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NEWPORT. Aqents-Meser8 Greenland and Co.. Niwsagentt. .TECHNICAL SOHGOL PRIZE DISTRIBUTION. —. The annual distribution of prizes to the successful students at the Newport Technical Schools took place on Wednesday evening at the 'Town Hall. The Mayor (Mr. V H SBr„wS presided, and Lord Tredegar distributed the •prizes. ¡ The Chairman having made a few opening remarks, Mr. A. G. Legard, her Majesty's Inspector, delivered an address, in the course of which he said he was anxious there should be no educational overlapping, and, in order to avoid that, there should be hearty co-operation between the elementary schools and the technical institute. (Hear, hear.) He hoped the Newport School Board would, at any rate, after December 18th (the date of the election), follow the example of Cardiff, and pass bye-laws making the seventh standard the exemption standard, and fourteen years the age-limit. Mr. T. Canning, the chairman of the technical committee, brought up the annual report and moved its adoption. The classes during the session were attended by 38" students, of whom 90 per cent. continued till the end of the session. In addition to the other successes, there were eleven in the examinations of the City and Guilds of London Institute. Mr. G. H. Llewellyn seconded the adoption of the report, which was agreed to. The prizes were then distributed and a hearty vote of thanks was accorded Lord Tredegar. His lordship, in returning thanks, said he had in his time given away prizes at many educational gatherings—at voluntary schools, iutermediate J schools, higher grade schools, and university colleges-but he thought of all the functions connected with education this was the one which really gave him the most pleasure, because he thought that, independent of any commercial utility, they rather lost sight of the great advantage which was to be gained from art schools and art teaching in the softening of the manners of the "people if he might say so. (Hear, hear.) They might all be quite certain that no Hooligan ever attended an art school—(" Hear, hear," and laughter)-and he was quite certain that the intelligent influence and the softening of manner which were brought about by the study of sculpture and painting would have as much to do with the stopping of drunkenness as any other teaching which could be given. (" Hear, hear-") It was always a great pleasure to him to give prizes for success in art, because it was a success very different from that in other schools. In some schools a prize might be given for, perhaps, a great stretch of memory or something of that kind. But they could not learn painting from books. If they studied Professor Huxley or Mr. Ruskin's lectures they would probably not be any wiser upon art than they were before, except, perhaps, that they would be taught never to touch a paint-brush, because, so far as he could see, the teaching of those great men was that they should not take up art unless they were likely to become a Michael Augelo, a Millais, or a Frederick Leighton. One of the charms about an art school was that one never knew whether there would not come out of it a great artist such as those whom he had named. He hoped the teaching which had been "given would be the means of helping to beautify the town of Newport. Amongst the archives of Tredegar he came across a description of a tour through the district, in which, speaking of Newport one hundred years ago, the writer said:—"We went over a nasty, muddy river, on an old rotten wooden bridge, which seemed quite dangerous to pass ;over. On the whole, this is a nasty old town." (Laughter.) A great deal had been done to improve the town since then, but there was room for still more improvement. (Hear, hear.)


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