, S. Roberts, and S James trod closely on his heels. A large number were well done. };ucli, W. R. Thomas, Hooks, i, i?., vi., xi., Meyler, Books, i., ir. dId nTY accurate neat work. Derfect indeed in rcasonin and expression. live boys took books, i., ii., Gibbon did very well, Lloyd well. Six took the fir.,t book not very successfully on the whole, links 111 the reasoning were often missed. W. C. Jones, Child, and W. Howell, were however, very creditable. A lower divi- sion still, of 18 boys, presented the first twenty six Fropositions, Howell did a thoroughly good paper, Jenkins a pretty fair one, the rest were i;oor. The Arithmetic was throughout good, and accurate in a re- markable degree. Mr Scott told me my questions were easier than was expected, and I perhaps undervalued their powers in anticipation, but the weakness if such there be is perhaps as easily seen in the answers to easy questions, as in more difficult. Any how all the papers were remarkably well done, and I was particularly struck with the absence of slovenly work in the lower processes of calculation. There were no errors in divisions or multiplication, and this I am disposed to hold is no mean testimony to the thoroughness of the boys' training. TaldnR into account the conditions which limit tho tenure of the Exhibitions, I venture to name Corv James as the one who in my opinion, deserves the vacant exhibition. I am, Gentlemen, Your obedient Servant, THOMAS WILLIAMS- Aston, C.int. on, August 9tb, 1882. The i-e p t was I for-, knair. â!he ,CP^L^8^^c%^1^i\|flTrJpleased with the tenour of the report generally. Mr Scott also remarked that he considered it a valuable report because it was a discriminating one. The examiner had not hesitated to criticise freely, and had given the results in his report. A letter was also read from Dr. Harper, Principal of Jesus College, Oxford, in which he expressed a high opinion of the scholastic attainments and ability of the Examiner, the Rev. T. Williams, who was Fellow of Jesus College, and late Head Master of Cowbridge Grammar School. In reply to a question put by Mr \Y. P. Ormond, Mr Scott said that the French Master attended two days per week. He (Mr Scott), took some of the younger classes himself. Mr Ormond thought it very important that the younger classes should have the advantage of the French Master's tuition, as the younger they received instruction the more rapidly would they acquire the idioms of the language. SUCCESSFUL PUPILS On the motion of the chairman, who said he was proud to observe the name of one of the Pupils of the school occupy a very prominent and honourable posi- tion in the published list of successful candidates at the Oxford local examination, and especially as he happened to be a son of one of themselves-Mr Samuel Thomas, a governor, the following resolution was passed:â The Governors having learnt with much satisfaction that Mr \V. Rowland Thomas, a pupil of this founda- tion, had at the recent Oxford Local Examination, attained the distinguished position of being second in order of merit, in a list of 882 successful candidates from all England, desire to express and convey to him their warm congratulations on his achieving such an honourable status, and at the same time to offer him -their best wishes for his future success. I MILWABD'S EXHIBITION. Orders were made for payment of the following scholarships:âBoys elected from Grammar School, viz. W. R. Thomas, H. H. Meyler, £10 each; Sydney Roberts, JE8. Boys elected by Elementary Schools, viz. Frederick John, Austin Francis, f,8 each; Wm. Edwards, Win. Skyrme, f,10 eaeii. And it was ordered that such scholarships be in future paid half-yearly. I HEAD MASTER'S KKFOBT. The following report, of the Head Master was read by the Chairman:- Gentlemen,âDuring the past term the number of boys in the school has been quite up to the average. The total was 51. I notice that there is an increasing tendency in parents who are in comfortable circumstances to remove their children after they have been grounded here to English Schojls, where they are supposed to obtain greater advantages in instruction, ar d have the benefit of seeing more of the world. We thus loc many boys of go id abilities, whose progress would otherwise do the school credit. 01 the boys who enter, many are intended for businesi or country life, and therefore only stay long enough to qualify themselves for their future career. The conduct of the boys has been oulerly they have been fairly diligent; the as-istant-masters have worked well and harmoniously. From information I have received, I am inclined to think that tho change of system to three terms will work favourably. My attention has been called to the proposal for Higher Elementary Schools by Mr Mundella. It is evidently feared by some masters that they will Grain the Grammar School of a large portion of their pupils. I am quite of opinion that in large towns this is likely to take place. It appears to me that if any measure of the kind is contemplated here, the subject 3holllll be seriously considered by the governors in time. Sooner or later, I have no doubt there will be three grades only of schools, the Elementary, the Middle Class, and the High Schools. The teaching in a Higher Elementary School would not differ materially as to the bulk of the pupils from that of an ordinary Grammar School. I wish to call the attention of the Governors to a letter from Dr. Harper, of Jesus College, addressed to your chairman,andhanded by h:m to me. It appears lo me to con- tain a suggestion worthy your consideration. I do not, how- ever, wish to press it for adoption, neither do I oppose it. 1 am, gentlemen, Your &c., W. SCOTT. To the Chairman and Governors of the Haverfordwest Grammar S hool. HIGHER GUADE SCHOOLS. Mr S. Thomas enquired if any reply had been recei ved from Mr Mundella with reference to the classification of the Haverford west Grammar School as one of the higher Grade Schools of the country. The Clerk said that the memorial of the Go .'ernora had been duly laid before the President of the Privy Couucil by Lord Kensington, and the usual acknow- ledgment received with a promise that it should receive serious consideration. STATE OF THE BUILDING-. Mr George Phillips drew attention to the slate of Mr Scott's dwelling, from the admission of damp through the pine end adjoining tho site of the Cat and Bag Pipes. The Governors at the close went to inspect the premises, with a view to having the matter immediately attended to. 17- The read a letter from Mr Munroe, of Barn- street, complaining that noxious smells arose from the | diaiu at the hn1 tom o the field belonging to the i school, and adjoining the Barn-street gardens, a.ud calling upon the Governors to abate same. 'I.'h4 Olerk was directed to reply that the Governors had the matter under consideration, but did not admit that, the offensive smells n-ose entirely from the drain in ques'ion, but from sources in the gardens. YACA XT SCHOLARSHIP. Mr Cory son of Mr John James, Hi?h-?tre'3t, ? .CS 1)ei- iiiiitl'(;I?-,?te(i tj the vacant scholarship of £ 8 per annum. This terminated the business and the meeting separated-

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