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Fourth annual report published by the Board of School Trustees City of Vancouver for the year ending… Vancouver School Board 1906

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Vancouver, B. C.  Board of School Trustees
J as. Ramsay
W. B. McKechnie, M.D.
Victor Odlum
Wm. H. P.  Clubb
J.   J.   DOUGAN
R. P. McLennan
Thos. Duke
Chairman R.   P. McLennan
Chairman School Management Committee Wm.  H.  P. Clubb
Chairman Building- Committee Thos. Duke
Chairman Finance Committee • Thos. Duke
Superintendent of Schools W. P. Argue, B. A.
Secretary and Building1 Superintendent C. W.  Murray
Assistant Secretary.." Miss F. I.  Parker
Attendance Officer John Paul
Wm.  H. P. Clubb, Chairman
Jas. Ramsay
W. B. McKechnie, M.D.
Thos. Duke, Chairman
J. J. Dougan
V. W. Odlum
Thos. Duke, Chairman
Wm. H. P. Clubb
R.  P. McLennan
The Chairman of the Board is ex officio a member of all Committees
Board—Second Friday in each month.
Management Committee—First Friday preceding Board meeting at 8 p.m.
Building Committee—Tuesday evening preceding Board meeting at 8 p.m.
Finance Committee—Thursday evening preceding Board meeting at 8 p.m. BOARD  OF  SCHOOL  TRUSTEES
FROM 1886 TO 1906
Dr. D. B. Beckingsale, Secretary
J. B. Henderson
D. B. Charleson
John Devine, Secretary
G. I. Wilson
W. J. McGuigan, M. D.
Wm. Brown
A. G. Johnson
G. F. Baldwin
G. I. Wilson
John Devine
C. W. Murray
Wm. Brown
A. H. B. Macgowan, Secretary
G. F. Baldwin
G. I. Wilson
Chas. Whetham, M. A.
Wm. Brown
A. H. B. Macgowan, Secretary
G. F. Baldwin
Appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor
J. M. Browning
G, I. Wilson
Henry Collins
Appointed by the Council
Wm. Brown, Chairman
A. H. B. Macgowan, Secretary
C. W. Murray
G. F. Baldwin
Appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor
B. Springer
G. I. Wilson
Henry Collins
Appointed by the Council
Wm. Brown, Chairman.
A. H. B. Macgowan, Secretary
C. W. Murray
G. F. Baldwin
Wm. Brown
A, H. B. Macgowan, Secretary
Henry Collins
G. I. Wilson, Chairman
Wm. Templeton
G. R. Gordon
A. H. B. Macgowan, Chairman
C. W. Murray, Secretary
John McAllister
Wm. Templeton
C. C. Eldridge
G. R. Gordon
A. H. B. Macgowan, Chairman
C. W. Murray, Secretary
W. D. Brydone-Jack, M. D.
Wm. Templeton
C. C. Eldridge"
G. R. Gordon
C. F. Foreman
Wm. Templetan, Chairman
C. C. Eldridge
G. R. Gordon
C. F. Foreman
A. H. B. Macgowan
C. W. Murray, Secretary
W. D. Brydone-Jack, M. D.
G. R. Gordon, Chairman
Wm. Templeton
C. C. Eldridge
J. J. Logan
W. J. McGuigan, M.D.
W. D. Brydone-Jack, M.D.
FROM  1886 TO 1906
C. C. Eldridge, Chairman
Mrs. C. Reid
Wm. Brown
Jas. Ramsay
W.J. McGuigan, M.D.
W. D. Brydone-Jack, M.D.
C. W. Murray, Secretary
W. D. Brydone-Jack, M.D., Chairman
W. J. McGuigan, M. D.
C. W. Murray, Secretary
C C, Eldridge
Mrs. C. Reid
Wm. Brown
Jas. Ramsay
C. W. Murray, Chairman
G. R. Gordon
J. J. Banfield
J. J. Logan
Jas. Ramsay
W. D. Brydone-Jack, M. D.
W. J. McGuigan, M.D.
J. J. Woods, Secretary
C. W. Murray, Chairman
W. J. McGuigan, M.D.
Thos. Duke
G. R. Gordon
J. J. Banfield
J. J. Logan
Jas. Ramsay
J. J. Woods, Secretary
C. W. Murray, Chairman
W, J. McGuigan, M.D.
Thos Duke
G. R. Gordon
J. J. Banfield
W. D. Brydone-Jack, M.D.
James Ramsay, Chairman from ist July, 1902,
to 31st Dec, 1902
Geo. S. B. Perry, Secretary
J. J. Banfield, Chairman
Thos. Duke
Jas. Ramsay
W. J. McGuigan, M.D.
G. R. Gordon
W. D. Brydone-Jack, M.D
D. Donaldson
C. W. Murray, Secretary
Thos. Duke, Chairman
D. Donaldson
W. J. McGuigan, M.D.
Jas. Ramsay
William Clubb
J. J. Dougan
W. B. McKechnie, M.D.
W. P. Argue, B.A..Superintendent
C. W. Murray, Secretary
W. B. McKechnie, M. D., Chairman
Wm. Clubb
Jas. Ramsay
J. J. Dougan
Thos. Duke
R. P. McLennan
J. B. Ferguson
W. P. Argue, B.A., Superintendent
C. W. Murray, Secretary
Wm. H. P. Clubb, Chairman
Jas. Ramsay
W. B. McKechnie, M.D.
Thos. Duke
R. P. McLennan
J. B. Ferguson
Victor Odium
W. P. Argue, B.A., Superintendent
C. W. Murray, Secretary and Building Superintendent  Vancouver College and Campus Board of School Trustees
To the Board of School Trustees :
Gentlemen,—I have pleasure in presenting to you my report for the year 1906.
Inasmuch as the various Committees submit detailed statements of their
work, it will be unnecessary for me to do more than say a few words regarding
the growth and efficiency of our educational institutions.
The education of the boys and girls, the young men and women of a city or
country is of such importance that it has been everywhere entrusted to a separate
Board of Managers, who are elected directly by the people and are responsible
to them for the faithful discharge of their duties. Under "The Public Schools
Act" and subject to its provisions, this Board has power to require money for
school purposes from the City Council. For the proper expenditure of the money,
the trustees are responsible to the electors. It is therefore fitting that detailed
reports of all work carried on under the Board's authority should be published
as extensively as possible.
The amount asked for school purposes this year was $143,785.00. Adding to
this the amount required for sinking fund and interest on school debentures
($26,779.50), and deducting the Government Grant ($56,500.00 estimated), leaves
$114,064.50 as the sum raised by the ratepayers of Vancouver for the year 1906.
This would require a levy of 3.98 mills on the total net assessment of the city.
While the expenditure for education seems very large, it is worthy of note that
the cost per pupil is low as compared with the cost in cities of equal size in Canada and the United States. The increase in expenditure for the last few years
has been in about the same proportion as the increase in school population.
At present there are twelve schools in the city ; of these, seven are crowded.
During the year permanent buildings were completed and occupied, giving
eighteen additional class-rooms ; eighteen new teachers were added to the staff,
and the school population was increased between eight and nine hundred pupils.
From the above it will be seen that the increase in accommodation has just kept
pace with the increase in school population, and the schools are as crowded as
they were a year ago. It is proposed, according to by-laws soon to be voted
upon by the ratepayers, to hpend $150,000 erecting buildings to provide sufficient
room to relieve the present situation and at the same time to provide for the large
number of new pupils consequent upon the rapid growth of the city.
For some years pupils attending Vancouver College and High School have
been able to proceed with a University Course to the end of the second year in
Arts. Pupils, however, who wished to take Applied Science were under the necessity of entering Eastern Universities for work beyond matriculation. As a result of the Incorporation of " The Royal Institution " by the Legislature at its last
session, the first year Applied Science is now being taught to a large class in the
High School building, and in September next the second year will be undertaken as
well. These advantages have been secured without any additional cost to the ratepayers, by the School Board working in conjunction with "The Royal Institution."
Some years ago all pupils attending the High School were required to take
the same course. At present a pupil has his choice of three. He may elect to study
along the line of the University Arts Course, the University Applied Science Course,
or the Departmental Commercial Course. Steps are being taken to have
a fourth (Manual Training Course) added to the list. Strathcona School.
Fairview School. 10
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Manual Training has been given to the intermediate and senior grade
boys of our public schools for some years, while for a little over a year Domestic
Science has been taught to girls of the senior grade. There are three woodwork
centres located on the grounds of the Dawson, Strathcona and Mount Pleasant
Schools, and in the Central School is a room fitted with all the requirements for
cooking classes. It will be seen that as all pupils in Manual Training and Domestic Science must attend at the centres named, most pupils travel long distances. Much better results would be obtained by having a woodwork centre
and a kitchen in each large school. This would necessitate considerable additional equipment, but would effect a great saving to pupils. Each of the large
new schools, for which plans are being prepared, will be provided with a workshop and a kitchen.
In August a Public School Savings Bank system was started in connection
with the city schools. At a time when many pupils are earning, money, and the
temptations to spend it carelessly are so numerous, the value of a system which
will encourage pupils to be thrifty cannot be overestimated. Three schools, the
Seymour, Dawson and Model, have the sj'stem in successful operation, and it is expected that in a short time all our schools will have a School Savings Bank. All
pupils having one dollar or over in the Bank have an account in their own name.
The schools are doing satisfactory work, a steady improvement being noticeable year after year.
In conclusion, I may say it has given me a great deal of pleasure to preside
over the meetings of this Board. A broader minded and more agreeable lot of
men it would be hard to find. We may have had differences of opinion about
some matters, but we can truthfully say that we have worked to the best of our
ability in the interests of education, as well as watching the interests of the ratepayers. I may say we have been very fortunate in the selection made by a previous Board, of Mr. Argue as City Superintendent, and Mr. Murray as Building
Inspector. We feel justly proud of the work done by these Officials during the
past year. Their services have been of the greatest value and assistance to the
Management and Building Committees, and I feel sure every member of the
Board will join me in extending to them our best thanks for the valuable assistance they have rendered us in our work.
Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen,—The year 1906 has been a busy one for
your Building Committee. The indications are that a still more active year lies
ahead of the committee that may be appointed to fill the position for 1907 The
population of our city is increasing so rapidly, so many families are coming each
year to settle amongst us, that we may as well face the fact that for some time
to come we shall have to provide each year for the accommodation and training
of from twelve hundred to fifteen hundred, or even more, additional school
children.      The practical and generous interest taken in our school facilities and Dawson School.
Model School, Fairview. 12
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management by our citizens has, in many instances that we know of, been
the cause of numbers of families deciding to reside With us. As our city grows,
our responsibilities increase.
Having obtained a suitable school site at Cedar Cove, we proceeded to clear
and grade it early in the year. We adopted plans after the Grandview School,
called for tenders and erected a modern four-room frame building, stone foundation, with the forced air fan system of heating and ventilating, at the same operation. This school cost complete $12,347.75, and is called the Macdonald School,
in honor of Sir W. C. Macdonald, who has shown much interest in education in
Vancouver in a most practical manner.
The Fairview School at the corner of Granville Street and Ninth Avenue was
much out of repair about the foundation, and during the midsummer holidays the
school was raised about 4 feet, the basement was excavated under the entire
building suitable for a playroom during wet weather, and new furnaces with the
fan system of combined heating and ventilating were installed. A small portion
of the work is yet incomplete, but when finished, the total cost will be about
The Kitsilano School of four rooms was duplicated, and here also the forced
draft heating and ventilating system was installed in both the old and new addition at a total cost of $12,250.00.
The Model School, Fairview, which was begun last year, was completed this
year. It is a fine permanent structure of stone and brick, containing ten classrooms and an assembly hall, with a modern system of heating and ventilating,
and cost $52,250.00
The Dawson School, being built many years ago, and one of the largest
in the city, the heating system was out of date, and as a consequence, while some
rooms were stifling, others were cold, and ventilation was only supposed to exist.
Many complaints were made of illness caused by defects in both ways. Seven
furnaces were used in the endeavor to heat the building. Your committee, being
instructed by the Board, had three of the furnaces taken out entirely, the fan
system of forced fresh air driven around the four remaining furnaces and through
the pipes into the rooms, with complete satisfaction. This was done at a cost of
$2,337-27, and whilst it was necessary from the point of view of the health of the
pupils, it gives us efficient and economical results with the use of four furnaces
instead of seven.
We may here mention that this fan system of heating and ventilating is now
installed in a number of our Schools, and we expect to have all the Schools
equipped in this manner in the near future. Parents can rest assured that when
their children are in school they are breathing purer and fresher air than they
can obtain in their own homes, where ventilation is merely the result of accidental
atmospheric pressure.
As we have never yet been able to build fast enough to accommodate our
growing school population, being anxious to keep our requests for funds as low
as possible, it follows that something had to suffer, and consequently it fell to the
lot of the Manual Training centers to be left in the same manner in which they
were started six years ago, until this summer, when we enlarged the three buildings and put in some additional work benches.
Last May we communicated with the City Council, asking for sewerage for Mt. Pleasant School.

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the Model, Kitsilano, Macdonald and Grandview Schools. The only sewer we
secured was for the Model School, and in this case the delay in laying the sewer
caused the school to be closed for some days whilst awaiting same.
In the other schools mentioned, septic tanks built upon the school grounds
are used, and we leave it to the reader to consider whether such things should
We are erecting a Domestic Science School on the Model School grounds,
and temporary portable common schools on the Roberts and Seymour grounds.
These three will cost about $3,200 exclusive of the Domestic Science equipment
and fixtures, which will cost about $1000 more.
Many needed repairs have been made to the buildings during the year, and
as they increase in years the necessity becomes greater. The Roberts, Seymour
and Fairview Schools have all been repainted, platforms around various schools
renewed, and much repairing done. We would suggest that a supply of desks
be constantly kept on hand, because it is almost impossible to obtain delivery of
them except when orders are placed very far in advance. For 1907 it will be
necessary not only to relieve our overcrowded schools df today, but to provide
for a probable addition of about 1200 pupils. To do this, we should have fully
thirty-six new rooms. We are now submitting a by-law for the purpose of raising
funds to enable us to build a brick school addition at both Roberts and Seymour,
each containing eight class-rooms, one manual training room, one domestic
science room and an assembly room. Also a four-room addition to Fairview
School. We think that we can meet the requirements with these buildings for
class-rooms, as we shall have three vacant rooms in the Model school which we
can utilize after the midsummer. By shifting the school boundaries somewhat,
we think we can with these combinations provide sufficient seating capacity for
another year.
The Board has long felt the necessity of having proper offices. The building in which the Board meets is not only unfit for use, but with the growth of
our school system we have in addition to provide offices for the City Supertinen-
dent, Superintendent of Drawing and Superintendent of Music. We have therefore asked in the bylaw that we be authorized to proceed with the erection of an
office building, not alone for that purpose, because we require a store-room
for desks with accommodation for a workman to set up the same and make repairs, with room also for manual training. This building will accommodate all
As we are now largely using standard plans for school buildings, your Committee would suggest that in most cases our Building Superintendent might well
be given the task of calling for tenders and superintending the whole work. His
ability to do so has been more than proved. His long, practical experience of
what is suitable or otherwise in the construction of a school building or where
defects are likely to be found, makes his services particularly, valuable and with
a less efficient Superintendent your committee's duties would certainly have been
more arduous and possibly less satisfactory.
Yours respectfully,
Chairman of Building Committee.
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Board of School Trustees
Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen,—I have the honor of submitting a report
showing in several respects the largest increase of any year in the history of Vancouver. The enrollment shows an increase of 704 over that of 1905; the teaching
staff showing an increase of eighteen during the year. The following figures
as furnished by the City Superintendent show the present standing, as well as a
comparison with past years
Enrollment and average attendance for each month of 1906 :
Enroll. Av. Att.
January.'. 5830 5245.38
February 5836 5206.12
March 5827 5098.58
April 5895 5043 64
May 5818 4966.01
Enroll. Av. Att.
August 5725 5492-9°
September 6251 5SI9 85
October 6437 5655-63
November 6382 5571.01
December 6103 55°3-65
June 5515 5008.26
Enrollment for the month of November for each year since 1897 :
• --3316
Year Enrollment
i9°3 4334
1904 5003
i9°5 5678
1906 6382
Number of pupils from each school passing the Entrance Examination into
the High School during the years 1905-'06 :
1905 1906
Central 22 23
Dawson 41    47
Fairview   18 31
Mount Pleasant  i7  44
Roberts  35   38
Seymour   17      21
Strathcona 24 25
Total .... 174  Total 229
Number of teachers on the Vancouver Staff in December for each year since
1902 :
Males                            Females                            Total
December, 1903  29 63   92
December, 1904 30 71	
December, 1905 29 83	
December, 1906 38 92	
Special Instructors employed by the Board :
Manual Training-  3
Domestic Science  i
Supervisor of Music  1
Supervisor of Drawing1  1
Supervisor of Drill, &c  1
Number of teachers holding the different grades of certificates :
University Graduate with Academic Certificate..  32
Academic Certificate     4
First Class Certificate 35
Second Class Certificate 58
Third Class Certificate     1
Total j
30 Old High School.
Central School. 18
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Exceptional opportunities of securing University training are now offered
young men and young women of British Columbia' by Vancouver College and
High School and the Royal Institution for the Advancement of Learning of British
Columbia. The courses presented by these Institutions cover Arts first and second year and Applied Science first year. In September next the second year of
Applied Science will be started. It is the purpose of the Royal Institution to add
the third and fourth year Arts as soon as the number of students desiring to take
the work warrant the expenditure.
Of the work done in the various departments, the following reports from the
Supervisors of Drawing, Drill, Manual Training, Domestic Science and Music,
and that of the.Principal of Vancouver College, give comprehensive and interesting accounts.
As will be seen by the report of the Manual Training Supervisor, the accommodation is quite inadequate, and it is to be hoped that before long more centres
will be opened. In the meantime, the suggestion of Mr. Northrop to have three
classes a day instead of two will somewhat improve the situation.
The work in Drawing, Music and Domestic Science has been well maintained.
Satisfactory progress is being made and an increase in interest on the part of
teachers and pupils is more manifest. The Board has been fortunate in securing
in Mr. Kyle, as Supervisor of Drawing, a man of excellent ability and tact, and we
can confidently look forward to rapid improvement in this class of work.
In conclusion, I have pleasure in referring to the energetic work of the
City Superintendent, as it is due to his untiring energy that the present high
standing of the schools is maintained.
Wishing you all the Compliments of the Season, I remain, yours respectfully,
Chairman Management Committee.
W. P. Argue, Esq., City Superintendent.
Dear Sir,—I have now spent nearly nine months among the schools, and
during that time, by supervision and instruction, have endeavored to put the
Drawing on a sound and firm basis.
Both teachers and students seem remarkably enthusiastic, and I feel confident that the prospects are bright.
My aim in the young classes is to train the sight and dexterity of the hand,
by drawing mostly from real objects, to train and develop the innate desire for
color, and foster a love for the beautiful.
This will be carried on through the advanced classes, with the addition of
Geometry, Scale Drawing, and the making of working drawings, so that when a
boy or girl leaves school and goes to work they will have a solid foundation upon
which to build a trade or profession.
From September the teachers have met at three centers, Dawson School, 
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Model School and Strathcona School, where we have undergone a course of ten
lessons at each center. The attendance has been.excellent, and the progress
made all that could be desired.
Yours faithfully,
Supervisor of Drawing.
W. P. Argue, City Superintendent.
Dear Sir,—I have the honor to submit the following report of the instruction
in drill for the year 1906.
During the first school term, January to June inclusive, various Military and
Physical movements were taught to both boys and girls of the City Public Schools
in class rooms and (weather permitting) on school grounds. Regarding the
Military movements, only those applicable to class-room and school requirements
generally were taught.
Explanations to individual teachers in the methods of giving commands and
the manner of imparting instruction were also given, thus enabling instruction to
be continued by the teachers 'at intervals between my visits.
Previous to the unveiling of the Memorial at Stanley Park, small companies
of boys from the largest schools were instructed specially in Military movements,
for the purpose of taking part in the ceremony, and considering that only a few
lessons were given to each, they acquitted themselves very creditably on that
occasion, which proved the value of the preliminary drill previously taught.
During the Fall term previous lessons were reviewed and further instructions
given in physical drills. Fire drill was also reviewed during this term, and all
classes in the city Public Schools received special instruction on this subject.
During the year just ended, fourteen rifle teams were organized, seven of
which were seniors and seven juniors. Altogether about two hundred and
seventy-five pupils received instruction in the use and care of the rifle. Keen
interest was taken by the pupils in this part of the instruction, and the results
have been very satisfactory.
The High School company were inspected by Colonel English of the Royal
Engineers, during the inspection of the local regiment in April, and were complimented upon their appearance and drill. Continuing the instruction of this Company, various lessons were given on the following subjects :
Military and Physical Drills,
Army Signals (Morse System),
The Company is up to full strength as required by establishment, except one Board of School Trustees
officer, and is considered to be fairly efficient. Two carbine rifles and a supply
of ammunition were issued by the Department of Militia, for the purpose of instruction in target practice. During the Summer months arrangements were
made permitting members of this Company to practice rifle shooting on the
Official Range ot the 6th Regiment D. C. O. R. Several availed themselves of
this opportunity, and very good results were obtained.
I am, respectfully yours,
Military Inspector to 6th Regiment, D. C. O. R.
And Vancouver City Public Schools.
W. P. Argue, Esq., City Superintendent.
Dear Sir,—I beg to submit the following report of the year's work in the
Manual Training Schools.
The past year has seen continued advancement in educational principles and
their application to workshop practice.    In former years, owing to the lack of
proper training in drawing in the public schools, the pupils' work was to a large
extent copied exactly from models or drawings previously made by the teacher ;
this year, however, copying has been almost entirely done away with, and  free
scope has been given regarding the shape, size and ornament of the model, the
only conditions being that each model must contain certain exercises, joints and
utilities, which have previously been demonstrated before the class.     In this way
the independence and originality of the pupil has been greatly strengthened.    To
encourage the boys in the adoption of this method, marks have been awarded
for accuracy, finish and independence separately, on each drawing and model.
The pupil has been expected to discover his own mistakes and make his own
estimate of marks earned, these being, of course, verified by the teacher.      In
each school will be found photographs of the boys whose total marks earned
were highest in the various departments.      There was very keen competition for
The collection of specimens has continued in all schools, and to show the
enthusiasm and continued effort on the boys' part, I may state that a lesson on
the flowers of timber trees given in February produced results until autumn, by
which time various pupils had collected twenty-eight different varieties of flowers
of timber trees and many of the seeds of the same.
Each center has been enlarged during the year, so that now there is accommodation for twenty-four pupils. This makes it possible to take all the boys from
most of the classes, the exceptions being in the lower divisions, where some few
have been left.
In connection with the question of attendance, I wish to point out that in
Mt. Pleasant one class has averaged over 30 boys in actual attendance; in Strath-
cona Center two classes, and in Dawson Center two classes have exceeded 24.
This has been decidedly to the detriment of these classes, and I trust every effort 22
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will be put forth in organizing classes where the girls attend Domestic Science
Centers not to exceed twenty-four boys.
The following numbers refer to the term ending December, 1906 :
Dawson School, total number who have attended at all, 278.
" | I attendances made, 3048.
Mt. Pleasant School, 299 and 3309 respectively.
Strathcona School, 254 and 3092 respectively.
Calculated on a basis of twenty-four places, this gives an efficiency, of 92%,
97.7% and 83.6% respectively.
Owing to lack of accommodation, it has been impossible to include all classes
who by age and standing were eligible for admission, and in Mt. Pleasant 'the
experiment was tried of sending a class from Mt. Pleasant and Fairview alternately on Friday afternoons, but this has not been a success. There seems to be
too long an interval between lessons. In case such arrangement is needed next
term, I would suggest that the morning session be divided into two periods of
1JE^ hours each, and that a class be sent in each period. This can only be done
where both classes come from a school on the same ground as the center, and at
best could only be considered as a make-shift until other centers could be built.
Both teachers and pupils anticipate with pleasure the fact that entrance
classes will be allowed to attend Manual Training School next term. I trust this
will be the first step towards the inclusion of Manual Training in an advanced
form in the High School curriculum in the near future.
Respectfully yours,
Supervisor Manual Training.
W. P. Argue, City Superintendent.
Dear Sir,—I have the honor to submit a report of £tbe work done in the
Domestic Science department of the public schools for the year 1906.
As the subject is a new one, I shall endeavor to note some of the educational
and practical aims of such a course.
In the first place, Domestic Science aims at arousing an interest in the art of
true home making, and imparting such training and instruction as will enable a
girl to perform any part of it intelligently.
In the working classes the common food substances as fruits, cereals, vegetables, eggs, etc., are studied, in regard to :
(a) Their source and selection.
(b) The actual nutrients contained in them. Board of School Trustees
(c) The effect of different methods of cooking upon them.
(d) The combination of these food substances into palatable and digestable
dishes ; first from recipes supplied and second from recipes thought out by pupils.
{e) The economic side.
The work is as largely experimental as possible, as the school kitchen is
fitted up to allow of this, and a pupil sees results for herself.
As is natural, the subject of cookery goes hand in hand with physiology and
hygiene, and the knowledge grained in the regular lessons is used in every cookery
lesson—in fact, the cookery lessons offer so good a medium for health introduction that, in some cities, boys as well as girls take the lessons in foods and
In the cleaning classes, scientific methods for the care of wood, silver and
other articles are given, with reasons intelligible to children why such methods
are used. This is put into practice in the class-room, as the pupils have the care
I of it. Simple talks on bacteria and the causes of disease are given, so that pupils
understand the necessity for pure air, sunlight and cleanliness in everything in
and about our homes.
Mentally, the subject affords peculiar opportunity to develop the relating
power in tracing cause and effect, and in seeing how successful practice depends
upon a firm grasp of underlying principles.
During 1906, ten classes received instruction weekly. Two hundred and
eighty-two girls from the higher grades attended these classes from January until
June. Owing to re-classification, after the June examinations, new Domestic
Science classes had to be organized, and two hundred and seventy-eight attended
these from August until December. Thus there were over five hundred and fifty
pupils attending Domestic Science classes during the year, but only about fifty
who received more than a few months' instruction. It can therefore be seen we
have made only a good beginning, and with more centers, hope to do more
thorough work.
The attendance in the majority of cases has been very encouraging. Three
classes of the ten averaged over ninety per cent, for the last four consecutive
months of the year.    The progress has been very satisfactory.
The interest shown by the general public is also encouraging. In all about
four hundred visited the classes during the year. Among these were the Superintendent of Education for the province, several of the provincial inspectors of
public schools, members of the city board of school trustees, and others interested in public instruction. In June a week was set apart specially for the mothers
of the pupils, and about one hundred availed themselves of the opportunity of
seeing a class lesson, notwithstanding rainy weather.
Before closing I wish to add a tribute to the girls attending the classes.
Besides showing interest, they have been kind and obliging in class and have
done everything they could to make my work pleasant.
Thanking you for the help you have given me in every way possible,
I am, yours respectfully,
Board of School Trustees
W. P. Argue, Esq., Superintendent of Schools.
Dear Sir,—The following is a brief report of the year's work in the music
department. In looking back over this, my second year as head of this department, I can see many signs of improvement in the character of the work. There
is a better appreciation by the teachers of the meaning and value of the music.
The children, too, take great interest in the music lessons, and in many rooms
the most gratifying results are being obtained. We have not attempted in any
way to bring the work before the public, but have confined ourselves to patient
effort in the school room, in order to lay a thorough foundation for future work.
Here I desire to express my sincere thanks to all our teachers for their hearty
co-operation and the interest they have shown in the work.
During the year we have been called upon to participate in two public
functions, namely, the unveiling of the Victoria Memorial in Stanley Park, and
the public reception to our Governor General; and on both occasions the
teachers and scholars acquitted themselves admirably.
I have held regular meetings for teachers, at which they have studied carefully "Cumming's Rudiments of Music," and I am pleased to say that most of
them have passed a satisfactory examination on the above mentioned work^ and
are now qualified to teach all matters of Theory that may arise in connection
with the subject of music in our schools.
Next year we will take up the more practical work at regular grade meetings, and at the end of the year we hope to have our teachers as well equipped
as any body of teachers on the Continent.
During the term just closed, music has been taught in 103 rooms, and next
term that number will be increased to at least 110.
Our work has been retarded to some extent by the great growth of our
school population, so many pupils coming to us totally unacquainted with the
subject. Two-part music has been attempted in several rooms, and the results
are most encouraging.
The aim and object of our work, however, must be, not simply to produce
good singers, and have good singing in our schools, but rather to develop richer
life and good, all-round character.
In conclusion, I desire to express my sincere thanks to the Board of Trustees
for their kindly support and encouragement and confidence reposed in me, and
to yourself in particular for the wise counsel and help you have given to me
during the year.
Respectfully submitted,
Supervisor of Music. Board of School Trustees
W. P. Argue, Esq., City Superintendent.
Sir,—I beg to submit my report of the Vancouver High School and College
for the Academic year 1905-'06.
The statistical returns, which you received at the close of the year, show that
the grand total enrollment for the Institution is 495, a gain of 80, or of 19.2 per
cent, over that of the year 1904-'05, and indicative, thus, of very satisfactory
numerical growth.
These returns show, further, that, taken by sexes, this enrollment is made up
of 205 males and 290 females, which is, by percentage, 41.4 and 58.6, an increase
for the former of .2 per cent, over 1904-'05, and of more than 4 and 5 per cent,
over 1903-'04 and 1902-'03, respectively. The tendency thus indicated is certainly
a gratifying one.
Viewed by Divisions, however, the statistics reveal two regrettable facts:
that of males the percentage in the Preliminary, or lowest, Division is 46.5, but
in the second year of the course, the Junior, it falls to 35.1, and that of females,
the percentage in the Matriculation Division is 68.6, but in the last two years of
our work, the University Arts, it falls to 36.6; that, in other words, there is a
serious loss of males at an early stage, and a far more serious one of females in the
advanced stages of the course.
The former loss, there is reason to hope, is one that will diminish, not only
with the general steadying locally of the desire and the demand for better scholastic grounding as a basis for a boy's life-work, but also with the development of
the commercial and technical sides of our instruction, and, above all, in the outlook towards a definite educational goal which is opened up by the Royal Institution in its announcement of the first two years of the course in Applied Science,
and its promise in the immediate future of the final two years of that in Arts (the
course  of study,   the  instruction,   and   the   examinations  to   be  of the  same
standard as at McGill University at Montreal).     The opportunity of completing
the course in Arts locally will tend to diminish the latter loss as well; but the situation may be relieved in a most practical way by the Boards of School Trustees
making it " worth while " for a prospective teacher to proceed beyond the  Matriculation or mere "life " Certificate stage, not only for reasons of prestige but of
preference and salary also.
Subjoined are the Honor Roll and the Pass List for the year. In regard to
the latter, it may be remarked that examination conditions are apt to vary so
' greatly from year to year as to make futile any comparison of pass percentages.
There is reason to hope, however, that the Preliminary and the Junior Examinations have been sufficiently searching to secure higher percentage of passes at
the Junior and the Matriculation Examinations of the current Academic year.
The whole question of due preparation for examinations, it may be added, has
received much consideration, and closer co-ordination of work from Class to Class
and from Division to Division has been instituted with the expectation of
improved results.
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Board of School Trustees
Rhodes Scholarship for British Columbia, 1906 : Harry Randle Bray, B.A.,
(First Year Arts, Vancouver College, 1902).
Flumerfelt Scholarship, 1906 : Arthur Yates, (Second Year Arts, Vancouver
College, 1906).
Head of School, winner of Governor-General's Medal and of B. C. McGill
Graduates' Society's Second Prize : Nicholas Duncan Monro. Miss Sara
Donald, having passed Matriculation in Arts previously, was ineligible for this
Number passing the various University and High School examinations:—
Second Year Arts, passed 6. First Year Arts, passed 8. Matriculation Arts,
passed 35. Matriculation, applied Science, passed 3. Junior Departmental,
passed 45.    Preliminary, passed 73.
I have the honor to be, Sir, your obedient servant,
W. P. Argue, Esq., City Superintendent.
Dear Sir,—I beg respectfully to hand you a report of my proceedings during the year just closed.
The various schools were visited as follows, namely: Mt. Pleasant 35 times,
Strathcona 33, Seymour 32, Grand View 22, Macdonald 13, Fairview 24, Kitsi-
lano 23, Model 14, Dawson 31, Dawson Primary 26, Roberts 28 and Central 31,
being 322 visits.
Enquiry was made at the homes of 980 pupils as to the cause of their absence
from school. 61 boys were found to be guilty of truancy. Only 14 pupils
were found in whose homes infectious disease was the cause of absence, but of
which the teachers did not know when asking the enquiry to be made.
The parents of twenty pupils were charged with a violation of the Compulsory Clause of the Public Schools Act, and in every case they were either fined or
let off on suspended sentence, which in almost every case had the desired effect
of securing a better attendance.    Respectfully submitted,
Attendance Officer Board of School Trustees
As per Pay-Roll for the Month of December, 1906.
J. C. Shaw $150 00
G. E. Robinson   130 00
J. K. Henry     125 00
R. W. Suter    105 00
L. Robertson    105 00
S. W. Mathews   105 00
Jas. Henderson   105 00
D. S. Johnston    105 00
Miss Maud Hunt   1U0 00
A. E. W. Salt     90 00
Thos. Brough    100 00
D. C. Little   100 00
H. Chodat     90 00
Thos. Pattison    105 00
John Stafford     90 00
R.N.Davy     90 00
D. M. Robinson $110 00
R. Sparling  90 00
C. L. Fillmore  67 50
Miss M. Watson  50 00
1    M. MacLachlan  50 00
§    C. E. Lindseth  40 00
. 50 00
  50 00
.... 55 00
  50 00
E. Lawrence
L. St. James
A. Moore.. ..
K. Bajus
A. Hay     55 00
§    G. L. Brethour.
F. M. Cowperthwaite $1
E. Caspell	
J. T. Dunning	
S. R. Stephens
Miss E. M
' |    Kate Lane....
%    E. LeFeuvre  .
' \    L. Maclaren..
I    A.  Lewis	
|    M. M. Creech
U    M. Hastings..
I    W. Creech . .
H    R. Tanner....
I    C. McNair	
"    E. J. Carter ..
1    M. Macfarlane
1    E. E. Fletcher
"    S.  Donald	
I    F. E. McEwen
"    W. Lawson...
50 00
15 00
80 00
65 00
65 00
50 00
50 00
50 00
55 00
47 00
55 00
50 00
55 00
55 00
55 00
55 00
65 00
65 00
47 0 )
40 00
52 50
Miss M. N. McKenzie       $ 60 00
I    L. E.  Frith         47 00
1    E. J. Brown         50 00
"    E. J. Trembath     60 00
I    A. Macgregor     40 00
R. S. Sherman $ 90 00
Miss A.  Newsom     60 00
I    N. Lewis  55 00
I    B. N. Macken  60 00
M. McCain  55 00
D. Allison  55 00
F. M. Currie  60 00
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Thos. Leith $110 00
Geo. E. McKee  80 00
B. J. Wood  65 00
Miss R. Mcfarlane  60 00
I    E.D.Perkins  50 00
|    H.C.Allan  50 00
I    Pearl Musgrove  47 00
"    M. I. Fraser  65 00
"    M. Johnstone  55 00
"    M. E. Sibbald  50 00
"    Celia Langley  40 00
G. H. Tom        $115 00
John Martin           80 00
James Beath       70 00
Miss B. Johnston  80 00
|    M. G. McKay. .  65 00
|    G. Wilson  52 50
"    M. McKinnon  55 00
"    C. Barnes     55*00
"    E.  Burpee  52 50
I    J.Curtis    50 00
1    H. Mackay  50 00
|    D. Cattell            50 00
i    A. E. McEwen  47 00
I    E. Leek      50 00
I    H. Carter  50 00
I    L. McNair  65 00
Mrs. E. A. Huggard  47 00
G..W. Jamieson   $115 00
H. B. King  85 00
M. Shaver     70 00
Montague Saunders  65 00
Miss S. Peppard            50 00
I    A. Smith  47 00
I    L. McGreer      55 00
I    H.  Milne  47 00
I    E. Snider  50 00
1    M. Holloway  50 00
I    E. Baker  50 00
|'    L. Laursen     50 00
I    A. McCallum  55 00
"    L. Robinson  52 50
I    G.Davidson  47 00
|    S. McAlpine     57 50
Mrs. A. J. Colbeck  50 00
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Board of School Trustees
List of Teachers Showing Monthly Salaries—Continued.
Miss E. J. Laird $ 55 00
"    E.L.George     55 00
I    E.C.Parker     60 00
A. Gilchrist $100 00
A. Clark    82 50
Miss J. Campbell  52 50
I    A. J. Davidson  55 00
"    I. Henderson  55 00
1    M. Burns  60 00
I    M. McNair  50 00
1    Kate Bethune  40 00
|    E. Olding  55 00
E. H. Murphy  $100 00
Wm. McDonagh  82 50
Miss Leila Burpee  50 00
"    M. Truswell  55 00
1    Etta MacLachlan  47 00
1    M. Woodward  50 00
I    M. Paul  52 50
1    Edna McDonald  40 00
Mrs. A. G. Shine -. 52 50
J. A. Hamilton $ 60 00
Miss J. K. Anstie • 40 00
"    D. Jackson  40 00
W. P. Argue, City Superintendent $200 00
C. W. Murray, Secretary, Building and Supply Agent   125 00
Miss F. I. Parker, Assistant Secretary     45 00
John Paul, Attendance Officer     50 00
S. Northrop, Dawson School $105 00
W. A. McKeown, Strathcona School     90 00
J. Geo. Lister, Mt. Pleasant School     90 00
Geo. P. Hicks.
$100 00
John Kyle $100 00
Miss E. Berry  $75 00
Sergt.-Major Bundy  $55 00
H. Keeley, High School $110 00
S. Holmes, Central and Old High School  85 00
J. Dorman, Dawson School  100 00
J. W. Ellis, Strathcona School  90 00
H. W. Howes, Mt. Pleasant School   80 00
T. Dodge, Fairview School  60 00
W. Doig, Seymour School   55 00
H. Harris,   Model School        70 00
Wm. Carter, Kitsilano School  50 00
Thos. Price, Roberts School  65 00
James McPhie, Grand View School  40 00
W. T. Kelly, Macdonald School  50 00
Mrs. M. Hall, Dawson Primary School  25 00 Board of School Trustees I Board of School Trustees
Anstie, Jennie K.. . : 1st.
Allan, Helen C 2nd,
Allison, Dorothy 2nd.
Bajus, Katheleen 1st.
 August 1906
 January 1904
  August 1904
 January 1904
Burns, Margaret 2nd October 1902
Brough, Thomas ,... . B. A August 1904
February 1903
August 1890
January 1903
August 1904
August 1903
September 1906
Beath, James 2nd
Barnes, Catherine 2nd
Burpee, Ethel 1st.
Burpee, Leila 1st.
Brethour, G. Lillian 2nd
Bethune, Katharine 2nd
Baker, Francisca E B.A January 1906
Brown, Ella J 2nd August 1905
Caspell, E-. 1st     August 1899
Chodat, Henri MA August 1906
Carter, Ethel Jane 2nd August 1899
Curtis, Julia 2nd October 1904
Creech, Mary M 3rd   April 1899
Creech, Winnifred J. E 2nd April 1902
Currie, Flora M   2nd   January 1904
Clark, A 1st August 1902
Campbell, Jessie 1st October 1902
Carter, Hilda 2nd. Angust 1903
Cowperthwaite, F. M B.A 1890-1897,   1902-1906
Cattel, Dorothy 1st January 1904
Colbeck, Mrs. A. J   2nd March 1900
Davy, R. N * B.A October 1906
Dunning, J. T B.A Augnst 1906
Donald, Sara    M.A August 1906
Elmsly, Ada B 1st November 1900
Fraser, Mabel 1 2nd February 1897
Fletcher, Elizabeth E 2nd August 1893
Fillmore, C. L B.A August 1905
Frith,  Lillian E 2nd January 1906
Gilchrist, A. 1st August 1897
George, Elizabeth L 2nd August 1898
Henry, J. K B.A August 1893*
Hunt, Maude M.A August 1899
Henderson, Jas M.A January 1902
Henderson, Isobel    1st.
Holloway, Mamie 2nd,
Hay, Alice 2nd
March 1901
August 1904
August 1897
. 2nd February 1905
January 1906
Hastings, Marion	
Hamilton, John A 2nd.
Huggard, Mrs. E. A 1st June 1906
Johnston, D. B B.A January 1902
Johnstone, Marion B 2nd March 1891
Johnston, Bessie...
Jamieson, G. W....
Jackson, Dorothy I.
King, H. B	
Leith, Thos	
LeFeuvre, Eva
Little, D. C	
1st   March 1891
1st August 1890
2nd September 1906
Academic January 1904
1st August 1897
1st August 1903
B.A January 1906
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Lindseth, Clara E.
Laird, Edna J	
Lawrence, Edith..
Leek, Edith	
Lawson, Winnifred.
 2nd October 1906
 2nd August 1906
 2nd November 1904
 2nd March 1904
 2nd February 1902
Lewis, Margaret Academic October 1904
Logan, Elizabeth M B.A November 1905
Lane, Kate E B.A August 1905
Lewis, Alice M 2nd August 1905
Laursen, Lili J. U 1st August 1905
Langley, Celia Academic August 1906
Moore, Annie 1st January 1902
Martin, John 1st January 1904
Murphy, E. H 1st January 1901
Mathews, S. W M.A         April 1902
Maclaren, Louise 1st November 1905
Musgrove, Pearl 2nd August 1905
Mackay, Hattie ,.. .1st April 1905
Macken, B. Norine 2nd August 1901
Milne, Helen 1st October 1905
Macgregor, Annabelle 2nd August 1906
Macfarlane, Rachel 1st January 1894
Macfarlane, Minnie J 2nd May 1893
McDonagh, Wm 1st February 1903
McCain, Minnie C 2nd August 1904
McNair, Clara 2nd March 1901
McKay, Minnie G 2nd March 1891
McKinnon, Mary 2nd January 1897
McNair, Laura 2nd,
McAlpine, Sara   2nd.
McCallum, Ada E 2nd,
McGeer, Lucy 2nd.
August 1897
October 1900
.August 1895
November 1901
McKee, Geo. E B.A May 1905
McEwen, Agnes E 1st August 1905
McNair, Muriel 2nd July 1905
McKenzie, Margaret N 1st.. .• January 1905
McDonald, Edna C 2nd August 1906
McEwen, Flora E 1st September 1906
MacLachlan, Mary 2nd ) May 1904
MacLachlan, Etta 1st January 1906
Newsom, Annie 2nd March 1900
Olding, Elizabeth 2nd January 1902
Peppard, Sara I B.A October 1905
Pattison, Thos M.A February 1901
Parker, Edith Clara 2n February 1899
Paul, Margaret 1st October 1902
Perkins. Ella D B.A August 1905
Robinson, Geo. E B.A August 1893
Robinson, D. M B.A January 1894
Robinson, Leonora 2nd April 1903
Robertson, L B.A August 1901
Shaw, Jas. C M.A September 1892
Suter, R. W B.A., B.Sc October 1902'
Sparling, R 1st August 1900
Sherman, R. S 1st	
Shine, Mrs. A. G 2nd	
Shaver, Morris 2nd	
Snider, Emma S 2nd	
Smith, Annie 2nd	
February 1903
.April 1903
February 1904
August 1904
August 1905
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Stafford, John....' B.A October 1906
Salt, A. E. W B.A January 1906
St. James, Lea B.A January 1906
Saunders, Montague Academic August 1906
Tanner, Rebecca 2nd August 1900
Trembath, Jennie 1st February 1900
Truswell, Mary 1st August 1899
Tom, G. H 1st Augnst 1891
Wilson, Grace B.A August 1904
Watson, Margaret B.A March 1905
Wood, B. J B.A October 1906
WToodward, Mary C 2nd October 1902 34
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