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ST. PAUL'S WESLEYAN DAY SCHOOLS AT BANGOR. On Monday last the sixth anniversary of the schools established in connection with St. Paul's Chapel, in Bangor, was held, when the school children, with their parents and friends, were regaled with tea at the schools, and marched in procession through the principal streets of the city. About one o'clock in the afternoon of the above day the children (upwards of 500 in number) with the teachers, Mr. W. Jones, and the Misses Burton and Johnson, accompanied also by the committee and mana- gers, met at the school, where the children were formed into a procession. With banners unfurled, and singing some of their favourite songs, they proceeded through High-street, Hirael, Port, Garth, &c., and returned shortly after 2 o'clock to the schools, where preparations on a very extensive scale had been made for their re- ception. The rooms were tastefully decorated under the superintendence of Mr. E. Evans, Gwynfryn, and the tables conveniently arranged along the three com- partments in which tea was served out—about 400 adults occupying the centre, and from 500 to 600 child- ren in the others. This interesting portion of the pro- gramme was brought to a happy termination by singing and occasional cheering for the liberal founder of these useful institutions—E. Evans, Esq., with the managers, teachers, ladies, &c. The children afterwards repaired to the playground, where the remainder of the day was spent in youthful amusements and innocent recreations. A PUBLIC MEETING Was held in the evening at St. Paul's Chapel, E. Evans, Esq., Krwfair, in the chair, which was surrounded by the following gentlemen :-Revds. W. Jones, superin- tendent of the Circuit; Wm. Davies, Cainarvon: John Evans, Mold; J. Winterly Crouch, Bangor; Rt. Jones, snd G. Jones, Bangor; Messis. John Williams, Peter Williams, Thomas Lewis, H. Humphreys (Carnarvon), John Michael, Evan Evans, Wra. Jones, Henry Jones, Robert Pritchard, Edward Jones, &c. The choir of the chapel, under the able leadership of Mr. Wm. Williams, accompanied on the harmonium by Messrs. J. H. Roberts and Wm. Harrison, volunteered their services for the occasion, which were duly appre- ciated by a numerous and respectable audience. The CHAIRMAN felt greatly indebted to his friends for permitting him for the sixth time to occupy tho chair on such an occasion. He was delighted to see the zeal and the energy of the trustees, as well as that of parents of children, which had been the means to raise the schools to the high state of efficiency they were then in. They never had such a large attendance of children as at present. Providence had favoured them with a young man of considerable attainments as teacher, and with two young ladies who were unsurpassed in their zeal and exertions on behalf of the children. The Infant School at present he believed numbered 255 children; and all received that sound and useful in- struction which, based on pure religion, prepared them for the various situations in life which they may here- after be called upon to fill. In order to stimulate and excite a healthful emulation among the children, he purposed giving prizes to the best scholars, to those who most attended school during the year, and exhibited habits of cleanliness. To the boys he would give as 1st prize, 12s.; 2nd, 6s.; 3rd, 3s.; and 4th, Is. 6d. To girls-1st, 12s.; 2nd, 6s.; 3rd, 3s.; 4th, Is. 6d. To infants—1st, 6s 2nd, 3s.; 3rd, Is. 6d. He hoped by next year to see the school in a still more flourishing condition, and earnestly invited all to co-operate in a work which strongly commended itself to the support and encouragement of everyone who had the welfare of the rising generation at heart. (Applause.) Chorus—" Then round about the starry throne." Rev. Winterly Crouch, English Wesleyan minister, Bangor, was called upon to address the meeting, but he merely rose to express his sympathy with the good work in which they were engaged, and retired in favour of his talented Welsh friends whom he saw on the plat- form. Song by Miss Roberts-" Over the bounding water." Mr. John Michael, lion, secretary to the Committee, read the report for the past year, from which we glean that the total number of scholars under instruction in Wesleyan Schools in Great Britain is 82,333. Number of schohrs in St. Paul's Wesleyan Day Schools for 1864 was 452; ditto 1865, 555; being an increase of 103. Number of children presented for examination (boys) 66; girls, 48; infants, 11. Of the boys, 49 passed in reading, 64 in writing, and 52 in arithmetic; of the girls, 47 passed in reading, 46 in writing, and 46 in arithmetic; of the infants, 9 passed in reading, 10 in writing, and 5 in arithmetic. The following are the re- ceipts for the past year:—School fees, JE84 13s. 6d Go- vernment grant, £115 12s. 2d.; Wesleyan Committee of Education, for Infant School, £ 30; local subscrip- tions, f35 14s. 4d.; total, X266 due to treasurer, X28 13s. 2d Payments—Due to treasurer from last year's account, zEI5 19s. 4d. total expenditure of main- taining the three schools for the year, including books, maps, salaries of teachers and pupil teachers, &c., E 27 8 13s. 1 Od. Her Majesty's Inspector in speaking of the boys said :—" This school has improved greatly since under the care of Mr. Jones; the instruction and the discipline is good Of the girls he reports as follows: —" The children are kept in good order and are well taught." Of the Infant School he says This school has increased in number and efficiency." Mr. Humphreys, of Carnarvon, expressed the gratifi- cation he felt upon hearing the satisfactory report just read to the meeting. He spoke of the influence which teachers exerted over the minds of children entrusted to their care, and the importance that the instruction imparted was such as was calculated to improve the character and habits of the people. He related several anecdotes illustrative of the want and value of educa- tion and concluded by exhorting his youthful hearers to meet all difficulties manfully in the face, and under every circumstance to do everything that was right and to do it well. If anything was worthy of being done at all it was worthy of being done well. (Cheers.) Glee—" The spring and the cuckoo." Rev. John Evans, Mold, dwelt upon the indifference which parents shewed in providing education for their children, and sending them regularly to school. He wished to impress upon parents the duty and importance of seeing that their children did attend regularly. It would be better in a pecuniary sense for the school, and still better for the attendants themselves; for he found that irregular attendants seldom excelled in anything good and great-they were all their lives unstable, and easy birds of prey to false teachers, who were bent upon fheir destruction. (Applause.) Song bv M iss Roberts-" The bird of song." Rev. W. Davies, Carnarvon, compared the present state of education in Wales with what it was 30 or 40 years ago. He instanced the superstition which pre- vailed over the land, and the droll and glaring mistakes which the illiterate were apt to fall into. A butcher not far from St. Asaph upon being applied to slaughter a pig for a gentleman in the neighbourhood, wrote back to him in English, and said :—"I cannot come and kill you to-morrow to-morrow I kill myself; the day after to-morrow I shall com and kill you." (Laughter) He impressed upon the juvenile portion of the audience what '.fr. Humphreys had said—to do what was right and do that well, and referred to men who did what was right and left the consequences to God. (Cheers.) Choir—Hallelujah chorus. M r. Thomas Lewis, Frondeg, read a letter from a Mr. Porter, residing at Menai View Terrace, Upper Bangor, who had sent the Committee ten copies of the "Silent Comforter" in Welsh (2s. each), to be given to the ten children who could best answer Scripture questions, and who should attend Sunday School 52 times a year. He proposed a vote of thanks to Mr. Porter, which was seconded by Mr. John Williams, Mount, and carried with acclamation. Upon the motion of Mr. Lewis, seconded by Mr. Henry Jones, a vote of thanks was accorded to Mr. John Michael, for his services as Secretary to the Schools. Mr. Peter Williams, in a humorous speech, in which he gave a faithful caricature of a schoolmaster of the olden times, proposed a vote of thanks to the ladies and the choir, for their services during the day, which the Rev. W. Jones, seconded. After a vote of thanks to the Chairman, the meeting terminated. On Sunday last, sermons were preached in the three chapels belonging to the connexion in this city, by the Rev. John Evans. Mold, and Ministers of the circuit, and liberal collections made on behalf of the school funds.





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