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Annual Examination of the Harbor Grace Grammar School, 1873

The Harbor Grace Standard and Conception Bay Advertiser, December 27, 1873
The Annual Examination of the Harbor Grace Grammar School took place on Wednesday last. There were present: the Chairman of the Trustees, the Rev. Messrs ROSS, LADNER, and ALLAN, T.H. RIDLEY, Esq., and Messrs. WARD, HARRIS, James HUTCHINGS, and A. MUNN. At the hour appointed, the Principal began a searching examination in Grammar, lasting about an hour, showing an intimate acquaintance, not only with the more ordinary and simple forms of sentences, but also with those of a more difficult and unusual structure. Then followed a number of testing sums and questions in Arithmetic and Geography in a general way comprising the work of the year, after which a class was heard and examined in the Spanish language; and the Consul, who assisted in the questioning seemed very much satisfied, both with the pronounciation and the rendering into English.

The Chairman was then called upon to distribute the prizes. He remarked that he had attended the examinations of the Grammar School for over twenty-five years, and not only was that of today not inferior to former years but he was in an especial manner pleased with the way in which the pupils had acquitted themselves. He spoke highly of the advantages connected with such a school, which he remarked had been obtained for the people of Harbor Grace, chiefly through the efforts of Mr. RIDLEY's father who did all in his power in the House of Assembly towards its establishment. The prizes were then distributed to the successful scholars, with a word of congratulation to each.

Several of the gentlemen present were then requested to make a few remarks. the Rev. Mr. ALLAN said, it gave him much pleasure as a former pupil, to visit the school again, and to find it in such a flourishing condition. It was not merely the thoroughness of the pupils' knowledge, but it was the intellectual training, which characterized the Grammar School. He would not soon forget how much he owed to it, and to its talented and painstaking Principal.

The Rev. Mr. LADNER then expressed in a short and neat speech, the pleasure he had experienced in attending the examination, and his satisfaction at the thoroughness of the training which the pupils underwent.

T.H. RIDLEY, Esq., after remarking how much gratified he had been with the days work, spoke a few words of counsel and encouragement to the scholars. They must not neglect their studies, when they leave school; that, indeed, this is only a time of preparation for the harder studies after. He deprecated the reading of light literature to any great extent, among the young, and advised the reading of that which would tend to strengthen instead, of ?ing[copy dark] the mind. After some parting words from the Principal in which he expressed his hope, that the pupils would enjoy themselves well during the holidays especially with outdoor exercise, and come back with a fresh supply of health, ready for another year's campaign, the school separated. We congratulate the Principal upon the success of his labors, and we congratulate ourselves on having a school second to none in the Island.

The pupils whose names are marked with an asterisk received prizes. The others are deemed worthy of honourable mention.

English Grammar and Geography

*Ernest TRAPNELL
*John LYNCH
John MUNN
Ainley THOMPSON
[note: MUNN and THOMPSON equal)

Practical Mathematics

*Robert BROWN
John MUNN

Arithmetic and Book-keeping

John LYNCH
Ernest TRAPNELL
John MUNN
Robert BROWN
George WEBBER
[note: MUNN, BROWN and WEBBER equal)

Spanish

*John LYNCH
Ainley THOMPSON
Ernest TRAPNELL
John MUNN

Neatness in writing off accounts

*George APSEY
*Robert MOORE
*John LYNCH
*James THOMPSON
* Samuel GOSSE
*George BADCOCK
Ernest TRAPNELL
Albert HARRIS
Ainley THOMPSON
Thomas BRIEN

Regular Attendance

*Robert ALLAN
*George BADCOCK
William H. ROSS
[note: ALLAN and BADCOCK equal]

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