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County and Elementary Schools' Speech Days. ABERYSTWYTH. The Central Hall of this School was filled with a large and representative audience last Wednesday -afternoon, on the occasion of the annual speech day and prize distribution. The Chairman of the governing Body, the Rev Thos Levi, presided, who was supported by Mrs Griffiths, Miss Maria Jones, -and Miss Roberts, Professor Genese and Mr Richards, Gwarfelin, Governors of the School,, Principal Roberts Mr Vaughan Davies M.P.; Professor Morgan Lewis, H.etlli r. Williams, B.A., T. E. Roberts, M.A.. D. J. Williams; Geo Eyre Evans Messrs John Evans (clerk) Mr Darlington, H.M.I, of schools Councillor T J Samuel; Mrs and Miss Protheroe, Mi^ Roberts Mrs Genese; Miss Kate B. Lloyd, Principal of the High School for (JiLls; Nliss Williams,f Victoria Terrace; Mrs and Miss Edwards, Laurels Mr David Samuel, M.A. Head-master; Miss Ewart M.A., Senior Mistress; the whole of the staff, and others. Letters of regret at inability to be present were received from the Countess of Lisburne; Viscountess Parker; Sir Lewis Morris Kt. Mr J. Lloyd Morgan, M.P. Mrs Phillips, Marine-terrace and Mrs Morgan, Nantceiro. The Head-master then read his fifth .annual report from which the following is abstracted At the time of my last annual report, we had admitted 226 boys and 122 girls making a total of 348 pupils. From the opening of the school in October 1896 to the ptesent we have -admitted 265 boys and 154 girls, making altogether' .a total of 419 pupils. Since last, Christmas 71 new pupils have been entered. 39 boys and 32 girls. The school has not suffered in the course of the past year from lack of Inspectors and Inspectors' visits. During the past year we have been visited too by an exceptionally large number of education- alists—schoolmasters and others not professionally connected with, though greatly interested in education. I may name Professor Wendt of Ham- burg a gentleman greatly interested in the Welsh Intermediate-System of Education. He came up to us at the end of our Central Board Examination in July. He was particularly pleased with what was being done in secondary education in Wales. Having a slight acquaintance with Welsh, he took -special interest in some specimens of Welsh dictation on which one of the classes was engaged at the time of his visit. The British Chatauquas, whose visit to our Town last mid-summer is remembered, spent a portion of an afternoon up here, making a very thorough inspection of the I premises. They were delighted with our buildings and environments. Amongst. the Chautauquans was Dr J. D. McClure. Headmaster of Mill Hill School, North London- He was much interested in the places he inspected classrooms, time tables, and other matters of detail connected with our school. He was kind enough to embody some of his impressions in a communication which afterwards appeared in print. The governors will be proud to know that it is the consensus of, opinion amongst educationalists who visit us, that Aberestwyth is to be highly congratulated in having such an excellent school, with classrooms j well lighted, spacious and well ventilated. And it is to be hoped that when the permanent labora- j tories are put up, these also will be built on the same grand scale on which the present buildings are constructed. Since my' last report, some apparatus for the laboratory, and some articles of furniture for the art room and kitchen have been provided. In that report, a reference was made to forming a pupils library from the proceeds of a lecture just then deliveied in the Central Hall by the Rev George Eyre Evans. The governors will be glad to hear that about 70 volumes were obtained in this way. Only last week, Mr Evans gave a reading of the I- Christinas Carol" (Dickens) in this Hall, the proceeds of which will be devoted to further aug- menting the library. The Governors will, I feel convinced, join the staff,and the pupils in expressing their appreciation of Mr Evans' kindness. I take this opportunity of thanking him for the enthusi- astic interest he has ever taken in everything that appertains to the well-being and success of our school on the hill." Books have been presented to the library by many of our pupils. I desire to express our thanks to these pupils, and to others- Miss Maria Jones, one of the local managers of the school, Mr J. H. Howell, lately science master, and Mrs Howell, and especially toDr McClnre,who last week handed over to us, through Mr George Eyre Ev/ins, two valuable books which are a valuable acquisition to our shelves, and afford a proof of Dr MoClure's continued interest in Aberystwyth Countv School. The report then deals with the academic successes during the past year, which have already appeared in our columns. Miss Jones, our cookery mistress, reports that the work done in the kitchen during the year has been of a good household character. The pupils take great interest in their wqrk,and, on the whole, turn out ▼ery good dishes.' Sir Appletdu, our drawing master, reports that notwithstanding the fact that Some capable pupils have left the school, yet the general level of merit, on the whole, was never higher than it is at present; and the progress made in the last term has been especially good. This is due in some measure to better appliances, but more particularly to the growing interest in draw- ing shown by the pupils. The classes are well and regularly attended. The successes in the June examination of the Board of Education were very satisfactory. These successes will appear more noteworthy, when it is borne in mind that each success gained was that of the advance stage of the subject—indeed the successful pupils attained the same standard of proficiency that is expected from art class teachers who intend to make art their profession. A. Doughton Williams, a pupil, has received very high recommendation from an eminent authority, for his work in drawing in con- nection with the History of Aberystwyth," now issuing through the press, and both pupil and his teacher are to be congratulated on having turned out such an excellent piece of work. A County Scholarship of P,15 was awarded to David Jonathan Jones by the County Governing Body, and a Rendel Exhibition of 910 to Stephen Owen Owens by the .same Body. Both these pupils have commenced their studies at the Collega- Five pupils passed the matriculation examination of the Welsh Uni- versity in JuncSjlast. Three of them were placed in the first division—Isabella Cruickshank, Herbert E. Jones, Eben. Rhys Thomas; and two in the second division—Jacob Meurig Jones and Rachel Ellen Thomas. Stephen Owen Owens passed in four out of the five subjects of the examination. Of these candidates, four of them were, three years before the date of the examination, pupils at ele- mentary schools, and the last named, Rachel Ellen Thomas, was at a country elementary school, 2i years before the examination. These are noteworthy facts, and show the bright promise which some of our pupils give if they aie allowed to follow an academic career. JSir Lewis Morris in his letter just received, spoke of our School becoming a useful adjunct to the Col- lege. This has already been realized. We offer to studenrls of the College, graduates of the Welsh and other Universities, every facility and opportunity for training themselves, under their Teachers of Method, in the practical work of teaching and thus fitting themselves to be masters and mistresses in secondary schools. The College authorities have often availed themselves of these facilities, and 1 .trust that they may in the future be more regularly seized and the system more thoroughly developed. We have realised Sir Lewis Mosris' wish in another way, for though our school is only of very recent growth, it has already supplied the College with a large number of students, and at present, I think, there are at the College, nearly 25 students who have been pupils of Aberystwyth County School —a very noteworthy fact. I regret the long absence of one of our staff. Mr Thomas Owen who had been with us from the very opening of the school, broke down in health at the beginning of this year. So severe was his illness that all hope of his taking up the work for some time had to be given up. At the commencement of the present Term, per- ceiving an apparent improvement in his health, he made a gallant attempt to grapple with his work; but after three weeks, he was constrained to give way. I desire to offer my sincerest thanks to Mr Charles Elsden who has been ever ready to give us the benefit of his collaboration, and whose interest in our pupils and their work deserves special recognttion. The prizes annually given for work done in the previous session will be awarded thus Upper VIth Form, 1st prize—David Jonathan Jones; 2nd prize—Stephen Owen Owens. Lower 'VIth, 1st prize—Ebenezer Rhys Thomas; 2nd prize—Isabella Cruickshank, Herbert Edmund Jonese Special prizes awarded to Rachel Ellen Thomas and Jacob Mcurig Jones. Vthi Form, 1st prize-Lizzie Morris; 2nd prize, Matfie Cruick- shank. IVth Form, 1st prize-Evan Edwards 2nd .prize-Silian Davies. IIIrd Form, 1st prize—Lewis Pugh; 2nd prize, Edward David Evans. Ilnd Form, 1st prize—W E Edwards; 2nd prize, Mary Jane Philips, 1st Form, 1st prize—John James Edwards 2nd prize—Annie Mary Hughes. I have to thank the governors for their generous grants during the year for certain details connected with the school. Whenever application has been made for appliances, apparatus, &,c,. our demands have been most readily conceded. And I desire specially to refer to Mr John Evans, Clerk and the Managers, -who in a variety of ways and on many occasions, has done a great deal towards carrying out our wishes expeditiously, and done this more effectively and usefully than we could have done without his assistance. The prize books and certificates were gracefully delivered to the scholars by Miss Maria J.ones. Principal Roberts, in the course of an address, said that the report upon the school issued by the Central WelshBoard and reports of visiting inspectors produced a very favourable impression of the work done by the school. Uudoubtedly in a county and a town possessing educational traditions such as that county and that town possessed, any institution must go through a considerable period of probation before it became rooted and grounded in the con- fidence and affections of the people of the district; and that was the process through which that school had been and was going. But they had bad now, year after year, proofs that the progress made was undoubted (applause). That formed a very strong argument on behalf of the school, the teachers, and the pupils for their receiving them into their abso-^ lute confidence (applause). When he said theit confidence he meant not only those present bur those in the town and district who were interested in the progress of education. There was one proof of confidence which it was within their power to show, and in that way to render a great service to the school. The work done in the scientific depart- ment had very greatly advanced during the past year, and the managers had furnished the school with a considerably increased equipment in the form of apparatus, but no provision had yet been made for permanent scientific and technical build- ings for the school. Now, however creditable the work under the present conditions might be. it could not possibly be compared with the work that could be done if that deficiency was supplied (bear. hear). The school could not be said to be competing upon fair terms with its sister schools all over the Princi- pality until that deficiency was made good. It seemed to him to be within the power of the people of Aberystwyth to supply that deficiency. It was not for him to dwell upon ways and means. It would be discreditable to that town if at this period in the flood tide of education in Wales, in the flood tide of Welsh nationality, in the flood tide also of the prosperity of the town as a watering-place, means could not be found to obtain £1.000 or there- abouts to carry out this work (applause). He would like to say a few words upon general and secondary education in face of the bill which the Government proposed to bring in next session. If that bill was to do good it must embody certain great principles. One was that the authority to be created must have control over the entire education within its area. It a new authority was to be created for Cardiganshire it should have control of elementary, secondary, and tschnical education. He knew of nothing more stimulating to education than that there should be called into existence such an authority. Such an authority should be con- stituted upon a representative basis, and two-thirds should be representatives of the ratepayers. He did not mean, however, direct representation. Another point was that no limit should be imposed by Act of Parliament upon the rating power in con- nection with the new bill. In the last bill twopence was the limit, which was absurdly inadequate for counties of low rateable value such as Cardigan- shire. He did not say that the greatest care should not be exercised before they went above the limit of twopence, and probably the new educational authority would have to justify its financial pro- posals before the judgment bar of the connty councils. Whatever the proportion of the ex- penditure necessary to the maintenance of education was that should come from the local rates, a larger proportion ought to come from the Treasury. (Hear, hear.) That was one of the great objects they should have at heart in Wales, as part of the mission of Wales in education was to show that education was a matter for the commonwealth at large. (Applause.) If the great Empire of which they were members was to prosper in the sense in which prosperity was worth having it would be in a large part owing to the qualities which the boys and girls trained in those new Welsh schools would be able to bring to bear upon that great task. (Heal, hear.) There was one other point. The new authority should have the power and means to prepare for the training of teachers within its area. For some time in co-operation with His Majesty's Inspectors of Schools they had been endeavouring to bring about schemes which would give the pupil teachers a three years' training in the county schools, and he was glad to find that the School Board of Aberystwyth had already done this. If they in Wales had constructed a system of secon- dary education it was because they believed that the system rested upon sure foundations, and that they need not be afraid. (Hear, hear.) Mr Vaughan Davies, M.P., who also spoke, ad- vised a freer study of the German language. He saw by the reports of the schools througboot Wales that French was the favourite language, but it was not wise to neglect German. The bill referred to by Principal Roberts was in the hands of the Duke of Devonshire. He believed that the Duke was whistling for the wind of public opinion. What that would bring him nobody could tell. If he would let the Welsh people indicate clearly what they wanted he would not have to whistle very long. (Hear, hear.) Education was not a local matter, it was a national question. If they educated the people they raised the nation, and the nation ought to help to pay. On the motion of Mr Richards, seconded by the Rev Thomas Williams, thanks were awarded to Principal Roberts and Mr Vaughan Davies, M.P., for their addresses, and a similar compliment having been paid to Miss Maria JOBS&, eu the pro- posal of Rev George Eyre Evans, seconded by the Headmaster, the proceedings closed. The company then adjourned to the kitchen to inspect the cook- ery exhibits, which had been made by some forty girls, under the tuition of the mistress, Miss Jones. Every article in the large and varied display of iced cakes, poultry, soups, etc., was bought by the visitors. On the following (Thursday) evening the school entertainment was held. there being again a crowded audience, The following was the pro- gramme. CANTATA THE ENCHANTED PALA«E. Characters:—King, Bernard G Owen; queen, Sophia Evans Prince Emerald, David Owen Morris; Princess Crystal, Nesta Morgan; chan- cellor, T. E. Evans wise man, Basil Herbert jester, Thomas Keane poet, Rhys Ellis; chief maiden, Mabel Thomas; fairy of the palace, Gwladys Adams; do. life, Connie Lee do. darkness, Elsie Brotherton 1st fairy, Mary Ellen Parry; 2nd do., Blodwen Edwards; 3rd do., May Thompson 4th do., Mary Edwards; 5th do.. Eliza- beth Edwards maids of hononr, Katie Brown, Annie M James. THE PRINCESS' TENNYSON. Characters :-King Gama, J T Wilkinson; king of the Northern Empire, A D Williams the prince, hi? son, Euenezcr Rhys Thomas; Florian, Fred Jones; Cyril, Howard Ellis Arac, Bernard Owen; 1st brother, Edgar De Lloyd 2nd do., Rhys Ellis Princess Ida, Lilian Morgan Lady Blanche, Edith Thomas Lady Psyche, Sophia Evans; Melissa, Maggie Keane Violet, Lizziie Morris. Students— Rhoda Jones, Lilian Davies, Gwen Morgan, Mary Jane Phillips, Blodwen Edwards Mary M Evans, A C Meredith; Elizabeth Edwards. The pianist was D J De Lloyd, U.C.W., an old boy of the school. The dresses and all the accessories, together with the acting reflected the greatest credit on all con' cerned. The singing was under the conductorship of the Headmaster. The Teaching staff has charge of the stage and other details, ably assisted by Mrs Murray, Miss Lily Ewart, and Mr A W Davies. THE NATIONAL SCHOOL Presentedv, bright and sunny appearance on the occasion of the annual prize distribution last Thursday morning by the Ven. Archdeacon Protheroe, who was supported by his Worship the Mayor. Mr G. Fossett Roberts, Mr J. Watkins, J.P., Rev Geo. Eyre Evans, Miss Gilbertson, Miss Protheroe, Mr Ainsleigh Jones (head-master) and staff of the school. A very large number of prizes were earned by the pupils. Silver brooches for regular attendance for two years were awarded Lucy Price and Edith Morgan, but it was stated the latter was unable to attend owing to illness. The following were awarded silver medals for full attendance. The possible number of attendances was 410:—Ernie Davies, 410; Hubert Gurney. 410; Teddy Beck, 410; George Hughes, 410; Harold Gurney, 410 John D. Griffiths, 410: John W. Davies, 410; Albert Hughes. 410; Archie Taylor, 407; Stanley Jones, 409 Fred Pairy, 406. Girls- Edith Davies' 410; Elsie Price, 410 S. J. Davies, 410; Sarah M, Barry, 410; Gwen Jenkins, 410: Mag Berry, 410; Emma Baker, 409; Sarah Jones, 410. j Pupil teachers prizes :-Scripture, Maggie Hunt, second in the first class St David's Diocese exam- ination H. A. Sheraton, second in the second year division examination David John Davies, second in first year candidates' examination. The Archdeacon Protheroe having distributed certificates to the infants and the higher school, handed prizes to the following pupils who bad made good attendances, the possible number being 410:— Standard VI-Daniel Jones, 397; Lawrence Gurney, 399. Standard V-Albert Hughes, 410; J R Jones, 405; Evan Stanley Jones, 409 Phillip Benjamin, 407 John Benjamin, 404; Fred Parry, 406; David Watkins, 403. Standard IV—George Thomas, 408; David Watkins, 396. Standard III Harold Gurney, 410; John Griffiths, 410; John W Davies, 410; Thomas Griffiths. 398; Tom Powell, 394; JosephJones, 393. Standard II—Teddy Beck, 410; George Hughes, 410; Tommy Pickering, 409; Oswald Thomas, 398; Mathew Campell, 405; Edward Edwards, 406; Tom Doughton, 400; Archie Tayler, 407. Standard I—John D Phillips. 399; Ernest Davies, 410; Jack Samuel, 397; George Putt, 405; Hurbert Gurney, 410; Edgar Wiles, 404; Owen Morgan, 407. Girls, Standard VI-Jennie Jenkins, 401. Stand- arrl V-Mag Barry, 410; Lucy Price. 410; Emma Baker, 409; Sarah D Jones, 410; Helena Jones. 394 Hannah Davies, 398. Standard IV—Margar- et Ann Williams, 406; Dilys Evans, 394; Gwen Jenkins, 410. Standard III—Edith Morgan, 410; Georgin'a Pemberton, 405 Dorothy Davies, 405 May Barry, 410 Catherine Pickering, 409; Lotie Coleman, 403. Standard II—Edith Davies, 410; Kate Lloyd, 404; Kate Humphreys, 499; Polly Baker, 403; May Bevan, 403; Elsie Price, 410 Esther Felix, 408; S J Davies, 410; Martha Benjamin, 408 Nellie Rees, 401; Bessie Llew- ellyn, 397. Standard I-Lizzie Thomas, 402; Gertie Jones, 399; Gerty Lloyd, 407; M E Roberts, 399. Special Prizes: -Scripture prizes, John Richard Jones, given by Archdeacon Protheroe, and also the prize given by Miss Gilbertson. Headmaster's geography prize was awarded David James Wll- iams. Arithmetic prize, Arthur Smith. General knowledge, Spencer Treharne. Standard VII., arithmetic, Bertie Jones. Merit prizes were given Florrie Vaynor, Arthur Evans, Maud Williams, Dilys Evans, Herbert Morris, Arthur Pemberton, Cissie Hulson, and Maggie Jones. Archdeacon Protheroe announced that the prize of 10s 6d, offered by the Mayoress (Mrs R J Jones) for the best all round child in the school would be awarded to Dilys Evans, daughter of Mr John Evans, solicitor, who is a Nonconformist. Arthur Evans, brother of Dilvs Evans, was also awarded a prize for general excellence. The percentage attendance of the boys for the whole year is 93'6. The attendance of the girls j for the year was 90 5. The whole school percentage attendance is 91'9 per cent. j The Mayor having addressed the children, On the proposition of Mr G. Fossett Roberts, seconded by Mr J. Watkins, a vote of thanks was accorded Archdeacon, Protberoc for having presented the children with their medals, certifi- j cates, and prizes. BOARD SCHOOL. On Thursday morning last, Mr W Thomas, chairman of the School Board, attended the Board Schools to distribute the prizes for good attendance made during the year ending November 30th 1901, Mr Thomas gave a short address to the children, in which be congratulated them on having made better attendance during the past year than had been made during any previous year. He also exhorted the children to be thrifty and diligent. Three hearty cheers were given Mr Thomas for att ending. The following were the prize-winners —Hannah Davies, Elizabeth J Rowlands, Sarah Gwen Evans, Maude B Jones, Helena Rowlands, Annie M Joseph, Sophia C Jones, Mary H Williams Blodwen Hughes, Annie Alice Jones, Jebn Vaughan. John H Howard, Thomas Owen, Joel Morris, David Jas Williams. Evan James Thomas, David Philips, D Morris Edwards, Joseph Owen (second !year), Evan D Rowlands (second year), Jehn Jenkin Evans (third year), Sydney Jones (third year), W'illiatn Joseph (fourth year). All these made a full attendance during the year, and gained special prizes and certificates. The follow- ing also received prizes and certificates :—Infants' department—Llewelyn Williams, Archie Potts, George M Richards, E G Humphreys, E R Harris, Winifred Powell, John Parry, Nellie Edwards, Robert T Edwards, Maude Joseph, Mary Lewis, Nellie Williams, Maggie J Hughes, Sarah h Morris, Anne Griffiths, Gladys Phillips. Thomas R Jenkins, James R Lewis, Emrys Griffiths, George Hammond, James D James, D Albert Williams, David Lewis Jones, Alfred Lee, David W Beynon Robert Ellis, Thomas Purton, Joseph Davies, William Jones, Frank Santall, Isaac 0 G Morgan, Henry Powell, Harry Worthington, Harford Richards, Geo E Sifleet, Stanley Lewis, Annie Jenkins, Oliver Ellis, Sarah Griffiths, Sarah Dilys Jones, Annie Thomas, Annie Lewis, Elizabeth A Edwards, Mary Edwards, Lizzie A Ricfe, Nellie Price, Lizzie Jones, Lucy Davies, Nellie Owen, Annie J'Morgan, E Cruickshank, Edith M Jamea. Infants'department for three terms and boys or girls department for last term in Standard I.— Charles Reeves, Stanley Parry, George Jenkins, William Astley, Ivor Owen, D Ernest Richards. George Lewis,. George Blackwell, Evan Lewis, Richard J Davies, Arthur Potts, Thomas Chamberlain, Thomas Price Jones, A Wynne Hopkins, Annie Morris, Maggie M Jones, Nellie Harris, Matilda Davies, Lily Sifleet, Mary W Benson, Catherine E Joseph, Katie J Thomas, Mary E Lewis, Cissie Lloyd, Olive Lewis, Laura Rowe, Girls' Department—Susanna Phillips, 01- wen Evans, Elizabeth Jenkins, Jane M Morris, Margaret E Lewis, Mary C Ellis, Annie M Jones, Jenny Burbeck, Mary G Jones, Sarah H Thomas, Ada A Jones, Elizabeth J Williams, Edith Harris. Emily Shouring, Elizabeth Jones, Janetta Kenrick, Claudia Jones, Margaret E Humphieys, Emma A Morgan, Maude Lee, Maude Jones, Agnes Rich- ards. Boysr Department—John E Burbeck, Thomas Simon Davies, D Morris Edwards, PeterW Edwards J Hughes James, David J Jones, W Lewis Jones, Isaac Roberts, Evan D Rowlands, T Stanley Thomas, Thomas Thomas, William Johnson, R Thomas Williams, J Humphrey Edwards, R Phillips, Wm H Davies, Evan Doughton, LI Hughes. John Morris, J D Morris, Morgan J Owen, D H Reeves, D Page Thomas, Ivor Vaughan, Charles Williams, David R Davies, David H Edwards, John Elias Griffiths Morgan Griffiths, Llew Hughes. John M Jones, Evan Pugh, Thomas Rice, Thomas P Williams, Wm Owen, John Thomas, David R Perry, John T Reeves, John R Sifleet, David R Thomas, Edward Hankin, Isaac Jones, John Bitchell, W Doughton, George Edwards, W Samuel Jones, 'and Emrys Thomas. In the Boys' and Girls' Departments, 400 attendances during the year qualified for a prize and 380 attendances in the Infants' Depart- ment.

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