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WHITCHURCH GRAMMAR SCHOOL. PRAISE AND PRIZES. Speech day" was held last week at the Whit- church Grammar School, and there was larg-e gathering of parents and friends in the Town Hail Assembly Room on tho ocoasion. The Ciiairman of [he Governors (Mr. R. P. Ethebton) prided, and was supported on the platform by Co?cne? I Kenyon-Slaney, M,P.. Mr. W. H. Smith, Dr. C. H. Gwyim, Major P. D. Godsal, Mr. R. Pearson, Mr. J. M. Etches, the Rev. C. R. Peiiibridge, Mrs. R. P. Ethelston, Mrs. Godsal, Ms Gwynn, Mr. and Nlrs. Crofts, and the assistant masters. The Headmaster (Mr. Crofts) prefaced his re- port with an expression of thanks to t..e people of Whitchurch for the k.nd way in which tney had received his wife and himseit smoe they came among mem a year ago. Gounng to trie work 01 t;ie Sfiiool, Mr. Crofts stated ai his report that ihey couid not record the warning ot a Univer- sity scholarship, but hat was an event wn-ch cou.d only be occasionally possible the-re. "\Ve, nowever,' continued the report, "sent one boy- Leek—to try his luck at Downing CoUege, atia although he did not get a scholarship the tutor' repoited that his work was very grX-d, though not up to scholarship standard. Four boys sat for tne County Council scholarship, and though we did not secure a soholarsh.p, three boys obtained qualifying marks—Leek for the £ 50 scnciarahip,, and Wyatt and WLailey for the £ 20. leek, wlio lie-d a £ 20 scholarship, had it extended for another year. In ano.her direction we had made a start with the London University Matncuia- tion, an ex a mi n at on for which 1 hope 1 may generally have candidates, because it is respected for i.s Lufiieuity and because I tmnk it is a good test cf a soiuid secondary education. Its dilii culty lies in the fact that a boy must pass in every subject at the same time, and not take it by in stalmeiits- In yet another direction i hope to be able to send in candidates for the Oxford Locals. The chiet d-fficu ty here is ge.fcing a stiiffc-ei-it number of cand.dates who are willing to pay the iees to make the town a centre. I hope that by eo-cperaiiou between ourselves and Lhe girls' schools, we may be able to make up tne required number. The next point upon which I wish to wakø a remark is the school currioulum. It is very important that you should understand what our position is. We are a secondary day school, Division A, under the Board of Education, and we are bound, just as in the elementary .schools, to adhere to a prescribed syllabus." After stating that ne should endeaveour to keep a well-balanced curriculum, and see that English and modern languages received their due share of attention, Mr. Crofts turned to games. In cricket they won cwo or three matches, drew three or four others, and suffered defeat in the rest. He acknowledged the kindness extended to .hem by Major Godsal, Sir Wyndham Hanmer, and Mr. Jacob in gett ng up matches. He appealed to Old Boys to, sup- port the- school magazine, and went on to record ,hat the equipment of the school has been added to considerably during the year; particularly in regard to chemical and physical apparatus for the laboratory. Two or three pounds' worth of bocks have be-on. added to the l.brary, and here I may mention that if anyone should feel disposed to give us a helping hand a present of some good standard literature will always be most accept- able. During this last term Dr. Gwynn has given a course of lectures in the school on first-aid. Dr. Gwynn takes a delight in calling himself a mem- ber of the school staff, and I am sure we take an equal delight in welcoming him amongst us. The boys I am sure have been very keen on the work, and as a result of Dr. Gwynn's lectures i-onio eight of them will receive the St. John Ambulance Association certificate." In conclud- ing his report, Mr. Crofts appealed to parents as follows:—" I would remind you that the, educa- tion you received as boys is not good enough for your children. Tho vast increase in our actual knowledge* of things, the many inventions and their application to manufactures, call for more improved methods of education. Ever}'whore the cry to day is for greater efficiency, the proper co- ordination of education, and improved methods of teliehiiig, shall educate and not merely eram. 1 would ask you, too, to look at education from a higher s.andpoint tiian that of mere ac- tual usefulness. I mean from the. point of die- veloping the mind and strengthening the char- acter. Once lead a boy to the power of apprecia- tion of some of cur best literature, once let him fed his feet in some branch of science, and gain the conviction that he has latent w.thin him the. power to grapple wih and understand the work- ing of some of the laws of nature, and you have probably done for him the best thing you can do for a boy in this world." Colonel Kenyon-Slaney, who had a warm wel- come, then distributed the prizes, and afterwards delivered an address. He said he came to shew that he t-cok a hearty, genuine interest in this school, which was an old school in Shropshire and which on that account alone would olaim his sym- pathies. It was a school of which ihey might be proud. It was founded, he believed, in tho time of Queen Mary, before England had yet become fcr all future time, a Protestant country. It was a. rchool with a history and with noble traditions a r.,d couid not by any means be compared with so many of the other sch-c-ols of mushroom growth which had sprung up in all directions. He hoped that the boys in this their time would do the utmost in their power to uphold the reputa- tion, the traditions, and the honour of their sch-ocl, and to see that so far as they were con- cerned the school should be indeed and in truth what its founder intended that it should be. He hoped that; the promoters would keep abreast oi Lho times, and that when the boys of to-day grew older Ithey would try and make the school still more celebrated from the fact that the tll em- selves were educated in it. (Applause.) He had read, with much interest, the records of the school and its work, and it was a great pleasure to him to know that the Governors had shewn their good sense by trying to adapt the school to the immediate necessities of the town and dis- trict in which it was placed. It was a school placed on the borders of three counties, and had not received the same support that it might have done. The Shropshire County Council had not dene as much as one thought it ought to have I done for this school, but he hoped tha. in the near future it would bestow upon the Whitchurch (\hod a more liberal treatment, The County Councils of Cheshire and Flin?shire ako would be prevailed tip-,n he trusted, to recognise the fact that many of the boys in those counties were I receiving their education a. this school, and that they would then be persuaded to give that as-- sistance which the school deserved!. (Applause.) He was surprised to find that the fees were so kw, and he had no hestitation whatever in saying that he had never seen a better return for so little money in the public institutions of this character. While on the subject of fees and grants, it was worthy of remark that in addition to the County Council grants the school received considerable assistance from the Board of Educa- tion on the result of the examination held for that purpose; and he was pleated beyond measure to fi- d that the last grant amounted to JE129, which was £10 higher than hr,d e\er been before. He congratulated the Headmaster very heartily on this splendid result; and he also oongra tulated the boys themselves, for it reflected credit upon those who had to teach, and on those who were taught as weii. (Applause.) He was glad to notice that the Headmaster, in his most admir- able report, had given due prominence to that part of the boys' training which had to do with the playing fields. Physical development was a very important part of the school work. and he confessed he should have. been disappointed if the Headmaster had failed to attach importance to it. (Hear, hear.) It was in the playing fields that the boys learned many useful lessons; they learned how to act like sportsmen, and they learned how to keep their temper and :'11, after life they would find those lessons more useful to them than they at present imagined. (Applause.) The gallant Colonel afterwards addre-sed him- self particularly to the boys in a racy, interesting way. He gave them encouragement and some sound advice. On the motion cf Mr. W. H. Smith, seconded by Dr. C. H. Gwynn, cordial thanks were g yen to the Colonel. A musical programme was con- tributed. The prize list was as follows: -Form I. Form prize. F. Whittiiigham Latin (presented by Mr. R. P. E helston, R. T. ha ley French (presented by Headmaster). R. T. Whallev; mathematics (presented by O:d Boys). F. Whittiiigham; English literature (presented by Mrs. Crofts), E. N. Davies; scripture (presented by the Rector). B. V. Cor. tes; science (presented by the Misses Kent): F. Whitlingham; his.crv, L. E. Roere-rs. iorms III. and IV. Form prizes, G. 0. A. Young ancJ S. E. Piekard; French (presented by the Headmester), J. II. Roberts; Latin (presented by Mr. R. P. Ethebton), G. C. A. Young; mathe- matics (presented by Old Boys), G. C. A, Young; English literature (presented by Mr. Baekit), F. W. A dLM, sc ience (presented bv Mr. Sprank- ling), S. E. P ckard. Form Upper TI. Form prize, C. F. Carter; French (presented bv the Headmaster), G. Davies; Latin, W. S. Furber; English literature, W. S. Furber; mathematics (presented by Old Boys). C. F. Carte-; German. G. Davies; science, C. F. Carter. Form Lowrer II.: Form prize, R. S. Done; arithmetic (pre- spntpd by Old Boys), R. S. Done; French (pre- sentect by Mrs. Crofts). H. Pappin. Form J. Form prize. G. F. F ttcn; arithmetic, G. F. Fition English, S. Brown. Special prizes: Dr. Gwynn's prize for ambulance work, F. IT. LClh- ham; drawing prize open to Forms V., IV III. and Up. II.. R. T. Whalley drawing pr:z<^ onen to Lower II. and I. (presented by Mr Yates). II. H. Wardle: medals for school run F W. Adams and F. Pearce (e*un]); gcoeraohv (cpen to whol e school), R. V. Nield: cHpJ!cÏ- master s prizes for hohdav read'n" N. P. Bn" ges? and S. E. Piekard; St. Jol,n Ambulance Ai"- ?c'3toncprt?ca?sfoi-fi-stnId." R. V. NieM H. S. Ni?'d. C. V. Ansfin, F, H. L?am H Wild, F. PCllce. F. J. W. Wvatt, S. Piekard.

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