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MAESTEG GROUP OF SCHOOLS The monthly meeting of the managers of the Miaesteg Group of Schools was held at the Plasnewydd Board-room on Ftriday afternoon, there being present Mr. Evan Williams (in, the chair), Messrs. E. E. Davies, C.C.. T. Morgan, J. Roderick, T. Griffiths. J. Howells, with the inspector (Mr. T. Powell) and the clerk (Mr. R. Scale). WAGES OF CLEANERS. In a better from Miss Ray Morgan, head- mistress of the Pliaanewydd Gi rls' School, it was pointed out that Mrs. Edw-ardis, the 'cleatner of the school had not received too irncrement,s of salary due to h^r according to scale. The additional amount was included in the pay sheets monthly, but it was struck off each time. The managers, after investi- gating the average attendance, found that the cleaner was entitled, according to the scale, to the amount applied for. and Mr. Powell was requested to see that it was al- lowed in future. GEOGRAPHICAL INSTRUCTION. Miss H. Jones, headmistress of the Biaen- flvnfi Girls' School, applied for a plan of her school building for the purposes of geogra- phical instruction. i\lr. Powell informed the managers that the teaching of geography for the 1.st, and 2nd standards commenced with the nearest place to them.—the school. Then the village, and the country, and the continent were dealt with in turn, thus widening the field as they went on. He thought, however, that it would be better for the head teacher to Siketc-h her own plan of the school building. The Chairman sa;id Miss Jones's intention was that Mr. Nash, the architect, should mabe an accurate plain of the school building. Mr. Nash, he understood, was agreeable to make the necessary plan upon receiving the instruction of the school managers. Mr. Powell: If the plan is for teaching pur- poses, it would be far better for the teachers to start the children in the elementary work of plan preparation themselves. Mr. T. Morgan said most of the other schools had a plan drawn by the ,archilteet, showing the different class-rooms, measure- ments. etc. Mr. Powell: The code requires the teachers to take actual measurements in the schools, and not teach so much in the abstract. Mr. J. Howells: Do you think children of that age can comprehend measurements, feet and inches? Mr. Powell: Yes. if they are taught. Mr. T. Griffiths moved a.nd Mr. T. Morgtan seconded that a plan of the school be pre- pared by the architect. This was carried. APPOINTMENTS. Miss Barbour, assistant teacher at the BlanMynfi School, tendered her notice to ter- minat-e on the 30th November, pointing out that she had Secured an appointment at t Bridgend.—The Clerk stated that the notice should really commence from that day, ac- cording to the regulations. Miss Hilda Collins. of the Plasnewydd In- fants' School, wrote armlving for the posi- tion vacated by Miss Barbour. The Clerk also read' applintioiiis for a. vacancy in the Group from Miss Miagxrie Evans, of Cardigan*- slilre, and Miss Elizabeth Jones, Ferndale. On the motion of Mr. E. E. Davies, secon- ded by Mr. John Howells, Mise Collins was recommended for the position. Mr. R. J. Jones, head master of the Oak- wood Schools, wrote that Mr. Wm. Jones, one of his assistants, had left to take up a similar position elsewhere.—On the sugges- tion of Mr. T. Morgan, it was decided to re- commend the appointment of Reginald Han- son. of Pontrhydycyff. The applications of Miss Gwladys Morgan and Miss Annie John for leave of absence to attend an examination at Cardiff were granted.—Mr. Powell promised to provide a supply teacher in their place for that week. Dr. James wrote that lie had received an application from Mr. Wililiam Jones of the Maesteg-Merthyr School, asking if he could leave at once to take up an appointment else- where.—The applioatdoai was granted. SCHOOL BROKEN INTO. The Clerk reported that he had received a communication from Mrs. Evans, head mis- tress of the Blaenfflynii Infants' School, stat- ing that the cleaneir of her school had found1 the school' open on a certain morning. investigating the matter the head1 mistress found that one of the cupboards had been forced open and a quantity of lead Pes?)?*7j water colours, etc., stolen she also furnished, a list of the names of the boys who. it vrs^, leged, had broken into the school, the eldest being 13 years of age. He had sent the com- munication on to Cardiff requesting instruc- tions, and had1 received a reply recommend- ing that the parents off the children be wnt- ten to on the matter, this being deemed to be the wisest course under the cirouinstances. The Managers agreed with the view ex- pressed in the reply. and accordingly the clerk was instructed to write the parents of the offending children. OVERCROWDING AT .CAERAU. Dr. James wrote that in order to relieve the overcrowding at the Caerau Schools, sonc- tion had been given to remove the temporary building from NantyffyTlon to Caerau. Land i to the extent of It acres had' also been taken ) adjoining the Caerau Schools for the pu-r- pose of future extensions. Dr. James added that he approved of the Managers' recommen- dation to transfer Standaid 1 from the Bl'aenllynfi Boys' School to the Infants' School on account of t'he lack of accommodation,, j* stated thiat he lia<l al- tered thms arrangement by removing about 35 of the boys and the same number of the girls to the Infants' School to relieve the pressure of the two departments. The managers approved of this. NEW SCHOOL NEEDED. On the motion of Mr. T. Morgan, it was de- cided to call the attention of the County Council to the rapidly increasing population of the upper part of Nantyffylon, and to the necessity of erecting a.notlier new school near Tyderwen.. to accommodate 300 children, in addii,tion to the one in course of construction. Mr. J. Roderick said it was necessary to provide an additional partition in the main- Toom of the Nantyffylion Bovs' School as re- quested by Mr. Williams, the bead master'. M'r. Williams undoubtedly felt the want of the temporary building, which was being re- moved to Caerau.—It Was agreed to recom- mend that a new partition be fixed. Mir. Powell reported that the new school at Nantvffv,Ho-r was opened on the previous Monday. Mr. Roderick callied attention to the bad state of the ^playground at the new school, adding that it would be 'as dirty as an old school in a short time unless the pfiayground was asphalted.—It was agreed to recom mend that this work should be carried out forth- with. CONTRACT FOR COAL. Mr. Roderick: inquired into the condition of the coal supply contract, stating that fat, present the cleaners had to stock the eoail. hTe Clerk replied that the contracts in- cluded the storage as well. It was decided that the clerk write Dr. James on the matter, asking for instructions.

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