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BARRY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING.

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BARRY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. CENTRAL CLASSES FOR TEACHERS. PIANOS IX BOARD SCHOOLS. RESULTS OF THE SCHOOLS EXAMINATIONS. The customary fortnightly meeting of the Barry School Bosvrd was held at the Board-room. Barry, on Monday afternoon. at two o'clock. There were present—Mr. John Lowdon (chairman), Captain Davies, Rev. J. Price. Mr. W. H. Lewis (clerk), and Mr. Seig (attendance officer). MISCELLANEOUS. Captain Davies, as one of the school visitors for the past fortnight, reported the result of his visits to the Barry and Holton Schools. He condemned the manner in which the Barry school was cleaned, and had told the master to speak strongly to the caretaker on the matter. He re- commended that the drainage of the school ground should at once be attended to.—The resignation of the Barry Schools caretaker was accepted, and the matter of drainage was referred to the next meeting when the architect will be present.-—It was reported that the Barry Mixed School was very crowded, and that the school staff was too small.—Captain Davies pointed out that a vacancy caused by the transfer of a teacher to the the Holton School had not been filled up, and re- commended that a certificated assistant should be appointed.—Mr. ReBs. the headmaster, made a written recommendation to this effect. It was decided, on the motion of Captain Davies, that Mr. R. T. Evans, Aberdare, should receive the appointment, at a salary of ;£ 70 per year.—Captain Davies reported that the Holton Boys' School was crowded, and that the staff was short.—Jo n Evans was aopointed a monitor for this school. The Clerk was deputed to see Mr. Symond's fore- man with reference to the very irregular manner in which the Holton Infant Department is heatea. —Annie Summers was appointed a momtress ior the Cadoxton Infant School.—A committee was appointed to draw up a routine of duties for the caretaker of the Holton new schools and to consider the question of salary. The approv bye-laws were presented, and it was deci e insert an advertisement in the South If aD' Ófar announcing that they could be mspecte at the offices of the Board.—It was decided, m response to a communication from Canon Allen. on behalf of the Barrv and Cadoxton Ministerial Union, to receive a deputation of ministers in reference to the Board of permitting a lecturer of the Sunday School Union to address the children on the physiological aspect of intemperance-It was decided to instruct the clerk to apply fta' th fourth and last instalment of the loan tor Holton Schools. RESULTS OF THE SCHOOLS EXAMINATIONS. The Chairman announced that the reports of the Government inspector in reference to ^nua examinations at the Barry and Cadoxton SK had been received, and the amounts cicnoois^ nat Ttirrv £ 437 3s. 4d.,and earned m grant had beai mrry, llnf<a,-i Cadoxton £ 448 3s. 4d. He congratulated the B^rd upon the results this year. They were very satisfactory indeed. Cadoxton School having done exceedingly well. The Board had given very great attention to Cadoxton. as hitherto it had passed very low, and he thought the Board would be satisfied with the result or their labours. The ?rant earned at Cadoxton was the highest possible grant which an elementary school could earn on the average attendance—viz.. 20s. 6d. per head. The Barry school came 6d. lower, viz., 20s. but, on the other hand, Barry earned a drawing grant of :£3 which more than made up the difference. He thought the board ought to be well pleased with the results of the examinations at both schools this year, and especially in view of the difficult circumstances under which all the schools had been worked during the past twelve months.—The other members present also ex- pressed their satisfaction at the satisfactory results secured. The following form the principal items of the report. BARRY MIXED SCHOOL.—In some respects dis- cipline should be rather firmer, as there is a tendency totalk Reading, writing, and spelling were generally fairly good to good, and the arithmetic was good, though writing in the fifth and seventh standards fell to about -Fair. Oval arithmetic and problems were fair. The first standard should form figures better. Recitation is satisfactory. Grammar is good on the whole, but falls off in the first class. Geography and singing are good. Needlework is very well taught, but the canvass used is not suitable. Care should be taken to satisfactorily account for all absentees. While this is certainlv a good school, the results would not merit a higher grant unless a large allow- ance be made for exceptional difficulties such as over- crowding, &c. BARRY INFANT SCHOOL.—The singing drill and exercises are creditable, and are greatly helped by the piano The school is very full. though 61 were absent. I am somewhat disappointed, with the results which do not as a whole rise above fairly good, and often fall to fair. There have been difficulties, so perhaps the 4s. grant mav be recommended, but better results will, it is hoped. be obtained next year. Individual answer- ing is necessary there ought to be no finger counting; spelling should be systematic writing, reading, and arithmetic should improve object lessons are not a success. The first standard should learn the c.ass sub- jects. Cubes might be taught to the third class, and drawing to the girls of the second class. The first class was the best part of the school, and nearly reached €°CADOXTON MIXED SCHOOL.—The new school buildings were opened last May; they are admirably adapted for the purpose, and reflect great credit upon the School Board and the architects. There is a good museum, and a library has been started. The conduct of the children is good, and the teachers, amid very great difficulties, have done their best. Geography, recitation, and singing are good. Needle- work and grammar may be counted with some hesita- tion as just good. The elementary worm is good as a whole, that of the first class being very creditable. More accuracy is needed in the second, third, and fourth standards. The copy-books require some supervision. Writing generally was well taught, but below the fifth stan- dard arithmetic should improve, and the oval arith- metic in the first, second, and fourth standards. Problems were fairly worked. A local map is needed for the third standard. Considering the serious draw- backs of the year, perhaps the higher grant may be recommended. CADOXTON INFANT SCHOOL.—Since July the infants have been in the enlarged premises, but the sehc*>l is still greatly overcrowded, and the children cannot adequately be taught without more room. About sixty of those on the books were absent from the examination. A piano is available, and greatly aids in the singing and drill, which are very satisfactory. Occupations and object lessons are well taught. No mechanical methods of counting should be allowed, and under circumstances of special difficulty the teachers have done their best, and have obtained creditabie results, except in the third class, which is too large, both for its class-room and its teachers, The 4s. grant would have been recommended, but making a. large allowance for serious drawbacks, the highest grant may, perhaps, be recommended It is understood that the older boys will now be taught drawing. CENTRE CLASSES FOR TEACHERS. The Chairman said he intended at the next meet- ing to press upon the Board the desirability of organising centre classes for their pupil teachers. He thought the Board had not done their duty in the past in respect to the training of their teachers. All boards of any importance were adopting the system of centre classes. It would mean very little if any expense to the Board, and they would secure that their teachers should pass as they ought to. He intended bringing "he matter up before the next meeting of the Board. He thought they ought to help their teachers, several of whose salaries were very low, and the assistant teachers who wished should be allowed to sit at the classes as well. PIANOS IX BOARD SCHOOLS. The Chairman proposed that the Cadoxton Girls' School should be provided with a piano out of the loan account, He thought it would help the school very much. especially in the musical drill.—Captain Davies That means, Mr. Chair- man, that one must be provided for the Holton Girls' School whan it is opened.—The Chairman asserted, and included in his resolution an order that a piano should be provided for the Holt<»n Girls' School as well.—Captain Davies seconded the resolution.—The Chairman, in reply to the Rev. J. Price, said the piano would cost about £30 each, and the repayment would spread over fifty years.—Rev. J. Price, in supporting the motion, did so on the understanding that at the proper time a piano would be provided for the Barry School as well.—The resolution was unanimously agreed to. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE WORK. The newly-appointed attendance officer (Mr. A. Seig) read his first report, which was an exhaus- tive one, and which dealt with the various branches of school attendance work in the district. He mentioned that he had commenced the work of taking a census of children in the district. and this would occupy about another six or eight weeks. He laid special stress upon the importance of school attendance work, and said if the Board intended the work to be done well or with any regard to system it would be necessary to appoint an additional officer who should devote the whole of his time to the duties. It would be more economical, and the additional salary would probably be more than exceeded by the increased Amount received in Government grant. — The Chairman said that the report of their attendance officer really confirmed very much. what he said at the outset. It would actually pay the Board to have two officers. Now that they were going to, have a fee grant, it would depend very much upon the attendance what their receipts were. He considered the report of the attendance officer as of much importance, and he recommended accord- ingly that it be circulated among the members, and that the desirability of appointing an addi- tional attendance officer be placed upon the agenda for the next meeting.—This was agreed to nem. con.. This was the principal business, and the Board rose.

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