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Nepean District SoM's Esaslep Break-op ;

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A Year's Wonderful Progress

Some oxcWUmfc advica was given and Bound precept* expotft,' ' ded at Nepo&n District School's Speech bay, which yna held in the Nepean Picture Theatre on Wednesday a/tcmoon, l©th Inst.

The presentation of medals, honor certiflcateo, and snort* "blues" was made at what was a very happy function. ' .

Mr. George Back (Inspector of the T'cjirith Inspoctorato) presidod over o largo gathering of childron, tonehora, and citizens. .

Anolocios woro rocoivod from Messrs A. G. Manning, M.H.R., W. R Fitzsimons, V Molesworth, Ms.L. k., T Jones (prosidonfc of tho P« orttl CK) Richardson, B. Noalo, and P. A. Jit'y, and Mrs. L. T. Prico.

11,o clwiruian, iu liis opening re marks, expressed regret that the President of the Association wis unnblo to bo present, ar.rt said that lio wns sure they would all ioin with him iu expressing tlie liopo thi Mr. Jones would soon be re stored to good health, lio (Mr. Back") esteemed it an honor to be asked to nroside. Ho took it that this gather

Sua was a tribute to the splendid Vlprk^ done by Mr. Kendall and his stalKof * tcachcrs. lie was iu liopoa that hotdro

very long the status of this chool would ho still further raised, and that when tlioy hold speech day noxt year tlioy would bo able to call the school bv another name—a high sohool. (Ap plause). In bis exporicnco both a a a teaciior and inspector ho found that thero were two things that children specially disliked—ho "was talking of tho nio'dorn child. Ono thing was holidays (Laughter) and tho other was long spoochos. It was quite a com

mon experience—and the teachers would boar him out in this—that in this school ono could not got tho chil dren to stav away from school. Ho thought it was a great complimont to tho work that was being donel (Hear, hear).

A Year's Work.

Tho headmaster (Mr. L. G, Kendall) then read the following report;—

Mr. Chairman, Ladios and Gentle men, Boys and Girls,—I hav® votjt much pleasure in presenting to you my report on tho school for the year

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Enrolment.—Tho enrolment for tno year wbb 808, made up ns follows: Secondary 150, Primary and Infanth 658. These figures show an increase ou the provious year, particularly in tho secondary olassos.

Departments.—'ThOTO wore two im portant changes in tho school at the beginning of 1023. Firstly, the school was made a district school, and, sec ondly, tlio infant classes wore fornv>d into a separate dopaitment under a

mistress.

Staff.—Tho staff of 20 teachers •was made up as follows:—Secondary* 5 teachors; Primary, 0 toachors; infantf,

5 teacher*; special tcachcrs—Cookery. I, manual training 1, sowing 1, vis iting teacher (shorthand) 1.

Attendance.—Tho attendance (luring the venr maintained an average of over'540, and ns tho selieol was-grow ing ami enrolment in the secondary classes increasing, the sclipol was pro muted from -Uh Class to 3rd Claps. This marked nn important step'iu J-hr school's progress. Speaking generally, the attendance of tho pupils ^'«s very satisfactory. I would like to impress ou parents and pupils alike tho Im portance of regular attendance. Any ' break in the continuity of lessons

hinders progress. Not a. single lesson should be missed. An absonco _of a week means 32 lossous to a primary pupil. None can afford this loss with out serious drawback.

Examination.—Both primary and sccoudary classes woro examined rc Kttlatly during tho year, and reports ; , uu the pupils' work in the principal

subjects were sent homo to paronts. Tho reports also contained remarks' ns to conduct and progress of tho pupil. In each case tho parent was asked to initial tho report. Much work is on tailed in preparing tho reports which, in the primary school, nro not re quired, but it is hopod that by their

means parents will como in closor touch with tho school and bo able to wntch their children's i>rogress.

Special Examination.—Tho pupils who had been in 0th. class for twelve - months wore required to sit for tlio

Permit to Enrol Examination.-. Seven iy-fonr sat, and fifty-ono passed, i.o, 70 per cent. Tlio passing of this ex amination entitles a pupil to admiss ion to a secondary school for higltor instruction, and it meroly means that

ho is capablo of rocoiving higher • instruction. The old Q. O. Certificate came to ho considered by many as n. certificate showing completion of edu cation, and wiih used as a certificate for leaving school. This is probably tho chief reason for tho change that has been made. In, this rogard I would urge that tho pupils who gain "permit to enrol" should try and remain at school to tho Intermediate standard. IsTot only does a student pin in knowledge and understanding in these three years -of higher work, but bo (rnin« ideals of" conduct and citizenship during what nro recog nised ns the most difficult years of his life. This association with It's teachers mul mutes in elasB, his taking netivo part, in social and sporting activities pf tho school, nro big n/id important factors iu his oducaton for citizenship. Often, a studout may wot hold a high position iu this examina tion Huts, but ho is making progress. It is this that counts. ®

Intermediate Cortlflcato.—Pout! stu

dents sat. for tho Intermediate Oortiti eu(e Examination. Thrco passed Sir sovoit subjects each, and two g'tinod A s la mut hematics. One of tlio abovo students Lnureiu-e Hundley iiJho pass *« Uie Vnliltc Hervlco Examination. . J"is received nu appointment in tlio Agricultural. Department as a junior clerk. Now this is. a very flno bogin ■ >ng for a school In Its first year. Tho

Mhiovemont 1b oirmll compared with 'hilt of tlio older established school*, out in a vpry short time we hope to put up records in tho ftold of exorolu* ntloiis .tlint will eornpnro favournbTy J" th the best. That Is ono of the important alms of tho school,

t.» i 'or,^.0"«—An honor roll will ' ? P'oced in the svhool niu\ tho unim>s

!!'° •""oofusful, fltndents each yonr m tho Intermodi/ite will bo placed <hereon. This will tcud to net nt» a Mimnlns for each yonr to do bettor Mian tho previous one ttnflt tasko pw

records. In this way traditions aro. built up which dovelop prido in one'» school and tend to uplife it.

. Sport.—"With regard sport much was done last year in organising t!w difforent branches and providing fac ilities. For the girls, basket ball, tennis, swimming, and vigoro, wero 'provided, and for tho boys, crickct, football, swimming, tennis, and nth letics. In each ease a teacher had chargo of tho children who woro never allowed to play without super vision Every student in tho second ary school bocamo a member \>f tho Student's Sports Union on the pay ment of an annual subscription of 2/0. Tho whole of this money is used to help in buying tho materials. Students may choose tho sport they wish to take up. Unless a student is in delicate hoalth ho must engage in some sport. Last year a basket ball court was put down and three very fine tennis courtB woro provided

from the funds of tho P. and C. As sociation. Our thanks aro due to

Mr. Heavoy who so "kindly gavo tho uso of his paddock for erickot, Al though tho distance from Sidney prevonts us from competing in the Metropolitan grade competitions wo have been ablo to arrange inter-school matchos with Katoomba and Parra matta.. I attach mnch value to these matchos. Our students tKus come into contact with those of other schools and tho influenco is both a broadening an<l stimulating one. It also holps largely to devolop school loyalty and pat riotism. Tho following matchos wore played last year:—Football, at Kat oomba, won by Penrith; Cricket, at Ponritli, won by Katoomba; basket ball, at Farramatta, won by Parra matta; basket ball, at Penrith, won by Parramatta; tennis at Katoomba, won by' Katoomba; tennis at Pen rith, won by Penrith. In addition to tho above matches a schools' tennis competition was arranged for the schools of tho Penrith district. Fivo schools entered, and some very good and iteresting tonnls resulted. Tho competition was won by Kingswood, Ponritli being runners-up. Swimming was a vory popular sport in tho summer, and athletics in the win tor. Vigoro has grown in popularity among tlio girls and promises to be n great favorite. A swimming school was organised at Christmas vacation, and was very successful. There is overy reason to bolievo that tho

Penrith boys and girls will hold their own in sport in tho near future.

What we need is additional playing ; area near the school. Thero is a suitable block adjoining the back portion' of the playground which would make a good football or cric ket, ground. Perhaps it is possible to

•■"in the use of this paddock._SoW n boon would be grently appreciated. Wo have already begun to feel the need of a gymnasium for the boys in the wintor months. It may bo poss ible to provide a pouching ball and a couple of sots of boxing gloves this year. It depends on tho funds, which aro now well ear-marked.

Social.—Socially the' school liaB not been lacking. The student^ held three social evenings. These consisted*, of competitions, indoor games, musical programme, dancing, and supper. They woro organised nnd managed by tho students, nnd supervised by tho teachers, nnd were highly successful. A successful school concert was held In November, when about £40 was added to the sliool funds. A number- v>f

istudonts journeyod to Blacklieath, and assisted in the concert in Educa tion Week. A party of boys, went on a walking tour up GlenbrooR Crock with three of the teachers. Wo all thoroughly enjoyed tho day, and got to know each other much bitter.

Iled Cross.—The Junior Bed Cross has been a very useful organisation. It holds regular meetings, and assists in both school- and public functions.

TIks circle has 62 membors. In June and December parcels of clothing wore sent to Sydney lieadqunrtors for dis tribution, tho work being done by the members in their leisuro hours. At the annual exhibition in tlio Town Hall, Sydney, Penrith Circlo won tho honor modal for the bout collection of sowing and knitting done by any circle. Much credit for this is duo to Miss Roborts, sewing mistress. On Anzac Dav the circle acted as guard of honor 'for tho distinguished visi tors nnd sang patriotic songs ot a public cereinouy in Memory Park. On Hospital. Saturday many of tlio worn bera assisted in colloctlng. Thrt>o social functions were'hold during tho yoar, and at tho end of tho yco* i picnic was held on the Nepcnn Itiver, and was attonded by CO membors. I cannot spoak too highly of tho

and conduct of this happy band of girls .

Additions.—Last year a new scioncs room was crcctod nnd equipped. by tho Education Department. This was a splendid acquisition. Tho new room was oflleinlly opened by tho Hon. A. Bruntnell, M.L.A., Minister tor Educntion. Tho rcmodolling of" tho old school was commoncod last year, and tho work proceeded slowly, anil

yet moro slowly, till, long before it-., was finished, it ceasod altogether.

Tho completion of the work is now in. the hands of tho Education Doparv mont's painting and repairs staff. The work mny lie completed by June next.

Accommodation.—There is iuautll eicnl; accommodation at tho now school, thero being two class rooms short. Next yoar wo will nood four additional class rooms to cater for tho growing elaasoH In tho secondary department.

Visit.—During the year the sohoil gave a wekonio to tho Actiug Prltue Minister, Dr. Ktirle Page, who was ac companied by a Ministerial party. Mrs. Page was presents with n boif quet. by tlio Junior Tied Cross girls.

Tho 'school in endoavoring to cator fof t|ip needs of the' children of this community. .'flip fon^lderatlon of tho welfare nnd good o{ tho children is placed above nil things. We aro try ing to do many things which are ur gently needed, but aro hampered by fav'V »t fa^dfli W6 Tvisli to IubIbI &

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wireless receiving sot, to build up ro* feroiwo' and reading libraries, to Create scholarships, to rnako u gymnas ium. All this neods money. "Wo recently ruined £120. It whs a good : sum to raise; but really it-trill not go Very far. The whole of it could bo Used for library purposes alone, and

thon wo would but lmvo mode a start.

Tho school badly needs a bonofactor soveral of them—ono' to endow fl scholarship, another to assist tho lib rary, another to holp the gymnasium. Wo liavo recolvod a numbor of donn tions, which were greatly appreciated But if Penrith could find 11 inan .if wealth, seized with a burning desire to benefit tho children of this district, I can assuro him that I could holp liini .map out a suitable plan of action.

American sohools^ havo benefitted

wonderfully 1>" ouch ijhilnnthropists, and I am glad to any that.N.S.W. ha* made a start, notably Hay. Perhaps I havo suggested tho opportunity that some ono has beon ■ awaiting. . . If 10, thon wo shall all bo very happy about

In conclusion, 'I wish to place on rocord my appreciation of tho splendid co-operation and work of my staff dur ing the yfcar. In every way they havn

been zealous in tho interests of tlw school, and havo dono their work in a most capable mannor. .And I also wish to thank the local press for its assiBtanco and co-oporation. and also tho Parents and Citizens' Association. Thnt fine body of workera has donf much to enable the school to carry out its many aims, and I would particu larly thank tlioso who havo rendered porBonnl sorvico in any way for th-j sake of the little ones. Thero could bo no nobler sorvico,' no nobler • cause.

During tho afternoon tho following itoms woro rendered:—Song, "A Parewoll," tho studonts; song, "Tho Carnival," Miss Edna Dobson (an ex-pupil); song, "Whim tho Great Bed Sun is Shin ing, " Loslio Bickford.

Principal and Staff Congr&tulatedl.

Tho chairman saids I am surei yoii will bo delighted with tho report of

the school's activities. Thore arc one or two mattors that Mr. Kendall, with his usual modesty, omitted to mention. I would liko to refer to that part whoro he statos, "Tho school is en doavoring to cater for tho neods ■ of the children of this community.'' One of tho most ploasing font tiros of tho work of this school is tho ""very groat attontion glvon to eitiionship and tho development of the eivie spirit. I heard one of our most pro minent educationalists malco the re mark a littlo titno ago that it was a much easier job te turn out good tradesmen than to turn out good eitizons. Wo must aim at tho 1 de velopment. of a proper civic spirit In tho training of citieons.

I Would like to offer congratu lations to Air. Kendall and Ma staff, and also to tho children, on the very excellent state In which one finds tho school. I have not

the slightest lositatlon In saying that it Is a credit to Mr. Kendall

and all assocated with it . Is a credit to the district And State.

I. have watched the progress of tin school very closely—1 am intoronlol in it as much as t am in any school in tho district—and it litis been piir tieularly pleasing to see its gradual growth nnd' development till now we are entering upon a higher riitigo of subjects. I have been much struck with the conduct of tho children, both in and out of school. 1 hhve. u great admiration for our Australian boys and girls.1 They havo all thoso «jii*i*1 tics that go to mtike the best citizen ship. Tho other day I heard of' an

instance that is characteristic of

their grit. A little newsboy, trying to spll his papers, was jumping off a tram. Ho inndo a divo^acrosa the stiroet, and, getting in the way of ano ther tram, was knocked down. "When he

recovered consciousness ho looked up. and saw' the driycr.'aud said, >"Yo» ought to'learn to drive * a tram"' (Laughter). That wus all ho thought of— tho driving of tho tram'—not liimsolf. Another instance: v,A boy whoso fathor wus not too keen 011 his

playing football wus playing ono aft ernoon when unfortunately ho met with a rather serious .accident. He

was taken homo and. wlion his father, camo homo from work ho saw tho boy lying on tho bed. Tho father said "Well, eon, it wob ,a bit of bad

luck, wasn't it?" '.he bOy Bald, '" Yes,' Dad, but wo won." That is the spirit wo find in ; our boys and gi.''s. You .don't wonder at the ,great deeds our boys did in Gallipoli,"France,. et«v Mr. Kendall reforrcd to the splendid work thnt has been dono by the Parents and Citizens' Association. Thnt is ono of tho most flensing feat ures of tho present day—to see the groat interest taken iu our schools by tho citizens. One of tho underly ing principles of our work is to tin<?.

out tho characteristic of the chldrcn. What will do fpr one won't do for another, A teacher may have 40 or

50 children with many,characteristics,, and nnloss bo has your assistance ,1« finding out- the pecularitles of tlioso boys and girls he will not adopt tho boat menus . iu dealing with.: them. Therefore w'e ask for the help* of tho

paronts in. donling with, their children, , and also "for their practical help, <iu tho school. The tiino is coming wlicn tho parents will tako a moro active part ill tho work of education in this (ftu.to. Al" gravo responsibility rests on tho students iu tills district, i .Ti>o school is just nt tho beginning of its career ris ti secondary school, and you' children aro laving tho foundation of ;what tho school will;,bo in tlio future. V^hatovcr custous you ostablisji now will bocomo.'hnblttf,' and thoso habits will oventaially become so stroifg that tlioy will have tho forco of lenw. You nro forming traditions in this school, Lot thtom "bo something to l>o proud of. Piny tho gamo and .livo up .to the motto of your school. I would liko to offer my congratulations tc" the Bucces^fu,! students. I nm save that tho honor to bo uiouferred; upon them this afternoon*..is well, deserved?

they nro quite worthy of recognition.

But' I would like to offer 11 word of encouragement to tlmm' -vim are iiot getting ce/ilillcutetf. IN m> mlier that

hi Hfo thero ore) higher 11 lilngs thin parsing examination*! f('. yoy. can t,

pass an examination you \«in Mftko'iip, for it in othOr wtiys .by liiiftsingt; ..tlw' great test applied to you ^vboil'.yOd leave school to show that ^ tho ~ "work done in tho school hns'boon of 11 lasting'.character, and has en(|b||eil vou to bftcomo good men and worn*!.

MedAb una OotifiMtM

Thd chairman then presented gold medals to Erio Joy and Laurie Hand* ley who had tied for dux of the flehool| and honor eertlfioatos to the followingrr

Class nr.—Dux. Lauren eo Handley (English, goography, maths.) and Erie Jny " (history, maths., shorthand, ncionco, business prineiplcs), equel; 3rd, Clyde Miteholl (maths. II.).

Class IL—Dux, Hazel Maekellar (English, geography, business princi ples. shorthand, pro* neq., sowing; 2nd, Gooffroy' Badcoek (his tory, ninths I., science); 3rd, Nellie Roberts (art).' Also holding "Jnfc places: Chas. "Wrench (maths. II.'', and Freda. Horan (shorthand).

IA.—Dux, Mny Tnrnbull (history, geography, Latin, prox aeq., French, prox acq., arithmetic/ Algebra, prox neq., geomotry, prox neq., sclonco,, art); 2nd Ruby Payne-Scott, prox ne'q. (Latin, Froneh, Algobra); 2nd Gordon Williams (prox aeq.). Also holding 1st plaees: William Barnes (English), Mervvn Hunter (goometry, prox acq.), Bessie Biehardson (general exeollone.e).

IB.—Dux, Ceeil Lajice (English, Algobra, French); 2nd. Ednn Tipping (history, cooking;- 3rd, Jamea An drews (gooRraphy, geomotry, science, manual). Also holding 1st place®? Victor Howell (arithmetic), Aubrey Handley (art, shorthand), Viola Archer (business principles), Phyllis' Richardson (sewing).

IC.—Dux, Edna Carrington (sclent

sewing), 2nd, Nollie Deway (Fronch, arithmetic); 3rd Fred Jones (English, Algobra). Also holding 1st plees: H. Grant (history), A. Elliott (geogra phy), O. Parker (geomotry), A. Peck (manual, art).

Primary List.

;i6A.—Hunta Lowe (dux) 1, Reg. Broadbont, 2, Benuehamp pigby 3.

Good progress: Colia Tuckwell, Ethel'

Kobiuson.

6B.—Colin Whitoman (dux) 1, Chas. Harrison 2, Kitty Peek 3. Good pro gress: Leslie Kearney, Wni. Smith.

6tli.—Percy Hargreaves (dux) 1, Botty CI arks 2, "Voro ATcDougall 3. Good progress: Rose Bransdon, Maris Jauneey, Harry Payno-Scott, Ruby

Eastorbrook.

• 4th.—Geoffery Jonos (dux) 1, Jack Robinson 2, Lucy Ha#rigon 3. Atten dance: Jack Robinson, Lilv Thomson. Good progress: Dick Peek, Donald Far Carrington and Jean Messor (equal) 2, Edith Hollier 3. Attendance: Louise guson, Lily Elkington, Florrio Best.

3A.—Rita Grant (dux) 1, Lornn Rosenberg. Good progress: Georgo Horstmnnn, Ray Orth, Ruby Smith, Glndys Irwin.

3B.—Colin Kendnll (dux) 1, Jean Clarke 2, Marjorio Cumberland 3. At tendance: Roger Mort.

Training to Think.

Rev. James Barr, secretary of the P. and C. Association, in the course of nn address said: I would like to nay something that would help you to got a trne idea of what school life is. School litfo to a great many is a) bore—a terrible thing. I must con fess that I never felt school fifo tirn flomo. I was always very fond of it; But to a great many it is not vo*y pleasant. But the great aim of *<t school life in to train you'boys air..! girls to think. If I were, to ask you what thought- was you would give, me nn.answer like this, "It is what, you think about." But it is something, more. Do you know that your powor' to think is what raised yon; right abovo the bruto creation and keeps you rising?. It is that which male's you such "a wonderful being, and all tho- great things that 'have ever hap pened arc to tho credit of thought. A great many people—aye, James Watt himself—had seen tho kottlc boiling before ho made, his discovery. But ho did more than look at it. He

thought about it, and we go to Sydney in tho traiu now, as n result of his thought. Many people had seen bodies of men washed up on tho shores of Spain, and they also saw strange trees washed-up, but tlioy passed them by. But ColuniVun thought about them and set»out in search of the Great Continent America. It was -not the first apple Nowtou has socn fall to the ground, when ho made his discovery. But ono day he- saw nu applo fall and ho thought abQiifc it, and he gave to me and you. that woudorful explanation of tho law of gravitation. If you are going to build up characters they must ba built up by thought. A man's char acter is tho noblest work of God. That is tho idea of this education— training you to think-about yourselves. I am somtimcs very pleasant company for myself and som. times I am not. (Laughter). Sometimes I say, "Ho is a bad-temperod old ■ chap—crons grained" (Laughter)—but' I liavo to think about myself if I am going to build up character. How many of you boys and girls,' after you linvo re ceived instructions in some" siibjoet from your lonelier, sit down and think about it? It'is the only way you aro going to master your lessons. Tho boys and girls who won't think about themselves vaud tlielr own ehnraetois, I cull them- cowards. It is cowardly -for them not to study their own

characters. I want you to think about these things, then,you will grow up strong men and women niontaliy and morally. (Applnuso),

"Blues" Presented.

The presentation of sports "bluo.v' was then nmdo by Mr. Payno-Scott.,

vice-president of tli'e P. and C.A„. . ,

The following, wero tho recipients:-,

Tennis.-r-Boys:. ' Jay, Cambridge,

Mitchell. Girls: R. Johnson, L. Dob-' son, E. Dobson. M. Elliott.

Cricket.—Arthur Edwards, "Vie.to'r llowpll, Mcrvyu Hunter, Geoffrey

Badcock.

Football.—Artlfur Edwards, ,T^ok C'attoll, Qo'offroy Bransdon.

Swimming.—Boys: Geoffrey, Brans

iluii. JuIIiib Fallon; Girls: Ausslo Fallon, ,

VJgorc.—Ednn Carrington.

Basketball.—Ireno Edwards,, Edna Carrington, Nulllo IJpton, Eileen llai greaves, Bessie" McLennan.

Athletics;—Olydo O'Connor, Norjnnn sShaw, (jordou Williams.

Mr. Tayno-Heott, • after making tho presentations, briefly addressed, the gathering on fhe subject of loyalty. Alluding to tho club V colors, ho said that, colorn in themselves did not' win-' ount to much, but in tho national life ,of a country they stood for, a big

t hi*>g—loyalty. , -They could no loyal to their school by t|te|r-no<

tlous, wprijs, mill thoughts. Those, colors they wufte—chocolate niul.gold — urouluiiued to this part of tho. world T.lint they .wero studonts of Penrith

District feKilnlol—uri'onyltb High

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School, as It might be. Mar. He asked them to be loyal to their school not only whon they were wearing thosii colors, but also iVhon they woro not They should. be loyal to their aehooi, not only •when they won, Irut akd whtn they lost; it wa-o In tho latter case that true loyalty allowed. In Englaud there waa a big annual sporting .frvcpfc—really a national event-—in tho

intor-unlvenrity boat race. Tho colors of one side fras dark blue, and of the other light blue. Feeling ran very high, and oven if peoplri could not go to the race thoy wore the dark or light blue on their coats. He hu,d heard of rajn wearing the two colors, so that they eonld tako tho losing one off after tho race and wear tho winning one. But one should be loyal to one's aldo whet her M won or lost. (Applause).

Bcwking Higher' Things.

Rev. L. O. Hatfield Hall, in a fine address, drew attention to tho two (words that formed tho school motto. The «cl»ool motto was a very big thing. It really moant aiming at a " bull 'a eye'1— "Seeking tho highor things." Ho wanted them to givo attention to what tho higher things were. It meant living for tho future. Tho -winners of those "blues" quito unconsciously became the idols of tho younger folk. It was no uso being looked up to unless .thoy looked still further. Tradition •was ono of the big things they were trying to put on a substantial basis in this school,, which Mr. Back had givi>n tho hint would becomo a high school.

"You will most likely be the founders of tho high school," added tho rev gentlemaii, "the Nepean District High School I would like it to !;o called; that is much bigger than ,'Ponrith High School.' It will go down on tho honor roll that car tain boys and girls have dono things not for themselves, but for tho schoo'.. You havo an honor roll up thoro of boys who went to tho front. Th"y did it not to get their names on tho honor roll, but for the school. _ We gave a' weleomo to the British fleet becauso it is carrying on the trad itions that Drake and Nelson fonnded in the early , days. It is tho same in principle as it was then, though tho men and women of the nation aro dif ferent. You cannot attain to highor things unless you look up. _ Every body is proud of tho Junior Hod Cross (Hear, hear), bocauso thoy havo a motto, in the form of a badg'!, whieb makes them seek higher things.

What is that badgef Tho Hod Cross.". Explaining tho meaning of that cross

the rev. gentleman said: "Whotn, am I most fond ' of? Myself; so aro you of yourselves. Wo like "No. 1" or capital "1.'^ In this Bed Cross, which is a replica of the old ancient Red Cross the capital "I" or "No. 1" is crossed out. Cross yourselves out, and act to your motto, "I am seeking the higher things." (Applause).

Hov. James Barr * presented tho honor* certificates t* tho primary school pupils, adding words of en couragement to the boys and; girls individually as he handed out the fcjartificates. •

Rev. (5. C?. Roberts said he. wn.ft there to represent one very important part of tho curriculum of the school, and that was tho scripture lesson. If.j took a very great pleasure indeed in attending tho school to help in tint, part of the education of tho boys anil girls.. Ho had only missod going to the classes when ho had- boen away sit Synod or Conference. Ho attended school bccause he liked it and liked tlio students. He knew how exceedingly important it was for then* *o know as much as possible about God 's work. He ' had given courses of study con cerning everyone of tho writers of t'.c Bible, and they had had a eourso On Paul's travels, and were just going through a course on tho Lord'« miracles. A few -weeks ago. he heard our premier educationalist in Ann traliu lecture on tho Bible as liters ture. Ho referred to Professor Mc Callum, a man known all over *.hn world as one of tho very first vi English literature. Ho said that it was timo we turned back to tho road ing of the Biblo in our public sohools. He said that English literature hud gono back in tho last 20 years, and

it waB time wo saw into tho roason of it, which was that tho people had loft out their study of tho Bible. Mr Hall, Mr. Barr, and himself (Mr. Roberts) were trying to put into tho hearts*of the boys and girls a know ledge and lovo of tluo scriptures. In

that way they would bo led to : tho . high thoughts and high tilings that Mr. Hall had spoken about. Tho boys and girls gave lively attention

to tho instruction; but ho wished that ; there wero a little more cnoourago ment in tho homo. Ho wished tlait

tho parents would ask tho children what- had Mr. Roberts or Mr. Hall or Mr. Barr been saying at tho school. It would not only bo a moans of inter esting the boys mid girls, but would impress the lessons on their minds, no congratulated tho town on having

such a school and such a leader :is. their hendmastor. (Applauso). lIo<

congratulated tho schpol on having, such a gentleman nnd scholar as Mr.

Kendall for headmaster. Ho advisod, tho boys and girls to be loyal to tlioir headmaster, and to buck, him up. (Ap plause).

Presentations.

Vera Ahuieluiann, on bohalf of tho students of last yoar, presented Mr. Kondall with a handsome pocket wal let., and expressed their gratitude to him for tho good work dono.

Choers wore . given for tho liend-4 master, nnd tho gathering sang, "For he's a jolly good follow." ,

Mary Piokles, on bohalf of tho students, presented Mrs, Kendall with a beautiful bouquet, as an apprecia tion of the good work sho had dono for. tho puplla, •

Mr. Kendall, in reply, said: I havo roalised many things in life: I havo realised that tho hardest of all

Is to say "good-byo" to boys and glr'b

whom ono lias learnt-to love. !• havo roalised this afternoon that it is very hard indood to recoivo tilings from tho' boys and girls one loves wlithont a very hard tug, at one's heart, strings T ha to been qulto moved, and I could not have spoken ut. tho jnomont had I boen asked to when those lied Oro*s girls eumo-out to saythoso fOw words. Lot mo first of .all, boys and girls, thank you for. tho thought that .prompted theno presentations, and in expressing your pppreoiutlou of what you consider I linvo done for you. I havo tried to «l«x. nil - T enn for yoi:. My. heart. 1h wltli tho boyH and' g'irls. As I havo, told,tho parents boforo tliov

\tx% myvfy but i fcttofv

■ ttmt when I am worlcliig for the boys

tuiG girls I am also doing something l'or fcliu parents. I Hiiid in the report that our duty is to do till wo can'for tho boys mid girls, and neither brain energy nor time is taken inlo account so Ipng as I feel it. is being rowurdod by homo good in tho hearts aud minds of tlio ehlldron.. Thoy arc a lovafjloriotj.tlio boys tuul- girls, in.

this noliool—J liavon't mot' bettor. I hopo to/ havo a ..vory fiuo school hero after it lias boon "mado a high school. The boys and',girls are holplug mo, us woll as tho teachers. From tho bottom of my heart I thank

you. I must alsic .express Mrs. . Ken* ' thill's ' appreciation ofyour gift.' Bho helps me more lluni tiny of you boys and girls know. t| m-y be by u

nloo dinner when 1 home feellijy

oufc of sorts, or in ji liumlrod other ways that t):i* limue win provide, avd you boys ufltl girls. ;l)cnollt by hor

wlml gbu duou |or tyg. J

thank tlio ladies ami gentlemen pro-'

sent. Their attendance i.s oiu'ourti

to.the children and to the school, ami I trust that evory year they will rcnliso it is their special duty to nialto evory effort to bo present at. speech (lav. It will bo a red letter "day from this day on. (Applause).

Til, an" oloquout llttlo speoch. Joini Blaikio ■ proposed a, vote "of thiuiks'to tho chalrihnn (Mr. Back), "flic minis ters, and pothers who v had assisted, t lint afternoon. V . o . • ■

Mr. Hack; in'returning thanks, suhl lie would not mind presiding every nl' ternoon at n gathering of this kjn'd (<» hear such a magnificent speech iih thin pujtillmd just 'delivered.. It was a

eredit to tho seliool.

.Proceedings coiU'luded with til* singing of tho' National Anthoin.

A chec(Uo of £8/2/ for tho library fund was rocoivcd from Ho v. L. Q, iratflold Hall. .._.uv,v *

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