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""IW Mountain Ash Education Committee. — TUESDAY.—Mr. T. W. Jones in the chair. The other members present were: Mrs. W. G. Williams, Mrs. T. W. Millar, Messrs. Wm. Davies, J. Powell, G. H. Hall, Silas Williams, Evan Morris, Wm. Evans, J. Charles. J.P., E. V. Tidman, Griffith Evans, G. A. Evans, J.P., David Rogers, with Mr. Alfred Morgan (director) and Mr. W. H. Williams (architect). DR. BARNARDO'S HOMES. Mr. Harries, headmaster, Ynysybwl, wrote that a lady organiser on behalf of Dr. Baraardo's Homes had applied to him for permission to address the chil- dren. He wished to have instructions from the committee as to whether Miss Glover and himself could give such per- mission. Mr. J. Powell said that the committee had not been in the habit of granting such requests. He almost believed that there was a resolution on the books to that effect. Director: That is so. Rev. E. V. Tidman: Not within school hours. The Director remarked that the lady could hire a schoolroom any evening and invite the children to be present. SCHOOL TREAT. Mr. Harries, Trerobart School, Ynysy- bwl, wrote that Mr. D. Davies, M.P., Llandinam, was anxious to give a treat to the children, and he applied to the committee for permission to use the schools on Sept. 29th. Mr. Rogers moved, and Mr. Griffith Evans seconded, that the request be granted. Mr. W. Davies: Does this apply to all the other schools? Mr. S. Williams: No. It was only in Ynysybwl that Mr. D. Davies has made hi,- money. (Laughter. MENTALLY DEFICIENT CHILDREN. Mr. J. Charles referred to the need of giving some attention to the school for the instruction of mentally deficient children. The Chairman replied that this matter had been referred to a joint committee. Mr. J. Charles considered that the girls were neglected. The Director said that a conference had been held at Neath. It was intended to hold other conferences dealing with the same matter. MUSIC AND DANCING. ARE THEY NUISANCES? Mr. Wm. Evans raised the question of d&ncing at Carnetown School. He stated that a petition had been sent to him from Cardiff-road, Abercynon. Fif- teen persons had signed it, and they com- plained that dancing was carried on till after 10 o'clock at night. Persons who had to get up early in the morning could not rest at night owing to the noise. Capt. Evans: Who is the manager of the school ? Chairman: I am. I let the school for dancing clashes from 7 to 10 p.m. Capt. Evans thought that the com- plaints ought to be sent to the manager of the school, Mr. Jones. Mr. J. Powell agreed that that would be the better course. Still, that ought not to debar the committee from con- sidering the complaint when it came be- fore them. He had never objected to the schools being used for dancing, but if it was going to prove a nuisance, then he thought the committee should take some action. The Chairman said that he had grant- ed permission on the same terms as last year. No complaint whatever had reached him. He contended that Mr. Evans' statement that dancing was car- ried on till 10.30 could not be substanti- ated. Mr. Evans retorted that a person had stood outside the school listening to the music till 10.30. Mr. Silas Williams observed that the majority of workmen had to get up about 4.30, and so it was necessary for them to go to bed about 9 p.m. He never knew a dancing class held without a great deal of noise, and this noise was bound to in- terfere with people living in the immedi- ate neighbourhood of the school. It was of the, utmost importance to consider the health of the children. It was laid down that the windows were to be opened as scon as the children left. If dancing was carried on from 7 till after 10 the vapour arising from the persons indulging in that exercise was certainly not conducive to the health of the children who attended that school next day. In his opinion dancing ought to be prohibited altogether in the schools. (Hear, hear.) There were public halls in every part of the district, and these were quite as conven- ient. He moved that the petition be granted, and that dancing be stopped at Carnetown Schools. Mr. W. Evans seconded. Rev. E. V. Tidman asked if permission had been granted for the whole of the session. j Chairman: No, only till the end of September. Capt. Evans: I do not think we ought I to over-ride the chairman in this man- ner. Let Mr. Jones make enquiries. I propose that the matter be referred to him for further inquiries. In reply to Mr. Rogers the chairman said the school was let for a dancing I class, and not to a party. Mr. Charles could not see what was I, there to inquire about. If they allowed dancing it was understood that they must allow music. The Chairman said that Mr. Evans had mentioned the matter to Hm a few days ago. He could not understand why people had gone to Mr. Evans. He (Mr. Jones) was in Carnetown oftener than Mr Evans, and no one had whispered any complaints to him. He felt inclined to give up the .managership of the school. Capt. Evans: Quite right, too. I should do the same, if someone interfered with my work. Mr. Rogers: I don't know what people have to complain about. Mr. Evans: People cannot rest. Mr. Rogers: The person referred to by Mr. Evans was enjoying the music. Mr. Evans: He did not think it worth while to go to bed. Chairman: I ghall never act as mana- ger of that school any more. The Eight Hours' Act was in force last year, and not a single complaint was made. Our young people used to go to Pontypridd to dance. That iet why I granted the use of this school. I have never been an ad- vocate of dancing. Mr. J. Powell thought it hardly right of the chairman to resign as manager of the school simply because the complaints were not sent in through the right chan- nel Rev. E. V. Tidman suggested that the classes be not allowed to continue after September. Mr. Rogers: Is it understood that no school shall be granted for dancing? Mr. Powell: This is the only one we are dealing with at present. It was proposed that the Abercynon members should report. Chairman: You do what you like. I will have my way. Mr. Evans: That is all rot. It is a threat to the other members. Mr. Powell remarked that the com- mittee were anxious to help the chair- man. He ought not to speak as he did. Mr. Jones: Mr. Evans is dealing with this before I have a chance of enquiring. Mr. Evans: He has admitted that I told him about it. Mr. Jones: It is wrong to rely on public house reports. Mr. Evans: I strongly object to those words, and I ask you to withdraw. There is no one more fond of public-house re- ports than yourself. Rev. E. V. Tidman: It is time to bring this discussion to a close. The motion that the Abercynon mem- bers make enquiries was passed. PENRHIWCEIBER SCHOOL ACCOMMODATION. The Architect reported that it was im- possible to erect a second floor on any of the existing schools in Penrhiwceiber which would meet the requirements of the Board of Education. Rev. E. V. Tidman: We shall have to pay the land tax and accept the piece of ground offered for sale by Col. Vaughan Lee. Mr. S. Williams: Never. On the motion of Capt. Evans the re- port was referred to the Council. COST OF EDUCATION. The committee next considered the Elementary and Higher Education estim- I gtes of income and expenditure for the half-year ending March, 1911. The Director recommended that pre- cepts be issued asking the overseers for .29,200 and X300 for Elementary and Higher Education purposes respectively. FREE MEATS. An estimate for providing meals for necessitous school-children was also sub- mitted, the accountant remarking that the expenditure went up about 100 per cent. every year. Rev. E. V. Tidman said that possibly the committee were a bit lax in admin- istering that provision of the Act. Capt. Evans thought that the com- mittee could recover more money from parents if they tried. Mr. S. Williams took exception to this statement. The estimate was passed. DELEGATES AND CONFERENCES. On the minutes of. the last Education Committee being presented, Capt. Evans complained that his name had not been entered as an objector to the payment of delegates who had attended the Home Making Centres. Capt. Evans added that he was anxious to safeguard himself. Rev. E. V. Tidman was doubtful whether Capt. Evans was present at the meeting which authorised the delegates to attend. Capt. Evans replied that he was not present. Rev. E. V. Tidman said it was a fashion with some members to object to the pay- merit when they themselves had taken part in sending those delegates. Capt. Evans: Yes, and every member has a right to examine the expenses in- c arred. Finally, it was resolved that Mr Evans' name should be inserted.

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