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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Stokes Valley

Stokes Valley.

Stokes Valley Public School —a small building of wood, containing one room besides the vestibule—was established in 1891. There are twenty-three scholars on the roll, the attendance averaging nineteen. Notwithstanding the size of the school, the usual standards from number seven downwards are found there.

Mrs. Mary Anne Williams —an English certificated teacher—is in charge of Stokes Valley School. Mrs. Williams was born at Birkenhead, and educated in Liverpool. After serving five years she gained a Queen's Scholarship, entitling her to two years training at the Cheltenham Ladies' College. At the close of this period Mrs. Williams obtained a certificate. For two years afterwards she acted as assistant teacher at St. Clements', Windsor, Liverpool, and on teaching before Her Majesty's inspector she gained her parchment license as a teacher. In 1885 she married Dr. Robert Williams, who died in 1893 on board the barque “Lutterworth”—then voyaging to New Zealand—leading her a widow with one son and three daughters—the youngest being only three days old. On arriving in Wellington, Mrs. Williams presented her credentials as a teacher to the Board of Education, and was granted an E3 certificate, which has since been made E1. She was at once appointed to the position she still holds.