The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 31
From Alexander Stewart, Esq., Head Master, North Dunedin District School. Dunedin, March 20th, 1875
March 20th, 1875.
Having been requested to express my opinion of Miss Elizabeth Hay's talents, acquirements, and qualifications as a Teacher, I shall with much pleasure state the result of my observations and experience of her for the last nine years—the period during which she has discharged the duties of Matron in this School.
She is possessed of active, vigorous talents which have been cultivated with much assiduity and success Gifted with an accurate ear, and a fine taste, her reading is given with good expression, with correct pronunciation, and with considerable elocutionary grace. Endowed with the power to teach, and naturally affectionate but firm, she uniformly page 11 commands the respect, engages the attention, and awakens the interest of her pupils, while she illustrates the subject matter of their lesson with clearness, earnestness and energy. The average number under her charge has been 150, and also the entire charge of the Industrial department.
Miss hay's exemplary conduct, good judgment, prompt and cheerful performance of duty, and the warm interest she has always taken in all matters connected with this School, have laid strong and lasting claims on my gratitude and esteem, and I have therefore much pleasure in trying to promote her professional advancement.
I shall be happy to hear of Miss Hay's success in her present application, although her removal from this will be a great loss to our School.
Alexander Stewart,Head Master.