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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 48

IX.—Junior Class (Mr. Cook's)

IX.—Junior Class (Mr. Cook's).

In classifying the scholars I found it necessary to make three divisions, namely, one for the study of the first four simple rules, another for the study of the more simple rules of compound quantities, and a third for the more advanced questions in the compound rules, together with simple interest, proportion, and fractions, and I am happy to state that the examination held last week shows very satisfactory progress in the different branches, the lowest division having acquired a fair knowledge of the subjects, the second or middle division having likewise shown a very fair acquaintance with the prescribed course, while the third and highest division have thoroughly mastered the compound rules, and acquired a good grounding in questions relating to interest and commission, as well as shown great aptitude in mastering the calculations of goods, &c, by the method of aliquot parts as taught under the rule of practice. The behaviour, with one exception, has been very good, and the scholars as a whole have shown an earnest desire to take every advantage of the chances of improvement offered them, and the progress made is very satisfactory and encouraging. The class received instruction in English composition and letter writing every Thursday, but with few exceptions the writing has been anything but satisfactory, and the want of knowledge of the most simple grammatical rules and the construction of sentences of the simplest form, have prevented the progress being made which I should have desired

Prize List,—William Sim, 1; Charles Hamon, 2; Joseph Manley, 3; Edward Jackson, 4; Samuel Hoare, 5; Donald Fitzgera ld, 6; William Tracey, James Reynolds, John Burns, James Simpson, William Brown, honourable mention.