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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 32

Temporary Rules and Regulations

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Education Board.

Province of Wellington.

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William Lyon, Lambton Quay. Wellington:

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Education Board, Wellington.

Temporary Rules and Regulations.

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I.—Conduct of Business.

1. The Board shall meet for transaction of business, from time to time as may be agreed upon, by notice from the Chairman or Secretary.

2. At every meeting, the Secretary shall keep accurate minutes of the proceedings of the Board, and such minutes shall be read over at the next subsequent meeting, and signed by the Chairman, on confirmation.

3. It shall be competent for the Chairman, at any time to convene a special meeting of the Board, by notice of not less than 14 and not more than 21 days, stating the object of such meeting.

4. On the requisition of any three members of the Board, the Chairman, or, in his absence the Secretary, shall, forthwith, call a special meeting of the Board, in accordance with the terms of rule three.

In event of the inability of the Chairman to be present at any meeting of the Board, another member shall be elected as Chairman for that occasion only, with the same powers for the time being, as the Chairman of the Board.

II.—School Administration.

1. The Board will establish Public Schools of two hinds :—(1.) Schools having not less than twenty-five children in attendance. (2.) Half-time Schools, in thinly populated districts, where not more than fifteen children may be able to attend, under regulations adapted to the requirements of the district. page 4 Itinerant Teachers will also be appointed in districts where no such schools can be established.

2. The teaching in the Schools shall be five hours daily, during five days in each week, one half-hour of which may be devoted to Religious Instruction. A time-table of the hours of teaching shall be hung up in the Schools, and Religious Instruction may be given in accordance with the 46th section of the Act. Where no such Religious instruction is given, the whole time shall be devoted to ordinary teaching.

3. The Vacations shall be as follows:—Four weeks at Christmas, and two weeks in mid-winter; and the Queen's Birthday, the Anniversary of the Province, Good Friday, Easter Monday and Tuesday, shall be observed as holidays.

4. Such Books only as are sanctioned by the Board, shall be used at the Schools established by the Board.

5. In every School established by the Board, Forms and Registers supplied by the Board, shall be kept by the Teacher.

6. Applicants for the office of Teachers will be required to produce certificates of competency, and moral character, and to undergo such examination as the Board may prescribe.

7. The course of instruction in the Schools shall include Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, Grammar, Composition, History, Geography, and Military drill: and one hour in each week shall be devoted to teaching the science of common things.

III.—Discipline of Schools.

1. Punctuality and Regularity.—With a view to the proper training of their pupils, Teachers shall conduct the operations of their schools with punctuality and regularity.

2. Cleanliness.—Habits of personal neatness and cleanliness, are to be encouraged among the scholars, by precept and personal example of the teacher; and if necessary, may be enforced by his authority. The Teacher is also responsible for keeping the school rooms and furniture clean, and arranged in an orderly manner.

3. Order.—Proper measures shall be taken by the teachers to instil into the minds of their pupils the necessity of acquir- page 5 ing habits of orderly behaviour, obedience to Teachers and to the rules of the school, and for maintaining a modest and cheerful demeanour; pupils must also be trained to exhibit due respect for the property of others, whether public or private; to regard the feelings of their fellows; to be honest truthful, and conscientious in the discharge of any duty, and attentive and diligent while under instruction.

4. Government of Pupils.—In the Government of the pupils all degrading and injurious punishments are to be avoided. The Teacher's discipline must be mild but firm, his manner kindly, his demeanour cheerful and calculated to gain the confidence of his pupils, and his language marked by strict propriety. While he should overlook no offence, his aim should be to prevent the necessity for punishment by the improvement of the offender.

5. Corporal Punishment.—Corporal punishment shall be inflicted in extreme cases only; and the Teacher must keep a record of the time and place at which pupils were corporally chastised, the amount of such punishment, and the nature of the offence.

6. Expulsion of Pupils.—In case the Teacher shall find it necessary to expel or forbid the attendance of any pupil, he shall make a note of the same in the School Records, with his reasons for doing so, and shall forthwith report the circumstance to the district member of the Board.

7. Play ground Supervision.—The conduct of pupils in the play ground must be carefully supervised by the Teacher in person; and he must also see that in proceeding to School and returning therefrom, the behaviour of the scholars is well regulated. If possible, arrangements shall be made by which boys and girls will be kept apart during play hours.

IV.—Inspection of Schools.

8. Inspectors.—Inspectors will be appointed by the Board, whose duty it will be to enforce the observance of the provisions of the Education Act, and the Regulations of the Board. They will be further empowered to examine into the condition of Schools, and all matters relating thereto, and to report thereon to the Board: to determine questions of school page 6 management, and to take the teaching of a class or of the whole School into their hands for a time, to show the teacher how defective methods may be remedied or improved.

9. In their intercourse with Teachers, Inspectors must be guided by a feeling of respect for their office, and of sympathy with their labours. They must manifest towards Teachers a spirit of true courtesy; treating them at all times with the kindness which the difficulties of their position render necessary

10. An "Observation Book" shall be kept in each School, as a School Record, in which the Inspector shall, or any visitor may enter such remarks as he may deem expedient. Entries therein are not to be erased or altered.

11. Teachers.—Teachers are required to carry out and obey the suggestions and instructions of Inspectors.

12. Teachers are required to give one month's notice in writing to the Board of their intention to resign their situations: such notice to be dated on the first day of any month. As a condition to the payment of the salary for the last month of their tenure of office, they are to hand over all the School property belonging to the Board, and are to make out in duplicate an inventory of the same.

13. Teachers in the service of the Board shall not engage in any occupation not having an educational character, without the approval of the Board.

14. Teachers will be classified in grades according to their attainments and practical skill in teaching; and will receive certificates accordingly, and may be promoted to higher grades in accordance with their after progress and good service, for which objects a revision of classification will take place at certain intervals.