Education - Second Annual Report of the Minister of Education, New Zealand,
Pages 24, 25 & 39 list of public schools
Herbert Belfield, Esq., Chairman of the South Canterbury Education Board. His report is on page 52.
Henry H. Hammond was the Inspector of Schools in South Canterbury. His report is on page 92.
The Board was created by the "The Education Act, 1877." The first meeting of
the board was on the 30th April. Up to this time the affairs of the district had
been administrated by the North Canterbury Board. The following gentlemen were
duly elected as the Board:
Herbert Belfield, Esq (chairman)
Rev. George Barclay
Rev. W. Gillies
Samuel W. Goldsmith, Esq.
James Granger, Esq.
William B. Howell, Esq.
Daniel L. Inwood, Esq.
William Postlewaithe, Esq.
Edward H. Tate, Esq.
The new school districts of Claremont, Hunter, Makikihi, Upper Otaio and Totara Valley had been proclaimed with contracts for erection of school buildings. It was decided to divided Totara Valley into two districts - Totara and Ophi. The Board has during the year proclaimed the new school districts of Waiho, Waituna Creek, Fairlie Creek, Burke's Pass, North Orari, South Orari and Wai-iti.
Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives, 1879 Session I, H-02
Teachers Holding Certificates or licenses under "The Education Act, 1877"
* There were five classes of certificates distinguished by numbers and pay rate was based this scale.
Teachers' Names including Pupil Teachers on staff at the end of the year.
Claremont J Bellmin (H) Geraldine Thomas Hughes (H) *D2 F McPhee (F) G Barclay (M.P.) F Bethune Kakahu J Speight Mrs Speight D.B. Craig C Craig Milford Craig, Dugal Bannatyne *C3 Pareora J Stewart Mrs Stewart Pleasant Point Henry Henri *E3 Mrs Henri Pleasant Valley Walter Junius King *E3 Mrs King Kate Bennett Rangitata Island J Beechey Scotsburn J Murdock Temuka District School Alexander McIntosh *D2 Mrs Rowe E Young H Klee W Rowe Timaru [B] James Scott, M.A. *B1 William Cuthbert *D2 R. Shappere N Muller F.W. Mansefield L Hibbard T Chapman D Ogilvie M Shepherd M Forbes Florence Woodhend Gillon (Miss) *D3 M Griffin F Crammond M Craigie L Cameron E Melton A Pearson A.H. Huggins E Melton A Pearson A.H. Quinlan J Huggins E. Allan M. Fisher M Mahan (Mahan, Frederick William) Waihi Bush D Murrary Mrs Murray Waitohi Flat Archibald Mahan Mrs Mahan Washdyke J Kirby Mrs Kirby Winchester A Dunnett A L Cox A Young Otaio J Willis Waimate W. Ward J Horgan Oswall Walters Exall *E3 M A Grant M A Little A Williams S Bruce M. Rugg Bowles, Minnie Ellen Goldsmith, Miss *E3 Hardcastle, John Castlewood E3*
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The school opened in January 1870 as the Scotsburn school in Blair Rd, Scotsburn (Scotsburn is a sub-district of the wider Peel Forest area). It was the fifth school to open in South Canterbury. There were 17 pupils but as a result of erratic attendances the school closed in 1872 and the pupils were home schooled, or in other cases received no education. The problem was older children were often required to work on the farms during seasonal busy times. This could mean being absent for some weeks. The building became a Presbyterian church in the Orari parish until about 1917 and was demolished in the 1920s. In 1878 the school reopened in Scotsburn Rd and had as many as 41 pupils. In 1923 it was damaged by fire and closed. A new school was built near the Peel Forest village and the name changed to Peel Forest. This school operated as a primary school until 1997 when the government closed it along with many other country schools. The school was amalgamated with the Carew primary school and is now called Carew - Peel Forest. In 1999 ex pupil Tony Timpson bought the property. The school buildings are now used as a Montessori Preschool. The former school house is the Timpson Holiday house, available to families who care for people with disabilities or illnesses to enjoy a holiday. Mr Timpson was made an Officer of New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to business and community. John Acland, eldest son of Sir Jack and Kit, Lady Acland, of Mt. Peel Station, has been heavily involved in the community including being chairman of the 1970 and 1995 school reunions. He has served on national boards including being chairman of the New Zealand Meat Board In 1951 and increasing roll meant the school obtained assistant teachers. During the Ivan Mee era (1949 -1957) when Mr Ivan Mee was the principal teacher there was Miss A Robb, Miss Elizabeth McLaren, Miss Anne Mitchell and Miss Anne Dingwall.