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Notes taken from the official school log

This taken from the official log book of the school and is the record of the opening of the school in 1907.

Aug.31st. 1907

Formal opening of school

This school was formally declared open by the Mayor

( Counc . W. King) assisted by the mayoress, at 3.15 pm on Saturday. August 31st 1907 .Counc. Colin Campbell J.P chairman of the education committee presiding over a large and respresentative audience. The proceedings were held in the central hall of the senior department which had been prepared for the meeting by the teachers in that school. Thanks are due to Counc. Allen for the use of a carpet for the platform and for the flower and shrub decorations. Alderman Barrows gave an interesting account respecting the proposed working of the new school and introduced Miss. Watson as Infant Mistress and Miss. Robb as Head Mistress of the senior mixed department. Reverant .James . B.A Pastor of Clifftown Congregational Church conducted prayer.Counc. Leaney made a statement as to cost and accommodation of the building vote of thanks to the mayor was proposedby W.Gregson . esquire who spoke of the benefits of co-education of the sexes, and the vote being seconded by counc Allen, the audience marked their appreciation of the honour of the Mayors visit by applause a choir of girls led the singing of the hymns and Miss May Richards presided at the piano as a memento of his visit the Mayor promised to present a picture to each Head Teacher for school decoration.

Sept 2nd

This school was opened for admission of children today. The following teachers were present.

Miss Robb Head Mistress

J Lindsay L.L.A Assistant, Cert Trained

N.M. Inbosh Assistant, Cert Trained

M Runacres Assistant, Certificated

L. Chalk Assistant, Certificated

L Dermott Assistant, Certificated

F Burrows Assistant, Certificated

C Sabine Assistant, Certificated

W Sharland Assistant, Certificated

The children admitted consisted of 213 boys and 222 girls, making a total of 425. The accommodation of this Department is 430.


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