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THE DENBIGH SCHOOLS' ENTERTAINMENTS. To the Editor of the NORTH WALES TIMES. SIR, I have perused with interest the two letters in your recent issues aDen t the above-named enter- tainment, and I am rather inclined to think that Anxious Parent' has possibly, in being over anxious to put an end to these entertainments, and, judging from his own case, overdrawn his general description of the evils attendant upon them, and I do not concur with his opinion that they ought to be discontinued. School Board entertainments are generally held throughout the kingdom, yet I have not seen anything reported as to any detriment being caused to the health of the children, nor in this district have I yet come across a single child that has suffered any ill effects after the last entertainment. It is conceivable that children, not of average health, or hysterical, or hyper-sensitive, might suffer from the strain of preparatory work, but 1 should think that cramming, especially at examination time, and learning by the youngest infants—some of them from three to five years of age-and all working over an hour at a time without a few minutes rest (and this ought to be given to children of even 12 years of age after each hour's work), would be more injuri- ous to health than the entertainment, which is a pleasurablefchange from ordinary school work. The appearance of the children on the second evening of the entertainment, with their bright, red, and cheerful faces, rather belied the ill- effects which Anxious Parent' surmises. Those of us, who, when children, may have engaged in entertainments may rather have found them, like myself, a pleasant diversion and an enjoy ment from the cram of school work. I agree with Anxious Parent' that keeping the children after their school work, sometimes until six o'clock and without their teas, in pre- paratory work for the entertainment, is over. doing it; but I think that the children them- selves would most regret the discontinuance of their annual entertainment. As to the monetary aspect of the subject, I am disinclined to think that all parents are averse to providing the necessary dress—some would consider themselves sufficiently recouped for their trouble by seeing their children neatly dressed, of bri"ht appearance and acquitting themselves ere 'tbiy upon the Drill Hall stage, others there are, no doubt, who can ill afford to go to much expense, in some cases perhaps un- necessary, and to help these I suggest that some of the balance of 933 should be apportioned for the next concert (if ohe be held). Aid should be given to such parents as may ask for help. On the whole, I do not think that these en- tertainments should be discontinued, but that rather the mode of preparation both as to the training and the expense might be altered-that it should be mended rather than ended. As one who thanked the teachers, &c., for their excellent entertainment—for it was an excellent one—I might perhaps be excused for giving my humble but candid opinion, tho', perchance, I may be made the butt of some of your anonymous correspondents. Yours truly, OWEN WILLIAMS, M.B., Ch.B.Vict., L.S.A. Lond. Denbigh.

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