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BARRY DIS FRICT TEACHERS' I ASSOCIATION. I I The ordinary meeting was held at the Cadoxton Schools on the eveni 19 of Friday, May 5th, at 7.30 p.m.. when there was a, large attendance, Mr. Ewbank, the president, occupied the chair. The minutes having been read, the Secretary pro- duced the correspondence. A letter was read from Mr. J. R. Llewellyn, thanking the Association for the signs of sympathy shown on the death of .Miss Edwards, formerly assistant mistress at Cadoxton. On the motion of Mr. Higman, seconded bv Mr. Ewbank, it was decided that a copy of thislet;ter. should be entered on the minutes of the Associa- tion. The next subject was that of voting for a repre- sentative of the District Union on the Executive. Two candidates had been nominated, and tha meeting, on the motion of Mr. Higman. seconded by Mr. Ewbank, unanimously decided to support Mr. Broekington. A circular from the Executive on the English- Welsh question was referred for full consideration to the joint committee of the Barry and Cardiff. Tho President called on Mr. Higman to give his report on the conference week. Mr. Higman said :—Air. President, Ladies and Gentlemen, I do not intend t) weary von with an exhaustive report of the Conference. You have no doubt studied the Selfrk'lma-iter very carefully, and succeed in mastering the details of our week's work. As you are aware the proceedings commenced on Monday afternoon, when at two p.m. the Mayor of Liverpool attended by several members of j important bodies connected with the town, wel- comed the N.U.T. to the world-famed port. It was Canon Diggle. I think, who said that it would be well if the Parliament of this country were governed by tha same rules as our Conference—an election each year—Parliament to last but one week, and any member speaking ten minutes to be stopped by the president's bell. Following these pleasantries came the Pre- sident's address. This dealt fully with the question of the unification of the various educa- tional systems, and claiming for theiteacher in Elementary Schools an equality with any in the scholastic profession, propounded a scheme for the purpose of its conduction which, to say the least. is worthy of the fullest consideration. You may well anticipate that after this weighty address all ¡ were ready to adjourn their first session. Tuesday morning was mostly occupied by a paper from Mr. Ellery, oti,il Super;ii-,iu-.ttioii." Bristling with statistics it would carry conviction to the minds i of the most sceptical, but as we are all believers it is not necessary for me to dwell upon Its points, but to recommend you to peruse it carefully that you may be able to confound any unexpected ex- I ponent of the contrary opinion. Oost, our claims, I and our prospects of success wére., 11 enlarged upon, and there seems little doubt that we are near obtaining our demand if we press forward as I energetically in the future as we have done in the past. ¡ Electoral districts was the afternoon'a work. If ¡ you remember, last year instruction was given to the Executive to prepare a scheme. They did so, and asked the Conference not to accept it. ¡ Manipulating the business with the skill of an ¡ old man. they succeeded in having the best of the speaking and voting. The principle was rejected by 12,807 to 5,4(13. But electoral districts are not I so dead as the Executive thinks. Too many believe in responsibility and representation being united for this matter to remain quiescent. Still, I however, for the present you all retain the power of voting for 24 men and women you do not know in preference to doing so for one with whom you may be well acquainted. .Wednesday morning .was devoted to the assis- I tants. Mr. Youall re-gained their wavering affec- tion by the gallant defence he made of their ) claims, and, probably, not a champion could they have put forth fro -l their own body who would have placod their case more ably or forcibly. The ¡ man in the street deems the assistant to be a boy or srirl in the tadpole, or apprentice stage of developement caught the audience at once. Few experierlced teachers have not been approached by parents totally ineapable of reoognising that the certificated assistant is a thoroughly qualified adult teacher. V Salaries then received attention, the scan- dalously small amounts paid in some districts to assistant- teachers rece'ving many comments. There is little doubt but if assistants more largely supported the N.U.T., the Executive would be prepared to take such steps as would prevent these schools being staffed at such low rates. The afternoon was devoted to the charities. It is j ancient history to tell you that Huddersfield ha- I seeured both trophies. Liverpool collected £ 2,500. and that the total amount was £ 9,020. It is a source of congratulation to all that these funds, so admirably worked and so beneficent in their operation, shall be so well supplied with the sinews needed for the eoming year's labour. I I am sorry that I cannot described to the ball to the ladies, but I was elsewhere. The meeting of Welsh teachers on the same evening required my attendance. Most of the Welsh delegates were present, and after an earnest and lengthy dis- I cussion it was decided to recommend Conference to adopt. That this Conference, while thanking the I Executive for its action is respect of Welsh schools is of opinion that the English-Welsh scheme will cause hardship in some schools in ¡ Wales if g-enerally introduced, and requests the Executive to endeavour to get provisions inserted ¡ in the Code safeguarding the interest of teachers and children in those districts where English is the language of tne majority of the children. I may sav this resolution, proposed by an ardent Welsh speaking Welshman, and seconded by II myself, was unanimously adopted at our meeting that evening, and was carried by Conference on Thursday. Most of Thursday morning was occupied by half-time discussion. Age and attendance versus age only was able fought by its different champions, but Mr. Waddirigton's acknowledge authority on the half-time question was sufficient to ensure an ample majority for age and a-ttend- ance. District uaiong soored on Thursday after- noon, receiving favours such as they had never secured before, and after the usual platitudes 1 Conference disolved once more. Much useful matter was brought under public notice, and the meeting was undoubtedly successful. Personally, I enjoyed myself much. There is little that comes nearer to the heart of a man than the meeting with long-time friends unseen for many years, and in this feeling to me Liverpool was unusually productive. College friends not met for nearly 20 years were there, and the spontaneous recognition and hearty shake of fellowship renewed rcenes of former iov in such L sincerity as must canse the glow of delight to flow through every natural man. At the conclusion of the address. Mr. Ewbank pronosfd a vote of thanks to Mr. Higman. I This Miss Fleming seconded, and it was carried. After the nomination of new members and formal closing of the business, the president noted that Mr. Davie's, of Penarth, was a visitor, and thought he might wish to'make a. few remarks. Mr. Davies Rpoke for some time, giving hi& expe- rience in a Welsh-speaking district, and remarking that he did not believe any advantage was to be derived from teaching Welsh.

A HAPPY PLACE NEARI IBARRY.

(A NEW LINER IN BAMY jDOGE

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