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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 31

From Robert Stout, Esq., M.P.C., Dunedin. Dunedin, 22nd March, 1875

From Robert Stout, Esq., M.P.C., Dunedin. Dunedin,

I have known Miss E. K. Hay, the present Schoolmistress of the North Dunedin District School, for about nine years. When she joined the School I was Second Master, and during the time I held that Office—some twelve months I had almost daily opportunities of seeing Miss Hay's method and manner of tuition. Since then, I have as a Citizen and a Member of the School Committee, had further opportunities of verifying and testing the high opinion of her abilities, which 1 had formed. She is an excellent Teacher, a good organiser, and a favourite with her pupils. The Industrial Department, which was wholly under her charge, was not only well arranged, but the girls in my Class were always anxious to be allowed to attend Miss Hay's Industrial Class. Indeed, in this as in other work, Miss Hay so trained her pupils that they became interested in their School work. If any Teacher can only achieve this, in my opinion she has more than half succeeded in her work.

It is unnecessary for me to write of Miss Hay's Scholarship, her Certificates from the United Kingdom sufficiently establish it. I may, however, add that Miss Hay has, by constant study and reading, not only kept up the standard of her previous Scholarship, but would now pass a far more severe examination than that to which she was subjected when examined by Dr. Woodford.

While I should regret, for the sake of the School, her success in her present application, I should at the same time be pleased to see one so deserving of promotion at tanning the advancement she seeks.

Robert Stout.