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1 Porth Higher ElementaryI…


Porth Higher Elementary School Prize Distribution. The annual distribution of prizes and certificates to the scholars at the Porth Higher Elementary School took place on Thursday night by Mrs. W. P. Nicholas, The Garth, Trealaw. The distribution took place in the Welsh Independent Chapel, which was crowded with parents and visitprs, amongst whom we noticed — Aiderma,n K H. Davies, Pentre Alder- man R. Lewis, Tonypandy; Alderman Morgan Williams, Porth; Councillors W. Evans, Porth; D. C. Evans, Trealaw; T. Harris, Pontygwaith Edward Jones, Ton; Mrs. 'Berry; Mrs. W. T. Davies; Mrs. O-riffiths, Porth flouse; Mrs. Wil- hams, Bryngias Mrs. Da vies, Pantglas Rev. R. ill, Salmon, Porth: Rev. J. Edwards, (Salem), Porth: JRev. j. and Mrs. Martin (St. John's Church), Porth; Dr. Ohalke, M.A. Pupil Teachers' Centre; Mr. G. Childs, B.Sc., .Femdale Secondary School; Mr. D. Hawkins, B.Sc., Pupil Teachers' Centre; Dr. and Mrs. Meyler, Trealaw; Mr. Evan Llewellyn, Pentre; Mr. and Mrs. Martyn, Ynyshir School; Mr. J. R. Jones, Wiliiamstown School; Miss Jones, Porth School; Mr. John Da vies, Cae'rysgol; Mr. Farr, Mr. Cyril Thomas, &c. At the commencement of the proceed- ings, Mrs. Nicholas was presented with a bouquet by Muriel Martyn. The chair, on account of the absence of Dr, W. E. Thomas, was taken by the Vicar of Porth. Mr. lS. P. Nicholas and Councillor 11. S. Griffiths, J.P., failed to attend on account of important business in connection with the Council; and apologies were received from Dr. W. Williams (County Medical Officer), Coun- cillor S. Thomas, doekmaster, Penarth, and Mr. II. Price, H.M. Inspector of Schools., Having apologised for appearing in the place of Dr. Thomas, unavoidably absent through illness, the Chairman (the Rev. W. Thomas, vicar of Porth) went on to say that they had assembled to distribute prizes and certificates to those who had been successful at examinations. He would point out, however, that examina- tions were not an infallible criterion of progress. They were resorted to in the absence of a. better means of discovering merit. He joined heartily in the joy and exhilaration of the prize-winners, with out ignoring those who had not been so fortunate. There was need of courage and application to succeed. The language question was a prominent one. He had no hesitation in saying it was our plain duty to cultivate the speaking of both languages in our schools yet it was., not a virtue to speak English with a Welsh accent, nor Welsh with an English accent. The Welsh child trained in our school should be able to speak English as perfectly as a well-educated English- man, and be able also to converse. in irreproachable Welsh. Welsh was a 'musical language which would amply re- pay the -eifort. spent in its mastery. Alderman M. Williams complimented the local authorities upon the splendid provision made to carry on the work of higher education. There was one side of the question, however, which, he hoped, would be more fully developed as time Went Gn, viz., the technical side. Our system should provide the special train- ing demanded, by our workshops, factories and mines. Alderman R. Lewis contrasted modern opportunities with those of his youth. Present improvements had arrived some- what late for some of them, but they were more than willing to allow their children to benefit bv the advantages they them- selves' had missed. He felt certain that no parent grudged the increased expense of education. It was the one cause to- wards which. Welshmen never grumbled to contribute-, Since the inauguration of the Eight Hours regime, there was greater leisure for self-improvement. He wished to emphasise that, to enjoy the greatest benefit from the grounding obtained at the day schools, further advances should be < made upon those studies during the leisure hours now at the disposal of boys engaged in manual work. The victories of the future would not be won on the battlefield, but in the laboratory,- workshop, and study. The Director of Education remarked that the demand for higher education in the district had been pressing, and that in view of the comparatively small accom- modation provided up to a few years ago, it was necessary to organise a new type of school. Schools of this type, while giving secondary education, were called Higher Elementary Schools, under which name they could he provided for from the Elementary Education Sate, the existing twopenny rate for Secondary Education being entirely swallowed up by already existing secondary institutions. "he Higher Elementary School was not a shunting ground for the workman's ehild. To the. Education Authorities, a ehild was a child, irrespective of class distinction. There was no limitation whatever except that of capacity. Porth H.E. School had been visited by distin- guished persons, who expressed their °Pinions in terms flattering to the Edu- cation Committee and the staff. Mr. ? M. Edwards, M.A., the Chief Inspec- Or of Schools for Wales, had remarked that the tone. of the school was truly educational. Parents had noticed, no doubt, that no Cental Welsh Board certi- orates had been distributed that evening. J- hat was explained by the fact that this t^pe of school did not come within the Purview of the Intermediate Education 4-ct of 1898. Councillor Ed. Jones, who spoke in elsh, dealt with the question of educa- tion from the standpoint of the heart, jie was glad to find that Welsh came in tor its fair share of attention at this School, for he thought there was no better ^"ay of reaching the Welsh child's heart ^ta.n through the medium of the ocular. The children during the evening con- J^buted to an excellent programme of jjusic. A special feature was the excel- _nt rendering by the School Choir of the Hir Oes i'r Gymraeg," composed by one of the masters of the school, Mr. 3. P. Gelly. B.A., and sung to the tune of the "len of Harlech."

Headmaster's Report.

Cost of Education in the Rhondda.



Ex-Soldier's Thefts