The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 31
From Rev D. M. Stuart, D.D., Minister Knox Church, Dunedin. Dunedin, April 1st, 1875
April 1st, 1875.
Having known Miss Hay for several years as a neighbour, and the Mistress of North Dunedin District School. I have confidence in bearing testimony to her personal worth and professional ability. She is a woman of staid and reliable character, without being dull or formal in the slightest degree; and therefore in my judgment, well qualified to direct and instruct children.
In the North District School she had charge of the youngest classes, that is, the classes most difficult to handle and instruct wisely; and I had frequent opportunities of seeing her handle her classes. I can see that she can secure attention with her eye, and a wonderful small expenditure of voice.
Miss Hay had also under her care the Industrial Department, which she managed most creditably. She received her professional training in one of the best Normal Schools in Scotland, and has high testimonials of ability and attainments.
Judging from her work here, I would without hesitation give her the direction of any of our Schools.
D. M. Stuart, D.D.