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NEWTOWN NATIONAL SCHOOLS, DISTRIBUTION OF PRIZES BY LADY PRYCE.JONES. On Friday evening at the National Schools a large number of scholars, accompanied by their parents, assembled on the cocagion of the distribution of prizes. The Rev E. A. Fishbourne took the chair, and there were also present, Lady Piyce-Jones, Miss Pryce-Jones, Mrs Fishbonrne, Mr and Mrs Bennett Rowlands, Misses Jones (The Bank;, Miss Meddins, Mrs Bridgeman, Mrs Macrone, etc. The Rev E. A. Fishbourne briefly opened the pro- ceedings, and the children went through a series of musical arms, well and etticiently performed. This was followed by the under.mentioned programme :— song, The Cooper," Infants recitation, Father's Return," R. Wallingford piano solo, F. Smith: song,. "Bells-of Aberdovey," Children; recitation, Waterloo," C. Griffiths; song, "Ash Grove," Children; recitation, ''Hohenlinden," N. Barratt; song, Let the hills resound," Children. The RECTOR. then presented the girls with cer- tificates for religijus knowledge, and afterwards awarded Griffiths' charity to the boys. Before doingsohessid that people often asked why there; were two schools in Newtown—a Board School and a National School. He replied that Church people I considered religious teaching of the utmost import- ance, and they were, in order to have their children instructed in Church religious teaching, ready to undergo any sacrifice. It was absolutely important to give children a good secular education, the best that could be had, in order to fit them out for this world, but they had a higher and more important duty to perform; that while instructing them iu secular subjects, the children should also be taught things concerning the next world. It was asked whether this religious instructions could not be afforded through the mediums of the Sunday Schools or by the parents at home. He contended that while the Sunday Schools did much good, and the parents might do a great deal at home, yet it was utterly impossible that on one day in a week for an hour or two for children to receive their whole religions training. They should unite religious training and education. Besides what about those children who never went to Sunday School, and whose parents cared nsthing about religion. Surely it was only right to give instruction to them. They there- fore considered that no sacrifice was thrown away in order to support the schools where this religious instruction was given. Thus they had to pay for two sets of schools, to put their hands in their pockets for Board Schools, and keep their own school going. Churchmen demanded that their children should have given them Church teaching, but any Noncon- formist parents who objected to that religious instruction had the right to claim exemption for their children. They forced their religion on no one. Mr Griffiths, some time ago, became impressed with the importance of religious education, and left a considerable sum of money, seme of which went towards giving a night's lodging to travelling Welsh- men and Welshwomen, and the rest to the boys who attended Newtown National School. The speaker then explained the charity, and said that not only could they award .£3 to a boy for not exceeding three years, but, bye-and-bye when the Intermediate Schools were established, and one erected at New- town, they could give out of the charity a scholar- ship of.96 for three years. He mentioned that as an encouragement to parents to consider whether i' was not worth while to send their children to school regularly. It was for the boy's own benefit, and they might, if clever, obtain a scholarship. If they kept their boys at home once a week, it amounted in the year to six week's attendance. He concluded by heartily congratulating the school upon the manner in which it was managed, and upon the improvement in the tone and manner of the scholars, which was very encouraging to the teachers, and pleasant to all (cheers). The RECTOR then called upon Lady Pryce-Jones to distribute the prizes to the successful children. He was very glad to see her Ladyship amongst them that evening, and it added further testimony to the very great interest which she took in all matters concerning- the town. Lady Pryce-Jones having gracefully performed this function, Mr .BISHBOURNB explained that the prizes offered for competition for next year would be:-Standard VI, two prizes at .£3, two at X2 10s, one at X2, and one at XI; Standard V., two prizes at X2, one at £ 1 10s, and two at XI Standard IV., four prizes at Xi, and two 108. He begged to propose a hearty vote of thanks to Lady Pryce-Jone3 for spending the even- ing amongst them, and in giving away the prizes. Mr BENNETT ROWLANDS seconded, and the vote was carried with loud cheers. Lady PRYCE-JONES, in reply, said I am delighted to be here. It is a great pleasure to me, but a greater pleasure to see the school in such a flourishing and healthy condition. I am particularly pleased to see so many of the mothers present, because the regular attendance of the children at school rests so much upon yon. I hope you will always try to send them punctually and regularly, in order that they may have a fair chance and opportunity of competing for the prizes which the Rector has announced, and whose excellent advice I hope you will endeavour to carry it out. I may again say I am pleased to be here, and I thank you very mush for your cordial vote of thanks (loud cheers). Cheers were also given for the Rector, Mr Wall (head master), and staff of teachers. The following were prize winners :—Stand- ard VI. Martin Pilot, £ 3. Standard V.: Edwd. Price, £ 3; George Horton, £ 3 John L. Roberts, X2 10s Wm. H. Parker, X2 10s John Blayney, X2. Standard IV. George Jones, £ 2: Wm. Pagh, .£1 lOa. Standard III. (in clothing) Martin Williams, 10s; Maurice Jones, 10s Thomas Jones, 7s 6d. Standard II. Thomas Evans, 7s 6d; Edward Blayney, 7s 6d; John Roberts, 6s 6d; Ernest Powell, 5s. Standard 1.: Richard Williams, 5s Bertie Hamer, 3a; Thomas Powell, 3s. The following girls gained attendance prizes:— Edith Morris, Annora Pilot, Sarah J. Jones, Alma Lewis, Sally Powell, Florence Rees, Isabel Worrall, Emily Pugh, Elizabeth Jones, Lena Hitehon, Daisy Wallingford, Elizabeth Evans, Jersnie Morgans, Harriet Jones, Emily Wallingford. Nellie Breez-, Georgie Pilot, May Hinchcliffe, Florence Jones, Fanny Hooper, Nellie Jones.—Infants W. Delves, C. Parry, Arthur Jarman, James Blayney, Ella Maud Powell, Margaret Roberts, Rose Wallingford, Hilda Powell, Percy Hamer, Silvia Jones, Elizabeth Williams, Agnes Williams, Fred Roberts, Edgar Powell, William Herbert Hinchcliffe, Fred Lewis, and Gertrude Jones.