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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 70

Annual Reports

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Annual Reports.

Milton Branch.

Mr. C. Mahoney was elected Secretary, and Mr. J. Reid, Representative on the Committee of Management. In September, Mr. Mahoney received an appointment in another district, and this Branch lost the service of one who had been for twelve years a working member.

Only two meetings were held during the year, one in July and one in April. The April meeting was very well attended, and several new members were enrolled. The teachers of the district are in full sympathy with the aims of the Institute.

W. McElrea

, Acting Secretary.

Dunedin Branch.

During the year eight meetings have been held, at which, the average attendance has been fourteen. The total number of members of the Branch is fifty-one.

At last annual meeting Mr. James II. Gray was elected President, but he having accepted an appointment in Victoria, immediately wrote declining the office. At next meeting Mr. W. Davidson was elected.

The General Committee of Management submitted for the consideration of the Branch a report of their Financial Committee to the effect—" That a uniform rate of 7s. 6d. be levied on each page 9 male member, and 4s. on each female member of the Institute, the whole of the money thus accruing to go to the Institute." The matter was referred to a sub-committde to report to next meeting. The recommendation of the sub-committee was—"That the request of the General Committee of Management should be complied with, and in order that the Branch may be able to meet expenses that the annual subscription be raised to 10s. for male, and 5s. for female members, and that the change should come into operation at the beginning of next financial year." The recommendation was adopted.

The following programme for the year was prepared soon after the annual meeting, and papers have been read in accordance therewith, all of which elicited a considerable amount of discussion:—

"Consideration of the Public Schools Bill now before the House of Representatives"

Mr. D. White, M.A.

"Bodily Positions of Pupils in School"

Mr. J. A. Valentine, B.A.

"English Composition"

Mr. W. A. Paterson.

"The Training of Teachers"

Mr. Jas. Rennie, B.A.

"Natural Phenomena"

Mr. George Balsille

"Classification. Appointment and Payment of Teachers"

Mr. W. Davidson.

"On the Position and Difficulties of a Country Teacher"

Mr. W. G. Eraser.

The balance sheet to be read herewith shows the amount to the debit of the Branch to be £1 11s. 10d.

A. Pirie

, Secretary.