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Merthyr Education Authority.


Merthyr Education Authority. THE PROPOSED SECONDARY SCHOOL. OBJECTION OF DOWLAIS TO CYFARTHFA CASTLE. TOO FAR AWAY. The monthly meeting of this Authority was held on Wednesday night. Aid. Enoch Morrell (chairman) presided, and there were also pre- sent:—Aldermen J. Harpur, T. J. Evans, EL Evans, D. W. Joae3, A. Wilson (Mayor), Coun- cillors J. Davies (Dowlais), R. P. Rees, Chas. Griffiths, Isaac Edwards, J. W. Lewis, H. M. Lloyd, F. Pedler. J. Davies (Cyfarthfa), David John, F.' S. Simons, Dan Thomas, David Phil. lips, L. M. Jones, D. J. Lewis, W. T. G. Marsh, David Jones, Thomas Williams, Wm Jones, Ed. Edwars, F. T. James, Mrs. M. A. Edmunds, with Mr. E. Stephens (clerk), Mr. W. Probert (deputy clerk), and Mr. Isaac J. Wil. liams (organizer). A deputation representing the Dowlais Cham- of Trade, consisting of the Rector of Dow- Mr. W. Morgan Davies, Mr. J. G Rees, Mr. D. H. Edwards, and Mr. Marcellus Cart- wright (secretary), appeared before the Auth- ority, praying them to consider the advisa- bility of providing a secondary school for th.e children living at Penydarren and Dowlais. THE SECONDARY SCHOOL. The Rector of Dowlais said the deputation was supposed tc represent various bodies in Dowlais, but owing to lack of time, they had not been able to secure the attendance of repre- sentatives of other organizations. They had been told that the advanced elementary school at Ccedraw was to be done away with, and the building was going to be utilised for the lower forms of elementary education, and that Cyf- arthfa. Castle would be used for secondary edu- cation. The people of Dowlais had felt" for a great many years that the disadvantages of children living there were very great, having to come down to Merthyr in all kinds of weather, and suffer gravo disadvantages. It had been mooted more than once that in ord?r to avoid fending children to Caedraw a school should be erected at Dowlais. or sufficiently near the town to obviate the difficulties under which the children now laboured. But it seem- ed that the Corporation intended toag-gravato, accentuate, and enlarge the difficulty by remov- ing the school to Cyfarthfa Castle." If :00, that school, as far as Dcvyhichildren were con- cerned, would be practically useless; they would be barred. M far as ordinary facilities went, from making any u-e of it what-soeever. The object of the Education Acts was to place reas- onable facilities in the way of scholars. To have a secondary school at Cyfarthfa Castle would be to put it out of the reach of a large number of children of ratepayers who had as much right, to a share of the benefits of the parish as anybody else. There was a very largo population above Pontmorlais, and the Council were going to establish the secondary school in an out of the way comer of the parish, and the children would in all weathers, summer and winter, have to go there to be taught. He would not dream of allowing his children to go that distance from home in or- der to receive instruction. Nothing was more detrimental to the physical well,bemg of the children than what was proposed. At pre-ent thechiklren attending at Caedraw were able to go to a coffee tavern for a cup of tea; but if they went to Cyfarthfa Castle, they would have nothing to meditate upon but the crows in the trees. He therefore urged the Authority, be fore they took any definite step in the matter. to consider the claims of the Dowlais district. The Authority contemplated erecting a school at Gellifaelog. Could not that school be used for the purpose? or failing that, the infants' school proposed to be erected at Dowlais ? He was sure there was not a member of the Com- mittee who was not anxio to do his or her best for the benefit of the district generally. Mr. J. G. Rees said that since this matter was brought to public notice, there had a general uproar among the people of Dowlais. As a parent, he agreed tha- it would be a great inconvenience to the scholars in Dow'ais if the proposal were carried out. It would be 1ike go nj into another county, so he pleaded with the Committee to stay their hands. Cyf- arthfa Castle could be us-ed for many other purposes; he thought the Council showed too great a haste to bring the Castle into use. TOO LATE. The Chairman said that the Authority had had regard for Dowlais and also for the lower districts; they had given the question a great deal of consideration, and their anxiety was to do the best for all the children.—Coun. F. T. James: Will the difficulties suggested be met by the children being allowed free passes to the Cyfarthfa gates?—The Rector of Dowlais: We have never heard of a free tram.—Aid. D. W. Jones: It has appeared in the press.—The Rector: I am afraid I do not read the public pr&S5 very much (laughter).—Coun. Dan Tho- mas said the Council contemplated making an entrance to the Castle grounds on the Goitre side, and if they wished, the children need not go round Pontmorlais.—Mr. D. H. Edwards re- ferred to the number of children living north of Ponrmorlais. The deputation, 113 said, felt it was impossible to build a school in every centre, but they asked the Committee whether it would not be possible to allot a portion of the money to be -pent at Cyfarthfa Castle in order to provide a school more convenient to the Dowlais secondary scholars.—The Chair- ma.n: You have voiced some of the difficulties the Committee have already considered. No fees are to be charged the scholar. and railway and car fares will be paid by the Committee. In returning thanks, the Rector of Dowlais said it was unfortunate to pit Treharris against Dowlais. "Treharris can look after itMH." added the rev. gentleman.—Coun. Dan Tho- mas: Oh. that's too selfish.—The Rector: I don't think Merthyr haa ever looked after the interests of the outlying districts. There is an attempt io drag everything into Merthyr. After the deputation had retired, the Chair- man said the Committee were unanimous in their decision to utilise the Castle as a. second- ary school, and the scheme had gone too far to be altered.—Coun. Isaac Edwards: What reply do you intend sending? They have said that the people are dissatisfied.— Coun. J. W. Lewis: The deputation came her under a wrong im- pression. They knew nothing about the facili- ties that will be provided.—Coun. Charies Grif- fiths said he did not agree with the statement that the deputation represented the people of Dowlais, but he would at once make inquiries as to thû opinion of the workmcn.-Coun, Isaac Edwards replied that it had been intended to memorialise the town, but acting upon the sug- gestion of a member of the Council, the Cham- ber of Trnde appointed a deputation. The Mayor that the Clerk send a letter to I the Dowlai, Chamber stating that the Com- mittee hid fully considered the matter, and had come- to the conclusion that it would be to the interests of tbA whole of thp inhabitants to have one secondary school, and that at Cyf- arthfa Costle. As a representative of Treharris, De would iike to ee a Fchool for Merthyr Vale and Treharris; there was a large population there, and also a large rateable value; but it wm impossible to c-stablish another school. If, therefore, Dowlais and Penydarren had any cause to complain, Whfvt about, people who lived eight and nine miles away? If they had separate schools, they would have to appomt separate staffs, and the head teachers and ap. paratus would be very expansive—Aid. Row- land Evans seconded.—Coun. F. T. Janfips sup- ported the Mayor's proposition. H Mid tJ-1:lt a certain po'icy had been adopted it would be II, fine school, and th3 8urroundin¡?s were verr Sjj9f If, at any time it wa* fouod necessary to have another centre, the Committee could consider representations from Dowlais or Tre- harris. But let them make a fair start at Cyf- arthfa.—The Chairman pointed out that unless the Education Authcritv utilised Cyfarthfa Castle, they would have to build a. higher grade -school and a pupil teachers' centre—both very expensive buildings. But at Cyfarthfa they had a. magnificent site which would be con- verted at reasonable expense into a secondary school and a pupil teachers' ecntiv. There being no amendment, the proposition was car- ried. CASTLE ALTERATIONS. Mr. T. F. Harvey, borough engineer. present- ed a report upon the proposed secondary gehocM at the Castle. It was gratifying, he wrote, to crve that, ill returning his preliminary sketch plans, iipon which he had expended much thought; the Welsh Department of the Board of Education stated that the plans were _gnenJ Jly satisfactory The Beard drew atten, tion to tiilf inadequate provision for laboratory work in the boys' school, .and to the fact that there appeared TO b* no provision for a. labora- tory for general science work in the girls' school, the r<?om in.'the tower (botany Toom) being too small for such purpose. They re- quested that full plans should be prepared cm- bodying these suggestions. With reference to the lighting, Mr. Harvey said it was possible there might be sufficient wa.ter power obtain- able from the Bryn Cae Owen Pond to provide eiectric light economically.—The report was re- ferred to committee. VARIOUS. Coun. Isaac Edward.. moved, Coun. J. Davies (Dowlais) iO&20nded, and it WdS agrf;;2d, that the prepare a return giving the names of all certilli2at"d teachers in the service of the Authority who had not accented the Super- annuation Act. The Sites and Buildings Committee reported having had under consideration the report or the sub committee with regard to the provision of a school &t Mount Pleasant, Merthyr Vaie. and recommended that the question be deferred. -1';le local mernbe t's urged that th3 matter be referred back to committee for further con- sideration, but the report was adopted by 11 votes to 9. Coun. F. Pedler said he hoped something would soon be done in regard to the infants' school at Pen'rheolgerrig, and the Chairman replied that the sub-committee who had the matter i,n, hand were paying due attention to it. The-School Attendance Committeo reported having c.oll;:3idepd their d-av of me<:ting (ruc- day), the same day as the police-court, and re- commended thar TlJ alteration be mad"" as the present day and time did not ciash with other metilJ:>, --Co¡¡n. Isaac Eclward said th ques- tion was considered because of the disgraceful scenes witnessed in the corridors on police-court days.—Coun. J. Davies (Dowlais) said the meet- ings were held on Tuesday morning because there IVere other committees in the afternoon. The Labour men did not wish to lose a day for one meeting.—Coun. Dan Thomas: They are paid.—Coun. Davies: They don't want a day's pay unless they can dp i day's work.— Coun. F.S. Simons agreed thai disgraceful con- duct was seen in the hall outside the police- court on Tuesdays, and that the parents of childrrn who did not attend school regularly 1 had to sit in the corridors and watch it.—It was agreed that the matter be reconsidered. On the motion of Aid. T. J. Evans, seconded by Coun. Isaac Eùwards, it was airreed. upon the recommendation of Dr. Duncan (medical officer of health), to place cooking appliances in the Brecon-road Soup Kitchen at an estimated The Merthyr Gas Company wrote offering to light Penydarren Infants' School with gas, each 60-candle power, or a total candle power of 3.840, for 8d. an hour; and the Merthyr Electric Traction Company offerd tv light the school with eiectric light for 11.9d. per hour, or 8.08d. if certain lamps were used.—On the motion of Coun. Isaac Edwards, seconded by Aid. D. W Jones, the tender of the Gas Com- pany was accepted.—Coun. H. M. Lloyd urged that a child was fresh after working a.n hour with electric light, but was not so well able to study after working with geu- light for an hour. an hour. A Jetter was read from the head teachers of Merthyr Vale and TroedjTbiw Infants' School. asking permission to open afternoon school at 1.50, instead of 2 p.m., to enable fourteen teachers to catch the 4 p.m. traiø to Merthyr, instead of having to wait until the 4.54 train.— The letter was laid upon the table. Mrs. Edmunds mentioned that fiss Kaie Jones, of Troedyrhiw School, was successful in winning honours with her choir at both the Mountain Ash and Abergavenny Eisteddfodau, and she thought deserving of congratulation by the Committee (hear, hear) Miss Mary E. Pugh, Merthyr Va'e Mixed School, srn in hr resignation. Mis" ?• Hughes wrote thanking the Au'hpri.y for her appointment to the Troedyrhiw Girl-?' School. A letter from Canon Wade with regard to salaries paid to teachers at St. Mary's Roman Catholic School, was referred to the Salaries Committee. •

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