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SIR GEORGE KEKEWIiiH AT BARRY.

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SIR GEORGE KEKEWIiiH AT BARRY. A DAY IN THE TOWN. CEREMONY AT THE COUNTY SCHOOL. AT HOME AT HANNAH-STREET. Sir George Kekewici, K.C.B., Secretary of the Board of Erlucai I who a couple of YPRr- ago consented to pay a visit to Barry, but was afterwards prevented from doing so, on Friday in last week visited the town for the purpose of seeing the modern eqnipmert of the local ele- mentary and intermediate schools. Sir George, who arrived early in the afternoon, was driver, to Clive-road Schools, Barry Island, which, in the opinion of Mr Legard, R.!T. Inspector, who accompanied him, is one of the most up-to date in the Principality. Here demonstrations were given in modern methods of teaching local geography by a very interesting and novel means, and Sir George expressed himself as being highly pleased. CEREMONY AT THE COUNTY SCHOOLS. In the afternoon Sir George Kekewich at- tended the Intermediate Schools at the Buttrilh, where he was met by air John Lowdon, J. P., chairman of the Local Governing Body and School Boprd Captain H. Davies, vice-chairman of the School Board Major- I General H. H. Lee. J.P., DrW. Lloyd Edwards, Dr P. J. O'Donnell, Mr J. Arthur Hughes, and Mrs J. Christmas Lewis, members of the Governing Body. Mr Edgar Jones, M.A., the headmaster, showed the hon. gentleman around, and subsequently Sir George placed the me- morial stone of P. new workshop and gymnasium at present in course of construction. Mr Dashwood Caple, the architect, presented Sir George Kekewich with a handsome silver mounted ebony mallett, which bore a suitable inscription. In view of the present extensions, it is in- teresting to note that in February last the late Alderman Jones-Griffiths re-opened the school buildings after extensions carried out at a cost of £ 4,000. The present additions consist of a large workshop, capable of accommodating a class in woodwork and another in metalwork both at the same time, and a gymnasium. The cost of the buildings is SI,400, and for the new conveniences X550, the contractor being Mr W. Britton, ( f Barry Dock. The full extent of the alterations and extensions from time to time may more easily be realised by comparing the original cost of S2,600 and the amount of nearly £ 8,000 which has since been spent on the building. Sir George Kekewich, after having performed the ceremony in the presence of the governors, school children, and staff, said there was nothing he liked better than seeing the foundation of a good secondary ssbool such as that. (Hear, hear.) Barry was to be congratulated upon getting the money to make these extensions from the County Council. (Hear, hear.) The Welsh were generally ready to do everything they possibly could for education, because there was an educational spirit in Wales which ex- tended itself from school boards upwai- I-, The hon. gentleman expressed the hope that the new buildings would be the means of increasing the efficiency of the school. The children, who were conducted by Mr Keen, then sung several school songs, and at the close rendered the Welsh and English National Anthems. In the course of the afternoon Mr John Lowdon, J.P., presented Miss Ethel Jones, one of the first seven scholars in Wales, to Sir George, who congratulated her on her distinc- tion, and spoke words of encouragement re- specting her future. TOUR AND LUNCHEON. At the invitation of Captain R. Davies, the dockmaster, Sir George Kekewich, with Mr Legard, H.M. Inspector, and other gentlemen, were subsequently taken on a tour round the docks. The hon. gentleman was afterwards entertained privately to luncheon by the mem- bers of the Local Governing Body and Schoo Board at Culley's Hotel. AT HOME" AT HANNAH-STREET SCHOOLS. This was a somewhat brilliant function, the interior of the school buildings being trans- formed in a remarkable manner to represent a huge drawing-room. A collection of valuable pictures was lent by Mr Tibbett, grocer, a connoiseur in art, while handsome drawing- room furniture was lent for the occasion by Messrs W. H. Hooper and Co., Barry, and Mr J. H. Abbott, Barry Dock. The taste exercised by Miss Musterman, Miss Fleming, and Miss Frazer in the decorations, was admirable, and the surroundings were greatly admired. The company, beside the members of the School Board and local governing body, included Mr A. G. Legard, Mr J. W. Taylor, Mr S. Halliday, Mr J. Wakeford, Mr J. E. Home, H.M. In- spectors, Mr Owen Owen, M.A., inspector of County Schools Mr Charles Morgan, pupil teachers school, Cardiff; Mr Jenkin Llewellyn, chairman Penarth School Board Mr J. J. Jackson, clerk Cardiff School Board Revs. H. H. Stewart, M.A., Aaron Davies, D.D., Thos. May, M.A., Alderman and Mrs J. C. Meggitt, and a large number of the teaching staffs of the various schools in the district. Tea and light refreshments were served, and a short pro- gramme of music gone through. PUBLIC MEETING. ADDRESS BY SIR GEORGE KEKEWICH. Subsequently the company repaired to the room below, where there was a crowded meet- ing to hear an address from Sir Geo. Kekewicb. Mr A. G. Legard presided, aad was supported by Mr Lowdon, J.P., chairman of the School Board. The Chairman having made a few com- plimentary remarks in honour of the distin- tinguished visitor, Sir Geo. Kekpwicb, who was enthusiastically cheered, said:- Whem I come to Monmouth- shire, or as every good Welshman says, into Wales, for a little salmon fishins, I have the greatest pleasure in meeting a Welsh audience as Secretary of the Board of Education for England and Wales. I hope you think that I never forget that I am Secretary of the Board of Education for Wales as well as England. (Cheers.) It is all especial pleasure for ine to come to Barry, because, as Air Legard has said, we have—not only myself- taken the highest interest in the education that is given at Barry. Barry, I confess, has exceptional advantages The great advantage that Barry has is that it is what is called a mushroom town. I remember this place very wfill when it was pretty well bare of houses and there were none of the docks which are here at present. The result has been that Barry School Board has had an entirely new field. They have no old schools to deal with; no old and unsatisfactory buildings. They have built all their schools in a most ad- mirable manner, and the consequence is that they havt excellent accommodation, both for the teachers and the children they have, as it were, their foundation of education ready for them. (Hear, bear.) As I say, we have always had the highest opinion of the School Board at Barry. I never remember, and I don't think we have ever had, any difference with the Barry School Board. (Hear, hear.) Yet, when I see Father Byrne before me, though, I venture tc say," hardly" ever, (Laughter.) I remember some years ago there was some little difficulty about, I tbink, an undenominational sciiool. I don't know what the School Board think, but I think the Board of Education —or the Educa- tion Department as it was then-solved that difficulty extremely wisely, and I think the School Board themselves are extremely glad that that difficulty has been removed out of their path. (Laughter.) I don't hear the School Board cheer—(laughter)—but I think they do all tbe same. (Renewod laughter.) It J was about a year ladies and gentlemen, that I undertook, with toe recklessness of my character, to come down here in order to say a few words to the people of Barry but, of course, I hardly anticipated that before this time we should have beeen in the throes of con- troversy on educational matters. Education, really, is a very difficult subject for anybody, and it is a more difficult subject for the Secre- tary of the Board of Education than anybody else—(laughter)—not because he doesn't know anything about it, but because he is so exceed- ingly afraid of putting his foot in water that is too hot for him. (Laughter.) Ii is a much troversy on educational matters. Education, really, is a very difficult subject for anybody, and it is a more difficult subject for the Secre- tary of the Board of Education than anybody else—(laughter)—not because he doesn't know anything about it, but because he is so exceed- ingly afraid of putting his foot in water that is too hot for him. (Laughter.) Ii is a much more dangerous subject for him than for any irresponsible person. ((Tear, hoar.) But con- sidering that last year legislation was promul- gated, and we hart a good ileal or political controversy impending, I wonder that I had the temerity to keep my promise. (Applause. But you kirow,t)romisesarn promises. (Renewed appl uise.) You know that English education no. I won't say English c-dticttioii that was i slip of the tongue; I mean British education. (Cheers.) The existing system of British education has been subjected lately, as y u are aware, to a great deal of criticism. Well, from a certain point of view I have welcomed it, because ic shows that we apathetic Britishers are beginning to take an interest ^in the way our children are being educated. It shows we are waking up. (Hear, hear.) At the same time, although this may indicate that some real public opinion on the subject of education is in process of formation, it nevertheless has its disadvantages. The reason for this disadvantage is that extremely few people in this country are really qualified to criticise our system of education, and the worst of it is that the very people do not know anything about it criticise it. They are unqualified persons, and the consequent diffi- culty is that education affords a very wide field for faddists of all descriptions. (Cheers.) Now, I hardly like to call enthusiasts in this particu- lar direction faddists, but I know what extreme difficulty we have always had in keeping thJ curriculum in elementary schools not Only within reasonable dimensions, but of a reason- able character. (Tlear, hear.) What we hnve to -see is that a satisfactory, sound, liberal education is given in every school in this country of every type and creed. (Hear, hear.) What are the conditions we ought to apply to make up a good, sound, and practical educa- tion ? I think there are not more than four or five. I think, first, that teaching is of no use without sanitary buildings. (Cheers.) Next, I think, is good teachers; the next a suitable and rOIF'nil,hle curriculum, in which there is provided discipline in the formation of character; fourthly, good attendauce-(cheers)-fiftb, good manage- ment. (Cheers.) Then referring to each subject, the speaker paid a glowing tribute to the memory of the late PrincipalViriamu Jones, and remarking" upon the system of sending pupil teachers to county schools, as is done at Barry and Ffestiniog. the speaker said: -"This is a new departure of teachers being sent to the County School instead of to Pupil Teachers' Centres. When such an arrangement can be made, it seems to me to have very considerable advantages. I don't see any use in duplicating places for the instruction of pupil teachers. (Hear, hear.) Let them be educated upon the ordinary lines of a good intermediate school. (Hear, hear.) There is no reason, as far as the „ .rriculum is concerned, why a pupil teacher should not have his instruction in secondary schools, if there is a good one available. (Hear, hear ) Then there is a great advantage also in the substitution of various examinations for the ordinary Queen's Scholarship examination. In the place of a body of teachers trained from their youth up on exactly the same lines, and in exactly the same groove, you will have a body of teachers who have been taught in many different ways, and they get a variety of know- legde, a great elasticity of education will be created, and you inculcate wider views among your budding teachers." (Cheers.) At the close of the address, which was fre- quently applauded, Mr John Lowdon was presented by Sir George Kekewich with a gold medal, awarded the School Board at the Paris Exhibition, which bad been purchased by the Educational Society for the purpose. Dr Lloyd-Edwards proposed a vote of thanks to Sir George Kekewich, and Miss Fleming, in a short and happy speech seconded the motion, which wa,s enthusiastically accorded, and Sir George having replied, a further presentation of certificates took place to those who had gained them at the Paris Exhibition.

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