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The Board of School Trustees of the Town of Moncton herewith respectfully submit their Annual Report of the schools under their supervision for the school year ending the 31st day of December 1885.
By order of the Board of Education the Summer Term was extended to 8 months in order that the school year might end the 31st of December instead of the 31st of October as formerly, hence this report will cover a period of 14 months, from the 1st of November 1884 to 31st of December 1885.
During the year a few unavoidable changes have taken place in the staff of teachers. Miss Fowler, who had been engaged the first of the year, had unavoidably to resign and her place was filled by Miss Trenholm, and Miss Brown, owing to illhealth, was compelled to retire from her duties at the end of the year.
On account of the several schools, especially in the primary departments, being overcrowded, the Board provided increased accommodation, by raising the school-house on Weldon Street thereby adding an additional room, which, no doubt, will meet all present requirements.
The school buildings have during the year been put in thorough repair, and par. ticular attention has been paid to the sanitary department.
The usual termination examinations passed satisfactorily in every respect and it was particularly gratifying to find a deeper interest in the schools manifested by the parents of the children as shown by an increase in their attendance at these exercises.
During the last term the schools were visited by the Chief Superintendant of Education, who expressed himself well pleased with the efficiency of the different departments and the state of the schools generally. Owing to the want of sufficient school accommodation, especially in the outlying districts of the town, some of the teachers were apportioned three grades. The Chief Superintendent recommended that this, if possible, should be obviated and not more than two grades taught in each department. The increased accommodation we now have will enable us to carry out this suggestion.
In reviewing generally the school work of the past year the result has been most satisfactory to the School Board, no unpleasantness has occurred between teachers and scholars requiring their intervention. The schools have providentially been free from any sickness of a serious nature. The teachers have evinced interest and efficiency in their duties, resulting in marked progress in the different departments on the part of the pupils, and general harmony and good feeling has existed.
Herewith annexed you will find statements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, inclusive, showing the state of the schools and the financial report for the year ending 31st December, 1885. All of which is respectfully submitted,
MONCTON, N. B., 31st Dec. 1885.
WM. B. KNIGHT, Secretary.
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Statement No. 3.
Shewing Names and Salaries of Teachers, No. of Pupils in each Department, Average Attendance from 1st November, 1884, to 30th June, 1885.
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Statement No. 4.
Shewing Names and Salaries of Teachers, No. of Pupils in each Department, Average Attendance from 1st July, 1885, to 31st December, 1885.
Shewing the Receipts and Expenditure for Schools for the Year ending Dec. 31st, 1885.
Owing to the Summer Term having been extended to eight months, by order of the Board of Education, so as to have the School Year end the 31st December, instead of the 31st of October, this statement shows an expenditure of fourteen months, ending 31st December, WM. B. KNIGHT, Secretary.
REPORTS OF THE UNIVERSITY, OF THE DEAF AND DUMB INSTITUTION AT FREDERICTON, OF THE DEAF AND DUMB INSTITUTION AT HALIFAX, AND THE BLIND ASYLUM AT HALIFAX.
Extract from the Report of the President of the University.-Thomas Harrison, A. M., LL.D.
"On the 17th of November, Mr. W. F. Stockley, B. A., and Senior Moderator of Trinity College, Dublin, was appointed to the chair of English and French, and Mr. S. W. Dyde, a distinguished graduate of Queen's College, Kingston, was made Professor of Natural and Moral Philosophy and Political Economy. To abolish the chair of Philosophy would be a direct step towards bringing the University down to the level of a high school. The new Professors have entered upon their duties and are fully realizing the high expectations based upon their College testimonials.
"A freshman class of thirty-one in actual attendance is a hopeful sign in the progress of the University, and renders the duty of maintaining order in the halls and lecture rooms all the more imperative.
"A new and convenient lecture room has been opened for the accommodation of the different classes."
The University is indebted to Lieut.-Col. Maunsell for the formation of a College drill corps. A committee has been appointed to revise the course of instruction in the University.
The Collegiate School continues to be managed under the joint superintendence of the Senate of the University and the Board of School Trustees of Fredericton.
PROFESSORS IN THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW BRUNSWICK.
Thomas Harrison, M. A., LL.D., Professor of Mathematics.
L. W. Bailey, M. A., Ph. D., Professor of Chemistry and Natural Science.
W. F. Stockley, B. A., Professor of English and French Language and Literatures.
S. W. Dyde, M. A., Professor of Mental and Moral Philosophy and Political Economy.
J. D. HAZEN, B. A., Registrar and Treasurer.
Fredericton Institution for the Education of the Deaf and Dumb-Principal's
Having been requested by Mr. Crocket, Chief Superintendent of Education, to prepare a report of the above Institution, I gladly take this opportunity of doing so, with the hope that its publication in the pages of the next Educational Report will be